Re: If Ivanovic lost that 08 RG Final would she have the same backlash Wozniacki has?
Worse, because look at Safina. Nearly completely identical: First slam final at RG, under perform as the surprise finalist; second slam final at AO, lose to another slam champ, and choke in two different ways (Ana had chances in the first set; Safina just choked in the moment again and faced SlamFinalRena); third slam final at Roland Garros as the heavy favorite, and then choke it away (didn't happen to Ana, Safina wasn't the same) and have one stand out slam run since (Ana still pending, Safina = Wimbledon 2009 SF) and then fall off the face of the earth.
Ana would probably get it worse because 2007-2008 was really the window of opportunity because Serena was just getting over the quarterfinal slump and by 2008, Justine was done, Maria had shoulder problems, and Venus was terrible on clay and had just lost to Ivanovic in Melbourne. Had she not won a major then, she never would get one.
That being said, 3rd time was the charm for her (fortunately) and the pivotal tournament was really, IMO, Wimbledon 2008. Had she managed to escape Zheng, she could have beaten Szavay on grass and at least made the quarters where, against Nicole, anything could have happened. She could have been facing Serena in the semifinal and her confidence would probably have not suffered such a dip had she lost then.
Next stop: Roland Garros
Ana ('08 RG), Serena (21), Venus (7), Petra (2), Angie ('16 AO)
Vika (2), Sveta (2), Simona, Garbi, Ka. Pliskova
Aussie Kim, Mahree (2), Monica (9), Dokic, Sandrine, Jie