In a battle of two former No.1s, one much more former than the other, Ana Ivanovic has again awaken the hopes of her revival, showing her devastating forehand and beating defending champion and world No.4 Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets in the fourth round of Indian Wells.
In the 6-3 6-2 victory, Ivanovic displayed her best shots even from uncomfortable positions. Her precise forehand challenged the defensive Wozniacki. And that’s not all, Ivanovic served out the match at love, which is a nice cherry on the cake for the Serb’s potentially lethal but error-prone serve. Ivanovic broke Wozniacki’s serve five times, twice at 15 and three times at 30.
In the quarterfinals, Ivanovic will face former Wimbledon finalist, seventh seed Marion Bartoli, who beat Lucie Safarova 6-1 6-4. Imagine, the last meeting of Ivanovic and Bartoli was last year, also at Indian Wells and also in the quarterfinals. Bartoli won then, 6-4 7-6(4). (photo: © Neal Trousdale)