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Thumbs up Ana Ivanovic - a future Serena / Justine in the mould...

I watched her play against Daniela today and I say she's a very talented, passionate player. Something like Serena and Justine. Her forehand's a deadly weapon, the backhand is something not to be messed with, and her serves... powerful and deadly. She can also play serve-and-volley, runs after every single ball and is not afraid to hit winners whenever there's a chance. All the traits of a champion

The only thing right now which stands in her way is her mental toughness and still quite inexperienced - but then she's still young. She has a lot of time on her side, therefore she can improve on these areas and also sharpen her (quite impressive) array of skills. In 2-3 years time, she might be winning Slams major tournaments at a regular rate, and even be top of the class (#1).

She can do it - and I can't really wait for that to happen

(P.S: She's the only player I see now capable of defeating Justine on her current form. I won't be surprised if she wins the YEC this year).

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Re: Ana Ivanovic - a future Serena / Justine in the mould...

I completely agree, she has future multiple grandslamwinner written all over her. She's got the game especially since she's been moving a lot better this year. Her movement was the thing holding her back but not anymore. Mental toughness needs time to grow and she held her own really well in that nervewrecking tiebreak today!

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Re: Ana Ivanovic - a future Serena / Justine in the mould...

She's actually quite tough when the score gets tight, she's definitely got some mental fortitude, she does needs more experience though, and to beat Justine/Williams sisters would be big for her confidence, but she'll surely become the next new GS champ

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Re: Ana Ivanovic - a future Serena / Justine in the mould...

Ugh, everytime GM starts hyping her up she starts losing, I worried.
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Re: Ana Ivanovic - a future Serena / Justine in the mould...

This is not new information. Some of us have known this for years.

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Re: Ana Ivanovic - a future Serena / Justine in the mould...

Mental thoughness is just great. Ok she's giving away some leads, but tell me. When has she lost a match like that?
If you can call one, then it has to be against Dementieva 6-2 1-0 with a break. She has broken back in the 2nd game, so I'm not sure if you can really count that then.
She never lost a match after having MP. (something that Henin can't say)
So this girl is very tough when it gets tight. You can't call that luck.


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Re: Ana Ivanovic - a future Serena / Justine in the mould...

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She's my fave after Serena and Venus!

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Re: Ana Ivanovic - a future Serena / Justine in the mould...

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This is not new information. Some of us have known this for years.
Yeah... but then some of "the others" (like me) just discovered it recently

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Re: Ana Ivanovic - a future Serena / Justine in the mould...

Mental toughness is already one of her best assets. I haven't seen her yet at the YEC, but her problem is inconsistency. She's slowly but surely improving though.

She definitely has a lot of talent and a huge potential. It all will depend on whether she can pull it all together in the next 2 years, which will be crucial for her career. Her forehand has the potential to be such a dominating shot a la Graf's (ofcourse the only thing is that she won't be able to run around her backhand as much as Steffi did).
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here we go...

None of the next generation will be as good as WS/Henin. I mean none.
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Re: Ana Ivanovic - a future Serena / Justine in the mould...

her talent is enough already to win slam and her capability. One thing she needs to learn is decision making, presence of mind, to hit what shot at what instance. There are times she goes for a winner even out of position. But I believe this are just minor issues considering her lenght of career. She will improve more.

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This is not new information. Some of us have known this for years.
But the point is you can't see if someone is going to be a multiple slamwinner years ago. Surely you can see if someone has slamwinning potential but not a consistent multiple slamwinner and champion. You can see that looking at Ana, she had her weapons 1 1/2 year ago but couldn't make the final hurdle to a higher level. This year she proved she can make that hurdle. She improved her game so much. A lot like the way justine did in end 2002 - beginning 2003.
You have to see how special a multiple grandslamwinner is, it's so hard to become one and only the best become one. And then there's a difference between winning a few and more then 5 like the henin/williams level. Look at kuznetsova, she won a slam but i do not see her winning more because she's not a champion. She just doesn't show that same will/determenation a justine/williams has.(something kim missed as well) She might win 1 more but definetly not more then 5. After this week i realised ana has the potential to win more then 5. She shows the will to win and become a great. And that says A LOT about her qualities. There's no one else on tour right now that i see could win more then 5.(besides a healthy sharapova)

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Re: Ana Ivanovic - a future Serena / Justine in the mould...

Serena and Justine have great movement. There's no comparison with Ana.

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Re: Ana Ivanovic - a future Serena / Justine in the mould...

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Serena and Justine have great movement.

Justine has. Serena had

And Ana has already improved her movement.
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