IVANOVIC

  • Top-seeded Ana Ivanovic advances to Monterrey Open quarter-finals 1 hour 28 minutes ago

    Mexico: Top-seeded defending champion Ana Ivanovic of Serbia advanced to the quarter-finals in the Monterrey Open on Wednesday night, beating Pauline Parmentier of France 6-3, 6-2. Ivanovic will face France's Kristina Mladenovic, a 6-4, 6-2 winner over Russia's Vera Zvonareva in the hard-court event at Sierra Madre Tennis Club. Second-seeded Sara Errani...
  • Badminton: Ashwini Ponnappa-Vladimir Ivanov knocked out of German Open 6 days ago

    Germany: Indian badminton player Ashwini Ponnappa, partnering Russian Vladimir Ivanov, was knocked out of the mixed doubles pre quarter-finals at the $120,000 German Open Grand Prix Gold on Thursday. The Indo-Russian pair lost to English third seeds Chris and Gabrielle Adcock 19-21, 15-21 in 37 minutes at the RWE-Sporthalle. The English pair...
  • Kvitova follows Venus Williams to early exit in Dubai February 18, 2015

    Dubai Second-seeded Petra Kvitova and fourth-seeded Ana Ivanovic followed defending champion Venus Williams to an early exit at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Wednesday. In all, five of the top eight seeded players failed to reach Thursday's quarterfinals: Kvitova, Ivanovic, No. 5 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 7 Angelique Kerber and No. 8...
  • Champions League: Chelsea get crucial away goal at PSG in 1-1 draw February 18, 2015

    Striker Edinson Cavani gave Paris Saint-Germain a Champions League lifeline on Tuesday with a second-half equaliser as his team battled to a 1-1 draw with Chelsea in the last 16. After defender Branislav Ivanovic put Chelsea ahead in the 36th minute of the first-leg match with a looping header, Cavani equalised...
  • Chelsea and Everton charged for mass scuffle February 13, 2015

    Chelsea and Everton have been charged by the FA after Wednesday's stormy Premier League encounter but Branislav Ivanovic will face no action for his clash with James McCarthy. "Both Chelsea and Everton have been charged by the FA for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or...
  • Broken toe cause of early Australian Open exit: Ana Ivanovic February 11, 2015

    Dubai: Former women's World No.1 Ana Ivanovic on Wednesday cited a broken toe as one of the reasons for her first round exit from the Australian Open tennis tournament, saying it interfered with her preparation. The fifth seed lost in the first round, despite reaching the final of the warm-up tournament...
  • Seven-point lead means nothing in England, says Jose Mourinho February 8, 2015

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said the Premier League title race is still open despite his team stretching their lead over Manchester City to seven points on Saturday. Branislav Ivanovic secured a 2-1 win for Chelsea at Aston Villa while City needed a late James Milner goal to scrape a 1-1 home...
  • EPL: Chelsea extend lead atop Premier League to 7 points February 7, 2015

    Chelsea extended their Premier League lead to seven points by beating Aston Villa 2-1 on Saturday as Manchester City were held to a 1-1 draw by Hull. Eden Hazard and Branislav Ivanovic netted for Chelsea, either side of Jores Okore's header for Villa, which ended a goal drought of 11 hours...
  • Chelsea into Capital One Cup final after fiery win over Liverpool January 28, 2015

    London: Branislav Ivanovic headed Chelsea into the Capital One Cup final with a 1-0 victory over Liverpool on Tuesday, settling an enthralling semi-final in extra time. After a 1-1 draw in the first leg, Ivanovic rose to meet Willian's free kick in the 94th minute at Stamford Bridge to secure Chelsea's...
  • Australian Open: Federer, Nadal, Sharapova cruise; Ivanovic crashes out January 19, 2015

    Melbourne: Big guns Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova successfully blasted their way into the Australian Open second round on Monday but the Grand Slam dream of Ana Ivanovic was shattered. Second seed Federer, third seed Nadal and sixth seed Andy Murray all enjoyed straight sets wins, with rising stars...
  • Rod Laver Arena is really imposing, says smiling Lucie Hradecka January 19, 2015

    Melbourne: For about 20 minutes on Monday, Lucie Hradecka felt that playing on Rod Laver Arena was so overwhelming that she was never going to be able to nail a first serve or return anything that Ana Ivanovic blasted at her. About an hour later, she was screaming in delight after...
  • Ana Ivanovic crashes out in 1st round of Australian Open January 19, 2015

    Melbourne: Fifth-seeded Ana Ivanovic struggled with her serve and lost in three sets to Czech qualifier Lucie Hradecka in first big upset of the Australian Open. The former No. 1-ranked Ivanovic, a finalist at the 2008 Australian Open, breezed through the first set in 21 minutes with three service breaks on...
  • Maria Sharapova beats Ana Ivanovic to win Brisbane International January 10, 2015

    Maria Sharapova beat Ana Ivanovic in the final of the Brisbane International on Saturday in a display that bodes well for her chances at the Australian Open. It has been seven years since Sharapova won her only Australian Open title but if she can take her form from Brisbane to Melbourne,...
  • Sharapova, Ivanovic reach Brisbane final January 9, 2015

    Russia's Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic of Serbia won their semi-finals at the Brisbane International on Friday to set up a highly-anticipated showdown in the lead-up to this month's Australian Open. Sharapova beat the talented Ukrainian Elina Svitolina 6-1 6-3 to reach the final without dropping a set while Ivanovic battled...
  • Gritty Ana Ivanovic advances to Brisbane International final January 9, 2015

    Brisbane: Serbia's Ana Ivanovic battled her way into the final of the Brisbane International on Friday, beating American Varvara Lepchenko 7-6(2) 6-4. Ivanovic, who came from a set down to win her previous match, once again had to dig deep before seeing off Lepchenko after nearly two hours on the Pat...
  • Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic to compete at Brisbane International November 26, 2014

    Brisbane: Tennis players Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic will start the new season at the Brisbane International, the only premier-level event in the opening week of 2015, organisers confirmed Wednesday. Sharapova was at times just a loss away from falling out of the world's top-10 during the clay court season but...
  • Interview: My best years have been with Chelsea, says Ivanovic October 26, 2014

    If Chelsea dominate the defence on the field, then the credit must go to their versatile defender Branislav Ivanovic. Ivanovic is close to completing seven years at Stamford Bridge, and the 30-year-old, who has 276 Chelsea appearances and 27 goals to his name, finds it hard to believe how time...
  • Ivanovic bows out despite beating Halep at WTA Finals October 24, 2014

    Serbia's Ana Ivanovic just missed out on a place in the semi-finals of the season-ending WTA Finals despite beating Simona Halep in the final group match on Friday. Under the rules of the round-robin competition, Ivanovic needed to win in straight sets to leapfrog Serena Williams in the group standings and...
  • Ana Ivanovic downs Eugenie Bouchard for first Singapore win October 22, 2014

    Singapore: Ana Ivanovic recovered from her opening loss to race to a 6-1 6-3 victory over an out-of-sorts Eugenie Bouchard on Wednesday, putting the world number seven back into the mix for a WTA Finals last-four berth. The Serb was edged by world number one Serena Williams in her first appearance...
  • Shuttlers Ashwini-Ivanov in main draw of French Open Super Series October 21, 2014

    Paris: India's Ashwini Ponnappa and her Russian partner Vladimir Ivanov qualified for the main draw of the mixed doubles event at the USD 275,000 French Open Super Series on Tuesday. Ashwini and Ivanov first defeated local pair of Vincent Espen and Manon Krieger 21-9 21-7 in 20 minutes before getting a...
  • Serena Williams beats Ana Ivanovic in WTA Finals opener October 21, 2014

    Singapore: A new venue, an injury-hit preparation and insults from a top sports official - none of it could stop Serena Williams' winning streak at the WTA Finals. The three-time defending champion made it 16-straight wins at the season-ending championships by beating Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-4 in Monday's tournament opener, shaking...
  • Mixed doubles pair of Ponnappa-Ivanov out of Denmark Open October 15, 2014

    Odense (Denmark): The Indo-Russian mixed doubles badminton pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Vladimir Ivanov were knocked out in the first round of the Denmark Open Super Series Premier here on Wednesday. Ponnappa-Ivanov lost 18-21, 18-21 in 30 minutes to Hong Kong pair Yun Lung Chan and Ying Suet Tse at the...
  • Ana Ivanovic pulls out of Linz with hip injury October 8, 2014

    Ana Ivanovic pulled out of the Generali Ladies with a left hip injury on Wednesday, one day after receiving medical treatment during her first-round win over Pauline Parmentier of France. In a statement on the tournament website, the two-time former champion from Serbia says, "This injury has been plaguing me the...
  • Two-time former champion Ivanovic wins Linz opener October 8, 2014

    Linz: Ana Ivanovic overcame a left thigh injury to beat Pauline Parmentier of France 6-3, 6-2, while Italy's Camila Giorgi routed fourth-seeded Andrea Petkovic 6-1, 6-2 in the opening round of the Generali Ladies on Tuesday. Ivanovic, who won the event in 2008 and 2010 and reached the final last year,...
  • Seeds tumble at Wuhan Open but Maria Sharapova survives September 22, 2014

    Organisers of the WTA's inaugural Wuhan Open, still reeling from last week's retirement of the city's tennis trailblazer Li Na, suffered the loss of further headline acts on Monday with the early exit of seeded players. Fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska was ousted in three sets by Caroline Garcia of France, while...
  • Ana Ivanovic beats Caroline Wozniacki to win Pan Pacific Open September 21, 2014

    Thirdseeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia beat secondseeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 62, 76 (2) on Sunday to win the Pan Pacific Open. In a match that featured two former World No. 1s, Ivanovic broke Wozniacki three times in the first set at Ariake Coliseum and won the secondset tiebreaker with a...
  • Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic reach the final at Pan Pacific Open September 20, 2014

    Secondseeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark beat Garbine Muguruza of Spain 64, 26, 62 on Saturday to reach the final of the Pan Pacific Open. The US Open finalist lost the first two games of the third set but took advantage of an increasingly erratic Muguruza and won when her opponent sent...
  • Angelique Kerber reaches quarterfinals at Pan Pacific Open September 17, 2014

    Tokyo: Ana Ivanovic stalled Victoria Azarenka's comeback from a foot injury with a 63, 64 win to make the Pan Pacific Open quarterfinals on Wednesday. In the match between the former major champions and No. 1s, Azarenka committed seven of her nine double faults in the first set and her serve...
  • Diego Costa nets double as Chelsea beat Everton 63 in a goalfest August 31, 2014

    Liverpool: Diego Costa scored in the first and last minutes to lead Chelsea to a 63 win over Everton in a wild shootout Saturday, leaving the title favorites with maximum points from their opening three matches in the Premier League. Chelsea displayed their newfound attacking sparkle with a ruthless performance at...