Ivanovic on course for Williams clash

Ana Ivanovic remained on course for a potential showdown with Venus Williams with another easy victory at the US Open in New York.

Ana Ivanovic remained on course for a potential showdown with Venus Williams with another easy victory at the US Open in New York.

If both players live up to their seedings, the Serbian number five is due to face Wimbledon champion and 12th seed Williams in the fourth round and Ivanovic kept her part of the bargain with a second-round 6-3 6-1 victory over France’s Aravane Rezai in the opening match at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Ivanovic suffered an early hiccup when Rezai broke her service but the Serbian changed gear at 3-2, breaking back to win the next four games and take the set by serving out to love.

The winning streak continued in the second set as Ivanovic raced into a 3-0 lead before the Frenchwoman got on the scoreboard.

But the number five was quickly back in control and won the next three games to secure victory after an hour and five minutes on court.

Following her onto Ashe was her potential fourth-round opponent Williams, who was due to take on unseeded Romanian Ioana Raluca Olaru.

All eyes will be on the Wimbledon champion and two-time US Open winner following her brilliant comeback from a left wrist injury in the first round when she dispatched qualifier Kira Nagy of Hungary 6-2 6-1, throwing in a 129mph serve along the way, just one mile per hour short of the fastest women’s serve in US Open history.

Venus’ sister Serena Williams, the eighth seed, was not as sharp in her opening encounter on Monday but still moved on in straight sets past Germany’s Angelique Kerber as she came back from a left-thumb strain.

The 1999 and 2002 champion now faces Italian Maria Elena Camerin when she kicks off the evening session at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at 7pm (1am BST).

Top-seeded Justin Henin was due up at Louis Armstrong Stadium in her second-round match against qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria.

Henin, runner-up to Maria Sharapova last year, is on a roll of late having won six of the 10 events she has contested thus far this season.

One of the six came at Roland Garros, where she became only the woman to capture three straight French Open crowns.

Aiming for her first Grand Slam title, number three Jelena Jankovic faces Belorussian Olga Govortsova in a second round match.

The Serbian, who was named the tour’s most improved player last year, reached the semi-finals of a slam event for the first time here in 2006.

Number 15 Dinara Safina has not been as fortunate as Jankovic, having never made it past the quarter-final round of a grand slam event.

Before Safina, a 21-year old Russian, can think about changing those fortunes, she must first get past second round opponent Ukrainian Kateryna Bondarenko.

After a straight-set victory on Monday, number 14 Elena Dementieva continues her tournament against unseeded Czech Petra Cetkovska.

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