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spiritedenergy
Jan 8th, 2008, 09:56 PM
From the Daily Telegraph

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By Chico Harlan

January 09, 2008 12:00am

BECAUSE Justine Henin's scheduled opponent yesterday strained a muscle and couldn't play, officials moved Ana Ivanovic's match to Centre Court, leaving Ivanovic with no choice whatsoever but to play in front of thousands and charm the world all over again.

Tennis fans love to love Ivanovic. Those who watched her defeat Virginie Razzano yesterday to claim a spot in the Medibank International quarter-finals witnessed an alluring combination of grace and fortitude and power, and that doesn't even include any characteristics the male 18 to 34 demographic might wish to include.

She's 20 years old now. She grew up in bombed-out Serbia and practised tennis within the walls of an empty swimming pool.

Today, as the fourth-ranked woman in the world, she earns more than $2 million annually and shops at Louis Vuitton and can rattle off her 10 favourite restaurants in the world.

You need to know both of these sides of Ivanovic because they reflect the division in her mannerisms - half toughness, half sweetness. This makes her, let it be said, a memorable breed of predator.

If she's not yet a household name it's only because she's still seeking her first major title. It's not for lack of charisma. Her face forms a natural, easy smile and even when she's backed into tough fights, you might sense desire, but never displeasure. She's pure as a ponytail.

On her personal website, she takes time once or twice a month to answer fan questions. (She wishes she could answer them all. There are just too many!)

No, she does not have a Facebook.com profile (Just not enough time!)

She loves sushi and fresh orange juice and Lost. She sometimes has trouble sleeping before matches. She has a knack for sudoku puzzles. She wishes everybody a Happy New Year and hopes you can achieve your goals. (Love, Ana!)

In an instant, though, Ivanovic can sprout fangs - the lesson from yesterday. Ivanovic trailed Razzano, a top-30 player from France, 5-2 in the third set; she'd dropped 11 of the last 15 games and what looked early on like a sweat-free drubbing - Ivanovic won the first set 6-1 - had collapsed into a near-upset.

But then something happened, perhaps on account of Razzano's nerves, perhaps more because of Ivanovic's resolve. She regained the certainty behind her shot placement and suddenly Ivanovic was fist-pumping and yelping and staging a frantic comeback.

With eyes closed, a spectator within the pro-Ana arena could determine who won a given point.

And Ivanovic kept winning. She worked it to 5-3, 5-4 then she broke Razzano's serve for a 6-5 lead. Flag-draped fans on Ivanovic's right chanted her first name. Those on the opposite side chanted "Serbia! Serbia!".

"I really appreciate the support," Ivanovic later said, "and it helped me through that third set. It was tough at 5-2, I had my back against the wall. But I felt she was also a little bit nervous."

Surely not, Ana, fiery but for- ever cool.

When Razzano's final shot died in the net, Ivanovic screamed with delight and blew kisses to the crowd. She sauntered over for an on-court interview and, though still short of breath, couldn't suppress a delighted, satisfied grin - the return of sweet Ana.

"The people here are so nice," she said. "Thanks so much for coming!"

dybbuk
Jan 8th, 2008, 09:59 PM
BECAUSE Justine Henin's scheduled opponent yesterday strained a muscle and couldn't play

Well, first off she has a name....

switz
Jan 8th, 2008, 10:02 PM
i like Ana but this is like the 5th bubble gum piece to appear in a Sydney newspaper about her since she got in here mid December. Her press team do a good job :o

Sean.
Jan 8th, 2008, 10:03 PM
Well let's face it, what's not to like?:worship:

Unless you are a wife/girlfriend and your man has suddenly gained an interest in womens tennis!;)

spiritedenergy
Jan 8th, 2008, 10:03 PM
Well, first off she has a name....

who cares? Henin would have trashed her anyways:tape:

Sean.
Jan 8th, 2008, 10:04 PM
who cares? Henin would have trashed her anyways:tape:

It wasn't Henin who won last time they played!

Ben.
Jan 8th, 2008, 10:04 PM
Ana :inlove:

spiritedenergy
Jan 8th, 2008, 10:06 PM
i like Ana but this is like the 5th bubble gum piece to appear in a Sydney newspaper about her since she got in here mid December. Her press team do a good job :o

It's not her press team, search on google news there are like 100 articles about her win. Reasons are it was an entertaining match but most of all she looks amazing (that dress is going to win many newspapers to her side!).

spiritedenergy
Jan 8th, 2008, 10:07 PM
It wasn't Henin who won last time they played!

that's why! Bartoli's bagel at YEC?:rolleyes:

switz
Jan 8th, 2008, 10:16 PM
It's not her press team, search on google news there are like 100 articles about her win. Reasons are it was an entertaining match but most of all she looks amazing (that dress is going to win many newspapers to her side!).

they are internet articles about tennis, they aren't appearing on full page of major metropolitan newspapers like these one were. i'm sure all those article talked about how smart and sexy she is as well :o

frontier
Jan 8th, 2008, 10:16 PM
Ana is a sweet young lady:kiss:,but she is not sexy.:sad:

BoucharDRules
Jan 8th, 2008, 10:16 PM
So overrated. :rolleyes:

spiritedenergy
Jan 8th, 2008, 10:18 PM
So overrated. :rolleyes:

the typical Dementieva fan: jealous that her idol is fading away while Ana is rising to stardom:tape:

Effy
Jan 8th, 2008, 10:20 PM
the typical Dementieva fan: jealous that her idol is fading away while Ana is rising to stardom:tape:

uhm no actually. Not everyone has to think that Ivanovic is sexy ;) She is pretty and talented yes.

mboyle
Jan 8th, 2008, 11:29 PM
I agree with the conclusion that she is pretty, but not sexy. She doesn't have a seductive personality. Anna K is sexy. Ivanovic is more girl next door like than sexy. Sharapova could be sexy, but she's too thin, in my opinion. Golovin is sexy.

Andy.
Jan 8th, 2008, 11:38 PM
I agree with the conclusion that she is pretty, but not sexy. She doesn't have a seductive personality. Anna K is sexy. Ivanovic is more girl next door like than sexy. Sharapova could be sexy, but she's too thin, in my opinion. Golovin is sexy.

Exactly sexy is not only about looking pretty its also about attitiude. Ivanovic is cute and very pretty but sexy is something different. It is what Anna K had. Masha also is different she gives off the more elegent and glamour woman vibe.

RenaSlam.
Jan 9th, 2008, 02:13 AM
She is sexy :hearts:

danieln1
Jan 9th, 2008, 02:34 AM
I love Ana, she has the game and is very sexy and beautiful, I want her to win a grand slam soon...

mankind
Jan 9th, 2008, 06:00 AM
Exactly sexy is not only about looking pretty its also about attitiude. Ivanovic is cute and very pretty but sexy is something different. It is what Anna K had. Masha also is different she gives off the more elegent and glamour woman vibe.

What Anna K had? Trashy pictures in a men's magazine (SI). Exactly what that "elegant and glamour woman" Maria has had, even though she vowed never to sell herself out like that. Whoops.

Andy.
Jan 9th, 2008, 11:23 AM
What Anna K had? Trashy pictures in a men's magazine (SI). Exactly what that "elegant and glamour woman" Maria has had, even though she vowed never to sell herself out like that. Whoops.
SI has never been a trashy mens magazine.

FrenchY52
Jan 9th, 2008, 11:44 AM
She's cute but not sexy or hot at all. And she sounds so dumb when she speaks :shrug:

Shoulderpova
Jan 9th, 2008, 12:06 PM
the typical Dementieva fan: jealous that her idol is fading away while Ana is rising to stardom:tape:

:haha:
I've been always wondering how old you are.
Some days ago you claimed that Sharapova are jealous of Ivanovic now according to you Dementievas fans also are. Is "jealous" the only word you can come up with? :rolleyes::rolleyes:
Both Sharapova and Dementieva have achieved more than Ivanovic has.
Plus, Dementieva beat her 3 times in 3 matches. As long as Elena keeps beating her every time they meet, I dont care if she is fading away or not.
And I doubt Ivanovic can achieve what Maria has achieved so far. Maybe not even in her whole career :wavey:

rrfnpump
Jan 9th, 2008, 12:15 PM
Well let's face it, what's not to like?:worship:

Her "Come-On" and fist-pumping after every point.
Apart from that, its hard not to like her. :)

spiritedenergy
Jan 10th, 2008, 03:59 AM
:haha:
I've been always wondering how old you are.
Some days ago you claimed that Sharapova are jealous of Ivanovic now according to you Dementievas fans also are. Is "jealous" the only word you can come up with? :rolleyes::rolleyes:
Both Sharapova and Dementieva have achieved more than Ivanovic has.
Plus, Dementieva beat her 3 times in 3 matches. As long as Elena keeps beating her every time they meet, I dont care if she is fading away or not.
And I doubt Ivanovic can achieve what Maria has achieved so far. Maybe not even in her whole career :wavey:

I'm an adult person who likes to tell the truth. You can look back at most of the old threads and see that Dementieva fans and Sharapova fans (especially when she's losing/not playing well) are ridiculously prone to attack Ana on everything she does. Dementieva is going downhill and although they still support her, they have to free themselves of their rage against Ana who seems to have taken her place. This is called jealousy in my books.

Dolphin
Jan 10th, 2008, 11:18 AM
Ana is very Beautiful, I'm glad she's having fun in AUS :)

jacobruiz
Jan 10th, 2008, 01:31 PM
I'm an adult person who likes to tell the truth. You can look back at most of the old threads and see that Dementieva fans and Sharapova fans (especially when she's losing/not playing well) are ridiculously prone to attack Ana on everything she does. Dementieva is going downhill and although they still support her, they have to free themselves of their rage against Ana who seems to have taken her place. This is called jealousy in my books.

This is funny - coming from a poster who has done nothing but bash Maria in any and every Maria thread in GM.:lol:
Ana is looking a lot more fit; with her talent she should go far this year.

LCS
Jan 10th, 2008, 01:45 PM
the typical Dementieva fan: jealous that her idol is fading away while Ana is rising to stardom:tape:

I am a fan of Elena, maybe not typical though. But Ana is just scorching hot and sexy! :drool:

LCS
Jan 10th, 2008, 01:45 PM
Exactly sexy is not only about looking pretty its also about attitiude. Ivanovic is cute and very pretty but sexy is something different. It is what Anna K had. Masha also is different she gives off the more elegent and glamour woman vibe.

You don't need to be a slut to be sexy...;)

Pilongo
Jan 10th, 2008, 01:46 PM
I prefer Lena D, but god, has everyone seen her with the "High Beam headlights" turned on these days :D

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tenn_ace
Jan 10th, 2008, 01:48 PM
i like Ana but this is like the 5th bubble gum piece to appear in a Sydney newspaper about her since she got in here mid December. Her press team do a good job :o


at this rate, Maria will lose all of her sponsors by the end of the year :lol:

scottsue
Jan 12th, 2008, 01:32 PM
I reckon she will get lots of support in Melbourne from the Australian people if the Aussies lose early.

serenus_2k8
Jan 12th, 2008, 01:33 PM
I reckon she will get lots of support in Melbourne from the Australian people if the Aussies lose early.

I think the crowd will cheer more than just the aussies, unless of course Ana was playing one of them!

watto10
Jan 13th, 2008, 03:47 AM
I am an Ana Ivanovic fan however I dont see how Dementieva fans would be jelous of Ana seeing that Dementieva beat her in Hong Kong a few weeks ago in straight sets. It is definetly right to say that Ana is beautiful more than sexy. She however does have a sexy body!