Ivanovic advances to French Open semifinals

Updated: June 3, 2008, 1:58 PM ET
Associated Press

PARIS -- Ana Ivanovic celebrates an especially good shot with a combination leg-kick fist-pump. She's doing it a lot at the French Open.

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Julian Finney/Getty ImagesAna Ivanovic is one win away from returning to the French Open final after defeating Patty Schnyder in straight sets on Tuesday.
Ivanovic beat No. 10 Patty Schnyder 6-3, 6-2 on Tuesday to become the first semifinalist at Roland Garros.

"I am really happy the way I'm playing," said Ivanovic, who has yet to lose a set in five matches. "I just want to keep this level."

Her opponent Thursday will be No. 3 Jelena Jankovic, who defeated unseeded Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3, 6-2.

The No. 2-seeded Ivanovic struggled against the 10th-seeded Schnyder only when trying to close out the victory. With light rain beginning to fall, she hit her second and third double-faults of the match in the final game before smacking a service winner on the third match point.

"I started to rush," she said. "I was happy to calm down and still win the game."

Ivanovic has reached the semifinals at four of the past five Grand Slam tournaments, starting with her run at the French Open a year ago, when she lost to Justine Henin in the final.

"I am really happy the way I'm playing," said Ivanovic, who has yet to lose a set in five matches. "I just want to keep this level."

Svetlana Kuznetsova advanced to the quarterfinals for the third year in a row by completing a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Victoria Azarenka. Kuznetsova's opponent Wednesday will be Kaia Kanepi, who became the first Estonian to reach the quarterfinals at a major tournament by beating Petra Kvitova 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

Kanepi and Kuznetsova won matches suspended Monday because of darkness.

In an all-Russian quarterfinal Wednesday, No. 7-seeded Elena Dementieva will play No. 13 Dinara Safina.


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