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Former Top-Ranked Players Ivanovic, Jankovic Advance To Third Round Of US Open

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Ana Ivanovic of Serbia celebrates after defeating Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden in their women's singles second-round match. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Ana Ivanovic of Serbia celebrates after defeating Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden in their women’s singles second-round match. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Former top-ranked players Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic of Serbia are quietly into the third round of the US Open with impressive performances so far.

Each has dropped just nine games through two straight-set wins. The 12th-seeded Ivanovic beat 51st-ranked Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden 6-2, 6-2 on Thursday. Jankovic, seeded 30th, defeated 115th-ranked Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino of Spain 6-4, 6-2.

Both women reached No. 1 in the world in 2008. It was a breakthrough year for Serbian tennis, as Ivanovic won the French Open and countryman Novak Djokovic took the Australian Open.

While Djokovic has since won four more Grand Slam titles, Ivanovic and Jankovic have often struggled in the last four years.

Ivanovic and Jankovic haven’t made much noise at Grand Slams over the past few years, but they’re certainly still threats in the women’s game. Sound off with your thoughts and comments below…

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