Paris - Ana Ivanovic reached her first Grand Slam semi-final in seven years
on Tuesday when she defeated Ukraine's Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-2 at the
The seventh-seeded Serb, who last made the
semi-finals of a major on her way to her only Grand Slam title in Paris
in 2008, will face either Czech 13th seed Lucie Safarova or Garbine
Muguruza, the 21st seed from Spain, for a place in Saturday's final.
will be Ivanovic's fifth last-four appearance at a major following
similar runs to the 2007 and 2008 semi-finals at Roland Garros,
Wimbledon in 2007 and the Australian Open in 2008.
"I don't know
whether to feel happy or old," said the 27-year-old, who has now won all
her seven meetings against Svitolina, seven years her junior.
was very tough to play today. The wind was really strong and the ball
was bouncing all over the place so I just needed to stay calm and use my
Ivanovic and Svitolina, who was bidding to become the
first Ukrainian woman to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam,
exchanged breaks in the second and third games of the opening set.
the vastly more experienced Serb, watched from the stands by German
World Cup-winning boyfriend Bastian Schweinsteiger, broke again for 3-1
to lay the foundation for clinching the first set.
Breaks in the
first and seventh games of the second helped Ivanovic into a comfortable
5-2 lead and despite double-faulting on her second match point, she
sealed victory on her third with a sweeping forehand winner.
was rewarded for her positive approach on Court Philippe Chatrier, her
37 winners to just eight for Svitolina telling its own tale.
on Court Suzanne Lenglen, Czech left-hander Safarova was looking to
follow-up her fourth-round defeat of world number two Maria Sharapova by
reaching her first semi-final in Paris.
Muguruza, who beat Serena
Williams last year on her way to the quarter-finals, was looking to
become the first Spanish woman into a Grand Slam semi-final since
Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario and Conchita Martinez at the 2000 French Open.
other quarter-finals take place on Wednesday when two-time champion
Williams tackles Italy's Sara Errani, the 2012 runner-up, and Swiss 23rd
seed Timea Bacsinszky faces unseeded Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck.