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Here is something about Son Vida,where is Ana new house.
http://www.mallorcasouthwest.com/pdf...-vida-1008.pdf
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Here is something about Son Vida,where is Ana new house.
http://www.mallorcasouthwest.com/pdf...-vida-1008.pdf
wow. Ana's house must have a great view!

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Making mistakes is human, repeating them is dumb.

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Ana wins three awards from on the baseline.com

Fan Favorite of the Year - Ana Ivanovic
Charming both on and off court, Ana Ivanovic was not surprisingly named Fan Favorite of the Year. The congenial Serbian has a loyal following worldwide, all of whom were pleased to see Ivanovic win her first major and ascend to the number one ranking in 2008.

Humanitarian of the Year - Ana Ivanovic
Despite playing eighteen tournaments in 2008, Ana Ivanovic took time out for charity and humanitarian work. The twenty-one year old French Open champion is a UNICEF National Ambassador to Serbia and was nominated by the US State Department for its 2008 International Women of Courage Award.

Best Official Player Website - AnaIvanovic.com
Ana Ivanovic’s official website is the best source online for news about the Serbian tennis star. AnaIvanovic.com is arguably one of the most popular official websites of any female athlete.

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Ana Ivanovic training hard for the start of her Australian campaign
Ivanovic begins quest for twin goals


January 03, 2009 SERBIAN stunner Ana Ivanovic is solely focused on a return to No.1 with a hot start to 2009 in Australia rather than pushing her claims as world sport's glamour girl.

Ivanovic will officially kick-start her campaign Down Under on Monday night when she plays her first-round match at the inaugural Brisbane International.

The tournament drawcard will face Czech teenager Petra Kvitova, the world No.50, at Pat Rafter Arena after the centre court was set aside for her in the opening night session almost a week ago.

Ivanovic has been training on the Sunshine Coast for the past fortnight to prepare herself for an assault on the Australian Open.

The statuesque 21-year-old, currently world ranked No.5 after an injury-hit end to last year, is motivated by her 2008 final loss to Maria Sharapova at Melbourne Park.

"I really want to take it one step further this time and hopefully win it," she said at the Queensland Tennis Centre on Saturday.

"But I think it's important not to think too much about the final and take it step by step and enjoy every match."

The No.1 ranking in the game, held by compatriot Jelena Jankovic, who is yet to win a grand slam event, is also at the top of her to-do list, and she is treating the Brisbane event as a key springboard.

"It's very important to start well and get your confidence and I set some goals for myself this season but my main goal is to try to be very consistent and to perform well at the biggest tournaments and then rankings take care of themselves," Ivanovic said.

"I've worked very hard and I believe I have the qualities to get back to No.1 position. It's going to be tough for sure but I can do it.

"I think it's very open. Especially in the last couple of months, women's tennis has been so close with the race for No.1 position and I think it's still in play."

Ivanovic grabbed No.1 last June after breaking through for her maiden grand slam title at the French Open.

Despite the slide, Ivanovic is still viewed as the most marketable women's player in the game with Sharapova.

Brisbane International organisers were quick to make the most of her to promote the tournament with a glamorous photo-shoot on the Kangaroo Point cliffs, wearing a platinum-coloured evening dress.

But the 183cm-tall right-hander, unfazed by the rain and gloom which saw the shot moved, stresses she's an athlete rather than a model and distances herself from talk otherwise.

On her fourth lengthy pre-season trip to Australia, Ivanovic and Spanish boyfriend Fernando Verdasco trained together in Noosa and she admitted they would look to use it as their training base again in the future.

"I want to be here every year. It's a great place to be and I love the beach and people are so friendly and so easy going," said the Brisbane top seed, who has family in Melbourne.

"In the morning when I first arrived from Europe, I woke up at 5.30am and I go to the beach and there are people working out and it's so inspiring to see."
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Ana gets advice from the top

Wednesday 21 January 2009
By Helen Gilbert

Roger Federer has been labelled many things; legend, Swiss superstar, the Fed Express. Now he can add superb agony uncle to the list because, according to Ana Ivanovic, he is fantastic at handing out advice.

The No.5 seed made the revelation after her second round defeat of Alberta Brianti at Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday. Speaking during her post-match press conference, she said she often had “nice chats” with the world number two at tournaments.

“He gives me sometimes a nice advice,” she said. “It’s great because he achieved so much. I would love to have the opportunity to spend more time talking to him, because I think there are so many things I can learn from him, from his experience.”

Indeed, Ivanovic might like to pick his brains further over the next two weeks. At the moment the 21-year-old is without a full-time coach. She is working with Sven Groenefeld during the Grand Slam, but it can’t help to dip into the knowledge of a man who has 13 Grand Slam singles titles to his name.

Picturing Federer as an agony uncle is certainly new, but the Serbian thinks he suits the role perfectly. “He’s been, you know, in a position – I think in all positions you can image on a court, dealing with so much pressure, being in the position of No. 1 for so long. I think it would be great to have opportunity actually to speak with him a little bit more.”

So what’s the best piece of advice Ana has received from the cool-as-a-cucumber player who was presented with a cow in his home town of Basel after winning Wimbledon in 2003? Not surprisingly, it is to relax and not stress.

“I think one year at the US Open I spoke to him,” she recalled. “He said that you just basically have to enjoy and try to don’t think too much. Because I used to stress a lot about traveling so much and using so much time in traffic. He said, you know, you can’t change that. You just have to basically accept it.”

Ivanovic admits other people have told her the same thing, but for some reason a nugget of advice from Federer makes her sit up and take note. “When you hear it from someone like him, you know, it gets stuck much more.” Ana, we understand ...

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/...524004687.html
Interesting...

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This is so Ana
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...As a junior, she was concerned when playing her pals because she feared that if she beat them too emphatically, it could end the friendship...
Article: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/spo...cle5537091.ece
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Ana's presser...

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/...630220937.html

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Q. Didn't seem to get your form where you wanted to in the third set.

ANA IVANOVIC: She played really well. I thought so. I tried to come back. I fought really hard in the second set and had my chances. Had my chances in the first set and in the third set.

Unfortunately, in important points she played really well. You know, I gave my 100%. Today she was better. She came up with some unbelievable shots and unbelievable angles. I think she played the match of her career.


Q. How did you feel you're playing in comparison to last year?

ANA IVANOVIC: Well, it's very hard to compare. You know, obviously last year I was playing better and better through each match. Today I thought I was fighting really hard, and I had some unbelievable shots. She was playing really well and you come out with different opponents. So it's very hard to compare.


Q. You staged a remarkable comeback last year against. When you broke her back in the third set, did you think you were coming back again?

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I believe until the last point I can still turn around the match. I did in the second set with a couple breaks down and a couple more breaks down. I really tried to fight very hard. I also thought I was a little bit unlucky with a few let cords that went out. Also, I was a little bit disappointed and my serve let me down in few important moments of the match.

Still, like I said, she played an amazing match. I gave my hundred percent, and I can only learn from this and try to work hard. Sometimes losses make you more motivated to work harder.


Q. She did play very well. Were you happy with your own level throughout the match?

ANA IVANOVIC: I thought the first set was lots of ups and downs. It was very hard to find the rhythm, because I felt like points were very short. It was either winner or unforced errors from both of us. That was a little bit disappointing and frustrating, because I tried to come up with longer rallies and everything. She's just the type of player that likes to hit the first shot and that's it.

So that was a little bit frustrating. Especially that I was 5‑3 up and serving for the set. After all, I just, yeah, tried to fight until the last moment.


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.


Q. Are you surprised that after winning Roland Garros things have gotten more difficult?

ANA IVANOVIC: No. I expect it was going to be tough. Once you become No. 1 player, everyone wants to have a piece of you. All of a sudden you are the person with the target on your back.

You know, I just was with injuries it was really hard and a learning experience for me. I faced a lot of first‑time situations. It's a new experience for me as well. Lots of things I'm experiencing for the first time.

I just want to try to learn from each match I play, and this is definitely a tough one. It might sting at first. In the long run, I hope it makes me tougher.


Q. Have you got anyone in your entourage that's been in a situation like this? You're not working with a coach, are you?

ANA IVANOVIC: No, unfortunately. No one has experienced anything like this. I'm looking for a coach. We have already chat with a couple potential coaches. In the near future, I really would like to make a decision. I think it's important.

Also, without a coach for so long it's a little bit tough. You just need some direction sometimes. That's something I felt was missing in my game. Already for a while we're trying to look into some good possibilities.

Obviously, it's a hard one, so I want to make sure we get the right coach.


Q. You looked a bit nervous out there.

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, no. Today I was really not nervous. First match I was a little bit more nervous. Today, no. I really tried to enjoy out there.

Like I said, in the beginning I struggled a little bit with the rhythm, so that was something I was looking for, a little bit longer rallies. Otherwise no, I really didn't feel nervous.

Actually, I was feeling quite confident out there. After I won the second set, I really thought I could do it, I could win the match and turn it around. Yeah, she just played too good.


Q. Do you have any comments on the violence that happened today outside, and your thoughts on fans getting so upset they feel like they have to punch each other?

ANA IVANOVIC: It's very sad. I think sport is a great thing to bring people together. No matter from where you come from, it's important that everyone be enjoying and happy and enjoy the tennis or sport at all. I'm very sad to see these things happening.

Kind of every year here and there a little bit. I really hope in the future people can end this and appreciate the tennis and the hard work we put in and just enjoy it rather than have fights.

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Google translation of an article in Serbian:
Verdasco: Breaking up with Ana was tough for me

Jelena Jankovic
"There is no difference if you won a Grand Slam or you didn't win a Grand Slam."
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Verdasco: Breaking up with Ana was tough for me
Uff.. Talk about Yellow press.. his interview to the spanish press had at least a dozen words less than this article claims that he said.

And the end of it..

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Where's the interview in Spanish? I missed it...

It's a bit yellow, but Isa, you have to understand that I come from the "gossip central" that is JJ forum.

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This is not yellow press...
Ana: I'll come back to the top

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Where's the interview in Spanish? I missed it...

It's a bit yellow, but Isa, you have to understand that I come from the "gossip central" that is JJ forum.
It's not a bit yellow Alex. It's yellow all around.

I just wish the serbian press could have some fun with the pics of Adam Scott literally making out with Kate Hudson in January, and leave Ana alone! And they sure know how to put a dramatic spin in some very normal words from Verdasco.

Here you have Verdasco's interview:

http://www.20minutos.es/noticia/4476...sta/semifinal/

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Ana: I'll come back to the top
This is a very nice interview!

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Well press and similar news papers they have like one normal article and then 20 stupid ones
But what can you do they need to write something to sell the paper
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It's not a bit yellow Alex. It's yellow all around.


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I just wish the serbian press could have some fun with the pics of Adam Scott literally making out with Kate Hudson in January, and leave Ana alone! And they sure know how to put a dramatic spin in some very normal words from Verdasco.
It's not that big of a deal. They had articles about JJ getting married next summer and I think there are still people on this forum who think that's true. Press is the same everywhere, this is not just about Serbian media. Just look how they created drama about #1 talk before AO. I opened the thread in GM about it. It's ridiculous and funny at the same time.

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