Safina, Ivanovic progress into third round in Rome


Ana IvanovicWorld number one Dinara Safina and fifth seed Ana Ivanovic moved into the third round of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.

The top-seeded Safina had to decide the first set against Virginie Razzano in a tiebreak, but took the second set straightforwardly to win 7-6(1) 6-1.

Ana Ivanovic also progressed in straight sets, taking out home favorite Francesca Schiavone 6-3 6-4. The Serb will next face tenth seed Agnieszka Radwanska.

Two seeds were upset today in Rome: No.11 Marion Bartoli fell to Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-1 7-5, while No.13 Alize Cornet lost to Kateryna Bondarenko 6-4 6-1.

Svetlana Kuznetsova, champion last weekend in Stuttgart, is through, as well as Jelena Jankovic, Flavia Pennetta, Caroline Wozniacki, Kaia Kanepi, Nadia Petrova, and Zheng Jie. And please note: Anna Chakvetadze has also advanced. (photo: Ralf Reinecke)


  1. Update Marija: Serena lost in Rome to Patty: 2-6, 6-2,1-6

    It seems as though she just ‘ate her own words’.
    Isn’t it also ironic ‘the real world no.1’ was so dominating and unparalleled, she lost in the first round?

  2. Haha, it’s really funny situation. She got what she deserved for her overconfidence and arrogance.


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