Ana Ivanovic handed Maria Sharapova her first loss of the spring clay season as she beat the Russian eighth seed 6-1, 6-4 on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals of the ATP-WTA Rome Masters. (Also read: Li Na advances to quarters)
Sharapova had won back-to-back titles in Stuttgart and Madrid, compiling a dozen straight victories. (Related: Haas upsets Wawrinka)
Ivanovic, the 2008 Roland Garros winner and world number one, had won just two of ten previous meetings with the four-time grand slam champion, the last seven years ago at a Roland Garros semi-final. (Bopanna-Qureshi knocked out)
The Serb next plays Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro.