3 Jun 2015

Ivanovic and Safarova into last four in Paris

5:19 am on 3 June 2015

Ana Ivanovic and Lucie Safarova will clash for a place in the French Tennis Open final after comfortably defeating younger rivals at a windswept Roland Garros.

The Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic celebrates her quarter-final win at the French Open.

The Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic celebrates her quarter-final win at the French Open. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Ivanovic reached her first grand slam semi-final in seven years when she beat Ukraine's Elina Svitolina 6-3 6-2, while Safarova booked a place in the French Open last four for the first time by seeing off Garbine Muguruza 7-6 6-3.

Serb seventh seed Ivanovic, 27, last made the semi-finals of a major on her way to her only grand slam title in Paris in 2008.

It will be her fifth last-four appearance at a major following similar runs to the 2007 and 2008 semi-finals at Roland Garros, Wimbledon in 2007 and the Australian Open in 2008.

Ivanovic says I don't know whether to feel happy or old... she has now won all her seven meetings against Svitolina, seven years her junior.

The 28-year-old Czech left-hander Safarova followed-up her fourth-round defeat of world number two and defending champion Maria Sharapova with a straight sets beating of 21-year-old Muguruza.

Safarova will be playing in her second career grand slam semi-final after making the last four at Wimbledon in 2014.

The other quarter-finals take place tomorrow when two-time champion Serena Williams tackles Italy's Sara Errani, the 2012 runner-up, and Swiss 23rd seed Timea Bacsinszky faces unseeded Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck.

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