Dinara Safina (RUS) v. Ana Ivanovic (SRB)
Head to head Ivanovic leads Safina 2-1 but she lost their only meeting on clay at Berlin in 2005 6-1, 6-4. Ivanovic's two wins
versus Safina occurred a year later in 2006. Both players have matured into different players since that time.
After losing in the 2007 Paris final to recently retired world number one Justine Henin 6-1, 6-2, Ivanovic appeared to have her
nerves under better control in important matches this year before again losing to current world number one Maria Sharapova of Russia
in the Melbourne final 7-5, 6-3. They say the third time is the charm, but I don't think it will be so for Ivanovic.
Safina has won her last twelve matches in a row, all on claycourts defeating Henin, Sharapova and 2002 Paris champion Serena
Williams of the USA. Ivanovic lost two claycourt matches in a row before Paris.
Both players will attempt to control the points from the baseline with power groundstrokes. Ivanovic looked good in her semifinal
versus fellow Serb Jelena Jankovic hitting big and believing in herself, but Safina has looked even better coming back from matchpoint
down in the fourth round and quarterfinals.