Ana Ivanovic Beats Maria Sharapova to Advance to Rome Last Eight

Ana Ivanovic defeated Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-4 in pre-quarters and will take on Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro in the last-eight clash.

updated: May 15, 2014 21:47 IST
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Rome: Ana Ivanovic handed Maria Sharapova her first loss of the spring clay season as she beat the Russian eighth seed 6-1, 6-4 on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals of the ATP-WTA Rome Masters. (Also read: Li Na advances to quarters)

Sharapova had won back-to-back titles in Stuttgart and Madrid, compiling a dozen straight victories. (Related: Haas upsets Wawrinka)

Ivanovic, the 2008 Roland Garros winner and world number one, had won just two of ten previous meetings with the four-time grand slam champion, the last seven years ago at a Roland Garros semi-final. (Bopanna-Qureshi knocked out)

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