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View Poll Results: How bad is this year for Ana Ivanovic?
It's still good in the scope of professional tennis 2 3.23%
It's okay, but I'd like to see have more confidence 6 9.68%
It's bad, but she's still doing better than most players ever could 27 43.55%
It's completely awful 27 43.55%
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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old Aug 28th, 2009, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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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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Re: How bad of a year is Ana Ivanovic REALLY having?

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.

She'll find her game. I'm not a big fan of hers, but her talent is undeniable. She'll right the ship. Maybe indoors.
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Re: How bad of a year is Ana Ivanovic REALLY having?

That's so true! I hope you don't mind me putting that in the thread starting entry, especially since I made sure you got credit for your idea.

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Re: How bad of a year is Ana Ivanovic REALLY having?

I should also add that people are pessimistic about her because it doesn't seem she has an injury or a fitness related problem. No one really knows why her tennis has dropped off.
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Given all that Ana achieved in 2007 and the early part of 2008, this is for sure a mediocre season. But there's still 2 months left for her to try and turn things around. She's never really done well in New York for some reason but I hope she can at least win a few matches. A 4th round duel with Jelena would be

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Re: How bad of a year is Ana Ivanovic REALLY having?

I also feel that there's always one year in a pro's career that isn't up to par with their ability, like Serena and Venus in '04 (obviously coming back from injury, but they were healthy for most of that year still) or maybe Kuznetsova in '05. They all bounce back if they're great champs!

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Re: How bad of a year is Ana Ivanovic REALLY having?

It's awful for her standards. Only once went further than QF (only 3 QF or better results). That's pretty bad.

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Re: How bad of a year is Ana Ivanovic REALLY having?

considering all her talent, and the success he's already had, it's been a very disappointing season from her!

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Re: How bad of a year is Ana Ivanovic REALLY having?

Had she won IW, the prognosis would be a lot brighter, somehow.
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Re: How bad of a year is Ana Ivanovic REALLY having?

She's had 3 top 20 wins this season, counting the one over Medina Garigues in Fed Cup. The other two are over Pennetta in IW, 6-4 in the third, and over Stosur at Wimbledon, which is her best win this year. No top 10 wins.

For her standards, it's a total disaster.
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its the toss thats derailing her confidence plus she doesnt seem to be as fit as she was when she won RG,very soon Rolex will drop her for Henin when she comes back.
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Re: How bad of a year is Ana Ivanovic REALLY having?

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She's had 3 top 20 wins this season, counting the one over Medina Garigues in Fed Cup. The other two are over Pennetta in IW, 6-4 in the third, and over Stosur at Wimbledon, which is her best win this year. No top 10 wins.

For her standards, it's a total disaster.
exactly... she basically lost everytime she met a top 30 player... that's awful not only for her standards but for every top 30... she'll most likely drop to 20-30 at the end of the year.

She's having all sorts of confidence problems, but some may come from injuries that she doesn't talk about, i.e. looks like she's having a recurrent shoulder injury which is probably making her having those awful ball tosses

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Re: How bad of a year is Ana Ivanovic REALLY having?

Ana is having a good year in my opinion

11th in the entry ranking, 15th in the race
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Re: How bad of a year is Ana Ivanovic REALLY having?

Why didn't she play a MM tournament?...every player did.

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she will find it harder to go back to where she was in 08 because there are a lot of players that can beat her like Azarenka,Czink,Kleybanova and many more.She just doesnt have confidence in her game anymore and she seems now to have outside interest.
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