Ivanovic upset, Jankovic advances
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Ana Ivanovic's hopes of a return trip to the Australian Open final fell apart amid a barrage of mistakes Friday as Russia's Alisa Kleybanova ousted the 2008 runner-up with a 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-2 victory in the third round.
When it was over, Kleybanova dropped to the ground on both knees, pumped her fists and blew kisses to the crowd. Ivanovic appeared to be nearly in tears as she walked off court, throwing a towel to someone in the crowd.
One of several thrown chairs hit a woman and left her briefly unconscious. Insults and water bottles filled the air. Arrests were made, with dozens of people ejected from Melbourne Park.
With the victory Friday, Jankovic set up a match with 16th-seeded Marion Bartoli of France.
The jubilation was short-lived: Ivanovic found herself again down 0-3 in the deciding set and never caught up. Serving at 2-5, she fell behind 0-40. She saved one match point with a high, lunging volley winner before Kleybanova hit a forehand crosscourt that went untouched to end the match in 2 hours, 43 minutes.
Kleybanova, who reached the fourth round at Wimbledon last year in her third Grand Slam, dropped to her knees in relief and disbelief.
The 22-year-old Russian took 4-1 leads in each set and ousted the 25th-seeded Kanepi in 66 minutes.
"There's a first time for everything. Twice I lost in the third round," she said. "I was like this today: 'That is the third time. Should be the luckiest one.'
"Actually, I'm glad I won very comfortable today," she said.
She broke into the top 10 last year for the first time and credits having a full-time coach and trainer for her improvement.
Safina, the third seed, has yet to win a Grand Slam singles title, although she reached the French Open final last year before losing to Ivanovic.
She also lost the Olympic gold-medal match to fellow Russian Elena Dementieva -- an outcome repeated last week in the Sydney International final.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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