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Struggling Ivanovic bows out in Paris yet again

Ana Ivanovic's miserable Grand Slam run continued yesterday when the 2008 champion crashed out of the French Open barely an hour after play finally got under way at Roland Garros.

The opening four-and-a-half hours of day five were wiped out by rain but the weather seemingly only delayed the inevitable as former world number one Ivanovic was crushed 6-3 6-0 in the second round by number 28 seed Alisa Kleybanova.

Ivanovic, 22, was not seeded for Roland Garros after falling to 42nd in the rankings and extended a sequence that has seen her fail to get past the fourth round of a major since lifting the title on Philippe Chatrier two years ago.

It was another error-strewn performance from the Serbian, who dropped serve five times in total, giving her opponent an easy passage to a third-round match against eighth seed Agnieszka Radwanska or Yaroslava Shvedova.

Radwanska was saved by the resumption of rain as she faced defeat against Shvedova.

The Pole, who beat Britain's Elena Baltacha in round one, was 7-5 5-2 down, with her opponent about to serve for the match, when the heavens reopened.

Number 21 seed Vera Zvonareva was also close to being upset by Anastasia Rodionova, the Russian 6-4 4-3 down and her opponent serving to try to make it 5-3 in the second set.

Fourth seed Jelena Jankovic was level 6-2 3-6 1-1 with Kaia Kanepi, while fifth seed Elena Dementieva was 6-2 0-3 up on Anabel Medina Garrigues.

Belfast Telegraph