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Sexy Ivanovic charms Sydney

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By Chico Harlan

January 09, 2008 12:00am

BECAUSE Justine Henin's scheduled opponent yesterday strained a muscle and couldn't play, officials moved Ana Ivanovic's match to Centre Court, leaving Ivanovic with no choice whatsoever but to play in front of thousands and charm the world all over again.

Tennis fans love to love Ivanovic. Those who watched her defeat Virginie Razzano yesterday to claim a spot in the Medibank International quarter-finals witnessed an alluring combination of grace and fortitude and power, and that doesn't even include any characteristics the male 18 to 34 demographic might wish to include.

She's 20 years old now. She grew up in bombed-out Serbia and practised tennis within the walls of an empty swimming pool.

Today, as the fourth-ranked woman in the world, she earns more than $2 million annually and shops at Louis Vuitton and can rattle off her 10 favourite restaurants in the world.

You need to know both of these sides of Ivanovic because they reflect the division in her mannerisms - half toughness, half sweetness. This makes her, let it be said, a memorable breed of predator.

If she's not yet a household name it's only because she's still seeking her first major title. It's not for lack of charisma. Her face forms a natural, easy smile and even when she's backed into tough fights, you might sense desire, but never displeasure. She's pure as a ponytail.

On her personal website, she takes time once or twice a month to answer fan questions. (She wishes she could answer them all. There are just too many!)

No, she does not have a Facebook.com profile (Just not enough time!)

She loves sushi and fresh orange juice and Lost. She sometimes has trouble sleeping before matches. She has a knack for sudoku puzzles. She wishes everybody a Happy New Year and hopes you can achieve your goals. (Love, Ana!)

In an instant, though, Ivanovic can sprout fangs - the lesson from yesterday. Ivanovic trailed Razzano, a top-30 player from France, 5-2 in the third set; she'd dropped 11 of the last 15 games and what looked early on like a sweat-free drubbing - Ivanovic won the first set 6-1 - had collapsed into a near-upset.

But then something happened, perhaps on account of Razzano's nerves, perhaps more because of Ivanovic's resolve. She regained the certainty behind her shot placement and suddenly Ivanovic was fist-pumping and yelping and staging a frantic comeback.

With eyes closed, a spectator within the pro-Ana arena could determine who won a given point.

And Ivanovic kept winning. She worked it to 5-3, 5-4 then she broke Razzano's serve for a 6-5 lead. Flag-draped fans on Ivanovic's right chanted her first name. Those on the opposite side chanted "Serbia! Serbia!".

"I really appreciate the support," Ivanovic later said, "and it helped me through that third set. It was tough at 5-2, I had my back against the wall. But I felt she was also a little bit nervous."

Surely not, Ana, fiery but for- ever cool.

When Razzano's final shot died in the net, Ivanovic screamed with delight and blew kisses to the crowd. She sauntered over for an on-court interview and, though still short of breath, couldn't suppress a delighted, satisfied grin - the return of sweet Ana.

"The people here are so nice," she said. "Thanks so much for coming!"

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Well, first off she has a name....
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i like Ana but this is like the 5th bubble gum piece to appear in a Sydney newspaper about her since she got in here mid December. Her press team do a good job
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Well let's face it, what's not to like?

Unless you are a wife/girlfriend and your man has suddenly gained an interest in womens tennis!
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Well, first off she has a name....
who cares? Henin would have trashed her anyways

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who cares? Henin would have trashed her anyways
It wasn't Henin who won last time they played!
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i like Ana but this is like the 5th bubble gum piece to appear in a Sydney newspaper about her since she got in here mid December. Her press team do a good job
It's not her press team, search on google news there are like 100 articles about her win. Reasons are it was an entertaining match but most of all she looks amazing (that dress is going to win many newspapers to her side!).

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It wasn't Henin who won last time they played!
that's why! Bartoli's bagel at YEC?

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It's not her press team, search on google news there are like 100 articles about her win. Reasons are it was an entertaining match but most of all she looks amazing (that dress is going to win many newspapers to her side!).
they are internet articles about tennis, they aren't appearing on full page of major metropolitan newspapers like these one were. i'm sure all those article talked about how smart and sexy she is as well
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Ana is a sweet young lady,but she is not sexy.
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So overrated.

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So overrated.
the typical Dementieva fan: jealous that her idol is fading away while Ana is rising to stardom

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the typical Dementieva fan: jealous that her idol is fading away while Ana is rising to stardom
uhm no actually. Not everyone has to think that Ivanovic is sexy She is pretty and talented yes.

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I agree with the conclusion that she is pretty, but not sexy. She doesn't have a seductive personality. Anna K is sexy. Ivanovic is more girl next door like than sexy. Sharapova could be sexy, but she's too thin, in my opinion. Golovin is sexy.

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