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Marcell
Sep 16th, 2008, 01:24 PM
Ivanovic puts grand slam glory above ranking




TOKYO, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Ana Ivanovic knows what it feels like to be regarded as the world’s leading player and despite having achieved the honour once in her career, the Serb values grand slam glory over a return to the top of the rankings.

The 20-year-old reached the pinnacle of women’s tennis after winning her maiden grand slam at this year’s French Open but has since slipped down to third after a thumb injury affected her form since that triumph in Paris.

Forced to skip August’s Beijing Olympics, Ivanovic crashed out of the U.S. Open in the second round but insisted she was pain-free ahead of this week’s Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.

“Finally, for the last two weeks I have no pain,” Ivanovic told Reuters on Monday.

“It was very tough (losing the number one ranking) so quickly.

“I really struggled to accept it because that was my dream for a long time and just as I achieved it this thing happened. I have been number one so I believe I can be there again.

“Being number one is a great reward but if you asked me at this moment what I would rather do, it’s win another grand slam before I become number one again.”

Serena Williams returned to the summit of the women’s rankings after a five-year gap following her triumph at the U.S. Open.

Ivanovic’s fellow Serb Jelena Jankovic, the beaten finalist in New York, is the current number two and top seed in Tokyo, where six of the world’s top 10 are appearing.

Russia’s Olympic champion Elena Dementieva and compatriot Dinara Safina round out a closely bunched top-five players on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.

World number seven Svetlana Kuznetsova is the third Russian top-10 player in the draw for this week’s $1.34 million tournament.

“It’s exciting for women’s tennis,” Ivanovic said. “I think Serena’s a great champion and it will be very tough to return to the top… but it’s a great challenge.”

Having already beaten Jankovic to a grand slam title, Ivanovic admitted there was added incentive in getting one over her countrywoman.

“I can’t say we are friends,” Ivanovic added. “Girls in general don’t become very close on the tour but we motivate each other. If you see the other one winning you want to win too.” (Editing by John O’Brien)

frontier
Sep 16th, 2008, 01:30 PM
she was a weakass no.1 same with her compatriot

Davodus
Sep 16th, 2008, 01:34 PM
i think it's natural to want to win slams over being number 1

number 1 means way less without the slams to back it up

Tennisstar86
Sep 16th, 2008, 01:36 PM
Of course she does. Who doesnt? plus she was a weak ass number 1 anyways.... winning a grand total of 3 matches........

MarieC
Sep 16th, 2008, 01:38 PM
All the glory is in winning a slam. A #1 ranking without the slams doesn't mean much

Vlover
Sep 16th, 2008, 01:41 PM
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“I can’t say we are friends,” Ivanovic added. “Girls in general don’t become very close on the tour but we motivate each other. If you see the other one winning you want to win too.” (Editing by John O’Brien)

I think it is safe to say Ana was rooting for Serena to win the USO.:lol:

RenaSlam.
Sep 16th, 2008, 01:42 PM
No shit.

Slams are everything, the ranking comes as a secondary bonus.

дalex
Sep 16th, 2008, 02:14 PM
Slams are everything, the ranking comes as a secondary bonus.

Is that you, Serena? :hearts:

Serenita
Sep 16th, 2008, 02:49 PM
GS are far more important then no1

schorsch
Sep 16th, 2008, 03:01 PM
when you reached nr.1 you say stuff like that. but if you havent yet its a major goal...

doni1212
Sep 16th, 2008, 03:03 PM
Ana will win many more slams, ;)

Miss Atomic Bomb
Sep 16th, 2008, 03:11 PM
ofcourse she should put grand slam glory above ranking...She has a chance of getting no.1 ranking again...
Cant say the same about slams.

Kworb
Sep 16th, 2008, 03:23 PM
Of course Majoli 2.0 prefers Grand Slam glory.

tennnisfannn
Sep 16th, 2008, 03:25 PM
you get the slam the no. 1 is not very far

BuTtErFrEnA
Sep 16th, 2008, 03:32 PM
Ana will win many more slams, ;)

:hearts: another brilliant post doni :hearts:

frontier
Sep 16th, 2008, 04:22 PM
I think it is safe to say Ana was rooting for Serena to win the USO.:lol::lol::lol::tape:I remember during the Open after she lost they asked her about who has a chance of winning she said that its between the sisters and Safina.... think there is no love lost between Ana and Jankovic:lol:

hankqq
Sep 16th, 2008, 04:32 PM
Ana always seems like a down-to-Earth girl in her interviews. I don't get why some people don't like her :shrug: Of course in every interview these days Ana and Jelena keep getting asked about each other :haha: Ah the media :hearts:

Finally the thumb pain is gone! :woohoo:

She'll win more slams in the future, people. :)

cn ireland
Sep 16th, 2008, 04:48 PM
And rightly so too;). I think the majority of players would rather have a Slam than be #1 (not that i'm saying its not a great achievement to be #1:lol:)

frontier
Sep 16th, 2008, 04:59 PM
but Jelena is after the no.1 ranking and is claiming that she had the upper hand in the final....delusional,she is forgetting Serena was down 5-3 but came back to win 4 games back to back...sore loser.

Dodoboy.
Sep 16th, 2008, 05:04 PM
She was a bad #1 and she had a so-so grand slam win :shrug:

Matt01
Sep 16th, 2008, 05:39 PM
She was a bad #1 and she had a so-so grand slam win :shrug:


That's crap and you know it :p

Ciarán
Sep 16th, 2008, 05:47 PM
“It was very tough (losing the number one ranking) so quickly" Think how it was for JJ :O

frontier
Sep 16th, 2008, 06:02 PM
That's crap and you know it :pits you who is crappy:eek:

Destiny
Sep 16th, 2008, 06:23 PM
:yawn:

frontier
Sep 16th, 2008, 06:35 PM
Is that you, Serena? :hearts:is that you Snezana:tape:

MagicMilan
Sep 16th, 2008, 06:49 PM
Sorry she was a god-awful #1 and had a bad slam win. :)

betteR?
and what is a good slam win? :rolleyes:
she was the best in Paris this year, she deserved it :) The haters can suck it :baby:

Sander.
Sep 16th, 2008, 06:50 PM
She's totally right:) Number one of the world is beautiful, but to win Grand Slams is more beatiful:D

frontier
Sep 16th, 2008, 06:56 PM
I expect the lovely Ms Ivanovic to add to her GS tally ... with interest.

And regain the no. 1 ranking at various stages of her career.
did you enjoy your bone....Lacey:tape:

Serenita
Sep 16th, 2008, 07:05 PM
^^ :haha:

frontier
Sep 16th, 2008, 07:11 PM
You are an embarassment to your own fanbase.

Have you noticed how none of them never respond to your posts?

I am afraid this board is for the "beautiful people" only from now on.

I'm gonna have to get the boys to escort you off the premises. :bigwave:

Is this a threat because you cant take the heat:p

FoxyliciousKhat
Sep 16th, 2008, 07:26 PM
she was a weakass no.1 same with her compatriot

No she was not, she has been to 3 slams finals, back to back slams final same year and won a slam. And at least she has the slam and another title (tier 1) this year.

It's funny how people are ignoring Ana's injury... prior to this she did not have a great deal of horrible loses. Justine, Maria, Linds, Dementieva are not mugs... Pironkova is the only bad loss prior to Wimbledon.

Foxy

Dodoboy.
Sep 16th, 2008, 07:36 PM
and what is a good slam win? :rolleyes:
she was the best in Paris this year, she deserved it :) The haters can suck it :baby:

I am not a hater.

frontier
Sep 16th, 2008, 07:41 PM
No she was not, she has been to 3 slams finals, back to back slams final same year and won a slam. And at least she has the slam and another title (tier 1) this year.

It's funny how people are ignoring Ana's injury... prior to this she did not have a great deal of horrible loses. Justine, Maria, Linds, Dementieva are not mugs... Pironkova is the only bad loss prior to Wimbledon.

FoxyI hear you...I have nothing against Ana she is one of the girls I support after Serena ,Vee,Zvonareva and Aga...during her reign as no.1 she suddenly became passive all the fire she had from Jan to May was gone,she seemed to me to be a reluctant no.1.You mentioned Dementieva,Lindsay,Maria and Justine these are losses before she got to no.1..after no.1 she became so passive and timid I watched her play in Montreal she looked timid she didnt demonstrate leadership...thats what I meant as weak:rolleyes:

Tennisstar86
Sep 16th, 2008, 07:46 PM
but Jelena is after the no.1 ranking and is claiming that she had the upper hand in the final....delusional,she is forgetting Serena was down 5-3 but came back to win 4 games back to back...sore loser.

so you're saying that being up 5-3...she didnt have the uperhand....:confused:

frontier
Sep 16th, 2008, 07:51 PM
so you're saying that being up 5-3...she didnt have the uperhand....:confused:Serena lost concentration after that little arguing with the umpire and at 5-3 she regained her composure and rained 4 straight games...:rolleyes:

ce
Sep 16th, 2008, 08:01 PM
every player does
and she is gonna win many more :)

FoxyliciousKhat
Sep 16th, 2008, 08:01 PM
so you're saying that being up 5-3...she didnt have the uperhand....:confused:

If depends on what point in the match one is talking about. One cannot have the upperhand (as I understand this, but I could be wrong) she felt she was in a winnable position for the match. Now if she means she had the momentum to push this to a third and decisive set then ok, but being down a set already, clearly does not give her the upperhand, it just levels the match. And even if this was sent to a third. we all know from watching numerous WTA matches that after winning the second set many players disappear. Now I'm not saying she would have, but to me the third set is clearly a fresh start for both and would have started evenly.

Foxy

frontier
Sep 16th, 2008, 08:03 PM
every player does
and she is gonna win many more :)you mean Ana:angel:...ADJE!!!

FoxyliciousKhat
Sep 16th, 2008, 08:06 PM
I hear you...I have nothing against Ana she is one of the girls I support after Serena ,Vee,Zvonareva and Aga...during her reign as no.1 she suddenly became passive all the fire she had from Jan to May was gone,she seemed to me to be a reluctant no.1.You mentioned Dementieva,Lindsay,Maria and Justine these are losses before she got to no.1..after no.1 she became so passive and timid I watched her play in Montreal she looked timid she didnt demonstrate leadership...thats what I meant as weak:rolleyes:

IDK, I think Justine's sudden retirement, and Ana winning her first slam and claiming the #1 spot may have come a lot quicker than Ana may have anticipated and thus she was not ready to handle it. It does not mean she was weak, just not totally prepared. Plus we've often has player)s) have a great year and then have a sophomore (sp) slump so maybe this is it for Ana. The thing is she's make 3 slams final appearances in 2 years and definitely can again. People who's claiming she's never win another slam is a bit ridiculous.

Foxy

frontier
Sep 16th, 2008, 08:16 PM
IDK, I think Justine's sudden retirement, and Ana winning her first slam and claiming the #1 spot may have come a lot quicker than Ana may have anticipated and thus she was not ready to handle it. It does not mean she was weak, just not totally prepared. Plus we've often has player)s) have a great year and then have a sophomore (sp) slump so maybe this is it for Ana. The thing is she's make 3 slams final appearances in 2 years and definitely can again. People who's claiming she's never win another slam is a bit ridiculous.

FoxyAna is the real deal there is no question about that,she is a legit contender at the slams...with time she will mature and become the leader of her generation or she will be the Kim Clijsters of her time.She has potential to be better than pova,jj,safina or sveta

DA FOREHAND
Sep 16th, 2008, 08:28 PM
so you're saying that being up 5-3...she didnt have the uperhand....:confused:

I don't know what the other poster said, but I can tell you no she did not have the upper hand. Serena had the upper hand because she won the first set. The onus was on JJ to push it to the third set, and as we all know she failed. :wavey:

MagicMilan
Sep 16th, 2008, 08:29 PM
you mean Ana:angel:...ADJE!!!
awww, it's not easy for you to learn a word in Serbian :hug:

Mackep83
Sep 16th, 2008, 10:52 PM
I think ending the year as number one is compared to win a grand slam. If you end the year as no1, you probably are the best tennisplayer of the year, even if you dont win a grand slam.

I think so, and if you look at the alpine race they appreciate the world cup crystal equal a Olympic gold

lolas
Sep 16th, 2008, 11:07 PM
I'd wish that finally one of the Serbs would state the truth and say that she doesn't like her compatriot instead of this boring "I can't say we're friends".

asiandude
Sep 17th, 2008, 04:08 AM
Agreed. You will be remembered for winning slams not by ranking. Williams sisters and even Maria S don't care much of number 1 ranking. If they do, they should have entered and played many tournaments.

Nikkiri
Sep 17th, 2008, 04:12 AM
:yawn:

Do you ever actually type words. :shrug:

Zealisa
Sep 17th, 2008, 06:49 AM
I think GS is more important than #1 ranking, because people know those who win the most important tournaments and those who were #1s for 1 week (e.g. Jankovic) will be forgotten faster.

Beny
Sep 17th, 2008, 08:26 AM
''I can't say we're friends'' :lol:

Tennisstar86
Sep 18th, 2008, 02:27 AM
Ana is the real deal there is no question about that,she is a legit contender at the slams...with time she will mature and become the leader of her generation or she will be the Kim Clijsters of her time.She has potential to be better than pova,jj,safina or sveta

I disagree with that..... Ana's game is very limited IMO..... so is Sharapova's for that matter.... but i think Sharapova plays it much better than Ana does. JJ and Safina are the ones with the potential to be better than the others...

sveta:help:

BuTtErFrEnA
Sep 18th, 2008, 03:37 AM
I think ending the year as number one is compared to win a grand slam. If you end the year as no1, you probably are the best tennisplayer of the year, even if you dont win a grand slam.

I think so, and if you look at the alpine race they appreciate the world cup crystal equal a Olympic gold

ending the year #1 does not necessarily mean you are the best player of the year especially if you can't win a slam

friendsita
Sep 18th, 2008, 04:15 AM
she was a weakass no.1 same with her compatriot

and there's no need to say it, cause it's obvious

OsloErik
Sep 18th, 2008, 04:24 AM
And I put kidney beans above black beans when I stock my shelf.

Generally, I think everyone puts slam glory above ranking. There aren't a ton of "weak" #1 players, so if you get there sans slam glory, it puts you in not very pleasant company. There are probably half a dozen "weak" slam winners. It's harder to get into that discussion.

Plus, we only remember the #1s because they won slams. Anybody else miss the old ranking system now and then? It was clear who was #1 and why they got there. I don't think it was perfect, but they didn't mix it as well as they should've.

Matt01
Sep 18th, 2008, 10:38 AM
I disagree with that..... Ana's game is very limited IMO..... so is Sharapova's for that matter....


Totally disagree. Ana's game is not as limited as Pova's, Ana has much more potential. I agree that Pova plays her limited game very well, though.

pwayne
Sep 18th, 2008, 01:39 PM
Of course, she prefers the Slam as she is getting major endorsements.