Clijsters stormed to a 6-2 6-1 victory over the 22-year-old Serb in less than an hour to set up a clash with either Samantha Stosur or Elena Dementieva for a place in the last four.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“You always want to do well at the tournaments where youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve done well,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Clijsters, who is on an 18-match winning streak in New York. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Obviously the US Open is s special tournament to me.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t able to defend my title in 2006 so coming here as a defending champion is a new experience and something that kind of keeps it fresh too. Tennis-wise, I feel IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been improving every match. I want to try and keep it going.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Former world No1 Ivanovic has never reached the quarter-finals at the US Open and admitted nerves played their part during her disappointing defeat to the Belgian.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think nerves crept in,Ã¢â‚¬Â Ivanovic said, who has struggled with her form since winning the French Open in 2008. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I just felt like, you know, I was on the big stage again. I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have that feeling for a long time.
“Lots of emotions came back, and I felt just a little slow and just a little bit, you know, out of it. But she played well. I had my opportunities in the beginning that I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t convert, so that was a little bit disappointing.”
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