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JamieOwen3
Aug 11th, 2010, 10:11 PM
aww i really am happy 4 ana! well done bb get it and you stick the finger to montreal,makes me proud to have started supporting you!!!!

bruce goose
Aug 11th, 2010, 10:31 PM
What do you mean by that statement?That's just my opinion,Doni...and even some other diehard Ana fans agree...just the way she carried herself,in many respects,since the 2008 off-season....She looked like a lost,aimless individual,and her desperate search for self-esteem and approval led her to follow after scummy lowlifes OFF court...and to listen to idiots---ex-fitness coach Damian---for her tennis approach............She seems MUCH more confident to me now,and genuinely happier with herSELF

doni1212
Aug 11th, 2010, 11:00 PM
That's just my opinion,Doni...and even some other diehard Ana fans agree...just the way she carried herself,in many respects,since the 2008 off-season....She looked like a lost,aimless individual,and her desperate search for self-esteem and approval led her to follow after scummy lowlifes OFF court...and to listen to idiots---ex-fitness coach Damian---for her tennis approach............She seems MUCH more confident to me now,and genuinely happier with herSELF

Yeah, but it's all a process of growing up. I'm 20 (turning 21 at the end of the year) and my self-esteem isn't completely there either but I still have self-respect. I think that's the only thing I would disagree with. I think she still had self-respect.

The 2nd Law
Aug 11th, 2010, 11:01 PM
GOAT article that :cheer:

MY HERO :hearts:

Marilyn Monheaux
Aug 11th, 2010, 11:15 PM
Yeah, but it's all a process of growing up. I'm 20 (turning 21 at the end of the year) and my self-esteem isn't completely there either but I still have self-respect. I think that's the only thing I would disagree with. I think she still had self-respect.

I always thought you were older :rolls:

bruce goose
Aug 11th, 2010, 11:30 PM
Yeah, but it's all a process of growing up. I'm 20 (turning 21 at the end of the year) and my self-esteem isn't completely there either but I still have self-respect. I think that's the only thing I would disagree with. I think she still had self-respect.Well,maybe I'm splitting hairs to an extent---as you make a good point about Ana's age...though I still say that her parents did a horses--t job of preparing her for adulthood.Ana never did anything deeply disgraceful,but it's usually true that,when you hang around with people who don't respect you,it's also true that you lack sufficient respect for yourSELF as well.

Again,you make a decent comment in re Ana's age...and that's part of what I was clinging to during the worst of times...the hope that she'd outgrow some of the nonsense as she learned some hard lessons....As with Maja,I also specualated that you were slightly older;you're pretty well-grounded for a 20-year-old:).......not including your taste in football teams,of course;)

doni1212
Aug 12th, 2010, 12:46 AM
I always thought you were older :rolls:

How much older? :lol:

Well,maybe I'm splitting hairs to an extent---as you make a good point about Ana's age...though I still say that her parents did a horses--t job of preparing her for adulthood.Ana never did anything deeply disgraceful,but it's usually true that,when you hang around with people who don't respect you,it's also true that you lack sufficient respect for yourSELF as well.

Again,you make a decent comment in re Ana's age...and that's part of what I was clinging to during the worst of times...the hope that she'd outgrow some of the nonsense as she learned some hard lessons....As with Maja,I also specualated that you were slightly older;you're pretty well-grounded for a 20-year-old:).......not including your taste in football teams,of course;)

Ok, I get what you're saying.

Haha, you just can't let it go huh? We'll have a lot to talk about in this upcoming football season. Our 1st game is Saturday!!

Marilyn Monheaux
Aug 12th, 2010, 12:51 AM
How much older? :lol:


Mid to late twenties. :unsure::rolls: :p

Cp6uja
Aug 12th, 2010, 10:58 AM
Even Montreal Gazette (http://www.montrealgazette.com/Hurt+feelings+keeping+Ivanovic+away/3388533/story.html#ixzz0wO6GQE00) which Rogers Cup director use so often for his :weirdo: statements about Ana in near past regret some of theirs positions:

Hurt feelings keeping Ivanovic away

Tournament directorLapierre backtracks on comments, but Serbian sticks to guns

By STEPHANIE MYLES, The Gazette August 12, 2010 3:04 AM

The Business Of Tennis: Hopefully, sensitive Ana Ivanovic has learned a lesson, and this will toughen her up a little.

The Business Of Tennis: Hopefully, sensitive Ana Ivanovic has learned a lesson, and this will toughen her up a little.
Photograph by: JOHN SOMMERS II REUTERS, The Gazette

Ana Ivanovic will not be in Montreal next week.

Ana Ivanovic may never charm the Canadian customs officers at Pierre Elliott Trudeau airport again.

The 22-year-old Serb is mad -not at the city or its fans, but at the Rogers Cup and more specifically tournament director Eugene Lapierre.

The first salvo was fired on Ivanovic's website yesterday afternoon, with a statement that said, in part: "I was quite hurt by the commentsof Mr. Lapierre 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."

Lapierre's name even was misspelled, although that was later corrected.

Ivanovic said she felt "they kind of stepped over the line with this interview," and "misrepresented" the correspondence between the two parties.

Her feelings were hurt. She doesn't feel welcome. She's not coming.

Ironically, after all the brouhaha over the initial wildcard denial (Ivanovic's legion fans stuffed my message box with so much vitriol, it's still smoking), Lapierre contacted Ivanovic's people Tuesday to offer a free pass after all.

Circumstances had changed. With Laval's Stephanie Dubois secure as the No. 2-ranked player in Canada after Aleksandra Wozniak, there was no concern that, in giving one of the three wild cards to Ivanovic, Dubois would be left out.

But if Lapierre expected Ivanovic to accept it, he was wrong.

"It's very tough, you know. When you're not playing well and when you're low, you need friends who can help you, you know, not remind you of your poor form in the press as well," Ivanovic told reporters in Cincinnati last night, after reaching the third round with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan.

Ivanovic pointed out that in 2008, when she said the Rogers Cup was having trouble getting the top players to play because of the Olympics, she agreed to play because, as the Montreal "defending champion" (she won in 2006), she felt an obligation.

Ivanovic flew in from Europe even though she was "a little bit injured." The thumb injury got worse here, she lost to Tamira Paszek of Australia, and it cost her the Beijing Olympics.

While we fully understand the reasons this couldn't be a factor in Lapierre's wild-card call, you can understand how the sensitive Ivanovic would be upset.

As it turns out, she probably never really planned to play the qualifying, even though she says in her website statement that she would have been "happy to play it."

We don't really buy it; Ivanovic has been getting by on wild cards from tournament organizers all summer. The last time she played qualifying -anywhere -was in Dubai in Feb. 2005, when she was ranked No. 58 -higher than she is this week.

It would have been a major step down, a huge public admission that she's more than a couple of wins away from her old No. 1 form.

After she was turned down, Ivanovic then accepted another free pass from the tourney in New Haven, a small event that takes place the week after Montreal, the week before the U.S. Open. By accepting that invitation, playing Montreal would have meant five straight events before the U.S. Open.

So the logistics didn't work. That might be the biggest reason of all.

It's all a moot point, anyway. Still alive in Cincy, Ivanovic probably wouldn't have been able to get to Montreal in time for the qualifying, which starts tomorrow. No doubt both sides wish they had handled it differently.

Lapierre (who did not respond to a request for comment last night) probably wishes he had tempered his words a little. They were brutally frank, and he wasn't wrong. But he might have momentarily forgotten whom he was dealing with.

Hopefully Ivanovic has learned a lesson, and this will toughen her up a little.

Tennis is a business. She's a professional who's in the business of tennis. Ultimately, she's a commodity who is only as valuable as her current results. It wasn't really personal, even if the delivery needed a little work.

Ivanovic did have some nice words for the Montreal fans last night.

"I just want to thank them from their support, because I always felt from their side very welcome. ... I remember the first year I won there (in 2006). We played on Monday and they all came out on Monday to watch us play. It was really thrilling moments for me, so I'm gonna miss them a lot," she said.

She wouldn't say with any certainty she'd ever darken our doors again.

But you hope she will. And you know the fans and

the tournament will welcome her back with open arms - especially if she starts winning again.


I can't resist to red-bold that Ana statement :devil: (which some of her fans should to take more seriously).

Marilyn Monheaux
Aug 12th, 2010, 11:28 AM
While we fully understand the reasons this couldn't be a factor in Lapierre's wild-card call, you can understand how the sensitive Ivanovic would be upset.

As it turns out, she probably never really planned to play the qualifying, even though she says in her website statement that she would have been "happy to play it."

We don't really buy it; Ivanovic has been getting by on wild cards from tournament organizers all summer. The last time she played qualifying -anywhere -was in Dubai in Feb. 2005, when she was ranked No. 58 -higher than she is this week.

It would have been a major step down, a huge public admission that she's more than a couple of wins away from her old No. 1 form.

Please.:rolleyes:
If Ana says she would have played, she would have played.:rolleyes:
Maybe her coach would have "force[d] her to play qualies"...:rolleyes:

I can't stand that Stephanie Myles person and the title makes it seem like Ana's some whiney girl. It's not the case. Ana's got valid arguments and the d*ckhead LaScumbag crossed the line with his comments. Of course a Montreal newspaper would fail to be neutral in this situation.

Davodus
Aug 12th, 2010, 11:37 AM
Please.:rolleyes:
If Ana says she would have played, she would have played.:rolleyes:
Maybe her coach would have "force[d] her to play qualies"...:rolleyes:

I can't stand that Stephanie Myles person and the title makes it seem like Ana's some whiney girl. It's not the case. Ana's got valid arguments and the d*ckhead LaScumbag crossed the line with his comments. Of course a Montreal newspaper would fail to be neutral in this situation.

What a stupid bint she is :o It is so obvious that a tournament director doesn't come out and disrespect a player, no matter WHICH player it is. He did something extremely stupid by saying 1 thing to her, 1 thing to the media, backtracking when he thought she was good enough again. He used her, he was unprofessional and he, to me anyway, looks like a damn fool now.

This idiot Stephanie Myles is just a hater, and she doesn't even properly present the facts :rolleyes:

jelenacg
Aug 12th, 2010, 11:40 AM
Who cares what they say or write :rolleyes: It`s pretty obvious Ana won this battle :worship:

I just hope they stop writing/saying anything involving Ana and that tournament.Ana needs to focus on more important things

gaviotabr
Aug 12th, 2010, 11:43 AM
Please.:rolleyes:
If Ana says she would have played, she would have played.:rolleyes:
Maybe her coach would have "force[d] her to play qualies"...:rolleyes:

I can't stand that Stephanie Myles person and the title makes it seem like Ana's some whiney girl. It's not the case. Ana's got valid arguments and the d*ckhead LaScumbag crossed the line with his comments. Of course a Montreal newspaper would fail to be neutral in this situation.

Agreed. The article is trying to picture Ana as some oversensitive girl who shouldn't havetaken things so personally, who is wrong. No, she is not wrong.. and as the author said herself, it's business, and Ana is sending the message out there that she won't tolerate being used. She is making herself respected. I'm sure nobody will ever try to pull something like this with Ana ever again.

Myles says Lapierre forgot with whom he was dealing. No.. I would say he forgot who he is. He is a tournament director and as such has the obligation of making players feel comfortable and welcome in his tournament. All he did to Ana was the opposite, was being judgemental and critic. A tournament director should never expose a player like this. Never. He crossed the line by miles.

But the article comes as no surprise.. the newspaper has direct relations to the tournament, and Myles herself is a big insider into Rogers Cup Montreal. It was also her article that Ana referenced as what got her hurt. So she was obviouslt going to try to defend, not only her own article, but also the tournament she is so conected to. There is no neutrality here.

Good thing is that the bottom line is almost all press is on Ana's side in this. As Tennis Channel's James LaRosa wrote, Ana defeat Montreal 6-0 6-0.

Davodus
Aug 12th, 2010, 11:46 AM
Myles says Lapierre forgot with whom he was dealing. No.. I would say he forgot who he is. He is a tournament director and as such has the obligation of making players feel comfortable and welcome in his tournament. All he did to Ana was the opposite, was being judgemental and critic. A tournament director should never expose a player like this. Never. He crossed the line by miles.



Exactly. He thought he was way more important than he is, it is never his place to say what he said. That is way overstepping the boundaries of tournament director.

gaviotabr
Aug 12th, 2010, 11:46 AM
C-Note over Forty Deuce has a great post on all this.

http://cowbell.typepad.com/forty_deuce/2010/08/nobody-puts-baby-e-in-a-corner.html

gaviotabr
Aug 12th, 2010, 11:49 AM
Who cares what they say or write :rolleyes: It`s pretty obvious Ana won this battle :worship:

I just hope they stop writing/saying anything involving Ana and that tournament.Ana needs to focus on more important things

Yes.. I hope she is very much focused in today's match. Ana needs to take these chances.

Marilyn Monheaux
Aug 12th, 2010, 12:00 PM
C-Note over Forty Deuce has a great post on all this.

http://cowbell.typepad.com/forty_deuce/2010/08/nobody-puts-baby-e-in-a-corner.html

I was just about to post this. :lol:

Off topic: I know you're on twitter and @cincytennis even replied to you, so could you please ask them why they won't upload any of Ana's press conferences.:confused: I'd really like to see them over someone like McHale. :lol:

:)

gaviotabr
Aug 12th, 2010, 12:05 PM
I was just about to post this. :lol:

Off topic: I know you're on twitter and @cincytennis even replied to you, so could you please ask them why they won't upload any of Ana's press conferences.:confused: I'd really like to see them over someone like McHale. :lol:

:)

I'll try.. it was the only presser they didn't upload.. go figure. Some people did ask them about it, but they didn't reply.

Marilyn Monheaux
Aug 12th, 2010, 12:13 PM
First Montreal, now Cincy? WTF is going on?:lol: I mean, they know that Ana is a crowd favourite there.:confused:

gaviotabr
Aug 12th, 2010, 12:15 PM
First Montreal, now Cincy? WTF is going on?:lol: I mean, they know that Ana is a crowd favourite there.:confused:

:lol:

No, Cincy has been great. Maybe they just couldn't get nice footage.

Marilyn Monheaux
Aug 12th, 2010, 12:23 PM
^^How can you not get nice footage when it's of Ana.:confused::rolls:

Cp6uja
Aug 12th, 2010, 12:59 PM
C-Note over Forty Deuce has a great post on all this.

http://cowbell.typepad.com/forty_deuce/2010/08/nobody-puts-baby-e-in-a-corner.html

This is simple too good to be presented just with link here, and deserve full quote:


Nobody Puts Baby (E) In a Corner.
Tweet1

That's what I tweeted on Tuesday, after rumors hit the internetz that Montreal might be reconsidering their decision to deny Ana a wildcard into the main draw. I think I've been pretty clear as to my take on the subject, but just to get everyone up to speed: no one is entitled to a wild card into a tournament. That much I think we all agree. But I couldn't help but question the decision from the tournament to deny a Grand Slam champ, former Rogers Cup champion, and fan-favorite player a wildcard from a public and player relations standpoint. That's a bridge you are burning with her and her fans. Sure, you might now need her this year, but what happens down the road?

When she was asked about it at Stanford, Ana admitted she was "hurt" by the decision, but understood that she had to go out there and prove herself and play well in the upcoming tournaments leading up to Montreal.

Anacincy2
Well, shit, she did just that. After losing a tough match against Shahar last week in San Diego (getting broken just once but squandering a 3-0 lead in the first set TB) she came to Cincy and battled back from a set and 3-5 down to oust Stanford champ, Vika. Then she goes out today and survives not only herself but numerous rain delays, to bounce the always tough Shvedova in straight sets. Not only is she winning but as the journos and bloggers at Stanford, SD, and Cincy have remarked, she's playing pretty damn well and could easily find herself in the quarterfinals here.

But as she was finding success in Cincy, questions about her participation in Montreal popped up. First, she accepted a wildcard into New Haven. Not a totally odd decision other than the fact that she would be playing five straight weeks going into a Slam, which she had never done before. I definitely raised an eyebrow. Then there were her comments after her win over Vika, where she slipped this in at the end of an answer: "Next week I'll have off and then play New Haven."

That's when the alarm started raging in my head. It made sense to skip Montreal, really. If she lost her second rounder today, she'd have to bust her ass to the airport to get to Montreal for qualies, which start Friday. I had a long debate about it with Victoria and we agreed that she should skip it. She's already built some momentum beating Vika. Why go play qualies? There's nothing to gain. Play three back to back matches just for a spot into the main draw? At best, she's into the main draw, exhausted from the emotional and physical drain of qualifying. At worst, she loses in qualifying and her confidence takes another huge hit. Take the week off, go to New Haven, go drink coffee and walk around the Yale library. It'll be better.

So when news came that Montreal tournament director Eugene Lapierre was reconsidering giving Ana a wildcard and asking people (via Twitter, apparently) whether he should give her a wildcard into the main draw, I had enough. If you don't need her, you don't need her. What the fuck do you care? Go and give your fucking wildcard to some 14 year old Canadian tennis prodigy (to the extent you have one, which I'm guessing you don't.) Treat the situation with respect, for the good of the tournament, for her fans, and yes, for a former champion of your own goddamned tournament.

Thankfully, I wasn't the only one who had had enough. Ana released a pretty scathing statement on her site today, acknowledging that Montreal had offered her a wildcard, stating that she declined it, and offering a pretty damn thorough explanation as to why:

“I would have loved to have played in Montreal, but I was quite hurt by the comments of Mr Lapierre 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.

A pretty shocking statement considering how diplomatic Ana has always been. She's the nice girl. Everyone knows that. Hell, she's been accused of being too nice. She takes a hit from journos, from players (*cough*JJ*cough) and she turns the other cheek and tries to take the high road. So what the hell happened with Lapierre that could peev her so? Clearly she felt like she and her team had been jerked around behind the scenes. And oh, I don't know, maybe the unsolicited advice she was getting from a tournament director who suddenly felt the need to step into the role as coach and advisor:

"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."

"If I were her coach, I'd force her to play qualies,"

Oh really? Thanks for the thoughts. So you say that you don't need her from a marketing standpoint. Ok. And you would prefer to give the wildcard to Stephanie Dubois, a Canadian. Ok. And you wanted to "tough love" her and force her to play qualies for her own good. Ok. But then you offered her a wildcard. Which would mean she wouldn't play qualies, so no tough love. As far as I know, she still isn't Canadian. And last time I checked, you were still sticking with your "we don't need her to sell tickets" thing because our event is so fucking over the top successful. So...my head hurts. I'm just not bright enough to understand your Canadian logic. Stupid American, I know.

From what I can tell, tennis fans seem to be pretty firmly behind Ana's decision and the only snipes that are being made at her are of the "ooooooh, look at little sensitive Ana getting her poor little feelings hurt" variety. Even Douche Nugget Pierre's apology was of the "I'm sorry your feelings were hurt" vein, which, if you've ever been a relationship, is pretty much the most condescending apology you could issue, and if you were dating me it would guarantee you a frying pan to the ear.

The kid is a Grand Slam champ, former #1, former champion of your tournament, who you fully admit, helped save it one year. In 2008, Montreal had problems fielding a marketable squad because the Olympics were looming around the corner. They begged Ana to come play. She flew from Europe to Montreal to play despite carrying a thumb injury that would eventually take her out of the Olympics and set off a chain of events (JULIE FUCKING COIN) that I don't even like thinking about. She did that. Because she's nice and she felt a responsibility as defending champion.

And this is how you repay her. By handling the situation with less class than a Jersey Shore/Speidi dating game hosted by Perez Hilton.

You'll have to pardon her if she says enough is enough, stands up for herself, and says "No, I'm better than this and I deserve to be treated better than this." If Maria Sharapova did this no one would bat an eye. If Serena did it, we'd all just roll our eyes and go back to watching HSN. But because it's "nice girl" Ana, everyone thinks this is about the little sensitivo crying into her Strawberry Quik. Please.

Yes, tennis is a business. And in business, every decision has consequences. Lapierre's decision to speak publicly about the crazy inner workings of his mind had consequences. Don't go pointing your finger at Ana. This is a completely rational response, and beyond that, a smart business move on her part. You treated her like shit. She's letting the market know that it won't be tolerated. And you're telling me that *she's* the idiot here?

You said you didn't need her in Montreal (despite the fact that you don't have Serena, Sam, and Justine, and likely, Venus). Turns out, she doesn't need you either. Leverage is a funny thing when it bites you in the ass, huh?

Two snaps and around the world, Ana. Hell, let's throw in a slow clap chaser. You gained a lot of respect today.


:yeah:x100

The 2nd Law
Aug 12th, 2010, 01:11 PM
It was a fantastic read ^

Davodus
Aug 12th, 2010, 01:13 PM
C-Note smashed it up so good. Perfect.

Tennis90
Aug 12th, 2010, 02:11 PM
Great,great article. :) Well done C-Note!
I just hope Ana can continue like this.Ajde,can`t wait!

gaviotabr
Aug 12th, 2010, 02:45 PM
Ana's presser after yesterday's match:

August 11, 2010

Ana Ivanovic

CINCINNATI, OHIO

A. IVANOVIC/Y. Shvedova
6-1, 7-5

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Congratulations on your second win in a row. How are you feeling with your game right now? You must be feeling pretty good.
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I'm really happy. A little bit tired from all the stop and goes, but it's been a good match today, especially in the first set. I was playing really well, so I was very pleased with that.
She's tough opponent, and I expected a tough match. She did come back strong in the second.

Q. Do you think the weather really impacted the match, where the first set was really easy for you and the second set was a lot closer?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, and I think this was a match probably with three matches in it. But with every delay, with every new start, it was different conditions. First it was really hot; second time around it was really gusty; third time around it cooled off and the balls were not flying as much. It was a whole different aspect of the game.
You have to try and work your way around it. At the end of the day, it's the same for both of us.

Q. Seems like you included the variety you were practicing, even towards the end of the match when players can perhaps get a little tight.
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I just tried to think -- you know, whatever the score is, I just try to think of doing exactly the same as I do it in practice, and do it over and over again until it becomes automatic, and I can do it no matter on the score.
But, still, I think it's important to be aggressive as well in these moments. Yet there is a fine line between being aggressive and rushing. So I really found that balance today, and really happy I could turn around the second set a little bit.

Q. You have a new coach that's been with you, a woman, Serbian. Can tell us about her, what her name is and what you two have been doing together?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, Marija Lojanica, and I know her sense I was 13. She's been our on Fed Cup team as well. We started about month ago. It's great. I mean, you can see a huge progress in my fitness. At least I can feel it.
It's been also a lot fun working out with a girl and just having fun and throwing in a dance or whatever. You know, just actually enjoying it.

Q. From a technical standpoint, what did you do differently in this match? You only played her once before and you lost to her.
ANA IVANOVIC: Did I.

Q. I was wondering what you did differently.
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, actually, I don't -- yeah, I mean, I tried to play my game today. I took a lot of confidence from that first match. Because in that first match, I didn't start as well, but then I finished the match on really strong note. So I tried to take that and continue like that today.
And especially yesterday I had awesome practice, so just tried to keep that in mind, that good practice, and try to swing through the ball and not push and try to make it.

Q. It seems like your pace of has quickened. Do you think so? Is that something you've done consciously?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, that's definitely something I've been working on. But I think it has a lot to do with the footwork because I'm in a better position to strike the ball, and that's what helps me to get earlier in a position to hit the ball. I can put more pace on it because I'm actually behind the ball and I can do a proper strokes , so that's been a big part of my game.
Once that gets better, I think that it's gonna impact my game even more in a positive away.

Q. You made some news by declining a wildcard you were given to Montreal. Can you talk about the whole process, what's going on with that tournament, and how everything worked out? Because I know initially you weren't and then you were.
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, it's very tough, you know. When you're not playing well and when you're low, you need friends who can help you, you know, not remind you of your poor form in the press as well. It's been a little bit disappointing the way it's been. You know, I understand they declined it at first, and I made a different schedule and I entered New Haven. They were really kind to give me wildcard there, so obviously my schedule has changed a little bit.
But it is a little bit disappointing. You know, it's pity, because it was my first big win and I love and fans are great there. I'm gonna miss them this year. You know, some people made me feel a little bit unwelcomed, you know.
And especially with what happened in 2008, you know, because it was year of Olympics. Tournament director approached me and asked me if I could, you know, come and play because they are struggling to get players.
I was little bit injured, and I flew from Europe to play the event, because I felt as defending champion, you know, in Montreal. I flew back to Europe and then flew to China. And, you know, after all that and winning there it's been a little bit hurtful.
But then again, it's a decision, and I have to take it. Like I said, you know, I just made a different plan and worked around it and it worked well.

Q. Will you ever play Montreal again? Do you think you're gonna stop playing there?
ANA IVANOVIC: I mean, it's very hard to say now definite. But, you know, I really love the fans there, and I love to play in Montreal. It's been, you know, great weeks I had there. But I do feel little bit unwelcome.

Q. That's what I wanted to ask you. You received a lot of the support actually from your fans for taking a stand. But for the fans that were in Montreal and were looking forward to seeing you, what would you say to them?
ANA IVANOVIC: I just want to thank them from their support, because I always felt from their side very welcome. It was always very warm feeling to come back there. I remember the first year I won there. We played on Monday and they all came out on Monday to watch us play. It was really thrilling moments for me, so I'm gonna miss them a lot.
Actually last time I was there in 2008 a fan gave me a shirt like, I love Montreal, with adidas in it. So I have good memories from it. But, you know, it's gonna be unfortunate that this year I won't be there.

Q. I think in Stanford you were thinking of going, and then now you're not. So what changed? Was it the tournament director's comments perhaps?
ANA IVANOVIC: No, not so much that. I mean, everyone is titled entitled talking, but it was that I really felt like I been -- even though I didn't play as many matches I been working really hard.
So for me, it was either to push through and play Montreal, so it would be like four tournaments in a row that I never really done in the past, or just take a week off and cool off and then go play New Haven and US Open.
They were kind to give me a wildcard in New Haven, because I was not entered. So, yeah, that basically changed my mind. Definitely too much to play five tournaments in a row and then the US Open straight after.

Q. Do you feel pretty welcome here? This is your second appearance here.
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely. Today was a little bit tough with the rain delay. But still, it was a lot people out there. In first match I felt so welcome, and actually crowd helped me so much to get through that match.
Today also, you know, walking around, there is a lot young kids, and that's great to see I think. It's really inspiring actually.

Q. You've been recently talking to Dinara Safina, I saw, at the San Diego players' party or something. You've had sort of similar struggles lately. Can you talk about sort of your relationship with her?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, actually, first time we practice together was in in Wimbledon. After that, we practice couple times I think in San Diego and then Stanford as well and here. She's really nice girl. We sort of hung out a little more and talk a little about just stuff in general. We're like, Ah, come on, let's play final again. (Laughing.) So it's good to inspire each other.

Q. So you talk about nontennis stuff?
ANA IVANOVIC: Mostly about nontennis. We did mention it would be nice to play final again.

Q. What did you think about during today's delay, and was it beneficial?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, depends which one. The first one I was really kind of confident because I was playing well and so on. Kind of conditions were a lot different when I started so it took some adjusting actually, and I didn't start at well as I hoped for.
But then after second delay on 4-All, I was actually a little bit kind of angry with myself. I tried to calm down a little bit and take some time, because I felt like I had chances which I didn't use. So that one's been a little bit hard one.
But then once I walked on the court the third time, even though it was the warmup I really felt kind of confident and positive towards the match.

Q. Will you still play doubles Andrea Petkovic, who, like you, has her fans, too, if not in Montreal, somewhere else?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, we have a lot of fun together. We only played once actually in Stuttgart, and it's been fun. We don't play doubles as much. She's such a nice girl. I think that's what doubles should be about: just enjoying and trying to win still, but having fun and working on volleys and serve and serve and volley.
Yeah, I really hope we get chance to play more in future.

Q. With such a long delay, two delays, did you get something to eat in the interim? How did you go about that process of deciding should you eat, should you not eat?
ANA IVANOVIC: Actually, this one's been a little bit tough because it hasn't been raining that hard, so we never know exactly when we gonna start again. So I was hanging around gym actually all day.
Yeah, my coaches were bringing me some food and a little bit sandwich and some snacks and bananas. So been nibbling all day.

Q. I'll just go back to Montreal one more time. Was it an emotional decision for you?
ANA IVANOVIC: I kind of got over it a little while back. It was hard, but, you know, this time I really felt so welcome here, and also the tournament director in New Haven made such nice comments. I really felt like this was the right decision for me.

Q. During the delay, did you reflect on your game?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I definitely talked to my coach. It's of a good chance also to speak a little bit. It's tough, you know, because I was playing so well and I had my momentum going, it was a little bit hard to stop and cool off and so on.
But, you know, I tried to speak to my coach and still tried to analyze the game like we do after match.


http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=65473

Marilyn Monheaux
Aug 12th, 2010, 02:50 PM
Love her honestly. She's not giving any sugar coated standard answers, but exactly what's going on in her mind.:yeah:

Thank you for posting this!:)

SOA_MC
Aug 12th, 2010, 04:31 PM
Serbian Ivanovic turns down Rogers Cup offer

Miffed former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic has declined an offer of a wild card entry into the main draw of next week's women's Rogers Cup.

In a posting on her website this week, Ivanovic said her request for a wild card was turned down months ago. When tournament director Eugene Lapierre decided to offer her direct entry into the Montreal tournament on Tuesday, she turned it down.

Ivanovic, who won the Rogers Cup in Montreal in 2006, said her refusal was due to comments made about her by Lapierre to a Montreal newspaper.

Lapierre had said the 22-year-old Serb didn't deserve a wild card because she wasn't playing well. He was also hoping to leave a spot open for local player Stephanie Dubois.

"I would have loved to play Montreal but I was quite hurt by the comments of Mr. Lapierre," Ivanovic said.

She added that even without a wild card, she would have been happy to play in the qualifying tournament "but I felt he stepped over the line with this interview, making public our correspondence and even misrepresenting it. Unfortunately, I don't feel welcome at the tournament."

Lapierre issued a statement saying Ivanovic was always welcome at the Rogers Cup.

"I repeat that I adore Ana Ivanovic," he said. "Women's tennis needs her to get back to top form.

"I'm sorry if she feels she has been wronged that we chose to give the wild cards to women from Quebec. Montrealers love Ana and we will always be happy to have her back."

Since winning the French Open and taking over the world No. 1 ranking in 2008, injuries and spotty play have seen her drop to 62nd in the world. However, she has reached the quarter-finals of a tournament in Cincinnati this week.

On Wednesday, Lapierre announced that Dubois, Aleksandra Wozniak and Valerie Tetreault were given wild cards for the tournament, which starts Monday at Uniprix Stadium.

Finally a apology of sorts :o

Jang87
Aug 12th, 2010, 04:37 PM
"I'm sorry if she feels she has been wronged that we chose to give the wild cards to women from Quebec". Did he read her statement? That's not why she is mad!

gaviotabr
Aug 12th, 2010, 04:38 PM
This guy is SUCH an idiot. He keeps on going..

Nena_xxx
Aug 12th, 2010, 04:40 PM
So, will she play Montreal or not?

Marilyn Monheaux
Aug 12th, 2010, 04:41 PM
^^ No. :D

spiritedenergy
Aug 12th, 2010, 04:44 PM
"I'm sorry if she feels she has been wronged that we chose to give the wild cards to women from Quebec". Did he read her statement? That's not why she is mad!

such an idiot:o Even in this supposed apology he's spreading lies and making her look bad. Now I think Ana should not go again to any tournament where he is the director...

spiritedenergy
Aug 12th, 2010, 04:54 PM
We're like, Ah, come on, let's play final again. (Laughing.) So it's good to inspire each other.
:lol::awww:

i feel like Ana might be reading this forum, or maybe someone from her team... she says things we've been saying, like hitting behind the ball, how nice the New Heaven tournament director have been...:eek:

jelenacg
Aug 12th, 2010, 04:57 PM
I want to smack him in that stupid face :o
Now he wants to make this Ana vs Quebec girls :spit: It`s not them ,it`s you,you stupid moron :rolleyes:

Marilyn Monheaux
Aug 12th, 2010, 04:59 PM
The good thing: 2012 is an Olympic year again. Wonder who he'll try to get when all the top players chose to focus on London. :cool:

Davodus
Aug 12th, 2010, 05:01 PM
Once again this stupid idiot misrepresents what Ana said. He needs to learn his place and shut his dumb mouth.

Curtos07
Aug 12th, 2010, 05:06 PM
This guy is an idiot. :rolleyes: He has embarrassed himself and his ridiculous tournament. I wouldn't watch a second of it and hope Ana never plays there again.

JamieOwen3
Aug 12th, 2010, 10:01 PM
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.


whoooa where did this come from? i know Ana has been a crowd favourite she is wherever she goes all i was saying is the crowds were full for her in cincinatti and were all cheering for her to win against a "top" player like vika.Im happy Ana has rejected the WC because the way they treated her is disgusting! especially being former champion.

gaviotabr
Aug 13th, 2010, 08:51 PM
Ana's presser yesterday, after the match against Vesnina.

August 12, 2010

Ana Ivanovic

CINCINNATI, OHIO

A. IVANOVIC/E. Vesnina
6-0, 6-3

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Congratulations on your win today. Must feel good winning three matches in a row at a big tournament like this.
ANA IVANOVIC: It definitely does. Like I said, in the first match I felt like the momentum sort of changed, and been playing really good since.
Yeah, today was another good match. She's tough opponent, but I really tried to stay focuses and tried not think of result, and played a really good match, which I'm really pleased.
At the end of the day, I'm happy I played first on, because yesterday was very long day.

Q. The scoreline is like one of the scorelines you had when you were rising to No. 1 in the world back in 2008. Do you think you're playing as well as you were then?
ANA IVANOVIC: In some ways probably better, I think, because I'm being more aggressive than I was back then. I think it's still a process, like I was talking. But I think I'm much more experienced than I was then.
And, you know, when you're young and upcoming and you win lots of the matches, you definitely take things for granted. That's what I definitely don't do that anymore. But in some way I feel like I'm different player and more mature one. I think in the long run, it's even better.

Q. How would you say you're a different player in terms of your tactics from like three months ago?
ANA IVANOVIC: I think it has a lot to the with my physical state. I think I'm much better physically at the moment, and I feel stronger on the court. So that puts me in better position to hit the ball, which then I can generate more power and hurt opponents more. So it's kind of a circle. It's all kind of connected.
That's what I been always saying in past few months. It was always this balance, my tennis, fitness, it was always, you know, playing catch up in some ways. But now I feel it's sort of all marrying together, and it's starting to work and click really well.

Q. Did you think if you do get back up to the top where you were before that you're in a better position now to stay there for a longer run?
ANA IVANOVIC: I really believe so. You know, I think in true career everyone goes through tough moments, and those moments make you stronger. You can learn from it and then you can -- even if it start happening, you can catch yourself much earlier and make some changes and adjustments.
So I do think overall I will manage to handle it better.

Q. You were talking about your coach yesterday and how she's helped with you your fitness. Has she done anything other than just the fitness, though? Has anything else helped you?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I mean, just having fun, you know. She's a girl, so we can go shopping together, watch movies, do our nails. (Laughing.) It just keeps your mind off tennis.
Because, you know, in the past, you're with male coaches, and you do a job and go back to the room. I really like to read. It was sort of relaxing. But then after all, you spent all day in a room, and it gets kind of depressing.
So it's good to go out and just do a fun girly stuff.

Q. Have you been able to do any of that stuff here this week?
ANA IVANOVIC: We've been already to cinema twice and to shopping mall for frozen yogurt. All kinds of things trying to enjoy any time off we have.

Q. What movies did you see?
ANA IVANOVIC: I saw salt and The Other Guys.

Q. Did you like them?
ANA IVANOVIC: It was fun, yeah. We had this huge bowl of popcorn.

Q. You're score today I thought obviously was especially one-sided. Do you think you played better?
ANA IVANOVIC: I do think I was really aggressive and didn't give her much chances. I was trying to be aggressive on her serve as well and just basically try to stay in the moment.
Because if you're 3-Love up or 4-Love up, it's easy to let a few games slip, and then you find yourself in a difficult position. I've done that in the past a lot, so now I'm really is conscious of that.
So now I just try to work for each game like it's a new game, a beginning of a match, and I find it works well for me because I can really stay in the moment.

Q. One of the nice things about watching you play when you're winning is that you show a lot of positive emotion on the court. You do a lot of fist pumps and there were some kicks and stuff in there, too. Do you plan out what you're gonna do and the moves? Any names for the different moves you do?
ANA IVANOVIC: (Smiling.) No, not at all. It really comes naturally, I guess. But I do, and I've been laughing with my coaches, because in the first match I even did some double fist pumps. I just get overexcited sometimes.
And also, in my interviews after the match, my coach says, I cannot understand a word of what you're saying. You are talking way too fast. Please slow down a little bit. But it's just lots of emotions, and I am very emotional, so I do try to take it on the court, too.

Q. You were wearing tape under your right wristband. Is that just a precautionary thing?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yes, it's been bothering me a little bit in San Diego and through the practice days here. So just making sure it stays stable, and that's it.

Q. In the next round you play the winner of Akgul Amanmuradova and Jelena Jankovic. Can you talk about your history with Jelena and where your sort of relationship with her is now?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I played against both players before, and obviously against Jelena many more times. But I think it's gonna be a tough match no matter who I play against.
Jelena is in a good form and she's been playing really well. She's currently I think second in the world, so it's gonna be tough match. We played recently in Madrid. I had lots of chances. So I know I can win if I play like I played so far.
But after all, it's important just to enjoy and try to do the same things I been doing in last few matches. I do really enjoy competing, so that's the most important thing for me at the movement.
But otherwise we have good relationship. We always have fun in Fed Cup. It's great also that week to spend as team. Everyone is so occupied with their own teams and schedules, so it's very hard to catch up otherwise.

Q. Did the Montreal situation, do you think, provide additional motivation for you here?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, I was trying to be motivated anyway. You know, it does not really matter. In a way it helped a little bit; but then again, I think, you know, people can give you little tips and so on, but you find the motivation and self-confidence, it all comes from within. No one can really help you get it unless you discover it yourself.

http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=65537

Great that she has next week off.. she needs to rest that wrist. Get it healed and be ready to go for USO and New Haven.

jelenacg
Aug 13th, 2010, 09:06 PM
Great so we can expect todays presser tomorrow :lol::rolleyes:

I have to say i love how there is a better chance of World War III happening than Ana saying bad things about someone in press ,especially SWP :spit:
I admire that she is able to be above these kind of things ,at least when talking to the press .I know i wouldn`t

gaviotabr
Aug 13th, 2010, 09:09 PM
Great so we can expect todays presser tomorrow :lol::rolleyes:

I have to say i love how there is a better chance of World War III happening than Ana saying bad things about someone in press ,especially SWP :spit:
I admire that she is able to be above these kind of things ,at least when talking to the press .I know i wouldn`t

Yeah.. they only release it the next day..

Ana is just a class act! :)

Curtos07
Aug 13th, 2010, 09:22 PM
Who is SWP?

jelenacg
Aug 13th, 2010, 09:32 PM
Who is SWP?

JJ=Serbian warrior princess :lol:

Curtos07
Aug 13th, 2010, 09:35 PM
JJ=Serbian warrior princess :lol:

Oh :lol:

doni1212
Aug 14th, 2010, 02:27 PM
Great so we can expect todays presser tomorrow :lol::rolleyes:

I have to say i love how there is a better chance of World War III happening than Ana saying bad things about someone in press ,especially SWP :spit:
I admire that she is able to be above these kind of things ,at least when talking to the press .I know i wouldn`t

I wouldn't either, :lol:

Davodus
Aug 14th, 2010, 02:33 PM
I wouldn't either, I'd be really rude about certain people :lol: Ana is so classy...they even tried to bait her about SWP and she didn't take it.

gaviotabr
Aug 14th, 2010, 03:29 PM
Ana's presser after the QF:

A. IVANOVIC/A. Amanmuradova
6-1, 6-3

An interview with:
ANA IVANOVIC

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. What were your thoughts going into
this match knowing that Akgul had served 12
aces in the last match?
ANA IVANOVIC: I expected a very tough
match today. She is a player in a great form, and
she won lots of matches here, so she for sure got
some confidence, especially beating No. 1 seed
yesterday.
I knew that my return games were gonna
be crucial, and also if I managed to serve, which I
did manage to do today. So I'm really pleased with
the victory, because it definitely was a tough one,
especially that she doesn't give you much rhythm.

Q. Were you playing with more emotion
today? It seemed like you were more animated
on court. Talk about that. You've had injuries
recently. How big is this result to you?
ANA IVANOVIC: I tried to get moving a lot
because I was a little nervous in the beginning. So
I tried to sort of put that aside with lots of
movement and lots of, you know, fast feet and so
on.
But just this victory, it means a lot to me,
you know, because I felt like I've been playing well
for a while now. And I was always just losing, just
losing. So to turn it around this week and to
manage to get a few wins under my belt, it really
feels good.

Q. You're back into the top 40 now. If
you make it to the final, you could be seeded
for the US Open. Talk about how improving
this much so quickly is meaningful or makes
you happy.
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, it definitely does.
But obviously I never really looked in the ranking
that far until I was out of the tournaments.
(Smiling.)
But definitely it feels good to slowly crawl
back up those rankings. And, you know, just
actually winning match matches gives me more
confidence. For me, it's goal to win tournament
rather than improve my ranking for a certain a
amount of spots.
But being seeded at the US Open, that
would be huge. I haven't thought about it at all. It
would mean a lot, because that means I don't get
to play Serena first round. (Laughter.)

Q. Seems like you are managing your
nerves better. Is it something that you've been
consciously doing, or is it just everything else
working out and it's helping that, too?
ANA IVANOVIC: I think it has to do with
confidence. You know, once you feel confident
that you got game out there and you got tools, you
can fall back on those.
At the moment, I feel if my forehand is not
working, I can fall back on something else; if that's
not working, I can fall back on my movement and
just trying to get to the ball and somehow get them
back.
But that definitely has to do with
confidence.

Q. Talk about your first serve. You
won almost all the points on your first serve:
22 out of the 24. That's dominating.
ANA IVANOVIC: It is big. I didn't know it
was that big today. But it was something that I
tried to focus a lot in today's match and tried to mix
up a lot. Because she is a big girl and has a big
reach, so I tried to mix up and disguise it a little bit.
Obviously it worked well, so I'm very, very
pleased with that.

Q. Are you having more fun now on the
court than you did the last year or so? Has that
changed at all?
ANA IVANOVIC: I do actually. It has to do
with just being confident out there. And like I said,
once I felt my fitness improve and my game was
getting better, you feel more confident on the court
and you can express yourself better. I think it has
also to do with that.
But I do have a lot of the fun. I really enjoy
competing. The crowd has been amazing, and it
gives me so much energy, and it's great to see.

Q. When you talk about confidence,
was there a time when the results weren't
going your way when your confidence went
really down? Can you think of a time when it
was at its worst?
ANA IVANOVIC: I can sure think of a
time. (Smiling.) It's been a lot of these moments.
This time last year was really hard for me. Here I
had a tough loss, and then US Open I lost first
round after having match point. It hasn't really
happened to me that I lose match when I have a
match point, so that's been very hard part of the
year.
And then also, French Open, Wimbledon
this year wasn't easy losing first, second round is a
Grand Slam.
But I think what really helped me too was
just trying to really work even harder and try to still
kind of switch on and off from tennis and not just
think tennis 24/7.

Q. Talk a little bit about your return
game. That was also really strong. Did you do
anything different on your second returns?
Because that was also really dominating: 69%
of those points you won.
ANA IVANOVIC: I knew I had to be
aggressive, because I saw her last match and saw
she was kicking a lot. Here balls bounce high, so I
knew I had to take it early. So tried to step in.
Actually, I had a little bit more time than I
thought I would have on her service games. But I
think in first set her second service game I returned
really well to break her. Or actually it was her first
service game. To get the first break I returned
really well. I think that sort of set the pace a little
bit for me and for her, too.

Q. As a follow up, why do you think
you have more time on her returns than you
thought?
ANA IVANOVIC: I thought her first serves
would come a lot faster then they did. She's a big
girl and has a really big reach, so I thought they
would come a lot faster.
But, you know, maybe that's why, because
I anticipated something like Karlovic serving at me.
So it was a little bit different.

Q. Do you feel there's a correlation
between a player's off-court personality and
their playing style on court? So for example, if
someone's laid back on court, are they less
likely to be aggressive on court?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, it actually works
the other way. There are players who are really,
yeah, laid back, and then very aggressive on the
court. I think it's important to be aggressive once
you're on the court. That's the only way you can
actually win games and so on.
I think it's very important. That's
something that struggled a lot with, you know, to
get that mindset. You know, I'm actually gonna
beat someone and win the match and just, you
know, forget who is across from me. Sometimes
you play your friends, and it's not easy. I have
these emotions kind of interacting a little bit.
But, yeah, you have to kind of forget and
try to focus on yourself. You can see a lot of
personality changes when they get on court.
(Smiling.)

Q. Did you change your racquet
recently?
ANA IVANOVIC: Just before the
tournament actually, yes.
Q. Talk about what made you change
and if you like the new one.
ANA IVANOVIC: Yonex has a new
racquet coming out and it's a new technology, and
they brought it last week for me in San Diego.
Actually, I tried them after Wimbledon a little bit,
but they didn't have the right frames.
So they brought a similar one last week,
and I tried it and I really like. So they allow know
me to play, and I really like it. (Laughing.)

Q. As you're playing more matches,
how are you holding up physically?
ANA IVANOVIC: Actually really good. I've
been pulling up really well. After the first round I
had a little bit of soreness in my legs, which was
kind of normal.
Otherwise, it's been really good. I been
trying to do a lot of ice massages and trying to cool
off, because I think that is the most important thing:
try to recover from the heat and stay hydrated.

Q. Talk a little bit about your
breakpoints. You won 4 of 6 breakpoints.
That's also dominating. Did you do anything
different that you didn't do before?
ANA IVANOVIC: I think also it has to do
with confidence, you know. Because in the past I
felt like I was getting myself in a position where I
could break or it was 30-All, and I could never take
a charge and actually make a right shot decision
and win these points.
And now, since I win more matches, I get
more confidence in that area, too. I know there will
be times I'm gonna be missing maybe or
misshitting, but still, I believe I can make those.
That's what makes a huge difference.
Because that second of doubt or not
knowing, uncertainty, it makes a big difference
whether you gonna hit a good shot or just gonna
misshit.

Q. Considering your current form, do
you almost wish you were playing Montreal, or
are you glad for the week off?
ANA IVANOVIC: No, I actually feel like it
would be good to have a week off. Because even
though I didn't play as many matches in previous
two tournaments, I really felt I was mentally there
and I was working. I didn't have a days off. You
know, I was constantly practicing and so on.
So I think it's the right decision for me.
Because I think if I was gonna play, I think I would
in some way also be a little bit tired mentally. So I
think this works out really well.

Q. You've got a great shot to win to win
the tournament. You're in the semifinals. What
do you have to do to take away this title?
ANA IVANOVIC: I think I have to go out
there like I play first round and just try not to think
of the moment. Just basically try to swing as I was
swinging before, and try to focus on that and stay
in each point. Because it really makes a big
difference for me to not try to get over excited like I
tend to do.


Q. You play the winner of Clijsters and
Pennetta. Thoughts about playing either of
them.
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, it's gonna be
tough match. I mean, they are both in great form.
Pennetta played semifinal I think last week, and,
again, playing really well against Kim at the
moment.
Um, it's gonna be a very tough match, and
it's gonna be a lot different than the one today.
Because today was all about, you know, that first
shot. There wasn't much rhythm out there.
Tomorrow I expect much longer rallies and a lot
tougher match in that sense.
So, yeah, but, you know, just if I manage
to kind of play the way I played in my previous
matches, it would be really good.

Q. Would it be better for you to play the
afternoon semifinal tomorrow or the evening if
the choice was up to you?
ANA IVANOVIC: If it was up to me, I
would like to play, yeah, in the afternoon, because
the balls do fly a lot more during the day and it is a
big difference. So it would be nice to play then.

Q. You may play Kim tomorrow. Which
of you do you think talks faster?
ANA IVANOVIC: (Laughing.) It's up to
you guys, or for you. But I do get that a lot. I'm
sorry. It I'll try to slow it down.
FastScripts by ASAP Sports

http://assets.usta.com/assets/663/15/A%20%20Ivanovic%20-%2008%2013%2010.pdf

JamieOwen3
Aug 14th, 2010, 05:05 PM
id rip people's heads off in pressers :lol: so for that i :bowdown: to Ana for not doing ANYTHING like that. classy and elegant :hearts:. good luck against Kim.

Mountain Ana
Aug 14th, 2010, 07:44 PM
About injury:

http://www.anaivanovic.com/news/injured-ana-forced-retire

00shuttl
Aug 14th, 2010, 07:51 PM
I feel so sorry for her! Her health is the main thing now, she should just rest for the USO.

Nena_xxx
Aug 14th, 2010, 10:19 PM
From her website

Injured Ana forced to retire

Ana's highly successful Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open in Cincinnati came to a painful end on Saturday as she was forced to retire in the early stages of her match against Belgian Kim Clijsters.

Trailing 2-1 and with the US Open champion serving at deuce, Ana appeared to injure her left foot while playing a forehand. She received on-court medical treatment but was unable to continue for more than two points.

The Ohio crowd gave Ana a generous standing ovation as she left the court in recognition of her entertaining play this week.

The 22-year-old left the Lindner Family TennisCenter soon afterwards, headed to a local hospital to have an MRI scan. Before departing she described the injury:

"All of a sudden on that one shot I felt like something crack a little bit. I was very scared.

"I'm obviously disappointed the way it finished, because I felt like I had a really good run and it was a good start to the match for both of us, I think.

"And just on that one forehand when I went to step around it, I just felt like pain all of a sudden, so much pain in my foot and I couldn't step on it anymore.

"I tried a bit of tape, but I could not put any weight on it, and there was no point in me continuing."

Asked to comment on the tournament overall, Ana said: "It's been a great week for me. I still played some really great tennis.

"All the support I had here was great, and the facilities are really good. I did enjoy my week, and I look forward to next year."

Ana now faces a race against time in order to be fit for the Pilot Pen Tennis, which begins in New Haven on Sunday 22 August. The US Open commences on Monday 30 August.

An injury update will be posted when available


Basically, she didn't said a thing how difficult her injury is... :sad:

gaviotabr
Aug 14th, 2010, 10:26 PM
From her website

Injured Ana forced to retire

Ana's highly successful Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open in Cincinnati came to a painful end on Saturday as she was forced to retire in the early stages of her match against Belgian Kim Clijsters.

Trailing 2-1 and with the US Open champion serving at deuce, Ana appeared to injure her left foot while playing a forehand. She received on-court medical treatment but was unable to continue for more than two points.

The Ohio crowd gave Ana a generous standing ovation as she left the court in recognition of her entertaining play this week.

The 22-year-old left the Lindner Family TennisCenter soon afterwards, headed to a local hospital to have an MRI scan. Before departing she described the injury:

"All of a sudden on that one shot I felt like something crack a little bit. I was very scared.

"I'm obviously disappointed the way it finished, because I felt like I had a really good run and it was a good start to the match for both of us, I think.

"And just on that one forehand when I went to step around it, I just felt like pain all of a sudden, so much pain in my foot and I couldn't step on it anymore.

"I tried a bit of tape, but I could not put any weight on it, and there was no point in me continuing."

Asked to comment on the tournament overall, Ana said: "It's been a great week for me. I still played some really great tennis.

"All the support I had here was great, and the facilities are really good. I did enjoy my week, and I look forward to next year."

Ana now faces a race against time in order to be fit for the Pilot Pen Tennis, which begins in New Haven on Sunday 22 August. The US Open commences on Monday 30 August.

An injury update will be posted when available


Basically, she didn't said a thing how difficult her injury is... :sad:

She didn't say because this statement was made before she went to the doctor. We have to wait and see what the result of the MRI was.

Nena_xxx
Aug 15th, 2010, 08:46 AM
Injury update

Ana had an MRI scan following her injury-enforced retirement against Kim Clijsters in Cincinnati on Saturday.

The results show that the 22-year-old suffered strained ankle ligaments rather than a bone fracture (on her way to hospital Ana commented that she had "felt something crack a little bit").

Ana will have further consultation and treatment in the coming days, at which time more details about her likely recovery time will emerge.

Her next scheduled tournament is the Pilot Pen Tennis in New Haven, which begins on 22 August. The year's final Grand Slam, the US Open, starts on 30 August.

from her website

gaviotabr
Aug 15th, 2010, 01:45 PM
Anything of notice?

http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/3982/56887652.png

Marilyn Monheaux
Aug 15th, 2010, 02:22 PM
Ana Ivanovic

CINCINNATI, OHIO

K. CLIJSTERS/A. Ivanovic
2-1 (ret.)

Q. Can you describe what happened?
ANA IVANOVIC: Just obviously disappointed the way it finished, you know, because I felt like I had really good run and it was a good start of the match I think for both of us.
And just on that one forehand when I went to step around it, I just felt like pain all of a sudden, so much pain in my foot and I couldn't step on it anymore.
And, you know, I tried bit of tape, but I could not put any weight on it, and there was no point in me continuing. Just I had straightaway doctor appointment make sure it's nothing serious and to do it as soon as possible so I give myself time to recover.

Q. So this something that happened during the match.
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, yeah. It was a little bit tight, you know, because I had lots of blisters. It was getting tight like inside of my foot. But, you know, it was no pain or anything, and just all of a sudden on that one shot I felt like something, you know, crack a little bit. I was very, yeah, scared and painful.

Q. Just an overall comment on the week and the event and the tournament.
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, it's been great week for me. Still I played some really great tennis, and I was very excited about this match. I think we both started really well, and it was gonna be I think a good match.
But, no, it was great, you know, all the support I had here, and the facilities are really good. I did enjoy my week, and I look forward for next year.

End of FastScripts


*sigh*

jelenacg
Aug 15th, 2010, 02:48 PM
Anything of notice?



No nothing new.we already know all of that

jelenacg
Aug 17th, 2010, 10:15 PM
http://sport.blic.rs/Tenis/183221/Ana-spremna-do-US-Opena

Less pain, swell gone,she will travel to New Haven and there she will see if she will play
But small chance she will play since she doesn`t want to risk anything before US Open

Thanks to bokash :p

gaviotabr
Aug 18th, 2010, 12:07 AM
http://sport.blic.rs/Tenis/183221/Ana-spremna-do-US-Opena

Less pain, swell gone,she will travel to New Haven and there she will see if she will play
But small chance she will play since she doesn`t want to risk anything before US Open

Thanks to bokash :p

Thanks!

Well.. at least the injury seems to be better... Let's see what she decides about New Haven.. I also think she shouldn't risk anything with the USO being so close.. but I haveto say it would be such a pity if she indeed doesn't play.. the tournament director was so proud to announce Ana, finally managing to get her to commit after chasing her for 4 years.. :sad:

I'm hoping we get some official news soon though.. Her web should have something on it by tomorrow..

gaviotabr
Aug 18th, 2010, 02:27 AM
New Diary up!


My recovery is going well
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Home › About Ana › Diary

It’s been an eventful week! I was obviously very happy with my play in Cincinnati. My match against Azarenka in the first round was one of my most fun matches in a long time; I really enjoyed the atmosphere in the stadium, and the intense competition.


Beating a top player gave me a lot of confidence and I was able to take that into my next matches. I have been asked many times in the past few months about when I am going to move up the rankings and compete for titles again. I always say it will take time and I have to be patient.

Even though I am very happy with my play last week, I am not getting too carried away. It’s important that I show consistency now.

What makes it even harder is the injury I got in the semis against Clijsters. It couldn’t have come at a worse time! I was very worried after feeling a crack, but then also very relieved when I found out that it is a strain rather than a bone fracture.

Kim again showed what a great person she is by her reaction to it all. Not only was she very sympathetic after the match but the next day, as she was preparing for the final and I was seeing the doctor again, she came to be again to show her support. It’s rare in tennis to see this kind of generosity and it meant a lot.

I was humbled by the fans’ response too. The Cincinnati tournament has improved a lot since last year and it’s definitely grown on me – I’m looking forward to returning in future years.

Now, about this injury: I had almost non-stop icing for two days, to prevent swelling. My ankle has reacted quite well to the treatment and I still hope to play in New Haven next week. It’s going to be touch and go, but fingers crossed. I’m in close contact with doctors, my new physio is doing a great job and together we are doing everything we can to be back on the court as quickly as possible, without taking any risks.

By the way, I was using a new racket in Cincinnati. I think Yonex will be launching it in the shops in the coming months – I was one of the first players to test it, and I really love it.

I received many messages of support, before and after this injury, and I’m very grateful to everyone who took the time to send me their wishes.

Love
Ana

gaviotabr
Aug 18th, 2010, 02:28 AM
Nice diary entry.. she touches on many topics.. I especially like this part:

Even though I am very happy with my play last week, I am not getting too carried away. It’s important that I show consistency now.

That's very true, and it's good to see she is concious about it.

bruce goose
Aug 18th, 2010, 02:41 AM
Nice diary entry.. she touches on many topics.. I especially like this part:



That's very true, and it's good to see she is concious about it.:lol:I was imagining your reaction while I read that precise portion of the presser;)

Curtos07
Aug 18th, 2010, 02:49 AM
Glad to hear from Ana again! Loved everything she had to say and the ankle doesn't sound too bad. :)

Davodus
Aug 18th, 2010, 03:22 AM
Glad the ankle is feeling ok, but I'd really rather she didn't risk anything in New Haven.

Kim is so nice!

DefyingGravity
Aug 18th, 2010, 03:39 AM
Clijsters has been one of my favorites since 2001 for a reason!

The 2nd Law
Aug 18th, 2010, 03:57 AM
Kim :hearts:

Pops Maellard
Aug 18th, 2010, 04:20 AM
Kimberley. :hearts:

Tennis90
Aug 18th, 2010, 08:32 AM
Glad to hear the ankle is getting better.I don`t know about New Haven,it`s her decision,they know the best but I will be extremely worried
if she decides to play.I hope she`ll be 100% recovered by then...
and Kim :) :) :)
she`s sooooo nice!

Pops Maellard
Aug 18th, 2010, 12:03 PM
I added Kim to my sig tonight. :)

gaviotabr
Aug 20th, 2010, 02:14 AM
ELSBERRY: It's back to basics for former No. 1 Ivanovic
Published: 09:52 p.m., Thursday, August 19, 2010

NEW HAVEN -- The sterling silver finalist plate from the Australian Open was sitting pretty in the trophy case, right next to the sterling silver Coupe des Mousquetaires, aka, the Musketeer's Cup, symbolic of the French Open champion. Along with those two nifty pieces of hardware, Ana Ivanovic had another award, something even better than a silver plate or a silver cup.

The world's No. 1 ranking.

It had been a glorious year. In 2008, Ivanovic climbed to the top of the women's tennis mountain. She won a Grand Slam title and, for good measure, beat Venus Williams, just to put a little more icing on the cake of success.

She was a superstar in every sense of the word.

There were photo shoots and movie premieres. Heck, even the president of her home country of Serbia came to her 20th birthday party. One day, she was on top of the world.

Then, just like that, she crashed back down to the bottom.

Well, not that a ranking of No. 62 in the world is the bottom ,but for Ivanovic, it might as well have been. She had become just another name. Just another player. And it had been her fault.

Practice? She didn't do enough of it at the level she should have. Focus? She didn't have enough of that, either. The result? No titles in 2009 and her lowest win total (24-14) since she became a professional in 2004.

"When you're starting and you're young and you have nothing to lose and you have no fear, you just play," Ivanovic said Thursday at the Connecticut Tennis Center. "But after you've tasted the success and you win a Grand Slam and all of a sudden, you're losing to girls that you've been beating easily, it's very frustrating. It's a vicious circle. You don't know where the beginning or the end is."

So, Ivanovic decided she had to go back to basics. She hired a new coach, Heinz Gunthardt, who used to coach Steffi Graf. She took steps away from tennis and started enjoying herself away from the sport. She took pictures. She relaxed with friends and quietly sipped her morning coffee in the park. Those moments away from tennis made her realize how much she missed it. And missed winning.

But it's hard to forget the failures.

Like this year. Ivanovic lost in the second round of the Australian Open, lost in the first round at Indian Wells, lost in the second round at Miami, lost in the first round it Stuttgart, the first round in Madrid, the second round at the French Open and the first round at Wimbledon.

And until she forced herself to realize that these were just losses, nothing more, that's when the relief came and the confidence slowly started to return.

"I had to get away from my thoughts ... I was holding things in too much. I had to leave it behind but I was still kind of living it," she said. "Once I managed to let go of that and accept that it was just something that happened, it became much easier. But it was a process. I knew I was stubborn but I never knew how much."

Today, Ivanovic is scratching her way back up the WTA rankings. Over the past month, she's climbed from 62 to No. 39 after a run in Cincinnati last week that saw her win four matches before having to withdraw against Kim Clijsters in the semifinals with a sprained ankle. She is here at the Pilot Pen determined to keep climbing and prove that what happened two years ago wasn't just a fluke.

"In that first round (at Cincinnati), I managed to come back and win against (Victoria) Azarenka, and that was a big step for me because in those crucial moments, I did step up and made some shots that I'd made in the past but hadn't made in the last couple of years. So that gave me confidence to know that the game is still there," she said. "I know I have a game that can get me back to the top ... with a lot of hard work. I do feel I'm on the right way. I feel very happy on the court and competing again."

http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/sports/article/ELSBERRY-It-s-back-to-basics-for-former-No-1-622887.php

Pops Maellard
Aug 20th, 2010, 02:18 AM
Nice article. "I've found my joy for playing tennis again". :sobbing:

bruce goose
Aug 20th, 2010, 02:29 AM
I especially love the final sentence of the third-to-last paragraph....Ana admitting her stubbornness was a big problem....Though I'm not gonna brush off the strong possibility that she still might need counselling to help deal with on-court crises of confidence,it's ALSO possible that the time with Heinz and Mariya has taught Ana to believe in herself....in a GENUINE way,as opposed to the phony,contrived,positive-thinking crap she gave us so often when she pretended to be improving just to avoid the harsh reality.

I don't know if ANYone remembers my comments on the 3 Types of Respect but,if Ana stabilizes herself from hence forward,she'll finally earn a hugh amount of Respect #3,from NEUTRAL parties,for the first time in her career......and that'd be awesome:cool:

gaviotabr
Aug 20th, 2010, 02:48 AM
I don't find anything particularl new to this article, except the part where they say she didn't practice enough or was focused enough. That was obvious, but she kept not only denying it, but even coming to the point of saying she overtrained. :spit:

The rest of it.. blah.. Good that she admits that she is stubborn.. but I don't think getting away from tennis was ever an answer.. it was the issue. Ana spent the last couple of years getting away from tennis.

gaviotabr
Aug 20th, 2010, 03:28 AM
Ivanovic's Confidence On Rise Entering Pilot Pen

By LORI RILEY, lriley@courant.com

NEW HAVEN —
— Ana Ivanovic was ranked No. 62, far down from the No. 1 ranking she held two years ago, when she arrived in Cincinnati last week.

She had been snubbed in Toronto, a tournament she won in 2008, when organizers chose not to offer her a wild card and told her she could play in the qualifying round.

But Ivanovic, who will play in the Pilot Pen tennis tournament for the first time next week, didn't give up.

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"It's hard because you know what it's like to win a Grand Slam and all of a sudden you are losing to girls you've been beating easily in two sets," Ivanovic said Thursday at the Connecticut Tennis Center. "It is frustrating and hard. It's a vicious circle. You don't know where it's beginning or ending.

"I was holding on to the past too much. I tried to learn from it. But in some ways, I was living it again and again. Once I managed to let go of it, it became much easier. It's a process. No one can help you. You have to realize it yourself."

Ivanovic, a 22-year-old Serbian, was practicing well but it wasn't translating into matches on the court. Last week, everything seemed to come together for her. She advanced to the semifinal against Kim Clijsters, but was forced to retire in the first set when she injured her left ankle. Thursday, she said her ankle had improved.

"My ankle is doing better, on a day-to-day basis," she said. "I'm doing all kinds of treatment."

And Ivanovic, who shot up to No. 39 in the rankings, was looking forward to playing next week in New Haven.

"I do feel like I need matches, especially after playing well lately," she said. "Last week, I finally managed to put it all together during the matches and I really felt I had a new confidence.

"I've been working really hard. It's been really disappointing and it gets to the point where it's frustrating. You don't see results and you put so much hard work in. Finally, I could see some results. That's what I need, an extra kick and motivation to work even harder, to come back to where I was."

Ivanovic has struggled since her successful 2008 season in which she won the French Open and rose to No. 1. Last year, injuries and inconsistency plagued her and she didn't win a title for the first time since 2005.

This year, she reached the semifinals in Rome in May but hadn't made it past the second round of a tournament until last week.

"In that first round [in Cincinnati], I managed to come back and win the match against [Victoria] Azarenka and it was a big step for me," she said. "In some crucial moments, I did step up and make some shots. That kind of gave me confidence to know I have that game. So from that point on, I managed to relax a little more and approach it with more enthusiasm — having fun, rather than having a necessity to win."

Ivanovic said she has tried recently to take a mental break from tennis, even if it's just going for a cup of coffee, or taking pictures wherever she is on the tour, or talking to friends outside of the sport.

"It's important to find that balance," she said. "Tennis takes a lot of determination and focus, but it's important to find a switch-off button and go and have a coffee and not think about tennis."

http://www.courant.com/sports/tennis/pilot-pen/hc-ana-ivanovic-pilot-pen-0820-20100819,0,2657956.story

jelenacg
Aug 20th, 2010, 09:22 AM
The World's 10 Highest-Paid Female Athletes
http://www.forbes.com/2010/08/18/top-earning-female-athletes-business-sportsmoney-female-athletes_slide.html?

Ana at #7 ,even with her slump :lol:
Oh and yeah better than JJ ,but we already knew that :shrug:
Interesting how 5/10 are tennis players

Pops Maellard
Aug 20th, 2010, 09:27 AM
The World's 10 Highest-Paid Female Athletes
http://www.forbes.com/2010/08/18/top-earning-female-athletes-business-sportsmoney-female-athletes_slide.html?

Ana at #7 ,even with her slump :lol:
Oh and yeah better than JJ ,but we already knew that :shrug:
Interesting how 5/10 are tennis players

I wouldn't have expected her #7 on the list. :eek:

jelenacg
Aug 20th, 2010, 09:33 AM
I wouldn't have expected her #7 on the list. :eek:

I find it funny how she is #7 despite her slump bc that`s all from endorsements. :lol: If she could start playing good again she could easily be at #5 or #6 .That`s only 1 or 2 millions more. :shrug::lol:

azdaja
Aug 20th, 2010, 09:47 AM
The World's 10 Highest-Paid Female Athletes
http://www.forbes.com/2010/08/18/top-earning-female-athletes-business-sportsmoney-female-athletes_slide.html?

Ana at #7 ,even with her slump :lol:
Oh and yeah better than JJ ,but we already knew that :shrug:
Interesting how 5/10 are tennis players
and 3 of the rest are golf players :tape: i can't believe there is so much money in that sport :help:

jelenacg
Aug 20th, 2010, 10:00 AM
and 3 of the rest are golf players :tape: i can't believe there is so much money in that sport :help:

Me neither :tape: But golf=money :lol:

gaviotabr
Aug 20th, 2010, 10:06 AM
Ivanovic recharged for run to top

Published: Friday, August 20, 2010

By Chris Hunn, Register Staff
chunn@newhavenregister.com

NEW HAVEN — Once the No. 1 women’s tennis player in the world, Ana Ivanovic appears to be recharged and primed to make another run to the top.

Sitting in a press conference at the Connecticut Tennis Center as she gears up for the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament, Ivanovic talked about how she’s happy with tennis again and how things seem to be clicking for her on the court right now.

She mentioned a newfound confidence and hunger to compete.

“I know I have a game that can get me to the top,” the 22-year-old Serbian said. “There’s still a lot more hard work to be done. But I do feel I’m on the right way.”

The disappointment and frustration is behind her now after gradually falling following a French Open title and her No. 1 ranking in 2008.

“It’s very hard because you’ve tasted the success and you’ve tasted winning a grand slam,” said Ivanovic, who is no ranked No. 39. “Then all of the sudden, you’re losing to the girls that you’ve been beating in two sets.”

Ivanovic said she had to step back from tennis in order to get better.

“You realize there’s more to life than just tennis,” she said. “It’s important to find balance.”

She hired a new coach in Heinz Gunthardt this year and that has made a difference, too. And Ivanovic said she is starting to see results from her hard work and that is giving her more motivation and an incentive to get back to where her game once was.

She knows what it’s like to be at the top and says the experience helps, though it also creates pressure.

But maybe it’s a positive pressure.

She put together an impressive run in Cincinnati earlier this month, until an ankle injury forced her to retire against Kim Clijsters in the semifinals. She came up in some big spots and came from behind to knock off Victoria Azarenka in the opening round. She went on to sweep her next three opponents, before the injury ended her tournament.

Ivanovic said her ankle is improving daily and she’s ready to make her Pilot Pen debut, as she eyes the ninth title of her career. She said she came to New Haven because she simply wants more matches and is eager to play.

In the past, she’s taken a week off before the U.S. Open and that didn’t work out too well. She lost in the second round of the U.S. Open in 2008 and in the first round last year. The Pilot Pen is the final tournament before the U.S. Open, so she hopes to carry in some momentum from New Haven.

After Ivanovic explained to reporters why she came to New Haven, Pilot Pen tournament director Anne Worcester reminded her, Venus Williams made four trips to New Haven and followed up with U.S. Open titles twice.

“Maybe that’ll work for me,” said Ivanovic with a laugh.

http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2010/08/20/sports/doc4c6deca99cf62163694281.txt

gaviotabr
Aug 20th, 2010, 10:11 AM
The World's 10 Highest-Paid Female Athletes
http://www.forbes.com/2010/08/18/top-earning-female-athletes-business-sportsmoney-female-athletes_slide.html?

Ana at #7 ,even with her slump :lol:
Oh and yeah better than JJ ,but we already knew that :shrug:
Interesting how 5/10 are tennis players

Thanks Jelena!

It's interesting to see how Ana lost no endorsement money even with this slump of epic proportions. According to Forbes, Ana earned 8 million dollars in 2008. And now 7.2 in 2009. Considering the difference in prize money, from 2 millions in 2008 to 700.000 in 2009, we can see she is earning the same or more in endorsements. And it's likely to get a boost next year, since she got more money signing that lifetime deal with adidas early 2010.

jelenacg
Aug 20th, 2010, 10:19 AM
Thanks Jelena!

It's interesting to see how Ana lost no endorsement money even with this slump of epic proportions.

Yes :spit:
How`s that even possible :lol:

Cp6uja
Aug 21st, 2010, 01:58 AM
Thanks Jelena!

It's interesting to see how Ana lost no endorsement money even with this slump of epic proportions. According to Forbes, Ana earned 8 million dollars in 2008. And now 7.2 in 2009. Considering the difference in prize money, from 2 millions in 2008 to 700.000 in 2009, we can see she is earning the same or more in endorsements. And it's likely to get a boost next year, since she got more money signing that lifetime deal with adidas early 2010.Thanks to Adidas life-contract she actually have better contracts than ever, but almost all her biggest contracts (Adidas, Yonex, Rolex) are much more bonus-based than it is usual in sport world. So this is almost lowest possible scenario for Ana and with much better results she will reach much more money. So Ana actually very depending on results, but because (unlike results) her contracts are better in 2009 than 2008 and in 2010 than 2009 it's not that obvious. On other hand Maria Sharapova will earn about 25 millions per season no matter of her results, which is best possible scenario for player in slump to not depending too much on results.

Curtos07
Aug 21st, 2010, 08:15 AM
Perception leads to a foot fault at Pilot Pen

NEW HAVEN – I’m just saying ... I might have reconsidered putting Ana Ivanovic — and her balky ankle — on the promotional stage at the Connecticut Tennis Center on the eve of the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament Thursday.

If for no other reason than perception is reality, I might have said, let’s lay low for a couple of days instead of trotting out the former No. 1 women’s player with so much uncertainty surrounding her tournament availability.

Nothing good could come out of it, including making a lot of people look silly. That includes the media, which presented a rosy, ebullient Ivanovic to the public Thursday night telecasts and Friday’s newspapers. She said she’s rarin’ to go.

Looking good, Billy Ray.

Feeling good, Louis.

Nothing good could come of it from the perspective of the tournament, either, especially one that effectively has a “house for sale” sign on the front lawn in hopes of securing a new title sponsor.

Ivanovic pulled out Friday morning.

There are two sides to this story and it wraps around a philosophical conundrum that faces non-grand slam tournament directors on a weekly basis from here to five other continents.

At what point does a tournament director not promote a marquee player who is committed to play – even when that player is coming off an injury and is perhaps less than 50 percent likely to perform?

At what point is it not kosher to sell a marquee player to the buying public?

I’ll answer that after offering a qualifier. If I’m a tournament director, I’m going to promote the heck out of a marquee player — until such time as it can prove to be a liability. When Ana Ivanovic committed in early August, it was spectacular news for the tournament. Her ranking may have slipped some, but not her beauty. She’s widely promoted by the sport as a magazine cover, and as a former French Open winner (2008) and No. 1 in the world, it appeared that the tournament had pulled a coup.

But the promotion game changed last Saturday in Cincinnati when Ivanovic withdrew in the first set of her semifinal match after injuring an ankle. It cast a gigantic question mark over her availability in New Haven. Yeah, she fully intended to play, and more so, she asked for a later starting date to ensure that she could. When players ask for late starting dates, it’s usually an indication of their intent to play.

What I’m not buying is the

press conference – even if it was prearranged when Ivanovic first committed three weeks ago. Ivanovic practiced Thursday and had to know that her ankle was still sore. Yet she told Worcester she was hoping to play.

Heck, an entire gender of the ticket-buying population was crossing their fingers as well.

But as I asked before, at what point does a tennis promoter pull back? And that moment came Thursday evening, before a press conference was staged. Strictly based on perception, it was a dangerous move.

I understand that professional tennis is show business, with a split emphasis on the word “show” and “business.” Ana Ivanovic stirs interest. Her press conference potentially drives ticket sales. As an aside, we must point out that because the draw had not been set, the time and date of Ivanovic’s opening round was undetermined. Therefore, potential ticket buyers were not deceived into purchasing tickets to watch her play.

Nonetheless, Worcester was asked if she at some point wondered if this particular press conference, on the eve of the event, might backfire in negative press.

“I didn’t expect her to make the decision until Monday because she asked me for a late start and we had talked about late Monday night or even a Tuesday start,” Worcester said. “I was surprised (Friday morning) that she made the decision, but then she told me that the reason she wanted to let me know is because she wanted to make sure I could give the wildcard to someone else. After the draw, I would have lost that right and it would have gone to the next person in.

“I’ve been hoping and praying that she was going to be good to go, but at no point did I think that was confirmed, and nobody else should either. I’ve been promoting her for two weeks. And when she retired in Cincinnati, everyone knew she was iffy. If you’re asking me if I should have withheld the press conference until I was 100 percent sure she was going to play, I don’t think that’s fair and reasonable. I’m sorry, but I don’t follow why anyone would be at all critical of her holding a press conference when this tournament has done that for 10 years.”

My answer to that is simple: Because the public was being saturated with Ana Ivanovic as the face of the 2010 tournament on Friday morning ... and by mid-day, she was out.

The reality is that these things happen to tournament directors around the globe every week.

The perception is less kind.

Dave Solomon, the Register sports columnist, can be reached

http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2010/08/21/sports/221solomon082110.txt

spiritedenergy
Aug 21st, 2010, 05:14 PM
i guess that press conference was organized by the tournament, Ana probably didn't even want to do it since she was still unsure... It might have even been that they asked her to wait to announce her retirement until after the conference to boost sales...

Cp6uja
Aug 23rd, 2010, 01:56 PM
All of You probably already heard here TF-popular fake theory that Ana Ivanovic is famous/popular only in Europe and that she is almost totally unknown especially in USA/North America. When this year Ana replaced injured Serena Williams at BJK Cup in New York it was obvious proof how this theory is wrong, and here is interesting todays article/report (http://cornedbeefhash.wordpress.com/2010/08/23/caro-has-stella-but-ana-keeps-the-corner/) how currently looks most exclusive adidas store in New York just week before US Open.

caro has stella, but ana keeps the corner

Caroline Wozniacki might be adidas‘ choice to sport the much-coveted Stella McCartney line on the court, but her predecessor, Ana Ivanovic, still books the corner spot when it comes to ad space.

The adidas Soho store in New York has a bank of windows full of tennis players and gear (Wozniacki, Ivanovic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Andy Murray) in anticipation for the US Open, but while Wozy might have the most square footage of any subject with her McCartney display, it’s Ivanovic and Murray who get one of Manhattan’s busiest street corners (Broadway and Houston) to peer over all day long.

There’s no Maria Kirilenko (the former Stella gal) in sight in the window display (full photos after the jump), nor does 2009 US Open quarterfinalist Melanie Oudin make an appearance.

Full window display shots of all four players after the cut.

Murray swings for the corner and hits it. Below: from left to right, Caro, Jo-Wilfried, Ana and Andy hold down the adidas fort in SoHo.

Both Tsonga (above) and Wozniacki (below) play to the reflection of the windows. adidas chose Wozy to be sporting the white over charcoal gray in the display.

gaviotabr
Aug 24th, 2010, 02:43 PM
Little interview done last week when Ana was in New Haven:

5 Questions With ...

… Ana Ivanovic

She crashed the ranks of the WTA elite two years ago, winning the French Open at the age of 20. Ivanovic's dashing good looks and stylish game captured the public's fancy, and the likeable Serb rose to the No. 1 ranking for a dozen weeks in 2008. And then she suffered a surprising decline. Her confidence waned, and she did not win a single tournament in 2009. She hired Steffi Graf's former coach, Heinz Gunthardt, but she says her crisper practices weren't translating into results in 2010. After winning a total of only one match in three Grand Slam events earlier this year, her ranking fell to No. 63. Ivanovic came to life a few weeks ago in Cincinnati, defeating Victoria Azarenka in the first round and advancing all the way to the semifinals, before retiring with an ankle injury after 12 minutes against Kim Clijsters. She sat down with ESPN.com last week in Connecticut before she withdrew from the Pilot Pen event but says she'll be ready to go for next week's U.S. Open.

ESPN.com: Looking back, what was the biggest reason that you fell from No. 1 to No. 63?

Ana Ivanovic: It was a variety of reasons, because I did have some injury issues -- the thumb was the worst one, just before the Olympics, so I had to withdraw, which was very, very hard for me. Then I played some tournaments when I wasn't ready. I started losing to lower-ranked players, and there is all this pressure because you are No. 1 and you are losing to these players. You start to lose confidence, and I do tend to overanalyze things. When you're young, you have nothing to lose and play with no fear. But when you have been successful and won a Grand Slam, and all of a sudden you're losing, it's very frustrating. It's a vicious circle -- you just don't know where the beginning is, or the end, either.

ESPN.com: You have said that you eventually needed to learn to break from the past, to forget what you had achieved in order to move forward. How did you do that?

Ivanovic: I was still kind of living it over and over again, and I needed to leave it behind. No one can help you. You have to realize it for yourself. It is very hard. I think it has to be a conscious effort to stop that train of thought. Shift your focus and attention into the future or to something in the moment that you're doing. Really, it's not thinking. I try to find things that make me really happy, maybe having a coffee in the park, visiting with friends, taking photographs. You need to have a balance. Tennis takes a lot of focus, but it's important to find a switch-off button. It was a process. I knew I was a stubborn person, but I never knew how much.

ESPN.com: The Montreal tournament -- which you won in 2006 -- initially declined to give you a wild-card berth. Then, when they reversed themselves, you refused to accept it. What happened there?

Ivanovic: I do believe a lot in principles. Honestly, it has been very hard. I have found many tournaments really happy to give me a wild card, like here in New Haven, where there is so much support. People you thought were your friends -- everyone is entitled to an opinion, and I respected their decision. I just made a different schedule and, accordingly, I had committed to Pilot Pen. I thought it would be too much to play both events.

ESPN.com: What, specifically, do you need to do to get back to the top of women's tennis?

Ivanovic: It starts with the confidence. I do know I have a game that can succeed. I am working hard, but I still think I have to work even harder, put my head down and dig deep. I was not doing it the proper way. I need to pay attention to my fitness and my recovery, areas that were neglected in the past. Those little things make a big difference. Now I feel I am in the right way. With the team I have around me, my fitness coach [Marija Lojanica] and tennis coach [Gunthardt], there are no communications problems.

ESPN.com: What did reaching the semifinals in Cincinnati do for your confidence?

Ivanovic: I came back to win against Azarenka, and it was a big step for me, because in those crucial moments, I did step up and made some shots that I'd made in the past but hadn't made in the last couple of years. It gave me confidence to know that the game is still there.

http://espn.go.com/sports/tennis/notebook/_/page/secondservings08242010/plight-small-tournaments

gaviotabr
Aug 26th, 2010, 06:52 PM
Part of an ESPN article:

2. Ana Ivanovic

Ivanovic will finally have some expectations of herself again after reaching the semifinals in Cincinnati three weeks ago.

The last time that situation happened before a Grand Slam event was the French Open, when she had made the semifinals of Rome three weeks earlier. She lost in the second round, 6-0 in the second set. Before that, it was the Australian Open, when she had made the semifinals of Brisbane three weeks earlier, taking Justine Henin to three sets. She then lost in the second round to Shenay Perry. Do we detect a pattern here?

The other thing Ivanovic took from Cincinnati was the ankle injury she suffered in the semifinals. That means the Serb also will be a little rusty, having missed some practice time and match play as a result.

All in all, it's hard to tell what form she'll show up in at the U.S. Open, and, because she'll be unseeded, what kind of draw she'll face. A complete dark horse.

http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/usopen10/columns/story?columnist=tandon_kamakshi&id=5495838

Despite the obvious errors.. I mean.. Shenay Perry? Took Henin to 3 sets? There is a pattern there.. She got her only good results this season right before Grand Slams, only to lose ugly and early at the slams. Hopefully she changes the tides here, and does better at the USO.

azdaja
Aug 26th, 2010, 06:57 PM
She got her only good results this season right before Grand Slams, only to lose ugly and early at the slams. Hopefully she changes the tides here, and does better at the USO.
i am really not that superstitious. i think if/when she turns the tide we will see and injoy it. i am just not sure if there is some change, but i am hopeful. and that's a change already.

gaviotabr
Aug 26th, 2010, 07:02 PM
i am really not that superstitious. i think if/when she turns the tide we will see and injoy it. i am just not sure if there is some change, but i am hopeful. and that's a change already.

I don't really think this is about superstition.. it's just a pattern.

I have to say I don't know what to expect.. really don't know what we are going to get this time around.

azdaja
Aug 26th, 2010, 07:16 PM
I don't really think this is about superstition.. it's just a pattern.

I have to say I don't know what to expect.. really don't know what we are going to get this time around.
well, neither do i. i just feel that something positive is going on. we will see if it will bear fruit. but if something does happen patterns from past 2 years won't matter. it should actually be the 3rd phase of ana's career.

of course it's quite possible i am just deluded as well :o

jelenacg
Aug 26th, 2010, 07:21 PM
of course it's quite possible i am just deluded as well :o

:spit:

With Ana you just never know so i`m expecting a disaster...i`m preparing myself for the worst scenario really :tape:

gaviotabr
Aug 26th, 2010, 07:32 PM
:spit:

With Ana you just never know so i`m expecting a disaster...i`m preparing myself for the worst scenario really :tape:

Well.. at least things can't get much worse than last year.. :tape::spit:

jelenacg
Aug 26th, 2010, 07:43 PM
Well.. at least things can't get much worse than last year.. :tape::spit:

That`s true :rolls:

She was up a set and a break i think only to completely fall apart and lose like 10 games in a row .Then she came back from 1-4 in third only to lose in TB where she also had MP :bowdown:
It`s very hard to beat that :lol:

azdaja
Aug 26th, 2010, 08:44 PM
:spit:

With Ana you just never know so i`m expecting a disaster...i`m preparing myself for the worst scenario really :tape:
i'm not preparing for anything. if ana shows she is ok after a longer period of time i will. it's just that i had written her off entirely for so long :o

gaviotabr
Aug 27th, 2010, 11:56 AM
US Open 2010: Ana Ivanovic in top shape for final grand slam of year at Flushing Meadows
Ana Ivanovic has gone back to basics in her mission to rediscover the form that made her world No 1 and French Open champion in 2008.


By Vicki Hodges
Published: 12:23PM BST 27 Aug 2010
US Open 2010: Ana Ivanovic in top shape for final grand slam of the year
On road to recovery: Ana Ivanovic is climbing back up world rankings after teaming up with fitness coach and friend Marija Lojanica Photo: AP

The Serbian is climbing back up the rankings after a collapse in form that followed her maiden grand slam success and has credited her renewed belief to old friend and fitness coach Marija Lojanica.

The 22 year-old began working with Lojanica in the wake of her first round exit at Wimbledon, which saw her drop to 64 in the rankings, and says she has never felt in better shape as she prepares for the final grand slam of the year, the US Open.

“Marija and I are good friends,” Ivanovic told Telegraph Sport. “I’ve known her since I was 13 and we get on very well. That’s an important part of fitness training because it’s not always easy to work hard each day – it can get boring, especially as a person who loves to compete.

“But with Marija we have fun together when we’re training, and I think it’s clear to see that my fitness has really improved in the short time I’ve been working with her.”

Ivanovic moved up to world 39 after reaching the semi-finals at the Cincinnati Masters earlier this month before she was forced to retire with injury.

“My improved fitness means that I can stay in rallies longer and I’m in a better position to strike the ball,” Ivanovic added. “Before I was maybe pulling the trigger too early, but now I am fitter I can be more patient and wait for the right ball.”

Ivanovic faces Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova in the first round of the final grand slam of the season which gets under way on Aug 30.

While the impact Lojanica has made on her game has been noted, Ivanovic is also respectful of the influence coach Heinz Gunthardt has had – both mentally and technically.

“Heinz has tried to make me more relaxed on the court and to use my instincts more,” she said.

“In many ways it is my instincts that got me this far, but in the past year or so I was over-thinking. Heinz has made me realise this. Of course, we’ve also worked on some technical areas, especially my serve, and I think it’s improved a lot in the past few months.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/usopen/7967390/US-Open-2010-Ana-Ivanovic-in-top-shape-for-final-grand-slam-of-year-at-Flushing-Meadows.html

gaviotabr
Aug 27th, 2010, 11:57 AM
Getting to know: Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic talks to Telegraph Sport about superstitions, sudoku and studying finance in her spare time.


By Vicki Hodges
Published: 12:24PM BST 27 Aug 2010
Getting to know: Ana Ivanovic
Brain stormer: Ana Ivanovic likes to prepare for big matches by doing puzzles such as sudoku Photo: GETTY IMAGES

After winning the French Open in 2008 your ranking and form dipped, what do you put this down to?

I’d prefer to look forward rather than back, but it was a combination of injuries and a loss of confidence. I believe the two were linked.

Is it realistic you can climb back to the top of the world rankings?

I have a lot of belief in myself. I’m still only 22 and I have a lot to look forward to. I have been No 1 before and I believe I can get there again. But I am not really thinking about rankings. Instead, I’m focusing on improving my game. If I can do that, I will be able to compete for titles, and then the rankings come automatically.

What would you be doing if you hadn't made it in the sport?

It’s very hard to say, because I dreamed of being a professional when I was quite young. But I would like to think I would be doing something academic, maybe related to psychology, or languages – I have a passion for both.

How do you relax before a big game in the dressing room?

Reading, listening to music on my iPod and sometimes playing sudoku.

Are you superstitious?

I used to be very superstitious but I am trying to avoid that these days and be more relaxed. Still, I avoid stepping on the lines of the court. But I am not following some of my old superstitions, for example wearing lucky outfits or going to the same place for dinner.

Is it true you are studying finance in your spare time?

Yes, I have been studying it off and on for a year or two. It’s hard to find the time to study when I’m at tournaments, but I always take my books with me. I am not sure what I will do when I retire – it’s so far away – but it may be related to business. I am sure I will still be involved in tennis in some way too.

What's the best thing about being a professional player?

Competing on the court – that is the most fun part for me. I also enjoy travelling and seeing new places, so I am lucky that tennis allows me to do that.

Who are your best friends/colleagues on the circuit?

I have quite a few friends in tennis. One of my closest friends is Sorana Cirstea. I am also friends with Sofia Arvidsson, Dinara Safina, Kim Clijsters, Svetlana Kuznetsova and some other players. On the men’s side I have known Novak Djokovic since we were four years-old, and I also get on very well with Roger and Rafa.

How are you feeling heading into the US Open?

I was injured in Cincinnati, so that has affected my preparations. It was very unfortunate timing, but I should be okay for New York. I am very motivated for this tournament, especially because it’s the last grand slam of the year.

What are your favourite memories of Flushing Meadows?

The US Open hasn’t been a great tournament for me, if I am honest. I do find New York a difficult place to relax: the tournament site is quite far from Manhattan and there is a lot of traffic. It can be stressful, because a couple of times I have been late for practice. But I love visiting New York and I’m still learning how best to deal with it in regards to my tournament performance.

What will you do in your spare time in New York?

I always go to Starbucks, Barnes & Noble and I love shopping in Soho. But I don’t always have time for that.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/anaivanovic/7967412/Getting-to-know-Ana-Ivanovic.html

jelenacg
Aug 27th, 2010, 12:04 PM
Nice to read that she now mentions Dinara among her friends :lol:
Also `wearing lucky outfits` :rolls:

Davodus
Aug 27th, 2010, 01:03 PM
Dinara makes the list now :lol: I hope Sofia is super excited because Ana mentioned her too :p

InsideOut.
Aug 28th, 2010, 02:41 AM
Wearing lucky outfits? So our labelling of 'cursed outfit' (white ugly one during late 2008) and 'viral outfit' (purple potato sack during early 2009) were actually somewhat correct. :speakles:

Starbucks, Barnes and Noble, and Soho. :) So that everyone knows how to stalk her. :unsure:

DefyingGravity
Aug 28th, 2010, 03:47 AM
Ana...advice for New York. STAY IN BROOKLYN or north of Flushing Meadows. Come on, Manhattan. I hope that they move the player's hotel away from Manhattan at some point. It's not great to get from place to place there.

Curtos07
Aug 28th, 2010, 10:40 PM
10 minutes with Ana Ivanovic. On Food, Fitness and Fashion for Tennis.
I had a chance to sit down with Ana Ivanovic at the adidas Barricade party. Honestly it was as comfortable as chatting with an old friend. As I'm always trying to grab some game plan from the pros we talked food, fitness and tennis fashion:

What do you eat to keep yourself in such great shape?
I try to eat VERY healthy - a lot of beef, chicken and seafood combined with veggies and rice. I'm not a big fan of pasta especially before a match. It makes me feel really full and slow so I avoid it.

What's your go-to match day breakfast?
An egg white omelet with turkey breast, toast and a cup of coffee. During a match day, bananas, power bars and power gels are helpful.

What kinds of drills do you do for fitness?
I do a lot of footwork drills, long distance running, interval training, but not a lot of weight lifting. I don't want to get bulky. My trainer mixes things up to keep it interesting for me and to keep my body from becoming too comfortable with any one exercise.

How important is massage to your fitness?
Very. I get massages every day during training and during tournaments. It's very important to release the stresses that build up with all the hard work.

What do you like to wear on court?
I like outfits that are close fitting up top and loose from the waist down.

Do you have a say in what adidas gives you to wear?
I don't come up with the designs but do offer suggestions that make the outfits more to my liking. I might ask for a neckline change from one season to the next for example.

Do you have a favorite tennis outfit from the past? 2008 first in blue and then in orange (a good winning year).

Thanks Ana and good luck at the Open!
http://www.tennisidentity.com/tennisidentitycom/2010/08/10-minutes-with-ana-ivanovic-on-food-fitness-and-fashion-for-tennis.html

Pops Maellard
Aug 29th, 2010, 12:58 AM
I agree about the 2008 dresses. ;) When reaching the AO final and winning the FO she certainly looked the part. :drool:

gaviotabr
Aug 30th, 2010, 12:28 PM
Anything of notice?

http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/78/spz1.jpg

jelenacg
Aug 30th, 2010, 12:55 PM
She started practicing on Thursday ,she still receives medical treatment but it`s getting better

There was some 6 or 7 years old kid waiting for autograph and she said to Ana : "You have such a pretty face and you play well,i adore you "
Cute :lol:

gaviotabr
Aug 30th, 2010, 01:11 PM
She started practicing on Thursday ,she still receives medical treatment but it`s getting better

There was some 6 or 7 years old kid waiting for autograph and she said to Ana : "You have such a pretty face and you play well,i adore you "
Cute :lol:

Thanks! Does she say something about playing Makarova?

jelenacg
Aug 30th, 2010, 01:16 PM
Thanks! Does she say something about playing Makarova?

Ana doesn`t know much about her , Heinz was watching her and that they will come up with some tactics
It will be a tough match bc she is not 100% fit

gaviotabr
Aug 30th, 2010, 01:19 PM
Ana doesn`t know much about her , Heinz was watching her and that they will come up with some tactics
It will be a tough match bc she is not 100% fit

Thanks! Hopefully she can do well!

Pops Maellard
Aug 30th, 2010, 01:20 PM
I'm getting a bit excited. :)

InsideOut.
Aug 30th, 2010, 01:26 PM
I like outfits that are close fitting up top and loose from the waist down.

Read: AO and RG outfits 2008

Bad outfits:
Purple potato sack
Blue potato sack

gaviotabr
Aug 31st, 2010, 02:40 PM
There is an interview with Ana on this week's L'Equipe Mag.

http://img411.imageshack.us/img411/2874/lequipe1.jpg

This is the best I could do to capture the interview from what can be seen from the web. Maybe someone from France can post the scans?

http://img409.imageshack.us/img409/5480/lp2e.jpg

gaviotabr
Aug 31st, 2010, 02:42 PM
Also.. anything of notice?

http://img836.imageshack.us/img836/3895/spz3.png

jelenacg
Aug 31st, 2010, 02:58 PM
L'Equipe, nice:p
My french is not great but there are the same questions as always.:lol: Ana says is very frustrate to get injured when she finally started playing better but she has to except things even if that`s bad luck
Her goal is like always to get into top 10.They asked her if it was humiliation when Montreal decided not to give her WC.She said no,that`s a big word but Montera always had special place in her heart and that when you are having bad time you expect `friends` to help you
And then the usual things about confidence and having to be patient

Serbian article is all about recycled quotes from Heinz and Ana .We already read all of that :lol:

AbyssII
Aug 31st, 2010, 04:54 PM
Usual stuff. They talk about Montreal's WC, Slump, confidence ... But the end is missing. I can't find it

gaviotabr
Aug 31st, 2010, 09:29 PM
August 31, 2010
First Steps for Ivanović
Posted by Reeves Wiedeman

In 2008, Ana Ivanović won the French Open and became the No. 1 women’s tennis player in the world. She was twenty years old, the future of the game. She’s now two years older, and thirty-nine slots lower in the rankings. Her game has collapsed, and nobody knows why.

I skipped out on the opening night spectacular in Arthur Ashe Stadium (a press conference afterward would feature, improbably, Gloria Estefan, Martina Navratilova, and Christiane Amanpour), to see whether Ivanović’s game had righted itself for her opening match in the Grandstand. I was relieved to find that Ivanović’s struggles had not hurt her endorsement deal: her dress, wristbands, socks, sneakers, and visor all featured matching fuchsia and white Adidas logos. Only the athletic tape on her left ankle was unbranded.

The worst of Ivanović’s troubles began in the second round of last year’s Australian Open. She simply forgot how to serve. Her tosses were far too low, or landed many feet away on a shot where centimeters matter. At one point, Ivanović turned her back to to the court, fiddled with her strings—the sign of a nervous tennis player—apologized to her opponent, then marched back to the baseline to serve. Fault. Double fault.

Ivanović was far from perfect last night: she made fewer first serves and more errors than her opponent. But she also hit three times as many winners. The “yips” were gone and her confidence was back. For the world’s élite players, mistakes can be overcome by greatness: Federer, in his nightcap, also had more errors than his opponent, but hit eleven times as many winners.

Early in the second set, spectators on the east side of the Grandstand were treated to the world’s quietest fireworks display above Ashe Stadium—a near-silent golden stream designed to delight fans without distracting players. A LaGuardia-bound jetliner that flew over the southwest corner of the Grandstand, just below the DirectTV blimp, was much louder. More fireworks came later in the set, when Ivanović smacked a backhand crosscourt. It was a foolhardy but successful shot. Her opponent’s mis-hit was set to land short, and possibly wide, but Ivanović took the ball on the run, out of the air. The smart play was to wait for the ball to settle, then unload. But No. 1 players do not wait for the ball. She ended the next point with a punishing forehand winner, and the break of serve was hers. Soon, the match would be, too.

A reporter, afterward: “Did you ever doubt yourself?”

Ivanović: “Many times… But, you know, I really had good people around me, and sponsors as well.”

After match point, Ivanović had given a fist pump to a friend (fuchsia tank top, white Adidas logo) sitting in the stands. She was back in control, and threw her wristbands to fans sitting courtside. She’ll have a fresh pair tomorrow.

Read more http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/sportingscene/2010/08/ana-ivanovic.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter#ixzz0yDn1mX5X


http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/sportingscene/2010/08/ana-ivanovic.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

gaviotabr
Aug 31st, 2010, 09:30 PM
Ivanovic says she is finding fun, building confidence after long fall

Ana Ivanovic of Serbia says she is working on basics and finding fun in the game again after her long fall from No. 1.

By Douglas Robson, Special for USA TODAY
NEW YORK — For Ana Ivanovic, the U.S. Open is not about rankings, titles and expectations. The 2008 French Open champion and former No. 1 from Serbia has her eyes trained on the basics — fun, competition, feeling "freer."

"I really managed to get some pressure off myself, and that's a huge step for me," the unseeded Ivanovic said Monday following a 6-3, 6-2 defeat of Ekaterina Makarova of Russia. "I feel a lot freer out there. I did address a lot of things in my game, in my fitness. Everything is sort of marrying. The game is starting to resurface again, and I'm very happy to see that."

She plays No. 21 seed Zheng Jie of China in the second round Wednesday.

After dipping to No. 65 in July, Ivanovic has climbed back into the top 40 with some decent showings, including the semifinals at the U.S. Open tune-up at Cincinnati three weeks ago, where she also injured her ankle.

But the 22-year-old is a shadow of the player who boomed forehands and thrilled sponsors on her way to the Roland Garros championship and the top ranking. She has struggled with injuries and mental lapses, saying that she lost her way by trying to tinker with her game.

"It was just little bits and pieces missing in the most important moments," Ivanovic said of her patchy match play. "It's been very frustrating."

With coach Heinz Gunhardt, the former mentor of Steffi Graf, Ivanovic has gone back to basics. That has helped her start to find her form and regain her flagging self-belief.

Since the spring she has notched wins against quality opponents such as Victoria Azarenka, Elena Dementieva and Nadia Petrova, even while searching to remaster the elements that made her formidable: a lethal forehand, never-say-die attitude and solid serving.

She still loves the game and her unflagging desire to return to elite status keeps her pushing on. She also says she is moving better on court after training with Marija Lojanica, who also works with the Serbian Fed Cup team.

The pleasure is back, too.

"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 earlier this summer in Palo Alto, Calif.

Following the ankle injury in Cincinnati that forced her to retire against Kim Clijsters in the first set, Ivanovic took 10 days off. Her preparation for New York has been less than ideal, and she said she is taking painkillers.

Against the plucky Zheng, she can reverse a trend this season that has seen her advance to the semifinals of Grand Slam tune-up events and then fall flat in the majors with second-round defeats at the Australian Open and Roland Garros. She lost in the first round at Wimbledon.

Zheng, the first Chinese to reach at Grand Slam semifinal at 2008 Wimbledon, is 2-1 against Ivanovic, but they have not played in nearly two years.

Says Ivanovic: "I really have nothing to lose, and just want to have fun. And if I play like I played last few weeks, I know I can win this match."

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/2010-08-31-us-open-ana-ivanovic_N.htm

Marilyn Monheaux
Sep 1st, 2010, 03:37 AM
An Interview With: Ana Ivanovic
Monday, August 30, 2010
An interview with:

ANA IVANOVIC

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. How confident are you that this recovery of your game is a permanent thing?

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I'm really confident about that, and I feel good out there. I think most important is that I have fun again, and it's good to be, you know, competing. I really managed to get some pressure off myself, and that's a huge step for me. I feel a lot freer out there. I did address a lot of things in my game, in my fitness. Everything is sort of marrying. The game is starting to resurface again, and I'm very happy to see that.

Q. You kept saying some of the same things over the last year or so. Did you ever doubt it yourself, thinking maybe it's not going to come back?

ANA IVANOVIC: I did many times. You know, it's been hard, hard moments. But, you know, I think that's where, you know, some trust in yourself and some good team around you help you get through these moments. You know, they believed in me in moments that I didn't believe in myself. You know, I really had a good, good people around me, and sponsors as well. It's great to see that, you know, they stick around and they help me through the tough times. I feel, you know, no matter what happens here, I really feel I'm in a good roll and I'm on the way back. I know that good things are about to happen. So just a little more patience and a little more hard work and it's there.

Q. Seems like you have switched your racquet to a new model. I don't know if that gives you a reason you play good or not. Does it suit your play style?

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I did. Actually funny thing is did change just before Cincinnati, and I really like the new racquet and the new model Yonex put out. It's really helped my game a lot, especially in the end range. But I think it's combined with all the hard work. And just, you know, like I said, it's been hard, because in Stanford and San Diego I really felt like I was playing good and I was moving well on the court. But it was just little bits and pieces missing in the most important moments. It's been very frustrating. But then a few matches, a few victories in Cincinnati did help my confidence. Maybe that's something I needed, you know, to be more relaxed and for things to come together. But one way or another, I'm just happy it's happening.

Q. How is your ankle? Does it feel completely okay?

ANA IVANOVIC: It's better. Yesterday was the first day I managed to practice sort of almost without the pain. Still I do take painkillers. Despite that, I did have pain. Yesterday and today was the first day I managed to practice and play without the pain, so I'm really happy it all came together. It was frustrating to be off of the court for like 10 days. But, you know, hey, I'm here competing and have a victory. So that's, you know, more than I can ask for.

Q. When you're not confident, are you having specific thoughts like, I can't hit this shot?

ANA IVANOVIC: Not necessarily, I can't hit this shot. But in the more important moments you do have those thoughts. You know, in certain important moments I think every player does have their own patterns. And if the rally is long, you do have trust that you can keep the long rallies with the opponents. That's what I was lacking. You know, I did not trust in myself as much. You know, it does affect. The game is so fast these days that if you have a little doubt, it's going to catch up on you.

Q. Next round, your opponent you played twice before. How do you assess your next opponent?

ANA IVANOVIC: It's going to be a tough opponent. I did have tough matches against her in Beijing and in Wimbledon. It's going to be a little bit different than today. She's playing a lot faster than Makarova probably. But, you know, I'm just happy the way I'm at at the moment. I'm just going to approach it as another, you know, fun match. I really have nothing to lose, and just want to have fun. And if I play like I played last few weeks, I know I can win this match. It's going to be tough, but I can do it. She's tough opponent. You know, it's going to be hard till the last point.


:) :cheer: :cheer: :cheer:Dream in New York! :cheer: :cheer: :cheer:

Pops Maellard
Sep 1st, 2010, 07:52 AM
Dream in NY!

gaviotabr
Sep 1st, 2010, 06:29 PM
Can This Power Serb Play the Role of Spoiler?


By John Koblin
September 1, 2010 | 2:04 p.m


Wait one second: What's this? Is the Power Serb back? Ana Ivanovic played on Ashe today and defeated Australian Open semifinalist Jie Zheng in straight sets. Ivanovic is going to the third round. This also means this is the farthest she's gotten at a U.S. Open since 2007 (she was bounced in the second round two years ago, and the first round last year).

Ivanovic, the former no. 1 player in the world and Observer cover girl in 2007, has tumbled all the way to no. 40 in the rankings. Her problem? Her head. The pressure.

The talent is there, and to listen to her now, you're starting to believe in her.

"I feel like I'm playing like a top 10 player and I have confidence that I can beat these players," she said. "That's huge for me."

That's a big statement, and she'll need that confidence too.

Her potential opponent in the third round is the Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli, a feisty player with the exact opposite situation as Ivanovic: She is limited by her body, but she's mentally tough. Ivanovic's potential fourth round opponent? Kim Clijsters.

With the way she's playing, it might be a stretch to say she's a contender again (then again, who isn't a contender on the women's side at the Open?) but you're starting to believe she could knock off a couple players in the draw.

"I see myself as two different persons," she said, right before the Serbian began her knack for speaking in run-on sentences. "Once you're actually coming up and you have no expectations, you are hungry for success, and you really don't know what the stakes are, you just go for it, you have no fear, you play freely against anyone you com up against."

Then, she said, once you get a French Open title and a no. 1 ranking you do feel it. "That creates some doubts and obviously pressure."

But now?

"Now I feel, you know, as I am just coming up again, and I have really nothing to lose. I got that joy of competing again."

http://www.observer.com/2010/can-power-serb-play-role-spoiler

gaviotabr
Sep 1st, 2010, 06:30 PM
"I feel like I'm playing like a top 10 player and I have confidence that I can beat these players," she said. "That's huge for me."

I hope Ana is not getting carried away.. hold on Ana.. Breath.. one match at a time..

Marilyn Monheaux
Sep 1st, 2010, 06:36 PM
An Interview With: Ana Ivanovic
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
An interview with:

ANA IVANOVIC

THE MODERATOR: Questions, are please.

Q. Nice performance. Second of the tournament so far for you. Are you happy with the way you're playing right now?

ANA IVANOVIC: Yes, I was really happy with today's game, because she's tough opponent and I lost to her last couple of times we played. I was expecting really tough match. And actually conditions a little bit tough out there because it was very gusty. It's a lot different than the outside courts. No, I'm really happy the way I played and just stayed aggressive. You know, even when errors creeped in, I just kept looking for the ball that I knew I had to hit. It worked out well, so I'm pleased.

Q. You come into the tournament, I believe, was it a foot injury or ankle injury you suffered in Cincinnati; is that correct?

ANA IVANOVIC: Yes, actually it was a little bit, yeah, disappointing and frustrating because I really felt I found my form in Cincinnati and was playing well, and then had to pull out in the semis and then was out of the court for ten days. You know, I was not too happy about coming to the Open with such a break, but, you know, just very happy that I'm pain free now and I can actually compete.

Q. Two years ago you came here as world No. 1, and you were upset in the second round. You're now beyond that point. This year there were some questions about your health with the injury, and certainly not in the world No. 1 position right now. Yet you look like you're really playing well and with great confidence. Talk about that.

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I think rankings obviously tell a lot about the player, but I think just the way you feel about your game at the time. I remember a couple years ago when I was here and I was saying, Even though I'm No. 1, I don't feel I'm playing as No. 1. You know, now I'm ranked I really don't know what.

Q. 40.

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah. But I feel like I'm playing like a top 10 player, you know, and I have confidence that I can beat these players. That's huge for me. :scared:

Q. What are your thoughts on the next round? I didn't look at the score. But if you have Bartoli, what kind of match would you expect?

ANA IVANOVIC: I think it's gonna be tough match. I played her a few weeks ago in Stanford and lost, but she was playing really well and really aggressive. There are different conditions here comparing to Stanford. There the ball was flying a lot faster and bouncing lower. I just have to sort of try to have my game plan like I had the previous matches, and just try to do what I did in a practice and what I worked on. You know, that's staying aggressive and moving forward. I definitely have a chance.

Q. You look like you were a lot more confident on the serve, especially the toss. Have you done anything different in practice?

ANA IVANOVIC: I did work a lot on that. But, yeah, I do feel a lot more confident. Just playing lots of matches, it does help get your confidence up. But, you know, there are some bad tosses, like everyone else has them. But I hope I'm not as famous for that anymore. (Laughing.)

Q. How did you deal with the extreme heat out there today?

ANA IVANOVIC: Actually, as I mentioned, it was gusty on the central court, so it did not feel as if it was that hot out there. Tried to take ice at the change of ends and tried to stay cool with ice towels and pour some water on my head and tried to cool myself as much as I could.

Q. Was there a particular moment this year where you felt like things were beginning to turn around for you?

ANA IVANOVIC: Definitely around Wimbledon time I really felt. You know, I got new team around me, and I just felt like I surround myself with, you know, like a positive environment and really felt I was breaking through. And I worked really hard in those few weeks, and, you know, preparing for hardcourt season here. I really came a lot more confident into this US Open and also the tournaments leading up to it.

Q. You seem like you're moving much better these days. Have you been working a lot on your fitness and physical side?

ANA IVANOVIC: I did. I worked a lot on my fitness. That was a little bit of a Catch 22 before, because I wanted to work on it, but there were always little injuries and pains. So I always had to stay away from gym and just tried to do a lot of rehab and stretching. But now I could actually do some strengthening exercise, and also a lot more specific footwork drills and agility for matches. That made a huge difference. Obviously when you feel physically fit to last through these matches, it helps get your confidence up.

Q. If a player has trouble with the heat, do you think of that as a fitness issue or just a dangerous heat issue?

ANA IVANOVIC: I think it's a combination of two. Also, I think it also has to do with how an individual perceives it and also which conditions they prepare and they're used to. But, yeah, I guess just have to find what works best for you. I think it is very important to hydrate well the day before and also, you know, that morning before the match and try to use ice on the court. It really does help a lot, just keeping cold ice around the neck area.

Q. I know you said it didn't seem that hot out to you today, but has it been inordinately hot the last three days here?

ANA IVANOVIC: It has been. Actually yesterday I was feeling the heat the most. I was practicing around 2:00, and it was like, Okay, I think I'm done with half an hour. But actually in Cincinnati was pretty hot and humid, so that was even harder because of obviously the humidity. There was a lot more sweating happening.

Q. Melanie Oudin was talking the other day about the difference of coming in this year with expectations as opposed to prior when people didn't have expectations of her. You at 20 years of age came in as the No. 1 and had to play with great expectations of you. Can you talk about as a very young woman of say 20 years of age what it's like coming in with those expectations and what you've learned now two years later?

ANA IVANOVIC: It is a whole different story. I see myself also as two different persons. Once you're actually coming up and you have no expectations, you are hungry for success, and you really don't know what the stakes are. You just go for it. You have no fear. You play freely against anyone you come up against. Once you actually get in a position to defend some points and there is more outside pressure coming in, it is a lot different story. Because even though you perceive yourself the same or maybe even better, if you're improving, still there is a lot of outside effect. That creates some doubts and obviously pressure. Everyone deals with it differently. That's what I feel it was the biggest change with me, is that I managed to sort of let go of this. Now I feel, you know, as I am just coming up again, and I have really nothing to lose. I got that joy of competing again.

Q. Is that the greatest lesson you think you've learned from having been in that rarified air of being the world's top player?

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, it is. I mean, I learned about myself and just about the world in general and how everything goes. You know, I mean, what I learned is that it goes on no matter what. (Smiling.)


+ video http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/interviews/2010-09-01/201009011283364283359.html

gaviotabr
Sep 1st, 2010, 11:27 PM
* September 1, 2010, 7:07 PM ET

The Yips Are Gone, the Zip Is Back

By Tom Perrotta

Ana Ivanovic feels good again.


The chipper, chatty Serb won her second-round match in convincing fashion Wednesday, 6-3, 6-0 over Zheng Jie. She smacked 14 forehand winners, reached 117 miles per hour on her serve and made just 11 errors.

This is the same Ivanovic who, for more than a year, had essentially been unable to win a difficult match. The No. 1 player in the world after she won the French Open in 2008, Ivanovic had dropped into the 50s and lost her confidence, to the point where she had difficulty tossing the ball.

“I see myself as two different persons,” she said. Here’s a vote for the Ivanovic of old, and a welcome back.

http://blogs.wsj.com/dailyfix/2010/09/01/the-yips-are-gone-the-zip-is-back/

gaviotabr
Sep 1st, 2010, 11:31 PM
This article came up after Ana's first round win.. only saw it now, but I thought it was cute, so worth posting.

Practice Makes Perfect
August 31, 2010 (12:29 P.M.)

Cameras love Ana Ivanovic. Whether she loves them is up for debate.

Yesterday on Court 5, the 23-year-old practiced with fellow Adidas player Flavia Pennetta ahead of their first-round matches. The pros don't save their energy for the big show. Many do an intense, all-around hit to warm up their strokes a few hours before taking the court. So, in coordinating warm-ups of hot pink shirts and tiny shorts, Ivanovic and Pennetta blasted ground strokes, volleys, overheads and serves at one another.

The run-of-the-mill practice drew a crowd of spectators and photographers, primarily on the Ivanovic side of the court (when the two switched sides, the flock migrated north along with the Serb). That didn't seem to bother Ivanovic, a former No. 1 who lost in the Open's first round last year, until the all-important warm-up of her sometimes shaky serve. Every time at contact, one photographer in particular would snap, causing the click-a-click-a-click-a of his rapid-fire shutter right as Ivanovic hit the ball. And every time she missed, Ivanovic would stare with a squint in the direction of the photographer.

But the camera shutters didn't seem to bother Ivanovic during her match later in the afternoon against lefty Russian Ekaterina Makarova. Ivanovic, in the hot pink and fuscia dress version of her warm-up duds, along with tape on her ankle, which she injured in Cincinnati, hit five aces and just three double faults to win the match 6-3, 6-2. She mixed up her ground strokes, hitting squash shots, slice backhands and topspin drives to draw Makarova errors. As she finished off the match, her "Ajde!," "Come on" in Serbian, came as a natural finish to her grunts during strokes.

I guess that's why the pros get the kinks out in practice.

—Sarah Unke


http://www.tennis.com/articles/templates/features_usopen_scenes_from_queens.aspx?articleid= 7265&zoneid=38

Pops Maellard
Sep 1st, 2010, 11:32 PM
I was surprised to read that she feels like a Top 10 player at the moment.

But then, she's playing a lot better tennis than some of the top 10 players in the draw.

gaviotabr
Sep 1st, 2010, 11:38 PM
That Word Again 09/01/2010 - 4:06 PM

Steve Tignor

Ai It wasn’t quite 11 A.M. in Ashe Stadium, but the seats were already burning, the Blackberries were blazing, and the few tentative spectators scattered around the stands appeared to be cowering in their seats, frightened of what the air might do to them. Whoever was programming the music over the loudspeakers did his best to make it all seem like fun by pumping out the Beatles’ cheerful “Good Day Sunshine.” Nobody was buying it.

Ten minutes later, Ana Ivanovic and Zheng Jie were almost done with their warm-up; the chair umpire had called “2 minutes.” It seemed that the only witnesses to their match would be the beefy, yellow-shirted bodyguards who ringed the court. But the U.S. Open has to start sometime, especially when it’s this hot and getting hotter. I had the feeling, though, that this under-the-radar A.M. time slot might be just the thing for Ivanovic, who has famously struggled with scrutiny and expectations—along with serves, forehands, ankles, backhands, and pretty much everything else involved with the sport of tennis—over the last year.

I guess I was right, because Ivanovic demolished Zheng 3 and 0 in 56 minutes to advance to the third round. The old-fashioned term “overmatched” was the only way to describe it. Ivanovic was on top of Zheng’s serve and in control of virtually every rally from the first ball.

“I feel like I’m playing like a Top 10 player,” Ivanovic said afterward. “I have confidence that I can beat these players. That’s huge for me.”

There’s that word again: Confidence. Or con-fee-dense, as Ivanovic says it. And she says it a lot. When she was asked today about how she dealt with the heat, I half-expected Ivanovic to chalk it up to having the confidence to stay on your feet out there, the confidence to stay hydrated. But there’s a reason she emphasizes it. She knows that it’s the only real explanation for her long nosedive in the rankings (the former No. 1 is 40th now). As today's match showed, while there may have been moments in the last couple of years when the Serbian Ana appeared to be following the career trajectory of the Russian Anna, there's no question that Ivanovic is more physically and athletically gifted than all but a few of her WTA peers. Zheng is a quality opponent, and she could barely stay on the court with her.

Ivanvovic is not alone in her obsession with confidence. For a tennis player, it's an infuriatingly elusive state of mind that’s liable to appear and disappear, swell and recede, rise and fall, 20 different times over the course of one match. Even a match like today’s. Judging from its score line, you might think Ivanovic is back to her old form, and that she suffered no lapses in confidence. But you’d be wrong. It was when she went up 5-1 in the first, when she seemingly had everything under control, that she threw up her first wayward ball toss. The yips are a sickness that can flare up exactly when you least expect it.

“I worked a lot on [my toss],” Ivanovic said. “but there are some bad tosses, like everyone else. I hope I’m not as famous for them anymore. But yeah, I do feel a lot more confident (that word again). Just playing lots of matches, it does help get your confidence up."

I was a little stunned to hear Ivanovic use the term “Catch-22” today—I thought her literary choices ran toward the Dalai Llama, not a war novel by Joseph Heller. While she didn’t use it quite correctly, the term certainly applies when it comes to tennis and confidence. Like a job application that demands that every prospective employee already have three years of experience doing that job, you can’t build confidence unless you play tournament matches, but you can’t play a whole lot of tournament matches unless you have the confidence to win them. Since Ivanovic was “all the time losing, losing,” as she put it, she never had a chance to try her toss out in pressure situations. Now, after a couple of successful events this summer, she’s had that chance. The result today was a qualified success. Ivanovic seems to have the right attitude about it. She seems satisfied not to seek perfection with her serve, but to manage the problem as well as she can. She still has a strange little hitch in her delivery—she can’t seem to bend her left leg naturally when she tosses the ball. That may prove to be a factor if she does face a few more pressurized moments later in the tournament. But she seems to have learned to live with it, which is all you can do.

How far along the long road back is Ivanovic? There were things to like and not like today. “Moving forward” is a mantra that has been cropping up in her pressers, and she clearly wanted to do that today. Not all the way to the net, necessarily, but starting with her service return, Ivanovic tried to take as many balls as she could inside the baseline. She pressed the issue with virtually every shot. It’s less a tactic than an outlook: Like Darren Cahill has said, it can help just to keep the thought of moving forward in your head as you play, even if you don’t fully act on it very often.

While Ivanovic won easily, she was still hit and miss. Two crisp winners were routinely followed by two unforced errors. Apparently she felt there was no time to shift down a gear or try to construct a point. Which was fine today—never change a winning game, as they say. At the same time, it was hard to get a gauge on how Ivanovic might do if she has to hit more than four or five balls at a time. She said she couldn’t practice for 10 days after her ankle injury in Cincy, so you don't know how her long-term consistency will be affected.

Still, Ivanovic beat a seed and is through two rounds at the U.S. Open, cause for minor celebration all around the WTA. She plays Virginie Razzano next; they’ve split two three-setters, with Ivanovic winning their last meeting, in 2008. It’s a one-day-at-time tournament for her at this point, but the best news may be that Ivanovic says she’s happy to finally be able to take what she’s been doing in practice and put it in play during matches. That may sound like a simple concept, but implementing it is anything but.

Besides her improved serve, Ivanovic showed off one other trick that I'd forgtten about: A slightly delayed body turn and uppercut fist pump that she does with her left hand—it seemed more pronounced and thought-out than ever today. While I wonder about the value of a fist-pump in the first game of a match—doesn’t it take you out of your normal rhythm and make you too tense too early?—I enjoyed seeing Ivanovic getting a chance to indulge in it. The move may seem forced, it may be counterproductive, but it’s good to know that Ivanovic is still con-fee-dent enough to look a little silly letting it fly.

http://tennisworld.typepad.com/thewrap/2010/09/that-word-again.html

I don't think Ana was hit and miss today.. shewas more hit than anything. But yeah.. she can play a lot better, still has a lot to improve. And sometimes I do worry about her having to play the extra shot. Her forehand was sometimes unplayable today though.. most wouldn't be returned by the best returners.

I also have to say I absolutely love the fistpump.. here is to many more to come!

Ajde! Dream in NY!

gaviotabr
Sep 1st, 2010, 11:41 PM
I was surprised to read that she feels like a Top 10 player at the moment.

But then, she's playing a lot better tennis than some of the top 10 players in the draw.

I was also surprised.. my fear is that she gets ahead of herself. She needs to keep cool and see all of this as a process still.. She played well, but she still has a lot to work on and a lot to improve. She has to keep focused and not think too much ahead.

jelenacg
Sep 1st, 2010, 11:47 PM
She can feel like whatever she wants ,as long as she remember that she has to win many many matches and improve a lot before becoming one ;)
She probably saw a few top players playing in `great form` and no wonder she felt like top player :lol:

That article about her and Flavia practicing is cute
"when the two switched sides, the flock migrated north along with the Serb"

:lol::lol:

gaviotabr
Sep 3rd, 2010, 11:43 AM
From Shape Magazine:

Top Performance Boosters: Tennis Player Tips for Achieving Your Goal

Ana Ivanovic

By Blaire Briody

When it comes to tips for success, it makes sense to go to someone who's not only seen it, but is also currently fighting to come back out on top. One of those people is Serbian beauty and tennis champ Ana Ivanovic, who was ranked the number one female tennis player in the world at 20 years old. Two years later, after losing her stride and falling to 40 in the rankings, she hopes to boost performance and make a comeback at this year's US Open. (Even at number 40, Ivanovic's still a 10: She appeared in this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue). We got a chance to sit down with her at the Adidas Barricade 10th Anniversary Celebration in Manhattan. Looking gorgeous and confident in a loose sweater thrown over her casual gym pants, her long, silky hair pulled into a high ponytail, she gave us her food, mind, and workout tips for success. Here's her plan to boost performance to the next level, staying in top athletic condition, and looking absolutely stunning through it all.

To boost performance, let go and enjoy the moment.
There's a lot of pressure on Ana to prove herself again this season, but she doesn't let it get to her. "I'm very determined and I know I can achieve, so I don't let little setbacks put me down," she says. "This is what I love doing after all and you just have to accept it. For me, it was letting go of the past. Once you manage to do that you actually enjoy the moment."

Set yourself up for success.
Ana takes a positive, can-do attitude when motivating herself. "There are many times I don't feel like going to work out, but I know if I do I'll feel better," she says. "You have to have a nice environment as well—good music to stimulate you and get you motivated."

PLAYLISTS: Motivate yourself with the best workout playlists

Switch things up.
"I work out a lot, but it changes day to day," says Ana. "I always start out with some cardio—either a jog, a bike ride, or footwork drills designed specifically for tennis movement. Then I do weights, but I switch the days: one day it's upper body, the next day it's lower body. Then I do stomach and back pretty much every day." Her favorite strength-building moves are squats for her legs and bench dips to keep her arms toned.

BONUS TIP: A smarter way to do squats

Stretch after, not before.
"It's not good to stretch when you're cold. Get your heart rate up and once you finish, take time to stretch and let your body calm down," says Ana.

Embrace your nerves.
"Know you're going to be nervous and accept it. Be in the moment and deal with it as it comes, because fear of something happening is worse than the thing happening," she says. "There is no chance of not getting nervous, but that can be a good thing. You're more aware of things."

Treat yourself to a healthy day.
Being in top shape isn't just about working out. It's also eating right and making time for yourself and your friends. Ana's perfect healthy day? "Wake up early-ish, maybe 7 or 8, then go for a 40-minute jog, then have a nice shower, a cup of coffee and some fresh fruit. Then go catch up with friends or go shopping. For lunch, maybe a salad with chicken and mango, or something exotic. Then probably fish with rice and steamed veggies in the evening. My workouts are usually morning before breakfast, then tennis after breakfast, then another tennis session in the afternoon."

BEST HEALTHY BREAKFASTS: Start your day right

Look your best even after a sweaty workout.
Ana is constantly in the public eye, and will often be whisked off to a press conference or meet-and-greets directly after a performance. She recommends washing your face following a workout. "Use something soapy or just have a toner, because you sweat a lot." When she's on the go, she brings Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream for her lips. "It really keeps them moist and gives them a little bit of shine, because if you're constantly running and talking and meeting people, your lips get dry."


http://www.shape.com/fitness/sports/ana_ivanovic_tips_for_success_boost_performance

gaviotabr
Sep 3rd, 2010, 11:44 AM
Anything of notice?

http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/4384/spz4.jpg

jelenacg
Sep 3rd, 2010, 12:20 PM
Nothing, little bit of Ana`s presser and small parts about Vika,weather

gaviotabr
Sep 3rd, 2010, 06:34 PM
Analysis: The sudden resurgence of Ana Ivanovic

By Patrick Mouratoglou

Patrick Mouratoglou is a world-renowned tennis coach who has worked with Marcos Baghdatis and Aravane Rezai. His French tennis academy is considered one of the top in the world. He'll provide commentary for Busted Racquet during the 2010 U.S. Open.

I've really liked the recent wins of Ana Ivanovic in the first two rounds of the U.S. Open. Knowing how much the young Serbian has struggled lately, I'm sure she's deeply enjoying to find herself back playing the style of tennis that had led her to the No. 1 ranking in the sport.

Don't get too enthusiastic yet though. Ana is still recovering. She's still facing a long road considering how much she had totally lost all her confidence. Two years of doubts creep in when you go from No. 1 to No. 80 in the world. But, more than the ranking, it's the loss of confidence that has led to huge pressures and caused her to lose all her mental toughness. She made some bad choices, because fear is one of the worst advisors. Fear makes you search for miracles, makes you think short-term and makes you wait for the magic wand of a coach. Ana has indeed switched coaches many times in these past few years looking for a quick fix.

She didn't think she was calm enough to do it herself, so she was trying to find answers from the outside, to find help and someone who would unlock the mystery of all her issues. Each coach would come in with a project, with different technical viewpoints and a different speech. Ana would try to adjust and change, but every time she did she was becoming their player, not the player she used to be. She was in a dead end.

Then she decided to work with Heinz Gunthardt. This decision is the one that has allowed her to get her game back. Two years of searching led to this. This coach has the huge advantage of having worked for years with the great Steffi Graf. He has nothing more to prove and so can share his confidence with the Serbian. Adding that Ana's game style is kind of close to the German champion and it's a great match. Heinz is going to use those similarities in order to make Ana find a way to maximize her abilities.

Ivanovic has built her game around a big serve, a strong forehand hit at maximum speed and footwork that allows her to turn around her backhand. When doubts came into her game, she lost all her weapons. The first task of the Swiss coach was to make her trust her serve again. And we can see that today it's working pretty well because she's getting more first serves in with a sufficient speed and that, in turn, helps her to get many winners and aces. And, most important, that serve gives her the chance to be aggressive as early as the second shot of the point. The only issue remaining is her toss though, it's still really unsteady and each time she has to adjust to a different one. This is still not solved.

Furthermore, Ana's game needs excellent footwork. She tries to be very punchy on the first two steps so she can turn around her backhand to use a forehand. When she's playing her groundstrokes in that position, the forehand becomes even more efficient, exactly like Steffi in her prime. Ana's forehand remains her biggest strength. She needed to loosen a bit on the motion so she could hit the ball cleaner. Once this work is done, Ana can hit as hard as she wants to and then she becomes dangerous again.

Her backhand has always been the weak part of her game. She doesn't really trust that shot because she lacks feeling and timing. She often plays open-stance backhands, with body weight backwards and then she uses the torso to turn than the hand to give speed to the ball. That explains the lack of feeling. Her and Gunthardt have worked on this. Ana is now using the court much better with this shot so she makes her opponent play in a specific zone where she can force them to hit to her forehand.

With the technical aspects improved, Ana needed confidence. This comes in a snap one day. You don't expect it, you don't know when or where it will come, but one day it clicks. You work daily to put your game into shape but in competition it doesn't work because with pressure everything that isn't fully acquired can disappear. And then one day when you're totally not waiting for it, everything falls into place. In Cincinnati, Ana - still in doubt - battled with Victoria Azarenka. She was behind a set and a break and couldn't find any solution. And then cme the miracle: She won the second set in a tiebreak and her game began finding its way again. The following matches have confirmed it. Here in New York she's making a really strong start. She's played two great matches and finally looks pleased to be on the court. She'll play against Razzano in the third round on Friday in order to get a chance to play in the match she's been waiting for, against Kim Clijsters for a spot in the quarterfinals where she'd have nothing to lose.

http://sports.yahoo.com/tennis/blog/busted_racquet/post/Analysis-The-sudden-resurgence-of-Ana-Ivanovic?urn=ten-267324

Pops Maellard
Sep 4th, 2010, 12:58 AM
Ana said that during her slump Kim sent messages to her of support. :inlove: How sweet!

jelenacg
Sep 4th, 2010, 01:03 AM
I think they are fan of each other on and off court :lol:
Plus Kim went to see her after she got injured in Cincinnati and that says a lot

Ana and her books :lol:

Cp6uja
Sep 4th, 2010, 01:14 AM
Todays post-match interview (with video) (http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/interviews/2010-09-03/201009031283557331319.html)


An Interview With: Ana Ivanovic
Friday, September 3, 2010
An interview with:

ANA IVANOVIC

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Do you feel like you're playing yourself back into your best form? You seem to be slowly getting back to where you were before.

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I definitely do. I have been saying that for a while. It's hard to believe it when you don't have results to prove it. But I really feel I'm playing a lot better, sort of things are starting to come back, come together out on the court as well. So I'm really thrilled about that.

Q. Was there a time when you thought it would not come back?

ANA IVANOVIC: There were doubts of one sort or the other. But definitely it's hard when you do lose a lot of matches. It's sort of you work hard, but there are no results to back that. It's been tough moments. But I'm really happy, you know, I managed to stay strong in those times and just push through it and work hard and actually believe I can do it.

Q. You talked about the gusty conditions on Ashe in your last match. Today you played on Armstrong. Explain the differences in the two stadiums. Are they similar? Different?

ANA IVANOVIC: It is a little different. It is a little bit more gusty on Ashe. It was windy as well today. And on one side you could feel a lot of breeze coming sort of in one direction. So I think we both struggled in the beginning on that side. The balls were coming short and so on. But, you know, at the end of the day it's the same for both opponents. You just have to accept in windy conditions you're not going to have a perfect match and you're not going to have many balls hit perfectly. But it's same for both players.

Q. It seems like from what I saw in Cincinnati and these matches that you really know what you're doing out there, you're trusting your shots, you're not panicking anymore. You have a lot more faith in your game, huh?

ANA IVANOVIC: I think that's exactly what biggest change is. I realize why am I playing good and what I have to do in order to play good. And even when the doubt creeps in, I just know I have to stick with my game plan, and what I been working on. In important moments, I actually believe that I can do it. You know, you do it one match, second match, and then it start to become natural instinct, as well. That's what I'm really thrilled to see, because, like I was saying, I work so hard. But in important moments sometimes I doubted. But now it's kind of coming together, the belief in myself again.

Q. Is there any particular advice or something that Heinz has worked on with you? Can you talk about his role.

ANA IVANOVIC: He's like, Just keep swinging at that ball. It sounds so simple, but it's true. Many times when it's in a tough match, you feel pushed from another player, you stop swinging at the ball and you sort of start pushing and trying to make shots. So he's like, No, just keep swinging. It is sometimes uncomfortable, but it has helped a lot. It's probably one of the most important things he's told me lately.

Q. What type of match do you expect with Kim? Two former No. 1s. How do you have to play that match to be successful?

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, it's going to be tough match, no doubt about it. But I'm really looking forward to it, because I was really disappointed that I had to stop in Cincinnati. So it's kind of, you know, a new opportunity for me. Kim is a great player. She hasn't lost a match here in a long time. So I can go out there and try to do my best. I've been playing really well. It's gonna be exciting no matter what. I think, you know, in some ways we have similar games. It's going to be a fun match, I think.

Q. Kim said she looks forward to the rematch; that she hoped that you won. When she was off, she followed your career and likes you as a player. How do you feel in response to those comments that Kim made?

ANA IVANOVIC: That's really nice to hear, because she is such a nice person. I do, ever since I started on tour, I thought highly of her and really admired her for everything she achieved. I still do. I have great respect for her. It's true also when I was struggling, she was messaging me. She was very supportive. That's really rare and really nice to see. In those times, you know who your friends are. She's definitely a nice girl. We always have a nice time catching up. So it's going to be fun.

Q. What do you think your emotions will be stepping out on Ashe going out to face her?

ANA IVANOVIC: I think I'm going to be thrilled definitely. There will be nerves, for sure, but positive ones. I just feel like, you know, I'm going out there and I have nothing to lose, and I have that excitement of, you know, competing against such a champion. She's done so great here in the past. I have opportunity to, you know, maybe win against a great champion. It's going to be very, very thrilling for sure.

Q. I know tennis isn't life, and you've talked about that a lot. But how much happier are your days overall now that all the work is coming together and you're actually winning?

ANA IVANOVIC: It is a lot more happier, definitely. We always have, you know, jokes within the team. It's just a lot nicer because you feel like all the hard work is paying off. You look more forward to those days, working days as well. You know, Heinz was joking today, Oh, you want to practice tomorrow? You don't want a day off? I'm like, I'm looking forward to go out there and spend day working out and practicing. And that's what life is about: enjoying what your job is.

Q. When you think of Kim, what stands out? What makes her as good as she is?

ANA IVANOVIC: She's tough competitor and she strikes the ball really good. She doesn't give you much. You know, you have to work hard for your points.

Q. You spoke in the past about some of the books you've been reading. What have you been reading this summer?

ANA IVANOVIC: I've been reading a lot Stieg Larsson's books, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire. I'm on the third book. I've read about 50 pages in the last few weeks. I haven't had much time to read. Just trying to take a lot of walks and spend time outside. Didn't spend too much time in the room.

Q. I thought you showed a lot of positive emotion early, the double fist pump. How important is it to channel the positive emotion?

ANA IVANOVIC: It's very important. That's something that I felt change over last few months. I became a lot more positive on the court. Even if the things were not going my way, I still, you know, had a fist pump. I still tried to bring a lot of energy on the court. That kind of, you know, helps also supporters get into the match more. I felt that. I'm, you know, sticking with it.

Q. Is it possible to dictate against Kim? There will be a lot of things going on in the match where you're going to have to play a lot of defense, too.

ANA IVANOVIC: I think that's going to be a match where you have to do a lot of good things to win. It's definitely going to be important to take charge early in the points because she likes to dominate. Like I was saying before, we do have kind of similar games. So it's going to be who has the first hit. Serving is going to be huge. So, you know, you just have to do well overall to actually be in opportunity to win against her.

Q. Back to the Stieg Larsson books. The main character, Elizabeth Salander, she's a feisty character. Do you get any inspiration from that? She takes no nonsense from anyone.

ANA IVANOVIC: I do recognize myself in some of them. I do get very stubborn sometimes. That's a little bit annoying to my coaches. But, hey, you have to take the bad, too.

Polikarpov
Sep 4th, 2010, 06:33 AM
I love it when she gets asked about the books she's been reading.:inlove:

Davodus
Sep 4th, 2010, 06:36 AM
Such nice words between Kim and Ana. And also nice to hear Kim was sending Ana messages during her slump :)

The 2nd Law
Sep 4th, 2010, 09:40 AM
:hearts:


Maybe Kim will lose on purpose to help her friend ? :lol: :p

Curtos07
Sep 4th, 2010, 06:10 PM
Matt Cronin's article on Ana vs Kim.

Ivanovic looks more like her No. 1 self

With all the teeth grinding that women's tennis fans have gone through because of the absence of some notable players at the U.S. Open, Labor Day Weekend is shaping up to be a bang-up affair, as most of the tour's stars who entered the draw have survived and will likely be clashing.

On Sunday, defending champion Kim Clijsters and former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic will face in the fourth round, about as an intriguing a contest as the tour could ask for under any circumstances.

Two-time Slam finalist Elena Dementieva continues her quest for an elusive Slam final when she faces French Open finalist Samantha Stosur of Australia. The stylish reigning French Open champ Francesca Schiavone seems to have her groove back and will play the rising Russian teenager Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Venus Williams, who has been shaky but preening in her nearly see-through dress that is splashed with glitter, will go up against the hard-nosed Israeli Shahar Peer.

And maybe, just maybe, if they both get through their third-round matches, three-time Grand Slam event champion Maria Sharapova will confront new tour darling and top seed Caroline Wozniacki on Monday.

The matchup between Clijsters and Ivanovic features a beloved comeback mother against a wildly popular comeback cover girl. Clijsters, 27, who lives part time in nearby New Jersey with her American husband and daughter, has always been one of the tour's most talkative players and is very well-liked in the locker room. Ivanovic, who hails from Serbia but is about as international as a person can get, shares much the same reputation, as it's hard to find a player or person in tennis who has a negative word to say about her.

On court, though, both former No.1s put niceties aside. Ivanovic is trying to prove her brief stint at No. 1 wasn't a fluke, and two-time Slam champion Clijsters wants to show, regardless of who entered the draw or who couldn't play because they were hurt — and that means you, Serena Williams and Justine Henin — she should have been the favorite anyway.

Recall that last year, that even though Williams lost her mind and imploded against a linewoman in the semifinals, she actually lost the match because she was having her head handed to her by Clijsters. On Friday, the Belgian grew a bit testy when asked whether she regretted not having chance to match up with Williams again. She should have been given her proper respect, especially after she destroyed Wimbledon semifinalist Petra Kvitova, 6-3, 6-0.

“My tournaments are not based on what Serena does,” said Clijsters, who also beat Venus last year, as well as Wozniacki. “Try to focus on what I have to do best, and that's trying to play good tennis and trying to see how far I can go. Whether she's here or not, my attitude is always the same. Obviously, to have an American missing at an American Grand Slam and one of their best players to ever have, it's obviously disappointing. But my attitude is the same now as if she would have been here.”

As it should be, and now Clijsters, who hit a very high level against Kvitova, can focus on Ivanovic, a woman she calls a close friend and who has been through emotional tests. After a standout 13-month stretch between May 2007 and June 2008, when she won five titles, grabbed her first Slam at the 2008 Aussie Open, reached two other major finals and snared the No. 1 ranking, Ivanovic began to fall through the floor. Although she has played well in spurts, it wasn't until a few weeks ago in Cincinnati where it was clear she had really righted her rapidly sinking ship.

There were no more midmatch panics or crazy turns of strategy or fear of not knowing how to close anymore. Ivanovic dusted Stanford champion Victoria Azarenka there, and though she was forced to retire in the semifinals after twisting her ankle three games into her match with Clijsters, her composure had returned. At the U.S. Open, she upset No. 21 Zheng Jie, and on Friday wiped out French veteran Virginie Razzano, 7-5, 6-0.

She knows what game is working for her, and she's no longer confused searching for a style that never fit her in the first place.

“I think that's exactly what the biggest change is,” Ivanovic said. “I realize why am I playing good and what I have to do in order to play good. And even when the doubt creeps in, I just know I have to stick with my game plan and what I've been working on. In important moments, I actually believe that I can do it.

“You do it one match, second match, and then it starts to become natural instinct, as well. That's what I'm really thrilled to see, because I work so hard. But in important moments, sometimes, I doubted. But now, it's kind of coming together, the belief in myself again.”

Ivanovic has spent much of the year in tears after tough losses, so it's good to see her smiling again. So many players will say tennis isn't their real life, but while it's not the entirety of their lives, it is their career. So when the 21-year-old wasn't doing her job correctly, she was unhappy.

“It is a lot more happier,” she said. “It's just a lot nicer because you feel like all the hard work is paying off. You look more forward to those working days as well.

“Heinz (Gunthardt, her coach) was joking today, 'Oh, you want to practice tomorrow? You don't want a day off?’ I'm like, ‘I'm looking forward to go out there and spend day working out and practicing.’ And that's what life is about: enjoying what your job is.”

Ivanovic hasn't beaten a top five player since June 2008, and Clijsters is a dominant player on North American hard courts and won't make as many crazy errors as Razzano did. Clijsters’ serve is hard to attack, she isn't vulnerable off the ground and has done a good job at burying the midcourt ball. Ivanovic will have to work the points hard against Clijsters, who is faster than her and will try to torture her backhand. Ivanovic said she'll be thrilled to take the opportunity, but Clijsters says she's about to peak.

For Ivanovic to win the match, she’s going to have to keep a high percentage of first serves in, and, if she gets a chance, rip her returns. She'll have to dominate with her searing forehand and, most importantly, stay focused.

Clijsters has certainly been a better all-around player since she returned last summer, but she can be had. If Nadia Petrova can tear apart the Belgian at the Australian Open, a zoning Ivanovic must have a good shot to do it. She'll be the underdog, but a super-motivated one.

“I think that's going to be a match where you have to do a lot of good things to win,” Ivanovic said. “It's definitely going to be important to take charge early in the points because she likes to dominate. We do have kind of similar games. So it's going to be who has the first hit. Serving is going to be huge. You just have to do well overall to actually be in an opportunity to win against her.”

http://msn.foxsports.com/tennis/story/Ana-Ivanovic-has-chance-to-upset-Kim-Clijsters-090310

InsideOut.
Sep 4th, 2010, 06:18 PM
1. Ana won the FRENCH, not the Aussie
2. She is 22, not 21

jelenacg
Sep 4th, 2010, 06:22 PM
I don`t like this ,he is going to jinx her :o :tape:
Didn`t he say Safina is going to make a run here :scratch:

Curtos07
Sep 4th, 2010, 06:25 PM
I don`t like this ,he is going to jinx her :o :tape:
Didn`t he say Safina is going to make a run here :scratch:

Yes. He said Dinara was a dark horse. :lol: And he said that Ana would mentally struggle and win her first two matches here in 3 tough sets.

jelenacg
Sep 4th, 2010, 06:32 PM
Yes. He said Dinara was a dark horse. :lol: And he said that Ana would mentally struggle and win her first two matches here in 3 tough sets.

He is a known jinxer :sobbing:
:ras:

InsideOut.
Sep 4th, 2010, 06:34 PM
He will still predict Kim to win :shrug::p

jelenacg
Sep 4th, 2010, 06:42 PM
^^
:lol:
I just hope she stays healthy and injury free ,after their match in Cincinnati i`m scared

Curtos07
Sep 4th, 2010, 09:06 PM
I guess this is the closest thing we have come yet to a confirmation that Ana and Adam are no longer together, if you believe the Daily Mail.

A love game for Ana Ivanovic as personal heartache leads to a professional return

Ana Ivanovic has dropped her boyfriend, Australian golf star Adam Scott, and fallen in love with tennis again.

It is understood she ended their relationship as her career went into free-fall this summer.

Once world No 1, Ivanovic’s ranking plunged to No 40 and she lost in the first round at Wimbledon.

Ivanovic, who plays defending champion Kim Clijsters today, said: ‘It’s hard when you lose a lot of matches and there have been tough moments.

'But I’m happy I managed to stay strong.’

Ivanovic easily eliminated 157th-ranked wild card Virginie Razzano of France 7-5, 6-0 in the third round at Flushing Meadows on Friday.

Ivanovic briefly sat atop the WTA rankings in 2008 after winning that year's French Open, one of three Grand Slam finals she's reached.

But some injuries and inconsistent play dropped her all the way to 65th in July, and she is currently 40th.

The U.S. Open is the only major tournament at which Ivanovic never has played in the quarterfinals. To change that, she'll need to get past the No. 2-seeded Clijsters, a 6-3, 6-0 winner over No. 27 Petra Kvitova.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-1309103/Ana-Ivanovics-personal-heartache-leads-professional-return.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

gaviotabr
Sep 4th, 2010, 09:32 PM
I guess this is the closest thing we have come yet to a confirmation that Ana and Adam are no longer together, if you believe the Daily Mail.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-1309103/Ana-Ivanovics-personal-heartache-leads-professional-return.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

I'm pretty sure they've indeed broken up. And I find it quite accurate the way the Daily Mail puts it.. Ana broke her relationship up and fell back in love with tennis. Honestly, she looks a lot happier now.

A few days ago, I saw this on the aussie media: http://tvnz.co.nz/tennis-news/ivanovic-moving-scott-and-up-3755645

It also mentions the break up. I think it's obvious it's for the best.. this relationship did Ana no good at all. And it looks so clear that her heart is back on tennis now.. Ana is an emotional player, she needs to wear her heart on court to win.. she can't afford to have it somewhere else. One day I guess she will learn to have both, but for now I sense her much happier with her heart on court.

gaviotabr
Sep 4th, 2010, 09:48 PM
I have to say, though, that I hope nobody goes bothering Ana with this topic in NY. That's the last thing she needs right now... She needs to be focused on tennis.

spiritedenergy
Sep 4th, 2010, 10:07 PM
I'm pretty sure they've indeed broken up. And I find it quite accurate the way the Daily Mail puts it.. Ana broke her relationship up and fell back in love with tennis. Honestly, she looks a lot happier now.

A few days ago, I saw this on the aussie media: http://tvnz.co.nz/tennis-news/ivanovic-moving-scott-and-up-3755645

It also mentions the break up. I think it's obvious it's for the best.. this relationship did Ana no good at all. And it looks so clear that her heart is back on tennis now.. Ana is an emotional player, she needs to wear her heart on court to win.. she can't afford to have it somewhere else. One day I guess she will learn to have both, but for now I sense her much happier with her heart on court.

yes i agree... i've always said she suspiciously started to suck since she found herself boyfriends... guess what, now she's single and she's playing well again...
Ana you are not ready to have boyfriends and be a top tennis player yet, you have time, stay single for a while now:kiss:

jelenacg
Sep 4th, 2010, 10:33 PM
So it`s official now ?? :p
We already knew that anyway :shrug: Man journalist are fast .They only needed a couple of month to realize they are not together :lol: Or maybe Ana/Adam decided to announce it now ...
I don`t think her problems are /were that small so that it was possible to solve them that easily by simply breaking up with someone .:shrug: But her relationship with him didn`t help either
The good thing is she didn`t look sad or anything in last couple of months.Not to mention she is glowing now :hearts:

Btw what a stupid way to say it: "Ana dropped..." :weirdo: They couldn`t find a different word or what :o

doni1212
Sep 4th, 2010, 10:35 PM
^^
:lol:
I just hope she stays healthy and injury free ,after their match in Cincinnati i`m scared

Me too! I was a little nervous about that as well...

bruce goose
Sep 4th, 2010, 11:26 PM
I have to say, though, that I hope nobody goes bothering Ana with this topic in NY. That's the last thing she needs right now... She needs to be focused on tennis.Just a couple quick comments....Ana herSELF said that she's MUCH happier now,so that pretty much exposes that sad farce for the shallow infatuation it was....FAR from true love......And,to address the press issue you mentioned,even the journalists seem to realize now what a piece of shit Cellblock Bitch Adam is...and how much better off Ana is w/o him...."Nice guys" don't hang around uncontrollable sluts like Kate Hudson...not even as 'platonic friends'...and no one who loved Ana would claim to be 'flattered' to be romantically linked to that gringa skank:rolleyes:....

Our Jelena is right;the shitbag didn't CAUSE the slump,but it got noticeably worse under his watch...another NON-coincidence is that Ana's mentality and results(Rome and Cincy) began improving after she dumped him...and,thanks to Mariya,she's got a wise voice now who can advise her on future bf prospects.......Who will take a backseat to tennis,of course:cool:

Dexter
Sep 5th, 2010, 08:33 AM
You seem the most happy with their split-up, Bruce. :lol:

Davodus
Sep 5th, 2010, 10:02 AM
A few days ago, I saw this on the aussie media: http://tvnz.co.nz/tennis-news/ivanovic-moving-scott-and-up-3755645


That article is from New Zealand, not Australia :p

bruce goose
Sep 5th, 2010, 02:03 PM
You seem the most happy with their split-up, Bruce. :lol:You're probably weeping in your latte' that you can't see any more shirtless pics of Adam,huh Dexter?:lol:.....To hell with the fact that Ana's career suffered,right?Well,maybe you'll get lucky and catch some pics of him surfing....While you're engaged in that desperate,frantic search,I'll be supporting Ana's comeback and referring back to her precise words that she is MUCH happier now...no other way to interpret that;)

Cp6uja
Sep 5th, 2010, 11:24 PM
Post-match Interview (with video) after USO R16 lose vs Kim (http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/interviews/2010-09-05/201009051283726639764.html)

An Interview With: Ana Ivanovic
Sunday, September 5, 2010

An interview with:

ANA IVANOVIC

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Despite the loss today, how would you rate your overall performance in the Open this year?
ANA IVANOVIC: Speaking beside this match today, I think I played really well. I probably played better than I expected, considering, you know, the circumstances and everything and how much, you know, I practiced beforehand.

But, yeah, so that's -- I'm very pleased with that overall.

Q. Are you beginning to get the feel again?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I definitely do. I was feeling really good in the court, and, you know, just swinging through, and, you know, hitting my favorite shots again.

You know, today I was just a little bit, you know, slow. I think nerves crept in, yeah.

Q. What were you nervous about?
ANA IVANOVIC: I don't know. Just felt like, you know, I was on the big stage again. I didn't have that feeling for a long time. You know, lots of kind of emotions came back, and I felt just a little slow and just a little bit, you know, out of it.

But she played well. I had my opportunities in the beginning that I didn't convert, so that was a little bit disappointing.

Q. But you've been on the big stage before, so you got on this morning and thought, Maybe I'm just not quite ready for this moment yet?
ANA IVANOVIC: Um, yeah, in some way a little bit, I felt like that. I just had some doubts a little bit, you know, just, you know, whether I can last a tough match.

But it's still, you know, kind of a process, and I made big steps. You know, it is disappointing in the way I kind of played today. But still, I had a really good week. You know, I probably got further than I expected to in the first place, so I'm really happy about that.

Q. Has it given you a flavor to want to be on the big stage? Does it give you the appetite to drive, to get yourself further to where you want to be again?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, it does. It definitely does. Actually, you practice and work hard for these kind of matches, you know, to be in a position to play against top players in a big stadium and big moment.

You know, that was in some ways a nice feeling. You know, that's what I want to work hard towards achieving, playing more of these matches, you know, and putting myself in a position to do so.

So I'm really -- you know, kind of last couple of tournaments gave me, you know, incentive to work harder and to get ready for these kind of matches.

Q. Have you ever looked at a tape of the French Open when you won it just to sort of see what you were doing then? When you were having problems, and see if you could figure out something you could change?
ANA IVANOVIC: Not really. I saw, you know, a few bits and pieces on YouTube, and never like the whole match. Yeah, I just felt like I was really consistent, you know, and I was doing everything solid.

You know, sometimes still I pull trigger too early. But, you know, I feel like I'm doing the right things, and I'm playing a lot better.

You know, I just have to be positive and don't let this match today set me back.

Q. If you had played this match on a back court with no one watching as well as you've been playing the last three matches, if it wasn't on the big stage, do you think it might have been different?
ANA IVANOVIC: Could have been. It's hard to say. Probably if it was not wind, maybe it would be different on the center court, as well. But that definitely didn't help.

Like I said, I felt my intensity was really low. Obviously my footwork went, and on the gusty conditions you need your feet. That's what was lacking today.

Q. How would you assess Clijsters' chances of winning it all?
ANA IVANOVIC: She has really good chances. She's playing really well. She lifts her game up when it's tight situation and when it's close and when she needs it. That's what all the big champions do. I think she has really good chance of doing well again.

Q. Maybe you don't know, but in Russia you have a lot of fans. What do you think about Russian tennis? Maybe you have any Russian friends in the locker room?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, you know, I played doubles with Maria Kirilenko a few years back. We're still friends. There's lot of players doing so well, and it's great to see. You know, it brings a lot more competition.

Q. What would make you happy at the end of the year after the Championships is over? What would satisfy you?
ANA IVANOVIC: Ranking-wise or...

Q. Anything.
ANA IVANOVIC: You know, I really try not to look so much at the rankings. You know, I still have few tournaments to go. I'll go to Asia a little bit early. You know, to actually win a title would be nice, because I really feel, you know, I'm actually in a position to do so, because I've been playing really good and have been playing a lot of matches after each other. So I really think I can do it. That would be nice.

Q. You were No. 1; then the tumble. Were you saying to yourself, This can't possibly be happening? What's wrong? Were you questioning yourself?
ANA IVANOVIC: It's tough. You do question a lot of things. You know, you doubt certain things. But I've been really lucky with people around me. Many times they believed in me more than I believed in myself, and many times they would help me get through a tough time.

Also, sponsors, they stuck with me. That gives you confidence. I know I have a game that it's, you know, kind of the future of tennis, a powerful game. I just had to work hard and to, you know, to stay focused on what I have to do to get back to the top.

Q. What were your problems with your belief, your self-belief?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, you obviously doubt if you lose a lot. That's the way it goes.

You know, it's just, you know, whether I have in me, you know, to win big matches. You know, I proved -- I beat a lot of top 10 players this year, even more than other players did.

Just, you know, because of my poor performance in other tournaments it doesn't seem that way, but I know I have a game to compete with the top and to be the top.

Q. Is this the happiest you've been? You seem not that disappointed considering, you know, you went out today. Is this the happiest you've felt on court playing tennis for a long, long time?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, it definitely does. I do feel really happy about, you know, my game and everything. I'm a little bit disappointed about the way I played today.

But like I said, you know, there were lots of things happening, you know, with lots of stress about, you know, whether I was gonna play or not. I just tried to hold these emotions, and I just felt today I kind of relaxed a little bit, because I also didn't have anything to lose. It all kind of came crashing down.

I really lost my way a little bit. That's disappointing; but overall, I'm just very happy about where my game's heading and the way I've been working and practicing.

gaviotabr
Sep 7th, 2010, 02:11 PM
I wanted to comment on this before, but forgot to do so..

I wonder why Ana has never watched her RG 2008 matches.. she certainly should, at least to see how great her game can be. Everytime she says she has a good game, I feel like she is almost apologetic about it, like if she was saying something that could ofend others. She is so insecure.. that's why a winner mentality just never comes naturally to her, she needs a lot of work and effort to build it. She has to convince herself she is worth it, she is prepared, she is good enough to win, and that takes so much time and effort. And since it's not natural, but constructed, build, it can break down at any moment. Like Kim said.. if you can make her doubt.. I wish someone would just tell her she should never doubt, that she has a lot of talent.. "go watch your great matches and be sure o it."

I also really hate this.. "I have nothing to lose" attitude. You ALWAYS have something to lose, starting out with the match. This attitude can get the player too relaxed, and from that to lose focus is just one little step.

At least she knows she was like a ghost out there, had no intensity, no concentration. Ana has often put up those kind of performances either against friends or against players she looked up to when she was coming up... like she has too much respect, she doesn't find she has the right to play them tough.. she is almost apologetic about it. Only when she gets so determined to win and so convinced she should win that she changes such attitude. But then again, that's a work of convincing herself, takes effort, and being unnatural won't always be there. It will be interesting to see if she realizes what the issue is and if she ever finds a permanent solution for it.

But well.. we'll see what the fall season and 2011 holds in store for Ana. Will she build herself a winner mentality again? Will she keep making progress? We've seen some very gradual improvement in the past month, but there is still a long way to go to get her game and mentality to a top 10 level... Will we see it getting there? Can Ana ever contend for big titles again? So many questions.. I'm curious to see what are the answers Ana will give.

gaviotabr
Sep 8th, 2010, 12:40 PM
Is this for real? :lol: Hilarious.. thanks to bokash:

USBGF Recognizes Tennis Star Ana Ivanovic
September 7, 2010 By admin

New York, NY, August 1, 2010 – The U.S. Backgammon Federation (USBGF) announced today that it is presenting an honorary lifetime membership to tennis star Ana Ivanovic. Ivanovic will receive a “Honorary Founding Sponsor” doubling cube.

“The USBGF is pleased to present Ana Ivanovic with an honorary lifetime membership,” said USBGF President Perry Gartner. “Ana’s enthusiasm for backgammon will be beneficial to the advancement of the game. We are excited to welcome her to the Federation as an honorary member.”

Ivanovic is being recognized for promoting the game of backgammon through frequent mention in interviews and blogs over the years.

In welcoming the honor, Ana said: “I’m flattered and grateful to receive this honorary membership. I don’t play so much these days, but when I was younger I used to play a lot with my old coach in player lounges around the world. It was a good way to pass time while waiting for my matches, especially at Wimbledon, when it rained!”

USBGF Honorary Membership is given to a person who has made significant contributions to and/or supports the game of backgammon. The USBGF is proud to recognize Ana’s fondness for backgammon, as well as her promotion of the game through interviews and blogs.


http://usbgf.dreamhosters.com/ana-ivanovic/

Davodus
Sep 8th, 2010, 12:44 PM
:haha: :haha: Yeah what an honour :lol: :p

But I do find backgammon fun :lol:

InsideOut.
Sep 8th, 2010, 01:16 PM
:worship: Backgammon GOAT

jelenacg
Sep 8th, 2010, 01:40 PM
What ?? :lol:

The 2nd Law
Sep 8th, 2010, 01:42 PM
What is backgammon? :lol: I've never ever played it.

Davodus
Sep 8th, 2010, 01:49 PM
It's really hard to explain :lol: But it's kind of fun when you are bored, especially when you are travelling. Try playing an online version or something.

jelenacg
Sep 8th, 2010, 01:58 PM
What is backgammon? :lol: I've never ever played it.

Me neither
At first i tought they were talking about badminton but then i google it and it made even less sense :spit:

The 2nd Law
Sep 8th, 2010, 02:03 PM
Me neither
At first i tought they were talking about badminton but then i google it and it made even less sense :spit:

It looks very geeky, suits Ana :p

Davodus
Sep 8th, 2010, 02:12 PM
Me neither
At first i tought they were talking about badminton but then i google it and it made even less sense :spit:

:lol:
It looks very geeky, suits Ana :p

yeah it's a nerd game, like checkers and stuff like that.

jelenacg
Sep 8th, 2010, 02:25 PM
It looks very geeky, suits Ana :p
That`s true :lol:
:lol:


yeah it's a nerd game, like checkers and stuff like that.

I think i know what that is but i`ve never played it either .I think we call it `mice` :lol:

Davodus
Sep 8th, 2010, 02:42 PM
That`s true :lol:


I think i know what that is but i`ve never played it either .I think we call it `mice` :lol:

you are not a nerd :sad: don't be too upset about that :p

jelenacg
Sep 8th, 2010, 02:59 PM
you are not a nerd :sad: don't be too upset about that :p

I can live with that :lol:

Cp6uja
Sep 18th, 2010, 11:15 PM
Ana give interview to Serbian newspaper "Politika" (http://www.politika.rs/rubrike/spektar/zivot-i-stil/Tenis-ce-uvek-biti-deo-mog-zivota.lt.html.). This interview belong not to "SPORT's" column of this newspaper, but "LIFE & STYLE", which explain why majority of questions are not tennis related. Couple of answers are translated on Ana official site and rest is translated by google (with some my little corrections):


LIFE & STYLE

Interview: Ana Ivanovic
Tennis will always be a part of my life
My goal is to win all four Grand Slam. It is not easy, but I believe I have a game that I made it and enough time over the next year
Ana Ivanovic: I am still young and I will play for many years


Few tennis fans in Serbia do not know that Ana Ivanovic decided to take a tennis racket in hand when, as a five-year child watched a tennis match on television. Asked the father to her and buy it shortly after it and got a birthday present. Even then she was sure that she will play on the tennis court.

With the ups and downs that have marked the past year of her life, one of the best players of the world goes on, hoping the new victories, which says in an interview for "Politika".

One of the dreams that you dreamed you already achieved. Dream to become world #1 tennis player. Do you still dream and hope as the achievement of those other dreams?
Sure. My goal is to win all four Grand Slams. It is not easy, but I believe I have a game for that and enough time to achieve that. Of course, I would like to be #1 in the world again, but more than that I want to win big tournaments.

When you come to Belgrade, to which place you prefer to go out, to which restaurant to go to lunch or dinner, in which cafes to drink coffee?
While I was traveling non-stop visiting restaurants. And since I'm not often in Belgrade, most enjoy it to relax in an apartment of my parents with the food they prepare themselves. Also, glad to visiting friends and relatives. When it comes to going out, there are several restaurants on the river where I go regularly with friends.

Do you meet your childhood friends and do they regard you as the world-famous Ana Ivanovic or just an ordinary Ana from the neighborhood and the street you lived in?
Yes, I still know many people that I grew up with. They’ve known me since I was a kid and I think they still see me like they always did, not as some celebrity or anything like that. When I am with friends we don’t really talk about tennis; we talk about the same stuff as anyone else: relationships, traveling, maybe some book we’re reading, stuff like that.

Are you a fashion fan and who are your favourite fashion designers?
Yes, I do enjoy following fashion a little bit – I sometimes read fashion magazines. I don’t have one favourite designer but I love the dresses of Matthew Williamson and Miu Miu shoes.

How do you cope with the popularity of being a world-famous tennis player?
I think it’s important to have a balanced life and have interests outside of tennis. This means that you are not obsessed with tennis, even though it’s very important to you. I spend my free time doing other things, not watching or reading about tennis. It’s also important to have a good team around you to take care of things off the court, for example helping to arrange interviews and travel, so that my main focus can be tennis.

Do you manage to cope with the press? Are the journalists more annoying in Belgrade and Serbia or somewhere else in the world?
When I first started playing tennis I was really shy and was a little bit worried about talking to the media but I’ve grown up since then and I’ve quickly learnt that it’s an important part of the job. It can be interesting too, because sometimes you are asked questions you didn’t ask yourself, and that makes you think a little more deeply.

When you one day leave the world of professional tennis, in which direction you think your life will go? Do you know do about it?
It's hard to say because I'm still young and I will play for many years. I am sure that tennis will always be a part of my life was to play professionally or not. Also, I may in the future to try out in business or continue to study.

How much love, wider perspective, the driving force for you?
I would not say. I very like to compete and enjoy the surpassing of the field. It moves me and love has nothing to do with it.

Snezana Čikarić

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Idol Monica Seles

When the start of her idol was then a world best tennis player Monica Seles, who was then playing for the flag of Yugoslavia. First big global attention on Ana is happen when she reach junior finals at Wimbledon 2004. The world women's tennis "subdued" four years later (reach #1). But two years later she is #37.

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Ana's fashion choice

- Matthew Williamson is an English fashion designer whose creations often wear stars such as Bjork, Sienna Miller, Kelis, Jade Jagger ... This designer, born in Manchester 1971, completed the prestigious St Martins College London and his first fashion line launched in 1996. year. He has worked for the Indian fashion brand "Monsoon", and last year began to create for the Swedish company, "H & M". One of the few designers who have their online store, and launched the perfume that bears his name.

- Miu Miu is a line of the famous fashion house "Prada". Italian designer Prada Miuccia launched this line of high fashion 1992, and the brand name derived from its nickname. This fashion brand boutiques are located all over the world - from New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, via London, Paris, Florence, Rome and Milan to Melbourne, Tokyo, Singapore, Kuwait ... When the boutique opened last year in Hawaii, some thongs and gave $ 15,000 for a unique bag.

Shoes brand Miu Miu cost of 300 euros and up, and clothes and shoes with the signature, in addition to our Ana Ivanovic, love to wear Katie Holmes, Vanessa Paradis, Laetitia Casta ...

J. K.

gaviotabr
Sep 18th, 2010, 11:55 PM
Google translation:

Anna ready for the new victory!
N. Mandrapa | 18th septembar 2010th 21:06 | Comments: 0

I believe that I will play well in Seoul, said Ana Ivanovic for the "News" after arriving in Seoul
Ana Ivanovic

ARMY photographers and journalists welcomed the Ana Ivanovic at the airport in Seoul, with such pomp and attention to even our player could not believe what was happening. The first star of the upcoming 'Hansol open "has already arrived and do some training with a young Korean players, but better known rival Polon Herzog, and to give an interview for a popular television station.
- I learned a Korean phrase, with the help of friendly hosts, which I really liked it. It is an honest expression that "Thanksgiving Day", their national holiday - it takes next week, from Tuesday to Thursday, which means that they have plenty of time for celebration - recounts the "News" Ivanovic after arriving in Seoul.

In addition to intensive training and sparring matches, Ana before the start of competition, in which will be among the bearers, visit the "adidas" shop where they associate with their fans and sign autographs.
- I believe that I will play well in Seoul. The foundation is "ribaund Ace", which was formerly used in the Australian Open. However, were replaced by the "pleksikušnom. Bounce the ball high and slow - concludes Ivanovic.

http://www.novosti.rs/vesti/sport.72.html:300578-Ana-spremna-za-nove-pobede

Cp6uja
Sep 19th, 2010, 07:32 AM
Tennis stars to play at Hansol Korea Open

By Yoon Chul

The Hansol Korea Open — the only World Tennis Association (WTA) tour event held in Korea — will be held for the seventh time from Saturday for a nine-day run.

With the goal of attracting more attention, the Korea Tennis Association (KTA) invited many world stars who will compete for the $220,000 prize money.

Former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic (now ranked 37th), who captured the Roland Garros title — one of the four grand slams — in 2008 and Dinara Safina (59th) will compete at the Olympic Park in Seoul. Russia’s Maria Kirilenko, who competed in the Hansol Korea Open for last four years, will also appear.

The 39-year-old Kimiko Date Krumm, who beat then reigning champion Kirilenko in last year’s semifinal, will try to defend the title.

But the No. 1 and No. 2 seed are given to high rankers, Nadia Petrova (19th) and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (25th).

In addition, the 19-year-old rising star Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will join the competition.

Among those participating, Ivanovic is the strongest candidate for the title.

The 23-year-old Russian advanced to the round of 16 in the U.S Open, but lost to eventual champion Kim Clijsters of Belgium.

Korean players Lee Jin-a and Kim So-jung are poised to challenge to be the first Koreans to win the tournament.

“With many world-class players at the tournament, Korean tennis fans will be able to see high-level tennis played on their soil,” Lee Jin-soo, a director of Hansol Korea Open, said.

Tennis stars like Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams, and Nicole Vaidisove have claimed the trophy one time but no one has taken the title twice.

The tournament will also include women’s double matches.

Women’s U.S. Open doubles champions Vania King of the United States and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan will likely compete in the tournament as a pair. Petrova, who was a runner-up in the U.S. Open in the doubles and Martinez Sanchez, who is ranked 11th in doubles standings, will also play.

In Korea, about 700,000 people play tennis, with many doubles competitions for amateurs due mainly to a lack of space.

“The seventh Hansol Korea Open is expected to provide people with the chance to enjoy seeing world stars,” Lee said.
yc@koreatimes.co.krAccording to this Korea Times article (http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/sports/2010/09/136_73161.html) Anna Ivanova is well-known player in South Korea :hearts:

gaviotabr
Sep 22nd, 2010, 01:38 PM
Interview with Ana IVANOVIC (SRB)

8:00 pm, Wed Sep 22, 2010

Q. You had a tough match today. What do you think was the main reason?
A. Yeah, it was a tough match. I think I created a lot of opportunities for myself but she started to play better. And my mistakes in the middle match.

Q. Your opponent repeatedly hit the balls to your backhand side. Did you know that during the game?
A. Yes, since she started coming closer to the net. I think I should have gone a little more down the line on my back earlier in the rally. But I think that was my mistake. I let her dominate too much.

Q. In your interview with the Australian Open earlier this year, you said you play better from instinct. How did you play today? Did you think a lot during the game?
A. I tried. I think in the second set when she started being more aggressive and coming in, I thought I wasn’t aggressive enough and I let her dominate. And I didn’t move forward as much as I should have.

Q. You’ve been playing better and better compared to early this year recovering from slumps and injuries. What points made you achieve such condition?
A. I think I really started working in a proper way. And I tried to consistent in my work. And that’s been lacking a little bit. It’s very hard to play well if you haven’t put hard work in, and there’s always up and downs. I think it’s very important to keep working hard and I feel a lot better about my game in general because I’ve been practicing hard continuously.

Q. Please give a word to many fans who are sorry that you’ve lost.
A. I’m really disappointed that I have to leave and that I lost today because I really got big support here through my practice days so it’s been great and I’m thankful for that. I really hope I get the opportunity to come back here and see them again.

Q. There were a number of judging issues during the game. How did it impact your game?
A. Well it’s tough when you don’t know and it’s hard for me to see because I’m so far away. But there has been a point when I had the ball to go 5-4 in the second set. It was very close. It was hard for me to see but it is tough when these things happen.

Q. I’m sure you haven’t had a chance to see any other places in Seoul. Do you have any place in mind to visit?
A. No. unfortunately I did not. But I heard that the mountain and the tower is really nice. Maybe I could get a chance to see that.

Q. After several days’ of stay in Seoul, what is your impression about Korea?
A. I think people are very friendly and I’m really surprised how many fans I have here and I’m really happy to see that. It makes me feel very warm and welcome here. So I wanna come back.

Q. Where can we see your next play?
A. Tokyo and then Beijing.

Dictation by Shirley Hwang, KTA Press

http://www.hansolopen.com/2010/eng/news/news_view.jsp

I don't know what to make of this.. Ana played like crap.. awful ugly out of the top 200 tennis.. and I hope she knows it. :o

gaviotabr
Oct 4th, 2010, 04:55 PM
Google translation of an article about Ana's presser today:

Ana Ivanovic: Wards still need to redouble our efforts and Scott had separated
http://sports.sina.com.cn 2010年10月04日21:23 新浪体育 http://sports.sina.com.cn 2010年10月04日21:23 Sina Sports
Ana Ivanovic: Wards still need to redouble our efforts and Scott had separated
Ivan is very happy

Ticker News October 4, total prize money of $ 4,500,000 of the China Open WTA tournament to crown the first round of the competition. Lotus Stadium in the final at the end of the match, former world number one Serbian beauty Ana Ivanovic beat No. 11 seed to 6-2/6-3 France's Marion Bartoli, very near the strong women's singles second round the next round will face Belarus player Jiawoersuo doll challenge. Saihouyiwan Norwich accepted the reporters.

。 For today's game, Ivan said he was satisfied with their performance, said: "This is a very good game, I am doing very well. In today's game, I did a lot of changes, and these changes are work. "Since Ivan had just lost last week in Tokyo opponent Marion Bartoli today, so this game is also a revenge for Ivan. After the game, Ivan Bartoli commented that: "She is a very tough player, played against in recent times, I have lost many times. So I win this game really feel happy. Last week Tokyo's fight, I still remember. last week's game, I made a lot of mistakes, so in today's race I had a lot of adjustments. In addition, due to the different venues, I can hit the ball very well today, the movement to her, which I was very beneficial. "

China has a lot of fans like Ivanovic, they are looking forward to Ivan in the network performance. Ivan also expressed the hope that he can win a few games, mostly in China for a few days. She says: "to return here, I am very happy, I see a lot during the race fans, this feeling is very good. This is my third visit to the Lotus court, but today's game is I'm here The first game, to win I am quite happy and excited. Today, I think I got a lot of fan support, I really like this race, because before I failed to stay here for a long time, so I hope that he can win a few games. "

For the WTA rankings, if the Danish Sweetheart Wo Zini outstanding performance in Aceh this week, is expected to become the new world. ” Being asked his opinion on this issue, so Ivan replied: "Wo Zini Aceh is a young player, she will have a very good future. Of course, to become the world's first, the need to redouble our efforts again, a breakthrough Caixing. I think the WTA rankings are very open. You know, every player should be in her position, if they work hard play hard training, have the opportunity to get the Grand Slam. "

In addition, when the media asked her boyfriend Scott, Ivan, and lob the relationship between the handsome, Ivanovic said: "This is a player's personal problems (laughs), he and I have not together." Obviously, Ivan and do not want to disclose more details.

http://sports.sina.com.cn/t/2010-10-04/21235233303.shtml

gaviotabr
Oct 4th, 2010, 04:59 PM
Interview to Sina news agency after the match:

Ivan Interview: 2011 Grand Slam on winning support for the blog to thank fans Sina
http://sports.sina.com.cn 2010年10月04日22:24 新浪体育 http://sports.sina.com.cn 2010年10月04日22:24 Sina Sports
Ivan Interview: 2011 Grand Slam on winning support for the blog to thank fans Sina

Ivan Interview: 2011 Grand Slam on winning support for the blog to thank fans Sina

Ticker on October 4, 2010 China Open women's singles first round of the competition to continue, girl Ana Ivanovic of Serbia Lotus Stadium in their outstanding performance in his debut to 6-2/6- 3, the score was swept last week in Tokyo champion Marion Bartoli of France defeated his smoothly advanced to the second round. After the match, the sponsor Rolex box in Ana Tennis accepted an exclusive interview with Sina, which pass for individuals in the CAPE Sina Chinese micro-Bo ( http://t.sina.com.cn ) incident, Ivan said he very happy to have such a way to communicate with the Chinese fans, saying the fans to give their support and encouragement very much.

Sina Tennis: Back to China to participate in the network you have any particular feelings?

Ana Ivanovic: very excited, this is my third time here in the network arena, but it is my first race here, so I am very happy to win today's victory, and I very much like the stadium, the audience have the love of tennis is very, it feels great to see.

Sina Tennis: cooperate with the new coach, he has to help you retrieve old killer it? 强大的正手。 Powerful forehand.

Ana Ivanovic: to some extent, and he has helped me find the kind of ball instincts. Some time ago I had hit rock bottom, it is because the reasons for lack of confidence, after winning more and more gradual improvement. But he did help me improve the ability to serve, and this gave me a shot to use is the opportunity to attack from different angles. But the most important thing in my own, on their own initiative to face and solve problems.

Sina Tennis: the performance of your network in the U.S. is very good, but lost to Jim (Kim Clijsters). Do you think what your current level of position, especially when the face of these top players such as Jim, Serena (Williams) and Caroline (Wo Zini Aceh).

Ana Ivanovic: I think they have enough ability to compete with them, and can behave well. You know, I have many scenes of this year, the world's top 10 players on a victory, than some other players should get the victory, and this gave me the confidence I need to do now is to keep living, and a win a win came here, so that sufficient continuity and stability.

Sina Tennis: Speaking of confidence, you think you have the confidence that they can return to the world's first location?

Ana Ivanovic: Yes, I do believe they can do it. But this is not my main goal, my goal is to win the Grand Slam champions once again, these are also I have been trying to do.

Sina Tennis: So we can expect in the near future you do this?

Ana Ivanovic: I wish I could be again in 2011 to win the Grand Slam title.

Sina Tennis: We all know that you are a very dedicated athlete, as long as circumstances permit, that will try to play the game. So please talk to you, for Serena, Venus and Jim in particular made the announcement at the last minute decision to retire, how do you see it?

Ana Ivanovic: It's hard to say because I do not know their situation, I think the players are willing to go to Beijing to race, especially to do very well this tournament, so I made sure that they are helpless the decision is not participating. It is very regrettable, because I think the fans are very much like to see them come to Beijing to play the game.

Sina Tennis: You opened a network of individuals on the Chinese micro-Bo, you talk about this experience.

Ana Ivanovic: in Sina, right?

Sina Tennis: Yes, that is what we are here. Do you think fans in China have the opportunity to communicate this way how important is it for you?

Ana Ivanovic: I think very important, and I also enjoy it, they gave me a lot of friendly support and feedback in particular.
Sina Tennis: So you have to see if they give you the message?

Ana Ivanovic: have seen some, but not all see the opportunity. But to see those they left behind a very positive message, so I feel very happy. I think the fans is very important to give them a chance to see outside the stadium we have to do something, so this is a very good channels of communication, that they have given me support and friendly, and I will continue to write, and really enjoyed it.

Sina Tennis: You will pay close attention to in their spare time to continue their study it?

Ana Ivanovic: Yes, I'm studying economics, I really would like to complete such studies, but the last one and a half years I did not have time to learn, although I really want to do, but recently has been to play well to focus on this aspect. I will of course continue their studies, because learning is something I am very interested.

Sina Tennis: So you would think about the future into the business?

Ana Ivanovic: Maybe (laughs).Later specific look, so I completed the first academic economics.

Sina Tennis: Talk about your brother, I heard him playing basketball in practice?

Ana Ivanovic: Yes, he likes playing basketball, and the level of good, but he is only 18 years old, so he decided it should first school in the first place, soon he will go to England to study, the first English language classes there in the first half, hoping to stay there to continue their studies.

http://sports.sina.com.cn/t/2010-10-04/22245233390.shtml

InsideOut.
Oct 4th, 2010, 05:04 PM
Weird translation :lol: Basically she's saying some pretty generic stuff; about how she feels loved here and that she's happy to be playing on Lotus Court for the first time, on her third visit to the Olympic Park. She said that she would love to win more matches here so as to stay longer in Beijing. About the game, she said that she made adjustments and learnt from the loss against Bartoli in Tokyo, and that she was able to effectively move Bartoli around today.

She also commented on Wozniacki's potential rise to no.1, that she's a very promising young player :lol: and that the WTA rankings are very fair and anyone who works hard has a chance to get a Slam.

She also confirmed that she is no longer together with Adam, but declined to comment more. :)

gaviotabr
Oct 4th, 2010, 05:08 PM
Weird translation :lol: Basically she's saying some pretty generic stuff; about how she feels loved here and that she's happy to be playing on Lotus Court for the first time, on her third visit to the Olympic Park. She said that she would love to win more matches here so as to stay longer in Beijing. About the game, she said that she made adjustments and learnt from the loss against Bartoli in Tokyo, and that she was able to effectively move Bartoli around today.

She also commented on Wozniacki's potential rise to no.1, that she's a very promising young player :lol: and that the WTA rankings are very fair and anyone who works hard has a chance to get a Slam.

She also confirmed that she is no longer together with Adam, but declined to comment more. :)

Thanks Ben! I have to say this post helped a lot. Google translation of chinese is worse than usual google translations. :spit::tape:

gaviotabr
Oct 5th, 2010, 09:37 AM
Interview with Ana in the newspaper Luxembourg Wort:

"The tournament fits perfectly with my person"
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The 22-year-old Serb woman reaches for a weak phase again and looking forward to the event in Kockelscheuer

From page 1 Ana Ivanovic is one in two weeks of the favorites when the fight female tennis professionals at CK Sport Center in Kockelscheuer to the final success of the "BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open (220 000 U.S. dollars). The Serb won the tournament three years ago and feels good in Luxembourg.


They have decided the tournament in Kockelscheuer, which they won in 2007 to take part. What reasons have motivated you to, on that hard court event turn over?

I've always liked to come to Luxembourg. The tournament is perfect for me: it is held in a peaceful and cool place. I always feel welcome in Luxembourg - the organizers do everything to help. For that I am very grateful to them. Besides, I am in this event, which goes well in my tournament schedule, to celebrate yet another successful conclusion.

Once you were the world number one ranking and her first Grand Slam in Paris had won in 2008, you knew a difficult time. Last season, you have not first time in five years, finished in the top 20. What went wrong after the 2008 season?

I look better in the future than in the past. However, I think that there were some injuries and lack of self confidence are the main causes for this difficult time.

Now try again to push into the top. What goals have you been stuck for the rest of the season?

I think the tournament in Cincinnati has taken a turn - I have commanded good tennis there and am satisfied with my performances at the U.S. Open. I have tanked in the U.S. a lot of confidence and I was shown that I can still beat some top players ever. I would like to receive this form now upright and see what I can get the whole story. It is now already some time ago that I won a tournament and therefore is another successful closing my big goal.

What do you aim to achieve by the end of your career?

Since I am a tennis professional, my goal is to win all Grand Slam tournaments. I feel well on all surfaces and I think I have the strength to triumph in all Grand Slams. Although it may be difficult to achieve this goal.

They have Heinz Günthardt committed as a coach. How has he changed your game?

He immediately realized that I would make some technical mistakes. I was too tight and the ball did not therefore be taken at the right point. Heinz has advised me to put more on my instincts. This I did and now I'm playing again powerful. I also have filed on my serve.

If you have something in your career could be reversed, what would it be?

I do not really want to think about it, but I would have tried to be spared from injury, when I was number one in the world.

Jelena Jankovic of Serbia has another top player. See the competition in their own country as an advantage or disadvantage?

I think it's great that plays along with Jelena another Serbian player in the world rankings. It motivates me and shows me, that I exert myself more needs to be number one in my home country and the world.

The Belgians Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters comeback on the WTA Tour and

were immediately able to keep up with the top players. Did that surprise you?

Not really, because both Kim and Justine are great players and great champions. I must admit that I did not think that Kim would win the U.S. Open so quickly, but to see both again in the world rankings, I'm not surprised. They have so much talent and are extremely difficult to defeat.

They sometimes work as a model and were already on the cover of FHM to see. Are not you afraid that you will keep more of your photos because of your tennis game in your mind?

I would not say that I "work" as a model. This year I participated, for example, only a very few photo shoots. I like it, send me sometimes to attract and work with professional photographers. I am also of the opinion that the fans like it if they can get to know me once from a different angle.

Your website is the most visited of all athletes. How proud are you of these statistics?

I'm very flattered, even if I am not responsible for my site. The people who work to give much trouble and the fans try to offer something if I do not play. I think that's why so many Internet users visit my site regularly. The design is quite to my taste.

http://img830.imageshack.us/img830/5135/lux3.jpg

http://img830.imageshack.us/img830/5135/lux3.jpg

gaviotabr
Oct 5th, 2010, 10:15 AM
Ana and Wickmayer will really play doubles in Luxembourg. The tournament announced today they were given a WC into the doubles main draw:

BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open - Wildcards: Tremuth, Cornelius

TENNIS - Die Veranstalter der BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open 2010 (16. bis 24. Oktober) auf Kockelscheuer haben am Montag die Wildcards für Hauptfeld und Qualifikation mitgeteilt.

Bekannt war, dass die beste Luxemburgerin, Mandy Minella (WTA 133), eine Wildcard erhält. Ebenfalls fest stand, dass die Nr. 9 der Welt, Jelena Dementjewa (Russland), und Virginie Razzano (Frankreich, 111) ebenfalls auf diesem Weg ins Hauptfeld gelangt sind.

Die vierte und letzte Wildcard vergibt die Vermarktungs-Agentur Octagon an die erst 15-jährige Yulia Putintseva. Die Russin machte bereits 2009 auf Kockelscheuer auf sich aufmerksam: Mit ihrem aggressiven Spiel verpasste sie die Qualifikation für das Hauptfeld nur knapp.

In der Qualifikation, die am Samstag, 16. Oktober beginnt, gehen insgesamt drei FLT-Spielerinnen an den Start. Anne Kremer (178) benötigt keine Wildcard. Anders bei Sarah Tremuth und Tiffany Cornelius, die vom Veranstalter mit eben diesen ausgestattet werden. Die beiden anderen Wildcards gehen an Frankreich: Alizé Cornet (75) und Caroline Garcia (342).

Im Doppel gehen Yanina Wickmayer (Belgien) und Ana Ivanovic (Serbien) mit einer Wildcard im Hauptfeld an den Start.

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Die Wildcards

Hauptfeld: Jelena Dementjewa (Russland, WTA 9), Virginie Razzano (Frankreich, 111), Mandy Minella (Luxemburg, 133), Yulia Putintseva (Russland, 807)

Qualifikation: Alizé Cornet (Frankreich, 75), Caroline Garcia (Frankreich, 342), Sarah Tremuth, Tiffany Cornelius (beide Luxemburg)

Doppel-Hauptfeld: Yanina Wickmayer/Ana Ivanovic (Belgien/Serbien)

http://www.tageblatt.lu/index.php/sports/45323.html

gaviotabr
Oct 5th, 2010, 10:41 AM
According to the following article, Ana and Hantuchova were given WCs into Bali. Sharapova will also be playing:

Ana Ivanovic Ramaikan Commonwealth Tournament
Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 17:11 pm

Muhayati Faridatun - Okezone

JAKARTA - Events International Women's tennis tournament this year at last stop in Indonesia. Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions will be held on the island and a number of world famous tennis player ready to compete.

Located at the Bali International Convention Centre (BICC), The Westin Resort, Nusa Dua, the tournament will take place throughout the 4 to 7 November 2010. Rows of the world's best tennis player names on the list of confirmed participants.

Yes, they include 2006 Australian Open champion Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia pledge Maria Sharapova, tennis icon China's Li Na, winner of this tournament last Aravane Rezai, and former world number one Ana Ivanovic, who breezed to the wild card.

"An individual's pride can bring the world's best tennis players, including Ana Ivanovic," said tournament director Kevin Livesey, during a press conference at the Grand Hyatt, Jakarta, Tuesday (10/05/2010).

Ivanovic will enliven this tournament, after missing the last few months. Serbian tennis player from the left leg injury last August, until forced to resign after penetrating the Cincinnati semifinals.

Not only Ivanovic, Daniela Hantuchova also participated in track wild card. This is the second time for the fourth time for Ivanovic and Hantuchova in action on the island. In addition to the six players mentioned above, Yanina Wickmayer and Alisa Kleybanova will fulfill the eight participants.

Indeed, none of the name of Indonesian tennis player who took part. According to tournament director, the quality of Homeland tennis tournament has not yet reached this level, until the wild card was not feasible given. The presumption is shared by former world mainstay Red and White, Angelique Wijaya.

"In quality, our players did not yet. So, instead they do not want to love wild card. Thus this should be a reference, not even embarrass myself to expect the wild card," said Indonesia is the only tennis player ever to enliven the tournament.

http://sports.okezone.com/read/2010/10/05/39/379416/ana-ivanovic-ramaikan-commonwealth-tournament

Hum.. is this true?

Cp6uja
Oct 5th, 2010, 03:00 PM
...Since I am a tennis professional, my goal is to win all Grand Slam tournaments. I feel well on all surfaces and I think I have the strength to triumph in all Grand Slams...It's exactly what I always say that must to be her careers main goal :eek:

Heinz has advised me to put more on my instincts. This I did and now I'm playing again powerful. I also have filed on my serve.Heinz :worship: "POWER" is key and most important thing for Ana success... more than anything mental, tactical or technical.

According to the following article, Ana and Hantuchova were given WCs into Bali. Sharapova will also be playing:



http://sports.okezone.com/read/2010/10/05/39/379416/ana-ivanovic-ramaikan-commonwealth-tournament

Hum.. is this true?It's very probably true. When we not count players which will play big YEC, Sharapova is one of TOP6 ranked 2010 MM winners, and all other Direct Entry players which is mentioned is exactly MM 2010 winners which should to play there due current ranking, except Kaia Kanepi should to take advantage instead Alisa Kleybanova (probably there is some reason for that switch). Ana got this WC like WTA superstar (we expect this since Ana mentioned couple times in near past that maybe will finish 2010 season there) and Hantuchova like most loyal player of previous Bali tier-III event.

spiritedenergy
Oct 5th, 2010, 03:59 PM
"I tanked the Us Open"... she finally admitted it:spit::p

bruce goose
Oct 10th, 2010, 03:37 PM
She also confirmed that she is no longer together with Adam, but declined to comment more. :)I've been waiting to unload this one for a while: "Ana seems happy":p:p:p

Cp6uja
Oct 11th, 2010, 07:52 PM
I find this interesting Austrian article about Ana's Linz surprising commitments. Here is Google translation:

Pain at Williams too big, Ivanovic a colorful replacement
Enlarge pain at Williams Ivanovic too large a colorful replacement

Serena Williams had to withdraw due to great pain. Image: GEPA
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LINZ. On Thursday came in the evening hours, the promise of the Generali Ladies tennis in Linz, yesterday had to cancel Serena Williams injured. The leaders reacted quickly, however, committed the Serbian tennis pin-up Ana Ivanovic as a substitute.

At 9.58 clock landed early yesterday morning the Lufthansa plane LH 3522 from Frankfurt, in Hörsching. The bouquet of flowers as a welcome was as ready as a luxury car, which was to bring Serena Williams in the player hotel. The only blemish? Serena Williams was not as planned aboard the plane. Already at 4.21 clock an e-mail from the management of the 13-time Grand Slam champion at Linz tournament director Sandra Reichel had been received. In the final training session in Miami on Saturday, she felt pain in the foot. Since July, they had forced a tendon operation to a pause in the Tips arena they should celebrate their return to the tennis circus. The recent injury but made her a semi-stunned by the bill and Sandra Reichel. "When I checked my mail in the morning, I knew just no longer know what to do. Everything was paid for, all agreed. I was asked many times in the past few days, what was the worst in the past 20 years, and the Linz tournament has happened. Since Sunday morning, I can say that the cancellation of Serena Williams, "said Reichel.

The paralysis in the tournament director lasted only briefly. "It hurts me do that, I have yet to look forward," said Reichel, and picked up the phone. All available players and their management were bare, and even the world governing body, the WTA, was turned on, to find a replacement for Williams. Reichel at 16.45 clock was the coup that will compensate the tennis fans in Linz for the absence of Williams. The Serb Ana Ivanovic, who has pitched in Linz in 2008 and won, said to her coming. Two years ago she enchanted audiences with her playing the fans in Linz.

Shape curve is a steep uphill

The former world number one (2008) is currently in the world rankings "only" 36th place Its shape curve but already showed last week at the China Open in Beijing steeply uphill. In the quarter-finals they had to just the new number one women's tennis world, the Dane Caroline Wozniacki, beaten with 6:7, 4:6

Just like in NYC BJK Cup 2010 case Ana and her's starpower is events "last moment savior" (replacement for w/o Serena Williams). Also I'm pretty sure that Ivanovic WC participation into Bali MM-masters draw is not connected with her's own special will to prolong this season for two weeks playing at ends of the world 3-days event (which include her's birthday day also in Indonesia), but she is just voluntary part of deal between WTA and Bali organizers. New MM-YEC format is reduced by WTA into just 7-matches tournament (it's more looks now like some FED CUP tie :tape:) so host risk real financial and media disaster if only MM-queens will play without any big name, and personally since start I'm pretty sure that Sharapova will not travel there after so frustrating finish of season. So once again Ana going somewhere to be savior of some WTA event. She seems to me now like smart girl which use properly her starpower to secure her positions on tour before final comeback next season, and I must to confess that I in past obviously underrate her's political and diplomatic skills :D So whatever will be Ana results in Bali, Luxembourg and Linz, she already reach many "points" from this ends-2010 MM-episode. But Ana must be careful in future if somebody trying to abuse her's good will and traditional cooperation, like we have case this summer with Canadian Rogers Cup.

jelenacg
Oct 12th, 2010, 05:08 PM
Practice Makes Perfect

After about 5 failed attempts, I finally got round to checking out the Linz practice courts. Obviously with a multi-sport arena, the practice courts are usually going to be separate from the main venue. And Linz is no different.

These practice courts are situated only about 100 metres away from the main stadium, so it could be worse. But it’s one thing seeing the big building in front of you, and it’s another thing altogether to actually find the door to that building. As I said before, it took about five different routes until I finally realised where the courts were.

The good thing about the practice courts being tough to find is that it means that the players are usually left alone. Usually, but not entirely. As I entered the courts, Ana Ivanovic was just leaving her court. A man (who looked at least 70-years old) was following behind her and begging her to sign his program, to which she replied; “But I just signed it!” As she walked past me, I was doing a terrible job at stopping myself from laughing at the scene. As she caught a glimpse of me smiling, she rolled her eyes and raised her eyebrows while similing too. Probably one of those “you have to be there moments”, but it was pretty hilarious.

There were only two practice courts, and as Ana left the far court, The Bondarenkos took her place and began to hit as if they were in the third set of the US Open final. it was pretty fun to watch. On the adjacent court, Anne Keothavong was hitting with a junior kid. She was hitting well, so her match against Petkovic tomorrow should (and hopefully will) be a cracker.


http://www.footfault.net/

And there is also Ana`s presser from Linz

jelenacg
Oct 15th, 2010, 06:54 AM
It was the top story on the front page :spit:

http://img829.imageshack.us/img829/6333/ana1.png (http://img829.imageshack.us/i/ana1.png/)

jelenacg
Oct 15th, 2010, 07:04 AM
Interview with Andrea Petkovic
http://archiv.kleine.at/sport/tennis/2516918/petkovic-mission-tenniscourt-statt-flatscreen.story


First, the 23-year-old but will make the best of her tennis career. Privately, the German with Linz-top star Ana Ivanovic very good friends, "I would describe it almost as my closest friend on the tour." With it, she speaks Serbian and plans together with Ivanovic for the Davis Cup final in Serbia - France (. 3rd-5th December) to go. "Ana is very honest and she is everything I knew with 14, appreciates it as the modesty of the former world number first.

The 2nd Law
Oct 15th, 2010, 11:30 AM
Petkorazzi :hearts:

Curtos07
Oct 16th, 2010, 07:08 PM
Ana and Nole are the #1 seeds at Hopman Cup. They are placed in the same group with Belgium. That means Ana will have to play Justine Henin.

Hopman Cup seedings pave way for Serbia, US glamour tussle

ARGUABLY the two most photographed sportswomen on the planet - 13-time grand slam winner Serena Williams and Serbian glamour girl Ana Ivanovic - are scheduled to square off in the final of January's Hopman Cup.

Serbia and the US have been installed as the No.1 and No.2 seeds in the mixed-teams tournament's strongest field in its 23-year history.

The January 1-8 event at Burswood has drawn men's and women's world No.2s Novak Djokovic and Williams, fourth-ranked male Andy Murray and former world No.1s Justine Henin and Ivanovic.

The wealth of talent made the task of the seeding committee, comprised of tournament director Paul McNamee, assistant Rob Casey and Tennis West president Dean Williams, a difficult one.

The Australian team of Hewitt and Alicia Molik, not surprisingly, missed a seeding with Great Britain's team of Murray and Laura Robson, and Belgium duo Steve Darcis and Henin rounding out the top four.

Hewitt said he was unfazed by the omission. He and Molik, who teamed for Australia's last final appearance in 2003, will chase our first Hopman title in 12 years.

"It's not a big deal for us not being seeded, but it does show the strength of the field for 2011," Hewitt said.

"We'll be doing our best to get through to the final again."

The Hopman Cup set-up of No.1 (Serbia) and No.4 (Belgium) seeds in the first group and No.2 (USA) and No.3 (Great Britain) seeds in the second group paves the way for an entree to the likely Australian Open women's final between Williams and Henin and a potential top-five battle between Djokovic and Murray in the Perth final.

But no matter which group they fall in at the official draw tomorrow, Hewitt and Molik are in for a difficult tournament.

"Australia is always competitive, but it will be tough," McNamee said. "Initially, to be honest, we were leaning towards USA (for No.1 billing), but as good as Serena is and as good as she's able to play, the feeling was that she hasn't played since the US Open and she's not like Novak, who's No.2 and on fire.

"And Ana is numerically lower than (Williams' partner) John Isner, but she's been No.1 in the world, so we felt there's a bit more substance there.

"Great Britain is No.3 on the basis of a huge result here this year and Murray's No.4 (in the world) and Belgium's No.4 with Henin one of the greats - she is the Federer of women's tennis."

http://www.perthnow.com.au/sport/tennis/hopman-cup-seedings-pave-way-for-serbia-us-glamour-tussle/story-e6frg273-1225939636684

doni1212
Oct 17th, 2010, 12:41 AM
Henin is the "Federer of women's tennis?!!!" :weirdo: :spit:

bruce goose
Oct 17th, 2010, 01:21 AM
Henin is the "Federer of women's tennis?!!!" :weirdo: :spit:Nahhhh...she couldn't be a female Federer b/c she keeps her composure w/o sobbing uncontrollably when she loses:lol:

Protoss
Oct 17th, 2010, 01:51 AM
Henin is the "Federer of women's tennis?!!!" :weirdo: :spit:
More like Nadal cuz they both get illegally coached from the stands during their matches. :p

Davodus
Oct 17th, 2010, 04:49 AM
Henin is the "Federer of women's tennis?!!!" :weirdo: :spit:

what a bloody joke :lol:

Cp6uja
Oct 19th, 2010, 12:34 AM
There is many articles around world about Ana first title after two years. Here is two examples:

Weekly net post: Welcome back Ana Ivanovic. We missed you


By Joe Fleming, USA TODAY (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/2010-10-17-weekly-net-post_N.htm)
Welcome back, Ana Ivanovic.

Ivanovic captured her ninth career title on Sunday in Linz, Austria, topping Patty Schnyder 6-1, 6-2 in about 47 minutes. The 22-year-old Serb won her last title at the same event in 2008 after capturing the French Open and becoming the top-ranked player for 12 weeks.

"Winning again after two years is so wonderful, just unbelievable," Ivanovic said. "I have been waiting so long for this and I worked hard to achieve it."

And just like that, in 47 minutes, the two-year slide is over. OK, so it's not that simple, of course. And that two years? Seemed even longer.

GALLERY: Ana Ivanovic in pictures
LAST WEEK: Wozniacki a worthy No. 1
ATP TOUR: Murray routs Federer
WTA TOUR: Tanasugarn holds off Date-Krumm

When Ivanovic reached the final of the Australian Open in 2008, then rolled to the French Open title four months later, it looked like tennis had another photogenic, charismatic star to focus on (also, by the way, one of the nicer people on tour).

But something happened on the way to history: Many, many frustrating losses, early exits at majors, coaching changes, crises in confidence, rivers of tears … and a ball toss that seldom hit the same spot twice.

Slumps happen in sports, but this was more than a slump. Certainly no one saw it coming, and we still aren't sure what exactly happened. But it just shows how important confidence can be for a professional tennis player. Ivanovic didn't lose any strength or speed; she battled injuries but none more than usual; she didn't forget how to hit a tennis ball — she still could muster a winning forehand or a big serve … but there was no consistency and no belief.

Perhaps this is the first step on a climb back to the top five, or higher.

After starting the season with a 12-14 record (through San Diego), she is 16-5 since. Her ranking, which dropped to as low as 65, is up to No. 26 this week.

Ivanovic had this to say: "I really feel confident about my game. No matter what happens over the next couple of events, I feel like I am setting a good base of preparation for next year."

Part of the credit could go to coach Heinz Gunthardt (he worked with Steffi Graf until her retirement). Ivanovic hooked up with Gunthardt in the spring, and though there were some highs and lows, there clearly has been improvement. Gunthardt was not in Linz, and Ivanovic says she will continue to play through the Bali event and then reassess her coaching situation.

At least she will be assessing things from a more positive place.


Ivanovic targets a return to the top (http://edition.cnn.com/2010/SPORT/tennis/10/18/tennis.ana.ivanovic.interview/)
October 18, 2010 -- Updated 1755 GMT (0155 HKT)
Ana Ivanovic has experienced tough times on the tennis court since reaching the top of the rankings in 2008.
Ana Ivanovic has experienced tough times on the tennis court since reaching the top of the rankings in 2008.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS

* Ana Ivanovic won her first tennis title in two years in Linz, Austria on Sunday
* Former world number one is now aiming to get back to the top of the game
* Serbian slipped to a low of 65 in world rankings earlier this year following her peak in 2008
* The 22-year-old wants to reclaim her place among the best women's players

(CNN) -- Former world number one Ana Ivanovic says she is determined to get back to the top of tennis following her morale-boosting title success in Austria.

The 22-year-old ended her two-year trophy drought on Sunday, moving up to 26th in the rankings after beating Patty Schnyder in the final of the event in Linz.

"I think I deserve a position at the top and I think I have the ability to win another grand slam," the 2008 French Open champion told CNN on Monday.

"I am very keen to get back there, and I am putting everything into it. I really want it to happen soon."

The Serbian had slumped as low as 65th in the WTA standings this year, but said her ninth career title was evidence that she was on the way back up.

"I feel great," she said. "It really means a lot for me because I have put a lot of hard work in. I'm thrilled to have finally won a title again."
I think I deserve a position at the top and I think I have the ability to win another grand slam
--Ana Ivanovic


After claiming the prestigious number one ranking back in 2008 -- the same year she won her one and only grand slam title to date in Paris -- Ivanovic found herself quickly slipping outside of the world's top 20.

Critics were quick to blame a lack of focus, claiming she had been distracted by off-court matters as she signed some lucrative endorsement deals and was courted by media enchanted by her good looks.

But the Belgrade-born athlete denies any claims that her slump was due to a problem with motivation or a declining interest in the sport she began playing at the age of five.

"Once I became number one I started working even harder. I changed my technique but injuries started creeping in -- it was a big mistake as I was doing something right to get to that spot in the first place," she said.

"I had a few little injuries and then I lost matches I should have won. It affects your confidence -- it's like a circle that is hard to break."

Ivanovic's previous WTA Tour victory had been on the same Austrian hard-courts at her peak in 2008, and she now hopes Sunday's breakthrough can be the catalyst to further success in her still-young career.

"I am working very hard. I know it's going to be a process, but I am ready to give it my all and come back to the top," said Ivanovic, who is seeded fourth for this week's Luxembourg Open.

bruce goose
Oct 19th, 2010, 01:39 AM
There is many articles around world about Ana first title after two years. Here is two examples:The only evidence of Ana's old denial comes from her claim that she didn't lose any interest in the sport.We saw huge evidence to the contrary with her 2008 and 2009 off-seasons.Still,we can understand why Ana wouldn't wanna publicly admit that she had lost interest...and it doesn't matter as long as she addresses her current issues and keeps striving to improve...which I believe she'll do:)

Curtos07
Oct 19th, 2010, 08:11 AM
Schedule for Hopman Cup has been released.

Australia v Belgium to kick off the Cup

The Hyundai Hopman Cup XXIII schedule has been set and Australia’s Alicia Molik and Lleyton Hewitt will open play against fourth seed Belgium on 1 January at a new start time of 3pm (Western Standard Time).

“This is a pretty salivating opening match,” said Tournament Director, Paul McNamee. “Alicia clearly has a big task against Justine Henin and Lleyton will get his chance to exact revenge on last month’s Davis Cup opponent Steve Darcis who sealed the tie for Belgium in Cairns.”

Top seed Serbia will kick off its campaign on Sunday, 2 January at 5pm (Western Standard Time) when it meets Kazakhstan.

The Kazakhstan duo of Yaroslava Shvedova and Andrey Golubev narrowly missed out on a final berth in Perth last year and the pair have since added a Wimbledon doubles title (Shvedova) and the German Open singles victory (Golubev) to their achievements.

“This will not be a walk in the park even for the powerhouse Serbs,” said McNamee. “Ana is clearly in fine form after winning on the weekend in Linz, but let’s not forget that Kazakhstan was only one point away from reaching the Final last year.”

Number 3 seed Great Britain will also showcase a new session time when it commences its Hyundai Hopman Cup campaign against Italy at 9.30am (Western Standard Time) on Monday, 3 January.

Brits Laura Robson and Andy Murray were a successful combination last year and almost claimed victory in the Final. But with another win over Roger Federer in Shanghai on the weekend, Murray is clearly in good form and hungry for victory. However, current French Open champ Francesca Schiavone and Italian number one Potito Starace could be significant opposition for the British pair.

“It’s a pretty fair assumption that this match will go down to the wire,” McNamee said.

Second seed USA will also get underway on Monday, 3 January at 5pm (Western Standard Time) when it meets France, with Serena Williams and the exciting Gael Monfils headlining the action.

In all likelihood, Australia’s chances of reaching the Final will come down to its match scheduled for 5pm (Western Standard Time) on Tuesday, 4 January when it meets top seed Serbia.

What better way to spotlight Ladies’ Day on Wednesday, 5 January when USA meets Italy at 9.30am (Western Standard Time) and Williams takes on Schiavone – both top 10 players and both Grand Slam champions.

The double header days of Thursday, 6 and Friday, 7 January will also feature new start times. Play gets underway at 3pm (Western Standard Time) on Thursday and all four teams in Group A will be participating.

Play starts at 1pm on Friday which will showcase all four teams in Group B that day.

Another departure from tradition will be the scheduling of four matches on Centre Court for both those days.

The Hyundai Hopman Cup XXIII Final will take place on Saturday, 8 January at 3pm (Western Standard Time) and will be televised live on both Channel 10 and One HD.

“This is truly an amazing field,” McNamee said. “There are so many exciting match ups and it will be great to watch it all unfold.”

The Hyundai Hopman Cup XXIII schedule is as follows:

GROUP A

(1)
Serbia
Ana Ivanovic & Novak Djokovic

(4)
Belgium
Justine Henin & Steve Darcis


Australia
Alicia Molik & Lleyton Hewitt


Kazakhstan
Yaroslava Shvedova & Andrey Golubev





GROUP B

(2)
USA
Serena Williams & John Isner

(3)
Great Britain
Laura Robson & Andy Murray


Italy
Francesca Schiavone & Potito Starace


France
Kristina Mladenovic & Gael Monfils

Session
Date
Time
Team

Session 1
Sat 1 Jan 2011
3:00 pm
(4) Belgium v Australia

Session 2
Sun 2 Jan 2011
5:00 pm
(1) Serbia v Kazakhstan

Session 3
Session 4
Mon 3 Jan 2011
9:30 am
5:00 pm
(3) Great Britain v Italy
(2) USA v France

Session 5
Session 6
Tues 4 Jan 2011
9:30 am
5:00 pm
(4) Belgium v Kazakhstan
(1) Serbia v Australia

Session 7
Session 8
Wed 5 Jan 2011
9:30 am
5:00 pm
(2) USA v Italy
(3) Great Britain v France

Session 9
Thur 6 Jan 2011
3:00 pm
Centre Court
Hewitt v Golubev
(1) Serbia v (4) Belgium
Court 1
Molik v Shvedova
Australia v Kazakhstan Mixed Doubles

Session 10
Fri 7 Jan 2011
1:00 pm
Centre Court
Schiavone v Mladenovic
(2) USA v (3) Great Britain
Court 1
Starace v Monfils
Italy v France Mixed Doubles

FINAL
Sat 8 Jan 2011
3:00 pm
Winner Group A v Winner Group B


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Davodus
Oct 19th, 2010, 09:29 AM
Stupid hopman cup :ras: :ras:

gaviotabr
Oct 19th, 2010, 07:31 PM
Here is hoping Ivanovic isn't Kournikova II
Serbian has worked hard and persisted through dispiriting moments

ANALYSIS
By Steve Tignor
updated 2:10 p.m. ET Oct. 19, 2010

This is admittedly an odd week for a follower of the WTA. The deluge of season shutdowns is over — you know the long list of names who have pulled the plug on 2010 by now — but the year-ender itself, in Doha, has yet to begin.

And we don’t even have Caroline Wozniacki to kick around or pull for, as the case may be; she’s finally giving herself a week off. For now, the rest of the women are taking their last shots in Moscow and Luxembourg. What should we look for in these interim days?

The biggest news from the women’s side last week, of course, came out of Linz, where former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic won her first tournament in two years. She has moved on to Luxembourg for the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open (see the draw here). How long is it before all tennis tournaments are a version of the BNP Paribas Open, anyway?
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The matches have begun there, and Ivanovic, the fourth seed, has a fairly clear path to the semis. She opens with Johanna Larsson, and the highest other seed in her quarter is Julia Georges.

You don’t have to be an Ivanovic fanatic to be happy for this resurgence, even if it happened in Linz rather than at Wimbledon. By all appearances she’s worked extremely hard and persisted through a lot of dispiriting moments. But when elements as fragile as confidence and nerves are involved, even hard work and a positive attitude is no guarantee of anything.

I think this an important event for Ivanovic. After all that’s happened to her on court, she needs to consolidate last week’s success so it doesn’t end up seeming like a mirage. I would hate to see her narrative continue to be one that only ranges between struggle and mortification, à la Anna K in her later years. Ana I really is too good a player for that.

If Ivanovic were to reach the semis, she’d likely face top seed Elena Dementieva. The Russian will look to tune herself up for Doha; she’s the final qualifier. The second seed, somewhat to my surprise, is Aravane Rezai, and other names of note are Yanina Wickmayer, who plays Patty Schnyder in the first round, and Daniela Hantuchova, who won today. A quiet event for a quiet week.

http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/39744518/ns/sports-tennis/

A bit of a so so article.. but I do agree that good/high level of tennis consistency is crucial for Ana, and only by achieving it will she be a top player again and really recover. So Lux is an important tournament now.. hopefully she can keep focused and go far. Bali will also be important.

gaviotabr
Oct 19th, 2010, 07:33 PM
Coaching the key to Ivanovic recovery

Simon Reed
Tue Oct 19 05:13PM


We should not get too carried away with Ana Ivanovic's victory in the WTA Linz event last week but I think it is a significant step on her road to recovery and it is just a shame for her that the season is coming to a close because she is really starting to build up some momentum.

If we had a few more tournaments before the end of the season we could have learned a lot more but what I'm seeing is a player who is looking better than ever.

There is more logic to her game now than even when she was world number one. Back then it was all about hitting, but now we are seeing some amazing shot-making to go with all that power.

How has this renaissance come about?

For me, the key difference is she now has Steffi Graf's former coach Heinz Gunthardt in her corner; there are only two or three coaches out there that rate at his level, and his presence alone makes her once again a very dangerous prospect in the women's game.

I'm not going to lie, I had a cheeky look at Ivanovic's odds for the Australian Open recently and was quite happy with what I saw, as I really think she is starting to look like a good outside bet for that tournament.

She is now probably going to be seeded in Melbourne and apart from the very top tier of women players, I think she will be the most dangerous prospect in the draw.

Again, the presence of Heinz there as her coach leads me to such confidence.

I know Heinz quite well and talked to him about Ivanovic at Roland Garros just after he started working with her.

At that stage Ivanovic was struggling and he was saying it was all down to what was going on in between her ears. He said they would have the most amazing practice sessions but then she would go out on court and it would just be a case of brain-freeze.

Ivanovic just didn't enjoy it out there on court and she was consistently making the wrong choices; but I think Heinz has calmed her down, her decision making has improved dramatically, and she just looks a happier person, especially as she is now hunting down the top players again as opposed to having to cope with the pressure of being one of the top dogs.

I have a feeling her career will always go up-and-down a bit, but I think the swings will become less violent in future, and certainly when one of those swings is on the up curve then she is a major threat and I can see her doing very, very well in Melbourne.

That's not to say everything is perfect. I don't think a leopard can completely change its spots, and there is still a vulnerability to her personality.

However, that is something Heinz has worked on, and there could be a maturing process to factor in too, which is why I don't think any drop-off in future will be as alarming as before. I think she'll have dips again, but I certainly don't see her dropping out of the top 50 again.

Heinz will continue to hover in the background, moulding her game, and we can expect to see more slice backhands, a bit more patience, and the opposition should beware because she hits the ball a ton and there are few who can hit it harder.

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/tennis/simon-reed/article/5037/

A lot of credit to Heinz in this article. I really hope she keeps him.. didn't like to see she will reacess her coaching situation. There isn't much to reacess IMHO, at least on Ana's part.

jelenacg
Oct 19th, 2010, 08:07 PM
http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/tennis/simon-reed/article/5037/

A lot of credit to Heinz in this article. I really hope she keeps him.. didn't like to see she will reacess her coaching situation. There isn't much to reacess IMHO, at least on Ana's part.

Very nice article ,thanks Izzy :)
Heinz has done such a great job with her,helped her a lot
I really hope they will continue working.When Heinz is around,i can sleep peacefully :lol::lol:

Cp6uja
Oct 20th, 2010, 07:34 AM
Ana and Wickmayer will really play doubles in Luxembourg. The tournament announced today they were given a WC into the doubles main draw:

http://www.tageblatt.lu/index.php/sports/45323.htmlI'm pretty sure that Ana's suddenly decision more than 2 weeks ago to ask WC for MM Luxembourg doubles is directly connected with 2011 Hopman Cup (despite officially just week ago is announced who will play next season). Ana playing 5th week in the row, and since 2008 she played just 5 matches (1-4:tape:) in doubles (including FED Cup), so no way she decided to play just like that...

gaviotabr
Oct 22nd, 2010, 08:06 PM
Mission Grand Slam

Former World No.1 Ana Ivanovic says her priority is to win another Grand Slam rather than to get back to the top-spot in world ranking

Avinash Rajput

Posted On Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 12:11:20 AM


It was when Ana Ivanovic reached the final of the Australian Open in 2008 and wrapped up the French Open title, four months later, it was confirmed that tennis had a bright and charming star to focus on.

But the past two years it was a real test of character for her, as hurdles like frustrating losses, early exits at majors and coaching changes contributed to her decline and sapped her confidence.

But the Serbian tennis sensation made a long overdue comeback at the Generali Ladies Linz by winning her first trophy in two years. She spoke to Pune Mirror about her two years of struggle with form, new coach, favourite music and more...

It’s been a long wait for you to get your first title in two years. What was going on in your mind during the slump and how do you feel now?
It wasn’t much fun, I can tell you that! There were definitely some tough times, but I received unbelievable support from my family, my coaches, my management, my fans and my sponsors and that gave me confidence. I stayed positive most of the time and knew that things would come together eventually.

Your ranking, which dropped to as low as 65, is up to No. 26 now. Has training under coach Heinz
Gunthardt clicked for your comeback?
Heinz has definitely helped, especially with my serve. But the most important improvement I’ve made is that I am more relaxed on the court now.

I’m not putting too much pressure on myself or over-thinking things. And to be honest, I think I worked that one out for myself. I don’t think anyone can help you with that, unfortunately!

You are known as a superstitious person, what was the luck-related ritual you followed during the
Generali Ladies Linz?
Actually, I am not following many superstitions these days. I used to have so many, but it was too much. I still avoid stepping on the lines of the court, but I am not keeping old pennies or choosing dresses for luck, like I used to do.

What was the ‘toilet-break’ incident during the pre-quarterfinals all about? Were you aware that you would be given four penalty points?
It was kind of silly. I wasn’t aware of the rules, but anyway it didn’t matter because I felt like I was going to be sick, and I could do it on the court or in the bathroom.

Of course, I chose to go to the bathroom, and I thought that the umpire had given me permission. I was surprised to receive this penalty when I came back to the court, but it didn’t affect the outcome of the match at all.

You are undoubtedly one of the best-looking tennis stars in the world. Critics blame you for lack of focus on court and the endorsement deals you sign with companies and distraction due to the media’s obsession with your looks. How difficult is it to keep a balance between ‘fame’ and ‘game’? Does this have something to do with you losing your form?
Thanks a lot. Well, it’s kind of silly to suggest that someone is thinking about their looks or some contract when they are on court. Believe me; nothing could be further from the truth.

When I’m on court I am sweating, giving it my all, for victory. The off-court side of things has never affected my tennis — it’s totally separate. Your confidence is won and lost by results on the court— it has nothing to do with ‘fame’, as you mentioned.

You always have a song playing in your head during matches. What kind of songs are these, and what role does it play in different situations of the match?
It’s just a habit. It can be any song, usually some hip hop or pop, that I’ve been listening to recently. It’s been Beyonce, Lady GaGa, and these kinds of artists.

You sometimes play Sudoku games in locker room before a match. Has this something to do with the pre-match mental preparations?
Yes, it helps me prepare for matches, and it helps pass the time too. It can get quite boring, waiting for a match to begin, especially if you’re on court last. Sudoku helps me focus my mind, and I enjoy the challenge too.

Who do you think is a real threat on your way to the No.1 spot in world tennis ranking?
Everyone! Everyone wants to be No.1 and they are all competing and training hard. Actually, my priority is to win
another Grand Slam rather than to get back to No.1, but of course, I would love to be there again.

India is turning into a tennis loving nation as many young enthusiasts are taking up the sport at a very young age. Rafael Nadal recently inaugurated the Nadal Tennis School in India. Do you have any plans to set up a training school in India to support the development of tennis at the grass-root level?
I know Sania Mirza a little bit and from her, I’ve learnt how passionate Indians are about tennis. It’s great to see. I would love to visit sometime.

Right now I am focused on my work for UNICEF, and my home country of Serbia is still developing — the tennis facilities there aren’t good at all. So I think I would probably choose to help with a training school there, before going to another country. But you never know what the future holds.


MORE ABOUT ANA
Ana was featured on a Serbian postage stamp of 40 dinars ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing
The President of Serbia Boris Tadic attended her 20th birthday party in Belgrade

As a child, Ana trained in an empty swimming pool in Belgrade

She still has her first ever racquet, which her father gave her for her fifth birthday

During her French Open win in 2008, Ana and her team ate at the same restaurant the night before matches
Her fastest ever serve was recorded at 201km/h (125mph. As of September 2010 it is listed as the fifth fastest serve in the history of women's tennis

Ana's most embarrassing moment in tennis is when she took another player's racquet bag onto court after mistaking it for her own

One of Ana's proudest achievements waswinning 16 matches in 15 days as she captured back-to-back titles on the ITF Women's Circuit when she was 16

She admires Roger Federer for his
professionalism on and off the court

http://www.punemirror.in/article/7/201010232010102300112049b8ed328e/Mission-Grand-Slam.html

gaviotabr
Oct 23rd, 2010, 01:56 PM
Ana steels for Cup charge

* Glen Foreman
* From: The Sunday Times
* October 23, 2010 7:00PM


ON HER WAY: Serbia's tennis glamour girl Ana Ivanovic will use Perth's Hopman Cup to launch her charge back up the rankings. Picture: Supplied Source: PerthNow
Ana Ivanovic

ON HER WAY: Serbia's tennis glamour girl Ana Ivanovic will use Perth's Hopman Cup to launch her charge back up the rankings.

MEMORIES of Ana Ivanovic's last visit to Perth may have enticed the former world No. 1 into another Hopman Cup outing, but the tennis glamour girl has warned she intends to return a vastly different player to the one who graced the courts of Burswood in 2006.

Ivanovic is just one of several top players expected to lead to sellout crowds at the Perth event as tickets go onsale tomorrow, and will be joined by men's and women's world No. 2s Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, former world-topper Justine Henin and fourth-ranked male Andy Murray.

Ivanovic last played in Perth as a budding 18-year-old rising up the ranks, hitting world No. 1 two years later, but will return as a Tour expert rebounding from a form-slump that had her fall as low as No. 65 earlier this year.

But the Serbian starlet has since captured her first singles title in two years, breaking back into the top 30, and said she intended to use the Hopman Cup to launch a career-defining 2011

"When I was coming up, I didn't really have many setbacks - it was just all the way up," Ivanovic said.

"But when I got there I was like, 'okay, so now what?' and I made some bad decisions, for example I trained too hard and got injured.

"But I learned from the whole thing and I'm in a much better position now ... I feel like I've set up a good platform for the new season, starting in Perth."

Ivanovic will team with Djokovic, as she did in 2006, and is guaranteed to face Henin in a battle of the former world No. 1s, with Serbia and Belgium drawn in the same pool for the mixed-teams event, a fact the 22-year-old was unaware of before speaking to The Sunday Times.

But the news was welcomed by Ivanovic with the Hopman Cup launching her into the Australian Open later that month.

"I actually didn't know that, that's great to hear," Ivanovic said. "Obviously there isn't much time to prepare for the Australian Open in terms of getting in tough matches, so that is a nice bonus, a nice guarantee that I'll play at least one very, very tough opponent.

"I can honestly say that playing the Hopman Cup in 2006 is one of my very best memories in tennis.

"I am good friends with Novak Djokovic, we've known each other since we were kids, and when I was invited back it was a very easy decision to make."

http://www.perthnow.com.au/sport/tennis/ana-steels-for-cup-charge/story-e6frg273-1225942682916

gaviotabr
Oct 26th, 2010, 04:50 PM
Saw this on a swiss newspaper about Ana and Heinz (google translation):

Guenthardt positive

The most successful was the WTATour for Switzerland of 2010 but a man, Heinz Günthardt. The 51-year-old Zurich managed to bring back the Serb Ana Ivanovic on track. "How could I not draw good record?" He asks. When he began to work with the former world number one in the spring, they've played poorly since a half years and been in free fall. End of March, her name still on rank 58, yesterday again to 24 Since the Linz champion has to defend in the coming months, hardly points, their return to the Top Twenty in sight. She has some great tournaments and played in seven months has become a different player, "says Günthardt. "She opens strong and has a lot more train back on the ball"

What happens next with the duo, is currently unclear. "It was originally agreed that I would spend 20 to 24 weeks with her, now there were many more," says Günthardt, who recently lost his mother. "I do not more than 40 weeks may be in the road. We now need to discuss what they want. "Ivanovic will compete in Bali next week nor the WTAMasters the second guard, before they too will end their season.

http://bazonline.ch/sport/tennis/Patty-Schnyder-vertagt-den-Ruecktritt/story/16364577

jelenacg
Oct 26th, 2010, 06:06 PM
Saw this on a swiss newspaper about Ana and Heinz (google translation):



http://bazonline.ch/sport/tennis/Patty-Schnyder-vertagt-den-Ruecktritt/story/16364577

40/53 weeks
Spending 40 weeks is just fine :shrug: Ana don`t be stupid you need Heinz

gaviotabr
Nov 2nd, 2010, 12:14 PM
Found an interview with Heinz in today's swiss newspaper Basler Zeitung:

http://img828.imageshack.us/img828/1384/heinz4.jpg

Can anyone translate?

Davodus
Nov 2nd, 2010, 12:25 PM
I think I can understand most of it, but better to wait for a real German speaker to give you a proper translation :lol:

gaviotabr
Nov 2nd, 2010, 01:07 PM
I think I can understand most of it, but better to wait for a real German speaker to give you a proper translation :lol:

:sobbing:

I can't understand a thing.. you could at least give a hint about what he says..

azdaja
Nov 2nd, 2010, 01:45 PM
:sobbing:

I can't understand a thing.. you could at least give a hint about what he says..
i will give you a summary in a few minutes ;)

gaviotabr
Nov 2nd, 2010, 01:47 PM
i will give you a summary in a few minutes ;)

Thanks!!! I'll be waiting!

gaviotabr
Nov 2nd, 2010, 01:56 PM
If anyone has the time and patience to translate everything it would also be highly apreciated. :)

azdaja
Nov 2nd, 2010, 01:56 PM
they asked him when he got the news that he won't be working with ana anymore. he replied that it was not surprising because it had become obvious that they have different ideas about the way they want to work. she wanted to have him around all the time and he was prepared to work 24 weeks a year at most. he doesn't want to travel so much, after all he has a family. the original agreement was 24 weeks, but he ended up working more than that. he told ana he might be able to work for her 100% for a year, but after that he'd have to reduce it or quit.

they ask him if he is satisfied with results of his work with ana and he says yes. he says it was very difficult in the beginning and that the main problem was ana's confidence. her results were not particularly good, especially at grand slams and ana's form was going up and down, but she got more consistent after wimbledon.

they ask him if it was more difficult to train ana or steffi and he said there was more pressure with steffi coz she wanted to win tournaments. they ask him if he trained with ana in basel and he says no, they were always away from home. it was the same with steffi, but he was able to reduce his work to 24 weeks with her and he wanted to do the same with ana because he thought she doesn't need him as much anymore, but she thought otherwise, which is her legitimate right. he will now relax and enjoy the fact that he doesn't need to travel so much anymore.

gaviotabr
Nov 2nd, 2010, 02:05 PM
they asked him when he got the news that he won't be working with ana anymore. he replied that it was not surprising because it had become obvious that they have different ideas about the way they want to work. she wanted to have him around all the time and he was prepared to work 24 weeks a year at most. he doesn't want to travel so much, after all he has a family. the original agreement was 24 weeks, but he ended up working more than that. he told ana he might be able to work for her 100% for a year, but after that he'd have to reduce it or quit.

they ask him if he is satisfied with results of his work with ana and he says yes. he says it was very difficult in the beginning and that the main problem was ana's confidence. her results were not particularly good, especially at grand slams and ana's form was going up and down, but she got more consistent after wimbledon.

they ask him if it was more difficult to train ana or steffi and he said there was more pressure with steffi coz she wanted to win tournaments. they ask him if he trained with ana in basel and he says no, they were always away from home. it was the same with steffi, but he was able to reduce his work to 24 weeks with her and he wanted to do the same with ana because he thought she doesn't need him as much anymore, but she thought otherwise, which is her legitimate right. he will now relax and enjoy the fact that he doesn't need to travel so much anymore.

Thank you very much!

:worship:

I totally understand Ana in this though.. I don't think she is 100% secure or with her game totally stabilized yet to be confident she can be without a coach for so many weeks. Steffi was and never got into such huge slump, so it's not really reasonable from Heinz to compare both. It's a pity he can't be around anymore though.. they were a good match. We can only hope Ana can find another top notch coach who fits her.

azdaja
Nov 2nd, 2010, 02:39 PM
Thank you very much!

:worship:

I totally understand Ana in this though.. I don't think she is 100% secure or with her game totally stabilized yet to be confident she can be without a coach for so many weeks. Steffi was and never got into such huge slump, so it's not really reasonable from Heinz to compare both. It's a pity he can't be around anymore though.. they were a good match. We can only hope Ana can find another top notch coach who fits her.
he didn't really compare them, journalists asked him to compare his work with ana and with steffi. he is simply not prepared to follow any player around for the entire season and that it worked out well with steffi, but if ana needs a full-time coach she will have to look for someone else.

he does seem to have been a good coach for her, but yeah, if they have different needs they won't be able to work together.

Davodus
Nov 2nd, 2010, 03:06 PM
:sobbing:

I can't understand a thing.. you could at least give a hint about what he says..

Sorry I was busy :p exam time, you know :lol:

But I think even though its annoying, no point staying together if both want different things. If she had compromised to 24 weeks, she wouldn't have been totally happy, and if had had compromised to a longer time, he wouldn't have been happy...so they never would have been totally happy with the partnership and it might not have worked as well because of it...we just have to hope she gets a good coach who wants to work full time now...

gaviotabr
Nov 2nd, 2010, 03:17 PM
he didn't really compare them, journalists asked him to compare his work with ana and with steffi. he is simply not prepared to follow any player around for the entire season and that it worked out well with steffi, but if ana needs a full-time coach she will have to look for someone else.

he does seem to have been a good coach for her, but yeah, if they have different needs they won't be able to work together.

Oh.. ok, thanks! Still.. he says he thought, like Steffi, Ana didn't need him around 24/7 anymore. I think she obviously doesn't feel confident enough to take such step yet. Besides.. she had the part time coach experience with Sven and when her confidence and game weren't riding high, she was completely lost and didn't have the guidance she needed in this arrengement.

Sorry I was busy :p exam time, you know :lol:

But I think even though its annoying, no point staying together if both want different things. If she had compromised to 24 weeks, she wouldn't have been totally happy, and if had had compromised to a longer time, he wouldn't have been happy...so they never would have been totally happy with the partnership and it might not have worked as well because of it...we just have to hope she gets a good coach who wants to work full time now...

It's okay, completely understand you! :lol:

You are right David.. we can only hope she finds the right coach who can be with her full time. She needs to have someone with her for the off season.. I have no idea who could be that person. :shrug:

Davodus
Nov 2nd, 2010, 03:35 PM
It's okay, completely understand you! :lol:

You are right David.. we can only hope she finds the right coach who can be with her full time. She needs to have someone with her for the off season.. I have no idea who could be that person. :shrug:

Perhaps you should go for the job? :p

gaviotabr
Nov 2nd, 2010, 03:36 PM
Perhaps you should go for the job? :p

:spit:

Poor Ana.. :lol:

Davodus
Nov 2nd, 2010, 03:40 PM
:spit:

Poor Ana.. :lol:

I'll send in an aplication for you :p maybe you'll get lucky :lol:

gaviotabr
Nov 2nd, 2010, 03:42 PM
I'll send in an aplication for you :p maybe you'll get lucky :lol:

:lol:

No, no, no.. we want Ana to win matches and be successful.. :lol: Besides.. she would fire me in no time! :spit:

Davodus
Nov 2nd, 2010, 03:46 PM
:lol:

No, no, no.. we want Ana to win matches and be successful.. :lol: Besides.. she would fire me in no time! :spit:

:lol: that's true, I wonder if you could last longer than Kardon...but you never know, maybe you'd do a great job ;)

I wonder which coaches are free at the moment that would suit Ana..I actually can't think of any, but I don't really know of many coaches :lol: Jankovic's old coach? :haha:

gaviotabr
Nov 2nd, 2010, 03:58 PM
:lol: that's true, I wonder if you could last longer than Kardon...but you never know, maybe you'd do a great job ;)

I wonder which coaches are free at the moment that would suit Ana..I actually can't think of any, but I don't really know of many coaches :lol: Jankovic's old coach? :haha:

Ugh.. no no.. Ricardo Sanchez wouldn't suit Ana. I'm not sure who is available either.. I'm really curious about who they will pick. It has to be a very good pick though.. they definitely did a bad job choosing Kardon. And Ana needs the coach to be around already for the start of the off season..

Davodus
Nov 2nd, 2010, 04:03 PM
Obviously not Sanchez, the only person crazy enough for him is Jankovic, thats why they did well together :lol: I wish we had like some list of candidates to see, I wanna know who is going for the job :lol: But yeah, she needs the coach to be ready ASAP, because we do not want another coachless off season.

gaviotabr
Nov 2nd, 2010, 04:07 PM
Obviously not Sanchez, the only person crazy enough for him is Jankovic, thats why they did well together :lol: I wish we had like some list of candidates to see, I wanna know who is going for the job :lol: But yeah, she needs the coach to be ready ASAP, because we do not want another coachless off season.

I wish we could have that list as well.. But we definitely won't. They will suddenly surprise us with a name when we least expect it I guess. I really do hope it's before the off season preparations start, because Ana can't afford another disaster of off season.. she already had 2 of those.

Davodus
Nov 2nd, 2010, 04:30 PM
Yeah it will suddenly come up on her website "Ivanovic working with Kardon again!" or something like that :p

soul
Nov 2nd, 2010, 04:50 PM
Anyone must be more helpful than Heinz but no name comes to my mind apart from Heiz

jelenacg
Nov 2nd, 2010, 05:24 PM
Yeah it will suddenly come up on her website "Ivanovic working with Kardon again!" or something like that :p

I just had a heart attack :eek: :tape:
Don`t joke like that :o
I hate that we don`t know who will be her coach .And with Ana you always have to worry

bruce goose
Nov 2nd, 2010, 07:47 PM
:lol:

No, no, no.. we want Ana to win matches and be successful.. :lol: Besides.. she would fire me in no time! :spit:Just trying to picture your micro-analysis of every aspect of her game:lol:...after 30 minutes,for the first time in her life,we'd see Ana like THIS:fiery::fiery::fiery:

gaviotabr
Nov 8th, 2010, 01:42 PM
Resurgent Ivanovic wins Bali crown
Bruce Emond, The Jakarta Post, Nusa Dua, Bali | Mon, 11/08/2010 10:36 AM | Sports
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Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic continued her comeback Sunday by sweeping aside Russian Alisa Kleybanova to win the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions and return to the world’s top 20.

Ivanovic, who turned 23 Saturday, showed her regained confidence in the 6-2, 7-6 (5) triumph in 1:46 on the fast indoor court at the Westin Convention Center.

It was the second title in six weeks for the Serbian, who triumphed in Linz in October, and 10th in her career after a two-year championship drought due to injuries and poor form after winning the French Open and becoming world number one in 2008.

Her ranking will rise to 17 on Monday from its current 24 to end the 2010 season. She was ranked 65 at mid-year.

“It’s a big step for me to be back in the top 20, it was my goal. The last few months have been very exciting,” said Ivanovic, who has been working with fitness trainer Mirjana Locanica since mid-year and also has tried to focus on letting go of the pressures of the game to enjoy life more.

Her improved fitness and attitude showed Sunday, when she darted around the court and turned defense into offense to subdue the powerful game of Kleybanova, the 21-year-old champion of Kuala Lumpur and Seoul this year who had crushed 2009 Bali champion Aravane Rezai on Thursday.

Ivanovic, who had won their last two encounters in straight sets, looked headed for another easy victory as she raced throught the first set in only 17 minutes. It was not that Kleybanova was playing badly — “I did everything I could,” she said later — but that her opponent was in superb form.

She chased down the Russian’s powerful flat groundstrokes, crouched low to hit slice one-handed backhands and slammed down six aces in a peerless display. From 4-3, Ivanovic took 13 points in a row, including winning the first set with a wrongfooting crosscourt forehand.

But Kleybanova is a fighter, lunging and hurling herself around the court and punctuating every shot with a moan of effort. She held for 1-1, and then broke for 2-1 to go ahead for the first time in the match. Ivanovic herself produced more inspired play in the next game, including a lob that kissed the baseline and left the Russian flatfooted. She broke back for 2-all with a scorching backhand down the line.

The excitement rose, with the Serbian serving consecutive aces of 187 and 186 kilometers per hour at 3-all. There was a spectacular demonstration of power tennis in a series of rallies at 5-all. Although Kleybanova held two break points, Ivanovic drew on all her skills and that newly regained confidence to hold her ground.

She served an ace of 186 kilometers per hour, and was helped by a netcord that dribbled over and died on Kleybanova’s side of the court.

In the tiebreak, the Serbian held three matchpoints at 6-3; on the third, she calmly served an ace that Hawkeye showed clipped the back of the service line.

“It’s amazing, I’m really happy,” said Ivanovic, who won US$210,000. “We both played really great from the first point.”

“I played good, nothing went wrong, it was just that Ana was playing really good tennis,” said Kleybanova, who took home $120,000.

Earlier, Japanese veteran Kimiko Date Krumm beat Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova 7-5, 7-5 for third place and $70,000. Hantuchova received $60,000.


http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/11/08/resurgent-ivanovic-wins-bali-crown.html

gaviotabr
Nov 9th, 2010, 09:35 PM
A serbian article reports Ana will play mixed doubles with Zimonjic in the 2012 Olympic Games.

Serbian tennis players Ana Ivanovic and Nenad Zimonjic targeting a gold medal for our country at the Olympic Games in London 2012! The two will compete in the British capital in the mixed doubles, and preparations for it will start at the first grand slam of the upcoming season, the Australian Open in Melbourne.


http://sportservis.pressonline.rs/wsw/index.php?p=91&ni=15141&PHPSESSID=535be26af2b80d00 44fb8553d502595b

If this is true, then I guess we wil see Ana playing mixed doubles at all slams next year.

jelenacg
Nov 9th, 2010, 10:43 PM
A serbian article reports Ana will play mixed doubles with Zimonjic in the 2012 Olympic Games.



http://sportservis.pressonline.rs/wsw/index.php?p=91&ni=15141&PHPSESSID=535be26af2b80d00 44fb8553d502595b

If this is true, then I guess we wil see Ana playing mixed doubles at all slams next year.

Fed cup coach never heard of this so i think it`s :bs:

gaviotabr
Nov 11th, 2010, 10:09 AM
I think it might be true Jelena.. From today's Sportski Zurnal:

http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/6772/ziki1.png

jelenacg
Nov 11th, 2010, 10:31 AM
I think it might be true Jelena.. From today's Sportski Zurnal:



It is :bolt:
So far only AO is certain ,he says they already played once at RG 2005 and that they matched well

gaviotabr
Nov 11th, 2010, 10:47 AM
A few more Sportski Zurnal articles I meant to post this week but didn't have time.

http://img703.imageshack.us/img703/1183/bali1.png

http://img80.imageshack.us/img80/113/bali2.png

http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/3750/bali3.png

Anything interesting?

gaviotabr
Nov 11th, 2010, 10:48 AM
It is :bolt:
So far only AO is certain ,he says they already played once at RG 2005 and that they matched well

It's cool! Hopefully it works out! :D

gaviotabr
Nov 11th, 2010, 10:49 AM
Ana Ivanovic: Getting her groove back
Bruce Emond, The Jakarta Post, Nusa Dua, Bali | Sun, 11/07/2010 10:41 AM | People
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During her quarterfinal match against Caroline Wozniacki at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on Oct. 8, 2010.JP/P.J. LeoDuring her quarterfinal match against Caroline Wozniacki at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on Oct. 8, 2010.JP/P.J. Leo

During the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions here, Ana Ivanovic decided to enjoy herself. It was not total Bali fun-in-the-sun vacation mood — there was still the not so insubstantial matter of practice and competing for the winner’s check of US$210,000.

But the Serbian, accompanied by her parents and younger brother, also relaxed, saw some sights and celebrated her 23rd birthday on Saturday. Along with fellow players Daniela Hantuchova and Li Na, Ivanovic had a spa treatment on Tuesday, appearing later at a tournament lunch radiant in a red kebaya and wrap skirt.

Ivanovic credits learning to let go of the pressures of the women’s game for helping her regain her form on court recently after a rollercoaster two years.

And she says she is happier now than she has been in a long time.

“The first time I played Bali [in 2006] it was so beautiful and nice, I was a bit too relaxed, and I didn’t play very well,” she said Wednesday.

“But now I know that if I take things easy and am happy then it shows in my game.”

It’s a realization that comes after she experienced both the giddy highs and terrible lows of professional sport. After losing in the 2007 French Open final and the Australian Open final in January 2008, three months later she finally took the French Open title.

In Balinese kebaya on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions in Bali. JP/Adji SoedibjoIn Balinese kebaya on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions in Bali. JP/Adji Soedibjo

In June 2008, she became the 17th world number one since tennis became a professional sport in 1968. Then, Ivanovic says, things started to gradually unravel. An admitted perfectionist, she pushed herself too hard instead of savoring the moment.

There also was the added pressure of her glamor girl status, with her dark goods looks making her a fan favorite and sought after by sponsors (in 2008, her website was reportedly the most visited of any sportswoman).

“I think that after I won the French Open and became number one, I was inspired and I tried to work harder than I needed to,” she said. “Then I was overtraining and I got injured, so I couldn’t practice as much as I wanted to. I took it very hard.”

She started losing to players who she had always beaten, even before she was world number one.

“My confidence went down a little bit, and things started going downhill from there,” Ivanovic said.

After finishing 2008 as the world number 5, her ranking plunged to 22 at the end of 2009. She appeared brittle and tense on court, and was suddenly given to tearful outbursts on court as her once reliable baseline game, and especially her serve, fell apart.

At Wimbledon that year, injured, she tearfully withdrew against Venus Williams due to injury. At the US Open, she held matchpoints in the first round, but seemed afraid to win, letting the victory slip away from her in a display that was painful to watch.

Again, she blames her perfectionist attitude.

“I wanted it so badly that I tried to hold on too much, so it was very disappointing. That was instead of letting it go, just wanting to play for myself again like when I first came on the tour.”

People are cruel, especially with the anonymity afforded by cyber forums. Fans and the media started dubbing her “one-slam wonder”, to be counted among players such as Gabriela Sabatini and Jana Novotna who took one of the sport’s biggest crowns but were never able to repeat that glory again.

Ivanovic has too much game to simply fall by the wayside like the woman who beat her in 2006 in Bali, Russian Olga Puchkova, now missing in action. She also has gone through a lot in her young life for tennis, including during the dark days of the Balkan conflict in the 1990s when, in a now famous story, she practiced in an empty swimming pool.

But she says she became negative on-court and off. It was all a matter of confidence.

“In my case, I was always searching for confidence from somewhere else, from outside, when it has to come from within you,” she said.

“It’s about being happier and accepting yourself, and about winning and losing, it all comes down to that. I had to accept that sometimes I would lose matches, and that it was part of a process, everything must happen over time.”

In 2010, her change of attitude started turning things around, for the better. She worked with former Swiss player Heinz Gunthardt (they parted company due to scheduling conflicts last week).

Although her ranking dropped to 65 in July, that was the time when her commitment began to show results. She also focused on improving fitness on her 1.86-meter frame.

At the US Open in September, a year after her painful exit, she reached the last 16.

At Linz in October, it was the Ana Ivanovic of old who swept her first singles title in two years, and the ninth of her career. She is now world ranked 24.

She is philosophical about the time it will take to get back to the top 10, or even one day win another Grand Slam.

“Sometimes things don’t work out the way you want them to. It takes longer than you expected,” she said. “Having a fitness coach has helped my fitness and my game in general. I just feel I’m a lot happier on the court and competing. And also it’s seeing results that help you get your confidence back.

Ivanovic adds that success is sweeter — “stronger”, she says — the second time around after the struggle. While she has won almost $8 million in prize money, plus many times that in endorsements, and is set for life, she is taking pleasure in the simple things.

“When you’re young, you take winning matches and tournaments for granted. I’m just enjoying myself and letting go, even if it’s just something simple like having coffee with a friend. I’m happy,” she says.


http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/11/07/ana-ivanovic-getting-her-groove-back.html

Davodus
Nov 11th, 2010, 11:18 AM
Ana is playing mixed at AO? I'm definitely gonna do my best to watch that!

jelenacg
Nov 11th, 2010, 11:22 AM
A few more Sportski Zurnal articles I meant to post this week but didn't have time.

Anything interesting?

I like the title on front page "Ana the queen of Bali" :hearts:
First article nothing new,in second one Dejan Vranjes is talking about Ana,JJ,Fed Cup,Davis Cup
He says it`s great that Ana won Bali bc she will be more motivated to practice and have good off season preparation.He always knew she will start playing well again she just needed to work hard and be patient.He also says that he doesn`t think changing coach will affect Ana bc she is much smarter now and she knows what she wants

Pops Maellard
Nov 11th, 2010, 11:49 AM
Ana rediscovered her joy for tennis since the American HC season. ;)

Sharapovian
Nov 11th, 2010, 09:03 PM
A few words from Srebotnik. about Ana playing doubles with Nenad ;)
Ana Ivanovic to play mixed doubles at Australian Open with Nenad Zimonjic

Ana Ivanovic to play mixed doubles at Australian Open with Nenad Zimonjic

Ana Ivanovic will team up with Nenad Zimonjic to play the 2011 Australian Open Mixed Doubles competition, thinking ahead of the 2012 London Olympics.

Zimonjic has won 38 doubles titles including three Grand Slams and four mixed doubles titles, all four at Grand Slams.

The news of this new partnership came alive thanks to comments from Zimonjic’s usually partner, Katarina Srebotnik.

“With Zimonjic will play next year in three Grand Slam, but the first in Australia. Then I will be paired with Daniel Nestor, Zimonjic while playing with Ana Ivanovic, since they both want to participate in the Olympics in mixed doubles” said Srebotnik.

http://wtawomenstennis.com/2010/11/ana-ivanovic-to-play-mixed-doubles-at-australian-open-with-nenad-zimonjic/

:bounce: Ana playing doubles :hearts:

Pops Maellard
Nov 11th, 2010, 09:19 PM
Ana playing Mixed Dubs is pretty cool. Partnering Novak would also be cool, but I guess if she really wants success, Nenad is probably the wiser choice (Nole isn't a very good doubles player after all :lol:).

Sharapovian
Nov 11th, 2010, 09:25 PM
Ana playing Mixed Dubs is pretty cool. Partnering Novak would also be cool, but I guess if she really wants success, Nenad is probably the wiser choice (Nole isn't a very good doubles player after all :lol:).

Do you know Ana is playing Hopman cup with Nole? :D
I guess she gets to play with both at the start of the year :cool:

Pops Maellard
Nov 11th, 2010, 09:34 PM
Do you know Ana is playing Hopman cup with Nole? :D
I guess she gets to play with both at the start of the year :cool:

Oh yeah I knew about Hopman Cup but it wasn't going to be a long-term partnership. :p

Sharapovian
Nov 11th, 2010, 09:52 PM
Oh yeah I knew about Hopman Cup but it wasn't going to be a long-term partnership. :p

Yeah I don't think either of them would want to play long-term, they both will want to focus on singles :)

gaviotabr
Nov 12th, 2010, 12:55 PM
I think Nole once said he would not play mixed at the Olympics, as it would be too much for him. He will play singles and doubles. Ana will probably only play singles and mixed.

gaviotabr
Nov 12th, 2010, 12:59 PM
Anything new?

http://img573.imageshack.us/img573/516/bali4.png

Pops Maellard
Nov 12th, 2010, 01:00 PM
Oh well. Ana + Nenad will be GOAT mixed pair. :D

jelenacg
Nov 12th, 2010, 06:01 PM
Anything new?



Nothing new,it`s Ana`s latest diary

JamieOwen3
Nov 12th, 2010, 06:06 PM
singles and mixed at the olympics, i see that! couldn't see a jj and ana partnership :lol:

jelenacg
Nov 12th, 2010, 06:28 PM
singles and mixed at the olympics, i see that! couldn't see a jj and ana partnership :lol:

Only bc then JJ`s mother wouldn`t be able to gossip with who and where is Ana drinking coffee :rolleyes:
I have to say i`m very interested to see Ana and Nenad play :lol:

gaviotabr
Nov 12th, 2010, 10:30 PM
Nothing new,it`s Ana`s latest diary

Thanks Jelena! ;)

Only bc then JJ`s mother wouldn`t be able to gossip with who and where is Ana drinking coffee :rolleyes:
I have to say i`m very interested to see Ana and Nenad play :lol:

I'm also curious about it.. but I'm not sure we will have the chance to see them playing.. doubles get so little air time.. mixed even less.