Ana Ivanovic beat Maria Sharapova for the first time in seven years today in Rome. And in straight sets. The 2007 French Open champion beat the 2012 Rome champion in 6-1, 6-4. Meanwhile, two-time Rome champion Jelena Jankovic eliminated Flavia Pennetta from the tournament by beating her in straight sets, and Aga Radwanska defeated Francesca Schiavone. That means that Sara Errani is the last Italian woman left in the draw. Errani beat qualifier Petra Cetkovska 6-4, 7-6.
Li Na, as previously noted, had her first-ever victory over Sam Stosur, and Charleston champions Anabel Medina Garrigues and Yaroslava Shvedova upset top seeds Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai in doubles. Tomorrow, Cara Black and Sania Mirza will play Errani and partner Roberta Vinci.
Also tomorrow, Jankovic and Radwanska will vie for a spot in the semifinals.