The Latest: Ivanovic through to 4th round at French Open
PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the French Open:
It took Ana Ivanovic just 53 minutes to return to a fourth round at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in more than a year.
Ivanovic, who won the French Open in 2008 the year after losing in the final, advanced 6-0, 6-3 against 165th-ranked Donna Vekic.
Ivanovic last made the fourth round of a major at the Australian Open in 2014.
Ivanovic saved a break point serving for the match and finished with 19 winners.
Stars from the soccer world seem to like Court Suzanne Lenglen at the French Open.
Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who plays for Bayern Munich and helped his country win last year’s World Cup, was seen clapping during Friday’s third-round match between seventh-seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia and Donna Vekic of Croatia.
On Thursday, Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic — whose club plays nearby — was at the same court as he cheered on top-ranked Novak Djokovic, who is friends with the Swede.
Former tennis prodigy Mirjana Lucic-Baroni is about to open play on center court at Roland Garros.
Now 33, the 70th-ranked Croatian player is bidding to reach the fourth round for the first time in Paris after upsetting 2014 runner-up Simona Halep in her previous match.
Lucic-Baroni made her breakthrough in 1999 when she reached the semifinals of Wimbledon but her career was then hindered by injuries and financial problems.
She is up against local hope and 29th-seeded Alize Cornet.
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