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Cajka
Jul 21st, 2011, 01:50 AM
Oh, wow. Gluten free ..no thanks.:lol: I was always told to 'eat my wheaties'.:( Maybe it just wasnt good for Novaks body? But Izzy said hes a sort of all-in one doctor, so why not, maybe he can be a plus for Ana's team somehow.

Novak used to eat pizzas, pastas, but he had to give up on those. First I thought it was all a bullshit, but look at Vika, she's eating snickers, drinks coke and there's always something wrong with her. They are pros. Even I can't train properly if my diet is awful, not to mention them.

gaviotabr
Jul 21st, 2011, 01:51 AM
That dizziness was related to anxiety disorder. It was never confirmed, but since I suffer from that shit, it really reminds me of that, especially since she was able to continue the match after that.

If she's not able to finish the match that lasts longer than an hour, it's probably something that's related to her head, but it might be some physical issue also.

And this would be a great team. Her British coach who would make her work hard, an Australian fitness coach who's also a friend + a Serbian black magic person who could fix her body and mind. The Serbian mentality story is not just a stereotype, so a Serbian witch could understand her perhaps better than someone else + of course they speak the same language and it's easier to express the feelings using a mother tongue.

Of course, I'm just talking crap, but who knows...

Yeah, I agree with you. I think it would be a good move.. it would at the very least mean she is dead serious about tennis and wants to do everything she can to put herself in the best position to succeed.

I just think we should wait and see before celebrating. If this turns out to be true, I'll be happy about it. :)

gaviotabr
Jul 21st, 2011, 01:53 AM
Sounds like he can do a lot. Did he travel with Novak, or is he based in Serbia?



He was travelling with Novak full time.

Cajka
Jul 21st, 2011, 01:55 AM
Yeah, I agree with you. I think it would be a good move.. it would at the very least mean she is dead serious about tennis and wants to do everything she can to put herself in the best position to succeed.

I just think we should wait and see before celebrating. If this turns out to be true, I'll be happy about it. :)

If she's not hiring him, this article probably means that she's looking for someone. I can totally imagine Novak suggesting her t work with his witch, they're more than good friends, they're friends from childhood, just remember what he said about her during the HC.

gaviotabr
Jul 21st, 2011, 01:58 AM
If she's not hiring him, this article probably means that she's looking for someone. I can totally imagine Novak suggesting her t work with his witch, they're more than good friends, they're friends from childhood, just remember what he said about her during the HC.

I know Novak and Ana are the best of friends.. but I don't think Novak would just give Ana his doctor. I'm not sure what's going on there.. but I guess maybe Ana's management made the doc an offer once they heard Novak and him parted ways. I'm just speculating though.

Cajka
Jul 21st, 2011, 02:03 AM
I know Novak and Ana are the best of friends.. but I don't think Novak would just give Ana his doctor. I'm not sure what's going on there.. but I guess maybe Ana's management made the doc an offer once they heard Novak and him parted ways. I'm just speculating though.

Maybe it's a rent. :spit: If he's OK atm, maybe he decided to rent her his witch for a while. :lol: His main problems were stamina and allergies. If he figured out how to deal with it, maybe he doesn't need his help anymore.

gloria7
Aug 11th, 2011, 08:14 AM
From Nigel's first interview for "Vecernje Novosti"

Why he left LTA: I believe Ana can win another GS, she has the qualities to get back to the top.

About No.1 spot: Before you start to dream about No1 spot, you have to return to the top 10 and
be a regular participant in the 2nd week of GS. Ana must go step by step
and she knows that.

About Ana: She is stubborn perfectionist, which is great quality but also can make things
more difficult. Her big weapon is her FH. She has the natural instincts to
volley, she's not afraid to attack. Ana is good on the net, strong girl with
powerful groundstrokes. But those who think that Ana will always play on the
same level will have to be disappointed.

On consistency: This is one of our priorities. There is no magic wand. You should look at all
the rational and learn from every experience, positive or negative. Continuity
is Ana's top goal.

When to expect results: You never know when you'll get the best results. The most important
thing is to work every day to improve. We're all patient and understand
that this is a long term process. We are still at an early stage.

On his daughter Kim: Kim is about the same age as Ana and that helps me understand Ana the
right way. They (Ana and Kim) always comment on each other: "Oh,she
dresses so nicely".

On preparations for next season : There is a chance that we'll go earlier to Australia this
year to prepare. Ana likes to be there, have relatives and
Scott is Australian. We 'll have to work hard but we're both
looking forvard to it. Right now, our focus is New York.

Cajka
Aug 11th, 2011, 12:00 PM
From Nigel's first interview for "Vecernje Novosti"

Why he left LTA: I believe Ana can win another GS, she has the qualities to get back to the top.

About No.1 spot: Before you start to dream about No1 spot, you have to return to the top 10 and
be a regular participant in the 2nd week of GS. Ana must go step by step
and she knows that.

About Ana: She is stubborn perfectionist, which is great quality but also can make things
more difficult. Her big weapon is her FH. She has the natural instincts to
volley, she's not afraid to attack. Ana is good on the net, strong girl with
powerful groundstrokes. But those who think that Ana will always play on the
same level will have to be disappointed.

On consistency: This is one of our priorities. There is no magic wand. You should look at all
the rational and learn from every experience, positive or negative. Continuity
is Ana's top goal.

When to expect results: You never know when you'll get the best results. The most important
thing is to work every day to improve. We're all patient and understand
that this is a long term process. We are still at an early stage.

On his daughter Kim: Kim is about the same age as Ana and that helps me understand Ana the
right way. They (Ana and Kim) always comment on each other: "Oh,she
dresses so nicely".

On preparations for next season : There is a chance that we'll go earlier to Australia this
year to prepare. Ana likes to be there, have relatives and
Scott is Australian. We 'll have to work hard but we're both
looking forvard to it. Right now, our focus is New York.


This interview is so great. I'm becoming a big fan of Nigel.

gaviotabr
Aug 12th, 2011, 03:10 PM
From Nigel's first interview for "Vecernje Novosti"

Why he left LTA: I believe Ana can win another GS, she has the qualities to get back to the top.

About No.1 spot: Before you start to dream about No1 spot, you have to return to the top 10 and
be a regular participant in the 2nd week of GS. Ana must go step by step
and she knows that.

About Ana: She is stubborn perfectionist, which is great quality but also can make things
more difficult. Her big weapon is her FH. She has the natural instincts to
volley, she's not afraid to attack. Ana is good on the net, strong girl with
powerful groundstrokes. But those who think that Ana will always play on the
same level will have to be disappointed.

On consistency: This is one of our priorities. There is no magic wand. You should look at all
the rational and learn from every experience, positive or negative. Continuity
is Ana's top goal.

When to expect results: You never know when you'll get the best results. The most important
thing is to work every day to improve. We're all patient and understand
that this is a long term process. We are still at an early stage.

On his daughter Kim: Kim is about the same age as Ana and that helps me understand Ana the
right way. They (Ana and Kim) always comment on each other: "Oh,she
dresses so nicely".

On preparations for next season : There is a chance that we'll go earlier to Australia this
year to prepare. Ana likes to be there, have relatives and
Scott is Australian. We 'll have to work hard but we're both
looking forvard to it. Right now, our focus is New York.

Thanks for this! Great interview!

About the last question.. he says there is a chance they will go earlier to Australia. Would this mean ending the season after China Open? :scratch:

Balltossovic
Aug 12th, 2011, 04:16 PM
Great interview. I like where his head is! Now, he just needs to get Ana's head in the same place:spit:

DefyingGravity
Aug 12th, 2011, 05:31 PM
From Nigel's first interview for "Vecernje Novosti"

Why he left LTA: I believe Ana can win another GS, she has the qualities to get back to the top.

About No.1 spot: Before you start to dream about No1 spot, you have to return to the top 10 and
be a regular participant in the 2nd week of GS. Ana must go step by step
and she knows that.

About Ana: She is stubborn perfectionist, which is great quality but also can make things
more difficult. Her big weapon is her FH. She has the natural instincts to
volley, she's not afraid to attack. Ana is good on the net, strong girl with
powerful groundstrokes. But those who think that Ana will always play on the
same level will have to be disappointed.

On consistency: This is one of our priorities. There is no magic wand. You should look at all
the rational and learn from every experience, positive or negative. Continuity
is Ana's top goal.

When to expect results: You never know when you'll get the best results. The most important
thing is to work every day to improve. We're all patient and understand
that this is a long term process. We are still at an early stage.

On his daughter Kim: Kim is about the same age as Ana and that helps me understand Ana the
right way. They (Ana and Kim) always comment on each other: "Oh,she
dresses so nicely".

On preparations for next season : There is a chance that we'll go earlier to Australia this
year to prepare. Ana likes to be there, have relatives and
Scott is Australian. We 'll have to work hard but we're both
looking forvard to it. Right now, our focus is New York.

Oh my god, I love this man. He actually speaks truths! And he knows exactly that second weeks of slams, top 10, and consistency are what she needs before she can dream of winning another one and being #1 again.

The 2nd Law
Aug 13th, 2011, 11:52 AM
Nigel :worship:

The Hantuchova fans are still very pressed about him, but I've seen no proof of any of their claims so far.

gaviotabr
Aug 13th, 2011, 11:55 AM
Nigel :worship:

The Hantuchova fans are still very pressed about him, but I've seen no proof of any of their claims so far.

What are their claims?

The 2nd Law
Aug 13th, 2011, 12:48 PM
What are their claims?

That he made her lose weight, that he had an icy relationship with her, a few other things that I can't recall. This is off the top of my head, sorry. Someone else might know exactly.

Basically though there are some who think he ruined Daniela's career.

Davodus
Aug 13th, 2011, 12:52 PM
Yeah I've seen that too, but Daniela was clearly going through other things when he was her coach...I think a lot of Daniela fans are just looking for something to blame when they say those things.

gaviotabr
Aug 13th, 2011, 12:53 PM
That he made her lose weight, that he had an icy relationship with her, a few other things that I can't recall. This is off the top of my head, sorry. Someone else might know exactly.

Basically though there are some who think he ruined Daniela's career.

Ok. Thanks for the reply! I don't think a coach she had for a couple of years could have ruined her career.. especially because her biggest results, like AO semis, came after that. :shrug:

We'll see how he deals with Ana. I do think Ana needs to put on some weight.. but I'm sure Scott will have input on that as well.

gloria7
Aug 27th, 2011, 09:04 AM
Ana gave an interview for the "Press Revija". Nothing new, but she was very open about men and relationships. Journalist probably twisted Ana's words,but who knows:

"I'll fall in love when i quit tennis.I will try to find true love after retirement because all previous attempts to coordinate travels, matches and relationships have been futile and unsuccessful. Travels make things difficult. You have to decide wheter it is worth to be in a relationship if you are going to see your parner rarely. You can talk by phone but that's not it. In such circumstances it is hard to know your partner as good as you want to. Man has to understand me and be flexible to adapt to my schedule. Everything will be much more easier after my retirement. So far it's very difficult to maintain a relationship. Still.you never know..."

About 1st sponsorship deal: "At the age of 13, at some junior's tournament in France,i got my 1
st sponsorship deal with a Swiss agency for talented kids. People
were talking about my potential and talent. I've talked to my family
and decide to dedicate myself to the tennis,to be serious about my
tennis career."

About family: "After every loss i'm broken. But i have family who supports me. I don't like
clubs, to me the "best fun" is when i go to dinner with my friends and family. I
try to talk with my friends via Skype, but even that is sometimes difficult.

On media attention while she dated Mr.Rolex: "I tried not to follow the press. I hate to read
articles about myself. My friends were telling me
what they read in the press about us.
I hate when they manipulate with false
informations, but i couldn't do nothing about it."

Her goals: "To win more GS titles, i want to achieve much more in my career".

On Asian tournaments: "Travel to Japan and China every fall is most interesting part of the season".

gaviotabr
Aug 27th, 2011, 10:43 AM
Ana gave an interview for the "Press Revija". Nothing new, but she was very open about men and relationships. Journalist probably twisted Ana's words,but who knows:

"I'll fall in love when i quit tennis.I will try to find true love after retirement because all previous attempts to coordinate travels, matches and relationships have been futile and unsuccessful. Travels make things difficult. You have to decide wheter it is worth to be in a relationship if you are going to see your parner rarely. You can talk by phone but that's not it. In such circumstances it is hard to know your partner as good as you want to. Man has to understand me and be flexible to adapt to my schedule. Everything will be much more easier after my retirement. So far it's very difficult to maintain a relationship. Still.you never know..."

About 1st sponsorship deal: "At the age of 13, at some junior's tournament in France,i got my 1
st sponsorship deal with a Swiss agency for talented kids. People
were talking about my potential and talent. I've talked to my family
and decide to dedicate myself to the tennis,to be serious about my
tennis career."

About family: "After every loss i'm broken. But i have family who supports me. I don't like
clubs, to me the "best fun" is when i go to dinner with my friends and family. I
try to talk with my friends via Skype, but even that is sometimes difficult.

On media attention while she dated Mr.Rolex: "I tried not to follow the press. I hate to read
articles about myself. My friends were telling me
what they read in the press about us.
I hate when they manipulate with false
informations, but i couldn't do nothing about it."

Her goals: "To win more GS titles, i want to achieve much more in my career".

On Asian tournaments: "Travel to Japan and China every fall is most interesting part of the season".

Thanks Gloria!

gaviotabr
Aug 27th, 2011, 10:45 AM
I've found the link to the whole interview for Press (google translation):

27th 08th 2011
PRESS
ANA IVANOVIC
Zaljubiću when you leave the tennis
Ana Ivanovic, one of the best Serbian tennis player who has repeatedly proclaimed, and the most beautiful in the world, the last Grand Slam tournament U.S. Open decided to open a soul show and the Press to publish photos of posing as a Chinese empress in the famous Forbidden City


Ana openly about his career, sacrifice, and love. She points out that the search for true love only after completion of his career because all previous attempts to coordinate trips, matches and the connection was futile and unsuccessful.
Ana was born 6 11th 1987th in Belgrade, where he received five years of the first racket. Mama Dragana, father and brother Miroslav Milos, were and are her biggest support.
- Simply, I liked tennis is at an early age. I had five years ago when I asked my parents to buy racket and has been for me to become a beautiful game. I remember as a child loved to spend time on the court, and even more to compete in tournaments. Of course, then no one thought that I would one day by a professional deal. However, when I was 13 years after their stay in France at the junior tournament, won the bid for a sponsorship deal from the Swiss Agency for talented children, began to talk about the potential that I possess the talent that could develop.

What sacrifices have you as a child the most annoying because of the training? How does an athlete looks childhood?

- While I grew up playing tennis, I had the feeling that whatever sacrifice. I've always enjoyed the tennis court and wanted to practice more. I probably would have dealt with a sport that I played tennis. I loved the school, so I think I had a good balance between tennis and school and time spent with friends and family. I had a happy childhood and I am grateful parents because of it. Only later came the first "sacrifice" when I was 12 but started to travel and play tournaments abroad. Fortunately, my mother always traveled with me, but my brother and father missing much.

Have you ever had a desire to deal with some other job?

- No, tennis has always been my choice. However, my parents did not at first make sure that tennis will become my profession and always insisted on education. With 13 years we decided to seriously devote myself to tennis.

How is the pace of life girls like you different from the life of your peers? Missing you going out, and spends time with friends?

- Night life I was never particularly attracted. The night clubs are rarely going, maybe a few times a year. For me a good going out to dinner at a good restaurant with friends or family. When it comes to hanging out in my life is certainly much different from the lives of other girls my age. It is very difficult to maintain any love relationship, whether with friends because of my constant travels. I try to at least see through Skype with friends, but even that is hard to match.

If you manage to reconcile love and work, and how much is needed to understand a man has to saw off your rhythm of life?

- It is very difficult. As I said, things very difficult journey. You must decide whether it is worthwhile to have a connection to be seen only occasionally and communicate by telephone. And, above all, it is very difficult in these circumstances, someone very familiar. In any case, the man must have very much understanding and flexibility to accommodate my schedule.


How do you find room for love?

- As for the connection, I think everything will be easier and more interesting at the end of his career. For now, it is difficult to maintain. Still, you never know.

Since you're an athlete, mind you media pomp, which rises about your private life as it was when you were in a relationship with golfer Adam Scott?

- I try not to follow. I hate to read about themselves. On what is written, I learn the most from a friend. Of course, it bothers me if incorrect information is handled, but I realize that media attention is part of my job and it is best not to pay attention too much because it can not affect.

Does it bother you or impress you when you declared the most beautiful tennis player?

- It's a compliment. Every woman loves to hear compliments, and even in that I am no different from others. It also means that people follow my tennis, which is good.

How does your day off and what do you enjoy most?

- I try to rest up physically and mentally, otherwise I'm training very hard. There is a morning coffee with a book to start the day, and then maybe some shopping if I have the energy for it, and if you do not usually see a movie at home with his brother. Usually arrange for an evening out to dinner with friends or family.

Are you tired before or you go to a jet-set events and posing on the red carpet?

- Do not go too often to such events. Sometimes it's fun to wear a nice dress and let the professional make-up artists and hairdressers. But how does this happen a few times a year, it is certain that I am not tired. It can be tedious if they did I just hard training.

Who has the greatest support in times when the most serious and what is it that always makes you get up and move on?

- My family! They supported me the most and know best. After the defeat is hard, but the motivation is always there. In tennis it is good to always have another tournament next week and another chance. Some defeats are falling harder than others, but also to remember the next matches. I love competing, and that means that I am motivated to train hard so I conquered.


What awake dreaming girl like you, who has achieved much in his career?

- On winning the Grand Slam. I want a lot more to accomplish in his career.

You've undergone a lot of countries and cultures, and recently you have photographed as a Chinese queen. Does this mean that you have been charmed by their culture?

- I'm not sure that I am in this picture just as a Chinese queen! Anyway, I like Chinese culture and I enjoy visiting other countries and cultures that I meet are so different from ours. Going to Japan and China each fall is the most interesting part of the season.

If you could find yourself in the role of Queen, so that you ruled?

- As for my "kingdom", I tried to help the poor, especially children who grow up in difficult circumstances.

http://pressonline.rs/sr/vesti/Revija/story/173054/Zaljubi%C4%87u+se+kad+napustim+tenis.html

doni1212
Aug 27th, 2011, 02:44 PM
Awww that last answer is so Ana! That's why we love her!

gaviotabr
Aug 28th, 2011, 12:51 PM
Tennis: Another smasher eyeing Auckland
By Michael Burgess
5:30 AM Sunday Aug 28, 2011
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Ana Ivanovic isn't ruling out playing in the ASB Classic in the future. Photo / AP
We had Maria this year - could Ana be next? The presence of Maria Sharapova was a huge hit for the 2011 ASB Classic and fellow tennis glamour queen Ana Ivanovic won't rule out a visit Downunder in the future.

While her focus is on New York this week as the US Open gets under way, the Serbian is considering Auckland as part of her schedule.

"It's definitely a possibility," Ivanovic told the Herald on Sunday. "This year I decided to play Hopman Cup as it is such a fun event, and you are guaranteed three singles matches and three doubles, so it's great preparation at the start of the season. But I will consider Auckland in future years."

Ivanovic has been a regular visitor to Australia - in the days when she dated golfer Adam Scott she was virtually adopted as an Aussie - but the 23-year-old has never made the journey across the Tasman.

"I haven't visited [New Zealand] yet, but I would like to," says Ivanovic. "I don't know that much about it, aside from the beautiful nature. I know quite a few Aussies, so I am aware of that sporting rivalry. Most of the people I've met from New Zealand have been fun and laid-back."


The landscape of the WTA and ATP tours seems to make it increasingly harder for smaller events to attract big names, given that top players are only allowed to play a certain number of lesser tournaments.

In 2012 Brisbane will provide fierce competition for Auckland, as it has been upgraded in status to a premier event on the WTA tour, meaning US$600,000 ($725,000) in prizemoney and no restriction on the amount of top 10 players. Auckland offers US$220,000 ($265,000) and can sign just one top 10 player.

As well as Sharapova, the ASB Classic has attracted Lindsay Davenport and Elena Dementieva for reported six figure fees but Ivanovic says it is not all about the money.

"I'm not sure how much of a factor prize money is in attracting players," says Ivanovic. "What's more important to me is the timing and the strength of the field. Geography is a factor too [as] you always try to make a schedule that makes sense in terms of travel."

Auckland prides itself on being a friendly, hospitable event in comfortable surroundings but Ivanovic says that is not unique on the tour.

"Many tournaments are very well run and the staff welcoming and kind. You go back there year after year, so you form a relationship with them. But timing is really the most important thing. There are tournaments in some very attractive locations that I would love to play but they don't suit my schedule."

In the US Open, which starts tonight (NZT), Ivanovic looms as a potential dark horse, especially with the absence of Kim Clijsters and injury clouds over the Williams sisters. She has a forehand still regarded as one of the best on the circuit, but also retains a wobbly serve and questionable game temperament.

After winning the French Open in 2008 - in her third Grand Slam final in 13 months - she was ranked number one in the world and the possibilities were endless. She hasn't progressed beyond the fourth round of the 13 Grand Slams since and injuries and slumps have seen her spend time outside the top 50.

But she can take heart from an encouraging performance at Flushing Meadows last year when she reached the last 16 before being ousted by eventual champion Clijsters, and has shown improvement in the second half of this year.

"I've not had a great first part of the season, but I'm hoping to change that," says Ivanovic. "It has been up and down for me, but I'm looking forward now. There is still half of the season to go."

After tasting success so young, Ivanovic is sure she would appreciate it more the second time round - if she can get back there. She talks of no longer taking wins for granted and handling success, and failure, much better. She is trying out another new coach - her eighth since 2006 - and has brought former fitness trainer Scott Byrnes back into her stable.

Off the court, Ivanovic remains as popular as ever - having won many awards as 'hottest' female athlete or tennis player. She was even named the best-looking woman in the history of tennis by the Melbourne Age and is one of the most recognisable faces on the planet.

By Michael Burgess | Email Michael


Is Ana never going to set foot in Brisbane again? :spit:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/tennis/news/article.cfm?c_id=94&objectid=10747867

The 2nd Law
Aug 28th, 2011, 01:37 PM
The Age :hearts: Definitely Melbourne's most reputable newspaper, so it must be true (the best looking woman tennis player in history :p)

18majors
Aug 28th, 2011, 01:49 PM
Ana's celebrity status will never changes.

Davodus
Aug 28th, 2011, 01:52 PM
Is Ana never going to set foot in Brisbane again? :spit:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/tennis/news/article.cfm?c_id=94&objectid=10747867

Don't say that :bigcry:

Cp6uja
Sep 3rd, 2011, 12:24 PM
On USO official site there is interview with Ana after "beating" Cetkovska, and also Matt Cronin preview for Ana's 3rd round match vs Stephens:


An Interview With: Ana Ivanovic
Thursday, September 1, 2011

Q. How are you feeling now after two successful matches?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, you know, it's never actually, you know, nice to win this way, I guess. I really hope she recovers fast. She had a great week last week. I saw she had some tape on already last few matches. I mean, I would be lying if I said I wasn't happy to be through to next round. But, you know, it's important to build from there.

Q. But I mean, how do you feel physically? Your tennis?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, physically I feel really good. Today I had a great hit, and I really, you know, felt good and I was excited for today's match and opportunity for revenge.But, you know, just have to keep that momentum. Now I got an extra day off, which is always nice.

Q. I wanted to ask just real quick about your countryman, Djokovic. He's been No. 1 and you were No. 1. Do you have any advice or thoughts on how to handle that, because it can be a challenge to handle that?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I think it's a lot harder to stay there than to get there. I think he's doing great. It's very important to stick with the same things, you know. You have to keep motivated and keep, you know, inspired and hungry for success. Because sometimes, you know, it's easy to take things for granted, and before you know it it slips away from you.

Q. Caroline Wozniacki has a high profile relationship with a golfer. You've kind of been there. Any advice for her on how to deal in the public eye in that way in that kind of a relationship?
ANA IVANOVIC: I think it's different for every person, because some people like to be in the middle of attention or public eye and others don't. It's just very personal how you like to deal with it. I think, you know, once you decide how you want to handle it you should go about it. Of course if you want to be more private, that's harder. If you want to be out there it's a little bit easier. It's, you know, about to find the balance and to accept these things.


ANA IVANOVIC VS SLOANE STEPHENS

Sloane Stephens is a very talented teenager who is fast, has power off both wings, owns an improving serve and appears to love the big stage. She is full of life and should be a fine addition to US women's tennis over the next decade. Now here’s the “but.” Sometimes after huge wins, like Stephens pulled off over the seeded Shahar Peer, younger players have a natural letdown and that’s what I'm expecting here. It’s not that I don't think that the 18-year-old can't play with Ivanovic, because I do. It’s true the former No. 1 has not had a great year, but she as working very hard on improving daily and has far more experience on the big stage.

What Stephens has to do is hang in the match and hope that Ivanovic gets the yips on her serve. She also must be very aware of Ivanovic's forehand, one of the biggest and most effective on tour. She cannot overplay to that side, but she also can't allow Ivanovic to get a read on her game plan and camp in the lefthand corner and blast away.

That's easier said than done, as Ivanovic knows how to maneuver herself into positive positions on the court and still has top-10 stuff as long as she doesn’t get too anxious. This should be a highly entertaining match between one of the tour's most interesting and established personalities (Ivanovic), and one of its newest and most endearing ones. Ivanovic will come though in three hard fought sets.

InsideOut.
Sep 3rd, 2011, 02:18 PM
Have no idea why anyone thinks Ana can win in three. If she is to win, it'll be in two.

Cajka
Sep 3rd, 2011, 03:31 PM
Have no idea why anyone thinks Ana can win in three. If she is to win, it'll be in two.

This is her best opportunity to win in 3. Stephens is still a girl and she has no experience of that kind. This is a very important match. If Sloane wins the first set and starts choking in second, Ana will probably win. If Ana wins the first set, she'll win in two. Of course, Sloane can also win in two (like she did against Peer), but I don't want to think about it.

Cp6uja
Sep 4th, 2011, 08:57 PM
Ana Interview after wins vs Sloan Stephens:

An Interview With: Ana Ivanocic
Saturday, September 3, 2011
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Q. Do you want to assess your performance overall, what you did well and what didn't go well?
ANA IVANOVIC: I thought I started off really well and was really aggressive which was really important because I actually haven't seen her play much in the past. But I could tell she has a big game if she has time. I tried to put more pressure on her, take time away. It worked well. In the second set she raised her level and it was a battle. I thought I stayed composed in the end and did well to break her back on 4 All and then hold my serve in the end.

Q. You look like you're playing with a lot more joy than you have in the past couple years. Why is that?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, I think with all the work I've done, you do gain confidence. Obviously when you win, you have more confidence, you enjoy competing much more. That's something that I gain back. You know, I enjoy competing much more again. It makes a big difference because you don't doubt so much when you step on the court and you can play a lot freer.

Q. How much did you enjoy yourself out there? First night on Ashe?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yes, it was. I was really excited. I kind of didn't know what to expect. My coach, This is what you work for. Just relax and enjoy. But nerves do play a part a little bit. Also playing against an American girl, you know, crowd favorite. But I really enjoyed it and I had really good time out there. Yeah, it was great experience.

Q. After the match, Tracy asked on court about playing Serena next. The crowd reacted, Oh. Is that your reaction?
ANA IVANOVIC: I think it's exciting, at least for me. I think she's the hottest player out there at the moment. She's been playing so well lately. It is going to be a good challenge. It is tough draw to play her fourth round. I could have had somebody else maybe. But she's favorite, that's for sure, you know. But I am playing good and I enjoy competing again, like I said. You know, I know I can give her a tough match. You know, she beat me in the past, but maybe I can go for revenge on Monday.

Q. How good do you think Sloane can be?
ANA IVANOVIC: I think she can be really good. I think she has a big serve. Maybe with a little more variety on it, she can be even more dangerous. She has a big forehand. She's fit, strong girl. Yeah, I think she has a big potential.

Q. She didn't serve to your backhand much at all.
ANA IVANOVIC: No, I know. Exactly. That's something I could pick. That's what I tried to, you know, use as my advantage. But she does have a big serve. As I said, if she mixes up a little more, then it's harder to guess.

Q. When you broke her at 4 3 with the forehand down the line, it was almost as if you'd won a Grand Slam.
ANA IVANOVIC: I know. I was a little bit excited (laughter). But, like I said, it was emotional. And the crowd really got behind us. It was a lot of excitement, a lot of buildup. I think it was a great rally. We were hitting the ball so well. To finish point on that note and on a shot like that, it was really exciting. But, you know, doesn't matter if it was breakpoint. Even if it was first point of the match, I would probably be as excited.

Q. What does it mean to you to be back on the big stage doing this?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, that's something you work for. And I'll really excited. Like I've been saying, I can see improvement. I can see the consistency is getting there. Still a lot of work to be done to achieve what I want to achieve and to go where I want to go. But, you know, it's exciting to be back in the mix and to challenge top players. And that's why I think, you know, playing against Serena in the fourth round, it's going to be huge test.

Q. How did Nigel help you develop or get your game back where it is now?
ANA IVANOVIC: He has helped me a lot. I think our relationship, it's really good. I can pick up things fast from his coaching. We have same views, and that's very important, as well, because then you can absorb things better. You know, if there is something I don't like or I don't feel good about, I'll tell him and he will adjust or approach it differently. That's very, very important. We have, you know, big goals, and we look at the big picture. But the results are already there, which is very encouraging.

Q. What specifically has he worked on?
ANA IVANOVIC: We worked a lot on my forehand, you know, just getting rid of some fly forehands that I used to hit in the past and just try to work the ball a little bit more. And obviously, you know, improving my serve.

Q. The first couple weeks when you were with him, you said you would go on court, he would say, Play natural, don't get too much in your head about what I'm saying. Now is it different where he can say, This is our strategy, this is what I want you to try to do, and you don't get nervous about it?
ANA IVANOVIC: Definitely. He can help me a lot more now because we know each other better. He can give me trigger words that make a big difference. When I go to play my matches, he can say, Today work on this, work on that. As you get to know someone, you can sort of develop that kind of relationship. And also when I am competing, I can tell, you know, if I make some mistakes, I know that's probably because I didn't do that. It's good that we have very good communication and it helps.

Q. Are you a better player than you were in '08 or as good a player?
ANA IVANOVIC: I get asked that a lot, and it's very hard to compare because I think I'm different player and person overall. And competition is different. It's very hard to compare, you know. But I definitely do think my forehand is becoming a weapon again, and my serve is getting there. I can serve really big on important moments. Today, you know, in first set, serve kind of helped me to close out the first set. It's getting there to the level to compete against the top.

Q. Did you watch the first set when Serena went up so fast? Is that intimidating at all to see?
ANA IVANOVIC: Actually, I saw first few games and then I went to warm up for my match. But she's been playing great. She's been striking the ball well, moving well. Like I said, it's going to be a good challenge. But, you know, I think, yeah, just trying to play my game and see how it match up. Because I think it's different against each opponent.

Q. If that happens to you, what do you have to do to stay in the match?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, against these players, you definitely feel you need to step up more. But that's something I think I have to be very careful of, not try to overpower and just try to stick with my game, you know, try my best, try to put more pressure maybe. But, you know, there is no need to overpower basically because that produces more errors.

Q. Last time you played her, do you remember?
ANA IVANOVIC: I think we played in exhibition in Madison Square Garden. We played in Dubai. Maybe that was the last competitive match.

Q. Do you remember anything about the competitive match between you two?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, she definitely has a big serve and very powerful strokes, and she likes to dominate basically. You know, I've been watching a little bit towards the end of the second set. You know, I have to put a lot of weight on my shots, you know, just try to play like I've been practicing. Things have been working. See how it goes.

Q. A few weeks ago you said when some other players go out to play Serena, they're already afraid, wrong mentality, lose the match before they get out there. Your feelings going out there? Do you feel excited or is there a little fear?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, she can play well. If opponent does play well, you can't do much about them. You congratulate them and move on. I think that's a big part of the game of Serena and Venus, as well; they do intimidate players. That's something that I expect that's how they approach. I have my ways of approaching match. I know what they have got. So I'm going to try and match that, you know, and do better. But if they play well, all credit to them.

Q. A lot of things can happen. But with Sloane, do you see top 20, top 10, what kind of potential?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I think definitely she has potential to be top 20. She's young. Yeah, big forehand.

Q. Ana, do you really feel ready for this match, or do you think it's a little early in the process to be going out Monday during the day and facing a player who has been playing incredible all summer?
ANA IVANOVIC: No, I'm actually very, very excited about it. You know, from this moment on, it's preparation for this match. Tomorrow I'm going to practice and talk to Nigel about tactics and stuff. But really I'm very, very excited. Just happy to have the opportunity to be in the second week. You know, it's been a while. I just want to go out there and enjoy and be competitive.

Cajka
Sep 4th, 2011, 09:16 PM
She was obviously bored during that presser. And those questions are SOOOO TF, some of those are even disrespectful. "When you broke her at 4 3 with the forehand down the line, it was almost as if you'd won a Grand Slam." WTF??? Have they ever watch Tsonga, Monfils, Štepanek????? Ana's reaction was sweet, she didn't fall on her knees and started screaming.

Cp6uja
Sep 6th, 2011, 12:17 AM
Q. What's the most difficult thing about playing Serena?
ANA IVANOVIC: Today was kind of wind. I mean, it was really gusty out there, and in the wind it's always gonna be even tougher. In those kind of conditions, serve is the shot that it's gonna go away from both players because of the conditions. You know, it did a bit. My serve broke down little more than hers did. I still created lots of opportunities and I felt I was stepping up a lot, and I just felt that was the biggest difference today.

Q. After the Azarenka match, she said that when Serena is on a roll and really playing well, the best way she can describe it for the opponent is painful. When Serena is on her game at her best, how would you describe it?
ANA IVANOVIC: It is definitely tough. You know, you have both coming from either side, just, you know, sort of looking at the winners. But I think at that time you have to step up a little more and try to, you know, take it up to her and maybe try to get her out of her rhythm. You know, I didn't feel like I was getting blown off the court today. I really felt I created a lot of opportunities even for myself. But, you know, she did play well. Like I said, I felt her serve held up more than mine did, and that was the difference.

Q. What do you think the chances are for other players as Serena moves on in the tournament?
ANA IVANOVIC: As I said even before the match, I think she's the favorite for the tournament. She's been playing really well, and it's gonna be tough, you know. But also, you know, the conditions are different and every match is different, so you have to raise your level. She's doing that, so, yeah, I think she has good chance.

Q. In addition to Serena's power and her strokes, she can often be a very intimidating opponent. In the first set I think to go up 4-3 she fended off a break point, and for the first time really screamed, Come on. Did that episode rattle you or affect you? In general, how do you think you did with sort of the mind games or the psychology of facing her today?
ANA IVANOVIC: Not at all. I mean, I was screaming some "Come ons." She does try to intimidate. She stays close to the baseline so you feel like you have no space to hit to. That's something I expected going into the match. I really try not to look so much across the net. I just tried to focus on my game and tried to do everything that I can. I mean, I started off with lot of unforced errors, but I did have to be aggressive. It sort of came together a little bit throughout the match. I did have opportunities, as I said, even in that first set; and then in the second set 1-2 down I had opportunities. So, you know, I really feel it was kind of close match.

Q. You might still be out there if your serve had been going better, it seems. What was it with the serves? Is it the wind or are you disappointed with the way you served?
ANA IVANOVIC: My serve is getting better, and it's on the way of becoming weapon. But like I was talking, it still has lot of more work to be done on it. Today it was even more challenging with this wind. Even tossing ball without wind is hard enough. It's just how it is, and I really feel there was a lot of positives out there. Like I said, even with my base game not being at the level I want it to be, I still felt I had opportunities.

Q. Is it difficult for you to catch your toss? You've always had, it seems, a problem with tossing. But in these conditions you didn't seem to catch your toss even when it was going way out to the right.
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I know. I know. I do have problems with that. Because I feel kind of bad stopping, but that's my problem. (Laughter.)

Q. Once again, we have a tournament where Serbians have done incredibly well. You have been asked this a million times, but please, what makes Serbian tennis so good?
ANA IVANOVIC: I really -- it's hard to say, but I think once a few players come up, the generation sort of follows. It's been great to have so many players playing so well. I saw Janko had a win. It's really exciting. People back home are very thrilled, and they wake up in the middle of the night to watch our matches. We always get messages of support, which is great. That's something that also motivates us.

Q. On court, is there anything in particular, a certain kind of toughness or part of the game on court that is common to Serbs?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, I think Serbians actually have quite a combustible character, so it's very -- I don't know. Maybe that's good for tennis. Maybe that's something that drives us. But sometimes we can have fired up emotions out there.

Q. Serena is considered to have one of the best serves in the women's game. But on second serve you were standing way inside the baseline to receive her. Is that what you normally do with her or with others?
ANA IVANOVIC: I do. I really try to step up, especially on the second serve and sometimes even on the first serve. But like I said, I felt that was my opportunity to take the ball early and to put her under pressure straightaway. And also, considering, you know, that there was so much wind, you can't go full out on your serve because you toss the ball and it moves all over the place. That's something I tried to really use and tried to, you know, think maybe even stepping up more.

Q. If Novak does indeed advance to play Janko in the next round, do you have any insight into the emotions into Davis Cup teammates, two Serbians who know each other well playing each other? Are you generally supportive of one another? Will that, do you think, be a difficult dynamic?
ANA IVANOVIC: I think the guys, they have really good relationship with each other. I don't know if Novak and Janko played many times against each other, but I know Novak and Troicki, there was a period where they played every week against each other. It's always tough to play someone from your own country. And especially from my point of view, I mean, we don't have too many girls out there. You know, I didn't play Bojanna yet, but when I play Jelena it's always tough because it's a lot more emotional and you're not used to it. But I'm sure they'll be a great match.

Q. What would you say Novak's year and his Wimbledon championship mean to Serbia?
ANA IVANOVIC: It's huge. I mean, I don't know if you have seen the celebration after he got back. It's amazing. Wimbledon, it's the most traditional Grand Slam, and in Serbia they still call tennis white sport, you know, because of how it's been played in the past. It's huge. You know, to have him win that made Serbia very proud.

Q. If he were to win it here, what do you think it would mean?
ANA IVANOVIC: It would be amazing, because then he's, you know, going for all four eventually. I think Grand Slam is a Grand Slam. You just want that victory.

Q. Novak, talk about his role in Serbia. Is he the most important person in Serbia?
ANA IVANOVIC: Over the president? (Laughter.) Well, I think he's definitely most famous person, you know. We do have so many followers. I mean, tennis, it became the No. 1 sport in Serbia. No matter how old the person is, they know about, you know, Novak or Janko or Viktor or myself or Jelena. It's exciting, I think. You know, that's what drives young kids to take up sport.

Q. He's known for his whackiness, his jokes. When did you realize this guy was special? Do you have an early story you could share with us?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I played with him tournaments under 10 and under 12 back home in Serbia, so we do go a long way. He always was joker, always making impersonations and laughing and trying to pull jokes. One of the first professional tournaments that we played together, I think was in 's Hertogenbosch in Holland and he was in the player lounge doing impersonations of all these players. I said, Come on, do an impersonation of me, and then he started like banging his leg against the floor. I was like, Do I really do that? It was kind of embarrassing, but it was fun.

Q. Has he ever done your fist pump?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, of course. Even the guy in Starbucks did that. (Laughter.)

Q. Have you and Nigel talked about where you're gonna set up like your training base for the rest of the year?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, it's, you know, early days, but we did talk a little bit about off season of course, because that's something that has to be planned. But, you know, we gonna be a little bit between, you know, Spain and England and just see how it goes.

Q. Not having great results so far this season, what do you take away from the Open? It looked like you were pretty confident out there today.
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I think I had quite good summer considering from where I came. I did put a lot of hard work and lot of efforts. It's good to see that paying off. I'm still aware I have to work a lot, but, you know, the base game, it's kind of there. I gained a lot more confidence from winning a lot more matches. And also, you know, my serve is improving, which is kind of important, especially in today's game. But, yeah, no, it's exciting times. We are looking, with Nigel and Scott we are looking at big picture and what I have to do to get better and back to the top. But, you know, winning a lot more matches definitely does help with confidence.


I hope mods will not remove this article like ATP related :tape:

Cajka
Sep 17th, 2011, 11:12 AM
http://www.story.rs/video/17924-ana-ivanovic-citajte.html

This was yesterday, Ana lead the Unicef event. She talked to kids about the books


... talking about the point of the class...

Ana: "I think this is very nice. I can get some recommendations from you and I can recommend you something and it's really wonderful. For example, when I was in Stanford, I had also an opportunity to visit a bookstore and to spend some time with some even younger children and read them some books, that's why I was surprised to learn that every fifth child in Serbia doesn't have a picture book and it's really appaling 'cause kids learn some basic things from those picture books.

I love reading some romantic stories to relax when I'm on vacation. i also like true stories, we can learn a lot from them. There are also some inspiring books about the people who had some accident that happened on vacation or on the mountain (:spit:)... It really inspires you.

There's a lot of books I like. One of them is "The Rice Mother" by Rani Manicka. I also liked the trilogy "The girl with the tattoo" (I mean, the full name is "The girl with the dragon tattoo", she made a mistake :p)..."

Some kid: "Millennium" (the name of the whole trilogy)

Ana: "Yes, it's Millennium. Thank you. (smile) Did you read it?"

The kid: "No, my dad did."

Ana: "OK." (laughter)

The interviewer: "He still reads those Sci-Fi books, the fairy tales, he'll read about the girls later."

Ana: "Did you read it? (asks another kid)"

The kid: "No."

Ana: "And you did (talks to kid number 3). I must admit I don't like SciFi, I didn't read ... I couldn't understand... When I read a book, I'm trying to imagine myself in that situation. I love to create a relationship with the main characters, that's why I don't like seeing a movie based on book I liked. It looks different. Since I was a kid, I compared myself to the characters from the books."

The kid: "May you tell us which one?"

Ana: "There were so many of them. But I remember, among the first ones was Cindarella (smile). I really loved it. I read the biographies of the tennis players. I read the book by Monica Seles. I started playing tennis because of her. I could identify myself with her in some situations.
The books also helped me to assess someone.. to see someone's character, to see how other persons think... to learn that there's always someone else's side of the story. Even if someone acts nervy, maybe it's just a bad day, or maybe something happened that 'caused that attitude (:facepalm: sweet and naive Baby Anči :().. I have hundreds of books. But they are on different places. It's very difficult to travel with the books. The bags are very heavy. My dad always complains: "Your bags are so heavy." But the books are in there."

The interviewer: "Ana will now gift you the books. And when Ana gifts you a book, don't you dare not to read it. (laughter)

Cajka
Sep 17th, 2011, 06:28 PM
http://www.banjalukalive.com/tenis/ana-ivanovic-novak-me-inspirise.html

All those who play tennis dream about doing what Nole did this season. There's no more dominant players on the WTA tour, the quality is pretty equal and it's a great chance for Serbian tennis players.

The only Serbian female player with a grand slam trophy Ana Ivanovic is thrilled by the success of her friend Novak Djokovic! The former number one in the world in an interview for "Press" said that Nole inspires her to make a comeback.
One of the best athletes in the world spoke about the situation in women's tennis, competing at the U.S. Open, her role as UNICEF ambassador ...

Currently you are ranked #20. Do you think it's finally time to get back to the place that you belong?

- I think that the situation in women's tennis has changed a lot and there's no more such dominant players like Justine Henin, Kim Clijsters, even the Williams sisters are no longer invincible as before. It's great for Serbian tennis, but also for women's tennis in general, because now we have no absolute favorite, the quality is pretty equal and it is difficult to predict who will win the tournament. This situation definitely motivates me and I believe that if I work hard, I can prepare well for next season and then come back. Reaching the top 10 should be the first step, then everything will be easier.

Australian player Samantha Stosur won the USO, due to win over Serena Williams, who won a match against you in the fourth round. Did you expect such an outcome of the tournament in New York?

- We were all surprised that Stosur defeated Serena, but this is just another indication of how women's tennis has become equal and that there are more players who compete for the title. I played against Serena in the fourth round, despite the defeat I think I was pretty competitive. Unfortunately, the weather conditions were bad, there was a strong wind blowing and I had problems with the serve, and she managed to exploit that weakness. However, it is positive that I saw that I could be competitive and I expect to perform even better in our next match.

How do the fantastic results of Novak Djokovic affect you?

- We are all amazed by Novak's success. Honestly, after the great season Nadal had last year, I did not expect that someone would be able to repeat it, but Novak is even better. He did something that doesn't happen very often in the world of tennis. His brilliant winning streaks certainly motivate me, and now we all dream about repeating what he has done. I hope that in the future he will continue playing at such high level and that will stay the best in the world for a long time.

It seems that his success came as a result of winning the Davis Cup last year. Do you think that our team can defend the title?

- Victory in the national team certainly positively affects all the players and give them additional strength in the tournaments. The atmosphere in our team is great and it's a key to success. We have excellent tennis players who constantly cheer for each other, and in such situation they all give more than the maximum. I think guys can repeat the success, now they'll play the sf against Argentina and I believe in the victory in front of the home crowd.

Cajka
Oct 30th, 2011, 09:11 PM
http://www.anaivanovic.com/pressandinterviews/blick-interview

Ana is today featured in Blick, the best-selling newspaper of Switzerland, where she is a resident.

The following is a translated extract from the interview with reporter Christian Buerge:

Blick: On a good day you convincingly beat top players like Vera Zvonareva and Svetlana Kuznetsova. Then 24 hours later you lose tamely against a nobody. What's behind this?
Ana: That example had to do with my back injury. But sometimes it's concerned with the head, with self-confidence. And often, everything is connected somehow. Success is sometimes easy. And sometimes it's complex.

You were perhaps the biggest Serbian star. Now it is Novak Djokovic. Do you have words for what he experienced this year?
I wish I could do the same thing and learn. It's crazy. He is a hero in Serbia. What he has achieved is the dream of every athlete. I'm so happy for him, because we are very close friends. I saw him with the title win in Australia and I know how happy he is.

You live in Basel. Where can one see Ana Ivanovic?
I live near the zoo. Sometimes I go to the wellness centre, to use the spa, the pool or to relax in the sauna. Or I go to Oliv, my favorite restaurant.

Photo: John Russo

gloria7
Oct 30th, 2011, 10:54 PM
The whole interview is very interesting. She praised Novak and said ,he didn't want to tell her what is "the secret" of his success. He just told her - she has to be happy, on and off the court, and to enjoy playing tennis... then he started joking and that was it.

Journalist asked her about Verdasco and Scott and why she had to end relationships with them. "It is hard, you have to invest a lot of time in a relationship. Of course, there are people, like Roger, who have found a perfect balance. He has a perfect love and a perfect partner. Nadal and Novak too. It is so much easier for men because...." ..and i couldn't understand anything further, so i'm going to ask my friend to translate that part for me tomorrow. I was using google translate, but when i saw result, i had to quote Rafa - "This is ridiculiiiis".

Cajka
Oct 30th, 2011, 11:26 PM
The whole interview is very interesting. She praised Novak and said ,he didn't want to tell her what is "the secret" of his success. He just told her - she has to be happy, on and off the court, and to enjoy playing tennis... then he started joking and that was it.

Journalist asked her about Verdasco and Scott and why she had to end relationships with them. "It is hard, you have to invest a lot of time in a relationship. Of course, there are people, like Roger, who have found a perfect balance. He has a perfect love and a perfect partner. Nadal and Novak too. It is so much easier for men because...." ..and i couldn't understand anything further, so i'm going to ask my friend to translate that part for me tomorrow. I was using google translate, but when i saw result, i had to quote Rafa - "This is ridiculiiiis".

Thanx. It would be nice to get the translation of that part. :p

gloria7
Oct 31st, 2011, 08:24 AM
OK, my friend sent me this:

On Verdasco and Scott: "It is hard, you have to invest a lot of time in a relationship. Of course, there are men, like Roger, who has found a balance between private life and a career. He has a perfect love and a perfect partner. Nadal and Novak too. It is much easier for men, because they are less emotional. If girlfriend or a wife travel with a man, showing her love and support - it's normal and ok, but when man has to do he same - other people find that ridiculous and make a fun of him (I don't think that Rory, Sasha or Radek would agree with Ana).
Maybe i'll find the right mix some day, be able to have a good relationship and career, but right now, there are so many things that i want to achieve. I don't know if a girl can play great tennis and to be in love at the same time...i've tried everything - to be single and to be in a relationship. I don't know why i can't have both...i can't predict the future, but to be single is very hard (is not that easy).

On Fed: "Novak is very close friend of mine, but i was so sad when Roger lost SF match at US Open. That return from Novak was unbelievable. Roger played great, he was perfect, his serve was fantastic. He just couldn't convert those 2 match points. I know how it feels like".

Q:"You feel sorry for Federer?"

Ana: "In a way - yes. It is hard to feel sorry for the man who won 16 GS and every possible title. He played very well, he was so close, you know you are doing everything right and you can't win. It's not easy to deal with it when you lose the match that way".

On Novak: "He is total package,he has everything: BH, FH, return, serve,and what's most important - the winner attitude."

Cajka
Oct 31st, 2011, 11:36 AM
I love her interview. Very mature! When she mentioned Novak's attitude, I think that she realizes that it's exactly what she doesn't have right now.

gloria7
Oct 31st, 2011, 12:44 PM
I prefer her latest interview for "Vecernje Novosti".Journalist is a brave man, he was asking the right questions:

1) You've won 2 "small" titles in 2 years. On what result is based your optimism ?

Ana: "I'm aware of that.But look at Kvitova,she didn't won many titles,but she got a GS".

2)You can beat the best players and ,next day, you can lose to an avarage one. Why?

Ana: "Confidence is very important.I have had a lot of bad and negative experiences and i've
lost many matches that i should have won. That's why i feel bigger pressure when i'm
playing against lower ranked opponents".

3)People say that you've lost your motivation, that you play because of commitments to your
sponsors, that you are not hungry anymore. Is that true?

Ana "I know the truth,everyone is entitled to their opinion.There were too many people around
me,who gave me the wrong advice, but now i can make my own decisions and make my own
choices".

4)Are you satisfied with your current ranking?

Ana:"No,of course.I'm used to be at the top.When i'm playing,i feel that people look at me as
i am still #1, or top5 player, and that creates some sort of pressure".

5)You always talk about GS, titles, and, yet, you don't have results to back up that kind of
talking.

Ana: "Yes,i know. That is an additional pressure. I thought i could win a title in China,i
played well there. But Nigel and i - we want to improve my service and we are working on
some specific elements in my game".

Then she said: "I should have done same thing as Sharapova - not to play that much when i had a difficult time, when i was injured. She didn't forced things, she took a break from tennis, she didn't play much. I haven't done the same, because i had a team around me, who kept telling me: "You have to play, you have to play!"...That was a big mistake, i played instead of having good preparations . I was always in the situation to chase something, because i didn't practiced ,and i didn't play much. In such circumstances i couldn't expect better results".

Cajka
Oct 31st, 2011, 01:18 PM
Then she said: "I should have done same thing as Sharapova - not to play that much when i had a difficult time, when i was injured. She didn't forced things, she took a break from tennis, she didn't play much. I haven't done the same, because i had a team around me, who kept telling me: "You have to play, you have to play!"...That was a big mistake, i played instead of having good preparations . I was always in the situation to chase something, because i didn't practiced ,and i didn't play much. In such circumstances i couldn't expect better results".

Is she talking about the time when she had that thumb injury in 2008? I still can't believe that she played few tournaments while having such an awful injury. I wonder if she would have a different career if she didn't make such a stupid mistake. Playing this year on AO was an awful decision too. Hopefully, she will FINALLY learn something. Just don't fire Nigel, Ana. :sobbing:

gloria7
Oct 31st, 2011, 08:41 PM
I have no idea, Cajka, i don't know what to think anymore. I'm worried because she said:

"I was wrong to listen to wrong advice... People around me gave me bad advice"...To play while having an injury? To add more tournaments to her schedule? To fire coaches? Who are those people?Who can make her to do things against her will?

"My team kept telling me to play...you have to play, you have to play". Who said that to Ana?
Lojanica & Heinz? Cahill & Morel? Lojanica & AVG? Sven & Cahill?

"But now i can make my own decisions and choices"...So she wasn't allowed to make decisions on her own? She had to obey and listen to Holzmann? Versi? Her parents? Sponsors? Maybe coaches?What happened, so that she decided to change all of that? Or she just love to blame others for her own bad choices and results?

Last year she said she will not repeat the mistakes of the past and she played injured 11, maybe 12 GS...and every other tournament. She blew up 11 chances to do something significant at GS. She is always injured, always. The last 3 years competition on WTA wasn't that strong but she couldn't fix her head and game...what a waste of time and talent...And did she reinvented the word "pressure" or what? She is putting so much unnecessary pressure on herself...If she has to play against BIg 4 - it's a pressure.Fans expect her to beat lower ranked players and win some MM tournament - it is an additional pressure. If journalists and fans still see her as a top 5 player - that is another reason for her to be nervous. Why she can take that as a compliment? People still believe in you, Ana.

Cajka
Oct 31st, 2011, 09:40 PM
I have no idea, Cajka, i don't know what to think anymore. I'm worried because she said:

"I was wrong to listen to wrong advice... People around me gave me bad advice"...To play while having an injury? To add more tournaments to her schedule? To fire coaches? Who are those people?Who can make her to do things against her will?

"My team kept telling me to play...you have to play, you have to play". Who said that to Ana?
Lojanica & Heinz? Cahill & Morel? Lojanica & AVG? Sven & Cahill?

"But now i can make my own decisions and choices"...So she wasn't allowed to make decisions on her own? She had to obey and listen to Holzmann? Versi? Her parents? Sponsors? Maybe coaches?What happened, so that she decided to change all of that? Or she just love to blame others for her own bad choices and results?

Last year she said she will not repeat the mistakes of the past and she played injured 11, maybe 12 GS...and every other tournament. She blew up 11 chances to do something significant at GS. She is always injured, always. The last 3 years competition on WTA wasn't that strong but she couldn't fix her head and game...what a waste of time and talent...And did she reinvented the word "pressure" or what? She is putting so much unnecessary pressure on herself...If she has to play against BIg 4 - it's a pressure.Fans expect her to beat lower ranked players and win some MM tournament - it is an additional pressure. If journalists and fans still see her as a top 5 player - that is another reason for her to be nervous. Why she can take that as a compliment? People still believe in you, Ana.

She was probably talking about the coaches from Adidas. But, there's also one interesting thing, she's been saying some things for a while. She wants to make her own decisions. :scratch: That's a very interesting thing. She's a very marketable player, some people obviously need her to earn them money. Maybe it's really Dan. I hope that Ana will make her own decisions, but that she will also take Nigel's advices, it's the most important thing. If she takes advices from someone who has no clue about the tennis, no wonder she's totally screwed.

Nena_xxx
Nov 10th, 2011, 08:49 PM
Tennis ace Ana Ivanovic watches Adam Scott play at the Australian Open golf tournament


http://resources0.news.com.au/images/2011/11/10/1226191/897344-ana-ivanovic.jpg

SERBIAN tennis glamour Ana Ivanovic has a love affair with Sydney and her results on court have little to do with it.

The former world No.1 has revealed that a desire to improve her Australian Open preparation is only a small reason she has agreed to play in the Apia International Sydney tournament at Olympic Park from January 8-14.

"I love the beaches. I love Manly. I love Bondi. It's hard to choose which to go for," Ivanovic said yesterday.

"I love the culture of going to the beach and having breakfast there and then just relaxing. The shopping is great. The harbour is really nice to walk around.

"I'm really excited to go back there. It's one of my favourite events."

Ivanovic will also play the Brisbane International in the first week of January.

Her decision to play back-to-back tournaments in Australia before the Australian Open comes just days after it was revealed she has rekindled her relationship with Aussie golfer Adam Scott. She was spotted yesterday cheering him on in the Australian Open at The Lakes Golf Club.

"All my friends back home get so jealous," she said of being on holiday in Australia.

"I get the text messages from them saying 'we're freezing'. And I'm here in Australia sunbathing during the Christmas time."

gloria7
Nov 13th, 2011, 10:11 AM
Part of Nigel's interview (Vecernje Novosti, "I'll get back Ana to the top")

- Ana waited a year and a half to work with Nigel (due to his obligations in LTA),

- She hired a physio after Luxembourg and he will be with her in Australia during the off
season, to help her. New team will focus on taking care of Ana's health to avoid re-injury,


- Goal is to get her back to the top 10( in the 2nd part of the season), to end 2012 in top 8
and qualify for Istanbul,

- Olympics are very important to them, they are optimistic about tournaments in Australia since
she has no points to defend, and they expect good results on clay too,

- Progress is evident but there is no room for euphoria, the real work is in front of Ana, she
knows that. It was very encouraging for Nigel to see how well Ana played against Vera and
Kuzzy. He thinks she should play like that in the future. Part of his job is to remind Ana
that she won a GS and already beat top players in the past,

-Nigel spent some time in Belgrade before going to Bali: " They spoiled me (Ana and her
parents),they took me everywhere. I felt like i was going to explode, because i ate and drank
so much".

InsideOut.
Nov 13th, 2011, 10:19 AM
She has a physio :bounce: Good to have a bigger team. I wonder who it is.

I really hope Ana manages to get back to the top 10 next year. :awww:

gloria7
Nov 13th, 2011, 12:28 PM
According to Herald Sun, "Ana Ivanovic will step out with Adam Scott at tomorrow night's Presidents Cup gala dinner at Crown. The Presidents Cup, held every two years, will take place this week at Royal Melbourne Golf Club".

Hmmm....The white Matthew Williamson's dress we saw in Bali ?

Nena_xxx
Nov 13th, 2011, 03:57 PM
Let's hope that there will be some photos from that event...

Cajka
Nov 13th, 2011, 06:22 PM
Part of Nigel's interview (Vecernje Novosti, "I'll get back Ana to the top")

- Ana waited a year and a half to work with Nigel (due to his obligations in LTA),

- She hired a physio after Luxembourg and he will be with her in Australia during the off
season, to help her. New team will focus on taking care of Ana's health to avoid re-injury,


- Goal is to get her back to the top 10( in the 2nd part of the season), to end 2012 in top 8
and qualify for Istanbul,

- Olympics are very important to them, they are optimistic about tournaments in Australia since
she has no points to defend, and they expect good results on clay too,

- Progress is evident but there is no room for euphoria, the real work is in front of Ana, she
knows that. It was very encouraging for Nigel to see how well Ana played against Vera and
Kuzzy. He thinks she should play like that in the future. Part of his job is to remind Ana
that she won a GS and already beat top players in the past,

-Nigel spent some time in Belgrade before going to Bali: " They spoiled me (Ana and her
parents),they took me everywhere. I felt like i was going to explode, because i ate and drank
so much".

I have said this so many times and I have to say it again: I love Nigel!

Nena_xxx
Nov 13th, 2011, 06:28 PM
Let's hear :woohoo: from all Ana's fans! :lol:

marineblue
Nov 13th, 2011, 06:34 PM
Well, so far it looks like it was well worth waiting for Nigel.

Tweedle
Nov 21st, 2011, 11:07 AM
Sorry, a bit off topic, but Novak was asked a few fan questions in an interview at the World Tour Finals and this was one of them:


Q: Tell me a name of the WTA player that you would like to play mixed doubles, but not our players, Ana Ivanovic or Jelena Jankovic.

ND: Ana Ivanovic

Q: But not them...

ND: Only with Ana.

Awww :awww: he's secretly in love with her :p

Cajka
Nov 21st, 2011, 11:56 AM
Sorry, a bit off topic, but Novak was asked a few fan questions in an interview at the World Tour Finals and this was one of them:




Awww :awww: he's secretly in love with her :p

I heard it yesterday. :lol:

Nena_xxx
Nov 21st, 2011, 08:57 PM
^ Me too. I saw his interview. It was super sweet from him. :hearts:

Super Dave
Dec 6th, 2011, 02:11 PM
http://www.sports.ru/tennis/132037273.html

Ana Ivanovic: I want a big family, with at least three kids

gloria7
Dec 9th, 2011, 07:54 PM
From SKY SPORTS, "Here come the girls" :


Q:Did you manage to relax and enjoy some time off ?

A: I did, thanks. I was with my boyfriend Adam Scott at two of his golf tournaments. The
President's Cup in Melbourne was a lot of fun, because player's partners were really made to
feel like we were part of the team. It was both relaxing and exciting at the same time -
relaxing because i could forget about tennis, and exciting because it was a serious
competition.

Q: You must be in the middle of your pre-season training by now. Can you tell me about your
daily regime?

A: As always, i started with fitness only: usually two sessions a day, one cardio and one
weights session. In the beginning we were working on muscle growth, but then we moved onto
increasing my strength.

Q: What other activities, aside from tennis, have you been doing ?

A: We've been taking full advantage of the beautiful surroundings in Australia! We are outdoors
every day. So far i have been running along the coast of Queensland, "stair climbing" to the
top of amazing views, stand-up paddling in the rivers, surfing at the beach, circuit-
training in the parks...I also did some surf life-saving activities at the beach. Now when i
list everything, it doesn't sound so hard.

Curtos07
Dec 17th, 2011, 07:13 PM
Ana Ivanovic lands Mr Right, Adam Scott, on and off the court

RICH? Tick. Famous? Tick. Handsome? Tick. Outrageously talented? Tick. His pedigree is the bane of every average bloke, but that's not what netted Australian golf star Adam Scott the most gorgeous girl in tennis.

For Serbian stunner Ana Ivanovic, it's the little things Scott does away from the gala dinners and red carpet that have courted her a second time.

"I like the relaxed, laid-back Australian mentality," Ivanovic confessed. "And I also feel like he's very helpful around the house.

"When we're together he offers to do things and help - much more than Serbian men would.

"He hasn't cooked yet ... but he has promised to make me a dish."

Ivanovic and Scott resumed their relationship this year to re-claim the undisputed crown of sport's most glamorous couple.

According to Ivanovic, their break-up was a chance to re-focus on their careers.

"It was tough times for both of us," she said.

"Sometimes you need time apart to figure things out. We felt there was so much more we could achieve with our careers.

"In the end, it has all been for the good. It has been really nice for both of us."

But deciding on Mr Right hasn't been the only challenge in Ivanovic's life.

She's also spent most of her career searching for a right-hand man to inspire the form that took her to world No.1 three years ago.

Ivanovic's subsequent struggle with injury and mental demons has seen her flick through several coaches before settling on British guru Nigel Sears in July.

She and Scott rekindled their romance around the same time, and Ivanovic - now ranked No.22 - this week declared she has not felt as comfortable since notching her lone grand slam triumph at the 2008 French Open.

"This might be the first time I've felt good since I became world No.1," she said.

"When that happened, I was really motivated and inspired to stay there. Then I went through a really tough patch with injury and some bad losses.

"That played on my mind and I lost my way a little bit ... probably more than a little bit."

Ivanovic suffered from analysis paralysis - a condition common to sports stars who heed the advice of every well-wisher rather than a single wise head.

The 24-year-old is now confident Sears, the former women's head coach at the Lawn Tennis Association, can fulfil that vital role.

"I went to a lot of people for advice and tried to listen to them all, but sometimes it was the wrong advice," she said. "Everyone had my best interests at heart, but it doesn't all work.

"I just spent too much time thinking and talking about the best way to approach getting back to the top. There have been lots of moments when I was trying too hard.

"Looking back, it would've been better to just take a month off and get away from it all rather than try over and over and over again.

"All you can do is learn and realise from your mistakes. I've also done many good things and I can't let myself forget about those.

"I really feel now that with Nigel, with his trust and commitment, I can get there."

After claiming her first title of 2011 at the season's final event in Bali, she slipped into her off-season alongside Scott in Australia with a little more pride.

Renowned for her jaw-dropping photo shoots and fashion spreads, Ivanovic admitted that she had felt guilty posing for the paparazzi whenever her on-court form dipped.

"I want to be recognised for what I do in tennis," she said.

"The photo shoots and fashion are fun, but they are definitely not my priority.

"I actually find that if I'm not playing well, I feel like I don't deserve to be in the public eye."

Ivanovic clearly didn't feel that way at last month's Presidents Cup golf tournament in Melbourne, where she publicly cheered on Scott while in town visiting second cousins in suburban Mentone.

She has since been training alongside Scott on the Sunshine Coast in preparation for next month's Apia Sydney International, which is followed by the Australian Open at Melbourne Park.

"Adam has been really helpful for me," she said. "In the last few years we've both been through a lot and he's now getting back to the top.

"He can help me with advice and support to get where I want to be."

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/golf-2011/ana-ivanovic-lands-mr-right-adam-scott-on-and-off-the-court/story-fnalpkga-1226224731197

gloria7
Dec 17th, 2011, 10:22 PM
Jebi ga, Ana...

Znam da novinari izvrću tvoje reči da bi prodali priču, ali i ti im dušo, pomažeš svesrdno.
Znaš,kad prođe tvoj drugi medeni mesec, pa dođeš sebi...kad prođe priča o plažama, večnoj ljubavi, sportu, uspehu, modi, prijateljima i hrani...kad se ogoliš do kraja - doći ćeš do sebe, do toga ko si i odakle si.

Stidiš se svoje zemlje? Srbija je zemlja trećeg sveta, a ti je posetiš 2 puta godišnje...i muka ti je. Bar tako pričaš Švajcarcima u svakom jebenom intervjuu...gnjavimo te, ne damo ti da živiš, ljudi ti dele savete na ulici, dobacuju...stoka jedna. Sviraju ti dok voziš auto, hoće da se slikaju sa tobom, glupi Srbi- ne umeju da cene privatnost,kao neki drugi, bolji narodi.

A u Melburnu šetaš 10 sati na kiši i staješ da svakom daš autogram...profesionalac. Jebeš zdravlje, treba da se dokažeš Australijancima. Vole te oni, pišu o tebi i o "sultanu svinga"...dok ga ne pozove bivša riba...A kad mu dosadiš pa te zameni novim modelom, nekom 21-godišnjom Šveđankom - bebisiterkom, opet će te "Bleacher Report" staviti na listu "25 bivših devojaka, šutnutih kao jučerašnje đubre".

Nemaju Srbi kojih se stidiš ništa od tvoje slave i para...to je tvoje, ti si ih zaradila. Sve što mi imamo je zadovoljstvo što je neko tamo, daleko, uspeo i spasio se ove bede i jada. Ja bar osećam sreću kad god vidim srpsku zastavu pored tvog imena...i to je sve .Uvek ću ti biti zahvalan za našu himnu u Parizu 2008-e. Uvek. Ali ako ne možeš da kažeš nešto lepo o Srbiji,onda ćuti. I to je bolje od ovog sranja. Dosta nam je inflacije, poskupljenja, laži političara i gladi. Dosta nam je lažnog patriotizma, najskupljeg autogasa u Evropi i preko 1,6 miliona siromašnih i nepismenih.

Ko bi predstavljao takvu Srbiju? Razumem te...ali nisi ti zbog Srba završila u emisiji "E", niti bila glavna sprdnja u teniskim krugovima pre 2 godine. Nisu te Srbi prevarili,iskoristili i šutnuli.Jebi ga, mi ovde bar plaćamo porez...Šta znaš ti o Srbiji, otišla si odavno,a kad dođeš, dovedu ti decu iz dobro držećih porodica pa ih predstave kao najbolje đake. Ljudi sa diplomom rade za 4900 evra godišnje,a ti dobiješ 5200$ za poraz u prvom kolu Stanforda.

A Adam usisava,ha? I pere veš. Ne zaudara na znoj kao prosečni Srbin. Znaš šta pričaju za nas napolju: ubice, silovatelji, varvari, kriminalci...što kažu braća Hrvati- "Srbi su narod sa genetskim predispozicijama za zločin"...i neće da kuvaju ručak i bacaju đubre...Pa kako ćeš da predstavljaš takav narod ? Koji narod? Ove kulturne Srbe, sa diplomom, koji su bili napolju ili onih 76% koji nikad nisu napustili zemlju? Hoćeš li da predstavljaš ovu decu sa Kosova koju su doveli u Beograd da ljube ikone u hramu SV.Save i mole Boga da ih spasi od metaka? Kad ćeš njih da upoznaš?

U julu ćeš doći,da nam ,onako, na TV-u kažeš ,kako si ponosna što predstavljaš svoju zemlju na Olimpijadi i ceo srpski narod...koji veruje u čuda, u Boga, u tebe i Noleta,u kosmičku pravdu. Za ovaj narod ti nisi "close friend" i "parner", narod te neće menjati za neku kurvu iz Holivuda ili anonimnu Brazilku koja je pristala da bude u pozadini dok ne počne tvoja teniska sezona.Ovaj narod te neće iskoristiti kao glavnu atrakciju na golf turniru,koja treba da skrene pažnju ljudi sa velikog skandala. Ova zemlja nema golf turnir...

Znamo mi da nikad nećeš živeti ovde, da se nećeš udati za Srbina, da voliš bogate i slavne,da si suviše dobra za ovu zemlju. I baš zato te molim, Ana...u ime onih miliona Srba koji te vole,koji te poštuju,kojima si jedino svetlo u ovoj crnoj rupi -ćuti...samo ćuti...i budi srećna. Onako kako 6,8 miliona nekulturnih,primitivnih i lenjih Srba nikad neće biti. Odigraj bar ovo kao pravi br.1!


Jebi ga,Ana...baš onako,jebi ga!

Pops Maellard
Dec 17th, 2011, 10:25 PM
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/golf-2011/ana-ivanovic-lands-mr-right-adam-scott-on-and-off-the-court/story-fnalpkga-1226224731197
That is too cute :hearts:.

Cajka
Dec 17th, 2011, 11:22 PM
Jebi ga, Ana...

Znam da novinari izvrću tvoje reči da bi prodali priču, ali i ti im dušo, pomažeš svesrdno.
Znaš,kad prođe tvoj drugi medeni mesec, pa dođeš sebi...kad prođe priča o plažama, večnoj ljubavi, sportu, uspehu, modi, prijateljima i hrani...kad se ogoliš do kraja - doći ćeš do sebe, do toga ko si i odakle si.

Stidiš se svoje zemlje? Srbija je zemlja trećeg sveta, a ti je posetiš 2 puta godišnje...i muka ti je. Bar tako pričaš Švajcarcima u svakom jebenom intervjuu...gnjavimo te, ne damo ti da živiš, ljudi ti dele savete na ulici, dobacuju...stoka jedna. Sviraju ti dok voziš auto, hoće da se slikaju sa tobom, glupi Srbi- ne umeju da cene privatnost,kao neki drugi, bolji narodi.

A u Melburnu šetaš 10 sati na kiši i staješ da svakom daš autogram...profesionalac. Jebeš zdravlje, treba da se dokažeš Australijancima. Vole te oni, pišu o tebi i o "sultanu svinga"...dok ga ne pozove bivša riba...A kad mu dosadiš pa te zameni novim modelom, nekom 21-godišnjom Šveđankom - bebisiterkom, opet će te "Bleacher Report" staviti na listu "25 bivših devojaka, šutnutih kao jučerašnje đubre".

Nemaju Srbi kojih se stidiš ništa od tvoje slave i para...to je tvoje, ti si ih zaradila. Sve što mi imamo je zadovoljstvo što je neko tamo, daleko, uspeo i spasio se ove bede i jada. Ja bar osećam sreću kad god vidim srpsku zastavu pored tvog imena...i to je sve .Uvek ću ti biti zahvalan za našu himnu u Parizu 2008-e. Uvek. Ali ako ne možeš da kažeš nešto lepo o Srbiji,onda ćuti. I to je bolje od ovog sranja. Dosta nam je inflacije, poskupljenja, laži političara i gladi. Dosta nam je lažnog patriotizma, najskupljeg autogasa u Evropi i preko 1,6 miliona siromašnih i nepismenih.

Ko bi predstavljao takvu Srbiju? Razumem te...ali nisi ti zbog Srba završila u emisiji "E", niti bila glavna sprdnja u teniskim krugovima pre 2 godine. Nisu te Srbi prevarili,iskoristili i šutnuli.Jebi ga, mi ovde bar plaćamo porez...Šta znaš ti o Srbiji, otišla si odavno,a kad dođeš, dovedu ti decu iz dobro držećih porodica pa ih predstave kao najbolje đake. Ljudi sa diplomom rade za 4900 evra godišnje,a ti dobiješ 5200$ za poraz u prvom kolu Stanforda.

A Adam usisava,ha? I pere veš. Ne zaudara na znoj kao prosečni Srbin. Znaš šta pričaju za nas napolju: ubice, silovatelji, varvari, kriminalci...što kažu braća Hrvati- "Srbi su narod sa genetskim predispozicijama za zločin"...i neće da kuvaju ručak i bacaju đubre...Pa kako ćeš da predstavljaš takav narod ? Koji narod? Ove kulturne Srbe, sa diplomom, koji su bili napolju ili onih 76% koji nikad nisu napustili zemlju? Hoćeš li da predstavljaš ovu decu sa Kosova koju su doveli u Beograd da ljube ikone u hramu SV.Save i mole Boga da ih spasi od metaka? Kad ćeš njih da upoznaš?

U julu ćeš doći,da nam ,onako, na TV-u kažeš ,kako si ponosna što predstavljaš svoju zemlju na Olimpijadi i ceo srpski narod...koji veruje u čuda, u Boga, u tebe i Noleta,u kosmičku pravdu. Za ovaj narod ti nisi "close friend" i "parner", narod te neće menjati za neku kurvu iz Holivuda ili anonimnu Brazilku koja je pristala da bude u pozadini dok ne počne tvoja teniska sezona.Ovaj narod te neće iskoristiti kao glavnu atrakciju na golf turniru,koja treba da skrene pažnju ljudi sa velikog skandala. Ova zemlja nema golf turnir...

Znamo mi da nikad nećeš živeti ovde, da se nećeš udati za Srbina, da voliš bogate i slavne,da si suviše dobra za ovu zemlju. I baš zato te molim, Ana...u ime onih miliona Srba koji te vole,koji te poštuju,kojima si jedino svetlo u ovoj crnoj rupi -ćuti...samo ćuti...i budi srećna. Onako kako 6,8 miliona nekulturnih,primitivnih i lenjih Srba nikad neće biti. Odigraj bar ovo kao pravi br.1!


Jebi ga,Ana...baš onako,jebi ga!

Ja ne verujem da se ona stidi Srbije ili da ima ne znam koliko negativno mišljenje o svojoj zemlji i ljudima iz svoje zemlje. Ali definitivno mislim da ponekad ne zna šta treba da kaže, a šta ne i da u ovakvim intervjuima zvuči kao tipična glupača. I veoma je glupo što generalizuje. Možda su srpski muškarci u njenom okruženju drvoseče, ali nisu svi takvi. Da nisam pročitala tvoj komentar, ne bih ni pogledala članak... Bolje da nisam... Kao insert iz neke loše sapunice, sladunjave i retardirane.

Linguae^
Dec 18th, 2011, 12:04 AM
Jebi ga, Ana...

Znam da novinari izvrću tvoje reči da bi prodali priču, ali i ti im dušo, pomažeš svesrdno.
Znaš,kad prođe tvoj drugi medeni mesec, pa dođeš sebi...kad prođe priča o plažama, večnoj ljubavi, sportu, uspehu, modi, prijateljima i hrani...kad se ogoliš do kraja - doći ćeš do sebe, do toga ko si i odakle si.

Stidiš se svoje zemlje? Srbija je zemlja trećeg sveta, a ti je posetiš 2 puta godišnje...i muka ti je. Bar tako pričaš Švajcarcima u svakom jebenom intervjuu...gnjavimo te, ne damo ti da živiš, ljudi ti dele savete na ulici, dobacuju...stoka jedna. Sviraju ti dok voziš auto, hoće da se slikaju sa tobom, glupi Srbi- ne umeju da cene privatnost,kao neki drugi, bolji narodi.

A u Melburnu šetaš 10 sati na kiši i staješ da svakom daš autogram...profesionalac. Jebeš zdravlje, treba da se dokažeš Australijancima. Vole te oni, pišu o tebi i o "sultanu svinga"...dok ga ne pozove bivša riba...A kad mu dosadiš pa te zameni novim modelom, nekom 21-godišnjom Šveđankom - bebisiterkom, opet će te "Bleacher Report" staviti na listu "25 bivših devojaka, šutnutih kao jučerašnje đubre".

Nemaju Srbi kojih se stidiš ništa od tvoje slave i para...to je tvoje, ti si ih zaradila. Sve što mi imamo je zadovoljstvo što je neko tamo, daleko, uspeo i spasio se ove bede i jada. Ja bar osećam sreću kad god vidim srpsku zastavu pored tvog imena...i to je sve .Uvek ću ti biti zahvalan za našu himnu u Parizu 2008-e. Uvek. Ali ako ne možeš da kažeš nešto lepo o Srbiji,onda ćuti. I to je bolje od ovog sranja. Dosta nam je inflacije, poskupljenja, laži političara i gladi. Dosta nam je lažnog patriotizma, najskupljeg autogasa u Evropi i preko 1,6 miliona siromašnih i nepismenih.

Ko bi predstavljao takvu Srbiju? Razumem te...ali nisi ti zbog Srba završila u emisiji "E", niti bila glavna sprdnja u teniskim krugovima pre 2 godine. Nisu te Srbi prevarili,iskoristili i šutnuli.Jebi ga, mi ovde bar plaćamo porez...Šta znaš ti o Srbiji, otišla si odavno,a kad dođeš, dovedu ti decu iz dobro držećih porodica pa ih predstave kao najbolje đake. Ljudi sa diplomom rade za 4900 evra godišnje,a ti dobiješ 5200$ za poraz u prvom kolu Stanforda.

A Adam usisava,ha? I pere veš. Ne zaudara na znoj kao prosečni Srbin. Znaš šta pričaju za nas napolju: ubice, silovatelji, varvari, kriminalci...što kažu braća Hrvati- "Srbi su narod sa genetskim predispozicijama za zločin"...i neće da kuvaju ručak i bacaju đubre...Pa kako ćeš da predstavljaš takav narod ? Koji narod? Ove kulturne Srbe, sa diplomom, koji su bili napolju ili onih 76% koji nikad nisu napustili zemlju? Hoćeš li da predstavljaš ovu decu sa Kosova koju su doveli u Beograd da ljube ikone u hramu SV.Save i mole Boga da ih spasi od metaka? Kad ćeš njih da upoznaš?

U julu ćeš doći,da nam ,onako, na TV-u kažeš ,kako si ponosna što predstavljaš svoju zemlju na Olimpijadi i ceo srpski narod...koji veruje u čuda, u Boga, u tebe i Noleta,u kosmičku pravdu. Za ovaj narod ti nisi "close friend" i "parner", narod te neće menjati za neku kurvu iz Holivuda ili anonimnu Brazilku koja je pristala da bude u pozadini dok ne počne tvoja teniska sezona.Ovaj narod te neće iskoristiti kao glavnu atrakciju na golf turniru,koja treba da skrene pažnju ljudi sa velikog skandala. Ova zemlja nema golf turnir...

Znamo mi da nikad nećeš živeti ovde, da se nećeš udati za Srbina, da voliš bogate i slavne,da si suviše dobra za ovu zemlju. I baš zato te molim, Ana...u ime onih miliona Srba koji te vole,koji te poštuju,kojima si jedino svetlo u ovoj crnoj rupi -ćuti...samo ćuti...i budi srećna. Onako kako 6,8 miliona nekulturnih,primitivnih i lenjih Srba nikad neće biti. Odigraj bar ovo kao pravi br.1!


Jebi ga,Ana...baš onako,jebi ga!

Mislim da si ovim komentarom kupio mnoge ljude koji su ga procitali, a svakako si ga od srca sastavio i ostavio 'nama na cast'. Ja se ne bih slozio sa tobom na nekoliko kljucnih mesta, ali ti bar imas izgradjeno misljenje i zelis to da podelis sa drugima. Mislim da nemas razloga toliko da se zestis, kao i da je ta prica o siromasnima, nepismenima i brojkama koje ih prate prilicno dosadila i nema nikakvog efekta. Da si se na bilo sta drugo pozvao, pa da mi i promenis nesto u razmisljanju o ovom problemu. Ja samo zelim da Ana sl. godine ode na Olimpijadu, osim toga i meni se dopada Australija, a i himna iz Pariza ce me uvek dirnuti vec na pomen. Doprineo si temi komentarom, od mene jedno veliko hvala.

Cajka
Dec 18th, 2011, 12:39 AM
Does anyone agree that we should open a special thread for posts in Serbian?

Tweedle
Dec 18th, 2011, 01:00 AM
Interview was grand and I'm sure she probably meant the comment light heartedly but it still wasn't very nice to say it. For one it is a HUGE generalisation. It's just a fact the world over, that women tend to do more of the housework than men do. It's not specific to Serbia, love...But of course within this, there are plenty of men who will do lots of housework both in Serbia and Australia and plenty of men who won't do any housework whatsoever, both in Serbia and Australia. It's just a pointless statement that is negative about Serbs for no reason whatsoever, given that it is a massive stereotype. There is only two Serbian men that she can legitimately claim to have experienced domestically, her dad and brother, so to judge all Serbian men's housework abilities on that is just, no words... And didn't Scott just say the other day, that the washing machine is one of the things he finds easy around the house so he does that to get the "brownie points" and get in her good books. Clearly he can't cook/ or doesn't like cooking so you'll be waiting a while for your promised, dinner yet love ;) It's when you do something you hate , that you make a sacrifice.
Anyway point is, I agree that she doesn't give the nicest impression of Serbs. Like gloria pointed out, first there was that comment about Serbian fans coming up to her on the street and now this careless comment about men never offering to do any housework, suggesting they're really selfish and sexist or something. Outside of her family and a few select Serb friends she likes, like Novak and a few others, she doesn't give a very nice impression of the average Serb. Never heard her say anything nice except to basically brand them, uneducated hecklers on the street who won't piss off in comparison to their "civilised" Swiss counterparts(and here in lies another huge generalisation.There are loopers in every country, in your face for an autograph, as well as perfectly behaved ones.) and now this comment about thoughtless Serbian men around the house...

Cajka
Dec 18th, 2011, 01:39 AM
Interview was grand and I'm sure she probably meant the comment light heartedly but it still wasn't very nice to say it. For one it is a HUGE generalisation. It's just a fact the world over, that women tend to do more of the housework than men do. It's not specific to Serbia, love...But of course within this, there are plenty of men who will do lots of housework both in Serbia and Australia and plenty of men who won't do any housework whatsoever, both in Serbia and Australia. It's just a pointless statement that is negative about Serbs for no reason whatsoever, given that it is a massive stereotype. There is only two Serbian men that she can legitimately claim to have experienced domestically, her dad and brother, so to judge all Serbian men's housework abilities on that is just, no words... And didn't Scott just say the other day, that the washing machine is one of the things he finds easy around the house so he does that to get the "brownie points" and get in her good books. Clearly he can't cook/ or doesn't like cooking so you'll be waiting a while for your promised, dinner yet love ;) It's when you do something you hate , that you make a sacrifice.
Anyway point is, I agree that she doesn't give the nicest impression of Serbs. Like gloria pointed out, first there was that comment about Serbian fans coming up to her on the street and now this careless comment about men never offering to do any housework, suggesting they're really selfish and sexist or something. Outside of her family and a few select Serb friends she likes, like Novak and a few others, she doesn't give a very nice impression of the average Serb. Never heard her say anything nice except to basically brand them, uneducated hecklers on the street who won't piss off in comparison to their "civilised" Swiss counterparts(and here in lies another huge generalisation.There are loopers in every country, in your face for an autograph, as well as perfectly behaved ones.) and now this comment about thoughtless Serbian men around the house...

I live in Novi Sad and today I saw Siniša Mihajlović in a shopping mall. Trust me, he was walking there like any other person, nobody tried to stop him or something, nobody looked at him at all. Then my bf asked me if I recognized him and I said: "Yeah, I did, but I thought that it wasn't him because nobody even pointed a finger at him." Divac once said that he feels more comfortable in Serbia than in USA, because American fans sometimes scream when they see him. :confused: I don't know if it's true, but I know that people don't scream in Serbia when they see someone famous. Once I saw Tipsarevic and his wife and it was very similar. Nobody looked at him.

When it comes to houseworks, my parents are divorced and my dad does all houseworks. Whenever I come home, he cooks, does the laundry, cleaning, he doesn't want me to do anything, because now I live with my bf and he doesn't see me often, so he wants me to feel like a princess every time I come to visit him and grandpa. My bf is a Slovak, but he was born here, so he adopted our mentality. He does the houseworks as much as I do He cooks better than all my female friends actually.

doni1212
Dec 18th, 2011, 01:39 AM
Does anyone agree that we should open a special thread for posts in Serbian?

Yes, because I never understand you guys :lol:

Cajka
Dec 18th, 2011, 01:49 AM
Yes, because I never understand you guys :lol:

OK. :lol: I'll open it. You can see from Tweedle's posts what we were talking about. She tends to speak negative about people in Serbia and people her react pretty bad when they read it. There's no need to make comparisons IMO. When she says some things about Serbian men, it doesn't make her look good. Her father and brother are Serbs, does she want to say that they don't want to help her mom or what?! The men around me are much better than those she describes.

Curtos07
Dec 18th, 2011, 02:06 AM
You guys are way overreacting. Making a big deal out of nothing.

Cajka
Dec 18th, 2011, 02:20 AM
You guys are way overreacting. Making a big deal out of nothing.

Then you obviously don't know anything about the prejudices we all face and how awful it can be. And when one of the most famous people from our country basically confirms some of them, it's not very nice. If she can't say something nice, she should not say anything. As simple as that. Why would she compare Serbian and Australian men? Has she ever dated a Serb? No, she would never even considerate it, because she obviously has some prejudices. That's her problem, of course, but I don't see why she needs to share it with the rest of the world.

jonnyroyale_13
Dec 18th, 2011, 02:46 AM
it makes no difference to me what she says in interviews.(so why cant i stop reading them????) Im sure id say a whole lot of stupid crap if as soon as i got off work i had to do an interview.

VALUNA
Dec 18th, 2011, 09:07 AM
A da malo ovi gnevni , kad vec uplicu drustveno -politicke teme iz Srbije porazmisle o tome koliko i zasto ima onoliko sigurnih kuca za zene sa decom i zasto je samo prosle godine bilo 40 zena zrtava porodicnog nasilja.Pa nisu ih Australijanci zlostavljali i ubili.
Ana (kako vi vec znate) nije bila sa Srbinom u vezi ali zato ima oca, brata, strica, ujaka ...... pa verovatno na osnovu tog iskustva je i rekla o njihovoj "vrednoci" :)Ja to samo tako kapiram a nikako kao ismevanje ili ponizavanje Srpskog naroda (dokle bre vise da nam sportisti i neki drugi budu krivi za sve nase probleme?)
pozz.

JAS_
Dec 21st, 2011, 10:51 PM
Ivanovic working with boyfriend's physio
Ticker - Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic has been working with renowned golf osteopath Tina Maio of Australia, who also works with the Serbian’s boyfriend, golfer Adam Scott, TENNIS.com has learned. Ivanovic has been spending the off-season in Australia with Scott.

Maio owns her own practice in Melbourne and has also worked with golfers Stuart Appleby and Ian Poulter. She is a part-time consultant to the Victorian Institute of Sport and is said to have a "particular interest in the prescription of exercise to overcome injuries and to rectify imbalances caused by poor posture and bad habits."

Earlier this month, strength and conditioning trainer Scott Byrnes left Ivanovic’s team, just five months after he left Victoria Azarenka to reunite with the Serb.

 Byrnes worked with Ivanovic between July 2006 and July 2009, when she won her sole Grand Slam at the 2008 French Open. 

Ivanovic parted ways with her fitness trainer and childhood friend, Marija Lojanica, in March; during Wimbledon, she announced that she had hired Nigel Sears to be her coach, who stepped down as the head of women’s coaching for the Britain’s Lawn Tennis Association.

After working with Ivanovic, a source told TENNIS.com that Maio had different ideas than Byrnes did as to the type of exercises that would work best with the Serbian's body type. Ivanovic experienced shoulder and abdominal problems last year and is said to have felt much better after her sessions with Maio. After communicating to Byrnes that there were some exercises that he was having her do that no longer worked for her, the two amicably parted ways. Ivanovic is said to have much better rotation in her right shoulder than she did much of this season.

It is unclear whether Ivanovic will hire a new full-time fitness trainer, but she is done with off-season heavy part of her conditioning work and may just choose to hire someone part-time. - Matt Cronin

http://tennis.com/articles/templates/news.aspx?articleid=15446&zoneid=25

So, Scott didn't leave Ana because he was behaving unprofessionally, but because Maio thought he was to blame for her issues.
Why does this sound awfully familiar? :scratch: :help:
I thought that her abdominal injury was Lojanica's fault.
BTW, I just love how in Ana's mind, disagreement on any issue = firing.
Geez, talk about black and white thinking.
And another thing I love is how she has all the solutions and is in perfect shape in the off season, and has all sort of problems as soon as the tournaments begin.
And has anyone even spotted her hitting?

doni1212
Dec 22nd, 2011, 03:01 AM
Man, Brisbane is going to be super interesting! I have no idea what to expect. I hope she knows what she's doing this time. About 9 days to go!

Iva87
Jan 9th, 2012, 12:07 AM
Ana Ivanovic: I still have not learned to play golf
06.01.2012.
Sometimes it was the first player of the world, is now trying to return to the top. For Ana Ivanovic, Roland Garros champion in 2008. year, the 2012th will be important in the private plan, and in the field.
Ambition - The beginning of the world's best players and dancers performed on the Australian continent. Ivanovic has relatives in Australia and the arrival of the first grand slam of the season is always an opportunity to visit them. She spent New Year in Brisbane, a welcomed Christmas holidays in Sydney.

- I was in Brisbane for the New Year with Adam, his family and friends, as well as coach Nigel Sirsi. Since I played in a tournament the first day of the year, I stayed up late - said Ivanovic "24 hours".

What are your plans and wishes for this season, sports and private?
- Tennis is a big part of my life and plans are mainly related to what I do. Private, yet my health comes first and the desire to spend more time with loved ones. Entering the top 10 for the first goal, and to reach the second week of Grand helmets. I miss the competition, especially in the grand helmets, and I believe that we have enough quality to repeat the success, and to have a real coach who will help me in this.

Have you learned to cook something new recently, and what Adam likes of your meal?
- I love to cook, but in the preparation period was not much time for that. They both love Asian food and seafood, so I learned all this to prepare a number of ways.

Do you play golf?
- Not really! I played a few times with his father, it was last year, and a couple of times with Adam, so I can not say that I know that I play golf.

The most beautiful moment in your life over the past year?
- Sure, it's winning the tournament in Bali, which was also the perfect finish of the season. It was the first title to Nigel and a nice feeling that I finished the year winning. It is pleasing to feel that you are invested work pays off.

How do you see the future of Serbian tennis?
- It is obvious that Serbia has become one of the most powerful nation in tennis, especially winning the Davis Cup and dominated Novak. We have excellent players in both competitions. These are the golden days of Serbian tennis, definitely the best so far, and it takes the last few years. When you look at other countries, see if they have no continuity in the grand slam champions and world number one, as we now have. It's hard to tell what the future will bring, but it is certain that many children in Serbia begins to play tennis. A new talents and I hope that they will overcome all obstacles and challenges and achieve great accomplishments. It would be great to watch some of the new Serbian champions one day, when this our generation retires - said Ana.

http://www.24sata.rs/sport/vesti/vest/ana-ivanovic-jos-nisam-naucila-da-igram-golf/24608.phtml

InsideOut.
Jan 17th, 2012, 02:35 PM
Presser for 1st round at AO:
Q. Nice way to start the tournament.

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, can't complain. I mean, first set hardly anything went wrong. I felt I really played well. Yeah, I did lot of good things. Was patient.

Got a little bit tough in the second set. But I stepped up when I needed to, came to the net a lot, was really pleased to manage the break on 43 and then hold my serve.



Q. You've had a lot of tough first rounds in the slams. How do you avoid going out there and getting nervous and losing control of your game?

ANA IVANOVIC: Well, actually this morning I was watching the TV. I was watching the tennis. They were saying Lleyton was going to play tonight and he was playing his 16th Australian Open, most ever. I start counting mine. I realize this was my eighth.

Then I thought to myself, Why would I be nervous, I played so many times. Then again, nerves kick in and it's just normal. Especially the first rounds, you want to do so well. Especially that I had really good offseason.

But, yeah, I'm just very pleased to be through. Like you said, you can't really think, Oh, this is easy, this is tough match. You just have to approach every match like it's going to be the toughest one.



Q. I read a lot about what you said about the offseason. Took a tough loss to Kim, maybe didn't play the week later. Coming into the tournament, do you really feel like your game is close to where you want it to be?

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely, much closer than it's been in a long time. We worked really hard in the offseason, put a lot of good work on every aspect of my game. And I felt in Brisbane I was playing really well.

I was, you know, one point sort of there in the third set against Kim to turn match around, who knows what happens. But then you get little bit down on yourself. I really try to lift myself up these weeks because I really feel, you know, it's there and I just need to put it together in the matches in the big events.



Q. Have you set yourself any targets for this year?

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely. I mean, before I started my preseason, I sat down with Nigel and we had a really good talk about our goals, targets, what we want to achieve. I think it's important to have that plan, you know, how you're going to get there.

I mean, definitely I want to get back to top 10 and competing in The Championships at the end of the year. It's a long road, a lot of tennis to be played. I just want to also enjoy the process a little because it still is.



Q. Building blocks, consistency is important. The last couple years you've had some good times and then go down.

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely. I mean, even in the past few years I always felt, you know, I could play great match, upset a top player.

But I want to get it happening consistently. Not only through the week, but week after week. You know, that's what I worked a lot on the offseason, the base game, get it to certain level, now working on, you know, raising it.

But also, you know, my game, I'm developing also as a player. You know, there is going to be changes and adjustments. I think I'm a lot more patient now than I was when I first started on tour. I was taking way more risk.

But, you know, it's evolving and it's exciting.



Q. So being much more patient, you're saying that you don't need to hit the winner in two shots, you can go five or six shots every point?

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely. Don't get me wrong, sometimes the excitement takes over and I pull the trigger too early. I definitely want to pick the right ball. I feel I can stay in the rallies longer.

I want to wait and reduce the risk and still be aggressive when I need to be and on the big points still play my game, but just not go too much too early in a rally.



Q. You've been here two months now?

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, probably more. They kind of offer me citizenship (laughter).



Q. How is it not to be home at all during the holidays? That must have been strange.

ANA IVANOVIC: It is strange. Then again, it's just so normal. I'm so used to living out of the bag, I don't know what to call home anymore. I miss really being with my relatives and home.

But, you know, it's what I do. I love being here. It's I think the best preparation I could have. Last year I was in Europe. I did my preseason there. I didn't really enjoy that much. So, you know, I was very certain I wanted to come back and do my offseason again here.



Q. Fitnesswise, was the emphasis strength or speed or endurance?

ANA IVANOVIC: Actually, to be honest, this offseason it was kind of a bit maybe radical for me. But the emphasis was really getting body in a shape that I wanted to be.

And it's still work in progress. But I really wanted to take load off it, and because there was lot of things that were not functioning properly, and I really wanted to get more flexible and stronger in that sense, so the body functions in a proper way.

So I really stepped out of the gym and did kind of a lot of rehab work. All my fitness I based on playing tennis and doing lots of drills and footwork on the court.



Q. Could you be happy if you didn't get back to the top? Do you need to get back to close to No. 1 to be a happy person?

ANA IVANOVIC: Well, I'm happy person. I mean, it's hard not to be. But I definitely could be much happier if I got back to top 10. I mean, and this is what drives me. This is why I'm still out there competing, because I really believe I can get back there.

That's the only reason I'm actually still competing, because I still have that hunger and that wish, you know, to win, and to win slams.



Q. You served really well today. Is that something you've been working on? You didn't face a breakpoint the entire match.

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely. I worked really hard on it. There were lot of, you know, annoying practices of just serving, serving, serving. But that's what gets you better.

You know, Nigel was really on top of me about that. It needed improvement. It gives you lot more confidence when you can get free points and aces off your serve.

You know, it still can get better and I'm still working on it. But it's huge improvement even since the end of the season where all I did was getting better, so I'm very happy about that.

Cp6uja
Jan 21st, 2012, 01:58 PM
A. Ivanovic/V. King

6-3 6-4


Q.* Were you happy with the way you closed it out?*
ANA IVANOVIC:* Yeah, definitely.* Really happy to close out that second set because it was really up and down.* It was tough set.* She was playing really well. *
But I'm really happy I managed to survive that last game. *
Q.* Tell us about calling the doctor, what you were feeling at that time.**
ANA IVANOVIC:* Yeah, I caught a bug a couple days ago, after my secondround match.* I wasn't feeling really good yesterday.* So I had to take it really easy. *
Today I felt fine.* Just started to get a little nauseous again in that second set.* Then I just took some tablets and it really helped to calm things down a bit. *
Q.* Been a while since you made it to the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam.* How much does winning that next match mean to you?*
ANA IVANOVIC:* Oh, it would be great.* That's definitely my goal, you know.* I always want to take it one match at a time.* You know, next match will get me there. *
It's going to be very tough one.* Petra is definitely playing some great tennis.* She's one of the hottest players at the moment.* It's going to be great challenge for me. *
But I'm really happy to go out there and throw my best at her.* The better player will win.*
Q.**How much do you credit your form here to spending so much time in Australia beforehand?*
ANA IVANOVIC:* Oh, I think it's great because I had time to adjust to circumstances.* I love it.* I've done it every year, you know, for maybe eight or ten years now.* It's always very enjoyable.* It's great to be back in the second week and competing against top players. *
Q.* Is there something about your preparation this time that's made you go well?*
ANA IVANOVIC:* Yeah, it's been a little bit of a change.* Normally I had a very big team of people around me.* This time it was just Nigel, and I had physio working, making sure the body's in line because I had lots of little injuries and pains and niggles the last couple years, I really wanted to get rid of them this year. *
So it was physical, but I did a lot of my fitness work on the court with Nigel.* That's really paying off.* I'm feeling very good physically. *
Q.* Do you think Adam will stay around for as long as you go?*
ANA IVANOVIC:* Yeah, that's the deal.* I really hope I can go far and spend another week here.* That would be fun to compete next Saturday. *
Q.* You've been in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.* Do you think the male players should do stuff like that, like Novak Djokovic or someone?*
ANA IVANOVIC:* Well, I don't know.* I mean, yeah, they should try, see how they go. *
Q.* Anyone in particular you think should give modeling a go?*
ANA IVANOVIC:* I don't know.* You tell me which one would you like to see (laughter). *
Q.* You didn't get to play in the Beijing Olympics because of an injury.* How much are the London games this summer a goal for you?*
ANA IVANOVIC:* It's definitely one of the priorities for this year.* I'm so thrilled to have opportunity to compete again in Olympic Games.* I think it's a great way to represent your country.* It's very, very exciting. *
I think I'm also going to play mixed doubles with Zimonjic, which is fun.* I think it's a great opportunity.* I really want to try and stay healthy this year and compete there. *
Q.* Can you tell us how valuable Nigel's experience in the women's game is to you?*
ANA IVANOVIC:* It's been really good.* I've been very fortunate that we had the opportunity to work with each other.* I was really excited after Wimbledon when we sort of started working together. *
I felt like through the summer in America I was improving each week.* I had a great week in Bali last year.* But, you know, we actually did not have time for preparation in time to work on the game.* This offseason was the first time we could actually take some time and work on things specifically.* I really feel it's paying off. *
We are still getting to know each other, the rhythm and what works, what not.* It definitely helped me a lot.* We both believe in the same things.* Preseason, we sat down and set goals for ourselves.* I feel like I can absorb a lot of his teachings. *
Q.**Why did you choose him and how long before you actually hooked up together did you identify him as a coach you wanted to work with?*
ANA IVANOVIC:* Obviously, I know him for a long time, ever since I started on tour.* I've seen him around with Daniela.* Afterwards I know he worked for LTA.* He was always one of the people I wanted to be coached by and talked to about that possibility.* It really came about fast. *
In Wimbledon we spoke a little bit.* I was very fortunate that he could start straightaway.* I think it was great opportunity for both of us. *
Q.* Did you have a specific goal here for the Australian Open when you sat down with him?*
ANA IVANOVIC:* We definitely set some goals.* But it's just very exciting to be in a second week.* That was a first step for us.* That was a first goal we had.* It's nice to be able to achieve that.* Now it's going to be tough matches, match after match. *
But I still believe I can do well.* I'm just enjoying competing again.* It's going to be tough, but I love challenges. *
Q.* Can you give us an idea of what areas of your game Nigel has helped you the most with?*
ANA IVANOVIC:* One of the big areas was the serve.* That needed some improvement.* Throughout the end of last year it was improving.* But now in offseason we really had time to work on it.* It has improved a lot. *
Also my base game, just lifting the level of my base game is something that we worked a lot on.* My forehand.* Just lots of little bits and pieces that are sort of coming together now.* I'm just very excited to see. *
Q.* You just spoke about defending the colors of your country.* Will you be on the Fed Cup team in two weeks?*
ANA IVANOVIC:* I still didn't decide about it.* But, like I said, I think this is a big year with Olympics.* I want to really represent my country in the best possible way.* I really want to be fit and well for that, just see how I go there. *
But hopefully yes. *
Q.* It depends on what happens next week?*
ANA IVANOVIC:* Yeah, definitely. *

Cp6uja
Jan 23rd, 2012, 02:15 AM
P. Kvitova/A. Ivanovic

6-2 7-6(2)

Q. Thoughts on that?
ANA IVANOVIC: It was tough match, definitely. I really struggled with the rhythm in the beginning. She is tough opponent. You really have to get that hit on the ball, otherwise she likes to dominate and step up and take her chances.
I really felt I was lacking that in the first set and sort of in the second set. In the second set I started to serve a lot better, which helped me to come to 1All, 2All. Then I really fought back hard trying to come back and started to strike the ball a lot better.
You know, it was just really pity that I didn't use opportunities I had. But she served really well. You know, she's playing well. Being lefty it's also really hard to read her serve.
But I really tried hard and today. Just the rhythm was lacking a bit.

Q. How did you try and get back into that match? Mentally how did you find that rhythm?
ANA IVANOVIC: It's very hard, especially against Petra, because she goes for her shots and you don't get good rhythm. For example, having long rallies, it's not going to happen. You really have to try and get a swing on the ball and hope you will get into rhythm and that's going to cause some errors.
That's what happened to me today. She's not kind of player who is going to let you get back in the rhythm. You to try and focus on the things you work in practice and sort of try to copy that and do it over and over again.
Towards the end of second set I really felt like I was striking the ball nicely, and that felt really good. It's just pity that it was quite late in the second set.

Q. Do you think she was thrown off by missing the overhead towards the end of the second set?
ANA IVANOVIC: Maybe. Maybe a bit. But, you know, it was a big point, I guess. But it was a bit hard also with the sun right at the top.
But, you know, it was my serve and she still was serving quite well up to that point. I really had to step it up, and I really tried to swing at the ball and tried to be aggressive. It worked well, so I was happy I managed to break that game.

Q. Her power off the ground, does it compare to the biggest hitters in the game: Serena, Kim?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, it definitely does. I think in the beginning of the match I actually felt like the ball was going to come a little faster. I got caught few times like not turned enough because the ball would skid through. She's a good player and No. 2 for a reason.
So, yeah, she definitely generates a lot of power.

Q. She's probably going to take over the No. 1 at some point in the near future. What advice would you give her having climbed that mountain yourself?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, she should just keep at what she's doing the best and keep? her game is very aggressive and has a good serve. Being a lefty, I think it's great advantage, because we don't face so many players playing lefthand, and obviously ball spins differently.
She should just keep doing what she's doing. She's great young player.

Q. I know you've worked on your serve recently and seems like you did serve really well in this tournament. Are you happy with that part of your game?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I served really well, that's why today was frustrating. I still felt like my rhythm was there and just wasn't executing well and misstiming the ball a little bit.
But there were a lot positive throughout this week. You know, it's something that motivates me to stay on top of it and work even harder at it. It's definitely improved since last year.

Q. You had a pretty solid result here this week. How are you feeling generally about your game and where it was compared to three, four years ago?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, like I said, there is a lot of improvements that I feel I gained over offseason. You know, it's been nice, nice tournament for me. I played some really good tennis and proved to myself that I can play that level and compete against the best.
That's definitely something that motivates me to now work harder. And, you know, there is still plenty of work to be done, but I'm enjoying competing on this level again. I just want to have to have a good year.


Q. (Question off mic.)
ANA IVANOVIC: We just, you know, just support each other and try to be there for each other as much as we can.

Q. You ever talk to Caroline about dating a golfer?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, I don't think either of us plays really well. You mean playing golf or...

Q. No, dating a golfer.
ANA IVANOVIC: No, she did ask me like what kind of shoes should I take to walk on the course. Just the most comfortable ones.

JAS_
Jan 23rd, 2012, 12:52 PM
Australian Open: Kvitova d. Ivanovic 01/22/2012 - 8:59 PM

PkMELBOURNE—If you’re looking for a stat to sum up Petra Kvitova’s 6-2, 7-6 (2), fourth-round win over Ana Ivanovic here today, I’d consider beginning with this one: Kvitova’s average ground stroke was hit 15 kilometers per hour faster than Ivanovic’s. Whatever Ivanovic did, whether her ball toss was perfect or she was moving well or she was making clean contact or her fist-pumps and "Ajde"s were properly coordinated, she was still starting every rally at a disadvantage. She was in Petra’s rearview mirror, constantly trying to catch up.

For the first set and a half, this appeared to be a match that would hearten any Kvitova fan, while disheartening Ivanovic’s true believers. Kvitova’s slugging power was on full display, while Ivanovic spent much of the time hitting what one commentator described as “nothing” balls down the middle of the court. The thing is, those shots aren’t necessarily nothing balls against most of Ana’s opponents, but they were against this one.
I don't agree with this one. They are puffballs anyway you take it. One barely landed over the net, I rememeber, it could almost be mistaken by a poorly executed dropper.

At times, Kvitova’s returns were back at Ivanovic’s feet before she had finished her service motion. The Czech consistently kept her shots deeper and closer to the sidelines. Even when Ivanovic got a good crack at the ball, Kvitova was rarely troubled. She took one full-throttle Ivanovic forehand and short-hopped a backhand past her into the corner. By the second set, Ivanovic was forced to go for more whenever she had a chance. She made unforced errors, but in a sense they were forced. She had no choice but to take more risks than she normally would.

As we’ve already learned from Caroline Wozniacki, Victoria Azarenka, Li Na, and Kim Clijsters, closing a match is a different story at this tournament so far. And it was for Kvitova. Up 5-3, with Ivanovic serving at break point, Kvitova came in to knock off a sitting duck overhead at the net. She whiffed. The crowd laughed, but Kvitova just put her head down and walked off, with a slight look of mortification.

She might have been better off laughing with the audience and getting it out of her system. As it was, she still looked mortified when she came back on to try to serve it out at 5-4, and she played like it. Kvitova, a sure winner all day, dropped the next two games at love, and when she went down in her service game at 5-6, the match appeared to be turning into a re-run of yesterday’s Clijsters-Li rollercoaster. Rather than a heartening day for Kvitova and her fans, it had turned into another warning sign. She had that hollow-eyed look of panic that she gets when she’s lost her game.

But Kvitova was still starting ahead in the rallies, and she righted herself just in time, acing Ivanovic at game point to send the set to a tiebreaker. Then she got some help from Ivanovic, who double-faulted on her first two points of the breaker, killing any momentum she may have built.

The good news for Kvitova, who awaits the winner of Jie Zheng and Sara Errani in the quarters, is that the matches remain on her racquet. Unfortunately, that’s kind of the bad news, too.

—Steve Tignor


http://blogs.tennis.com/racquet_reaction/2012/01/australian-open-kvitova-d-ivanovic.html

InsideOut.
Jan 24th, 2012, 12:48 PM
Ana's diary:

I leave Melbourne with mixed emotions, but overall I'm happy. I played some good tennis and only lost to a great player who is maybe the very best on the Tour at the moment.

It's been an exhausting month of tournaments. I played three tournaments in a row and it took a lot out of me. I've decided not go back to Europe for the Fed Cup. I've only just recovered from the virus I picked up during the Australian Open, and I'm going to be very careful with my schedule and traveling this year, considering the Olympics and the packed summer months.

The Olympics are a big priority for me this year and I'm going to do everything I can to make sure I am in top shape for them, which unfortunately means skipping some events I was tempted to play during the first half of the year.

Probably the biggest positive for me during the Australian Open was the improvement in my serve. I felt it becoming a weapon again, and not something that I had to worry about, and that's huge. It's no secret that when your serve is working, the other parts of your game seem to click.

This is an area Nigel and I worked hard on during the off-season and of course there is still lots of room for improvement. Another area I want to improve in is being more aggressive, but that comes with confidence and I'm feeling better on court with each match.

Nigel is great to have around, to help me stay grounded in terms of my ambitions. He reminds me that it is a long process and we should not get too down if we don't get the results tomorrow - they will come eventually, I really believe that.

I think it's true in all areas of life and not just in tennis - hard work pays off!

Thanks for all your support during the Australian summer.

Love
Ana

Not playing Fed Cup, not playing many tournaments. :confused:

JAS_
Jan 24th, 2012, 12:59 PM
I leave Melbourne with mixed emotions, but overall I'm happy. I played some good tennis and only lost to a great player who is maybe the very best on the Tour at the moment.

It's been an exhausting month of tournaments. I played three tournaments in a row and it took a lot out of me. I've decided not go back to Europe for the Fed Cup. I've only just recovered from the virus I picked up during the Australian Open, and I'm going to be very careful with my schedule and traveling this year, considering the Olympics and the packed summer months.

The Olympics are a big priority for me this year and I'm going to do everything I can to make sure I am in top shape for them, which unfortunately means skipping some events I was tempted to play during the first half of the year.

Probably the biggest positive for me during the Australian Open was the improvement in my serve. I felt it becoming a weapon again, and not something that I had to worry about, and that's huge. It's no secret that when your serve is working, the other parts of your game seem to click.

This is an area Nigel and I worked hard on during the off-season and of course there is still lots of room for improvement. Another area I want to improve in is being more aggressive, but that comes with confidence and I'm feeling better on court with each match.

Nigel is great to have around, to help me stay grounded in terms of my ambitions. He reminds me that it is a long process and we should not get too down if we don't get the results tomorrow - they will come eventually, I really believe that.

I think it's true in all areas of life and not just in tennis - hard work pays off!

Thanks for all your support during the Australian summer.

Love
Ana

:bs::smash::cuckoo:


Exhausted? :help::tape:
From one week in a slam? :facepalm:
What would she say if she had had some success in those tournaments?
I thought she said she was enjoying her time in Australia. :confused:

Anyway, I don't know what's good at this moment for her. If she is going to spend time with Nigel working on her game and comes back as Ana 2.0, I will not fault her. But if she intends to wag around, I am calling MadSnex :mad::fiery:

InsideOut.
Jan 24th, 2012, 01:15 PM
Yeah I know right, she played all of 7 matches over 3 weeks :facepalm: She really should go and play Fed Cup and Paris Indoors, where the field is weak and she can actually do something. That is unless she is really going to work on her game.

JAS_
Jan 24th, 2012, 01:20 PM
Yeah I know right, she played all of 7 matches over 3 weeks :facepalm: She really should go and play Fed Cup and Paris Indoors, where the field is weak and she can actually do something. That is unless she is really going to work on her game.

If this is her real reason, it just shows you she is sooo out of it, that she considers this some kind of special effort.
That's where she is lost, her standards have gradually dropped so low, and she sees nothing wrong with them. :tape:

gloria7
Jan 24th, 2012, 01:38 PM
" Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country"

JFK

InsideOut.
Jan 24th, 2012, 01:55 PM
" Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country"

JFK

That is such bull though, if you don't agree with your national identity as defined by your state you shouldn't force yourself to do it.

Cajka
Jan 24th, 2012, 02:03 PM
That is such bull though, if you don't agree with your national identity as defined by your state you shouldn't force yourself to do it.

If it only was that simple. Your nationality is always part of your identity (if you grew up in your country, of course). It determines you as a person in so many ways. Especially if you grew up in such a crazy country like Serbia.

gloria7
Jan 24th, 2012, 02:13 PM
Inside Out, i don't think that you, or anybody else, who doesn't live in Serbia, should discuss Ana's decision not to play in the Fed Cup.

InsideOut.
Jan 24th, 2012, 02:18 PM
If it only was that simple. Your nationality is always part of your identity (if you grew up in your country, of course). It determines you as a person in so many ways. Especially if you grew up in such a crazy country like Serbia.

Of course it is. I'm saying in an ideal world, that should never be the case. I fundamentally disagree with JFK's idea, which, taken to its absolute logical conclusion, would almost suggest that you have a duty to do whatever you can for your state, but your state doesn't have that level of responsibility towards you.

Inside Out, i don't think that you, or anybody else, who doesn't live in Serbia, should discuss Ana's decision not to play in the Fed Cup.

Unfortunately, this isn't only a decision about patriotism, it's also about tennis. I respectfully disagree with you on that count - this is a tennis forum, and I believe from a tennis perspective she should be palying more matches especially against opposition such as Wickmayer and Flipkens who are both solid but beatable.

JAS_
Jan 24th, 2012, 02:24 PM
Of course it is. I'm saying in an ideal world, that should never be the case. I fundamentally disagree with JFK's idea, which, taken to its absolute logical conclusion, would almost suggest that you have a duty to do whatever you can for your state, but your state doesn't have that level of responsibility towards you.



Unfortunately, this isn't only a decision about patriotism, it's also about tennis. I respectfully disagree with you on that count - this is a tennis forum, and I believe from a tennis perspective she should be palying more matches especially against opposition such as Wickmayer and Flipkens who are both solid but beatable.

So, Kim is definitely not playing? From tennis and psychological perspective I can totally see why she wouldn't want to risk playing Kim in Belgium. And kinda agree. She has been traumatised enough by her. Better to spend time honing her game(of course I know she will probably not :sobbing:)

Cajka
Jan 24th, 2012, 02:34 PM
Of course it is. I'm saying in an ideal world, that should never be the case. I fundamentally disagree with JFK's idea, which, taken to its absolute logical conclusion, would almost suggest that you have a duty to do whatever you can for your state, but your state doesn't have that level of responsibility towards you.


If you live in Serbia, you know that you can't expect anything from the government. You don't expect some award or any kind of help. That's why DC title was so important and motivating for the guys. They knew that they had to do all by themselves.

gloria7
Jan 24th, 2012, 02:47 PM
Your Fed Cup team fights every year for the title, right? I wish we have 8 players in the top 1o0, like Russians. I wish we have a couple of talented girls who can be a good substitute for Ana or JJ. I wish that Kristina Mladenović, Andrea Petković and Jelena Dokić can play for Serbia instead for France, Germany and Australia. But that's just a dream. It's paintful to watch these girls playing and figting for some other country. But i do understand their reasons. Money, best coaches, fantastic facilities, great conditions, you want to be respected and supported by your homeland, teammates and TA.

Sad thing ...she is "exhausted" after playing 7 matches in 3 weeks.

Linguae^
Jan 24th, 2012, 08:35 PM
The girl doesn't want to play Fed Cup again, I think I have to cry. Wait, I don't care. My mind doesn't care anymore about her dumb decisions. I wish I could slap her.

it-girl
Jan 24th, 2012, 10:17 PM
I for one am glad she is not playing Fed Cup. If anything we all know about Ana is that she is injury prone and a lot of players get injured in Fed Cup and then have problems playing the regular tour events. Do you remember when both Kim and Justine got injured playing fed cup? Besides Ana sounds really focused and another thing I have discovered about her is that she tends to reach more goals when they are drawn out. In other words, when she has realistic time frames to accomplish different goals. I remember her being this way in 2006 maybe even 2005 and she accomplished her goals one by one and eventually the success became reality.

As fans of Ana we should be very glad with her performance at the Australian Open because we could see obvious improvements. That is a very good sign for Ana. I love the fact that she knows what she needs to work on. When she becomes more aggressive, she will have a fair chance of winning any match she plays, no matter who her opponent is. So I welcome and support her decision to be picky about her schedule because I do not want her having to deal with nagging injuries, which have set her back on several different occasions.

It is important to remember that in order to do well you have to be hungry or feel the fire. If you don't feel that way you will be just going through the motion and doing the best you can do. Roger Federer even said this and look at how much he has won. Besides Ana doesn't need a collection of loses by playing in events just because, she needs to play in events she really wants to play in where she will give it her all. Then she can have more victories because she will be more inspired. That is how her confidence can continue to build, loses even if she is playing just because can put dents into the confidence she is building now. When you consider how long Ana was slumping, since 2009 almost 3 years. It is going to have to take the right mindset for her to rebuild after so much damage has been done mentally during the slumping period.

Now Ana finally believes again and that is the most important part of her improvement. I really do think we will be really happy with Ana's results from her decisions in the future.

JAS_
Jan 25th, 2012, 12:47 PM
I for one am glad she is not playing Fed Cup. If anything we all know about Ana is that she is injury prone and a lot of players get injured in Fed Cup and then have problems playing the regular tour events. Do you remember when both Kim and Justine got injured playing fed cup? Besides Ana sounds really focused and another thing I have discovered about her is that she tends to reach more goals when they are drawn out. In other words, when she has realistic time frames to accomplish different goals. I remember her being this way in 2006 maybe even 2005 and she accomplished her goals one by one and eventually the success became reality.

As fans of Ana we should be very glad with her performance at the Australian Open because we could see obvious improvements. That is a very good sign for Ana. I love the fact that she knows what she needs to work on. When she becomes more aggressive, she will have a fair chance of winning any match she plays, no matter who her opponent is. So I welcome and support her decision to be picky about her schedule because I do not want her having to deal with nagging injuries, which have set her back on several different occasions.

It is important to remember that in order to do well you have to be hungry or feel the fire. If you don't feel that way you will be just going through the motion and doing the best you can do. Roger Federer even said this and look at how much he has won. Besides Ana doesn't need a collection of loses by playing in events just because, she needs to play in events she really wants to play in where she will give it her all. Then she can have more victories because she will be more inspired. That is how her confidence can continue to build, loses even if she is playing just because can put dents into the confidence she is building now. When you consider how long Ana was slumping, since 2009 almost 3 years. It is going to have to take the right mindset for her to rebuild after so much damage has been done mentally during the slumping period.

Now Ana finally believes again and that is the most important part of her improvement. I really do think we will be really happy with Ana's results from her decisions in the future.

I kinda agree with this assessment. Some people thrive when they have a lot of obligations, and some people simply freeze and panic. I am like that, and I believe Ana is too.
Plus, for Ana playing Fed Cup takes a huge psychological toll, because of all the things that surround it, so for her this effort is not the same as for JJ and others. I also understand the part about Olympics. Last year, she renewed her abdominal injury in FC tie. Should she risk some injury again and risk not going to the Olympics this year? I kinda understand her.
I said what I think about her fitness regime; so we will see in weeks to come whether she has just found an excuse not to play and go wagging, or she really carefully brought this decision with a game plan in mind.

Cajka
Feb 14th, 2012, 12:59 PM
http://www.wtatennis.com/page/OffCourtNews/Read/0,,12781~2610106,00.html

DOHA, Qatar - We collected questions for Ana Ivanovic on our Twitter page and gave them to the former World No.1 to answer. Here are the results...

@macakdragi will she play fed cup in april
"I'm still not sure. I would love to though because I think we are very close now to getting to the finals. It's a huge thing - it would be a dream to win it one year. So we are really close, I hope I can make it."

@Curtos07 My question for Ana: Who is your dream mixed doubles partner? Huge fan btw. :)
"Well actually I always have fun playing with Novak, especially Hopman Cup. He's such a funny guy and he always makes me laugh so I love playing with him."

@scots_seahawk If you could invite any 3 people to a dinner party you'd host - who would it be?
"That's a tough one. Well I would definitely invite Nelson Mandela. Probably Jennifer Aniston, I love Friends... and ummm, maybe Wentworth Miller?"

@jojodegraw ask about the positive changes she's getting from Nigel. What he did to improve her game?
"We work on lots of things. My serve is definitely improving. I really feel we took that to another level and it's getting a lot better so I am really pleased about that."

@Clare09 Can u ask Ana what hair products she's been using please? Her hair looks so beautiful and shiny even during a tennis match =)
"Oh thank you so much! Well it's going to be quite disappointing, because since I have so much stuff when I travel, I never take shampoo. So I use the ones in the hotels. So that's about it. It's actually embarrassing!"

@gnl08 Q for Ana: Out of all the Grand Slams, who gives the best players party?
"Well Wimbledon definitely. That's always a very glamorous one. It's fun to get dressed up, get your hair and make-up done by professionals... yeah that's a lot of fun."

@Sumu1357 What is your daily training schedule? (on and off tournaments)
"It really depends. It varies actually depending if I'm competing or not. During the tournaments, the day before I play, I practice once for an hour or an hour or half and then try to do my rest and recovery. But on the days when I'm just practicing, I do two tennis sessions plus one fitness session, stretching or strength session."


The question about shampoo... :spit:

Милан_СРБ
Feb 14th, 2012, 01:21 PM
http://www.wtatennis.com/page/OffCourtNews/Read/0,,12781~2610106,00.html



The question about shampoo... :spit:

Mozda koristi brezu ili koprivu, onaj od dve litre! :lol:

Милан_СРБ
Feb 14th, 2012, 01:25 PM
@scots_seahawk If you could invite any 3 people to a dinner party you'd host - who would it be?
"That's a tough one. Well I would definitely invite Nelson Mandela. Probably Jennifer Aniston, I love Friends... and ummm, maybe Wentworth Miller?"

I wonder what Adam thinks about this? :rolleyes: :lol:

Cajka
Feb 14th, 2012, 01:28 PM
Mozda koristi brezu ili koprivu, onaj od dve litre! :lol:

Koprivu, koprivu, da svuda po svetu širi miris srpskog žbunja.

Милан_СРБ
Feb 14th, 2012, 01:29 PM
Koprivu, koprivu, da svuda po svetu širi miris srpskog žbunja.

:lol:

Losing Streak
Feb 14th, 2012, 02:04 PM
Well, actually I understand the question about shampoo. :lol: She has an amazing hair. I'm so jealous. :o

Cajka
Feb 14th, 2012, 03:14 PM
Well, actually I understand the question about shampoo. :lol: She has an amazing hair. I'm so jealous. :o

I didn't express my thoughts accurately. I was laughing at Ana's answer. But I believe her completely. My hair is also naturally shiny and nice and I can use the worst shampoo in the world, it doesn't matter. :cheer:

Losing Streak
Feb 14th, 2012, 03:33 PM
I didn't express my thoughts accurately. I was laughing at Ana's answer. But I believe her completely. My hair is also naturally shiny and nice and I can use the worst shampoo in the world, it doesn't matter. :cheer:

That must be Serbian genes maybe :lol: All Serbian players have a nice hair :eek:

Cajka
Feb 14th, 2012, 03:40 PM
It's true. I thought about that after replying to your post. They all have great hair. JJ's hair lacks volume a bit, but otherwise it's very good. Krunic and Ana have the best hair IMO.

Losing Streak
Feb 14th, 2012, 03:55 PM
It's true. I thought about that after replying to your post. They all have great hair. JJ's hair lacks volume a bit, but otherwise it's very good. Krunic and Ana have the best hair IMO.

I agree yeh. Shiny strong hair, straight but soft and not flat... A dream of a hair :sobbing: :drool:

Tweedle
Feb 14th, 2012, 08:06 PM
@scots_seahawk If you could invite any 3 people to a dinner party you'd host - who would it be?
"That's a tough one. Well I would definitely invite Nelson Mandela. Probably Jennifer Aniston, I love Friends... and ummm, maybe Wentworth Miller?"

I wonder what Adam thinks about this? :rolleyes: :lol:

Could have been worse I guess, she could have picked Wentworth Miller for her dream mixed doubles partner :shrug: :p

Cajka
Feb 15th, 2012, 01:29 AM
Is Curtis still alive, btw?

Cajka
Feb 20th, 2012, 10:25 AM
fb

Ana Ivanovic
Very busy day here in Dubai. I am proud to become a Global Brand Ambassador for Dubai Duty Free, the owners of the tournament here, and I took part in a press conference to announce that. I practised in the morning, and in the afternoon I did an autograph session. Looking forward to my match tomorrow.

Iva87
Feb 20th, 2012, 10:46 AM
Ana signs Dubai Duty Free agreement
Ana has become a Global Brand Ambassador of Dubai Duty Free, the world’s leading airport retailer. Dubai Duty Free is a major sponsor of the WTA, recently renewing its agreement through 2014.

"I am really flattered that Dubai Duty Free asked me to become its brand ambassador. It is a great company that has also been extremely supportive of women’s tennis. I always get excited about traveling to Dubai as it is one of the most exciting cities in the world," said Ana.

Ana, alongside fellow world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki, will act as Dubai Duty Free’s brand ambassadors, star in the “Dubai Duty Free Full of Surprises Travel Show” - a unique short form-travel series which will be aired on TV and online - and conduct appearances at sporting events sponsored by Dubai Duty Free.

Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman of Dubai Duty Free said: "We are delighted to have both Caroline and Ana as our brand ambassadors. Both players are supreme professionals and are excellent ambassadors for women’s tennis. We look forward to watching their progress at this year’s Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and to working with them on our ambassador programme for the year ahead."

Dubai Duty Free is the owner, organizer and title sponsor of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, a $2million event that begins today.

http://anaivanovic.com/news/ana-signs-dubai-duty-free-agreement

Linguae^
Feb 20th, 2012, 08:00 PM
Think about tennis a bit, Ana.

Iva87
Feb 22nd, 2012, 07:06 PM
http://www.10sballs.com/2012/02/22/ana-ivanovic%E2%80%99s-coach-says-her-development-is-%E2%80%9Con-schedule%E2%80%9D/

Ana Ivanovic’s Coach Says Her Development is “On Schedule”
There can be no quick fix for Ana Ivanovic’s return to the world’s elite in the women’s game but according to Nigel Sears, the coach appointed to revitalize the former world no.1’s game, the long term plan is right of schedule.

Ivanovic moved through in the Dubai Duty Free Championships with a 6-1,7-5 win in the battle of former French Open champions against Francesca Schiavone and the 24 year-old from Serbia is back up to no.18 on the WTA rankings.

“Bit by bit she is getting back to the standard Ana wants but there is no quick fix and you cannot just flick a switch and she’s suddenly playing the sort of tennis to win Grand Slam titles again,” said Sears who was appointed after Wimbledon last year.

“There have been some very good performances in the recent few months, she did OK at the Australian Open and there have been a couple of other occasions when she did extremely well like winning the title in Bali at the end of last year. But it’s a process which requires patience and it’s an on going process.”

Last week at the Qatar Total Open in Doha, Ivanovic lost disappointingly in the second round against Petra Cetkovska of the Czech Republic but the performance against Schiavone was far more encouraging .

“It was a real battle and there were a couple of stages in the match where Ana really had to dig deep,” said Sears who returned to the WTA scene after a spell masterminding the revitalization of the British women’s game at the Lawn Tennis Association. “She suffered a really difficult couple of years with a number of injuries that didn’t help.

“It’s probably fair to say she won a major title too early in her career and it was always going to be difficult after that point so a lot of things needed to worked on. It’s a great challenge and I now see really encouraging signs that everything is coming together and she is really moving in the right direction again.”

JAS_
Feb 23rd, 2012, 09:09 PM
I have long time ago decided not to look too deeply into Ana's interviews, as these are places I would rather avoid ;) but, I have to comment on her answer about the sport psychologist question, as it is a singularly stupid statement and someone has to say it (even at the cost of enraging some folks here all over again ;))

Basically she says, she will only consider working with psychologist once she is sure all other pieces of her game are in place and it's till not clicking. Let's just ignore for a moment the fact that there are few other players who spring to mind that are constantly in the phase when there is something missing, or a regime has just started, or things are work in progress. It's all obviously a work in progress for everyone who tries to move forward, but few people emphasize it as much as Ana that not all pieces ARE in place. Let's ignore that for a second, and compare Ana with a sick person who has been dealing with an illness trying all sorts of meds, except those suggested by everyone. And when asked: but why don't you try those, you know, they are known to help in such instances, this person replies, oh, well you know I will try only when all other meds fail.

Now, what is one to think about this person, but that they have something against this particular medicine? Wouldn't everyone try everything if it is helpful, and if not, well so what, we tried? Isn't that normal, rational behavior? Yes, unless you think that this medicine can somehow damage you. So, essentially Ana is afraid of psychologists. That is what she said, basically. I can only assume that she is afraid that they will mess with her superfunctional mind, so she doesn't want them to spoil something.
Oh dear, worry not, it can't get any worse. :banghead:

http://www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com/News/Interview-Transcripts/Interview-Transcripts.aspx

Cajka
Feb 23rd, 2012, 10:20 PM
She's like some Serbian grandma who thinks that psychologists are only for crazy people.

Милан_СРБ
Feb 24th, 2012, 07:17 AM
She is affraid of him???
God Ana I thought you are a worldwide girl, not some idiot who thinks that psihologist is only for crazy people... :help:

Adrian1092
Feb 24th, 2012, 11:45 AM
Could somebody please post the interview transcript here? I can't seem to access the Dubai website :(

Cp6uja
Feb 24th, 2012, 11:48 AM
C. WOZNIACKI/A. Ivanovic
6-3, 7-5

An interview with:
ANA IVANOVIC

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. How would you cap this performance here?
ANA IVANOVIC: The performance here?

Q. Yeah.
ANA IVANOVIC: I mean, I had couple of great matches, you know. Today was good at times, but not consistent enough.
It's a bit disappointing for sure.

Q. Do you see any improvements? What sort of aspects have you improved upon?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I feel I'm more consistent. Today I was just lacking a bit more patience at times. I was going for too much too soon.
When I was going for it, I wasn't going for it at the right times. That's a little bit disappointing.

Q. If you were to judge, how far are you from your best, let's say, French Open 2008?
ANA IVANOVIC: I mean, it's hard to tell. I think you can't really compare it. Maybe the way I was playing at that time is not going to be good enough at this time the way tennis and the game is developing.

Q. Jelena has a house here. Would you think or have you thought about moving here maybe?
ANA IVANOVIC: I struggle to find time to go to Belgrade as it is, you know, and to have a place here I think would be hard. But it would be very nice.

Q. Would you think about it?
ANA IVANOVIC: Not at the moment. Like I said, I don't have enough time -- as much time to go to Belgrade as I would like.

Q. What made the difference between you two tonight?
ANA IVANOVIC: I think inconsistency from my side, you know, and too many double faults also.

Q. Were you going for too much?
ANA IVANOVIC: At times, yeah, the wrong shots, you know. I tried to put pressure on her, but I felt like on my serve I wasn't as explosive as I was and I was lacking a little bit of that intensity. When you play against top players, you have to be prepared to work hard for every point. I was, but sometimes I wanted it too soon. That cost me today.

Q. Still, there wasn't very much in it, was there? One hold of serve here and another one there and it would have been a different match.
ANA IVANOVIC: It was very, very close. Even despite the things I didn't do right I still had lots of opportunities, and that's definitely a
positive thing. But, you know, it's very disappointing after having couple of good matches just that I wasn't as consistent today. Still, a lot to learn from. Overall I'm pretty happy with my week. I had couple of really tough matches. You know, like I said it's a process. Sometimes you have little setbacks. Today I lost against a really good player.

Q. The toss on the serve, was that part of the problem?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, today it was. It was just a little bit because I was unsettled and I tried to rush and go for it too much.
But then at times I served really nicely when I sort of relaxed and tried to play within a little bit more. Rather than think about what I'm going to do to hurt her, concentrate on my own serve. It's something that I have to be aware of in the future.

Q. You were saying the other day that you still need to work on your backhand. Caroline seemingly tonight made a point of keeping it away from your forehand quite a bit. She was working you on the backhand wing. Is it nice have to that practice? And also, the fact that Wozniacki didn't want to go into your forehand side?
ANA IVANOVIC: I mean, the sore left side of my back tells how many backhands I've hit this week. Yeah, you know, that's something that everyone is going to go, and I know it and I think it improved. It's something that I still want to get better at, but you still have to be complete player in order to win slams. I think backhand is still a solid shot. I missed few today that I was a little bit too close, but it was just a footwork matter. That's what I felt I was lacking at times. But, you know, I think my backhand is as good as forehand when I need it.

Q. Where do you go from who are? America presumably.
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, probably. America probably and try to prepare for Indian Wells and, you know, try to keep playing outdoor and try to do the right thing by body and mind.

Q. What would be a good year for you this year? Getting back into the top 10?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely getting back to top 10. And playing in Istanbul, the Championships, that would be my ultimate goal for this year.

Q. That would be your main target this year?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yes.

Q. Talk a little bit about coaching. We've been talking to some of the players about on-court coaching, yes, no. Sam Stosur doesn't want to do it; Jelena now says she doesn't want to do it. You would like have to Nigel come on and talk to you quite a lot, would you?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, it depends. It really depends. I mean, sometimes I call him out of superstition; sometimes I call him because I feel like I want to chat if player is having physio timeout. So sometimes I call him if I really feel like he can step up and help. But it's tough, because at the Grand Slams we don't have that, you know, and that's when it matters the most. So, you know, it's nice to have that help, and sometimes one trigger can make a difference. But, yeah, I think it's fine. You know, I think it's fun that players have that opportunity.

Q. Will you go away feeling encouraged from what's happened here, do you think?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, disappointed definitely. I don't think I'm going to get much sleep tonight. But, you know, definitely motivated as well, because I feel like I achieved a fair bit this week. You know, I overcame and beat some good players, and that's a positive thing. I did a few good things out there. I'm going to try and build on that and try to keep getting fitter and better and stronger.

Q. Do you often sleep badly after losses?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, yeah. But also after late-night matches it's quite hard to go to sleep. You can just imagine how much adrenaline you have. It's kind of hard to calm down.

Q. What do you do, read?
ANA IVANOVIC: Sometimes just stare at the ceiling. (Laughter.) Yeah, sometimes it's impossible to read. That's one thing that I can't do after, you know, a quite exhausting match. You probably just end up listening to music and watching something on TV, or, yeah, staring at the ceiling.

Q. Do you want to talk to people or be on your own?
ANA IVANOVIC: Most of the time I want to be on my own. Most of the times that's good advice I can give to others, to not talk to me.

Cp6uja
Feb 24th, 2012, 12:09 PM
She's like some Serbian grandma who thinks that psychologists are only for crazy people.
And look who's talking :rolleyes:

To be very honest it's You who often me reminds lately on some Serbian grandma's (especially from Milosevic era) with all that "Ana is not enough good Serbian" and similar comments from couple last weeks. :p

Do you really believe that someone who several times in past says that if she is not tennis player she will probably choose something connected with psychology - have no clue about psychologists job!?

Ana is an modern girl in best meaning of that word.

Adrian1092
Feb 24th, 2012, 01:30 PM
Thanks Cp6uja! :) Judging by the sounds of things, it seems Ana spends a lot of time looking at the ceiling haha :lol:

Cajka
Feb 24th, 2012, 01:55 PM
And look who's talking :rolleyes:

To be very honest it's You who often me reminds lately on some Serbian grandma's (especially from Milosevic era) with all that "Ana is not enough good Serbian" and similar comments from couple last weeks. :p

Do you really believe that someone who several times in past says that if she is not tennis player she will probably choose something connected with psychology - have no clue about psychologists job!?

Ana is an modern girl in best meaning of that word.

Find a quote, please. I've never said that. Don't lie and manipulate. If there's someone who speaks bad things about Ana on this board, it's you. I can find 50 examples at least. What you do in GM is trolling and the "nice" things you write about her look like mocking more than supporting, so stop bitching, please. Everybody knows that you made a mess because of some popularity contest, you trolled about VIP invitations, now you say that she tanks her matches because she's not interested in playing for two days in raw. You're not stupid at all and I don't buy the story that you are delusional and enthusiastic. You're a troll.

I'm not gonna comment on Ana's knowledge of psychology, it'. Even the best psychologists have their own therapists. But Ana doesn't. She knows enough about it. Ok, good luck with that.

JAS_
Feb 24th, 2012, 01:56 PM
You know, like I said it's a process.

Dear God.
Whoever planted this stupid phrase in her mind should be shot. (j/k)

I am sure at the time it was a good way for her to frame things, but boy does Ana never do an update on her psychological weaponry. How much juice can you try to squeeze out of one apple?
The methods have to be aligned with the circumstances. Looks like she consulted a psychologist, took a leaf out of his book, then sacked him like she does with other trainers and kept using the same mental trick whose original purpose was clearly to deflect pressure off of her.
Man, everything is a process. And yet, every year, plants bear fruit too.



Q. Where do you go from who are? America presumably.
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, probably. America probably and try to prepare for Indian Wells and, you know, try to keep playing outdoor and try to do the right thing by body and mind.

Is this a reason for hope or is she just saying the right things as always?:scared::confused:

Q. What would be a good year for you this year? Getting back into the top 10?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely getting back to top 10. And playing in Istanbul, the Championships, that would be my ultimate goal for this year.


:help: Sad.

[COLOR="Blue"]Q. Talk a little bit about coaching. We've been talking to some of the players about on-court coaching, yes, no. Sam Stosur doesn't want to do it; Jelena now says she doesn't want to do it. You would like have to Nigel come on and talk to you quite a lot, would you?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, it depends. It really depends. I mean, sometimes I call him out of superstition;

:eek::help::tape::banghead:


sometimes I call him because I feel like I want to chat if player is having physio timeout.

:unsure::bolt:

So sometimes I call him if I really feel like he can step up and help.

:smash:

fANAtic
Feb 24th, 2012, 03:03 PM
I mean, sometimes I call him out of superstition; sometimes I call him because I feel like I want to chat if player is having physio timeout.
:lol: She's a riot.

Cajka
Feb 24th, 2012, 03:07 PM
And when she calls him, he's like: "I want to go back now. Please don't complicate things."

Nigel is great. :lol:

SidTheKid
Feb 24th, 2012, 04:10 PM
Some things she says are mess :lol:

Linguae^
Feb 24th, 2012, 05:39 PM
Ana, you sre such a mess and you don't know where you hit, learn how to serve or leave tennis, simply. You should play some MM next week but you would rather take some vacation or feed the cat or sweep the Adam's house floor or spread "peace and love" with your numerous organisations. Pick up those shots until Indian Wells, damn!

Cp6uja
Feb 24th, 2012, 06:58 PM
Ana, you sre such a mess and you don't know where you hit, learn how to serve or leave tennis, simply. You should play some MM next week but you would rather take some vacation or feed the cat or sweep the Adam's house floor or spread "peace and love" with your numerous organisations. Pick up those shots until Indian Wells, damn!In general this Dubai tournament for Ana should be counted as positive thing. She playing aggressive, beat WTA#11 and reach premier QF and TOP16 seeds status at IW.

azdaja
Feb 24th, 2012, 07:00 PM
Do you really believe that someone who several times in past says that if she is not tennis player she will probably choose something connected with psychology - have no clue about psychologists job!?
i actually do think that ana needs to get a clue about psychology. she is a nice girl, but also a bit of a big child. indeed, all her replies about her alternative profession remind me of a little girl replying to the question about what does she want to be when she grows up.

SidTheKid
Feb 24th, 2012, 07:05 PM
Also if she wants to be top 10 and in Istanbul she needs to improve her mental side..She probably thinks its all right and everything.I doubt she would listen to anyone

Cp6uja
Feb 24th, 2012, 08:36 PM
Don't lie and manipulate. If there's someone who speaks bad things about Ana on this board, it's you. I can find 50 examples at least. What you do in GM is trolling and the "nice" things you write about her look like mocking more than supporting, so stop bitching, please. Everybody knows that you made a mess because of some popularity contest, you trolled about VIP invitations, now you say that she tanks her matches because she's not interested in playing for two days in raw. You're not stupid at all and I don't buy the story that you are delusional and enthusiastic. You're a troll.I really don't care too much about yours personal judgement about me or about yours obsession to persistently teach people what they should to do or what and how they should to speak. Almost all the time you treating Ana Ivanovic like she is an idiot with brain of 8-year old child, and according to most of yours advices this 25 year old lady actually don't need help of psychologists - but rather from some pediatrician or in best case very strict control of her parents!?

In last about four years Ana give us so many reasons for frustration and criticism, and we all here criticize her, mostly with reason - but unlike others, I think you have big problems to recognize and respect couple important things about Ana which every person declared us her fan should to know before posting anything about hers here or elsewhere:
- Ana is not an idiot with brain of 8 year old child.
- Despite all problems and slumps which she have she is still one of 20 best players in the world in by far most competitive womens sport.
- As former world#1, grand slam champion and multiple GS finalists, she should never to be object of constant rude mockery (as tennis player).
- If someone is always graceful, positive and polite in public - its not crime or sign of stupidity.
- However is deep hers tennis-wise slump, hers ultimate (together with Kim Clijsters) crowd favorite status around world is the same, which speak for itself about hers undoubtful personal(ity) qualities.
And just for Ivanovic Serbian fans only... one extra notice about way how Ana represented our country so far: in this new century there is arguable no any other single women who did more for our better global image than tennis superstar Ana Ivanovic. So please think twice next time if you dare to try to teach her or preach her what she must to do or what she should not to do to deserve our love and respect.

Cajka
Feb 24th, 2012, 09:06 PM
I really don't care too much about yours personal judgement about me or about yours obsession to persistently teach people what they should to do or what and how they should to speak. Almost all the time you treating Ana Ivanovic like she is an idiot with brain of 8-year old child, and according to most of yours advices this 25 year old lady actually don't need help of psychologists - but rather from some pediatrician or in best case very strict control of her parents!?

I defend her more than you do. I got into a personal fight with some posters here because I defended her and Adam's relationship (I was really OK with some of them before that). I had a fight with Isabela because of her constant negativity here and because she acted like she knows all about Ana's situation. I was always saying that we don't know anything about the reasons for her "wrong" decisions. But, please, we all know that she's a total headcase, she has major confidence issue, but for some reason she doesn't want to see a sport psychologist. How can I defend her? Of course she needs a sport psychologist, the best one she can find. And she has enough money to hire the best one in the world.

In last about four years Ana give us so many reasons for frustration and criticism, and we all here criticize her, mostly with reason - but unlike others, I think you have big problems to recognize and respect couple important things about Ana which every person declared us her fan should to know before posting anything about hers here or elsewhere:
- Ana is not an idiot with brain of 8 year old child.
- Despite all problems and slumps which she have she is still one of 20 best players in the world in by far most competitive womens sport.
- As former world#1, grand slam champion and multiple GS finalists, she should never to be object of constant rude mockery (as tennis player).
- If someone is always graceful, positive and polite in public - its not crime or sign of stupidity.
- However is deep hers tennis-wise slump, hers ultimate (together with Kim Clijsters) crowd favorite status around world is the same, which speak for itself about hers undoubtful personal(ity) qualities.

Cool. Then stop mocking her by opening the worst threads in the history of this forum. Some posters had the links for your threads in their sigs. All my critics and hysterical moments are in her subforum. When I'm delusional, I write delusional posts her, when I'm angry, I criticize her here. I don't open the threads to attract the trolls and haters in GM.

And just for Ivanovic Serbian fans only... one extra notice about way how Ana represented our country so far: in this new century there is arguable no any other single women who did more for our better global image than tennis superstar Ana Ivanovic. So please think twice next time if you dare to try to teach her or preach her what she must to do or what she should not to do to deserve our love and respect.


My affection for Ana has nothing to do with her nationality. I would be her fan if she wasn't a Serb, so she didn't earn my respect because she's a pretty lady who represents us in the world. Serbia's public image in the world is so bad, no matter how beautiful and nice Ana is, it's not going to change anytime soon. Ana and Novak can't change anything, Srbija, we must change. Every single person on this country.

Cp6uja
Feb 24th, 2012, 11:19 PM
Cool. Then stop mocking her by opening the worst threads in the history of this forum. Some posters had the links for your threads in their sigs. All my critics and hysterical moments are in her subforum. When I'm delusional, I write delusional posts her, when I'm angry, I criticize her here. I don't open the threads to attract the trolls and haters in GM.You are less than year member of this forum but already know everything about his history and members!? You are so proud on great way how you defending Ana's BF choice (if that is "big support" I'm really curious how it looks when you agitate against something) and BTW that other poster (Isabela/Gaviotabr) which You mentioned in negative way is actually one of most loyal and useful members in history of this Ana subforum, which been also very competent about tennis subjects. At end she take too personal Ana's inability to solve her post-2008 problems on better way, but in general she deserve here big respect for what she doing in long-time period for this subforum including all that permanent updates and fresh news about Ana with which she bombarded us permanently. But how of you expect to more respect others members in this (sub)forum if you so often have zero respect even about Ana Ivanovic (exactly like I already say - between the lines in so many yours posts you treated Ana like she is an idiot with brain of 8-year old child). I don't talking here about yours love to her or support, but how often you are so disrespectful about hers personality and achievements.

And like you notice... I not even mentioned "Diskusije na srpskom jeziku" thread which you opened and on very suggestive way often moderate into wrong directions...

Losing Streak
Feb 24th, 2012, 11:23 PM
If I could goodrep Cajka again, I definitely would. Totally agree with her.

Cajka
Feb 24th, 2012, 11:49 PM
You are less than year member of this forum but already know everything about his history and members!?

It was in someone's sig when I registered. You don't know that?


You are so proud on great way how you defending Ana's BF choice (if that is "big support" I'm really curious how it looks when you agitate against something) and BTW that other poster (Isabela/Gaviotabr) which You mentioned in negative way is actually one of most loyal and useful members in history of this Ana subforum, which been also very competent about tennis subjects.

Ask her what she thinks about sport psychologist. Ask her what she thinks about Ana's behavior. My opinion can't be worse than hers.

At end she take too personal Ana's inability to solve her post-2008 problems on better way, but in general she deserve here big respect for what she doing in long-time period for this subforum including all that permanent updates and fresh news about Ana with which she bombarded us permanently.

You should've tried to stop her when she was leaving.

But how of you expect to more respect others members in this (sub)forum if you so often have zero respect even about Ana Ivanovic (exactly like I already say - between the lines in so many yours posts you treated Ana like she is an idiot with brain of 8-year old child). I don't talking here about yours love to her or support, but how often you are so disrespectful about hers personality and achievements.


Oh, please, you're such a hypocrite. So many people criticize her more than I do, you know that, but you only attacked me. Why are you attacking me? Because I'm a new member, with no credibility? :spit: Because I don't post her articles often enough? I didn't notice that others do it more often than me. So, what's your problem with me? Let me see...

I expecting of Ana to beat Fran in 1st round, and than some kind of tank-job vs MaKiri in 2nd round. So i have not big expectations of Ana in Dubai, but my expectations of Ana on Indian Wells are high, because it seems she is fresh and finally injury free, and against Clijsters and Kvitova despite loses she shows TOP10 level...

Good that Ana is unseeded in Dubai, so in only round which I think she want to play really seriously, she will face WTA#11 strong opponent, wich will be good test for Indian Wells. Schiavone shape is not that bad actually, and during this season she already bet two better ranked players than Ana (Jankovic and Stosur).

It's not classic tank-job which Ana doing lately, because she never starts some match with intention to lose. But seems to me that several months ago Ana make some "strategic" decision to play 100% seriously only at events with day-play and day-bye schedule (I'm doubt that hers coach or management have anything with that). Only exception of that rule will be just three others day-to-day WTA events: premier mandatory Madrid and Beijing, and Olympic Games (and maybe two-day event FED CUP)! According to another my theory about Ana called "plan A and plan BS" Ana have big problem to beat any TOP50 opponent with hers back-up game.

So Ana arrive in Dubai, already reach there more money than all future Dubai winners in next 5 years (signing exclusive contract to be global brand ambassador of WTA Dubai general sponsor) and will play seriously there hers first match. Thats why is good fact that 1st round opponent is seeded player and WTA big name Schiavone.

That's why my expectations of Ana in Dubai is focused only on 1st round match vs Schiavone (why she traveled at all if she not play seriously 1st match), and for real big expectations I will wait first next non day-to-day event (Indian Wells two-weekers).


And BTW (for the future you should to know): I'm always joking and I'm always serious - in same time :wavey:

Oh, yes, I said I couldn't believe that a fan would write such things, so you didn't like it. Well, believe it or not, all the "nice" things you wrote about her in these two posts are far more insulting than any cruel critic that she got here, at least since I'm here.

And like you notice... I not even mentioned "Diskusije na srpskom jeziku" thread which you opened and on very suggestive way often moderate into wrong directions...

I opened the thread because we were spamming other threads, I don't moderate it. Feel free to "moderate" it yourself. Or you can call mods to close it if you have control issues. Or report me for spreading the hate in this forum, I brought the negativity here after all.

HowardH
Feb 25th, 2012, 01:33 PM
http://gulfnews.com/sport/tennis/up-close-and-personal-with-ana-ivanovic-1.985722

Up close and personal with Ana Ivanovic

Ana Ivanovic is carving out her own path in the world of tennis. Having once been at the top of her game, she is now determined to prove you don't have to be a winner to be a champion

The question is simple: tennis or life? There was, or what seemed to be, a tinkle that sliced through the air: a sound that emanates when two champagne flutes, made of the finest crystal, meet in a toast.

The few inches of empty space between the interviewer and interviewee is sprinkled by that sound. In truth it was a giggle that escaped from Ana Ivanovic's mouth, but the reverberation from it was precious.

"I think it's life," said Ivanovic, "Because it is something that you have. Being healthy, having great people around you. That's important and something that I value a lot. My family has always been my biggest support and without them I wouldn't be here. That is one part of my life, a big part. It shaped my being basically. The people around you know your character and when all this wears out you can have a normal existence and raise your kids normally."

Ivanovic is nothing if not pragmatic about her current state. She has tasted fame, climbed the dizzying heights of it and breathed in the rarified air. She has also flirted outrageously with the fates and lost.

Perhaps, it is because of this that she is so engaging. Many young professional players of her ilk on the WTA Tour have had their lives spun and doctored into setting outrageously high goals, in order to live up to the expectations of their families, the fans, the media, the sponsors and lastly themselves.

Ivanovic — a former world No 1 who won her first grand slam at 21 in 2008 — gamely carries on today just trying to win the next match she plays in from one tournament to another.

In sporting parlance, such a phenomenon is simply referred to as ‘going to work'. But it is a lot more than that for a top-flight athlete whose potential and talent outshone her performances. It is a search for that one important missing link that puts the pieces of the puzzle back together again.

Andre Agassi went through that phase after striding across the world of tennis like a colossus. He still had lucrative contracts - just like Ivanovic right now - and his own private jet, but he flew in it to play Challengers because his ranking simply wasn't good enough to get him into main draws anymore. In the end, the confidence is tempered by humility and an outlook that is realistic.

It's not as if she is wallowing in the depths of women's tennis. Ivanovic's current ranking - 18 - may be modest and proportionate with her on-court earnings - $140,323 for the year to February 20 - but she's not struggling to pay her bills.

Gifted with angelic looks, a persona which radiates simplicity and an ability to speak intelligently, she is an advertiser's dream, but not because she's just a pretty face. Ana is real, she is human and she is not synthetic. Forbes endorsed these qualities when they had her high on their list of rich female athletes with an off court income in excess of $7 million, last year.

In Ana's world, however, those assets are subsidiary. She is battling to make a testimony as a tennis player of note and this struggle is being enacted week in and week out, from one country to another, on the courts. It is the means to an end and the Dubai Tennis Championships is part of that schedule.

"I really hope I am on my way back," she confessed. "It has been a very tough two years. I was taking things for granted. At first everything seemed easy, I was winning a lot of matches and getting a lot of success, but now I have learnt to appreciate the good times, because in your career there are always going to be ups and downs no matter what you do. What is important is how you deal with the downs and I feel that because of this I am more experienced as a player."

Mind over matter

The history of tennis is rich with the stories of players who have served evidence of their outrageous talent, only to find their careers slowly and steadily coming apart. Ivanovic is familiar with the tales of fellow Serbs Jelena Dokic and Jelena Jankovic, who is currently battling her own demons, and she is determined not to become a statistic. Breakdowns happen for a variety of reasons: some are technical, others can be mental Ivanovic is smart enough to recognise that sometimes it can be a combination of both factors.

"When you lose a few matches, doubts begin to creep into your mind,' she said. "It is all about finding that fine balance. My game wasn't matching my mental state and sometimes it was vice versa, so it was a combination of both forces that made me slip. I think that if you want to be at the top in professional sports, then all the essentials have to be married to each other."

Which means that staying at the top is more difficult than the process of actually getting there? "It is, definitely," she agreed, adding: "When I got the No. 1 ranking I felt that someone had placed a bulls eye on my back - everyone wants to beat you and that's a challenging thing. This was a new experience for me and it was unfortunate that I had a few injuries to cope with at that time.

"So I took a few breaks and then, when I returned, I faced a couple of tough losses which, in turn, played with my mind because up to that point I was only winning, or fighting my way out of tough situations. Then I suddenly found myself at the top and I wasn't prepared for it."

Fortunately for her, Ivanovic adopts a workmanlike approach to her craft. She knows that she can be a diva and, judging by the reception she gets on the court and off it, it would not be out of place for her to attain that mindset, but she knows that it does not pay to constantly pander to the expectations of others.

"Expectations are always there," she said. ‘Even I have expectations from myself and I see myself as one player and the player I can't be - people keep saying that I am coming back, but it's their opinion and I have tried to do the best thing that I can possibly do."

So now it's all down to the basics: being happy about her game and optimistic about her prospects. "Even when I was struggling I still had the best intentions in my heart and it just wasn't working. I wasn't finding the right balance and the right people, so you know it's very important to get up and keep going as long as you have the belief that you can achieve what you have set out to achieve," she said.

For the most part, Ivanovic has discovered the root of her problems - it is paralysis by analysis.

"I am stubborn and determined," she said, smiling. ‘I am very emotional and I can cry easily and that's why I have some big highs and very big lows, so it can work for you or even against you."

It's not just about the tennis, however. There is the constant fight not to give in to the gravitational pull of the glitz and allure of the women's tour, the fact that there is ‘another' Ana Ivanovic who the sponsors, the agents and the marketing men pay top dollar to see unleashed. Ivanovic is not hot property because of her tennis and this is surprising.

On closer inspection, when weighing up the amount of substance that is packed into that slim, lithe, tall figure - that inspires people to buy everything from watches to sporting goods and even the fruit juices that she endorses - one is forced to concede that she has got style and style never goes out of fashion.

What Ivanovic has done is immerse herself in her tennis and walk down the road less travelled. She has shown that she has character - coupled with beauty - and this can command an enormous price tag and increase the value of her equity. Companies who respect these ethics, because it reflects their own core values, understand it better than most: prior to the Dubai Tennis Championships, tournament owners Dubai Duty Free recognised her potency and signed her on as their Global Brand Ambassador.

"It's important to understand that you have to dedicate time to your sponsors, to have relationships with the people and the media, but it is also hard when you are first coming up and your primary focus is on tennis," said Ivanovic philosophically.

"Suddenly you find that there are all the other commitments that you have to do and it's not only time consuming, but also tiring, physically and mentally. You have to apply yourself, which you are not used to doing, so that's the first thing one has to learn. You have to accept that all this is a part of it and manage it in the best possible way."

Valuing her privacy

Having worked out the pros and cons of fame and the price that it can extort, Ivanovic is aware that the initial hunger for craving recognition is replaced with an urgent need for privacy when fame, accompanied by an entourage of extra baggage, comes knocking.

"The grass is always greener on the other side," she said. "You always want something that you don't have. That's the story of everyone's life. I have never really found myself comfortable in that kind of limelight. I like to have my privacy. I don't like people knowing what I do in my free time. I am also a very shy person, but I understand that people want to know more. It's all about the fine balance and accepting things as they are, because if you don't accept it and fight it then it gets you down."

Currently ranked at No. 18 on the WTA Tour, Ivanovic hovers around the top 10 on talent alone. This is why she does not subscribe to the view that someone can be popular simply by being a good player.

"It's one thing to achieve big things in your career and it's another to be the kind of person that you are, because in the end that's what you are left with," she stated. "Fame and success and titles stay with you, but they wear out eventually. In the end all that you are left with is your character. I think through this sport we see different characters — I see players like Roger [Federer] and Rafa [Rafael Nadal] and they show so much respect for each other, the game and everything in it. They are so much above what they have achieved and that's a great value to have."

This is why people cannot help but notice that through her period of trial and tribulations — and those days are far from over — Ivanovic has coped with grace and even developed her own unique personality. "I really just try to enjoy the game and hope that I can inspire young kids. I started playing tennis because of Monica Seles and I try to promote the sport in the best possible way. Sometimes it's hard because you get upset on court, but I think in life one learns through experiences in order to evolve as a person.

"We are constantly learning and, when that's not the case, we stop believing. It's important to learn from every experience - some are unpleasant, but that's one thing that I have learnt: not everything is great."

Though she may still be a work in progress there is a school of thought that subscribes to the view that, when her schooling is complete Ivanovic she will be remembered for being a decent, honest and straight-talking tennis professional and, in most cases, perhaps smarter than we all think.

"When I got to No. 1, I found that everything was a struggle. You realise that you have to make choices and you can't have everything at the same time. I think it's important then to be happy with yourself and what you have and work yourself to be the best around it. It's challenging, but then that's also the beauty of it," she explained.

Channelling the intensity, that's the key to Ivanovic's game plan. Those who can deal with failure can also be classified as winners. The process helps to strengthen their character and then they are tougher than most.

Ivanovic's conversion from champion to tragedienne may not happen simply because today she is far more popular and happy on so many levels than she was when at the peak of her career.

As far as progression goes, one could do a lot worse.

Cp6uja
Feb 25th, 2012, 07:54 PM
... just googled this... weird article :unsure:

http://gulfnews.com/sport/tennis/up-close-and-personal-with-ana-ivanovic-1.985722You don't need google to find this article because HowardH already posted it here and it was also on Ana official site (including translation on Serbian).
But you obviously so desperately want to put yours version because that suggestive "weird" etiquette. :rolleyes:

Oh, yes, I said I couldn't believe that a fan would write such things, so you didn't like it. Well, believe it or not, all the "nice" things you wrote about her in these two posts are far more insulting than any cruel critic that she got here, at least since I'm here.To be honest I have no idea which of theories conspiracy you will find every time when reading some of my posts, but its obvious that you lack some basic tennis knowledge to understand some of them and have zero sense of humor to understand others, so judging about things which you obviously not understand and on paranoid way seeing things which not exist there its not that big surprise that you trying to promote me in worst poster (or at least Ivanovic fan) in history of this forum. For your own good maybe its better for you to put me on ignore list, or at least to read my posts together with that same psychologists which you recommending Ana so often before replay!

For example, talking about that my post which you find scandalous (and for some reason very anti-Ana related!?), if you just followed WTA tour more deeply you will know that for players which not feels ready to play full season on same high level (several possible reasons: injury problems, body issues, surface factor, fitness, lack of motivation...) its legit and actually smart strategy to make priorities in own schedule. Kim Clijsters and Venus Williams are good examples of players which give theirs best at every event during early career, but lately totally changed career strategy (mostly to prevent new injuries and also to be on peak at favorite type of surface) and about half of events use just for warm-up...

Instead to check how this my theory works in reality you without thinking start to make pointless and weird conclusions.
I check now for myself how this my intuitive theory works that Ana probably strategically gave-up from day-to-day events (i guess main reasons are body issues and injury preventive, connected with not so great fitness), and I must say I'm now proud on that my statement because stats are even much more in my favor than I expect to see! If Ana regrouped and changed hers career strategy, it must be last time after so bad first half of 2011 season when she start to work with Nigel Sears (means after Wimbledon 2011). Since that Ana played 11 day-to-day events and only 2 times survives at least 3 rounds where one is mandatory event Beijing one of just three exceptions of this rule which i noted (with Olympic Games and only other WTA tours mandatory day-to-day event - Madrid). On other hand Ana played in same period 3 events with day-play day-bye schedule (USO, MM-YEC Bali and AO) and at all 3 survive at lest 3 rounds!!! So on 10 tournaments so far which I note that with new career strategy she will more use for preparations Ana only once survive at least 3 rounds (Carlsbad SF) and lose against such players like Morita, Vinci, Koethavong, Cetkovska... but on other 4 with priority status (USO, Bali-YEC, AO, +Beijing) she every time survive at least 3 rounds losing only vs Serena, Kvitova and retire vs peak-Radwanska. God new test for this my theory is upcoming Premier Mandatory Indian Wells event which is two-weeker (day-play/day-bye schedule) which must be on Ana's priority list, so lets see will she survive at least 3 rounds again (she is bye in R128, so she must to survive R64, R32 and R16 rounds where hers R16 opponent will be one of current TOP8 players). OK... maybe all this is just coincidence - but for sure is not most stupidest theory which you can hear on this forum... and for sure is nothing against Ana Ivanovic (if some player is not ready to play full schedule at her best, which is so often case in womens tour - it's actually great if she choose biggest events like priority).

HowardH
Feb 25th, 2012, 09:24 PM
I'm pretty sure that Cajka simply didn't notice that I had posted the article. Her post was only a few minutes after mine so it's understandable.

The same article, with a different title, and a few extra pics and notes:
"The sense of a woman"
http://oi44.tinypic.com/ut3qg.jpg

Cp6uja
Feb 25th, 2012, 10:05 PM
I'm pretty sure that Cajka simply didn't notice that I had posted the article. Her post was only a few minutes after mine so it's understandable.

The same article, with a different title, and a few extra pics and notes:
"The sense of a woman"
http://oi44.tinypic.com/ut3qg.jpgMy point is actually about that unnecessary "weird article :unsure:" etiquette, and if article are so giant it will be nice of her to delete duplicate post (or of you, if she insist on that "weird article :unsure:" introduction).

Cajka
Feb 26th, 2012, 02:21 AM
I'm pretty sure that Cajka simply didn't notice that I had posted the article. Her post was only a few minutes after mine so it's understandable.

The same article, with a different title, and a few extra pics and notes:
"The sense of a woman"
http://oi44.tinypic.com/ut3qg.jpg

I apologize for reposting it, I really didn't see it. I deleted my post. I find the article weird, not Ana's quotes, never mind.

Cajka
Feb 26th, 2012, 02:58 AM
To be honest I have no idea which of theories conspiracy you will find every time when reading some of my posts, but its obvious that you lack some basic tennis knowledge to understand some of them and have zero sense of humor to understand others, so judging about things which you obviously not understand and on paranoid way seeing things which not exist there its not that big surprise that you trying to promote me in worst poster (or at least Ivanovic fan) in history of this forum. For your own good maybe its better for you to put me on ignore list

Oh, no, I won't. I can put on ignore kworb or bartolina or whateverdestiny, but not you. I read too many times that Ana's fans on this board are delusional. Guess who's the poster to be blamed. I really thought you were sweet and naive, but not anymore.

or at least to read my posts together with that same psychologists which you recommending Ana so often before replay!

Nope. I'm not gonna pay for that. If you have some issues, hire a psychologist. I can recommend you a good one.

For example, talking about that my post which you find scandalous (and for some reason very anti-Ana related!?), if you just followed WTA tour more deeply you will know that for players which not feels ready to play full season on same high level (several possible reasons: injury problems, body issues, surface factor, fitness, lack of motivation...) its legit and actually smart strategy to make priorities in own schedule. Kim Clijsters and Venus Williams are good examples of players which give theirs best at every event during early career, but lately totally changed career strategy (mostly to prevent new injuries and also to be on peak at favorite type of surface) and about half of events use just for warm-up...


Of course, if you struggle for years to reach the second week of a slam, tank-job in Dubai is an obvious choice. Silly me. I obviously don't follow tennis.


Instead to check how this my theory works in reality you without thinking start to make pointless and weird conclusions.

I tried to translate this to myself, but it makes no sense at all.

I check now for myself how this my intuitive theory works that Ana probably strategically gave-up from day-to-day events (i guess main reasons are body issues and injury preventive, connected with not so great fitness), and I must say I'm now proud on that my statement because stats are even much more in my favor than I expect to see! If Ana regrouped and changed hers career strategy, it must be last time after so bad first half of 2011 season when she start to work with Nigel Sears (means after Wimbledon 2011). Since that Ana played 11 day-to-day events and only 2 times survives at least 3 rounds where one is mandatory event Beijing one of just three exceptions of this rule which i noted (with Olympic Games and only other WTA tours mandatory day-to-day event - Madrid). On other hand Ana played in same period 3 events with day-play day-bye schedule (USO, MM-YEC Bali and AO) and at all 3 survive at lest 3 rounds!!! So on 10 tournaments so far which I note that with new career strategy she will more use for preparations Ana only once survive at least 3 rounds (Carlsbad SF) and lose against such players like Morita, Vinci, Koethavong, Cetkovska... but on other 4 with priority status (USO, Bali-YEC, AO, +Beijing) she every time survive at least 3 rounds losing only vs Serena, Kvitova and retire vs peak-Radwanska. God new test for this my theory is upcoming Premier Mandatory Indian Wells event which is two-weeker (day-play/day-bye schedule) which must be on Ana's priority list, so lets see will she survive at least 3 rounds again (she is bye in R128, so she must to survive R64, R32 and R16 rounds where hers R16 opponent will be one of current TOP8 players). OK... maybe all this is just coincidence - but for sure is not most stupidest theory which you can hear on this forum... and for sure is nothing against Ana Ivanovic (if some player is not ready to play full schedule at her best, which is so often case in womens tour - it's actually great if she choose biggest events like priority).

Some posters here think that she's immature. Some posters think that she has a poor taste in men. Some of them think that she's not trying hard enough. Some of them (me, for example) think that she's like a Serbian grandma who doesn't want to see a doctor although something's obviously wrong. Some posters think that she's a traitor (NOT ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

But you are something else. You think that she's a diva who has some weird tank strategies, because she's too VIP to play day by day and she can only win a first round if she gets enough money. Wow! Just wow! You even found your own proves. Congrats! :worship:

E,znaš šta, ja sam zaista mislila da si ti slatki zaluđeni petnaestogodišnjak, zato mahom nisam reagovala na tvoje nebuloze. Ali, kad si počeo sa pričom o ugovorima, zabušavanjem na turnirima i tako dalje, shvatila sam da to nisu reči koje potiču od naivne osobe. E, ja neću da ćutim. Ti ne vređaš samo Anu, već čitav ženski rod svojim umnim opaskama o tome kako ona neće da ide u teretanu da ne bi izgledala vrag bi znao kako ili o tome kako je potpisala ugovor, pa sad može mirne duše da izgubi od Kirilenko. Ana je donela, očito, neke grozne odluke u svojoj karijeri, ali uvek je bila maksimalno korektna prema sponzorima i prema WTA organizaciji. Mnogo puta je isticala da joj komplimenti vezani za izgled prijaju, ali da joj lepota ne može doneti dobre rezultate na terenu. Čini mi se da ti ipak ne pratiš njenu karijeru dovoljno, već izvlačiš nebuloze iz nepostojećeg konteksta kako bi stvorio teorije koje imaju manje smisla od teorije da je zemlja ploča. A za gomiletinu laži koje si napisao - nemam reči. Napisao si da ja nemam poštovanja prema Aninoj karijeri, da pišem samo negativne stvari o njoj i, kao vrhinac, da ne mislim da je dovoljno dobra Srpkinja. Ti nemaš pojma o tome šta ja smatram patriotizmom, ti nemaš pojma šta ja smatram pravim vrednostima u životu i ti nemaš pojma da najbitnija osoba u mom životu nije srpske nacionalnosti i da me, samim tim, apsolutno zabole dupe za "prave" Srbe. Ali, kad već laješ, nikako te neću staviti na "ignore" listu. Takve poput tebe je greška ignorisati.

HowardH
Feb 26th, 2012, 06:43 AM
Now now, stop fighting. You both like Ana but have come to different conclusions about how she thinks.

Even if we don't always take Cpbuja's theories at face value, he puts some thought into each idea so it's worth seeing those stats. I agree with Cajka, I wouldn't think that Ana doesn't try at certain tournaments, but for some reason, according to Cpbuja's stats, she has so far done a bit better at the so-called "priority" tournaments. My guess is that this trend is possibly a product of her schedule and preparations being geared towards bigger tournaments, like the elite players tend to do, or like Olympians who are aiming for one particular meet do. So perhaps she is not really fully prepared for the smaller tournaments because she is still in the middle of preparations for other tournaments.

I don't know. We don't know all the details of Ana's training schedule and whether it changes before big tournaments or small ones. Does she use tapering? Or does she not have enough volume in her training to taper down? If she targets the bigger tournaments, is that the right idea for her?

On the other hand, some other players do better at small tournaments- they are vultures who scavenge on weak draws, and are generally well rested and highly motivated in the period in which top players are tired from bigger tournaments.

Also, we can't tell whether Ana will produce a season that contradicts this pattern. But maybe there is something in this. Like I said, I think it wouldn't be a lack of effort but possibly it could be a result of preparation and scheduling. Just an idea.

Ivanovic2008
Feb 26th, 2012, 12:58 PM
This is not the time to be fighting really. Not that we are some big team or something but haters are going to feed off us fighting about the different ways we feel about Ana. Lets fight with the Haters who don''t like Ana (and troll about it of course) not the different ways we think Ana should improve.

Iva87
Feb 26th, 2012, 01:07 PM
Politika

Ana Ivanović: U Londonu igraću sa Zimonjićem u miksu

Ana Ivanović kaže da će na Olimpijskim igrama igrati u singlu i u miksu sa Zimonjićem. – „Predstavljanje svoje zemlje na Igrama najveća čast za svakog sportistu”. – „Volela bih da igram u Fed kupu u Moskvi”

Dubai – Za Anu Ivanović pomisao na Olimpijske igre već skoro četiri godine ima gorak prizvuk. U Pekingu 2008. je trebalo da bude jedna od najvećih zvezda, prva teniserka sveta i šampionka Rolan Garosa, a ispala je pravi tragičar.

Veoma brzo posle pariskog podviga povredila se, dugo su lekari lutali u traženju dijagnoze, ona je čak stigla u kinesku prestonicu u nadi da će moći da igra, ali sve se izjalovilo.

Svi mi napadaju bekhend

Tek tada je shvatila da je povreda mnogo ozbiljnija nego što je mislila, otišla je u Australiju kod specijaliste i on je pronašao povredu palca koja je Ivanovićevu sprečavala da čvrsto drži reket.

Ali ako neko misli da je uzaludan dolazak na Olimpijadu najgore što može da se dogodi sportisti – vara se. Nekako baš sa tim pekinškim hororom, počeo je Anin teniski pad od koga se još nije oporavila. Par nedelja kasnije na red je došao razočaravajući poraz na Ju-Es openu i ona još od tada traži formu koja ju je u proleće 2008. odvela na vrh sveta.

Ko zna, možda će baš uspeh na londonskim Igrama doneti preokret u njenoj karijeri. Medalja na olimpijskom Vimbldonu mogla bi ne samo da zasija na Aninom vratu nego i da vrati sjaj njenoj karijeri.

Ivanovićeva kaže da će na londonskoj travi učestvovati u dve konkurencije:

– Razgovarala sam sa Zimonjićem da sa njim igram miks, a dubl neću jer bi mi tri takmičenja bila previše. Naravno, igraću i u singlu. Nadam se da ću ove godine konačno učestvovati na Olimpijadi – nije Ana zaboravila na razočaranje u Pekingu 2008. – Najveća čast za svakog igrača je da predstavlja svoju zemlju na Olimpijskim igrama.

Londonske ambicije su velike.

– Naravno, medalje su cilj. Najviše bih volela u singlu, ali ne bih se ljutila ni da je osvojim u miksu. Ziki je u samom svetskom vrhu u dublu i verujem da imam dobre šanse i sa njim.

U Dubaiju je dogurala do četvrtfinala. Prva dva kola je odlično odigrala, savladala Italijanku Skjavone i Ruskinju Kirilenko, ali je posle posustala protiv Dankinje Voznijacki, do skoro najbolje teniserke sveta.

– Osećam da sam u mnogim segmentima napredovala, ali sam na kraju razočarana jer sam mogla i više. Odigrala sam prve dve partije sjajno, čak je i protiv Karoline bilo odličnih perioda, ali nisam bila konzistentna. Žurila sam da završim poen u pogrešnim trenucima.

Većina protivnica forsira njen bekhend.

– Bolni osećaj u mojim leđima najbolji je dokaz koliko sam ga puta ove nedelje odigrala. Svi napadaju na tu stranu, svesna sam toga i mislim da sam popravila ovaj udarac. Svesna sam da je za velike uspehe potrebna kompletna igra.

Sa forhendom je druga priča.

– To je priča mog života. Svi se slažu da mi je forhend najbolji udarac, a svaki novi trener prvo što uradi, to je da mi kaže da će da mi ga promeni. Ipak, moram da priznam da se slažem sa Najdželom. Imam tendenciju da forhend igram previše ravno, zato je on ponekad kao lutrija. Zbog toga radimo da mu dodam više spina kako bi i pod pritiskom bio stabilan.

Trener Sirs mi odgovara

Angažovala je Engleza Najdžela Sirsa za trenera prošlog leta. Iako rezultati još nisu bogzna koliko bolji, utisak je da je igra počela da se popravlja.

– Mislim da mi veoma mnogo odgovara – hvali Ivanovićeva svog stručnjaka. – Razume me i kao teniserku i kao osobu. Veoma je smiren tokom mojih mečeva i to je dobro jer sam ja perfekcionista i ponekad preteram u pokušajima da sve uradim kako treba. Najdžel se trudi da drži sve smireno, mada to nije uvek lako. Veoma dobro komuniciramo, on vidi kako ja reagujem na različite situacije. Mnogi treneri samo forsiraju igrače i oni se na kraju povrede. Najdžel i ja mnogo putujemo, mnogo radimo i veoma je važno da ja imam i odmor, a on to zna.

Još je mnogo oscilacija u Aninoj igri.

– I ja bih volela da stalno igram na visokom nivou, ali uvek će biti uspona i padova. Imamo toliko turnira, toliko takmičenja i ne možete stalno da igrate dobro, osim ako niste Novak Đoković.

Mnoge teniserke koriste pomoć trenera tokom mečeva, jer je to dozvoljeno na VTA turnirima. I Ana spada među njih, mada smatra da to nije uvek najbolje.

– Na grend slem turnirima nemamo to pravo, a oni su najvažnija takmičenja. Ponekad zovem Najdžela zbog praznoverja, ponekad jer želim sa nekim da pričam ako druga teniserka ima asistenciju lekara. Zato je to ponekad dobro, ali šta vredi kada ne smemo da koristimo pomoć trenera kada je ona najpotrebnija.

Dugo je Ana bila najmlađa grend slem šampionka. U poslednjih pola godine pretekle su je Petra Kvitova i Viktorija Azarenka, a ovde je izgubila od Karoline Voznijacki. Sve tri su na početku dvadesetih.

– Zaista je čudno kada me neko sa 24 godine smatra starom. Tačno je da one odlično igraju, veliki su izazov za sve nas koje smo duže u svetskom vrhu. One nas teraju da napredujemo. Ali, zaista sam uverena da mogu opet jednog dana da se vratim na vrh i budem među kandidatima za grend slem titule.

Učešće u Fed kupu je Anina bolna tačka. Kad ne igra, pod pritiskom je, a pritisak je još veći kada igra pa izgubi. Još postoji šansa da iz ovog začaranog kruga izađe u Moskvi krajem aprila, da sa ostalim reprezentativkama uvede Srbiju u prvo finale u istoriji

– Čestitam devojkama na plasmanu u polufinale, mnogo mi je drago što su uspele. Mnogo bih volela da igram protiv Rusije, daću sve od sebe da budem u timu i da uđemo u finale.

Njeno učešće još nije stopostotno.

– Razgovaraću sa Najdželom, prijavila sam se za Štutgart koji se igra odmah posle toga. Zavisiće i od priprema i od podloge. Moj veliki cilj u ovoj godini je da prođem bez povreda. Vraćam se dobroj formi i želim da se za svaki turnir maksimalno spremim. Želim da budem i sto posto spremna za Fed kup – objašnjava Ana šta sve treba da se uklopi da bude u avionu za Moskvu.

Ja sam kao džipsi

Ana se samo nasmejala na pitanje da li razmišlja o selidbi u Dubai.

– Nemam vremena ni da odem u Beograd, a kamoli da se negde preselim. Ja živim kao džipsi. Nisam bila ni u Beogradu ni u Španiji još od oktobra – podsetila je da je ceo pripremni period za Australijski open provela u ovoj zemlji, a pre toga se odmarala sa svojim dečkom Adamom Skotom. – Pokušavam da dođem kući u Srbiju jer se tu najbolje oporavljam.

Inače, Ana u Palma de Majorci ima kuću već nekoliko godina.

Mesto napred na VTA listi

Ana iz Dubaija odlazi s jednim mestom napretka na VTA listi. Od ponedeljka će biti 17, a sledeći cilj je da se pomeri bar za još jedno kako bi bila bolje rangirani nosilac na velikim turnirima.

Mnogo posla u maju

Ana je za ovu godinu najavila učešća samo na najvećim turnirima, kako bi izbegla povrede. Jedino je januar bio izuzetak, jer je prvi mesec nove sezone. To je jedini mesec u kome je igrala svaka nedelje – u Brizbejnu, Sidneju i Melburnu.

Februar je bio rezervisan za Dohu i Dubai, mart za Indijan Vels i Majami, u aprilu je prijavljena za Štutgart, možda će igrati i Fed kup u Moskvi, a u maju će biti prilično naporno jer je čekaju velika takmičenja u Madridu, Rimu i Parizu.

U junu su Rolan Garos i početak Vimbldona, u julu kraj Vimbldona i Olimpijada. Ana još nije obelodanila program za drugi deo sezone.

Cp6uja
Feb 26th, 2012, 05:14 PM
Now now, stop fighting. You both like Ana but have come to different conclusions about how she thinks.There is nothing connected with who like or not like Ana, or about different views - simple poster Cajka have zero respect for Ana Ivanovic, hers achievements and hers personality, likes Ivanovic but on way "like mother love her crazy child" (its popular saying in Serbia) and probably thinks that this type of love is only which Ana deserve... after so many posts where she treat Ana like retarded person (its not like she thinking that Ana is big child or immature - but real idiot) I finally reacted.

Talking again about Ana latest results and record (since start to work with Sears) at "new priority" and at all others events, such big difference can be explained not that she have worse preparation for this non-priority events, but that she use this events for preparation! Its big difference, and unfortunately Ana even on her best is not type of tennis players which is able with hers back-up game to produce constantly decent results, and thats why difference in results is so big. Also note that I not use terms big/small or major/minor, but tournaments with day-to-day and tournaments with day-play/day-bye schedule, because I think that this Ana strategy is simple forced by hers body issues, injury prevention and fitness problems - for sure not because she thinking that its not worth hers efforts. For example Doha or Dubai is bigger WTA events than MM-YEC Bali, but in Bali there is just three rounds and one day pause between matches. Stats which most worries me from Dubai where she played 3 two-setters is huge disproportion in efficiency of her serve between 1st and 2nd set. In three 1st sets she is broken just 3 times and in three 2nd sets 9 times (in average won 58% serve points in 3x1st sets and 50% in 3x2nd, and points won on 1st serve dropped from 70% to 62%!? On other hand hers FH worked equally great in 2nd sets like in 1sts, so maybe she has again some shoulder problems which we don't know.

I tried to translate this to myself, but it makes no sense at all.If my bad English is even worse than this, but if you have just a little bit clue about women's tennis and WTA pro tour, you will very easy understand what I trying to say (and prove). But like usual - despite you have no clue about something - you always so enjoy to talking about things about which you have no clue.

E,znaš šta, ja sam zaista mislila da si ti slatki zaluđeni petnaestogodišnjak, zato mahom nisam reagovala na tvoje nebuloze. Ali, kad si počeo sa pričom...Ti kako zines, tako vec u samom pocetku demonstriras svu dubinu i sirinu svoga "analitickog" uma. Ti koja naravno o svemu i svima sve najbolje znas si eto tako mene procenila da imam ni manje ni vise nego 15 godina, sto ce reci da sam pre 7 godina na pocetku svog boravka na ovom forumu, kada sam se registrovao i bio najaktivniji (jer su mi profesionalne obaveze to mnogo vise dozvoljavale nego danas) morao sam biti dete od onih istih famoznih 8 godina na kojih i Anu toliko uporno procenjujes u intelektualnom smislu, i zbog cega je ova nasa diskusija i zapocela. Pretpostavljam onda da si neke moje ekspertize o tenisu iz Seles-Graf ere koje sam povremeno davao na GM tretirala kao svedocanstva iz mog prethodnog zivota ili na sta te je vec navela tvoja impresivna moc racionalnog zaljucivanja?!? U tenis se previse ne razumes (blago receno), jedina konstanta u tvojim cesto neuroticnim postovima o Ani koja prosto isijava izmedju redova je kako sam vec naveo vise puta je da je dozivljavas kao najveceg retarda, nemas zrno iskrenog postovanja prema devojci kojoj se uz sve njene nedostatke s pravom divi sav normalan svet - a na njenom podforumu pokusavas da se nametnes za nekakvog vrhovnog sudiju!? A mozes i da zamislis koliko si me samo impresionirala cinjenicom da je Srbija prepuna jos zatucanijih i ogranicenijih ljudi od tebe, a uz to sa jos gorim misljenjem o Ani. Znam to i sam, ali opet njih na ovom Aninom podforumu u svakom slucaju nema, pa cak ni posle tvojih nabacivanja raznih tema na onom "srpskom" topiku ovde na nacin prikladan da se otvaraju "kvalitetne diskusije" o Ani namenjene pasioniranim citateljima Kurira i Alo-a, pa makar ti kako tako zapoceta diskusija odmice pocinjes da glumis nekakvu neutralnost i kao siroke vidike. Ja cu prvi i najglasnije da kritikujem Anina dostignuca i narocito trenutni status u odnosu na njene pune potencijale, ali uvek cu jako postovati (i pokazivati da to postujem) koliko je mnogo vec postigla i kako je cak i ovo sada zapravo sjajno, a kada se tome doda njen savrsen nastup i ponasanje van terena - presrecan sam sto se eto konacno pojavio jedan skoro savrseni uzor za moje mladje zemljakinje, posle svih onih raznih koje su im oni isti ranije pomenuti Kuriri i Aloi (koji bi Ani da drze pridike) nametali. Posto i corava koka ubode neko zrno, i ti si tako pogodila da sam dugo vremena na GM bio van konkurencije najgori Anin fan, sto je i logicno jer tokom 2009 i 2010 to je bilo takvo mesto za Anine fanove da sam ocito samo ja imao dovoljno jak stomak da o(p)stanem - sto znaci slobodno ti izigravaj nekakvu superiornost u odnosu na mene i tretiraj me kao 8-godisnjaka i ja ti necu dati dve pare za to - ali zato dobro razmisli da li ces sa takvim stavom u odnosu na Anu da nastavis a sa cime si vec preterala.

PolitikaI'm not sure is this is real interview with Ana or just mix of Ana statements from presses in Dubai. Serbian newspapers so often public that fake "interviews" which is in reality just Frankenstain articles without presenting real sources...

SidTheKid
Feb 26th, 2012, 05:25 PM
I don´t know why you two need to fight so much.You both are (as we all) fans of Ana.You want to support her but instead of that you go into arguing which just gives power to haters and they feed of it and point to fact that even fans of Ana are arguing over her performances.You both have some good points but really I don´t think there is a reason to argue so much about it.

Cajka
Feb 27th, 2012, 12:23 AM
Ti kako zines, tako vec u samom pocetku demonstriras svu dubinu i sirinu svoga "analitickog" uma. Ti koja naravno o svemu i svima sve najbolje znas si eto tako mene procenila da imam ni manje ni vise nego 15 godina, sto ce reci da sam pre 7 godina na pocetku svog boravka na ovom forumu, kada sam se registrovao i bio najaktivniji (jer su mi profesionalne obaveze to mnogo vise dozvoljavale nego danas) morao sam biti dete od onih istih famoznih 8 godina na kojih i Anu toliko uporno procenjujes u intelektualnom smislu, i zbog cega je ova nasa diskusija i zapocela. Pretpostavljam onda da si neke moje ekspertize o tenisu iz Seles-Graf ere koje sam povremeno davao na GM tretirala kao svedocanstva iz mog prethodnog zivota ili na sta te je vec navela tvoja impresivna moc racionalnog zaljucivanja?!? U tenis se previse ne razumes (blago receno), jedina konstanta u tvojim cesto neuroticnim postovima o Ani koja prosto isijava izmedju redova je kako sam vec naveo vise puta je da je dozivljavas kao najveceg retarda, nemas zrno iskrenog postovanja prema devojci kojoj se uz sve njene nedostatke s pravom divi sav normalan svet - a na njenom podforumu pokusavas da se nametnes za nekakvog vrhovnog sudiju!? A mozes i da zamislis koliko si me samo impresionirala cinjenicom da je Srbija prepuna jos zatucanijih i ogranicenijih ljudi od tebe, a uz to sa jos gorim misljenjem o Ani. Znam to i sam, ali opet njih na ovom Aninom podforumu u svakom slucaju nema, pa cak ni posle tvojih nabacivanja raznih tema na onom "srpskom" topiku ovde na nacin prikladan da se otvaraju "kvalitetne diskusije" o Ani namenjene pasioniranim citateljima Kurira i Alo-a, pa makar ti kako tako zapoceta diskusija odmice pocinjes da glumis nekakvu neutralnost i kao siroke vidike. Ja cu prvi i najglasnije da kritikujem Anina dostignuca i narocito trenutni status u odnosu na njene pune potencijale, ali uvek cu jako postovati (i pokazivati da to postujem) koliko je mnogo vec postigla i kako je cak i ovo sada zapravo sjajno, a kada se tome doda njen savrsen nastup i ponasanje van terena - presrecan sam sto se eto konacno pojavio jedan skoro savrseni uzor za moje mladje zemljakinje, posle svih onih raznih koje su im oni isti ranije pomenuti Kuriri i Aloi (koji bi Ani da drze pridike) nametali. Posto i corava koka ubode neko zrno, i ti si tako pogodila da sam dugo vremena na GM bio van konkurencije najgori Anin fan, sto je i logicno jer tokom 2009 i 2010 to je bilo takvo mesto za Anine fanove da sam ocito samo ja imao dovoljno jak stomak da o(p)stanem - sto znaci slobodno ti izigravaj nekakvu superiornost u odnosu na mene i tretiraj me kao 8-godisnjaka i ja ti necu dati dve pare za to - ali zato dobro razmisli da li ces sa takvim stavom u odnosu na Anu da nastavis a sa cime si vec preterala.

I'm not sure is this is real interview with Ana or just mix of Ana statements from presses in Dubai. Serbian newspapers so often public that fake "interviews" which is in reality just Frankenstain articles without presenting real sources...

Moje mišljenje o Kuriru:

http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=20884875&postcount=362

Ne znam šta piše "Alo" i ne zanima me. Ni "Kurir" me ne zanima, ali Milan je postavio naslovnicu, pa sam prokomentarisala.

Moje mišljenje o FK-u i velikom srpstvu u obrisima:

http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=20931330&postcount=402

Mogu i detaljno, ako ti BAŠ nije jasno, ali radije ne bih, na kraju bi me optužio da mrzim Srbe kad bih samo počela priču o "patriotizmu" srpskom.

Moje mišljenje o Aninom sveukupnom imidžu:

http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=20841748&postcount=341

Moje mišljenje o njenoj karijeri, počni lagano od 203. komentara u temi koju si sam otvorio i iskusno je vodio u "pravom smeru".

http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=434467&page=14

Ako ni posle toga ne uočiš da si lupao gluposti, proslediću ti druge linkove. Možeš i da ideš nekoliko desetina strana unazad i da vidiš da sam pisala pozitivno o njoj u 99% slučajeva. Ako i posle toga ne budeš hteo da priznaš da si me sasvim nasumično optužio, onda ti ne mogu pomoći.

Što se tiče moje "neutralnosti", ja nisam od onih koji će voleti jednu teniserku, mrzeti drugu i uvek braniti svoju omiljenu teniserku bez obzira na to što za to nema osnova. Ali, da, apsolutna neutralnost ne postoji. Ne mogu voleti dve teniserke podjednako. Jasno je koga više volim, pošto jednu od njih dve daleko više i kritikujem i branim u zavisnosti od situacije. Ali, nisam zaljubljena ni u koga, nisam zaluđena. Imam skoro 27 godina, pratim obe devojke već 8 godina, bez obzira na to što sam ovde napravila nalog prošle godine. Pre toga sam pratila i druge teniserke i tenisere, nije baš da sam juče počela da se budim usred noći da bih gledala nečiji nervni slom na terenu. Pamtim i bolja vremena, zbog toga sam posebno razočarana.

InsideOut.
Feb 27th, 2012, 07:13 AM
Can someone translate the article for us?

Iva87
Feb 27th, 2012, 04:31 PM
Can someone translate the article for us?

POLICIES

Ana Ivanovic: In London with Zimonjic will play in the mix

Ana Ivanovic says he will play in the Olympics in singles and in the mix with Zimonjic. - "Introducing his country's highest honor at the Games for athletes." - "I would like to play in Fed Cup in Moscow"

Dubai - The Ana Ivanovic thought of the Olympic Games for nearly four years, has a bitter flavor. In Beijing in 2008. is supposed to be one of the biggest stars, the number one and Roland Garros champion, turned out to be a real tragic.

Very soon after the Paris feats are injured, doctors have long wandered in search of a diagnosis, she even arrived in the Chinese capital, hoping to be able to play, but it all backfired.

All my backhand attack

Only then she realized that the injury is more serious than she thought, she went to Australia to see a specialist and he found the thumb injury that has prevented them from Ivanovic to hold the racket.

But if anyone thinks it is futile visit to the Olympics worst that can happen to athletes - is wrong. Somehow, just the horror of The Beijing team, began to fall from Ana's tennis who has not yet recovered. A few weeks later they came to a disappointing defeat in the Southern U.S. Open and it has since been seeking a form that it was the spring of 2008. led to the top of the world.

Who knows, it could be successful on the London Olympics bring turnaround in her career. Medal at the Olympic Wimbledon could not only shines on Anne's neck, but also to restore shine to her career.

Ivanovic said that the grass on the London to participate in two of competition:

- I talked to Zimonjic to play with it a mix, and I will not double because we had three competitions too. Of course, gaming and singles. I hope this year will finally participate in the Olympics - not Ana forgot the disappointment in Beijing in 2008. - The highest honor for any player to represent his country at the Olympics.

London's ambitions are large.

- Of course, the goal medal. Most would like singles, but I would be mad not to win it in the mix. Ziki is at the top of the world in doubles and I believe that I have a good chance with him.

In Dubai, he reached the quarterfinals. The first two rounds is played perfectly, beat The Italian Schiavone and Russia's Kirilenko, but after a lapsed against Dane Wozniacki, until recently the best players of the world.

- I feel that I have progressed in many areas, but I did end up disappointed because I could and more. I played great the first two games, even against Carolina was great time, but I was consistent. I was rushing to finish a point in the wrong moments.

Most of the rival forces her backhand.

- Painful sensation in my back is the best proof of how many times I have played this week. All attack on that side, I am aware of that and I think I improved this shot. I am aware that the great achievements require a complete game.

On the forehand is a different story.

- This is the story of my life. All agree that my forehand is the best shot, and every new coach the first thing you do, that is to say that we will change it. However, I must admit that I agree with Nigel. I have a tendency to play too straight forehand, so he is sometimes like a lottery. Therefore we do I add more spin to the pressure was stable.

Coach Sears suits me

Engaged the Englishman Nigel Sirsa for coach last summer. Although the results have not been God knows how much better impression is that the game began to improve.

- I think it suits me very much - your specialist praises Ivanovic. - He understands me as a tennis player and as a person. It is very calm during my matches and that's good because I am a perfectionist and sometimes exaggerate in trying to do everything right. Nigel tries to keep everything calm, although it is not always easy. Communicate very well, he sees how I react to different situations. Many coaches and players just pushing them to the end of the injury. Nigel and I travel a lot, a lot of work and it is very important that I have a vacation, and he knows it.

There are many oscillations in the St. Anne game.

- I'd like to always play at a high level, but there will always be ups and downs. We have so many tournaments and competitions so you can not always play that well, unless Novak Djokovic.

Many players use the help of coaches during matches, because it allowed the WTA tournaments. And Ana is one of them, but believes that it is not always the best.

- The Grand Slam tournaments do not have that right, and they are the most important competitions. Sometimes I call Nigel because of superstition, because sometimes I want to talk to someone if the other player has the assistance of a doctor. Therefore, it is sometimes good, but what good when we can not help coaches use when you need it most.

Ana has long been the youngest Grand Slam champion. In the last half year have overtaken the Petra Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka, and here she lost to Caroline Wozniacki. All three are at the beginning of the twenties.

- It's really strange when someone thinks a 24 year old. It is true that one great play, a great challenge for all of us who are longer in the top. They force us to move forward. But I am really confident that I can come back one day to return to the top and be a candidate for Grand Slam titles.

Participation in the Fed Cup Ana sore point. When not playing, is under pressure and the pressure is even more so when the game is lost. There is still a chance that out of this vicious circle out in Moscow in late April, with other team members to bring Serbia into the first final in history

- Congratulations to the girls in the semi-finals, much pleased that they managed. Many would like to play against Russia, I will do my best to be on the team and to get into the finals.

Her participation is not one hundred percent.

- Talk to Nigel, I applied for Stuttgart, which is played immediately afterwards. Will depend on the preparation of the substrate. My big goal this year is to pass without harm. I return to good form and I want to be the maximum for each tournament ready. I want to be one hundred percent and ready for Fed Cup - Ana explains what you need to be fit to be on a plane to Moscow.

I'm like a gypsy

Ana just laughed at the question of whether thinking about moving to Dubai.

- I have no time to go to Belgrade, let alone to move somewhere. I live like a gypsy. I was not in Belgrade or in Spain since October - has reminded that the whole preparatory period for the Australian Open spent in this country, and before that it rested with her boyfriend Adam Scott. - Trying to get home to Serbia as the best recovering.

Otherwise, Ana in Palma de Mallorca has a house for several years.

Place the list above the VTA

Ana goes from Dubai with a lot of progress on the WTA Tour. Monday will be 17 and the next goal is to move the bar to another in order to be ranked higher seed at the big tournaments.

A lot of work in May

Ana is this year announced the participation of only the major tournaments in order to avoid injury. The only exception was in January, because the first month of the season. This is the only month in which he played every week - in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

February was reserved for the Doha and Dubai, Indian Wells in March and Miami in April was reported to Stuttgart, you will play the Fed Cup in Moscow in May will be quite hard because it is waiting for a big competition in Madrid, Rome and Paris .

In June, the start of Roland Garros and Wimbledon in July near Wimbledon and the Olympics. Ana has not revealed the program for the second part of the season.

JAS_
Mar 7th, 2012, 05:20 PM
Genčić: Ana i Jelena su završile

"Hoću i ja lambordžini, ali nemam mogućnosti", surovo iskrena je žena koja je otkrila talenat Novaka Đokovića.

Jelena Genčić je u tada anonimnom dečaku pod imenom Novak Đoković prepoznala materijal za prvo mesto na ATP listi. Dakle, nema sumnje da zna ponešto o tenisu i da je treba saslušati. Ma koliko bolno bilo.


“Mislim da su Jelena i Ana završile karijere“, kategorična je u izjavi za 'Sport' Jelena Genčić.

Naravno, izjava se odnosi na dve najbolje srpske teniserke – Jelenu Janković i Anu Ivanović, koje su ne tako davno zauzimale vrh WTA liste, ali smo već zaboravili kako trofeji izgledaju u njihovim rukama. Doduše, Ivanovićeva je u poslednje vreme popravila plasman, pa je sada 16. na svetu, dva koraka iza Džej Džej.

“U igri se ne vidi da je Ana napredovala, a kada čitam njene izjave... da ne pričam. Da bi neko bio dobar mora da se koncetriše na ono što radi, a ne da se zamajava. Ako hoće da se bavi nečim drugim, neka se bavi. Ona je zaista prelepa i neka ostane takva. Po tome ćemo je i pamtiti. Mislim da su Jelena i ona završile karijere. I ja želim ’lambordžini’, ali nemam mogućnosti“, surovo iskrena je Genčićeva.

Prema njenom mišljenju šanse još uvek postoje za Bojanu Jovanovski, bez obzira na veliku krizu u kojoj se nalazi 20-godišnja teniserka.

“Očigledno je da je još u fazi privikavanja na sponzore i trenera. Treba da se naviknete na nov način rada. Ona ima potencijal, samo je potreban neko ko će to razraditi i učvrstiti“, jasna je Genčićeva.

Inače, ako nekome nije jasno na šta je Genčićeva mislila kada je govorila o tome da Ana nije sasvim koncetrisana na tenis neka pogleda "sešn" Ivanovićeve u San Dijegu gde je pozirala čuvenom holivudskom fotografu Džonu Rusou

Sve, sve, ali ova poslednja recenica gde novinar tumaci Gencicevu :help::tape:

Ne znam sta me vise nervira, Ana (sa svojom posvecenoscu tenisu) ili srpsko (nazovi)novinarstvo.

For non-Serbian speakers, Gencic is the woman who discovered Monica Seles and Novak Djokovic (claimed he was gonna be no. 1 one day).


http://www.vesti-online.com/Sport/Tenis/208386/Gencic-Ana-i-Jelena-su-zavrsile

JAS_
Mar 7th, 2012, 05:32 PM
Ana Ivanovic interview coming soon chats with @murphyjensen about life and how her boyfriend's tennis has improved! http://pic.twitter.com/oVQKcJOO

:help::help::help:
:tape::tape::tape::tape:

Ala je popravi ovaj Scott, svaka mu cast. Ostadose samo dugmici.

(Sorry folks, this had to be in Serbian, it's a paraphrase of a famous Serbian movie quote)

SidTheKid
Mar 7th, 2012, 05:35 PM
I´m not even going to comment Ana and Scott :) But some things I read what Ana says and not refering to this is jsut mental with her a bit :D Not just relating to Scott

JAS_
Mar 7th, 2012, 05:36 PM
Btw, is it just me, or does Gencic look like Navs?

JAS_
Mar 7th, 2012, 05:41 PM
I´m not even going to comment Ana and Scott :) But some things I read what Ana says and not refering to this is jsut mental with her a bit :D Not just relating to Scott

Yeah, I can't wait to read that interview. :yippee:

NOT.:ignore:

SidTheKid
Mar 7th, 2012, 05:43 PM
It will probably be praise how awesoem he is in every aspect and now he can beat Nadal on any day (he already said it once).So excited for that interview yaaay :dance:

Sarcasm

Linguae^
Mar 7th, 2012, 06:16 PM
Gencic said it nice, Ana and Jelena seem lost in tennis, but hey - give 'em one last chance.

Милан_СРБ
Mar 7th, 2012, 07:03 PM
Ana and Jelena are top 20 players, maybe they won't play like they used to in 2007/08 but Gencic is overreacting a little bit...

JAS_
Mar 7th, 2012, 07:34 PM
Overreacting to what? 4 years of consistently meh performances interspersed with Bali titles (thank God for those, no?)

I mean, it really depends what one is talking about. If we are talking about top 20 results then yeah, they are not done yet and still have something to say. :lol:
Top 20 is not bad, just ask Bojana if that is easy.
But, that's not really what she is talking about here, is it?

Cajka
Mar 7th, 2012, 07:54 PM
Btw, is it just me, or does Gencic look like Navs?

Well, not just you. I always thought that too.

Cajka
Mar 7th, 2012, 08:26 PM
Samo da kažem, ja nisam Cajka koja komentariše na Blicu, ima ovde komentar sa istim imenom: http://sport.blic.rs/Tenis//211112/Ana-Ivanovic-Titule-se-zaboravljaju-ljudi-vas-pamte-po-tome-kakva-ste-licnost/komentari#ostali

U načelu se i slažem sa komentarom druge Cajke, prosto je neverovatno koliko oni loše prevode tekstove, izvlače iz konteksta, neću ni da pominjem bombastične naslove tipa: "Ana sluša narodnjake" (što nije rekla, već je rekla da sluša "neku" srpsku muziku). Naravno, nakon tog naslova, okupila se ispod te vesti komentatorska intelektualna elita portala Blic, pa je počelo pljuvanje. Iskreno, bole me dupe šta Ana sluša, nerviraju me ovi prefinjeni komentatori koji verovatno slušaju samo klasičnu muziku ili tako nešto, pa su zgroženi Aninim muzičkim ukusom. Nikako se meni ne dopada ni Lady Gaga ni Ceca, ali, majku mu, na šta je spao taj nesrećni Blic (nekada davno behu to dobre novine) kad im je glavna tema, na naslovnoj strani Anina plej-lista, a ove spodobe komentatorske koje su intelektualno iznad svih i koje se APSOLUTNO u sve savršeno razumeju (od politike, kulture, IT tehnologije, vremenske prognoze, preko božjih i kosmičkih istina, gramatike i, naravno, sporta) su posebna vrsta gnjida.

Linguae^
Mar 7th, 2012, 09:43 PM
Ja tamo na Blicu i ne zalazim, komentari su besmisleni i pisu ih ljudi koji nemaju veze s vezom, a i novine su potpuno izgubile na kvalitetu. Kako god, Ana i Jelena su procerdale ove 4 godine i to je za kajanje.

Cp6uja
Mar 8th, 2012, 12:12 AM
Genčić: Ana i Jelena su završile
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Inače, ako nekome nije jasno na šta je Genčićeva mislila kada je govorila o tome da Ana nije sasvim koncetrisana na tenis neka pogleda "sešn" Ivanovićeve u San Dijegu gde je pozirala čuvenom holivudskom fotografu Džonu Rusou

Sve, sve, ali ova poslednja recenica gde novinar tumaci Gencicevu :help::tape:

Ne znam sta me vise nervira, Ana (sa svojom posvecenoscu tenisu) ili srpsko (nazovi)novinarstvo.

Ha-ha-ha... ja sam licno & personalno direktno umesan u iskopavanje ovog nazovi "krunskog" dokaza u vidu YouTube video klipa da je Ana navodno zavrsila sa vrhunskim tenisom i posvetila se necemu drugom!!! To je takozvani unlisted klip koji je nevidljiv za sve vrste pretrazivanja i moze mu se pristupiti iskljucivo pomocu linka. Postavljen je na YouTube jos 2 marta, a juce (6. marta) rano ujutru kada sam sasvim slucajno nabasao na njega imao je do toga trenutka samo 31 views! (verovatno samo onaj ko ga je postavio ga je testirao, i eventualno jos neko). A pronasao sam ga tako sto sam sasvim slucajno posle upoznavanja sa zrebom Indijan Velsa prateci neku vest o Ani linkovan ka nekom Park Hyatt Aviara Resort's hotelu gde je sve ono snimano, a zatim tamo i naleteo na link gde se pominjalo nekakvo snimanje - ja kliknem za svaki slucaj i imam sta da vidim! Odmah sam okacio klip ovde i na video i na slike topiku, kao i na jednom GM topiku. Pretpostavljam da je taj link sto sam ga iskopao i prosledio na TennisForum neko prebacivao (ili vise njih) i na neke domace forume, jer nemoguce da ga je samo zahvaljujuci TF videlo u jednom danu preko 3.000(views), dakle sto puta vise nego u prvih cetri dana dok ga nisam obelodanio.

Ali danas pre podne (govorim o 7.martu) pocinju i prvi domaci mediji da linkuju ovaj klip, i to lancano, vise njih jedan za drugim, i sada vidim da je broj pregleda u ovom momentu preko 150.000! Dakle za prva cetri dana ukupno 31 pregled, onda se pojavljujem ja kao 32-gi i prosledjujem link na TF i istog dana vec bude preko 3.000 pregleda, a dan posle, tj danas, klip se u vidu epidemije pojavi na podosta domacih internet medija i samo u ovom danu je pregledan preko 150.000 puta iako ga je nemoguce naci pretrazivanjem, vec iskljucivo preko direktnog linka! A na ovom primeru se moze savrseno videti kako je lako manipulisati medijima, a narocito koliko smo mi kao narod toliko podlozni manipulacijama. Posto sam na neki nacin indirektno ukljucen u ovaj slucaj, zaintrigiralo me je da vidim ko je sve to preneo i kakve su reakcije. Nasi mediji su se prenoseci ovu "vest" podelili prema naslovu koji su izabrali u dva tabora: prvi su dali naslove u stilu "Ana Ivanovic pozirala gola", a drugi nesto kao "Ana Ivanovic pozirala cuvenom fotografu". Kod ovih drugih u komentarima upadljivo preovladjuju izjave divljenja u odnosu na Aninu lepotu, dok kod onih sa "slikala se gola" senzacionalistickom naslovu dominira cist primitivizam i neke prevazidjene jeftine palanacke teorije.

A sto se tice izjave Jelene Gencic - iz postovanja prema njenim godinama zadrzacu komentar za sebe, sa izuzetkom konstatacije da ni ona sama ne krije da u odnosu na Anu (pretpostavljam da je isto i prema JJ gde je manje detaljisala) iz nje ne progovara struka vec iskljucivo ultrakonzervatinivni pogledi na svet.

Cajka
Mar 8th, 2012, 12:43 AM
Ja sam apsolutno ubeđena da mnogi novinari kopiraju tekstove i video klipove upravo sa ovog foruma, ovo je najveći forum za ženski tenis i članovi foruma često bolje iskopaju vesti od samih novinara, pogotovo ovih naših nesrećnih.

Милан_СРБ
Mar 8th, 2012, 01:07 AM
Overreacting to what? 4 years of consistently meh performances interspersed with Bali titles (thank God for those, no?)

I mean, it really depends what one is talking about. If we are talking about top 20 results then yeah, they are not done yet and still have something to say. :lol:
Top 20 is not bad, just ask Bojana if that is easy.
But, that's not really what she is talking about here, is it?

Ana (I'm not gonna talk/write about JJ, cause I don't care about her) is an average top 20 player now which is all right! She used to be a factor in this game few years ago, now that isn't case! We all expect that she will be top 10 player again to win slams and premier tournaments. Maybe that won't happen again who knows, but hey, being top 20 player is just fine! Gencic statement sounds like this: If you are not NO1 player anymore, if you stop playing like you used to, if you stop wining slams and biggest tournaments, you are done with tennis, go home, have babies or become a model! That is very stupid... Ana could stop playing long time ago, if she have the same opinion like Gencic!

Cajka
Mar 8th, 2012, 01:16 AM
Ana (I'm not gonna talk/write about JJ, cause I don't care about her) is an average top 20 player now which is all right! She used to be a factor in this game few years ago, now that isn't case! We all expect that she will be top 10 player again to win slams and premier tournaments. Maybe that won't happen again who knows, but hey, being top 20 player is just fine! Gencic statement sounds like this: If you are not NO1 player anymore, if you stop playing like you used to, if you stop wining slams and biggest tournaments, you are done with tennis, go home, have babies or become a model! That is very stupid... Ana could stop playing long time ago, if she have the same opinion like Gencic!

The worst part is where she says that Ana will be remembered as a beauty. That's ridiculous. So, if she wasn't a beauty she would be unknown?! The part about Bojana is pretty crazy too. Few months ago she was talking about her and she said that the future of tennis is an aggressive game, not the rallies from the base line. :spit: I wonder what kind of tennis Gencic follows.

Милан_СРБ
Mar 8th, 2012, 01:34 AM
The worst part is where she says that Ana will be remembered as a beauty. That's ridiculous. So, if she wasn't a beauty she would be unknown?! The part about Bojana is pretty crazy too. Few months ago she was talking about her and she said that the future of tennis is an aggressive game, not the rallies from the base line. :spit: I wonder what kind of tennis Gencic follows.

She will be remembered as one of the most beautiful players ever but also, (for true tennis fans) she will be remembered as grand slam champion and former world number one! When I read this interview, I thought that I read those stupid posts in GM, or comments in Serbian media...

JAS_
Mar 8th, 2012, 10:16 AM
Ja sam apsolutno ubeđena da mnogi novinari kopiraju tekstove i video klipove upravo sa ovog foruma, ovo je najveći forum za ženski tenis i članovi foruma često bolje iskopaju vesti od samih novinara, pogotovo ovih naših nesrećnih.

Yeah, I noticed that since Izzy's leave of absence, there are a lot fewer vitriolic articles on Ana in some Serbian media - sadly I think Izzy unwittingly contributed to that. (Can't blame her for not knowing though, since it's Serbian press and even she didn't read all of it :lol:).

Ha-ha-ha...

Hmmmm. While I do think that Serbian "journalists" use this forum as a source, somehow I doubt that all those 150 000 views in one day are all Serbian. I think this clip just went viral, because it caught attention on the net yesterday - I myself saw it elsewhere and not on this paper's website.
However, it is ridiculous how they spin Ana's activities, even though there may be some truth in it. While I can understand that Izzy and other Ana fans obssess over Ana's distraction by off court activities, I don't think I found one article with the same take on Jelena's off court activites. Really don't understand how Serbian journalists explain that difference.

Ana (I'm not gonna talk/write about JJ, cause I don't care about her) is an average top 20 player now which is all right! She used to be a factor in this game few years ago, now that isn't case! We all expect that she will be top 10 player again to win slams and premier tournaments. Maybe that won't happen again who knows, but hey, being top 20 player is just fine! Gencic statement sounds like this: If you are not NO1 player anymore, if you stop playing like you used to, if you stop wining slams and biggest tournaments, you are done with tennis, go home, have babies or become a model! That is very stupid... Ana could stop playing long time ago, if she have the same opinion like Gencic!

Mmm, so what is exactly the difference between Gencic's opinion and yours? :confused:
As I said, yeah, top 20 is fine, for Bojana, for BMS, for a lot of players. Is it fine for Ana? Why doesn't she come out and say something to that extent? We know she won't.
There is clearly a different standard that Gencic uses for Ana and Jelena than the one she uses for Bojana, and there is a (good) reason for that.

The worst part is where she says that Ana will be remembered as a beauty. That's ridiculous. So, if she wasn't a beauty she would be unknown?! The part about Bojana is pretty crazy too. Few months ago she was talking about her and she said that the future of tennis is an aggressive game, not the rallies from the base line. :spit: I wonder what kind of tennis Gencic follows.

Really, though? How many people remember Myskina and Mima Jausovec?

What Jelena Gencic was saying is that essentially if nothing changes, and there is no reason atm to think it will, people's perception of Ana's (and Jelena's) contribution to tennis is pretty much cemented. And when Ana is concerned, I really doubt the tennis fans' perception of her is that of a great champion. It may have been had she retired right after RG '08.
However, since then, she has singlehandedly deconstructed that image, and replaced it with the image of player who is mentally weak, scattered all over the place, and is either: a) a fluke, or b) an underachiever, who could have done better.
If she does nothing else of significance till the end of her career (stays in top 20 or even top 10), I am afraid that's how she will be remembered.

HowardH
Mar 8th, 2012, 10:54 AM
I remember Myskina. But who is Mima Jausovec?

I have to say that I think there is no way Izzy could unwittingly contribute to press in the Serbian media. That doesn't make sense, surely.

I believe you that there are fewer vitriolic articles on Ana in the Serbian media now. The cause of that is a bit uncertain though.

Ana is looking more and more like a model these days- the recent photoshoots confirm that. Perhaps that is causing the media to warm to her, although looking like a model and playing tennis are two different things. But there is the possibility that the press have started to treat her less as a "failing tennis star" and more as a good looking celebrity.

Of course if Ana never reaches a higher level than she now has, she will be remembered not as a champion but as a one-slam wonder. Which is currently what she is, after all. Her looks will heavily contribute to how much people remember her, just as it did for Kournikova. Now, she's a pretty top 20 player. It's not ideal, but of course it's definitely enough to have a good time touring the world and playing tennis, while making pretty good money.

JAS_
Mar 8th, 2012, 11:27 AM
I remember Myskina. But who is Mima Jausovec?

She is (the first) Yugoslav RG women's singles winner (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mima_Jau%C5%A1ovec).


I have to say that I think there is no way Izzy could unwittingly contribute to press in the Serbian media. That doesn't make sense, surely.



Oh, it does, believe me, there was a period of time when Izzy would dig out some Ana's articles from Brazilian press or some other source where Serbian journos (with their poor language skills) would normally never venture, make comments on Ana's quotes, and you would see that particular article quoted the very next day (with the spin pretty much in the spirit of Izzy's comments). Of course, it is impossible to prove that the journalist found it here and not elsewhere, but again, if you followed the pattern on a day-to-day basis it was pretty obvious.

Ana is looking more and more like a model these days- the recent photoshoots confirm that. Perhaps that is causing the media to warm to her, although looking like a model and playing tennis are two different things. But there is the possibility that the press have started to treat her less as a "failing tennis star" and more as a good looking celebrity.

Oh, no, this is definitely not the case. Looking (and acting) like a model is a reason to sneer for Serbian press (when it comes to Ana). They certainly didn't warm up to her, they just write less.

And let me sound crazy and say it - the way Izzy contributed wasn't just by finding articles about Ana, it was by her comments; there are plenty of articles on Ana now, that, bereft of fans' facepalming, sound pretty dull and uninteresting.
But if you zoom in on some of her statements, analyze them, and do it often enough, you provide plenty of material which journos just help themselves with, just like from a Smorgasboard of a kind.

HowardH
Mar 8th, 2012, 12:34 PM
If that's really the case, what kind of weird journalists do you have in Serbia :help: :scared:. They couldn't write good articles by themselves but have to scavenge and plagiarise from some online forum? This doesn't sound like a very healthy media situation...

Is the situation in Serbia somewhat different when it comes to defamation? Do the press more or less get away with whatever?

Oh I see, Mima was the 1977 RG champ.

Cajka
Mar 8th, 2012, 01:17 PM
If that's really the case, what kind of weird journalists do you have in Serbia :help: :scared:. They couldn't write good articles by themselves but have to scavenge and plagiarise from some online forum? This doesn't sound like a very healthy media situation...

Is the situation in Serbia somewhat different when it comes to defamation? Do the press more or less get away with whatever?

Oh I see, Mima was the 1977 RG champ.

We were talking about them actually, about how awful they are. It was the part written in Serbian. I believe they really take the articles from this thread, sometimes it's hard to believe in all coincidences. It's a very good thing, because there's all in one place. And Izzy was even translating those articles from other languages. I was always checking recent tennis news on TF (in GM) before I registered, it's simply a place where you can find it all.

Tennis journalists in Serbia are often clueless, there are few decent commentators, all other journalists are awful. Some of them even don't know the basic tennis rules. And the newspapers titles... :facepalm: When JJ beat Četkovska few weeks ago, they wrote "Jelena outclassed Ana's nightmare". It's lame, journalists are not supposed to be biased.

Cajka
Mar 8th, 2012, 01:36 PM
Really, though? How many people remember Myskina and Mima Jausovec?

What Jelena Gencic was saying is that essentially if nothing changes, and there is no reason atm to think it will, people's perception of Ana's (and Jelena's) contribution to tennis is pretty much cemented. And when Ana is concerned, I really doubt the tennis fans' perception of her is that of a great champion. It may have been had she retired right after RG '08.
However, since then, she has singlehandedly deconstructed that image, and replaced it with the image of player who is mentally weak, scattered all over the place, and is either: a) a fluke, or b) an underachiever, who could have done better.
If she does nothing else of significance till the end of her career (stays in top 20 or even top 10), I am afraid that's how she will be remembered.

She basically said: "She's beautiful and that's what we'll remember."

We? Who is "we"? Serbs? Tennis fans? Casual sport fans? Random people who don't follow sports?

Serbs should remember her as a former #1 and a slam champion and that's how big tennis fans will remember her. Some of them will consider her an underachiever, some people will consider it a fluke. That's fine. It's always like that with the players who won one or two slams.

Casual sport fans don't even know who is #1 in women's tennis atm, at least now. They know about Sharapova, WS, Henin, Clijsters, they know about Rafa, Fed, Nole... But not about Ana, Sveta, Petra, Vika, Woz, JJ... Ask a casual sport fan if they know if Sveta won a slam or no. They have no idea. Ana is a more recognizable face than Azarenka or Kvitova, but she isn't Russian blonde who will be popular only because she's pretty like Kournikova. Ana is a MUCH, MUCH, MUCH, MUCH better player than Kournikova, IMO she's also prettier, but she's not popular like Kournikova. So... I really don't think that Ana will be remembered as a beauty, many people compare her to Kournikova (I really understood that Gencic was saying something similar in that interview), but I really don't see the connection... They have the same name, they are pretty and that's all. :shrug: I think she's more like Sabatini. Beautiful girl with great accomplishments. Neither of them is a big champion, but they both had great careers.

Милан_СРБ
Mar 8th, 2012, 03:05 PM
Mmm, so what is exactly the difference between Gencic's opinion and yours? :confused:

Where did you find connection between my post and Gencic statement???
She used to be a factor in this game few years ago, now that isn't case - I didn't say she is done with tennis, she is not important player like she used to be before, that is a fact! I don't like that because she is much more talented player than half of top 20 players, but that doesn't mean she has to retire! She needs to continue her battle!

Cajka
Mar 8th, 2012, 03:29 PM
The different version of the interview with Genčić. http://www.alo.rs/sport/46982/Genciceva_Ana_i_Jelena_vi_ste_proslost

If someone is interested, I can translate it tonight. Jelena Genčić is the woman who discovered Seleš and Đoković and she was talking about Ana and JJ in this article. She says that they don't train enough, that they care about modeling and clothes designing more than about tennis. She thinks that they have had a great career, but that now they are done.

JAS_
Mar 8th, 2012, 05:22 PM
Where did you find connection between my post and Gencic statement???
She used to be a factor in this game few years ago, now that isn't case - I didn't say she is done with tennis, she is not important player like she used to be before, that is a fact! I don't like that because she is much more talented player than half of top 20 players, but that doesn't mean she has to retire! She needs to continue her battle!

Right, and that's exactly what she said. Don't be so literal. Clearly, she didnt mean Ana and Jelena should retire from tennis, just that they are done with significant results. Anyways, if you read the version Cajka posted, you will see thats exactly the case.

Also, for Cajka, she also didnt say Anas tennis is the same or worse as Kournikovas. Where do you people read all that?
She only said she will be remembered for her looks, which is to say that her looks currently outshines her tennis. And is that not true? Dont people praise more her looks than tennis?

Even in this forum her looks is praised more than her tennis, in fact her tennis is usually facepalmed at. While Ana KADS for life drool over her looks, nonfans admire her tennis more? The days of her peak tennis are long past, and its beauty is fading with hours, while her own beauty is in full bloom. If it stays like that until she retires, thats how she will be remembered I dont see anything outlandish in that claim.

JAS_
Mar 8th, 2012, 05:45 PM
If that's really the case, what kind of weird journalists do you have in Serbia :help: :scared:. They couldn't write good articles by themselves but have to scavenge and plagiarise from some online forum? This doesn't sound like a very healthy media situation...

Is the situation in Serbia somewhat different when it comes to defamation? Do the press more or less get away with whatever?


The media situation isnt a total disaster, but it is very far from good. And when it comes to Ana it is pretty much a complete disaster because all its defects and flaws are manifest in her situation.

On the one hand, press can still get away with a lot, and on the other, they dont dare even come close to some things.

Cajka
Mar 8th, 2012, 08:13 PM
Also, for Cajka, she also didnt say Anas tennis is the same or worse as Kournikovas. Where do you people read all that?
She only said she will be remembered for her looks, which is to say that her looks currently outshines her tennis. And is that not true? Dont people praise more her looks than tennis?

Even in this forum her looks is praised more than her tennis, in fact her tennis is usually facepalmed at. While Ana KADS for life drool over her looks, nonfans admire her tennis more? The days of her peak tennis are long past, and its beauty is fading with hours, while her own beauty is in full bloom. If it stays like that until she retires, thats how she will be remembered I dont see anything outlandish in that claim.


Well, tennis player that will be remembered as a beauty + tennis player who's more dedicated to modeling than training = pretty much Kournikova IMO. At least, it was my impression before I read the longer version of the article. The longer version is much better and the whole interview makes more sense. You can see that Genčić is disappointed and worried like many of us here. I don't believe that the reason for the slump of Serbian sisters is modeling, fashion or whatever. At least it can't be the main reason, the main distraction. I mean, what would you choose, to be an awful designer or the best tennis player in the world?

Anyway, I wasn't talking only about Genčić, but also about all those smart asses who say things like: "Retire, Ana, be a model while you still can." lol She can be a "model" only as long as she's a pro. It was never an option for her and she's not "model type", even tough she's more beautiful than many famous models.

JAS_
Mar 8th, 2012, 08:54 PM
I don't believe that the reason for the slump of Serbian sisters is modeling, fashion or whatever. At least it can't be the main reason, the main distraction. I mean, what would you choose, to be an awful designer or the best tennis player in the world?


If only life were that simple. You choose what you want, and thats it. Obviously if you only choose from two options on paper, everyone would choose whats best for them. There would be no smokers, no drug addicts, no school dropouts, everyone would choose to exercise and eat healthy and follow whatever their plan for great life is to a tee. :)
But, things are not that easy. There is effort tied to these choices and it is harder to be no. 1 tennis player than a lousy designer (who is living off of old fame earned as a no. 1 tennis player :lol:). Its daily choices that lead up to the final result, not one big choice we make when we sit down and dream about future.
As Gencic said, and I always suspected, Ana and Jelena appear to be exercising way less than is needed for top results (according to her one hour vs. 7 hours).
Obviously I dont follow Ana around, but I can still make inferences based on what I do see.
I do think that all the photoshoots, her boyfriend and interviews add up to her scattered attention. And you just cant be no. 1 (or even less) in the world of tennis without full commitment. Sorry, this is worldwide competition, not some second league competition that you can win on talent alone. At the top level, every little thing matters.
Take swimmers for instance, they (men) even epilate. How much can body hair slow them down? Not a lot, but its tiny differences that all add up in the end.

Cajka
Mar 8th, 2012, 09:32 PM
The whole discussion in Serbian on last few pages was related to the article I tried to translate. You all probably know that my translations are not very good, but it's better than "google translate".


Genčić: Ana and Jelena, you are done

They were the best in the world. Now they are just a part of WTA circuit and a good opportunity for younger tennis players to make a name (by beating them). Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic still belong to top of WTA, but, according to words of legendary Jelena Genčić, their glory days are over because they think too much about the things that are not related to sport.

Genčić: Tennis is a cruel sport. There are many new and hungry players who train 7 or 8 hours a day. How will Jelena and Ana be competitive against them if they train only an hour a day, while spending the rest of their time doing the other things. To be clear, I'm glad that Ivanovic is pretty, but she chose herself to be a model rather than tennis player. It's her choice and it should be respected, but then what's the points of statements like: "I'll be the best again, I'll be a top 5 player..." It doesn't work that way.

Can Jelena and Ana be #1 again?

Genčić: They could've been dominant even today with the right plan and (training) program. Now it's a different. They will never be the best again and that's what hurts the most.

Does it mean that they should retire?

Genčić: No, no way (they should do it). They should play as long as they are young (I changed it a bit, she basically said "until their seniority years"). Congrats for everything they've done, they made their dreams come true, they were the best in the world, it's a big thing. On the other hand, now they can only remember how it used to be.

Will they be angry at you after these words?

Genčić: No. They don't care what I say, they won't even see it. They are busy doing other things, because - when people reach certain age, some of them want to finish the college, some of them to become a model, someone wants to own a fashion collection, just like, probably, Jelena Janković wants to. Well, it's hard to accomplish all those things. You can't have it all. I want to have lamborghini, but I know that I can't afford it.

Do you have some advice for the best Serbian players (female, of course)?

Genčić: No, I don't. I'm not competent and they, obviously, don't need anyone. They claimed that they can work by themselves, that they don't need a coach, but they changed their minds after. The only thing I can say to them is that I'm very, very sorry that they will never be the best again.

Are you afraid that something similar can happen to Novak one day?

Genčić: I don't think so. He's too strong mentally. Maybe if he stays dominant until he's 27, he can relax a little bit, it wouldn't be a big deal.

Let's help Bojana!

Genčić: I don't know what is happening to Bojana Jovanovski. She was top 50 last year, but the slump came after that and now she's not even top 100 player. Serbian Tennis Association should stand behind her with full force, to help her. We must not lose her.

Cajka
Mar 8th, 2012, 09:44 PM
If only life were that simple. You choose what you want, and thats it. Obviously if you only choose from two options on paper, everyone would choose whats best for them. There would be no smokers, no drug addicts, no school dropouts, everyone would choose to exercise and eat healthy and follow whatever their plan for great life is to a tee. :)
But, things are not that easy. There is effort tied to these choices and it is harder to be no. 1 tennis player than a lousy designer (who is living off of old fame earned as a no. 1 tennis player :lol:). Its daily choices that lead up to the final result, not one big choice we make when we sit down and dream about future.
As Gencic said, and I always suspected, Ana and Jelena appear to be exercising way less than is needed for top results (according to her one hour vs. 7 hours).


Of course, I don't deny that there's a chance that they don't spend enough time training, I just think that it's not modeling or designing, if they weren't doing those things, they would be doing something else. Safin was partying and chasing women all the time, for example. You can always find the ways to occupy your time. But I don't think that those things are the main cause of their slump, they are more like consequence. At least that's how I see it. The true cause can be a lack of motivation, disappointments, mental weakness etc. So far we didn't find out wtf is wrong with those girls. Of course, assuming that they really don't train enough. We don't know that. They both say that they work hard, some other people say they don't. It could be anything. We know that they were times when JJ and Ana worked very hard, but it didn't give them wanted results, it could lead to disappointment and eventually to lack of motivation. It could be anything, really. I believe they won't give up.

Linguae^
Mar 8th, 2012, 11:06 PM
Gencic is right, case closed.

Cajka
Mar 8th, 2012, 11:09 PM
Gencic is right, case closed.

Few weeks ago you were saying that 2012 is a lucky year. :p

Linguae^
Mar 8th, 2012, 11:52 PM
Few weeks ago you were saying that 2012 is a lucky year. :p

That has nothing to do with it.

Cp6uja
Mar 9th, 2012, 01:42 PM
To sto prica Jelena Gencic nema veze sa danasnjim zenskim tenisom, a njena opsednutost vojnickom disciplinom, i da je idealan sportista ustvari robot, je nesto sto je odavno prevazidjeno u svetu sporta, narocito posle kraha komunizma u istocnoj Evropi pre 20 godina. Pogotovo to ne vazi za tenis, najindividualniji od svih sportova, gde je faktor licnosti izuzetno vazan. Najbolji je primer Kineskinje Na Li koja se teniski formirala i razvijala bas pod uslovima kakve bi Jelena Gencic svima preporucila, i pod kapom i nadzorom kineske drzave gde su svi sportovi (pa i tenis) deo nekakvog drzavnog projekta - pa htela ne htela morala je da zivi i trenira na spartansko/robotski nacin. Kada se konacno izborila za nezavisnost tek u poznom delu svoje karijere, rezultati i napredak su bili zapanjujuci ukljucujuci i gren slem titulu. Posle iznenadnog odlaska Zistin Enan 2008, koja je poslednja WTA#1 klasicna "velika radnica", na prvo mesto rang liste su dolazile Marija Sarapova, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic, Serena Vilijams, Dinara Safina, Karolina Voznijacki, Kim Klajsters i Viktorija Azarenka. Od njih 8 samo za Safinu i Azarenku se moze reci da su se striktno drzale postulata koje namece Genciceva, a najdrasticniji je primer Kim Klajsters koja je napravila veliku pauzu i rodila dete, a po povratku bavi se tenisom maksimalno 4-5 meseci godisnje - pa opet je bas u tom periodu osvojila tri puta vise gren slem titula nego u mladosti kada je bila pravi WTA tur gladijator!

Dakle ne treba previse davati znacaja ovoj izjavi, ali ono sto je mene bas frapiralo u istim tim djubretu od novina bio je naslov "Ani lepota udarila u glavu" intervjua sa Nikolom Pilicem koji je sve samo ne neupucen u savremena teniska zbivanja.
Nikola Pilić, proslavljeni teniski stručnjak:
Ani lepota udarila u glavu! (http://www.alo.rs/sport/47030/Ani_lepota_udarila_u_glavu)
Petak - 09.03.2012
Zlatna 2008. godina, kada su Ana i Jelena bile broj jedan na planeti, ostaće zauvek zapamćena kao najbolja u istoriji srpskog tenisa.

Nažalost, šanse da pomenuti tandem ponovi tako nešto i nisu velike, a prema rečima Nikole Pilića, Jankovićeva i Ivanovićeva teško da ikada više mogu da se nađu na čelu WTA karavana.
- Teško je očekivati da mogu da ponove takav uspeh i ponovo budu broj jedan, pa čak i da se nađu u top 5. S druge strane, ne bih zatvarao vrata opciji da se jedna od njih, ili obe, nađu među prvih deset. Sigurno je da nisu zaboravile da igraju tenis, ostaje pitanje samo koliko imaju motiva - kaže Pilić.
- Mislite da je jedan od razloga za Anin pad na WTA listi to što je u poslednje vreme gledamo više van terena, nego na mreži?
- Plašim se da ima isti problem kao Marija Šarapova, a Ruskinja je mnogo jača igračica od nje. Kada ti svi pričaju da si najlepša na svetu, to ume da udari u glavu. Treba uzeti u obzir i činjenicu da i kada zarađujete mnogo više od sponzora nego od turnira, imate i veliku obavezu da ispoštujete sve obaveze i događaje na kojima se očekuje vaše prisustvo. Onda i ne čudi što ste više van terena, nego na njemu.
- A kada je Jelena u pitanju?
- Nema tu gladi za pobedama kao pre pet godina. Ona je ipak ostvarila svoje snove, bila prva na svetu, jedino što nema gren slem, tako da možda ima problem i sa motivacijom.
- Kako, ipak, najbolje srpske teniserke mogu nazad u vrh?
- Ana je veoma emotivna osoba i nekoliko „velikih“ pobeda moglo bi da je vrati na pravi put. Jelena je veliki borac i ona će, uostalom kao i Ivanovićeva, morati da uloži mnogo truda ukoliko želi da se ponovo probije u top 10.
- Jelena Genčić je rekla da je Jelenino i Anino vreme prošlo. Da li se slažete s tim?
- Pa ona ih sigurno poznaje bolje nego ja, međutim, davno je bila ta sjajna 2008. tako da, kao što sam već rekao, došlo je puno novih teniserki koje su u naponu snage - kaže Pilić.

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Slobodne na startu Indijan Velsa
Na turniru u Indijan Velsu, Jelena Janković je slobodna u prvom kolu, dok će u drugom igrati sa pobednicom iz duela između Džejmi Hempton i Polone Hercog. Slobodna u prvom kolu biće i Ana Ivanović, koja će se u drugoj rundi sastati sa boljom iz meča Johane Larson i kvalifikantkinje.

Pad počeo 2008.
Gotovo istovremeno kada su postale najbolje, počeo je i pad naših najboljih teniserki. Mnogi to vezuju sa činjenicom da se kriza podudarila sa time da je Ana Ivanović 2008. otpočela romantičnu vezu sa španskim teniserom Fernandom Verdaskom, dok je Jelena Janković počela da se viđa sa crnogorskim vaterpolistom Mlađanom Janovićem.

V. Nestorović
Medjutim, kada se procita ceo intervju moze se prmetiti da je cuveni hrvatski strucnjak na sva pitanja davao odmerene i veoma razlozne odgovore, dok mu je ovakav skandalozan naslov u usta ubacila redakcija lista "Alo" na primitivan nacin izvlaceci iz konteksta ono sto je on zapravo rekao i konstatovao. Pilic je dosta skeptican po pitanju moguceg povratka Ane i Jelene u velikom stilu, ali uopste nije maliciozan u tom pogledu kao Genciceva, ili kako to naslov teksta lazno sugerise.

Cajka
Mar 10th, 2012, 04:09 PM
Larsson's blog

Tomorrow I will play against Ana Ivanovic. Played her last time in Paris on the clay. Tomorrow is a new day so everything can happen. Even though I won last time I see her as a favorite so I will walk on court as an “underdog”, an underdog ready to fight till last point and hopefully I walk off as a winner. I beat her once I can do it again☺ Im ready!!!

:o

fANAtic
Mar 10th, 2012, 04:33 PM
Larsson's blog



:o
Why :o? She's not insulting or underestimating Ana here. Hope our girl smashes this scrub though.

Cajka
Mar 10th, 2012, 04:54 PM
Why :o? She's not insulting or underestimating Ana here. Hope our girl smashes this scrub though.

I'm not bitching about Larsson. I like that scrub :spit: :lol: as a matter of fact. But she sounds confident, just like she did the last time before she played against Ana. :o Honestly, I'm not so worried because she thinks that she stands a chance against Ana becuase she beat her last time. I'm worried because I'm afraid that Ana might be thinking about that loss.

fANAtic
Mar 10th, 2012, 05:43 PM
I'm not bitching about Larsson. I like that scrub :spit: :lol: as a matter of fact. But she sounds confident, just like she did the last time before she played against Ana. :o Honestly, I'm not so worried because she thinks that she stands a chance against Ana becuase she beat her last time. I'm worried because I'm afraid that Ana might be thinking about that loss.

I used to bite my nails when she was a top player. Defeats were difficult to handle back then. Now, not so much because I don't expect titles from her.
It's ironic, I was worrying when she was good. :lol:

Cajka
Mar 10th, 2012, 10:29 PM
From Twitter:


@TennisReporters
Good news for Serbia: Seems like Ivanovic will play Fed Cup v Russia, says Russia's choice of clay works well 4 all. Making it priority


from WTA http://www.bnpparibasopen.com/News/Tennis/2012/Tournament/WTA-Saturday-Ivanovic-Gets-Revenge.aspx


Ivanovic Gets Swede Revenge
Indian Wells, U.S.A.

by Staff

10.03.2012

Ana Ivanovic got her payback for an upset loss in the first round of last year’s French Open, dismissing Sweden’s Johanna Larsson 6-1, 6-2 in the first match on Stadium Court Saturday at the BNP Paribas Open.

“Definitely happy about that,” said Ivanovic, the 2008 champion. “I had a little bit of that match in my mind. I didn't play good at the French Open, so I knew I had better chance this time around. I felt it was a bit awkward match, but still, so happy to get that revenge and win.”

Ivanovic raced through in 61 minutes, breaking the 67th-ranked Larsson five times from 18 chances, but admitted there was room for improvement.

“I really felt like I could break her, which obviously gave me a little bit more confidence and I could go for a little bit more,” she said. “But I felt like [there were] quite a few unforced errors today, so it was really hard to get rhythm. But overall, just happy that I did what I had to do out there today.”

Curtos07
Mar 11th, 2012, 08:09 PM
March 10, 2012

Ana Ivanovic

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA

A. IVANOVIC/J. Larsson
6‑1, 6‑2


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Do you feel like today was a little bit of revenge for you from the French?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely happy about that. You know, I had a little bit of that match in my mind. I didn't play good at the French Open, so I knew I had better chance this time around.
You know, I felt it was a bit awkward match still, but, you know, still so happy to get that revenge and win.

Q. It's not that often you get quick victories where you're only losing a few games. Shows you're in control almost the whole time.
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely. I felt like that on court today. I really felt like I could break her, which obviously gave me a little bit more confidence and I could go for a little bit more.
But I just felt like it was quite a few unforced errors today, so it was really hard to get rhythm. But overall, just happy that I did what I had to do out there today.

Q. How important are the Olympics to you, especially given the fact that you got hurt right before the last one?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, they're very important. I'm very excited for the opportunity to play there again, you know, to represent my country and hopefully win a medal.
Would be an amazing thing. You know, it would be nice. Who knows what happens. It's only once in four years, so it would be very, very nice.

Q. When you were a little girl, did you look at the Olympics the same way you looked at majors, or was it something totally separate?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, actually to be honest, when I was younger, the Olympics were always about volleyball and water polo and basketball, because that's where we were winning medals and it was always very exciting to watch.
I remember as a kid watching it all the time. Opening ceremony was really, really exciting. But to be honest, I don't remember much of the tennis from Olympics.
But, you know, to be part of it, it's I think a great thrill for every professional athlete.

Q. You did well in Indian Wells last year. Is there something in the air here for you?
ANA IVANOVIC: I really like this event, and I think if you ask players it's one of most favorite tournaments of the year. It's very relaxed and it's a nice environment to play in.
I like playing, you know, in the desert. You don't get too much wind most of the days, unless you're playing final in 2009 (Laughter.)
You know, it's always a great conditions. I like warm, as well, to play in the heat. It just suits me. I feel very comfortable here and I have big support, too.

Q. Do you know how many events you'll play at the Olympics?
ANA IVANOVIC: No, I don't know. How many? Oh, me?

Q. Yeah.
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, two, two. I think that will be plenty, and doubles, mixed doubles and singles.

Q. You wouldn't play doubles with Jelena or something?
ANA IVANOVIC: No. I spoke to Zimonjic a little while ago and he asked me to play so I agreed. Then later on I was thinking about playing doubles, as well, but it's just too much because we have event straight after.

Q. Are you adjusting your schedule at all to kind of account for the extra tournament?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah. Actually you do have to make some adjustments because it's not easy. The calendar has changed a bit and have to make some adjustments.
Obviously just try to stay healthy, because with Olympics right there it kind of puts everything really close together, you know, with French, Wimbledon, Olympics, and then US Open. You just feel like it's all the time on the go.
So you really have to schedule before and then try to pick for each event.

Q. A while ago you said you felt so old being 24. Yet it doesn't really seem to make sense. Could you talk about that?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, you know, it's really true, because they always ask about young players coming up. You know, I'm considered old. Even in Sydney this year, actually, a driver took us from the hotel to the site and we were talking.
He was asking, Oh, what's your name? I said, I'm Ana Ivanovic. He said, Oh, you've been around for a while. (Laughter.) I'm like, Thanks. Does that make me old?
It's really strange getting these comments. I have been on tour for a while. But I still, you know, feel young and in shape, so that's important.

Q. How important is Fed Cup to you this year, because Serbia is in the semifinals? You didn't play the first round. Are you making that a priority this year to give Serbia a chance to win?
ANA IVANOVIC: I think it's great success for our team and for our country to reach the semifinals. It's really good. We have a good team for a while but we never seem to come together and actually go for it. This is the first time we're in semifinals. It's very thrilling, of course.
It makes it that much harder with the Olympics and everything else in this year, so it seems like it's a lot of things going on.
But I definitely would love to play, because I think, you know, semifinal is just one step from final and maybe a title. It's something I would love to have it, you know, next to my name, eventually.

Q. It sounds like you're not going to make a decision until after Miami.
ANA IVANOVIC: I just heard the news about the surface and obviously place, and it did make a bit of a difference because obviously it's a lot better playing on clay.

Q. Playing on clay?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah. So obviously that makes it a bit easier for a decision. But, yeah, no, I'm really trying to put that a priority and trying to fit it in the schedule.

Q. You won the French Open. If you can just give one memory, what is your best moment in Paris?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, definitely that last point in that final. It's really‑‑ it's amazing feeling. And, you know, closing ceremony, I remember Serbian National Anthem came on on center court Philippe Chatrier, and the flag was going up and I had tears in my eyes.

Q. Do you know what you're playing between Olympics and the US Open?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yes. For the moment I'm playing Cincinnati and Montreal.

Q. You were talking at the beginning of the year about sort of changing the fitness idea where you were working on keeping healthy, right?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yes.

Q. Making sure not to get hurt. Is there a point now where you're thinking, I have to get stronger or faster? It looks like you're moving very well, but maybe muscle‑wise you're not where you used to be?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I'm definitely, you know, in the gym every maybe second day and trying to‑‑ you know, even during the tournaments trying to do a little bit of weights because I think it's important to get stronger.
My coach is, Look at Novak. Look at him. They're so ripped. I'm like, Yeah, well, I can't look like that. (Laughter.) But I'm trying, so, yeah, definitely trying to go to the gym and gain muscle strength, and also trying to keep the explosivity there. So not to be to heavy so I still move fast on the court.

Q. When you're on the court, I'm curious, how much energy do you draw from the crowd and the cheering that you hear‑ while you're also focusing on winning?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, actually it's a lot. It's probably a lot more than people think. It helps a lot when you have crowd behind you and you have people yelling, I think.
As much as you try to be in the moment and not to focus too much what's going around, you can hear the cheering. It definitely affects in a positive way. It's always nice to hear the words of encouragement.

Q. With Fed Cup, if you were to go on to win it, how big a deal would that be when you look at what happened a couple years ago with the Davis Cup side?
ANA IVANOVIC: Obviously winning Davis Cup, and especially the final was held in Serbia, was huge for the country. You know, I was actually there. You know, I thought, you know, it would be nice to win Fed Cup, as well.
Because it's an individual sport, but it's so nice to have the team competition because, you know, you feed off each other so much. You know, you really try to work as a team, and, you know, to have fun, to have meals together, to practice together.
You know, it's girls coming together, and we don't get to do that also very often. You know, to win would be amazing, you know, yeah, to bring the trophy home.

Q. You have had some great wins, some real triumphs, but also some setbacks and tough stretches. If you go back in your career and change one or two things, Ana, what would that be?
ANA IVANOVIC: Definitely when I got injured after Wimbledon, so sort of like in Montreal in '08. I always kept playing, and I was one day on the court, and then I tried to hit and then it would hurt my wrist.
Then I took a couple of days off, but I could still be on‑site and then try it again and again and it hurt. This kept going on for a month, and I tried to compete. I went to Olympics and I had to pull out.
It just was so much going on, and it always felt likes disappointment because I was always at the site so I always took it as a defeat.
And then when I played US Open I played it with like five days of practice. So I would still play US Open, you know, but I probably would have taken time off straightaway rather than later. I think it affected a bit my confidence, especially with all the expectations as the world No. 1.
So I would definitely change that.

Q. Do you blame anyone else for that, giving you the wrong advice, or do you think, I was just young and that was my fault and I was pushing myself too hard?
ANA IVANOVIC: Definitely I was the one who was motivated and who wanted to practice. But still, I think people around me could have stepped up a little bit more. Because I was really young, you know, and I didn't know what to expect with all the expectations.
I was doing so well, and I never really had big disappointment. So I felt like, you know, Oh, I can do anything. I can even play with one hand.
You know, there were people who maybe should have said, Hey, you know, just step aside a little bit and this and that. But, you know, again, it was their first time probably, as well. So I can't really blame anyone.
But I would have maybe changed that now with the experience I have.

Q. You enjoyed a very comfortable victory today. Have you given any thought towards your next potential encounter potentially against Peng Shuai? You enjoyed a comfortable victory over her in Carlsbad last year. Any thoughts to that?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I think it will be a different match. She plays a lot faster and a lot more aggressive. It's going to be a tough match no matter what. It's a very tough third‑round match. I just have to try and apply things that I did so well in practice over the last, you know, few weeks and months.
So, yeah, my coach is gonna watch a little bit of that match, and then tomorrow we're gonna work on a few things to prepare for the match.

FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports

http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=78234

Linguae^
Mar 11th, 2012, 09:21 PM
Didn't she announce that she would play women's doubles with Bojana at the Olympics?

Cajka
Mar 12th, 2012, 01:58 PM
I don't like that she's playing Montreal again, but I knew that this decision was coming, so... Ok, whatever.

Good interview. Nice questions. For those who thought that Nigel wanted Ana to be anorexic - I hope it's clear that it's not true at all. Ana was obviously in a good mood during the presser. :lol: She said much more than she usually does.

Linguae^
Mar 12th, 2012, 05:42 PM
Why not to play there? I know about the scandal but she deserves to play there. There's no need to miss such a big tournament, it's nonsense.
PS. I don't have that opinion about Nigel and anorexion, but I have an opinion about Nigel and Fed Cup. I think he's the one who wants to get her away of it.

Cajka
Mar 12th, 2012, 06:31 PM
I don't think so. I believe it's Gavin who makes those decisions.

Curtos07
Mar 13th, 2012, 07:07 PM
March 12, 2012

Ana Ivanovic

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA

A. IVANOVIC/K. Pervak
6‑7, 6‑3, 6‑2


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Can you just talk about the second time you called the trainer in the third set? You kind of doubled over for a while, and we weren't sure what was going on.
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I just landed after that serve and I felt really dizzy. I think it was just a little bit of excitement and everything. I landed and I was feeling really, really dizzy.

Q. They checked you out and everything was fine?
ANA IVANOVIC: I was fine, yeah.

Q. (Question regarding net cords.)
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, at the end, but I did not feel like that at the first set definitely. It was really funny that one moment when I kind of went to the net, and I next point Ihit one. Then the way to finish up the match was really lucky, was very fortunate.

Q. Long match, kind of physical out there. What was your overwhelming sense at the end? Was it relief? Was it you just you had to get through the fight?
ANA IVANOVIC: I was just happy that I managed to win that match. I really felt she was playing well today. Not one moment was I thinking about score. I was playing point by point and to fight, and that's why I was really happy.
But I felt like I could keep going and I was really on such a high and adrenaline running through the body. I felt very good. We had some longer rallies that third set than we had in the first.

Q. You could play Caroline Wozniacki, who was just No. 1, and you are a former No. 1. Do you have any advice to give to someone else who used to be No. 1 and isn't for a while and how to deal with that?
ANA IVANOVIC: Um, yeah. Maybe they can give me advice. (Laughter.)
Maybe I'm not the right person to ask that question. Yeah, you know, I don't know. It's one way, you know, when you start and you have goals and you want to reach No. 1 position.
And then once you get there, it's like, Oh, my God, this is amazing. I think it's very important to reset your goals and reset, you know, what's next.
Because, you know, you're chasing and chasing, and all of a sudden you have bulls eye on your back and everyone wants to get you. I think it's hard.
Like I say, it's harder to stay there than to get there.

Q. What were you feeling when you bent over for that long time?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I just said after I landed after that serve I just felt so dizzy. And then they wanted to track my blood pressure. I was like, I'm fine, I'm fine. I didn't want to cause any pause.

Q. Did you feel funny staying there for so long?
ANA IVANOVIC: I felt really, really dizzy. I thought, Well, okay, I better sit for a second. They ran out on court. Then I was fine. They were like, We better check, and we have to wait for doctor.

Q. You like the big fight, these long matches. Does it do more for you mentally than pulling off a quick impressive victory when everything is going well?
ANA IVANOVIC: I think both has its benefits. Of course I feel good and happy when I play perfect match and you win easy in straight matches. But these kind of matches give you confidence.
The matches, when it was getting tough in the past I felt‑‑ you know, I always lost. So I really thought ‑‑ you know ‑‑ like today I didn't think about the score, but I just wanted to win so badly. That was really, really good.
I think that's what actually got me through the match. I stepped up when I needed to and I did things right when I needed to get through them. I got lucky, and sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.

Q. You were saying the adrenaline was flowing. Can you still enjoy the fight and enjoy those matches in the moment?
ANA IVANOVIC: Definitely. Today's match I enjoyed more in the third than in the first set, to be honest. Not only because I won that and lost the first one, but the adrenaline, when it kicks in, is just the best feeling. That's why I work so hard.
To be honest, I did not have this feeling for a while. I actually remember‑‑ I can't remember exactly the year. Maybe it was '07 or '08 when I played Schiavone on Court 3 and we also had an epic and we finished kind of late as well.
I got back and then I think I reached finals, so it must have been '08. These kind of matches give you, you know, strength and energy.

Q. What's your impression of Caroline? You've gotten to know her pretty well, both adidas players, practiced together. As a person and a player, does she have the disposition of a champion?
ANA IVANOVIC: I think she's very motivated and she works really, really hard, and that's why she got to No. 1. And she's very persistent. That's why I think she should deserve, because she's very consistent, as well. She's nice person. She always tries to make, you know, jokes and so on.
The other day we were going to share center court, and we were like, Oh, let's just hit together. You know, she's very relaxed, unlike some other players.

Q. Like who?
ANA IVANOVIC: I'm not going to give you names now. I'm not going to drop any names.

Q. Azarenka yesterday talked about how she doesn't like the word "confidence," how she believes it's much more about putting in the work and self‑discipline. Having had the ups and downs in your career, how do you react to that?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, I think confidence, belief, the work, that's all you need. But I really believe in confidence, because you do have to work really hard and you have to be disciplined and put the efforts in, but that equals, you know, confidence and belief and strength.
You need it to play. You know, in matches when it gets deep, you know, in first set, third set whenever, if you have that confidence and believe you can execute a shot, you know that you can, it makes a huge difference.
Because it might be important point on 5‑All and 30‑All, and you just know you have to go for it. If you have confidence you will execute the right way. If you have one little doubt you will pull off a bit and the shot will finish anywhere.
So I think it's pretty important to have confidence, yeah.

Q. You just said sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. There is a lot of luck in tennis with let cords and the draw and schedule. Could you talk about luck in tennis, and particularly can you think of a really‑‑ like the luckiest thing in your career and the least lucky?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, on top of my mind is that match when I saved match point by let cord against Vinci in Wimbledon. That was definitely very, very lucky.
It is amazing how many times a shot or a lucky shot can turns matches around. I think we see it in tennis a lot. Actually, there is a movie. I don't know if you've seen it, Match Point. It kind of goes like that when he sort of throws and the ring hits the sort of ‑‑ and it bounces on a street instead in water.
It's really interesting, because it can go either way, and so many matches have been turned around. I thought today we were both lucky.

Q. Do you think you have had more good luck or bad luck in your career?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, I think I got lucky at the right time. Let's put it that way.

Q. What are you reading?
ANA IVANOVIC: At the moment I'm actually reading‑‑ actually, if I would remember the name it would be good. Fidel (phonetic) ? Is that how you call it?

Q. Fidel?
ANA IVANOVIC: It's this book about this woman who grew up in Africa, actually, and then emigrated. It's quite‑‑ I just started.

Q. It's a novel?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah. It's actually true story. I can't think of name, and I just started the book.

Q. After you lost the first game of the third set you, [](mouth noise) the ball.
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I framed it.

Q. Did you think you deserved the warning?
ANA IVANOVIC: Did I get a warning?

Q. No, no, you didn't. Do you think it was smart to do if it gets you going or...
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, no. I was just a little bit frustrated because I felt like she framed a few balls in that game, and then I kind of had a shot and my mind wasn't there.
I was thinking, you know, about her shot instead of mine, and that's why I was upset. That's why I hit it with the frame, actually.
Yeah, I probably shouldn't have done that.

Q. You were talking to a couple of us the other day about Dubai, and I'm struck by kind of a little bit of a similarity, your meeting Caroline third round there and now this is a step further. Can you talk a little bit about that experience and how this one might be different this time?
ANA IVANOVIC: I'm actually‑‑ I would actually really like rematch, because I felt like I was quite close in Dubai, but we both started off really nervous.
It wasn't ‑‑ the quality of a match was a little bit up and down, and I really hope we get chance for rematch. That's definitely gonna help me for this, yeah, encounter.

FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports

http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=78288

Cajka
Mar 13th, 2012, 07:27 PM
lol, I saw this interview. I hope that Dechy didn't. :lol: :spit:

I mean, they played almost 4 hours and Ana thinks it was Vinci. :lol:

Linguae^
Mar 13th, 2012, 10:45 PM
lol, I saw this interview. I hope that Dechy didn't. :lol: :spit:

I mean, they played almost 4 hours and Ana thinks it was Vinci. :lol:

Vinci? You mean, Schiavone? I'm confused, she didn't reach he finals after that.

Cajka
Mar 13th, 2012, 10:58 PM
Vinci? You mean, Schiavone? I'm confused, she didn't reach he finals after that.

She said that the let cord helped her save the match point in Wimbledon against Vinci, but it wasn't Vinci, it was Dechy (Wimbledon 2008, R2). She played against Fran in IW 2008, she won the title then, she lost the final to Vera next year. It was the final with that shitty wind.

She saved the mp once against Vinci. It was Brisbane 2009.

Cajka
Mar 14th, 2012, 02:47 PM
I couldn't find the interview. I believe it was too late last night when she won. Will there be a presser, anybody knows?

Cp6uja
Mar 14th, 2012, 03:08 PM
I find transcript of hers todays after-match presser - but only in Serbian: Ana: "Cilj ispunjen, zadovoljstvo potpuno" (http://www.b92.net/sport/tenis/masters/intervju.php?yyyy=2012&mm=03&dd=14&nav_id=590825)

The secret formula of Ana success (almost every season) in Indian Wells is... shopping and intensive off-court activity :spit:

Cp6uja
Mar 14th, 2012, 03:33 PM
A. Ivanovic - 13.03.2012

A. Ivanovic b. C. Wozniacki 63 62 (http://www.ubitennis.com/sport/tennis/2012/03/14/680755-ivanovic_2012.shtml)

Q. You have to be pretty happy with how that went?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I'm very happy. I think I didn't do much wrong today besides first few games on my serve. But, yeah, I'm really pleased the way I was aggressive.
I just stayed in the match and played point by point and did I think everything I should have done today.

Q. We're trying to think, that's your biggest win since maybe Dementieva 2010, Vera last year, maybe Jankovic at Roland Garros?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely. I think win against Vera in Beijing was kind of big, but I think not as big because I think this is a bigger event. Maybe, you know, more important for me, and I'm very, very pleased that I put it together.
That's something that Nigel and I talked about the whole week. That was our little goal for this week, and I'm really happy I managed to, you know, put it together.

Q. Other than just what we saw in your mind, what was different between this match and the one you just played, whatever it was, 10 days ago?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I just really knew I had to be aggressive and I knew I had to accept mistakes, because she does make you play extra balls. I did that really well, and I served much, much better than I did in the last match. And also my backhand was a lot heavier than last time we played.
That's something that I knew I had to improve on. I actually was missing a lot in my backhand side, which was key, as well. And then my forehands were coming through a lot faster than was the case in Dubai.

Q. What about level of play? For this match, it looked like that was a pretty consistent performance from beginning to end. I mean, if you look back and compare that to some of the matches that you played.
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, this is why I'm really happy, because I really even if I had couple of loose points here and there; you're always gonna have that in a match but pretty much I stayed in match the whole time.
That's something I actually felt I did well, you know, yesterday. It gave me a lot of confidence for today's match. I was really looking for opportunities, and, you know, trying to come in, as well, whenever I had chance, and trying to step in from both sides and trying to stay calm in my serve and execute the way I was executing in practice. I really managed to do that well today.

Q. Obviously tennis courts are the same size everywhere around the world. There are certain places where you really seem to do a lot better than other places, like Bali, and now here in Indian Wells it seems like it's really a happy place for you. What is is about being here that brings out your best?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, I think it's just the time that we have off the court. It's really nice place to relax and go to the bookstore, go to the shops. I bought half of the desert. You know, there is like nice places, go to a spa and sit by the pool, which I actually still didn't do this week.
But in Bali when I was not playing I was all the time by the pool. It just gets your mind off tennis and creates sort of less stress a bit, and I think that's what really works well for me. I really want to try and, you know, create that little kind of nice relaxed environment in bubble wherever I am.

Q. So more swimming pools around the world?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, exactly. Some sunshine, too.

Q. You were talking about fitness earlier in the week. The recovery from yesterday to tonight, you must have been pretty happy with how your body responded.
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, no, I'm very, very happy. You know, obviously just trying to stay on top of the hamstring, you know. Just silly trying to do splits when I can't do them.
You know, I'm really, really happy. I try to do everything possible last night to recovery, because it was the longest match I had, probably second longest in my career so far.
So I really tried to do everything, and obviously it was not easy to sleep last night, as well. But I'm really happy the way I came out today. Tomorrow's day off is really gonna do me good, I think.

Q. When you play someone like Marion, is it a case of concentrating on what you have to do right rather than be somewhat put off by some of the things she might be doing at the other end?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, yeah, definitely. I played her actually last year here in quarterfinals. It would be nice to get revenge on that. She's very tough competitor, and she does move well actually and strikes the ball really good and creates a lot of angles with double handed on both sides.
But I think it's very important for me to stay aggressive again. And obviously, my serve it's gonna be, again, you know, big point, because I felt today when I managed to stay calm and hold my serves I could put so much more pressure on her.

Q. Looking ahead, obviously you want to look to that match first, but what could a big run at Indian Wells do for your whole year and your whole sort of tennis life?
ANA IVANOVIC: I think it could be, you know, huge, because of the confidence. You know, with these matches now they're all so different, and I really feel I'm gaining lot of confidence. This is exactly something that I tried to work on, sort of backing myself up after, you know, big and tough matches really.
I think next match is gonna be very, very important for me to try to keep that level. No matter what happens, at least keep that level, and, you know, know that I did everything I could, you know, in that match.
So it's definitely a big week.

Q. What do you have to do to beat Bartoli? Are there certain weaknesses you can find with her game?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, I actually didn't even think about it. I tried to focus on today's match. Tomorrow I have a day to talk to my coach about it. He watched some of that match. Yeah, we are gonna also practice a little bit and try to work on few things.
You know, like I said, it's most important focusing what I do out there.

Cajka
Mar 14th, 2012, 07:00 PM
Thanks. All interviews from IW are great. I like the questions and Ana's answers.

Abdel
Mar 16th, 2012, 08:24 PM
There's a new interview oh Ana? I would like to know how she's feeling about this semi vs Sharapova!:)

Curtos07
Mar 16th, 2012, 09:14 PM
Ana Ivanovic - 15.3.2012
IVANOVIC b Bartoli 63 64

Q. You must be very pleased. Can you tell us what you particularly liked with your game today?
ANA IVANOVIC: Um, I actually really liked that eighth game in the first set. I thought that was kind of a turning point, because after that point we both played really solid.
That game I really stepped up, you know, another notch and I really stayed low and I was sort of aggressive with my feet. I thought that was something I was lacking in the beginning a little bit.
I really played well the next few games, and then beginning of the second set I broke her straightaway. I think that was very important, and I'm very pleased about it.

Q. Before you broke her game you talked to your coach. What kind of magic words did he give to you?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, actually, he said I'm doing fine. He just said, you know, Be aggressive and step up a bit more. That's exactly what I felt, as well. I wasn't executing as well as I did in the previous matches, so I really tried to sort of let go and strike the ball well.
That's what I did, and that was very important.

Q. When you have so much success early in your career and then when you start kind of on this way back, how difficult is it mentally to realize that you've got the potential to get back to where you were?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, it is very hard, I think. And also, you know, they say experience is a good thing and you learn from your experiences, but, you know, when you're young and upcoming you don't have these experiences. You don't know what to expect or what the consequences are. You just go with it.
And then with so many experiences and everything it does help you at some points, but also it sometimes creates a doubt. You know, because you analyze and think too much.
But, you know, I'm just very happy that the work I put in, that it's, you know, paying off and I'm starting to put it together in matches, in the big matches, too.

Q. You talked about revenge for both Wozniacki earlier this year and Bartoli last year. How much do you think about that when you're preparing for the match or when you're on the court?
ANA IVANOVIC: Not really, no. I spoke to my coach about the match today, and he's like, Okay, now, you tell me what you remember from last match. I said, Actually, I don't remember anything, you know. It's really a match at a time.
Every time it's different circumstances as well, and you have to adjust and you have to, you know, adjust your game a little bit, as well.
But I really knew I had to be aggressive. She does strike the ball a lot harder than maybe it looks. And also, her serve comes through a lot more than it seems. I really tried to stay positive and to accept that she might hit some really good shots and winners, but, you know, she might miss some, too.
It wasn't gonna be as much rhythm in the matches as I had maybe with Caroline. So I just accepted that and went on the court with that mentality.

Q. Is the reason her ball is faster than it looks because her technique is so unusual?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, for sure that's the case, also. And she stays really low and she takes the ball very early.
So she hits quite flat.

Q. When Bartoli took that timeout in the second set, did she explain what was going on? What did you understand of the situation?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, obviously she called the doctor. They did not have a timeout, so it was just evaluation. So I actually thought she was feeling dizzy.
It was a little bit strange second set, you know, just sorry to say. But afterwards, I asked her, and she said she had some virus. So I guess that was the reason.

Q. There have been times over the last few years when you've talked about playing aggressive, and you actually have played aggressive but the balls weren't staying in the court necessarily. So what's the difference now when you're playing aggressive and actually keeping them inside?
ANA IVANOVIC: I worked so much on trying to get cover on the ball and just staying low. I think also with confidence it comes that you sort of finish your shots. I felt like lots of times I would execute well in the past and I would doubt it so I would pull out a little bit, and then the result wouldn't be, you know, as good as if I stayed through the ball.
This is what I really work hard on, just finishing my shots and getting cover, especially on my forehand. This is one thing I think I talked about it in Dubai it's really weird that forehand has been my bad shot, and Nigel, the first thing he said, We have to work on your forehand. I'm like, why?
It is the case, and I feel a lot more confident executing.

Q. What did he do specifically with your forehand? He said what, Bend lower or you're not following through enough or what?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, it is definitely getting lower and getting in better position. But also getting more work on the ball, so a lot more spin. Getting the racquet head underneath the ball more.

Q. Is there anybody else you want revenge on in the near future?
ANA IVANOVIC: Next match I play (smiling).
No, I just want to try and keep this level up and try to enjoy it. I'm actually having fun competing. And, you know, having tough matches and having good challenges, that's what it's all about.
It's nice to actually, you know, play matches rather than just have practice weeks.

Q. How many people do you have in your team now? How many people are traveling with you?
ANA IVANOVIC: Just Nigel.

Q. Is that it?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yes.

Q. Are you comfortable with some kind of smaller team?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I definitely am. Obviously I have some help, you know, certain weeks for the physical side. But otherwise I'm really, really happy. We really communicate well, and I feel I can learn a lot from him still. That's really important.
I think we both enjoy that kind of relationship.

Q. Are you still talking to that doctor in Australia, the woman orthopedist?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah.

Q. Does she give you a program of what you need to do?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely.

Q. So what are you doing during the tournaments?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, I have been doing beginning of the week, last three or four days I haven't done anything because I have been playing quite a lot. But I have been doing lots of upper body strength and some strength for legs, as well, to sort of like tracking a little more.
You know, one part of the body, it's a little bit weaker than the other, so I tried to even that and do all these kind of exercises.
And then get my shoulders a bit stronger so I can get that spin on the ball.

Q. You were mentioning the other day the Infidel, the book you're reading. Can you tell us a little bit more about how you select your reading material? Do you get recommendations from friends? Book reviews? Wander around the bookstore looking at things? And also, do you try to alternate between serious and more entertaining stuff? Infidel is pretty heavy.
ANA IVANOVIC: Yes, this was actually a present, yeah. I got it just the other day from a friend.
She said, Oh, it's really, really good book. I'm gonna get it for you. So she did.
I actually like to alternate sometimes if I'm on holidays just to have a lighter read, just, you know, love story and something light hearted. But also I like to learn from the books, as well.
This one, I think you can learn a lot about other cultures, as well, and just also psychology a little bit. And also I actually enjoy reading autobiographies, too.

Q. It's incredible, if you think about it, that you haven't play Sharapova since the Australian Open Final four years ago.
ANA IVANOVIC: Has it been that long? Yeah, it is actually pretty amazing. I didn't think it was that long.

Q. Given that you've both been on tour a while and you're Grand Slam champions, do you want to talk about specifically your feelings towards her and how her game has evolved and if you play her what you think you have to do?
ANA IVANOVIC: Actually, I have seen her play a little bit. I have been watching a bit more of tennis lately. She's definitely still has, you know, same style, really aggressive, and sort of she goes for that first hit, and obviously big serve. That, I think, improved in her game, as well. It's gonna be tough match.
Obviously it's very hard to say when you don't actually feel the ball and we haven't played in a long time so that's something I'm gonna make adjustments once I'm on the court.
I definitely want to focus on what I'm doing out there, and it's very important probably also to expose her movement.

Q. What do you remember from that Australian Open final? It's been a while now.
ANA IVANOVIC: Oh, my God. I remember how much I cried afterwards. I actually remember one shot in particular. It still hurts me so much. Silly dropshot forehand. I know. I was like, Why? Seriously, why?

Q. It was on the break point?
ANA IVANOVIC: It was 30 All. I think it was 4 All, 30 All. I was doing really well, and I was like, Why? Just hit it. Just, why? Sometimes I try to be too fancy when there is no need for it.

Q. So you still have nightmares about that shot?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yes, yeah. I actually cried all the way home on the plane about that shot. (Laughter.)
Have you ever seen me do the dropshot again on my forehand? No. I tried to learn.

Q. In a respectful way though do you remember the semifinal with the squeaky shoes?
ANA IVANOVIC: I do. Yes, I do remember that. I still don't like, even here, even when I'm warming up, you can hear. It's just because the courts are hot. There is nothing I can do about that. I don't drag my shoes.

Q. On purpose?
ANA IVANOVIC: On purpose, yeah; otherwise I wouldn't be able to run. (Smiling.)

http://www.ubitennis.com/english/sport/tennis/2012/03/15/681774-ivanovic_2012.shtml

Iva87
Mar 17th, 2012, 06:52 PM
Ana Ivanovic - 17.3.2012
Ivanovic d. SHARAPOVA 64 01 ret

Q. Can you tell us what happened? When did you start feeling any pain?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, I started to feel it in the middle of the first set. I did not actually feel like anything pulled or anything, it just gradually got worse and worse. I really found it hard on 3 4 to return. I really couldn't push off and get up.
And then on my serve very next game it was getting worse and worse and I couldn't jump off my leg. I start to feel a lot of pain through my glute and couldn't load on my backhand side.
So after the treatment, it was just getting worse and worse rapidly. We taped it and then I tried to continue, but, like, it was at the end, I couldn't even return. I couldn't even stand there on my return. I couldn't load even if it was just on the right side.

Q. So what have you done after the end of the match?
ANA IVANOVIC: I have been icing it and I have been trying to arrange the MRI for tomorrow, because obviously it's a strain. You know, I think it's important to see how big it is or how the treatment, it's gonna be.

Q. Is it the first time it's happened to you?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, I had a strain in the past, but it's just very strange because I didn't feel like it on any particular shot.

Q. It was quite a high quality through that first half of that first set. Can you talk us through just before you picked up the injury kind of how things were going out there for you?
ANA IVANOVIC: No, I'm very disappointed, because I felt like I was playing really good tennis and it was great match. We were pushing each other, and we both had been playing well actually from the first moment on in that match.
I thought that the whole two weeks I have been playing really, really well. It's very disappointing to finish it this way. You know, at the end, it just wasn't about tennis, you know.
Yeah, I'm sad.

Q. Have you heard anything more particular than the strain? Glute, you said?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, it's my glute. I went straight to doctor and he said obviously it's a strain, but he can't say anything. He needs to see the MRI. So tomorrow morning, first thing I'm gonna do is get that checked and see what kind of tear or strain it is.
And therefore, he said, I can let you know how long it's gonna take for it to recover.

Q. I know you were talking after the Bartoli match, how helpful Nigel was when he came out to visit. What sort of things was he saying today about your injury?
ANA IVANOVIC: Oh, I mean, I just called him to ask him what to do. I felt like I couldn't load, and, you know, at this level you need to be 100% in order to play. I could not load on my backhand and I couldn't jump on my serve, so, you know, I was really feeling, you know, hopeless, you know, because there was no way I could play that level.
You know, obviously it was the only way. I don't even know like, we didn't even talk about tennis at all.

Q. You were talking earlier this week about how you regretted playing through the thumb injury that you had after Wimbledon. In terms of picking up another injury now and we're heading into a pretty busy part of the schedule, I mean, how are you gonna use that experience to look at which tournaments you play, which ones you pull out of?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, that's why I really want to get it checked tomorrow so I know exactly what I'm dealing with. At this moment I don't know. I just know it's painful to walk up the stairs.
Yeah, I just want to actually see what I have. But I'm gonna try I have physio in Miami, so she's gonna be there. I'm gonna try and get there as soon as I can and start treatment.
But definitely gonna take a few days off and see how that plays out. But that was another reason I thought there was no point of continuing, because these kind of injuries only can get worse.

Q. I know this is obviously a really unfortunate way to end the tournament, but is there any way you can step back a little and talk about the progress that you had been making and still feel good about the steps that you've taken this week in the last couple of matches?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I mean, it's been amazing two weeks. I really felt like I have been playing the best tennis probably played in a very, very long time. It wasn't only one match. It was very consistently.
You know, even today and against top players I can bring that level. That's what's very encouraging. You know, I hope it's nothing that's gonna put me away from court for too long so I can start straight back into it.
Because I feel physically very good. I have been playing lots of matches and didn't even have a muscle pain. It's a bit unfortunate, and I really want to keep at it and try to get stronger and improve.

Q. Was it weird standing there in the tunnel, you know, standing there with Maria? You haven't played since '08. What are some of the emotions there?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, actually I tried to just focus on what I had to do out there. I knew obviously it was, you know, big occasion, and I really wanted to play well.
That's why I'm really happy I started well from the first moment on. You know, actually in the tunnel they asked me, and I said, You know, it's strange, you know, because in a way last time we played it was like the biggest rivalry at that time. We haven't played since, which is little strange a little bit.
Yeah, it's been exciting to have opportunity to play against top players again.

http://www.ubitennis.com/english/sport/tennis/2012/03/17/682531-ivanovic_2012.shtml

Iva87
Mar 19th, 2012, 12:04 AM
Diary

Progress report

As I write this I still feel a lot of frustration regarding my Indian Wells semi-final. I felt like I was playing very well and had a good chance to win it when I became injured. I know it’s part of the sport, and it’s probably the most difficult part!

It’s harder to deal with than losses really, because you feel like you didn’t get the chance to test yourself properly.

Still, there are obviously a lot of positives to take away from this tournament. I really love Indian Wells! It’s one of the tournaments where I always seem to do well and enjoy myself so much.

The tournament is so well organized. I have some friends who sometimes visit and they also love it. If I were a fan and not a player, this is the tournament I would always try to go to, along with the Australian Open.

Playing three top 10 players in a row – Wozniacki, Bartoli and Sharapova – was a lot of fun. I’ve missed that feeling of competing regularly against the top players, but I am confident I will be experiencing it again in the not too distant future. I am definitely moving in the right direction and I think I’m just about top 10 according to results this year only.

Fortunately my injury, a glute strain, doesn’t seem serious and I was told by the doctors that I should be okay for Miami next week. I’ll work hard with my physio over the next few days to do everything possible to get fit.

Assuming I stay healthy, the next few months are full of opportunities for me. I will play five events during the clay court season: I’ve decided to add Stuttgart t to my schedule, and the weekend that before I will play Fed Cup in Russia.

This is an historic moment as Serbia plays in the semi-finals for the first time. It will be a tough match but we are all very optimistic.

Love
Ana

Nena_xxx
Mar 19th, 2012, 01:26 PM
Yey, she's playing FC. Glad she decided to do that. Plus Stuttgart. I'm really happy :bounce: :banana:

Cajka
Mar 19th, 2012, 01:40 PM
The decision to play a smaller tournament before Madrid and Rome is soooo important. She won't be so vulnerable in early rounds. I really believe that her result on RG last year would've been much better had she played more than 4 matches on clay before that. Larsson was completely prepared, while Ana's movement on clay looked kinda awkward. Good schedule.

Balltossovic
Mar 19th, 2012, 02:34 PM
I'm loving this!

Cajka
Mar 26th, 2012, 12:01 PM
After yesterday's match:

Q. Interesting match. She's the kind of player you have to beat all the time to get back to where you want to be. Is that a difficult situation? Does that make it a little tense out there?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely. It was a very tough match for me.
I knew from the beginning that it will be, you know, very tough third round I think for both of us. We played a lot of times in the past. We always have tough matches. Even in practice, it's always, you know, tight.
So I really tried to stay calm and work and concentrate on what I was doing out there. I played really well in the first set.
I think I started to rush a little more in the second and I created lots of opportunities, but I started to want to close out the match and wanted to rush and rush. I was focused more on the end result rather than in the moment what I was doing and then I lost a bit of rhythm on my serve.
But I'm really happy that I managed to keep composed and then win the tiebreaker. It was a very, very important win for me today.

Q. She's a particularly dangerous player to play when she could hit 15 winners in a row and make a lot errors. Does that make her difficult?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, she's tricky player. She has improved her forehand. I think she has more on it. Her backhand has always been her better shot.
She definitely if you feel her hit, she can hit very, very strong and deep. This is what happens. Sometimes I was a little bit too passive.
But, you know, I really tried to stay low and tried to, you know, be aggressive and do that, you know, first hit and put her under pressure.
So, yeah, I'm just really happy I hung in there and stayed calm in the tiebreak.

Q. Things seem to be coming together for you now. Any reason you think that things are starting to gel again?
ANA IVANOVIC: I have been working really, really hard. Ever since I started working with Nigel I felt like it was a good match. We actually could see improvements straightaway, but it wasn't really coming in the matches. It would come one and not the other.
I thought in the offseason we could put the good in and also focus on my body and getting it in the right shape. Because I always had little pains and niggles, and I worked really, really hard and I'm really excited to see results.
Because, you know, you can play as well as you want in a practice court, but if you don't put it in a match, it's a different story. You don't back yourself up.
This is something I'm very excited about and thrilled.

Q. You get Venus Williams next. Like I said before, you played a lot of times before. What are your thoughts about her? Have you seen any of her play this week?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I've seen the match before mine. You know, it's always tough playing both of them. You know, it's good to see her back. I think it's going to be an interesting match.
You know, I definitely saw a little bit of today's match, but once you step on the court and you can feel the ball and the speed of the ball, it's a little bit different story.
But, you know, still it's going to be very difficult to focus on what I have been doing and try to apply things I have been working on. Me and Nigel are going to sit tomorrow and have a chat about the match and make a tactic, make a plan about the approach.

Q. I know this happened before with you and Daniela when you're wearing the same outfit on court. What are your thoughts on that happening or you know it's going to happen?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, it's pretty funny. We were joking, at least one was blonde and one was brunette. It would be problem if I played Sorana.
But, no, it is a little bit strange. You look up and you see yourself (smiling). It's like, Is that a mirror?
No, but I think it's a nice outfit.

Q. Venus is admittedly obsessed with going to a fourth Olympics. Obviously the Olympics didn't work out the way you would have preferred in Beijing. Is that something that's a big focus for you this year?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely. I'm very thrilled, you know, to have opportunity to play in London. It's exciting I think for every athlete. Even though I didn't play in Beijing, still, to be part of it was very, very thrilling.
Um, I think this year with Olympics there it's that much harder. It makes with so many big events. We have French, Wimbledon, US Open, and then Olympics and US Open. So it all feels kind of jammed together.
But it's very exciting. I think everyone wants to peak their best. I hope I can get a medal, any kind of medal.

Q. Will you played in the mixed doubles?
ANA IVANOVIC: I will play with Zimonjic.

Q. Is it hard to keep your faith and optimism this year if you don't get back where you want to be right away? You have to change coaches or you have injury and you slip back a little bit. Is it day to day? Is it difficult to force yourself?
ANA IVANOVIC: It is difficult, and especially because I'm a perfectionist and I always want to do everything the right way and I always wanted to make everything perfect.
When it's not happening, you start to, you know, doubt and start to question so many things. And to analyze.
Sometimes that's not good. You try to make quick fixes and you try like I was expecting, you know, it to come back like so easy and so fast.
But unless you really put your head down and just take it day by day and actually enjoy the process and, you know, understand that it might not happen as fast as you hope for...
You know, once you accept it, hey it might take a year. But I'm going to keep at it. I'm going to be persistent as long as it takes, and that's when it start happening.

Q. When did you and Nenad decide you were going to play together?
ANA IVANOVIC: It was actually I think maybe two years ago. In April he called me, and he's like I was like, Okay, hi. He said, Do you want to play mixed in Olympics? I'm like, It's three years away. He's like, Yeah. Do you want to play? I'm like, Okay.
So that's how it happened.

Q. Before your serve was an issue. Is it one of the areas you feel is coming back and that Nigel has really helped you with?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely. We worked a lot on my serve, and that's something that needed improvement. You know, even now, every day I work on it and it's still not great, not where I want it to be.
But it's much, much better, and it helps me win more matches and helps me, you know, get out of trouble sometimes.
You know, I felt like that was a big part of my game, because I felt when I couldn't serve well my whole game was falling apart because I was a little bit stressed about it.
So now having confidence that I can serve well and win my service games, it takes lots of pressures off.

JAS_
Mar 28th, 2012, 03:52 PM
Read this on twitter:

Matt Cronin ‏ @TennisReporters

1 major take away from Ivanovic's loss to Venus last night is that Ana still needs 2 improve fitness - lost her legs in 3rd

Is this true? I mean, I think I read a few times on his twitter this same thing before, after other matches. Has Ana said this?
I am really getting annoyed as hell to read this. Please. I mean, WTF is wrong with Ana and her fitness? Why is it taking her eons to get fit???
Venus can go out of the game, treat injuries, come back, beat Ana, then do it again a year later, in three sets? And Ana is still not fit enough?
What is wrong with this picture?
So back to the same old question - does she not do enough work to get fit? Or does she do it wrong?
Or maybe it's only the consequence of a lackadaisical off season and the firing of Scott Byrnes? Ana's decisions are costing her dearly. Or do the Williams sisters know something Ana doesn't? Or, this is just a cover up for another reason?

We are not talking about some rare talent here, it's just about being professional - they are getting paid for their work millions, the money others can only dream of. I am beginning to respect workers like Woz more and more.
This is pathetic.
Not to mention that even Woz beat Serena.
In fact, one of the main reasons I became a fan of Ana's was that I perceived her as a worker, as opposed to say Janko who was all about "talent" (his perception of it, that is), or Jelena for that matter. But apparently, I have to be punished for my fandom, so Ana has become all the things I hate.
Seriously, if Ana doesn't start beating WS players now, when they are declining, she never will. Just like Henin.

Cajka
Mar 28th, 2012, 06:35 PM
There's a video in result thread, someone uploaded 2nd and 3rd set. You can find it there.

She looked very tight from the beginning, as if she wasn't able to move her legs, so she was spraying everywhere, worse than Vee, she even had more unforced errors in the first set.

I'm not sure if the fitness was an issue. The points were short, the match wasn't very long. The match against Pervak was longer, Pervak was making her run a lot more, but she didn't lose her breathe. She won the next two matches after that. To me it looked like she was tired of choking, errors, wasting the chances. In the last game I had an impression that her body was telling: "I'll never beat her again, let's finish this shit already." She can't fight. It looks like she found the way to fight against lower ranked players, but not against elite players. She needs a fitness coach and physio in her team, but she need a psychologist too. Her mind is not fit. She can't find an optimism and energy in her mind and to translate it into her game. There is an improvement, but if she wants really big things, it takes a mental effort besides physical. I hope she's not ignoring it.

gloria7
Mar 28th, 2012, 07:09 PM
Cronin did said, more than once, that Ana needs to improve her fitness.

Allistair McCaw, a fitness expert and trainer said in February :"Ana Ivanovic lost too much weight, too soon. She lost muscle, endurance. Adidas is getting her too involved in looking like a model. Ana needs to add 3-4 kg muscle to increase strength and endurance. If she doesn't want to gain muscle, then she needs to accept where she is right now".

McCaw's opinion started very interesting conversation on twitter, and discussion became "nasty" when Sven and Myles joined (they attacked both, McCaw and Miguel Seabra). Seabra, editor of Jornal do Tenis and ES commentator, said : "Last year i was there when 2 former Ana Ivanovic's coaches discussed the issue - SHE doesn't want to gain weight/muscle". Sven and Myles were defending Ana, especially Adidas, coaches and their involvement in Ana's decision to lose weight.

Cajka
Mar 28th, 2012, 07:24 PM
But last week she said that she's been working in a gym. IMO, it even became visible. And didn't Lojanica say that Ana fired her because of that weight loss? So many different stories...

2 weeks ago in IW her fitness seemed to be fine (except for that creepy injury thing, which wasn't serious). It can't change in 2 weeks. And the match against Vee wasn't so demanding in fitness department. It's ridiculous to continue the year without a fitness coach however, but I don't believe that she lost any match this year because of her fitness. When she lost those matches against Kim and Vee it was all so predictable. When Vee and Kim started playing only a bit better, the matches were over. No response.

Милан_СРБ
Mar 29th, 2012, 01:16 AM
I think that her loss against Venus has nothing in common with her fitness! Right now she is just afraid of top players (Kim, Serena, Venus and maybe Maria)! In the past it was the same story - for example her h2h with Justine was disappointing and that losses happend even in 2007/08 (seassons when Ana was playing her best tennis so far). It is all in her head, she makes pressure to herself knowing that those girls are top players, one of the best in tennis ever etc. Great fitness or best coach won't change that, there is a psihologist but I know she never used to talk with... :( She learned (I hope so) how to play against those average players as someone said, but her comeback in top 10 or top 5 and second week of slams will require a psihologist in her team!
Anyway, her performance in IW and Miami was good, she is more confident right now (not against top players indeed), much calmer than she used to be and her clay seasson should bring new progress, not just in ranking but also in everything else! She will be placed in spot #14 by monday which is her best in a long time...
Good luck, and try to advance even more! :bounce:

spiritedenergy
Mar 29th, 2012, 03:20 AM
I think that her loss against Venus has nothing in common with her fitness! Right now she is just afraid of top players (Kim, Serena, Venus and maybe Maria)! In the past it was the same story - for example her h2h with Justine was disappointing and that losses happend even in 2007/08 (seassons when Ana was playing her best tennis so far). It is all in her head, she makes pressure to herself knowing that those girls are top players, one of the best in tennis ever etc. Great fitness or best coach won't change that, there is a psihologist but I know she never used to talk with... :( She learned (I hope so) how to play against those average players as someone said, but her comeback in top 10 or top 5 and second week of slams will require a psihologist in her team!
Anyway, her performance in IW and Miami was good, she is more confident right now (not against top players indeed), much calmer than she used to be and her clay seasson should bring new progress, not just in ranking but also in everything else! She will be placed in spot #14 by monday which is her best in a long time...
Good luck, and try to advance even more! :bounce:

exactly, fitness is an excuse. It's mental. IN her match against Bartoli at IW, she said to Nigel "i Can't move, my legs are heavy", that was the beginning of the first set.

I hope Nigel knows this and does not start a witchhunt for something that is totally wrong

Милан_СРБ
Mar 29th, 2012, 01:09 PM
exactly, fitness is an excuse. It's mental. IN her match against Bartoli at IW, she said to Nigel "i Can't move, my legs are heavy", that was the beginning of the first set.

I hope Nigel knows this and does not start a witchhunt for something that is totally wrong

I believe that her legs were heavy in that match, but that is not because of bad fitness it is all in her head! Psihologist would be right solution for her, I hope she will cooperate with someone (someday)! :(

Cajka
Mar 29th, 2012, 02:02 PM
I believe that her legs were heavy in that match, but that is not because of bad fitness it is all in her head! Psihologist would be right solution for her, I hope she will cooperate with someone (someday)! :(

Yes, she started moving better after saying that here legs are heavy. Once she started playing a bit better, it woke her up.

18majors
Mar 29th, 2012, 02:10 PM
Yes, she started moving better after saying that here legs are heavy. Once she started playing a bit better, it woke her up.

How did Ana beat both Wozniacki and Bartoli at Indian Wells? Both Wozniacki and Bartoli played like GOAT's in beating Serena and Azarenka.

Cajka
Mar 29th, 2012, 02:27 PM
How did Ana beat both Wozniacki and Bartoli at Indian Wells? Both Wozniacki and Bartoli played like GOAT's in beating Serena and Azarenka.

Caro was serving better in the match against Serena. And Ana played much better than Serena, honestly. Serena couldn't move at all and her fh was awful. Ana's serve in that match in IW was good, her fh was on fire, she was moving well. Also, the volleys on slow hc must be flawless, that was also one of the problems in Rena's game. Her approach shots were bad, that's why Caro hit many passing shots. OTOH, Ana's volleys were perfect. Rena played too many bh to bh rallies, while Ana was dictating the game with her fh from the first shot. Ana played a very good match, while Caro wasn't really on, that's why the scoreline is so onesided (it could've even been 6:1, 6:2).

Bartoli (when she's playing well) can hit through Azarenka. Azarenka serve isn't very good, the groundstrokes are solid, but there's no big weapon. Ana has two big weapons, when it works - it's hard to do anything against her unless the other player is a big hitter herself. + Vika was obviously tired yesterday.

JAS_
Mar 29th, 2012, 02:37 PM
I've been having issues with my computer, so just short, hoping I can say at least some of my thoughts: thx gloria, that's interesting info. Can you provide some links?
Do you know when exactly this argument b/w coaches happened? I remember distinctly that AVG AND Reyes from the Adidas camp were advocating for Ana to gain muscle mass, and vaguely remember they were blaming Lojanica for making her too thin too fast.
And now, Lojanica is a goner, as well as AVG, but Ana is still thin.

I totally agree that Adidas is more into exploiting Ana's looks than talent. It has shaped her to be the Barbie in their stable; just like Petko is the funky intellectual, and Caro the Blonde...and so on. I wish I had that recent tweet of theirs where she was in front of a mirror putting make up. I remember their wording was quite indicative of the way she is viewed. Alas, I am abysmal when it comes to these searches - been trying last night to find other tweets of Matt where he mentions Ana's fitness, I am pretty sure there were a couple after three setters, possibly one after the Kim match - where it was also legs that gave her up - something like she had no legs in the third... If he could help us with that, or someone with good orientation in the woods of the web, it would be great.
And the fact that Myles (who hates Ana's guts and calls her Fistpumpovic on her twitter), alongside with Sven, is "defending" Ana is making all sorts of alarms go off in my head.

Btw, isn't it interesting that Marion snapped Vika's streak? Doesn't surprise me the least bit.
However, it did make me sad that, I could bet my house that it wouldn't be Ana. Why? Because it isn't just the big babes, and top players, it's anyone who is on a hot streak, anyone who takes it to her that she surrenders.

Psychology or Physics, I do believe that a problem is best attacked on all possible fronts; insistence on leaving one front open may signal a desire to leave an exit left. :/

18majors
Mar 29th, 2012, 02:48 PM
Caro was serving better in the match against Serena. And Ana played much better than Serena, honestly. Serena couldn't move at all and her fh was awful. Ana's serve in that match in IW was good, her fh was on fire, she was moving well. Also, the volleys on slow hc must be flawless, that was also one of the problems in Rena's game. Her approach shots were bad, that's why Caro hit many passing shots. OTOH, Ana's volleys were perfect. Rena played too many bh to bh rallies, while Ana was dictating the game with her fh from the first shot. Ana played a very good match, while Caro wasn't really on, that's why the scoreline is so onesided (it could've even been 6:1, 6:2).

Bartoli (when she's playing well) can hit through Azarenka. Azarenka serve isn't very good, the groundstrokes are solid, but there's no big weapon. Ana has two big weapons, when it works - it's hard to do anything against her unless the other player is a big hitter herself. + Vika was obviously tired yesterday.

I've been more impressed by Ana's serves and FH than Maria's in recent tournaments. Ana clearly has the top 5 talent and little doubt she will get there soon.

Cajka
Mar 29th, 2012, 04:40 PM
Btw, isn't it interesting that Marion snapped Vika's streak? Doesn't surprise me the least bit.
However, it did make me sad that, I could bet my house that it wouldn't be Ana. Why? Because it isn't just the big babes, and top players, it's anyone who is on a hot streak, anyone who takes it to her that she surrenders.


IMO, Domi played more impressive tennis than Bartoli. But, just like Ana, once Vika put some pressure on her, she choked. Marion is different. She wasn't playing impressive tennis all the time. In one moment her level of tennis dropped, Vika won few games and then Marion refocused and started playing good again. It's really smart. They can't play perfectly all the time. It's not a surprise that the players who play the match of their career against an elite player often can't finish the match, because when the momentum is gone, they tend to overhit and go for too ambitious shots just to bring the momentum back on their side, which almost never happens.

gloria7
Mar 29th, 2012, 06:41 PM
Hi,JAS!

Check out Miguel Seabra on Twitter. The "discussion" started on February 23rd. Izvini, slabo stojim sa "tehnikom", sramota me da priznam, ali ne umem ni sliku da postavim ovde. Ovo je najbolje što mogu, tek toliko da ponekad nešto napišem.

You know, it's interesting that Ana has such a good relationship with Sven and Cahill, but not with other former coaches nor is in contact with them. I always thought it was necessary for Ana to establish a solid relationship with the coach, full of understanding and trust. That's why it's a little bit creepy to see these two around Ana. They would watch her training whenever she started to work with new coach - Heinz, AVG ,Nigel (i believe that Seabra was refering to them when mentioning "2 former AI coaches").I know she's Adidas' player and went back to APDP couple of times, but it seems like they keep everything under control...It doesn't matter with whom Ana works, for how long - they are always there... to watch her practice, her matches, her progress, results, off-court activities, everything...and to tweet about it. Like they are protecting Adidas "hottest property".

JAS_
Mar 29th, 2012, 08:17 PM
Hi, gloria7. :wavey:

Unfortunately I don't know how to search individual twitter accounts for particular posts, especially since my computer stays turned on only a couple of minutes at a time. So atm I won't be able to do a serious search.
But anyways, this whole story about sacking Lojanica, AVG & fitness seems somewhat fishy to me. It just doesn't square, somehow.
But, anyhow...hopefully Ana (and her team?) know what they are doing :unsure: and will resolve the issue during her professional career :shrug:

Cp6uja
Apr 3rd, 2012, 12:17 PM
I find today one very correct and well balanced blog about current Ana Ivanovic career case:

http://www.sportdw.com/2012/04/ana-ivanovic-heading-back-to-top.html

JAS_
Apr 4th, 2012, 06:50 PM
I find today one very correct and well balanced blog about current Ana Ivanovic career case:

http://www.sportdw.com/2012/04/ana-ivanovic-heading-back-to-top.html

I don't know about Ana's career, but I agree that this clay season, in particular this RG, is Ana's chance of a lifetime. With Williams sisters, Kim and Stosur all over the place, and other potential clay threats still out of form, her greatest competition is Aga and Vika. And the stat you posted once is, whatever people may think about it, true - Ana has a mental edge over the current top crop (I am using artistic freedom here - by having mental edge I really mean she doesn't have a history with them that would instantly turn her into a beheaded chicken on court).
So, if I am Ana, I am putting in 100%+ of my energy, work, time sweat, blood, and psychologist ;), to make advantage of this opportunity to shake that "fluke slam" monkey off my back, and get ahead of the legion of girls who now apparently all have a slam (all but JJ, of course ;)). It's in fashion now.
Either that, or we will have an Aga slam, like I once (jokingly) predicted.

Linguae^
Apr 4th, 2012, 07:00 PM
Ana to win the French once again? Remarkable.

Iva87
Apr 24th, 2012, 04:44 PM
http://espn.go.com/tennis/story/_/id/7849702/tennis-ana-ivanovic-finding-groove

Ana Ivanovic finding her groove

Ana Ivanovic has shuffled coaches almost more than David Blaine has reworked a pack of cards in an attempt to find just the right person.

"I have people saying, 'Oh, you know, well done, you've had the same coach for more than six months,'" Ivanovic said in a telephone interview. "It's really hard because they don't really understand what is going on behind the scenes. They just think, 'Oh, you're just emotional, hard to work with and impulsive.'"

Those types of comments still hurt Ivanovic, although not as much as they used to. Far from a hardened veteran, the ever-glamorous Serb turns 25 in November. She's coping better.

And besides, Ivanovic is on to something with her most recent coach, Nigel Sears. A partnership that began last summer is bearing fruit, with Ivanovic this month reaching her highest ranking in three years and recently ending Jelena Jankovic's four-year reign as the top-ranked Serbian woman. Admittedly, Jankovic has slumped and, reportedly, has now turned to Zeljko Krajan, who was part of Dinara Safina's entourage, in a bid to revitalize her career.

One of Ivanovic's goals this year is to qualify for the year-end championships in Istanbul, and she currently sits a respectable 11th.

The progress suggests Ivanovic might once again seriously contend for a Grand Slam title. Ivanovic lifted the trophy at Roland Garros four years ago, only for injuries and a loss of confidence to ruin the rest of 2008 and lead to more woe. She suffered one of the biggest upsets in history, losing to 188th-ranked Julie Coin in the second round of the U.S. Open. The former No. 1 then slipped to No. 63 two years ago.

"I'm actually very excited about where my game is at the moment," said Ivanovic, ranked 15th. "Now to have sort of a consistent year so far, it actually makes me feel really good. My ranking is rising, and I'm slowly getting back to where I want to be. It's very encouraging and inspires me to work harder and harder."

Sears, who formerly led towering Slovak Daniela Hantuchova and diminutive South African Amanda Coetzer, among others, is directing traffic. Ivanovic noted Sears' behavior when he guided Hantuchova, observing that he seemed "very positive" and "very professional."

He left a secure job as head of women's tennis at Great Britain's cash cow, the Lawn Tennis Association, to team with Ivanovic and wasn't the slightest bit nervous about it, even with Ivanovic's penchant for changing coaches. Heinz Gunthardt, who couldn't fully commit to Ivanovic, Antonio van Grichen, Zoltan Kuharsky, David Taylor and Craig Kardon have all come and gone, as well as a slew of fitness trainers.

Sears earlier turned down an approach from Ivanovic's camp when he was with the LTA.

"I always felt she was one of the players with a special ability because, after all, she's already been No. 1 in the world and a Grand Slam winner," Sears said in a phone interview. "If you worry about losing your job, you can't do the job properly. I never really worried about getting fired, and it didn't enter my head with Ana. Before you enter any of these things you go with your gut feeling, and if your gut feeling tells you it will work out, you go with it. That's how I've always worked."

When they first started together, there were good weeks of practice, while others "weren't great," according to Ivanovic. But she produced commendable results after some tweaks to her game.

Ivanovic reached the semifinals last summer in Carlsbad, Calif., didn't disgrace herself in a fourth-round loss to Serena Williams at the U.S. Open and ousted Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva back-to-back in Beijing before retiring with a back injury while leading an in-form Agnieszka Radwanska. She repeated as champion in Bali.

Ivanovic ran into Petra Kvitova in the fourth round at the Australian Open in January, yet advanced to the semifinals in Indian Wells and the fourth round in Miami, where Venus Williams edged her in a three-setter.

More signs of progress: A loser to Caroline Wozniacki in the quarterfinals in Dubai, Ivanovic crushed the Dane 6-3, 6-2 in Indian Wells several weeks later.

"Nigel and I, we always talk about matches before and after, and we analyze and see where we can improve," Ivanovic said. "Together with the coach, good or bad, it doesn't matter, you always learn, and it was proven in that match."

Players discuss matches with coaches often, but Ivanovic says her communication with Sears is different than with past taskmasters.

"A lot of coaches try to be very controlling and possessive in a way," Ivanovic said. "With Nigel it's a lot different. Obviously now I'm a lot older than when I started on tour. I'm more aware of what's helping me and what's not. Nigel is very encouraging in that sense because he always takes that into consideration. That's why I think we work really well together."

Sears focused on two key areas: the serve and forehand. Ivanovic's forehand was a consistent weapon feared by opponents in 2007 and '08, and her serve packed a decent punch.

Ivanovic's ball toss worsened over the years, though, leading to a spate of double faults that affected other parts of her game.

After altering the alignment of her shoulders and changing her rhythm, she's hit fewer double faults -- fewer per match in 2012 than in the previous three years.

"That's a pretty strong indicator of her confidence and level of comfort on court," said ESPN analyst Pam Shriver, a former world No. 3.

As for the forehand, Ivanovic needed to cut down on the unforced errors.

"That's the way I've tried to tackle it, to zone in on the two obvious technical areas that needed help and then to work on her returning to competing properly and playing tennis," the 55-year-old Sears said. "Then with that I felt sure that the confidence would return once she started winning, and winning important matches."

Shriver isn't surprised that Ivanovic has improved under Sears.

"I've known Nigel for almost 30 years now," she said. "He's a very experienced hand at coaching. Ana is nowhere near as anxious on court, and you can see she can get in the groove a little more."

With a keen interest in psychology, Ivanovic has always overanalyzed things -- on and off the court. She's trying, she says, to think less. It remains a work in progress.

But Ivanovic is in a better place than she has been for quite some time.

"When I started playing tournaments, it was always like a game for me," Ivanovic said. "I loved the tennis, then later on people were like, 'That's your work.' It changed completely the way I saw tennis and competition. It became a burden. Now I'm starting to enjoy it like when I first came on tour and it's so much nicer to play, and you can see that in a person. You move freer and you're happier."

Iva87
May 10th, 2012, 06:09 PM
http://www.maquinadoesporte.com.br/i/noticias/atletas/25/25105/Ivanovic-lanca-novo-Classe-A-na-Espanha/index.php

Ivanovic launches new A-Class in Spain

The Serbian tennis star Ana Ivanovic has been selected by Mercedes-Benz assembly plant in Spain to launch new car model Class A. In the country to compete in the Mutua Madrid Open, the athlete took the opportunity to pose for a photo shoot next to the new car.

Photos with Ivanovic are the first images of the model in Spain. The new A-Class goes on sale in the European country on September 20 this year.

The Mercedes-Benz is the official sponsor of the Mutua Madrid Open, Class A and was chosen by the company as the car of the tournament.

The curious thing is that the automaker is not among the partners personal Ivanovic. The Serbian, currently number 15 in world ranking tennis, has existing contracts with Adidas, Yonex, Rolex, Juice Plus and Technogym.

New contract?:confused:

Cp6uja
May 11th, 2012, 02:04 AM
New contract?:confused:

Ana Ivanovic and A-Class Mercedes-Benz... sounds so compatible :eek:

http://static.blogo.it/automocionblog/mercedes-clase-a-y-ana-ivanovic-mutua-madrid-open-2012/2.JPG

Linguae^
May 11th, 2012, 08:43 PM
What's weird with Ana having contracts, that's quotidien.

gaviotabr
May 18th, 2012, 11:56 AM
Google translation:

Ana: "I am confident the RG"
SO
After losing to Maria Sharapova in the third round of the tournament in Rome, Ana Ivanovic was told B92 that disappointed you did not use any of the numerous chances.


"I had chances in both sets, although the result seems to me it is easy to obtain in the second set. I am disappointed that I did not use any opportunity, especially a set of balls in the first set, but I think it is in the key moments of great play," said Ivanovic to B92.

"I've progressed enough, this week I played great, I'm well trained, and from that aspect I'm satisfied. Now I play with Sharapova, last week, with Azarenka, in such matches may be best to try things on which I worked, " added Anne. On the question of whether it is satisfied the Rome edition, Ivanovic replied: "I was more confidence in front of Roland Garos I had a tough draw here and a lot of hard fights. It is nice to be playing at normal slag, although the court tonight was quite fast. This was excellent preparation for Roland Garos, now I will a few days to rest and continue with preparations for Paris. " "The most I've progressed to the service, but it still needs to do. I think I raised the whole game to a higher level, and the forehand and backhand, and also my defensive game a lot better, which is especially important for slag, " concluded Anna B92. Ivanovic lost to Sharapova 7:6, 6: third


http://www.b92.net/sport/tenis/masters/vesti.php?yyyy=2012&mm=05&dd=17&nav_id=610272

gaviotabr
May 18th, 2012, 11:59 AM
Again, google translation:

Ana: I have progressed a lot, this was good preparation for Roland Garros

Z. Kecman | 18 05th 2012th - 09:30 am | Comments: 5
The best Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic failed to reach the quarter-finals of Rome. After losing to Maria Sharapova, Ana said she missed the chance she had in both sets.

"I had chances in both sets. Although it was 6:3 in the second, I think I created a lot of chances. I am disappointed that I did not use them, especially in the first set. In the decisive moments she played really well," said Ivanovic after match and the defeat of the weight of 7:6 (4), 6-3.

All thoughts are now directed towards the Roland Garros. Where she won her only Grand Slam.

"I am pretty advanced. This week I played great and well trained. I'm really glad for that matter. I had a tough draw here, I played some good matches and it gives me confidence for Roland Garros. It's nice to once again play on clay for normal the change. terrain was quite fast, other than those of previous days, but in any case it was a good preparation for Roland Garros. Now I have a couple of days to rest and to continue preparations for Paris "he concluded.

After the tournament in Madrid and Rome, Ana returns home for a while.

"I'll be a few days in Belgrade, and then I plan on Wednesday to meet with coach Nigel Sirsi in Paris, where we continue to prepare. I'd like to make a well in Paris," said the former first tennis player in the world.

http://sport.blic.rs/masters-rim-2012/vesti/181748/Ana-Dosta-sam-napredovala-bila-je-ovo-dobra-priprema-za-Rolan-Garos

WTF? She is going to take almost a week off, without a coach, right before a grand slam? Is this already effect of the choke? :help: And why isn't Nigel going to Belgrade with her?

SidTheKid
May 18th, 2012, 12:02 PM
That won´t end well..

Cajka
May 18th, 2012, 12:05 PM
Perhaps she wants to participate in voting on president elections. It's gonna happen on Sunday. :lol: Seriously, I'm sure that this decision has nothing to do with choking, she is in Rome, close to Serbia, she wants to go home (and vote for Tadić, probably :lol:)

SidTheKid
May 18th, 2012, 12:06 PM
Still better than if she said she is going to Australia :oh: :D

gaviotabr
May 18th, 2012, 12:14 PM
Perhaps she wants to participate in voting on president elections. It's gonna happen on Sunday. :lol: Seriously, I'm sure that this decision has nothing to do with choking, she is in Rome, close to Serbia, she wants to go home (and vote for Tadić, probably :lol:)

Ok.. she can go to Belgrade.. I have absolutely no issue with that.. but almost a week without a coach just before a Grand Slam? I mean.. doesn't have to be a genius to know that can't be good.

Cajka
May 18th, 2012, 12:27 PM
Yes, it's too long, but 4 days will probably be enough for her to get ready. This year she finally won't get to Paris completely unprepared and without coach.

gaviotabr
May 18th, 2012, 12:34 PM
Yes, it's too long, but 4 days will probably be enough for her to get ready. This year she finally won't get to Paris completely unprepared and without coach.

4 days after a week pause.. not best prep.. and she should be in a stage that she does what's top best..

But well.. I guess silver linings.. At least during tournament she won't be without a coach.. lets see how long the tournament lasts..

azdaja
May 18th, 2012, 12:54 PM
it won't be a week, more like 3 or 4 days. that's not too bad.

gaviotabr
May 18th, 2012, 12:59 PM
it won't be a week, more like 3 or 4 days. that's not too bad.

Friday, saturday, sunday, monday, tuesday. That's 5 days. Before a slam. With no prep and no coach.

azdaja
May 18th, 2012, 01:15 PM
Friday, saturday, sunday, monday, tuesday. That's 5 days. Before a slam. With no prep and no coach.
if the word "par" translates to english in the same way as the german word "paar" it can't mean 5 days. she is probably still in rome and with the coach and will go to belgrade tonight or tomorrow or so. that's how i understood it.

gaviotabr
May 18th, 2012, 01:24 PM
if the word "par" translates to english in the same way as the german word "paar" it can't mean 5 days. she is probably still in rome and with the coach and will go to belgrade tonight or tomorrow or so. that's how i understood it.

Ana said yesterday she would go to Belgrade today and then meet Nigel in Paris next wednesday. Friday, saturday, sunday, monday, tuesday in Belgrade without Nigel. Maybe she will hit some balls.. but that's no prep.. it's a slam.. should be really focused.. at least now. She was without Nigel in Belgrade before Fed Cup, and that was no clay prep.

azdaja
May 18th, 2012, 01:46 PM
well, i don't know. the plan to meet with nigel on wednesday was probably made in advance with the possibility of playing the rome final in mind :oh: with a 2 days break afterwards. each way i don't think it's a big deal.

gaviotabr
May 18th, 2012, 02:08 PM
well, i don't know. the plan to meet with nigel on wednesday was probably made in advance with the possibility of playing the rome final in mind :oh: with a 2 days break afterwards. each way i don't think it's a big deal.

:lol::lol::lol: Ok.. laughing not to cry. She didn't even make QFs so should remake plans so she doesn't spend almost a week before a Grand Slam having no prep.

gaviotabr
May 19th, 2012, 11:35 AM
Ana for Kurir: I love Serbia
TENNIS, 06:00, 19.05.2012.Author: Milan Technique, Photo: Beta


Most of the wide world I miss my Serbian. I look forward to every meeting with Nole and friends


Go anywhere, come home.
Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic in an interview with Kurir discovers that her mother is missing many languages. Currently 15th player of the world says she lacks Belgrade and in tournaments likes to see his countrymen to spoken a word in Serbian.

♦ What do you miss when you travel?

- I really miss most Serbian language! Novak and I have a team dominated by foreigners. I usually means a lot to talk in their native language. I look forward to when I have the opportunity to meet with our tennis players in the world - began talking Ivanovic.

♦ Who are the most friends?

- S Nole, but there are Ziki, Janko and others. I'm glad to see each other. With Novak often hear and socialize. I remember 12 years ago Pancevo. The two of us went together a lot.

♦ We are in Rome, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Have you had the opportunity to travel through it a little?

- I worked in advertising for lotteries Spanish Steps, and that was my only contact with Rome. Now I finished the tournament and probably going to go shopping and buy some shoes. After that I return to Belgrade, where I will spend a few days.

♦ How satisfied are you with part of the season?

- I want to keep progressing. I think it will in the future to bring me a lot of easy points. I think everything is going in the right direction. Let's go step by step. I am glad that the coach Nigel Sears happy with my game - ended up Ana.

http://www.kurir-info.rs/volim-srbiju-clanak-233684

She didn't really awnser the last question.. I guess she can't say she is all that satisfied.. I do wonder if she really said "easy points".. Sometimes it feels like Ana wants it to come easy, and when it doesn't she doesn't have it in her to get out of her comfort zone to actually fight.

Cajka
May 19th, 2012, 11:49 AM
According to this interview, she did say that, although it doesn't make any sense and it doesn't sound like Ana at all.

gaviotabr
May 19th, 2012, 11:55 AM
According to this interview, she did say that, although it doesn't make any sense and it doesn't sound like Ana at all.

Why do you think it doesn't sound like Ana?

fANAtic
May 19th, 2012, 11:56 AM
http://www.kurir-info.rs/volim-srbiju-clanak-233684

She didn't really awnser the last question.. I guess she can't say she is all that satisfied.. I do wonder if she really said "easy points".. Sometimes it feels like Ana wants it to come easy, and when it doesn't she doesn't have it in her to get out of her comfort zone to actually fight.

Hey, Google translate is getting better and better.

Cajka
May 19th, 2012, 12:02 PM
Why do you think it doesn't sound like Ana?

Because she always repeats that "it will be a tough match, that Brie Whitehead is a tough opponent, that it's all a process etc." Actually, I always thought that Ana tends to complicate the simple things and that there's no such things like "easy points" and easy tasks for her. She always looks like someone who makes it all look difficult or complicated. Her ball toss is a perfect example. Had she been an easy going person, her career would've be much more successful.

gaviotabr
May 19th, 2012, 12:02 PM
Hey, Google translate is getting better and better.

:lol: Thumbs up!

gaviotabr
May 19th, 2012, 12:05 PM
Because she always repeats that "it will be a tough match, that Brie Whitehead is a tough opponent, that it's all a process etc." Actually, I always thought that Ana tends to complicate the simple things and that there's no such things like "easy points" and easy tasks for her. She always looks like someone who makes it all look difficult or complicated. Her ball toss is a perfect example. Had she been an easy going person, her career would've be much more successful.

MM ok.. I see your point. I agree with you.. but I do think a lot of times Ana has wanted things to come easy, to fall from the sky.. and when it doesn't it's an issue and when she complicates it all.. the simple fact that it hasn't come easy already makes it tough in her mind.

Cajka
May 19th, 2012, 12:22 PM
MM ok.. I see your point. I agree with you.. but I do think a lot of times Ana has wanted things to come easy, to fall from the sky.. and when it doesn't it's an issue and when she complicates it all.. the simple fact that it hasn't come easy already makes it tough in her mind.

I don't think that she expects a cake draw, netcords on set points or top players being off when they play against her. I think that JAS is right, she wastes too much time waiting for things to click. That's why she overuses the word "process" in her interviews. She expects something to happen, that's why it's a process, she's waiting. I'm sure that she completely ignores her true issues. Things indeed "click" for her sometimes. Where? In IW, Beijing and Bali. If I was Ana, I would ask myself if that's a coincidence.

gaviotabr
May 19th, 2012, 12:29 PM
I don't think that she expects a cake draw, netcords on set points or top players being off when they play against her. I think that JAS is right, she wastes too much time waiting for things to click. That's why she overuses the word "process" in her interviews. She expects something to happen, that's why it's a process, she's waiting. I'm sure that she completely ignores her true issues. Things indeed "click" for her sometimes. Where? In IW, Beijing and Bali. If I was Ana, I would ask myself if that's a coincidence.

Yeah, yeah.. I agree. I didn't mean she expects lucky things like cake draws and net cords.. but exactly what you say.. that it all clicks and comes to her, instead of her taking responsability and making it happen, which can be the "less-easy" road.

JAS_
May 27th, 2012, 04:09 PM
Some comments about the match:

Matt Cronin ‏@TennisReporters

Ivanovic is on court & she's first pumping - early & often. See has legit shot at semis, but so do some others in Aga's quarter


Matt Cronin ‏@TennisReporters

Moving beautifully, Ivanovic wins 1rst 6-1 behind two excellent forehand & overhead. She's literally dancing out there

Matt Cronin ‏@TennisReporters

Ivanovic romps to 6-1 6-0 victory over Arruabarrena. If she plays that well all fortnight, lookout

JAS_
May 27th, 2012, 08:45 PM
OMG! I thought I would never live to see the day when she gives a 100% balanced, normal, level, not delusional, not fearful, just right statement to the press.
:tearsofjoy:

„Videćemo kako će biti. Stvarno želim da se fokusiram posebno na svaki meč. Sigurno je da volim da igram na šljaci, odrasla sam ovde, za ovaj turnir me vezuju lepe uspomene. Biće sigurno teških mečeva, svaka protivnica može da bude opasna ali želim da uživam. Srećna sam kako igram i kako napredujem pa ćemo videti.“

http://www.b92.net/sport/tenis/masters/vesti.php?yyyy=2012&mm=05&dd=27&nav_id=613219

gaviotabr
May 28th, 2012, 11:30 AM
Google translation:

oland Garros: Ana easy to second round
Mr. Č. - N. Ma. | 27 maj 2012th 16:08> 20:45 | Comments: 1

I am satisfied and I hope that this is an indication that the return to form, said Ivanovic after lake victory over Spain's Lara Arabureno 6:1, 6:1

The red soil near Boulogne forest Ana Ivanovic feels like home, which he showed great start to the Grand Slam breakthrough and express the second round. Our player has demonstrated the power of the French Open, winning the 134th in the world, Lara Aruabarenu Vesin 6:1, 6:1, and in less than an hour spent in the field.

Ana was fired as many as 27 Viner, compared to only four rivals, as the true indicator of the balance of power yesterday. Even when the service lift with 43 ​​percent poor, Ivanovic will be eligible to go to a new convincing triumph in the next match, where he awaits Israeli Shahar Peer.


- Chat with a coach! We have not seen after the game, immediately went to watch my next opponent. We are discussing where we will find out - said Ana, who, under the table, before the press conference, "tapping" on their mobile phone.

* It was short?

- It did not seem so on the ground! It was quite warm. In recent days I usually trained earlier in the morning, so I have not experienced the heat. I am happy how I played. I had not played against it, I was not looking, so I did not know what to expect. I talked with a few girlfriends who have previously had the opportunity to meet with Vesin. I am happy for the victory and advances to the second round.

* The first day is always difficult?

- Yes, but I just wanted to play on Sunday. I felt that I was ready, and I wanted to go, because I am here on Wednesday. There was a lot of emotion and tension. I wanted to go out into the field, to play and pass the first round and the first match.

* Returns whether to Ana to the old glory?

- I hope! Many I worked hard. I am happy and satisfied with my performance and condition. I just want this to continue. I still have a lot to do, and I confirm that I enter the second week of Grand Slam, to go to the end of big tournaments. When it is, then we can talk about the return!

* It reminds you this, in terms of quality, in 2008?

- It is hard to compare, because a lot has changed. Otherwise the game today.

http://www.novosti.rs/vesti/sport.296.html:381581-Rolan-Garos-Ana-lako-do-drugog-kola

Good interview.. Ana seems to have both feet on Earth. Knows there is work to do and getting to late stages of big tournaments must be her next step.