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DAVAJ MKirilenko
Feb 27th, 2009, 10:21 PM
Let's make a positive sound.
A new coach and a new chance to get some positive results.
Dubai wasn't so bad, so hopefully it goes a bit better here in Indian Wells.

AJDE ANA!!!! :bounce:

gaviotabr
Feb 27th, 2009, 10:55 PM
Ana, let's go! Idemo! :bounce:

Ksenia.
Feb 28th, 2009, 10:39 AM
Ajde :bounce:

Davodus
Feb 28th, 2009, 12:19 PM
ajde :armed:

Dexter
Feb 28th, 2009, 01:19 PM
Idemo! :rocker2:

Mixo
Feb 28th, 2009, 02:32 PM
AJDE ANA AJDE boom boom AJDE ANA AJDE

hellas719
Feb 28th, 2009, 05:35 PM
Ajde. What would an early round loss do for her rank?

Ksenia.
Feb 28th, 2009, 06:29 PM
What does "Idemo" mean? "Let's go" or something? :)

BackSpin
Feb 28th, 2009, 06:58 PM
^ yes "Idemo" means "Lets go" as "Ajde" means "Come on" :)

Ksenia.
Feb 28th, 2009, 07:58 PM
Wow, I guessed it right, I think I should start learning Serbian :lol:

gaviotabr
Feb 28th, 2009, 08:11 PM
I didn't really know where to post this.. but anyway.. it seems Ana will be in a chat on monday in ESPN. So if anyone has any questions to ask her, just submit them here (http://espn.go.com/chat/chatESPN?event_id=25271):

The Morning Buzz: Monday, March 2


Welcome to The Show! We now start your day with a morning dose of Buzz. He'll be with you every weekday morning at 10 a.m. ET to see what's on your mind.
And on Monday, we'll have a super special guest joining the chat when the seventh ranked women's tennis player in the world Ana Ivanovic stops by to chat at 10:30 a.m. ET!

Ivanovic, 21, has been to three Grand Slam finals in her career, winning the 2008 French Open. She has eight career wins on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.

On Monday night, Ivanovic will be playing in the BNP Paribas Showdown for the Billie Jean King Cup. The event is a one-night only special tournament, featuring a showdown at Madison Square Garden between Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic, Serena Williams and Venus Williams. Designed to honor King's place in tennis history and promote youth tennis as part of "Tennis Night in America," the Showdown will be broadcast live on HBO at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Send your questions now and Ana will join The Morning Buzz on Friday at 10:30 a.m. ET!

It's The Morning Buzz, where you never know what subjects we'll hit. But you know you won't be able to turn away, because you never know what's coming next. This show is all about you, SportsNation. It's your morning water cooler. Talk about what you want -- Buzz will take your lead. So settle in and enjoy!


http://espn.go.com/chat/chatESPN?event_id=25271

luv_sweetAna
Feb 28th, 2009, 10:15 PM
I didn't really know where to post this.. but anyway.. it seems Ana will be in a chat on monday in ESPN. So if anyone has any questions to ask her, just submit them here:



http://espn.go.com/chat/chatESPN?event_id=25271

Hummmmmm, a live chat? This could be interesting. :hehehe:

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Mar 1st, 2009, 10:21 AM
Ajde. What would an early round loss do for her rank?

Not so much, down to 8th.
But that's only an IF.
The sisters won't be here, Safina and Jankovic aren't playing well the whole year and is Sharapova even playing? Only Dementieva left then.
No, it's time that Ana really get some good results.
Only once she defended a title the next year in the same city and that was a SF. I really think it's at least a SF again.

AJDE ANA!!!

Princeza
Mar 1st, 2009, 01:02 PM
Good luck for both exhibition and IW.
Time to add some trophies :banana:

Cp6uja
Mar 1st, 2009, 01:40 PM
Actually it's not true that Ana has some special problems with tournaments where defending title...


Ana Ivanovic Careers titles:
TITLE Next Season Result
1. Canberra/05 NOT COMPETE
2. Montreal/06 NOT COMPETE* (compete in Toronto)
3. Berlin/07 Semifinalist
4. Los Angeles/07 NOT COMPETE
5. Luxembourg/07 NOT COMPETE
6. Indian Wells/08 NOT COMPETE* (still)
7. Roland Garros/08 NOT COMPETE* (still)
8. Linz/08 NOT COMPETE


So Ana Ivanovic WORST result at events where she defending her title from previous season are actually SF :lol: :lol: :lol:

And also don't forget that when Ana:angel: come to Paris last season before achieve her careers biggest success so far (career first GS title) - her career biggest success before that was Roland Garros 2007 and Australian Open 2008 finals. That means Ana won her biggest trophy at tournament where she defending GS final from previous season :rocker2: :rocker2: (in tennis slam final is biggest achievement after slam titles)!

jelenacg
Mar 1st, 2009, 02:11 PM
I still have no idea how she managed to make SF in Berlin the way she played
I`ve never seen her talking in Serbian so much like during those matches,so many `nice` words :angel: :lol::lol:
Anyway ajde Ana you can do it :yeah:

spiritedenergy
Mar 1st, 2009, 07:22 PM
I still have no idea how she managed to make SF in Berlin the way she played
I`ve never seen her talking in Serbian so much like during those matches,so many `nice` words :angel: :lol::lol:
Anyway ajde Ana you can do it :yeah:

Really?:eek: I thought Ana was a such a sweet girl:lol::angel:

The Daviator
Mar 1st, 2009, 07:47 PM
Ajde Ana! :rocker2: A title defence would be amaze :hearts:

jelenacg
Mar 1st, 2009, 09:32 PM
Really?:eek: I thought Ana was a such a sweet girl:lol::angel:

She is sweet girl ,but she is also human :angel::lol:

luv_sweetAna
Mar 1st, 2009, 10:07 PM
I still have no idea how she managed to make SF in Berlin the way she played
I`ve never seen her talking in Serbian so much like during those matches,so many `nice` words :angel: :lol::lol:
Anyway ajde Ana you can do it :yeah:

:lol: Can you say them here, or are you gonna get banned if you do it? :lol:

jelenacg
Mar 1st, 2009, 10:53 PM
:lol: Can you say them here, or are you gonna get banned if you do it? :lol:

It`s not a big deal and Ana really does it so rarely that`s why i remembered her doing it in Berlin :lol:
I can tell you that in one moment among other things she said something like `What kind of shit game am I playing` :angel:

SOA_MC
Mar 3rd, 2009, 06:56 PM
Go Ana :banana:

Time to turn things around

jonnyroyale_13
Mar 6th, 2009, 12:57 AM
i was watching that exhibition again last night before going to sleep.. Some of Ana's winners were so good.:worship: It seems like when there is a lot of pace coming from her opponent she can feed off it and use it for herself like few can. Serena is another beast though than someone like Kuznetsova or whoever, but these last two times on court against Serena have been so good to see
One thing about that exhibition, seeing Ana compared to the Williams sisters and JJ it was a reminder that shes still so young, and achieved so much.:worship:

Looking ahead to IW, there has been enough lights at the end of the tunnel in recent months to know by now that it could be another freight train heading our way. But(!) this time feels different to me. I think her worst matches of the year were wins. Each loss is better than the last. The serving has been looking good. Ill take a funky balltoss with the serving from Dubai anyday. And this is southern California where shes had tons of success.
Im excited:bounce: Ajde!!!!:rocker2:

gaviotabr
Mar 6th, 2009, 01:09 AM
i was watching that exhibition again last night before going to sleep.. Some of Ana's winners were so good.:worship: It seems like when there is a lot of pace coming from her opponent she can feed off it and use it for herself like few can. Serena is another beast though than someone like Kuznetsova or whoever, but these last two times on court against Serena have been so good to see
One thing about that exhibition, seeing Ana compared to the Williams sisters and JJ it was a reminder that shes still so young, and achieved so much.:worship:

Looking ahead to IW, there has been enough lights at the end of the tunnel in recent months to know by now that it could be another freight train heading our way. But(!) this time feels different to me. I think her worst matches of the year were wins. Each loss is better than the last. The serving has been looking good. Ill take a funky balltoss with the serving from Dubai anyday. And this is southern California where shes had tons of success.
Im excited:bounce: Ajde!!!!:rocker2:

Hi Jonny! :wavey:

I'm also excited! I think she has been improving... and both times she played Serena, she was showing some good signs for the matches to come IMO. I also think that the serving was quite good. Sure.. it can be improved, like everything in Ana's game, but it was effective... even with the toss issues.

I hope she can work on the approach shots.. and thinking through the point.. but I'm hoping for a good showing in Indian Wells. :bounce:

spiritedenergy
Mar 6th, 2009, 01:30 AM
When will IW start? Come on Ana! I don't have big hopes yet though, this is just her second tournament with Kardon.

I think I read somewhere that she admitted that since last year she's working on improving her net play, then she hired Kardon who worked with Navratilova and Davenport and likes netplay, so I thought that she has in mind since last year to win Wimbledon, and that would be her main goal this season.

gaviotabr
Mar 6th, 2009, 01:36 AM
When will IW start? Come on Ana! I don't have big hopes yet though, this is just her second tournament with Kardon.

I think I read somewhere that she admitted that since last year she's working on improving her net play, then she hired Kardon who worked with Navratilova and Davenport and likes netplay, so I thought that she has in mind since last year to win Wimbledon, and that would be her main goal this season.

IW starts on March 11th. I think the draw comes out next tuesday.

I still think her best shot at a slam this year is the French... and I hope she gets into a clay mentality once she reaches the dirt... she can't be going to the net in this crazy mode on clay. And she has such an effective clay court game.. she needs to be patient though.

But I do like the fact that she is working on bringing a new dimension to her game, and I think with time and practice, she can be great at it. The main thing that needs work is the approach shot.

spiritedenergy
Mar 6th, 2009, 02:16 AM
IW starts on March 11th. I think the draw comes out next tuesday.

I still think her best shot at a slam this year is the French... and I hope she gets into a clay mentality once she reaches the dirt... she can't be going to the net in this crazy mode on clay. And she has such an effective clay court game.. she needs to be patient though.

But I do like the fact that she is working on bringing a new dimension to her game, and I think with time and practice, she can be great at it. The main thing that needs work is the approach shot.

Yes that's true. Clay fits her game well, also IW where the bounce is pretty high. I'm a bit scared for the draw on Tuesday:unsure:. Top seeds are fine since there are no WS and I still believe Ana can beat the others when playing good, but the lower seeds (among them Sharapova:help:) are dangerous in the early rounds. Last year she almost fell to Schiavone.

gaviotabr
Mar 6th, 2009, 02:20 AM
Yes that's true. Clay fits her game well, also IW where the bounce is pretty high. I'm a bit scared for the draw on Tuesday:unsure:. Top seeds are fine since there are no WS and I still believe Ana can beat the others when playing good, but the lower seeds (among them Sharapova:help:) are dangerous in the early rounds. Last year she almost fell to Schiavone.

I'm also hoping for a little luck with the draw. In Dubai Ana had the worst draw posible... she deserves some luck now.

I don't want Sharapova anywhere near Ana in the draw. I know it's only her first tournament in 8 months.. but still.. Sharapova is a great champion and I'm sure she can come back playing some good tennis.

jonnyroyale_13
Mar 6th, 2009, 02:40 AM
After the two Serena matchups, you dont want a Sharapova match? I DO!!!
After seeing Razzano play Vera at Dubai, she is one i worry about. Vera played pretty great actually, she only had 7 UE's in the first set ( a 7-6 set!), and was getting great depth playing some pretty good stuff, but Razzano played out of her mind. It might be the match of her life i dunno, dont see many Razzano matches.
And Azarenka vs Ana is a matchup id like to see:unsure:

gaviotabr
Mar 6th, 2009, 02:51 AM
After the two Serena matchups, you dont want a Sharapova match? I DO!!!
After seeing Razzano play Vera at Dubai, she is one i worry about. Vera played pretty great actually, she only had 7 UE's in the first set ( a 7-6 set!), and was getting great depth playing some pretty good stuff, but Razzano played out of her mind. It might be the match of her life i dunno, dont see many Razzano matches.
And Azarenka vs Ana is a matchup id like to see:unsure:

Uff... we really have different visions of a good performance. :lol:

I saw the match between Vera and Razzano and I was actually commentating it with InsideOut. via msn, and I thought Vera didn't play well at all. Razzano did play well.. but Vera was pushing... wasn't being agressive at all.. was letting Razzano dictate play in every point. Vera had 7 UEs in the first set, but she probably had even less winners.. And it's the winners that end up deciding the match.

About Sharapova, I think I didn't explain myself well. I wouldn't like Ana to play Sharapova in a third round. If their match up is in a semi or a final, I'm happy with it.. but I just would not like it to be early on. Ana usually needs a couple of matches to get her groove in a tournament like this one, and I would prefer more favorable opponents.

I would also like to see Ana play Azarenka. I think the earliest they can meet is in a semi though, as Azarenka will be number 8 seed, and Ana number 5 (if I'm not mistaken).

jonnyroyale_13
Mar 6th, 2009, 02:58 AM
Uff... we really have different visions of a good performance. :lol:

I saw the match between Vera and Razzano and I was actually commentating it with InsideOut. via msn, and I thought Vera didn't play well at all. Razzano did play well.. but Vera was pushing... wasn't being agressive at all.. was letting Razzano dictate play in every point. Vera had 7 UEs in the first set, but she probably had even less winners.. And it's the winners that end up deciding the match.

About Sharapova, I think I didn't explain myself well. I wouldn't like Ana to play Sharapova in a third round. If their match up is in a semi or a final, I'm happy with it.. but I just would not like it to be early on. Ana usually needs a couple of matches to get her groove in a tournament like this one, and I would prefer more favorable opponents.

I would also like to see Ana play Azarenka. I think the earliest they can meet is in a semi though, as Azarenka will be number 8 seed, and Ana number 5 (if I'm not mistaken).

Yeah:lol: i guess we do have different visions then, because to me Razzano/Vera was the second best match of the year(that ive seen) behind Mauresmo/Dementieva.:lol: Ive seen 11 of the 17 matches Vera played this year(counting HongKong) and was really into it. its the Ivanovic forum so ill let it go.. Maybe i like to see my favorites pushed hard , since i liked that match and liked the AO 3r Ana match too.:p

I dont even know what Sharapova is ranked now, is that possible for a 3rd round?
And from what ive seen of Azarenka this year....:eek::eek: Shes playing out of her mind. But id like the matchup just for curiosity..(again..:unsure:)

gaviotabr
Mar 6th, 2009, 03:06 AM
Yeah:lol: i guess we do have different visions then, because to me Razzano/Vera was the second best match of the year(that ive seen) behind Mauresmo/Dementieva.:lol: Ive seen 11 of the 19 matches Vera played this year(counting HongKong) and was really into it. its the Ivanovic forum so ill let it go.. Maybe i like to see my favorites pushed hard , since i liked that match and liked the AO 3r Ana match too.:p

I dont even know what Sharapova is ranked now, is that possible for a 3rd round?
And from what ive seen of Azarenka this year....:eek::eek: Shes playing out of her mind. But id like the matchup just for curiosity..(again..:unsure:)

Sharapova is ranked number 23 now. I think she will be like 20th seed. So yes.. an early meeting is posible.. and I would prefer if it was later on.

I'm not that impressed by Azarenka. Even in the match against Serena at AO. I thought Serena was terrible, barely moving and couldn't buy a first serve in that first set. I saw her match against Safarova in Brisbane, and she was being easily overpowered until she called for her coach, and Safarova lost concentration and started spraying the ball all over. Azarenka did up her level, but... She is playing well, but not as well as people say IMHO.

About Vera... you are not going to tell me you liked AO semi, right? :lol:

jonnyroyale_13
Mar 6th, 2009, 03:22 AM
No, the AO semi was..:help: That match was a joke. After she got pissed at Lynn Welch, she played a couple good points the way she can, but that was it. The rest of the match it wasnt competitive at all. It looked like she didnt want to be there. I think im being generous to say that Dinara played mediocre.:tape:
The 3R match against Errani was the best from AO by Vera(IMO). It was a real grind.

We cant agree on anything.:sobbing: Azaranka was awesome vs Serena.:lol:

gaviotabr
Mar 6th, 2009, 03:27 AM
No, the AO semi was..:help: That match was a joke. After she got pissed at Lynn Welch, she played a couple good points the way she can, but that was it. The rest of the match it wasnt competitive at all. It looked like she didnt want to be there. I think im being generous to say that Dinara played mediocre.:tape:
The 3R match against Errani was the best from AO by Vera(IMO). It was a real grind.

We cant agree on anything.:sobbing: Azaranka was awesome vs Serena.:lol:

I guess we can agree to disagree.. :lol: I thought Serena was terrible... I would like to see that Azarenka against the Serena who was sending bombs with her serve and groundstrokes, like against Ana in Dubai or the AO final. A totally different Serena.

I didn't watch Vera vs Errani. Though I find Errani's game so dull.. it bores me to death. I saw her match against Serena in Dubai, and... :o

Safina was so lucky to reach the AO final. I've never seen someone play so bad during the entire tournament and still make the final. :lol::help:

jonnyroyale_13
Mar 6th, 2009, 03:34 AM
I guess we can agree to disagree.. :lol:
deal.:angel:

I thought Serena was terrible... I would like to see that Azarenka against the Serena who was sending bombs with her serve and groundstrokes, like against Ana in Dubai or the AO final. A totally different Serena.

Did you watch Azarenka's match against Mauresmo in the 3rd? Or Serena's match against Dulko in the second? I thougt Azarenka was pretty consistent from the one match to the next. And Serena looked silly playing Dulko.:lol: Dulko was catching her wrong footed so many times, Serena was laughing. But she was missing her serve against Azarenka, thats for sure...she let everyone know with the f-bomb. Come on, you have to give Azarenka some credit.:angel:

Safina was so lucky to reach the AO final. I've never seen someone play so bad during the entire tournament and still make the final. :lol::help:

im not touching that one.:lol:

gaviotabr
Mar 6th, 2009, 03:45 AM
Did you watch Azarenka's match against Mauresmo in the 3rd? Or Serena's match against Dulko in the second? I thougt Azarenka was pretty consistent from the one match to the next. And Serena looked silly playing Dulko.:lol: Dulko was catching her wrong footed so many times, Serena was laughing. But she was missing her serve against Azarenka, thats for sure...she let everyone know with the f-bomb. Come on, you have to give Azarenka some credit.:angel:


I saw both matches. Azarenka was playing well.. no doubt about it. I just don't think it's THAT high level. Mauresmo played ok... not her Paris level. And Serena was terrible in the AO up until the third set against Kuznetsova. She had sloppy footwork, sometimes barely moving.. she was having lots of issues with her serve... she was taking a lot of pace out of her shots so they could land in. Azarenka, with her good play, was able to capitalize. Heck.. even Kuzzy not playing as well as Azarenka got to be a set and a break up against Serena. I just think that if Azarenka was playing the Serena Ana played in Dubai, or Dementieva played in the AO semi, or Safina in the final, she wouldn't have looked so good.

Botton line, IMHO Azarenka was playing well.. but not at such great level as people are picturing it. And sure.. if Ana is to play her, I think it would be a pretty tough match.. but if Ana is playing well, up to the level she showed in the match against Serena in Dubai or better, I would still favor Ana for the win.

jonnyroyale_13
Mar 6th, 2009, 03:52 AM
I watched Kuznetsova's match against Alona and decided i didnt want to watch more of her after that. At the end of the first set which went to tiebreak, id have to check on the video, it is on another hardrive now, but the first set went to a tie break, Kuznetsova had like 40 UE's and Alona only won about 8 more points than that.:help: That was enought Kuznetsova for me for one tournament.
You watch a lot of matches, do you have a second favorite just to watch? After Ana i watch almost every JJ and Vera match that is available. I hope they do well, but when they lose, so what:shrug: its not the same as with Ana win or lose.

gaviotabr
Mar 6th, 2009, 03:53 AM
By the way... just checked at IW's web and the draw will come out on monday, March 9.

gaviotabr
Mar 6th, 2009, 04:02 AM
I watched Kuznetsova's match against Alona and decided i didnt want to watch more of her after that. At the end of the first set which went to tiebreak, id have to check on the video, it is on another hardrive now, but the first set went to a tie break, Kuznetsova had like 40 UE's and Alona only won about 8 more points than that.:help: That was enought Kuznetsova for me for one tournament.
You watch a lot of matches, do you have a second favorite just to watch? After Ana i watch almost every JJ and Vera match that is available. I hope they do well, but when they lose, so what:shrug: its not the same as with Ana win or lose.

This time of the year I'm able to watch pretty much every match I want. :lol: I get holidays from early december until mid march.. During AO, all the matches are at night, and I'm a bad sleeper.. I'm usually up until very late... and the tournaments in Paris and Dubai all had morning matches for me, which is also a time of the day I'm at home. So I've been watching pretty much everything that had a livestream. I don't download anyone's matches, but Ana's though.

Once University begins again on March 16, I won't have all this time.. and won't be watching nearly a third of what I've been watching up until now.. :sobbing:

I don't really have a second favorite in a way that I really care about the result of the match. Ana is the only one who really moves me nowadays. But I love watching all the top players... if I'm at home, doing nothing and there's a livestream going on.. and it's a JJ match, or a Serena match or a Dementieva match.. or a Venus match.. and so on.. I'll try to watch it.

By the way.. I also saw that match between Kuzzy and Alona Bondarenko.. it was a terrible match. :tape::lol:

jonnyroyale_13
Mar 6th, 2009, 04:13 AM
omg, that would kill me to have that much time. i just had four days off in a row and about went insane. I have to work or i get real crazy.
during slams, i download all the torrents, then try and keep up. for the rest of the year, its mostly just my 3 main favorites, and then whatever else looks interesting. I used to like following on scoreboards and stuff, but now with the torrent site, i just stay away from places in the forum where results can be spoiled until i watch the matches, its definitely better than watching them after i know the score. I dont watch tv, pretty much only sports. Its like a never ending soapopera following baseball, and the tennis players are mini series dramas.:lol:
well, nice talking to you i have to go to bed:wavey:

gaviotabr
Mar 6th, 2009, 04:17 AM
omg, that would kill me to have that much time. i just had four days off in a row and about went insane. I have to work or i get real crazy.
during slams, i download all the torrents, then try and keep up. for the rest of the year, its mostly just my 3 main favorites, and then whatever else looks interesting. I used to like following on scoreboards and stuff, but now with the torrent site, i just stay away from places in the forum where results can be spoiled until i watch the matches, its definitely better than watching them after i know the score. I dont watch tv, pretty much only sports. Its like a never ending soapopera following baseball, and the tennis players are mini series dramas.:lol:
well, nice talking to you i have to go to bed:wavey:

I'm getting so bored, I'm longing for University to begin again.. :lol:

I'm also going to bed! Good night Jonny! :wavey:

Davodus
Mar 6th, 2009, 07:20 AM
with sharapova out now, theres no chance of an early meeting with her, so for ana that's good news (though i think she would still beat her)
im really hopeful of a good result, she has no excuse, especially with no williams in the draw

spiritedenergy
Mar 6th, 2009, 03:33 PM
I'm getting so bored, I'm longing for University to begin again.. :lol:

I'm also going to bed! Good night Jonny! :wavey:

Good morning Isabela. Already here?:lol: I also use to check this site first thing in the morning together with news etc.:p

About Sharapova, well she is not playing, but in case she was playing I also would have loved a meeting with Ana but in the final or SF, not in the first rounds.:o

spiritedenergy
Mar 6th, 2009, 03:34 PM
with sharapova out now, theres no chance of an early meeting with her, so for ana that's good news (though i think she would still beat her)
im really hopeful of a good result, she has no excuse, especially with no williams in the draw

Hi David:wavey: True, she has to do good now (at least QF:o)

doni1212
Mar 6th, 2009, 03:44 PM
I'm so excited!! I really think Ana is going to win it again! :drool:

gaviotabr
Mar 6th, 2009, 04:00 PM
Good morning Isabela. Already here?:lol: I also use to check this site first thing in the morning together with news etc.:p

About Sharapova, well she is not playing, but in case she was playing I also would have loved a meeting with Ana but in the final or SF, not in the first rounds.:o

Hi Luca! That post was actually from yesterday night, before I went to bed! :lol:

I'm just checking the forum now, and I'm very surprised about Sharapova.. though I think I shouldn't be. I hope she can come back soon... I hate to see top players out for so long because of injury.

As for Ana, I also think she has to at least live up to her seeding. And apart from Dementieva, I would place Ana as a favorite against any of the top 4 seeds, if she is playing well obviously. And even against Dementieva.. no one has beaten Ana more than 4 times in a row in WTA matches.. so I think Ana would have a great chance.

spiritedenergy
Mar 6th, 2009, 04:16 PM
I agree, but it all depends on her confidence. She looks more relaxed now though, i think she really suffered from not having Sven working with her in the off-season and then only a few days before AO...

Even though I'm not very hopeful, I hope she wins and then in the photoshoot with the trophy she will wear the same dress as in the Belgrade reception:lol::angel: (I'm still laughing about that:rolls:)

gaviotabr
Mar 6th, 2009, 04:22 PM
I agree, but it all depends on her confidence. She looks more relaxed now though, i think she really suffered from not having Sven working with her in the off-season and then only a few days before AO...

Even though I'm not very hopeful, I hope she wins and then in the photoshoot with the trophy she will wear the same dress as in the Belgrade reception:lol::angel: (I'm still laughing about that:rolls:)

I still don't know what happened in the off season for her game to suffer so much. She was completely confused on court. Not having Sven was definitely a factor, but I'm not sure it was all.. she was playing better all sick at the YEC than in Brisbane.. But anyway.. she does seem a lot more confident now than before... though she still has to believe more in herself and in her game. She had tons of opportunities against Serena in the exo and I think she lacked a bit of belief. It's normal though.. she is progressing and will get that with time, and wins.

I'm trying not to think too ahead about Indian Wells.. but there's always the hope for a title.. But please, no Belgrade white dress! Now I have the image in my head! Help! :help::tape::lol:

jelenacg
Mar 6th, 2009, 04:38 PM
She can wear as many `Belgrade white dresses` as she wants as long as the cause is the same :banana::lol::lol:
Maria :eek::eek:
Those are the kind of injuries that can change your whole career

Charlieflip
Mar 6th, 2009, 04:41 PM
I think for Ana to get back on track she must have a breakthrough in a tournament. I have a feeling it will be this one.

gaviotabr
Mar 6th, 2009, 04:53 PM
She can wear as many `Belgrade white dresses` as she wants as long as the cause is the same :banana::lol::lol:
Maria :eek::eek:
Those are the kind of injuries that can change your whole career

:lol: Definitely! If it's for the same cause, I will love to see her wearing such beautiful white dress! :hearts: :lol:

Sharapova's injury must be really serious.. I'm worried.

gaviotabr
Mar 6th, 2009, 04:53 PM
I think for Ana to get back on track she must have a breakthrough in a tournament. I have a feeling it will be this one.

I hope you are right!! :worship:

spiritedenergy
Mar 6th, 2009, 05:00 PM
:lol: Definitely! If it's for the same cause, I will love to see her wearing such beautiful white dress! :hearts: :lol:

:haha:

Hi Jelena and Charlie:wavey:

About Sharapova, do you really think it's that serious? I mean in those videos she was hitting pretty well, i don't know why she's not just trying to play some matches and see how it goes. It can't be that she feels the pain, maybe she's scared or something. She also looks in shape.

gaviotabr
Mar 6th, 2009, 05:07 PM
:haha:

Hi Jelena and Charlie:wavey:

About Sharapova, do you really think it's that serious? I mean in those videos she was hitting pretty well, i don't know why she's not just trying to play some matches and see how it goes. It can't be that she feels the pain, maybe she's scared or something. She also looks in shape.

I don't know.. Sharapova seemed to be hitting well and practising hard, with more than one session a day... but the fact that she is not willing to try out on a tournament is strange and misterious..

jelenacg
Mar 6th, 2009, 05:11 PM
:wavey:
I don`t know :confused:
That video means nothing,Ana was also practicing in Montreal and she was injured :tape:
Also maybe she just started practicing and she doesn`t want to go on court until she is 100% ready
What is the point of her playing if she is going to lose in first rounds
After being so long injured,she needs to play good and do gain some confidence and she is not going to do it loosing in first rounds

Charlieflip
Mar 6th, 2009, 05:15 PM
:haha:

Hi Jelena and Charlie:wavey:

About Sharapova, do you really think it's that serious? I mean in those videos she was hitting pretty well, i don't know why she's not just trying to play some matches and see how it goes. It can't be that she feels the pain, maybe she's scared or something. She also looks in shape.

Hi:D

To be honest, I know that such an injury can stay for very long. And I also know that if you try to test it too much there is a chance the injury may worsen.
But on the other hand, I agree with you that she could try very easy in a tournament and see how she handels it. I think there is a little truth in what you're saying about she might be scared, but I think its more of a caution. I belive she wants to be back 100% when she's playing again.

spiritedenergy
Mar 6th, 2009, 05:18 PM
yes that true, but she was hitting good forehands, practicing the depth of the shots, it didn't look like she started at that point. It's really a mystery... She's the kind of player who wants to go deep in tournaments or not play at all to not lose her aura, but after so many months out she will have to face early round losses and more than one, it's inevitable.:shrug:

But let's focus on Ana, we have our own problems to care about (including the Belgrade White Dress malfunction:lol:)

gaviotabr
Mar 6th, 2009, 05:20 PM
:wavey:
I don`t know :confused:
That video means nothing,Ana was also practicing in Montreal and she was injured :tape:
Also maybe she just started practicing and she doesn`t want to go on court until she is 100% ready
What is the point of her playing if she is going to lose in first rounds
After being so long injured,she needs to play good and do gain some confidence and she is not going to do it loosing in first rounds

You are probably right Jelena.

And Ana should have taken time off.. as I'm sure the bad losses to Coin and Paszek hurt Ana's confidence a lot and messed with her head. Oh! @#@$$ thumb injury! :sobbing:

Maybe Sharapova wants to come only when she feels her game is tournament winning sharp, to avoid losing confidence. She relies heavily in her mental game, so she can't afford to lose it.

Charlieflip
Mar 6th, 2009, 05:23 PM
yes that true, but she was hitting good forehands, practicing the depth of the shots, it didn't look like she started at that point. It's really a mystery... She's the kind of player who wants to go deep in tournaments or not play at all to not lose her aura, but after so many months out she will have to face early round losses and more than one, it's inevitable.:shrug:

But let's focus on Ana, we have our own problems to care about (including the Belgrade White Dress malfunction:lol:)

I very much agree about what you've said about Maria, she will have to face downs, no matter what she does, and it will be intressting to see how she handles it.

You will have ti explain the Belgrade White Dress thing, I dont follow on that:P

gaviotabr
Mar 6th, 2009, 05:24 PM
But let's focus on Ana, we have our own problems to care about (including the Belgrade White Dress malfunction:lol:)

:lol:

Well.. I guess Ana must be in California already.. In the ESPN chat she said she would be going to the next tournament the following day...

I'm glad she will be hitting with Marcin! He seems such a nice guy! And everytime he was her hitting partner she did quite well... :D

gaviotabr
Mar 6th, 2009, 05:25 PM
I very much agree about what you've said about Maria, she will have to face downs, no matter what she does, and it will be intressting to see how she handles it.

You will have ti explain the Belgrade White Dress thing, I dont follow on that:P

You can read about it in the pictures thread. A conversation between Luca and me. :lol:

spiritedenergy
Mar 6th, 2009, 05:26 PM
:lol:

Well.. I guess Ana must be in California already.. In the ESPN chat she said she would be going to the next tournament the following day...

I'm glad she will be hitting with Marcin! He seems such a nice guy! And everytime he was her hitting partner she did quite well... :D

Sorry... who is Marcin?:scratch:

gaviotabr
Mar 6th, 2009, 05:32 PM
Sorry... who is Marcin?:scratch:

Have you seen that Eurosport documentary with Ana that was filmed during Berlin last year? He was there..

Anyway.. Marcin is a tennis director in a club in Indian Wells.. and he was Ana's hitting partner during the tournament last year. Ana's team liked him so much that they hired him to come along in the clay court season. So he was Ana's hitting partner during Berlin, Rome and Roland Garros. After that he went back to California, since he has wife and kids. :lol:

He has said some great stuff about Ana, like that she payed him very well to hit with her.. that normally the pros either don't pay or barely pay anything, but she is a very nice girl, who knows he has a family... :D

Charlieflip
Mar 6th, 2009, 05:34 PM
Haha.
Yeah I remember Marcin. Wasn't he polish?

gaviotabr
Mar 6th, 2009, 05:36 PM
Haha.
Yeah I remember Marcin. Wasn't he polish?

Yes! I think he is polish.. but he lives around Indian Wells.

I'm looking for a pic.

spiritedenergy
Mar 6th, 2009, 05:40 PM
Have you seen that Eurosport documentary with Ana that was filmed during Berlin last year? He was there..

Anyway.. Marcin is a tennis director in a club in Indian Wells.. and he was Ana's hitting partner during the tournament last year. Ana's team liked him so much that they hired him to come along in the clay court season. So he was Ana's hitting partner during Berlin, Rome and Roland Garros. After that he went back to California, since he has wife and kids. :lol:

He has said some great stuff about Ana, like that she payed him very well to hit with her.. that normally the pros either don't pay or barely pay anything, but she is a very nice girl, who knows he has a family... :D

Thanks I didn't know this story:eek:

Ana is such a nice girl:angel: I hope he can help her again and make her feel comfortable in California:hearts:

Charlieflip
Mar 6th, 2009, 05:46 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2286/2367584349_0384a5d93d.jpg?v=0

Its the one at the right :) He is polish, Marcin Matkowski.

spiritedenergy
Mar 6th, 2009, 05:47 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2286/2367584349_0384a5d93d.jpg?v=0

Its the one at the right :) He is polish, Marcin Matkowski.

Thanks, he was the one having so much fun with Ana and her team in Berlin, he must be a fun guy.;)

Charlieflip
Mar 6th, 2009, 05:50 PM
He was also dressed up in Ivanovic Roland-Garross dress with the rest of the team when she won :)

spiritedenergy
Mar 6th, 2009, 05:59 PM
He was also dressed up in Ivanovic Roland-Garross dress with the rest of the team when she won :)

Oh yes i forgot that:haha: Hopefully she can hire him again, she can use some fun i'm sure.;)

jelenacg
Mar 6th, 2009, 06:26 PM
I knew that story about payment ,Ana :angel::angel::hearts:
Marcin is funny,he was turning the lights off and danced funny in that Eurosport documentary :lol::lol:

BuTtErFrEnA
Mar 6th, 2009, 08:19 PM
does IW specify when we start to successfully defend our title :)

spiritedenergy
Mar 6th, 2009, 09:10 PM
does IW specify when we start to successfully defend our title :)

Hi Anarena:wavey:

Looks like March 9th, but maybe those will be qualies?:scratch:

Davodus
Mar 7th, 2009, 06:46 AM
isn't marcin matkowski a good doubles player? i remember seeing him play doubles once with fyrstenberg or something
anyway if its a winning formula then i like it :p

spiritedenergy
Mar 7th, 2009, 07:41 AM
isn't marcin matkowski a good doubles player? i remember seeing him play doubles once with fyrstenberg or something
anyway if its a winning formula then i like it :p

really? I never heard of him but i don't follow male tennis much. Let's see if she hires him again, maybe she will want to save some money (even though the 250,000$ from the BJK cup were a good boost to her year to date earnings:p).

Charlieflip
Mar 7th, 2009, 08:34 AM
isn't marcin matkowski a good doubles player? i remember seeing him play doubles once with fyrstenberg or something
anyway if its a winning formula then i like it :p

Yeah, that's right. They actually played the AO together this year.

gaviotabr
Mar 7th, 2009, 11:51 AM
Ana's hitting partner is actually called Marcin Rozpedski. This article is nice and tells a bit of his history with Ana.

http://www.mydesert.com/article/20090215/SPORTS07/902150349/1006/news01

Marcin Matkowski is a ranked ATP doubles player.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcin_Matkowski

http://projects.blackmoondev.com/fyrstenberg-matkowski/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/marcin.jpg

Charlieflip
Mar 7th, 2009, 11:57 AM
Ana's hitting partner is actually called Marcin Rozpedski. This article is nice and tells a bit of his history with Ana.

http://www.mydesert.com/article/20090215/SPORTS07/902150349/1006/news01

Marcin Matkowski is a ranked ATP doubles player.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcin_Matkowski

http://projects.blackmoondev.com/fyrstenberg-matkowski/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/marcin.jpg

Omg! Talk about smashing the facts in our faces! Thank you, I was totally lost, Ive alwyas thought it was Matkowski. That picture I uploaded must be anouther dude then. Very wierd. Just shows that you shouldn't trust everything on the internet :)

gaviotabr
Mar 7th, 2009, 12:05 PM
Omg! Talk about smashing the facts in our faces! Thank you, I was totally lost, Ive alwyas thought it was Matkowski. That picture I uploaded must be anouther dude then. Very wierd. Just shows that you shouldn't trust everything on the internet :)

Yep. That pic you uploaded is of Rozpedski. ;)

Charlieflip
Mar 7th, 2009, 12:12 PM
Really??? It stood that it was Matkowski :P Also, it doesn't look like him imo. Well well, Im begining to get old :lol:

Davodus
Mar 7th, 2009, 03:18 PM
i didn't think matkowski could be anyones hitting partner :confused: so thanks for that :)
anyway, i hope it continues to work for her :)

spiritedenergy
Mar 7th, 2009, 06:30 PM
Ok that's a totally different guy indeed. Is he the one in Berlin and Paris? Because it doesn't look like him:scratch:

By the way Isabela is always right:angel:

jelenacg
Mar 7th, 2009, 07:07 PM
:lol::lol: at all of this confusion about Marcin
Some interesting WCs
What are the possibilities of Ana playing against Jelena Dokic in first rounds?
After all these bad draws this year I`m really preparing for the worst possible one :tape::lol:

spiritedenergy
Mar 7th, 2009, 07:09 PM
:lol::lol: at all of this confusion about Marcin
Some interesting WCs
What are the possibilities of Ana playing against Jelena Dokic in first rounds?
After all these bad draws this year I`m really preparing for the worst possible one :tape::lol:

OMG let's hope not Dokic :tape::lol:

gaviotabr
Mar 7th, 2009, 07:35 PM
Ok that's a totally different guy indeed. Is he the one in Berlin and Paris? Because it doesn't look like him:scratch:

The picture I posted is of the ATP doubles player Marcin Matkowski, who doesn't have anything to do with Ana.

The picture Charlieflip posted and the guy in Berlin and Paris is Ana's hitting partner Marcin Rozpedski.

By the way Isabela is always right:angel:

:p

spiritedenergy
Mar 7th, 2009, 07:41 PM
The picture I posted is of the ATP doubles player Marcin Matkowski, who doesn't have anything to do with Ana.

The picture Charlieflip posted and the guy in Berlin and Paris is Ana's hitting partner Marcin Rozpedski.



:p

Oh ok now it's clear:lol:

gaviotabr
Mar 7th, 2009, 07:41 PM
:lol::lol: at all of this confusion about Marcin
Some interesting WCs
What are the possibilities of Ana playing against Jelena Dokic in first rounds?
After all these bad draws this year I`m really preparing for the worst possible one :tape::lol:

Ana can face any unseeded player in the first rounds. I think the top 32 has a bye into the second round though. At least it was like this last year.. with all the changes this year I'm not sure.

But Ana can definitely face Dokic early on. I'm really hoping for some luck this time.. the AO draw was not so bad, she just couldn't take advantage of it. The Dubai draw was the worst posible though. Let's hope the Indian Wells draw is kind to Ana and to us! :lol:

Marilyn Monheaux
Mar 7th, 2009, 07:58 PM
I can't wait for the tournament to start!:bounce:

I just checked ES and those morons don't show any live tennis until monday!:o

jelenacg
Mar 7th, 2009, 07:59 PM
I would like to see Dokic vs Ana or JJ :bounce: but Ana needs a few wins to get into the tournament and the first rounds are always dangerous ,especially when you are Ana and you are defending your title :lol:
I`m really hoping she will play good ,defending her title will do wonders for her confidence

jelenacg
Mar 7th, 2009, 08:06 PM
Stupid ES :fiery::fiery:
They show so little tennis :mad:
We have sport klub channel here and they show every single match from ATP masters series,if only ES could be like that

Charlieflip
Mar 7th, 2009, 09:21 PM
LOOOL

Isabella, you like to tease right? haha. I also thought that the pic you posted was of Rozpedski, and thats why I got so confused lol :)

As for Dokic vs Ana I wouldn't worry. I was at most of Dokics matches in AO and the support for her was E-N-O-R-M-O-U-S. She rode on that the whole tournament, I don't think she will put up a perfomance even close to that in IW. She played a tourney just after AO and busted early. But hey, I could be wrong also, its just my prediction.

spiritedenergy
Mar 7th, 2009, 10:10 PM
LOOOL

Isabella, you like to tease right? haha. I also thought that the pic you posted was of Rozpedski, and thats why I got so confused lol :)

As for Dokic vs Ana I wouldn't worry. I was at most of Dokics matches in AO and the support for her was E-N-O-R-M-O-U-S. She rode on that the whole tournament, I don't think she will put up a perfomance even close to that in IW. She played a tourney just after AO and busted early. But hey, I could be wrong also, its just my prediction.

:eek: Did you also watch Ana's macthes?

jelenacg
Mar 7th, 2009, 10:29 PM
I can`t imagine seeing that horror live :help::help::lol:
I know Dokic didn`t play well after AO,she also played with too many UE during AO but with Ana you just never know :angel:

spiritedenergy
Mar 7th, 2009, 10:42 PM
I can`t imagine seeing that horror live :help::help::lol:
I know Dokic didn`t play well after AO,she also played with too many UE during AO but with Ana you just never know :angel:

You mean Ana-Kleybanova? Me neither:sad: but before the match who would have thought (well pretty much all of us but still there was some hope:lol:)

gaviotabr
Mar 7th, 2009, 10:47 PM
You mean Ana-Kleybanova? Me neither:sad: but before the match who would have thought (well pretty much all of us but still there was some hope:lol:)

Don't say that to Jonny! He thought that match was great and Ana played very well...

:help::tape::lol:

spiritedenergy
Mar 7th, 2009, 10:52 PM
Don't say that to Jonny! He thought that match was great and Ana played very well...

:help::tape::lol:

Yes I know he liked it. Jonny it was a great mactch :hearts: :lol::angel:

jelenacg
Mar 7th, 2009, 10:56 PM
Every match was a torture, but against Kleybanova was my absolute favorite of all times :tape:
Her BH was :hearts::hearts: in that match just like everything else:rolleyes::rolleyes:

gaviotabr
Mar 7th, 2009, 11:00 PM
Aiss.. I just don't even want to remember it.

I hope Ana plays well consistently now.. that's something she has to do at some point. Even when she was mostly playing well, there were hickups, patches of bad play.

jelenacg
Mar 7th, 2009, 11:03 PM
That is what i expect from her full time coach
To give more consistency to her game

spiritedenergy
Mar 7th, 2009, 11:06 PM
Aiss.. I just don't even want to remember it.

I hope Ana plays well consistently now.. that's something she has to do at some point. Even when she was mostly playing well, there were hickups, patches of bad play.

Yes i agree. I hope she can accept it like it's a job, and she has to do her best whatever are the conditions. She can't expect to blow out her opponent every day. But i think she's improving in that, I mean this year despite the not so good results she's been more willing to fight even when her game is down. I think she learnt to deal with it last year when this was her average level of play after RG.:tape:

gaviotabr
Mar 7th, 2009, 11:07 PM
That is what i expect from her full time coach
To give more consistency to her game

Aiss.. since I saw Kardon's interview... saying that he wants Ana to just go to the net... and that the toss issue will work itself out.. I'm a bit worried about it! :tape::lol:

gaviotabr
Mar 7th, 2009, 11:12 PM
Yes i agree. I hope she can accept it like it's a job, and she has to do her best whatever are the conditions. She can't expect to blow out her opponent every day. But i think she's improving in that, I mean this year despite the not so good results she's been more willing to fight even when her game is down. I think she learnt to deal with it last year when this was her average level of play after RG.:tape:

I think Ana has always been a fighter.. but I agree that she tends to be too much of a perfectionist.. and when things just aren't going her way, when nothing works, she used to get too down on herself. I guess she just had to improve on that in those last few months.

I also think that everytime Ana got a title she just couldn't recover her intensity and her desire in time for the next tournament, playing with little to no concentration, leading to very early losses. She also has to improve on that ASAP.

jelenacg
Mar 7th, 2009, 11:13 PM
Well we must give the guy a chance :)
She is always willing to fight until the end thats` not the problem but after winning one tournament she just can`t focus right away for the next one
And i`m hoping having a full time coach we`ll help her in that

gaviotabr
Mar 7th, 2009, 11:20 PM
Well we must give the guy a chance :)
She is always willing to fight until the end thats` not the problem but after winning one tournament she just can`t focus right away for the next one
And i`m hoping having a full time coach we`ll help her in that

I have my fingers crossed! :)

jelenacg
Mar 7th, 2009, 11:24 PM
I wanted to ask this
How did she split up with her previous full time coach,the guy before Sven can`t remember his name
I always had the impression that there was something wrong and maybe that was the reason why she wasn`t very happy about the idea of having a full time coach
Does anyone know something about this

gaviotabr
Mar 7th, 2009, 11:30 PM
I wanted to ask this
How did she split up with her previous full time coach,the guy before Sven can`t remember his name
I always had the impression that there was something wrong and maybe that was the reason why she wasn`t very happy about the idea of having a full time coach
Does anyone know something about this

I'm not sure how she split with David Taylor, but I do think that Ana got some trauma there. She has given hints that the relationship got too intense and the coach too controlling of all aspects of her life. I think he might have been trying to control her personal life and she didn't like that one bit.. but that's just my opinion. I don't think she has said the reasons in any interview.

I definitely think that played a part in Ana not wanting a full time coach for so long..

jelenacg
Mar 7th, 2009, 11:44 PM
Ok thanks :)
I was also thinking in that direction
I`m glad to see that she and Kardon seems to get along well for now
And when the results come he will be my favorite coach :angel:

gaviotabr
Mar 7th, 2009, 11:48 PM
Ok thanks :)
I was also thinking in that direction
I`m glad to see that she and Kardon seems to get along well for now
And when the results come he will be my favorite coach :angel:

It's good that they are getting along. Billie Jean King said during the exhibition that Kardon makes practice fun and that Ana needed that.. to let loose a bit. I hope it works and she (and we) can see the results as soon as posible.

jonnyroyale_13
Mar 8th, 2009, 03:19 AM
Don't say that to Jonny! He thought that match was great and Ana played very well...

:help::tape::lol:

Yes I know he liked it. Jonny it was a great mactch :hearts: :lol::angel:

Every match was a torture, but against Kleybanova was my absolute favorite of all times :tape:
Her BH was :hearts::hearts: in that match just like everything else:rolleyes::rolleyes:

Jelenacg, youre evil:crying2:

anyway....screw you guys!:p i always want Ana to win every match, but when a match is competitive and entertaining, then i can enjoy it all i want to.:kiss:

jelenacg
Mar 8th, 2009, 03:36 AM
:lol::lol:
I`m sorry but i had like 100 heart attacks during that match and i still don`t know how i survived :lol:

luv_sweetAna
Mar 8th, 2009, 03:55 AM
:lol::lol:
I`m sorry but i had like 100 heart attacks during that match and i still don`t know how i survived :lol:

After what I experienced in the Dechy match, I think I can survive any match of hers without dying now (not without having heart attacks though). :lol:

jelenacg
Mar 8th, 2009, 04:11 AM
Yes but she won that match against Dechy ,so it was worth suffering and having heart attacks :lol:
And it was a good quality match both woman played good ,in AO match Ana wasn`t playing good

bruce goose
Mar 8th, 2009, 06:42 AM
By the way Isabela is always right:angel:Actually,she WILL admit that she made a mistake if it's a small,factual issue such as a grammar error.......but if it's a matter of opinion then the best surrender you'll ever get out of her is,"I'm busy now,we can talk about it more tomorrow";).......still,I'm pretty jealous of her bf,contador brasilen~o Zorro

Charlieflip
Mar 8th, 2009, 09:23 AM
Every match was a torture, but against Kleybanova was my absolute favorite of all times :tape:
Her BH was :hearts::hearts: in that match just like everything else:rolleyes::rolleyes:
BH? Backhand? That match was a torture, I could see the suffering in Ana's eyes :(

:eek: Did you also watch Ana's macthes?

Yeah, of course :) Front row :cool:


Isabella, what hints did Ana give of that's coach trauma? I have missed everything concerning David Taylor :O

gaviotabr
Mar 8th, 2009, 11:31 AM
Isabella, what hints did Ana give of that's coach trauma? I have missed everything concerning David Taylor :O

Charlie, I recently read the following article:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/darticlen.asp?xfile=data/sports/2009/February/sports_February627.xml&section=sports&col=

It has some interesting quotes from Ana, like this one:

After parting ways with her earlier coach David Taylor, the Serb had preferred not to hire a full time coach for more than two years. ďIt was kind of intense working relationship. I felt it was a bit too much considering the past experience with coaches who try to get too involved in areas of your life. They try to take a little more control of your life and that is something that I donít like. Iím kind of stubborn in my own way and since you spend every day together it is important to have a good relationship. That was difficult for me as it did not work well for me. Now I felt that it was time I had someone taking a little bit more control and Iím really happy to see it
work so well now.Ē


I think that Ana really didn't like how her coaching relationship with David Taylor was going.

Davodus
Mar 8th, 2009, 12:57 PM
david taylor is a bit like that with everyone he coaches
tries to become their best friend and part of their personal life, not just their professional life.
Sure, they can be 'friends' to a degree, but essentially it is a professional relationship..and david taylor doesn't work like that (it worked well when he was with molik because she likes that, not for ana)
So, that's why I think it was a problem :)

Charlieflip
Mar 8th, 2009, 02:29 PM
Charlie, I recently read the following article:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/darticlen.asp?xfile=data/sports/2009/February/sports_February627.xml&section=sports&col=

It has some interesting quotes from Ana, like this one:



I think that Ana really didn't like how her coaching relationship with David Taylor was going.

Thank you very much for this, where do you find articles like these??

spiritedenergy
Mar 8th, 2009, 07:01 PM
BH? Backhand? That match was a torture, I could see the suffering in Ana's eyes :(



Yeah, of course :) Front row :cool:

:eek::worship: Are they as expensive as in MSG?:p

About David Taylor, yes I read several times that he wanted control over her life. What I find strange is that coaches are paid by players, so they really don't have any reason to pretend to control them. It's really wrong and unhealthy IMO.

rasko
Mar 8th, 2009, 08:01 PM
Go Ana, defend your title.:bounce:

Charlieflip
Mar 8th, 2009, 09:21 PM
:eek::worship: Are they as expensive as in MSG?:p

About David Taylor, yes I read several times that he wanted control over her life. What I find strange is that coaches are paid by players, so they really don't have any reason to pretend to control them. It's really wrong and unhealthy IMO.

Well, I dont remember the exact sum at that match, but it wasent too expensive. And imo, MSG wasent expensive. I regret so much that I couldnt see it.

gaviotabr
Mar 9th, 2009, 01:01 AM
Thank you very much for this, where do you find articles like these??

I find them on google.. either searching in the news or just on the web.

This one in particular was a friend of mine, Blahar from Ana's official web, who found it and showed it to me.

The Daviator
Mar 9th, 2009, 01:39 AM
I'm so nervous and excited for this event, I love this tournament and my faves always do well here; Serena won twice(before all that :tape:), Lindsay always reached the final and won a couple and then of course Ana last year, so I hope it continues :scared:

Charlieflip
Mar 9th, 2009, 10:23 AM
I find them on google.. either searching in the news or just on the web.

This one in particular was a friend of mine, Blahar from Ana's official web, who found it and showed it to me.

You have friends from ana's site? You are very resouceful it seems :D Cool :)

Well, today it begins, go Ana!!!

spiritedenergy
Mar 9th, 2009, 04:32 PM
You have friends from ana's site? You are very resouceful it seems :D Cool :)

Well, today it begins, go Ana!!!

So today the qualifications will start? When will the Main Draw start? They didn't release the draw yet:scratch:

Charlieflip
Mar 9th, 2009, 05:11 PM
So today the qualifications will start? When will the Main Draw start? They didn't release the draw yet:scratch:

Yeah, just the qualifications, but still :) The draw for the main tournament should come today too.

spiritedenergy
Mar 9th, 2009, 05:18 PM
Yeah, just the qualifications, but still :) The draw for the main tournament should come today too.

I'm a bit scared of the draw:scared:

gaviotabr
Mar 9th, 2009, 05:25 PM
I'm a bit scared of the draw:scared:

Me too. :unsure:

Charlieflip
Mar 9th, 2009, 07:19 PM
Im excited!!!! :D:D:D:D:D

gaviotabr
Mar 9th, 2009, 10:26 PM
Luck is definitely not liking Ana these days... She gets Dementieva as a posible quarterfinal opponent.. :o

From Ana's web:

BNP Paribas Open draw
March 09, 2009 / Indian Wells, California, USA


Ana is seeded fifth for the BNP Paribas Open, which takes place in Indian Wells during the next fortnight. She receives a bye in round one and will face a qualifier in round two.

The 21-year-old, who is the defending champion here, could play 31st seed Gisela Dulko in the third round, top-ranked American Bethanie Mattek-Sands or Italian Tathiana Garbin.

No.12 seed Flavia Pennetta and No.20 Ai Sugiyama are possible fourth round adversaries, while third seed Elena Dementieva could await in the quarter-finals.

Second seed Jelena Jankovic, whom Ana beat in the semi-finals here last year, is a possible opponent in the last four, along with No.7 seed Agnieszka Radwanska.

The leading seeds in the top half of the draw, whom Ana cannot play until the final, are No.1 Dinara Safina, No.4 Vera Zvonareva, No.6 Svetlana Kuznetsova and No.8 Viktoria Azarenka.

gaviotabr
Mar 9th, 2009, 10:35 PM
Well.. the draw itself is not bad. The only thing is Dementieva in the quarters.. But I guess it's time for Ana to beat her.

http://www.bnpparibasopen.org/4/assets/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/4/assets/pdfs/draws/09WTA_MDS1.pdf

Dexter
Mar 9th, 2009, 10:51 PM
Ana vs Coin or Larcher de Shitto in the 2r, I call it. :worship: 2nd round outing :wavey:

luv_sweetAna
Mar 9th, 2009, 10:51 PM
Does anyone know what was Elena's result last year?

gaviotabr
Mar 9th, 2009, 10:56 PM
Does anyone know what was Elena's result last year?

She didn't play.

gaviotabr
Mar 9th, 2009, 10:56 PM
Ana vs Coin or Larcher de Shitto in the 2r, I call it. :worship: 2nd round outing :wavey:

Love the optimism.

Let's give Ana some credit. :p

hellas719
Mar 9th, 2009, 11:03 PM
Ajde!

Marilyn Monheaux
Mar 9th, 2009, 11:08 PM
She's gonna shut de Brito up in the 2nd round:kiss:

Now seriously, I like her draw:)
It doesn't look tooo bad:lol:

You've gotta have faith, faith, faith...

The Daviator
Mar 9th, 2009, 11:15 PM
Not a bad draw! It's about time she beat Dementieva so I'm glad she'll have a shot at her even if it's the toughest possible seed, defend, ajde :armed:

gaviotabr
Mar 9th, 2009, 11:28 PM
Not a bad draw! It's about time she beat Dementieva so I'm glad she'll have a shot at her even if it's the toughest possible seed, defend, ajde :armed:

I think it might be good.. Sure.. it can also be terrible.. but Ana is due to beat Dementieva, and this can be it. If she does, she can get a much needed confidence boost.

The Daviator
Mar 9th, 2009, 11:46 PM
I think it might be good.. Sure.. it can also be terrible.. but Ana is due to beat Dementieva, and this can be it. If she does, she can get a much needed confidence boost.

Agreed, I'm gonna try and be really positive for this one, I know Ana makes that extremely hard :lol:

gaviotabr
Mar 9th, 2009, 11:50 PM
But truth to be told.. Ana has had some bad luck with draws the past few months..

All her luck went away with that Wimbledon net cort.. :sobbing:

gaviotabr
Mar 9th, 2009, 11:51 PM
Agreed, I'm gonna try and be really positive for this one, I know Ana makes that extremely hard :lol:

Yes! Totally positive! C'mon Ana! :bounce:

jelenacg
Mar 10th, 2009, 12:00 AM
Not a bad draw except the Dementieva :rolleyes:
I`ll be optimist and say it is time for Ana to beat her
Please Ana beat her :angel:

Marilyn Monheaux
Mar 10th, 2009, 12:01 AM
But truth to be told.. Ana has had some bad luck with draws the past few months..

All her luck went away with that Wimbledon net cort.. :sobbing:

That was amaze though:hearts:

Yeah, I think she's got a pretty good draw and she should make the most of it:yeah:

Dementieva will be her first real test and it's about damn time she beats her:fiery:

Ajde, Ana!!:bounce:

bruce goose
Mar 10th, 2009, 12:04 AM
But truth to be told.. Ana has had some bad luck with draws the past few months..

All her luck went away with that Wimbledon net cort.. :sobbing:Ummmm....That's net CORD,Sugar Babe....The coUrt is that thing they run around on:p:p:p

gaviotabr
Mar 10th, 2009, 12:14 AM
Ummmm....That's net CORD,Sugar Babe....The coUrt is that thing they run around on:p:p:p

:sobbing:

That was a typo! :sad:

bruce goose
Mar 10th, 2009, 12:18 AM
:sobbing:

That was a typo! :sad:Sorry,Izzy;I didn't realize that the "D" and "T" were right next to each other on Portuguese-language keyboards;)

spiritedenergy
Mar 10th, 2009, 12:20 AM
Not bad if it weren't for Dementieva in the quarters:sobbing:

Actually when i read the seeds i thought it was bottom heavy (top half has Safina, Zvonareva and Kuznetsova and Azarenka, bottom half, Ana, Jelena, Dementieva) but the top half has some dangerous players like Bartoli and Mauresmo, while the bottom half has some slumping players like Hantuchova and Szavay. So it's pretty balanced. I really hope to see Dementieva-Ana this time with a different outcome:p

gaviotabr
Mar 10th, 2009, 12:21 AM
Sorry,Izzy;I didn't realize that the "D" and "T" were right next to each other on Portuguese-language keyboards;)

:sobbing: they aren't.. :lol:

jelenacg
Mar 10th, 2009, 12:22 AM
Now after seeing Safina`s and JJ`s draw ,i`m not so happy about Ana`s draw
Seriously the draw sucks :fiery:
Then again if she beats Elena,they can give her a trophy bc i don`t see her loosing to any other girl
Anyway match by match :)

gaviotabr
Mar 10th, 2009, 12:24 AM
Not bad if it weren't for Dementieva in the quarters:sobbing:

Actually when i read the seeds i thought it was bottom heavy (top half has Safina, Zvonareva and Kuznetsova and Azarenka, bottom half, Ana, Jelena, Dementieva) but the top half has some dangerous players like Bartoli and Mauresmo, while the bottom half has some slumping players like Hantuchova and Szavay. So it's pretty balanced. I really hope to see Dementieva-Ana this time with a different outcome:p

I also hope to see Ana and Dementieva again, with Ana winning obviously.. I think she could get a lot of confidence if this happens.. and she needs confidence.

But one match at a time.. a qualifier in the first match. I really hope Ana can play well and get a good start.

Hopefully Ana is practising her serve and those aproach shots.. :unsure:

gaviotabr
Mar 10th, 2009, 12:28 AM
Now after seeing Safina`s and JJ`s draw ,i`m not so happy about Ana`s draw
Seriously the draw sucks :fiery:
Then again if she beats Elena,they can give her a trophy bc i don`t see her loosing to any other girl
Anyway match by match :)

I think only Dementieva's draw is worse than Ana's. But that's only because of the quarterfinal... otherwise it's not that bad, it's just that it could be better. Then again, if Ana gets to the quarters, plays and beats Lena D., I would be very confident for the title.

Safina is so lucky it's not even funny.. though she does have Azarenka in the quarters, and she is playing well.. JJ has a pretty good draw.

spiritedenergy
Mar 10th, 2009, 12:30 AM
So when will we know who's the qualifier who will meet Ana? :scared:

gaviotabr
Mar 10th, 2009, 12:35 AM
So when will we know who's the qualifier who will meet Ana? :scared:

I guess wednesday.. that's when the first round is supposed to start. Maybe even tomorrow.

spiritedenergy
Mar 10th, 2009, 12:37 AM
I guess wednesday.. that's when the first round is supposed to start. Maybe even tomorrow.

Ok thanks Isabela;). Hopefully it won't be De Brito:unsure: Anyawys I'll try to be confident. Come on Ana!:hearts::help::lol:

gaviotabr
Mar 10th, 2009, 12:42 AM
Ok thanks Isabela;). Hopefully it won't be De Brito:unsure: Anyawys I'll try to be confident. Come on Ana!:hearts::help::lol:

;)

Idemo Ana! :worship:

spiritedenergy
Mar 10th, 2009, 12:49 AM
I don't want to jinx, but in all honesty even not at her best Ana should reach the QF. Qualifier- Dulko or Mattek or Garbin- Pennetta or Sugiyama. I think she can do it.:angel:

jelenacg
Mar 10th, 2009, 12:55 AM
I don't want to jinx, but in all honesty even not at her best Ana should reach the QF. Qualifier- Dulko or Mattek or Garbin- Pennetta or Sugiyama. I think she can do it.:angel:

Please don`t :lol::lol:
Pennetta is always dangerous she is a good player,also Dulko played a good match against Serena at AO this year
I can`t remember but did Dulko and Fernando dated ,or that was another girl :lol:

gaviotabr
Mar 10th, 2009, 12:56 AM
I don't want to jinx, but in all honesty even not at her best Ana should reach the QF. Qualifier- Dulko or Mattek or Garbin- Pennetta or Sugiyama. I think she can do it.:angel:

Ana should do it.. up until the quarters she has a nice draw. Let's hope Ana is playing well though.. with her we just never know.

gaviotabr
Mar 10th, 2009, 12:58 AM
Please don`t :lol::lol:
Pennetta is always dangerous she is a good player,also Dulko played a good match against Serena at AO this year
I can`t remember but did Dulko and Fernando dated ,or that was another girl :lol:

They did date.. in 2004 or 2005.. :lol:

spiritedenergy
Mar 10th, 2009, 01:00 AM
Please don`t :lol::lol:
Pennetta is always dangerous she is a good player,also Dulko played a good match against Serena at AO this year
I can`t remember but did Dulko and Fernando dated ,or that was another girl :lol:

Hi Jelena:wavey: Yes I think Dulko dated Fernando and it seems many more:eek::lol:

Yes Flavia is dangerous but she's not in great form right now, in the final of Acapulco against Venus she didn't play well at all. And Sugiyama, Ana beat her in the Fed Cup.

But let's see, no jinx for Ana:kiss:

jonnyroyale_13
Mar 10th, 2009, 01:04 AM
Speaking of Safina..everyone knows about her parallel results to Ana's......
....
...
Well i dont believe in that nonsense!
Its a lovely draw for Ana, i like the potential for Dementieva, but thats a ways off still.
Do it Ana:rocker2:

spiritedenergy
Mar 10th, 2009, 01:06 AM
Speaking of Safina..everyone knows about her parallel results to Ana's......
....
...
Well i dont believe in that nonsense!
Its a lovely draw for Ana, i like the potential for Dementieva, but thats a ways off still.
Do it Ana:rocker2:

Hi Jonny:wavey: (ok now I'll stop to say hi to everyone:lol:)

I actually believe Safina is going to win :o

jonnyroyale_13
Mar 10th, 2009, 01:07 AM
Hi Jonny:wavey: (ok now I'll stop to say hi to everyone:lol:)

I actually believe Safina is going to win :o

:bigwave:

if Safina wins it, ill have to bet on her for RG i guess.:o

gaviotabr
Mar 10th, 2009, 01:09 AM
Hi Jonny:wavey: (ok now I'll stop to say hi to everyone:lol:)

I actually believe Safina is going to win :o

Oh! Not Safina please! Otherwise I'll have to think she will get RG too.. :sobbing:

spiritedenergy
Mar 10th, 2009, 01:11 AM
Oh! Not Safina please! Otherwise I'll have to think she will get RG too.. :sobbing:

I hope not, but she has such an easy draw... :fiery:

gaviotabr
Mar 10th, 2009, 01:13 AM
I hope not, but she has such an easy draw... :fiery:

She has been incredibly lucky with draws this year.

jelenacg
Mar 10th, 2009, 01:19 AM
No no no :o:o
Ana came to the AO final playing some good tennis Dinara on the other hand...
I actually think she is going down from now on,don`t know why but i have that feeling
And i`m waiting after Wimbledon season to confirm my doubts
Yes Dulko dated many... :lol::lol:

Davodus
Mar 10th, 2009, 03:14 AM
dinara's results are like ana's in a sense, but also different, because ana was continuing to improve her form after she made the initial rise, and safina was so hot in the USO series...but now she is getting worse and making like 49757587478 errors per match, and i see her being ranked at the bottom of the top 10 by the US open unless she turns it around
HOWEVER! she keeps getting these amazingly easy draws :rolleyes: unlike ana :o actually, ana's draw isn't too bad, but out of the top 4 dementieva was the one i did not want her to play....however, I think if they both make the QF, whoever wins will win the tournament :shrug:
JJ also has a really easy draw again....seems ana and elena are the only ones who got it tough

doni1212
Mar 10th, 2009, 04:11 AM
One step at a time guys, one step at a time, :yeah:

spiritedenergy
Mar 10th, 2009, 04:14 AM
For now I just hope there will be livestreams and Ana will play in the evening, so it will be easier to watch her. I really want to watch this time because I feel no pressure for her, I don't have many expectations.

Nikkiri
Mar 10th, 2009, 04:24 AM
Good luck Ana :yeah:

Dinayer
Mar 10th, 2009, 08:32 AM
c'mon Ana :yeah: :D

good luck

Princeza
Mar 10th, 2009, 08:55 AM
She has the best part of the draw, she can't crash out.
Ajde :weirdo:

Charlieflip
Mar 10th, 2009, 10:32 AM
Wow guys, I can't understand how you think Ana has a tough draw. I would say she has one of the easiest. Dinara has a much tougher, meeting many uprising dangerous russians who've got nothing to loose. Im pretty sure she will crash out before quarters.

spiritedenergy
Mar 10th, 2009, 06:16 PM
I guess this evening we will know the qualifiers in Ana's section.
Coin, De Brito and Brianti may qualify:scared:

dybbuk
Mar 10th, 2009, 08:26 PM
^^ de Brito and Brianti have nothing to hurt Ana, I am hoping she draws them. Coin is really the only qualifier that comes to mind that would make me the slighest bit nervous. Ajde Ana.

BuTtErFrEnA
Mar 11th, 2009, 12:24 AM
it's time for ana to rise again :dance: ajde! :banana: one match at a time....which part of the draw starts first??

DownTheLine21
Mar 11th, 2009, 12:57 AM
I've been so busy with school and then, being out of town, I almost forgot that IW starts tomorrow. I like Ana's draw, so hopefully she'll continue to put everything together with her new coach.

Nikkiri
Mar 11th, 2009, 01:46 AM
Well she wont draw Julie. :lol:

gaviotabr
Mar 11th, 2009, 02:23 AM
The qualies are over, so they should place the qualifiers in the draw any time now.

spiritedenergy
Mar 11th, 2009, 03:16 AM
any news yet? this waiting is so unnerving:lol: When will she play by the way? I'd like to plan my activities so I can watch her:angel:

gaviotabr
Mar 11th, 2009, 03:22 AM
any news yet? this waiting is so unnerving:lol: When will she play by the way? I'd like to plan my activities so I can watch her:angel:

They haven't placed the qualifiers yet. But they have released the order of play for tomorrow.. The first half plays first, so I guess Ana will only play saturday.

She has not drawn the following qualifiers :lol::

Michelle Larcher de Brito
Virginia Ruano Pascual
Elena Rodina
Stephanie Dubois
Yroslava Schvedova

gaviotabr
Mar 11th, 2009, 03:25 AM
They haven't placed the qualifiers yet. But they have released the order of play for tomorrow.. The first half plays first, so I guess Ana will only play saturday.

She has not drawn the following qualifiers :lol::

Michelle Larcher de Brito
Virginia Ruano Pascual
Elena Rodina
Stephanie Dubois
Yroslava Schvedova

That leaves the following qualifiers:

Petra Cetkovska (good memories! :lol:)
Angela Haynes
Varvara Lepchenko
Stephanie Foretz
Kristina Barrois
Petra Martic
A. Yakimova

2 of them will play for a spot in the second round against Ana.

spiritedenergy
Mar 11th, 2009, 03:25 AM
They haven't placed the qualifiers yet. But they have released the order of play for tomorrow.. The first half plays first, so I guess Ana will only play saturday.

She has not drawn the following qualifiers :lol::

Michelle Larcher de Brito
Virginia Ruano Pascual
Elena Rodina
Stephanie Dubois
Yroslava Schvedova

Thanks Isabela:wavey: so Coin and Brianti are out it seems? And the Brito is in the top half. Zheng and Kleybanova are in other sections, who else of Ana's friends is left?:tape::lol:

spiritedenergy
Mar 11th, 2009, 03:27 AM
That leaves the following qualifiers:

Petra Cetkovska (good memories! :lol:)
Angela Haynes
Varvara Lepchenko
Stephanie Foretz
Kristina Barrois
Petra Martic
A. Yakimova

2 of them will play for a spot in the second round against Ana.

Thanks. So she'll meet one of them... OMG Ana don't lose to them:o The only one that I know is Cetkovska who lost 6-0 6-0 at RG:tape:

gaviotabr
Mar 11th, 2009, 03:28 AM
Thanks Isabela:wavey: so Coin and Brianti are out it seems? And the Brito is in the top half. Zheng and Kleybanova are in other sections, who else of Ana's friends is left?:tape::lol:

Coin retired against Ruano Pascual. And Brianti lost to Michelle Larcher de Brito.

Pironkova is in the draw.. but also in the top half.. :lol:

gaviotabr
Mar 11th, 2009, 03:31 AM
Thanks. So she'll meet one of them... OMG Ana don't lose to them:o The only one that I know is Cetkovska who lost 6-0 6-0 at RG:tape:

I saw Kristina Barrois playing Dementieva in the first round of AO, and she played quite well.. lots of slices. But ran completely out of gas in the third set, could barely run.

Ana really should win easily though... let's hope she is playing well.. :unsure:

spiritedenergy
Mar 11th, 2009, 03:32 AM
Coin retired against Ruano Pascual. And Brianti lost to Michelle Larcher de Brito.

Pironkova is in the draw.. but also in the top half.. :lol:

Oh yes Pironkova:tape::help: I think Ana won the second set right? That was just the same scheme she had after Wimbledon, which let me think that she started having mental issues before RG... maybe after her loss to Davenport at Miami? Also Safina said when she beat Davenport at Miami it was the start of her going up.

gaviotabr
Mar 11th, 2009, 03:37 AM
Oh yes Pironkova:tape::help: I think Ana won the second set right? That was just the same scheme she had after Wimbledon, which let me think that she started having mental issues before RG... maybe after her loss to Davenport at Miami? Also Safina said when she beat Davenport at Miami it was the start of her going up.

Yes.. she won the second set 7-5 and then imploded in the third. It was the same thing really..

Roland Garros was so perfect though.. It almost seems like an oasis in the middle of the desert. She had never been so focused, she was playing great.. all perfect.

spiritedenergy
Mar 11th, 2009, 03:49 AM
Yes.. she won the second set 7-5 and then imploded in the third. It was the same thing really..

Roland Garros was so perfect though.. It almost seems like an oasis in the middle of the desert. She had never been so focused, she was playing great.. all perfect.

Yes I miss that.:sad: Hopefully she can come back to that and be even better. I also Kardon will be a great choice, Sven helped her but it really looked to me like he thought her all he could already and she had to move on.

gaviotabr
Mar 11th, 2009, 03:57 AM
Yes I miss that.:sad: Hopefully she can come back to that and be even better. I also Kardon will be a great choice, Sven helped her but it really looked to me like he thought her all he could already and she had to move on.

I'm sure she will get even better.. she is too young and too good not to.

About Kardon, I'm still waiting to see how his work affects Ana's play.. there were good signs... but I also got a bit worried about a couple of things.. it's all to be seen though.

About Sven, I agree. I also think he just wasn't being able to get to her head anymore.. to motivate her.. to push her to do better mentally. He clearly wasn't really helping her at this point, and even though he is a great tennis coach, I guess it was just time for Ana to work with someone else, get new energy.

spiritedenergy
Mar 11th, 2009, 04:01 AM
I'm sure she will get even better.. she is too young and too good not to.

About Kardon, I'm still waiting to see how his work affects Ana's play.. there were good signs... but I also got a bit worried about a couple of things.. it's all to be seen though.

About Sven, I agree. I also think he just wasn't being able to get to her head anymore.. to motivate her.. to push her to do better mentally. He clearly wasn't really helping her at this point, and even though he is a great tennis coach, I guess it was just time for Ana to work with someone else, get new energy.

I hope so;) About Sven, especially the fact that he didn't train with Ana at all during the off-season... that was really a bad move. I think Ana would have replaced him before if she knew, because the off-season is the time to train and do something new and learn things. Then he went on saying everything was fine... I was kind of disappointed but i think he doesn't want to get too involved with players. Anyway let's hope in Kardon:p

gaviotabr
Mar 11th, 2009, 04:09 AM
I hope so;) About Sven, especially the fact that he didn't train with Ana at all during the off-season... that was really a bad move. I think Ana would have replaced him before if she knew, because the off-season is the time to train and do something new and learn things. Then he went on saying everything was fine... I was kind of disappointed but i think he doesn't want to get too involved with players. Anyway let's hope in Kardon:p

I remember an interview with Ana in Doha. She said she thought about getting a new full time coach, but her team and herself finally decided to get a full time hitting partnet and keep working with Sven. Sven then said he had handpicked Melle Van Gemerden to work with Ana, and that he would be more than just a hitting partner. I'm not sure if Ana already knew by then that Sven wouldn't be with her at all during the off season. Either way, I think Ana needs a mental push, and that Sven was already not being able to give that to her...

Let's hope in Kardon. It's going to be interesting to see how Ana plays in Indian Wells-Miami. He said she had hired him until Miami.. so there must be some more news on that before the clay court season. I guess it will all come down to her results this month.

spiritedenergy
Mar 11th, 2009, 04:33 AM
I remember an interview with Ana in Doha. She said she thought about getting a new full time coach, but her team and herself finally decided to get a full time hitting partnet and keep working with Sven. Sven then said he had handpicked Melle Van Gemerden to work with Ana, and that he would be more than just a hitting partner. I'm not sure if Ana already knew by then that Sven wouldn't be with her at all during the off season. Either way, I think Ana needs a mental push, and that Sven was already not being able to give that to her...

Let's hope in Kardon. It's going to be interesting to see how Ana plays in Indian Wells-Miami. He said she had hired him until Miami.. so there must be some more news on that before the clay court season. I guess it will all come down to her results this month.

Oh I see Ana already knew then that Sven wasn't available for the off-season. Maybe she didn't have much time to search foe a new coach?

You are so informed about Ana Isabela:lol::p

gaviotabr
Mar 11th, 2009, 04:39 AM
Oh I see Ana already knew then that Sven wasn't available for the off-season. Maybe she didn't have much time to search foe a new coach?

I'm not sure if she knew or not... she said that when asked about her bad results in the second half of the year. And what about Melle? I haven't seen him around after AO.

You are so informed about Ana Isabela:lol::p

The thing is that I have a very good memory.. I can probably remember anything if I read it once. :lol: That really came in handy when I was in medical school. :lol:

spiritedenergy
Mar 11th, 2009, 04:57 AM
I'm not sure if she knew or not... she said that when asked about her bad results in the second half of the year. And what about Melle? I haven't seen him around after AO.



The thing is that I have a very good memory.. I can probably remember anything if I read it once. :lol: That really came in handy when I was in medical school. :lol:

I don't know what happened with the hitting partner, but the whole idea "I'll send you a hitting partner that is more than a hitting partner" I mean come on this is professional tennis, and Ana is young she needs to learn things that she can't learn from a hitting partner in my opinion.:rolleyes: All in all I was very disappointed by Sven, it looked like he wanted to shift to the "next big adidas thing (i.e. Wozniacki)" but maybe it's just my idea.;)

You are a doctor?:eek:Wow you surprise every day more:lol::p Ok tomorrow I'll ask you some advice about backpain, i hate it:sad:

Ok I go i need to catch the bus, it's 11 pm and it's -21 and very windy:scared: I hope I will arrive safe at home:unsure:

Night:wavey:

gaviotabr
Mar 11th, 2009, 05:02 AM
I don't know what happened with the hitting partner, but the whole idea "I'll send you a hitting partner that is more than a hitting partner" I mean come on this is professional tennis, and Ana is young she needs to learn things that she can't learn from a hitting partner in my opinion.:rolleyes: All in all I was very disappointed by Sven, it looked like he wanted to shift to the "next big adidas thing (i.e. Wozniacki)" but maybe it's just my idea.;)

You are a doctor?:eek:Wow you surprise every day more:lol::p Ok tomorrow I'll ask you some advice about backpain, i hate it:sad:

Ok I go i need to catch the bus, it's 11 pm and it's -21 and very windy:scared: I hope I will arrive safe at home:unsure:

Night:wavey:

I'm also off to bed...

Take care Luca! Good night!

:wavey:

Dexter
Mar 11th, 2009, 06:19 AM
Jakimowa or Lepczenko... for once I'm absolutely sure she won't lose a match. But it doesn't bode well... :lol::tape:

gaviotabr
Mar 11th, 2009, 02:04 PM
Jakimowa or Lepczenko... for once I'm absolutely sure she won't lose a match. But it doesn't bode well... :lol::tape:

I don't know either... Yakimova or Lepchenko. Yakimova has done pretty well in qualies though.. winning the first match 1 and 1 and the second 0 and 3.

Still... C'mon Ana, it's a win or a win.

jelenacg
Mar 11th, 2009, 02:41 PM
So no Coin :lol::lol:
Yakimova or Lepchenko -don`t know them
Cetkovska :angel:She really isn`t that bad as Ana made her look that day:lol:

gaviotabr
Mar 11th, 2009, 02:52 PM
So no Coin :lol::lol:
Yakimova or Lepchenko -don`t know them
Cetkovska :angel:She really isn`t that bad as Ana made her look that day:lol:

True. I also think she was nervous.. Still, such great memories! :lol:

jelenacg
Mar 11th, 2009, 02:56 PM
True. I also think she was nervous.. Still, such great memories! :lol:

Yes,i agree great memories :worship::lol:

spiritedenergy
Mar 11th, 2009, 03:48 PM
Jakimowa or Lepczenko... for once I'm absolutely sure she won't lose a match. But it doesn't bode well... :lol::tape:

No idea about who they are... maybe a good sign? They can't bee that good:p

Charlieflip
Mar 11th, 2009, 04:04 PM
Don't worry about the first match guys, it will be a summer breeze :)

spiritedenergy
Mar 11th, 2009, 04:30 PM
Don't worry about the first match guys, it will be a summer breeze :)

I hope so:unsure:

gaviotabr
Mar 11th, 2009, 06:39 PM
The All Access hour should be today, I think.

I also hope the first match is nice and easy, so Ana gains confidence.

Charlieflip
Mar 11th, 2009, 06:46 PM
The All Access hour should be today, I think.

I also hope the first match is nice and easy, so Ana gains confidence.

The all access hour? Where's that?

gaviotabr
Mar 11th, 2009, 06:48 PM
The all access hour? Where's that?

The All Access Hour is the name the WTA gave to the mini press conferences the top seeds give before each tournament.

Charlieflip
Mar 11th, 2009, 06:52 PM
The All Access Hour is the name the WTA gave to the mini press conferences the top seeds give before each tournament.

Name one thing you don't know about the WTA :)

Where is it broadcasted? on WTA's site?

gaviotabr
Mar 11th, 2009, 07:08 PM
Name one thing you don't know about the WTA :)

:lol: I'm sure there are plenty...

Where is it broadcasted? on WTA's site?

It's not broadcasted. It's a press conference.. there will be pics and some news in the press I guess..

jonnyroyale_13
Mar 12th, 2009, 01:44 AM
were any of todays matches carried on feeds?

gaviotabr
Mar 12th, 2009, 02:09 AM
were any of todays matches carried on feeds?

Hi Jonny!

I have no idea.. :scratch:

gaviotabr
Mar 12th, 2009, 02:44 AM
From today's All Access Hour:


INTERVIEW-Tennis-New coach gives rejuvenated Ivanovic fresh hope
Thu Mar 12, 2009 1:16am GMT Email | Print | Share| Single Page[-] Text [+] * Ivanovic disappointed by last six months

* Looking for consistency, aggression

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

INDIAN WELLS, California, March 11 (Reuters) - French Open champion Ana Ivanovic believes she is close to her best after struggling with injury and a slump in form midway through last year.

The 21-year-old Serb, armed with a new coach, has returned to Indian Wells to defend her WTA title and is confident she can reverse a recent slide down the world rankings.

"I had a great 2008 and, despite the last six months, I still rate it as the best year of my career," world number seven Ivanovic told Reuters on Wednesday.

"I won my first grand slam and I became the number one in the world. I learned a lot about myself, even though the last six months were very frustrating and very disappointing for me.

"I learned a lot about my game and I learned it's not all about rising.

"It's also about learning how to fall and learning how to lose without being truly defeated and that's something that I want to take as a positive from last year and try to build up."

Ivanovic, who became world number one for the first time after beating compatriot Jelena Jankovic in last year's French Open semi-finals, was confident she could recapture her best form.

"I have been working really hard ever since I recovered from injury and the results were not there. I know that good results are just around the corner for me."

GLAMOUR FIGURES

One of the glamour figures on the women's circuit, Ivanovic was hampered by a right thumb injury midway through last year before ending her campaign with an eighth WTA singles title at Linz in October.

Last month she linked up with American coach Craig Kardon, who worked with Martina Navratilova during her most successful period, and has already begun to reap the benefits.

"I am really enjoying working with Craig," said Ivanovic, who hammered Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4 6-3 in last year's final at Indian Wells. "We both have the same view about my game, just being more aggressive and more consistent.

"Just having a couple of weeks with him gave me so much more confidence, being more clear about my game and also having the security. For the past six to eight months, I was deciding myself about practices, what I should do and exercises.

"Finally I have a coach I trust who can do that so I don't have to think about it and I can really focus on my game," added the Serb, who has been seeded fifth for her title defence at Indian Wells. "It's been a great step forward for me."

The interview was organised by WTA Tour sponsors Sony Ericsson (Editing by Peter Rutherford)


http://uk.reuters.com/article/tennisNews/idUKSP46982020090312?pageNumber=1&virtualBrandChannel=0

spiritedenergy
Mar 12th, 2009, 02:56 AM
From today's All Access Hour:



http://uk.reuters.com/article/tennisNews/idUKSP46982020090312?pageNumber=1&virtualBrandChannel=0

Thanks Isabela;)

She said she was left alone practicing in the last 6-8 months... Maybe Sven was already departing from her after RG? :fiery:

gaviotabr
Mar 12th, 2009, 03:00 AM
Thanks Isabela;)

She said she was left alone practicing in the last 6-8 months... Maybe Sven was already departing from her after RG? :fiery:

That surprised me a bit. Where was Sven all this time? Ana is still too young and inexperienced in her career to be doing that.. she still has a lot to learn.

spiritedenergy
Mar 12th, 2009, 03:04 AM
That surprised me a bit. Where was Sven all this time? Ana is still too young and inexperienced in her career to be doing that.. she still has a lot to learn.

Yes it's really strange, maybe that was the reason behind her slump? I really want to see how she does at IW. I don't know whether Sven was with her at Montreal, US Open, but I thought he was with her:scratch: Also he must have taught her about the new grips, etc. I really don't understand:o

gaviotabr
Mar 12th, 2009, 03:10 AM
Yes it's really strange, maybe that was the reason behind her slump? I really want to see how she does at IW. I don't know whether Sven was with her at Montreal, US Open, but I thought he was with her:scratch: Also he must have thought her about the new grips, etc. I really don't understand:o

The grip change is really a delicate subject. It's very difficult to get used to a new grip, since you make contact with the ball in a different point... I'm sure it lead to a lot of UEs.

Sven was with her in Montreal, US Open, Moscow and YEC. At least he was in her box.. I don't know.. I would think that when he was with her he was organizing her practice sessions. Maybe he wasn't preparing her before the tournaments.. I don't know.. either way, it's clear he was not giving her as much atention as before for some reason. :shrug:

Charlieflip
Mar 12th, 2009, 09:23 AM
From today's All Access Hour:



http://uk.reuters.com/article/tennisNews/idUKSP46982020090312?pageNumber=1&virtualBrandChannel=0

Thank you very resourceful woman!

About Sven, I think it's odd too. I mean Ana must have wanted him with her, although he went completely dark there. Isabella, I trust you to find out the reason. :)

Princeza
Mar 12th, 2009, 07:21 PM
"It's also about learning how to fall and learning how to lose without being truly defeated and that's something that I want to take as a positive from last year and try to build up."
I dont get it :scratch:

For the past six to eight months, I was deciding myself about practices, what I should do and exercises.
:speakles: It's hard to think a top player would decide alone for such a long time.

spiritedenergy
Mar 12th, 2009, 07:41 PM
I dont get it :scratch:

I think Ana read too much Freud:haha:

But I think she just meant somthing like, you lose a battle but not the war.

Marilyn Monheaux
Mar 12th, 2009, 07:46 PM
I think Ana read too much Freud:haha:

But I think she just meant somthing like, you lose a battle but not the war.

Maybe Ana is just too smart for us:lol:

:topic: Roger and Mirka are having a baby!!!:bounce::topic:

Princeza
Mar 12th, 2009, 07:57 PM
I think Ana read too much Freud:haha:

She switches too easily from 'I'm so exciting' to some Freudistic analysis on her game :sobbing:
Maybe Ana is just too smart for us:lol:
:worship:

Congrats to Fed and Mirka :bounce:

gaviotabr
Mar 12th, 2009, 08:51 PM
Ana's opponent in the second round will be Anastasyia Yakimova, who beat Varvara Lepchenko 6-4 6-1.

Ana has already played Yakimova, in Antwerp 2007, winning 6-3 6-2.

Idemo Ana!

gaviotabr
Mar 12th, 2009, 08:54 PM
I dont get it :scratch:
:speakles: It's hard to think a top player would decide alone for such a long time.

I think, as Luca said, that Ana meant she had to learn to lose a match but still not feel like she lost the war, not feel too bad about herself.

Maybe Ana is just too smart for us:lol:

:topic: Roger and Mirka are having a baby!!!:bounce::topic:

:eek: Congratulations to Roger and Mirka! :worship:

jelenacg
Mar 12th, 2009, 09:13 PM
So when is Ana`s first match?On Saturday or Sunday
Congratulations to Roger and Mirka :bounce::bounce:

gaviotabr
Mar 12th, 2009, 09:42 PM
So when is Ana`s first match?On Saturday or Sunday
Congratulations to Roger and Mirka :bounce::bounce:

Hi Jelena! :wavey:

I think it will be on saturday. :D

bruce goose
Mar 12th, 2009, 10:00 PM
Yeah,OFF TOPIC!!! is a HUGE understatement...but,since,someone opened the can of worms,deal with THIS:If the child cries like a scared sissy,then we'll know that he/she has ROGER'S genes:ras:.I don't know why anyone would be optimistic;celebrity children normally turn out SOOO well,huh?...and Gringos and Europeans get divorced at an astronomical rate,so the poor kid will probably have a directionless life while torn between two unstable homes...and then wind up snorting coke with Capriati's nephews and nieces:eek::eek::eek:........

Now that THAT'S taken care of:rolleyes:....YES,Ana--whose thread this is in case anyone forgot--will almost definitely play on Saturday...that's the standard IW scheduling format....Wednesday-Friday,Thursday-Saturday....And the new Ana will WIN...NO more crappy Coin-type losses:):yeah:

jelenacg
Mar 12th, 2009, 10:09 PM
Hi Jelena! :wavey:

I think it will be on saturday. :D

Hi Izzy
In new diary Ana said she trained in Las Vegas ,i guess that has something to do with Adidas ,a lot of Adidas players go there to practice
So i suppose we are stuck with live scores for the first match :rolleyes:

gaviotabr
Mar 12th, 2009, 10:29 PM
Hi Izzy
In new diary Ana said she trained in Las Vegas ,i guess that has something to do with Adidas ,a lot of Adidas players go there to practice
So i suppose we are stuck with live scores for the first match :rolleyes:

Yes.. I was just reading that.. I guess everyone who is a part of their development program was there this week to practice. I know Mirza, Wozniacki, Korolev, Cirstea, Verdasco.. were all there this week. Plus Ana. I just hope it was good practice.. she seems to have had fun. :D

Won't there be any stream? Today there wasn't.. :(

Charlieflip
Mar 12th, 2009, 11:12 PM
Check this site for streams, it usually have all the ones Im looking for. http://atdhe.net/

spiritedenergy
Mar 12th, 2009, 11:13 PM
Idemo Ana:boxing::armed::shout::tennis:

Davodus
Mar 13th, 2009, 02:23 AM
Indian wells needs to step up and show the coverage earlier :o
but there could be a stream for saturdays matches, because the mens tournament is on tv here then, so there will be some coverage

Charlieflip
Mar 13th, 2009, 10:27 AM
I mean, its one of the largest non-grandslam tournaments. It must have streaming later on.

nestor_bgd
Mar 13th, 2009, 11:44 AM
Separate wardrobe for Ivanovic

Previous champions of IW have their own wardrobe on the facilities. http://i34.tinypic.com/ff9vut.gif
That means that only Ana, Masha and Hantuchova can use it. http://i44.tinypic.com/flag4g.gif

No Golf this year

because practice comes first. :D
And you know how they say: Practice makes perfect. http://i36.tinypic.com/2ic1loy.gif

http://hopmancup.com/upload/images/gallery/XVIII-Serbia_Montenegro/AnaIvanovicBurswoodGolfDay.jpg

She keeps listening to this song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzMQYyGRG0g) all the time.

Charlieflip
Mar 13th, 2009, 12:19 PM
Omg!! hahaha thank you for that highly entertaining pciture! Where did you get hold of it? And where did you get the info about the KAte perry song?

nestor_bgd
Mar 13th, 2009, 12:46 PM
And where did you get the info about the KAte perry song?
I read all this in newspapers "Sport" and it is my summary of the article. ;)

doni1212
Mar 13th, 2009, 02:24 PM
I love that song! :lol:
"I should know that you're not good for ME-ehhhh!"
"Cause you're hot then you're cold, you're yes then you're no, you're in then you're out, you're up then you're down..."

gaviotabr
Mar 14th, 2009, 01:34 AM
Ana starts her title defense tomorrow. Third up on center court!

STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
A Montanes (ESP) vs [4] A Murray (GBR) - ATP
Not Before 1:00 PM
[Q] P Cetkovska (CZE) vs [3] E Dementieva (RUS) - WTA
[5] A Ivanovic (SRB) vs [Q] A Yakimova (BLR) - WTA

Idemo Ana! Ajde! Let's win it! :armed:

Davodus
Mar 14th, 2009, 03:36 AM
it's time to play :armed:

ajde ajde :rocker:

spiritedenergy
Mar 14th, 2009, 04:18 AM
Ana starts her title defense tomorrow. Third up on center court!

STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
A Montanes (ESP) vs [4] A Murray (GBR) - ATP
Not Before 1:00 PM
[Q] P Cetkovska (CZE) vs [3] E Dementieva (RUS) - WTA
[5] A Ivanovic (SRB) vs [Q] A Yakimova (BLR) - WTA

Idemo Ana! Ajde! Let's win it! :armed:

Idemo Ana!! :unsure::scared:

spiritedenergy
Mar 14th, 2009, 04:20 AM
I love that song! :lol:
"I should know that you're not good for ME-ehhhh!"
"Cause you're hot then you're cold, you're yes then you're no, you're in then you're out, you're up then you're down..."

Maybe the song reminds her of Verdasco and why she left him?:lol:

jonnyroyale_13
Mar 14th, 2009, 05:00 AM
This really should be artillery practice tomorrow. Ana can work on getting back to the laser guided groundstrokes on the lines like for last years final. I hope for a ruthless score, 1 and love, but any win will be good. Ajde!:armed:

BuTtErFrEnA
Mar 14th, 2009, 02:36 PM
come on ana...trounce them all :armed: 1st victim opponent up today

doni1212
Mar 14th, 2009, 04:41 PM
I'm going to be at work but hopefully all will go well!! Good luck Ana!

SOA_MC
Mar 14th, 2009, 06:11 PM
Come on Ana

I don't want another 3 setter :sobbing: be ruthless out there take it out in 2 :armed:

DownTheLine21
Mar 14th, 2009, 06:40 PM
Finally. Just a few hours remaining until the match. Bring on the first step to a successful title defense!

DownTheLine21
Mar 14th, 2009, 06:44 PM
Also, that interview, specifically the part about being on her own for 6-8 months, is completely shocking. What the hell?

gaviotabr
Mar 14th, 2009, 07:08 PM
Aiss.. I'm already nervous!

C'mon Ana! Play well and win it! :armed:

gaviotabr
Mar 14th, 2009, 07:10 PM
Also, that interview, specifically the part about being on her own for 6-8 months, is completely shocking. What the hell?

Yes! That was really shocking.. in the worst way posible. Ana is too young to be deciding these things.. what was her team doing or thinking?

DownTheLine21
Mar 14th, 2009, 07:50 PM
Yes! That was really shocking.. in the worst way posible. Ana is too young to be deciding these things.. what was her team doing or thinking?

I know. That certainly explains a lot. With her new coach, she is already showing progress. Hopefully she'll put it all together at IW or Miami.