A compelling match-up between world No. 13 Ana Ivanovic and French No. 1 Alize Cornet is scheduled to take place in the second round of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia on Wednesday afternoon. The two elite competitors have crossed paths on two previous occasions on the WTA tour, and are tied at 1-1 in the head-to-head series. The rubber match will be played on clay, which marks the first time they clash on this particular surface.
Serbian No. 2 Ana Ivanovic defeated Italy’s Karin Knapp in the opening round of the Italian Open on Monday afternoon, and lost only two games in the process. It was a smooth transition from Madrid to Rome, and she will be looking to maintain her form against the crafty Alize Cornet. Ivanovic’s best performance at this event was in 2010, when she reached the semi-final. Last year, she lost in the opening round to Urszula Radwanska.
World No. 21 Alize Cornet began her week in Rome with a strong showing against Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens. The top ranked Frenchwoman defeated her opponent 6-3, 6-2 to cruise into the second round, where she will now meet Serbian star Ana Ivanovic. While Cornet is a former finalist in Rome, she had not gotten past the first round since 2009, which speaks volumes of her improvements this year.
This marks the third time these two competitors will meet on the professional circuit, with the series tied at 1-1. With this being the rubber match, it will be interesting to see who comes out on top. Ivanovic has had more practice on clay courts this season, and has been very successful over the past month. This will likely give her the edge in this intriguing contest.
Prediction: Ana Ivanovic in Three Sets