Ivanovic wins the battle of the golfer’s girlfriends to advance to the quarters.

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Ana Ivanovic scored one of her best victories of recent years as she swept aside defending champion Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open. In beating the world No.4 in just 70 minutes, Ana reaches the last eight in Indian Wells for the fifth time in seven appearances. Both former world No.1s struggled with their serve in the early stages of the match. The first four games all went against the serve and a fifth break looked likely as Ana faced four break points, but she cleared them all away expertly. It proved to be a turning point in the match and the beginning of a superb performance by the 24-year-old, who overpowered her opponent in the first set, hitting cleanly off both wings. Ana took full advantage of the momentum she had, while across the net Wozniacki looked forlorn. The Dane managed to get rid of two break points in the first game of the second set, but she was unable to cope with the crushing groundstrokes from the 15th seed. Ana broke the Wozniacki serve twice more, the last time with a fabulous drop shot to seize a long rally. She served out the match to love to score a morale-boosting victory.

“I’m really happy the way I played tonight,” enthused Ana during her on-court interview. “We had a tough match a few weeks ago and I tried to learn from that. Asked what the win will do for her confidence, Ana said: “It’s huge, especially after last night, having a tough match and coming back today and going on a high level.”

The 24-year-old will face French world No.7 Marion Bartoli on Thursday in a re-match of their 2011 quarter-final. The Frenchwoman advanced to last eight by brushing aside Lucia Safarova from the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-4.



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