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Ivanovic beats hometown hope at Australian Open

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP)

Former No. 1-ranked Ana Ivanovic ended Sam Stosur's hopes of again making a credible showing in her home Grand Slam when she beat the 2011 U.S. Open champion 6-7 (8), 6-4, 6-2 on Friday night in the third round of the Australian Open.

It was the 10th time in 12 attempts that Stosur has failed to advance past the third round at the Australian Open. She lost in the second round last year and the first round in 2012.

Stosur clinched the first set Friday on her seventh set point after coming back from a delay due to rain that forced the roof at Rod Laver Arena to be closed.

Ivanovic dominated the last two sets to set up a fourth-round match against top-ranked Serena Williams.

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