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Ana Ivanovic comes into the tournament as one of the darlings of Paris having already won the event once in 2008. Ivanovic loves clay and also reached the finals of the event back in 2007. The former World No.1 however, witnessed an alarming dip in form which meant that, she was N0.65 at one point in time. It is now time for her to rise up to the occasion and make her presence felt.
Ivanovic had a poor first quarter of the year. She struggled in January and only managed a fourth round finish at the year's only Grand Slam till now. Before it, Ana's performance was even worse as she was knocked out in second round at Brisbane and then in the first round at Sydney.
In February, a much improved Ivanovic reached the quarterfinal of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships where she lost to Caroline Wozniacki. She continued to improve and reached the semifinals at Indian Wells. Against Sharapova in the semis she pulled out with a hip injury. In her first event on clay this year, Ivanovic reached the third round at Madrid where she met World No.1 Victoria Azarenka, in that match Ivanovic fought hard but was unable to beat the Belarusian. Then in Rome, she lost to eventual champion Maria Shaparpova in the pre-quarters stage. Her win-loss record this year stands at 20-11.
She comes into the third round having thrashed Shahar Peer 6-2, 6-2 in the second round. This was surprisingly only her first victory over the right hander.
Her opponent today is Sara Errani from Italy who beat American Melenie Oudin 6-2,6-3 in her second round clash. Errani has had a good year so far, at the Aussie Open in January she made the quarterfinals. She continued on that form and made the semifinal at Monterre, then in April the Italian won her first title of the year also on clay in Barcelona. She has a impressive 31-10 record this year.
Their head to head depicts a 2 to nothing for the former World No.1.
TennisEarth picks a win for Ivanovic who has looked in good shape this year.
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