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Ivanovic makes winning start

Latest update : 2008-05-25

Second seed Ana Ivanovic, who was defeated in last year final, beat Sweden's Sofia Arvidsson 6-2 7-5 to reach the French open second round. Number 15 seed, Czech Nicole Vaidisova, was a first round casualty losing to compatriot Iveta Benesova.

Last year's runner-up Ana Ivanovic reached the second round of the French Open with a 6-2 7-5 defeat of Swede Sofia Arvidsson on Sunday.

 

The 20-year-old, second-seeded Serbian next plays Czech Lucie Safarova, who crushed German Sandra Kloesel 6-1 6-1.

 

Ivanovic broke in the fourth and sixth games and, despite dropping serve in the seventh, bagged the first set on her opponent's serve after 39 minutes.

 

The 24-year-old Swede, however, rebelled to avoid a repeat of last year's 6-2 6-0 first-round drubbing at the hands of Ivanovic.

 

The Australian Open runner-up fell a break behind early in the second set but clawed her way back to wrap it up with a forehand winner after 95 minutes on her first match point.

 

"I let my intensity go down a bit and she used it and she started playing much better," Ivanovic told reporters.

 

"But towards the end I'm happy that I found my game back and managed to break her back and win the second set."

Date created : 2008-05-25

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