Agnieszka Radwanska scored a decisive 6-2 6-4 victory over Ana Ivanovic to move into the quarterfinals of Roland Garros, but the score provides a misleading picture about the match – Radwanska’s defense and versatile game were superb, but what gave her such a clear-cut win were Ivanovic’s persistent mistakes in all the crucial moments of the match, on break and game points. There were dozens of chances where Ivanovic could have overturned the result or at least taken the match to the third set, but she spoiled every hard-earned opportunity, that she had thanks to her great winners and huge fight, with some apparent mental block and fear of Radwanska to whom she has now lost seven straight matches.
The 2008 Roland Garros champion Ivanovic earned two break points in the opening game of the match, but converted neither of them and in the following game, that had about eight deuces and ended in the twentieth minute of the match, Ivanovic succumbed on the third break point and soon found herself trailing 3-0. There was a hope for a revival in the second set which Ivanovic started by breaking Radwanska, but she dropped her serve right away in the following game, and then again to trail 4-2. Despite offering her fans a small hope after recovering to 4-4, in the tenth game of the set, serving to stay in the match, Ivanovic dropped to 0-40 and on the second Radwanska’s match point she double faulted.
Radwanska’s quarterfinal opponent will be last year’s Roland Garros runner-up Sara Errani, who defeated Carla Suarez Navarro 5-7 6-4 6-3 in the previous match on Court Suzanne Lenglen. The first known quarterfinal pair features Serena Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova, while the other two we will know after Monday’s action. (photos: © Neal Trousdale, Tennis Buzz)