How bad of a year is Ana Ivanovic REALLY having?
I'm one of Ana's biggest fans, so obviously I'm a little biased, and I've hated to see her play below what I know she is capable of, but really how bad of a year has it been? I'm looking at her results and she's lost to quality people 90% of the time:
Brisbane QF - l. to Mauresmo
Aussie Open 3R - l. to Kleybanova
Dubai QF - l. to S. Williams
Indian Wells F - l. to Zvonareva
Miami 3R - l. to Szavay
Rome 3R - l. to A. Radwanska
Roland Garros 4R - l. to Azarenka
Eastbourne 1R - l. to Petrova
Wimbledon 4R - l. to V. Williams
L.A. 3R - l. to Stosur
Cincinnati 3R - l. to Czink
Toronto 2R - l. to Safarova
Honestly, the bolded results are the only ones that are really very very shocking, and because she collapsed after having a lead in most of them or just played horrendously. Those 4R finishes at Roland Garros and Wimbledon are better than people think, and she got to the Indian Wells final as defending champ (sure her draw fell apart too, but the same could be said about Safina's path to the Roland Garros final).
Yes, her confidence is at zero right now, but she's had some decent results that I think are pretty darn good for any pro, no matter how talented they are. It's just frustrating to see how she could have played with her 1st half 2008 form in the kind of draws she's had. She could have made it to Serena in Toronto, sure, but so could a lot of people!
Keep in mind too that she has Zurich and Linz points in the second half of the year too, so she's highly unlikely to stay #11, and to do so, she'd have to get to the QF's at the U.S. Open IMO.
Good point from faboozadoo15: It's not really the losses, it's the lack of wins and the many many times she's pushed to the absolute limit by players who she should only drop a few games to.
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