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Ana Ivanovic, of Serbia, returns the ball during the second set of her match against Carol Zhao in the Bank of the West Classic tennis tournament in Stanford, Calif., Thursday, July 31, 2014. Ivanovic won 6-1, 6-1. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Ana Ivanovic advanced to her first Bank of the West quarterfinal, beating qualifier Carol Zhao 6-1, 6-1 on Thursday.

The 11th-ranked Serb, looking for her fourth title of the year, will face top-ranked Serena Williams on Friday.

Zhao, a sophomore All-American at Stanford, appeared in her second WTA Tour event and gained her first career win at the level Tuesday when Yanina Wickmeyer retired because of a viral infection.

Ivanovic, a former No. 1, had three aces and won 75 percent of her first-serve points.

In other matches, third-seeded Angelique Kerber beat Coco Vandeweghe, 7-6(4), 0-6, 6-2, and Garbine Muguruza topped Daniela Hantuchova, 6-4, 6-4.

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