Ivanovic thwarts Errani in first round

Updated: May 24, 2009, 5:42 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

PARIS -- Defending champion Ana Ivanovic struggled on the important points in her opening match at the French Open before beating Sara Errani of Italy 7-6 (3), 6-3 Sunday to reach the second round.

The eighth-seeded Serb converted only five of the 20 break points she earned against her opponent. Errani broke three times and even served for the first set at 5-4.

"I knew I had to work hard for my points today, and I'm very happy I did that," Ivanovic said. "And I kept my composure."

Ivanovic, ...

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