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Davodus
Nov 12th, 2010, 11:44 PM
I'm gonna try and see them play...I hope they are on at least an outside court with a bit of stands for their first round, because it'll be packed :lol:

Cp6uja
Nov 13th, 2010, 12:11 AM
I'm also curious about it.. but I'm not sure we will have the chance to see them playing.. doubles get so little air time.. mixed even less.For me most interesting detail about this Ivanovic/Zimonjic mix-doubles story is that according to several Serbian press sources its Nenad Zimonjic who propose Ana to play together! He is multiple mix-doubles GS champion, and Jelena Jankovic is former Wimbledon mix-doubles champion (on same courts where OG2012 will be played) but he still chose Ana which career doubles achievements so far is almost ridiculous :tape::worship:

Playing singles and mix-doubles, no way that Ana will played with JJ in WTA doubles. Also if Djokovic will play ATP OG doubles with Zimonjic, and Troicki and Tipsarevic will continue to play together, Jelena Jankovic doubles option is to play WTA doubles with Jovanovski, or to play mix-doubles with Dusan Vemic (former mix-doubles partner of Flavia Pennetta). Despite grass is not Serbs favorite surface at all, Serbia in London will be serious contender for medal in all tennis competitions (except womens doubles).

gaviotabr
Nov 13th, 2010, 12:17 PM
New interview (google translation):

Ana Ivanovic: "Life is brutal on the circuit"

(13/11/2010)

The Serbian tennis player recalls his two years of hard when she comes back into the Top 20 after its success in Linz and at the Masters B Bali

Find the Sports Mag supplement your DH on Saturday

BRUSSELS From its splendid 1.86 m, it has dragged on for two years in the languor player lost, caught in a spiral of black cruel failures. Former World No. 1 and winner of Roland Garros in 2008, Ana Ivanovic has experienced hard times: 5th in 2008, 22nd in 2009, it comes back into the Top 20 (17th) thanks to his success in the Masters B Bali, after failing to 65th place in mid-July. He had been interviewed once at Wimbledon, when she touched the bottom. Still majestic, she explained her difficulty in climbing up the slope. Fast flow, staccato tone, to explain the inexplicable. How could she have fallen so low? Then the sky began to lighten. Semi-Finals in Brisbane, Rome ... and Cincinnati, Aug. 14, against Kim Clijsters, where new hitch, she was forced to retire due to injury, while his game seemed to find a Kim stood still on his way to U.S. Open in the quarter. Since then, the beautiful Ana aligned the good performance, and reconnected with success in Linz in October in Bali last weekend at the Masters B, with, as shifts in Luxembourg and Beijing ...

Ana, after months of doubts and all performance-cons who have been yours, did you start to believe in a curse?

"I always try to look on the bright side of things. I finally replayed some very good tennis and my confidence has been cheered by some victories. "

How did you feel during this descent into hell, that made you slide to 65th in the world?

"It was not funny at all, but long ago I do not look at the standings. When I was young, and when I climbed, I was very excited by its changes, always with the goal of reaching the Top 10. Then I realized it was better to look elsewhere to get better and come with that classification. "

In Montreal, where you had imposed in 2006, the tournament director you even refused a wild card, which forces you to play qualifying. Have you experienced this as a humiliation?

"Humiliation is too strong a word. Disappointment, certainly. If you had asked me to prepare a list of tournaments dear to my heart, Montreal would have been at the top. There, in 2006, I won my first important success. I remember the champagne with the management team of the tournament, for which I even did a lot of public relations since then to promote their event. When you are not going well, you want your old friends support you, is not it? This was not the case. Through press statements, they wanted me to head down under water. It's very disappointing. "

How did you lose the trust that you lived when you were the best player in the world?

"Confidence is a strange thing, difficult to control. She left suddenly ... After my win at Roland Garros in 2008, I chained several wounds, and every time I picked up the competition, I was hoping to play again like before. But be on the sidelines for a while makes your back very hard. You must find the rhythm of the matches. Now I faced a good opponent, I had some tough matches and painful defeats. I worked hard in training to regain that confidence, but I felt like I was looking for more, the more it eluded me. Rather than letting things go and to enjoy myself, I wanted absolutely that it comes back. "

While you would have to be patient ...

"It's like with everything. There are things that take time. You do them correctly, but as you do not see the results come of your efforts right away, you start to doubt instead to stick to what you have to do. When all goes well, when you win, it's easy to forget what brought you to this level of play "

What is the difference between Ana Ivanovic Ana Ivanovic confident and that has no?

"Good question. I am a very aggressive player who likes to take control of trade in order to dictate. But when I am less sure of myself, I become hesitant and passive. I do not play my game and I am no longer myself. And I lose games like that against Kateryna Bondarenko in the first round of the U.S. Open last year, when I had a match point. You let events get away. This defeat was probably the cruelest moment of the past two years. It took me a while to get over it. "

You started working with a woman, Marija Lojanica, who looked after you during adolescence. For what reason and who had the idea of homecoming?

"I know Marija since I was 13 years old and she is also part of the coaching team of Serbian Fed Cup. It was she who now handles my fitness and I have already made great progress with her. I needed someone new, but that I had confidence. "

The choice of a woman is perhaps not insignificant. More gentle, more understanding with regard to your sensibility?

"Exactly. As she has known me long, she knows what are my weaknesses. And off the court, I have someone I can entertain myself or exchange. We can do girl stuff. Yes, it's a good change to have a woman at my side. "

But there's also your mother, who always travels with you. You have 23 years. Why did you still need his presence? You are an adult, you may be more independent ...

"What do you mean? I take my own decisions! And then, why should I deprive myself of an opinion as valuable as hers? My mother is my best friend, my best advice. It is the shoulder that protects me and which I can cry when it's wrong. But rest assured, it leaves me space. She did not overprotects. I love to have him at my side. "

When you have won Roland Garros, you were perhaps in advance of your program. Justine had left the scene, nobody expected ... The coronation is it not come too soon?

"I think seeing things like that is disrespectful because there are so many good players on the circuit! You can not say that is because Justine is a party that I won. I had already played two Grand Slam finals before (Editor's note: 2008 Australian Open, beaten by Maria Sharapova and Roland Garros 2007, beaten by Justine Henin). So, I deserved this victory. A Grand Slam, it never comes too soon. You win because you are better than others at this time ... But I also realized that perhaps I had reached the great dream of my life. And maybe I thought it would be easy now. I took it for granted rather than working hard as when I started. I may have changed state of mind and I thought that things would come easier. This is not the case, but I have learned. Every game is different, every opponent, too. And you have to work hard. "

Being suddenly become a star in your country, the Serbian president have attended your 20th birthday, for example, it had also adding pressure, right?

"I do not think so. In Serbia, tennis has become very popular, everyone follows it closely, but I do not see it as pressure, rather as motivation, as inspiration. "

Do you find that life is brutal on the circuit?

"Yes, it is. You are alone, it's hard to have friends because you're competing. Stay with your team, you always see the same faces. Your friends, your family miss you. Having to go home too. It's tough. That's why we must have something to hand ... "

As the fashion photo shoots that you do a lot, maybe too much?

"No, I do not do much. I'm doing one every two months, but I have other hobbies. I love to read, watch movies. I enjoy spending time with my family and I study economics. I spread my studies over several years is no hurry, but I have a diploma by the end of my career. "

What do you dream?

"I think I can still win many Grand Slam titles. I'm only 23 years old and I remain convinced that the best is still ahead of me. Yes, it will still happen a lot. You must continue to follow your path if you think it's good rather than seek another solution. Because that's where you get lost. Sometimes the answers are there and you do not see them. "

http://www.dhnet.be/sports/tennis/article/331775/ana-ivanovic-la-vie-sur-le-circuit-est-brutale.html?utm_source=DH.be&utm_medium=twitter

I think some questions bothered Ana.. like the one about her mom and the one about her winning RG. Journalist.. :o

gaviotabr
Nov 13th, 2010, 12:20 PM
For me most interesting detail about this Ivanovic/Zimonjic mix-doubles story is that according to several Serbian press sources its Nenad Zimonjic who propose Ana to play together! He is multiple mix-doubles GS champion, and Jelena Jankovic is former Wimbledon mix-doubles champion (on same courts where OG2012 will be played) but he still chose Ana which career doubles achievements so far is almost ridiculous :tape::worship:

Playing singles and mix-doubles, no way that Ana will played with JJ in WTA doubles. Also if Djokovic will play ATP OG doubles with Zimonjic, and Troicki and Tipsarevic will continue to play together, Jelena Jankovic doubles option is to play WTA doubles with Jovanovski, or to play mix-doubles with Dusan Vemic (former mix-doubles partner of Flavia Pennetta). Despite grass is not Serbs favorite surface at all, Serbia in London will be serious contender for medal in all tennis competitions (except womens doubles).

We all know Ana is the left eye, the sweet spot of all serbian male players. :lol: I'm sure they would fight to play with her, even though she is an awful doubles player! :spit:

Davodus
Nov 13th, 2010, 12:55 PM
That journalist is so rude :tape: 'you are an adult, why do you need her presence?' :o so rude!

jelenacg
Nov 13th, 2010, 05:05 PM
New interview (google translation):



http://www.dhnet.be/sports/tennis/article/331775/ana-ivanovic-la-vie-sur-le-circuit-est-brutale.html?utm_source=DH.be&utm_medium=twitter

I think some questions bothered Ana.. like the one about her mom and the one about her winning RG. Journalist.. :o

Idiot :o
why do you need her presence? :rolleyes:
Maybe bc only your parents can give you that kind of unconditional love and support.
You are an adult :rolleyes: For God`s sake she is only 23 years old not 40 :rolleyes:

gaviotabr
Nov 14th, 2010, 10:32 AM
Ana has one whole page in indonesian newspaper Kompas today. First the scan and then the google translated text:

http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/8339/bali5.png

Miss Ana Enchantment
Sunday, November 14, 2010 | 4:48 pm


"Ana, you look beautiful no matter menyemburat ...." blush on his cheeks.



Whether it's a compliment that keberapa million received by Ana Ivanovic, the Serbian tennis player, who Sunday (7 / 11) and then hook the champion title at the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions, Westin Hotel, Nusa Dua, Bali. Susie and Billy Widagdo Ivvaty

Still, a simple compliment it triggers a red hue in the cheeks. "Thanks," she said with a smile. A smile is touted as bright as sunshine. Maybe that means, make a glare ....



Last week was a perfect weekend for Ivanovic. He arrived early to Bali, which is five days before the game started on November 4, 2010, enjoying the air of Bali which he said "hot", but it fits, and had luluran and trips to the beach.

Ivanovic fits in the age of the 23-year, 6 November 2010, almost all the spectators on the field singing the song "Happy Birthday" for him. "Ana ... Ana ... Ana go ...," exclaimed his supporters. Peak, he won the tournament a total of 600,000 United States dollars. He himself received 210,000 U.S. dollars.

"Incredible, I am very happy to be in Bali, in the final tournament at the end of the year. On your birthday, I begged given the health and happiness, "said Ivanovic, again accompanied by a big smile.

Ivanovic breezed in the tournament of champions in Bali is armed with a tournament title in Linz, Austria, October 2010. If you do not win, he still plays as a wild card recipient. Her presence in Bali was already ascertained in advance.

Ivanovic became the main attraction at the Sony Ericsson WTA tournament, especially after the same ayunya tennis player, Maria Sharapova, backwards. Almost all journalists want an exclusive interview with him. Because so many applicants, but mepet time, the interviews should be scheduled as the media was canceled. Interviews keroyokan finally done.



The audience goes wild certainly welcome Ivanovic. "I want to see Ana Ivanovic from nearby, like what is beautiful," said a spectator. "Say hello to Ana, yes ... (Because all I know just Ana), "wrote a number of the owner of the account on the social networking kind of Twitter and Facebook.

Positive Thinking

Word for word glide smoothly and quickly from the lips of Ivanovic. Like fireworks, once ignited directly ssshhh ... fluorescent. In a very short time, he talked about a career in tennis to beauty.

Ivanovic had a 12-week perched in the WTA world rankings after winning the first grand slam at Roland Garros France in 2008. Unfortunately, prestige Ivanovic then decreased. In October 2009 he was frozen out of the top 20 for the first time since July 2006. He reached the lowest point, ranked 65th in July 2010.



However, one thing makes Ivanovic rose. What is it? "Think positive," he said. He sees some signs of recent months, including how bugarnya so that he is confident he will be able to return to peak performance. "I am very positive minded. I see positive things coming together in my life, "said Ivanovic, who used to warm up for 20 minutes before the start of it.

When the win in Linz, Ivanovic saw it as another positive omen. When selected to compete in Bali, the heart was jubilant. "The tournament in Bali is very important to start again everything. End of the fun before trying to return to the top of next year, "said the tennis player with a wealth of 7.76 million U.S. dollars this.

Positive thinking is also shown Ivanovic to be UNICEF ambassador in Serbia. He visited elementary schools, elementary schools in Belgrade, that thinks violence often occur there. "I love children and happy to share time with them. SD age was important instilled positive values. I am happy to be part of it, "he explained.

Relax, "manicure" ...

About beauty, she was grateful it was given grace. To keep up appearances, he gave one keyword: find your style itself. So, what the hell Ivanovic style? Show appropriate atmosphere. Problem clothes, for instance, he preferred to wear a cotton shirt. However, on one occasion, she can look elegant in her dress.

"All women like fashion, including me. I also like the manicure and pedicure. To keep the facial skin, do not forget sunscreen, "he said.

Ivanovic ordinary care of the body by trying to relax in all respects. "Sometimes I mingle with the parents in the pool. I also love listening to music and songs, "she said.

Oh .... Know this song? Miss Ana ... Miss Ana ... You make all men .

Like the balloon Released
Sunday, November 14, 2010 | 4:49 pm



Still remember in 2004 when Ana Ivanovic competed in Zurich? At that time his age was 16 years old and ranked the world-156. He was able to beat the 29th world ranking, Tatiana Golovin and Venus Williams mengombang-tossed. Jagat aghast!

In 2008, Ivanovic able to get through tough tennis player, two sisters, Serena and Venus Williams, as well as other top tennis player, before the champion at Roland Garros, France. Like the gas-filled balloon, he bounced it off. The balloon was rising into the sky. Ivanovic became world number one!

However, what happened next, said Ivanovic, not nice to be remembered. He lost the first round of the 2009 U.S. Open against Kateryna Bondarenko. Poignant story repeated again at Wimbledon 2010 when he bent Shahar Peer in the first round.

"Time to look ahead. I want to go back to the top 10, "he said.

Ivanovic wants to start in 2011 with the Australian Open. "I wish I could win there. If allowed to choose who I want very well, Wimbledon. Two grand slam of my dreams, "he said.

Since the split with her coach, Heinz Guenthardt, in October 2010, Ivanovic has not determined a suitable coach to begin in 2011. "I have to select coaches who can push me back to the top. Coaches are committed. There are many choices, but I can not mention names, "he explained.

Weight for Ivanovic to pursue the first rank as he has ever achieved. He was determined to train hard after the Bali. For him, the key to be able to reach a dream to be number one again is to play consistently. Many players who need to be wary of. He called the Williams sisters, Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin, and Russian players.

"Who does not want to win a grand slam?" He half-asked.

Victory in Bali into a capital for Ivanovic. "I want to thank all of them. What Indonesian her thank you? "He asked during a press conference after he won.

"Thank you? Yes, thank you ...," said Ivanovic quietly.

Back .... (IVV / Otw)

Pops Maellard
Nov 14th, 2010, 11:29 AM
Quite a cool random thing. :lol:

Ana Ivanovic vs. Players from Italy (18 - 0)

Year Week Type Tournament Round Winner Loser Score
2005 2 T5 Canberra QR2 A. Ivanovic N. Vierin 6-2 6-3
2005 22 GS Roland Garros R4 A. Ivanovic F. Schiavone 6-4 6-7(3) 6-3
2005 33 T1 Toronto R1 A. Ivanovic T. Garbin 6-2 7-6(3)
2006 7 T2 Antwerp R1 A. Ivanovic R. Vinci 6-3 6-3
2006 32 T2 Los Angeles R2 A. Ivanovic M. Santangelo 7-6(4) 7-5
2007 1 T3 Gold Coast R1 A. Ivanovic R. Vinci 7-6(5) 6-1
2007 5 T1 Pan Pacific Open R2 A. Ivanovic M. Santangelo 4-6 6-1 6-2
2008 4 GS Australian Open R2 A. Ivanovic T. Garbin 6-0 6-3
2008 12 T1 Indian Wells R3 A. Ivanovic T. Garbin 6-3 6-0
2008 12 T1 Indian Wells R4 A. Ivanovic F. Schiavone 2-6 7-5 6-2
2008 43 T2 Linz QF A. Ivanovic F. Pennetta 6-4 6-4
2009 2 Intl Brisbane R2 A. Ivanovic R. Vinci 6-7(4) 7-5 6-1
2009 5 GS Australian Open R2 A. Ivanovic A. Brianti 6-3 6-2
2009 12 PM Indian Wells R4 A. Ivanovic F. Pennetta 6-4 4-6 6-4
2009 19 P5 Rome R2 A. Ivanovic F. Schiavone 6-3 6-4
2009 23 GS Roland Garros R1 A. Ivanovic S. Errani 7-6(3) 6-3
2009 27 GS Wimbledon R2 A. Ivanovic S. Errani 7-5 6-1
2010 41 Intl Linz SF A. Ivanovic R. Vinci 6-3 7-5

gaviotabr
Nov 14th, 2010, 12:46 PM
It seems Ana is one of the most admired personalities by serbian teens:

Anyone up to admire the Serbian high school students?

14. November 2010. 13:13> 13:45

First on the list of Serbian teenager idol Angelina Jolie, followed by Ceca, and Ana Ivanovic. Well quoted Divac, Novak Djokovic, and Isidora Bjelica, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho ... Scientists rare role model, and the list of politicians only Djindjic. Mama greater role model than dad.

Illustration (Gulliver / Getty Images)

Among high school students in Serbia are the most popular show business personalities and more than half of all young people who have idols, according to a person in the area, according to research by the Institute of Psychology, University of Belgrade.

The following athletes, who are idols for a third of the surveyed students, and politicians, and scientists and artists, people from elite culture, among the least popular among young people.

Of politicians, among the 20 most popular, only to find the name of Zoran Djindjic, explaining that he was a successful politician, he led Serbia in the right direction and I was smart and educated.

Students admire the idols because of the success in the profession they are dealing with (a good player, great singer), and now there are also reasons related to fame and fortune.

The third most represented are the reasons related to the physical appearance of the idol (beauty, power, image), and young people admire and determination, fighting spirit, diligence, discernment of their idols.

Among the 20 most popular (show business personalities, athletes, politicians) in the first place is an American actress Angelina Jolie, followed by singer Svetlana Raznatovic, Ana Ivanovic and her colleague, Novak Djokovic, a former basketball player, and now President of the Olympic Committee of Serbia Vlade Divac.

There are also players Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Thierry Henry, writers Isidora Bjelica, actress Jessica Alba, singer Rihanna from Barbados.

Ana Ivanovic is the most common model for high school students because, they said, are young, successful, famous throughout the world, earned a lot of money.

Similar reasons were mentioned for Novak Djokovic, a few young people even explains that he is smart, have a great mindset and behavior in the field, that is cheerful and has a sense of humor.

Vlade Divac is the third in the popularity of athletes, with whose name is most commonly associated with accomplished career abroad and humanitarian work, and that he was "a great man."

Only a few students stated that his idol belongs to an elite culture, scientists and artists, which is under investigation "devastating."

A third of respondents do not have idols or role models or from private or public life.

When it comes to role models, individuals from private life to which they see high school students, parents are sacrosanct, and as reasons to emphasize their goodness and generosity, support, understanding and love that you give, sacrifice

Nearly a third of respondents cited as a model mother, while fathers admiring a little less of students, mostly because they are "worthy" and "make a family."

The research was done at the initiative of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, within the "Lifestyle of young people in Serbia," includes the period up to 2008, and published in the Proceedings of the Institute for Educational Research.

The study included 2426 students from 26 high schools and vocational schools.

http://www.mondo.rs/s189024/Hronika_i_Drustvo/Kome_se_to_dive_srpski_srednjoskolci.html

Davodus
Nov 14th, 2010, 01:03 PM
Ana :worship: so popular everywhere, and now a role model too :worship:

btw Izzy, you really are a gun at finding articles :lol:

jelenacg
Nov 14th, 2010, 03:57 PM
It seems Ana is one of the most admired personalities by serbian teens:



http://www.mondo.rs/s189024/Hronika_i_Drustvo/Kome_se_to_dive_srpski_srednjoskolci.html

Expected :lol: She is beautiful ,young and rich ...who wouldn`t want to be like her

bruce goose
Nov 14th, 2010, 04:25 PM
It seems Ana is one of the most admired personalities by serbian teens:



http://www.mondo.rs/s189024/Hronika_i_Drustvo/Kome_se_to_dive_srpski_srednjoskolci.htmlSlightly unfortunate that Ana ranks third behind a couple out-of-control sluts:lol:...(my comments on 'Ceca' based on Serbian poster's input)but I'd rather see Ana lose a popularity contest to them instead of mimicking their behavior:)

gaviotabr
Nov 14th, 2010, 08:10 PM
btw Izzy, you really are a gun at finding articles :lol:

http://post805.com/images/accident_investigation.gif

:spit:

azdaja
Nov 14th, 2010, 09:45 PM
btw Izzy, you really are a gun at finding articles :lol:
defo :worship:

from indonesian to serbian, no matter the language, if it's about ana izzy will find it :lol: :worship:

Davodus
Nov 15th, 2010, 12:42 AM
http://post805.com/images/accident_investigation.gif

:spit:

:lol: exactly

defo :worship:

from indonesian to serbian, no matter the language, if it's about ana izzy will find it :lol: :worship:

absolutely :lol: she even finds articles from Australia I've never seen before :lol:

The 2nd Law
Nov 15th, 2010, 12:50 AM
Izzy is Anapolis' own database/search engine. She's better than google! :worship:

Cp6uja
Nov 15th, 2010, 09:35 PM
It seems Ana is one of the most admired personalities by serbian teens:

http://www.mondo.rs/s189024/Hronika_i_Drustvo/Kome_se_to_dive_srpski_srednjoskolci.htmlUnfortuna tely, this is results of study from 2008 when Ana's popularity is on peak. In 2009-2010 she is for sure not 3rd most common model for Serbian high school students (more likely she is just 3rd most popular Serbian tennis player here :p) thanks to Ana slump, some kind of malicious anti-Ana campaign there and also thanks to some ugly notable trends in Serbian youth generations (especially that part which following sports more intensive) in last two years. But lets hope that 2011 will be year of Ana Ivanovic big comeback and also year of big comeback of true values for Serbian teens (which Ana so classy personalized) ;)

JamieOwen3
Nov 15th, 2010, 10:21 PM
ughh people should support their players through good and bad, not get on the train when they're doing good and jump off when they get a slump :spit:

im happy i became a ana fan when she was actually in her slump as it makes me appreciate her more when she plays well!

Cp6uja
Nov 16th, 2010, 12:06 PM
According to todays "Vecernje Novosti" interview (http://www.novosti.rs/vesti/sport.72.html:307767-Ivanovic-Osvojicemo-Dejvis-kup) Ana will probably watch (from VIP box seats ;)) in Belgrade SRB-FRA Davis Cup final during 1st week of december. Here is Google/My translation of this serbian article:

Ivanovic: We will win the Davis Cup!
N. MANDRAPA | 15 November 2010. 20:47
Ana announced the arrival in Belgrade on Serbia-France tennis showdown. This is the biggest tennis event in our history, says Ana

Whole Serbia will be with Novak Djokovic and his teamates in the final showdown of Davis Cup, including Ana Ivanovic. Former Roland Garros champion and former queen of the WTA list told for "Novosti" that our team has nothing to fear in a duel with France, which is scheduled from 3 to 5 December at the Belgrade Arena.
- It is, obviously, the biggest tennis event in the history of our country. I sincerely hope I will be able to organize my obligations and be in Belgrade in early December in order to cheering in live our team. I am friend with all four players (Serbian DC team), which makes this match even more exciting for me - said Ana.

Our player is confident that Serbia has everything which need to reach Davis Cup title.
- Definitely we have the quality to beat France. They are a strong team with a coach who is experienced and former successful professional. But we are strong, and home advantage this time should mean a lot to us.

The atmosphere in the Belgrade Arena was something which Ana has good knowledge from own experience.
- I remember many matches in our largest hall in the past, especially basketball duels. There was great cheering, and I am sure that this time the atmosphere will be amazing and the audience will help Serbia to reach a great victory.

Before she take her VIP;) place in Belgrade Arena, Ivanovic will have a short, but not so "sweet" holiday. She look forward to back on court very soon.
- I'm back my self-confidence, and tennis is more fun when you are confident in your game. Now the rest and then start practicing for next season. I can not wait Melbourne! Home will not last long, but I find it difficult to totally exclude: I am very active, and some may call me crazy, but I can't wait start of hard physical work in upcoming preparation period - says Ivanovic.

gaviotabr
Nov 18th, 2010, 07:17 PM
French newspaper Le 10 Sport writes a whole page article to associate Ana's slump to having a boyfriend! :spit:

http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/673/fr2d.jpg

jelenacg
Nov 18th, 2010, 08:03 PM
French newspaper Le 10 Sport writes a whole page article to associate Ana's slump to having a boyfriend! :spit:


I wanted to read that article but after you wrote what it is about,no thanks :rolleyes:
You know Ana is not slumping anymore :banana: so i don`t need to read articles like these :angel:

bruce goose
Nov 18th, 2010, 08:27 PM
French newspaper Le 10 Sport writes a whole page article to associate Ana's slump to having a boyfriend! :spit:

http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/673/fr2d.jpgWell,it most certainly wasn't the root cause or even the main factor....but the second shitbag definitely made a MAJOR contribution to the slump(I wouldn't give Nando too much blame at all)....It defies all logic to call it coincidence when Ana's level of play got so much worse in the Swishy Dickhead Era---and started improving pretty much right after he was dumped......Still,like our Jelena says,no point in re-living the slump when Ana's on the verge of re-entering the top 10:):cool:

gaviotabr
Nov 18th, 2010, 10:23 PM
Just found this article on serbian Vecerni Novosti (google translation):

Who is going to do with Anna?
N. M. | 18 November 2010. 20:47 | Comments: 0

Ivanovic still in the intensive search for a permanent coach. Applicants: Najcel Sears, Tom Gulikson or Van Lotum

Tomatoes in the person already got Dutch coach Jon Van Lotum, although it has not really sat on the bench of Ana Ivanovic. Young professional originally from Madagascar, one of the candidates to succeed Heinz Gintarda, namely, no not please fans of the former Queen's Army Open. Especially after his public statements at the expense of Serbs.

- Ana has the talent to dominate women's tennis for many years, but it has not seen the field. I want to help her, but I want to lead the team. I will agree to collect the ball - said Van Lotum.

He was supported by compatriot Sven Grunefeld, the former Anne's coach, who is also the "black list" of supporters Ivanovic.

- As soon as someone recommended Grunefeld, means that it is a bad choice. Grunefeldu, get away! Van Lotum? Who is it? Dutchman Krajicek destroyed Mihaela! His greatest success in his career was the defeat of Lleyton Hewitt - just some of the "fiercest" message to Anne's website.

However, the continued pursuit of the seventh coach of Ana Ivanovic in her career after Vranes, Cooks, Taylor, Grunefelda, Cardona and Gintarda. Currently the only option in three names: Nigel Sears, Tom Gulikson or already mentioned Jon van Lotum.

Nigel SIRS
Country: Scotland
Fed Cup coach of Great Britain, he worked with Daniel Hantuhovom
Chance: 50%

Tom GULKINSON
Country: United States
Worked with Jennifer Capriati, a U.S. Davis Cup coach, the coach of Sampras and Agassi at the Olympics
30% chance

JON VAN LOTUM
Country: Netherlands
Worked with Michael Krajicek, Tim de Baker and Elena Dementieva
Chance: 20%

http://www.novosti.rs/vesti/sport.72.html:308198-Ko-ce-da-radi-sa-Anom

Are these really the only options? :sobbing: And how did they get to these percentages?

bruce goose
Nov 18th, 2010, 10:31 PM
Just found this article on serbian Vecerni Novosti (google translation):



http://www.novosti.rs/vesti/sport.72.html:308198-Ko-ce-da-radi-sa-Anom

Are these really the only options? :sobbing: And how did they get to these percentages?Izzy,I'm not very knowledgeable about coaches,but I can see why folks frown on Sears and especially Van Lottum....yet would Gullikson really be such a bad choice?What would be the major drawbacks to choosing Gullikson??Not that Ana should limit herself to only those choices,but wouldn't you consider him the best of the three?

gaviotabr
Nov 18th, 2010, 10:38 PM
Izzy,I'm not very knowledgeable about coaches,but I can see why folks frown on Sears and especially Van Lottum....yet would Gullikson really be such a bad choice?What would be the major drawbacks to choosing Gullikson??Not that Ana should limit herself to only those choices,but wouldn't you consider him the best of the three?

Yes.. I would consider him the best option there, at least at first sight.. but he doesn't have big experience with WTA players either. He coached Capriati in a USTA player development programme.. it wasn't a normal player-coach relationship.

At the same time, he is american.. I tend to think Ana has a more european style of tennis that doesn't really match the american style of coaching.. but that is a particular perception of mine, that might be wrong.

Anyway.. isn't anybody better available? :tape: Gullikson definitely seems like the best among these 3, but he is thought to have less chances than Nigel Sears.. I wonder why is that.. :scratch:

liztennis
Nov 18th, 2010, 10:45 PM
In my opinion i would rather see ana with antonio van grichen

Davodus
Nov 18th, 2010, 11:40 PM
Yes.. I would consider him the best option there, at least at first sight.. but he doesn't have big experience with WTA players either. He coached Capriati in a USTA player development programme.. it wasn't a normal player-coach relationship.

At the same time, he is american.. I tend to think Ana has a more european style of tennis that doesn't really match the american style of coaching.. but that is a particular perception of mine, that might be wrong.

Anyway.. isn't anybody better available? :tape: Gullikson definitely seems like the best among these 3, but he is thought to have less chances than Nigel Sears.. I wonder why is that.. :scratch:

I have the same one...I don't think an American coach is right for her.

jelenacg
Nov 19th, 2010, 08:59 AM
Just found this article on serbian Vecerni Novosti (google translation):



http://www.novosti.rs/vesti/sport.72.html:308198-Ko-ce-da-radi-sa-Anom

Are these really the only options? :sobbing: And how did they get to these percentages?

I have no idea where they found these names.
:spit: At the percentage

The 2nd Law
Nov 19th, 2010, 09:53 AM
:lol: How are none of you laughing at this:

Tomatoes in the person already got Dutch coach Jon Van Lotum, although it has not really sat on the bench of Ana Ivanovic. Young professional originally from Madagascar, one of the candidates to succeed Heinz Gintarda, namely, no not please fans of the former Queen's Army Open. Especially after his public statements at the expense of Serbs.

- As soon as someone recommended Grunefeld, means that it is a bad choice. Grunefeldu, get away! Van Lotum? Who is it? Dutchman Krajicek destroyed Mihaela! His greatest success in his career was the defeat of Lleyton Hewitt - just some of the "fiercest" message to Anne's website.

Do us fans have THAT much influence on the media :lol: :lol:
hahaha, maybe it's just the translation but geez I nearly died reading that :lol:

Davodus
Nov 19th, 2010, 09:57 AM
:spit: too good. Angry fans keeping him away :lol:

soul
Nov 19th, 2010, 09:57 AM
Those names are ????????????????????? The new coach must be higher qualified and more helpful than Heinz.I think there is no name apart from him but at least any person should have proved himself/herself.

azdaja
Nov 19th, 2010, 11:44 AM
Do us fans have THAT much influence on the media :lol: :lol:
hahaha, maybe it's just the translation but geez I nearly died reading that :lol:
i'm pretty sure journalists read these forums ;)

bruce goose
Nov 19th, 2010, 02:40 PM
Yes.. I would consider him the best option there, at least at first sight.. but he doesn't have big experience with WTA players either. He coached Capriati in a USTA player development programme.. it wasn't a normal player-coach relationship.

At the same time, he is american.. I tend to think Ana has a more european style of tennis that doesn't really match the american style of coaching.. but that is a particular perception of mine, that might be wrong.

Anyway.. isn't anybody better available? :tape: Gullikson definitely seems like the best among these 3, but he is thought to have less chances than Nigel Sears.. I wonder why is that.. :scratch:Yeah,I agree with your middle paragraph,especially;I'd say that Ana not only had a European playing style but also a very European PERSONALITY...if you catch my meaning.A gringo wouldn't be a very solid choice unless he were connected somehow with Ana's confidantes and,therefore,had learned from them how to get through to her....Having experience with a similar player could also help,though I doubt that Ana and Jen are that similar.Hopefully,her next coach will either function well as a shrink--teaching Ana to find the answers within herself for her mental breakdowns....OR he/she will persuade Ana to get a respected sports counsellor

Haven't seen anyone mention this in a LONG time: Ana strikes me as the kind of gal who lets her feelings guide her WAY too much(perhaps she's worked on that)...the kind of woman who bases decisions on whether or not she feels 'instant chemistry' with someone.Men do that SOMEtimes but I'd say that women did that much,much more.Frankly,that's an EXTRA stupid,asinine mentality for making important decisions...except for those rare folks who have superb instincts with people,and I wouldn't put sweet Ana:angel: in that category:lol:

gaviotabr
Nov 19th, 2010, 08:57 PM
Ana: I feel that I have more potential

19. November 2010. 19:54> 20:00

Serbian tennis player complains that the season ended with a great desire to compete awaiting the next one. Still have not the coach, because he wants someone who will help her to return to the very top.

(Photo: archive of MN Press)

Unlike the past two seasons when we are at the end often had the opportunity to listen to or read statements Ana Ivanovic like "I can not wait to finish" or "I really need a break", the Serbian tennis player in the break between seasons of burning desire to start the new ago.

In late summer she has managed to build up a form and from 64 place in the WTA rankings, which are due at some point, correct placement for the 47 positions.

In the new season, which begins for her second January in Perth (Hopman Cup), Anna will not only come with 17 sites, but also with the old passion for competition. It already looks very promising.

"I'm sorry it came to pause, because I felt that my form back. I was able to focus and what was behind them. I felt a new desire to play and competition. It is much easier when you are feeling better on ground, some matches and get that I have previously lost. All this had an impact on my confidence and it is a great motivation to prepare to come for next season, "Ivanovic said.

The preparation begins in a few days after the holiday used to visit his brother Milos, who is now studying in London.

Until you start to pack things for training, a Serbian woman recently for the Tennis Channel has revealed all about what lies in her tennis bag.

In addition to racketeering, headbands and groěđene fat in Ana's bag is found and blue iPod on which the Serbian music that, as he said, "you probably do not want to hear."

There is a deck of cards, but beautiful tennis player says that it is not so good at poker.



By all accounts, Anna will enter next season without tenera, although they appeared information that the 34-year-old Dutchman Jon van Lotum, sometimes I am a tennis pro, to be her new coach.

"I currently coach in the plan, have not solved the problem," she said from Belgrade to clarify any strategist wants to hire:

"It's important to me that the coach has experience and is a coach that I feel can lead me to the top. I feel that I have a lot of potential to be developed, so I need a tener who will be with me and help me for these one or two percent that I miss going back to the top. Such is really hard to find, so I do not want to jump to any decisions, but to stabilize the situation and then make a decision who would be true. "

In a moment of rest from tennis Ana Ivanovic is still happy to spend time with books, but still has not returned Sigmund Freud ("I started to think too much about the subject so I decided to give up on this literature).

"Philosophy and Psychology, I left the side, far more relaxing read novels," said Ana, who spent time on Friday with Serbian scholars.

(MONDO)

http://www.mondo.rs/s189574/Tenis/Ana-_Osecam_da_imam_jos_potencijala.html

Another coachless off season.. :sobbing: Does Ana never learn? :sobbing:

gaviotabr
Nov 19th, 2010, 08:59 PM
19. November 2010. | 21:10 | Nina Kolundzija, MA
Ana Ivanovic of B92: "I want Grand Slam trophy

Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic slowly returns to the top of the world - the season is closed on the 17th place in the WTA rankings after a title in Bali. In an interview with B92 Ivanovic speaks about the great end of the season, the manner in which she spent home, plans for next year and how much she means to you is for three years now UNICEF ambassador.

Ivanovic has played in top form for the final tournament of the year, so it did not correspond to the end of the season.

"Honestly, I am sorry that the season is finished because I'm only in the past few months felt to get into the right rhythm. I felt much better on the ground and I was wrong as the Australian Open was not immediately after the tournament in Bali. In any event, the season is long, full of ups and downs and certainly the good comes a little vacation. Now motivated can get back on the preparations. "

You said in 2009. years of obscurity. What was this season?

"It was much better in 2009. years, especially in the last six months. Indeed a lot of effort and work invested and finally began to see results of that. I used hard and worked hard, but the results were out, not all came into place and that is why we the last few months mean a lot, especially since I won two titles, which is still very important. "


How do you plan to start next year?

"I hope to play in Sydney, although it is not sure it will be a lot of matches at the start of the season. I look forward to the Hopman Cup, it's a nice invitation tournament. Nola and I had the 2006th playing the finals, the tournament I really liked, and have interaction with other players, we have the opportunity to socialize, play golf, swim, so it's a little more relaxed atmosphere. "

Ana optimistic and with high ambitions awaits next season.

"In 2011. I have big goals - I would love to win another Grand Slam tournament. I am aware how much it will be difficult, but I think I have the potential to do so, although there are a lot of quality players. The game we will return to a level where they can compete with any top player, so it gives me confidence and additional inspiration. "

How do you holiday?

"I was in London, which I do with a bit to relax and 'switch off', I had time for shopping. Now move into the preparations and I hope to return to Belgrade for Davis Cup in order to support the boys. It is indeed a great success of our team and I'm glad to see that they have a good chance of winning "

Ivanovic, spending time with children is a great pleasure.

"I am mean to have the opportunity to work with children, I ambasdor UNICEF little more than three years. Whenever I'm in Belgrade, which is usually at the end of the year, I try to dedicate their time and to visit the school. Now I am with the children talked about their problems at school, she was very pretty interactions, and I learned a lot, "she Ana B92.

http://www.b92.net/sport/intervjui/intervjui.php?yyyy=2010&mm=11&nav_category=91&nav_id=473616&fs=1

bruce goose
Nov 19th, 2010, 09:32 PM
http://www.mondo.rs/s189574/Tenis/Ana-_Osecam_da_imam_jos_potencijala.html

Another coachless off season.. :sobbing: Does Ana never learn? :sobbing:Izzy,we understand that Ana needs a coach,and I believe that Ana knows it,too.......but this isn't some easy decision like picking which pair of shoes she likes better.Even though it'd be ideal to have a compatible-with-Ana top coach ASAP,maybe she just hasn't found that person yet.Would it be better to have a mediocre coach like Kardon simply to fill the void?....Or,even worse,a sucky Damian-level coach--for her entire game and not just fitness?

If you have evidence that Ana is ignoring quality,available coaches,that's one thing...it's just hard for me to imagine that guys like Heinz grow on trees.Yeah,it'd be bad if she started 2011 coachless but,honestly,I'd rather have THAT...as long as Marija is accompanying her on Tour...than for Ana to have another douchebag/Adidass-hole such as Sven who would throw her completely off course....I really feel that she'll find the right person eventually IF she seeks counsel from the right people.My biggest concern is that Ana might let Sven and her parents guide the decision-making process:eek:

Nena_xxx
Nov 20th, 2010, 09:45 AM
So, what you guys think? Who will be Ana's new coach?

gaviotabr
Nov 20th, 2010, 10:20 AM
Izzy,we understand that Ana needs a coach,and I believe that Ana knows it,too.......but this isn't some easy decision like picking which pair of shoes she likes better.Even though it'd be ideal to have a compatible-with-Ana top coach ASAP,maybe she just hasn't found that person yet.Would it be better to have a mediocre coach like Kardon simply to fill the void?....Or,even worse,a sucky Damian-level coach--for her entire game and not just fitness?

If you have evidence that Ana is ignoring quality,available coaches,that's one thing...it's just hard for me to imagine that guys like Heinz grow on trees.Yeah,it'd be bad if she started 2011 coachless but,honestly,I'd rather have THAT...as long as Marija is accompanying her on Tour...than for Ana to have another douchebag/Adidass-hole such as Sven who would throw her completely off course....I really feel that she'll find the right person eventually IF she seeks counsel from the right people.My biggest concern is that Ana might let Sven and her parents guide the decision-making process:eek:

I agree that picking the right coach is a very tough task.. and that she absolutely needs to pick a great one, the right one for her, otherwise, having the wrong one will mean more harm than good. But spending the off season alone is suicidal.. and she has seen the awful aspects of it in her game in the past. The off season if the time to improve, to work on specifics of the game, to tinker with things here and there.. spending it alone may also mean she will be doing all these stuff in a wrong way.. Ana needs the guidance of a proper tennis coach in such a long period of training.

I thought thepurpose of breaking up wuth Heinz so soon was to find a coach soon enough to be with her during the off season and already with a plan to follw in 2011. But if she is to spend the off season and start the year coachless, she could very well have stayed with Heinz until she found someone right to be with her full time. This is just stupid decision making.. more to add to the loooong list of stupid decision making by Ana and her team in the last 2 years.

gloria7
Nov 20th, 2010, 02:36 PM
The most important thing for Ana is to find the right coach or,should i say,the right person.Dragana will probably be with Milos in London,her father is going to be in Belgrade most of the time,and ,basically,Ana will travel all alone with Marija.That's why i want to see her with the right person.But...every coach who does not want to be separated too long from his family will refuse to work with her.Especially older coaches,who do not like to travel that much.Gullikson is 59 years old ,Sears is 53.I guess they would love to be with their families for the Christmas and Easter,to be there for their children.We would all love to see some respected and successful man as Ana's new coach, a former player with good results, maybe a champion,but i doubt he would continue to do what Heinz started.
New coach brings a new ideas,new style,new methods and visions,new game direction.
How about some young guy? A hot ex-model,like Bepa's Demekhine? No? Too much distraction? A young and ambitious coach,yet unmarried,who doesn't have kids and isn't too much attached to his family.Do we know any successful and respected young coach? If she insists on full-time coach,it has to be some young guy who can travel all the time.And if he's hot-we are in trouble.
We know one candidate...a reality show contestant.Stephanie Myles called him "hottie"..oh,that woman can smell the blood. He wants to "lead" Ana to another GS title.A man who never won not even one tournament in his life.A man,recommended by Sven,a handsome guy,with pathetic resume and dominant alpha male personality...Sven's friend and business partner,who wants to travel with Ana,to work for her,but she has to listen to him and do whatever he say.The two were introduced in Luxembourg by Sven.Heinz was still her official coach then... she was alone there,and they talked to Ana about coaching job without Holzmann,Versi or her father. Coincidence? Now i'm thinking,maybe she was distracted with that during the tournament.I know she was tired,but maybe she was thinking too much about new coach during her match with Julia,or,maybe both of them watched her then.I don't know.All i know, a new coach has to be the right person.

bruce goose
Nov 20th, 2010, 03:20 PM
I thought thepurpose of breaking up wuth Heinz so soon was to find a coach soon enough to be with her during the off season and already with a plan to follw in 2011. But if she is to spend the off season and start the year coachless, she could very well have stayed with Heinz until she found someone right to be with her full time. This is just stupid decision making.. more to add to the loooong list of stupid decision making by Ana and her team in the last 2 years.Izzy,I focused on your second paragraph because you insinuate that Ana broke it off with Heinz,yet even some of Heinz's comments indicate that he was quite ready to walk away when the season was over...even BEFORE then...not b/c of any problem with Ana,but because he just wasn't up to the time commitment that was required

Yeah,they both said that it was a mutual decision...which it was--SORT OF--but I get the strong impression that Heinz would've politely excused himself with or without Ana's approval.....if I'm right,then we can't blame Ana for prematurely breaking up with Heinz.The worst we can accuse her of is not searching more diligently for Heinz's replacement even though she knew he would step down soon.Perhaps she should've solicited him more for recommendations before it ended....I also envision the possibility that Ana thought she could persuade him to change his mind...as he did when he agreed to stay for longer than 6 months

Again,I agree that being coachless isn't great for Ana but,unlike before,at least she has ONE voice of wisdom,Marija,who's spending time with her now...and,as you conceded,it's not as if Ana's next coach choice were an easy one that she could make quickly

gaviotabr
Nov 20th, 2010, 03:56 PM
Anything of notice?

http://img808.imageshack.us/img808/5126/sz23.jpg

gaviotabr
Nov 20th, 2010, 04:02 PM
Izzy,I focused on your second paragraph because you insinuate that Ana broke it off with Heinz,yet even some of Heinz's comments indicate that he was quite ready to walk away when the season was over...even BEFORE then...not b/c of any problem with Ana,but because he just wasn't up to the time commitment that was required

Yeah,they both said that it was a mutual decision...which it was--SORT OF--but I get the strong impression that Heinz would've politely excused himself with or without Ana's approval.....if I'm right,then we can't blame Ana for prematurely breaking up with Heinz.The worst we can accuse her of is not searching more diligently for Heinz's replacement even though she knew he would step down soon.Perhaps she should've solicited him more for recommendations before it ended....I also envision the possibility that Ana thought she could persuade him to change his mind...as he did when he agreed to stay for longer than 6 months

Again,I agree that being coachless isn't great for Ana but,unlike before,at least she has ONE voice of wisdom,Marija,who's spending time with her now...and,as you conceded,it's not as if Ana's next coach choice were an easy one that she could make quickly

I think both wanted to continue to work together.. but Heinz told Ana he would only do it if she were to accept him being around only part time, 20 weeks a year. So they didn't get to an agreement and decided mutally to part ways. I'm sure they could have got into an agreement for Ana to stay with him until she could find someone else though. Marija or not, being another whole off season without a proper tennis coach is suicidal. And not only because she will be throwing the off season down the drain.. but because she will get a coach in the middle of the playing season and get used to a style of coaching, new ideas, new everything while playing tournaments. That's another problem. Just stupid decision making.

jelenacg
Nov 20th, 2010, 05:38 PM
Anything of notice?



No, nothing

I seriously hope this decision to spend off season without coach won`t bite her in the ass .
It`s so stupid i don`t even know where to begin :ras:
I also don`t know why she didn`t kept Heinz until she finds replacement.He would be great for the off season.
Also what 1,2 % missing ??? :rolleyes: What a big ego :o:rolleyes:

Curtos07
Nov 20th, 2010, 05:57 PM
Heinz has already stated he didn't want to be with Ana full time, thus he didn't want to spend the off-season with her. I don't blame Ana for taking her time. It's better to get it right than rush and get it wrong like they did with Kardon. I don't think being without a coach is going to kill her. Didn't effect her in Linz and Bali. Plus, she isn't in a slump like the past two off-seasons.

I am not sure how Ana wanting to improve an extra 2-3% means she has a big ego either. That doesn't make any sense. What do you guys want her to say, "I don't want to improve at all"? :confused: I think Ana is saying and doing all the right things.

azdaja
Nov 20th, 2010, 06:18 PM
I think Ana is saying and doing all the right things.
i agree, right now she is. gone are the deluded statements from less than a year ago. this is why i feel so positive about her progress right now. you know, winning linz and bali is nice, but it's not the main reason i feel she is back on track.

gaviotabr
Nov 20th, 2010, 06:23 PM
Heinz has already stated he didn't want to be with Ana full time, thus he didn't want to spend the off-season with her. I don't blame Ana for taking her time. It's better to get it right than rush and get it wrong like they did with Kardon. I don't think being without a coach is going to kill her. Didn't effect her in Linz and Bali. Plus, she isn't in a slump like the past two off-seasons.

I am not sure how Ana wanting to improve an extra 2-3% means she has a big ego either. That doesn't make any sense. What do you guys want her to say, "I don't want to improve at all"? :confused: I think Ana is saying and doing all the right things.

Oh Curtis... you got absolutely everything wrong.

First of all... it's one thing to be coachless at the end of the playing season, when you are already on a rhythm, and playing under the influence of your old coach. It's a whole other thing to spend a month and a half alone, getting into a new rhythm, trying to improve your game, working on your shots, without a proper tennis coach to give you feed back. More often than not you will be doing the wrong things and instead of improving, you are likely to regress.

I do agree it's better to take her time than to choose the wrong coach.. but she could very well have reach a short term agreement with Heinz. He never stated he didn't want to spend the off season with her and I very much doubt he would refuse to train her if she were to be most of the off season in Switzerland, for an example. He didn't want to be with her 40 weeks during the year.. but that has nothing to do with not being with her during off season..

And about the 2-3% quote.. what Jelena meant is that there is much more than that separating Ana from being a real top player.. she is putting herself in a position she is not in yet.. that's actually dangerous... there is much more hard work to do and steps to climb than what she is saying for her to contend for slams and be at the top.

jelenacg
Nov 20th, 2010, 06:30 PM
And about the 2-3% quote.. what Jelena meant is that there is much more than that separating Ana from being a real top player.. she is putting herself in a position she is not in yet.. that's actually dangerous... there is much more hard work to do and steps to climb than what she is saying for her to contend for slams and be at the top.

I was trying to write a post and explain myself better but you already did it for me.That`s exactly what i meant
Thank you Izzy :hug:

bruce goose
Nov 20th, 2010, 06:35 PM
I think both wanted to continue to work together.. but Heinz told Ana he would only do it if she were to accept him being around only part time, 20 weeks a year. So they didn't get to an agreement and decided mutally to part ways. I'm sure they could have got into an agreement for Ana to stay with him until she could find someone else though. Marija or not, being another whole off season without a proper tennis coach is suicidal. And not only because she will be throwing the off season down the drain.. but because she will get a coach in the middle of the playing season and get used to a style of coaching, new ideas, new everything while playing tournaments. That's another problem. Just stupid decision making.Well,once again I'll PARTLY agree with you...but,for ME,the only stupid part was where Ana didn't search more agressively before Heinz left.I suspect that Ana thought she could persuade him to stay if she pleaded strongly enough...and you are ASSUMING that Heinz would've come back under certain conditions.That's possible,but I haven't seen any evidence of that...what aye HAVE seen are several statements from Heinz which indicate that he really wanted all his freetime back

I think you're exaggerating with terms like 'suicidal' and 'throwing away' the off-season....I understand why you're worried b/c Ana's last 2 off-seasons were absolutely abysmal---and that's just her preparation,not even counting the slimy company she kept...and I agree that being coachless definitely could hinder Ana's achieving ideal results...but I believe that her sincere love for tennis,desire to succeed,and companionship with Marija will keep Ana from derailing as she did the past two Januarys....Hopefully she'll get a good coach ASAP,yet she won't sink into an abyss prior to finding one

Sharapovian
Dec 1st, 2010, 04:51 PM
Tennis Australia: December Isuue

The magazine cover in HQ can be found here:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=18830582&postcount=1830

Back to her Best

After a baffling two years in which she struggled to string consecutive wins together, former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic looks set to return to top form in time for the Australian summer. By Barry Wood

She’s back, and it’s great to see. Ana Ivanovic, who ranks alongside Kim Clijsters as the most popular player on the WTA tour, has, it seems, put more than two years of a baffling mediocrity behind her and she is once again notching up the victories.

She ended this season by winning 10 of her last 11 matches, claiming titles in Linz and Bali – an impressive turnaround by a player who, two years after winning the French Open and ascending to world No. 1, had seen her ranking sink to 65. She was, it seemed, going nowhere.

There were the occasional decent tournaments, such as Brisbane, Rome and Cincinnati this year where she reached the semi-finals, but there were far more events where her results were disappointing.

Her decline was particularly painful to witness, because she is universally liked for her always-present smile and the same down-to-earth personality she had when she announced her arrival as a 16 year old back in 2004. It was then that, ranked 156, she qualified in Zurich and upset world No. 29 Tatiana Golovin by fighting back from 1-5 in the final set, saving match points, and then stretched Venus Williams by holding five set points in the opening set and three in the second before conceding in two tiebreaks. Eyebrows were raised and a star was born.

With her model girl looks, as well as spectacular on-court talent, she went on to become one of the pin-ups of the game, and with her 2008 victory at Roland Garros the world was at her feet. But then, unexpectedly, the results stopped coming. At the US Open that year she lost to an opponent ranked 188, and although she won Linz a few weeks later she suffered an increasing number of early defeats. The worst moment, she says, came at the 2009 US Open when she fell to Kateryna Bondarenko.

“It was the first time I had lost in the first round of a Grand Slam, and also I had a match point,” she said. “In my career, usually I was the one saving match points and going on to win. It was a very unpleasant experience, not using my opportunity. It took me a while to get over that one.”

So what had gone wrong?

“I got to number one and I thought, ‘This is great and I have to play even better to improve’, and I started changing my technique and the way I was working,” she said. “Obviously I was doing something right (to win Roland Garros and get to world No. 1) but I felt I could still improve. I got very motivated and excited and wanted to get better and improve those few little things. I thought I could get my volleys a little bit better, my serve more powerful, and you get consumed by that and I got carried away a little bit.

“It wasn’t good because I had a certain rhythm and I lost that, and then a few injuries crept in and then you lose matches you expect to win. That was hard and I took it very personally and was very hard on myself and brought myself down.”

She got to the stage where she was unable to put back-to-back wins together at many of the tournaments she played, at eight events in 2009 and an embarrassing 13 in 2010. Despite being a former champion at the Canadian Open, she was turned back when she requested a wildcard.

Things were grim. But a spark was lit in Beijing in October, when Ivanovic defeated Elena Dementieva to reach the quarter-finals. She lost then to Caroline Wozniacki, a win that took the Dane to world No. 1, but she was thrilled with the way her week had gone.

Keen to maintain her momentum, when the call came from Linz for her to replace the injured Serena Williams she was happy to step in, and even happier at week’s end to claim her first title since winning there two years before. Understandably weary after playing four straight weeks she then lost in the Luxembourg quarter-finals, but she closed out the year with some brilliant performances in Bali that earned her another title.

Many had given her up after two years of indifferent results, but she could hardly have played any better in the past few weeks and she is clearly a force once more. While others doubted, did she think she could get her game back again?

“I did have doubts,” she admits, “because even though I have a lot of belief in myself you need to prove it to yourself on the court. During the toughest moments my team always believed in me and that was important. They believed in me maybe even more than I believed in myself. They didn’t have any doubts, and that gave me confidence.

“I’m still not there yet. It is a gradual process and I need to achieve a lot more consistency to get back to the top, but having more wins under your belt helps build your confidence. It’s a long process and at one point I wasn’t really aware of that. I wanted to have results and get back to the top straight away, but sometimes it takes longer than you anticipate. It was a big thing for me to realise it takes time and you have to be patient.

“But now I feel very confident about my game and my fitness. I feel my game is getting close to where it used to be and I’m even more aggressive, and experience-wise. I’m much more mature and a more complete player now.”

http://www.anaivanovic.com/pressandinterviews/australian-tennis-magazine-cover

gaviotabr
Dec 3rd, 2010, 08:58 AM
From Thailand's newspaper The Nation:

http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/8937/ptt1.png

So.. I guess this is official confirmation. Gotta like how, even though they announce other players, the headline is for Ana! :lol:

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Dec 4th, 2010, 08:15 AM
This sounds kinda odd. It's like she's playing everything now.
Played all tournaments till the end of the year since Seoul (except for Doha)
And for next year it's:

Hopman Cup
Sydney
AO
Pattaya
Dubai

and then finally some rest?

gaviotabr
Dec 4th, 2010, 10:53 AM
This sounds kinda odd. It's like she's playing everything now.
Played all tournaments till the end of the year since Seoul (except for Doha)
And for next year it's:

Hopman Cup
Sydney
AO
Pattaya
Dubai

and then finally some rest?

I think it looks like she is playing much becauseshe barely played at all the last couple of years.. but it's not much different from what she used to do. I mean.. she is just replacing Fed Cup with Pattaya.

Take 2008, for an example:

Hong Kong
Sydney
AO
Fed Cup
Doha
Dubai

It's the same. :shrug:

Ana did play a lot of tournaments at the end of the year, but I think she had top 20 in sight and wanted to play tennis.. she finally had the desire. At the end of 2008 she played almost as many tournaments:

Tokyo
Beijing
Moscow
Zurich
Linz
Doha

I think they know what they are doing. After Doha, Ana will have 2 weeks off before IW.

jonnyroyale_13
Dec 4th, 2010, 06:39 PM
glad to see Sydney again, the schedule looks nice to me, although the flight from Pattaya to Dubai is a long one, as Vera found out earlier this year. Final on one day, match in Dubai the next.

Mihaela
Dec 4th, 2010, 08:59 PM
http://www.novosti.rs/vesti/sport.72.html:310202-Ivanovic-Nasi-zasluzuju-salataru

Mihaela
Dec 4th, 2010, 09:06 PM
or google translate:

http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.novosti.rs%2Fvesti%2Fsport.72.h tml%3A310202-Ivanovic-Nasi-zasluzuju-salataru

Mihaela
Dec 5th, 2010, 06:35 AM
about Fed Cup:

http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=sr&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.zurnal.rs%2F2010%2F12%2F05%2Fan a-preskace-fed-kup%2Findex.html%3Flang%3Dlat

gaviotabr
Dec 5th, 2010, 10:11 AM
or google translate:

http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.novosti.rs%2Fvesti%2Fsport.72.h tml%3A310202-Ivanovic-Nasi-zasluzuju-salataru

First of all, tanks for the articles anadunja!

Now back the the article itself.. I swear I'm trying to search for positives, but this off season already looks like a total disaster. Did she spend 2 weeks only doing fitness work? Or did she only start the preparations last monday? :tape: Either way.. if she is to start tennis this monday, she will only have 3 weeks to practice before the start of the season.. after being 4 weeks without tennis. That's so not enough.. :banghead:

The coaching situation is a complete mess.. so everyone she really wanted to work with was either taken or wouldn't travel full time. Now she is stuck with working with someone she doesn't respect or admire as much in the first place. Did they take too long to search that everyone was already taken? Couldn't they make a great, hard to refuse offer? Couldn't she reach a co-coaching agreement.. someone to travel with her full time and then a big shot she admires and wants to work with coming along part time to enhance her practices? It sems like any decision she makes will be far from ideal. :help:

The auditions thing is even more weird.. great to test oiut coaches, but she only has 3 weeks to practice, all the time while listening to different coaching styles and advices? Confusion much?And I fear the names of those candidates...

There is no plan, no structure, no organization, bad decision making.. just a mess. Disaster in the making. :banghead:

gaviotabr
Dec 5th, 2010, 10:17 AM
about Fed Cup:

http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=sr&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.zurnal.rs%2F2010%2F12%2F05%2Fan a-preskace-fed-kup%2Findex.html%3Flang%3Dlat

Oh.. poor Dejan.. I'm not sure if he is just that much clueless and powerless or if he is just trying his best to make things seem all right.

I mean.. him saying Ana can still play Fed Cup and it's normal to fly from Australia to Serbia to Thailand in the span of days is hilarious.. but what's even more hilarious is him trying to make it seem like there are no problems within the team and that there is great team spirit. Gotta laugh out loud.. big fail! :spit:

He can wait for Ana laying down, no way she plays the february tie. What he should do is to employ his best tactics of damage control to try to bring Ana in for April. But for that he needs to get out of denial! :tape::help:

Davodus
Dec 5th, 2010, 10:50 AM
First of all, tanks for the articles anadunja!

Now back the the article itself.. I swear I'm trying to search for positives, but this off season already looks like a total disaster. Did she spend 2 weeks only doing fitness work? Or did she only start the preparations last monday? :tape: Either way.. if she is to start tennis this monday, she will only have 3 weeks to practice before the start of the season.. after being 4 weeks without tennis. That's so not enough.. :banghead:


That's actually what a lot of players do, Stosur hasn't been doing anything until this, she was talking about starting her preparations this week. So I think the amount of time playing tennis is fine, it's just the time will be spent 'coaching' herself. So it'll be just pointless hitting...

Curtos07
Dec 5th, 2010, 06:25 PM
Ana will be fine. She is playing well and she will have a big 2011 regardless of how her off-season goes. I really do think you are making too much out of all of this. Would it be better to have a coach with her now? Yes, but I honestly don't believe it's going do knock her down again.

jonnyroyale_13
Dec 6th, 2010, 05:12 AM
Ana will be fine. She is playing well and she will have a big 2011 regardless of how her off-season goes. I really do think you are making too much out of all of this. Would it be better to have a coach with her now? Yes, but I honestly don't believe it's going do knock her down again.

Well theres always stuff to fuss about when it comes to Ana at this forum.:lol:
In the past, id agree with you, and think Ana might do fine without a coach, but after 2010 i think we see how important it is for someone that really knows what theyre doing- specifically with regards to watching her mechanics- to be there every practice and every match. Heinz seemed to be all about that. I got to watch Ana's afternoon practice in Cincinnati on the Tuesday, and while Ana was hitting serves, Heinz was walking around like a music teacher with his hands behind his back, watching her from all angles while she kept hitting serves like a machine. Couldnt hear what he was saying, but it was interesting to watch from a distance anyway.
In matches when something is bothering Ana, whether it be lack of confidence, lack of focus, just a bad day, whatever the case, the first thing that breaks down is the mechanics. Weve got about 2 and a half years of evidence of that. Heinz did pretty good work to get things fixed after losses imo.
During the Beijing semi between Peer and Caroline, i was watching Kardon working for Peer now, and thinking if you compare some of these guys to military leaders, then Kardon and Caro's dad would be field generals, while Heinz would be more like a senior officer in the engineering corps. Sven is both, but more senior in the field. I agree that Ana can carry out operations in the field on her own, but the main need of a coach for Ana is someone that gets everything working for her properly before operations begin. Sorry if its an awful analogy:o
Main thing im saying is, i agree with the ones anxious for Ana to announce a coach. Heinz would be the best man imo, but if he cant be there all the time, then thats probably not going to be good enough. On the other hand, i kind of feel that part-time Heinz might be better than looking for someone new.

gaviotabr
Dec 6th, 2010, 12:36 PM
Scans for Sportski Zurnal from the last couple of days:

http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/6509/davis2.png

http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/9675/davis1.png

gaviotabr
Dec 6th, 2010, 12:49 PM
Well theres always stuff to fuss about when it comes to Ana at this forum.:lol:
In the past, id agree with you, and think Ana might do fine without a coach, but after 2010 i think we see how important it is for someone that really knows what theyre doing- specifically with regards to watching her mechanics- to be there every practice and every match. Heinz seemed to be all about that. I got to watch Ana's afternoon practice in Cincinnati on the Tuesday, and while Ana was hitting serves, Heinz was walking around like a music teacher with his hands behind his back, watching her from all angles while she kept hitting serves like a machine. Couldnt hear what he was saying, but it was interesting to watch from a distance anyway.
In matches when something is bothering Ana, whether it be lack of confidence, lack of focus, just a bad day, whatever the case, the first thing that breaks down is the mechanics. Weve got about 2 and a half years of evidence of that. Heinz did pretty good work to get things fixed after losses imo.
During the Beijing semi between Peer and Caroline, i was watching Kardon working for Peer now, and thinking if you compare some of these guys to military leaders, then Kardon and Caro's dad would be field generals, while Heinz would be more like a senior officer in the engineering corps. Sven is both, but more senior in the field. I agree that Ana can carry out operations in the field on her own, but the main need of a coach for Ana is someone that gets everything working for her properly before operations begin. Sorry if its an awful analogy:o
Main thing im saying is, i agree with the ones anxious for Ana to announce a coach. Heinz would be the best man imo, but if he cant be there all the time, then thats probably not going to be good enough. On the other hand, i kind of feel that part-time Heinz might be better than looking for someone new.

Interesting analysis Jonny. I fully agree with you.. I've seen some people say we shouldn't be so worried, that Ana is playing well now and that she won't forget how to play tennis. But these people don't realize what one mm wrong in her mechanics, without anyone to tell her that it's wrong, can lead to a huge difference in the result of it, in her shots. And she plays a high risk game, that mm can make a shot go out. Ana is not someone who can coach herself, she needs to get constant feedback. And this off season is as far from good as her past 2 off seasons were. Now was the time to surround herself of the best possible conditions to build a base for a great start of 2011. Instead, it's all uncertainty and practicing with different coaches or alone. It's just bad. Maybe Ana's state of mind is better now and she is more focused and that alone can lead to better results.. but an off season like this can lead her to doing well at MM level at best.. won't lead her to take the next step, to get closer to a top level tennis, which she is not yet playing.

gaviotabr
Dec 6th, 2010, 12:52 PM
Ana will be fine. She is playing well and she will have a big 2011 regardless of how her off-season goes. I really do think you are making too much out of all of this. Would it be better to have a coach with her now? Yes, but I honestly don't believe it's going do knock her down again.

I hope you are right Curtis. But conditions are as far from good as posible.. She was playing well under the influence of a great coach like Heinz, but once the new season comes, she will be without him for over 3 months, his influence won't be around anymore, so we don't really know how she will show up playing.. besides that, what she needs now is to take a step further, get back to beating the big time players, get back to the top 5/10, get back to competing for second weeks at slams. Such a disaster in the making off season won't lead her to that. It's yet another messed up preparation period, and these usually shape the whole year. You are underestimating the importance of the off season.

Maybe it won't knock her down... hopefully she never lets herself fall as far again, ever! But it can, at best, make her a MM queen. Is that what Ana wants? Or you?

Mihaela
Dec 6th, 2010, 02:56 PM
In this small article from Sportski zurnal, Ana said that she starts her preparations this week with new coach, but she can't reveal his name. :confused:

gaviotabr
Dec 6th, 2010, 03:28 PM
In this small article from Sportski zurnal, Ana said that she starts her preparations this week with new coach, but she can't reveal his name. :confused:

Really?

Well.. that's strange, right? Didn't she say before that she would try out different candidates before making a decision about the new coach? If she indeed chose one, that would be good IMHO. But at the same time, we would have to hope it is the right decision and the right coach.

jelenacg
Dec 6th, 2010, 05:28 PM
`I`ll start preparation next week,i have to meet with new coach ,but i really can`t say his name `

Please be some good coach and not some mug :angel:

In first article they discuss if Ana will play FC or not .Ana said she still didn`t decide
In other article she says Viktor was great .... and that she had trouble with tickets bc they couldn`t give her vip tickets .Luckily Rolex helped :angel:
Imagine Ana sitting with the crowd :lol: :spit:

gaviotabr
Dec 6th, 2010, 07:41 PM
`I`ll start preparation next week,i have to meet with new coach ,but i really can`t say his name `

Please be some good coach and not some mug :angel:

In first article they discuss if Ana will play FC or not .Ana said she still didn`t decide
In other article she says Viktor was great .... and that she had trouble with tickets bc they couldn`t give her vip tickets .Luckily Rolex helped :angel:
Imagine Ana sitting with the crowd :lol: :spit:

Thanks Jelena!

This is interesting.. let's see what news the next couple of weeks brings us.

As for Davis Cup.. why wouldn't they give Ana a VIP ticket? I think there were some free spots there. Thank God for Rolex! :spit:

jelenacg
Dec 6th, 2010, 08:16 PM
Thanks Jelena!

This is interesting.. let's see what news the next couple of weeks brings us.

As for Davis Cup.. why wouldn't they give Ana a VIP ticket? I think there were some free spots there. Thank God for Rolex! :spit:

The same reason why they only put 5.000 from 17.000 tickets on sale :o
I also read they gave around 3.000 tickets to serbian tennis players or something like that ...yeah right :rolleyes:
As long as most of the snobs who never watch tennis got their tickets :ras:

gaviotabr
Dec 6th, 2010, 08:30 PM
The same reason why they only put 5.000 from 17.000 tickets on sale :o
I also read they gave around 3.000 tickets to serbian tennis players or something like that ...yeah right :rolleyes:
As long as most of the snobs who never watch tennis got their tickets :ras:

Ufff.. nasty stuff from the Federation. :o

nestor_bgd
Dec 6th, 2010, 08:33 PM
That just doesn't add up. Why couldn't she reveal his name?
Maybe the newspapers misquoted her. What, that happens in Serbia. http://i34.tinypic.com/ff9vut.gif

gaviotabr
Dec 6th, 2010, 08:36 PM
That just doesn't add up. Why couldn't she reveal his name?
Maybe the newspapers misquoted her. What, that happens in Serbia. http://i34.tinypic.com/ff9vut.gif

Hey Nestor!

Well.. maybe they misquoted her.. didn't she say before that she would try out different coached and then pick one?

But about the name.. that's the usual.. she wouldn't say the name before things are officially announced.

jelenacg
Dec 6th, 2010, 08:39 PM
Ufff.. nasty stuff from the Federation. :o

Yes :o
But when Serbia plays some meaningless DC match they feel offended and complain if people don`t come to support them .:rolleyes:
That just doesn't add up. Why couldn't she reveal his name?
Maybe the newspapers misquoted her. What, that happens in Serbia. http://i34.tinypic.com/ff9vut.gif

That would be such a fail :tape: :lol:
But we already knew she was going to try someone new so i guess they didn`t misquote her :shrug:

Pops Maellard
Dec 6th, 2010, 08:43 PM
New coach. :cheer:

nestor_bgd
Dec 6th, 2010, 08:50 PM
`I`ll start preparation next week,i have to meet with new coach ,but i really can`t say his name `
This sounded as if she has found a coach, but taken everything said before in consideration, I think she was more likely saying she is just going to check him out.
Ana is so mysterious. http://img600.imageshack.us/img600/6587/hugs.gif
I hope it is someone nice. http://www.cosgan.de/images/smilie/nahrung/e045.gif

Sharapovian
Dec 7th, 2010, 10:35 PM
Ana looks forward to Australian summer

Ana's schedule for the opening month of the 2011 season has been finalized. She will be in action in three tournaments, potentially playing every week during January.

"The Hopman Cup will be a great way to begin the year," said Ana. "Especially after Novak and the guys won the Davis Cup at the weekend, it just motivates us even more to achieve more success for Serbia in team competition.

"Aside from that, it's a very enjoyable event, and I'm sure my family from Melbourne will travel to Perth to watch, which always makes it special for me, to play in front of those closest to me.

Following the Hopman Cup, which runs during 1-9 January, Ana will head to Sydney for the Medibank International.

"Sydney is another of my favourites tournaments," said Ana. "It's very well run and the field is always strong, so it's good preparation for the Australian Open."

The year's first Grand Slam begins the following week, on 17 January.

"My biggest goals in tennis are probably to win the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the Olympics," Ana said. "If I prepare properly I believe I will have a chance next year in Melbourne, but so many players are capable of winning it. It's going to be a great event."
Posted on Dec 7th 2010

http://www.anaivanovic.com/news/ana-looks-forward-australian-summer

Sharapovian
Dec 14th, 2010, 04:20 PM
Coaching Update!

Ana is currently working with Antonio van Grichen. The pair are training together in Europe and will undergo a trial period, taking in the Australian hard court tournaments and beyond.

Portuguese van Grichen is best-known for his work with Victoria Azarenka: the Belarusian climbed from 250 to No.6 in the world rankings under his guidance. He also worked briefly with current world No.2 Vera Zvonareva.

Ana continues to work with fitness trainer Marija Lojanica.
___________________________________________

From Ana's website ;)
http://www.anaivanovic.com/news/coaching-update-4

gaviotabr
Dec 16th, 2010, 07:55 AM
Interview with Van Grichen:

"To train Ana Ivanovic is reason for pride and motivation"

HUGO RIBEIRO

You are working a few days in Mallorca with the tennis player Ana Ivanovic [17. Of the world rankings]. How was this agreement?

It's a recent thing, three or four days. I was in contact with her agent some time ago and knew he could be looking for a coach. It was something that came naturally.

Although you have Dutch and Spanish family background and reside in the United States of America, the truth is that you're Portuguese and it was here, in Portugal, that you came to recover from a cervical injury for three months. Didn't you have fear of returning to a peripheral country and losing opportunities for employment?

Besides the issue of the cervical injury, I wanted to be with family and friends. I had contacted several managers and businessmen, they knew I was available and I knew that the pre-season was coming and that proposals would emerge. I wouldn't fai to come to Portugal because of it.

Coached Jennifer Capriati, Victoria Azarenka, Vera Zvonareva, Alizť Cornet and Sorana Cirstea, all known players, and also was a consultant with the China Federation of Tennis. Are you getting an impressive resumee in the female tennis at age 32 ...

I do not know if I have an amazing resumee, but I'm not afraid of anything and I trust my work.

Not taking into account Capriati, because it was a short period, this is the first time you do a real job with a player who was world number one. Is it an added responsibility?

I don't take into account Jennifer Capriati, because I was only hitting partner and not a coach. The responsibility that you speak of is a good sign, it means that there is trust in my work. I wouldn't say I feel pressure, but that it's a challenge that motivates me even more.

Ivanovic was coached by Sven Groenefeld and Heinz Gunthardt, two leading exponents among tennis coaches. Is there a special pride in having been chosen to follow them?

I had never thought of that. The pride I have is working with a player like her and not with whom she worked before, although I respect the work of all coaches. I do not know what happened between them or want to know. But obviously puts me in a range of coaches alongside these.

You said that one day you would like coach the Fed Cup team, but will it have to be a bit like Mourinho, many years from now?

It is now impossible. One such player is absorbing 100%, is incompatible with a job in the federation or selection.

Ana has been accused of getting distracted by extra tennis activities. Are you concerned that this could negatively influence your work?

I don't think this is true, and by what I have seen it's not. Sure she is the more mediatic player I have ever trained, but I do not think it is difficult to deal with it. There just has to be communication, common sense, harmony at work, and I believe there is.

http://dn.sapo.pt/desporto/outrasmodalidades/interior.aspx?content_id=1736166

gaviotabr
Dec 16th, 2010, 08:16 AM
Van Grichen wants Ivanovic atop the world
Coach takes aim at main goal

07:27
Thursday, December 16, 2010

Antonio van Grichen didn't want to make a lot of comments on the technical relationship started a few days ago with Ana Ivanovic, considering that the main goal is to take her to the top.

"It is all very new, not even a week old. She is training well and I am aware that we will improve step by step to move forward and reach the top," told Record the Portuguese coach, who is in Palma de Mallorca.

Van Grichen, 32, who came to represent Portugal in the Davis Cup 10 years ago, in doubles, considers himself "very motivated for this new challenge" and says that in "recent months he has been off to rest and recharge batteries to come back in full force and with great energy. "

Ana Ivanovic, 23, who in his first year as a professional played in a Future in Portugal, in Carcavelos, is ranked number 17 in the world, having already occupied the first position. In the list of titles of the Serbian tennis player is the triumph at the French Open at Roland Garros in 2008 in singles.

After Palma de Mallorca, where he is doing the pre-season, Antonio van Grichen continues his journey to the city of Perth, Western Australia, where he will coach Ivanovic at the Hopman Cup, a competition where she will partner Serbian Novak Djokovic in mixed-doubles.

http://www.record.xl.pt/Modalidades/tenis/interior.aspx?content_id=603914

gaviotabr
Dec 16th, 2010, 08:17 AM
I think it's safe to say Van Grichen is very motivated for this job! I hope it all clicks for them and it works out great.

Pops Maellard
Dec 16th, 2010, 08:21 AM
I think it's safe to say Van Grichen is very motivated for this job! I hope it all clicks for them and it works out great.

It seems like a lot of the girls he's worked with (Azarenka, Zvonareva, Cornet etc.) are rather temperamental headcases and it didn't work out with them.

Ana isn't temperamental so that might be the deciding factor in if their personalities work together or not. :lol:

azdaja
Dec 16th, 2010, 01:17 PM
http://www.record.xl.pt/Modalidades/tenis/interior.aspx?content_id=603914
we had some articles in german while heinz was ana's coach and now that she has a portuguese coach we will have some articles in portuguese.

i really dislike record, though.

InsideOut.
Dec 16th, 2010, 03:44 PM
Great that the articles are in Portguese - that means that Izzy, our ever-reliable data source, can directly understand what is said in the articles :worship:

gaviotabr
Dec 17th, 2010, 06:15 PM
Tennis stars get in shape for 2011


While most of us are preparing for the season of goodwill and good food, the world's tennis stars have already turned their attention to another gruelling season ahead.

The last action of 2010 for the leading women came in the Fed Cup final at the start of November, and the race is well and truly on to be in top shape for the start of the 2011 season on New Year's Day.

So what exactly is required to prepare for a 10-month battle against the best players in the world?

VERA ZVONAREVA
World number two, Russia

"Right now I'm focusing a lot on my fitness at IMG Academies in sunny Florida after taking about three weeks off, so I'm only training on court for about two hours and then I'm in the gym about four hours. It's a long day but this is normal for the off-season and, as I get closer to the start of 2011, I will gradually increase my time on court and spend less time in the gym.

"I'm working with Carlo Tosi, who works for Fysiomed in Amsterdam. He's a physical therapist but he is also taking care of my fitness during my off-season as well. He or one of his colleagues will be travelling with me sporadically during the 2011 season. Fysiomed is where I did my rehab after my ankle surgery in November 2009. This is the time of year where we start fresh and really build the base for the upcoming season."

SAM STOSUR
World number six, Australia

Fitness trainer Narelle Sibte: "2010 was the busiest year of Sam's career to date. Anticipating a similar number of matches and success for 2011, a priority for the pre-season is to ensure that her body becomes as stable and robust as possible. In the first week or so when we are attempting to accumulate training volume, activities such as kayaking are fantastic for upper body strength, trunk rotation and core stability (I even got some tips from the Aussie K4 team!) .

"The other priority is further enhancing her explosive leg strength and footwork. There are numerous locations along Sam's home town of the Gold Coast that provide the stairs and scenery for this type of training. As the Australian summer of tennis approaches her training will become more specific to the demands of hard-court tennis."

Sam Stosur: "The Australian kayak team train in the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and are based on the Gold Coast. My fitness trainer, Narelle, also works for the AIS and I had the chance to join in with some of their training sessions. It's a lot of fun and they work very hard so I really enjoyed doing a sport which I have not done before, and trying to keep up with the other girls was very tough."

VIKTORIA AZARENKA
World number 10, Belarus

Fitness trainer Lauren Lafitte: "Vika's pre-season training is comprised of three main physical components, each with different subsections. The three main components are movement, strength and cardiovascular fitness. Vika's first couple of weeks will be centred around correcting functional weaknesses and muscle imbalances. This ensures all joints and muscles are working in unison. We will train movement patterns using techniques such as reactive neuromuscular training.

"Once imbalances have been successfully addressed Vika will then move on to her strength training. She will do all of her strength work in a gym using mostly free weights. Typical strength exercises that Vika will be doing are squats, lunges, dead lifts, chest press, pull downs and a variety of core exercises.

"The improvement of Vika's cardiovascular fitness will be targeted at the same time. When training cardiovascular fitness for a tennis athlete it is important to make the workouts as specific to the sport as possible. Therefore, Vika's cardio workouts include a lot of footwork and agility exercises replicating her movement on the court. Examples of these type of exercises are ladder drills and cone agility drills. These exercises make Vika move her feet quickly while keeping her heart rate elevated."

ANA IVANOVIC
World number 17, Serbia

"One of the keys to successful training, in my opinion, is to keep things as varied as possible.

"I've been doing some fun things like beach volleyball and basketball, and I've been lucky enough to go running among some beautiful landscapes.

"In the gym we make things interesting too, with yoga, music and even some boxing movements.

"Of course, I also do more traditional stuff like weights and the treadmill, but these are the most interesting activities!"

SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA
World number 27, Russia

"My daily practice routine includes a two-hour tennis session on court in the morning, then we have lunch and on some days we watch and analyse some of my matches from the 2010 season. Then I have my afternoon practice on court followed by fitness training and massage.

"On 5 December I left Moscow for Dubai to adjust to the warm weather and practice at the Jumeirah Hotel, and I will head straight to Auckland on 27 December. The Jumeirah managers told me it is just me who will be practicing there this December and some other guy named Roger ;)… It's a slightly different regime in Dubai as I can swim and jog outdoors between my on-court practices."

ELENA BALTACHA
World number 55, Great Britain

"I'm really enjoying the this pre-season training block, even though for the first few weeks I was falling asleep on my sofa almost as soon as I had sat down in the evening because I was so tired! My coach Nino has prepared a very detailed schedule of training, which is designed to build my physical and mental strength gradually over the course of pre-season. The club where I train in Ipswich is nothing fancy - it's got a tennis court and a gym and that's all you really need. That and a lot of hard work, of course!"

ANNE KEOTHAVONG
World number 121, Great Britain

"This year, I decided to stay in London for my pre-season training. We spend so much of our year travelling on the Tour and I just wanted to spend some time at home with my friends and family and have a bit of a normal life as well as training hard.

"I've been doing a lot of strength work in the gym and willing my muscles to get bigger! As well as the tennis and gym work, I've been doing some boxing and indoor rock climbing as alternative training sessions. It's been hard work but good fun too and although it's too cold to be training outside, that's something I can live with!"

FLAVIA PENNETTA
Doubles world number one, Italy

"My daily regime is pretty much training, training, training! I always do two sessions in a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. In the morning I try to focus on fitness by doing gym and body activities like the treadmill, stationary bike and weights, while in the afternoon I play tennis.

"This pre-season is a bit short for me since after the Fed Cup final I had to have surgery on my left eye. For this I had to stop for two weeks, which was my only 'relaxing' if we can call it that. It wasn't a great way to relax, but I couldn't do in a different way! Today, I can't wait to go back home for Christmas with my family and to be together with my sister and my friends and eat all the delicious things my mum is going to cook!"

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/9294735.stm

gaviotabr
Dec 17th, 2010, 06:18 PM
Great that the articles are in Portguese - that means that Izzy, our ever-reliable data source, can directly understand what is said in the articles :worship:

:)

If there is anything in portuguese I can always translate it and post as fast as possible! :)

gaviotabr
Dec 20th, 2010, 01:06 PM
Couple of articles from Sportski Zurnal:

http://up.dgoh.org/upload/img1/marija1.bmp

http://up.dgoh.org/upload/img1/marija2.bmp

Anything of notice?

gloria7
Dec 21st, 2010, 07:01 AM
It was a good interview with Marija.She said Ana didn't change much as a person,it was always nice to be around her.Ana isn't as shy as she was in childhood,which is normal.She is more mature,more determined person who sets higher goals to herself and other people.Marija is trying to think of an interesting training for Ana,so she writes all of her results.Ana loves to compete,even with herself and she wants to be better every day.Both are very happy with their progress,it is important for them to set goals for Ana,not too high, but achievable,goals which can motivate Ana and force her to improve.Ana knows she has a lot of space for improvement and they are working on Ana's speed(foot speed),coordination,flexibility,balance and stability of the entire body.They work on strengthening her shoulders and results are there- Ana is more agile now and she can serve with much more power.
Versi said that most candidates for Ana's new coach were from Europe,that's why she stayed in Europe and didn't go early to Australia.He does not know on what she is working with VG,but every coach is different so VG will bring something new.And this is VG coaching philosophy:"If someone(player)is hungry -don't feed him. Teach him how to hunt,catch and sow his own food".

Pops Maellard
Dec 21st, 2010, 10:13 AM
:cool::yeah:

gaviotabr
Dec 21st, 2010, 08:22 PM
It was a good interview with Marija.She said Ana didn't change much as a person,it was always nice to be around her.Ana isn't as shy as she was in childhood,which is normal.She is more mature,more determined person who sets higher goals to herself and other people.Marija is trying to think of an interesting training for Ana,so she writes all of her results.Ana loves to compete,even with herself and she wants to be better every day.Both are very happy with their progress,it is important for them to set goals for Ana,not too high, but achievable,goals which can motivate Ana and force her to improve.Ana knows she has a lot of space for improvement and they are working on Ana's speed(foot speed),coordination,flexibility,balance and stability of the entire body.They work on strengthening her shoulders and results are there- Ana is more agile now and she can serve with much more power.
Versi said that most candidates for Ana's new coach were from Europe,that's why she stayed in Europe and didn't go early to Australia.He does not know on what she is working with VG,but every coach is different so VG will bring something new.And this is VG coaching philosophy:"If someone(player)is hungry -don't feed him. Teach him how to hunt,catch and sow his own food".

Thanks Gloria!! All very interesting! Hopefully the off season work will pay off and Ana will show up in Australia playing top level tennis!

gaviotabr
Dec 25th, 2010, 11:52 AM
Ana Ivanovic trades freezing Spain for Hopman Cup heat

* Glen Foreman
* From: The Sunday Times
* December 25, 2010 6:11PM

Source: PerthNow
pn ana ivanovic

http://resources1.news.com.au/images/2010/12/25/1225976/194757-pn-ana-ivanovic.jpg

HOT STUFF: Tennis starlet Ana Ivanovic swapped sub-zero Spain for Perth's 40C as she prepares for the Hopman Cup. Picture: Theo Fakos Source: PerthNow

http://resources0.news.com.au/images/2010/12/25/1225976/193836-pn-ana-ivanovic.jpg

TENNIS starlet Ana Ivanovic traded the sub-zero temperatures of her Spanish training camp for Perth's sweltering 40C beaches as she enjoyed Christmas Australian-style yesterday.

"It's hot," said Ivanovic, who will represent Serbia in the Hopman Cup starting in Perth on Saturday.

"It's a big change from Europe and the last two days at home were a bit cold, but I'm so happy to be back."

Christmas for Ivanovic, of Serbian Orthodox faith, is normally on January 7.

But with the tennis calendar starting in Australia and several family members living in Melbourne, the former world No.1 took to celebrating the December 25 date.

Ivanovic said adopting the day helped make Christmas abroad easier.

"Our Christmas falls in January, but the last six or seven years I've always come to Australia earlier, for Christmas here with my relatives from Melbourne," she said.

"So I've kind of adopted it and I love it here.

"Unfortunately you get a little bit (distracted) from the feeling of New Year and Christmas because you're competing constantly, so it doesn't become as big.

"(But) I love the feeling about it and on Christmas day everyone is out and you go to the beach and everyone's having barbies and it's lots of fun."

Ivanovic, who played alongside Novak Djokovic at the Hopman Cup four years ago, arrived in Perth on Friday.

Despite coming from a frigid Spanish winter, the heat did little to deter the 23-year-old as she hit the court and the beach yesterday in preparation for her second Hopman hit-out, where she will again team with childhood friend Djokovic.

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/ana-ivanovic-trades-freezing-spain-for-hopman-cup-heat/story-e6frg13u-1225976193945

doni1212
Dec 25th, 2010, 06:40 PM
Yes! She has almost a month to get accustomed to the heat! Stay focused and continue to work hard Ana!

soul
Dec 25th, 2010, 07:11 PM
Why her racket doesnot have YONEX mark

gaviotabr
Dec 26th, 2010, 12:40 AM
Why her racket doesnot have YONEX mark

Because she probably took one of her practice racquets for the photoshoot. Ana and every other player only stencil racquets for matches. So when they are going through an only practice period, like during off season, they often don't have stencils on their racquets. But don't worry.. Yonex is Ana's racquet sponsor until, at the very least, December 2011.

rochelle100
Dec 26th, 2010, 09:48 AM
Ana was this week interviewed by Montreal newspaper 24 Heures.

The following is an extract from the interview transcript:

Q. What are your plans for next year? Reach the Top 10? Win a Grand Slam or become #1 again?
...
A. For me, winning a Grand Slam is always the priority. Of course, I would love to be No.1 again, but my main goal for next season is to win another Grand Slam. It’s going to be very tough but I believe I can do it.

Q. What did you change in your game to have success again?

A. I think the most important thing was that I was able to relax and not be so stressed. Before, I was putting so much pressure on myself. I was tense on the court and not enjoying my tennis. But when I started relaxing, the results started to come. I also really improved my fitness after Wimbledon, and that was huge. I could stay in the rallies much longer, and that gave me a lot of confidence. That was definitely missing from my game during the first part of the season.

Q. Would you say that win your first Grand Slam title and becoming world #1 at the same time put too much pression on your shoulders?

A. In some ways yes and in other ways no. I didn’t expect it to happen so soon, and in some ways I wasn’t ready for the extra pressure. I felt like I kind of had a target on my back, because everybody has extra motivation to beat the No.1-ranked player, and they don’t have anything to lose. I didn’t realise it would be like that, and my mistake was that, together with my coaches, we thought we had to do more, to go to an even higher level, and along the way we forgot the things that got me to the top. The thumb injury also came at a very unfortunate time, and it all combined to bring me down.

But I prefer to look forwards now! Those times are behind me, and I am a big believer in “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
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gaviotabr
Dec 26th, 2010, 01:14 PM
Ana is pointed out as the one to watch in a Los Angeles Times preview of sports in 2011.

http://img149.imageshack.us/img149/4263/la12s.png

http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/8031/la11.png

gaviotabr
Dec 26th, 2010, 01:15 PM
Anything of notice? I need to learn serbian...

http://img530.imageshack.us/img530/4510/zur2.png

Davodus
Dec 26th, 2010, 02:28 PM
you do need to learn Serbian! Then you can translate all these articles immediately :lol:

soul
Dec 26th, 2010, 02:41 PM
Because she probably took one of her practice racquets for the photoshoot. Ana and every other player only stencil racquets for matches. So when they are going through an only practice period, like during off season, they often don't have stencils on their racquets. But don't worry.. Yonex is Ana's racquet sponsor until, at the very least, December 2011.

Thank u so much..............:wavey:

azdaja
Dec 26th, 2010, 04:18 PM
Anything of notice? I need to learn serbian...

http://img530.imageshack.us/img530/4510/zur2.png
i believe this is the translation:
Ana was this week interviewed by Montreal newspaper 24 Heures.

The following is an extract from the interview transcript:

Q. What are your plans for next year? Reach the Top 10? Win a Grand Slam or become #1 again?
...
A. For me, winning a Grand Slam is always the priority. Of course, I would love to be No.1 again, but my main goal for next season is to win another Grand Slam. Itís going to be very tough but I believe I can do it.

Q. What did you change in your game to have success again?

A. I think the most important thing was that I was able to relax and not be so stressed. Before, I was putting so much pressure on myself. I was tense on the court and not enjoying my tennis. But when I started relaxing, the results started to come. I also really improved my fitness after Wimbledon, and that was huge. I could stay in the rallies much longer, and that gave me a lot of confidence. That was definitely missing from my game during the first part of the season.

Q. Would you say that win your first Grand Slam title and becoming world #1 at the same time put too much pression on your shoulders?

A. In some ways yes and in other ways no. I didnít expect it to happen so soon, and in some ways I wasnít ready for the extra pressure. I felt like I kind of had a target on my back, because everybody has extra motivation to beat the No.1-ranked player, and they donít have anything to lose. I didnít realise it would be like that, and my mistake was that, together with my coaches, we thought we had to do more, to go to an even higher level, and along the way we forgot the things that got me to the top. The thumb injury also came at a very unfortunate time, and it all combined to bring me down.

But I prefer to look forwards now! Those times are behind me, and I am a big believer in ďwhat doesnít kill you makes you stronger.Ē
See More
the serbian article is probably the translation of the canadian one.

gloria7
Dec 26th, 2010, 06:04 PM
It is the translation of the canadian article,just first part of that interview is missing.
She said it many times before but becoming No1 and everything that happened after that was too much for Ana.She will never forget that:"I didn't expect that this (GS title and No1) will happen so fast and i wasn't ready for that "extra pressure". I had impression that i have a target on my back because everyone has the extra motivation to beat No1 and that they have nothing to lose. I was wrong, i made mistake, because, along with my coaches, i thought that i should do even more,to move into higher level,and so we forget all those things that led me to the top. Thumb injury came at the bad moment and all this together led to my falling in the ranking.But i believe what doesn't kill you-makes you stronger."

gaviotabr
Dec 26th, 2010, 11:07 PM
i believe this is the translation:

the serbian article is probably the translation of the canadian one.

It is the translation of the canadian article,just first part of that interview is missing.
She said it many times before but becoming No1 and everything that happened after that was too much for Ana.She will never forget that:"I didn't expect that this (GS title and No1) will happen so fast and i wasn't ready for that "extra pressure". I had impression that i have a target on my back because everyone has the extra motivation to beat No1 and that they have nothing to lose. I was wrong, i made mistake, because, along with my coaches, i thought that i should do even more,to move into higher level,and so we forget all those things that led me to the top. Thumb injury came at the bad moment and all this together led to my falling in the ranking.But i believe what doesn't kill you-makes you stronger."

Thanks guys!

Sorry for the double posting!

Marchino!
Dec 27th, 2010, 05:22 PM
I didn't know where I could post it because I can't open a thread...
So here is her 2011 schedule...

Hyundai Hopman Cup January 1 – 9, 2011
* Perth, Australia
* Tier: International
* Prize Money: $220,000
* Draw size: 8
* Surface: Hard/Outdoors

Medibank International Sydney January 9 – 15, 2011
* Sydney, Australia
* Tier: Premier
* Prize Money: $618,000
* Draw size: 30
* Surface: Hard/Outdoors

Australian Open January 17 – 29, 2011
* Melbourne, Australia
* Tier: Grand Slam
* Prize Money: $9,264,098
* Draw size: 128
* Surface: Hard/Outdoors

PTT Pattaya Open February 7 – 13, 2011
* Pattaya, Thailand
* Tier: International
* Prize Money: $220,000
* Draw size: 32
* Surface: Hard/Outdoors

Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships February 14 – 19, 2011
* Dubai, United Arab Emirates
* Tier: Premier
* Prize Money: $2,050,000
* Draw size: 56
* Surface: Hard/Outdoors

Qatar Ladies Open 2011 February 21 – 27, 2011
* Doha, Qatar
* Tier: Premier
* Prize Money: $721,000
* Draw size: 28
* Surface: Hard/Outdoors

BNP Paribas Open March 9 – 20, 2011
* Indian Wells, USA
* Tier: Premier
* Prize Money: $4,500,000
* Draw size: 96
* Surface: Hard/Outdoors

Sony Ericsson Open March 23 – April 2, 2010

* Miami, USA
* Tier: Premier
* Prize Money: $4,500,000
* Draw size: 96
* Surface: Hard/Outdoors

Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open April 30 – May 8, 2011

* Madrid, Spain
* Tier: Premier
* Prize Money: $4,500,000
* Draw size: 60
* Surface: Red Clay/Outdoors

Internazionali BNL d’Italia May 9 – 15, 2010

* Rome, Italy
* Tier: Premier
* Prize Money: $2,000,000
* Draw size: 56
* Surface: Red Clay/Outdoors

Roland Garros May 22 – June 4, 2011

* Paris, France
* Tier: Grand Slam
* Prize Money: $9,938,926
* Draw size: 128
* Surface: Red Clay/Outdoors

The Championships, Wimbledon June 20 – July 2, 2011

* London, United Kingdom
* Tier: Grand Slam
* Prize Money: $9,781,631
* Draw size: 128
* Surface: Grass/Outdoors

Mercury Insurance Open August 1 – 7, 2011

* San Diego, USA
* Tier: Premier
* Prize Money: $721,000
* Draw size: 32
* Surface: Hard/Outdoors

Rogers Cup presented by National Bank August 8 – 14, 2011

* Toronto, Canada
* Tier: Premier
* Prize Money: $2,050,000
* Draw size: 56
* Surface: Hard/Outdoors

Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open August 15 – 21, 2011

* Cincinnati, USA
* Tier: Premier
* Prize Money: $2,050,000
* Draw size: 56
* Surface: Hard/Outdoors

US Open August 29 – September 10, 2011

* New York, USA
* Tier: Grand Slam
* Prize Money: $10,258,000
* Draw size: 128
* Surface: Hard/Outdoors

Toray Pan Pacific Open September 25 – October 1, 2010

* Tokyo, Japan
* Tier: Premier
* Prize Money: $2,050,000
* Draw size: 56
* Surface: Hard/Outdoors

China Open October 1 – 9, 2010

* Beijing, China
* Tier: Premier
* Prize Money: $4,500,000
* Draw size: 60
* Surface: Hard/Outdoors

andrijagajic
Dec 27th, 2010, 06:28 PM
Hopefully she wins a GS title, I think she really deserves it....

Cp6uja
Dec 27th, 2010, 11:12 PM
Real TOP10 schedule :yeah:, I like It

Pattaya is only MM (I guess she will also ask WC for UNICEF Open and tank 2nd round match there) and that is good choice (she never before compete in Thailand).
Ana obviously will not play FED CUP match against Canada in february, but that big pause between Miami and Madrid is sure sign that she is ready to play for Serbia in 2011 once again after Hopman Cup.
There is nothing after Beijing, even her beloved Linz, which means that she very seriously calculate her chances to play YEC Istanbul next season (which is also good sign for me).
Also, I hope that after good run in Cincinnati Ana will find way to w/o from Rogers Cup next season even if that will coast her good result at USO Series (and for that USO bonus). After everything which is happen this summer in that ugly WC episode she should to escape that event at lest for once again, especially if she back TOP10 status before August.

Curtos07
Dec 28th, 2010, 12:09 AM
I don't want to see Ana play Montreal next year, but she shouldn't skip Toronto. While it is technically the same tournament (Rogers Cup), the Toronto people had nothing to do with Montreal's decision. Toronto has a different tournament director and different organizers. In fact, from everything I heard, they didn't even agree with Montreal's decision and would've had given Ana a WC if it was in Toronto. Montreal and Toronto are very different from each other.

Davodus
Dec 28th, 2010, 01:08 AM
Yeah I have no problem with her playing Toronto. Totally different organisation and tournament, just has the same name. She shouldn't play it when it's in Montreal though, I agree with that.

Cp6uja
Dec 28th, 2010, 11:43 AM
W/O in 2010 and 2011 after 2010 affair is much more effective and "pedagogic" than 2010 and 2012 which is confusing. Also ironically "It's all Yours fault" type of pressure (and shame) on that tournament director (which is also Canadian tennis federation vice-president) which try to humiliate Ana and her team this summer when she is on career low, will be much bigger if she escape Toronto than Montreal, because it seems that in Quebec that guy is enough strong to do whatever he want. I guess it all depends of Ana's management actions because Ana is way too much nice and good-natured person to be able to do any kind of effective revenge actions in cases like this.

gaviotabr
Dec 28th, 2010, 12:14 PM
I agree with Curtis and David. I think it's okay for Ana to play Toronto. It's a different tournament director and organizers, and they were vocally against the Montreal people who refused Ana the WC. By playing Toronto, Ana makes it clear that her problem is not with the country of Canada, but with the Montreal tournament director and the tournament he organizes. She shouldn't play in Montreal ever again.. not only in 2012.. but not set foot there ever again. 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018.. so on. And that would be a strong statement.

Besides.. if Ana returns to the top 10, which I think we all hope she does, it would be mandatory for her to play 4 out of 5 Premier 5 tournaments, while the one she missed one year is mandatory for the following season (otherwise the player gets a 0 pointer). So by playing Toronto Ana can boicot Montreal forever without having any penalties.

Missing Toronto now would be confusing.. after all, it is a totally different organizers team.. it would also mean penalizing people who somehow supported her. Missing out on every single edition of the Rogers Cup played in Montreal would set things clear, that Ana won't ever play there again because of the actions from the tournament director.

I do get Cp6puja's point.. like.. if Ana skips Toronto, all the Toronto people will go against Lapierre because it's his fault Ana would be missing the tournament. But actually.. that will have no effect.. nobody will do anything against him, and it will look like Ana is bitter against the whole country of Canada, which isn't good for her towards fans. Ana should just never set foot in Montreal ever again.

rochelle100
Dec 28th, 2010, 01:07 PM
I agree with Curtis and David. I think it's okay for Ana to play Toronto. It's a different tournament director and organizers, and they were vocally against the Montreal people who refused Ana the WC. By playing Toronto, Ana makes it clear that her problem is not with the country of Canada, but with the Montreal tournament director and the tournament he organizes. She shouldn't play in Montreal ever again.. not only in 2012.. but not set foot there ever again. 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018.. so on. And that would be a strong statement.

Besides.. if Ana returns to the top 10, which I think we all hope she does, it would be mandatory for her to play 4 out of 5 Premier 5 tournaments, while the one she missed one year is mandatory for the following season (otherwise the player gets a 0 pointer). So by playing Toronto Ana can boicot Montreal forever without having any penalties.

Missing Toronto now would be confusing.. after all, it is a totally different organizers team.. it would also mean penalizing people who somehow supported her. Missing out on every single edition of the Rogers Cup played in Montreal would set things clear, that Ana won't ever play there again because of the actions from the tournament director.

I do get Cp6puja's point.. like.. if Ana skips Toronto, all the Toronto people will go against Lapierre because it's his fault Ana would be missing the tournament. But actually.. that will have no effect.. nobody will do anything against him, and it will look like Ana is bitter against the whole country of Canada, which isn't good for her towards fans. Ana should just never set foot in Montreal ever again.

What happened in Montreal????

gaviotabr
Dec 28th, 2010, 01:21 PM
What happened in Montreal????

A big mess.

Montreal's tournament director Eugene Lapierre refused Ana a wild card and then went on to say to the press how she didn't deserve the WC, how she sucked as a player and how she should go play qualifying. He gambled with Ana.. totally gambled. In truth, he wanted her there to enhance the qualifying tournament and then the tournament itself. But it failed. Ana entered New Haven and then made the semis of Cinci and thus couldn't go for qualies. When he saw she wouldn't go, he backtracked somehow and offered her the WC. Ana refused it and called him out for his gambling with her, in one of my proudest moments as an Ana fan. So.. she shouldn't go play in a tournament organized by this guy ever again.

gloria7
Dec 28th, 2010, 05:54 PM
I am so proud of Ana. UNICEF office in Belgrade announced that Ana has donated over 1 million dinars to the schools in Kraljevo, which were damaged by earthquake. Ana and UNICEF decided to help schools to get necessary supplies,materials,toiletries and classroom and school furniture. Thank you,Ana.

jelenacg
Dec 28th, 2010, 06:38 PM
^^
Very nice gesture :)
Here is the article
http://sport.blic.rs/Tenis/190414/Ana-Ivanovic-i-UNICEF-pomogli-deci-Kraljeva

Also nice to read that they will continue to help schools in damage areas

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Dec 28th, 2010, 08:06 PM
Of course there's no reason to skip Toronto. So it's obvious that it's in her schedule.

The Montreal happening did hurt Ana, but that won't mean she shouldn't play there ever again. In a few years can change a lot. The organisation can have a new bunch of people. It's not that the city hates her.

it-girl
Dec 28th, 2010, 08:21 PM
I agree with Curtis and David. I think it's okay for Ana to play Toronto. It's a different tournament director and organizers, and they were vocally against the Montreal people who refused Ana the WC. By playing Toronto, Ana makes it clear that her problem is not with the country of Canada, but with the Montreal tournament director and the tournament he organizes. She shouldn't play in Montreal ever again.. not only in 2012.. but not set foot there ever again. 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018.. so on. And that would be a strong statement.

Besides.. if Ana returns to the top 10, which I think we all hope she does, it would be mandatory for her to play 4 out of 5 Premier 5 tournaments, while the one she missed one year is mandatory for the following season (otherwise the player gets a 0 pointer). So by playing Toronto Ana can boicot Montreal forever without having any penalties.

Missing Toronto now would be confusing.. after all, it is a totally different organizers team.. it would also mean penalizing people who somehow supported her. Missing out on every single edition of the Rogers Cup played in Montreal would set things clear, that Ana won't ever play there again because of the actions from the tournament director.

I do get Cp6puja's point.. like.. if Ana skips Toronto, all the Toronto people will go against Lapierre because it's his fault Ana would be missing the tournament. But actually.. that will have no effect.. nobody will do anything against him, and it will look like Ana is bitter against the whole country of Canada, which isn't good for her towards fans. Ana should just never set foot in Montreal ever again.I could not agree more with everything you have said in this post. If however she does decided to play in Montreal again she needs to at least not play in 2011 or 2012 to give them something to think about. I have a feeling that they will try to reach out to her and ask her to play and if they are sincere enough Ana will more than likely play there again.

Cp6uja
Dec 28th, 2010, 11:56 PM
I also don't think that Ana MUST to boycott Rogers Cup FOREVER, but I strongly recommend to her to not compete there in 2011 and 2012. Whats happen this summer is way much more than unpleasant misunderstanding:

- Thanks to RC 2010 Ana Ivanovic become first ever former #1 player in tennis history which WC request is rejected by some ATP/WTA tournament organizers.
- Ana is former GS champ, but also former champion of Rogers Cup, and former USO Series overall champion (RC is part of USO Series), but she is still rejected.
- Ana's career worst two injuries come from Rogers Cup (in 2005 and 2008) and in both cases reason is because she "don't want to disappoint Canadian tennis fans". But when she ask something for the first time there (sh*ty WC) she was rejected.
- Ana name, face and image in previous 5 years RC organizers use more intensive in event promo campaigns than any other WTA event! Even this year on day when tournament director announce decision to reject Ana's WC she is on tournaments official homepage (banner for 2010 RC ticket) and her face is on avatar of official RC's twitter page.
- Tournament director in public try to "explain" how bad player Ana is currently, but also he even try to "teach" what Ana's team should to do (for her best)!? That is also scandalous, especially if we know that Ana coach on that time is former coach of GOAT Graf and her manager is successful businessman/millionaire.
- That 3rd WC at end goes to Valerie "Who" Tetreault, local Quebec out of TOP150 girl, and after WC reject decision and before Ana's public announcement there is also that tasteless RC campaign where Ana is treated almost like "circus attraction" (they even call on official facebook and twitter pages spectators to not miss opportunity to watch live for free former #1 and GS champ playing qualies where tickets are for free!?).
- etc...

BTW don't forget that thanks to 2010 Cincinnati injury Ana will not play RC 2010 anyway, so her 2010 boycott of RC (qualies) at end not seems that real and serious!

Curtos07
Dec 29th, 2010, 12:24 AM
To explain again, Toronto DID NOT deny Ana a wild card. Montreal did. Why boycott a tournament that did nothing to her? It was Montreal who disrespected her. Toronto did not support Eugiene Lapierre's decision and publicly opposed his stance. They came to Ana's side, so why should she punish them and her fans there? What message would that send? It wouldn't make any sense. Eugiene Lapierre wouldn't care one bit because he is only in charge of the Montreal portion, so Ana boycottiing Toronto would have no effect on him. She would be technically punishing the people who were good to her. Lapierre could care less about what she does in regards to Toronto.

Cp6uja
Dec 29th, 2010, 04:06 PM
To explain again, Toronto DID NOT deny Ana a wild card. Montreal did. Why boycott a tournament that did nothing to her? It was Montreal who disrespected her. Toronto did not support Eugiene Lapierre's decision and publicly opposed his stance. They came to Ana's side, so why should she punish them and her fans there? What message would that send? It wouldn't make any sense. Eugiene Lapierre wouldn't care one bit because he is only in charge of the Montreal portion, so Ana boycottiing Toronto would have no effect on him. She would be technically punishing the people who were good to her. Lapierre could care less about what she does in regards to Toronto.Rogers Cup is one/same tournament.:shrug: If she want to send strong message to whole tour (tournament organizers especially) that fact that she is (with all her star-power) ready more than any other WTA star to works on tennis and WTA tour promotions not means that she is some doll which You can use for whatever you want and on way which you chose without limits and without any respect/appreciation for what she do by hers good will - she should to boycott ROGERS CUP event at least next two seasons IMO! Message "I'm not Boycott Canada, just Quebec (Montreal)" sounds little bit weird and even have some danger "political" part, and if she present whole thing just like PERSONAL Ivanovic/Lapierre problem, she will looks like spoiled diva!

When Lindsay Davenport in past also have conflict with (I think the same) Rogers Cup director she never played again RC (Montreal and Toronto BOTH) since 2000, and also maybe Williams sisters overreacted against Indian Wells organizers with that full-time boycott (I don't think that event organizers should to be responded for reaction of some part of crowd), but fact is that after that episode tennis crowd around world sometime also booed some members of Williams family - but never again all-together in same time (Serena, Venus and Richard) which they (with reason maybe) perceived as an racial insult. If You want effective boycott You must to be tough, otherwise you risk that your compromise/selective decision will look like some kind of soap opera or childish action. I really hope that Ana's management will help her to find proper answer for this situation because Ana is too nice person which is probably able to forgive almost everything anybody. Eventual RC full-time boycott will coast Ana guarantee zero points in rankings record from one Premier-5 event every season and goodbye to chances for big success for USO Series (bonus), but at least I doubt that anybody ever will try to repeat anything similar with Ana what RC do this summer. Simple, "Boycott" and "Everybody is happy" is not things which (should to) going together.

gaviotabr
Dec 30th, 2010, 05:32 AM
Ivanovic emerges from mental fog
Copyright AFP 2010.Published Date:30/12/2010 04:56:00 PM

Clearer of mind and fitter of body than for some time, Serbian glamour girl Ana Ivanovic is confident she can climb back into the top 10 in 2011.

Ranked no.1 in the world in 2008, when she won her only Grand Slam singles title at the French Open, Ivanovic dropped out of the top 60 this year as she battled poor form before climbing her way back to 17 by season's end.

The 23-year-old claimed titles in Austria and Bali in the last three tournaments she played for the season and enters the new year full of confidence that her career is finally back on track.

Speaking on Thursday as she prepared to partner Novak Djokovic in the mixed teams Hopman Cup, Ivanovic said she was reaping the rewards of working with a new coaching team and an improved fitness regime.

She said the main improvement in her game was a renewed belief in her own ability.

"I am on the right way," she said.

"I feel good about my game and my fitness at the moment.

"It is a strange thing, once you lose it (confidence) you feel like it is very hard to get it back.

"In my case, I tried to search for it in many different directions and many different places and with different people, but you realise that it is all the time within you, you just have to discover it."

Ivanovic said she started working on her fitness with a close friend after Wimbledon.

"Once I got fitter, I felt like it gave me confidence on the court," she said.

"I worked really hard and started to play a lot better in the summer in America and all the things started to come together.

"It wasn't any more this balance between my game, my fitness and my mental, which was very nice to see.

"Once you start to feel better the confidence just grows and to have two titles at the end of the year meant a lot to me."

Ivanovic is confident she can win more Grand Slam titles to add her Roland Garros success.

"I am very excited about this upcoming year," she said.

"There is a lot of potential to do really well, there are a lot of great players out there, but it has been a little bit up and down and a lot of players have been fighting injuries of haven't played that many events.

"If you can start good and be really consistent, you can get far next year.

"I want to get back to top 10 and hopefully win another Grand Slam.

"I know I have potential to win some more."

http://onehd.com.au/onehd/newsarticles/Tennis-Ivanovic-emerges-from-mental-fog-TX-PAR-KQW17.htm

gaviotabr
Dec 30th, 2010, 05:39 AM
New camp helps Ana Ivanovic end crisis of confidence, target slam title

* Glen Foreman
* From: PerthNow
* December 30, 2010 2:23PM

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Ana Ivanovic

COURT QUEEN: Former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic is preparing to launch her 2011 campaign at Perth's Hopman Cup. Picture: Kerris Berrington Source: PerthNow

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THAT WINNING FEELING: Ana Ivanovic said a rediscovered confidence helped her take the Tournament of Champions title in Bali. Picture: Firdia Lisnawati/AP Source: PerthNow

A NEW team surrounding Ana Ivanovic ended a crisis of confidence for the former world No .1, who will this week launch her charge for another grand slam title.

Ivanovic will take to the court at Perth's Hopman Cup on Sunday, beginning her year alongside compatriot and long-time friend Novak Djokovic in a clash against Kazakhstan at the January 1-8 ITF mixed-teams tournament.

The match will be the first time Ivanovic has competed under the tutelage of trial coach Antonio van Grichen, who steered Belarusian Victoria Azarenka from world No. 250 to world No. 6.

An earlier addition to the Ivanovic camp was fitness coach Marija Lojanica.

The 2008 French Open champion, who went from a 2009 slump to winning two Tour titles this year, became philisophical when she talked about regaining her confidence on court, crediting her turnaround to her new band of helpers.

"Confidence ... it's a strange thing, because once you lose it, it's very hard to get it back," she said.

"At least in my case, I tried to search for it in many different fassions, places and people, but you realise that all the time it's in you, you just have to discover it.

"You have to believe in yourself first and that's what I was lacking, so to have that back, it's great.

"I got a few new coaches and a new team around me and it helped me get a lot fitter.

"I'm really happy with Antonio.

"We only started two or three weeks ago so it's still a process of getting to know each other and it's going to be great to test it throughout the matches and tournaments in pressure situations.

"But we've worked really hard and he got me to do a lot of specific drills, to hit the ball through and cleaner and it's working well and something I feel I need in my game.

"I did a lot of footwork drills to help me stay longer in the rallies and return more balls, which is always going to give you confidence.

"Once I got fitter, it gave me a lot more confidence on the court and I work really hard so all the things started to come together and it was no longer (a case of finding) the balance between my fitness and my game and my mental (focus)."

Ivanovic made a strong charge to the end of the season, winning two of her final three tournaments - in Linz, Austria and Bali, Indonesia - and making the quarter finals of the other< in Luxembourg.

The promising finish followed a struggled start, in which the 23-year-old fell in the second round of both the Australian and French opens and faltered in her first match at Wimbledon.

But Ivanovic began gaining momentum after the third slam and went on to reach the semi-finals of the Cincinnati Masters and the Round of 16 at the US Open, before beginning her charge to the year's end.

Ivanovic said she was keeping her goals realistic, simply targeting the second week of the four majors, but did not rule out a charge on another slam title.

"That's my goal, to get to the second week," Ivanovic said.

"I feel good about my game and my fitness at the moment but I just don't want to get too excited about the possibilities of how far I can get.

"It's important to set realistic goals, aim for the second week and take it day by day.

"I want to get back in the top 10 and win another slam.

"I was really fortunate in my career to have won a grand slam and reach No. 1 and that's something you never forget.

"If I had to choose, I would always choose a grand slam over the No. 1 ranking and I know I have the potential to get another one.

"I think I'm on the right way and I work really hard, but consistency is going to be the main thing because you have to perform good week after week and recover well, especially in a grand slam where you have to win seven matches.

"To be sharp and consistent is going to be the main issue."

Ivanovic, who teamed with Djokovic four years ago for her maiden Hopman Cup appearance, said she was looking forward to spending time with her childhood friend as the pair, runners-up in 2006, targeted one better this time around.

"Last time we were here, on New Years Eve, (Djokovic) got on stage and sung - hopefully he doesn't do anything embarrasing again," Ivanovic said, laughing.

"Last time we reached finals here and I think it's a great event to start with.

"It's tough this year, there's a lot of good players and I think it's going to be a great field.

"I think it's going to be great playing Justine (Henin), we always have tough matches and she's the sort of player who challenges you a lot and I really enjoy that.

"A lot of players use these first events to suss out the other players because it's been almost a month away from the Tour and everyone's done things in their own way."

http://www.perthnow.com.au/sport/tennis/new-camp-helps-ana-ivanovic-end-crisis-of-confidence-target-slam-title/story-e6frg273-1225978862650

gaviotabr
Dec 30th, 2010, 04:18 PM
More articles about the presser.. there is a tiny thing different in each one:

PREVIEW: Ivanovic seeks to stretch comeback into 2011

By Bill Scott Dec 30, 2010, 16:36 GMT

Perth, Australia - Four years of gentle persuasion from fellow Serb Novak Djokivic finally convinced Ana Ivanovic to return as a competitor at the Hopman Cup.

Former number one and 2008 Roland Garros champion Ivanovic said Thursday that after last playing the eight-nation mixed team event in 2006, she is pleased to be returning to Perth for the opening tune-up for the Australian Open.

'I'm very excited about this, coming here, there is a lot of potential to do really well,' said the 23-year-old, who ended a two-year trophy drought this past autumn with WTA victories in Linz and Bali.

'Novak has been asking me to come back ever since the first year we played here.'

Ivanovic is well used to summer condition in the southern hemisphere, arriving in Australia from Europe in time for Christmas with her parents. She and men's number three Djokovic teamed for Serbia in Perth five years ago, with Ivanovic winning two of her three singles matches in group play.

'There are lots of great players out there but it's been a little bit shaky, it's been up and down,' she said of a women's game currently without a dominating player with the decline of Serena Williams and number one Caroline Woznbiacki still without a Grand Slam crown.

'A lot of players have been fighting injuries and haven't played that many events, so I think if you can start good and be consistent you can get really far next year.'

With her ranking having risen to 17th after sinking to 68th in the years since her Paris Grand Slam title, Ivanovic feels poised for a rebirth in the sport. 'I want to get back to the top ten and hopefully win another slam,' she said.

'Winning a Grand Slam is something I can never forget. If I had to choose I would always choose a Grand Slam over number one ranking. I have potential to win some more and it would be a good start next year.

'I think I'm on the right way,' added the player who took on a new coach in the WTA off season, 'I work really hard but consistency is the main thing. You have to perform good week after week and also match after match.

'You have to recover well and then get your game up because you have lots of tough opponents. In a Grand Slam you have to win seven matches and there are no easy matches anymore - from the first round on you get tough opponents.'

Ivanovic showed her potential in the 2008 Australian Open, where she reached the final four months before winning Paris. But with her post-Paris form drop, she only managed the third round in 2009 and the second round a year ago at Melbourne Park.

'My goal now is to get to the second week (of a Slam). I feel good about my game and my fitness at the moment but I just don't want to get too excited about the possibilities or how far I can get.

'It's very important to just set realistic goals and aim for the second week, then take it day by day. I think it's all about confidence.'

Perth play begins on New Year's day with Australia (Lleyton Hewitt and Alicia Molik) facing Belgium with seven-time Grand Slam winner Justine Henin
and Ruben Bemelmans.

http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1608634.php/PREVIEW-Ivanovic-seeks-to-stretch-comeback-into-2011

gaviotabr
Dec 30th, 2010, 04:19 PM
Ivanovic Excited to Return to Hopman Cup
30/12/2010

ANA IvanovicBy Chris Pike

ANA Ivanovic has set her sights on getting back into the world's top 10 and winning a second career Grand Slam title in 2011, but not before focusing on trying to win the Hyundai Hopman Cup for Serbia alongside Novak Djokovic.

Ivanovic, a former world No. 1 and French Open champion, is coming off a strong finish to 2010 that saw her win titles at Linz and at the Tournament of Champions in Bali to climb back up to a ranking of 17.

Ivanovic made her first appearance at the Hyundai Hopman Cup in 2006 partnering Djokovic when the Grand Slam winning pair were fresh-faced 18-year-olds. She enjoyed that experience and is now delighted to be back to try and win the Cup for Serbia for the first time.

"I'm really happy to be back here. Novak has been asking me to come back ever since the first year we played here and I'm really excited about the possibility of maybe getting further here," Ivanovic said.

"Last time (Jelena Jankovic and Djokovic) made the Final here and it's a great event to start the year. I really enjoy it and I'm really excited to have the first match."

The field at Hyundai Hopman Cup XXIII is phenomenal with the likes of Andy Murray, Lleyton Hewitt, Francesca Schiavone and John Isner, with Justine Henin also representing Belgium for the first time.

Ivanovic will face Henin on Thursday and is looking forward to that challenge, and to try and beat her for the first time in their six career meetings.

"It's tough this year and there's lots of good players. It's going to be a great field and great for us to get tough matches, but also for spectators to see some good matches," she said.

"It's going to be real interesting playing Justine. It's tough and we always have tough matches, and she's the kind of player who challenges you a lot. I enjoy that so I look forward to that match."

Ivanovic is glad to be partnering with Djokovic for the second time at the Hopman Cup as well with the pair being long-time friends from back in Belgrade, but she does have one request of him for New Year's Eve Ė not to sing again.

"He is a joker and is a very nice guy. I've known him since before we started playing tennis so we've been friends for a very long time. It's always enjoyable to catch up and here it's a mixed event and you get the chance to catch up and do some fun things," she said.

"It's great to spend a few days with him and catch up. Actually last time we played here on New Year's Eve he got on stage and sung, hopefully he won't embarrass me like that again."

Having already achieved so much in her career at just 23 years of age, Ivanovic is far from content and is working hard on reaching her goals for 2011 of getting back into the world's top 10 and of winning her second career Grand Slam.

"I'm very excited about this upcoming year because I think there is a lot of potential to do really well because there is a lot of great players out there, but it has been a little bit up and down and lots of players are battling injuries or not playing that many events. If you can start good and be consistent, you can get really far next year," Ivanovic said.

"I want to get back to top 10 and hopefully win another Slam. That's basically what I work for. I was really fortunate in my career already to have won a Slam and reached No. 1, but Grand Slams are something you will never forget and I will always choose that over the No. 1 ranking. I know I have potential to win some more and one would be a good start to next year."

Ivanovic is also living up the weather in Perth since her arrival already taking in the sights of local beaches and loving every minute of it.

"As soon as I arrived the first thought that I was going to the beach," she said.

"I've already been to Cottesloe, Port Beach, Scarborough and Hillarys, I've visited them all."

http://hopmancup.com/News/368

doni1212
Dec 30th, 2010, 04:35 PM
"I'm really happy to be back here. Novak has been asking me to come back ever since the first year we played here and I'm really excited about the possibility of maybe getting further here," Ivanovic said.

Shows who he REALLY wanted to play with! :devil:

gaviotabr
Dec 31st, 2010, 01:50 AM
Transcript of Ana's presser:

Media Conference
Transcript - Ana Ivanovic (Serbia)
30/12/2010

Ana Ivanovic

Paul McNamee - Iíd like to welcome Ana Ivanovic back to Hyundai Hopman Cup - Former number one player in the world, back in the top twenty, and of course a Grand Slam champion - Itís great to have you back Ana.

Ana youíve had a good second half of the year. Last year you dropped out of the top 20 and this year you got down to 60 or 38 and then you were back to 17. What do you put it down to?

I got a few new coaches and a new team around me and it kind of helped me to get a lot fitter. Once I got fitter, on the fitness side, it gave me the confidence also on the court. I worked really hard and in the summer in America I started to play a lot better, so all the things started to come together. It wasnít anymore this balance between my game and fitness and my mental, so it was very nice to see. Obviously once to get to feel better the confidence just grows, and to have two titles at the end of the year, it means a lot to me. I think of the US Open and asked me Ďwhat would be your goal at the end for the year?í and I say ĎI would like to have a titleí so I got two, so I canít complain.

Who was the fitness person who got you up?

Maria. Itís a friend of mine, actually sheís Serbian and I started working with her after Wimbledon this year. It was a lot more fun and I really got a lot fitter and did a lot of specific foot work drills and everything. So it helped me stay longer in the rallies and retrieve more balls. Obviously itís going to always give you confidence and going to get you through tough matches.

Do you see a lot of openings now in womenís tennis in 2011. A couple of top players are fighting injuries and problems at the moment. Do you see, you know, if you get on a bit of a roll, that you could go up the rankings quite quickly?

Yeah I really feel that and Iím very excited about this, coming here, because I think there is a lot of potential to do really well. I think there are lots of great players out there, but like you said itís been a little bit shaky, itís been up and down. A lot of players have been fighting injuries and havenít played that many events, so I think if you can start good and be consistent you can get really far next year.

So given youíve found a bit of form now and your fitness levels are good, what are your goals for next year?

I want to get back to the top ten and hopefully win another slam.

So obviously having that one Grand Slam under your belt, the hunger is definitely there to get a few more?

Yeah definitely, I mean thatís basically what I work for. I was really fortunate in my career to have so far already won a Grand Slam and reach number one position. I mean Grand Slam is something I would never forget. If I had to choose I would always choose a Grand Slam over number one ranking. So I know I have potential to win some more and it would be a good start next year.

Whatís it going to take and what more do you have to do to win that Grand Slam?

I think Iím on the right way. I work really hard but consistency is going to be a main thing because you have to perform good week after week and also match after match. You have to recover well and then get your game up because you have lots of tough opponents. Especially in a Grand Slam you have to win 7 matches and there is no easy matches anymore Ė from the first round on you get tough opponents. So to be sharp and consistent, I think thatís going to be a big issue.

Ana is power important these days with the ladies game built on power after the Williams sisters. Are you trying to develop a bit more power in your game?

Yeah I think I have powerful game and I think thatís the way womenís tennis is developing. All the young players who come up - very few of them donít have that so itís kind of the standard now. Everyone hits the ball really hard so you do have to get fit and I think it comes down to mental and whoís going to be tougher out there and whoís going to, like I said, be consistent. I feel there are lots of ups and downs, even through the matches, so if you can remain consistent I think it can get you far.

Is the immediate goal to get past the fourth round of Grand Slams, because last year and this year you werenít able to. Is that the first goal to get to the quarter finals before you can aim for a title?

Yeah definitely thatís my goal - to get to a second week. I feel good about my game and my fitness at the moment but I just donít want to get too excited about the possibilities or how far I can get. Itís very important to just set realistic goals and aim for the second week, then take it day by day.

After a disappointing Ď09 what was the turning point for you this year. What started your resurrection?

I think itís confidence and itís a strange thing because once you lose it you feel like itís very hard to get it back. At least in my case I try to search for it in many different directions and in many different places, and different people. You realise that itís all the time within you - you just have to discover it. Sometimes itís a little bit clouded, so you just have to realise that itís within you and you have to believe in yourself first and thatís what I was lacking a little bit. So to have that back feels great.

So would you say your confident going into this tournament, the Hopman Cup? How important is this one to you?

Iím really happy to be back here. Novak has been asking me to come back ever since the first year we played here and Iím really excited about the possibility to maybe get further because last time I reached finals here. I think itís a great event to start the year and I really enjoy it. Iím really excited to have the first match.

What about the other competitors here in Perth?

Itís tough this year. There are lots of good players and I think itís going to be great and itís going to be good for us to get our matches from the first week in the year and also for spectators to see some good matches.

Is there anyone in particular your looking forward to playing against?

Yeah I think itís going to be really interesting playing Justine. Itís tough, you know we always have tough matches and sheís the kind of player who challenges you a lot and I think I enjoy that. So I look forward to that match.

She admitted that sheís not 100% at the moment, what are your thoughts on that?

Itís tough. You know, I think lots of people look forward to this first event. Also to suss out other players because itís been almost two months away from the tour and everyone did their own way and their own preparation. So everyone is excited to see other players and it will be interesting to see. I canít judge yet because I havenít seen her play yet.

Do you think the guaranteed matches you get here, with the 6 matches and the hot vast conditions, are perfect prep for the Australian open?

Yes they are definitely and also you get to play mixed doubles which is fun.

Whatís Novak like? Not only to play with but also off court?

Heís a joker. Heís a very nice guy. Iíve known him since before we started playing tennis so we are friends for a very long time. Itís always enjoyable to catch up. Here itís a mixed event, so itís kind of more relaxing, so you get a chance to catch up more and do fun things. Itís great to spend a few days and catch up basically.

Do you ever try to tease him about anything?

Yeah all the time. We make jokes all the time. Actually last time we played here in Ď06, on New Year ís Eve he got on the stage and sung. That was fun. I just hope he wonít embarrass me like that again.

Have you had a chance to go out and see much of Perth, or go to the beach or anything?

I did, yes. Actually as soon as I arrived it was my first thought ĎIím going to the beachí. Iíve already been to Cottesloe, Port Beach, Scarborough and Hillarys. I visit them all.

Ana, your trialling the new coach, how has that helped your game?

Itís going well. Iím really happy with Antonio so far. We only started two or three weeks ago, so itís still the process of getting to know each other and getting to know each otherís routine and everything. Obviously itís going to be great to test it throughout the matches and tournaments and pressure situations. We worked really hard and he got me to do a lot of specific footwork drills and just hit the ball through and cleaner, and its working well. Itís something I feel I need in my game because I hit the ball pretty hard so to have that footwork and adjustment Ė I think itís very important.

Paul McNamee: Thank you Ana, good luck for the Tournament.

http://hopmancup.com/Media/Media-Conference/262

gaviotabr
Dec 31st, 2010, 02:09 AM
Sultry Serb Ana holds court
RAY WILSON, The West Australian December 31, 2010, 7:25 am

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Sultry Serb Ana holds court

Ian Munro/WA News © Enlarge photo

Ana Ivanovic is picture perfect.

The 23-year-old, in Perth representing Serbia at the Hyundai Hopman Cup, is one of the best 20 tennis players in the world but her exquisite beauty often draws as much attention as her powerful cross court forehands.

It seems that too much Ana is not nearly enough.

According to her own website, the sultry Serb has featured on 106 magazine covers around the world since 2005.

Some of the shots have even included a tennis racquet. Not that you'd notice.

It peaked last year when 52 journals featured the smouldering Ivanovic, including more than 20 in her homeland where she also has appeared on postage stamps.

Two years ago, men's magazine FHM's poll rated Ivanovic as the 11th sexiest woman on earth.

She has also appeared in Elle, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair and Time Magazine.

Get the picture. There is no other way to say it - the lady, who has launched a million thoughts worldwide by red-blooded male sports fans, is drop-dead gorgeous.

She can also play tennis, and at the ripe old age of 23, the former world No.1 is on the way back from the wilderness which last year saw her drop from the top 20 for the first time in five years.

With world No.3 and long-time friend Novak Djokovic, the Serbs are the top-ranked nation in the eight-country field for Hopman Cup XXIII which starts tomorrow with the tie between Australia and Belgium.

Serbia - both Ivanovic and Djokovic also played at Burswood in 2006 - begin their campaign on Sunday evening against Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova and Andrey Golubev.

Ivanovic cites a fitness campaign spearheaded by Serbian friend Marija Lojanica following Wimbledon as the major reason for her rise back up the rankings in the second half of this year, climbing from 38 to her current position at 17.

Also, she has employed Portugal's Antonio van Grichen as her new coach on a trial basis for the Australian summer. Van Grichen guided Belarusian Victoria Azarenka from 250 to No.6 in the world rankings.

Ivanovic, who won the French Open in 2008, said her lift in fitness levels also gave her the confidence to engage in longer rallies.

"All the different things started to come together for me because I became stronger physically, and mentally," Ivanovic said yesterday at Burswood.

"To get two titles (Bali and Linz, Austria) at end of the year means a lot to me. At the US Open, I was asked my goal for the end of the year and I said I'd like to have a title. I've got two (10 in total), so I can't complain."

Her goals for 2011 are simple.

"I want to get back to the top 10, and I want to win another slam. That's what I'll work for," she said.

"I'm fortunate that I've won a grand slam and reached No.1 but I'd choose another grand slam victory ahead of the top ranking.

"I know I have the potential to win some more."

A beach addict, she's already visited Port, Cottesloe and Scarborough, but Ivanovic's main concern about the tournament is whether her partner, and infamous joker Djokovic, will sing at tonight's New Year's Eve Ball.

"He got up on stage and sang last time," she said. "I hope he won't embarrass me like that again."

The Serbians have the capacity to embarrass the three nations - Australia, Kazakhstan and Belgium - in Group A and make tomorrow week's final.

Justine Henin shapes as a tough opponent for Ivanovic but none of the other nations have the two-pronged class of the Serbs.
In Group B, Britain's Andy Murray and Laura Robson are top seeds but will find tough opposition, especially from Italy's Francesca Schiavone and Potito Starace, while American pair John Isner and Bethanie Mattek-Sands are capable of causing upsets.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/sport/a/-/tennis/8582027/sultry-serb-ana-holds-court/

InsideOut.
Dec 31st, 2010, 04:31 AM
Footwork drills :hearts:

gaviotabr
Dec 31st, 2010, 12:40 PM
From today's Sportski Zurnal:

http://img688.imageshack.us/img688/3603/zur3.jpg

Anything of notice?

gaviotabr
Dec 31st, 2010, 12:42 PM
Footwork drills :hearts:

Yes! Look, in these pics Ana seems to be doing some footwork drills for a warm up with Van Grichen:

http://ow.ly/i/6PQk

http://ow.ly/i/6PQr

That's something really important IMHO. Ana's game is so dependant on her timing.. and a good footwork is crucial for on point timing.

gloria7
Dec 31st, 2010, 03:03 PM
1.Why did you choose Van Grichen and what do you expect from this collaboration?
Ana:He contacted my management,showing interest in my tennis.We agree to work on a trial basis in Mallorca and i like his
dedication to tennis.It's too early to say something more,bur so far-everything is just fine.

2.About AO 2011:I have a good feeling about the start of the season.I believe i can win AO,but that's not easy,cuz there are,at least 10 other players, who can do the same.

3.Who are the best players on the Tour?
Ana:WS,Kim,Henin.CW is very good ,young player but i think that these 4 players(WS,Kim and Henin) are still the best.

4.If you had a possibility to change just one thing in your life,what it would be?
Ana:To protect my body and stay injury-free till the end of my career.

5.Is there something in your life without what you can't imagine a sinle day?
Ana:Good coffee.

6.Describe your ideal man.
Ana:He has to be gentleman,ambitious,witty.Charming and capable to intrigs me intellectually.

7.Why you didn't play an exo in Pionir,before the Davis Cup final?
Ana:I was not invited.

gaviotabr
Dec 31st, 2010, 03:21 PM
1.Why did you choose Van Grichen and what do you expect from this collaboration?
Ana:He contacted my management,showing interest in my tennis.We agree to work on a trial basis in Mallorca and i like his
dedication to tennis.It's too early to say something more,bur so far-everything is just fine.

2.About AO 2011:I have a good feeling about the start of the season.I believe i can win AO,but that's not easy,cuz there are,at least 10 other players, who can do the same.

3.Who are the best players on the Tour?
Ana:WS,Kim,Henin.CW is very good ,young player but i think that these 4 players(WS,Kim and Henin) are still the best.

4.If you had a possibility to change just one thing in your life,what it would be?
Ana:To protect my body and stay injury-free till the end of my career.

5.Is there something in your life without what you can't imagine a sinle day?
Ana:Good coffee.

6.Describe your ideal man.
Ana:He has to be gentleman,ambitious,witty.Charming and capable to intrigs me intellectually.

7.Why you didn't play an exo in Pionir,before the Davis Cup final?
Ana:I was not invited.

Thanks Gloria!!! Interesting..

I'm not sure she has much faith in Van Grichen.. :scared:

And I hope she doesn't go into matches against WS, Henin and Kim as if they were so good she could never beat them.. like she has the last few times. I do agree they are the best players out there, but Ana can beat them if she has the right attitude and is playing at a high level.

gloria7
Dec 31st, 2010, 03:37 PM
Yeah...and journalist says ,that tournament organizers have made a big mistake by not inviting Ana to participate in this humanitarian match.
Izzy,don't you think that Ana looks too skinny? I never thought i would ever say that Ana is bony,but i can see bones in her shoulders and veins on the arms and hands.She looks like she's going to collapse after training.I don't know,you play tennis,you should know better.Perhaps she got the speed but she can lose her strenght at the same time,right? What do you think?

gaviotabr
Dec 31st, 2010, 03:46 PM
Yeah...and journalist says ,that tournament organizers have made a big mistake by not inviting Ana to participate in this humanitarian match.
Izzy,don't you think that Ana looks too skinny? I never thought i would ever say that Ana is bony,but i can see bones in her shoulders and veins on the arms and hands.She looks like she's going to collapse after training.I don't know,you play tennis,you should know better.Perhaps she got the speed but she can lose her strenght at the same time,right? What do you think?

No.. I don't think so.. She looks really fit and has lost some fat and gained some muscle mass. I actually thought her shoulder was very defined, meaning it's as strong as ever, which should help her to prevent injuries while still hitting powerful serves. I think she looks great really. If Ana is on the ball and timing it well, I don't think she will lose any power. Ana's power is all about timing, not so much about putting her weight on the shot. And being lighter and more agile helps with footwork and footwork is crucial for timing. I think Ana played some of her best tennis in the first 6 months of 2008, and she looked as thin and fit then.

And I also don't think she looks like she's going to collapse after training.. it does look like she is practicing hard and pushing herself, which should be great. I think we will be able to talk better once we actually see her play sunday.

vuhvuh
Dec 31st, 2010, 04:01 PM
I msut agree I am happy because Ana look like she lost some weight what is good I really didnīt like her body last year! Marija makes such a good job! For me she is super fit and totally normal gloria do you want her to look like dokic or kleybs?

gaviotabr
Jan 3rd, 2011, 01:03 PM
Ivanovic re-awakens the streetfighter within
January 4, 2011


Life hasn't become any easier for Ana Ivanovic but her vision is clearer, writes Linda Pearce.

Ana Ivanovic has shed five or six kilograms during a year in which her career, too, was almost lost. The epiphany came when, languishing outside the top 50, the former No.1 realised what she had been searching for in so many places had to come from within. And with one shot, in one desperate moment, something crucial was found.

It came in Cincinnati in August. Ivanovic was playing top-tenner Victoria Azarenka in the first round, trailing 6-2, 5-3. Nothing was working, her confidence in shreds. ''All of a sudden something clicked and I felt like, 'You know what? I'm going to go for it,' and I made [an] unbelievable return like I did when I was playing really well,'' Ivanovic said. ''Forehand cross court, I still remember.''

Galvanised, Ivanovic won that set in a tie-breaker and took the third 6-2, launching a recovery that brought late-season titles in Linz and Bali and a resurrected final ranking of 17th. And yet it was only in February that Ivanovic wondered if she should be paying more attention to her economics studies, doubting for a difficult, tearful period that she would ever again play tennis like she once did, and forced to question whether she still had what it took.
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''It was very tough and I did struggle a lot through the last couple of years, but I wouldn't change the pain for what I learned, and I think it's important sometimes to get through tough times,'' said the 2008 French Open champion. ''It makes you appreciate certain things a little more and Ö I learnt a lot about myself.

''It made me become a lot more patient, because in the past when I was a kid and I was coming up, every time I would put [in] good work, I would straight away get results, and even if I had a bad week, I knew next week was coming good. And all of a sudden that was not the case, and there was lots more pressure and lots more outside things affecting [me], from a media side and so on. I was taking things for granted a little bit.

''But then I Ö was a little bit overtrained and that caused a few injuries and then you lose matches and your confidence goes - it's like a circle and I'm really happy I managed to kind of break that a little bit and get my confidence back, and I did put a lot of effort and a lot of hard work in the past few months. It's good to see results, finally.''

Having felt so weak earlier last year that ''I didn't have anywhere to push from,'' a pivotal moment came after a first-round loss at Wimbledon. Coaches had been shuffled to no avail. The many hours spent practising and training had brought little result. Everyone had well-meaning suggestions - the help of a sports psychologist among them - and her best interests at heart. But, still, it all became overwhelming.

''So after Wimbledon I just decided, 'You know what? I have to make a change and I have to make these steps and it has to come from within me.' It was hard. I struggled for a while and had some tough moments and some tears spilled, but it was all worth it, and I realised I have this confidence, and I have this game and I have what it takes to get back to the top, so that was kind of inspiring.''

Ivanovic's serve - notably an erratic ball toss - is a focus of her new coach, Antonio van Grichen, who succeeded Heinz Gunthardt in time for this week's Hopman Cup and will be in the Serbian's corner tonight against Australia's Alicia Molik. Ivanovic said the coach-player relationship could be even harder to manage than the personal kind.

''You spend so much time with them - it's travelling, it's breakfast, lunch, dinner. These days are long, and you get to know a person really well,'' said Ivanovic, 23. ''So I'm really happy so far - we really work good together, he's very young, he's motivating and he's full of energy himself. And he's intense on the court, which is good, it's something that I feel I need to get that footwork happening and work on my game, and we still work a lot on my serve.''

Considering the back story, and a period in which she had to rely on the wildcard goodwill of tournament directors - including a galling but motivating snub in Montreal, where she is a former champion - Ivanovic would probably rate a second grand slam title as a greater achievement than the first. ''I feel like a kid again, coming to the top for the first time,'' she beams.

Yet if the Australian Open may be too soon along the road back, the 2008 finalist with the strong local connections and affection is committed to an extended visit. ''I plan to stay for the whole two weeks anyway, but I really hope I can play the whole two weeks,'' she said, with optimism unimaginable six months ago. ''That year when I reached the final, it's one of the nicest memories I have, so I really hope I can repeat that and maybe even take it a step further.''

http://www.smh.com.au/sport/tennis/ivanovic-reawakens-the-streetfighter-within-20110103-19dvn.html

gaviotabr
Jan 3rd, 2011, 01:04 PM
Ivanovic finds her way back from a dark place

* Margie McDonald
* From: The Australian
* January 04, 2011 12:00AM


ANDRE Agassi, in his autobiography Open, opined that the tennis court was sport's loneliest theatre.

It is a dark place that Ana Ivanovic, too, understands. When something you take for granted deserts you, as Ivanovic's talent did for almost two seasons, the search to reclaim it in public can be galling. And it's very lonely, for who other than those few to have ascended the peak, as the Serbian did, can really know how difficult the descent can be?

"It is very hard and unfortunately in tennis, you have to learn how to lose as well and to accept loss," Ivanovic said.

"And it is very hard because you are alone out there and there are very few people that can understand what goes through your mind, because you do suffer a lot.

"You have your closest people who are there for you, to support you, but you know that they don't know 100 per cent how it feels, so it is very hard. It is very lonely."

Losing became standard practice through 2009 and the first half of last year. She slipped from the world's top ranked player to one forced to beg for wild-cards into tour events.

While her sponsors, family and friends maintained the faith, so demoralised did the 2008 French Open winner become that after yet another defeat at last year's Australian Open, Ivanovic, who plays Australia's Alicia Molik in a key tie in the Hopman Cup in Perth tonight, pondered whether it was time to do something else.

And as she was studying economics she considered applying herself more to her course.

"But it was just so hard because my mind was all over the place and I really wanted to get back," she said. "I like challenges . . . but I felt so weak at the time and I didn't have anywhere to push from. So then, it took time to get that back, to get energy levels back, to get inspiration back."

What made Ivanovic's slide from a player who reached three grand slam finals by the age of 20 to one with a ranking that slipped to 64 so confusing, she said, was that it was not due to a drop in motivation or desire.

She feels the opposite was true, that by over-training after becoming No 1, her body began to fail and gradually weakened the confidence that makes a champion.

Her career turning point, in part, came from a snub in August. Ivanovic, as a former winner, requested a wild-card into the Montreal Open. But after tournament officials preferred local talent, she agreed to attempt to qualify for the event.

Then the tournament director, Eugene Lapier, disparaged her in the Montreal Gazette, only to come scrambling back when Serena Williams withdrew due to injury.

Her pride dented, Ivanovic refused the request with a dignified statement on her website and instead stepped on to a court in Cincinnati determined to make a point.

"Actually, I think that made me a little stronger because I am very stubborn," Ivanovic said.

"It was a little stink, a little hurtful, especially because it was my first big win there and I had good memories of that place and it was a special place for me. I was surprised because I got so much good support from other tournament directors, so it was a bit of a shock.

"It shook me up a bit, woke me up. I knew I was not a player to be around 50 or 60th ranked. I knew I did not want to take that, so I knew I had to do something, to make a change."

That essential change came from suspending a relationship with the expert coaching panel run by her sponsor, Adidas. Ivanovic decided she needed to work on a more individual basis.

She started working with Heinz Gunthardt, who coached Steffi Graf, and can identify a single shot during the tournament in Cincinnati where the torment ended.

Trailing a set and 5-3 against Victoria Azarenka in the opening round of that event, a moment of clarity pierced her muddled mind. "In Cincinnati I'm playing first round against Azarenka, so it is a very tough first match and I was 6-2 5-3 down. She was serving and maybe it was 15-all when all of a sudden something clicked," she said.

"I felt like, 'You know what? I'm going to go for it.' I made an unbelievable return, like when I was playing really well, and I managed to win that set in a tiebreak. And then I had a really tough third set but I was able to win it 6-2, so that was a big confidence boost for me."

Ivanovic went on to reach the semi-finals before withdrawing against Kim Clijsters due to a foot problem, then reached the fourth round of the US Open before she lost to the Belgian star, who went on to claim back-to-back majors in New York.

Her first title in 19 months came in Linz, another followed in Bali. By year's end her ranking was 17 and, come the Australian Open, Ivanovic will be seeded in the top 16 given the absence of Serena Williams.

Having succeeded and then failed, Ivanovic is again aiming for the top. Should fortune again smile come a grand slam, Ivanovic will be a sportswoman fulfilled.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/sport/ivanovic-finds-her-way-back-from-a-dark-place/story-e6frg7mf-1225981256780

gaviotabr
Jan 3rd, 2011, 01:18 PM
http://img443.imageshack.us/img443/7135/zur5.jpg

gaviotabr
Jan 3rd, 2011, 01:35 PM
Some very interesting articles.. so Ana's head was indeed all over the place, she even considered leaving tennis aside and dedicating herself more to studying.

After Wimbledon some tears were shed, but she decided to change something.. hum.. And she considers the Azarenka match in Cincy a real turning point, as so many of us do as well.

I'm not sure about Van Grichen's approach.. but I hope it works.

gaviotabr
Jan 3rd, 2011, 02:52 PM
Ana and Nole's presser after mixed doubles:

Media Conference
Transcript - Ana Ivanovic, Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
2/01/2011

Ana Ivanovic & Novak Djokovic

It looked like you both had a lot of fun out there.

(Ivanovic) Yeah it was good fun, it was really. I was saying to Novak that this was the best I’ve ever played mixed doubles in my whole life, so it was really enjoyable.

(Djokovic) Yeah you don’t get a lot of opportunities on the tour to play mixed doubles and we played actually once in the Australian Open a couple of years back in 06, right after Perth. It’s great. I’m really happy that Ana accepted to play the Hopman Cup with me. I was waiting for this for four years, so I will give my best to win this trophy with her.

You both had a slight problem in your first sets – is that just a first match of the year thing?

(Ivanovic) Yeah I think that plays a big part and I think also we didn’t have real easy opponents. They were also playing really well. We have said in Serbia ‘everything is good if it finishes good’, so we are really happy to have that victory. It was an important one, not only for the team, but also for ourselves individually. I think it’s great to start the year with a win and build on it.

Ana you stopped quite a few of your throws – is there something that you’re working on that you are trying to execute?

(Ivanovic) Yeah it’s getting a lot better than it was before, trust me. It’s still something that gets away from me sometimes, but it’s just part of it now. I try to get rid of it and it’s getting a lot better - like in the last couple of months it was a lot more stable. Today in the first set I had quite a few bad tosses, but then in the second set as the nerves settled down a little bit, it was a lot better. In doubles I was actually serving quite ok and really happy. I hope to progress.

Ana you probably do more fist pumps than anyone else.

(Ivanovic) Do I? I do get very emotional on the court. I enjoy it. I probably I had a few today as well in doubles.

Novak – you said on court after your match that you’ve only had a couple of weeks break since the Davis Cup. You may feel ok now, but do you think it will put a toll on you as the season goes on?

(Djokovic) Well actually, I’m in the process of preparing for the Australian Open and my main goal is to be 100% fit for that tournament. Hopman Cup is a great event and I love coming back here, and I love having matches under my belt. I’m aware of the fact that I will not perform as well as I will probably in two weeks time, because as you said, it was the shortest off season that I’ve had in my life and this is only a third week of preparation. To be well prepared and to perform well on the court - you need at least four weeks. I’m working really hard off the court. Today I had a two and a half hour tennis and fitness session in the very big heat, so it’s quite an exhausting day, but I already planned it. If we get a victory in this tournament then it’s going to be a success.

Players talk about needing a break and you’ve had no break at all – do you think as you progress that it may begin to put a toll on you and make you a disadvantage?

(Djokovic) Well I think I got used to it. There were quite a few players who had a similar situation. I think Nadal just last year or two years back, when he won the Davis Cup, had a very short break or no break at all. I have played the most matches on the tour in 2009, about 100 matches, and it was a very short break then as well. That’s the way it is. You try to get the best out of it, try to rest as much as you can – even though it’s less than two weeks which is not enough. You get used to it after a while. We got now on the ATP tour finally, a two week shorter schedule from 2012 so it’s good to know.

Novak how do you tackle bridging the gap between yourself and Roger and Rafa when everyone talks about those two and you’re the third player in the world. How do you approach that?

(Djokovic) Well whoever is behind those two guys is always in the shadow. Everything they do is just amazing. On and off the court they are big champions and great examples of a professional athlete. They are very physically and mentally strong, maybe 2 out of 5 best players that have ever played these games. So to be competing with them throughout this year has been a pleasure and a big challenge for me. On one hand it’s really difficult because it’s really hard when you get to the later stage, especially on the Grand Slams – that’s where they kind of lift their level of the game of the performance up and it’s where they show why they’re the best two players in the world.

Are you confident you can get there?

(Djokovic) Well you know I’m trying. I need to believe. Anybody needs to believe they can win it against them if they want to be better than them. We all know how great they are – we don’t need to spread words about them anymore. I have won against both of them quite a few times on different surfaces so there are no secrets between our games. I know how it feels to play on the big stage. I just keep on working hard and waiting for an opportunity.

Novak – Golubev played some brilliant shots tonight. In your opinion, if he can bring that together, how well do you see him going over this season?

(Djokovic) He’s a very talented player. He has a very beautiful and nice one-handed backhand. You don’t get to see a lot of one-handed backhands these days and being so aggressive with it. He stepped up. He was a better player throughout the whole first set and I managed to regain my rhythm and played well in the second and the third. It’s still just the beginning of the year and in order to be a top 10 player, you have to be consistently successful throughout the whole year. You cannot have big ups and downs you know, the ranking system works that way.

Ana – everything seemed to start coming together for you in your second set. How much of that was confidence in having won the first set, and how much of it was actual physical improvements to your second game?

(Ivanovic) Yeah it was a big difference and definitely winning that tiebreak gave me a push for that second set. Also I think a lot of things settled down a little bit and the biggest difference was my serve. I started making a lot more first serves and I started playing a lot deeper. In the first set I felt I was trying to hit the ball hard and deep, but it was always coming short and she was dictating the rallies and points. I was also struggling to get free points on my first serves. Once I changed that a little bit around and relaxed a little bit, it swung through better and it made a huge difference.

Having ended last year so well obviously in Bali – do you have any specific goals going into Australia, or are you just hoping to relax and see how it goes?

(Ivanovic) For me I was sad the year finished. It was so short. It was really good and I really tried and I hope to build on that. It definitely gives me a lot of confidence. Having won two titles in the last three events I’ve played – its important stuff for me. Now I’ll just try to work hard, and I have a new coach and it’s going well. Hopefully this year I can get back to top 10 and that will be my main goal - but still taking it step-by-step and trying to enjoy the process as well and hopefully get there.

Novak those two - Golubev and Shvedova, are quite decent doubles players. Can you talk us through your tactical chat with Ana?

(Djokovic) Oh there were no tactics at all.

(Ivanovic) We had really good tactics. We walked on to the court and Novak said ‘Ok, choose which side you want’.

(Djokovic) We kind of went spontaneous, point after point. It was going to happen, you know, to just hit the ball as hard as you can. We obviously needed to pay simple because I think we were better quality players on the baseline. It was good. It was good to make this crucial break in the second set. God knows how late we would finish if we didn’t make the break. It’s been a very difficult encounter against Kazakhstan and I think they are very good players in singles and doubles. To win 3-0 in the first match of the year is great and couldn’t ask for more.

http://hopmancup.com/Media/Media-Conference/270

gaviotabr
Jan 3rd, 2011, 07:22 PM
Forgot to remark how Ana said she lost 5-6 kilos during the off season.. that's quite a lot.

doni1212
Jan 3rd, 2011, 07:34 PM
I like how she talked about the crosscourt forehand return winner against Azarenka that basically changed the whole match when she "decided to go for it." Love that!

gaviotabr
Jan 3rd, 2011, 07:42 PM
I like how she talked about the crosscourt forehand return winner against Azarenka that basically changed the whole match when she "decided to go for it." Love that!

Yes... I hope she keeps that in mind.. Ana is a "go for it" player.. she needs to go for it whenever she is in position and has a chance.

it-girl
Jan 3rd, 2011, 08:48 PM
Yes... I hope she keeps that in mind.. Ana is a "go for it" player.. she needs to go for it whenever she is in position and has a chance.I could not agree more.

jelenacg
Jan 4th, 2011, 12:35 AM
Forgot to remark how Ana said she lost 5-6 kilos during the off season.. that's quite a lot.

That`s a lot :
I hope they especially Marija know what they are doing


(Djokovic) Oh there were no tactics at all.
(Ivanovic) We had really good tactics. We walked on to the court and Novak said ĎOk, choose which side you want

They are so cute together :hearts:

azdaja
Jan 4th, 2011, 12:39 PM
Some very interesting articles.. so Ana's head was indeed all over the place, she even considered leaving tennis aside and dedicating herself more to studying.

After Wimbledon some tears were shed, but she decided to change something.. hum.. And she considers the Azarenka match in Cincy a real turning point, as so many of us do as well.

I'm not sure about Van Grichen's approach.. but I hope it works.
i think it's interesting she thought about quitting at around the ao time last year, which was the time when i feeled very annoyed with her - somehow i thought she was not trying enough. and she says it was just like that - she thought about quitting. and of course many of us thought she was back on track by the us hard court season.

"And it is very hard because you are alone out there and there are very few people that can understand what goes through your mind, because you do suffer a lot.

"You have your closest people who are there for you, to support you, but you know that they don't know 100 per cent how it feels, so it is very hard. It is very lonely."
well, some people support you, some people are cold and don't care, and some, and we are not mentioning any names, are even happy to kick you when you are down.

but i was wondering, isn't the great support from fans that she definitely enjoys enough to inspire her. so many people out there support you and care, so don't even think about giving up!

gaviotabr
Jan 4th, 2011, 06:15 PM
From portuguese newspaper "O Jogo":

http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/6373/vg1.png

It basically says Ana has extended her agreement with Van Grichen through at least April, including the already announced aussie season and tournaments in Pattaya, Dubai, Doha, Indian Wells and Miami.

gaviotabr
Jan 4th, 2011, 06:21 PM
i think it's interesting she thought about quitting at around the ao time last year, which was the time when i feeled very annoyed with her - somehow i thought she was not trying enough. and she says it was just like that - she thought about quitting. and of course many of us thought she was back on track by the us hard court season.

Yes.. I remember I was so pissed off at Ana after AO and Fed Cup last year that I spent 3 months without posting here. I thought she wanted to be anywhere but on court and she was just not trying. And that was definitely the case, since she was thinking about quitting. The change did really happen after Wimbledon.. I think she finally saw that the change had to come from within before anything.. that she had to change her attitude and get her priorities straight again.

well, some people support you, some people are cold and don't care, and some, and we are not mentioning any names, are even happy to kick you when you are down.

but i was wondering, isn't the great support from fans that she definitely enjoys enough to inspire her. so many people out there support you and care, so don't even think about giving up!

Maybe that is what kept her going! All the support from fans and sponsors. I think at the time Ana had people around her that either didn't really support her or couldn't care less about her career or that even were pushing her away from tennis.

All in all, those were very interesting and insightful articles.

azdaja
Jan 4th, 2011, 08:09 PM
From portuguese newspaper "O Jogo":

http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/6373/vg1.png

It basically says Ana has extended her agreement with Van Grichen through at least April, including the already announced aussie season and tournaments in Pattaya, Dubai, Doha, Indian Wells and Miami.
o jogo is much more to my taste than record :yeah: i often go to their website, mostly for the portuguese liga, though.

Yes.. I remember I was so pissed off at Ana after AO and Fed Cup last year that I spent 3 months without posting here. I thought she wanted to be anywhere but on court and she was just not trying. And that was definitely the case, since she was thinking about quitting. The change did really happen after Wimbledon.. I think she finally saw that the change had to come from within before anything.. that she had to change her attitude and get her priorities straight again.
i remember you leaving, and i'm glad you're back ;)

Maybe that is what kept her going! All the support from fans and sponsors. I think at the time Ana had people around her that either didn't really support her or couldn't care less about her career or that even were pushing her away from tennis.

All in all, those were very interesting and insightful articles.
yeah, perhaps we should also see ana's relationship with adam in this light. you know, i don't care about her relationships, she has the right to privacy and all that, but while i was not trusting verdasco i was outright negative about adam. perhaps he is not really a bad guy, dunno, but ana needed someone exceptional at that moment. being lulled by anyone or anything into believing that perhaps she could find happiness outside of the tennis world makes that someone or something a negative influence on her.

i somehow want to believe that she has really become stronger after all this. you know, for all the talk about how she was in serbia during the war and bad political situation she always said that her parents shielded her away from all the bad things that were happening during her childhood. and she has always been a crowd favourite and a media darling. did she really learn to deal with difficult situation then? probably not. i hope that has changed now and that would be a huge step for mentally. i think that was missing in her.

gaviotabr
Jan 4th, 2011, 10:24 PM
yeah, perhaps we should also see ana's relationship with adam in this light. you know, i don't care about her relationships, she has the right to privacy and all that, but while i was not trusting verdasco i was outright negative about adam. perhaps he is not really a bad guy, dunno, but ana needed someone exceptional at that moment. being lulled by anyone or anything into believing that perhaps she could find happiness outside of the tennis world makes that someone or something a negative influence on her.

Yes.. I don't mind Ana's relationships.. and, at first, I was totally ok with Adam. But with time.. and with the more time Ana was spending with him.. it became completely clear to me he was not a good influence to her. At least not tennis wise. I think in one way or another he was pushing Ana away from tennis, almost giving her incentives left and right to not want to be on a tennis court. I remember right before the 2009 US Open I read an interview with Adam and he was saying he wanted to go on holidays the next couple of weeks. Then in Ana's presser after her first round loss, she said that right before the match she was telling her coach how she wanted to get holidays. I can totally relate things.. and that was a slam.. It became clear to me Adam couldn't care less about Ana's career.. and perhaps for him it would indeed be better if she was away from tennis. There was no real support from him, ever. At the same time, Ana just let herself and her head go wondering in other places and somehow ran away.

I've had an even harder time with Adam since I read one of his latest interviews in which he said the break up with his former girlfriend (the one he had before Ana) still hurts to this day. So Ana was nothing more than some rebound girl for him, while she wasted almost 2 whole years with him, going from golf tournament to golf tournament and almost throwing her career down the drain. All this for a guy who didn't really care for her all that much and never really supported her.

The thing is.. if Ana was really happy away from tennis, then fine.. it would be a waste, but her decision and her life. But she clearly wasn't.. those were painful times for her. Tennis is a huge part of her life and brings her happiness. Whoever is around her has to understand that and give her all the support and even provide some motivation.

i somehow want to believe that she has really become stronger after all this. you know, for all the talk about how she was in serbia during the war and bad political situation she always said that her parents shielded her away from all the bad things that were happening during her childhood. and she has always been a crowd favourite and a media darling. did she really learn to deal with difficult situation then? probably not. i hope that has changed now and that would be a huge step for mentally. i think that was missing in her.

Agreed. I think Ana used to live in her own buble.. one in which things just always ended up working out and coming as she wanted. The slump proved she had no idea how to deal with things when they weren't going as she hoped or expected. As she said, the pain can make for a important learning experience. Right now I still see her nervous as hell.. but if she manages to use all this torment to her favor and learns how to control her emotions, it can make her stronger and be a step fowards mentally. But there's still a long way to go for her.

gloria7
Jan 5th, 2011, 09:49 AM
I love golf forums. Last year, in march ,i was surfing on the Net,and Ana's name appeared on some golf forum.A guy said that Ana is in Las Vegas with Adam, that he took her to casino ,and thay can be seen everywhere.Same guy began to speak, in details, about Adam's reciprocal dependence on gambling, describing his loses( and facial expresion when in casino), comparing him with a kid in a toy store. Couple of days later, Ana herself said in her diary entry,that she was in casino and she won $200,or something.So...the guy was telling the truth.
One golf forum after another and i start getting a picture on that relationship...from the fan's perspective.Basically, no one give her a chance with Adam from the start. His fans said that she wont last long and that "Adam deserves a 24/7 lady, not some 6 hours fligh romance". Every pic and info of two of them at ASFF was posted by Izzy,Cliente and Zone12 - Ana's fans. That was all i needed to know. For haters Ana was his "new caddy", "russian chick", "missus which could cost him a shitload", "rebound girl who supose to worm up seat for Greg Norman's daughter". As Ana fan i found that very offensive. Journos weren't much better. Adam has helped them with all that talk about his ex, and he mentioned Marie in Loch Lomond( when they asked him about Ana's presence).For journalists Ana was >a friend > close friend > special friend > partner > regular partner and,finally > regular girlfriend...IN OCTOBER.
If you read Ana's and Crybaby's interviews - you can't understand for how long they were dating,why did they broke up and what they meant to each other. For Ana- he was a bf for year and a half, and in first interview in Linz, she said:" If relationship isn't healthy, if you are feeling down and not inspired, then you are not with the right person". According to aussie commentators, they were dating for 6 months, he dumped her because of "bussy schedule". Ana invited him to Belgrade, she was planning her future with him, and now i see that she wanted to quit in january.She was waiting for him to "make an offer"...but he didn't.What can i say- he is a humanitarian of the decade.He has helped her to discover how much she loves tennis, he didn't want to be responsible for the collapse of her career.
Ana has lost 2 years of her life with the " perfect gentleman" who wasn't mature enough to tell her the truth.He didn't want to settle down with Ana, he couldn't get into her like she was into him. She should just let him go instead of hanging around. Maybe he would have respected her for it and not took her for granted.I don't think that he ever had an intensive love for her.I think he started to care about her but his feelings never developed the way that hers did.I wish he would've just come clean to her about his lack of feelings instead of leading her on.I hope he finds whatever it is he is looking for.As for Ana,i'm glad that Novak is around.He is such a great friend,supportive and kind. Ana looks happy on court again and focused on her career,which is good to see.

kimgurl
Jan 5th, 2011, 11:17 AM
well honestly i couldnt see spark between adam and ana..i dont know..but sure is they look good together,.:)

it would be awesome if things will work out between ana and rafa..yayks im crazy i know its seems impossible right now since rafa has xisca..:sad:

it-girl
Jan 5th, 2011, 11:41 AM
well honestly i couldnt see spark between adam and ana..i dont know..but sure is they look good together,.:)

it would be awesome if things will work out between ana and rafa..yayks im crazy i know its seems impossible right now since rafa has xisca..:sad:I really think Ana & Rafa make a cute couple. They seem to have great chemistry and Rafa seems to be a gentleman.

Nena_xxx
Jan 5th, 2011, 11:47 AM
well honestly i couldnt see spark between adam and ana..i dont know..but sure is they look good together,.:)

it would be awesome if things will work out between ana and rafa..yayks im crazy i know its seems impossible right now since rafa has xisca..:sad:


Agree! But I always liked Verdasco... :devil:

gaviotabr
Jan 5th, 2011, 12:47 PM
A few Sportski Zurnal scans.. I guess they are all recopilations of known news, right?

http://img696.imageshack.us/img696/5744/sz24.png

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gaviotabr
Jan 5th, 2011, 12:50 PM
Ana and Nole's presser yesterday:

Media Conference
Transcript - Ana Ivanovic, Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
4/01/2011

Ana Ivanovic & Novak Djokovic

Novak Ė was that the kind of test that you want at the beginning of the season?

(Djokovic) My singles match was great. Itís one of the best matches Iíve played lately and I rose up to the occasion. Definitely Lleyton in Australia is a really difficult opponent. Hard courts are the surface he prefers more, so I was aware of the challenge. I played really, really well. I just raised the level of games since two days ago, so Iím just happy to start this way - another 3-0 which puts us in a very good position.

Yesterday Andy Murray said he was struggling to breathe in here. How are you with these conditions?

(Djokovic) Well I would not disagree with him, definitely. We both arrived very late. I arrived just before the New Years Eve here Ė he arrived just after New Yearís Eve, so we are just trying to get used to the conditions, and jetlag, so itís all taking its part in adjusting here. Inside today especially, we were just talking how humid it is, because it was a packed house Ė maybe 10000 people or more, just crazy humidity. In a positive way, its good preparation for Melbourne.

Ana when you lose a couple of challenges so early in the match, does it affect your confidence at all?

(Ivanovic) It does, I really had to think twice when I wanted to challenge again. It was kind of frustrating a little bit because I was just missing them too. Itís not like I was wasting them, but once they were out of the way and I was challenge-less, I started playing a lot better.

And your knee Ė how did it pull up?

(Ivanovic) Yeah its fine, itís fine. I was just a little bit scared. Especially after what happened to Shvedova I was like Ďok I better ask doctor whatís thisí. I guess I just jammed it because I went really low on that one split step, I felt a little bit of pain so I was a little bit scared.

So tomorrow morning, is that a big thing in determining how it pulls up?

(Ivanovic) Well it was after it cooled off, after my singles. It was really fine. So it should be good.

Novak how are you after doing the leg split in the mixed?

(Djokovic) Oh wow. I love running for those balls and just trying to, I donít know, prove it to myself that I can get that ball. It was a really difficult one. I truly didnít believe that I could get it back on the court. It was amazing.

Any pain afterwards?

(Djokovic) No Iím used to the splits. Iíve done a lot in my life.

(Ivanovic) I was surprised, I got to the next ball and I was so shocked. I was like Ďwhere did that come from?í and it just flew beside my head.

Novak two years ago you played great here and then went on to the Australian open and played great Ė can you compare how youíre feeling now to two years ago?

(Djokovic) Well I want to believe it is a similar feeling. Letís see. Three years back was the best couple of weeks in my life, playing here really well and then continuing that run in the Australia Open where I played the best tournament ever in my career. Itís great preparation I think for all of us. We have a lot of fun on the court. Itís one of the very rare, maybe the only event, where you can share the court with a woman player. Itís a lot of fun and on the other hand you get a lot of good matches - especially this year where you have on the menís side Murray, Isner, Mahut, great players, and Hewitt. So Iím just happy to have this kind of preparation.

You lost the Final in that year Ė would it mean a lot to you to make up for it this year and win it?

(Djokovic) Oh yes. Definitely.

Ana for you on Thursday is probably the biggest test in the tournament so far Ė you must be looking forward to that?

(Ivanovic) Yes I am, Iím looking forward to that challenge. Itís going to be a tough match but I guess a good one. Justine is always a tough opponent and she has maybe a little bit similar game. You know with Alicia with a one-handed backhand Ė thereís not many girls with a one-handed backhand out there, so to have two of them this week is also an interesting schedule. Itís going to be good. We were saying we need one more point, so hopefully I can get that one.

(Djokovic) I donít need to play afterwards.

(Ivanovic) I have advantage of playing first and have it done.

(Djokovic) Ladies first.

I donít think youíve beaten her before Ė is there something that youíll try and do differently from last time?

(Ivanovic) Yeah I would love to have chance to win and start getting my revenges back. I played her actually last in Brisbane in the semi-finals in the first tournament of the year also, so hopefully this time a better finish.

(Djokovic) Sheíll have my support.

(Ivanovic) And itís on our Christmas.

http://hopmancup.com/Media/Media-Conference/288

Thank God the knee seems to be ok. I hope she is up for the challenge against Justine. I want, first and foremost, for Ana to fight hard for it, from the first point to the last. Just fight her heart out and raise her level.

azdaja
Jan 5th, 2011, 11:08 PM
Agreed. I think Ana used to live in her own buble.. one in which things just always ended up working out and coming as she wanted. The slump proved she had no idea how to deal with things when they weren't going as she hoped or expected. As she said, the pain can make for a important learning experience. Right now I still see her nervous as hell.. but if she manages to use all this torment to her favor and learns how to control her emotions, it can make her stronger and be a step fowards mentally. But there's still a long way to go for her.
i agree with everything you say, but this part is really important. it's easy to be a fighter in games, but how about in real life. during her slump i concluded that ana was not up to task. right now i am optimistic. i think people who come out of the bubble don't need much to get them going. but we will see.

and no boyfriends for now, no thanks :ras: ana the champion can have all the boys she likes, but i think she needs her tennis more than anything else.

kimgurl
Jan 6th, 2011, 12:40 AM
i agree with everything you say, but this part is really important. it's easy to be a fighter in games, but how about in real life. during her slump i concluded that ana was not up to task. right now i am optimistic. i think people who come out of the bubble don't need much to get them going. but we will see.

and no boyfriends for now, no thanks :ras: ana the champion can have all the boys she likes, but i think she needs her tennis more than anything else.

:worship:

and that is what i think she's doin ryt now..she needs to focus on her tennis career..;)

Pops Maellard
Jan 6th, 2011, 01:44 AM
Nole's splits are amazing. :hearts:

gaviotabr
Jan 6th, 2011, 02:51 PM
Media Conference
Transcript - Ana Ivanovic, Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
6/01/2011

Ana Ivanovic & Novak Djokovic

Is it a nice feeling to be in the Finals?

(Ivanovic) Great. Yes especially after a tough loss today. Itís good and Novak managed to score an easy win.

(Djokovic) Oh definitely. This time we were really eager to win it. It was 5 years ago, the first time together - we were young and not experienced, and we did not have luck to go through the finals. This time we were winning quite comfortably, our matches, and really playing well. Both of us, we have a good chance to win the trophy.

Ana youíve been winning a lot of matches recently. Did todayís match show you how far youíve still got to go?

(Ivanovic) Yeah it definitely does. I thought today was probably one of the worst matches I played lately and I was really down on myself, and I got really down on the court actually as well. Still, I had so many chances and I managed to almost come back all the way in that first set. I guess I was a little bit negative on the court today, and thatís something I have to work on for next matches. Overall I still saw lots of positives in the last couple of matches, so I just have to focus on that and have to try to take it a little bit easier on myself sometimes.

Novak can you talk about tennis in Serbia, after winning a Davis Cup and now a chance to win a Hopman Cup, whatís the feeling like with tennis in Serbia?

(Djokovic) People definitely react in a great way. They appreciate the success that weíre having as individuals and as a team for the last 3 years. As you probably all know, tennis in Serbia was never that popular and we never had a long tradition in that sport. Then when we came at the professional stage and started winning Grand Slam events and fighting for majors. In the last 3or 4 years itís been great, itís been one of the most popular sports, definitely. People love it. Yeah itís great to share those best moments in your career such as winning the Davis Cup with our people in Serbia, just a couple of weeks back. It was a historical win and definitely highlight of my career.

Ana

(Ivanovic) Yeah I guess I have to be a little bit more aggressive then I was today. I gave her lots of chances to step in and my serve is definitely something I have to improve on to win these big matches. I didnít get many free points today, even though she was stepping up on my second serve, so I really need to work on that a little bit. Itís just getting through matches and getting more confidence, because practise its coming together nicely which is always good change to see, but you know I just have to put it together in the matches as well.

Is there a particular team you want to play against in the final?

(Ivanovic) No, I havenít thought of it. Anyone?

Ana have you been thinking about the diamond ball?

(Ivanovic) I know. Weíve been thinking about it since 2006.

(Djokovic) She especially is wanting that. Obviously - sheís a woman, so of course diamonds.

Is that one of the more unique prizes from tournaments around the world?

(Ivanovic) Yeah I think it is, definitely, I mean itís very special. Like I said, the first time we saw it we were like Ďoh we want ití.

On that note Novak in the Davis Cup or the Hopman Cup, which match do you have the best team-mate?

(Ivanovic) Well you canít ask that question with me sitting here.

(Djokovic) Honestly. What do you think?

(Ivanovic) Youíll have to ask that when Iím not here.

(Djokovic) I mean I like my colleagues from the Davis Cup team, but you know Iíd rather chose Ana.

(Ivanovic) Thank you.

Ana can you comment on the tennis of Justine?

(Ivanovic) Yeah I mean itís as good as itís always been. I really think sheís playing well at the moment and like I said, itís the beginning of the season and lots of players try to look in their best form. You know sheís playing well. She was stepping up a lot today, and coming to the net often and playing aggressive, and put me a lot under pressure. I felt that I was in the back court for most of the match. She seems to be playing well.

Novak to you think youíve been as fit and as mentally fresh so close to a Grand Slam?

(Djokovic) Well I donít know if I can use the word Ďfreshí because the off season was really short

I meant focused Ė thatís the word I meant to use.

(Djokovic) Focused ok. Focused - I am definitely. I have to be in order to achieve the goals and ambitions I have. We are both very self critical so we always have a very high ambitions. Itís just part of our personalities and I guess we have won the Grand Slams before and she was number 1 in the world, so we know how it feels to play on the big stage. You know in my case I had a very short off season where I try to get the tennis out of my mind for two weeks as much as I can. It wasnít very long break but you have to adjust to it. I think Iím preparing well and to be honest I havenít expected to perform this well. At the start of the year I knew that this week of the tournament is as well probably one of the hardest weeks for me in preparation time, because even on the match days I go out and play for hours outdoors and would do a lot of endurance, so itís been a hard week for me but very successful. I will not work before the Finals. I will just focus my energy -

(Ivanovic) Thatís what I keep saying Ė that he needs to go to the beach more. Use this week to relax.

(Djokovic) I would love to Ė tell it to my fitness coach

Did you go on a boat yesterday?

(Ivanovic) Yeah it was good.

(Djokovic) Yeah a short cruise. Swan River, we saw a lot of jelly fish.

(Ivanovic) Yeah heaps Ė theyíre huge.

In some ways is a shorter break an advantage Ė you havenít had the down time, the body hasnít slowed, and you havenít had to pick it back up again. Can that be an advantage the body hasnít slowed, and you havenít had to pick it back up again. Can that be an advantage?

(Djokovic) You know I was thinking about that as well. I leave it to the nature, I donít know. I will just try to prepare as best as I can. I have no more time to think why I had such a short season to think Ďok maybe it would be better if I had a bit longer seasoní. But at this moment I really feel good physically and mentally, so Iím going to Australian Open with a lot of confidence and I think that my game is good enough to change anybody on the world at this moment, especially on the hard courts. I have to believe. I have to believe that I can go all the way through and hopefully physically I will be fit because Australian summer is really, really hot and warm and I have experienced that before. So I will just see whatís going to happen.

Novak you talk about goals Ė Number 1 in world, where is it for you and can you achieve it in 2011?

(Djokovic) Sure. Well I believe that I will make it one day. I donít know if itís going to be this year or next year, or in the next 3 or 4 years Ė I am really trying to work hard towards that lifetime goal. I do have a really strong competitors Ė Nadal, Federer and of course Murray. So I think there is more players in the menís tennis than the last 10, 15 years that are able to win major titles. Maybe in the last years there was more, just like Nadal and Federer winning all the major titles now, you know you could see some other players coming up and challenging those two guys. Theyíre still the best in the world and we are all trying to win against them.



http://hopmancup.com/Media/Media-Conference/298

gaviotabr
Jan 6th, 2011, 03:06 PM
Good presser. I liked how Ana assessed the match. It was bad.. especially her attitude. It's the main thing she has to address.

jelenacg
Jan 6th, 2011, 03:13 PM
Good presser. I liked how Ana assessed the match. It was bad.. especially her attitude. It's the main thing she has to address.

Yeah i agree.And i keep forgetting ...those articles you posted in serbian ,just like you thought nothing new there


On that note Novak in the Davis Cup or the Hopman Cup, which match do you have the best team-mate?

(Ivanovic) Well you canít ask that question with me sitting here.

(Djokovic) Honestly. What do you think?

(Ivanovic) Youíll have to ask that when Iím not here.

(Djokovic) I mean I like my colleagues from the Davis Cup team, but you know Iíd rather chose Ana.

(Ivanovic) Thank you.

:hearts:
I want video from that presser

doni1212
Jan 6th, 2011, 05:05 PM
I'm glad she realized how negative she was on court, :yeah:

gaviotabr
Jan 7th, 2011, 09:47 AM
Tennis-Ivanovic hopes to be fit for Australian Open
Reuters

Fri, 07 Jan 10:39:00 2011


* Serb hopeful of making it to Melbourne

* Withdrawl allows Belgium to advance

Former world number one Ana Ivanovic is hopeful she will be fit for the Australian Open despite being forced to pull out of the Hopman Cup on Friday because of a stomach injury.

A scan on the injury showed a grade one tear, the least serious, leaving her facing a race against time to be fit for the first grand slam event of the year, which begins on Jan. 17.

"It's very frustrating," Ivanovic told reporters. "Hopefully I'll be fine for Melbourne but it's definitely a scare."

Ivanovic said she had been told to take complete rest for three-to-four days in order to let the tear heal, before beginning light training.

The former French Open champion said she first felt it during her singles match with Justine Henin on Thursday but that it was only when she tried to practice the next day that it really began to hurt.

"This morning, I was playing some points and on one serve I felt a sharp pain and I couldn't even hit or move after that.

"At this moment in time (my chances) are still very good because I stopped in time. I'm positive I will be fit."

The injury is a blow to Ivanovic's hopes of making a strong run in Melbourne, having battled back to the world's top 20 in the second half of 2010.

"It's very frustrating because this has been the case for a long time now," Ivanovic said of the latest in a line of niggling injury problems. "But I have to stay positive."

Ivanovic has already pulled out of next week's WTA event in Sydney and is now likely to request a late start at the Australian Open.

Her injury also cost Serbia their place in the final of the Hopman Cup because under the rules of the mixed team event, they are not allowed to bring in a replacement for the final.

Belgium, who finished second in their group, will advance in their place.

French Open champion Francesca Schiavone also suffered a groin injury playing for Italy against France on Friday but the problem is not thought to be serious.

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/07012011/2/tennis-ivanovic-hopes-fit-australian-open.html

Pops Maellard
Jan 7th, 2011, 09:49 AM
Well let's be thankful she should be ready for AO and it hopefully won't set her back so far.

The injury is a blow to Ivanovic's hopes of making a strong run in Melbourne

Not necessarily.

gaviotabr
Jan 7th, 2011, 09:56 AM
Well let's be thankful she should be ready for AO and it hopefully won't set her back so far.



Not necessarily.

Well.. she won't be training for days.. then, if everything works out, only light training... and then already a match. It really hampers preparations, and she wasn't playing well this week. She needed the matches and the practices.

And look at how she took it.. She was to excited to play the final.. now she has this and all the other niggling injuries she had in the past on her mind.

It all sucks, I'm so upset.

Pops Maellard
Jan 7th, 2011, 10:02 AM
Well.. she won't be training for days.. then, if everything works out, only light training... and then already a match. It really hampers preparations, and she wasn't playing well this week. She needed the matches and the practices.

And look at how she took it.. She was to excited to play the final.. now she has this and all the other niggling injuries she had in the past on her mind.

It all sucks, I'm so upset.

It was probably similar after the Cincy retirement and things turned out fine. :) I refuse to panic. :p

gaviotabr
Jan 7th, 2011, 10:31 AM
Tennis: Ivanovic confident of playing in Melbourne
AFP January 7, 2011, 11:53 pm


PERTH, Jan 7, 2011 (AFP) - - A shattered Ana Ivanovic said Friday she remained confident of taking part in the upcoming Australian Open, despite tearing a stomach muscle while playing in the Hopman Cup.

The Serbian has been ordered to rest fully for at least four days after scans showed she had suffered a tear during her singles clash with fellow former world number one Justine Henin on Thursday.

Ivanovic, the world number 17, completed the match and the subsequent mixed doubles, but the injury flared at a training session on Friday, forcing her out of the mixed teams event, in which she and teammate Novak Djokovic had already qualified for Saturday's final, and next week's Sydney International.

The Australian Open begins on January 17 and Ivanovic, who will seek a late start to the tournament, was cursing her bad luck after the setback, but was optimistic she would be back on court in time for the year's first Grand Slam.

"Hopefully, it will be fine for Melbourne, but it is definitely a scare," she said.

"It is very individual how fast it will heal, but hopefully with lots of icing and laser it can speed up the recovery.

"It is very frustrating, it's not a huge deal, it is just stupid and bad timing.

"I have to recover in the best possible way and stay positive and at least I have a week before the Open."

Ivanovic said she believed her chances of playing in Melbourne were "good".

"I am positive I will be fit in 10 days' time," she said.

Ivanovic said she believed her fitness base would enable her to overcome the disruption to her preparation for Melbourne.

"I have to rely on the hard work I have done in the past and I have the full preparation behind me so I have to rely on that and even though I will have some time off now, I have to believe that I am fit enough," she said.

"The hard work has been done and I have to approach it with that mindset."

The injury is an untimely one for the 2008 French Open champion, who finished 2010 strongly, with wins in two of her last three tournaments, and was banking on her much-improved fitness to help her climb back into the top 10 this year.

Ivanovic said the injury first surfaced as she served.

"In the singles yesterday, I felt it in the second set on my serve," she said.

"In the mixed doubles I felt nothing, and then in recovery I felt a little tight.

"Then this morning I was playing some points and on one serve I felt sharp pain, then I couldn't even hit anymore, I couldn't move."

http://nz.sports.yahoo.com/news/article/-/8612507/tennis-ivanovic-confident-playing-melbourne/

gaviotabr
Jan 7th, 2011, 10:31 AM
Injured Ivanovic hopes to be fit for Australian Open
Ana Ivanovic
Ivanovic hopes to get back into the top 10 and Grand Slam contention in 2011

Former world number one Ana Ivanovic hopes to have recovered from a stomach injury in time to play at the Australian Open later this month.

The 23-year-old was due to play for Serbia in Saturday's Hopman Cup final but withdrew after practice on Friday.

She has been advised to rest for three or four days and has pulled out of next week's Sydney International.

But with the Australian Open starting on 17 January, Ivanovic said: "I am positive I will be fit in 10 days."

The 2008 French Open champion added: "It's very frustrating. Hopefully I'll be fine for Melbourne but it's definitely a scare.

"This morning, I was playing some points and on one serve I felt a sharp pain and I couldn't even hit or move after that. At this moment in time (my chances) are still very good because I stopped in time."

We fought hard to get here and we had a chance in the final and I felt really bad for Novak

Ana Ivanovic

The injury means that the Serbian team of Ivanovic and Novak Djokovic will not now play in Saturday's Hopman Cup final, with Belgium taking their place.

"I am very disappointed, and obviously shattered," said Ivanovic. "We fought hard to get here and we had a chance in the final and I felt really bad for Novak.

"It is very frustrating because it has been the case for a long time, always little bits and pieces. It's not a huge deal but it's stupid and a bad timing. I have to stay positive, at least I have a week before the Open rather than this time next week."

French Open champion Francesca Schiavone was forced to retire from her match against Kristina Mladenovic on Friday with a groin injury.

The Italian received treatment on court and was level at 4-4 with the 17-year-old French player when she pulled out, but asked if it could threaten her Australian Open chances, McNamee said: "No problem."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/9347525.stm

gaviotabr
Jan 7th, 2011, 01:15 PM
Media Conference
Transcript - Ana Ivanovic (Serbia)
7/01/2011

Ana Ivanovic

Ana how bad is it?

Well Iíve already run some scans and itís a tear 1, so I guess itís going to take a few days. Hopefully it will be fine for Melbourne, but itís definitely a scare.

What sort of treatment do you have for that?

Well because itís a tear I canít do any aggressive treatment on it yet, I just have to keep icing it and doing some treatments that are not intense - so just like laser, or hot and cold, and just try to give it time to heal a little bit and then start with more aggressive stuff.

Do you know the time when you can get back to playing conditions?

Well the doctor said I should take at least 3 or 4 days with full rest, like complete rest. Then slowly I can start doing more like bike, and hopefully step on a court as well. It all depends. Itís very individual how a person reacts, or how fast it will heal, but hopefully with like lots of icing and laser it can speed up the recovery.

Ana how did you do it?

Well in my singles yesterday I felt it in my second set in my serve. Then I felt it kind of towards the end of the match a little, but more of a muscle pain. Then in the mixed doubles I felt nothing. Then later on when I was doing recovery I felt it tight a little, but then this morning I was playing some points and on one serve I felt it through the practise but then on one serve I felt a sharp pain. Since then I couldnít even hit anymore, I couldnít move. So then I stopped straight away and I went to see the doctor and do an ultrasound.

How did you feel when you were told the results of the scans?

I was - I mean Iím still very disappoint and obviously shattered because I really felt like we fought hard to get here and you now we had a chance in the Final. Also I felt really bad for Novak and needed some time on my own and also to talk to Novak and tell him whatís going on. It is very hard you know. Not only that I donít get to play final tomorrow but also I have to pull out of Sydney as well.

Ana how frustrating is it for you?

It is very frustrating because itís been the case for a long time -lLike always little bits and pieces. You know for something like this itís kind of, itís not a huge deal, but itís stupid and bad timing and itís just very frustrating that these things happen. You know I have to try and recover in the best possible way and try to stay positive. At least I have a week before the Open. Iíd rather this time, than this time next week.

I know you said it will be a few days before you know the extent of how its pulling up, but what do you think your chances are competing in Melbourne at the Australian Open?

I think itís good at the moment because I stopped in time and the tear hasnít been great, so itís still a minor tear. But you know I want to try and do everything possible to compete, but Iím positive I will be fit in ten days time to play.

Even if you are fit though, how does it affect, obviously not being able to train with full intensity, going into Melbourne now?

It is disappointing, but you know I have to sort of rely on the hard work that Iíve done in the past. I had the full preparation behind me, so I have to kind of rely on that a little bit. Even though Iíll have some time off now, I just have to believe that Iím fit enough. You know itís going to play a big part. Iíll just try to go through it and you know the hard work has been done, and even if I was fit enough I would be playing a lot of matches Ė but still the hard work has been done. So I have to approach it with that mind set.

Ana - will you ask for a late start in Melbourne?

Yeah Iíd definitely will, but Iím not sure because itís a Grand Slam and they go with the draw, so itís like 50/50. But ill definitely have my fingers crossed for a Tuesday start.

Will you get treatment here Ana or will you go to Melbourne?

Iíll stay put for another day and then hopefully on Sunday will go to Melbourne.

Did you have a weakness in that area before, or is this the first time youíve done something like this?

No itís the first time Iíve done something like this. You know if Iíve done something in off season, its stomach and back exercises, so itís very strange that this has happened. Itís very strange - I only felt it on my serve actually. It was just very bizarre.

What did Novak say to you?

He was very supportive and he fully understands, and it was hard for me to tell him and obviously I knew he would understand, but still itís a little bit disappointing. But he gave me his full support and even his physio is trying to give me some treatments and help me out a little. I appreciate that he made it easier for me.

http://hopmancup.com/Media/Media-Conference/300

gaviotabr
Jan 7th, 2011, 03:11 PM
It was probably similar after the Cincy retirement and things turned out fine. :) I refuse to panic. :p

Ana had over 2 weeks to recover after Cincy.. Only one week this time around.

gaviotabr
Jan 9th, 2011, 11:34 AM
The Herald Sun brings an Ana pic when talking about the AO..

http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/8035/ao1l.png

The same article has this about her:

http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/5523/ao2m.png

gaviotabr
Jan 10th, 2011, 02:34 PM
From today's Sportski Zurnal:

http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/3904/sz27.png

Anything of notice?

Eve
Jan 10th, 2011, 03:11 PM
Well.. she won't be training for days.. then, if everything works out, only light training... and then already a match. It really hampers preparations, and she wasn't playing well this week. She needed the matches and the practices.

And look at how she took it.. She was to excited to play the final.. now she has this and all the other niggling injuries she had in the past on her mind.

It all sucks, I'm so upset.

do not worry, it is all just for folks
she has nothing, that injury is nonexistent, a minor, it is her fear and panic only ...that her grand slam will be in joepardy
so many times seen from her already
she will train immediately...ok, maybe not on the same day:cool:

gaviotabr
Jan 10th, 2011, 04:02 PM
do not worry, it is all just for folks
she has nothing, that injury is nonexistent, a minor, it is her fear and panic only ...that her grand slam will be in joepardy
so many times seen from her already
she will train immediately...ok, maybe not on the same day:cool:

Please.. I take it you never played tennis and have no idea what an injury is. She forfeit money, a final of a tournament, and another tournament.. how can someone be this stupid to have such idiotic opinion?

Ana doesn't fake injuries. Maybe you are just used to some other thing..

Eve
Jan 10th, 2011, 04:23 PM
u take it very badly, i'd say :)
your wild guess amuses me, you couldn't be more wrong however
your qualification of my opinion speaks for itself, are u competent to object and not let yourself offend one's point? doesn't seem like u are
learn not to take it personally, that is a lesson for ana as well
or are you just like Ana, living in denial

she exaggerate injuries, and her panic and fear do that for her
an injury is one thing, the press is the other
good thing you could do, not trust blindly what is written and said, thinking it trough is much appreciated

in the time of her big crises, you wrote some ugly and serious fake fingered stuff about her, why is it iritant for you now when it comes from another is an interesting question
btw, I never said she faked it, I sad she made minor a major, she tends to do that unintetionally

gaviotabr
Jan 10th, 2011, 04:32 PM
u take it very badly, i'd say :)
your wild guess amuses me, you couldn't be more wrong however
your qualification of my opinion speaks for itself, are u competent to object and not let yourself offend one's point? doesn't seem like u are
learn not to take it personally, that is a lesson for ana as well
or are you just like Ana, living in denial

she exaggerate injuries, and her panic and fear do that for her
an injury is one thing, the press is the other
good thing you could do, not trust blindly what is written and said, thinking it trough is much appreciated

in the time of her big crises, you wrote some ugly and serious fake fingered stuff about her, why is it iritant for you now when it comes from another is an interesting question
btw, I never said she faked it, I sad she made minor a major, she tends to do that unintetionally

I don't think anyone should assume such things about injuries. Again.. I take you've never played tennis or been injured to know what it is. You have no idea about it. If she has an abdominal strain one day and plays on it the next day, she will tear it more and be out for over 3 months. Actually, Ana has downplayed this injury to the press.. made it look as minor as posible.. abdominal tears are never minors.

All you say are unfounded :bs:. I've been hard on Ana, but I always ended up being right. You, on the other hand, is saying things that never happened, implying things with no fundament. Someone should never play around with injuries like you are doing. Injuries are serious stuff.

Now go troll in GM. What are you doing here anyway? This is a place for Ana's fans..

Eve
Jan 10th, 2011, 04:37 PM
i like ana
i just do not idealize her
i see her like she is
again, you take it wrong
and, yes it is founded, happened many times before, but oblivion is something you might rather choose because it is easier
critique is not hate, another lesson for you, besides the one that you are nobody to navigate my or somebody elses posts
kind regards, may your heartbeats be slower

gaviotabr
Jan 10th, 2011, 04:45 PM
i like ana
i just do not idealize her
i see her like she is
again, you take it wrong
and, yes it is founded, happened many times before, but oblivion is something you might rather choose because it is easier
critique is not hate, another lesson for you, besides the one that you are nobody to navigate my or somebody elses posts
kind regards, may your heartbeats be slower

You are doing great for someone with 10 posts... troll.

Ana doesn't fake injuries.. happened many times in the past? When? Oh yeah... everytime Ana plays for Serbia.. like the Olympics.. sure sure.. :bs: I can't believe people some times.

I don't idealize her either.. I'm very critical. But injuries should never be played with like you are doing.

I'm not navigating your posts.. I have your best interests in that sugestion.. you might actually find your troll brothers and sisters there. ;)

Eve
Jan 10th, 2011, 05:02 PM
You are doing great for someone with 10 posts... troll.

Ana doesn't fake injuries.. happened many times in the past? When? Oh yeah... everytime Ana plays for Serbia.. like the Olympics.. sure sure.. :bs: I can't believe people some times.

I don't idealize her either.. I'm very critical. But injuries should never be played with like you are doing.

I'm not navigating your posts.. I have your best interests in that sugestion.. you might actually find your troll brothers and sisters there. ;)
I too know I am doing great, how lovely to get along well
before you could know when is someone playing with injuries, you must be very well in human anatomy, medicine, practically and theoretically, and how that applies in sports and then you could talk to me on that level and say to me about playing, and maybe i'll clarify thing or two to you
but repeating like parrot the same is not going to get you more brothers and sisters of any kind to this thread, and surely is not going to grow a proper discussion, because you started with ofenses. Your start is bad and personally driven, learn not to live in denial, ana did it so it seems you can too
thank you for having my best interest in heart, sorry if i do not comply , it is just that i do not need any siblings regarding the question
reinforcement is often asked or mentioned when someone is not managing things like he should

azdaja
Jan 10th, 2011, 05:05 PM
lol. ana does not talk up her injuries, unlike a certain someone else :rolleyes: if ana says she is injured she is injured and she won't and shouldn't play.

Eve
Jan 10th, 2011, 05:08 PM
lol. ana does not talk up her injuries, unlike a certain someone else :rolleyes: if ana says she is injured she is injured and she won't and shouldn't play.

you mean jj?
but they are the same, only their motives are different
there is no pro player that did not maximaze or fake injury for some benefit, do not be naive
the worst thing you colud do is believe the press and the players blindly, you do not have idea how much you are manipulated if you do

azdaja
Jan 10th, 2011, 05:12 PM
you mean jj?
but they are the same, only their motives are different
there is no pro player that did not minimaze or fake injury for some benefit, do not be naive
the worst thing you colud do is believe the press and the players blindly, you do not have idea how much you are manipulated
yes, i mean jj, the serbian warrior princess who is always so "injured" when she is playing for her country. that's transparently not to be trusted since she is obviously creating unnecessary drama. i can see some benefits for her, though, that kinda behaviour appeals to patriotic morons who adore such "heroes".

on the other hand what benefit did ana have from pulling out of the hopman cup and sidney? or from the olympic games?

Eve
Jan 10th, 2011, 05:19 PM
do not understand really
you think you would provoke me by mentioning jj as if I am delusional fan of hers
what does she have to do with any of it?
i do not give a damn for both of them in that regard, only see what it is
I agree with you, the problem is you won't agree with me, so there is no puzzle who covers the eyes

yes, jj has patriotic benefit, ana has her "don't joeperdize my slams or big tournaments in the slightest" benefit
ana is control freak, that is why she is head case for so long and has bugs like ball toss etc

Kabomba
Jan 10th, 2011, 05:25 PM
do not worry, it is all just for folks
she has nothing, that injury is nonexistent, a minor, it is her fear and panic only ...that her grand slam will be in joepardy
so many times seen from her already
she will train immediately...ok, maybe not on the same day:cool:

Are you sure you're not talking about "the Empress"? Ana is not the one crying all the time about non existing,career threatening injuries while dying for her country. She played few times while injured,and it cost her. But no one can ever be hurt,except JJ!!! They are all faking or exagerating,instead of dying on the court.

Eve
Jan 10th, 2011, 05:32 PM
as i said before, when jj is mentioned on ana's thread by her own fans as argument to stop ana's critique, that is the point when discussion is pointless or maybe pointed

it is beyond me what she has to do with this
being said that she is faker too would suit you? there you go

why dying on the court, why going into extreme to make a point, when axtreme is not the case?
no pro plays without pain, nevertheless a pro may use this pain and make it eliminatory if he/she wishes so :)

azdaja
Jan 10th, 2011, 05:48 PM
do not understand really
you think you would provoke me by mentioning jj as if I am delusional fan of hers
because what you say about ana makes perfect sense about jj and none at all about ana. otherwise make a sensible reply as to what ana had from retiring due to injuries.

Eve
Jan 10th, 2011, 05:58 PM
because what you say about ana makes perfect sense about jj and none at all about ana. otherwise make a sensible reply as to what ana had from retiring due to injuries.
maybe if you read again, you would see reply was already given
you see to much of jj

azdaja
Jan 10th, 2011, 06:07 PM
maybe if you read again, you would see reply was already given
no, i did not see a sensible reply, not even a trace of it. again, the question was in what way did ana profit from retiring due to injuries?

not that i expect a sensible reply given the nonsense you have already posted.

Eve
Jan 10th, 2011, 06:26 PM
no, i did not see a sensible reply, not even a trace of it. again, the question was in what way did ana profit from retiring due to injuries?

not that i expect a sensible reply given the nonsense you have already posted.
please, give yourself a bit of a level with plain arguments, not qualifications and insults, maybe than you will receive what you need, but first you would have to want to receive, not deny
that is primal reflex to some ana's fans
not that peculiar, though

you will never read me call you nonsense poster, because i alone could not make u one, that job u will do for yourself
better write some tennis and make your own sense

azdaja
Jan 10th, 2011, 06:46 PM
i will just quote myself until you answer the question:
in what way did ana profit from retiring due to injuries?
that's as "plain" as it can get. and i don't see any "insults" in what i said. if i decide to insult you it's going to get really ugly, trust me :p

gaviotabr
Jan 10th, 2011, 06:58 PM
I too know I am doing great, how lovely to get along well
before you could know when is someone playing with injuries, you must be very well in human anatomy, medicine, practically and theoretically, and how that applies in sports and then you could talk to me on that level and say to me about playing, and maybe i'll clarify thing or two to you
but repeating like parrot the same is not going to get you more brothers and sisters of any kind to this thread, and surely is not going to grow a proper discussion, because you started with ofenses. Your start is bad and personally driven, learn not to live in denial, ana did it so it seems you can too
thank you for having my best interest in heart, sorry if i do not comply , it is just that i do not need any siblings regarding the question
reinforcement is often asked or mentioned when someone is not managing things like he should

I'm a graduate doctor. I studied medicine for 7 years, worked on a hospital for 2 years and I'm especilizing in forensics. So yes, I know a LOT about human anatomy. I play tennis since I was 8 years old and I've also had my share of injuries. So yes.. I know a lot about it. What about you? What is your medical background to speak with such entitlement about injuries? You are the one who came here making attacks without any argument or fundament.

Eve
Jan 10th, 2011, 07:30 PM
i will just quote myself until you answer the question:

that's as "plain" as it can get. and i don't see any "insults" in what i said. if i decide to insult you it's going to get really ugly, trust me :p


maybe for you calling a nonsense one's writing is not an insult, but i think for most people is, besides that it speaks for you only, not the topic
if it is a nonsense, than must be something funny about you wanting the answers
make a deal with yourself what you want
nonsense is to be ignored, sense is to be questioned and than called nonsense
you make no sense at the moment
you skipped some steps and still think i will reward you with deep explenation. today is your lucky day because i am bored and have time to have fun

if you decide to insult me as you said, may it be ugly in your head because here it is not a topic or iti is alowed, and yet you submurge into it. But by all means, you colud try, maybe you run into a wall and have a concussion

onto the topic
why do you presume that the gain ana would have from it would be resonable? Do you know why she has problems like mental liability, panic attacks, anxiousness ? do you even imagine how deep her problem goes and how uniqe she is by gravity of it as one of the top players as they do not have it in that much volume? You would have to know how sports mind resonate and how it tries to protect itself when some alarms are on. You would have to know what that mind prioritize and than you would know the ways of latent action to get it. Injuries are even possible by one's state of mind, that is why she had them in that amount. Her mind doesn't allow her muscels to relax. Other would have to be bad stretching and warming, but all that has its part.
She is the kind of player who doesnt want risk, any risk. By that philosophy no wonder she could not stay at the top. She likes hard work, but she fears that smothing would prevent her in her wish. Her wish is separate topic. She has it in abnormal intensity. That is the main brake for succes that is ones potential. Big wish burns all the rest. She has her goals. She has them crystal clear, and doesn't want anything to interfere or provoke even a minor injury. You think she would drop the AO if she had been injured in first round (this same injury, minor tear which is bad pretext for nothing that she couldnt surpass? :) Ofcourse not

to gaviota
i have attacked no member, i have just posted my opinion on a subject
opposed to that you have attacked me which is not reasonable at all, especially for a doctor
maybe you should study phsihology insted
variety of opinions is not alowed by you and it spekas about you much more than a degree

my references is no interest of yours, that is why this is anonymous form, but in first post you made sure to mention yours and to question mine
never question someone who you do not know or it will return back at you
being doctor, you should know to make a difference
i impelemnted medicine in sport an did it like no amateur, that will suffice
your amateur sport activites are not serious enought to call any nonsense on me
i leave you to your sister now

gaviotabr
Jan 10th, 2011, 07:48 PM
maybe for you calling a nonsense one's writing is not an insult, but i think for most people is, besides that it speaks for you only, not the topic
if it is a nonsense, than must be something funny about you wanting the answers
make a deal with yourself what you want
nonsense is to be ignored, sense is to be questioned and than called nonsense
you make no sense at the moment
you skipped some steps and still think i will reward you with deep explenation. today is your lucky day because i am bored and have time to have fun

if you decide to insult me as you said, may it be ugly in your head because here it is not a topic or iti is alowed, and yet you submurge into it. But by all means, you colud try, maybe you run into a wall and have a concussion

onto the topic
why do you presume that the gain ana would have from it would be resonable? Do you know why she has problems like mental liability, panic attacks, anxiousness ? do you even imagine how deep her problem goes and how uniqe she is by gravity of it as one of the top players as they do not have it in that much volume? You would have to know how sports mind resonate and how it tries to protect itself when some alarms are on. You would have to know what that mind prioritize and than you would know the ways of latent action to get it. Injuries are even possible by one's state of mind, that is why she had them in that amount. Her mind doesn't allow her muscels to relax. Other would have to be bad stretching and warming, but all that has its part.
She is the kind of player who doesnt want risk, any risk. By that philosophy no wonder she could not stay at the top. She likes hard work, but she fears that smothing would prevent her in her wish. Her wish is separate topic. She has it in abnormal intensity. That is the main brake for succes that is ones potential. Big wish burns all the rest. She has her goals. She has them crystal clear, and doesn't want anything to interfere or provoke even a minor injury. You think she would drop the AO if she had been injured in first round (this same injury, minor tear which is bad pretext for nothing that she couldnt surpass? :) Ofcourse not

to gaviota
i have attacked no member, i have just posted my opinion on a subject
opposed to that you have attacked me which is not reasonable at all, especially for a doctor
maybe you should study phsihology insted
variety of opinions is not alowed by you and it spekas about you much more than a degree

my references is no interest of yours, that is why this is anonymous form, but in first post you made sure to mention yours and to question mine
never question someone who you do not know or it will return back at you
being doctor, you should know to make a difference
i impelemnted medicine in sport an did it like no amateur, that will suffice
your amateur sport activites are not serious enought to call any nonsense on me
i leave you to your sister now

You still haven't explained how Ana would benefit from forfeiting money, a final at a tournament and another one for such insignificant/nonexistant/mind only matter. And yes.. if she had a tear at AO, she might have attempted to play the following round, probably against every doctor advise.. but that would have led to a retirement and a 2cm grade 3 tear and a minimum of a 3 month lay off. How awesome.

You are attacking me right now. And wishing me bad.. which is worse. I actually love to have different opinions here.. I just defend mine with arguments and stand by it. Something which you don't seem to know what it is. What you are writing is no opinion.. it has no base.. it's just guessing.

I only mentioned my references and asked for yours because you replied me saying I could only question your opinion once I had the sufficient knowledge. I thought then I should make it clear that I had the knowledge. And the experience. I'm no amateaur to sport, I was a junior player. I'm not interested in your references, but you are the one who shouldn't talk without any arguments, fundaments, experience or knowledge. It's just words to the wind.

And congrats! You just earned a spot in my ignore list. I love to debate.. but it has to be a constructive debate full of arguments.

azdaja
Jan 10th, 2011, 07:49 PM
eve, i feel that you really should fuck off. i'm "greatful" to you for your "deep explanations" but i really think that you suck ass. the only sensible thing you said is that nonsense is to be ignored. which is why do ignore what you say, if it still hasn't dawned on you. you are an utter moron if you believe half of the things you say.

Eve
Jan 10th, 2011, 07:57 PM
eve, i feel that you really should fuck off. i'm "greatful" to you for your "deep explanations" but i really think that you suck ass. the only sensible thing you said is that nonsense is to be ignored. which is why do ignore what you say, if it still hasn't dawned on you. you are an utter moron if you believe half of the things you say.
"fuck off
suck ass
utter moron" the words you used
and yet you managed to learn something from me which is more than I ever learnt from you exept from the juicy words ofcourse
may the brain be with you

azdaja
Jan 10th, 2011, 08:01 PM
"fuck off
suck ass
utter moron" the words you used
and yet you managed to learn something from me which is more than I ever learnt from you exept from the juicy word ofcourse
may the brain be with you
i did not learn anything from you :spit: :lol: except - once again - that you can throw abuse at people who talk shit.

Eve
Jan 10th, 2011, 08:05 PM
ease you pain in any form you like, i promise i would not feel it http://imgsrv2.tennisuniverse.com/wtaworld/images/smilies/laugh.gif
upgrade yourself at talking shit and not mentioning it

azdaja
Jan 10th, 2011, 08:13 PM
ease you pain in any form you like, i promise i would not feel it http://imgsrv2.tennisuniverse.com/wtaworld/images/smilies/laugh.gif
upgrade yourself at talking shit and not mentioning it
you are your own idol, aren't you? you talk shit and even think you don't :lol:

so, let me repeat myslef:

you suck ass
you are a moron
fuck off

what are you doing in this forum anyway?

Nena_xxx
Jan 10th, 2011, 08:15 PM
EVE stop being such moron here. All of us are here because we are Ana's fans. So if you have problem with that you should go. And if you love JJ go to her forum, don't be here.

Eve
Jan 10th, 2011, 08:17 PM
you are your own idol, aren't you? you talk shit and even think you don't :lol:

so, let me repeat myslef:

you suck ass
you are a moron
fuck off

what are you doing in this forum anyway?
making you curse like a whore in a church
and waiting for your ignore, because you are promising it every time and fail

InsideOut.
Jan 11th, 2011, 03:59 AM
I'm a graduate doctor. I studied medicine for 7 years, worked on a hospital for 2 years and I'm especilizing in forensics. So yes, I know a LOT about human anatomy. I play tennis since I was 8 years old and I've also had my share of injuries. So yes.. I know a lot about it. What about you? What is your medical background to speak with such entitlement about injuries? You are the one who came here making attacks without any argument or fundament.

:worship:

Eve has conveniently ignored this post.

Davodus
Jan 11th, 2011, 07:50 AM
maybe for you calling a nonsense one's writing is not an insult, but i think for most people is, besides that it speaks for you only, not the topic
if it is a nonsense, than must be something funny about you wanting the answers
make a deal with yourself what you want
nonsense is to be ignored, sense is to be questioned and than called nonsense
you make no sense at the moment
you skipped some steps and still think i will reward you with deep explenation. today is your lucky day because i am bored and have time to have fun

if you decide to insult me as you said, may it be ugly in your head because here it is not a topic or iti is alowed, and yet you submurge into it. But by all means, you colud try, maybe you run into a wall and have a concussion

onto the topic
why do you presume that the gain ana would have from it would be resonable? Do you know why she has problems like mental liability, panic attacks, anxiousness ? do you even imagine how deep her problem goes and how uniqe she is by gravity of it as one of the top players as they do not have it in that much volume? You would have to know how sports mind resonate and how it tries to protect itself when some alarms are on. You would have to know what that mind prioritize and than you would know the ways of latent action to get it. Injuries are even possible by one's state of mind, that is why she had them in that amount. Her mind doesn't allow her muscels to relax. Other would have to be bad stretching and warming, but all that has its part.
She is the kind of player who doesnt want risk, any risk. By that philosophy no wonder she could not stay at the top. She likes hard work, but she fears that smothing would prevent her in her wish. Her wish is separate topic. She has it in abnormal intensity. That is the main brake for succes that is ones potential. Big wish burns all the rest. She has her goals. She has them crystal clear, and doesn't want anything to interfere or provoke even a minor injury. You think she would drop the AO if she had been injured in first round (this same injury, minor tear which is bad pretext for nothing that she couldnt surpass? :) Ofcourse not

to gaviota
i have attacked no member, i have just posted my opinion on a subject
opposed to that you have attacked me which is not reasonable at all, especially for a doctor
maybe you should study phsihology insted
variety of opinions is not alowed by you and it spekas about you much more than a degree

my references is no interest of yours, that is why this is anonymous form, but in first post you made sure to mention yours and to question mine
never question someone who you do not know or it will return back at you
being doctor, you should know to make a difference
i impelemnted medicine in sport an did it like no amateur, that will suffice
your amateur sport activites are not serious enought to call any nonsense on me
i leave you to your sister now

http://i51.tinypic.com/xfvz2c.gif

Seriously.

The 2nd Law
Jan 11th, 2011, 08:35 AM
Goodness, Ana wouldn't know the first thing about lyng, she's too innocent.


Hope you and your family are ok David! That flood is insane!

Davodus
Jan 11th, 2011, 08:51 AM
Thanks :) We live on a hill, so I'm ok. It is bad though, they are shutting off power to a lot of places soon, so we'll see what happens.

The 2nd Law
Jan 11th, 2011, 12:50 PM
Well I bet your parents are glad they bought a house on a hill!


Everyone down in (not so) sunny Victoria is thinking of you guys

Davodus
Jan 11th, 2011, 01:15 PM
Thanks! My mother's claiming it...saying oh when we built it we wanted to find a place that would never flood! :lol:

azdaja
Jan 11th, 2011, 04:10 PM
what you guys say reminds me of the r.e.m. song so. central rain:

"Eastern to Mountain, third party call, the lines are down
The wise man built his words upon the rocks
But I'm not bound to follow suit"

the song is about floods that happened in the us.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2taJLBGoMi8

but you people have some crazy weather in australia. when did you have those fires that would spread faster than a car can go? :scared: and now floods.

jelenacg
Jan 11th, 2011, 07:33 PM
From today's Sportski Zurnal:

Anything of notice?

Nothing
It`s about Ana playing Fed Cup.Dejan says he didn`t talk with Ana ,doesn`t know how is her injury .They`ll talk in next weeks

I think he should just say Ana is not playing this FC tie :lol:

cocco80
Jan 11th, 2011, 08:12 PM
Nothing
It`s about Ana playing Fed Cup.Dejan says he didn`t talk with Ana ,doesn`t know how is her injury .They`ll talk in next weeks

I think he should just say Ana is not playing this FC tie :lol:

Yeah.

"Good" thing they managed to stress out how "Jelena was always the one he could rely on", even if the man himself didn't even imply such nonsense. Stupid journos.

Curtos07
Jan 14th, 2011, 01:49 AM
Article on Ana from the AO website.

Ivanovic ready to reap rewards of hard work

Friday, 14 January, 2011
By Alexandra Willis

12 months ago, Ana Ivanovic had reached the end of her very patient tether. She was in Melbourne for Australian Open 2010, her favourite tournament of the year, and everything was going wrong. Still going wrong. Dumped out in the second round by the narrowest of margins against Gisela Dulko, the then 22-year-old Serb was once again left examining how she had come so close and yet so far from winning more than a match or two at a Grand Slam.

"Things were just not happening and I could not move from ground zero, and I just felt I was in a vicious circle I couldn't break it," Ivanovic revealed.

It had, of course, all been going so right. It took Ivanovic just three years to rise seamlessly to the top of the game, leaping from the top 100 in 2004 to the top 20 in 2005, and the top 5 in 2007. Runner-up at the French Open 2007 and Australian Open 2008, the next logical step was a first Grand Slam title. That plopped into her lap at Roland Garros that year, the world No.1 ranking accompanying her maiden Grand Slam triumph. Ivanovic was on top of the world.

But in the months following her triumph in Paris, the young Serb seemed to fall more and more apart with every single day, literally and figuratively. Dogged by minor injuries of varying degrees of severity, she survived two rounds at Wimbledon 2008 thanks only to a stroke of the net, then missed the Olympics, withdrawing in tears. Plummeting out of the top 50, and approaching the wrong end of the top 100 as fast as any of the world's bullet trains, she seemed not to know where to turn for help.

"I always felt I was close, but then at the important moments, like 30-all, or deuce, or break point, I could never win those points," she explained.

But tennis, like any sport, can turn on its head in the blink of an eye. 2010 may have started terribly, but it ended well, so well, that Ivanovic didn't want it to stop.

"Once we started the summer in the States I just felt a lot different. I felt more confident, I got a lot fitter, and that was when the change started to happen. Sometimes you need time, and that's what I learnt. To manage to break through in Cincinnati and win that tough match with Azarenka in the first round, that was the kind of breakthrough match for me."

And now, here she is, in Melbourne, looking leaner, fitter, and most importantly, happier. "I love the Australian Open, I feel really comfortable playing here," she said at the Hopman Cup last week. "I'm really just trying to enjoy. I spoke to lots of people who stop after their career and they just regret that they didn't enjoy it and they were so stressed about it, so in a way it's good that I went through the bad times and realised the difference and how important it is to enjoy the process."

Despite giving herself a minor injury scare at the Hopman Cup, where she was forced to withdraw from the final having torn a muscle in her stomach, one of Ivanovic's major boons coming into the year's first Slam is her improved fitness.

"I'm in really good shape comparing to previous years and that's something that inspires and motivates me," she said. Losing approximately five kilograms as a result of sheer hard work, Ivanovic looked considerably faster during her Hopman Cup matches, something she attributes to an improved fitness programme. "I did a lot of footwork drills and a lot of jumps, that's something my fitness coach felt I could improve a lot on and get that explosiveness. I did not like that part but that's always the case. I better not talk too much about what I don't like or I get more of it," she laughed, indicating the proximity of her fitness coach.

The Belgrade native is also enjoying a new coaching partnership, this time with the experienced Antonio Van Grichen, who has worked with Vera Zvonareva and Victoria Azarenka, to name but a few. "He's a very nice guy and he's been around the women's tour for a while so he does know the women's game. He makes me work hard," she explained.

Add to that a relaxed and happy approach to the game, fuelled in particular by the presence of childhood friend and fellow Barbie and Ken fan Novak Djokovic in Perth, and you have yourselves an older and wiser Ivanovic, but not one who has lost her youthful passion for the game.

The fairytale end to her resurgence would, of course, be a second Grand Slam title here in Melbourne, and she is keen to consider herself a "black horse" for this year's Daphne Ackhurst trophy.

"I've set myself some goals, and I'm really positive I can achieve them. I really believe that I can actually win a Grand Slam this year, that would be my biggest goal, and obviously then to get back into the top 10. It's going to be a lot of hard work and might not happen in a week or a month, but it might."

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2011-01-14/201101141294971359942.html

Pops Maellard
Jan 14th, 2011, 01:58 AM
Baby Anci. :inlove:

Tweedle
Jan 14th, 2011, 02:51 PM
Melbourne, Australia – January 14, 2011 -Ana Ivanovic took time out to answer a few questions for Tennis Panorama News. Ivanovic, along with coaches from the adidas development program were at the Albert Reserve Tennis Centre in Melbourne to help launch adidas’ new Adizero shoes.
Tennis Panorama News: Congratulations on your performance at the Hopman Cup last week, it’s a shame you had to pull out. How are you feeling physically before the Open?
Ana Ivanovic: Physically I’m feeling great, my stomach feels good. It’s unfortunate that I had to pull out last week, but unfortunately these things happen and we cannot avoid that.
TPN: How did you find playing with Novak last week? You guys have really good chemistry between you.
AI: It was so much fun. We’ve known each other for a long time and we are really great friends. And we joke around and we’re never serious. He’s also a funny guy and I really really enjoy playing with him.
TPN: Have you looked at the draw for the Open yet? How do you think you’ll go?
AI: Yeah I had a look just before when I was walking off the court. I’m focused just on my first round match (against Makarova), because she’s a tough opponent. Last year I played her just at the US Open actually, so I think it’ll be a tough first round match and I’m looking forward to it.
TPN: What are your goals for the rest of the year, in terms of grand slams and other tournaments?
AI: I’d love to win a slam. I think I can achieve that, and that would be really good.
TPN: Have you traveled around other parts of Australia?
I travel a bit, I would like to do it a bit more but it is hard with tennis tournaments.
The interview was conducted by Julie Zhou covering the adidas Adizero launch in Melbourne for Tennis Panorama News. She is the author of All I Need is a Picket Fence.

http://www.tennispanorama.com/archives/2327?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_term=Tennis+News

gaviotabr
Jan 15th, 2011, 09:29 AM
From Sportski Zurnal:

http://img251.imageshack.us/img251/8035/sz28.png

Anything of notice?

gaviotabr
Jan 15th, 2011, 12:26 PM
From The Saily Telegraph:

Split led to Ana's free-fall

* Jessica Halloran
* From: The Sunday Telegraph
* January 16, 2011 12:00AM

Ana Ivanovic takes part in a bombing competition at Melbourne's Hilton on the Park. Picture: Stephen Harman. Source: The Sunday Telegraph

ON the eve of the Australian Open, glamorous tennis star Ana Ivanovic has revealed her split from her long-time love, Australian golfer Adam Scott, affected her game.

The talented Serbian player told The Sunday Telegraph her on-court performance suffered after the break-up in the middle of last year.

During the slump her ranking fell outside the world top 50 and she lost in the opening round of Wimbledon.

"It's tough," the 2008 French Open champion said. "I think it's better not to mix professional life and personal life, although that's hard.

"If you're happy in your private life that will affect your tennis and that will help you, actually.

"While you want to pursue your career 100 per cent, I think it is very hard to give 100 per cent in something else."

During her "low times" she would watch the movie The Hangover to lift her mood.

The 22-year-old, who has dropped 5kg and found form - her ranking is up to 17 - is now thankful for the dark time and she is optimistic about her Australian Open chances.

"I believe it is possible to win it," said Ivanovic, a finalist in 2008.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/split-led-to-glamorous-anas-free-fall/story-fn6bm6am-1225988405801

The title and how they spin things around is so dumb.. I mean.. Ana has clearly made huge progress, got better, seem happier since they split. The split actually did her good. Ana's free fall actually started when they got together. As Ana herself reveals, if she wants to focus 100% in tennis, it's tough to do so as well in another thing.

gaviotabr
Jan 15th, 2011, 12:27 PM
This is the article they took the above quotes from.. this one is a lot better written:

New Ana just wants to have fun

* Jessica Halloran
* From: The Sunday Telegraph
* January 16, 2011 12:00AM

http://resources2.news.com.au/images/2011/01/15/1225988/509194-ana-ivanovic.jpg

Bombs away ... Ana Ivanovic takes part in a bombing competition for a New Zealand TV show at the Hilton on the Park swimming pool in Melbourne. Picture: Stephen Harman Source: The Sunday Telegraph

ANA Ivanovic is running along the pool deck in her bikini. She throws herself into the air, squeezes her gorgeous limbs into a tight ball and performs a massive bomb.

The splash hits nearby patrons of the Hilton hotel and they don't mind at all. "How was that?" Ivanovic shouts.

Kids stop playing their game of Marco Polo and cheer her work.

The 23-year-old is hamming it up for a New Zealand television crew shooting a segment for a sports show. She performs five bombs, trying to outdo a rotund TV presenter doing the same silly dives.

She performs every bomb with gusto. She's throwing her head back laughing, clearly enjoying herself.

This is what life is about for Ana Ivanovic these days.

About six months ago things threatened to fall apart, on and off the court, and it changed the way she viewed life and tennis.

In the middle of last year she split from long-time boyfriend Adam Scott.

On the court she was also struggling.

She was bundled out in the opening round of Wimbledon, slipped out of the top 50 and invitations to tournaments stopped coming.

The 2008 French Open champion notes it's not easy when both your personal and professional lives go awry.

"It's tough," she says. "I think it's better not to mix professional life and personal life - although it is hard. If you are happy in your private life, that will affect your tennis and that will help you, actually. During this time I found that it's important to listen to yourself and be happy.

"I mean everyone wants to be happy - people find happiness in different ways. While you want to pursue your career 100 per cent, I think it is very hard to give 100 per cent in something else. It's important to find this balance and priorities change throughout life."

On another dark day, manager Gavin Versi was telling Ivanovic about her tournament schedule and noted that she was waiting on wildcard invitations for events. "Geez, how low have I gone with my ranking?" Ivanovic asked him.

"You doubt lots of things, you doubt whether you are good enough," she added.

To drag herself out of her moods, Ivanovic would watch The Hangover. The movie would always lift her spirits.

She also drew support from fellow players Kim Clijsters and Novak Djokovic.

She often noted to her manager that "you find out who your true friends are" in the tough times.

Ivanovic is famous for her positivity as a person and even at her darkest times, she was fun to be around.

"She was still a joy to be around in her darkest moments," Versi said. "It is testament to what a positive person she is. She would occasionally resort to gallows humour. She'd make fun of how bad she was playing."

The days became brighter during the American summer. Her form started to click into place at a tournament in Cincinnati last August.

A victory over top 10-ranked player Victoria Azarenka fuelled her confidence.

During this time she had an epiphany.

She realised that she had the power within herself to improve her life. In recent years, she spent time reading philosophers such as Sigmund Freud looking for some answers.

"I always tried to look for my confidence elsewhere," Ivanovic said. "I'd try to find people who would help me get my confidence back. I didn't realise the confidence and trust is always within you and you just have to rediscover it.

"I was always looking for it elsewhere, but all the time it was within me. It was just clouded with negative energy and doubt and fear. To rediscover it really feels good. And you know it actually makes me feel stronger now. I know how to find it."

It takes time and patience to find this kind of inner will. Ivanovic attends to this way of thinking every day now.

"It's hard work," she said. "It still is. You have challenges every day. Not every day do you wake up great. But I just tried to relax a little more. I tried to enjoy little things more than I have done in the past."

At the end of the season she won titles in Linz and Bali. She resurrected her ranking and finished the season at No .17 in the world. The greatest thing she learned after the past six months was to have patience with herself.

"I learnt a lot of things," Ivanovic said. "I learnt patience. In my career, up until the moment I won a grand slam, everything was always going uphill, everything was always opening up to me and all of the sudden you have certain setbacks.

"Then you want desperately to get back on track, then it doesn't work and you panic more. You learn you have to accept the way things are and the sooner you accept them, the sooner you become at peace with them and then the things start to get better.

"I really tried to start to have more patience on myself on the court as well with my goals.

"Now with my confidence back, I want to straight away be having results.

"I want to win the Australian Open, but I have to accept it is a process still. Everything is. I think 'acceptance' was a big word for me.

"It's not only for my career, but my everyday life. It's hard. No one says it is easy. "I think once you take on a problem you can realise that you are stronger than what you ever imagined."

In recent months, the Serbian has lost 5kg. She looks incredibly fit and trim. She says she's added long-distance running and more intensity to her tennis workouts.

She has a new coach in Antonio van Grichen.

"I am excited to have him as part of my team," she said. "He is young, but he has been on the tour for a while. This is still a trial period but we work well together."

Last Friday, she was walking through the corridors under Rod Laver Arena and spied the life-sized mounted photographs of past Australian Open winners.

She turned to her doctor and said: "I want to have my picture on the wall." Her doctor pointed out she already was there. "Look, there you are," he said, pointing at the photograph. In the background of the 2008 photo of that year's Australian Open champion, Maria Sharapova, Ivanovic is a fuzzy, blue figure holding the runner-up plate.

Ivanovic turned to him and said with a laugh; "Yeah, but I want to be in focus."

Can she win the Australian Open this year? "I think it is possible," Ivanovic said. "I believe it is possible to win it. It's something I want to work hard towards.

"It's not going to be easy, but I like challenges. At the moment I am a lot happier than what I've been in a long time. Just with everything. I'm more at ease. That's the first step to something bigger."

Ivanovic is a chameleon. One minute she's posing for Sports Illustrated in a bikini, the next she's larking around in the pool like a teenager.

When she was originally interviewed for the New Zealand show The Crowd Goes Wild, it was Ivanovic who approached the presenter about doing something "fun" and different.

"I don't know how he came up with this idea," she said. "I think it is really interesting. Something like this has not been done before.

"In tournaments it's hard to get a chance to do something fun. So you might as well use it.

"That's something I learned and changed. In the past I wasn't really open to new experiences."

When she is in Australia, she likes to go surfing. At other times she loves to get a cappuccino and sit in parks just people-watching.

Today, she sits poolside, the sun is starting to slip below the horizon and Ivanovic is clearly content.

She's practising "patience" daily and more than ever before, ready to have fun. "I have learnt a lot about myself and I think that is very important, but I am still a work in progress."

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/tennis/new-ana-just-wants-to-have-fun/story-e6frey69-1225988509237

I like this: "At the moment I am a lot happier than what I've been in a long time. Just with everything."

:)

gaviotabr
Jan 15th, 2011, 01:04 PM
Slightly different article:

Tennis ace Ana's a bikini bombshell

* Jessica Halloran
* From: Sunday Mail (SA)
* January 16, 2011 12:01AM

TENNIS champ Ana Ivanovic has stripped off for the cameras to show off her dive bombing skills in the pool.

ANA Ivanovic is running along the pool deck in her bikini.

She then throws herself into the air, squeezes her gorgeous limbs into a tight ball and performs a massive "bomb". The splash splutters onto nearby Hilton hotel patrons who don't mind at all.

"How was that?" Ivanovic immediately shouts out.

Kids stop playing their game of Marco Polo and cheer her work. It was pretty impressive water bomb all poolside seem to agree.

The 23 year old is hamming it up for a New Zealand television crew in town shooting a segment for a sports show. She performs five bombs in total trying to outdo a rotund TV presenter doing the same silly dives.

She performs every bomb with gusto. Her heart is absolutely in it. She's throwing her head back laughing in the hot sunshine. She's clearly enjoying herself.

Which is what it's about for Ana Ivanovic these days.

It's what she was determined to do even more after her dark days last year; enjoy herself.

It was about six months ago it all kind of all fell apart. On and off court. In the middle of last year she split from her long term boyfriend, professional golfer Adam Scott.

On the court she was also struggling. She was bundled out in the opening round of Wimbledon, she slipped out of the top 50 and then the invitations to tournaments stopped coming.

The 2008 French Open champion notes it's not easy when both your personal life and professional goes awry. And the two, for her, went downhill hand-in-hand.

"It's tough," she says.

"I think it's better not to mix professional life and personal life - although it is hard. If you are happy in your private life and that will affect your tennis and that will help you actually. During this time I found that's important to listen to yourself and be happy.

"I mean everyone wants to be happy - people find happiness in different ways. While you want to pursue your career 100 per cent - I think it is very hard to give 100 per cent in something else. It's important to find this balance and priorities change throughout life..."

During this time the invitations to tournaments stopped coming in the mail. She had to rely on wildcards. Ivanovic doesn't often focus on her ranking, even when she's No.1 in the world, but when she was ignored by the Montreal organisers - a tournament she won in the past - it started to sting.

On another dark day her manager Gavin Versi was informing about her tournament schedule and noted that she was waiting on a wildcards for events.

"Geez, how low have I gone with my ranking," Ivanovic remarked to him at the time. "This is a sign of the times."

Today, Ivanovic remembers feeling worried. She felt fear. "You doubt lots of things, you doubt whether you are good enough," Ivanovic said.

Nevertheless she was resilient. To get herself out of a mood Ivanovic would watch `The Hangover'. The movie would always lift her out of a low.

Those who supported her when she was battling included Kim Clijsters and Novak Djokovic. She often noted to her manager and good friend Gavin Versi that "you find out who your true friends are" in the tough times.

Ivanovic is famous for a positive person and even at her darkest times was fun to be around say her friends.

"She was still a joy to be around in her darkest moments," she said. "It is testament to what a positive person. She would occasional resort to gallows humour. She'd make fun of how bad she was playing."

The days became brighter in the American summer. Her form started to click into place at a tournament in Cincinnati last August. A victory over top-ten ranked player Victoria Azarenka fed her confidence.

During this time she had an epiphany. She realised that she had the power within herself to improve her life. In recent years she spent much time reading different philosophers like Freud so on looking for answers.

"I always tried to look for my confidence elsewhere," Ivanovic said. "I'd try and find people who would help me get my confidence back. I didn't realise the confidence and trust is always within you and you just have to rediscover it. I was always looking for it elsewhere but all the time it was within me.

"It was just clouded with negative energy and doubt and fear - to rediscover it - it really feels good. And you know it actually makes me feel stronger now I know how to find it."

It takes time and patience to find this kind of inner-will. Ivanovic attends to this way of thinking every day now.

"It's hard work," Ivanovic said. "It still is. You have challenges every day. Not every day do you wake up great. But I just tried to relax a little more. I tried to enjoy little things more than I have done in the past."

At the end of the season she won titles in Linz and Bali. She resurrected her ranking and finished the season ranked No.17.

Greatest thing she learnt after the past six month was to have patience within. Ivanovic says up until her French Open win in 2008 she had not experienced many obstacles in her career.

Today she is stronger and patient for it.

"I learnt a lot of things," Ivanovic said. "I learnt patience. In my career, up until the moment I won a grand slam, everything was always going uphill, everything was always opening up to me and all of the sudden you have certain setbacks.

"Then you want desperately to get back on track - then it doesn't work and you panic more. You learn you have to accept the way things are and the sooner you accept them - the sooner you become at peace with them and then the things start to get better.

"I really tried to start to have more patience on myself on the court as well with my goals. Now with my confidence back, I want to straight away be having results, I want to win the Australian Open - but I have to accept it is a process still. Everything is. I think `acceptance' was a big word for me."

"It's not only for my career but my everyday life. It's hard. No one says it is easy. I think once you take on a problem you can realise that you are stronger than what you ever imagined."

In recent months the Serbian has lost five kilos. She looks incredibly fit and trim. She says she's added long distance running and more intensity to her tennis workouts.

She has a new coach in Antonio van Grichen.

"I am excited to have him as a part of my team," she said. "He is young but he has been on the tour for a while. This is still a trial period but we work well together."

Last Friday she was walking through the corridors under Rod Laver Arena and spied the life-sized, mounted photographs of past Australian Open winners.

She turned to her doctor who was walking with her and said; "I want to have my picture on the wall."

Her doctor pointed out she already was there. "Look, there you are," he said, pointing at the photograph. In the background of the 2008 photo of that year's Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova, Ivanovic is a fuzzy, blue figure holding the runner-ups plate.

Ivanovic turned to him and said with a laugh; "Yeah, but I want to be in focus."

Can she win the Australian Open?

"I think it is possible," Ivanovic said. "I believe it is possible to win it.

"It's something I want to work hard towards. It's not going to be easy but I like challenges. At the moment I am a lot happier than what I've been in a long time. Just with everything. I'm more at ease. That's the first step to something bigger."

Ivanovic is a chameleon. One minute she's posing in Sports Illustrated in a bikini the next she's larking around in the pool like a teenager.

When she was originally interviewed for the Kiwi show `The Crowd Goes Wild' it was Ivanovic that approached the presenter about doing something "fun" and different for their TV show.

"I don't know how he came up with this idea," she said. "I think it is really interesting. Something like this has not been done before."

"In tournaments it's hard to get a chance to do something fun. So you might as well use it. That something I learned and changed. That's something I changed. In the past I wasn't really open to new experiences."

When she is in Australia she likes to go surfing. Often she loves to get a cappuccino and sit in parks just people watching.

Today, she sits poolside, the sun is now starting to slip to the horizon. Ivanovic is clearly content.

She's practicing "patience" daily and more than ever before, ready to have fun.

"I have learnt a lot about myself and I think that is very important - but I am still a work in progress. I still have challenges at the moment. I want to get back in the top ten. That's my priority now and I am going to enjoy it."

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/entertainment/confidential/tennis-ace-anas-a-bikini-bombshell/story-e6fredq3-1225988384115

jelenacg
Jan 15th, 2011, 01:13 PM
From Sportski Zurnal:


Anything of notice?

No nothing,how she worked hard in off season,something about new coach ...

I like this: "At the moment I am a lot happier than what I've been in a long time. Just with everything."

:)

Me too and you can see that just by looking at her
I hope she stays like that

gaviotabr
Jan 15th, 2011, 01:36 PM
No nothing,how she worked hard in off season,something about new coach ...

Thanks! :)

Me too and you can see that just by looking at her
I hope she stays like that

Me too! And agreed.. she looks really happy! Such a change from the last couple of years!

Davodus
Jan 15th, 2011, 01:53 PM
It's nice that she's so happy...I hope that translates into results. It was getting tough seeing her look down all the time.

doni1212
Jan 15th, 2011, 04:58 PM
I love this part!

Last Friday, she was walking through the corridors under Rod Laver Arena and spied the life-sized mounted photographs of past Australian Open winners.

She turned to her doctor and said: "I want to have my picture on the wall." Her doctor pointed out she already was there. "Look, there you are," he said, pointing at the photograph. In the background of the 2008 photo of that year's Australian Open champion, Maria Sharapova, Ivanovic is a fuzzy, blue figure holding the runner-up plate.

Ivanovic turned to him and said with a laugh; "Yeah, but I want to be in focus."

Nena_xxx
Jan 15th, 2011, 05:56 PM
^ I love it too!

The 2nd Law
Jan 15th, 2011, 11:43 PM
^ Ditto, that's sig-worthy right there. Too big though :(

gaviotabr
Jan 16th, 2011, 10:37 AM
Interview
'I am back in grand slam contention now,' says fit-again Ana Ivanovic

The world No1 ranking and a first grand slam title came too early for the Serbian, but she has learned her lessons

* Simon Cambers in Melbourne
* guardian.co.uk, Saturday 15 January 2011 21.00 GMT

Ana Ivanovic can remember the day things started to go wrong. Playing in her first grand-slam final at the age of 19, the young Serb had just broken the serve of Justine Henin, the defending champion, in the opening game of the French Open final. Serving in the next game, everything seemed fine – but, suddenly, her service action fell apart. With her ball toss all over the place and her nerves shattered, she won only two more games.

As the Belgian celebrated her third straight French Open title, Ivanovic wondered what had happened. "You can probably go back on YouTube and find it," Ivanovic says, the pain of the memory sharp even three-and-a-half years on. "Up until that point, my serve was my biggest weapon but then I could not serve any more the whole match and I got so stressed about it."

Ivanovic can smile about it now, partly because she still managed to win her first grand slam title in Paris the following year but also because, as she prepares for the start of the Australian Open, she is on her way back towards the top.

Ivanovic is intelligent, speaks several languages and, despite being one of the most searched-for sports stars on the internet, is grounded enough to have popped over to London before Christmas to help her younger brother learn English and settle into his flat. "I went shopping and did some cleaning," she says. Her victory in Paris in 2008 took Ivanovic to the top of the world rankings and perhaps that is where the problems really began. She knew that the only way was down and slowly began to self-destruct. A string of coaches were hired and fired, a few niggling injuries cost her any momentum she had and she started to doubt herself. Worse still, her serve became a liability and her confidence dissipated.

The lone bright spot was her partnership with a new coach, Heinz Gunthardt, who had helped Steffi Graf dominate the women's game in the 1980s and 1990s. Though her world ranking fell as low as 64 after a first-round loss at Wimbledon, there were improvements behind the scenes and in August, everything changed when she reached the semi-finals of an event in Cincinnati.

"Once we started the summer in the States I just felt a lot different," she says. "I felt more confident, I started with my new fitness coach, I got a lot fitter and that was when the change started to happen. My win over [Victoria] Azarenka in the first round in Cincinnati was the breakthrough match."

Though her partnership with Gunthardt ended because the Swiss did not want to travel full-time, Ivanovic ended a 19-month title drought when she won in Linz last October and went on to win the Tournament of Champions in Bali, a victory that lifted her back into the top 20. At a winter training camp in Majorca she lost five or six kilos and, though a stomach strain during the Hopman Cup in Perth last week cost her a few days of practice, she seems re-energised and full of confidence.

"I can see a lot of positive things happening in my game and I really believe that I can actually win a grand slam this year," she says. "That would be my biggest goal and obviously then to get back into the top 10. It's going to be a lot of hard work and it might not happen in a week or a month, but it might. I'm very excited.

"Things are starting to come together, some things that I have worked on in the past few weeks are going well and I'm in really good shape compared to previous years."

If she were to win another grand slam title, would it be that much sweeter for all she has had to endure over the past couple of years? "I think I would be more emotional," Ivanovic says, laughing as she describes herself as a "black horse" to win the title in Melbourne.

"I now realise more what it takes because when I won my first grand slam everything was falling into place as it should, so then you take certain things for granted. It was still very memorable and emotional but the next one will have a little bit more heaviness to it. I'm really looking forward to that moment."


http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2011/jan/15/australian-open-2011-ana-ivanovic

gaviotabr
Jan 16th, 2011, 10:56 AM
This is the scan from the canonball competition articles:

http://img829.imageshack.us/img829/8611/sunday1.th.jpg (http://img829.imageshack.us/i/sunday1.jpg/)

:lol: The slideshow of pictures depicting Ana's canonball abilities is gold! :spit:

gaviotabr
Jan 16th, 2011, 11:07 AM
Ana Ivanovic's signed shoes on eBay for Flood Relief Fund
Yahoo!7 January 16, 2011, 9:25 pm

Former Tennis World #1 and glamour girl of the Australian Open Ana Ivanovic has donated a pair of Adidas Shoes with her autograph to raise funds for the Premier's Flood Relief Appeal.

The pair will make a great collectible for any tennis fan or simply a fan of Ana.

The auction will open at 10am Sydney time and all proceeds will go to helping Queenslanders get back on their feet after the devastating flood disaster.

You can see more details on the item in the eBay listing itself.

http://l.yimg.com/ea/img/-/110116/photo_jan_16_8_26_21_pm_16j5i16-16j5i1v.jpg

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/newshome/8659009/ana-ivanovics-signed-shoes-on-ebay-for-flood-relief-fund/

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 18th, 2011, 09:38 AM
Q. It looked like you had some problems with easy points, not with the hard ones.

ANA IVANOVIC: Well, I thought it was tough match. I mean, she played extremely well. She didn't give me much.

You know, I really try my best out there today. You know, a few points here and there decided. And I created enough of chances for myself in that second set in particular, but couldn't convert them.

But, yeah, you know, it was just a little bit of footwork lacking towards the end of that third and that was pretty much what decide it.

But I think she played really good match today.

Q. Were you disappointed with any part of your game?

ANA IVANOVIC: Uhm, well, I was really fighting hard. It was tough at moments. I think in the second set at one point I was a little bit too passive. But, you know, what really I think got to me in the end was fitness, you know, just not being able to stay with her in a longer rallies. That was really disappointing.

Q. Why is there a lack of fitness? Lack of match practice more than fitness?

ANA IVANOVIC: No, I mean, I was really unlucky. For the last 10 days I couldn't push hard in practice because of my abdominal strain. I had really Sunday and Monday that I could push a little bit more and the first couple days that I could actually serve. I think that at the end got to me. It's a 10 day strike before the slam.

Q. You're saying your legs weren't there at the end?

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, because, you know, energy wise I felt good, but it was just that few little extra steps that were lacking. It makes a big difference because it makes a difference whether you can put something on a ball or not.

And, you know, she stayed tough and she was hitting the ball really fast. I mean, I tried to step up still, but there were a few errors that creeped in. But still, uhm, yeah, I thought it was tough match.

Q. Do you feel you can push your way back up to the top of the rankings?

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely. I'm certain about it. This match, this loss is tough. But I had a lot of positive things come out of this match. I really stay positive throughout the whole match. I gave my best. That's all I can ask for.

You know, today she was better. All credit to her. But, uhm, I still have lot of room to improve and lot of things to build on. And I certainly still believe I can get back to top 10, and I believe I can do it in this year.

Q. That last point of the second set, the easy smash into the net, it cost you the set. How do you get that out of your mind?

ANA IVANOVIC: Well, it was not that shot that cost me the set. It was the whole game that I played lousy. My serve didn't really have much on it in that game and I made few easy errors. I was not really thinking much about that smash. I mean, that smash was lack of footwork. It was not that point that cost me the set.

Q. Do you feel kind of mental pressure going back to the top 10?

ANA IVANOVIC: No, actually not. I mean, I think that's why this match today was really good because I really was not nervous and I managed to control it and managed to overcome that, you know, just play for each point and not, yeah, feel negative energy. And that's why I think I can learn a lot and take a lot of positives.

Q. But did you feel mental pressure when you were No. 1 in the world?

ANA IVANOVIC: You do feel pressure. But, you know, now actually this moment I want pressure because pressure actually makes you perform better I think. And also if you know how to deal with it, it can work for you instead of against you.

Also, when you have pressure, it means you're in a position to do something good. Actually in this moment, I didn't think I would be saying, but I do want pressure.

Q. Is your stomach okay now and are you going to be able to do the hard work?

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I'm going to definitely still do the recovery work that I've been doing. You know, I have lots of tournaments coming up, lots of things to look forward to.

But, like I said, I really feel my game is coming together and, you know, lots of positives came out of this match today.

Q. When you came off court, were you thinking, Bad luck, I was in good form, started the year well, got the injury. Had it not happened, maybe I'd be walking out of Australia next week rather than today?

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely, and that's what's hard.

Q. You played some wonderful defense. You stood off six match points. How do you feel about that?

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, maybe I should have played that kind of tennis when I had chance to go up and not when you are back against the wall.

Like I said, I really tried to hang in there and fight and try to look for opportunities. I didn't have too many of them, but I did have some even in that third set. Just disappointed I couldn't convert them.

Q. She looks better than her ranking, too. Assess her game a little bit.

ANA IVANOVIC: She played a lot better than she did in New York. She was very aggressive today. You know, throughout the match I felt like she was getting in a rhythm more and more and she was hardly making any errors. Her serve was at a really high percentage today.

She's definitely a tough, tough player. I mean, last year when she won Eastbourne, she beat a lot of good girls within the week, so she's definitely a dangerous player.

If she loses next round, I'll be really upset (laughter).

Q. She made you chase a lot of balls. She got a lot of balls back in return. Were there times when you thought you had a winner and you had to hit an extra shot?

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely. Also sometimes was very low. I was really surprised that she could get to that ball and still put a lot of margin on it, a lot of power and bite on the ball. That was hard. Made me work for my points much harder.

Q. If you had to pick two players who could win the tournament, who would they be?

ANA IVANOVIC: Probably Kim and Venus.

Q. Venus? <--------- Seriously? :rolleyes:

ANA IVANOVIC: I haven't actually seen her play. But she's always a contender. (Damn right! :yeah:) And Sam has been playing some good tennis lately.

Q. Not Justine?

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, she's up there in the mix. But I think it's just, you know, players who can step up and be more aggressive when it matters.

Q. What do you think of Caroline Wozniacki?

ANA IVANOVIC: I think she's a great young player. Yeah, I mean, she can, you know, challenge any girl out there. Like I said, it really depends who can handle it the best and who can step up when it's the most important.

Q. Especially in the third set you had a lot of crowd support behind you. How do you feed off that energy in the stadium?

ANA IVANOVIC: That's very helpful. I mean, it was great to see lots of Serbians as well and lots of support, which is always nice. It really got me fired up and fighting in that third set. So I'm really thankful for that.

Q. You served second in the last set. Time after time you had to hold your serve to stay in the match. Is it fair to say 12 months ago the set wouldn't have lasted that long? Do you have more confidence this time this year compared to last year?

ANA IVANOVIC: It was hard, because towards the end of that third set I was lots of time facing 30 Love and 40 Love on my own serve. That's a little bit disappointing. I maybe shouldn't have played first few points of a game that loose.

Then again, I'm managing to save these, you know, breakpoints and match points, it does give you confidence. And then, you know, you're a little bit more relaxed after a tough game. It's hard to step it up again and threaten her service game. So I think that was the big issue.

Q. Are you definitely playing Fed Cup this year or one tie at a time?

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I'm really not sure now about the upcoming one. I still didn't decide.

Q. Because of the abdominal?

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, because of that and also schedule. I have to talk also to my coach and see what's the best, yeah, schedule and preparation I can have.

:hug:

The Witch-king
Jan 18th, 2011, 09:47 AM
Q. If you had to pick two players who could win the tournament, who would they be?

ANA IVANOVIC: Probably Kim and Venus.

Q. Venus? <--------- Seriously?

ANA IVANOVIC: I haven't actually seen her play. But she's always a contender. (Damn right! ) And Sam has been playing some good tennis lately.

Q. Not Justine?

Why did he ask if he already had an answer :weirdo:

Anyway, as for Ana... this is only her first tournament of the year. I think she was playing well EXCEPT for the passiveness and pushing. I thought her serve was also good (no ball toss issues, that I saw anyway).

Plus 10-8 in the third is better than losing 0 and 0 :p

gaviotabr
Jan 18th, 2011, 10:10 AM
Why did he ask if he already had an answer :weirdo:

Anyway, as for Ana... this is only her first tournament of the year. I think she was playing well EXCEPT for the passiveness and pushing. I thought her serve was also good (no ball toss issues, that I saw anyway).

Does't make sense.. Ana can't win matches playing like a pusher... so she was playing like crap. Also.. over 50 Ues.. WAY too many. An error machine pusher.

Her serve was complete and utter awful.. it broke down and she was under pressure all the time. Makarova didn't have any problems returning it. Ifshe had served slightly better, she could actually havewon. She did lead 3-1 in the third. The serve is not just about the ball toss, but how effectiveit was. And it was not efective at all. I'm sure the injury did play a part though.

Plus 10-8 in the third is better than losing 0 and 0 :p

Don't compare Kim to Makarova. Ana could have been double bageled by Kim as well. :shrug:

gaviotabr
Jan 18th, 2011, 10:16 AM
I don't like this presser at all.. It's too positive out of an awful match. She shouldbe more real and aware of what happened. Sure, she fought.. but she should never had let herself get in such struggle.. and after all that fight, she should never have let Makarova off the hook like that.. never put pressure on her.This presser reminds me a lot of the presser after the RG 2nd round loss last year.:banghead:

Also... reading those canonball articles now it has a very different light.. she did too much talking and too little action. It makes her look ridiculous now. :(

The Witch-king
Jan 18th, 2011, 10:44 AM
Does't make sense.. Ana can't win matches playing like a pusher... so she was playing like crap. Also.. over 50 Ues.. WAY too many. An error machine pusher.

Her serve was complete and utter awful.. it broke down and she was under pressure all the time. Makarova didn't have any problems returning it. Ifshe had served slightly better, she could actually havewon. She did lead 3-1 in the third. The serve is not just about the ball toss, but how effectiveit was. And it was not efective at all. I'm sure the injury did play a part though.



Don't compare Kim to Makarova. Ana could have been double bageled by Kim as well. :shrug:

Remember how she USED to seve? 5 double faults in 3 close sets is pretty amazing. Back in the day (last year) we would have had over 10.

Anyway, an effective serve is not all about service winners and aces. It's that she was not hitting the ball hard off the ground that did her in IMO.

Hmmm I don't think Ana would have lost 0-0. But you never know :shrug:

gaviotabr
Jan 18th, 2011, 12:01 PM
Remember how she USED to seve? 5 double faults in 3 close sets is pretty amazing. Back in the day (last year) we would have had over 10.

Anyway, an effective serve is not all about service winners and aces. It's that she was not hitting the ball hard off the ground that did her in IMO.

I know the serve is not all about service winners and aces. But it's not only about bad tosses and DFs either. An effective serve is about setting up the points for you.. giving you those easy second balls putaways. Ana was not winning any free points off her serve and Makarova had no trouble returning it deep and with interest. So I would rather if she had 10 DFs, but when the serve was going in it was winning her easy points.

Sure, Ana's groundgame was weak as hell and we could see that by how she couldn't put pressure on Makarova's serve at all for most of the third set. And she was making tons of UEs in her own service games. But truth is, her serve wasn't setting up the points for her.. they were just puff balls and allowed Makarova to take control from the get go.

So.. Ana's serve was awful from the start of the second set until the end.. it didn't help her at all..


Hmmm I don't think Ana would have lost 0-0. But you never know :shrug:

Well.. Ana was playing a LOT better at the USO last year and she lost 1 and 2. So...

gaviotabr
Jan 19th, 2011, 12:11 PM
This article came out before the match.. depressing now. Ana should do less talking and more action.

Ana Ivanovic: "Van Grichen is very intense during training"
by Rui Pedro Silva, Published on January 18, 2011
Serbian tennis player is enjoying the experience with the Portuguese coach and intends to return to the first places of the ranking. "i" talked to her.

Ana Ivanovic is in a very different situation from what she was in the first interview she gave to "i", in May 2009. At the time, preparing to defend the Grand Slam title at Roland Garros, she was one of the most feared players on the circuit. Still, she started showing the first signs of fall. In Paris she couldn't get beyond the fourth round, and over the months, the signs began to be stronger, so much she even decided to make a career break in October 2009.

The drop in performance was followed by the fall in the rankings finishing the season at 21. Something that had not happened (get out the first 20) since July 2005. Last year was a year of recovery, some changes of coaches and the return to titles. Won in Linz and in Bali and went up to 17th in the rankings. And this trend is that the Serbian tennis player, once ranking leader, wants to keep for the new year.

In Melbourne, has no external pressure, but inside is eager to return to the golden moments of the past, as in 2008, when she reached the final of the tournament, losing to Russian Maria Sharapova. This year, at least for now, will also have a different characteristic, which makes her more Portuguese: the coach Antonio Van Grichen, who distinguished himself by the work done with the Belarusian Viktoria Azarenka. For now, optimism reigns.

After a dark phase in his career, ended in 2010 with a presence in the top 20. What is the goal for 2011?

Get far in the four Grand Slam tournaments, that's my main goal for this year, reaching the final rounds of tournaments. I miss that feeling of competing against the best players in the major stages of major tournaments.

Nevertheless, in recent weeks the injuries have affected your performance.

Yes, it is guaranteed that this is not the ideal preparation, but I'm trying to make the best of this unfortunate situation. The timing of this injury [abdominal muscle] is bad because we were about to compete in the Hopman Cup final [participated with Novak Djokovic but gave up and place in the final to Belgium]. Now, unfortunately, I do not arrive at the Australian Open with the preparation I expected but I will try my best. I've been in situations like this in my career. For example, the U.S. Open last year was not much different. Had also just recovering from an injury and managed to get in shape and make good games [lost in the fourth round with the future winner Kim Clijsters].

See the Serbian men's team win the Davis Cup has been an inspiration? What is the possibility of getting to do the same in the Fed Cup?

It was an amazing feat and will not be difficult to realize the enormous effort that Novak [Djokovic], Ziki, Viktor and Janko had to do. Nobody knows when it will happen again. So, I'm just enjoying this very special moment that I could witness live, in my hometown [Belgrade].

Now you are coached by a Portuguese, Antonio Van Grichen. What led you to come into contact with him in the first place, and how has been the experience of training with him?

Actually, it was he who contacted me initially. Of course we knew who he was and we had to treat him with great respect because of everything he achieved in the past. Decided to invite him for an internship to train in Spain and it went well, so we agreed to a trial period, which includes the first stage of the season with tournaments in Australia. So far it's going well. He is young, has lots of energy and is very intense during the training, which is good because it takes me to channel the passion he has for tennis.

http://www.ionline.pt/conteudo/99004-ana-ivanovic-o-van-grichen-e-muito-intenso-o-treino

How long will Van Grichen last? Any bets?

cocco80
Jan 19th, 2011, 01:35 PM
This article came out before the match.. depressing now. Ana should do less talking and more action.



http://www.ionline.pt/conteudo/99004-ana-ivanovic-o-van-grichen-e-muito-intenso-o-treino

How long will Van Grichen last? Any bets?

A couple of months maybe? :o

gloria7
Jan 19th, 2011, 01:45 PM
Yes,VG contacted Ana initially,but i wonder, what would have happened if he had not contacted her? Would she go to Perth coachless or would she accept Sven's friend for a coach? It looks she is going to stay with VG, too bad she didn't realized how hard it is to find a good,full-time coach while she was working with Heinz. No one can top Heinz. I know it's stupid comparison,but Heinz was a "Rolex" and you don't swap Rolex watch for a plastic one from a flea market.
I don't know how many coaches she has changed for the last 7 years? 7? 8? How come she never asked herself, what's wrong with me? Why i can't do,on the court,what my coaches asks me to do? Why Venus,Masha,Serena,Henin,Rafa,Nole -why they never have changed so many coaches? How come they decide to stick with one or two coaches til the end of career? It's not about them,it's all about her. Why her coach can't be just a coach? Why he has to be an adviser,a friend,father figure,coach and the therapist at the same time?
Haters are saying that VG is going to turn Ana into a baseline basher with a shaky,inconsistent serve and subpar defense. I'm afraid she's going to stay with him because "she has no challenges remain".

gaviotabr
Jan 19th, 2011, 03:21 PM
A couple of months maybe? :o

I guess it will depend on her results in IW and Miami. If goes february and march losing in first and second rounds, I don't see her keeping him.

Yes,VG contacted Ana initially,but i wonder, what would have happened if he had not contacted her? Would she go to Perth coachless or would she accept Sven's friend for a coach? It looks she is going to stay with VG, too bad she didn't realized how hard it is to find a good,full-time coach while she was working with Heinz. No one can top Heinz. I know it's stupid comparison,but Heinz was a "Rolex" and you don't swap Rolex watch for a plastic one from a flea market.
I don't know how many coaches she has changed for the last 7 years? 7? 8? How come she never asked herself, what's wrong with me? Why i can't do,on the court,what my coaches asks me to do? Why Venus,Masha,Serena,Henin,Rafa,Nole -why they never have changed so many coaches? How come they decide to stick with one or two coaches til the end of career? It's not about them,it's all about her. Why her coach can't be just a coach? Why he has to be an adviser,a friend,father figure,coach and the therapist at the same time?
Haters are saying that VG is going to turn Ana into a baseline basher with a shaky,inconsistent serve and subpar defense. I'm afraid she's going to stay with him because "she has no challenges remain".

I haven't liked what I've seen from Van Grichen so far.. I think he might be a new Kardon, getting the wrong coach at that moment cost Ana a LOT.

But yeah.. she shoud ask what's wrong with her. She says she found confidence within.. but I still see her looking for it outside. If things are not the way she wants them, she just crumbles. I can't take out of my mind how this whole month of january is terribly alike Ana's worst slumping period.

gloria7
Jan 19th, 2011, 05:13 PM
You've said,Izzy," if things are not the way she wants them,she just crumbles", and i would love to add - she just calls Sven. I know i sound like a broken record, but Ana called him when she was working with Kardon,then she went back to him and APDP. He and Cahill were in IW to watch Ana's first practice session with Heinz. Sven called her when she won Linz title,during the off season, and again, in Perth, after her abdominal injury. I know they are friends and he wants to know how she is, but something is wrong there. And that may have something to do with Ana's coaching situation.I want her to give VG a chance . Just...i don't see how she is going to build a good relationship with VG if she is going to talk to Sven everytime she loses match or has some problem.
I hate when Ana says: "He got me to the top" and every Adidas player is repeating the same: "Yes,Sven got her a GS". They all believe in that and it shows how little Ana respect herself. Don't get me wrong, i'm grateful to Sven, yes,he was her coach when she was No 1,yes,he HELPED her to get to the top 10, but SHE was playing and winning matches,not Sven. Without him she couldn't have done that? If she believes so, than she will never get back to the top.She will never give a real chance to other coach. Sven said last year(or 2 years ago):"She's not independent at all, and she is so fragile that she need someone to constantly lead her..." So, if she fires VG i guess Sven is going to introduce her to another friend who can't find a job. That's how Sven treats her and he will wait for VG to make a mistake.
And that Adidas tennis clinic in Melbourne...when i saw him,Cahill and Reyes with her...i didn't like it.Ana was lovely as always,kids love her and she had to be there,but i couldn't stop thinking -APDP is going to use her. Adidas lost Safina,Lisicki and Oudin,Hantuchova looks like an anorexic model,CW is fat and slow, and Ana is fitest Adidas player right now.And they used her for their own purposes...again.

gaviotabr
Jan 20th, 2011, 04:11 PM
You've said,Izzy," if things are not the way she wants them,she just crumbles", and i would love to add - she just calls Sven. I know i sound like a broken record, but Ana called him when she was working with Kardon,then she went back to him and APDP. He and Cahill were in IW to watch Ana's first practice session with Heinz. Sven called her when she won Linz title,during the off season, and again, in Perth, after her abdominal injury. I know they are friends and he wants to know how she is, but something is wrong there. And that may have something to do with Ana's coaching situation.I want her to give VG a chance . Just...i don't see how she is going to build a good relationship with VG if she is going to talk to Sven everytime she loses match or has some problem.
I hate when Ana says: "He got me to the top" and every Adidas player is repeating the same: "Yes,Sven got her a GS". They all believe in that and it shows how little Ana respect herself. Don't get me wrong, i'm grateful to Sven, yes,he was her coach when she was No 1,yes,he HELPED her to get to the top 10, but SHE was playing and winning matches,not Sven. Without him she couldn't have done that? If she believes so, than she will never get back to the top.She will never give a real chance to other coach. Sven said last year(or 2 years ago):"She's not independent at all, and she is so fragile that she need someone to constantly lead her..." So, if she fires VG i guess Sven is going to introduce her to another friend who can't find a job. That's how Sven treats her and he will wait for VG to make a mistake.
And that Adidas tennis clinic in Melbourne...when i saw him,Cahill and Reyes with her...i didn't like it.Ana was lovely as always,kids love her and she had to be there,but i couldn't stop thinking -APDP is going to use her. Adidas lost Safina,Lisicki and Oudin,Hantuchova looks like an anorexic model,CW is fat and slow, and Ana is fitest Adidas player right now.And they used her for their own purposes...again.

I don't like to see Sven next to Ana either.. she gives him too much credit for her achievements, but truth is, he is also one of the biggest reasons for her downfall.

The thing with Ana is that I think she knows what is bringing her down but keeps doing it anyway. She keeps taking confidence from externalities.. not from within. That's why when she thinks she is not prepared enough, she flunks at the first adversity. That's why when she misses chances in a match, she is bound to lose focus and her serve right after. That's why she looks at her box at every point.. she knows she has to take confidence from within, but she doesn't do it. She is still looking elsewhere and it's a mistake.

azdaja
Jan 20th, 2011, 06:11 PM
perhaps "confidence from within" is this year's "happiness/fun on court", something that ana knows she needs and says she already has yet she doesn't really have (yet)? :lol:

i don't know, i just want ana to improve. and when i say improve i am not thinking about the best period of her career, but about the darkest one. let's see how far she can get. for me she only needs to improve her year end ranking as compared to the last year. a good run in slams is always desireable and a couple of titles as well, no matter how big they are, but we should not get ahead of ourselves every time she shows glimpses of her old form. it would be great to see her back to her old self and i think she has to do it this season or it might be too late, but it's still an ongoing process.

gaviotabr
Jan 20th, 2011, 06:20 PM
perhaps "confidence from within" is this year's "happiness/fun on court", something that ana knows she needs and says she already has yet she doesn't really have (yet)? :lol:

i don't know, i just want ana to improve. and when i say improve i am not thinking about the best period of her career, but about the darkest one. let's see how far she can get. for me she only needs to improve her year end ranking as compared to the last year. a good run in slams is always desireable and a couple of titles as well, no matter how big they are, but we should not get ahead of ourselves every time she shows glimpses of her old form. it would be great to see her back to her old self and i think she has to do it this season or it might be too late, but it's still an ongoing process.

I totally agree with the bold part.

Right now I'm not even looking for titles.. she has shown she is still capable of winning one here or there. I'm looking at her performances in slams and big tournaments. She hasn't been able to really post a big result in a slam in forever.. it seems she just can't stand up for that. And for someone who says wants to get back to the top 10, posting decent slam performances is a must. Is she still capable? I'm not sure.

gaviotabr
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:14 PM
Stars plan an early start

* Published: 21/01/2011 at 12:00 AM
* Newspaper section: Sports

World No.2 Vera Zvonareva of Russia, Serbia's Ana Ivanovic and Russian Maria Kirilenko plan early arrivals to prepare for next month's PTT Pattaya Open, organisers said yesterday.

The trio have skipped the Fed Cup and will arrive in Pattaya days before the tournament begins on Feb 7 at the Dusit Thani Hotel.

Zvonareva is chasing the Australian Open title, while Ivanovic and Kirilenko suffered early exits in Melbourne.

Zvonareva, who will be looking for her third straight win in Pattaya, is scheduled to arrive in the seaside resort town on Feb 1.

Ivanovic has been hit by a stomach injury and will arrive in Pattaya on Jan 31 to work on her fitness, while Kirilenko will check in at the Dusit Thani Hotel on Feb 2.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/sports/217432/stars-plan-an-early-start

VALUNA
Jan 24th, 2011, 09:06 AM
Ana se ne javlja, definitivno odustala od Fed kupa?
24. JANUAR 2011. | 10:57 | IZVOR: SPORTSKE.NET, SPORT


Selektor Vraneš otkrio da ne može da stupi u kontakt sa našom teniserkom i da ima informaciju da ona neće igrati u Fed kupu.
Ana je bila neodlučna, a izgleda da joj je povreda i dogovor sa trenerom pomogla da prelomi i da ne zaigra za Srbiju protiv Kanade.

Ona je nakon poraza u Melburnu rekla da mora u potpunosti da se oporavi. Još uvek je u Australiji, gledala je Novaka Đokovića protiv Almagra.

"Nisam uspeo da stupim u kontakt sa njom, imam nezvaničnu informaciju da neće igrati. Sigurna je Bojana Jovanovski, nadam se i Jeleni, očekujem da potvrdi svoje učešće", rekao je selektor.

Srbija u svetskoj "B" grupi igra protiv Kanade, od 3. do 5 februara.


Ana does not answer, definitively abandoned the Fed Cup?
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VALUNA
Jan 24th, 2011, 09:09 AM
[QUOTE=VALUNA;19052284]Ana se ne javlja, definitivno odustala od Fed kupa?
24. JANUAR 2011. | 10:57 | IZVOR: SPORTSKE.NET, SPORT


Selektor Vraneö otkrio da ne moěe da stupi u kontakt sa naöom teniserkom i da ima informaciju da ona neće igrati u Fed kupu.
Ana je bila neodlučna, a izgleda da joj je povreda i dogovor sa trenerom pomogla da prelomi i da ne zaigra za Srbiju protiv Kanade.

Ona je nakon poraza u Melburnu rekla da mora u potpunosti da se oporavi. Joö uvek je u Australiji, gledala je Novaka Đokovića protiv Almagra.

"Nisam uspeo da stupim u kontakt sa njom, imam nezvaničnu informaciju da neće igrati. Sigurna je Bojana Jovanovski, nadam se i Jeleni, očekujem da potvrdi svoje učeöće", rekao je selektor.

Srbija u svetskoj "B" grupi igra protiv Kanade, od 3. do 5 februara.


Ana does not answer, definitively abandoned the Fed Cup?:bounce:
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VALUNA
Jan 24th, 2011, 09:10 AM
Ana se ne javlja, definitivno odustala od Fed kupa?
24. JANUAR 2011. | 10:57 | IZVOR: SPORTSKE.NET, SPORT


Selektor Vraneö otkrio da ne moěe da stupi u kontakt sa naöom teniserkom i da ima informaciju da ona neće igrati u Fed kupu.
Ana je bila neodlučna, a izgleda da joj je povreda i dogovor sa trenerom pomogla da prelomi i da ne zaigra za Srbiju protiv Kanade.

Ona je nakon poraza u Melburnu rekla da mora u potpunosti da se oporavi. Joö uvek je u Australiji, gledala je Novaka Đokovića protiv Almagra.

"Nisam uspeo da stupim u kontakt sa njom, imam nezvaničnu informaciju da neće igrati. Sigurna je Bojana Jovanovski, nadam se i Jeleni, očekujem da potvrdi svoje učeöće", rekao je selektor.

Srbija u svetskoj "B" grupi igra protiv Kanade, od 3. do 5 februara.


Ana does not answer, definitively abandoned the Fed Cup?:bounce:
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azdaja
Jan 24th, 2011, 10:29 AM
no fed cup :drool:

gaviotabr
Jan 24th, 2011, 12:39 PM
I wonder why Dejan is doing this.. We've known Ana was not going to play for like.. forever and a half.

cocco80
Jan 24th, 2011, 12:54 PM
I wonder why Dejan is doing this.. We've known Ana was not going to play for like.. forever and a half.

He only cares about the Fed cup. It brings him money.

Nena_xxx
Jan 24th, 2011, 04:01 PM
Vranes likes to say how JJ is super cool and such great Serb. He is stupid. And I really don't know why he would say how he can't reach Ana and medias in Serbia hate Ana even more. :rolleyes: :shrug:

jelenacg
Jan 24th, 2011, 06:27 PM
Vranjes can`t pick sides since he is Fed cup coach and it would be stupid and unprofessional if he did that.Last thing Ana needs are hundreds of stupid articles about her, JJ and Fed cup.
After seeing everything that happened with Serbian tennis associations since winning Davis Cup i think it`s the best too keep things quiet and act like nothing happens

And no one hates Ana ,article is actually very good written regarding Ana .It says that she was undecided about playing Fed cup and that the injury and her talk with coach made her decide not to play this tie
Total bullshit :lol::lol:

Nena_xxx
Jan 24th, 2011, 06:56 PM
Well I read some comments and articles and trust me, Ana is not favorite person of Serbian nation at this point. Cos everyone is saying how little she loves Serbia that she can't even pick a phone and tell Dejan that she won't play. So Dejan should think better before he says that Ana won't answer to him.

Georgesson
Jan 24th, 2011, 07:19 PM
Well I read some comments and articles and trust me, Ana is not favorite person of Serbian nation at this point. Cos everyone is saying how little she loves Serbia that she can't even pick a phone and tell Dejan that she won't play. So Dejan should think better before he says that Ana won't answer to him.

Jankovictards:tape::lol:

jelenacg
Jan 24th, 2011, 08:04 PM
Well I read some comments and articles and trust me, Ana is not favorite person of Serbian nation at this point. Cos everyone is saying how little she loves Serbia that she can't even pick a phone and tell Dejan that she won't play. So Dejan should think better before he says that Ana won't answer to him.

Well if you read comments about every other article you`ll see that we don`t like anyone :lol:
People don`t write comments bc they want to say something nice ,quite the opposite
You can`t form public opinion about someone based only on few comments on some websites

gaviotabr
Jan 24th, 2011, 09:32 PM
Vranjes can`t pick sides since he is Fed cup coach and it would be stupid and unprofessional if he did that.Last thing Ana needs are hundreds of stupid articles about her, JJ and Fed cup.
After seeing everything that happened with Serbian tennis associations since winning Davis Cup i think it`s the best too keep things quiet and act like nothing happens

And no one hates Ana ,article is actually very good written regarding Ana .It says that she was undecided about playing Fed cup and that the injury and her talk with coach made her decide not to play this tie
Total bullshit :lol::lol:

Yes.. but I think Dejan had no need to drag this on in the press saying for such a long time that he didn't know if she would play, then that he hasn't been able to hear from her and so on. It has been clear she wasn't going to play for a long time.