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Bastian Schweinsteiger cheers Ana Ivanovic on

Paris: Former champion Ana Ivanovic reached the French Open last 16 in just 53 minutes at Roland Garros on Friday. The Serbian seventh seed Ivanovic, the 2008 champion, triumphed over 18-year-old Croatian opponent Donna Vekic 6-0, 6-3.

Serbian Ana Ivanovic blows kisses to the crowd after her French Open third round win over Croatia’s Donna Vekic even as Germany footballler Bastian Schweinsteiger (inset) applauds from the stands
Serbian Ana Ivanovic blows kisses to the crowd after her French Open third round win over Croatia’s Donna Vekic even as Germany footballler Bastian Schweinsteiger (inset) applauds from the stands

Ivanovic won the first seven games before Vekic, the world number 165 and playing in the third round of a major for the first time, stopped the rot and broke for 2-1 in the second set. But that was as good as it got for the teenager as Ivanovic, watched by German footballer boyfriend Bastian Schweinsteiger, swept into a fourth round clash against ninth-seeded Russian Ekaterina Makarova.

“After my first two matches, I have really started to get a little bit of feeling and groove. When you know you are working the right direction, it always gets results,” said the Serb.

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