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Thumbs up Ana's gonna play, play, play, play, play ... on clay!

Clay is where this season officially begins. In the meantime, Ana was apparently playing some tennis in Australia, Middle East and US, but there is no official confirmation on that. If that's true, it means she must have been practicing hard to prepare for clay season.

Ana will arrive to clay soon, in Stuttgart, later to play in Madrid, Rome and Paris. But first, NOVI SAD, VOJVODINA, SERBIA and Fed cup on April 18/19!

Points to defend:

Stuttgart (Premier), FINAL - 305 pts
Madrid (Premier Mandatory), QUARTERFINAL - 215 pts
Rome (Premier 5), SEMIFINAL - 350 pts
Paris (Grand slam), THIRD ROUND - 120 pts
Total points to defend: 990

Good luck miss Ivanovic!

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Bye, bye top 10!

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No Milan! We have to stay optimistic! Besides, we'll see her in less than 3 weeks, can you believe it? I am sure that the minute she sees us, she'll start to play better and slay on clay!

+ She can't leave top 10 during clay season unless she really loses all points and others ranked from 7-15 gain many new points (Bouchard, Petkovic, CSN for example all have many points to defend during clay season as well).

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No Milan! We have to stay optimistic! Besides, we'll see her in less than 3 weeks, can you believe it? I am sure that the minute she sees us, she'll start to play better and slay on clay!
Yeah, right... She proved she still cares about tennis yesternight, NOT! I won't be optimistic till she starts playing somewhat decent tennis again. I'm happy we'll be watching her play live, but that's not a good idea, TBH. She'll play on IH during the weekend and then go to Stuttgart to play on indoor-clay on Wednesday, that's not a good idea at all.

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+ She can't leave top 10 during clay season unless she really loses all points and others ranked from 7-15 gain many new points (Bouchard, Petkovic, CSN for example all have many points to defend during clay season as well).
Well, Ana and Genie aren't big threats anymore. They're about to tumble down to rankings, out of top 20 for example, as they need a cold shower asap. I mean, they can't win back-to-back matches these days. Petkovic is in quite bad form, as well, but she's able to find some decent level time after time. CSN will end this year in top 8 probably, she's been playing well all year long, it's really good to watch her.

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Yeah, right... She proved she still cares about tennis yesternight, NOT! I won't be optimistic till she starts playing somewhat decent tennis again. I'm happy we'll be watching her play live, but that's not a good idea, TBH. She'll play on IH during the weekend and then go to Stuttgart to play on indoor-clay on Wednesday, that's not a good idea at all.



Well, Ana and Genie aren't big threats anymore. They're about to tumble down to rankings, out of top 20 for example, as they need a cold shower asap. I mean, they can't win back-to-back matches these days. Petkovic is in quite bad form, as well, but she's able to find some decent level time after time. CSN will end this year in top 8 probably, she's been playing well all year long, it's really good to watch her.
I thought Ana should maybe consider playing Charleston considering the situation, but it's not happening. Well at least Belgrade-Stuttgart is barely 2.5h long flight, so Ana will have enough time to rest after FC. That's why I think Charleston might be helpfull to have more preparation on clay...

The ranking system allows players from top to stay there with 4-5 deep runs at bigger tournaments (see Kvitova), that's my hope for Ana this year. She HAS to start playing better at some point, it will happen.

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I agree about CSN, she's good prospect for Singapore, and it's kinda great to see her there.

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Looking at all the points she has to defend makes me nervous, but also remindful of how well Ana played on clay last year. If my memory holds, I believe she only lost to Maria, Halep, Serena, and Safarova (rankings of #1, #2, #3 and #1 nemesis). Here's to hoping she can replicate some of that success.

On a separate note, please tell me that this means she's done with that purple dress she has been wearing since AO. I don't think I need to watch any more matches with that outfit...
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I am crossing my fingers on this one. I can't afford to watch Ana lose on clay again where her play usually works

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Fed Cup first, no?

I need her to deliver some merciless bakery products in Novi Sad.

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I thought Ana should maybe consider playing Charleston considering the situation, but it's not happening. Well at least Belgrade-Stuttgart is barely 2.5h long flight, so Ana will have enough time to rest after FC. That's why I think Charleston might be helpfull to have more preparation on clay...

The ranking system allows players from top to stay there with 4-5 deep runs at bigger tournaments (see Kvitova), that's my hope for Ana this year. She HAS to start playing better at some point, it will happen.
No way in hell she would play outdoor green clay-indoor hard-indoor clay in three different countries in three different weeks.

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FC tie will be played on indoor hard... Not on clay, so I reckon that's the reason why Ivan didn't list it.

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FC tie will be played on indoor hard... Not on clay, so I reckon that's the reason why Ivan didn't list it.
Well, DUH.

But FC is scheduled to be her NEXT competition after the Miami flop.

Anyway, why did the Serbian Federation chose IH? I know Paraguay its better on clay but come on, Ana and Jelena should have no problems in any surface. Talk about helping them prepare right before Stuttgart...
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Well, DUH.

But FC is scheduled to be her NEXT competition after the Miami flop.

Anyway, why did the Serbian Federation chose IH? I know Paraguay its better on clay but come on, Ana and Jelena should have no problems in any surface. Talk about helping them prepare right before Stuttgart...
There're no other courts with the stands in Novi Sad... But, I still don't understand how it wasn't possible to play on indoor clay. It would great for both Ana and Jelena.

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FC listed in post #1! I can't believe I didn't put my town in this thread.

Anyway, we won't see Ana playing for 18 days, which is like, too much. I have a feeling that we have mini off-seasons in every few weeks, which is disturbing.

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