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Ivanovic major obstacle for Serena

Serena Williams has looked solid in the first two rounds at the U.S. Open. However, Bonnie DeSimone writes Serena could hit a major obstacle in 18-year-old Ana Ivanovic.

Updated: September 2, 2006, 11:35 AM ET
By Bonnie DeSimone | Special to ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Four years ago, on her way to her first U.S. Open junior tournament, Ana Ivanovic spotted Russia's Marat Safin on an airport concourse and asked the 2000 Open champion to pose for a photo with her.

She still has the snapshot, but the 17th-seeded Ivanovic is no longer a star-struck neophyte. She's playing her former idols, and more than holding her own. Two Mondays ago, she drubbed Martina Hingis in the final in Montreal to win her first big tournament (she also won an Australian ...

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