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When you've lost seven in a row to one of the world's best players, luck is a welcome entity. Just ask Ana Ivanovic, who got ridiculously lucky in Rome when her errant forehand clinked off the purple WTA logo and into the forecourt for a devilish little winner, a break point and a 2-0 lead against her longtime nemesis Maria Sharapova on Thursday at the Internazionali BNL D'Italia.

More: Ivanovic Ends Seven-Match Losing Streak to Sharapova in Rome

Cue the apology and the wry smile, which we're sure Maria Sharapova greatly appreciated...

After this dose of good fortune Ivanovic proceeded from the intersection of preparation and opportunity to put a breadstick on Sharapova in the first set, and she was off and running in the direction of her third career victory over the Russian, and her first since the 2007 French Open.

Ivanovic will face Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro in the quarterfinals. With a little more luck she could find herself in the semifinals at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia for the second time in her career, and first time since 2010.

The big question: Who got luckier: Ivanovic with the above shot, or Marcos Baghdatis, who was blessed by the tennis gods in Miami with this lucky let cord winner against Santiago Giraldo earlier in the year?