Ana Finally Solves Peer, Moves into 3rd Round

Ana entered today’s second round match winless against her opponent Shahar Peer. With an 0-4 career record, Ivanovic was looking to breakthrough with her first ever win over Peer, and advance into the 3rd round at Roland Garros for the the first time since 2009.

Ivanovic was broken in the opening game of the match, but recovered the break immediately. Serving for the first set at 5-1, Ana was broken to love. But as was the case earlier, Ana once again broke right back, taking the first set 6-2. Ana broke for a 3-1 lead early in the second set, and eventually broke Peer again to win the  set by the same scoreline as she won the first, 6-2. Another routine victory for Ana Ivanovic.

All in all, it was a solid performance from the Serb, who continued to blast forehand winners off the ground. Ivanovic finished the match with 15 winners to 15 unforced errors. Ana also converted on 6 of 7 break point chances. The one stat that Ana did continue to struggle with was her first serve percentage. It was at 50% for the match, which was an improvement from the 43% in her first round match. If Ana can improve that and continue to hit her ground strokes as well as she has, she should be in good shape moving forward. As Ana mentioned on her Facebook page after today’s win, “I feel like things are starting to click. Today was a very pleasing victory and I’m feeling good about my chances of going further in this tournament.”

In her post match presser, which you can view here, Ana talked about how much different things are now compared to four years ago, just in the press room:

“We were joking because we just walked in the main interview room (at Roland Garros) and no one was there. They told us we were in a small one (room). I said ‘Oh, that was ambitious walking in the big one’.”

If Ivanovic keeps her level or play up and continue to win, the press room will get larger and more crowded.

Next up for Ana is the #21 seed Sara Errani of Italy. Errani dispatched American Melanie Oudin 6-2, 6-3 today. Ivanovic and Errani have met twice before, with both meetings occurring back in 2009. Ana defeated the Italian at the French Open 7-6 (3), 6-3, then again at Wimbleon 7-5, 6-1. As mentioned in the preview post, Errani’s best surface is on clay, and she has already won a couple of titles this year (albeit at smaller tournaments) on this surface. This could be a challenging match for Ana, but I expect her to come out on top, given the way she has played so far this week. Ivanovic should be able to hit her way through Errani and advance to the 4th round. But this will no doubt be a tricky match.

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