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Ana Ivanovic displays her top form in an overpowering victory.

Former world number one Ana Ivanovic booked her place in the third round of a grand slam for the first time this year following an upset win over China’s Zheng Jie at the US Open.

The Serb brushed aside her 21st-seeded opponent 6-3 6-0 in less than an hour as she showed signs of the form that helped her reach the top of the women’s game.

Ivanovic, currently ranked 40 in the world, hit 22 winners in an unexpectedly dominant display in stiflingly hot conditions at Flushing Meadows.

The 22-year-old has struggled in the major tournaments in recent times having lost in the first round at Wimbledon earlier this year after second-round defeats at the Australian and French Opens.

She was also a first-round loser at the US Open last year, but now has the opportunity to match her best performance at Flushing Meadows, having reached the fourth round in 2007.

Ivanovic will next meet the winner of the all-French clash between 13th seed and former Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli and Virginie Razzano.


Sam Stosur takes out the defending champion.

Defenging champion Vera Zvonareva was defeated by Australian Sam Stosur in straight sets 6-3, 7-5. With the win Stosur will most likely make it into the top ten when the rankings are updated. She becomes the first female Aussie player to make the elite group since Alica Molik reached #8 in February 2005, and Jelana Dokic reached #10 in February 2002.

Alica Molik, (another Aussie on the comeback trail) who entered the Indian Wells event with a wild card entry went down in a third set tie-breaker to Jie Zheng 3-6, 6-4, 6-7. Zheng who defeated Sharapova will move on to face the winner of the Petrova/Wozniacki match in the final eight.


Sharapova loses a hard fought battle to Zheng Jie.

Maria Sharapova served 14 double faults against Zheng Jie, and for a scrambling player such as Zheng it was enough to give her the win 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. It was hard fought match with many games going to 6 or 7 deuces, but Sharapova’s service let her down time and time again. These two players are only 5 ranking positions apart, and the closeness of the match reflected their repective positions. Sharapova shook her ahead many times in frustration as Zheng made impossible gets to extend the rallies.

When Sharapova called for the trainer in the third set, she had a problem with her right elbow, it was a good thing for Zheng. “I was so tired,” Zheng said. “She called the trainer and I think, ‘Oh, good chance for me to rest.’ ”

Sharapova has no special solutions to correcting whatever is wrong.

“Go back out there and keep working,” she said. “There’s no secret formula to anything.”

Zheng moves on to meet Alica Molik in the next round.


Chinese pair receive enthusiastic homecoming.

After their record-breaking run at the Australian Open, Li Na and Zheng Jie have been widely celebrated on return to their native country for helping to further develop tennis in China.

The pair became the first two Chinese players to reach the final four of a Grand Slam in Melbourne last week, a success which propelled Li five places up the rankings to become the first Chinese player to break into the top 10.

And after returning home, the duo were treated to a national celebration for their efforts, with the Chinese Tennis Association, Sony Ericsson and the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour present to provide the warmest of homecomings.

The success of the newly crowned World No.10 Li and No.20 Jie has proved timely, with the WTA tour keen to further the development of women’s tennis in the world’s most populous country.

The nation already hosts one of the most prestigious tournaments in the calendar; the China Open, which features all the Tour’s top players and offers a whopping $4.5million prize pot.


Henin much too strong for Zheng Jie.

Justine Henin is one step away from completing a fairytale return from retirement after she won through to the Australian Open final with a straight-sets win over Zheng Jie.

The 27-year-old raced to a 6-1 6-0 win in just 51 minutes to book a final meeting with defending champion and world number one Serena Williams on Saturday night.

It was a hugely disappointing end to Zheng’s tournament after her countrywoman Li Na was also eliminated in her semi-final clash with Williams.

Henin is playing just her second tournament following a 20-month retirement and is on course to replicate fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters’ remarkable return when she won the US Open after coming back from retirement and becoming a mother.

Henin’s win was the most routine of her difficult run to the final so far that has seen her overcome world number five Elena Dementieva, Yanina Wickmayer (16) and Nadia Petrova (19).

After Zheng held serve in the opening game Henin, who won at Melbourne Park in 2004, strung the next 12 games together to dominate her unseeded rival.


Henin will need her ‘A’ game against Zheng Jie.

Unseeded Zheng Jie set up a semi-final showdown with Justine Henin after a straight sets demolition of Maria Kirilenko at the Australian Open.

Zheng, who becomes the first Chinese player to reach the last four in Melbourne, was always in control against Kirilenko as she raced to a 6-1 6-3 victory.

And the 26-year-old, a former Wimbledon semi-finalist, knows she now faces a much tougher test against former champion Henin.

“Henin for me is such a good player,” Zheng said.

“She’s so strong mentally – I just want to go out there and enjoy the match and play well.”

Kirilenko had caused one of the shocks of the tournament by toppling 2008 champion Maria Sharapova.

However the 23-year-old looked out of sorts against Zheng and was clearly troubled by injury – with her left thigh heavily strapped while she needed a medical time out at the end of the first set.

Zheng, a doubles champion in Melbourne four years ago, took just 34 minutes to wrap up the first set with Kirilenko unable to match her rival’s impressive range of groundstrokes.

And Zheng was able to continue her dominance in the final set as she broke in the first and last games to book her place in semi-finals.

Kirilenko, who continued to receive treatment throughout the set, had chances to break in the sixth game but she couldn’t level the match.

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