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    Ivanovic faces early exit at French Open

    PARIS: Ana Ivanovic hit another low in her slide since winning the French Open two years ago, losing 6-3 6-0 to 28th-seeded Alisa Kleybanova of Russia in the second round on a rainy Thursday.

    Former women''s winner Serena Williams also had to kick her heels, with their matches just two of the 41 that were scrubbed from the rain-soaked schedule.

    Ivanovic, the 2008 champion and former world number one, bowed out meekly 6-3, 6-0 to big-hitting Russian 28th seed Alisa Kleybanova, who has made the last 32 for the first time.

    Kleybanova will now face Kazakhstan''s Yaroslava Shvedova, who put out eighth seeded Pole Agnieszka Radwanska, for a fourth-round spot.

    Japan''s Date Krumm, who turns 40 in September and made her Paris debut in 1989, was unable to repeat her stunning first-round dismissal of former world number one Dinara Safina as she lost to Australia''s Jarmila Groth.

    With Date Krumm carrying a calf injury, the Slovakian-born Groth cruised to a 6-0, 6-3 win and next faces compatriot Anastasia Rodionova, who put out Russian 21st seed Vera Zvonareva.

    Serbian fourth seed Jelena Jankovic, twice a semi-finalist, also moved into the last 32 with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 win over Estonian qualifier Kaia Kanepi.

    Fourth seed Murray resumed his match with Argentina''s Juan Ignacio Chela and won 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 6-2 to set up a last 32 clash with Cypriot 25th seed Marcos Baghdatis.

    American sixth seed Roddick reached the third round with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 win over Slovenia''s Blaz Kavcic and next faces Russia''s Teimuraz Gabashvili.

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