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The decision to play a smaller tournament before Madrid and Rome is soooo important. She won't be so vulnerable in early rounds. I really believe that her result on RG last year would've been much better had she played more than 4 matches on clay before that. Larsson was completely prepared, while Ana's movement on clay looked kinda awkward. Good schedule.

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After yesterday's match:

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Q. Interesting match. She's the kind of player you have to beat all the time to get back to where you want to be. Is that a difficult situation? Does that make it a little tense out there?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely. It was a very tough match for me.
I knew from the beginning that it will be, you know, very tough third round I think for both of us. We played a lot of times in the past. We always have tough matches. Even in practice, it's always, you know, tight.
So I really tried to stay calm and work and concentrate on what I was doing out there. I played really well in the first set.
I think I started to rush a little more in the second and I created lots of opportunities, but I started to want to close out the match and wanted to rush and rush. I was focused more on the end result rather than in the moment what I was doing and then I lost a bit of rhythm on my serve.
But I'm really happy that I managed to keep composed and then win the tiebreaker. It was a very, very important win for me today.

Q. She's a particularly dangerous player to play when she could hit 15 winners in a row and make a lot errors. Does that make her difficult?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, she's tricky player. She has improved her forehand. I think she has more on it. Her backhand has always been her better shot.
She definitely if you feel her hit, she can hit very, very strong and deep. This is what happens. Sometimes I was a little bit too passive.
But, you know, I really tried to stay low and tried to, you know, be aggressive and do that, you know, first hit and put her under pressure.
So, yeah, I'm just really happy I hung in there and stayed calm in the tiebreak.

Q. Things seem to be coming together for you now. Any reason you think that things are starting to gel again?
ANA IVANOVIC: I have been working really, really hard. Ever since I started working with Nigel I felt like it was a good match. We actually could see improvements straightaway, but it wasn't really coming in the matches. It would come one and not the other.
I thought in the offseason we could put the good in and also focus on my body and getting it in the right shape. Because I always had little pains and niggles, and I worked really, really hard and I'm really excited to see results.
Because, you know, you can play as well as you want in a practice court, but if you don't put it in a match, it's a different story. You don't back yourself up.
This is something I'm very excited about and thrilled.

Q. You get Venus Williams next. Like I said before, you played a lot of times before. What are your thoughts about her? Have you seen any of her play this week?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I've seen the match before mine. You know, it's always tough playing both of them. You know, it's good to see her back. I think it's going to be an interesting match.
You know, I definitely saw a little bit of today's match, but once you step on the court and you can feel the ball and the speed of the ball, it's a little bit different story.
But, you know, still it's going to be very difficult to focus on what I have been doing and try to apply things I have been working on. Me and Nigel are going to sit tomorrow and have a chat about the match and make a tactic, make a plan about the approach.

Q. I know this happened before with you and Daniela when you're wearing the same outfit on court. What are your thoughts on that happening or you know it's going to happen?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, it's pretty funny. We were joking, at least one was blonde and one was brunette. It would be problem if I played Sorana.
But, no, it is a little bit strange. You look up and you see yourself (smiling). It's like, Is that a mirror?
No, but I think it's a nice outfit.

Q. Venus is admittedly obsessed with going to a fourth Olympics. Obviously the Olympics didn't work out the way you would have preferred in Beijing. Is that something that's a big focus for you this year?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely. I'm very thrilled, you know, to have opportunity to play in London. It's exciting I think for every athlete. Even though I didn't play in Beijing, still, to be part of it was very, very thrilling.
Um, I think this year with Olympics there it's that much harder. It makes with so many big events. We have French, Wimbledon, US Open, and then Olympics and US Open. So it all feels kind of jammed together.
But it's very exciting. I think everyone wants to peak their best. I hope I can get a medal, any kind of medal.

Q. Will you played in the mixed doubles?
ANA IVANOVIC: I will play with Zimonjic.

Q. Is it hard to keep your faith and optimism this year if you don't get back where you want to be right away? You have to change coaches or you have injury and you slip back a little bit. Is it day to day? Is it difficult to force yourself?
ANA IVANOVIC: It is difficult, and especially because I'm a perfectionist and I always want to do everything the right way and I always wanted to make everything perfect.
When it's not happening, you start to, you know, doubt and start to question so many things. And to analyze.
Sometimes that's not good. You try to make quick fixes and you try like I was expecting, you know, it to come back like so easy and so fast.
But unless you really put your head down and just take it day by day and actually enjoy the process and, you know, understand that it might not happen as fast as you hope for...
You know, once you accept it, hey it might take a year. But I'm going to keep at it. I'm going to be persistent as long as it takes, and that's when it start happening.

Q. When did you and Nenad decide you were going to play together?
ANA IVANOVIC: It was actually I think maybe two years ago. In April he called me, and he's like I was like, Okay, hi. He said, Do you want to play mixed in Olympics? I'm like, It's three years away. He's like, Yeah. Do you want to play? I'm like, Okay.
So that's how it happened.

Q. Before your serve was an issue. Is it one of the areas you feel is coming back and that Nigel has really helped you with?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely. We worked a lot on my serve, and that's something that needed improvement. You know, even now, every day I work on it and it's still not great, not where I want it to be.
But it's much, much better, and it helps me win more matches and helps me, you know, get out of trouble sometimes.
You know, I felt like that was a big part of my game, because I felt when I couldn't serve well my whole game was falling apart because I was a little bit stressed about it.
So now having confidence that I can serve well and win my service games, it takes lots of pressures off.

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1 major take away from Ivanovic's loss to Venus last night is that Ana still needs 2 improve fitness - lost her legs in 3rd
Is this true? I mean, I think I read a few times on his twitter this same thing before, after other matches. Has Ana said this?
I am really getting annoyed as hell to read this. Please. I mean, WTF is wrong with Ana and her fitness? Why is it taking her eons to get fit???
Venus can go out of the game, treat injuries, come back, beat Ana, then do it again a year later, in three sets? And Ana is still not fit enough?
What is wrong with this picture?
So back to the same old question - does she not do enough work to get fit? Or does she do it wrong?
Or maybe it's only the consequence of a lackadaisical off season and the firing of Scott Byrnes? Ana's decisions are costing her dearly. Or do the Williams sisters know something Ana doesn't? Or, this is just a cover up for another reason?

We are not talking about some rare talent here, it's just about being professional - they are getting paid for their work millions, the money others can only dream of. I am beginning to respect workers like Woz more and more.
This is pathetic.
Not to mention that even Woz beat Serena.
In fact, one of the main reasons I became a fan of Ana's was that I perceived her as a worker, as opposed to say Janko who was all about "talent" (his perception of it, that is), or Jelena for that matter. But apparently, I have to be punished for my fandom, so Ana has become all the things I hate.
Seriously, if Ana doesn't start beating WS players now, when they are declining, she never will. Just like Henin.
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There's a video in result thread, someone uploaded 2nd and 3rd set. You can find it there.

She looked very tight from the beginning, as if she wasn't able to move her legs, so she was spraying everywhere, worse than Vee, she even had more unforced errors in the first set.

I'm not sure if the fitness was an issue. The points were short, the match wasn't very long. The match against Pervak was longer, Pervak was making her run a lot more, but she didn't lose her breathe. She won the next two matches after that. To me it looked like she was tired of choking, errors, wasting the chances. In the last game I had an impression that her body was telling: "I'll never beat her again, let's finish this shit already." She can't fight. It looks like she found the way to fight against lower ranked players, but not against elite players. She needs a fitness coach and physio in her team, but she need a psychologist too. Her mind is not fit. She can't find an optimism and energy in her mind and to translate it into her game. There is an improvement, but if she wants really big things, it takes a mental effort besides physical. I hope she's not ignoring it.

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Cronin did said, more than once, that Ana needs to improve her fitness.

Allistair McCaw, a fitness expert and trainer said in February :"Ana Ivanovic lost too much weight, too soon. She lost muscle, endurance. Adidas is getting her too involved in looking like a model. Ana needs to add 3-4 kg muscle to increase strength and endurance. If she doesn't want to gain muscle, then she needs to accept where she is right now".

McCaw's opinion started very interesting conversation on twitter, and discussion became "nasty" when Sven and Myles joined (they attacked both, McCaw and Miguel Seabra). Seabra, editor of Jornal do Tenis and ES commentator, said : "Last year i was there when 2 former Ana Ivanovic's coaches discussed the issue - SHE doesn't want to gain weight/muscle". Sven and Myles were defending Ana, especially Adidas, coaches and their involvement in Ana's decision to lose weight.
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But last week she said that she's been working in a gym. IMO, it even became visible. And didn't Lojanica say that Ana fired her because of that weight loss? So many different stories...

2 weeks ago in IW her fitness seemed to be fine (except for that creepy injury thing, which wasn't serious). It can't change in 2 weeks. And the match against Vee wasn't so demanding in fitness department. It's ridiculous to continue the year without a fitness coach however, but I don't believe that she lost any match this year because of her fitness. When she lost those matches against Kim and Vee it was all so predictable. When Vee and Kim started playing only a bit better, the matches were over. No response.

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I think that her loss against Venus has nothing in common with her fitness! Right now she is just afraid of top players (Kim, Serena, Venus and maybe Maria)! In the past it was the same story - for example her h2h with Justine was disappointing and that losses happend even in 2007/08 (seassons when Ana was playing her best tennis so far). It is all in her head, she makes pressure to herself knowing that those girls are top players, one of the best in tennis ever etc. Great fitness or best coach won't change that, there is a psihologist but I know she never used to talk with... She learned (I hope so) how to play against those average players as someone said, but her comeback in top 10 or top 5 and second week of slams will require a psihologist in her team!
Anyway, her performance in IW and Miami was good, she is more confident right now (not against top players indeed), much calmer than she used to be and her clay seasson should bring new progress, not just in ranking but also in everything else! She will be placed in spot #14 by monday which is her best in a long time...
Good luck, and try to advance even more!

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Maybe that's why we're always wondering when Juan Martin del Potro will "return to form",
or why we always called a well-past-his-prime and unseeded Marat Safin "dangerous",
or why we insist on reminding that Ana Ivanovic a "former French Open champion",
even though almost any serious tennis fan would know that!
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I think that her loss against Venus has nothing in common with her fitness! Right now she is just afraid of top players (Kim, Serena, Venus and maybe Maria)! In the past it was the same story - for example her h2h with Justine was disappointing and that losses happend even in 2007/08 (seassons when Ana was playing her best tennis so far). It is all in her head, she makes pressure to herself knowing that those girls are top players, one of the best in tennis ever etc. Great fitness or best coach won't change that, there is a psihologist but I know she never used to talk with... She learned (I hope so) how to play against those average players as someone said, but her comeback in top 10 or top 5 and second week of slams will require a psihologist in her team!
Anyway, her performance in IW and Miami was good, she is more confident right now (not against top players indeed), much calmer than she used to be and her clay seasson should bring new progress, not just in ranking but also in everything else! She will be placed in spot #14 by monday which is her best in a long time...
Good luck, and try to advance even more!
exactly, fitness is an excuse. It's mental. IN her match against Bartoli at IW, she said to Nigel "i Can't move, my legs are heavy", that was the beginning of the first set.

I hope Nigel knows this and does not start a witchhunt for something that is totally wrong

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exactly, fitness is an excuse. It's mental. IN her match against Bartoli at IW, she said to Nigel "i Can't move, my legs are heavy", that was the beginning of the first set.

I hope Nigel knows this and does not start a witchhunt for something that is totally wrong
I believe that her legs were heavy in that match, but that is not because of bad fitness it is all in her head! Psihologist would be right solution for her, I hope she will cooperate with someone (someday)!

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Maybe that's why we're always wondering when Juan Martin del Potro will "return to form",
or why we always called a well-past-his-prime and unseeded Marat Safin "dangerous",
or why we insist on reminding that Ana Ivanovic a "former French Open champion",
even though almost any serious tennis fan would know that!
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I believe that her legs were heavy in that match, but that is not because of bad fitness it is all in her head! Psihologist would be right solution for her, I hope she will cooperate with someone (someday)!
Yes, she started moving better after saying that here legs are heavy. Once she started playing a bit better, it woke her up.

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Yes, she started moving better after saying that here legs are heavy. Once she started playing a bit better, it woke her up.
How did Ana beat both Wozniacki and Bartoli at Indian Wells? Both Wozniacki and Bartoli played like GOAT's in beating Serena and Azarenka.
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How did Ana beat both Wozniacki and Bartoli at Indian Wells? Both Wozniacki and Bartoli played like GOAT's in beating Serena and Azarenka.
Caro was serving better in the match against Serena. And Ana played much better than Serena, honestly. Serena couldn't move at all and her fh was awful. Ana's serve in that match in IW was good, her fh was on fire, she was moving well. Also, the volleys on slow hc must be flawless, that was also one of the problems in Rena's game. Her approach shots were bad, that's why Caro hit many passing shots. OTOH, Ana's volleys were perfect. Rena played too many bh to bh rallies, while Ana was dictating the game with her fh from the first shot. Ana played a very good match, while Caro wasn't really on, that's why the scoreline is so onesided (it could've even been 6:1, 6:2).

Bartoli (when she's playing well) can hit through Azarenka. Azarenka serve isn't very good, the groundstrokes are solid, but there's no big weapon. Ana has two big weapons, when it works - it's hard to do anything against her unless the other player is a big hitter herself. + Vika was obviously tired yesterday.

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I've been having issues with my computer, so just short, hoping I can say at least some of my thoughts: thx gloria, that's interesting info. Can you provide some links?
Do you know when exactly this argument b/w coaches happened? I remember distinctly that AVG AND Reyes from the Adidas camp were advocating for Ana to gain muscle mass, and vaguely remember they were blaming Lojanica for making her too thin too fast.
And now, Lojanica is a goner, as well as AVG, but Ana is still thin.

I totally agree that Adidas is more into exploiting Ana's looks than talent. It has shaped her to be the Barbie in their stable; just like Petko is the funky intellectual, and Caro the Blonde...and so on. I wish I had that recent tweet of theirs where she was in front of a mirror putting make up. I remember their wording was quite indicative of the way she is viewed. Alas, I am abysmal when it comes to these searches - been trying last night to find other tweets of Matt where he mentions Ana's fitness, I am pretty sure there were a couple after three setters, possibly one after the Kim match - where it was also legs that gave her up - something like she had no legs in the third... If he could help us with that, or someone with good orientation in the woods of the web, it would be great.
And the fact that Myles (who hates Ana's guts and calls her Fistpumpovic on her twitter), alongside with Sven, is "defending" Ana is making all sorts of alarms go off in my head.

Btw, isn't it interesting that Marion snapped Vika's streak? Doesn't surprise me the least bit.
However, it did make me sad that, I could bet my house that it wouldn't be Ana. Why? Because it isn't just the big babes, and top players, it's anyone who is on a hot streak, anyone who takes it to her that she surrenders.

Psychology or Physics, I do believe that a problem is best attacked on all possible fronts; insistence on leaving one front open may signal a desire to leave an exit left. :/
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Caro was serving better in the match against Serena. And Ana played much better than Serena, honestly. Serena couldn't move at all and her fh was awful. Ana's serve in that match in IW was good, her fh was on fire, she was moving well. Also, the volleys on slow hc must be flawless, that was also one of the problems in Rena's game. Her approach shots were bad, that's why Caro hit many passing shots. OTOH, Ana's volleys were perfect. Rena played too many bh to bh rallies, while Ana was dictating the game with her fh from the first shot. Ana played a very good match, while Caro wasn't really on, that's why the scoreline is so onesided (it could've even been 6:1, 6:2).

Bartoli (when she's playing well) can hit through Azarenka. Azarenka serve isn't very good, the groundstrokes are solid, but there's no big weapon. Ana has two big weapons, when it works - it's hard to do anything against her unless the other player is a big hitter herself. + Vika was obviously tired yesterday.
I've been more impressed by Ana's serves and FH than Maria's in recent tournaments. Ana clearly has the top 5 talent and little doubt she will get there soon.
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