The 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic advanced to the second round of this year’s event with a 7-6(3) 6-3 victory over Italy’s Sara Errani.
The 44th-ranked Errani had a chance to serve for the first set in the tenth game at 5-4, even though Ivanovic had had a 3-1 lead, but the world No.8 Ivanovic didn’t allow that to happen, and took the set in the tiebreak.
The Serb, with her knee still taped, then dominated in the second set, surging into a 5-1 lead. She suffered a slight blip when Errani clawed one break back in the eighth game, but the champion eventually clinched victory.
The 21-year-old Ivanovic will play either Thai veteran Tamarine Tanasugarn or Camille Pin of France in the second round of Roland Garros. (photo: Ralf Reinecke)