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jelenacg
Jul 14th, 2009, 01:23 AM
The thing is I believe Nole will only be back to singles tournaments 1 week after Ana, at Montreal. So Ana should start her preparations this week. But I agree.. if Scott is around, she can do physical work and some light hits there. I guess we will see what she decided the next few days.. I've read in a report somewhere that he was asked if she would be around for the British Open and said that he was not sure. I don't know if that is because he just didn't want to comment or if it's not decided yet.

Oh i didn`t know that, Ana you better start practicing this week :( jk
Ana was always very responsable about her tennis and her practices so really no reason for us to start worrying if she is going to practice or not :lol:
So how did Adam do at that tournament after all ?:lol:

gaviotabr
Jul 14th, 2009, 02:01 AM
Oh i didn`t know that, Ana you better start practicing this week :( jk
Ana was always very responsable about her tennis and her practices so really no reason for us to start worrying if she is going to practice or not :lol:
So how did Adam do at that tournament after all ?:lol:

I think he did pretty well. He ended the tournament tied for the 4th position. It seems he had a not so good round on saturday that killed his chances of a title, but his other 3 rounds were very very good. In the end it was his best tournament in ages.

I hope Ana does really well in the US Open series too.. :sobbing: Come on Ana! :armed:

jelenacg
Jul 14th, 2009, 02:13 AM
I think he did pretty well. He ended the tournament tied for the 4th position. It seems he had a not so good round on saturday that killed his chances of a title, but his other 3 rounds were very very good. In the end it was his best tournament in ages.

I hope Ana does really well in the US Open series too.. :sobbing: Come on Ana! :armed:

That`s pretty good ,so they are each others lucky charms :lol::lol:
I`m satisfied with him not stealing her mojo :tape::lol: I also want to see her do well :hysteric:

gaviotabr
Jul 14th, 2009, 02:17 AM
That`s pretty good ,so they are each others lucky charms :lol::lol:
I`m setisfied with him not stealing her mojo :tape::lol: I also want to see her do well :hysteric:

:lol:

No, please! Not another mojo stealing boyfriend! :lol:

She did win the Wimbledon matches he attended, so I guess it's all good. Let's see how she does in the upcoming tournaments.. :p

jelenacg
Jul 14th, 2009, 02:27 AM
:lol:

No, please! Not another mojo stealing boyfriend! :lol:

She did win the Wimbledon matches he attended, so I guess it's all good. Let's see how she does in the upcoming tournaments.. :p

:lol: but true :tape:
Well I wouldn`t mind her playing good,having an easy draw and winning some tournament :p

gaviotabr
Jul 14th, 2009, 02:56 AM
:lol: but true :tape:
Well I wouldn`t mind her playing good,having an easy draw and winning some tournament :p

That sounds perfectly good to me.. :lol::p

Balltossovic
Jul 14th, 2009, 03:45 AM
She'll be okay:cool:

gaviotabr
Jul 14th, 2009, 04:56 PM
Vogue has a preview of their cover story The Age Issue, that features Ana with that hideous picture. :lol: It seems, from the making of video, that there are quite a few other pictures that look a lot better.

http://www.style.com/vogue/feature/2009_August_The_Age_Issue/?mbid=rss_feature

Vogue Feature
The Age Issue
TENNIS STAR: 20S
Ana Ivanovic, 21, Professional Tennis Player

"Ana Ivanovic is very good for women's tennis, and not just because she is good-looking," says Steve Tignor, the executive editor of Tennis Magazine. "She also happens to be a nice, well-rounded person…The fact that she's a normal person at the top of her sport is really rare—the normal people tend to get weeded out as they go up."

Ivanovic photographed on the Deauville boardwalk in France in a cobalt Eres bathing suit. Fashion Editor: Lawren Howell.

http://www.style.com/vogue/feature/2009_August_The_Age_Issue/slideshow/horizontal/?loop=0&iphoto=0&play=false&cnt=9

And the making of video:

http://www.style.com/vogue/voguediaries/2009_August_The_Age_Issue/

Isha312
Jul 14th, 2009, 06:28 PM
Yea, the other pictures looked way better. Whoever is responsible for picking that bathing suit pic should be fired.

Marilyn Monheaux
Jul 15th, 2009, 03:06 AM
From her official website:)

WTA website interview

July 14, 2009 /

Ana recently gave an interview to the official Sony Ericsson WTA Tour website. The following is a reproduction of the transcript, which features several quirky questions:

Do you have any pets?
No, I’m not such a fan of animals. But one day I would like to have a Golden Retriever.

Do you play video games?
I never did until someone introduced me to Guitar Hero recently and I love it.

When you win the coin toss, how do you choose?
Usually I choose to serve. But very occasionally I choose to receive.

What do you think of Clijsters returning?
I have always got on very well with Kim so I am happy that she is coming back. She’s a great player and I hope to have the opportunity to compete against her again.

Did you ever play a musical instrument?
No, the closest I have come is with Guitar Hero!:lol:

What was your favorite show/movie when you were a kid?
Peter Pan.

What is the funniest trick you've played/someone played on you?
Probably when my fitness coach and I hid in some bushes and jumped out on my old coach and hitting partner, as they walked back from dinner. They were terrified!

Have you ever gotten lost when travelling?
I have pretty good orientation but of course I’ve been lost when visiting new cities.

What's the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you?
The support and sacrifices my family made for me when I was young are amazing. I owe them a lot and I will always be grateful for what they did.:awww:

Who is your favorite men's player?
Roger Federer. I admire him very much not only for his achievements, but for how he conducts himself on and off the court. I also like Nadal, and of course Novak because we have been friends for many years.:hearts::yeah:

What's the favorite off-court activity you ever did at a tournament?
It’s hard to pick one – there have been many enjoyable activities. I recently hit on the roof of a hotel in Rome, which was very enjoyable because of the beautiful views. I love children, so anytime I do a hitting clinic with kids is fun too.

What is the most beautiful place you've ever been to?
Noosa, in Australia.

Do you have a favorite board game?
I used to play a lot of backgammon but not anymore.

What's your favorite bad food?
Pancakes with Nutella!:drool:

If you could spend a day with any historical figure, which person would you choose and why?
That’s a very hard question! I would probably say Leonardo da Vinci. I’d like to know more about that era and it would be amazing to see his works in person. (Thank God she didn't say Freud! That would have been a complete disaster:help:)

mure
Jul 15th, 2009, 03:30 AM
lol at her diplomatic answer regarding men's tennis.."what's your favorite spanish club Ana?".."Barca,also Real is a great team,and i've always been a big Atletico Madrid fan.."

Mixo
Jul 15th, 2009, 10:23 AM
lol at her diplomatic answer regarding men's tennis.."what's your favorite spanish club Ana?".."Barca,also Real is a great team,and i've always been a big Atletico Madrid fan.."

No no no no, if Ana wants me to support her she should say only Real xD

gaviotabr
Jul 15th, 2009, 07:26 PM
Ana's article in Vogue has the following title:

Ace, Interrupted

After tumbling from her perch at the top, the unassuming but determined tennis champion Ana Ivanovic plots her comeback to center court.

http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/2435/vogue1.png

I'm curious to read it. I read the article on google executive Marissa Mayer and it's quite interesting. Ana's article will go on to talk about the slump and so and so.. but I'm hoping there are new elements to her story.

gaviotabr
Jul 15th, 2009, 07:29 PM
The interview on Ana's web is nice. I especially like the question about which historic figure she would like to meet. I had never thought about it, and it's a different and interesting question. I almost thought she would say Freud.. :lol: But Leonardo Da Vinci is a good choice. :) I think I would like to meet Socrates.

jelenacg
Jul 15th, 2009, 09:46 PM
Yes nice interview :)
What's your favorite bad food?
Pancakes with Nutella :lol::lol: i totally agree with her

jonnyroyale_13
Jul 15th, 2009, 10:15 PM
Im sorry people, i know its a fun interview, but this interview was given to the official Sony Ericsson WTA website?:tape: If Ana had a time machine she would meet Leonardo Da Vinci, thats what i expect her website to ask her about. I guess better to ask her on the official tour website than in a post match interview.:tape:
As for the Vogue interview, Ill be curious to read it as well. It would be nice to hear her say a lot about her game in that article. Although im expecting a magazine like this mostly will inform the magazine readers stuff we already know about, questions about upbringing, life outside tennis, etc.

gaviotabr
Jul 15th, 2009, 11:20 PM
Im sorry people, i know its a fun interview, but this interview was given to the official Sony Ericsson WTA website?:tape: If Ana had a time machine she would meet Leonardo Da Vinci, thats what i expect her website to ask her about. I guess better to ask her on the official tour website than in a post match interview.:tape:

I think the interview is for that segment "Meet...", it wasn't done in a post match interview. I actually liked it.. it's quirky and has some different questions.

As for the Vogue interview, Ill be curious to read it as well. It would be nice to hear her say a lot about her game in that article. Although im expecting a magazine like this mostly will inform the magazine readers stuff we already know about, questions about upbringing, life outside tennis, etc.

I'm hoping there is something special to the Vogue article, and not just the standart thing about the swimming pool + swiss bussiness man + success + slump + search for new success. I hope there is new insight. They divided the article about the google executive in a very interesting way, talking about all aspects of life.

jelenacg
Jul 15th, 2009, 11:31 PM
I think the interview is for that segment "Meet...", it wasn't done in a post match interview. I actually liked it.. it's quirky and has some different questions.



I'm hoping there is something special to the Vogue article, and not just the standart thing about the swimming pool + swiss bussiness man + success + slump + search for new success. I hope there is new insight. They divided the article about the google executive in a very interesting way, talking about all aspects of life.

I think you are asking for too much Izzy :lol:
But it would be nice to read something new for a change

gaviotabr
Jul 15th, 2009, 11:34 PM
I think you are asking for too much Izzy :lol:

:sobbing: Am I delusional? :sobbing: After that hideous pic, I guess I shouldn't expect anything from Vogue.. :sobbing:

But it would be nice to read something new for a change

It would be so nice.. :sobbing: Especially coming from such an important magazine that will surely sell a lot.

By the way.. they seem to have a thing for tennis players. This "The Age Issue" is anual, and last year they had Cris Evert on. :)

jelenacg
Jul 15th, 2009, 11:41 PM
Wow Cris Evert and then Ana :eek::worship::worship:
No matter of her slump Ana gets a lot of media attention :)

gaviotabr
Jul 15th, 2009, 11:43 PM
Wow Cris Evert and then Ana :eek::worship::worship:
No matter of her slump Ana gets a lot of media attention :)

Yes, definitely. I think her team knows how to sell her very well to media and sponsors. Im' not sure about their tennis related decisions though.. :tape:

Marilyn Monheaux
Jul 15th, 2009, 11:44 PM
'Cause Ana is a star:)

I'd really love to read something different as well:sobbing: Can't wait for the issue to come out:bounce:

jelenacg
Jul 15th, 2009, 11:54 PM
Yes, definitely. I think her team knows how to sell her very well to media and sponsors. Im' not sure about their tennis related decisions though.. :tape:

True :sobbing:
'Cause Ana is a star:)

I'd really love to read something different as well:sobbing: Can't wait for the issue to come out:bounce:

Off course and a GOAT :)

Curtos07
Jul 16th, 2009, 12:02 AM
I have a feeling Ana is going to get asked about fashion, looks, etc in the upcoming Vogue issue and we will hear something like "It's very flattering, all woman likes compliments, but how you looks doesn't help you win points on the tennis court." :lol: I guarantee you that will be in there. Anybody want to bet? :D

jelenacg
Jul 16th, 2009, 12:12 AM
I have a feeling Ana is going to get asked about fashion, looks, etc in the upcoming Vogue issue and we will hear something like "It's very flattering, all woman likes compliments, but how you looks doesn't help you win points on the tennis court." :lol: I guarantee you that will be in there. Anybody want to bet? :D

Good one :lol: but nothing beats swimming pool story :rolleyes:
I totally expect that to be mentioned so i would bet on swimming pool story :lol:

Marilyn Monheaux
Jul 16th, 2009, 12:25 AM
AnaGOAT:inlove:

And I bet Ana will be really 'excited' and 'thrilled':lol:

gaviotabr
Jul 16th, 2009, 04:07 AM
From twitter:

Serena Williams, Ana Ivanovic and Andy Roddick are playing tennis tonight at canyon at 8 NBD!
about 1 hour ago from twidroid

http://twitter.com/YoLexis

What? :confused:

Marilyn Monheaux
Jul 16th, 2009, 04:51 AM
what is canyon 8? Serena is at the ESPYs tonight and I'm sure Ana is still here:confused:

BrofUJu
Jul 16th, 2009, 04:56 AM
Serena and V are definitely at the ESPYs, Ana is at the British Open. Makes no sense, definitely not true.

gaviotabr
Jul 16th, 2009, 10:13 PM
According to the following article from serbian newspaper Press, Scott Byrnes is with Ana in Scotland:

Ana upoznala Adamovog oca!
Srpska teniserka Ana Ivanović bodri svog dečka Adama Skota na golf turniru u Škotskoj, ali vreme uglavnom provodi sa njegovim ocem Filom. Na fotografijama se vidi da je Skot senior oduševljen „snajkom"



Šampionka Rolan Garosa iz 2008. godine Ana Ivanović sjajno se zabavlja u Škotskoj, gde već danima bodri svog dečka Adama Skota, koji učestvuje na Otvorenom prvenstvu Velike Britanije, jednom od najpoznatijih golf turnira! Dok Adam ubacuje loptice u rupu, Ana uživa u društvu njegovog oca Fila, pošto njih dvoje zajedničkim snagama vatreno navijaju za Adama!

Sa fotografija se jasno vidi da se Skot senior i trenutno 11. teniserka sveta odlično slažu, ali i da zajedno dele ljubav prema kafi. Ana i Fil pomno prate svaki Adamov potez i žestoko proslavljaju svaki put kada ubaci loptu u rupu. Zanimljivo je da je Ana na vrlo sličan način upoznala i roditelje svog bivšeg dečka, španskog tenisera Fernanda Verdaska, ali je samo nekoliko dana posle toga njihova veza pukla baš zbog Adama. Ipak, sudeći prema osmehu srpske teniserke, ovog puta ljubavna priča neće imati tužan kraj.



Humani Adam

Adam Skot je u profesionalnoj karijeri zaradio samo od nagrada sa turnira skoro 19 miliona dolara. Kao i većina vrhunskih sportista, uključujući i samu Anu Ivanović, i on se bavi humanitarnim radom. Tako njegova fondacija gradi zgradu od 16 stanova u rodnom gradu Adelejdu. Svi stanovi će biti dodeljeni omladini sa specijalnim potrebama.


Inače, Srpkinja koristi pauzu u svom profesionalnom kalendaru da provede što više vremena sa momkom Adamom. Njih dvoje su trenutno sigurno jedan od najlepših i najatraktivnijih sportskih parova na svetu. Australijski as juče je napunio 29 godina i očigledno je da je želeo da provede rođendan u društvu najbližih, mada prema prvim rezultatima nije imao mnogo razloga za slavlje. Naime, Skot se nije proslavio prvog od četiri dana, koliko se održava ovaj „mejdžor turnir", pošto ga je završio sa jednim udarcem „iznad para", tako da ne treba očekivati da će napraviti značajan rezultat. I on, kao i Ana, traži povratak u šampionsku formu.

Pored toga što su mladi, lepi i uspešni, oboje prolaze kroz slične probleme u karijeri. Skot je do pre godinu dana smatram jednim od najvećih talenata na pro turu, postavši sa 23 godine najmlađi pobednik „Plejers čempionšipa", koga zovu i „peti mejdžor". Inače, mejdžori su pandan grend slemovima u tenisu, tako da naša teniserka u tom segmentu vodi sa 1:0. Takođe, 21-godišnja Beograđanka je stigla i do prvog mesta, dok je as iz Adelejda bio treći.

Navijači Ane Ivanović se sigurno nerviraju što se ona i dalje odmara, to jest oporavlja od povrede butine zarađene na Vimbldonu. Ipak, kao velika profesionalka, ona je u Škotsku povela i kondicionog trenera Skota Bernsa, sa kojim svakodnevno trenira.


http://www.pressonline.rs/page/stories/sr.html?view=story&id=72967&sectionId=44

gaviotabr
Jul 16th, 2009, 10:17 PM
At least Scott is there.. I can only hope Ana gets in shape this week with physical work and light hits and then heads to Las Vegas. It's okay to start with light work and just getting ready in the first week of practice, but then she needs to go work with a coach to actually improve her game. I'm really hoping she goes to Las Vegas.

I guess I'll be looking out for Adam's blog.. he has a blog a week and he often says where he is.. :sobbing:

Curtos07
Jul 16th, 2009, 10:34 PM
Nice to know Scott is there with her. She needs to get some practice in with LA only a couple weeks away.

I translated that article in google translator and this came up:
However, according to the serbian teniserka smile, this time love story will have a sad end.
:confused:

jelenacg
Jul 16th, 2009, 10:47 PM
Nice to know Scott is there with her. She needs to get some practice in with LA only a couple weeks away.

I translated that article in google translator and this came up:

:confused:

Scott is there with her :bounce::bounce:
Google translate strikes again :lol::lol:
It says that according to Ana`s smile this relationship won`t have a sad end :)
They also talk about Adam`s charity work,about Ana supporting Adam with his father...nothing new

jelenacg
Jul 16th, 2009, 10:51 PM
At least Scott is there.. I can only hope Ana gets in shape this week with physical work and light hits and then heads to Las Vegas. It's okay to start with light work and just getting ready in the first week of practice, but then she needs to go work with a coach to actually improve her game. I'm really hoping she goes to Las Vegas.

I guess I'll be looking out for Adam's blog.. he has a blog a week and he often says where he is.. :sobbing:

So you guess he will be with her again :scratch:
Does he have another tournament in next few weeks?

gaviotabr
Jul 16th, 2009, 10:58 PM
So you guess he will be with her again :scratch:
Does he have another tournament in next few weeks?

I think after the British Open his next tournament starts on August 3, which is the week of LA. So I'm thinking they might be together the next couple of weeks. From what I've read, his coach is also based in Las Vegas, so great for both.. :lol: Go practice with Cahill Ana, please!

I like that Scott is with her.. but she won't be improving her game practicing only with him and a hitting partner.. she needs a tennis coach. It's okay for the first week of preparation, but she needs to work on her game in the next couple of weeks to be ready and well prepared for the hard court season. She will play 5 weeks in a 6 week time spam.

Curtos07
Jul 16th, 2009, 11:03 PM
Scott is there with her :bounce::bounce:
Google translate strikes again :lol::lol:
It says that according to Ana`s smile this relationship won`t have a sad end :)
They also talk about Adam`s charity work,about Ana supporting Adam with his father...nothing new

Thanks! :) I can never trust what google translator says. :lol:

jelenacg
Jul 16th, 2009, 11:10 PM
I think after the British Open his next tournament starts on August 3, which is the week of LA. So I'm thinking they might be together the next couple of weeks. From what I've read, his coach is also based in Las Vegas, so great for both.. :lol: Go practice with Cahill Ana, please!

I like that Scott is with her.. but she won't be improving her game practicing only with him and a hitting partner.. she needs a tennis coach. It's okay for the first week of preparation, but she needs to work on her game in the next couple of weeks to be ready and well prepared for the hard court season. She will play 5 weeks in a 6 week time spam.

OMG they are so similar :speakles::eek:
So they will definitely spend next few weeks together :lol: and i don`t see why not in Las Vegas :)

gaviotabr
Jul 16th, 2009, 11:15 PM
OMG they are so similar :speakles::eek:
So they will definitely spend next few weeks together :lol: and i don`t see why not in Las Vegas :)

Yes.. but we just never know with Ana.. she might just want to go practice in Mallorca.. :sobbing: she needs to work with a tennis coach! :sobbing:

jelenacg
Jul 16th, 2009, 11:31 PM
Yes.. but we just never know with Ana.. she might just want to go practice in Mallorca.. :sobbing: she needs to work with a tennis coach! :sobbing:

:lol: true
But if she brought Scott with her i think she knows she needs to work with a coach on her tennis as well

Marilyn Monheaux
Jul 16th, 2009, 11:32 PM
Yes.. but we just never know with Ana.. she might just want to go practice in Mallorca.. :sobbing: she needs to work with a tennis coach! :sobbing:

Badly!:sobbing:

Did anyone else see the video of Nicole in GM? She's playing so terrible:bigcry: I don't want Ana to become like her:sobbing:

GO PRACTICING ANA!!!!:( STAT!!!:o

gaviotabr
Jul 16th, 2009, 11:47 PM
:lol: true
But if she brought Scott with her i think she knows she needs to work with a coach on her tennis as well

I don't know.. Ana is almost always with Scott. He was with her in the off season last year, and we all know how that went.. :sobbing:

I do hope you are right though.. and that she knows she needs to work with a tennis coach in her preparation period, not only during the tournaments.

gaviotabr
Jul 16th, 2009, 11:49 PM
Badly!:sobbing:

Did anyone else see the video of Nicole in GM? She's playing so terrible:bigcry: I don't want Ana to become like her:sobbing:

GO PRACTICING ANA!!!!:( STAT!!!:o

Yes.. how can that happen with a player? Really sad to see someone who could clearly compete at the top of the game be in such a state now.. I still have so many fond memories of Ana's match against Vaidisova in Wimbledon. It was a great match and just 2 years ago..

jelenacg
Jul 17th, 2009, 12:00 AM
Badly!:sobbing:

Did anyone else see the video of Nicole in GM? She's playing so terrible:bigcry: I don't want Ana to become like her:sobbing:

GO PRACTICING ANA!!!!:( STAT!!!:o

Just saw it,FTW is that :tape::tape:
Amateurs play better than this and her movement:help:
Without a real coach + low confidence and you get this :tape:But if she really wants it,she still has time to come back.She is only 20 years old

jonnyroyale_13
Jul 17th, 2009, 12:55 AM
Its almost like Nicoles loss to Ana at Dubai was the beginning of the current Nicole. I watched her Sydney matches from 2008 beating JJ and losing to Kuznetsova, and also the Serena AO match. She still looked like the same old Nicole at that point. I remember she had a ridiculous amount of aces in the very first match of 2008, i think it was 17 or something vs Dellacqua. Then she goes to Dubai, loses to Ana, and WTF happened? Last time i saw a Vaidisova match, was Dushevina beating her in Russia last fall, and it wasnt that difficult. At least a happy moment for Dushevina in her country.:angel:

gaviotabr
Jul 17th, 2009, 04:59 AM
From Matt Cronin at tennis reporters:

NOTES FROM ALL OVER
The struggling Ana Ivanovic will head to LA the week before the tournament and work with her new coach, Darren Cahill, who has broadcasting duties at the men’s LA Open at UCLA….

Just the week before? Please go next week Ana.. :sobbing:

The men's event in LA starts July 27th. Will Ana get only 1 week of preparation? Or have we got to the point that we should celebrate that she will be working with a great tennis coach like Cahill 1 week before the tournament? :sobbing:

I'm almost more scared of Ana practicing by herself and picking up bad habits than not practicing at all.. :help::tape::sobbing:

Curtos07
Jul 17th, 2009, 06:58 AM
From Matt Cronin at tennis reporters:



Just the week before? Please go next week Ana.. :sobbing:

The men's event in LA starts July 27th. Will Ana get only 1 week of preparation? Or have we got to the point that we should celebrate that she will be working with a great tennis coach like Cahill 1 week before the tournament? :sobbing:

I'm almost more scared of Ana practicing by herself and picking up bad habits than not practicing at all.. :help::tape::sobbing:

Cahill will probably still be in Las Vegas next week. Ana will most likely head out there on Sunday or Monday, and work with him there all next week. Because Cahil has television duties the following week, Ana will will travel with him so that she can continue working with him. So I am confident that they will be working together for the next couple of weeks. :)At least that is how I read it.

gaviotabr
Jul 17th, 2009, 03:12 PM
Ana Ivanović endorses “Schools without Violence” campaign

17 July 2009 | 14:51 | Source: B92

BELGRADE -- Serbian tennis star and UNICEF ambassador Ana Ivanović will give all money raised from her new Adidas clothing line to the “Schools without Violence” campaign.

The Adidas line will feature six shirts in three categories: for women, girls and unisex.

The designs for the clothing line, which will be limited edition, were selected by Ivanović’s fans via a vote on her website.

The shirts will go on sale on July 20 in Adidas stores around Serbia, and will be available through the websites www.anaIvanović.com and www.unicef.rs.

All money raised from the sale of these shirts will go to the “Schools without Violence” campaign.

“This is a great idea and a very useful campaign. Not only will we raise money for the UNICEF ‘Schools without Violence’ campaign and help its application in schools around Serbia, but we will also raise awareness of the importance of UNICEF’s work on promoting the rights of children,” Ivanović said.

Ivanović’s personal donations have enabled 16 schools in Serbia to join the project, which is financed exclusively from funds raised locally, through donations from members of the public and the business community.

“The shirts are amazingly designed and I love wearing them,” she added.

“Schools without Violence” began as a result of increased concerns over violence among and against children and young people in Serbia over the last few years.

The goal of the program is to help create a safe and supportive learning environment for children’s work and development. It is designed not only for students, teachers and employees in schools, but also for families and the entire community.

The program is being implemented by UNICEF in cooperation with the Education Ministry, the Health Ministry, the Labor and Social Policies Ministry, the National Child Rights Council, the Institute for Enhancing Education and Child-Rearing, as well as the Interior Ministry and the Youth and Sport Ministry.


http://www.b92.net//eng/news/society-article.php?yyyy=2009&mm=07&dd=17&nav_id=60559

gaviotabr
Jul 17th, 2009, 03:13 PM
Cahill will probably still be in Las Vegas next week. Ana will most likely head out there on Sunday or Monday, and work with him there all next week. Because Cahil has television duties the following week, Ana will will travel with him so that she can continue working with him. So I am confident that they will be working together for the next couple of weeks. :)At least that is how I read it.

I really hope you are right.. I guess we will see how everything goes..

gaviotabr
Jul 19th, 2009, 06:08 PM
According to this serbian article, Ana is going to Las Vegas to prepare for the hard court season! :bounce:

Ana Ivanović - nakon golfa sledi put u grad kocke

19. jul 2009. | 09:35 | Izvor: Sportske.net

Pošalji komentarKomentari (0)PošaljiOdštampajPodeli.Vreme uživanja je završeno, srpska teniserka putuje u pustinju Nevade. Baza grad greha, Las Vegas i rad sa Darenom Kejhilom na pripremama za sezonu na betonu.

Ana Ivanović je uvek na naslovnim stranama. Doduše, u poslednje vreme zbog stvari koje nemaju mnogo veze sa tenisom. Izveštaji iz Škotske sa golf turnira na kome prati svog dečka Adama Skota kažu da izaziva ogromno interesovanje gde se pojavi.

Međutim, nastavak sezone je blizu. Srpskinja putuje u Ameriku, u Las Vegasu će se pripremati za start serije turnira na betonu.

Sa njom će raditi Daren Kejhil, jedan od trenera iz Adidasovog tima i čovek koji je Andre Agasija vratio na sam vrh svetskog tenisa.

Ana startuje na turniru u Los Anđelesu, početkom avgusta, slede Sinsinati i Toronto, i onda US Open, kao kruna sezone.

http://www.sportske.net/vest/tenis/ana-ivanovic-nakon-golfa-sledi-put-u-grad-kocke-4170.html

I hope it's true!

jelenacg
Jul 19th, 2009, 06:51 PM
According to this serbian article, Ana is going to Las Vegas to prepare for the hard court season! :bounce:



http://www.sportske.net/vest/tenis/ana-ivanovic-nakon-golfa-sledi-put-u-grad-kocke-4170.html

I hope it's true!

Yes with Darren :bounce::bounce:
Las Vegas here we come :drive:

Davodus
Jul 19th, 2009, 07:30 PM
oohhh this is good! everyone who trains there with him tends to do well

i hope this Ana is no exception!

Marilyn Monheaux
Jul 19th, 2009, 07:44 PM
Viva Las Vegas!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope she practices well and doesn't spend most of her time in the casinos:lol:

Curtos07
Jul 19th, 2009, 08:21 PM
That's great to hear! :) Does it say when she will be going?

spiritedenergy
Jul 19th, 2009, 09:50 PM
Viva Las Vegas!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope she practices well and doesn't spend most of her time in the casinos:lol:

"she will be like one of those zombies, in Vegas, pouring quarters into a slot" :tape::lol:

Quote from an Ani Difranco's song that I hope won't be true, but she'll have her evenings free, I hope she'll enjoy Las Vegas!:bounce::kiss:

jelenacg
Jul 19th, 2009, 10:15 PM
Does anyone have that picture of Ana and JJ with some other girls in casino from few years ago :lol:

Curtos07
Jul 19th, 2009, 11:14 PM
Does anyone have that picture of Ana and JJ with some other girls in casino from few years ago :lol:

:lol: I have a couple.

http://i31.tinypic.com/os7c0i.jpg http://i25.tinypic.com/2qtzjte.jpg

spiritedenergy
Jul 19th, 2009, 11:22 PM
:lol: I have a couple.

http://i31.tinypic.com/os7c0i.jpg http://i25.tinypic.com/2qtzjte.jpg

when was this? What is Jelena wearing?:tape::lol::help:

jelenacg
Jul 19th, 2009, 11:30 PM
:lol: I have a couple.

http://i31.tinypic.com/os7c0i.jpg http://i25.tinypic.com/2qtzjte.jpg

Thanks
JJ :spit:

gaviotabr
Jul 19th, 2009, 11:41 PM
That's great to hear! :) Does it say when she will be going?

I think it says she is on her way... or something like it. Maybe Jelena can get us out of doubts.

gaviotabr
Jul 19th, 2009, 11:44 PM
:lol: I have a couple.

http://i31.tinypic.com/os7c0i.jpg http://i25.tinypic.com/2qtzjte.jpg

:lol::spit:

Look at Kuzzy, paying full attention! :lol:

They look so young.. Paszek must be 15 in these pics.. :lol:

And Chubby Ana! :hearts:

jelenacg
Jul 20th, 2009, 12:08 AM
They said she travels to Las Vegas not she will travel :scratch::lol:
Knowing Serbian newspapers Ana is there already
I didn`t see Kuzzy until you mentioned it Izzy :lol:

spiritedenergy
Jul 20th, 2009, 12:13 AM
Is she really Kuzzy? She looks so different, i don't think it's her:scratch:

gaviotabr
Jul 20th, 2009, 12:16 AM
They said she travels to Las Vegas not she will travel :scratch::lol:
Knowing Serbian newspapers Ana is there already
I didn`t see Kuzzy until you mentioned it Izzy :lol:

Thanks Jelena! Well.. hopefully Ana can practice really well with Darren these 2 weeks before LA.

By the way.. Sven has a new blog on that dutch web. According to google translator.. :lol: he doesn't really say much about Ana.. it's more in general about the grass season and his plans.. but he does say that she asked to be back in the team and that the plan for her was made and it was to get her prepared and ready for the hard court season. He also says he will be back coaching at Cincinatti, and that Ana was the only player in the team that decided to have a longer period of holidays. That isn't hard really considering the other adidas programme players are Caro, Verdasco and Sorana. :lol:

http://www.tennisdirect.nl//cm/index/rubriek/224

gaviotabr
Jul 20th, 2009, 12:18 AM
Is she really Kuzzy? She looks so different, i don't think it's her:scratch:

It is her.. :lol: The second one from the right.

spiritedenergy
Jul 20th, 2009, 12:23 AM
Thanks Jelena! Well.. hopefully Ana can practice really well with Darren these 2 weeks before LA.

By the way.. Sven has a new blog on that dutch web. According to google translator.. :lol: he doesn't really say much about Ana.. it's more in general about the grass season and his plans.. but he does say that she asked to be back in the team and that the plan for her was made and it was to get her prepared and ready for the hard court season. He also says he will be back coaching at Cincinatti, and that Ana was the only player in the team that decided to have a longer period of holidays. That isn't hard really considering the other adidas programme players are Caro, Verdasco and Sorana. :lol:

http://www.tennisdirect.nl//cm/index/rubriek/224

thanks Izzy;) Well I hoped for her to find a new coach... but let's see how things will go... So only those 4 players are in the program? What about Safina? Of those 4 Adidas better stick with Ana:tape::lol::help:

It is her.. :lol: The second one from the right.

She looked so skinny, also she tries to hard to look interested, it;s not a university lesson Sveta:lol::tape::help:

jelenacg
Jul 20th, 2009, 12:28 AM
Thanks Jelena! Well.. hopefully Ana can practice really well with Darren these 2 weeks before LA.

By the way.. Sven has a new blog on that dutch web. According to google translator.. :lol: he doesn't really say much about Ana.. it's more in general about the grass season and his plans.. but he does say that she asked to be back in the team and that the plan for her was made and it was to get her prepared and ready for the hard court season. He also says he will be back coaching at Cincinatti, and that Ana was the only player in the team that decided to have a longer period of holidays. That isn't hard really considering the other adidas programme players are Caro, Verdasco and Sorana. :lol:

http://www.tennisdirect.nl//cm/index/rubriek/224

:lol::lol:
I`m hoping for some good results now that she is with Darren and Sven,at least she didn`t loos to any crapy player lately

gaviotabr
Jul 20th, 2009, 12:31 AM
thanks Izzy;) Well I hoped for her to find a new coach... but let's see how things will go... So only those 4 players are in the program? What about Safina? Of those 4 Adidas better stick with Ana:tape::lol::help:


Those, and Ana, are the main players in the programme. Makiri has joined again now, and also Raluca Olaru and Evgeny Korolev. Safina has worked with the programme a couple of years ago, but now she works only with her coach Krajan. So yeah.. they better stick with Ana.. :lol::help::tape:

Maybe Ana is searching for a coach, but taking her time.. I'm sure she wants to find the right one for her, not Kardon number 2.

gaviotabr
Jul 20th, 2009, 12:34 AM
:lol::lol:
I`m hoping for some good results now that she is with Darren and Sven,at least she didn`t loos to any crapy player lately

Yes.. but she also didn't beat any top player either. I'm hoping that's the next step and she takes it during the hard court season. I'm also expecting some good result. Ana hasn't made a QF since IW. :sobbing:

jelenacg
Jul 20th, 2009, 12:55 AM
thanks Izzy;) Well I hoped for her to find a new coach... but let's see how things will go... So only those 4 players are in the program? What about Safina? Of those 4 Adidas better stick with Ana:tape::lol::help:



She looked so skinny, also she tries to hard to look interested, it;s not a university lesson Sveta:lol::tape::help:

And to lose a future #1 (Fernando) and a pusher (Caro) :tape::lol:
Caro will have with the US open 20 tournaments played this year :help:
Sveta :lol:

spiritedenergy
Jul 20th, 2009, 01:06 AM
Yes.. but she also didn't beat any top player either. I'm hoping that's the next step and she takes it during the hard court season. I'm also expecting some good result. Ana hasn't made a QF since IW. :sobbing:

yes a top 10 win Ana please...:o hopefully Safina:devil:

BrofUJu
Jul 20th, 2009, 04:02 AM
I'm so glad Ana will be working with Darren and Sven, and heading to the States for the week to do some work. Gotta have the fitness for the long month and a bit ahead.

-NAJ-
Jul 20th, 2009, 12:05 PM
:lol::spit:

Paszek must be 15 in these pics.. :lol:



15 year old and already in casino:bounce: WTA education:lol:

gaviotabr
Jul 21st, 2009, 12:11 AM
Ana's Vogue article is up! :D I haven't read it yet, so comments later! :lol:

Ace Interrupted
After tumbling from her perch at the top, the unassuming but determined tennis champion Ana Ivanovic plots her comeback to center court. By Rebecca Johnson.

Photographed by Norman Jean Roy.

When 21-year-old Ana Ivanovic became the number-one player in the world by winning the French Open last year, she, her family, and her entourage celebrated with a dinner for 30 in Paris. Afterward, her male coaching staff, dressed in her tennis dresses (the consequences of a lost bet), posed for pictures in front of the Arc de Triomphe carrying the champion in their arms. In the photograph, everyone—especially Ivanovic—is grinning as wide as they can. For a young Serbian girl raised in the shadow of war, it was, she says, the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.

Women’s tennis also rejoiced. The sport has never spawned a brat like John McEnroe or Jimmy Connors, but lately, the top competitors tend to be either frighteningly fierce or just plain miserable. When number-one seed Justine Henin (just plain miserable) surprised everyone by retiring at the age of 25 last year, the void set off a scramble for the top spot. The Williams sisters seem the natural choice, but 28 and 29 are old for a game so physically punishing. The fact that they have branched out into other interests—fashion, interior design, acting—makes the whispers only louder.

Of the remaining contenders, Ivanovic stood out for two things—her beauty, obviously, but also her personality, which is unfailingly polite and gracious. “Ana Ivanovic is very good for women’s tennis, and not just because she’s good-looking,” says Steve Tignor, the executive editor of Tennis Magazine. “She doesn’t just hit the ball hard; she’s smooth. She makes it look effortless. She also happens to be a nice, well-rounded person. She comes into the press conference and makes jokes. She’s not defensive. The fact that she’s a normal person at the top of her sport is really rare—the normal people tend to get weeded out as they go up.” Everyone agreed: Ana Ivanovic made an excellent number one.

Unfortunately, life doesn’t always follow the script. Weeks after her career-changing victory at the French Open, Ivanovic lost at Wimbledon to a Chinese player ranked 133rd in the world. The New York Times called her “unrecognizable” as the girl who had kissed the trophy in Paris. It went from bad to worse later that summer at the U.S. Open, where she didn’t even make it past the second round, losing to a 188th-ranked French player who had considered dropping out of tennis altogether only weeks earlier. When Ivanovic returned to the French Open this year, hopes were high a new coach might help her pull off a repeat victory, but she lost in the fourth round.

Ana, Ana, Ana. Her fans have begun to wonder. What has happened?

Ivanovic smiles serenely at the question. (Imagine being 21 and grilled about your failures: “Why, exactly, did your last paper on Henry James suck so badly?”) “Becoming number one was great, but it was tough,” she answers in her rapid-fire English. “All of a sudden, everybody is chasing you. I wanted to stay there really badly, and I was thinking, Oh, now I have to work really hard to stay there.” The problem is, she was already working hard. She is the first to admit that she isn’t necessarily the most gifted player (growing up, she usually finished number two), but she has endured through sheer force of will. “Talent will only take you so far,” she says. “Tennis is all about personality. Sometimes you get bored. It can be really monotonous. But you have to see the big picture and keep working.”

It is, however, possible to work too hard. “Maybe I am a bit of a perfectionist,” she continues. “The pressure from the media was so intense, it was overwhelming, and that’s when I got injured.” It happened in Spain, where she had gone to recover after her lackluster Wimbledon performance by training with some male players. “Hitting the ball hard is a release of the tension for me,” she says. The more pressure, the more tension. The more tension, the more she needed the release. Something had to give. Her thumb, to be exact.

Once she finally got an accurate diagnosis (a cyst), her doctor forbade her to play any tennis for two weeks, leaving her less than one week to prepare for that now-famous disaster in New York. Since that crushing defeat, she has spent a lot of time thinking about how not to think. “At night I would lie in bed and think about my game. I got to the point I felt I needed to get away from tennis a little.”

The stop-thinking-about-tennis-too-much project has meant more reading—the Dalai Lama on happiness, Eckhart Tolle on personal fulfillment—more movies, and, when she gets the chance, shopping. When I met with Ivanovic in Miami last spring, where she was preparing for the Sony Ericsson Open, she was always wearing products from her sponsors: a blingy Rolex on her wrist and stretchy workout clothes from Adidas, in which she looked as magnificent as you would expect of somebody who exercises four hours a day.

Her workout is so rigorous, she goes through a new pair of sneakers (size 9) every two weeks. “You have to do it,” she says. “Tennis is much more powerful and aggressive these days.” Also, the tennis press will mercilessly grill you about your “fitness,” one of those code words journalists use for overweight. Until she hired a fitness coach who amped up her workout and got her to cut out pizza, cheese, and desserts (she’s got a sweet tooth), it was a question she occasionally had to confront. “When I was sixteen, I had a little baby fat,” she admits. “But in the last three years, I have worked really hard to change that.” It has paid off. At six feet one and 152 pounds, Ivanovic is all muscle.

She agreed to show me her suitcase of non-workout clothes the day she played her second round of the tournament. Lying across the bed in her hotel room was a pair of tennis shorts in the bright yellow favored by construction road crews.

“I know,” she said, laughing, when I pointed them out. “You need sunglasses for them.”

After all those bright colors, I assumed her real clothes would be Versace-esque birds of equally bright plumage. Wrong. Out came a demure white cotton Marc Jacobs blouse with a Peter Pan collar and puffy sleeves, a classic Burberry trench in a silvery fabric, pale-pink Miu Miu flats, and a long white Donna Karan cotton dress—the outfit she wore later that week when picking up a humanitarian award from the Women’s Tennis Association for her work on behalf of Unicef in Serbia. Underneath it all were layers and layers of basic I’m-going-to-be-on-a-plane-for-20-hours-to-Dubai black. The clothes were polite, slightly shy, concerned with fashion but not overly so. Just like the woman who chose them.

Ana Ivanovic can remember the exact moment she fell in love with tennis. Her local television station was rebroadcasting a match by her countrywoman Monica Seles. Something about Seles’s concentration and the way she hit the ball so hard captured the four-and-a-half-year-old’s imagination, a compliment the former world champion returns. “Ana is a power player with great fundamentals,” Seles says. “It’s all ahead of her, and I’m really looking forward to watching her grow into the game.” Ivanovic copied down the number of a tennis school from a televised ad and handed it to her parents. Her mother, a lawyer who worked in import/export, and her father, a businessman for an electrical-parts manufacturer, looked at her in surprise. No one else in their family played tennis.

When it came time for Ana to turn pro, her mother quit her job to devote herself to her daughter’s career, a move the champion credits for her success. “Having your mother with you gets rid of the loneliness. When I first came on the tour, I thought I was going to make friends, but I would try to talk to people and they would all look at me funny. I realized, OK, that’s not going to happen.” In the beginning, her mother, a slim blonde who keeps a watchful eye on her daughter in public, used to remind her she didn’t have to play tennis if she didn’t want to. “She doesn’t say that anymore,” says Ivanovic, “but whenever I get really stressed, she reminds me that tennis should make me happy, not miserable.”

Ivanovic’s winnings to date equal almost $7 million, with even more income coming from endorsements (as a rule, about three times winnings). But in the beginning, money was so tight she stayed at hotels where she was afraid to put her head on the pillow. That all changed thanks to Dan Holzmann, a 37-year-old Israeli-born entrepreneur who made his fortune selling nutritional supplements. Seven years ago, Holzmann’s Serbian tennis instructor told him about a fourteen-year-old player from his country in need of financial help. Holzmann, who knew zero about the business of professional tennis, agreed to meet Ivanovic and her mother. “I had no idea that 99 percent of players like her come to nothing,” Holzmann says. “It was pure luck on my part.”

Actually, Holzmann’s instincts were a mixture of luck and cunning. Ivanovic gets embarrassed if you mention her looks—“It’s something for other people to talk about, not me”—but Holzmann saw right away that they could be one of her strongest assets. “I could see that the big athletes who made the most money—Anna Kournikova and David Beckham—they were all good-looking. But Ana also has the character. When she smiles, you believe she means it. Most athletes are boring. They have nothing to say when they talk. Ana’s got a good story and a good character. She’s more Michelle Obama than Paris Hilton.” The day she signed her multimillion-dollar contract with Adidas, Ivanovic paid Holzmann his entire $500,000 loan back.

Leaving Miami, I was hopeful that Ivanovic, who had sailed through her first round, might have recaptured some of her previous magic and might—who knows?—win the entire tournament. When I picked up the paper the next day, I was shocked. She’d lost! Steve Tignor, of Tennis Magazine, on the other hand, was not. “I don’t know if she can really dominate the game,” he said. “I don’t know if she has the fierceness to do it. Ana is more motivated by the joy of playing.”

Ivanovic has heard those arguments—she’s too nice, she can’t handle the pressure, she’s not hungry enough—but she’s not buying them. “I am tough on the court,” she insists. “But I don’t think you have to be mean to win. In the past, we have had some very nice number-one people. Look at Steffi Graf. And I don’t mind the pressure. It can actually make you sharper. Look, it’s tennis. You don’t always win. But as long as I’m not defeated by my losses, I’ll keep playing.”


http://www.style.com/vogue/feature/2009/07/ana-ivanovic/?mbid=rss_feature

gaviotabr
Jul 21st, 2009, 12:24 AM
Well.. read it.. blah..

I mean, nothing new.. I liked the Monica Seles quotes..

And Ana, Steffi Graf was one of the most fierce players ever!

Marilyn Monheaux
Jul 21st, 2009, 12:51 AM
It's too long for me to read it now:awww: I'm too tired:yawn: Is it any good? Something funny/interesting/exciting or just the same ole, same ole?:lol:

gaviotabr
Jul 21st, 2009, 12:55 AM
It's too long for me to read it now:awww: I'm too tired:yawn: Is it any good? Something funny/interesting/exciting or just the same ole, same ole?:lol:

Same old stuff.. I can highlight a couple of things though..

Nice quotes from Monica Seles:

Ana Ivanovic can remember the exact moment she fell in love with tennis. Her local television station was rebroadcasting a match by her countrywoman Monica Seles. Something about Seles’s concentration and the way she hit the ball so hard captured the four-and-a-half-year-old’s imagination, a compliment the former world champion returns. “Ana is a power player with great fundamentals,” Seles says. “It’s all ahead of her, and I’m really looking forward to watching her grow into the game.”

And Steve Tignor:

Of the remaining contenders, Ivanovic stood out for two things—her beauty, obviously, but also her personality, which is unfailingly polite and gracious. “Ana Ivanovic is very good for women’s tennis, and not just because she’s good-looking,” says Steve Tignor, the executive editor of Tennis Magazine. “She doesn’t just hit the ball hard; she’s smooth. She makes it look effortless. She also happens to be a nice, well-rounded person. She comes into the press conference and makes jokes. She’s not defensive. The fact that she’s a normal person at the top of her sport is really rare—the normal people tend to get weeded out as they go up.” Everyone agreed: Ana Ivanovic made an excellent number one.


And I don't like this part:

She is the first to admit that she isn’t necessarily the most gifted player (growing up, she usually finished number two), but she has endured through sheer force of will. “Talent will only take you so far,” she says. “Tennis is all about personality. Sometimes you get bored. It can be really monotonous. But you have to see the big picture and keep working.”


Ana might not be that gifted as an athlete.. there are plenty more athletic than her. But she is extremely gifted tennis wise IMHO.

Curtos07
Jul 21st, 2009, 12:58 AM
Thanks for the article! :worship::bounce:

Nothing really new but I loved the final three paragraphs which talks about how great of a person Ana is. :) That's probably the #1 reason why I am such a huge fan of her's. She is very humble, classy and well grounded. :)

jelenacg
Jul 21st, 2009, 01:10 AM
Nice article but nothing new really :lol:
I like Monica`s comments and also the part when they describe her tennis :She doesn’t just hit the ball hard; she’s smooth. She makes it look effortless I always thought Ana makes tannis look easy :worship:
And i like this I know,” she said, laughing, when I pointed them out. “You need sunglasses for them.” :lol:

jonnyroyale_13
Jul 21st, 2009, 01:13 AM
Shes almost too humble sometimes, but you just gotta love her. Her matches make the bigger impression for me than what she says in these interviews. The article is nice, but is a bit on the depressing side regarding her tennis. It was written right after Miami it seems, but Ana has played much better since then. Shes not in any sort of a hot streak yet, but plenty of glimpses in the past two slams of what she is capable of.
Regarding Graf, i guess she missed a few of her matches.:lol:

spiritedenergy
Jul 21st, 2009, 01:23 AM
the same old stuff:o

But Ana, Graf was not nice at all, she was a bitch of epic proportions:lol::tape::help: But most of all she was mentally strong as steel, nothing could get at her. Ana please become like her:o

jelenacg
Jul 21st, 2009, 01:27 AM
the same old stuff:o

But Ana, Graf was not nice at all, she was a bitch of epic proportions:lol::tape::help: But most of all she was mentally strong as steel, nothing could get at her. Ana please become like her:o

:spit:
Are you sure you want that? :lol:

Stevecw
Jul 21st, 2009, 12:40 PM
Thanks for the article.
Nothing new there really, but its still an interesting read. Always nice to be proved over and over again what a nice person is. :)

Curtos07
Jul 21st, 2009, 09:18 PM
There is a article in Hello Serbia about Ana and Adam on pg. 24/25. Anything new or interesting or just old stuff we already know about?

http://www.hellomagazin.rs/Main.php?MagID=1&MagNo=8

gaviotabr
Jul 21st, 2009, 11:12 PM
I just came from some shopping.. I went into a bookstore and they also have magazines. I could take a look at Vogue, and while Ana has a 6 page spread, all other women featured only have 4 pages. :lol:

gaviotabr
Jul 21st, 2009, 11:12 PM
There is a article in Hello Serbia about Ana and Adam on pg. 24/25. Anything new or interesting or just old stuff we already know about?

http://www.hellomagazin.rs/Main.php?MagID=1&MagNo=8

Only idiotic stuff... :o

jelenacg
Jul 22nd, 2009, 01:16 AM
There is a article in Hello Serbia about Ana and Adam on pg. 24/25. Anything new or interesting or just old stuff we already know about?

http://www.hellomagazin.rs/Main.php?MagID=1&MagNo=8

Nothing new,they only talked about Ana and Adam and they said Ana broke up with Fernando bc of Adam and she broke Fernando`s heart .Ana was all smiley and happy after the break up and Fernando was sad in the interviews he gave :lol:

spiritedenergy
Jul 22nd, 2009, 01:22 AM
Nothing new,they only talked about Ana and Adam and they said Ana broke up with Fernando bc of Adam and she broke Fernando`s heart .Ana was all smiley and happy after the break up and Fernando was sad in the interviews he gave :lol:

really they wrote that?:o:tape:

gaviotabr
Jul 22nd, 2009, 01:25 AM
Nothing new,they only talked about Ana and Adam and they said Ana broke up with Fernando bc of Adam and she broke Fernando`s heart .Ana was all smiley and happy after the break up and Fernando was sad in the interviews he gave :lol:

:o What do they know? Serbian press..:rolleyes:

Curtos07
Jul 22nd, 2009, 01:37 AM
Nothing new,they only talked about Ana and Adam and they said Ana broke up with Fernando bc of Adam and she broke Fernando`s heart .Ana was all smiley and happy after the break up and Fernando was sad in the interviews he gave :lol:

I can't believe they actually wrote that stuff. :rolleyes: They act as if they know everything when in fact they dont know nothing. And, Ana is always smiley and happy in her interviews.

jelenacg
Jul 22nd, 2009, 01:44 AM
Yes they really wrote that :) .It sounds negative but the article wasn`t negative ,they just wrote it like it was a fact that Ana broke up with Fernando bc of Adam
They also found a comment from Ana`s team back then in January when they said Adam and Ana are only friends :lol:

gaviotabr
Jul 22nd, 2009, 01:50 AM
Yes they really wrote that :) .It sounds negative but the article wasn`t negative ,they just wrote it like it was a fact that Ana broke up with Fernando bc of Adam
They also found a comment from Ana`s team back then in January when they said Adam and Ana are only friends :lol:

Well.. who knows? Maybe back then they were only friends.. Otherwise we should think very poorly of Adam, who was caught making out with Kate Hudson mid january.

Truth is.. we don't really know how everything happened and the article is assuming things.. it might not be accurate at all, and in that case they would be saying some negative false stuff about Ana. :o

gaviotabr
Jul 22nd, 2009, 01:56 AM
About Ana's team.. they don't usually go out there denying rumours.. they didn't deny any rumour with Verdasco.. and now... but they did deny those rumours back in early january.

I wonder if they will say anything about this article.. I guess not.. :shrug:

jelenacg
Jul 22nd, 2009, 02:02 AM
Well.. who knows? Maybe back then they were only friends.. Otherwise we should think very poorly of Adam, who was caught making out with Kate Hudson mid january.

Truth is.. we don't really know how everything happened and the article is assuming things.. it might not be accurate at all, and in that case they would be saying some negative false stuff about Ana. :o

You are right from that article i can conclude that Ana is a cheater and also a liar :tape::lol:
I just said that the article wasn`t written in a negative way but the things that were written are not nice at all
Ana`s new Verano photos :hearts::hearts:
Natural Ana :hearts:

spiritedenergy
Jul 22nd, 2009, 02:07 AM
You are right from that article i can conclude that Ana is a cheater and also a liar :tape::lol:
I just said that the article wasn`t written in a negative way but the things that were written are not nice at all
Ana`s new Verano photos :hearts::hearts:
Natural Ana :hearts:

where are the photos?

Yes Serbian press is so gossipy... :o

gaviotabr
Jul 22nd, 2009, 02:10 AM
You are right from that article i can conclude that Ana is a cheater and also a liar :tape::lol:
I just said that the article wasn`t written in a negative way but the things that were written are not nice at all
Ana`s new Verano photos :hearts::hearts:
Natural Ana :hearts:

The things that are written make the tone of the article.. I hate when the press just assumes things they have no idea about.. unfortunately it's extremely common.. that's why I was wondering if Ana's team was going to do something about it.. in someways an article like this hurts her image.

I dont like the Verano pics that much.. The first two are okay.. the last two seem :help: to me..

jelenacg
Jul 22nd, 2009, 02:13 AM
About Ana's team.. they don't usually go out there denying rumours.. they didn't deny any rumour with Verdasco.. and now... but they did deny those rumours back in early january.

I wonder if they will say anything about this article.. I guess not.. :shrug:

I don`t think so.It`s Hello they don`t write negative stories and people don`t denuy what was written in Hello.This won`t happend again and yes serbian papers are very gossipy :rolleyes::lol:

jelenacg
Jul 22nd, 2009, 02:15 AM
where are the photos?

Yes Serbian press is so gossipy... :o

Ana`s website

spiritedenergy
Jul 22nd, 2009, 02:18 AM
Ana`s website

thanks Jelena;)

I think they look good but there has been some photoshop, especially the last two:p

gaviotabr
Jul 22nd, 2009, 02:18 AM
I don`t think so.It`s Hello they don`t write negative stories and people don`t denuy what was written in Hello.This won`t happend again and yes serbian papers are very gossipy :rolleyes::lol:

But this article in some way is negative and hurts her image.

But I agree they probably won't say anything.

jelenacg
Jul 22nd, 2009, 02:32 AM
But this article in some way is negative and hurts her image.

But I agree they probably won't say anything.

Not everyone sees it like we fans do.Random reader won`t pay that much attention,It`s a small article with a cute photos who cares what it says :lol::lol:
Every picture is photoshoped these days :o this is the most natural you can get from them :rolleyes:

AstuteLearner8
Jul 22nd, 2009, 10:44 PM
From Matt Cronin at tennis reporters:



Just the week before? Please go next week Ana.. :sobbing:

The men's event in LA starts July 27th. Will Ana get only 1 week of preparation? Or have we got to the point that we should celebrate that she will be working with a great tennis coach like Cahill 1 week before the tournament? :sobbing:

I'm almost more scared of Ana practicing by herself and picking up bad habits than not practicing at all.. :help::tape::sobbing:

Ok, I found this and whoa! I might see her walking around the UCLA campus! :hearts: I go there for a summer program so maybe... but when I do :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :hearts: :worship:
Although I think I have a better chance of seeing Darren Cahill than Ana though. :lol:

gaviotabr
Jul 22nd, 2009, 10:55 PM
Ok, I found this and whoa! I might see her walking around the UCLA campus! :hearts: I go there for a summer program so maybe... but when I do :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :hearts: :worship:
Although I think I have a better chance of seeing Darren Cahill than Ana though. :lol:

:lol:

If you see her, tell us how it was! :D

gaviotabr
Jul 27th, 2009, 11:38 PM
So... Ana was in Mallorca...

Her latest diary entry:

Recharged and raring to go / July 27, 2009
I feel refreshed after an enjoyable holiday. I think it is a great idea to have this mid-season break, as part of the Roadmap, and it has given me time to rest and reflect on my game. More importantly, of course, it has allowed me to get fit again after my injury.

Wimbledon seems like a long time ago. I did some fitness work during my holiday in Scotland and I've been training this past week in Spain. I am now on my way to America for what should be a six-week stay at least. I will play tournaments in LA, Cincinnati, Toronto and then the US Open.

It's quite some time since I played three tournaments in three weeks and it's definitely a challenge physically, but I am up to it for sure. Actually, someone told me that the last time I played three tournaments in three weeks was three years ago, when I won the US Open Series. That was nice to hear!

Having a short break from tennis like this gives me even more hunger to compete. I really can't wait to get back on the court, so I am very much looking forward to the Los Angeles tournament starting next week.

Love
Ana

Curtos07
Jul 27th, 2009, 11:49 PM
I assume that she has been practicing without a coach then. :help: Unless Sven was there. :shrug:

gaviotabr
Jul 27th, 2009, 11:52 PM
I assume that she has been practicing without a coach then. :help: Unless Sven was there. :shrug:

Pretty much practicing on her own. Sven is in Amsterdam for sure.. Oh well.. now she will work for a week with Cahill... we can only hope for the best.. :sobbing:

spiritedenergy
Jul 28th, 2009, 12:11 AM
"reflecting on my game" oh my what that could possibly mean?:sobbing:

I didn't realize she was playing 3 tournaments in 3 weeks:eek: I guess Stanford would have been a better choice then?

I hope she will add more tournaments in the fall, but i don't think the roadmap leaves many options, i guess she can only play 1 MM more... And Ana the pause after Wimbledon was always there, it's not the roadmap:rolleyes:

jelenacg
Jul 28th, 2009, 12:44 AM
So she didn`t practice with a coach for what 3,4 weeks?
Who is exited about US open series after hearing this :tape::tape:
3 tournaments in 3 weeks?I have no idea what are you talking about.She will probably win 1 match and then lose the next one,and the same pattern goes for every next tournament
So she will basiclly play one week of those 3 :tape:
Ana i`m so going to cheer against you if i see you play like crap again :(
At least i hope you and Adam had great time in Mallorca :lol:

gaviotabr
Jul 28th, 2009, 12:49 AM
"reflecting on my game" oh my what that could possibly mean?:sobbing:

I didn't realize she was playing 3 tournaments in 3 weeks:eek: I guess Stanford would have been a better choice then?

I hope she will add more tournaments in the fall, but i don't think the roadmap leaves many options, i guess she can only play 1 MM more... And Ana the pause after Wimbledon was always there, it's not the roadmap:rolleyes:

Actually, the roadmap made the break after Wimbledon about 2 weeks longer. I think that is what Ana is talking about.

I think she will add one tournament in the fall.. but even if she could play more MMs, I don't think she could actually fit it in her schedule.. have you seen how short the fall season is? :tape:

gaviotabr
Jul 28th, 2009, 12:51 AM
So she didn`t practice with a coach for what 3,4 weeks?
Who is exited about US open series after hearing this :tape::tape:
3 tournaments in 3 weeks?I have no idea what are you talking about.She will probably win 1 match and then lose the next one,and the same pattern goes for every next tournament
So she will basiclly play one week of those 3 :tape:
Ana i`m so going to cheer against you if i see you play like crap again :(
At least i hope you and Adam had great time in Mallorca :lol:

Woohooo the Us Open series will be so much fun! ... NOT... :sobbing:

I'm just curious to see how things will go... :help:

spiritedenergy
Jul 28th, 2009, 01:03 AM
Actually, the roadmap made the break after Wimbledon about 2 weeks longer. I think that is what Ana is talking about.

I think she will add one tournament in the fall.. but even if she could play more MMs, I don't think she could actually fit it in her schedule.. have you seen how short the fall season is? :tape:

oh ok, so Los Angeles was played earlier the past years?

maybe 1 week with Cahill would be still good, but yes being alone without coach and she doesn't even say about searching for a new one... the Adidas team is screwing her a bit, they say they will be available then they are not, but I guess she can't expect them to be always with her. At the same time part-time coaching was good for her in 2007-2008...

I hope that "reflecting about my game" doesn't = headcasing a bit more:o When women reflect on something is always going to be a pain:tape::lol::p

spiritedenergy
Jul 28th, 2009, 01:06 AM
So she didn`t practice with a coach for what 3,4 weeks?
Who is exited about US open series after hearing this :tape::tape:
3 tournaments in 3 weeks?I have no idea what are you talking about.She will probably win 1 match and then lose the next one,and the same pattern goes for every next tournament
So she will basiclly play one week of those 3 :tape:
Ana i`m so going to cheer against you if i see you play like crap again :(
At least i hope you and Adam had great time in Mallorca :lol:

Probably Ana's fairytale friends:lol::hug:

jelenacg
Jul 28th, 2009, 01:11 AM
Woohooo the Us Open series will be so much fun! ... NOT... :sobbing:

I'm just curious to see how things will go... :help:

:lol::help:
So i know what to expect from LA now.It was very sweet of Ana telling us this, so we can skip all the drama and :fiery: after she loses to some `goat` again :rolleyes:

Does Adam have some tournament during LA or what?At least he is a lucky charm so maybe she will win one match there :lol:

gaviotabr
Jul 28th, 2009, 01:13 AM
oh ok, so Los Angeles was played earlier the past years?

Yes, LA was played last week last year... does that make sense? :lol: This week last year Montreal was played.

maybe 1 week with Cahill would be still good, but yes being alone without coach and she doesn't even say about searching for a new one... the Adidas team is screwing her a bit, they say they will be available then they are not, but I guess she can't expect them to be always with her. At the same time part-time coaching was good for her in 2007-2008...

Ana's coaching situation is complicated.. I think they are trying to give her some atention, but not as much as she had in 2007-08 with Sven. She should get a full time coach, but I think she doesn't like that arrengement. She needs to find the right balance, what really works for her. Cahill will be with her the next couple of weeks, then Sven for 2 more weeks and I guess both for the US Open. Hopefully it will work out for her.. :shrug:

I hope that "reflecting about my game" doesn't = headcasing a bit more:o When women reflect on something is always going to be a pain:tape::lol::p

I'm scared about that as well.. :sobbing: I can't take anymore Ana "I choke double break leads in the third" Ivanovic. I hate chokers.. :sobbing: I hope, as Serena would say, that Ana just mans up! :lol:

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Jul 28th, 2009, 10:44 AM
At least Ana will work with adidas till at least US Open. That's a good thing. Maybe she won't get a new coach this year.

I don't worry so much about her preparing. The most problems are in her head anyway.
I'm looking forward to LA.

InsideOut.
Jul 28th, 2009, 10:53 AM
Amaze. She's decided to practice without a coach again. Ana Ivanovic is clearly the female Roger Federer. :worship: US Open title here we come! :hearts:

Mixo
Jul 28th, 2009, 04:05 PM
BTW Ana's house in Mallorca has almost everything but a tennis court xDD I've read this in Marca...

spiritedenergy
Jul 28th, 2009, 04:13 PM
BTW Ana's house in Mallorca has almost everything but a tennis court xDD I've read this in Marca...

Ana:rolleyes:

gaviotabr
Jul 28th, 2009, 10:42 PM
:lol::help:
So i know what to expect from LA now.It was very sweet of Ana telling us this, so we can skip all the drama and :fiery: after she loses to some `goat` again :rolleyes:

Does Adam have some tournament during LA or what?At least he is a lucky charm so maybe she will win one match there :lol:

Adam has a tournament in the US the same week as LA.. but hopefully Ana will win a match either way.. :sobbing:

gaviotabr
Jul 28th, 2009, 10:44 PM
BTW Ana's house in Mallorca has almost everything but a tennis court xDD I've read this in Marca...

I find it quite normal.. she wants to get home and relax. Mallorca has great tennis academies.. Nadal doesn't practice at home either.

And that Marca article is the most stupid piece of "journalism" I've ever read.

gaviotabr
Jul 28th, 2009, 10:47 PM
By the way.. Sven posted on his Facebook a pic of him and Mats at what seems to be a restaurant at a beach.. and then he said he was back in Amsterdam, ready for the american hard court season and that he would be in LA for the first day of the tournament.

I found that interesting.. He had said before that he would be back on the circuit only for Cincinnati. Now he will be in LA. mmmmm

Mixo
Jul 28th, 2009, 11:39 PM
I find it quite normal.. she wants to get home and relax. Mallorca has great tennis academies.. Nadal doesn't practice at home either.

Mmmm, I think he does...

And that Marca article is the most stupid piece of "journalism" I've ever read.

True.

gaviotabr
Jul 28th, 2009, 11:47 PM
Mmmm, I think he does...

No he doesn't. He has a club near his house where he practices. He actually lives in an apartment building.

jelenacg
Jul 29th, 2009, 01:10 AM
Off course she doesn`t have a tennnis court for the reasons Izzy explained
I know when Nadal got/bought some house in Ibiza they asked him will he have a tennis court there and he said no way :lol:
So Sven is also going to be in LA,that is a good news

gaviotabr
Jul 30th, 2009, 03:42 PM
It seems Ana had some light hits while in Scotland:

Tennis: Ana Ivanovic turns up at Prestwick
Jul 31 2009 by Mike Wilson

PLAYERS at Prestwick Tennis Centre couldn’t believe their eyes when world former number one Ana Ivanovic booked a court for an early morning workout.

Ana was supporting her boyfriend Adam Scott at The Open and the Centre had beenapproached by Turnberry Hotel to reserve a court for ‘a professional female player’.

The early morning players at Prestwick, who train during school term time between 6-8am and 8-10am during the holidays, were given the chance to see one of the world’s best female players go through her pre-hitting stretching routine before watching her hit for about an hour.

David Gee, director of tennis, commented: ‘’Her visit to the club was a great success and we were delighted when she contacted the club again to return two days later, to hit with one of the club’s coaches, Craig McFie.’’


http://www.ayrshirepost.net/ayrshire-sport/other-sport-ayrshire/2009/07/31/tennis-ana-ivanovic-turns-up-at-prestwick-102545-24260393/

InsideOut.
Jul 30th, 2009, 04:10 PM
Another Craig. Possibly her new coach? :unsure: I hope not.

Curtos07
Jul 30th, 2009, 08:17 PM
Nice to hear she got some practice in while in Scotland. :)

spiritedenergy
Jul 30th, 2009, 09:13 PM
Another Craig. Possibly her new coach? :unsure: I hope not.

:tape: I hope not either, I mean a club coach:lol:

jonnyroyale_13
Jul 31st, 2009, 01:08 AM
Nice article Isa. I dont think its so surprising that Ana got some work in but its nice to read. Id imagine most clubs would shut the place down to let the high profile players workout, then the player would slap a few hundreds on them and nobody ever hears a thing about it.
My totally irrelevant theory is that Ana just said dont bother kicking everyone out, this way it will be exciting:p

gaviotabr
Aug 1st, 2009, 02:17 PM
Just found an italian interview with Sven. He talks a little bit about Ana.


"Io advisor, loro
piů autonomi"
Due chiacchiere con Sven Groeneveld, coach del team Adidas, giŕ allenatore di Monica Seles, che ha portato lo scorso anno Ana Ivanovic sul tetto del mondo. Elisa Piva

Sven Groeneveld, nonostante la relativa giovane etŕ, č un allenatore di grande esperienza. In passato č stato coach di Monica Seles, Greg Rusdeski, Michael Stich e Nicolas Kiefer. Da qualche anno invece lavora nel team Adidas come advisor, una sorta di coach part-time.
Molti giocatori, targati Adidas come Fernando Verdasco, Caroline Wozniacki, Sorana Cirstea, fanno parte di un programma gestito e guidato da un team di esperti, da coach a preparatori atletici come Darren Cahill, Gilles Reyes e Groeneveld appunto.
Ana Ivanovic, dopo aver lavorato per circa due anni con Sven, ha scelto di assumere un coach full time, ma dopo il Roland Garros č tornata al programma Adidas e a Groeneveld, l’allenatore che le ha fatto vincere il Roland Garros nel 2008 portandola anche in cima al ranking.
Alla vigilia della sua partenza per gli States (dal 3 agosto sarŕ a Los Angeles per iniziare ufficialmente la tournče americana che porta dritto agli Us Open), abbiamo chiesto a Sven della sua esperienza di coach, del lavorare con piů giocatori contemporaneamente e qualche impressione sulle due tennista di punta del programma Adidas.



D. Quali sono le principali differenze nel rapporto di lavoro con il giocatore tra full-time coach e advisor? Un coach segue solo un giocatore o si occupa di tutti?

R. Nel ruolo di advisor, hai l'ulteriore responsabilitŕ di delegare parte del lavoro ad altri che possono farlo. Nella mia storia di coach mi sono sempre circondato di persone molto professionali che potevano consigliare il giocatore sul piano fisico, mentale, nutrizionale o decisioni di gestioni che puň dover affrontare.
Per la maggior parte del tempo ora (che sono advisor), il team č in un posto e noi non dobbiamo decidere con quale giocatore lavoreremo, ma lavoriamo con le infrastrutture del posto con ognuno di loro. Lasciamo che si occupino delle altre cose le persone assunte apposta dal giocatore.
Come coach a tempo pieno a volte hai addirittura troppo tempo da passare con il giocatore e ti carichi di troppe responsabilitŕ, e il giocatore potrebbe dipendere troppo da te. Dato che il tennis č uno sport individuale, un coach dovrebbe sempre lavorare in modo da tale da assicurarsi che il giocatore sia consapevole di ciň, in questo senso essere un advisor č un vantaggio.
L'attenzione di un coach puň essere suddivisa comunque, č consigliabile soprattutto che i giocatori abbiano un intero team che si occupa di un lavoro che normalmente dovrebbe fare un solo coach.

D. Quando due giocatori Adidas si affrontano, tu non puoi sedere al loro angolo, come affronti questo tipo di match con i giocatori con cui lavori? Riesci a non essere coinvolto "emotivamente"?

R. Bella domanda. Ci č capitato molte volte ma sapevo che sarebbe potuto succedere quando ho deciso di diventare un consulente per l'Adidas. Sono fortunato ad aver avuto cosě tante belle esperienze con i miei giocatori da coach full time. Come advisor c'č molta piů distanza e tu riesci a tenere fuori le emozioni anche se le devi mostrare quando sei nel loro box, devi dar loro tutto il supporto di cui hanno bisogno in quel momento. Ma, come ho detto prima, il giocatore dovrebbe essere in grado di badare a se stesso e tutta la preparazione della partita si fa prima, durante l'allenamento.
Quindi, per tornare alla domanda, dal momento che ho accettato questo lavoro, ho accettato il fatto di avere la responsabilitŕ di tenere le mie emozioni fuori dal lavoro, ma non i miei doveri di aiutarli a raggiungere i loro obiettivi.

D: Hai lavorato sia con giocatori che con giocatrici, che differenza c'č nel lavorare con gli uomini o con le donne?

R. Questa risposta puň essere lunga o corta. Cercherň di essere sintetico.
La maggior differenza č che come coach puoi entrare negli spogliatoi con gli uomini, mentre con le donne ovviamente no. Perň ora con le donne possiamo entrare in campo (grazie alla regola del coach in campo della Wta, ndr), mentre con gli uomini non č possibile.
Trascorriamo molto piů tempo con gli uomini negli spogliatoi da cui possiamo trarre vantaggio (questo nel pre e nel post partita, ed č tempo totalmente perso con le donne). Nella wta lo sostituiamo con il riscaldamento pre partita o con le sedute defatiganti dopo il match.
A parte questo, la differenza non č se il giocatore sia uomo o donna, ma piů nell'individuo e nella sua personalitŕ. Anche la loro etŕ gioca un ruolo importante, e non č essere solo maschio o femmina in sé la differenza maggiore.

D. Hai allenato Ana Ivanovic fino a portarla al n°1 del mondo e a vincere il Roland Garros. Ora lei č tornata a far parte del programma Adidas dopo un anno di risultati negativi. Com'č stato ritrovarla? Pensi possa tornare a vincere uno slam e al n°1?

R. Credo enormemente in Ana, e in tutti i giocatori che abbiamo nel nostro programma. Ana ha mostrato che puň farcela e non c'č nessuna ragione per raggiungere ancora i risultati che ha raggiunto in passato. Non vedo l'ora di lavorare con lei durante i prossimi tornei negli Stati Uniti e in Canada.

D. Caroline Wozniacki, un'altra giocatrice di talento con cui lavori del programma Adidas, č ormai diventata una giocatrice solida e continua perň fatica ancora nei tornei importanti. In cosa pensi debba ancora migliorare per fare l'ulteriore passo?

R. Caroline ha compiuto progressi incredibili, č solo una questione di tempo (il che significa esperienza), che le permetterŕ di esplodere anche nei tornei del Grande Slam.
Ha avuto un grande inizio di stagione, ha giocato tanti tornei, ha raccolto i risultati. Ora si č riposata e ha avuto tempo per lavorare al suo gioco. Credo che avrŕ un grande futuro nel tour e negli Slam.

D. Ultima domanda, tra le giovani Robson, De Brito, Stephens, Mladenovic e Diyas, chi secondo te ha il maggior potenziale?

R. Mi piacciono tutte queste ragazze e avranno tutte un grande futuro. Ma non posso fare previsioni perché ci sono troppe variabili che potrebbero interferire con il loro progresso.

Elisa Piva


http://ubitennis.quotidianonet.ilsole24ore.com/2009/08/01/212971-advisor_loro.shtml

jelenacg
Aug 1st, 2009, 03:00 PM
Izzy :wavey:
You can find everything no matter in which language article is written :worship::worship:
If i understood correctly he says he believes in Ana.She did it once and she can do it again (i guess he was talking about winning GS)
Can`t wait to work with her during US open series

gaviotabr
Aug 1st, 2009, 03:04 PM
Izzy :wavey:
You can find everything no matter in which language article is written :worship::worship:
If i understood correctly he says he believes in Ana.She did it once and she can do it again (i guess he was talking about winning GS)
Can`t wait to work with her during US open series

Yes, I think he says exactly that. :)

Not hard to find Jelena, just google news! :lol:

jelenacg
Aug 1st, 2009, 03:14 PM
Yes, I think he says exactly that. :)

Not hard to find Jelena, just google news! :lol:

:lol: but still for the small effort :worship: :lol:

gaviotabr
Aug 1st, 2009, 03:19 PM
:lol: but still for the small effort :worship: :lol:

:lol::hug:

InsideOut.
Aug 1st, 2009, 03:20 PM
Ana's website has errors again. It said that she didn't face a single break point in the LA final 07 against Petrova. :confused: But she got broken twice. :tape:

gaviotabr
Aug 1st, 2009, 03:24 PM
Ana's website has errors again. It said that she didn't face a single break point in the LA final 07 against Petrova. :confused: But she got broken twice. :tape:

I saw that.. I was like.. WTF? :lol:

Ana's web.. :help:

jonnyroyale_13
Aug 1st, 2009, 03:43 PM
Ana's website has errors again. It said that she didn't face a single break point in the LA final 07 against Petrova. :confused: But she got broken twice. :tape:

Sometimes the further you get from a thing in life, you start to embellish. In a few years when they might say she didnt face a single BP, and hit 29 aces. just smile and nod.
Its been awhile now since that happened, 0 BP's.

Matches that Ana held every service game
2007 Gold Coast 2R vs Sequera. Faced 0 break points.
2007 Tokyo 1R vs Perry. Faced 0 break points.
2007 Tokyo SF vs Sharapova. Faced 0 break points in an incomplete match.
2007 Berlin 2R vs Likhovtseva. Saved 2/2 break points.
2007 Roland Garros 2R vs Mirza. Faced 0 break points.
2007 Wimbledon 2R vs Tu. Saved 2/2 break points.
2007 Los Angeles 3R vs Safarova. Saved 1/1 break points.
2007 US Open 3R vs Dushevina. Saved 1/1 break points.
2007 Stuttgart 1R vs Schnyder. Saved 2/2 break points.
2008 Australian Open 3R vs Srebotnik. Saved 4/4 break points.
2008 Miami 2R vs Loit. Faced 0 break points.
2008 Roland Garros 2R vs Safarova. Saved 3/3 break points.
2008 Roland Garros 4R vs Cetkovska. Saved 2/2 break points.
2008 Wimbledon 1R vs DeLosRios. Faced 0 break points.
2009 Dubai 3R vs Pin. Saved 1/1 break points.
2009 Indian Wells SF vs Pavlyuchenkova. Saved 1/1 break points.
2009 Miami 2R vs Koryettseva. Saved 4/4 break points.

InsideOut.
Aug 1st, 2009, 03:46 PM
^Clearly the most impressive was:

2006 Montreal Final vs Hingis. Faced 0 break points.

She wasn't even taken to deuce once on serve. :sobbing: Old Ana :awww:

InsideOut.
Aug 1st, 2009, 03:49 PM
I hope:

2009 Los Angeles 1r vs Li. Faced 0 break points.
2009 Los Angeles 2r vs Stosur. Faced 0 break points.
2009 Los Angeles QF vs Zvonareva. Faced 0 break points.
2009 Los Angeles SF vs Safina. Faced 0 break points.
2009 Los Angeles Final vs Wozniacki. Faced 0 game points. :hearts:

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Aug 1st, 2009, 10:49 PM
I hope:

2009 Los Angeles 1r vs Li. Faced 0 break points.
2009 Los Angeles 2r vs Stosur. Faced 0 break points.
2009 Los Angeles QF vs Zvonareva. Faced 0 break points.
2009 Los Angeles SF vs Safina. Faced 0 break points.
2009 Los Angeles Final vs Wozniacki. Faced 0 game points. :hearts:

Won't gonna happen since Los Angeles is a 56 Singles draw. ;)
First she has to defeat Bye.

Cp6uja
Aug 4th, 2009, 02:28 AM
I find evidence in article of one local Scottish media that Ana little bit practiced (at least twice :rolleyes:) when she supported Scott during Scottish Open (and before hired other Scott):


Tennis: Ana Ivanovic turns up at Prestwick

Jul 31 2009 by Mike Wilson

PLAYERS at Prestwick Tennis Centre couldn’t believe their eyes when world former number one Ana Ivanovic booked a court for an early morning workout.

Ana was supporting her boyfriend Adam Scott at The Open and the Centre had beenapproached by Turnberry Hotel to reserve a court for ‘a professional female player’.

The early morning players at Prestwick, who train during school term time between 6-8am and 8-10am during the holidays, were given the chance to see one of the world’s best female players go through her pre-hitting stretching routine before watching her hit for about an hour.

David Gee, director of tennis, commented: ‘’Her visit to the club was a great success and we were delighted when she contacted the club again to return two days later, to hit with one of the club’s coaches, Craig McFie.’’

gaviotabr
Aug 4th, 2009, 02:46 AM
I find evidence in article of one local Scottish media that Ana little bit practiced (at least twice :rolleyes:) when she supported Scott during Scottish Open (and before hired other Scott):

This article was posted just one page back some days ago... and discussed..

Cp6uja
Aug 4th, 2009, 02:51 AM
This article was posted just one page back some days ago... and discussed..I mis that and see it now... it's strange that Article of Jul 31 is presented here already on Jul 30 :tape: that's why I not checked so old posts :p.

jonnyroyale_13
Aug 4th, 2009, 02:52 AM
I mis that and see it now... it's strange that Article of Jul 31 is presented here already on Jul 30 :tape: that's why I not checked so old posts :p.

it was a good read though, thanks for posting it again:p

gaviotabr
Aug 4th, 2009, 11:22 AM
Found this article from LA.

L.A. Women's Championships Notebook: Ivanovic seeks fresh start
By Phil Collin, Staff Writer
Updated: 08/03/2009 11:42:09 PM PDT


Ana Ivanovic wants a do-over. A second serve, if you will.

The 2007 L.A. Women's Championships winner went on to win the French Open in 2008 and reached No. 1 in the world before a spate of injuries knocked her back.

The latest was a painful thigh injury at Wimbledon, where Ivanovic was forced to tearfully retire during her match with Venus Williams.

"I have great memories from this place," Ivanovic said Monday. "The last time I was here, I won a tournament so I'm really excited for the event to start and play some matches again. It's been a while since Wimbledon."

Ivanovic fought through a right thumb injury she suffered after last year's French Open and also had to withdraw from the year-ending Tour Championship with a viral illness.

This year she struggled with a knee injury, and then came the Wimbledon saga.

She hasn't played since.

"After Wimbledon, it was very disappointing and I was really feeling low," Ivanovic said. "After finally feeling good and fit to play and ready for competition, to pull out because of injury was really hard, but it's a new half of the year. I want to start fresh."

The 21-year-old Ivanovic, seeded sixth in this event, can't wait to feel the pressure of being No. 1 again.

"Always the pressure was there, but it was a good kind of pressure," she said. "I didn't realize it at the time. I put a lot of pressure on myself and I still do. I didn't realize how good pressure was until I didn't have it anymore. And all of a sudden when I didn't have pressure, I realized how much I missed it and how much it made me sharper and more focused."

King makes it sing

The first opponent for Ivanovic, who had a first-round bye, will be 20-year-old Vania King of Long Beach.

King, a wild-card entrant, opened the tournament with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Sybille Bammer of Austria, then sang the national anthem later in the evening prior to the Dodgers' game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium.


http://www.dailynews.com/sports/ci_12987086?source=rss

jelenacg
Aug 4th, 2009, 02:07 PM
Not really a news but i decided to share with you what i just read :lol:
In 2009 Rome World Swimming Championship Nadja Higl won the gold medal for Serbia in Women’s 200m Breaststroke.She was unknown in Serbia until now but she did participate in Olympic games in Beijing last year .While she was there she and Ana took a picture together :)
She has a profile on Facebook and she posted that picture there and someone asked her why she didn`t take a picture with JJ bc he likes her more.She said JJ didn`t hang out with anyone there
He replied that JJ seamed more friendlier than Ana and Nadja said that is a big mistake and that nobody hang out with JJ there and that Ana is awesome girl :worship::worship::lol:
I couldnt` find a better and bigger picture
http://img188.imageshack.us/img188/1490/ananaa.jpg (http://img188.imageshack.us/i/ananaa.jpg/)

gaviotabr
Aug 4th, 2009, 04:19 PM
Not really a news but i decided to share with you what i just read :lol:
In 2009 Rome World Swimming Championship Nadja Higl won the gold medal for Serbia in Women’s 200m Breaststroke.She was unknown in Serbia until now but she did participate in Olympic games in Beijing last year .While she was there she and Ana took a picture together :)
She has a profile on Facebook and she posted that picture there and someone asked her why she didn`t take a picture with JJ bc he likes her more.She said JJ didn`t hang out with anyone there
He replied that JJ seamed more friendlier than Ana and Nadja said that is a big mistake and that nobody hang out with JJ there and that Ana is awesome girl :worship::worship::lol:
I couldnt` find a better and bigger picture
http://img188.imageshack.us/img188/1490/ananaa.jpg (http://img188.imageshack.us/i/ananaa.jpg/)

That was really nice Jelena! Ana is such a sweetheart! :):hearts: Thanks for sharing! :worship:

Davodus
Aug 4th, 2009, 06:38 PM
oh that's nice of Ana :) and I watched her 200 breaststroke, I was going for her to win :lol: she looked so shocked when she won, because the American girl died so badly
good on her :yeah:

Cp6uja
Aug 5th, 2009, 11:02 PM
From WTA Tour official site (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/page/LatestNews/Read/0,,12781~1744360,00.html)

NEW YORK, NY, USA - Sony Ericsson WTA Tour stars Venus Williams, Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic have been nominated for the prestigious 2009 Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service by an Athlete. The award is presented by All Stars Helping Kids, a national non-profit founded by National Football League Hall-of-Famer Ronnie Lott.

Fans are able to vote for the winner on the All Stars Helping Kids website and by text messaging Venus STAR44 to 55333, Ana STAR22 to 5533, and Jelena STAR23 to 55333 on any phone that supports text messaging within the United States. Voting will conclude on November 15 when the 10 "Dream Team" finalists will be chosen.

Williams has been an Ambassador of Gender Equality for the UNESCO-Tour Gender Equity Program since 2006. Through this role, Williams spearheaded the campaign for equal prize money, which saw enormous success in February 2007 when Wimbledon and Roland Garros both agreed to award equal prize money to all competitors in all rounds. See Williams discuss her UNESCO role on International Women's Day 2008 here.

Ivanovic and Jankovic have both been actively involved with UNICEF for several years, and both are UNICEF National Ambassadors to Serbia. Ivanovic was named an Ambassador in August of 2007, and since then has launched a line of limited edition adidas t-shirts, the sales of which benefited the United Nations Children's Fund. Additionally, her personal donations have enabled 16 schools in Serbia to join the "School without Violence" program, which is funded exclusively with locally raised funds.

Jankovic, who was named a UNICEF ambassador in December 2007, has advocated for the most vulnerable children in China, including those affected by the Sichuan earthquake and by HIV/AIDS.

"UNICEF supports programs in China to help change attitudes that discriminate against girls and in doing so, helps girls realize their dreams," Jankovic said at a "Champions for Children" gala event.

Williams, Ivanovic and Jankovic join an impressive list of nominees this year, including basketball star Steve Nash, retired women's soccer player Mia Hamm, and beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh. They hope to join an incredibly impressive list of past winners, including Oprah Winfrey, American Senator Ted Kennedy, and Bill & Melinda Gates.

All Stars Helping Kids was founded by Lott in 1989 with the goal of promoting a safe, healthy, rigorous learning environment for disadvantaged kids in low-income communities. All Stars achieves this mission by pooling the resources of athletes, corporations and individuals to support high-performing academic and physical enrichment programs.

The Jefferson Awards for Public Service is a prestigious national recognition system honoring community and public service in America. Established in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, American Senator Robert Taft, Jr. and Sam Beard to establish a Nobel Prize for public service, today, the Jefferson Awards' primary purpose is to serve as a "Call to Action for Volunteers" in local com munities.

I'm just find that VOTE FOR ANA link (http://www.allstarshelpingkids.org/teammates/anaivanovic.html) . :wavey:

Cp6uja
Aug 5th, 2009, 11:21 PM
I'm just find that VOTE FOR ANA link (http://www.allstarshelpingkids.org/teammates/anaivanovic.html) . :wavey:

There was nice "article" about Ana with short explanation why Ana deserve that prestigious nomination:
How She's in the Game

Along with several other Serbian tennis players, Ana is responsible for the gargantuan rise in popularity in the sport in Serbia: it is now the No.1 sport in a country that previously knew nothing other than soccer or basketball.

Ana has used this platform to make a difference in the lives of children, particularly in her home country of Serbia. On September 8, 2007, Ana Ivanovic became a UNICEF National Ambassador to Serbia. In that role, she has generated publicity for UNICEF’s campaigns by writing newspaper columns, playing charity exhibition matches, visiting schools for the “Schools Without Violence” program, and developing a line of Ana / adidas / UNICEF co-branded t-shirts.

For these and other efforts, Ana has been awarded the 2009 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Humanitarian of the Year Award, and the 2008 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Diamond ACES Award (given to the player deemed to have contributed the most time to off-court activities including community work). She was also nominated for the 2007 International Women of Courage Award (given by the United States Secretary of State to recognize “outstanding female leaders”).



About Ana Ivanovic

Ana Ivanovic began her rise to the top of the tennis world at age five, when she convinced her parents to sign her up for lessons after memorizing the telephone number of a local tennis school from a newspaper ad. Ivanovic grew up amidst the NATO bombings in Serbia during the late 1990s, training in an abandoned swimming pool.

Ivanovic reached the apex of her sport in 2008 with a mid season run as the world’s top ranked player. Winner of the 2008 French Open, runner up at the 2007 French and 2008 Australian Opens, Ivanovic is coming off her second straight season among the top five in the WTA year-end rankings. She was the AIPS Women’s Tennis Player of the Year in 2008.

AstuteLearner8
Aug 6th, 2009, 03:02 AM
Whoa Ana, and Jelena might be the only international athletes to be nominated. Awesome!

gaviotabr
Aug 6th, 2009, 04:12 PM
From Matt Cronin at Tennis Reporters:

Ivanovic’s Long Road
One has to wonder just how many “fresh starts” Ivanovic is going to get before there are serious doubts cast on her ability to rejoin the Top 5, let alone retake No.1. The ability is certainly there, but she’s been straining much of the year, and she’s the first one to admit that she needs to being winning matches immediately.

She hasn’t won a title since last October and no one in her camp is jumping up and down about her Slam results. Forget about her US Open chances, what the Serbian really needs to do is to win LA this week, or Cincinnati the next, or Toronto the week after that before she is given any realistic shot of doing major damage at the US Open.

Not only has she had a mediocre 2009, but also was also up and down in the second half of 2008. She’s a cheery person in general, but as the world saw after she was forced to retire against Venus Williams at Wimbledon with a thigh injury, she can grow very sad.

“I want everything to be perfect, but it can't happen,” the ’08 Roland Garros champ said. “When I try to go toward perfection I think I can stop myself now. I realized how much I missed pressure and how it made me sharper, and, in some ways, more focused. It’s great to have pressure, but once you go on court you have to have a clear mind.”

After Wimbledon, went back home, began to rehab, where she only stretching and not practicing, and then traveled to Spain to work out with head adidas Player Development Coach Sven Groenefeld. Then she came stateside to work with adidas coach Darren Cahill for a week at UCLA before the tournament began.

“Sven knows my game the best and we understand each other without words. In the past there were a lot of people who wanted to help me and give me advice but I had to explain myself over and over again,” said Ivanovic, who tried out Craig Kardon as her coach for four months. “Now I can stop living in the past and move on.”

The only way that Ivanovic is going to get her confidence is to stay composed, stick with her game plans as well as adjust on the fly, improve her service consistency (she and Cahill have been working on the mechanics) and continue to move forward without the fear of getting passed. She has to develop more confidence in her net game, be more intimidating returning serve and get into the proper position to dictate with her forehand.

But most importantly, she has to see the fruits of her labor – which means wins, a barrel full of them.

“I haven’t had many consistent wins since Indian Wells,” said Ivanovic, who will face Sam Stosur. “I maybe made a little mistake because when, all of the sudden, I wasn't doing as well, I started looking for answers in all the wrong places. I wanted to change things, like techniques or movement and improve or work in different areas instead of sticking with what felt good. Now I want to go back to basics and the things that felt most natural.”


So.. Sven was with Ana in Spain! :)

I definitely agree that she needs the wins right now.. that's what's going to help her the most. And that's why it's such a shame she is getting such bad luck with draws. She could have done a lot better in some tournaments had it not been for the terrible draws that she has been getting.

Good that she is working with Cahill on the serve.. I'm sure once she gets it fixed somehow she will feel a lot better about her game and on court.

gaviotabr
Aug 6th, 2009, 05:18 PM
Reading it again we get the sense that Sven is really important for Ana.. like when she says they understand each other without words. Good to see that he has been giving her some more atention after all that happened late last year and in Australia.

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Aug 6th, 2009, 05:36 PM
I still don't think it's such a bad draw. It can be easier though, but you can't say it's a terrible draw. I guess Vika agrees.

gaviotabr
Aug 6th, 2009, 06:32 PM
I still don't think it's such a bad draw. It can be easier though, but you can't say it's a terrible draw. I guess Vika agrees.

Out of the draws she could posibly get, it's really bad..

Ana needs wins now.. any kind of wins will help more than losing early in every tournament. So if she could get some nice draws and post some nice results, I'm sure she would take it and it would help her more than not getting the wins. Sure.. get through a tough draw is even better for the confidence. But to get there, Ana might need to take the baby steps and the small wins.

soul
Aug 6th, 2009, 07:03 PM
she will be in the final

Curtos07
Aug 6th, 2009, 07:18 PM
Reading it again we get the sense that Sven is really important for Ana.. like when she says they understand each other without words. Good to see that he has been giving her some more atention after all that happened late last year and in Australia.

I completely agree. It was nice to hear that she was working with Sven while in Spain a few weeks ago and it's also nice to see Sven with her in LA. Ana likes having familiar faces around her, and now with Scott Byrnes gone, I think Ana will value Sven's guidance even more since the two know each other pretty well.

gaviotabr
Aug 7th, 2009, 02:29 AM
A bit of Ana's presser after the loss to Stosur:

Ana Ivanovic loses in LA, vows to stay out of self help section

Ana Ivanovic lost to Sam Stosur, 6-3, 6-2, on Thursday at the LA Women’s Tennis Championships. After the match, the always-thoughtful Ivanovic was disappointed, but still feeling positive about her first tournament back since Wimbledon:

“I really went through a lot in the last couple of months,” said Ivanovic, who could be referring to a number of traumatic events, including dropping out of the top 10 in June, hiring and firing and rehiring coaches and fitness trainers, and crashing out of Wimbledon with an injury. “But it made me stronger. I know which direction I want to go. I feel like all I need is a little more matches and a little more competition.”

Ivanovic, who admitted to pushing herself to the point of exhaustion and finding herself “a little over-trained” this season, says she’s finally taken control of her tennis destiny:

I have to be more open and communicate. Because in the past I just felt like maybe I would hurt my coach by saying “Look, let’s just take it easy” or I would get judged by him because I’m not tough enough.

I learned that I can speak a little more open and can say to them (my coaches) “Look maybe I need to take a couple of days off.” It’s working really well for me. I have the feeling, you know, that I’m not here to please them.
It’s no accident that Ivanovic sounds like she’s spent some time with Dr. Phil (or Freud.) Except in Ana’s case, the therapist’s couch is a bench at Borders:

“I still like (reading) psychology, and almost every day since I’ve been here I go to Borders and just sit and read there. I always find myself wandering around that area (psychology section,) but I force myself to sort of go back and read something else. Because it gets you thinking a lot and I’m already doing that more than enough. So I should just read some fiction maybe.”

Ana’s current reading material? John Krakauer’s Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster.



http://www.gototennisblog.com/2009/08/06/ana-ivanovic-loses-in-la-vows-to-stay-out-of-self-help-section/

I don't even know what to make of it...

HowardH
Aug 7th, 2009, 08:31 AM
I honestly don't think this new attitude is helping. It's not a matter of just pleasing the coaches, of course. But you have to trust them and put the power in their hands. You trust in them and then they trust in you, so of course you have input in the decisions. But it sounds like all her input is "take some time off" or "take it easy" as opposed to a new idea with some strategy, or some idea to fix the toss, make her backhand more consistent.

To me that sounds like "I don't think this training is going so well, how about I take some time off and see if it's better in a couple of days?" Just hoping a fresh start will fix things. But that's not what she needs. She needs to be problem solving. And that is not the same as the soul searching she has been doing at Borders.

You do need a break sometimes, but not all that often, maybe every few weeks a short break. But problem solving is actually analysing the matches, not just the attitude etc. If she analysed them she would probably find that she is being too timid, too defensive, and that this is blunting her attacking instincts. She has to attack fearlessly, especially with that forehand. Being "pretty close" with Stosur in rallies, even though Sam has improved immensely, is not acceptable for someone who has a slam. She should be dominating most rallies with her fh. Her first serve should be doing more damage.

Anyway, that's just how I feel. I've only seen a few of her recent matches so I don't know for sure what happened in every one, but my feeling is that she is overusing her new improved slice bh and also overusing her improved movement and defense. She should use her increased movement to attack better instead. :shrug:

AstuteLearner8
Aug 7th, 2009, 09:23 AM
A bit of Ana's presser after the loss to Stosur:

http://www.gototennisblog.com/2009/08/06/ana-ivanovic-loses-in-la-vows-to-stay-out-of-self-help-section/

I don't even know what to make of it...

Well, I guess she got put the la la in "La La Land" I mean she had her chances and didn't capitalize them, and just played with no confidence. Hopefully she only got this in LA, she really needs to start reading fiction IMHO, or do some work on her mental side, because that is causing her the bad serves and all that other stuff.

gaviotabr
Aug 7th, 2009, 09:56 AM
I don't think her attitude is helping her at all either.. then we get to see things like this from people who watched the match on site:

I was there and saw the match. Sam played well, but Ana didn't seem like she wanted to be there. Got weaker and weaker as the match progressed, no heart to fight for the match. After losing the 1st set she called for her coach. Then after getting behind in the 2nd set, she called for her coach again. Then she played listlessly the rest of the set. And after the match she quickly exited barely acknowledging the crowd.

Ivanovic did so bad =(. she called Sven a few times but that didn't help at all. I had a feeling she would do bad because she looked really sad after her practice in the morning

This is from GM. From this and her presser it just seems she has lost desire.. desire to play, to practice.. Today it seems she just didn't felt like playing.. so when she missed her early chances, she easily got discouraged.

Her game needs so much work.. just so much. And now she comes up with things like:

I have to be more open and communicate. Because in the past I just felt like maybe I would hurt my coach by saying “Look, let’s just take it easy” or I would get judged by him because I’m not tough enough.

I learned that I can speak a little more open and can say to them (my coaches) “Look maybe I need to take a couple of days off.” It’s working really well for me.

We can see how well it's working. It just seem that she doesn't feel like playing or practicing.. and that way things just won't come.

gaviotabr
Aug 7th, 2009, 10:01 AM
Another article:

Ivanovic gets lost on comeback trail
at L.A. Women's Tennis Championships

By Elliott Teaford elliott.teaford@dailybreeze.com Staff Writer
Updated: 08/06/2009 11:37:17 PM PDT

Ana Ivanovic was defeated by Samantha Stosur, 6-3, 6-2. (Scott Varley/Staff Photographer)
Some comebacks fared better than others at the L.A. Women's Tennis Championships on Thursday at Home Depot Center.

Maria Sharapova continued to make significant strides only a few months after returning to the tour following shoulder surgery last October.

Meanwhile, Ana Ivanovic's return to elite form after a thigh injury sidelined her for more than a month remains very much a work in progress.

The former top-ranked women each had moments of disappointment, if not downright despair, during third-round matches played under a withering sun and in front of a sparse crowd that numbered in the hundreds.

Sharapova dropped the opening set to Alona Bondarenko but then rocketed away for a 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 victory that sent her into today's quarterfinals. Sharapova plays Urszula Radwanska in a matchup of unseeded players.

The sixth-seeded Ivanovic tumbled without putting up much of a fight against Samantha Stosur, losing 6-3, 6-2 in only 62minutes.

Stosur advanced to the quarterfinals by beating a player ranked in the top 15 for the sixth time this year.

Stosur was set to play the winner of the evening match between top-seeded and No.1-ranked Dinara Safina and 14th-seeded Jie Zheng.

Safina is the defending tournament champion. Stosur is better known as a doubles player and ranks only 19th in singles.

"It's tough for me to speak about other players," Sharapova said when asked about Ivanovic's struggles since zooming to No. 1 in 2008.
"I know it's one thing getting to the top of the world as an athlete. It's another staying there and maintaining that.

"I had my share of questions (to answer). I won Wimbledon (as a 19-year-old in 2004), and I thought I knew it all. It definitely took a while to adjust. I just kept grinding and kept working. I realized that I didn't know it all. It's a process."

Ivanovic insisted her match wasn't as one-sided as the scores might have indicated. She said there were moments that could have turned the match in her direction, but she couldn't capitalize in a loss to the hard-serving Stosur.

"I was a little bit disappointed," the No. 11-ranked Ivanovic said.

In the end, she said there were some encouraging signs. First was the thigh injury that forced her to sit out since Wimbledon no longer is troubling her. She is feeling good, with no reason to believe she won't be at her best for the U.S. Open.

"I can't match the level (of play) that I had (before the injury)," she said. "I have to be patient with myself. I have to allow myself a little more time. I feel positive about all the work I've done and I'm doing still."

Ivanovic said some of the work she's been doing since injuring her thigh during a third-round match against Venus Williams at Wimbledon involves no work at all. Instead of practicing twice a day, she's willing to hit the court only once.

As a result, she feels fresher and hungrier.

"I started feeling better, much better," the 21-year-old Serb said of cutting back on the hours she spends on the practice court. "I'm excited to work again and get to the top. I feel good. I feel fit.

"There are still many things to work on, which takes time."

Asked if she believed she made progress in her return from a month-long layoff, she said, "I really went through a lot during the last couple of months. It made me stronger. I'm headed in the right direction. I really feel I only need a few more matches."

No question, Ivanovic's game needs more fine-tuning than Sharapova's.

That much was obvious to even the most casual of tennis observers on a scalding Thursday afternoon.



http://www.dailynews.com/sports/ci_13012522

How long has she been saying that all she needs is a few more matches? Hasn't she figured out yet that if she loses early everytime, she won't be getting that chance? :rolleyes:

Also, is every minor injury she has, like a muscle strain, going to take the level of her tennis away? That's just poor... Look at the author's conclusion at the end.. and Sharapova did have a serious, career-threatening injury.

And with all the work she has to do, practicing once a day and showing no desire for more is not encouraging at all. It looks like she has just lost it.. she will to be a better player and her tennis desire.

gaviotabr
Aug 7th, 2009, 10:22 AM
I honestly don't think this new attitude is helping. It's not a matter of just pleasing the coaches, of course. But you have to trust them and put the power in their hands. You trust in them and then they trust in you, so of course you have input in the decisions. But it sounds like all her input is "take some time off" or "take it easy" as opposed to a new idea with some strategy, or some idea to fix the toss, make her backhand more consistent.

To me that sounds like "I don't think this training is going so well, how about I take some time off and see if it's better in a couple of days?" Just hoping a fresh start will fix things. But that's not what she needs. She needs to be problem solving. And that is not the same as the soul searching she has been doing at Borders.

You do need a break sometimes, but not all that often, maybe every few weeks a short break. But problem solving is actually analysing the matches, not just the attitude etc. If she analysed them she would probably find that she is being too timid, too defensive, and that this is blunting her attacking instincts. She has to attack fearlessly, especially with that forehand. Being "pretty close" with Stosur in rallies, even though Sam has improved immensely, is not acceptable for someone who has a slam. She should be dominating most rallies with her fh. Her first serve should be doing more damage.

Anyway, that's just how I feel. I've only seen a few of her recent matches so I don't know for sure what happened in every one, but my feeling is that she is overusing her new improved slice bh and also overusing her improved movement and defense. She should use her increased movement to attack better instead. :shrug:

Agreed. As Matt Cronin said in his article, just how many fresh starts does Ana need? Her attitude is not helping her at all IMHO.

And I think she has just grown scared on court.. she just doesn't impose her game anymore like she used to. There was a time I thought almost every single match was on Ana's racquet. The way she has been playing, it depends a lot more on her opponent. She used to go on court and just play her game.. go for her shots and play fearless tennis. That was what won her matches. Now it's this mess.. she easily gets defensive and even then turns on the UEs machine. That's because it's just not her game. But then again, I think she has lost her tennis desire..

rasko
Aug 7th, 2009, 11:13 AM
Looks like she lost focus and strong desire for win she used to have. Ana is in love, I think.:D

“I still like (reading) psychology, and almost every day since I’ve been here I go to Borders and just sit and read there. I always find myself wandering around that area (psychology section,) but I force myself to sort of go back and read something else. Because it gets you thinking a lot and I’m already doing that more than enough. So I should just read some fiction maybe.”

Don't understand bold part. What is Borders?

SOA_MC
Aug 7th, 2009, 11:18 AM
Looks like she lost focus and strong desire for win she used to have. Ana is in love, I think.:D



Don't understand bold part. What is Borders?

Books & DVD store

rasko
Aug 7th, 2009, 11:24 AM
Books & DVD store

I see. Thanks. :)

HowardH
Aug 7th, 2009, 01:26 PM
Looks like she lost focus and strong desire for win she used to have. Ana is in love, I think.:D

:eek: Surely not. :scared: Wait, don't girls normally play better when they are in love? Hmm, it does sound bad from what people on GM have said. Hard to be sure without seeing the match myself, but by all accounts she has lost the focus and desire. She's a bit like a brilliant student who has lost the desire to work in school, but is still good at talking to teachers, parents and counsellors and convincing them that everything is okay. But clearly something is not.

Don't understand bold part. What is Borders?

Yeah, as Audio said, a books and DVD, music etc store. Even in New Zealand they have huge stores, multiple floors, and areas for people to sit and lounge around, at least here in Auckland. Normally there is a cafe inside the store with lots of seating, we get the cafe called Gloria Jean's I think. Used to be something else. They put them in big shopping complexes, near movie theatres or in malls. People just go there to sit down and read and stuff. I can just imagine how big the stores in LA are, they must be massive.

soul
Aug 7th, 2009, 05:29 PM
She has changed so many things in her life; her coaches,conditioners, lovers. Nothin is stable in her life for a long while.And I wonder when it will be stable ot this over changes will go for some while???????????

AstuteLearner8
Aug 7th, 2009, 05:59 PM
:eek: Surely not. :scared: Wait, don't girls normally play better when they are in love? Hmm, it does sound bad from what people on GM have said. Hard to be sure without seeing the match myself, but by all accounts she has lost the focus and desire. She's a bit like a brilliant student who has lost the desire to work in school, but is still good at talking to teachers, parents and counsellors and convincing them that everything is okay. But clearly something is not.

Well, maybe needs desire then. How? I don't know just desire. Make bets, the coach should promise her, if she wins matches then the coach does something stupid. Read some fiction that relates to her, you know a character who is going through the same rough patch as Ana, and then character ends up doing something that is good for her like Ana winnning more matches. Watch inspirational movies, rent a ton of sports movies. Go to a sports pyschologist to find out whats wrong. Or, pep talks before matches. Get her fired up, like coaches do before the big game. During the pep the coach should start saying "Do you want to win!" and then Ana repeats the sentence, and then they repeat this process until their voices are ear-piercing loud. I might repost this in the "WTF thread."


Yeah, as Audio said, a books and DVD, music etc store. Even in New Zealand they have huge stores, multiple floors, and areas for people to sit and lounge around, at least here in Auckland. Normally there is a cafe inside the store with lots of seating, we get the cafe called Gloria Jean's I think. Used to be something else. They put them in big shopping complexes, near movie theatres or in malls. People just go there to sit down and read and stuff. I can just imagine how big the stores in LA are, they must be massive.

Yeah, the stores are huge in LA, well some are Borders express which is located in a mall, and others which is a Borders store with three levels and chairs, and Starbucks cafe. My friend told me that she saw Ana at the West LA Borders, the one closest to UCLA, last week. I go to UCLA for a program, how did I not see this coming?! :fiery:

hellas719
Aug 8th, 2009, 04:30 PM
A Greek article:
http://tennisnews.gr/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2573:ivanovic-us-open&catid=48:tennis-fashion&Itemid=122

Mixo
Aug 10th, 2009, 06:22 PM
http://www.cincytennis.com/


Where the hell is the Live Score?



edit: sorry, it should be in Live Score thread!

gaviotabr
Aug 11th, 2009, 02:09 AM
Interesting article from today's post match presser:

Ivanovic discovers cure for serving yips
Mon Aug 10, 2009 7:30pm EDT

By Simon Cambers
CINCINNATI, Ohio (Reuters) - Former world number one Ana Ivanovic said she may have found a cure for her serving problems after reaching the second round of the Cincinnati Open on Monday.

When the Serb reached the top of the world rankings last year after winning the French Open she did so on the back of a huge forehand and one of the best serves in the women's game.

Over the past year the 21-year-old has struggled with her serve, however, particularly with her ball-toss, and has tinkered with her action several times.

Her latest solution involves a curtailed take-back, a la Maria Sharapova.

Ivanovic hit nine double faults in her 2-6 6-1 6-1 victory over American teenager Melanie Oudin but only three of them came after the first set.

"I am just taking some pressure off (her shoulder) and the serve feels a lot better," she said.

"Actually it's faster than it was so I'm pretty happy about that."

Ivanovic confessed she wished she had began making adjustments to her serve.

"I started changing it and I started making a big issue out of it," she said. "The more I thought about it, the more pressure I put on myself trying to hit the perfect serve.

"Instead of just relaxing... it went down the pipe pretty far."

Ivanovic joked: "I'm so confused right now it doesn't matter. In the past two months, I changed it five or six times, trying to figure out what feels most natural.

The Serb believes she is close to fixing the problem with the shorter swing.

"Hopefully I found what is going to give me the most power and most consistency," she said. "I just tried it in practice the other day and it felt pretty good straightaway, so hopefully it will stay that way."


http://www.reuters.com/article/sportsNews/idUSTRE5795U020090810

Ivanovic joked: "I'm so confused right now it doesn't matter. In the past two months, I changed it five or six times, trying to figure out what feels most natural.

This is actually very revealing.. she seems confused. Hopefully she will sort her head out, and the serve will work.

jelenacg
Aug 11th, 2009, 02:31 AM
Interesting article from today's post match presser:



http://www.reuters.com/article/sportsNews/idUSTRE5795U020090810

Ivanovic joked: "I'm so confused right now it doesn't matter. In the past two months, I changed it five or six times, trying to figure out what feels most natural.

This is actually very revealing.. she seems confused. Hopefully she will sort her head out, and the serve will work.

I`m confused,why did she need to change service motion 5 or 6 times ?
So she changed her service motion and that`s why she has trouble with ball toss

gaviotabr
Aug 11th, 2009, 02:44 AM
I`m confused,why did she need to change service motion 5 or 6 times ?
So she changed her service motion and that`s why she has trouble with ball toss

I don't know.. maybe she was searching new ways to hit her serve and have it work for her again. Amazing how she got to this point though.. we can understand Sharapova changing it, because of the injury. But Ana had one of the best serves on tour.. and now.. all this mess, having to change it.. Sometimes I wonder if it wasn't better just to try to get it back to the times she was 16 or so and coming up, instead of trying different motions.

gaviotabr
Aug 12th, 2009, 12:16 AM
Yesterday's presser.

http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=58332

WESTERN & SOUTHERN FINANCIAL GROUP WOMEN'S OPEN


August 10, 2009


Ana Ivanovic

CINCINNATI, OHIO


A. IVANOVIC/M. Oudin
2-6, 6-1, 6-1


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.


Q. Considering the first set, must be pretty happy with the way you came back?
ANA IVANOVIC: I did. First set I didn't start so well, and I had lots of unforced errors and lots of double faults. I mean, three I served three double faults in a row.
But you know, then in the second set, on the break after the first set, I just tried to talk to myself and just try to convince myself I have to be aggressive and play the way I should play and not wait for mistake and not try to be too careful.
That's what I did, and I relaxed a lot on my serve and it started coming a lot faster. Actually, I didn't been serving the fastest I have in the long while. Pretty happy about that.
Obviously with the rain it's never easy, but, you know, really happy to get through that.

Q. It looks like you're changing your serve. It looks like you're shortening it.
ANA IVANOVIC: Yes, I did that after, yeah, L.A., because I had some issues a little bit with my shoulders. You know, just taking some pressure off it. It feels a lot better.
You know, I still generate lots of power. Actually it's faster than it was. Pretty happy about that.
Just no have to practice that and just repetition will give me confidence.

Q. It's difficult when you change your serve later in your career. Well, not later, but after years of playing one way.
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, well, I'm so confused right now it doesn't matter. I changed it -- in the past two months, I changed it lots of times, five or six times, just trying to figure out what feels most natural and what is gonna give me the most power and most consistency.
Hopefully I found it, because I just tried it on practice the other day and it felt pretty good straightaway, so hopefully it will stay that way.

Q. Why did you change it in the first place?
ANA IVANOVIC: That's a good question.

Q. Because you had a good serve.
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I had a really good serve. But then I had some issues with the ball toss. I think it was just at the moment, because I was maybe tight in one of the matches. You know, it just happens.
But then I start changing it and I started making a big issue out of it. The more I thought about it, the more pressure I put on myself trying to hit the perfect serve instead of just relaxing, so it went down the pipe pretty far.
Just happy that now I'm feeling, you know, a lot better with it. Obviously, you know, ball toss, it's gonna be off few times. But it's just normal, and now I feel confident to stop it and to start again.

Q. You parted company with Scott?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yes.

Q. What was behind that?
ANA IVANOVIC: You know, working with someone three years it's a long time. He was coming from Australia and we spent a lot of time together because he wasn't going back that often. It just gets to a point when you stop maybe learning from each other and stop improving. It's best to take some break.
It was just, I think, best for both of us to have some break and some fresh opinions.

Q. Is it sort of funny him not being here?
ANA IVANOVIC: It is. You know, you get used to being around. So now I'm actually traveling with my mom mostly, and before I used to have four or five people. So I'm like, Where has everyone gone?
No, I feel really good, because also made me realize more thing on my own, what I'm doing and what helps me to play good, these kind of things, rather than relying on people telling me certain things.
I think it's a learning process, and it made me also a lot more mature.

Q. Do I think you'll sort of go a while without having a proper coach?
ANA IVANOVIC: At the moment I think my fitness is at a pretty good level, and a lot of fitness comes from practicing and from intense tennis sessions. That's what I need in order to play well anyway.
So just focus on that and then do a lot of just stretching and recovery off the court and prevent little injuries that I had.
In a couple week's, month's time, I'm gonna look into that again, having a full time coach for preparation, obviously, for next year.

Q. Stop thinking for now.
ANA IVANOVIC: Thanks. Yeah, relax and enjoy.

:help:

She is still going to go to the gym right? :unsure:

At least she says she is going to search for a new full time coach for the preparation period for next season. Hopefully she will choose wisely. Also.. funny the way she talks about Scott and taking a break.. will they get back together sometime?

spiritedenergy
Aug 12th, 2009, 12:45 AM
Yesterday's presser.

http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=58332



:help:

She is still going to go to the gym right? :unsure:

At least she says she is going to search for a new full time coach for the preparation period for next season. Hopefully she will choose wisely. Also.. funny the way she talks about Scott and taking a break.. will they get back together sometime?

so strange... now it seems she asked him to go... I don't understand really... also yes she needs to do fitness:o

and the serve... clearly she's still in a state of mental confusion..

gaviotabr
Aug 12th, 2009, 12:51 AM
so strange... now it seems she asked him to go... I don't understand really... also yes she needs to do fitness:o

and the serve... clearly she's still in a state of mental confusion..

Yes.. she is a complete mess.. the more I read her quotes, the more I'm sure of it. Nothing is clear for her. And well.. it shows..

Maybe those weeks she took off after Wimbledon instead of getting her fired up and hungry to play tennis, it just got her less inclined to it.. She gives the impression that she doesn't even want to go to the gym.. I mean.. just tennis sessions and stretching? And then we think of how she said she would only practice once a day.. :help:

Or maybe she was just frustrated by so many injuries in the past year and thought it was from overdoing whatever she was doing.. :shrug:

I'm getting all confused by reading her, imagine how she is herself.. :tape:

soul
Aug 12th, 2009, 09:03 AM
She let Scot go! It is very strange.I really dont understand Ana. Why a player tries to change he team that achieved many valuable successes?

I really wonder what does she want to do?

jelenacg
Aug 12th, 2009, 11:22 AM
Yes.. she is a complete mess.. the more I read her quotes, the more I'm sure of it. Nothing is clear for her. And well.. it shows..

Maybe those weeks she took off after Wimbledon instead of getting her fired up and hungry to play tennis, it just got her less inclined to it.. She gives the impression that she doesn't even want to go to the gym.. I mean.. just tennis sessions and stretching? And then we think of how she said she would only practice once a day.. :help:

Or maybe she was just frustrated by so many injuries in the past year and thought it was from overdoing whatever she was doing.. :shrug:

I'm getting all confused by reading her, imagine how she is herself.. :tape:

:lol::help:
I like this one the best

Q. Why did you change it in the first place?
ANA IVANOVIC: That's a good question. :help::help:

I`m not sure i understood what she said in the end.Is she going to look for a full time coach for preparation for next year or she is going to look for witness coach while having a full time coach to prepare for next season :confused:
Also i don`t think she really understands how important is a fitness issue and having a good fitness coach .I just hope she won`t work with that guy JJ worked in off season when she gain weight and muscles :tape:

gaviotabr
Aug 12th, 2009, 01:13 PM
:lol::help:
I like this one the best

Q. Why did you change it in the first place?
ANA IVANOVIC: That's a good question. :help::help:

I`m not sure i understood what she said in the end.Is she going to look for a full time coach for preparation for next year or she is going to look for witness coach while having a full time coach to prepare for next season :confused:
Also i don`t think she really understands how important is a fitness issue and having a good fitness coach .I just hope she won`t work with that guy JJ worked in off season when she gain weight and muscles :tape:

I think she meant that in a couple of months time she will go into the process of choosing a new team (coach, fitness coach), already thinking about the preparation period for next season.

I also hope she is far and away from Pat Etcheberry. But I'm not sure she understands how important fitness is if she says all she needs to do is have intense tennis sessions, stretching and recovery. Fitness is much more than that and it was a big factor in her success.

I don't understand why she is changing her service motion. Wouldn't it be easier just go back to basics and to her old motion.. the one that gave her that great serve of 2/3/4 years ago?

gaviotabr
Aug 19th, 2009, 11:45 PM
Ana's presser after yesterday's match:



Ana Ivanovic

TORONTO, ONTARIO


A. IVANOVIC/M. Rybarikova
2-6, 6-3, 6-2


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Must be nice to get a win like that. You started off a bit shaky but then ended really strong.
ANA IVANOVIC: Yes, definitely. It's good. As soon as I stepped on the court I felt quite good. I felt my movement, my shots, everything was working well, but I just was trying to play a little too safe, I think. She's a good player, and she was playing really aggressive and dominant.
Yeah, so then I tried to change a little bit and be more, you know, more patient but still aggressive and, you know, hit the way I was practicing. And it worked really well. I'm really, really happy. Second and third set I really played well, like -- yeah, like myself.

Q. It seemed that there was a shift in momentum in the second set. You cracked a crosscourt forehand winner. And can you talk about that or when you felt that you were like coming up out of the not-such-a-great place that you were in the first set?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I think that was an important point, you know, to get the break back, and she was playing really well.
You know, since that moment, I kind of got my momentum back, and I started playing a lot better. That was exactly the kind of game I should have played from the start, but like I said, I felt like I was trying to play too safe.
I felt good, and I thought things will come easier, because I just felt like I can make my shots, but you know, I wasn't because I was too defensive. So I tried to step up a little bit, and then I was making those shots, because I felt good.
Yeah just, you know, happy that the hard work that I put in, it paid off.

Q. After your first-set loss, you asked to talk to your coach. What did you and your coach talk about?
ANA IVANOVIC: Just, you know, I just wanted to tell him how I feel, and you know, if there was something that he sees from the side. Because so many times it's easier to see from the side of the court than when I was on the court. I just told him, you know, I feel really good, but I'm just not making, you know, I'm not winning games and everything.
He said exactly that, that I'm a little bit too passive and have to, you know, be aggressive and commit to my shots a little more. That's what I did. It worked out good.

Q. Is that something in the first round where you sometimes can be guilty of coming out a little bit too conservative just because it's the start of the tournament and you're maybe not quite warmed up playing?
ANA IVANOVIC: It can be, but the thing is that I just -- I worked really hard the last couple of days, and I worked on many new things. I just felt quite confident with what I've done, and I sort of wanted to protect that a little bit instead of just letting go and playing that way.
You know, I thought it's going to come without trying to apply too hard. And it's not the case, but I'm really happy I managed to pull through and play awesome the last two sets.

Q. You said last week you might have found a service motion that's working for you again. Did you feel that today?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I was serving quite well. I mean, yeah, I changed my technique a little bit, and I have a little bit shorter swing. It's working out well.
Obviously it's something I'm still working on, and it's -- you know, it's a job in progress. I'm sure it's going to come on good.

Q. Can you talk a little bit about the impact of having that shot go off and losing confidence in it and the difference it would make if you were to get that back?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, I think it's a big shot in tennis. That's why it was so frustrating not making many first serves, because that's the only shot in tennis that you control. You know, you can take time and you can -- you start from zero, so you can just hit it as well as you want to.
But it was really frustrating, and it was affecting, you know, my whole game. I think it's not only case with me; it's with every player who has a big serve, and then all of a sudden if the serve is not coming, it affects your whole movement or your whole game. So it was very frustrating.
But you know, now I felt like I'm working on it and fixing that problem. So I just accept, you know. It's going to be times when I'm -- games that I'm not going to serve perfect, but I just accept it rather than get upset and let it affect the rest of my game.

Q. You just mentioned that you were working on new things the last couple of days. Can you tell us a little bit about what you're working on?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, there is lot of things, you know, I'm working on. I feel I found the path that I want to take and that I'm confident in working and developing as a player. There is lots of, you know, lots of new things and exciting things in my game that I found work well for me, and obviously I have full confidence in this.
There's going to be days out there I'm not going to, you know, feel perfect about it, but I'm going through it and stick with it because I believe that's the way to go.
I mean, today I was doing partly what I was practicing, and I was really happy to see that, yeah.

End of FastScripts


http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=58566

I found it quite interesting.. she seems to have some sort of plan.

This part was hilarious though:

I'm really happy I managed to pull through and play awesome the last two sets.

:lol:

It might even be true.. but it just sounds a funny thing to say IMO. :lol:

spiritedenergy
Aug 19th, 2009, 11:49 PM
Ana's presser after yesterday's match:


http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=58566

I found it quite interesting.. she seems to have some sort of plan.

This part was hilarious though:

I'm really happy I managed to pull through and play awesome the last two sets.

:lol:

It might even be true.. but it just sounds a funny thing to say IMO. :lol:

does Ana know what does confidence mean? She uses it about something which is totally new, how can she be that confident?:rolleyes:

hellas719
Aug 20th, 2009, 06:22 PM
Another Greek article:
http://tennisnews.gr/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2621:toronto&catid=56:wta&Itemid=150

gaviotabr
Aug 23rd, 2009, 01:44 AM
I don't know how reliable this serbian newspaper is.. but I found this thanks to Maja12 in Ana's official forum:

http://www.alo.rs/sport/18486/Ana_Moram_bolje_da_se_istezem

Our journalist Radovan Dzajic had a chance to speak to Ana Ivanovic in Toronto, right after her loss against Safarova in R2.

Ana was, like a true professional, ready to answer questions despite the bad taste that had left her the loss.

- I don't have a feeling that I was making huge mistakes against Safarova, simply she played great, almost without mistakes. The match was on a high level, I am satisfied with the way I played, but I have to work a lot, still.

Your serve looks different, have you been working on it?
- Two weeks ago I changed the motion, I shortened it, because of my shoulder, I have a lot of problems lifting my arm. I was working a lot to change my serve, especially the first serve. I am pretty confident with my second serve. However in my serve and every aspect of the game there is plenty of room to improve.

Who is your coach now?
- I work with Sven Groeneveld and Darren Cahill. They work for the Adidas team. They work with a lot of players, Darren often works with men. I am used to the fact that they cannot help me with on court coaching when I play against another Adidas player, so it does not bother me.

Who is your fitness coach?
- I don't have one for now.

How do you prepare then?
- Regarding the fitness training – I do a lot of stretching, to recover a bit, I had a lot of injuries this year. Small injuries that prevented me to have constant work on court. I am disappointed because of that, I cannot work on court constantly.

What injuries did affect you this year, last year we talked about the thumb?
- This year I injured my knee, my shoulder and now I have this injury, not of the hamstring, but a little above it. So I have to improve in my game and in my recovery.

If this is true.. it explains somehow the change of service motion.. And Ana did say she was taking some pressure off the shoulder. But then again.. so many niggling injuries.. that has got to be real bad luck. And no wonder she is probably blaming it all on the fitness work she was doing. I'm afraid it will just drive her away from the gym.. She needs to find balance.

jelenacg
Aug 23rd, 2009, 08:31 PM
I don't know how reliable this serbian newspaper is.. but I found this thanks to Maja12 in Ana's official forum:

http://www.alo.rs/sport/18486/Ana_Moram_bolje_da_se_istezem



If this is true.. it explains somehow the change of service motion.. And Ana did say she was taking some pressure off the shoulder. But then again.. so many niggling injuries.. that has got to be real bad luck. And no wonder she is probably blaming it all on the fitness work she was doing. I'm afraid it will just drive her away from the gym.. She needs to find balance.

Neither do I :lol:
I also thought she had some kind a small injury on her shoulder .Remember those tapes she had in Doha in the end of the year

Illusionist
Aug 25th, 2009, 01:05 AM
Serbian version HERE (http://www.svettenisa.net/site/index.php/component/content/article/41-intervjui/3231-ana-ivanovic-za-svettenisa-radim-dosta-na-istezanju)

ENGLISH: (I translated it myself, it's not best translation, but you'll get it. :p )
Q.I know it’s not easy, sorry for….
Ana: No, it’s ok, you’re welcome.

Ok. Tell me, she had that wacky left-handed second serve on your backhand. You didn’t manage to return it with deep balls, so she attacked you right after.
Yeah, it was a big difference between first and second serve. Second serve was, as you’ve already noticed, very slow and weak, so I all the strength (to return) was coming from me. I didn’t have any momentum, just kept going and then I had problems, not to control…actually, to control the deep and the action. Return was short, especially in the third set and she used it… But yeah, it was a big, big difference…

Do you feel that the see-saw was right there (in the third set)?
Well yeah, it was.. I had my chances at 4-2 in the third, but she was pushing me outside the court. I tried to return to the middle, not to give her any angle. I didn’t play well both times and she was going for her shots in those moments. I literally felt like she played all or nothing game in those important moments.

In my opinion, she played eight or nine games awesome. She played seven in a row…
She played almost without mistake…

She played great. Don’t be sad, I think you still played well.
No, I played well. I don’t feel I was making some big mistakes. Simply she played really well. There were times when I could’ve used some opportunities.
But, overall, I’m satisfied with the way I played. I think it was a high quality match, and I’m aware that some things I’ve been working on I managed to execute. I was much more aggressive and managed to return a lot of balls back and stay in the point and play some deep balls, so, overall, I’m satisfied. Service was quite well, although I still have to work on serve speed.

Let’s talk about your serve now. I see you had a bit of a short guts. I see it’s a bit insecure. Are you working on your ball toss?
I’ve worked a lot on changing the serve. I’ve changed it two weeks before, I’ve cut the move, because of my shoulder, because I have a lot of problems when I move up my arm. So I had to cut that move and to move up my arm right away because it’s easier and it’s a shorter swing. That’s why I changed it and I’m working a lot on that.

You don’t hit the flat serve and I’ve seen your second serve is quite strong and precise.
Yeah, I have confident second serve. As you’ve already noticed, that first serve, I’m working on that, but simply I have the feeling there are a lot of things in my game I should improve and to work on lots of tings so it’s quite hard when I’m trying to fix it all at once but I’ve improved in most of the game and I feel much better and confident on the court.

Now the question about the coaches. Who are your coaches now?
Now, I’m working with Sven and Darren. They are a part of Adidas team…

Are they just your coaches?
No, they work with a lot of players, Darren works a lot with men, but basically both of them are very good, and I’m satisfied with them.

But do you miss to have a coach in some moments?
What do you mean, when I’m playing an Adidas player so I don’t have coach?

Yes.
No, I’ve already got used to it. It’s not easy, for sure, but somehow I have faith in them and what we do on and off court. I believe that I can find a way to win the match after all we’ve done on the court.

Who is your fitness coach?
I don’t have it at the moment.

What does your day look like when it comes to fitness?
When it comes to fitness, I’m working a lot on recovery at the moment, on stretching, and on recovery because I had a lot of injuries this year. All those little injuries that kept me away from the consistent work on the court. There’d always be a few days, and then something hurts, so I’ve been a bit disappointed because of that.

What are those injuries?
This year I’ve had a knee injury, shoulder and the “zadnju lozu” (dunno how to translate, I think she’s referring to Wimbly injury). So, I’ve been working in all of these stuffs a lot and there are a lot of things I should improve regarding recovery and stretching.

I want to ask you if you’re disappointed, but first of all I’d like to say you shouldn’t be, because you’re playing good, so just a little, how should I say, more eyes open. To look at the ball contact and racket all the time.
Yeah. No, basically I’m satisfied how I work because there are a lot of things I should work on and improve but I feel I’m on a good path and better with each match. This week I played both of my matches well. I had a lot of chances today, but this is a step forward and I’m not overweighting myself too much by the results because there are many aspects of my game I should work on and it’s impossible that all works well at once. And you could see the improvement and I’m happy because of that and aware it might be longer.

You had 5-4 and serve for match. Too bad you didn’t use that.
(at this moment cute Russian, the organizer, is showing the sing they should end up the interview).

(to the organizer) That’s it. (to Ana) You know what she said?
Organizer: Thanks for torturing my player. (Laugh!)
To Ana: It was 2:4 in the third, and she said, “No, Ana will win.”
Ana to organizer: Oh, thank you.

gaviotabr
Aug 25th, 2009, 01:16 AM
Serbian version HERE (http://www.svettenisa.net/site/index.php/component/content/article/41-intervjui/3231-ana-ivanovic-za-svettenisa-radim-dosta-na-istezanju)

ENGLISH: (I translated it myself, it's not best translation, but you'll get it. :p )

Thanks for the translation... if she is really satisfied with that play then we are definitely in for a loooong time without results.

And one thing is for sure.. if she is unable to play any big point well, as she says herself, than it's almost imposible to win the matches.

soul
Aug 25th, 2009, 09:59 AM
She seems very confident, all we must do is to wait in patience then

gaviotabr
Aug 27th, 2009, 12:34 PM
An short article on Ana ahead of the USO, by Matt Cronin:

LOOKING FOR ANSWERS

Fellow Serb Ivanovic has had a similarly lacklustre year but has not yet shown the same signs of recovery as Jankovic.

The 21-year-old has not won a tournament since October 2008 and she said she had not been happy with her play since she reached the final at Indian Wells in March.

Her French Open defence ended in the fourth round in May and she retired injured at the same stage at Wimbledon in June, while her U.S. Open preparations have been shaky as she suffered early exits at the Cincinnati Open and Toronto Cup.

"I maybe made a little mistake because when, all of the sudden, I wasn't doing as well, I started looking for answers in all the wrong places," the world number 11 told Reuters in an interview arranged by WTA Tour sponsors Sony Ericsson.

After hiring coach Craig Kardon for four months, Ivanovic parted ways with the American in June and is now working once again with Sven Groenefeld, who helped her during the 2008 season, as well as Andre Agassi's former coach Darren Cahill.

"I want everything to be perfect, but it can't happen," said Ivanovic, who has never gone beyond the U.S. Open fourth round.
"When I try to go toward perfection I think I can stop myself now."

An inconsistent serve and her inability to consistently impose herself on opponents with her big forehand have troubled Ivanovic.

Ivanovic would like to reach the second week of the U.S. Open, which starts on Aug. 31, but is focused on a road towards long-term success.

"I found the path that I want to take," she said. "There are lots of new things in my game that I found work well for me, and have full confidence in this."


http://in.reuters.com/article/worldOfSport/idINIndia-42008220090827?pageNumber=2&virtualBrandChannel=0

The more I read, the less faith I have. I seriously believe this "it might take longer" goes with the "my opponent played so well" as excuses she gives herself to be content with losing. She needs to get that refusal to lose attitude if she is ever to recover. Otherwise, everytime she is in a tough match, she will lose every important point and will not push herself to do better in that particular match, thinking it will come some other time. Maybe if in 1 year she is still in this position or worse, she will realize that's not the way.

Another thing is that she says she was searching for answers in all the wrong places, and then that there are plenty new things in her game that work well for her. Isn't that a bit of a contradiction? How can she know those new things work well if she isn't winning matches with them? How does she know that's not yet again searching for answers in the wrong places? I don't understand so many changes in a game that not only would win her matches, but a Grand Slam.

Oh well.. just good luck Ana..

gaviotabr
Aug 30th, 2009, 05:21 PM
Insightful article on Ana:

Ivanovic still more than a pretty face?

By Josh Peter, Yahoo! Sports
8 hours, 25 minutes ago

FHM magazine ranked her the sexiest woman in sports. A reader poll in Germany’s biggest newspaper determined she has the most beautiful body in sports. Lustful viewers helped make her website the most visited of any female athlete in the world.

Apologies to the faithful fans of Danica Patrick, Maria Sharapova and Natalie Gulbis, but we’re talking about tennis player Ana Ivanovic, who also happens to be a voracious reader.

Her recent choice of books, “Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer, was especially fitting. While reading the harrowing account of an ascent of Mount Everest, Ivanovic had embarked on her own climb back to the figurative mountaintop from which she fell.

A year after winning her first Grand Slam at the 2008 French Open and taking over the No. 1 ranking as player and pinup girl in women’s tennis, Ivanovic had dropped to No. 13. Her slump included a failure to win back-to-back matches during a stretch of five tournaments from July to October.

In the months leading up to the U.S. Open, which starts Aug. 31, Ivanovic worked with three coaches and parted ways with her full-time fitness trainer.

“Every day I question the things that I’m doing and the things people around me are doing, what can we do to get back on top,” Ivanovic said earlier this summer.

Getting to the top was an impressive climb in its own right.

Growing up in war-torn Serbia, Ivanovic practiced tennis in an empty swimming pool, one of the few safe venues available to players. The practice sessions were scheduled during the rare morning hours between NATO bombings. From that environment sprung a champion who seemingly has it all – brains, beauty and a great story – except for a clear answer for what went wrong after the 2008 French Open.

Off the tennis court, Ivanovic often retreats to the nearest bookstore. She began reading Freudian psychology about the same time her slump began – and quickly closed the book. She went in search of fiction – books to help her escape an obsession with tennis that bordered on unhealthy.

Freud created unwinnable mind games for Ivanovic, who at 21 is prone to over-analysis and emotional swings. During a fourth-round loss at the French Open this year, she suffered dizzy spells and, according to her coach at the time, called her trainer onto the court because she was having trouble breathing.

Ivanovic’s publicist. Gaven Versi, said the symptoms stemmed from a medical condition diagnosed after the match, but neither he nor Ivanovic would disclose the condition. By contrast, Craig Kardon, Ivanovic’s coach during the French Open, said he thinks the dizzy spells and breathing trouble stemmed from the intense pressure Ivanovic puts on herself.

“She keeps a lot of things inside of her,” said Kardon, a widely regarded coach whose past clients have included Martina Navratilova, Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport. “I think she has a lot of emotions inside of her that she doesn’t share with anybody.”

The pressure isn’t only from within, especially as her world has become increasingly public.

A crowd of 15,000 people waited for her in the main square of her hometown of Belgrade in June 2008, when she returned from Roland Garros after beating Dinara Safina in the finals of the French Open. The paparazzi and gossip columnists were waiting, too.

Then came pictures of her sunbathing in Spain in July, bikini shots that ended up online. The rags and websites reported on her romance and breakup with Spanish tennis player Fernando Verdasco and published more bikini shots when they caught her frolicking beachside in Australia with her new boyfriend, pro golfer Adam Scott.

Her cover shot and swimsuit photo spread for FHM magazine came out soon after the conclusion of Wimbledon in August 2008, setting up critics for an overhead smash. As the London Daily Mail wrote, “Unfortunately, Ana’s exposure in front of the camera lasted longer than her exposure on court and she too was out of the competition before the magazine was out on the shelves.”

Despite being the top seed at Wimbledon, Ivanovic lost in the third round to unheralded Zheng Jie, then ranked No. 133. An injured thumb caused Ivanovic to withdraw from the Olympics in August, and the freefall was on.

At the U.S. Open, she lost in the second round to qualifier Julie Coin, marking the earliest loss by a top seed at the Open since the 1973 tournament. She reached the quarterfinals at the Australian Open in January but then lost to Venus Williams in straight sets.

None of it seemed to bother readers of the German newspaper Die Bild, who in October made her a landslide winner in a poll determining the “most beautiful body of any sportsperson.” (Ivanovic won with 51 percent of the vote, and fellow tennis player Sharapova was her closest competitor with 14 percent.) Her status as sports’ new pinup fascination was no consolation for a young woman who aspired to become the top-ranked women’s tennis player – and stay there for more than 12 weeks.

The changes finally began.

Ivanovic left Sven Groeneveld and the coaching program he directs for adidas around the start of 2009. She hired Kardon, the first full-time coach of her career. She prepared for her defense of the French Open with unmistakable intensity – then lost in the fourth round during which she complained of dizziness and breathing trouble.

Despite the fourth-round loss, Kardon said he was relieved the French Open was behind them, that Ivanovic could stop worrying about defending her title at Roland Garros and start preparing for grass and the hardcourts, – playing surfaces Kardon considers his specialties.

But then Ivanovic fired Kardon. She never explained why, and Kardon said he’s not at liberty to discuss the specifics.

“She’s a perfectionist and she wants everything perfect,” Kardon said. “It’s a continual struggle.

“Obviously she’s a very talented player and she’s capable of playing at a high level and winning Slams. But I think she puts way too much pressure on herself.”

After leaving Kardon, Ivanovic rejoined Groeneveld and began working with Darren Cahill, who had worked with Andre Agassi and mostly men’s players before joining the adidas coaching staff earlier this year.

“I made a little mistake [in leaving Groeneveld],” she said this summer. “Because all of the sudden when I wasn’t doing well, I started looking for answers in the wrong places.”

Oddly, she parroted much of what Kardon said he was trying to instill: a shoring up of her confidence and a trust in her skills. But he said he was just as committed to helping Ivanovic with the mental side of her game. The plan was to identify the root of Ivanovic’s emotional struggles and get her working with a sports psychologist.

But Kardon said he didn’t have time to develop the closeness he needed to do that, and in the past Ivanovic has cited such closeness as a reason she’d resisted hiring a full-time coach. Should anyone plumb the depths of Ivanovic’s psychology for answers, they might stumble across some telling anecdotes:

• When she was 14, her family signed a contract with Dan Holtzmann, a wealthy businessman from Switzerland who agreed to sponsor Ivanovic in turn for the right to serve as her manager when she turned pro. After signing the contract, Ivanovic lost her next match – and spent three hours in a hotel room sobbing, fearing that Holtzmann would cancel the contract.

• David Taylor, who later took over as her coach when she climbed in the rankings from No. 24 to No. 13, said he encountered a player who rarely needed to be pushed.

“She would die out there in practice,” Taylor wrote in an email. “… We did her summer preparation the year she won the U.S. Open series in 2006 at a private court in Vevey, Switzerland. She wanted so much to impress me and work hard, she threw up at the side of the court. I was very impressed.”

Asked about that session, Ivanovic, now ranked No. 11, nodded knowingly.

“I would never say, ‘Look, I’m tired. Let’s just take it easy,’ ” she said. “I would always push myself and just go until I drop and that’s not good because I found myself a little over-trained.

“Growing up, I always had full trust in coaches and the people around me. And also I was letting them make a lot of decisions about my playing and about how much I’m going to practice and so on.”

In recent months, Ivanovic said she has begun to assert herself more and make those decisions. She’d grown tired of deferring to those around her.

“Now I can speak a little more openly and communicate with them,” she said. “… I’m not here to please them. I just want to get back and improve, so I have to be honest and say what I feel and what I think is going to help me get where I want.”

Her play in recent months remained suspect, with a third-round loss at the L.A. Women’s Tennis Championships in August to Samantha Stosur, then ranked No. 19; and a second-round loss the following week in Cincinnati to Melinda Czink, then ranked No. 59.

Funny thing, Ivanovic said, is that she knows precisely how she must play to reclaim her No. 1 ranking and win another Grand Slam.

“When I’m off the court, I know perfectly,” she said. “And I can tell everyone what works best and how it should be.”

Here’s how she knows it should be: aggressive. A self-confident Ivanovic is Ivanovic at her best.

“But then, obviously when I’m on the court and emotions start (to) kick in and then it’s very hard,” she said. “I start to overanalyze everything and doubt a lot of things.”

How will she overcome that? A bemused smile stretched across her face.

“I’m still trying to figure that out.”


http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news?slug=jo-ivanovic083009&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

The plan was to identify the root of Ivanovic’s emotional struggles and get her working with a sports psychologist.


I think she needs that.. most of Ana's struggles are mental IMHO.. and I don't think all the changes or improvements in the world in her game will have any good effects or lead to any results if she doesn't work on the mental side of the sport. Pity that she didn't do this.. or maybe she is so resistent to the idea that was one of the reasons she decided to leave Kardon.. :shrug:

InsideOut.
Aug 30th, 2009, 06:45 PM
I love the last few lines, they brought a bemused smile to my face. :lol:

They did make a few factual errors though...There is no way Ana could have lost to Venus in the AO quarters seeing how they were both out by the time the second week rolled about. :tape:

gaviotabr
Sep 2nd, 2009, 04:55 PM
Ana unable to salvage gloomy year
By Bonnie D. Ford
ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Tennis turns on its seasons-within-seasons, each one holding the promise of a new mini-start. But 2009 has been one long autumn for Ana Ivanovic, landscaped with falling leaves and bare branches. She's hoping it will make way for new growth.



Ivanovic was the top seed at the U.S. Open last year when she was upset by a little-known French qualifier in the second round. Only one result could have been worse, and sure enough, that came to pass Tuesday as Ivanovic let a match point slip through her strings in a third-set tiebreak and lost to No. 52 Kateryna Bondarenko of the Ukraine.



The Serbian's graceful bearing masks the self-judgmental heart of a compulsive competitor. It's unlikely that any reporter in the postmatch press conference asked a question that Ivanovic hadn't already asked herself, whether it was about dented confidence or her entourage or whether she needed a vacation.



Ivanovic answered them anyway with an occasionally tremulous voice, somehow finding a laugh or two and fighting to control her emotions nearly as much as she did during the 2 hour, 25 minute match at Louis Armstrong Stadium. She is too stubborn and proud to write off an entire season, but she admitted there are times when she'd like to fast-forward to the new year.

"Yeah, I do," she said. "I do, many times. I wish that.

"But, you know -- as much as it hurts and was disappointing, I feel I learned a lot from it. I learned a lot about myself and you know, people around me and about what I have to do in order to become a better player. Because there was a point that, you know, I really trusted the team around me, so I didn't question many things that were happening. Many times, you know, I didn't know why I was doing certain things."

The 11th-ranked Ivanovic spent a brief stint with coach Craig Kardon this season before they split, and lost her longtime fitness coach Scott Byrnes in July in what her manager, Gavin Versi, called an amicable parting. For strategic guidance, Ivanovic opted to return to the familiar climate of the Adidas corporate team, where her former part-time coach Sven Groeneveld awaited. That became more appealing with the recent addition of tactical savant Darren Cahill.



"It's no secret she was eyeing him as a coach, and then this coach she would have liked to hire herself became available through Adidas," Versi said.



But that mid-course correction hasn't proved enough to salvage an unproductive year. It's been 10 months since the former No. 1 beat a top-10 player, seemingly eons since she won the 2008 French Open. Ivanovic reached one final this season, at Indian Wells; she hasn't advanced past the round of 16 in any major in 2009.



Ivanovic tore a thigh muscle while serving against Venus Williams in the fourth round at Wimbledon and had to retire from the match. It was the latest of several minor injuries that have put nails in her tires recently, including a sore right shoulder that compelled her -- like so many top women at the moment -- to adopt a shortened service motion as a stopgap.

It's not patty-cake, and Ivanovic says she's getting more pace on the ball while still protecting her arm, but it's not a she-wolf way to start a point, either. Ivanovic struggled to hold serve even as she won the first set. She fared well when she went to the net and came back from a 4-1 deficit in the third set to force the tiebreak, but she was ultimately worn down by Bondarenko's digging, no-quit rallying.


Although Ivanovic's ailments have forced her to stop playing at times, they've also put her on a treadmill of play-rehab-train-play that has prevented her from taking a real break for the last few years.

Kateryna Bondarenko was the latest player to contribute to Ana Ivanovic's dismal year.
The cumulative toll has become visible. Ivanovic joked that it would show up in the bags under her eyes, puffy from crying and lost sleep, but it's more apparent in small gestures on the court -- a slight shrug of exasperation or a fractional hesitation to step into the court. With the match on her racket in the third-set tiebreak, Ivanovic blew a sitter of a forehand, usually her most reliable shot; when the ball rocketed into the net, it was as if a faithful dog had turned around and sunk its teeth into her leg.

"Many times when I'm in a position, I just don't trust myself like I did before," she said Tuesday. A bit later, Ivanovic said she may be guilty of working so hard between matches that she's not fresh when she gets there, and labeled it a Catch-22 situation -- a sophisticated pop culture reference that appears to be dead-on.

"She'll get it back," ESPN analyst Mary Joe Fernandez said confidently. "She's super young." Ivanovic is just 21, in fact, and said she sometimes has to concentrate to remember her biological age. With the foreshortened perspective of a precocious athlete, she said her tribulations this season have made her feel old, perhaps as old as 25.



Ivanovic suffers from the mixed burden and blessing of intelligence, drive and analytical ability. She picks at the scabs of defeat, trying to figure out how she can keep from being wounded again, and in the process may overlook the fact that all winners accumulate their share of scar tissue. That knowledge comes with the years, which is why she'd be well-advised not to wish time away.



Bonnie D. Ford covers tennis and Olympic sports for ESPN.com. She can be reached at bonniedford@aol.com.


http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/usopen09/columns/story?columnist=ford_bonnie_d&id=4439275

I'm not sure Ana will get any full time coach...

spiritedenergy
Sep 2nd, 2009, 07:26 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/usopen09/columns/story?columnist=ford_bonnie_d&id=4439275

I'm not sure Ana will get any full time coach...

nothing really new here, the author did a good job at summarizing the situation though... but anyone has an opinion, anyone has to say something on what she should do... i think the adidas team is too many voices, ana should find someone who can lead her and follow him, cahill sven didn't work before and cahill doesn't seem to work now...

Mixo
Sep 3rd, 2009, 12:48 PM
AMBASSADOR AWARDS

Rafael Nadal of Spain and Ana Ivanovic of Serbia have been voted Ambassadors of the Year for the 2008 tennis season by the ITWA membership, an honor designed to recognize consistent openness and cooperation with the world media. The two players will receive solid-silver hallmarked letter openers, engraved with their name and 'ITWA Ambassador 2008.'

ITWA past president Neil Harman said: "We understand that the players can't grant every interview request, but Ana and Rafa have been exemplary in their professional dealings with the media. Rafa is always scrupulously polite, while Ana always seems to have a smile on her face, even when talking to the media after a defeat. They are great role models for their fellow players, and we hope their engraved letter-openers can find a small but proud place in their trophy cabinets."

First trophy of the year



:bounce:

http://www.itwa.org/

gaviotabr
Sep 4th, 2009, 01:12 PM
An article on the WTA with some quotes from Sven on Ana's shoulder:

On-court woes make women's draws compelling to watch
TOM TEBBUTT

Wearing your frailty - or your double faults - on your sleeve, has become very much a part of the women's event at this year's U.S. Open.

It came most flagrantly to the fore in world No. 1 Dinara Safina's tortured 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-4 opening-round win over unheralded Olivia Rogowska. Safina hit 11 double faults, which followed the 17 doubles that marred her loss to Aravane Rezai at the Rogers Cup in Toronto two weeks ago.

Double faults are not the only measure of a player's vulnerability; there is also dwindling self-confidence and its affect on staying at the upper reaches of the game.

That would be the case with Ana Ivanovic, who ranked No. 1 as recently as August, 2008, but has fallen to No. 11 and was upset 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7) in the first round at Flushing Meadows on Tuesday night by Kateryna Bondarenko. The score was eerily similar to her loss in Toronto when she also convincingly won the first set against Lucie Safarova before fading as the match got more competitive.

Sven Groeneveld is Ivanovic's coach and was with her when she won the 2008 French Open. He has coached on the men's tour with Greg Rusedski and also with women such as Mary Pierce.

"For me the biggest difference is that with men you are working more like a team, and there is a balance between the two of you," he said. "On the women's side, you take the role of a leader."

He believes the current fixation on the inadequacies of some of the top women is justified.

"A lot of people right now, spectators and the media especially, are spending a lot of time on it," Groeneveld said. "It's a fair concern. In my opinion, we have an obligation to work on improving and addressing it. If you look at the men, they also have it, but those players don't make it to the tour. So it's a process of elimination. With the women, it will come to that as well."

As for the here and now, he suggests, "players have to take some responsibility and analyze their game and ask themselves, 'how can I improve it?' I know Dinara is doing that and I know Ana is as well."
Not only are the players young - Safina is 23 and Ivanovic is 21 - but they play a sport that is virtually year-round.

"It can take longer," Groeneveld said of improving their games, "because they're basically in competition all year."

Recently, he has helped alter Ivanovic's serve - a major adjustment, and one that may not be considered by outside observers when gauging her results. "Ana has reduced her motion or swing," Groeneveld explained, "a little bit to protect her shoulder because we didn't want to get to the stage where she could keep doing what she was doing and then need surgery. It was a preventative change. But it was in competition. It's a little bit risky, but we had to do it."


http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/on-court-woes-make-womens-draws-compelling-to-watch/article1275619/

Surgery? :help:

And the first bolded part.. If that's what Sven does to help Ana with her confidence.. than God help her please! Because she is already overanalyzing things and getting all confused..

jelenacg
Sep 4th, 2009, 01:38 PM
An article on the WTA with some quotes from Sven on Ana's shoulder:



http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/on-court-woes-make-womens-draws-compelling-to-watch/article1275619/

Surgery? :help:

And the first bolded part.. If that's what Sven does to help Ana with her confidence.. than God help her please! Because she is already overanalyzing things and getting all confused..

For a moment i was like :speakles:
Thank God it hasn`t gone that serious :tape:
Did Sven see Dinara`s game over the last year.:weirdo::tape::lol: Her game is one big mess :tape:
Ana doesn`t need to over analyze anything. Just tell her what she needs to do on court and stop with this crap

spiritedenergy
Sep 4th, 2009, 03:19 PM
surgery... is he serious?:confused: Before changing a whole technique on the serve just for preventive measure, you need to be sure it's damaging the shoulder... she needs to do analysis and check-ups... i hope they did that and did not change the motion out of the blue, it helped kill her summer results IMO...:o

Curtos07
Sep 4th, 2009, 08:22 PM
I didn't even know Ana had shoulder problems in the 1st place until this past week. Now I hear the word surgery. :help: At least she hasn't gotten to that stage yet. Ana is the most unluckiest girl in the world. :sobbing:

mure
Sep 4th, 2009, 08:47 PM
Next thing we'll read she'll play left handed to prevent her right hand from gettin injured :rolleyes:

gaviotabr
Sep 5th, 2009, 05:05 PM
Interesting article:

September 6, 2009

Tearful Ana Ivanovic tortured by over-analysis

Pat Cash

Nobody likes to see a pretty girl cry, especially when we have all been treated to her delightful smile as she has won a major tournament and moved to the number one spot in the world rankings.

It could easily be Maria Sharapova who gets upset. She’s had a tough year or so and is currently battling her way back after a shoulder operation in the knowledge the serving motion that made her a Wimbledon champion at the age of 17 is now a physical impossibility.

But no, it’s the other pin-up girl of women’s tennis who is suffering and sadly the sight of Ana Ivanovic dissolving into floods of tears has become rather repetitive at Grand Slam tournaments. It was time for the tissues as she lost at Wimbledon and it was the same again at the US Open.

This time last year she was still world No 1 but the last 12 months have seen a calamitous fall from grace. Ivanovic is now down to No 11 and threatening to fall farther. Seeing her lose to Kateryna Bondarenko, despite holding a 3–1 lead in the second set and having match point on her serve in the third set tie break, was sad.

At Wimbledon, the pain of a torn thigh muscle that forced her to retire against defending champion Venus Williams in the fourth round was unfortunate. Injuries are part and parcel of top-flight sport and on that day you could sympathise with her. Even greater torment set the tear ducts into action as Ivanovic suffered an opening round Grand Slam exit for the first time in her career in New York but in this case she had to be held responsible.

Where once she was one of the most forceful servers in the women’s game, now that part of her game is a mess. There is no kinder way to describe it. Those who must also be held responsible for this lamentable disintegration are the apparently numerous coaches and advisers who have tried to help her with the problem and left her totally confused.

The remodelling of a serve is a particularly tricky business. I should know. I went through the whole process myself back in 1994 after I was forced to undergo back surgery for a prolapsed disc in my spine. It took a long time to get things right again and required much patience.

Consequently I have a huge degree of sympathy for Sharapova, who has been forced to find a new way of serving. She has not got it right yet and I worry that some of the people who have been advising her aren’t exactly the best qualified. I heard a tale of one person I know being offered $10,000 for a day’s work to travel down and help her with her serve. It clearly wasn’t money well spent.

Ivanovic is lucky in that she has not yet had to make an appointment with the surgeon. Nevertheless her shoulder started hurting so much that a few weeks ago she was forced to adopt a shortened service motion as a stopgap. It is not a pretty sight and weakens her threat.

However, her basic problem is confusion and a subsequent lack of confidence. I heard an interesting thing said about Ana the other day and it fits perfectly. She picks at the scabs of defeat, trying to figure out how she can keep from being wounded again, and in the process may overlook the fact that all winners accumulate their share of scar tissue. Very erudite. Very apt. Basically, she is too bright for her own good and over-analyses, making problems even bigger.

Watching Ivanovic serve is now a painful experience and personally I don’t think it would be too hard to fix. To bring it down to its simplest level, it’s all to do with the position of her elbow and she could do a lot worse than to just watch some old videos of Pete Sampras and then compare it with the way she used to serve. There are marked similarities but when you start tampering with a shot, you cause injury. Just ask Tim Henman who developed shoulder problems when Larry Stefanki, who is now doing such a good job coaching Andy Roddick, tried to modify his charge’s serve.

The serving action is a far more varied body movement than, say, a golfer’s swing. There are so many more components and the only people who can really advise Ivanovic on what is right and wrong is a good bio-mechanist who understands tennis. Back in my time of coaching Greg Rusedski, who of course had one of the best serves the game has ever known, we brought in such a person when problems occurred.

In my own case, at the age of 44 and 12 years after I retired from the main ATP World Tour, I am probably serving better now in the senior tournaments than I did not long after my peak. Ivanovic has got youth on her side but she had better start taking notice of the right kind of advice and not confuse herself with all the rest because sooner than she may care to think, it could be too late.


http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article6823114.ece

spiritedenergy
Sep 5th, 2009, 06:06 PM
was it really so painful and was she really risking surgery? This article suggests that but at the same time says she should be careful with changing, so confusing, probably he took Ana's words and interviews:o

Mixo
Sep 5th, 2009, 06:43 PM
I think he is just adverting Ana how difficult is to change the serve motion. Ana didnt talk about surgery, it was Sven, so it must be true...

InsideOut.
Sep 5th, 2009, 07:09 PM
The serving action is a far more varied body movement than, say, a golfer’s swing. There are so many more components and the only people who can really advise Ivanovic on what is right and wrong is a good bio-mechanist who understands tennis. Back in my time of coaching Greg Rusedski, who of course had one of the best serves the game has ever known, we brought in such a person when problems occurred.

I really want Ana to get such a person. :awww:

gaviotabr
Sep 5th, 2009, 07:51 PM
I really want Ana to get such a person. :awww:

Me too. I guess it could also help her get the max out of the movements, without harming her shoulder.

I agree with the article when it talks about confusion. Ana often seems confused of what to do on court. That, for me, explains mixing patches of good play with patches of horrible play.

Curtos07
Sep 5th, 2009, 08:40 PM
If her shoulder is actually in risk of possible surgery, should she even be playing? I much rather see her rest up physically and mentally for the remainder of the year so she comes back in 2010 stronger than ever than see her risk shoulder surgery like Sharapova had. That would be the last thing Ana needs. :help:

gaviotabr
Sep 5th, 2009, 08:44 PM
If her shoulder is actually in risk of possible surgery, should she even be playing? I much rather see her rest up physically and mentally for the remainder of the year so she comes back in 2010 stronger than ever than see her risk shoulder surgery like Sharapova had. That would be the last thing Ana needs. :help:

Agreed. I don't really understand all these articles.. we didn't even know about a shoulder injury and now she could even get to a point of surgery? That's a real worry.

jelenacg
Sep 5th, 2009, 09:00 PM
Sven said it could have gone to the surgery if they didn`t change something
That can mean in half of year time,in one year time ...who knows
There is also a little bit of PR in all of this imo,since all of this articles started appearing now

Cp6uja
Sep 5th, 2009, 11:14 PM
I'm sick and tired about womans tennis and confused by all newest (controversial) news about Ana...

In monday will start European Mans Championships in Basketball (in Poland) and I will try (if that is possible :p) to forget about Ana for couple weeks because thinking about her in this moment is so frustrating... even painful.

Here is link of articles section at official Eurobasket 2009 site: http://www.eurobasket2009.org/en/coid_SywzcsJzJToYcOgTRcLq63.articleMode_on.html (http://www.eurobasket2009.org/en/coid_SywzcsJzJToYcOgTRcLq63.articleMode_on.html), and my advice for all here who also is over-frustrated about Ana at the moment to forget about her in next week or two and redirect your attention to something else.

:wavey:

Mixo
Sep 5th, 2009, 11:21 PM
Forget Ana is a little bit difficult to me, even in the situation she is right now. Anyway I will follow the Eurobasket for sure. I think we play against Serbia the first match, I think.

Curtos07
Sep 5th, 2009, 11:25 PM
I could never forget about Ana. It's just to hard for me to detach myself from her. I don't know what I would do when the day comes that she announces her retirement or has a injury like Masha had and is out for a year. :sobbing:

jelenacg
Sep 5th, 2009, 11:27 PM
Forget Ana is a little bit difficult to me, even in the situation she is right now. Anyway I will follow the Eurobasket for sure. I think we play against Serbia the first match, I think.

You do :lol::lol:

gaviotabr
Sep 5th, 2009, 11:32 PM
My problem is that I love tennis.. I play 3 times a week, watch all the time. I do this since I was 5. And I don't feel like not watching tennis just to detach from Ana. Because right now, whenever I see a tennis match, I can't help but think about her.

I find basketball almost as boring as golf.. :lol::tape::help:

jelenacg
Sep 5th, 2009, 11:39 PM
My problem is that I love tennis.. I play 3 times a week, watch all the time. I do this since I was 5. And I don't feel like not watching tennis just to detach from Ana. Because right now, whenever I see a tennis match, I can't help but think about her.

I find basketball almost as boring as golf.. :lol::tape::help:

Basketball boring :eek::eek:
You can`t be serious :lol: We have such a good tradition regarding basketball,so many medals ,good players,coaches, just everything :hearts::hearts::worship:
It`s probably like football in Brazil

gaviotabr
Sep 5th, 2009, 11:43 PM
Basketball boring :eek::eek:
You can`t be serious :lol: We have such a good tradition regarding basketball,so many medals ,good players,coaches, just everything :hearts::hearts::worship:
It`s probably like football in Brazil

I can imagine Jelena. It's pretty popular here as well.. I just don't really like it.

Cp6uja
Sep 6th, 2009, 02:59 AM
Here is link of articles section at official Eurobasket 2009 site: http://www.eurobasket2009.org/en/coid_SywzcsJzJToYcOgTRcLq63.articleMode_on.html (http://www.eurobasket2009.org/en/coid_SywzcsJzJToYcOgTRcLq63.articleMode_on.html), and my advice for all here who also is over-frustrated about Ana at the moment to forget about her in next week or two and redirect your attention to something else.

:wavey:Nobody here still not take seriously my advice how (and where) to escape from Ana for next two weeks... :haha: :haha:

But please believe me... some of that Eurobasket/09 articles are so interesting :drool: (so follow that link)

AstuteLearner8
Sep 6th, 2009, 07:22 AM
I'm sick and tired about womans tennis and confused by all newest (controversial) news about Ana...

In monday will start European Mans Championships in Basketball (in Poland) and I will try (if that is possible :p) to forget about Ana for couple weeks because thinking about her in this moment is so frustrating... even painful.

Here is link of articles section at official Eurobasket 2009 site: http://www.eurobasket2009.org/en/coid_SywzcsJzJToYcOgTRcLq63.articleMode_on.html (http://www.eurobasket2009.org/en/coid_SywzcsJzJToYcOgTRcLq63.articleMode_on.html), and my advice for all here who also is over-frustrated about Ana at the moment to forget about her in next week or two and redirect your attention to something else.

:wavey:

Ooh thanks for the link, I think I might follow that since with the exception of Melanie Oudin and Kim Clijsters, the WTA portion of US Open is done for me.

Basketball is pretty entertaining, it's just kills me when during the final two minutes of almost every basketball game, the coaches always calls multiple time-outs and that just ruins the intensity and moment for me. I remember watching the Western Conference finals one time and being pissed off since there were six timeouts in the last two minutes of the match and four in the last minute of the match. :tape::help::help:

If you guys are so pissed off about Ana's lost oppurtunity just go watch ATP side. I'm cheering for Roger and Novak specifically (until they meet in the semis), besides their matches are always entertaining unlike the double-fault error fiesta at the WTA :tape:.

Mixo
Sep 6th, 2009, 11:43 AM
Nobody here still not take seriously my advice how (and where) to escape from Ana for next two weeks... :haha: :haha:

But please believe me... some of that Eurobasket/09 articles are so interesting :drool: (so follow that link)

I read it. Actually I've been rooting for Partizan since I know Ana supports them :lol: Even in an Euroleague match they played against a Spanish team, Unicaja Malaga. :rolleyes:

jelenacg
Sep 6th, 2009, 02:16 PM
I read it. Actually I've been rooting for Partizan since I know Ana supports them :lol: Even in an Euroleague match they played against a Spanish team, Unicaja Malaga. :rolleyes:

:lol::lol::worship:

Mixo
Sep 6th, 2009, 06:20 PM
:lol::lol::worship:

:lol:

Yeah, I was yelling Ajde Partizan!, Idemo Velickovic!!! and things like that watching the match. Fortunately I was home alone.

jelenacg
Sep 6th, 2009, 06:36 PM
:lol:

Yeah, I was yelling Ajde Partizan!, Idemo Velickovic!!! and things like that watching the match. Fortunately I was home alone.

:rolls:
There is nothing wrong in rooting for Partizan :worship:
It just proves that in sports it`s not all about money :o :o
If you have the will and desire to win you will go far no matter that your club has a budget that is equal to a salary of some basketball star in Europe,not to mention NBA :lol::lol:

spiritedenergy
Sep 6th, 2009, 06:47 PM
i like basket too, especially euroleague... i root for Turkish teams somehow, Efes Pilsen and Ulker (now Fenerbahce i think) Istanbul... they never won it though:o

We had great teams in Italy about 10 years ago (2 from Bologna and 1 from Treviso) but now is a bit worse, only Siena is good...

Mixo
Sep 6th, 2009, 06:53 PM
:rolls:
There is nothing wrong in rooting for Partizan :worship:


No, but my parents are fierce supporters of Red Star :lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

No, no, j/k, but they would send me to a mental hospital if they find me yelling at the TV in some strange balcanic language. :lol:

jelenacg
Sep 6th, 2009, 07:16 PM
No, but my parents are fierce supporters of Red Star :lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

No, no, j/k, but they would send me to a mental hospital if they find me yelling at the TV in some strange balcanic language. :lol:

:lol::lol:

jelenacg
Sep 7th, 2009, 09:51 PM
Forget Ana is a little bit difficult to me, even in the situation she is right now. Anyway I will follow the Eurobasket for sure. I think we play against Serbia the first match, I think.

:topic:
We won :bounce::bounce::bounce:
Just keep it cool guys :worship: Well played :worship:

Mixo
Sep 7th, 2009, 09:59 PM
Hmm, you've won a battle, but we'll win the war!!!!!! xDD

No, they played too bad. C'mon they are World Champions and Silver Medalist last year at Beijing 08. I know Serbia is a very good team, but Spain was awful tonight. Anyway I believe in them.

We should create a new thread called "Other Sports" or something like that, no? I dont think its a good place to talk about Eurobasket xD

jelenacg
Sep 7th, 2009, 10:06 PM
Hmm, you've won a battle, but we'll win the war!!!!!! xDD

No, they played too bad. C'mon they are World Champions and Silver Medalist last year at Beijing 08. I know Serbia is a very good team, but Spain was awful tonight. Anyway I believe in them.

We should create a new thread called "Other Sports" or something like that, no? I dont think its a good place to talk about Eurobasket xD

:lol: true
You weren`t playing good but we were also choking a little bit at the end :tape:
It`s a first match,you will pick up your game don`t worry
Maybe we could i don`t know

gaviotabr
Sep 16th, 2009, 12:08 AM
A part of an article in intalian for La Republica:

http://www.anaivanovic.com/image.php?file=pictures/news/1658/LaRepublica.jpg

Is there anything new there?

spiritedenergy
Sep 16th, 2009, 02:36 AM
A part of an article in intalian for La Republica:

http://www.anaivanovic.com/image.php?file=pictures/news/1658/LaRepublica.jpg

Is there anything new there?

Not really... she says she learnt how to be patient:rolleyes:, that she's practicing mostly with men and this improved her game:rolleyes::rolleyes:, that in life priorities changes and now her main priority is to win tournaments again on the tour. She says that her main characteristics are honesty and trust in others, which lead to her having an inner peace necessary, together with determination and training, to play for winning, always:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

The article is so well written like a book, i'm pretty sure they changed/added some depth to Ana's words...:lol::p

gaviotabr
Sep 16th, 2009, 11:27 PM
Not really... she says she learnt how to be patient:rolleyes:, that she's practicing mostly with men and this improved her game:rolleyes::rolleyes:, that in life priorities changes and now her main priority is to win tournaments again on the tour. She says that her main characteristics are honesty and trust in others, which lead to her having an inner peace necessary, together with determination and training, to play for winning, always:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

The article is so well written like a book, i'm pretty sure they changed/added some depth to Ana's words...:lol::p

Thanks Luca!

Some of what she says.. :rolleyes:

jelenacg
Sep 16th, 2009, 11:56 PM
Not really... she says she learnt how to be patient:rolleyes:, that she's practicing mostly with men and this improved her game:rolleyes::rolleyes:, that in life priorities changes and now her main priority is to win tournaments again on the tour. She says that her main characteristics are honesty and trust in others, which lead to her having an inner peace necessary, together with determination and training, to play for winning, always:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

The article is so well written like a book, i'm pretty sure they changed/added some depth to Ana's words...:lol::p

:bs::bs::bs::bs:

:lol:

Illusionist
Sep 17th, 2009, 04:42 PM
According to Serbian press, Ana is in Belgrade, training hard for Asia tournaments. She's working with Serbian Fed Cup captain Dejan Vranjes (some kind of cooperation). She's just training hard away from publicity surrounded by her family. She believes that's the best way to prepare for the upcoming tournaments.

Curtos07
Sep 17th, 2009, 05:31 PM
That's great to hear! :) See guys, she is working and focusing on her tennis. Hopefully working with Vranjes will be helpful to her. At least she is working with a coach and not by herself. A coach she had success with and who know each other well.

Marilyn Monheaux
Sep 17th, 2009, 06:19 PM
Ana + training = :inlove:

I hope the hard work eventually pays off for her. If not this season, I still hope for a banging return 2010:hearts:

jonnyroyale_13
Sep 20th, 2009, 01:10 AM
Some kid came to my door this summer selling magazines subscriptions, and I put in an order for Tennis magazine from him. Finally got the first issue today. There is an article all about Ana called 'Ana Agonistes' in it(october issue) and it is written by Stephen Tignor. Not sure if im allowed to type the whole thing out or not, but maybe someone else can find it on the web. Not much new in though, except another bikini photo with Adam Scott:p
Main thing id quote from it:
"Her serve is an issue," says Cahill. "There's a technical problem with her toss that she's been working extremely hard to fix." The serve, of course, isn't just another shot. "If you cant control that," Cahill says, "it affects your sense of control over your whole game."

gaviotabr
Sep 20th, 2009, 01:15 AM
Some kid came to my door this summer selling magazines subscriptions, and I put in an order for Tennis magazine from him. Finally got the first issue today. There is an article all about Ana called 'Ana Agonistes' in it(october issue) and it is written by Stephen Tignor. Not sure if im allowed to type the whole thing out or not, but maybe someone else can find it on the web. Not much new in though, except another bikini photo with Adam Scott:p
Main thing id quote from it:
"Her serve is an issue," says Cahill. "There's a technical problem with her toss that she's been working extremely hard to fix." The serve, of course, isn't just another shot. "If you cant control that," Cahill says, "it affects your sense of control over your whole game."

Thanks Jonny!

The articles in Tennis Magazine are not available online. I saw earlier today that there was a feature on Ana in this month's issue, and posted it on the mourning thread. But it's just the title, there is nothing else at the web. So thanks for the post!

It's interesting about the serve.. so strange though.. 2 years ago Ana had one of the best serves on tour.. now it's awful.. how did the ball toss get so messed up?

Anything else interesting? I would like to read the whole thing.. :sobbing:

Out of curiosity.. is the pic new? meaning, another beach date? :lol:

gaviotabr
Sep 20th, 2009, 01:19 AM
Still.. I don't know if they mention it or even think about it.. but Ana has been losing matches not only because of her serve.. with messed up toss/serve and all she gets herself in the position to win.. and when it's in her hands to just clinch it, she loses. It's not a matter of hitting one more good serve.. it's a matter of holding on to her leads and taking the wins. They needs to work on that almost as much as on the serve.

jelenacg
Sep 20th, 2009, 01:20 AM
Thanks Jonny!

The articles in Tennis Magazine are not available online. I saw earlier today that there was a feature on Ana in this month's issue, and posted it on the mourning thread. But it's just the title, there is nothing else at the web. So thanks for the post!

It's interesting about the serve.. so strange though.. 2 years ago Ana had one of the best serves on tour.. now it's awful.. how did the ball toss get so messed up?

Anything else interesting? I would like to read the whole thing.. :sobbing:

Out of curiosity.. is the pic new? meaning, another beach date? :lol:

I`m also curious about that :tape::lol:
What else ?Anything optimistic :rolleyes:
I`m sick of slumping articles :tape:

gaviotabr
Sep 20th, 2009, 01:23 AM
I`m also curious about that :tape::lol:
What else ?Anything optimistic :rolleyes:
I`m sick of slumping articles :tape:

Me too.. but I guess that's what we will get while Ana slumps.. and if she keeps slumping we will have no articles soon.. :sobbing:

I want Resurgent Ana articles! :sobbing:

jelenacg
Sep 20th, 2009, 01:27 AM
Me too.. but I guess that's what we will get while Ana slumps.. and if she keeps slumping we will have no articles soon.. :sobbing:

I want Resurgent Ana articles! :sobbing:

For that she will have to play good first :rolleyes:
That was Mission impossible this year :tape:

jonnyroyale_13
Sep 20th, 2009, 01:28 AM
Thanks Jonny!

The articles in Tennis Magazine are not available online. I saw earlier today that there was a feature on Ana in this month's issue, and posted it on the mourning thread. But it's just the title, there is nothing else at the web. So thanks for the post!

It's interesting about the serve.. so strange though.. 2 years ago Ana had one of the best serves on tour.. now it's awful.. how did the ball toss get so messed up?

Anything else interesting? I would like to read the whole thing.. :sobbing:

Out of curiosity.. is the pic new? meaning, another beach date? :lol:

You should see the picture:hearts:, it is the greatest one ever:inlove:
No, seriously,it is from the same day as the others back in January i guess, just a different one of them coming out of the water.
Heres one other quote but if i get sued and thrown in jail, y'all better bail me out:(

She also says that she has been conflicted at times on court. "I would ask myself, Should I play aggressive" ---"aggresseev" is how it sounds in her accented English -- "or hit with spin? After a point, I would think, What should I have played? I'd hit one ball one way and the second one differently."

jelenacg
Sep 20th, 2009, 01:31 AM
You should see the picture:hearts:, it is the greatest one ever:inlove:
No, seriously,it is from the same day as the others back in January i guess, just a different one of them coming out of the water.
Heres one other quote but if i get sued and thrown in jail, y'all better bail me out:(

She also says that she has been conflicted at times on court. "I would ask myself, Should I play aggressive" ---"aggresseev" is how it sounds in her accented English -- "or hit with spin? After a point, I would think, What should I have played? I'd hit one ball one way and the second one differently."

Confused and lost Ana :hearts::hearts::hearts:
That is just how i imagine things are in her head during matches :tape::tape:
And then people call her brainless ballbasher :lol:If only :angel: We wouldn`t have these problems now
At least it`s old pic,but good one :lol::lol:

gaviotabr
Sep 20th, 2009, 01:37 AM
You should see the picture:hearts:, it is the greatest one ever:inlove:
No, seriously,it is from the same day as the others back in January i guess, just a different one of them coming out of the water.
Heres one other quote but if i get sued and thrown in jail, y'all better bail me out:(

She also says that she has been conflicted at times on court. "I would ask myself, Should I play aggressive" ---"aggresseev" is how it sounds in her accented English -- "or hit with spin? After a point, I would think, What should I have played? I'd hit one ball one way and the second one differently."

Thanks Jonny. She has been saying that since January.. remember the interviews in Australia? That's exactly what she was saying.. almost a year has gone by and the very same struggles.

I see 2 problems there, besides the obvious one that is her state of confusion. The first one is that it's an issue she has been having for a long time, and it's still there.. isn't anyone in her team working on helping her overcome it and have clarity on court? Seriously.. The second one is that she says that after playing a point she thinks how she should have played.. that's awful in any sport. What is past is past.. she should always be focusing in the next point, not in the one she just played. That's probably the reason she takes a few points (or games) to concentrate again after she has an ugly miss in an important point. She probably just keeps on thinking she made the wrong choice. She would get another chance to do right if she could move on to the next point and focus on that, instead of overanalyzing her past decisions on court.

And well.. she is also obviously chosing the wrong moments to do each. A lot of times she tries to hit the ball as hard as posible when she just had to rally.. and a lot of times she is too passive when she should be agressive.

Mixo
Sep 20th, 2009, 09:46 PM
OFF TOPIC:

Hmm, you've won a battle, but we'll win the war!!!!!! xDD

Mixo a.k.a the Official Believer of Anaponlis a.k.a the Seer strikes again!!!


:nerner:

:lol:

j/k ;)

jelenacg
Sep 20th, 2009, 10:26 PM
OFF TOPIC:



Mixo a.k.a the Official Believer of Anaponlis a.k.a the Seer strikes again!!!


:nerner:

:lol:

j/k ;)

Congrats :worship::worship: You deserved it :)Great play and you are the better team
We are more than happy with the silver :bounce::bounce:
Nobody expected that our young team can make it this far :worship:
They will probably get big reception here in Belgrade :lol: (like the one Ana did when she won RG )
And we are going to get banned bc of this,we are ruining Ana`s thread :tape: :lol:

gaviotabr
Sep 24th, 2009, 04:41 PM
I read the Tennis Magazine feature today. I thought it was a nice article.. Tignor has a soft spot for Ana. He ends the article with something like this: "Whatever Ivanovic's struggles are, we can root for her to overcome them. There is few or no people who would argue that tennis is better with Ana Ivanovic winnning. When she is clicking with her smooth, "agreessiv" groundstrokes, and bubbling in victory speeches, she makes the sport look good, like fun, like something to love."

Also, Cahill says something like this: "Ana is throughohly a nice person, with a big heart and an innocent inteligence. I can give her the simplest advice and she will look wide eyed, like it's a revelation. She knows how to make a coach feel good."

Kardon also has some quotes in the article. He says that Ana is someone who is easy to coach, since she wants it badly and pushes herself very hard. But she puts a lot of inner presure on herself and has gone through a "turmoil" in 2009. He says that he believes that to turn things around Ana needs to find a plan to use in matches to control her emotions. I agree with that.. more often than not her emotions are all over the place and prevent her to play with any clarity of mind.

InsideOut.
Sep 24th, 2009, 05:26 PM
Those quotes are just so beautiful; I wish the same could be said of the current state of her tennis :sad:

gaviotabr
Sep 24th, 2009, 10:28 PM
Those quotes are just so beautiful; I wish the same could be said of the current state of her tennis :sad:

:sobbing:

I still have trouble to understand how she got this far.. the worst time of Ana's career is coming right after the best... how? why? ugh.. :sad:

jelenacg
Sep 24th, 2009, 11:13 PM
I stop trying to understand why she sucks so much .So many things went wrong ... like it was meant to be :sad:
The sad thing is that after 1,5 year i don`t see how she will get out of this :unsure:

gaviotabr
Sep 24th, 2009, 11:18 PM
I stop trying to understand why she sucks so much .So many things went wrong ... like it was meant to be :sad:
The sad thing is that after 1,5 year i don`t see how she will get out of this :unsure:

Yes.. me neither... I just don't know.. That's what kills me.. :sobbing: But well.. hope is the last to die.

Curtos07
Sep 25th, 2009, 02:41 AM
I loved those quotes from Cahill and Tignor. Steve Tignor is right, the WTA is far better of with Ana doing well. It's way more exciting and interesting than seeing Justine Henin comeback to dominate the tour again. :yawn: :rolleyes:

spiritedenergy
Sep 25th, 2009, 04:54 AM
:sobbing:

I still have trouble to understand how she got this far.. the worst time of Ana's career is coming right after the best... how? why? ugh.. :sad:

it's very normal, it's the sophomore slump... she got what she wanted and then probably she thought "now what"? The the injury, pressure from herself and sponsors, boyfriends, change of coaches, mental frailty, it opened the floodgates and everything came crashing down:o I agree with Jelena, it was probably meant to be anyways in a way or another...