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A good article, very factual!

Hope Ana will rejoin Serena and Maria and reach the top of WTA rungs.
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Ana is not really in a process of getting back all this time since her first slump. What happened first was a process of getting away.
For me the getting back starts when she had already gotten Nigel Sears and then quit Adam Scott. Then she started saying that she, like, couldn't have a double life of being an athlete and his girlfriend at once.
But even since then the process is being slow.
I blame the lack of physical energy.
All those complaints about her mind weakness, I don't think it's anything innate or psychological.
I think the mind responds to the body.
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Yeah, she is moving forward but slowly, step by step. I think that this year she could finally overcome some big names, however, that meanst top 10 not top 5. However,not only those players can be dangerous. At slams and elsewhere the underdogs often surprise and that is going to be a problem for Ana. Coming across the likes of AMG (HC) who have nothing to lose and put her under a lot of pressure .
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For the 18th time in 19 Grand Slam tournaments, Ivanovic has failed to reach the final eight !!!

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Ivanovic Samples The Delights Of Jumeirah Creekside Hotel

Dubai, UAE

17.02.2013

With the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships starting today, the stadium is not the only facility in the area preparing for the arrival of some of the biggest talents in tennis. Arriving before the WTA draw held on Saturday, former world number one Ana Ivanovic checked in to Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, the official hotel of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Tournament.

The Jumeirah Creekside Hotel is owned by Dubai Duty Free and managed by the Jumeriah Group. The hotel opened in July 2012 so this is the first year it has played host to tournament guests.

Executive Vice Chairman of Dubai Duty Free, Colm McLoughlin said “We are delighted to be accommodating the world’s best players, WTA and ATP officials and international media in the new Jumeirah Creekside Hotel. Having such a splendid hotel right next to the tennis venue will be a major draw card for the event, and we are sure this arrangement will be appreciated by all.

Ivanovic, currently ranked at number 13, has a unique relationship with the city and the tournament itself, serving as a Dubai Duty Free brand ambassador since February 2012.

Chosen as a brand ambassador for her professionalism and personality on and off the court, Ivanovic said, “I am really flattered that Dubai Duty Free asked me to become its brand ambassador. It is a great company that has also been extremely supportive of women’s tennis.”

As part of her ambassador role Ivanovic toured the Jumeirah Creekside hotel for the Finest Surprises Travel Show produced in partnership between Dubai Duty Free and the WTA. Ivanovic was given a tour of the hotel and shown the superb collection of modern Arabic art which is set in the striking contemporary architecture of the hotel. The players this week will also be all contributing to an original piece of art of their own by hitting a tennis ball dipped in paint, and Ana had the honour of making the first mark on the canvas. The finished work will hang in the hotel to mark the first year as the official tournament hotel.

Beginning on 18th February, the greatest tennis show in the Middle East will feature new world number one Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and defending Dubai champion Agnieszka Radwanska , as well as former Grand Slam winners Petra Kvitova, and Samantha Stosur and Ivanovic.

The WTA event will be followed by the ATP World Tour event commencing on 25 February featuring world number 1 Novak Djokovic, defending champion Roger Federer, as well as top 10 rivals Tomas Berdych, Juan Martin Del Potro, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Janko Tipsarevic.

The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is owned and organised by Dubai Duty Free and held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Tickets for the event are on sale from the Box Office at the Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud which is open from 9am to 9pm daily. Grandstand ticket prices range from 50dhs for opening rounds to 450dhs for finals, with season tickets also available.
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Camels, falcons and henna — when it comes to exploring Dubai, many of the players at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship have seen it all, many times over. 2013’s tournament brings with it a chance to explore a different side of the region through the contemporary Middle Eastern art that’s at the heart of the hotel they are staying at, the new Jumeirah Creekside.

French Open champ Ana Ivanovic was one of the first top players to get a tour of the works, guided on Saturday by the hotel’s dedicated arts and culture programme manager Yasmeen Abu Amer.

Ivanovic, a Dubai Duty Free brand ambassador, is one of several female players who’ll be shooting a tourism film about Dubai around town this week. The player, currently ranked 13th in the world, started the series with a camera crew following her and Yasmeen around the works of art installed all over the hotel, which was built with art in mind and has 482 contemporary pieces in its collection.

“Around 90 per cent of the art was commissioned for the hotel,” said Yasmeen, pointing out pieces such as a gigantic red display called Flying Carpet, by Halim Al Karim, displayed in the cavernous lobby. The style is “contemporary Middle Eastern,” she added. “All the artists have Middle Eastern roots, but don’t necessarily live in the region. They are all renowned artists who are part of museum collections worldwide — it’s all museum quality. It’s like staying in an art gallery with rooms.”

Ivanovic proved herself a seasoned presenter as well as player as the crew filmed her reeling off her script, no teleprompter needed.

“They feed me the script, line by line,” she told me with a smile as she waited for a scene to be set up on a balcony overlooking the lobby. “But it’s not that hard.”

ooking bright and breezy in a blue maxi dress she described as “very easygoing and perfect for this weather” (she picked it up at Intermix in Miami), she admitted that she found the shoots tiring and would be doing nothing more exciting than resting in her room for the evening.

When it comes to art, she’s looking to make time to see more with a move to New York. “I just recently went to Milan and saw a Picasso exhibition, it was very exciting and I really enjoyed that. I am looking forward to spending more time in New York so I can visit some of the museums there. I also like some of the Van Gogh works, I like Starry Night. Maybe one day I’ll get the chance to see it.”

“Working with Ana was a wonderful experience, she was very sweet and extremely patient,” said Yasmeen. “It was great to be able to tell her more about the hotel and the art collection and see her interest and positive feedback towards it.”

Ana’s pick for Oscar success?

Dubai’s tennis season falls smack bang in the middle of Hollywood’s awards season. So who do the players want to see win?
“I’ve seen Argo with Ben Affleck,” says Ivanovic. “I really hope that one gets the Oscar!”
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Starry Night Over the Rhone is my favorite one too.

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Found the photoshoot tiring and so decided to rest in her room for the rest of the day.
It doesn't happen with a healthy energetic person.
She barely eats.
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Ana is forever deluded... no way she can improve if she thinks she is already better..

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Our best player was eliminated in the finals of the tournament in Dubai Petra Kvitova of the Czech girls with 7:5, 7:6 - Despite the defeat was not discouraged by the American tour


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Dubai - That was not a bad start, it might be now Ana Ivanovic in the quarterfinals in Dubai (singles, $ 2,000,000). However, the first four games took Petra Kvitova (6, Czech Republic), and took the lead with 5:1, and then woke up to a Serb.

There followed a period of fantastic games in which Anna responded with a full measure, equaled, but not completed the job. The second set was somewhat similar - up to 3:3 not break, and then Ivanovic twice pulled out when Kvitova served for the win. I still did not manage to complete reversal.

- It started perfectly - thanks Ana opponent after another defeat in six matches with her. - I was not bad, but Peter was great. I am disappointed that I have not used all the way.

Although he again stood on the same obstacle - the rivals from the top ten - Serb claims that there are reasons to think positively.

- Indeed I play better and better. It was a good match. It's a little more difficult in the beginning, she took the lead with 5.1, it's nothing I could do. The first three games I did not take any points. I managed to get back in after I've played at a high level until the end. It is important not to be discouraged in such moments, especially when I seized the opportunity to 15:40 and 5:5. Previously this was happening to me, but now I nasavila good to play.

To 4:1 for Kvitovu took a time out and called coach Nigel Sears.

- He told me that he too forced, it is better to stick to the game plan. However, it is in these moments so accurately guessed that really could not be much more to be done.

Until next competition (Indian Wells) two weeks

- First, I'll go to rehabilitation, to rest from tennis - reminded of the problems with the shoulder. - In a few days I will start training in the gym to strengthen, and a week later with tennis. Now I'm not in America, you might first go to Spain, I want to prepare myself to where the weather is nice outside - is likely to be prepared for the entire United States in March at his home in Palma de Mallorca.

Ana won the 2008 Indian Wells, what's the difference between her then and now.

- I was recently talking with Nigel, I think my level of play now higher than in 2008, when I won the Indian Wells and Roland Garros. However, they were then different players, especially those at the top. Also, I had more confidence.

It has a very high opinion of Kvitovoj.

- Petra is one of the cleanest players shocks. Almost every ball hit perfect. Great hidden intentions, it is often impossible to determine which side to send the ball. Last year we played two times in Melbourne and in the Fed Cup final, but now it was much better than both of those matches.

Other results of the second round Petrova (Russia) - Suarez (Spain) 6:1, 6:0, A. Radvanjska (3, Poland) - PUTINCI (Kazakhstan) 7:5, 6:3, Wozniacki (8, Denmark) - Zheng (China) 6:0, 6:1, Stosur (7, Australia) - Hsije (Taiwan) 6 : 4, 6:0, Vinci (Italy) - Cerberus (4, Germany) 7:5, 6:1,

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Basically she believes her results were a fluke. It's official, she is never coming back. With this way of thinking she's never going to do anything significant. If she wasn't so delusional, maybe she'd notice one detail. She won 4 games in a row yesterday when she started playing something close to her 2008 game. Even without a good serve.

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You shouldn't consider everything she says to the media to be totally honest. I doubt that she was happy with not being able to capitalize on her opportunities but she cannot give everything out. I'm sure there were some tears after this match.
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You shouldn't consider everything she says to the media to be totally honest. I doubt that she was happy with not being able to capitalize on her opportunities but she cannot give everything out. I'm sure there were some tears after this match.
This is something she's been saying for years, she always says she's playing better than in 2008. It's depressing. Some parts of her game have improved, but her biggest weapons were better. Does she ever watch her matches?

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I believe in Ana and her team, they know what they have to work on considering Ana will be a 26 yo player in a few months, so I am completely fine with this interview of her.

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This is something she's been saying for years, she always says she's playing better than in 2008. It's depressing. Some parts of her game have improved, but her biggest weapons were better. Does she ever watch her matches?
I know but it's only a media statement, hardly a totally honest reflection on her work. If she revealed what she really thinks it could work against her.
I once watched an interview with Hlavackova in which she said that players are keen to observe weaknesses of their rivals. Now imagine if she said it all in the interviews and everyone knew her weak spots. I mean, she must realise that her performance now is not like back in the day when she was winning big events.
I think that she's trying to get the big wins but the competition at the top is very tough . I bet she is sometimes going back to her old matches but I guess she has to consider which brand of tennis is now the right one for her. Maybe things which used to work in the past are no longer working now
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Ana Ivanovic

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

P. KVITOVA/A. Ivanovic
7‑5, 7‑6


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. The start of the match was pretty tough. How did you get into the match? It seemed like you could adjust very well, especially in the return of serve.
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I think she started impeccable. There was not much I did wrong, but I thought it was a high quality match. Disappointed I didn't use some opportunities I had towards the end of both sets, but it was really close, which is good.
I thought I played quite good match. And she did, too. But, yeah, just few points here and there to decide it.

Q. The first set you managed to get back into it. Is it tougher on you to do a set like that after pushing like this?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, you know, I really tried to stay in the moment. Even though I had opportunities 5‑4, 40‑15 serving, when I came back, still, I tried not to get down on myself. I did that well, because that's something I have been working on and really try to leave it in the past, because at the end of the day whether you lose set 6‑Love or 6‑4 or 7‑6, it doesn't make a difference. It's only a set.
I really tried to start fresh from the second and I created some opportunities again. But, you know, like I said, she played well. She served big when she needed it.

Q. Your coach, you called him at 4‑1 in the first set. What did he say to you? I felt like you were playing more on the backhand side because she tends to do more...
ANA IVANOVIC: Actually it was more me talking. (Smiling.)
No, it was just about‑‑ you know, I felt like I wasn't moving really well. But she was just striking the ball so well it was hard to pick.
He said, You're not doing much wrong. Just stick to the game plan. Obviously I tried to do a little bit more of that. That was our game plan initially. But, you know, I start striking it a little bit better, and I was more behind the ball which made the big difference.

Q. Do you feel you're getting closer and closer? Seems like every week it's just the margin, it's getting better.
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely. I have been working really hard. I'm just disappointed not to use some of the chances I had.
But I feel like I'm challenging top players week after week, and that's very, very important for me, so I really want to put my head down and try to work hard again and keep the same level, you know, hopefully break through soon.

Q. What's next now? Indian Wells and then Miami, I guess?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, exactly.

Q. Are you feeling physically well? A lot of the players are pulling out. How are you feeling? How is your shoulder?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, it's been better today. You know, it's tough season. A lot of tennis, a lot of traveling, especially this first part. But just I think we're all trying to do our best and try to find balance between playing enough and not playing too much, you know, still having time to rest and recover.

Q. Serena said last week in Doha that some of Petra's shots, nobody on the WTA Tour could actually get them back, they're just too good, too clean, too hard. How good of a ball striker is she, in your opinion? How good a player is she when she's hitting winners?
ANA IVANOVIC: I agree with Serena. She's very clean striker of the ball, especially when the ball, she hits it in the sweet spot, it's very hard to pick where she's going to go. You sort of have to commit to one side. Especially coming off her racquet as a lefty, it makes a big difference because we don't face too many players that are left‑handed.

Q. Do you feel, since you were across the net from her, do you feel her level was getting close to how it was when she won Wimbledon, or is it tough for you to evaluate?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, last year we played twice, once in Fed Cup and once in Melbourne. I thought her level was actually higher than it was in Melbourne and also in Fed Cup. But at that time she was struggling with some illnesses.
I thought her level was actually higher than Melbourne last year.

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