Ana never take too seriously hers doubles career and that will probably never be changed, but when we talking about mixed-doubles competition things are way different, especially now when it become Olympic discipline (since London 2012)! There is several reasons why she can be elite mixed-doubles player even if she stay mediocre in WTA doubles:
- Ana's forehand and serve is arguable rare weapons from WTA tour which is able permanently to damage decent ATP players. Her net game became better and better (which is not surprise for so naturally aggressive and tall player) and hers risky attacking returns are actually more effective in mixed-doubles (to male opponents) than returns of elite WTA returners.
- Mix's schedule is very reduced: 4 Grand Slams, Hopman Cup and Olympics is only tennis events with mix-doubles, which is not hard to managed even for TOP10 player in singles, and also players which playing everything can't take any advantage in this case. In general, as true tennis superstar, Ana can choose elite ATP partner which she want, but in mixed-doubles teams are traditionally from same country (at HC and OG "must be") so she is very lucky because Serbia is so big force these days in mans tennis.
So playing at Hopman Cup with Novak Djokovic, and at Grand Slams and Olympics with Nenad Zimonjic (which is not only elite player in ATP doubles so far but also already won 4GS's in mixed-doubles), our Ana Ivanovic is destined to be real treat in mixed-doubles competition. No doubt that Ana's biggest goal in mixed-doubles competition is to reach medal at London Olympics 2012 (unlike in tennis singles, in doubles OG Gold or even silver, have bigger value and prestige than GS title).
and I'm not even fan of Ana Ivanovic... just an objective observer who realize how perfect she is
AMAZING BELGRADE MIRACLE: In just three years (2008-2011) 5 different players born in same city reach world #1 in rankings and several GS titles and finals (WTA singles: Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic, ATP singles: Novak Djokovic, ATP doubles: Nenad Zimonjic and Daniel Nestor... with notable performances of Bojana Jovanovski, Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki which is also all three born in Belgrade)