MOSCOW, October 18 (RIA Novosti)
Serbia's Ana Ivanovic thrashed Russian qualifier Valeria Solovieva to reach the quarterfinals of the Kremlin Cup on Thursday.
Ivanovic beat world No. 216 Solovieva 6-1, 6-4 in the second round for her first win in two appearances at the Moscow tournament.
"I think she started to play better in the second set and she was missing less," Ivanovic said, adding that she thought Solovieva was overawed by the occasion in the first set.
"I think it was the nerves because I think she was playing in her first big match."
The Serbian fourth seed will now play qualifier Vesna Dolonc in an all-Serbian quarterfinal after Dolonc demolished Romania's Simona Halep 6-1, 6-0 in the second round.
"Dolonc, even though she's Serbian I don't know much about her," Ivanovic said.
"I haven't seen her play much lately, so it would be interesting."
Ivanovic's seeding ensured she enjoyed a first-round bye.
Add to blog
You may place this material on your blog by copying the link.
Image Galleries: Hungry Hippos, Tiny Tamarins and Other Animal News
Infographics: First Russian Smartphone
New ties between Russia and Japan would mark not only a breakthrough in their relations but also a significant shift in Northeast Asia’s political dynamic. Both are secondary players in a region overshadowed by an increasingly assertive China, which has not hesitated to push against the boundaries of its neighbors.