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Ivanovic v Wozniacki as it happened

Australian Open, Melbourne

Women’s fourth-round result:

A Ivanovic (Ser) bt C Wozniacki (Den)

6-1 7-6 (7-2)

By Piers Newbery

Second set:

Ivanovic 7-6 (7-2) Wozniacki
Well, she’s done it but the squeal of delight on sealing victory suggests Ivanovic is very, very relieved. In fairness, she dominates the tie-break after dropping the opening point and never looks in danger of losing it, but she will need to step up if it’s Venus next.

I will be back for a bit of Federer v Berdych later on, I suggest you do the same. Stuff work/school/college/sleep.

Ivanovic 6-6 Wozniacki
Ivanovic looks set to wrap up the win as she gets to 0-30 ahead and, after being hauled back to 30-30, smacks an unstoppable off-forehand right into the corner.

Match point and Wozniacki comes up with a big serve-big forehand combination before digging herself out of trouble and forcing the tie-break.

Ivanovic 6-5 Wozniacki
Hmmm, classy stuff from Ivanovic who puts her recent difficulties out of her head and holds to love.

Ivanovic 5-5 Wozniacki
A Wozniacki double fault on the first point suggests the Dane is feeling the tension of serving for the set, but she gets a set point only to snatch at a backhand. Ivanvovic misses a break point before Wozniacki sends a sliced backhand long on her second set point. The pendulum swings back to Ivanovic and she takes the game on her second break point when a wild Wozniacki forehand sails out.

Ivanovic 4-5 Wozniacki
There are signs of an Ivanovic meltdown when she makes two double faults in a row but the 20-year-old gathers herself to serve out from 30-30.

Ivanovic 3-5 Wozniacki
A straightforward hold to love and it’s Wozniacki who is in total control at the moment.

Ivanovic 3-4 Wozniacki
Well, who’d have thought it? Wozniacki is climbing all over the Ivanovic serve and hammers back some great returns to get another two break points at 15-40. Ivanvovic steels herself and sends down some big serves to get back to deuce before Wozniacki misses with a return on a third break point. Ivanovic gets a hugely lucky net-cord and blows a kiss to the sky before finally taking the game.

Ivanovic 2-4 Wozniacki
Wozniacki gets straight up from her medical timeout and plays her best game so far, running Ivanvoic around the baseline with some heavy groundstrokes off both sides.

0111: Despite looking fine, Wozniacki is having a fairly thorough examination of her left thigh that involves lying on the court and being pummelled by the trainer before having it strapped. Meanwhile, Ivanovic nips off for a ‘comfort break’.

Coming up soon on the Vodafone Arena will be Daniela Hantuchova v Maria Kirilenko. Some lazy journalists might call that ‘an attractive clash between two of tennis’s glamour girls’. But not this lazy journalist, no sir.

0109: “Ana has a lot of variety, she is moving better than ever and its refreshing to see someone come to the net. You cant help but love her!”
From Dan from Exeter via text

Ivanovic 2-3 Wozniacki
This is becoming a decent test for Ivanovic now as Wozniacki gets her fourth break point of the match and finally converts when Ivanovic hooks a forehand wide. The small Danish contingent go bananas, and the trainer comes on to attend to Wozniacki.

Ivanovic 2-2 Wozniacki
Look out – another solid service game from Wozniacki and she looks far more comfortable out there now. And then she goes and asks for the trainer at the next change of ends.

Ivanovic 2-1 Wozniacki
Ivanovic holds to 15 but the highlight of the game comes when Wozniacki puts over a couple of rather feeble smashes before changing tack and taking the point with an excellent angled volley.

Ivanovic 1-1 Wozniacki
Wozniacki gets over the disappointment of the previous game with a superb hold to love, rounding it off with an ace.

Ivanovic 1-0 Wozniacki
Aaaargh, Wozza! When she gets the chance to plant her feet and whack it, Wozniacki is pretty handy, and she does just that to earn another break point. Unfortunately, she then dumps a high backhand volley into the net and, moments later, Ivanovic takes the game.

First set:

Ivanovic 6-1 Wozniacki
Yep, Ivanovic is stepping it up now and wallops several returns past Wozniacki to break again and take the set. The scoreline is a bit harsh on the Dane but that’s the second week of a Grand Slam for you.

0045: “Great news about Jade Curtis,this is a big make or break year for her. Good start to it. I feel like I haven’t done anything but watch tennis for days.”
From Mark via text (Tell me about it. I was so spaced out before coming to work I squirted washing-up liquid onto a bowl of salad)

Ivanovic 5-1 Wozniacki
Ivanovic looks especially pleased when she moves to the net and chops away a deft angled volley for 15-15 and, despite the best efforts of the tireless Wozniacki, takes the game easily enough.

Ivanovic 4-1 Wozniacki
A fantastic forehand pass sets the ball rolling for Ivanovic and she soon has another break point when Wozniacki sprays a backhand well wide. The Serb misses with a forehand return but moments later converts a second break point with a breathtaking backhand when the ball is almost behind her.

Ivanovic 3-1 Wozniacki
Wozniacki gets stuck into another Ivanovic service game and has a chance at 0-30 up but the fourth seed recovers with an ace on her way to holding.

Great news on Court 14! Jade Curtis, sometime columnist for this website and British junior legend, beats Olivia Rogowska in straight sets in the girls’ singles. And Rogowska is an Aussie!

Ivanovic 2-1 Wozniacki
Wozniacki is finding her feet and holds serve to 30, despite a couple of blistering Ivanovic winners.

Bad news out on Court 13 as British junior hopeful Dan Cox goes out of the boys’ singles in straight sets to Jared Easton. To make matters worse, Easton is an Aussie. Will the misery never end?

Ivanovic 2-0 Wozniacki
Wozniacki’s returns are working well and she forces a couple of errors to get a break-back point at 30-40. Ivanovic saves it with a stunning angled backhand that Wozniacki challenges unsuccessfully. Wozniacki gets a second break point but Ivanovic eventually saves it with a backhand winner following a fortunate net-cord, and goes on to hold. Good game.

Ivanovic 1-0 Wozniacki
Ivanovic is up for this one, pumping her fist after winning the very first point. The Serb immediately earns three break points at 0-40 by dominating from the baseline, and takes the third of them with a sweeping forehand into the corner.

0010: After a couple of dodgy days the sun appears to be out again in Melbourne. Lucky devils. Later on we’ve got Venus Williams, Roger Federer and the big Novak Djokovic v Lleyton Hewitt clash to come.

0005: Day eight, and we’re kicking off with fourth seed Ana Ivanovic taking on Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki for the first time.

Ivanovic is the world number three, reached last year’s French Open final and Wimbledon semis, and is generally very good and getting better.

So what about Wozniacki? She’s 17, ranked 64, of Polish parentage, won junior Wimbledon in 2006 and she enjoys reading Harry Potter books. And this is by far the biggest match of her career.

Story from BBC SPORT

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