Despite making much more unforced errors than winners and displaying an unimpressive game, Ana Ivanovic stopped Ukrainian qualifier Kateryna Kozlova, who had ousted Barbora Strycova and Elena Vesnina in the first two rounds of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy.
The world No.20 Ivanovic stormed through the first set and went a break up in the second. However, the 177th-ranked Kozlova broke back right away for 1-1, and even though Ivanovic established a 4-2 lead later on, when serving for victory she dropped serve and the set was again even at 5-all. Still, in the eleventh game Ivanovic broke the qualifier’s serve at love and finished the job in the following game. Overall it was an unconvincing performance by Ivanovic, as the Serb committed 25 unforced errors to 18 winners. Final score: 6-1 7-5.
In the semifinals, Ivanovic will face world No.16 Roberta Vinci, who beat Timea Babos earlier on Friday 7-6(3) 4-6 7-6(4). (photo: Jimmie48)