Ex-champ Ivanovic loses French 3rd round

Ana Ivanovic’s hopes of adding to her 2008 French Open success ended tamely on Saturday as she was beaten by Ukrainian 18th seed Elina Svitolina 6-4 6-4 in the third round.

A year ago, it seemed like Ivanovic was emerging from a prolonged slump after making it to the Paris semi-finals for the first time since her title run.

However, the Serbian 14th seed’s form has nosedived over the past 12 months and she has since failed to progress past the third round of the subsequent four majors.

The 28-year-old recovered from 4-1 down in the second set to level at 4-4 but the brief fightback only delayed the inevitable.

A forehand slapped into the net ended her ordeal and she pulled her white sun visor over her eyes as she made a quick exit from the Court One bullring.

Svitolina, a quarter-finalist 12 months ago, will next play defending champion Serena Williams or French hopeful Kristina Mladenovic.

In other third-round action, eighth-seeded Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland reached the last 16 by beating Frenchwoman Pauline Parmentier 6-4 6-2.

Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan also advanced, defeating Italian Karin Knapp 6-1 6-1.

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