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gaviotabr
May 28th, 2012, 11:32 AM
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:



http://www.b92.net/sport/tenis/masters/vesti.php?yyyy=2012&mm=05&dd=27&nav_id=613219

Google translation:

AG
Ana Ivanović told B92 that it is satisfied that began this year Roland Garos.




Serbian tennis player in the first round with a convincing 6:1, 6:1 won Spain's Aruabarenu-Most.

"I am very pleased. It's never easy to play the first round, especially against opponents that do not know, and she already has a couple of matches behind him. "

"I was surprised and a little heat today, as I recently trained a lot of early morning, the afternoon I rested so I was not aware of how hot. I am happy I managed to get the first match and that is put forth."

is a Serbian tennis player at the start was very awkward rival, which is a few years ago played the final in Paris in the junior competition. "I expected a tough match, I know that two years ago played the final of Roland Garos in the junior competition, but last week I played in Rome against the Spanish women who has a similar style of game so I knew a bit what to expect and to adapt quickly. " After great releases in the first round, but in previous tournaments, everyone paid attention to Ivanovic that the only gren slam in his career won it in Paris . "We'll see how it will be. I really want to focus on each match. sure is that I love to play in the slag, I grew up here, for this tournament bind me nice memories. It will certainly difficult matches, each opponent may be dangerous but I want you to enjoy. I am happy to play and how I was doing, so we'll see. "

Iva87
May 28th, 2012, 11:01 PM
http://www.tennismagazin.de/tour_exklusiv/detail.php?object_id=203380&class=22&thema=80

Mail aus Paris – Ein Date mit Ana

http://www.tennismagazin.de/__we_thumbs__/4308_7_ANNA_IVANOVIC_02-1.jpg

Gute zwei Stunden später. Es wird zum ersten Mal dienstlich. Ana Ivanovic hat gerade ihre Pressekonferenz gegeben. Jetzt kommt sie zum Gespräch mit tennis MAGAZIN. Wir fläzen uns in die gemütlichen Sessel in der sogenannten „One-on-One-Ecke“, wo die Einzelgespräche geführt werden. Ana ist bester Laune, klar, sie hat ihre Erstrundenpartie 6:1, 6:1 gegen eine recht unbekannte Spanierin (Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino) gewonnen. Sie spricht über ihre harten letzten Jahre, darüber, dass sie sich in einem Teufelskreis befand, ihr Selbstvertrauen völlig verlor, als es nach dem ersten großen Titel bei den French Open 2008 nicht mehr rund lief. Sie erzählt von ihren Zielen für die kommenden Monate, von ihren Träumen und von der Arbeit mit Nigel Sears, ihrem Coach. Sie verrät Marotten und Rituale, plaudert über serbische Musik. Über den dritten Platz ihres Landes beim Eurovision Song Contest einen Tag zuvor freut sie sich riesig. Und sie gesteht, dass sie manchmal lieber ein anderes Image als das eines Glamour-Girls hätte. Zwischendurch lacht sie herzhaft. Was für ein entspanntes Gespräch – wenn doch alle Profis so angenehm wären. Nur ganz am Ende wird sie etwas schüchtern, bei der Frage, was Tennisspielerinnen an Golfprofis so faszinierend fänden. Eine Anspielung auf ihre Liaison mit Adam Scott und die Beziehung von Kollegin Caroline Wozniacki zu Rory McIlroy. „Weiß ich nicht“, ist ihre knappe Antwort. Drei Minuten später, das Aufnahmegerät ist schon ausgeschaltet, folgt die Auflösung: „Ich bin übrigens nicht mehr mit dem Golfer zusammen.“ Oh je, das klassische Fettnäpfchen. Ist aber nicht schlimm. Als Wiedergutmachung bekommt sie unser April-Heft gezeigt, die Ausgabe, in der wir den Inhalt ihrer Tasche vorstellten. Als sie das Foto sieht ist sie begeistert. „Das war doch bei den US Open“, erinnert sie sich. „Darf ich das Heft behalten?“ Na klar, du darfst.
Übrigens: Das Interview mit Ivanovic lesen Sie in einer unserer nächsten Ausgaben.

gaviotabr
May 29th, 2012, 12:45 PM
http://www.tennismagazin.de/tour_exklusiv/detail.php?object_id=203380&class=22&thema=80

Thanks! Hopefully we can get the interview when it comes out!

azdaja
May 29th, 2012, 01:14 PM
„Ich bin übrigens nicht mehr mit dem Golfer zusammen.“
we already knew this but still, nice to hear her say it herself :D

gaviotabr
May 29th, 2012, 01:21 PM
we already knew this but still, nice to hear her say it herself :D

Yes... I have to say I'm a little curious about what/how happened.. :lol: Though maybe it was just Ana coming into her senses. :oh:

gaviotabr
May 30th, 2012, 10:21 AM
Google translation:

TOP STORY
Ana Ivanovic: The family as the key to success
Posted on 30/05/2012

Tennis player Ana Ivanovic , who is in Rome at the tournament qualified for the next round and play great tennis impressed the audience and experts, the focus of interest of the media for privacy. I z vesna time beautiful athlete in the public does not confirm nor deny the news that ended the romance with Adam Scott .On the other hand, with a smile, which she does not descend from the face, clear complexion for radiant Beograđanka magazine "Hello!" Talks about his family, which is her favorite subject, saniranoj injury which she suffered for two months and stay in Rome. - Rome is very beautiful, romantic city, one of my favorite world cities. When you visit Rome, experience something new and carry those memories. Of course, w to long to keep the tournament, I will have more opportunities to tour the city - at the beginning of the conversation says a slender brunette with a permanent address in Switzerland. Dvadesetčetvorogodišnjakinji successful in a previous tennis tournaments to spend time with Serbian tennis players. - I like the combined tournament, especially because it's an opportunity to meet with friends, Novak, Janko, Zimonjic and Viktor. During the year the tennis tournaments, speak only English and it is refreshing to relax with friends and talk in their native language. Female athlete said that the injury is a muscle that was gained in March, when she was on the field medical help because she could not rely the leg, now healed and no longer feels pain. - I recovered from that injury. F female tennis is pretty intense and rarely am one hundred percent fit, in such a state that does not feel any discomfort or pain. More often they have. The key is that you take all the W to better recover and be w ready for next to me č - speaking mature athlete who is very tied to his younger brother Milos , who is studying in London. - We bad and I are very close and much I miss him. For good luck, we had the opportunity to meet recently in London, where Milo š study. It took the exam was hard and taught . Every day we talked and he'd always wished good luck before an exam - says Ana and says that her family support has always been the key to all successes achieved. - is certain to me is the family is always the most supportive and without their support I would not have succeeded. I am grateful to them because, for all w to have done for me throughout my career is, especially my mother. One of the most important decisions in the beginning of my career it was w to have agreed that my mother travels with me. Now that I'm older I travel with a smaller team, and h is often the only my coach Nigel. Of course, almost every day č hear with his family , but they h often attend tournaments - tells a charming tennis player on the mother Dragana , lawyers, and father, Miroslav , economists. known to be very c oli and children often talk about them in public. - I love Children always enjoy spending time with them. Č often people ask me to paint with their children. Since I am one of the older children in the family h I often took care of younger brothers and cousins ​​, and enjoyed himself in it - that says Ivanovic lives in the Swiss city of Basel. Although not often come to Belgrade, he likes his hometown. - I love our mentality and the Belgrade style f life. It is always a great pleasure to return to Belgrade to spend time with friends, family, and be among people who like to think as I do . I think we are good-rooted family values ​​w to us in some way determined . Basel does not have the same energy as Belgrade , but it is a great place to relax . That what I enjoy most in Basel have his peace and relaxed lifestyle - says the player that the whole world of thrills and ravishing their own appearance.


http://www.hellomagazin.rs/ana-ivanovic-porodica-kao-kljuc-uspeha/

gaviotabr
May 30th, 2012, 05:22 PM
Google translation:

Ivanovic: "I want to win another Grand Slam"
Posted on 30/05/2012 | 18:54, updated on 30/05/2012 | 6:54 p.m.

Ana Ivanovic (N.13) wants to reconnect with the peaks (AFP - PATRICK KOVARIK)
Ana Ivanovic, seeded No. 13, will go to the second round after his success on the Israeli Shahar Peer 6-2, 6-2. The Serb, winner of the 2008, do not despair of finding his best form in his favorite tournament.

Q. You play well, it's been a month since well you can play tennis, do you feel that you build something great?
R. Yes, absolutely. It is true that I play with much more consistency, it is true that I've lost matches I should have won, but I always had the feeling that I was improving, I was getting into power. It gives me confidence. Now I play with much more freedom, I build points better, I love playing. Of course, I feel at ease on clay, I feel comfortable on the courts.
Q. You spoke to accept pressure, 4 years ago you won Roland Garros. Now what do you think? Do you feel that no matter what happens in your career, you've realized a dream because you have won a Grand Slam and you were number one world? Or rather, as you won the tournament at a young age, you wait maybe more?
R. I have often asked this question but the answer is that I'm not happy because I always want to win games, that's what is inspiring. If I had not won the title at Roland Garros, maybe I would not be here. In fact, I want to win another Grand Slam or I will not be happy.
Q. You have won this tournament in 2008. You have good memories here does not it? You play here in Paris, what is so unique in Paris? What is different here compared to other Grand Slams?
R. This is the only Grand Slam that I won. Before, I had reached the quarterfinals. Every time I come here, I have good memories, I have good feelings, I love this tournament. Last year's edition of Roland Garros was the trickiest, most difficult. I come back here this year, I play better, I getting stronger, I'm in the third round. It means a lot to me. I hope I can go further. And I hope I will maintain the level of play that is mine.

http://www.francetv.fr/sport/ivanovic-je-veux-remporter-un-autre-grand-chelem-4341

gaviotabr
May 30th, 2012, 09:54 PM
Google translation:

RG: Ana express to the next round
A. St. / G. Čvorović | 30 maj 2012th 13:50> 19:27 | Comments: 1
I am pretty satisfied with my performance. The timing was good to me. It is, perhaps, more to move forward towards the ball, Ivanovic said after the Israeli victory over the Per


Back Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic made his way easily to third round at Roland Garros, beating Shahar Peer of 6:2, 6:2, for only 56 minutes. It was her first triumph over the Israeli after three successive defeats on the WTA tour, a chance for a new joy will have a match against Sara Errani in the struggle to enter the eighth Grand Slam finals.


- I am pretty satisfied with my performance. The timing was good to me. It is, perhaps, more to move forward towards the ball. Often I was away and some I missed the ball because of it. But it's hard to be more critical to this result.


* What is the play of the day in Paris by the great heat?

- The second match was a little easier than the first, when I was surprised how warm. I commented to the coaches at dinner that I have not ever played on clay and that I felt so much warmth. But I do not mind. I am used.

* What you were really happy at the end of this tournament?

- The first step for me to get into the quarterfinals. From Roland Garros 2008th I went to the quarterfinals, so we would have been the first goal.

* Does this reminds Ana of the one from 2008?

- It's definitely a compliment. A lot of questions we now ask in that direction. Frankly, I do not want to be the Ana. I want to be a new, better Ana, who moved up and said something and the game experience. I am happy now that I play. I went back aggression, we service a lot better. I have better continuity in the game, which contributes to my confidence - concluded Ivanovic.

http://www.novosti.rs/vesti/sport.296.html:381989-RG-Ana-ekspresno-do-sledece-runde

gaviotabr
May 30th, 2012, 10:11 PM
Google translation:

Ana B92: The aim of the quarter-RG
MJ
Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanović told B92 that would be very happy if this year reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros.


Ana after winning the second round of Israeli tennis player Shahar Peer was very pleased, and the reason for the smile was visible improvement in her game

"Surely it was because of work I have invested a better game anyway. It's hard to be positive and cheerful when you lose 6-1, 6-1. Much better to play and the continuity which means a lot because it gives me more confidence, "says Ana.

Shahar Peer is a player who was near the top ten players and can always surprise you, but Ana's offensive game has managed to neutralize. " The plan was to play offensively with Nigel and I talked about it. It is a very good player who knows how to exploit an opponent's ball speed, a good move, especially on clay and a lot of returns. But I was aggressive enough I went to the network, which was very important, well I served on its service and I was very aggressive so she had a little gem ball on his serve , "explains Anna. Before Anna was still a tough match, her next opponent Sara Errani who this year won a tournament in Acapulco and Barcelona, ​​and played the doubles final. But Ana is considered to be a day of rest and good tactics which will be prepared to coach Nigel Sirsi go to the next round. " It will certainly be very difficult, I played a few years ago with her ​​at Roland Garros, I think it was the 2009th and immediately afterwards at Wimbledon, and then I won. But it sure will be a tough match because she is playing the best in his career, won a few tournaments earlier in the year. I expect a very tough match, but I have one more day to prepare, with Nigel to talk about strategy. It is also a lot of players who returned, and played more aggressively than Shahar, and there are few better service so that in any case be a little harder , "says Ana. Serbian tennis player says that her primary goal of the season at Roland Garros sales for the quarter, that was last played the 2008th when she won the French Open. " I am happy that progress in the development of my game. I know that some things take time and it's a process. When I was a little more relaxed and accepted that not everything here and now as I want and expect somehow it all went better. With Nigel really have a great cooperation and good communication that really helps me and calms me when I'm nervous. As for the goals at Roland Garros I was really happy to get into the quarterfinals, it would be a first target because since 2008. I entered a Grand Slam quarterfinal. It would be a great first step, then a new motivation and new focus for further , "said Ana. Ivanovic and added that the goal for the season to finish among the top ten and qualify for the Masters in Istanbul. "I have a great chance to back in the top ten because I do not defend a lot of points in the next few months. The second goal is to play the final tournament in Istanbul, and I would love to get into the top five. I know it's hard because there are plenty of players who are playing well now and continuously. But if I finished the first eight years in which I qualified for the Masters in the last year in Istanbul, it would mean very much, "concluded Ana.

http://www.b92.net/sport/tenis/masters/vesti.php?yyyy=2012&mm=05&dd=30&nav_id=614253

gaviotabr
May 30th, 2012, 10:19 PM
Ana's presser after 2nd round win:

Ivanovic - 30.5.2012 -
A. IVANOVIC/S. Peer 6 2, 6 2

Q. Playing on outside courts, small interview rooms afterwards. Does it take a lot pressure off your shoulders?
ANA IVANOVIC: It's the pressure I put on myself. Actually, we were joking because we just walked in the main interview room and no one was there. They told us we were in a small one. I said, Oh, that was ambitious walking in the big one.
No, just doesn't matter really.

Q. So kind of form wise you've been playing well, right, more or less the last month or so. Do you feel like your slowly building to something big now?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely. What makes me really happy is that I've been playing really consistently. Even though I lost some matches I should have won or I should have put myself in a better position, I still felt always like I was improving with each week. That gives me confidence.
Now I'm starting to play a lot freer and enjoying competition and building points. Obviously coming back to clay it's always nice because I feel very comfortable on it.
But, you know, I actually started to enjoy the process, and that's what changed probably.

Q. So enjoying the process meaning you're not thinking so much about goals, but just what you have to do day to day with yourself and matches and all that?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, exactly. That's been the hardest part. Acceptance, whatever it is. Acceptance that I'll make mistakes. Acceptance that I will have a good day, I will have a bad day.
Unfortunately in this sport it's always up and down and very emotional. We play on big stages. People always look and judge, and that's very hard.
But just to be in peace with myself and to have goals set for myself in my head, that made the big difference. I don't put this outside pressure so much onto my back any more?

Q. So you're not staying up at night anymore just thinking about tennis?
ANA IVANOVIC: No, there are still sleepless nights. No, I actually try to be more positive and to have positive encouragement even when I'm thinking about tennis.

Q. So you were just talking about acceptance and being positive. Four years ago you won the French Open title. How do you feel about it now? Do you think that whatever happens in your career, you will have fulfilled a dream because you won at least one Grand Slam and you've been No. 1, or do you think that because you won the title at such a young age you should be eager for more?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, it's very hard, because I thought about that question many times in my head. Actually the answer is probably I wouldn't be happy, you know, even though I achieved some of my dreams.
I still have hunger for more. That's what drives me and that's what inspires to me to get up in the morning and to work hard. If wasn't for that, I wouldn't be here.
So, yeah, to answer your question, I wouldn't be happy. That's why I want to win another Grand Slam.

Q. You have won this tournament in 2008. You have so many memories from here. What does it feel like playing Paris? What it has to be so unique and different than the other Grand Slams for you?
ANA IVANOVIC: This was my first Grand Slam ever as junior even, and I reached quarterfinals so it was a huge success at age of 14. Every time I came back here I had a good memories and feelings about this place and this tournament.
Last year probably has been the hardest one for me ever. To come back here this year and play better and go through to the third round, it means a lot.
I really hope I can even go further and, you know, hopefully keep the good games that I've been having.

Q. I know you're focused on your own tournament and everything obviously, but last night was a big event in the women's draw with Serena going out, one of five former champions here, along with yourself. What was your immediate reaction on hearing that news last night?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, to be honest I was a little bit surprised, because I was just about to go for dinner when they were playing the tiebreak, and then I saw the tiebreak and I saw that she lost.
I went for dinner, and afterwards when I heard I was a little surprised. Virginie played really well in the tiebreak what I've seen. So I don't know what happened, but she must have played really well.

Q. Do you think it opens it up for yourself, everyone else? In your part of draw it's good.
ANA IVANOVIC: I'm on the other side of the draw. It's always unfortunate when a tournament loses such a player early in it.
But there are a lot of good players out there. Like I was saying before, I think it's a Grand Slam, and a lot of people try to play their best. Sometimes they play better than they can ever play. So you always have tough matches.

Q. Your next opponent, Sara Errani, you haven't played her for a while. She's been doing well in recent months. Thoughts on that matchup.
ANA IVANOVIC: I think I played her last year or no, two years ago maybe I played her here. I remember. She's very tough opponent. She won almost ever clay court tournament this year earlier in the year, so she's definitely a clay court player.
It's going to be good challenge. I think it's very important to play like today: really aggressive and try to come in and take the ball early, take time away from her.
I still have another day to prepare and talk through with my coach because he watched that match earlier today, and see how it goes.

Q. A funny question. Many people say, Ana is so bright. She has such interesting opinions about so many different things. She thinks so much; she judges too much. Do you sometimes think you judge or think too much?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely. I can tell you I was on my own last night and I wasn't bored. Yeah, no, I sometimes get too philosophical and just go too deep into everything. Not necessarily tennis, but just everything.
I raise the questions that sometimes I like to exchange and talk to people about and just learn. I think it's amazing the way everyone works and everyone is so different and everyone has their own experience.
Me, myself, I've been so fortunate from a young age. I experienced so many different things and different cultures, different people, different views.
To challenge that and to even discuss it further, it's always lots of fun.

http://www.ubitennis.com/sport/tennis/2012/05/30/721277-ivanovic_2012_-.shtml

JAS_
Jun 1st, 2012, 02:02 PM
Back to depression

http://www.b92.net/sport/tenis/masters/vesti.php?yyyy=2012&mm=06&dd=01&nav_id=614812

gaviotabr
Jun 1st, 2012, 02:05 PM
Back to depression

http://www.b92.net/sport/tenis/masters/vesti.php?yyyy=2012&mm=06&dd=01&nav_id=614812

Did she say she gave her best? WTF?

The video of her english presser is at RG web as well: http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/multimedia/index.html

JAS_
Jun 1st, 2012, 02:09 PM
Did she say she gave her best? WTF?

The video of her english presser is at RG web as well: http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/multimedia/index.html

She said she did her best at those moments.
I wonder if she picked this up in self-help books or she is actually talking to someone...:confused:

gaviotabr
Jun 1st, 2012, 02:09 PM
She said she did her best at those moments.
I wonder if she picked this up in self-help books or she is actually talking to someone...:confused:

That's major bullshit and doesn't help her at all IMHO.

JAS_
Jun 1st, 2012, 02:16 PM
That's major bullshit and doesn't help her at all IMHO.

I think that's the first step in dealing with "coulda shoulda woulda" mentality. When someone is stuck on past mistakes, the first step to stop ruminating and wallowing in guilt is acceptance (she talked about it in some presser) - to accept that that was the best that she could have done at that moment (all things - including her bat shit crazy head - considered). Which is true in a sense: if she could have done better, she would have.
So, maybe she is addressing it. :scared:
If she is, she should continue, if she isn't she needs to start ASAP.

azdaja
Jun 1st, 2012, 02:16 PM
i actually like it that she said she has nothing to complain about and that she is not going to let this hamper her progress. somebody must have been telling her that her losses shouldn't haunt her :secret: now she needs to learn the same about lost sets, games and points and you have a player who can live up to her true potential.

gaviotabr
Jun 1st, 2012, 02:27 PM
I think that's the first step in dealing with "coulda shoulda woulda" mentality. When someone is stuck on past mistakes, the first step to stop ruminating and wallowing in guilt is acceptance (she talked about it in some presser) - to accept that that was the best that she could have done at that moment (all things - including her bat shit crazy head - considered). Which is true in a sense: if she could have done better, she would have.
So, maybe she is addressing it. :scared:
If she is, she should continue, if she isn't she needs to start ASAP.

I think acceptance is fine.. but thinking that you couldn't do best when you clearly could is limiting yourself. She just needs to learn how to use it as a motivation, as a "I won't let happen again", instead of berating herself like she does. Thinking she did the best she could makes her see herself as worse than she is, opens the door to lack of self confidence.

i actually like it that she said she has nothing to complain about and that she is not going to let this hamper her progress. somebody must have been telling her that her losses shouldn't haunt her :secret: now she needs to learn the same about lost sets, games and points and you have a player who can live up to her true potential.

I agree about this. She can't let it hamper her progress.. but should use this as motivation.

fANAtic
Jun 1st, 2012, 02:36 PM
She says this is the best she can do at the moment?WTF? Also says service decided.

JAS_
Jun 1st, 2012, 02:47 PM
Was just watching her on B92. She actually looks good and it doesn't look like she was crying. That's a great sign. She doesn't seem too sad, which is good.
She also mentioned physical condition and that her errors were a result of poor positioning. Serve was the key and says she brought Sara back to life with her mistakes. No kidding...

Says she won't play American tournos after Wimby. I think thats' what she said, not sure.:scratch:

Cajka
Jun 1st, 2012, 02:53 PM
Was just watching her on B92. She actually looks good and it doesn't look like she was crying. That's a great sign. She doesn't seem too sad, which is good.
She also mentioned physical condition and that her errors were a result of poor positioning. Serve was the key and says she brought Sara back to life with her mistakes. No kidding...

Says she won't play American tournos after Wimby. I think thats' what she said, not sure.:scratch:

Yes, I heard it too. She said that she served perfectly on the practice session, but couldn't do the same in the actual match. She said that she played a horrible game when it was 4:4 in second. I agree. She missed every return.

JAS_
Jun 1st, 2012, 05:09 PM
Watching the interview again. Said Sara disabled her from playing aggressive by hitting deep.
Uh...yeah. That's what YOU were supposed to do. :cuckoo:
Also said she was not going to play American hard court tourneys but will take a break after Wimby and then after a few weeks come back to England to prepare for Olympics.
So, this is good news? At least for people who hated her playing Rogers Cup?

Cajka
Jun 1st, 2012, 05:39 PM
Watching the interview again. Said Sara disabled her from playing aggressive by hitting deep.
Uh...yeah. That's what YOU were supposed to do. :cuckoo:
Also said she was not going to play American hard court tourneys but will take a break after Wimby and then after a few weeks come back to England to prepare for Olympics.
So, this is good news? At least for people who hated her playing Rogers Cup?

She's not skipping Rogers Cup. She's skipping Stanford and those smaller tournaments. RC and Cincy are played after OG.

gaviotabr
Jun 1st, 2012, 05:40 PM
Watching the interview again. Said Sara disabled her from playing aggressive by hitting deep.
Uh...yeah. That's what YOU were supposed to do. :cuckoo:
Also said she was not going to play American hard court tourneys but will take a break after Wimby and then after a few weeks come back to England to prepare for Olympics.
So, this is good news? At least for people who hated her playing Rogers Cup?

Rogers Cup is after Olympics.. so.. she is just saying she won't play Stanford and San Diego, as we knew already. She will just take her usual holiday after Wimbledon and then back to practice on grass for Olympics.

Sara didn't do anything out of ordinary.. Ana just stopped doing everything good she was doing in set one and started playing Sara's cat and mouse game.. on Sara's terms.. Set 1, for an example, Ana was hitting to Sara's BH and would end up getting FHs to play.. set 2, out of nowhere, she decided to push BHs DTL and FHs in in to Sara's FH, which is her best shot, and got moved around by it. It's like someone hitting only nothing shots to Ana's FH whole match.. will get burned..

JAS_
Jun 1st, 2012, 08:49 PM
Nebojsa Viskovic, the best Serbian tennis commentator according to many, and the worst according to some ;), on Ana (he really is a fan :hug:)

Iako sam doživeo sve i svašta zbog stava da sportski komentator prvo mora da bude objektivan, pa tek onda navijač, to nikad neću menjati. U tom smislu, finale Rolan Garosa 2008. godine u ženskoj konkurenciji je bio jedan od najtežih prenosa koje sam ikad radio. Ana Ivanović – Dinara Safina. Sa jedne strane emocije i ogromna želja da Ana pobedi, sa druge obaveza da sačuvam objektivnost. Taj balans između profesionalne uzdržanosti i želje da vrištim za mikrofonom je vrlo teško ubosti. A grlo mi se steglo. Jedva sam pričao, naročito dok je išla „Bože pravde“, jer je RG jedini gren slem gde se pobednicima puštaju nacionalne himne. Ana nije pevala, ali je jedna suza krenula. Ne znam da li bi Mihajlović bio zadovoljan sa takvim kompromisom...


U svakom slučaju, srpske trobojke ove godine neće biti prilikom svečane ceremonije. Bar ne posle ženskog finala. Ana je izgubila meč u kom bih posle prvog seta mogao da se zakunem da se to ne može desiti. To je bio set iz te 2008. Tad je Ivanovićeva bila prva igračica sveta. Drugi set je bio iz 2009. Treći iz 2011. Jeste njena igra padala iz gema u gem, ali budimo pošteni: Erani je bila fantastična. Uopšte, meč je bio izuzetan i, prosto, bolja je pobedila. Svaka čast Italijanki.


Iako je Anino otvaranje turnira obećavalo bar ulazak u drugu nedelju, ja ovogodišnji Garos doživljavam pre kao ohrabrenje nego razočaranje. Ona dugo traje i zato se može steći utisak da je veteranka, ali Ana ima tek 24 godine. Bila je najbolja, držala je najveće pehare, dakle zna put kojim se ponovo stiže tamo. Ono što joj sad nedostaje su finese, sitnice. Popravka jedne dovodi do popravke druge, to je lančana reakcija. Ima vremena i nema jaču konkurenciju nego tada. Zato verujem da će se vratiti.

http://blog.blic.rs/833/Ani-je-suza-krenula-tokom-himne-dovoljno

gaviotabr
Jun 1st, 2012, 09:01 PM
Nebojsa Viskovic, the best Serbian tennis commentator according to many, and the worst according to some ;), on Ana (he really is a fan :hug:)



http://blog.blic.rs/833/Ani-je-suza-krenula-tokom-himne-dovoljno

:lol:

Are you sure he is not Linguae or C6puja? :tape::lol:

Errani was fantastic? RG should be seen as encouragement? :lol: Ok..

Linguae^
Jun 1st, 2012, 10:17 PM
:lol:

Are you sure he is not Linguae or C6puja? :tape::lol:

Errani was fantastic? RG should be seen as encouragement? :lol: Ok..Yeah, how can you not be sure about that?

Cajka
Jun 2nd, 2012, 01:12 AM
Višković is IMO really good, but he loves Ana a lot, it's just stronger than him. He trusts her so much. :sad:

JAS_
Jun 2nd, 2012, 03:19 PM
Just to highlight the main point of the article (as I understand it ;)): Ana, as much as she is deemed not adequately patriotic, is, as of yet, the only Serbian tennis player who has stood under the Serbian flag while the hymn is being invoked (since the French is the only slam where they play winner's hymn). OH, irony :oh:

Višković is IMO really good, but he loves Ana a lot, it's just stronger than him. He trusts her so much. :sad:

"But" does not belong in this sentence ;)

Cajka
Jun 2nd, 2012, 03:31 PM
"But" does not belong in this sentence ;)

:lol: I'll finish the sentence: "but he loves Ana so much, so he's not the most objective journalist in the world when he writes about her. I don't think that his blog is too good, but he's a good commentator IMO, better than those other mugs.

JAS_
Jun 2nd, 2012, 03:36 PM
:lol: I'll finish the sentence: "but he loves Ana so much, so he's not the most objective journalist in the world when he writes about her. I don't think that his blog is too good, but he's a good commentator IMO, better than those other mugs.

Please, I understood what you meant the first time.
I just don't agree with it. :angel:

Ivanovic2008
Jun 2nd, 2012, 03:47 PM
I wish I had anywhere near the positivity as he does :lol:

Cajka
Jun 2nd, 2012, 04:02 PM
Please, I understood what you meant the first time.
I just don't agree with it. :angel:

Yo don't agree with "but" or you don't think that he's a good commentator? :p

Tweedle
Jun 2nd, 2012, 06:55 PM
That's a bit of a rubbish argument. The fact she was on the podium while the national anthem was played has absolutely nothing to do with her. It was out of her control. She didn't ask for the anthem to be played, it's French Open tradition. If it was another Slam she had won, she wouldn't have been the player to stand there while the anthem was played. I'm not questioning Ana's patriotism, I think she does love her country but I can't get over how stupid that argument is. And this is supposedly your best commentator? He reminds me a bit of Matt Cronin, besotted with Ana, biased in everything he says about her. That they're both men, I don't find a coincidence and it just comes off as unprofessional to me.

Cajka
Jun 2nd, 2012, 07:14 PM
That's a bit of a rubbish argument. The fact she was on the podium while the national anthem was played has absolutely nothing to do with her. It was out of her control. She didn't ask for the anthem to be played, it's French Open tradition. If it was another Slam she had won, she wouldn't have been the player to stand there while the anthem was played. I'm not questioning Ana's patriotism, I think she does love her country but I can't get over how stupid that argument is. And this is supposedly your best commentator? He reminds me a bit of Matt Cronin, besotted with Ana, biased in everything he says about her. That they're both men, I don't find a coincidence and it just comes off as unprofessional to me.

He's not sexually attracted to her :tape:, I think that he knows her since she was a child.

Anyway, I'm sorry but you missed the point, this is about something else. Few days ago a football player Ljajić was kicked out of national team because he refused to sing the anthem. Supposedly he didn't know the words. Višković said that Ana didn't sing the anthem neither, but she dropped a tear during the anthem playing, that's why the title was: "Ana dropped a tear during the anthem playing, is that enough?"

fANAtic
Jun 2nd, 2012, 07:45 PM
He's not sexually attracted to her :tape:, I think that he knows her since she was a child.

Anyway, I'm sorry but you missed the point, this is about something else. Few days ago a football player Ljajić was kicked out of national team because he refused to sing the anthem. Supposedly he didn't know the words. Višković said that Ana didn't sing the anthem neither, but she dropped a tear during the anthem playing, that's why the title was: "Ana dropped a tear during the anthem playing, is that enough?"

Yeah, right. :lol:
Let me tell you, if a man, no matter how old he is, isn't attracted to a girl as beautiful as Ana, there's something wrong with him.

JAS_
Jun 2nd, 2012, 08:38 PM
That's a bit of a rubbish argument.

There is no argument, really, neither in the original article, nor in my post. No one is making any claim.
He was talking about something entirely different, while my observation is nothing but a factual statement:

Ana, as much as she is deemed not adequately patriotic, is, as of yet, the only Serbian tennis player who has stood under the Serbian flag while the hymn is being invoked

The fact she was on the podium while the national anthem was played has absolutely nothing to do with her. It was out of her control. She didn't ask for the anthem to be played, it's French Open tradition. If it was another Slam she had won, she wouldn't have been the player to stand there while the anthem was played.

Exactly as I was saying:

(since the French is the only slam where they play winner's hymn).

Cajka
Jun 2nd, 2012, 08:58 PM
Yeah, right. :lol:
Let me tell you, if a man, no matter how old he is, isn't attracted to a girl as beautiful as Ana, there's something wrong with him.

Yes, I believe that every 50 yo woman is attracted to Safin.

azdaja
Jun 2nd, 2012, 09:16 PM
Yes, I believe that every 50 yo woman is attracted to Safin.
to be fair, men's sexuality is different ;)

but i agree that not all men will be sexually attracted to ana. most men will consider her beautiful but that's not in the same category.

Cajka
Jun 2nd, 2012, 09:24 PM
to be fair, men's sexuality is different ;)


And you were a woman. :lol:

azdaja
Jun 2nd, 2012, 09:31 PM
And you were a woman. :lol:
what do you mean?

Cajka
Jun 2nd, 2012, 11:23 PM
what do you mean?

How do you know that men's sexuality is different to women's if you didn't switch the gender? How 'bout Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher. Višković is not old, he might be 40, but, as I said, he knows her since she was a kid, assuming that he respects her only 'cause she's hot is disrespectful to both of them.

And the thought of all the men regardless of their age being attracted to a certain 24 yo isn't exactly pleasant. It makes me wonder if my 60 yo doctor is checking on my boobs when I go to examination. I don't buy that "all men are the same" rubbish, I refuse to believe such crap. My father is not attracted to Ana Ivanovic or any of my 25-30 yo friends, that's insane.

azdaja
Jun 3rd, 2012, 12:12 AM
And the thought of all the men regardless of their age being attracted to a certain 24 yo isn't exactly pleasant. It makes me wonder if my 60 yo doctor is checking on my boobs when I go to examination. I don't buy that "all men are the same" rubbish, I refuse to believe such crap. My father is not attracted to Ana Ivanovic or any of my 25-30 yo friends, that's insane.
relax, it's not that bad. but he has a point. older men will be more attracted to younger women than you might prefer.

Cajka
Jun 3rd, 2012, 12:28 AM
relax, it's not that bad. but he has a point. older men will be more attracted to younger women than you might prefer.

Well, Višković is very biased towards Novak too. Is he attracted to him too? I mean, Ana is a great and successful young woman, she's not just a piece of meat. She's a likeable player and my impression is that she has more female fans than male fans on this board, so I think that it proves that she has many qualities, she's not just a pretty face. I'm not sexually attracted to Ana and I'm a huge fan, I'm more delusional than Višković tbh.

fANAtic
Jun 3rd, 2012, 01:10 AM
You said there is no way some commentator is attracted to Ana. I'm telling you there is no way he ISN'T. Maybe you don't like it, but men of any age are attracted to young women.
I'm not saying he's her fan because of it. There are a lot of good looking girls on tour, but I'm not their fan.

Cajka
Jun 3rd, 2012, 01:26 AM
You said there is no way some commentator is attracted to Ana. I'm telling you there is no way he ISN'T. Maybe you don't like it, but men of any age are attracted to young women.
I'm not saying he's her fan because of it. There are a lot of good looking girls on tour, but I'm not their fan.

Not "some" commentator, those ES commentators drool over WTA players all the time. I'm saying that Višković knows Ana for a very long time, you can say that they are close when they talk to each other.

Obraća mu se po imenu, ne persiraju jedno drugom. Malo mi je bljutava pomisao da on piše lepo o Ani zato što se loži na nju.

He was commentating on the fact that she has had some very lucrative sponsor contracts, that she's considered to be the most beautiful tennis player, it happened many times. That's the fact, but it doesn't mean that he's horny when he sees her. When you watch someone growing up, you develop a different relationship with that person.

And I still think that the age plays a big part in all that. I can't be attracted to a guy who's much younger or older than me, there's no reason to think that there are no men who feel the same. We are all humans, it can't be that different.

Linguae^
Jun 3rd, 2012, 01:34 AM
Yeah, right. :lol:
Let me tell you, if a man, no matter how old he is, isn't attracted to a girl as beautiful as Ana, there's something wrong with him.Od, dear, this is just too much.

Cajka
Jun 3rd, 2012, 01:40 AM
Od, dear, this is just too much.

I can tell you what I read in non-tennis once. I read that there's no way that there's a man who's not attracted to other men and who doesn't want to have a gay sex. I also read that there's no way that Sharapova is straight. And you can often read that some player is overrated in looks department. Whatever that means.

fANAtic
Jun 3rd, 2012, 01:47 AM
Not "some" commentator, those ES commentators drool over WTA players all the time. I'm saying that Višković knows Ana for a very long time, you can say that they are close when they talk to each other.

Obraća mu se po imenu, ne persiraju jedno drugom. Malo mi je bljutava pomisao da on piše lepo o Ani zato što se loži na nju.

He was commentating on the fact that she has had some very lucrative sponsor contracts, that she's considered to be the most beautiful tennis player, it happened many times. That's the fact, but it doesn't mean that he's horny when he sees her. When you watch someone growing up, you develop a different relationship with that person.

And I still think that the age plays a big part in all that. I can't be attracted to a guy who's much younger or older than me, there's no reason to think that there are no men who feel the same. We are all humans, it can't be that different.

Apsolutno. Zato nikad ne vidis matorce koji po Beogradu setaju devojke od dvae's i nesto.

Cajka
Jun 3rd, 2012, 01:55 AM
Apsolutno. Zato nikad ne vidis matorce koji po Beogradu setaju devojke od dvae's i nesto.

Retko odlazim u Beograd, ali kad god vidim tako nešto (bilo gde), povraća mi se. Nemam baš liberalna shvatanja po tom pitanju iako imam liberalna shvatanja po mnogim drugim pitanjima. Ti muškarci verovatno sebi na taj način pokušavaju nešto da dokažu, kao što i iskompleksirane žene pokušavaju da izleče svoje komplekse botoksom.

gaviotabr
Jun 4th, 2012, 12:52 AM
Ana's presser after losing to Errani:

ANA IVANOVIC



Q. You got off to a great start today. What happened after that?

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I was really pleased the way I started. I was really aggressive and I create a lot of opportunities for myself.

Then I felt in the second and third set she started raising her level a lot and putting a lot more on the ball.

Also on her serve and my serve I felt I had a great rhythm on it, but I just wasn’t making enough. I mean, my serve percentage was so poor. I think that was something that determined little bit the tone for the last two sets.

Also, I was making some unforced errors when I was too flatfooted.



Q. Do you still think you have difficulty with your ball toss?

ANA IVANOVIC: Obviously sometimes, but I don’t think it was an issue today. I really felt like I had a good rhythm on it, and some double faults really came out of nowhere. Maybe I wasn’t using my legs enough.

But it’s really disappointing, because I felt like I had a game and I was playing really well. Yeah, serve really let me down. Today in the warmup I served the best I served probably ever.



Q. Obviously disappointing result. Is it more disappointing because in the rallies you seemed to be in control of the point, and then it was just a little error? What was happening somehow?

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I felt in the second set I actually drop intensity a little bit and I made some errors that really, you know, poor and I didn’t deserve to win those points.

And then I still managed to come back. But I played really lose game on 4‑All, and that kind of cost me a little bit that second set.

In the third set I was creating a lot of opportunities and missing a lot of easy, easy finishing balls. That’s something that I’m not really happy about.



Q. So does that make it even worse when you are in control, that it’s not the opponent who is playing brilliantly, but you feel you’re letting yourself down? You’ve lost yourself rather than somebody beating you?

ANA IVANOVIC: Well, in a way I feel a little bit disappointed that I did beat myself in that third set. But, still, she played good and didn’t miss a lot.

At least I was going for my shots and I was aggressive and I was doing things I should be doing. You know, it’s my game, and I have to be persistent with it.

WHAT? That 3rd set was the biggest piece of brainless tennis I've ever seen.. rushed and desperate. And the second set she was pushing like there was no tomorrow.

Linguae^
Jun 4th, 2012, 11:09 PM
She is lost in space or took some pills.

Cp6uja
Jun 5th, 2012, 12:41 AM
WHAT? That 3rd set was the biggest piece of brainless tennis I've ever seen.. rushed and desperate. And the second set she was pushing like there was no tomorrow.Ana thinking right and played her best tennis in third set, but hers best tennis after 2 hours are less of 60% of her best tennis in first hour. Her FH is not that big and movement is awful. So Errani which played whole match on same level simple outplayed Ana in final set after 3-2* when Ana died, so real wasted opportunity is during 2nd set.

Here is news where worlds TOP5 player in last 5 years Nenad Zimonjic confirmed that he will play mixed-doubles with Ana Ivanovic (its on Serbian)! (http://sport.blic.rs/rolan-garos-2012/vesti/181992/Juris-na-medalje-u-Londonu-Zimonjic-u-dva-olimpijska-dubla-sa-Jankom-i-Anom)

I'm pretty sure that Ana best chances to reach OG medal is mixed-doubles with Zimonjic. Especially if they will play it previously in Wimbledon which will be perfect preparation on same courts. Ana is hopeless and useless in doubles, but mixed-doubles is big exception of that rule (she is very solid at both Hopman Cups where played with Djokovic which is worse than Zimonjic in doubles). In mixed-doubless ATP players explore WTA players biggest weaknesses, but Ana average serve still have much more speed than majority of WTA tour and she is tall like a man (means better kick), hers net game and 1st serve return improve with Sears, and she always can seriously attack ATP 2nd serve, in mixed-doubles fitness is non-factor, and of course Zimonjic is elite partner... and don't forget that OG mixed-doubles competition (first ever in OG history) will be something more like all-stars exo of players from same country than very competitive event (for example out of all 32 mixed doubles which competed in RG this season maximum just two will play at OG: Serena/Bryan and Mirza/Bhupati - all others is not from same country or one of two players will not go in London thanks to ranking problems). So because fitness factor I give Ana better chances in singles on GS Wimbledon than OG Wimbledon (day-to-day event), but on OG Ana have good chances for good result in mixed-doubles. Favorites should to be Mirnyi/Azarenka, Serena/Bryan, Bhupati/Mirza, Hanley/Stosur, but Ana and Ziki is right there in 2nd circle of favorites.

gaviotabr
Jun 5th, 2012, 12:58 AM
Ana thinking right and played her best tennis in third set, but hers best tennis after 2 hours are less of 60% of her best tennis in first hour. Her FH is not that big and movement is awful. So Errani which played whole match on same level simple outplayed Ana in final set after 3-2* when Ana died, so real wasted opportunity is during 2nd set.

Here is news where worlds TOP5 player in last 5 years Nenad Zimonjic confirmed that he will play mixed-doubles with Ana Ivanovic (its on Serbian)! (http://sport.blic.rs/rolan-garos-2012/vesti/181992/Juris-na-medalje-u-Londonu-Zimonjic-u-dva-olimpijska-dubla-sa-Jankom-i-Anom)

I'm pretty sure that Ana best chances to reach OG medal is mixed-doubles with Zimonjic. Especially if they will play it previously in Wimbledon which will be perfect preparation on same courts. Ana is hopeless and useless in doubles, but mixed-doubles is big exception of that rule (she is very solid at both Hopman Cups where played with Djokovic which is worse than Zimonjic in doubles). In mixed-doubless ATP players explore WTA players biggest weaknesses, but Ana average serve still have much more speed than majority of WTA tour and she is tall like a man (means better kick), hers net game and 1st serve return improve with Sears, and she always can seriously attack ATP 2nd serve, in mixed-doubles fitness is non-factor, and of course Zimonjic is elite partner... and don't forget that OG mixed-doubles competition (first ever in OG history) will be something more like all-stars exo of players from same country than very competitive event (for example out of all 32 mixed doubles which competed in RG this season maximum just two will play at OG: Serena/Bryan and Mirza/Bhupati - all others is not from same country or one of two players will not go in London thanks to ranking problems). So because fitness factor I give Ana better chances in singles on GS Wimbledon than OG Wimbledon (day-to-day event), but on OG Ana have good chances for good result in mixed-doubles. Favorites should to be Mirnyi/Azarenka, Serena/Bryan, Bhupati/Mirza, Hanley/Stosur, but Ana and Ziki is right there in 2nd circle of favorites.

Bless your heart Cp6uja.. I hope Ana and Ziki manage to win a match at OG just for you. :lol:

Cp6uja
Jun 5th, 2012, 01:08 AM
Bless your heart Cp6uja.. I hope Ana and Ziki manage to win a match at OG just for you. :lol:You must to know that OG mixed-doubles are 16-draw so with opening match win they are already quarterfinalists and literarly fighting for medal already in theirs 2nd match (to reach SF)! For silver or bronze they just need 3-1 W/L record there. I really hope Ana already realize that mixed-doubles is hers best opportunity to reach OG medal in this 2012 circumstances - and for Zimonjic also, because mans doubles is 32 draw and he will play with Tipsarevic which he played just couple time in past (Davis Cup) without big success. For me Ivanovic/Zimonic is best opportunity for Serbia to reach OG medal in tennis after "sure bet" Novak Djokovic in singles.

gaviotabr
Jun 5th, 2012, 01:14 AM
You must to know that OG mixed-doubles are 16-draw so with opening match win they are already quarterfinalists and literarly fighting for medal already in theirs 2nd match (to reach SF)! For silver or bronze they just need 3-1 W/L record there. I really hope Ana already realize that mixed-doubles is hers best opportunity to reach OG medal in this 2012 circumstances - and for Zimonjic also, because mans doubles is 32 draw and he will play with Tipsarevic which he played just couple time in past (Davis Cup) without big success. For me Ivanovic/Zimonic is best opportunity for Serbia to reach OG medal in tennis after "sure bet" Novak Djokovic in singles.

Yes.. because Ana and Ziki played many times together to such great success! :spit:

I wonder how they will do it to select those 16 teams.. not many at all, and everyone and their moms seem to want to play mixed doubles at Olympics.

gaviotabr
Jun 5th, 2012, 01:27 AM
BTW, being aggressive is not about closing eyes and hitting as hard as possible, like Ana tried to do at times in the 3rd. Even rested, playing like this is brainless and you will miss 2 out of each 3 shots. Being aggressive is placing the ball and taking control of points, commiting to shots and going for them 100%.

That game a 3-2* was the biggest piece of brainless tennis I've ever seen.. Put away BH into the net.. put away FH out, put away BH turned into attempt at drop shot into the net... :help: Even if she was faiting of tiredness she didn't need to hit those shots like that.. she was actually spending more energy hitting like that.

And when Ana starts to get desperate and tired, instead of taking a breath, try to catch up, she rushes things, tries to do all even faster. That's just emotional discontrol.

Cp6uja
Jun 5th, 2012, 02:06 AM
Being aggressive is placing the ball and taking control of points, commiting to shots and going for them 100%.During 3rd set Ana probably feels that her legs have about 100 kilos and after 5th game she thinks that she is dead :shrug: Her only chances to win 3rd set against Errani is if she gave-up and tanked 2nd set after 1-3 (first set lasted less than 30 minutes) and just regroup for 3rd.

Talking about mixed-doubles You should to know that half of this 16 pairs probably also never before played together and there will play just like most popular ATP and WTA players of theirs country (maybe one of them will be doubles specialist like Zimonjic in Serbian case).

gaviotabr
Jun 5th, 2012, 02:27 AM
During 3rd set Ana probably feels that her legs have about 100 kilos and after 5th game she thinks that she is dead :shrug: Her only chances to win 3rd set against Errani is if she gave-up and tanked 2nd set after 1-3 (first set lasted less than 30 minutes) and just regroup for 3rd.

But hitting brainlessly like that.. trying to force every shot.. takes more energy than actually looking and placing the ball.. you can be agressive without being brainless and save energy at the same time. I know Ana has huge issues with fitness, and I agree she should've won in 2.. 2nd set pushing was just plain dumb.. but the desperation in the 3rd set wasn't necessary.. it just adds to make her dead tired.

Ana really should do something about her fitness.. its been a year and a half that she can't last a 3 set match.. what does it say about her that she isn't doing anything about it?

Talking about mixed-doubles You should to know that half of this 16 pairs probably also never before played together and there will play just like most popular ATP and WTA players of theirs country (maybe one of them will be doubles specialist like Zimonjic in Serbian case).

I know Kvitova said she would play with Stepanek.. then Dulko said she wanted to play with Schwank.. how do they choose? Is it like a mix of each other rankings?

gloria7
Jun 5th, 2012, 08:44 PM
Ana will talk tomorrow, in the "Ozon" Gallery, at 15.30, to elementary and secondary schools pupils, which are included in "School without Violence Program".

Ana will talk to them about Olympic values and ideals that she supports: respect, excellence and friendship. She wants to know what results and success those kids achieved in their communities and how they can build together a culture of nonviolence, solidarity and understanding for others.

Source: UNICEF Srbija

gaviotabr
Jun 5th, 2012, 08:46 PM
Ana will talk tomorrow, in the "Ozon" Gallery, at 15.30, to elementary and secondary schools pupils, which are included in "School without Violence Program".

Ana will talk to them about Olympic values and ideals that she supports: respect, excellence and friendship. She wants to know what results and success those kids achieved in their communities and how they can build together a culture of nonviolence, solidarity and understanding for others.

Source: UNICEF Srbija

Thanks. So Ana is still in Belgrade.. taking a week off after SO many matches on clay..

Cp6uja
Jun 5th, 2012, 09:42 PM
BAD NEWS: Zimonjic and Lllodra retired theirs match today.
GOOD NEWS: Its Llodra who is injured :devil:

BTW here is my tips who will play in mixed-doubles in London:

Ivanovic/Zimonjic Serbia
Azarenka/Mirnyi Belarus
Serena/B.Bryan USA
Kvitova/Stepanek Czech R.
Wozniak/Nestor Canada
Dulko/Schwank Argentina
Kirilenko/Bogomolov Russia
Pennetta/Bracciali Italy
Mirza/Bhupati India
Lisicki/Mayer Germany
Peer/Ram Israel
Radwanska/Matkowski Poland
Hantuchova/Polasek Slovakia
Medina/Nadal Spain
Stosur/Hanley Australia
Niculescu/Tecau Romania
Robson/Murray U.Kingdom

gaviotabr
Jun 5th, 2012, 10:38 PM
BAD NEWS: Zimonjic and Lllodra retired theirs match today.
GOOD NEWS: Its Llodra who is injured :devil:

BTW here is my tips who will play in mixed-doubles in London:

Ivanovic/Zimonjic Serbia
Azarenka/Mirnyi Belarus
Serena/B.Bryan USA
Kvitova/Stepanek Czech R.
Wozniak/Nestor Canada
Dulko/Schwank Argentina
Kirilenko/Bogomolov Russia
Pennetta/Bracciali Italy
Mirza/Bhupati India
Lisicki/Mayer Germany
Peer/Ram Israel
Radwanska/Matkowski Poland
Hantuchova/Polasek Slovakia
Medina/Nadal Spain
Stosur/Hanley Australia
Niculescu/Tecau Romania
Robson/Murray U.Kingdom

Venus and Huber have said they want to play mixed doubles as well.

So.. rules say it will be 12 direct acceptances out of nominations from each national association and 4 teams nominated by ITF. Only 2 teams by country can be accepted. For acceptance they will take into consideration singles and doubles rankings. The 4 teams nominated by ITF can be so random.. like Kimiko/Nishikori.

gaviotabr
Jun 5th, 2012, 10:40 PM
Here are the rules by the way.. http://content.yudu.com/Library/A1vnqf/RulesampRegsLondon20/resources/index.htm?referrerUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fcontent.yudu.co m%2FLibrary%2FA1vnqf%2FRulesampRegsLondon20%2Freso urces%2Fflipbook.swf

Only 16 seeds for singles. I hope Ana is seeded.. Could fall as far as number 15 by end of Roland Garros.

gaviotabr
Jun 6th, 2012, 02:53 PM
Found 2 articles on the Unicef event Ana took part. Both have same info.. but look at difference on headline! :lol: Second one is much more acurate.

Ivanovic: I want an Olympic medal
SOURCE. B92 | AK
The best Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic wants to win a medal at the forthcoming Olympic Games in London.

"It is a great honor for any athlete to represent his country at the Olympics. I will play this year in singles and mixed-doubles, paired with Nenad Zimonjic. It would be nice to get a medal, but I do not want to create pressure," said Ivanovic, where, as a UNICEF ambassador, promoting the "School without violence".

During interviews with elementary and high school, Ivanovic said that the sport and its values ​​"are very important for the development of children and young people."
"Sport and the values ​​that characterize it are very important for children and young people to develop confidence, learn to work in teams to solve problems together, respect each other, nurture friendships, and through the adoption of these values ​​and contribute to reducing violence in schools" she added.

Ivanovic is 14 player in the world rankings. London Olympics will be held from 27 July to 12 August.

http://www.b92.net/sport/tenis/vesti.php?yyyy=2012&mm=06&dd=06&nav_id=616238

Ivanovic: Medal in London is a desire, not obligation

BELGRADE - The best Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic said today that she looks at the Olympic Games in London, but he said he did not want to create pressure and promises himself to win a medal. "Every athlete is a great honor to represent the country in the Olympics, especially as competition to be held only every four years. London will play in the singles and mixed doubles with Nenad (Zimonjic). It would be nice to win a medal, but I do not want to create pressure, "said Ivanovic in Belgrade gallery" Ozon " where she met with students of schools in Serbia, participating in the UNICEF "School without violence". During the meetings, special attention is paid to the success that students achieve the aforementioned program in building a culture of nonviolence, to establish the spirit of solidarity and understanding of others. "Sport is a wonderful way to socialize. I have learned many life lessons through sport. and I learned to lose and to win, but to be dignified. Also, the sport has helped me to learn to understand things more realistic, "added Ivanovic. It for UNICEF National Ambassador and appointed 2007th year.

http://www.tanjug.rs/novosti1/45944/ivanovic-medalja-u-londonu-je-zelja-ne-i-obaveza.htm

azdaja
Jun 6th, 2012, 05:57 PM
Found 2 articles on the Unicef event Ana took part. Both have same info.. but look at difference on headline! :lol:
this is why i am always saying, it doesn't matter the topic, if you just read headlines and/or let journalist think for you you're fucked.

gaviotabr
Jun 7th, 2012, 08:21 PM
From Ana's web:

UNICEF event interview

Home › About Ana › Press & Interviews

Ana was interviewed by several Serbian media outlets during her UNICEF event in Belgrade yesterday. The following is a translated transcript of Ana's question-and-answer session with MTS Mondo reporter Aleksandra Petrovski:

Ana: It is a great pleasure of mine that I have the opportunity this year to take part in the Olympic Games, because it is not a small thing being a part of the team and representing your own country at the Olympics, so I am happy and I hope this year will be much more successful than 2008.

AP: And we will follow doubles with Zimonjic with added interest?
Ana: Yes, it will be very interesting, I think. Sometimes it is more fun watching doubles or mixed doubles than singles. He is great indeed in what he does and I think it will be very interesting with us having a good chance to win the medal.

AP: Athletes usually get asked when they go to the Olympics how they picture the atmosphere in the Olympic Village. Who would you like to see and meet there?
Ana: Unfortunately this year we won’t be staying in the Olympic Village because Wimbledon is quite far from the Village, so tennis players will generally be staying at Wimbledon. I am very sad about it, but I will surely try to go to the Opening ceremony and mix with other Serbian athletes.

AP: Which sport would you like to watch over there?
Ana: In Beijing in 2008 I was roommates with our female swimmers so I would like to follow them and I hope they will succeed in winning a medal.

AP: Who would you wholeheartedly support? Who has the biggest chance, apart from the tennis players?
Ana: Certainly, that is Novak. However, I do think we have a strong team and we have good chances in volleyball, water-polo and swimming and it would be really nice to meet the expectations and bring back the medals.

AP: How do you assess you own chances, both at Wimbledon and after that at the Olympics, which are held on the same surface?
Ana: Grass is a very specific surface and it is hard to predict, since everything happens so fast and it depends on the day: if the opponent has a good day the match can be pretty quick and vice versa. Currently, I feel that I am in a good shape and I will give my best and hopefully reach the second week of Wimbledon and later on.

gaviotabr
Jun 7th, 2012, 08:30 PM
Ana enjoying the Belgrade nightlife, certainly partying her 3rd round finish at RG!

WOMEN'S SINGLES AT THE NIGHTCLUB WITH HIS BROTHER
Ana does not suffer for Scott, the morning is spent in Belgrade
Tennis player Ana Ivanovic, who has recently broken up with golfer Adam Scott, the morning is spent at the opening of the Belgrade club "Central Park" in the company of his brother Milos

http://www.pressonline.rs/upload/boxImageData/2012/5/7/185170/2404-bosko-karanovic.jpg

Although rarely published, Ana was very cheerful and has never shown to suffer from the collapse of love. Beautiful tennis player all the time laughing and dancing to your favorite hits and sang, and especially happy song "New York".
Ana glowed in a black dress with discreet make-up and did not hide her delight with fireworks and confetti at midnight. In addition to Anne, the opening of this club prestoničkog attended by actress Maja Mandžuka with her ​​boyfriend Philip Zivojinovic, hostess Irina Radovic, Ivana Zaric, Ana Pendić and Kristina Radenkovic, while the host was their party colleague Mary Kilibarda. Enjoyed the nightlife and Marko Miskovic, Filip Zepter and many others.

gloria7
Jun 7th, 2012, 10:04 PM
So Marko Mišković and Filip Zepter were there....I'm paralyzed with fear. My fellow Serbs know what i'm talking about...


From Nestovise.blogspot.com ("Marko's new "target" is Ana Ivanović")

"Marko Mišković has used all his "connections" and contacts to meet with Ana Ivanović. But Ana's PR team consistently gives him explanations why he can't talk to Ana directly... She has many obligations and is just too busy. Marko is used to get everything he wants, without fighting or putting too much effort. He just wont give up. He is still trying, stubbornly, to meet and talk to Ana, hoping that she will "fall" for his charm and persistence. Marko continues to send flowers and sweets to Ana, but so far - she didn't responded. His close friends are saying he is always surrounded by local beauties: TV hosts, actresses, models and singers. They are confident that, sooner or later, Marko will win Ana's heart. He always gets what he wants. He will need a lot more skill, style and time to seduce Ana, but if he "wins" - "the sweet taste of this victory will remain long in his mouth".

Marko Mišković, born in 1981 in Kruševac,is Vicepresident and member of the Board of FC "Red Star", sponsor of FC "Napredak", executive producer of the movie "Coriolanus".He dated Emina Jahović, Jovana Nikolić, Nina Badrić...

His father, Miroslav Mišković, is the owner of Delta Holding. He is the second richest person in Serbia (behind Filip Zepter), with a wealth estimated at approximately $2 billion as of 2007. Today is considered to be a figure of great influence on the leading politicians in Serbia. He was abducted on a April 2001, but was released the next day, when the ransom (estimated at about 7 million DM) was paid 18h later.

I hope this is just a rumor...i'm scared to death.

gaviotabr
Jun 7th, 2012, 10:37 PM
So Marko Mišković and Filip Zepter were there....I'm paralyzed with fear. My fellow Serbs know what i'm talking about...


From Nestovise.blogspot.com ("Marko's new "target" is Ana Ivanović")

"Marko Mišković has used all his "connections" and contacts to meet with Ana Ivanović. But Ana's PR team consistently gives him explanations why he can't talk to Ana directly... She has many obligations and is just too busy. Marko is used to get everything he wants, without fighting or putting too much effort. He just wont give up. He is still trying, stubbornly, to meet and talk to Ana, hoping that she will "fall" for his charm and persistence. Marko continues to send flowers and sweets to Ana, but so far - she didn't responded. His close friends are saying he is always surrounded by local beauties: TV hosts, actresses, models and singers. They are confident that, sooner or later, Marko will win Ana's heart. He always gets what he wants. He will need a lot more skill, style and time to seduce Ana, but if he "wins" - "the sweet taste of this victory will remain long in his mouth".

Marko Mišković, born in 1981 in Kruševac,is Vicepresident and member of the Board of FC "Red Star", sponsor of FC "Napredak", executive producer of the movie "Coriolanus".He dated Emina Jahović, Jovana Nikolić, Nina Badrić...

His father, Miroslav Mišković, is the owner of Delta Holding. He is the second richest person in Serbia (behind Filip Zepter), with a wealth estimated at approximately $2 billion as of 2007. Today is considered to be a figure of great influence on the leading politicians in Serbia. He was abducted on a April 2001, but was released the next day, when the ransom (estimated at about 7 million DM) was paid 18h later.

I hope this is just a rumor...i'm scared to death.

Doesn't look good.. hope Ana chooses better, though she does have a thing for douchebags..

Cajka
Jun 7th, 2012, 11:03 PM
If I really believe in something, I believe that Ana would never ever give a chance to such a shady person like Mišković. If she does, I'm done with her really. Adam Scott is the best boy ever compared to Mišković. I'm not obsessed with Ana's love life, I think that her taste in men sucks, that's it. But, really, I could never ever support a player who's in any kind of relationship with the man whose father did so much damage to my country.

I love Ana a lot, but it would be the biggest disappointment ever.

gaviotabr
Jun 7th, 2012, 11:12 PM
If I really believe in something, I believe that Ana would never ever give a chance to such a shady person like Mišković. If she does, I'm done with her really. Adam Scott is the best boy ever compared to Mišković. I'm not obsessed with Ana's love life, I think that her taste in men sucks, that's it. But, really, I could never ever support a player who's in any kind of relationship with the man whose father did so much damage to my country.

I love Ana a lot, but it would be the biggest disappointment ever.

I'm sure Ana would choose better.

Cajka
Jun 7th, 2012, 11:23 PM
I'm sure Ana would choose better.

I know, but he's the son of the most powerful man in the country. I don't want to act paranoid, but I was always wondering why none of Ana's boyfriends came to Belgrade. If Mišković has been trying to seduce her since 2008... I don't know... Those people are dangerous, I really hope that he'll find his new target soon.

JAS_
Jun 8th, 2012, 06:43 AM
Miskovic :tape::sad:
Wow. Ana is attracting douchebags like there is no tomorrow.
If she gets associated with him in any way shape or form, she is going to alienate those remaining 13 Serbs that don't already hate her for being beautiful&successful and stealing JJ's slam title. Already this article is creating damage. I expect the Miskovic influenced media to start bashing Ana as a bitch as soon as she gives the final notice.
Seriously Ana get GTFO ASAP.

azdaja
Jun 8th, 2012, 08:41 AM
If I really believe in something, I believe that Ana would never ever give a chance to such a shady person like Mišković. If she does, I'm done with her really. Adam Scott is the best boy ever compared to Mišković. I'm not obsessed with Ana's love life, I think that her taste in men sucks, that's it. But, really, I could never ever support a player who's in any kind of relationship with the man whose father did so much damage to my country.

I love Ana a lot, but it would be the biggest disappointment ever.
what did his father do? is he just one of those thieving east european tycoons who got rich in the transition era or did he do even worse things?

anyway, the guy seems to be very unpleasant but from the article it seems ana is not interested.

Miskovic :tape::sad:
Wow. Ana is attracting douchebags like there is no tomorrow.
ana is attracting (almost) everyone ;) she seems to be attracted to douchebags herself, though :tape:

Iva87
Jun 8th, 2012, 11:13 AM
Marija Kilibarda opened club "Central Park"

With sprinklers, and a Frank Sinatra hit "New York, New York" on Wednesday evening was opened in Belgrade club "Central Park", hosted by popular presenter Marija Kilibarda.

Beautiful garden, near Kalemegdan is visited by nearly a thousand people, among whom were many famous people. The greatest attention has caused the arrival of Ana Ivanovic tennis player. There were also Milos Teodosic, Vanja Udovicic, Vladimir Radmanovic, Ana Pendic, Kristina Radenkovic, Irina Radovic, Ivana Zaric, Ivana Kukric and businessman Filip Zepter, while the actress Maja Mandzuka came with her boyfriend Philip Zivojinovic.

Guests of the newly opened "Central Park" enjoyed good music and great amtosferi. The hostess was shining, and even sang the hits that let the city known DJs.

Our moms and dads were once spent the evening in the restaurant "Park", so we wanted to give this place back its old glory, that guests enjoy the greenery in the city center and to bring the spirit of New York in our capital - said Marija Kilibarda.

:oh:

gloria7
Jun 8th, 2012, 03:35 PM
I don't know if Ana is friends with Miloš Teodosić, but he was watching her ( Nenad Krstić too) in Moscow, when she played Pavs. He was sitting next to Živojinović and, with some serbian businessmen,he was a guest of our embassy in Moscow. They celebrated with the entire team, our victory over Russia in Fed Cup.

Ana spent 3 weeks in april in Belgrade, 5 days before RG and 10 -12 days again, after her loss to Errani. Usually Ana visits Serbia twice in a year. In the past she said she has no privacy here, people are giving her advice about everything, there is no law and order in Serbia..and last week she said :

"I love my hometown...i love our mentality and the Belgrade life-style. It is always a great pleasure to come back to Belgrade, to spend some time with my family, friends and people who thinks like me. I think that we (Serbs) believe in family values, we are family-oriented people and that defines us, as a nation...Basel just does not have same energy as Belgrade..."

gaviotabr
Jun 8th, 2012, 03:44 PM
I don't know if Ana is friends with Miloš Teodosić, but he was watching her ( Nenad Krstić too) in Moscow, when she played Pavs. He was sitting next to Živojinović and, with some serbian businessmen,he was a guest of our embassy in Moscow. They celebrated with the entire team, our victory over Russia in Fed Cup.

Ana spent 3 weeks in april in Belgrade, 5 days before RG and 10 -12 days again, after her loss to Errani. Usually Ana visits Serbia twice in a year. In the past she said she has no privacy here, people are giving her advice about everything, there is no law and order in Serbia..and last week she said :

"I love my hometown...i love our mentality and the Belgrade life-style. It is always a great pleasure to come back to Belgrade, to spend some time with my family, friends and people who thinks like me. I think that we (Serbs) believe in family values, we are family-oriented people and that defines us, as a nation...Basel just does not have same energy as Belgrade..."

Are you trying to find out Ana's secret serbian boyfriend? :lol::spit:

She is spending an unusual time in Belgrade, which does remind me of the time she was skipping practice and tournaments to go WAGing with Adam.. but maybe she just wants to be with her family.. :shrug:

Iva87
Jun 8th, 2012, 04:05 PM
Milos Teodosic and Vanja Udovicic are great athletes and good guys. :)

Cajka
Jun 9th, 2012, 12:46 PM
what did his father do? is he just one of those thieving east european tycoons who got rich in the transition era or did he do even worse things?


He is a tycoon, but they are never just "tycoons", especially in this kind of country. Serbian tycoons are too strong, their influence is huge.

About Teodosić... He's really a sweet guy, did he break up with Maja or what? And Udovičić is hoooot! :drool:

Miljković is the hottest Serbian man ever, but that's another story. :cheer:

iva_ds87
Jun 10th, 2012, 09:21 AM
Are you trying to find out Ana's secret serbian boyfriend? :lol::spit:

She is spending an unusual time in Belgrade, which does remind me of the time she was skipping practice and tournaments to go WAGing with Adam.. but maybe she just wants to be with her family.. :shrug:


You'd probably have to ask Raonic for that, he seems to know ;) See at 1,22

ro_Fncmxieg

Cajka
Jun 10th, 2012, 09:50 AM
You'd probably have to ask Raonic for that, he seems to know ;) See at 1,22

ro_Fncmxieg

We saw it already, but I think that he's not updated. Ana broke up with Adam after Miami and she always tries her best to hide details from her love life.

InsideOut.
Jun 10th, 2012, 10:58 AM
You'd probably have to ask Raonic for that, he seems to know ;) See at 1,22

ro_Fncmxieg

Milos is so much hotter in this video than he looks on court. :oh: I love how he changed 'sexiest' player to 'most attractive' player - after all, Ana is not a plaything or a sex toy, she is a work of art :worship:

gaviotabr
Jun 14th, 2012, 02:33 PM
It seems Ana had a phonecall with media today.. some tweets:

Stephanie Myles ‏@OpenCourt
Ana Ivanovic says she took 10 days off after the French Open, just hitting on grass now.

Stephanie Myles ‏@OpenCourt
Ivanovic also said she'll take a wk off after Wimbledon-trying to get little breaks in this Olympic year without the natural post-W vacay.

Brodie ‏@MindTheRacket
Just on the phone with Ivanovic. Very excited about playing the Olympics, considered missing Beijing one of the hardest parts of her career.

Brodie ‏@MindTheRacket
Ivanovic jokes that everyone is so excited about the Olympics that not many people are taking the transition to hard courts seriously.


:facepalm:

10 days off after RG.. not that we didn't know that.. but really.. I mean.. not even Sharapova or Vika who have been playing a whole lot this year take so much time off. Ana already took 5 days off before RG.. now 10 days off after.. it just shows she doesn't feel like playing. And Nigel lets her slack off at will.. that's why she hasn't fired him.

That joke about transition to hard court.. it can only mean SHE isn't taking that transition seriously..

We really shouldn't ask for more, because Ana is clearly happy with this average stuff as long as she can play a week and take 2 off, play a week and take 2 off.. :o

gaviotabr
Jun 14th, 2012, 04:09 PM
Google translation:

Tennis | Rogers Cup
"It's a special tournament for me" - Ana Ivanovic


QMI Agency
Alexandre Parent
14/06/2012 11:49

Ana Ivanovic
Photo Pascal Guyot / AFP


MONTREAL - After ignores the 2010 Rogers Cup in Montreal, Ana Ivanovic of Serbia said he was very feverish to return to the city where she won her first major tournament career.
In 2006, the Serb had a little surprised everyone by winning the title at Uniprix Stadium, defeating in the final one of the legends of women's tennis, Martina Hingis of Switzerland. Relatively unknown despite the fact that it was the 13th seeded tournament, Ivanovic had won the hearts of Montreal fans by his attack while tennis and refreshing spontaneity.

"The Montreal tournament is very special to me, Ivanovic said Thursday morning during a conference call. I remember so well from 2006 and these are memories that I cherish. "

In 2008, the Serb came to Montreal as a favorite of the tournament, but fell pavilion in the third round against Austria's Tamira Paszek. Then, the one that won the tournament at Roland Garros earlier that year had chosen to overlook the test of the Rogers Cup in Montreal in 2010. A dispute with the tournament director Eugene Lapierre was behind all this.

"It was very hard for me not to return in 2010, admitted the player of 24 years. However, everything is behind me and I am eager to return to this city that I love. I hope to have a good tournament, it would mean a lot to me. "

Wimbledon and the Olympics

Like most of the best players in the world, Ivanovic, currently ranked 14th in the WTA, will live a fairly been loaded. The second major tournament of the year, Roland Garros, has just ended, which means that the grass court season now in full swing, with, at its peak, Wimbledon. Follow the London Olympics, again on turf and again at the All England Club.

"I had to retire (due to injury) for the 2008 Games and is one of my most painful memories, said Ivanovic. I am extremely proud to represent my country and I hope to win a medal. "

She who is a native of Belgrade will participate in the competition of course simple, but also that of the mixed doubles with his compatriot Nenad Zimonjic. The latter was the doubles partner of Canadian Daniel Nestor, between 2007 and 2010, mainly.

Calendar loaded

This year 2012 is a special for all tennis players, because of the Olympics. The schedule found in the latter consequently overloaded.

"Even if (the schedule) is responsible, I think everyone is excited by the Olympics and no one thinks too much overwork."

Rogers Cup in Montreal that much of Toronto, will begin immediately after the Olympic tournament. However, to allow players a breather, the main draw of the event Canadian professional tennis circuit kicks off on Tuesday, instead of the traditional Monday. This course will involve an end late, while the final will be presented on Monday evening following (instead of Sunday afternoon).

"I think it's a good idea. In 2006, I won the tournament on Monday (due to rain), "laughed the friendly Serb.

The Rogers Cup in Montreal will be presented from 4 to 13 August.

After the drought, the results

Ana Ivanovic of Serbia won his first major tournament on the WTA, in Montreal in 2006 at the age of 18.

Then, his first triumph at a major event occurred a year and a half later, when she was needed at Roland Garros, with the number one spot in the world as a bonus.

If the injuries, changing coaches and lack of confidence in his game were subsequently stained the career of the Serb, the results seem to be back now.

Indeed, in 2010, Ivanovic pointed around the 60th largest in the world, a special situation because its not so long climb to the top of the hierarchy of women's tennis.

"My association with Nigel (Sears, his coach since July 2011) helped me a lot, said it is currently 14th in the world.

"My game is constantly improving and I want to win big tournaments again. I know I can do. "Without being extraordinary, the Serb would have it since the beginning of the 2012 season, so now she knocks at the door of the top 10.

"We now have I managed to win these games against the best," she continued.

It must be said that it bothered them more often than not since January. But his only triumph worthy of the name occurred in the Indian Wells tournament in California in March, when she reached the semifinals, he passed away from Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and the French Marion Bartoli before losing to Russian Maria Sharapova, on withdrawal.

http://fr.canoe.ca/sports/nouvelles/tennis/archives/2012/06/20120614-114946.html

Doing press for Rogers Cup.. :facepalm:

I'm not even going to comment on the content of it.. Good luck to Ana in trying to win those big tournaments by taking holidays every week and not being able to last a 3 set match. :tape::help:

Cajka
Jun 14th, 2012, 04:48 PM
he passed away :hysteric:

gaviotabr
Jun 14th, 2012, 05:09 PM
Rogers Cup tennis: Ana Ivanovic hopes for new 'amazing' Montreal memories


BY STEPHANIE MYLES, THE GAZETTE JUNE 14, 2012 1:00 PM



Ana Ivanovic of Serbia returns in her third round match against Sara Errani of Italy at the French Open tennis tournament in Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Friday June 1, 2012.
Photograph by: Christophe Ena , AP
The last time Ana Ivanovic was in Montreal, she exited in tears.

Unsure of her participation in the 2008 Rogers Cup because of a thumb injury, yet eager to return to the site of her first major tournament victory as the new No. 1 player in the world, she played.

Ivanovic lost to Tamira Paszek of Austria, and then was forced to miss the Beijing Olympics because of the injury.

Four years later, she’ll finally return.

“Montreal has always been a very special tournament for me. I still remember winning it in 2006 very vividly, and beating Martina (Hingis) in the final on Monday. It’s been amazing memories,” Ivanovic said on a conference call Thursday. “Very unfortunate about last time in 2010 that I missed, but I’m looking forward to coming back and playing again.

“Obviously it’s a tough schedule making it right after Olympics, but I’m very excited, and I hope I can make it again a very good tournament for me,” she added.

The last time the women were here in 2010, Ivanovic’s stock had fallen and she needed a wild card to get into the main draw.

Tournament director Eugene Lapierre declined to offer her one, saying the Québécois players were a better drawing card for the event and suggesting Ivanovic was better off playing the qualifying anyway.

This did not go over well with Ivanovic’s fans, who didn’t buy the reasoning despite its legitimacy.

But Lapierre’s rather harsh career advice was another matter.

“To be honest, it was a little bit hurtful back in 2010, but it’s behind us. As much as it was a hurtful then, I still had plenty of nice memories so I really wanted to reflect on that. What happened, it was in the past,” Ivanovic said. “The tournament director has apologized about what happened, so I really hope we can all put it behind us. I’m really happy to see the fans again.”

Lapierre, rather unusually, moderated the conference call. He even introduced Ivanovic and listed her many achievements before she took questions.

Ivanovic’s results when the women’s event has been in Toronto haven’t been particularly noteworthy. But her efforts at the Rogers Cup in Montreal have been a microcosm of her career.

In 2006, an up-and-comer but hardly a household name, she won the event.

Ivanovic didn’t face any top-10 players that year – the Rogers Cup fields, especially for the women, were rife with late cancellations from top players in those days. But she defeated No. 14 Dinara Safina in the semifinal, and No. 12 Hingis in the final, in routine fashion.

When she returned in 2008, Ivanovic was the French Open champion and the No. 1 player in the world.

But the thumb injury hampered her. After defeating then-unknown Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in her first match, she lost to Paszek and, after a tearful press conference, began a tumble from the top of the tennis mountain.

Thus began a two-year period of nagging injuries, with the resulting lack of confidence and inconsistent results.

In 2010, ranked around No. 60, Ivanovic had received wild cards from several events as she tried to make her way back. But not Montreal.

She’s currently ranked No. 14 so not only will she be back, she’ll likely be seeded.

So what’s in store for 2012?

“I definitely hope it will be like 2006 coming back. This is a new year, and a new opportunity,” Ivanovic said. “I’ve been more consistent in my results and playing better, so really hope I can have a great tournament. It would mean a lot to me.”

Back in 2006, Ivanovic won her rain-delayed final on a Monday.

This year, because of the Olympic schedule, the final is scheduled for Monday night.

http://www.canada.com/sports/Rogers+tennis+Ivanovic+hopes+amazing+Montreal+memo ries/6782246/story.html

gaviotabr
Jun 14th, 2012, 05:09 PM
he passed away :hysteric:

Who?

Cajka
Jun 14th, 2012, 05:30 PM
Who?

"He passed away from Caroline Wozniacki"

Sounds like CW is a disease. :bigcry:

Google translate. :lol:

gaviotabr
Jun 14th, 2012, 05:41 PM
"He passed away from Caroline Wozniacki"

Sounds like CW is a disease. :bigcry:

Google translate. :lol:

Ah!

:lol:

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gaviotabr
Jun 15th, 2012, 12:26 AM
Ana Ivanovic is excited about the Olympics
June 14, 2012 By Tennis Panorama News

By Brodie McPhee
For anyone involved with tennis, players, coaches, and fans alike, it is one of the most exciting times of the year. Arguably, it may be one of the most exciting times we have ever seen. Along with the schedule shake up that happens once every four years, the Olympics will be held on the Wimbledon grass, extending the grass season to an abnormally long length. The switch back to hard courts will be as immediate as the switch from clay to grass, and will take place in Canada nearly immediately after the Olympics.

For Ana Ivanovic, she will have the chance to play in both the Olympics and Montreal, two tournaments that will be very special for her. “I’m very very excited. It was one of the toughest points of my career when I had to pull out of the 2008 Olympics because of my injury. I really hope I can go far. Obviously it’s going to be a long season and on grass too. But I hope I can go far and hopefully bring a medal for my country.”

The 2006 version of the Rogers Cup was Ivanovic’s coming out party, taking the tournament by storm and showing that she had both the talent and the personality to become a WTA superstar. “Montreal has always been a very special tournament for me. I’m looking forward to coming back and playing again. It’s a tough schedule after the Olympics but I’m very excited.” With the most visited website in all of the WTA, Ivanovic will once again be a fan favorite amongst Canadians. “It’s pretty amazing. It’s always nice to have the support.”

Navigating this time of year will be difficult for all players and their teams, Ivanovic and coach Nigel Sears included. “We’ve been talking a lot about a plan. Not only do we have Olympics but we have the Fed Cup final. It does add to the year. I really feel it is important to take some time off after Wimbledon. After Wimbledon I will get a week off, and then have a couple weeks preparation for Olympics.”

Ivanovic will be involved in the women’s singles as well as the first ever edition of mixed doubles with compatriot Nenad Zimonjic. Mixed doubles will run as late as Sunday and both Montreal and Toronto editions of the Rogers Cup have adjusted the schedule to give players an extra day to adjust to the time and surface difference. “It’s very important to give players that extra day to adjust.”

Ivanovic mentioned several times that the most difficult switch is in fact the jet lag, not the surface change. “It depends. After French Open I haven’t practiced for 10 days. Now that I step on grass, it’s not that tough of a transition. We adjust our movement immediately. I think its going to be tough with the time difference… and the surface change. We are all in the same position.”

Ivanovic also realized that not many of her fellow players had considered the quick schedule turn around yet. “Everyone is so excited about Olympics that not many people are thinking about how big the gap is. There’s so much positive excitement so no one is really taking that gap seriously [laughs].”

Having made the 2007 Wimbledon semifinals, Ivanovic should like her chances at Wimbledon and the Olympics on the back of a successful 2012 so far. “I really want to get to the point where I can win big events again. I still need to improve my serve and my consistency overall. The last few times I played Sharapova and Azarenka, I felt I came close. It’s these types of matches I need to win to feel I believe again in the top 5 again.”

http://www.tennispanorama.com/archives/27401

Everytime I read she didn't practice for 10 whole days after that disaster of a match at RG, I get pissed.. can't help myself.. how does Nigel let her slack off this much? :fiery: How does she want to "get to a point to win big events again" if she takes more time off than play? :tape:

Cajka
Jun 15th, 2012, 12:29 AM
What bugs me is her idea that taking a week off after Wimbledon is very important. Important for what? How does that help?

gaviotabr
Jun 15th, 2012, 12:35 AM
What bugs me is her idea that taking a week off after Wimbledon is very important. Important for what? How does that help?

She always takes holidays after Wimbledon.. like half a season is gone, time for holidays.. most top players do, so I can get that. Except Ana is not a top player.

Taking time off after RG.. 10 days no less.. is what is so WTF??? Nobody does that.. and really it makes no sense whatsoever. What is she resting so much from? Its not like she had any good run in any clay tournament.. not only she took 10 days off after playing all of 12 matches in 3 months, she also took 5 days off right before RG. So in all... she practiced for 7 days and took 15 days off before, after and during RG. No wonder she didn't have legs in that 3rd set.

gaviotabr
Jun 15th, 2012, 12:39 AM
And before talking about top 5, she should try making it to top 10. I mean.. saying she got close to beating Sharapova and Azarenka when she lost both matches in straight sets is also.. :help:

Sometimes I wonder what is in Ana's head.. she speaks SO much :bs:.. But Nigel letting her slack off like this is even more :bs:, but I guess its only reason he is still her coach.

Maybe one day she will realize the things she is doing just isn't compatible with any of the things she says she wants.. but sometimes I just think she will never realize that, and when her career ends with nothing more that's worth a mention being acomplished, she will shrug it off to not being meant to be or something alike.. :help:

gaviotabr
Jun 15th, 2012, 12:40 AM
And.. the article in french underlines how the only result worth mentioning that Ana had this year was the semis at IW.. at first read I thought it was a bit harsh.. but its completely true.

Cajka
Jun 15th, 2012, 12:44 AM
She always takes holidays after Wimbledon.. like half a season is gone, time for holidays.. most top players do, so I can get that. Except Ana is not a top player.

Maybe when it's a regular season, but not this time. Why would she do that? :shrug: Only if she bombs out in R1 I could understand that she would need some time off, but with some, let's say, R4 or QF there would be a sign that she can make a good result at Olympics. Why taking a vacation in the moment that can make a big difference? :shrug:

Taking time off after RG.. 10 days no less.. is what is so WTF??? Nobody does that.. and really it makes no sense whatsoever. What is she resting so much from? Its not like she had any good run in any clay tournament.. not only she took 10 days off after playing all of 12 matches in 3 months, she also took 5 days off right before RG. So in all... she practiced for 7 days and took 15 days off before, after and during RG. No wonder she didn't have legs in that 3rd set.

When I heard that she took 5 days off after Rome, I thought it wasn't a big deal. But this new vacation... Even if I try to understand it, she doesn't need more than a week off. But the time off after Wimbledon really bugs me. She hasn't even started training on a grass properly, but she's already thinking about taking a break. Really?

gaviotabr
Jun 15th, 2012, 12:49 AM
Maybe when it's a regular season, but not this time. Why would she do that? :shrug: Only if she bombs out in R1 I could understand that she would need some time off, but with some, let's say, R4 or QF there would be a sign that she can make a good result at Olympics. Why taking a vacation in the moment that can make a big difference? :shrug:

When I heard that she took 5 days off after Rome, I thought it wasn't a big deal. But this new vacation... Even if I try to understand it, she doesn't need more than a week off. But the time off after Wimbledon really bugs me. She hasn't even started training on a grass properly, but she's already thinking about taking a break. Really?

It all adds up to seem like Ana just doesn't want to be playing tennis.. if she wanted it, why would she be taking more time off than practicing/playing? Why would she be thinking about taking more time off when she just took 10 days? She is just not really into it.

Cajka
Jun 15th, 2012, 12:57 AM
It all adds up to seem like Ana just doesn't want to be playing tennis.. if she wanted it, why would she be taking more time off than practicing/playing? Why would she be thinking about taking more time off when she just took 10 days? She is just not really into it.

There's something about Belgrade, she didn't use to go home so often. I mean, she could've gone elsewhere to take a vacation, but she decided to come home. I don't think it's a new bf, the rumors spread too fast. For some reason, she enjoys the time with her family and friends (riding a bike with parents, having a coffee with a friend, going out with Miloš). It looks like a thing that a brokenhearted girl would do.

gaviotabr
Jun 15th, 2012, 01:00 AM
There's something about Belgrade, she didn't use to go home so often. I mean, she could've gone elsewhere to take a vacation, but she decided to come home. I don't think it's a new bf, the rumors spread too fast. For some reason, she enjoys the time with her family and friends (riding a bike with parents, having a coffee with a friend, going out with Miloš). It looks like a thing that a brokenhearted girl would do.

Maybe when she broke up with Adam it was him dumping her and it was a painful break up.. :shrug:

Still isn't an excuse for running away from tennis once again. She should be more of a professional.. oh, wait! Ana said that when people told her tennis was her job, she just didn't want to do it.. :tape::o

Cajka
Jun 15th, 2012, 01:06 AM
Maybe when she broke up with Adam it was him dumping her and it was a painful break up.. :shrug:

Still isn't an excuse for running away from tennis once again. She should be more of a professional.. oh, wait! Ana said that when people told her tennis was her job, she just didn't want to do it.. :tape::o

When did she say that tennis was a job she didn't want to do?

gaviotabr
Jun 15th, 2012, 01:17 AM
When did she say that tennis was a job she didn't want to do?

In an interview this year.. she said that when she started to struggle, people would say tennis was her job and that it changed the whole way she saw tennis.. that it became a burden instead of a game she had fun with... that she didn't want to do it.. and that now she was starting to see tennis as a game again and have fun with it.

I was trying to find the exact quote.. but there are a lot of articles missing from this thread.. not all were posted here..

I have a lot of issues with that quote.. tennis is her job and she shouldn't make it a negative thing because of it. She owns tennis some professionalism, which she lacks a lot of times.

Cajka
Jun 15th, 2012, 01:27 AM
It is her job, that's why she shouldn't treat it as a hobby. That's what she was born for and her career won't last long. When she retires, she'll be a young, beautiful and rich woman who can enjoy the life that is just starting. That's true, the real life starts in thirties, that's when we all start doing something in our life. Well, she is in a better position, she won't have to worry about many things that ordinary people have to worry about, she'll have everything and she'll still be young. That's why this is the time to make big things, she won't have that opportunity later, but she'll have a plenty of time to ride a bike and go out.

gaviotabr
Jun 15th, 2012, 01:31 AM
It is her job, that's why she shouldn't treat it as a hobby. That's what she was born for and her career won't last long. When she retires, she'll be a young, beautiful and rich woman who can enjoy the life that is just starting. That's true, the real life starts in thirties, that's when we all start doing something in our life. Well, she is in a better position, she won't have to worry about many things that ordinary people have to worry about, she'll have everything and she'll still be young. That's why this is the time to make big things, she won't have that opportunity later, but she'll have a plenty of time to ride a bike and go out.

Exactly.. when all is said and done in her career, she will regret neglecting it so many times and for so long.. And it is a job, her work, which means she should threat it with more respect and professionalism. That she associates it being a job to something negative is worrisome.. It is positive that she can have something she supposedly likes as a job, not everyone is this privileged.

BTW, this is the quote:

"When I started playing tournaments, it was always like a game for me. I loved the tennis, then people were telling me ‘That’s your work’, which completely changed the way I saw tennis and competition – it became a burden for me. I am now starting to enjoy tennis, just like when I first came on the Tour."

It was part of one of her interviews to newspapers in Dubai.

Cajka
Jun 15th, 2012, 01:39 AM
Exactly.. when all is said and done in her career, she will regret neglecting it so many times and for so long.. And it is a job, her work, which means she should threat it with more respect and professionalism. That she associates it being a job to something negative is worrisome.. It is positive that she can have something she supposedly likes as a job, not everyone is this privileged.


Exactly, it's your job, you love it and it can bring you enough money to live like a God for the rest of your life. I understand that it's difficult to travel all the time, not being able to see your family and the love life will always be neglected and she needs a bf. But this is the time when career should be a priority, it's clear that Kim can't have the regular schedule, having a child is something else. But Ana should really give her best + she'll still have a plenty of time to enjoy her life. The life of a pro isn't easy, but it's far from a nightmare.

gaviotabr
Jun 15th, 2012, 01:40 AM
New diary:

Spring update

Home › About Ana › Diary

I wasn't sure if I should call this a summer update or spring: it is June, after all, but I've just arrived in London and it's hard to say that it's summer!

Everyone is telling me what terrible weather it's been in England lately: I hope it improves in time for the grass court season but it doesn't look very promising.

Mind you, it wouldn't feel like England if it was amazing sunshine every day: I have become used to this weather during all the trips I've made here since I was a junior.

The French Open was a frustrating tournament for me: I played some great tennis for two-and-half matches but I feel like I missed an opportunity. On the positive side I take confidence from the good tennis I played and I feel like I'm not too far away from putting it all together in a tournament and going far.

Maybe the biggest improvement I've made in the past year has been with my serve and that's obviously very important for the grass. Serving well and being able to stay low on the ball in the rallies are two of the keys to success on this surface. I guess you can say that patience is also very important, because you do have to put up with a lot of rain delays, as we did in Birmingham last year.

One of the highlights of the summer, off the court, is the player party on Thursday before Wimbledon begins. It's held at the Roof Gardens in London and it's a beautiful location, but it's an outdoor venue and when it rains, the indoor areas get so packed.

Unfortunately this was the case last year: it was hard to move, so I went home early. The year before, I stayed almost till they closed!

This summer is going to be quite strange, playing at Wimbledon twice in the same month, for two huge tournaments. To be honest I don't know what to expect from the Olympics: I've been told that the site will quite different from the Wimbledon tournament.

I'm excited by the challenges ahead. I'm definitely moving in the right direction and hopefully I can make a big impact here.

Love
Ana

:facepalm: We already know where she is planning to be next thursday and it isn't in Eastbourne.

gaviotabr
Jun 15th, 2012, 01:42 AM
Exactly, it's your job, you love it and it can bring you enough money to live like a God for the rest of your life. I understand that it's difficult to travel all the time, not being able to see your family and the love life will always be neglected and she needs a bf. But this is the time when career should be a priority, it's clear that Kim can't have the regular schedule, having a child is something else. But Ana should really give her best + she'll still have a plenty of time to enjoy her life. The life of a pro isn't easy, but it's far from a nightmare.

Yes.. the thing is when she sees it as a job it becomes something negative.. Why? Just because its a job? Having a job, and one you like, is a damn good thing.. should be positive.. and bring professionalism and seriousness.

Cajka
Jun 15th, 2012, 01:51 AM
Izzy-Ana:
The French Open was a frustrating tournament for me: I played some great tennis for two-and-half matches but I feel like I missed an opportunity.



Србија-Ana:
On the positive side I take confidence from the good tennis I played and I feel like I'm not too far away from putting it all together in a tournament and going far.

gaviotabr
Jun 15th, 2012, 02:04 AM
Izzy-Ana:



Србија-Ana:

:lol: Good analysis...

I just have one more thing to say about that diary entry.. How on Earth does she think the serve is the biggest improvement she made? WTF? At RG it was ultimate catastrophe.

Cajka
Jun 15th, 2012, 02:45 AM
:lol: Good analysis...

I just have one more thing to say about that diary entry.. How on Earth does she think the serve is the biggest improvement she made? WTF? At RG it was ultimate catastrophe.

She's not struggling with the toss so much and she doesn't make so many dfs. I guess it means something for her confidence.

gaviotabr
Jun 15th, 2012, 02:49 AM
She's not struggling with the toss so much and she doesn't make so many dfs. I guess it means something for her confidence.

But its not effective at all.. its easy pickings for any decent opponent. She was actually serving better this time last year.

doni1212
Jun 15th, 2012, 02:51 AM
How far is the party from Eastbourne? To be honest, I've been looking forward to the party! :lol:
It's always fun to see the outfits and then the "top" (popular) players always take pictures together. I'm getting ready to change my avy to one of the years from the party.

Cajka
Jun 15th, 2012, 03:12 AM
Doni, I must admit that they all look like witches in your avi and sig. :lol: Pretty witches, if that helps. :lol:

gaviotabr
Jun 15th, 2012, 03:14 AM
How far is the party from Eastbourne? To be honest, I've been looking forward to the party! :lol:
It's always fun to see the outfits and then the "top" (popular) players always take pictures together. I'm getting ready to change my avy to one of the years from the party.

Quite far. She can't go to the party if she is still in the tournament... which means she will play herself out of it by wednesday. A little professionalism is sorely missed at these moments.. but priorities are priorities and this party seems to be a bigger one than the Eastbourne tournament. :facepalm:

Cajka
Jun 15th, 2012, 03:24 AM
Quite far. She can't go to the party if she is still in the tournament... which means she will play herself out of it by wednesday. A little professionalism is sorely missed at these moments.. but priorities are priorities and this party seems to be a bigger one than the Eastbourne tournament. :facepalm:

OK, let's not bash on her in advance. :lol: We'll have a plenty of time to bitch about her poor commitment if she loses early. :lol:

gaviotabr
Jun 15th, 2012, 03:37 AM
OK, let's not bash on her in advance. :lol: We'll have a plenty of time to bitch about her poor commitment if she loses early. :lol:

By then, the only posible comment will be: "expected loss.. lets see her party dress! I bet its Matthew Williamson!"

doni1212
Jun 15th, 2012, 04:03 AM
Doni, I must admit that they all look like witches in your avi and sig. :lol: Pretty witches, if that helps. :lol:

Okkkkk, :lol:

Quite far. She can't go to the party if she is still in the tournament... which means she will play herself out of it by wednesday. A little professionalism is sorely missed at these moments.. but priorities are priorities and this party seems to be a bigger one than the Eastbourne tournament. :facepalm:

Damn. Welllll, we'll see what happens! :lol:
All you guys suggest that we keep expectations low when it comes to her and I've never been able to because I know what she's capable of but after the French?!! My expectations are lower than they've ever been. I'm still not over that. I've been avoiding Anapolis because of it, :o

Cajka
Jun 15th, 2012, 04:06 AM
Doni, have you become Masha's fan? :hearts:

doni1212
Jun 15th, 2012, 04:14 AM
Doni, have you become Masha's fan? :hearts:

I'm kind of a closet fan. I hesitate to call myself a real fan right now, :lol:
I really hope that her and Serena can become real friends off the court. Each year, their relationship gets less colder! :yeah:

gaviotabr
Jun 16th, 2012, 11:15 PM
Sears offers Ivanovic a clearer future path
Former champion climbs rankings with British coach
PAUL NEWMAN SUNDAY 17 JUNE 2012

At the age of 24, Ana Ivanovic is working with the sixth coach of her professional career, without counting the adidas coaches to whom she has turned temporarily in the all-too-frequent periods when she has been seeking fresh guidance. Those who do not know the former French Open champion could be forgiven for presuming she is a prickly prima donna who blames anyone but herself when things go wrong, but you would struggle to find anyone in the sport with a warmer and kinder disposition.

So how come Ivanovic sacks coaches as regularly as a power-mad football chairman?

"I made some choices that weren't right in the past," the former world No 1 admitted. "It cost me in terms of my confidence and everything. But I think that some things happen for a reason and I think it was my fault as much as someone else's. I'm just happy now that I've found the right person and that I didn't give up, because it has been hard at times."

The "right person" is Nigel Sears, arguably the most experienced British coach in tennis. Sears, 55, used to work with some of Britain's leading men, including Jeremy Bates and Mark Petchey, but latterly he has worked almost exclusively with women. He coached Amanda Coezter and Daniela Hantuchova and spent five years as head coach of women's tennis at the Lawn Tennis Association, until Ivanovic came calling last summer.

The relationship between players and coaches is often more fraught in the women's game. Men can change their coaches as frequently – Andy Murray has had at least six in his senior career – but the relationships are usually more straightforward. In the women's game they are often complicated by the fact that there are many more fathers who coach or at least retain a strong degree of control. Men are usually coached by men – with one or two notable exceptions – and so are women.

The itinerant life of a professional means that player and coach often spend more hours in each other's company than they would in most other sports. Ivanovic has sometimes felt uncomfortable with the intensity of her relationship with her coaches.

"Our job is quite strange in that we hire a coach and therefore we're the boss," she said. "But coaches tell us what to do, and I think some coaches might struggle with the idea of a girl being the boss and telling them, 'I don't want to see you now. I want to have some time to myself.' So many coaches try to hold on and are too controlling – and that doesn't make for a healthy relationship. That's why I think you find a big difference in the relationship between men and their coaches and between women and their coaches."

Sears and Ivanovic agree it helps that he has a daughter (Kim, Murray's long-term girlfriend) of the same age. "I think it's very important to keep some distance, so that once you go on the court you can become more professional," Ivanovic said. "He really respects it if I want to spend time with my friends and don't want to have breakfast, lunch and dinner with him. There are times when the only people you spend time with are the people in your team. That's hard, because I think, 'I'm a girl. I want to hang out with other girls. I just want to be a normal young woman.' "

Sears understands. "We have a good professional working relationship and we give each other some space," he said. "I've learned over the years that this is a healthy thing."

According to Sears, "every day is different" with women players. "More than anything, you're dealing with a greater swing of emotions," he said. "I'm not saying that in a negative way, but you have to be sensitive to that. You also have to figure out what women respond to and perhaps be a little bit more sensitive than you would be when dealing with men. You can probably afford to be a little bit more direct with the men in terms of communication. I think you have to practise your listening skills with women. I'm really happy I'm now working at a time when I've had a lot of experience. Believe me, I draw on that experience every day."

Nevertheless, Ivanovic says she likes the fact that Sears, like her, is a perfectionist who is not afraid to criticise.

"Most of the coaches just tell you, 'No, no, you're doing well. This is fine.' But I actually want someone who will tell me what I didn't do right, so that I can improve."

After some difficult times following her annus mirabilis in 2008, Ivanovic has climbed back to No 14 in the world rankings.

"I enjoy working with Nigel and I think we've found a balance between what's enough and what's too much," she said.

Sears prefers never to look too far ahead. "I feel that she's made some good steady progress, that there's been some substance to it both in the way she's played and also in her results and ranking," he said. "You always feel that there is more to do but at this stage, within the time frame, I feel that it's gone pretty well."

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/sears-offers-ivanovic-a-clearer-future-path-7856536.html

Cajka
Jun 16th, 2012, 11:54 PM
Nigel gives her some space, that's why she didn't fire him. Honestly, considering her commitment, he did a great job. If it depended only on him, she would already be a top 8 player, but she's obviously not ready to give her best.

18majors
Jun 17th, 2012, 12:04 AM
Nigel gives her some space, that's why she didn't fire him. Honestly, considering her commitment, he did a great job. If it depended only on him, she would already be a top 8 player, but she's obviously not ready to give her best.

Ana has the talents, she will reach top 4 in time.

Cajka
Jun 17th, 2012, 12:11 AM
Ana has the talents, she will reach top 4 in time.

If the talent was what it takes for big things, Gasquet would be a multiple slam winner and Nadal would never win anything outside of clay. But Gasquet is a journeyman, while Nadal has a CGS. At least, we can say that Ana won a slam and reached the #1 position, but she's still one of the biggest disappointments in women's tennis in the last 20 years. The biggest disappointment is still Nicole.

Cp6uja
Jun 17th, 2012, 12:25 AM
"I enjoy working with Nigel and I think we've found a balance between what's enough and what's too much," she said.
This must be some mistake - she probalbly say something like "we've found a balance between what's enough and what is not enough"! Right?

;) :ignore:



Here is Ana interview (in Serbian) mostly about hers history at Rogers Cup (http://www.sportal.rs/news.php?news=76394)
Sorry guys, but I don't want to translate this article :bigwave:

At 24 Ana remind me on someone like this:
http://www.brilliantstarts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/girl_butterfly.jpg
It is a great compliment and big criticism in the same time from me ( :angel: & :banghead: )

18majors
Jun 17th, 2012, 12:26 AM
If the talent was what it takes for big things, Gasquet would be a multiple slam winner and Nadal would never win anything outside of clay. But Gasquet is a journeyman, while Nadal has a CGS. At least, we can say that Ana won a slam and reached the #1 position, but she's still one of the biggest disappointments in women's tennis in the last 20 years. The biggest disappointment is still Nicole.

Cajka, we need to be patient. We watched Maria DF'ing 21 times and lost to Oudin at 2009 US Open, but she came back.

Ana has the talents, and as she watches Maria, she'll have the same desire to come back to prominence.

Cajka
Jun 17th, 2012, 12:31 AM
It's better not to translate the interview, Izzy is too young to suffer a heart attack. :lol:

Cajka
Jun 17th, 2012, 12:40 AM
I don't know, these latest interviews remind me of those dark times when she was completely lost. I just hope I'm wrong, but it looks like Ana will never learn her lesson, she'll be a top 20 players and she'll eventually get bored and call it a career. Really awful.

stegall
Jun 17th, 2012, 01:01 AM
Cajka, we need to be patient. We watched Maria DF'ing 21 times and lost to Oudin at 2009 US Open, but she came back.

Ana has the talents, and as she watches Maria, she'll have the same desire to come back to prominence.

Yes,but Maria has always been strong mentally which is what Ana lacks..Even in her darkest days I had a lot more faith in Maria than I have in Ana right now

gaviotabr
Jun 17th, 2012, 04:45 PM
I don't know, these latest interviews remind me of those dark times when she was completely lost. I just hope I'm wrong, but it looks like Ana will never learn her lesson, she'll be a top 20 players and she'll eventually get bored and call it a career. Really awful.

Yes.. really remind me of those times too.. just her attitude.. :(:o

It's better not to translate the interview, Izzy is too young to suffer a heart attack. :lol:

:lol: That is just a copy of the canadian articles posted here before. I've read it all.. I have a strong heart.. :lol::spit:

marineblue
Jun 18th, 2012, 08:08 PM
Yes,but Maria has always been strong mentally which is what Ana lacks..Even in her darkest days I had a lot more faith in Maria than I have in Ana right now

What is puzzling about Ana is that she always chokes when she is doing well and it looks as if she is ready to make the next big step in her career.
Makes me wonder if this is not caused by her 'one step at a time' approach. It is good to not rush things but it is also counter-productive to always postpone progress because then it may never really happen.

gaviotabr
Jun 21st, 2012, 04:14 AM
Knew it! Matthew Williamson!

Pre-Wimbledon Party: Almost Here...
JUNE 20, 2012


LONDON, England - If Wimbledon is the most celebrated tournament of the year, the Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free is the best celebration of the year, and this year's event will be nothing short of spectacular.

For the second year, in partnership with the British Fashion Council, leading British designers will dress the WTA's stars, including Maria Sharapova (Antonio Berardi), Serena Williams (Burberry), Petra Kvitova (Alexander McQueen), Agnieszka Radwanska (Mulberry), Caroline Wozniacki (Stella McCartney), Ana Ivanovic (Matthew Williamson) and Li Na (Giles Deacon).

Dubai Duty Free joins the event as presenting partner, bringing the best of the Middle East to the Kensington Rooftop Gardens in West London. And celebrities have always come out in full force to the event - previous attendees include Kate Middleton, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer and Kelly Rowland.

If you aren't at the party, not to worry - wtatennis.com will have complete coverage of the event, from editorial to photo galleries to video and much more. The Pre-Wimbledon Party page will be your one stop shop for features from one of the most exciting nights on the tennis calendar. Watch this space...

http://www.wtatennis.com/page/OffCourtNews/Read/0,,12781~2817686,00.html

The 2nd Law
Jun 21st, 2012, 12:27 PM
Knew it! Matthew Williamson!



http://www.wtatennis.com/page/OffCourtNews/Read/0,,12781~2817686,00.html

Haha I smiled and thought of you when I saw that!

Davodus
Jun 21st, 2012, 01:28 PM
Ana has her priorities in order :lol:

fANAtic
Jun 21st, 2012, 02:57 PM
What, she'll go to a party with some Matthew bloke? Does she know him?

SidTheKid
Jun 21st, 2012, 02:58 PM
Don´t think it is her partner just designer of clothes :lol:

gaviotabr
Jun 21st, 2012, 05:22 PM
What, she'll go to a party with some Matthew bloke? Does she know him?

:lol: Matthew Williamson is a designer and Ana wears his clothes at almost all parties. The dresses for the last 2 Wimbledon parties were his.

gaviotabr
Jun 23rd, 2012, 09:20 PM
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Look who’s already in the house?June 23, 2012. 4:47 pm • Section: Open CourtShareThis 0 00

Not merely a final weekend guest on this occasion, Rafael Nadal’s girlfriend Maria Francisca (Xisca) Perelló is already on site at Wimbledon.

She was walking around with Nadal’s PR guy Benito when they stopped in at Ana Ivanovic’s practice on Court 18 Saturday.

Spotting Benito, Ivanovic smiled, to which Benito responded, “I’m just here to see your beauty.”

Ivanovic’s pretty sharp response: “I guess that’s why you’re wearing your sunglasses.”

A for effort, right there.

http://blogs.montrealgazette.com/2012/06/23/look-whos-already-in-the-house/

:lol:

Ivanovic2008
Jun 23rd, 2012, 10:45 PM
:spit:
What rude thing of Benito to say and glad Ana fired back :)

gaviotabr
Jun 23rd, 2012, 10:53 PM
:spit:
What rude thing of Francisca to say and glad Ana fired back :)

Francisca? It was Benito saying it.. :scratch:

The 2nd Law
Jun 24th, 2012, 05:42 AM
Lol wtf. Go Ana though!

Ivanovic2008
Jun 24th, 2012, 02:11 PM
Francisca? It was Benito saying it.. :scratch:

Sorry stupid mistake :lol:
Fixed it.

gaviotabr
Jun 27th, 2012, 03:27 PM
Presser after 1st round win at Wimbledon:

A. IVANOVIC/M. Martinez Sanchez 6‑3, 3‑6, 6‑3



ANA IVANOVIC





Q. Must be pretty happy. A little bit tough along the way?

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely. Very happy with the victory. It’s never very easy playing first round, but also playing against such an opponent who mixes up lot. It’s a lefty and very well suited to the grass‑court game. I’m really happy and proud that I got through that third set, because it wasn’t easy till the end.


Q. What would be a success for you at this year’s tournament?

ANA IVANOVIC: I always talk about this, what I would like and so on. It’s really hard to predict. I had really a little bit of injury before. I didn’t have ideal preparation. I’m happy to be able to compete and feel healthy.



Q. Talk about the evolution of your grass‑court game from the first time you played till now.

ANA IVANOVIC: It’s definitely getting better. I’m more used to sort of the direction ball is coming from and I understand a little bit better which direction you have to go if the ball comes from certainly angles.

I’m a little bit freer in my slice and volleys. Today I even mixed up one serve and volley.

I really hope I can integrate this into my game and do it more. I feel confident and in practice I do it a lot. I just hope I can put it in my matches a bit more.



Q. Do you feel you have to shorten your strokes at all, and does that make you uncomfortable?

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely you have to stay a lot lower and shorten your swing a little. Yeah, you do play a little flatter naturally on grass. That’s something that I actually been working on the opposite. I’ve been working on a lot more spin and trying to get more work on the ball.

But still you can do a little bit of that on grass if you stay low.



Q. Do you think it’s going to feel strange to have a second Wimbledon within a month of each other? Are you going to stay in London to prepare?

ANA IVANOVIC: It will definitely feel very strange. It’s even hard to imagine. But I love London, and I’m really excited to be back here.

After Wimbledon I will take some time off and have some holidays, and then I will come back here and prepare in London for a week or ten days before Olympics.



Q. When you first came up as a player, you had Venus, Serena, Kim, Justine, all playing at a very high level and not being injured. Now it’s a little more wide open. Do you think it’s weaker at the top or it’s just there is more depth in the game?

ANA IVANOVIC: I think there is more depth in the game definitely, because there is lot, lot of good players that can challenge good players from the very first rounds. We can see this in every tournament basically.

In a way that’s exciting. In a way I think the game evolved so much that these younger girls, they’re just playing a lot more aggressive and freer. It’s dangerous game for top players, but it’s definitely the future of the tennis.

You can always see the one who strikes the ball the best wins in the end.



Q. Gilles Simon yesterday said the women shouldn’t have the same prize money because girls don’t play as many sets.

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, it’s always been talked about, but we are different physiques, as well. I think we earn our money, as well.

I mean, I was two and a half hours out there today (laughter).



Q. In view of what you were saying about the Olympics and your condition, is there a sense in which Wimbledon is great preparation for the Olympics?

ANA IVANOVIC: I really, really want to be in the moment. For me, Wimbledon, it’s very important and very special. I really want to put every energy in trying to do the best I can here and then worry about Olympics later, because I will have enough time to wind down and get my fitness and game up for Olympics, too.



Q. Your chance at the Olympics might be better than it is here?

ANA IVANOVIC: Obviously, you get more matches on the grass and you do get a little more experience. Maybe I have more preparation than I did for this one. But I think every week is a chance. I don’t see why this week would be different than the Olympic week.



Q. When Maria won Roland Garros, did you say, Look at all the work she put in; if she can do it at Roland Garros, maybe I can do it at Wimbledon?

ANA IVANOVIC: Definitely it’s inspiring to see that. I think every hard work pays off sooner or later. That’s why it’s important to keep at it.

I think you get what you deserve basically. You know, I’ve been working hard. I’ve been feeling much better on the court. I know good things are around the corner.

Seeing her do well and other players getting better and getting their rankings higher up, it definitely inspires me.



Q. Just talk about your next match.

ANA IVANOVIC: It’s going to be tough match no matter what. I remember playing her in the junior final Wimbledon on Court 18. It’s going to be a tough match, a lot different than today’s one. I just want to try and recover the best I can today and come fresh tomorrow.

Cajka
Jun 27th, 2012, 10:49 PM
Classy interview from Ana. I also like how she defended women's rights without insulting anyone.

gaviotabr
Jun 27th, 2012, 11:12 PM
MJMS's quotes after Ana's win.. I think its nice.. 3rd set was good.

María José Martínez: 'Las dos hemos jugado un gran tenis'
La espańola María José Martínez, número 51 de la WTA, que hoy cayó en la primera ronda de Wimbledon ante la serbia Ana Ivanovic, decimocuarta favorita del torneo, afirmó hoy que tanto ella como su rival disputaron 'un gran tenis'.



'Ivanovic, sobre hierba, es bastante peligrosa. Tiene un juego muy agresivo. Creo que (el partido) podría haber sido tanto de una como de la otra. En el tercer set las dos hemos jugado un gran tenis, pero ha caído de su lado', seńaló Martínez a Efe.

La espańola, de 30 ańos, no dejó escapar un segundo set en el que se había adelantado por 3-0 tras ceder el primero, pero sucumbió ante la serbia en la manga definitiva.

'La clave estuvo quizás en el primer set, a partir del 3-3. Esos tres juegos, hasta el 6-3, fueron muy rápidos', describió la tenista espańola, que cayó por 6-3, 3-6 y 6-3 en dos horas.

'Lo que he hecho muy bien ha sido variar el juego. Ha habido momentos, en cambio, en los que con mi derecha corta le he querido buscar más de la cuenta, y eso me ha hecho perder algunos puntos', analizó la jugadora de Yecla.

Martínez, que sufrió en octubre una operación de rodilla, apuntó que desde que ha comenzado la temporada sobre hierba ha dejado de sentir molestias y se mostró 'ilusionada' con vistas al segundo tramo de la temporada.
Terra Deportes - EFE

http://www.terra.es/deportes/tenis/noticias/articulo/maria-jose-martinez-1061303.htm

Cajka
Jun 27th, 2012, 11:26 PM
Stop it, Izzy, really. We all agreed that she's annoying and now you're making us change our opinion about her. :sobbing:

OK, nice interview from MJMS. :rolleyes:

gaviotabr
Jun 27th, 2012, 11:31 PM
Stop it, Izzy, really. We all agreed that she's annoying and now you're making us change our opinion about her. :sobbing:

OK, nice interview from MJMS. :rolleyes:

Sorry! :lol:

Cajka
Jun 27th, 2012, 11:37 PM
Now, seriously, nice and mature words from both women. :worship:

gaviotabr
Jun 27th, 2012, 11:39 PM
Ivanovic eases through

TENNIS: WIMBLEDON’S COURT 14 can accommodate 312 spectators. Yesterday morning the patrons who scampered to secure seats might have been dismayed to find a posse of photographers jostling for purchase and position, the phalanx of lenses trained squarely on Ana Ivanovic.

There’s no doubting how photogenic the Serbian former world number one is. Still, it was slightly bizarre to witness cameras focused exclusively on her every movement, oblivious to the presence of her opponent, Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez. The 30-year-old Spaniard might as well have been invisible.

The Serbian is well used to the attention, attributable to her status in the sport and an on-off relationship with Australian golfer Adam Scott.

Ivanovic can play a bit too. She may no longer head the world rankings – she’s seeded 14th at the All England club – as she did in 2008 when she won the French Open having finished runner-up to Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open final earlier that year, but still presents a formidable opponent for her peers.

Three days past her 25th birthday her preparation for Wimbledon was hampered by an injured right hip, forcing her to withdraw from the Eastbourne tournament and that rustiness was evident in aspects of her game yesterday.

At 6ft 1in tall she can easily master the high, kicking topspin of clay and still drill her flattish forehand but on grass she must stoop to conquer.

It takes a little adjusting and it’s an ongoing process. Ironically many players try and flatten out their swing to create less spin on grass so that the ball shoots through lower rather than sit up. Ivanovic conceded afterwards that from a technical perspective she’s working on generating more spin on her forehand rather than her normal flatter trajectory.

There were periods in her 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Sanchez when the ball zipped off her racquet for outright winners, 31 in total.

But that statistic is balanced by the number of unforced errors, 27; a figure that if repeated is unlikely to suffice if she’s to progress further.

The left-handed Spaniard was a doughty competitor, who mixed up her game intelligently, especially when winning the second set. She chipped and charged to the net, mixing in some slice to her opponent’s backhand on approach and was fond of a drop-shot or 10. Her game-plan was to keep the ball low and deny Ivanovic a rhythm that can be honed from orthodox baseline exchanges.

Sanchez pedalled an unusual service action. She drew the racquet back to the apex of the backswing and then paused before tossing the ball in the air and completing the downward motion.

It took her opponent until midway through the third set before she started to zero-in regularly on return. The Spaniard moved slowly between points which required Ivanovic to remain patient, particularly in the final set.

At that stage the photographers had disappeared to fulfil other assignments. Naturally aggressive in her shot selection, a key component in the Serb’s victory was her willingness to take the net away from her opponent, winning 18 of 28 points over the course of the two-hour contest: she even served and volleyed at one point, successfully, a rare sight in any singles match at Wimbledon these days.

She was understandably pleased: “It’s never very easy playing first round, but also playing against such an opponent who mixes it up lot. She’s a lefty and very well suited to the grass-court game. I’m really happy and proud that I got through that third set, because it wasn’t easy till the end. It’s (grass court game) definitely getting better. I’m more used to sort of the direction the ball is coming from and I understand a little bit better which direction you have to go if the ball comes from certainly angles.

“I’m a little bit freer in my slice and volleys. I really hope I can integrate this into my game and do it more. I feel confident and in practice I do it a lot. I just hope I can put it in my matches a bit more. You have to stay a lot lower and shorten your swing a little; you do play a little flatter naturally on grass.

“I’ve actually been working on the opposite, (producing) a lot more spin and trying to get more work on the ball. But still you can do a little bit of that on grass if you stay low.”

There was enough evidence during the game to suggest that she’s headed in the right direction.

Her next opponent is a familiar foe, Kateryna Bondarenko, to whom she lost the Junior Wimbledon singles title in 2004. Ivanovic recalled: “I remember playing her on Court 18. It’s going to be a tough match, a lot different than today’s one.”

She’s on Court 3 today, and will, of course, remain the centre of attention.

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/sport/2012/0628/1224318891925.html

Cajka
Jun 27th, 2012, 11:52 PM
So, Ana is 25 now. :spit:

gaviotabr
Jun 27th, 2012, 11:55 PM
So, Ana is 25 now. :spit:

And her birthday is in june. :spit::lol:

Cp6uja
Jun 28th, 2012, 12:35 AM
And her birthday is in june. :spit::lol:
Ana is so superstitious, so maybe she changed hers zodiac sign :shrug:

gaviotabr
Jun 28th, 2012, 05:44 PM
Google translation:

Ana B92: It will be difficult to Gerges

Ana Ivanovic said after the victory over Katerina Bondarenko, from which it has previously lost two matches, it was not easy to play two days in a row.

"A lot of today's victory means to me. Her I was revenged for past defeats, and defended himself points from last year. It was not easy - yesterday I played three sets and it was not easy to recover and go out again. It was very hot that someone told me that I will search for ice in London, I would not have believed. "

"I'm really happy that I managed to pull out the second set, and to solve the game in their favor," added the Serbian player. Ana says that the key to offensive play throughout the match . "I did it a few minutes to talk with the coach after the match - said me that I played the first set without error and that he was happy with the way I got this set. The second set was fluctuations, he told me that I was a little passive, which I had no feeling, although there were several games where we dropped the concentration. I think it's important to play a dominant game, especially on grass, all the players that were received were mostly aggressive. "

Ivanovic next opponent will be Germany's Julia Gerges, which she won three times in four battles. "It will be very tough match because she played quite straight, has good service, which helps a lot on the grass. I have to establish control points and to dominate the exchanges, the first to do so, it will be closer to victory. It will not be easy, has a strong forehand and I expect a difficult match. I have a day off to recover and to talk a little with the coach about the tactics. Last year we just played on grass, at Eastbourne, was a very strange game, we played well, the wind blew, but I will keep that in mind. " In the end, Anna said she was happy with the passage of the third round, but that the injury to the Roland Garros has in mind, especially after two tough matches. Ivanovic added that she feels good in the field.


http://www.b92.net/sport/tenis/masters/vesti.php?yyyy=2012&mm=06&dd=28&nav_id=622295

Cajka
Jun 28th, 2012, 05:51 PM
Google translate is a bit wrong. Ana said that they didn't play well last year in Eastbourne. I was shocked when I saw the quote, so I had to check it. :spit:

Cp6uja
Jun 29th, 2012, 01:47 PM
Here is another article with "nothing new" and "we already knows that" :yawn:

Ana Ivanovic voted hottest tennis player of 2012 (http://www.crunchsports.com/category/Tennis/Ana-Ivanovic-voted-hottest-tennis-player-of-2012-201206290001/#-15)

Ana Ivanovic has enjoyed success both on and off the court this week at Wimbledon after being voted 'The Hottest Tennis Player of 2012'.

After winning her first two games at Wimbledon 2012 this week at the All-England Club, the former World No.1 has also come top on a poll conducted by nearly 50,000 tennis fans.

The 24-year-old was voted as the hottest tennis player in the world today by members of the Live Tennis Facebook page, which boasts close to 50,000 members.

The award came shortly after Ivanovic was pushed to a second set tiebreaker before defeating Ukraine's Kateryna Bondarenko 6-3 7-6 in round two at SW19.

The Serbian will face No. 22 Julia Georges in the third round.

gloria7
Jun 30th, 2012, 07:15 AM
From "Kurir" :

Ana: " Curently i'm single. Tennis is my priority, but i am planning to get married in the future and have 2-3 kids."

" I love fashion. I am planning to establish a clothing line with Adidas. Gabriela Sabatini did something similar in the past".

" I know what i'm going to do after retirement and i won't be a TV commentator".

InsideOut.
Jun 30th, 2012, 08:21 AM
Clothing line :unsure: Let's see Ana's yellow and blue dresses :cheer:

Abdel
Jun 30th, 2012, 06:58 PM
There's an interview of Ana? Where can I get it?

Cajka
Jun 30th, 2012, 09:10 PM
The quotes from Ana's interview for B92:


"I played without pressure, I wanted to enjoy on the court. She played great, but I fought for every point and I intend to do the same on Monday as well."

"It was a really tough match, I didn't expect her to play so good. In the first and the most of 2nd set she played very good, I didn't have many chances. It's not that I played bad, she was dominant, aggressive, she was sending the deep balls from both wings. Sometimes I didn't know where to serve or where to send the balls. But I'm happy I stayed in second set, I had some chances and took them, which gave me a motivation for the 3rd set"

"In the second and third set I had 40-0 on her serve at 1-1, but I didn't convert the break points. I knew it could happen on grass. She played (those points) well. But when she hits 2 good serves, then you think: "I can do something quickly now" and then it causes errors. But I stayed calmed and served well in the next game, held my own serve, which is very important and I got a new chance in the next game."

"I want to improve, I have one day to prepare, I'll have my chances for sure. Today's match will help me because she (Azarenka) has a good serve and powerful shots from both wings. We played our last match in Madrid and I had the chances. Grass is always tricky, you may get only one or two chances in the match, I hope I'll take them."

doni1212
Jun 30th, 2012, 09:49 PM
I like that she said she stayed calm, :yeah: I thought she was going to crack mentally after she didn't break those couple times she had 0-40 but she didn't. Maybe she really is getting mentally tough again. We'll see how far she is on Monday.

gaviotabr
Jun 30th, 2012, 11:20 PM
Matt Cronin: Ivanovic poised for another run?
6/30/2012 4:00:00 PM
By Matt Cronin

Tennis is built on great rivalries, and what could have been the greatest rivalry in women's tennis over the past five years never got off the ground, when in 2008 after Ana Ivanovic and Maria Sharapova crossed paths in the Australian Open final, a close two set win for the Russian in what was nicknamed the 'Glam Slam.'

The tall blonde became injured a couple of months later and consequently was unable to face off against the svelte Serbian for the rest of that year. At that point, the fascinating rivalry stood 3-2 for Sharapova. Ivanovic would win her sole Major at 2008 Roland Garros while Sharapova sat at home nursing a shoulder injury.

Sharapova eventually came back after shoulder surgery in the summer of 2009, but by then Ivanovic's level and confidence had fallen well off. Since she raised the big trophy in Paris and briefly held the No. 1 ranking, Ivanovic has amazingly not even managed to reach another Grand Slam quarterfinal. For her part, Sharapova seriously struggled in her comeback but three weeks ago grabbed her fourth Major trophy, the first since her comeback.

While the 24-year-old Ivanovic and the 25-year-old Sharapova aren’t close personally, she was moved by Maria's triumph.

"Definitely it's inspiring to see that," said Ivanovic, who will next face No. 2-Victoria Azarenka who beat Jana Cepelova 6-3, 6-3 in the third round.

"Hard work pays off sooner or later. That's why it's important to keep at it. I think you get what you deserve. I've been working hard. I've been feeling much better on the court. I know good things are around the corner. Seeing her do well and other players getting better and getting their rankings higher up, it definitely inspires me."

While Ivanovic has taken some less than admirable losses at the majors since 2008, when she has reached the round of 16 she has come up against quality foes -- all of them now Slam winners: Azarenka at 2009 Roland Garros; Venus Williams at 2009 Wimbledon; Kim Clijsters at the 2010 US Open; Serena Williams at the 2011 US Open and Petra Kvitova at the 2012 Aussie Open.

"I just need one more step. It would be nice," she told me with a laugh. "It's really tough when you look at the draw and say 'Why I am I not over there,' but it's tennis and what comes around goes around. Today I was thinking that I had a really tough third round, but then I thought you have to beat that opponent because no one is going to hand it to you."

On Friday at Wimbledon, the 14th seeded Ivanovic overcame No. 22 Julia Goerges 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a rapid-fire match where rallies averaged three shots. Ivanovic has lost plenty of important three setters at the majors since 2009, but she's been promising that her confidence level has truly been rising over the past year and in the final game, when she was asked to serve the match out, she came up big. Facing a break point, she torched a serve and crushed forehand crosscourt winner. Then she boomed an ace. Then she forced the equally forceful German into a forehand error.

She is not getting the yips on her serve, backing away from the ball, or simply framing a sitter like she did so often in 2010 and 2011. She bore down, focused and beat a very dangerous opponent. On Court 2, her fans were able to join in her joyous cries of 'Ajde!' rather than muttering with a sigh, 'Oh Ana, not again.'

"These last few months I have believed and felt I’ve been doing really well," she said. "I have come close and I lost to some good players and felt I had chances. Sometimes I start to doubt and I try to override it by thinking positive because I know I have the game for it. It doesn't come easy, but sometimes you have step up and let it go and accept what happens."

Ivanovic reached the Wimbledon semifinals in 2007, when she fell to Serena. She hasn't done any real damage in London since then, and most of the reason for that is mental, because when her head has been on straight she has a big enough serve, forehand and good hands at the net to go further.

Grass forces the deep thinking Ivanovic to be aggressive and not agonize over strategy in long points, so she can play more from instinct. When she was No.1, she played from her gut.

"If you look at the history of this tournament only aggressive players have won the title, she said. "That what I thought when I was serving for the match, just step up and hit it because if you don't, she will. At least I took charge. This is the game I had in the past. I was really aggressive at striking the ball and I've changed a bit to add a little more spin, but today was not the time to do that. You don't even have time to think [on grass]. If I were caught up in over-analyzing the match it would be over. I tried to stay in the moment and that's what I'll try to do in my next match."

Her next match will clearly be a step up against Azarenka, who reached the semifinals at Wimbledon last year and the other day told me how refreshed she feels after a trip home to Belarus following her punch-out at the hands of Dominica Cibulkova in Paris. Azarenka cannot be pleased that she lost her No. 1 ranking to Sharapova, and it must irk her that in just a month's time she's gone from being the belle of the WTA ball to a handmaiden once again. The Belarusian hasn't dropped a set in three matches and can tear the cover off the ball.

While Ivanovic and Azarenka are tied at 2-2 in their head to head meetings, the Serbian will be the underdog, as she lost the last time they played in May in Madrid and overall this season, Azarenka has been at a substantially higher level.

But as Ivanovic says, if you are talented, work hard and have the right intentions, success will eventually happen. If she can pull off the upset, it might give her faith that she's really back in the elite mix again with the lines of one time rival Sharapova.

She does feel like she is player to be feared again. It will be interesting to look into the fierce Azarenka eyes on Monday's and see if she is a little bit afraid when she sees Ivanovic across the net clenching her teeth.

With her chin up, Ivanovic stated: "I’ve worked hard to get into this position to play top players again and she's not going to like to play me either."

http://www.tennischannel.com/news/NewsDetails.aspx?newsid=11035

Cajka
Jul 1st, 2012, 12:41 AM
Great interviews, really. Regardless of the outcome on Monday, I think that she made a big improvement in her mentality. She definitely played better tennis in Paris, but she didn't reach the R4. Azarenka would be a good match up for her on clay, I don't know about the grass. They played once here when they were juniors, Vika was 15 and Ana was 16, so it doesn't mean much. Their h2h doesn't speak much either. I expect it to be a 2 setter. I can see 2 things happening. Ana playing worse than she did and losing like 6:4 6:2 or completely the opposite. The serve will decide again, Ana knows that long points are not the option here, so I expect her to be very aggressive and then it will be either brilliant or bad.

18majors
Jul 1st, 2012, 12:09 PM
Great interviews, really. Regardless of the outcome on Monday, I think that she made a big improvement in her mentality. She definitely played better tennis in Paris, but she didn't reach the R4. Azarenka would be a good match up for her on clay, I don't know about the grass. They played once here when they were juniors, Vika was 15 and Ana was 16, so it doesn't mean much. Their h2h doesn't speak much either. I expect it to be a 2 setter. I can see 2 things happening. Ana playing worse than she did and losing like 6:4 6:2 or completely the opposite. The serve will decide again, Ana knows that long points are not the option here, so I expect her to be very aggressive and then it will be either brilliant or bad.

You're right, the outcome is 50-50. Ana's serves are more powerful and she can hit more FH winners but Azarenka is the best counterpuncher out there.

gaviotabr
Jul 2nd, 2012, 12:22 AM
Wimbledon 2012: Ana Ivanovic is ready to reclaim her place among the elite
When 20-year-old Ana Ivanovic won the French Open in 2008, becoming the world’s best player in the process, it felt like the birth of a star.

By Jonathan Liew11:00PM BST 01 Jul 20121

Commentators gasped at the ferocity of her groundstrokes and her fearlessness in the heat of battle. Marketing men cooed over her appearance. “Ivanovic will soon have America eating out of the palm of her hand,” wrote Justin Gimelstob in Sports Illustrated.
Instead, the Serb’s win at Roland Garros became a millstone. What happened since has been well documented — the plummet down the rankings, the turbulent personal life, the revolving door of coaches. Her serve fell to pieces, and while she still made the pages of Sports Illustrated, it tended to be as a swimwear model rather than as a player.
Since 2008, Ivanovic has failed to get past the fourth round of any grand slam. It is a sequence she can put right this afternoon against second seed Victoria Azarenka.
During the lean years, Ivanovic looked like a player forever lost to the elite. The nadirs kept coming — squandering a match point against Kateryna Bondarenko in the first round of the 2009 US Open, tumbling to 63rd in the world in 2010, consecutive first round major exits in 2011.
Her forehand looked shot to pieces, her serve was crumbling, and she seemed unable to stay fit for a whole season. The same observers who had lauded her to the Paris heavens now bemoaned her lack of resolve.
The turning point came after last year’s Wimbledon, when she turned to her sixth coach, the Briton Nigel Sears. The pair hit it off instantly.
“It’s very peculiar, and sometimes a bit complicated, because you’re very often together, even more than with your boyfriend or family,” she said last year. “It’s a very intimate relationship. But it’s funny in a way, as it’s the player who is boss. With a man, that makes for more of a friendly relationship. Women are more emotive than men, and their temper more variable. I have a good relationship with Nigel; we know that we’re pursuing the same objectives.”
Sears recognised that the headstrong Ivanovic needed to be indulged, not suffocated, and his hands-off approach has instilled a new focus.
Instead of returning to Europe at the end of last season, Ivanovic stayed in Australia to work on her strength. She split with the golfer Adam Scott earlier this year, and while it would be disingenuous to credit this for her return to form, she is certainly happy concentrating on her tennis for the time being.
The tag of 'mental frailty’ can prove impossible to shake off once it attaches itself to a player, but Ivanovic’s tournament so far has been an exercise in exorcising demons. In round one, she won after losing the second set for the first time since 2010. In round two, she dispatched Bondarenko, perpetrator of her most traumatic defeat, in straight sets.
Now she faces Azarenka, a game she describes as “one of the toughest matches in women’s tennis”.
It will be the fifth meeting between the pair, but the first on grass. “She has great timing and obviously hits the ball very hard, and that’s important on grass,” Ivanovic said. “She’s having an amazing year. I came to London without any games on grass and with very meagre preparation. But I slowly entered into a rhythm. Now I want to go further.”
Unsurprisingly for someone with such an ordered, methodical mind, Ivanovic has always set herself objectives. This season her goal was to get back into the top 10 and to win another grand slam. Beating Azarenka on Monday afternoon would put the 14th seed well on the way to both, fulfilling the promise that so entranced us four years ago.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/wimbledon/9368787/Wimbledon-2012-Ana-Ivanovic-is-ready-to-reclaim-her-place-among-the-elite.html

gaviotabr
Jul 2nd, 2012, 07:38 PM
Google translation:

Ivanovic: I'm very disappointed

July 2, 2012
For the London Journal: Vojin Velickovic

Ana Ivanovic is goodbye to Wimbledon. Eighth-finals remains enchanted borders of the former queen of its peak in June 2008, never failed to pass to the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam.
Now the story is repeated. Ana is the first week of Wimbledon played solid, but when it came to fighting for the quarterfinals, where they often cross paths with the best - it succumbed. Victoria Azarenka , Belarus, which ruled the world of tennis for the Australian Open to Roland Garros, won with a 6-1, 6-0 in just 61 minutes.
- I am very disappointed, especially since the result does not say what it was - said Ana is not hiding the fact that it was such a hit uzbedljiv lost a lot. - I really think I was much closer, much more equal. Simply, whatever I tried it today, she had an answer. Sometimes I tried too much, which caused the error. The timing was my bad.
The match began under clear skies, Azarenka won the first four games, Ana decreased to 4:1, and then it rained and the roof is closed. From that moment did not take a Serb gem.
- There is a huge difference - says Ana who won the first match in such conditions. - In the beginning there were a lot of cold, after a completely different, comfortable and much nicer. A lot warmer. I adapt, I want this game to forget as soon as possible. The ball was slower and I could play for more points than before.
The goals for this year
- Most important to play the Masters Cup in Istanbul. Certainly there is a possibility, I might have to play some more tournaments than I wanted .
I want the Fed Cup trophy
Ana will double this year to defend the so-called triumph comforting Masters, who played two years in Bali, and now moved to Sofia.
- No, it's the same week in which the Fed Cup final in Prague. Many would have meant the title, because many people follow the Fed Cup. The men were helped when they won the Davis Cup, it was as a springboard, I hope that we do.

http://www.zurnal.rs/2012/07/02/ivanovic-veoma-sam-razocarana/index.html

:facepalm:

Where to start? She thinks it was closer than it looks? No.. no it wasn't. :tape:

:lol: Thinking she will play Istanbul.. by playing tournaments she says she didn't want to play.. yeah, because she does so well in those.. :facepalm:

gaviotabr
Jul 2nd, 2012, 07:54 PM
Ok.. so she says she might play more tournaments than she wanted to.. Looking realistically.. which tournaments could Ana add? Seoul? Linz? Moscow/Lux? That's about it, since she already ruled out playing San Diego/Stanford.

fANAtic
Jul 2nd, 2012, 08:13 PM
I might have to play some more tournaments than I wanted.
LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZZZZZYYYYY.

gaviotabr
Jul 2nd, 2012, 08:23 PM
LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZZZZZYYYYY.

I can totally see her adding 2 tournaments... playing where she didn't really wanted to play with that fact in the back of her mind.. losing 1st round.

Nalby fan
Jul 2nd, 2012, 08:58 PM
Don't like that "it was closer than it looked" reasoning at all-her level of play today wasn't really acceptable and there's no sugarcoating that.

OTOH really like the thinking as regards the Fed Cup,because it certainly helped Nole and Janko to career years when Serbia won the Davis Cup.

gaviotabr
Jul 2nd, 2012, 09:03 PM
Don't like that "it was closer than it looked" reasoning at all-her level of play today wasn't really acceptable and there's no sugarcoating that.

OTOH really like the thinking as regards the Fed Cup,because it certainly helped Nole and Janko to career years when Serbia won the Davis Cup.

Yes.. if they win Fed Cup, the sole fact that she thinks like this, that it may be a springboard will make it into a springboard. The thing is.. with Ana like this and JJ also in a slump.. what real chance do they have against Kvitova?

Nalby fan
Jul 2nd, 2012, 09:10 PM
It's a long shot I know,but they don't need to beat Petra to win the cup.

gaviotabr
Jul 2nd, 2012, 09:11 PM
It's a long shot I know,but they don't need to beat Petra to win the cup.

They do actually. Serbia won't be winning the doubles, so they need to win 3 singles matches... that includes one over Petra.

JAS_
Jul 2nd, 2012, 09:25 PM
I might have to play some more tournaments than I wanted.

OMG. Really?
She obviously just plays because she must. I bet you if she could somehow leave tennis without much ado, she would.
And she should. Just retire and go join JJ in designing dresses. :o
Can't believe I thought there was any difference b/w them. They are identical twins.
JJ through the 4th coach this season and Ana in designing business. :rolleyes:
Morons both of them. And the worst part is they are copying the other idiot.
As if what the other idiot is doing is worth copying.

It literally makes me sick to my stomack what some people have to do to make decent living, and what some others (don't) do and they swim in money.

As our saying says (sorry don't know how to translate this):

Rodi me majko srecnog pa me baci na djubre.

JAS_
Jul 2nd, 2012, 09:30 PM
Yes.. if they win Fed Cup, the sole fact that she thinks like this, that it may be a springboard will make it into a springboard. The thing is.. with Ana like this and JJ also in a slump.. what real chance do they have against Kvitova?

Sad, really sad.
Once again, the best she can think of is to copy.
So, she looks at Novak, and hopes what he does will help her. What worked for him, will work for her.

Without any thinking, evaluating how that fits in her life, in her career, with her own particular situation, needs, abilities. All she can come up with is copy.

Like when she spent some time with him in Melbourne and he was joking around and she concluded that she needs a man as a coach because they are more relaxed. :facepalm:
But when they are not, then she will ditch them because they are too intense.

I bet you she modelled her schedule after Serena's and Kim's, but had to make some concesions after all, people would be laughing.
Just ... :tape:

gaviotabr
Jul 2nd, 2012, 09:40 PM
OMG. Really?
She obviously just plays because she must. I bet you if she could somehow leave tennis without much ado, she would.
And she should. Just retire and go join JJ in designing dresses. :o
Can't believe I thought there was any difference b/w them. They are identical twins.
JJ through the 4th coach this season and Ana in designing business. :rolleyes:
Morons both of them. And the worst part is they are copying the other idiot.
As if what the other idiot is doing is worth copying.

It literally makes me sick to my stomack what some people have to do to make decent living, and what some others (don't) do and they swim in money.

As our saying says (sorry don't know how to translate this):

Rodi me majko srecnog pa me baci na djubre.

Some unaware of how fortunate they are in life, just waste their talents.. others works their butts off yet don't have the talent.. As Serena would say.. life.

What really gets me every time is that I often feel like Ana doesn't want to be playing tennis. Maybe she wants things to happen to her.. like winning here and there... but she isn't in it for pure love of the game. Back in the day I became I fan I really thought Ana absolutely loved playing and was in it because of that.

Sad, really sad.
Once again, the best she can think of is to copy.
So, she looks at Novak, and hopes what he does will help her. What worked for him, will work for her.

Without any thinking, evaluating how that fits in her life, in her career, with her own particular situation, needs, abilities. All she can come up with is copy.

Like when she spent some time with him in Melbourne and he was joking around and she concluded that she needs a man as a coach because they are more relaxed. :facepalm:
But when they are not, then she will ditch them because they are too intense.

I bet you she modelled her schedule after Serena's and Kim's, but had to make some concesions after all, people would be laughing.
Just ... :tape:

But then.. shouldn't people around her who know better, like Nigel, give her better advice? Make her see and approach things in a different way? It hurts her to have the management that she has though.. they are just clueless and careless about her tennis, have always been.

Linguae^
Jul 2nd, 2012, 09:59 PM
Actually, I finally see Ana enjoying on court and trying and fighting a lot!
Our team does have a chance against the Czechs - Kvitova's form is questionable and they don't have any other big, big names. Either Ana or Jelena can defeat Kvitova. Indoors are something that both Jelena and Ana like. I know that Kvitova is a GOAT there, but she will be under more pressure when playing in Prague. We do have a chance and our Fed cup team can win the finals this year!

JAS_
Jul 2nd, 2012, 10:07 PM
Some unaware of how fortunate they are in life, just waste their talents.. others works their butts off yet don't have the talent.. As Serena would say.. life.

And then there are those who have talent, work their buts off, but were just not born lucky. Or are not in the right profession. Well, this goes under "not lucky". :sigh:

What really gets me every time is that I often feel like Ana doesn't want to be playing tennis. Maybe she wants things to happen to her.. like winning here and there... but she isn't in it for pure love of the game. Back in the day I became I fan I really thought Ana absolutely loved playing and was in it because of that.

Yep, me too. I loved her spirit and fearlessness :hysteric:


But then.. shouldn't people around her who know better, like Nigel, give her better advice? Make her see and approach things in a different way? It hurts her to have the management that she has though.. they are just clueless and careless about her tennis, have always been.

Well, when you stray so far from your way, you have no idea what is right or wrong anymore. The whole value system gets upside down. For instance, if someone had told me 4 years ago, that in 2012, Ana's priority, after missing the Olympics in '08, would and should be the mixed doubles, I would have told this person that they are :cuckoo:.

But hey, that is now completely within reason, maybe not right, but still something debatable.

JAS_
Jul 2nd, 2012, 10:44 PM
I guess in 4 years the priority would/should be to qualify. :o

JAS_
Jul 2nd, 2012, 10:46 PM
Btw, Ana was just on TV and said all sort of things, but maybe of interest to those still interested, is that she said she would take 7-10 days off for a break and then train for the Olympics.
She also said something noteworthy, but I forgot what it was.

gaviotabr
Jul 2nd, 2012, 11:09 PM
Btw, Ana was just on TV and said all sort of things, but maybe of interest to those still interested, is that she said she would take 7-10 days off for a break and then train for the Olympics.
She also said something noteworthy, but I forgot what it was.

:lol: If you forgot, can't have been that noteworthy! :lol:

We knew she would take holidays now..

JAS_
Jul 2nd, 2012, 11:15 PM
:lol: If you forgot, can't have been that noteworthy! :lol:

We knew she would take holidays now..

I was being sarcastic, but I guess my sarcasm doesn't really translate well on internet. I guess I use the wrong smilies. Or don't use them when I should.

She didn't seem terribly upset though. She said the important thing is to keep improving...















MWAHAHAHAHA.

:asdelusionalasever:

:bigcry:

JAS_
Jul 2nd, 2012, 11:17 PM
Yeah, she said the score is not realistic, it was much closer than it looks. :cuckoo:
She was dead serious, not laughing at all when she said it. :hysteric:

Cajka
Jul 2nd, 2012, 11:20 PM
Btw, Ana was just on TV and said all sort of things, but maybe of interest to those still interested, is that she said she would take 7-10 days off for a break and then train for the Olympics.
She also said something noteworthy, but I forgot what it was.

Lol, we know that already. Izzy already had few heart attacks because of that. She talked about that before she started practicing for Wimbledon. She didn't know how far she would go in the tournament, but she already made her vacation plans. Competing often is too much for her mentally.

U prevodu, ona ne može da prihvati to da više njen tenis i njena psiha nisu na nivou devojaka u prvih 5, a ujedno nije spremna ni da uvede neophodne promene, koje verovatno smatra rizičnim. Otud ti fantomski bolovi, neobjašnjive povrede, odlaganja, odmaranja, čuveni proces koji traje 4 godine, kliktanje. Ona je formirala oklop. U tom oklopu, prava forma je iza ćoška, pravi rezultati su iza ćoška, oseća napredak, sve je tu, samo nikako da klikne. Potpuno odsustvo odgovornosti i muda. Da je ona danas išla na sve ili ništa i sve ispromašivala, pa ajde. Ona je bila dezorijentisana, pasivna, preplašena.

JAS_
Jul 2nd, 2012, 11:26 PM
Lol, we know that already. Izzy already had few heart attacks because of that. She talked about that before she started practicing for Wimbledon. She didn't know how far she would go in the tournament, but she already made her vacation plans. Competing often is too much for her mentally.

U prevodu, ona ne može da prihvati to da više njen tenis i njena psiha nisu na nivou devojaka u prvih 5, a ujedno nije spremna ni da uvede neophodne promene, koje verovatno smatra rizičnim. Otud ti fantomski bolovi, neobjašnjive povrede, odlaganja, odmaranja, čuveni proces koji traje 4 godine, kliktanje. Ona je formirala oklop. U tom oklopu, prava forma je iza ćoška, pravi rezultati su iza ćoška, oseća napredak, sve je tu, samo nikako da klikne. Potpuno odsustvo odgovornosti i muda. Da je ona danas išla na sve ili ništa i sve ispromašivala, pa ajde. Ona je bila dezorijentisana, pasivna, preplašena.

Da, slazem se, samo me zanima gde je tu Nigel. Ne pita se, ne zanima ga, trudi se ali ne moze da dopre, trudi se ali vrlo pazljivo da ga ne otpusti...Sta? Jasno mu je da od ozbiljnog tenisa nema nista, ali sta je tu je?

Ma sta se uopste upustam i nerviram.
Njoj je mnogo bolje nego meni. Idem da spavam.

gaviotabr
Jul 2nd, 2012, 11:28 PM
I was being sarcastic, but I guess my sarcasm doesn't really translate well on internet. I guess I use the wrong smilies. Or don't use them when I should.

She didn't seem terribly upset though. She said the important thing is to keep improving...

MWAHAHAHAHA.

:asdelusionalasever:

:bigcry:

:lol: It's probably me not getting it right.. Often happens.. :hysteric:

What to say after being embarrassed on CC, though? Maybe being too upset would be counterproductive.. or not.. really don't know.. Ana defies logic.

Yeah, she said the score is not realistic, it was much closer than it looks. :cuckoo:
She was dead serious, not laughing at all when she said it. :hysteric:

How can she really believe that? :facepalm:

gaviotabr
Jul 2nd, 2012, 11:30 PM
U prevodu, ona ne može da prihvati to da više njen tenis i njena psiha nisu na nivou devojaka u prvih 5, a ujedno nije spremna ni da uvede neophodne promene, koje verovatno smatra rizičnim. Otud ti fantomski bolovi, neobjašnjive povrede, odlaganja, odmaranja, čuveni proces koji traje 4 godine, kliktanje. Ona je formirala oklop. U tom oklopu, prava forma je iza ćoška, pravi rezultati su iza ćoška, oseća napredak, sve je tu, samo nikako da klikne. Potpuno odsustvo odgovornosti i muda. Da je ona danas išla na sve ili ništa i sve ispromašivala, pa ajde. Ona je bila dezorijentisana, pasivna, preplašena.

Da, slazem se, samo me zanima gde je tu Nigel. Ne pita se, ne zanima ga, trudi se ali ne moze da dopre, trudi se ali vrlo pazljivo da ga ne otpusti...Sta? Jasno mu je da od ozbiljnog tenisa nema nista, ali sta je tu je?

Ma sta se uopste upustam i nerviram.
Njoj je mnogo bolje nego meni. Idem da spavam.


:sobbing:

I should really learn serbian..

gaviotabr
Jul 2nd, 2012, 11:37 PM
And then there are those who have talent, work their buts off, but were just not born lucky. Or are not in the right profession. Well, this goes under "not lucky". :sigh:



Yep, me too. I loved her spirit and fearlessness :hysteric:




Well, when you stray so far from your way, you have no idea what is right or wrong anymore. The whole value system gets upside down. For instance, if someone had told me 4 years ago, that in 2012, Ana's priority, after missing the Olympics in '08, would and should be the mixed doubles, I would have told this person that they are :cuckoo:.

But hey, that is now completely within reason, maybe not right, but still something debatable.

I know.. but shouldn't those more experienced people she has on her team have better view on things? I mean.. on how to face tournaments and the tour? Instead we have Ana talking about playing tournaments she didn't want.. having no priority for this or that tournament and so on.. what kind of approach is this? Couldn't they work this out?

And I get your point about Olympics.. but 4 years ago Ana was a top player who had a clear shot at a medal. Today Ana is an average player who hasn't been remotely a threat anywhere for 4 years.

Sometimes people say Ana is due for a big win.. I ask myself what kind of logic is that? She won't even be due to anything if she doesn't even show up for these matches..

Cajka
Jul 2nd, 2012, 11:46 PM
:sobbing:

I shoould really learn serbian..

I'm sorry. It was too difficult for me to write in English. I said that it's a total lack of responsibility and guts. The scoreline doesn't do her a justice, she works hard, her game is there, everything is near, it just has to click, she needs a vacation, the vacation is very important for her... She feels, she knows, she believes... Just empty words. She created a shield and the shield is protecting her from necessary adjustments and from responsibility, the shield makes her believe that it's all a process, that there's always next week, new chance.

JAS is wondering what's Nigel's role in the whole situation.

I think he's a good coach, her ranking has improved, her tennis has been better, but he can't solve her issues and he doesn't make the decisions. If he tries to convince her to hire psychologist and fitness coach, he'll get fired. He might get fired anyway. If they made a contract for one year, I believe he'll be fired very soon, with some lame excuse. And he's the only positive thing there.

gaviotabr
Jul 2nd, 2012, 11:54 PM
I'm sorry. It was too difficult for me to write in English. I said that it's a total lack of responsibility and guts. The scoreline doesn't do her a justice, she works hard, her game is there, everything is near, it just has to click, she needs a vacation, the vacation is very important for her... She feels, she knows, she believes... Just empty words. She created a shield and the shield is protecting her from necessary adjustments and from responsibility, the shield makes her believe that it's all a process, that there's always next week, new chance.

JAS is wondering what's Nigel's role in the whole situation.

I think he's a good coach, her ranking has improved, her tennis has been better, but he can't solve her issues and he doesn't make the decisions. If he tries to convince her to hire psychologist and fitness coach, he'll get fired. He might get fired anyway. If they made a contract for one year, I believe he'll be fired very soon, with some lame excuse. And he's the only positive thing there.

Thanks Cajka!

I think Nigel needs to be soft on her to avoid getting fired... so after this humilliating loss he says stuff to make her feel better. Maybe he thinks she needs to feel better.. :shrug:

Sometimes I wish she had a tougher coach who would tell things as they are.. but I know he wouldn't last a week.

And well.. at the end of the day, that Mike Joyce quote is perfect.. you can quit and go enjoy money, you can be top 20 and be happy with that, or you can take some responsability for yourself. Ana just never takes responsability for herself.. so..

Cajka
Jul 3rd, 2012, 12:13 AM
Thanks Cajka!
I think Nigel needs to be soft on her to avoid getting fired... so after this humilliating loss he says stuff to make her feel better. Maybe he thinks she needs to feel better.. :shrug:

Sometimes I wish she had a tougher coach who would tell things as they are.. but I know he wouldn't last a week.


I think that Nigel is a tennis coach, not a psychologist. He's doing his best really, he helped her improve mentality a lot, but her problems are deep, she's been through too much and he just can't help her enough. It's not that Heinz could. Remember her match against Kim in USO 2010. It was almost the same thing. She won 10 points more than she did in this match, but that's it.

Nigel prepared her to reach the second week of a slam and that's all that he could, the rest is not in his power. She needs a psychologist to take bigger steps. There are too many things going on ih her head.

About him being soft... Well, he was tough with Dani and I guess he learned something from that experience.

When he comes to do some on-court coaching, he always tells her the right things and helps her. But, hey, she's been a pro for 9 years, does she really needs a coach to tell her to wear the pants? She doesn't know that? Guys don't have an on-court coaching and it's anyway not allowed on slams. If she's so dependent on his coaching, how can't she realize that she actually needs a sport psychologist? Or even a shrink? That panic she's feeling, that horrible attitude, who knows what that shit can do to her private life. I wouldn't go too far and comment on her love life, but it can also be a proof that she needs a shrink. It's not an insult, I don't think she's crazy, I just think she's lost.

gaviotabr
Jul 3rd, 2012, 12:25 AM
I think that Nigel is a tennis coach, not a psychologist. He's doing his best really, he helped her improve mentality a lot, but her problems are deep, she's been through too much and he just can't help her enough. It's not that Heinz could. Remember her match against Kim in USO 2010. It was almost the same thing. She won 10 points more than she did in this match, but that's it.

Nigel prepared her to reach the second week of a slam and that's all that he could, the rest is not in his power. She needs a psychologist to take bigger steps. There are too many things going on ih her head.

About him being soft... Well, he was tough with Dani and I guess he learned something from that experience.

When he comes to do some on-court coaching, he always tells her the right things and helps her. But, hey, she's been a pro for 9 years, does she really needs a coach to tell her to wear the pants? She doesn't know that? Guys don't have an on-court coaching and it's anyway not allowed on slams. If she's so dependent on his coaching, how can't she realize that she actually needs a sport psychologist? Or even a shrink? That panic she's feeling, that horrible attitude, who knows what that shit can do to her private life. I wouldn't go too far and comment on her love life, but it can also be a proof that she needs a shrink. It's not an insult, I don't think she's crazy, I just think she's lost.

I get your point..

But I mean what Ana says about tennis.. like saying this result didn't show what match was, that it was closer.. that is tennis related, and I'm sure she talked about it with Nigel. So its something he could have pointed out.. sometimes I feel like people around Ana think they need to tell her she is doing well, even when she is not, so she doesn't get too down on herself, discouraged. She isn't the one to take this kind of loss and get pissed off and motivated to never let this happen again.. So its as if she needs to be a bit pampered in a way.

Like when Nigel comes in.. he always tells her she is doing well, even when she is not.. and then proceeds to give advice. And I don't think Nigel's coaching time outs help her at all.. Ana is not a good listener.

I do agree with you her problems have a deeper root and she needs specific work.. I don't think she wants to touch that though.

stegall
Jul 3rd, 2012, 12:37 AM
The problem is I don't know if it's even that Nigel told her "hey you didn't too bad,it was closer than it looks" etc.. when she's feeling down.I think it could just be her thoughts and mindsets after losses. :unsure: Sure I think someone could be straight with her about her performances but i'm not sure it'd help if that's her mindset tbh.

Cajka
Jul 3rd, 2012, 12:49 AM
I get your point..

But I mean what Ana says about tennis.. like saying this result didn't show what match was, that it was closer.. that is tennis related, and I'm sure she talked about it with Nigel.

Tennis-wise she had many break points and game points. She wasted them. When you lead 40-0 and manage to lose the game, it has nothing to do with your tennis. It's beyond that.

Tweedle
Jul 3rd, 2012, 01:04 AM
I'm not sure why everyone emphasises the psychological part so much in here. Before we get to something like that, what struck me so much today was how Azarenka's movement is streaks ahead of hers. Ana really has terrible movement and that's the basis for everything. If she's pulled the slightest bit out wide on her backhand, there's already one hand off the racquet straight away and then barely getting it back to the service line. You need to be able to withstand some few shots and be able to get yourself back into at least some rallies. Ana's movement is such a disaster she's forced to go for too much too soon. She has to go for winners that aren't there because if she gets engaged in a long rally trying to set up the opening or point, she just can't risk the other player getting the first hit in because she has zero defence. Running from left to right doesn't count if your shots are totally ineffective from every defensive position. It pains me to say it but I thought Azarenka schooled her today on what a complete player looks like: both game and movement. It's saddening that in her presser, she didn't seem to see any stark lessons from this match. I wouldn't mind but movement and fitness isn't a mental thing like game and serving can be, it just takes a lot of hard work with a proper training program to improve it.

gaviotabr
Jul 3rd, 2012, 01:04 AM
Tennis-wise she had many break points and game points. She wasted them. When you lead 40-0 and manage to lose the game, it has nothing to do with your tennis. It's beyond that.

I know.. and this whole match was way beyond tennis..

What I meant is just that Ana and Nigel probably talked about the match after it, and the conclusion was that it was closer than scoreline.. I'm not sure Ana realizes how abysmal this performance was.. or maybe Nigel doesn't want her to get too down on herself.

gaviotabr
Jul 3rd, 2012, 01:09 AM
I'm not sure why everyone emphasises the psychological part so much in here. Before we get to something like that, what struck me so much today was how Azarenka's movement is streaks ahead of hers. Ana really has terrible movement and that's the basis for everything. If she's pulled the slightest bit out wide on her backhand, there's already one hand off the racquet straight away and then barely getting it back to the service line. You need to be able to withstand some few shots and be able to get yourself back into at least some rallies. Ana's movement is such a disaster she's forced to go for too much too soon. She has to go for winners that aren't there because if she gets engaged in a long rally trying to set up the opening or point, she just can't risk the other player getting the first hit in because she has zero defence. Running from left to right doesn't count if your shots are totally ineffective from every defensive position. It pains me to say it but I thought Azarenka schooled her today on what a complete player looks like: both game and movement. It's saddening that in her presser, she didn't seem to see any stark lessons from this match. I wouldn't mind but movement and fitness isn't a mental thing like game and serving can be, it just takes a lot of hard work with a proper training program to improve it.

When you aren't into a match mentally first thing that goes is your movement.. your feet get stuck, like Ana today. Ana's movement isn't good.. but it was even worse than usual today because she wasn't mentally in the match at all.

Ana froze.. and as a frozen person can't move.. she couldn't either.

Now.. Ana will never be as good a mover as Azarenka, that's why when she has a FH to hit, she needs to hit it and not just push back like she is doing so often.

Having said that.. yes.. Ana is lazy.. she needs to work way more.. and not having a fitness coach is crazy.

Cajka
Jul 3rd, 2012, 01:30 AM
I know.. and this whole match was way beyond tennis..

What I meant is just that Ana and Nigel probably talked about the match after it, and the conclusion was that it was closer than scoreline.. I'm not sure Ana realizes how abysmal this performance was.. or maybe Nigel doesn't want her to get too down on herself.

I don't know if she got to talk to Nigel, but I remember that she said after the R2 that Nigel told her that she was too passive, but that she didn't get that impression. Also, after many of her bad losses in the past she said that she didn't have an impression that she played bad. That's her problem, when she's playing bad, she denies it. Psychologist needed.

I agree with your other post btw.

Edit: This is not the first time. She said that she didn't play bad in the 1st set against Julian, she said that she couldn't play better against Errani etc.

Cajka
Jul 3rd, 2012, 02:49 AM
When you aren't into a match mentally first thing that goes is your movement.. your feet get stuck, like Ana today. Ana's movement isn't good.. but it was even worse than usual today because she wasn't mentally in the match at all.

Ana froze.. and as a frozen person can't move.. she couldn't either.


This is what I thought. It happened too many times in 3 setters. Makes you wonder if we should blame her fitness. It was probably a factor against Errani, but what about her match against Kim this year? It looked like she froze. I'm not saying that she doesn't need a fitness coach. Actually, I think that her movement was better in 2008 when she had more kilos than she doesn't now, but I think we're reading too much into her fitness, I don't think that fitness is the biggest reasons for poor results.

JAS_
Jul 3rd, 2012, 06:39 AM
I'm not sure why everyone emphasises the psychological part so much in here. Before we get to something like that, what struck me so much today was how Azarenka's movement is streaks ahead of hers. Ana really has terrible movement and that's the basis for everything. If she's pulled the slightest bit out wide on her backhand, there's already one hand off the racquet straight away and then barely getting it back to the service line. You need to be able to withstand some few shots and be able to get yourself back into at least some rallies. Ana's movement is such a disaster she's forced to go for too much too soon. She has to go for winners that aren't there because if she gets engaged in a long rally trying to set up the opening or point, she just can't risk the other player getting the first hit in because she has zero defence. Running from left to right doesn't count if your shots are totally ineffective from every defensive position. It pains me to say it but I thought Azarenka schooled her today on what a complete player looks like: both game and movement. It's saddening that in her presser, she didn't seem to see any stark lessons from this match. I wouldn't mind but movement and fitness isn't a mental thing like game and serving can be, it just takes a lot of hard work with a proper training program to improve it.

Completely agree with you here.
It's not her psychology anymore. It's the quality. It's dropped tremendously.
C'mon, she barely managed to squeeze through Julia, who hasn't done shit this season. They were about the same level. A few balls decided the match. And the same with KBond. That was the match with unrealistic scoreline.
MJMS as well. If not for that third set, they were about the same.

Psychology is a factor with Ana but ATM it is negligeable compared to the other factors.

Let's be objective here.
Ana literally cannot redirect the balls. Every time she tried it she missed.
That is truly pathetic and a shame for someone who thinks she belongs to the top.
Azarenka, like you said, schooled her: droppers, lobs, smacking returns, serves, you name it.

Let's stop calling psychology every time as if the game is there, but the head...

IMO, the place where her head interferes with bigger effect is BEFORE the matches, it is now, in weeks much prior to tournaments, where she decides a week of practice is enough.
Nope, it's not.

Look, tennis (and success in general) is what is called a late response system.
Like with dieting. What you do only has results a long time later.
Unlike, say, sunbathing, you can see the effects the next day.
Well, Ana, and you can now observe that in JJ, is a perfect example. They have reached success, because of years of hard work. No nonsense, doing what she is told, crafting her game.
When I started liking her it wasn't necessarily because she had a complete game, but because of the potential - she already had pretty good game, and obviously I was counting on her making progress.
However, once they reached success, a little bit of distraction here and there, and slowly but surely, their habits have changed. But now, they are not just little girls who listen to the coach, they are the "boss" now who fires them (isn't that what she was saying was awkward in these relationships?).
How hilarious, she is the boss of the coach who has to coo her into thinking she's the one wearing pants. :facepalm:
So, little girls, with boss power.

And now, those new habits, take some time to appear on surface. Actually with JJ, it took quite long - credit to her. She was running for quite a while on empty. Because the touch, the feeling of the ball&racquet doesn't go away that easily. Those who play an instrument know. Long after you stop practicing you can still hit the right notes. Yep, it's a bit different, but the melody is there.

So, they think, oh look, I can get away with less work. Because for a while they do.
And now, they go on even longer with less work and play, and yep, they got some problems, but whether they see it or they attribute it to the right causes is a question.

But then, after long enough time, the game starts totally falling apart, and they have no idea why.
Just read JJ's interviews - it's like reading Ana circa 2009/10 all over again. She's working, it's all looking good in sessions, but not on the courts. Yep, it takes time for the results to appear, but now there's no time and patience, so they change it up. But that only resets the whole thing to the start.
Because now, to get the game back, it will take quite long a time too. It is not for nothing that Krajan said it would take her about two years. Well, it may have been a bit too much, but still.

So, things are what they are...
And I think that at this point, everyone who is telling her it's the head is doing her a disservice. It's such a convenient excuse.

Also, remember how we all thought Janko was talented but his head...
Oh well, looks like his head seems to be less of an issue now when he's working hard and has consistent results.
Yep, in the end of the day, it is his head, but not in the way people thought.
Once he sorted out his priorities, and he fixed his views on talent and work, he is a different guy.

gaviotabr
Jul 3rd, 2012, 01:01 PM
Interesting post JAS. You are probably right.

I don't think there is anyone blaming all this solely on the psychological aspect though. I think pretty much everyone agrees Ana needs to work more and work harder and work better to get anywhere near the goals she says she has.

But I think when you go into a big match like yesterday's match, you have to be way more focused, more alert, more intense, you have to fight more, an try more, and do more than your usual. And from first game Ana did all that WAY way way less than her usual. She wasn't mentally in that match at all, so even if she had the tools, even if the whole game was there, she wouldn't have been able to execute and use it to make a difference. Brain controls body. Now... since Ana's game is faultering, and I think we all agreed she had not played well in any of her matches at Wimbledon, maybe if she had gone into this match mentally in it, she would still not been able to win.. but I'm sure she wouldn't have been completely humilliated the way she was.

As you say.. once you are actually working hard and dedicating, it might take some time to actually see results of it.. as much as when you start neglecting tennis, it might take sometime for you to lose all feel for the game and start slumping badly in matches. So you know.. maybe Ana is working a bit more these days than she was back in the WAG days.. maybe that's still not enough.. it probably isn't as she doesn't even have a fitness trainer.. there is definitely a LOT of work ahead if she wants to get her game good enough again.. and she would have to actually want to work that hard and to play the game, which I'm not sure she does. But the thing I don't know if she will ever have is that champion attitude.. to walk on court and actually enjoy big matches. Because she hasn't enjoyed these matches in years, she has mostly just tried to make it go away as fast as possible. And if everytime you have a relevant match you act like an ostrich, game or no game, you are never going to go to the next level.

You mention Tipsarevic.. I agree.. but he was always someone who liked the big occasion.. so even without the work and the game, when he faced a top player, he would usually try and sometimes play better than his level at the time. I remember him taking Federer to 10-8 in the 5th at AO 2008.

I remember back when Ana was coming up, commentators would often say Ana was a big match player. I think she has proven over the last 4 years she is a small match player.. she can beat the scrubs.. but just bows down to the top players before any ball is hit.

gaviotabr
Jul 3rd, 2012, 03:38 PM
Google translation:

Ana B92: I am on the right path
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The best Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic said she would not allow a convincing defeat to Victoria Azarenka discourage the rest of the season.

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Ivanovic against Azarenka won only one game and compete at Wimbledon has been completed in the fourth round.

"I think she played a lot of good, and I am completely the opposite. I was just disappointed over the result, because I really think that I played so bad and does not create a real picture, because I had lots of chances, a lot of game balls. In the first game I had 40:0 and had to get it and who might have otherwise turned the match. I want to look further, I have a chance right there around the corner and I want to focus on that and to work harder and improve my work, "Ivanovic said. Ivanovic is certainly against Azarenka suffered a defeat najubedljivih career. "I do not know if I still had a game like this, but when you look at, they all have such matches. And Sharapova, and Kim, who also has had and we were very welcomed and fully understand each other. But it is an integral part of sport, it happens that the opponent played flawlessly. She played really well, I felt at the start that she was nervous, I had opportunities that I used, and then she got more confidence and was really aggressive, "said Ivanovic. Ana will be back next week, certainly among the top ten in the WTA rankings and points out that on the right track, "I think I'm on the right track. I think I play well and do not want to hamper the match towards achieving my goal. Really good progress, in recent matches, I found that I can play it and I know that it is more realistic situation than it is now. I want to better prepare for the London and other tournaments, I've got half a year ahead, and much more, "said Serbian player.

http://www.b92.net/sport/tenis/masters/vesti.php?yyyy=2012&mm=07&dd=03&nav_id=623452

gaviotabr
Jul 3rd, 2012, 03:44 PM
Google translation can be so bad at times. :lol:

HowardH
Jul 3rd, 2012, 04:14 PM
Thanks for posting that Isa. At least we can get the general gist of it. Actually that isn't too bad- it's understandable. I agree with the comments people have made about the amount of work Ana needs to put in. When you put in a lot of work it also makes you mentally stronger- you feel like you deserve to be out there and you feel like you deserve to be the winner because you put the hard yards in.

JAS_
Jul 4th, 2012, 08:06 AM
I remember back when Ana was coming up, commentators would often say Ana was a big match player. I think she has proven over the last 4 years she is a small match player.. she can beat the scrubs.. but just bows down to the top players before any ball is hit.

Yeah, but it hasn't always been that way. That's why she was able to beat JJ in that SF, clean match against Safina in the FO final and many other. She indeed had a nerve back in those days, I should remember because it is exactly that which attracted me to her. I remember because to me that was the difference between her and JJ that kinda tipped it for me. :hysteric:

This has changed once she started playing not to lose. Because there is a world of difference motivationally whether you play not to lose or in order to win.
And she started to play not to lose after the Coin loss. Because Serbian media, led by JJ brigades and biased journos, literally crucified her after that. I do blame them partly for her demise. And not just hers but JJ's as well. They did both of them a disservice by their idiotic partisanship. But in different ways.
(For instance, those idiots from B92 (still) call Ana the best ranked Serbian player instead of the best Serbian player like they used to call JJ when she was ranked higher; those people just can't accept reality, when Ana had the slam title and finals, it was ranking that mattered, now that she is ranked higher, what is the reason? Their bias, obviously. But don't even get me started on them, I think B92 tennis crew is one of the most incompetent about their subject in Serbia, TV wide and sportswide - when a tennis commentator doesn't know that the volleys are not dry, and that it's not beh_hand, but that "back" is in that word for a reason, when they don't even know how the women's draw look like and they comment on women's matches, needs one say more?)

So really, she should have dealt with that Coin loss (and subsequent media treatment) in some therapy sessions and stop carrying it around in matches 4 years later. Not to mention that one, just ONE good result, say another slam SF in Wimby, or an SF in RG would change the narrative completely. I mean it is hard for people to put you down when you have results behind you. One more F or SF in Paris wold cement her status as a clay court specialist and it would be really hard to argue that it was a fluke win, or say an SF in Wimby, to confirm the first one.
I guess it is easier to have to deal on a daily basis with people calling you a fluke and all the inner doubts it produces, on court and off, than exerting a little bit more effort to make things dramatically easier.
But, again, I am tired of myself talking the same shit over and over again...

Bottom line is: IMO her psychological issues run way deeper than freezing in a match, they affect her decisions in all the time between matches, they affect how and why she prepares for the tournaments, they affect her expectations for the tournaments. In a word she is not a free person, she is hampered by fear of injuries and this affects the amount of time she spends practicing, etc, etc, etc.

If you look at Novak, in his box, at any given time, you will be able to see three people at least - Vajda, his fitness coach Miljan, and his physio (the same man for quite some time).
Is this a coincidence? Methinks not. This is when your dedicated.
And like Howard said: once you invest yourself in something, your attitude will change automatically. One time I spent literally whole Summer (12 hours studying a day) preparing for a certain exam (that one was the hardest in my course of study). By the time the exam came, there was absolutely nothing I wasn't ready to do in order to pass. :lol: I went to the exam saying to my mom: I will kill myself if I don't pass this. Obviously I didn't mean it, it was just a way to express myself, but I was so serious that my mom was worried until I came back home. And it wasn't because of what the consequences would be if I failed, it was because I couldn't bare the thought of all my investment of time and effort going to waste.
Well, this is the state of mind she needs to have.
Nothing will happen until she says to herself: look I am going to succeed in this or this will be my last.
So long as she has the "I will try and see what happens" she will do nothing.

And I have to emphasize, I don't mind her saying it, that IS precisely what she should say, but it's not about what she says, she can say she is determined all day long, it all shows in a match. It's about attitude and you can't hide it.

Like Howard said, players say one thing and believe in other - you can tell that from their attitude and how they fight. Ana just doesn't seem to have one clue. She will be saying things that she thinks are right, but she is just all over the place, you can see she doesn't have a plan of her own.

The thing that I have most problems with is that she keeps pumping people's hopes up - I find it dishonest. And it doesn't bother me that she is dishonest with us, but the fact that she actually believes this, that she will just say thing off hand without ever stopping to think not whether that is realistic, but whether she even wants it.

gaviotabr
Jul 4th, 2012, 01:16 PM
I agree with you JAS. I think now I understand better what you meant.. The thought process as a whole gets affected by those psychological issues.. those blocks Ana built for herself... so decisions, attitude, approach and actions are influenced by it before, during and after matches/tournaments. I think if she had real desire, or pure love for the game, she would at least try to change that.. I'm not sure she is aware of the problem at all..

I just want to comment on 2 specific things.

Yeah, but it hasn't always been that way. That's why she was able to beat JJ in that SF, clean match against Safina in the FO final and many other. She indeed had a nerve back in those days, I should remember because it is exactly that which attracted me to her. I remember because to me that was the difference between her and JJ that kinda tipped it for me. :hysteric:

I know.. :sobbing: This is exactly what got me into Ana as well.. I used to love how much heart she would put into matches, and how she would grow for the big ones. But now its completely different.. she is like a totally different player.

The thing that I have most problems with is that she keeps pumping people's hopes up - I find it dishonest. And it doesn't bother me that she is dishonest with us, but the fact that she actually believes this, that she will just say thing off hand without ever stopping to think not whether that is realistic, but whether she even wants it.

Agreed 100%. That's what gets me. Sometimes I get a feeling to be constantly cheated.. she says one thing, but the attitude and the approach isn't compatible with that.. And then, what's more worrisome, she is probably not really being honest with herself. I do think she wants those things to happen to her, glory and victory to come to her.. but does she want to make it happen? Or, as you put so well.. does she really want it? Maybe she just unconciously stops herself from making it sometimes...

I'm not sure I'm explaining myself well.. but you definitely put it perfectly.

gaviotabr
Jul 17th, 2012, 08:59 PM
Ok.. so serbian tabloids are saying Ana has a new boyfriend, water polo player Vanja Udovicic... :lol: I wonder if its true or not..

ALL WATER POLO WITH A NICE INTIMATE WOMEN'S SINGLES

http://www.pressonline.rs/upload/boxImageData/2012/6/17/189805/ANA-VANJA-1.jpg

Top story - Anna and the secret relationship Vanja
Hide love - After two months of intensive meetings and frequent outings at Belgrade restaurants, Ana Ivanovic could be attained, and recently began a romance that you hide from even their closest friends

http://www.pressonline.rs/sr/vesti/dzet_set_svet/story/232854/Top+story+-+Ana+i+Vanja+u+tajnoj+vezi.html

gaviotabr
Jul 17th, 2012, 09:55 PM
Still about Ana's love life.. :spit:

Obviously nothing new, but..

Robin Barwick ‏@RobinBarwick
If you've been wondering: Adam Scott is no longer romantically linked to Serbian tennis star Ana Ivanovic. "It wasn't meant to be" he says.
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Cajka
Jul 17th, 2012, 10:28 PM
I prefer commenting on her private life than on her tennis atm. :lol: Vanja seems nice and he's way hotter than Adam. I don't know if he's a womanizer. He's hot, so he probably is. :lol:

Nena_xxx
Jul 18th, 2012, 09:16 AM
Vanja is way better than Adam. :D Me gusta already :lol:

azdaja
Jul 18th, 2012, 09:53 AM
why did they put that fake pic there? :help: anyway, i have no idea who this guy is but i hope people are right that he is ok.

fANAtic
Jul 18th, 2012, 11:17 AM
If it's true, people and medias will approve of it, because water polo players are heroes here, and Udovicic is the team's captain.
On the other hand, Adam is a boy scout compared to this guy. I'd rather see Ana focus on tennis.

gloria7
Jul 18th, 2012, 12:43 PM
Oh, well....i was hoping it's Miloš. As soon as i saw Ana near "The Bermuda Triangle" (Teodosić, Udovičić, Radmanović) i knew she would lose her compass...

She is loyal to herself: another womanizer, successful athlete, famous and handsome - Ana's type of man. I doubt he would "stimulate her intellectually" and our media will cover this story by bringing out every dirty detail...

Anyway, gay is very good water polo player (Best water polo player in the World in '10, best player in World Championship in Rome in '09, voted as best player of Euroleague in '10, best player in the World Cup and best player in European Championship in Zagreb)... girls are crazy about him and he is always in newspapers and tabloids...and he is narcissistic egomaniac. From his interview to "Sport" B92 last year:

"Let me get it straight...Đoković is probably our best athlete and best Serbian "brand" in the past decade, but if you think harder - i have had the best results in the past couple of years. I do respect Dejan Stanković, our basketball players, our karate fighters...but it is unacceptable for OKS not to value and appreciate gold that we won in World League and World Cup, success of Filipović and Nikić with Pro Reko and to ignore results of "Partizan" basketball team...It is a shame that our tennis players are payed to play for their own country".

Cajka
Jul 18th, 2012, 01:23 PM
"Let me get it straight...Đoković is probably our best athlete and best Serbian "brand" in the past decade, but if you think harder - i have had the best results in the past couple of years. I do respect Dejan Stanković, our basketball players, our karate fighters...but it is unacceptable for OKS not to value and appreciate gold that we won in World League and World Cup, success of Filipović and Nikić with Pro Reko and to ignore results of "Partizan" basketball team...It is a shame that our tennis players are payed to play for their own country".

That's what he said?

I love him then. I love people that are straightforward. :lol:

gaviotabr
Jul 19th, 2012, 10:12 PM
Was Ana holidaying in Mallorca for whole 2 weeks and a half?

Found a tweet from a Ultima Hora Palma de Mallorca newspaper reporter saying he had a word with her today, but she was in a hurry and didn't say anything (maybe left for London today?).

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Then found this BLIC article in serbian (following is a google translation):

SERBIAN tennis player START FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR OLYMPIC TOURNAMENT

For ten days before the start of the Olympics, Serbian players are prepared in different ways for London. Novak Djokovic is still on vacation, Ana Ivanovic has started to train and two days traveling to Wimbledon, and Janko Tipsarevic, Jelena Jankovic and Viktor Troicki participate in tournaments.
Photo: Beta
Recharge the batteries in Mallorca: Ana Ivanovic
Djokovic said that he will soon leave the beauty of Greece and will begin preparing for the Olympics. On the grounds of Wimbledon to try to strike gold on the surface of the Roger Federer nine days before winning the title and made history, and where Rafael Nadal defend brightest medal from Beijing in 2008. The Olympic tournament will be interesting because of the fantastic list of participants, tennis players who will carry the national flag at the opening ceremony, but the scoring, because the gold, but glory, worth 750 points, slightly less silver - 450, a bronze 340th Points from China can not defend themselves, so they will make every match points for world ranking list.
- With all my heart I want to win a gold medal for Serbia and for the umpteenth time, prove that sport is the best ambassador of our country. Serbia has had in previous years an undeservedly negative publicity in the world, and we are doing our best athletes to represent our country as it is, in the best possible way - he is another player in the world.
Champion of Stuttgart Janko Tipsarevic will play the second tournament in a row on clay. He is the top seed in Switzerland, from 250 in the tournament series in Gstaad, after retired David Ferrer of Spain. The first round is free and will be competing for the title of his Granollers, Wawrinka, South, Lopez ...
Ana ended holiday in Majorca, and packed to leave for London. She said that a week before the beginning of the world's biggest competition to come to London because she wants to feel good atmosphere and prepare for vimbldonsku grass. It is due to hand injuries had to withdraw from past Games, and then, problems arose in the form of its results, which is only now being repaired. Jelena Jankovic were the first to Wimbledon and went on a U.S. tour. She had too much success at Stanford, and hopes that this week will be better in Karlzbadu. It needs to be semi-bearer in London and will do everything to reach the top four. The third is the favorite in the second round of the obstacles it will probably be a Hungarian Zinc.
- It would mean that we win the tournament here because San Diego will soon be my base. It is wonderful that you can from his room on the ground (laughs). I return to my basic game, and this takes time. It is wrong in my years of changing some things, I play intuitively, and not just one way and it has its price. I was first, I can accept that the ball is back - said 27-year-old Jelena.

Viktor Troicki is the last week before the Olympic Games has decided to conduct an in Hamburg, the tournament prize money 1.015 million euros.

http://i45.tinypic.com/30bjzok.jpg

:facepalm:

Great preparation I see... I already thought having 10 days off was much after that horrorific loss to Vika.. but I see she needed even more time without tennis.. :tape:

fANAtic
Jul 20th, 2012, 12:36 AM
Izzy, you don't understand anything. You have to get inside Ana's mind. If she doesn't practice, she can't get injured, no?

InsideOut.
Jul 20th, 2012, 06:21 AM
I can't wait for the Olympics to be over already, since Ana is really being anal about not getting injured before the Olympics. I understand that it's important for her, but it's really getting stupid. She's skipping tournament after tournament so that she can't get injured. Unfortunately, that means less match practice as well. Seriously :cuckoo:

She should totally have played Stanford since she had a week between the horrible loss to Azarenka and the start of the tournament, and she would have had a first round bye. If she won one match she'd be in the QFs and pick up crucial points for USO seeding too. I mean grass doesn't even play like grass nowadays, would have been nice to have some tournament practice even if it was on hard court.

azdaja
Jul 20th, 2012, 08:26 AM
I can't wait for the Olympics to be over already, since Ana is really being anal about not getting injured before the Olympics. I understand that it's important for her, but it's really getting stupid. She's skipping tournament after tournament so that she can't get injured. Unfortunately, that means less match practice as well. Seriously :cuckoo:

She should totally have played Stanford since she had a week between the horrible loss to Azarenka and the start of the tournament, and she would have had a first round bye. If she won one match she'd be in the QFs and pick up crucial points for USO seeding too. I mean grass doesn't even play like grass nowadays, would have been nice to have some tournament practice even if it was on hard court.
i feel the same and wanted to start an anti-olympic rant already but decided against it :lol:

gloria7
Jul 20th, 2012, 12:56 PM
Article such as - "It's not love, Vanja is Ana's shoulder to cry on" (published in Informer) -is, as we say in Serbian - "bottom floor of the bottom floor". That "news" is everywhere, people still talk about it and readers' comments are so vulgar and primitive. If 10% of what they say about Vanja is true - Ana is done.

A "journalist" who wrote this shit is incredibly stupid, mean and cynical... He knows that "Ana isn't a girl for long relationships", "Vanja is just a guy who will help her get over Adam" , and - Oh ,the irony, - "he hopes we can read, in the future, more about Ana's success on the court and less about her private life"...

He said it... and then he found an ASTROLOGER to make their comparative horoscope and added that crap in the article : "The stars are not on their side. That relationship has no future. Vanja's Saturn is on Ana's Mars, which means - they are going to break-up more than once. This relationship is gonna be stormy and bad. Ana is possessive person and he hates that. He is analytical type and is too tied to his mother. It's all about sex and passion. They can be together...temporarily, but even in that short period of time - relationship will be chaotic".

Total madness. Just 72 hours after story was published. Imagine rest of the Serbian media.

gaviotabr
Jul 20th, 2012, 01:31 PM
This whole Vanja rumor probably isn't even true anyway. :shrug:

gaviotabr
Jul 20th, 2012, 01:34 PM
Izzy, you don't understand anything. You have to get inside Ana's mind. If she doesn't practice, she can't get injured, no?

Of course.. so naive of me.. She is wrapping herself in plastic so she arrives in London in 1 piece.

I can't wait for the Olympics to be over already, since Ana is really being anal about not getting injured before the Olympics. I understand that it's important for her, but it's really getting stupid. She's skipping tournament after tournament so that she can't get injured. Unfortunately, that means less match practice as well. Seriously :cuckoo:

She should totally have played Stanford since she had a week between the horrible loss to Azarenka and the start of the tournament, and she would have had a first round bye. If she won one match she'd be in the QFs and pick up crucial points for USO seeding too. I mean grass doesn't even play like grass nowadays, would have been nice to have some tournament practice even if it was on hard court.

i feel the same and wanted to start an anti-olympic rant already but decided against it :lol:

I agree with you guys.. OG are special for Ana and all.. but I feel like her career is on suspension so that she makes sure she is ok to play OG. I'm hoping after its over she finally gets a fitness trainer and starts to actually work on fitness...

Iva87
Jul 21st, 2012, 02:48 PM
http://www.sportskacentrala.com/?s=read&cat=14&id=113329

Ana arrived in London

Spanish media reported that Ana Ivanovic went to London, where he will begin final preparations for the Olympic Games.

The best Serbian tennis player spent the last two weeks resting in Palma de Mallorca, while working to maintain fitness.

After the break it was time for time in the British capital, where Ana would stay in such a house. Unlike our players who will all be housed together, Ana and Jelena have decided to be placed in separate houses near Wimbledon.

gaviotabr
Jul 21st, 2012, 03:05 PM
http://www.sportskacentrala.com/?s=read&cat=14&id=113329

:lol: Serbian media reading the forum. Spanish media didn't say anything about Ana.. :lol: Only mention was the tweets I posted here.

gaviotabr
Jul 23rd, 2012, 11:13 AM
Google translator:

23rd 07th 2012
BETA
Ivanovic: I remember the gold players, want their rates
The best Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic announced a foray into the gold medal at the Olympic Games in London and admitted that she was withdrawing due to injury four years ago in Beijing, one of the biggest disappointments in my career.

I would say that it is this year the most beautiful and most important event. The withdrawal from the Olympic Games in Beijing is probably the biggest disappointment of my career. I feel that waiting too long and now I want to get the most and enjoy the experience, Ivanovic said.
It was four years ago should make his debut at the Beijing Olympics, where she was one of the favorites to win some medals, but injuries got in the thumb. Now, her ambitions were again high, aim one of the medals, he says, maybe gold.
- This is definitely my goal. Do not take it that I win one or two matches. I always want to win and very motivation is high. But when it comes to such a large and important event such as the Olympics, it's really important to think step by step, game by game - she explained.
Ivanovic said he can not wait to begin the biggest sporting event in the world.
- The excitement is great. The long wait for a chance to compete at the Olympics and now finally came to that moment. I grew up watching the Serbian athletes to compete at the Games and will be a wonderful feeling to finally participate herself - she is a Serbian tennis player.
As beautiful childhood memories with the Olympics, Ivanovic said the success of Serbian basketball and volleyball.
- In childhood I loved to watch Olympics, especially basketball. However, one of the most beautiful memories of the memories when our volleyball team won the gold medal in Sydney 2000th year. I like to watch team sports. Fortunately, our athletes are there always achieve success, which is much uzbudljiivije - she said.
Ivanovic added that will try to find time to watch the performances of other Serbian athletes at the Olympics.
- Fortunately, I had the opportunity to spend in Beijing for some time with our athletes. I lived with Minja Najdanovski and we became friends. I also made friends with many athletes from our team and look forward to seeing them again. Unfortunately, Wimbledon is very far from the Olympic village and bearing in mind the problem with traffic, I do not think I will have many opportunities to go there when the tournament starts. I will be quite busy, because I play singles and mixed doubles with Nenad Zimonjic - concluded the best Serbian tennis player.
London Olympics will be held from 27 July to 12 August.

http://www.pressonline.rs/sr/oi2012/olimpijskiTimSrbije/story/233768/Ivanovi%C4%87%3A+Pamtim+zlato+odbojka%C5%A1a,+ho%C 4%87u+njihovim+stopama.html

gaviotabr
Jul 28th, 2012, 02:47 PM
Google translation:

Anu inhibit porch
28TH JUL 2012TH | 15:45 | SOURCE: SPORTSKE.NET

Ana pleased with the victory, the party expects a better, hope to medal in singles and Zikijem in the mix.

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Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic said today that she was more nervous than he expected in his debut match at the Olympic Games, but said she was happy she won in straight sets. "It was a little more jitters than I wanted ... I am pretty well served, I was calm on the service and it helped me to get into the match. I had a lot of chances and at its service. I literally felt that the nuances that decided this game has a different result and that everything is easier, but in general I am happy that I managed to finish in two sets of any result, " said Ivanovic of Serbia told reporters in London. Top ranked Serbian tennis player today won an American Christina McHale in straight sets 6:4, 7:5. It seemed to the court that the Serbian national team could not finish it before the match and missed many chances. She was 5-3 in the second set but allowed opponents to come to 5:5. "When I served in the 5:3, literally one point I took. well played, and I may have been too passive. I even think that I served well, I threw a lot first, but it aggressively entered the match. I'm happy I managed to stay calm and keep the 5:5 service when it was really critical, " said Ivanovic. Serbian tennis on several occasions complained that he was a slippery slope, and once again, and slipped during the duel. "It was slippery. We trained in other fields, where the grass has worn ... Even the boy who collects the ball slipped. Indeed there was more grass and I hope that may in future matches will be better, when frays , "she said. Ivanovic will play the next round with the winners of match Madjaric Agnes Szavay and Elena Baltacha British. "Szavay really did not see a long and not know what to expect. expect Baltacha will win because the local player. will be no easy, but I expect that (coach) Nigel Sears to help me, as long known , "said Ana Ivnaović. She said she would try to train this week with Nenad Zimonjic in mixed doubles, as it is the shortest way to the medal. "We played the South and the U.S. Open at Roland Garros, but long ago, 2005. We have great opportunities and it would be really nice if we managed to get a medal. It is our great goal and a dream, " she was born Beogradjanka. When the game of tennis at Grand Slam tournament at Wimbledon, the silence around the pitch, but the Olympics were loud, even the music heard in the beginning of the match. "It was quite loud. were moving the people, even sometimes in the gems coming and going. Not so at Wimbledon, I hope you will organize. Did not mind, but how was I, so is it so much that I have no complaints ... Totally a different feeling than the Grand Slam. Much of it is to us a new, different ones are going, rooms and even locker rooms. slowly getting used to , "Ivanovic said.

http://www.sportske.net/vest/olimpijada/anu-sputala-trema-88682.html

Iva87
Jul 28th, 2012, 04:49 PM
http://www.sportal.rs/news.php?id=79393

Ivanovic: I had a patron of the suitors

Ana Ivanovic was great raspložena after placement in the second round of the Olympic Games and won in straight sets against American Christina McHale.

- Has served me well, and service to help me a lot to be safer. It was admittedly a little more jitters than I wanted. Decided this shade and I am pleased that I finished the match in two sets - said Ivanovic.

Ana will be in London to play in mixed doubles with Nenad Zimonjic.

- We were on the team at Roland Garros and the U.S. OPEN 2005. year. We have functioned perfectly. It would be nice if we manage to win the gold medal.

Because of schedule Anna was unable to attend the opening of the Games.

- Sorry, not even on television, I watched the end of the ceremony, as I fell asleep quickly, but the letter "b".

Ivanovic, as well as other players, is located in the Olympic village, but visited the home to the vast majority of Olympic athletes.

- I was raising the flag of Serbia on Wednesday, I'm glad I saw the rest of our athletes. I have great friends with Miroslav Najdanovski and Nadja Higl, I know, and Zoran Arunović.

Inevitably, the question is whether there was a suitor in the Olympic Village.

- No, I had their protectors - concluded with a smile Ivanovic.

:lol::lol:

gaviotabr
Jul 30th, 2012, 08:53 PM
Ana:'' I just enjoyed''
30TH JUL 2012TH | 19:35 | SOURCE: BETA

Serbian tennis player happy and dancing and the atmosphere during the match with British Baltaci, which was defeated today in the second round at the Olympic Games in London.

Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic said today that the match against in Olena Baltaci second round of the Olympic Games in London was very difficult, but it is important to again failed to win in straight sets to be able to get ready for the match round.

"It was a tough match, I think it is very well played, especially in the second set ... but I'm really happy that I managed to pull out the second set and to get used to it and good odserviram the tie-break. It is my helped a lot, "said Ivanovic told reporters in London after the triumph of 6:4, 7:6 over local competitors.

Unlike Wimbledon, the atmosphere at the Olympic Games is much more relaxed and noisier.

"I think we were deliberately placed to play a small field because it is a nice atmosphere. And I had the pleasure to play. It is domestic, so it was more of her fans, but it is ours. I just enjoyed," said the first Serbian player.

Ivanovic is a first-round matches played on the same field, No. 18, and both won in straight sets, but said she was not superstitious.

"I will not be complaining if he is still the same result on the same ground, but I am not so superstitious that matter," she said with a laugh.

Ivanovic in the final round of waiting Belgian Kim Clijsters , who announced that this will be her last season in tennis.

"After this tournament, just play Ju-Es Open and I'm sure is in good shape and wants to play the best and the best way to say goodbye to tennis," said Ivanovic.

http://www.sportske.net/vest/olimpijada/ana-bas-sam-uzivala-89096.html

gaviotabr
Jul 30th, 2012, 09:10 PM
Ana is number 8 in the best paid female athletes with 7.2 million dollars.

#8 Ana Ivanovic

Earnings: $7.2 million

The former world No. 1 has bounced back after seeing her rank slip to No. 64 in 2010. She has won three tournaments over the past two years and is now ranked No. 12. Her Adidas shoe and apparel deal is one of the richest in women’s tennis.

http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mli45imfe/8-ana-ivanovic/#gallerycontent

Cp6uja
Jul 30th, 2012, 11:10 PM
Ana is number 8 in the best paid female athletes with 7.2 million dollars.

http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mli45imfe/8-ana-ivanovic/#gallerycontentFor 10M+ and comeback into TOP$5 i think comeback into WTA TOP10 will be enough.

Vaidisova
Jul 31st, 2012, 05:26 AM
Ana will play Hopman Cup:

Hopman Cup headline acts include: Novak Djokovic & Ana Ivanovic. Held at the Perth Arena for the first time.

https://twitter.com/hopmancup

azdaja
Jul 31st, 2012, 07:57 AM
Ana will play Hopman Cup:

Hopman Cup headline acts include: Novak Djokovic & Ana Ivanovic. Held at the Perth Arena for the first time.

https://twitter.com/hopmancup
:facepalm:

gaviotabr
Jul 31st, 2012, 10:44 AM
Ana will play Hopman Cup:

Hopman Cup headline acts include: Novak Djokovic & Ana Ivanovic. Held at the Perth Arena for the first time.

https://twitter.com/hopmancup

:facepalm:

Because that worked SO well for Ana last time... :tape: And she really doesn't need ranking points.. :help:

I guess she really doesn't want to touch Brisbane..

Linguae^
Jul 31st, 2012, 10:10 PM
That's how I like it!

Cajka
Jul 31st, 2012, 11:05 PM
:facepalm:

Because that worked SO well for Ana last time... :tape: And she really doesn't need ranking points.. :help:

I guess she really doesn't want to touch Brisbane..

She needs the points badly, I agree with you, especially now that Brisbane is upgraded. I like HC, but she needs the points. It's easy for Novak, he never plays anything before AO except exhos, but Ana is not in that situation.

If Ana wants to come back EVER, first she needs to realize that she's not a top 5 player anymore.

gaviotabr
Jul 31st, 2012, 11:22 PM
She needs the points badly, I agree with you, especially now that Brisbane is upgraded. I like HC, but she needs the points. It's easy for Novak, he never plays anything before AO except exhos, but Ana is not in that situation.

If Ana wants to come back EVER, first she needs to realize that she's not a top 5 player anymore.

Agreed. She needs the points and she needs to take every single tournament seriously.

Its also easy for Novak because Hopman Cup has always led him to great AO results. But with Ana, both times she played, she lost really early at AO.. and last time she got an injury that affected her until clay season. Its just not good at all for her on so many levels.. :facepalm:

I guess she didn't want to play Brisbane, with Adam living there and all... She only played there when she was with him.. :facepalm: But she could play other tournament that week... :sobbing: It could very well cost her a seeding bracket for AO. :facepalm:

Cajka
Jul 31st, 2012, 11:47 PM
I hate to say this, but it's good that she won't skip RC.

gaviotabr
Aug 1st, 2012, 03:51 PM
Ivanovic: I'm sorry

Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic said today that it is disappointed in her match against Kim Klejsters in the final round of the Olympic Games in London, there was no time to develop, adding that he hoped she would smile a fortune in the draw.

"The match was much more rapid, everything happened so quickly. It (Clijsters) is a pretty good hit, especially on the backhand and not enough time to develop the game. Certainly I am disappointed because there was no time to develop the game, being well served and I have been to blame for me twice 'brejknula, "said Ivanovic told reporters after losing 6-3, 6-4 .


I have no luck with the draw: Ana Ivanovic

The best Serbian tennis player again had no luck in the draw.

"It is always so, but I have to get the best players if you want to get back in the top 10 certainly was easier opponent than Kim, but I guess it will be the one to turn to," said 24-year-old from Belgrade.

Ana Ivanovic for the Games are over, because to play mixed doubles with Nenad Zimonjic.

"I stayed as a mix of hope for a medal. It would be great to win today and sell it on," said Ana Ivanovic.

http://www.vesti-online.com/Sport/Tenis/243766/Ivanovic-Zao-mi-je

Cajka
Aug 1st, 2012, 07:52 PM
I saw the interview on the TV. She said that she didn't hit the ball so well and that the timing on her backhand was off. When she was asked about the draw, she said that there were certainly easier draws, but that you must beat the top players if you want to improve.

gaviotabr
Aug 1st, 2012, 08:04 PM
I saw the interview on the TV. She said that she didn't hit the ball so well and that the timing on her backhand was off. When she was asked about the draw, she said that there were certainly easier draws, but that you must beat the top players if you want to improve.

I think that's a fair look into things..

doni1212
Aug 4th, 2012, 07:17 PM
I was reading through some transcripts from the Olympics the other day and I found this quote...

Q. It's almost the end of her career. Ana Ivanovic says she [Clijsters] deserves to win the gold medal because of she almost stops playing tennis. I guess this is not what you think.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think everybody in the draw is competitive. You know, you're out there to try to win the match no matter what situation your opponent is in.If we felt like this, we probably shouldn't even come to the event.



I couldn't agree with her more. I hope Ana wasn't thinking that while she played and if so, she shouldn't have even played the match. Even Serena wouldn't say that about Venus. And if she did, she definitely wouldn't be thinking that on the court.

What do you guys think?

gaviotabr
Aug 4th, 2012, 08:27 PM
I was reading through some transcripts from the Olympics the other day and I found this quote...

Q. It's almost the end of her career. Ana Ivanovic says she [Clijsters] deserves to win the gold medal because of she almost stops playing tennis. I guess this is not what you think.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think everybody in the draw is competitive. You know, you're out there to try to win the match no matter what situation your opponent is in.If we felt like this, we probably shouldn't even come to the event.



I couldn't agree with her more. I hope Ana wasn't thinking that while she played and if so, she shouldn't have even played the match. Even Serena wouldn't say that about Venus. And if she did, she definitely wouldn't be thinking that on the court.

What do you guys think?

I definitely agree with you and Sharapova. The situation your opponent is in shouldn't matter at all.. and if you walk on court you should always have the ultimate desire to win, and belief that you can (even if thats not the case). If you want others to win or don't think you can win, then there is no point in going out there.. you'd have lost already in the locker room.

Ana only said that she hoped Kim would win the gold medal, and she said it after the loss. So its not that bad.. I want to think that while she was on court she wanted to win and didn't have Kim's interests in mind.

Now its also true that Ana's attitude in big matches is pretty awful.. she is mostly subdued and not there to win.

azdaja
Aug 4th, 2012, 09:22 PM
my take on it is that ana has too much respect for big opponents. i don't think she's bold enough in matches against big names but i wouldn't make too much out of this statement either.

gaviotabr
Aug 4th, 2012, 09:43 PM
my take on it is that ana has too much respect for big opponents. i don't think she's bold enough in matches against big names but i wouldn't make too much out of this statement either.

Yes, I agree... Ana has way too much respect for big opponents.. faces these players as if she thinks she doesn't deserve/isn't able to win against them.. some arrogance is needed for top athletes.. they have to believe they are the best, even if they aren't, and have very little playing respect towards opponents.. I don't think Ana thinks too highly of herself as a tennis player to be honest, so she tends to put some players in pedestals and get somehow intimidated.

I don't think this particular statement is too relevant though.. she was just asked about Kim after the loss and said she hoped Kim would win gold.. no big deal..

gaviotabr
Aug 9th, 2012, 08:50 PM
Ana Ivanovic suffered a beating
ALEXANDRE PARENT / QMI AGENCY
Posted on: Thursday, August 9, 2012, 3:56 p.m. | Updated: Thursday, August 9, 2012, 4:02 p.m.
Ana Ivanovic suffered a beating at the Rogers Cup.

Ana Ivanovic of Serbia certainly did not imagine this kind of ending for his return to Montreal after missing the 2010 Rogers Cup.

Ivanovic, ranked 12th in the racket of the WTA and 11th-seeded tournament, was humiliated by Italy's Roberta Vinci, 28th in the world, by a score of 6-0, 6-0, in the second round.

"I never played as badly as that," simply summarized the Serbian champion in 2006 in Montreal.

It must be given due as this is the first time she lost by a score as severe. Moreover, she had escaped without winning a round of games only four times in his career.

"I really struggled to find my rhythm, continued the Serbian. I'm surprised this happened because I played really well in training. "

This is the first victory of Vinci on a top 15 player in the world since its gain on Caroline Wozniacki in Toronto in 2011.

"I played well, the Italian said after the meeting. But I think she really has not played well today [Thursday]. Moreover, it really does not like my cut back. "

http://www.journaldemontreal.com/2012/08/09/ana-ivanovic-subit-une-raclee

Can I form a petition for Ana never ever to repeat this "I played well in practice" mantra? Who cares if she "played well in practice" if she throws in this shitfest in a match. WHO CARES!?

gaviotabr
Aug 9th, 2012, 10:03 PM
Google translation:

Rogers Cup: pitiful performance from Ivanovic

Ana Ivanovic of Serbia has not won a single game against Italian Roberta Vinci on Thursday at the Rogers Cup.


Ana Ivanovic of Serbia is one of the most popular players in the women's circuit, but this is unfortunately, because of its beauty, if we may judge his performance on Thursday in the first round of the Rogers Cup .

The former world number one and champion of Roland Garros in 2008 bowed out 0-6, 0-6 before the Italian Roberta Vinci. A pitiful performance which obviously has disappointed its loyal fans, but the player itself.

"I do not remember the last time I had a match like this. Probably when I was still a junior. I was surprised this happened because I played really well in training, I felt the ball. Today I could not find my footwork ...

"When you are done, 4-0, 5-0, 6-0, panic sets in, we want to do more. I tried to force things, but I could not put one ball in the court. Against a player like Roberta who makes very few mistakes, it's even more difficult. It's hard, but I want to forget it and move on, there is nothing else to do. "

Ivanovic, however, is much better than it showed on Thursday. She now knows his best season since 2009, including a semifinal at Indian Wells and good performance in Australia and at Wimbledon. Too bad the Rogers Cup champion in 2006 was unable to repeat his exploits.

http://www.lapresse.ca/sports/tennis/201208/09/01-4563765-coupe-rogers-performance-pitoyable-divanovic.php

There are about 20 articles like this.

gaviotabr
Aug 10th, 2012, 02:08 AM
Ana Ivanovic's nightmares continue


BY STEPHANIE MYLES, THE GAZETTE AUGUST 9, 2012 9:14 PM


MONTREAL - Some day in the very distant future, Ana Ivanovic will be sitting in her rocking chair on the veranda of the tennis retirement home when her thoughts turn to Montreal.

Her first reaction probably will be something like: “Wow, never a dull moment in that city.”

Most often, where Montreal’s Rogers Cup is concerned, there have been tears involved. And Thursday’s second-round loss to Roberta Vinci — the first 6-0, 6-0 drubbing of Ivanovic’s career, juniors included — may end up as the worst memory of all.

Most visitors to our city take home a few dozen bagels from St. Viateur; the 24-year-old Serb left with two giant-sized ones.

When she flew in from Europe at the last-minute in 2006 to help the WTA meet its top player commitment after the last-minute withdrawals that plagued the event during those years, she ended up winning it all as the winsome, 20-year-old No. 13 seed.

In 2008, she came in as a celebrated No. 1, the French Open champion. She left in tears, forced to withdraw after a pair of three-set wins with a thumb injury that also caused her to miss the Beijing Olympics.

In 2010, her fallen ranking not close to getting her into the main draw, Ivanovic was turned down for a wild card by tournament organizers in a most unkind way, with tournament director Eugčne Lapierre undiplomatically suggesting she’d be better off trying the qualifying. She passed.

But the gracious Ivanovic moved past that and returned to Montreal ready to recapture the magic she created six years ago.

“The last few days I was hitting the ball so nicely. I had such a good rhythm. I was actually, you know, excited and happy about today’s match and this tournament,” she said. “I really thought: ‘I can get by.’ I didn’t. I’m going home on a bike.”

It was one of the more awkward moments on the stadium court in a long, long time for the fans. So imagine how Ivanovic felt, so inept on the day, with thousands watching at Uniprix Stadium and millions more around the world, unable to turn it around.

Ivanovic is a favourite wherever she goes, but her unexpected 2006 victory is one the fans will long remember, in part because of the pure joy she displayed upon victory.

There is nothing like an Ivanovic victory smile; the coldest of hearts would be melted.

When there are tears, they have the same effect.

Before a smallish crowd with the noon start, there was only a smattering of applause when Ivanovic entered the court. And as the match progressed, when it was clear she had arrived at her first hard-court match of the summer against the veteran Vinci with absolutely nothing, the applause turned sympathetic.

Mostly, though, there was stunned silence. Ivanovic herself seemed equally stunned as it all unfolded.

“Today I just struggled to find my feet and to get two consecutive balls in the court,” she said. “I can’t remember last time I had a match like this, you know, maybe not since I was junior.”

It took a shade under 45 minutes; Ivanovic won only 21 of 73 points played.

She had just three game points in the entire match. The first came at 0-4 in the first set; Ivanovic ended up being broken on her third double fault of that game. The other two came at 0-2 in the second set when from 40-15, Ivanovic lost four straight points to get broken again.

By my charitable count, she had seven winners and 35 unforced errors on her own serve (21 of them on the forehand).

“Obviously when you are 4-0 down, 5-0 down, 6-0 down, the panic starts to set in. You want it even more,” Ivanovic said. “I tried to force it a little bit. You know, it was bad as it was already, without having to force. My serve wasn’t working, and just, was really, really tough for me out there.”

An on-court visit from coach Nigel Sears offered sound advice: upgrade her positioning, sharpen up her footwork, come to the net on deep balls to Vinci’s backhand if she felt like it and most of all, trust her game and the game plan and play more freely.

Sears tried to get Ivanovic to interact, asking her questions like “Are you with me?”

All he got in response were timid little nods, if that.

The advice didn’t help; Ivanovic promptly opened the first game of the second set with a double-fault, and was broken at love.

She didn’t even try to shake herself loose; not a single fist pump, not a single familiar cry of “Ajde!!!” She was going down, and it almost seemed out of her hands.

Maybe we can call it the Montreal curse.

When I observed to her that dramatic things always seemed to happen to her here — both great and awful — Ivanovic couldn’t disagree. “You’re right,” she said. “Hopefully the next time, it will go the other way.”


http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/Ivanovic+nightmares+continue/7067818/story.html

NO! No Ana.. no going back there.. it's always going to be awful. :facepalm:

marineblue
Aug 10th, 2012, 05:42 AM
Relax,it won't. She just had a really bad day in the office. Not that she can afford to do that very often considering her ambitions but sometimes it just happens. Hopefully she'll not repeat the same nightmarish play in Cincy.

gaviotabr
Aug 10th, 2012, 11:46 PM
Transcript of Ana's post bagel presser:

August 9, 2012

Ana Ivanovic

MONTREAL, QUEBEC

R. VINCI/A. Ivanovic
6‑0, 6‑0


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. (Off microphone.)
ANA IVANOVIC: No, I really struggled to find my rhythm out there, and it was really‑‑ you know, it came as a surprise a little bit, because I was practicing really well, and, you know, I felt the ball nicely.
Today I just struggled to find my feet and to get two consecutive balls in the court. Against players like Roberta that don't make many errors, it's always going to be tough.

Q. Did it surprise you as it was happening, as it was unfolding? Did you feel like you were trying to figure out some way to turn it around?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, you know, obviously when you are 4‑Love down, 5‑Love down, 6‑Love down, the panic starts to set in. You want it even more.
I tried to force it a little bit. You know, it was bad as it was already, you know, without having to force. You know, my serve wasn't working, and just, you know, it was really, really tough for me out there.

Q. Has anything like that ever happened? Has that ever happened to you before?
ANA IVANOVIC: I can't remember last time I had a match like this, you know, maybe not since I was junior.
Yeah, it's obviously tough, you know, but I just want to try and put it behind me and try to forget about this because that's the only thing you can do. You can't dwell so much.

Q. (Off microphone.)
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely it was tough. Actually when I came here first I thought it was the toughest surface change I have had to do because we had been on grass for so long, and also for the first time we had to kind of go from one day to another on a different surface.
The last few days I was hitting the ball so nicely. I had such a good rhythm. I was actually, you know, excited and happy, you know, about today's match and this tournament.
I really, you know, thought I can get by. I didn't. I'm going home on a bike.

Q. (Off microphone.) Did you speak to her after her loss?
ANA IVANOVIC: We did speak a little bit and not straightaway. I don't think she will hear from me straightaway, either.

Q. Your coach was not here earlier in the week when you first got here. It was interesting to see you sort of walking around all by yourself and doing your own thing. Was there a reason he wasn't here? Was that strange to you, as well?
ANA IVANOVIC: It was. It was very strange. Actually the first day I was supposed to have a day off, but I really felt like coming out and hitting a little bit.
He just had issue with his passport. He had to take a later flight. That definitely was strange.

FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports

http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=82208

I think Ana says "I thought I could get far", not get by, judging by the video.

gaviotabr
Aug 13th, 2012, 03:52 PM
Ivanovic has tear in foot; pulls out of Cincy
Ticker - Monday, August 13, 2012

Former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic has pulled out of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati with a tear in her right foot. The former Roland Garros champion was suffering from pain in her foot last week in Montreal where Roberta Vinci double bageled her. She had an MRI this past weekend which revealed a tear in her foot,' TENNIS.com has learned. She has been told by doctors to rest for five days. The 10th-seeded Ivanovic will have her seeding spot taken by Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Lucky loser Ana Tatishvili will take Ivanovic's place in the draw. No. 1 Victoria Azarenka and No. 3 Maria Sharapova have also pulled out of the tournament.

http://www.tennis.com/articles/templates/news.aspx?articleid=19164&zoneid=25

Excuses for the double bagel.. psss....

Cajka
Aug 13th, 2012, 11:01 PM
5 days?

Always the same type of injury. If she's injured, why doesn't she skip USO?

gaviotabr
Aug 13th, 2012, 11:22 PM
5 days?

Always the same type of injury. If she's injured, why doesn't she skip USO?

Not every injury demands long lay offs.. :shrug:

Thank God Ana has only had small injuries in her career.. because even in that situation, she seems freaked out by any little thing she feels.. afraid to be perpetually injured, as she told Nigel in Indian Wells. :tape:

She probably actually only really wants to play the big tournaments, so if she feels anything at all in smaller ones she freaks out and just doesn't want to play.

Cajka
Aug 13th, 2012, 11:36 PM
I don't know, but the double bagel makes this whole thing too fishy. I don't believe in these injuries, I used to believe in them, but not anymore. It happens too often, it's always something that last for 5 days, she never skips a slam. I'll quote you Izzy: "there's a pattern really". You can find the pattern in every type of her behavior. She doesn't want to play anymore, she's disappointed, but there's a reason why she refuses to call it a career although it's clear to her that the things will never get better. She had her chances this season, now that she realized that she wasted them, she just wants the season to end already.

gaviotabr
Aug 13th, 2012, 11:54 PM
I don't know, but the double bagel makes this whole thing too fishy. I don't believe in these injuries, I used to believe in them, but not anymore. It happens too often, it's always something that last for 5 days, she never skips a slam. I'll quote you Izzy: "there's a pattern really". You can find the pattern in every type of her behavior. She doesn't want to play anymore, she's disappointed, but there's a reason why she refuses to call it a career although it's clear to her that the things will never get better. She had her chances this season, now that she realized that she wasted them, she just wants the season to end already.

Yes, I mostly agree with you.. I think Ana has no motivation right now, she just doesn't feel like playing.. there is no goal.. her so called goals clearly won't be reached, so she just wants to skip to 2013.. and I guess she is using any little minimal thing she feels to avoid playing really. Since she hasnt reached any goal she says she had since 2008, this pattern repeats itself. Any little niggle is used to avoid playing, and those little niggles usually take no more than 1 week to heal.

Somehow I still think she does all this but doesn't really realize that its exactly this attitude that will prevent her from ever acomplishing anything else in tennis.