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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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Re: Ivanovic: Ball Basher

You sound like you are now discovering her game. What you mentioned is why she will always do well on the red clay.
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I like Ana. Every since I say her hold her ground against Venus in their first meeting in Zurich, I was like
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I think Sharpie may be a bit faster than Ana, actually.

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When Ana can get her head together, she has a nice, smooth all around game that is beautiful to watch. The best i've seen from her was from the second set of a match she played last year against Petrova during her slump. Of course then she lost the third set.

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Re: Ivanovic: Ball Basher

Elena has no firepower , not a ballbasher imo
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You sound like you are now discovering her game. What you mentioned is why she will always do well on the red clay.
I have a faint recollection of a tall darkhaired player with a stylish game, but I thought she'd retired or something.

I haven't seen Ivanovic play like that since, well, more to the point, everytime I've seen her since she's looked ... blah. I actually started collecting the stats for a thread about it. The quality of the players she's been losing to since RG last year ...

If she can find her way back from the wilderness, I'd say the WTA has two stars to build on for the Williams-less to come. I mean, what has been going on with her?

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Re: Ivanovic: Ball Basher

She's never been a brainless ballbasher, I thought everyone already knew that. She couldn't be with that backhand which has all sorts of pace changes throughout a match.


Anyway, there is nothing "unpretty" about ballbashing either.
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Re: Ivanovic: Ball Basher

Ana has a nice all around game, some great touch.. if she is playing well. If she isn't, she usually gets brainless..

But her game is not about hitting hard. It's about setting up her forehand. And lately she has been almost a net rusher, going to the net in every game to some good results. She had some great volleys, slices and pick ups today. And she was also defending very well. I love Ana's squash forehand. I really hope she can keep improving and moving foward with her game.

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Re: Ivanovic: Ball Basher

I don't understand your analysis, if that's what that was supposed to be.

By what you say, almost all the top women are ball bashers.

If you watch more matches from Ana, she has wildly good days at the net and some where she's completely flat, net rushing at bad times.

And according to you, Venus would be a risky, hard hitting, defensive player?
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She's a ball basher just as much as Sharapova/WS/Davenport are ball bashers which is to say she's not.
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Ana is a champion, I think in some ways her game is very raw. If she learns to manage her emotions and can own her game, she will be a great champion.
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Ana is a champion, I think in some ways her game is very raw. If she learns to manage her emotions and can own her game, she will be a great champion.
I agree. Ana's game is still very raw. She needs some development, and can become a great player in the future.

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I agree. Ana's game is still very raw. She needs some development, and can become a great player in the future.
The problem is that she's very slow at maturing and developing.
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