Re: Who is greater, Ana Ivanovic or Victoria Azarenka?
Azarenka reach #1 and first GS title like extreme surface specialist - (almost) everything notable which she ever won so far coming from MEDIUM FAST HC: AO2012, Miami 2009 and 2011 (plus two AO warm-up events Brisbane and Sydney) and she is also arguable elite indoors player (played YEC final, won Moscow and couple indoors MM, plus Madrid indoors-clay final). Everything else is shockingly mediocre even for random TOP10 player career achievements standards (only notable: Wimbledon and USO SF and just one HC-fast tier-II title).
On other hand Ana Ivanovic (on her best) is much more all-round player. Ana played on clay two back-to-back RG finals winning one title (plus one tier-I title), on medium fast HC she played two back-to-back IW finals and won one title and also reach once AO final, on HC-fast surface Ivanovic is one season overall winner of USO series and she won several HC-fast tier-I and tier-II titles, on grass played Wimbledon SF and she is also more than good at indoors winning already 5 titles so far.
I expecting from Vika to continue to produce some great results in next 2 months, but Im very curious what will happen with her when hers favorite medium fast HC season will finish after March. Speaking about rankings Vika is ahead Kvitova about 1000 points and Petra has to defend 500 already during first week of February. But Petra after Paris indoors last year have pathetic February-March achievements, so no big surprise if she overtake Azarenka already in next 12 weeks (number of Ivanovic weeks at #1).
and I'm not even fan of Ana Ivanovic... just an objective observer who realize how perfect she is
AMAZING BELGRADE MIRACLE: In just three years (2008-2011) 5 different players born in same city reach world #1 in rankings and several GS titles and finals (WTA singles: Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic, ATP singles: Novak Djokovic, ATP doubles: Nenad Zimonjic and Daniel Nestor... with notable performances of Bojana Jovanovski, Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki which is also all three born in Belgrade)