Wimbledon 2011: Ana IvanoviÄ”¡ eases into third round

The 23-year-old cruises through to round three, thrashing Eleni Daniilidou in under an hour at SW19

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Ivanovic is the 18th seed at this year's tournament Photo: The Sport Review

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Serbia’s Ana IvanoviÄ”¡ stormed into the third round of Wimbledon with 6-3 6-0 victory over Greek wild card Eleni Daniilidou.

IvanoviÄ”¡, the 18th seed at SW19, wrapped up her second-round match in under an hour on Court 12 and will next face Petra Cetkovska of the Czech Republic.

The former world No1, who has struggled to rediscover the form that helped her land her only Grand Slam title at Roland Garros in 2008, believes she is now gradually growing in confidence.

“I’m working on a few things and I’m starting to get a little more structure in my training and my preparation – and it’s something that I know is working,” she told reporters after her win.

“It’s about not having doubts when I play. Now I know that’s the way I have to go about it and I stick with it. That wasn’t the case in the past, so I’m really happy to be consistent.”

The 23-year-old added: “Having a good week in Eastbourne and playing well at Birmingham obviously helps you prepare for Wimbledon, and this is where you want to perform your best so I’m really happy to already have two wins.

“I think a lot of players try to peak at this event – it’s one of the biggest tournaments in the world and I’m just very happy to have managed to win a few matches.”

Looking ahead to her fourth-round clash with Cetkovska, she said: “It’s going to be fun, we always have a great time playing doubles together and it’s going to be an interesting one and I really like playing with her.”

Meanwhile, wildcard Sabine Lisicki produced the upset of the tournament by defeating French Open champion Li Na 3-6 6-4 8-6 in an enticing encounter on Centre Court.

The German world No62, who has struggled with a series of injuries and dropped out of the top 200 earlier this year, claimed victory after battling back from a set down to claim an impressive win under the roof.

“It was very hard, I had to start from zero after being seven weeks on crutches,” a tearful Lisicki told BBC Sport. “I appreciated the wildcard and to be back here at Wimbledon, I love it so much.

“The crowd really helped me when I was two match points down, I didn’t realise it could get so loud in there!”

Elsewhere, sixth seed Francesca Schiavone and defending champion Serena Williams both booked their places in the fourth round with wins over Barbora Zahlavova and Simona Halep.

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