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Cp6uja
Jan 12th, 2009, 03:19 PM
People don't worry... it's time for Glory! :rocker2:

C'mon Ana... finish what You started last season in Melbourne :bounce:


http://cornedbeefhash.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/ana-ivanovic-aus08.jpg






AO/09 MAIN DRAW:

Jelena Jankovic SRB (1) v Yvonne Meusburger AUT
Kirsten Flipkens BEL v Rossana De Los Rios PAR
Nathalie Dechy FRA v Qualifier
Qualifier v Ai Sugiyama JPN (26)
Sybille Bammer AUT (24) v Lucie Safarova CZE
Petra Cetkovska CZE v Marina Erakovic NZL
Qualifier v Tsvetana Pironkova BUL
Melanie South GBR v Marion Bartoli FRA (16)
Nadia Petrova RUS (10) v Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ
Sania Mirza IND v Marta Domachowska POL
Karin Knapp ITA v Monika Wejnert AUS
Galina Voskoboeva KAZ v Agnes Szavay HUN (23)
Maria Kirilenko RUS (27) v Sara Errani ITA
Monica Niculescu ROU v Qualifier
Maria Elena Camerin ITA v Edina Gallovits ROU
Magdalena Rybarikova SVK v Vera Zvonareva RUS (7)

Dinara Safina RUS (3) v Alla Kudryavtseva RUS
Ekaterina Makarova RUS v Aravane Rezai FRA
Qualifier v Patricia Mayr AUT
Qualifier v Kaia Kanepi EST (25)
Daniela Hantuchova SVK (19) v Casey Dellacqua AUS
Jill Craybas USA v Mathilde Johansson FRA
Andrea Petkovic GER v Qualifier
Mariya Koryttseva UKR v Alize Cornet FRA (15)
Caroline Wozniacki DEN (11) v Shahar Peer ISR
Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP v Mariana Duque Marino COL
Jelena Dokic AUS v Tamira Paszek AUT
Anne Keothavong GBR v Anna Chakvetadze RUS (17)
Alisa Kleybanova RUS (29) v Sofia Arvidsson SWE
Stephanie Cohen-Aloro FRA v Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE
Yanina Wickmayer BEL v Qualifier
Julia Goerges GER v Ana Ivanovic SRB (5)


Venus Williams USA (6) v Angelique Kerber GER
Carla Suarez Navarro ESP v Roberta Vinci ITA
Qualifier v Akgul Amanmuradova UZB
Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP v Tamarine Tanasugarn THA (32)
Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP (21) v Isabella Holland AUS
Elena Vesnina RUS v Julie Coin FRA
Jessica Moore AUS v Christina McHale USA
Mara Santangelo ITA v Flavia Pennetta ITA (12)
Patty Schnyder SUI (14) v Kristina Mladenovic FRA
Jarmila Gajdosova AUS v Virginie Razzano FRA
Su-Wei Hsieh TPE v Yung-Jan Chan TPE
Qualifier v Dominika Cibulkova SVK (18)
Aleksandra Wozniak CAN (30) v Sabine Lisicki GER
Samantha Stosur AUS v Klara Zakopalova CZE
Vera Dushevina RUS v Iveta Benesova CZE
Kristina Barrois GER v Elena Dementieva RUS (4)

Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS (8) v Anastasia Rodionova AUS
Tatjana Malek GER v Ayumi Morita JPN
Nicole Vaidisova CZE v Severine Bremond FRA
Olivia Rogowska AUS v Alona Bondarenko UKR (31)
Jie Zheng CHN (22) v Camille Pin FRA
Sorana Cirstea ROU v Melinda Czink HUN
Ekaterina Bychkova RUS v Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP
Kateryna Bondarenko UKR v Agnieszka Radwanska POL (9)
Victoria Azarenka BLR (13) v Petra Kvitova CZE
Tathiana Garbin ITA v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS
Qualifier v Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER
Olga Govortsova BLR v Amelie Mauresmo FRA (20)
Francesca Schiavone ITA (28) v Shuai Peng CHN
Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP v Qualifier
Anastasiya Yakimova BLR v Gisela Dulko ARG
Meng Yuan CHN v Serena Williams USA (2)



ANA's RESULTS:
R128: Julia Goerges GER 7-5 6-3
R64: Alberta Brianti ITA ?-?
R32: Alisa Kleybanova RUS (29)
R16: Caroline Wozniacki DEN (11)
QF: Dinara Safina RUS (3)
SF: Jelena Jankovic SRB (1)
F: ?ee Williams USA




next match livestream:
find MATCH (http://www.rojadirecta.org/)
by Courts (http://watchtheheat.blogspot.com/)
by Opponent (http://www.atdhe.net/)
srb JUSTIN TV (http://www.justin.tv/legija86)

Davodus
Jan 12th, 2009, 03:29 PM
good idea

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Jan 12th, 2009, 05:13 PM
Last year she won 2 matches and lost 3 before she played AO.
Now also 2 wins, but only 1 loss.
You can always find a way to be positive :tape:

Cp6uja
Jan 12th, 2009, 06:05 PM
Last year she won 2 matches and lost 3 before she played AO.
Now also 2 wins, but only 1 loss.
You can always find a way to be positive :tape:
Stop Crying! ;)

Here is unbiased AO/09 winner odds from worlds most prestigious bookmaker:

William Hill WTA AO/09 Winner odds:
3.50 Serena Williams
4.50 Venus Williams
7.00 Jelena Jankovic
8.00 Ana Ivanovic
11.0 Dinara Safina
15.0 Elena Dementieva
...others...over 20

This not means nothing of course (remember what happen last season with Ana at USO, with Maria at Wimbledon, with Serena at RG, with Henin at AO...), but fact is that Ana coming at upcoming Australian Open like TOP5 title contender for sure - so no reasons for panic and defeatism here (like we already after that stupid Mickey Mouse Brisbane episode) even before draw is relased.

According to Ana 2008 Sydney, Indian Wells and of course Melbourne results, new plexicushion surface very suits to Ana's game.

SOA_MC
Jan 12th, 2009, 08:13 PM
Does this mean death to my Aussie season thread?:tears:

jonnyroyale_13
Jan 12th, 2009, 11:46 PM
Does this mean death to my Aussie season thread?:tears:
Well, maybe it will be for the best.. At least you got us to a better start than the Hongkong beginning of last year.
And last year all real tournament threads were by Dexter until you started Miami so...:p
For whatever its worth, the 2008 results of thread starters were:
(.800) 16-4 Dexter - Sydney, Australian Open, Doha(tier2), Dubai, Indian Wells (4 unofficial wins in FedCup thread)
(.769) 10-3 azdaja - Berlin, Rome, Roland Garros, Tokyo
(.600) 6-4 Ivanovic Fan!!! - Moscow, Zurich, Linz, Doha(YEC)
(.571) 4-3 DownTheLine21 - Wimbledon, Montreal, Olympics, US Open
(.500) 2-2 Audio - Miami, Beijing
(.000) 0-2 jonnyroyale_13 - HongKong (at least they were stupid exo losses:()

Cp6uja last did the 2007 USO hardcourts thread: winner at Los Angeles, bad loss in Toronto, then good run at the USO.
He's due...and seems extra confident:D

People don't worry... it's time for Glory! :rocker2:

:hearts:

SOA_MC
Jan 13th, 2009, 12:33 AM
(.500) 2-2 Audio - Miami, Beijing

That's all you had to say :bigcry::bigcry::bigcry:

I'm off to a bad start, I started the Brisbane thread in the Kirilenko forum and she got sick before her first match and withdrew :tape:

Dexter
Jan 13th, 2009, 12:43 AM
16-4, Yays go me! :hearts:

NirvANA is quite an idea, I admit. :yeah::lol:

SOA_MC
Jan 13th, 2009, 12:58 AM
And I'm 4-3 Jonny you forgot the 2 wins from Brisbane :ras:

jonnyroyale_13
Jan 13th, 2009, 03:32 AM
That's all you had to say :bigcry::bigcry::bigcry:

i got a bit carried away, my bad.:o

And I'm 4-3 Jonny you forgot the 2 wins from Brisbane :ras:

:unsure:

:secret: in my post i said,"the 2008 results of threadstarters". We had a newyear about 13 days ago. Its 2009 now!:aparty:

SOA_MC
Jan 13th, 2009, 04:21 AM
Well these reading errors happen when it's over 40C:help: and your boiling:bigcry:

Princeza
Jan 13th, 2009, 10:28 AM
Congrats Dex :lol: We rely on you now.

gaviotabr
Jan 13th, 2009, 03:28 PM
Ana had a conference call last night in Australia:

http://www.sportinglife.com/tennis/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=tennis/09/01/13/TENNIS_Ivanovic_Nightlead.html

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 13th, 2009, 03:32 PM
Well these reading errors happen when it's over 40C:help: and your boiling:bigcry:

Lucky you! Last week we had -19C and I had to go (means walk) to school! I feared that if I stopped moving I might freeze at the place:o

Oh, and please lets Azdaja Berlin, Rome, Roland Garros, Tokyo open a new Aussy Open thread;)

gaviotabr
Jan 13th, 2009, 11:52 PM
There is a more complete article about Ana's conference call in Tennis Week!

http://www.tennisweek.com/news/fullstory.sps?inewsid=6625123

It seems that she is looking to hire a full time coach! Good Ana, good!

MagicMilan
Jan 14th, 2009, 01:27 AM
There is a more complete article about Ana's conference call in Tennis Week!

http://www.tennisweek.com/news/fullstory.sps?inewsid=6625123

It seems that she is looking to hire a full time coach! Good Ana, good!
Thanks, nice article :yeah:
I just hope she'll have some luck with the draw. She desperately needs few easy matches to build up her confidence. One big result can finally make this "longish" slump go, amen to that :angel:

SOA_MC
Jan 14th, 2009, 01:34 AM
Lucky you! Last week we had -19C and I had to go (means walk) to school! I feared that if I stopped moving I might freeze at the place:o

But have you ever experienced 40C though

gaviotabr
Jan 14th, 2009, 01:38 AM
Thanks, nice article :yeah:
I just hope she'll have some luck with the draw. She desperately needs few easy matches to build up her confidence. One big result can finally make this "longish" slump go, amen to that :angel:

Yes.. I agree.. Ana needs a couple of really easy matches to build up confidence.. to feel good about herself.

I've been watching some livestreams of the aussie tournaments.. and there are players who get such easy matches, where the opponent really plays terrible. Ana seems to always get someone playing the best tennis they posibly could. She could get lucky.. As I said in the other thread.. friday is my birthday and I would like a nice gift in form of a good draw for Ana. :p

bruce goose
Jan 14th, 2009, 05:29 AM
There is a more complete article about Ana's conference call in Tennis Week!

http://www.tennisweek.com/news/fullstory.sps?inewsid=6625123

It seems that she is looking to hire a full time coach! Good Ana, good!This is extremely uplifting because,even though Ana is FAR from the most arrogant person,my fear was that she'd refuse to get a full-time coach largely b/c so many people were suggesting that she do so...that would be an example of 'Nice Girl Rebellion'.The fact that she's changed her mind so soon is an encouraging indication that Ana isn't completely in denial...that she realizes that some MAJOR corrective action is needed in a couple areas.To ME,Ana's not being in denial is some of the BEST news I could've asked for;although I'd like to see her do well at this year's AO,her long-term prospects are the reason for building a more solid foundation for her career:)

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 14th, 2009, 05:52 AM
But have you ever experienced 40C though

Yup! Half my family comes from the caribbean and I used to fly there for my summer vacation:D

azdaja
Jan 14th, 2009, 11:20 AM
But have you ever experienced 40C though

Yup! Half my family comes from the caribbean and I used to fly there for my summer vacation:D
and while you are talking about 40°C and the caribbean it's snowing outside here :tape: actually the snow looks nice in the air and on trees, but it's already dirty and muddy on the ground and that's not cool.

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 14th, 2009, 11:39 AM
and while you are talking about 40°C and the caribbean it's snowing outside here :tape: actually the snow looks nice in the air and on trees, but it's already dirty and muddy on the ground and that's not cool.

Same here. It's not snowing anymore though and we have like +2°C so everything is melting and muddy and really slippery!:o
We still have minus temperatures at night and the ground freezes:tape: You're almost better off trying to ice skate on the sidewalks than walk:(

jelenacg
Jan 14th, 2009, 12:00 PM
Same here,it`s very difficult to walk :)
I read that Sven was sitting yesterday in Fernando`s box,so that means he is already in Melbourne
Lets hope he will work with Ana a little bit

Davodus
Jan 14th, 2009, 05:07 PM
all you people talking about snow...if it ever snowed here in brisbane i think the world would end

however i did go to europe recently and experience the sub 0 temperatures and snow...i loved it :lol:...but i don't know if i could handle the slippery ground all the time...i fall over a lot :lol:

anyway im glad sven is in melb...he needs to help ana :)

gaviotabr
Jan 14th, 2009, 08:52 PM
So.. in Australia it's already January 15th.. so 1 day left for the draw. Does anyone know at what time it will be made?

I still want a kind draw for Ana.. especially in the early rounds.. Some feel good matches could do her good.

Cp6uja
Jan 14th, 2009, 09:18 PM
So.. in Australia it's already January 15th.. so 1 day left for the draw. Does anyone know at what time it will be made?

I still want a kind draw for Ana.. especially in the early rounds.. Some feel good matches could do her good.Last 2 seasons Draw ceremony is very early on Ausse local time (which means in midnight here in CET-Serbia or 6pm in New York which is more helpful for Brazilians). Personally i really dont care who will be her early rounds opponents. My only MD wish for Ana is to be in other half from Venus Williams b/c that means Sveta or Vera in her half (of 5-8 seeds). If Ana be drawn to Serena half i like to see this (eventual) match in Quarterfinal, when Serena is traditionally most vulnerable - not in SF when Serena at Slams always plays like real monster. But if Ana been part of JJ draw, it will be better to face her in SF than QF. In terms Elena or Dinara in Ana half... it's really not big difference (h2h with Elena don't means nothing at grand slams, especially at AO by far worst Dementieva GS where she never reach QF - similar story we have last AO with Venus).

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 14th, 2009, 09:18 PM
How about Coin in Rd.1, Kvitova in Rd.2, Jie in Rd 3., Cibulkova in Rd.4, Dinara in the quarters, Serena in the semis & JJ in the final FTW:hearts::hearts:

gaviotabr
Jan 14th, 2009, 09:33 PM
How about Coin in Rd.1, Kvitova in Rd.2, Jie in Rd 3., Cibulkova in Rd.4, Dinara in the quarters, Serena in the semis & JJ in the final FTW:hearts::hearts:

If she wins it all, then I'll find that beautiful.. :lol:

But if I see that tomorrow I'll panic! :lol::help:

gaviotabr
Jan 14th, 2009, 09:38 PM
Last 2 seasons Draw ceremony is very early on Ausse local time (which means in midnight here in CET-Serbia or 6pm in New York which is more helpful for Brazilians). Personally i really dont care who will be her early rounds opponents. My only MD wish for Ana is to be in other half from Venus Williams b/c that means Sveta or Vera in her half (of 5-8 seeds). If Ana be drawn to Serena half i like to see this (eventual) match in Quarterfinal, when Serena is traditionally most vulnerable - not in SF when Serena at Slams always plays like real monster. But if Ana been part of JJ draw, it will be better to face her in SF than QF. In terms Elena or Dinara in Ana half... it's really not big difference (h2h with Elena don't means nothing at grand slams, especially at AO by far worst Dementieva GS where she never reach QF - similar story we have last AO with Venus).

Thanks C6puja! I guess we will be able to see it tomorrow then. I'm only 3 hours behind CET though.. so it will be around 9 o'clock for me, maybe.

I want Ana to be in JJs half.. not Serena's. But right now my only real wish is that she can have some feel good first round matches so she can get her confidence going and her game flowing. I'm not confident at all, but I would just hate to see Ana out before the second week. She needs to get some balance in her head again.. I think that's still missing. She is getting drained emotionally after every tough match.

Reckoner
Jan 14th, 2009, 10:29 PM
Lucky you! Last week we had -19C and I had to go (means walk) to school! I feared that if I stopped moving I might freeze at the place:o

:lol:

Right now it's about -35 C here. That's cold.

I'm very interested to see the draw and I'm hoping that they're good to Ana. Not too soft so that she earns it, but not to tough either.

jelenacg
Jan 14th, 2009, 10:33 PM
Well i don`t want to see her out before the second week also
And i definitely don`t want Cibulkova,Zheng or Coin,Vinci and players like that in her part of the draw
I watched Wozniacki today and she is in a great form and with a good draw she can go easily into the second week ,Serena was bad she made about 50 UE but you never know with WS

bruce goose
Jan 14th, 2009, 10:36 PM
If she wins it all, then I'll find that beautiful.. :lol:

But if I see that tomorrow I'll panic! :lol::help:One of the tournament organizers got drunk last night at a local watering hole,and he apparently leaked the news to fellow bar patrons that Ana will be paired against Aussie hero Evonne Goolagong Cawley in the 1st Round:p

gaviotabr
Jan 14th, 2009, 10:45 PM
One of the tournament organizers got drunk last night at a local watering hole,and he apparently leaked the news to fellow bar patrons that Ana will be paired against Aussie hero Evonne Goolagong Cawley in the 1st Round:p

:lol:

gaviotabr
Jan 14th, 2009, 10:50 PM
Well i don`t want to see her out before the second week also
And i definitely don`t want Cibulkova,Zheng or Coin,Vinci and players like that in her part of the draw
I watched Wozniacki today and she is in a great form and with a good draw she can go easily into the second week ,Serena was bad she made about 50 UE but you never know with WS

I saw bits of the match.. and Wozniacki has improved. She could be a potential 4th round opponent for Ana, like last year, as she will be the 11th seed.

jelenacg
Jan 14th, 2009, 11:11 PM
If Ana can win her first 3 matches I wouldn`t be worried about that match against Wozniacki
But for now 1,2,3rd are the most dangerous if you ask me, after that Impossible is nothing

gaviotabr
Jan 14th, 2009, 11:16 PM
If Ana can win her first 3 matches I wouldn`t be worried about that match against Wozniacki
But for now 1,2,3rd are the most dangerous if you ask me, after that Impossible is nothing

I think I would be worried about every single match. But I agree with you that the first 3 rounds are the most dangerous ones for Ana. That's the reason my main wish for the draw is some nice, easy first rounds.

jelenacg
Jan 14th, 2009, 11:25 PM
Yes but what are nice and easy first rounds for Ana? :)
Even if i could chose her opponents right know i wouldn`t know whom to chose

gaviotabr
Jan 14th, 2009, 11:34 PM
Yes but what are nice and easy first rounds for Ana? :)
Even if i could chose her opponents right know i wouldn`t know whom to chose

Yes.. you are right.. it's always in Ana's racquet anyway.. I just hope she catches someone playing erratic, instead of the best they have ever played (like has happened lately)..

gaviotabr
Jan 15th, 2009, 02:50 AM
Nice comment from an ESPN Star Sports presenter about Ana:

Which tennis players do you enjoy interviewing most? Is there anyone you would rather avoid?

Ana Ivanovic is the friendliest - she's simply lovely. She's the same sweetie pie on- and offcamera.



http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Sports/Story/A1Story20090115-114782.html

luv_sweetAna
Jan 15th, 2009, 03:07 AM
Nice comment from an ESPN Star Sports presenter about Ana:



http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Sports/Story/A1Story20090115-114782.html

Interesting article, thanks for that. :)

jonnyroyale_13
Jan 15th, 2009, 04:16 AM
:lol:

Right now it's about -35 C here. That's cold.


:lol: my mom moved to Ottawa several years ago. Cant complain about weather after what she tells me.
Its about -20 C here.:umbrella:

OC521
Jan 15th, 2009, 05:43 AM
I drove to Ottawa one night in the winter when it was so cold that the highway buckled every 50 to 100 feet approximately 2 to 5 inches. Add the cold wind and the the wind-chill is unbelievable unless you have experienced it. It is so cold that the grease in vehicle equipment is frozen. If anyone ever has to experience these cold snaps of winter then be sure not to wash your face before you go out into the cold.

Cp6uja
Jan 15th, 2009, 08:07 AM
William Hill WTA AO/09 Winner odds:
3.50 Serena Williams
4.50 Venus Williams
7.00 Jelena Jankovic
8.00 Ana Ivanovic
11.0 Dinara Safina
15.0 Elena Dementieva
...others...over 20
W.HILL ODDS is "corrected" in last two days:

3.75 Venus Williams
3.75 Serena Williams
7.50 Jelena Jankovic
9.00 Dinara Safina
11.0 Ana Ivanovic
13.0 Elena Dementieva
...others...over 20

^^^ Less pressure on Ana :p

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Jan 15th, 2009, 07:09 PM
I don't understand why people want easy rounds for Ana cause these are the most dangerous.

If she plays with no brains then she can lose to anybody. So easy draws are impossible then.
And why not draw somebody she lost to last year? Ana lost cause she was just awful then and the opponent doesn't matter at all.
If she plays Coin she will win if she gets her level, but lose again if she plays like US Open last year. That hasn't to do a thing about Coin. If her name is Erakovic it doesn't change a thing.

And if Ana beat nr 90,80 and 70 it won't mean a thing. If it's 3 times 6-4 5-7 7-5, she will be crushed against players like Cibulkova, Wozniacki or Azarenka.

If she wins 6-3 6-2 each time, it probably will say a lot about Ana's level.
So don't hope for good draws cause it has NO effect on Ana.
She will win anyway if she's in a good form. If she loses it barely has to do with the opponent.

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Jan 15th, 2009, 07:14 PM
**Sven Groeneveld stopt als trainer van
Ana Ivanovic.Hij zegt om privéredenen
dat besloten te hebben.Oud-prof Melle
van Gemerden zal tijdens de Australian
Open fungeren als 'hittingpartner' van
de Servische.De winnares van Roland
Garros wordt in Melbourne begeleid door
haar fitnesscoach Scott Byrnes.

It says that Sven stops cause of private reasons.
That sounds just odd. Don't know how reliable this is.

gaviotabr
Jan 15th, 2009, 09:29 PM
1 hour and a half until the draw..

gaviotabr
Jan 15th, 2009, 09:48 PM
By the way.. Ana is on the entry list for Cincinnati:

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20090115/SPT/301150070

jelenacg
Jan 15th, 2009, 10:20 PM
1 hour and a half until the draw..

Can`t wait :bounce:
Even i do agree with everything Ivanovic fan said i still don`t want an early exit so... please we need a good draw :sobbing::sobbing:

bruce goose
Jan 15th, 2009, 10:31 PM
Well,Serena got her ass kicked by Dementieva yesterday,but I couldn't watch the match since I had a prior engagement.Afterwards,SW gave her typical excuse that she beat herself;i.e.:her opponent doesn't deserve aNY credit for beating her:rolleyes:(Venus:angel: is far more gracious and classy in this regard).There ARE times when Serena has a UE fest and her foe just sits back and waits for mistakes;however,Henin simply mopped the floor with Serena at the 2007 USO and we heard the same tired old alibi.Bottom line is that this embarrassing loss will motivate her,and she's gonna win the Aussie Open now...I welcome any ridicule if this prediction fails:angel:.

If Serena had won Sydney,then she would NOT have won the Aussie Open this year---why do I say that??Because,despite their divergent off-court personalities,Ana and SW have similar challenges ON-court.Serena went against her pattern of success by playing the tourney directly before the Slam,and she has never--that's right,NEVER--won a Slam event after winning the previous week's tourney.Even when she won her only RG title in 2002,she beat Henin in the Rome final TWO weeks previous to that...and then took a week off to re-charge her batteries and mentally 'get in the zone' for RG;that's obviously what works for her,how she gets herself prepped.Even in her most dominant career stretches,Serena has rarely played back-to-back tourneys.It seems that it's hard for her to maintain her high intensity w/o taking a few days outside of tennis to chill out a bit.

Along with her propensity to 'murder the ball' at full power even when it's not working...and playing down to the level of a less-talented opponent...this difficulty in playing well after winning the previous tournament is another characteristic that Serena shares with Ana on court.Granted,SW has matured somewhat since teenage and doesn't mentally self-destruct as badly,or as often,as Ana does,but she did it more frequently when she was closer to Ana's age.Even when she won her '3 straight tourneys' in 2008,it was really only 2 that were consecutive;she had a long break between Bangalore and Miami.Serena was playing sloppily in Sydney and deserved to lose to both Stosur and Wozniacki...so lucking into the Sydney title would've only hurt her mental preparation for Melbourne....NOW,she's going to use her psychological tactics and turn the decisive defeat to Elena as extra inspiration for the AO(no doubt she'll memorize the names of every media-type who picks against her).......Serena's tunnel vision at Slam events gives me hope that Ana can possess this attribute someday:)

SOA_MC
Jan 15th, 2009, 10:35 PM
Yup! Half my family comes from the caribbean and I used to fly there for my summer vacation:D

Now that place is paradise the nature :hearts: the water in ocean is so clear and clean you can see through it :hearts: really shows how much we in the "developed" world have polluted nature :sad:

Yes.. I agree.. Ana needs a couple of really easy matches to build up confidence.. to feel good about herself.

I've been watching some livestreams of the aussie tournaments.. and there are players who get such easy matches, where the opponent really plays terrible. Ana seems to always get someone playing the best tennis they posibly could. She could get lucky.. As I said in the other thread.. friday is my birthday and I would like a nice gift in form of a good draw for Ana. :p

Happy Birthday :hug::bounce::aparty::kiss::woohoo:

How old? :nerner:

jelenacg
Jan 15th, 2009, 10:54 PM
Happy Birthday :aparty::aparty: :bdaycake:

gaviotabr
Jan 15th, 2009, 11:06 PM
Thank you!

I'll be 24. Still not friday here! :p:lol:

gaviotabr
Jan 15th, 2009, 11:07 PM
I'm listening to the AO radio.. and still just chatting.. I'm quite nervous.. :help::tape::lol:

bruce goose
Jan 15th, 2009, 11:18 PM
Thank you!

I'll be 24. Still not friday here! :p:lol:Little salutation coming your way tomorrow morning:smooch:;)

gaviotabr
Jan 15th, 2009, 11:19 PM
I think.. think.. Ana has Dinara in her quarter and she is in JJs half.

gaviotabr
Jan 15th, 2009, 11:26 PM
Ana's first round against Julia Georges. :tape:

Cp6uja
Jan 15th, 2009, 11:30 PM
:woohoo:
:drool:

gaviotabr
Jan 15th, 2009, 11:33 PM
Ana gets Julia Georges.
I think she gets Caro for 4th round once again.
Dinara in the quarters.
JJ or Vera in the semis.

Nikkiri
Jan 15th, 2009, 11:38 PM
Georges :scared:

SOA_MC
Jan 15th, 2009, 11:43 PM
Why are people scared of Georges?

She coming back from a injury isn't she?

gaviotabr
Jan 15th, 2009, 11:47 PM
Why are people scared of Georges?

She coming back from a injury isn't she?

No idea.

Ana has Kleybanova for 3rd round.

If she manages to reach 4th round, she has Caro.. and uff!

But anyway.. let's focus on the first match.

The Daviator
Jan 15th, 2009, 11:49 PM
Well let's face it, any draw given Ana's form is worrisome :lol: The match is on her racket and she can lose to just about anyone, hope she can do well, but not optimistic.

gaviotabr
Jan 15th, 2009, 11:51 PM
Well let's face it, any draw given Ana's form is worrisome :lol: The match is on her racket and she can lose to just about anyone, hope she can do well, but not optimistic.

Agreed. It's on Ana's racquet, so really anything can happen. There could be some easier draws though, at least on paper.

SOA_MC
Jan 15th, 2009, 11:55 PM
I just looked at Julia's profile on the WTA site, her last win over a top 100 player was at New Haven and that was #68 Rodionova

Good first round for Ana couldn't be better IMO

jelenacg
Jan 15th, 2009, 11:57 PM
What about 2rd opponent?
And who is Julia Georges?
Until QF its an easy draw ,off course if Ana starts playing better :)

gaviotabr
Jan 16th, 2009, 12:01 AM
What about 2rd opponent?
And who is Julia Georges?
Until QF its an easy draw ,off course if Ana starts playing better :)

For 2nd round, either a Qualifier or Yanina Wickmayer.

Caro in the 4th round should be really difficult. She has improved a lot. Maybe she can get Ana some luck.. :p Ana faced Caro both at AO and the French last year.

SOA_MC
Jan 16th, 2009, 12:02 AM
What about 2rd opponent?
And who is Julia Georges?
Until QF its an easy draw ,off course if Ana starts playing better :)

Profile http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=313381

I swear I heard about Goerges having her arm in a cast at sometime last year :scratch:

SOA_MC
Jan 16th, 2009, 12:05 AM
For 2nd round, either a Qualifier or Yanina Wickmayer.

Caro in the 4th round should be really difficult. She has improved a lot. Maybe she can get Ana some luck.. :p Ana faced Caro both at AO and the French last year.

No qualifier please :tape:

Nikkiri
Jan 16th, 2009, 12:05 AM
Georges beat Srebotnik at Wimbledon last year and with the way Ana is playing there are no easy opponents so I wouldn't underestimate Julia at all.

gaviotabr
Jan 16th, 2009, 12:08 AM
Georges beat Srebotnik at Wimbledon last year and with the way Ana is playing there are no easy opponents so I wouldn't underestimate Julia at all.

No easy opponent.. true..:tape:

The Daviator
Jan 16th, 2009, 12:11 AM
I just looked at Julia's profile on the WTA site, her last win over a top 100 player was at New Haven and that was #68 Rodionova

Good first round for Ana couldn't be better IMO

But look at what happened with Vinci and Coin :sobbing: I will never take a match of Ana's as an automatic win until she starts posting some good results again :lol:

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Jan 16th, 2009, 12:11 AM
Julia is the same type of player as Ana. But lately making no progressive at all (like Ana).
It shouldn't be that much of a problem, but with Ana it's just a lottery.
Good looking draw. Let it begin!

Not so happy about Maria's draw :(

jelenacg
Jan 16th, 2009, 12:17 AM
But look at what happened with Vinci and Coin :sobbing: I will never take a match of Ana's as an automatic win until she starts posting some good results again :lol:

Same here:):lol:

SOA_MC
Jan 16th, 2009, 12:25 AM
But look at what happened with Vinci and Coin :sobbing: I will never take a match of Ana's as an automatic win until she starts posting some good results again :lol:

I'm not calling a automatic win, I'm saying a player who hasn't beaten a top 100 player since New Haven is good first round match for Ana, people acting like Ana got screwed by the draw, she could have drawn alot tougher players

Who would prefer first round?

Cp6uja
Jan 16th, 2009, 12:29 AM
Who cares about early rounds, especially if Ana escape that Qualifier in 2nd round :devil:. Ana confirm that she is superstition girl, so this draw seems just perfect to her:



R4 - Ana Ivanovic vs WOZNIACKI (Ana leads 2:0):
Both Matches:

Australian Open 2008: Ana won 4R match, than reach slam final! :woohoo:
Roland Garros 2008: Ana won 3R match, than reach grand slam title! :woohoo:



QF - Ana Ivanovic vs SAFINA (Ana leads 3:1):
Last two matches:

Montreal 2006: Ana beat Safina and reach tournament title at end! :woohoo:
Roland Garros 2008: Ana beat Safina and reach tournament title at end! :woohoo:



SF - Ana Ivanovic vs JANKOVIC (Ana leads 6:2):
All three Ana/JJ Semifinals:

Los Angeles 2007: Ana beat Jelena in SF and reach tournament title at end! :woohoo:
Indian Wells 2008: Ana beat Jelena in SF and reach tournament title at end! :woohoo:
Roland Garros 2008: Ana beat Jelena in SF and reach tournament title at end! :woohoo:

jelenacg
Jan 16th, 2009, 12:33 AM
She has an easy draw ,nothing wrong with the draw
We are only worried bc we know how she was playing lately and bc we don`t want to see another early exit

jelenacg
Jan 16th, 2009, 12:40 AM
Only one question Cp6uja
Did you see her playing after Wimbledon and until now :)
I admire your optimism :)
Even if she can reach 4R she will have to start playing so much better bc it wasn`t easy for her to beat Caro last year and it sure will not be easy this year bc Caro has improved a lot
Anyway now i`m focusing on her 1rd match and nothing else

gaviotabr
Jan 16th, 2009, 12:40 AM
She has an easy draw ,nothing wrong with the draw
We are only worried bc we know how she was playing lately and bc we don`t want to see another early exit

If Ana was playing well, I would be happy with the draw. Since she isn't anything is posible, and every match can cause heart attacks.

Cp6uja
Jan 16th, 2009, 12:47 AM
Only one question Cp6uja
Did you see her playing after Wimbledon and until now :)
She played well in Zurich and linz... so she not "forget" to play tennis for sure.


BTW talking about quarters - Ana/Dinara is not so easy at all, but if we look Ana's HALF it's really lucky because Jelena quarter remind me on Kuznetsova GS quarters from past.

gaviotabr
Jan 16th, 2009, 12:50 AM
She played well in Zurich and linz... so she not "forget" to play tennis for sure.


BTW talking about quarters - Ana/Dinara is not so easy at all, but if we look Ana's HALF it's really lucky because Jelena quarter remind me on Kuznetsova GS quarters from past.

Jankovic has an easy draw. She should make the semis on one leg.

I'll dream tonight of Ana playing well, so I can wake up hopeful on my birthday..:lol:

jelenacg
Jan 16th, 2009, 12:59 AM
Somehow i don`t see JJ losing to anyone until SF
She has this thing in her head that Ana lacked,she really believes she is the best player right now

jonnyroyale_13
Jan 16th, 2009, 03:13 AM
Jankovic has an easy draw. She should make the semis on one leg.

I'll dream tonight of Ana playing well, so I can wake up hopeful on my birthday..:lol:

happy birthday!:aparty: Capricorn, me too.:D

Draw looks fine. All must wins until QF. Come on Ana, this is a great chance.:bounce:

Dexter
Jan 16th, 2009, 04:07 AM
Happy Bday babe! :)

As for Ana's draw I focus on the 1st round and it's already shitty... :o Ana might as well be upset on day1 (or 2, depends when she's playing). Julia is a big hitter, but terribly incosistent. Ana in top form would handle her with ease... Ana struggling might inspire Julia to play her best. :tape:

jonnyroyale_13
Jan 16th, 2009, 04:12 AM
ive never seen this player, but judging from the scoreline in Brisbane qualifying match against Groenefeld(even though she lost 3-6,7-6,6-7) she seems kinda pesky. oh Ana, where are you going to take us in the coming week(s):scared:

Dexter
Jan 16th, 2009, 05:03 AM
Julia hits as big on the FH side as Ana does, but it's not consistent. She's a terrible mover though and has no netplay whatsoever. Her BH is her strong too, but it's even less consistent than the FH.

bad_angel_109
Jan 16th, 2009, 06:21 AM
C'mon Ana! She'll win this 1st rnd match for sure :D i know she's in/was in a bit of a slump but surely the memories of being so close last year and the fact that Sharapova isnt defending her title will boost Ana's confidence.

Dodoboy.
Jan 16th, 2009, 07:39 AM
Good luck Ana!

Princeza
Jan 16th, 2009, 08:38 AM
She has an easy draw ,nothing wrong with the draw
We are only worried bc we know how she was playing lately and bc we don`t want to see another early exit

Ajde :rocker2:
If she can't go past players before Safina, it will be very disappointing.

gaviotabr
Jan 16th, 2009, 09:35 AM
Thanks everyone for the happy birthday wishes! :bounce:

gaviotabr
Jan 16th, 2009, 01:22 PM
A bit about Ana's practice session, from The Age newspaper:

But Nadal also acted as gofer, briefly, fetching errant balls for Ana Ivanovic, who followed him on centre court.

Last year's Open finalist, and briefly the world's No. 1, held a solid session, playing long rallies against a male hitting partner, before spending time working on volleys and her serve.



http://www.theage.com.au/news/sport/tennis/stars-step-out-on-centre-court/2009/01/16/1231608988672.html

Davodus
Jan 16th, 2009, 02:15 PM
ive never seen this player, but judging from the scoreline in Brisbane qualifying match against Groenefeld(even though she lost 3-6,7-6,6-7) she seems kinda pesky. oh Ana, where are you going to take us in the coming week(s):scared:

don't be worrying too much about that match, i saw it and ALG was up 6-3 5-2, and imploded, then Goerges choked big time when she lead 5-2 in the third
she didnt play at all well
ana should win it, even if goerges does play well...she jsut can't play terrible

bruce goose
Jan 16th, 2009, 03:16 PM
A bit about Ana's practice session, from The Age newspaper:



http://www.theage.com.au/news/sport/tennis/stars-step-out-on-centre-court/2009/01/16/1231608988672.htmlWhat happened?Did that schmuck Rafa get dumped by his gf b/c she was tired of his running around?...And now he's hoping that his brief encounter with Ana last year will lead to something?:rolleyes:....Here's a news flash,Rafa:Ana's bf is 'NANDO,NOT YOU,so why don't you focus on the AO where you get your tail kicked by lower-ranked players every time you go there.

A side note:Kvitova just won Hobart in impressive fashion...this on top of her victory in her first ever meeting with Venus when she beat the defending champion in the Memphis 1st round.Maybe Ana's win,and 3-0 H2H over Petra,deserve more credit.:)

DownTheLine21
Jan 16th, 2009, 04:50 PM
The draw seems good to me. As many have said, any draw will be difficult if her form doesn't improve. However, she should be able to scrape through the early rounds even if it doesn't. Wozniacki is waiting in the 4R, but let's not look that far ahead yet.

-NAJ-
Jan 17th, 2009, 07:26 AM
Day 1
Hisense Arena

11:00 Start

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Julia Goerges(GER) vs. Ana Ivanovic(SRB)[5]

jonnyroyale_13
Jan 17th, 2009, 07:28 AM
don't be worrying too much about that match, i saw it and ALG was up 6-3 5-2, and imploded, then Goerges choked big time when she lead 5-2 in the third


:tape::tape: i should never make assumptions from scorelines in this sport. Well, hopefully you got your moneys worth watching a better match somewhere else:lol:

Dexter
Jan 17th, 2009, 07:30 AM
I kind of thought they would put her on RLA as the 1st on as the almost defending champion. :o
Oh well, better to embarrass yourself in a slightly smaller court. :tape:

jonnyroyale_13
Jan 17th, 2009, 07:32 AM
wow Dexter, you really expect the worse this time.:lol: Any prediction for scoreline?:p

-NAJ-
Jan 17th, 2009, 07:37 AM
Don't worry Ana will win this in to easy sets.

-NAJ-
Jan 17th, 2009, 07:40 AM
http://www.australianopen.com/images/pics/large/b_Ivanovic_17_6.jpg

She's a former world number one and the 2008 Roland Garros champion who has won countless ‘sexiest women’ awards, but Ana Ivanovic is still getting accustomed to her increasing fame.

The Serbian finds it "strange but nice" that people approach her for an autograph, an occurrence which is becoming more frequent with each passing day.

Take breakfast, for example. Ivanovic and her team always start the morning in the same restaurant next to their hotel; the player who doesn't walk on the lines on-court is superstitious. But as her profile grows, so does her fan base - and autograph signing is now becoming a habitual part of the morning.

“It’s a new experience,” she said. “Up until maybe the end of last year it will always happen in Serbia, but never really when I was abroad. Now, here, people come up to me a lot ... they always come up and ask for autographs.”

Her burgeoning popularity in Australia could, in part, be due to the fact that she embraces the country with open arms. Melbourne is one of her favourite places to visit – she has family here – and last night she relaxed with her relatives by enjoying a typical Aussie barbecue at home.

The 21-year old has also visited the cinema twice and meandered through the city centre to Southbank – a walk she adores. After the tournament, she hopes to indulge in a spot of surfing.

“I’ve heard [it’s] about one, one-and-a-half hours to the beaches where you can actually surf. I would love to. Maybe after the tournament, if I have a chance before heading back for Fed Cup.”

While surfing is on the Ivanovic agenda, she refused to make waves about the forthcoming tournament. Earlier in the day, both Serena Williams and Jelena Jankovic revealed they both considered themselves to be No. 1. But Ivanovic would not be drawn on the topic.

“Honestly, I don’t think about that,” she said.

“I just try to focus on things I have to do on the court in order to win matches and to improve. Playing good and winning tournaments; rankings take care of themselves. I don’t put too much hope or expectation on that part of the game, the rankings. I think the race for No.1 position, it’s very close. There is a lot of good players at the moment.”

On the subject of her biggest rival in the draw, the Serb was quick to reel off a list. “There is lots of girls playing very well at the moment. It’s the first Grand Slam of the year, so everyone is kind of trying to get their form and to feel good about their game.

“The Williams sisters, Jelena, Dinara (Safina), (Elena) Dementieva ... they’re all playing well at the moment. It’s going to be a very, very tough Grand Slam. I think it’s what makes it interesting for us, as the players, (and) also for the spectators. They really can’t pick a sure winner.”

InsideOut.
Jan 17th, 2009, 07:57 AM
Day 1
Hisense Arena

11:00 Start

Women's Singles - 1st Round
Julia Goerges(GER) vs. Ana Ivanovic(SRB)[5]

:scared:

luv_sweetAna
Jan 17th, 2009, 08:10 AM
Pfff. A morning match, just like she loves it. :o

Cp6uja
Jan 17th, 2009, 08:10 AM
:scared:
Together with Serena, Nadal and... Kleybanova:tape:... Ana is only active player which played at least once at every of 4 slams but never lose 1st round match.

So no reasons for worry at all.

Princeza
Jan 17th, 2009, 08:13 AM
Ana first, Jelena on second match.
Sleepless nights here we come again :hearts:

Dexter
Jan 17th, 2009, 09:32 AM
wow Dexter, you really expect the worse this time.:lol: Any prediction for scoreline?:p60 16 98-100 wasting 78 MPs.
Going down to the record books again! :cool:

soul
Jan 17th, 2009, 09:53 AM
Ana Wİll Wİn With Straight Sets; I Belİeve In Her. She Will Do Great.........

Come On Ana. Take The Title

jelenacg
Jan 17th, 2009, 11:55 AM
http://espndeportes.espn.go.com/blogs/index?entryID=766062&name=espn_en_australia
Les cuento antes de despedirme algunos de los rumores y de los chismes que corren en los camerines y la sala de jugadores. A los fanáticos y admiradores de Ana Ivanovic, tengo que confesarles que es nuevamente soltera... al igual que para las admiradoras de Fernando Verdasco.
So they broke up :confused:
This better not affect her we have enough trouble with her game already

gaviotabr
Jan 17th, 2009, 11:59 AM
http://espndeportes.espn.go.com/blogs/index?entryID=766062&name=espn_en_australia
Les cuento antes de despedirme algunos de los rumores y de los chismes que corren en los camerines y la sala de jugadores. A los fanáticos y admiradores de Ana Ivanovic, tengo que confesarles que es nuevamente soltera... al igual que para las admiradoras de Fernando Verdasco.
So they broke up :confused:
This better not affect her we have enough trouble with her game already

Wow..

What timing! I hope the press won't be all over Ana with this.. the last thing she needs is this kind of distraction.. and I sincerely hope she is OK. She seemed fine in the pics from the last few days.. but who knows.. I hope it doesn't affect her game.

-NAJ-
Jan 17th, 2009, 12:19 PM
They said still in Brisbane that they broke up.Did not say directly, but from their statements so it could to understand Both want to be devoted to tennis, and after AO they will see about relationship

SOA_MC
Jan 17th, 2009, 12:30 PM
First match on is good

I know Ana doesn't like the mornings but I think it's better than sitting around waiting for another match to finish.

gaviotabr
Jan 17th, 2009, 12:33 PM
First match on is good

I know Ana doesn't like the mornings but I think it's better than sitting around waiting for another match to finish.

I agree. It worked out just fine in RG. Most of her matches were the first one on.

BuTtErFrEnA
Jan 17th, 2009, 02:31 PM
ajde ana on our way to the final :drive: first victim...julia georges

Langers
Jan 17th, 2009, 02:58 PM
First of all, pats on the back to ME for getting Hisense Arena tickets this year. :lol: Can't believe Ana is on there, I thought I lost my chance to see her this year.

First match on is good

I know Ana doesn't like the mornings but I think it's better than sitting around waiting for another match to finish.
Agreed x1156.6. If I were on tour (working on it, if Gooch can I can) I would much prefer these matches. Early start, early finish (granted some 68-66 scoreline), and lots of rest for the next match.

Anyway guys I'm off to Melbourne for the week, doubt I'll be able to post at all for the week so pics, reports when I get back. Till then......

GO ANA! :worship:

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Jan 17th, 2009, 05:43 PM
Good that she will play first. Hopefully it won't be hard to find a live stream.
I better don't expect or think anything.
Just watch the match and hope for a victory.

AJDE ANA!!

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 17th, 2009, 06:41 PM
I hope I get to see some of her match on ES!!!
It's at the same time as A-Rod's match, but who wants to see this guy???:lol:

doni1212
Jan 18th, 2009, 01:56 AM
Ana ready to kick things off!!

bruce goose
Jan 18th, 2009, 02:05 AM
Ana ready to kick things off!!....But are YOU ready to kick things off at Heinz Field tomorrow?:armed: Ray Lewis has something waiting for ya:devil:....If Ana had THAT kind of intensity,you could count her yearly losses on one hand:cool:

jonnyroyale_13
Jan 18th, 2009, 03:03 AM
:topic:
ill be supporting your Ravens, Bruce:devil:


:backontopic:
ajde Ana!:rocker2:

bruce goose
Jan 18th, 2009, 03:21 AM
:backontopic:
ajde Ana!:rocker2:Ana might marry a Gringo and become a huge NFL fan someday;with all the power in her game,she can appreciate a sport where the men lay it all on the line and don't cry like little girls at the referees:).If you know of any livestream feed for Ana's match,then I'll have one eye on the AFC title game on TV...and one eye on Gorgeous Ana vs. Goerges on the computer.VAMONOS,ANA!!:woohoo:

jonnyroyale_13
Jan 18th, 2009, 03:48 AM
ill be working late tomorrow, but listening to the football game on the radio. Just ask in the live scoring thread right before Ana's match starts for the livestream link. if there is one, someone will have it. or this is another place to check:
http://www.anaivanovic.com/forum/topic.php?id=1234&p=8

Orbis
Jan 18th, 2009, 03:53 AM
You can't be sure about her winning any matches for sure at this point. Hopefully she can at least keep her perfect Grand Slam 1st round record intact. Good luck Ana!

bruce goose
Jan 18th, 2009, 04:17 AM
ill be working late tomorrow, but listening to the football game on the radio. Just ask in the live scoring thread right before Ana's match starts for the livestream link. if there is one, someone will have it. or this is another place to check:
http://www.anaivanovic.com/forum/topic.php?id=1234&p=8Thanks for the tip:hatoff:;even the greats Graf and Hingis didn't have a perfect record in GS 1st-rounders,so Ana IS doing something right:angel:

Davodus
Jan 18th, 2009, 05:28 AM
First of all, pats on the back to ME for getting Hisense Arena tickets this year. :lol: Can't believe Ana is on there, I thought I lost my chance to see her this year.

these tickets usually work out well for me too :lol:
have fun :wavey:
i'll be there thursday-sunday so if i see any of ana's matches i will get photos and write my own little report :)
ajde ana in tomorrows match!
i hope they show it on tv here instead of roddicks match

Sectumsempra
Jan 18th, 2009, 09:21 AM
Go Ana ;) who is georges anyway ? :eek:

Princeza
Jan 18th, 2009, 10:29 AM
Thanks epigone for this article.
She got stuck in the elevator :sobbing:
http://img108.imageshack.us/img108/4346/ancikb7.th.jpg (http://img108.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ancikb7.jpg)

Dexter
Jan 18th, 2009, 02:21 PM
Yes, she mentioned it in her new diary-entry. :lol:
I've never had this sort of experience, but one of my friends told me a story when somebody died when the lift first stopped and then the lift-ropes got cut and the cage fell from the 8th floor. :tape::scared:

blueskye
Jan 18th, 2009, 03:45 PM
Thanks for all the news and updates :) Ana is playing the 1st match of the day on Hisense Arena against Julia Georges of Germany. The match starts at 11 am. I hope she has a strong start to gain confidence for the rest of the tournament. I do think it's a bit strange though that last years runner up and former world number 1 wasent put on the main court.. :o I dont think it matters that much game wise, but just as a principle of matter..even Hantuchova was put on Rod laver arena..! Anyway, good luck Ana :)

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 18th, 2009, 04:09 PM
Thanks for all the news and updates :) Ana is playing the 1st match of the day on Hisense Arena against Julia Georges of Germany. The match starts at 11 am. I hope she has a strong start to gain confidence for the rest of the tournament. I do think it's a bit strange though that last years runner up and former world number 1 wasent put on the main court.. :o I dont think it matters that much game wise, but just as a principle of matter..even Hantuchova was put on Rod laver arena..! Anyway, good luck Ana :)

Hantuchova is only there because she plays against Casey;)
But yeah, what the hell is A-Rod doing on Rod Laver:confused:

SOA_MC
Jan 18th, 2009, 04:23 PM
I don't think Pova played her first match on Rod Laver last year either and like Ana now, Pova was the previous year runner up

blueskye
Jan 18th, 2009, 04:44 PM
Hantuchova is only there because she plays against Casey;)
But yeah, what the hell is A-Rod doing on Rod Laver:confused:


Oh..forgot about Dellaqua being an aussi and all! A-rod is a crowd pleaser and big time clown..haha. Even though I like Andy..I think he's there for the entertainment factor as well as his tennis. Jokes aside, he has been ranked in the top 10 for a couple of years going now, and has a few grand slams under his belt, so I guess he deserves it..

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 18th, 2009, 04:51 PM
^^He has exactly 1 Slam. US Open 2003. It's been a while...
Sorry, but I really don't think he's that much entertaining. Sure, when all goes his way he can be funny, but I still remember last year's Aussy Open when he lost to Kohlschreiber in the 3rd round. He was extremely rude to the umpire and even the commentators said that he went to far with the things he said:o

blueskye
Jan 18th, 2009, 05:33 PM
Fair enough..that is your opinion, but he does know how to bring the attention his way, weather he is joking around on court, or having outbursts and arguments with the umpire. I am not saying it's right or justifiable, but he does despite this have a huge fan base and following. They wouldnt have put him on Rod laver arena if they didnt think he would be able to bring people to the stands. Despite the fact that he "only" has 1 grand slam, that is still more than most players. He also has more experience in grand slam circumstances and has had a good and stable career so far ;) He is a popular guy and a really good tennis player..

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 18th, 2009, 05:57 PM
True, he's somewhat of a funny guy and sometimes I do enjoy watching him play as well:p:lol:

DownTheLine21
Jan 18th, 2009, 06:44 PM
Only a few hours left until the start of the Ana's match and the AO. I hope ESPN2 decides to show the match. I really don't want to have to watch the slow ESPN360 stream.

jelenacg
Jan 18th, 2009, 07:19 PM
Her match starts here at 1 AM, can`t wait:)
I saw a short interview with her on our television ,they asked her what she knows about her opponent,she said laughing nothing,only thing she knows is that girl is Adidas player so Sven can`t help her and that maybe she will watch her practice or maybe she will send Scot to spy on her

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Jan 18th, 2009, 08:33 PM
Damn starting to get a bit nervous now.
Off to sleep now and set the alarm at 1 AM!

AJDE ANA!!!!

gaviotabr
Jan 18th, 2009, 10:16 PM
Less than 2 hours to go... I'm super nervous.. I have no idea what to expect.

The girl is with adidas, so Sven won't be able to help her with tactics and game plan, which is something Ana has been struggling with a lot recently. I just hope she comes out strong, serving well and wins with a convincing score line.

BuTtErFrEnA
Jan 18th, 2009, 10:52 PM
just over an hour to go!!!! :armed:

gaviotabr
Jan 18th, 2009, 11:20 PM
I'm more nervous by the minute..

I was looking at Goerges in the ITF web and all her losses seem to be in 3 sets.. aiss I want Ana to win easily.. :unsure:

luv_sweetAna
Jan 18th, 2009, 11:47 PM
15 minutes... :scared:

Gawd, why did she have to play with Adidas? :tape:

Dexter
Jan 18th, 2009, 11:50 PM
I can't believe it... :rolleyes: I'm switching Eurosport on at 0.45 and there's snooker LIVE being potentially not close to the end. WTF... :rolleyes:

The Daviator
Jan 18th, 2009, 11:51 PM
Another nervous wreck here :rolls: Come on Ana, give us a beatdown :armed:

Any livestreams btw guys?

Dexter
Jan 18th, 2009, 11:55 PM
http://www.atdhe.net/
Something should be here...

The Daviator
Jan 18th, 2009, 11:59 PM
Thanks Dex! Hope it's not Roddick :o

Dexter
Jan 19th, 2009, 12:05 AM
I think I'm ready to go to this Wembley Arena and beat the hell out of everyone there so that this snooker can be over at last! :mad:

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 19th, 2009, 12:06 AM
I can't believe it... :rolleyes: I'm switching Eurosport on at 0.45 and there's snooker LIVE being potentially not close to the end. WTF... :rolleyes:

Exactly:o
Like, WTF???????:mad::mad::mad:
I don't get up at 1am in the morning to see snooker!!!:fiery:

Dexter
Jan 19th, 2009, 12:14 AM
Snooker is over... now don't even try not to switch to Melbourne immediately. :mad:

Dexter
Jan 19th, 2009, 12:19 AM
It takes Eurosport LITERALLY 10 minutes (looking at the watch) to come through all commercials... :rolleyes:

Dexter
Jan 19th, 2009, 12:27 AM
Make it 20... :rolleyes:

TeamCaro
Jan 19th, 2009, 01:43 AM
Ana has a really erratic ball toss. About 1 in 3 would be wide but she'd go for them :unsure:

dybbuk
Jan 19th, 2009, 01:59 AM
75 63.

Ok, so, I think we should enjoy her stay in Melbourne, as it won't be lasting long. :tape:

Her toss. Definitely the worst I've ever seen it, or very close to the worst.

DownTheLine21
Jan 19th, 2009, 02:00 AM
Her ball toss was one of the most horrendous things I've ever seen in a professional tennis match. Shape up or ship out.

gaviotabr
Jan 19th, 2009, 02:02 AM
At least she won.. :unsure:

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Jan 19th, 2009, 02:04 AM
Just as bad a last year and also same score. If the rest of the tournament is the same as well, I won't complain.

But that balltoss? Most childs can do better than that. In this way she has nothing on her serve.
And she may have a software update as well.
In Brisbane there was only the bashball version. Now it was just hit it back where Goerges can attack when she want it.
Many times I had the feeling that Ana didn't know what she was doing. Some shots was rather luck than quality.

I know an Ana Ivanovic who is talented and has such a lovely game to watch. I wonder what happend to her.

At the other side. A win is a win and she's still there.

gaviotabr
Jan 19th, 2009, 02:04 AM
What has happened with her serve?

Seriously.. the ball toss is horrendous sure.. But there is more to it. There is something with the movement..

I feel like everytime she has serving woes, she can't really play her game...

Dexter
Jan 19th, 2009, 02:06 AM
Winning ugly... 75 63 just like last year against Sorana.

gaviotabr
Jan 19th, 2009, 02:07 AM
I know an Ana Ivanovic who is talented and has such a lovely game to watch. I wonder what happend to her.




Do you guys know those books where is Waldo? Or Where is Wally? Depends on the country..

We can play Where is Ana?

http://www.itsnicethat.com/images/694.jpg

Horizon
Jan 19th, 2009, 02:09 AM
What has happened with her serve?

Seriously.. the ball toss is horrendous sure.. But there is more to it. There is something with the movement..

I feel like everytime she has serving woes, she can't really play her game...
Hmm, well at least she was willing to catch the ball in stead of hitting a clearly misplaced toss.

Regardless, I don't see why it went so out of synch. :confused: :sad:

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 19th, 2009, 02:09 AM
^^"Winning ugly" Didn't anybody right that book?
If not, Ana totally should!:o
Everything was off today.

And yeah, when her serve is not working, she loses confidence in all her shots. Just like Masha:sad:

Let's hope she can pull herself together for the next rounds:yeah:

:scared:

jelenacg
Jan 19th, 2009, 02:12 AM
Ok if i had a little bit more control ,i would prohibit myself to see her playing again until she doesn`t speak with some psychologist
It`s all in her head i`m more sure than ever
She should beat this player 60 60
When did she become a defender ,all her ball were in the middle of the court, not enough depth in any of her shots
And where did the FH go??????
If she makes a 4R with this kind of game a will be very happy if that is even possible with her playing like shit

The Daviator
Jan 19th, 2009, 02:14 AM
Oh dear :tape: At least she has kept her 100% record in GS 1st rounds in tact, and the scoreline is the exact same as last year's 1st round, but the toss :help: How hard is it to throw a ball in a straight line?

Oh Ana, good luck next round :rolls:

DownTheLine21
Jan 19th, 2009, 02:16 AM
Ok if i had a little bit more control ,i would prohibit myself to see her playing again until she doesn`t speak with some psychologist
It`s all in her head i`m more sure than ever
She should beat this player 60 60
When did she become a defender ,all her ball were in the middle of the court, not enough depth in any of her shots
And where did the FH go??????
If she makes a 4R with this kind of game a will be very happy if that is even possible with her playing like shit

I completely agree with all of this. She has so little confidence, so she's turning herself into a defender, but her game isn't made for that style of play.

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Jan 19th, 2009, 02:16 AM
Do you guys know those books where is Waldo? Or Where is Wally? Depends on the country..

We can play Where is Ana?

http://www.itsnicethat.com/images/694.jpg

We better start now before the 2nd round starts.

Horizon
Jan 19th, 2009, 02:17 AM
Ok if i had a little bit more control ,i would prohibit myself to see her playing again until she doesn`t speak with some psychologist
It`s all in her head i`m more sure than ever
She should beat this player 60 60
When did she become a defender ,all her ball were in the middle of the court, not enough depth in any of her shots
And where did the FH go??????
If she makes a 4R with this kind of game a will be very happy if that is even possible with her playing like shit
I'm completely agreed and have been for ages.

She just looks so uncomfortable. It's as if she has a fear of playing the tennis that won her Roland Garros back in June. That tennis seems so long ago now.

I think her mental game really needs to prioritise at the moment and Verdasco doesn't seem to be helping. :rolleyes:

TeamCaro
Jan 19th, 2009, 02:17 AM
Hmm, well at least she was willing to catch the ball in stead of hitting a clearly misplaced toss.


Not always, she still tends to hit the loose ball even if its straight after another bad one that she catches.

I think she wants to save herself the embarresment of having to catch it twice in a row.

MarieC
Jan 19th, 2009, 02:22 AM
That ball toss has me worried. Its really bad. Hopefully she can work something out before her next match. She is going to be playing a qualifier after all ;)

gaviotabr
Jan 19th, 2009, 02:24 AM
Ok if i had a little bit more control ,i would prohibit myself to see her playing again until she doesn`t speak with some psychologist
It`s all in her head i`m more sure than ever
She should beat this player 60 60
When did she become a defender ,all her ball were in the middle of the court, not enough depth in any of her shots
And where did the FH go??????
If she makes a 4R with this kind of game a will be very happy if that is even possible with her playing like shit

100% agreed Jelena.

I've been saying this for a long time.. It's mental. The problem is: she finds another excuse everytime.. and she is not getting help. But it has been mental since the very beginning of the slump.

And the FH.. Sometimes I feel like she changed a bit of her grip, maybe? The thumb could have had an influence in that though..

gaviotabr
Jan 19th, 2009, 02:27 AM
That ball toss has me worried. Its really bad. Hopefully she can work something out before her next match. She is going to be playing a qualifier after all ;)

Well.. the toss problem was quite clear during Brisbane. She had 10 days to work on it, and it still sucks.. what could she possibly do in 1 day?

jelenacg
Jan 19th, 2009, 02:27 AM
Any player with less UE would beat her today and will beat her in next round
And how can you forget how to toss a ball ,i just don`t get it???
It`s all in her head i`m sure she can do it good during her practices
Can anyone tell me how many FH and BH winners she had today cos i don`t remember any

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Jan 19th, 2009, 02:28 AM
I think she wants to save herself the embarresment of having to catch it twice in a row.

Yes, think so too.
I must be so simple to train on this. You don't even need a tenniscourt for it. At night in your bed you can even do it.
A good balltoss means more rythym which probably leads to better serves, which leads to easier service games and eventually it can give you matches.

We know that Ana has a problem, but worst of it is that she may not realize it.
But if she does:
1. Why isn't she improving it?
And if she's trying to improve, then she's just not capable of doing such a simple thing right?

Now I'm not meaning just the service, but her gameplan overall.
It's nice to play tennis, but then at least understand the game.

bruce goose
Jan 19th, 2009, 02:33 AM
I'm completely agreed and have been for ages.

She just looks so uncomfortable. It's as if she has a fear of playing the tennis that won her Roland Garros back in June. That tennis seems so long ago now.

I think her mental game really needs to prioritise at the moment and Verdasco doesn't seem to be helping. :rolleyes:I'd ALMOST agree with you except Ana is a 21-year-old adult,not a defenseless child.Nobody's putting a gun to her head and forcing her to forsake seeking any help with her game.If anything,Verdasco supported her at her lowest moment in 2008 when she was embarrassing herself on court,and it was apparently Sven who introduced them to each other...so how bad of a guy could he be for Ana's coach to have done this?

...Also,if Ana is distracted SOOOO easily,then why is she flouncing around the beach with some Aussie playboy?He was reportedly getting all kissy with gringa actress Kate Hudson just a couple days ago....yeah,great choice of friends there,Ana:rolleyes:.Ana stunk last year when FV wasn't even in the picture...and she stinks now so I refuse to take the simple route by blaming 'Nando.At SOME point,Ana has to decide if she wants to dedicate herself to tennis or just be another pretty face.SHE must take responsibility here instead of blaming injuries,nerves,Frosty The Snowman,etc.....VAMONOS,ANA!:sad:

Horizon
Jan 19th, 2009, 02:40 AM
^ I wasn't solely blaming Fernando, I was just saying that he's hardly aiding her progress. :)

I mean, Ana's not exactly going to concentrate fully on getting her game back with him around. She needs hard work at the moment. She needs full dedication, like you said.

luv_sweetAna
Jan 19th, 2009, 02:43 AM
Any player with less UE would beat her today and will beat her in next round
And how can you forget how to toss a ball ,i just don`t get it???
It`s all in her head i`m sure she can do it good during her practices
Can anyone tell me how many FH and BH winners she had today cos i don`t remember any

I could not agree more. I mean, a ball toss should the easiest part of the game, rather she makes it so difficult.

I don't know who's Brianti, but if Ana plays the same tennis she played today, and the Italian plays just a little bit better than Julia, Ana can start packing her stuff back home. I just don't see her winning anything with the way she's been playing. I totally agree with Gaviota, she had 10 frickin' days to work on that toss, she's not gonna improve it in 1, 2 days.

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 19th, 2009, 02:47 AM
Brianti is No.216... Still I agree with everything said. If she doesn't find some sort of magic cure to her serving problem she will be done!

gaviotabr
Jan 19th, 2009, 02:49 AM
I could not agree more. I mean, a ball toss should the easiest part of the game, rather she makes it so difficult.

I don't know who's Brianti, but if Ana plays the same tennis she played today, and the Italian plays just a little bit better than Julia, Ana can start packing her stuff back home. I just don't see her winning anything with the way she's been playing. I totally agree with Gaviota, she had 10 frickin' days to work on that toss, she's not gonna improve it in 1, 2 days.

Brianti just lost in Auckland to Wozniacki 6-0 6-1. But then again Caro is extremely consistent.. Ana is just giving away too many points, and has no confidence whatsoever.

jelenacg
Jan 19th, 2009, 02:51 AM
I don`t think her concentration is the problem here
She is afraid,she has some kind of blockade in her head and that doesn`t permit her to play her game and relax
As i said during practice maybe she can do everything right but during match its totally different story
So i think she will lose in 2R or 3R bc people talk and her next opponents won`t be afraid of her cos they will know she is playing badly and they won`t miss their chances like this one today

Davodus
Jan 19th, 2009, 02:55 AM
i don't really care how she played, i just care that she won
she played badly in the first round here last year and at the french
if she can win in straight sets, i'm happy

obviously, she played shit, and to do well she needs to improve every match, but it's better than starting well and then sucking :lol:
i'm probably being overly optimistic, but i think she should make at least the 4th round...and once she gets there who knows how she will play...
also, i think the sun was a factor in her ball toss today, it's shocking from one end on hisense

luv_sweetAna
Jan 19th, 2009, 02:58 AM
But when did she lose SO MUCH confidence in her game? After 3rd round loss in Wimbledon? After that damn thumb injury? After losing to a qualifier in the 2nd round of USO? When???? I mean, she won a trophy after all this, she should be feeling a little better about her game! She's playing so defensively right now, it's not even her game.

gaviotabr
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:06 AM
But when did she lose SO MUCH confidence in her game? After 3rd round loss in Wimbledon? After that damn thumb injury? After losing to a qualifier in the 2nd round of USO? When???? I mean, she won a trophy after all this, she should be feeling a little better about her game! She's playing so defensively right now, it's not even her game.

I don't really get what's going on with Ana's game. I'm sure it's all mental.. but it seems to be following another pattern this year.

I mean.. I think that US Open loss was really bad.. but the match against Dushevina just might have been worse. She wasn't playing bad.. she was actually playing OK considering the total lack of practice. She had 2 BPs to go 6-1 5-2. And after a terrible netted overhead, Ana went missing. She totally lost all the confidence she had. Sure.. she was sucking before, in Montreal and Wimbledon.. but after the US Open it was worse. She seemed to follow a pattern though.. she would suck for 2 sets and play really well in 1, in almost all of her losses. So the game was there.. she just couldn't keep it for more than a set (again the mental game).

She did seem to improve in Zurich and Linz. And here comes what I just don't get. She improved, played quite well in 2 tournaments late last year.. not great, but a like a decent top 10 player. Then she shows up this year playing just terrible tennis.. I feel like it's almost worse than last year. WTF? I just don't get it.. she can't have just forgotten how to play tennis... And it's not just the ball toss..

She needs a coach ASAP and someone who can be a motivator, who can help her mentally.

jelenacg
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:07 AM
I remember her 1R match at RG and yes she made a lot of UE but she also hit a lot of winners and she was the one dictating all the points
Today she hit 6 winners in first set and she was always in defense and she was so far behind baseline i don`t remember I have ever seen her like that

BuTtErFrEnA
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:13 AM
all i care about is that ball toss and fh :o

TeamCaro
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:15 AM
I hate to point this out but with her current form she'd be lucky to get passed 4th round, and if she has a poor RG...we could be seeing an Ana ranked outside of the top ten at Wimbledon :eek: :eek:

God forbid

gaviotabr
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:17 AM
I remember her 1R match at RG and yes she made a lot of UE but she also hit a lot of winners and she was the one dictating all the points
Today she hit 6 winners in first set and she was always in defense and she was so far behind baseline i don`t remember I have ever seen her like that

Yes.. Ana was playing a lot of defense. She seems to be afraid of forcing play and missing. That shows total lack of confidence.

gaviotabr
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:20 AM
I hate to point this out but with her current form she'd be lucky to get passed 4th round, and if she has a poor RG...we could be seeing an Ana ranked outside of the top ten at Wimbledon :eek: :eek:

God forbid

Hopefully by RG she will have a full time coach... which will hopefully help her sort out her game and her head.

But for now.. any win is good for me.. I'm just going to take it match by match.. :unsure:

luv_sweetAna
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:21 AM
I hate to point this out but with her current form she'd be lucky to get passed 4th round, and if she has a poor RG...we could be seeing an Ana ranked outside of the top ten at Wimbledon :eek: :eek:

God forbid


Maybe this'll wake her up and make her realize she needs more help than just a part-time coach.

jelenacg
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:30 AM
Yes.. Ana was playing a lot of defense. She seems to be afraid of forcing play and missing. That shows total lack of confidence.
I don`t know what to say ,this thing is not going away and she needs to change something soon
Her boll toss is sign of her nerves thats the only explanation
I just don`t get it how she can have a problem with confidence,she is beautiful,she won a GS,she was #1 :tape:
I guess she will have to fall from rankings more until she changes something
I think this is even worse than second half of the last season :help::help:

doni1212
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:32 AM
Ana having a studio interview on ESPN after the Jankovic match...

jelenacg
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:37 AM
Ana having a studio interview on ESPN after the Jankovic match...

Great i hope someone will ask her what happened with her serve,movement and FH :)

doni1212
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:38 AM
Aww, she's so pretty!! She's wearing Olive greenish... I'll try to transcript.

She's happy to finish in 2 sets. It took time to get used to her opponent. She was nervous and it was the 1st round and she wants to work her way into the tournament.
Her ball toss was little bit off and she's working on that to improve. She finished with two aces so she thinks that's really good.
She's been struggling with her toss for a little bit but she worked on it during the off-season. Pat Rafter told her during the off-season just to let them drop.
She feels like it's a new season and so many things left to acheive. It was tough the end of last season.
"What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger." she said.
So many players playing well and close to number one. She won't pick a favorite but he asked her was it Serena, Venus, Dementieva, Safina and she said, "I'm up there too." :rolls: They both laughed, lol.

gaviotabr
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:38 AM
I don`t know what to say ,this thing is not going away and she needs to change something soon
Her boll toss is sign of her nerves thats the only explanation
I just don`t get it how she can have a problem with confidence,she is beautiful,she won a GS,she was #1 :tape:
I guess she will have to fall from rankings more until she changes something
I think this is even worse than second half of the last season :help::help:

I also think this is worse.. last year at least she could play well for parts of the matches... right now it's just all the way bad.

I simply don't get it.. I mean, she knows she can play well.. I guess she really needs some extra help. There are a lot of athletes who improve dramatically after talking with sports psycologists.

DownTheLine21
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:39 AM
Well, Fowler asked her about the serve, but she sort of avoided talking about and started to talk extremely fast and dance around the subject. She did say that it's something she's been struggling with.

doni1212
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:39 AM
God, she talks sooooooooo fast, :lol:

DownTheLine21
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:41 AM
God, she talks sooooooooo fast, :lol:

Yeah. She started to talk even faster when she became a little uncomfortable (i.e. talking about the ball toss or her difficulties in the second half of 2008).

Reckoner
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:52 AM
Did anyone happen to record it? The interview that is.

bruce goose
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:56 AM
Aww, she's so pretty!! She's wearing Olive greenish... I'll try to transcript.

She's happy to finish in 2 sets. It took time to get used to her opponent. She was nervous and it was the 1st round and she wants to work her way into the tournament.
Her ball toss was little bit off and she's working on that to improve. She finished with two aces so she thinks that's really good.
She's been struggling with her toss for a little bit but she worked on it during the off-season. Pat Rafter told her during the off-season just to let them drop.
She feels like it's a new season and so many things left to acheive. It was tough the end of last season.
"What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger." she said.
So many players playing well and close to number one. She won't pick a favorite but he asked her was it Serena, Venus, Dementieva, Safina and she said, "I'm up there too." :rolls: They both laughed, lol.First of all,congratulations on the win today at Heinz Field:hatoff:;your team is getting that sixth ring NO DOUBT...too bad Ana doesn't know the meaning of TEAMwork;according to her(pre-Brisbane),she's so polished now that she doesn't need a full-time coach:rolleyes:

Just wondering:Was Ana reading from a piece of paper when she gave her answers to the questions?I'm SURE that she has a script that she's almost memorized for the media.Maybe she calls it,"Bulls--t I say to the press to rationalize my crappy,undisciplined play"....or perhaps the list is called,"Things I can say to PRETEND that I'm actually trying to improve my tennis performance"...if she starts going to parties with Vaidisova and that POS Stepanek,then we'll KNOW it's over...thank goodness:help: it hasn't come to that point yet

jelenacg
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:56 AM
Her press conference is out
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2009-01-19/200901181232249035281.html

doni1212
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:59 AM
First of all,congratulations on the win today at Heinz Field:hatoff:;your team is getting that sixth ring NO DOUBT...too bad Ana doesn't know the meaning of TEAMwork;according to her(pre-Brisbane),she's so polished now that she doesn't need a full-time coach:rolleyes:

Just wondering:Was Ana reading from a piece of paper when she gave her answers to the questions?I'm SURE that she has a script that she's almost memorized for the media.Maybe she calls it,"Bulls--t I say to the press to rationalize my crappy,undisciplined play"....or perhaps the list is called,"Things I can say to PRETEND that I'm actually trying to improve my tennis performance"...if she starts going to parties with Vaidisova and that POS Stepanek,then we'll KNOW it's over...thank goodness:help: it hasn't come to that point yet

Thank you!! I could barely watch Ana because all my attention was on that game!! 2 weeks until the big game!!
And yeah, those were her typical answers which only means that she truly believes it, :unsure:

gaviotabr
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:59 AM
From the AO web:

It would also be harsh on Ivanovic to suggest that last year’s slump – a relative term given the success which preceded it – was purely a result of mental struggle. The thumb injury affected the function of her right arm and shoulder and with it her serve, one of the bedrocks of her game. She seems to have modified her serving motion slightly, presumably to prevent any further physical issues.

I'm not the only one seeing it! Ana definitely has changed her service motion a bit. That is also part of her serving issues. Not only the toss.. They should rethink it... make her serve in a way that she preserves her shoulder, but that is also effective.

Thinking about it.. did she change it during the off season? I mean.. without a tennis coach to advise her? Smart move... Scott can definitely know what's better for her shoulder and arm, but he can't design a service motion to be effective when he is not a tennis coach.

luv_sweetAna
Jan 19th, 2009, 04:05 AM
She was adorable in the interview. God, I'm so mad at her but when I see her smiling it just melts my heart. How does she do it? :p

jelenacg
Jan 19th, 2009, 04:09 AM
Maybe she changed her service motion during of season but how come that when things are working great like in the end of this match or in third set against Vince she has no problem or very little with the ball toss
That ball toss was always her problem ,especially when she can`t control her emotion

luv_sweetAna
Jan 19th, 2009, 04:11 AM
Her press conference is out
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2009-01-19/200901181232249035281.html

Same ol' same answers.

Ksenia.
Jan 19th, 2009, 04:56 AM
Aww, she's so pretty!! She's wearing Olive greenish... I'll try to transcript.

She's happy to finish in 2 sets. It took time to get used to her opponent. She was nervous and it was the 1st round and she wants to work her way into the tournament.
Her ball toss was little bit off and she's working on that to improve. She finished with two aces so she thinks that's really good.
She's been struggling with her toss for a little bit but she worked on it during the off-season. Pat Rafter told her during the off-season just to let them drop.
She feels like it's a new season and so many things left to acheive. It was tough the end of last season.
"What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger." she said.
So many players playing well and close to number one. She won't pick a favorite but he asked her was it Serena, Venus, Dementieva, Safina and she said, "I'm up there too." :rolls: They both laughed, lol.Thank you :)

I slept through her match today because it was 2 am local time :tape: Was it really bad or you guys are being dramatic? :lol:

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 19th, 2009, 05:42 AM
It was really really really BAD!!! It was awful and a pain to watch at times:help:

Princeza
Jan 19th, 2009, 07:48 AM
But when did she lose SO MUCH confidence in her game? After 3rd round loss in Wimbledon? After that damn thumb injury? After losing to a qualifier in the 2nd round of USO? When???? I mean, she won a trophy after all this, she should be feeling a little better about her game! She's playing so defensively right now, it's not even her game.

All these things added made her lose confidence. It's really frustrating to see a beautiful game wasted like that. I wish she could prove us wrong.

gaviotabr
Jan 19th, 2009, 11:09 AM
Great write up on Ana by Matt Cronin.

http://msn.foxsports.com/tennis/story/9100814/Ivanovic-hoping-for-another-run-at-Aussie-glory

Have I said that I just love this guy? He shares my opinions in almost everything..

gaviotabr
Jan 19th, 2009, 11:24 AM
Great write up on Ana by Matt Cronin.

http://msn.foxsports.com/tennis/story/9100814/Ivanovic-hoping-for-another-run-at-Aussie-glory

Have I said that I just love this guy? He shares my opinions in almost everything..

Part of that can be explained by a thumb injury that she sustained after Wimbledon that forced her to change her grips, and part of that can be explained by occasional bouts of illnesses.


I knew she had changed her grip! That is probably one of the reasons her shots are lacking a bit of depht and penetration. It takes a lot of time, effort and practice to adapt to a new grip. I had to change my grip on the forehand once, from eastern to semi-western.. and for quite a while all my balls were either flying long or landing on the botton of the net. I had a hard time adjusting until I found the right timing and it clicked again.

That injury was so unfortunate.. :sad:

jelenacg
Jan 19th, 2009, 12:26 PM
Even now that match looks horrible
She was playing even better in her match against Vinci ,Brisbane looks so good comparing with this
How can she be happy with thit victory
Either she will change at least something in her next match or we will have another Coin case
No way she is going to reach 3R with this kind of play

gaviotabr
Jan 19th, 2009, 12:32 PM
Even now that match looks horrible
She was playing even better in her match against Vinci ,Brisbane looks so good comparing with this
How can she be happy with thit victory
Either she will change at least something in her next match or we will have another Coin case
No way she is going to reach 3R with this kind of play

I also wonder how Ana really feels.. we can't take too much from her pressers.. though sometimes I just wished she would show some frustration and vow to play better the next time around. She just keeps repeating that she has things to work on (duh!), but is overall happy with her game. There is nothing to be happy about regarding her game these days.

jelenacg
Jan 19th, 2009, 12:44 PM
I also wonder how Ana really feels.. we can't take too much from her pressers.. though sometimes I just wished she would show some frustration and vow to play better the next time around. She just keeps repeating that she has things to work on (duh!), but is overall happy with her game. There is nothing to be happy about regarding her game these days.
Serve and ball toss,movement,FH ,BH- bad,bad,bad,bad
I`m telling you the worst match so far
Her next match is going to be like against Vinci with her winning or like against Coin
She had 10 days to improve something from Brisbane and the things only became worse:help::help:

gaviotabr
Jan 19th, 2009, 12:49 PM
Serve and ball toss,movement,FH ,BH- bad,bad,bad,bad
I`m telling you the worst match so far
Her next match is going to be like against Vinci with her winning or like against Coin
She had 10 days to improve something from Brisbane and the things only became worse:help::help:

Yes.. I don't get this.. Unless her matches in Brisbane killed all the bit of confidence she still had.. There is no pop on her shots.. they are all landing in the service line.. :help:

jelenacg
Jan 19th, 2009, 01:02 PM
Depth of her shots :help::help:
Her movement was bad and her reactions were slow that`s just like when you are very scared and you freeze and you can`t move your legs:tape:

gaviotabr
Jan 19th, 2009, 01:12 PM
Depth of her shots :help::help:
Her movement was bad and her reactions were slow that`s just like when you are very scared and you freeze and you can`t move your legs:tape:

Aisss Ana, WTF is going on?! I'm totally clueless..

jelenacg
Jan 19th, 2009, 01:25 PM
I am starting to believe she shouldn`t play this AO,what`s the point really??
Does she needs another `Coin` lost ?
What is she going to improve during tournament,her defense?

mure
Jan 19th, 2009, 01:25 PM
well i'm no tennis expert and can't watch any of her games but things obviously don't look promising.I'll just wait until she hires a new coach and regroup herself and in the meantime pray for a miracle to happen and somehow finds her old self in the rest of her AO matches.

Btw could someone enlighten me about her rankings after AO?what if she goes out in the third round(which looks like the most likely scenario to me)?Will she still be in the top 8?thanks in advance

gaviotabr
Jan 19th, 2009, 01:31 PM
well i'm no tennis expert and can't watch any of her games but things obviously don't look promising.I'll just wait until she hires a new coach and regroup herself and in the meantime pray for a miracle to happen and somehow finds her old self in the rest of her AO matches.

Btw could someone enlighten me about her rankings after AO?what if she goes out in the third round(which looks like the most likely scenario to me)?Will she still be in the top 8?thanks in advance

She would probably fall to 7 or 8. Could be 9 or 10, but would demand a title from Petrova or Radwanska, and I don't really think that's likely.

SOA_MC
Jan 19th, 2009, 02:47 PM
Great write up on Ana by Matt Cronin.

http://msn.foxsports.com/tennis/story/9100814/Ivanovic-hoping-for-another-run-at-Aussie-glory

Have I said that I just love this guy? He shares my opinions in almost everything..

You do know Matt Cornin is a member of this site? :p he's username is the same as his real name

http://www.tennisforum.com/member.php?u=44554

Two things from local commentators not posted here yet

- She stayed at Josh Eagles and Barbara Schett's house in the off season

- She worked with Pat Rafter on forehand volleys (obvisouly didn't help)

Not much but thought I'll past it along :)

diane10
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:29 PM
To be honest,I'm relieved she is through her 1st round:) I hope the fact that she is such a fan favourite in Australia will inspire her.. I really don't know how far she can go in this tournament. I hope for the best;)

bruce goose
Jan 19th, 2009, 04:43 PM
Since I practically grew up in the U.S.,I've seen LOTS of stories of gringos who suffered personal crises just AFTER they became wealthy for the first time...and realized that merely being rich couldn't make them happy...What's the relevance,you might ask???I may be alone in thinking that Ana's problems began RIGHT after she won RG.So many of you posters have made EXCELENT points about the struggles in Ana's career regarding the injury layoff,the coaching conflicts,the change in grip,etc....but I believe these are SYMPTOMS,not the root cause.I'm suggesting that Ana--similar to that gringo who made his first fortune--won RG,became #1 and then,once the 'glow' wore off,looked at her isolated,near-friendless existence,and decided that it wasn't so great:ANA SIMPLY DOESN'T CARE RIGHT NOW.

Oh yeah,she cares a LITTLE bit;she's no Vaidisova(a.k.a.,The New Capriati),gracias a` Dios.You hear an occasional 'Ajde' on court,and she's SOMEwhat disappointed with her results....but certainly NOT motivated enough to be what she WAS.I'd say that all of these other factors are just excuses for Ana to regurgitate following a loss....And NOW she wants to blame 'Nando?:rolleyes: Her only GOOD stretch,Zurich-Linz,came after they became serious,and he supported her while others were almost laughing in shock at her failures.She's LUCKY that Sven introduced her to a Spaniard who was actually faithful.Compare FV to that Aussie playboy in Brisbane or that Pendejo Nadal.Well beyond his UNsuitability as a person/bf for Ana,she'd be REALLY swarmed with media distraction if she started dating that douchebag.(If 'Rafa' seeks a companion so badly,then I can let him meet some cholos at the penitentiary where I used to work,and THEY would make him their GIRL-friend)....Bottom line:It's time for Ana to take a good look in the mirror and determine who she is as a tennis player AND as a person....if she's even sure herself:help::help::help:

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Jan 19th, 2009, 06:32 PM
Everything is already said here. But what now?
What if this poor play will continue for months? That she can't defend IW and RG.

Now I think back, how the hell is it possible that she played such a match against Venus in Zurich.
Everything went she bad after RG, but it's unexplainable what she showed in Zurich and partly in Linz. And now it's as worse as before.
Not playing the AO is of course no option. But dissapointment has it limits as well.

bruce goose
Jan 19th, 2009, 07:13 PM
Everything is already said here. But what now?
What if this poor play will continue for months? That she can't defend IW and RG.

Now I think back, how the hell is it possible that she played such a match against Venus in Zurich.
Everything went she bad after RG, but it's unexplainable what she showed in Zurich and partly in Linz. And now it's as worse as before.
Not playing the AO is of course no option. But dissapointment has it limits as well.Sjoerd,your question is very good,but I'd say that 'Jelenacg' answered it last year.When she first suggested it in the forum,I didn't believe her(and I didn't trust FV at the time since he's an ATP'er from Spain),but now I think she was right...that Fernando DID make Ana feel better about herself and,even if accidentally,motivate her a little bit.When the relationship started getting serious,we had Zurich,Linz and a brave effort despite illness at YEC.With 'Nando out of the picture,the ball-tossing nightmares:eek: have gotten WORSE,and Ana seems content with lousy play again:help:

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Jan 19th, 2009, 07:33 PM
Sjoerd,your question is very good,but I'd say that 'Jelenacg' answered it last year.When she first suggested it in the forum,I didn't believe her(and I didn't trust FV at the time since he's an ATP'er from Spain),but now I think she was right...that Fernando DID make Ana feel better about herself and,even if accidentally,motivate her a little bit.When the relationship started getting serious,we had Zurich,Linz and a brave effort despite illness at YEC.With 'Nando out of the picture,the ball-tossing nightmares:eek: have gotten WORSE,and Ana seems content with lousy play again:help:

That kind of speculation can never be taken serious.

EVERYTIME Dexter sent me a sms with Ana's result, she won (EXCEPT for Ehxhibtion tournament). And he sent a lot!
If I really believe in these things, he better send me some more in the rest of the tournament.

jelenacg
Jan 19th, 2009, 07:35 PM
Well i `m sure she can`t suck whole season and this is only the start of the season
Anyway i saw her interview for our television she said she was defending to much at the begining -really :lol::lol:
She said she didn`t know what to aspect so she wanted to take it slow and later she was really surprised bc that girl hit the ball very well
They also had interview with Jelena Dokic,i totally forgot the way she speaks in Serbian,she said that she made a lot of UE today but that she will be probably more relaxed in her next match since she has nothing to lose
Maybe Fernando can/could make her happy but her way of playing now and the whole second part of the season has nothing to do with Fernando

bruce goose
Jan 19th, 2009, 07:39 PM
That kind of speculation can never be taken serious.

EVERYTIME Dexter sent me a sms with Ana's result, she won (EXCEPT for Ehxhibtion tournament). And he sent a lot!
If I really believe in these things, he better send me some more in the rest of the tournament.Sjoerd,you're comparing superstition to a cause/effect relationship....And 'jelenacg' and I aren't the ONLY ones who think that FV boosted Ana's self-esteem.

....But,I'll admit that it IS speculation;the REAL answers are in Ana's head,and that area is a mystery to LOTS of people right now:help:

gaviotabr
Jan 19th, 2009, 11:49 PM
Ok.. everything at this point is speculation.. I think everyone is clueless to what is really happening inside of Ana's head.

So.. does she play on Wednesday?

gaviotabr
Jan 19th, 2009, 11:51 PM
You do know Matt Cornin is a member of this site? :p he's username is the same as his real name

http://www.tennisforum.com/member.php?u=44554

Two things from local commentators not posted here yet

- She stayed at Josh Eagles and Barbara Schett's house in the off season

- She worked with Pat Rafter on forehand volleys (obvisouly didn't help)

Not much but thought I'll past it along :)

Thanks Audio! I was reading some of his posts.. nothing really interesting on Ana though.

And nice to see she has had some practices with Rafter. I have always liked him. But sure.. nothing seems to be working right now.. :sad:

jonnyroyale_13
Jan 20th, 2009, 02:54 AM
Everything is already said here. But what now?
What if this poor play will continue for months? That she can't defend IW and RG.

Now I think back, how the hell is it possible that she played such a match against Venus in Zurich.
Everything went she bad after RG, but it's unexplainable what she showed in Zurich and partly in Linz. And now it's as worse as before.
Not playing the AO is of course no option. But dissapointment has it limits as well.

Its starting to seem like it will be months now. Im agreeing with the mental speculation now. How can she go from one of the most natural service motions on tour to this? It really seems it must be in the head, and that could take months to sort out. Last season i thought its a slump that will end shortly. Now its getting worse.
At least one thing positive, i think she is moving better than ever - maybe not in the AO 1r it was so evident, but in Brisbane it showed. Ana sucks at jumping though:lol:, every lob over head she only has like a 2" vertical:lol::tape:
Personally, i think that Venus match in Zurich was overrated, but it was a popular choice in GM for match of the year:eek:.
Things can always be worse, but how much worse?:tape:
C'mon Ana, i believe you can survive at least one more round (sort of:unsure:)

gaviotabr
Jan 20th, 2009, 03:07 AM
Its starting to seem like it will be months now. Im agreeing with the mental speculation now. How can she go from one of the most natural service motions on tour to this? It really seems it must be in the head, and that could take months to sort out. Last season i thought its a slump that will end shortly. Now its getting worse.

It's not natural anymore because she changed her service motion.. Her old service motion was natural for her, this one is learned. But I agree that the head is the big issue here. I'm sure if she can sort out her head, all her game will fall into place. Sometimes I feel Ana is completely lost and doesn't know what to do to bring her game back.

And yes... I thought it was imposible, but it's getting worse. How can that be posible? I thought the off season would at least make her feel fresh and motivated, but she is worse than ever. :sad:

Wake up Ana, please!!

gaviotabr
Jan 20th, 2009, 03:10 AM
By the way.. I was watching the Serena match, and from one end of the court Serena was having lots of ball toss issues. She handled it great though, catching the ball instead of chasing... and sometimes just tossing the ball very low and making sure she would hit a first serve by slicing it.

bruce goose
Jan 20th, 2009, 03:16 AM
By the way.. I was watching the Serena match, and from one end of the court Serena was having lots of ball toss issues. She handled it great though, catching the ball instead of chasing... and sometimes just tossing the ball very low and making sure she would hit a first serve by slicing it.It's 1 a.m. in Brazil,so why don't you get your beauty sleep and worry about Ana tomorrow?:p She CAN'T lose tonight because she doesn't play;it's scientifically impossible w/o some sort of premature injury default;)

gaviotabr
Jan 20th, 2009, 03:31 AM
It's 1 a.m. in Brazil,so why don't you get your beauty sleep and worry about Ana tomorrow?:p She CAN'T lose tonight because she doesn't play;it's scientifically impossible w/o some sort of premature injury default;)

I love the Australian Open.. it's by far my favorite Grand Slam. It just happens to be on during dawn... I'm happily awake watching every match ESPN shows.. :lol::lol: I'm on holidays anyway, so I have nothing to do tomorrow..

I'll probably go to sleep now though, as they are showing Hewitt-González.. :yawn:

jelenacg
Jan 20th, 2009, 03:36 AM
Very strange results today,Dementieva was very bad ,Aga is already out
Didn`t expect her to lose so early ,i think she made 4R or QF last year but i`m not sure

gaviotabr
Jan 20th, 2009, 03:40 AM
Very strange results today,Dementieva was very bad ,Aga is already out
Didn`t expect her to lose so early ,i think she made 4R or QF last year but i`m not sure

Radwanska made the QF last year. She was literally melting in that last set.. the heat definitely affected her play.

Dementieva could have lost in 2, if Barrois had taken her many opportunities. But as soon as it went to 3, I knew she would win. Elena is one of the fittest players on tour, and she would pick up her game. Still, I won't read much into this match.

bruce goose
Jan 20th, 2009, 03:42 AM
:lol::lol: I'm on holidays anyway, so I have nothing to do tomorrow..

I'll probably go to sleep now though, as they are showing Hewitt-González.. :yawn:OOPS!!I forgot that you're still a hot,young,healthy 25-year-old:smooch:....Yeah,aye TOTALLY sympathize with you since they're showing that match HERE,too(our great latinoamerica reward:rolleyes:).Going from the beauty & grace of the WTA to the ATP is like comparing the European Ice Hockey Championships to Mexico vs. El Salvador in the Pan America,Try Not To Trip While Skating,Hockey Cup:lol:

jelenacg
Jan 20th, 2009, 03:49 AM
That is one of the reason i like AO,so sunny and warm but very difficult for the players
No wonder Federer,Nadal and Djokovic want for AO to start a few weeks later

gaviotabr
Jan 20th, 2009, 03:49 AM
OOPS!!I forgot that you're still a hot,young,healthy 25-year-old:smooch:....Yeah,aye TOTALLY sympathize with you since they're showing that match HERE,too(our great latinoamerica reward:rolleyes:).Going from the beauty & grace of the WTA to the ATP is like comparing the European Ice Hockey Championships to Mexico vs. El Salvador in the Pan America,Try Not To Trip While Skating,Hockey Cup:lol:

I'll be going to sleep now..

I'm 24 by the way.. :p

bruce goose
Jan 20th, 2009, 03:52 AM
I'll be going to sleep now..

I'm 24 by the way.. :p:(Hey,i'm not a linesman;I don't have to be precise with my calls..............I was rounding off:p

doni1212
Jan 20th, 2009, 06:35 AM
Ana first up tomorrow on Rod Laver!!

Dexter
Jan 20th, 2009, 06:48 AM
Crap, I was hoping for a night match or at least an afternoon match, so I can get a better sleeping schedule. :smash:

bruce goose
Jan 20th, 2009, 07:09 AM
Crap, I was hoping for a night match or at least an afternoon match, so I can get a better sleeping schedule. :smash:Speaking of crap,hats off to you for shutting down that retard-inspired,Verdasco-or-Nadal? thread the other day.You mods overreact on occasion,but you made the right call on THAT one,Dexter:hatoff:

Dexter
Jan 20th, 2009, 08:31 AM
I'm doing my best... And anyway it's not like my power range is too big. :p

InsideOut.
Jan 20th, 2009, 11:45 AM
What horrible timing :o Still, better to embarrass yourself when everyone is half asleep than in front of a full-house night crowd. :rolleyes:

jelenacg
Jan 20th, 2009, 12:14 PM
`28-year-old Brianti has won four successive matches in straight sets here, having stormed through qualifying. Her 6-4, 6-2 victory over Yanina Wickmayer on Monday was her first at a Grand Slam.

This better not be her second :lol::lol:

Dexter
Jan 20th, 2009, 01:01 PM
I love your optimism of all of you guys! :hearts: It's like celebrating someone's funeral before he's dead. :lol:

gaviotabr
Jan 20th, 2009, 01:03 PM
`28-year-old Brianti has won four successive matches in straight sets here, having stormed through qualifying. Her 6-4, 6-2 victory over Yanina Wickmayer on Monday was her first at a Grand Slam.

This better not be her second :lol::lol:

ufff... :sobbing:

There are still 11 hours to go and I'm already super nervous.. :sobbing:

Ana, get your head together!

InsideOut.
Jan 20th, 2009, 01:07 PM
Good luck in tomorrow's match Ana. Win as many games as you can and book the next Qantas home. :yeah:

gaviotabr
Jan 20th, 2009, 01:17 PM
Good luck in tomorrow's match Ana. Win as many games as you can and book the next Qantas home. :yeah:

:sobbing:

We sure have confidence!

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Jan 20th, 2009, 08:16 PM
Confidence should always exist cause we know what she's capable of.
That she hasn't showed it for sometime worries of course.
Just wish her luck and hope to hear: game, set & match Ivanovic.

AJDE ANA!

Cp6uja
Jan 20th, 2009, 10:26 PM
William Hill WTA AO/09 Winner odds:
3.50 Serena Williams
4.50 Venus Williams
7.00 Jelena Jankovic
8.00 Ana Ivanovic
11.0 Dinara Safina
15.0 Elena Dementieva
...others...over 20
W.HILL ODDS is "corrected" in last two days:

3.75 Venus Williams
3.75 Serena Williams
7.50 Jelena Jankovic
9.00 Dinara Safina
11.0 Ana Ivanovic
13.0 Elena Dementieva
...others...over 20

^^^ Less pressure on Ana :p
I check again W.Hill "AO-Winner" odds now before 2nd round... and guess where i notice biggest changes :p

3.75 Venus Williams
4.00 Serena Williams
5.50 Jelena Jankovic
8.00 Elena Dementieva
10.0 Dinara Safina
13.0 Ana Ivanovic
17.0 Caroline Wozniacki
17.0 Vera Zvonareva
17.0 Victoria Azarenka
...others...over 20


Anci baby, find your Forehand and Serve again - and beat them all... against all odds :rocker2:


:tape: :help: :scared:

Horizon
Jan 20th, 2009, 11:17 PM
I keep hoping and wishing that Ana's game will just click and magically fall into place like last year.

That somehow she will just relax, look comfortable and play within herself up to her potential.

But, somehow, I just can't help but knowing deep down it's going to be the same grawling match we saw on Monday. I can't bear another Julie Coin. :sad:

I am just so nervous. :scared:

I want to be annoyed with her, but I can't be. All I can do at the moment is wish in my naivity for a fairytale. :help:

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 20th, 2009, 11:18 PM
I check again W.Hill "AO-Winner" odds

Anci baby, find your Forehand and Serve again - and beat them all... against all odds :rocker2:


:tape: :help: :scared:

JqJSYjRERE8

That's the spirit:yeah:

bruce goose
Jan 20th, 2009, 11:27 PM
I keep hoping and wishing that Ana's game will just click and magically fall into place like last year.

That somehow she will just relax, look comfortable and play within herself up to her potential.

But, somehow, I just can't help but knowing deep down it's going to be the same grawling match we saw on Monday. I can't bear another Julie Coin. :sad:

I am just so nervous. :scared:

I want to be annoyed with her, but I can't be. All I can do at the moment is wish in my naivity for a fairytale. :help:It's actually spelled 'naivete' but don't worry too much about that b/c it's a hard-ass spelling word for most folks....And I'm not sure that you're so terribly naive;it's human nature to rally around favored athletes and it's much easier to do this with the lovable Ana.We only want the best for her and so we envision what we hope for even when it's illogical or unlikely to happen.After she came back at Zurich/Linz last year,our minds are still clinging to a similar rebirth:angel: