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Ivanovic advances to Kremlin Cup quarterfinals

Associated Press Modified: October 18, 2012 at 1:18 pm •  Published: October 18, 2012

MOSCOW (AP) — Ana Ivanovic advanced to the Kremlin Cup quarterfinals by beating Russian qualifier Valeria Solovieva 6-1, 6-4 on Thursday.

The 11th-ranked Serb broke the 19-year-old Russian, who was playing in only her second WTA match, three times.

"It was a good match for me," Ivanovic said. "It's never easy to play someone you haven't seen before as you don't know how they react in the different situations. But I'm happy I've managed to finish in good style."

Ivanovic, whose best result this season was a semifinal appearance at Indian Wells in March, will be playing in her fifth quarterfinal. The 2008 French Open champion is looking for her 12th career title.

Ivanovic will face Serbian qualifier Vesna Dolonc, who advanced to her second career WTA quarterfinal by routing Simona Halep 6-1, 6-0.

Seventh-seeded Maria Kirilenko, the only Russian left in the women's draw, rallied from 5-1 down in the first set to beat Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 7-5, 6-4.

In the second round of the men's tournament, Jerzy Janowicz of Poland advanced to the quarterfinals by beating seventh-seeded Carlos Berlocq of Argentina 6-3, 6-4.

Edouard Roger-Vasselin will play veteran Ivo Karlovic, who served 16 aces to beat Alex Bogomolov Jr., 7-6 (11), 6-4, the last Russian left in the men's draw.


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