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Lord Choc Ice
Jun 28th, 2010, 04:50 PM
Oh Ana. :lol:

bruce goose
Jun 28th, 2010, 06:28 PM
Bokash tells me Ana's quote is something like this:



Oh my.. WTF.. so ignorant and arrogant.. Reading books doesn't mean you know a lot about anything.. And her seeking advice of someone who never contended at a major like her boyfriend is incredibly encouraging.. maybe he taught her how to suck at every important tournament. :tape:

This attitude is what's killing Ana.I hope that Curtis and the others see that quote;so Cellblock Bitch Adam HAS spoken to Ana and discouraged her from getting counselling...he apparently decided that she didn't need to build her self-esteem so that she could recognize lowlifes.........and her family....again,that just proves my earlier comments...their spineless,no-account parenting is a huge reason why there's an immature 14-year-old inside a lovely woman's body....Until she gets help,Ana will have a f--king BULLSEYE on her back for every clever-talking playboy celebrity on the planet

Curtos07
Jun 28th, 2010, 07:44 PM
Bokash tells me Ana's quote is something like this:

"i read a lot of psychology literature so i know a lot about that subject. Also have very open talk about that with my family, friends and boyfriend. so its enough"

Oh my.. WTF.. so ignorant and arrogant.. Reading books doesn't mean you know a lot about anything.. And her seeking advice of someone who never contended at a major like her boyfriend is incredibly encouraging.. maybe he taught her how to suck at every important tournament. :tape:

This attitude is what's killing Ana.

:banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead: :banghead::banghead::banghead:

OK Bruce, hard to argue with you on the psychologist point and listening to others instead of seeking professional help. Ana is being so stubborn. Ugh.

bruce goose
Jun 28th, 2010, 07:54 PM
:banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead: :banghead::banghead::banghead:

OK Bruce, hard to argue with you on that point. Ana is being so stubborn. Ugh.Curtis,your earlier comments were reasonable;aye AM judgmental sometimes and I didn't have a lot of what we'd call empirical evidence for some of my accusations.......but what I severely lack in insight on women is quite the opposite when it comes to slimy guys.It's not intellect---it just comes from years of experience of being around slick-talking liars six days a week at the state pen....That's why CBA's tactics,and his manipulation of Ana,were so familiar to me.Even though I didn't have rock-solid proof,I've seen this sad story so many times before

jelenacg
Jun 29th, 2010, 10:21 AM
A picture is worth a thousand words so ...

http://img689.imageshack.us/img689/2458/49645649.png (http://img689.imageshack.us/i/49645649.png/)

gaviotabr
Jun 30th, 2010, 09:24 PM
Articles in the Luxembourg press reporting on the tournament. Gotta like how they use Ana in the title, even though she is the lowest ranked player among the ones they announce.

http://img821.imageshack.us/img821/7617/lux1d.jpg

http://img638.imageshack.us/img638/5184/lux2.jpg

Curtos07
Jun 30th, 2010, 09:36 PM
:lol: She still is a bigger name than the other ones so that's probably why. Former slam champ, world #1 and her beauty still more easier to sell.

Nena_xxx
Jul 2nd, 2010, 04:01 PM
http://zurnal.rs/2010/07/02/ana-povecava-broj-turnira/index.html

There is also a small statement form her manager, about her training sessions....

Marilyn Monheaux
Jul 2nd, 2010, 04:41 PM
Articles in the Luxembourg press reporting on the tournament. Gotta like how they use Ana in the title, even though she is the lowest ranked player among the ones they announce.

http://img821.imageshack.us/img821/7617/lux1d.jpg


Crowd favourite!:inlove: This is the only title she's gonna win though.:lol:

gaviotabr
Jul 2nd, 2010, 05:08 PM
http://zurnal.rs/2010/07/02/ana-povecava-broj-turnira/index.html

There is also a small statement form her manager, about her training sessions....

She is Ana Ivanovic by the end of the maximum zapne to finally overcome the crisis that urniše for two seasons. Ivanovic is a few days later reported for Stanford (hard, $ 700,000), in late July, and now it's done and Luxembourg (Hall, 220,000 dollars) in mid-October.

- It will probably be her last tournament of the year - says her manager Gavin Versi.

He added that the former queen of this summer will not go on vacation, but has a house in Palma de Mallorca.

- It is already in Spain, working on fitness and waiting coach Heinz Gintarta to comment on the Wimbledon matches for Swiss television. As soon as he joins her, will start work on tennis.

How is Ana resolved as soon as possible put an end to their crisis, it can be seen from his following words:

- Already the day after losing to Shahar Peer, was in the gym - is more than satisfied with what Versi obesrabrena Ivanovic is really too long a series of failures and it is also more eager for work and return to the top of the world.

So Ana is in Spain working on fitness.. humm.. Hopefully she loses some weight and relearns to run on court. Not that I trust her fitness coach much though.. No tennis until the end of Wimbledon.. :o

I just can't take how Versi makes a big deal of Ana going to the gym the day after she lost to Peer.. so what? Again, I go to the gym everyday and I'm not a pro athlete.. :o:tape::help:

gloria7
Jul 2nd, 2010, 06:51 PM
I wish i read it yesterday,that would spare me of watching golf for 2 days.I watched golf yesterday for more than 2 hours and i had to listen annoying comments of our "golf expert" ,who was calling Adam -Scott Strange all the time.We have 4 commentators on TV Golf Klub,but i can't stand just one of them,and guess what?-He was in the studio yesterday...Alone.He loves gossips :"Here is Scott Strange,Ana's ex-boyfriend"..."He is our former son-in-law"..."Our Aussie"..."Come on,boy"...

gaviotabr
Jul 2nd, 2010, 07:37 PM
I wish i read it yesterday,that would spare me of watching golf for 2 days.I watched golf yesterday for more than 2 hours and i had to listen annoying comments of our "golf expert" ,who was calling Adam -Scott Strange all the time.We have 4 commentators on TV Golf Klub,but i can't stand just one of them,and guess what?-He was in the studio yesterday...Alone.He loves gossips :"Here is Scott Strange,Ana's ex-boyfriend"..."He is our former son-in-law"..."Our Aussie"..."Come on,boy"...

I'm finding it increasingly funny how so many of these sports commentators are talking about them like if they had broken up. :spit: In the mean time, Ana is talking about him as her boyfriend all he time.. :o

gloria7
Jul 2nd, 2010, 08:20 PM
Well,our commentators are funny and entertaining...except that one.Other guys are moderate in the comments on Ana and Scott.I enjoy to listen to them and i've learned a lot about golf thanks to them.But,can you imagine their reaction when they saw Ana at Loch Lomond? Every since then,they are planing to invite Adam into studio.

C1:And for the birdie...Adam Scott Ivanovic...
C2:Why are you calling him Ivanovic?Show some respect,man...
C1:Do you want me to call Ana- Mrs.Scott?
C2:No...i'm fine with Adam Ivanovic

Or...after Scott/Hudson story

C1:There is Adam Scott...he is no longer our son-in-law
C2:How do you know that?
C1:I found out...
C2:From well informed,anonimous source?
C1:Yeah,tabloids...anyway...i've never liked his haircut...



C1:He will have to come,right?
C2:Who? Adam? He will have to go and visit his mother and father first...
C1:Mother and father?
C2:Yeah...Ana's parents...
C1:Can you imagine him and me ,playing golf ,here,at Ada golf course...
C2:Dream on...

jelenacg
Jul 3rd, 2010, 03:41 AM
So Ana is in Spain working on fitness.. humm.. Hopefully she loses some weight and relearns to run on court. Not that I trust her fitness coach much though.. No tennis until the end of Wimbledon.. :o

I just can't take how Versi makes a big deal of Ana going to the gym the day after she lost to Peer.. so what? Again, I go to the gym everyday and I'm not a pro athlete.. :o:tape::help:

She is working on her fitness and not waging :bounce:This better be true :rolleyes:

Versi is full of shit if i may say so :o

I was reading some magazine today and i saw interview with Ana (the one how she talks to her mother and boyfriend...)
But they put a new picture i didn`t see before
Anyway that same magazine had a gossip story about Hudson maybe being pregnant :lol: They even have 3 possible fathers .Adam is one of them :lol::tape:
Hilarious :lol:

spiritedenergy
Jul 3rd, 2010, 08:03 AM
So Ana is in Spain working on fitness.. humm.. Hopefully she loses some weight and relearns to run on court. Not that I trust her fitness coach much though.. No tennis until the end of Wimbledon.. :o

I just can't take how Versi makes a big deal of Ana going to the gym the day after she lost to Peer.. so what? Again, I go to the gym everyday and I'm not a pro athlete.. :o:tape::help:

i told you izzy! she wrote it on facebook, so i knew it meant something... also the movement (well lack of thereof) was really the worst thing in that match, she could not position herself to hit the ball properly... however as we just said it's not only fitness, it's conviction, if she's not convinced and is lazy on court she can be as fit as she wants but she won't hit the ball well... she really needs to think about going behind the ball not framing everything:o

spiritedenergy
Jul 3rd, 2010, 08:04 AM
She is working on her fitness and not waging :bounce:This better be true :rolleyes:

Versi is full of shit if i may say so :o

I was reading some magazine today and i saw interview with Ana (the one how she talks to her mother and boyfriend...)
But they put a new picture i didn`t see before
Anyway that same magazine had a gossip story about Hudson maybe being pregnant :lol: They even have 3 possible fathers .Adam is one of them :lol::tape:
Hilarious :lol:

OMG:tape::lol::help::o

spiritedenergy
Jul 3rd, 2010, 08:07 AM
Well,our commentators are funny and entertaining...except that one.Other guys are moderate in the comments on Ana and Scott.I enjoy to listen to them and i've learned a lot about golf thanks to them.But,can you imagine their reaction when they saw Ana at Loch Lomond? Every since then,they are planing to invite Adam into studio.

C1:And for the birdie...Adam Scott Ivanovic...
C2:Why are you calling him Ivanovic?Show some respect,man...
C1:Do you want me to call Ana- Mrs.Scott?
C2:No...i'm fine with Adam Ivanovic

Or...after Scott/Hudson story

C1:There is Adam Scott...he is no longer our son-in-law
C2:How do you know that?
C1:I found out...
C2:From well informed,anonimous source?
C1:Yeah,tabloids...anyway...i've never liked his haircut...



C1:He will have to come,right?
C2:Who? Adam? He will have to go and visit his mother and father first...
C1:Mother and father?
C2:Yeah...Ana's parents...
C1:Can you imagine him and me ,playing golf ,here,at Ada golf course...
C2:Dream on...

these jokes are pretty dumb:o

gaviotabr
Jul 3rd, 2010, 12:17 PM
i told you izzy! she wrote it on facebook, so i knew it meant something... also the movement (well lack of thereof) was really the worst thing in that match, she could not position herself to hit the ball properly... however as we just said it's not only fitness, it's conviction, if she's not convinced and is lazy on court she can be as fit as she wants but she won't hit the ball well... she really needs to think about going behind the ball not framing everything:o

I still think going to the gym a day after a loss is nothing to brag about. It only shows how lazy Ana has always been.. it should be nothing more than her obligation. This actually reminds me of how they were bragging about the fact Ana beat a top 5 player in practice at IW. So what? They are getting meaningless things to show a positive landscape for the future. I don't think that's good.. it gives importance to things that aren't important.. and they end up not taking care of what would make a difference. Like commitment, like her mental game, like conviction...

But yeah.. good that she is working on fitness. She needs to lose weight and her movement has been abysmal.. I'm not sure if this fitness coach she has now can help though.. his resume is pretty scary.. But anyway.. I wrote some days ago that if Ana wanted to get back playing decent, she should take this month as an off season. Work on fitness and then on her tennis like if it was a new season beginning and ditch on the holidays. So good that she seems to be doing this..

gloria7
Jul 3rd, 2010, 02:31 PM
Yes,the jokes are dumb,but not as these...

1.Missing the cut at the British Open doesn't feel so bad when it means spending the day with Ana Ivanovic.(Sarah Alvanipour)

2.Ana Ivanovic might get a serve tonight.(Wayne Grady)

3.If it was a toss-up between being holed up in a Scotish cabin with Ivanovic for the weekend and playing 36 holes of golf,i know what i'd choose.(Ben Dirs)

4.Ana Ivanovic is one more poor loss away from possibly asking me for advice or just hanging up the rackets and caddying fulltime for her boyfriend.If there is a God out there,then he will make sure Scott qualifies for the Masters,with the better than ever looking Ana as his caddy.Then pair him with renowned sex addict and serial adulterer,Tiger Woods.
(Mark Carruthers)

5.We are just friends.I'm not here with her but i know Kate.(Adam Scott)

jelenacg
Jul 3rd, 2010, 06:36 PM
But yeah.. good that she is working on fitness. She needs to lose weight and her movement has been abysmal.. I'm not sure if this fitness coach she has now can help though.. his resume is pretty scary.. But anyway.. I wrote some days ago that if Ana wanted to get back playing decent, she should take this month as an off season. Work on fitness and then on her tennis like if it was a new season beginning and ditch on the holidays. So good that she seems to be doing this..

I hope you are right .Less waging and more fitness and tennis :)

gaviotabr
Jul 7th, 2010, 01:29 AM
Star hunt on for Moorilla 2011

ADAM SMITH

July 07, 2010 12:01am

GLAMOUR girl Ana Ivanovic is in the sights of Moorilla International tennis tournament officials for the 2011 event.

While the Moorilla International remains one of the toughest to gain direct entry to - the cut-off of 60 in the world rankings is the best in the world for international level events - attracting the stars of the sport has been difficult, especially with Sydney and Brisbane running tournaments in the lead-up to the Australian Open.

But with the second phase of redevelopments started at the Domain Tennis Centre, which will boost seating capacity to 2500 and provide fans with greater comfort, the attraction of the tournament is growing.

And now it's not just the best-ranked players who will be targeted, but also those who will drag patrons through the gates with their personality or profile.

Ivanovic is a former world No.1 who claimed her maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open in 2008.

However the Serbian, who dates Australian golfer Adam Scott, has struggled with injury in the past 18 months and has failed to make it past the second round of her past four Grand Slams, dating back to Wimbledon last year.

"In the past you used to be able to convince the girls this was a good warm-up for the Australian Open, it's a great place, nice and relaxed and you could get away with that," tournament director Michael Roberts said. "Now it's all dollars. If you want to get a top player, you have got to pay top money.

"We've decided not necessarily [to chase] a top player. If you look at our draw compared to any tournament around the world, we actually provide the strongest.

"In 2009, we had three top 20 players but they were relatively unknown. We are not worried about ranking, we are more worried about a high-profile player.

"We've had our eye on Ana, just with the fact she hasn't performed as well as she has really wanted to recently.

"At the moment she is ranked at 64, she wouldn't get into our main draw on last year's rankings. That's how tough it is."

Roberts said it was likely Hobart would broker a deal with Brisbane, which runs a week before Moorilla, to offer a package to potential signings.

Ivanovic, who has played at the past two Brisbane Internationals, would be a major drawcard for Hobart.

"Tennis Australia actually put that idea forward. We can start packing some of these events together to make it more attractive for players to agree to," he said. "This will be the first time we have gone out with a strategy, with a plan to offer players and I'm confident we will get at least one big-name player."

Three years ago, the Moorilla International landed the biggest fish of all, world No.1 Serena Williams, who was on the comeback trail.

Australian favourite Alicia Molik was also in the field.


Who thinks Ana would ever play Hobart? :lol:

http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2010/07/07/157301_sport-news.html

azdaja
Jul 7th, 2010, 11:03 AM
i won't be surprised if she starts playing itf tournaments at some point. i really have no expectations from her whatsoever.

gaviotabr
Jul 7th, 2010, 11:12 AM
i won't be surprised if she starts playing itf tournaments at some point. i really have no expectations from her whatsoever.

I wouldn't be surprised either.. that's where is she heading anyway.. :sobbing:

I just think she will keep those old habits of not playing the week before a slam.. so she would never go play Hobart. But hey.. maybe she surprises me.. :lol:

Davodus
Jul 7th, 2010, 11:39 AM
Who thinks Ana would ever play Hobart? :lol:

http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2010/07/07/157301_sport-news.html

I really highly doubt she would, she likes to practice the week before a slam and she seems to (and she better) like playing Brisbane ;)

MM_1257
Jul 7th, 2010, 11:41 AM
A lot of people who deal with analyzing Ana's tennis in newspapers and television have the idea that Ana should play some ITF events if allowed to regain confidence and get into match routine. I think she won't play ITF events.

Lord Choc Ice
Jul 7th, 2010, 01:29 PM
I doubt she'd play ITFs at the moment. Very much. :lol: Soon she'll have no choice however. ;)

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Jul 7th, 2010, 03:27 PM
She shouldn't play ITF. It has no use. Her head is the problem. Winning matches over 200 ranked players won't help. Maybe she won't even beat them and then she goes down even deeper.

gaviotabr
Jul 7th, 2010, 04:12 PM
A lot of people who deal with analyzing Ana's tennis in newspapers and television have the idea that Ana should play some ITF events if allowed to regain confidence and get into match routine. I think she won't play ITF events.

I don't think she would ever play an ITF by choice at this point of her career.. but she might be forced to do so in some time if she doesn't stop the slide.

gaviotabr
Jul 7th, 2010, 04:14 PM
She shouldn't play ITF. It has no use. Her head is the problem. Winning matches over 200 ranked players won't help. Maybe she won't even beat them and then she goes down even deeper.

Yes.. and yet she refuses to acknowledge it and reach out for help. She refuses and denies any mental game issues, and says she doesn't need help for that. :o No wonder she is only getting worse.. :sobbing:

soul
Jul 7th, 2010, 04:35 PM
I realyy still dont understand why she doesnt play DOUBLES.It would help her much better than anyting.

azdaja
Jul 7th, 2010, 04:35 PM
I don't think she would ever play an ITF by choice at this point of her career.. but she might be forced to do so in some time if she doesn't stop the slide.
yeah, that's what i meant. i do think she should play more tournaments because she doesn't play often enough since she started losing early, but she should not play itfs.

Illusionist
Jul 8th, 2010, 02:08 AM
Playing IFTs would be a bad idea imo. She just needs to get into a routine of playing, and then winning matches. However, it's a big question how much she'll get affected if the things don't turn out to be so good. As much as I'm happy with the amount of tournaments she plays before USO, I'm also very scared what's gonna happen. :scared:

jelenacg
Jul 10th, 2010, 01:04 AM
Old news

http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/8425/nijeuspeladasesakrije.jpg (http://img59.imageshack.us/i/nijeuspeladasesakrije.jpg/)

This was when Ana went to Sex and the City premiere .She attempted to stay unnoticed but they caught her. Ana came to the premiere with Milos and some friend

Is that friend Sorana ?:shrug:

Thanks to Maja

gloria7
Jul 10th, 2010, 09:16 AM
There are some news on Ana at "Vilas tennis Academy" blog.Heinz is still not there and she was receiving advices from Sergio Sabadello,head coach who works at the Academy.Short video on You Tube too.

jelenacg
Jul 10th, 2010, 10:58 AM
There are some news on Ana at "Vilas tennis Academy" blog.Heinz is still not there and she was receiving advices from Sergio Sabadello,head coach who works at the Academy.Short video on You Tube too.

Old news :scratch:
This was before clay season .There are pictures of her practicing on clay :shrug:

Lord Choc Ice
Jul 10th, 2010, 10:59 AM
:yawn:

Still 20 days or so until sex-and-golf month is over.

jelenacg
Jul 10th, 2010, 11:07 AM
:yawn:

Still 20 days or so until sex-and-golf month is over.

16 days :p
Actually 10 more days and she will probably go to USA and practice there few days before Stanford starts.So 10 more days and July won`t be called waging month anymore :lol::lol:

gaviotabr
Jul 10th, 2010, 11:07 AM
There are some news on Ana at "Vilas tennis Academy" blog.Heinz is still not there and she was receiving advices from Sergio Sabadello,head coach who works at the Academy.Short video on You Tube too.

For a second there I thought: "WTF is she doing practicing on clay??!" But as Jelena says those are old pictures and old videos of when she was preparing there for clay season in april.

I read the text again and they say she is practicing on Casali courts, and those are fast hardcourts. The fact that they said Sergio Sabadello is giving her advice doesn't mean Heinz is not there. :shrug:

gaviotabr
Jul 10th, 2010, 11:08 AM
:yawn:

Still 20 days or so until sex-and-golf month is over.

:lol: There was not much sex-and-golf so far, thank God! :spit:

Actually.. I'm not convinced they've seen each other at all since April.. :shrug:

gaviotabr
Jul 10th, 2010, 11:11 AM
Old news :scratch:
This was before clay season .There are pictures of her practicing on clay :shrug:

Hey Jelena!

The pics and videos are old, from the clay season preparation.

But I think the news and text is actually current. They say she is practicing on Casali Courts, which are the fast hard courts they have at the Academy. And we knew she was in Mallorca.. she always practices there when she is in Mallorca.

One thing though.. that this head coach guy is giving her advice doesn't mean Heinz is not there. I mean.. he was there during clay season, and there are plenty of pics of Ana receiving advice from Sabadello. :shrug: I don't know.. maybe Heinz took a week off after finishing commentating on Wimbledon and will join her this week now. :shrug:

jelenacg
Jul 10th, 2010, 11:16 AM
For a second there I thought: "WTF is she doing practicing on clay??!" But as Jelena says those are old pictures and old videos of when she was preparing there for clay season in april.

I read the text again and they say she is practicing on Casali courts, and those are fast hardcourts. The fact that they said Sergio Sabadello is giving her advice doesn't mean Heinz is not there. :shrug:

Same with me :lol: :lol:
:lol: There was not much sex-and-golf so far, thank God! :spit:

Actually.. I'm not convinced they've seen each other at all since April.. :shrug:

No thank God :lol: thank you Ana :hug:
They probably didn`t see each other at all since that `famous drinking coffee` in Mallorca . Can`t say i`m sad bc of that :o:lol:
`

gaviotabr
Jul 10th, 2010, 11:19 AM
No thank God :lol: thank you Ana :hug:
They probably didn`t see each other at all since that `famous drinking coffee` in Mallorca . Can`t say i`m sad bc of that :o:lol:
`

:lol:

Me neither.. :spit:

jelenacg
Jul 10th, 2010, 11:22 AM
Hey Jelena!

The pics and videos are old, from the clay season preparation.

But I think the news and text is actually current. They say she is practicing on Casali Courts, which are the fast hard courts they have at the Academy. And we knew she was in Mallorca.. she always practices there when she is in Mallorca.

One thing though.. that this head coach guy is giving her advice doesn't mean Heinz is not there. I mean.. he was there during clay season, and there are plenty of pics of Ana receiving advice from Sabadello. :shrug: I don't know.. maybe Heinz took a week off after finishing commentating on Wimbledon and will join her this week now. :shrug:

Hey Izzy
Maybe Heinz is there,maybe he took a week off to see his family or something like that ,or maybe someone got fired :lol: jk :o

gaviotabr
Jul 10th, 2010, 11:25 AM
Hey Izzy
Maybe Heinz is there,maybe he took a week off to see his family or something like that ,or maybe someone got fired :lol: jk :o

:sobbing:

:scared:

jelenacg
Jul 10th, 2010, 11:29 AM
:sobbing:

:scared:

I said just kidding :lol: I don`t think Heinz is fired.If he was Ana wouldn`t be practicing and working on her fitness in Mallorca .She would be practicing her footwork on golf courses :o

gaviotabr
Jul 10th, 2010, 11:44 AM
I said just kidding :lol: I don`t think Heinz is fired.If he was Ana wouldn`t be practicing and working on her fitness in Mallorca .She would be practicing her footwork on golf courses :o

Yes.. hopefully this practice time helps out her game in something.. anything..

I still think she needs to get her head fixed.. relearn to focus, to control her emotions.. get determined.. and while she refuses it, I'm not sure there will be any change.

jelenacg
Jul 10th, 2010, 11:55 AM
Yes.. hopefully this practice time helps out her game in something.. anything..

I still think she needs to get her head fixed.. relearn to focus, to control her emotions.. get determined.. and while she refuses it, I'm not sure there will be any change.

Yeah we said it many times .Still i`m glad she decided to practice and to not go waging

gaviotabr
Jul 10th, 2010, 12:00 PM
Yeah we said it many times .Still i`m glad she decided to practice and to not go waging

Sure.. it's definitely a positive.

bruce goose
Jul 10th, 2010, 02:17 PM
Yes.. hopefully this practice time helps out her game in something.. anything..

I still think she needs to get her head fixed.. relearn to focus, to control her emotions.. get determined.. and while she refuses it, I'm not sure there will be any change.How current was that article you posted??....The one where Ana figured that she didn't need counselling b/c she read a book on the general subject of psychology?:rolleyes:....If that interview was conducted a couple months ago,then perhaps she's re-considered since then.Even if she talks only to Heinz--w/o hiring a specific counsellor--maybe he has sufficient experience to help Ana at least SOMEwhat.....that's assuming she listens and takes it to heart

Absolutely ZERO excuse for Cellblock Bitch Adam or Ana's parents to discourage counselling like they did.Looking at it as a selfish motive,you can see why the lowlife would do that b/c he wants Ana to remain mentally weak and fragile...but Ana's PARENTS??:confused::confused::confused:WTF were THEY thinking?Were they afraid that a counsellor might impugn the awesome parenting reputation they had built?:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

gaviotabr
Jul 10th, 2010, 02:25 PM
How current was that article you posted??....The one where Ana figured that she didn't need counselling b/c she read a book on the general subject of psychology?:rolleyes:....If that interview was conducted a couple months ago,then perhaps she's re-considered since then.Even if she talks only to Heinz--w/o hiring a specific counsellor--maybe he has sufficient experience to help Ana at least SOMEwhat.....that's assuming she listens and takes it to heart

Absolutely ZERO excuse for Cellblock Bitch Adam or Ana's parents to discourage counselling like they did.Looking at it as a selfish motive,you can see why the lowlife would do that b/c he wants Ana to remain mentally weak and fragile...but Ana's PARENTS??:confused::confused::confused:WTF were THEY thinking?Were they afraid that a counsellor might impugn the awesome parenting reputation they had built?:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

The interview was done while Ana was in Belgrade between RG and Wimbledon.. so it's current enough. I don't think Heinz alone can help Ana fix her head and mental game.. it's too shattered right now. She needs to get more help.. and mostly admit she needs the help and admit she needs to work and improve a lot on that.

As for her parents.. I have no idea really.. I think they just feel they can't demand anything from her and she has already acomplished much.. which is thinking short IMHO.. Ana doesn't look like to be happy, which should be reason enough for them to motivate her to try to search for every possible solution.. like some counceling.

bruce goose
Jul 10th, 2010, 02:58 PM
The interview was done while Ana was in Belgrade between RG and Wimbledon.. so it's current enough. I don't think Heinz alone can help Ana fix her head and mental game.. it's too shattered right now. She needs to get more help.. and mostly admit she needs the help and admit she needs to work and improve a lot on that.Yes,I agree with you on pretty much everything above....Why would Ana's parents be any less feeble NOW than when they neglected to teach her anything useful while she was going thru adolescence?....Which she still IS,as it appears sometimes:o....And you're right that the interview was recent enough to be considered current...and that,although Heinz is a sharp guy,a regular,specific counsellor would be ideal.

We have some glimmer of hope,Izzy:I'm sure that Ana didn't address the counselling issue strictly on her own volition....Almost surely,she read one,maybe SEVERAL commentaries,from some respected tennis figure such as Fred Stolle,Pam Shriver,etc.,where they wrote of Ana's DESPERATE need for help.She couldn't just dismiss the expert viewpoint(s),so it got her thinking.....and then the 'inner circle' of CBA and the idiot parents from Wonderland re-assured her with the useless crap she wanted to hear...like always......Still,Izzy,the fact that Ana even CONSIDERED embracing one of her 'pet peeves' tells us that the wheels are turning,to SOME extent,up in Ana's head.....What's our fan club motto?....Hope is the last to die:lol:

gaviotabr
Jul 10th, 2010, 04:56 PM
Yes,I agree with you on pretty much everything above....Why would Ana's parents be any less feeble NOW than when they neglected to teach her anything useful while she was going thru adolescence?....Which she still IS,as it appears sometimes:o....And you're right that the interview was recent enough to be considered current...and that,although Heinz is a sharp guy,a regular,specific counsellor would be ideal.

We have some glimmer of hope,Izzy:I'm sure that Ana didn't address the counselling issue strictly on her own volition....Almost surely,she read one,maybe SEVERAL commentaries,from some respected tennis figure such as Fred Stolle,Pam Shriver,etc.,where they wrote of Ana's DESPERATE need for help.She couldn't just dismiss the expert viewpoint(s),so it got her thinking.....and then the 'inner circle' of CBA and the idiot parents from Wonderland re-assured her with the useless crap she wanted to hear...like always......Still,Izzy,the fact that Ana even CONSIDERED embracing one of her 'pet peeves' tells us that the wheels are turning,to SOME extent,up in Ana's head.....What's our fan club motto?....Hope is the last to die:lol:

Actually.. Ana says she never even considered it. I think the more all these people say she needs counselling, more she refuses to accept it. Ana is that stubborn.

gaviotabr
Jul 10th, 2010, 05:00 PM
There is an article on Ana in today's Mallorca's Ultima Hora newspaper. I wonder if someone from Mallorca can get it.. I think TER is from Mallorca. There should be a link for the article in the newspaper's web, but it's broken. I've sent an e-mail asking them to fix the link.. hopefully they will.

Anyway.. we can see a picture:

http://img401.imageshack.us/img401/33/uh1s.jpg

http://ultimahora.es/vips

gaviotabr
Jul 10th, 2010, 05:09 PM
Oh! They were really fast to fix the broken link! :lol:

Here it is (google translation):



http://ultimahora.es/sfAttachPlugin/getCachedContent/id/21385/width/476/height/317.png

Ana Ivanovic in Mallorca

J. Aguirre | Palma | 09/07/2010


For several days the beautiful tennis Serbian former world number one women's tennis, Ana Ivanovic is resting and training in Mallorca, where a few years ago acquired an impressive house in the luxury area of Son Vida.

As every morning, goes to Ana Ivanovic Palma tracks Raquet Club, accompanied by her father, Miroslav and his physical trainer. For over an hour and a half training with intensity against Jordi Morano, one of the teachers at the tennis club. She gets angry and attempts to correct over and over again each bug you might have. Following the meeting of physical and technical training hard yesterday gives us an exclusive interview at the last minute. Ana choose a table in the shade, in the cafeteria of the club and Erdozain Diego asks one of his pineapple juices with which the player recovers strength. A towel dry the sweat from his forehead and admits "my Spanish is not very good", yet is expressed very well and the interview conducted in Castilian.

- Returning to Mallorca?
"Yes. I love being here. It is perfect for me. I can train and spend the summer.

- You mean not all courts, in Mallorca?
-No. I'm with my parents and my sister and we like going to the beach or go anywhere in Mallorca.

"And in tennis, what can I say?
"The most important thing is that I enjoy my job. Right now I'm very motivated and trained very hard.

"They say that soon will be in the Top Ten, is it true?
"I'm training to be in the Top Ten. I have the game and want to return. I think I'm ready.

"Besides sports do you prepare any special diet?
- Ja, ja, ja (smiles). The truth is that because of everything. And one thing I love the food of Spain. At home I prepare bread with tomato and olive oil, is delicious. Nor need the ham, or the paella ... oh, and in summer I can not live without ice cream.

- How do you see Rafa Nadal?
"It's incredible. I am very happy for him. I have much respect and admiration. It's a nice guy and good friend.

Indeed, a few weeks the website reported ******************** Ana Ivanovic was chosen by the Internet more attractive tennis player. Title received for the fifth consecutive year. And, is that beauty Ana Ivanovic also shows elegance and class.



http://ultimahora.es/vips/nos-han-visitado/ana-ivanovic-en-mallorca.html

bruce goose
Jul 10th, 2010, 05:17 PM
Actually.. Ana says she never even considered it. I think the more all these people say she needs counselling, more she refuses to accept it. Ana is that stubborn.Izzy,I'd say that's a case of Ana's stubborn pride surfacing;according to the article,she "discussed" it with her family and toilet-dwelling bf...so,to at least some extent,she pondered it......or else why even discuss it???She proudly insists to the world that she didn't consider it b/c she can't publicly admit how weak she really is

gaviotabr
Jul 10th, 2010, 05:29 PM
Izzy,I'd say that's a case of Ana's stubborn pride surfacing;according to the article,she "discussed" it with her family and toilet-dwelling bf...so,to at least some extent,she pondered it......or else why even discuss it???She proudly insists to the world that she didn't consider it b/c she can't publicly admit how weak she really is

No Bruce. According to the article she never even considered. What she says is that she has read a lot of psychology literature and that discussing her mental game and motivation with her parents and boyfriend is enough for her. That she never considered getting conselling... she doesn't say she discusses getting counselling with them, she says she talks about motivation and mental game with them, which is a totally different thing.

spiritedenergy
Jul 10th, 2010, 05:49 PM
"i think i'm ready":happy:

Ana please stop with these delusions:o

bruce goose
Jul 10th, 2010, 05:52 PM
No Bruce. According to the article she never even considered. What she says is that she has read a lot of psychology literature and that discussing her mental game and motivation with her parents and boyfriend is enough for her. That she never considered getting conselling... she doesn't say she discusses getting counselling with them, she says she talks about motivation and mental game with them, which is a totally different thing.Izzy,I think that we're arguing over semantics here...and I disagree that the issues are 'totally different things',as you say....When she discusses her 'mental game' with her family,that's a bit unusual,IMO:Why would she discuss ANYthing about her tennis strategy with them unless she were acknowledging,to some extent,that her approach hadn't been working very well(obviously,talking with Cellblock Bitch about her mental game is even MORE useless:rolleyes:)?I don't discuss teaching strategies for my classes with my close friend who's a graphics designer b/c he knows practically nothing about teaching English.Her family can't offer any strong,helpful input on tennis strategy(or anything ELSE,apparently:rolleyes:),so why discuss her 'mental game' with them unless she realized that there was a problem?She might not have mentioned the specific counselling issue,but she's QUITE aware,deep-down,that her mental game is weak,Izzy.

One more thing: Did the reporter directly ASK her if she would seek counselling or did she speak of it on her own??If he/she didn't ask that of Ana,then her mentioning counselling is a subtle,subconscious admission that she needs help.However,if the reporter directly asked her then she had a reason for mentioning it

MM_1257
Jul 10th, 2010, 05:58 PM
Isa, you summarized her words well there, she said exactly that.

gaviotabr
Jul 10th, 2010, 06:12 PM
Izzy,I think that we're arguing over semantics here...and I disagree that the issues are 'totally different things',as you say....When she discusses her 'mental game' with her family,that's a bit unusual,IMO:Why would she discuss ANYthing about her tennis strategy with them unless she were acknowledging,to some extent,that her approach hadn't been working very well(obviously,talking with Cellblock Bitch about her mental game is even MORE useless:rolleyes:)?I don't discuss teaching strategies for my classes with my close friend who's a graphics designer b/c he knows practically nothing about teaching English.Her family can't offer any strong,helpful input on tennis strategy(or anything ELSE,apparently:rolleyes:),so why discuss her 'mental game' with them unless she realized that there was a problem?She might not have mentioned the specific counselling issue,but she's QUITE aware,deep-down,that her mental game is weak,Izzy.

One more thing: Did the reporter directly ASK her if she would seek counselling or did she speak of it on her own??If he/she didn't ask that of Ana,then her mentioning counselling is a subtle,subconscious admission that she needs help.However,if the reporter directly asked her then she had a reason for mentioning it

It's a totally different thing Bruce. Ana has said she seeks advice of her parents and boyfriend before.. meaning she talks to them about how to keep calm on court or how or what are her motivation.. That's totally different then discussing the need for counselling.. like black and white. She stated she never even considered the posibility of getting counselling, never even discussed it. It think it's clear.

As for the last part of your post, the reporter asks her if she has considered getting a sports pshycologist. She then says she never considered it. That she has read a lot of psychology literature, knows much about it (which is so conceited and stupid.. :banghead: ), has talked to parents, friends and boyfriend about motivation and mental game on court, and that's enough for her.

This whole quote is SO ignorant, I have no words.. :banghead:

gaviotabr
Jul 10th, 2010, 06:12 PM
Isa, you summarized her words well there, she said exactly that.

;)

Thanks to your translation. ;)

bruce goose
Jul 10th, 2010, 06:31 PM
It's a totally different thing Bruce. Ana has said she seeks advice of her parents and boyfriend before.. meaning she talks to them about how to keep calm on court or how or what are her motivation.. That's totally different then discussing the need for counselling.. like black and white. She stated she never even considered the posibility of getting counselling, never even discussed it. It think it's clear.

As for the last part of your post, the reporter asks her if she has considered getting a sports pshycologist. She then says she never considered it. That she has read a lot of psychology literature, knows much about it (which is so conceited and stupid.. :banghead: ), has talked to parents, friends and boyfriend about motivation and mental game on court, and that's enough for her.

This whole quote is SO ignorant, I have no words.. :banghead:Okay,then I misunderstood somewhat;I thought she was referring to a SPECIAL discussion she had with her folks and Cellblock Bitch Adam...regarding the plunging depths of her slump.However,if she was just referring to talking with them,in general,about her mental approach,then,yeah you're right....those are totally different things...yet,I still say that,deep down,Ana KNOWS how weak she is

Still,I find it odd that she would discuss her mental approach with her family;how in the hell could THEY help her?They never taught her anything worthwhile when she was going thru childhood.I should use Ana's strategy and ask my car mechanic for advice on how to teach English classes:rolleyes:.Theoretically speaking,it DOES make sense for her to talk with her bf since he's a "top-notch athlete"......gimme a moment to barf............okay,I'm back.....except there are a few flaws with that approach:

1.He has sucked donkey testes for most of the last few years,and his much-blabbed former #3 ranking looks as flukey as Kournikova's former Top Ten status
2.He's a PROVEN lying piece of shit who likely handles his OWN letdowns by powdering his nose with his acting or surfing buddies
3.He has every reason to WANT Ana to fail as this would make her more emotionally dependent on his approval than she already is.....it's sort of like chickens asking a coyote how to beef up their coop security
To summarize,aside from being a phony,Guy Smiley lowlife,he's as worthless as teats on a bull with respect to helping Ana's mental game

Mixo
Jul 10th, 2010, 07:27 PM
So they say you will be in the top 10 soon, Ana...? Yeah...

Curtos07
Jul 10th, 2010, 08:46 PM
If Ana says she'll be back in the top 10 soon, then that means she'll be back in the top 10 soon. :bounce: :lol:

Cp6uja
Jul 14th, 2010, 11:09 AM
Google Translation of Ana's Coopzeitung (Swiss) cover interview (Full version): (http://www.coopzeitung.ch/index.cfm?&id=48143)

http://mediasuite.coopzeitung.ch/mediaserver/api/getMediadata.cfm?media_id=62659&mandator=fw40_mandator_0295


Personally. Ana Ivanovic, Roland Garros champion and former world number 2008, is excited by Switzerland - so much so that imagine the Serb attractive, can live for ever there.

Coop Zeitung: Why have you chosen to live in Switzerland?

Ana Ivanovic: I live since I was 18 Years here and am lucky to have a residence permit. I am currently living in Basel. For the first time I came to Switzerland as a child - with 13 or 14 The occasion was, of course tennis. The training facilities in Belgrade, where I was born, were then very limited. In addition, all live my former coach and my manager, Dan Holzmann, Switzerland.

What do you think of your adopted country?
It was love at first sight. Switzerland is so peaceful, everyone respects the privacy of others. The scenery is gorgeous. I love to train here, especially in summer. Another facet of Switzerland, which I like very much, is the cultural and linguistic diversity.

Could you imagine to live here forever?
This could very well be because for me, Switzerland is an ideal place to live.

Do you still go often to Serbia?
Two to three times a year. My parents still live there, but my mother accompanied me on almost all tournaments, and my father and my brother to support me on the spot whenever it is possible for them. I have many relatives in Serbia, and they miss me very much. That is why I return again and again like back there, just over a month I was just in Belgrade.

What do you beelendet in the world today?
It saddens me every time when I see how other people do wrong, especially when children are involved. I work for a campaign by UNICEF in Serbia against violence in schools. I was shocked and deeply affected by the degree of malice and intimidation in the schools. There is a lot to me keen to contribute to the alleviation of this problem. So far we have indeed achieved a lot already, but there is still much to do.

The world is always environmental. What is your "green" contribution?
During my childhood in Serbia recycling was a foreign word, and I must confess that I took some years to get used to it. Today I do what I can. I was very impressed when I was last year presented in Tokyo, the potential is in the recycling. The Japanese are in this area ahead of their time.

And your private life? Are you liiert?
I would like to actually say anything. Only this: I'm happy.

When we speak of tennis: you have won Roland Garros in 2008 and thereafter were rankings. Then came a crash. Today, you demonstrate in 64th What happened?
It all started with a thumb injury. After my victory in Paris, I was totally motivated and trained like a madman. I often played against men and was on the way to my best tennis. Then came the injury and I lost my confidence.

They were still sick ...
Yes, and I had the feeling that things would get worse. It would not only were the injuries, but also the way I find out from the deep and process my crash. Since I have obviously made mistakes. But I would look not complain too much about the past, but forward. I believe in a positive future.

Do you think you are world number again and win more Grand Slam titles?
I do not doubt at all. I, know that I can keep up with the best, and I think back to myself I'm only 22 years old and have many years to professional tennis in front of me. I want to improve myself further and necessarily be a Topspielerin again.

What goals have you set for himself?
Rankings to be, was a unique feeling. But Grand Slam titles mean more to me - I would love to win another major tournament. Almost 15 years after their debut on the tour are the Williams sisters still absolute peak.

How is this explained?
It is obvious that they have worked very well. You will go down as two of the best players in the history of women's tennis. You are living proof that you can have a long professional career with many successes. It's about finding the right mix of training, competitions and entertainment. That they succeeded in this, but I admire them.

Which tennis player do you value most?
The highest appreciation I have for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Both are model professionals. What I most admire is Roger, the way he behaves on the pitch. He is extremely sensitive, can be controlled during the games and always seems to leave. Rafa also behaves in an exemplary fashion on the court, he plays like Roger is spectacular and a real gentleman.


Characteristics: Ana Ivanovic

Nationality: Serbia
Born: On 6 November 1987 in the Serbian capital Belgrade
Location: You currently lives in Basel
Size: 186 cm
Weight: 69 pounds
Success: Eight tournament victories, including Roland Garros 2008th Following this Grand Slam title, she climbed to the No. 1 world ranking.
Current ranking: No. 64 Hobbies: Languages. She is currently working to improve her Spanish. My greatest hobby is reading. She is very interested in psychology. In addition, it looks like movies on DVD or in cinemas.

gaviotabr
Jul 14th, 2010, 12:08 PM
When we speak of tennis: you have won Roland Garros in 2008 and thereafter were rankings. Then came a crash. Today, you demonstrate in 64th What happened?
It all started with a thumb injury. After my victory in Paris, I was totally motivated and trained like a madman. I often played against men and was on the way to my best tennis. Then came the injury and I lost my confidence.

They were still sick ...
Yes, and I had the feeling that things would get worse. It would not only were the injuries, but also the way I find out from the deep and process my crash. Since I have obviously made mistakes. But I would look not complain too much about the past, but forward. I believe in a positive future.

What goals have you set for himself?
Rankings to be, was a unique feeling. But Grand Slam titles mean more to me - I would love to win another major tournament. Almost 15 years after their debut on the tour are the Williams sisters still absolute peak.

How is this explained?
It is obvious that they have worked very well. You will go down as two of the best players in the history of women's tennis. You are living proof that you can have a long professional career with many successes. It's about finding the right mix of training, competitions and entertainment. That they succeeded in this, but I admire them.


She admits she made mistakes.. MANY mistakes.. Yet she keeps making them... the same mistakes, the same patterns. To make a mistake is human, to insist on it is dumb and stupid.

And she should not compare herself to the Williams or see them as how she should be. First of all, each person is a different individual. She needs to find out what works for her, which is not what works for Serena or Venus. Second.. what made them what they are, players who have huge longevity and are winners, history makers, is their mental strength. Very few have the belief and the desire they have. Ana's head can't be more far away from this...

I'm really beginning to understand how her career went down the drain... her views and perceptions over so many things tennis related are SO far from reality, no wonder she almost always picks the wrong way.

Loungy
Jul 14th, 2010, 07:42 PM
She got most of her results when she was working like a madwoman. She's been adding more leisure time to the balance for over a year, and she's slipped below top 50. What's her point?

The Wiliams argument is a little bit like looking at Roger Federer and deciding that being coachless is the best way to go.

gaviotabr
Jul 14th, 2010, 10:15 PM
She got most of her results when she was working like a madwoman. She's been adding more leisure time to the balance for over a year, and she's slipped below top 50. What's her point?

The Wiliams argument is a little bit like looking at Roger Federer and deciding that being coachless is the best way to go.

Spot on.

She is blaming things and trying routes that are not the ones to blame or to try in her case. It's the ever lasting denial.. Even if she recognizes she has made mistakes, she just doesn't accept what they were and points to everything else. Keeps making the same mistakes over and over again.

spiritedenergy
Jul 14th, 2010, 11:11 PM
Spot on.

She is blaming things and trying routes that are not the ones to blame or to try in her case. It's the ever lasting denial.. Even if she recognizes she has made mistakes, she just doesn't accept what they were and points to everything else. Keeps making the same mistakes over and over again.

yes definitely, the williams route is not working for her, it's a total fail... she is not and never will be a Williams who can come to any tournament and win it without any previous lead-up:o

gaviotabr
Jul 14th, 2010, 11:16 PM
A little bit more on Ana's preparation in Mallorca. Not much different then what was written in the Vilas Academy web, but still.. google translation:

Ana Ivanovic prepares the season in Mallorca

The player is preparing for the American season.

Ana Ivanovic Mallorca is in training for the American season. The athletic director and coach of the Academy Guillermo Vilas advised the former world number one on various technical aspects to improve their game, as despuéss a down year, might get a few results in the European season.

Lost in Stuttgart in the first round, won two games in Rome and lost in first round at Wimbledon. Work in Palmanova was to improve their physical appearance, his sprint speed and lateral movements. The tennis player Juan Pablo Amado played, ranking 300th in the ATP, which maintains an upward trend in the game and was sparring for Ana during the preparatory sessions.

Accompanied by her father and trainer, attended closely to the guidelines of Sabadell, who recently coached añoos José Luis Clerc, one of the best Argentine players of all time, alongside the legendary Guillermo Vilas.

http://www.balearesport.es/deportes/21287/tenis/noticia/ana-ivanovic-prepara-la-temporada-en-mallorca/

The focus of the practice sessions were physical training, sprint and lateral movement on court. That's actually something she desperately needs to work on, so good that she is doing it.

gaviotabr
Jul 14th, 2010, 11:18 PM
yes definitely, the williams route is not working for her, it's a total fail... she is not and never will be a Williams who can come to any tournament and win it without any previous lead-up:o

She is overlooking the Williams' mental strength.. almost untoucheble and in a league of its own. Ana has to see how weak her mental game is and how that prevents her from ever making results out of the Williams route.

But then again.. she doesn't think her mental game is any sort of issue.. and besides.. she knows enough about psychology.. :tape::banghead:

bruce goose
Jul 14th, 2010, 11:33 PM
She is overlooking the Williams' mental strength.. almost untoucheble and in a league of its own. Ana has to see how weak her mental game is and how that prevents her from ever making results out of the Williams route.

But then again.. she doesn't think her mental game is any sort of issue.. and besides.. she knows enough about psychology.. :tape::banghead:Of COURSE it isn't an issue;having panic attacks to the point where you can't breathe easily...and which make you so dizzy that they affect your on-court vision.....yeah,those are COMPLETELY normal...a telltale sign of a mental juggernaut.I hear that the Williams sisters read books about Ana so that they can learn tips on how to improve their on-court toughness

gaviotabr
Jul 14th, 2010, 11:34 PM
Of COURSE it isn't an issue;having panic attacks to the point where you can't breathe easily...and which make you so dizzy that they affect your on-court vision.....yeah,those are COMPLETELY normal...a telltale sign of a mental juggernaut.I hear that the Williams sisters read books about Ana so that they can learn tips on how to improve their on-court toughness

:lol::spit:

Lord Choc Ice
Jul 15th, 2010, 12:59 AM
yes definitely, the williams route is not working for her, it's a total fail... she is not and never will be a Williams who can come to any tournament and win it without any previous lead-up:o
Venus can't even do that anymore. :tape:

gaviotabr
Jul 19th, 2010, 04:01 PM
Tom Tebutt weights on Ana being denied a WC into Montreal. He also disagrees.

A humbling decline for Ivanovic


Former Rogers Cup champion forced to qualify for this year's event in Montreal

Tom Tebbutt

Globe and Mail Update Published on Monday, Jul. 19, 2010 9:24AM EDT

Four years ago, Ana Ivanovic was the Rogers Cup champion in Montreal. Two years ago, she won the French Open and reached No. 1 in the WTA Tour rankings.

Next month, she plans to play the 2010 Rogers Cup in Montreal – in the qualifying.

It has been a humbling decline for the 22-year-old Serb, who seems to be able to hit her shots as well as ever but frequently goes through a kind of nervous misfiring of the synapses that leads to blatant unforced errors and an erratic ball toss on her serve.

Following a 6-3, 6-4 first-round loss at Wimbledon to Shahar Peer, Ivanovic’s ranking fell from No. 45 to No. 64, putting her well outside the ranking needed for direct entry to the 56-player field for the Rogers Cup, beginning August 16 in Montreal.

She requested a main draw wild card but was denied.

Tennis Canada has three wild cards for the event and they are allocated by a selection committee in conjunction with the tournament director.

According to Montreal tournament director Eugene Lapierre, the decision about whether or not to give one to Ivanovic came down to what could be a possible choice between her and Stéphanie Dubois.

Dubois, currently ranked No. 125, is the No. 2 Canadian behind No. 50-ranked Aleksandra Wozniak, who will also require a wild card. The thinking is that Dubois, from nearby Laval, is as much of a draw in Montreal as Ivanovic.

While that has to be considered, the 2010 Rogers Cup has already suffered a pair of body blows, with world No. 1 Serena Williams and No. 13 Justine Henin, a Francophone with relatives in Montreal, both pulling out with injuries.

That leaves Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams, Kim Clijsters, Ivanovic, and maybe a Jelena Jankovic or a Dinara Safina, as the only genuine marquee names. Tennis tournaments at the Rogers Cup level are based on the star power of their players, and they are the main reason there is $2-million in prize money.

Sharapova, Venus, Clijsters, Jankovic and Safina are all scheduled to play in Cincinnati the week before the Rogers Cup. Considering the current attrition rate among players, there is no guarantee all of them will make it to Montreal. In that case, Ivanovic’s high-profile stature could become a prized asset for the tournament.

As things stand, Dubois, who will defend 110 ranking points in early August for winning the $75,000 (U.S.) Challenger event in Vancouver, could lose her No. 2 position for a wild card if she does not do well there, and/or if the No. 3 Canadian, Sharon Fichman, No. 4, Heidi El Tabakh, or No. 5, Valérie Tétreault, were to post good enough results to overtake her.

That would be unfortunate for Dubois, but she has had five previous Rogers Cup wild cards and surely Ivanovic is a more valuable to the event, especially in the bigger picture.

“I have very fond memories of Montreal, because it’s where I won my first Tier I title three years ago,” she writes on her website. “It’s a unique city: French is the official language here, and there are many Parisian-style cafes. It feels weird to be in North America when everyone is speaking French, but I must say that I like it – it’s interesting. I like to stay in the centre of the city, where there are some excellent French restaurants.”

By the time the Rogers Cup begins, there should be a pretty good indication of whether or not Ivanovic is out of the funk that has seen her only twice win more than one match in 10 tournaments in 2010. That’s because she is entered in Stanford (wild card), San Diego (wild card) and Cincinnati (possible wild card) in the three weeks leading into Montreal.

No matter how she does in those tournaments, and despite the importance of having a player from the local market, Ivanovic deserves a wild card based on her past record and her drawing power. A year ago, Kim Clijsters, starting her comeback, was given a wild card, ahead of a Canadian, for the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

She lasted three rounds, and played two thriller matches against Victoria Azarenka and Jankovic. Even if it seems unlikely now, if Ivanovic could do anything close to that this year, it would easily justify a decision to award her a wild card.


http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/more-sports/tom-tebbutt/a-humbling-decline-for-ivanovic/article1644619/

jelenacg
Jul 19th, 2010, 04:08 PM
I read that in last 4 years the only non Canadian player to receive WC was Kim so no wonder they didn`t give WC to Ana :rolleyes:
Now we can discuss about that stupid `rule`...if it`s true

gaviotabr
Jul 19th, 2010, 04:11 PM
I read that in last 4 years the only non Canadian player to receive WC was Kim so no wonder they didn`t give WC to Ana :rolleyes:
Now we can discuss about that stupid `rule`...if it`s true

Yes.. puff..

Anyway.. I don't understand how the tournament director says this was a choice between Ana and Dubois. Tennis Canada has 3 WCs.. Wozniak, Dubois and someone else. :shrug:

jelenacg
Jul 19th, 2010, 04:21 PM
Yes.. puff..

Anyway.. I don't understand how the tournament director says this was a choice between Ana and Dubois. Tennis Canada has 3 WCs.. Wozniak, Dubois and someone else. :shrug:

So it`s true ,i wonder about other tournaments.Do they also have this kind of `rules` to only give WC to their own players no matter what :o

Dobois who?? I`m pretty much sure i won`t know that third player either :lol:

Idiots...

gaviotabr
Jul 19th, 2010, 04:25 PM
So it`s true ,i wonder about other tournaments.Do they also have this kind of `rules` to only give WC to their own players no matter what :o

Dobois who?? I`m pretty much sure i won`t know that third player either :lol:
Idiots...

They said they have to give WCs to canadians number 1 and 2. Maybe they are anticipating Dubois to fall in the rankings and be canadian number 3 when the WCs are announced. Since they want to give her a WC for the 6th straight year, they can't use the third WC for anyone. :shrug:

I think Tom Tebbutt makes his point clearly... Montreal is making the wrong decision. But hey.. whatever.. Ana should just boicott it from now on. I could even support such decision if this wasn't a tournament Ana had done so much to promote, and had won in the past.

jelenacg
Jul 19th, 2010, 04:33 PM
They said they have to give WCs to canadians number 1 and 2. Maybe they are anticipating Dubois to fall in the rankings and be canadian number 3 when the WCs are announced. Since they want to give her a WC for the 6th straight year, they can't use the third WC for anyone. :shrug:

I think Tom Tebbutt makes his point clearly... Montreal is making the wrong decision. But hey.. whatever.. Ana should just boicott it from now on. I could even support such decision if this wasn't a tournament Ana had done so much to promote, and had won in the past.

I`m ok with tournaments giving WC to their own players and supporting them but i googled this Dubois girl.Highest ranking No. 94 and best result at GS is reaching R2 at USO 09
And they are giving her WC for the 6th straight year :weirdo:
What a waste :o

bruce goose
Jul 19th, 2010, 05:56 PM
Tom Tebutt weights on Ana being denied a WC into Montreal. He also disagrees.



http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/more-sports/tom-tebbutt/a-humbling-decline-for-ivanovic/article1644619/Well,Tom,if you really,really,REALLY wanna help Ana---THEN QUIT WORRYING ABOUT HURTING HER FEELINGS,douchebag!!:( Drawing power???Wimbledon put Ana on one of the parking lot tennis courts...last time I checked...Wimbledon wasn't going bankrupt for failing to capitalize on Ana's massive 'drawing power':rolleyes:.They put Ana's pretty face on promo materials for AESTHETIC appeal...not b/c ANYone expects her to go past one round at the tournament.The notion that people will flock to Montreal in higher-than-usual numbers,in anticipation of seeing Ana in the semifinals,is retarded!!!

Tom,maybe you're deluded like Ana and you think she's still a big star...or maybe you think that Ana will put you on her potential Bf list if you kiss her ass with sorry puff pieces:rolleyes:.Read the fine print,Tommy Boy!RC gives WCs mostly to CANADIANS...and they made a rare exception in Clijsters' case cuz they KNEW that she was a worthwhile pick who wouldn't embarrass them by going in the tank after her serve was broken for the 1st time....If you ever care to move beyond this tear-jerker,asswipe brand of journalism,then HERE'S the message you can send Ana: SHE SUCKS!!And she DESPERATELY needs a sports counsellor for the sake of her career AND her mental health......Or do you lack the BALLS to write that,Tommy?:rolleyes:

gaviotabr
Jul 19th, 2010, 06:10 PM
Well,Tom,if you really,really,REALLY wanna help Ana---THEN QUIT WORRYING ABOUT HURTING HER FEELINGS,douchebag!!:( Drawing power???Wimbledon put Ana on one of the parking lot tennis courts...last time I checked...Wimbledon wasn't going bankrupt for failing to capitalize on Ana's massive 'drawing power':rolleyes:.They put Ana's pretty face on promo materials for AESTHETIC appeal...not b/c ANYone expects her to go past one round at the tournament.The notion that people will flock to Montreal in higher-than-usual numbers,in anticipation of seeing Ana in the semifinals,is retarded!!!

Tom,maybe you're deluded like Ana and you think she's still a big star...or maybe you think that Ana will put you on her potential Bf list if you kiss her ass with sorry puff pieces:rolleyes:.Read the fine print,Tommy Boy!RC gives WCs mostly to CANADIANS...and they made a rare exception in Clijsters' case cuz they KNEW that she was a worthwhile pick who wouldn't embarrass them by going in the tank after her serve was broken for the 1st time....If you ever care to move beyond this tear-jerker,asswipe brand of journalism,then HERE'S the message you can send Ana: SHE SUCKS!!And she DESPERATELY needs a sports counsellor for the sake of her career AND her mental health......Or do you lack the BALLS to write that,Tommy?:rolleyes:

WTF Bruce?

Tom Tebbutt is one of the most well respected tennis writers. You don't have to be this aggressive just because he has a different view than yours. This article is not about Ana, this is about a decision to give her a WC or not. He is not going to be writing about her play or mental game when its not the point of the article.

And Ana is still a big draw, no matter what you say and no matter how awful her attitude and play has been. She is well known name, and most people who attend a tournament do so trying to see the known names.

spiritedenergy
Jul 19th, 2010, 06:15 PM
ok so they want to give it to Dubois... thinking she'll probably be the third ranked canadian by the time the event happens and being the girl from quebec.:o

bruce goose
Jul 19th, 2010, 06:27 PM
WTF Bruce?

Tom Tebbutt is one of the most well respected tennis writers. You don't have to be this aggressive just because he has a different view than yours. This article is not about Ana, this is about a decision to give her a WC or not. He is not going to be writing about her play or mental game when its not the point of the article.

And Ana is still a big draw, no matter what you say and no matter how awful her attitude and play has been. She is well known name, and most people who attend a tournament do so trying to see the known names.Well,I wasn't that aggressive with YOU,was I?:angel: You were the one who told ME that you didn't have to change your opinion just b/c a bunch of experts disagreed with you...and you were right

I think this was a gutless,chickenshit article which ignored legit concerns by RC officials that Ana would embarrass them by not proving her worthiness for a WC with her on-court performance...and it made little mention of how Ana put herSELF in this position much more than the RC officials did.

As for Ana's supposed drawing power...again,Why did Wimby put her in the parking lot if she's such a huge revenue producer??.....Because she's NOT...anymore....I can respect your complaint that RC puts Ana's pic on promotional materials,but Ana declared herSELF eye candy the day when she said that the SI cover would be just as good as winning a GS...so she can't complain when other people accept her comments as sincere and use her that way

gaviotabr
Jul 19th, 2010, 06:36 PM
Well,I wasn't that aggressive with YOU,was I?:angel: You were the one who told ME that you didn't have to change your opinion just b/c a bunch of experts disagreed with you...and you were right

I think this was a gutless,chickenshit article which ignored legit concerns by RC officials that Ana would embarrass them by not proving her worthiness for a WC with her on-court performance...and it made little mention of how Ana put herSELF in this position much more than the RC officials did.

As for Ana's supposed drawing power...again,Why did Wimby put her in the parking lot if she's such a huge revenue producer??.....Because she's NOT...anymore....I can respect your complaint that RC puts Ana's pic on promotional materials,but Ana declared herSELF eye candy the day when she said that the SI cover would be just as good as winning a GS...so she can't complain when other people accept her comments as sincere and use her that way

I'm not saying you should change your view. You shouldn't. All I'm saying is that you were asking for things that are not the point of the article.. and there was too much aggressiviness in the post.

And I have to laugh at the idea that Rogers cup officials have any concern that Ana might embarrass them. That is not something they even considered when they choose the WCs. I think it's pretty clear what they were considering, and it has nothing to do with what Ana has or not been doing.

As for Wimbledon, they wanted to put her on Court 1 or Centre Court, but she happened to play in a day that broke all records for late finishes. And she attracted a huge crowd for Court 5, which is still a show court. I've read all over the internet how unusually packed the court was. :shrug: They waited until the last minute to put her on a show court, even though there were smaller courts available before. That she is still a big draw is not a matter of opinion, it's fact. It might not be so in a year or so, if she keeps being such a loser.. but right now, she still is, fact.

gloria7
Jul 19th, 2010, 06:46 PM
Why we played football match against Germany in Port-Elisabeth? Because 60km away is the largest Volkswagen factory in South Africa.If they need to choose between 10,000 Serbian and 50,000 German fans-we all know what decision they are going to make.Small favor for a developed country and that's why Germany played the third place match against Uruguay in the same city-Port Elisabeth.I understand why tournement organizers wont give Ana a WC.They want to support local girls,it's patriotic act,a big favor for young Canadian players but i have no doubt that they thought about the money,Ana's marketability and who will attract more viewers.Just...tennis is no longer sport...it's a combination between politics and showbusiness.We have to face the reality and to admit,that Ana is loosing her marketability and prestige.I can't just say-Canadians are hate her,they don't want to give her WC.It's more than that.They have 2 WTa tournaments and they want to help their local girls...and Ana doesn't play well for 2 years.Imagine if Cincy decide to give her WC just because she is pretty or because crowd wants to see in person SI model.She is still magnet for the crowd,but other tennis players may start complaining about that,using the media to bash Ana and it could be very ugly.

bruce goose
Jul 19th, 2010, 06:58 PM
I'm not saying you should change your view. You shouldn't. All I'm saying is that you were asking for things that are not the point of the article.. and there was too much aggressiviness in the post.

And I have to laugh at the idea that Rogers cup officials have any concern that Ana might embarrass them. That is not something they even considered when they choose the WCs. I think it's pretty clear what they were considering, and it has nothing to do with what Ana has or not been doing.

As for Wimbledon, they wanted to put her on Court 1 or Centre Court, but she happened to play in a day that broke all records for late finishes. And she attracted a huge crowd for Court 5, which is still a show court. I've read all over the internet how unusually packed the court was. :shrug: They waited until the last minute to put her on a show court, even though there were smaller courts available before. That she is still a big draw is not a matter of opinion, it's fact. It might not be so in a year or so, if she keeps being such a loser.. but right now, she still is, fact.Well,I'm not as charming as you are:smooch:,and I express my points too firmly sometimes.Much of my venom comes from this soft,weepy brand of journalism that TOO many so-called journalists are offering:'Poor Ana:sad:,she's so unlucky'.....ENOUGH with that crap!!!Any journalist who wants to see Ana improve should give her the TRUTH!!!And I see very little of that

Can you speak FACTUALLY that RC didn't contemplate Ana's recent effortless tanking trend as one of the criteria for deciding her worthiness for a WC??They're not gonna blatantly state,'Oh,we don't think Ana is worthy cuz she's only going to give a shit performance if we grant her a WC.' As you read,RC usually grants WCs to Canadians,so it's sort of embarrassing to break that tradition for a player who's in worse physical shape than some 40-year-old bowlers are

Looking at your comments above,Wimby CONSIDERED putting Ana on Court 1 but,given a choice,they picked someone else instead of Ana b/c she's no longer the big draw she once was.If she WERE,then they'd have put her on Court 1 or some other larger court out of respect for her hypothetical drawing power.Yeah,Ana would be a huge draw for an MM event....like the ones Flavia plays....I simply don't believe,Izzy,that Premier tourneys suffer major revenue loss in Ana's absence....If that were true,then RC would be committing financial suicide...and I highly doubt that

gaviotabr
Jul 19th, 2010, 06:59 PM
Why we played football match against Germany in Port-Elisabeth? Because 60km away is the largest Volkswagen factory in South Africa.If they need to choose between 10,000 Serbian and 50,000 German fans-we all know what decision they are going to make.Small favor for a developed country and that's why Germany played the third place match against Uruguay in the same city-Port Elisabeth.I understand why tournement organizers wont give Ana a WC.They want to support local girls,it's patriotic act,a big favor for young Canadian players but i have no doubt that they thought about the money,Ana's marketability and who will attract more viewers.Just...tennis is no longer sport...it's a combination between politics and showbusiness.We have to face the reality and to admit,that Ana is loosing her marketability and prestige.I can't just say-Canadians are hate her,they don't want to give her WC.It's more than that.They have 2 WTa tournaments and they want to help their local girls...and Ana doesn't play well for 2 years.Imagine if Cincy decide to give her WC just because she is pretty or because crowd wants to see in person SI model.She is still magnet for the crowd,but other tennis players may start complaining about that,using the media to bash Ana and it could be very ugly.

You do know cities and stadiums for World Cup were decided by groups. Each group had it's matches alocated before the draw was made. So Germany could've played matches in other stadium if they had been drawn to another group. That had nothing to do with some factory.

Ana is losing marketability.. no doubt.. but she is still a big draw. Tournament director decided, though, that she would be as much of a draw there than a local player who is bound to bring in family and friends. Since they were equal in that in their view, they chose to help out the local. They shoul, in my opinion and in others opinion (like Tom Tebbutt says), have considered how much Ana worked to promote this tournament in the past and her being a past champion. They should have payed some respect to that. They decided to ignore that.. Fine, she could also ignore them.

As for the last part of your post, I don't think any big time player will complain about Ana getting WCs. They never know if they might be in the same situation in the future.

I do think Ana should stop WC whoring and start playing to her ranking and playing qualies. Go grind out on tour. But if she requests one from a tournament like Montreal, considering her history there, they should pay some respect IMHO. She could just not have asked and have avoided the embarrassment, as azdaja pointed out.

gaviotabr
Jul 19th, 2010, 07:06 PM
Well,I'm not as charming as you are:smooch:,and I express my points too firmly sometimes.Much of my venom comes from this soft,weepy brand of journalism that TOO many so-called journalists are offering:'Poor Ana:sad:,she's so unlucky'.....ENOUGH with that crap!!!Any journalist who wants to see Ana improve should give her the TRUTH!!!And I see very little of that

Can you speak FACTUALLY that RC didn't contemplate Ana's recent effortless tanking trend as one of the criteria for deciding her worthiness for a WC??They're not gonna blatantly state,'Oh,we don't think Ana is worthy cuz she's only going to give a shit performance if we grant her a WC.' As you read,RC usually grants WCs to Canadians,so it's sort of embarrassing to break that tradition for a player who's in worse physical shape than some 40-year-old bowlers are

Looking at your comments above,Wimby CONSIDERED putting Ana on Court 1 but,given a choice,they picked someone else instead of Ana b/c she's no longer the big draw she once was.If she WERE,then they'd have put her on Court 1 or some other larger court out of respect for her hypothetical drawing power.Yeah,Ana would be a huge draw for an MM event....like the ones Flavia plays....I simply don't believe,Izzy,that Premier tourneys suffer major revenue loss in Ana's absence....If that were true,then RC would be committing financial suicide...and I highly doubt that

You are, once again, misinterpretating me. Wimbledon wanted to put Ana on Centre Court or Court 1 and waited until the last moment to do it.. but couldn't out of having super long previous matches. The other woman's matches in those 2 courts that day were Venus, 5 time champ, and Jankovic x Robson, obviously bigger draws than Ana. I never claimed she was the biggest draw on tour, which she is not.. But it's fact she is still a big draw, otherwise they wouldn't even consider getting her such courts. They put Serena in Court 2.. would that mean she is not a big draw? Please.. :help: As for Rogers Cup, they have other big players, so they can survive perfectly without Ana.. but that doesn't make her any less of a draw. She is still a big time name, fact. And that's not even the reason they should give her a WC, it's due to her having promoted this tournament so much in the past and having won there. They should give more respect to their former champions, as a way to say how important it is to win the tournament.

As for RC's officials criteria, it has been stated what their criteria was according to big time canadian journalists like Stephanie Myles and Tom Tebbutt, and I believe them. The criteria was the fact that they wanted to give Dubois a WC. Bruce, if you really think they weight in the possibility of being embarrassed then you have no idea how these things work. It's a ridiculous thought.

azdaja
Jul 19th, 2010, 07:16 PM
I do think Ana should stop WC whoring and start playing to her ranking and playing qualies. Go grind out on tour. But if she requests one from a tournament like Montreal, considering her history there, they should pay some respect IMHO. She could just not have asked and have avoided the embarrassment, as azdaja pointed out.
i was reading this and i thought i would "this" this part, then i saw you mentioned me in there anyway :lol: but yeah, i think we agree entirely on this. i don't like it that ana is asking for wild cards rather than working hard to keep her ranking up, but she should have gotten one here.

and while i said that coming from a small country can make you less famous than you deserve in case of diego forlán i am not so sure about ana. i even think it enhances her profile that she comes from a small "exotic" country. only really average tennis players would be less famous than they really deserve in this case imo. and serbia's invasion of the tennis world only made individual players more famous. the coverage of serbian tennis players was very positive and all the talk about training in a swimming pool and difficult recent past was a part of it. so, if ana can't get a wild card it's not because she is not marketable, she still is. but she simply needs to play better.

bruce goose
Jul 19th, 2010, 07:27 PM
You are, once again, misinterpretating me. Wimbledon wanted to put Ana on Centre Court or Court 1 and waited until the last moment to do it.. but couldn't out of having super long previous matches. The other woman's matches in those 2 courts that day were Venus, 5 time champ, and Jankovic x Robson, obviously bigger draws than Ana. I never claimed she was the biggest draw on tour, which she is not.. But it's fact she is still a big draw, otherwise they wouldn't even consider getting her such courts. They put Serena in Court 2.. would that mean she is not a big draw? Please.. :help: As for Rogers Cup, they have other big players, so they can survive perfectly without Ana.. but that doesn't make her any less of a draw. She is still a big time name, fact. And that's not even the reason they should give her a WC, it's due to her having promoted this tournament so much in the past and having won there. They should give more respect to their former champions, as a way to say how important it is to win the tournament.

As for RC's officials criteria, it has been stated what their criteria was according to big time canadian journalists like Stephanie Myles and Tom Tebbutt, and I believe them. The criteria was the fact that they wanted to give Dubois a WC. Bruce, if you really think they weight in the possibility of being embarrassed then you have no idea how these things work. It's a ridiculous thought.Izzy,I already said what we both know....that Canadians get priority with RC wildcards...but,if they're gonna BREAK that tradition,will it be for a player who shows ZERO gratitude by tanking her match as soon as she gets her serve broken??If you can tell me FACTUALLY that I'm the only person on Earth who thinks that way...then fine:)...but if it occurred to ME,then I'm pretty sure it might pop into the heads of the RC folks,too

We both know that putting Serena on Court 2 was a brainfart:lol:....They got some heat for THAT one and won't make that mistake twice.......We have different viewpoints on 'respect'.To ME,you forfeit respect when you conduct yourself in the manner that Ana has;she still deserves her respect as a human being,but she has lost her PROFESSIONAL respect by her own doing...and she DESERVES that.I don't agree that people deserve respect in perpetuity regardless of their actions

I've had people put me on ignore for calling their opinions stupid;)...but YOU get away with it cuz you're a beautiful,charming Brasilera who can be aggressive w/o getting called on it:p

Curtos07
Jul 19th, 2010, 07:52 PM
I think this was a gutless,chickenshit article which ignored legit concerns by RC officials that Ana would embarrass them by not proving her worthiness for a WC with her on-court performance...and it made little mention of how Ana put herSELF in this position much more than the RC officials did.
Because Dubois who is ranked 165th in the world won't embarrass them anymore than Ana would. :rolleyes: That's a pretty lame argument.

As for Ana's supposed drawing power...again,Why did Wimby put her in the parking lot if she's such a huge revenue producer??.....Because she's NOT...anymore....I can respect your complaint that RC puts Ana's pic on promotional materials,but Ana declared herSELF eye candy the day when she said that the SI cover would be just as good as winning a GS...so she can't complain when other people accept her comments as sincere and use her that way

Wimbledon tried to put Ana on one of the show courts which is why her match was TBD, but they couldn't because the matches on those courts took forever to finish. Ana is one of the biggest draws in tennis. I sometimes confused Bruce if you are actually a fan or a hater.

bruce goose
Jul 19th, 2010, 08:16 PM
Because Dubois who is ranked 165th in the world won't embarrass them anymore than Ana would. :rolleyes: That's a pretty lame argument.



Wimbledon tried to put Ana on one of the show courts which is why her match was TBD, but they couldn't because the matches on those courts took forever to finish. Ana is one of the biggest draws in tennis. I sometimes confused Bruce if you are actually a fan or a hater.You're COMPLETELY missing the point with Dubois,Curtis....she's an underdog who's not expected to do much,but it's a nice sentimental story for locals.If she loses,it's probably b/c she's overmatched.....So RC should break their tradition for a player who won't even appreciate it by showing a good effort??Maybe you can follow along with THAT,Curtis;)

In case you forgot,Wimbledon put Ana on a parking lot in her Hradecka match LAST year...and she's such a HUGE draw that RC isn't wasting their time with her....Wake up,Curtis!....She's still a draw,but nowhere near like before

If being a hater means NOT being one of the idiots who constantly make excuses for Ana...while I agonize how she wastes her potential to impact lives far outside of even her tennis abilities...while chickenshit journalists treat her with kid gloves all the way to her tennis grave.....Then,yeah,I meet your criteria of being a hater:hatoff:

Nena_xxx
Jul 19th, 2010, 08:26 PM
How organizers can be soooooooooo stupid???

Curtos07
Jul 19th, 2010, 08:48 PM
You're COMPLETELY missing the point with Dubois,Curtis....she's an underdog who's not expected to do much,but it's a nice sentimental story for locals.If she loses,it's probably b/c she's overmatched.....So RC should break their tradition for a player who won't even appreciate it by showing a good effort??Maybe you can follow along with THAT,Curtis;)

In case you forgot,Wimbledon put Ana on a parking lot in her Hradecka match LAST year...and she's such a HUGE draw that RC isn't wasting their time with her....Wake up,Curtis!....She's still a draw,but nowhere near like before

If being a hater means NOT being one of the idiots who constantly make excuses for Ana...while I agonize how she wastes her potential to impact lives far outside of even her tennis abilities...while chickenshit journalists treat her with kid gloves all the way to her tennis grave.....Then,yeah,I meet your criteria of being a hater:hatoff:

I'm not saying you are a hater, just that at times you sound like one. A little too much negativity IMO. I don't think journalist are making excuses for her. They have been pretty critical of her, including Tebutt in recent months. Just because they don't agree with some of your bit far-fetched thoughts concerning Ana doesn't mean they're treating her with kid gloves.

And again, you're accusing Ana of not appreciating and giving her effort when it comes to Rogers Cup when that's not the case. You're just further making my point in regards to my previous post. Read her facebook update. She is working hard and actually dedicating herself to tennis. If we're going to criticize her for WAGging and stuff and neglecting her tennis, we should also give her props when she is indeed working hard.

bruce goose
Jul 19th, 2010, 09:30 PM
I'm not saying you are a hater, just that at times you sound like one. A little too much negativity IMO. I don't think journalist are making excuses for her. They have been pretty critical of her, including Tebutt in recent months. Just because they don't agree with some of your bit far-fetched thoughts concerning Ana doesn't mean they're treating her with kid gloves.

And again, you're accusing Ana of not appreciating and giving her effort when it comes to Rogers Cup when that's not the case. You're just further making my point in regards to my previous post. Read her facebook update. She is working hard and actually dedicating herself to tennis. If we're going to criticize her for WAGging and stuff and neglecting her tennis, we should also give her props when she is indeed working hard.Curtis,if you read my last post in the hardcourt thread,you'll see that aye DID give Ana credit for not WAGging at all when taking a week off would have been justifiable...but that doesn't mean I'm totally convinced that she's fully committed.We've been led down that road before...only to see Ana give an explicable,lifeless effort on court.I understand why some people have a 'seeing is believing' attitude in re Ana.She has traditionally received HUGE support,and respect,at RG and the AO...and she didn't show much appreciation to her fans with her recent performances there.I'll make you a deal:If Ana gives a no-account tank job in Stanford,then I won't say a single nasty word to you but,if she makes a concerted effort--EVEN if she loses her opening match--then I'll re-consider my semi-support for the RC officials...perhaps I'll even offer a full retraction if Ana maintains her efforts thru the hardcourt season.

Am I far-fetched??That's what posters said in summer of 2008 when I claimed that Ana needed a sports counsellor....Izzy was new to the forum back then,and she was pretty much the only poster who agreed with me.We were both accused of being haters and worryworts....Oh my:o.In your defense,lots of others accuse me of being far-fetched so you definitely have a strength-in-numbers argument:lol:....I'll close by asking you if I've ever shown pleasure at Ana's losses or misfortune.To me,THAT'S what defines a hater....I'm simply frustrated b/c aye KNOW she can do better.She doesn't have to be a Serena or a Henin,mentally...with HER physical talents,she could win multiple Slams simply by being a Davenport,Clijsters or Sharapova....It's there for the taking IF she's ready

gaviotabr
Jul 20th, 2010, 03:04 AM
Another article on the WC, from canadian press:

Tough love for Ivanovic from Tennis Canada


By Stephanie Myles, Postmedia News

MONTREAL — As adorable as tennis star Ana Ivanovic is, eventually someone was going to say no to her.

Tennis Canada turned out to be the bad guy, refusing to give the former No. 1 player in the world a main-draw wild card into the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

The vast majority of media and fans seem squarely on the side of the Serbian cutie.

Ana Ivanovic, in qualifying? How disrespectful given her track record, the fact that she won in Montreal four years ago — and mostly, how cute she is.

Ivanovic is cute, and really nice, and everyone wants her to get back on track.

But in the particular context of the Rogers Cup in Montreal, she’s not necessarily added value. And that made the decision a little easier for tournament director Eugene Lapierre.

“The way I analyzed it was that, yes, she’s a player who has done a lot for our tournament — almost saved it one year. She has a lot of charisma. Everyone likes her. But the fact is that she hasn’t demonstrated (with her play) that she deserves a wild card,” he said Monday. “It’s not the same as a player who has been injured and away for awhile. . . . She is the one who dropped down to No. 65, not because of an injury.”

Tennis Canada is a non-profit organization whose mission statement says it “shall lead the growth, promotion and showcasing of the sport in Canada,” and also “build a system that helps produce world-class players.”

Wild cards, in theory, are to be used to give Canadian players the opportunity to compete on the big stage.

Lapierre doesn’t necessarily buy the notion put forth by Tennis Canada’s coaches that the tournament’s primary mission is the development of athletes. The way he sees it, the millions of dollars it puts into the development coffers is a more-than-substantial contribution.

“If we didn’t already have the best players in the world, if we didn’t get all the players we think we can get, my choice would certainly be for the wild cards to go to international players, because you want to sell the attraction,” Lapierre said. “But we have them, so it’s normal to give the chance to young players.”

There have been exceptions, of course: Mary Pierce one year, the returning Kim Clijsters last year.

But unlike the three U.S. tournaments (San Diego, Stanford, Cincinnati) that did give her wild cards, Lapierre did not consider Ivanovic an “incontournable” — a player you couldn’t pass up like, say, if Steffi Graf decided she wanted to play.

If you’re looking at an early-week day session, the reality is that local players like Stephanie Dubois or Valerie Tetreault brings extra value to the Rogers Cup when it’s in Montreal — as much, arguably, as Ivanovic would. A San Diego native, for example, wouldn’t have one-tenth the impact on ticket sales that Ivanovic will have at that tournament.

Stanford has Maria Sharapova, and that’s about it. San Diego, which lost its WTA Tour event a couple of years ago, needs every marquee name available as it makes a comeback. Ivanovic will help both events.

The tournament in Cincinnati, held the week before the Rogers Cup, is only in its second year as a Premier 5 tournament as it readies to become a major joint men’s and women’s event in 2011. Before that, it was a lower-level Tier III.

But even though it boasted eight of the top 10 women in 2009, the combined attendance for the men’s and women’s tournaments only jumped 14 per cent. So it has some work to do on the women’s side. Ivanovic will help.

Plus, Stanford and San Diego are private, for-profit entities; Cincinnati is a public-private partnership.

Beyond all that, you have to wonder if they’re really helping Ivanovic.

When you’re struggling with your confidence as much as she is, the best cure is to win tennis matches. Unseeded, the 22-year-old Serb could very easily run into a top player in the first round, lose, and be no further ahead.

“If I were her coach, I’d force her to play qualies,” Lapierre said.

Ivanovic seems to be running her career as if she were still on top, or as if all it’s going to take is one good win — and she’ll be right back there. During a training week last week, she wrote on Facebook that she had her entire family with her.

How can that be anything but pressure, a group of well-meaning people Ivanovic — who is a people-pleaser above all — has bearing down on her at all times as a reminder of what she no longer is?

As if she needs any more of that.

Her entourage has five rooms booked in Montreal.

Lapierre gave the request from Ivanovic’s agent due consideration, asking for a little time to make a tough call.

Had top Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak been straight into the main draw on her ranking (five players will have to pull out for that to happen), it might have been different.

Had Dubois of Laval, Que., been guaranteed a wild card (she’s No. 2 in the country now, but that could change by the time the tournament rolls around), it might have been different.

Had Lapierre known Serena Williams would bail out, it might have been different.

But Lapierre didn’t want to leave Ivanovic hanging until the last minute.

Her agent seemed understanding at first, Lapierre said. But later (perhaps after talking to Ivanovic, or members of her camp), he tried to apply a little pressure by pointing out that the tournament had awarded wild cards to international players before, that she was a past winner, that she had been No. 1.

“I had to do a little damage control,” said Lapierre, who gambled in the sense that he didn’t know whether or not Ivanovic would still come. “I told him good luck, and I hope she proves us wrong.”

Ivanovic will play the qualifying, and she will be the biggest attraction on the weekend that precedes the tournament, which is free.

Lapierre promises to roll out the welcome mat.

“A qualifying player will never be so well-treated,” he said.

Montreal Gazette

smyles@thegazette.canwest.com

http://www.canada.com/sports/Tough+love+Ivanovic/3297542/story.html

First thing.. it bothers me to no end that everything with Ana ends up being because she is cute. WTF? Huge :bs:! Nobody is giving "being cute" as a reason for her to get a WC.

Second.. What hypocrites.. Lapierre admits Ana did a LOT to this tournament, almost saved one year.. that the problem is that she is not playing well.. but spends the rest of the article saying with other words that now they just don't need her, they have others to sell the tournament, so "$%%$# you Ana". Wouldn't it be the time to pay back all she did for the tournament when the tournament needed the help? No... Ana is not one of those incontournable players.. :tape: Yet, he still wants her to go for qualies and boost qualy weekend. So much he had to do damage control, afraid she wouldn't go anymore.

I will just say one thing.. I'm all for Ana playing qualies and she does need matches. But if she does go to this particular tournament she will forever be one of this players that is just not "incontournable"... that a tournament director can do anything with. Respect? Forget it. She should take a stance now, otherwise she is toast. Skip this tournament and go play qualies somewhere else.

gaviotabr
Jul 20th, 2010, 03:31 AM
Ana plays this and everyone will feel entitled to make gambles on her and expect to get out a winner. She will lose all respect.. and I can include myself there. Playing this after reading the tournament director's reasoning is the same as devaluing herself.. she should go play qualies somewhere else.

jelenacg
Jul 20th, 2010, 03:40 AM
“I had to do a little damage control”

“A qualifying player will never be so well-treated”

http://img836.imageshack.us/img836/9682/vomitsmiley015.gif (http://img836.imageshack.us/i/vomitsmiley015.gif/)

I can only say nice trying to sit on two chairs at the same time :o
So i guess her team didn`t like this decision :lol:

gaviotabr
Jul 20th, 2010, 03:47 AM
“I had to do a little damage control”

“A qualifying player will never be so well-treated”

http://img836.imageshack.us/img836/9682/vomitsmiley015.gif (http://img836.imageshack.us/i/vomitsmiley015.gif/)

I can only say nice trying to sit on two chairs at the same time :o
So i guess her team didn`t like this decision :lol:

Yes.. this is the most ridiculous thing I've ever read.. ever.

If Ana goes play this, I'll be disappointed.

Curtos07
Jul 20th, 2010, 03:48 AM
Ana, take your game to New Haven and do some ass kicking there. That was just utter garbage from their tournament director. I really do hope Ana shows some signs of life and produce something in the next 3 events. Lets see how they'll be feeling then. :o

gaviotabr
Jul 20th, 2010, 03:58 AM
I don't think I'll ever root as hard for Ana as I'll do for Cincinnati. I'm going to light a candle.. pray.. cheer.. root.. summum all my good thoughts.. anything for a miracle to happen.. a Rome like run to the semis, so she is garanteed to skip on qualies for Montreal. Skip the tournament all together if posible.. just say eff you to them... like she doesn't need them either.

jelenacg
Jul 20th, 2010, 04:06 AM
I don't think I'll ever root as hard for Ana as I'll do for Cincinnati. I'm going to light a candle.. pray.. cheer.. root.. summum all my good thoughts.. anything for a miracle to happen.. a Rome like run to the semis, so she is garanteed to skip on qualies for Montreal. Skip the tournament all together if posible.. just say eff you to them... like she doesn't need them either.

:haha::haha:
You are so funny :lol:

gaviotabr
Jul 20th, 2010, 04:16 AM
:haha::haha:
You are so funny :lol:

I'm so mad right now, you have no idea. I wish I was her for a second and could just tell them to eff up.

bruce goose
Jul 20th, 2010, 04:32 AM
Well,if Ana plays qualies at Montreal,then she IS taking a stance:It's called taking responsibility for your actions and admitting that you fucked up.Gratitude???How much gratitude has Ana been showing her loyal,diehard fans at the AO,RG or even her own Serbian people at FC?She didn't just LOSE those matches,she made disgraceful,pathetic,ITF-caliber displays.

Another question:Just HOW long is Ana supposed to get this entitlement where she supposedly DESERVES a WC?Forever???Though I doubt the following will take place,stranger things have happened: Let's say that Ana got caught in some crackhouse with Capriati after her ranking plummeted to #365;is RC supposed to give her a WC as part of her 'Rehab Tour'?That's an extreme,unlikely example...but the point is that everyone doesn't agree on exactly HOW long Ana is entitled to special privilege.Some of the stooges at her webpage would say eternally...other folks say just for this year...and others say that Ana has had ABUNDANT opportunities to get her act together already...All of them claim they're right,but the bottom line is that NONE of this would be relevant if Ana hadn't forfeited respect...NOT because of injury...but due to almost 2 years of clownish,immature behavior that's unworthy of any champion

I'm GLAD she's playing Qualies...and I'll cheer for her harder than I have at any point since 2008....Maybe she's finally owning up to her collection of F-ups.She's trying to EARN respect instead of weeping for sympathy....Good for YOU,Ana:worship:

jelenacg
Jul 20th, 2010, 04:34 AM
I'm so mad right now, you have no idea. I wish I was her for a second and could just tell them to eff up.

I understand you :hug:
Not giving her WC is one thing but being such a hypocrite completely another :o If he was smart he wouldn`t say anything
I seriously don`t know whats` wrong with people :rolleyes:

Curtos07
Jul 20th, 2010, 04:40 AM
I don't think I'll ever root as hard for Ana as I'll do for Cincinnati. I'm going to light a candle.. pray.. cheer.. root.. summum all my good thoughts.. anything for a miracle to happen.. a Rome like run to the semis, so she is garanteed to skip on qualies for Montreal. Skip the tournament all together if posible.. just say eff you to them... like she doesn't need them either.

+1 :)

Loungy
Jul 20th, 2010, 04:43 AM
yes, she’s a player who has done a lot for our tournament — almost saved it one year.
Glad he admits as much.

I don't think I'll ever root as hard for Ana as I'll do for Cincinnati. I'm going to light a candle.. pray.. cheer.. root.. summum all my good thoughts.. anything for a miracle to happen.. a Rome like run to the semis, so she is garanteed to skip on qualies for Montreal. Skip the tournament all together if posible.
Pretty much this.

It's driving me bonkers that this is being turned into "boohoo, Ana fans think their princess is too good for qualies". As if her fans haven't been discussing Ana should lower her standards and start choosing tournaments that suit her ranking for pretty much an entire year.

eta: also, Holy Condescension, Lapierre.

jelenacg
Jul 20th, 2010, 05:11 AM
Glad he admits as much.


Pretty much this.

It's driving me bonkers that this is being turned into "boohoo, Ana fans think their princess is too good for qualies". As if her fans haven't been discussing Ana should lower her standards and start choosing tournaments that suit her ranking for pretty much an entire year.

eta: also, Holy Condescension, Lapierre.

Yeah like WTF :help: We never said that...All we do is complain about her not playing smaller event and asking for WCs :rolleyes:

And as if she asked for WC for some GS tournament :weirdo: Such a big deal over meaningless tournament,compared to some bigger ones :o I did`t even heard about most of those girls :o And i probably never will
6 WCs to Dubois ...i don`t know if i should laugh or cry :rolleyes:
As bokash said even Wimbledon gave up on Bogdanovic :lol::lol:

spiritedenergy
Jul 20th, 2010, 05:28 AM
I don't think I'll ever root as hard for Ana as I'll do for Cincinnati. I'm going to light a candle.. pray.. cheer.. root.. summum all my good thoughts.. anything for a miracle to happen.. a Rome like run to the semis, so she is garanteed to skip on qualies for Montreal. Skip the tournament all together if posible.. just say eff you to them... like she doesn't need them either.

:lol::hug:

Yes the explanation is really embarrassing, couldn't he come up with something better?:o
I hope Ana won't lose sleep over this though, because in the grand scheme of thing is nothing...
The only sad thing is the lack of respect and talking about her ranking, that it's her fault... like really? I guess she knows it:rolleyes:
I hope she gets some fire out of this:o

spiritedenergy
Jul 20th, 2010, 06:03 AM
Another article on the WC, from canadian press:



http://www.canada.com/sports/Tough+love+Ivanovic/3297542/story.html

First thing.. it bothers me to no end that everything with Ana ends up being because she is cute. WTF? Huge :bs:! Nobody is giving "being cute" as a reason for her to get a WC.

Second.. What hypocrites.. Lapierre admits Ana did a LOT to this tournament, almost saved one year.. that the problem is that she is not playing well.. but spends the rest of the article saying with other words that now they just don't need her, they have others to sell the tournament, so "$%%$# you Ana". Wouldn't it be the time to pay back all she did for the tournament when the tournament needed the help? No... Ana is not one of those incontournable players.. :tape: Yet, he still wants her to go for qualies and boost qualy weekend. So much he had to do damage control, afraid she wouldn't go anymore.

I will just say one thing.. I'm all for Ana playing qualies and she does need matches. But if she does go to this particular tournament she will forever be one of this players that is just not "incontournable"... that a tournament director can do anything with. Respect? Forget it. She should take a stance now, otherwise she is toast. Skip this tournament and go play qualies somewhere else.

yes that is what is annoying, he basically admitted they don't need her so they'll give the WC to canadians basically to make sure dubois gets one even if she sucks from now until then, because she'll draw crowds. And they made seem like the little pressure the manager gave is a bad thing... it was actually a good thing and too tame. No gratitude, no respect for a past champion, just calculating what will draw more crowds:o
Yes I just hope she won't play, the fact that the weekend is free, and after this public thing it would be more pressure on her, imagine if she loses:o
No please Ana don't go, start playing qualies after US Open not there:o

doni1212
Jul 20th, 2010, 06:07 AM
Another article on the WC, from canadian press:



http://www.canada.com/sports/Tough+love+Ivanovic/3297542/story.html

First thing.. it bothers me to no end that everything with Ana ends up being because she is cute. WTF? Huge :bs:! Nobody is giving "being cute" as a reason for her to get a WC.

Second.. What hypocrites.. Lapierre admits Ana did a LOT to this tournament, almost saved one year.. that the problem is that she is not playing well.. but spends the rest of the article saying with other words that now they just don't need her, they have others to sell the tournament, so "$%%$# you Ana". Wouldn't it be the time to pay back all she did for the tournament when the tournament needed the help? No... Ana is not one of those incontournable players.. :tape: Yet, he still wants her to go for qualies and boost qualy weekend. So much he had to do damage control, afraid she wouldn't go anymore.

I will just say one thing.. I'm all for Ana playing qualies and she does need matches. But if she does go to this particular tournament she will forever be one of this players that is just not "incontournable"... that a tournament director can do anything with. Respect? Forget it. She should take a stance now, otherwise she is toast. Skip this tournament and go play qualies somewhere else.

Yes.. this is the most ridiculous thing I've ever read.. ever.

If Ana goes play this, I'll be disappointed.

I don't think I'll ever root as hard for Ana as I'll do for Cincinnati. I'm going to light a candle.. pray.. cheer.. root.. summum all my good thoughts.. anything for a miracle to happen.. a Rome like run to the semis, so she is garanteed to skip on qualies for Montreal. Skip the tournament all together if posible.. just say eff you to them... like she doesn't need them either.


Gosh, I love you! :worship: :lol:

I really, really, really hope she doesn't play here!!! :o

The 2nd Law
Jul 20th, 2010, 06:10 AM
Ana needs to make a statement to this asshole director through good results in the tournaments before and after Montreal. Izzy has also convinced me to hope she doesn't play there either :lol:

Loungy
Jul 20th, 2010, 06:33 AM
Izzy has also convinced me to hope she doesn't play there either :lol:
I was hoping she'd skip it even before I'd heard Lapierre's hypocritical, patronizing reasoning.

This has become huge. Pressure to do well in Montreal will be off the scales if she plays there. All eyes will be on her. Ana is a complete mess, I don't think she can deal with this sh*t right now. :shrug:

gaviotabr
Jul 20th, 2010, 11:10 AM
personally i think ana should pull out of montreal and then play qualies somewhere else, no wild card bullshit or anything. she would make a point and the tournament director would be humiliated while ana would get out of this with dignity.


I was hoping she'd skip it even before I'd heard Lapierre's hypocritical, patronizing reasoning.

This has become huge. Pressure to do well in Montreal will be off the scales if she plays there. All eyes will be on her. Ana is a complete mess, I don't think she can deal with this sh*t right now. :shrug:

She should skip it. Otherwise it will always be a lose-lose situation for her. If she loses in qualies, the tournament will say they were right. If she goes through qualies and does well in the tournament, they will say they helped her making her play extra matches. And then anyone will feel entitled to make gambles on Ana... everyone in the tennis world will feel like they can use Ana as they please, do with her whatever they want, with no concerns, since she won't do anything back.. she will just accept. Nobody will respect her ever again.

And as azdaja says, she should play qualies the same week or the next, so she makes a stance, leaves the tournament director in a poor situation.. and makes it clear that the problem is not playing qualies.. the problem is being used and abused like this.

As David said on twitter.. a qualifying player might never be treated so well.. but a former champion has never been treated so poorly.

Davodus
Jul 20th, 2010, 11:26 AM
She should skip it. Otherwise it will always be a lose-lose situation for her. If she loses in qualies, the tournament will say they were right. If she goes through qualies and does well in the tournament, they will say they helped her making her play extra matches. And then anyone will feel entitled to make gambles on Ana... everyone in the tennis world will feel like they can use Ana as they please, do with her whatever they want, with no concerns, since she won't do anything back.. she will just accept. Nobody will respect her ever again.

And as azdaja says, she should play qualies the same week or the next, so she makes a stance, leaves the tournament director in a poor situation.. and makes it clear that the problem is not playing qualies.. the problem is being used and abused like this.

As David said on twitter.. a qualifying player might never be treated so well.. but a former champion has never been treated so poorly.

And that is what really annoys me :o

Curtos07
Jul 27th, 2010, 07:46 AM
Pretty good and interesting article by Matt Cronin on Ana.

Ivanovic Not Feeling Sorry for Herself


FROM THE BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC, MONDAY, JULY 26 -
The Ana Ivanovic watch continues, and at least on a cool Monday night at Stanford, her career looked up again in a decisive win over 6-3 6-2 victory over Alisa Kleybanova 6-3 6-2, the same woman who crushed her in Paris.

Ivanovic looks noticeably thinner in her face and lower body and her arms are more cut, due to what she said is some hardcore work with her new trainer, Marija Lojanica, who also works with the Serbian Fed Cup team.

She feels quicker and can further extend herself in rallies and went to great lengths to say that with increased speed and endurance, that she doesn’t have to pull the trigger too early and can therefore wait for the right ball in which to strike. After losing early at Wimbledon, she went straight to the gym and hasn’t stopped working. This season, given how few matches she’s played, she didn’t feel like she needed a vacation. She even joked that her arms have become so developed that she was busting out of her sleeves, wants big guns like Serena and that Gunhardt joked that she could soon have Nadal type biceps.

“I’ve been working a lot on foot work drills and that’s been something in my game that’s been lacking,” she said. “I’m better getting into balls into the corners and that’s important.”

While the many fans who follow Ivanovic’s every move are hopeful that this incarnation of their favorite player will drive her back to the top, she’s going to have to actually win a tournament to convince even her most strident supporters that she has a real shot at being a top five player again. Outside of her serve, which still needs a lot of work, many of the elements of her game are there and if her coach Heinz Gunhardt, can somehow keep her as calm as he was able to be when he headed up the good and successful ship Steffi Graf, she has more than an outside chance of being relevant again.

“We talk a lot about approach and preparation and Steffi was also an emotional player like I am and was also nervous before matches and everyone goes through that,” Ivanovic said. “But I still see her as a champion and it’s hard to imagine her losing [like I have].”

Ivanovic said it’s important for her not to try to hard, to stay in the moment, not to think ahead and make sure and relax. It’s not easy for her to ranked No. 63 and to be bordering on irrelevant as a player, but there really is no questioning her commitment. It’s what path she chooses and how she negotiates it which determine her fate.

“I feel like I got the joy back like when I was 16 or 17 rather than feeling like I have so much pressure on me,” the 22-year-old said. “I still think I’m very young. It all comes down to pressure because regardless of my ranking I still have a lot of expectations of myself. If I can reduce that it will be a huge step for me.”

Ivanovic was recently denied a wild card into the Canadian Open, a tournament she has won before and she wasn’t thrilled, but is willing to accept her fate. It not as if she has soared on tour in the past year and half and eventually, as popular as some players have been, tournaments sometimes choose to go with other players who they believe beater fit their tournament profile.

“Montreal was the first big tournament that I won and it was a special place for me and I do feel a little hurt and disappointed by their decision and it’s hard, but I have to prove otherwise and play well,” said Ivanovic, who also received a wildcard into Stanford. “When I need a wildcard I see how low is my ranking and that’s the hard part. But even though my ranking is quite low I feel I’m playing better than that, I just have to go out and prove it. Other players went through that like Agassi going back to playing Challengers, so you have to stay tough and not feel sorry for yourself.”


Other winners winner were a jet lagged Agnieszka Radwanska, who took a difficult 7-5 4-6 6-3 win Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa, as well as Dominica Cibulkova, who crushed Stanford Hilary Barte. The ageless Kimiko Date-Krumm busted down Dinara Safina again, this time 4-6, 7-6, 6-2.ENDS

http://********************/bow1%20ivanovic%2010.html

Curtos07
Jul 27th, 2010, 07:51 AM
Ana wanting Serena's or Rafa's biceps. :spit:

It's nice to here about Ana's fitness. When you do look at her new pics, she does look better than she was over a month ago, so all that work with her new physio trainer in Mallorca did pay off. And I thought it was encouraging to hear how much fun she was having on the court. I feel a little more optimistc about Ana moving forward with these latest news bits. She has a long, long way to go, but this is a step in the right direction. A small step, but at least a step forward. :)

Cp6uja
Jul 27th, 2010, 09:38 AM
Ivanovic not No. 1, but don't tell her fans (http://links.assetize.com/links/93dbb0)



The fans treated Ana Ivanovic as though she were still carrying the world's top ranking, cheering her each time she returned to the court from crossovers and loudly urging her to find her 2008 mojo.

Now ranked No. 63, Ivanovic rewarded the spectators with glimpses of her old self, beating No. 26 Alisa Kleybanova 6-3, 6-2 in their first-round match of the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Center.

The marquee match on the first day of the WTA Tour event's main draw didn't exactly live up to its billing as each player had her share of unforced errors and childlike mishits.

Ivanovic, though, showed signs of rediscovering the powerful serve that once allowed her to rule the sport and won in a one-hour, 14-minute rout.

"You start panicking a little and doubting things, but I like the team around me," Ivanovic said. "They're giving me confidence. If they believe in me, maybe I should believe in myself. I'm trying to work on that acceptance.

"No matter my ranking, I still have expectations."

In the other featured match, No. 61 Kimiko Date Krumm needed three sets to beat No. 35 Dinara Safina, 4-6, 7-6 (0), 6-2.

Ivanovic and Kleybanova were tied 3-3 in the first set when the 2008 French Open champion caught fire. She had a service winner and an ace to go ahead 4-3, pulled off an emphatic fist pump after a forehand winner broke Kleybanova's serve and had two more service winners to claim the first set.

By the time Ivanovic improved her first-serve percentage from 64 to 77 in the second set, she was in complete control. She won 13 points off 17 first serves in the second set, including seemingly every point during an impressive stretch during which she won three straight games to push her lead to 5-1.

"I think there were lots of ups and downs in my conditioning," Ivanovic said. "I have been working a lot on my fitness, because it is something I have been lacking. I think that plays a big part in my game and helps confidence-wise.

"Sometimes when you don't have confidence, you're not in a good place."

Ivanovic has been working with Heinz Guenthardt, former coach of Steffi Graf, and fitness trainer Damian Prassard. The effort and the stories from Guenthardt are already paying dividends.

"Steffi was also an emotional player and also got nervous for her matches, too," Ivanovic said. "It's normal. Everyone goes through it. I still see her as a champion who couldn't lose, so it's very hard to imagine that."

Ivanovic's game is a shadow of what it was when she was a champion as she struggles with confidence and has fallen to her worst ranking since February 2005. Her aggressive baseline play remains, but her serve isn't the one that produced 124.9 mph rockets in 2007.

Ivanovic's 2008 French Open victory propelled her to the world No. 1, but she lost to No. 133 Zheng Jie at Wimbledon and became the first top-seeded player to lose as early as the second round in the U.S. Open.

It got worse in 2009, when her fourth-round loss at the French Open dropped her out of the top 10 for the first time since May 2007. She lost in the first round of the U.S. Open - her first-ever opening-round exit in a Grand Slam. She ended the year ranked No. 21, the first time she had been outside the top 20 since July 2006.

"It has been very tough, because you doubt and you question many things," Ivanovic said. "It's a process, and I'm trying not to reflect too much and be in the moment. It seemed like the harder I worked, the farther it was getting away from me, so I'm trying to relax and not worry about results.

"I feel like I got the joy back from when I was 16 or 17, instead of feeling so much pressure on my back."

This year, Ivanovic lost four consecutive matches for the first time in her career, but she also knocked off three top-20 players at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in May. Her first win against Kleybanova in three tries this season moved Ivanovic's 2010 record to 12-12, but she has gotten some wake-up calls, like not being offered a wild-card entry at Montreal.

"When I need a wild card for a tournament, I'm like, 'How low is my ranking?' " Ivanovic said. "Thinking that I have to play qualifying is hard, but even though my ranking is quite low, I feel I'm playing better than my ranking."

Her fans agree.

Davodus
Jul 27th, 2010, 09:54 AM
Great article, glad she noticed her fitness was a big problem.

bruce goose
Jul 27th, 2010, 01:09 PM
Pretty good and interesting article by Matt Cronin on Ana.



http://********************/bow1%20ivanovic%2010.htmlNice article,Curtis:hatoff:...and nice to see Ana taking responsibility for her ranking dilemma;).We've gotten our hopes up before with Rome,but I think we actually have sound reasons for optimism with Ana----BTW,I disagree with folks who say that Rome was a meaningless fluke cuz Ana HAD to have some success with Heinz in order to trust in him.On the contrary,aye KNEW that Wimby 2009 was a fluke even before the loss to VW and unclear injury---She is eliminating the scummy & incompetent people from her personal & professional lives while replacing the losers with positive influences:)....The BEST sign of a changed Ana would be if she showed a small measure of consistency;even old peak Ana often sucked when she'd won her previous tournament...if she changes THAT tendency,then we'll know she's back for good:cool:

The 2nd Law
Jul 27th, 2010, 02:09 PM
I'm sorry, I can't help it, Ana has me exciting all over again. To hear (read) her saying all that stuff about her ranking and playing qualies, and the work on her match fitness, is great. This, for me, has been the most encouraging month since she started slumping.

Lord Choc Ice
Jul 27th, 2010, 02:10 PM
I'm sorry, I can't help it, Ana has me exciting all over again. To hear (read) her saying all that stuff about her ranking and playing qualies, and the work on her match fitness, is great. This, for me, has been the most encouraging month since she started slumping.
I'm tempted to get excited, but I'll reserve judgement until she at least wins another match. Kleybanova was jet-lagged and slumping after all. :spit:

Marilyn Monheaux
Jul 27th, 2010, 02:22 PM
I'm too scared this match was a fluke to get excited for her chances in her next match.:sobbing:

The 2nd Law
Jul 27th, 2010, 02:22 PM
I'm tempted to get excited, but I'll reserve judgement until she at least wins another match. Kleybanova was jet-lagged and slumping after all. :spit:

Yeah, I kinda expect a loss on Wednesday, but it's not so much the win that's exciting me, more the off court changes she's made, and her usual delusions seem to have temporarily disappeared. I think she's finally on the right track.

gaviotabr
Jul 27th, 2010, 05:37 PM
I'm sorry, I can't help it, Ana has me exciting all over again. To hear (read) her saying all that stuff about her ranking and playing qualies, and the work on her match fitness, is great. This, for me, has been the most encouraging month since she started slumping.

I'm tempted to get excited, but I'll reserve judgement until she at least wins another match. Kleybanova was jet-lagged and slumping after all. :spit:

I'm too scared this match was a fluke to get excited for her chances in her next match.:sobbing:


While I do agree there are positives lately.. no WAGing, new fitness coach... I'm with Aaron and Maja. I think we shouldn't get over excited. Look at Rome.. Ana had some good wins there. Then instead of carrying some confidence from it, she went on to probably play her worst tennis of the season. And this was just one match. Ana needs much more than that to show she is making progress. She needs to post decent-good results in a consistent basis from now on to show she is back in the right path. Sure, beating Kleybs is great.. but it doesn't mean anything if Ana can't back it up.

gaviotabr
Jul 27th, 2010, 05:46 PM
Nice couple of articles, especially the one from Matt Cronin.

Again, great that Ana is paying special atention to fitness.. I hope they also eventually realize she needs lots of work on mental game as well.

spiritedenergy
Jul 27th, 2010, 06:17 PM
While I do agree there are positives lately.. no WAGing, new fitness coach... I'm with Aaron and Maja. I think we shouldn't get over excited. Look at Rome.. Ana had some good wins there. Then instead of carrying some confidence from it, she went on to probably play her worst tennis of the season. And this was just one match. Ana needs much more than that to show she is making progress. She needs to post decent-good results in a consistent basis from now on to show she is back in the right path. Sure, beating Kleybs is great.. but it doesn't mean anything if Ana can't back it up.

i agree... she needs to back it up with good results week after week, with consistent performances, until then these wins will remain flukey. But I do think she is slowly getting in the right direction, even though i think it will take some more time, and yes the mental part is important, it's another huge step for her to face

gaviotabr
Jul 27th, 2010, 08:01 PM
A bit of a match description:

The evening’s first-round matches featured Ana Ivanovic and Dinara Safina, two players attempting comebacks of sorts.

The first match of the evening session, a matchup between Ana Ivanovic and Alisa Kleybanova won’t be making any year-end “best of” lists. Although there were some flashes of the 2008 Ivanovic serve and forehand, what stood out for me was her improved defense. Having seen Alisa hit Ana off the court in their previous matches and Ana’s struggles to return flat balls in practice, I would not have been surprised to see another bloodbath (Judging by the resigned sighs from the crowd when Kleybanova started off the match with a break of serve, I was not alone). The difference this time was Ana’s defense; Kleybanova shots that would have been winners in previous matches came back, often with interest and Kleybanova, caught out of position, was missing… by yards. Ana’s trademark wee fist pumps of fury and “Ajde!”s were abundant (I abandoned my attempt to keep a tally after realizing that the large numbers would require me to reacquaint myself with scientific notation), this time they seemed to be backed up by actual self-belief.

In her upbeat and thoughtful post-match press conference, I was most struck by Ana’s new found confidence in her fitness. Ana noted with some pride that she’d been working with a new fitness trainer since Wimbledon and that the confidence in her fitness had enabled her to play more patiently, without feeling pressure to end points quickly. As Ana joked about her bulging arm muscles, I halfway expected her to flex a bicep, Andy Murray style, or challenge one of us to an arm-wrestling contest.

Ivanovic’s good mood took me back to a moment from her practice session earlier in the day. I’d overheard a man sitting behind me explaining to his young son that Ivanovic used to be the No. 1 ranked player in the world. The son’s response, “So she’s not #1 anymore?” was met with a few stifled snorts and resigned sighs from those around me. Tonight, Ana was far from her best, but there were encouraging flashes – just enough to show that little kid (and remind the rest of us) how she got to No. 1.

http://blog.gvtnews.com/2010/07/27/im-not-talking-about-the-game--im-talking-about-practice-marissa-lackey-reports-fon-day-1-the-bank-of-the-west-classic.aspx?ref=rss&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_term=Tennis+News

jelenacg
Jul 27th, 2010, 08:44 PM
Ana`s new shoes
Izzy can you quote this article or whatever you do and post it so we can see everything even pictures i don`t know how to do it :crying2: :o

http://cornedbeefhash.wordpress.com/2010/07/27/at-bank-of-the-west-ivanovic-wins-tsf-to-make-an-appearance/

gaviotabr
Jul 27th, 2010, 08:51 PM
Here it is Jelena:

at bank of the west, ivanovic wins + tsf to make an appearance
By Erwin

Props to Ana Ivanovic for getting through her first-round match against the hard-hitting Alisa Kleybanova at the Bank of the West Classic, happening this week in Stanford, Calif. (Vid: Ana’s presser)

http://cornedbeefhash.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/ana-ivanovic-stanford10shoesa.jpg?w=450&h=300 (http://cornedbeefhash.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/ana-ivanovic-stanford10shoesa.jpg)

The Serbian has had a rough couple of months, losing super-early on the clay of Madrid and Roland Garros (to Kleybanova), plus on grass at ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Wimbledon. Her next opponent at this hardcourt event will be the winner of Bartoli vs. Harkleroad (Draw: Singles).

And speaking of, Nick will covering the event on-site tomorrow, so look out for tweets and posts. (Welcome to California!)

http://cornedbeefhash.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/ana-ivanovic-stanford10shoesb.jpg?w=450&h=300 (http://cornedbeefhash.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/ana-ivanovic-stanford10shoesb.jpg)

(images courtesy of FortyDeuce)

gaviotabr
Jul 27th, 2010, 08:52 PM
Ana`s new shoes
Izzy can you quote this article or whatever you do and post it so we can see everything even pictures i don`t know how to do it :crying2: :o

http://cornedbeefhash.wordpress.com/2010/07/27/at-bank-of-the-west-ivanovic-wins-tsf-to-make-an-appearance/

It's easy.. just copy and paste things between [ QUOTE][ /QUOTE] (without the spaces).

jelenacg
Jul 27th, 2010, 09:07 PM
It's easy.. just copy and paste things between [ QUOTE][ /QUOTE] (without the spaces).

Thank you :)
I really like those shoes,probably bc of color

Curtos07
Jul 28th, 2010, 03:25 AM
I loved this article by Chris Oddo of OnTheBaseline. :)

Bank of the West Blog: Day 1 – Ana Provides Hope for the Legions

STANFORD, California—Hey all! Sitting in the press room as I write, and awaiting the arrival of that larger-than-life figure that it only takes one simple palindrome to define: Ana. You can say that name (ahhh-na) or you can just hold up a flashcard of her fist-pumping logo – either will suffice. And if you’re a tennis fan you know both. Even though Ivanovic the player has slid precipitously in the rankings, support for Ivanovic the brand, and desire for her to return to form has only seemed to grow.

It is baffling at times, because Ana’s hesitant play of late (sort of like an Army Ranger without his compass or hockey player wearing figure skates) hasn’t really inspired much faith in the fans that continue to support her. Yet they still do. You could hear them tonight, putting their hands together as Ivanovic showed several glimpses of the sparkling game that she used to possess.

Whether you’ve got life-sized posters of her in every room of your apartment or not, there is something about Ivanovic, and it’s pretty hard to deny this fact. It’s irrefutable, because here we are, a group wide-eyed journalists, glued to our seats, prepared to wait long and hard, into the wee hours of the night if we must, just for the opportunity to hear what she has to say about a silly little tennis match.

Fear not, faithful Ana adherents. There was good news and nothing but good news tonight. And it’s about time, I might add. Look no further than Ana’s current ranking. No. 63 might be okay for Kimiko Date Krumm (by the way she just finished off another upset of Dinara Safina moments ago) but it’s not okay for Ana Ivanovic. Wildcards and qualifiers and yes maybe even challengers are fine when you’re on your way up, but when you’re on your way down they take on a new meaning entirely.

Speaking of that oft-discussed Montreal wildcard snub, I asked Ana about that at the press conference just moments ago (don’t ask me how I found the courage to speak, because that is a whole different story entirely), and here is what she said: “It is hard. Many tournaments were so kind to help me, to give me wildcards, and Montreal is a tournament that I won. It was the first victory (Premier level) that I won, and it’s a special place for me. I do feel hurt and disappointed at their decision, but after all, I have to accept that it’s their decision. And it’s hard, but you know, I have to prove otherwise and try to play good for these (next) three tournaments.”

It was an interesting ten minutes with Ivanovic, to say the least. What I enjoyed about it most – the same thing I have been enjoying about all the press conferences and media access with the players this week – is how eager Ana was to discuss the inner machinations of her game, her fitness, her emotions in regard to her plummet down the rankings, and how truly eager she is to improve her performance.

All of it wrapped in that Ivanovic package – sort of innocent and prone to inane rambling, slightly sheepish, yet so alluring in so many ways – is pretty hard not to get all gaga about.

So, for one night at least, all is well on planet Ana. She was effective in a lot of ways tonight against Russian Alisa Kleybanova. She ran the baseline like a track star. She had some pop on the serve, and she used her tennis IQ to decipher that Kleybanova was having difficulty with the slow stuff and wisely fed her a steady diet of slice, moonballs, and defensive arcs.

Could this be the beginning of something big? Very hard to tell, but promising nonetheless.
http://www.onthebaseline.com/2010/07/27/bank-of-the-west-blog-day-1-ana-provides-hope-for-the-legions/

Cp6uja
Jul 28th, 2010, 07:07 PM
Very long article about Ana (so I will not quote) Ana Ivanovic: Ladies of Tennis Starting Over Again (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/426157-ladies-of-tennis-starting-over-ana-ivanovic) with very inspirational poll question: Will Ana Ivanovic be ranked world No. 1 again?

gaviotabr
Jul 29th, 2010, 11:00 AM
Just found this interview with Associated Content, done before Stanford but published yesterday. Nothing new really, but here it is:


Ana Ivanovic Aims to Get Back on Top of Tennis World

Published July 28, 2010 by:
Jason Burlew

Serbian Star was World No. 1 in 2008
Women's tennis is a tough sport to stay on top of, which is why there have been a multitude of No. 1 world-ranked players over the last decade. One of that multitude is Ana Ivanovic, of Serbia, who held the world No. 1 ranking twice in 2008 and is hoping to return to the top.

Ivanovic, now 22, is injury free in 2010 and looking to regain the playing style that led her to such lofty success two years ago. During that year, Ivanovic won her first, and thus far only, Grand Slam title at the French Open when she defeated Dinara Safina, of Russia, in the final. She had made the finals the previous year, ultimately losing to Justin Henin, of Belgium. She also won the Indian Wells tournament, defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova, of Russia, in the finals, and finished runner-up to Maria Sharapova, of Russia, in the Australian Open.

Following the French Open, Ivanovic began suffering several nagging small injuries that caused her to take some time off, including missing the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

This year, Ivanovic has struggled so far in the first three Grand Slam tournaments - the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon.

Her top finish since 2008 is a runner-up performance at Indian Wells, where she lost to Vera Zvonareva, of Russia, in the finals. Her best finishes so far this year are semi-final performances in the Brisbane Invitational in January, and the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in May.

But, as she prepares for the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., beginning Aug. 30, Ivanovic is focused on returning to top-ranked form through hard work, harder training and determination.

What do you feel you need to do in order to once again reach the success you had at the 2008 French Open?

There really is no substitution for hard work - hard work is what it will take. I am prepared for this and I am dedicated to my training. It's also important that I keep believing in myself and my ability. It's not been an easy two years, with many disappointments, but my motivation has never dropped. I am a very positive person and I like to look ahead, and I am optimistic about the future.

How frustrating have all of the injuries you have experienced since the 2008 French Open been?

Very frustrating. Injuries are the most frustrating thing about being a professional athlete. I still haven't mastered the ability of accepting your physical limitations. I am always so eager to get back on the court
and play, and in the past that has caused me stress, because I was all the time thinking, "when will my body be ready to practice again?" And then when I was ready to at least hit, I would be frustrated that my timing wasn't there immediately, or I couldn't play to my maximum intensity.

Instead, it's important to accept that injuries are part of the game and they take time to recover from. The only thing you can do is work on strengthening your body in order to prevent them. Although I've had lots of small injuries, I am lucky that I haven't had one big one that has kept me away for many months.

What have you been doing this year to get back on the top of your game? Any new training routines?

One of the most important parts of my fitness work has been to increase my upper body strength, to make sure that my shoulder is strong enough because this is the area that receives a lot of stress when you serve. So I've been working a lot on that, doing some resistance weight training and also using a resistance band and even playing catch ball with an Aussie Rules football - that can help too.

What does your training usually consist of?

For me, it's important to have variety in my training. Firstly, there is of course a mix between tennis and fitness work. It's really hard to say how a typical training day looks, but in general, at a time like this when there is no tournament, I have three sessions a day: two tennis and one fitness, or the other way around.

On some days I will do "BBs" - before breakfast exercises, usually basic cardio. I do exercises like running up the stairs too. I am very competitive so I always like to include some game if I can, and there are a few I have played in the past with my fitness trainers, usually on the tennis court. For example, we would throw a Swiss ball across the net and the other person had to control it and throw it back without it bouncing twice, and they had to do it from the point where they caught it.

I've done some fun things like surfing, swimming, mountain biking and even kickboxing in the past, to keep things fresh and interesting. But at the moment it's a bit more traditional, for example running outdoors.

Do you change your training for each style of playing surface?

Yes. Each surface is different and requires different types of movement, and different stresses on the body. For example, for clay you need to have a very strong core and lower body, so that you have a strong base to push off from. On the other hand, you have to work on bending down low on grass, because of the bounce of the ball.

What is your favorite surface to play on? Why?

I think I'd have to say clay. I enjoy playing on all surfaces but I've had my best results on clay and it's also the surface that is easiest on the body. At least in my experiences, hard courts are quite punishing on the joints.

What is your favorite tournament to play in? Why?

The French Open. I have so many special memories from this tournament. It's where I won my first Grand Slam, reached my first Grand Slam final, and also quarterfinal. I love Paris as a city too. After that, I would have to say the Australian Open, because I love the country and I have family in Melbourne.

What are your goals as you prepare for the U.S. Open?

My goal is always to play to my potential. If you play to your potential and lose then you can have no regrets. Sometimes you can play really well but not take your chances and lose, and on other occasions you can play so-so but take your chances and win.

If I can reach the level that I know I am capable of, I can go far in my tournaments, including the U.S. Open.

Ivanovic has been in the media spotlight practically since she burst onto the tennis scene as a 17-year-old in 2004. Her success in tennis, despite growing up in war-torn Belgrade, made her a great story. And her supermodel good looks, with piercing eyes, megawatt smile and athletic 6-foot 1-inch frame, made her an instant target for potential sponsors for endorsement deals.

During her time as a pro player, Ivanovic has been named the Sexiest Female Player by www.******************** from 2005-2009, finished 11th on FHM magazine's 100 Sexiest Women in the World list in 2009, was named the
best-looking tennis player of all-time by The Age (of Australia) newspaper, won the Die Bild (of Germany) newspaper's reader poll for most beautiful body in sports in 2008 and was named the best-looking female tennis player by The Globe and Mail (of Canada) newspaper in 2008.

Because she gets a lot of attention for her looks, and because her game has been struggling lately, Ivanovic has received some criticism for being more of a model and less of a tennis player. But, she has never put modeling or any other outside activity ahead of her tennis training. She has also done limited modeling engagements outside of shoots for her sponsors.

How do you feel about being considered a sex symbol?

It's very flattering for sure, but it's a bit embarrassing too, because I don't see myself that way. But every woman likes to receive compliments on how they look and I am no different.

How do you find a balance between modeling and training?

It's not necessary to find a balance because I hardly do any modeling. I think there is the impression that I do a lot more than the reality. I've done just one photo shoot in about nine months, it was for adidas and it took three or four hours. I've never done more than one photo shoot every few months and in any case, training always comes first.

What was it like appearing in this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue?

It was good fun and a big honor. I know how famous this magazine is with a long history, so I was flattered to be asked to be part of it. The photo shoot wasn't easy, with some quite tiring poses, but I was happy with the results.

How do you like to spend your time away from tennis and training?

I am not really a party person, although I like dressing up and going out from time to time. But most of the time I like to spend my free time with my family and friends, just relaxing at home or going for a nice dinner. I also do a lot of reading and listening to music. I watch quite a lot of movies and, when I can, I like to work on my languages - Spanish and English.

What do you hope the future holds for you?

I want to win more Grand Slam titles, and to continue to be happy in my private life.

Prior to the U.S. Open, Ivanovic is scheduled to compete in the Bank of the West Classic, in Stanford, beginning July 26, the Mercury Insurance Open, in San Diego, beginning Aug. 2, the Western & Southern Financial
Group Women's Open, in Cincinnati, beginning Aug. 9 and the Rogers Cup, in Montreal, Canada, beginning Aug. 14.

Ivanovic is sponsored by adidas, Yonex, Rolex and Juice Plus+.

For more on Ana Ivanovic, visit her official Web site at www.anaivanovic.com, or her Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/anaivanovic.


http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5595988/ana_ivanovic_aims_to_get_back_on_top.html?cat=14

Lord Choc Ice
Jul 29th, 2010, 12:28 PM
I don't know what it is, but I have a better feeling lately. She "only" beat Kleybanova so far, but maybe it's the fitness training, the practice vids, I dunno. :shrug:

For the first time in ages though, I feel like she's gonna be alright.

bruce goose
Jul 29th, 2010, 12:34 PM
Just found this interview with Associated Content, done before Stanford but published yesterday. Nothing new really, but here it is:



http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5595988/ana_ivanovic_aims_to_get_back_on_top.html?cat=14No t a lot of earth-shattering news but,thankfully,no worrisome delusional responses,either.....I especially enjoy what she DIDN'T mention in that long article(hint,hint;))

gaviotabr
Jul 29th, 2010, 04:35 PM
I don't know what it is, but I have a better feeling lately. She "only" beat Kleybanova so far, but maybe it's the fitness training, the practice vids, I dunno. :shrug:

For the first time in ages though, I feel like she's gonna be alright.

I agree that there have been good signs.. but I think we should be cautious.. We just never know with Ana. And this was just one match.. :shrug: She might lose today and then this will be yet another tournament she couldn't string 2 wins together, the 14th in one year. That's awful. We don't even know how she really played. :shrug: To say she is on the right path, I would need to see her improving and getting some better results. I hope she is though!

spiritedenergy
Jul 29th, 2010, 07:24 PM
i think the important thing is that she is focusing in fitness again, she let it go for one year... i see those drill videos and sorry but she looks sluggish... she has a long way to go with fitness i think, that might have been one of the reasons of her demise, we don't really know how much fitness she was doing since Wimbledon 2008...

JamieOwen3
Jul 29th, 2010, 10:11 PM
no points to defend at the us open so lets get a good run Ana!

gaviotabr
Jul 30th, 2010, 01:06 AM
We've had some encouraging signs.. but there is nothing concrete yet.. and yes.. Ana still has a LONG long wayto go, fitness wise, game wise, everything wise.. so it's better to just be cautious.

JamieOwen3
Jul 30th, 2010, 01:39 AM
can she get her ranking high enough to be seeded for the us open? is it possible with the tournaments she's playing up until then i mean?

gaviotabr
Jul 30th, 2010, 01:43 AM
can she get her ranking high enough to be seeded for the us open? is it possible with the tournaments she's playing up until then i mean?

It's possible as she has almost nothing to defend. She would have to do some serious winning though.. get around 700/800 points.

JamieOwen3
Jul 30th, 2010, 01:47 AM
oh lets hope she gets a win tonight im pulling for her it's been a rough 2 years so i hope ana finishes this year in the top 20 (is that too much too ask maybe) but as she has been number 1 she can definetely make it. so Adje Ana.

gaviotabr
Jul 31st, 2010, 01:20 AM
Pete Bodo's latest column:

Gosh but you have to feel for Ana Ivanovic, that is if you can slay the green-eyed monster that demands that Ivanovic be humiliated for being given so much, so soon, in no small part because she's such a wholesome and pretty girl. Asked about the decision of the Montreal tournament to deny her a wild card, the struggling former world No. 1 and French Open champion was so honest you almost wanted to look the other way when she said, "I do feel a little hurt and disappointed by their decision."

103121779 Ivanovic was put out of Stanford by Marion Bartoli, 6-3, 6-4 the other day. It was Bartoli's first win in four meetings with Ivanovic, whose recent record dropped 3-6. Bartoli is riding high, having won 10 of her last 13 matches, and she's the the No. 4 seed at Stanford (she gets Azarenka today, and that promises to be a head-on collision of two trains hurtling down the same track). Thus, you can excuse a bit of strutting and crowing on Bartoli's part. But she said during her press conference, "When I played Ana before she was on the rise to becoming No. 1 in the world. Now, I finally passed her. Having a higher ranking helped me have confidence and gave me the mental strength to play the game."

Okay, Ivanovic is a big girl. And tennis stardom is always a here-today, gone-tomorrow proposition. Wild success and awful disaster are always separated by just a few swings of the racket. But somebody should pull that Bartoli aside and explain to her that while you should always strive to be honest, you should also always take into the account the impact that plain-speaking may have on the feelings of your subject. Part of being a grown-up is learning how to couch potentially hurtful things in a way that causes the least amount of damage—without withholding the truth. Bartoli might just as easily have said: "I'm a better player now than the previous times we played, and that gave me a lot of confidence and mental strength."

It isn't that I want to be a goody-two shoes here, folks. But let's remember that the opposite is also true: Ivanovic is a lesser player than she was those four times she beat Bartoli. So if she chose to be as tone-deaf as Bartoli, she might have said: "Yeah she beat me today, but I'm playing poorly and that kept me from feeling confident and mentally strong enough to beat her like I have so often in the past."

It's a game two can play, and it gets us nowhere.

http://tennisworld.typepad.com/tennisworld/2010/07/the-beleagured.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+tennisworld-bodo+%28Peter+Bodo%27s+TennisWorld%29

gaviotabr
Aug 1st, 2010, 12:15 PM
I saw this on Sportski Zurnal today.. I think it's about Ana... no idea if it's anything of notice though..

http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/5756/zur1.jpg

gaviotabr
Aug 2nd, 2010, 12:02 AM
Doug's Sports Dish
Former No. 1s Forge Paths Back
By Friday’s quarterfinals, only one of the three former No.1s in the draw at the Bank of the West was still alive. So what do we make of Dinara Safina, Ana Ivanovic and Maria Sharapova more than halfway through the 2010 season?

Ivanovic is still a shadow of her 2008 self, when she won the French Open and briefly alighted at No.1. I’d be shocked if she ever approached the top ranking again despite her tender 22 years. But I give her more of a chance than Safina to turn it around and challenge for majors – but an outside chance at that.

AI has had some good results this year, notably a run to the semis in Rome with wins over Victoria Azarenka, Elena Dementieva and Nadia Petrova. She reversed a crushing defeat to Alisa Kleybanova in Paris at the Bank of the West earlier this week and played solid in a straight-set second-round loss to Marion Bartoli. But it’s evident in her matches that the Serb has not re-mastered the elements that made her formidable: a consistently dictating forehand, above-average backhand, solid serving and decent defense. There are glimpses, but her overall play remains patchy.

The upside is that Ivanovic clearly loves the game and is not afraid to keep trying. She desperately wants to be good. “I feel like I got the joy back like when I was 16 or 17 rather than feeling like I have so much pressure on me,” she said in a post-match press conference at Stanford. “I still think I’m very young. It all comes down to pressure because regardless of my ranking I still have a lot of expectations of myself.”

The Serb remains upbeat about her prospects and is not delusional about how far she has to climb back after falling outside the top-60. She’s jettisoned tinkering with her strokes (the serve, though, needs major work) and is getting more comfortable with coach Heinz Gunhardt. She says she feels quicker after working with her new trainer, Marija Lojanica, who also trains the Serbian Fed Cup team. And she is slowly restoring her shattered confidence after a year and a half of inexplicable decline. That means learning to manage her emotions.

“We talk a lot about approach and preparation and Steffi was also an emotional player like I am and was also nervous before matches and everyone goes through that,” Ivanovic said of her discussions with Gunhardt, Steffi Graf’s former mentor. Like Graf, Ivanovic should start to see the court as a refuge from whatever demons have plagued her. Better results will follow.

http://blog.douglasrobson.com/

HowardH
Aug 2nd, 2010, 04:18 AM
http://blog.douglasrobson.com/

Thanks for posting Izzy. My guess is that Steffi's idea of feeling "nervous" and "emotional" and Ana's idea of what those words mean are not the same thing at all. But maybe it will make Ana feel more confident to believe that "Oh even the great player Steffi had the same feelings I do on court" although I'm pretty sure it's not true.

Also, it's impossible for Ana to see the court as a refuge from off-court problems. That can only happen when you are consistently good on-court. If someone was world no. 1, winning slams etc, but having off-court issues, (like Steffi), then tennis becomes a refuge. In Ana's case, this is not possible. Having the court as a refuge is a consequence of great tennis results. You can't just imagine it into a refuge. You need to work hard, make your game click, get results, and after some months of playing good tennis you will then feel confident whenever you step on court.

Curtos07
Aug 2nd, 2010, 07:04 PM
Another nice article from Chris Oddo from OnTheBaseline.

For Ana Ivanovic, It’s Complicated

It feels natural to want success for Ana Ivanovic. She’s one of those players who just kind of pulls at your heart strings. She’s adorable, and she’s supremely sweet, like a pint of vanilla Haagen Dazs smothered over a fresh-out-of-the-oven brownie. Additionally, in spite of her international celebrity status that at times has transcended – and distracted from – her tennis, Ivanovic is one of the nicest, most genuine and down to earth women on the Tour.

The 22-year-old Serbian wears her heart on her sleeve, and her disappointment is palpable when it comes to the current state of her game.

Still, even though the straight set loss to Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli in Stanford represented a setback of sorts, Ivanovic feeels that progress is being made. There are signs of life – albeit fewer than her new coach or her legions of fans would like – but the road ahead still slopes upward. “Overall, there were lots of positive things coming from this match,” she said afterwards, in a typically philosphical tone. “And I just have to kind of move forward.”

As Ana sat in front of the microphone at the post-Bartoli press conference, cameras clicked and tape recorders were lined up. They all pointed inquisitively in her direction, trying to interpret what may come next. Here was a former No. 1 player and a former Grand Slam champion, in the prime of her life and at the height of her physical prowess, but something was still noticeably amiss.

You can blame it on the ball toss gone awry, or the lack of top notch competition to challenge her as she hurdled the rest of the WTA field in 2008, but there is more to Ana’s recent decline than that.

Ivanovic possessed the WTA equivalent of magic in those days, and that magic instilled in her the belief that whenever she swung the racquet, good things were going happen. Call it confidence or call it freedom, but whenever you can play without ever imagining failure, success is the logical progression – it’s that simple. But what’s happened to Ivanovic of late isn’t so simple. As the losses pile up and the questions multiply, Ivanovic has become a victim of a word that can be cancerous to even the most gifted of athletes: doubt.

It’s been a long and protracted journey out of the top-50 for Ivanovic, but even though she now resides in that “what have I got to lose?” spot in the rankings, Ivanovic continues playing like someone who is more concerned with losing than inspired by the possibility of winning.

She made that clear in Stanford, when she spoke to the press in her usual heartfelt manner. “It’s very hard because I always feel it’s a few points, here and there. It’s those points…they don’t seem as big but they are big. When I start turning those points to my favor it’s going to make a big difference.”

While Ivanovic claims to be gaining confidence in her game and in her team (she has downsized to a trainer and her new coach Heinz Gunthardt), she stressed that her improvement is an evolving process that will take time, and plenty of good old fashioned hard work.

“If I manage to still work on that, and keep working the way I’ve been working, I think it’s going to start coming together. I already feel a big difference when I’m out there, and I do have more confidence, and it shows,” she said.

Ana Ivanovic may be young in years, but she is wise enough to be a player who knows that ultimately the task of rebuilding her fragile psyche will be up to her. “The most important thing, it really has to come from me,” she said. “Confidence comes from yourself.”

http://www.onthebaseline.com/2010/08/02/for-ana-ivanovic-its-complicated/

Davodus
Aug 3rd, 2010, 07:03 AM
Why is Ana playing Hopman Cup :sobbing:

Number One For Hopman
3/08/2010

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The Hyundai Hopman Cup XXIII today announced a new Television partner in the TEN Network’s ONE HD and one of its greatest-ever fields featuring 5 Grand Slam Champions including world number 1 Serena Williams; world number 2, 2009 Australian Open Champ Novak Djokovic; the glamorous French Open Champ Ana Ivanovic; Australia’s Wimbledon and US Open Champ Lleyton Hewitt and for the first time 7 time Grand Slam Champion Justine Henin.

Joining these champions are French world number 17 Gael Monfils who is joined by 2009 world junior number 1 Kristina Mladenovic both making their Hopman Cup debuts. Justine Henin will be partnered by Steven Darcis and Serena will be joined by marathon man world number 19 John Isner.

This smorgasbord of international stars is set to dazzle local tennis fans. And the news for the Hyundai Hopman Cup television viewer is just as good.

The Official ITF Mixed Teams Championship has engaged a new Television partner in the TEN Network’s ONE HD. A daily session will feature on the Network’s acclaimed Sports Channel One HD, complemented by 20 hours of national coverage on the TEN Network

“This is such an exciting time for the event,” said Tournament Director, Paul McNamee. “We are delighted to partner up with the newest player in Australian tennis being the TEN Network, and our viewers will no doubt enjoy the fresh perspective of our telecast.

“And it’s a spectacular line up. Some of the biggest and most celebrated names in the sport will play-off for the coveted diamond-encrusted trophies in January, Justine Henin will become the 22nd number one to participate and it is fantastic that Perth fans will get to see her in action”.

The teams announced today are:

■USA - Serena Williams and John Isner
■Serbia - Ana Ivanovic and Novak Djokovic
■Belgium - Justine Henin and Steve Darcis
■France - Kristina Mladenovic and Gael Monfils
■Australia - Lleyton Hewitt (partner tbc)
“There is potential for some really great match-ups for both the men and the women, not to mention the mixed,” said McNamee. “That’s exactly what we aim for and our unique format can deliver it. So we all have something to look forward to.”

Novak Djokovic, a Hopman Cup finalist in 2009, has this to say;

"I'm looking forward to going back to the Hopman Cup. For me, it was a good preparation for the Australian Open. I look forward to playing with Ana and trying to win the Hopman Cup"

His partner, Ana Ivanovic says;

"I'm very happy to be returning to Perth to play in the Hyundai Hopman Cup. Playing there in 2006 is one of my fondest memories in tennis, because I enjoyed it so much. The organizers treat the players so, so well and the atmosphere is great.

"Novak and I are good friends and I often play my best tennis when I'm relaxed, but for sure we're going to be competing hard and doing our best to win the competition."

The remaining Hyundai Hopman Cup XXIII Teams will be announced in October.

The Hyundai Hopman Cup XXIII runs from 1-8 January 2011 at Perth’s Burswood Dome. Season tickets on sale 30 August 2010 via Ticketek and Corporate Tickets are now available (hopmancup.com).
The Hopman Cup is proudly supported by title sponsor Hyundai Motor Company Australia; Major Sponsors Burswood Entertainment Complex, Eventscorp Western Australia, Edith Cowan University and Amcom Telecom;


http://hopmancup.com/?id=103&NewsId=354

Damn shit damn :o

Curtos07
Aug 3rd, 2010, 07:21 AM
I love Ana and Nole :hearts: but this makes no sense what so ever. Ana needs to defend as much of those Brisbane points as possible or see her ranking only further plummet. Who is making these decisions? :sobbing: As long as she plays Hobart the following week.

Curtos07
Aug 3rd, 2010, 08:57 AM
Now that I have thought of it, maybe playing Hopman Cup isn't such a bad idea *IF* she plays Hobart the following week. Hopman Cup will give her 3 guaranteed matches which will help her settle in, relax and prepare her for possibly Hobart then AO. We shall see.

Davodus
Aug 3rd, 2010, 09:06 AM
If she plays hobart...she doesn't like playing the week before a slam so Hopman Cup might be it...Should be Brisbane dammit :o

JamieOwen3
Aug 3rd, 2010, 09:10 AM
id like to see her and nole play hopman cup :)

gaviotabr
Aug 3rd, 2010, 11:24 AM
Ummm.. that was a bit.. unexpected. :shrug:

Maybe she is trying to change her preparations, since going to Brisbane definitely did not help her at AO. Maybe she just doesn't want to be around Queensland.. :p Sorry David! Just kidding..

I think this can only be good if she plays a real tournament the following week. Whatever that tournament is.. She has 130 points to defend from Brisbane, and she definitely needs them.. she needs all the points she can get at this point. Not playing a tournament the first week of the year means she will lose all of those points for the ranking that determines the seeds for AO. As I think she should put as a goal to get enought points until the end of the year to be seeded for AO, then losing those points for sure doesn't help. On the other hand, Hopman Cup garantees her 3 matches.. and against great oposition.. that's something she probably thinks she needs as well.

So.. I'll be okay with this decision, as long as Ana plays a real tournament the following week.. Sydney or Hobart..

By the way.. I wonder how much money Hopeman Cup is giving out this year as appearance fees.. Must be a LOT, because they not only nailed Serena but also Henin. Huge IMHO.

Also.. It's funny.. I've read Nole wanted to play Hopman Cup the past couple of years, but didn't because he couldn't convince Ana or JJ to play with him. Now he got it. :lol:

gaviotabr
Aug 3rd, 2010, 11:36 AM
Thanks for posting Izzy. My guess is that Steffi's idea of feeling "nervous" and "emotional" and Ana's idea of what those words mean are not the same thing at all. But maybe it will make Ana feel more confident to believe that "Oh even the great player Steffi had the same feelings I do on court" although I'm pretty sure it's not true.

Also, it's impossible for Ana to see the court as a refuge from off-court problems. That can only happen when you are consistently good on-court. If someone was world no. 1, winning slams etc, but having off-court issues, (like Steffi), then tennis becomes a refuge. In Ana's case, this is not possible. Having the court as a refuge is a consequence of great tennis results. You can't just imagine it into a refuge. You need to work hard, make your game click, get results, and after some months of playing good tennis you will then feel confident whenever you step on court.

I think this is a bit dangerous.. Treating Ana and her emotional struggles the same way Steffi was treated.. maybe they are both emotional players, but very different ones at that. It's like giving someone a medicine for a disease they don't have and not giving the medicine for a disease they do have. Steffi knew how to control her emotions, she would barely show any. Ana, on the other hand, wears her heart on her sleeve and has no control. She needs serious work on that, she needs to get all that under control. And if you are treating her like she suffers from the same kind of anxiety as Steffi, you'll never be able to help her find a cure. I hope Heinz realizes that.

I think they have the wrong approach to tennis. They say Ana is a perfectionist.. that when things don't go perfect or as she hopes and expects, she gets too down on herself, and loses confidence. Yet they are constantly stressing they are overlooking results and just trying to make her play well, putting focus on performance. That only increases that effect I just mentioned, and gives her even less control over her emotions.. she gets a feeling she can only win if she plays perfect. They should be focused on winning now.. just getting that winning mentality back and get her to find ways to win no matter how she is playing. I'm sure like that confidence will rise and the game will follow.

By the way Howard, I tried to give you a good rep, but I have to spread it around before giving it to you again.. :sobbing:

Davodus
Aug 3rd, 2010, 12:03 PM
Ummm.. that was a bit.. unexpected. :shrug:

Maybe she is trying to change her preparations, since going to Brisbane definitely did not help her at AO. Maybe she just doesn't want to be around Queensland.. :p Sorry David! Just kidding..

I think this can only be good if she plays a real tournament the following week. Whatever that tournament is.. She has 130 points to defend from Brisbane, and she definitely needs them.. she needs all the points she can get at this point. Not playing a tournament the first week of the year means she will lose all of those points for the ranking that determines the seeds for AO. As I think she should put as a goal to get enought points until the end of the year to be seeded for AO, then losing those points for sure doesn't help. On the other hand, Hopman Cup garantees her 3 matches.. and against great oposition.. that's something she probably thinks she needs as well.

So.. I'll be okay with this decision, as long as Ana plays a real tournament the following week.. Sydney or Hobart..

By the way.. I wonder how much money Hopeman Cup is giving out this year as appearance fees.. Must be a LOT, because they not only nailed Serena but also Henin. Huge IMHO.

Also.. It's funny.. I've read Nole wanted to play Hopman Cup the past couple of years, but didn't because he couldn't convince Ana or JJ to play with him. Now he got it. :lol:

:ras: :ras: Brisbane and QLD are great :p If she had been serious about her training and practice while being here it would have been the perfect place to prepare because it's so hot and always sunny :o I'm very bitter right now because she wont be here :lol: But it's ok I'm going to the full first week of AO.

jelenacg
Aug 3rd, 2010, 12:31 PM
I think this can only be good if she plays a real tournament the following week. Whatever that tournament is.
This
I absolutely love that they will play together but she also needs as many points as she can get so she has to play something beside HC


Also.. It's funny.. I've read Nole wanted to play Hopman Cup the past couple of years, but didn't because he couldn't convince Ana or JJ to play with him. Now he got it. :lol:

Yeah that`s true,i remember that :lol:

I also think she had some agreement with Brisbane tournament to play there a few years and now that deal has ended :shrug:
And sorry David ,but you`ll have whole first week of AO to stalk Ana :p:lol:

Davodus
Aug 3rd, 2010, 12:43 PM
I also think she had some agreement with Brisbane tournament to play there a few years and now that deal has ended :shrug:
And sorry David ,but you`ll have whole first week of AO to stalk Ana :p:lol:

More like whole first day when she loses round 1 :o :lol:

gaviotabr
Aug 3rd, 2010, 12:52 PM
:ras: :ras: Brisbane and QLD are great :p If she had been serious about her training and practice while being here it would have been the perfect place to prepare because it's so hot and always sunny :o I'm very bitter right now because she wont be here :lol: But it's ok I'm going to the full first week of AO.

I had other thingsin mind about how she might not want to be around Queensland.. :spit: I know it's a beautiful place, but it has more meaning to Ana than only that,rihgt? :lol:

I'm really sorry David.. But well.. it's a curious decision by her team. Maybe they want her to start playing in a stress free and fun atmosphere, so if she manages to play well and score a win it really raises her confidence. Also to test her game before a real tournament.

I still hope she plays something before AO, at least to get match practice in the AO conditions..

gaviotabr
Aug 3rd, 2010, 12:54 PM
More like whole first day when she loses round 1 :o :lol:

:sobbing:

gaviotabr
Aug 3rd, 2010, 12:56 PM
This
I absolutely love that they will play together but she also needs as many points as she can get so she has to play something beside HC



Yeah that`s true,i remember that :lol:

I also think she had some agreement with Brisbane tournament to play there a few years and now that deal has ended :shrug:
And sorry David ,but you`ll have whole first week of AO to stalk Ana :p:lol:

Hey Jelena!

Ana didn't have any long term agreement with the Brisbane tournament. Her commitment to them each year was settled in different moments.

I really do hope she plays a real tournament the week before AO. She needs to get real match play and real points. At least give herself the chance to get the points.. :shrug:

Davodus
Aug 3rd, 2010, 12:57 PM
I had other thingsin mind about how she might not want to be around Queensland.. :spit: I know it's a beautiful place, but it has more meaning to Ana than only that,rihgt? :lol:

I'm really sorry David.. But well.. it's a curious decision by her team. Maybe they want her to start playing in a stress free and fun atmosphere, so if she manages to play well and score a win it really raises her confidence. Also to test her game before a real tournament.

I still hope she plays something before AO, at least to get match practice in the AO conditions..

Yeah I knew you meant that about Queensland :lol: but she doesn't have to stay there! She could actually stay in Brisbane and practice on the tournament courts on the plexicushion...which is what she should always have done but she didn't...I really like the hopman cup, it's good to get 3 matches in but you really have to play a tournament as well before AO to get used to the conditions. Even Serena does that...I'm just extremely bitter because I won't get to see her here now :sobbing:

gaviotabr
Aug 3rd, 2010, 01:09 PM
Yeah I knew you meant that about Queensland :lol: but she doesn't have to stay there! She could actually stay in Brisbane and practice on the tournament courts on the plexicushion...which is what she should always have done but she didn't...I really like the hopman cup, it's good to get 3 matches in but you really have to play a tournament as well before AO to get used to the conditions. Even Serena does that...I'm just extremely bitter because I won't get to see her here now :sobbing:

Aiss.. I'm sorry for that David..

And I agree.. she was so not serious about her practices and preparations there the last couple of years.. but we know she had other things in her mind. :o

Let's see how her schedule will be.. if she doesn't play anything else before AO, then I'll haveto consider that this decision was not so much based on her preparations but on the huge appearance fee they are definitely paying her to play.

Davodus
Aug 3rd, 2010, 01:12 PM
Times are tough when you can't win matches :lol: need the money :lol:

jelenacg
Aug 3rd, 2010, 01:29 PM
Times are tough when you can't win matches :lol: need the money :lol:

Poor Ana :rolls:

DefyingGravity
Aug 3rd, 2010, 05:17 PM
Ana, if you're smart, you'd schedule Hobart and Hopman Cup.......that would be a slam dunk win for you, Ana.

bruce goose
Aug 3rd, 2010, 06:31 PM
I had other thingsin mind about how she might not want to be around Queensland.. :spit: I know it's a beautiful place, but it has more meaning to Ana than only that,rihgt? :lol:Though I might be misinterpreting your meaning,I love the sweet irony that she's skipping Brisbane and will be with NOVAK instead;it's almost a heavily-implied smack in the face to CBA...unlike Nando,he doesn't even get the respect of being mentioned briefly in a press statement;he's become a NON-person,which he always should've been in the FIRST place,but Ana didn't know any better....It'd be almost dreamy if Ana and Novak were 'together':hearts:,but I'll settle for Hopman Cup:).

If any Ana fans are interested,we're gonna BARBECUE the "Inbred Dick-head 'n' Eve" thread tonight--I changed the title somewhat:angel:.We'll have some delicious grilled vegetables for Izzy...and,for the carnivores,lots of barbecued ribs,burgers,hot dogs...the whole works!!!:D Today,I'll rob a local Rolex outlet and beat the crap out of the manager,then we'll use the register receipts and cash as kindling to keep the fire going....Then,when we're done,we'll take the thread's ashes and dump them in a bottomless pit where they've belonged from the beginning:cool:

Loungy
Aug 3rd, 2010, 07:05 PM
You can blame it on the ball toss gone awry, or the lack of top notch competition to challenge her as she hurdled the rest of the WTA field in 2008
:unsure: The player closer to this description in 2008 would be Masha pre shoulder injury, not Ana.

If she plays hobart...she doesn't like playing the week before a slam so Hopman Cup might be it
I'm hoping Ana will at least wait and see how she does in the USOS & rest of the year before making her decision. If she ends 2010 still ranked bellow top 40, letting go of the opportunity to defend Brisbane sf points could cost her dearly.

Come on, Ana. They won't give you WCs forever...

gaviotabr
Aug 4th, 2010, 04:39 AM
Another early exit rattles Ivanovic
Former tennis champion’s confidence shaky

By Don Norcross, UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at 8:22 p.m.
Ana Ivanovic returns to Shahar Peer during the Mercury Insurance Open tennis tournament in Carlsbad on Tuesday.

/ Associated Press

Mercury Insurance Open

Where: La Costa Resort and Spa

When: Through Sunday

Info: mercuryinsuranceopen.com

CARLSBAD — The sparse morning crowd tried its best to lend Ana Ivanovic some moral support.

“C’mon, Ana.”

“You can do it, Ana.”

And for a while, the 2008 French Open champion from Serbia responded in her first-round Mercury Insurance Open match Tuesday against Israel’s Shahar Peer, fist pumping her winning ground strokes.

But as has happened so many times the past two years, Ivanovic couldn’t deliver from beginning to end, losing to Peer, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 at La Costa Resort and Spa.

Of her ongoing struggles, Ivanovic smiled at a postmatch news conference and said, “It is frustrating. You should see my racket.”

The laughter temporarily masked her frustration and sadness. Moments later, Ivanovic’s eyes watered and her voice cracked.

“It’s hard,” the 22-year-old said, explaining she’s happy with the latest coaching entourage around her. “It’s up to me.”

In the aftermath of her 2008 French Open title, the 6-foot-1 baseliner was tennis’ darling. She rose to No. 1. She modeled at photo shoots, graced magazine covers, kissed the French Open trophy with the Eiffel Tower in the background.

And today?

Her ranking has tumbled to No. 60. She needed a sponsor’s wild card to play at La Costa. Her 2010 record: 12-14.

Asked if the French Open title seems like a long time ago, Ivanovic said, “Yeah, it does seem like a long time away. I know when you have fun times, it goes fast. Now (the struggle) seems never ending.”

It’s not as if Ivanovic’s French title was the making of a one-time wonder. It was her third Grand Slam final appearance within a year.

But nothing illustrates Ivanovic’s struggles better than her record in the majors since the 2008 French. Here’s where she’s exited in the nine Grand Slams since:

Third round; second round; second round; second round; first round; first round; second round, second round; first round.

As to why Ivanovic has fallen, there seem to be myriad reasons. There were injuries, coaching changes, alterations with her game.

“Lots of people said you have to get your defense level better or you have to put more high balls in,” she said. “But it’s just not my game. I’ve been trying to do that. I’ve been trying to change and mix around.”

Here, her voice cracks again, knowing she tried to step outside her comfort zone, but to no avail.

“I think I have to go back to just being aggressive and dominating,” Ivanovic said. “I’m a tall girl. I have to step in. I’m not someone who’s gonna run around for three hours on the court.”

United States Fed Cup captain Mary Joe Fernandez, a three-time Grand Slam runner-up, said she has watched Ivanovic and thinks she’s working hard.

“It looks to me,” said Fernandez, “like it’s a matter of confidence.”

In a rare moment of an athlete acknowledging their fragility, Ivanovic said Fernandez nailed it.

“I think it’s just confidence,” Ivanovic said. “When I feel there is momentum in a match shifting, I just feel I cannot really break (an opponent). I don’t really believe in my shots at that particular moment. And that’s what’s really tough.”

Which was illustrated in the tiebreaker against Peer. Ivanovic jumped to a 3-0 lead, then pushed a forehand into the net and watched Peer run off seven straight points.

The final match point: an unforced error, Ivanovic drilling a backhand at least a foot below the tape.

The good news?

Ivanovic is all of 22. Andre Agassi and Martina Hingis returned to the sport’s elite after dramatic falls.

“I’m a big believer that if you’ve been there, you can get back there,” Fernandez said. “You know what it takes.”

“You just have to be patient,” Ivanovic said. “It’s going take a while. Sometimes I feel it’s never ending.”

The Serb may have lost her game, but not her sense of humor. Poking fun at the long road ahead, Ivanovic said, “I’m crawling.”

Don Norcross: (619) 293-1803; don.norcross@uniontrib.com

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/aug/03/another-early-exit-rattles-ivanovic/

I can just picture Ana netting an easy sitter at 3-0 and just going bonkers.. when she misses those easy shots, she just can't get over them and play the next point. :o

gaviotabr
Aug 4th, 2010, 11:54 AM
A couple more quotes from Ana:

"Its very frustrating, you should see my (destroyed) racket," Ivanovic said. "I'm never able to make the step and get the momentum. It brings you down."

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/04082010/58/ivanovic-crashes-san-diego.html

"It does seem a long time away," Ivanovic, 22, said of her past success. "When you have fun, time goes fast. But now it just seems it's never ending. All the hard work has to pay off eventually."

Ivanovic showed glimpses of brilliance with three aces, but she also committed numerous unforced errors.

"I actually felt really comfortable in my service games," Ivanovic said. "I didn't feel huge pressure to hold. It was more disappointing not being able to make returns. At one point, all I was trying to do was just put the high one in and start the rally."

http://www.nctimes.com/sports/tennis/article_b6255ca0-5e0a-5009-9b89-a1f86a37f485.html

Peer had this to say:

"I was (once) 15th in the world and fell to 67th, which is also a big fall," Peer said. "It happens to a lot of girls. I am sure she's going to be back. It just takes time. It's all about confidence. I do understand what she is going through."

Lord Choc Ice
Aug 4th, 2010, 11:58 AM
That was a nice thing for Peer to say. I bet she feels bad for beating her at Wimbledon and now here too. :sobbing: I know I would if I was her. :sad:

Curtos07
Aug 4th, 2010, 10:08 PM
New article from Matt Cronin on FoxSports.com on Ana, Dinara and Kuznetsova struggles.

Three top players look for way back

Flash back to August of 2009. Dinara Safina was still No. 1. Svetlana Kuznetsova was still smiling just two months after winning her second Grand Slam title at the French Open. Former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic was struggling, but had yet to drop through the floor.

Fast forward a year, where at the Mercury Insurance Open in San Diego, Safina, now ranked No. 35, won just her second match since April when she bested Alona Bondarenko in the first round. Kuznetsova took down young Belgian hotshot Yanina Wickmayer 6-3, 2-6, 6-1, while Ivanovic, now ranked No. 60, continued her tearful slide, falling to Shahar Peer 7-6, 6-3 in the first round.

Ivanovic could speak for all of them when discussing what has been a harrowing slump. On many days, she feels like she's being pulled into tennis' version of the Bermuda Triangle.

"When it's fun times it goes fast, and now it seems like it's neverending," Ivanovic said. “My coach says it's not a sprint, but a marathon, but (I feel like) I'm crawling."

Watching top players encounter trouble in the topsy-turvy world of the WTA Tour isn't unusual, but to have three such notable players fall into such sustained, deep funks is bizarre.

While players do go into slumps on the men's tour, they are rarely as deep as those on the women's side. For example, compare Ivanovic's childhood friend Novak Djokovic to her — while he has certainly underachieved in big matches at the majors since he won the 2008 Australian Open, he's still very much a part of the top 5 conversation. He's ranked No. 2, and in the last four Grand Slams, has reached the quarterfinals twice and the semifinals twice.

In contrast, 2008 French Open champion Ivanovic hasn't advanced past the second round of her last four Grand Slams and — after raising hopes by reaching the semifinals of Rome, where she knocked off three top 20 players — she's won just three of her last nine matches, despite switching coaches and trainers.

Her talent is obvious, but her confidence is lying low in a swamp. She's changed training methods, strategies, and has made technical adjustments, but her results remain largely the same. She's come close to taking over matches, but whenever the score gets close or the sets are about to end, her head begins to dip, the unforced errors creep in, the doubts stream from her brain into her strings and her balls find the bottom of the net.
Its very frustrating, you should see my (destroyed) racket," Ivanovic said with a nervous smile. "It always seems that way, that there are few points here and there and it's very disappointing. I'm never able to make the step and get the momentum. It brings you down."

Ivanovic is only 21 and has up to a decade left where she can prove herself again, but the process back to respectability is taking a toll on her. She's an emotional person who cries a lot and began to shed tears when she was reminded that regardless of whether she has the best team in the world around her, tennis is a very lonely sport. Once on court, it's up to her to produce. Her new coach, Heinz Gunthardt, her trainer or her parents can't do it for her.

As well as she's been playing in practice, she's erratic and vulnerable on court and she knows it.

"It's hard and it is up to me," she said. "It's just not coming together during matches and that's tough. It's just confidence. When the momentum shifts in a match, I don't really believe in my shots."

Safina never won a major but did reach three Grand Slam finals. At 23, she's the same age as No. 4 Andy Murray on the men's side, who just fired his coach and is searching for the correct answers that will make him No. 1 and a Grand Slam winner.

But despite the tremendous pressure put on Murray by his Grand Slam title-starved nation, Britain's top player has reached the final of one major, the Australian Open, the semis of Wimbledon and the fourth round of the French and U.S. Opens in the past year. Plus, he won two titles in that time.

For her part, Safina has reached one final (2009 Cincinnati) and reached the fourth round of the Aussie Open, but in that period, she's compiled an unimpressive 14-15 record. Without question, a major back injury had something to do with her lack of results, but given that she was smoked in the three Grand Slam finals she played, it's clear that she was unable to contend with the mental burden that goes along with being a top player.

She has a powerful enough game and the hunger to pound her way back to the top, but she's been stressed out, both by the return of her back injury just before Wimbledon and her separation with longtime coach Zeljko Krajan, whom she was overly dependent on.

She says that in her heyday she was winning a lot of matches on reputation. Now that she appears there for the taking, she isn't gaining enough cheap points based on her fierce stare.

"Players aren't afraid of me anymore," she said. "Now I have to earn back their respect."

Since she won the French Open, Kuznetsova has gone on a mental walkabout for no apparent reason. She's only passed the third round of two tournaments this year and has won only one crown (2009 Beijing) since raising the big trophy.

“It's very frustrating to be where I am,” she said. “I was always a top 10 and now I'm somewhere else. For others it's normal but I think I belong somewhere else. But what doesn't kill us makes us stronger.”

While Kuznetsova suffered a similar fate after she won her first major at the U.S. Open in 2004, at least then her slump could be attributed to her lack of maturity and inabilit
y to deal with the bar she has raised for herself. But what now at the age of 25, 10 years after she began playing circuit events? She cannot claim the ignorance of youth and doesn't believe that her current situation bears much of a resemblance.

“It looks very similar in rankings and result, but I remember 2005 when I went on court I had no idea how to play and I was lost,” she said. “Now I know I'm fit and then I wasn't at times. Now I'm there and I'm losing two or three critical points and not winning. Most of all it's confidence.”

Like Safina and Ivanovic, she complains of a lack of match play. but the only way to get more court time is to win more and she's had a heck of time doing that. She's been working hard, and doesn't believe that the lack of hard work, or even putting in the hard yards themselves, has much to with her recent results. She believes that the increasing depth of the tour is why so many players have struggled to put up consistent good results this year and agrees with Safina that losing the fear factor has come into play for her.

But unlike Safina and Ivanovic, she also believes she's found the magic pill that will turn things around for her, even though she doesn't want to reveal what it is. It's not that she is on the verge of hiring a new coach — Loic Courteau, who successfully coached two-time Grand Slam champ Amelie Mauresmo (she's also asked Mauresmo to help her a bit). Kuznetsova says a coaching move is mandatory, but it's not what's going to key her return to the top 5.

She remains unpredictable but says that in her heart, she's ready to roar.

“I'm very positive (I'll get back),” she said. “I'm different now.”

U.S. Fed Cup coach Mary Joe Fernandez, a former top 5 player herself, is confused about why all three have fallen to the depths that they have but believes they can all have their day in the sun again.

"I see Ivanovic working hard and doing the right things and for her it's matter of confidence," Fernandez said. "Safina looks like it was a lot of pressure, having the No. 1 ranking and looking like she didn't deserve the No. 1 ranking and then her back injury. Injuries are tough, and if you have fear, you are never going to be able to go for it 100 percent. I feel Kuznetsova can turn it on any time. For her it's focus. She's such a great athlete and can beat anyone any given day, but it's all concentration with her. I'm a big believer that if you've been there, you can get back there, because you know what it takes.”

Whether that comes during the not-so-sunny summer of 2010 is up to debate, but at the very least, these three talented yet enigmatic personalities will remain compelling stories.

http://msn.foxsports.com/tennis/story/ana-ivanovic-svetlana-kuznetsova-dinara-safina-seek-a-way-back-080410

gaviotabr
Aug 5th, 2010, 01:24 PM
Thanks Curtis! Interesting article from Matt Cronin as usual..

Ivanovic is only 21 and has up to a decade left where she can prove herself again, but the process back to respectability is taking a toll on her.

This is what worries me and makes me lack the belief Ana can turn this around.. 2 years of awful results lead to a lot of scars in an emotional person like Ana. I don't think she uses that as motivation.. it's just signs of pain that mark her and might limit her in the future.. Can a previously wounded lion run as fast as a healthy one?

She's come close to taking over matches, but whenever the score gets close or the sets are about to end, her head begins to dip, the unforced errors creep in, the doubts stream from her brain into her strings and her balls find the bottom of the net.

This part is also interesting... it's when she can win that Ana chickens out.. maybe a mixture of fear of winning and fear of losing.. she just can't be brave enough to go for all when she has her chances. And that's what sets apart a top player and a mediocre/regular one. Radwanska beat Scheepers twice in the last couple of weeks.. both "tight" matches.. but when it got to the tail end of sets, it was A-Rad upping her game.. because she is the one who has the mental edge. Many many times that's all what it takes to win.

I still remember when Ana used to be so good in tie breaks and tail end of sets. That definitely made a difference in her rise, and it's now getting her further down in her fall. :sobbing:

gloria7
Aug 5th, 2010, 02:54 PM
She knows..."I think it's just a confidence"..."I don't really believe in my shots"..."It's up to me"..."I have to step in,i'm a tall girl,i'm not someone who's gonna run around for three hours on the court"..."It's going take a while". She has repeated everything that posters have been discussing here for the last two years.She has opened the door to step in unknown,big and scary world,called Reality.
About motivation...i was thinking, what's missing,why talented player,who has support from sponsors,family,fans and friends,who has,probably,one of the best coaches to work with,can't win? What can motivate her? Love?-Hmm...No.To be dumped by Mr.Rolex? She can't pull a Flavia,she's not that type.Money? Fame? Anger? She has something to prove to herself and to the rest of the world? No.Again.Maybe she wants to win matches so badly and that desire blocks her.Then i remembered what Rafa said last year,when asked does Xisca's presence motivates him to win.He said:"NO...She can tell me a thousand times that i'm good and gonna win,but if i don't believe in that-those words are worthless.I have to motivate myself".
Hew Haven is a good idea,so as playing doubles with Andrea.Talking with Safina,Kuzzy,Peer and other girls with similar experience might help.I'm glad that she want to fight back the situation and for the first time i feel she is close to turn things around.

gaviotabr
Aug 5th, 2010, 03:09 PM
She has something to prove to herself and to the rest of the world? No.

Mm.. Maybe she thinks she doesn't have anything to prove.. maybe she does think and that brings in the fear.. But she does have a LOT to prove.. to herself and the world. She clearly lacks belief in herself, her abilities, her shots.. so she needs to prove to herself she does have it, the talent, the ability. And if she never recovers from this, she will be forever ridiculed and known as a one hit wonder, a new Gaudio. So she has a lot to prove to the world, that she is worth it. I think Ana can't deal with needing to prove herself like this.. but she sure should.

Davodus
Aug 5th, 2010, 03:25 PM
Not QUITE a new Gaudio :lol: 3 slam finals and number 1 is a little better than him :lol:

gaviotabr
Aug 5th, 2010, 03:30 PM
Not QUITE a new Gaudio :lol: 3 slam finals and number 1 is a little better than him :lol:

Yes, but people have short memory. I'm not saying Ana is a new Gaudio, but she has already been compared to him now.. imagine if she never recovers? People won't even remember she had 3 slam finals and a semi.. people will only remember her by winning RG and then falling off a cliff.

gaviotabr
Aug 5th, 2010, 04:54 PM
Just saw this:

Also high on the agenda for Hobart International organisers is drawing at least one high-profile star to the state, with former world No.1 Ana Ivanovic set to be a serious target.

Tournament officials are likely to offer appearance money to land a big fish, with Tennis Australia to support the move.

"We will be working on getting the right players to enjoy this fantastic facility," Wood said.

"The players end up making the decision themselves but when you see these types of facilities that are world class, you are going to have a lot of people interested in playing here.

"You have an unparalleled view, one of the best views in the world to watch tennis, overlooking the river."

http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2010/08/06/163951_tasmania-news.html

I hope Ana does play an event after Hopman Cup.. Hobart will have a so so field, so might be good.

SOA_MC
Aug 5th, 2010, 05:17 PM
Ana is playing Hopman Cup :cool:

On the other article posted, I wish Ana was as tired of these wash rinse and reuse articles as we all are :(

gloria7
Aug 5th, 2010, 05:53 PM
Problem with Ana is that she goes from one extreme situation to another.In the past she was obsessed with tennis,she was thinking about injuries,recovery,her game and rankings,what other people think about her.She needed a break,a vacation,but that didn't bring the desired results.Now we have another extreme situation,she wants to practice,to play and compete,to work hard,again with no results...Such a drama...
Everything is upside down ...when other girls are playing-she's on vacation,when she is on vacation-girls are practicing and playing.When she has a bf-she doesn't have a female friends and vice versa...Right now,i don't want her to lose desire to play and work hard,but balance in life is also very important.To put her head and emotions under control.And some of "This is SPARTAAAA!!!" attitude.

bruce goose
Aug 5th, 2010, 06:02 PM
She knows..."I think it's just a confidence"..."I don't really believe in my shots"..."It's up to me"..."I have to step in,i'm a tall girl,i'm not someone who's gonna run around for three hours on the court"..."It's going take a while". She has repeated everything that posters have been discussing here for the last two years.She has opened the door to step in unknown,big and scary world,called Reality.
About motivation...i was thinking, what's missing,why talented player,who has support from sponsors,family,fans and friends,who has,probably,one of the best coaches to work with,can't win? What can motivate her? Love?-Hmm...No.To be dumped by Mr.Rolex? She can't pull a Flavia,she's not that type.Money? Fame? Anger? She has something to prove to herself and to the rest of the world? No.Again.Maybe she wants to win matches so badly and that desire blocks her.Then i remembered what Rafa said last year,when asked does Xisca's presence motivates him to win.He said:"NO...She can tell me a thousand times that i'm good and gonna win,but if i don't believe in that-those words are worthless.I have to motivate myself".
Hew Haven is a good idea,so as playing doubles with Andrea.Talking with Safina,Kuzzy,Peer and other girls with similar experience might help.I'm glad that she want to fight back the situation and for the first time i feel she is close to turn things around.Though it's fair to say that Ana must be true to herSELF and not the rest of the world,I agree with Izzy in the sense that Ana DOES have to prove herself to the tennis community if she wants genuine respect...as opposed to the empty,meaningless rituals of cosmetic respect...such as receiving a RC WC that wouldn't have done a damned bit of good for her.

You make some nice points,Gloria,though I disagree that the shitbag dumped Ana;I strongly believe it went the OTHER way....Phony sleazy guys like that rarely will dump a hot,status-boosting gal such as Ana unless they have a replacement lined up...some gal they've already been f--king on the sly.As we saw,the CBA spent his birthday with his MOMMY:haha::haha:.More likely,he's benefitting from a gracious Ana who's too nice to brazenly declare that she dumped him....

Your Rafa quote was especially apt;he's right that family and friends can't help you win if you seriously lack confidence....That doesn't mean that support is 100% meaningless,and Rafa proved that when he whined at how hurt he was when the French fans cheered Soderling in 2009 during the big upset...but he IS right that a championship player must be a self-starter.Gfs and family can lift you up when you're feeling depressed and need some encouragement,yet you've got to have at least some foundation of self-belief

....and that's part of what kills Ana so much.All the evidence points to how coddled she was by Dragana and Pops during childhood,so she has no system in place,in her head,for handling heavy crises.Earlier in her career,she had some success by using Tunnel Vision,a decent strategy for ignoring the negatives and striving towards specific goals...but Ana's various techniques never erased the reality that she was fundamentally weak,emotionally,deep-down.Once she attained some of her highest dreams and became "the Hunted" as world #1,she had no clue how to adapt to that kind of pressure.......and you needn't be a rock-solid Steffi Graf to handle that sort of pressure,either....Even lesser greats such as Davenport,Clijsters and Sharapova did a far better job upon reaching #1 for the first time.......Let's see if you're correct that Ana is focusing on Reality now;if she IS,she'll get the counselling that'll allow her to cope with the mental demons that have plagued her so powerfully since her rise to the top

gaviotabr
Aug 5th, 2010, 06:54 PM
Great! Ana will play New Haven!

Pilot Pen adds former No. 1 Ivanovic
Staff Reports
Published: 01:27 p.m., Thursday, August 5, 2010

NEW HAVEN -- Former World No. 1 and Grand Slam champion Ana Ivanovic has been granted a wild card into Pilot Pen Tennis at Yale, Aug. 20-28 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale, it was announced Thursday by Anne Worcester, tournament director.

The 22-year old Serbian star will be making her first trip to New Haven, where she will be seeking the ninth title of her career. Two years ago Ivanovic had a magical season that included the French Open title, a runner-up finish at the Australian Open, and the World No. 1 ranking. The following year in 2009 was filled with nagging injuries that caused inconsistency and left her without a title for the first time since 2005, but she did reach the finals at Indian Wells, and the fourth round of the French Open and Wimbledon. This year she has reached the semifinals at Brisbane and in Rome.

"I am excited to make my first visit to the Pilot Pen," Ivanovic said. "I have been working hard on my game, and hope that I can play well and capture the title. I've heard great things about this event, and hope that this could be the first of many more trips to New Haven."

Ivanovic is a star that transcends the sport, with model-looks that have graced the covers of numerous magazines around the world. She has regularly been voted one of the most attractive tennis players in the world, and has garnered a loyal following from fans both on and off the court.

"Ana Ivanovic is clearly a fan favorite on Tour, and we are certain our fans at the Pilot Pen will love her as well," Worcester said. "She has phenomenal talent, and we are thrilled to add her to a field that continues to strengthen as we draw closer to the start of the event.

Adding her to the likes of Caroline Wozniacki, Elena Dementieva, Francesca Schiavone, Melanie Oudin, and numerous other international stars means that our women's field will once again offer fans world-class tennis."

The Pilot Pen still has four men's and two women's main-draw wildc ards to distribute and there are four spots in both main draws for advancing qualifiers.

For tickets, how to become a volunteer, or more information about the tournament, please call the Pilot Pen Tennis Box Office, 888/99-PILOT, 203/776-7331, or log on to www.pilotpentennis.com.


http://www.greenwichtime.com/othersports/article/Pilot-Pen-adds-former-No-1-Ivanovic-604064.php

One thing is for sure.. after so long of looking like she wanted to be anywhere but on a tennis court, it finally seems Ana is at least trying to play as much as posible. A big positive for me! :)

InsideOut.
Aug 5th, 2010, 07:11 PM
I have been working hard on my game, and hope that I can play well and capture the title.

:spit:

gaviotabr
Aug 5th, 2010, 07:19 PM
:spit:

Ana, our favorite deluded sweetheart! :hearts:

:spit:

bruce goose
Aug 5th, 2010, 07:35 PM
Great! Ana will play New Haven!



http://www.greenwichtime.com/othersports/article/Pilot-Pen-adds-former-No-1-Ivanovic-604064.php

One thing is for sure.. after so long of looking like she wanted to be anywhere but on a tennis court, it finally seems Ana is at least trying to play as much as posible. A big positive for me! :)Izzy,I definitely agree on that final point,but do these Premier WCs REALLY help at all?Don't these 1st Round ass-whuppings just crush Ana's confidence even more??.....Although New Haven doesn't have any MM as company that week,I'd prefer,in general,seeing Ana play those smaller tourneys instead of getting Premier WCs

gaviotabr
Aug 5th, 2010, 07:43 PM
Izzy,I definitely agree on that final point,but do these Premier WCs REALLY help at all?Don't these 1st Round ass-whuppings just crush Ana's confidence even more??.....Although New Haven doesn't have any MM as company that week,I'd prefer,in general,seeing Ana play those smaller tourneys instead of getting Premier WCs

I would like to see her playing small tournaments as well.. Would like her to add Tashkent and Gangzhou..

But there are no small tournaments the week of New Haven, and just to see her trying to play more is a positive to me. There was a time she was running away from tennis courts. At least that seems to be changing. So I prefer to see her playing New Haven and trying out there, than not playing at all.

gaviotabr
Aug 5th, 2010, 09:38 PM
Some inside info into the New Haven WC:


PILOT PEN: Former World No. 1 Ivanovic commits

Published: Thursday, August 05, 2010


By David Borges, Register Staff
dborges@newhavenregister.com

The Pilot Pen Tennis tournament’s women’s field is really sitting pretty. Literally.

Ana Ivanovic, the former world No. 1 and French Open champion whose magazine-cover good looks make her one of the most popular women’s tennis players on the planet, has been granted a wild-card entry into this year’s tournament.

It will be the first foray into the New Haven-based tournament for Ivanovic, 22, who will be seeking her ninth career singles title.

“This is especially rewarding for me personally, because I’ve been trying to recruit Ana for four years,” said Pilot Pen tournament director Anne Worcester. “As much as I love the fact that the Pilot Pen has so much loyalty from women’s players who keep coming back, it’s so nice to provide fans with a new face, especially a Grand Slam champion and former No. 1.”

Ivanovic, of Serbia, won the 2008 French Open, finished runner-up at that year’s Australian Open and earned the world No. 1 ranking. However, injuries pestered her throughout the 2009 season and she went without a title for the first time in four years. This year, she has reached the semifinals at Brisbane and Rome.

“I am excited to make my first visit to the Pilot Pen,” she said in a statement. “I have been working hard on my game and hope that I can play well and capture the title. I’ve heard great things about this event and hope that this could be the first of many more trips to New Haven.”

Ivanovic is a star both on and off the tennis court: her model-looks have graced the covers of numerous magazines around the world, and she has been romantically linked to Australian golfer Adam Scott and Spanish tennis player Fernando Verdasco.

“She’s extremely talented on the court; she has a mean, mean forehand,” said Worcester. “From what I understand — I don’t know her very well — she is just lovely off the court … It’s like announcing a top-five player.”

Ivanovic joins a women’s field that includes Caroline Wozniacki, Elena Dementieva, Francesca Schiavone and Melanie Oudin. The Pilot Pen runs Aug. 20-28 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale.

As usual, Worcester’s tireless persistence paid off. She got an inkling Ivanovic might be interested back in March after speaking with her at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, but could never get a commitment from Ivanovic or her agents, Gavin Versi and Dan Holtzman.

“To their credit,” Worcester noted, “they didn’t want to ask for a wild card until they were 100-percent sure she was going to play.”

After early ousters in Stanford, Calif., and San Diego, Ivanovic needed matches. Still, as recently as Wednesday, Versi said in an e-mail that Ivanovic just couldn’t make any decisions yet, instead wanting to see how she fared in Cincinnati and Montreal.

However, Ivanovic did not receive a wild card to the main draw of the latter tournament, and at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Versi sent another e-mail to Worcester informing her that Ivanovic, after consulting with her coaches, decided to ask for a wild card into the Pilot Pen.

“Good thing you never give up,” Versi said in the e-mail.

The Pilot Pen still has four men’s and two women’s draw wild cards to distribute, and there are four spots in both main draws for advancing qualifiers. Worcester is still keeping an eye on some other big names, including Serena Willilams and Dinara Safina on the women’s side and James Blake and Juan Martin Del Potro on the men’s.


http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2010/08/05/sports/doc4c5b1798eb699325981309.txt

Interesting...

Curtos07
Aug 5th, 2010, 09:47 PM
So is that a hint that she won't play qualies in Montreal, afterall? Wouldn't mind if she did indeed took a pass on it.

spiritedenergy
Aug 6th, 2010, 03:30 AM
"capture the title"... suuuuure:lol: oh Ana:hug: on the other end, it might be beneficial to always believe in herself, i hope she believes in what she's saying...

gaviotabr
Aug 6th, 2010, 11:19 AM
Couple more articles.. some interesting quotes:

Former No. 1 Ivanovic To Play In Pilot Pen Tournament
2008 French Open Champion Receives 2nd Wild Card Entry
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By LORI RILEY, lriley@courant.com

9:38 p.m. EDT, August 5, 2010

Ana Ivanovic, who won the French Open and was ranked No. 1 in the world two years ago, accepted a wild card entry into the Pilot Pen tennis tournament Thursday.

Ivanovic, a 22-year-old Serbian, has struggled since her successful 2008 season. Last year, injuries and inconsistency plagued her and she didn't win a title for the first time since 2003.

This year, she reached the semifinals in Rome in May but hasn't made it past the second round of a tournament since then.

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"She's very talented," Pilot Pen tournament director Anne Worcester said. "But she's just got to get that consistency back in the game. She's clearly a fan favorite."

Tuesday, Ivanovic lost 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 to Shahar Peer of Israel in the first round of the Mercury Insurance Open in San Diego.

"I had chances, but I never made that step," Ivanovic told the ATP Tour website after the match. "My timing was also off on my returns. But she didn't make that many mistakes. It's very frustrating. I feel really good in practice, but it's just not coming together in matches."

Ivanovic, now ranked 60th, will play for the first time at the Pilot Pen, which runs Aug. 22-28 at the Connecticut Tennis Center in New Haven.

"I've been working on this … ever since she won Indian Wells [in 2008]," Worcester said. "She's one of those that doesn't typically play the week before a Grand Slam."

It helped Worcester's cause when the Rogers Cup in Montreal refused to give Ivanovic, a former champion, a wild card; she would have to play in the qualifying round. It also helped that her current coach, Heinz Gunthardt, is Steffi Graf's former coach. Worcester said Gunthardt remembered playing golf at Yale when Graf won the tournament in 1998 and wondered if he could do so again.

The tournament still has four men's and two women's main draw wild cards to distribute.

http://www.ctnow.com/sports/hc-pilot-pen-0806-20100805,0,841250.story

gaviotabr
Aug 6th, 2010, 11:21 AM
Pilot Pen adds former No. 1 Ivanovic
Chris Elsberry, Staff Writer
Published: 01:42 a.m., Friday, August 6, 2010

NEW HAVEN -- Former World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic, once a French Open champion, has been granted a wild card into Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament, it was announced Thursday by tournament director Anne Worcester.

"I really am thrilled because I've been working on trying to get her here for the last four years," Worcester said by phone. "I always have appreciated the loyalty that players show to this tournament by coming back six, seven or eight times, but there's something very special about having a player of Ana's stature here for the very first time."

The 22-year-old Serbian star will be making her first trip to New Haven, where she will be seeking her ninth career WTA title.

Ivanovic had perhaps her finest season in 2008. She defeated Venus Williams in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open before falling to Maria Sharapova in the final. Four months later, she won her only Grand Slam title, defeating Dinara Safina in the French Open finals, giving her the World's No. 1 ranking.

The next year, 2009, however, was filled with nagging injuries that caused inconsistency and left her without a title for the first time since 2005, but she did reach the finals at Indian Wells and the fourth round of the French Open and Wimbledon.

This year, despite battling some shoulder tendinitis, Ivanovic has reached the semifinals at Brisbane and in Rome. Her singles record for the year is 12-15.

"She's coming back from injury and she was looking to play in Stanford, San Diego, Cincinnati and Montreal and a couple of things happened," said Worcester.

For starters, Inavovic lost in the second round at Stanford to Marion Bartoli, and she lost in the first round in San Diego to Shahar Peer. Secondly, Montreal did not grant Ivanovic a wild card entry, meaning she's off the week before the Pilot Pen, suddenly making New Haven the perfect warm-up for the U.S. Open.

"I met with her in March and it was the first time I had an extended conversation with her, and afterwards, it was the first time like I felt we had a chance (to get her)," Worcester said. "I've been keeping in touch with her agent all summer by e-mail and they kept telling me, `Let's see how (her schedule) goes.' And yesterday (Wednesday), I got an e-mail saying that Ana definitely wanted a wild card."

Ivanovic is a star who transcends the sport, with model looks that have graced the covers of numerous magazines around the world. She has regularly been voted one of the most attractive tennis players in the world, and has garnered a loyal following from fans.

"I am excited to make my first visit to the Pilot Pen," she said in a statement. "I have been working hard on my game and hope that I can play well and capture the title. I've heard great things about this event and hope that this could be the first of many more trips to New Haven."

The Pilot Pen still has four men's and two women's main draw wild cards to distribute, and there are four spots in both main draws for advancing qualifiers.

http://www.fairfieldcitizenonline.com/othersports/article/Pilot-Pen-adds-former-No-1-Ivanovic-604064.php

spiritedenergy
Aug 6th, 2010, 05:37 PM
so Ana will skip Montreal? This Worcester guy is crazy about Ana it seems lol, he keep talking about how he got her

gaviotabr
Aug 6th, 2010, 05:50 PM
so Ana will skip Montreal? This Worcester guy is crazy about Ana it seems lol, he keep talking about how he got her

It's a woman! :lol:

spiritedenergy
Aug 7th, 2010, 07:13 AM
It's a woman! :lol:



ooops!:lol: well guy can be male or female:p

But yes she showed so much interest in Ana and actually fought for having her... I know New Heaven field has never been that great but it's heartwarming to see people still loving her:hearts::worship:

Lord Choc Ice
Aug 7th, 2010, 07:22 AM
Dementieva also has WC to New Haven. So it will be extra good field this year. :D

Marilyn Monheaux
Aug 7th, 2010, 11:31 AM
Dementieva also has WC to New Haven. So it will be extra good field this year. :D

1st round: Dementieva vs Ana :D :D :D

Lord Choc Ice
Aug 7th, 2010, 12:03 PM
1st round: Dementieva vs Ana :D :D :D
Even worse, Ana VS Wozniacki 1R. :help:

bruce goose
Aug 7th, 2010, 03:42 PM
Even worse, Ana VS Wozniacki 1R. :help:Btw,Caro served three aces IN ONE GAME during one of her matches this week....As I've said before,it would end a lot of whining if she could add some more aggressive elements to her play....Just as with Ana,the Tour could benefit greatly,in several respects,from having her as as one of its faces for years to come

gaviotabr
Aug 10th, 2010, 04:32 AM
Ana Ivanovic upsets Victoria Azarenka
Posted by srussell August 9th, 2010, 11:14 pm

Just watched the most high profile upset of the tourney. Ninth-seeded Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) self destructed against Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) on Center Court in the feature match of the night.

Although Azarenka won the first set, Ivanovic turned the tables and won 2-6, 7-6 (6), 6-2.

The crowd was hugely behind Ivanovic, which she acknowledged in her post-game on-court interview. She said she was thrilled with the victory in the later media session and said it was her best match since playing in Rome in May.

In that tourney (which was on clay court) she also beat Azarenka.

Azarenka has been playing well lately, beating Maria Sharapova in the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford two tourneys ago. She pulled out of the Mercury Insurance Open in San Diego (won Sunday by Svetlana Kuznetsova) because of a shoulder ailment. Azarenka insisted that her shoulder had no bearing on the outcome of tonight’s match.

Rather, she said she lost her timing and serve rhythm.

“It was a disaster how I served,” Azarenka said.

She had a meltdown in the second set tiebreak, during which she threw down her racquet in frustration and later a towel. It elicited a big gasp from the audience.

Ivanovic rallied, won the set, and maintained the momentum in the third set for the win. She faces Yaroslava Shvedova (Kaz) in the second round.

Said Ivanovic: “Shvedova, she’s great opponent so it’s gonna be a tough match. I just have to try to have the same mind set like I did in this match and just do what I did in practice. I been practicing really well and trying to step in on a lot of shots, which is my game, and I didn’t apply that much.

“So just basically try to work on these things. You know, whatever happens, I just feel like I’m making progress, which feels good.”

http://cincinnati.com/blogs/tennis/2010/08/09/ana-ivanovic-upsets-victoria-azarenka/

gaviotabr
Aug 10th, 2010, 04:54 AM
Ana Ivanovic Cincinnati Azarenka Victoria

by Ben Rothenberg on Aug 9, 2010 11:50 PM EDT in Coverage Comment 0 comments

A Twirl, A Fistpump, and A Victory

CINCINNATI--For the first time in a long time, Ana Ivanovic had reason to smile.

Against the ninth-seeded Victoria Azarenka, recent champion at Stanford, wild card Ana Ivanovic fought back from the brink of defeat, showing flashes of her old brilliance on the way to a 2-6, 7-6(6), 6-2 upset in the first round.

Azarenka served for match twice in the second set, at both 5-3 and 6-5. But Ivanovic broke both times, thanks largely to some untimely double faults by the blonde Belarussian. Ivanovic then survived a roller coaster tiebreak (each player twice won three straight points),

"I just honestly gave away all the chances I had," Azarenka admitted. "Today was a little bit of a disaster."

Ivanovic's momentum never stopped in the third set, going up an early break in the first game and hanging on for a convincing 6-2 set.

"This victory means a lot," Ivanovic said after the match. "Not only as it's against a really good player, but also the way the match was progressing."

"The last few weeks I was losing matches like this."

Though Azarenka helped the cause with some untimely errors, this was a win that Ivanovic thoroughly earned. She returned the Azarenka serve beautifully, stepping well inside the court on the second serve return to crack numerous return winners. Ivanovic won 80% of second serve return points in the second set, and 90% in the third set.

Ivanovic's forehand was also key in breaking open points. She smacked forehand winners cross court to end several rallies, finding incredible depth and angles with a consistency she hasn't shown in months.

"I think my footwork was a lot better so I was in a better position to hit it," said Ivanovic. "The forehand is always my stronger side, so it felt good that it was working."

Aside from her forehand and return, the Cincinnati crowd was also key in Ivanovic's victory.

"The crowd helped me so much," Ivanovic said. "They were a lot behind me. It was so great to see a lot of young kids and so on, and it kind of got me pumped."

"With the fans, the night session, sometimes it changes the mindset and the way you play, Azarenka said, agreeing that the crowd had helped Ivanovic on the night.

The question now is whether or not Ivanovic will be able to build on this victory. She faces another tough opponent, Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova, in the next round.

Ivanovic won the US Open Series in 2006, on the back of a title in Montreal, primarily. But the US Open has been her weakest slam throughout her career, never having reached the quarterfinal round (she has made the semifinal or better at the three other grand slams).

Whether this win is a career changer or an anomaly is yet to be seen, but at the very least Ana Ivanovic reestablished herself as a dangerous opponent whom no top player should relish facing.


http://www.thedailyforehand.com/2010/8/9/1614723/ana-ivanovic-cincinnati-azarenka

spiritedenergy
Aug 10th, 2010, 05:50 AM
http://www.thedailyforehand.com/2010/8/9/1614723/ana-ivanovic-cincinnati-azarenka

after years i agree with ana and her optimism here:lol::sobbing: still don't know but jonny said she played very well, and azarenka choked but to make her choke ana had to be stronger mentally, the main thing that was truly missing... the usual ana would have given up in the second set and lose 6-4 without breaking back... this time she fought so hard, she really wanted it, this is the newest and most exciting thing... but let's see the next matches...

JamieOwen3
Aug 10th, 2010, 09:52 AM
when she beat kleybanova i was pumped but im not going to get too exited this time (although i feel like shouting AJDE for the sake of it) :lol: but im going to watch out for her next match and if she win it ill be more optimistic for her chances at the us open and finishing this year top 20 again!!!

Cp6uja
Aug 10th, 2010, 02:50 PM
I find interesting Behind The Scene (http://www.protennisfan.com/2010/08/behind-the-scenes-at-the-rogers-cup-stenographer-linda-christensen-plays-vital-role.html) interview with Linda Christensen, one of the ATP and WTA Tour stenographers (since 70's!) with one very interesting part about Serbian tennis players - Ana especially:

...
Q: In terms of tennis, who are some of the more difficult players to keep up with or understand and transcribe?

A: At the French Open in 2009 - the Serbians all speak very good English but they're very fast and fortunately they have a good cadence with how they speak. And Ana Ivanovic can be very quick, very rapid-fire. I was working as the writer for her interview at the French and I had a scopist - meaning the computer person - a young man working with me, and we are able with our software to gauge how many words a minute people talk. Anyway, Ana Ivanovic came in from a win and she just “took off,” and my colleague, after the interview, said that she had at times during the interview gotten to 330 words a minute.
...

gaviotabr
Aug 10th, 2010, 04:49 PM
Yesterday's presser:

WESTERN & SOUTHERN FINANCIAL GROUP WOMEN'S OPEN

August 9, 2010

Ana Ivanovic

CINCINNATI, OHIO

A. IVANOVIC/V. Azarenka
2-6, 7-6, 6-2

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Does did feel like you played two different matches tonight, because it looked like I watched two different matches?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, it did feel a little bit, and my coach said it was three different matches out there. I don't know what he was referring to, but definitely felt like it.
She was dominating a lot in the first set. Even though like I was missing a lot and it sort of felt like I was a little bit out of it, I still was very aware of what was happening. I realized that she was serving really well, and that she struggled once I actually got the rally going and threw some high ones and change the rhythm a little bit.
So I tried to focus on that and tried to force less my serve and just try to make it and get rally going. Even though was 5-3 down in the second set, I just tried to keep my head down and work hard for each point, and it paid off and it feels really good.

Q. What was your strategy going into this match?
ANA IVANOVIC: I played her earlier this year in Rome. It was on the clay, so it was a lot different. But I just knew that if I managed to return well, her serve will eventually break down. That's what happened today. That kind of felt really good.
I just had to also play it by ear and follow my game, so what I've been working on and just try to be aggressive. I realized tonight her forehand was a little bit weaker side, so I tried to play more on it.
So, yeah, basically just game plan was to go out there and do like I practice, like I do it in the practice.

Q. You talk about the forehand being the weaker side, and yours seemed to be doing really well tonight. You were getting a lot of winners off of it. Can you talk about what was working well with your forehand tonight? Have you been practicing it more?
ANA IVANOVIC: I think my footwork was a lot better so I was in a better position to hit it. Forehand is always my stronger side, so it really felt good that it was working at times. I thought I was really returning well at some point in the second set and put a lot pressure on her serves, and I tried to run it around tried to dominate.
But my backhand was very also solid today, and that's something that I been working on a lot. So I was very pleased to see that as well.

Q. Looked like in the second set you made a key tactical adjustment in second returns. You moved into the court a little bit more so you could take the return early. The stats really bear that out where you just started dominating on the second return points won. Do you think that was key to helping you win the match?
ANA IVANOVIC: Definitely that was the key. That also caused her serve to break down a little bit. Because if I'm not mistaken, in the first set she had about 80% first serves, and then it dropped.

Q. 82.
ANA IVANOVIC: Exactly. And then it dropped in second and third set. So I think that was huge. That kind of shifted the match a little bit.
Also once we got rally going, I just felt I could keep up rallies with her, which was good feeling. Because in the first set I felt I was on the ball, but I was a little bit rushing. I started to slow a little bit things down and give more spin and give more time.

Q. What made you are decide to make that change? You were down a set and a break. You were close to getting out of the tournament.
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, well, actually, I tried to change it beginning of the second set, because I realized it. And then I played a weak first game and managed to break her back. It was kind of always, you know, trying to play catch up.
Sort of towards the end of the second set I felt the timing was a lot better and I felt few things starting to click. I just tried to stay positive.
Honestly speaking, crowd helps helped me so much. They were a lot behind me. It was so great to see a lot of young kids and so on, and it kind of got my pumped. (Laughing.)

Q. I saw in practice you were working on your backhand slice. Were you thinking of using that more in the match?
ANA IVANOVIC: I was just thinking of mixing up a lot. Like I was saying, throw up a few high ones and mix it up with slice. I didn't use it as much today. It's really kind of shot you don't use as much in a match.
But it's definitely good to have it in case you need it. My coach thought it would be good to hit a few just in case I need to mix up.

Q. Is this the biggest win you've had in a long time?
ANA IVANOVIC: Since Rome it is definitely. Rome was a great week for me. This victory means a lot. Not only as it's against a really good player, you know, she just came off a win, but also the way match was progressing, you know, the last few weeks I was losing matches like this.
It was really disappointing, because I been putting so much hard work in and it was not really paying off and it was very, very hard.
It's good seeing that hanging in there gives the good results, so I'm most pleased about that.

Q. How do you get back into a match when you're going down, you're down a set and a break, three of the last six tournaments you've lost the first round. It would be easy to think, Here I go again. How did you change that around? What did you tell yourself to change the momentum of the match?
ANA IVANOVIC: It's tough. I also think I was a little bit unlucky with the draw. Definitely if you're not seeded you get a little bit unlucky. I thought last few tournaments it was really rough.
But, you know, I just tried to stay focused to be in the match actually. Like I said, I been practicing well hard and working a lot on my fitness, which after all it gives you confidence in the match, that you can take actually stay in the rally and make shots in important moments like did I to break her in 5-4. I hit a good return.
So those are all moments that start to click, and it kind of gives you momentum. Who knows what happens in the third set, but I just felt I made a big change in that second.

Q. How would you rate your defense today?
ANA IVANOVIC: It was really good. I had some really good high balls. I actually tried to stay aggressive, because she likes to dominate. Once you take that away from her she struggles and feels like she's on the back foot.
So I tried to -- when I had to defend, I tried to put some high so I can actually transfer that and become offensive again.

Q. You play Yaroslava Shvedova next round, another tough opponent. How did you keep this going into the next round and beyond?
ANA IVANOVIC: Really, I guess I just have to see. Like in Stanford, I had a great win against Alisa Kleybanova, and then I got too excited and set the bar too high for myself.
Shvedova, she's great opponent, so it's gonna be a tough match. I just have to try to have the same mindset like I did in this match and just do what I did in practice. I been practicing really well and trying to step in on a lot of shots, which is my game, and I didn't apply that much.
So just basically try to work on these things. You know, whatever happens, I just feel like I'm making a progress, which feels good.

Q. You talk about the mental aspect of your game. Is that an issue that you've had all year? You've been kind of streaky with winning a semifinal in January, a shoulder injury, but then you were out in the first or second round for a couple months. Then you got the semifinal in Rome, and you went back to being out in the first round. Is that a mental thing or are you physically okay?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I think it's a mix of both, you know. I had a great week in Rome, and then I kind of -- I actually, after Madrid I was little bit sick, so I didn't really work as much as I had. It's all connected. Like you have to work hard to gain a confidence, and I haven't been working as hard in those months after Rome for various reasons.
So I just felt like when it was tough moment in the match, I felt, Maybe I'm not ready for this. Even though I might have been, I just didn't have confidence. So now I put a lot of hard work and I changed structure a little bit. That kind of feels good. So in the tough matches you know you can pull through and you have that confidence to fall back on.

Q. What goals have you set for the end of the year? Is there a specific ranking point you want to get to?
ANA IVANOVIC: It's very tough to talk about that, because I really don't know what to expect. Like I said, I've been playing so great in the practice, and I have to translate that into matches. I think I can do that.
But then again, I get overexcited and I don't play as well and I get down. It's kind of like a circle still. I have to snap out of it in a way. But it's very hard to talk about it.
Obviously I would love to win a tournament. That would feel really good. But just to go out there and try to basically enjoy and get few more matches under my belt, few more victories. It would be good.

Q. You called the trainer out today. What was wrong with your foot?
ANA IVANOVIC: Just my left foot started to get so tight, my soles, so I think it was just a little bit of muscle tightness.

Q. You talk about getting confidence by playing more matches, and one way to do that would seem to be to play smaller tournaments where you might be able to win more easily and get more matches. The way you've been scheduling so far, you've been playing big tournaments mostly. Have you thought about scaling back some and playing some smaller tournaments, like Quebec City?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I definitely looked at it. Also, I had to be also very realistic and see what kind of fits with the traveling and so on and also with the preparation.
Like I said, after Rome I didn't feel like I put so much good work, quality work in. It was always stop and go and this and that and little niggles here and there.
So I just felt after Wimbledon I wanted to take time and not to play tournaments in Europe back on clay and just try to prepare, prepare very well. I was gonna play San Diego and here, and then I decided to play one more tournament in Stanford and I could connect it.
That's why I decided to play New Haven. So I'll be playing there. Next week I'll have off and then play New Haven.

Q. Do you know what your schedule is like after the US Open? Have you thought about that?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, I have three tournaments which I committed to: Beijing, Tokyo, and Luxembourg. I'm thinking of putting maybe Seoul in there. It really depends on how I go.

Q. What do you like most about the improvements made to the facilities this year? Obviously a huge change.
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, it is huge, and such a nice surprise. I had no idea they was doing some changes. Next year that's gonna be joint event, and it just feels like so much more space. People are so friendly and really, really helpful. I think it's really nice stadium as well. Crowds are actually good. They know a lot about tennis, and that's great to see.
I think next year it's gonna be a great event with the girls and guys joined. Think it's fun for us and fun for spectators.

Q. Going into a match like this, it seems like sometimes you're an underdog, which you weren't before. Do you think that has advantages and disadvantages? What are your thoughts on this that?
ANA IVANOVIC: It definitely does. If you're underdog it kind of takes some pressure off. Then again, I try to see myself as the same player as I was before. I have certain expectations of myself.
And, you know, when I feel good and I feel I've been playing really well, I kind of still put pressure on myself that I actually should win these matches. You just have to be actually sometimes realistic and know that sometimes you need more matches to gain confidence.
That's what I haven't had in a long time. So, yeah, just try to basically go back and try to work hard for each point then.


http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=65439

hawkeye08
Aug 10th, 2010, 05:02 PM
So is she not playing Montreal????

.....That's why I decided to play New Haven. So I'll be playing there. Next week I'll have off and then play New Haven.

gaviotabr
Aug 10th, 2010, 05:05 PM
So is she not playing Montreal????

.....That's why I decided to play New Haven. So I'll be playing there. Next week I'll have off and then play New Haven.

I was also reading that over and over.. please make it be true! Skip this Ana, get your wrist healed, your foot ok, and go into New Haven and the USO at 100%!

gaviotabr
Aug 10th, 2010, 05:08 PM
I also take from this that if she loses early in the USO, she will add Seoul. If she makes a deep run, she will take 2 weeks off before Tokyo.

Davodus
Aug 10th, 2010, 05:26 PM
I read that, takes next week off, and I was like :woohoo: ... don't mislead me Ana!

Marilyn Monheaux
Aug 10th, 2010, 05:54 PM
Q. You play Yaroslava Shvedova next round, another tough opponent. How did you keep this going into the next round and beyond?
ANA IVANOVIC: Really, I guess I just have to see. Like in Stanford, I had a great win against Alisa Kleybanova, and then I got too excited and set the bar too high for myself.
Shvedova, she's great opponent, so it's gonna be a tough match. I just have to try to have the same mindset like I did in this match and just do what I did in practice. I been practicing really well and trying to step in on a lot of shots, which is my game, and I didn't apply that much.
So just basically try to work on these things. You know, whatever happens, I just feel like I'm making a progress, which feels good.

I like this bit. It seems very honest and in touch with reality. :)

Also, I'd like to applaud the interviewers. Those were some good questions.:hatoff:


Ok, so no Montreal qualies?:lol: Don't know. I somehow wanted her to play there. Do it for herself and her game this year and then never come back again. But I guess she'll never go back to that event anyway.:lol:

jelenacg
Aug 10th, 2010, 06:14 PM
I realized tonight her forehand was a little bit weaker side

She only realized that last night :bigcry: Do some research before your match for God `s sakes :o

spiritedenergy
Aug 10th, 2010, 07:35 PM
I like the interview, much more honest and frank than the usual delusional stuff... keep it up Ana!:kiss:

Curtos07
Aug 10th, 2010, 07:39 PM
I really do hope she skips Montreal next week. After last night's amazing win, and possibly a couple more, she has some confidence to build on. If she lost in qualies, she would destroy all of it in a flash of the eye. Not worth the risk, imo.

JamieOwen3
Aug 10th, 2010, 10:25 PM
im honestly still in shock about montreal not giving her a damn wild card shame on them a$$holes

jelenacg
Aug 10th, 2010, 10:40 PM
im honestly still in shock about montreal not giving her a damn wild card shame on them a$$holes

I was finally starting to get over all that situation and then i read this
on twitter :rolleyes:

OpenCourt

Rogers Cup tourney director is Tweeting this: if Ivanovic continues to play well in Cincy, shud we give her a WC. What a button-pusher lol. about 1 hour ago via web

I mean wtf is wrong with him. :fiery: He has been using Ana`s name for days now.Why can`t he just fuck off already and give Ana a break :o She is not playing there ...

As C note said we should be ready for many `she is too cool to play qualies` stories :rolleyes:

gaviotabr
Aug 10th, 2010, 10:49 PM
I was finally starting to get over all that situation and then i read this
on twitter :rolleyes:


I mean wtf is wrong with him. :fiery: He has been using Ana`s name for days now.Why can`t he just fuck off already and give Ana a break :o She is not playing there ...

As C note said we should be ready for many `she is too cool to play qualies` stories :rolleyes:

See why I can't accept her playing there? What they are doing to her, and how they are using her has no name. Ridiculous.. she should never allow something like this to go unpunished.

And Ana really should fight her heart out to win the next couple of matches. By making the QFs she wouldn't be able to play qualies there anyway, so no "she is too cool to play qualies" stories.

JamieOwen3
Aug 10th, 2010, 10:51 PM
I was finally starting to get over all that situation and then i read this
on twitter :rolleyes:


I mean wtf is wrong with him. :fiery: He has been using Ana`s name for days now.Why can`t he just fuck off already and give Ana a break :o She is not playing there ...

As C note said we should be ready for many `she is too cool to play qualies` stories :rolleyes:

well that's nice using her name for fkn publicity,he should stick his WC where the sun don't shine and Ana should say See YA!!

jelenacg
Aug 10th, 2010, 11:21 PM
See why I can't accept her playing there? What they are doing to her, and how they are using her has no name. Ridiculous.. she should never allow something like this to go unpunished.

And Ana really should fight her heart out to win the next couple of matches. By making the QFs she wouldn't be able to play qualies there anyway, so no "she is too cool to play qualies" stories.

Yeah i see it .I`m just wondering wtf Ana did to him/them to act like that .:rolleyes:
well that's nice using her name for fkn publicity,he should stick his WC where the sun don't shine and Ana should say See YA!!

I agree :spit:

gaviotabr
Aug 11th, 2010, 02:41 AM
Ivanovic’s may give Montreal’s Rogers Cup a boost

Tom Tebbutt

Special to Globe and Mail Update Published on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010 8:04PM EDT Last updated on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010 8:06PM EDT

Ana Ivanovic’s participation in the Rogers Cup in Montreal next week is still very much in doubt.

The Serb, currently ranked No. 62, was well outside the entry cut-off and requested a wild card from tournament officials but was turned down last month.

Without having to say as much, she was offended that as the 2006 Rogers Cup champion in Montreal, and the top seed there in 2008, she didn’t merit a direct pass into the event.

Eugene Lapierre, the Montreal tournament director, was saving one of the three wild cards for top-ranked Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak, and was concerned that if he gave one to Ivanovic, there would only be one left. Then, if Stéphanie Dubois, from nearby Laval, Que., slipped out of her position as the next highest Canadian in line for a wild card, the tournament would lose her as a local drawing card on the first or second night of the event. Dubois’s position has not changed, but that is ancient history now.

It had been assumed the struggling Ivanovic would play the Rogers Cup qualifying, but her 2-6, 7-6(6), 6-2 upset (after trailing 2-4 in the second set) of world No. 12 Victoria Azarenka in Cincinnati on Monday has clouded the picture. If she wins her match on Wednesday in Cincinnati against Yaroslava Shvedova, that may make it impossible for her to get to Montreal in time for the qualifying, which begins Friday.

Further complicating matters, she has accepted a wild card into the New Haven event the week after Montreal, so she could decide to take a pass on Montreal as a tune-up for the U.S. Open.

“There’s still a chance,” Lapierre said on Tuesday about giving the glamorous Ivanovic a main-draw wild card. “Especially now that she’s showing us she still plays like a top-10. We’re looking at it and there should be developments soon.”

With Serena Williams and Justine Henin out indefinitely with injuries, world No. 5 Samantha Stosur also hurt and not playing, and Venus Williams in doubt after pulling out of Cincinnati this week, the Rogers Cup could certainly use a player with Ivanovic’s star power.


http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/more-sports/ivanovics-may-give-montreals-rogers-cup-a-boost/article1668682/

Marilyn Monheaux
Aug 11th, 2010, 02:45 AM
“There’s still a chance,” Lapierre said on Tuesday about giving the glamorous Ivanovic a main-draw wild card. “Especially now that she’s showing us she still plays like a top-10. We’re looking at it and there should be developments soon.”

This bitch (I know it's a guy) needs to fuck off.

gaviotabr
Aug 11th, 2010, 02:46 AM
This Lapierre guy is such a jerk. His gamble was clear.. he wanted to use her to boost qualies.. and then also have her in MD.. but when he saw she said she would take next week off, he backed off.. and is now trying to get her to play with a MD WC. Ana should give him a big sounding NO!

gaviotabr
Aug 11th, 2010, 02:47 AM
This bitch (I know it's a guy) needs to fuck off.

Yes.. like right now!

Ana has to leave him hanging..

Marilyn Monheaux
Aug 11th, 2010, 03:04 AM
What does he need Ana for anyway?

He's got WOZZZzzniacki, Azarenka and Radwanska on lock.:bowdown::bowdown:

Cp6uja
Aug 11th, 2010, 03:40 AM
Yeah i see it .I`m just wondering wtf Ana did to him/them to act like that .:rolleyes:Answer is probably more simple that it seems. Between 2005-2009 Ana Ivanovic is so nice, helpful, supportable...etc in promotional stuff of this event which she won in 2006 and where she reach careers two worst injuries with such bad influence on her career (with 2005 RC shoulder injury starts period of her stagnation till may of 2007, and with 2008 RC thumb injury her current epic slump) - that they obviously start to thinking that she is his or Rogers Cup "personal doll" and they is able to use her and her image for whatever they want and without any limits, regards and scruples. But also there is obviously something more "behind the scene" in this case which we still don't know, but knowing Ana:angel: and learning more and more about this Lapierre jerk, no doubt for me who is right side in this conflict.

This Lapierre guy is such a jerk. His gamble was clear.. he wanted to use her to boost qualies.. and then also have her in MD.. but when he saw she said she would take next week off, he backed off.. and is now trying to get her to play with a MD WC. Ana should give him a big sounding NO!Don't be so naive... there must be something much more deeper in ambition of some tournament director to try to humiliate or at least to make fool of former worlds #1 player and still A-Rate sports celebrity. He obviously trying to do something with this dirty campaign where Ana is used on such bad and classless way and I really hope that Ana management will force him to regret because this action. Ana:angel: is too nice person for any kind of effective "revenge" (re)action against anybody, so in this case all depending of her team decisions. They must protect theirs brand :shrug:

JamieOwen3
Aug 11th, 2010, 03:43 AM
he must have heard about how the crowd were with ana in her match against vika, so now he's thinking $$$$$$$$$$$$ Ana will bring in the crowd,well id say piss off to that!!

Curtos07
Aug 11th, 2010, 04:02 AM
Lapierre is a tool. I am in the group who says Ana should never play there again. I hope she indeed pulls a miracle, wins Cincinnati and in her post match press conference next to her trophy tell Lapierre how she really feels.

Davodus
Aug 11th, 2010, 04:08 AM
Lapierre :rolleyes:
http://www.gifsoup.com/imager.php?id=805470 (http://www.gifsoup.com/view/805470/tanisha.html)

Nothing else for me to say on that.

bruce goose
Aug 11th, 2010, 04:08 AM
Lapierre is a tool. I am in the group who says Ana should never play there again. I hope she indeed pulls a miracle, wins Cincinnati and in her post match press conference next to her trophy tell Lapierre how she really feels.:lol:No chance in hell on Ana pulling a Jim Mora,Curtis......But I agree with the rest;I'm a little concerned that Schiavone could do to Ana what MJMS did in Rome with a tricky style of play.Those kinds of losses are sometimes a lot more demoralizing than if you get overpowered by a fluky GOAT performance

Curtos07
Aug 11th, 2010, 04:15 AM
:lol:No chance in hell on Ana pulling a Jim Mora,Curtis......But I agree with the rest;I'm a little concerned that Schiavone could do to Ana what MJMS did in Rome with a tricky style of play.Those kinds of losses are sometimes a lot more demoralizing than if you get overpowered by a fluky GOAT performance

I think Ana should beat Schiavone on hardcourts though. Schiavone has been terrible since Roland Garros. She is 1-3, and that one win came in Instanbul. But lets not think too far ahead. Ana still has to beat Shvedova first and that is no sure win.

spiritedenergy
Aug 11th, 2010, 04:15 AM
this lapierre person:tape:he's craving for attention:help: but i think ana already made her decision to not play there... also i was wondering what will happen next year to it? Cincinnati will be more important, maybe they'll move some dates? Because i don't see many players going from Cincinnati to RC back to back...

gaviotabr
Aug 11th, 2010, 04:17 AM
Answer is probably more simple that it seems. Between 2005-2009 Ana Ivanovic is so nice, helpful, supportable...etc in promotional stuff of this event which she won in 2006 and where she reach careers two worst injuries with such bad influence on her career (with 2005 RC shoulder injury starts period of her stagnation till may of 2007, and with 2008 RC thumb injury her current epic slump) - that they obviously start to thinking that she is his or Rogers Cup "personal doll" and they is able to use her and her image for whatever they want and without any limits, regards and scruples. But also there is obviously something more "behind the scene" in this case which we still don't know, but knowing Ana:angel: and learning more and more about this Lapierre jerk, no doubt for me who is right side in this conflict.

Don't be so naive... there must be something much more deeper in ambition of some tournament director to try to humiliate or at least to make fool of former worlds #1 player and still A-Rate sports celebrity. He obviously trying to do something with this dirty campaign where Ana is used on such bad and classless way and I really hope that Ana management will force him to regret because this action. Ana:angel: is too nice person for any kind of effective "revenge" (re)action against anybody, so in this case all depending of her team decisions. They must protect theirs brand :shrug:

There might be more into it.. but he is sure using her. And Ana needs to take a stance and not play this tournament.. keep dignity and respect.

Cp6uja
Aug 11th, 2010, 04:18 AM
he must have heard about how the crowd were with ana in her match against vika, so now he's thinking $$$$$$$$$$$$ Ana will bring in the crowd,well id say piss off to that!!For yours information Ana Ivanovic is ultimate Crowd Favorite at Rogers Cup since 2005 (in Montreal and Toronto both) and that is main reason why she been "Cover Girl" of this event 5 years in the row. She not ask RC WC because she thinking that she is able to reach 2nd round in Cincinnati, but because everything which she do for RC event in past :mad:

BTW this guy (like many of us :rolleyes:) knows that Ivanovic will not play in Montreal already 3 weeks ago when he rejected her WC request on such terrible way. Even today they still not announce who will reach tournaments 3rd WC (with Wozniak and Dubios) but already in July they announce that former WTA#1 and Rogers champion Ivanovic is "not enough good" for this event comparing to any out of TOP150 local Canadian girls :confused: I'm pretty sure that he will "give" tomorrow WC to Ana (too late for sure, especially after her New Haven decision to play) just to spin whats really happen in this case and to hide his own responsibility and to present all just like one big misunderstanding and nothing else. Like I say - I really hope that Ana's management team will find way to punish him equally to his delict.

gaviotabr
Aug 11th, 2010, 04:18 AM
I think Ana should beat Schiavone on hardcourts though. Schiavone has been terrible since Roland Garros. She is 1-3, and that one win came in Instanbul. But lets not think too far ahead. Ana still has to beat Shvedova first and that is no sure win.

:lol:No chance in hell on Ana pulling a Jim Mora,Curtis......But I agree with the rest;I'm a little concerned that Schiavone could do to Ana what MJMS did in Rome with a tricky style of play.Those kinds of losses are sometimes a lot more demoralizing than if you get overpowered by a fluky GOAT performance

One match at a time.. Shvedova is a tough opponent.. Ana needs to beat her first.

gaviotabr
Aug 11th, 2010, 04:20 AM
Like I say - I really hope that Ana's management team will find way to punish him equally to his delict.

Me too.. they can't let this mess unpunished.. for her own good.

The 2nd Law
Aug 11th, 2010, 04:34 AM
I wonder if all the Ana haters in GM still think we were overreacting about the tournament director's treatment of Ana :lol: What a DICKHEAD!

bruce goose
Aug 11th, 2010, 04:35 AM
One match at a time.. Shvedova is a tough opponent.. Ana needs to beat her first.Yes,I'm aware of Yari's talent;perhaps it's just a subconscious 'guy thing'....She's so pleasant and lovely that it's hard to picture her as "the enemy":lol:....Seriously,having Yari and Ana on the court together should raise the 'No pacemaker' Rule for any older men in the audience....Vika is quite physically attractive,too,but she has such skanky qualities that diminish her overall appeal.....Ana and Yari are more like dreamy fairy-tale princesses:hearts::hearts:........Okayyyyyyyyy,bac k to tennis:p;I'll pull hard for Ana to beat Yari--which she certainly can--we'll just get drunk and envision Yari as JJ;)

Don't forget me,btw,microanalista encantador:)

DefyingGravity
Aug 11th, 2010, 05:24 AM
I don't think that Ana would even be focusing on Shvedova, Schiavone or anything else. She just needs to focus on HER side of the net, the only thing she has to control. Shvedova is tough tough tough...a better server than Vika, so there's going to be an issue. If she plays like that third set against Victoria, there's almost no saying that she can handle Shvedova. Beat her.....might be pushing it....but definitely handle.

Cp6uja
Aug 11th, 2010, 05:33 AM
Montreal Gazette Article (http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/Wozniak+Ivanovic+Rogers/3383128/story.html), first Canadian article where they not make circus about "former WTA#1 will play qualies", but prepare Rogers Cup crowd that this season they will not look one of WTA tour biggest superstars thanks to that (scandalous) WC-reject decision.

Wozniak in, Ivanovic out at Rogers Cup


MONTREAL — The big news would have been if top Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak had missed the Rogers Cup.

So an announcement Tuesday that the 22-year-old from Blainville, Que., would indeed participate, after missing her last two scheduled tournaments because of forearm tendinitis, wasn’t so much news as confirmation.

Wozniak returned to Montreal after withdrawing from events in San Diego and Cincinnati and began intensive treatment on her right forearm. A pain-free practice Tuesday was encouraging.

“I’m relieved, but mostly happy to be able to play the Rogers Cup. I’m ready and I can’t wait,” Wozniak said in a statement.

Meanwhile, while there has been no official confirmation either way, it appears 2006 champion and former No. 1-ranked player Ana Ivanovic has decided not to play the Rogers Cup qualifying after all. Ivanovic’s three-set upset win over ninth-ranked Victoria Azarenka Monday night in Cincinnati means she’s still in that tournament. And continued success could mean a scheduling conflict, as the qualifying in Montreal starts Friday.

The 22-year-old Serb, whose ranking is too low at the moment for direct entry into the singles main draw in Montreal, had her request for a singles wild card turned down. But her comments after the win Monday night indicate she’s going to take the week off.

Ivanovic was given a wild card into the smaller tournament in New Haven, Conn., which takes place the week after Montreal and before the U.S. Open.

“Next week I’ll have off and then play New Haven,” Ivanovic told the media in Cincinnati.

Montreal Gazette

gaviotabr
Aug 11th, 2010, 04:06 PM
High Strung

The inexplicable collapse of a tennis phenom
By Tom Perrotta

It’s the second round of the Australian Open, late in the first set, when the yips take hold. Ana Ivanovic, the graceful, powerful Serbian brunette once dubbed the future of tennis, can’t toss the ball. Her left arm jerks upward and the ball veers off to her right. Rather than swing, she extends her racket and catches the ball on the strings. Restart. Bounce it. Take a quick breath. Go.

This time, the ball flies forward and out of reach. She lets it drop, then gathers it up. She turns her back to her opponent, Gisela Dulko, a steady, fleet-footed pest of a player from Argentina. Ivanovic bounces in place, fiddles with her racket strings. She turns around and apologizes to Dulko with a quick wave. This time she swings, but the ball clips the net and lands out. Second serve. She swings again, but too slowly. Rather than spinning down into the court, the ball carries long. Double fault.

Over the past two years, Ivanovic, age 22, has slowly come undone on the tennis court. Her problems began after she won the 2008 French Open and became the world’s No. 1 female player. That summer, in Majorca, Spain, she injured her thumb while practicing with male players whose severe topspin strokes threw off her timing. She has since sustained several other minor injuries—but mostly she has lost her confidence. A professional tennis player might flub a toss once or twice a match. Against Dulko, Ivanovic flubbed at least 20 tosses. She hit 11 double faults and lost in three sets. (It was the fifth time she had committed nine or more double faults in a match since winning her French Open title.) Not long after, her ranking dipped to No. 58; this summer at Wimbledon, she was unseeded, and lost in the first round.

“It’s obviously a problem from tension, and it shows itself in the ball toss,” said Heinz Günthardt, Steffi Graf’s former coach, who began working with Ivanovic earlier this year. Her forehand, far and away her strongest shot, has also deteriorated—to the point that she no longer seems to take pleasure in hitting it. Günthardt described a downward spiral that began with doubt and proceeded to muscle tightness, then to compensation (swing harder, or in a different way), and finally to new, flawed habits. A stroke that used to begin with the fluid rotation of her upper body turned into a slap at the ball, without Ivanovic’s knowing she had changed anything at all.

I asked Sian Beilock, a psychologist at the University of Chicago and the author of the forthcoming book Choke, how world-class athletes like Ivanovic, who have spent thousands of hours perfecting a skill, could flail so helplessly. Her answer was deceptively simple: they’re thinking too much. To hit a 120-mph serve, a player must allow the body to do what it has been trained to do. Thinking mid-serve causes “paralysis by analysis,” an attack on performance by the prefrontal cortex, which, in an attempt to control closely synchronized neural activities and muscle twitches, instead sabotages them. “We all know how to shuffle down the stairs,” Beilock told me. “But if I ask you to think about how your knee is bending while you do it, there’s a good chance you’ll fall on your face.”
Click here to find out more!

The hard question—the one at the center of Beilock’s research—is how to quiet an overactive mind lit up by anxiety. In her lab, Beilock asks golfers to count backward by threes as they putt (her research shows that this works). Or sing a song. Or say, internally or aloud, simple words that describe the ideal swing, like smooth. She also advocates practicing under stress so that practice and competition become similar (if you’re a tennis player who crumbles when crowds make noise, hire hecklers).

“I’m not a mental coach,” Günthardt told me. But getting Ivanovic to relax, in practice and in play, is clearly a priority. In May, at a tournament at the Foro Italico in Rome, Günthardt took Ivanovic to the broadcast booth near the top of the stadium for the men’s final between Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer. Mentor and pupil watched how those two men ran, how freely they swung, how they relished the chance to hit their favored forehands. Günthardt said he preferred this to a lecture on footwork.

I asked Günthardt to compare Ivanovic to Graf, whom many consider the best player in the history of women’s tennis. He was reluctant at first, but then said Ivanovic had surprised him with her speed and, most of all, her talent for striking the ball cleanly, even from awkward positions. “I don’t know what Ana’s limits are,” Günthardt told me. “I have no idea if Ana knows them herself. But that’s why I took this job.” The talent is there, and so is the desire. Maybe soon her mind will be somewhere else.

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/09/high-strung/8175

Heinz admits he is not a mental coach.. Ana should have one.. look how the psycologists Perrotta interviews has tips and exercises to gain control over the mind.

gaviotabr
Aug 11th, 2010, 09:54 PM
From Ana's web:


Scheduling update: Montreal
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Ana has declined a wild card into the main draw of the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Montreal, which begins on Sunday. The 2006 champion had her initial request turned down several weeks ago, but tournament director Eugene Lapiere contacted Ana’s management company on Tuesday with the new invitation.

Explaining her decision, Ana said: “I would have loved to have played in Montreal, but I was quite hurt by the comments of Mr Lapiere that I was shown in The Montreal Gazette recently.

“I don’t think his comments were necessary, and they contradicted everything he had told my management previously: that I was not getting a wild card because I am not Canadian.

“The fact that my original request was turned down isn’t really an issue: I would have been happy to play qualifying, but I felt that they kind of stepped over the line with this interview, making public our correspondence and even misrepresenting it. Unfortunately I don’t feel welcome at this tournament.

“Anyway, I am playing New Haven in a week or so, and I am currently at my third straight event (Cincinnati). Even though I haven’t played many matches, the training and travel take their toll, and I think this is the right decision to make, for several reasons.

“I’m sorry to anyone who was hoping to see me play in Canada this year. I’d like to thank the fans in Montreal who supported me during the two times I played there. I really enjoyed it.”


:worship:

Curtos07
Aug 11th, 2010, 09:56 PM
I LOVEEEEE YOU ANA SO MUCH RIGHT NOW!!! :worship:

Marilyn Monheaux
Aug 11th, 2010, 09:57 PM
:yeah:

That's right! Put that LaScumbag on blast, BB!:drool:

azdaja
Aug 11th, 2010, 09:59 PM
great stuff :yeah:

doni1212
Aug 11th, 2010, 10:05 PM
Thanks so much Ana!! :worship:

AbyssII
Aug 11th, 2010, 10:06 PM
Amazing response. So proud of her. I love this Ana :hearts::hearts:

bruce goose
Aug 11th, 2010, 10:13 PM
It's almost hard to believe that this is Ana talking here;she expresses herself so candidly w/o pulling punches,yet she does it in a gracious way w/o sounding bitter.This practically PROVES that Ana dumped that swishy inbred aussie piece of shit....because she's demonstrating poise and self-respect,two things that were noticeably absent from Dec.2008 up until recently.

Honestly,I supported LaPierre's original decision...the Peter Bodo article showed all the valid reasons for denying Ana a WC.....except there was NO INTEGRITY involved in LaPierre's methodology.In the end,he revealed how selfish he was...and that Ana was only a pawn to him.In light of all the subsequent developments,I'd support Ana's boycotting that event unless she received an extra-humble,bootlicking apology....Even THEN,it's up to her

Mountain Ana
Aug 11th, 2010, 10:18 PM
Way to go Ana...
He seems so stupid now...
And, now she needs to make good results in Cincy and New Haven, just to make him even more stupid :lol:

doni1212
Aug 11th, 2010, 10:22 PM
It's almost hard to believe that this is Ana talking here;she expresses herself so candidly w/o pulling punches,yet she does it in a gracious way w/o sounding bitter.This practically PROVES that Ana dumped that swishy inbred aussie piece of shit....because she's demonstrating poise and self-respect,two things that were noticeably absent from Dec.2008 up until recently.

Honestly,I supported LaPierre's original decision...the Peter Bodo article showed all the valid reasons for denying Ana a WC.....except there was NO INTEGRITY involved in LaPierre's methodology.In the end,he revealed how selfish he was...and that Ana was only a pawn to him.In light of all the subsequent developments,I'd support Ana's boycotting that event unless she received an extra-humble,bootlicking apology....Even THEN,it's up to her

What do you mean by that statement?

jelenacg
Aug 11th, 2010, 10:51 PM
I didn`t want to write anything bc i was afraid of jinxing her today ...I`m so proud of you Ana :worship::worship:
I`m glad she wrote something about this situation ,that`s the way you do it :worship:

Lapiere http://img710.imageshack.us/img710/9319/pissed.gif (http://img710.imageshack.us/i/pissed.gif/)