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Australian Open's new glamour slammer - Has tennis found the new Kournikova?

By Sam Edmund

She's tall, quickly becoming tennis's new pin-up and her name's almost the same -- Ana, not Anna.

Also, like Kournikova, 18-year-old Ana Ivanovic's glamorous appearance has heads turning and experts salivating over her marketability.

Fans can take an animated journey through "Ana's world" and check out her modelling shots on www.anaivanovic.com.

Ivanovic has earned more than $530,000 in her 2 1/2 years as a professional, but modelling work, sponsorship and endorsement deals should see that skyrocket.

But that's where the similarities end. This striking brunette from Serbia and Montenegro, is not only turning fans heads -- she is also blasting serves past opponents.

When the Australian Open starts next week, she is expected to slam down the fastest serve on the women's tour.

She has soared more than 700 world rankings since early 2004 and is ranked 21 after beating Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo, ranked third, in the Sydney International on Tuesday.

RMIT marketing lecturer Con Stavros said Ivanovic was a marketing dream.
"She hasn't broken into the multi-million dollar deals yet, I wouldn't think," he said.

"But if she can get into the top 10 or top five and win some titles, that's when she can get $3 million to $4 million in endorsements, let alone prize money."

The daughter of a lawyer and an economist, Ivanovic started playing tennis at five after watching it on television and begging her parents to take her to a local tennis school.

"In the beginning it was very strange to have all this attention, but after a while you get used to it and you realise it's a part of doing the job that you do," Ivanovic said this week.

She is based in the Swiss city of Basel, but we can nearly claim her as our own.

The sexy star regularly visits her family in Melbourne.

Ivanovic is expected to arrive in Melbourne today after her Sydney International charge was ended by Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova yesterday.

"I dream of people watching me holding up my third Wimbledon trophy... Most of all I dream of being a good person to all that are inspired by me I dream of having girls, women, boys, men being fond of not only what I have done on the tennis court, or on the big screen or what I design but I dream of what people think of me as a person.
I dream that people think of me as a giving person as a person that
loves life and is fun to be around." - Serena

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she is striking indeed ...but she needs to lose few pounds...

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She is stunning - but i don't think tennis will ever get another Anna Kournikova!
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She is stunning - but i don't think tennis will ever get another Anna Kournikova!
I agree. She really is very beautiful girl. Too bad that she doesn't play pro tennis any more...

But, IMO, Ana is a totally different type then Kournikova, and I believe that could be her advantage over the other girls…

"I dream of people watching me holding up my third Wimbledon trophy... Most of all I dream of being a good person to all that are inspired by me I dream of having girls, women, boys, men being fond of not only what I have done on the tennis court, or on the big screen or what I design but I dream of what people think of me as a person.
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Cool thing is that she is selling autographed cards on her website...

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As far as I know she's also a very tall girl, about 183 cm I have a faible for tall girls!

But she is certainly on the heavy side, although gorgeous!

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I like how no one mentions male athlete's looks in relation to the amount of endorsements they deserve-- it's all about talent. This article highlights the inequities in how people view female athlete's versus male athlete's.

Why is the media so obsessed with finding a new Kournikova for women's tennis? Every moderately attractive player who comes out gets hyped up this way.The media should be writing about girls who are actually winning titles.
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I really don't know what you guys are talking about. I saw her compete in Sydney and the girl does not have a weight issue! The bod is very hot in fact!
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She is based in the Swiss city of Basel, but we can nearly claim her as our own.
The sexy star regularly visits her family in Melbourne.

Ivanovic is expected to arrive in Melbourne today after her Sydney International charge was ended by Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova yesterday.

Nothing wrong with dreaming, just in reallity they'll never have her!

All she has is SCG!!!!

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she's a naturally beautiful girl but it's stupid to make a kournikova comparison because they have totally different looks and would appeal IMO to very different people. i don't see boys around the world lusting after Ana like they did Anna
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I think it´s pretty funny how every country sees Ivanovic as one of her own...Serbia for sure but also Australia and Switzerland, lol.

As a straight girl, I gotta say that Ana looks great just the way she is. Some people call her a bit overweight but first of all the camera adds 10 pounds (it´s a rule!) and second of all I´d rather see girls of her very normal size running around on tv shows and glamour-mags or whatever than those skinny women where every single bone is visible even under the clothes.

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I think it´s pretty funny how every country sees Ivanovic as one of her own...Serbia for sure but also Australia and Switzerland, lol.
Funny or not, Ana is Serbian!!!!

"I dream of people watching me holding up my third Wimbledon trophy... Most of all I dream of being a good person to all that are inspired by me I dream of having girls, women, boys, men being fond of not only what I have done on the tennis court, or on the big screen or what I design but I dream of what people think of me as a person.
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Funny or not, Ana is Serbian!!!!
they hope for Seles part no.2, but this is no series show! They won't get it!

Switzerland did however get a series show: Vavrinec,Hingis,Mikaelian, Bascinsky,Wawrinka, Gagliardi...Someone should tell them international series show were finished few years ago. Some of those episodes were succesful, some not, some keep rolling on. But they don't plan the new ones!

keep dreamin swiss folks or just wake up and turn the TV off

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I like how no one mentions male athlete's looks in relation to the amount of endorsements they deserve-- it's all about talent. This article highlights the inequities in how people view female athlete's versus male athlete's.

Why is the media so obsessed with finding a new Kournikova for women's tennis? Every moderately attractive player who comes out gets hyped up this way.The media should be writing about girls who are actually winning titles.
well - there is ONE guy that makes the world drool
Gasquet is mouth-watering and the press is so loving him for that.
he's just
I mean - big deal, he beat Federer - evryone is just trying to get in his pants

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