NEW YORK —
Ana Ivanovic, who was ranked No. 1 in the world four years ago, the year she won her only Grand Slam-level tournament (the French Open), moved into the third round of the U.S. Open on Thursday.
Ivanovic, seeded 12th, had a thoroughly dominating 6-2, 6-2 win over Sweden's Sofia Arvidsson. Ivanovic spent only 64 minutes on the court and hit 35 forehand winners in the match but no backhand winners, a statistic future opponents might take note of.
Jelena Jankovic, like Ivanovic from Serbia, and like Ivanovic also a formerly No. 1-ranked player, also won her second-round match Thursday. Jankovic, seeded 30th, beat Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino of Spain 6-4, 6-2. While the final score makes Jankovic's win seem easy, she spent 1 hour, 45 minutes on the court.
Ivanovic had come to the U.S. Open uncertain about a foot injury that caused her to withdraw from most of the summer hardcourt preparatory events, said she played without pain Thursday, a good sign.