Confidence-challenged Ivanovic Wins at Indian Wells; Learn to Spell Pavlyuchenkova
Posted on March 16, 2009
Confidence-challenged Serb Ana Ivanovic stayed on task for her title defense at the WTA stop in Indian Wells on Monday, advancing to the fourth round at the BNP Paribas Open with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Gisela Dulko.
With her serve going awry, Ivanovic double-faulted six times in the opening set.
"When it was very close on both sets I stepped up a little bit more and I just went for my shots and followed my instincts," Ivanovic said. "I played really well, so I was happy about all that. What was little disappointing to me today was my serve, particularly from one side. I made quite a few double faults and quite a few miss-hits, which was very surprising because I felt really good practicing out there even today and yesterday. But I'm really happy to be through so I get chance to improve."
Ivanovic will next face No. 12 seed Flavia Pennetta, who came from a set down to defeat American qualifier Angela Haynes 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.
In other matches No. 7 seed Agnieszka Radwanska beat Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak 6-1, 6-4, and will next face No. 22 seed Agnes Szavay of Hungary, who beat German qualifier Kristina Barrois 6-3, 6-4. Spaniard Nuria Llagostera Vives beat No. 21 seed Alisa Keybanova 7-6(2), 6-3, and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova topped Italian Karin Knapp 6-2, 6-4.
It was the 17-year-old Pavyluchenkova who also upset No. 2 seed Jelena Jankovic in the second round.
Pavlyuchenkova is the youngest member of the Top 50.
"My game is there and good enough to be one of those [top players], but I don't know when it's going to happens and I'm not going too rush,"Pavlyuchenkova, said. "I'm just going to work and get my confidence up."