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Wow Beunos Aires, I always dreamed of going there. I'm also very bad at it, but i would like to learn at some point. Bad thing is that I'm very short so i'm probably not very fit for it
I don't think being short is a problem.. actually really tall people might have issues, since you need a lot of coordination!

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I went on holidays to Buenos Aires and tried to dance tango with my boyfriend.. total disaster!
As we hinted in the Fed Cup thread,you're a majestically beautiful dork...just like Ana.......And obviously your bf has enough refinement to appreciate dork princesses

Hang your heads in shame, Brits, for being a nation of cowards who won't even protect their own children. UKP=United Kingdom of Pedophiles

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As we hinted in the Fed Cup thread,you're a majestically beautiful dork...just like Ana.......And obviously your bf has enough refinement to appreciate dork princesses


I'm lucky that he definitely loves me, dorky and nerdy and all!

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I'm lucky that he definitely loves me, dorky and nerdy and all!
....And I have zero doubt that he'd consider HIMSELF very lucky....Perhaps you can convince him to go against the Latino male standard and actually persuade him to respect women's tennis.Down HERE,we get the usual tidal-wave-sized overflow of soccer games...plus MORE than enough boringly-predictable ATP...and almost NONE of the WTA.I was truly fortunate to see one of my faves,Bartoli,win her title while covered by a local channel

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There is an interview with Ana in the Madrid Open web:

http://www.madrid-open.com/site/news/9/125

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Ivanovic looks to Paris to get back on track
Thursday, April 30, 2009
By Myrtille Rambion

After sweeping all before her at the 2008 French Open, Ana Ivanovic has gone on to struggle in the 11 months that have followed. The Serbian has recently started working with a new coach, however, and is looking to get back to winning ways in a city that will always hold the fondest of memories for her.
You only have to say the word "Paris" and Ana Ivanovic's face lights up. It is enough to help the Serbian forget all of the bad times, all of the defeats she has suffered over the past year, as she harks back to her first and only Grand Slam title to date. "This city has always had a special place in my heart," the defending Roland Garros champion says. Even when I was just a junior, but obviously all the more since it was where I reached my first Grand Slam quarter final, then my first major final, and of course last year when I won my first Grand Slam title…"

The rise and fall…

A year after she froze in the 2007 final against Justine Henin, Ivanovic quite simply overpowered Dinara Safina – a result of her pre-season strength conditioning work – and this time around managed to hold her nerve on the big occasion, boosted no doubt by the presence of her mentor Sven Groeneveld. She was the stand-out player in the women's draw last year, and her cries of "Ajde!" ("Come on!" in Serbian) only got louder as she racked up the wins. The photogenic Ivanovic also took over the No1 spot the Monday after the tournament, and everyone thought that she was set to dominate women's tennis for the foreseeable future.

And then her nerves started to get the better of her again. Two weeks later at Wimbledon, she was within a net cord of going out to Natalie Dechy in the second round before losing a couple of days later to Zheng Jie. Far from being a mere blip on the radar screen, it was actually the start of a long slide that would see the Basle resident crash out of the US Open in the second round to Julie Coin, an unknown French player ranked 188th in the world who had needed to go through the qualifying rounds. Her performance at the end-of season Masters was little better, and it was clear that Ivanovic was looking forward to putting 2008, or at least the second half of it, behind her.

"I lost my way, but that's all in the past now"

Ana was struggling, with injuries, low morale and a whole host of off-court distractions. "It's true, just after Roland Garros I really lost my way," she admits. "But it's in the past now. And it's all good experience." In 2009, she decided to shake things up by parting ways with Sven Groeneveld and hiring Craig Kardon, whose coaching resume includes Grand Slam winners Martina Navratilova, Lindsay Davenport, Mary Pierce and Jennifer Capriati. "It's really working between us," said the reigning French Open champion after making it through to her first final of the "Kardon era" at Indian Wells. "We communicate really well, even if it's early days and we're still getting to know each other."

The Serbian is hoping that her new coach will help her regain the confidence that she will need to defend her Paris title in May and June. She will certainly need to be at her best, as the competition has certainly got at lot tougher. Last year's beaten finalist Dinara Safina, who also fell at the final hurdle at the 2009 Australian Open, will be looking for revenge, and having taken over the No1 ranking, the Russian definitely has something to prove.

"I can't wait to get back to Paris"

Ivanovic is of course not the only Serbian in the upper echelons of women's tennis. Jelena Jankovic has also gone through some ups and downs over the past 12 months, but she was a semi-finalist here last year and already has tasted victory in 2009. Then there is Olympic gold medal-winner Elena Dementieva who was the form player at the turn of the year, and of course Serena Williams, who when she decides to concentrate on her tennis is untouchable, particularly when it comes to the psychological battles. Or perhaps Vera Zvonareva and Victoria Azarenka will carry their fine 2009 form over to the Parisian clay…

There will be plenty of competition therefore, but Ivanovic is not one to shy away, particularly when it comes to her favourite tournament. "As soon as I set foot on Philippe Chatrier court, all the emotions come flooding back every time," she explains, flashing her trademark smile, "and it really gives me an extraordinary feeling. I can't wait to get back to Paris."
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/ne...441705722.html

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Thanks Isabela

Ana I hope you are right

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Ana's presser, Rome 3rd round:

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ANA IVANOVIC’S PRESS CONFERENCE


Q. Did you suffer from the change in the game conditions comparing from yesterday even? Yesterday the court was probably much slower than today.
ANA IVANOVIC: It was. It was big difference today on the court. But I think it was for both of us, because she also played late last night. Yeah, it obviously took some time to adjust.
But yeah, I mean, I felt like in the second set I gained back my confidence and my game and I started playing much better. But then, yeah, I think from 4 Love she hardly make any errors, and it was very hard.
I also think my serve I should have mixed it up a little bit more when I was up a couple of breaks. But she played extremely well and hardly made any errors.

Q. How do you feel about your general clay court form so soon before Roland Garros where you're defending your title?
ANA IVANOVIC: Um, I feel really good. I mean, yesterday I played unbelievable match, and that gave my a lot of confidence. Because I was working really hard for my points. Obviously Francesca is very tough opponent. It really, you know, made me feel good.
And my serve is getting much better. I feel power on it. It's back. I just have to stick with the things I been doing. I been working really hard, and obviously haven't played too many matches on the clay courts.
I really hope, you know, next week to have opportunity to compete a little bit more and play some matches, because I been practicing way enough. Yeah, I feel confident.

Q. How do you explain the difference between the early part of the game, the middle, and the end? Was it just your opponent's play, or was there something that changed in your play?
ANA IVANOVIC: In the beginning, I really started poor. I was making way too many unforced errors, I think, and it wasn't much rallies happening in the beginning. It was a little bit frustrating, because maybe it was also because, like I mentioned, last night I played really well, so I just assumed I would start the same.
I wasn't working as hard for my points and I was going for winners way too early. Just once I settled in I felt like I had my game back and, you know, game plan was working well.
But then in the third set, in the end, she start playing much more aggressive and deeper balls. So even when I have chance to come in I wasn't doing that, because I just, you know, I was yeah, staying way too much on the baseline and she was moving me around. Obviously that was a little bit, yeah, frustrating.

Q. Did you suffer from a problem on your foot, or not?
ANA IVANOVIC: On my foot, no.

Q. You have many, many fan in the girl, not just the man. How do you explain the success? I know many, many girl come from many, many kilometers to see you today. How do you explain the success?
ANA IVANOVIC: It's very nice for me to hear that. It's great to have fans. I mean, I start playing tennis because of Monica Seles, so if someone can start to play tennis because of me, I'm more than flattered from that.
But it's always very nice to hear that you have supporters.

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next week to have opportunity to compete a little bit more and play some matches
So next week you are going to win two matches and then lose
I don`t see confidence in these words
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next week to have opportunity to compete a little bit more and play some matches
So next week you are going to win two matches and then lose
I don`t see confidence in these words
She is obviously not aiming to win anything.. she is just hoping her opponents are kind enough to handle her matches so she can play them.

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''I just have to stick with the things I been doing.''

'Cause clearly you're doing it right.

Ana *sigh* Ivanović.
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''I just have to stick with the things I been doing.''

'Cause clearly you're doing it right.

Ajde Ana,this is ridiculous
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''I just have to stick with the things I been doing.''

'Cause clearly you're doing it right.
Yes.. that puzzles me... so.. how long is she going to stick with something that's clearly not working?

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she seems like a robot repeating the same things over and over... Ana do something!

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Ana

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Q. So how disappointing is this for you, or is it just another maybe roadblock?

ANA IVANOVIC: No. Obviously it's very disappointing, and I'm very, very sad because I really felt I could do well here. I felt physically fit. So it's really, really disappointing. I can just try to learn from this.

Like I said, sometimes losses make you more motivated to work harder, and that's definitely, you know, my aim.

I felt like I was in quite a good level. I just want to keep building on this. There is plenty more tournaments in front of me. That's a good thing about tennis.


DUBAI

"It was a great experience,"
"I very much enjoyed competing in this arena. It was an amazing atmosphere and I feel like we both played some good tennis. I had my chances but she was too good when it mattered most.


INDIAN WELLS

"I felt really confident today. My game is in pretty good shape. The conditions were frustrating and it was tough to adapt to them, but it was a good experience, especially because Miami can also be quite windy."


MIAMI

"I felt really good coming into this week. Yesterday I had a really good practice and was on a high, feeling pretty confident, and I think maybe that was the reason that I expected some things would come easier today on the court than they actually did. So it was tougher than I expected.

"I'm sure I'm never going to make this mistake again: on the positive side I can learn from this loss."

ROME

Q. How do you feel about your general clay court form so soon before Roland Garros where you're defending your title?
ANA IVANOVIC: Um, I feel really good. I mean, yesterday I played unbelievable match, and that gave my a lot of confidence. Because I was working really hard for my points. Obviously Francesca is very tough opponent. It really, you know, made me feel good.
And my serve is getting much better. I feel power on it. It's back. I just have to stick with the things I been doing. I been working really hard, and obviously haven't played too many matches on the clay courts.
I really hope, you know, next week to have opportunity to compete a little bit more and play some matches, because I been practicing way enough. Yeah, I feel confident

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