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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
Always the same.. She will never learn...

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Not a very positive article.. but hey.. some insight into what's going on.. Unfortunately it has only made me more negative..

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Neil Harman, Tennis Correspondent
Oh yes, women's tennis, we had rather forgotten about that. In the rush to lionise Rafael Nadal, psychoanalyse Roger Federer and canonise Andy Murray, there has been a tendency to overlook how the other half has been getting on. Evidence that the women's tour pales in contrast to the men's is that its most prominent recent headline concerned the deranged father of Jelena Dokic allegedly threatening to “fire a rocket” at the Australian ambassador to Serbia because of his daughter's allegations of physical abuse.

In Rome this week, just to add to the theatre of the absurd, Serena Williams mocked the fact that she was not ranked No1 in the world - and was promptly dumped on her posterior by Patty Schnyder, who called her husband/coach on to the court to give her a pep talk when leading 5-0 in the final set. Before the Italian Open, the two previous high-profile tournaments in the United States were snaffled by Vera Zvonareva, from Russia, and Victoria Azarenka, from Belarus. The earth maintained a steady orbit.

In the BNP Paribas Open final in Indian Wells, California, in March, one all but ruined by powerful winds, Zvonareva defeated Ana Ivanovic in a torrid match and, watching from courtside, it began to dawn that not much had been seen of the Serb recently. Indeed, the most recent time she lifted a trophy was in the middle of October (about the same time as Federer) and since then results had not been up to scratch (much like Federer). But now the clay-court season is under way - pencilled in as the time when she needs to start making the right waves again.

Yet it all looks shaky, Ivanovic having lost a 4-0 lead in the final set in Rome in a crushing third-round defeat by Agnieszka Radwanska, of Poland - not an occasion to dine out on at Sabatini's, where Gabriela used to spend her evenings striving to ignore amorous suitors during the championships in the late 1980s.

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Next week the 21-year-old Ivanovic - the 21st-century Sabatini - was scheduled to play the Mutua Madrileña Open in Madrid, a premier mandated event on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, before an emotional return to Paris to defend her French Open title. It does not look as if she will be walking back into Roland Garros on confidence's cusp. A knee injury has forced her to withdraw from Madrid, which will cost her $250,000 (about £165,000) in bonus-pool payments, though she insists that she will be fit for the French Open.

Win or lose there, she will be exceedingly disarming. On the very pretty face of it, defeats do not get her down, but that is where you would misjudge her. Take it from Ivanovic and Craig Kardon, who coached Martina Navratilova to the last of her nine Wimbledon singles titles in 1990 and was brought into the Ivanovic clan in February, she takes defeat as badly as anyone, to the extent that Kardon has spent a lot of time trying to get her not to be so hard on herself.

“I have not adjusted that well to the clay yet and, as a professional athlete, that is what I need to do,” Ivanovic said. “But I have had a lot of different experiences in the past two years, having to cope when not feeling great, being injured as has happened again this week, being frustrated, losing patience with myself.

“Because I am a perfectionist, I had just assumed I would play perfectly all the time, but I have learnt that in those times I have to find a way to win and I am much more OK with that. I am very excited about what is around the corner, but I do need to stay in the moment.”

Ivanovic has played in the past two Paris finals, being thumped by Justine Henin in the first before returning last May and coping (just) with Dinara Safina, the Russian who was as choked by nerves as Ivanovic had been in 2007. As any first-time grand-slam winner discovers, the letdown can be as marked as the high of the triumph. Ivanovic returned to Belgrade after her victory in Paris and was so immersed in the heady celebrations that she lost her core.

“I did a lot of media and other activities in Serbia. I was completely drained and when I got to Wimbledon I thought, ‘OK, I can relax now,'” she said. “But I couldn't find my intensity at all. If I am in that position again, I have learnt that I need to do what is best for my game, not what people expect of me.

“I am a very emotional person in general and I get really fired up, especially in a competitive situation. I didn't know how to handle things before but it is important to realise that you are not going to be at the top of your game all the time. There are going to be setbacks and real champions adjust to that. You might lose, but you must never lose the belief in yourself. I have won the French, I have won big tournaments and I know I can do it again.”

The volatility of so many results in women's tennis is illustrated by the fact that since Federer became the men's No1 in February 2004, spending an extraordinary 237 weeks there before Nadal usurped him in August last year, there have been nine occupants of the women's pride of place. Ivanovic claims never to have been preoccupied by the rankings since she emerged as a real force and was unaware - until the press told her - that last spring's victory at Roland Garros coincided with her ascension to the top spot.

“All I can do is think about my game, to keep developing it and the ranking will take care of itself,” Ivanovic, now the world No7, said. “I just have to do my best in tournaments and focus on that. There is a lot of calmness in me now and Craig has definitely helped with that. I can still learn heaps, there are goals I want to achieve, but it is better to do that with peace of mind, working with someone I trust.”

Kardon was a good catch. Navratilova needed him for a youthful endorsement of her attacking game when others were challenging the concept and, as he says, he is more the American “hard-court serve-and-volley type of guy who specialises in how to make players more aggressive in their approach”. On the clay, relentless aggression is not always the best method.

“It is about being able to grind, to maintain a good mentality in the longer rallies,” he said. “Regardless of this week's injury, Ana is in great shape, so hats off to Scott [Byrnes, her physical trainer]. When I first saw her in Dubai in February, she and her game were in a state, but she has definitely solidified. She is very tough on herself, sometimes too tough. Scott and I have had to pull her in a little bit.

“Do we want to change things? Yes. Do we have goals in mind? Sure. And there is a stubbornness there, too, just like Martina had. What I have said to her is that champions do the ordinary things a bit better than anyone else. That is what she has to learn.”

Ana the Ordinary? There's not much of a future in that.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/spo...cle6251661.ece

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Not a very positive article.. but hey.. some insight into what's going on.. Unfortunately it has only made me more negative..



http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/spo...cle6251661.ece
This article is quite encouraging,actually,and it goes back to the Ana/Navrat comparison I referred to last year....The first portion,though,where the author bends over and kisses the collective ass of the ATP Tour...just pathetic.Yeah,it's THRILLING when only 2 or 3 guys when every single tournament...just RIVETING suspense...and on clay,you have only ONE person winning,and he barely breaks a sweat...wake me when it's over...FYI,that is NOT a slam on Nadal,who's maybe the best ever(before anyone starts whining);it's just that there's ZERO drama when you know in advance who's going to win w/o a doubt....

....And so we have our lovable Roller-Coaster Ana...even though the ride makes me nauseous sometimes after a bad loss...and we get dizzy with the ups and downs....I don't ever want to get off....I'll never forget how awesome RG was,along with the gala in Serbia,and I'm gonna stick around 'til she gets her way back....It'll be TWICE as fun next time

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This article is quite encouraging,actually,and it goes back to the Ana/Navrat comparison I referred to last year....The first portion,though,where the author bends over and kisses the collective ass of the ATP Tour...just pathetic.Yeah,it's THRILLING when only 2 or 3 guys when every single tournament...just RIVETING suspense...and on clay,you have only ONE person winning,and he barely breaks a sweat...wake me when it's over...FYI,that is NOT a slam on Nadal,who's maybe the best ever(before anyone starts whining);it's just that there's ZERO drama when you know in advance who's going to win w/o a doubt....

....And so we have our lovable Roller-Coaster Ana...even though the ride makes me nauseous sometimes after a bad loss...and we get dizzy with the ups and downs....I don't ever want to get off....I'll never forget how awesome RG was,along with the gala in Serbia,and I'm gonna stick around 'til she gets her way back....It'll be TWICE as fun next time

Great post
This is actually the second year that my bf doesn`t watch mens tennis during clay season
He just says there is nothing fun in watching sports when you know who the winner will be
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I also think that when Ana wins a slam again, which hopefully she will, it will be so much better. All these strugles have to end some day.. but I didn't like any of the quotes.. not from Ana, not from her coach. I'm not sure that's the way to get out of this funk..

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great article Isabela, I like that Ana and Kardon get along so well. The tables can turn at anytime, lets' wait and see.

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I also think that when Ana wins a slam again, which hopefully she will, it will be so much better. All these strugles have to end some day.. but I didn't like any of the quotes.. not from Ana, not from her coach. I'm not sure that's the way to get out of this funk..
What didn`t you like??
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From spanish newspaper "MARCA".
Thanks to Franky(www.anaivanovic.com)

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Great post
This is actually the second year that my bf doesn`t watch mens tennis during clay season
He just says there is nothing fun in watching sports when you know who the winner will be
Thanks for the encouragement,Jelena;it gets so tiring when male commentators expect the women to mimic the men in power...otherwise their game is supposedly inferior.Our culture here is so absurdly macho that women's sports get all the respect of Swedish log rolling or mouse racing...and so our sports channels will show a men's junior soccer game between Greenland and the Canary Islands before we can see one of Ana's matches...needless to say,I'm not thrilled with the programming choices...but I'm sure swishy snot John McEnroe would approve

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I don't know when this interview was made, but anyway..

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French Open champion Ana Ivanovic is on the rebound after a thumb injury last season derailed her Olympic hopes. She talks to SETimes about her successes so far and what she hopes to achieve in the future.
Interview by Igor Jovanovic for Southeast European Times in Belgrade -- 11/05/09 Photos courtesy of dh management ag.

Ana Ivanovic is currently ranked 7th in the world. [Manuela Davies/www.doubleXposure.com]

Last season, Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic had some of the best moments so far in her professional career. She won the French Open and spent 12 weeks as No. 1 on the World Tennis Association (WTA) list. Only 21 years old, she is one of the most popular female athletes in the world.

Near the end of the season, however, an inflammation in her right thumb forced her out of the Beijing Olympics -- a setback she described as "the most disappointing moment in my career". A string of defeats eroded her WTA ranking, and she slipped to eighth place. Now, following a coaching change, she is putting all that behind her, having already climbed a notch to No 7.

In an interview with Southeast European Times, Ivanovic talks about her goals for this season, her relationship with fellow Serbian tennis star Jelena Jankovic, and the prospects for next year's Fed Cup.

Southeast European Times: You were at the top of the WTA list for three months last year. What caused your decline on the list and the weaker results near the end of the season?

Ana Ivanovic: I think I was quite unlucky to become injured just as I was getting used to being No 1. It was a very frustrating time in my career, especially having to withdraw from the Olympics, which I had dreamed about playing in for many years.

Looking back, I probably should have taken a break from tennis and just waited until the thumb injury healed, instead of struggling and stressing about it for a couple of months.

But now I am healthy and looking forward to getting back to my best form. It will take a lot of hard work but it's a challenge I will enjoy.

SETimes: What have you set as your main goal this season? To return to No.1, to be among the top three female players in the world, win a Grand Slam tournament?

Ivanovic: I have a few goals. Most importantly, I want to qualify for the Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha. I also want to win another Grand Slam. But I am focusing more on improving all areas of my game. If you improve your game then the results and rankings take care of themselves.

SETimes: You hired a new coach, Craig Kardon, who was Martina Navratilova's coach. How is your co-operation with him, and what do you plan to work on the most in order to perfect your playing skill?

Ivanovic: Craig and I are working very well together. We share the same ideas about my game: that I am at my best when I am attacking. He is very positive and encourages me to come to the net more, which I enjoy and believe can be a great strength for me in the future. We also want to improve my serve, so that it is more consistent.

SETimes: Thanks to your participation, and the participation of Jelena Jankovic in the Serbian national tennis team, that team is now one of the strongest in the world. How far do you think you can go in the Fed Cup (the annual international team tennis competition for women) next year?

Ivanovic: I think we can win it. It will be extremely tough, especially if we have some difficult away matches, but for sure Jelena and I have the ability to win this competition, and we definitely have great support too. It will be very interesting to see how it goes.

SETimes: Certain media have reported you do not have a very good relationship with Jelena Jankovic. What is that relationship like now and what is the atmosphere like in the national team?

Ivanovic: No, that's not true. We get on fine. We have a very good team spirit and I have really enjoyed our Fed Cup matches this year. It's always fun to see Dejan (Vranes), who was my childhood coach and is now the captain of the team.

SETimes: Which male and female tennis players do you think will mark this season?

Ivanovic: There are so many good players in women's tennis at the moment. You can see the young girls coming up and even winning big titles, for example Azarenka and Wozniacki. Pavlyuchenkova did very well in Indian Wells too and she will be a dangerous player in the future.

I actually prefer watching men's tennis because I can learn more from it, and it's fascinating to see the battle at the top of the game. I can say that I am friendly with all of the top three, especially Novak of course, and it's going to be very interesting to follow men's tennis at the Grand Slams this summer.

SETimes: Serbian tennis has boomed thanks to you, Novak Djokovic and Jelena Jankovic. Do you think talented young players are following in your footsteps? Which young Serbian player is the one to watch?

Ivanovic: I don't know much about the junior players, but whenever I visit Belgrade I always smile when I see kids carrying rackets around the city. It's great to see and it's clear that tennis has become very popular. I am sure there are some very talented kids and hopefully the facilities will improve for them.

In the Fed Cup team I have spent some time with Aleksandra Krunic. She's 15 and she's fun to hang out with. She's also going to be a very good player.

SETimes: Do you ever think about what you will do after you stop playing tennis?

Ivanovic: I only think about it when I am asked! I am still very young and feel like I have a lot to achieve in tennis before I can think about another career. Tennis is obviously extremely important to me, so it's difficult to think that I won't be involved in some way when I stop playing. But I also think I might enjoy trying something in the world of business. I would also like to use languages in future, because I enjoy that a lot.
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So.. Ana talks a bit about the injury.. she says she is confident she will be fit for RG. But somehow all this reminds me a lot about the Olympics.. I guess she will try to play until the very last minute.

There are only 10 days left...

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I think she will play
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I hope you are right.. and that if she plays she is actually fit.

Either way, it's such bad luck.. everytime there is an important tournament coming up Ana gets injured or something alike..

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I don`t like the part I haven’t had the preparation I wanted
I hope she was referring she didn`t have enough match play
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