From down 15-40 in the first game on her serve, Ana played really well and Iveta was terrible until 6-0 1-0. Then Iveta held and I knew the brainfart would come. Ana lost serve to love with some pretty bad errors. I wondered what would happen. I was screaming 'ajde' sitting on the sofa. And then I saw it. The fire in her eyes. The slight change in the grunt that I haven't heard in a very long time - for one year, exactly. Just the little. It transforms her. She starts thinking clearly, hits the ball sweetly, and the opponent can feel it. Burning. Scorching. Even down 40-15 in the game at 3-2, I knew she would break. Too obvious. Too predictable. That's Ana Ivanovic. A very long deuce game and she finally breaks. A huge 'ajde' and I was certain she would win then. An amazing slice drop shot to set up match point, and finished in style.
Ana First GS second week since RG last year, and what a way to get to it!
Ana Ivanovic is now retired.
Justine Henin. Amelie Mauresmo. Francesca Schiavone.