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Ivanovic puts grand slam glory above ranking




TOKYO, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Ana Ivanovic knows what it feels like to be regarded as the world’s leading player and despite having achieved the honour once in her career, the Serb values grand slam glory over a return to the top of the rankings.

The 20-year-old reached the pinnacle of women’s tennis after winning her maiden grand slam at this year’s French Open but has since slipped down to third after a thumb injury affected her form since that triumph in Paris.

Forced to skip August’s Beijing Olympics, Ivanovic crashed out of the U.S. Open in the second round but insisted she was pain-free ahead of this week’s Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.

“Finally, for the last two weeks I have no pain,” Ivanovic told Reuters on Monday.

“It was very tough (losing the number one ranking) so quickly.

“I really struggled to accept it because that was my dream for a long time and just as I achieved it this thing happened. I have been number one so I believe I can be there again.

“Being number one is a great reward but if you asked me at this moment what I would rather do, it’s win another grand slam before I become number one again.”

Serena Williams returned to the summit of the women’s rankings after a five-year gap following her triumph at the U.S. Open.

Ivanovic’s fellow Serb Jelena Jankovic, the beaten finalist in New York, is the current number two and top seed in Tokyo, where six of the world’s top 10 are appearing.

Russia’s Olympic champion Elena Dementieva and compatriot Dinara Safina round out a closely bunched top-five players on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.

World number seven Svetlana Kuznetsova is the third Russian top-10 player in the draw for this week’s $1.34 million tournament.

“It’s exciting for women’s tennis,” Ivanovic said. “I think Serena’s a great champion and it will be very tough to return to the top… but it’s a great challenge.”

Having already beaten Jankovic to a grand slam title, Ivanovic admitted there was added incentive in getting one over her countrywoman.

“I can’t say we are friends,” Ivanovic added. “Girls in general don’t become very close on the tour but we motivate each other. If you see the other one winning you want to win too.” (Editing by John O’Brien)
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Re: Ivanovic puts grand slam glory above ranking

she was a weakass no.1 same with her compatriot
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i think it's natural to want to win slams over being number 1

number 1 means way less without the slams to back it up

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Of course she does. Who doesnt? plus she was a weak ass number 1 anyways.... winning a grand total of 3 matches........

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Re: Ivanovic puts grand slam glory above ranking

All the glory is in winning a slam. A #1 ranking without the slams doesn't mean much
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“I can’t say we are friends,” Ivanovic added. “Girls in general don’t become very close on the tour but we motivate each other. If you see the other one winning you want to win too.” (Editing by John O’Brien)
I think it is safe to say Ana was rooting for Serena to win the USO.

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Re: Ivanovic puts grand slam glory above ranking

No shit.

Slams are everything, the ranking comes as a secondary bonus.
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Slams are everything, the ranking comes as a secondary bonus.
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GS are far more important then no1

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when you reached nr.1 you say stuff like that. but if you havent yet its a major goal...

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Ana will win many more slams,

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ofcourse she should put grand slam glory above ranking...She has a chance of getting no.1 ranking again...
Cant say the same about slams.
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Of course Majoli 2.0 prefers Grand Slam glory.

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you get the slam the no. 1 is not very far

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Ana will win many more slams,
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