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soul
Jan 16th, 2010, 07:22 PM
Gaviotabr,thanks for the nice article.
I lile Ana's statements about being a goog figure about the young generation and jsut talking about the sports-that is what we havent hear from players frequently(except Ana)

Curtos07
Jan 16th, 2010, 07:52 PM
I saw the very end of the draw ceremony on the stream. For those who didn't see it, when Ana was asked "Who do you think is better looking: Maria Sharapova or Maria Kirilenko?" she said "me" in a shy voice and then giggled. :lol: She then said to the guy who asked her that, "maybe you would be the better person to answer that question" and the guy answer, "I think your the most beautiful" :lol: :haha:

Ana also made a little joke about McEnroe when he came up on stage but I can't remember what she said. :lol:

jelenacg
Jan 16th, 2010, 08:01 PM
I don't think Verdasco is slow... :scratch: But I think the add muscles part is on the lower body.. Gil Reyes' mantra is something like "strong legs obey while weak legs command."

Yes he is :p

Is Ana trying to tell us that she will lose early at AO with all this talk about seeing the draw and everything :rolleyes::(:o:fiery::tape:

I saw the very end of the draw ceremony on the stream. For those who didn't see it, when Ana was asked "Who do you think is better looking: Maria Sharapova or Maria Kirilenko?" she said "me" in a shy voice and then giggled. :lol: She then said to the guy who asked her that, "maybe you would be the better person to answer that question" and the guy answer, "I think your the most beautiful" :lol: :haha:

Ana also made a little joke about McEnroe when he came up on stage but I can't remember what she said. :lol:

:lol::lol:
That`s our girl :worship::worship:

Now i want to see that ceremony :(
I agree with you Curtis ,stupid AO for not putting it online :fiery:

Curtos07
Jan 16th, 2010, 08:28 PM
Yes he is :p

:lol::lol:
That`s our girl :worship::worship:

Now i want to see that ceremony :(
I agree with you Curtis ,stupid AO for not putting it online :fiery:


Me too! They replied to me on facebook and said they would, but that was 48 hours ago. :( Maybe if I keep annoying them, they finally will. :lol:

gaviotabr
Jan 17th, 2010, 06:32 PM
http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/8899/adidasz.jpg

Midge.
Jan 18th, 2010, 03:23 AM
I saw the very end of the draw ceremony on the stream. For those who didn't see it, when Ana was asked "Who do you think is better looking: Maria Sharapova or Maria Kirilenko?" she said "me" in a shy voice and then giggled. :lol: She then said to the guy who asked her that, "maybe you would be the better person to answer that question" and the guy answer, "I think your the most beautiful" :lol: :haha:


They showed this bit on a crappy talk show called the 7pm project and they just uploaded the video. (http://7pmproject.com.au/video.htm?vxSiteId=7a6ab1fe-cd90-4143-bf79-ba376a096b2e&vxChannel=7PM%20Catch%20Up&vxClipId=2689_7pm-seg1-150110&vxBitrate=300&vxTemplate=7PM_Index.swf) It's not very long, but still pretty funny. It starts at about 8:40.

Poor Bruce, of all the things you could ask Ana, you ask that. Then to follow it up you try and rectify it with an even more embarassing remark. :rolls:

bruce goose
Jan 18th, 2010, 03:27 AM
They showed this bit on a crappy talk show called the 7pm project and they just uploaded the video. (http://7pmproject.com.au/video.htm?vxSiteId=7a6ab1fe-cd90-4143-bf79-ba376a096b2e&vxChannel=7PM%20Catch%20Up&vxClipId=2689_7pm-seg1-150110&vxBitrate=300&vxTemplate=7PM_Index.swf) It's not very long, but still pretty funny. It starts at about 8:40.

Poor Bruce, of all the things you could ask Ana, you ask that. Then to follow it up you try and rectify it with an even more embarassing remark. :rolls:Ana's too sweet to give the honest,blunt reply:"Only a geek who had no shot at ANY of us would ask that question.":lol:......For the record,that was a DIFFERENT Bruce who asked that(wink,wink)

Curtos07
Jan 18th, 2010, 06:48 AM
They showed this bit on a crappy talk show called the 7pm project and they just uploaded the video. (http://7pmproject.com.au/video.htm?vxSiteId=7a6ab1fe-cd90-4143-bf79-ba376a096b2e&vxChannel=7PM%20Catch%20Up&vxClipId=2689_7pm-seg1-150110&vxBitrate=300&vxTemplate=7PM_Index.swf) It's not very long, but still pretty funny. It starts at about 8:40.

Poor Bruce, of all the things you could ask Ana, you ask that. Then to follow it up you try and rectify it with an even more embarassing remark. :rolls:

It says it doesn't work in my country. :(

Midge.
Jan 18th, 2010, 12:21 PM
Seriously? That's so stupid. :rolleyes:

Not looking like the AO web is gonna upload the ceremony either.

gaviotabr
Jan 19th, 2010, 08:32 PM
Tracy Austin had something to say about Ana:

http://img684.imageshack.us/img684/5567/theao.png

bruce goose
Jan 19th, 2010, 10:08 PM
Tracy Austin had something to say about Ana:

http://img684.imageshack.us/img684/5567/theao.pngIt's understandable that an athlete wouldn't listen to ALL the critics---cuz you could drive yourself crazy if you took all the criticism seriously.......but I have to imagine that Ana reads comments by non-haters like Austin,at least OCCASIONALLY,and I'd be curious to get inside her head to discover what she's thinking when pros who are wiser,and more mature,than SHE is are pointing out flaws in her play.

For you,Izzy,what do you suppose Ana will do at the end of the year if she plateaus right where she is now?She doesn't plummet in ranking like Vaidisova,nor is she able to raise it significantly,either(maybe up and down a couple spots here and there,with no major change).What would she do THEN?Offer more excuses and alibis?Or might she finally show some maturity and deal with whatever hangups she got from being coached by Taylor??I suspect that,after her ultra-brief stint with Kardon and other impulsive firings,no respected coach would wanna work with Ana unless he/she REALLY was convinced that she were committed this time...instead of firing again at the first minor disagreement or imposition on her personal schedule

gaviotabr
Jan 20th, 2010, 12:57 PM
I just found out Sven is blogging from the AO for Tennis Wharehouse. Here is his only blog post so far:


First day at The Open
With Sven Groeneveld and Mats Merkel

Sven Groeneveld

I would like to keep our introduction short and express our desire for you to get to know us by learning about what we do.

This is 2010, and the first slam of the year has started. Each year we start the Australian Open not on the Monday but on the Sunday before the tournament.

Since I joined the adidas Global Sports marketing team in 2006, Jim Latham, head of the adidas Player Development Program, has always kicked off the Slam season with a presentation to all of our international contracted players and their entourages.

It is a very special feeling to get so many of the world’s best tennis players in one room with their sponsor. It creates a relaxed atmosphere that would, and can be, compared to a big family’s once-a-year Christmas or Thanksgiving lunch.

We mingle, we catch up and we get the feeling we are part of a family, and that is what adidas is made of — a lot of great athletes who have the same passion drive and ambition to bring the best out themselves. They are bonded by a brand that is doing more than just providing shoes and clothing, but going the extra mile to be involved in their everyday struggles and dreams. Mats and I are proud to be part of that team, and it gives us a chance to live out our dreams and passion with great athletes and a great brand.
Day One

The first day was one of those days that you really do not want to have to start the tournament off with, rain!

As we had a busy schedule ahead of us, we were again able to balance out the schedule for the players who are depending on us during this year’s Australian Open 2010.

Ivanovic
Wozniacki
Morita
Mirza
Kirilenko
Mats Merkel

Mats Merkel

We managed to get all girls on either for their warm-up or their hour of practice. Ana came in early at 9, but we were forced to go indoors (there are 6 indoor courts available for about 300 players). The planned hour hit turned into a half-hour with 3 other players on court and Mats, who was hitting with Ana. As Ana and Mats were going through their routines, I was with Maria Kirilenko on center court for her first round encounter with Sharapova. They were going to kick off the tournament at 11 on center court. At 9:30 Kirilenko finished and I headed over to the indoor courts to find out that Ana had stopped, but Caroline was still hitting with Azarenka for her hour of training on her day off.

This is where it all gets very tricky as we are dealing with an individual sport with players who are used to have the world turn around them. Our players are different because they understand we have more than just one player, and they show the flexibility that is needed to be a true professional. We also had another 3 players who we had to prepare or train, but Kirilenko was going to go on court at 11 to play her match. I had promised her I would be there, so Mats had to take over the coordination and communication with the other players.

As it was a rainy day, the match of Maria vs Maria was played under a closed roof. Meanwhile Mats had to juggle the rain and the court changes and the all the delays that came with it. I was, however, lucky enough to sit in the winner’s box for a match that lasted 3 hours, 22 minutes.

Since there are not enough courts on site at Melbourne Park other facilities are used to accommodate players who want to practice during their day off because the site is only used for matches and the warm-ups. However, the top 16 seeds in both the men’s and women’s draws are allowed to book on site even when they don’t play.

Since Morita is not in the top 16, she would have not been allowed to practice on site, but because Mats has a great charm and can communicate like a champ, he was able to get Morita a court on site.

The weather was bad the whole day, and as it turned out only 25% of the matches scheduled were finished yesterday. So you know what that means: reschedule. And that was happening from 7 p.m. until around 11:30 p.m. We did not leave the site until 11:45 p.m., and we had arrived at 8:30 a.m.

I had to call Caroline Wozniacki at 11:30 p.m. to tell her that her match had been taken off the schedule, and she would not have to play a match that was originally scheduled as the second match on after the 11 a.m. start. That would have meant a 10 a.m. warm-up.

Sania Mirza had been at the site since 12 p.m. and did not leave until 7:30 p.m. when her match was cancelled. She will have a match today starting at 11a.m.

After the warm-up with Ana from 9:00 – 9:25 a.m. I personally will hit with Sania at 9:30 a.m. and Mats will head over to the Hisense Court at 9:25 a.m. to warm up Fernando Verdasco for his first round match starting at 11 a.m.

Today we will have Ana as well at 11 a.m. so Mats will do one more warm-up with Morita at 11 a.m. and then head over to the match of Sania and I get to sit with Ana and her team. Our day started early and most likely will be a late one as the rain is already threatening again. We are in the lounge now, and before we left our hotel the Yonex team prepared the 5 racquets Ana will need for her match today.

Maria Kirilenko

Our work with Maria Kirilenko started already in 2006, and we have continuously worked with her over the years either through her full-time coach or her father, who is coaching her now. I will not take any credit for yesterday’s victory as I believe Maria should get all of it. I have never seen her as focused and motivated as she was yesterday for the whole 3-and-a-half hours.

Last Thursday I received a message from Maria asking if I could attend some of her practices and catch up in her prep for the tournament. She did all her work with her father in the pre-season prep in both Spain and Asia (as she had some exhibition events there).

I come in to just give her that little extra help with her serve and some tactics and support from the side of the court. When we warmed up in the morning, Maria Sharapova was next to the court and in her routines with her team. When I passed her I smelled a strong smell of cream that warms up muscles and that indicates normally you are hurting a little. So in my prep talk I told Maria that she should realize Sharapova could be hurt and she had to continue to make her run as much as she could and never give up.

The day before I had received a message from Maria Kirilenko telling me, “I want to Win.” She is normally not so outspoken or talkative, but this time and for some reason she is speaking her mind. She believed from the beginning that she could win and maybe even should.

I enjoyed every minute of it, and we are looking forward to another day at this year’s Australian Open 2010.

Yours,
Sven and Mats

http://blog.tenniswarehouse.com/?p=706

So.. Ana practiced only half an hour the day before her match, in a court with 3 other players and Mats.. Great! :yeah: She probably thought it would not help anyway, so she decided to cut the practice short. Sven didn't even know about it.. :rolleyes:

Nena_xxx
Jan 20th, 2010, 02:59 PM
It's nice that Ana and Maria have same coaches again...
Maybe they will start to play doubles again? I know I would love it!

bruce goose
Jan 20th, 2010, 03:39 PM
I just found out Sven is blogging from the AO for Tennis Wharehouse. Here is his only blog post so far:



http://blog.tenniswarehouse.com/?p=706

So.. Ana practiced only half an hour the day before her match, in a court with 3 other players and Mats.. Great! :yeah: She probably thought it would not help anyway, so she decided to cut the practice short. Sven didn't even know about it.. :rolleyes:As you can see from the link above,there's no 'h' after the 'w' in "warehouse",Izzy.We'll see if Ana's brief practice habits continue...or if she's had sufficient prep.

Since you were too busy kissing the Comptroller of Anapolis(who doesn't actually belong to TF,technically;)),I'll ask again:What do you forsee for Ana if she treads water this year.......not really sinking or improving,but getting stuck right about where she is now,basically???

gaviotabr
Jan 20th, 2010, 05:11 PM
This is in today's Sportski Zurnal:

http://img714.imageshack.us/img714/430/sz10.jpg

gaviotabr
Jan 20th, 2010, 05:16 PM
As you can see from the link above,there's no 'h' after the 'w' in "warehouse",Izzy.We'll see if Ana's brief practice habits continue...or if she's had sufficient prep.

Since you were too busy kissing the Comptroller of Anapolis(who doesn't actually belong to TF,technically;)),I'll ask again:What do you forsee for Ana if she treads water this year.......not really sinking or improving,but getting stuck right about where she is now,basically???

I think I've said what I think already Bruce.. it will come the moment when Ana realizes she is throwing her career away.. and then she will try to do something, but it will be just too late.

bruce goose
Jan 20th, 2010, 09:10 PM
I think I've said what I think already Bruce.. it will come the moment when Ana realizes she is throwing her career away.. and then she will try to do something, but it will be just too late.There's a reason why I asked you,primarily for your potential female insight into Ana's mindset...but first I'll agree with you on a couple things.For all you Adam worshippers out there,this is NOT an attack on him...yet,I seriously doubt that Ana is in such a state of ecstasy with him that she'll look back at her wasted opportunities and say,"Yeah!:D It was so awesome that I don't regret a single week that I flushed away while WAGging." If they get married and have a happy family,then I'll kiss every critic's foot,I promise,and retract the previous statement:angel:

There's another reason,though:Ana often acts like a chain smoker who's constantly reacting to SYMPTOMS and does nothing about the CAUSE of her problems;she doesn't treat the disease itself.I'm SOOOOOOO hoping for a season without ONE SINGLE significant injury...that way there'll be NO halfway-believable excuses left.Her comments about Wimbledon were laughable,as if the 'injury'--if there even WAS one--somehow impacted her play afterwards.I don't believe,for one second,that Ana had a 'serious muscle tear' b/c she changed her story SOOO many times---like a liar who can't keep track of his/her deceitful comments.The only injury was psychological,when Venus exposed Ana's 'comeback' as a complete fraud.At worst,she might have had a cramp in that match...and couldn't wait to quit so that she could stop the ass-whupping that Venus was giving her...and then she quit on the entire SEASON:sad:

The BEST option is that Ana fixes her ball toss,regains her serving excellence and finds her way back:cool:.If she fails to do that,though,then an injury-free season where Ana treads water might be the NEXT best thing.Think of it:If her ranking doesn't plummet(and demoralize her)...yet she can't raise her ranking,either....She MIGHT say to herself,"Shoot,I'm trying EVERYthing but I just can't break through to where I was.What am I missing?".....and maybe THEN she'll consider bringing in an experienced respected set of eyes and ears to get her FULLY back on track.If we're lucky,Adam could even help her/(us);)by proposing that very idea.Of course,with OUR luck,she'll dump him for daring to mention such a thing...and then she'll begin dating some porn magnate:eek:.What I'm praying for is that,in 2010,Ana will either (1)SOMEhow find new mental(psychological) strength within herself or (2)hook up with people who can lead her on the right path

gaviotabr
Jan 21st, 2010, 03:57 AM
Okay.. Ana is usually deluded.. but I can hardly believe her presser.. WTF?

ANA IVANOVIC

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Is it your serve that's the problem with your game?

ANA IVANOVIC: It was one of the problems, yeah, for sure. I mean, I was really disappointed to fight back in the third set and then make a couple of double‑faults and basically hand her three match points, then having to fight back.

That was definitely an area that let me down.

Q. Seems like it's been the same story: you fight, try to improve, and you get in these matches and you're falling a little bit short.

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I mean, it's a process. You know, it's hard. It hurts, I must say. For sure it will. But it's a process.

I think I just have to be patient. It will take some time. I do feel better on the court. I'm playing much better. I feel like my old self. There are still some areas that are not there for me to rely on when ‑‑ moments I need them the most. Some matches it's there, some not.

I just have to sort of keep my head up and try to improve, work. There are things I'm working on. Serve is a big part of that progress. I feel it's been going well at times, but it's just not consistent like I would like it to be.

It just might just take some time, and I have to accept that, although it's hard.

Q. What part of the actual serve are you trying to change or improve on?

ANA IVANOVIC: I tried to go back to the old ones sort of, a little bit more relaxed with the swing. Also with my left hand, they way I hold the ball, and just to work on that ball toss.

Q. In some of the key moments, it seems like you're lacking confidence.

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I was actually talking with my coach just before. What happens is that, you know, I start well and I play good, and then, you know, because I have no expectation, I just go out there to enjoy.

Then I think I can play like this all the time. Then I get tense and I start making mistakes because I want to play like that. Then I just want to go back to playing normal.

I just have to get rid of that a little bit and just try to play, yeah, consistent all the time. It might not be at the highest level, but just build on it.

Q. If someone asked you about your game in 2008 and 2010, what would you say? Why were you No. 1 and playing French Open final, and now second round out?

ANA IVANOVIC: I think it's expectations from myself that I put. And actually, I think I'm striking the ball better now than I did in 2008 or any previous years. Also, you know, my movement is getting there. Last year my fitness was really lacking, and now I'm putting things in place.

It will take some time for it. Considering tennis, I mean, I'm playing much better than I was. It's just that expectation that sometimes I put on myself, and it's very overwhelming.

And then I use so much energy. And then when it counts the most, I'm behind. So I just have to find that balance, I guess.

Q. Why were you lacking fitness last year?

ANA IVANOVIC: I had heaps of little injuries that constantly kept showing up, so I really couldn't work consistently on anything. It was always, you know, few days on court and then off the court. It was always like this.

Then, yeah, since I start working with Scott after Wimbledon, I haven't done much fitness. So obviously it's reflected a lot in my game. So now I have everything in place. I'm feeling really happy and positive about it.

Q. When you took three months off at the end of last year, how did you spend that time?

ANA IVANOVIC: Well, I had five weeks off. I don't remember the last time that happened. So it was really nice just to get my mind off, you know, everything. Because it's been quite intense, you know, period for me, and I didn't have much time off in between.

So to have that time off the court was really good. Spending also some time with the family and friends back in Belgrade, which was really nice. Then I start working on my fitness beginning of November already.

Then towards the end of November, I started to do tennis, as well; I did a block with Sven.

Q. You say that was part of sport, recapturing glory when everything is going well, and you're challenged by form and fitness.

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely. Many times I took it for granted. When you have it, you just feel like it's going to be there. But you just have constantly to keep reminding yourself how hard you worked to get there and still to work as hard and keep there, but also work smart.

I think at one point I was overtrained, and I just didn't want to be out there competing because I felt exhausted. I wanted to have some time off.

It's very important to find that balance. But, you know, you can learn from people's experiences. Sometimes I guess you have to go through it yourself.

Q. Have you spoken to Adam about that? You both had similar years that just escaped you at times.

ANA IVANOVIC: Well, yeah, you know, I think every athlete goes through it. You know, you just have to sort of, yeah, be positive and stay positive. Sometimes it's hard.

But, you know, it's like you have families that support us a lot and you can go through it together. And then, you know, I'm sure, you know, we learn from it. We're not going to let it happen again.

Q. What do you do this year to give yourself a break when you're away from tennis? How do you unwind and relax? Is there something different in your routine this year?

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, you know, I still have to find things that's gonna make me relax. I really like reading and watching movies. Sometimes I spend too much time in the room; it's not good either.

Just find something, go for a walk just to keep your mind off of tennis, you know, surround yourself with positive people.

Q. Are you able to play from instinct, or are you thinking too much on court?

ANA IVANOVIC: That's a big part of my game. I think when I actually let go of, you know, emotions, what I have to do, that's when I play my best. That's when instincts overtake a lot. I have to work on it. That's something I'll always struggle with.

Q. You said the ball toss is a problem for you. What is the difficulty for you?

ANA IVANOVIC: I think what happens when my ball toss gets away from me, it's when I rush a little bit. When I'm excited, when I want to keep going, I want a good serve, and then I rush and I just don't take time. That's when it happens. It just gets away from me because I hold the ball so tight instead of just relaxing.

Yeah, it's something I'm working on.

Q. You talked about playing with instinct. When was the last time you think you were playing with pure instinct and not thinking?

ANA IVANOVIC: In Brisbane I played some really good matches. You know against Pavlyuchenkova in the quarterfinal I played a good match. I felt really good on the court. That's why I'm a little bit disappointed I couldn't transfer that into this week.

You know, still, like I said, it might take time. You know, in Brisbane it was there. This week, you know, it was here and there. But, you know, it was tough match. She played well. It was very long match, yeah.

Q. Is it still fun, or are there days when it's stressful and you feel like you're suffering?

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I mean, I do. Yeah, that consumes a lot of energy, too. That's something ‑‑ you know, I think I'm very happy and I feel I have the right things in place and I'm playing, like I said, striking the ball really well.

That's why it's disappointing when I get on a court and I put so much pressure on myself that it's not enjoyable anymore, it's overwhelming. That's why I think it's important, yeah, to get away from it a little bit and just enjoy.

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2010-01-21/201001211264046616156.html

gaviotabr
Jan 21st, 2010, 04:05 AM
This must be Ana's most deluded presser ever.

But it confirms my theory.. she often talks about the need to get away from tennis. Keeping that thought will prevent Ana from recovering any form whatsoever.. it just further relates tennis to something negative in the back of her mind.. to pain.. to suffering.

InsideOut.
Jan 21st, 2010, 04:08 AM
And actually, I think I'm striking the ball better now than I did in 2008 or any previous years.

You are? :cuckoo:

Curtos07
Jan 21st, 2010, 04:09 AM
I do feel better on the court. I'm playing much better. I feel like my old self.
To quote John McEnroe,, "You can't be serious?" :rolleyes:

Nothing's changed, and I fear nothing will ever change.

gaviotabr
Jan 21st, 2010, 04:10 AM
You are? :cuckoo:

Yes.. completely deluded. Don't people around her tell her the truth? She played awful.. awful..

bruce goose
Jan 21st, 2010, 04:12 AM
This must be Ana's most deluded presser ever.

But it confirms my theory.. she often talks about the need to get away from tennis. Keeping that thought will prevent Ana from recovering any form whatsoever.. it just further relates tennis to something negative in the back of her mind.. to pain.. to suffering.But it's more fundamental than just tennis.In general,Ana can't deal with emotional hardship,can't face up to her fears....So her solution is to run from them or deny they exist.Anyone who dares to raise these issues is fired or distanced.......Just one more reason why I laugh at this relationship she has with A.Scott.Though I'll repeat that it's not his fault that she sucks,they obviously don't deal with any hard issues cuz Ana is INCAPABLE of that.It's more of an "Ice Cream Relationship"....just a diversionary treat where Ana escapes the REAL world...indulges her sexual desires and need for companionship...and doesn't mature ONE IOTA

HowardH
Jan 21st, 2010, 05:46 AM
I can hardly believe this interview. It is true that Ana has improved some things in her game, her volleys, her drop shots etc. But she does need to recognise that there is something seriously wrong with the way she is playing. I think she is afraid of recognising that there is a big problem, but the thing is she is fully capable of fixing it once she accepts it, so there really is nothing to fear. She would rather pretend that this is only a small issue and that overall things are going well. I guess thinking like that makes her feel better for a while :shrug:.

gaviotabr
Jan 21st, 2010, 11:01 AM
I can hardly believe this interview. It is true that Ana has improved some things in her game, her volleys, her drop shots etc. But she does need to recognise that there is something seriously wrong with the way she is playing. I think she is afraid of recognising that there is a big problem, but the thing is she is fully capable of fixing it once she accepts it, so there really is nothing to fear. She would rather pretend that this is only a small issue and that overall things are going well. I guess thinking like that makes her feel better for a while :shrug:.

I agree with what someone wrote in GM. Doesn't matter how much she improves some areas.. if she lost all her real strengths, what is naturally good for her, what made her a top player, all the other improvements will have no beneficial effect. She needs to go back to basics and find her strengths again.

But yeah.. the deluded part won't get her anywhere...

gaviotabr
Jan 21st, 2010, 11:03 AM
Matt Cronin's take on Ana:

Examining Ana's Angst
Ivanovic is Suffering and It's Not Pretty Sight


By Matthew Cronin, ********************

Will AI ever regain the top 5?.


FROM THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN, THURSDAY, JAN. 21– The worst thing about watching Ana Ivanovic rapidly decline is knowing how much she is suffering, as clear as the tears that leaked through the caked-on white sunscreen that she pasted all over the tan face during her 6-7, 7-5, 6-4 loss to Gisela Dulko in the second round.

There is little joy is watching Ivanovic play anymore, only a tinge as sadness, as the 2008 Roland Garros champion simply cannot walk on court anymore and just play from pure instinct. Every point seems to be a Mao-style death march: so many rugged mountains to climb, so many bitter winters to survive, so many hellish summers when she can’t seem to catch her breath.
After her defeat, I asked her whether she was having fun, or whether there were days when she felt the suffering was too much.”

“Yeah, I mean, I do,” she said with tears welling up in her eyes. “That consumes a lot of energy. I think I'm very happy and I feel I have the right things in place and I'm striking the ball really well. That's why it's disappointing when I get on a court and I put so much pressure on myself that it's not enjoyable anymore, it's overwhelming. That's why I think it's important, yeah, to get away from it a little bit and just enjoy.:At this point, the former No. 1 is performing no better than a top-50 player and on some days, she’s worse than that. Sure, Dulko is solid, smart veteran who has improved her composure a great deal at the Slams. Recall the Argentine’s excellent match with Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon last year and while Sharapova clearly wasn’t at her best, it took a mentally sound and attacking Dulko to take out the nail-tough former Wimbledon champ. That was the same case on Hisense Area on Thursday as despite her errant ball tosses, her up and down forehand and questionable net rushes, Ivanovic fought like hell and Dulko had to knock her out.

Ivanovic came from 4-1 down in the third set and nearly brought it back to 5-5, fighting off five match points before finally succumbing when she double faulted twice and Dulko nailed a huge forehand down the line winner on her final match point.

“It's a process,” Ivanovic said. “It hurts. For sure it will. I think I just have to be patient. I do feel better on the court. I'm playing much better. I feel like my old self. There are still some areas that are not there for me to rely on when moments I need them the most. Some matches it's there, some not. I just have to sort of keep my head up and try to improve, work. Serve is a big part of that progress. I feel it's been going well at times, but it's just not consistent like I would like it to be. It just might just take some time, and I have to accept that, although it's hard.

Had Ivanovic served a little better, been a little more patient at times, came in behind the right balls and covered the net a little more intelligently, she could have won the match, but she didn’t, largely because her confidence level goes through to many peaks and valleys. And at the majors, when she’s heavily under the spotlight, she shrinks.

Once again, she’s over-thinking and not playing enough from her gut.

“That's a big part of my game,” she said. “I think when I actually let go of emotions, what I have to do, that's when I play my best. That's when instincts overtake a lot. I have to work on it. That's something I'll always struggle with.”While she appears happy in her romantic relationship with golfer Aussie Adam Scott, and had a good relationship with her former Aussie trainer Scott Burns, having the moniker “Aussie Ana” is not something an emotionally struggling player needs at this point. If she wasn’t dating Scott and hadn’t worked with Byrnes, there would have been half the number of folks in her post match press conference, despite her appearance in the 2008 AO finals and good looks.

Whether Ivanovic can ever get back into the top five is in serious debate now. She has a huge amount of work to do on her serve and with her mental game. She still has the weapons from the backcourt to do major damage, and if she puts in enough time on developing her approach shots, transition game and how to properly cover the cords, than she could establish herself as one of the tour’s most feared net players as she has terrific hands.

But way too much responsibility is thrown publicly to her coaches and trainer and when it comes to whether she can be successful again. Whether it’s Sven Groenefeld, Darren Cahill, or Craig Kardon working with her on the practice court, it’s only the Serbian who can make things right in matches. All those men are capable of teaching her how to properly toss the ball, but they can’t do it for her. All of them are also capable of telling her to cover the line when she approaches Dulko on the backhand side, but it’s up to her to do it.

However, we need to get one thing clear here: anyone who thinks that Ivanovic’s runs to the French Open title, or the Aussie Open final, or to the Wimbledon semis were a fluke, does not pay attention to women’s tennis. Yes, it can be argued that she might not have achieved No. 1 had Justine Henin not retired back in May of 2008, but the mentally toasted Henin wasn’t going to win that Roland Garros anyway, otherwise she would have played. The youthful and carefree Ivanovic that won the crown came back from a break down in third set in the semifinals to best her ultimate in-country rival Jelena Jankovic for the No. 1 ranking, and then beat the skirt off Dinara Safina in the final. Both those foes were playing standout ball at the time. Ivanovic could have folded at the tournament, but she didn’t, because deep down inside, she’s a tigress and she does the weapons to play with anyone when she’s in a good headspace.
However, she hasn’t been right since the 2008 US Open, which is two years and four months ago. She’s a smart and delightful person to be around, perhaps one of the most naturally intelligent players I’ve ever met, which is saying something given what great minds Steffi Graf, Martina Hingis and Sveta Kuznetsova have. Thinking is not her problem, playing without fear and trusting her shots is.

She needs to relax more and find a peaceful place she can go to when chaos rains down on court. I’m not convinced she’ll get there before she retires, but I’m not counting her out either.

“ I still have to find things that's gonna make me relax,” she said. “I really like reading and watching movies. Sometimes I spend too much time in the room; it's not good either. Just find something, go for a walk just to keep your mind off of tennis, surround yourself with positive people.”


http://www.********************/ao%20ivanovic%20d4%2010.html

Mixo
Jan 21st, 2010, 11:42 AM
Great mathematician that Cronin

However, she hasn’t been right since the 2008 US Open, which is two years and four months ago.

:lol:

Seriously, he sums up everything we've said here in the last 12 months or more, it's up to her to change things on court, a good psychologist would be really helpful for that, I don't know when is her team going to realise...

gaviotabr
Jan 21st, 2010, 11:59 AM
Great mathematician that Cronin



:lol:

Seriously, he sums up everything we've said here in the last 12 months or more, it's up to her to change things on court, a good psychologist would be really helpful for that, I don't know when is her team going to realise...

I think the question is.. when is Ana going to realize? I have the feeling she has fired everyone who suggested this possibility. And they seem to be going the opposite way.. thinking the solution is think less about the game. No, that is not the solution, that is running away from the problem.

SOA_MC
Jan 26th, 2010, 11:55 AM
The 2010 Athlete WAG Awards

The 16th Annual SAG Awards were held this weekend and that got me thinking. The Screen Actors Guild acronym sounds suspiciously like my favorite actronym: WAG (meaning, of course, Wives And Girlfriends).

So if they can hold the SAG Awards, I should be able to trot out my first WAG Awards. Because in the world of sports significant others, there's more to life than just hotness.

We'll be breaking them down into four categories: Best Drama, Best Comedy, Hottest Newcomer, and WAG of the Year.

Ana nominated for the Hottest Newcomer award :help::help::help:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/332224-the-1st-annual-wag-awards#page/10

gaviotabr
Jan 26th, 2010, 12:24 PM
Ana nominated for the Hottest Newcomer award :help::help::help:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/332224-the-1st-annual-wag-awards#page/10

Only kind of title she can be nominated for.. :shrug:

:o

Curtos07
Jan 27th, 2010, 07:34 AM
Adam supports me even when I lose

Despite the fact that Ana Ivanovic’s new tennis season hasn’t started well, her private life is in harmony. The famous Serbian tennis player has been in a relationship with the Australian golf player Adam Scott for whom she says that he is her great support in difficult moments and that he has taught her how to be patient.
“We both had a difficult last year. However, we are aware of the fact that there are difficult moments in a career of every professional athlete when you have to face the things which are not happening the way you would like them to happen,” said Ivanovic before the start of the tennis season in Australia, adding that she and her boyfriend always support each other.
Although Ana appeared at the Australian Open with great optimism, Ana was already eliminated in the second round of the first grand slam tournament in this season. Adam Scott escorted his girlfriend on all tournaments in Australia, supporting her from the grandstands and boosting her self-confidence.
“Seeing Scott’s composed face in the audience was really helpful,” said the Serbian tennis player after the tournament in Brisbane, adding:
“It is a great feeling when someone supports you, no matter what the result of the match would be. It makes me feel great and I am enjoying it.”
During the tournament in Melbourne, the charming golfer sat with Ana’s family. Since he is in a relationship with Ana, Scott is even more popular in his country, being always in the public eye.
“I am here for tennis,” said Scott, while he was giving autographs before Ana’s matches at the Australian Open.
Although this couple does not enjoy giving comments about their relationship, Ana has recently discovered to the Australian journalists that it was actually her boyfriend who gave her the best professional advice.
“I am very emotional on a tennis court. I have ups and downs, so I have to learn how to deal with it. The most important thing that Scott taught me in a professional sense is patience and the fact that I have to control things during the game,” admitted the former best world tennis player.
Before they separate again because of professional obligations, Ana and Scott have decided to spend several more days in Australia, so that Ivanovic can gather strength for the forthcoming tournaments in Paris and Dubai.

http://english.blic.rs/Culture-Showbiz/5922/Adam-supports-me-even-when-I-lose-

Curtos07
Jan 27th, 2010, 07:37 AM
So it sounds like Ana is still in Australia spending time with Adam. I hope she is practicing too. :help: Probably not. :rolleyes:

She has a tournament in Paris coming up? I am not sure where they got that from or how credible that is. :confused:

soul
Jan 27th, 2010, 08:30 AM
She has a tournament in Paris coming up? I am not sure where they got that from or how credible that is.
Wll she be in Paris?

gaviotabr
Jan 27th, 2010, 08:35 AM
So it sounds like Ana is still in Australia spending time with Adam. I hope she is practicing too. :help: Probably not. :rolleyes:

She has a tournament in Paris coming up? I am not sure where they got that from or how credible that is. :confused:

I don't think this article is credible at all.. First of all, Adam was not in Melbourne. Second, it's all recycled quotes. Third, Ana has not entered Paris.

But yes, I'm pretty sure first thing she did after losing was head to the Gold Coast, where Adam is, to be with him.. I hope she is at least doing fitness.. going 6 months without doing any fitness last year was stupid enough.

bruce goose
Jan 27th, 2010, 09:59 AM
Well,I'd say it's VERY encouraging to know that,in case there's ever a worldwide shortage of toilet paper,that we can count on "journalists", like the one in the article above,for a fresh supply:D:D:D

gaviotabr
Jan 29th, 2010, 08:08 PM
Ana had her first practice session with Dejan Vranes today in Belgrade ahead of Fed Cup. I think she arrived yesterday. Novosti article with google translation:

Anna ready for Russia's
N. Mandrapa, 29.01.2010 20:49:48 Rating:

Defeat and disappointment from Melbourne has long been archived and is now in the minds of Ana Ivanovic only duel with Russia! So says our Fed Cup coach Dejan Vranes is on Friday did the first joint training with the 21st tennis player the world, until the arrival of Jelena Jankovic, Bojana Jovanovski and Ana Jovanovic expected in the coming days.
- Anna is feeling well, the mood is excellent and very focused to better prepare for Russia's. There is still a little sleepy because of weather differences, but that is all expected - says Vranes. - The first training we have dedicated to better adapt to the substrate and the new requirements in relation to Australia and work in situations it will be necessary in the field.
Attention is
and dedicated service, which is a lot of our tortured tennis player in Grand Slam.
- Of course, we practice and service, which takes time to come to the right level. Ana has a lot of work on it in the past and I think that progress is obvious. Everything is much better than last year.
How you take care of calculations before the arrival of Russians in Belgrade?
- Russia's have more features and try to bring a better team. It is quite logical. Klejbanova is perhaps the most dangerous, but we expect and some of their stars.
The story is that in the game, "Kuznetsova and Kirilenko?
- Kuznetsova is a very experienced and good player, and neither Kirilenko is not at all naive. But, if I could choose, I prefer to come to Belgrade, but Maria Svetlana. However, we certainly would not surprise - finds Vranes.

And Kuznetsova arrives in Belgrade?
Russia coach Shamil Tarpiščev more mixed pack of cards. Besides Kuznetsova, and Kirilenko is mentioned, while Dementieva has fallen.
- Serbian women are on paper stronger than us and would not be bad to be more amplified. I spoke with Svetlana, which would help us a lot in this meeting. Again, I proposed to her, all the conditions, and wait for the answer - Tarpiščev explains.

Zimonjic and Nestor OF Brian
Nenad Zimonjic and Daniel Nestor capture first place in the new ATP doubles list with 2000 points even more than in the Bryan brothers. Belgrade wants to confirm on the ground in Saturday's clash with the Americans for the championship cup in Melbourne. If you triumph, it was their third joint Grand Slam throne. The match is scheduled after the women's singles finals.

http://www.novosti.rs/code/navigate.php?Id=13&status=jedna&vest=169430&title_add=Ana%20spremna%20za%20Ruskinje&kword_add=ana%20ivanovic%2C%20fed%20kup

soul
Jan 29th, 2010, 08:19 PM
Has anyone seen the article in the blg"forty deuce" about the defeat of Ana to Dulko and her ijure about glute muscle strainand she sould only train for four hours just in ten days? Can it be true or just a speculation?

gaviotabr
Jan 30th, 2010, 11:35 AM
Ana Ivanovic on: Russia is currently the strongest team in the world
Beta | 30th 01. 2010th - 12:49 h | Comments: 0

Ana Ivnaović has said today that Russia is currently the strongest tennis nation in the world, but said that does not demand composition and selection of the duel in the first round Fed Cup in Belgrade.

"Russia is clearly the strongest nation in tennis today in the composition as to come to Belgrade is certain to be strong. I am more focused on their field work and training than they think about who will play for the opponent team," said Ivanovic in a statement to the media.



Ivanovic has recently arrived in Belgrade and has already begun preparations for the duel with the Russian who plays 6th and 7 February at the Arena.

"Last season I had some good wins in this competition, even when I played so well in tournaments. I Jelena and I have won all our matches last year and have a great incentive in this competition," she said.

Ivanovic added that he expects a good atmosphere and great support from the audience.

"I'm sure the atmosphere in the Arena will be great. Many members of my family and friends will be there and it will make this match even more special for me. Fantastic feeling playing at home," she concluded.



The duel Russia Serbian coach Dejan Vranes urged more Jelena Jankovic, Bojana Jovanovski and Ana Jovanovic, and the team will train and 16-year-old Alexandra Krunic.

Head coach Fed Cup team Russia Shamil Tarpiščev announced the arrival of Alice Klejbanova (31 on the WTA list), Anastasia Pavljucenko (39) Vera Dushevina (40) and Katarina Makarova (59).

http://sport.blic.rs/Tenis/172131/Ana-Ivanovic-Rusija-trenutno-najjaca-ekipa-na-svetu

gaviotabr
Jan 30th, 2010, 11:35 AM
Has anyone seen the article in the blg"forty deuce" about the defeat of Ana to Dulko and her ijure about glute muscle strainand she sould only train for four hours just in ten days? Can it be true or just a speculation?

Yes.. it's most probably true.. but it doesn't excuse her awful performance and weak mental game. :shrug:

jelenacg
Feb 1st, 2010, 06:39 PM
Ana and Novak at Avala tower

http://www.rts.rs/page/stories/sr/story/125/Dru%C5%A1tvo/474491/Otisci+Ane+i+Novaka+na+Avalskom+tornju.html

They look so cute together :hearts:
Ana in white coat :hearts:

Avala tower was destroyed during Nato bombings,Ana and Novak and many other people helped it rebuild
Ana and Nole played that exhibition match a few years ago

In that video old guy said he is their godfather/witness implying that they will get married one day :lol:
And everyone started to lough :lol:
Crazy little man :worship::lol:

bruce goose
Feb 1st, 2010, 06:47 PM
Ana and Novak at Avala tower

http://www.rts.rs/page/stories/sr/story/125/Dru%C5%A1tvo/474491/Otisci+Ane+i+Novaka+na+Avalskom+tornju.html

They look so cute together :hearts:
Ana in white coat :hearts:
You are KILLING me with that pic,Jelena:lol:....At least they didn't embrace or I'd REALLY be in bad shape then:p

Curtos07
Feb 1st, 2010, 06:52 PM
Ana and Nole should get married. :angel: :hearts: jk :p

Look at those man hands. :lol:

gaviotabr
Feb 3rd, 2010, 10:40 PM
Ana Ivanovic, tennis star
I want to have a big family
Mary Radojkovic | 04 02. 2010th - 00:02 h | Photo: A. Dimitrijevic | Comments: 1

Ana Ivanovic, tennis princess, these days in Belgrade, where he is preparing for the match with Russia's national team that will play the upcoming weekend in the "Arena". Anu We met during a break in the training, in the shopping center "Zira", where we talked about her life outside tennis courts.

Ana is talking openly about myself, life plans, Belgrade, pointed out as follows fashion and to spend leisure time, and "Flash" is revealed to him through twenty years seen as the mother of three children.

For years you have to list the most beautiful woman in the world, as you feel comfortable that attention? Do you mind that you are sometimes more noticeable because of the beauty, but because of success?
- Thank you for your compliment! Every girl likes to receive compliments, especially at the expense of looks. Of course, I think that people know me in tennis, the truth is that I often compared to Anna Kurnjikovom, but I'm still winning Grand Slam proved to me not recognized only because of how I look. It is certain that flatters me such comments.

How to take attention outward appearance?
- A little free time I have when I go out, all working on speed. Just like to get out of the sports clothes and shoes to wear high heels. However, I do not need as many women preparing an hour, twenty minutes is enough for me, no longer stand cleaning.

Are you interested in high fashion, you follow fashion trends?
- I love to buy shoes and handbags of famous designers. However, the high fashion is not my style. I think it is better when a man has his taste and sense to combine than to buy expensive things.

How much time do you spend in Belgrade and what you miss here?
- Sorry, do not spend much more time in Belgrade and is often caught between nostalgia. But I grew up here and I have many friends, family, with which we do not hear so often when I travel - I'm just terrible on this issue. Phone and internet do not use too much, not like that kind of communication, so it is with me, be in touch, in one word - impossible (laughs). When I catch the nostalgia often listen to our music and have many pictures from Belgrade, and then watch them to remind ...

Are you going to zaplačete for nostalgia?
- Well no, now I'm used to. But the past years, we often lacked Belgrade. And last October when I had two and a half weeks to spend here, I was with relatives, I went to Kay, car or bike ran. Often I went to the theater and cinema. That I like to do in Belgrade, it relaxes me.

Do you have a hobby?
- Uh, I like to watch movies and series. Often I go to the movies, and as I mentioned I love the theater, to me the best relax and always be back mood.

Before you follow "Prison Break", that are currently "slipped" to another series?
- Yes, yes ... now watch "Lost." That's what I always loved, for the few weeks comes a new series and can hardly wait. I am passionate viewer series, turn on them and watch a few hours. There are so many series that I would really like to watch, but I do not want to become crazy about the team and bring him to that to see the entire night. Trying to control.

How you bother paparazzi and the lifestyle where your every move followed?
- A lot of people I have withdrawn and shy, I do not feel comfortable when I meet with the paparazzi, or when I see my picture in a newspaper. It does not really feel comfortable because then they went into my private life, I feel like I literally look through the wall. Then it really became uncomfortable and can be regarded, especially as I really like to have peace in your life.

Did you, on the other hand, thought to use the popularity of a show-business outside of tennis?
- Maybe later, but not immediately. Now I want to focus on tennis, but never knew how to go further career.

How do you see for himself some twenty years?
- It is hard to answer that. In every part of life you have different priorities and what I want now, you will not want three or four years. For some fifteen, twenty years, imagine yourself as a mother! Indeed given the importance of family qualities and would like to have a family. Also I would like to give all children the opportunities. I would like to travel and live a crazy life when I have family and children to create a wrong image and have the wrong view of life. So I would like to dedicate myself to children and would possibly do something that I could accomplish with the upbringing of children. Children will be my priority.

How many children would you like to have?
- Two, three. Indeed much love children and want a big family!

The parents and boy are my support
How much you mean support for parents, boyfriend Adam, close to the person, while on the ground?
- It's very mean. Not only when you're on the court but also before and after the match. This support can be removed a certain pressure that exists by the media, sponsors, or anyone. These are people who care most about me and then I know they will always be there, whether I'm playing well and if I was good or bad day.

http://www.blic.rs/Zabava/Vesti/175177/Zelim-da-imam-veliku-porodicu-

soul
Feb 4th, 2010, 08:53 AM
I think she really deserves the best in every part of the life

gaviotabr
Feb 4th, 2010, 02:22 PM
It seems there will be an interview with Ana this saturday on serbian TV RTS:

Ana Ivanovic at Mira Adanja Pollack

On Saturday, the sixth of February in the first program RTS from 14 hours to show Mira Adanja-Polak and You Lecture popular tennis player Ana Ivanovic

The famous journalist talks with Ana Ivanovic who currently resides in Belgrade for the first round World Group Fed Cup, and was declared the most beautiful tennis player world. Do not miss to learn that Ana's interest, as it feels when the family came to Belgrade, which loves to work and with whom is seen in his hometown.

http://www.story.rs/koktel/tv/7260-ana-ivanovic-kod-mire-adanje-polak.html

I guess it will air right before Fed Cup, which starts at 16:00 local time.

jelenacg
Feb 4th, 2010, 04:46 PM
It seems there will be an interview with Ana this saturday on serbian TV RTS:



http://www.story.rs/koktel/tv/7260-ana-ivanovic-kod-mire-adanje-polak.html

I guess it will air right before Fed Cup, which starts at 16:00 local time.

Already twice on that show :lol:
Remember the interview on the plane :p

gaviotabr
Feb 4th, 2010, 04:53 PM
Already twice on that show :lol:
Remember the interview on the plane :p

Hey Jelena!

Sure.. I remember that interview.. it was a good one!

Hopefully this one can be good as well.. Ana's interviews are getting dull.. she always says the same old stuff.. it just doesn't convince anyone anymore.. :o:rolleyes:

jelenacg
Feb 4th, 2010, 05:21 PM
Hey Jelena!

Sure.. I remember that interview.. it was a good one!

Hopefully this one can be good as well.. Ana's interviews are getting dull.. she always says the same old stuff.. it just doesn't convince anyone anymore.. :o:rolleyes:

Ana`s job is to be a tennis player and not to give creative answers to the same questions over and over again :rolleyes::lol:

gaviotabr
Feb 4th, 2010, 05:24 PM
Ana`s job is to be a tennis player and not to give creative answers to the same questions over and over again :rolleyes::lol:

Creative no.. but honest yes.. It's just that now everytime I see or read one of her interviews, my reaction is to think it's all BS. She has been saying the same things for over 2 years... just doesn't convince me anymore. I wish she could just.. as Serena would put it.. man up! :o

jelenacg
Feb 4th, 2010, 05:30 PM
Creative no.. but honest yes.. It's just that now everytime I see or read one of her interviews, my reaction is to think it's all BS. She has been saying the same things for over 2 years... just doesn't convince me anymore. I wish she could just.. as Serena would put it.. man up! :o

Not going to happen :shrug:

Ana has her own world,her own truth....:lol:

gaviotabr
Feb 5th, 2010, 02:47 PM
Sports
Ivanovic vs Kuznetsova in opening Fed Cup match

BELGRADE: An out-of-form Ana Ivanovic will face fourth-ranked Svetlana Kuznetsova in Saturday's opening singles match in the Fed Cup quarterfinals between Serbia and Russia.

The draw Friday also pitted Serbia's eighth-ranked Jelena Jankovic against No. 31 Alisa Kleybanova of Russia in the second match on the indoor hard court at Belgrade Arena.

The reverse singles will be held Sunday before the final doubles match featuring Ivanovic and Jankovic against Vera Dushevina and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

The Russians have won four of the last six Fed Cup titles, but are without many of their top players. Second-ranked Dinara Safina, former No. 1 Maria Sharapova and No. 7 Elena Dementieva are out with injuries or other problems.

"I feel great and can't wait for the match to start," Kuznetsova said.

Kuznetsova said that despite the Serbs' recent slump in the WTA rankings because of a string of poor results, Ivanovic and Jankovic will be tough to beat.

"They play in different styles, but both are great opponents," Kuznetsova said.

Serbia is playing in the Fed Cup World Group for the first time.

"I'm happy that I'm opening the series," said Ivanovic, the former No. 1 and the French Open Champion in 2008. "My form is on the rise and a victory would boost my self-confidence that has deserted me recently."

Ivanovic dropped to No. 23 in the WTA rankings.

Jankovic, who in 2008 was also No. 1, joined the Serbia team at the last moment, after contemplating whether to play with a back injury she suffered during the Australian Open.

"I'm feeling better, but I hope my back will hold," Jankovic said.

The winner of the best of five series will play either the United States or France in the semifinals.

http://www.thearynews.com/english/newsdetail.asp?nid=42286

jonnyroyale_13
Feb 5th, 2010, 03:02 PM
http://www.thearynews.com/english/newsdetail.asp?nid=42286

"I feel great and can't wait for the match to start," Kuznetsova said.

"I'm feeling better, but I hope my back will hold," Jankovic said.

:lol: Russians are confident, Serbs are hoping.

gaviotabr
Feb 5th, 2010, 06:16 PM
"I feel great and can't wait for the match to start," Kuznetsova said.

"I'm feeling better, but I hope my back will hold," Jankovic said.

:lol: Russians are confident, Serbs are hoping.

Which is not really surprising... :lol::spit:

gaviotabr
Feb 5th, 2010, 06:23 PM
Found this in today's Sportski Zurnal... don't know if there is anything of notice:

http://img709.imageshack.us/img709/9642/sz14.jpg
http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/6540/sz15.jpg

jelenacg
Feb 5th, 2010, 07:43 PM
^^ Just recycled quotes noting new there

gaviotabr
Feb 6th, 2010, 10:06 AM
Jelena and Ana for history
06. februar 2010th | 11:44 | Source: Sportske.net


Duel with the Russian order to confirm the status of Serbia as a superpower, but also be an incentive for our best players, to be returned on the right track. Start in 16 hours.
Ana Ivanovic velikaPočinje. The match on which so many rumors epilogue will get this weekend. Serbia welcomes Russia, and many are prone to this collision, given the composition of other team before proclaim finale finals.

Early to speak about it, but certainly when the 16 hours to leave the ground Kuznetsova and Ana Ivanovic, it will be a clash last two Roland Garros champion.

And while Saint Kuznetsova claims that rival the game well analyzed and can be difficult to surprise, Anna insists that playing for the country has no price.

"I enter all my heart, in that there is no doubt. I have great motivation, I charge the battery, I am absolutely ready for this match. It is not easy of course, believe in yourself when you are 23rd in the world, but I have room for improvement and return to the top, and against Russia's will to prove, "said Ivanovic.

Jelena Jankovic Jankovic velikaJelena the first day should have an easier job against Klejbanove.

"I trained and I had no problems. Injured or not, will fight for every point, I do not know how different. Russia's are experienced, but Ana and I also have many matches, and we know what we do, "says Jelena.

It is of course, always cheerful and radiated optimism.

"When I saw the draw, I immediately ran to Ani said, as I would as soon as she went to sleep," said Jelena. She added that the team teamwork, and will do everything to get Russia's.

The match between Ana Ivanovic and Kuznetsova starts at 16 o'clock, then the court will come out Jelena Jankovic and Alice Klejbanova.

http://www.sportske.net/vest/tenis/jelena-i-ana-za-istoriju-14674.html

I wonder if Ana really did say the bolded part.. Because then.. how will she feel about her self belief when she is 50 or so in the world after IW? :o:tape::help::sobbing:

gaviotabr
Feb 6th, 2010, 07:11 PM
Ana: I had the opportunity
subota, 06 februar 2010 18:50
News Source: RTS

Ana Ivanovic said that she had a lot of chances in the match against Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsov, especially in the second set, and it is so sorry that failed to bring Serbia into the meeting point of the first round World Group Fed Cup. Ivanovićevu Kuznetsova was defeated 2-0 (6-1, 6-4).


"I had a lot of chances. In the first set I yielded confidence. In the second I had a lot of chances. I had the advantage of a break. It was a disputed ball, it's hard for me to comment on it, are judicial decisions," Ivanovic said at the conference journalists after the match.

Ivanovic added that it is disappointed that failed to make the first point of Serbia.

"I was nervous because I did not have enough matches in recent months. Itself have created great pressure. I've played enough ball racket frame, as I moved forward because of nervousness," Ivanovic explained.

Serbian tennis player said that he hoped that her match tomorrow, with Alice Klejbanovom be decisive - to win or to deuce.

"Sure to be a difficult match. Klejbanova Alisa every ball hit from all forces. It is important to focus on your game if you play 60 percent of how I trained last week, will be enough," Ivanovic said.

She said that the atmosphere in Belgrade "Arena", in which there was about 10,000 fans, was good, but that course of the match was not particularly interesting.

"I hope that will pass the initial nervousness and the audience tomorrow will be much more interesting. Even if today is 2-0 for Russia's, we have a chance. I hope that tomorrow will be a lot more people and will support us," said Ivanovic.

Asked about the possible doubles with Jelena Jankovic, Ivanovic replied: "Honestly, we played doubles but once in Budumpešti. Discuss it with the coach. I think a lot of progress on the network. I hope that it will manifest tomorrow.

http://www.najvesti.com/sportske-vesti/tenis-sport/49265-ana-imala-sam-ansu

So.. Ana knows she has barely played in the past year and still has a very sparse schedule according to her web.. clever! :rolleyes:

And, she says she is practicing well, but is obviously completely unable to play remotely decent tennis in matches. Wonder why... :o

No wonder why the audience was not invested in her match.. she didn't give them the chance to get excited. If she had held on in the second set and got the match into a third, it would have been a whole other story.

jelenacg
Feb 6th, 2010, 09:41 PM
http://www.najvesti.com/sportske-vesti/tenis-sport/49265-ana-imala-sam-ansu

So.. Ana knows she has barely played in the past year and still has a very sparse schedule according to her web.. clever! :rolleyes:

And, she says she is practicing well, but is obviously completely unable to play remotely decent tennis in matches. Wonder why... :o

No wonder why the audience was not invested in her match.. she didn't give them the chance to get excited. If she had held on in the second set and got the match into a third, it would have been a whole other story.

Exactly my point
I didn`t even sit and first set was already over .Same thing happened in JJ`s match until JJ rebroke for 3-4
Crowd started to get into Ana`s match in second set and then she broke for 4-2.Too bad she decided to go away after that
It`s really hard to cheer when she hits UE after UE :rolleyes:
In one moment someone even yelled `Ana the score doesn`t matter just play` :sobbing::sobbing::sobbing:
Crowd really wanted to help her but she didn`t want to stay in the match :rolleyes:

Marilyn Monheaux
Feb 8th, 2010, 11:30 AM
http://www.supersport.com/tennis/article.aspx?Id=332427

Ivanovic signs career-long pact with Adidas
08 February 2010 (12:14)

Ana Ivanovic may have gone 0-3 in weekend Fed Cup play as Serbia lost to 3-2 to Russia, but the one- time French Open champion proved she's still a star with sponsors after signing a lifetime deal to stay with adidas clothing.

The former number one player who now stands 23rd as she fights to lift after a year-long slump, will wear the German "three-stripe" gear for as long as she stays in the sport, her management team announced Monday.

Ivanovic joins Andy Murray as recipient of a recent contract with the firm. The company lost world number two Novak Djokovic when his contract expired prior to the start of the 2010 season.

Officials said that Ivanovic, 22, will become a brand ambassador for the company, the youngest-ever athlete - male of female - to sign an agreement of this length.

"I'm very proud to wear adidas for the rest of my career. adidas has helped me immensely over the last few years by providing me with great products and unique services off the court including the adidas Player Development Program," said the Serb "This long-term contract extension means a lot to me and was a logical decision."

gaviotabr
Feb 8th, 2010, 11:58 AM
Thanks! I posted the Adidas press realease in another thread... but the spin they give it in this article with the Fed Cup losses are cruel.. :sobbing:

gaviotabr
Feb 8th, 2010, 12:45 PM
Ana Ivanovic Extends Adidas Deal for Rest of Tennis Career

By Danielle Rossingh

Feb. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Former French Open tennis champion Ana Ivanovic extended her agreement with German sportswear brand Adidas AG for the remainder of her tennis career and beyond.

“I’m very proud to wear Adidas for the rest of my career,” Ivanovic said in a statement. “Adidas has helped me immensely over the last few years by providing me with great products and unique services off the court, including the Adidas player-development program.”

The 22-year-old Serbian signed with the world’s second- largest sporting-goods maker in January 2006. She’ll become an ambassador for Adidas once she retires from the sport. No financial details were disclosed.

“Ana has been part of our women’s training marketing activities from day one and we are delighted to continue our successful partnership in the future,” Jocelyn Robiot, vice president of global sports marketing at Adidas, said in the statement.

“Ana is very loved in Asia,” Dan Holzmann, the president of Ana’s management company, said in an interview.

Holzmann and Ivanovic are planning to buy or develop real estate in Serbia using Ivanovic’s name and relationships, he added.

Ivanovic also has sponsorships with Yonex Co., Rolex, Verano Motors, Technogym and Juice Plus, Holzmann’s food- nutrition company. She has made more than $7 million in prize money in her career.

Grand Slam Winner

Ivanovic won the 2008 French Open. After reaching the No. 1 ranking, she struggled with injuries, with her play suffering. She’s dropped out of the top 20 of the WTA Tour rankings.

Assisted by Adidas coach Sven Groeneveld, Ivanovic started the 2010 season with a semifinal spot in Brisbane. A finalist in Australian Open in 2008, Ivanovic lost to Argentina’s Gisela Dulko in the second round of Melbourne last month.

Britain’s Andy Murray in November also signed a long-term contract with Adidas. British newspapers including the Daily Telegraph estimated the five-year agreement between the Australian Open finalist and Adidas was worth up to 15 million pounds ($23.5 million).

Former Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova extended her sponsorship agreement with Nike Inc. by eight years for $70 million, Bloomberg News reported Jan. 12, citing a person with knowledge of the contract.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601077&sid=awq0FDwFTj8A

Real State in Serbia? Random...

spiritedenergy
Feb 8th, 2010, 03:53 PM
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601077&sid=awq0FDwFTj8A

Real State in Serbia? Random...

i guess everything and anything for the money:rolleyes:

gaviotabr
Feb 8th, 2010, 07:08 PM
Pete Bodo's take on Ana:

Has Ana Ivanovic hit rock bottom?

Monday, February 8, 2010 | Feedback | Print Entry

One of the biggest questions in women's tennis these days isn't a very pleasant one: How much worse can things get for Ana Ivanovic?

The 22-year-old Serbian had the world eating out of her hand as little as 18 months ago before a horrific tailspin, and just when it seemed like it couldn't get any worse (she lost to Gisela Dulko in the second round of the Australian Open), it did. Ivanovic, a former No. 1 and French Open champion of 2008, was so unimpressive in Fed Cup this past weekend that you almost wanted to turn your eyes away.

Fed Cup may not be the most high-value target for a player, but it's a resonant event in a small, proud, success-hungry nation like Serbia. And that's where Ivanovic almost single-handedly lost the tie to Russia before some 10,000 mortified hometown fans. To make matters worse, her frenemy, Jelena Jankovic, another former No. 1 who's struggled, if not nearly as fruitlessly, had Ivanovic all setup to be a hero on two occasions. That's no mean feat in a five-match Fed Cup tie.

Ivanovic lost the first match of the Fed Cup tie to Svetlana Kuznetsova. There was no shame in that, although getting just one game in the first set and losing 6-4 in the second added up to a blowout. Jankovic came through in the second and third matches for Serbia, stepping up to beat Alisa Kleybanova and Kuznetsova in back-to-back three-setters that left Ivanovic in position to clinch the tie with a win over Kleybanova.

Ivanovic lost that one, 6-3,6-3.

Well, there was still the tie-closing decisive doubles, featuring the four singles players. Apparently, Russian captain Shamil Tarpischev sensed that seeing Kuzzie and Klebs again might seriously disrupt Ivanovic's resolve in a way that sending in fresh troops would not. About that, he appeared to be right. Ivanovic played poorly and the Serbs, despite being at home on the surface of their choice (indoor hard), were beaten pretty savagely, 6-1, 6-4.

Fed Cup may not mean as much as most tour events, but you know that Ivanovic will feel the pain of this one for some time to come. She not only faces the tough task of getting somewhere (anywhere) back into the mix near the top (she's currently No. 23, a remarkable, perhaps unprecedented drop for someone who won a major and reached the No. 1 ranking in June of 2008). She must also win back the heart of Serbia. That, at least, will be a far easier task; when you fall far enough, there's a measure of sympathy accorded for slumping.

Ivanovic's biggest problem appears to be a loss of confidence. You could see it on numerous occasions last year, and most especially when she handled the service toss as if she were being asked to hit a live hand grenade instead of a tennis ball. Along the way, she also lost many matches that she seemed to be in a position to win. But when it came to closing the deal with strong, confident, aggressive play, she retreated and developed a case of what the golfing crowed calls "the yips."

The thing that has been missing from Ivanovic's game is that firm, steady hand that guided her to a major title at Roland Garros -- a degree of focus and free-flowing shotmaking that reminded many observers of Chris Evert. Ivanovic was never explosive (like a Serena Williams), overpowering (like a Kim Clijsters) or particularly artful (like Justine Henin). She won because she remained precise, modulated and cool.

It's not that far from cold to frozen, and that's just what her problem is now: competitive paralysis. You can only hope that she's one of those players who needs to hit rock bottom before she can start back up. It would be hard for her to sink lower that she did this weekend. I'm glad that spring, the season during which she's done well in the past, is just around the corner.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=4897810&name=bodo_peter

Isha312
Feb 8th, 2010, 08:56 PM
Pete Bodo's take on Ana:

It's not that far from cold to frozen, and that's just what her problem is now: competitive paralysis. You can only hope that she's one of those players who needs to hit rock bottom before she can start back up. It would be hard for her to sink lower that she did this weekend. I'm glad that spring, the season during which she's done well in the past, is just around the corner.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=4897810&name=bodo_peter

But rock bottom is where? :confused:

gaviotabr
Feb 9th, 2010, 10:38 AM
I'm only posting this because it came to my e-mail.. I'm unsubscribing though.. :o

http://img715.imageshack.us/img715/6503/sz16.jpg

There is also an article blaming her for Serbia's defeat.. I won't bother to post that.. but hey, it's fair and true.

I don't know if I should've even bothered to post this one.. I have no idea what it's all about.. but whatever..

Curtos07
Feb 10th, 2010, 07:51 PM
Interesting article which I happen to agree with by James LaRosa.

Anna Kournikova spawned a lasting legacy. It wasn't that computer virus bearing her name or the army of Russian fembots who followed the trail she blazed to wealth and fabulosity.



No, her legacy runs deeper. Forget that she was the No 1 doubles player in the world and won two majors with Martina Hingis. Forget that she was a top ten singles player with wins over Hingis, Davenport, Capriati, Graf and Seles. Forget that she made it to the second week of every Slam, including a run to the Wimbledon semis. Forget all that. Anna Kournikova never won a title! WHAT A LOSER! We could scream it in her face without guilt, she was gorgeous and rolling around in millions, she'd be fine. And we got a wonderfully evil name to call any young woman with a modicum of good looks and the audacity to try to make a name for herself in sports.



Google Anna Kournikova. For every article you find actually about Anna, you'll find a dozen about Danica Patrick, the Anna Kournikova of racing. Or Michelle Wie, the Anna Kournikova of golf. Or Biba Golic, the Anna Kournikova of table tennis. (That last woman actually exists.) Seriously, God bless Anna, because what term did we possibly have to describe these awful women before she came along?



Well now tennis has another Anna Kournikova, and her name is Ana Ivanovic. Forget that Ana won the French Open. Forget that she was the No 1 player in the world. She's young, she's pretty and she's struggling, so she must be destroyed.


Looking at Ivanovic in the last couple weeks alone, it's hard to know how to feel for her. Professionally, she showed signs of life in Brisbane, defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova en route to the semis where she fell to Justine Henin. But then she imploded against Gisela Dulko in Melbourne, leaving the court in tears. This past weekend, she played three Fed Cup matches against Russia and failed to win a single set. So, not good. At the same time, adidas announced a lifetime deal with the Serb, making her the youngest athlete to score such a deal. And now she's burning up magazine stands in a racy (well, racy for Ana) spread in Sports Illustrated.



Yup, the same week we congratulate Mrs. Andy Roddick, Brooklyn Decker, for beating out a whole host of frighteningly gorgeous women for the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, we're boiling tar and plucking feathers for Ana Ivanovic, who had the unmitigated gall to demean her sport by showing some skin. She's going to hell, and she's taking all female athletes with her.



If it all feels so familiar, it's because we went through this before. Yup, with Anna K. She posed in her bikini, in a spread that Ana's photographer either paid homage to or blatantly stole from. Either way, naughty naughty girls.



Naughty naughty boys are just fine. When Fernando Verdasco and Tommy Robredo took it all off for Cosmo UK, they were scamps. The beefcake shots of Marat Safin and Pat Rafter? Boys will be boys. Now quick, spray them down with more water. Verdasco is currently starring in a Calvin Klein tighty whities ad, and that's great promotion for the sport (and, presumably, for Verdasco's dating life).



But what is it inside us that feels the need to put these young girls in their places? And not just Kournikova and Ivanovic, but fellow Swimsuiters Daniela Hantuchova, Tatiana Golovin and Maria Kirilenko? Or Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams, who also took heat for frolicking in the surf? Are guys taking out all their old frustrations at being snubbed by the pretty girl in high school? Are women so thoroughly over the objectification of their gender that they look at these young girls as brainless colluders or (worse) money-grubbing traitors?



But I digress.



Ana Ivanovic isn't being attacked because she's edging closer to a commodity, she's getting ripped apart for her much-publicized ranking freefall. Her ranking today? No 23. That's her freefall. 23. In the middle of a crisis of confidence that's given her the worst serve on tour (something that used to be her bread and butter), she's just outside the top twenty. Fix the toss and that's a lot of upward mobility.



Will Ana get there? Who knows. The question is, what would thrill us more, if she did or if she didn't? To those dismissing her (and demeaning two women at once by calling someone the Anna Kournikova of anything), be warned. In her press conferences, Ivanovic may put forth the enthusiasm of an over-caffeinated third grader, but behind that smile lurks a fire. She's out there on that practice court every day, for hours and hours. She's putting in the work. The blood, sweat and tears. As is Daniela, and Maria, and Tatiana. And Danica, and Michelle, and Biba. And as did, in truth, Anna K.



Whatever stage of their career they're in, on the way up, on the way down, or caught in the media glare of the middle, while we're busy forgetting everything else to make a convenient argument, or take out our own biases, remember this: Even pretty girls want to win.


Follow the Anna Kournikova of tennis writers at twitter.com/JamesLaRosa



http://www.tennischannel.com/news/NewsDetails.aspx?newsid=6663

bruce goose
Feb 10th, 2010, 08:46 PM
Interesting article which I happen to agree with by James LaRosa.



http://www.tennischannel.com/news/NewsDetails.aspx?newsid=6663Most of this article is spot on when it refers to the absurd double standard for men and women.Questions of morality--whether or not it's appropriate to show lots of skin--are better reserved for discussions of religion.La Rosa is WAY off base in ONE regard,though,when he refers to a burning fire within Ana.How in the hell would he even know that?:rolleyes:Is he a close friend of Ana's?Highly unlikely.The fact that Ana hasn't fixed her ball toss,which has sucked for over a year,and prefers WAGging to fine-tuning her game,suggests the exact OPPOSITE of this imaginary dedication that LaRosa describes.In a way,I'm glad that Ana has some supporters in the media,but I sure hope she doesn't use articles like these to justify her current wayward approach to tennis.

Curtos07
Feb 12th, 2010, 07:03 PM
Is an SI swimsuit appearance worth it?

Wouldn’t it be interesting to find out that one of the ‘glamour girls’ of tennis had declined an offer to appear in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.

Yes that’s declined – as in ‘did not accept.’

Ana Ivanovic is breathtaking in a double-page spread just inside the cover of the latest Swimsuit issue.

She joins a list of players, who have posed for SI in various types of bathing attire, that includes Steffi Graf, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams, Daniela Hantuchova, Maria Kirilenko, Tatiana Golovin and – drum roll – Anna Kournikova.

There are not big bucks to be made directly from appearing in the SI Swimsuit issue, so it would not be a huge financial sacrifice to decline the offer. Sure the exposure is enormous but maybe it would be nice if a player like Ivanovic thought about her peers on the tour, players who have worked just as hard as her to achieve success in pro tennis but who will not be asked to pose by SI because they were blessed with her good looks. Without mentioning names, there a few of the very best players in the game today, players who have won multiple Grand Slam titles, who never in a million years would be invited to appear in the SI swimsuit issue.

You have to wonder how they feel about the Ivanovics of the world, whether they think being in SI is a bit much. Surely there is an element of gilding the lily. On top of all the money the good-looking players earn in endorsements – and we know Ivanovic has just signed a ‘lifetime deal’ with adidas and that Sharapova pulls in more than $20 million a year – do these players really have to go that step further and show off their scantily-clad bodies in the SI swimsuit issue?

It would be understandable if the less attractive players felt SI’s ‘tennis models’ are kind of rubbing their faces in it. And some tennis fans may feel sympathy for the less gorgeous players not born with the silver spoon of beauty in their mouths.

Of course, the opposite viewpoint would simply be, "if you've got it, flaunt it."

Ivanovic is now experiencing a serious crisis of confidence on her serve, and there’s a fair chance, even at age 22, she will never return to the glory she attained in winning the 2008 French Open and reaching the No. 1 ranking shortly thereafter.

She will have a lot of attention focused on her as she struggles, and hers will not be an easy problem to solve. But some people may have a little less sympathy because she, and the people around her, have been so willing to cash in on her attractive image. Sure, lying in a bed of pink tennis balls wearing a pink two-piece bathing suit produces a very pretty/sexy picture, but how about showing she can still hit a serve or a forehand under pressure – something that was sadly lacking in her loses to Gisela Dulko at the Australian Open and to Svetlana Kuznetsova and Alisa Kleybanova in Fed Cup in her native Belgrade last weekend.

This reporter observed Ivanovic up close last summer making an appearance for Rolex during the Rogers Cup in Toronto, and she could not have been more charming, unaffected and just plain nice. So, is lying in that bed of pink tennis balls or, in another pose with a “come hither” look on her face in a bikini with her lower body wrapped in a tennis net – is that what Ana Ivanovic is really all about?

The WTA Tour is also complicit in exploiting its female players.

In December, on its official website, there was a prominent piece on the home page encouraging readers to “Vote for Ana & Maria Now!” That would be Ivanovic and Sharapova. As the Tennisphilia website described it, the WTA Tour website, “is urging visitors to vote for Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic in AskMen.com’s 2010 edition of the Top 99 Most Desirable Women. The said article explains that AskMen.com has ‘been compiling the Most Desirable Women list since 2001’ and that the highest ever rank for a tennis player in the compilation was way back in 2006 when Sharapova received the ‘honor’ of placing in the top 31. The article concludes by providing a link to the AskMen.com website and asking visitors to ‘push Sharapova or Ivanovic into the Top 30.’”

It’s easy to discern a pattern here and to simply concede, “that’s just the way things are.” It’s also easy to wonder what other players thought about it, and to call it what it was – shameless.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/blogs/match-tough/is-an-si-swimsuit-appearance-worth-it/article1465900/

Curtos07
Feb 12th, 2010, 07:14 PM
Give me a fucking break. She posed in a bikini, big fucking deal. Just let the girl be. :rolleyes:

bruce goose
Feb 12th, 2010, 09:17 PM
Give me a fucking break. She posed in a bikini, big fucking deal. Just let the girl be. :rolleyes:For the most part,I agree;any debate over the rightness of posing in bikinis is more of a religious discussion than anything else...and that writer probably doesn't even believe in God if he/she is like typical Americans.However,Ana HAS left herself open to ridicule by her lack of commitment.If she were halfway competent,then a lot more people would quickly dismiss the writer's criticisms.As it stands NOW,I'm sure plenty of folks wonder,"Gee,you've got a ton of freetime for photoshoots and golf tourneys,but you can't fix a simple ball toss?" It's like with Dinara's haters;the EASY way for her to shut them up is to just play half-decently in a Slam final

Curtos07
Mar 2nd, 2010, 11:45 PM
Great, yes I said "great" article by Bodo on Ana today.

Learning to Un-Think
by Pete Bodo


When Ana Ivanovic repaired to the locker room in the bowels of Madison Square Garden after losing a very close one-set semifinal tussle in the Billie Jean King Cup exhibition yesterday, her first words to Kim Clijsters, the woman who beat her, were: "I've never been introduced in a match as being a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model!"

Clijsters, having been rather less sexily introduced as the first mother to win Wimbledon since Evonne Goolagong in 1980, shared a laugh with Ivanovic over that presumed honor, although Kim had other things on her mind - namely, Venus Williams, whom she would have to face shortly in the best-of-three, no-ad scoring final of the exo (more about that tomorrow; as most of you know, Venus won, 7-5 in the third).


It was a characteristically innocent remark by Ivanovic; she seems amazed that her cameo in the famous swimsuit issue has generated so much hype (at least in the U.S.). And when she related her exchange with Clijsters, it was in the same breathless, giggly manner with which she'd undoubtedly shared her surprise - a manner of engagement with which we all are by now familiar.

Ivanovic meets the world with a smile, and her laughter is unmistakably nervous; I take all that as a sublimation of her essential shyness. You just know that someone so prone to the breathless and cheerful has something to hide - herself. And that's not a criticism. The behaviors are a psychic olive branch, offered by one who's not entirely comfortable as the center of attention, perhaps not even in her own skin. If it could be done in a seemly, lady-like manner, Ivanovic would probably roll onto her back at the sight of you, exposing her tummy with her paws in the air.

This complicates things considerably, because it might seem that Ivanovic has very little to smile about these days, given her plummet in the rankings (to a present No. 27). The state of her game reinforces the idea that her girlish ways are a defense mechanism. What on earth does this girl have to be happy about? is a natural question to ask.

But the answer to that might be: quite a bit. After all, not every circus clown is crying inside, despite the popularity of that narrative. And some people aren't happy because of this or that (like, say, a lucrative lifetime endorsement deal with Adidas?), they're just, well. . . happy. They write songs about such people. Some of us mistrust such people. And such people are not supposed to be top tennis players. In Ivanovic's case, that issue is far from resolved.


Yesterday, Ivanovic seemed content with herself, and convincingly happy with her game, optimistic about her prospects in the big upcoming tournaments at Indian Wells and Miami. She was the opposite - and strikingly so - of the defensive, unhappy player she has ever right to be. Sorry to disappoint anyone who would have it any other way.

Ivanovic's sunny disposition - is there a WTA player who seems more gentle and innocent? - must be one reason she seems so relaxed; her shyness and the particular way she expresses it also advance the theory. And while those qualities will not win her matches or help her rein in that gone-wild ball toss, they're not bad allies in her ongoing battle against loss of confidence and self-esteem. And now there's another factor shaping her view of the future, her new coach, Heinz Gunthardt, who has coached (among others), Steffi Graf. You remember Steffi, aka Mrs. Andre Agassi? Can anyone be shy in so different a way than Ivanovic?


That's all okay with Heinz; he's an equal-opportunity shy-player shaper. And he's as shrewd and perceptive a judge of a player's hidden nature and abused assets as anyone. Gunthardt and Ivanovic have only worked together for 10 days, but Ivanovic says she can "feel" a huge improvement. And very few damaged players would have said, as Ivanovic did yesterday immediately after she lost to Clijsters, "I'm so excited, I wish I could go back on the practice court to hit more balls."

Ivanovic believes she's playing better, which is more than half the battle. She also admitted that her slump cut a little deeper than typical professional problems do, even though bouts of Marat Safin-esque introspection are not her forte. "It hurts (emotionally)," she said. "You play bad one week and it's okay, it happens. But when it's week after week, it gets. . . hard. You think, 'This is what I do best, and this is all I can do?'

The recent Fed Cup disaster in Serbia probably was Ivanovic's low point, or so she must hope. She admits to having felt an enormous amount of pressure playing against the Russians in front of her partisan countrymen in Belgrade (Ivanovic lost both her singles, and was part of the losing doubles team). But she says that's behind her now. A lot is behind her. "I see everything more clearly now because I'm playing better. I've been defending too much, when naturally I am an aggressive player."

Ivanovic isn't the first mild-mannered personality to pursue an aggressive style of play, but the contrast between her temperament and her most effective game is especially striking. Gunthardt feels he knows the root causes of the recent problems that helped wreck her confidence.

"The first thing I told Ana when we considered working together was, 'Forget about technique; there's nothing wrong your technique,'" Gunthardt told me last night. "The most important thing, I told her, was that when you start to think about something that comes naturally - like swallowing, or breathing - you can't do it naturally anymore."

One morning, Gunthardt surprised Ana by asking her to start practice by hitting 40 serves. He stood by, watching and counting, as she slowly unlimbered and served ball after ball. After the 40th ball, he remarked, "Your ball toss, it's perfect every time."

The very next toss, Gunthardt said, went astray. He smiled at her. Point made.


So the primary mission for Gunthardt is teaching or showing Ivanovic how to un-think. That's a somewhat delicate assignment, but both coach and player are well-designed for it. Gunthardt has a logical, keen, perceptive mind; he knows how to challenge a player, intellectually, by playing devil's advocate. He knows as much about mental as physical stretching. Ivanovic has surprised him with her intellect. "She's much more well-rounded and astute than the other women I've dealt with recently," he told me. "She's certainly the first player who's quoted (Sigmund) Freud to me."

Of course, being smart won't get it done for Ivanovic, nor will being well-read. She faces a tough, obstacle-strewn road, but she's shown an impressive degree of patience with herself. That's not to be underestimated - a player at war with herself is useless.

Ivanovic says she's "very determined" to get back to the top; she smiled as she said that, but I was long past questioning her resolve or sincerity. "I still love the game," she added, "But the way I've been playing - well, it didn't make it very enjoyable."

It isn't exactly crying clown territory, but it's as close as someone with as sanguine a disposition as Ivanovic is apt to come.


http://tennisworld.typepad.com/tennisworld/2010/03/shy-player-shaper.html#comments

bruce goose
Mar 3rd, 2010, 12:12 AM
Though I'm not sure that Bodo is 100% accurate on this,I agree with most all of it...and the BEST part was where Heinz encouraged Ana to NOT over-think while playing...which ISN'T the same as playing brainlessly.I'll bet you that Ana hasn't received ANYthing like this from Sven or various others who CLAIM to be her friend.Ana will play more relaxed if she continues with this approach...and THAT will strengthen her trust in Heinz when she sees improved results:)

Cp6uja
Mar 3rd, 2010, 01:08 PM
LINK: Politika interview (translation) (http://www.anaivanovic.com/pressandinterviews/politika-interview)


Shortly after her match against Kim Clijsters at the BNP Paribas Showdown, Ana gave an exclusive interview to Politika, the only broadsheet newspaper in Serbia.

The following is an extract from the interview transcript:

Why did you choose coach Heinz Gunthardt and what can you say after the first week of your co-operation?
I had been looking for a coach for a while and of course my management and I were aware of Heinz’s record and experience: he has achieved a lot. We decided to contact him and see if he was free to work with me in California, before Indian Wells and Miami. Fortunately he was able to come, and I’m very happy about that.

What do you expect from him and how long he will he work with you?
I am listening very carefully to his philosophy about tennis. He has many new ideas, which is a positive thing for me. I like his approach to the game. It is a little different from what my other coaches have taught me, and is perhaps influenced by the fact that he was a very good player himself: he understands the game very well and knows what I am feeling, because he went through similar situations.

We have agreed to work full-time for the next month or so, until the end of Miami, and then we will discuss things again. We both hope that this is a long-term co-operation.

What about your shape? Is everything okay with your shoulder?
It is not 100 per cent, but I don’t like to talk too much about injuries. I just have to be careful not to push it too hard. I can’t practice my serve as much as I would like, but in time it will be much stronger and back to normal.

What is your goal in tennis and personally?
My goal is always to win Grand Slam tournaments, and I want to be No.1 again. By the time my career is over, I really hope to have won all four Grand Slams. Fortunately I am comfortable on all surfaces, so I think it’s a possibility. I am still young.

I saw in your diary that you are very satisfied with your Amazon Kindle and that you are reading autobiography of Monika Seles. We know that she was your inspiration when you were five; could her book be new inspiration for you?
It is definitely an inspiration. I am really enjoying reading it and it’s quite emotional.

Mar 3rd 2010


I'm very confused :confused: :confused: :confused: because in this translation from Ana official site of Ana "Politika" interview missing only my by far favorite part which "Politika" publishing today (answer about her confidence where she pointed with what I talking all the time since 2nd half of 2008 about her new wrong game strategy):

LINK: Politika interview (original) (http://www.politika.rs/rubrike/Sport/Tenis/Gintart-me-razume-zato-shto-je-bio-dobar-teniser.sr.html)

Опште је мишљење да је главни разлог Вашег пада то што се изгубили самопоуздање?

– Наравно, када се изгуби много мечева, вера у себе долази под знак питања. Самопоуздање је чудно и непредвидиво: када га имате, мислите да не можете да изгубите ни један меч, а када га немате, осећате да ни један дуел не може да добијете. Сигурна сам да ће ми се самопоуздање вратити кад тад. Потребно је само да вредно радим на побољшању своје игре и да играм што чешће. У Индијан Велсу и Мајамију резултат ми неће бити у првом плану. Битније је да вратим препознатљиви нападачки стил и да доминирам од почетка до краја меча. То ми је делимично пошло за руком у Њујорку.
My translation:

Dominant opinion is that main reason for your slump is losing confidence?

- When you lose so many matches of course that confidence is damaged. Confidence is one strange and unpredictable thing: when you have it, you thinking that you will never lose any match, but when you don't have it, you feel like you can't beat anybody. I'm sure that confidence will back to me soon or later. I just need to work hard to improve my game and to play often. At Indian Wells and Miami result will not be primary for me. Most important will be to back again my attacking game style and to dominate since start till end of matches. I achieve that partly in New York.

My personal comment and opinion about that red bold part: :worship: & :clap2: & :bigclap: & :kiss: & :bowdown: & :woohoo: & :yippee: & :hearts: & :rocker: & :rocker2: & :banana: & :music: & :aparty: & :inlove: & :cheer:


OMG Ana just say one of best and smartest answer in her life, but that answer is censored from her own site :tape:

All the time since fall starts I'm talking that main reason for this big career slump is not mental, confidence, pressure, injuries, private life, ball toss, movement, new life goals, money, motivation... etc... but simple her new wrong passive and powerless (for her previous standards) game strategy which she use since 2nd half of 2008 :shrug:.

Nena_xxx
Mar 3rd, 2010, 03:43 PM
I read this article too. Nice one.

Loungy
Mar 15th, 2010, 01:36 AM
Little Ana's free fall

After her 6-2, 6-4 loss to the emerging Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in her opening match at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells on Saturday night, Ana Ivanovic was escorted away from Court 3 by a lone security person.

Exiting right behind her as she climbed the steps from the sunken court, I noticed something seemingly insignificant – a little “Ana” embossed on the side of the heel of her adidas tennis shoe.

It is a touch reserved for elite stars and somehow reinforces how far she has fallen since a little less than two years ago when she won the French Open and, soon after, ascended to the WTA Tour’s No. 1 ranking.

A thumb injury later in the summer of ’08, and a lingering shoulder ailment,haveled to a gradual decline that has been accelerated of late, and sees her No. 28 ranking about to fall out of the top-50 following the Indian Wells event.

On Saturday, she went through another mystifying performance when, by turns, she hit her powerful ground strokes with force and purpose, or just plain bungled them badly. In this reporter’s notebook, the following phrases appeared after she missed shots – “collapse swing forehand volley into net,” “total collapse backhand net,” “total flinch backhand long,” “miss-timed backhand unforced error weak net,” “total botch low backhand,” and “long rally -feeble forehand collapse unforced error net.”

Ivanovic has been struggling with her serve, particularly her toss, but on Saturday in the very first game, she made a perfect 11 first serves in a row, and 14 of 16 with no double faults in a long game that she still wound up losing when she made a “total miss-hit forehand net.” The serve was really not the problem, but it did get shakier after that first game.

She was clearly devastated by the loss, particularly because it was her first match since hooking up with new coach Heinz Gunthardt (Steffi Graf’s long-time mentor) a few weeks ago.

As she struggled to move through a crowd of adoring fans thrusting objects to autograph toward her, she obliged as best she could and, despite some uncomfortable jostling, signed at least 25 as she made her way through to the sanctuary of a fitness room below the Stadium Court.

There, for more than 10 minutes, she sat slumped over and talked to Gunthardt who stood right in front of her. Part way through, her mother entered, walking behind without touching Ana with any kind of a consoling gesture. She just sat down nearby, apparently not wanting to interrupt her daughter’s discourse with her new coach.

After finishing with Gunthardt, her trainer worked with her for more than five minutes, helping her stretch her legs and torso.

She then went directly to her media conference and again, as after losing to Gisela Dulko at the 2010 Australian Open, Kateryna Bondarenko at the 2009 US Open and to too many others recently, had to try to put words to what is happening to her. Not surprisingly, it looked like she might have been crying.

She gave a sort of generic explanation of the roots of her problems, saying, “I think at first it came because I just didn’t have enough practice, and I sort of felt like ... it was injuries. It was kind of Catch22, so I didn’t feel confident enough to play... or like ready enough to play. And then I would play and then I lost, and so then obviously confidence goes. So it kind of was on a roll.”

About the relationship with Gunthardt, she said, “We are actually working a lot on hitting lots of balls and getting– obviously now with the loss of confidence that I had, I got very stiff. I was like pulling up on a lot of shots and just not committing enough. I wasn’t striking the ball through and as well as I did in the past.”

She then talked about what Gunthardt had said to her during their post-match interaction in the fitness room. “I spoke to Heinz. He had said it’s not going to happen overnight. You know, I kind of felt really good over past few weeks, and in NewYork – an exhibition at Madison Square Garden on March 1 when she lost a 7-6(2) set to Kim Clijsters – I played really well. So I was very excited about that. So it’s kind of hard.”

Needless to say, the one thing that is not in short supply for Ivanovic is advice. “More than you can imagine,” she said about all the fix-it theories she has been offered. “I know it’s a lot of people, you know, just want to have best interest in how I play.

“I like to sort of take everything deep and analyzing, thinking, you know, maybe there is something right in that. But it all became too much.”

Earlier on Saturday, her former coach Sven Groeneveld (and still and advisor in his role as a consultant to adidas players) was saying how difficult it is to coach young women with all the growing up and emotional development they must go through as professional athletes.

Just looking around these days, Ivanovic, 22, has lots of company in terms of players who have completely lost the plotafter showing a lot of early promise. Nicole Vaidisova, 20, was No. 7 in the world in 2007 but is now No. 177. Anna Chakvetadze, a crafty Russian, 23, who rose to No. 5 in 2007, is now No. 70. Even Canada’s Aleksandra Wozniak, 22, is ranked No. 35 after being as high as No. 21. She is in a slump and could hardly keep a ball in play during a 6-1, 6-2 loss to journeywoman Kirsten Flipkins of Belgium last Friday in Indian Wells.

A year or so ago, after a coach had worked with the unravelling Vaidisova for a while, it was suggested to him that maybe she should just go out and get really drunk. The coach smiled and shrugged, basically indicating that might be as good a solution as any to fathomless fall of his former player.

“Next tournament Ana,” one of Ivanovic’s fans called out to her as she left Court 3 on Saturday night.

She can only hope.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/blogs/match-tough/little-anas-free-fall/article1500293/

spiritedenergy
Mar 15th, 2010, 02:37 AM
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/blogs/match-tough/little-anas-free-fall/article1500293/

thanks for this... i guess not practicing enough came from injuries, then she probably got scared of them and didn't want to practice much anymore... I hope she can fine her balance in this.

дalex
Mar 15th, 2010, 11:09 AM
http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=62051

A. SEVASTOVA/A. Ivanovic
6-2, 6-4

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Just talk about your feelings about your level and the match, what you think happened.
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, you know, it's tough, because I really felt a lot more confident, you know, over last few weeks practicing with Heinz. We worked on a lot of things, and it was going really, really well.
Today was, you know, completely different kind of match. I never saw her play before, so it was -- I didn't know little bit what to expect. It was really slow. She played really slow. I felt like I had to generate all the pace kind of thing.
I was actually -- I felt like I was tracking the ball well, but it was very, very slow. I just felt -- I mishit a lot of the balls. I also thought she couldn't really hurt me with anything, but I also couldn't finish the point. So it was kind of frustrating. It was, you know, a fight out there.
Yeah, just disappointed I didn't find the answers. Had a lot of opportunities, I think. Obviously the beginning of the match was a little bit difficult. If I would have won that first game I think it might have been a little bit different story, as well.

Q. Do you think you lost your confidence because you're not winning, or is it a combination of you're just not playing as well as you would like to?
ANA IVANOVIC: I think at first it came because I just didn't have enough practice, and I sort of felt like it was lots of little bits and piece was injuries. It was kind of Catch-22, so I didn't feel confident enough to play and still -- or like ready enough to play.
And then I would play and then I lost, and so then obviously confidence goes. So it kind of was on a roll.

Q. What particularly are you and Heinz working on, and what are you trying to implement in your matches going forward?
ANA IVANOVIC: We are actually working a lot on hitting lots of balls and getting -- obviously now with the loss of confidence that I had, I got very stiff. I was like pulling up out of a lot of shots and just not committing enough, and I wasn't striking the ball through and as well as I did in the past.
So we tried to work a lot on that. So hitting through the balls and just moving forward and hitting actually lots of balls. Obviously working on my serve as well. Just adding few bits and pieces here and there.
But, you know, there is still so many things to work. And, you know, I spoke to Heinz. You know, he had said as well it's not going to happen overnight. You know, I kind of felt really good over past few weeks, and in New York I played really well. So I was very excited about that.
Yeah, so it's kind of hard.

Q. Practice is a lot different than matches, eh?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, it is a lot different, obviously. I also played a lot of practice matches. I played more than 15, 20 practice matches, because that's exactly what I need, a practice match.
But, again, it's different when you are sort of in a tournament and when you play against girls. So yeah, it's a lot different.
I guess I just have to sort of go through that and try to work hard off the court. And, you know, with the workloads that we did over past few weeks, it's been a lot different than what I've done in the past or last year and a half.
So it's kind of work that will give me confidence again. It's a lot more intense and a lot more balls have been hit. And also, I try to also integrate fitness into that, some sort of explosive movements and stuff. I can see benefits already, but, yeah, sometimes I guess it takes longer than you want to.

Q. So it's hard to maintain your patience because you're not used to the process of losing? You were used to the process of winning, eh?
ANA IVANOVIC: Oh, yeah, I think it's the hardest part. And also out there during the match, I feel good and I feel confident, so, you know, I want to hit the ball like I hit before, and then mistake comes. You're like, Oh, shall I really go for that or shall I maybe pull back? I just have to keep hitting it in the same way, you know, because that's the way the ball should be hit.
You know, so I just have to keep that mindset when I also play my matches. Today after a long, long time, I actually felt a lot freer out there, and I felt like I created all the chances for myself. Just, you know, here a few important points went on her side, I think.
And there was so many close games and I had so many break chances that I didn't use. She actually served quite well in most of them.

Q. I like to use the word "fun" when it comes to professional athletes. If you're having fun, you tend to do better. When you're not winning, it's not so much fun.
ANA IVANOVIC: It's not fun.

Q. So, I mean, is there a way to say, I'm going to try and make it fun so your confidence does come back and you forget about some of the other stuff?
ANA IVANOVIC: That's the thing. Today actually I kind of enjoyed being out there, even though, you know, I was losing and it was hard.
But I actually tried to have fun after long, long time. It feels a lot better, because obviously, you know, you breathe through and you feel freer, and that's what I did out there today.
But it also comes with a little bit of confidence. Because in the past, you know, I didn't feel confident stepping on the court, so you kind of go into yourself and you become so tense and preoccupied with everything else, and it doesn't become anymore about the match. It's just so much about yourself.
So I really felt completely different today. So that was one of the good things. But, yeah, unfortunately it's a process.

Q. Do you consider playing doubles just to get a few more matches, make it a little more fun, take the pressure off?
ANA IVANOVIC: I might. I might. I really haven't talked at all about it with Heinz. Obviously I chose not to play because of all -- because of my shoulder, as well.
But, yeah, maybe. Maybe it will be a good thing just to get a lot more matches, because still you have to perform under kind of match situation and pressure.

Q. She was very steady tonight. You have to give her credit for that.
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely.

Q. Were you hoping she might just dip a little bit at some time?
ANA IVANOVIC: To be honest, I was hoping for one or two more unforced errors. But she's definitely a player who won't beat herself. You just have to work really hard out there. I was prepared to stay out there until midnight and try to work out a way to win.
But she just -- I felt like she just got to every ball. I felt conditions were quite slow tonight. It obviously suits her game, because it's quite slow. I think the only time she generated some pace was actually when I did.

Q. Do you get a lot of people trying to give you advice?
ANA IVANOVIC: More than you can imagine. (laughter.)
More than you can imagine. I know it's a lot of people, you know, just want to have best interest in how I play, but sometimes it can be too much.

Q. Is there any weird advice you've heard, or what's the strangest...
ANA IVANOVIC: I try to block them out because it's really hard. I like to sort of take everything deep and analyzing, thinking, you know, maybe there is something right in that. But it all became too much.

End of FastScripts

spiritedenergy
Mar 15th, 2010, 04:10 PM
Thanks dalex... i like this interview more than most of the past ones, many people here noticed she wasn't hitting through the ball. Also Ana looks like she's trusting Heinz... let's see how it goes.

bruce goose
Mar 15th, 2010, 05:42 PM
Thanks dalex... i like this interview more than most of the past ones, many people here noticed she wasn't hitting through the ball. Also Ana looks like she's trusting Heinz... let's see how it goes.Yeah,Luca,I'll echo what I said in the other thread.I'm encouraged to hear Ana ADMITTING her key flaws here...instead of giving ridiculous excuses and explanations.Honestly facing the problem is the first step in solving it,and Ana had been avoiding those 'first steps' for a long time

Hugh.
Mar 19th, 2010, 05:53 PM
An interesting with Gavin Versi, from Ana's web:

Sportski Zurnal in Serbia this week interviewed a director of Ana's management company, Gavin Versi, who oversees communications and travels with Ana on the tour, on subjects such as the current state of Ana's game and possible future scenarios.

The following is a transcript of the interview:

How tough is this last Ana defeat, in Indian Wells, since she was a winner and finalist in the last two years?
The fact that it came in Indian Wells is not so important. Sure, it’s a tournament Ana has traditionally done well at, but what is more disappointing is that there were such big signs of encouragement in New York only three weeks ago, in the match with Clijsters.

I know it was only an exhibition, but anyone who saw that match, and anyone who knows Clijsters, including her agent, will tell you that Kim was taking it seriously, and so was Ana. She played some very good tennis, so for her level to fall back significantly is obviously very disappointing for her, her supporters and everyone close to her.

Time passes by, but instead of getting out of the crisis, it looks like she is deeper and deeper in it?
Ana and Heinz have described this as a process. You guys in the media, and indeed many tennis fans, love to panic and make snap judgements. I remember reading so many articles saying that Federer was “finished”, shortly before he won the 2008 US Open. And also last year, there were comments about Murray, saying he will never win a Grand Slam; the guy is just 22! I don't think it's prudent to make these kind of judgements.

Ana is also just 22, she has already been No.1 in the world and she is a Grand Slam champion. Time is on her side. Things are not going to come good overnight. It is only a month since she started working with Heinz and it will take time.

Ana used to get similar questions about when she was going to reach the top 10. It took her over a year but she solved it on her own. Let’s all please be patient, and a little bit more calm about this. If Ana panicked in the same way that you are, according to your questions, she would not be able to walk onto court.

I personally have unshakeable confidence in Ana, as does her entire team and those who know her best. We have seen how totally devastated she has been over the past year or so, how much she cares about this, and how motivated she is to return to her old form. That shows us, even though we don’t need showing, that she will get out of this crisis.

What is the next move in Ana's career, how does she or her people plan to solve this situation?
Ana is working incredibly hard. She is doing everything possible to find her form, and we are supporting her in the best way we can. With hard work and being surrounded by people who have absolute confidence in her, she will overcome this situation.

As I mentioned, it’s only a month since she appointed a new coach, and that is obviously a big move, and one that we must allow time in order to see the relationship blossom.

She started to work with Heinz recently, but the first tournament went very badly. Since he has one more tournament to prove himself, in Miami, what must she do there if Heinz is to stay? What will be decisive in Miami, her result or way of playing?
Heinz does not have to “prove himself” in Miami. It is not about results at the moment: it is about improving the game. Already Heinz has shown Ana what a top class coach he is and the two of them need time to work on many areas: they will continue to work as they have done for the past month, without making any special changes because of one poor performance.

If Ana didn’t see some gains in practice then sure, there would be reason to panic. But every day we see her improving and it’s now a question of taking that into matches. Just a few days ago she beat a top 5-ranked player 6-3, 6-3 in a practice match in Indian Wells.

Heinz and Ana have trust in what they are doing and they both believe that results will come naturally.

If there is no improvement in Miami, will she change a coach again or there is a "plan B"?
As I said, it is just one month since she began working with Heinz. Any decision she makes regarding future co-operation would not be linked to her results in just one or two matches.

Since she began playing on the Tour six years ago, only two of Ana’s coaches worked with her for less than a year, and there is every reason to believe that Ana and Heinz’s coaching relationship will be long-term.

There are speculations that it might be a good solution for Ana to take a longer break or even to finish her career after so much disappointment. It must be hell for her to live through all of this. Has that ever crossed her mind?
Absolutely not. Ana loves tennis. She would only stop if she no longer enjoys playing the game. She has already earned more than enough money to live a great life for eternity, but she loves tennis and loves competing. The idea that she would retire because of an 18-month period of bad results is ludicrous and, with respect, anyone suggesting that just doesn't know Ana.

Look at Baghdatis: two days ago he had his first win over a top 10-ranked player in over two years when he beat Federer. Should he have retired? Of course not. He kept believing in himself and he has proven a lot of people wrong. Ana will do the same.

Ana is out of the top 50 now. What happens with her contracts with that low ranking? Will some of them be cancelled?
Ana’s contracts are all unaffected. It is not possible for them to be cancelled, and in any case her sponsoring partners didn’t only sign her because she’s a very talented tennis player: she is also a wonderful person and a superb ambassador for the brands she represents.

Only a few months ago she signed an extremely long-term agreement with adidas. This is a $15 billion company. They are not stupid: they have been involved in sports much longer than you or I, and they recognise immense talent when they see it. They also recognise that Ana is only 22, and she will return to the top again, but it’s going to take time.

Is the root of her crisis in game, mind or body (injuries)?
It all started with the injury to her thumb during the summer of 2008: she could not hold a racket properly for six weeks during arguably the most important period of the season, but she tried to find a way to play because she was No.1 in the world at that time. But unfortunately she lost too many matches that she should have won, and obviously that affected her confidence. Then there were several other small injuries, especially to her shoulder and the hamstring tear after Wimbledon, which affected Ana’s training and her attempts to find her rhythm through match play. All of this affected her confidence, as it would any athlete.

It’s actually quite simple to see the effect of the loss of confidence on Ana’s game: she is an attacking player who likes to take the game to her opponents and play on the front foot. To play this style of tennis, it’s essential to be have confidence. When she doesn’t have confidence she does the exact opposite: she moves backwards and defends. That is not her game at all.

She has recognised that and has begun moving forwards and trying to play aggressively again, but she must commit to her shots, and that requires confidence and matchplay too.

Now that she has no big number of points to defend, will it take some burden off her back and allow her to play under less pressure?
I certainly hope so. But I think one of the biggest problems is that not so long ago Ana was No.1, and she is obviously desperate to get back to the top as soon as possible. She is constantly reminded about it, and of course she thinks about it too, and that creates extra pressure and impatience. It is more difficult to get back to the top than it is to get there in the first place. And when Ana achieves it, it’s going to be something special.

http://www.anaivanovic.com/news/interview-anas-management


"Just a few days ago she beat a top 5-ranked player 6-3, 6-3 in a practice match in Indian Wells."
:weirdo: I wonder who that was...

mure
Mar 19th, 2010, 06:29 PM
Couldn't be Williams sisters or Safina,somehow i doubt she'd play practise matches with Jankovic so that leaves Wozniacki.

Grerat win :worship:

someone open a thread in GM :bounce:

bruce goose
Mar 19th, 2010, 06:36 PM
Couldn't be Williams sisters or Safina,somehow i doubt she'd play practise matches with Jankovic so that leaves Wozniacki.

Grerat win :worship:

someone open a thread in GM :bounce:Actually,JJ isn't in the Top 5 right now---KUZY is the other member of that group,but I agree with you that he was probably referring to Caro IF his statement can be taken at face value.Maybe she had a practice hit with someone like Myskina,a FORMER Top 5 player...in which case Versi wasn't speaking literally.

Normally,I'm highly skeptical whenever Versi and his cronies release a damage-control presser but,THIS time,I agree with most of the comments.There IS genuine hope,and reason for optimism,IF Ana listens to what Heinz is trying to teach her

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Mar 20th, 2010, 11:02 AM
An interesting with Gavin Versi, from Ana's web:




Of course I always hope to see the good old Ana again.
But reading this I wouldn't mind a slump of 10 more years either.

spiritedenergy
Mar 20th, 2010, 07:48 PM
Of course I always hope to see the good old Ana again.
But reading this I wouldn't mind a slump of 10 more years either.
why?:confused: I thought it was a good interview... he's saying things we already know very well...
I think the player is either Wozniacki or Kuznetsova, probably Wozniacki though since she's adidas and sven maybe organized the thing. I'm happy to read it's going to be a long term thing with Heinz, I didn't like Kardon on the other hand.

Curtos07
Mar 21st, 2010, 06:07 AM
I thought it was a good interview too. :shrug:

Glad to see Ana's team pushback against all the non-sense bullshit being said about her by a bunch of low life losers. :rolleyes:

Costanza
Mar 21st, 2010, 06:46 PM
Article in swiss Blick newspaper.
http://www.blick.ch/sport/tennis/ivanovic-und-scharapowa-sahnen-richtig-ab-143110

Ana smiled seductively. She is a star, at the center, surrounded by other beautiful people on the roof of a house, throw a wild party. The world here is perfect. She must be a commercial for Adidas as well. The 22-year-old Serb woman next to David Beckham is one of the most expensive faces in the sporting goods manufacturer. About 100 million U.S. dollars Adidas was a career-contract with the beauty worth. Dumb only that it just moves in a sporty low, reminiscent of the crisis of Andre Agassi.

When the new ranking will appear on Monday, Ivanovic will lose about 25 seats and fall out of the top-50. A fall into a bottomless pit for a woman who won in June 2008 the title at Roland Garros and captured the top rankings.

How did it all so far? Injuries are a reason. Thumb, shoulder, a torn muscle in his thigh. Above all, it has been ticking for her injury timeouts no longer correct. That is to say: Of course she does, but Ivanovic puts the wrong switch.

Her ambition is a hindrance for once you are tense. If it is not a ball wunschgemäss she calls everything into question. "The more I want it, the farther away is the success," said Ivanovic. "I'm an impatient person, I always want everything immediately."

Your Swiss manager Dan Holzmann understand their dilemma: "Ana is thinking of nothing but tennis. It is übermotiviert, trained as a patient. Then she looks up at the leaderboard and is shocked. She wants to change immediately. But the halt takes time. "

Is not the existential crisis. Ivanovic has ausgesorgt until the end of life. Even if they should play no ball more. Their contracts with Adidas, Rolex and other large companies to give her great success, even without an annual salary of around 15 million U.S. dollars. Only the No. 1 Serena Williams deserves better. "If she had Justine Henin and would lose, she would be away" from the window, says her manager. "Clijsters and Henin can forget about you without success."

That one wonders how can position Ivanovic ADVERTISING outside of the tennis courts, is paying off. Their failure is perceived only in circles of tennis fans. "Ana is" seen by many people who have not so much with sports in the hat, just as a beautiful young woman of the world, "says Holzmann.

HowardH
Mar 21st, 2010, 09:13 PM
By "leaderboard" I assume "ranking" is meant. Of course Ana is shocked to be ranked so low, although we all knew that would happen after IW. The thing is the commentators were talking about what a slump JJ has been in, but compared to Ana...

And I also presume that second to last paragraph translates to something like "If she was Justine Henin and kept losing, no one would want to have contracts with her- Clijster and Henin, if they aren't having success, you'd just forget about them"- or something like that? Which implies that Ana, unlike them, doesn't need tennis success. Of course I disagree wholeheartedly if that is indeed what it means, no one is going to forget Kim and Justine anytime soon, and Ana definitely needs tennis success. Basically it seems that despite her tennis slump people are doing a great job of marketing Ana to the wider public. Just as well most of them don't really follow tennis, the way Ana has been playing. Actually watching her play might affect that lovely public image they've created :o.

spiritedenergy
Mar 22nd, 2010, 01:07 AM
By "leaderboard" I assume "ranking" is meant. Of course Ana is shocked to be ranked so low, although we all knew that would happen after IW. The thing is the commentators were talking about what a slump JJ has been in, but compared to Ana...

And I also presume that second to last paragraph translates to something like "If she was Justine Henin and kept losing, no one would want to have contracts with her- Clijster and Henin, if they aren't having success, you'd just forget about them"- or something like that? Which implies that Ana, unlike them, doesn't need tennis success. Of course I disagree wholeheartedly if that is indeed what it means, no one is going to forget Kim and Justine anytime soon, and Ana definitely needs tennis success. Basically it seems that despite her tennis slump people are doing a great job of marketing Ana to the wider public. Just as well most of them don't really follow tennis, the way Ana has been playing. Actually watching her play might affect that lovely public image they've created :o.

agree, that was tasteless to say from her manager, the same who said Ana will replace Sharapova. It's really bad:tape:

Curtos07
Mar 26th, 2010, 12:53 AM
^^I noticed that they removed that paragraph from Ana's website. Not the first time that has happened. Pretty pathetic from her management if you ask me. :rolleyes:

Meanwhile, here's an article on Ana after today's match.
Ana Ivanovic Snaps Losing Skid At Sony Ericsson Open
By Richard Pagliaro
Photo Credit: Henk Abbink

(March 25, 2010) MIAMI — Sitting on her court side seat, Ana Ivanovic tapped the toes of her feet on the court as if keeping the beat to a rhythm she heard in her head.

Meanwhile Cold Play's commentary on the loss of power: "I used to rule the world/Seas would rise when I gave the word...." blared from the stadium speakers at the Sony Ericsson Open.

Ivanovic was oblivious to that musical message. She had more pressing issues at hand.

Spending her first week outside the top 50 since March 28, 2005, Ivanovic was eager to halt her slide and take the first steps back to ranking respectability. When she stopped tapping her toes and returned to the purple court, the 58th-ranked Serbian put her foot down in rubbing a four-match losing streak with today's 6-4, 6-3 victory over 106th-ranked Pauline Parmentier to reach the third round of the Sony Ericsson Open.

It was Ivanovic's first win since she beat Coral Springs, Florida resident Shenay Perry in the opening round of the Australian Open in January.

"I thought I played really well," Ivanovic said. "I thought it was good to have a win."

It is Ivanovic's second tournament working with new coach Heinz Gunthardt and the former Steffi Graf mentor has clearly placed an emphasis on movement, sound point construction and going up and after her first serve rather than falling back off that stroke as Ivanovic had done since her confidence crisis.

"I feel I improved a lot over the last month. Obviously working with a new coach, with Heinz, I can see the improvements actually on a daily basis. it's very encouraging," said Ivanovic as Gunthardt sat in in the interview room taking it all in. "I felt like I've been playing really well for a while now, so it's been disappointing to lose so early at Indian Wells. I just keep working hard an dtry to do my best out there. I played well today and I kept my composure and just stuck with what I've been working on and I've been working hard."

It was excessive work — and the eroding confidence that came when her results sagged — that Ivanovic believes conspired to suck the joy right out of her job and left her feeling physically and emotionally drained. Working harder to regain her winning ways actually proved counter-productive as Ivanovic struggled to step away from the game and get some much needed perspective.

Mounting losses created a vicious cycle in that Ivanovic needs more match play to regain her competitive confidence but knows that can only come by winning matches.

"I thought it just over training a little. My mind was just not in a place that I wanted to compete because it was just so tiring," Ivanovic said. "I was spending so much time on the court working and off the court doing fitness and everything and then recovery was neglected. So it was very hard for me to compete and find the freshness and enjoyment to compete again. That was lacking....But I'm feeling good at the moment. I have that behind me. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, so I believe in that."

Restoring her own sense of self belief is the first task, but now Ivanovic faces a much
more arduous challenge: she must make believers of opponents who still see her as
vulnerable, particularly when she's serving in tight matches.

Ivanovic hit her favored forehand with much more conviction than she did in last week's chilly Indian Wells night loss to Sevastova and played with more purpose in this match than she did in Indian Wells. Using her one-handed slice backhand as both a change-of-pace play and as a set up shot for her forehand, Ivanovic fearlessly fired the forehand down the line — a solid sign her confidence in her biggest weapon is returning.

That's the good news.

The Ivanovic serve, which has betrayed her at times in the past year, is still nowhere near as sharp as it was when she was No. 1 in the world. She committed seven double faults today and will have to clean up her service game to beat the ultra-consistent Agnieszka Radwanska, who is coming off a semifinal appearance in Indian Wells.

Ivanovic broke for a 5-3 first-set lead but stumbled trying to serve out the opening set today. She netted a slice backhand, double faulted into the net then netted a forehand down the line to face triple break point. A 98 mph second serve found the net as Ivanovic dropped serve at love.

Refusing to back off her forehand, Ivanovic showed signs of life in firing a forehand winner down the line to earn two set points. She closed the opening set in 39 minutes, cranking a crosscourt forehand return winner and sreaming "Aye!" in celebration.

Parisian product Parmentier saved two match points in the eighth game of the second set to hold for 3-5.

And when Ivanovic double faulted and badly bungled a backhand crosscourt suddenly Parmentier had double break point to get back on serve.

In the recent past, Ivanovic may have fretted and stumbled at such a crucial stage of the match.

Not this time.

Boldly attacking net — a component of her game that has long been missing — Ivanovic bent her knees for a textbook forehand volley winner then followed with a service winner down the middle for deuce. Another unreturnable serve followed by a forehand winner down the line enabled Ivanovic to close.

It's the type of assertive tennis Ivanovic, who does not move as well as her next opponent, Radwanska, needs to play to re-establish herself in the top 20. Jelena Jankovic, Ivanovic's Fed Cup teammate who also fell on hard times after losing the No. 1 ranking, rebounded to win Indian Wells last week. Ivanovic said today the bright spot in bottoming out in the rankings is it gives her clear direction: up is the only way to go.

"Unfortunately, there is no other way to the top than from the bottom. But it's kind of encouraging," Ivanovic said. "Every player or every person deals with disappointments and losses differently. I just sort of have to stick with what I believe is right."

Ivanovic's initial commiment with Gunthardt was for a trial period in which the pair would re-evaluate their relationship after Miami. Based on the way she spoke today, it sounds like they will continue their partnership regardless of her result here.

"I'm surrounded with really good people and really good coaches. I'm very excited and motivated to play again and get to the top," Ivanovic said. "I just have to keep that in mind and learn from what happened and not dwell about it and not live in the past. Just take positives and take it has happened and just perform and play like it's a new me."

http://ow.ly/16Tnps

gaviotabr
Mar 31st, 2010, 11:51 AM
Thanks to bokash, just saw this article with Dejan Vranes, talking about Ana's withdrawal from Fed Cup:

Courtesy of google translator:

Vranes: I better not play that Ana Serbia
CNN | 31 03. 2010th - 12:22 h | Comments: 1

Head coach of women's tennis team Serbian Dejan Vranes welcomed the immediate withdrawal of Ana Ivanovic of teams with relief.

Vranes is not to be confused, just explain that still believes in Anina features, but adds that her point in the Fed Cup match with Slovakia (24-25.april Arena) just not sure.

"After the duel with Russia, with Ana I agreed to see how it will play in tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami, and after that we will evaluate what further. Although it is good to start training, as the match went out, everything changes. After one - two errors in her infiltrate suspected. Pull back, starts to play defensively, and all fell. Realistically, we can not count on its safe point. It is better to put under the additional pressure, not to fall apart completely. For it is a big step forward as it recognizes what is happening and what is resolved to confront the problems, "said Vranes for Sport magazine.



He added that the Fed Cup will not have any tournament in which the improved form.

"Last year hurt the knee in Lleida, the Fed Cup against Spain and was dropped from the tournament in Rome and Madrid. It has to do promotional duties in the capital of Spain in order to avoid punishment. Therefore, will skip the Charleston. We should not forget that Anu still struggling side, which lasted almost a year and a half, "Vranes said.



Selector Serbian player said, and will probably be another racket young Bojana Jovanovski.

"I am convinced that Bojan can make a surprise. In it, count on Alexander crowns and Ana Jovanovic. The fifth tennis player, I'd Tamar Čurović but I have to check what her schedule of tournaments," Vranes said.

http://sport.blic.rs/Tenis/175691/Vranes-I-bolje-sto-Ana-ne-igra-za-Srbiju

Google translator sucks.. but.. does this confirm Ana will not be playing any tournament before the Fed Cup dates?

Dejan says himself that Ana does things right in practice, but completely blows it once she is actually playing a match. So it's not all that time practicing that will help her at all.. :rolleyes: I don't think this qualifies as facing the problems.. :o

gaviotabr
Mar 31st, 2010, 12:04 PM
Is this an interview?

http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/707/fc2i.jpg

дalex
Mar 31st, 2010, 12:44 PM
Google translator sucks.. but.. does this confirm Ana will not be playing any tournament before the Fed Cup dates?

Dejan says himself that Ana does things right in practice, but completely blows it once she is actually playing a match. So it's not all that time practicing that will help her at all.. :rolleyes: I don't think this qualifies as facing the problems.. :o

Yes.

He says that Ana injured her knee when she played FC in Spain last year and had to skip Rome and Madrid. That's why this year she has to do promotional activities for Madrid to avoid further sanctions (???) and that's why she will miss Charleston. He said everyone needs to remember she's been having shoulder issues for 1.5 year and that it's still troubling her (???).

gaviotabr
Mar 31st, 2010, 12:53 PM
Yes.

He says that Ana injured her knee when she played FC in Spain last year and had to skip Rome and Madrid. That's why this year she has to do promotional activities for Madrid to avoid further sanctions (???) and that's why she will miss Charleston. He said everyone needs to remember she's been having shoulder issues for 1.5 year and that it's still troubling her (???).

Thanks Alex!

Yes.. Ana has been having trouble with her shoulder since at least 2008 YEC. And it's not good yet.. Worrisome.

She didn't have to play Charleston.. could play a tournament in Europe that is close by.. Ana won't be in Madrid for the next 4 weeks straight.. :rolleyes: This has got to go up there with the worst excuses ever.

Or maybe it's just that she can't accept to play an international tournament. Or maybe she thinks she is still in the top 10 and can play only 1 each 6 months.. and Charleston is the only non-international during this time.. :lol: That would be hilarious.. Not! :rolleyes:

дalex
Mar 31st, 2010, 01:05 PM
He said that while she was in Belgrade for FC she received a shoulder therapy that allowed her to play without taking painkillers in IW and Miami, for the first time in months. He thinks it's best for everyone that Ana decided not to play, that we certainly cannot be sure she can win her matches and that FC would mean additional pressure on her which could lead to her completely falling apart. "It's a big step forward that she admitted what's going on and that she's started addressing the problem" :sad:

Cp6uja
Mar 31st, 2010, 01:46 PM
Is this an interview?Big credit to Dejan Vranjes (Ana's former under-15 coach and current Serbia FED CUP coach) for every word which he says here.

- Vranjes says that he (and Serbian Tennis federation) understand Ana decision to not play against Slovakia in Belgrade, even that this is actually some kind of good thing b/c her crisis is so deep and that for change Ana obviously finally understand in how bad she is statement right now - despite on practice court she not look so bad. Also its very dangerous to risk another Ana disaster (like against Russia) because in that case damage for Serbian FED CUP and Ana future will be way bigger. For Vranjes that (disaster) will be actually realistic scenario because he expect both best Slovakian in-form players (Hantuchova and Cibulkova) and Ana improvement and results at IW and Miami is not promising at all. That is reason why he not only understand Ana reasons to not play, but even give her support for that decision.

- He added some interesting details about Ana that at practices before tie vs Russia she looks fine, but at matches under pressure she stop playing attacking and her game simple collapsed (with defensive style). Vranjes says that in IW and Miami Ana for first time after long time played without not using some shoulders anti-pain medicament, which is very good sign. He says also that she now don't have where to improve her form, b/c she will not play any tournament before FED CUP (so this is final decision to not play FC) and also he says that injury which Ana have in FED CUP last April vs Spain not only forced her to miss some events in 2009 claycourt season, but also she is forced now to waste some time on promotion activity in Madrid to escape big punishment because like TOP10 player not played last season at Madrid Premier Mandatory tournament.

- Talking about non-Ana subjects he says that we still have some chances against SVK if JJ will play (he says that when playing in FED CUP she always give her best and will be bold favorite in all her singles matches) and that replacement for Ivanovic will be Bojana Jovanovski. Other two members will be Ana Jovanovic and Aleksandra Krunic (+Tamara Curovic depending on her schedule). He complain once again about tennis conditions which have juniors in Serbia and zero-support from Serbian state (despite all current success and in past - it's still almost all on players parents shoulders) and like Serbian newest WTA hopes he notice two new names - Jovana Jaksic (1993) and Saska Gavrilovska (1995).

spiritedenergy
Mar 31st, 2010, 05:10 PM
we are underestimating her injuries maybe... look what a shoulder injury did to Sharapova, who probably will never be the same... that's why maybe she also doesn't want to play too much? But she should replace premier events with internationals like sharapova did in Memphis, i bet it will take some more months for Ana to realzie it, it looks like she's slow in understanding her conditions (which is understandable though because we from the outside we can sure see thing clearer). I'd say just play Madrid and replace Stuttgart and Rome with internationals...

gaviotabr
Mar 31st, 2010, 05:37 PM
we are underestimating her injuries maybe... look what a shoulder injury did to Sharapova, who probably will never be the same... that's why maybe she also doesn't want to play too much? But she should replace premier events with internationals like sharapova did in Memphis, i bet it will take some more months for Ana to realzie it, it looks like she's slow in understanding her conditions (which is understandable though because we from the outside we can sure see thing clearer). I'd say just play Madrid and replace Stuttgart and Rome with internationals...

Playing too much? Once Stuttgart starts Ana will have played 3 matches in 3 months. She is barely playing, and that leads to injuries too, since the body is not into a rhythm.

But if her shoulder is this serious, than she should go heal it and not try to play on it at all. She needs to decide what she wants.. what she has going on now is just wrong in all levels.

jelenacg
Mar 31st, 2010, 05:49 PM
Excuses,excuses ,excuses ...:yawn: :yawn:

I don`t know how much money she spends on PR but has to be a lot :hearts: Whenever she withdraws,loses a match we get these justification from all kind of people,journalists,coaches,manager,Ana herself

I swear to God if i didn`t know her i would think we are talking about some 80 years old granny and not 22 years old woman :rolleyes:
Sore throat,dizziness,knee,thigh,shoulder,gluteus ...you name it she got it :dance:

I know this sounds bad but i`m waiting to see what injury she will have during clay season bc she will have at least one :rolleyes:

And this Charleston/Madrid excuse :worship: They can`t be serious :haha: I mean how dares Madrid to prevent players(Ana) from playing other tournaments :haha: If she wanted to play more she would play more :rolleyes:
We should open a thread about Ana`s excuses bc this keeps one getting better and better :lol::lol:

So is she playing Stuttgart or only Rome and Madrid :hearts: ?

Curtos07
Mar 31st, 2010, 06:34 PM
we are underestimating her injuries maybe... look what a shoulder injury did to Sharapova, who probably will never be the same... that's why maybe she also doesn't want to play too much? But she should replace premier events with internationals like sharapova did in Memphis, i bet it will take some more months for Ana to realzie it, it looks like she's slow in understanding her conditions (which is understandable though because we from the outside we can sure see thing clearer). I'd say just play Madrid and replace Stuttgart and Rome with internationals...

Completely agree. Ana has said herself she wants to play in more tournaments, and there is no reason for me not to believe her. I believe that Ana really would love to play more but they're being extra careful with that shoulder. Although, I personally don't think another tournament would make much of a difference to her shoulder.

BTW, making players do promotional activites as a punishment for being injured is ridiculous. :rolleyes: WTA is a joke.

bruce goose
Mar 31st, 2010, 06:37 PM
Excuses,excuses ,excuses ...:yawn: :yawn:

I don`t know how much money she spends on PR but has to be a lot :hearts: Whenever she withdraws,loses a match we get these justification from all kind of people,journalists,coaches,manager,Ana herself

I swear to God if i didn`t know her i would think we are talking about some 80 years old granny and not 22 years old woman :rolleyes:
Sore throat,dizziness,knee,thigh,shoulder,gluteus ...you name it she got it :dance:

I know this sounds bad but i`m waiting to see what injury she will have during clay season bc she will have at least one :rolleyes:

And this Charleston/Madrid excuse :worship: They can`t be serious :haha: I mean how dares Madrid to prevent players(Ana) from playing other tournaments :haha: If she wanted to play more she would play more :rolleyes:
We should open a thread about Ana`s excuses bc this keeps one getting better and better :lol::lol:

So is she playing Stuttgart or only Rome and Madrid :hearts: ?Actually,Jelena,aye DID post a list of Ana's Best(Worst)Excuses in the Ana's List thread...you are welcome to add to that post any time you're in the mood:p

I liked your comparison between Ana and the grandma:lol:;I wonder if Mixo will enjoy THAT one as much as when I compared Ana to an addict(and she HAS acted like one sometimes:help:).One thing I can say for your buddy Rafa is that he usually will play through pain--except he DID chicken out at Wimby 2009--instead of skipping tourneys for God-knows-what.As you're aware,we have different theories as to WHY he got that old-man's knee pain when he was only 22 years old;)(and I'm positive that I'm right),but he at least shows up to play.Honestly,Jelena,I suspect that Ana's spoiling from mom and dad is partly to blame for her comfort in hiding behind excuses,yet she HAS been a bit more candid recently in re her struggles,so perhaps she's starting to live in Reality to a certain extent...she should reside here PERMANENTLY:cool:

gaviotabr
Mar 31st, 2010, 06:49 PM
Completely agree. Ana has said herself she wants to play in more tournaments, and there is no reason for me not to believe her. I believe that Ana really would love to play more but they're being extra careful with that shoulder. Although, I personally don't think another tournament would make much of a difference to her shoulder.

BTW, making players do promotional activites as a punishment for being injured is ridiculous. :rolleyes: WTA is a joke.

By that math we should also believe Ana loses matches on purpose.. since her shoulder could not take another match. :rolleye: Come on.. 3 matches in 3 months is nothing! If she has to be careful not to overload her shoulder playing almost nothing, then she should not play at all. If she indeed wanted to play, she would be playing.

bruce goose
Mar 31st, 2010, 06:49 PM
Completely agree. Ana has said herself she wants to play in more tournaments, and there is no reason for me not to believe her.

BTW, making players do promotional activites as a punishment for being injured is ridiculous. :rolleyes: WTA is a joke.Curtis,Ana isn't a malicious person who would lie to take advantage of someone,but there are different kinds of untruth,and I've met lots of nice,sweet people who will lie to avoid some sort of conflict or difficult situation...and can you really say that Ana wouldn't do THAT?Her press statements are a virtual encyclopedia of such questionable comments...although I believe that Ana is encouraged by Versi and other cronies to make many of those statements;they probably convince her that the comments are for her own benefit.

As for the second part,when a player demonstrates an undeniable injury via medical records,THEN the Tour shouldn't punish her as you said.I suspect that they compel this as a deterrent against players who might exaggerate or invent injuries as an excuse to skip showing up at certain tourneys

Curtos07
Mar 31st, 2010, 07:07 PM
Don't get me wrong guys. I think Ana should be playing more too. A lot more. But I am not going to dismiss her shoulder problems either. The fact of the matter is, none of us really knows what shape her shoulder is in, so it's a bit unfair to judge. I don't see Ana running away. I truly believe she wants to play more matches. In my honest opinion, the people around her are giving horrible advice. By people around her, I precisely mean her management. They have got to go because they don't know shit about tennis. I would like to see Ana become more independent from them. Who knows, maybe she will decide to add something to her schedule before then. I will just wait and see what happens first.

gaviotabr
Mar 31st, 2010, 07:16 PM
Don't get me wrong guys. I think Ana should be playing more too. A lot more. But I am not going to dismiss her shoulder problems either. The fact of the matter is, none of us really knows what shape her shoulder is in, so it's a bit unfair to judge. I don't see Ana running away. I truly believe she wants to play more matches. In my honest opinion, the people around her are giving horrible advice. By people around her, I precisely mean her management. They have got to go because they don't know shit about tennis. I would like to see Ana become more independent from them. Who knows, maybe she will decide to add something to her schedule before then. I will just wait and see what happens first.

Wake up Curtis! She is not adding anything.. Even Vranes has already confirmed it. And you should be less naive.. Ana is not all that dependent.. she gives the final word on the decisions.. she has said that a million times.

And I'm not dimissing her shoulder problems either. I think if it's this bad, then she should not play at all.. should go heal it. But this that she has going on.. playing one match a month, isn't going to help her heal her shoulder, and will only hinder her confidence ever more. It's wrong in all levels.

spiritedenergy
Mar 31st, 2010, 07:20 PM
Wake up Curtis! She is not adding anything.. Even Vranes has already confirmed it. And you should be less naive.. Ana is not all that dependent.. she gives the final word on the decisions.. she has said that a million times.

And I'm not dimissing her shoulder problems either. I think if it's this bad, then she should not play at all.. should go heal it. But this that she has going on.. playing one match a month, isn't going to help her heal her shoulder, and will only hinder her confidence ever more. It's wrong in all levels.

Isabela but sharapova had a shoulder issues for like 3 years? and decided to get and operation only after it got so bad she couldn't play anymore. Heal it would probably mean surgery i guess, it's not an easy decision. I think we are simplifying a complex situation... we know that right now is the serve the main hindrance to her game, she cannot hold serve to save her life, i wouldn't risk a surgery...

gaviotabr
Mar 31st, 2010, 07:30 PM
Isabela but sharapova had a shoulder issues for like 3 years? and decided to get and operation only after it got so bad she couldn't play anymore. Heal it would probably mean surgery i guess, it's not an easy decision. I think we are simplifying a complex situation... we know that right now is the serve the main hindrance to her game, she cannot hold serve to save her life, i wouldn't risk a surgery...

Luca, Sharapova herself admited that her approach to her shoulder injury was a mistake.. that she was misdiganosed and misadvised. She should have stopped in time and get all treatment.. when she finally did it, no treatment worked and she had to get surgery. I don't want Ana to get to that point.. I think she would never even play tennis again if she were to have shoulder surgery.. She is simply not strong enough mentally.. it demands a lot of a player to return after such surgery. And that's the thing.. if she keeps this up, barely playing.. it won't be helping her heal the shoulder, and it will just keep hindering her confidence. If the shoulder is this bad, she should try to recover it with treatment right now, before it gets to a point she has to have surgery. I just think what she is doing now is not helping her with anything, the opposite.. it's wrong in all levels.

Curtos07
Mar 31st, 2010, 07:31 PM
Wake up Curtis! She is not adding anything.. Even Vranes has already confirmed it. And you should be less naive.. Ana is not all that dependent.. she gives the final word on the decisions.. she has said that a million times.

And I'm not dimissing her shoulder problems either. I think if it's this bad, then she should not play at all.. should go heal it. But this that she has going on.. playing one match a month, isn't going to help her heal her shoulder, and will only hinder her confidence ever more. It's wrong in all levels.

I am trying to remain as optimistic as I possibly can which at times seems impossible. The whole situation is depressing.

I have given up trying to read Ana's mind. I just think there is so much confusion up there and it's only getting worse. I just wish she had people around her would do a better job too. I don't think their is much clarity in the Ivanovic camp right now. I think if she had a better management team, things would be MUCH different than it is today.

I still believe however, Ana wants to play more but is afraid of injuring that shoulder even more. But she doesn't want to stop playing because she is afraid too of the effects that wouldd occur if she stopped.

spiritedenergy
Mar 31st, 2010, 07:33 PM
Luca, Sharapova herself admited that her approach to her shoulder injury was a mistake.. that she was misdiganosed and misadvised. She should have stopped in time and get all treatment.. when she finally did it, no treatment worked and she had to get surgery. I don't want Ana to get to that point.. I think she would never even play tennis again if she were to have shoulder surgery.. She is simply not strong enough mentally.. it demands a lot of a player to return after such surgery. And that's the thing.. if she keeps this up, barely playing.. it won't be helping her heal the shoulder, and it will just keep hindering her confidence. If the shoulder is this bad, she should try to recover it with treatment right now, before it gets to a point she has to have surgery. I just think what she is doing now is not helping her with anything, the opposite.. it's wrong in all levels.

fair enough:p

you know what I think then? that she should stop and treat it if she/they think it's a bad injury, and since it's been hindering her for 1.5 years, i believe it is, they even changed her service motion last year so it means it could be bad... maybe her management and her sponsors want her to keep playing though

gaviotabr
Mar 31st, 2010, 07:36 PM
I am trying to remain as optimistic as I possibly can which at times seems impossible. The whole situation is depressing.

I have given up trying to read Ana's mind. I just think there is so much confusion up there and it's only getting worse. I just wish she had people around her would do a better job too. I don't think their is much clarity in the Ivanovic camp right now. I think if she had a better management team, things would be MUCH different than it is today.

I agree with you there.. I also think there is no clarity.. it's all a mess.. they have no idea what they are doing, Ana included.. and well.. if she had better advisors, things could be better now.

I still believe however, Ana wants to play more but is afraid of injuring that shoulder even more. But she doesn't want to stop playing because she is afraid too of the effects that wouldd occur if she stopped.

If she really wanted to play more, she would play more. And again, what she is doing now isn't helping her with her tennis... it's hindering even more her confidence. And it's not helping with her shoulder either. She will have to realize at some point that she is wrong, and change her approach to tennis.

Cp6uja
Mar 31st, 2010, 10:25 PM
15 tournaments in 12 months is not that tragic number in general... but problem is that more than half of this events coming from just three months when she played full schedule (may, june, august), so from rest of season she played less than one event per month - THAT is bad.

BTW Ana loss vs Radwanska in Miami is her first lose since Los Angeles (early august) where she lose against some TOP32 player (GS seed level), so it not make sense to complain why she not playing more international events (in that shape) instead bigger ones. Losing against #59, #46, #52, #43, unranked, #36 and #63 (7 loses in the row) can happen also in early rounds of "international" events :shrug:

Also people who think that Rome-Madrid-RG is claycourt schedule which suits just for TOP10 players is wrong! About 40 of current TOP50 is scheduled to play in Rome... and of course Madrid and Paris is mandatory so everybody who is enough good ranked (or have chance to reach WC) will be there. So stop complain about that!

Talking about Ana shoulder injury in last several months, I think it's not just excuse for Ana. Actually I think she and her PR team always trying to escape to talking about this subject. With reason, because it's much better for her future contracts to be noted like former champion currently in slump, than former champion which body is damaged seriously. Remember Sharapova and her "official" shoulder story that "this problem will be finally fixed in next 2-3-4 months" but after more than 2 years things is not much better for her at all. Look at Ana 1st serve... I'm not talking about ****ing ball toss which is bad and ugly but damaged less than 10% of her serves - I'm talking about lack of power which very damaged her 1st serve in general. At her best (RG2007 or RG2008 for example) she has several matches where her average 1st serve is over 170kmh (with over 200 km/h fastest serve) and what we have now? Her 1st serve become bad compromise between her old 1st and 2nd serve and two slams in the row she not hit any 175 or faster serve and average speed is just pathetic for her old standards). It must be shoulder, or at least (in best case) reason for that obvious failure is serious medical advice to her to not take any risk before her shoulder problem is finally fixed. In that case we actually don't have reasons to blame Ivanovic (or Sharapova) management for anything because they spin informations about so important reason of this slump with reason and in Ana/Maria favor. At end who is female athletes which make best sponsors deals this year so far - despite current results on WTA tour it's still Sharapova (Nike), Ivanovic (Adidas) and that Korean skater.

jelenacg
Mar 31st, 2010, 11:10 PM
15 tournaments in 12 months is not that tragic number in general.


Sure,if she plays 4-5 matches in each tournament it wouldn`t be tragic.Since she plays 1-2 matches in tournament that gives us the number 20-25 matches in a year :tape:
2 matches a month :help:
If that`s not tragic i don`t know what is :help:


Also people who think that Rome-Madrid-RG is claycourt schedule which suits just for TOP10 players is wrong! About 40 of current TOP50 is scheduled to play in Rome... and of course Madrid and Paris is mandatory so everybody who is enough good ranked (or have chance to reach WC) will be there. So stop complain about that!
Those 40 of current top 50 don`t have to defend 4R at RG and W,those 40 of top 50 will have tough time improving their ranking,they will just stay where they are.I`m pretty sure we all want Ana to improve her ranking .
You do know since she is #55 there is a chance she will draw top 10 or top 15 player in all 3 tournaments she plays .That means she will have 3 matches played going to RG where she has to defend 4R and where she will again get very difficult draw bc of her ranking :tape::tape:
I`m not over reacting here this is very possible scenario :sad:
Now please can someone tell me how is this a good schedule for Ana :scratch:

gaviotabr
Apr 1st, 2010, 02:26 AM
15 tournaments in 12 months is not that tragic number in general... but problem is that more than half of this events coming from just three months when she played full schedule (may, june, august), so from rest of season she played less than one event per month - THAT is bad.


15 tournaments is almost nothing if you think that Ana is playing one or two matches each tournament. So that won't even be enough for her to play 25 matches in one entire year.. That's not even two matches each month. To be good in tennis, you have to play matches.. they are completely different from practices.. If you don't play matches, you lose the ability to have match management.. and that is crucial to win in tennis.. if you don't win you are not successful. I'm guessing we all want Ana to be successful.. including herself. So 15 is not enough for the player she is right now. We (and her) have to get our feet on the ground and realize Ana is not even a top 50 player now.. she needs to try to play more matches so she can relearn match management and give herself a better chance to win. 15 is just not enough.

BTW Ana loss vs Radwanska in Miami is her first lose since Los Angeles (early august) where she lose against some TOP32 player (GS seed level), so it not make sense to complain why she not playing more international events (in that shape) instead bigger ones. Losing against #59, #46, #52, #43, unranked, #36 and #63 (7 loses in the row) can happen also in early rounds of "international" events :shrug:


That's the point.. since she is only being able to compete against players around her own ranking, then why not play internationals, tournaments where she will be facing almost only such players? It's not like she is winning matches on big tournaments anyway.. So she might as well play a lower event and give herself a better chance to get someone playing like crap, so she can get a few wins, and relearn match management. This is crucial for Ana at this point. She has been following some patterns in every match, and it's clear that she has forgot how to take wins, how to make them happen, how to manage a match. Without trying to play more matches, she won't relearn that.. and we can't expect miracles to happen.

Right now I'd be a lot happier if Ana could win a tight match showing match management than a 6-1 6-1 blowout of a scrub. But that would only be possible if she tried to play more.

Also people who think that Rome-Madrid-RG is claycourt schedule which suits just for TOP10 players is wrong! About 40 of current TOP50 is scheduled to play in Rome... and of course Madrid and Paris is mandatory so everybody who is enough good ranked (or have chance to reach WC) will be there. So stop complain about that!


Nobody is complaining about Ana playing Stuttgart-Rome-Madrid-RG. I think people are okay with her playing those tournaments... the problem is that she is ONLY playing that. And that gives her little chance to get much match play, which is crucial for her recovery process. Can you tell me which other top 50 players are planning on playing ONLY those tournaments? I can only think of Serena (injured), Sharapova (cow on ice) and Kim (mommy to Jada). And honestly.. none of these players necessarily need match play.. at least not as much as Ana. Actually.. not even the top 10 players have such a restricted schedule. Ana just can't afford to have played ONLY 14 matches in 6 months.. not with her ranking.. not with her match management problems.. not with her lack of form.. And playing 14 matches in 6 months is a very strong possibility looking at her schedule. In reality.. she will have played 15 matches in 10 months.. :o If she keeps this up, she might complete this year without reaching the 20 matches mark! What a huge success! :rolleyes:

Looking at the top 10.. only Serena will have such sparse schedule.. and just because she is injured.. otherwise she had planned on playing Marbella-Charleston-Rome-Madrid. :tape: So we really shouldn't say Ana has a top 10 schedule.. she has her very own sort of schedule.. top tenners plan on playing a lot more tournaments than her.

But don't worry Cp6uja.. Ana won't add anything.. it has been already cleared up. She will play only those tournaments.. She is doing as you wish.. ;) Then Ana will start in Madrid the WC-Whoring season.. since she won't be able to enter any of the few tournaments she intends to play. How great! :yeah:

gaviotabr
Apr 1st, 2010, 01:27 PM
http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/2272/fc3k.jpg

-NAJ-
Apr 1st, 2010, 01:33 PM
^^ Nothing new, it's this .
Serbian media always do that. :(
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gaviotabr
Apr 1st, 2010, 01:36 PM
^^ Nothing new it's this lf6qpTX0gS0

Ok! Thanks NAJ!

I wish I knew serbian.. and the cyrilic alphabet.. :lol:

Cp6uja
Apr 1st, 2010, 01:43 PM
Those 40 of current top 50 don`t have to defend 4R at RG and W,those 40 of top 50 will have tough time improving their ranking,they will just stay where they are.I`m pretty sure we all want Ana to improve her ranking .That's the point.. since she is only being able to compete against players around her own ranking, then why not play internationals, tournaments where she will be facing almost only such players?It's simple not works like both of You thinking. Did you know that Ana Ivanovic career record at International level tournaments (which include former Tier-III and tier-IV) is pathetic 12-9??? She is simple not that type of player mentally able to say herself: Instead Rome, Madrid and Paris my goal and priority right now must to be events like Marbella or Estoril and my biggest focus should be on how to beat players out of TOP40. So please dont give us positive examples of other players which is always in their careers able to play very motivated and focused at small events. Ivanovic career only "international level" semifinal is this season Brisbane, and reason why I don't think she is able to repeat her focus and motivation from that small event to next one which she eventually joined is:
- Brisbane 2010 Entry list include with Ana also players like Henin, Clijsters, Safina (withdraw), Petrova, Hantuchova...etc so she not feel like she played Mickey Mouse event there at all.
- That is first event of new season, so she must be excited that week even on practice court, and also don't forget that great new facilities in Brisbane is better than at many premier WTA events (or some former Tier-II).

Playing bigger event is actually easy way to reach more points. To reach 130pts at Brisbane International Ana should beat #56, #53 and #40 player, and in Rome last season she just beat #44 and reach 110pts. With bad ranking Ana lose seeded status which is really bad, but on other hand that's mean also that she will play one extra match (1st round) per every event. And talking about her eventual draws using only worst possible early round scenario is not seriously. In that case why we not count like her 2nd round opponents in Marbella Serena(withdraw) Azarenka and in Estoril TOP15 Na Li? Like I says, there is no problem in Ana schedule if she will play all that events which she is scheduled to play :shrug:. Like WTA (super)star she has option to play (with WC) whatever she want except YEC, so better she should use that instead to thinking "I'm out of TOP50 now, 500K+ events is not for me anymore".

gaviotabr
Apr 1st, 2010, 03:16 PM
It's simple not works like both of You thinking. Did you know that Ana Ivanovic career record at International level tournaments (which include former Tier-III and tier-IV) is pathetic 12-9??? She is simple not that type of player mentally able to say herself: Instead Rome, Madrid and Paris my goal and priority right now must to be events like Marbella or Estoril and my biggest focus should be on how to beat players out of TOP40. So please dont give us positive examples of other players which is always in their careers able to play very motivated and focused at small events. Ivanovic career only "international level" semifinal is this season Brisbane, and reason why I don't think she is able to repeat her focus and motivation from that small event to next one which she eventually joined is:
- Brisbane 2010 Entry list include with Ana also players like Henin, Clijsters, Safina (withdraw), Petrova, Hantuchova...etc so she not feel like she played Mickey Mouse event there at all.
- That is first event of new season, so she must be excited that week even on practice court, and also don't forget that great new facilities in Brisbane is better than at many premier WTA events (or some former Tier-II).

Playing bigger event is actually easy way to reach more points. To reach 130pts at Brisbane International Ana should beat #56, #53 and #40 player, and in Rome last season she just beat #44 and reach 110pts. With bad ranking Ana lose seeded status which is really bad, but on other hand that's mean also that she will play one extra match (1st round) per every event. And talking about her eventual draws using only worst possible early round scenario is not seriously. In that case why we not count like her 2nd round opponents in Marbella Serena(withdraw) Azarenka and in Estoril TOP15 Na Li? Like I says, there is no problem in Ana schedule if she will play all that events which she is scheduled to play :shrug:. Like WTA (super)star she has option to play (with WC) whatever she want except YEC, so better she should use that instead to thinking "I'm out of TOP50 now, 500K+ events is not for me anymore".

Ok.. I'll repeat to you.. There is no problem in Ana playing Rome-Madrid.. The problem is her playing ONLY that in her current situation. And getting big time players in the first couple of rounds is a very strong possibility.. not only worst case cenario. So.. it's not that she shouldn't play Rome or Madrid.. it's that she should play other tournaments as well.. especially considering she has been playing around 1 or 2 matches each tournament, and we can't expect miracles to happen and her to start winning match after match. That's just not realistic considering the very low level of tennis she is playing right now. And really.. not even the top 10 players, that play more than 2 matches each tournament, have such a sparse schedule during clay season. Again, the problem is not her playing the big tournaments.. the problem is her playing ONLY those tournaments... and as a result, barely getting real matches in at all. I asked you to give examples of other players with these kind of schedule.. but you keep insisting in something that doesn't exist. Nobody is complaining about her playing what she is playing.. she just should get a normal schedule and add tournaments.

You say now she will get an extra match in the first round.. ou can't view it like that, because she might as well lose in the first round, and have played no extra match. Apart from that, she will be facing a seeded player in the second round.. which was what happened when she was seeded. She faced unseeded in first match and seeded in second match. There is no extra match. She will play extra matches if she tries to play more tournaments or if she starts to win matches for a change. Also.. you have to remember that Madrid has byes only for Rome semis and Stuttgart for the top 2 seeds.. so Ana can face anyone in the first round. She can get lucky and face someone outside the top 10.. but she can be unlucky and get someone in the top 10 (and she is 0-6 since Linz 2008).. we have to think about both possibilities. Honestly, even if she is indeed lucky with the draw in Stuttgart, the field is so strong she is likely to lose in the first round anyway. Ana's level of tennis is very low at the moment.. I'm not sure you got that.

And the stats you are using are for old Ana. You have to realize those stats don't work anymore.. we have a completely different player. According to your stats, Ana should get better results in bigger tournaments. But reality is.. the only semifinal she reached in the past year is at a MM event.. actually, the only QF as well. And right now.. what she needs is to play as many matches as possible so she can relearn match management.. so she should be entering more tournaments, including MMs.

But hey.. relax.. she won't.

Cp6uja
Apr 1st, 2010, 04:17 PM
I asked you to give examples of other players with these kind of schedule.. but you keep insisting in something that doesn't exist. Nobody is complaining about her playing what she is playing.. she just should get a normal schedule and add tournaments.
...
But hey.. relax.. she won't.
Actually YOU should to relax, because I explain You that her schedule is not that bad (of course if she WILL PLAY all events which she is scheduled to play). I already give analysis of her 15-events schedule in last 12 months. She has normal schedule in may, june and august (8 events) but for rest of season where she played less than 1 tournament per month it's not "TOP-10 player schedule" - it's "INJURED PLAYER schedule", that is problem with her schedule. From my point of view Ana has better chances to beat #30 at big event than #50 at small one (see her career stats).

Also in tennis at big clay events seeds way more sucks than anywhere else, but on other hand Ana is player which most prefer that surface. In Rome 2008 tier-I final played qualifier Cornet, and when won her career breakthrough tournament tier-I Berlin 2007 Ana's opponent in semifinal was out of TOP50 Julia Vakulenko :shrug: WTA player in best shape right now is Venus Williams which since AO won all events which she played (and have good chances to win Miami), but did You know that Venus last time beat some TOP10 at clay in 2006??? So even Venus in early rounds which is in such good form and which is so bad match-up for Ana in past is not means "sure dead" for Ana at clay. BTW we should not count all loses equal... Ana 5-7 5-7 loss vs Radwanska (even that EXO set vs Kim) is improvement when we compare that with her loss vs Sevastova, or even with win against Parmentier.

bruce goose
Apr 1st, 2010, 04:41 PM
Actually YOU should to relax, because I explain You that her schedule is not that bad (of course if she WILL PLAY all events which she is scheduled to play). I already give analysis of her 15-events schedule in last 12 months. She has normal schedule in may, june and august (8 events) but for rest of season where she played less than 1 tournament per month it's not "TOP-10 player schedule" - it's "INJURED PLAYER schedule", that is problem with her schedule. From my point of view Ana has better chances to beat #30 at big event than #50 at small one (see her career stats).

Also in tennis at big clay events seeds way more sucks than anywhere else, but on other hand Ana is player which most prefer that surface. In Rome 2008 tier-I final played qualifier Cornet, and when won her career breakthrough tournament tier-I Berlin 2007 Ana's opponent in semifinal was out of TOP50 Julia Vakulenko :shrug: WTA player in best shape right now is Venus Williams which since AO won all events which she played (and have good chances to win Miami), but did You know that Venus last time beat some TOP10 at clay in 2006??? So even Venus in early rounds which is in such good form and which is so bad match-up for Ana in past is not means "sure dead" for Ana at clay. BTW we should not count all loses equal... Ana 5-7 5-7 loss vs Radwanska (even that EXO set vs Kim) is improvement when we compare that with her loss vs Sevastova, or even with win against Parmentier.Well,I don't care whether or not anyone is 'relaxed' or not:p,Cb6uja,but I agree with Izzy and many others that Ana's current schedule sucks...though it's possible that her management persuaded her to adopt the schedule.I'd say that you're wrong on this one...just like you were wrong when you predicted back in Dec. 2008 that Ana would have a strong 2009 season:eek:.Still,I hope that you and Ana surprise the rest of us when she--in our dreams--returns to Top 10 form in 2010:cool:

gaviotabr
Apr 1st, 2010, 04:59 PM
Actually YOU should to relax, because I explain You that her schedule is not that bad (of course if she WILL PLAY all events which she is scheduled to play). I already give analysis of her 15-events schedule in last 12 months. She has normal schedule in may, june and august (8 events) but for rest of season where she played less than 1 tournament per month it's not "TOP-10 player schedule" - it's "INJURED PLAYER schedule", that is problem with her schedule. From my point of view Ana has better chances to beat #30 at big event than #50 at small one (see her career stats).

Okay.. so just because you explained, it's the only truth, and I should just relax and accept.. :lol: Is that April's fools joke? :lol: Does it come across your mind you might be wrong? Like many many many times in the past? I still remember you saying in Cinci or Toronto thread last year that according to Ana's career stats she always had a better year the next year, so she was bound to win big at the end of the year. I just cracked up laughing just remembering it! :lol:

So.. you are saying she should not play any other tournament on clay, right? But you said yourself that Ana has a good chance of beating anyone, since it's her best surface.. shouldn't then she try to play a bit more on it, so she can get some more points? It's not like she is not needing them..

Her career stats have no relevance anymore. Ana is a whole different player. And yes.. Ana's schedule has all sorts of problems.. but hey, can you tell me which other player in the top 100 plans on playing only 15 tournaments as Ana? Because even if we look at it like you do, it's still almost nothing. Especially considering she is not playing more than 2 matches each tournament.

I'm guessing you are implying Ana should add tournaments during other parts of the season, not during clay season. I would find her adding any tournament at any moment great. But why wait? Don't we all want Ana to start playing better as soon as posible? To recover a bit on the rankings before she gets out of the top 100 (strong possibility after Wimbledon)? Because Ana desperately needs to relearn match management, and that will only come if she plays more matches. Wouldn't it be good to start trying right now?

Also in tennis at big clay events seeds way more sucks than anywhere else, but on other hand Ana is player which most prefer that surface. In Rome 2008 tier-I final played qualifier Cornet, and when won her career breakthrough tournament tier-I Berlin 2007 Ana's opponent in semifinal was out of TOP50 Julia Vakulenko :shrug: WTA player in best shape right now is Venus Williams which since AO won all events which she played (and have good chances to win Miami), but did You know that Venus last time beat some TOP10 at clay in 2006??? So even Venus in early rounds which is in such good form and which is so bad match-up for Ana in past is not means "sure dead" for Ana at clay. BTW we should not count all loses equal... Ana 5-7 5-7 loss vs Radwanska (even that EXO set vs Kim) is improvement when we compare that with her loss vs Sevastova, or even with win against Parmentier.

Is it really an improvement? I can't say much about the matches I did not see (Radwanska, Sevastova and Parmentier), but I thought Ana was completely awful against Kim. It was only competitive because Kim was barely running.. she was only walking on court. And hey.. Ana showed there as well that she has no match management.. when she had to stay strong, take advantage of the opponents poor play, she completely faultered. So.. if she keeps this up she can even improve and play well.. but once it gets to the winning part, she will choke the match away. Ana needs to relearn match management, and that will only come with playing more matches.

All this is such a moo point though. It has already been stated Ana will not be adding any tournament.. so whatever.. Let's see how many matches she plays until Wimbledon.. She might play only about 6 matches and be out of the top 100 by then. Maybe that will make her change her schedule.. or not. :shrug:

gaviotabr
Apr 5th, 2010, 05:05 PM
So... this is fresh off the oven. Ana will do the famous Madrid promo next monday, April 12. She will be hitting with Manolo Santana and then will be part of the press conference to present the tournament. I guess this means they will give her a WC to the main draw.. otherwise she would have to play qualies.. :lol::sobbing:

el torneo será del 7 al 16 de mayo
Ivanovic presenta el lunes el Madrid Open

MADRID, 5 Abr. (EUROPA PRESS) -

La tenista serbia Ana Ivanovic, ex número uno del mundo, presentará el próximo lunes 12 de abril el Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open 2010, que se disputará del 7 al 16 de mayo en la Caja Mágica.

El acto, que tendrá lugar en Torre Espacio, contará con la asistencia de Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, alcalde de Madrid, Ignacio Garralda, presidente de Mutua Madrileña, Ion Tiriac, asesor del Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open, Manolo Santana, director del Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open, y la propia tenista.

La rueda de prensa tendrá lugar a las 12.00 horas, en la planta 50 de Torre Espacio, y media hora antes, la balcánica realizará un peloteo con Manolo Santana.

http://www.europapress.es/deportes/tenis-00166/noticia-tenis-madrid-ana-ivanovic-presenta-proximo-lunes-mutua-madrilena-madrid-open-20100405185015.html

The press conference will take place at Torre Espacio, 12:00h local time.

gaviotabr
Apr 5th, 2010, 06:50 PM
This is for Curtis, that I was just reading him over twitter...

Ana is not doing this because of her great market value.. she is doing this because she has to, it's a contractual obligation. Since last year she withdrew from this event while being a top 10 player, Ana had the contractual obligation to do promo on site within a year, so she wouldn't be prevented from playing the tournament this year. I guess the promo thing they came up with was this presser.

Curtos07
Apr 5th, 2010, 09:46 PM
This is for Curtis, that I was just reading him over twitter...

Ana is not doing this because of her great market value.. she is doing this because she has to, it's a contractual obligation. Since last year she withdrew from this event while being a top 10 player, Ana had the contractual obligation to do promo on site within a year, so she wouldn't be prevented from playing the tournament this year. I guess the promo thing they came up with was this presser.

Oh, ok. Thanks for the clarification. :)

I still find it kind of silly to make players do stuff like this just because of an injury. I wonder what they're going to talk about in the presser.

Cp6uja
Apr 9th, 2010, 02:57 PM
For all who says that Ana lose trustful integrity in her interviews in last about 2 years and that nobody now don't care about what she says or at least not take her opinion seriously - she just give couple answers for FHM Collections magazine (according to her official site). So Ana opinions now is important not only about tennis related subjects but even about fashion and style :worship:


:ras: :nerner:

Marilyn Monheaux
Apr 9th, 2010, 03:23 PM
For all who says that Ana lose trustful integrity in her interviews in last about 2 years and that nobody now don't care about what she says or at least not take her opinion seriously - she just give couple answers for FHM Collections magazine (according to her official site). So Ana opinions now is important not only about tennis related subjects but even about fashion and style :worship:


:ras: :nerner:

And what is your point? That her fashion sense is more important than her tennis skills now?:unsure:

jelenacg
Apr 9th, 2010, 03:29 PM
For all who says that Ana lose trustful integrity in her interviews in last about 2 years and that nobody now don't care about what she says or at least not take her opinion seriously - she just give couple answers for FHM Collections magazine (according to her official site). So Ana opinions now is important not only about tennis related subjects but even about fashion and style :worship:


:ras: :nerner:

:spit::lol::rolleyes:
Yeah that`s the point of magazines like FHM,Maxim,CKM... women`s opinion :worship: they care so much about that :worship:

Nena_xxx
Apr 9th, 2010, 03:33 PM
I think that this argument sucks. Србија has it's own opinion and izzy (or whatever her name is) has a different orene. I agree that Ana should play more tournaments but if she feels consequences of her shoulder injury she shouldn't play too much. Cos Dementieva wanted to play so many tournaments this year and now she has issues with shoulder I think... And I think that her coach and she knows what's best for her. If Ana thinks that she will have her good ranking back with 15 tournaments this year, I choose to cheer for her and not to get nervous too much about her decisions... After all, we are here to support her not to criticize everything she does...

Cp6uja
Apr 9th, 2010, 04:00 PM
And what is your point? That her fashion sense is more important than her tennis skills now?:unsure:

That we should different information related to Ana more often to watch from positive side ;)

BTW yesterday You suggesting that till Ana is in slump we should use more irony and sarcasm, but now You are first who complain :scratch:

Marilyn Monheaux
Apr 9th, 2010, 04:15 PM
That we should different information related to Ana more often to watch from positive side ;)

BTW yesterday You suggesting that till Ana is in slump we should use more irony and sarcasm, but now You are first who complain :scratch:

I choose to work with Irony and Sarcasmn regarding her results on the tennis court. There's nothing else you can do, really.:lol:

And what am I complaining about? I was just wondering what you meant.:confused:

gaviotabr
Apr 12th, 2010, 01:28 PM
Ivanovic targets return to top 10
AP /MADRID


Former top-ranked player Ana Ivanovic is aiming to break back into the top 10 this year.

The 22-year-old Serb briefly held the No. 1 spot in 2008 after winning the French Open, her one and only grand slam title, but is currently ranked 58th after a slump in form.

She says her goal is “to get back into the top 10 this year and I hope to reach No. 1 again.”

Keywords: WTA ra

http://beta.thehindu.com/sport/tennis/article395315.ece

gaviotabr
Apr 12th, 2010, 01:29 PM
Google translation:

The tournament is open to technology and Ana Ivanovic becomes your image
EFE News

Madrid, April 12 (EFE) .- The Madrid Open, a competition to be held at the Magic Box of 7 to 16 May, with both male and female tables, will become a technological event, it was announced today in its submission official in the Serbian Ana Ivanovic, former world number one, acted as an image.
Ivanovic, Roland Garros champion in 2008, when it reached the top of the global list, which occupies 58 this week, has received the first invitation to enter the main draw.
The tennis player from Belgrade and Manolo Santana, Tournament Director, exercised for ten minutes long and she dressed him in a suit, a blue track installed at the entrance to the Crystal Tower, headquarters of the tournament sponsor, Mutua Madrilena .
"The best results are on the other side of the corner," said Ivanovic, who reached the semifinals this year in Brisbane and then just has not done anything in the circuit.
"Last season was even worse, but this I have already a real team, with my physical trainer and a coach himself (the Swiss Heinz Gunthard), and three Grand Slams to come now, one where I got my best result" he said, referring to Paris two seasons ago. "I want to improve my results and finish the year among the ten best in the world, and of course I like to be the world number one again," said Ivanovic who admitted that Serena Williams is "the real number one and he deserves this position. "
Manolo Santana stressed that visited the previous edition of the tournament just over 184,600 people. "Our goal for 2010 is to exceed this figure," said the former Wimbledon champion who recalled that the presence this year of the Belgians Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters "bring fresh air to women's event, and for the men expressed her hope that "everyone is here."
Without mentioning names, on this last point, Santana recalled that the ATP and WTA are guaranteed the top ten in each classification. "In 2009 we had 19 of the top 20," said "and this year we hope to repeat."
Criticism of the locker room, some players said the past year, were answered by Santana. "The players are going to be amazed with the new. In the part that was so attacked we have taken note and has been corrected," he said.
The Romanian Ion Tiriac, a consultant for the tournament, added this year will be "twice those of the past" and was convinced that in this edition, the competition would be "better than last year, and the next better than this "he said. "In five years will be established and ten will be an" event. "" I will not compare it to a Grand Slam, but is the most important players on the other hand everybody wants, "he said.
"We have the best stadium in the world, and not Roland Garros or Wimbledon have it. There is already a tournament in Madrid, not Spanish. It is international and become global," said Tiriac.
Former Romanian player, who last year tried to change the red color of the dirt tracks to blue, to make it more interesting for television, said he has not abandoned the idea. "We have a meeting with the ATP in Barcelona next week," he said, "I do not think that legally they can prevent, and in the future could be that the TV itself will force a change."
Alberto Ruiz Gallardon, mayor of Madrid, said the "debt of enormous gratitude to Manolo Santana," recalling the beginning of the tournament a decade ago. "Thanks to the contribution of the City Council has been able to build a stadium like the Magic Box," he said, noting also the role of the sponsor and its link to the tournament.
"It is a guarantee of success of Santana's presence," said Gallardon, also recalled that the lot is also "Tiriac's ambition."
The mayor, also joked with his love of skydiving,. "I have 107 jumps, but jump stop, because they recommend two high-risk sports and skydiving substituted by politics," he said.

http://www.eldiariomontanes.es/agencias/20100412/deportes/mas-deportes/torneo-abre-tecnologia-ivanovic-convierte_201004121519.html

gaviotabr
Apr 12th, 2010, 01:32 PM
Different article.. also google translation from spanish:

Tennis
Ana Ivanovic begins the countdown to the Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open 2010

14:48 h | N. Diaz

Beauty Serbian tennis player has been set to host the tournament which starts on 7 May in the Magic Box in the capital of Spain.
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It is less than a month before the start of the Madrid Open 2010. The organizers chose a privileged place, the Crystal Tower, and a host of emergency, Ana Ivanovic. The Serb, one of the most beautiful faces of the women's tour, kicked the ball for a few minutes with the tournament director Manolo Santana, on a track, blue, located on the ground floor of the building.

That was the beginning. The 50th floor hosted a press conference full of media. Ana is aware of the need to "sell." That's what came to Madrid to present the tournament, one of the most prestigious circuit the exception of the 4 Grand Slam. Perhaps to go away just amazed that I had to answer a question.

Of course, there's no better way to sell a product to choose a woman as Ivanovic. He was dressed for summer, tank tops and matching necklace. The nails painted red, with very dark skin, as was his long hair. Several bracelets on his left arm, a ring on his left hand and a watch on his right arm. Leaving no detail to chance.

The Serbian, smiling all the time, heard the speeches of Santana, or Gallardón Tiriac, and blurted out laughing when Ion Tiriac, advisory and real architect of this tournament, said he did not understand was playing when you could make a living other way, referring to the world of fashion.

Ivanovic's turn came and started saying, "Hello, good afternoon, my Spanish is very bad so I'll be in English." May not have such a low level of Castilian view your second home is Mallorca, but perhaps you could timidity on this occasion. With a smile welcomed the invitation to the tournament, which was absent last year due to injury.

In less than a month, the best players in the world, male and female, will trample on the slopes of the Magic Box. On May 7, the preparatory and start on Sunday 16th will be the final two. Tiriac said that the tournament needs five years to settle down and ten to become "the event."

http://noticias.lainformacion.com/deporte/tenis/ana-ivanovic-inicia-la-cuenta-atras-del-mutua-madrilena-madrid-open-2010_IzkvkKoqr5idVY6L9OpMw5/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

So Ana only answered one single question.. :spit: And well.. she will get the WC as we expected..

Jang87
Apr 12th, 2010, 01:36 PM
She wants to finish the year in the top 10? Oh my. If she is to do that she better start winning. I'm glad she's happy with her team. Hopefully she'll be able to relax a little and just play tennis without thinking too much about it.

gaviotabr
Apr 12th, 2010, 01:37 PM
By the way.. how nice of Ion Tiriac to motivate Ana.. saying he doesn't know how she keeps on playing being so pretty.. :o:tape::help::tape::help::o

And WTF is Ana smoking? Did she really just said that last season was worse? :lol::spit: She has got to be kidding.. :tape:

gaviotabr
Apr 12th, 2010, 01:38 PM
She wants to finish the year in the top 10? Oh my. If she is to do that she better start winning. I'm glad she's happy with her team. Hopefully she'll be able to relax a little and just play tennis without thinking too much about it.

She also thinks last year was worse than this, so she is obviously not thinking clearly.. :spit:

Mihaela
Apr 12th, 2010, 01:38 PM
So Ana only anwered one single question.. :spit: And well.. she will get the WC as we expected..

She was pretty. It's enough ;)

Jang87
Apr 12th, 2010, 01:39 PM
By the way.. how nice of Ion Tiriac to motivate Ana.. saying he doesn't know how she keeps on playing being so pretty.. :o:tape::help::tape::help::o

And WTF is Ana smoking? Did she really just said that last season was worse? :lol::spit: She has got to be kidding.. :tape:

Haha, I know. Maybe its just google translation thats making it sound like that? :lol:

Curtos07
Apr 12th, 2010, 01:42 PM
Ana is so delusional. :lol: How about a more realistic goal of getting back to the top 25 by the years end? If you really wanted to get back to the top 10, you would be playing much more than 15 tournaments per season. ;)

gaviotabr
Apr 12th, 2010, 01:43 PM
Europa Press article.. again google translation:

Tennis / Madrid
Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open will be "better than last year" and will focus on new technologies
Ana Ivanovic made the 2010 edition with Tiriac, Santana and Ruiz-Gallardon

MADRID, 12 Abr. (EUROPA PRESS) -

Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open, which takes place from 7 to 16 May in the Magic Box will be a tournament better than last year "and a clear commitment to new technologies, as revealed Ion Tiriac, the promoter of the event, in the presentation press conference, attended by Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon, mayor of Madrid, Manolo Santana, Tournament Director, and Ana Ivanovic.

The big goal for this second edition on clay is to overcome the 184,600 spectators visited the event last year while returning to rely on having the best in the world. In fact, the top ten ranking of each are required to attend, so that only an injury will deprive Madrid to see in action the best players in the world.

"The tournament this year will be better than last year, but worse than the next year. I do not want comparisons to a 'Grand Slam'. But this is the most important tournament, players and it is known throughout the world, "said Tiriac.

The former Romanian tennis player explained that the main point this year is to make the appointment at a technology event. "It's an event that each year is something new and this year we will dive into the electronic age, although I do not like is the reality," he said.

Moreover, Manolo Santana hopes to have the best players in the world in the capital. "We expect a great tournament. The city deserves an event with the best players in the world. From day one, there will be very interesting match," he said.

While Ignacio Garralda, president of Mutua Madrilena was delighted to continue sponsoring the tournament. "We have five years to support the courts and we will continue with this sponsorship. At this time there have been many changes and they have all been positive. We've gone from a men's tournament to mixed and the Casa de Campo to the Magic Box, an installation of which we are proud, "he said.

The mayor of Madrid, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon, meanwhile, thanked Tiriac Santana and the entity of the event. "Scarcely a decade ago, started this tournament and is now a global benchmark," he said.

Furthermore, the first mayor joked about the possibility of sharing a parachute jump with the Belgian Justine Henin. "I left because I advised against jumping to two extreme sports, so I left the sport for politics," he said.

IVANOVIC: "I am looking SKIP TO THE TRACK."

In addition, Serbian Ana Ivanovic, who did a show with Manolo Santana, displayed his usual friendliness and greeted in Spanish, apologizing for having to give the rest of his speech in English.

"I am delighted to be back in Madrid. I'm sure it will be a great tournament with great innovation. Two years ago I saw and loved the facilities, last year I could not play, and I'm looking to jump to the track" said the first player to receive a wild card of the organization.

The Belgrade dreams of returning to the top of the ladder. "My goal is to return to world number one. Right now, I only think back to 'top-ten' and then hope I can return to being number one," he said.

Ivanovic also was responsible for presenting the initiative of the WTA 'Heroes among us' ('Heroes Among Us'). Thus, we seek a hero who has helped or will help young women to achieve a dream. The winner will meet a player and enjoy a day in the tournament. Of all the Spanish candidate, was elected a worldwide that will attend the Sony Ericsson Championships at the end of the season.

On the other hand, both Santana and Tiriac defended the possibility of mounting a blue run in Madrid and to improve visibility. Last year there was a hint of this color test but had not welcomed by all players.

"It was also criticized the first blue run 'indoor', but on TV the ball looks better with that color or yellow. Tomorrow I have another meeting with the ATP and I do what I can prevent. Also, you might if we change blue, in two years would force broadcasters to do all the tournaments the same, "said Tiriac.

FANS MAY INTERACT WITH THE PLAYERS.

This coming May, the tournament will feature a new avenue by which the public can walk or go shopping. In addition, the 'Tennis Garden' will be an area 'chill out' to relax and rest between games.

Joining him will be the 'Fan Zone', one of the newer areas. It will install cameras and fans can record their messages of encouragement for their favorite players. These messages will be on screen in Centre Court in the rest of the matches.

There will be a virtual tennis tournament for the public to challenge fans around the world and play them via webcams and game consoles. Game consoles will also be in the area of tennis players and fans may be measured that are in the 'Fan Zone'.

Within the commitment to technology, have also distributed 20 touch screens throughout the site to supplement information from the fans.
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http://www.europapress.es/deportes/tenis-00166/noticia-tenis-madrid-mutua-madrilena-madrid-open-sera-mejor-ano-pasado-apostara-nuevas-tecnologias-20100412153219.html

gaviotabr
Apr 12th, 2010, 01:44 PM
Haha, I know. Maybe its just google translation thats making it sound like that? :lol:

No.. I'm reading it in spanish, which I prefer to english... and she sounds even more deluded.. :lol:

gaviotabr
Apr 12th, 2010, 01:45 PM
Ana is so delusional. :lol: How about a more realistic goal of getting back to the top 25 by the years end? If you really wanted to get back to the top 10, you would be playing much more than 15 tournaments per season. ;)

Spot on Curtis.

Maybe she thinks she will suddenly win Grand Slams (yes, plural) this year, by the way she says there are 3 of them coming.. :lol::spit:

gaviotabr
Apr 12th, 2010, 02:07 PM
Another article:

Opting for a Madrid-art Open

12.04.2010 - Enrique Villalba - Photo: Juan Luis Jaén
Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open returns to capital by offering numerous leisure activities and innovations related to new technologies for the tournament.

The tournament will take place between 7 and 16 May and will involve 56 players from the ATP and the WTA 60, playing in the facilities of the Magic Box. In doubles there will be 24 male and 28 female couples. The amount of the awards will amount to 7.2 billion euros. The event was presented by the Mayor of Madrid, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon, the president of the Mutua Madrilena, Ignacio Garralda, the tennis player Ana Ivanovic, and the president of the Open, Manuel Santana, and his adviser, Ion Tiriac.

The organization claims that this edition will exceed 184,600 visitors from 2009. To this end, a broad boulevard will be recreated in the uqe the public can enjoy a shopping area with 'stands' and 'boutiques' of international firms and a restaurant area. Another key sites of the complex the 'Tennis Garden', where there will be an 'chill out' to relax between matches and a 'Fan Zone' where you can record messages of encouragement to the players who will be on screens center court during changeovers of the parties. In addition, virtual host international tournament where the public can play with anyone in the world via webcams and consoles. It will also install the system in the area of players, and every time you play can be measured on a spectator in this area.

Touchscreens
Improve communication through the installation of 20 touch screens that complement the information points, and the creation of a new website open to the public throughout the year. In terms of facilities, improved changing rooms and retains staff and facilities of the last edition.

Ruiz-Gallardon appreciated how the Open is helping Madrid to be one of the capitals of the sport, introducing it as an everyday language and dynamic in its ability to improve. As explained by Tiriac, the tournament will be the international benchmark for 10 years as he has the most modern facilities for tennis worldwide. Santa said he hopes that the 'top ten' of the two international competitions come to the call of Madrid, and hoped that pleasant surprises, as in the case of Henin and Clijsters. Ivanovic had an impact on the importance of encouraging women to achieve their goals in any field (hence, the tournament will work with the magazine "Women of Today 'to search for anonymous national heroines who strive to achieve their dreams).

http://www.madridiario.es/2010/Abril/madrid/deporte/185346/apuesta-por-un-madrid-open-de-ultima-tecnologia.html#

jelenacg
Apr 12th, 2010, 02:09 PM
By the way.. how nice of Ion Tiriac to motivate Ana.. saying he doesn't know how she keeps on playing being so pretty.. :o:tape::help::tape::help::o

And WTF is Ana smoking? Did she really just said that last season was worse? :lol::spit: She has got to be kidding.. :tape:

Keeps on playing ...:rolleyes: she barely plays anymore :o
But as long as she is pretty :rolleyes:
Haha, I know. Maybe its just google translation thats making it sound like that? :lol:

No.. I'm reading it in spanish, which I prefer to english... and she sounds even more deluded.. :lol:

:spit::lol:

-NAJ-
Apr 12th, 2010, 02:18 PM
She also thinks last year was worse than this, so she is obviously not thinking clearly.. :spit:

She is not sincere in the statements for media.it is obvious. She don't too much talk about current problems, but that's not helping her. She needs to change strategy

gaviotabr
Apr 12th, 2010, 02:20 PM
She is not sincere in the statements for media.it is obvious. She don't too much talk about current problems, but that's not helping her. She needs to change strategy

Agreed.

You know.. sometimes it seems to me that Ana just never learns.. she is always making the same mistakes over and over again..

gaviotabr
Apr 12th, 2010, 02:21 PM
Keeps on playing ...:rolleyes: she barely plays anymore :o
But as long as she is pretty :rolleyes:

:spit::lol:

Hey Jelena!

Sad, but true.. :sobbing:

jelenacg
Apr 12th, 2010, 02:29 PM
Agreed.

You know.. sometimes it seems to me that Ana just never learns.. she is always making the same mistakes over and over again..

Bc it`s not easy to acknowledge and accept that you are wrong
Even more when you have so many people around you telling you all the time that you are doing the right thing :rolleyes::(:o

gaviotabr
Apr 12th, 2010, 02:31 PM
Bc it`s not easy to acknowledge and accept that you are wrong
Even more when you have so many people around you telling you all the time that you are doing the right thing :rolleyes::(:o

True.. :tape:

You are always so spot on Jelena! :sobbing:

-NAJ-
Apr 12th, 2010, 02:38 PM
someone needs to tell her Ana you sucks, back on tennis courts, play matches and practice. ball toss all day. it's mental thing about that ball toss omg. Ana think. turn on your brain.
Like dementieva, she don't want to talk about ball toss.

jelenacg
Apr 12th, 2010, 02:49 PM
To tell you the truth i don`t know how she doesn`t use her head at all :o We all make mistakes and it`s ok to be wrong once, twice...but all the time :rolleyes: Totally unacceptable
And then she comes to the presser all smiley and talks about top 10 :o:tape: :help::tape:Seriously i don`t know wether to cry or laugh :help:

I simply don`t think people(Ana) are that delusional or stupid ... she just doesn`t care anymore imho
Maybe i`m wrong but it looks like that to me :o

Marilyn Monheaux
Apr 12th, 2010, 03:14 PM
I didn't bother reading the articles, but judging from your comments she's been talking complete:bs:

:tape:

gaviotabr
Apr 12th, 2010, 03:17 PM
To tell you the truth i don`t know how she doesn`t use her head at all :o We all make mistakes and it`s ok to be wrong once, twice...but all the time :rolleyes: Totally unacceptable
And then she comes to the presser all smiley and talks about top 10 :o:tape: :help::tape:Seriously i don`t know wether to cry or laugh :help:

I simply don`t think people(Ana) are that delusional or stupid ... she just doesn`t care anymore imho
Maybe i`m wrong but it looks like that to me :o

That's what it looks like...

Maybe she just thinks it's mandatory to be positive to the world, even if you are not inside.. uff.. I don't know.. Or maybe she says these stuff to make people think she still cares, even though she doesn't.. :sobbing:

bruce goose
Apr 12th, 2010, 03:47 PM
That's what it looks like...

Maybe she just thinks it's mandatory to be positive to the world, even if you are not inside.. uff.. I don't know.. Or maybe she says these stuff to make people think she still cares, even though she doesn't.. :sobbing:On a side note,I hope that Ana was just being humble when she claimed that her Spanish was so bad.My guess is that most of the Spaniards,the men especially:lol:,would've appreciated her effort and wouldn't have complained about occasional grammar errors.If her Spanish IS that bad,then it makes her look QUITE shallow for her relationship with Nando...cuz Nando could barely seduce a 15-year-old girl with his English skills...and I'm pretty sure that Nando didn't learn Serbian:lol::lol::lol:

.....Anyway,don't you folks think that there's still a PART of Ana that genuinely cares??Maybe not as much as we wished,but it's still there to at least some degree,isn't it??It was disappointing--but not as huge of a shock--when Vaidisova quit b/c she spent so much time away from the sport that she obviously didn't love it very much.Yeah,there are parallels,but I don't think that Ana is precisely on Nicole's level........YET:unsure:

Cp6uja
Apr 12th, 2010, 03:58 PM
I must agree... What a stupid statement about TOP10 from Ana :smash::smash::smash::smash:

#10 and #9 means nothing, only TOP8 qualify for YEC... so her 2010 goal about final rankings should to be TOP8 :shrug:

Jang87
Apr 12th, 2010, 04:14 PM
I think Ana's goal for this season should be getting back into the top 25, fix that damn toss, find some rhythm, get her confidence back by winning matches back to back and going deep into a few tournaments (especially GS). If she amanages to do this, I'll be very happy. But this requires alot of work!

Ok you guys, stop saying Ana doesn't care. Of course she cares. What do you want her to do?? I don't get it. Yes, I agree she should play more matches. But she isn't. And we don't know why. Only thing she has said about it is that she would like to play more tournaments, but she has to watch her shoulder. I'm sure she'll add tournaments to her schedule in the latter part of the season.

I don't think its fair to criticize her for EVERY single thing she does. She loves the sport, and she wants to get back to the top. Thats her goal. And of course she's allowed to have that goal. What do you want her to say? "I suck, I can't do anything anymore. I want to cry myself to sleep every night"? Will that satisfy your needs? Thats her way of finding motivation, and she needs to be motivated in able to get back to the top. And its not like she's going to tell the media everything thats troubling her or everything she does minute by minute when it comes to her training. We all know Ana is a private person and she likes to keep things to herself.

I think this has gone too far. Jesus. Let the girl be.

gaviotabr
Apr 12th, 2010, 04:26 PM
I think this has gone too far. Jesus. Let the girl be.

I often crack up when I read this about anyone.. :lol: Like what we say here won't allow her to be.. :lol: She is being all right.. :lol:

gaviotabr
Apr 12th, 2010, 05:06 PM
El País article. They mention Ana was there not to get sanctioned. :lol:

Ana Ivanovic, in a long dress to present the Madrid tournament
The Madrid Open is held in at the Magic Box from 7 to May 16

COUNTRY | AGENTS 12/04/2010


Clothing and racket in hand, the former world number one Ana Ivanovic has presented this morning by the Madrid Open to be played at the Magic Box of 7 to 16 May. The Serbian and the tournament director Manolo Santana, have ball for ten minutes long and she dressed him in a suit, a blue track installed at the entrance to the Crystal Tower, headquarters of the tournament sponsor, Mutua Madrilena.

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"I have a lot to gain from playing here. I was very impressed the Magic Box when I visited the last time I came, and was still under construction. And with all the innovations that were presented today, I'm sure it will be a great tournament," tennis player said. Ivanovic, who last year was not in Madrid when he was number seven and is now the capital of Spain in promoting the tournament not to be sanctioned (WTA rules state that the players who are among the top 10 of the world puden stop attending such tournaments), said, after a sluggish start to the year: "Last season was even worse, but this I have already a real team, with my physical trainer and a coach himself (the Swiss Heinz Gunthard), and three Grand Slams to come now, one where I got my best result, "he said, referring to Paris two seasons ago. The a Rolang Garros champion in 2008, stressed: "I want to improve my results and finish the year among the ten best in the world, and of course I like to be the world number one again."

Manolo Santana said on the previous edition visited the tournament just over 184,600 people. "Our goal for 2010 is to exceed this figure," said the former Wimbledon champion who recalled that the presence this year of the Belgians Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters "bring fresh air to women's event, and for the men expressed her hope that "everyone is here." No mencionño any player but said: "In 2009 we had 19 of the 20 best."

http://www.elpais.com/articulo/deportes/Ana/Ivanovic/largo/presentar/torneo/Madrid/elpepudep/20100412elpepudep_13/Tes

jelenacg
Apr 12th, 2010, 06:08 PM
I think Ana's goal for this season should be getting back into the top 25, fix that damn toss, find some rhythm, get her confidence back by winning matches back to back and going deep into a few tournaments (especially GS). If she amanages to do this, I'll be very happy. But this requires alot of work!

Ok you guys, stop saying Ana doesn't care. Of course she cares. What do you want her to do?? I don't get it. Yes, I agree she should play more matches. But she isn't. And we don't know why. Only thing she has said about it is that she would like to play more tournaments, but she has to watch her shoulder. I'm sure she'll add tournaments to her schedule in the latter part of the season.

I don't think its fair to criticize her for EVERY single thing she does. She loves the sport, and she wants to get back to the top. Thats her goal. And of course she's allowed to have that goal. What do you want her to say? "I suck, I can't do anything anymore. I want to cry myself to sleep every night"? Will that satisfy your needs? Thats her way of finding motivation, and she needs to be motivated in able to get back to the top. And its not like she's going to tell the media everything thats troubling her or everything she does minute by minute when it comes to her training. We all know Ana is a private person and she likes to keep things to herself.

I think this has gone too far. Jesus. Let the girl be.

Ok i think we said this many times but i will repeat it anyway
I would like her for a change to be honest to herself ,not to the press but to herself .There is absolutely no way that she is sucking so much and giving her 100% and that`s what she keeps on saying :rolleyes:
I don`t even remember the names of all those mugs who beat her...We criticizes her bc as Izzy said many times we want her to man up.She wants to do other things in life great no problems with that .Then go wagging for a year or go playing tennis just make a decision finally what you want to do in your life and stop sitting on 2 chairs :( Bc it`s just not working .Last year she tried to practice, to play big tournaments and to wag ...and look how good that turn out to be :rolleyes::o

This is not even about winning matches or god forbid tournaments .This is about her looking miserable on court ,not enjoying one bit the fact that she is on court.I think she would be more happy going to execution instead of going to tennis court :lol:

People keep hoping she will improve,things will go her way ...i really don`t see how if she is doing the same things as last years .
You say she will add more tournaments later ,i think she will finish this year just like she did last year and for the record i hope you are right and i`m wrong ;)

The 2nd Law
Apr 13th, 2010, 02:13 AM
Ana IS being more realistic, last year she said she will return to top 3 in 2010, and now she's revised it to top 10 :lol:

gaviotabr
Apr 13th, 2010, 02:58 AM
Few interviews... google translation...

"It was get to number one and feel a target to everyone pointing"

The former world number one Ana Ivanovic, visited Spain as an image of Mutua Madrilena Madrid Tennis Open. The Serbian talked about his current feelings, how did it feel to be number one and prospects

"It was get to number one and feel a target to everyone pointing"

J. M. CUÉLLAR / A. ASTORGA | MADRID

Fell on hard times, the NATO bombing of his home in Belgrade, cold, death, blood, disasters of war and the terrifying landscape after the battle cruel. She says that her parents very well protected because she was only twelve. She confesses that since then is a pretty serious person, but loves to smile and take things easy.

"They tell you that is very cheerful, always laughing.
"I am as a child is too responsible. I learned to play on the canvas placed in an Olympic pool and that improved my tennis, especially the parallels.

- What does it mean for you to be muse and image of the Madrid Open Tennis Mutual?
"It's an honor to be part of this event and be here in such illustrious company of people. It is a great event. I know very bad not being able to play last year, but I am happy to come through this 'wild card' (invitation).

- Are you dreaming of victory?
"Yes, of course, I hope so, I'm working hard to achieve. I love playing on clay. My birthday in 2007, celebrated here in Madrid. It was a week tremendous for me.
"There's a kind of curse on the number one girls in tennis, you reached. When he kisses the podium begin immediately the poor performance, instability, pressure ... Why?

- Why the emotions, perhaps? (Ana smiles.) I think that's true. Women are very emotional, we are emotional creatures, and when you're not number one thing that motivates you to go up, but when you get to be like having a target on your back on everyone says. Therefore, it is very difficult emotionally to be in that position, but I think it is possible to master once you manage to learn to manage feelings and emotions.

- Did you feel like a target to be number one?
"Undoubtedly, and also another feeling that one has is that it always expected to win, no exceptions. You have to win every time.

-Changing the third, is seen as a player model?
"Fashion is fun, of course. I enjoy it, but I practice a lot on the runways. My focus is tennis, my tennis career. And there are other things I want to achieve as a tennis player. I was lucky to win and a Grand Slam tournament (Paris). It was a great achievement. And now I know more what I get. The world number one was fantastic, but winning Roland Garros was something special, that stays with you. So if I have the choice between being number one and win a Grand Slam, I prefer the Grand Slam.

-I mean, who gets more nervous in front of a camera before Sharapova or the Williams sisters.
"No doubt, but because we are not told how we should behave, how we need to do that.

"Ask Sharapova
- Sharapova? Of course (laughs funny) ... I will.

- Do you think tennis tournament women have become a gateway?
"Of course. Since the last ten years much has changed. There is more fashion in what you wear, there are many girls who design their own costumes and judge you. Take pictures and compare what she wore with that of another one, etc ... Women always want to be prettier or better dressed.

-In the locker room, has changed the relationship between the girls? Because they are so famous the eyes of tigers, the gossip, the whispers behind the scenes ...
"Yes, indeed, enters a wardrobe and feel in a hostile environment in the air. But that changes. Each time the girls are more friendly, young women are very open and I have good friends on the circuit.

-The players have a serious problem in relations with men. Safina said it was very difficult to maintain that relationship with someone who is six months away and one at home. So it is very difficult for anyone to promise: "Wait, I come."
"It is true because the man has to be very strong. We are in the spotlight, win tournaments, so the man must be a person with strength, and also must have great confidence in the girl and understand the situation. Because if you make a relationship work will be accomplished, but have to want it. No matter what the case. There are other works, such as the sailor to be six months at sea, but I think if you get anything is possible.

- Does the heart in love?
"I'm happy ...

-And with Verdasco, are you still maintaining good relationship?
"Very good. I'm glad to see that is good and successful.

http://www.abc.es/20100413/deportes-tenis/llegar-numero-sentirme-diana-20100413.html

gaviotabr
Apr 13th, 2010, 03:00 AM
INTERVIEW | Ana Ivanovic
"No woman is bothered by tag sexy"
Ana Ivanovic, 22, won Roland Garros in 2008 and rose to number one. The 'Lolita' Serbian combines the perfect blend of glamor for tennis and the WTA. In 2009, between injuries and poor performance, dropped in the ranking. Now is the 57th, but will refocus the spotlight in Madrid.

Jesus Minguez | 13/04/2010
What is in Mallorca to take the island their second residence?

Phew! I love it. I can have good leads people they train, good weather, and when I'm playing in Europe is a good base from which to move. So I bought a house there.
Share the tennis with other activities such as advertising, fashion She seems very comfortable in that plot. Is it so?

Yes, I have no problem because I do after working hard. I enjoy it. It is also a way to promote our sport and we must seize it. I feel closer to the fans. So not a problem for me.
You appear in the lists of the world's sexiest athletes. What do you think?

I guess any woman is upset that he put that label. Is a complement. But of course I have my work and my priority are on the slopes. This happens very quickly and without results there is nothing to do.
Do you read articles about yourself?

No. I tend to be very critical with me and when I read things about me I was stuck.
What happens to your tennis?

Last year I suffered injuries that have left me to train with continuity. If you train, you lose confidence and then you win costs. Lows in the ranking and every time you're more into that circle you can not break. Now I feel I can do with my new team coach (Heinz Gunthardt, former Steffi Graf) and fitness coach (Damian Prasad) and I'm happy how things are going. I do not mind the ranking much like going back to find my shots. Everything else will come. This year I want to return to the top-10.
What do you need to get back up?

A little more consistency, continuity, to rediscover my pattern of play.
In late 2009, did you ever hate tennis?

No, no. That is too strong a word, but I felt the need, after a few years, taking a break to consider it necessary for me. I think it was the first time I was four weeks without playing tennis and allowed me back harder.
They say he has many superstitions. Why?

Now not so much, I try to forget it, because I saw a little absurd do not change things like clothing, occupy the same clothes, same shower What are you doing? I wondered.
Is it difficult to have friends in the circuit?

It is not easy, but is understandable. We fought face to face every day and I think that even we are more competitive than men.
How important is now the tennis in Serbia?

It's crazy. All children now have a racket. It is fashionable and that's great, because Monica Seles exerted the same influence on me.
Serena Williams, in the form, is almost invincible?

I do not know if invincible, but very hard. His style is different, powerful. It has an excellent service and that's important.
Are you surprised by the level of Henin and Clijsters retired after a while?

I think it's good for women's tennis. They left too young and are two real talents who still have an excellent physical.
Who do now pay an entry in a tournament?

Nadal and Federer. They are two different styles. Nadal Federer is emotion and calm, but both played unbelievable.
Economic studies. Any recipe to end the crisis?

Hopefully! Study in Serbia and now I have a long time.
And their Spanish, how are you?

Lately what I have to get off in the background. After you've regained my tennis, try to get better.

http://www.as.com/tenis/articulo/tenis-mujer-le-molesta-etiqueta/dasten/20100413dasdaiten_1/Tes

spiritedenergy
Apr 13th, 2010, 03:01 AM
"i practice a lot on the runaways"

she is finally sincere:happy:

gaviotabr
Apr 13th, 2010, 03:01 AM
Tennis | The intrahistoria
"In front of my parents, I flip the pictures"
Ivanovic was star of this year's "swimsuit special" Sports Illustrated magazine. A spectacular meeting.

Jesus Minguez | 13/04/2010

Ana Ivanovic (06-11-1987, Belgrade, Serbia) has triumphed, and triumph, on the slopes. But, as Maria Sharapova, promotional or advertising your side sometimes hides the sport. For example, this year, lack of results has been discussed a lot of it by starring in the traditional "swimsuit special" Sports Illustrated magazine, in which he shared with tops and sports flashes as the skier Lindsey Vonn.

"It was different and not easy. I'm not a model, but a tennis player! Verte in bikinis all the time, changing clothes and surrounded by many people behind the scenes a bit overwhelming. But I'm happy, because it is a very publication name and that also brings prestige to the athletes who appear in it. I liked, "he says on the 50th floor of the Torre de Cristal in Madrid, where his 1.86 and honey-colored eyes rival the Cesar Pelli skyscraper.

How do you feel when you see those photos in a store? Huge crystal smile: "When I stand before my parents, I try to turn them over. Seriously, are some very nice photos."

Ana Ivanovic, always with a Rolex on his wrist, he knows how profitable it is to play not only on the track. Your website (according to alexa.com) is the most visited among female athletes. "It makes me very happy, of course. It is also a way to have a closer relationship with my fans," said Ana, who in his new Amazon Kindle ("I read a lot in the airport") has just finished the autobiography of Monica Seles . In which, in a sense, is reflected. The U.S. ended Seles and she, who played tennis in the interior of an Olympic swimming pool fitted out as a track in Belgrade NATO bombing, was formed in Switzerland, where he has fixed his residence. The Swiss businessman Dan Holzmann saw her 14 years and invested 300,000 euros in his career, money he has returned with a vengeance. For example, is one of the great icons of Adidas.

The former world number one became known in Spain because of its relationship with Verdasco. And in Serbia is a celebrity. He offered to present Eurovision and president, Boris Tadic, attended his birthday. Ivanovic Live fast it is, above all, a good player.

http://www.as.com/tenis/articulo/tenis-delante-padres-le-doy/dasten/20100413dasdaiten_2/Tes

Mixo
Apr 13th, 2010, 09:11 AM
The former world number one became known in Spain because of its relationship with Verdasco


:ras:

gaviotabr
Apr 13th, 2010, 01:08 PM
Opinion column at ABC newspaper:

http://img405.imageshack.us/img405/6197/es2f.jpg

El Mundo:

http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/6337/es3l.jpg

Marca:

http://img708.imageshack.us/img708/4239/es4.jpg

This is the ABC interview I posted earlier.. since we can read the text, I just captured it as it can be seen in the printed version of the newspaper:

http://img688.imageshack.us/img688/2205/es6.jpg

gaviotabr
Apr 18th, 2010, 11:47 AM
From Sportski Zurnal. Anything of notice?

http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/5148/szurnal1.jpg

jelenacg
Apr 18th, 2010, 01:38 PM
Nothing tennis related ,something about UNICEF :yawn:

gaviotabr
Apr 18th, 2010, 01:42 PM
Nothing tennis related ,something about UNICEF :yawn:

Thanks Jelena! ;)

gaviotabr
Apr 19th, 2010, 01:17 AM
It seems there is an interview with Ana in serbian Story Magazine. She denies break up rumours with Adam. I just wanted to point out how I think this is a very dangerous line she is crossing.. talking too much about private life, going out of her way to deny rumours.. all that just invites the press in, and you end up being just another celebrity. Ana has to remember she is a tennis player first and foremost, act like one and go about her business.

Ana Ivanovic: I'm still in love

While the world media speculated that the connection players Ana Ivanovic and golfers Adam Scott in a crisis, the partners are denied the allegations that their love every day stronger and more stable

http://www.story.rs/izdanja/8485-239-broj.html

bruce goose
Apr 19th, 2010, 02:09 AM
It seems there is an interview with Ana in serbian Story Magazine. She denies break up rumours with Adam. I just wanted to point out how I think this is a very dangerous line she is crossing.. talking too much about private life, going out of her way to deny rumours.. all that just invites the press in, and you end up being just another celebrity. Ana has to remember she is a tennis player first and foremost, act like one and go about her business.



http://www.story.rs/izdanja/8485-239-broj.htmlFirst of all,I agree with you here;why should she bother what the press thinks when she lied to them so easily so many times in the past??She was 'just friends' with the A.A.T. originally...and with Nando...and with Nadal...and she was lying all THREE times,IMO

However,I'm encouraged that her bond with the A.A.T. might be weakening...again,some time with Kim and Brian would help Ana get perspective here.She could witness the difference between a TRUE loving,supportive bond...and being stuck with some phony,slimy-ass Guy Smiley type who tickles her ears with B.S.

As I told our Jelena back in those days when a lot of posters believed that the Douchebag was actually good for Ana(that number has dwindled quite a bit,thankfully),it's never been more than an Ice Cream Relationship...an escapist 'treat' for Ana as opposed to a REAL relationship where people work out their problems together.If there HAD been any difficult challenges for Ana,then she'd have quit and walked away as she did with Nando when she two-timed him.It's obvious that the P.O.S. doesn't care one whit about Ana's success at tennis OR her growth as a person...and maybe she's slowly beginning to open her eyes to that harsh reality...maybe she made a commitment to Heinz when the A.A.T. expected more WAGging.I don't relish seeing Ana hurt at all but it's hard for addicts to move forward when they hang around the same 'friends'(SO-called)...and I'd say that Ana was better off severing all her ties to Loserville.......including that town's scummy golf pro

gaviotabr
Apr 19th, 2010, 02:16 AM
First of all,I agree with you here;why should she bother what the press thinks when she lied to them so easily so many times in the past??She was 'just friends' with the A.A.T. originally...and with Nando...and with Nadal...and she was lying all THREE times,IMO

However,I'm encouraged that her bond with the A.A.T. might be weakening...again,some time with Kim and Brian would help Ana get perspective here.She could witness the difference between a TRUE loving,supportive bond...and being stuck with some phony,slimy-ass Guy Smiley type who tickles her ears with B.S.

As I told our Jelena back in those days when a lot of posters believed that the Douchebag was actually good for Ana(that number has dwindled quite a bit,thankfully),it's never been more than an Ice Cream Relationship...an escapist 'treat' for Ana as opposed to a REAL relationship where people work out their problems together.If there HAD been any difficult challenges for Ana,then she'd have quit and walked away as she did with Nando when she two-timed him.It's obvious that the P.O.S. doesn't care one whit about Ana's success at tennis OR her growth as a person...and maybe she's slowly beginning to open her eyes to that harsh reality...maybe she made a commitment to Heinz when the A.A.T. expected more WAGging.I don't relish seeing Ana hurt at all but it's hard for addicts to move forward when they hang around the same 'friends'(SO-called)...and I'd say that Ana was better off severing all her ties to Loserville.......including that town's scummy golf pro

I'm a bit puzzled by the bolded parts..

She is supposed to say in this article, according to the description, that her "love is each day stronger and more stable". :shrug:

bruce goose
Apr 19th, 2010, 02:28 AM
I'm a bit puzzled by the bolded parts..

She is supposed to say in this article, according to the description, that her "love is each day stronger and more stable". :shrug:It wouldn't matter if Ana could keep from being distracted by her lousy personal choices,but...to answer your question....Ana is responding to rumors that her bond with the A.A.T. is weakening.Why would she even bother if it were an obvious lie??If there were some absurd rumor that Ana was having an affair with Mick Jagger,would she respond to THAT??I doubt it...b/c the rumor would lack credibility to sane-thinking people.My theory,Izzy,is that Ana is responding b/c there IS some credibility to the rumor...not just with the folks who spread it...but in Ana's own mind........I'll admit to wishful thinking,though:p:lol:

gaviotabr
Apr 19th, 2010, 02:33 AM
It wouldn't matter if Ana could keep from being distracted by her lousy personal choices,but...to answer your question....Ana is responding to rumors that her bond with the A.A.T. is weakening.Why would she even bother if it were an obvious lie??If there were some absurd rumor that Ana was having an affair with Mick Jagger,would she respond to THAT??I doubt it...b/c the rumor would lack credibility to sane-thinking people.My theory,Izzy,is that Ana is responding b/c there IS some credibility to the rumor...not just with the folks who spread it...but in Ana's own mind........I'll admit to wishful thinking,though:p:lol:

Ok.. :lol: I understand what you mean now. :lol:

But maybe it is just wishful thinking.. :lol: We have to wait and see... :shrug:

jelenacg
Apr 19th, 2010, 05:13 PM
It seems there is an interview with Ana in serbian Story Magazine. She denies break up rumours with Adam. I just wanted to point out how I think this is a very dangerous line she is crossing.. talking too much about private life, going out of her way to deny rumours.. all that just invites the press in, and you end up being just another celebrity. Ana has to remember she is a tennis player first and foremost, act like one and go about her business.



http://www.story.rs/izdanja/8485-239-broj.html

Even if i didn`t bought and saw that magazine ,i`m pretty sure it`s not an interview.It`s probably just a PR move.They wrote a few sentences and put a pic of them together.:rolleyes: It says they both dismissed that their relationship is in crisis...so i`m pretty sure it`s not an interview and it doesn`t have any quotes from Ana, just PR move that`s all

bruce goose
Apr 19th, 2010, 05:52 PM
Even if i didn`t bought and saw that magazine ,i`m pretty sure it`s not an interview.It`s probably just a PR move.They wrote a few sentences and put a pic of them together.:rolleyes: It says they both dismissed that their relationship is in crisis...so i`m pretty sure it`s not an interview and it doesn`t have any quotes from Ana, just PR move that`s allYou know your country's magazines a lot better than we do,of course...but we can always hope that Ana felt the need to make a statement b/c there WAS some level of credibility to the rumors...and that whatever problems existed would eventually lead to a clean break from the A.A.T.

You've correctly stated that it wouldn't matter whom Ana spent her time with if she could only focus on her tennis...and Evert was living proof of that with some of the dildo bfs and husbands she chose.Unfortunately,Ana is not Evert in THAT respect,and I truly believe that she has to mentally disconnect from EVERYthing negative that caused her slump if she's gonna have a fresh start.......and the worthless,lying douchebag has been a MAJOR component of the wrongheaded mentality that Ana had during that slump

gaviotabr
Apr 19th, 2010, 07:28 PM
Dejan confirms that Ana is in Spain. So I guess she is indeed practicing in Mallorca. Google translation:

Sigurno without Ane

VELEOBRT chance to Ana Ivanovic, however, play for Serbia against Slovakia, as mentioned these days in the local tennis forums, only a desolate white sports fans desire. This is confirmed by coach Fed Cup team Serbia Dejan Vranes, who, after talking to our players coaching staff pointed out that the surprises in the last hour and the arrival of former Roland Garros champion in the "Belgrade Arena" will be nothing.
- Anna and definitely will not play for Serbia in Belgrade against Slovakia. And I was surprised by news that could come to the turnaround, but considering that there were no stories on this topic, I had once more to verify the details with her team, which we confirmed the absence of outright - says our
selector.
o Is there a possibility to join the team at least Anna on the bench and from there to cheer on friends?
- I think that this option is not realistic, because it required each day of training and preparation for Stuttgart. You are currently located in Spain, where it will directly go to Germany for this very strong tournament.
The absence of Ivanovic's not the only problem facing our national team?
- Due to problems in air traffic, more waiting to join us Jelena. We hope that this would happen no later than Wednesday, and will have to start training without it. If it is for comfort, and Slovakian are in the same situation, because they Hantuchova in the U.S..
Serbia and Slovakia match is played in the Arena "24 and 25 April, sales in 7100 were released tickets for each day. Winner of the duel will keep a place in the elite division women's team tennis.

http://www.novosti.rs/code/navigate.php?Id=13&status=jedna&vest=176738&title_add=Sigurno%20bez%20Ane&kword_add=ana%20ivanovic%2C%20jelena%20jankovic

gaviotabr
Apr 19th, 2010, 07:35 PM
Even if i didn`t bought and saw that magazine ,i`m pretty sure it`s not an interview.It`s probably just a PR move.They wrote a few sentences and put a pic of them together.:rolleyes: It says they both dismissed that their relationship is in crisis...so i`m pretty sure it`s not an interview and it doesn`t have any quotes from Ana, just PR move that`s all

Thanks Jelena!

Still.. that her management makes such PR moves shows where their priority is once again.. to keep her image instead of focusing on regaining respect on her tennis career. :o

jelenacg
Apr 19th, 2010, 08:02 PM
Thanks Jelena!

Still.. that her management makes such PR moves shows where their priority is once again.. to keep her image instead of focusing on regaining respect on her tennis career. :o

If only they were half as good regarding her tennis career :rolleyes:

gaviotabr
Apr 20th, 2010, 10:49 AM
New interview.. google translation:

"Money does not motivate me"

Ana Ivanovic was in 2008 after their Grand Slam triumph at Roland Garros is the best tennis player in the world. She was beautiful and successful. Now it is for many just beautiful. The 22-year-old has fallen in the world ranking to rank 57th In the Serb SPOX talks about the reasons for their frustration crash their way back - and about how great compliments.

SPOX: It is not too long ago that you were after in the world rankings is the best tennis player on the planet. Currently they are only the 57th point What happened?

Ana Ivanovic: It's a good question, I have often asked me. The reason for my crash, is that I have because of some bitter defeats and very frustrating injury gradually lost self-confidence.

SPOX: You raised your injury problems: How did these exactly?

Ivanovic: To be honest, I'm not with my injuries handled very well. I'm constantly clenched trying to get back to my best form and how to play Ana, which has become the number one in the world. Instead, I should have listened to my body and take a break. It all started with my thumb injury two years ago after Wimbledon, when I have put too much pressure to the Olympic Games and the U.S. Open to be fit again. As I rushed too much.

SPOX: How deep was the frustration in the meantime with you? They are considered incredibly ambitious. This must all be very hard was it for you.

Ivanovic: Oh yes, that was it. It was certainly not an easy time in my career. It is so easy to lose patience and to be totally frustrated by his play. But that does not further one. Instead, I've learned that I must try to remain calm and accept that it simply takes time yet, until I found my game and my confidence again.

SPOX: Are you in between I reach a point where you threw the bat preferably in the corner and something else would have done?

Ivanovic: No, not at all. Anyone who thinks I've been thinking about my problems over the end of my career, it must be totally crazy. I love tennis and want to achieve in this sport even more.

SPOX: What makes you confident that we will soon see the same old Ana?

Ivanovic: I have the great advantage that I have a great team around me, which is one hundred percent behind me and believe in me. We all know that I still have much work ahead of me. But you know what? " That is perfectly okay. I have no problem to train hard, because I'm very motivated. Unfortunately, it depends to a large extent on the tennis, how happy I am in my life, but it is what it is because I love the game so much. And as you said earlier: I am very, very ambitious.

SPOX: Where do you see at the moment?

Ivanovic: I know I'm on the right track. I have in the past year lost some matches I should really have to win - that has affected my self-confidence negatively. I slipped from a disappointment to the next. But that has now changed everything, since I work with Heinz Günthardt. I feel like my confidence is rising again. I have again a clear vision, to look like my game. That is very important and gives me courage for the coming months.

SPOX: How exactly can you help Günthardt?

Ivanovic: Heinz has already taught me so many things. He is a very intelligent person - it's fun to talk to him. I am excited about the plans he has for my game. Each training session is a pleasure. And I also have the first results look very good in training.

SPOX: Heinz Günthardt is the tennis fans in Germany is therefore one term because he has worked with Steffi Graf. What comes as a really first, if you think about Steffi?

Ivanovic: To be honest, I'm no great expert when it comes to tennis history. I remember, of course, as I have seen play Steffi. And as I have admired above all their presence. Her quiet, calm manner on the court has impressed me. She is one of the greatest champions in the history of tennis. More must be said not to her.

SPOX: Steffi Graf was widely admired, but compared to the compliments that you can read about you, it was all harmless. "The best athlete in the world", "a princess on the Tennis Court: What do you mean those compliments?

Ivanovic: (laughs) What am I to say? Like any woman in the world, I am pleased with such compliments, it's very flattering to hear that. But the best compliment you could give me should be, then please rather do something with my intellect than my appearance.

SPOX: Based on your advertising contracts can earn lots of money, although you should never again reach the top 10. How big is still the urge to come back completely to the top and perhaps for the second time the world number one to be?

Ivanovic: I am very fortunate that my love for tennis has allowed me to earn good money. But money does not motivate me. My motivation is to me to compete with the best of the best and to win Grand Slam titles. My motivation to come back to the very top, is extremely high and I never really thinking about money. Certainly it is a beautiful position in which I find myself, but money has no effect on my state of happiness.
Ana Ivanovic Heinz Günthardt Steffi Graf Grand Slam French Open World Rankings

SPOX: Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin are both resignations after returned to the tour. Can you imagine, to follow a similar path?

Ivanovic: No, I'm pretty sure I'll be playing in five or six years of tennis. I want to have a long career. I'm only 22 years old and there are so many targets, which I can achieve. I will only stop if I no longer enjoy the game - and it will take a long time before this is the case.

Ana Ivanovic

* Born: 6 November 1987 in Belgrade / Serbia

* City: Basel

* Size: 1.86 m

* Weight: 69kg

* Plays: Right

* Professional: Since August 2003

* Career highlights: 8 WTA Tour titles, 1 Grand Slam victory (2008 French Open)

* Career-balance sheet Single: 242-95

* Highest ranking position: 1 (June 9, 2008)

* Prize money: $ 7,266,129


http://www.spox.com/de/sport/mehrsport/tennis/1004/Artikel/ana-ivanovic-interview-krise-nummer-eins-der-welt-heinz-guenthardt-steffi-graf-grand-slam-titel.html

:rolleyes:

soul
Apr 20th, 2010, 02:46 PM
thanks Gavotabr;as usual u r on mission.Thanks

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Apr 20th, 2010, 05:37 PM
Sure, Heinz learned her so much, so many things she didn't know before. Like she doesn't know a thing about tennis.
'Every has changed now!' :rolleyes:
We'll see. But I just hate this kind of interviews. I heard it all before and when a new match started, she just played worse than before.

Nice to have a team around who's always supportive. You should think so, but if you don't face the problems then it's actually a bad thing. Always easier to say it goes better next time then fixing the problem itself.

Let's see how it goes in Stuttgart. I'm not convinced by any word that is written in the interviews. Just watch a match. If the balltoss is still a problem....... :tape:

gaviotabr
Apr 20th, 2010, 09:51 PM
Sure, Heinz learned her so much, so many things she didn't know before. Like she doesn't know a thing about tennis.
'Every has changed now!' :rolleyes:
We'll see. But I just hate this kind of interviews. I heard it all before and when a new match started, she just played worse than before.

Nice to have a team around who's always supportive. You should think so, but if you don't face the problems then it's actually a bad thing. Always easier to say it goes better next time then fixing the problem itself.

Let's see how it goes in Stuttgart. I'm not convinced by any word that is written in the interviews. Just watch a match. If the balltoss is still a problem....... :tape:

Hey Sjoerd!

Yeah.. Ana has been saying the same stuff over and over and over again.. and nothing ever changes.. it actually only gets worse.

I wish I could see less empty words and more attitude and actions.

-NAJ-
Apr 20th, 2010, 09:58 PM
we can only hope that some things will start to change in positive way from this tournament in Stuttgart
motivation, motivation, motivation

gaviotabr
Apr 21st, 2010, 11:11 AM
Ana has just been announced, alongside Safina, as the start atractions of Rosmalen. I'm glad she decided to play there instead of Eastbourne, which will probably be packed. Those grass court warm up are about getting as much match play on grass as posible.

I do wonder about the decision though.. sometime ago Cp6uja said he thought Ana would play Rosmalen because it's now The Unicef Open. I think the fact that she would not need a WC to enter the event has probably had a strong influence on the decision as well.

Safina and Ivanovic to Rosmalen

From our Editors Telesport

ROSMALEN - Dinara Safina and Ana Ivanovic will be the female attractions during the Unicef Open, the tennis tournament in 's Hertogenbosch that from June 13 to 19 is played on the grass courts of the Autotron.

Additionally presented tournament director Marcel Ivan Ljubicic also Hunze, Marcos Baghdatis and Daniela Hantuchova. Dutchman Robin Haase receives as a wildcard for the main event.

"I've always performed well in 's-Hertogenbosch and look forward to playing there again, especially through the participation of UNICEF," said Dinara Safina, who is currently on the side by a back injury.

Roland Garros champion Ana Ivanovic is excited. "I admire UNICEF for the excellent work she does around the world. Not long ago I visited a school in Belgrade and I participated in role plays in class. It was a fun and rewarding experience."

The tournament was last year the men won by Benjamin Becker in the finals defeated Raemon Sluiter. In the women defended her title successfully Tamarine Tanasugarn.

http://www.telegraaf.nl/telesport/tennis/6569460/__Safina_en_Ivanovic_naar_Rosmalen__.html?cid=rss

Davodus
Apr 21st, 2010, 11:31 AM
Cool, I like that tournament :yeah:

-NAJ-
Apr 21st, 2010, 11:35 AM
So that means that she will not play Eastbourne - Tour tracker.

at least she will have nice preparation for Wimbledon

InsideOut.
Apr 21st, 2010, 11:38 AM
:dance: Good that she's playing another International. :banana:

About time :rolleyes: Should have played Barcelona.

gaviotabr
Apr 21st, 2010, 11:45 AM
:dance: Good that she's playing another International. :banana:

About time :rolleyes: Should have played Barcelona.

Yes.. she so should have played Barcelona. She was already in Spain anyway.. could've taken the tournament as practice.. :rolleyes:

Anyway.. this is just her replacing one tournament (Eastbourne) for another (Rosmalen). Good that it's an international.. and she might get some more match play on grass, besides being able to enter the tournament without a WC.. but the Barcelona issue is that she should have added a tournament, and that is something she still hasn't done since Moscow 2008. I mean.. even Stuttgart.. all she did was replace Fed Cup for Stuttgart.. :rolleyes:

gaviotabr
Apr 21st, 2010, 11:46 AM
So that means that she will not play Eastbourne - Tour tracker.

at least she will have nice preparation for Wimbledon

They will probably change the Tour Tracker today.. :shrug:

InsideOut.
Apr 21st, 2010, 11:53 AM
So now we have:
Stuttgart
Rome
Madrid
RG
Rosmalen
Wimbledon

I would fill her schedule up so that she's playing every week since she won't be making it far anyway :shrug: Actually, skip Rome for Estoril.

Stuttgart
Estoril
Madrid
Strasbourg (does it still exist?)
RG
Birmingham
Rosmalen
Wimbledon

Might pick up 3-4 wins if lucky :banana:

gaviotabr
Apr 21st, 2010, 11:57 AM
So now we have:
Stuttgart
Rome
Madrid
RG
Rosmalen
Wimbledon

I would fill her schedule up so that she's playing every week since she won't be making it far anyway :shrug: Actually, skip Rome for Estoril.

Stuttgart
Estoril
Madrid
Strasbourg (does it still exist?)
RG
Birmingham
Rosmalen
Wimbledon

Might pick up 3-4 wins if lucky :banana:

:lol:

That would be great!

You know.. I was reading some quotes from Uncle Toni yesterday.. and he said they are trying to make Nadal's schedule now to be based on matches played, not on tournaments. That's what it is about.. Ana is barely playing matches at all, she could as well fill up her schedule so she can play a bit more, and have more chance at winning a match or two. :shrug:

Loungy
Apr 21st, 2010, 02:03 PM
You know.. I was reading some quotes from Uncle Toni yesterday.. and he said they are trying to make Nadal's schedule now to be based on matches played, not on tournaments. That's what it is about.. Ana is barely playing matches at all, she could as well fill up her schedule so she can play a bit more, and have more chance at winning a match or two. :shrug:
I've been wanting that for Ana (and Rafa, but digressing) for a long time.

Izzy, other than that one blog (?) where she said something about not playing as much as she wished because of injuries, has she said anything else about the lightness of her schedule? Was she ever asked in press conferences?

gaviotabr
Apr 21st, 2010, 02:11 PM
I've been wanting that for Ana (and Rafa, but digressing) for a long time.

Izzy, other than that one blog (?) where she said something about not playing as much as she wished because of injuries, has she said anything else about the lightness of her schedule? Was she ever asked in press conferences?

I think the only time she adressed this issue was in that one blog on her web. I don't remember her being asked about it.

The shoulder excuse is nonsense though.. it could only make sense if she was going deep into tournaments, which she isn't. If she could play a couple more matches in a tournament she lost on the first round, she can very well play (or try to) these 2 other matches in another tournament. They have to stop thinking she might snap out of the slump and start winning tournaments left and right from night to day, because it doesn't happen this way.. They should plan the schedule according to the matches played.. she needs match play more than anything. Go play a real match instead of a meaningless practice match.. I'm sure it would help her game 100000 times more.

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Apr 21st, 2010, 05:29 PM
Ah playing Rosmalen. So maybe I'll see her afterall.

The Daviator
Apr 21st, 2010, 06:04 PM
I like that tournament (I like Eastbourne too :p), good decision :yeah:

Curtos07
Apr 21st, 2010, 06:23 PM
Glad she's playing in another international, but as Izzy pointed out, she isn't adding to her schedule, just replacing it. They ain't fooling anybody.

jonnyroyale_13
Apr 22nd, 2010, 06:37 AM
So now we have:
Stuttgart
Rome
Madrid
RG
Rosmalen
Wimbledon

I would fill her schedule up so that she's playing every week since she won't be making it far anyway :shrug: Actually, skip Rome for Estoril.

Stuttgart
Estoril
Madrid
Strasbourg (does it still exist?)
RG
Birmingham
Rosmalen
Wimbledon

Might pick up 3-4 wins if lucky :banana:


Even Martina Hingis might be playing more matches this summer between exhibitions and WTT tennis than Ana does on tour:tape:
http://forum2.hingis.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=31902

gaviotabr
Apr 22nd, 2010, 01:46 PM
Even Martina Hingis might be playing more matches this summer between exhibitions and WTT tennis than Ana does on tour:tape:
http://forum2.hingis.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=31902

Hey Jonny!

Oh! I hope I get to see some videos of Hingis playing!

I think the question is.. who plays less then Ana? :lol:

jonnyroyale_13
Apr 23rd, 2010, 07:13 AM
Hey Jonny!

Oh! I hope I get to see some videos of Hingis playing!

I think the question is.. who plays less then Ana? :lol:

cant wait for some new Martina videos as well;)
Ana had at least 3 months off in the offseason. After January she may as well have just taken a three month in-season break from matches.

February 1 off
February 2 off
February 3 off
February 4 off
February 5 off
February 6 loss to Kuznetsova in Belgrade
February 7 loss to Kleybanova in Belgrade
February 8 off
February 9 off
February 10 off
February 11 off
February 12 off
February 13 off
February 14 off
February 15 off
February 16 off
February 17 off
February 18 off
February 19 off
February 20 off
February 21 off
February 22 off
February 23 off
February 24 off
February 25 off
February 26 off
February 27 off
February 28 off
March 1 off
March 2 one set loss to Clijsters in NYC
March 3 off
March 4 off
March 5 off
March 6 off
March 7 off
March 8 off
March 9 off
March 10 off
March 11 off
March 12 off
March 13 off
March 14 loss to Sevastova at Indian wells
March 15 off
March 16 off
March 17 off
March 18 off
March 19 off
March 20 off
March 21 off
March 22 off
March 23 off
March 24 off
March 25 win vs Parmentier in Miami
March 26 off
March 27 loss to Radwanska in Miami
March 28 off
March 29 off
March 30 off
March 31 off
April 1 off
April 2 off
April 3 off
April 4 off
April 5 off
April 6 off
April 7 off
April 8 off
April 9 off
April 10 off
April 11 off
April 12 off
April 13 off
April 14 off
April 15 off
April 16 off
April 17 off
April 18 off
April 19 off
April 20 off
April 21 off
April 22 off
April 23 TODAY...off
April 24 off
April 25 off
April 26 Stuttgart tournament set to begin

All part of Ana's master plan i guess:confused:
Anyway, we're kinda beating a dead horse about the schedules. Lets see how it goes in Stuttgart now after another long break. Ana train about to be moving again people. Buckle up:drive::baby::scared::eek::explode:

Davodus
Apr 23rd, 2010, 07:54 AM
I think the question is.. who plays less then Ana? :lol:

Even ALG has been practicing everyday, and she is on crutches :tape: I wonder if she still plays more than Ana :lol:

Cp6uja
Apr 23rd, 2010, 11:43 AM
According to tournament official site, Ana is actually first player which start to practice in Stuttgart Arena :shrug:, so we don't need new bitter comments...

The first players are practicing in the Porsche Arena (http://www.porsche-tennis.de/prod/pag/tennis.nsf/web/english-tournament_pressreleases_T10_0042_en)

Stuttgart. Two days before play starts at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, the first players have, in spite of the continuing worldwide disruptions to air traffic, arrived in Stuttgart. Ana Ivanovic was one of the stars welcomed personally at the airport by Tournament Director Markus Günthardt on Thursday. It did not take long before the former world No. 1 from Serbia was out practicing for the first time in the Porsche Arena...


BTW for those who still doubt in Ana current star-power and global popularity after 20 months of results crisis and big slump, and believe for example that Ana is last week chosen to be Madrid masters promoter only thanks to bizarre circumstances (and to escape punishment) - how they explain that despite she is worst ranked player into Stuttgart main draw tournament director decide to welcomed Ivanovic personally at the airport with flowers? She is still recognized like superstar and A-list celebrity (not like WAG or some "sucky server") and if you don't believe me - ask mayor of Madrid, billionaire Tiriac, tennis legend Santana or Porsche Open director.

Researching this P.O. official site I also find this interesting Ana/2007 wallpaper:
http://www.porsche-tennis.de/prod/pag/tennis.nsf/resources/downloads_wallpaper_03/$file/ivanovic_1024x768.jpg

jelenacg
Apr 23rd, 2010, 11:55 AM
February 1 off
February 2 off
February 3 off
February 4 off
February 5 off
February 6 loss to Kuznetsova in Belgrade
February 7 loss to Kleybanova in Belgrade
February 8 off
February 9 off
February 10 off
February 11 off
February 12 off
February 13 off
February 14 off
February 15 off
February 16 off
February 17 off
February 18 off
February 19 off
February 20 off
February 21 off
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February 24 off
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February 26 off
February 27 off
February 28 off
March 1 off
March 2 one set loss to Clijsters in NYC
March 3 off
March 4 off
March 5 off
March 6 off
March 7 off
March 8 off
March 9 off
March 10 off
March 11 off
March 12 off
March 13 off
March 14 loss to Sevastova at Indian wells
March 15 off
March 16 off
March 17 off
March 18 off
March 19 off
March 20 off
March 21 off
March 22 off
March 23 off
March 24 off
March 25 win vs Parmentier in Miami
March 26 off
March 27 loss to Radwanska in Miami
March 28 off
March 29 off
March 30 off
March 31 off
April 1 off
April 2 off
April 3 off
April 4 off
April 5 off
April 6 off
April 7 off
April 8 off
April 9 off
April 10 off
April 11 off
April 12 off
April 13 off
April 14 off
April 15 off
April 16 off
April 17 off
April 18 off
April 19 off
April 20 off
April 21 off
April 22 off
April 23 TODAY...off
April 24 off
April 25 off
April 26 Stuttgart tournament set to begin

All part of Ana's master plan i guess:confused:


OMG :crying2: Look at this :tape:
And people say we are exaggerating about her not playing at all :o :mad::rolleyes:
I think it would be a good idea to update this list until the end of the season

Then we can send it to Ana as a birthday gift or reality check :p

gaviotabr
Apr 23rd, 2010, 12:05 PM
cant wait for some new Martina videos as well;)
Ana had at least 3 months off in the offseason. After January she may as well have just taken a three month in-season break from matches.

February 1 off
February 2 off
February 3 off
February 4 off
February 5 off
February 6 loss to Kuznetsova in Belgrade
February 7 loss to Kleybanova in Belgrade
February 8 off
February 9 off
February 10 off
February 11 off
February 12 off
February 13 off
February 14 off
February 15 off
February 16 off
February 17 off
February 18 off
February 19 off
February 20 off
February 21 off
February 22 off
February 23 off
February 24 off
February 25 off
February 26 off
February 27 off
February 28 off
March 1 off
March 2 one set loss to Clijsters in NYC
March 3 off
March 4 off
March 5 off
March 6 off
March 7 off
March 8 off
March 9 off
March 10 off
March 11 off
March 12 off
March 13 off
March 14 loss to Sevastova at Indian wells
March 15 off
March 16 off
March 17 off
March 18 off
March 19 off
March 20 off
March 21 off
March 22 off
March 23 off
March 24 off
March 25 win vs Parmentier in Miami
March 26 off
March 27 loss to Radwanska in Miami
March 28 off
March 29 off
March 30 off
March 31 off
April 1 off
April 2 off
April 3 off
April 4 off
April 5 off
April 6 off
April 7 off
April 8 off
April 9 off
April 10 off
April 11 off
April 12 off
April 13 off
April 14 off
April 15 off
April 16 off
April 17 off
April 18 off
April 19 off
April 20 off
April 21 off
April 22 off
April 23 TODAY...off
April 24 off
April 25 off
April 26 Stuttgart tournament set to begin

All part of Ana's master plan i guess:confused:
Anyway, we're kinda beating a dead horse about the schedules. Lets see how it goes in Stuttgart now after another long break. Ana train about to be moving again people. Buckle up:drive::baby::scared::eek::explode:

Oh my... :sobbing:

You know.. this is why I think no practice in the world can help her.. She has had more than enough time to practice, and every time she shows up she is playing worse! :o

She needs to fix her head and go grind on tour...

gaviotabr
Apr 23rd, 2010, 12:11 PM
According to tournament official site, Ana is actually first player which start to practice in Stuttgart Arena :shrug:, so we don't need new bitter comments...

It says she practiced there for the first time, not that she was the first to practice.. :rolleyes:

BTW for those who still doubt in Ana current star-power and global popularity after 20 months of results crisis and big slump, and believe for example that Ana is last week chosen to be Madrid masters promoter only thanks to bizarre circumstances (and to escape punishment) - how they explain that despite she is worst ranked player into Stuttgart main draw tournament director decide to welcomed Ivanovic personally at the airport with flowers? She is still recognized like superstar and A-list celebrity (not like WAG or some "sucky server") and if you don't believe me - ask mayor of Madrid, billionaire Tiriac, tennis legend Santana or Porsche Open director.


Markus Gunthardt, Porsche Open Director, is Heinz Gunthardt's , Ana's coach, brother.. Have you thought about him picking up his brother? :rolleyes::p:lol:

But anyway.. who cares if she is still seen as "tennis superstar" because of her beauty, if to the tennis world she is nothing more than a joke who can't contend for anything, if she doesn't get respect as a tennis player anymore, if she can't play decent tennis for two years, if she can barely win matches... Who cares? Probably only you and her greedy managers. :rolleyes: I don't think anyone has denied she is still a crowd draw.

This is not relevant at all to me.. I would exchange all this recognition for some good tennis back and some respect for her as a tennis player.

jelenacg
Apr 23rd, 2010, 12:22 PM
It says she practiced there for the first time, not that she was the first to practice.. :rolleyes:



Markus Gunthardt, Porsche Open Director, is Heinz Gunthardt's , Ana's coach, brother.. Have you thought about him picking up his brother? :rolleyes::p:lol:

But anyway.. who cares if she is still seen as "tennis superstar" because of her beauty, if to the tennis world she is nothing more than a joke who can't contend for anything, if she doesn't get respect as a tennis player anymore, if she can't play decent tennis for two years, if she can barely win matches... Who cares? Probably only you and her greedy managers. :rolleyes: I don't think anyone has denied she is still a crowd draw.

This is not relevant at all to me.. I would exchange all this recognition for some good tennis back and some respect for her as a tennis player.

Exactly ,if she looked like Justine Henin(no offence to her fans) we wouldn`t be talking about this :rolleyes::o
Before she was a talented, young promising tennis player who happened to be very beautiful
Now she is just a pretty face :o :rolleyes:

Cp6uja
Apr 23rd, 2010, 01:44 PM
But anyway.. who cares if she is still seen as "tennis superstar" because of her beauty, if to the tennis world she is nothing more than a joke who can't contend for anything, if she doesn't get respect as a tennis player anymore, if she can't play decent tennis for two years, if she can barely win matches... Who cares? Probably only you and her greedy managers. :rolleyes: I don't think anyone has denied she is still a crowd draw.

This is not relevant at all to me.. I would exchange all this recognition for some good tennis back and some respect for her as a tennis player.You should to know that public image and worldwide "crowd favorite" title is not just products of some WTA players "good look", otherwise Kim Clijsters will never been so extremely popular since start of her career. Together with results crucial is players personality, behavior, personal charisma and image (and look, OK :p). On this subforum we talking about Golf tour (too much IMO), so let's see whats happen in Tiger Woods public image case. He is still all-time best golfer and one of best athletes in sports history (and his looks is same like in near past :rolleyes:), but new details about his personality (he is obviously not that perfect off-court like on-court) which we know NOW, dramatically changed his public image, status, popularity... And we should to be proud that Ana off-court still stay to be "perfect girl" and "role model" despite all this pathetic changes in her tennis game and results. For example I'm so proud of her that she decide to play Rosmalen instead Eastbourne just because Unicef (and we all know how she hate to play on Mickey Mouse events)... Don't make me wrong, I'm also not happy to see her in Mallorca caffe's instead preparing herself for upcoming clay season, but on other hand that is paparazzi pics (she not posed for sure) and she looks very happy to me - so are we fans have right to ask of her: Dear Ana till You not back into TOP10 (or whatever), You have not right for personal happiness... or something like that :confused: Look majority of posts here (including Yours) in last 2 months - whatever Ana doing is wrong, not good, bad sign, deserve critics... which is simple not truth. Every real Ana fan is pissed for what happen not only in last 2 months, but in last 22 months - but bitter comments about everything is not way :shrug: BTW if we complain about her every moves and every decision, our critics about her really bad decisions and real mistakes will be less effective :(

I will not say that we should to expect some miracle or even big progress during this 2010 clay season when we still don't have any trustful proofs about improvement, but let's be patient for just next two months and see whats will happen at her favorite surface. For her impressive 2007-2008 red clay results she deserve at least that :shrug:

gaviotabr
Apr 23rd, 2010, 02:42 PM
You should to know that public image and worldwide "crowd favorite" title is not just products of some WTA players "good look", otherwise Kim Clijsters will never been so extremely popular since start of her career. Together with results crucial is players personality, behavior, personal charisma and image (and look, OK :p). On this subforum we talking about Golf tour (too much IMO), so let's see whats happen in Tiger Woods public image case. He is still all-time best golfer and one of best athletes in sports history (and his looks is same like in near past :rolleyes:), but new details about his personality (he is obviously not that perfect off-court like on-court) which we know NOW, dramatically changed his public image, status, popularity... And we should to be proud that Ana off-court still stay to be "perfect girl" and "role model" despite all this pathetic changes in her tennis game and results. For example I'm so proud of her that she decide to play Rosmalen instead Eastbourne just because Unicef (and we all know how she hate to play on Mickey Mouse events)... Don't make me wrong, I'm also not happy to see her in Mallorca caffe's instead preparing herself for upcoming clay season, but on other hand that is paparazzi pics (she not posed for sure) and she looks very happy to me - so are we fans have right to ask of her: Dear Ana till You not back into TOP10 (or whatever), You have not right for personal happiness... or something like that :confused: Look majority of posts here (including Yours) in last 2 months - whatever Ana doing is wrong, not good, bad sign, deserve critics... which is simple not truth. Every real Ana fan is pissed for what happen not only in last 2 months, but in last 22 months - but bitter comments about everything is not way :shrug: BTW if we complain about her every moves and every decision, our critics about her really bad decisions and real mistakes will be less effective :(

I have a feeling you have no idea of what irony and sarcasm is... :rolleyes:

She might have decided to play Rosmalen because she can actually enter this tournament, which is not the case with Eastbourne.. :rolleyes:

And please, don't say something is the universal truth just because that's your opinion.. :rolleyes:


I will not say that we should to expect some miracle or even big progress during this 2010 clay season when we still don't have any trustful proofs about improvement, but let's be patient for just next two months and see whats will happen at her favorite surface. For her impressive 2007-2008 red clay results she deserve at least that :shrug:

We have been being patient for 2 years.. very patient... :rolleyes: Everytime there is a new deadline.. :rolleyes:

Davodus
Apr 23rd, 2010, 03:42 PM
I think it is okay to make these kind of comments about what she is doing, especially because we mostly do it in good fun. We don't know her so we don't know really what she is doing all the time, but what else is there to do? It is well beyond the stage where we can hope for good results, because they have been non existent for about as long as they were existent now. If we keep sitting around waiting, we would go crazy no? I'm happy to be critical of her 'every move' because I think that every move her and her team are taking deserves to be critiqued right now...That is just my opinion :shrug:

bruce goose
Apr 23rd, 2010, 03:46 PM
Cp6uja,I appreciate your loyalty to Ana but I agree with Izzy that you seem equally naive sometimes:If Ana is so 'happy',then why are her self-esteem and self-confidence so low.You should know better than most that Ana can manufacture a smile from nowhere...and even an alcoholic smiles when he has a beer in his hand...that doesn't mean he is happy inside of himself.Instead,it's the exact opposite.

Also,you complain that we are criticizing Ana too much...as if fans could say nothing but good things about a player.That is absolutely RIDICULOUS but,to be fair,you aren't the only one who does that.There are others who cry that we are worse than 'haters' b/c we won't support Ana's bad decisions:rolleyes:.I love my cousin VERY much,but he has an addiction to narcotics...so should I 'prove' my support for him by encouraging him to keep using drugs??Because I'm a 'bad cousin' if I suggest that he shouldn't use cocaine...or that he shouldn't spend time with maricones who get high with him??It's when you really care about someone that it bothers you to see them hurt,and it's only NATURAL to want to protect our loved ones when they show self-destructive behavior....It doesn't make us 'disloyal fans':rolleyes:

OC521
Apr 23rd, 2010, 04:30 PM
Markus Gunthardt, Porsche Open Director, is Heinz Gunthardt's , Ana's coach, brother.. Have you thought about him picking up his brother? :rolleyes::p:lol:




:lol:
Markus arrives with flowers to pick up his brother, Heinz. :lol:
When my brother picks me up at the airport, he arrives with an empty wallet. :lol:













































http://i42.tinypic.com/15md7yc.jpg

gaviotabr
Apr 23rd, 2010, 09:50 PM
:lol:
Markus arrives with flowers to pick up his brother, Heinz. :lol:
When my brother picks me up at the airport, he arrives with an empty wallet. :lol:


It was a... joke... :rolleyes:

gaviotabr
Apr 24th, 2010, 02:13 PM
New article on Ana, from a Stuttgart newspaper. Google translation:

The long road out of the impasse
Article from the Stuttgarter Zeitung of 24.04.2010
Tennis Ana Ivanovic tries in Stuttgart at age 22 a fresh start. By Matthias A. Schmid
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Ana Ivanovic brings with her presence even the vacuum cleaner to silence. As proposed yesterday morning, the 22-year-old Serb their first balls on the Centre Court of the Porsche Arena, the lady sets of the cleaning service once their loud monster to the side. She sits down and surprised if the blows they get there to see. It is not the only one in the hall, which ceased its work in this moment, some men who have to do in the arena look around, whisper, smile - and watch.

Ana Ivanovic has lost none of its appeal. She has lost in recent months, however, their strength on the pitch. She's fallen behind in the world rankings at position 57th It should be noted, however, it is not. She plays ball, which illustrate why it has risen in June two years ago to number one in women's tennis. It makes direct points in return, she plays angles that seem to overturn the laws of physics, and shows their remarkable stop the volley ball feel. Their internal blockade, their tension in recent months, they are not outwardly identify. "My job is," says Heinz Günthardt, "that they reflect the looseness in their strokes in the tournament will take place."

He stands on the site and register their every move. The Swiss, who in Germany is as a coach of Steffi Graf became well known, supervised for several weeks, the Serbian woman, residing in Switzerland. Ivanovic has reached the age of 20 in 2008, of which many players dream of a lifetime in vain: It is Grand Slam champion, the world number one and one of the most popular female athletes on the planet. 48 million clicks recorded their homepage. No Website of an athlete, not even by Tiger Woods, David Beckham and Maria Sharapova, is visited frequently.

That sounds like a perfect career. In fact, Ana Ivanovic is also an example of how easy it is in professional sports as an exceptional talent end up in a dead end. In 2008, the women's tennis a new superstar: successful and handsome - with a story that sounds fabulous.

Growing up in Belgrade proposes the little Ana their first balls in an empty swimming pool in the war-ruined capital city of Serbia. You can only train the morning between sieben und neun clock because darken later the NATO bombing of the sky. At 14, she takes her future manager Dan Holzmann, a businessman in Switzerland. The rest is history.

If Ana Ivanovic today told of their successes, this sounds as if she were talking about another person from a time that is long in the past. "I had no pressure, no expectations," she says, after having yesterday hit the last ball, "I went out there and played drauflos." Just like that.

To think they had no time. Week after week, she played another tournament in another country. The results were in, it questioned nothing. But suddenly there was this feeling that she did not know. And did not know how they should handle it. With force it hit her, she was not prepared. "Suddenly I felt the pressure as the number one, the expectations of others and my own."

Complication after Drittrundenniederlage Wimbledon were added in 2008, the injury. Nothing serious. But there was little complaint, which did not a regular workout. She lost more often games that they could not lose. You tense, self-confidence decreased, as is the desire to play. Nearly one and a half years went that way. "And at some point you realize that you have to change something," said Ana Ivanovic.

The obvious solution seemed to be a new coach. A coach who brings experience and know that setbacks can only refine a career. Now at age 22 Ana Ivanovic has reached a new beginning, in her second career, as she says. You will make many things differently and better, of course. You will hear more on her body, treat it breaks, their psyche as well. Therefore, they no longer reports for each tournament. And has also enrolled at the Open University. Finances are her subject. To own it must not worry. It has long been in safe hands. It is not the money that drives them. "I want to become number one and win Grand Slam tournaments," she says.

The Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart will be the start on the way back. There will be no easier.

http://www.stuttgarter-zeitung.de/stz/page/2465744_0_9223_-der-lange-weg-aus-der-sackgasse.html

So.. she seems to practice well.. but when matches come... her head screws it up for her. She shouldn't be feeling any pressure now though.. pressure of what? Nobody fears her anyway.. she might as well swing away.

HowardH
Apr 24th, 2010, 04:35 PM
Cp6uja, you are right in that Ana's popularity is indeed the result of something special- her charm. As you rightly point out, Kim has this too, which is why she is so liked without having to be sexy or beautiful. Together with some results that happened what seems like eons ago, this has made her very popular despite her slump (along with some marketing that has enhanced her image among casual fans who actually don't realise how badly she has been playing).

The unfortunate thing for Ana and all of us, is that charm is not part of the scoring system of tennis. Neither is image.

Izzy is also right of course. Most of Ana's fans would prefer that Ana regained some form and won some matches and are not comforted that many people still like her a lot. But I understand where you are coming from Cp6uja. In a way her continued popularity and stardom can be a kind of comfort. I wouldn't call it greatness, but it's something. On the other hand, I think to many fans it is actually a painful thorn to be reminded of how vast the gap is between her level of popularity and her level of tennis.

I don't really believe Ana practices well. I always hear she practices well, is timing the ball well, but honestly I can't remember a practice session from her that was that good recently, from vids that have been posted. People want to write nice things about Ana, to explain how good she actually is. People want to describe her in hyperbole. But when I see the vids, I never see this. Unless I watch old videos of her.

When I actually see her playing great tennis, then I'll believe it. Maybe in her practice sessions she's destroying all opposition. I wouldn't mind seeing footage of that.

gaviotabr
Apr 26th, 2010, 03:37 PM
New interview... Google translation is pretty bad, but we can have an idea..

Tennis
Ivanovic wants to do better than Kournikova

By Robert Dunker 26th April 2010, 17:05 clock

Two years ago, they rose to the Queen and idolized tennis world rankings, then no more was much to Ana Ivanovic. Before their opening match against the Polish Radwanska in Stuttgart, the 22-year-old speaks in an interview with WELT ONLINE on the descent, psychological problems and their sex appeal.


Two years ago, they rose to the Queen and idolized tennis world rankings, followed by Ana Ivanovic failed in tournaments early in rows, often with injuries. No matter what they undertook to find its former strength, it's not worked. 2009, the Serb finished as the 22nd from the world, she is currently 57th the ranking.

WELT ONLINE: Ms. Ivanovic, Andre Agassi, you have read your biography?

Ana Ivanovic: Oh, yes, I have swallowed them. I do not care much for sports biographies, but Andres book is special because it gives very detailed information on the life of a tennis pro, mental, with all its facets.

WELT ONLINE: What places have you found each other again?

Ivanovic: Several times. The best I liked when he said his coach Brad Gilbert: "Hey Andre, you need not always be perfect. You have no self-confidence, and this is at your perfectionism. You want every ball hit a winner, yet you'd be better if you play consistently. "In these sentences is much truth. I'm just about to learn.

WELT ONLINE: Have you ever hated tennis, "", as Agassi has done all his athletes allegedly life?

Ivanovic: Hate is a strong word. I have never felt so for tennis, I love my sport. But he says the best interests rather than a metaphor for a love-hate.

WELT ONLINE: Unlike many other stars you were not educated by your parents through this drill to perfection. She grabbed bombed Belgrade in the 90s a tennis racket and balls lashed against the walls of a dilapidated swimming pool. How do you feel today about your climb to the top player?

Ivanovic: As a child I admired Steffi Graf's forehand and tried to imitate Monica Seles' two-handed backhand. I came without pressure and without fear in the professional tour. Then you win a tournament, one thing and another, and you find pleasure in it. It is as if you had the sweet fruit of success nibbled. Then suddenly rising expectations that you put on you, but also those who are approached by the media and sponsors to you.

WELT ONLINE: The gentle rise followed the sudden crash. What was in your time of crisis, the greater obstacle: the mental weakness or physical malaise?

Ivanovic: It was a vicious circle from which I no longer came out. First there were the injuries, typical problems with adductor muscles, thumb, shoulder, knee. I did not feel safe, I staggered the simplest balls, and in the end went on it all my self-confidence. I was burned out, I needed a break. I took a long time to accept this condition. Now I know, tennis is a sport with a high risk of injury. I find it amazing what the course took the women's tennis, is played with what enormous force in the world rankings.

WELT ONLINE: In burn-out and a high injury rate almost every Topspielerin suffering, currently Justin Henin and Kim Clijsters and the German Sabine Lisicki. Burned the professional tour their players?

Ivanovic: The ongoing tournaments, the number of trips, in between the training is intense - sometimes the party is a pain that we must rethink players, but also the organizers. The burden must fall. In an age policy, the WTA has determined how many tournaments are allowed to play a teenager, but still leads the rule means that Spielerinnnen play with 18 as much as they can. The need to be protected from themselves. I am curious if there will soon be a statistic that indicates whether the careers of the players take longer than ten years ago.


WELT ONLINE: If the early career at the end of sometimes poor motivation, because the material needs are met early?

Ivanovic: In my case, I deny that money was never a drive for me.

WELT ONLINE: Your bad luck seems to have been overcome. They played four tournaments this year went down in, down to place 57 of the world and suffered a shoulder injury.

Ivanovic: For me it is a learning process, I used to play too much. I sort of more tournaments now because I know that recovery is as important as training and that, on the right stretching just as important as the correct technique of impact.

WELT ONLINE: You have experimented with various coaches and then be done with Heinz Günthardt, the former coach of Steffi Graf, together. What has he accomplished?

Ivanovic: Heinz is wonderful. We work only for a few months ago, but I already feel the positive input he has on my game. I feel like my confidence is rising again. He tells me to stop thinking about me and my game. I think that Heinz Günthardt is that for me, Brad Gilbert, Agassi was for.

WELT ONLINE: What is the risk that you will experience a similar career end like Anna Kournikova?

Ivanovic: I'll do better. There are so many goals that I want to achieve that I will play in five or six years of tennis.

WELT ONLINE: During a short romance with the Spanish tennis player Fernando Verdasco They complained about the paparazzi who had been lying to you. Other hand, you make your appearance attractive advantage. How does that work?

Ivanovic: Just because I do photo shoots, I still do not like all the photographers (laughs). I know that I owe my popularity and my appearance. But I did not know that I am for some people so interesting.

WELT ONLINE: From your appearance, you could convince most recently in Australia. Since you were served from show to show.

Ivanovic: Right. An athlete from there (the golfer Adam Scott - dR) is my friend. The performances and the modeling for me are a nice change from the often tedious daily training. But believe me, this attention does not make me a better person.

http://www.welt.de/sport/article7345165/Ivanovic-will-es-besser-machen-als-Kurnikowa.html

I had to roll my eyes several times... with this mentality no wonder she is losing so many matches. Does Ana really think she used to play too much and that now she has the right balance? Because she only steps on a tennis court very rarely nowadays.. And she was never a player to play too much.. about 18/19 tournaments until 2008, which is a normal number. If playing 20 matches a year is a good schedule for her, she can't say she wants to win Grand Slams.. :rolleyes:

And if she plans to play only for the next 5 years.. then she better stop with the "being patient" thing and recommit, otherwise she will be walking far and away from any of those goals she says she has. She doesn't have much time. :rolleyes:

soul
Apr 26th, 2010, 04:02 PM
Playing too many matches........ really interesting

Cp6uja
Apr 26th, 2010, 06:16 PM
I had to roll my eyes several times... with this mentality no wonder she is losing so many matches. Does Ana really think she used to play too much and that now she has the right balance? Because she only steps on a tennis court very rarely nowadays.. And she was never a player to play too much.. about 18/19 tournaments until 2008, which is a normal number. If playing 20 matches a year is a good schedule for her, she can't say she wants to win Grand Slams.. :rolleyes:

And if she plans to play only for the next 5 years.. then she better stop with the "being patient" thing and recommit, otherwise she will be walking far and away from any of those goals she says she has. She doesn't have much time. :rolleyes:
Once again - her schedule is not that big problem :shrug:

WELT ONLINE: What places have you found each other again?

Ivanovic: Several times. The best I liked when he said his coach Brad Gilbert: "Hey Andre, you need not always be perfect. You have no self-confidence, and this is at your perfectionism. You want every ball hit a winner, yet you'd be better if you play consistently. "In these sentences is much truth. I'm just about to learn.This is her real problem - wrong "new" (since 2nd part of 2008) game strategy! She want to compare herself with player famous not for his serve, but for serve return, more for angles and precise shots than power (and he is not tall at all for ATP standards), more for errorless game than winners, for great moving and ability to force opponents to run. It's like between Martina Hingis and Lindsay Davenport to chose Hingis for her tennis game role model:help:, which is simple wrong and even stupid from some 185+ tall girl with potential super-power FH and big serve!? So dear Ana, you should to be classic prototype of WTA power player and big hitter, so don't even dream that trying to play more consistently will give you more success than trying to hit winner (or at least hit ball very hard) every time when have opportunity for that! That is formula for success for all big hitters and tall power players in this sport.

Curtos07
Apr 26th, 2010, 06:20 PM
Once again - her schedule is not that big problem :shrug:


How can anybody in their right mind say Ana's schedule is not a problem? She is only playing 15 tournaments this year, fewer than the entire top 100 of the entire WTA tour with the exception of Henin and Clijsters and she has only played 3 matches in the past 2.5 months. That's inexcusable. Ana will never get out of this slump until she add a significant amount of more tournaments. She needs to be playing more. FACT.

gaviotabr
Apr 26th, 2010, 06:26 PM
Once again - her schedule is not that big problem :shrug:

The problem is looking only at tournaments in her schedule. They should look at matches played. Try to get her to play more matches is a must for her to play better. She has no rhythm, no match management, no clutch time playing.. and that is due to barely playing matches at all. She is expecting things to fall from the sky and suddenly get deep in each tournament. But that won't happen, because she is barely playing in the first place. They should set a goal for number of matches played, and add tournaments if she keeps losing early and getting barely nothing of match play. Look at the schedule per matches not per tournaments.

But I think this is all :bs: excuses... deep down Ana just doesn't want to be playing real tennis matches.

This is her real problem - wrong "new" (since 2nd part of 2008) game strategy! She want to compare herself with player famous not for his serve, but for serve return, more for angles and precise shots than power (and he is not tall at all for ATP standards), more for errorless game than winners, for great moving and ability to force opponents to run. It's like between Martina Hingis and Lindsay Davenport to chose Hingis for her tennis game role model:help:, which is simple wrong and even stupid from some 185+ tall girl with potential super-power FH and big serve!? So dear Ana, you should to be classic prototype of WTA power player and big hitter, so don't even dream that trying to play more consistently will give you more success than trying to hit winner (or at least hit ball very hard) every time when have opportunity for that! That is formula for success for all big hitters and tall power players in this sport.

I can see your point there.

Cp6uja
Apr 26th, 2010, 07:58 PM
The problem is looking only at tournaments in her schedule. They should look at matches played. Try to get her to play more matches is a must for her to play better. She has no rhythm, no match management, no clutch time playing.. and that is due to barely playing matches at all. She is expecting things to fall from the sky and suddenly get deep in each tournament. But that won't happen, because she is barely playing in the first place. They should set a goal for number of matches played, and add tournaments if she keeps losing early and getting barely nothing of match play. Look at the schedule per matches not per tournaments. This make sense only during hardcourt season (winter and summer, both). Claycourt and grass season are too much short and intense that every extra event will make more troubles than benefits.

But I think this is all :bs: excuses... deep down Ana just doesn't want to be playing real tennis matches. Rethink again - if that is case, she will play much more Mickey Mouse events, instead biggest ones like she scheduled (even using WC opportunity when her rank is not enough good for MD) and where she risk to face TOP-tenners already in 1st round (like it happen this week in Stuttgart) :shrug:

gaviotabr
Apr 26th, 2010, 08:03 PM
This make sense only during hardcourt season (winter and summer, both). Claycourt and grass season are too much short and intense that every extra event will make more troubles than benefits.

How is that so? More events would mean more matches which would lead her to get more match play and less stage fright.. and to develop her game. Less events mean she might play just 5 matches before Wimbledon, in a 2 month spam. How is that too much? Or helpful? It won't help her improve her tennis, that's for sure.. you only really improve once you are on a tennis court in a match situation.

Rethink again - if that is case, she will play much more Mickey Mouse events, instead biggest ones like she scheduled (even using WC opportunity when her rank is not enough good for MD) and where she risk to face TOP-tenners already in 1st round (like it happen this week in Stuttgart) :shrug:

That makes no sense at all Cp6uja..

If she was playing MM, she would probably be winning more matches, which would lead her to be playing more matches. :shrug: I think deep down she does NOT want to be more time on the court playing real matches. She always looks miserable..

-NAJ-
Apr 26th, 2010, 09:01 PM
:secret: interesting
http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=17641133&postcount=4177

gaviotabr
Apr 26th, 2010, 09:09 PM
:secret: interesting
http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=17641133&postcount=4177

Sorry.. but Snezana was an idiot there. JJ skipped Fed Cup when she was slumping badly as well.. and there is no need to atack Ana in order to defend JJ.

You would never see Dragana trash talking JJ for anything.

jelenacg
Apr 26th, 2010, 09:13 PM
http://www.pressonline.rs/sr/vesti/sport/story/114441/Sne%C5%BEana+Jankovi%C4%87%3A+Jelena+se+mu%C4%8Di+ dok+neko+drugi+pije+kafu!.html


So Jelena`s mother gave her opinion about FC :rolleyes: I don`t know why am i even posting this :rolleyes:
Snezana is so not worth it :o

She is pissed off bc so `many` people came to see JJ and her team play :rolleyes: She is also mad bc Serbian media didn`t care about FC :lol:

The important part is that her daughter played injured for Serbia while `someone drank coffee far away from Belgrade `:tape: (:secret: i think she saw Ana and Adam`s photos :lol: )
Even our newspapers know she was referring to Ana :lol:
And then people wonder why Ana and JJ don`t get along well :angel:
Seriously 50 years old woman talking about 20 years old girl :help: :rolleyes: What a bitch :lol:

Curtos07
Apr 26th, 2010, 09:14 PM
I just read that. Pisses me off. :fiery: Now we know were JJ gets her manners from. :rolleyes:

-NAJ-
Apr 26th, 2010, 09:30 PM
if you ask me I'd never allow myself if i was public figure to talk bad about other people in public. it's okay to have opinion but still...
I have to say that I agree with some things she said( serbian tennis associtaion and attitude towards women's national selection, failed marketing, closed gates of Arena for people who don't have money ...)

jelenacg
Apr 26th, 2010, 09:44 PM
if you ask me I'd never allow myself if i was public figure to talk bad about other people in public. it's okay to have opinion but still...
I have to say that I agree with some things she said( serbian tennis association and attitude towards women's national selection, failed marketing, closed gates of Arena for people who don't have money ...)

I also agree with this :)
But even if many people don`t want to except this, Ana is far more marketable than JJ in Serbia and in rest of the world
Every time they played FC Ana was here 7-10 days earlier,she gave many interviews...
Ana was always on tv talking about tennis or other stuff plus she always does stuff for Verano,goes to watch Partizan play... that`s also marketing
JJ shows up 2,3 days earlier with the injury talk and that`s it.:rolleyes: To be clear i`m not questioning her injuries here
I knew this would happened .JJ is not that much star, she and her mother think she is :shrug: i`m not trying to offend her
Plus at the same day Partizan was playing in the final and i watched Partizan :p

So that marketing and media talk Snezana is talking about Ana always did,not our tennis association but Ana :rolleyes:

For the last ,like i said before 50 years old woman bashing 20 years old girl is pathetic and it talks more about her and her manners than about Ana imo

soul
Apr 27th, 2010, 02:27 PM
It is non of her bussines to make such statements.

doni1212
Apr 27th, 2010, 04:06 PM
Like mother, like daughter. This makes it so clear to me now...

gaviotabr
Apr 28th, 2010, 01:24 PM
There were some articles about Ana in the german press:

Tennis-Beauty is pitied
Ivanovic escapes with tears in his eyes
last updated: 04/28/2010 - 12:37

Stuttgart (RPO). Ana Ivanovic earns admiring glances just off the tennis courts - as a model on the covers of men's, women's and fashion magazines. Does the former world number currently at work, the observer is triggered above all a feeling of pity. Followed by the question of why, for the causes of the deep fall of Ivanovic.

In the WTA tournament in Stuttgart, followed by the first round against the Pole Agnieszka Radwanska from (6:7, 4:6), the next setback. Without comment, and with tears in his eyes Ivanovic fled to the seventh defeat in the twelfth match 2010 from the Swabian metropolis. They had claimed before the game: "I feel like my confidence is rising again." But the free fall of the crashed space 57 on list of best 22 year olds continues unabated.

Her coach, Heinz Günthardt, once successful coach of Steffi Graf, takes Ivanovic despite the depressing situation in the duty. "Ana must break the cycle of defeat," demanded the Swiss, "It will show whether it succeeds in the near future."

In the Serb was after her pretty tournament victory at Roland Garros in 2008 the tennis world at the feet. Ana I. Queen, as the media Glamour Girl Ivanovic admiringly dubbed ascended, even in June 2008 for twelve weeks in the tennis throne.

The worldwide attention soon reached its peak: Ivanovics website registered in the same month, about 48 million clicks - no website of a sports star was in the same period, visits frequently. She signed contracts worth millions and went to the advertising icon with sex appeal.

Critics claim were immediately after the great triumph at the Paris ashes already the harbingers of decline have been visible. "It is as if you had the sweet fruit of success nibbled," Ivanovic said of the daily Die Welt: "Then suddenly rising expectations that you put in you. But even the ones from the media and sponsors, brought to you. "

, To the immense pressure, mental fatigue and joined by injuries to the knee, shoulder and thumb. A vicious circle that they could not break through until now. "I did not feel safe, I staggered the simplest of balls, and in the end went on it all my self-confidence," said the Serbian ambassador for UNICEF and confessed: "I was burned out."

After her tearful first-round off at the U.S. Open in September 2009 drew Ivanovic the emergency brake and decided on a weeklong break. As Ranking-22. they finished a year of bankruptcies, bad luck and breakdowns early.

The hoped-for rehabilitation effect was made in the past. Despite a promising start to the season reaching the semi-finals in Brisbane failed Ivanovic at the Australian Open in the second round. A stumbling block has it that began in the nineties in an empty swimming pool in the bombed Belgrade with the tennis, identified their perfectionism.

While reading the autobiography of tennis icon Andre Agassi and Graf-husband ("Open") to Ivanovic has recently found itself. "The best I liked when he said his coach, 'Hey Andre, you need not always be perfect. You have no self-confidence, and this is at your perfectionism." I'm just about to learn from it, "said Ivanovic.


http://www.rp-online.de/sport/mehr/tennis/Ivanovic-flieht-mit-Traenen-in-den-Augen_aid_850345.html

gaviotabr
Apr 28th, 2010, 01:25 PM
Only one snapshot

By Gabriela Thoma

STUTTGART. Anna Kournikova has done it, Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic's doing well. Who wants to take the bad girl that they use the laws of the market to themselves? The beautiful Serb Ana Ivanovic, also called the queen of hearts happy, but grin, bends forward, knocking the flat of his hand on her thigh and laughs are almost broken. No, she says softly, not the modeling is their main job. Photo shoots for magazines made just fun, but they were for only the most beautiful thing in the world. So beautiful, that the 22-year-old Swiss-election should be protected thanks to lucrative advertising revenue up over her career beyond the end in financial terms.
Had to start after only one match in Stuttgart again, the journey home: Ana Ivanovic (Image State) after five months of time out of the Pole Agnieszka Radwanska. PHOTO: APN
Had to start after only one match in Stuttgart again, the journey home: Ana Ivanovic (Image State) after five months of time out of the Pole Agnieszka Radwanska. PHOTO: APN
But Ana Ivanovic, who had in the tennis scene not long before ever the status of a pop star wants to show primarily athletic performance. She wants to prove they can still excellent lam into the felt ball, has a great feel and just shines not only on the catwalk. But after the crash, the former world number first succeeded at number 57 and a five-month break now in her opening match at the clay court tournament in Stuttgart Porsche-Arena not restart.

"I'm now back in the process of doing what I love"

Despite fierce resistance, it is bound with 6:7 (4:7), 4:6 of the Polish number eight of the world, Agnieszka Radwanska. However, it should confuse this defeat on their way back no further, for Ana Ivanovic has learned from an early age to fight, resistance to iron out. She has also not forgotten in time, as she floated on a pink cloud, because as tennis Lolita so well in the advertising campaign "Looking for a Hero" fit of the World Federation.

When a few years ago, the old bride was about women's tennis to get fancy, put the WTA players especially to those values that had next to an attractive game and a nice appearance, their visual merits, in accordance with their forehand and backhand brought. And Ana Ivanovic was and is more than a coquettish eyes surcharge. Moreover, their history is good to this day the headlines.

As a child, admired Steffi Graf's forehand and Belgraderin born Monica Seles double-handed backhand. During the Kosovo conflict, she trained in an empty swimming pool and pumped fled when NATO began bombing, with 14 years of Basel in Switzerland. When she was then in 2008 with just 20 years and plays with her Grand Slam victory at Roland Garros world number one, they had their own magical story crowned.

A total of 18 weeks it was number one. But Ana Ivanovic paid for this is not soaring to the signals your body is not cured, from the chase through the squares minor injuries. Sometimes embarrassing defeats were the result. "I have balls simplest crafty." From then lost the glamor girl is not only more games, but his self-confidence.

"It is time for me," to recover from tennis, she rang unusually honest in the autumn of 2009 for a break. Meanwhile, she swallowed the Dalai Lama's book "Art" to be happy. Matured and went hungry the Twen now back on the tour. It is extremely important for them was to retire and get to know yourself better, "she said in Stuttgart. "I love tennis and I am now back again to do what I love. Actually I can not imagine that I have some no longer wanted to play tennis. "

Even if there are setbacks, they will write a new success story. At her side while she has the Swiss Heinz Günthardt who had worked with Steffi Graf on one of the most victorious in the women's tennis stories. Ana Ivanovic says, but only temporarily, "I know now, the world rankings is only a snapshot. I have also thought about what it means to be number one: I have to work even harder to be a real champion. "

Good thing she has learned from an early age on to prevail against adversity. (GEA)

http://www.gea.de/sport/weitere+sportarten/nur+eine+momentaufnahme+.1259574.htm

gaviotabr
Apr 28th, 2010, 01:27 PM
The Beautiful folds up early


Stuttgart. An iron law in Boxgeschäft is: They never come back - you never go back. In women's tennis this works sooner, but Ana Ivanovic hopes were given a shock in Stuttgart.

Former world champion, the years after the loss of their World Cup try-belt again ascend to the throne box. There are many fail to try, but most. In women's tennis is different, see Kim Clijsters or Justine Henin. Even Ana Ivanovic aims to return to top of the world.

In the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttart the 22-year-old wanted to take another attempt yesterday to get back into the spotlight back. Where the Serb has never stopped completely. With just 22 years that would be plenty early. But the pretty brunette has fallen far in the rankings. In Stuttgart, she went as number 57 in the world at the start - for a player who was on the profits of Roland Garros as number one at the top, a deep case.

With five years she had received her first tennis racket, which she still owns, and began to emulate their idol Monica Seles. In the bombed Belgrade, she practiced in an empty swimming pool and played for hours against the wall ball. The mother, a lawyer, moved with her daughter, was 14 years old as this in Switzerland, because they saw better Traiingsmöglichkeiten for Ana.

On 9 June 2008 it was done: Ana Ivanovic was at the top of the world rankings - the second Serb to idol Monica Seles. Although she held a total of twelve weeks on the throne, but from 2009 it was in the world rankings, also due to numerous injuries, steep downhill.

Still, Ivanovic could share with their customers have more than seven million dollars in prize money, which she has won, to rest. Especially since they would be good as a model to make ends meet. A comparison with Anna Kournikova is near there. The Russian woman caused a sensation with their appearance more than their game. But that would not meet Ana Ivanovic, there are between the two tennis beauties but one crucial difference - the Serb their career will not end without a tournament victory. And there are a few more to come. On the sand in the Stuttarter Porsche Arena this year, but it is nothing. Against Agnieszka Radwanska put it in the first round, a 6-7, 4-6 defeat. The match against the number eight of the world rankings was dominated by Ana Ivanovics pages of ups and downs. Again and again she had an idea why she was once the best tennis player in the world. But too often, they afforded a simple mistake. Symptomatic of this was the decisive scene of the lot: Agnieszka Radwanska was already on the way into the wrong corner, but Ivanovic ball from close range was hanging on the network and thus ended the first match point the game after 1:46 hours playing time.

Ana Ivanovic left broken the arena. So far, it seems also has moving on to know what boxing a long time - they never come back.

http://www.swp.de/goeppingen/sport/sonstige/ueberregional/art4375,460737

gaviotabr
Apr 28th, 2010, 01:28 PM
All I can say is that this is all pretty sad..

Heinz says Ana needs to break the losing cycle.. well.. this is like saying the sky is blue. They should ask themselves why she can't do it.

bruce goose
Apr 29th, 2010, 03:27 AM
http://www.onthebaseline.com/2010/04/28/head-games-a-look-at-the-mental-side-of-tennis-part-1/

Ana,if you're even ONE IOTA honest with yourself,then read this article and tell me that some of the psychological breakdowns mentioned within don't describe your matches PERFECTLY....You need help,Ana--even if some of your "friends" are too cowardly to tell you that

....And if anyone has a good idea on how to send this to Ana,then be my guest:worship:......She likes to read,so let her read the article that'll practically hold a mirror right up to her lovely,confused face(sigh x a million)

gaviotabr
Apr 29th, 2010, 05:03 PM
A couple more articles about Ana slumping.. Don't add much, so I'll ust post links.. Sometimes I even wonder why and how reporters don't get tired of writing about it and always the same words from Ana. It has been 2 years after all..

http://www.faz.net/s/Rub9CD731D06F17450CB39BE001000DD173/Doc~E6B689336204E46899EA0FA4FFEF76A6C~ATpl~Ecommon ~Scontent.html

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/ivanovics-career-in-a-tailspin/article1550242/

I remember last USO, she said she had learned a lot from it and wouldn't let things get bad again. Has it ever been worse? Or when she said she was sure people would talk about her career as 2005, 06, 07, 08 and 10 (skipping 09). Gotta laugh right now.. 2010 is being even more epic than 2009. And she keeps saying the same she said in late 2008.. :rolleyes:

gaviotabr
Apr 30th, 2010, 04:48 PM
30/04/2010 18:14
ANA IVANOVIC: “I WILL BE A COMPLETE PLAYER”
”Try not to think about the past, better to look to the future”
From world No.1 in June 2008 to No.57 in April 2010, Ana Ivanovic’s career has gone off the rails in quite spectacular fashion.

Her changes in coach, ups and downs in her private life and the inability to get any kind of winning run together have been well documented over the past two years, but she is still one of the poster girls for women’s tennis, and as such was a logical choice to perform the draw ceremony for the WTA leg of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.

“I definitely feel that I’m playing better thanks to my new coach (Swiss Davis Cup legend Heinz Gunthardt). I’m more confident and I enjoy going onto the court. I try not to think about the past but I think it’s better to look towards the future.”

The immediate future is a first round tie against Elena Vesnina, a player ranked 25 places above her in the world. “It doesn’t matter – it’s to be expected when you are an unseeded player like me, you are bound to play against seeded players,” said the 22-year-old who, if she gets through that first test will face No.9 Victoria Azarenka. “I think it is more important to concentrate more on my game and anyway, a lot of these big players I have already played against and won.”

She has indeed beaten most of the circuit’s top players, but not everyone would expect her to be able to compete with the best once again. Does she herself still have the belief that she can make it back to the very top? “Yes, definitely. I think I have the game for that. Maybe I will not be exactly what I was in the past but I will be a complete player thanks to the experience that I have built up in the past. There are so many things that I am working on. I am such a perfectionist but I tend to rush, especially in the past. In the past few months I have been working very hard but with no results and so I decided that I should be patient and build up my game gradually.”

However gradually it may be and however much patience it requires, the return of Ana Ivanovic to anything resembling the peak of her powers would be very good news for women’s tennis.

http://www.internazionalibnlditalia.it/1/PopNews.asp?LNG=EN&IDNews=560

Jang87
Apr 30th, 2010, 06:43 PM
Thank you for the articles, gaviotabr :)

gaviotabr
May 6th, 2010, 12:49 PM
Interview with Heinz after Ana's win yesterday (google translation):

"Savior, the tennis is" already complex
René Stauffer. Updated on 06/05/2010


The Zurich-Heinz Günthardt about his work with Ana Ivanovic. In Rome, the Serb can once again flashed her old class and is in the quarterfinals.

Seventh Ascending shape curve of Ana Ivanovic
In Rome the first time Ana Ivanovic shows strong results. After two wins against top ten players it is in the quarterfinals.
AFP

The collaboration began, as measured by the results, miserable. Since February is Günthardt Heinz (51), the coach of Ana Ivanovic. 2008, the Serb won the French Open and became the number 1 Then it was downhill. On the first three tournaments this year in Indian Wells, Miami and Stuttgart, only one resulted in victory for the 22-year-old with Swiss manager and resident in Basel. This year it is from rank 22 to 58 crashed, and now ubiquitous unset in part, dependent as next week in Madrid, on wildcards.

In Rome this week, but Ivanovic seems to have made a change: Towards Victoria Azaranka (WTA 10), 1.86 m tall tennis Cover Girl was the first victory against a top ten player for twenty months. Only 24 hours later, they double on Wednesday night against Olympic champion Elena Dementieva (6 WTA) after reaching a 6:1, 7:6 (7:5) the playoffs. There she meets the Russian Najda Petrova.

Heinz Günthardt, are you surprised by the good results of Ivanovic in Rome?
Not really. From my perspective, they had in Miami and Stuttgart played well, even if they lost twice against the enormously strong Radwanska. I found that were visible in recent weeks to progress throughout. One can see in training that she is in shape.

Why it works so well in Rome now?
She managed at last to play the important points well, and implement what they dominated in training. In addition they also had some luck, which had previously lacked. Against Azarenka, she won the match ball with a power scooter and Dementieva gave her the last point with a backhand error. Ana is currently struggling just even against itself. Now it has succeeded it, to keep the nerves. These games therefore need more energy.

If you made the turn now definitive?
These victories are certainly good for their self-confidence. But I do not expect miracles. It will continue to need time to stabilize. The Tournament of Rome does not change Fundamental to our work, which has a long term. The advantage of Ana is that she still has reserves everywhere. Now she has played three games in three days after it in the past three months, a total only came to four matches. It remains to be seen how they cope with that.

You are not a coach who likes to travel from tournament to tournament. Now, however, were everywhere, and particularly in training camps in San Diego and Mallorca. What next?
It's true, I have done more than was planned. But this work is like a small, exciting journey of discovery. I learn constantly. Ana goes through extreme changes, and I have to be careful that I do not lose the overview. It is therefore important that I am often as possible with her. From Rome, we go to Madrid and then to Paris, to the French Open. Then we will sit together again.

Was the continuation of your partnership, depending on the debate?
The conversation, if we continue to work, lasted about 30 seconds in Miami.

What does your wife make you constantly on the move again?
In San Diego and Stuttgart, she herself was also there. Ana finds very nice, it helps. Ana is actually very pleasant to deal with. I can already imagine her to be something more intense to continue on the tour. I want to give us the greatest possible chance that it works, what we try. The whole is, to say the least, a rather large task.

If you comment, despite this commitment continues for the Swiss television?
Yes. I do think that we find a way. During my collaboration with Steffi Graf I was active as a commentator. It would run something like that.

Defeated the long period of success Ivanovics on morale?
Whether it is cracked or not morally, to analyze psychologists. I'm no expert Ivanovic. But it was never easy to be top tennis player. It should not be too euphoric, even if it wins a few games, and do not question everything, if she loses against Radwanska. I just try to give her the best possible environment.

How do you explain that someone who was number one, with 22 years has fallen to 58th and now so hard to fight for the connection must be made?
It was up, had bad luck with injuries, played poorly trained poorly, was tired, lost more often, injured, lost the confidence, the motivation was suffering - that is a cycle, and in the end one is the number 58, and the trend was downward continued . We are happy that she now found the ground and has stabilized its level.

Could the success of Rome not to change anything?
One should really not too much to look at the results. First, the voting power, the results are only the result of the performance. But it already is fun to watch her and see that our work is bearing fruit. That she has talent, no question. But this is a difficult business, everything hangs together. Sometimes I watch and think: Heiland, tennis is already complex.

http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/sport/tennis/Heiland-das-Tennis-ist-schon-komplex/story/14572327?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

So.. It's nice that he is keeping his feet on the ground and knows a good week in Rome means nothing if Ana doesn't follow it up with consistent performances. I hope they do decide to keep working together after Roland Garros, when they sit to discuss their work.

azdaja
May 6th, 2010, 01:20 PM
lol, how on earth dud google translate "leistung" as "voting power"? :weirdo: i mean, you can translate it as "power", but "voting power"? :silly: and then in the same sentence the same word is translated as "performance" :unsure: which is actually correct in this case. but it's good that he is saying what he says. he says that he looking at ana's performance and not at her results which will come if ana is performing well.

soul
May 6th, 2010, 04:51 PM
Thanks again gaviotabr for the article.But I have a question to everyone in this forum.Why Eurosport's web page does not give anynews about Ana.It has been for 4 days thet have never mentioned anything about her wins.Even no shows in the news? This really really strange.Do you agree?

gaviotabr
May 6th, 2010, 07:06 PM
Ana Ivanovic hits form to reach Italian Open semi-final

Ivanovic is trying to reach her first final since March, 2009

Former world number one Ana Ivanovic continued her return to form with victory over Nadia Petrova in the quarter-finals of the Italian Open.

The Serb, unseeded after slipping to 58th in the rankings, beat 14th seed Petrova 6-2 7-5 to make the last four.

Ivanovic will next face Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain, who beat Czech Lucie Safarova 7-6 (7-6) 6-4.

Serena Williams cruised past Maria Kirilenko 6-1 6-4 and will next play either sister Venus or Jelena Jankovic.

"I have a really tough opponent next match whether it's Venus or Jelena," said Serena. "Obviously, 'Go V!'"

The world number one is back in action this week after being out with a left knee injury since winning the Australian Open in January.


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I anticipate Ana, who has always been one of my very favourite players, ascending the rankings in double-quick time

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"My knee is feeling good so far," she said. "I can't believe I'm still in the tournament - it's weird."

Ivanovic recently hired Steffi Graf's old coach, Heinz Gunthardt, and it appears to be working for the 22-year-old.

"We've worked a lot the last few weeks and I feel great out there," she said.

"I've been working a lot on the serve and I'm getting a lot of free points. My serve has been a big issue the last year and a half and having confidence in it now puts less pressure on the other parts of my game."

The 2008 French Open champion has beaten ninth seed Victoria Azarenka and sixth seed Elena Dementieva on her way to her first semi-final since Brisbane in January.

Her last final came in Indian Wells in March, 2009, and her last tournament victory in Austria two years ago.

"It's all behind me now," she said. "I think every player goes through tough times, but it's not how many times you fall down, it's how many times you get back up. I'm really happy to be back on track."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/8665542.stm

I hope Heinz brings Ana back to Earth and that she doesn't get too euforic. She is not back on track until she can perform like this or better in a consistent basis. Getting too euforic is a bit dangerous.

gaviotabr
May 8th, 2010, 02:04 AM
Nice analysis by Tignor:

So in a way, the developments of the last week involving Juan Martin del Potro and Ana Ivanovic shouldn’t be all that surprising, even though, as the season began, you would never have believed that by May del Potro would be in the dumps and Ivanovic tentatively rising again. Tennis certainly didn’t: The cover of our January issue this year featured this line, in bold letters: “Juan Martin del Potro: What’s Next for the Game’s New Star.” Somehow, we never predicted wrist surgery.

I can relate to del Potro, and, as I’ve written here before, I can also relate to Ivanovic, both in her inability to hit a specific stroke, and the total loss of confidence that comes with it. When I competed for real, I went through periods where it felt like I was finding a way to lose, that even if I played well for a few games, or a set, in the back of my mind I was waiting for the truth to come out. The truth being that I couldn’t win a tennis match. Are you surprised that I didn’t win a whole lot of matches with this mindset?

Watching Ivanovic this year, I recognized similar signs in her attitude. If something went wrong in the first game, she was quick to pull her visor down over her eyes in embarrassment and anxiety, as if to say, “I knew this was going to happen,” or “I know what’s coming, and I can’t look.” It’s a terrible feeling to believe that you can’t win. When I’m in that state, the beginning of a match can feel like I'm standing at the bottom of a mountain, with no clue where to start climbing. Errors confirm the truth about yourself, good shots seem like pathetic mirages, delays before the inevitable.

Does this sound overly dramatic, or a little depressing? I’d say it’s the nature of tennis. If your basketball team or baseball team or soccer team is losing, there’s some distance between that failure and yourself. It’s not fun, and it will get to you, but it’s a little like your company not doing well. You may not be good at your job, but it’s still a job, it’s not you. That distance doesn’t exist in tennis. The sport is you.

Today Ivanovic’s run of strong play in Rome ended in the semifinals. Over the course of the week, she’d gone from giddy in victory to quietly satisfied, as if she was beginning to expect to win again. The upside of the personal nature of tennis is that it doesn’t take long for you to start thinking good things about yourself, just like it doesn’t take long to believe the worst. It’s an intensified and compacted version of the swings—from joy to despair and every irrational point in between—that we all go through in our heads each day.

Near the end of her match, Ivanovic did a brief visor clutch after a lost point. The despair had, for the moment, returned. That’s what you get when you’re brave enough to play a sport where you’re never more than two points from changing your entire opinion about yourself. In tennis, you're always poised, hanging, dangling—two points from hope, two points from doom. You never know which way you're going to go.

http://tennisworld.typepad.com/thewrap/2010/05/two-points-from-doom.html

I agree with him.. and I'm honestly afraid of what can happen now. That despair look did return to Ana today.. and I hope she gets rid of it straight away..

Please tennis Gods, please.. give Ana some luck, a good draw and a deep run at RG!

InsideOut.
May 8th, 2010, 02:20 AM
^Knowing the tennis gods they will give her Justine first round :rolleyes:

gaviotabr
May 8th, 2010, 02:29 AM
^Knowing the tennis gods they will give her Justine first round :rolleyes:

:sobbing:

That RG seeding was SO important.. :sobbing:

Lord Choc Ice
May 8th, 2010, 08:29 AM
Nice analysis by Tignor:



http://tennisworld.typepad.com/thewrap/2010/05/two-points-from-doom.html

I agree with him.. and I'm honestly afraid of what can happen now. That despair look did return to Ana today.. and I hope she gets rid of it straight away..

Please tennis Gods, please.. give Ana some luck, a good draw and a deep run at RG!
God no. Ana. :bigcry:

She'd better not go into slump mode just because she lost in the SF. :weirdo:

gaviotabr
May 8th, 2010, 12:42 PM
INTERVIEW-Tennis-Tough run has left Ivanovic fearless of defeat
Sat May 8, 2010 10:03am BST

By Paul Virgo

Tennis

ROME, May 8 (Reuters) - Two years in the tennis wilderness has not been all bad for Ana Ivanovic, the former world number one says it has helped her get over her fear of failure.

The 22-year-old Ivanovic has won just one Tier II tournament since her breakthrough grand slam victory at the French Open in 2008, falling to number 58 in the world, but she showed promising signs by reaching the last four at the Italian Open this week.

"From all the experiences I've had, losing doesn't seem so scary any more because I'm really having fun on the court again," Ivanovic told Reuters.

"It (the refusal to quit) is very much a testament to my character. There were times when it was really tough and I was wondering 'what am I doing?' as I'd been putting in all this hard work but there were no results.

"I was doubting myself. There was lots of doubt and lots of fear. But just trying to be persistent and trying to work hard eventually gives results."

Ivanovic said she is confident she is now "back on track" after beating Victoria Azarenka and Elena Dementieva in Rome for her first wins over top 10 opponents in 18 months.

The Serb, who has been working with Steffi Graf's former coach Heinz Guenthardt since February, credited her wins to the improvements she has made in her previously malfunctioning serve.

"I think serve is a big part of it," said Ivanovic, who lost in the semi-finals on Friday in straight sets to Spain's Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez. "Just swinging freely and getting more confidence (is important) because what I think happened is that once my serve was gone I felt so much pressure on other parts of my game because I felt I had to do more with them.

"Then obviously you make some mistakes and your confidence goes, and I lost confidence in all of my shots. That has kind of come back."

And most importantly for Ivanovic is having fun on court, which she said has helped her regain her love of the game.

"When I started with Heinz, the first thing he got me to do was swing freely because I'd been kind of pushing the ball and you cannot really play that way," she said.

"The most important thing for me now is just to enjoy myself. I'd been really putting so much pressure on myself and being so stressed about whether I was going to win or lose.

"Now it's just going out there and competing again and it's just fun to do that."

http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKB56037120100508

Curtos07
May 8th, 2010, 07:12 PM
No love lost in the big tennis fall-out between Jankovic and Ivanovic

By Malcolm Folley Last updated at 7:36 PM on 8th May 2010

When Jelena Jankovic faces Ana Ivanovic in the Madrid Open on Tuesday, far more will be at stake than simply a place in the later rounds of the tournament.

For former Wimbledon champion Jankovic admits that she is barely on speaking terms with Ivanovic, Serbia's other glamorous tennis star on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, after the latter's no-show at the vital Federation Cup relegation tie against Slovakia.

While Jankovic endured a miserable 48-hour journey from the United States to Belgrade rather than let Serbia play the crucial tie without her, Ivanovic was photographed taking coffee near her home in Majorca with her boyfriend, Australian golfer Adam Scott, when she could have been helping to prevent their country falling out of the world group of women's tennis.

Jankovic's mother, Snezana, who frequently travels the world with her daughter, revealed the depth of their hurt following Slovakia's 3-2 victory by attacking Ivanovic, a Wimbledon semi-finalist in 2007, in the Serb media.

'Jelena missed only one match for Serbia in 10 years,' said Snezana. 'This time she flew 48 hours across the world to play, despite a serious injury. At the same time, somebody else had coffee somewhere while my child played, hurting for her country.'

Ivanovic's defeat by Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez prevented her from playing Jankovic in the final of the Internazional BNL D'Italia tournament in Rome yesterday, but fate has decreed the two women must play one another in Spain on Tuesday.

'I just have to play tennis with whoever is on the other side of the net,' said Jankovic. Yet last week she admitted that she was 'disappointed' by Ivanovic's no-show.

'In Federation Cup, you don't play for [ranking] points or money, you are just playing for your incountry, for the love of the people,' said Jankovic.

'It would have been nice even if Ana had just been sitting on the bench and supporting the team, even if she felt she could not play. If we play with the strongest team, we can beat the best. That is why it is disappointing Ana was not there. But it's her choice.'

Asked what their relationship was like, Jankovic said: 'We talk when we see each other but we're not best friends.'

Her 48-hour journey took Jankovic from Florida to Tel Aviv where, after a seven-hour stop, she travelled to Cyprus before finally arriving in Belgrade. 'I felt like a zombie,' she said.

'I'd had no sleep, my left wrist was swollen and I hadn't hit a ball for a week. But I am a patriot.'

Jankovic is remembered in Britain as the woman who was courted by a flirtatious Jamie Murray as they won the mixed doubles at Wimbledon three summers ago.

Yet while Murray has been trekking through the lower reaches of the game, Jankovic's life has never been more fulfilled - on the court or off it.

In Rome, she shared a blissful couple of days last weekend with her Serb boyfriend before beating Venus and Serena Williams in the space of 24 hours then yesterday losing her latest final on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour to Martinez Sanchez 7-6, 7-5.

At 25, she has a mature perspective on the life she has chosen.

She has viewed the tennis world from the summit of the game, ending 2008 as No 1, but then had to deal with a loss of form that she blames, in part, to compromising her speed and movement on the court by putting on almost 10kg of muscle.

'I used to get down on myself, but not any more,' she said. 'There are so many more important things in life than losing a tennis match. People are dying, starving or homeless and I am crying because I lost? That's not right.

'It can be lonely on the Tour. I talk to the others but my real friends are not tennis players. You always have high expectations, especially once you have been to the top.

'But, if you think about it, you realise that this is a dream life. You're making lots of money, you have seen the world and you are getting applauded by people who have paid to watch you play. If you lose a match, as long as you did what you are supposed to do and fought 100 per cent, I cannot cry about it.'

In March, Jankovic, currently No 7 in the world, won in Indian Wells, California, capturing a tournament ranked in the tier below the majors.

Shortly, she will make her home in California, complete with a 10-car garage to accommodate her impressive collection of Porsches.

'I am proud of what I have, and I know how much hard work was involved,' she said. 'Nothing fell from the sky. But I am not a material girl, It's good to have a nice home and cars, but once you get them you realise these are not the things that make you most happy. It's your spirit, your family and friends.' Her game is falling into place, she feels.

'I have my hunger back. You have to go down in order to go up again. You can't always be a winner, and I am talking about life in general.'

And in Belgrade, her patriotism will not pass unnoticed when she takes the court against Ivanovic in Madrid.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-1275343/No-love-lost-big-tennis-fall-Jankovic-Ivanovic.html?ito=feeds-newsxml#ixzz0nMnuCQ6i

:rolleyes:

soul
May 8th, 2010, 07:32 PM
If Jelena think like that she has to tell her thought not via by her mother and press.Somehow she would come face to face with Ana in any time and would tell her.Is it better now? They don't heve to be best friends,they don't have to chat all the ime but they have to respect each other.I think what Jelena did destroy this also.

gaviotabr
May 8th, 2010, 08:28 PM
I'll be officially pissed if Ana loses to JJ. In a real bad mood. :mad:

I hope Ana reads these stuff and gets fired up.. The thing is I doubt she does.. she probably doesn't even know Sneki gets out of her way to follow her love life. :o

Davodus
May 9th, 2010, 01:21 AM
Serbian warrior princess (credit to Nikkie for that line ;) ) Strikes again! I'm so sick of her. She was so injured and so tired for fed cup, yet then she went and played Stuttgart and Rome without a single problem. Where did the injury go? It was only around for the 2 days of fed cup then? God I hope Ana beats her.

spiritedenergy
May 9th, 2010, 01:56 AM
i'm so disappointed in Jelena and her mother, drama queens:help: nobody forced her to play:o