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Cajka
Jan 15th, 2013, 10:20 AM
I like it how she still speaks about tests and challenges, as if she was a junior.

gaviotabr
Jan 15th, 2013, 09:02 PM
Ana Ivanovic is confident in their muscles
Our tennis player, a good mood after the first win in Melbourne, talking about his weight, Fed Cup, free time. - "I will play against Slovakia in Cairo"


Bursting with power: Ana Ivanovic at yesterday's training session Photo Michael Babic
From correspondents "Journal"

Melbourne - Australian Open has started to pick up steam, but that's no reason to forget the other important events. One of them is surely Fed Cup in Serbia which starts in less than a month against Slovakia in Nis (9-10. February).

If there are no unforeseen circumstances, our team will head to Cairo Ana Ivanovic. before half-decade best tennis player in the world, is determined to be part of the team that will make Serbia the first trophy in this competition.

Good mood after a convincing victory over the Hungarian woman Zinc, the best Serbian tennis player spoke optimistically about the challenges ahead (early in the morning playing against Tajvanke Chan), but the joke on their own account.

- The plan is to play - even though he says Ana will therefore have a very hard program, because it goes from Melbourne to Pattaya City and in Nis, and then followed back to Asia, to tournaments in Doha and Dubai.

Can a title this year?

- That's the goal, to one day bring home the trophy as the men in the Davis Cup. Last year we were really close, but we have not succeeded much to blame for that. We have a very young team and we have a chance to win.

Serbia this year to be able to play all the matches at home?

- This is great, because last year we had just bad luck that we've always played away from home. now but it will all come back so it might be destined to remain in our cup.

Jelena Jankovic will play in Nis, and the question is whether it will be in later matches. Will you now be the team leader?

- Selector should be the leader, and we players to be assenting. only way to win the title. We have a great atmosphere in the team, in Prague we got along fine. 's best to keep it up and get to the World Cup. selector But this that has to be stronger, to be a true leader.

There will be a lot of matches this year?

- All we are trying to play more for the team but was a very difficult time because the season is incredibly long, especially because of past Olympics. Due to the Fed Cup finals we further extend the season. We represent your country in tournaments and the Olympics , and the Fed Cup, and Hopman Cup. Sometimes it's really hard to choose, our people sometimes do not realize how hard it is and we have to decide, and to preserve our body.

Last fall there was a lot of talk about your weight, you lose weight. How?

- It strengthened me, look what I've got muscles! - Ivanovic laughed, pointing to squeeze the biceps. - I've been working on increasing the muscle mass, the explosion. Zlatko My coach has done his job well, you can see it on the field, it gives me a lot of confidence. We've known for a long time, but we started to work regularly in September.

How do you spend your free time?

- I have not had a lot, because I practiced a lot these days, a lot of work to stretch and recovery, prevention. went to the zoo, it was nice for a change, was out shopping, cinemas, restaurants.

V. Velickovic

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Staff as Djokovic

Ana Ivanovic today surrounded by his coaching staff that the number and composition reminiscent of Djokovic.

- These are the head coach Nigel Sears, sparring partner Joy Syriana, Branko Penić physiotherapist and fitness coach Zlatko Novković that alone is not here. Stretching and speed of recovery are very important and contribute to the safety and better game and better preparation and training for the match - Ivanovic said.

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I'm too emotional

Ivanovic admits that it is not always strong enough in the field.

- I am pretty emotional player. Sometimes it can hinder me, but also to help. trying to change, to be more aggressive and less emotional, but it's hard.

Published on: 16.01.2013

http://www.politika.rs/rubrike/Sport/Tenis/Ana-Ivanovic-se-uzda-u-svoje-misice.lt.html

Ana's fitness coach is not travelling with her...

Ana'sProcess
Jan 15th, 2013, 10:18 PM
One correction: Jelena will not play in Nis (you wrote she will), and is questionable if she will play in later matches.

gaviotabr
Jan 15th, 2013, 10:25 PM
One correction: Jelena will not play in Nis (you wrote she will), and is questionable if she will play in later matches.

I didn't write anything.. I posted a google translation version of the Politika article I linked to. ;)

gaviotabr
Jan 20th, 2013, 09:15 AM
Ana Ivanovic 20-1-13
Sunday, 20 January, 2013


Start of Player Photo

Ana Ivanovic bio
Transcribed Interview


Start of Transcribed Interview


Q. Do you feel okay right now? Is there something you can take away from tonight's match?

ANA IVANOVIC: Obviously I'm disappointed. I really feel I was mis-timing a lot of balls in the first set. I started playing better in the second set, but she played a good match. She's a really tough player.

And, you know, rankings don't lie. She's there because she deserves it.



Q. Do you feel like you're getting up to that level?

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely. I really felt like I could challenge her, and it was really frustrating in the second set. I had so many chances. Even in the beginning of the first, I thought some of the games in the beginning could have gone either way.

That's the frustrating thing. That was the frustrating thing tonight. But she's that kind player that makes you work. She doesn't give you much. I feel I'm on a high level. I just have to prove that and make that step of beating top players.



Q. Did you feel like she played better than you expected her to? She didn't miss any balls out there all night.

ANA IVANOVIC: I kind of expected that because we played a lot of times in the past. But I was just very surprised at the speed of the balls, especially in the beginning. It took some time for me to adjust. I always felt I was too far from the ball, and I was mis-hitting lots of balls.

Sort of in the second set I started moving forward a little more. Then she was changing rhythm, as well. So, yeah, I guess that's she is where she is.



Q. When you say you're surprised by the speed, was she hitting harder than you thought or softer?

ANA IVANOVIC: No, it was quite softer. I had to move a lot forward. I wasn't doing that enough in the first set and I wasn't staying low enough on my shots, especially on the forehands. I was pulling out of my shots too early and I was mis-hitting a lot.



Q. She's not known for somebody who is a really big server. She had seven aces tonight. Do you think her serve is an under-respected part of her game?

ANA IVANOVIC: I think her game overall is like that. She sort of, you know, gives you time, and then all of a sudden she goes for it. She's placing it really well. She's obviously very talented and has great hands. She was placing the serves really well, and it's hard to read it. She can do either side of ball toss, so I guess that's why she's successful at it.



Q. I know you talked about wanting to develop upper body strength. How do you go about doing that? Hit the weight room?

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, just basically do the gym. Yeah, just repetitions, yeah, some weights.



Q. Bench pressing or...

ANA IVANOVIC: Just some dumbbells, free weights, and lots of push ups.



Q. How many push ups can you do now at a time?

ANA IVANOVIC: About 15 maybe (smiling). I wouldn't go challenge now.



Q. Is it frustrating for you? You get to the fourth round, and I suppose the highs of your career sort of four or five years ago, you are always defined by that. Is it frustrating that people keep harkening back to the French Open and runner up here at the Australian Open?

ANA IVANOVIC: Well, it is frustrating because I feel like I create chances for myself again. I feel a few years back when I was losing in the second and third rounds of Grand Slams, that was the level then. And yet I cannot sort of make that step, that sort of breakthrough.

Yeah, I guess sometimes results don't come as early as you expect them. Sometimes it takes time, you know, for a few things to fall in place.

I definitely feel my game is in a higher level than it was over the last few years.



Q. That keeps you going?

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely. Definitely. That's what still drives me, to play and compete. I want to compete for big titles in big tournaments because I feel my game is still there. You know, I have strength to do so.



Q. Do you think Agnieszka can challenge Serena, Sharapova, Azarenka for a Grand Slam title? Is she on the same level?

ANA IVANOVIC: Well, she took Serena into third set in Wimbledon, in grass. I think she definitely can.

You know, she's a player, it's no secret, who doesn't make too many winners, but she has good hands. She can really get the opponents to feel a little awkward, you know, make you go for too much.

You know, that's her strength.



Q. On your strength thing, your serve, is that part of it? You don't quite have the velocity you had earlier in your career. Is it all about upper body strength?

ANA IVANOVIC: Well, no, it's just overall strength. It's lots of repetitions. Tennis, it's very physical, and you do hit a lot of forehands or serves, sort of high shots. You need that strength to put behind the ball so you can generate more pace and power.

Serve, it's also a lot of technique. I still can serve pretty hard out there. But, you know, it's just something I really feel I need to work, and a little more explosivity also.

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2013-01-20/201301201358676243302.html

gaviotabr
Jan 21st, 2013, 11:48 AM
Ana Ivanovic fails to find traction
BY: MARGIE MCDONALD From: The Australian January 21, 2013 12:00AM

THE real Ana Ivanovic needs to find her way back through the fog, or a career that promised so much five years ago may fade away.

The 25-year-old won the French Open title in 2008, but after being blitzed 6-2 6-4 last night by Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska, she seems a long way from those heights.

After showing glimpses of her old self in early round wins over Melinda Czink (Hungary), Yung-Jan Chan (Taiwan), and fellow Serbian Jelena Jankovic, where she dropped only one set throughout, Ivanovic's game fell apart against Radwanska in last night's fourth round.

Radwanska, the fourth seed, is on a whirlwind ride right now. She took the Auckland title in four matches, the Sydney crown in five, and is four and still counting in Melbourne. Last night's routine win over Ivanovic was her 13th straight win.


"She was more aggressive in the second set. She has good volleys and moves around the court well. There were some long, tight games," Radwanska said, in a gracious bow to her opponent.
"But in the important moments I was very focused."

In the break points, Ivanovic crumbled.

"I really felt like I could challenge her, and it was really frustrating in the second set. I had so many chances," Ivanovic said.

She was ranked No 15 at the end of last year, which was her best finish since her Roland Garros triumph: "I guess sometimes results don't come as early as you expect them. Sometimes it takes time for things to fall in place because I definitely feel my game is in a higher level than it was over the last few years."

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/tennis/ana-ivanovic-fails-to-find-traction/story-fnbe6xeb-1226557810362

The bolded quote feels so surreal to me.. Results don't come as early as you expect? Define early, right? Its been 5 years. And then sometimes things take time to fall into place? I hate this kind of thought process.. its as if its not in your hands, but in the universe's hands, and suddenly, at some point, stars will simply align. I mean.. WTF?!

Cajka
Jan 21st, 2013, 12:06 PM
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/tennis/ana-ivanovic-fails-to-find-traction/story-fnbe6xeb-1226557810362

The bolded quote feels so surreal to me.. Results don't come as early as you expect? Define early, right? Its been 5 years. And then sometimes things take time to fall into place? I hate this kind of thought process.. its as if its not in your hands, but in the universe's hands, and suddenly, at some point, stars will simply align. I mean.. WTF?!

Same old. It's all a process, it takes a time, things should fall into place. What things, what place? My brain hurts me when I read it. Things to fall into place, really? Just way for the right moment, Ana, that's the way. In the meanwhile Errani will play slam finals, Kerber will play slam semifinals, Makarova and Stephens will play quarterfinals and Ana will wait for ... to ... whatever. And those girls with limited skills and talent deserve to be successful much more than Ana, Petrova etc.

Milan.
Jan 21st, 2013, 12:16 PM
Same old. It's all a process, it takes a time, things should fall into place. What things, what place? My brain hurts me when I read it. Things to fall into place, really? Just way for the right moment, Ana, that's the way. In the meanwhile Errani will play slam finals, Kerber will play slam semifinals, Makarova and Stephens will play quarterfinals and Ana will wait for ... to ... whatever. And those girls with limited skills and talent deserve to be successful much more than Ana, Petrova etc.

You are right, Nadia and Ana are in top 15 are there because their big talent - not hard work... But Angie and Sara are such a differnt case in compare with those up... :help:

gaviotabr
Jan 21st, 2013, 04:27 PM
Ana Ivanovic is not back to her best yet


Roar Rookie
By mastermind5991, 22 Jan 2013 mastermind5991 is a Roar Rookie

Grand Slam quarter-finals have been elusive for Ana Ivanovic since achieving the ultimate success at the 2008 French Open and it’s no surprise she’s missed out again after her straight sets thrashing by Agnieszka Radwanska.
For the 18th time in 19 Grand Slam tournaments, Ivanovic has failed to reach the final eight. But the bottom line is, Radwanska was simply too good and Ivanovic probably drew the wrong opponent to play in a very important Grand Slam match.
But she has improved a lot in her fitness after a disappointing 2012 season which saw her fail to reach a single WTA Tour final, fail to beat any of the eventual year-end championships qualifiers (the win over Petra Kvitova in the Fed Cup final does not count as it happened after the year-end championships), suffer the ignominy of a double-bagel defeat and only reach two semi-finals and three quarter-finals all year.
However, the most important of those quarter-finals was at last year’s US Open. It was her first Grand Slam quarter-final since her triumph at Roland Garros in 2008 and to date it is her only Grand Slam quarter-final in that same period.
But she really didn’t perform to quarter-final level on that night last September, only taking four games off Serena Williams, the eventual champion.
That was also the same number of games she took from Nadia Petrova in her only other quarter-final loss at a Grand Slam, at the 2005 French Open.
Fans of Ana Ivanovic (myself included) shouldn’t be disheartened from the loss to Radwanska. At least she successfully defended all of her points from last year but losing her first service game in each set clearly didn’t help her chances and she never recovered.
Ivanovic showed mixed form this month, winning her round-robin matches at the Hopman Cup very easily before slipping up in the crucial final rubber against Anabel Medina Garrigues. The Australian Open showed a very similar trend, winning three matches before losing her next match.
Clearly there’s a long way to go before we can officially declare Ana Ivanovic is back to her best.
Her defeat to Radwanska is her seventh straight defeat to a top 10 opponent (and sixth straight to a top four player) at a Grand Slam since defeating Jelena Jankovic in the semi-finals of the 2008 French Open.
Furthermore, she has failed to win even a set off any of them, coming closest in the corresponding round of last year’s Australian Open to Petra Kvitova (when she lost a second set tiebreak).
If you include the 2008 French Open semi-final against Jankovic, she has lost 15 of her last 16 sets against top 10 opposition at Grand Slam tournaments.
She clearly lacks the power and size of today’s WTA top four players. She has not defeated a reigning top four player since Indian Wells last year when she impressively defeated Caroline Wozniacki in the fourth round, only giving up five games.
Of the current top four, she has not defeated any of them since defeating Victoria Azarenka at Cincinnati in 2010 (although at the time Azarenka was ranked 12, while Ivanovic was in a career crisis, ranked 62) and is 7-17 against them in head-to-head.
Ivanovic went 0-5 against the current top four, the worst record of any top 20 player in 2012.
The bottom line is that there is still a lot of work to be done if she is to again challenge in big tournaments and consider herself to be a world-class player.
Her next tournament is Pattaya, where she can consider herself to be a strong chance, as she is the highest ranked player to enter thus far, with Maria Kirilenko (15) the next highest. Between now and Indian Wells, she has only 250 rankings points to defend, so a strong run in Pattaya should help to boost her ranking. A title win would be long overdue as well.
Nigel Sears has repeatedly said Ana Ivanovic “is still a work in progress”. But on the basis of her exit from the Australian Open, Ivanovic has not made any progress at all. But maybe she has.
We’ll find out over the next month how far Ivanovic has come since her darkest period three years ago.

http://www.theroar.com.au/2013/01/22/ana-ivanovic-is-not-back-to-her-best-yet/

18majors
Jan 21st, 2013, 05:08 PM
http://www.theroar.com.au/2013/01/22/ana-ivanovic-is-not-back-to-her-best-yet/

A good article, very factual!

Hope Ana will rejoin Serena and Maria and reach the top of WTA rungs.

WonderFan
Jan 22nd, 2013, 10:45 PM
Ana is not really in a process of getting back all this time since her first slump. What happened first was a process of getting away.
For me the getting back starts when she had already gotten Nigel Sears and then quit Adam Scott. Then she started saying that she, like, couldn't have a double life of being an athlete and his girlfriend at once.
But even since then the process is being slow.
I blame the lack of physical energy.
All those complaints about her mind weakness, I don't think it's anything innate or psychological.
I think the mind responds to the body.

marineblue
Jan 23rd, 2013, 12:32 PM
Yeah, she is moving forward but slowly, step by step. I think that this year she could finally overcome some big names, however, that meanst top 10 not top 5. However,not only those players can be dangerous. At slams and elsewhere the underdogs often surprise and that is going to be a problem for Ana. Coming across the likes of AMG (HC) who have nothing to lose and put her under a lot of pressure .

marco burini
Jan 23rd, 2013, 10:50 PM
For the 18th time in 19 Grand Slam tournaments, Ivanovic has failed to reach the final eight !!!

:eek:

Iva87
Feb 17th, 2013, 05:27 PM
Ivanovic Samples The Delights Of Jumeirah Creekside Hotel

Dubai, UAE

17.02.2013

With the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships starting today, the stadium is not the only facility in the area preparing for the arrival of some of the biggest talents in tennis. Arriving before the WTA draw held on Saturday, former world number one Ana Ivanovic checked in to Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, the official hotel of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Tournament.

The Jumeirah Creekside Hotel is owned by Dubai Duty Free and managed by the Jumeriah Group. The hotel opened in July 2012 so this is the first year it has played host to tournament guests.

Executive Vice Chairman of Dubai Duty Free, Colm McLoughlin said “We are delighted to be accommodating the world’s best players, WTA and ATP officials and international media in the new Jumeirah Creekside Hotel. Having such a splendid hotel right next to the tennis venue will be a major draw card for the event, and we are sure this arrangement will be appreciated by all.

Ivanovic, currently ranked at number 13, has a unique relationship with the city and the tournament itself, serving as a Dubai Duty Free brand ambassador since February 2012.

Chosen as a brand ambassador for her professionalism and personality on and off the court, Ivanovic said, “I am really flattered that Dubai Duty Free asked me to become its brand ambassador. It is a great company that has also been extremely supportive of women’s tennis.”

As part of her ambassador role Ivanovic toured the Jumeirah Creekside hotel for the Finest Surprises Travel Show produced in partnership between Dubai Duty Free and the WTA. Ivanovic was given a tour of the hotel and shown the superb collection of modern Arabic art which is set in the striking contemporary architecture of the hotel. The players this week will also be all contributing to an original piece of art of their own by hitting a tennis ball dipped in paint, and Ana had the honour of making the first mark on the canvas. The finished work will hang in the hotel to mark the first year as the official tournament hotel.

Beginning on 18th February, the greatest tennis show in the Middle East will feature new world number one Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and defending Dubai champion Agnieszka Radwanska , as well as former Grand Slam winners Petra Kvitova, and Samantha Stosur and Ivanovic.

The WTA event will be followed by the ATP World Tour event commencing on 25 February featuring world number 1 Novak Djokovic, defending champion Roger Federer, as well as top 10 rivals Tomas Berdych, Juan Martin Del Potro, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Janko Tipsarevic.

The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is owned and organised by Dubai Duty Free and held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Tickets for the event are on sale from the Box Office at the Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud which is open from 9am to 9pm daily. Grandstand ticket prices range from 50dhs for opening rounds to 450dhs for finals, with season tickets also available.

http://www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com/News/Tennis/2013/WTA-Tournament/Ivanovic-At-Jumierah-Creekside-Hotel.aspx

Curtos07
Feb 18th, 2013, 04:23 AM
Daily Deuce: Art with Ana
tabloid! has an exclusive afternoon of art viewing with Ana Ivanovic

Camels, falcons and henna — when it comes to exploring Dubai, many of the players at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship have seen it all, many times over. 2013’s tournament brings with it a chance to explore a different side of the region through the contemporary Middle Eastern art that’s at the heart of the hotel they are staying at, the new Jumeirah Creekside.

French Open champ Ana Ivanovic was one of the first top players to get a tour of the works, guided on Saturday by the hotel’s dedicated arts and culture programme manager Yasmeen Abu Amer.

Ivanovic, a Dubai Duty Free brand ambassador, is one of several female players who’ll be shooting a tourism film about Dubai around town this week. The player, currently ranked 13th in the world, started the series with a camera crew following her and Yasmeen around the works of art installed all over the hotel, which was built with art in mind and has 482 contemporary pieces in its collection.

“Around 90 per cent of the art was commissioned for the hotel,” said Yasmeen, pointing out pieces such as a gigantic red display called Flying Carpet, by Halim Al Karim, displayed in the cavernous lobby. The style is “contemporary Middle Eastern,” she added. “All the artists have Middle Eastern roots, but don’t necessarily live in the region. They are all renowned artists who are part of museum collections worldwide — it’s all museum quality. It’s like staying in an art gallery with rooms.”

Ivanovic proved herself a seasoned presenter as well as player as the crew filmed her reeling off her script, no teleprompter needed.

“They feed me the script, line by line,” she told me with a smile as she waited for a scene to be set up on a balcony overlooking the lobby. “But it’s not that hard.”

ooking bright and breezy in a blue maxi dress she described as “very easygoing and perfect for this weather” (she picked it up at Intermix in Miami), she admitted that she found the shoots tiring and would be doing nothing more exciting than resting in her room for the evening.

When it comes to art, she’s looking to make time to see more with a move to New York. “I just recently went to Milan and saw a Picasso exhibition, it was very exciting and I really enjoyed that. I am looking forward to spending more time in New York so I can visit some of the museums there. I also like some of the Van Gogh works, I like Starry Night. Maybe one day I’ll get the chance to see it.”

“Working with Ana was a wonderful experience, she was very sweet and extremely patient,” said Yasmeen. “It was great to be able to tell her more about the hotel and the art collection and see her interest and positive feedback towards it.”

Ana’s pick for Oscar success?

Dubai’s tennis season falls smack bang in the middle of Hollywood’s awards season. So who do the players want to see win?
“I’ve seen Argo with Ben Affleck,” says Ivanovic. “I really hope that one gets the Oscar!”

http://gulfnews.com/arts-entertainment/celebrity/daily-deuce-art-with-ana-1.1147506

Cajka
Feb 18th, 2013, 04:31 AM
Starry Night Over the Rhone is my favorite one too. :D

WonderFan
Feb 18th, 2013, 11:25 AM
Found the photoshoot tiring and so decided to rest in her room for the rest of the day.
It doesn't happen with a healthy energetic person.
She barely eats.

gaviotabr
Feb 21st, 2013, 09:38 AM
Ana is forever deluded... no way she can improve if she thinks she is already better.. :tape::help:


I'm playing better than 2008.
Our best player was eliminated in the finals of the tournament in Dubai Petra Kvitova of the Czech girls with 7:5, 7:6 - Despite the defeat was not discouraged by the American tour


(Photo Beta)
From correspondents "Journal"

Dubai - That was not a bad start, it might be now Ana Ivanovic in the quarterfinals in Dubai (singles, $ 2,000,000). However, the first four games took Petra Kvitova (6, Czech Republic), and took the lead with 5:1, and then woke up to a Serb.

There followed a period of fantastic games in which Anna responded with a full measure, equaled, but not completed the job. The second set was somewhat similar - up to 3:3 not break, and then Ivanovic twice pulled out when Kvitova served for the win. I still did not manage to complete reversal.

- It started perfectly - thanks Ana opponent after another defeat in six matches with her. - I was not bad, but Peter was great. I am disappointed that I have not used all the way.

Although he again stood on the same obstacle - the rivals from the top ten - Serb claims that there are reasons to think positively.

- Indeed I play better and better. It was a good match. It's a little more difficult in the beginning, she took the lead with 5.1, it's nothing I could do. The first three games I did not take any points. I managed to get back in after I've played at a high level until the end. It is important not to be discouraged in such moments, especially when I seized the opportunity to 15:40 and 5:5. Previously this was happening to me, but now I nasavila good to play.

To 4:1 for Kvitovu took a time out and called coach Nigel Sears.

- He told me that he too forced, it is better to stick to the game plan. However, it is in these moments so accurately guessed that really could not be much more to be done.

Until next competition (Indian Wells) two weeks

- First, I'll go to rehabilitation, to rest from tennis - reminded of the problems with the shoulder. - In a few days I will start training in the gym to strengthen, and a week later with tennis. Now I'm not in America, you might first go to Spain, I want to prepare myself to where the weather is nice outside - is likely to be prepared for the entire United States in March at his home in Palma de Mallorca.

Ana won the 2008 Indian Wells, what's the difference between her then and now.

- I was recently talking with Nigel, I think my level of play now higher than in 2008, when I won the Indian Wells and Roland Garros. However, they were then different players, especially those at the top. Also, I had more confidence.

It has a very high opinion of Kvitovoj.

- Petra is one of the cleanest players shocks. Almost every ball hit perfect. Great hidden intentions, it is often impossible to determine which side to send the ball. Last year we played two times in Melbourne and in the Fed Cup final, but now it was much better than both of those matches.

Other results of the second round Petrova (Russia) - Suarez (Spain) 6:1, 6:0, A. Radvanjska (3, Poland) - PUTINCI (Kazakhstan) 7:5, 6:3, Wozniacki (8, Denmark) - Zheng (China) 6:0, 6:1, Stosur (7, Australia) - Hsije (Taiwan) 6 : 4, 6:0, Vinci (Italy) - Cerberus (4, Germany) 7:5, 6:1,

Vojin Velickovic
Published on: 20/02/2013

http://www.politika.rs/rubrike/Sport/Tenis/Igram-bolje-nego-2008.lt.html

Cajka
Feb 21st, 2013, 01:16 PM
Basically she believes her results were a fluke. :rolls: It's official, she is never coming back. With this way of thinking she's never going to do anything significant. If she wasn't so delusional, maybe she'd notice one detail. She won 4 games in a row yesterday when she started playing something close to her 2008 game. Even without a good serve.

marineblue
Feb 21st, 2013, 02:04 PM
You shouldn't consider everything she says to the media to be totally honest. I doubt that she was happy with not being able to capitalize on her opportunities but she cannot give everything out. I'm sure there were some tears after this match.

Cajka
Feb 21st, 2013, 02:14 PM
You shouldn't consider everything she says to the media to be totally honest. I doubt that she was happy with not being able to capitalize on her opportunities but she cannot give everything out. I'm sure there were some tears after this match.

This is something she's been saying for years, she always says she's playing better than in 2008. It's depressing. Some parts of her game have improved, but her biggest weapons were better. Does she ever watch her matches?

Ana'sProcess
Feb 21st, 2013, 03:06 PM
I believe in Ana and her team, they know what they have to work on considering Ana will be a 26 yo player in a few months, so I am completely fine with this interview of her. :)

marineblue
Feb 22nd, 2013, 09:36 AM
This is something she's been saying for years, she always says she's playing better than in 2008. It's depressing. Some parts of her game have improved, but her biggest weapons were better. Does she ever watch her matches?

I know but it's only a media statement, hardly a totally honest reflection on her work. If she revealed what she really thinks it could work against her.
I once watched an interview with Hlavackova in which she said that players are keen to observe weaknesses of their rivals. Now imagine if she said it all in the interviews and everyone knew her weak spots. I mean, she must realise that her performance now is not like back in the day when she was winning big events.
I think that she's trying to get the big wins but the competition at the top is very tough :shrug:. I bet she is sometimes going back to her old matches but I guess she has to consider which brand of tennis is now the right one for her. Maybe things which used to work in the past are no longer working now :shrug:

gaviotabr
Feb 22nd, 2013, 10:57 AM
DUBAI DUTY FREE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS WOMEN

February 20, 2013

Ana Ivanovic

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

P. KVITOVA/A. Ivanovic
7‑5, 7‑6


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. The start of the match was pretty tough. How did you get into the match? It seemed like you could adjust very well, especially in the return of serve.
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I think she started impeccable. There was not much I did wrong, but I thought it was a high quality match. Disappointed I didn't use some opportunities I had towards the end of both sets, but it was really close, which is good.
I thought I played quite good match. And she did, too. But, yeah, just few points here and there to decide it.

Q. The first set you managed to get back into it. Is it tougher on you to do a set like that after pushing like this?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, you know, I really tried to stay in the moment. Even though I had opportunities 5‑4, 40‑15 serving, when I came back, still, I tried not to get down on myself. I did that well, because that's something I have been working on and really try to leave it in the past, because at the end of the day whether you lose set 6‑Love or 6‑4 or 7‑6, it doesn't make a difference. It's only a set.
I really tried to start fresh from the second and I created some opportunities again. But, you know, like I said, she played well. She served big when she needed it.

Q. Your coach, you called him at 4‑1 in the first set. What did he say to you? I felt like you were playing more on the backhand side because she tends to do more...
ANA IVANOVIC: Actually it was more me talking. (Smiling.)
No, it was just about‑‑ you know, I felt like I wasn't moving really well. But she was just striking the ball so well it was hard to pick.
He said, You're not doing much wrong. Just stick to the game plan. Obviously I tried to do a little bit more of that. That was our game plan initially. But, you know, I start striking it a little bit better, and I was more behind the ball which made the big difference.

Q. Do you feel you're getting closer and closer? Seems like every week it's just the margin, it's getting better.
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely. I have been working really hard. I'm just disappointed not to use some of the chances I had.
But I feel like I'm challenging top players week after week, and that's very, very important for me, so I really want to put my head down and try to work hard again and keep the same level, you know, hopefully break through soon.

Q. What's next now? Indian Wells and then Miami, I guess?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, exactly.

Q. Are you feeling physically well? A lot of the players are pulling out. How are you feeling? How is your shoulder?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, it's been better today. You know, it's tough season. A lot of tennis, a lot of traveling, especially this first part. But just I think we're all trying to do our best and try to find balance between playing enough and not playing too much, you know, still having time to rest and recover.

Q. Serena said last week in Doha that some of Petra's shots, nobody on the WTA Tour could actually get them back, they're just too good, too clean, too hard. How good of a ball striker is she, in your opinion? How good a player is she when she's hitting winners?
ANA IVANOVIC: I agree with Serena. She's very clean striker of the ball, especially when the ball, she hits it in the sweet spot, it's very hard to pick where she's going to go. You sort of have to commit to one side. Especially coming off her racquet as a lefty, it makes a big difference because we don't face too many players that are left‑handed.

Q. Do you feel, since you were across the net from her, do you feel her level was getting close to how it was when she won Wimbledon, or is it tough for you to evaluate?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, last year we played twice, once in Fed Cup and once in Melbourne. I thought her level was actually higher than it was in Melbourne and also in Fed Cup. But at that time she was struggling with some illnesses.
I thought her level was actually higher than Melbourne last year.

FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports

http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=86674

Iva87
Mar 4th, 2013, 04:13 PM
Ana could play exhibition against Sharapova in Bogota

http://www.eltiempo.com/deportes/tenis/maria-sharapova-viene-a-colombia_12631723-4

The world No.3 Maria Sharapova from Russia will play an exhibition in Bogota, Colombia on December 6 of 2013

Her posible opponent for Maria is Ana Ivanovic or Caroline Wozniacki but has not been confirmed.

Cp6uja
Mar 7th, 2013, 05:37 PM
I'm just find this link full of fresh "news" about Ana:

http://en.mediamass.net/people/ana-ivanovic (http://en.mediamass.net/people/ana-ivanovic)

:haha:

Milan.
Mar 7th, 2013, 07:13 PM
I'm just find this link full of fresh "news" about Ana:

http://en.mediamass.net/people/ana-ivanovic (http://en.mediamass.net/people/ana-ivanovic)

:haha:

:hah: Where have you found this? :facepalm:

gaviotabr
Apr 3rd, 2013, 12:29 PM
Ivanovic, la estrella perfecta
martes, 2 de abril de 2013
02 ABR
02:23
AM ET
por Juan Ignacio Ceballos

El carisma de Ivanovic cautiva en Monterrey
MONTERREY -- Ana Ivanovic sonríe, y se apodera de tu mirada. La serbia gana 6-0 y 6-0 en su debut en el Abierto de Monterrey, y se queda con tus aplausos. Y ya en la conferencia de prensa, hace su máximo esfuerzo para hablar en español y lo logra, y entonces no queda otra que aceptar que ella es una estrella casi perfecta. Solo le falta seguir ganando aquí en la capital regia, para que ya nadie más pueda librarse de sus encantos.

Ivanovic no es la tenista mejor rankeada en el torneo. Por encima de ella aparecen la alemana Angelique Kerber (6 del mundo, y quien venció por 6-3 6-3 a la estadounidense Samantha Crawford), la francesa Marion Bartoli (que hoy quedó eliminada) y la rusa Maria Kirilenko, otro sex symbol del WTA Tour. Pero la más seguida y perseguida por niños, jóvenes y adultos es la serbia.

Lejos. Fácil.

"¿Cómo aprendí a hablar español? En mi país solía ver telenovelas. Me acuerdo de dos: Kassandra y Esmeralda. Soy autodidacta, y así fui aprendiendo el sonido de las palabras. Me gusta mucho el idioma, y me gustaría poder hablarlo mucho mejor" contó Ivanovic en la conferencia de prensa post victoria. Lo hizo en inglés. Pero después cambió al castellano para hablar de lo bien que la han recibido aquí en tierras regias. Y hasta comparó las tradiciones serbias con las mexicanas.

"Lo que tenemos en común es que nos gusta disfrutar de las cosas. La gente aquí es relajada. Tienen linda música, linda comida, todo es similar a como nosotros somos en Serbia. Yo lo siento así", explicó Ana, quien ya tiene su lugar ganado en la historia del tenis: su título en Roland Garros 2008 y su ascenso al número uno del ranking mundial la ponen en un exclusivo grupo a las que pocas pertenecen.

El "star-power" que emana Ivanovic trasciende el 17º puesto del ranking mundial que actualmente ocupa. Tampoco se basa únicamente en su juego muchas veces lineal y explosivo, y en otras ocasiones errático hasta la exasperación. Y no se trata siquiera de una cuestión de belleza. Allí vale la comparación con Kirilenko: mientras la imperturbable Maria tiene una mirada amenazante, intimida con su estampa dentro del court, y fuera de la cancha dice que le gustan "los hombres duros" como su prometido, la estrella del hockey sobre hielo Alex Ovechkin, Ana es lo opuesto. Invita con sus gestos. Atrae con su actitud. Y aquí en Monterrey ha respondido a cada muestra de cariño con un autógrafo o una foto.

Si Kirilenko es Cruela, Ivanovic es Bambi.

"No sé cómo explicar lo que me pasa con la gente, que me muestra su afecto. Yo juego al tenis. Este es mi trabajo. Me gusta hacer otras cosas. Pero también soy una persona normal, que disfruta estar en pijama en su casa", explica Ana, antes de terminar la conferencia. Luego, se prestará a grabar cuatro, cinco y seis veces un promo en cámara, que servirá para invitar a la gente a ver el torneo.

Encanto. Magia. Eso es lo que tiene.

Hoy no le tocó cerrar la jornada en el court central del Abierto. El honor le correspondió a Kerber. A las 11:13pm, cuando la alemana selló su victoria, el estadio ya estaba medio vacío. Este miércoles, cuando sea Ana Ivanovic la estrella del partido nocturno, las tribunas estarán a reventar. Y el aliento irá seguramente para un solo lado: el de la chica que habla castellano, sonríe a cada paso, juega muy bien al tenis y ya ha conquistado a Monterrey.


http://espndeportes.espn.go.com/blogs/index?entryID=1763930&name=juan_ignacio_ceballos&cc=7586

Harry.
Apr 3rd, 2013, 01:12 PM
I am in love with how much the press and the people love her in Monterrey. She's just totally won them over, haha. I think the fact she's been trying to speak Spanish helps xD .. I haven't seen so much coverage and love for Ana in ages. It's just nice. :D

LittlestThing
Apr 3rd, 2013, 02:29 PM
I didn't even try to understand what it's about but this cought my attention: "Si Kirilenko es Cruela, Ivanovic es Bambi." :spit: :lol: What? It doesn't mean what I think it means, does it?

Ana'sProcess
Apr 3rd, 2013, 03:13 PM
I speak Spanish fluently, I'll try to translate it later today. ;)

Ana'sProcess
Apr 3rd, 2013, 04:10 PM
Just have in mind it might not be perfect translation. I hope it's gonna be fine enough to understand everything. :D

"Ivanovic, a perfect star

Ana Ivanovic smiles and attracts your view. She won her oppening match in Abierto Monterrey 60 60 and got your applause. During her press conference she tried really hard to speak Spanish and she managed to do that, so the one has to accept that she is almost perfect star. Now she just has to keep winning and no one will be able to ignore her perfection.

Ivanovic is not the best ranked player in Monterrey. Kerber, Bartoli and Kirilenko are better ranked. However, kids and young people follow Ana the most.

"I learned to speak Spanish by watching telenovelas in my country. I remember Kasandra and Esmeralda. I like the language very much and I wish I could speak much better", Ivanovic said on press conference after match. She said that on English, but later she changed to Castilian to tell how well received she is, here in royal lands. Then she even compared Serbian and Mexican tradition.

"What we have in common is enjoying in some things... People here are relaxed. They have nice music, nice food, everything here is similar to Serbia. I feel that.", said Ana who already has her place in tennis history: her Roland Garros 2008 title and #1 rankings put her in a place that only few were able to be.

Ivanovic surely should be ranked better than #17, which is her current ranking. Sometimes her game is explosive, but sometimes she makes so much errors... When it comes to beauty, she is often compared with Kirilenko: while Maria looks dangerous on court and says she likes mens with hard attitude, just like her fiancee, hockey star Alex Ovechkin, Ana seems different. She attracts with her gestures and attitude. Here in Monterrey she finds time for everyone to give autograph or take photo.

If Kirilenko is Cruella (I supose Cruella de Vil), than Ivanovic is Bambi. :D

"I play tennis. It is my job. I love to do other things too. I am also a normal person who loves to be in her pijamas, at home.", said Ana. After that, she worked on commercial to promote the tournament.

Magic. That's what she has."

:D

LittlestThing
Apr 3rd, 2013, 04:36 PM
:lol: she watched Esmeralda... Well, who didn't :p

Thanks a lot :)

Ana'sProcess
Apr 3rd, 2013, 06:56 PM
I prefered Kassandra. :D

Iva87
Apr 13th, 2013, 07:47 AM
http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/3142038/title/40-love-inspirations-ana-monica

40 LOVE Inspirations: Ana & Monica

Tennis fans often live for their favorite player's matches, but sometimes their favorite player did the exact same for THEIR favorite player's matches. Who was Ana Ivanovic's inspiration?

Published April 12, 2013 12:00


MIAMI, FL, USA - Fans often live for their favorite player's matches, but sometimes their favorite player did the same for THEIR favorite player's matches. In 40 LOVE Inspirations, wtatennis.com hopes to bridge the generation gap between the current WTA stars and their own idols from years past.

In her WTA bio, Ana Ivanovic says she started playing tennis after watching it on TV, in particular Monica Seles - she then remembered the phone number to a local tennis school and begged her parents to take her. She got a racquet for her fifth birthday and immediately fell in love with the game.

Here's Ivanovic in her own words on her inspirations and more...

Your bio says you begged your parents to take you to a tennis school after watching it on TV. Was there a match that inspired you the most, and can you talk a little bit about that match?
"Unfortunately I can't really remember the matches from that time. My memory for details like that isn't so good. But I vividly remember being so young and seeing Monica for the first time and being fascinated by the new activity I was watching. It looked like so much fun and I had to try it."

"When I was a bit older I remember seeing some of Monica's great matches against Graf, and it was very special when she won the Australian Open after her comeback."

What was it about Monica Seles that inspired you?
"I loved her intensity and aggression: it seemed like she made every ball count. She always looked very focused, playing in the moment. I admired that a lot. And then she was always very gracious after a victory or a defeat. I learnt from her in this respect."

Were there any other WTA players who inspired you while you were growing up?
"Although I was a big fan of Monica I also enjoyed watching Graf, especially her forehand, because that has always been my best stroke too. I was very inspired by Agassi, on the guys' side."

You're one of 21 players who have been No.1 - do you ever feel the greatness of that?
"I often forget how few players have achieved this - it makes me very proud. Thank you for reminding me! It's a huge honor to be classed among these women and it's something I'll always be able to tell my family when I'm old."

The WTA is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year - how do you feel about the strength of women's tennis today, with record prize money, fans and tournaments all over the world now?
"I think these are great times for women's tennis: we got through the financial crisis very well and even continued to grow. We've had such strong sponsorship partners who have given us amazing support and we've seen a lot of changes in social media, which I think makes it more exciting for the fans.

"One of the best things of recent years is the fantastic new stadiums that have opened, like Perth, Beijing and Madrid. They are a joy to play in, and I'm honored to have been among the first to enjoy these facilities when they were brand new. And competition is very strong, always with 10 or so women capable of winning Grand Slams. It's a good time to play and a good time to follow women's tennis."

Iva87
Apr 18th, 2013, 03:15 PM
http://www.anaivanovic.com/pressandinterviews/womens-fitness-interview

Women's Fitness interview

What are your tops tips for amateur/weekend tennis players?
The most important thing is to enjoy it. Obviously I am very lucky to be playing tennis professionally, so I take it very seriously, but I also enjoy it very much: just hitting the ball over the net, competing, it’s a lot of fun. So I always tell people to make sure they enjoy themselves on the court.

If you’re at a reasonably high level, it definitely helps to spend time away from the court, working on your fitness. There are many exercises you can do that are specific to tennis, to increase your upper body strength, especially in your shoulders. Then you can do some stair climbs, or hill running, to improve your endurance and leg strength. All of this will help you in matches.

What would you say to encourage more people to get into the sport?
I would encourage people to try tennis because it has many benefits. Obviously there’s the benefit to your health and fitness, then it also teaches you about discipline and hard work – you will see your hard work rewarded.

Doubles teaches you about teamwork, and so does being part of any tennis team. At club level it’s also very social, and anyone can play, so it’s quite an open sport.

What’s your favourite thing about tennis?
What I enjoy more than anything is competing on the court. I love it the same way I did when I was a kid.

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

Milan.
Apr 28th, 2013, 07:08 PM
http://www.anaivanovic.com/pressandinterviews/wine-fine-interview

Ana recently gave a short interview to Wine & Fine about what she likes to see and do when she's in Belgrade. The following is a translated transcript of the interview:

Being in which part of the city makes you feels special?
I grew up in New Belgrade and for me walking along the Danube river is always something special. Depending of the time of a day, you can find there some quiet places next to the river, places to go for a run or bike ride, but also many nice restaurants always full of people, ideal for cheerful moments with friends.

What do enjoy doing in Belgrade and what are you proud of?
In Belgrade people enjoy gathering with friends and they are always up for some fun! Afternoon coffee is a must and if you have it with friends in one of your favourite restaurants or cofee shops, even better. I am proud of our traditional hospitality and easy-going and open mentality.

What Belgrade events inspire you?
If I am in Belgrade at the time of the Book Fair or "Night of Museums" I will certainly go there and enjoy it very much. Beside the usual offerings, those events always bring interesting and unique happenings.

Best of the best? (club, restaurant, disco or place of your choice...)
Belgrade has many excellent restaurants and clubs. As I am not often in Belgrade, my friends often make a surprise for me and take me to some new place where we can listen to good music and have fun.

Wine & Me (favourite type, producer)
Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Australia

WonderFan
Apr 28th, 2013, 08:01 PM
... bleh... just cut out coffee...

Ivanovic2008
Apr 28th, 2013, 09:36 PM
At the top Ana telling people to build muscle and endurance :spit:
Hypocrite ;)

Iva87
May 7th, 2013, 05:14 PM
http://www.madrid-open.com/en/noticias-tenis-femenino/ivanovic-me-siento-mas-cerca-de-las-de-arriba/

Ivanovic: ‘I feel closer to the top players’
07 May 2013



The Serbian player appears to be returning to her best on the clay, as she showed in her first round clash against Bettanie Mattek-Sands at the Mutua Madrid Open. Before her second round match against Chanelle Scheepers, Ivanovic spoke to the tournament’s official website about how things are going.

Congratulations on your first round win. You had a very tough first set against Bethanie Mattek-Sands and then, what a great comeback. How did you feel on the court?

Yeah, it was a very close first set, I was very happy to stay calm and composed after losing 12 – 10 in the tie break. So to come back was a really big effort for me especially as she’s been playing great this week and last week she made the semis, so it was a tough match but I’m really happy to still be here and to survive.

There was the possibility of an all-Serbian second round match against Jelena Jankovic once again in Madrid, but she was eliminated by Chanelle Scheepers. What do you expect of this match?

It’s going to be a very tough match I’ve known Scheepers for a long time and she’s a very nice girl and she’s been playing some really good tennis, she loves clay, she doesn’t miss much. But I’m going to chat to my coach, he’s been watching her a bit, I played at the same time so I couldn’t see any but it’s going to be a very tough match.

You’re having a very good season on clay with five wins and only one defeat this year. Are you getting more comfortable on clay again?

I love playing on clay, I grew up on it, I won the French Open so it’s my favourite surface, it’s fun to play on and it’s fun to be back on it, so I think that shows and I’m enjoying the game and the tennis again.

Your only defeat on clay this year was in a fantastic match against Maria Sharapova in Stuttgart. Do you feel you are getting closer to the top players?

Yeah, definitely, I really felt like I had lots of chances in that match that I didn’t take, but it’s a question of showing it week to week and just trying to be consistent and trying to challenge these players week in, week out.

What are your goals for this Mutua Madrid Open?

Well, like I said it’s about maintaining the same level and trying to challenge the top players. I really want to take it one step at a time but I really hope I can stay here longer and have a couple of good wins.

You were on a Spanish TV show a few days ago. How was the experience?

Yeah it was lots of fun actually, especially being with Novak. It’s always entertaining and we had some really fun experiences and I hope people can see it soon and have a laugh like we did.

Iva87
May 11th, 2013, 03:54 PM
http://www.puntodebreak.com/2013/05/11/ana-ivanovic-vuelve-muy-en-serio?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Ana Ivanovic vuelve muy en serio

11/05/2013

Hace meses que caracteriza a la WTA una regularidad inusitada otrora. A esa regularidad contribuye la nueva visión más profesional que nunca de Serena Williams, la recuperación definitiva de Maria Sharapova y la aparición confirmada de Victoria Azarenka; que se añaden a la calidad subsistente de Agnieszka Radwanska, las apariciones enérgicas de Na Li, la frecuente fortaleza de Angelique Kerber y el acérrimo coraje de Sara Errani. Toda esa regularidad que está permitiendo distanciarse al top3 de la WTA como no se veía hace más de un lustro y al top8 con diferencias abismales, está llevando a que el nivel de juego de Ana Ivanovic no se plasme con tanta claridad como lo podría haber hecho en el pasado. Sin embargo, su nivel actual bien merece varios artículos.

Ana Ivanovic tiene una historia peculiar. Brilló y se apagó, lució y se oscureció, la serbia terminó el 2007 y arrancó el 2008 con un color especial. Así lo prueba su final del Open de Australia de 2008 y el magnífico título de Roland Garros alcanzado en ese mismo año. Sin embargo, desde entonces, se hundió estrepitosamente. Por su belleza, su logro en Paris y el #1, Ivanovic se convirtió pronto en un mito del tenis femenino. Un mito al que se le cuestionaba tras cada partido, un mito al que alcanzado el #1 y ganado un Grand Slam ya cualquier resultado le supondría restar o empatar, nunca sumar.

Le preguntamos hace un par de meses, en una entrevista exclusiva con Punto de Break, 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”, nos respondió. Y 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".

En aquella misma entrevista Ana nos confesó que el objetivo para el 2013 era ser top10 y aspirar, en lo posible, a colocarse entre las 8 mejores tenistas de la temporada para así acceder al WTA Championships de 2013 en Estambul. Sin duda, las últimas semanas son dignas de una top8; no así el resto de su temporada. La tierra batida está siendo una gran aliada para la tenista serbia; en ella una temporada que parecía más gris que nunca, comenzó a colorearse con una eliminatoria de Copa Federación brillante en lo que a ella respecta (ganando a Kerber y Barthel, en su propia casa), unos cuartos de final espectaculares en Stuttgart (donde tuvo contra la cuerdas a Maria Sharapova) y ahora unas semifinales en Madrid (dejando por el camino con grandes partidos a jugadoras como Mattek-Sands, Laura Robson o Angy Kerber).

Va a subir en la race. Aún queda lejos ese objetivo de estar entre el big8, pero se acerca de forma más que interesante. Todavía colocarse entre las 8 primeras del mundo estará a aproximadamente 500 puntos, pero visto el nivel de Ivanovic las últimas semanas, nadie puede descartar a la de Belgrado para ser una sorpresa positiva en Roma y Roland Garros.

“Me he sentido muy bien en pista, muy cómoda con mi juego y muy tranquila de cabeza. Lo cierto es que llevada sin tener estas sensaciones sobre tierra batida desde el año 2008”, confirmó en Stuttgart ante la sorpresa de los periodistas allí desplazados. Que Ivanovic hable de recuperar las sensaciones que le llevaron a la cima de la clasificación a reemplazar como campeona de Roland Garros a Justine Henin, son palabras mayores.

Sin duda, esto genera ilusiones y expectativas. De hecho, llegué a Madrid para seguir in situ el Mutua Madrid Open, y uno de los nombres que tenía en mente para observar con detenimiento y curiosidad era el de Ivanovic. El primer entrenamiento que pude presenciar me dejó literalmente sin palabras. Había podido ver otros cuantos antes, pero el de Ana fue de largo el más intenso y exigente. Primero con su preparador físico, Branko Penic, después junto a Wozniacki peloteando, para después seguir hasta cumplir casi 3 horas en pista de duro entreno. Nadie en toda la semana ha entrado tal cantidad de horas en pista en ningún momento. Su confianza en Nigel Sears, su coach desde Wimbledon 2011, va en aumento; y el crecimiento en los aspectos mentales, no cesa las últimas semanas.

Muy centrada, pudo resolver un partido trampa, de aquellos que los desconocidos del tenis no aprecian, pero que los que lo seguimos habitualmente valoramos. Ante una Mattek-Sands acertadísima, con el Stadium 3 de la Caja Mágica a reventar, Ana pudo resolver un encuentro que hace unas pocas semanas se la habría escapado con seguridad. Luego fue Scheepers, a la que arrolló. Más tarde la remontada dramática ante Robson, con más corazón que tenis. Y por último, una victoria radiante ante Angelique Kerber, que venía jugando un gran tenis (especialmente en su partido previo ante Kuznetsova).

Esta positiva semana en Madrid, que se añade a la de Stuttgart (tanto en Fed Cup como en el WTA Premier), es clave porque prolonga la buena línea de Ana. La siguiente cita es Roma. Allí, así es el tenis, volverá a ponerse a prueba su gran estado de forma; pero creo que cabe ser optimista. Relajada y confiada, le falta dar el paso ante las grandes (como ante Sharapova, su verdugo las dos últimas semanas), de las que no tiene tanta distancia en juego como en confianza y puntos. A las grandes tenistas sólo se les gana con valentía, coraje, trabajo y constancia. Perder ante las mejores es una buena noticia para Ana, aunque en Madrid desde luego su semifinal fue francamente decepcionante. Estos nervios de las aspirantes y esta seguridad de las top3, en los Grand Slams se diluyen y tornan en nervios para las ‘favoritas’ y esperanzas para las aspirantes. Por tanto, que nadie pierda de vista a Ivanovic en París; ya se lo aviso, por segunda vez en apenas un par de semanas.

Al borde de las cabezas de serie de Madrid, Ivanovic se ha quedado cerca de casi salir del top20, pero mañana saldrá de nuevo en el #13 y mucho más cerca del top10 que antes. Si su nombre se suma a la disputa por coronar la gira de arcilla, la competición tornará aún más emocionante; con el grado justo entre favoritas y grandes aspirantes. Tras más de cuatro años meritorios pero simples, en los que no se colocó entre las cuartofinalistas de ningún Grand Slam (sus últimos QF fueron en Roland Garros 2008, torneo que ganó, hasta que alcanzó la antepenúltima ronda en el US Open de 2012), parece que al fin se puede volver a soñar (un poquito) con Ana Ivanovic.

Iva87
May 15th, 2013, 09:14 PM
http://www.anaivanovic.com/pressandinterviews/jumeirah-magazine-interview

Jumeirah Magazine interview

Ana is featured in the new issue of Jumeirah Magazine, which is published by an affiliate of her sponsor, Dubai Duty Free.

The following is a transcript of the interview:

Can you begin by telling us about your journey into tennis?
It all started just before my fifth birthday – I remember being at home in Belgrade and watching tennis on the TV. It was Monica Seles playing and I was fascinated by this new activity I was watching for the first time; it looked like so much fun. They showed a commercial for a tennis club and I wrote down the number and kept asking my mum to take me there. After about a month of me asking, I had my first tennis lesson and I instantly fell in love with the game. I remember my father handing me my first tennis racket for my fifth birthday. It is one of the happiest memories of my life.

When did your professional breakthrough happen?
In 2004, when I was 16 I had a very good season on the ITF circuit (one level below the WTA Tour) – I was undefeated. Then at the end of the season I qualified for the Zurich Open, which was my home tournament in many ways. I came back from 5-1 down against Golovin in the first round, then I lost 7-6, 7-6 to Venus Williams in the next round. I missed so many set points! I think it was 11 or something like that. Going so close against such a great champion as Venus gave me confidence for the future. Yeah, I think this tournament was kind of my breakthrough, and I played in my first Grand Slam at the Australian Open just a few months later.

Every tennis player develops his or her own style. What’s yours?
I have an aggressive game. I like to dominate, especially with my forehand, and step into the court. I like to dictate the points

Your serve has been described as ‘a very powerful weapon’. How would you describe it?
Thanks. For sure it can be a great weapon for me when it’s working. I am trying to improve my consistency on the serve and I think it’s got better.

Catching opponents off guard: what’s your trick?
I enjoy coming to the net – not many girls do it these days, so I guess it can be a surprise to the opponent. Drop shots can also catch an opponent off guard but overall I like to win points with power and accuracy.

Do you think your playing style relies a lot on physicality, or do emotions play a part too?
We’re girls, we’re emotional! For sure emotions play a part – both good and bad. When you are down, you can go into a zone of total determination and your emotions help you. On the other hand, nerves can play a part too. I think the guys are less emotional than the girls, both on and off the court.

Tennis is a demanding sport – various venues, differing climates and year-long participation. How do you stay on form?
It can be difficult, and the season is long, with not many chances to be at home, or visit your family. But together with my team I make a plan that is all about balance: between competing, training and resting. I am fortunate to work with some great professionals who give me a lot of support and assistance.

Regarding the tournament schedule and training, we always try to peak at the Grand Slams, so we choose events according to this goal. For example, I try not to play the week before a Grand Slam, so I can practise instead.

In the past, sport commentators have discussed your nerves on the court. How do you control these before and during a game?
Coming from Serbia I think emotions are in my blood. I admire so much Federer, Nadal and Novak Djokovic – they all do a great job of controlling their emotions and focusing on each point. This is something I am still working on and it’s true that I can improve in this area. At the same time, my emotions have helped me get through some tough matches through the years.

Where do you feel most confident – clay, grass or hard court?
I like all surfaces but clay would be my preference. That’s the surface I won the French Open on and I kind of grew up playing on clay.

Can you talk me through your wins and how it felt? Similarly, how long does it take you to recover from a tough loss?
My favourite thing about being a tennis player is competing on the court, so to win is what it’s all about – it makes all the hours of hard work worth it. Losing is part of the game too – even the best players in the world usually lose more than 10 matches a year. Some losses are more difficult to take than others: sometimes I do cry in the locker room after a defeat - it’s just a release of emotions. I try to learn something from each loss and to become a better player because of it. I actually learn more from losses than defeats, and I discuss each with my coach.

Of all the grand slams and tournaments, which is the most competitive for you and why?
The French Open. That’s the Grand Slam I won, and it’s also where I reached my first Grand Slam quarter-final and first Grand Slam Final. It will always be a very special place for me, and I love Paris as a city too.

Of the female players, who poses the biggest challenge for you?
Serena Williams is the best player in the world these days and she is definitely the toughest opponent. She hits the ball extremely hard and is a great athlete. Her serve is amazing too. It’s unbelievable what she is doing, even after turning 30.

What’s the best thing about participating in the Grand Slam series?
I love the excitement of the Grand Slams. The WTA events are great too, but there is nothing like a two-week Grand Slam event – it’s special because you have all of the world’s best players there and there are only four chances a year to play in them. I enjoy the rhythm you get into as well: you play your match then have a rest day, where you practise and do recovery work.

Are you ready for Wimbledon?
It’s not my focus at the moment because we have the French Open before then, but I always enjoy playing on grass and Wimbledon is such a special and unique event. Off the court, it’s the only tournament where we stay in houses instead of hotels and that makes a nice change – being able to cook for yourself and having your family around you. You can also walk to the courts, which is very convenient.

What are your thoughts on the Dubai tournament?
I always enjoy playing the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. It’s a great event and very well run. It’s obvious how much it means to the players, when you see how strong the field is each year. Considering that it’s all top players and it’s just one week long, I would say that it’s one of the toughest tournaments to win. That’s one of my goals for the future.

Who makes up your team behind the scenes?
I have my coaching staff: my coach, physio and hitting partner. I also work with a fitness trainer on a part-time basis – more aware from tournaments, when I am in a training block.

Then I have my management, who take care of my business affairs, advise me on many issues and help with my schedule off the court. They do a great job.

My family play an important role in my career too: they are for sure my biggest supporters. My parents will get up to watch my matches no matter what the time. I played in the Monterrey Open in Mexico earlier this year and they messaged me right after the match – they had been watching at 4am!

Your tennis match toolkit? And how sensitive are you to the equipment you use?
It’s very important that you can trust your equipment – it’s difficult enough to win matches without having to worry about that. Fortunately I have great sponsors in tennis – adidas and Yonex – who work very closely with me to make sure that I am comfortable with my rackets and clothing.

My coach helps me with stringing for new rackets: at all tournaments there is a stringing room, that looks almost like a factory, where guys string all the players’ rackets, using the string you give them and whatever tension you ask for.

If you weren’t playing tennis what would you be doing?
It’s very hard to say. I love psychology so maybe something related to this area, or maybe even languages, which I also love.

Does tennis get in the way of your private life?
I think I have everything in good balance. There is time for relationships even when you’re travelling – obviously trust is a big factor.

I am recognised often in some countries, especially when I am there for a tournament, and that sometimes means people asking for photos and autographs but that’s part of the job I enjoy – it’s an honour.

Off court, how do you wind down?
I like simple things like watching DVDs, listening to music and most of all, reading. I always have at least a couple of books with me. I read a lot of modern fiction. My favourite book of them all has to be The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I also enjoy Paulo Coelho’s books.

My favourite thing to do during the off-season is to stay home and enjoy a nice dinner with my family. It may not sound very exciting but I don’t get to do it often, so it’s a real treat.

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

Cajka
May 15th, 2013, 09:53 PM
I love the interview, mature, realistic and nice Ana. We all like to see that. I don't like the part about girls and emotions. While it could be the true, it's the wrong way of thinking. I'm sure that Serena, Masha and Vika don't feel like that. A truly big player will never think that a gender plays a big role when it comes to mental toughness. It's like a poor excuse.

Curtos07
May 15th, 2013, 09:56 PM
Your serve has been described as ‘a very powerful weapon’

:spit:

Cajka
May 15th, 2013, 10:00 PM
:spit:

Her answer was OK, really. I agree with her.

Cp6uja
May 15th, 2013, 10:56 PM
How do you stay on form?
...
Regarding the tournament schedule and training, we always try to peak at the Grand Slams, so we choose events according to this goal. For example, I try not to play the week before a Grand Slam, so I can practise instead.
Where do you feel most confident – clay, grass or hard court?
I like all surfaces but clay would be my preference. That’s the surface I won the French Open on and I kind of grew up playing on clay.
Of all the grand slams and tournaments, which is the most competitive for you and why?
The French Open. That’s the Grand Slam I won, and it’s also where I reached my first Grand Slam quarter-final and first Grand Slam Final. It will always be a very special place for me, and I love Paris as a city too.
So if You don't believe me, You must to believe in this Ana's confession between lines - and from Yours good results expectations list scratch off Rome tournament once forever! That 2010 exception is easy to explain - that season Rome Open is played week BEFORE Madrid! Ana is professional player about 10 years already, and don't expect of hers to experimenting and to change hers long term habits and preparations strategy overnight. She don't want to be busy last two weeks before GS. Maybe sometime in future she will make exception in Australia because its start of season and needs any matches, or before Wimbledon because she have just two weeks overall to prepare herself on grass, or before USO because tournament destined to be hers major warm-up event for USO she blacklisted with reason (Rogers Cup), so she will be forced to play next week Cincinnati (just two weeks before New York) more seriously than she wanted... but she will never take seriously Rome, which is two weeks before hers most important tournament! So Ulla Radwanska deserve big credit for managing to lose whole set against player which come there just for hour and half practice session.

Linguae^
May 15th, 2013, 11:20 PM
So if You don't believe me, You must to believe in this Ana's confession between lines - and from Yours good results expectations list scratch off Rome tournament once forever! That 2010 exception is easy to explain - that season Rome Open is played week BEFORE Madrid! Ana is professional player about 10 years already, and don't expect of hers to experimenting and to change hers long term habits and preparations strategy overnight. She don't want to be busy last two weeks before GS. Maybe sometime in future she will make exception in Australia because its start of season and needs any matches, or before Wimbledon because she have just two weeks overall to prepare herself on grass, or before USO because tournament destined to be hers major warm-up event for USO she blacklisted with reason (Rogers Cup), so she will be forced to play next week Cincinnati (just two weeks before New York) more seriously than she wanted... but she will never take seriously Rome, which is two weeks before hers most important tournament! So Ulla Radwanska deserve big credit for managing to lose whole set against player which come there just for hour and half practice session.Oh my God, so Ana is lying in her B92 interview when she says that she lost because the conditions were tough and the balls were 'heavier'. Ana is a liar, I do not like how it sounds. :)

Cp6uja
May 15th, 2013, 11:49 PM
Oh my God, so Ana is lying in her B92 interview when she says that she lost because the conditions were tough and the balls were 'heavier'. Ana is a liar, I do not like how it sounds. :)
Are You talking about this hers statement: :confused:
"Dekoncentrisala me i buka sa ostalih terena, ali ja sam kriva, definitivno nije bio moj dan. Jedina dobra stvar je što ću sada imati dovoljno vremena da se pripremim za Rolan Garos", rekla je Ivanovićeva.You should to learn to better read between the lines, and also to better distinguish the more important things from the unimportant. BTW bad conditions is bad for both players, but theirs focus, priorities and motivations are individual.

And if You are really in doubt, You must to know that Ana:angel: never lies, but truth or logic in some hers statements which she tells sometimes is too much deep or hidden for listeners, so even me sometimes have no clue what about she talking :shrug:

Linguae^
May 16th, 2013, 12:42 AM
Are You talking about this hers statement: :confused:
You should to learn to better read between the lines, and also to better distinguish the more important things from the unimportant. BTW bad conditions is bad for both players, but theirs focus, priorities and motivations are individual.

And if You are really in doubt, You must to know that Ana:angel: never lies, but truth or logic in some hers statements which she tells sometimes is too much deep or hidden for listeners, so even me sometimes have no clue what about she talking :shrug:It still sounds the same to me, that interview still looks like she wanted to win, but couldn't win, but you say she didn't want to win - she tanked. I don't actually care, I do not organize her schedule and her career, she's always been illogical. I know that her priority is Paris, but I do not agree with what she's doing if she's doing what you've said. :)

Iva87
May 22nd, 2013, 07:06 PM
http://www.welovetennis.fr/exhibition/66757-ivanovic-contre-sharapova-en-argentine

Exhibition > Ivanovic contre Sharapova en Argentine
Par Rémi Cap-Vert, mercredi 22 mai 2013 à 19:54

Ana Ivanovic a confirmé qu'elle disputerait un match d'exhibition en Argentine, durant l'intersaison. Elle affrontera Maria Sharapova le 8 décembre prochain. Rappelons que Roger Federer et Rafael Nadal disputeront, eux aussi, des rencontres d'exhibition en Amérique du Sud.

Iva87
May 27th, 2013, 04:43 PM
http://www.anaivanovic.com/pressandinterviews/le-quotodien-interview

Ana was interviewed yesterday for Le Quotodien, the daily tournament magazine of Roland Garros. The following is a reproduction of the question-and-answer session:

1. What’s your favourite word?
Ajde, which means “come on” or “let’s go” in Serbian. I say it to myself a lot on the court to stay energised.

2. And the word you hate?
My coach would like for me to never say “I can’t”. I’d have to say I agree with him.

3. What’s your favourite music?
I’ve been listening to a lot of Serbian music lately.

4. And music you don’t like?
I don’t really care for folk music.

5. What do you look for in a guy?
It’s the little things. And he has to be a real gentleman.

6. And in your women friends?
The same thing – that they’re considerate.

7. What do you love in life?
When I’m on court and can feel that the crowd is behind me, cheering me on. The adrenaline rush is incredible.

8. What do you try to avoid in life?
Mean, petty, selfish people. I’d love to just wave my hand and make them disappear, to never have to deal with them, but sometimes it’s unavoidable.

9. What’s your best characteristic?
I think I’m very determined, but also very hard-headed.

10. What’s your biggest flaw?
Well, being stubborn isn’t always a virtue.

11. Who is your favourite TV character?
I love Friends so I’d say Rachel Green (played by Jennifer Aniston). But when I’m on tour, I’m usually watching Revengeor Modern Family.

12. What’s your favourite swear word?
I try not to use them (laughs)!

13. What’s the most important thing for you in your life?
My family. I know I can always count on them.

14. What’s your biggest fear?
To face injustice, or someone who’s mean just for the sake of it.

15. What would you like for people to say about you after you die?
That I was an honest person, that I always tried to look for the silver lining. And I hope people will say that I was a great tennis player (laughs), even if there are more important things in life.

crescentmoon
May 27th, 2013, 04:47 PM
Nice interview.

Ana'sProcess
May 27th, 2013, 05:27 PM
It seems to me that Ana really managed to stay humble little girl besides all the glamour life she is surrounded by. I love her more and more and I really can't imagine how I will react on a day when she retires. It will be like the end of this level of passion for tennis from me, I just have to be honest. I love the game, but tennis without Ana will not be the same again, from my point of view.

Love you Ana! :)

marineblue
May 27th, 2013, 10:26 PM
It seems to me that Ana really managed to stay humble little girl besides all the glamour life she is surrounded by. I love her more and more and I really can't imagine how I will react on a day when she retires. It will be like the end of this level of passion for tennis from me, I just have to be honest. I love the game, but tennis without Ana will not be the same again, from my point of view.

Love you Ana! :)

Aww,that was nice and sincere statement. I feel similarly to you. I am dreading the day when both my faves will be retired, tennis might never be the same for me. It's strange how some people have an ability to charm crowds and draw them in their professional & life journey. And Ana is one of those people. There is something in her personality that makes you support her no matter if she goes through highs and lows. I'm not a guy,so for me it's not about her physical beauty; what appeals to me is how she is trying to face the adversity and always gets up after she falls down. It's the same with my other fave,too.

Cajka
May 27th, 2013, 10:29 PM
Aww,that was nice and sincere statement. I feel similarly to you. I am dreading the day when both my faves will be retired, tennis might never be the same for me. It's strange how some people have an ability to charm crowds and draw them in their professional & life journey. And Ana is one of those people. There is something in her personality that makes you support her no matter if she goes through highs and lows. I'm not a guy,so for me it's not about her physical beauty; what appeals to me is how she is trying to face the adversity and always gets up after she falls down. It's the same with my other fave,too.

Really? :eek:

Cp6uja
May 28th, 2013, 04:11 PM
3. What’s your favourite music?
I’ve been listening to a lot of Serbian music lately.

4. And music you don’t like?
I don’t really care for folk music.
:scratch:

Isn't lately all music from Serbia is some kind of folk music?
Or she maybe listening old pop/rock songs from ex-Yugoslavia era?

Linguae^
May 28th, 2013, 04:55 PM
Ana. :lol:

gaviotabr
Jun 2nd, 2013, 09:38 PM
I'm More Complete Than When I Won Title, Says Ivanovic
By REUTERS
Published: June 2, 2013 at 4:59 PM ET

PARIS — Ana Ivanovic says she is a more complete player than when she won the French Open title in 2008 but lacks the confidence of her younger self.

The Serbian exited this year's competition at the hands of fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska on Sunday and looked a long way short of the form she showed to lift the title as she meekly succumbed 6-2 6-4.

"I'm definitely more complete," she said when asked if she was better now than when she lifted the trophy.

"It's obviously different competition. I think at the time I had probably more confidence at a higher level.

"That's something that I put myself in a position to play against these top players. I just have to break that through... I really want to make that step forward."

Since winning the French Open crown and rising to the top of the rankings that year, Ivanovic, who became a poster girl for the WTA Tour, has struggled to compete at the very top level.

She has reached only one grand slam quarter-final in the last five years, at the U.S. Open in 2012, and has not been past the fourth round at Roland Garros since claiming the Suzanne Lenglen cup.

She came into the match having dropped only the one set in her opening three encounters, but was second best in almost every department as she lost to a player against whom she now has a 7-3 losing record.

"I actually think we were closer than maybe the score indicates," the current world number 14 added. "I think it was maybe my serve. If you lose yours against her you have to win points over and over again.

"There is a point where it gets frustrating and you have to stick with it. At some moments I didn't, and that made a big difference today."

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/06/02/sports/tennis/02reuters-tennis-open-ivanovic.html?smid=tw-NYTStraightSets&seid=auto

I'm literally laughing out loud here.. This is why Ana is just never going to be relevant again.. clearly clueless about her own game.. deluded about matches she plays.. and lacks complete belief in herself.. No, you acomplished so much back then not because the playing field was different, but because you were a whole better player. More complete? You can have more shots, but you lost all your weapons.. so no, you are not more complete. If she thinks she wasn't that good back then so much as that she is better now and only lacks confidence, she just is lost out there.. and no wonder she can't improve. And really.. stop saying you want to make that next step as if its something to happen to you instead of you the one to make it happen. :facepalm:

Cajka
Jun 2nd, 2013, 10:02 PM
She can't be for real. :lol: The competition is different? :spit: Serena and Maria were winning slams back then as they do it now. You're different, Ana. You suck. Does she have a mirror, does she watch any tennis matches? Does she know anything about her own game, about her opponents, about the field, the strategy? Hilarious.

gaviotabr
Jun 2nd, 2013, 10:13 PM
She can't be for real. :lol: The competition is different? :spit: Serena and Maria were winning slams back then as they do it now. You're different, Ana. You suck. Does she have a mirror, does she watch any tennis matches? Does she know anything about her own game, about her opponents, about the field, the strategy? Hilarious.

I don't think she watches tennis at all.. if I were her coach, I would get her to watch tennis all the time.. maybe, just maybe, something would get into that empty head that she has.

Curtos07
Jun 2nd, 2013, 10:25 PM
I would write a long response regarding this topic, but in all honestly, I am out of words. :facepalm:

She can't really be this delusional, can she? :help: :banghead:

gaviotabr
Jun 2nd, 2013, 10:28 PM
I would write a long response regarding this topic, but in all honestly, I am out of words. :facepalm:

She can't really be this delusional, can she? :help: :banghead:

She obviously can.. since this is not the first time she says such senseless things out loud. What about Nigel? Isn't he supposed to be smart and experienced? If Ana is saying these things out loud often, then he probably agrees.. :tape:

Cajka
Jun 2nd, 2013, 10:30 PM
I don't think she watches tennis at all.. if I were her coach, I would get her to watch tennis all the time.. maybe, just maybe, something would get into that empty head that she has.

This statement is beyond delusional. Lol, she thinks that she's better now because she's trying to hit tweeners when practicing.

While it is the true that she added something, it's useless if you don't use those shots in the right way. You can't drop shot and slice against Aga, ffs. Do that against Robson.

gaviotabr
Jun 2nd, 2013, 10:31 PM
This statement is beyond delusional. Lol, she thinks that she's better now because she's trying to hit tweeners when practicing.

While it is the true that she added something, it's useless if you don't use those shots in the right way. You can't drop shot and slice against Aga, ffs. Do that against Robson.

And were those drop shots any good? I mean.. didn't look any good to me.. so what's the point of using them if they are awful? And how are you a more complete player now if instead of hitting a shot that works you are hitting drop shots and lobs that don't work just for the sake of it? I mean..

I guess not only does Ana want to be known as the biggest meltdown ever in tennis, but also as the laughing stock in the tennis world for her interviews. :facepalm:

Cajka
Jun 2nd, 2013, 10:49 PM
And were those drop shots any good? I mean.. didn't look any good to me.. so what's the point of using them if they are awful? And how are you a more complete player now if instead of hitting a shot that works you are hitting drop shots and lobs that don't work just for the sake of it? I mean..

I guess not only does Ana want to be known as the biggest meltdown ever in tennis, but also as the laughing stock in the tennis world for her interviews. :facepalm:

Her drop shots are good in general, but today they were awful. Why? She hit them because she was desperate, not because that was some strategy. Against Woz, Sam, Pironkova etc, her volleys, drop shots and slices were perfect. That's because her serve and other parts of her game were much better, she was confident and she was enjoying. Today when she started hitting them, it was clear that she was desperate and frustrated, she had no idea what else to do, so she decided to do the most brainless thing ever. To beat Aga by playing her game. And it's not the first time she does that. I'm sure it's not something Nigel told her to do.

gaviotabr
Jun 2nd, 2013, 11:00 PM
Her drop shots are good in general, but today they were awful. Why? She hit them because she was desperate, not because that was some strategy. Against Woz, Sam, Pironkova etc, her volleys, drop shots and slices were perfect. That's because her serve and other parts of her game were much better, she was confident and she was enjoying. Today when she started hitting them, it was clear that she was desperate and frustrated, she had no idea what else to do, so she decided to do the most brainless thing ever. To beat Aga by playing her game. And it's not the first time she does that. I'm sure it's not something Nigel told her to do.

I've been horrified by Ana's slices for a while.. and drop shots are only good ocasionally.

But I agree.. she was desperate from the get go.. just never kept her cool, was never calm. Lost patience after the first long rally she lost, which only shows she never actually believed she could win.

I'm also sure that was not what Nigel told her to do.. but I'm tempted to think he actually agrees with what she has been saying about her game.. :facepalm:

And again, she should watch more tennis.. see if she learns more about other games.. she seems so clueless so often. :tape:

Milan.
Jun 2nd, 2013, 11:04 PM
I'm also sure that was not what Nigel told her to do.. but I'm tempted to think he actually agrees with what she has been saying about her game.. :facepalm:

And again, she should watch more tennis.. see if she learns more about other games.. she seems so clueless so often. :tape:

How can he help someone who thinks that she has "complete and perfect" game, even better than at her peak? :sobbing:

Hmm, that won't help :spit: Once brainless, always brainless :smash:

gaviotabr
Jun 2nd, 2013, 11:06 PM
How can he help someone who thinks that she has "complete and perfect" game, even better than at her peak? :sobbing:

Hmm, that won't help :spit: Once brainless, always brainless :smash:

By doing what a coach should do? Bring her some sense.

He probably agrees with what she is saying.. its not the first time she spits these senseless quotes..

Cajka
Jun 2nd, 2013, 11:09 PM
I've been horrified by Ana's slices for a while.. and drop shots are only good ocasionally.

But I agree.. she was desperate from the get go.. just never kept her cool, was never calm. Lost patience after the first long rally she lost, which only shows she never actually believed she could win.

I'm also sure that was not what Nigel told her to do.. but I'm tempted to think he actually agrees with what she has been saying about her game.. :facepalm:

And again, she should watch more tennis.. see if she learns more about other games.. she seems so clueless so often. :tape:

I remember that she's been saying how she's a better player for like 4 years at least. Also she's been saying that she's more experienced, how she learned a lot. It sounds like something that she can't get out of her head. I don't know if Nigel agrees. Maybe he can't tell her that she's wrong, that she became a worse player that can't be fixed. That would get him fired. It's easier to convince her that the competition is different.

Or maybe we're all wrong, maybe she is much better on a practice court. Heinz said that it was the case. They would have a perfect practice session and then she would play absolutely awful.

HowardH
Jun 2nd, 2013, 11:12 PM
She does lack confidence though. That is one of the big keys, I'm glad she at least knows that part. She has to play with confidence, not panicking everytime she is under pressure. She would already be twice the player she is now if she thought differently on court.

If she swapped bodies with some player I bet there would be a number of players who could use her body and shots better than her on court. Aga would figure it out pretty quickly.

It's also true that Aga is not the player to get in a touch/dropshot/slice war against, unless you are Cetkovska who has unbelievable hands with slow balls. That was only part of her bad decision making though.

Ana got frustrated and panicky. This is her biggest weakness, that at some point she stops thinking entirely and just plays every shot desperately hoping that somehow she can win the point. Clear thinking disappears and every shot is hit only in hope, no planning remains.

Reading between the lines of her answers, I hope that maybe after the match she identified that she was too reckless on key points. Maybe that's what the "you have to stick with it. At some moments I didn't" means, possibly. Either that or she means that at the key moments she didn't stay focused in the grind of the match. At big moments she hit silly shots, I hope she realised that. She missed way too many returns of serve at key moments, even when the ball was right in her forehand strike zone. She was going for too many "instant kill" returns instead of setting the point up to finish in 2 or 3 shots. Sometimes I felt like it was because you can really feel the intensity on those big points and Ana psychologically wanted the point to be finished immediately, to have that intense pressure lifted, instead of remaining in the pressure cooker as long as it took.

Of course there is a time and place for the "instant kill" return for Ana, but you have to know when you need to make the return.

"Rounded" is a slightly better word to describe her game compared to "complete" which is more of a compliment usually describing great players. She's certainly not a better player, at least she didn't say that this time. She is more rounded now but her weaponry is less fearsome and her decision-making is terrible. I've said before that having more available skills should be a bonus but Ana appears to lack the mental decision making to know when is the right time to use certain shots, so adding things like drop shot and slice and volley actually made the game too complicated for her to make good decisions. Also her dropshot and slice are only okay, her volley is above average usually, so they only should be used to compliment her serve and forehand.

Before she had few choices. Now she has options, which is not bad intrinsically, but she is clearly a girl who can get confused easily.

gaviotabr
Jun 2nd, 2013, 11:21 PM
I remember that she's been saying how she's a better player for like 4 years at least. Also she's been saying that she's more experienced, how she learned a lot. It sounds like something that she can't get out of her head. I don't know if Nigel agrees. Maybe he can't tell her that she's wrong, that she became a worse player that can't be fixed. That would get him fired. It's easier to convince her that the competition is different.

Or maybe we're all wrong, maybe she is much better on a practice court. Heinz said that it was the case. They would have a perfect practice session and then she would play absolutely awful.

Well... convincing her that the playing field is better just makes her believe less in her own game, thinking that it was never just good enough and that she won because others weren't good, instead of winning because she was trully great.

I doubt she would repeat these things so much if her coach wouldn't think the same.. I'm sure they talk often about all this. And even if it was as Heinz said, practice means nothing if it doesn't get translated to matches.. and she should know that by now.

Clarity about her game and about what her weapons should be are keys to any possible improvement.. and she has none of it. If she doesn't, others more experienced should.. and should make her see it.

Cajka
Jun 2nd, 2013, 11:23 PM
She does lack confidence though. That is one of the big keys, I'm glad she at least knows that part. She has to play with confidence, not panicking everytime she is under pressure. She would already be twice the player she is now if she thought differently on court.

It's also true that Aga is not the player to get in a touch/dropshot/slice war against, unless you are Cetkovska who has unbelievable hands with slow balls. That was only part of her bad decision making though.

Ana got frustrated and panicky. This is her biggest weakness, that at some point she stops thinking entirely and just plays every shot desperately hoping that somehow she can win the point. Clear thinking disappears and every shot is hit only in hope, no planning remains.

Reading between the lines of her answers, I hope that maybe after the match she identified that she was too reckless on key points. Maybe that's what the "you have to stick with it. At some moments I didn't" means, possibly. Either that or she means that at the key moments she didn't stay focused in the grind of the match. At big moments she hit silly shots, I hope she realised that. She missed way too many returns of serve at key moments, even when the ball was right in her forehand strike zone. She was going for too many "instant kill" returns instead of setting the point up to finish in 2 or 3 shots. Sometimes I felt like it was because you can really feel the intensity on those big points and Ana psychologically wanted the point to be finished immediately, to have that intense pressure lifted, instead of remaining in the pressure cooker as long as it took.

"Rounded" is a slightly better word to describe her game compared to "complete" which is more of a compliment usually describing great players. She's certainly not a better player, at least she didn't say that this time. She is more rounded now but her weaponry is less fearsome and her decision-making is terrible. I've said before that having more available skills should be a bonus but Ana appears to lack the mental decision making to know when is the right time to use certain shots, so adding things like drop shot and slice and volley actually made the game too complicated for her to make good decisions. Also her dropshot and slice are only okay, her volley is above average usually, so they should only be used to compliment her serve and forehand.

Before she had few choices. Now she has options, which is not bad intrinsically, but she is clearly a girl who can get confused easily.

I agree with everything and I hope that she couldn't find the proper word when she said "complete". But, then again, perhaps she doesn't want to admit that her serve and forehand are not as dangerous as they were.

And she's definitely not capable of thinking clearly. Those drive volleys, "passing" shots attempts... Jesus, how horrible that looked. It was more embarrassing than hitting 60 UEs, honestly. When you hit tons of errors, it looks like your games is off. But when you don't even look where your opponent is, it makes you look brainless. Missing putaways and return errors is also horrible, but drop shots, drive volleys, slices and passing shots are the "highlights" of this horrible performance.

hawkeye08
Jun 2nd, 2013, 11:29 PM
I think we are over thinking Ana's quotes/press conferences. She has always said polite/right things to say... I do no take much from that. It sounds like she is stupid, immature, but she knows exactly what happened today! And you could see it even from her parents. She just froze, and was not thinking at all. I started laughing after that tweener Aga got back and Ana pushed at wide! Or all the passing shots right to Aga!!!

Today was very disappointing. I could not understand her at all, why would she not stall the match. If she could not get into the 1st set, wasn't playing her best, fight, win points and prolong it, until they would suspend it due to darkness!!!! That is my biggest problem with Ana lately, she doesn't know how to compete, she gives life to the opponents, she makes the opponent's game a whole lot better, while lowers her level to a club player lever. Nobody does this like Ana!

I agree with gaviotabr, I would want her watching the matches, but I am sure they do this. And in practice everything is perfect, and before a match she has a game plan, but I feel like all of that is lost when it doesn't go her way for a game or two, or even couple of points in the match.

I do not post here a lot, but I read it all the time. Ana is a special player, and I will believe in her until she retires. I think she has shown she works hard and wants to play and get back to the top. I think we are gonna be stuck with her for another 5 years. I do think she will breakthrough, and give us at least one more Grandslam, I know she has it in her. Really hard to have optimism after today, but most likely she will be seeded 12th at Wimbledon, we gotta believe she will make something out of it

gaviotabr
Jun 2nd, 2013, 11:30 PM
I agree with everything and I hope that she couldn't find the proper word when she said "complete". But, then again, perhaps she doesn't want to admit that her serve and forehand are not as dangerous as they were.

And she's definitely not capable of thinking clearly. Those drive volleys, "passing" shots attempts... Jesus, how horrible that looked. It was more embarrassing than hitting 60 UEs, honestly. When you hit tons of errors, it looks like your games is off. But when you don't even look where your opponent is, it makes you look brainless. Missing putaways and return errors is also horrible, but drop shots, drive volleys, slices and passing shots are the "highlights" of this horrible performance.

Just a braindead showing.. the highlight for me was her complete inability to hit a single "passing" shot. She could have the open court with Aga dead on a corner of the net and she would still hit it out or at the net.

gaviotabr
Jun 2nd, 2013, 11:33 PM
She does lack confidence though. That is one of the big keys, I'm glad she at least knows that part. She has to play with confidence, not panicking everytime she is under pressure. She would already be twice the player she is now if she thought differently on court.

If she swapped bodies with some player I bet there would be a number of players who could use her body and shots better than her on court. Aga would figure it out pretty quickly.

It's also true that Aga is not the player to get in a touch/dropshot/slice war against, unless you are Cetkovska who has unbelievable hands with slow balls. That was only part of her bad decision making though.

Ana got frustrated and panicky. This is her biggest weakness, that at some point she stops thinking entirely and just plays every shot desperately hoping that somehow she can win the point. Clear thinking disappears and every shot is hit only in hope, no planning remains.

Reading between the lines of her answers, I hope that maybe after the match she identified that she was too reckless on key points. Maybe that's what the "you have to stick with it. At some moments I didn't" means, possibly. Either that or she means that at the key moments she didn't stay focused in the grind of the match. At big moments she hit silly shots, I hope she realised that. She missed way too many returns of serve at key moments, even when the ball was right in her forehand strike zone. She was going for too many "instant kill" returns instead of setting the point up to finish in 2 or 3 shots. Sometimes I felt like it was because you can really feel the intensity on those big points and Ana psychologically wanted the point to be finished immediately, to have that intense pressure lifted, instead of remaining in the pressure cooker as long as it took.

Of course there is a time and place for the "instant kill" return for Ana, but you have to know when you need to make the return.

"Rounded" is a slightly better word to describe her game compared to "complete" which is more of a compliment usually describing great players. She's certainly not a better player, at least she didn't say that this time. She is more rounded now but her weaponry is less fearsome and her decision-making is terrible. I've said before that having more available skills should be a bonus but Ana appears to lack the mental decision making to know when is the right time to use certain shots, so adding things like drop shot and slice and volley actually made the game too complicated for her to make good decisions. Also her dropshot and slice are only okay, her volley is above average usually, so they only should be used to compliment her serve and forehand.

Before she had few choices. Now she has options, which is not bad intrinsically, but she is clearly a girl who can get confused easily.

Agreed..

She just panics too early and then is unable to stop breath and just calm herself down.. so she hits pointless shots just hoping it could work, instead of being patient and attacking with some clear purpose.

Ana needs to have strong starts in these matches.. I think that could calm herself a bit.. as it was, losing those 2 first games made her panic completely and lose any clarity she could possibly have. But of course, that happened because she was already making braindead choices.

Iva87
Jun 11th, 2013, 10:16 AM
http://www.juiceplus.com/content/JuicePlus/en/community/2013/05/ana_ivanovic_relies.html

May 31, 2013 3:30 PM


Ana Ivanovic relies on good nutrition and the power of Juice Plus+ to stay at the top of her game

By Patricia Childs

"You need good nutrition to be the best that you can be."

At the age of 23, professional tennis star Ana Ivanovic has already experienced the greatest heights of her profession. Combining prodigious talent with a fierce work ethic, she reached the #1 Women’s Tennis Association ranking at the age of 20 – only to have to work her way back to the Top 20 a second time due to injuries.

Ana started playing tennis when she was four, and received a racket as a present for her fifth birthday soon after. She memorized the number of a local tennis clinic from a television advertisement, and begged her parents to take her.

Because Ana grew up in war-torn Belgrade, Serbia, she had some extra obstacles to overcome on her rapid march to the pinnacle of her sport’s performance. Ironically, she had to practice tennis at the bottom of an abandoned swimming pool in the winter, for example, since there were no other facilities available.

"I also had to schedule my training sessions around NATO bombing raids," she recalls. It is from these challenging beginnings that she rose steadily and impressively to the ranking of #1 female tennis player in the world in 2008. She then battled back from injury to return to the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Top 20 in 2010 and has remained ranked in the WTA Top 20 through 2013.

"It never crossed my mind not to improve my strength and fight my way back to the top again," she admits.

Asked about her recipe for recovery and her ultimate success, Anna responds, "It’s setting goals, working hard, and having the support of so many great people – my family, my management, and my coaches. Without them, it would never have been possible. They continually believed in me, and that improved my self-confidence."

Ana also includes nutrition as part of that success recipe. "What you put into your body affects what you can do with your body," she explains. "That’s exceptionally important to me because I use my body to reach my professional goals.

"You need good nutrition to improve your performance, to be the best that you can be.

"I always try to eat the right way," Ana continues. "I try to keep myself very disciplined – even when sometimes I have to fight against temptation," she shares. "But I travel a lot, and have a lot of demands on my time – so I can’t always eat the way I should. That’s why Juice Plus+® is so important." She’s been taking it since she was 15.

Ana is not just a one-dimensional professional athlete. "I try to use my celebrity to help others," she shares. In 2007, she was named a UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia. In 2009, she won the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Humanitarian Award for her special interest and efforts in the fields of education and child protection.

How does Ana avoid becoming distracted when playing in front of thousands of people in the stands – and millions on television? "I always have a song playing in my head during matches."

WonderFan
Jun 11th, 2013, 11:38 AM
OK, Ana...

Text and pic time-travelling.
And the pool story is frequently mistaken / mistold.

gaviotabr
Jun 13th, 2013, 08:58 PM
Ana is already in Eastbourne..

Ana Ivanovic: Eastbourne is great Wimbledon preparation

AEGON INTERNATIONAL
Venue: Eastbourne, Sussex Date: 18-22 June
Coverage: Live on BBC Two, 13:00-17:15 18-21 June, live on BBC1, 12:45-15:00 on 22 June

Former world number one Ana Ivanovic is pleased to return to Eastbourne for next week's Aegon International.
The Serb, 25, who won the French Open in 2008, missed last year's tournament through injury and has never gone beyond round two at Devonshire Park.
"It's good to be back as it's a great event and it's such good preparation for Wimbledon," she told BBC Sussex.
"The grass is impeccable here - that is why it is one of the players' favourite tournaments, for that reason."
It will be Ivanovic's third appearance at Eastbourne and her first since losing to Venus Williams in the second round two years ago.
Her only previous game was in 2009 where she lost in the first round to Nadia Petrova.
Ivanovic is currently ranked 12th in the world and six of the top 10 players are in the draw for next week's tournament.
"I think it's the fifth or sixth time I've entered but unfortunately I have had to pull out because of injury several times," she continued.
"I'm injury-free now, I feel fit and have had some really good training, working hard back in Belgrade.
"Every year there is a strong field because of it being a grass tournament and they treat you well with the hotel being so close to the courts.
"The only thing is it is so windy, which I experienced first hand today in practice."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/22895900

I wonder.. :lol: How does she know if its good preparation for Wimbledon or not? Its not like she does great at Wimbledon every time she plays Eastbourne.. :spit:

The 2nd Law
Jun 13th, 2013, 09:18 PM
Ana is already in Eastbourne..



http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/22895900

I wonder.. :lol: How does she know if its good preparation for Wimbledon or not? Its not like she does great at Wimbledon every time she plays Eastbourne.. :spit:

She's just being gracious to the English press :oh:


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gaviotabr
Jun 13th, 2013, 11:41 PM
Ana aims to create some happy memories

Published on 13/06/2013 17:05

http://www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/webimage/1.5187387.1371139545!/image/1108467314.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/1108467314.jpg

Eastbourne has never brought much joy to former world number one Ana Ivanovic, but that could all be about to change as she prepares to take to the courts in the 2013 AEGON International this week.

The 2008 French Open champion has never progressed past the second round of the Devonshire Park tournament - withdrawing through injury twice and being knocked out in the first and second round in 2009 and 2011 respectively.

Now, the Serb, who arrived in town on Wednesday to squeeze in some early practice, is in good form, enjoying her tennis and ready to launch a serious title challenge this time round.

The world number 12 said, “I am feeling good at the moment and hopefully I can make some happier memories this year.

“This is the best possible preparation for Wimbledon - the courts are fantastic, it’s very close to the hotel, which is convenient, and the grass is impeccable.

“It’s not often you get good grass, so it’s nice to be here to get some practice.

“I like to walk around and go for a run along the sea. I enjoy reading so it’s nice to open my hotel window and hear the waves. It’s fun to be back in Eastbourne.”

Ivanovic is steeling herself for a tough week, though, with not only a wealth of top-class tennis stars to compete with, but also the elements as the winds that became so notorious in last year’s tournament threaten to return again.

She added, “I had some practice this morning (Thursday) but it was very windy so I couldn’t do much. In the circumstances, though, it was a good practice.

“I hope the weather improves for next week but if it doesn’t, the cloud and the rain is something we are all used to and it is the same for everyone.”

It goes without saying that grass is a highly unpredictable surface and the 2008 Australian Open finalist wouldn’t be surprised to witness another shock victory, as was the case last year when underdog Tamira Paszek took the trophy.

“I think in the tournament this year, there are seven from the top ten, so it’s a really strong field. There will be no easy matches.

“Grass can challenge the top players and it’s very possible for players to cause some upsets.”

Last year’s AEGON International saw a number of top seeds crash at the first hurdle, triggering speculation that perhaps some players preferred the rest in the build-up to The Championships, Wimbledon.

However, Ivanovic insists a tournament such as this one is the ideal way to prepare the mind and the body heading into the prestigious Grand Slam.

“It is a very individual thing. The facilities here are good preparation for Wimbledon but some players may prefer to rest for the week.

“I try and win and do well in every tournament I enter.

“Going from clay to grass is the hardest change to make because the ball is faster and doesn’t bounce as high.

“You need to do a lot of work on the core and legs because you have to work hard on staying down low.

“I, personally, like to get as many matches as I can on grass before Wimbledon.”

Ivanovic is enterted into the main draw, due to start on Monday, June 17.

http://www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/sport/eastbourne-international-tennis/ana-aims-to-create-some-happy-memories-1-5187389

:spit::lol::lol::spit:

Laughing out loud here at the bolded parts... Ana trying to win and do well in every tournament she enters? Monterrey and Pattaya want their appearance fee money back! :spit: Get as many matches on grass before Wimbledon? Says the player who has barely ever played more than 2 matches on grass before Wimbledon.. :spit:

Ana is really trying to outdo herself in interviews lately.. one more hilarious than the other. She cant possibly believe herself.

Curtos07
Jun 14th, 2013, 03:23 AM
“I, personally, like to get as many matches as I can on grass before Wimbledon.”

Says the girl who chose not to play Birmingham this week.

gloria7
Jun 14th, 2013, 05:43 AM
Says the girl who chose to play this tournament because Nigel lives near Eastbourne...So she can practice as much as she wants since his house is close to a tennis court...Why is she practicing that much? I mean..she has to attend two parties in London in June...

" The grass is impeccable"....."It's one of the players' favourite tournaments"......The courts are fantastic"....."They treat you so well with the hotel being so close to the courts"..... "It's nice to open my hotel window and hear the waves"....

She IS the Promo Queen of WTA.

marineblue
Jun 14th, 2013, 05:59 AM
She definitely is.:lol: She knows how to sell tennis to people.

Linguae^
Jun 14th, 2013, 03:52 PM
Ana Ivanovic. :facepalm:

gaviotabr
Jun 18th, 2013, 06:32 PM
AEGON INTERNATIONAL

June 17, 2013

Ana Ivanovic

EASTBOURNE, ENGLAND

E. VESNINA/A. Ivanovic
2‑6, 6‑4, 6‑3


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Great start, obviously. What happened after that?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I really felt I played well in the beginning, and it was just a few points here and there that really decided the match.
I think in the second and third set she served a lot better than in the first, and it was kind of different, made difference in the grass. It's always tough when you play your first match, and it's so tough, sometimes happens too fast, everything.
But despite, I still felt like I had chances, but, yeah, she played good towards the end.

Q. You didn't seem to really get into that much of a rhythm today.
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, I think on grass it's very hard to get rhythm. You don't get many long rallies and long points. But overall I was pleased with my serving today, and in the first set I did quite a few good things.
You know, it's something, you know, that I want to build towards and now hopefully have another few good days of practice before Wimbledon.

Q. What is the game plan now as you kind of move on to Wimbledon? Do you get to go and play some practice matches, or is it just kind of general hitting practice and movements?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, it's still some drilling and movements and getting used to moving on the grass, because obviously it's very different. Yeah, last few days it's been quite full on the court, so we didn't get much of that. Hopefully do more of that kind of stuff over in London and do play some points, too, because obviously that's what comes down to.

Q. This is probably one of your least successful tournaments in your career?
ANA IVANOVIC: Not a very good record. (Smiling.)

Q. Is it because of adjusting to the grass?
ANA IVANOVIC: A little bit. And also it's always quite windy, although today was no wind. It was perfect conditions.
But I think it is. It's just, you know, a matter of playing matches and getting used to it. And, you know, this tournament is always very strong, so you have tough opponents from first rounds.

Q. Do you prefer to be able to build points, or do you prefer quicker points?
ANA IVANOVIC: No, definitely prefer to have rhythm and to build points. I think that's why I enjoy playing on clay so much, because everything happens slower.
But, you know, it's fun to play on grass because you really have to be quick and react. Sometimes it gets frustrating, but then also, yeah, sometimes can be fun. Also, I have style of game that, you know, I can go for my big shots. So it's balance.

Q. Do you remember the first time that you played on grass?
ANA IVANOVIC: It was Roehamton juniors, I think.

Q. What was your first reaction, like literally, first rally with the ball bouncing?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, I remember first time I walked on the grass and I tried to bounce the ball and it just wouldn't come back. I thought, okay, the ball does not bounce here. (Smiling.)

http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=90136

:facepalm:

I.. just.. can't..

VALUNA
Jun 18th, 2013, 06:42 PM
She definitely does not like the grass :)

Curtos07
Jun 21st, 2013, 08:56 AM
That didn't take long....

Ana Ivanovic Broke Up With Her Boyfriend Mark Stilitano

Currently the 12th tennis player on the WTA list, Ana Ivanovic, has broken up with boyfriend, Mark Stilitano, reported Serbian daily magazine Story.

Ivanovic and the former tennis player have revealed their relationship in Januaru, before the Australian open, and coincidentally the news on the break-up turned just before the beginning of another grand slam tournament, the most important one – Wimbledon.

News on the break-up confirmed Ana’s manager Gavin Versi, who said that Ivanovic will not comment on her private life.

Ana and Mark met over Novak Djokovic, with whom Stilitano is a very close friend, and he is the third athlete to appear on the list of Ana’s ex-boyfriends.

http://inserbia.info/news/2013/06/ana-ivanovic-broke-up-with-her-boyfriend-mark-stilitano/

Cajka
Jun 21st, 2013, 11:39 AM
the list of Ana's ex-boyfriends? :facepalm:

journalists are idiots

Linguae^
Jun 21st, 2013, 12:32 PM
How is it going to do her? :shrug:

Deestruction
Jun 21st, 2013, 08:32 PM
^^NID. :lol:

http://www.womenstennisblog.com/2013/06/21/ana-ivanovic-and-mark-stilitano-break-up/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WomensTennisBlog+%28Women%27s +Tennis+Blog%29

gaviotabr
Jun 25th, 2013, 06:50 PM
Ana is going to play Linz:

http://www.nachrichten.at/sport/mehr_sport/Tennis-Generali-Ladies-Linz-im-Oktober-wieder-mit-Ana-Ivanovic;art109,1146438

InsideOut.
Jun 25th, 2013, 11:28 PM
More tournaments :worship: She better add Stanford to her USO series too.

gaviotabr
Jun 25th, 2013, 11:34 PM
More tournaments :worship: She better add Stanford to her USO series too.

Doubt it.

I do have hopes she adds Moscow at the end of the year.. probably easiest tournament to gain points. I'm not sure though.. playing Tokio, Beijing, Linz and Moscow might seem too much for her.. :shrug: She did it last year.. we'll see.

Milan.
Jun 25th, 2013, 11:35 PM
Well, well... Someone is becoming smarter :worship: :dance:

InsideOut.
Jun 26th, 2013, 01:20 AM
She should have won Moscow last year had it not been for yet another brainfart against Stosur... she should definitely play there again, by far the easiest Premier tournament to win.

gaviotabr
Jun 27th, 2013, 12:06 PM
Ana's presser....

ANA IVANOVIC SECOND ROUND


Wednesday 26 June 2013
Anna Ivanovic gives her press conference after her 6‑3, 6‑3 defeat by Eugenie Bouchard.

Q. Did she surprise you?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I mean, definitely she played very good match today. Was the first time I actually I saw her play, so it was obviously a little bit tough to get used to.
She was tracking the ball really well, serving well, and, yeah, she played a great match today.

Q. Were you hoping or thinking maybe that being on Centre Court ‑ she had never been on there before ‑ that that that might unnerve her?
ANA IVANOVIC: I thought she might at some point, because she was playing really consistent the whole match. I was really trying to step up at times and change up a little bit.
But she has very good ball‑striking. It's very deep, and it's hard for me to do much with it.
I thought maybe they end of the match she would get tight, but she was really the whole way through strong.

Q. How did you feel about your game?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, I think I had chances obviously in the beginning of the match that I didn't use. My forehand wasn't there today. I think that was a big issue today in my game. She was playing really well, and I had to do more with it, which I didn't. That was a little bit disappointing.
Also my serve, on the breakpoints, it was very, very poor today.

Q. As you know, Canada is like Serbia. It's a small tennis country that's trying to become a big tennis country. Do you see some of the things in Canada that happened in Serbia a few years ago?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely Eugenie is playing really well. She's young. She has great potential.
Milos Raonic, too. I mean, they have really young player now coming up, so they're going to be strong and around for a while.

Q. How disappointing is this? Did you feel like this was a tournament you would have a really good shot at?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely I'm very, very disappointed. I really felt I'm ready to step up. But, you know, today she was just better player out there.
It's very, very disappointing, but just have to work hard and be ready for next one.

Q. What's Eugenie's main quality, would you say?
ANA IVANOVIC: She served really well today. Then her backhand, as well. It was very, very good and very deep. Even though going into match I was trying to get more to her forehand, she was tracking that well today, too.
So it was just one of those days.

Q. The court as well. Few slips out there. How did you feel out there today?
ANA IVANOVIC: Felt the court was definitely faster than the one I played the other day. I played on few courts obviously around the grounds, but this one felt quite fast.

Q. Faster?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, a little bit different than the other ones, I would say.

Q. You said you had never played her before. Would you have any opportunity to scout her or see tape or just figure it out as you go?
ANA IVANOVIC: No, not so much. My coach did see her previous match a little bit. It's different when you see it with your own eyes and also when you can feel the ball, because different opponent compares different to a player.

Q. Who do you think is the favorite now?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, think Serena. She's really strong, I think.

Q. Are the courts playing any differently this year than previous years?
ANA IVANOVIC: I was just mentioning that. Yeah, I felt Centre Court was faster than the outside courts, but the outside courts felt the same like every other year.

Q. You've seen lots of young players come up and have been asked about them...
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I think she has a very bright future. She has a very strong game for such a young girl.
Like I said, the shots are coming through. She had really good head on and she was very strong and positive. I know if she can continue in this manner, she has bright future.

http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/news/interviews/2013-06-26/201306261372259779983.html

gaviotabr
Jun 28th, 2013, 11:01 AM
Ana has another exho in December! :yeah: Needs to make some cash... whoring the exhos!

Since she doesn't make much cash on tournaments these days, gotta find the money some other way!

La tenista serbia será la rival de Maria Sharapova, el 6 de diciembre en juego de exhibición.

Que Maria Sharapova haya confirmado su presencia en Bogotá para el próximo 6 de diciembre, causó sensación, pero que sea junto a la también bella, Ana Ivanovic, es doblemente impactante, ya que la serbia, que cumplirá 26 años, será la rival de la rusa y tres de la clasificación de la WTA, en el juego de exhibición que se llevará a cabo en el coliseo El Campín y que es organizado por Producciones Grand Slam.
Campeona de Roland Garros en el 2008 (venció a la rusa Dinara Safina) y finalista ese mismo año del Abierto de Australia, donde perdió precisamente frente a Sharapova y del 2007, también en París, donde cayó frente a la belga Justine Henin, Ivanovic, aceptó la invitación para venir a Colombia, después de un año y medio de negociaciones, las cuales se finiquitaron este año en Miami.
Ana, conocida por su excelente revés a dos manos, llegará a la capital de la República el 5 de diciembre, donde tendrá una apretada agenda, que iniciará con los medios de comunicación, proseguirá con una visita al presidente Juan Manuel Santos, luego hará una clínica para terminar el día con una comida con los patrocinadores. El día del compromiso, visitará una fundación que aún no se ha elegido, tendrá otra clínica y firma de autógrafos y se alistará para la exhibición.
Junto a Sharapova viajarían el mismo día, de ser posible, a Argentina, donde hasta el momento tendrían otra presentación.
Ivanovic, que fue número uno del mundo en el 2009, también alterna su actividad tenística con el modelaje, hecho que le deja muy buenos dividendos.

ANDRÉS BOTERO B.
REDACTOR DE EL TIEMPO

http://www.eltiempo.com/deportes/tenis/ana-ivanovic-la-otra-belleza-en-bogota_12898907-4

And then they make clear that Ana is a half time player.. the other half she is a model.. :spit: Next she will be making paid appearances in parties.. that's where she shines! :sobbing:

HowardH
Jun 28th, 2013, 01:03 PM
Well she is good-looking indeed. But anyway, the writers of that article seem not to have done their research properly:
Ana, conocida por su excelente revés a dos manos
"Ana, who is known for her excellent two handed backhand"

Umm...

gaviotabr
Jun 28th, 2013, 01:16 PM
Well she is good-looking indeed. But anyway, the writers of that article seem not to have done their research properly:

"Ana, who is known for her excellent two handed backhand"

Umm...

:lol: Yes.. not very accurate.. But Ana is rather known for her two handed backhand.. everyone knows it sucks. :spit:

WonderFan
Jun 28th, 2013, 03:36 PM
I don't like her hanging around with the witch.

Vasa
Jun 28th, 2013, 07:08 PM
:lol: Yes.. not very accurate.. But Ana is rather known for her two handed backhand.. everyone knows it sucks. :spit:

I really like your posts :lol:

gaviotabr
Aug 4th, 2013, 01:18 PM
This is really interesting:

Return of Serve Analysis: Victoria Azarenka’s Excellence and Ana Ivanovic’s Streakiness

By Juan José on August 4, 2013

I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to get one of these posts done for Victoria Azarenka. After all, she’s appropriately regarded as one of the best returners in women’s tennis. And I’m a return of serve junkie. Oh well. Better late than never, no?

Going into Azarenka’s semifinal match against Ana Ivanovic in Carlsbad yesterday, I thought I was in for a return of serve clinic, since Ivanovic has such a well documented history of struggles with her delivery. I did not expect a tight match at all (let’s remember that the last time these two women played each other, Ivanovic won all of one game).

However, yesterday’s match proved to be one-sided for only a set (and really, four of the six games of that opening bagel could’ve gone either way), as the World No. 3 – soon to be No. 2 - ended up booking her ticket to the final via a 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 scoreline.

If this is the first time you’ve seen one of these Return of Serve Analysis posts, you can read all about my methodology by clicking here. And if you’re already familiar with this kind of thing, let’s just dive into the data, shall we?

Victoria Azarenka’s Return of Serve Performance

Totals and Double Faults

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- I actually expected Azarenka’s percentage of total returned serves to be higher, honestly. Still, it should be said that Victoria made very few return errors. The free points Ivanovic got with her first serve were almost all due to great deliveries. There’s only so much a returner can do in that kind of situation.

- That being said, Azarenka was simply phenomenal in the first set: she returned 24 out of 26 serves that Ivanovic put in play. That’s good for 92%, which is just obscenely great.

- Notice the 9 double faults donated by Ivanovic throughout the match. Never a good thing.

Returning First Serves

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- The big highlight over the 1st serve Aces and Service Winners columns is there to illustrate just how erratic Ivanovic’s serve is. When it’s on, the former French Open champion becomes extremely dangerous. But I’m pretty sure not even she can anticipate when she’ll go through a good serving spell these days. It’s either feast or famine with her in this department (though it should be said that Ivanovic did recognize the importance of a good slider out wide from the deuce court later in the match – executing consistently was an entirely different issue, though).

- Notice that in almost half of her service games (6 out of 13), Ana Ivanovic didn’t get a single free point with her first serve. More on this later.

- Azarenka’s percentage of 1st serves returned isn’t astonishing, but it’s pretty solid. What’s extremely good is the percentage of those returns she placed deep. To get 6 out of 10 1st serve returns to land deep in your opponent’s court has to help your cause, right?

- Azarenka hit 4 first serve return winners (each is noted by the little red triangle on the top right corner of some boxes). That’s pretty remarkable.

Returning Second Serves

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- This is where Victoria Azarenka makes her millions. Simply put, she barely misses second serve returns. As you can see by the big red highlight, she went two entire sets without missing one.

- And to make things more impressive, look at the percentage of those returns that were deep. 75%. 3 out of 4. The crazy thing is, even Azarenka’s short returns are dangerous, because she almost always puts a ton of pace on those. None of this is fun for the server.

- In a somewhat ironic twist, the first 2nd server return Azarenka missed all match was a potentially crucial one: on break point at 1-all in the third set. It was a very makeable backhand return, too.

Ana Ivanovic Return of Serve Performance

Totals and Double Faults

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- Like Daniela Hantuchova yesterday, Ivanovic produced a rather standard return of serve performance, even though Victoria Azarenka didn’t really have a great serving day (as evidenced by the 7 double faults she contributed to Ivanovic’s returning efforts).

- Notice that after playing an extraordinary return game at 5-4 in the second set, Ana Ivanovic never even pushed Azarenka to deuce on her serve.

Returning First Serves

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- Remember how Ivanovic didn’t get a single free point with her first serve in 6 out of 13 games? Look at Azarenka: she managed to get at least one free point in all but 3 service games. So yes, even if Ivanovic ended up with more total free points (21 to Azarenka’s 15), they were clustered in fewer games.

- Also note that Ivanovic gets only 48% of 1st serve returns deep. That translates into more short balls for the server to attack, and it’s not like Ivanovic can excel if she starts rallies from defensive positions.

Returning Second Serves

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- 7 unreturned second serves don’t sound like much…but they are. You just can’t gift your opponent that many free points. Yes, 3 came off good Azarenka second serves. But 4 were just silly unforced errors.

- 63% of second serves returned deep is not bad. Definitely decent, and something to build on.

*****

My lasting impression of Ivanovic is that she still can’t find that consistent middle ground of her tennis that the top players are so good at developing. Ana fights and gives it her all, but she can’t help but go through A-level patches of play, only to fall back to a C- level minutes later.

And it all starts and ends with her serve. It can be good enough to foil one of the two or three best returners of serve on the WTA, and it can also look amateurish, as she loses control over her toss and chases it around like a club pro. The sad thing is, this phenomenon has been happening for years, and neither Ivanovic nor her army of former coaches has come close to cracking the mystery.

One wonders if there is even a solution at this point.

- See more at: http://www.changeovertennis.com/return-of-serve-analysis-victoria-azarenkas-excellence-and-ana-ivanovics-streakiness/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=return-of-serve-analysis-victoria-azarenkas-excellence-and-ana-ivanovics-streakiness#sthash.FxHtTJ12.dpuf

Ana'sProcess
Aug 4th, 2013, 01:48 PM
Interesting article.

Cpbija, post the large pics of Ana in Esquire magazine, the one that you posted two days ago so that I can translate it. I can't find it by myself. Thanks. :)

Milan.
Aug 4th, 2013, 01:56 PM
- The big highlight over the 1st serve Aces and Service Winners columns is there to illustrate just how erratic Ivanovic’s serve is. When it’s on, the former French Open champion becomes extremely dangerous. But I’m pretty sure not even she can anticipate when she’ll go through a good serving spell these days. It’s either feast or famine with her in this department (though it should be said that Ivanovic did recognize the importance of a good slider out wide from the deuce court later in the match – executing consistently was an entirely different issue, though).

My favourite part :sobbing:

Iva87
Aug 5th, 2013, 07:30 PM
The World's Highest-Paid Female Athletes 2013

http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mli45eefdi/9-ana-ivanovic/

http://specials-images.forbes.com/imageserve/07b62y88hX2vj/0x600.jpg?fit=scale&background=000000


#9 Ana Ivanovic

Total earnings: $7 million
Prize money: $1 million
Endorsements: $6 million

Ivanovic has made only one Grand Slam quarterfinal (2012 US Open) since winning the French Open in 2008, but continues to make bank thanks to a lifetime agreement with Adidas that is one of the richest in the sport. Other sponsors: Yonex, Rolex, Juice Plus and Dubai Duty Free.

WonderFan
Aug 9th, 2013, 08:40 PM
I guess it can't be taken seriously...

http://www.bg-daily-news.eu/sport/3773-this-sexy-lady-also-wanted-grigor-dimitrov

WonderFan
Aug 9th, 2013, 08:47 PM
"great friend of hers" is the part that struck me the most.

Cajka
Aug 9th, 2013, 09:07 PM
"great friend of hers" is the part that struck me the most.

I almost fell off the chair when I read that one. Looks like the "article" was written by a half-witted Grisha shipper.

Btw, I'm really starting to srsly dislike Dimitrov. They're putting too much effort to present him as the next Fed, the sexiest man alive, charming personality...

WonderFan
Aug 14th, 2013, 03:58 AM
Home › On Court › News

Ana lost 2-6, 7-6, 6-4 to French world No.28 Alize Cornet in the first round of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

It was a demoralising defeat for Ana: she led 6-2, 5-2 and went on to hold a total of five match points. Undone by no fewer than 12 double faults, the 15th seed lost in two hours and 32 minutes.

Ana was in total control of the encounter, but the Frenchwoman launched a comeback as Ana served for the match at 5-2 up in the second set. A tiebreak eventually ensued, during which Ana missed several match points. She lost it 10-8.

It was no surprise that Cornet capitalised on the huge momentum shift and she fended off two break points while serving for the match at 5-4, in what was a thrilling contest.

Bizarrely, Ana ended the match having won more points: 114 to 111.

Ana's next tournament is the US Open in New York, which takes place during August 26-September 7.

Posted on Aug 13th 2013

Her own website bashing her. :spit:

Deestruction
Aug 14th, 2013, 05:55 AM
They know wassup. :lol:

Deestruction
Aug 14th, 2013, 05:56 AM
Well she is good-looking indeed. But anyway, the writers of that article seem not to have done their research properly:

"Ana, who is known for her excellent two handed backhand"

Umm...

Im done.....goodnight :rolls:

WonderFan
Aug 30th, 2013, 12:12 AM
One of Ana's childhood friends has just died.
http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=sr&u=http://sport.blic.rs/Tenis/238819/Ana-Ivanovic-Tesko-mi-je-da-igram-zbog-pogibije-mog-druga-iz-detinjstva&prev=/search%3Fq%3DAna%2BIvanovi%25C4%2587:%2BTe%25C5%25 A1ko%2Bmi%2Bje%2Bda%2Bigram%2Bzbog%2Bpogibije%2Bmo g%2Bdruga%2Biz%2Bdetinjstva%26biw%3D1024%26bih%3D6 72

WonderFan
Aug 30th, 2013, 12:24 AM
Some comments in that page say he was actually her cousin.

gloria7
Aug 30th, 2013, 07:47 AM
Seems that Ana thinks she was "unlucky" against Azarenka, Na Li and Cornet...From B92:

Ana: "I feel that i'm playing pretty well here in US...I was unlucky in some matches, but i'm prepared well for the US Open...Of course, result in Cincy was disappointing but i've tried not to think about it and to focus on this week...I fell that i'm playing good tennis...I've worked on every aspect of my game....Conditions (against Dulgheru) weren't easy...it was foggy...but overall -i'm satisfied..."

Q: How close are you to the goal (return to the top 10) you wanted to get to?

Ana: "Honestly...i have to work on many things in my game to accomplish that goal...I was No 1 and i know what i have to do...I was there...I have to be consistent and that's not a secret...I need to start winning matches against Azarenka and Na Li....I still have a lot of things to do in order to reach that level.."

WonderFan
Aug 30th, 2013, 01:10 PM
... like eating, for example.

wakefield10
Sep 1st, 2013, 06:12 PM
This is from the USA Today website, it's pretty long

Bobby Chintapalli, USA TODAY Sports 8:31 p.m. EDT August 31, 2013


NEW YORK — Ana Ivanovic beat Christina McHale 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the third round of the U.S. Open on
Saturday to set up a fourth-round match against world No. 2 Victoria Azarenka. In the news conference
afterward, she had a lot to say. She told us a few things, but mostly she reminded us of some things we
already knew.

Ana Ivanovic can talk.

And talk and talk. Or maybe it's the speed — it ranges from fast to faster — which might explain of all of
Saturday's WTA transcripts hanging on the wall of the media center, hers is the only one that's stapled. It's the only one printed on multiple pages. Ivanovic's has 2,276 words; Petra Kvitova's has 384. It's partly the difference between winning and losing — Kvitova lost to American Alison Riske — but mostly it's Ana Ivanovic.

Ana Ivanovic gets a lot of questions.

The questions kept coming. Questions on the match she played and the one she will play, on her coaching situation and Maria Sharapova's former coach Jimmy Connors, on fitness and supplements, on her matchup with Azarenka and the one between Serena Williams and Sloane Stephens, on her favorite commentator ("Well I have to say Darren, don't I?") and that Lao Tzu saying on her Twitter page.

Her news conference lasted longer than the other WTA news conferences in the main interview room. A good 14 minutes, and that was just the English portion. Serbian journalists got their chance after that.

Ana Ivanovic gets the main interview room a lot.

There are six interview rooms here, but interviews are transcribed only in one — Interview Room 1, the main interview room. It's a huge room with a big desk at the front, auditorium-style seating for journalists and space in the back for TV cameras. Ivanovic has been in the main interview room after her last two matches. Other winners today who weren't there include Daniela Hantuchova and Flavia Pennetta. Another player not in the main interview room after any of her three wins this week? Former U.S. Open finalist Jelena Jankovic, who is the Serbian No. 1 (as the WTA match notes mention).

Perhaps more journalists request her — her news conference Saturday included more reporters than that of any other.

Ana Ivanovic thinks Serena Williams is a big deal.

After winning a close match, Ivanovic was asked if it's better to have one of those early in the tournament. She acknowledged that it's easy for her to say yes since she won. She went on: "It definitely is. Because during the Grand Slam, it's a long tournament, two-week event. You're not going to go through winning 6-0, 6-1 every match unless you're Serena." Serena came up again. Asked to share her goals, Ivanovic had this to say: "Well, obviously my big goal is to win another Grand Slam. You know, I really want to work hard for it. It's long way. I have to beat players like Vika, Serena, other top players to get there."

This Ana Ivanovic forgets she was that Ana Ivanovic.

That Ana Ivanovic is, of course, the one who won a Grand Slam and became world No. 1. And yet sometimes she forgets who she was or perhaps realizes she isn't her anymore, at least not right now.

What gave that away today was an answer to a question about the last match she views as a big win. She started by saying she couldn't recall, that it was scary she couldn't. She thought of something though. Her last big win, it turns out, is a loss. A close one to Li Na in Toronto earlier in August. (The score was 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 [7-5].)

She said, "It gave me courage to believe that I'm that close to the top players." Top players? She also mentioned that phrase when asked whether the opportunity to play Azarenka is an "exciting challenge?" "Yeah, definitely is," shesaid. "I was really close in San Diego, I felt. I have game that can challenge top players."

Today isn't yesterday, and being realistic is better than being delusional. But how can you hear these comments — from one of seven active players to have won a Slam and also been No. 1 — and not wonder something, not wonder just a little?


Ana Ivanovic will give you an answer.

It might not be scandalous — in fact, it probably won't be. Thing is, whether she's happy or sad, whether she won or lost, she'll give you something.

The reminder of that was an answer about the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia when she was growing up. She's heard that question before many times, but she answered anyway. With a 174-word answer that ended like this: "We were not going to school. People were not working. They tried to organize these tournaments. There was a rule that the matches that were on, in case the sirens came on, they had to finish, but no new matches would be called on. They invented their own rules."

Ana Ivanovic smiles a lot.

Even when she talks about revenge. Ivanovic was asked to talk about her matchup with Azarenka. During the news conference, Azarenka was in a third set with Alize Cornet. Ivanovic has lost to both of them this summer. She had something to say about that, but again with a smile. "I know what to expect. It's going to be revenge seeking no matter who I play."

Who smiles when talking about revenge? Now you know

marineblue
Sep 1st, 2013, 09:00 PM
Ana is so quirky.:lol: No wonder press loves her.

gaviotabr
Sep 4th, 2013, 05:42 PM
An interview with: ANA IVANOVIC
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

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Q. How hard was it yesterday? You're playing then you're not playing, and then you have to come back this morning. Were you guys upset about that at all?

ANA IVANOVIC: Well, you know, it was same for both of us. I mean, I actually was warming up for the match when Daniela was set and serving to go 5-3. Then the rain. It happened in the past, you know. We do have these situations in Wimbledon a lot more often. But it was a bit hard, because, you know, just waiting around, you don't really have good rhythm with the food or anything. But, you know, I really came out today feeling good today.

Q. Very good, close match today. What was the difference in your mind at the end?

ANA IVANOVIC: Well, I really played well. You know, I put her a lot under pressure, I felt. I think the biggest difference was the serve in the second set. My percentage went right down. This was the big difference, because, you know, I felt like I could break her, but it was very frustrating that I was losing my serve constantly. This is, you know, what I felt was a big difference today.

Q. You were talking last week about just wanting to get back to that No. 1 position and that you had a strategy for doing that. You played very well here. You played her well in Carlsbad and even better today. Can you talk about some of the positives in the context of what you're trying to do in terms of regaining No. 1?

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I think this match was a lot better quality than the one we played in Carlsbad. But, you know, it's just frustrating because I still had opportunities, I felt. It was very, very close match. But it's very encouraging, because I know I'm right there with them. She's top player, you know. She just came from winning in Cincinnati. It's definitely a lot of positives to take from this week and this match. But it still doesn't change. It's disappointing and it hurts.

Q. Did you feel like she was playing her best today?

ANA IVANOVIC: She was definitely playing good, I thought. You know, in the big points she came up with the good serves and the big points. She started playing a lot more aggressive in the second set, as well.

Q. You came out really going for winners today. Was that a strategy that you had determined that you were just going to hit it all out?

ANA IVANOVIC: Well, it's a mix of things. First of all, it's my style of game, you know. I am aggressive player. And another I think is the opponents like Vika, Maria, Serena, they're top of the game. So if you don't put them under pressure, they're going to use that and they're going to kill you out there. I really felt this was the way I should have approached the match, and it worked well.

Q. You broke her almost as much as she broke your serve, but you lost eight of your last ten service games. What kind of pressure did that put you under?

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I was just talking about that. That's what I felt was the biggest difference today. I felt like I could have broke her, too. But it was frustrating. In the second set, all of a sudden I couldn't find my rhythm on the serve. Then towards the end of the third set I felt like I was serving well. The last game that she broke me, I really felt I did serve well and made a lot of first serves. But this was the probably the biggest difference.

Q. Mentally was that difficult when you're, you know, sort of coming very close to getting control again of the match, yet you get broken. Is that difficult to deal with mentally?

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, it is. It's very frustrating especially in one of the games I had 40-15 on my serve and then I lost it. It is challenging, you know. But I really tried to stay in the moment and try not to think too much about what happened. Just tried to sort of stick with the game plan and, you know, keep pushing her. But, you know, at the end it went to her.

Q. What do you think you need to do better to be with the top players?

ANA IVANOVIC: Just a little more consistent. Because I played some great tennis today, you know, in the first set, and, you know, throughout some of the second set and third set. You know, just keeping this level, you know, more often. Like I said, the serve I felt was the big difference today.

Q. She had that dropshot going. She didn't make a single mistake on that. Were they a little demoralizing, a little difficult?

ANA IVANOVIC: No, she did them really well. You know, a couple of them, you know, I really tried to get there. I was very close. But, you know, it worked well for her. It was a good try.

Q. The other day you said how hard you work, but tennis is a pretty tough sport. Most players every tournament go home dealing with loss. How do you deal with loss? I mean, do you reflect on it? Is it something that grates on you?

ANA IVANOVIC: Well, some losses are more to learn from than some of the victories, so you always try to look for positives, and also the negatives, because you want to work are on them and improve. It's something that you learn how to deal with, because like you said, week in and week out we have to deal with victories and losses. It's just, you know, you have to talk to your coach or your team about it, and then you can sort of move forward in a more constructive way.

Q. Players like to say they don't look ahead, but it's pretty hard for me to believe you guys aren't aware now of where you are in a draw and what might happen. Does that play a factor going out there, knowing that, well, you know, you've got winnable matches?

ANA IVANOVIC: I mean, it does. Even if we don't look sometimes, you guys remind us of it. So, yeah, we are aware of that, but I didn't think of that match during my match today. I did see that yesterday waiting around as well. But, you know, today in the match I really tried to focus on what was going on on the court.

http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/interviews/2013-09-03/201309031378238974312.html

WonderFan
Sep 4th, 2013, 07:43 PM
"You know" :lol:

wakefield10
Sep 4th, 2013, 07:54 PM
She might have been Hamlet, holding the skill of Yorick and delivering a version of that famous soliloquy: “Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him Horatio, and I wish he were still around to coach and advise me, help me get over that hump and back into the mix at the top of the game, where I once was, but haven’t been for over five years despite all the work and diligence I can muster. . .”

The monologue would go something like that, but in our version Victoria Azarenka would jump out from behind a headstone before she finished and club poor Ivanovic over the head with a shovel, which is more or less what happened in their U.S. Open quarterfinal today. It was an entertaining but oddly predictable outcome, with Azarenka coming through in the end, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Once again, Ivanovic’s admirable dedication to every dimension of athletic discipline went unrewarded; her hunger to do all the right things frustrated by a woman who just seems that much more relaxed, that much more able to struggle and find a way to win, or to make just the right shot at the right time.

A snapshot of the two women in a candid moment tells much: There stands Ivanovic, looking rather like a figure you might find painted on the nose of a World War II B-52. Her body appears sculpted to perfection as if by the wind, or water. She’s a poised young lady in crimson—the color of passion, the skin-tone of aggression—but ultimately still looking nothing less than demure. Her reputation as the quintessential “nice girl” is well-earned, and something of a millstone given the company she’s forced to keep.

By contrast, Azarenka is in a gym-class gray and dusty salmon outfit, broad at the beam, her legs like inverted bowling pins, perspiration gleaming on her shoulders. Somehow, you sense that Ivanovic is the good girl, the sincere girl who does her homework on time and makes her bed, while Azarenka is the unpredictable one, the one with the scratched knees who’s up to something and it may not be good. She’s the fighter, and once her flinty eyes are fixed on a prize, she’s willing to do anything to get it.

It took quite an effort to get what she wanted, for Ivanovic played well from the get-go, winning the first set with a blizzard of winners (17 to Azarenka’s four) despite converting just 59 percent of her first serves. And she returned well enough to make Azarenka’s 86 percent conversion rate on first serves irrelevant. If you had side-by-side photo images representing their respective games, Ivanovic’s would be saturated with color, bright and in focus, while Azarenka’s would be blurry and bleached out.

“I felt out of it,” Azarenka said immediately afterward. “I was sleepy, and she was ripping winners. Then I was more determined in the second set.”

“It’s definitely a lot of positives to take from this week and this match,” Ivanovic said, as polite and self-controlled as ever in her presser. “But it still doesn’t change that it’s disappointing and. . . it hurts.”

Well, they don’t give you points in a tennis match for being a sensitive or genuinely good-natured person (nor for being a jerk, thank God). It always comes down to forehands, backhands, and nerves in some shifting configuration. In this match it boiled down to the serve, and the struggle to hold. There were seven consecutive breaks starting in the ninth game of the first set, a three-game respite that allowed Azarenka to build a lead of 5-3 in the second set, then another break to seal it for the No. 2 seed.

“I felt like I wasn’t really executing and putting enough in the first set,” Azarenka would say. “But she definitely really was going for everything. It didn’t leave me much of room to go for my shots. But I started to create more opportunities. In the end of the first set it was already turning around, but I slipped away a few opportunities.”

That’s accurate enough. But what of all those breaks that would follow after a first set featuring just three? There were 16 breaks (and just 13 holds), and a grand total of 32 break points. But while we’ve witnessed countless matches filled with cringe-worthy serving and handfuls of breaks, this wasn’t one of those.

The striking thing about all those breaks—including seven of 10 games in the third set—was that both women were playing well; it was a prime example of how even good serving sometimes guarantees nothing against a quality opponent. When someone asked Azarenka to account for all those breaks, she replied, “I don’t know, I think we’re great returners.” Unable to keep a straight face, Azarenka began laughing and added, “It’s just as simple as that. We’re just so much better on the return.”

The dark side of that half-truth is that Ivanovic’s serve became ineffective in the third set, which was largely a tribute to Azarenka’s return. Ivanovic had won 75 percent of her first serve points in the first set. By the end of the second, she was down to 42 percent. “I felt I put her under a lot of pressure (in the first set),” Ivanovic lamented. “But she started to play a lot more aggressive in the second set.”

If there was a point where the match swung in Azarenka’s favor, it was her hold for 4-2 in the second, combined with Ivanovic’s failure to hold two games later, when she was down 3-5.

By the third set the clash was intense and mesmerizing, with Azarenka’s familiar, counter-punching consistency still well-matched by Ivanovic’s flair for smacking winners off her forehand side. Down a break in the third, Ivanovic did a good job breaking and then holding for 3-all, but it would be her last hold of the match.

In the end, it seemed that no matter how hard she tried, Ivanovic was unable to assert authority after the first set. Some of the credit for that goes to Azarenka’s pugnacious spirit, and some to her more well-rounded game. She used the drop shot effectively in this match, and she won numerous duels near or at the net. Ivanovic’s only reliable weapon on a day when Azareanka handled her serve was her baseline forehand.

This match also exposed one of the great weaknesses in Ivanovic’s game, the trouble she has with her transition game. While her solid forehand enables her to switch from defense to offense at the baseline, she really struggles with the art of pressing the attack and coming to the net to finish. Significantly, Azarenka won 67 percent of the points she played at the net (16 of 24), while Ivanovic managed just 40 percent (eight of 20).

It will be tempting to put this bitter defeat down to Ivanovic’s nature and reputation as that “nice girl” who just isn’t tough and aggressive enough to punch back into the upper echelon, or to win a Grand Slam. It’s perhaps a broadly accurate assessment, as well as a challenge for her. But cozy as that narrative is, is there’s no question that Hamlet in a red dress might become the devil in a red dress with a few tweaks and additions to her game.

Peter Bodo article on tennis.com here (http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2013/09/victoria-azarenka-beats-ana-ivanovic-2013-us-open-fourth-round/49034/#.UieOrjasim7)

gloria7
Oct 15th, 2013, 02:52 PM
From russian press:

Ana: "I arrived in Moscow last night and i'm a little bit tired. I hope to have the extra day to rest and recover. I have to adjust to the court...I feel good, i have had a great week in Linz and i hope i can have even a better one here, in Moscow..."

Q: You are always in very good physical shape. Is it hard to be always fit?

A: "I work a lot with my fitness coach, he travels with me...If you want to compete with best players in the world, to play side by side with players like Serena, - you have to work hard at the gym..."

About Sofia WTC : "It's very important tournament for me. Of course, i wanted to play in Istanbul but Sofia is nice place to finish my season...But next year i want to play YEC in Singapore..."

Q: What do you think about Kirilenko and Vinci, who will probably play in Sofia instead in FC? Should't they commit to play in FC?

A: "I was in the same situation last year and i chose to play in Fed Cup...I love to play in FC, i love team spirit, but you can't neglect your own career and ranking..."

WonderFan
Oct 15th, 2013, 09:24 PM
Who is she calling fitness coach? Branco, the physio?

gaviotabr
Oct 16th, 2013, 12:23 PM
Ana is writing a diary for Sport-Express Russia:

Light at end of tunnel

"Kremlin Cup"
in the "Olympic" With Ana Ivanovic

This year, his impressions of the "Kremlin Cup" specifically for the "SE" daily will share the former first, and now - the 14th world number, the champion of Roland Garros -2008 C erbka Ana Ivanovic

M Rivet, Moscow! I'm back! Here is a little cold, but still very nice. Also in the "Olympic" is always a warm atmosphere, and I like to come back here. I remember last year, my mother and I went to Red Square every day. Incredibly beautiful place!

Now, I played for three weeks in a row and, of course, I feel a little tired. Arrived in Moscow on Monday and on Tuesday was trained well in the local courts. Since the first round of the "Kremlin Cup" I miss, I hope that I will have an extra day of rest. So there is time to recover.

I know many of my fans care about breathing problems that arose in me last week during the final of the tournament in Linz. Do not worry - it's over.

Some may ask: why is it so many plays in the end of the season? I just did not win a tournament since the end of 2011 and really want to finally win a title. Besides, I like the series of autumn events. The point here is this: when I first began their performances in the WTA Tour , it's my first professional experience came just at this time of year. So I always particularly look forward to the fall of the season. We all have to do the last spurt, and personally, I want to spend the final competition of the season at the highest level.

In addition, I know that soon I will leave, and it is also well motivated. You can say, I can already see the light at the end of the tunnel. However, this year I'm going to rest for two weeks. In addition, at this time I have scheduled to participate in a charity event, so no tennis and there will not do. It's okay.

And one topic that excites my Russian fans. A few months ago, the Internet was the news that I want to invite former sparring Vera Zvonareva Sergei Demehina as a coach. So, this information is not true. Next to me lately a great team of Serbian experts, and I was happy with everything.

http://tennis.sport-express.ru/reviews/36846/

Pretty clear that she isn't looking for a coach.. will be coasting along with these serbian "experts" (:spit:) until the next big failure.

gloria7
Oct 16th, 2013, 02:04 PM
Yep...She isn't looking for a coach. She gave an interview for Radio Sport:

Q: You have a new team?

A: 4-5 months ago i started working with a new team and they travel with me all the time. I'm happy to have them by my side and i feel a lot more confident now, i play much better ...

Q: Who are they?

A: Nemanja Kontic, my coach and Zlatko Novkovic, my fitness trainer. We began working after Wimbledone and i plan to continue to work with them....It's great to be surrounded by Serbs, we have same mantality, we speak same language, they understand me much better (than other coaches). It's always fun with them, we joke around and laugh a lot...

Q: Nigel Sears is a great coach, why you don't work with him anymore?

A: Sometimes, when routine takes over, you realize that you just can't make any progress, you can't improve as a player...We worked well together, he is a great coach but i thought, it's time for me to move on, to part ways with Nigel...It's better for both of us...

Q: You haven't won title this year? Is it problem for you or...?

A: I have had a great chance last week in Linz, i wanted to win that title so much...Maybe i can win this week, in Moscow...I want to win every match, i'm well prepared, but if i don't win title this year - there is always next year...

Q: Do you think that your match against Vika at US Open was your best match this year?

A: Yes, it was...I played great, i have had so many opportunities and chances, but she was great too, and she played in the final...I was very upset ,i could have won that match but i had a great opponent...That match make me believe in myself, to believe that i can play against top players and that i can be a top player ...

dogwonder24
Oct 16th, 2013, 02:22 PM
Her match against Vika was absolutely perfect until the 2nd set came :sobbing:

Not to rain on your parade guys, but Ana's coach, Nemanja Kontic, umm, who is that person? I've only knew that he is an ATP player, that's all :shrug:

The interview about Ana is clear that she is satisfied with the results of her matches with her "new team" beside her. So, yes, it means, that Ana will not have a coach, for the rest of the season, or maybe the whole 2014? I dunno :sad:

It is good to hear that she is motivated to win a title in Moscow :yeah:

Alexie
Oct 16th, 2013, 05:04 PM
i dont mind the team, my issue with Ana is that she has weak mentality. until she can overcome those herself, it will still be the same result. coaching can only do so much, in the end it's stil in Ana's hands to win that match.

RU90
Oct 20th, 2013, 05:23 PM
So it's true...:sobbing:

Ana Ivanovic Is In Love Again, And The Lucky Guy Is …

http://inserbia.info/news/2013/10/ana-ivanovic-is-in-love-again-and-the-lucky-guy-is/

novinovi
Oct 20th, 2013, 08:16 PM
Yes,it's official.She was on his basketball match yesterday and he dedicated his winning point to her.Out of top 20 soon?

dogwonder24
Oct 20th, 2013, 08:25 PM
He seems kinda handsome, so if the rumors are true, well congrats Ana for finding a lovely boyfriend! :hearts:

Unless if that would kill your rankings again like in 2010... :rolleyes:

Ana'sProcess
Oct 20th, 2013, 08:38 PM
I have a feeling this will work out in a positive way. He seems like a one of good guys... I just hope Ana will enjoy her off season and be back ready for Auckland, but this time for real. It's important for her to rock that tournament and AO as well.

Alexie
Oct 21st, 2013, 07:46 AM
Well it's confirmed.

Ivan Paunic Confirms He Is In Relationship With Ana Ivanovic

http://inserbia.info/news/2013/10/ana-and-i-are-in-relationship-and-its-been-wonderful-ivan-paunic/

http://inserbia.info/news/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/391295_ivan-paunic-i-ana-ivanovic_f.jpg

Cajka
Oct 21st, 2013, 12:30 PM
IMO, she should be more careful. She shouldn't make those relationships public until it's serious. All those newspapers titles are annoying.

And Ivan is hilarious: “I do not like to talk too much in public about my private life and I am grateful that the media appreciate my privacy."

Oh, shut up. Twitter profiles are not private. Ever heard of Skype?

Tweedle
Oct 21st, 2013, 01:21 PM
IMO, she should be more careful. She shouldn't make those relationships public until it's serious. All those newspapers titles are annoying.

And Ivan is hilarious: “I do not like to talk too much in public about my private life and I am grateful that the media appreciate my privacy."

Oh, shut up. Twitter profiles are not private. Ever heard of Skype?

This! :rolls: His Twitter is the ONLY reason anybody found out about it so early...

azdaja
Oct 21st, 2013, 06:08 PM
ana has a new boyfriend? :unsure: oh well, her last relationship didn't have a negative influence, so i guess it doesn't matter.

Ana'sProcess
Oct 21st, 2013, 10:15 PM
IDK guys--- I just found out that Ana's new boyfriend ex girlfriends were girls who are not really good exapmles. Serbian posters will know - Stanija Dobrojevic one of them?! Like really? How do you go from Stanija to Ana?

I agree with Tanja, Ana should be carefull with this one. At first he seemed ok, and maybe this is false information, but if it's not... Those tweets really doesn't seem to come from someone who wants to keep his private life - private. And Stanija? There is no way that I can understand that one guy can be in HONEST love with such a different type of girls which Ana and Stanija are.

Tanja, Milan what do you think?

Cajka
Oct 21st, 2013, 10:20 PM
IDK guys--- I just found out that Ana's new boyfriend ex girlfriends were girls who are not really good exapmles. Serbian posters will know - Stanija Dobrojevic one of them?! Like really? How do you go from Stanija to Ana?

I agree with Tanja, Ana should be carefull with this one. At first he seemed ok, and maybe this is false information, but if it's not... Those tweets really doesn't seem to come from someone who wants to keep his private life - private. And Stanija? There is no way that I can understand that one guy can be in HONEST love with such a different type of girls which Ana and Stanija are.

Tanja, Milan what do you think?

Stanija? :unsure: :spit: No comment, really.

gaviotabr
Oct 21st, 2013, 10:24 PM
Ana likes douchebags.. the surprise would be if this guy was not one! :spit:

Ana'sProcess
Oct 21st, 2013, 10:25 PM
Stanija? :unsure: :spit: No comment, really.

Read.

http://www.blic.rs/Zabava/Vesti/414055/Anu-i-Ivana-spojio-fizioterapeut

Lol

Ana'sProcess
Oct 21st, 2013, 10:29 PM
Ana likes douchebags.. the surprise would be if this guy was not one! :spit:

:sobbing:

Cajka
Oct 21st, 2013, 10:36 PM
Read.

http://www.blic.rs/Zabava/Vesti/414055/Anu-i-Ivana-spojio-fizioterapeut

Lol

I will never understand Ana's dating choices, that's all I'm gonna say.

gloria7
Oct 22nd, 2013, 07:17 AM
10 tips for Paunic to get more playing time:

1) Date a celebrity (Ana Ivanovic)

2) Brag about it to your friends, in person and via twitter

3) Get her to come to Fuenlabrada to watch you play

4) Tip off the paparazzi that she'll be in the stands

5) Ask the basketball club owner, what ELSE you can do to revamp the club image

6) Be open to the media and give them a lot of informations

7) Take good shots, on basketball field...and especially while your gf is sleeping

8) Be a great teammate and use twitter to express your feelings about this relationship...and how it helps your game

9) Play to your strenghts ( invite your coach for a dinner and tell him Ana is gonna be there)

10) Write a book " How to da te a celebrity" , to help others douchebags to fulfil their dreams

azdaja
Oct 22nd, 2013, 07:19 AM
who's stanija? :unsure:

Cajka
Oct 22nd, 2013, 10:53 AM
I'm not sure, if you google it, there are no pictures of him and Stanija together. Sounds to me like it was just a rumor. Looking at the pics of her online, there's no way she would have had a boyfriend that she didn't get papped with. There was a story about Ana and Vanja Udovicic too at one point which was totally made up, maybe this is the same...

They asked him about Stanija and he didn't deny it. He said that he doesn't want to talk about past. Sounds like it's true.

Joana
Oct 22nd, 2013, 11:39 AM
I think we all know what "dating" Stanija means.

dogwonder24
Oct 22nd, 2013, 12:26 PM
I don't know who Stanija Dobrojevic is but after I searched her name on Google Images, I was lucky my mother wasn't in the room because it's like I'm looking into porn or something :tape: :spit:

Anyway, I still can't believe how Ana is dating this Paunic guy, from dating a boldstar to Ana, wait what?

I believe that the time will come that this Ivan Paushit will break Ana's heart :shrug:

Ana'sProcess
Oct 22nd, 2013, 03:41 PM
who's stanija? :unsure:

http://tracara.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/stanija-dobrojevic2.jpg

And I really posted the most decent photo I found when you google her name. But it's not even about her, it's her life, her lifestyle...

The problem is that I really suspect that he is one of those guys who just want to have fun with girls and in this case, to become celebrity by doing that as well. Even Stanija in all her mess is celebrity much more than he is.

Maybe I am wrong. I would like that I am and that he is only a bit confused by the fact the he is so lucky to fall in love with a real life princess. I'll give him some time, but :fiery: if he hurts Ana!!!

Then again, I really thought that Mark was a good guy... Didn't you?

Milan.
Oct 22nd, 2013, 04:04 PM
I think we all know what "dating" Stanija means.

Unfortunately, yes :help: :hysteric:

Vasa
Oct 22nd, 2013, 05:35 PM
Ana please :sad: have some care and respect to youself :tape: you are not supposed to be so desperate...

mmm3484
Oct 22nd, 2013, 05:44 PM
I don't think the image portrayed of Stanija is actually real. She has repeatedly stated she does not act the way she is portrayed in the tabloids. She does model and travel and is a heavy social networks media user. She is also the victim of others taking advantage of her whereabouts that show up for trickery photo ops for sale to tabloids. Serbia, Montenegro and the Serb Republic in Bosnia are small countries. When a gov officials have access to whereabouts of people then the degree of relationships of such info spilling onto others is not as great as say in the USA ie. 7 degrees of Kevin Bacon could be reduced to 3 degrees of Vlad Divac in the Serbian homeland (he's a good intentioned person, which is why I used his name). Tabloid reports have said stuff about the president of the Serb Republic's son and Stanija that was a shock to her. She denied the reports but he posted coincidental "vacation" social network media postings from Montenegro. It seemed she was a victim of attempted puppeteering by those who know who will be where (and when) in the republics of the Serbian homeland. There could be more, but I don't follow the tabloids, since peacemakers are not found there within their articles.

Stanija had a horrible adolescence when Croatia invaded and killed her father in front of her, her mother and bother with hand grenades (if my memory is correct, her father was a government finance official in the Republic of the Serb Frontier, which is the territory set up hundreds of years ago by the Austrian Empire and Serb warriors to fend off Turkish Islam from Europe).

Most of Stanija's photos are poses and do not reflect anything in her life. Listening to her views on life during interviews will lead viewers to believe she is just as normal as Ana, but a little bit more outspoken. Social media accounts have led many to pose and type stuff that have nothing to do with peoples' lives, but they post just for the fun of it.

Anyways, I'd do both the ladies in the same bed at the same time! :happy:


I'd cure any of their anxieties :happy:

Iva87
Oct 22nd, 2013, 06:12 PM
Marca



Martes, 22 octubre 2013, 11:43

Ana Ivanovic sale con un jugador de la ACB... ¡y se pasa a ver su partido!

Mis espías no dieron crédido cuando vieron a la tenista Ana Ivanovic, una de mis musas absolutas, viendo un partido de baloncesto en las gradas del Fernando Martín de Fuenlabrada (ver la foto de debajo... para que luego digan que no hago periodismo).

http://estaticos04.marca.com/blogs/fuera-de-juego/imagenes_posts/2013/10/22/75529_570x273.jpg

Evidentemente Ana, como buena amante del deporte, no podía dejar pasar la oportunidad de ver un partido del equipo del sur de Madrid... pero el auténtico motivo era otro.

¡Ana Ivanovic está saliendo con su compatriota Ivan Paunic (que ha confirmado la relación)!

Paunic es un escolta serbio de 1,98 m. internacional con su país y que la pasada temporada jugó en San Sebastián con el Lagun Aro.

Felicidades Fuenlabrada, felicidades Ana, felicidades Iván y... ¡Viva el amor!

http://www.marca.com/blogs/fuera-de-juego/2013/10/22/ana-ivanovic-sale-con-un-jugador-de-la.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Iva87
Oct 22nd, 2013, 08:38 PM
http://www.anaivanovic.com/pressandinterviews/die-press-interview

Die Press interview

Prior to the Generali Ladies Linz, Ana gave an interview to Austrian newspaper Die Presse.

The following is an extract from the interview transcript:

Kimiko Date Krumm is 43 and is still performing on a very high level. Could you imagine playing until over 40?
No way! It’s amazing what she is doing. I think she is one in a million, such a special athlete. She even runs marathons. It’s amazing.

I read that you sometimes have to cry in the locker room after you have lost. Is that something which will never change, even if you are getting older and more experienced, because you are a very sensitive and emotional person?
Yes, I think it’s because of my personality. It’s a good thing actually, because it shows how much I care. I put so much concentration and emotion into each match, so sometimes there is an emotional reaction afterwards. But not after every defeat, just the ones that hurt most.

I think you regard Novak as a good friend. Are there any other guys on the ATP tour you get along very well, in a way he's a friend too?
I’m friends with Rafa too. And Tipsarevic as well, Zimonjic and also Roger and Andy Murray. I’m friendly with a lot of the guys.

azdaja
Oct 22nd, 2013, 10:13 PM
http://tracara.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/stanija-dobrojevic2.jpg

And I really posted the most decent photo I found when you google her name. But it's not even about her, it's her life, her lifestyle...

The problem is that I really suspect that he is one of those guys who just want to have fun with girls and in this case, to become celebrity by doing that as well. Even Stanija in all her mess is celebrity much more than he is.

Maybe I am wrong. I would like that I am and that he is only a bit confused by the fact the he is so lucky to fall in love with a real life princess. I'll give him some time, but :fiery: if he hurts Ana!!!

Then again, I really thought that Mark was a good guy... Didn't you?
i pictured that woman something like this. my question was more about what her purpose in life is. is she a "singer"? an "actress"? or just a general "celebrity"?

but yeah, a man who dated a woman like this doesn't isnpire confidence :tape: going from dating her to dating ana is like going from riding a donkey to driving a ferrari. and you need to earn a ferrari. innit, ana?

mmm3484
Oct 23rd, 2013, 03:50 AM
i pictured that woman something like this. my question was more about what her purpose in life is. is she a "singer"? an "actress"? or just a general "celebrity"?

but yeah, a man who dated a woman like this doesn't inspire confidence :tape: going from dating her to dating Ana is like going from riding a donkey to driving a Ferrari. and you need to earn a Ferrari. innit, Ana?

:happy:
Believe me, neither of them are donkeys :happy:
Stanija is fit. There are videos of her workouts. Only her boobs are enhanced, which didn't need enhancing for her modeling. She always denied being a starlet that was bestowed on her by the tabloids, which has the same connotation as Hollywood tart among the middle aged, ie. director's ***********. She's far from it, always surrounded by family or friend(s). Media personnel have stood up for her in interviews more than once. Tabloid stories are about someone else it seems.

mmm3484
Oct 23rd, 2013, 03:51 AM
I figured you woke up yesterday way too early, so why not an early post for this morning :happy:

Tweedle
Oct 23rd, 2013, 12:25 PM
http://english.blic.rs/Culture-Showbiz/9980/Perhaps-Ana-shall-make-Ivan-remember-his-father

Perhaps Ana shall make Ivan remember his father

Petar Paunic has not seen son Ivan for several months already. The last time he saw him was from a distance only. He heard from his neighbors that his son, a basketball player is dating Ana Ivanovic.

We yesterday went to Grocka to meet Ivan Paunic’s family. He is a new boyfriend of Ana Ivanovic, one of the most beautiful tennis players of the world. The local people told us first to go Ivan’s grandmother, but the lady did not want to say anything for our newspaper but told us to go to Ivan’s mother Snezana.

‘Ivan and I have agreed that he speaks about the matter in December when he returns from Spain’, Mrs. Paunic said shortly.

So we had no other option but to look for Ivan’s father. His modest house is close to the city church, in a big yard in which his workshop is dominating.

There was no need for us to explain to him why we had come to visit him.

‘I have not talked with my son for such a long time. I saw him this summer when he spent three months here. I only saw him, we did not talk. Neighbors told me that he is now dating Ana’, Paunic told us.

We entered the house and were met by his second wife Seka. They have been married for 19 years and Ivan has a half-sister (18).

Ivan’s father and his step mother say to have tried to make a contact with Ivan but he has ignored all their attempts. Ivan was four when his parents divorced. He lived with his father and step-mother until he was 13. After that he started living with his mother and interrupted every contact with his father. The last time he tried to talk with his son four years ago at funeral of Pera’s mother, Ivan’s grandmother.

‘My son then turned his back on me. People tell me that he is in love. That is good.

Ana shall make him happy, she is a good girl. He is a good man, too. I hope she shall make him contact me’, Pera says.

‘I taught him the first basketball steps and he inherited from me a talent for basketball. He was at a compulsory school when experts noticed his talent’, Ivan’s father said.

When we left Pera’s home, we contacted Snezana again wishing to hear her story. She, however immediately hung up.

Cajka
Oct 23rd, 2013, 12:43 PM
OMG! :facepalm: This is gonna be unbearable. ffs, now they involved Ana in his family drama. :tape: :tape: :help: Who cares about this story? His relationship with his parents is his problem. His father is a desperate attention seeker just like Ivan himself. I hate Ana being a part of this telenovela.

currie84
Oct 23rd, 2013, 01:31 PM
For what it's worth,she unfollowed him on twitter (drama)

gloria7
Oct 23rd, 2013, 01:43 PM
You can read Paunic' "confession" in Sportske.net...Pathetic stuff...He keeps talking about his private life and family problems...going into more details...

I'm disgusted by that article in "Blic" ...If this doesn't open Ana's eyes then i can say, - she was right, - everyone gets what he deserves...I really hope there is some common sense left in Ana so she can run away from this mud and never come back...

Harry.
Oct 23rd, 2013, 03:01 PM
That article about his family is a mess :help:

To be honest, he is so not her type :tape: She usually goes for the pretty guys and guys who look like they've spent a lot of time adoring themselves in front of a mirror :lol:

Ana'sProcess
Oct 23rd, 2013, 06:40 PM
It seems it's already over as Ana unfollowed him on twitter.

http://www.blic.rs/Zabava/Vesti/414749/Ana-prestala-da-prati-Ivana-na-Tviteru

I just don't know why this episode had to happen at first place. I just hope this will not affect Ana too much. Ana please be smarter next time.

azdaja
Oct 23rd, 2013, 07:23 PM
oh great :facepalm:

gaviotabr
Oct 23rd, 2013, 07:40 PM
:lol::spit:

Ana's love life is just too funny..

mmm3484
Oct 23rd, 2013, 08:15 PM
Twitter? :happy:
Maybe she wanted a threesome? :happy:

Alexie
Oct 23rd, 2013, 08:44 PM
i think she's better off single,it doesn't last anyways. :lol:
this way she can concentrate more on what's left of her tennis before she retires.
after that, she can have all the love in the world.

dogwonder24
Oct 23rd, 2013, 10:08 PM
Oh my God, Ana :spit:

I told to myself for a million times now that this "love affair" wouldn't last :lol:

Ana, why fall in love with your tennis and regain your confidence back? Being in a relationship with your career is much more better than falling in love with a useless junk, again, Ana, wake up!

VirtusBO
Oct 24th, 2013, 04:06 AM
OMG Paunic!?! :o
he played for my team two seasons ago and... it's better for me to shut up :tape:
Ljajic's playmate :facepalm:
Serbian 'journalists' :facepalm:
All of this unnecessary drama :help:

Curtos07
Oct 24th, 2013, 04:55 AM
This Paunic fellow sounds like a real ass. Not that I am one to tell what Ana to do with her private life, but she needs to be more careful in who she is dating/hanging out with. The guy screamed douche when I first saw him.

VALUNA
Oct 24th, 2013, 06:54 PM
Svet može biti lep ako mislimo lepo, radimo lepo, pišemo lepo.

Ana Ivanovic U Digitalno Nasilje24 October 20130
02_Cover_FB_Prevencija_Digitalnog_Nasilja
Svi znamo da su javne ličnosti (političari, glumci, pevači, sportisti…) najizloženiji digitalnom nasilju. Svi imaju pravo da komentarišu naš nastup, svako bi mogao bolje da odgovori na pitanja novinara, a ukoliko izgubimo meč – razne su teorije kako je moglo da bude drugačije i niko se ne libi da o svemo tome piše na našim proflima na društvenim mrežama, na portalima, blogovima i forumima.

Ima mnogo dobronamernih, pozitivnih i motivišućih komentara, čak i kada nas kritikuju. Oni uliju dobru energiju i snagu da budemo bolji. Ali ima i puno ružnih, nepristojnih i neprimerenih reči koje (ma koliko jaki bili), zabole. Jako. I taj bol potraje, čak i kada sebe ubeđujemo da ima ’raznih ljudi’, da nikada ne mogu biti svi dobronamerni i voleti nas, da moramo prihvatiti teret posla i slave i da nismo jedini kojima se to dešava. Ružne reči jednostavno bole.

Razmišljam često o tome da li ti ljudi to napišu tek tako ili baš imaju snažnu nameru da povrede nekog? I odakle ta namera da povrediš nekoga koga ne poznaješ? A tek nekog koga poznaješ… I zašto bi iko ikada poželeo da povredi nekog koga poznaje putem interneta i društvenih mreža? Da bi svi videli uvredu? Teško je osobu sa kojom su u konfliktu pogledati u oči?

Bol_Nije_Lol

Kako se ja nosim sa digitalnim nasiljem i hejtom na društvenim mrežama?

Jednostavno ih ignorišem. Mržnja nije meni bliska, nikada nije bila moj fazon i verujem da je najgora po onog ko mrzi, naročito ako je osoba ka kojoj je usmerena mržnja – jednostavno ignoriše. Ne odgovaram na takve poruke. A to da li će ih neko videti, pročitati, lajkovati – takođe nije moj problem, već baš tih osoba koje se na takav način prezentuju javnosti.

Volim društvene mreže i koristim ih intenzivno. Volim sa ljudima da podelim dobre (nekada i manje dobre J) vesti, dobru energiju, lepe slike, širok osmeh, moj svet… I volim druge ljude koji na isti način koriste Facebook, Twitter, YouTube… Svet može biti lep ako mislimo lepo, radimo lepo, pišemo lepo. A da li će takav biti, zavisi samo od nas samih.



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Ana Ivanovic
Rođena sam 06. novembra 1987. godine u Beogradu. Profesionalna teniserka sam postala u avgustu 2003. Tenis sam počela da treniram sa pet godina, a za peti rođendan sam od rodite...

VirtusBO
Oct 24th, 2013, 08:32 PM
Svet može biti lep ako mislimo lepo, radimo lepo, pišemo lepo.

Ana Ivanovic U Digitalno Nasilje24 October 20130
02_Cover_FB_Prevencija_Digitalnog_Nasilja
Svi znamo da su javne ličnosti (političari, glumci, pevači, sportisti…) najizloženiji digitalnom nasilju. Svi imaju pravo da komentarišu naš nastup, svako bi mogao bolje da odgovori na pitanja novinara, a ukoliko izgubimo meč – razne su teorije kako je moglo da bude drugačije i niko se ne libi da o svemo tome piše na našim proflima na društvenim mrežama, na portalima, blogovima i forumima.

Ima mnogo dobronamernih, pozitivnih i motivišućih komentara, čak i kada nas kritikuju. Oni uliju dobru energiju i snagu da budemo bolji. Ali ima i puno ružnih, nepristojnih i neprimerenih reči koje (ma koliko jaki bili), zabole. Jako. I taj bol potraje, čak i kada sebe ubeđujemo da ima ’raznih ljudi’, da nikada ne mogu biti svi dobronamerni i voleti nas, da moramo prihvatiti teret posla i slave i da nismo jedini kojima se to dešava. Ružne reči jednostavno bole.

Razmišljam često o tome da li ti ljudi to napišu tek tako ili baš imaju snažnu nameru da povrede nekog? I odakle ta namera da povrediš nekoga koga ne poznaješ? A tek nekog koga poznaješ… I zašto bi iko ikada poželeo da povredi nekog koga poznaje putem interneta i društvenih mreža? Da bi svi videli uvredu? Teško je osobu sa kojom su u konfliktu pogledati u oči?

Bol_Nije_Lol

Kako se ja nosim sa digitalnim nasiljem i hejtom na društvenim mrežama?

Jednostavno ih ignorišem. Mržnja nije meni bliska, nikada nije bila moj fazon i verujem da je najgora po onog ko mrzi, naročito ako je osoba ka kojoj je usmerena mržnja – jednostavno ignoriše. Ne odgovaram na takve poruke. A to da li će ih neko videti, pročitati, lajkovati – takođe nije moj problem, već baš tih osoba koje se na takav način prezentuju javnosti.

Volim društvene mreže i koristim ih intenzivno. Volim sa ljudima da podelim dobre (nekada i manje dobre J) vesti, dobru energiju, lepe slike, širok osmeh, moj svet… I volim druge ljude koji na isti način koriste Facebook, Twitter, YouTube… Svet može biti lep ako mislimo lepo, radimo lepo, pišemo lepo. A da li će takav biti, zavisi samo od nas samih.



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Ana Ivanovic
Rođena sam 06. novembra 1987. godine u Beogradu. Profesionalna teniserka sam postala u avgustu 2003. Tenis sam počela da treniram sa pet godina, a za peti rođendan sam od rodite...

http://www.birajrecihejtspreci.rs/blogovi/svet-moze-biti-lep-ako-mislimo-lepo-radimo-lepo-pisemo-lepo/


The following is a translated reproduction of the blog Ana was asked to write by UNICEF Serbia, as part of its campaign against online bullying:

We all know that celebrities (politicians, actors, singers, athletes, etc.) are often those who suffer the most from digital violence. Everybody has a right to comment on our performance, everyone could give better answers to journalists’ questions, and if we lose a match there are various theories on how it could’ve been done differently, and nobody shies away from writing about all of it on our profiles on social networks, portals, blogs, and forums.

There are many kind, positive and motivating comments, even when they are critical. Such comments give you good energy and strength to become better at what you do. But there are also plenty of malicious, obscene and inappropriate words that hurt you (no matter how strong you are). They hurt you a lot. And this hurt lingers, even when you keep saying to yourself that there are “all kinds of people”, that you cannot always come across kind persons who like you, that we have to bear the burden of our profession and fame, and that we are not the only ones who experience such things. Simply said, mean words hurt you.

I often think about whether such persons write these things carelessly and then forget about it, or if they really have a strong wish to hurt someone? And how can you wish to hurt someone you don’t know? Let alone someone you do know... and why would anyone ever wish to hurt someone they met online and through social networks? So that everyone could see their insults? Is it difficult to confront someone face to face?

How do I cope with digital violence and hate speech on social networks?

I simply ignore them. I cannot relate to hatred – that’s never been my thing, and I believe that the hater is the one who suffers the most, especially in case the person they hate simply ignores them. I don’t reply to such messages. And if someone else sees, reads or likes such messages – that’s not my problem either, but the problem of those who present themselves to the public in that way.

I love social networks, and I use them frequently. I like sharing good [and sometimes not so good :)] news, positive energy, nice photos, a big smile, my world, and interacting with my friends and supporters. And I like people who use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc, in the same way as I do. The world could be a nice place if we share nice thoughts, do nice things, and write nice things. And it is only up to us to make the world such a place.

Ana

Posted on Oct 26th 2013


http://www.anaivanovic.com/diary/blog-how-i-deal-online-hate-speech

Iva87
Oct 27th, 2013, 02:46 PM
http://sofia-tennis.bg/en/news/Ana-Ivanovitsh-trenira-v-Sofija-273


Ana Ivanovic with first training session in Sofia

http://images3.kurir-info.rs/slika-620x419/ana-ivanovic-1382873730-387791.jpg

Former Number One Ana Ivanovic arrived today in Sofia and went straight to the Arena Armeec for her first training session before the start of the 2013 Garanti Koza WTA Tournament of Champions.

The Serbian tennis star spared no efforts on the court versus her hitting partner Nemanja Kontic.

Ana’s parents Dragana and Misha arrived in Sofia too. Ivanovic is the only two-time winner of the Tournament of champions – she won the title in 2010 and 2011 in Bali and has never lost a match in this competition. This year she received a wild card from the organizers.

All the tennis stars, who had already arrived in Sofia, came out on court today. After Tsvetana Pironkova and Samantha Stosur, it was time for Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to try the surface in Arena Armeec. Maria Kirilenko and Simona Halep had also scheduled training sessions for later today.

Iva87
Oct 29th, 2013, 05:06 PM
http://www.tennisnow.com/Blogs/NET-POSTS/October-2013/Kim-Clijsters-Invitational-to-Feature-Ana-Ivanovic.aspx?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=t.co

Kim Clijsters Invitational to Feature Ana Ivanovic, Venus Williams, Kirsten Flipkens

Just because she recently gave birth to her second child doesn't mean retired former No. 1 Kim Clijsters has forgotten about her favorite game.

Clijsters tweeted recently that she will play an exhibition doubles match at the Kim Clijsters Invitational, scheduled for Dec. 11 at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp, Belgium.

The Invitational is set nearly one year to the day after Clijsters hosted her Thank You Games as she officially retired from tennis.

This year's event will feature Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens taking on Ana Ivanovic in singles, as well as Clijsters battling Venus Williams.

A doubles match between the four players will complete the evening, which also features prizes and an auction. Clijsters has made a point of telling the media that this is not a comeback attempt, merely an attempt to give tennis fans a fun night in her native country.

Posted: 10/29/2013 10:08:50 AM

marineblue
Nov 1st, 2013, 08:32 PM
My two favourite players, nice! Looking forward to this exho,I really do.

Iva87
Nov 8th, 2013, 08:09 AM
http://www.laguna.rs/v2432_vest_ana_ivanovic_u_poseti_laguni_laguna.htm l

06.11.2013.
Ana Ivanović u poseti Laguni

Tokom kratkog boravka u Beogradu Ana Ivanović je u sredu 6. novembra posetila direkciju izdavačke kuće Laguna.

U razgovoru sa zaposlenima Ana je izjavila da nakon napornih treninga i mečeva najviše voli da se opusti i odmori uz dobru knjigu, dok filmove može da gleda samo u društvu. Istina je i da veliki deo vremena ova poznata teniserka provodi na pripremama kao i u avionu, a pošto su duga putovanja avionom idealna za to, vreme provodi čitajući.

http://www.laguna.rs/_img/_fckupl/image/2013/11/ai-1.jpg

Razgovor o njenim omiljenim Laguninim knjigama završen je uz obećanje da će ovaj idol mladih širiti dalje poruku o važnosti čitanja.

Povodom današnje posete Ane Ivanović i njenog rođendana koji danas proslavlja, Laguna se potrudila da napravi dobar izbor najnovijih domaćih i stranih hitova koji će ovoj teniserki biti dobri saveznici na daljim putovanjima i osvajanju novih titula.

http://www.laguna.rs/_img/_fckupl/image/2013/11/ai-2.jpg

Nekoliko meseci pre nego što je napunila 21 godinu, u leto te 2008, Ana Ivanović je pokorila planetu! Držala je svet pod nogama, jer je upravo bila osvojila pehar Rolan Garosa i popela se na prvo mesto na VTA listi. Ana Ivanović je ukupno do danas u karijeri osvojila 11 titula, pobedila u čak 400 mečeva na najvećoj sceni, i dostigla stvari o kojima 90 odsto njenih vršnjaka može samo da mašta.

Deestruction
Nov 8th, 2013, 05:03 PM
I still think that Fer and that Italian dude was her great choices. All the other guys. :tape:

Whats more funnier, Ana's tennis or Ana's love life. :spit:

Iva87
Nov 18th, 2013, 07:01 PM
http://www.anaivanovic.com/pressandinterviews/el-heraldo-colombia-interview

El Heraldo (Colombia) interview

Ana is set to play four-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova in Bogota, Colombia on 6 December. It will be the 25-year-old’s first visit to the country.

As she looks forward to the event, Ana gave an interview to Colombian newspaper El Heraldo:

In the last few years we have seen a very volatile WTA circuit. How much impact do injuries have on the dynamic of the rankings?
Unfortunately injuries are a part of being a professional athlete and I have had my fair share, like any other player. But I can’t blame injuries for my performances. In some ways last year was a good year – my highest year-end ranking for some years, and I reached a Grand Slam quarter-final for the first time in so long. But I still haven’t reached my goal of getting back to the top 10, so there is a lot of work to be done.

Do you feel afraid of not being able to win another Grand Slam?
No, I am not afraid. Actually I am relishing the challenge. I feel that I still have the game to do it, and my match against Azarenka at the US Open showed that I am not too far away from being able to compete against the very top players. It was a nice feeling, being in an intense Grand Slam match against a top player, and I want to experience it a lot more.

Is the pressure greater because you have already won one Grand Slam?
In some ways it is, because you have proved to yourself, and to everyone else, that you are capable of achieving it, so the expectation increases. No matter how much belief you have in yourself, it is only when you achieve your goals, like winning a Grand Slam, that you prove to yourself how good you are. Pressure from the media increases because once you win a Grand Slam you become a contender at future tournaments.

Do you dream of being ranked in the top 10 again?
Yes, that’s my main goal at the moment. I am still quite far from achieving it: I need to be able to beat the top players. I played a great match against Na Li in Toronto but I missed a big chance to beat her. These are the kind of matches I have to start winning, in order to get back in the top 10. And it’s not getting any easier: there are many good young players around, like Sloane Stephens and Simona Halep. But I have confidence in my ability and I believe I can achieve this goal.

You wish to win the Australian Open, a hard court tournament. However, you have already won Roland Garros. Do you believe that it is more likely that you’ll win again on clay courts than hard?
Clay is probably my best surface but I enjoy playing on hard courts too. It’s hard to say for sure, but I’d probably agree that I am more likely to do well on clay than hard courts, and I love the French Open.

Milan.
Nov 18th, 2013, 07:07 PM
I have a feeling that I've read same article, for about 450 times in last 4 years :sobbing:

dogwonder24
Nov 18th, 2013, 08:24 PM
^ :lol:

Linguae^
Nov 18th, 2013, 08:51 PM
I don't even want to read it. :lol:

Vasa
Nov 19th, 2013, 05:09 AM
:lol: you're right

Deestruction
Nov 21st, 2013, 08:00 PM
so true :haha: :sobbing:

RU90
Nov 22nd, 2013, 12:01 AM
I have a feeling that I've read same article, for about 450 times in last 4 years :sobbing:

I will pretend I read that for the first time. Her mind is in the right place. :angel:

Iva87
Nov 22nd, 2013, 07:33 AM
:yeah: :yeah:

SPORTOconference ‏@SportoConf 12h

[#sporto2013 BRANDS 2013 @Mediana_SLO] Srbija – sportistkinja @AnaIvanovic, sportista @DjokerNole, klub @PartizanBC. Čestitke!

Iva87
Nov 22nd, 2013, 07:43 AM
OMG :haha: :haha:

http://d3j5vwomefv46c.cloudfront.net/photos/large/823147566.jpg?1385067169

dogwonder24
Nov 22nd, 2013, 09:51 AM
Translation? :)

Milan.
Nov 22nd, 2013, 01:13 PM
No, no, no, they can't be serious... :haha:

This is too much even for the Serbian press :spit: :sobbing:

Milan.
Nov 22nd, 2013, 03:49 PM
NID :spit:

Matt Cronin ‏@TennisReporters 42m

It's official: Ana Ivanovic won't change her team: has appointed Nemanja Kontic as coach, Zlatko Novkovic as fitness trainer.

Ana'sProcess
Nov 22nd, 2013, 04:44 PM
Hi guys! Haven't been here for three weeks or something, but I just came to see what you are all guys doing... :D

Today I heard that rummor about Trump being in love with Ana and I just had to came here to see what you all think. It's nice that he said that Ana is the most beautiful woman alive, but this with being in love it's just hahaha. :D

I see Ana oficially hired Kontic as her coach, well... good luck girl! :D

How are you doing? Plans for New Years eve, holidays etc. ? :D

Linguae^
Nov 22nd, 2013, 05:28 PM
Informer. :p

Iva87
Nov 22nd, 2013, 07:31 PM
http://www.kkpartizan.rs/sr/vest.php?id=1427

SPORTO Brands 2013: Ana, Novak i KK Partizan!

U Portorožu se danas završava najveći sportsko-marketinški događaj u regiji - konferencija o marketingu i sponzorstvu u sportu SPORTO 2013. Svetski priznati stručnjaci za sponzorstva u sportu, uspešni primeri aktivacije sponzorstava u sportu, interaktivni okrugli stolovi kao i brojne nagrade samo su jedan deo mozaika vrhunskog programa SPORTO konferencije.

Jedna od središnjih tema konferencije bilo je jedno od najvećih sportskih takmičenja poslednjih godina i najveći sportski događaj koji je ikad bio održan u Sloveniji - EuroBasket 2013.

Organizatori konferencije su u (S)Portorož i ove godine privukli svetski poznate stručnjake kao što su, Ben Wells, nekadašnji direktor marketinga londonskog fudbalskog kluba Chelsea FC, Tim Ellerton, globalni direktor sponzorstava, Heineken International, Nikola Žinić, hrvatski marketinški guru i Josh Robinson, jedan od vodećih svetskih stručnjaka za digitalni marketing londonske agencije Synergy. Ove godine ponovo su došle i sportske zvezde: slovenački fudbalski selektor Srećko Katanec, dobitnik prve slovenačke medalje na Zimskim olimpijskim igrama Jure Franko i srpska odbojkaška legenda Vladimir Grbić.

U okviru SPORTO konferencije, u saradnji sa Društvom za marketing Slovenije, prvog dana konferencije dodeljene su SPORTO nagrade za najbolje projekte na području marketinga i sponzorstva u sportu, na osnovu rezultata javnog istraživanja Instituta za istraživanje tržišta i medija, Mediana. Takođe su dodeljene i SPORTO Brands 2013 nagrade – za najbolje sportistkinje, sportiste i klubove u Sloveniji, i po prvi put za najbolje sportistkinje, sportiste i klubove iz Srbije i Hrvatske.

U kategoriji SPORTO Brands 2013 za Srbiju nagrade su dobili teniserka Ana Ivanović, teniser Novak Đoković i Košarkarski klub Partizan.

WonderFan
Nov 22nd, 2013, 09:01 PM
If you'd rather in English: http://inserbia.info/news/2013/11/donald-trump-fell-in-love-with-ana-ivanovic/

Panther24
Nov 24th, 2013, 04:43 PM
Is she seriously gonna keep the same team?

Ana FFS. Not even in the off-season you can't stop making mad. :o


Ugh.


Anyways.

Sorry if this has been already posted before, guys.

Haven't been here on quite a while.

But apparently, Ana will be partnering Marina Erakovic in the doubles event in Auckland.

Here's the article:


http://i.stuff.co.nz/sport/tennis/9435650/Erakovic-Ivanovic-shape-as-doubles-pair-to-fear/

"Doubles pair to fear" OK.. :spit:

Still, not a bad move IMO.

VALUNA
Nov 24th, 2013, 04:52 PM
Ana Ivanovic ‏@AnaIvanovic 49m
@Chervonska I'm not, but I will be playing doubles with @FlipperKF in Auckland. Looking forward to it!

Panther24
Nov 24th, 2013, 05:19 PM
Ana Ivanovic ‏@AnaIvanovic 49m
@Chervonska I'm not, but I will be playing doubles with @FlipperKF in Auckland. Looking forward to it!

Oops...

But Flipkens? Seriously... :spit:

Well I blame that one thread with the article in the doubles forum! :lol:

My apologies, guys.

gaviotabr
Nov 24th, 2013, 06:30 PM
Oops...

But Flipkens? Seriously... :spit:

Well I blame that one thread with the article in the doubles forum! :lol:

My apologies, guys.

Ana is good friends with Flipkens since their junior days, so if she was going to partner someone it does make more sense for it to be her friend. :lol:

Besides.... Erakovic is actually a pretty good doubles player who will likely take the doubles tournament very seriously, which Ana would never do. :spit:

gaviotabr
Nov 24th, 2013, 06:33 PM
As for the team.. :lol: Ana has just given up really.. she is satisfied in just coasting along. And this move was like the most NID thing ever. Following old patterns like there is no tomorrow.. pity she only likes to follow the bad patterns, the ones that gave her the worst results. This is like beggining of 2011 all over again.

I expect many more ridiculous chokes to happen in the next few months... that's Ana's thing.. the chokes increase by a high margin when she doesn't have a decent team.

Milan.
Nov 24th, 2013, 07:15 PM
See her tanking singles in Auckland to win doubles title with Flipkens :spit: :inlove:

WonderFan
Nov 25th, 2013, 02:40 AM
Flipkens & Flopqueen.

VirtusBO
Nov 29th, 2013, 06:48 AM
Talking about her famous countrywomen, Jaksic says, "Jelena Jankovic used to train where I did, so I know her a little. But I am very close with Ana Ivanovic. She’s given me a lot of advice. She told me she believes in me. She said (people will) be watching me on television next season. It’s great having someone like her believing in me and it gives me a lot of confidence. Ana’s not in Serbia that often so I don’t see her that much at the moment. But hopefully next season I will get to play in the big tournaments and then we’ll see each other there and maybe warm-up together.

http://www.tennisworldusa.org/Tennis---20-year-old-Serbian-Jovana-Jaksic-hopes-to-follow-in-footsteps-of-Jankovic-and-Ivanovic-articolo15014.html

Milan.
Nov 29th, 2013, 08:34 AM
http://www.telegraf.rs/sport/888435-ana-ivanovic-odbijala-sam-filmske-uloge

ANA IVANOVIĆ: Odbijala sam filmske uloge!

Srpska teniserka istakla da nikada ne bi bila pevačica jer loše peva, dok je s filmom potpuno drugačija priča

Srpska teniserka Ana Ivanović gostovaće sledeće nedelje u Kolumbiji gde će odigrati egzibicioni meč sa Marijom Šarapovom, a tom prilikom dala je intervju lokalnim medijima.

Pored tenisa, Ana je razgovarala i o nekim privatnim stvarima i to sa fanovima preko svog sajta gde je priznala da nikada ne bi postala pevačica jer veoma loše peva, ali da je sa filmom drugačije.

- Imala sam čast da su mi više puta nudili neke male uloge, ali fokus mi je na tenisu i planovi nisu odgovarali mom rasporedu. Morala sam da kažem “ne”. Međutim, ko zna šta će se desiti kada budem završila karijeru – istakla je Ana.

Iako javnost misli drugačije Ana se osvrnula i na to da nije tip devojke koja slobodno vreme tokom turnira koristi za šoping.

- Veoma je bitno da sačuvate energiju i opustite se tokom turnira. Nekada je to teško jer vas grad mami, ali najbolje je da ostanete u hotelu, čitate knjigu ili gledate neki film – rekla je Ivanovićeva.

Iva87
Dec 4th, 2013, 06:56 PM
http://www.revistamundociclistico.com/ruta/15635-el-coldeportes-claro-entrega-incentivos-en-bogota-este-viernes-asiste-la-tenista-ana-ivanovic.html


El Coldeportes-Claro entrega incentivos en Bogotá este viernes. Asiste la tenista Ana Ivanovic

04 Diciembre 2013

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El evento se estará realizando este viernes en la capital de la república

El Director de Coldeportes, Andrés Botero, el Presidente de Claro, Juan Carlos Archila y el Presidente del Comité Olímpico Colombiano (COC), Baltazar Medina, patrocinadores del equipo Coldeportes-Claro-Supérate-Juegos Intercolegiados, están invitando a seguidores, amigos y medios de comunicación a una reunión especial que tendrá lugar el próximo viernes 6 de diciembre a partir de las 11:00 am en el Auditorio Adolfo Carvajal en la sede de Coldeportes ubicada en la AV 68 No 53-63 de la capital de la república.

La convocatoria tiene como objeto, hacer un reconocimiento a los integrantes de la escuadra que en esta temporada 2013 cumplieron con una excelente campaña tanto nacional como internacional, ganando carreras tan importantes como el Clásico RCN-Claro con Camilo Gómez y la Vuelta a Bolivia con Salvador Moreno.

La reunión tiene también como atractivo, la presencia de la formidable tenista Ana Ivanovic, quien es invitada de honor para compartir en un ambiente netamente deportivo, a la reunión en la que estarán presentes los ciclistas campeones y personalidades del mundo del deporte.

A cada uno de los asistentes al evento, le será entregado un kit que contiene camiseta, caramañola y la respectiva gorra del equipo, como un recuerdo de la escuadra comandada por Carlos Mario Jaramillo quien igualmente entregará detalles de sus planes para la temporada del año próximo.

Iva87
Dec 4th, 2013, 07:11 PM
http://www.elespectador.com/node/462170

María Sharapova y Ana Ivanovic llegan este jueves a Bogotá

El rusa y la serbia se enfrentará este viernes en el Coliseo Cubierto El Campín.

La tenista rusa María Sharapova (actual número 4 del mundo) y la tenista serbia Ana Ivanovic (actual número 16 de la clasificación mundial profesional) llegan este jueves a Bogotá para encabezar, la Ceremonia Oficial de Presentación del Master Claro “Sharapova vs. Ivanovic”

Las dos jugadoras, que atenderán en esta ceremonia las preguntas de los periodistas nacionales e internacionales, se enfrentarán el viernes en el Master Claro Sharapova vs. Ivanovic, certamen que se disputará en el Coliseo Cubierto El Campín, a partir de las 6:00 de la tarde.

Sharapova, de 26 años, ha sido campeona hasta ahora de cuatro torneos de Grand Slam, mientras Ivanovic, de la misma edad, ha sido campeona de un torneo de Grand Slam, finalista de dos más y semifinalista de otro.

Las dos exnúmero 1 del mundo estarán por primera vez en Bogotá exclusivamente para disputar este Master Claro Sharapova vs. Ivanovic, certamen que también tendrá en competencia al exnúmero 5 del mundo, el chileno Fernando González, y al mejor tenista colombiano del momento, el risaraldense Santiago Giraldo.

Sharapova e Ivanovic son reconocidas como dos de las jugadoras no solo de mayores logros en el circuito mundial profesional, sino como dos de las más bellas tenistas del tenis profesional.

La rusa María Sharapova ha sido campeona de 29 torneos WTA y tiene en su registro cuatro títulos en torneos de Grand Slam. La rusa fue número 1 del mundo el 14 de junio de 2004 y se ha mantenido entre las mejores del mundo hasta el momento.

Ana Ivanovic ha sido campeona de 11 torneos WTA, entre ellos un torneo de Grand Slam, y fue número 1 del mundo el 25 de septiembre de 2006, año desde el que sigue en el top-20 mundial.

María Sharapova tiene en su hoja de vida haber sido campeona de Roland Garros 2012, Australian Open 2008, US Open 2006 y Wimbledon 2004, título este último que obtuvo con el colombiano Mauricio Hadad como su entrenador.

Ana Ivanovic, además de los 11 grandes torneos de WTA que tiene en su registro el título de campeona de Roland Garros 2008, los subtítulos de Australian Open 2008 y Roland Garros 2007 y las semifinales de Wimbledon 2007.

ESTE SERÁ EL DÉCIMO ENFRENTAMIENTO ENTRE LAS DOS JUGADORAS

En el Coliseo Cubierto El Campín, de Bogotá, todo está listo para recibir a María Sharapova y Ana Ivanovic, quienes se han enfrentado en nueve oportunidades en partidos oficiales del WTA Tour.

Sharapova ha ganado siete de los nueve partidos que han disputado, los dos más recientes jugados este año en los cuartos de final del WTA de Stuttgart, Alemania, y en las semifinales del Abierto de Madrid.

El Master Claro Sharapova vs. Ivanovic tendrá también la participación del exnúmero 5 del mundo, medallista olímpico y una vez finalista del Abierto de Australia, el chileno Fernando González, así como el colombiano que más alto ha llegado en la clasificación mundial profesional de la ATP, el risaraldense Santiago Giraldo, del Equipo Colsanitas.

Fernando González, exnúmero 5 del mundo, medallista de oro en dobles de los Olímpicos de Atenas 2004, medallista de plata en individuales de los Juegos Olímpicos de Beijing 2008, finalista del Abierto de Australia 2007, y finalista de los Masters 1.000 de Roma 2007 y Madrid 2006, el chileno Fernando González, quien estará en cancha en el Master Claro “María Sharapova vs. Ana Ivanovic”, que se cumplirá este viernes en Bogotá.

González será el primero en llegar a la capital colombiana para preparar su participación en este Master Claro “Sharapova vs. Ivanovic” que se cumplirá a partir de las 6:00 de la tarde en el Coliseo Cubierto El Campín y certamen para el cual ya han comprado su boleta cerca de 9.800 aficionados de diferentes ciudades de Colombia y de algunos países vecinos como Venezuela, Perú y Ecuador.

El chileno Fernando González será el encargado de protagonizar el partido de apertura del certamen, enfrentando al actual 69 del mundo, el colombiano Santiago Giraldo, jugador del Equipo Colsanitas que ha sido el tenista de nuestro país que más alto ha llegado en el ranking de individuales de la clasificación mundial profesional de la ATP (39 del mundo en julio del año pasado).

Panther24
Dec 5th, 2013, 03:47 PM
Alright, alright... Gonzalez and Giraldo will be their ball boys.. Good enough. :oh:



It didn't seem to specify whether they'll play on clay or hard, though. :scratch:

Hoping my girls will have a great time in Colombia. :yeah:

Iva87
Dec 6th, 2013, 07:52 AM
http://www.semana.com/deportes/articulo/maria-sharapova-ana-ivanovic-en-bogota/367211-3

Las más virtuosas del tenis se enfrentarán en Bogotá

DEPORTESLa rusa María Sharapova y la serbia Ana Ivanovic disputarán un partido de exhibición en el coliseo El Campín.

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María Sharapova y Ana Ivanovic fueron el centro de atención en una cena privada con patrocinadores e invitados especiales en el club El Nogal.

La primera imagen que se llevó María Sharapova a su llegada a Bogotá fue el alto tráfico de la capital. Así lo comprobó en su tránsito del aeropuerto a las instalaciones del periódico El Tiempo, donde un enjambre de periodistas la esperaban en una sala junto a la serbia Ana Ivanovic, también exnúmero uno de la WTA y al igual que la rusa una de las mujeres más bellas del circuito internacional.

“Por esa razón empezamos a tocarlas a ellas; bueno, no a tocarlas a ellas, empezamos a tocar las puertas de ellas”, precisó en su intervención con algunas risas de por medio Jan Fontalvo, representante de Producciones Grand Slam, quien no dudó en agradecer el apoyo de Max Eisenbud, el agente de María desde que esta a sus 17 años consiguió su primer Grand Slam en Wimbledon y saltó a la fama mundial.

“Creo que tienes más oportunidades de estar en el top ten que tal vez años atrás cuando yo empecé. Es normal que el tenis crezca y cambie (el ranking) cada año en diferentes direcciones”, afirmó Sharapova frente a la pregunta sobre los cambios constantes en el escalafón de las mujeres, a diferencia de la competencia masculina, algo a lo que ya había respondido unos meses atrás en una entrevista para CNN.

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En ese momento agregó: “si se le compara con el de los varones (es una dura comparación definitivamente), yo diría que la calidad del tenis, si has visto mis partidos quizá hace cuatro o cinco años yo entraba en el torneo y llegaba un par de días antes para tratar las primeras rondas como mis días de práctica. Ahora eso no ocurre”.

Desde aquel encuentro de 2004 ante la doble ganadora del abierto británico, Serena Williams, la organización de los cuatro torneos mayores del circuito internacional de tenis se acostumbró a las eufóricas celebraciones de María, quien luego de dejar su raqueta a un lado saltaba y corría hacia el puesto en las graderías donde se ubicaba su padre Yuri Sharapov.

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"El tenis es lo más importante de mi vida, es la profesión que me ha dado todo, la razón por la que estoy aquí hoy, y por lo que espero que mañana junto con Ana, nos miren más allá de como mujeres, como tenistas profesionales, que es lo que somos y por lo que esperamos ser respetadas", dijo Sharapova, vestida más ejecutiva con su abrigo negro y una camisa de rayas, mientras Ivanovic lucía una chaqueta deportiva.

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"Mi determinación y objetivo siempre fue ser la número uno del mundo, y esa determinación fue la que me llevó a estar en lo más alto, y también es el motivo por el que estoy hoy acá, y por el que soy profesional, en eso siempre estoy enfocada", afirmó por su parte Ana Ivanovic.

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Ambas jugarán este viernes a las 6:30 p.m. un partido de exhibición en el coliseo El Campín.

Iva87
Dec 11th, 2013, 02:40 PM
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/viva-magazine/news/article.cfm?c_id=533&objectid=11170088

Body + Balance: How Ana Ivanovic keeps fit and healthy

By Fiona Ralph
4:00 PM Wednesday Dec 11, 2013

The balance between her fashion roles and tennis is easy for former world number one Ana Ivanovic.

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Keeping fit and healthy comes naturally to Grand Slam champion and former world number one Ana Ivanovic - the gorgeous 26-year-old Serbian simply loves her line of work.

The top tennis player will be in Auckland at the end of this month for the ASB Classic, set to face Venus Williams and UK number one Laura Robson as possible opponents.

Ivanovic has 11 career titles to her name, and a raft of fashion alliances, including being the current face of Rolex, so we were curious to find out how she keeps balanced while touring the world for work.


What keeps you inspired?

I love to play tennis. I simply enjoy it, the same way I did when I was a kid, really. And what I enjoy most is competing. The opportunity to win Grand Slam keeps me very inspired - that's what I train for.

Apart from tennis, what exercise do you do?

I like to keep things interesting in my training, so I do a variety of activities, for example cycling and volleyball. In the past I have even gone surfing and done some kickboxing - very varied activities.


If you start to feel low in energy what do you do?

As a professional athlete it's very important to get enough rest so that I am able to train to my potential. So I go to bed probably a little earlier than most people, and always try to sleep for at least eight hours. That is probably the most important thing, to make sure I have enough energy. If I feel low on energy it may be because I haven't been sleeping so well, and then I look at my training schedule and see what can be changed.

It depends also if I'm in a training block or at a tournament: during a training block you do feel low on energy at times because it is really hard work, but you push through it because you know you don't have a match anytime soon.

On the other hand, if you're feeling a little short of energy during a tournament, you have to look at your nutrition and also consider reducing practice time, so you aren't tired for your match. Overall, however, I don't often feel short of energy. I've been on the tour for 10 years now, so I've learned about my body and how to prepare properly.


How do you incorporate healthy eating into your life?

As an athlete, it has to be a priority, but it's certainly not easy, especially with all the travelling. I prefer to eat non-gluten foods, it's easier to stick to this diet in some countries than others. For example, in America there are many shops that sell non-gluten foods; in Europe, not so much.

There are some basic principles I follow, for example I avoid fried foods, and I don't eat much red meat because of the high saturated fat content. But I have a sweet tooth and, fortunately, because I am burning off so many calories, I can have some treats too now and then. Icecream is one of my favourites.


How do you balance your media and fashion work with your tennis?

It's very easy, to be honest: tennis has always come first and it always will. I only do a few photo shoots per year, so if you compared the amount I train to the amount of media and fashion work, the split is about 98 per cent to 2 per cent.


Describe your dream day?

I would maybe sleep in a little then go straight to the beach for a walk and buy a breakfast smoothie. I would be with my family, and we would have a long lunch, just relaxing and talking. Lunch would probably turn into dinner but we would go for a walk at sunset and then enjoy each other's company in the evening as well.


• The ASB Classic runs from December 30-January 4. Tickets from

Ana'sProcess
Dec 11th, 2013, 05:09 PM
My dream day related with Ana is the one when she would take her 2nd Grand Slam title. :)

I like Ana's last answer, she is so dedicated to her family and one can easily realize how emotional she is. Well, it is the most beautiful time of the year after all. I guess one of Ana's wishes is to spend New Year's eve and Christmas at home surrounded by her family which can't be case if you are professional tennis player.

Dear Ana, it will come. :)

VirtusBO
Dec 13th, 2013, 09:03 AM
http://bolamarela.com/pt/entrevistas.php?ref=35


BA: You have worked a few months with Ana Ivanovic, who is one of the most popular players all over the world. Do you think she still got the level of tennis needed to return to the top? What is been missing?

António van Grichen: In my opinion Ana has the tennis to be among the best in the world, which has not happened in the past 2-3 years. Sometimes having the skills is not everything and I think there are other very important aspects specially, related to the mental part. I think Ana Ivanovic went through a difficult phase due to lack of confidence, but right now I believe that what is missing is some physical work and changing the way she works. (Allow me to say that, since I’m not totally familiar with her routine, my words are just a simple opinion of what I have seen in the last years)

gaviotabr
Dec 13th, 2013, 12:37 PM
http://bolamarela.com/pt/entrevistas.php?ref=35

I have to agree with him. Ana would need to totally change the way she works, because its obviously not giving her results.

Ivanovic2008
Dec 13th, 2013, 03:20 PM
Interview with Fiona Ralph reminds me why I love Ana.

Cp6uja
Dec 13th, 2013, 10:37 PM
From my point of view, António van Grichen is Ana's biggest coaching choice mistake so far.
After careers-rebirth with Heinz in 2nd half of previous season, Ana seems so fit and confident that january, like never before since 2008, but everything was broken on epic way thanks to nonsense attempt of this man to create "Ana The Pusher".

Curtos07
Dec 14th, 2013, 10:04 PM
While I never thought Van Grichen was the right choice for Ana (though, there isn't enough evidence either way to prove that), one thing he was 100% right about was her fitness. She lost too much weight and too much power/strength. The conflict between him and Marija Lojanica, then Ana's fitness trainer, was the reason why she initially split with AVG. And I don't agree with Cp6uja that Ana was in her best shape fitness wise since 2008 in January of 2011. She was in perfectly good shape near the end of 2010 and there was no need for the drastic weight loss. It no doubt effected her game and may have been a reason for the abdominal injury to start the season (I'm no doctor, so I'm just speculating).

Ana'sProcess
Dec 15th, 2013, 12:53 PM
So lets just clear this... Nemanja Kontic is OFFICIALY her new trainer?

Milan.
Dec 15th, 2013, 02:10 PM
So lets just clear this... Nemanja Kontic is OFFICIALY her new trainer?

Yup, that's what WTA site says...

Ana'sProcess
Dec 15th, 2013, 02:15 PM
Yup, that's what WTA site says...

Well good luck Ana.

Milan.
Dec 15th, 2013, 02:47 PM
Well good luck Ana, you'll need it :sobbing:

Fixed :sobbing:

VirtusBO
Dec 19th, 2013, 01:15 PM
While I never thought Van Grichen was the right choice for Ana (though, there isn't enough evidence either way to prove that), one thing he was 100% right about was her fitness. She lost too much weight and too much power/strength. The conflict between him and Marija Lojanica, then Ana's fitness trainer, was the reason why she initially split with AVG. And I don't agree with Cp6uja that Ana was in her best shape fitness wise since 2008 in January of 2011. She was in perfectly good shape near the end of 2010 and there was no need for the drastic weight loss. It no doubt effected her game and may have been a reason for the abdominal injury to start the season (I'm no doctor, so I'm just speculating).

I agree with everything. Losing 10lbs or something in two months wasn't the best idea...

Have you guys ever seen this pic? :help:
http://spd.fotolog.com/photo/61/52/113/ana__the__best/1293671777290_f.jpg

VirtusBO
Dec 19th, 2013, 01:17 PM
Yup, that's what WTA site says...

and her site too
http://www.anaivanovic.com/about-ana/team-ana

Ana never had the slightest intention of appointing a new coach, it was just our wishful thinking

Curtos07
Dec 22nd, 2013, 01:56 AM
I can't imagine Ana acting. :lol: I so wonder what Hollywood film she was offered a role in, though.

Ana Ivanovic could end up in Hollywood in the future, having already turned down a film role - but for now she is focused on regenerating her tennis career, starting at the ASB Classic next week.

The former world No1 will be a major drawcard for the Auckland tournament. Though her career has stagnated over the last few years, she remains one of the most marketable sportspeople on the planet.

Ivanovic has featured on more than 180 magazine covers around the world. She was signed up to Adidas "for life" as a 22-year-old and also endorses global giants like Rolex. She is recognised from Beijing to Budapest and has been offered acting roles in several movies, including a Hollywood production.

"Most of [the offers have been] independent movies but there was one role in a Hollywood movie that looked so exciting," Ivanovic told the Herald on Sunday. "It was a bit more than a cameo, but not a major role. It would have suited me because it involved some action."


"Still, for just a few scenes and about 10 lines of dialogue, it would have taken eight days to film. Unfortunately I wasn't able, or willing, to sacrifice my training for that long."

Hollywood is hardly a typical career path for a tennis player but Ivanovic, currently ranked No16, has an engaging personality and been regularly voted the world's "hottest" female athlete. For a long time she generated more visitors to her official website than any female sportswoman. Like Maria Sharapova and Anna Kournikova, fans and media tend to focus on her appearance as much as her sporting ability.

"It's not something I give much thought to," says Ivanovic. "I don't like to read about myself, so I'm not really aware of it until I am asked about it in an interview like this. I just go about my training and my matches, concentrating on getting better. I try to be a good role model and that's it - I am not thinking about my appearance or anyone else's, just their tennis."

Before the fame and fashion, Ivanovic was a tennis prodigy in the former Yugoslavia. Growing up throughout the NATO bombing of Belgrade, Ivanovic trained in the mornings to minimise the danger and for a period famously practised in an empty swimming pool, as no tennis courts were available.

Success came quickly. As a 17-year-old in 2005 at Roland Garros, in just her second Grand Slam tournament, she reached the quarter-finals; by the end of that year she was in the top 20. In 2007 she reached the final in Paris (beating the world No2 and No3 en route, before losing to No1 Justine Henin) and the last four at Wimbledon.

Her momentum continued in 2008 as she made another major final (the Australian Open, lost to Maria Sharapova) before winning her first Grand Slam (beating Dinara Safina) at the French Open. At the age of 20, she was suddenly the No1 player in the world.

"The best thing [about being No1] was the satisfaction of achieving my lifetime goal, my lifetime dream," reflects Ivanovic. "It was an amazing feeling. [However] when that feeling wore off, I started to feel some pressure; you do feel like you have a bullseye on your back, because everyone wants to beat the No1 player. They don't have any pressure when they play you - the pressure is all on you ... And I wasn't quite ready for it."

Ivanovic descended steadily from that high. She didn't make it past the fourth round of her next 17 Grand Slam tournaments, as she battled injuries and lost confidence. The Serbian changed coaches a number of times and dropped to world No65 in 2010.

Ivanovic started to struggle with her serve and seemed to over-analyse her game as she attempted to fix things. She was still an accomplished player but the booming forehand and powerful serve was less evident.

Last year "wasn't a great season" by her standards but there were some positives, like pushing Victoria Azarenka to the limit at the US Open.

"I competed very well against one of the world's top players and was close to winning that match," says Ivanovic. "That was an important step, because I hadn't played well against a really top player at a Grand Slam in such a long time."

After 10 years on the tour, Ivanovic still feels she can return to the top 10, or higher: "I definitely believe it - I feel my game is almost there. My motivation is as high as ever and I know I will have to work hard for it."

When glamour turns creepy
At the 2008 Wimbledon tournament, former champion Michael Stich, working for the BBC, turned a brief interview with Ana Ivanovic into a speed dating session. It made for awkward viewing. The 39-year-old German, with his uncomfortably direct manner, came across as slightly lecherous but the 20-year-old Ivanovic maintained her grace.

MS: "Do you have a boyfriend?"

AI: "No, I don't."

MS: "There will be a time when you get jewellery [as gifts], do you get a lot of love letters?"

AI: "I have had a few marriage proposals to my website but I don't take them too seriously."

MS: "I imagine - you are in the spotlight - and you are very beautiful - there must be a lot of young guys?"

AI: "[There are] one or two. It is very flattering and every girl likes to receive compliments and invitations to dinner or drinks ... but I haven't met the right guy yet."

MS: "Ok, that's good to know for the guys who really like you and would like to spend some time with you ..."

Stich concluded the 'interview' by asking what kind of pet Ivanovic would like to have.

Win 2014 ASB Classic final tickets
The Herald on Sunday, courtesy of ASB, has two tickets (Robinson stand) to the ASB Classic final to give away.

Send your name, address, telephone number and the answer to the question below to sport@hos.co.nz

How many Grand Slam finals has Ivanovic reached? Entries close 6pm, Dec 23.

- Herald on Sunday

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11176521

Ana'sProcess
Dec 22nd, 2013, 08:57 AM
Well I can easily see Ana in one of those Christmas Hollywood movies, you know... with Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Mcconaughey, Ryan Reynolds and co.
Ana would be some nice and charming young lady who comes into movie to make everyone fall in love with her, while Sarah falls into depresion on Christmas for not being that young anymore.
Ana also becomes famous for selling her Anaples in TV shows, which draws Sarah even more crazy, because she can't be that thin and good looking like Ana. Sarah eats Anaples all day long, but she doesn't know that the reason of her getting fat is in her feelings and not food.
However, at the end, after Christmas and New Years Eve chaos and mess, Ana leaves the town to pursue her career again realising that love can wait, while Sarah finds the right one and even runs to airport to say goodbye to Ana and to apologize for not being kind with her. Then we have that dramatic moment when Ana winks to Sarah and Sarah runs with her bags while snow is falling and her love interest comes to hug her and kiss her.

Maybe. :D
:D

gaviotabr
Dec 22nd, 2013, 10:45 AM
She was probably offered the role of a beautiful eastern european model that guys drool over in one of those hollywood teenage movies.

Panther24
Dec 22nd, 2013, 10:55 AM
She was probably offered the role of a beautiful eastern european model that guys drool over in one of those hollywood teenage movies.

Izzy :bigwave:


But no one can blame us guys for that...

Right, Ana? :lol:

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marineblue
Dec 22nd, 2013, 08:34 PM
She'll have enough time for movie shooting and all after her tennis career. Right now she needs to focus on her act out there on the court. I'd really love to see new and improved Ana in 2014.:awww:

VirtusBO
Dec 23rd, 2013, 06:09 AM
Ana into acting :eek: it'd be hilarious :lol:

Well I can easily see Ana in one of those Christmas Hollywood movies, you know...

Leon Daniel, you're way better than 99,9% of hollywood writers, i tell you!

Ana'sProcess
Dec 23rd, 2013, 09:34 PM
Ana into acting :eek: it'd be hilarious :lol:



Leon Daniel, you're way better than 99,9% of hollywood writers, i tell you!

Oh :lol:

RU90
Dec 24th, 2013, 01:10 AM
http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m2xqw221jX1ru1ii2o1_400.gif

Oh my god, this is so incredibly sexy. :drool:

Dead Net Cord
Dec 24th, 2013, 10:40 AM
Here is an article from September but at the same time it's up to date

The Rise, Fall, and Seemingly Permanent Plateau of Ana Ivanovic

http://www.changeovertennis.com/rise-fall-seemingly-permanent-plateau-ana-ivanovic/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=rise-fall-seemingly-permanent-plateau-ana-ivanovic

Cajka
Dec 24th, 2013, 10:43 AM
Here is an article from September but at the same time it's up to date



http://www.changeovertennis.com/rise-fall-seemingly-permanent-plateau-ana-ivanovic/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=rise-fall-seemingly-permanent-plateau-ana-ivanovic

Sigh... same old, same old.

DanLovesWTA
Dec 25th, 2013, 03:25 PM
http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2013/12/2014-season-preview-ana-ivanovic/49988/

DanLovesWTA
Dec 26th, 2013, 12:51 PM
http://www.sport.co.uk/tennis/ana-ivanovic-focussed-on-tennis-admit-hollywood-rumours/4542424/

sharapovafrench
Dec 26th, 2013, 03:02 PM
Ana Ivanovic makes low key arrival in Auckland

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Ana Ivanovic arrives at Auckland Airport.

Before doing so, she told Fairfax Media that she'd been looking forward to her first visit to New Zealand.

"I am very excited to be here," Ivanovic said.

"It is my first time here and I'm really looking forward to seeing the city and also looking forward to the tournament.

"My relatives have been here before and they told me it was really beautiful. Sorana [Cirstea] is my friend and she's played the tournament before."

Full article here : http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/tennis/9555164/Ivanovic-makes-low-key-arrival-in-Auckland

Iva87
Jan 5th, 2014, 06:03 PM
Sportski žurnal

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Cp6uja
Jan 9th, 2014, 08:31 PM
Giant article about Ana Ivanovic on CNN site:

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/01/09/sport/tennis/ana-ivanovic-australian-open-tennis/index.html?hpt=hp_c5&sf21480775=1

Cp6uja
Jan 10th, 2014, 10:48 AM
Бабите на Пиронкова: Рано отписаха внучката (http://www.sportal.bg/news.php?news=466111)

Бабите на Цветана Пиронкова - Цеца Чинкова и Ели Пиронкова, преливаха от гордост след шестата поредна победа на внучката си. Цвети срази световната №7 Сара Ерани (Италия) на турнира в Сидни с награден фонд от 710 000 долара - 7:6, 6:3. Двете баби не мигнали цяла нощ и гледали заедно 1/4-финалния мач по телевизията. “Някои специалисти много рано отписаха нашето Цвете! Но тя им показа на всички какво може!” - коментира баба Ели, на която е кръстена по-малката от сестри Пиронкови - Елисавета. “Едва ли има по-щастлива баба от мен днес в България - радостна е баба Цеца. - Невероятно е да си чуваш два часа името по един от най-известните спортни тв канали в света. И да гледаш как твоята внучка надиграва тотално тенисистка, която е със 100 места пред нея в световната ранглиста...
Great example how it works in Balkan media and society. Nobody want to listen to You, yours problems and Your opinion, no help or support when You need it, but when You suddenly start to produce some big results and become popular, even opinion of both Yours grandmas become important and relevant for whole country :haha:

Cp6uja
Jan 11th, 2014, 01:21 AM
Guess who is on AO official site home page cover story :neverindoubt: ???



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Ana ready to hit the heights (http://www.ausopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2014-01-11/201401101389336465674.html)
Saturday, 11 January, 2014
By Dan Imhoff
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An expression of genuine gratitude at winning a small tour event doesn’t always come easy to players who have scaled the rankings and had their name etched on a Grand Slam trophy.

Beneath Ana Ivanovic’s multimillion-dollar smile, though, is the same down-to-earth person who learnt from a young age – practising in a war-afflicted city – things don’t always work out as expected.

It’s nearly six years since the Belgrade native reached No.1 in the world on the back of her first, and to date only, major title at Roland Garros with victory over Dinara Safina.

Her career since has failed to match up to those heights.

So when the 25-year-old Serbian beat Venus Williams for her 12th career title in Auckland on the eve of Australian Open 2014, it was a victory with added significance; her first title since Bali more than two years ago.

"It's very special," she said. "Every victory is special, but this one even more so because it's been a while since I've won a tournament. I've really worked hard and I felt like I deserve it, but to actually make it happen and especially in a final against such a good player, it's very thrilling."

The year of her Grand Slam breakthrough, 2008, remains Ivanovic’s standout season, one where she also made a run to the final of the Australian Open before falling to Maria Sharapova and scooped the Indian Wells title.

She ended 2007 ranked No.4 after winning titles in Berlin, Los Angeles and Luxembourg as well as her debut in a major final against Justine Henin at Roland Garros.

Since her stellar 2007-08 seasons, though, Ivanovic has fallen well short of emulating those successes.

She has reached just one grand slam quarterfinal – at the 2012 US Open – and has not finished the year ranked in the top 10 since, dropping to as low as No.65 in the world in 2010.

Where her confidence has dipped on the big stages, a string of injuries and a slew of coaching changes have done little to help her cause.

Now, however, she enters Australian Open 2014 with a 5-0 start to the season and a new team – all from the former Yugoslav region. Her coach, Nemanja Kontic, has played Davis Cup for Montenegro.

Ivanovic has spoken of the comfort of having a team with the same cultural background and being able to speak the same language.

The aim is not to make her time on the practice court any easier. It’s a step towards rebuilding her confidence with a clear goal of returning to the top 10.

“That’s my main goal at the moment, but I’m still quite far from achieving it,” she said.

“I need to be able to beat the top players.”

The pressure of that lone major title from 2008, though, still rests heavily on her shoulders.

“You have proved to yourself, and to everyone else, that you are capable of achieving it, so the expectation increases,” she said.

“No matter how much belief you have in yourself, it is only when you achieve your goals – like winning a Grand Slam – that you prove to yourself how good you are. Pressure from the media increases, because once you win a Grand Slam you become a contender at future tournaments.”

Ivanovic’s flat forehand, when it’s on, is one of the most potent in the women’s game. Her movement and net play have improved markedly over the years, and although she didn’t win a title in 2013, Ivanovic found consistency at the Slams, reaching the fourth round at the Australian, French and US Opens.

Off-court, she has already turned down a small acting role in a Hollywood film. Her movie-star looks and affable personality have helped ensure her place among the top 10 highest-paid female athletes for 2013 with earnings of $7 million.

However, she remains humble, making it clear her career priorities remain firmly confined to the tennis court.

“Well, obviously my big goal is to win another Grand Slam,” she said.

“You know, I really want to work hard for it. It's (a) long way. I have to beat players like Vika (Victoria Azarenka), Serena (Williams), other top players to get there. I'm aware of that. I have (the) luxury that I've been there, so I know what it takes.”



Ana Ivanovic is the 14th seed at Australian Open 2014 and plays Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands in the first round.

Iva87
Jan 19th, 2014, 02:25 PM
http://www.vesti-online.com/Sport/Tenis/375696/Ana-je-svetska-vest-dana-

Ana je svetska vest dana!


Srpkinja je ponovo među glavnim svetskim vestima, posle dugo vremena. Ana Ivanović je šokirala teniski svet - eliminisala je neprikosnovenu Amerikanku Serenu Vilijams u osmini finala Australijan opena, a pogledajte kako je to ispraćeno u medijima širom planete...

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Ana'sProcess
Jan 19th, 2014, 03:01 PM
This is SO GOOD, almost pure magic and ubelievable... :hysteric::bigclap:

Iva87
Jan 20th, 2014, 02:37 PM
:D :D

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Iva87
Jan 25th, 2014, 09:16 AM
http://www.anaivanovic.com/diary/im-very-optimistic-about-season

I'm very optimistic about this season

I've just about caught my breath, after such an exciting start to the season. To win my first nine matches was like a dream, really, because I didn't have any expectations when I started in Auckland.

If someone had offered me the Auckland title and beating Serena at the Australian Open I'd have taken it for sure. Of course I'm disappointed that I couldn't beat Bouchard, and that I've had to pull out of Paris with an injury, but I am trying to focus only on the positives and I already have good momentum.

I really wanted to use this great start, and take my good form into Paris but unfortunately it's not to be: I have to rest for a few more days before I start training again. But I'm very confident I'll be fit for Doha and Dubai, which start in two weeks.

Beating Serena was obviously one of the biggest wins of my career. Actually, it's probably only behind winning the French Open, in terms of handling the occasion. The way Serena was playing, it was like everyone expected her to win the tournament.

It's no secret that Serena is by far the most intimidating player to face: it's easy to look at her game and wonder how you're going to be able to beat her. I had never won a set against her before, and of course that creates some doubts. But this time around, I had a new mindset. With my new team, I am feeling a lot more confident and enjoying my tennis more. I think that was a bit part of my success in Melbourne: being relaxed, and enjoying the tight moments.

It would have been nice to go even further but I've now got a good base, and I'm high in the Race - now it's a case of staying there and achieving my goal of qualifying for Singapore.

I received incredible support in Melbourne. Thank you, guys!

Love
Ana

Posted on Jan 25th 2014

:awww::hearts:

gaviotabr
Jan 25th, 2014, 09:32 AM
I think that was a bit part of my success in Melbourne: being relaxed, and enjoying the tight moments.

I just... I just hope never to see her as much of a ridiculous nervous wreck as she was while serving for the first set against Bouchard. Enjoy the tight moments Ana and hit the ball.

Iva87
Jan 29th, 2014, 07:13 PM
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What are your impressions of this year's Australian Open? What do you focus the most during the tournament?
Overall it was a great tournament for me. I knew I had prepared well for the new season but I tried not to have too many expectations. I was able to relax and enjoy me tennis, starting in Auckland. It was obviously a great feeling, to win my first title in over two years, and I took that form with me into the Australian Open. Beating Serena is one of the highlights of my career and I’m sure it is no surprise to hear that that is what I will take most from the event. It has given me a lot of confidence and I feel very positive about the rest of the season.

You have changed your associates, now working in a wholly Serbian team. What has this change brought to you? Is it easier to work with people from your homeland?
It’s created a very fun, positive environment. Having fells Serbs in my team helps, because they understand me so much better than foreigners. We use less words, because we understand each other’s thoughts and feelings due to our shared identity. Aside from that, we are all quite young and we fun together, joking around. But, most importantly, we are all very serious about achieving top results, and we motivate each other to do better.

How much do you hang out with the other players off the court? Did you go to cocktail parties and gatherings that the tournament organizers arrange or you're strictly focused on the game?
I am friends with quite a few players. Sorana Cirstea is my best friend. We go out to dinner together a lot, and we have even been on vacation together. I’ve become good friends with Flipper (Kirsten Flipkens) and we played doubles together in Auckland. We don’t really go out to bars or anything like that, but we like to go out to restaurants together, and of course we chat a lot in the locker room.

Was there a party that remained in your memory?
There are many! I have been fortunate to experience many great social gatherings. Traditionally the best players parties are held in IW. Wimbledon and NewYork. But recently the party Mr Branson organised at Necker last November is probably the best ever.

Were your parents and your brother Miloš with you in Melbourne? How important to you is their support?
My parents were there, and my aunt and uncle live there. We’re all very close. I am even good friends with some of the Australian friends of my aunt and uncle. The highlight of the trip is always spending time with my family in Melbourne. Unfortunately my brother couldn’t be there, because he is soon finishing his studies in London, so he had to spend time at university.

You work much on your shape, as it's evident from the perfect line. What do you eat to be explosive on the court and at the same time very slim? It is known that carbohydrates provide energy, how many you ingest?
Because we spend so many calories on the court and in the gym, we can eat a lot without really gaining weight. Actually it is important to make sure you are taking on enough energy, to support your training. I have a good, balanced diet. I avoid friend foods and don’t eat much red meat, but I allow myself some treats like frozen yogurt or pancakes now and then. I eat a lot of pasta, fish and vegetables.

What are your professional, and what are the private goals for this year?
My goal is to get back to the top 10, and to qualify for the WTA Championships in Singapore. Fortunately I’ve started the season well, I’m in the top eight already and now I have to work

RU90
Jan 30th, 2014, 01:59 AM
ANA IVANOVIC BIOFILE
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By Scoop Malinowski
Status: 2008 French Open champion and former WTA world No. 1
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 150
DOB: November 6, 1987 In: Belgrade, Serbia
Tennis Inspiration: “Monica Seles. I was watching her on TV when I was four. During the break there was a commercial for a tennis school. I remembered the phone number and kept asking my mom there for maybe a month. Finally, she agreed. I fell in love with the game straight away. And for my fifth birthday my father gave me my first racquet.”
First Tennis Memory: “I remember my first ever lesson. I can’t describe how happy I was. It’s just a simple love for playing the game.”
Hobbies/Interests: “I love reading, especially historical thrillers. I spend a lot of time watching DVDs and going to the cinema. I like to have long dinners with my family and friends, I find that very relaxing.”
Last Book Read: “Monica Seles autobiography.”
Favorite Movie: “The Departed.”
Favorite TV Shows: “24, Lost and Prison Break.”
Musical Tastes: “Lots of kinds, Hip-hop, R&B, pop, Serbian.”
Favorite Meal: “Asian, especially sushi and black cod.”
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: “Cookies and cream.”
Pre-Match Feeling: “I like to be alone for the final moments before a match. I sometimes play Sudoku and listen to music. This helps me relax and then, just before I go out, I start to really think about my tactics for the match.”
First Car: “Peugeot 207.”
Current Car: “Peugeot 207.”
What Would You Be If Not A Tennis Player: “It’s hard to say. Probably I would be doing something with languages. I love languages.”
Favorite Web Site: “I enjoy visiting my own web site (www.anaivanovic.com). Because it’s a nice record of my career. I also Google a lot and You Tube.”
Favorite You Tube Videos: “I like to watch clips from comedy shows like Friends.”
Greatest Sports Moment: “Winning the French Open in June of 2008.”
Most Painful Moment: “I would probably say that having to withdraw from the Olympics in Beijing was the most painful moment of my career. I had been dreaming of playing in an Olympics for many years, and I got injured just a few weeks before. I did everything I could to try and recover in time, but it was too late. It was a huge disappointment.”
Favorite Tournaments: “There are so many. But if I have to choose one, it’s the Australian Open. I have family in Melbourne and I love to visit there.”
Funniest Players Encountered: “Novak Djokovic. I’ve known him since we were four and he always made me laugh a lot. It’s fitting that they call him The Joker.”
Toughest Competitors: “Henin and the Williams sisters.”
Best You Ever Felt On Court: “It’s funny, I often dream about playing the perfect match. But of course, that’s impossible. Still, I’ve had some pretty good matches. Beating Sharapova 62 61 in the semifinals of the French Open was one of the best. Against Hingis in Montreal was also a great match for me. There was a match against Schnyder in Stuttgart when I won 60 62.”
Funny Tennis Memory: “My first ever match in front of a big crowd was an exhibition with Mansour Bahrami and Henri Leconte. Those guys are very funny. I was very nervous because I was so inexperienced but they were so funny that I was able to relax. They were all the time joking around. Novak is also fun to play with. We played together in mixed doubles in Australia and around that time we also played a singles exhibition against each other. I was laughing a lot during those matches.”
Embarrassing Tennis Memory: “Playing a junior tournament in Canada. I was in the player lounge and they called my match. I wasn’t quite ready so I was in a bit of a rush. I grabbed my bag and ran to the courts. When I got there, I realized I had taken someone else’s racquet bag! I ran back to return it and get mine. Luckily, whoever it was didn’t realize. But I was still very embarrassed.”
First Famous Tennis Player You Encountered: “It was Venus Williams. I was playing French Open juniors and I was with my friend Sanja Ancic, who was also playing. We were in the locker room and she saw Venus and thought it would be fun to have our picture taken with her. She was very nice to us. I still have the picture.”
People Qualities Most Admired: “I think it’s important to be driven, to have a goal. I like people who are caring and generous and also those who have a good sense of humor.”
http://www.tennisfrontier.com/blogs/scoop/ana-ivanovic-biofile/

Her favorite website is her own. :spit:

WonderFan
Jan 30th, 2014, 03:07 AM
Favorite slam now the OZ... :lol:

The 2nd Law
Jan 30th, 2014, 09:11 AM
I never knew about the photo with Vee!

Iva87
Jan 31st, 2014, 09:30 PM
http://www.womenfitness.net/interview_anaIvanovic.htm

An Interview with Ana Ivanovic: An Enigma of Women Tennis

Ana Ivanovic is regarded as the most beautiful women tennis player in the world today. She is an enigma of women tennis. Ana Ivanovic is a Serbian tennis player ranked No. 1 in the world in 2008. As of January 13, 2014, she is no. 14 in the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) rankings for singles. She beat Dinara Safina to win the 2008 French Open and was the runner-up in singles at the 2007 French Open and the 2008 Australian Open, has also qualified for the annual WTA Tour Championships twice (in 2007 and 2008) and has won the year-end WTA Tournament of Champions twice, in 2010 and 2011. Today she is the star of women tennis.

Competing as a professional since 2003, she has won 12 WTA Tour singles titles, including one Grand Slam singles title. As of 2013, Ivanovic has career earnings of over 10.7 million US$. In June 2011, she was named one of the "30 Legends of Women's Tennis: Past, Present and Future" by Time and was also included on the list of Top 100 Greatest Players Ever (male and female combined) by reporter Matthew Cronin. Ana has the most-visited website of any sportswoman (according to www.alexa.com).

She won the ******************** Sexiest Female Player award for five straight years (2005-2009). In 2010 it was renamed the "Ana Ivanovic Sexiest Female Player" award and she was struck off the ballot list, she finished 11th on FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2009 list. She was named the best-looking tennis player of all-time by The Age newspaper. In October 2008 she won Die Bild newspaper's reader poll for "most beautiful body" in sport, in December 2008 again, she was named "best looking" female tennis player by The Globe & Mail newspaper and Voted Hottest Female Athlete on the planet by readers of sportsnet.ca in 2009.

Her first breakthrough came at the 2004 Zurich Open, where she qualified and narrowly was beaten by Venus Williams in the second round in two tiebreak sets. By the age of 18 Ivanovic had already defeated established players, such as Svetlana Kuznetsova, Nadia Petrova, Vera Zvonareva, and Amélie Mauresmo, the last of whom she defeated in the 2005 French Open on her way to reaching the quarterfinals of her second Grand Slam tournament. She also has defeated many other past and present top players including Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Dinara Safina, Martina Hingis, Jelena Jankovic, Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitová, and Victoria Azarenka. When on form Ivanovic is known for her aggressive style of play and impressive forehand, described by Petrova as, "the best out there."

Ivanovic's next Grand Slam quarterfinal came at the 2012 US Open, where she lost to eventual champion, Serena Williams. At the 2014 Australian Open, Ivanovic caused an upset by beating Serena Williams in 3 sets to advance to the quarterfinals.

Ivanovic was born in Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia on 6th November 1987. Ivanovic's mother Dragana, a lawyer, has been courtside during most of her matches. Her father Miroslav, a self-employed businessman, attended as many events as he possibly could. Ivanovic has a younger brother, Miloš, with whom she loved to play basketball.

Ivanovic first picked up a racket at the age of five after watching Monica Seles, a fellow Yugoslav, on television. She started her career after memorizing the telephone number of a local tennis clinic from an advertisement. During the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, she was forced to train during the morning to avoid bombardments. Later, she admitted that she trained in an abandoned swimming pool in the winter, as no tennis facilities were available.

Ivanovic has won many awards. She has won Sony Ericsson WTA Tour most Improved player (2005), Serbian Sport Association "May Award" (2007), Sony Ericsson WTA Tour most Improved player (2007), Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award (2007), Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Diamond ACES Award (2008), Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Humanitarian Award (2009), Nominated for U.S. Secretary of State's 2007 International Women of Courage Award (2007), Michael Westphal Award (2008), Serbian Women's Team of The Year (2012, as part of Serbia Fed Cup team), Best Female Tennis Player In Serbia (2012) and Award Pride of the Nation by Serbia Tennis Federation.

Ana Ivanovic today world leading women tennis player in conversation with Namita Nayyar President Women Fitness

Ms. Namita: You have won twelve WTA Tour singles titles, including one Grand Slam i.e the French Open in 2008. You have been ranked No. 1 tennis player in the world also in 2008. What has been your motivation that led you to reach such pinnacle of success?

Ms Ana Ivanovic: I love to compete. I fell in love with the game of tennis at a very young age, and I still love it the same way I did when I was a kid. What motivates me is the opportunity to compete, especially at the big tournaments like the Grand Slams. This motivation comes quite easily, because it’s something I really enjoy.

Ms. Namita: What exercises comprise your fitness regime or workout routine you shall like to share?

Ms Ana Ivanovic: I’ve always thought it is important to have a lot of variety in your training, to keep things interesting. Although I am very motivated by my love of competing, of course there are some days when training might be more difficult than usual, but if you’re doing plenty of different and new activities it’s easier. Lately I’ve been doing some weights work in the gym, to improve my strength. That hasn’t been easy, because weights are not so much fun, but I just focused on the ultimate goal of improving my tennis, and that helped motivate me through.

For club tennis players I would recommend interval training – sprints, either outdoors or on the treadmill. This will quickly improve your aerobic ability, and your stamina in matches.

As tennis players we do a lot of footwork drills, because movement is such a big part of the game these days. One of the simple drills that anyone can do is to put a rope ladder on the floor and practice moving inside and around it, without touching the rope.

Ms. Namita: Do you take some special diet or have a strict menu that you follow to remain healthy and physically fit?

Ms Ana Ivanovic: Part of being a professional athlete is managing your body and what you put into it. Considering how much we train, the most important thing is to make sure you are getting enough energy and nutrients from your food, and also supplements, to support your training.

Because we burn so many calories we have some flexibility in what we eat: I do love ice cream! But I have a healthy diet overall and I only eat foods like that occasionally. I have some general rules, for example avoiding fried foods. I also don’t eat much red meat. I eat a lot of fish and rice. I don’t digest pasta well.

As much as I can, my diet is Gluten-free, but it’s not always possible, especially when travelling to places like Asia and South America; it’s easier to find Gluten-free products in the States and England.

The constant travel can take its toll on your immune system and it’s not always possible to get all the nutrients you need. Since the age of 15 I’ve been taking the vitamin product Juice PLUS+, which I find does a great job of supporting my immune system and giving me peace of mind, that I’m getting the nutrients I need.

Ms. Namita: Advice and motivational words to our inspiring and budding tennis playing girls who all are your fans, what they should do for their climb to ladder of success in the field of tennis?

Ms Ana Ivanovic: The most important thing is that you enjoy it, and not take it too seriously, because really it’s about fun. Only a small number of people can play tennis professionally; I knew that when I was a kid and so I took my education very seriously, because it’s something you can always fall back on.

But overall, my advice is to enjoy your tennis and to always believe in yourself. If someone thinks you have limits, you can use that as motivation to prove them wrong. You can always improve.

Ms. Namita: How did you feel before and after your memorable win of French Open in 2008?

Ms Ana Ivanovic: Actually I came into the tournament in not the very best shape, because I had lost in the first round of the Rome tournament. In Rome, on the morning of my match, I knew that I had a chance to become No.1 that same week, it was my life’s goal, and I got a little bit emotional and didn’t handle the moment well.

So I arrived in Paris with a bad result in my last tournament, but I knew I was in good form. Everything really fell into place. I quickly established a routine: my coaches and I, we would train off-site at a sports club and not even go to Roland Garros unless it was a match day. We’d go to the same restaurant for dinner most nights. My family was all there. It was just perfect, really, although can you imagine I got robbed at my hotel! They stole my jewelry while I was out practising.

But even that didn’t get me down. I was really on a mission, and my team were clever because they didn’t tell me that I would become No.1 by winning my semi-final. So there was less pressure on me, and it was an incredible feeling to reach the final and become No.1 at the same time. Of course I cried.

I cried also when the Serbian national anthem was played after I won. Of course I will never forget the whole two weeks, and Paris is my favourite city.

Ms. Namita: It is known that you had come back in numerous matches with sheer determination against all odds and won. How you were able to overcome match setbacks and low performance periods in your career and what advice you shall like to give to fellow sports person in a similar situation?

Ms Ana Ivanovic: I think to make it as a professional tennis player you have to be very determined, and willing to work hard. There are many talented players, but not all of them become professionals. It’s interesting to look back to my junior days – some of the best players back then are no longer playing professionally. I’m not saying they didn’t work hard, but sometimes it’s about just how much you want it, and how much you’re willing to sacrifice.

I still want to be No.1, to win Grand Slams, and that’s what keeps me going. That’s what motivates me to go and train.

Regarding comebacks in matches, I think all good players believe they can win until they lose the last point, so you never give up. It doesn’t even cross your mind.

Ms. Namita: You became UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia and have special interest in the fields of education and child protection. Kindly tell us your activities in this field of noble interest?

Ms Ana Ivanovic: It’s a great honour, to work with an organization such as UNICEF, and to have the opportunity to make a difference to kids. I’m very flattered to have this opportunity to help children, and to try to reduce the amount of abuse and violence we see in schools.

When I first became an ambassador for UNICEF in Serbia I read a lot about the projects I would be supporting and I was amazed to learn how much aggression there is in schools. For the past six years I’ve been part of an awareness programme, aimed at reducing violence in schools and we’ve had a lot of success at achieving this, but there is still a long, long way to go.

When I visit my hometown of Belgrade I try to take part in an event with kids, sometimes going to their school, to discuss the issues of bullying and violence, and how they can be managed better. I try to promote the programme whenever I can, even outside of Serbia, just by talking about it.

Women Fitness Team thanks Ana Ivanovic for giving her valuable time for this interview and quenching the thirst of her fans to know more about her, we shall also like to thank Gavin Versi from DH Management whose efforts made this interview happen.

Iva87
Feb 3rd, 2014, 06:13 PM
http://www.sportal.rs/news.php?news=118631&c=60840

Ana Ivanović za SPORTAL.RS: Uživam u radu sa srpskim trenerima

3 februar 2014

Ana Ivanović sprema se za novi put ka samom vrhu svetskog tenisa. Srpska teniserka svesna je šta je potrebno da bi se postigli najviši ciljevi, a trenutno 12. na svetskoj rang listi želi da u nastavku karijere osvoji još neki Gren slem, nakon što je svojevremeno podigla trofej Rolan Garosa. Tvoj stručni štab nedavno je značajno "osvežen" srpskom notom, novi trener je Nemanja Kontić, a fitnes trener Zlatko Novković, koji je nekoliko godina, sa pauzama, radio sa tobom. Nestalna igra koja je značajno uticala na tvoje rezultate posle osvajanja Roland Garosa i prvog mesta je, po svemu sudeći, stvar prošlosti. Koliko važna je ova promena za tebe u smislu komunikacije, motivacije i sveukupnog napretka u tvojoj igri? Da li ti se čini, posmatrajući unazad kroz vreme, da je do nje moglo doći i znatno ranije, pogotovo imajući u vidu impresivan početak sezone 2014? - Svakako je to promena koja je donela neke nove pozitivne stvari i veoma mi prija. Nije tajna da se često bolje razumete sa svojim sunarodnicima zbog sličnog mentaliteta. Imamo odličnu komunikaciju. Pored toga, svi smo veoma mladi i često se van terena dobro zabavljamo. To me opušta. Mislim da je bitno da uživate i da ste opušteni i to donosi rezultat kao nedavno u Australiji. Nisam sigurna da li je to moglo da se dogodi i ranije. Mislim da se stvari dešavaju sa razlogom. Ne mogu reći da sam namerno tražila trenera iz Srbije, jednostavno bio mi je potreban neko ko mi odgovara, dogodilo se da je to trener iz Srbije i ja sam zadovoljna zbog toga - ističe Ivanovićeva za SPORTAL.RS.

Ne možemo se otrgnuti utisku da Srbija i Beograd žele još više i češće da se “viđaju i druže” sa Anom Ivanović i da ova “žudnja” postaje sve više primetna. Da li bi Ana, kao njegovo “dete”, a ujedno i mlada žena svetskih nazora, želela da preporuči i prenese Beogradu, iz ličnog iskustva, kako da Beograd postane još zanimljivija, pristupačnija, prijatnija i zabavnija metropola za svoje građane, kao i njegove goste?

Hvala, to je lepo čuti. Ponosna sam na svoj rodni grad iz mnogo razloga, a ne samo zbog tradicionalne gostoljubivosti koju pokazujemo ljudima koji dolaze iz inostranstva. Malopre smo pominjali moje prethodne trenere koju su bili stranci i sećam se da su se oni uvek divno provodili kada bi došli u Beograd. Bili su oduševljeni gostoljubivošću naših ljudi, a takođe su mi govorili da naš narod zaista zna da uživa! Beograd se menja i to u mnogo čemu na bolje. Kada sam ja bila dete, za mnoge stvari smo morali da idemo na "zapad", jer toga nije bilo kod nas. Sada Beograd nudi mnoge od svetskih butika, sjajan noćni život, luksuzne hotele... Sigurna sam da će se taj proces nastaviti. Nadam se da će Beograd sve više biti metropola u kojoj će se održavati najveći svetski događaji iz oblasti kulture, umetnosti i sporta.

Priča o tvom izuzetno neuobičajenom početku uspešne međunarodne teniske karijere u krizom pogođenoj Srbiji odavno je obišla teniski svet i šire. Kako bi glasila tvoja konstruktivna poruka kojom bi želela da podržiš nadu i nastojanja za ostvarenjem novih generacija koje odrastaju u toj sredini i trude se da se izbore za bolji život u naizgled permanentno teškim uslovima?

Nadam se da je uspeh moje generacije inspiracija za mlade ljude da budu uporni u ostvarenju svojih ciljeva. Ukoliko naporno radite, imate talenat i verujete u svoje snove, uspeh neće izostati. Mi nismo imali sjajne uslove u vreme kada smo počinjali, ali nas je vodila ljubav prema tenisu i san da jednog dana podignemo pehar na najvećim turnirima. Samo je pitanje koliko nešto želiš, onda to i možeš.

Da li crpiš motivaciju da napredujes i briljiraš u sportu i iz nekih drugih izvora, osim želje za sportskim nadigravanjem - kao što su velika naučna, umetnička, kulturna, društvena ili humanistička ostvarenja istorijskih velikana? Da li imaš dovoljno vremena i interesovanja da pratiš druge sportove i koje njihove karakteristike posmatraš sa najviše pažnje, a da ti mogu biti korisne na bilo koji način u procesu unapređenja tvog pristupa tenisu i igračke strategije?

Tokom godina sam se često okretala knjigama u kojima sam tražila nešto novo, inspirativno ili primenljivo na ono što radim. To su bile ponekad knjige iz oblasti psihologije, neobične životne priče izuzetnih ljudi, ili nešto kao što su književnici kao Paolo Koeljo u čijim knjigama uvek možete pronaći skrivenu poruku ili mudrost. Pored toga, moja motivacija je prilično jednostavna - volim da se takmičim! Pratim i druge sportove i imam nekoliko prijatelja iz sveta sporta van tenisa, tako da sam u toku šta se kod njih dešava.

Iako se često nalaziš u očima javnost, opsti utisak je da je Ana Ivanović pomalo povučena, pa možda čak i stidljiva. U nekim kulturnim sredinama, poput srpske, na stidljivost se ponekad gleda kao posledicu (dobrog) vaspitanja u okruženju punom emocija i ljubavi, ali i kao simbol skromnosti. Kako bi prokomentarisala takve ocene tvoje ličnosti?

Hvala na lepim rečima. Nezahvalno je da govorim o sebi. Tokom godina sam naučila da, ukoliko ste izloženi očima javnosti, svako će vas gledati na svoj način. Nekome ćete se dopasti, a nekome ne, i na to ne možete da utičete. Jednostavno, važno je da budete ono što jeste, da se trudite da pružate dobar primer i da se nadate da će ljudi videti vaše kvalitete. Vaspitavana sam na tradicionalnim vrednostima i verujem da se dobro dobrim vraća. Mislim da je agresivnost, nepoštenje, laž i nepoštovanje drugih za apsolutnu osudu zaključila je Ana.

Iva87
Feb 9th, 2014, 04:27 PM
http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/sports/tennis/271691/serbian-star-ivanovic-eyes-title-wins-and-much-more-in-2014


Serbian star Ivanovic eyes title wins and much more in 2014

February 09, 2014

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DOHA: Serbian tennis star Ana Ivanovic believes early bird gets the worm.

The 2008 French Open champion has arrived in Doha for this week’s $2.5m Qatar Open five days in advance in hope of lifting her maiden trophy in the Middle East.

Revelling in a scintillating start to the 2014 season, Ivanovic says she wants to build on her title win in Auckland at the start of January which followed a semi-final loss at the Australian Open.

“I wanted to come early to adjust to the time difference. I know that the courts and the balls are different so I really enjoyed my time in training here,” Ivanovic said at the draw ceremony for this week’s Qatar Open.

“I just want to play the best tennis and do well at top championships and that is really something I want to achieve,” the 26-year-old said.

“I am really happy with the way my year has started,” Ivanovic said.

“Winning a title after a while was a good thing. It was a lot of hard work,” the Serbian, who is not seeded in Doha, added.

With world number one Serena Williams of the US and defending champion Victoria Azarenka of Belarus skipping the Doha leg with injuries, fans feel Ivanovic could have a smooth sailing in the Qatari capital the next six days.

However, the Serbian feels a bit different.

“Many people say that (that she’s the favourite to win in Doha), but I don’t look at it that way,” Ivanovic said.

“You want to beat the best. It is unfortunate that Serena is not here but the draw is pretty strong. We are all trying to do our best we can,” she added.

Ivanovic said she was targeting Grand Slams and wins at top events to complete her resurrection after slipping in the world rankings (she dropped to 65 in July 2010).

Currently ranked number 12, Ivanovic ended 2013 season at number 16 and without a trophy.

“Oh yes, that (doing well at Grand Slams) is something definitely on the radar and that is something I want to do,” Ivanovic said.

“I was a bit sad after losing in the semis once I beat Serena at Australian Open but I still made some huge steps and I got the confidence for the next one,” the Serbian added.

“You just take one step at a time and work hard. That doesn’t mean you have to perform well (all the time). I just didn’t think about the match. I just took one step at a time,” Ivanovic said about her time in Australia last month.

“I always had a feeling that I had a game to do well so I really hope I can go far,” she said.

About her first-round clash against Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, Ivanovic said: “We have known each other for a long time. It will be a fun match and a very good game, I am sure.”

She added: “It is really a tough first-round match. But I look forward to the challenge. So it is going to be fun.”

When asked if it was nerve-wrecking watching the draws being made by WTA Tour officials, Ivanovic said.

“Not really. We just look at these things on a week-to-week basis. You always get to see the matches so you know the players.”

If all goes well, Ivanovic could well bump into Australian Open champion and the top seed Li Na in the third round at the Tier I event.

Other top seeded players in Doha include Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, Italy’s Sara Errani, Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, Angelique Kerber of Germany, Simona Halep of Romania and Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.

The winner in Doha gets $441,00 while the losing finalist goes home $220,200 richer.

The losing semi-finalists pocket $110,100 each.

Milan.
Feb 9th, 2014, 04:56 PM
^

Revelling in a scintillating start to the 2014 season, Ivanovic says she wants to build on her title win in Auckland at the start of January which followed a semi-final loss at the Australian Open.

I mean, what? :spit: :sobbing:

doni1212
Feb 10th, 2014, 02:46 PM
And this :lol: : “I was a bit sad after losing in the semis once I beat Serena at Australian Open but I still made some huge steps and I got the confidence for the next one,” the Serbian added.

I'm more confused by these "revelations" that she's the favorite. Who has said that? Li and Aga are the favorites.

Iva87
Feb 17th, 2014, 06:46 PM
http://gulfnews.com/in-focus/dubai-tennis-championship/ana-ivanovic-turns-an-art-connoisseur-1.1291890


Ana Ivanovic turns an art connoisseur

Touring the Al Fahidi Historic Neighbourhood, the tennis star admits she has a passion for artistic expression

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Dubai: This may not be Ana Ivanovic’s first time in Dubai, but on Saturday morning, the tennis player told tabloid! it’s been one of her most eye-opening visits yet.

As a Dubai Duty Free Ambassador, Ivanovic’s role is to get the word out about some of Dubai’s most popular tourist attractions through promotional video shoots. This year, the DDF Full of Surprises Travel Show brought her to Al Fahidi Historic Neighbourhood in Old Dubai, a quiet getaway previously known as Al Bastakiya.

With its narrow lanes, hole-in-the-wall shops and outdoor galleries, Al Fahidi is one of the oldest Emirati neighbourhoods standing — a slice of traditional Arabic culture. A far cry from the polished and modernistic malls that Ivanovic had become accustomed to, Al Fahidi is characterised by roughly-finished stone floors, unpaved walls with water stains climbing up the bottoms and soaring wind towers that evoke a simpler time.

“Over the years, having come [to Dubai], the changes I’ve seen have been amazing. So many new buildings — and it’s so futuristic. I did my preseason one year here, so I really enjoyed staying at the [One&Only Royal] Mirage with the Venetian feel to it, and the malls are just huge,” Ivanovic said. “I feel a little more comfortable around the city, the places I want to see and visit, but there’s too many things to do and not enough time — they should [bring us for] two weeks!”

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She barely paused to catch her breath between sentences, gesturing nonstop at her surroundings as she spoke. She seemed full of energy and hungry for adventure, which must be helpful attributes for any long-standing athlete.

‘The soul of Dubai’

“Then again, these galleries bring out the soul of Dubai,” she added. “This was really interesting for me to see today, because I haven’t seen this side of Dubai yet. I’ve seen the souq — I’ve seen the gold souq — but it’s just different [here] with the traditional feel of stuff.”

Ivanovic was dressed perfectly for her outdoor adventure. With her dark hair pulled up into a ponytail, she perused the alleyways in a flowing cheetah print skirt, an elegant black blouse and a pair of comfortable but trendy beige sandals. In another world, she could have been doing a high-fashion photo shoot.

Three photographers and a film crew followed her as she did several b-roll takes just walking from point A to point B, smiling at the lens or looking off to the side. Those particular frames didn’t give much insight into Ivanovic’s personality, but it shone through more naturally when she stopped to take in what the small shops had to offer.

“Gorgeous, it’s so nice,” she marvelled beneath her breath.

The first store, Royal Saffron, had rows and rows of spices on display outside — ginger root, star anise, chestnuts, cinnamon sticks, dried chili and dates were just some of the many choices up for grabs. The spices were divided up into woven wooden baskets, scratched-up barrels and crates. They were sold alongside old-fashioned knickknacks such as miniature camel statues, mugs moulded into regional caricatures and a variety of hookah pipes.

As Ivanovic ducked closer to inspect each of the spices, she struck up a conversation with a shopkeeper who was oblivious to her superstar status. He asked her where she was from so he could relate some of the spices back to her home country, Serbia.

Inspecting herbs

She seemed to be stowing away this knowledge to be used in practical settings at a later time. When the shopkeeper explained to her the calming impacts of herbs such as sage, for example, Ivanovic laughed and said: “If you have a boyfriend that talks too much, just burn this.”

She made several stops at other craft stores. At one, she tried on a few oversized, colourful rings, which in the past were inscribed with family names and used to stamp documents in place of a signature.

“Am I allowed to?” she asked at one point, approaching a spread of soap and daggers. Upon receiving permission, she picked up a few different-sized weapons, pulling the knives out of their sheaths and swinging them around with playful sound effects, a hint of her more youthful side.

After her exploratory jaunt, Ivanovic was taken to Majlis Gallery, a home-cum-art-exhibition with no ceiling to speak for, just a few sheets draped overhead to keep the sun from hitting guests too strongly. She was introduced to artist Trevor Waugh, a UK-based fine artist who’s been exhibiting his work in Dubai for over 20 years, and whose current exhibition showing both sides of the city — desert and nightlife — is on until mid-March.

It didn’t take long for the two of them to veer off their scripted interactions as they wandered from painting to painting, getting into involved discussions about the secrets behind each piece, and the importance of letting inspiration run its course. Ivanovic was vocal in her admiration of Waugh’s soothing use of colour and dream-like techniques in his dusty, overcast oil paintings of sand dunes, dark skies and camels in the desert.

“It’s calming, but so powerful,” she said. “It’s really interesting to see the story behind every artist or the work they do, because I think every piece brings something more — the story and the feel to it, it’s nice to understand that.”

Latent talents

Did she have any hidden talents herself?

“I love to write. When I read books, I like to write quotes or something like that, but unfortunately, I’m not artistic at all. This is something I wish I was, because these things amaze me and I really appreciate the talent that people have. I wish I could do something like that.”

She also confessed, with a coy laugh, that she had been considering getting a few of the pieces from the gallery to hang in her new apartment in Belgrade. She hasn’t had time to decorate it and it’s still fairly bare, she said, making her keen to pick up a few Waugh originals — even though logistics might be too complex to allow for it.

“I still don’t have any artwork yet, I don’t have so much time, but I want to take time and make sure I select the right pieces. It’d obviously be a little bit hard to carry, but they’re beautiful pieces and they’re so, so calming.”

Her last encounter of the afternoon was with Khaled Al Sa’ai, one of her biggest fans, and one of the fastest calligraphers in the world. His first exhibition, he told me, had been in 1987. Preparing for her arrival, he mixed yellow, black and red paints to write her name in whimsical letters on white paper, and the intricate piece took him less than a minute to finish.

“I love Ana,” he said, admitting that if you looked through his practice portfolio of calligraphic paintings from over the years, you would see her name come up more than once along with some of his other favourite stars. “I’ve been following her career. I know everything about her.”

Awestruck

For her part, Ivanovic was awed as Al Sa’ai painted a new piece for her, watching him closely and saying she loved his methods even if she couldn’t paint herself.

“Calligraphy is another thing that really amazes, because to me, it’s something impossible. To me, the picture [or paintings] I can sort of relate to, but this is just amazing. There was one piece on the wall in Khaled’s exhibition that was just breathtaking. When you look at it, you can just stare at it for hours.”

Of course, Ivanovic doesn’t have that kind of time. She would be getting into the thick of things as part of the championship in Dubai.

“There are so many strong players and everyone from top is coming. It’s a good challenge, because if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best.”

Iva87
Feb 18th, 2014, 04:49 PM
http://www.anaivanovic.com/pressandinterviews/xpress-newspaper-dubai-interview

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Iva87
Feb 20th, 2014, 09:10 PM
http://gulfnews.com/in-focus/dubai-tennis-championship/ana-ivanovic-to-fall-back-on-new-coaching-team-1.1293595


Ana Ivanovic to fall back on new coaching team

Former world number one focused on continuing to improve after Dubai exit

Dubai: With a new coach as part of a revamped team around her, has left former world number one Ana Ivanovic raring to go for the remainder of the season.

After scaling the summit of women’s tennis in the middle of 2008, Ivanovic saw her form desert her in subsequent seasons.

However, the 26-year-old Serb has done well in recent times and made a strong start to this season, winning her 12th WTA title at the Auckland Open last month, when she beat Venus Williams in the final.

Ivanovic also made it to the quarter-finals at the Australian Open, where she lost to Canadian teen Eugenie Bouchard.

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On Wednesday, she made a second round exit from the Dubai Duty Free Women’s Open after being blown away by Williams 6-2, 6-1, but she promised she will work hard to be at her best for the remainder of the year.

“It’s very hard, but this is a hard week. It’s still a matter of working and improving. I have a lot of work to do and there is a lot more weeks to come,” Ivanovic said.

“But I really want to focus on that, just backing up these victories and hopefully not [having too many] matches like this.”

Ivanovic announced at the end of last year that her new team consisted of Nemanja Kontic as coach and Zlatko Novkovic, who used to be her part-time fitness trainer, was given a full-time assignment.

Since then she has improved and has often described herself as “strong-willed, sensitive, determined and extremely competitive” — but that was not seen during her loss on Wednesday.

“If things are not going your way then sometimes I do get upset and I get wound up. But today [Wednesday] was just very hard because I really felt like I was trying to do the right things and it was not going my way and it’s sometimes very hard emotionally,” she said.

“There is no reason to really get upset when it’s just not working. So I just have to work harder.”