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Ivanovic in LA 3rd round
Los Angeles, Aug 5 (Agencies):
Published on 6 Aug. 2009 1:46 AM IST
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Former world number one Ana Ivanovic made hard work of her second-round win over Vania King at the LA Women’s Tennis Championships in Los Angeles. The sixth-seeded Serbian suffered a mid-match slump but rallied to beat American wildcard King 6-4 4-6 6-1. She will face either 13th seed Samatha Stosur or Maria Kirilenko of Russia in the third round. Also struggling was Russian second seed Vera Zvonareva, who overcame China’s Shuai Peng 3-6 6-3 7-6 (8-6). Seeking her first title since October 2008, Ivanovic struggled with King’s relentless counterpunching in the first two sets but in the final set, last year’s French Open champion was able to overpower her plucky opponent. “I felt happy with the way I was moving and playing,” said Ivanovic, on court for the first time since a thigh injury forced her to retire from a Wimbledon fourth round match against Venus Williams in late June.

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