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Cajka
Sep 15th, 2012, 11:27 PM
I believe that since Indian Wells Ana has been trying to be more aggressive. And when she gets passive (usually after winning a first set), it's really strange. Few times she said that Nigel told her that she was too passive in the second set, but she didn't notice it. Few times I heard that, after the match against Dani, Errani, maybe even after the match against Bondarenko IIRC. Against top players she freezes. She was passive against Vika for example and against Goerges she played very risky. No wonder she thinks that Vika is a big hitter, she was pushing in that match.

And Ana's fh was never a low percentage shot, she has never been a bbb with a low percentage game. That's why she handles the counterpunchers so well, she can stay in a point with them. She struggles against grinders who take the ball early, like Vika or LenaD (even Domi), so if she's passive, like she was against Vika, she's a toast. That's when she needs to play very risky.

And I don't think that her serve has been bad since Birmingham. It was good in Birmingham, she hit so many aces during the 2011 grass season. And I don't remember it was bad until the clay season.

gaviotabr
Sep 16th, 2012, 12:17 AM
I believe that since Indian Wells Ana has been trying to be more aggressive. And when she gets passive (usually after winning a first set), it's really strange. Few times she said that Nigel told her that she was too passive in the second set, but she didn't notice it. Few times I heard that, after the match against Dani, Errani, maybe even after the match against Bondarenko IIRC. Against top players she freezes. She was passive against Vika for example and against Goerges she played very risky. No wonder she thinks that Vika is a big hitter, she was pushing in that match.

Its no coincidence Ana looks passive against top players.. its a bit mental, but not only mental. Nigel wants her to be aggressive within the average route, as I said before. But that is going to be very hard against good opponents as they rob her of time and space to hit.. and this game of averages is not her natural one.

And against Goerges it was not like Ana was playing risky.. it was eigther trying to go for a winner or seeing a winner pass her by, as Goerges was playing complete BBB tennis. It was Goerges BBB turning completely erractic and Ana's fight (who would've said!) that won Ana that match.

And Ana's fh was never a low percentage shot, she has never been a bbb with a low percentage game. That's why she handles the counterpunchers so well, she can stay in a point with them. She struggles against grinders who take the ball early, like Vika or LenaD (even Domi), so if she's passive, like she was against Vika, she's a toast. That's when she needs to play very risky.

I never said Ana's FH was a low percentage shot. Ana used to have a heavy flat FH that was a weapon, and she was aggressive with it at the first chance.

And Ana struggles with grinders who take the ball early because they play high paced games. Ana cant handle the high pace of rallies.. all too fast for her. She needs to have the ultimate aggression against these kind of players, like against Lena D in Beijing 2010, so she doesnt allow them to impose these fast rallies from side to side. If she lets them in, they take control and she can't help but look passive, as they rob her of time and space.

With the average game route she is taking, she will always give them the advantage. :shrug:

And I don't think that her serve has been bad since Birmingham. It was good in Birmingham, she hit so many aces during the 2011 grass season. And I don't remember it was bad until the clay season.

It was good in Birmingham.. then never good again. That's why I said since Birmingham.. since then its been getting progressively worse.. she improved the consistency of her groundgame with the average route, and that's why she is winning matches against lesser players.. but the serve has been getting worse and worse and worse.. its just reached a point its really bad, so much it became obvious for anyone to see.

azdaja
Sep 16th, 2012, 10:45 AM
which makes me hope
are you sure there is hope? :unsure: because your posts are pure gloom.

gaviotabr
Sep 16th, 2012, 12:58 PM
are you sure there is hope? :unsure: because your posts are pure gloom.

:rolleyes:

Cajka
Sep 16th, 2012, 01:53 PM
Nigel wants her to be aggressive within the average route, as I said before.

Yes, I know that you said that, I just have a completely different impression. She's going forward whenever she can, her volleys have improved a bit, she's hitting the forehand better. The reason why she can't be more aggressive isn't that "new style" or "average route", she simply has a very low 1st serve percentage. She had a right game plan against Serena, she was competitive off the ground and it's not like the average route prevented her from winning more games, she was missing some easy putaways and/or hitting on Serena's racket when she had a chance to finish the points. I think it's panic because she didn't do that against other players.

And against Goerges it was not like Ana was playing risky.. it was eigther trying to go for a winner or seeing a winner pass her by, as Goerges was playing complete BBB tennis. It was Goerges BBB turning completely erractic and Ana's fight (who would've said!) that won Ana that match.

Fight? You mean she stayed focused after wasting the break points. But, still, how did she win the match? Fight is not a playing style.

I never said Ana's FH was a low percentage shot. Ana used to have a heavy flat FH that was a weapon, and she was aggressive with it at the first chance.

You say that she should hit it as flat as possible and I don't think that she has ever played that way. And trying to kill every single ball was what she was doing before 2007 for obvious reasons. Ever since getting fitter she's been trying to play with more patience, to construct the point.


And Ana struggles with grinders who take the ball early because they play high paced games. Ana cant handle the high pace of rallies.. all too fast for her. She needs to have the ultimate aggression against these kind of players, like against Lena D in Beijing 2010, so she doesnt allow them to impose these fast rallies from side to side. If she lets them in, they take control and she can't help but look passive, as they rob her of time and space.

That's what I said. :confused: But I don't think that she didn't rally against LenaD. She was doing it, but she was faster and hitting a fh better. Also, she could serve.


It was good in Birmingham.. then never good again. That's why I said since Birmingham.. since then its been getting progressively worse.. she improved the consistency of her groundgame with the average route, and that's why she is winning matches against lesser players.. but the serve has been getting worse and worse and worse.. its just reached a point its really bad, so much it became obvious for anyone to see.

You can't win a single match in pro tennis if your serve is really bad unless you're Errani. Even her serve is not "really bad". Ana's 1st serve percentage is a big problem there. And we can't say how good Ana's serve in 2011 was because she was losing in R1 for the most of the time. And against the scrubs her serve still looks good. When she plays against what you call a 1st decent opponent (top 5 player, btw), it falls apart. But how many times did Ana play against those decent players during the last 4 years? Her serve wasn't good enough even against the players like Sevastova. I noticed that her serve got worse after Miami, when she started taking those vacations and getting injured frequently, but it's not getting progressively worse after hiring Nigel. What kind of coach would make someone's serve worse? It happens when you try to change your serve motion or when you get injured, but not just like that.

Cajka
Sep 16th, 2012, 02:03 PM
:rolleyes:

:lol: But Srđan is right, Izzy. You say that her game reached a dead end and they don't plan to change it, therefore there's no hope. His conclusion is logically correct. :p And if by "hope" you mean that it will get better if they choose to change her game completely, I'm sorry, but in that case she'll fall apart completely. Screwing her mind once again would be fatal.

gaviotabr
Sep 16th, 2012, 02:20 PM
:lol: But Srđan is right, Izzy. You say that her game reached a dead end and they don't plan to change it, therefore there's no hope. His conclusion is logically correct. :p And if by "hope" you mean that it will get better if they choose to change her game completely, I'm sorry, but in that case she'll fall apart completely. Screwing her mind once again would be fatal.

Your conclusion is not logic actually.

I never said they didn't plan to change it.. the hope comes exactly from HOPING they see that this is a dead end and they need to change it. :shrug:

If by screwing her mind you mean making her be an all out aggressive player and hit her FH flat and hard at first chance, then I don't get it. That is her natural game.. if anything it would make her more comfortable.. less clueless.. just playing her natural game. :shrug:

What would be really fatal is sticking with this dead end route that will lock her and limit her potential. That will be fatal.

gaviotabr
Sep 16th, 2012, 02:53 PM
Yes, I know that you said that, I just have a completely different impression. She's going forward whenever she can, her volleys have improved a bit, she's hitting the forehand better. The reason why she can't be more aggressive isn't that "new style" or "average route", she simply has a very low 1st serve percentage. She had a right game plan against Serena, she was competitive off the ground and it's not like the average route prevented her from winning more games, she was missing some easy putaways and/or hitting on Serena's racket when she had a chance to finish the points. I think it's panic because she didn't do that against other players.

We disagree completely then. Against Serena, its undeniable that Ana's FH costed her at least a few more games. Exactly because a top player barely allows her to hit the FH freely and robs her time on it.. so when she has the chance to hit a FH, its too erractic to actually work. She gets anxious to do it, because its so few chances.. and its not really what she is working on. Ana needed to be working to death on the flat FH, her best shot at a real big weapon.

Against scrubs, she gets all the time in the world.. so she looks aggressive.. like that FH winner feast against Arvidsson. But I have said that Ana was striking her FH a bit better, more aggressively and flatter at the USO.. comparing to the passiveness of most of the tournaments this year, which made me hope they are finally seeing she needs her flat FH.

Fight? You mean she stayed focused after wasting the break points. But, still, how did she win the match? Fight is not a playing style.

Fight yes.. keeping herself in it, fighting off BPs and keeping focused while wasting some.. that's fight. Julia had BPs in many games in that third set and Ana kept saving them.. that's also fight.

You say that she should hit it as flat as possible and I don't think that she has ever played that way. And trying to kill every single ball was what she was doing before 2007 for obvious reasons. Ever since getting fitter she's been trying to play with more patience, to construct the point.

No... where did I say she has to hit as flat as possible? I said she needs her flat heavy FH and none of this put spin on it :bs:. That has nothing to do with hitting as flat as possible. And there is a difference between being patient and constructing points and being passive. With all this put spin on it, Ana's FH was just not hurting anyone anymore.. she was being robbed of time.. and even though she lost weight she isn't fast and will never really be. So she needs to hit her FH aggressively at the first opportunity. Which doesn't mean trying to bash the ball the first time she has a FH to hit.. but at the first opportunity she has, at the first opening for an aggressive FH. Against top players, if she isn't really aggressive from the start, these opportunities will be scarce.. And if Ana waits for the fith opportunity to actually strike a FH, the ball will just not get to her FH, will already be endlessly on her BH.

That's what I said. :confused: But I don't think that she didn't rally against LenaD. She was doing it, but she was faster and hitting a fh better. Also, she could serve.

In that match Ana was very aggressive.. hitting hard, flat and heavy shots. Hardly ever does this now.. her shots are much more airy since she began to work in getting her game through the average route..

You can't win a single match in pro tennis if your serve is really bad unless you're Errani. Even her serve is not "really bad". Ana's 1st serve percentage is a big problem there. And we can't say how good Ana's serve in 2011 was because she was losing in R1 for the most of the time. And against the scrubs her serve still looks good. When she plays against what you call a 1st decent opponent (top 5 player, btw), it falls apart. But how many times did Ana play against those decent players during the last 4 years? Her serve wasn't good enough even against the players like Sevastova. I noticed that her serve got worse after Miami, when she started taking those vacations and getting injured frequently, but it's not getting progressively worse after hiring Nigel. What kind of coach would make someone's serve worse? It happens when you try to change your serve motion or when you get injured, but not just like that.

No.. Ana's serve doesn't look good against anyone.. even scrubs are having a quite high win percentage in her 1st and 2nd serves. Ana is winning matches against lesser players on groundgame.. the average route is good for that, as she will be more consistent then the lesser players, so less prone to real bad losses. You don't need 1000000 matches to see if the serve is good, ok, bad, so so.. Hradecka doesnt play that much and loses a lot of matches, but her serve is great. Ana's serve in 2011 was WAY better than it is now.. better placement, higher percentage, hit harder.

And Ana's first decent opponent are not top 5 players.. :spit: Even now against Stephens, Ana struggled mightly on serve.. Sofia was getting BPs on Ana's serve left, right and center.

Ana played Sevastova in IW 2010, right? Did you watch that match? No. Ana's groundgame was in shambles at that point in 2010.. there was no way she could do well in a match without a groundgame.. see Hradecka. Ana's serve in early 2011 was only thing that was working.. now her groundgame is less erractic against lesser opposition, due to the average route, so she beats them regardless of the awful state of her serve.

And it has been progressively bad since Ana started working with Nigel.. that's the one shot he has made worse. There is no doubt about that. It was better at USO 2011 than at Beijing 2011 (remember thinking how Ana won those matches against Kuznetsova and Zvonareva on groundgame ALONE), and better in Beijing than in Bali and better in Bali than at AO, then better at AO than Dubai, then better in Dubai than Miami, then better in Miami than Rome, then better in Rome than RG, then better in RG than at Wimbledon, then better at Wimbledon than OG, then better at OG than USO 2012. Only exception was Indian Wells. Ana served ok in Indian Wells. A serve can get worse whenever you are tinkering with it.. and they are obviously tinkering with it. Ana has said herself that they are working in a lot of things regarding her serve. And its obviously not working. Its no coincidence that her first serve percentage was that abysmal at the USO. Its just that the progression of getting worse started to get obvious during clay season.. and now its really bad, so its more obvious.

Ana's injuries were all leg injuries.. it might have slowed her down in footwork and speed.. but not in serving. Now.. it might have contributed or made the process of the degeneration of Ana's serve faster.. but its not the cause. The cause is the tinkering they are making.

Don't say players cant win matches without serve.. :lol: Vika's serve is not good at all, and she is winning a LOT, because of her groundgame. Errani is not the only example. Kerber has the most match wins of the year and her serve is crap. Lena D didn't have a serve for SO long, yet she was a top 10 player for 10 years... I could go on and on. If you have a bad serve, you can compensate with your groundgame. Now Ana is a player who depends much more on her serve than the above mentioned players, because she isn't as fast or consistent. So to have a chance against any top player, yes Ana needs the serve to be working well and the FH to be firing and to be really aggressive. But she can keep winning matches against lesser players on groundgame alone.

Cajka
Sep 16th, 2012, 03:00 PM
Your conclusion is not logic actually.

I never said they didn't plan to change it.. the hope comes exactly from HOPING they see that this is a dead end and they need to change it. :shrug:

If by screwing her mind you mean making her be an all out aggressive player and hit her FH flat and hard at first chance, then I don't get it. That is her natural game.. if anything it would make her more comfortable.. less clueless.. just playing her natural game. :shrug:

Controlled aggression is what made her a great player, not hitting as hard as possible. In 2008 she said that she can hit harder than she did in that moment, but she was going for higher percentage. She can become more aggressive, little by little, but starting from a scratch, as you're suggesting, would be fatal and it would screw her mind. Her body is different now, her mindset is damaged, there were too many coaches trying different things with her. Trying something like that would be to risky for her body and her mind. And I remember last year you said you disliked Kardon because he was trying to make her play the way you're currently think she should. IMO, in 2009 she could still play like that, now it would be too difficult. She can try to add some strength, aggression and try to get as close as possible to her level from 2008, but it will never be exactly the same.

gaviotabr
Sep 16th, 2012, 03:13 PM
Controlled aggression is what made her a great player, not hitting as hard as possible. In 2008 she said that she can hit harder than she did in that moment, but she was going for higher percentage. She can become more aggressive, little by little, but starting from a scratch, as you're suggesting, would be fatal and it would screw her mind. Her body is different now, her mindset is damaged, there were too many coaches trying different things with her. Trying something like that would be to risky for her body and her mind. And I remember last year you said you disliked Kardon because he was trying to make her play the way you're currently think she should. IMO, in 2009 she could still play like that, now it would be too difficult. She can try to add some strength, aggression and try to get as close as possible to her level from 2008, but it will never be exactly the same.

WTF??!!!

I would like to understand how on EARTH! Kardon wanted Ana to play the way I'm saying she should play. Kardon tried to change Ana's game completely by making her a net rusher. That has nothing, absolutely nothing to do with what I'm saying. Nothing. WTF?!

Its different to have controlled aggression and to make your shots harmless and being passive... very different. Ana was an aggressive players with weapons back in 2008.. her FH would hurt opponents. Now she is playing the game of averages, adding spin to her shots, making it harmless and airy. This average route is the pollar opposite of the aggressive route. And by aggressive route I never meant for her to be only a complete ballbasher. Its about taking the opportunity to strike and turning her shots into weapons again.. hitting them hard and flat as they should always be. Going for the average route as she is doing is playing a whole different style of play than the one that is natural to her, the one she had up until 2010.. This style is pollar opposite than the one she should have. Its no wonder she looks clueless on court so often. If she ever sees this style has a dead end for her, she will have to start again from scratch. :shrug: The mistake was going for this route in the first place. She will have to forget about spin and go for flat, she will have to make her mind in being aggressive and not withstanding 20 shots + rallies, so on. I know Ana will never be the one she was in 2008.. that player got killed off. But she is playing now a game that doesn't favor her, that negates her weapons, that has a dead end within her possibilities. All I'm saying is that she needs to go for the game that is natural to her, that not only make her weapons visible but make them shine. Otherwise she won't ever have anything special, that differentiates her from others, as she once did. And that would be fatal.. or you think she will be satisfied if she never does anything of significance again?

Davodus
Sep 16th, 2012, 03:33 PM
WTF??!!!

I would like to understand how on EARTH! Kardon wanted Ana to play the way I'm saying she should play. Kardon tried to change Ana's game completely by making her a net rusher. That has nothing, absolutely nothing to do with what I'm saying. Nothing. WTF?!

Its different to have controlled aggression and to make your shots harmless and being passive... very different. Ana was an aggressive players with weapons back in 2008.. her FH would hurt opponents. Now she is playing the game of averages, adding spin to her shots, making it harmless and airy. This average route is the pollar opposite of the aggressive route. And by aggressive route I never meant for her to be only a complete ballbasher. Its about taking the opportunity to strike and turning her shots into weapons again.. hitting them hard and flat as they should always be. Going for the average route as she is doing is playing a whole different style of play than the one that is natural to her, the one she had up until 2010.. This style is pollar opposite than the one she should have. Its no wonder she looks clueless on court so often. If she ever sees this style has a dead end for her, she will have to start again from scratch. :shrug: The mistake was going for this route in the first place. She will have to forget about spin and go for flat, she will have to make her mind in being aggressive and not withstanding 20 shots + rallies, so on. I know Ana will never be the one she was in 2008.. that player got killed off. But she is playing now a game that doesn't favor her, that negates her weapons, that has a dead end within her possibilities. All I'm saying is that she needs to go for the game that is natural to her, that not only make her weapons visible but make them shine. Otherwise she won't ever have anything special, that differentiates her from others, as she once did. And that would be fatal.. or you think she will be satisfied if she never does anything of significance again?

She had a perfect mix of controlled aggression in 2007/08, and I'm with you...that's the kind of style that works best for her. She was patient with her backhand as a rally shot, she used to hit it pretty well deep with spin, and then she'd move around to crack the forehand. Now she has half that power and half that aggressive mentality :shrug: I haven't read this whole conversation but this I agree with.

EDIT: Can I also add that her forehand now is too much arm and not enough body, she comes up around the outside of it too much and it's not nearly as technically good as it used to be, unless she is totally set and in the zone. It's a pretty big problem because like you say she's not using it when she gets the chances to go for a big flat shot, its just a spun shot now...so she has to work harder to win points then she becomes more clueless. Well I guess, maybe I'm wrong :lol:

Cajka
Sep 16th, 2012, 03:53 PM
We disagree completely then. Against Serena, its undeniable that Ana's FH costed her at least a few more games. Exactly because a top player barely allows her to hit the FH freely and robs her time on it.. so when she has the chance to hit a FH, its too erractic to actually work. She gets anxious to do it, because its so few chances.. and its not really what she is working on. Ana needed to be working to death on the flat FH, her best shot at a real big weapon.

Against scrubs, she gets all the time in the world.. so she looks aggressive.. like that FH winner feast against Arvidsson. But I have said that Ana was striking her FH a bit better, more aggressively and flatter at the USO.. comparing to the passiveness of most of the tournaments this year, which made me hope they are finally seeing she needs her flat FH.

Missing an easy putaway is missing an easy putaway, you shouldn't miss it against anyone. If you're missing it against top players and not against scrubs, then it's all in your head. She was inpatient, wanted to finish it as soon as possible, so she was overhitting or making poor shot selection. That's how I saw it.


Ana's FH was just not hurting anyone anymore..

In 2009 and 2010 it was hurting a lot of people... who were in the crowd. They made adjustments for a reason, I have this crazy theory that coaches do some things for a reason, I don't think that Nigel is a deluded old man who thinks that Ana can play like Hingis, but when you get a player who is a mess atm, you must try to make her win some matches for a beginning. I don't think he wants her to play like that for the rest of her career.



Ana played Sevastova in IW 2010, right? Did you watch that match? No.

I watched her against Dulko, Perry and I watched her in FC (live, unfortunately), so I have a slight idea what could've happened in that match.

I'm tempted to post all Ana's serve stats (including serve speed stats from slams) from the last 4 years. And to back them up with available match videos from YT. But it would be a useless effort, because you will find a way to dismiss all my arguments (:sobbing:), so I should probably save my effort and researching skills for the paper I'm writing atm. :spit: Those stats and videos are on the Internet anyway and everybody can see it in case someone forgot what her toss looked like and how many dfs she used to hit.

Ana's injuries were all leg injuries.. it might have slowed her down in footwork and speed.. but not in serving. Now.. it might have contributed or made the process of the degeneration of Ana's serve faster.. but its not the cause. The cause is the tinkering they are making.

What are they tinkering? I don't see it. It's not like she cut off some pace to get a higher 1st serve percentage. Her 1st serve percentage was horrible. What can be the reason for that? The lack of practice is the only thing I can think of. Vacations in the middle of season can explain the lack of practice and they can be a reason for injuries (that make you unable to practice as well).

Cajka
Sep 16th, 2012, 04:32 PM
WTF??!!!
I would like to understand how on EARTH! Kardon wanted Ana to play the way I'm saying she should play. Kardon tried to change Ana's game completely by making her a net rusher. That has nothing, absolutely nothing to do with what I'm saying. Nothing. WTF?!

Its different to have controlled aggression and to make your shots harmless and being passive... very different. Ana was an aggressive players with weapons back in 2008.. her FH would hurt opponents. Now she is playing the game of averages, adding spin to her shots, making it harmless and airy. This average route is the pollar opposite of the aggressive route.

The only two extremes in tennis are pushing and ballbashing, not a single top 50 player is exclusively one or another. When you say that Ana's playing style is completely opposite of what it should be, it's wrong because Ana's playing style is not an extreme in any way. She's still an aggressive player, not as aggressive as she could or should be, but when you say that it has to be MUCH different, for me it means that she should go to some extreme. I don't think that we disagree about her game as much as we have different ideas about the meaning of the words like: slight, much, opposite, bad, really bad, decent. These adjectives and adverbs are often used to describe personal judgement which really varies from person to person, so what is good for me can be average for you, but your usage of these words is quite something. That's why I asked if you ever got B+ in the school. :oh: I was a nerd tbh. :oh: So, for me, getting B+ was disappointing, terrible and I really thought that B+ was slightly better than C-.

or you think she will be satisfied if she never does anything of significance again?

Controlled aggression is the only way to do something. And controlled aggression is not an opposition to her "new style". I don't see that she's trying to have 0 winners and 0 UEs in her stats. She's still an aggressive player who should be more aggressive

azdaja
Sep 16th, 2012, 07:02 PM
:rolleyes:
no offense izzy. the way you've been painting it, the future looks very dark. there are no positives to take since ana has taken the "average" route. and all that.

we all know that ana of 2007/08 was much better and we also all know she won't come back in that shape.

Linguae^
Sep 16th, 2012, 09:44 PM
Ana will shut Izzy up, chill out. :D

gaviotabr
Sep 16th, 2012, 09:59 PM
Missing an easy putaway is missing an easy putaway, you shouldn't miss it against anyone. If you're missing it against top players and not against scrubs, then it's all in your head. She was inpatient, wanted to finish it as soon as possible, so she was overhitting or making poor shot selection. That's how I saw it.

And why is that? Because she gets a lot less chances of having those shots against top players.. and is not totally secure about being aggressive as its not what she is working on. So it combines to make her more anxious and erractic.

In 2009 and 2010 it was hurting a lot of people... who were in the crowd. They made adjustments for a reason, I have this crazy theory that coaches do some things for a reason, I don't think that Nigel is a deluded old man who thinks that Ana can play like Hingis, but when you get a player who is a mess atm, you must try to make her win some matches for a beginning. I don't think he wants her to play like that for the rest of her career.

So he went all the way rebuilding Ana's game on one way, just to get to the whole opposite way? That is what makes no sense. I'm not acusing Nigel of not meaning the best for Ana or working with no purpose. He probably thinks this is the best route for her game. As Morozova said.. this whole new style of play was his idea, and I'm sure he wants Ana to succeed. I happen to completely disagree. I know they will see the dead end one day.. I just hope its sooner than later. As I said, Ana hit her FH more aggressively and flatter at the USO.. hopefully they are already seeing it.

I watched her against Dulko, Perry and I watched her in FC (live, unfortunately), so I have a slight idea what could've happened in that match.

I'm tempted to post all Ana's serve stats (including serve speed stats from slams) from the last 4 years. And to back them up with available match videos from YT. But it would be a useless effort, because you will find a way to dismiss all my arguments (:sobbing:), so I should probably save my effort and researching skills for the paper I'm writing atm. :spit: Those stats and videos are on the Internet anyway and everybody can see it in case someone forgot what her toss looked like and how many dfs she used to hit.

I think, if you have time, you should do it. :shrug: From mid of 2010 to mid of 2011 Ana was serving much, MUCH better than she is now. And stats don't show placement and so on. Groundgame has been winning her matches this year, which wasn't at beginning of 2011.

I'm not discussing that from end of 2009 till mid of 2010 Ana's whole game was in shambles.. :shrug:

What are they tinkering? I don't see it. It's not like she cut off some pace to get a higher 1st serve percentage. Her 1st serve percentage was horrible. What can be the reason for that? The lack of practice is the only thing I can think of. Vacations in the middle of season can explain the lack of practice and they can be a reason for injuries (that make you unable to practice as well).

Ana has been having leg injuries since start of the season.. :shrug: Its the lack of fitness and weak legs that lead to that. There was one in Sydney.. and then at IW.. and then at RG.. and then in Montreal..

As for the serve.. they are tinkering with it. Look at the position of her feet.. and then the elbow and then how she is stretching to reach the ball. Small tinkering, but tinkering all the same. She said herself she is working a lot on her serve.. its not just serving 10000000000000 balls. :shrug:

gaviotabr
Sep 16th, 2012, 09:59 PM
Ana will shut Izzy up, chill out. :D

And I'm rooting for that!

gaviotabr
Sep 16th, 2012, 10:18 PM
The only two extremes in tennis are pushing and ballbashing, not a single top 50 player is exclusively one or another. When you say that Ana's playing style is completely opposite of what it should be, it's wrong because Ana's playing style is not an extreme in any way. She's still an aggressive player, not as aggressive as she could or should be, but when you say that it has to be MUCH different, for me it means that she should go to some extreme. I don't think that we disagree about her game as much as we have different ideas about the meaning of the words like: slight, much, opposite, bad, really bad, decent. These adjectives and adverbs are often used to describe personal judgement which really varies from person to person, so what is good for me can be average for you, but your usage of these words is quite something. That's why I asked if you ever got B+ in the school. :oh: I was a nerd tbh. :oh: So, for me, getting B+ was disappointing, terrible and I really thought that B+ was slightly better than C-.

:lol:

Ok.. what I mean is this.. Imagine you are in the center of a crossroad. To go the game of averages route you need to turn right. To go the aggressive game route, you need to turn left. The further you go write the more passive you will become, until you reach pushing territory. The same with aggressive.. the further you go left the more aggressive you will be, until getting to ballbashing territory. Ana has turned right.. but she is obviously not at the end of that road, and she could never go because she just isn't fast enough to be a pusher even if she wanted to.. :lol: But she turned her back to the aggressive route and is going the opposite game way that she should.

Controlled aggression is the only way to do something. And controlled aggression is not an opposition to her "new style". I don't see that she's trying to have 0 winners and 0 UEs in her stats. She's still an aggressive player who should be more aggressive

Ana is not doing controlled aggression.. :shrug: She is playing the game of averages.. controlled aggression means being aggressive when you have the chance to be. The most common thing in Ana's matches nowadays is having a chance to hit a FH and still choosing to just roll it back, keep the rally going. That's not controlled aggression.. that's the average route. And it has cost her a lot..

Its also about hiding her weapons.. Ana's FH cant hurt good opponents anymore.. and there is a reason for that.. its not only mental.. its because she has made it into an airy shot.. and she doesn't really go for it as she should. And when she does she gets erractic, because she isn't working on hitting the flat FH, but in being more consistent and in adding spin. That's not controlled aggression, as she is wasting chance after chance after chance of being aggressive even when the opportunity for it is right there in front of her.

gaviotabr
Sep 16th, 2012, 10:23 PM
She had a perfect mix of controlled aggression in 2007/08, and I'm with you...that's the kind of style that works best for her. She was patient with her backhand as a rally shot, she used to hit it pretty well deep with spin, and then she'd move around to crack the forehand. Now she has half that power and half that aggressive mentality :shrug: I haven't read this whole conversation but this I agree with.

EDIT: Can I also add that her forehand now is too much arm and not enough body, she comes up around the outside of it too much and it's not nearly as technically good as it used to be, unless she is totally set and in the zone. It's a pretty big problem because like you say she's not using it when she gets the chances to go for a big flat shot, its just a spun shot now...so she has to work harder to win points then she becomes more clueless. Well I guess, maybe I'm wrong :lol:

Exactly right. Ana's FH is a lot less technically sound than it used to be, as it has suffered with so much tinkering.. As Ana said, the first thing Nigel told her when they started to work together was that they had to fix her FH. :facepalm: Add spin to it, not hit it as flat... And other coaches before tinkered with it as well.. Ana used to have one of the best techniques in putting her whole body into the shot while hitting her FH.. now she pulls back, so its too much arm. And since she pulls back, and tries to hit it with more air, its just not the weapon it used to be and its not used when there is a chance. Instead of having to hit 2 FHs to win a point, now Ana needs 5 or 6, and barely any top player will let her hit as many.

She did hit it with more conviction and aggression at the USO.. hopefully it improves from now on somehow.

gaviotabr
Sep 16th, 2012, 10:32 PM
no offense izzy. the way you've been painting it, the future looks very dark. there are no positives to take since ana has taken the "average" route. and all that.

we all know that ana of 2007/08 was much better and we also all know she won't come back in that shape.

:rolleyes:

I never said there are no positives to take.. and I'm just stating my opinion that this route Ana chose for her game hides her weapons and gives her a dead end, limits her possibilities as for as level of play goes.. which is a pity for such talented player.

I know 2008 Ana is dead and wont come back. But that doesn't mean she shouldn't try to play the game that best suits her, which is the only thing I'm discussing.

And this is a discussion that should never exist.. that it does shows that Ana is playing a brand of tennis different than whats her natural game.. Every player seem to know how they should play.. Ana is one of the few that goes one way and then another and then another.. then looks clueless on court. No wonder.. this has also contributed to having such loooong slump.. not really being certain of how she should play.

But if you don't want to understand what I'm saying and just wants to label it.. then fine.. what can I do.. :shrug:

Cajka
Sep 16th, 2012, 11:32 PM
Izzy, I don't believe that anyone including herself thinks that she should be some weird counterpuncher. And, not only that she isn't, she also much more aggressive than an average passive player. I don't think that it's their plan. She just played a more safe game because she needed winning the matches and therefore her confidence back. She regained that confidence, but she's clueless when she's facing the best players. I don't think that before her match against Kim or Vika Nigel suggested her to keep the ball in play. No way he did that. No way! And about them practicing only junkballing... No way! If he's doing that, he's worse than some local tennis club coach, we know he's not. Let's be honest, Izzy. He knows about tennis more than we would learn in thousand years of following tennis. Watching tennis and playing tennis for fun is nothing compared to coaching pros. There's no way he can't see the thins that we see. He needed her to be consistent again, he must have a plan for the next step. If he doesn't, I'll be the first one to admit that he was no better than glorified club level coach. But, if he's not, suggesting that any of us noticed things that he didn't is not fucking possible. He actually knows her, coaches her, knows about her mindset, her demons and the weaknesses more than ANY FAN. If he doesn't, then he's really clueless, a glorified club level coach.

I'll post the stats about her serve these days, not today. I took a short look, it really looks like it's regressed since Rome. Not before that.

And don't :rolleyes: at Aždaja, he loves arguing with the girls on this board, it's his weakness. :oh: But this is the first time after many months that I agree with him. :p We should celebrate it, it doesn't happen often. :bigcry:

gaviotabr
Sep 17th, 2012, 05:05 AM
Izzy, I don't believe that anyone including herself thinks that she should be some weird counterpuncher. And, not only that she isn't, she also much more aggressive than an average passive player. I don't think that it's their plan. She just played a more safe game because she needed winning the matches and therefore her confidence back. She regained that confidence, but she's clueless when she's facing the best players. I don't think that before her match against Kim or Vika Nigel suggested her to keep the ball in play. No way he did that. No way! And about them practicing only junkballing... No way! If he's doing that, he's worse than some local tennis club coach, we know he's not. Let's be honest, Izzy. He knows about tennis more than we would learn in thousand years of following tennis. Watching tennis and playing tennis for fun is nothing compared to coaching pros. There's no way he can't see the thins that we see. He needed her to be consistent again, he must have a plan for the next step. If he doesn't, I'll be the first one to admit that he was no better than glorified club level coach. But, if he's not, suggesting that any of us noticed things that he didn't is not fucking possible. He actually knows her, coaches her, knows about her mindset, her demons and the weaknesses more than ANY FAN. If he doesn't, then he's really clueless, a glorified club level coach.

I must be explaining myself horribly or you just don't get my point at all.

Nigel is remodelling Ana's game to what he thinks will be the best for it.. as Kardon did with the net rushing, for an example.. people have their opinions of what is an affective game and try to make their players play like that.. :shrug: Kardon also knew Ana, coached her, was experienced.. but can you honestly say Ana should play netrushing after every shot? Look.. Nigel and Ana probably think this is the most effective style of game and that she should play like this.. but this is not her natural game, and this ends up limiting her potential and hiding her weapons, rendering her game useless against top opposition. They will both realize that sooner or later, as she fails to beat a top player time and again and again and again...

Now.. please.. I never said Nigel's plan is to make Ana a weird counterpuncher or that their plan is to be passive. Their plan is to be aggressive within the average game.. but Ana gets caught up and is unable to be aggressive when the opponent is faster, smarter, more consistent and robbs her of time on her FH. :shrug: And then when she has the chance to be aggressive, she is too earger to take it knowing its a rare chance, and becomes erractic.. mostly working on consistency and adding spin and air to her shots also doesn't help her cause when she needs to hit flat FHs.. Playing an unnatural game usually leads to these consequences.. :shrug: And Ana's serve is not a weapon right now, I think we agree with that.. she relies on her FH alone to be a weapon, and when she hits it airy, trying to put spin and rally with it, its just not a weapon either. Weaponless players cant hurt players with weapons.. and all top players have at least one. Ana should be playing a game that actually makes her weapons shine, not one that hides them.

I'll post the stats about her serve these days, not today. I took a short look, it really looks like it's regressed since Rome. Not before that.

Its been getting worse since last year... :shrug: And not only stats will tell.. For an example.. Ana wasn't serving all that well at AO, if you look at placement, speed, damage it did.. but her stats look quite good.. mostly because she faced crap returners who would make anyone look like Karlovic. So they would return Ana's serve without getting into an advantage in the point, making the ground game decide it.

Then when Ana faced Kvitova, who isn't really a good returner at all, but who is a good player, her serve looked awful. It was already, but crappy returners can give good numbers. Its just been degenerating since last year.. which has become more obvious since Rome as Ana's 1st serve percentage started to fall.

And don't :rolleyes: at Aždaja, he loves arguing with the girls on this board, it's his weakness. :oh: But this is the first time after many months that I agree with him. :p We should celebrate it, it doesn't happen often. :bigcry:

:lol:

Look.. fine.. we disagree.. its all obvious in this 10 page discussion. We'll see what the future holds.. hopefully Ana, Nigel and you all prove me wrong. :shrug:

marineblue
Sep 18th, 2012, 08:12 PM
looking ahead to the Fed Cup final...
http://anaivanovic.com/pressandinterviews/itf-world-interview

Linguae^
Sep 18th, 2012, 11:44 PM
Ana, please play something, shut these arguments up. :sobbing: :D

gaviotabr
Sep 18th, 2012, 11:51 PM
Venus has been announced to compete at Hopman Cup. So we already know one of the players Ana might face.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/sport/a/-/tennis/14889521/venus-adds-stardust-to-hopman-galaxy/

The 2nd Law
Sep 19th, 2012, 12:44 AM
Venus has been announced to compete at Hopman Cup. So we already know one of the players Ana might face.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/sport/a/-/tennis/14889521/venus-adds-stardust-to-hopman-galaxy/

Oh great :rolleyes: So now it's three seasons in a row where she gets spirit breaking losses from her masters. Justine in Perth in 2011, Kim this year in Brisbane and now Venus wants in :hysteric:

The 2nd Law
Sep 19th, 2012, 12:46 AM
I would die if Novak doesn't play HC and she gets stuck with Janko instead :spit:

gaviotabr
Sep 19th, 2012, 12:52 AM
Oh great :rolleyes: So now it's three seasons in a row where she gets spirit breaking losses from her masters. Justine in Perth in 2011, Kim this year in Brisbane and now Venus wants in :hysteric:

:sobbing: Hopefully US gets put in another group. :sobbing:

Though Ana's lonely win against her masters came against Venus in Australia.. :spit:

I would die if Novak doesn't play HC and she gets stuck with Janko instead :spit:

I wouldnt worry about that.. Ana only plays this tournament because Novak loooooooves it SO much. According to him he asked Ana to play with him every year since 2006.. If Novak were to drop out, which I dont think he would.. I doubt Ana would play this tournament at all.

Cajka
Sep 19th, 2012, 12:52 AM
I would die if Novak doesn't play HC and she gets stuck with Janko instead :spit:

I don't think she would play with him. They were both very clear about that. Novak said he'd only play mixed doubles with Ana and Ana said he was her favorite mixed doubles partner. Besides, the only one who would decide not to play is Ana. For Novak, HC was always a lucky charm and they are all superstitious.

The 2nd Law
Sep 19th, 2012, 12:55 AM
:sobbing: Hopefully US gets put in another group. :sobbing:

Though Ana's lonely win against her masters came against Venus in Australia.. :spit:



I wouldnt worry about that.. Ana only plays this tournament because Novak loooooooves it SO much. According to him he asked Ana to play with him every year since 2006.. If Novak were to drop out, which I dont think he would.. I doubt Ana would play this tournament at all.

Yes but it was Melbourne not Perth, Ana is too supersticious :rolleyes:

Official H2H is wrong anyways, in my mind Ana beat Kim both in Miami 11 and Brisbane 12, and she beat Venus this year in Miami :hysteric: Now when she chokes a lead against Serena I'll count that too :lol:

SilverSlam
Sep 19th, 2012, 12:55 AM
Venus is playing Hopman cup?!? :eek: I'm shocked! I'll definitely have to go then!

gaviotabr
Sep 19th, 2012, 01:02 AM
Yes but it was Melbourne not Perth, Ana is too supersticious :rolleyes:

Official H2H is wrong anyways, in my mind Ana beat Kim both in Miami 11 and Brisbane 12, and she beat Venus this year in Miami :hysteric: Now when she chokes a lead against Serena I'll count that too :lol:

:lol:

:sobbing:

So many more wins counting like this!

gaviotabr
Sep 19th, 2012, 01:03 AM
Venus is playing Hopman cup?!? :eek: I'm shocked! I'll definitely have to go then!

That's what the organizers have announced today. Venus and Isner to play for USA.

Cajka
Sep 24th, 2012, 07:56 AM
http://wtvbam.com/news/articles/2012/sep/24/ivanovic-seeking-to-recapture-former-glory/

Ivanovic seeking to recapture former glory



By Alastair Himmer

TOKYO (Reuters) - Former world number one Ana Ivanovic insisted she still had the game to challenge for grand slam titles after booking a spot in the second round of the Pan Pacific Open on Monday.

The Serb, seeded 11th in Tokyo, beat Andrea Hlavackova 6-3 2-0 to advance after the Czech retired with a thigh injury after just 44 minutes.

"That's the only reason I'm still here," Ivanovic, who climbed to the top of the women's rankings after winning the 2008 French Open, told Reuters.

"I already achieved two of my biggest dreams in winning a grand slam and being number one in the world.

"But I believe I can still be at the top level and winning grand slams. Otherwise I wouldn't be here," added the 24-year-old winner of 11 WTA Tour titles.

Ivanovic, who has won more than $9.6 million career prize money, admitted she still had a little work to do to seriously challenge at the major tournaments.

"I need to work on my strength in the off-season, get a little stronger," said Serbia's tennis pin-up, who reached the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open. earlier this month.

"But it's also confidence. Beating the top players can really boost your confidence and make you start to believe."

Ivanovic, beaten by eventual champion Serena Williams in New York, will face Poland's Urszula Radwanska in the second round in Tokyo after the Polish player's 6-2 6-4 win over Japan's Kurumi Nara.


I couldn't find the full transcript, but it's nice to know that she'll try to get stronger during the off season. Hopefully, it means she'll hire a fitness coach, I don't see how she could do it without help. :unsure:

gaviotabr
Sep 24th, 2012, 11:38 AM
I couldn't find the full transcript, but it's nice to know that she'll try to get stronger during the off season. Hopefully, it means she'll hire a fitness coach, I don't see how she could do it without help. :unsure:

Thanks for the article!

Interesting... good that Ana acknowldges the need to gain strength.. its obvious how she needs that to have a chance against top players. But I'm not convinced until she actually does something to change. It seems to me everytime she takes time off, she shows up thinner. Some of those pics with Petko and Kerber at the kids clinics are shocking.. Ana is just too thin for pro sports.

But what caught my eye the most in this article and made me a bit sad is reading the "only reason" Ana is still playing is that she thinks she can get back to the top.. that's just playing for all the wrong reasons.. and playing for the wrong reasons is detrimental to anyone's game. Once upon a time I thought Ana played for love of the game... how innocent of me.. that she plays for goals is part of why she had such slump after achieving something. Its sad really.. and doesn't help her cause.

Cajka
Sep 24th, 2012, 11:49 AM
Thanks for the article!

Interesting... good that Ana acknowldges the need to gain strength.. its obvious how she needs that to have a chance against top players. But I'm not convinced until she actually does something to change. It seems to me everytime she takes time off, she shows up thinner. Some of those pics with Petko and Kerber at the kids clinics are shocking.. Ana is just too thin for pro sports.

When she's in casual outfit, she usually looks thinner than on court. At least, that's how it seems to me.

But what caught my eye the most in this article and made me a bit sad is reading the "only reason" Ana is still playing is that she thinks she can get back to the top.. that's just playing for all the wrong reasons.. and playing for the wrong reasons is detrimental to anyone's game. Once upon a time I thought Ana played for love of the game... how innocent of me.. that she plays for goals is part of why she had such slump after achieving something. Its sad really.. and doesn't help her cause.

I thought about that too. I was thinking if she's gonna lose patience thinking that way. But, then, maybe it's just a figure of speech. Maybe she just wanted to say that if you don't believe that you can be the best, you have no business being a pro athlete. Playing for fun or because of love is fine, but it's not exactly a pro level. That's what I hope that she thought.

The 2nd Law
Sep 24th, 2012, 11:52 AM
I wouldn't hold her to that "only reason" bit, she gets asked questions like that every week, probably just trying to mix up her answers or something imo :lol:

Cajka
Sep 24th, 2012, 11:58 AM
I wouldn't hold her to that "only reason" bit, she gets asked questions like that every week, probably just trying to mix up her answers or something imo :lol:

It could be like that. It must be boring to get the same question for 4 years already. So, she was probably like: "I'm still here, I'm not going anywhere, so, yes, obviously I believe I can come back." :p

gaviotabr
Sep 24th, 2012, 12:26 PM
I don't know.. I don't like that way of thinking.. that shouldn't be the only reason to play.. and this is not the first time she says it, so its not like its a way of mixing up in interviews.

I think after winning RG/number 1 she really got into a funk of "what now?" which goes with this way of thinking and is not positive to have.

azdaja
Sep 24th, 2012, 04:54 PM
i think it's encouraging both that she wants to get stronger and that she wants to win another grand slam.

gaviotabr
Sep 29th, 2012, 12:34 PM
Google translation from chinese is kind of hilarious. :lol: This is an article on Ana's presser after her 1st round win in Beijing:

Ivan eager ranking to return to the top ten tournament would like to visit the Forbidden City Great Wall

Sep. 29, 2012 6:08Source: Sohu Sports Author: Ting Yuan

Ivanovic in the net on the first day, in the afternoon debut Diamond Stadium is undoubtedly the number one player, though ranking longer TOP10, but had to win the Grand Slam, once ranked first in the world the brilliant experience or her concern. In the women's singles first round match, Ivanovic in straight sets win over American teenager McHale, easily cut.
  Ivan Diamond Stadium debut, when it comes to the stadium Ivan said: "This is my first game at Diamond Stadium, where the venue is very large, the quality of the venue is very good, left me a very good impression. "
  Ivan retire because of injury last year, talked about the scene last year Ivan said he was very sorry, but she said very happy this year is back, hoping to return to the previous peak. Ivan said: "Draw out and found a lot of good opponents, I hope to be able to exchange blows with them."
  Ivan when it comes to game and McHale, said: "Her backhand is not very good, so I repeatedly remind myself to hit her backhand I serve is not particularly good, play well today because the attention is more concentrated." young opponent Ivan give full recognition, very promising American teenager, Ivan said: "there is a certain pressure to play with her, although she lost, but does not prove that she is not a good player"
  Beijing is a magical city for Ivan terms, she expressed the hope to have time to play with, in particular, visit the Summer Palace, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Beijing's famous attractions in addition to participating, which helps her to understand China and Chinese culture.
  Ivan the state this season rebounded, but the performance is not very stable, Ivan said: "This season I state there are ups and downs, hope can best state remains in the network, of course, hope that can be brought to the next season I hope this season to hit the top ten. "the former world currently ranked 12, to return to the top ten became her at the moment the most realistic goal. Return to the top ten Ivan is very confident that a "return to the top ten for me, not farther away, I am now ranked 12, and I have to work hard, be possible to reach the target, she said: In the past I have many opportunities are wasted, and I hope to area small victory was victory. U.S. Open is a great opportunity, but I did not catch, but I have gained a lot of confidence, is a great encouragement to me. "
  Turning to the next round, Ivanovic said he would communicate with coaches, and to plan accordingly. (Ting 苑)

http://sports.sohu.com/20120929/n354207089.shtml

gaviotabr
Sep 29th, 2012, 12:44 PM
Ivanovic strolls to victory
2012-09-29 14:34

Beijing - Former world number one Ana Ivanovic eased into the second round of the China Open on Saturday, defeating American Christina McHale in straight sets 6-3, 6-2.

The 24-year-old Serbian played aggressively from the start, hitting big first serves and powerful forehand drives which McHale, ranked 28 in the world, was unable to match.

Ivanovic's returns from McHale's service game were too good for the 20-year-old, with the French Open champion of four years ago breaking the American in the eighth game of the first set and twice in the second.

"I think that was the best service game I have ever had," said the eleventh seed, who wrapped up victory within an hour, agreeing that it had been a "perfect" start to the Beijing tournament.

"The last match I played, in Tokyo, I served terribly. It was probably the worst I served in a very long time, so I was really determined to do better today," she said.

"I really took more time and focused on that because I knew I could serve well and I did it in practice. So I had attention to serve well today, and it worked well and I'm very pleased."

The world number 12 will play American Varvara Lepchenko, who defeated Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria, in the second round.

Ivanovic admitted she didn't know much about her next opponent but was aware that "she serves big" and has "a powerful game".

"She's been playing much better lately, and she had some really good results," Ivanovic said of Lepchenko. "It's going to be a tough match."

Earlier in the day Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei, winner of the Guangzhou Open this month, defeated Zheng Saisai of China 6-2, 6-3 while in an all-Chinese clash Zhang Shuai beat Wang Qiang 6-3, 6-2.

Romina Oprandi of Switzerland and Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro also progressed to the second round, as did Yaroslava Shvedova from Kazakhstan who was 6-4, 4-1 up when her opponent and 12th seed Dominika Cibulkova retired due to an injury.

http://www.sport24.co.za/Tennis/Ivanovic-strolls-to-victory-20120929

Iva87
Sep 30th, 2012, 11:57 AM
Small group of lucky fans get to meet Ivanovic

http://i3.sinaimg.cn/ty/en/news/2012-09-30/U2874P675T52D461F1236DT20120930162247.JPG

A group of about 70 fans anxiously awaited the appearance of tennis superstar Ana Ivanovic today at the China Open in Beijing. Sporting "Ana"face paint and Serbian flags, fans firmly held onto their tennis balls, photos, posters, and other items as they pushed their way to the front of the line in hopes of obtaining a signature.

After nearly an hour, Ivanovic made her appearance much to the fans excitement. Applause and joyous cries of "I love you!" filled the air as she walked on stage. Only a group of about 30 lucky fans were able to join Ivanovic on the stage and see her up close.

This is the fourth time Ivanovic has appeared at the China Open. When asked about the tournament she responded, "I enjoy it very much. It is a beautiful city." She also expressed how much she enjoys the new facilities in Beijing, "It's great to see these improvements. They're doing a great job here."

Before leaving, Ivanovic took pictures with young fans, signed some autographs, and presented one lucky fan with an autographed hat. As she headed back towards the locker rooms, the large crowd rushed after her in hopes of getting one last glimpse of the star.

By Calvin Lewis

http://www.chinaopen.com.cn/en/news/2012-09-30/1622461.shtml

gaviotabr
Sep 30th, 2012, 05:28 PM
CHINA OPEN

September 29, 2012

Ana Ivanovic

BEIJING, CHINA

A. IVANOVIC/C. McHale
6‑3, 6‑2


THE MODERATOR: Questions in Chinese, please.

Q. Before when you participated in the China Open, you withdraw. China is not a lucky place for you?
ANA IVANOVIC: I don't know when I withdraw here. I played last two years. I don't understand the question, really.

Q. Is it your first time to play in this stadium? How do you like this court? What might be the difference between this one and the other court you have played before?
ANA IVANOVIC: Last year I played few times on this court, and I actually enjoy it. It's really a nice stadium. It's quite big. It's really impressive. I did enjoy competing there again today.
The other day I practiced on the Diamond Court and Lotus, and it's really nice always. Big courts.

Q. Last year you withdraw because of injury. Do you have big ambitious goal this year? Who do you think will be the big opponent, and how are you going to prepare for the match?
ANA IVANOVIC: I actually really felt like I was playing well the last few years here, and it was really nice. I have lots of good memories and feelings coming back. I really wanted to do well again. I hope I can repeat what I did.
There is no easy opponents I think. The draw is big. There is so many strong names in the draw.
Yeah, next round is going to be tough. I think if I play like today I have good chance.
THE MODERATOR: Questions in English.

Q. Was that the perfect start for you today?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah. Actually, that was the first thing I said to my coach afterwards. I was like, I think that was the best service game I have ever had.
Yeah, I wouldn't complain if I served like that more often.

Q. Is there anything in particular you can attribute that to, just having served so well today?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, actually, the last match I played in Tokyo I served terribly. It was probably the worst I served in a very long time, so I was really determined to do better today.
I really took more time and focused on that because I knew I could serve well and I did it in practice. So I had attention to serve well today, and it worked well and I'm very pleased.

Q. I just noticed that you have very good memories here in China Open. Would you share us something you particularly missed here in Beijing or you particularly like to do in Beijing?
ANA IVANOVIC: Actually, the other day I was looking for, you know, fun things to do around Beijing. It said top 10 things to do, and I did like 8 of those. It was quite nice.
I really enjoy to go sightseeing, so I have been to Forbidden City, to Summer Palace, Great Wall of China, and ChangCheng Square. I think it's really nice to explore different culture. This is obviously a lot different. It's great, in a sense.

Q. This is your second time playing against McHale now. I guess talk about her and as an up‑and‑coming player.
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, she's really good player. She has great potential. She actually moves really well.
We had tough match on grass in the Olympics. It was actually good we played recently, so I had a little bit fresh in my mind, so I tried to focus on the things I did well in that match. That really helped me today.
She definitely has good potential.

Q. What's your target in China Open? Are you satisfied with your performance in this season?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, it's still been a little bit up and down. Last few months I felt like I have been playing a lot better, which, you know, I'm really happy about. I really want to try and maintain that level throughout the season and become more consistent.
So that's one of the goals I have for the next few weeks and, you know, for the next year.

Q. You mentioned it would be nice to get back to top 10 and qualify for the Championships. You had chances in French Open and US Open but all failed. When you look back, do you think get back to top 10 is too far away or you just work on that?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, it's hard to say it's too far away when you're like 12. I still have to work hard for it. You know, throughout the year I can look back and say, you know, I had some chances that I could have used and put myself in a better position that I didn't.
You know, it's all work in progress. I really feel like I have been making it. It's just now putting it together in big matches that I really haven't done as much in this year. You know, playing quarterfinal in US Open, it was kind of confidence boost and also very inspiring for what I can achieve.

Q. You could match up against Lepchenko in the next round. From what I can tell, you guys haven't played head to head before on tour. What are your expectations for that potential matchup?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, she won. I saw that.
Yeah, I don't know actually much about her. I'm sure I'm going to talk to my coach. He's probably watched that match, as well.
I know she serves big and has kind of powerful game. She likes to go for her shots. But, you know, I'm going to talk a little more with my coach tomorrow and try to prepare for that match.
She's been playing much better lately, and she had some really good results. It's going to be tough match.

Q. Petra Kvitova said there will be 14,000 people obsessed in Prague when you play Fed Cup with Czech Republic. Have you set a goal already in your mind with a huge fight already?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, actually we have been talking between us, Serbians have been talking here about that week. It's very exciting for all of us. It would be great to do what guys did a few years ago when they won.
It's a huge event. I still get like messages and calls, Oh, we are coming, we are coming. So we are going to have a lot of family and friends coming, as well. I think it's a great way to finish the season.
I will miss Bali, but it's still very, very nice and it's great achievement.

FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports


http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=83459

Linguae^
Sep 30th, 2012, 08:52 PM
Ana, there's no Bali anymore, now it's Sofia and don't even care about it. :lol:

gaviotabr
Oct 2nd, 2012, 04:57 PM
Ana Ivanovic: Kremlin Cup Vital Fed Cup Preperation

19:45 02/10/2012
MOSCOW, October 2 (RIA Novosti)

The Kremlin Cup will serve as vital preparation for the Fed Cup final for Ana Ivanovic, the Serbian tennis star said Tuesday.
Ivanovic is seeded fifth for this year's edition of the $740,000 hard court event, which starts in Moscow on October 17.
She spearheads the Serbian national team in the Fed Cup final in November, when Ivanovic and company will try to wrestle the title from defending champion the Czech Republic on the hard courts of Prague.
“It is a big tournament with strong opponents and this will be my last big tournament in the season before the Fed Cup final,” Ivanovic was quoted as saying by the Kremlin Cup website.
Sam Stosur, Sara Errani and Marion Bartoli head the seedings, with Maria Kirilenko at No. 4 the highest-ranked Russian in the tournament at the Olympiisky Sports Complex.
Ivanovic said that she was happy to return to Russia, where she has a lot of local fans.
“I’ve been receiving a lot of nice letters of support from Russian fans over the years. I’m looking forward to my visit.”
The former world No. 1 wasn’t entirely satisfied with her performance this season overall, despite reaching her first Grand Slam quarterfinal since 2008 at the U.S. Open in September.
“I wouldn’t say that I’m satisfied, but I see progress. I’m pretty close to the top 10, which was my goal at the start of the season,” Ivanovic said.

http://en.ria.ru/sports/20121002/176364151.html

gaviotabr
Oct 2nd, 2012, 10:53 PM
Google translation:

Ana Ivanovic: "I am looking forward to the visit to Moscow" 10/02/2012
- How do you assess the results of this season? Are you satisfied with their performance?
Ana Ivanovic: I would not say happy, but I have made. I'm pretty close to the top 10, and this was my goal at the start of the season. Now I work on myself and feel ready for the next season. Reach the quarterfinal of the tournament "Grand Slam" after a long time - this is a big step.

- What are your expectations before arriving in Moscow? What are the tasks you set for yourself for the upcoming tournament "Bank of Moscow Kremlin Cup"?
Ana Ivanovic: I have great memories from previous performances in Moscow for Fed Cup, so I hope I can use this positive energy in their performances on the court. This is a great tournament with strong opponents, and this will be my last big tournament of the season for the final of the Fed Cup.

- What is your association with the tournament, "Bank of Moscow Kremlin Cup"? Can you talk about the most powerful experiences in Russia and in Moscow?
Ana Ivanovic: I think that we, the Serbs, have much in common with the Russian, and we understand each other. As I said, we have a positive experience from the match in Moscow on the Fed Cup, and I remember that we have great fun, celebrating the victory in the Serbian restaurant in Moscow!

- Do you have a favorite place in Moscow? We would like to see in Moscow something that was not possible before?
Ana Ivanovic: I love to visit the Red Square, especially at night, when there are beautiful lights. I would like to see the city and hope I will get advice while I'm there.

- Do you have a favorite dish of Russian cuisine?
Ana Ivanovic: I like many Russian dishes. Some of them are similar to Serbian and remind me of home, which is always nice.

- What do you wish the Russian tennis fans?
Ana Ivanovic I received many nice letters with support over the years from fans from Russia, and I hope that they are willing to come and watch the game. I am looking forward to the visit.

http://kremlincup.ru/db/news/2388

gaviotabr
Oct 3rd, 2012, 07:40 AM
Google translation:

Ivan: did not find the pace of the game moving problems ruined victory
2012-10-03 14:54 Source: Tencent sports Author: Xiao Yuan Mei Li Bo

  Tencent sports Beijing October 3 (Reporter of Xiao Yuan Mei Li Bo) the afternoon of October 3, 6 4, 6, 3, Ana Ivanovic lost to rival Orlandi, on this end of the Chinese tennis open race tour. Talking about this game, Ivan frankly own mistakes caused by excessive.
  The end of the game less than 10 minutes, Ivan sat on the site of the press conference, wearing a blue T-shirt, put on a headset (simultaneous interpretation) wait reporters admission. She then quietly sitting there, do not see any pleased and happy. Ivan frank, today's game, she could not find their own rhythm, particularly the forehand. Because my mobile is not in place, so I did not play their own strength. "She said, without a smile, very lightly, race as analytic others.
  Two games, Ivan mistakes a lot, the backcourt ball out of bounds, and even serve double faults occur several times familiar with Ivan reporters play regretted its disorders. "I adjust the tee rhythm can also, but I did not seize this opportunity." Ivan breath a long list, "I also worked very hard in the backcourt looking for opportunities, and this is my game has been efforts to change, but unfortunately, I could not do it. "
  The second set, Ivan rip Orlandi serve chase 2 to 4, but in the next game, she soon own too many mistakes and the victory gave his opponent. Orlandi in today's game does not seem to win strive to hit the ball, but waiting for your mistakes? "Have asked reporter so.
  "Yes, very clearly, I am unlucky today, has been to make mistakes, especially on my forehand, I have been trying to find that rhythm." Said Ivan, "Orlandi is a very smart opponent, she feel Excellent, talented opponent, my mobile today is really a problem here or there old too few feel there is adjustment on the ball is not very good. "
  She said that after the end of the journey of the network, Ivan will be in the next week to Linz, Moscow, the last Confederations Cup, the last leg of the season, "I hope that my performance in the next game better." .

http://sports.xinmin.cn/2012/10/03/16579840.html

I knew she would say she was just not lucky.. that gesture to Nigel at the end.. :facepalm:

Linguae^
Oct 3rd, 2012, 07:43 AM
Does she think she's like Kim losing to Petrova at AO two years ago? Does she think she can afford that? No, Ana, you CANNOT. :(

gaviotabr
Oct 3rd, 2012, 07:45 AM
Former world No.1 Ivanovic upset at China Open
English.news.cn 2012-10-03 15:18:46
BEIJING, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- Serb Ana Ivanovic's 4th consecutive run to the quarterfinals at the China Open was snipped here on Wednesday as the former world No.1 lost to Romina Oprandi of Switzerland in the third round.

The current world No.12 joined seed casualty after Czech Republic's world No.5 Petra Kvitova, sixth seed Sara Errani of Italy and eighth seed Samantha Stosur from Australia were all ousted in earlier rounds.

On a sunny but windy afternoon, Ivanovic never felt comfortable throughout the match and succumbed to a 6-4, 6-3 defeat in just 70 minutes.

"I really struggled to find my rhythm out there, especially on the forehand. The ball was coming with not so much pace, and I wasn't really efficient moving forward and taking advantage of that," said a disappointed Ivanovic.

Ivanovic hit 23 winners to just 8 from Oprandi, but the former French Open champion made 17 unforced errors compared to Oprandi's 2. It seemed Oprandi just tried to extend rallies and waited for the Serb to make a mistake.

"She's a tricky opponent. She has really good game, very talented girl. I think the unforced errors made a big difference," the 24-year-old Ivanovic added.

They played a solid game at the beginning and both held serve in the first six games of the opening set. The Swiss broke first in the seventh game, but Ivanovic broke back immediately. Oprandi notched up the second break in the ninth game and then served for the set.

Oprandi broke an out-of-sorts Ivanovic twice for a 5-1 lead in the second set and after that it's just Oprandi's routine to finish her job.

Oprandi's reward will be a last eight encounter against either world No.1 Victoria Azarenka or Russian Lelna Vesnina. As for Ivanovic, there're still matches to be played towards the end of the season.

"I'm going to play next week Linz and then Moscow and then obviously the Fed Cup final, which is a huge thing. It's definitely something I look forward to and I want to perform best for."

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/sports/2012-10/03/c_131886637.htm

Those stats are SO off.. :spit:

gaviotabr
Oct 3rd, 2012, 01:03 PM
Confirmed WC into Linz:

Ivanovic started in Linz and is aiming for third straight win
Ivanovic certainly attracts some fans to Linz
The WTA Generali Ladies tennis tournament in Linz can come up with another top star. The Serb Ana Ivanovic, the second wild card to get the German Andrea Petkovic and goes with the prize of $ 220,000 Tournament of 6 to 14 October. Going on her third title

The 24-year-old has already triumphed in Linz in 2008 and 2010 and is looking forward to her return. "It's always nice to come back to a place where one has already been successful. The fans go great with Linz and create a great atmosphere, "said Ivanovic.
The competition, however, is too high-profile. The French Open champion of 2008 is currently number 12 in the world and in the provisional seedings so the number two in the world ranked first Wiktoria Asarenka (BLR). With the Slovak Dominika Cibulkova (WTA-13) and the Czech Lucie Safarova (WTA-18) a total of four top-20 players have committed. Austria's best player, Tamira Paszek (WTA-27), takes in the current set list ranked seventh.
Tournament director Sandra Reichel welcomes the prominent starting field and the commitment of Ivanovic. "Ana Ivanovic in their previous appearances in Linz was a crowd favorite. It comes with the fans at extremely well and feels very comfortable here, "said Reichel. The Serb was this week in Beijing in use, where they failed on Wednesday in the second round at the Swiss Romina Oprandi.

http://www.austria.com/ivanovic-startet-in-linz-und-peilt-dritten-sieg-an/apa-1159675974

marineblue
Oct 4th, 2012, 07:13 AM
Wiktoria Asarenka.:spit:
On topic, I'm surprised she decided to go to Linz. I guess she wants to make up for Beijing and give it one last try to crack top 10 before the end of the season.

azdaja
Oct 4th, 2012, 10:15 AM
Wiktoria Asarenka.:spit:
it should be viktoria asarenka. it's german transcription of russian names. you also have jelena wesnina, maria scharapowa, pawljutschenkowa...

i'm not surprised she will play linz (as she always should), her other tournaments didn't get her into top 10 and she will lose the bali points. she should have entered some other small tournaments anyway but, well, i don't want to bitch about her scheduling again.

Cajka
Oct 4th, 2012, 11:28 AM
pawljutschenkowa...


:spit: As if the original spelling wasn't complicated enough.

By the way, you must love the meaning of the nickname "Vika" in Serbian.

azdaja
Oct 4th, 2012, 05:56 PM
:spit: As if the original spelling wasn't complicated enough.

By the way, you must love the meaning of the nickname "Vika" in Serbian.
not sure what you mean? :unsure:

as for the spelling, the original spelling is in cyrillic :p german transcription follows that.

gaviotabr
Oct 4th, 2012, 06:31 PM
CHINA OPEN

October 3, 2012

Ana Ivanovic

BEIJING, CHINA

R. OPRANDI/A. Ivanovic
6‑4, 6‑3


THE MODERATOR: Questions in Chinese, please.

Q. Can you comment on your performance today? Do you think what might have been the most important reason? Is that because you're not prepared for this match? Because I have noticed you have too many unforced errors.
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, no, I really struggled to find my rhythm out there today, especially on the forehand. The ball was coming with not so much pace, and I wasn't really efficient moving forward and taking advantage of that.

Q. After China Open, do you have any plan for the other tournament? I know that you're going to participate into the Federation Cup final. What kind of expectation do you have for that tournament?
ANA IVANOVIC: I'm going to play next week Linz and then Moscow and then obviously final, the Fed Cup, which is a huge thing. It's definitely something I look forward to and I want to perform best for.
THE MODERATOR: Questions in English.

Q. It kind of seemed like Oprandi wasn't really trying to win a lot of winners or hitting the ball that hard, just trying to extend rallies and waiting for you to make a mistake. Did you feel that way, as well?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely. I was doing that a lot today, unfortunately. Especially off my forehand I really struggled to find rhythm, like I said.
She's tricky opponent. She has really good hands, very talented girl. I just wasn't moving as efficient. You know, I always felt I was lacking a little step here and there, and I wasn't adjusting to the ball very good.

Q. She also kind of was going with the dropshot a lot. Is that something that maybe surprised you or caught you off‑guard?
ANA IVANOVIC: No, I definitely expected that of her. I have seen her play before and I did expect that. I got to pretty much all of them, but yeah, it was just I think the unforced errors that made a big difference.

Q. How do you feel you served? She broke you a few times, but it wasn't like you were double‑faulting all that much.
ANA IVANOVIC: No, I mean, the rhythm on my serve was really good. I just wasn't getting free points off it.
I really struggled to get free points off groundstrokes, as well. This is something that I was hoping to get a little more of getting into today's match, but it really didn't work today.

FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports


http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=83579

gaviotabr
Oct 4th, 2012, 06:58 PM
Wiktoria Asarenka.:spit:
On topic, I'm surprised she decided to go to Linz. I guess she wants to make up for Beijing and give it one last try to crack top 10 before the end of the season.

I think Ana decided to play Linz once she lost early in Tokyo. She already said she would be playing Linz 5 minutes after losing in Beijing. I think asking for a WC takes longer than that..

Ana can't reach top 10 by end of the year though, even if she were to win both Linz and Moscow she wouldnt have enough points. The important thing would be to do really well at those 2 tournaments, so she could still be in with a chance of making top 12 for AO. She still has a remote chance of that.

Cajka
Oct 4th, 2012, 07:03 PM
not sure what you mean? :unsure:

as for the spelling, the original spelling is in cyrillic :p german transcription follows that.

In Serbian, "vika" is a noun derived from "vikati", so "vika" means "shouting" or "yelling". :p It's great how that noun suits Azarenka. :p

Павлюченкова - 12 letters

Pawljutschenkowa - 16 letters :sobbing:

azdaja
Oct 4th, 2012, 07:05 PM
to be quite honest i don't think being in the top 12 for ao is that important now. she decided to play stupid events like hopman cup rather than to collect points. it's too late now to change that.

it would be important to get into top 10 and attack top 8 as soon as possible next year. true, a good result at ao would help a lot but the stupid scheduling has already been done, so...

azdaja
Oct 4th, 2012, 07:11 PM
In Serbian, "vika" is a noun derived from "vikati", so "vika" means "shouting" or "yelling". :p It's great how that noun suits Azarenka. :p

Павлюченкова - 12 letters

Pawljutschenkowa - 16 letters :sobbing:
it's all because tsch is used to write just one sound, the english ch. 4 letters for one sound, probably a world record.

gaviotabr
Oct 4th, 2012, 07:59 PM
to be quite honest i don't think being in the top 12 for ao is that important now. she decided to play stupid events like hopman cup rather than to collect points. it's too late now to change that.

it would be important to get into top 10 and attack top 8 as soon as possible next year. true, a good result at ao would help a lot but the stupid scheduling has already been done, so...

I agree with you about the schedule.. I can't with choosing Hopman Cup.. :banghead:

But I do think being top 12 for AO would be important. If Ana is in good form, she would have a better chance of making QFs or beyond. 13-16 is the worst seeding bracket. Serena, Azarenka, Sharapova and Radwanska are really consistent and would prove a bigger challenge in a 4th round. I think improving her chances at a slam should be priority, and would give her more points to actually be able to get to top 10 and attack top 8.

Linguae^
Oct 4th, 2012, 08:49 PM
I adore Hopman Cup and I love that decision, sorry. :D

Cajka
Oct 4th, 2012, 09:02 PM
it's all because tsch is used to write just one sound, the english ch.

I know that it stands for ч. It just looks hilarious.

4 letters for one sound, probably a world record.

Well, few letters for one consonant can be only possible in case of palatal consonants (not for m or b, lol). You must love orthography in Slavic languages (except for Polish). Diacritics are a blessing. :worship:

gaviotabr
Oct 6th, 2012, 04:28 PM
Casay Dellacqua was announced for Hopman Cup, making Team Australia Tomic-Dellacqua. Could face Ana.

http://www.perthnow.com.au/sport/tennis/casey-dellacqua-confirmed-for-hopman-cup/story-fnddkxkr-1226489748644

Cajka
Oct 6th, 2012, 11:40 PM
Hopman Cup again. :o Why can't he play with Bojana?!

marineblue
Oct 7th, 2012, 07:53 AM
I like exhibitions and Hopman Cup is fun to watch. Everybody seems to have a good time. I think Ana wants to play there simply because she really enjoys it. And besides that, money-wise it give some good rewards, I guess...

I think more relaxed preparation could potentially help her to achieve some big results at other events. I wonder if she'll play any internationals in 2013.

Tweedle
Oct 7th, 2012, 02:53 PM
Hopman Cup again. :o Why can't he play with Bojana?!

I like exhibitions and Hopman Cup is fun to watch. Everybody seems to have a good time. I think Ana wants to play there simply because she really enjoys it. And besides that, money-wise it give some good rewards, I guess...

I think more relaxed preparation could potentially help her to achieve some big results at other events. I wonder if she'll play any internationals in 2013.

Exactly. She does what she wants to do. Let's not pretend she's some poor little girl only trying to keep her friend happy. She played in 2010 and then dropped it in 2011 so she could play at a tournament where, then boyfriend, had the rare opportunity of being able to attend every match. Boyfriend is now gone so she is more than happy to go back to Hopman Cup which by her own admission she really enjoyed in 2010. She has had no problem dropping HC in years previous when she didn't want to play(07,08,09, '11) so if she's there this year it's because she wants to be, not just to keep Novak happy...

Why should Novak have to play with Bojana? She's a bit younger than him and I'm not sure they even know each other too well, never seen pics of them together at any event or players party. He already played with Jankovic in 2008, so he's hardly that inflexible.

gaviotabr
Oct 7th, 2012, 03:17 PM
Exactly. She does what she wants to do. Let's not pretend she's some poor little girl only trying to keep her friend happy. She played in 2010 and then dropped it in 2011 so she could play at a tournament where, then boyfriend, had the rare opportunity of being able to attend every match. Boyfriend is now gone so she is more than happy to go back to Hopman Cup which by her own admission she really enjoyed in 2010. She has had no problem dropping HC in years previous when she didn't want to play(07,08,09, '11) so if she's there this year it's because she wants to be, not just to keep Novak happy...

Why should Novak have to play with Bojana? She's a bit younger than him and I'm not sure they even know each other too well, never seen pics of them together at any event or players party. He already played with Jankovic in 2008, so he's hardly that inflexible.

Hey!

I also think she is playing because she feels like it.. but I don't think anyone is saying Ana is playing HC to please Novak. :shrug: The sugestion of Bojana is probably because JJ, considering her ranking now, will probably be trying to gather points in a real tournament.

I would just like to say that she played in 2006 and 2011. You said she dropped it in 2011.. no, she dropped it in 2012, choosing to play Brisbane.

I think our resistence towards Hopman Cup is that, opposite to what it is to Novak, HC never meant good preparation for Ana. Both times she played, she ended up injured... got to AO unprepared and lost early. Also, unlike Novak, Ana needed that 1st week points to garantee a top 12 seed for AO.. and considering how it helped her to make a slam QF after 17 tries since RG 2008 at the USO.. that top 12 seed would mean increasing her chances of a good result at AO.. which I think anyone would agree is more important than HC. Ana might have enjoyed playing HC in 2011, but it was an awful choice for that year and for her career. So all things considered, choosing HC seems at least a very questionable decision regarding her career. But then again, that's Ana.. questionable decisions all around. :shrug:

Now I know you are a Novak fan.. congrats on the Beijing title today! Try not being too sensitive about this, because most people here love Novak. Its not personal.. its just that playing HC hasn't been beneficial to Ana.

Cajka
Oct 7th, 2012, 04:09 PM
he sugestion of Bojana is probably because JJ, considering her ranking now, will probably be trying to gather points in a real tournament.


Exactly. Ana and JJ need points desperately, BoJo needs money, so I'm wondering why Bojana or Aleksandra isn't playing it.

Tweedle
Oct 7th, 2012, 05:15 PM
Hey!

I also think she is playing because she feels like it.. but I don't think anyone is saying Ana is playing HC to please Novak. :shrug: The sugestion of Bojana is probably because JJ, considering her ranking now, will probably be trying to gather points in a real tournament.

I would just like to say that she played in 2006 and 2011. You said she dropped it in 2011.. no, she dropped it in 2012, choosing to play Brisbane.

I think our resistence towards Hopman Cup is that, opposite to what it is to Novak, HC never meant good preparation for Ana. Both times she played, she ended up injured... got to AO unprepared and lost early. Also, unlike Novak, Ana needed that 1st week points to garantee a top 12 seed for AO.. and considering how it helped her to make a slam QF after 17 tries since RG 2008 at the USO.. that top 12 seed would mean increasing her chances of a good result at AO.. which I think anyone would agree is more important than HC. Ana might have enjoyed playing HC in 2011, but it was an awful choice for that year and for her career. So all things considered, choosing HC seems at least a very questionable decision regarding her career. But then again, that's Ana.. questionable decisions all around. :shrug:

Now I know you are a Novak fan.. congrats on the Beijing title today! Try not being too sensitive about this, because most people here love Novak. Its not personal.. its just that playing HC hasn't been beneficial to Ana.


Hey, I know, we are talking about the same years. It's just it starts with the Hopman Cup ball which is on the 31st and I got a bit confused with the men's Abu Dhabi event which has matches in the last couple of days of the year. I thought Hopman Cup might have had some matches on the 31st too but they don't. Anyway I meant, end of 2010/start of 2011 season as opposed to start of 2010.

gaviotabr
Oct 9th, 2012, 04:17 AM
Hopman Cup field is rather weak IMHO. All teams were announced today:

Hopman Cup ‏@hopmancup
#HHC13 field (seeds 5-8): GER: Haas & Petkovic; RSA: Scheepers & Anderson; FRA: Johansson & Tsonga; AUS: Dellacqua & Tomic

4m Hopman Cup ‏@hopmancup
#HHC13 field (seeds 1-4): SRB: Ivanovic & Djokovic; USA: Venus & Isner; ITA: Schiavone & Seppi; ESP: M/Garrigues & Verdasco;


Only relevant names are Ana and Venus.. :spit: Ok.. Schiavone.. Petko..

Last year they had Na Li, Petra, Caro, Marion..

gaviotabr
Oct 9th, 2012, 04:21 AM
Hey, I know, we are talking about the same years. It's just it starts with the Hopman Cup ball which is on the 31st and I got a bit confused with the men's Abu Dhabi event which has matches in the last couple of days of the year. I thought Hopman Cup might have had some matches on the 31st too but they don't. Anyway I meant, end of 2010/start of 2011 season as opposed to start of 2010.

Oh, ok. Next Hopman Cup will start on december 29 I think... but its better to refer to ir as 1st tournament of 2013 season I think.

Nice seeing you around here! :) I'm sure we will root for NolAna together.

The 2nd Law
Oct 9th, 2012, 04:27 AM
There are 3 positive things that could eventuate from Ana playing HC: actually winning the title to make up for 2010, beating Venus in the process, and leaving Perth without an injury :lol: If all that happened, it would be a great start to the year for Ana don't you think?

gaviotabr
Oct 9th, 2012, 04:38 AM
There are 3 positive things that could eventuate from Ana playing HC: actually winning the title to make up for 2010, beating Venus in the process, and leaving Perth without an injury :lol: If all that happened, it would be a great start to the year for Ana don't you think?

I'd agree! :lol: With ALL that happening, it would be a positive start for 2013.

I think Serbia and US are definitely heavy favorites to make the final.. so Ana would actually have to beat Venus in the final. Even better, right?

The 2nd Law
Oct 9th, 2012, 04:49 AM
I'd agree! :lol: With ALL that happening, it would be a positive start for 2013.

I think Serbia and US are definitely heavy favorites to make the final.. so Ana would actually have to beat Venus in the final. Even better, right?

It would be :hearts: and Ana would have at least played 4 singles matches, injury free, and won most if not all of them. It would be very very nice. The ranking points is a huge negative but it could still go well if she has a good off-season

gaviotabr
Oct 9th, 2012, 12:02 PM
Draw for Hopman Cup:

Hopman Cup 2013 Official Draw

Group A
1. Serbia: Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic
3. Italy: Andreas Seppi and Francesca Schiavone
5. Germany: Tommy Haas and Andrea Petkovic
8. Australia: Bernard Tomic and Casey Dellacqua

Group B
2. USA: John Isner and Venus Williams
4. Spain: Fernando Verdasco and Anabel Medina Garrigues
6. South Africa: Kevin Anderson and Chanelle Scheepers
7. France: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Mathilde Johansson

Within the possibilities, this was the toughest draw Ana could get. Schiavone and Petkovic are quality players if fit and playing well. Now the male part is way tougher in group B with Verdasco, Tsonga and Isner. I wanted Serbia to draw Spain if nothing but to see Ana returning Verdasco's serve and vice versa... :spit::lol: Joking..

SilverSlam
Oct 9th, 2012, 12:11 PM
I don't see any problem with Ana playing Hopman Cup...

She's said before she likes the atmosphere (yeah, go Perth haha), but more than that, she can lose her first match and still have 2 more matches, maybe 3 if she then makes the final. At other tournaments she doesn't get that. E.G. Sydney this year. The only negative is of course the lack of points, but I think she would rather play somewhere she enjoys, and have fun than risk losing R1 to the likes of Safarova and then be frustrated that she didn't perform well and get enough match practise for AO.

The 2nd Law
Oct 9th, 2012, 12:12 PM
Draw for Hopman Cup:



Within the possibilities, this was the toughest draw Ana could get. Schiavone and Petkovic are quality players if fit and playing well. Now the male part is way tougher in group B with Verdasco, Tsonga and Isner. I wanted Serbia to draw Spain if nothing but to see Ana returning Verdasco's serve and vice versa... :spit::lol: Joking..

:spit:
If they don't make the final ...

VALUNA
Oct 9th, 2012, 08:48 PM
Guys, when the world championship in water polo in Perth (January 2013)?:)

Cajka
Oct 9th, 2012, 08:53 PM
Guys, when the world championship in water polo in Perth (January 2013)?:)

Lol. But no. I believe that the thing about Vanja is just a rumor. :p

VALUNA
Oct 9th, 2012, 09:00 PM
Lol. But no. I believe that the thing about Vanja is just a rumor.

Anything is possible.

Cajka
Oct 9th, 2012, 09:03 PM
Anything is possible.

One of my friends told me that he was asked about Ana recently and that he said that she's incredibly nice person. I have no source, has anyone else heard about that?

VALUNA
Oct 9th, 2012, 09:07 PM
Pošto se u javnosti pričalo da je u vezi sa teniserkom Anom Ivanović, on prvi put priča o njihovom odnosu.

- Mislim da na pitanje o mom emotivnom statusu ne može da odgovori bilo ko umesto mene. Moje mišljenje o Ani Ivanović je izuzetno, vrlo je uspešna kao sportistkinja i, koliko sam čuo, vrlo je dobra devojka.

Excuse me, do you understand Serbian?

http://www.google.rs/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=vanja%20udovicic%20i%20ana%20ivanovic&source=web&cd=6&cad=rja&sqi=2&ved=0CDQQFjAF&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pulsonline.rs%2Fpuls-poznatih%2F16557%2Fvanja-udovicic-ana-ivanovic-je-mnogo-dobra-devojka&ei=h5F0UOecKsjLtAaux4GgBw&usg=AFQjCNH54sXXx0EAxlAVNHABb4ql6MGMWg

Cajka
Oct 9th, 2012, 09:14 PM
Excuse me, do you understand Serbian?

http://www.google.rs/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=vanja%20udovicic%20i%20ana%20ivanovic&source=web&cd=6&cad=rja&sqi=2&ved=0CDQQFjAF&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pulsonline.rs%2Fpuls-poznatih%2F16557%2Fvanja-udovicic-ana-ivanovic-je-mnogo-dobra-devojka&ei=h5F0UOecKsjLtAaux4GgBw&usg=AFQjCNH54sXXx0EAxlAVNHABb4ql6MGMWg

Aham, razumem. Znači, niš' od tog posla? Pih!

VALUNA
Oct 9th, 2012, 09:15 PM
Nista ja njemu ne verujem :)
(Bar ovo sto prica po novinama ili ne prica )

Cajka
Oct 9th, 2012, 09:20 PM
Nista ja njemu ne verujem :)
(Bar ovo sto prica po novinama ili ne prica )

Moguće. On deluje kao osoba koja je veoma vešta sa novinarima. Kad bi i bilo nečega, on bi se teško spetljao i istrtljao. Naravno, kad bi bilo nečega.

VALUNA
Oct 9th, 2012, 09:22 PM
Imas predstavu gde je bila Ana pre Linza?

Cajka
Oct 9th, 2012, 09:24 PM
Nemam pojma. :shrug: Ne znam ni kad je otišla iz Pekinga.

VALUNA
Oct 9th, 2012, 09:27 PM
To kad je otisla je jasno, odmah posle poraza :))))))

Izvini, mozes li malo da mi pojasnis (na pm) klimu ovde? Sve je tako napeto.

Cajka
Oct 9th, 2012, 09:33 PM
To kad je otisla je jasno, odmah posle poraza :))))))

:eek: Vidiš... :eek:

Da se ne lažemo, bila je sumnjiva poslednjih meseci. :lol: Opet, povezivan je i sa Milicom Mandić tokom Olimpijade.

VALUNA
Oct 9th, 2012, 09:36 PM
Opet, povezivan je i sa Milicom Mandić tokom Olimpijade.

Uf, to je demantovano u cuvenom tabloidu posle nekoliko dana , a i sam je rekao da je na njenu zlatnu medalju ponosan koliko i svaki gradjanin Srbije .

Cajka
Oct 9th, 2012, 09:38 PM
Uf, to je demantovano u cuvenom tabloidu posle nekoliko dana , a i sam je rekao da je na njenu zlatnu medalju ponosan koliko i svaki gradjanin Srbije .

Ima smisla, praktično nema osobe u Srbiji koja se nije "zaljubila" u nju tokom Olimpijade. Samo da ne bude kao sa Anom, pa da je svi napljuju nakon nekog slabijeg rezultata.

VALUNA
Oct 9th, 2012, 09:40 PM
Samo da ne bude kao sa Anom, pa da je svi napljuju nakon nekog slabijeg rezultata.

hahahahaha, to sigurno !!!!!

Cajka
Oct 9th, 2012, 09:43 PM
hahahahaha, to sigurno !!!!!

Znam... :sobbing: Već zamišljam...

"Idi u manekenke, udaj se, nisi ti za borilačke veštine, lutko."

VALUNA
Oct 9th, 2012, 09:45 PM
Nego, kako ti se cini, sta ce biti u finalu FC-a? Sve su u fazi raspadanja, i nase i njihove.

Cajka
Oct 9th, 2012, 09:58 PM
Nego, kako ti se cini, sta ce biti u finalu FC-a? Sve su u fazi raspadanja, i nase i njihove.

JJ se raspada, ali se uvek nekako pokupi kad igra FK. Ana se, s druge strane, raspadne baš tad. Mislim da se na osnovu trenutne forme ne može ništa zaključiti. Pobednika će odlučiti živci i psihička priprema. Mislim da bi obema taj trofej dosta značio u ovom trenutku. Svako finale je veliko i značajno, uostalom. U poslednje dve godine Ana nas je razmazila tim trofejima na kraju sezone. Mogla bi da nastavi sa tom tradicijom i da završi sezonu sa trofejom ponovo. Čehinje su favoritkinje na papiru svakako, ali Ana i JJ ne smeju uopšte razmišljati o tome.

VALUNA
Oct 9th, 2012, 10:04 PM
Kad bi Ana nekako uzela ovaj Linz ( da Azarenka odustane, to njoj nije strano :), mada joj je ovo priprema za Istanbul) pa da nekako "namesti"glavu, bilo bi sjajno .

Cehinje jesu favoriti (papirnati :))ali ja verujem u cuda .

Cajka
Oct 9th, 2012, 10:16 PM
Nema razloga da se ne veruje u čuda. Ako je Aleksandra uspela da odigra onako dobro u dublu protiv daleko afirmisanijih dubl igračica, onda mogu i Ana i JJ da se izbore sa Kvitovom i Šafarovom. Mnogo je bitno da veruju u to. Jelena je bila vrlo blizu pobede nad Petrom u Lincu prošle godine. Ana isto ume da igra protiv nje, samo treba da se priseti. Da je imala samopouzdanja, mogla je odvesti njihov poslednji meč u treći set, a u trećem setu je sve moguće. Nasuprot popularnom mišljenju, ja verujem da Anin stil igre ne leži Petri. Naravno, pod uslovom da Ana igra svoju igru, a ne onako pasivno kao u prvom setu na AO-u.

Edit: Opet, onda, kad Ana igra svoju igru, njen stil skoro nikome ne leži, možda Klajstersovoj.

VALUNA
Oct 9th, 2012, 10:23 PM
Petri izgleda trenutno nijedna ne lezi . Mada ona kad igra za reprezentaciju "poludi".

Navijacemo, pa sta bude .

gaviotabr
Oct 9th, 2012, 11:06 PM
So much serbian... :sobbing:

Cajka
Oct 9th, 2012, 11:21 PM
So much serbian... :sobbing:

It was mostly about FC final + a bit about Vanja rumors, but we don't have any clues, so you haven't missed anything. ;)

gaviotabr
Oct 9th, 2012, 11:24 PM
It was mostly about FC final + a bit about Vanja rumors, but we don't have any clues, so you haven't missed anything. ;)

Ok, thanks. I should really try to learn some serbian.. :sobbing::lol:

Cajka
Oct 9th, 2012, 11:27 PM
Ok, thanks. I should really try to learn some serbian.. :sobbing::lol:

I'm here for you. You can't be worse than those kids I've been dealing with for the last 7 days, while working as a substitute Serbian teacher. :hysteric:

gaviotabr
Oct 9th, 2012, 11:30 PM
I'm here for you. You can't be worse than those kids I've been dealing with for the last 7 days, while working as a substitute Serbian teacher. :hysteric:

:lol::hug: I hope I'm not as bad..

The 2nd Law
Oct 9th, 2012, 11:54 PM
^ :lol:

gaviotabr
Oct 10th, 2012, 02:13 AM
Hyundai Hopman Cup Schedule Set for 2013

The provisional schedule for Hyundai Hopman Cup 2013 has been set following the announcement of the player field at the event launch in Perth.
The event schedule is as follows:*

http://www.tennispanorama.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/hopman-cup-sched.png

The field, ranked according to combined ATP and WTA rankings (as at 1/10/2012), is as follows:
1. Serbia Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic
2. USA John Isner and Venus Williams
3. Italy Andreas Seppi and Francesca Schiavone
4. Spain Fernando Verdasco and Anabel Medina Garrigues
5. Germany Tommy Haas and Andrea Petkovic
6. South Africa Kevin Anderson and Chanelle Scheepers
7. France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Mathilde Johansson
8. Australia Bernard Tomic and Casey Dellacqua
*Schedule is provisional only and subject to change



http://www.tennispanorama.com/archives/32039?utm_term=%23tennis&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

gaviotabr
Oct 11th, 2012, 10:28 PM
Ivanovic Reaches QFs, World No.1 Wins Too
OCTOBER 11, 2012

LINZ, Austria - Ana Ivanovic kept her winning streak at the Generali Ladies Linz alive on Thursday evening, although it came at the expense of someone special - her good friend and fellow former Top 10 player Andrea Petkovic.

Watch live coverage from Linz all week long on WTA Live!

It wasn't easy by any means - both sets looked pretty even midway through, locked at 3-all - but the No.2-seeded Ivanovic pulled away each time, closing fast in both sets for a 64 63 win over Petkovic, a wildcard into this week's draw.

"It's always tough to play a friend," Ivanovic said of Petkovic. "She's a really great girl and I'm happy to see her back on the tour. I know she'll get back to the top - she's such a hard worker and really deserves to be up there."

Ivanovic is on an 11-match winning streak at the Generali Ladies Linz, going 4-0 to capture the title in 2008, 5-0 to take the title again in 2010, and 2-0 so far this year. The Serb is 16-2 overall at the International-level tournament.

"It always feels good to come back to the place you've had success before," Ivanovic said. "It's a mix of things. I really enjoy this surface and the atmosphere is relaxed - and at this time of the year the tennis season is coming to an end, so you have more fun on the court, and maybe you don't practice as much!"

And has Ivanovic enjoyed any of the city this week? "Yes - my family is here, which is nice. We've had a couple of dinners in the city, and since I played late the last few days we've also walked around during the daytime, stopping for coffee or lunch. We all really like it here - the city is very charming."

As for Petkovic, who started the year in the Top 10 but is now down at No.192 after missing most of the season with back and ankle injuries, the comeback trail continues - and that trail continues right away, and far away too.

"I'm playing in Luxembourg next week, and then I will go to the new tournament in New Delhi, which I'm really excited about because I've never been to India before," Petkovic said. "I'm looking forward to collecting some more matches this year and seeing if I can keep improving my game and my results.

"It's been a rough comeback, but I'm just happy I'm back on the court and enjoying almost every minute - I'm losing more than I should, but that's normal, and I'm just trying to find my match rhythm again. Every match is still special."

No.1 seed Victoria Azarenka had no trouble whatsoever, dropping just two games - even holding game point in one of them - to defeat Simona Halep, 61 61. It was her WTA-leading 64th match win of a breakthrough season.

"I felt I played much better than yesterday, and it's important for me to progress from one day to another," Azarenka said. "I'm not really thinking about statistics or how many matches I'm winning right now, I'm just trying to keep going."

Other winners as the second round ended were Petra Martic, qualifiers Kirsten Flipkens and Bethanie Mattek-Sands and lucky loser Irina-Camelia Begu.

http://www.wtatennis.com/news/20121011/ivanovic-reaches-qfs-world-no1-wins-too_2256076_2946496

:hysteric: The bolded part... why, oh why? :hysteric: It sounds so typical Ana.. :sobbing:

gaviotabr
Oct 15th, 2012, 12:01 PM
Tennis - WTA Moscow
Ana Ivanovic: "I sometimes lack confidence '
Posted 10.15.2012 at 13:29, updated 15/10/2012 at 13:35
Serbian Ana Ivanovic ahead of "Kremlin Cup" -2012 spoke about his current mental and physical condition.
"This season I was able to win a lot of good matches, including a strong tennis players. However, my confidence a little bit sometimes lacking - especially in key matches. This is the direction I plan to work hard in the next season.

Now my physical level slightly decreased. I would like to play more tournaments, so I plan to do next year. The current women's tennis all rely on the "physics", so it is - a very important part. In the off-season, half of which I will spend in Belgrade, half - in Dubai with a trainer, sparring partner and specialist in physical training, physical training I'll be a lot of attention "- quoted Ivanovic RIA "Novosti".

According to Ivanovic, tennis in Serbia is currently out on the popularity of the first.

"After the victory of our team in the Davis Cup, Novak Djokovic success in personal competition, our results in the Fed Cup, I think tennis is the most popular sport in Serbia. Play tennis was not just popular, but even stylish, "- said the former first racket of the world.

http://www.eurosport.ru/tennis/wta-moscow/2012/story_sto3458660.shtml

Is the bolded part a miracle? :spit:

gaviotabr
Oct 15th, 2012, 12:03 PM
Ana Ivanovic: Our winners have made tennis more popular
October 15, 2012, 14:31 | Author: Jacob Eccentrics, GoTennis.ru | Main photo: Robert Maksimov, GoTennis.ru

By tradition, the first four seeded tennis tournament, "Bank of Moscow Kremlin Cup" was given a special press conference. Ana Ivanovic was, as always, nice and made ​​no secret of a good mood. Serbian athlete shared his impressions of Moscow and talked about plans for the offseason.

- Ana, of the three top-ranked - Wozniacki, Jankovic and Azarenka - say that they play correctly. Can you compare their strengths?
- If you were on the top tennis player in the world, then he deserves it. But the difference of Wozniacki and Azarenka Jankovic is that if Caroline and Elena did not make mistakes, and this win, Victoria works powerfully. Although it is inherent stability.

- Sometimes you show your old tennis, and sometimes - not. What is the cause of this instability?
- This year, I won a lot of fights. I had a hard tournament grid. I do not have enough confidence in the games against the top players, but I will try in the future to overcome this season.

- Your team for the first time reached the final of the Fed Cup. What this means for you?
- Indeed, for us it's a dream realized. We managed to win a tough match against Russians. If we can overcome and the Czech team, it will be similar to the victory of our guys in Davis Cup.

- Tell me that success in the semifinals to influence your decision to play at the "Kremlin Cup"?
- I was always a pleasure to return to Moscow. Our countries are similar.

- Ana, can you compare the Ice Palace and the Palace "Olympic" - courts, the atmosphere?
- It's difficult to do. "Olympic" is much greater. And the courts - different. If you remember when it was dirt packed in ice.

- It seems that your game is highly dependent on the physical form. Is that so?
- Yes, now women's tennis as a whole relies on powerful strikes. I would like more in the coming season to play in tournaments, but it really depends on my fitness. - How to spend the off-season? - One half - at home, and another - in Dubai. Me go coach and sparring partner.

- Played a role in the popularity of tennis in Serbia your victory?
- We are still in first place soccer. But our victory, of course, have made ​​tennis popular. Especially last year's performance Djokovic. Now they all want to play tennis, go to the court was stylish.

- How do you feel about fashion, whether your favorite brands?
- I like shopping. But, unfortunately, I can not personally go shopping, to acquire stylish clothes and shoes on the Internet.

- Did mark in April in Moscow victory in the semifinals of the Fed Cup? If so, whether you go to the same place in the event of his success to the "Kremlin Cup"?
- I still can not move away from the celebration (laughs). We celebrated the victory in the Serbian restaurant. It was fun, the music was playing, served our national dish. We did not sleep all night, as were leaving early in the morning for the tournament in Stuttgart.


http://www.gotennis.ru/read/news/ana_ivanovich_nashi_pobedy_sdelali_tennis_bolee_po pulyarnym_.html

gaviotabr
Oct 15th, 2012, 12:05 PM
April success in Fed Cup inspired Ivanovic to return to Moscow

13:21 15/10/2012 (updated 13:23 15/10/2012 )
The plot:Tennis Kremlin Cup-2012Tags:Kremlin Cup | Ana Ivanovic Print version


MOSCOW, Oct. 15 - RIA Novosti. Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic said that the victory in the semifinals of the Fed Cup team Russia earned her a lot of positive emotions that motivated her to participate in the Kremlin Cup this year.
In April 2012 the Serbian national team to beat Ivanovic in the Russian team in Moscow and reached the final of the Fed Cup. Until this year, Ivanovic took part in the Kremlin Cup only once - in 2008. She then lost in the first match of the tournament.
"After our successful April I am happy to return to Moscow - said Ivanovic at the press conference. - The victory over the Russian national team - it's like a dream come true. Would be just cool if we win, like the guys in the Davis Cup. K Also, I very comfortable here. Russia is very similar to Serbia, and Moscow - a great city. "

Athlete admitted that she even wanted to go work out at the "Megasport", where the semi-finals of the Federation Cup, in front of the Kremlin Cup, and "was surprised to learn that there is now ice rink."
"But," Olympic "- is also a great palace, very convenient for tennis", - said Ivanovic .

The main drawback of the game the Serbian tennis player called lack of self-confidence in some key matches.
"This season I was able to win a lot of good matches, including a strong tennis players. Nevertheless, my confidence a little bit sometimes lacking - especially in key matches. This is the direction I plan to work hard in the next season," - said Ivanovic.

Their physical fitness at the end of season tennis assessed as good, but not perfect.
"Right now, my physical level fell slightly - said Ivanovic. - I would like to play more tournaments, so I plan to do next year. The current women's tennis all rely on" physics ", so RPT - a very important part. During off-season, half of which I will spend in Belgrade, half - in Dubai with a trainer, sparring partner and specialist in physical training, I'll be the RPT attention. "

According to Ivanovic, tennis in Serbia is currently out on the popularity of the first.
"After the victory of our team in the Davis Cup, Novak Djokovic success in personal competition, our results in the Fed Cup, I think tennis is the most popular sport in Serbia. Playing tennis was not only popular, but even stylish," - said the ex- first racket of the world.

http://rsport.ru/tennis/20121015/623507783.html#ixzz29MumUzVN

gaviotabr
Oct 15th, 2012, 12:06 PM
Ivanovic: Ending Grand Slam Curse Motivates Me for Fed Cup

Former World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic will be especially motivated to try to win Serbia its first Fed Cup title next month after ending a poor run of form in the Grand Slams, she told R-Sport on Monday.
Since winning her only Grand Slam title at the 2008 French Open, Ivanovic failed to make it into the last eight at 17 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments before reaching the quarterfinals at last month's U.S. Open, where she lost to Serena Williams.
"It was like a monkey off my shoulder," Ivanovic said, adding that sometimes she found the pressure "overwhelming" in big matches.
"It was a huge step for me to get to the quarterfinals and just to prove to myself that I can be there and I actually belong there when I do things the way it should be done."
Ending that record means that confidence is building for next month's Fed Cup final in Prague and for a new start next season, she said.
"It does give confidence. And it's a huge week and would be great to win it and finish the season on a high," she said.
Ivanovic admitted that representing the tennis-mad nation of Serbia gives rise to even more nerves than usual, and suggesting her team could benefit from forming closer bonds before the final.
"If you do well, it's for the team, and if you don't, you sort of feel like you let the team down. So definitely there is more nerves involved," she said.
"I think we could get a little more of that, a little more of the team spirit happening, because it's nice to be part of a team."
As fourth seed, Ivanovic is one of the players to benefit from a first-round bye at the Kremlin Cup.
A lucky draw means that her second-round opponent will be one of two qualifiers yet to be determined, before a potential third-round match with Russia's Nadia Petrova, who won in Tokyo last month.

http://en.ria.ru/sports/20121015/176642217.html

Ana is definitely showing the confidence from that USO run. Using the momentum like only she knows! :spit:

gaviotabr
Oct 15th, 2012, 01:16 PM
Ivanovic: Nerves a Tough Opponent

Ana Ivanovic
© AFP/ ED Jones
17:05 15/10/2012
MOSCOW, October 15 (RIA Novosti)

Former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic's career has struggled at times since she won her only Grand Slam title in Paris in 2008. She sat down with R-Sport to discuss her battles with pre-match nerves and fitness problems and her desire to win Serbia its first Fed Cup title.
How are you feeling ahead of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow?
"I still have a few days to adjust, but it's actually just hard to get time on a court [for practice]. Once you get it, it's good."
You could run into Nadia Petrova in the quarterfinals, and she's on a good run after winning in Tokyo. Are you at all frightened of her?
"Yeah, it's a tough draw, you know. Especially in these tournaments, it's always small draws and you run into good players very, very early in the rounds. I just want to try and enjoy it. It's the last tournament of the year, and just take it easy and try to relax and have fun."
How are you feeling at the end of the season? In terms of fitness, have you had any thoughts of sacrificing the Kremlin Cup to stay in shape for the Fed Cup final with the Czech Republic?
"I feel pretty good health-wise, so hopefully it stays that way. Obviously it's a big goal for us, the Fed Cup and obviously it's two weeks away, it's only the weekend, so it's plenty of time to recover and still practice and get ready for those two matches."
What in your game are you hoping to change for next season?
"It's fitness that's going to be the most important because I feel there's been a lot of ups and downs in that area this year, so once I get that base happening, I can start the year well hopefully and keep the level up."
You've spoken in the past about your problems with confidence and consistency. How do you fight those problems?
"Before every match you play you have nerves and you are nervous a little bit, but it's good in a way because sometimes when you lack those nerves you don't perform well. You're quite flat. Sometimes it's overwhelming. You have to find the balance to breathe through it, but it comes with confidence. Once you're confident, it's easier to deal with everything, so it's a big thing I have to work for for the big matches against the top players."
After winning Roland Garros in 2008, you didn't reach the quarterfinals of another Grand Slam until the U.S. Open last month. How does it feel to get rid of that unwanted record?
"It was like a monkey off my shoulder. It was a huge step for me to get to the quarterfinals and just to prove to myself that I can be there and I actually belong there when I do things the way it should be done. It gives me confidence and it's the incentive for next year."
Does that motivate you for the Fed Cup too?
"It does give confidence. And it's a huge week and would be great to win it and finish the season on a high."
Winning the Fed Cup for the first time would be huge for tennis-mad Serbia. How are you coping with the pressure?
"It is different playing for a Fed Cup team than playing for yourself. I mean, you always play for your country but it's different because if you do well, it's for the team, and if you don't, you sort of feel like you let the team down. So definitely there is more nerves involved, but I played so many times before, so this is no different. It's always going to be tough and it's going to be challenging, but that's what we all enjoy as well, being out there and being challenged."
Do the other girls in the Serbian team give you support you don't get at singles events?
"I think we could get a little more of that, a little more of the team spirit happening, because it's nice to be part of a team because we are always competing on our own. It's such an individual sport. I know lots of family and friends and people from Serbia are going to Prague to watch us play and that's always great."

http://en.ria.ru/sports/20121015/176646172.html

marineblue
Oct 15th, 2012, 01:40 PM
"I feel pretty good health-wise, so hopefully it stays that way.

The recent pics tell a different story...

gaviotabr
Oct 15th, 2012, 01:49 PM
"I feel pretty good health-wise, so hopefully it stays that way.

The recent pics tell a different story...

There is another article in which she says: "Right now, my physical level fell slightly."

So.. is it good or bad? Bit contradictory...

gaviotabr
Oct 15th, 2012, 09:03 PM
A bit more complete version of Ana's presser in Moscow:

Ivanovic: Serbian tennis has become very popularAna Ivanovic of the Fed Cup, and not only

Ana Ivanovic told about the problems in his game, reaching the final of the Fed Cup, the popularity of tennis in Serbia, and more.

Author: Artem Taimanov

Keeping the tradition of launch day WTA tournaments in recent years, "Olympic" has once again passed the All-access hour with the top four seeded players Kremlin Cup Women's Singles. One of the members of this quartet was Serbian Ana Ivanovic .

- Ana, compare, please first three bats in the world. When it was your compatriot Jelena Jankovic, all said that it had no weaknesses, then he said the same thing about Caroline Wozniacki. Now in the same vein about Victoria Azarenka. You can compare their way of playing style and select a strong and weak points?
- I think that everyone who is a top tennis player, this place deserves the rating list. In this style of play Azarenka, in my view, is different from tennis, which I think that everyone who becomes a top tennis player, deserves this place in the rating list. In this style of play Azarenka, in my view, is different from tennis, which was shown Wozniacki and Jankovic. They hardly made a mistake, beat all the balls, but in their arsenal lacked a truly powerful, trample. Azarenka is also very stable, but it works much better in attack.

- It seems that in recent times in some games you are showing tennis, which is close to the level of your best game to the victory of the "Roland Garros - 2008" and the first place in rating list, but steadily operate at a level you can not. Do you agree with this assessment and see what's the reason that you can not regularly show such good tennis?
- I feel a little lack of stability at a high level. This year, I won a lot of matches, but the matches against top tennis players to show good tennis I could not. I think I'm confident enough in their abilities, when I go to court against such opponents. But I hope that next year I will be able to overcome this barrier, in any case, this is one of my main goals for the season. I want to perform successfully at major competitions, including the tournament "Grand Slam."

- National Team of Serbia for the first time in history to reach the final of the Fed Cup. What are your feelings before this confrontation, and how would you assess the teams' chances of winning?
- I can say that our dream come true. We are very happy that we managed to reach the final, failed to win a tough semi-final match against the Russian team. Now we have to perform in the finals, to which there are only a couple of weeks. If we manage to win, repeat the result guys in Davis Cup - in 2010, it will be gorgeous.

- you only once came to Moscow. What accounts for such a rare visit to the Russian capital and whether it is possible to say that now you come here thanks largely obtained in the semi-finals of the Federation Cup to positive emotions?
- (Immediately after the start of the translation into English Ana corrects: "I've been here twice. No. given Federation Cup even three times. ") I really wanted to come back here, to this tournament. Of course, our victory in the semifinals of the Federation Cup was a great achievement, but in any case I always nice to return to Moscow. Our countries are similar, so that everything looks very familiar and familiar.

- Can you compare "Megasport" in which the Fed Cup semi-final was held, and the SC "Olympic"? Courts, conditions for training and rest.
- They are very different. We played on the ground, and the bed is hard. I think the "Olympic" a lot more, at least, creates a feeling. I really like it here, this is a great complex. Back when I was looking for, where to practice, first discovered rink for figure skating - it was nice. But I had a training session in one of the halls, although I have not had much time to prepare.

- Ana say that your game depends on the level of fitness. How do you rate this season is from this point of view, how satisfied with how it planned as tournament play? And the percentage of the maximum would rate their current form?
- I think, right now, in fact, at the end of the season, it is difficult to be perfectly prepared. I think I would like to play a little bit more tournaments this year, and maybe I'll do it next season. Of course, to raise their level of physical fitness is very important because now tennis has become very expensive in the physical sense: it requires serious strength and power punches.

- Build you plans for the offseason? Where you will relax and your team will remain the same or there will be some changes?
- Well, to me there is always a coach, sparring partner and trainer on fitness. I'm going to spend half of preparation for the new season at home, and the other half - in Dubai.

- I can say that due to the success of the Serbian tennis in the last five or six years, he has become the most popular sport in your country. And as far as success in the Davis Cup and the Fed Cup help raise his popularity?
- Of course, the position of football is still strong, but the guys win the Davis Cup was a very important event for the whole of Serbia. The fact that we have reached the final of the Fed Cup, is also very good. But apart from that we have a lot of top players - and what did Novak last year, yet raised tennis on the first position in Serbia, at least, I think so. Tennis has become very popular in our country, and now play in it, you can say, fashionable and stylish.

- Becoming the first racket of the world, you've got a lot of contracts, including clothing. And what is your personal attitude to clothes, what brands do you like?
- I like the "Matthew Williamson." Of course, I like different shoes. But mostly I order all things in the shops, because I now have no time to get out somewhere (laughs) .

- Returning to the semi-finals of the Federation Cup, tell me where you celebrate that victory over the Russian national team and go there at the same is the case with the victory at the Kremlin Cup?
- I'm still trying to recover after the celebration (laughs) . In fact, when we went to a Serbian restaurant and well marked victory. Serbian music played there, there was a Serbian cuisine ... That night we did not sleep, because early in the morning we were to fly to the tournament in Stuttgart. So we're up all night celebrating and dancing.


http://www.championat.com/tennis/article-140411-ana-ivanovich-o-kubke-federacii-i-ne-tolko.html

gaviotabr
Oct 17th, 2012, 03:50 PM
Ivanovic: 'It would be a dream come true'

NEWS ARTICLE

Ana Ivanovic talks to FedCup.com ahead of Serbia's trip to face Czech Republic in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Final, which is taking place at Prague's O2 Arena on 3-4 November. It will be Serbia's first ever appearance in the Final.

What are your thoughts on the upcoming Fed Cup Final?
It’s exciting; I think it’s the best way to finish the season. It’s a great honour for us to be in the Fed Cup final. I think we didn’t really expect that but it’s good for us to be in that position and it will be awesome if we can actually make the big step and win it.
It was obviously a very tough match against Russia in the semifinals but to be in the final was a big goal for us. It would be amazing if we manage to win like the guys won Davis Cup - it would be a dream come true.

What do you remember of your semifinal victory over Russia?
The celebrations were amazing. Russia is a very tough opponent; they have won it many times before. We had a really tough match but we all played well and we came together as a team which was really important. It was a great success for us and a very special moment.
We had a very big celebration afterwards! We had an early flight to Stuttgart and it was a long way to the airport so we had to leave the hotel at 4am and we were celebrating until then.

What do you think about the Czech team?
The Czech Republic has been very strong in the past and obviously they have home court advantage. It’s going to be a nice experience for us to play against them. I’ve never been to Prague so I’m excited about that and I know lots of family and friends are going to come and watch and support and that’s always great.

Has the success you have achieved in both Davis Cup and Fed Cup had an impact on the popularity of tennis in Serbia?
When the guys won the Davis Cup title it was huge for Serbia. Now they are very excited for us being in the final. Having lots of players at the top, and obviously Novak [Djokovic] did what he did last year, it really puts tennis in the number one position and everyone in Serbia wants to play it in now.

http://www.fedcup.com/en/news/articles/ivanovic-'it-would-be-a-dream-come-true'.aspx

gaviotabr
Oct 18th, 2012, 12:47 PM
Ivanovic said the great motivation to participate at the Kremlin Cup

15:14 10/18/2012 (updated 15:52 10/18/2012 )
Author:Anatoly Samokhvalov / R-Sport
The plot:Tennis Kremlin Cup-2012Tags:Kremlin Cup | Ana Ivanovic | Simone Halepa | Valeriy Solovyov | Vesna Dolonts
© RIA Novosti. Alexey Kudenko

MOSCOW, Oct. 18 - RIA Novosti, Anatoly Samokhvalov. Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic said that it has sufficient motivation for productive performance at the Kremlin Cup .
Ivanovic, seeded in the tournament in Moscow under the number two, struck on Thursday defeated Russian woman Valeria Solovieva (216 in the rating of the Women's Tennis Association) in straight sets 6-1, 6-4 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the tournament .

"I was very motivated here in Moscow, I am very pleased to be in this city, as there are still memories of a successful performance at the Fed Cup - Ivanovic said at a news conference. - It was a good match (against Solovieva) for me, despite a little slow on the cover, which I adapted a certain time. "

Russian Serbian opponent called "a talented tennis player." "Today she was nervous, probably, it was her first match of this level, and I do not know what to expect from her during the meeting," - added Ivanovic.
Ivanovic happy with the fact that the match with her participation was assigned to the earliest time - 13.00 MSK. "I'm an early bird, I like to get up early, for me it's a good schedule," - she said, also shared his impressions of the Russian capital, "I was twice in Red Square, visited the Kremlin Palace of Congresses, where the ballet look. Actually, ballet I I wanted to see at the Bolshoi, but this time there was an opera. "

In turn, the upcoming November 6th birthday tennis players will not be "a feast in a large way." "At first I will bring to your family, and then go with your friends to celebrate in the bar," - added the Serb.

In the quarterfinals of the Kremlin Cup is one of the favorites of the tournament will play the winner of the match between serving from 2012 for Serbia native of Moscow in the spring Dolonts and Romanian Simona Halepa. "I'm not going to watch the match (competitors), it will make my coach - explained Ivanovic. - I know Dolonts - Serb, but have not seen her in action, but Halepa, Review, held a good meeting with (hopefully) Petrova ( 6:3, 5:7, 5:7). "

Remembering the most troubled period of the season, Ivanovic mentioned the French Open as "the most difficult tournament of the year." "I was in good shape, but was injured and two weeks recovering" - summarized it.


http://rsport.ru/tennis/20121018/624111008.html#ixzz29ecsKbex

Yes.. RG was tough... most critical loss of the season. Don't think Ana has played a really good match since.

Cajka
Oct 18th, 2012, 01:18 PM
I can't believe that Google Translate got so much better. It's almost like it's got a brain. Someone did a huge and great job.

gaviotabr
Oct 18th, 2012, 05:53 PM
Saw Ana's presser in this site: http://anitaivanovic.blogspot.com.br/2012/10/ana-spoke-about-her-victory-over.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter#.UIA2XW_A_8k

Don't know where they got it from.

Cajka
Oct 18th, 2012, 05:55 PM
Saw Ana's presser in this site: http://anitaivanovic.blogspot.com.br/2012/10/ana-spoke-about-her-victory-over.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter#.UIA2XW_A_8k

Don't know where they got it from.

http://www.gotennis.ru/read/news/ana_ivanovich_na_svoji_den_rozhdeniya_ne_planiruyu _nichego_grandioznogo.html

I saw it an hour ago or so, but it's very similar to the one you already posted.

gaviotabr
Oct 18th, 2012, 05:56 PM
http://www.gotennis.ru/read/news/ana_ivanovich_na_svoji_den_rozhdeniya_ne_planiruyu _nichego_grandioznogo.html

I saw it an hour ago or so, but it's very similar to the one you already posted.

Oh! Ok. Thanks! :)

Cajka
Oct 19th, 2012, 01:59 PM
I really wonder what's wrong with translating Russian articles. After seeing that mess in GM about Woz, today I found this in Serbian newspapers: http://sport.blic.rs/Tenis/222110/Ana-Ivanovic-Odigrala-sam-mec-sa-stilom

According to these idiots, Ana said that she won the match in style. "Former world #1 pointed out that she's very pleased because she played a match in style/with style (I'm not sure which preposition should be used here). And, of course, the comments on the article are all like: "Today you're gonna lose in style."

I know that it's not a big deal, but this is not the first time they twist her words and you can't expect Serbian readers to check the sources, they will, of course, believe in that crap. Those small "mistakes" are hurting her image. She should really sue those "journalists" if it's possible and if she cares.

gaviotabr
Oct 19th, 2012, 05:55 PM
Ivanovic was not offended, the game is not on the center court of the Kremlin Cup

21:12 10/19/2012 (updated 21:13 10/19/2012 )
The plot:Tennis Kremlin Cup-2012Tags:Kremlin Cup | Vesna Dolonts | Ana Ivanovic

© RIA Novosti. Alexey Kudenko

MOSCOW, Oct. 19 - RIA Novosti. Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic was sympathetic to the decision compilers schedule the Kremlin Cup quarter-final match to put her compatriot spring Dolonts on the second most important court sports complex "Olympic".
Ivanovic on Friday beat Dolonts 6:4, 6:1 . Most viewers prefer to watch the game two Serbian tennis player than runs parallel to the center court match Australian Samantha Stosur and Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic.
"I have no hard feelings for the organizers, they had to make a choice - Ivanovic stated at a press conference. - Today, at a very busy tournament schedule. Someone had to send not play on Centre Court. Choose me, but I'm glad advanced to the semifinals, and tomorrow on the center court will try to show good tennis. "

A bitter struggle in the first game of the match with Dolonts, until May 2012 play for Russia, Ivanovic explained that the brand did not know what to expect from the opponent.
"First, it is always difficult to play with compatriot and second, with players who do not know, - explained the tennis player. - Dolonts played at times very good, and I think that over time it will rise high in the ranking."

Former first racket of the world said she enjoys tennis, although she did not manage to repeat the success of 2008, when she won the "Roland Garros" and climbed to the top of the world rankings.
"In fact, I made just about the dream - has become a top tennis player and won the Grand Slam. Since then I have not easy - I'm not always confident in their abilities, had problems with motivation, with other factors. But I managed all overcome this, and now I again enjoy the game. still hope to achieve serious results, "- said Ivanovic.

In the semifinals, the Serbian tennis player will meet Stosur. The second finalist will be determined in the Kremlin Cup match Dane Caroline Wozniacki and Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden.



http://rsport.ru/tennis/20121019/624293171.html

gaviotabr
Oct 19th, 2012, 05:56 PM
Ana Ivanovic: I am grateful to the audience for their support
October 19, 2012, 21:41 | Author: Jacob Eccentrics, GoTennis.ru

Ana Ivanovic was the last semifinalist of the tournament, "Bank of Moscow Kremlin Cup" in the women's singles, beating Vesna Dolonts . To learn how to play with her ​​compatriot and their expectations from the meeting with Samantha Stosur, Ivanovic told a news conference.
- It is always difficult to play with a compatriot, especially if you are on it almost did not know (Dolonts recently began to play for Serbia - Comm. gotennis.ru ), - Ana said. - Spring showed good tennis.
- How do you react to the fact that your game is not on the center court, where you probably would have collected the full podium?
- I love playing there. But today, I had no luck: what if scheduled to be held eight quarterfinals in singles for men and women, and the organizers can put the main arena just five matches. I hope tomorrow to play well on the center court.
- Ana, yesterday you said that it is very difficult to play against tennis, which had not previously met, and did not know what to expect from it. What surprises you presented Spring?
- And not only this. First, we played on the court number one, and it is much faster than the central one. Secondly, a strong flow of Spring. I needed time to adjust to these factors. But in general Dolonts serious potential. She is able to progress as a player.
- Have you heard the cries of the Russian-speaking audience in your support? That means to you current tournament?
- Yes, I had a very pleasant support of spectators. Especially in the first match for me, in which I played against Russian Valeria Solovieva. As for the "Kremlin Cup", it is very important for me: I want to be here to win and finish the season on a positive note.
- The greatest success you have achieved in 2005 - 2008 years. How in the world do you assess their current stage of your career?
- Then I played freely and was able to realize his dream of becoming a champion of the tournament "Grand Slam" and become a top tennis player. Then there were the injuries that prevented me to continue in the same spirit. But I hope to return to previous levels.
- Which of the tennis players do you consider your main rivals?
- Now in WTA-Tour has a lot of strong girls. But I emphasize Azarenka and Sharapova, with whom, however, I can well fight on equal terms.
- What do you think about the upcoming semi-final with Samantha Stosur?
- Certainly, it will be a difficult match than the previous two. I hope we both can show good tennis.

http://www.gotennis.ru/read/news/ana_ivanovich_ya_blagodarna_zritelyam_za_podderzhk u.html

HowardH
Oct 19th, 2012, 06:50 PM
If we ever needed reminding that Vesna's name means Spring, the online translator has given it to us :lol:.

Cajka
Oct 19th, 2012, 07:01 PM
If we ever needed reminding that Vesna's name means Spring, the online translator has given it to us :lol:.

It's interesting that Vesna is a common Serbian name, while "vesna" doesn't mean anything in modern Serbian, although there are other words with the origin "ves(t)". And "vesna" does mean "spring" in Russian, but the name Vesna is not common at all. But they have surnames like "Vesnin". Anyway, according to Slavic mythology, Vesna was a Slavic goddess of spring and youth. :)

gaviotabr
Oct 20th, 2012, 01:28 AM
Slimline Ivanovic denies weight loss crisis
Author : DSG
Posted on : 19 Oct 2012 18:48:22 in Tennis

Former world number one Ana Ivanovic insists that she is not suffering from a weight-loss crisis despite her new slimline look prompting fears that the sport's gruelling demands were taking a drastic toll.
The 24-year-old Serb also rejected rumours that she has been on a crash diet ordered by her sponsors to force her to lose weight.
"I dont feel that I've seriously lost weight," Ivanovic told AFP at the Kremlin Cup on Friday where she reached the semi-finals.
"This year I've been working really hard and I was travelling a lot. I experienced some stressful situations and sometimes lacked quality food during my travels.
"But I believe that when I get home at the end of the season, I'll feel myself more relaxed and will gain some more weight."
Ivanovic, who is currently 12th in the world, also said that despite losing weight, she still has enough energy to keep her playing powerfully on court.
"I have enough energy but I think I shall become more stronger anyway because I play aggressive tennis and need to get that heaviness of the shot, so that's the feature which I still have to work on," added the 2008 French Open champion.

http://www.sport.co.uk/news/Tennis/83839/Slimline_Ivanovic_denies_weight_loss_crisis.aspx

:facepalm:

I can't with these answers.. :tape:

Cajka
Oct 20th, 2012, 01:38 AM
http://www.sport.co.uk/news/Tennis/83839/Slimline_Ivanovic_denies_weight_loss_crisis.aspx

:facepalm:

I can't with these answers.. :tape:

I'll try to find the original source in Russian tomorrow. This source is unreliable to say at least. Troll source, actually.

Cajka
Oct 20th, 2012, 01:51 AM
I couldn't find anything. If she really said these things, there's something really wrong, seriously wrong.

gaviotabr
Oct 20th, 2012, 02:11 AM
I couldn't find anything. If she really said these things, there's something really wrong, seriously wrong.

Its from AFP press agency. I think she really did say it. :tape:

I'm actually worried...

Cajka
Oct 20th, 2012, 02:18 AM
Its from AFP press agency. I think she really did say it. :tape:

I'm actually worried...

I'll just say that I really hope that we are reaaalllyyyy overreacting. But I can only say that I feel really bad after reading this. I'm just truly worried and it has nothing to do with her tennis anymore. God, I just hope, hope and hope I'm wrong.

The 2nd Law
Oct 20th, 2012, 11:24 AM
I think that article, whether true or not, has been translated. It's worded strangely, Ana's English is not that bad. So i'm just throwing that out there before I start to worry too.

Cajka
Oct 20th, 2012, 11:35 AM
I think that article, whether true or not, has been translated. It's worded strangely, Ana's English is not that bad. So i'm just throwing that out there before I start to worry too.

It's a troll site, she wouldn't say she lacked quality food while traveling. :spit: But, if she ever said that she didn't lose weight, she needs help ASAP. It could be a serious disorder.

gaviotabr
Oct 20th, 2012, 11:45 AM
It's a troll site, she wouldn't say she lacked quality food while traveling. :spit: But, if she ever said that she didn't lose weight, she needs help ASAP. It could be a serious disorder.

Its an AFP press agency story that got published in 10.000 sites and newspapers. It doesn't come from that particular site, it was just the one I opened first.

Here is the original: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gtBzxR5oladEH2_GP5Tq4ogbtb2g?docId=CNG.b7dfa 8827efa1304946f2c4bf11836b5.cd1

Yes, it was probably translated somehow.. but I doubt AFP would make up words.

Cajka
Oct 20th, 2012, 11:51 AM
"I think I shall become more stronger anyway because I play aggressive tennis and need to get that heaviness of the shot, so that's the feature which I still have to work on."

I have a feeling she's been repeating Nigel's words for months, but she doesn't mean it. She doesn't see she lost some weight, it's all stress and traveling.

gaviotabr
Oct 20th, 2012, 04:56 PM
Ana Ivanovic: I am very saddened by the injury
October 20, 2012, 20:43 | Author: Jacob Eccentrics, GoTennis.ru | Main photo: kremlincup.ru

In the third set of the second semifinal tournament, "Bank of Moscow Kremlin Cup" forced Ana Ivanovic took time out. How did it affect the outcome of the match, and from Moscow vppechatleniyah Serbian tennis player told a news conference.
- It is unlikely that the trauma hip somehow affect the preparation for the next season - said I. - although the picture, I do not do it. But I, of course, this injury afflicts. I felt some discomfort in his hip while trying to make a forehand in a game on his serve with the score 2/1. But even call the doctor did not improve the situation.
- Ana, in sports there is the axiom that no need to change a winning tactic. You are in the first set went to the net, so to achieve success. What prevented the act as well, of course, before the injury?
- I will continue to play an active and in the second set, but was at the same time make more mistakes. Even then, I had a chance, for example, when the score was 3/3. In any case, I played well.
- Are you going to play in the Fed Cup next year?
- Of course. Well, the first match in the next drawing we spend at home against slovachek. It is very important to us. But so far, we expect to win in the upcoming final against the Czech team.
- What you remember "Kremlin Cup" in "netennisnom" plan?
- Top impression off the court is, of course, a visit to Red Square and march to the ballet. But, of course, I have good memories and the performance in the tournament, even about me losing the first set semifinal.
- What do you think about the upcoming final match, will watch it?
- I'm leaving tomorrow from Moscow. As to the content of the final, each of their opponents cards. On the one hand, Sam - the aggressive tennis player, but on the other, slow cover more suited Carolina, which will get all the balls. However, if Stosur can constantly attack, she will win.
- How do you explain the consistently good performance of your compatriots to "Kremlin Cup"?
- Indeed, Serbs feel good here, relaxed. Feel kinship with the country. It is no coincidence couple of our guys won the tournament. I hope that I will succeed in the future.

http://www.gotennis.ru/read/news/ana_ivanovich_travma_menya_ochen_ogorchila.html

3-3 in the second set.. :sobbing: 3 easy FHs into the net..

gaviotabr
Oct 24th, 2012, 11:53 PM
Ana was at a book fair in Belgrade today:

http://www.laguna.rs/v1804_vest_najbolja_srpska_teniserka_posetila_lagu nin_stand_laguna.html

Linguae^
Oct 25th, 2012, 03:25 PM
Aaaah, why not on Monday?! :sobbing:

gloria7
Oct 25th, 2012, 04:51 PM
From Serbia's Tennis Association:

Because of the very complicated process of training, at several different locations in Belgrade, it was not possible to organize a pre-planned press conference where would all 4 Serbian tennis players appear. First complete press conference with our players will be held in Prague, on Wednesday, october 31st...

fANAtic
Oct 25th, 2012, 07:14 PM
I see the girls are working hard on team unity. Czechs beware...

Iva87
Oct 28th, 2012, 01:13 PM
Muscle & Fitness Hers Magazine September/October 2012

For you, personally, what's the hardest part of being a professional tennis player?
I love tennis and I love travelling, so really this is the perfect job for me! But no job is perfect, not even tennis, and sometimes the travelling can get a little tiring: you miss home and you miss your family. But overall I don’t complain. I really love to compete.

With training, how many hours do you a spend a day in the gym and on the court?
It really varies, depending how close to a tournament I am. The off-season, in November and December, is the most intense training period, and in many ways it sets you up for the year ahead. During this time I will have three sessions per day: at the beginning, two fitness sessions and one tennis, then later on it will be two tennis and one fitness.

During the season, but away from a tournament, it can be similar, but the emphasis is still on tennis, as my coach and I work on some improvements. Still, there will be a few weeks where I do more fitness than tennis.

For the gym work I always find it important to keep things varied, so often I am not in the gym at all: maybe we are cycling through some parks, swimming, running or evening surfing. I love the outdoors.

What does a typical workout for you?
There is no “typical” workout really because we are working on so many different areas, on and off the court. In the gym we will work on strength, endurance, speed and flexibility – sometimes just one of these elements, and sometimes we combine them.

One gym session may look like this: 5-10 minutes warm-up on the treadmill, then we’ll do some high intensity cardio, 20 seconds of running at high speeds and getting the heart rate up, then ‘resting’ for up to a 30-60 seconds at jogging pace. After completing a few sets of that we may work on some postural and stabilising exercises for the back, shoulders and core, using Swiss and medicine balls. We’ll also do some lunges and squats.

vuhvuh
Oct 28th, 2012, 11:02 PM
so conference in prague on wednesday omgg I so want to meet her like in city =D =D

Iva87
Oct 29th, 2012, 09:58 PM
http://sport.blic.rs/Tenis//222658/Srpske-teniserke-se-okupljaju-u-Pragu-finale-Fed-kupa-sve-blize

Serbian tennis players gather in Prague, the finals of the Fed Cup closer

Ahead of the Fed Cup final against the Czech national team, which will be third and 4 November play in Prague's O2 Arena, the women's tennis team Serbia began to gather in Prague.

Other six days to the most important Fed Cup match in the history of Serbia, and our best players will be fighting in his first final.

In a year when the Tennis Association of Serbia celebrates 90 years of establishment and existence, but the tension and optimism is slowly increasing. Team Serbia on Monday will be completed in Prague, with the first workout scheduled for 16 hours, while Ana Ivanovic of Milan sitcom about 17 hours



Jelena Jankovic Bojana Jovanovski and coach Dejan Vranes from Belgrade, early morning flight via Munich started at this time just like the rest of the team (sparring partners, the medical team) and Prague have landed in 13 hours. The youngest member of the national team of Serbia Aleksandar Krunic arrived in Prague from Bratislava where her base for two years.



"The mood in the Serbian team is on a high, positive levels. All are aware of the size and difficulty of the task before us, and that this is the biggest challenge in our current careers. Everyone on the team wants to triumph, and all our thoughts and aspirations, just go in that direction. For years we have built a path that took us to the finals, we were always aware that we can not just up to the finals, but both titles. It is our dream, and our goal is not to deviate from it. There were times when we were written off, underestimated, and we have shown and proved to be worth the greatest achievements. Rasterećno'll play and we believe that we will fulfill our dream big. We have plenty of time to get ready, and I believe in us, in the victory, "said coach Vranes on arrival in Prague.



The Serbian team will train on Tuesday at the O2 Arena from 9 to 12 and from 15 to 17 hours. On Wednesday, starting at 11 am scheduled press conference selection Serbia, while a draw will be held Friday at 12 am in the Town Hall in Prague.



Serbian national team in Prague welcomed the cold weather, with the remnants of snow that fell two days ago in the capital of the Czech Republic. On Monday, the O2 Arena will be training, but the work will be done at the club Sparta, for the place where they will be held spectacle currently busy due egzibicionog match between Maria Sharapova and Petra Kvitova.

Iva87
Oct 30th, 2012, 03:43 PM
Tournament of Champions interview

http://www.anaivanovic.com/pressandinterviews/tournament-champions-interview

http://sphotos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/169967_549482338400614_1547820877_o.jpg

marineblue
Oct 30th, 2012, 09:43 PM
Yes, it's a shame Ana cannot be playing in Sofia. Fed Cup really put the spanner in the works for that tournament.

Cajka
Oct 30th, 2012, 10:26 PM
She got a WC last year, this year she didn't even bother to play Internationals. If she didn't play FC final, she would get that WC, but I feel it was really fair to give it to Kirilenko who played a Pattaya final.

gaviotabr
Oct 30th, 2012, 11:44 PM
Ana Ivanovic: impreciso porvenir

0 COMENTARIOS30/10/2012WTA por Pedro Gutiérrez



Ana Ivanovic en la Caja Mágica jugando sobre tierra batida azul

Ana Ivanovic ya se dirige al que será el partido más importante del 2012 para ella, lo disputará en el O2 de Praga, ante el equipo de la República Checa, hablamos de la final de Fed Cup que disputará como líder del equipo serbio; han sido muchos los casos de tenistas a los que una final de Copa Federación o Copa Davis ha dado el empujón definitivo en sus carreras, y quizás Ivanovic afronte esta eliminatoria como una definitiva y ansiada lanzadera para volver a la cima de la WTA.

Era 9 de junio de 2008 y Ana Ivanovic, reciente campeona de Roland Garros, ascendía a lo más alto de los rankings. Tenía 20 años y enganchaba al público, recogía el título apenas 11 días después de que Justine Henin, la venerada reina del circuito femenino, anunciará su retirada -finalmente provisional- del tenis, y dejara su título en Roland Garros 2007 sin defensora. En aquél momento hubo incertidumbre y mucha curiosidad, el surgimiento de la joven estrella serbia, despertó el interés de todos y llegó en el momento exacto, cuando más sed de nuevas figuras femeninas había.



El día de aquella final era el 8 de junio de 2008, e Ivanovic venía de hacer también final en el Open de Australia. ¡207 semanas después!, nada más inciarse septiembre de 2012, Ana volvía a meterse entre las 8 mejores de un Grand Slam -US Open 2012-. Durante toda esa larga travesía tras conquistar su primer Grand Slam, no había conseguido pasar de octavos de final. Era en una época de grandes decepciones con la que era la nueva generación de estrellas pero, sin duda, Ivanovic fue la mayor de todas. Y decepción prolongada, de la que aún no hemos salido. Lo curioso es que en todo este tiempo, Ivanovic no faltó a una sóla de las 17 ediciones de Grand Slam que se disputaron. A la par que sus resultados en los grandes, también se diluyó como un azucarillo en un café su ranking: poco le duró el #1 que perdió tras el US Open 2008, y de ahí bajó hasta el #5 de final de año, en 2009 acabó en el #22, en 2010 en el #17 y en el 2011 de nuevo en el #22.

¿Y en 2012? Cerrará la temporada como #12, su mejor temporada -con diferencia- desde su gran 2008. Estudiando el granero de puntos de Ana este año algo queda claro: no estamos ante una tenista que haya sido regular, ni ha brillado en plazas concretas -ni grandes ni pequeñas, no hemos de olvidar en este sentido que acabará la temporada sin título alguno -salvo que conquiste la Copa Federación, lo cual no obstante no es reflejado en los rankings- y se encuentra al borde del top10 sencillamente porque ha cumplido -sin tampoco brillar- en 6 de los 8 torneos que más puntos reparten: 4ªR Open de Australia, SF Indian Wells, 4ªR Miami, 3ªR Roland Garros, 4ªR Wimbledon y QF US Open.



El histórico 2011 de Novak Djokovic se inició en la final ganada de Copa Davis un año antes, el ascenso definitivo de Murray encuentra su razón de ser en el oro olímpico, la explosión de Fernando Verdasco tras la final de Mar del Plata o el rejuvenecimiento de David Ferrer tras la final de 2009, sin olvidar el impulso del tenis femenino italiano tras conquistar las Copas Federación de 2006, 2009 y 2012. La historia en este 2012 se podría repetir con Ana Ivanovic, necesitada de una lanzadera para reincorporarse a un top10 que se le está resistiendo.

Su línea de resultados es ascendente, y todo indica -si se sigue en esa misma dinámica- que Anita vuelve a ser esa gran tenista del 2008. Mejorando su regularidad y sus prestaciones en los torneos WTA Premier podría optar al top8 sin problemas, pues de los 11 que ha disputado (dejando fuera los ya informados torneos de Indian Wells y Miami, que superan en fama y repercusión a los WTA Premier cotidianos), ha alcanzado semifinales solamente una vez: hace unos días en Moscú (superando un 'bye' en primera ronda y a tenistas #216 y #160 para acabar cayendo ante Stosur) y unos solitarios cuartos de final en Dubai. Estos resultadon son pobrísimos. Recuerdan a la eterna discusión de si es mejor ganar la Liga o la Champions League, indiscutiblemente la segunda tiene más caché pero la que te da de comer y la que disfrutar cada semana es la primera; algo así le ocurre a Ana, que ha sabido llegar lejos en la Champions, sin tampoco, ganarla pero se ha quedado en los últimos puestos de la Liga. La ventaja: al tener los puntos así ganados, tiene un buen 2013 por delante en el que no defenderá gran cantidad de ellos en ningún momento del año y difícilmente no sumará más en algunos WTA Premier la próxima temporada. Por tanto, analizando no es un buen año en el circuito WTA pero sí un escenario propicio para crecer -y mucho- en el 2013.



Que Ana Ivanovic tiene tenis para estar en el top10 e incluso disputar el top5 es indiscutible. Su juego con gran derecha y sólido revés, apoyado en un muy buen servicio y gran capacidad para restar ganadores, así lo muestra. El problema de Ana no está en su tenis, sino -para variar- en su cabeza. Tras tropecientos cambios de entrenador, poco a poco ha ido ajustándose y encontrando la estabilidad que precisa. Lo cierto es que nos hemos perdido ya 4 buenos años de Ivanovic, y va siendo hora de que esta situación llegue a su fin. Es una gran tenista, además de muy carismática y popular, que puede -y debe- subir.

"Llegar a la final de Fed Cup es algo enorme para nuestro país. Los chicos lo han hecho de maravilla en la Davis, y causaron mucha alegría y admiración en Serbia. Ahora nosotras esperamos hacer lo mismo. Ahora el tenis es muy popular en Serbia y ganando la Copa Federación inspiraríamos aún a más niños a jugar al tenis. Estoy deseando que llegue el momento para demostrar que estoy preparada", decía Ivanovic hace unas horas. Probablemente haya llegado su momento, por el que lleva cuatro largos años calentando.

La subida en su ranking este año ha sido interesante, ha pasado de ser una mera irregular top20 a una sólida top15 cercana al top10, sólo precisa de un empujón más para volver a colocarse en el primer tren. Se echa en falta un perfil como el suyo en las últimas rondas o en torneos como el WTA Championships. Paso a paso, va recuperando terreno perdido y atención que puede ser el siguiente caso de impuslo nacional tras un gran resultado defendiendo los colores nacionales.



"Si hay un ideal de perfección en tenis por apariencia, talento y personalidad, probablemente sea Ana Ivanovic", dijo Eleanor Preston, periodista del diario The Financial Times. Ojalá se sume a la guerra de 2013 que se está preparando entre Serena, Azarenka, Sharapova y Radwanska; poder, puede. Y para la WTA, como la vuelta de Sharapova, sería una grandísima noticia. No hemos de olvidar que estamos hablando, diga el ranking lo que quiera, de la tercera tenista más conocida del momento tras Serena Williams y Maria Sharapova. ¿Lo hará?

http://www.puntodebreak.com/2012/10/30/ana-ivanovic-impreciso-porvenir

gaviotabr
Oct 30th, 2012, 11:48 PM
Ana and Jelena: We will do our best to make happy people and win the Fed Cup PHOTO

Tanjug / Beta | 30th 10th 2012th - 13:54 pm 15:24 am | Comments: 18

The best Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic said she was very happy that the Fed Cup team back together and will give players the best in the final against the Czech Republic win the trophy.


"I am happy I was part of the team, this is a huge success for us and hope for the best. Well I feel after the first day of training, the base is good, true, still bothers me a little injury, but, there is my staff to help me recover . has another couple of days to get ready by the weekend, "Ivanovic told reporters in Prague.


She added that the duel with a Czech woman, defended the Fed Cup title, will be very difficult.

"The finale is never easy, especially as the Fed Cup is quite different from the individual tournaments. Chances are 50:50, but we will give our best and I am sure that together we can we make it that far," she noted.

Ivanovic has expressed satisfaction with the Serbian Fed Cup team in Prague has the support from the stands.

"It is good that a great number of our supporters in Belgrade, the support is always welcome, especially when we guest and I hope it will be a great atmosphere," concluded the Serbian tennis player.

Her representative colleague, Jelena Jankovic, also stated that he will do his best to win the Czech fans are processed in the country.

"Czech women have a very strong team, but I believe in our team. We have quality players and I believe in our team and our victory," Jankovic said after the first practice.

"I had my first training session. Substrate I really like it. There's still a few days and we can not wait all this duel. Everyone is feeling good, the atmosphere in the team is good. Remains to us a few days to adapt and interplay, and hope for the best, and It is a title. We will do our best, and more than that he tills his people, "said Jankovic.

Currently the second-ranking Serbian tennis player has said that Serbia's Fed Cup team deserves a trophy finals.

"I fight to the end. Goal is a title. Finals and deserve to win the Fed Cup because I think that we are the best. Presses are a big way. This is a historic moment for us. Stayed us another step, and that is the title. If we healthy, with the support of the fans we can make happy people and bring the title in Serbia, "said Jankovic.

Fed Cup final between the Czech Republic and Serbia played third and 4 November.

http://sport.blic.rs/Tenis//222703/Ivanovic-Zajednickim-snagama-mozemo-do-pehara-FED-kupa

gaviotabr
Oct 30th, 2012, 11:49 PM
Ana: The chances against the Czech Republic 50:50
SOURCE. B92
Ana Ivanovic said she was very happy that the Fed Cup team back together and the players to give their best in the final against the Czech Republic win the trophy.


"I am happy that I am part of a team, this is a great achievement for us and hope for the best."

"I feel good after the first practice, the base is good, true, it bothers me a little injury, but there is my staff to help me recover. Has another couple of days to get ready by the weekend," said Ivanovic told reporters in Prague .

She added that the duel with Czech women, defending the title in Fed Cup, will be very difficult. "Finale is never easy, especially as the Fed Cup is quite different from the individual tournaments. Chances are 50:50, but we will do our best and safe 'm sure together we can reach far " , she noted. Ivanovic expressed satisfaction with the Serbian Fed Cup team in Prague and have support from the stands. "It's nice that a great number of our supporters in Belgrade, support is always welcome, especially When visiting, and I hope it will be a great atmosphere " , concluded the Serbian player. Finale Fed Cup between the Czech Republic and Serbia played third and 4 November.

http://www.b92.net/sport/tenis/vesti.php?yyyy=2012&mm=10&dd=30&nav_id=656175

Milan.
Oct 31st, 2012, 04:16 PM
ANA, JJ, BOJANA AND ALEX you can win at FED cup final freely because Mayan says there wouldn't be any end of the world :cheer:

P.S. I hope that's valid if you win :happy:

Iva87
Oct 31st, 2012, 10:10 PM
Srbská kráska Ivanovičová: Bez Kvitové to bude jednodušší

Ve Fed Cupu se pyšní lepší bilancí její parťačka Jelena Jankovičová, přesto bude hráčkou, na kterou Srbsko nejvíc spoléhá. Ana Ivanovičová, vytáhlá pohledná brunetka, se v Praze chystá zaútočit na triumf ve Fed Cupu. „Bylo by to něco úžasného,“ říká někdejší světová jednička.

24letá tenistka zakončí sezonu nejlepším umístěním od roku 2008, momentálně jí v žebříčku patří 12. místo. Ve spojení s druhou singlistou Jelenou Jankovičovou představuje nebezpečné duo, které může českým hráčkám ve finále Fed Cupu pořádně zatopit.

Zvlášť, když se nedá dohromady domácí jednička Petra Kvitová. „Zranění a nemoci jsou nepříjemné, doufám, že nastoupí,“ tvrdí Ivanovičová. Přesto je evidentní, že by při případné absenci wimbledonské vítězky měly Srbky větší šanci.

Je lepší hrát Fed Cup doma, nebo venku?
„Nezáleží na tom, kde hrajete. Ve Fed Cupu existuje tlak doma i venku, jde o jiné zápasy než na normálních turnajích. Fanoušci mohou domácímu týmu pomoct, ale pod tlakem budeme i my.“

Jak jste spokojená s letošní sezonou?
„V letošním roce jsem se v žebříčku dostala na nejvyšší umístění za poslední dobu. Jsem šťastná, na turnajích jsem se často dostávala do čtvrtfinále. Vím, že je ještě hodně věcí, které mohu zlepšovat. Ale cítím, že jsem na správné cestě. Musím jen dál tvrdě pokračovat a věřím, že se v další sezoně ještě zlepším.“

Cítíte na konci náročného roku únavu?
„Určitě. Tahle sezona byla hodně vyčerpávající, hodně jsme cestovali. V posledním týdnu jsem odpočívala, abych byla čerstvá na tento víkend a mohla podat co nejlepší výkon. Ale je jasné, že během roku jsem měla období, kdy jsem měla tenisu opravdu dost.“

Poslední léta hrajete Fed Cup v podobné sestavě. Je v týmu dobrá atmosféra?
„Myslím, že jsme se daly opravdu dohromady. Tento týden je velice příjemný, užily jsme si spousty legrace. Když to v týmu funguje, dává vám to hodně energie.“

http://img.blesk.cz/img/2/full/1441899_.jpg

V individuální kariéře jste dosáhla na celou řadu úspěchů. Co by pro vás znamenalo případné vítězství ve Fed Cupu?
„Bylo by skvělé Fed Cup vyhrát. Je to velmi rozdílné od individuálních turnajů. Jde o největší trofej, kterou můžete jako tým získat. Pro nás je to velká výzva, byly bychom opravdu šťastné.“

Sledujete zdravotní stav Petry Kvitové?
„Samozřejmě jsem Turnaj mistryň v Istanbulu, kde Petra odstoupila, sledovala. Doufám, že se dá do pořádku, nikomu zranění ani nemoc nepřeju. Sezona byla opravdu dlouhá, šly jsme z turaje do turnaje. Snadno se stane, že se někdo zraní, nebo onemocní. Ale přeji Petře, aby nastoupila.“

Ale pokud by Kvitová nemohla hrát, měly byste na vítězství větší šanci…
„Když se dostanete až do finále, moc chcete vyhrát. Samozřejmě doufáte v co nejjednodušší cestu. Ale opakuji, přeji Petře, aby se stihla dát dohromady.“

Je to pro vás těžká soupeřka?
„Hala jí sedí. Má výborný servis, tvrdé údery, velké sebevědomí. Není lehké proti ní hrát, porazit jí je velká výzva.“

http://isport.blesk.cz/clanek/tenis/132337/srbska-kraska-ivanovicova-bez-kvitove-to-bude-jednodussi.html

Iva87
Nov 1st, 2012, 01:39 PM
Video interview

More pressure and more fun. Ivanović in the Fed Cup delights

Prague – four years ago, Ana Ivanović was sunbathing on top of the Racquet. It was a world leader, celebrated her triumph at the French Open. But then came the injuries, loss of self-esteem and fall. She is now 12. stop bar and waits for her Fed Cup finals. Srbkám is right on the first attempt succeeded in world group to get to the finals. At the peak of the season, Ivanović, in Prague, she likes him. Said team spirit and the ability to fight for the title for his country considers it an honor.


"I really like it. My brother and father played basketball and I went to look at them. I liked the team spirit. I was missing a little bit in tennis, because it is a very individualistic. But this week is different, "said the Serb, who nadělit in Prague may gain title to their present Tuesday's 25. birthday card. "There's a lot more pressure, but it's also much more fun. It's a great honor for us to be here and have a chance to play for the title, "she said.

According to Ivanovičové, it will be a big tennis weekend. Of course considered mild Sultana, even because of the surface. He plays on the background Ultracushion Novacrylic System. Of course I know him. This year, it won the semifinals with Italkami in Ostrava, but now wanted it a bit slower and with higher bounce. Therefore, when mixing the mixture add more sand.

"On this surface I like. It is not as fast as I thought. The ball is sliding a little bit when it is low and fast. Much will depend, as it grows, who. Home-they have odtrénováno about something more, but we have a few more days to prepare. It will be good, "said Ivanović.

Ana Ivanović wants to be the best:

"I'm trying to get back. Sometimes it's better, sometimes worse, but I'm on the right track. Tennis talk begins with me again, and I want to go back to the top. "

Both the domestic tennis players are left, but it's not particularly Ivanovičovou no ghosts. "Against the levorukým tenistkám so often, playing the songs. The experience is not so much with them, but here we have levorukou sparingpartnerku, so we can kind of get used to the levácké concept of the game. "

Of course they will be dangerous, and it doesn't matter who will

Serbian tennis player has a worse record, Šafářovou, beat her twice, losing three times, most recently this year in Sydney. "With the two others in the past, I played hard games. With Luckou I played in Sydney this year and it was a really tough game. Will be dangerous, no matter who will follow, "she said.

Kvitové against her in the past, did better, three left the Court as a winner, just once as a loser. He wishes to make, and of course played Kvitová in the strongest report. "I hope that for the finals will be fine, because you want to beat the best to win," said Ivanović. Historical statistics. "Now it's a little different. It's been a long time since we played together. Now we're both in a different form. I think it will be a tough game. Peter also has a tough administration and hard beats and on the Court, as it is here, it's a benefit for her, "she added.

Kvitové will tell a lot about the possibilities of today's be put to the test. If the weekend goes, it's not clear in what form at the O2 Arena shows. "I've spoken personally with her, with her coach and Professor Paul Kolářem. Peter has a great desire to play, but the status is not optimal, "said sports Manager Miroslav black women. "At last year's high-quality performance of Petra in the end of the year it's victory (in the finals against Russia) had had enough. This year's finals, according to the draw looked quite hopeful, but the health problems that accompany me Peter light, "added concern about black women.

http://www.ceskatelevize.cz/sport/tenis/201771-vetsi-tlak-i-vice-zabavy-ivanovicova-si-ve-fed-cupu-libuje/

Iva87
Nov 2nd, 2012, 10:44 AM
NIN magazine interview

Next weekend, you and your teammates are playing Serbia’s first Fed cup final. The Czech Republic is the defending champion. Are you afraid, or you can’t wait for the match to begin? What are our strengths and weaknesses? What about the Czechs?
I can’t wait. I definitely don’t have any fear. It’s normal to be nervous before such a big occasion as this, and I’m sure I will be on the morning of my first match on Saturday, but that’s a good thing – it’s positive nerves, and shows how much I care.

I think it’s a great achievement by the team, to reach the final, and I am very excited to take part and hopefully help Serbia to victory. I want to enjoy the occasion, and fight for the trophy for Serbia.

Our strength is our experience. Jelena and I played big matches on big stages many times in our careers. Also, we have both had good results at indoor tournaments on similar surfaces.

The Czech team doesn’t really have any weaknesses, they’re the defending champions and they play at home. So it’s an extremely tough tie.

Winning the Fed cup would be the equivalent of winning the World cup in football. As one of my friends said: “If we were to play World cup final in football, everything in Serbia would stop for at least a week”. Yet, there is not too much media hype about Fed cup final. Why is that? The popularity of tennis is certainly not the issue – you, Novak and Jelena made tennis the new national sport of Serbia. Is it true, however, that women’s tennis still cannot compete with the popularity of men’s?
That’s a fair comment, and it perhaps shows that although tennis has become extremely popular in Serbia, we’re still not at the same level as football. But we are doing well: we broke the Fed Cup attendance world record at our very first match! And I notice that the newspapers sometimes put us on the front page – that doesn’t happen in many countries. I know that the International Tennis Federation is very impressed by Serbia’s organization of Fed Cup ties, and the support that our fans give us.

At the same time, it’s probably true that we don’t receive the same media attention as the men, and I think that’s a question that you should probably ask journalists, because they choose how much reporting they do…

It’s been more than four years since you gave women’s tennis in Serbia its greatest achievement – a Roland Garros victory. You were only 21, and you had a Grand Slam trophy in your hands. It seemed that the world is yours. And yet, your game and results went into a steep decline almost immediately, and it lasted for years. This year, however, definitely sees you in an upward trajectory once more. So, you can maybe see more clearly now: what happened after that Roland Garros? What was the greatest problem during the previous four years? And how did you solve it, to become dangerous again?
It was a combination of factors. Maybe the whole success came too soon and I was not quite ready for it. Also I had many small injuries and they really affected my confidence. And then it just seemed like I went from one disappointment to another. Looking back, maybe I should have taken a short break and started again. I tried so many different methods to find my old form. I over-trained, and I put so much pressure on myself, which caused stress.

Now I have been able to rise in the rankings again by enjoying myself more and being a bit more relaxed about my play. I have always been a very excitable person, and impatient, and I was getting too far ahead of myself. I have learnt to enjoy the process, and take steps back to the top. For example, reaching my first Grand Slam quarter-final in four years at the US Open was a big breakthrough, and an important step for next year, when I hope to build on that and go even further at major tournaments.

You are still only 24, with enough time for a major comeback. Do you hope for another Grand Slam trophy? And which one would you like best this time?
For sure. I have been playing tennis for such a long time, but I am still young, as you said. I still have the goal of winning all the Grand Slams. Wimbledon would be extremely special, but I would probably choose the Australian Open if I could, because of my love of Australia, and the family I have in Melbourne. It’s always a very special tournament to play.

Before you, before Novak and Jelena, Serbia didn’t seem to be a tennis country at all. Then, all of a sudden, the three of you burst onto scene, almost simultaneously, and leave the tennis world amazed. Was that an ‘accident’ with no logical explanation, or are there some reasons behind it? Serbia certainly cannot claim that it helped the three of you too much…
It’s amazing to think that we all reached the top at around the same time, after so many years without highly-ranked Serbian players. It is difficult to give a good explanation for it, but I can say that we have some similarities that helped us all: we are all extremely determined people. We’re strong-willed and focused, and we would not allow anything to stop us from reaching our goals. I can’t talk too much for Jelena and Novak, but I think it’s true that, like me, they are very close to their family, and enjoyed their support. That’s something that we perhaps have as an advantage in Serbia: we are very close to our families and have a big network of support.

Whether it was an accident, or not, generations of excellent players, such as yours, don’t come up often. But what can we do to improve the chances of getting a new Ana Ivanovic?
The explosion of interest in tennis in Serbia will definitely help. I see so many kids carrying rackets around Belgrade, even when I am the city centre. The more children we have playing, the more chance we have of finding future champions, because it means that there will be greater competition, which brings greater quality: your rivals push you to become better.

We do have better training facilities than when I was a kid, but it would be great if we could have more courts and maybe even a national training centre for the very best kids.

Every tennis player’s way to the top was a torturous one, but few can say that they got to the top by the way of an abandoned swimming pool, where you had to train. Looking back, did it help you? Made you tougher? For example, during that Roland Garros final against Dinara Safina, did you think about all those trainings in the swimming pool?
I didn’t think about it during the match, but when I won and our anthem played, I had tears in my eyes and I thought about all the hard work I had put in, the many hours of practice as a kid, and how I’d dreamed about it, and shared those dreams with my family all those years ago.

I am asked about the swimming pool at the April 11 Center a lot, and to be honest, at the time I knew no different. Now, it seems crazy that I practiced in an empty swimming pool when in other countries they have so many spare courts, but when I was a kid that’s all I knew, and I simply loved it. Playing on those courts was a privilege to me. It was a lot of fun, and I have the same love for tennis as I did back then.

It was only some years later, when I started travelling to tournaments around the world that I realized how hard it was for us, compared to other nations, but we never complained: we just got on with it, enjoyed our tennis and gave it our best.

When you were 15, you once spent four hours crying after a defeat. How do you cope with defeats today? What about victories? Do you have to forget them as soon as the match is over, and concentrate on your next opponent, or you give them some afterthought?
I still sometimes cry, but not for four hours! It’s because I put so much emotion into it, so it can be quite affecting after a tough defeat. But over the years I’ve discovered that you can usually learn more from defeats than victories, and you should try to take something positive from every match, whether you win or lose. Maybe it is something tactical, like you learnt that you are more successful at the net against players with certain styles; or maybe it’s something concerning preparation, for example the time that you choose to warm-up.

Most tournaments on the tour are just one week long and towards the end of a tournament you are playing every day, so there isn’t much time to reflect on past matches. Of course, in the immediate few hours after a match it is still on your mind and you talk about it, and maybe in practice the next morning I will talk to it some more with my coach, as well as looking forward to my next match.

And I can say that some defeats, and victories too, stay with you longer than others. It’s always nice to be reminded of some of my best matches, and to think back and remember some exciting times. It gives me extra motivation to train hard and ensure that I have similar experiences in the future.

As every other popular sport, tennis is now a serious business. Of course, managers take care of that side of tennis, but do you sometimes feel that money puts pressure on you? Even we, the journalists, while writing about some tennis tournament, usually mention money in the first sentence (such as: "Madrid WTA tournament starts tomorrow, and the prize money is 4 million euros..."). Prize money, sponsorships... Do you and your fellow players sometimes feel that money distracts you from thinking about the actual game?
There’s no question that as a professional tennis player I am very lucky to be able to be paid well to do something that I love. It is my love of tennis that has allowed me to get to the top: I never thought about money. I was lucky to receive some financial assistance when I was younger, and by the time I was 17 I was self-sufficient from a financial perspective. As players, we do sometimes think about ranking points, but I almost never think about prize money. After the Tournament, the next day someone will tell me how much I won and it’s a nice surprise, but it’s the last thing I’m thinking about. Of course, one of the reasons for this is because I am fortunate to have strong sponsors, and I’ve already earned quite a lot in prize money. For the lower-ranked players it is not so easy.

Your work as an UNICEF goodwill ambassador is well known. What will you do next in that role?
It's a great honour for me to work with UNICEF. I always love to spend time with kids, and we often organize events in Belgrade when I am there. We are planning another event before the end of the year, to raise awareness about the School Without Violence programme. This initiative has been very successful, thanks largely to the help of businesses and private donors: it's clear that we are able to reduce the amount of bullying and aggression in schools, by getting more schools into the programme. We still have a long way to go, but we are making good progress.

http://www.anaivanovic.com/pressandinterviews/nin-magazine-interview

gaviotabr
Nov 2nd, 2012, 02:08 PM
Ivanovic aims to strike Czech blow
Ana Ivanovic will look to strike an early blow for Serbia when the Fed Cup Final starts in Prague.
Ivanovic is first on court for her country against holders the Czech Republic, meeting Lucie Safarova in the opening singles match.
The world number 12 carries fond memories of the Serbian men's team's victory in the Davis Cup two years ago, with the image of Novak Djokovic tearing his shirt off in celebration still fresh in the mind.
The 24-year-old will take that on court with her tomorrow [Saturday], hoping for a similar outcome on Sunday night.
"I remember a couple of years ago I was there when the men were winning and it was epic," she told the Fed Cup website.
"We will try our best and to match what the guys did would be amazing."
After the opening game, Jelena Jankovic will take on home favourite and world number eight Petra Kvitova.
"For me, personally, the inspiration is the Serbian people," said Jankovic. "I always feel an obligation to give more than 100 per cent."
Czech captain Petr Pala has opted for the experienced doubles duo of Lucie Hradecka and Andrea Hlavackova to team up in the fifth and final game on Sunday, with every chance the outcome could decide who lifts the trophy.
It remains to be seen, though, if opposite number Dejan Vranes will stick with his pair of Bojana Jovanovski and Aleksandra Krunic, especially if a first-ever title is on the line.
Pala fully expects that the overall outcome could go down to the last game, stressing how tight he believes the affair will be.
"We can expect every match to be a close one and decided by only a few points," he said.
"I hope the crowd and surface will help us get three points, but Serbia have two former world number-one players.
"They can play big matches and they are used to playing big matches. I think in this tie, anyone can beat anyone."


http://www.espnstar.com/tennis/news/detail/item883527/Ivanovic-aims-to-strike-Czech-blow/

gaviotabr
Nov 2nd, 2012, 02:09 PM
Vranes: We wanted to Ana Ivanovic plays the first, we are ready for finals

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Selector female tennis players of Serbia Dejan Vranes said that his team's desire fulfilled as decided by lot that the first duel Fed Cup finals against the Czech performances Ana Ivanovic.

"We expected this kind of composition czech, not surprised. Schedule is not overly important, but it is filled with a desire to Ana Ivanovic plays first, and both days. We are ready, preparations are well used and we will see what will happen. We will do our best, because our ultimate goal is victory, "Vranes said after drawing lots in Prague.


Vranes said he was pretty sure that Petra Kvitova who has bronchitis, however, occur on Saturday.

"Kvitova is ready and will definitely appear on the site. What will be felt during the match I do not know, but I'm pretty sure he will play on Saturday, "said Vranes.

Ana Ivanovic to be the first match meet Lucja Safarovom, said he does not expect an easy match, but that he hoped the best.

"I am happy and looking forward to Saturday's duel. I hope to play at the level and extent is enough to make a point. I am satisfied by lot, hope for the best. It certainly will not be an easy match, we had a tough duel in Sydney this year, so I hope rematch, "said Ana Ivanovic.

In the second duel tomorrow Jelena Jankovic playing against the eighth number one Petra Kvitova.

"To be honest, I do not care whether I'm going to play first or second. I expected a difficult match against Kvitova if he played. For me to give my best and make a point. All are here to fight to the end and win the title. I love to play for my country, I'm already 12 years old. This is a special moment for all of us, "said Jankovic.

Fed Cup finals will begin on Saturday at 13:30 at the O2 Arena in Prague.

http://sport.blic.rs/Tenis/222867/Vranes-Zeleli-smo-da-Ana-Ivanovic-igra-prva-spremni-smo-za-finale

gaviotabr
Nov 4th, 2012, 12:45 PM
Anna: Now I believe in myself
SOURCE. B92 | ​​SO
Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic said after the victory over Peter Kvitovom (6:3, 7:5) that was not as nervous in the match with Safarov.

"I started the match well, I was a lot calmer and I played well, as I did recently. I felt that I was in a rhythm, I was relieved hit the ball and it paid off. "Said Ana.

From correspondents in Prague Sasha B92 Ozma.

"I think the first set was good quality tennis in the second I felt the intensity of her game dropped. And I did not play that well, then Kvitova raised the level of play in the finish of the second set, " Ivanovic added. "I had more faith in themselves than with Safarov in the match, I think that to be a big difference. I had a good tactic, well I read her service and it helped me, " Ivanovic said and revealed part of the preparation for the match: "We did not sleep very much last night, we talked and encouraged each other. We believe we have a chance, Bob Zivojinovic advised me that I cut corners with little riternu and I was trying to do. " Anna's victory Serbia cut to 2-1 in the final of the Fed Cup.

Petra Kvitova said after the defeat that it lacked power, but said he and Anna's a great game. "I won the last point, but I still think we have a chance for the title. I wanted to win, but Ana has played very well. Also, I lacked energy and I could not venture into longer exchanges. I did not make enough Viner, and it has served a great forehand. " Kvitova said she was not ready up, but was able to play and not complain about what she did. "In the first set I was too chaotic and emotional, and the second set I was relaxed when I came back from the toilet. I was able to play at 5-5 in the second set, I believed in myself, it was near the break, but she played a fantastic game and on match point he made ​​a brilliant Viner, " added the eighth player planet, which is the first lost in singles in Fed Cup after 11 consecutive victories.


http://www.b92.net/sport/tenis/vesti.php?yyyy=2012&mm=11&dd=04&nav_id=657554

Ana should use the advice on her return more often.. would improve it considerably.

gaviotabr
Nov 10th, 2012, 07:33 PM
Ana Ivanovic: "mi objetivo es volver al top10"

10/11/2012WTA por Pedro Gutiérrez


Hoy en Punto de Break tenemos el honor de entrevistar en exclusiva a Ana Ivanovic, la estrella serbia de recién cumplidos 25 años, ex número 1 del mundo, campeona de Roland Garros '08 y finalista del Open de Australia, nos habla de su larga ausencia en el top10, de su retorno, de sus próximos objetivos y de su condición como tenista profesional por encima de cualquier otra cosa.

Desde que el día 8 de junio de 2008 ganara Roland Garros y se convirtiera en número 1, tuvieron que pasar 207 semanas para que Ana Ivanovic volviera a meterse entre las 8 mejores raquetas de un Grand Slam, alcanzando los cuartos de final. Le preguntamos a Ana que por qué cree que le ocurrió eso, “fue una combinación de distintos factores. Quizás todo el éxito que logré, como alcanzar el número 1 del mundo, llegó demasiado pronto y no estaba preparada para ello. A esto habría que añadir que he tenido que soportar muchas pequeñas dificultades físicas, lo que afectó mucho a mi confianza. Entonces sentía que iba de un disgusto a otro, sin que la mala racha llegara nunca a su fin”. Concluyó reflexiva que “ahora con tiempo, mirando hacia atrás, quizás tendría que haberme tomado un pequeño parón, y haber vuelto a empezar de nuevo. Lo intenté a través de muchos métodos diferentes de entrenamiento y demás, todo para encontrar mi mejor forma, esa que me llevó a ser número 1. Al final, eso me saturó de entrenamientos y creó una presión sobre mí misma que me causó mucho estrés y no ayudó".


Ahora quedando atrás esos malos resultados y tras un buen 2012, le preguntamos si ha vuelto la mejor Ivanovic y cuáles serán sus objetivos para el año próximo cuando recién acaba de empezar sus vacaciones. “Estoy intentando jugar más relajada, disfrutar de mi tenis y generarme menos presión a mí misma. Alcanzar mis primeros cuartos de final de Gran Slam en cuatro años en el último US Open ha sido un gran progreso y una gran ruptura con todo lo anterior; asimismo es un enorme paso adelante para el próximo año. En 2013 espero crecer y fortalecerme especialmente en los Grand Slams”. “En cuanto a los objetivos, definitivamente volver al top10 y clasificarme para el Championships del 2013 será mi gran meta para la próxima temporada”.

Hace exactamente una semana, Ana se encontraba en Praga disputando la final de Copa Federación ante la República Checa, donde perdió su primer encuentro ante Lucie Safarova y ganó el segundo ante la hasta entonces casi imbatible en Fed Cup y pista indoor Petra Kvitova. Inevitablemente, le preguntamos su valoración sobre ese subcampeonato de Serbia, liderado por ella misma, junto a Jelena Jankovic. “Fue una experiencia increíble y estuvimos cerca. Por desgracia, dejé pasar la ocasión de sacar lo mejor de mí misma el primer día; realmente estaba muy nerviosa contra Safarova. Cuando fui capaz de relajarme el domingo, jugué probablemente mi mejor tenis del año, al menos, un poco. Dicho esto, le doy mucho crédito a la selección checa: jugaron muy bien y sin duda se lo merecieron”.



Cambiamos de tema y le cuestionamos a Ana, sobre las críticas suscitadas los últimos meses entre tenistas ATP y tenistas WTA sobre la cuantía de los premios y el atractivo de ambos circuitos. Gilles Simon, Sergey Stakhovsky y varios tenistas más han comentado que el tenis femenino es menos emocionante y vende menos que el tenis masculino, por lo que no deberían ganar el mismo dinero ellas que ellos, ni ser tratados en igualdad de condiciones ambos sexos al fijar turnos en pista o entrenamientos. “Yo creo que el tenis femenino es sumamente entretenido, la verdad. El nivel y la calidad es altísimo, si miras detenidamente los Grand Slams de este año, ha habido muchos grandes partidos y sorpresas; por ejemplo Serena perdió ante Razzano en un increíble y entretenidísimo partido en Roland Garros. Hay también ejemplos de algunas de las grandes jugadoras ganando duros encuentros a tres sets en las primeras rondas, donde normalmente los top masculinos ganan fácilmente y viceversa”, nos confiesa una Ivanovic no dispuesta a que se considere el tenis femenino menos interesante que el masculino.

Nos atrevemos a preguntar también a Ana, que gentilmente nos responde, sobre las dudas que se plantean respecto a su profesionalidad y a si sus escarceos por la moda le perjudican. “Muchos consideran que el hecho de ser un icono de la moda y una sex-symbol, afecta a tu tenis y a tus resultados, sin embargo llevas desde los 5 años jugando al tenis, casi cada día, entrenando y desplazándote por todo el mundo para competir. ¿Qué les responderías?”. “Vamos a ver, esto es que es muy simple: cuando empeñas con dedicación tantas y tantas horas en pista y en el gimnasio sudando y esforzandote, en lo único en lo que estás pensando es en cómo te puedes convertir en una jugadora mejor y en crecer; no estás pensando en la moda”. Hecha la aclaración precisa “evidentemente, es muy halagador recibir piropos como esos, pero definitivamente no me considero ni me veo a mí misma como una sex symbol, sino como una jugadora de tenis”, zanja.



Para terminar con esta breve entrevista a Punto de Break, le pedimos a Ivanovic que nos comente tres citas célebres sobre la importancia y el punto clave que marca la psicología en el tenis profesional; aspecto en lo que ella misma ha mejorado mucho los últimos años. Vamos allá con la primera: "en el tenis cada torneo acaba con un 97%-99% de derrotados. Único camino: aprender a crecer con cada derrota", Ana: “oye, ésta es una muy buena frase. En muchos sentidos perder es parte del trabajo, ¡incluso si eres Roger Federer!... Así que de lo que se trata verdaderamente es de aprender con cada derrota y de convertirse cada día en un mejor tenista gracias a ello”. La segunda, que nos dice un parajito que Ana ya conoce y que le ayudó mucho hace tiempo, “lo negativo sólo tiene poder sobre ti, si reaccionas a ello y le haces caso". Su interpretación de la misma: “también estoy de acuerdo con esto. Uno de mis anteriores entrenadores viejos solía decir, "no conviertas tus derrotas en fracasos” y esa lección la guardaré para siempre conmigo. Pues esta cita me recuerda a eso mismo. En este sentido, soy una persona muy positiva y creo que eso me ayuda”. Y para terminar la entrevista recogemos una última cita que tiene su autor en Rafael Nadal, “no hay victoria sin sufrimiento, ni gloria sin esfuerzo”. Ana: “disfruto mucho de citas filosóficas como éstas, realmente han elegido algunas muy buenas. Estoy de acuerdo también con esto. Para llegar a la cima, para alcanzar tus metas, se requiere una gran cantidad de duro trabajo y sacrificio. Hay muchos jugadores muy talentosos por ahí, pero es que sin el trabajo duro y el esfuerzo constante, además de una gran dedicación, es imposible llegar a la cima”.

Hoy número 13 del mundo, otrora en lo más alto, en esta entrevista hemos sacado lo mejor de Ana Ivanovic. Con su mejor temporada en cuatro años y cada día consolidando más y más su tenis, Ivanovic vuelve a reconstruir su tenis y a aspirar a lo máximo. Esta niña que a los 5 años guardó para siempre en su memoria el número de una academia de tenis cuando lo vio anunciar por televisión mientras se quedaba asombrada con Monica Seles, no se olvidó de ello hasta que convenció a sus padres -un hombre de negocios y una abogada que jamás habían jugado al tenis- para que le permitieran comprarse una raqueta -fue el primer regalo de cumpleaños que recuerda-, y enamorarse perdidamente de ese deporte para siempre, que desde entonces ha ocupado el centro de su vida.

Asidua lectora de novelas, encaprichada de los sudokus y del sushi, supersticiosa jamás pisa las líneas sobre el tapete, familiar, sensible pero competitiva, tímida pero de voluntad firme, ha sido un placer entrevistar a Ana Ivanovic para Punto de Break. Y por ella, primero, pero por todos los amantes del tenis femenino, después, ojalá la gran versión de Ana esté por aparecer de nuevo y esta tendencia positiva del último año nos permita descubrir en 2013 una soberbia e ilusionante Ana Ivanovic.

http://www.puntodebreak.com/2012/11/10/ana-ivanovic-mi-objetivo-es-volver-al-top10

Iva87
Nov 12th, 2012, 08:57 AM
Ana was recently interviewed by French arts magazine Technikart.

The following is a transcript of the question-and-answer session with Editor-In-Chief Charles Barachon:

What art piece would you like to own and why?
It would have to be Van Gogh’s Cafe Terrace On The Place Du Forum. In a way it reminds me of socializing: spending relaxing nights with friends

In which part of your house would you display it?
I would have to display it in the most-seen place: on a big wall by the entrance.

Did you ever visit Art Basel?
Unfortunately I haven’t had the chance, because I am always playing a tournament during the time it is held. I am planning to visit New York soon for a vacation, and I will go to the Metropolitan and Guggenheim museums.

What is your strongest experience with an art piece or an exhibition?
I really like Peter Lik’s photos. I especially like Tranquillity and I may buy a print for my bedroom. Another of my favourites is Santorini Terrace. I’ve been to his exhibition at the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas.

http://www.anaivanovic.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/node-gallery-display/news/hDEF_TAart-5.jpg

Cajka
Nov 12th, 2012, 09:23 PM
Nice choice, my favorite one is Starry Night Over the Rhone, terrific painting.

gaviotabr
Nov 15th, 2012, 10:44 AM
Click to enlarge:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A7urTx8CQAA6o7q.jpg (https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A7urTx8CQAA6o7q.jpg:large)

Iva87
Nov 18th, 2012, 03:36 PM
Ana is on the cover of the new issue of Tennis Weekend magazine in Russia

http://sphotos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/131527_558465740835607_1705318354_o.jpg

Mihaela
Nov 19th, 2012, 09:35 AM
Ana u novoj Gloriji, Mira Adanja Polak radila intervju:

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Ana'sProcess
Nov 19th, 2012, 12:24 PM
She is GORGEOUS in Gloria cover :)

Iva87
Nov 19th, 2012, 02:31 PM
SW SportWeek

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Iva87
Nov 19th, 2012, 08:53 PM
Ana u novoj Gloriji, Mira Adanja Polak radila intervju:

Ana ce gostovati u emisiji "Ekskluzivno" Mire Adanje Polak :)

gloria7
Nov 20th, 2012, 07:18 AM
" I believe i'll find a perfect,tall and handsome man some day "

One of the best tennis players in the world, for the first time in her life, opened the door of her heart. She admits - it is hard for her to be single and without a boyfriend, but she is still young and believes she has every rihgt to dream about a man who will understand her.

...now i have to buy "Gloria" to read more...

gloria7
Nov 20th, 2012, 09:53 AM
OK...part I, about love life...

Q: Tennis isn't everything in life, right? There is a private life too...

Ana: There comes a time in every person's life when she has to sort out her priorities. I realized that tennis and carrer aren't everything in my life. Tennis has given me everything in my life, i was lucky to do what i love to do, to travel ,meet interesting people,but...

Q: You have had a serious relationship. Was it hard for you to keep love alive in that relationship? To stay in a relationship? What did you expect from that relationship and your partner, and you didn't receive from him?

Ana: It is easy to have a bf and a relationship if both partners wants the same thing... If there is a mutual desire and will from both partners to stay in that relationship... Especially if there is a trust and every relationship should be based on trust and understanding...It takes time to know your partner very well, to start to trust him, and then, after that..Yes, we had difficult moments, it's not easy to be separated but if there is a will and desire from both parts - there is no obstacle that can not be removed.

Q : Every girl has a vision of her future husband, how her Prince Charming should look like. How do you want your Prince Charmong personality to be like, so that you can be happy, peaceful and content?

Ana: I think that we(girls) have been watching too many romantic movies...It can hurt our love life. We all have an idea what MR.Perfect should look like(or future husband), but...In reality a good man is hard to find... At least i have such experience with men. I'm still young and i hope i'll meet the perfect guy...But, the most important thing is that we understand each other...He has to be smart, interesting, able to talk to me about anything and to support me...And i should support him too. If he's tall and handsome - even better.

Q : Imagine a guy that you trust and you have to tell him : "I'll fly to New York on Monday, i'll be there til Wednesday and than i'll travel to South America. I love you so much, but we wont see each other for 2 and a half months"...Do you really believe there is a man who will wait for you? Who can understand you?

Ana: That's why i said - it is hard to have what you want in real life...But if you trust your partner and he trusts you - everything can be settled. I will play tennis for couple of more years, it's not like i'm going to travel and play tennis forever...I am aware it is not easy to find and keep a man who will understand me. That's why i'm single.

gaviotabr
Nov 20th, 2012, 10:29 AM
OK...part I, about love life...

Q: Tennis isn't everything in life, right? There is a private life too...

Ana: There comes a time in every person's life when she has to sort out her priorities. I realized that tennis and carrer aren't everything in my life. Tennis has given me everything in my life, i was lucky to do what i love to do, to travel ,meet interesting people,but...

Q: You have had a serious relationship. Was it hard for you to keep love alive in that relationship? To stay in a relationship? What did you expect from that relationship and your partner, and you didn't receive from him?

Ana: It is easy to have a bf and a relationship if both partners wants the same thing... If there is a mutual desire and will from both partners to stay in that relationship... Especially if there is a trust and every relationship should be based on trust and understanding...It takes time to know your partner very well, to start to trust him, and then, after that..Yes, we had difficult moments, it's not easy to be separated but if there is a will and desire from both parts - there is no obstacle that can not be removed.

Q : Every girl has a vision of her future husband, how her Prince Charming should look like. How do you want your Prince Charmong personality to be like, so that you can be happy, peaceful and content?

Ana: I think that we(girls) have been watching too many romantic movies...It can hurt our love life. We all have an idea what MR.Perfect should look like(or future husband), but...In reality a good man is hard to find... At least i have such experience with men. I'm still young and i hope i'll meet the perfect guy...But, the most important thing is that we understand each other...He has to be smart, interesting, able to talk to me about anything and to support me...And i should support him too. If he's tall and handsome - even better.

Q : Imagine a guy that you trust and you have to tell him : "I'll fly to New York on Monday, i'll be there til Wednesday and than i'll travel to South America. I love you so much, but we wont see each other for 2 and a half months"...Do you really believe there is a man who will wait for you? Who can understand you?

Ana: That's why i said - it is hard to have what you want in real life...But if you trust your partner and he trusts you - everything can be settled. I will play tennis for couple of more years, it's not like i'm going to travel and play tennis forever...I am aware it is not easy to find and keep a man who will understand me. That's why i'm single.

Thanks Gloria!

Bolded part says a lot I think.. Ana could only be a real top player until her priority was tennis.. after she saw it was not the only thing, she just couldn't put the necessary focus and passion into it anymore.. it was always half there half not.

Playing for a couple more years.. well.. lets enjoy each tournament..

Ana'sProcess
Nov 20th, 2012, 11:52 AM
Idem da kupim Gloriju. :)

Tweedle
Nov 20th, 2012, 12:22 PM
OK...part I, about love life...

Q: Tennis isn't everything in life, right? There is a private life too...

Ana: There comes a time in every person's life when she has to sort out her priorities. I realized that tennis and carrer aren't everything in my life. Tennis has given me everything in my life, i was lucky to do what i love to do, to travel ,meet interesting people,but...

Q: You have had a serious relationship. Was it hard for you to keep love alive in that relationship? To stay in a relationship? What did you expect from that relationship and your partner, and you didn't receive from him?

Ana: It is easy to have a bf and a relationship if both partners wants the same thing... If there is a mutual desire and will from both partners to stay in that relationship... Especially if there is a trust and every relationship should be based on trust and understanding...It takes time to know your partner very well, to start to trust him, and then, after that..Yes, we had difficult moments, it's not easy to be separated but if there is a will and desire from both parts - there is no obstacle that can not be removed.

Q : Every girl has a vision of her future husband, how her Prince Charming should look like. How do you want your Prince Charmong personality to be like, so that you can be happy, peaceful and content?

Ana: I think that we(girls) have been watching too many romantic movies...It can hurt our love life. We all have an idea what MR.Perfect should look like(or future husband), but...In reality a good man is hard to find... At least i have such experience with men. I'm still young and i hope i'll meet the perfect guy...But, the most important thing is that we understand each other...He has to be smart, interesting, able to talk to me about anything and to support me...And i should support him too. If he's tall and handsome - even better.

Q : Imagine a guy that you trust and you have to tell him : "I'll fly to New York on Monday, i'll be there til Wednesday and than i'll travel to South America. I love you so much, but we wont see each other for 2 and a half months"...Do you really believe there is a man who will wait for you? Who can understand you?

Ana: That's why i said - it is hard to have what you want in real life...But if you trust your partner and he trusts you - everything can be settled. I will play tennis for couple of more years, it's not like i'm going to travel and play tennis forever...I am aware it is not easy to find and keep a man who will understand me. That's why i'm single.

Oh dear, I don't think any of her relationships ended too amicably. She's hardly giving the men she's been with a glowing reference. It's to be expected with Verdasco though at least. She has the excuse that she was young at the time and it only lasted a couple of months but that guy goes through more women than most people do, cups of tea...

gaviotabr
Nov 20th, 2012, 12:30 PM
Oh dear, I don't think any of her relationships ended too amicably. She's hardly giving the men she's been with a glowing reference. It's to be expected with Verdasco though at least. She has the excuse that she was young at the time and it only lasted a couple of months but that guy goes through more women than most people do, cups of tea...

She was the one to dump him for another guy.. :spit: I think it says a lot more about the douche golfer.

gloria7
Nov 20th, 2012, 02:54 PM
Part II, about Nigel, tennis, being famous...

Q: What you do before the match?

A: I love listening to music when i warm-up before the match. I don't have to talk to anybody and i can focus on my match...I have a few minutes to talk to Nigel about tactics, he can give me some suggestions on what to focus on and he can boost up my confidence like no one else.

Q: Do you see Nigel while you're playing?

A: Yes, i love to have that kind of support, it's always nice to see familiar face and positive person in my box. I look at him quit often during the match. I think everybody need support, it doesn't matter what are you doing, it's nice to have positive people around you...I love honesty...I want coach to tell me what i'm doing wrong, where did i made a mistake...that's only way i can improve...In the past, i've always had coaches who were telling me what i wanted to hear...And that wasn't the truth. It's nice to hear - everything is fine, but i know - it's far away from the truth...and then we have a problem.


Q: Your goals for next year?

A: I set my goals and i talked to Nigel...There was a time when my goals were unrealistic...i wanted everything and i want that to happen right away...it was too much, too soon...I could't achieve these goals and i was disappointed...Now i've set myself more realistic goals, something i can achieve. I want to get back to the top 10 and that goal is close, realistic. That's the first step. It's possible, i feel good and i'll give my all to make it happen.If i don't get backinto top 10 in 2013 - there is always next year...

Q: You are still young...

A: People forget that. They treat me as i am a veteran...They say: "You are on Tour for years...you're done. You gonna retire soon"...But i'm still young, i have many more years in front of me and many chances of achieving career success.

Q: You are one of the most beautiful athletes in the world. Are you aware of that?

A: I'm flattered. Every woman loves to receive compliments, but i really don't see myself that way...My perception of me is totally different from everyone's else's perception...I have to thank my family and friends for that. They never let me change my behaviour, my attitude, to "fly away"...They want me to stay with both feet on the ground.

Q: Was it easy for you to "fly away"?

A: So easy...The world we live in, situations when i can meet famous, rich, influential people,- it's so easy to lose touch with reality...We travel a lot, and i don't know what ordinary people are going through ,how they fight to survive, to feed their children...It's so easy to lose touch with reality...I believe that we, athletes, have to stay "normal"...There lies the pathway to greatness.

Q: Can Nigel help you? Does he understands what going through your mind during the match?

A: Good communications between us is necessary...That way we can understand each other. I've worked with many different coaches. I work with Nigel for a year and a half...We get along very well, he understands me. His daughter is my age so that makes things easier...We(girls) are more emotional than men, i take every critics too seriously. Nigel knows i can get crazy from time to time and that i want to be left alone. So ,sometimes he says nothing to me...he just let me play instictively, the way i want to play. We've found a good balance and we get along very well...

Cajka
Nov 20th, 2012, 03:04 PM
Q: Do you see Nigel while you're playing?

A: Yes, i love to have that kind of support, it's always nice to see familiar face and positive person in my box. I look at him quit often during the match. I think everybody need support, it doesn't matter what are you doing, it's nice to have positive people around you...I love honesty...I want coach to tell me what i'm doing wrong, where did i made a mistake...that's only way i can improve...In the past, i've always had coaches who were telling me what i wanted to hear...And that wasn't the truth. It's nice to hear - everything is fine, but i know - it's far away from the truth...and then we have a problem.

I'm glad to read this.

I like the second part of interview. It sounds promising.

gaviotabr
Nov 20th, 2012, 03:14 PM
Gloria,

Thanks so much for the effort! Transcribing and translating this interview must have taken a lot of time. I really appreciate this!

gaviotabr
Nov 20th, 2012, 03:16 PM
Part II, about Nigel, tennis, being famous...

Q: What you do before the match?

A: I love listening to music when i warm-up before the match. I don't have to talk to anybody and i can focus on my match...I have a few minutes to talk to Nigel about tactics, he can give me some suggestions on what to focus on and he can boost up my confidence like no one else.

Q: Do you see Nigel while you're playing?

A: Yes, i love to have that kind of support, it's always nice to see familiar face and positive person in my box. I look at him quit often during the match. I think everybody need support, it doesn't matter what are you doing, it's nice to have positive people around you...I love honesty...I want coach to tell me what i'm doing wrong, where did i made a mistake...that's only way i can improve...In the past, i've always had coaches who were telling me what i wanted to hear...And that wasn't the truth. It's nice to hear - everything is fine, but i know - it's far away from the truth...and then we have a problem.


Q: Your goals for next year?

A: I set my goals and i talked to Nigel...There was a time when my goals were unrealistic...i wanted everything and i want that to happen right away...it was too much, too soon...I could't achieve these goals and i was disappointed...Now i've set myself more realistic goals, something i can achieve. I want to get back to the top 10 and that goal is close, realistic. That's the first step. It's possible, i feel good and i'll give my all to make it happen.If i don't get backinto top 10 in 2013 - there is always next year...

Q: You are still young...

A: People forget that. They treat me as i am a veteran...They say: "You are on Tour for years...you're done. You gonna retire soon"...But i'm still young, i have many more years in front of me and many chances of achieving career success.

Q: You are one of the most beautiful athletes in the world. Are you aware of that?

A: I'm flattered. Every woman loves to receive compliments, but i really don't see myself that way...My perception of me is totally different from everyone's else's perception...I have to thank my family and friends for that. They never let me change my behaviour, my attitude, to "fly away"...They want me to stay with both feet on the ground.

Q: Was it easy for you to "fly away"?

A: So easy...The world we live in, situations when i can meet famous, rich, influential people,- it's so easy to lose touch with reality...We travel a lot, and i don't know what ordinary people are going through ,how they fight to survive, to feed their children...It's so easy to lose touch with reality...I believe that we, athletes, have to stay "normal"...There lies the pathway to greatness.

Q: Can Nigel help you? Does he understands what going through your mind during the match?

A: Good communications between us is necessary...That way we can understand each other. I've worked with many different coaches. I work with Nigel for a year and a half...We get along very well, he understands me. His daughter is my age so that makes things easier...We(girls) are more emotional than men, i take every critics too seriously. Nigel knows i can get crazy from time to time and that i want to be left alone. So ,sometimes he says nothing to me...he just let me play instictively, the way i want to play. We've found a good balance and we get along very well...

:facepalm:

Ana is not young inside tennis.. she is middle aged for a tennis player.

And if Nigel were a coach who actually told her the truth, she wouldn't have gone 2 years without a fitness coach, growing thinner by the week, with body breaking down because of all of this. :tape:

Cajka
Nov 20th, 2012, 03:16 PM
Gloria,

Thanks so much for the effort! Transcribing and translating this interview must have taken a lot of time. I really appreciate this!

Exactly. It takes a lot of time to translate something that is already online, let alone an article from newspapers. Great job, Gloria.

Tweedle
Nov 20th, 2012, 03:21 PM
She was the one to dump him for another guy.. :spit: I think it says a lot more about the douche golfer.

Maybe you're right but I doubt the break up was as simple as that. We only know they were together at the start of the off season of 08, we don't know that they were together right up until she started dating Scott, they could have broken up of their own accord in the 2/3 weeks or whatever it was before that. I've heard rumours that Verdasco was boasting to the fellow Spanish players that he was the first person to sleep with Ana and that she found out and was humiliated. I don't know if there's any truth in that but it's the kind of thing that wouldn't surprise me and I find it hard to believe that she would have just dumped Verdasco for Scott if Verdasco was being the perfect gentleman and did nothing wrong because that would make her a bit of a douche which she doesn't seem to me.

Cajka
Nov 20th, 2012, 03:35 PM
I've heard rumours that Verdasco was boasting to the fellow Spanish players that he was the first person to sleep with Ana and that she found out and was humiliated. I don't know if there's any truth in that but it's the kind of thing that wouldn't surprise me and I find it hard to believe that she would have just dumped Verdasco for Scott if Verdasco was being the perfect gentleman and did nothing wrong because that would make her a bit of a douche which she doesn't seem to me.

we don't know any of them personally, but Verdasco definitely gives me that impression, he really looks like one of those guys that would be bragging around, so it wouldn't surprise me. He doesn't come across as a mature man. And, from what we heard, Ana avoids every contact with him, she ignores him every time he tries to speak to her, so who knows...

gaviotabr
Nov 20th, 2012, 03:49 PM
Maybe you're right but I doubt the break up was as simple as that. We only know they were together at the start of the off season of 08, we don't know that they were together right up until she started dating Scott, they could have broken up of their own accord in the 2/3 weeks or whatever it was before that. I've heard rumours that Verdasco was boasting to the fellow Spanish players that he was the first person to sleep with Ana and that she found out and was humiliated. I don't know if there's any truth in that but it's the kind of thing that wouldn't surprise me and I find it hard to believe that she would have just dumped Verdasco for Scott if Verdasco was being the perfect gentleman and did nothing wrong because that would make her a bit of a douche which she doesn't seem to me.

I don't want to defend Verdasco at all.. :lol: Who knows what happened? She did go from him to Adam in the blink of an eye though.. she was with Verdasco in Madrid on december 15th, and was pictured with Adam in Australia on december 27th. I'm sure Fernando wasn't perfect.. otherwise she wouldn't have set her eyes on another douche in such a short space of time. :lol:

I just think that part you bolded in the interview is a lot more about the douche golfer than about Verdasco. You have to agree her relationship with Adam was a lot more meaningful, a lot longer, she even gave that idiot another chance. I bet he is much more of a reference for saying its really hard to find good man who is supportive of her, than anyone else.

Cajka
Nov 20th, 2012, 04:00 PM
I just think that part you bolded in the interview is a lot more about the douche golfer than about Verdasco. You have to agree her relationship with Adam was a lot more meaningful, a lot longer, she even gave that idiot another chance. I bet he is much more of a reference for saying its really hard to find good man who is supportive of her, than anyone else.

That's for sure. If she has to say things like: "I won't be playing tennis forever!", then there's something really wrong. Why would you even have to explain such things to a normal person in the first place. He knew what's her profession from the beginning, he should accept the terms. Maybe that's why she left him.

18majors
Nov 20th, 2012, 04:10 PM
That's for sure. If she has to say things like: "I won't be playing tennis forever!", then there's something really wrong. Why would you even have to explain such things to a normal person in the first place. He knew what's her profession from the beginning, he should accept the terms. Maybe that's why she left him.

It's probably not a coincidence that both Ana and Maria are single at the moment. Wonder who will be the lucky guys to marry them eventually.

Tweedle
Nov 20th, 2012, 04:23 PM
I don't want to defend Verdasco at all.. :lol: Who knows what happened? She did go from him to Adam in the blink of an eye though.. she was with Verdasco in Madrid on december 15th, and was pictured with Adam in Australia on december 27th. I'm sure Fernando wasn't perfect.. otherwise she wouldn't have set her eyes on another douche in such a short space of time. :lol:

I just think that part you bolded in the interview is a lot more about the douche golfer than about Verdasco. You have to agree her relationship with Adam was a lot more meaningful, a lot longer, she even gave that idiot another chance. I bet he is much more of a reference for saying its really hard to find good man who is supportive of her, than anyone else.

I'm not trying to say she wasn't talking about Adam. I was saying it sounds like from this quote that all her relationships were a disaster but the point I was trying to make is that it's hardly surprising given her choices. Even to the casual observer who knows none of them personally, Verdasco seems like a total "player" and I would never have had him down as solid, dependable marriage material( which is the kind of thing that she talks about a lot in her interviews, when asked about men) so I was saying anyone could have told her that wouldn't work :shrug: Maybe I'm being unfair to Verdasco but he's had like 20 girlfriends since Ana and a lot more before so I don't think I am. Scott was probably a douche and I'm sure that relationship affected her a lot more(given the length and two attempts etc.) but that one wasn't as strange of a realationship to start as the Verdasco one imo, because he at least seems like less of a ladies man than Verdasco.

Ana listed in this interview all the things she's looking for in a man, and finished up by saying "and if he's tall and handsome too, then that's a bonus" basically. However, given her track record, I think she has been swayed by looks or surface charm first and then found the rest lacking when she dated these guys...

gaviotabr
Nov 20th, 2012, 04:29 PM
I'm not trying to say she wasn't talking about Adam. I was saying it sounds like from this quote that all her relationships were a disaster but the point I was trying to make is that it's hardly surprising given her choices. Even to the casual observer who knows none of them personally, Verdasco seems like a total "player" and I would never have had him down as solid, dependable marriage material( which is the kind of thing that she talks about a lot in her interviews, when asked about men) so I was saying anyone could have told her that wouldn't work :shrug: Maybe I'm being unfair to Verdasco but he's had like 20 girlfriends since Ana and a lot more before so I don't think I am. Scott was probably a douche and I'm sure that relationship affected her a lot more(given the length and two attempts etc.) but that one wasn't as strange of a realationship to start as the Verdasco one imo, because he at least seems like less of a ladies man than Verdasco.

Ana listed in this interview all the things she's looking for in a man, and finished up by saying "and if he's tall ans handsome too, then that's a bonus" basically. However, given her track record, I think she has been swayed by looks first and then found the rest lacking when she dated these guys...

Verdasco has had only one girlfriend since Ana (the model he is with to this day).. and he is as much of a ladies man as Adam is.. both have the fame that preceeds them.. that she gave the douche golfer another chance was the strangest thing and something anyone could've guessed would have had no future, only heartbreak. As it did.

Other than that.. yes, I agree with you. I'm even starting to think Ana has a thing for douches. :tape:

gaviotabr
Nov 20th, 2012, 04:32 PM
That's for sure. If she has to say things like: "I won't be playing tennis forever!", then there's something really wrong. Why would you even have to explain such things to a normal person in the first place. He knew what's her profession from the beginning, he should accept the terms. Maybe that's why she left him.

Exactly.. and it was obvious all the time that he had no desire to support her or let go of anything for her, while she was more than willing to go walk the golf courses around the world. From this interview I'd even think he asked of her to go with him even knowing that she couldn't (that she had professional commitments), putting her in these awkward situations she had to choose. :tape:

Cajka
Nov 20th, 2012, 04:41 PM
Exactly.. and it was obvious all the time that he had no desire to support her or let go of anything for her, while she was more than willing to go walk the golf courses around the world. From this interview I'd even think he asked of her to go with him even knowing that she couldn't (that she had professional commitments), putting her in these awkward situations she had to choose. :tape:

Yes.

"I will play tennis for couple of more years, it's not like i'm going to travel and play tennis forever...I am aware it is not easy to find and keep a man who will understand me. That's why i'm single."

It's clear why they broke up IMO. If she says "I'm not gonna travel and play tennis forever", "it is bot easy to find and keep a man who will understand me" and "That's why I'm single", it's clear the Adam was selfish and I'd dare to say abusive.

gaviotabr
Nov 20th, 2012, 04:52 PM
Yes.

"I will play tennis for couple of more years, it's not like i'm going to travel and play tennis forever...I am aware it is not easy to find and keep a man who will understand me. That's why i'm single."

It's clear why they broke up IMO. If she says "I'm not gonna travel and play tennis forever", "it is bot easy to find and keep a man who will understand me" and "That's why I'm single", it's clear the Adam was selfish and I'd dare to say abusive.

I have the same impression..

Tweedle
Nov 20th, 2012, 04:53 PM
Verdasco has had only one girlfriend since Ana (the model he is with to this day).. and he is as much of a ladies man as Adam is.. both have the fame that preceeds them.. that she gave the douche golfer another chance was the strangest thing and something anyone could've guessed would have had no future, only heartbreak. As it did.

Other than that.. yes, I agree with you. I'm even starting to think Ana has a thing for douches. :tape:

Really? You sure? I don't follow him closely so I stand corrected but I thought there were photos of him posted on twitter etc. with different girlfriends over the last few years and that a couple of his fans had said the same but if not, my bad. My argument there is pretty pointless so :p

I think she just went back to Adam because she was at a low and really wanted a boyfriend but now she sees there's no point having a boyfriend just for the sake of it, so to speak. She said here that long distance relationship is easy if "mutual desire and will from both partners to stay in that relationship is there". So obviously the feelings weren't strong on one side or the other or else both, so best it was cut loose...eventually :p

gloria7
Nov 20th, 2012, 05:01 PM
Thanks ,girls.

I agree with you. Especially with Tweedle. I do believe Ana has been swayed by looks and charm of these men.

Her mother should have told her - there is no Prince charming on white horse...usually just a horse arrives.

Cajka
Nov 20th, 2012, 05:02 PM
Thanks ,girls.

I agree with you. Especially with Tweedle. I do believe Ana has been swayed by looks and charm of these men.

Her mother should have told her - there is no Prince charming on white horse...usually just a horse arrives.

When you're young, fool and in love, mom's advices don't work, unfortunately. :lol: :sobbing:

gaviotabr
Nov 20th, 2012, 05:10 PM
Thanks ,girls.

I agree with you. Especially with Tweedle. I do believe Ana has been swayed by looks and charm of these men.

Her mother should have told her - there is no Prince charming on white horse...usually just a horse arrives.

Hilariously true! :spit:

gaviotabr
Nov 20th, 2012, 05:16 PM
Really? You sure? I don't follow him closely so I stand corrected but I thought there were photos of him posted on twitter etc. with different girlfriends over the last few years and that a couple of his fans had said the same but if not, my bad. My argument there is pretty pointless so :p

Yes.. his first girlfriend since Ana is a model called Jarah Mariano.. he is with her to this day.. since 2010 I think. Not that I follow Verdasco all that much either.. but I have twitter friends who do, so something always ends up on my timeline. Of course he was with other women in that mean time.. :lol: But this one is the first girlfriend.

I think she just went back to Adam because she was at a low and really wanted a boyfriend but now she sees there's no point having a boyfriend just for the sake of it, so to speak. She said here that long distance relationship is easy if "mutual desire and will from both partners to stay in that relationship is there". So obviously the feelings weren't strong on one side or the other or else both, so best it was cut loose...eventually :p

Yes, that was probably it... she probably saw he was a major douche that didn't support her one bit.

gaviotabr
Nov 20th, 2012, 05:17 PM
Ivanovic latest star set for Pattaya Open


Lerpong Amsa-ngiam
The Nation November 21, 2012 1:00 am
Former world No 1 Ana Ivanovic of Serbia will return early next year for the PTT Pattaya Open, at the Dusit Thani Hotel from January 27 to February 3.

The 2008 French Open champion made her first appearance at the resort city in 2011, losing to Italian Roberta Vinci in the quarter-finals.

Ivanovic, currently ranked No 13 in the world and an 11-time WTA title-winner, will be seeking her third trophy in Asia, having won twice in Bali.

The 2013 PTT Pattaya Open has moved to a new date, after the Australian Open, and increased prize money to US$235,000m. Awaiting the winner is a cheque for US$40,000 and 280 ranking points.

Another form player in Pattaya will be Maria Kirilenko of Russia. She reached the final of the Pattaya Open this year, losing narrowly to Daniela Hantuchova. She finished the 2012 season ranked No 14 in the world in singles and No 7 in doubles, partnering Nadia Petrova.

Two-time champion and crowd favourite Vera Zvonareva of Russia will be making her fifth-successive appearance in Pattaya. Her 2012 season was blighted by injury, which has kept her out of competition since Wimbledon.

But Zvonareva, Pattaya champ in 2009 and 2010, has returned to fitness and will be eager to complete a hat-trick of titles next year.

Also making a return is Sabine Lisicki of Germany. Like Zvonareva, her season was marred by injuries, yet despite the setbacks she ended 2012 ranked No 37 in the world on the back of good performances at Wimbledon, where she reached the quarter-finals, and a fourth-round spot at the Australian Open.

With the entry list not finalised until December 17, many more star players are expected at the Pattaya Open, which is celebrating its 22nd anniversary, making it one of the longest-running tournaments on the WTA calendar.

The 2013 PTT Pattaya Open will commence with the qualifying rounds on January 27 and 28, with the main-draw matches starting on January 28 from 3pm daily.

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/sports/Ivanovic-latest-star-set-for-Pattaya-Open-30194751.html

azdaja
Nov 20th, 2012, 06:55 PM
i think people are a bit too harsh on verdasco. don't get me wrong, i think he is a douchebag but as a classic latino lover who gets girls too easily he is unable to gain proper boyfriend experience :oh: girls like him and he doesn't need to do much initially but keeping a girlfriend is another matter. such guys get dumped in most brutal ways and frequently for even greater douchebags. so, him bragging or not it was just a youth mistake by ana.

i don't need to say again what i think about adam.

ana should care only about tennis for now. but what she said in that interview just confirms what i've been feeling for much of the past 4 years, we care about her tennis career more than she does.

Cajka
Nov 20th, 2012, 07:30 PM
i think people are a bit too harsh on verdasco. don't get me wrong, i think he is a douchebag but as a classic latino lover who gets girls too easily he is unable to gain proper boyfriend experience :oh: girls like him and he doesn't need to do much initially but keeping a girlfriend is another matter. such guys get dumped in most brutal ways and frequently for even greater douchebags. so, him bragging or not it was just a youth mistake by ana.

It's easier to recognize that some latino or balkan lover is an immature douche, IMO. The problem is that Adam looks more mature, intelligent, eloquent and sophisticated than Verdasco. So, if he is a douchebag (as we assume), when he acts like a selfish and abusive idiot, it's easier for him to rationalize it, to make women believe that he's not an ass, which is more dangerous. Not to mention that he's older and more experienced than Ana, which is even easier for manipulating.

ana should care only about tennis for now.

If you were a 25 yo tennis player, would you give up on sex and women until you're retired? There can always be a balance, otherwise she won't be happy. If she can't focus on her tennis when she's in love, it will make her unhappy, bad results will make her unhappy. If she decides not to date anyone for the rest of career, is that a normal thing for a 25 yo woman?

azdaja
Nov 20th, 2012, 07:43 PM
It's easier to recognize that some latino or balkan lover is an immature douche, IMO. The problem is that Adam looks more mature, intelligent, eloquent and sophisticated than Verdasco. So, if he is a douchebag (as we assume), when he acts like a selfish and abusive idiot, it's easier for him to rationalize it, to make women believe that he's not an ass, which is more dangerous. Not to mention that he's older and more experienced than Ana, which is even easier for manipulating.



If you were a 25 yo tennis player, would you give up on sex and women until you're retired? There can always be a balance, otherwise she won't be happy. If she can't focus on her tennis when she's in love, it will make her unhappy, bad results will make her unhappy. If she decides not to date anyone for the rest of career, is that a normal thing for a 25 yo woman?
as a male if i felt i had the talent i'd actually give up on sex for being successful in a sport :shrug: i'm not just saying it because i suck at sports and this is not a big question :oh: not saying that ana should, mind.

speaking of which, the increasingly more popular scientist of serbian origin, tesla, has always been like that. that's what we respect. we dislike the guys who get laid at every opportunity. hence verdasco and adam hate.

Linguae^
Nov 20th, 2012, 07:43 PM
Why the funk does she want to play in Pattaya, that's not really necessary, play Sydney and Fed Cup, or just Fed Cup. :facepalm:

Cajka
Nov 20th, 2012, 07:51 PM
as a male if i felt i had the talent i'd actually give up on sex for being successful in a sport :shrug: i'm not just saying it because i suck at sports and this is not a big question :oh: not saying that ana should, mind.

speaking of which, the increasingly more popular scientist of serbian origin, tesla, has always been like that. that's what we respect. we dislike the guys who get laid at every opportunity. hence verdasco and adam hate.

Tesla was asexual. For all we know, Ana is not. :lol:

Curtos07
Nov 20th, 2012, 11:25 PM
Why the funk does she want to play in Pattaya, that's not really necessary, play Sydney and Fed Cup, or just Fed Cup. :facepalm:

I'd rather see her play Pattaya and get some ranking points and perhaps a title than go to Fed Cup. If JJ is serious about not playing FC next season, Serbia has no chance of making the finals again, so it would be pointless to play FC.

doni1212
Nov 21st, 2012, 05:53 AM
OK...part I, about love life...

Q: You have had a serious relationship. Was it hard for you to keep love alive in that relationship? To stay in a relationship? What did you expect from that relationship and your partner, and you didn't receive from him?

Ana: It is easy to have a bf and a relationship if both partners wants the same thing... If there is a mutual desire and will from both partners to stay in that relationship... Especially if there is a trust and every relationship should be based on trust and understanding...It takes time to know your partner very well, to start to trust him, and then, after that..Yes, we had difficult moments, it's not easy to be separated but if there is a will and desire from both parts - there is no obstacle that can not be removed.



This makes me think that Adam cheated the first time (as many here have speculated), and she took him back the second time (and probably the first time too) because she blames it on them both having to travel all the time and be apart. I don't like her accepting some of the blame because if he enters into the relationship with her then he should commit. Period. Anyways, then she took him back the second time thinking that no obstacle can get in the way of her love for him but then he just didn't want to truly commit to her once again. Twice burned, :shrug:

gloria7
Nov 21st, 2012, 08:17 AM
I see Adam as disfunctional, immature, totally fucked-up 32 years old BOY...Same type as Clooney or DiCaprio, -always dating beautiful women, but never married.He doesn't want to grow-up or to be responsible... Life is good for him: hot chicks, a lot of money, easy money, luxury hotels and vacations, private jets, has his own clothes line ...There is no need for him to change anything. Why would he do such a thing? No girl is going to love him like his mommy. There is no woman who can replace Marie Fuckin' Kojzar...

What bothers me most is the image that his PR team is selling to the media...shy, private guy, well manered and intelligent man, reserved...and then - BOOM - he cheated on Ana with Hudson...Can i say very promiscuious woman? What the hell was that? Opposites attracts?...I don't get it...He dates Ana, shy, introvert, very emotional and romantic girl, loyal and supportive girlfriend and that draws the envy of millions of men. But he couldn't care less, because he said he would pay to Scarlett Johansson to play a round of golf with him???!?

Ana just turned 21 when she met Adam in'08. He was 29 then...No way he didn't notice she knows nothing about music, love, sex, life in general...He used her ...The media, fans, haters, bloggers were describing Ana as a "rebound" girl...It was sad to see...Even Myles tweeted couple of months ago : "Seems poor Ana may have been the rebound girl" (after reading Adam's interview from January'12)...She deleted that tweet later ...

I think Ana's expectations of the relationship might be too high...Her criteria for a boyfriend are too high. She'll only end up disappointed or frustrated...She'd better understand that perfection only exsist in theory and that real relationship can be nice and useful even if it's only "good"...Chasing for the absolute will only get her empty-handed.

gaviotabr
Nov 23rd, 2012, 01:39 PM
Ana Ivanovic: I stole chocolate cream from the fridge! (VIDEO)
November 23, 2012 | 14:06 (0)

The best Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic visited a primary school "Filip Filipovic" in Banjica within UNICEF campaign "School without Violence". Thirteen players of the world took the opportunity to socialize with students on violence and talk with teachers and parents of children. Later, her kids ask questions that Ana responded with a smile. - It's not easy to be a top athlete. There are a lot of rules to be followed. I'm not difficult because they are pridržavan so I made ​​what I believe. The same is true with violence, if we believe the most important is the camaraderie that we agree on everything, we respect everyone, because everyone is equally worth and should not poke fun at him and manhandle - said Ana Ivanovic. Serbian tennis player was contended that raising children comes from family and house. - Children mirror their parents. Each of us carries the upbringing of the house. My parents were always there for me, giving me support, you deserve it and scolded, but I still like the biggest support in life. There are always children who break the rules, but this is normal - Ana said. now an issue of students who have to rule she violated? - Uh! - Ana smiled and continued - there were not a lot. Let's say I furtive of dads and moms Eurocrats are stealing from the fridge - honest Ivanovic. A young boy asked if Serbian beauty has a boyfriend? - I do not have a boyfriend - she laughed Anna, a little boy said he has two older brothers free. many in Ana wanted to see how reacts when playing against a player who is not really her favorite? - Of course there are fewer opponents who lie to me, which annoys me, and tactics of those with whom I have a friendly relationship. Then you have a great desire to win and they could burn it. That's why I always try not to think about rivals, but on my game. Just so you can be up and kocentrisani reach victory - she has the best Serbian tennis player. Following an hour lectures and stories about the fight The Anti-Violence in Schools, Ana Ivanovic has emerged to meet the kids and signing autographs painting is. Primary School Students "Filip Filipovic" were both impressed with what is our best, and in the opinion of many, the most beautiful tennis player in the world visited the school. Belgrade is the umpteenth time he could see the humanity of Ana Ivanovic.


http://www.sportal.rs/news.php?id=87242

Cajka
Nov 23rd, 2012, 02:25 PM
Even Myles tweeted couple of months ago : "Seems poor Ana may have been the rebound girl" (after reading Adam's interview from January'12)...She deleted that tweet later ...


Isn't Myles that bitter journalist from Twitter who always bitches about Ana? God, that woman should learn to mind her own business. We are fans,you expect the fans to do some speculating, but a professional journalist...? :lol: Does she have any idea how wrong it looks when she writes something like that. It's not like some juicy gossip, it's more like a bitchy comment from a frustrated woman.

gloria7
Nov 23rd, 2012, 05:40 PM
Yes, she never misses an opportunity to do that...She "defended" Ana (from other bloggers just once - when Ana decided to play Montreal'12...I remember, she watched Ana's practice ( i forgot where was it - in Canada or US) but she took a bounch of pics of Ana and uploaded 35-40 pics on her own blog...A bit obsessed?

That tweet about Ana as a "rebound girl" ...i believe it was on same day when Adam suppose to win his first major...I was following her "debate" with Izzy on twitter...Izzy was pissed...i was super - ultra - mega - giga pissed and i was thinking...no way, you can't win a major at Lytham St.Anne's...St.Anne...St.Anne...Sveta Ana...

Profusion
Nov 23rd, 2012, 06:02 PM
Well, I've always wondered how these girls are supposed to have "real" relationships anyway considering the amount of travel that they do. Men's tennis players tend to date girls who don't have real jobs (or at least jobs who afford them a lot of off-time, like models), so the women can follow them around the world. With women's players, it's different because you're not going to find many guys who will do the same for the woman. So unless the female player is dating a male tennis player, I think it's very hard.

Verdasco had to be the worst possible choice though, yuck.

Iva87
Nov 23rd, 2012, 09:23 PM
:cheer: :cheer: :cheer:

IVANOVIĆEVA U NOVOM KONDICIONOM PROGRAMU

Sa Zlatkom Novkovićem odradila sam seriju treninga u Beogradu, a on putuje sa mnom i u Dubai, otkrila je Ana za „Novosti“ tokom druženja sa osnovcima

Uz dečje osmehe, graju i dobro raspoloženje, ambasadorka Unicefa Ana Ivanović pokrenula je pobedničke motore u svom šampionskom pogonu mesec dana pre starta naredne sezone. Već nekoliko dana bivša kraljica Garosa žestoko radi na snazi i fitnesu, povećala je unos proteina, a na kondicionim treninzima u Beogradu sve je strogo kontrolisao novi član njenog tima Zlatko Novković.

Ovaj stručnjak je zadobio poverenje naše teniserke, zajedno putuju i u Dubai, i do kraja decembra trebalo bi da joj pomogne da naprave savršenu bazu za uspon ka top 10 na rang listi.

Još prošle nedelje sam počelala sa fizičkim pripremama, i to ovde u Beogradu. Imamo velike ciljeve za 2013, uz dobru šansu da u prvom delu sledeće godine dodam neke poene i da se još podignem na listi. Da bih to i ostvarila, pripremni period mi je veoma važan, pre svega kako bih napravila dobru bazu. To u poslednjih nekoliko godina nije bio slučaj, jer sam imala dosta povreda, pa nisam mogla da radim na onako jakoj fizičkoj pripremi kako sam želela.

Tenis je uvek bio prisutan u mom radu, ali fizički deo nije, tako da ove godine želim da mi akcenat bude na tome kako bih spremna dočekala sledeću sezonu. U tome će mi, pored Najdžela Sirsa, pomoći i Zlatko, sa kojim imam dobru saradnju - otkrila je Ana Ivanović, za "Novosti", posle druženja sa osnovcima u školi "Filip Filipović" u Beogradu.

Ana, kao nacionalni ambasador Unicefa, zajedno sa učenicima iz još četiri škole iz programa "Škola bez nasilja" ("Mihailo Petrović Alas", "Svetislav Golubović Mitraljeta", "Miroslav Antić" i "Vasa Čarapić"), definisala je određena pravila ponašanja i razgovarala o značaju njihovih poštovanja i sprovođenja u delo, kako bi se smanjilo nasilno ponašanje i promovisalo prijateljstvo, solidarnost, iskrenost, razumevanje.

Nije lako biti sportista, a u profesionalnom sportu zaista ima mnogo pravila kojih moramo da se pridržavamo. Meni nije teško, znam zašto to činim - važno mi je da postignem ono u šta verujem. Isto je i sa nasiljem. Ako verujemo da je drugarstvo najvažnije, da možemo da se dogovorimo oo svemu, da svako od nas vredi, da ima i drugih načina da se dokažemo, a ne da nekoga ismejavamo ili maltretiramo, neće nam biti teško da se pridržavamo pravila nenasilja - poručila je Ana.

Najbolja srpska igračica objasnila je klincima da vaspitanje pre svega dolazi iz porodice i kuće.

Deca su ogledalo roditelja. Vaspitanje je nešto što se nosi iz kuće. Moji roditelji su uvek bili uz mene, podržavali me, kad to zaslužim, i kritikovali su me, ali su uvek bili moj najveći oslonac u životu. Ja sam se trudila da im na to uzvratim primernim ponašanjem, mada uvek postoje neka sitna pravila koja deca znaju da prekrše - priznala je Ana.

Decu je odmah zainteresovalo šta je to što je ona prekršila, na šta se Ivanovićeva nasmejala.

Pa, nije bilo mnogo takvih slučajeva. Recimo, krišom sam od tate i mame krala eurokrem iz frižidera - iskrena je bila Ana.

Jedan dečak je potom postavio pitanje: "Imaš li dečka?" Svi u sali na to su se nasmejali, pogotovo Ana, koja se i blago zarumenela, rekavši: "Uh, baš gađaš u centar".

Ne, nemam dečka - rekla mu je Ana, a mališan je odmah hrabro dodao da ima dva slobodna starija brata.

Posle jednoipočasovnog druženja u školi na Banjici, Ivanovićeva je otišla do svog stana da se spakuje, kako bi stigla na let za Italiju.

Za vikend ću biti u Milanu, gde učestvujem na teniskoj egzibiciji zajedno sa Šarapovom, Eranijevom i Vinčijevom. Posle toga nastavljam sa pripremama, u koje ću uključiti malo više teniskih treninga - zaključuje srpska teniska princeza.

Iva87
Nov 23rd, 2012, 09:25 PM
AKLIMATIZACIJA U EMIRATIMA

Zavrsna glazura pred odlazak u Australiju na Hopman kup biće urađena u Emiratima.

Idem u Dubai na dve nedelje tokom decembra. Izabrala sam Emirate zbog lakšeg privikavanja na klimatske uslove koji me čekaju u Australiji. Odatle idem direktno u Pert.

http://www.novosti.rs/vesti/sport.296.html:407346-Ivanoviceva-u-novom-kondicionom-programu

Iva87
Nov 23rd, 2012, 10:36 PM
Zlatko Novković - education and employment

Faculty of Sports and Physical Education
Generation 2006 Barcelona, Spain

D&D Fitnes Centar

http://www.fitnescentar.rs/Default.aspx

http://www.fitnescentar.com/ATDC.aspx?veza=126

http://www.fitnescentar.com/ATDC.aspx?veza=73

Cajka
Nov 23rd, 2012, 11:49 PM
Great news. I love the plan, at least the part that was revealed in that article. Good luck, Anči.

doni1212
Nov 24th, 2012, 04:50 AM
Awesome! My translator was a little iffy so is this guy, Zlatko Novković, going to be with her all next year as a permanent member of her team or just during the off-season? Please be a permanent addition to her team! :bounce:

Cajka
Nov 24th, 2012, 12:59 PM
Awesome! My translator was a little iffy so is this guy, Zlatko Novković, going to be with her all next year as a permanent member of her team or just during the off-season? Please be a permanent addition to her team! :bounce:

The only sure thing is that he'll work with her during the off season. The best solution is to have a permanent coach, but when I remember last years' off season... :o Working with Tina Maio, freezing her butt off on golf courses... this is better. Links that Iva posted are good, there's a fitness plan for tennis players on one of those pages.

gaviotabr
Nov 25th, 2012, 11:01 AM
That's some good news.. hopefully she does focus on fitness.. and hopefully she hires this guy full time. I don't think working on this just the off season will make that much of a difference, it has to be a permanent thing.. but either way seems better than the past off season.

gaviotabr
Nov 29th, 2012, 03:12 PM
Ana, the beautiful tennis player arrives at Malpensa
Posted on November 29, 2012 by admin
Ana Ivanovic has landed this morning at Malpensa airport. The former world No. 1 will participate in the Grand Challenge on December 1 at the Forum of Assago.
It will give a few days of relaxation and shopping area, before World Challenge that will star along with another great tennis, Maria Sharapova. The two tennis players compete on the field of Mediolanum Forum in Assago the Italian pair of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci. Ana Ivanovic is back to play at a high level after a difficult period, ending the year at the 13th position in the world ranking female.

http://www.malpensanews.it/?p=2763

Iva87
Nov 30th, 2012, 06:38 AM
Tennishead magazine

The new issue of British tennis magazine tennishead includes a lengthy feature about Ana, focusing on her partnership with coach Nigel Sears.

The following is a reproduction of the story by Paul Newman:

Dream Team

British coach Nigel Sears has helped Ana Ivanovic rediscover her best tennis in 2012. They make the perfect unit, says the Serb

Her season did not finish the way she would have wanted, with Serbia losing to the Czech Republic in the Fed Cup final, but it has still been a memorable year for Ana Ivanovic. After repeatedly struggling to live up to the promise of her 2008 French Open victory, the 25-year-old Serb finished 2012 at No.13 in the world rankings, her highest year-end position for four years, and enjoyed her best season in Grand Slam competition since her Roland Garros triumph. Most importantly of all, she has at last found a coach, Nigel Sears, who she believes can take her back among the world’s elite.

Ivanovic appeared to have the world at her feet when she won the French Open and subsequently became No.1 in the world. However, her results in Grand Slam tournaments tell the story of her subsequent decline. Until this year’s US Open, Ivanovic had failed to reach the quarter-finals of 17 successive Grand Slam tournaments, suffering four first-round defeats along the way and losing to unheralded opponents like Ekaterina Makarova, Kateryna Bondarenko and Johanna Larsson. In the spring of 2010 she even dropped out of the world’s top 50, less than two years after topping the rankings. Injuries played a part, but what appeared to be at the root of Ivanovic’s problems was her failure to find the right coach. Until linking up with Sears, she had worked with five different coaches since starting out on the women’s tour, not counting the adidas personnel to whom she kept returning on a temporary basis when she found herself working on her own again.

“I made some choices that weren’t right in the past,” Ivanovic admits. “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.”

Sears was head coach of women’s tennis at the Lawn Tennis Association in London when Ivanovic approached him in the summer of 2011. He first made a name for himself coaching some of Britain’s leading men, including Jeremy Bates and Mark Petchey, but in more recent times he has worked almost exclusively with women. He coached Amanda Coezter and Daniela Hantuchova and then spent five years at the LTA, where he helped a succession of British women to make their mark on the international stage.

Given her track record in terms of coaches, you might think Ivanovic was a difficult player to work with, someone who always blames others when things are going wrong. However, the description could not be further from the truth. The Serb is one of the sweetest natured players on the women’s tour and seems to have a smile and a kind word for everyone. She admits, nevertheless, that she has felt uncomfortable with the intensity of her relationships with some of her coaches in the past. The itinerant nature of professional tennis means that players and coaches often spend many hours a day in each other’s company, which can put major pressures on both parties.

“Our job is quite strange in that we hire a coach and therefore we’re the boss,” Ivanovic said. “But coaches tell us what to do and I think some [male] 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.”

When Ivanovic played at last year’s Hopman Cup in Perth alongside Novak Djokovic she looked with envy at her fellow Serb’s relationship with his entourage. “I saw how much fun they have and how relaxed they are,” she said. “That’s always something that’s going to help you perform better because you’re in a positive environment. Girls are a little bit different to guys. We are so much more stressed about everything. It was such a nice thing to see. I was thinking: ‘Why can’t I do that within my team?’”

Both Sears and Ivanovic think it helps that he has a daughter – Kim, Andy Murray’s long-term girlfriend of the same age. “We have a good professional working relationship and we give each other some space,” Sears said. “I’ve learned over the years that this is a healthy thing.”

Ivanovic agrees. “I think it’s very important to keep some distance, so that once you go on the court you can become more professional,” she 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 says that “every day is different” with women players. “More than anything, you’re dealing with a greater swing of emotions,” he said when asked to compare working with men and women. “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 that I’m now working at a time when I’ve had a lot of experience. Believe me, I draw on that experience every day.”

The Briton, nevertheless, is not the sort to hold back in his criticism, which is fine by Ivanovic. “Most of the coaches just tell you: ‘No, no, you’re doing well. This is fine,’” she said. “But I actually want someone who will tell me what I didn’t do right, so that I can improve. Sometimes it’s important to lie a bit and build up a player’s confidence, but at other times you want to hear the truth.” Can Sears be quite hard in his comments? “Yes – and sometimes it upsets me,” Ivanovic said. “But I think it’s better that way because it pushes me to improve. And as much as I’m a perfectionist, he’s a perfectionist too. He’s always trying to make me better – and that’s the only way to work.”

Ivanovic’s British connections do not end with Sears. She has been a frequent visitor to London to see her brother, Milos, who has been studying there, and to consult Mark Bender, a physiotherapist who worked with her at three of this year’s Grand Slam tournaments. She has also trained at the National Tennis Centre at Roehampton. The director of her management company is another Briton, Gavin Versi, who is a former freelance journalist.

Joseph Sirianni, a former top 200 player from Australia, has joined her team as a hitting partner at several tournaments this year and she hopes to use him more in 2013. Ivanovic is spending most of the off season training in Dubai before heading to the Hopman Cup in Perth, which will be her only tournament before the Australian Open.

Players of Ivanovic’s stature tend to judge themselves on their results in the biggest events and it has been her performances at Grand Slam level this year that offer her the greatest encouragement for the future. Having reached the fourth round at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon and the third round at the French Open, Ivanovic played in her first Grand Slam quarter-final for four years at the US Open before losing to the eventual champion, Serena Williams.

“Nigel and I have worked very well this year,” she said. “I’ve made good progress, as shown by my improvement in ranking. Perhaps more importantly, I was able to finally reach a Grand Slam quarter-final after so long. I feel like I’m well-placed to achieve my goal of getting back to the top 10 early next year, then see how far I can go. Next year I’m looking for greater consistency. I feel like I played some great matches this year, for example against [Caroline] Wozniacki in Indian Wells, but I also had some disappointing results. But I’m definitely moving in the right direction and I’m close to the top 10. Unfortunately I didn’t win a WTA title, but on the other hand we enjoyed a lot of success in the Fed Cup.”

Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic were the inspiration as Serbia reached their first Fed Cup final. In the end they fell just short of emulating the Davis Cup feats of Djokovic and company two years earlier, but Ivanovic, whose preparations had been disrupted by a hip injury suffered the previous month in Moscow, had the satisfaction of keeping the final alive on the second day in Prague with her victory over the home favourite, Petra Kvitova. It was the sort of win that Ivanovic used to enjoy regularly, for she was no one-hit wonder: in the five Grand Slam tournaments from the French Open of 2007 to Roland Garros in 2008 Ivanovic reached three finals, one semi-final and one fourth round.

Does her coach believe she can rescale those heights? Sears is too wise an owl to burden his player with any such expectations. “I stay away from that kind of question,” he said. “You just focus on getting better every day. She’s already been world No.1. She’s already won the French Open. If she just concentrates on getting better and reminds herself that she is that kind of level, then you have a lot more chance of achieving those things again. Firstly you have to see the ranking go up. You have to have wins registered against other top players. And she’s starting to do that again. Then you have to find yourself in the top 10 and in the second week of Slams regularly before you can start talking about winning them.”

Iva87
Nov 30th, 2012, 08:29 AM
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http://www.anaivanovic.com/pressandinterviews/tennishead-feature

Iva87
Dec 4th, 2012, 09:40 AM
Tennis - "I prefer to Ana Ivanovic" word of Armani

The designer votes for his favorite occasion of "The Great Challenge" which was held at the Forum of Assago. This is the Serbian tennis player who beats the other by grace, style and elegance
Eurosport - 18 hours ago

The season formidable Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani has received a well-deserved tribute to the public the Assago Forum, where the two blue defied Ana Ivanovic and Maria Sharapova in the second edition of "The Great Challenge".

The 10,000 spectators in the arena Milan was greeted with a roar down the field in the two champions who have lit up the 2012 Italian tennis: the eyes of the president Angelo Binaghi Fit and Lea hazards, the Taranto and the Adriatic marched in the company of Serbian and Russian for the presentation ceremony.

On the sidelines, Giorgio Armani has carefully observed the meetings. Friday the Milanese designer had taken in his studio the four stars of tennis, to the delight of the paparazzi. When asked an opinion on tennis players took the field, the designer has no doubt spurred, do not hesitate. "Habit queen, an innate elegance, choose Ivanovic." Grace, style and elegance above all: "No, no fights," a word of Armani.

http://it.eurosport.yahoo.com/notizie/tennis-preferisco-ana-ivanovic-parola-armani-155054534.html

Cajka
Dec 5th, 2012, 05:43 AM
Every single anchitard who hasn't goodrepped Iva at least once already should be ashamed. :ras: Good reps for Iva, please, everyone.

Deestruction
Dec 5th, 2012, 06:16 AM
I will good rep her here then.

I really do appreciate your dedication and your time for giving us great pics, articles of whats happening with Ana, this is coming from a long time fan.

gloria7
Dec 8th, 2012, 10:52 AM
Ana will attend the ninth Dubai International Film Festival(DIFF).

According to AME Info: "Dubai International Film Festival 2012 rolls out red carpet for thrilling week of film"...

" Celebrities expected on the red carpet tomorrow night include Cate Blanchett, Suraj Sharma, Adil Hussain,Freida Pinto, Michael Apted and Ana Ivanovic..."

The opening red carpet and ceremony of the festival will be telecast live on You Tube.

Iva87
Dec 9th, 2012, 09:00 PM
Following her recent visit to Milan to take part in an exhibition, Ana was this week interviewed by popular Italian website ilsussidiario.net.

The following is a transcript of the question-and-answer session:

Did you enjoy the Big Challenge and your time in Milan?
I had a great time. I haven’t played many exhibitions, especially not in the past few years, so I had almost forgotten how much fun it is to be on the court, competing but with no pressure at all – it’s all for fun. The event was very well-organized and I think everyone enjoyed it. Visiting the Armani residence and meeting Giorgio was a highlight of the trip.

I had wanted to visit Milan for a very long time. Funnily enough, I visited about one month before the exhibition, before I went to Prague for the Fed Cup, so I waited many years to visit and then I visited twice in the same month!

What do you think about Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci on and off court?
They’re very nice girls. Roberta especially is always smiling. They’re fun people and they made the exhibition even more enjoyable.

On the court, I’ve had some battles with both, especially against Sara at the French Open this year. It was a frustrating match for me, but she was in awesome form and had an amazing tournament.

Roberta and I have played each other many times and always on hard courts it seems. We usually have tough matches and it was no different in Milan.

The life of a tennis player is pretty frantic. How can you overcome the stress of such a full schedule?
It is intense and there are many obligations away from the court. Sometimes it can be stressful, but it’s important to manage your schedule well. I am fortunate to receive great support from my team, including my family. They help me to stay grounded, and my management does a good job of helping me manage my time. It’s also important to take a few days off to de-stress once in a while, and actually that’s why I went to Milan before the Fed Cup, to relax and enjoy some time with family and friends.

What do you think about your last season? Are you satisfied with your results?
It was a good season overall. I think anytime you rise from 22 in the rankings to 13, you can’t really complain. I was hoping to reach the top 10 but I feel like I’ve made progress and I’m moving in the right direction. I’m well placed to enter the top 10 next season. Even more importantly, I reached my first Grand Slam quarter-final in a long time. That was an important step, and I hope to do even better in the big tournaments next year.

You were world No.1; in 2008 you won a Slam title, and now you're coming back to the top. What do you think you're still missing to win a Slam again?
Consistency is a big factor. Last season I played a few great matches, but it was too infrequent. I need to be producing my best tennis on a more regular basis. Confidence is important too: sometimes you can get on a roll, and the wins just keep coming. That’s been the case for me before, and I want to achieve that again next season.

Have you fixed specific goals for the tournaments you're going to play in next year?
For sure reaching the top 10 is a big goal of mine, and to actually finish in the top 8 so that I qualify for the WTA Championships. I prefer not to set specific goals for each tournament, because that adds pressure. Instead, I concentrate on improving each day, and if I keep improving, so will my results and ranking.

http://www.ilsussidiario.net/mobile/Calcio-e-altri-Sport/Altri-sport/2012/12/8/TENNIS-Ana-Ivanovic-la-Grande-Sfida-Che-bei-momenti-a-Milano-con-Errani-e-Vinci-I-miei-obiettivi-esclusiva-/344984/

Ana'sProcess
Dec 10th, 2012, 01:08 PM
http://www.blic.rs/Zabava/Vesti/357207/Ana-Ivanovic-zasenila-holivudske-glumice-na-otvaranju-Dubai-film-festivala

Stunning Ana at Dubai Film festival. She looks like Miss Universe delegate and yes, she gained few kilos. :)

Cp6uja
Dec 10th, 2012, 01:09 PM
Some Swiss tabloid whine about Ana's weight:

http://www.blick.ch/sport/tennis/grosse-sorgen-um-tennis-beauty-ivanovic-id2132159.html

Iva87
Dec 13th, 2012, 04:19 PM
:lol: :lol: :lol:

It will not be like Angelina

Ana Ivanovic, some want to admit it or not, it looks better than ever! While it is evident that the best Serbian tennis player has lost a few pounds, the recent opening of the Dubai Film Festival Anci simply blew and movie stars who have appeared there, and showed that he is still the most beautiful tennis player in the world.

However, many fans around the world Anini led to a very serious discussion visited sites "tennisforum.com" about it - why lost weight in the past few months. While some thought it was a vitamin deficiency or a strict diet, others say it's just lacking that it becomes more attractive.

- It would be good to get two pounds and become stronger, but he does have a lot to do in preparation for the season. It is not realistic to expect that in a few weeks gets eight pounds and become Ana in 2008. year. They will have to find a nutritionist and fitness trainer - is considered one of the anxious fans, while another added that "as far as light as a twig, oduvaće the wind when it is played at Indian Wells."

Someone thinks that Anna has no more strength to hit the ball as well as ever, and others wonder - is it really that bad, if at all, so that trains could be in and out in the field.
- Her hands were at Angelina Jolie. It's not an athlete - went on with Ana's fan.
And was followed by a counter-argument.

- I love it and can not figure out the stupid statements like "the anorexic or sick." Brothers and sisters, if you think that an anorexic person can win the top 10 players, then ...

There were many who opposed the critics of Anna's new look.
- It looks nice, but a few months ago they said she was fat. * Is stupid onje never satisfied. It seems to me that does not look unhealthy - just one of the nearly 800 comments on "The dramatic weight loss Ana Ivanovic."
Individuals have realized that the "bad guys" only envy the beautiful Annie looks.

- Anu People criticize the weight and the fact that it looks better, and actually feel * the strengthening due to the condition of their body fat. Lose weight and grow up.
In the end, perhaps the best comment:
- Good. She needed to be removed from the burgers and fries.

http://www.alo.rs/sport/zanimljivosti/nece-da-bude-kao-andelina/6561

Cajka
Dec 13th, 2012, 04:31 PM
:hysteric:

Harry.
Dec 14th, 2012, 04:04 AM
OMG LOL :hysteric: :hysteric::hysteric: :sobbing: :sobbing:

Ana'sProcess
Dec 14th, 2012, 03:23 PM
Hit!

Deestruction
Dec 14th, 2012, 05:04 PM
:haha: :haha: :sobbing:

azdaja
Dec 14th, 2012, 10:20 PM
regular media outlets report about what people say on the internet, though usually about more serious topics. i was told myself my posts were cited on the national radio but that was about politics and what i was saying was on their forum. nevertheless, i'd say it's ok to report about what people say. however, it's not ok to report what trolls on this board say about anything, so :facepalm:

Cajka
Dec 14th, 2012, 10:31 PM
regular media outlets report about what people say on the internet, though usually about more serious topics. i was told myself my posts were cited on the national radio but that was about politics and what i was saying was on their forum. nevertheless, i'd say it's ok to report about what people say. however, it's not ok to report what trolls on this board say about anything, so :facepalm:

It's fine if you use indirect speech, but to quote posts? :unsure: It would've been better if they wrote something like: "Some concerned fans came to conclusion that she doesn't look healthy, but they also think that it's unrealistic to expect that Ana will gain a significant amount of weight during the off season. OTOH some other fans feel that the weight loss is just what she needed and that it helped her game because she moves much better etc. etc. What do you think?"

But quoting trolls? :unsure:

azdaja
Dec 14th, 2012, 10:43 PM
It's fine if you use indirect speech, but to quote posts? :unsure: It would've been better if they wrote something like: "Some concerned fans came to conclusion that she doesn't look healthy, but they also think that it's unrealistic to expect that Ana will gain a significant amount of weight during the off season. OTOH some other fans feel that the weight loss is just what she needed and that it helped her game because she moves much better etc. etc. What do you think?"

But quoting trolls? :unsure:
the word trolls is the key here. otherwise they should talk about the opinions of the people. all this would make sense in a different context, of course.

all i'm saying is, it's not funny that they are reading what people on this board say, just that they take it too seriously. or something.

Cajka
Dec 14th, 2012, 10:50 PM
the word trolls is the key here. otherwise they should talk about the opinions of the people. all this would make sense in a different context, of course.

all i'm saying is, it's not funny that they are reading what people on this board say, just that they take it too seriously. or something.

I think that they are trolling actually... :lol: I mean, that comment on cheeseburgers? They can't be for real?

azdaja
Dec 14th, 2012, 10:59 PM
I think that they are trolling actually... :lol: I mean, that comment on cheeseburgers? They can't be for real?
yeah, that's also trolling. just like pelé is a major troll for saying neymar is better than messi. or supporting the german national team if you are austrian.

Cajka
Dec 14th, 2012, 11:10 PM
yeah, that's also trolling. just like pelé is a major troll for saying neymar is better than messi. or supporting the german national team if you are austrian.

At this point, i don't know if anyone can be compared to Messi. He's something else. Pelé was great for sure, but you must remember what football was like in his era. The defense is now something else. It's like saying that Court was better than Serena.

Stevecw
Dec 15th, 2012, 10:45 PM
Cud do with a few more votes here: http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=472108

Curtos07
Dec 15th, 2012, 11:59 PM
Cud do with a few more votes here: http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=472108

I don't want to live in a world where Vika is the most popular tennis player.

Ana'sProcess
Dec 16th, 2012, 12:29 PM
I don't want to live in a world where Vika is the most popular tennis player.

Vika stays behind. It's between Ana and Kerber at the moment. :)

Iva87
Dec 24th, 2012, 08:31 PM
TSS: Ivanovic and Djokovic the best in 2012

Top ranked Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic and one in the world Novak Djokovic were named in 2012. year, the choice of the Serbian Tennis Association (TSS)

http://sport.blic.rs/data/images/2012-10-09/279035_105557serbiayachtcruiseefl6608origh_f.jpg?v er=1356379874

In a ceremony at the Hyatt for the best coach was named coach of the Fed Cup selection Dejan Vranes, Red Star is the best team and the best judge Nemanja Radic.

TSS-President Vuk Jeremic said that at the end of the year was great for Serbian tennis, and the sport has become "the most powerful weapon for the promotion of our country in the world."

"This is a special evening for Serbian tennis, but for me, because I am here for the first time as the president of alliances. Previous year was great, both for our tennis, and for the promotion of our country. Serbia is at the forefront of the United Nations, which makes it very visible in the world, but thanks to the success of players it is even more apparent. should be proud of the results, we have the best in the world, great tennis players, hopefully soon, some new champions, "said the minister, noting the significant jubilee - 90 years since the establishment of alliances.

Youth and Sports Minister Alisa Maric said that tennis is on the pedestal of Serbian sports, and it fully deserved, thanks to their results.

"When I started chess career, I met Monica Seles, who then began his great career., And I even played with it. Chess in tennis and it is always important to find an opponent to measure. Later I watched the matches in Belgrade tennis players, then there were not many people in the stands, but now things have changed, tennis is the rightful pedestal Serbian spoprta. Hopefully in the future it will record even better results, "said Gretel.

Award "Pride of the nation" for the greatest achievement in the field of sports results in the history of TSS is awarded to Monica Seles, Slobodan Stojkovic, Nenad Zimonjic, Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic and Novak Djokovic, the tennis players who were the first of his career on the ATP or WTA rankings in singles or doubles.

Radmila Armenulic, Genčić Helen and Nikola Spear was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.

For best juniors were named Nina Stojanovic and Laszlo ĐERI (18 years), and Ivana and Peter Jorović Čonkić (under 16 years).

In the competition to 14 years are the best Nikolina Jovic and Momir Kecmanović, while Jovana Vukovic and Bodin Žarković best among 12-year olds.

Were awarded and two journalists specialized in tennis - Vojin Velickovic Journal of Sport and Milan Boskovic from B92.

The award for overall contribution to the field of sports, for individuals and organizations who, through their actions helped to TSS at the top of the pyramid is the most successful Alliance in Serbia is given: tennis clubs Red Star, Partizan, Vojvodina, Spartak Subotica, Nis Workers and Palic, Ministry youth and Sports Secretariat for sports and Youth of Belgrade, RTS, Telekom Serbia, Gemaks, Serbia Open, the Davis Cup team, the Fed Cup team, the NIS to Gazprom, "Kombank Arena" Imlek, Aleksandar Popovic (oldest live Davis Cup player ), Ivku Plecevic Janko Tipsarevic, Dusan Vemic, Viktor Troicki, Boris Pashanski, Nebojsa Djordjevic, Maja Djukic, Dragan Zaric, Tatiana Jecmenica, Katarina Misic, Timotić Ani, Alexandra Krunic and Bojana Jovanovski.

http://sport.blic.rs/Tenis/225539/TSS-Ivanoviceva-i-Djokovic-najbolji-u-2012-godini

Iva87
Dec 25th, 2012, 04:10 PM
Earlier this month Ana gave an interview to the newly redesigned WTA website, about her off-season training:

Hopefully you managed to take some time off and relax once the season ended. Where did you go for your holiday this year?
I was planning on going to New York with my brother Milos, Sorana Cirstea and a family friend of ours. Obviously the weather was catastrophic, so we cancelled that plan. Instead Sorana and I visited Milos in London for a few days. I also spent a lot of time visiting my parents’ in Belgrade. And prior to the Fed Cup Final I visited Milan.

Why is pre-season training so important for a tennis player?
Simply, it has the potential to set you up for the year ahead. When I look back at the most successful years of my career, they always followed a good preparation period. On the other hand, I’ve struggled a little bit when my off-season wasn’t so good.

What types of training have you been doing off the court? Anything new compared with previous years?
I have been working with a new fitness trainer, so his methods are a little bit different to those I’ve worked with in the past, and that’s a good thing because it makes things more interesting.

Tennis-wise, Nigel is such a knowledgeable coach and is all the time thinking of ways to improve my tennis, and to iron out the creases. Although we’ve worked a lot on my serve, it’s mainly small things that we’ve been looking at, rather than anything major. I feel like my tennis is there and I need to be more consistent and believe in myself more, and I can have a great year.

Are you working with the same coaching/fitness team next season or any changes?
I’ve been working with Nigel Sears for a year-and-half now. I started working with my fitness trainer earlier this year, but this was our first off-season together. I also have a new physio, who will come with me to Australia. I think it’s important to have someone who knows your body well, to travel to the major tournaments.

Joe Sirianni is a great hitting partner and he’s been working with us in Dubai. He will also come to Australia and hit with me in Perth and Melbourne.

The first Grand Slam of the year isn’t far away – do you have any special memories of Melbourne? Or is there anything you particularly look forward to about that time of year and the Australian Open?
For sure – it’s my favourite tournament really, along with the French Open. It’s always been a very special tournament for me, and a special place, because I have family in Melbourne. Now that I’m older my parents travel with me a little less, but they still come to Australia – they know the good tournaments! So I will have a lot of family around this year and I love that. We always have a traditional Serbian barbecue at my uncle’s house after the tournament.

I can’t think of a better place to be than Australia in January. It’s a beautiful part of the world, the people are wonderful, they’re on holiday and they love sport. It doesn’t get much better.

http://www.anaivanovic.com/pressandinterviews/wta-training-feature

doni1212
Dec 25th, 2012, 07:40 PM
Yay!! Hopefully the physio, fitness trainer and hitting partner will stay on past January. She needs a stable team in place and not just Nigel!

Iva87
Dec 26th, 2012, 08:46 AM
Serbian tennis ace Ana Ivanovic ready to sizzle at Hopman Cup in Perth

GLAMOROUS Serbian Ana Ivanovic has set her sights on breaking back into the world's top 10 next year, but first she wants to make amends at Perth's Hopman Cup.

The former world No.1 joined forces with Novak Djokovic to reach the Hopman Cup final two years ago, but the pair had to forfeit after Ivanovic was struck down with a stomach strain on the eve of the decider.

Ivanovic will again link up with world No.1 Djokovic for the $1 million mixed-teams event, starting on Saturday, and the 25-year-old is desperate to go all the way this time around.

"We were so close and it was a big disappointment the way it ended last time," Ivanovic said today.

"I felt so bad, and for Novak too, so I really hope this year we can put it together and go all the way."

Ivanovic is ranked 13th in the world after a consistent year in which she reached the quarter-finals of the US Open, the fourth round at Wimbledon and the Australian Open, and the third round of the French Open.

But Ivanovic knows she has to start regularly beating the world's best players if she is to add to her 2008 French Open success.

"I definitely want to get back to top 10. That was my goal for this year and I was very close," Ivanovic said.

"So I hope I can break that next year and put myself in a position to get far in the big events.

"There were a few girls who dominated this year.

"I put myself in a position to play against the top players. I really couldn't make that break (of beating them), but that's a big goal for next year.

"I have to keep working hard and believing, and that's what it comes down to."

Serbia have been handed the top seeding for the 25th edition of the Hopman Cup, but they will face stiff competition from the US, who boast seven-times grand-slam winner Venus Williams and world No.14 John Isner.

No.8 seeds Australia will be represented by Bernard Tomic and 16-year-old Ashleigh Barty, who was called up after Casey Dellacqua failed to recover from a recent foot injury.

Ivanovic arrived in Perth last week, and said she found it tough training in 39.6C heat on Christmas Day.

"I was putting my head in an ice bucket," she said with a laugh.

And with temperatures of 41C forecast for the first two days of the tournament, Ivanovic was glad the $550 million Perth Arena had the option of closing the roof under the heat policy.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/tennis/serbian-tennis-ace-ana-ivanovic-ready-to-sizzle-at-hopman-cup-in-perth/story-e6frfgao-1226543680136

Sinead94
Dec 27th, 2012, 05:05 PM
Hi everybody,

I'm a new member. Personally I like Ana, but I don't think she will comeback at her best. I can see her be a solid top 20-30 players but no more. She doesn't seem to be focused enough on the sport for that, since she first fell from the top 10, I feel like I've been hearing her say the exact same things for years. " I feel stronger... everything is going fine... I'm preparing to be able to beat the top players."
But as a matter of fact, nothing realy changed. Sure 2012 was good in terms of rankings and she did fine in the Grand Schelem but most of the time she didn't face big players.
And also I don't think she is quite ready to change her ways, a good exemple is her weight. I know it's a big debate but you can't deny that she lost an enormous amount of weight since 2008 and it isn't helping her. Physically she doesn't seem very strong anymore, her movement are ok but she isn't resistant and she lost lot of strenght in her shots. Yet she doesn't want to gain weight and you can't say she lost the weight because she does lot of sports. Look at other players like Sharapova, Wozniacki, etc... they practice as much yet they aren't thin. She just prefer to look that way.

I think Ana's main problem is mental, I don't know if she need a psy, another coach or just someone she trust to talk to her, but anyway as long as she doesn't get stronger mentally, she'll always stay a one time slam winner, a good player ( which is pretty good actually) but not an amazing player that can be remembered.

I know it's a bit harsh but that the way I feel, and maybe in 2013 she'll surprise me.

Linguae^
Dec 27th, 2012, 05:33 PM
I don't think you're right, she has her physio now and that's the only element she needs now, her fitness and physical condition. ;)

Sinead94
Dec 27th, 2012, 05:50 PM
Yeah but what I mean is that a physio won't give her better result, he will give her advice, show her exercices that's for sure but she has to make a commitment with herself to be at 100% focused on tennis. But we will see in 2013 what she'll do, hopefully she will really listen to him and won't be afraid of change and making the necessary sacrifice.

Linguae^
Dec 27th, 2012, 06:04 PM
I think she's there, 100% motivated and prepared for new success, we just have to wait until the season starts. :)

Iva87
Dec 27th, 2012, 06:29 PM
Mira Adanja-Polak :D

1 RTS

Exclusive

5th January at 14:00, Ana Ivanovic

http://www.open.telekom.rs/Dokumenta/slike/201212/2612ekskluzivno_prva.jpg

Statements and responses were always kind of the same, a little hasty. It is always a rush before the match, after the match. With Ana Ivanovic I spent an afternoon in Belgrade with her parents who have been there by her side throughout the interview. On the line was her manager from London.

Mr. Gavin Versi had confidence in our conversation that he was honest. Relaxed. Pleasant. Ana Ivanovic we looked different from all her previous encounters with the media. So rarely understand those from whom we expect to win only, and often ruthlessly auditorium because he expects only victory and defeat is rarely understood and efforts.

http://www.open.telekom.rs/iptv/ProgramDetaljno.aspx?sid=345&cid=53791&preporuka_id=11,12,13,14,15,16

Ana'sProcess
Dec 27th, 2012, 09:11 PM
I think she's there, 100% motivated and prepared for new success, we just have to wait until the season starts. :)

I agree. Her comeback was going slowly, but she is there now, I can feel that. 2009 was the worst year of her career, 2010 and 2011 were years when she was struggling with the questions: how, when, why... that is a hard time for every person, because you have to overcame some personal thoughts and fears. 2012 was absolutely good year for Ana, her improvement was visible, for most of the year she was loosing only to top 5 players, except some defeats to weaker players in Asia at the end of the year. She is now 25, it was a long road, but she is there. Her ranking is the best since 2009 and I feel she had to grow up a little bit more (just like me) and to relive her self confidence after some tough times (just like me). You see, I am not only a huge fan of Ana Ivanovic, but also we went through tough periods at the same time, and I always had that silly feeling when I watched her matches: "Oh Ana, don't worry, you've lost today, you'll be great again. I understand what you are going through, but we will make it. We'll be great again..." And yeah, finally, after two and a half years I am getting near to be as great as I used to be, and so does Ana. Love her. :)

Iva87
Jan 1st, 2013, 02:52 PM
:inlove:

Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic hit it off since young

THEIR athleticism aside, travellers who caught a glimpse of two Europeans travelling on a flight from Perth to Melbourne in early 2011 might have assumed they were fun-loving backpackers.

Separated by two rows in economy class, the brunette waited until her friend had fallen asleep before sneaking up to him and clapping loudly. Hysterics followed at the statuesque Serb's over-the-top reaction.

Later, the young woman snoozed for a while using her friend's shoulder as a support. It was an intimacy of close friends rather than that of a couple.

With passengers on the packed plane seemingly oblivious to their identities, the pair were left to themselves. A year later and it almost certainly would have been different.

Just three weeks after that trip, the young man -- Novak Djokovic -- claimed the first of three grand slams for the year in establishing himself as the dominant tennis player in the world. Ana Ivanovic, his mate, arguably was even more famous at the time.

It is that friendship that Ivanovic touched on yesterday when the pair joined forces for Serbia's opening Hopman Cup victory over Italy in Perth.

As toddlers, the pair threw sand in each others' faces. Later they swatted backhands. Before play yesterday, they embraced on the outdoor practice court before going about their business in impressive fashion.

"We met each other when we were four years old. We didn't even play tennis at the time," Ivanovic said.

"My father and his uncle knew each other from school days, so we were playing in the sand and it is just really, really funny to see him do so well now. It is really nice to catch up and obviously he is my favourite doubles partner.

"(He was) always funny, always making jokes. You know boys. He was always running around the whole time.

"Then we played some tournaments, some under-10s, under-12s back in Serbia, then we were travelling together, so it is nice to catch up and we also have some real memories."

Djokovic, who only arrived in Perth late on Sunday night after adding to his riches with a victory in an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi, certainly clowned around during a dead mixed doubles against Andreas Seppi and Francesca Schiavone.

But he was less jovial when, while signing autographs following his 6-3 6-4 defeat of Seppi, a barrier gave away under the weight of several signature hunters and scraped his leg.

The word's best player limped from the court, with a post-match press conference cancelled as he had the leg assessed before the mixed doubles, claimed by the Italians 7-6(7-4) 6-4.

A press conference that had been planned following the Serb's singles win was understandably cancelled given the circumstances surrounding the leg worry.

Instead, Djokovic released a statement saying simply: "I am good. It was a bit of a shock and I am glad that the children involved are OK. I am fine."

Djokovic and Ivanovic's preparation for the mixed teams tournament has differed. Ivanovic, who has relatives living in Melbourne, arrived early and has spent the past 10 days training in blistering conditions in Perth.

Given the temperatures have soared above 40C -- American John Isner practised in 42C heat during the Serbia versus Italy tie yesterday -- it took little time for Ivanovic to reach peak fitness and she blitzed Schiavone early in the battle between two former French Open champions.

While the second set was tighter, Ivanovic was always in control in the 6-0 6-4 win. Djokovic, in contrast, looked a little weary throughout his clash with Seppi.

Having only arrived hours earlier from Abu Dhabi, where matches are played in the cool of night, he struggled with both jet lag and heat and admitted he felt like he was "dream walking" through the match.

But, when pressured on serve in the second set, Djokovic delivered with a backhand winner and large serve to stave off break points on the way to a 6-3 6-4 win.

It is the first step towards providing redemption at the Hopman Cup.

While it carries less prestige than the Davis or Fed cups, this pair is desperate to claim the title for Serbia given their friendship and seemed certain to do so two years ago until Ivanovic was forced to withdraw from the final -- the day before they shared the flight to Melbourne -- with a stomach injury.

"It is a big goal for me and Novak as well. We have come close a few times and the last time here it was very, very disappointing for me," she said. "I really hope I can play better this year and help Novak and hopefully together we can get the trophy."

Ivanovic held a more immediate goal. The Hopman Cup ball on New Year's Eve is one of the largest society events for the year in Perth and the Serbian held a task for her teammate.

"I remember the first time we played here as 18-year-olds and Novak, he got up on stage and played the guitar and sang a song. I am going to dare him to do that again," she said.

Given the events on court earlier, it is a fair bet Ivanovic did not tell Djokovic to "break a leg" before his appearance on stage.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/tennis/novak-djokovic-and-ana-ivanovic-hit-it-off-since-young/story-fnbe6xeb-1226545871056

marineblue
Jan 9th, 2013, 05:28 AM
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2012-12-23/201212231356224935857.html
Sunday, 23 December, 2012
By Nicholas McCarvel

AO SWOT for Ana Ivanovic


She was the sport’s glamourised world No.1 in 2008, but since then the bubbly Serb has faced a growing game of power hitters on the tennis court. In 2010, she dropped as low as No.64 in the rankings, only to climb back to No.13 to finish the 2012 season.

Strengths: Ivanovic’s bread and butter shot is what won her the French Open in 2009: her forehand. The 25 year old can strike one of the meanest and most efficient balls on the pro tour, and her game comes together when she’s utilising her biggest stroke to her advantage. When the forehand is on, the rest of Ivanovic’s game flows aptly behind it.

Weaknesses: There is still weakness to be found in Ivanovic’s movement, which can be second-class when she’s scrambling. During the course of the 2012 season, tennis insiders watched as the Serb noticeably lost body weight, leaving many to question whether she’ll be able to continue to hit the ball with the same kind of oomph she has in the past. An attackable second serve leaves her vulnerable as well.

Opportunities: After winning the French Open in 2009, Ivanovic went 17 major tournaments without making the quarterfinals, a streak she finally broke at the US Open in 2012. While she was a finalist in Melbourne in 2008, she hasn’t been past the fourth round since then, meaning she can only build on her fourth round appearance from a year ago. While many have been waiting to see flashes of the old Ana in full flight again, it’ll take all the pieces of the puzzle to come together in order to beat a higher-ranked player.

Threats: Sans a Fed Cup win over Petra Kvitova in November, Ivanovic didn’t register any wins over players ranked higher than her following her run to the Indian Wells semifinals in early March. Bigger hitting girls know what to do against Ana: simply out hit her. And those who play the backboard game usually try to force her into errors. What Ivanovic has to do is get over the mental hump she’s faced since falling from her perch as No.1.

Mary Joe Fernandez, former world No. 4 and tennis analyst:

I thought there were moments where the old Ana was back in 2012 and she might have a breakthrough. But she still needs to have that one big result, that one big win to catapult her back to the top of the game. She has a great game – a huge forehand. She’s started to play to her strengths more recently, which has helped her. The game is there, but her fall from the top was due to her getting away from running around and using her forehand. With her toss better, she can serve pretty hard. If she’s looking to move around the ball and playing smart, she’s right there.

Iva87
Jan 10th, 2013, 04:19 PM
Ana Ivanovic: I am dreaming of winning in Melbourne

Ana Ivanovic has shown in Perth recently to be ready for her first grand slam this year, the Australian Open. She believes she can be again at the top of women’s tennis.

At the moment she is in Melbourne finalizing preparations for the first grand slam in 2013 in temperatures of 40 degrees Centigrade. She has high goals and knows what she should do to return among the ten best.

Q: Are you ready for the first grand slam?

‘I am very much motivated for the Australian Open. I had a good week in Perth behind me although it ended with disappointment. The loss in the finals was difficult to me, but generally I think I played well. I like to be in Australia and play at the Melbourne Park with my friends and relatives watching me. I am in good shape and I think positively’.

Q: In 2008 you played in the finals. If you meet with Sharapova again, can we expect that you win this time?

‘That would definitely be my goal. Maria is a great player, but there are other very good players, at least ten of them capable of winning this tournament’.

Q: Once you said you would like to live in Australia and buy a house there?

‘That is certainly something I would like but at the moment I am not thinking about it, perhaps I shall do it after my career of tennis player is over’.

Q: You have many relatives in Melbourne and you feel there at home. Also you are surrounded there with many Serbian fans. How much does that mean to you?

‘The support here means a lot to me. I am relaxed and feel at home what is obvious in my results here’.

http://english.blic.rs/Sports/9354/Ana-Ivanovic-I-am-dreaming-of-winning-in-Melbourne

Iva87
Jan 12th, 2013, 12:35 PM
Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic top 2014 Hopman Cup hit list

HOPMAN Cup tournament director Steve Ayles has made popular Serbian duo Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic his key targets for next summer's tournament and will begin preliminary discussions with the pair at the Australian Open this week.

Djokovic and Ivanovic are sure to be crowd favourites if they team up for a fourth time, after coming desperately close to winning a maiden Hopman Cup title for their nation in an epic decider against Spain at Perth Arena last weekend.

World No.1 Djokovic gave Serbia a 1-0 lead by winning the men's singles, before Spain triumphed in the women's singles and mixed doubles to win the unique teams tournament for the fourth time.

Ayles said the Serbians' near-miss would make them an even bigger attraction next year if they returned to Perth.

"The thing we were all saying afterwards was `it's still unfinished business'. They'll be prime targets for 2014," he said.

"We'll be seeing them at the Australian Open next week and we'll commence that dialogue.

"Djokovic is No.1 on the court, but in my mind he's also a No.1 bloke and a great entertainer as well. They're such a fun couple."

Australia, which almost made the final despite being seeded bottom of eight teams, could field a stronger outfit next year.

Organisers are hopeful of lining up a dream team of Bernard Tomic and Sam Stosur, who could both potentially finish the year in the top 10.

The chances of luring Stosur, the nation's highest-ranked player of either gender, have increased due to her continuing struggles in Australia.

The 2011 US Open champion has been dumped in the first round of the Brisbane and Sydney internationals for the past two seasons, damaging her preparation for her home grand slam.

Perth is likely to appeal as an alternative option for Stosur next summer because she would be guaranteed three singles matches.

Organisers will again chase Swiss legend Roger Federer, who won the Hopman Cup as a 19-year-old in 2001 with Martina Hingis. Federer, 31, is cutting back on the number of tournaments he plays and is considered unlikely to come.

Ayles was happy with the overall attendance of 104,468 for the first Hopman Cup held at the Arena and the record TV ratings on Channel 10.

Spain's victory in the final was a great spectacle, but the mixed doubles climax had few viewers because it finished just before 4am on TV around the country.

Ayles said playing the final earlier in the day next year would be considered, but it was likely to remain at 5.45pm.

http://www.perthnow.com.au/sport/tennis/novak-djokovic-and-ana-ivanovic-top-2014-hopman-cup-hit-list/story-fnddkxkr-1226552630955

gaviotabr
Jan 14th, 2013, 01:28 PM
Ana Ivanovic 14-1-13
Monday, 14 January, 2013


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Ana Ivanovic bio
Transcribed Interview


Start of Transcribed Interview


Q. Are you happy with your performance today?

ANA IVANOVIC: Well, to be honest, I expected tough match because we played few times in the past. I also lost once against her.

I really wanted to make sure I work hard for each point and try to take away time for her because she likes to strike the ball and counter punch and use the pace of opponents.

I was really pleased with my performance overall today.



Q. How do you feel about the second round?

ANA IVANOVIC: It's a Grand Slam. You want to take it one match at a time. It's great I have a day in between to reset and prepare and plan for the next round.

There is no easy matches. But it's a challenge. I enjoy it. I really hope I can perform well.



Q. With preparation, the beginning of the year, do you feel you can go to the end in a Grand Slam like this?

ANA IVANOVIC: It's hard talking about it after first round.

Last year, quarterfinals of US Open was the first time I play quarters since winning French Open. So it's very hard talking about winning.

But I definitely feel my game, it's at a higher level than it was. There is tough opponents out there, lots of girls playing well. I feel like I can challenge all of them.

It's going to be a good test to see how far I can go.



Q. How do you feel your serve is going at the moment? Are you feeling confident with it?

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, no, it's still a work in progress. Actually last week in Perth it was really good for most of the matches. I was very pleased with that.

In practice it's always perfect. In matches it gets away from you sometimes. It's kind of normal.

I try not to think too much about it, take my time for the next one. Many times if I have a bad toss, I serve a good serve the next one. Like I said, that's a work in progress. I'm happy I'm making more first serves and it's more aggressive, too.



Q. Your ankle is okay?

ANA IVANOVIC: Well, I'm definitely going to put some ice and do some treatments on it tonight. Hopefully it's fine. It didn't swell.

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