Ana Ivanovic Knocked Out of US Open by Kateryna Bondarenko

Ana+Ivanovic in US Open Day 2
Ana Ivanovic of Serbia returns a shot against Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine during day two of the 2009 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1, 2009 in Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Getty Images)more pics »The year 2009 has not been kind to Ana Ivanovic. Last year, she entered the US Open as the top women's seed, only to be uspet by an undergod French qualifier. This year, she entered with lowered expectations, but was still vanquished by a lower-ranked player.

Ivanovic returns a shot during her defeat at the hands of Kateryna Bondarenko. (Getty Images)
This time around, it was was 52-ranked Kateryna Bondarenko of the Ukraine, who bested the Serbian in a three-set match, winning 2-6, 6-3, 7-6. While Ivanovic put on a good show at Flushing Meadows, Bondarenko seemed to be deeply into her own game, shaking off a last-minute double fault and letting Ivanovic defeat herself, slapping a forehand shot into the net to end the match.

Since tearing her thigh muscle, Ivanovic has seemed unable to regain the height of play she once held, failing to advance past the fourth round of any of the four majors this year. Indeed, Ivanovic has failed to win a regular title on this year's tour.
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