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Ivanovic Too Good For Wozniacki

Indian Wells, U.S.A.

Ivanovic© Getty ImagesAna Ivanovic improved to a 3-2 record against Caroline Wozniacki.

Ana Ivanovic hoped to gain payback for her loss to Caroline Wozniacki on the eve of the BNP Paribas Open, and followed through Tuesday night in Indian Wells with a decisive 6-3, 6-2 win over the defending champion.

“I just really knew I had to be aggressive and I knew I had to accept mistakes because she does make you play extra balls,” she said of the difference between the two meetings. “I did that really well, and I served much, much better than I did in the last match.”

Ivanovic lost her first two service games, but after facing down four break points in the fifth game, she lost just six points on serve the rest of the way.

“I'm very happy,” said Ivanovic, the 2008 champion. “I think I didn't do much wrong today besides the first few games on my serve, but I'm really pleased the way I was aggressive. I just stayed in the match and played point by point and did I think everything I should have done today.”

Wozniacki had reached the Indian Wells final the past two years, finishing runner-up to Jelena Jankovic in 2010 and defeating France’s Marion Bartoli in 2011.

“She just went on a roll,” she said. “She started to hit the ball harder, and, you know, it was going in.  I stepped back a little bit, and it gave her the time to do what she wanted. She just played better than me today, and I just need to get back and practice on a few things and hopefully get back strong for Miami.”

Ivanovic will face Bartoli in the Indian Wells quarter-finals for a second straight year after the French No. 7 seed defeated Czech Lucie Safarova 6-1, 6-4.

“It would be nice to get revenge on that,” said the Serbian. “She's very tough competitor, and she does move well actually and strikes the ball really good and creates a lot of angles with double handed on both sides. But I think it's very important for me to stay aggressive again. And obviously, my serve it's gonna be again a big point because I felt today when I managed to stay calm and hold my serves I could put so much more pressure on her.”

Also Tuesday, German Angelique Kerber came back from a 1-4 deficit in the third set to defeat Christina McHale 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(4) after two hours and 33 minutes. McHale had been the last American standing in the women’s draw following wild card Jamie Hampton’s exit earlier in the day.

Kerber’s quarter-final opponent, No. 8 seed Li Na, advanced in contrasting fashion. She sailed through with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Czech Klara Zakopalova in 56 minutes.

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