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Australian Open 2014 Day 7: Ivanovic stuns Serena

Ana Ivanovic at Australian Open 2014
by Alexandra Willis at Melbourne Park
Sunday 19 January 2014

Wimbledon.com's highlights from the seventh day of play at the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne

The upset
Ana Ivanovic sent a minor earthquake rumbling around Melbourne Park as she upset Serena Williams, the world No.1, in fistpumping fashion, her first victory over Serena in five attempts. In another bout of Grand Slam fourth round-itis, Serena, who was struggling with a back injury she had picked up in practice, was slow off the mark whereas Ivanovic was quick, playing extremely aggressive tennis throughout. Beating the heavy favourite 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and 56 minutes, Ivanovic couldn’t wipe the smile from her face as she reached her first major quarter-final since the US Open 2012.

“I went on the court and I just wanted to play the best I could. I'm so thrilled.

“I just kept swinging,” she said. “Even when I made errors I believed. Be aggressive, even you make a mistake in your hands you can sleep sound at night.”

"I had to break the spell, fourth round [at a major], and what's the better place to do it than here against such a champion?"

Serena meanwhile put her hand up that she had an off day.

'I missed shots I haven't missed since the '80s,” she said. “She made some good shots & I just made way, way, a lot of unforced errors.”

Serena revealed that she had almost pulled out ahead of her meeting with Daniela Hantuchova, which explained her one-minute warm-up ahead of that match. But she played on.

"It's not anything that's life threatening or anything. I feel like it will get better. I just need a couple days off.

"Unfortunately I don't have that in a Grand Slam."

"I don't want to blame anything. I feel like Ana deserves all the credit. I feel she played unbelievable today. I think she went for her shots."

All credit to Ivanovic though, who emanated belief from start to finish, and is now on a 9-0 match-winning streak for the first time since she won Roland Garros in 2008.

The other upset
A hard-fought win for Flavia Pennetta, the 28th seed, over Angelique Kerber, the 9th. Beating the German 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 in just under two hours, Pennetta is yet another one showing that it’s perfectly possible to play world-beating tennis in your 30s. With fourth rounds at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, and a semi-final at the US Open, she is into her first Australian Open quarter-final as at the grand age of 31.

Lightning quick
Li Na produced a totally opposite performance from that of her previous match, crushing Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-0. Terrifying. Into the quarters she goes. As does Novak Djokovic, who crunched Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-0, 6-2  and then did a Boris Becker impression.

Tomas Berdych meanwhile beat Kevin Anderson, 19th seed, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 to reach the quarters for the fourth consecutive year, and Stanislas Wawrinka avoided a late Sunday night, beating Tommy Robredo.

The Glam Slam
Genie Bouchard set up a picture editor’s dream, beating Aussie wild card Casey Dellacqua 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-0 to reach her first major quarter-final and a meeting with Ana Ivanovic. Bouchard, just 19, who won the girls’ singles at Wimbledon in 2012, has become the WTA’s poster-heiress apparent, and with an all-court game and sensible demeanour, is considered to be able to go far.

Battling on
David Ferrer. The Spaniard is into another major quarter-final, beating Florian Mayer 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-2, 6-1 in almost three hours.

Watch out for...
Isabelle Wallace. With Jamie and Judy Murray watching, the young Scot beat her best friend, Australia’s Priscilla Hon, 12-10 in the third to reach the second round of the girls’ singles here. She has an interesting story, having played Junior Fed Cup for Australia. There was another British win for Katie Boulter, the 9th seed.

In doubles
Seeds on the march are... Paes & Stepanek (5), Inglot and Huey (12), who dealt British revenge on 7th seeds Bopanna and Qureshi for ousting Fleming and Hutchins, Llodra and Mahut (13), who beat second seeds Peya and Soares.

In the women’s, top seeds Errani and Vinci motored into the quarters.


Fans of the day
Genie’s Army. Bouchard’s band of local supporters have been giving her an Australian mascot at the end of each win. Today’s was a kookaburra.

Quote of the day
Q. Patrick said that you blocked your back and then you blocked your neck.
So he's the one that's snitching?  

Tweet of the day

Pennetta is a true Italian, coming from a true Italian.
Ok, @NickBollettieri

Photo of the day

Brad Gilbert pops one at Tomas Berdych

Stat of the day

The number of service games Tomas Berdych has won in a row without being broken.

Video of the day
Novak Djokovic imitates Boris Becker

Ones to watch on Monday

11am – Dominika Cibulkova (20) v Maria Sharapova (3)
FB – Sloane Stephens (13) v Victoria Azarenka (2)
FB – Rafael Nadal (1) v Kei Nishikori (16)

7pm – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (10) v Roger Federer (6)
FB – Agnieszka Radwanska (5) v Garbine Muguruza

NB 1pm – Jelena Jankovic (8) v Simona Halep (11)
NB 4.30pm – Andy Murray (4) v Stephane Robert (LL)

NB 1pm – Grigor Dimitrov (22) v Roberto Bautista Agut


For all the reports and results from Melbourne Park, visit the Official Australian Open website

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