24 May 2009

Williams and Ivanovic prepare for Paris

7:41 am on 24 May 2009

The tennis players Serena Williams, the 2002 French Open winner, and the defending champion Ana Ivanovic, say recent injury problems, which overshadowed their Roland Garros build-up, are behind them.

World No.2 Williams hobbled out of her opening match in Madrid last week having failed to recover from a knee injury which played a large part in earlier, successive defeats in Marbella and Rome.

It means she hasn't won a match on clay since last year's French Open when she was knocked out in the third round by Katarina Srebotnik.

Ivanovic, a popular winner in 2008 before a brief spell as the world No.1, skipped the Madrid Open because of a knee injury but said she is back to full fitness.