Ivanovic: Ball Basher
It easy, when it's been so long since we've seen her play well, to lump Ivanovic in with Sharapova and Safina and Dementieva and Vaidisova and Kuznetsova, and even, to my dismay, Venus* sometimes.
Ball-basher. Just run back and forth along the baseline, hitting as hard as you can. Brainless, boring tennis.
Ivanovic, is no ball basher. In fact, I must say, she has a very pretty game. She actually knows how to use a slice as an offensive weapon, she hit drop shots from the back half of the court that Serena couldn't run down. Serena. And of course, she can hit the hell out of the ball. And she moves pretty well, actually. Her top speed isn't that fast, but her footwork is good. She's more fluid than Sharapova or Safina, gets to net set up right ...
I've been writing, for a while now, that Venus Williams has the most effective volleys in the top ten. If that was an example of Ivanovic-normal then Ivanovic has the most effective volleys in the top ten. She reminded me of Hingis a couple times, with her choices at net.
I will certainly be looking forward to seeing her play again, and I can see her winning IW.
*Venus-defenders, relax! Remember, I'm one of you. Yes she topspins, yes she comes to net more than most, but Venus is a defensive player. It just doesn't look like defense because she's usually hitting harder, more difficult shots than the opponent. However, this thread is not about my favorite player. It's about Ana Ivanovic.
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