- Associated Press - Thursday, October 14, 2010

LINZ, AUSTRIA (AP) - Despite being docked a game for a bathroom-break time violation, Ana Ivanovic defeated Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-3, 6-2 Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Generali Ladies.

Ivanovic asked for a bathroom break after the opening game of the match. The umpire gave her four penalty points _ effectively a whole game _ upon her return for taking too much time.

The chair umpire said she was docked one point for every 20 seconds she went over the time limit.

Ivanovic blamed it on “a miscommunication,” saying she thought she had been allowed to leave the court.

“I felt a bit sick, so I had to go to the toilet,” the seventh-ranked Ivanovic told Austrian broadcaster ORF. “I asked the referee and I thought he granted me permission to go so, I was really surprised to be punished.”

Ivanovic, who won the event in 2008, said she got over it.

“It did not disturb my concentration, and it didn’t really matter because I won the match,” she said.

Ivanovic will play Julia Goerges, who beat fifth-seeded Petra Kvitova 6-2, 6-1.



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