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spiritedenergy
May 8th, 2009, 04:04 PM
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Roland Garros

Paris, France
May 24 - June 7, 2009
Grand Slam
Prize Money: TBA
Draw: 128M/96Q/64D
Surface: Red Clay/Outdoors
Tournament Director: Sandra de Jenken Eversmann

Official Web Site:
www.rolandgarros.com

2008 Singles Final
(2) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. (13) Dinara Safina (RUS) 64 63

2008 Doubles Final
(10) Medina Garrigues/Ruano Pascual (ESP/ESP) d. Dellacqua/Schiavone (AUS/ITA) 26 75 64

2008 Mixed Doubles Final
(3) Azarenka/B.Bryan (BLR/USA) d.
(1) Srebotnik/Zimonjic (SLO/SRB) 62 76(4)

spiritedenergy
May 8th, 2009, 04:06 PM
hoping to bring some luck:sobbing:

doni1212
May 8th, 2009, 04:16 PM
Definitely the right title, :yeah:
Come on Ana!!!

gaviotabr
May 8th, 2009, 05:18 PM
Luca, I hope you can bring Ana all the luck in the world! She is going to need it!

Davodus
May 8th, 2009, 05:21 PM
im channeling all my luck to her!

i hope i have NO luck until the french is over, she can have it :lol:

Marilyn Monheaux
May 8th, 2009, 06:49 PM
Go Ana:bounce:

The Daviator
May 8th, 2009, 07:08 PM
:spit:

I have one thing to be positive about, this will be the final appearance of the purple/blue mess :banana:

Marilyn Monheaux
May 8th, 2009, 07:13 PM
:spit:

I have one thing to be positive about, this will be the final appearance of the purple/blue mess :banana:

I already fear what's coming next:help: It cannot get much worse, right?:scared:

spiritedenergy
May 8th, 2009, 07:17 PM
maybe we should already be focusing on grass? :p Venus and Serena are going to give everything to win the French... this leaves Wimbledon wide open, and with Kardon's help... who knows Ana made a SF there already losing to grassGOAT... But this thread is about the French Open:drive:

Mixo
May 8th, 2009, 07:51 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0C5CtT5-Db0



If we have to expect the same from Ana and Lebron, we'are in the good way.

jonnyroyale_13
May 8th, 2009, 11:52 PM
Ana can pump herself up for this on her own, she has to. I expect the unexpected, but i also expect some real effort. If her game is still missing here, then shes just going to have to find other ways to press on. If she loses a match here, i just want to know she gave everything she had in the tank. That might be expecting too much given the thread name, but she knows how big this is. Its not too much to ask for a focused and determined Ana here. And if she can bring her serve too, then that would be:hearts:

gaviotabr
May 9th, 2009, 12:08 AM
I have to think Ana will make an effort.. I mean, she cares for this tournament, she has to bring something extra. I hope to see the fight in her.

spiritedenergy
May 9th, 2009, 06:52 AM
I have to think Ana will make an effort.. I mean, she cares for this tournament, she has to bring something extra. I hope to see the fight in her.

she also cared about AO being her favorite slam... I don't want to expect anything, every win is a plus right now I guess. Ana and her fairytales world:hug:

gaviotabr
May 9th, 2009, 03:02 PM
she also cared about AO being her favorite slam... I don't want to expect anything, every win is a plus right now I guess. Ana and her fairytales world:hug:

Yes, you are right.. I guess we should just wait and see how things go. I hope Ana can at least be healthy for RG and that she doesn't lose in the first round. :sad:

DAVAJ MKirilenko
May 9th, 2009, 05:05 PM
Ana never lost a 1st round of a grandslam. If it happens now I call it unexpected.

Ana defended her Berlin title with a SF.
In Indian Wells it was a final.
At RG she goes 1 step further?

Both unexpected, but that's at least 1 thing we could expect.

bruce goose
May 9th, 2009, 11:53 PM
hoping to bring some luck:sobbing:Luca,I don't believe in luck in the deeper,metaphysical sense,but hopefully it'll encourage you that your translation skills led to the naming of Dinara's Rome thread...and she won the tournament.I just fear that your ego might explode if you go 2-for-2 with an Ana victory at RG;).......that'd be a great accomplishment,wouldn't it?:p

spiritedenergy
May 9th, 2009, 11:59 PM
Luca,I don't believe in luck in the deeper,metaphysical sense,but hopefully it'll encourage you that your translation skills led to the naming of Dinara's Rome thread...and she won the tournament.I just fear that your ego might explode if you go 2-for-2 with an Ana victory at RG;).......that'd be a great accomplishment,wouldn't it?:p

:lol: OMG What I would do in that case??? I don't know... for sure I would get drunk drunk drunk:lol: Ana win please:sobbing:

Horizon
May 10th, 2009, 12:59 AM
I was going to make a cynical comment about the title, but I decided not to be a boring pessimist :sobbing: :D

Hope you're proud :D

Horizon
May 10th, 2009, 01:30 AM
Srećno Ana :kiss: :hearts:

spiritedenergy
May 10th, 2009, 01:58 AM
I was going to make a cynical comment about the title, but I decided not to be a boring pessimist :sobbing: :D

Hope you're proud :D

We are all cynical, boring and pessimistic as of late. Please share your comment, I'm curious:lol:

Horizon
May 10th, 2009, 02:40 AM
Oh, well now I don't want to disappoint, it wasn't really an impressive comment :p

Just something along the lines of, "Well, if the title is really true, we may as well give Ana the coupe Suzane Lenglen right now" :lol: :silly:

spiritedenergy
May 10th, 2009, 02:57 AM
Oh, well now I don't want to disappoint, it wasn't really an impressive comment :p

Just something along the lines of, "Well, if the title is really true, we may as well give Ana the coupe Suzane Lenglen right now" :lol: :silly:

:haha: It's true though, only an unexpected miracle could get her that trophy:o

jonnyroyale_13
May 10th, 2009, 03:00 AM
"Well, if the title is really true, we may as well give Ana the coupe Suzane Lenglen right now" :lol: :silly:


http://www.truckstopusa.com/forums/images/smilies/rimshot.gif Ba-dump-CHHH!!

gaviotabr
May 10th, 2009, 03:01 PM
"Well, if the title is really true, we may as well give Ana the coupe Suzane Lenglen right now"

:worship:

Miracle! I think if that happened her team should do something even more outrageous than Sven, Marcin, Scott and Milos walking around in Ana's dress like last year. :lol:

Davodus
May 11th, 2009, 08:39 AM
i was reading through australian tennis magazine, and in its write up of the french open contendors, in Ana's part, it had listed as her best result "winner, 2009"

a good omen, maybe? :p

Dexter
May 11th, 2009, 11:41 AM
I'm expecting 1r exit. :drool: Expect the worst, hope for the best.

spiritedenergy
May 11th, 2009, 04:23 PM
I'm expecting 1r exit. :drool: Expect the worst, hope for the best.

that's also my philosophy, and with Ana is probably the most appropriate:p

gaviotabr
May 11th, 2009, 05:16 PM
In unrelated news to Ana, it seems Sharapova will play Warsaw.. I guess this means she will also play RG. I wonder how things will go fo her on clay.. it was never a good surface for her game, but this is probably a very thought through decision.. she must feel ready and in good form.

Thinking about it... Ana could draw her in the first round.. :lol::tape:

Though with Ana's luck she will get the worst posible opponent in the first round and lose.. or maybe not even that bad and still lose.. :help:

gaviotabr
May 11th, 2009, 05:18 PM
Thinking about stuff.. Serena only has 3 matches on clay going into RG and is also injured.. But Serena's matches were all losses.. looking at the bright side, at least 2 of Ana's matches were wins.. :lol::help:

spiritedenergy
May 11th, 2009, 05:26 PM
In unrelated news to Ana, it seems Sharapova will play Warsaw.. I guess this means she will also play RG. I wonder how things will go fo her on clay.. it was never a good surface for her game, but this is probably a very thought through decision.. she must feel ready and in good form.

Thinking about it... Ana could draw her in the first round.. :lol::tape:

Though with Ana's luck she will get the worst posible opponent in the first round and lose.. or maybe not even that bad and still lose.. :help:

I was thinking the same:lol: Just wait for it, Ana vs. Sharapova first round, Sharapova wins 6-2 6-1:tape::help:

spiritedenergy
May 11th, 2009, 05:27 PM
Thinking about stuff.. Serena only has 3 matches on clay going into RG and is also injured.. But Serena's matches were all losses.. looking at the bright side, at least 2 of Ana's matches were wins.. :lol::help:

Yes what`s going on with Serena?:confused: I think she's injured or she doesn't care:help:

bruce goose
May 11th, 2009, 05:31 PM
I'm expecting 1r exit. :drool: Expect the worst, hope for the best.Dexter,although I don't question your message itself,I find it QUITE bizarre that you would associate the drooling emoticon,":drool:",with an Ana 1st-round loss....Obviously,moderators can act with impunity...or so it seems...but your choice of symbols was more than a little strange...a typo perhaps??

gaviotabr
May 11th, 2009, 05:43 PM
Yes what`s going on with Serena?:confused: I think she's injured or she doesn't care:help:

I saw Serena's match against Patty in Rome, and she is definitely injured. I think it dates back to Miami. She was barely moving and whenever she did attempt to run, it was very awkward. She really can't move, it's not that she doesn't care. She was fistpumping and hitting herself in that match, so I think she did care. But the injury totally hampered her performance, as much or more than in the Miami final.

Apart from that, Serena doesn't know how to play clay court tennis.. there was one attempt of a drop shot in that match that was really funny. The ball went up in the air and Schnyder almost hit a smash out of it. :lol:

gaviotabr
May 11th, 2009, 05:45 PM
I was thinking the same:lol: Just wait for it, Ana vs. Sharapova first round, Sharapova wins 6-2 6-1:tape::help:

:sobbing:

That.. would.. be... no words to describe it. :lol:

spiritedenergy
May 11th, 2009, 05:48 PM
I saw Serena's match against Patty in Rome, and she is definitely injured. I think it dates back to Miami. She was barely moving and whenever she did attempt to run, it was very awkward. She really can't move, it's not that she doesn't care. She was fistpumping and hitting herself in that match, so I think she did care. But the injury totally hampered her performance, as much or more than in the Miami final.

Apart from that, Serena doesn't know how to play clay court tennis.. there was one attempt of a drop shot in that match that was really funny. The ball went up in the air and Schnyder almost hit a smash out of it. :lol:

yes i noticed she was injured, and also the Italian commentators were saying that. She's injured since Miami though, and it seems the WTA didn't recognize that (or said it's a minor injury) so she was forced to play not to pay fines... I can't believe that:tape: You should see in GM there are millions of threads/posts insulting Serena, when she is clearly injured, it's awful there:help:

gaviotabr
May 11th, 2009, 06:11 PM
yes i noticed she was injured, and also the Italian commentators were saying that. She's injured since Miami though, and it seems the WTA didn't recognize that (or said it's a minor injury) so she was forced to play not to pay fines... I can't believe that:tape: You should see in GM there are millions of threads/posts insulting Serena, when she is clearly injured, it's awful there:help:

I haven't been to GM lately.. the last time to check if there were news of Ana's withdrawal from Madrid. GM is such an Ana hate place that I can't stand it.. but I can imagine there must be some awful comments about Serena there as well.. :tape:

jelenacg
May 11th, 2009, 07:15 PM
yes i noticed she was injured, and also the Italian commentators were saying that. She's injured since Miami though, and it seems the WTA didn't recognize that (or said it's a minor injury) so she was forced to play not to pay fines... I can't believe that:tape: You should see in GM there are millions of threads/posts insulting Serena, when she is clearly injured, it's awful there:help:

GM is a crazy place full of hate :help:
I find it strange that Maria will play a week before RG
No matter of her shape/form i don`t want Ana to draw her in the first rounds.
Madrid has a very very fast clay,no wonder Rafa was complaining

Mixo
May 11th, 2009, 07:34 PM
GM is a crazy place full of hate :help:
I find it strange that Maria will play a week before RG
No matter of her shape/form i don`t want Ana to draw her in the first rounds.
Madrid has a very very fast clay,no wonder Rafa was complaining

I think Sharapova wont play RG, btw it could be better for Ana to beat her in 1st or 2nd round. It can give her the confidence she needs.

And... well... Madrid's clay may be faster than RG's one, anyway it would have been a really really good test for Ana to play here.

Ajdeeeeeeeeeee Anitaaaa!!

bruce goose
May 11th, 2009, 10:20 PM
I haven't been to GM lately.. the last time to check if there were news of Ana's withdrawal from Madrid. GM is such an Ana hate place that I can't stand it.. but I can imagine there must be some awful comments about Serena there as well.. :tape:Serena is VERY intelligent but she's a bit of an oddball sometimes--which is common for people who grow up in religious cults.Venus is much more straightforward IMO.Sometimes you can easily tell when Serena is hurt,as with her match against Hantuchova at Wimbledon 2007....Later,though,she was running around at FULL speed in her match with Henin,and even smacked herself in anger on the supposedly-still-injured leg and didn't wince in pain AT ALL.After she lost the match,THEN she blamed the 'injury' instead of giving Henin credit.In Serena's defense,I can't blame her for being bitter after she got screwed by Henin and the retard chair umpire in the 2003 RG semis.My only point is that,as with the mind games she plays with her opponents,you can't take everything Serena says at 100% face value

Loungy
May 11th, 2009, 11:59 PM
And... well... Madrid's clay may be faster than RG's one, anyway it would have been a really really good test for Ana to play here.
The more I see of Madrid, the more I disagree with that. That court (meaning the central one, Manolo) plays nothing like RG. Fast, strange, uneven, low bounce.

Ana would most likely lose 3R again and she can definitely do without this sort of great shot of confidence before getting into her biggest title defense.

Maybe I'm delusional, but I still believe. :sobbing:

jelenacg
May 12th, 2009, 12:13 AM
The more I see of Madrid, the more I disagree with that. That court (meaning the central one, Manolo) plays nothing like RG. Fast, strange, uneven, low bounce.

Ana would most likely lose 3R again and she can definitely do without this sort of great shot of confidence before getting into her biggest title defense.

Maybe I'm delusional, but I still believe. :sobbing:

I totally agree with this
Today i saw more than one person playing serve and volley and with great success ,and i was like WTF :scratch:

spiritedenergy
May 12th, 2009, 09:00 AM
It's 3 am and i can't sleep. Anyways if this can be a signal, my player in playasport.com, Carmen Mairena, won her first tournament!!! It's Phoenix Challenger, on clay. Now Carmen has a game more suited for fast courts but her best results always came on clay; and Araba Phoenix is a bird who rises up from the ashes... ok they are weak signals but I'm happy my player won her first tournament as the underdog (n.112 beat 3 higher ranked players included n.19 en route to the title:p) Ok after this rant, good night:lol::wavey:

DAVAJ MKirilenko
May 12th, 2009, 10:43 AM
Don't worry about slow or fast clay.
Rome is faster than RG, but her best result in Rome is the same as her worst result at RG.

gaviotabr
May 12th, 2009, 04:30 PM
Don't worry about slow or fast clay.
Rome is faster than RG, but her best result in Rome is the same as her worst result at RG.

That's what they were saying.. that the fast clay in Madrid wouldn't be so much of a practice for RG, since the conditions are clearly very different.

gaviotabr
May 12th, 2009, 04:43 PM
The more I see of Madrid, the more I disagree with that. That court (meaning the central one, Manolo) plays nothing like RG. Fast, strange, uneven, low bounce.

Ana would most likely lose 3R again and she can definitely do without this sort of great shot of confidence before getting into her biggest title defense.

Maybe I'm delusional, but I still believe. :sobbing:

I agree that the court in Madrid is really fast and wouldn't really be a practice for RG. But Ana needs match play, she needs to get used to match conditions, match pressure, match situations, figure out opponents.. She has barely played this year, and it's visible how she is still somewhat rusty because of it.

I hope as soon as she steps on the courts at Roland Garros, she can get inspired by it and can somehow play well..

jelenacg
May 12th, 2009, 04:53 PM
I agree that the court in Madrid is really fast and wouldn't really be a practice for RG. But Ana needs match play, she needs to get used to match conditions, match pressure, match situations, figure out opponents.. She has barely played this year, and it's visible how she is still somewhat rusty because of it.

I hope as soon as she steps on the courts at Roland Garros, she can get inspired by it and can somehow play well..

I guess we are all waiting for the miracle :lol::lol:
She needs match play,we barely see her playing :sad:

gaviotabr
May 12th, 2009, 05:14 PM
I guess we are all waiting for the miracle :lol::lol:
She needs match play,we barely see her playing :sad:

Yes.. I miss seeing Ana play.. :sobbing:

Mixo
May 12th, 2009, 06:33 PM
I agree that the court in Madrid is really fast and wouldn't really be a practice for RG. But Ana needs match play, she needs to get used to match conditions, match pressure, match situations, figure out opponents.. She has barely played this year, and it's visible how she is still somewhat rusty because of it.

That's what I was trying to say. She needs to play matches. A lot of matches!
Probably Madrid is not the best place, but its better than nothing.

InsideOut.
May 12th, 2009, 06:35 PM
Recently I've felt that what Ana needs isn't more practice...the game is there. She needs Carlos Rodriguez. Someone to make her hate the opponent so much that she's focused from start to finish. At this level, winning is more important then being all smiles. And I definitely wouldn't find backhand lessons either. :p

DAVAJ MKirilenko
May 12th, 2009, 06:44 PM
I hear that people say she needs a lot of match, while the doctors think otherwise ;)

Mixo
May 12th, 2009, 06:46 PM
I hear that people say she needs a lot of match, while the doctors think otherwise ;)

Hahaha

I only say she needs to play. Obviously not in Madrid. :lol:

spiritedenergy
May 12th, 2009, 06:49 PM
i also think she needs to play more, of course when she's not injured... last year in the fall after a lot of bad results she finally found some form in Zurich and Linz, and would probably have done well at YEC if it wasn't for that stupid virus. This year she also finally got some form to play reasonably well in IW... now after months off and 3 matches played on clay i don't expect anything:o

gaviotabr
May 12th, 2009, 06:52 PM
I hear that people say she needs a lot of match, while the doctors think otherwise ;)

So funny.. not.

She needs matches, obviously not now that she is injured.

spiritedenergy
May 12th, 2009, 06:52 PM
So funny.. not.

She needs matches, obviously not now that she is injured.

:haha:

Guys, be nice to each other:hug::kiss:

DAVAJ MKirilenko
May 12th, 2009, 07:09 PM
So funny.. not.

She needs matches, obviously not now that she is injured.

Oh ok, I really wasn't getting it :tape:

;)

DAVAJ MKirilenko
May 13th, 2009, 12:57 AM
This is what the ranking looks like after RG with today's result from Madrid:


01. Serena..... 7659
02. Safina..... 7406
03. Venus...... 7057
04. Dementieva. 6431
05. Jankovic... 5710
06. Zvonareva.. 5610
07. Kuznetsova. 4191
08. Azarenka... 4111
09. Petrova.... 3660
10. Wozniacki.. 3630
11. Bartoli.... 3185
12. Radwanska.. 3131
13. Ana........ 2892
14. Pennetta... 2855
15. Zheng...... 2445


Winning Berlin brought her to rank 8. After that she didn't get any ranking that was worse than 8.
Now probably a SF wouldn't be enough top stay 10.
But at the bright side, her ranking probably won't be any worse after RG.

spiritedenergy
May 13th, 2009, 02:06 AM
This is what the ranking looks like after RG with today's result from Madrid:


01. Serena..... 7659
02. Safina..... 7406
03. Venus...... 7057
04. Dementieva. 6431
05. Jankovic... 5710
06. Zvonareva.. 5610
07. Kuznetsova. 4191
08. Azarenka... 4111
09. Petrova.... 3660
10. Wozniacki.. 3630
11. Bartoli.... 3185
12. Radwanska.. 3131
13. Ana........ 2892
14. Pennetta... 2855
15. Zheng...... 2445


Winning Berlin brought her to rank 8. After that she didn't get any ranking that was worse than 8.
Now probably a SF wouldn't be enough top stay 10.
But at the bright side, her ranking probably won't be any worse after RG.

Thanks! Goodbye top-ten almost surely :sad:i must say

lilimi
May 13th, 2009, 03:45 PM
:sad: i hope Ana will find her tennis in Paris.

InsideOut.
May 13th, 2009, 05:32 PM
Ana ranked behind Bartoli, Azarenka, and Wozniacki :sad::help:

How much would her opponents take to throw a match? :devil:

jelenacg
May 13th, 2009, 05:42 PM
Ana ranked behind Bartoli, Azarenka, and Wozniacki :sad::help:

How much would her opponents take to throw a match? :devil:

Match fixing :lol::lol: We have finally found the solution :worship:
At least for the first rounds :rolleyes:

gaviotabr
May 13th, 2009, 05:46 PM
Match fixing :lol::lol: We have finally found the solution :worship:
At least for the first rounds :rolleyes:

:lol:

I also think the first rounds are the worst ones.. Somehow Ana lifts her game to play the top players, and the clay in RG favours Ana's game. If she can somehow get to the quarters, I think she could have a good chance to reach the semis.. and that would already be awesome. But sure.. that's if she plays.. :sad:

Cp6uja
May 13th, 2009, 10:25 PM
If You ask me HEALTHY Ana is still TOP3 favorite in Paris... despite slump. So most important question now is how good is her right knee.

BTW it's very strange to see our Ana out of publicity... she is now in some kind of total isolation which we never see from her so far. I notice new Sponsors Icon this week on her official site (TechnoGym (http://www.technogym.com/gb/viewdoc.asp?co_id=13&la=6)) but still no any news about that which is also very unusual if we knows how that works with Ana in past always when she make new deals.

Personally I'm starting to be little bit nervous because this silence...

gaviotabr
May 13th, 2009, 10:33 PM
If You ask me HEALTHY Ana is still TOP3 favorite in Paris... despite slump. So most important question now is how good is her right knee.

BTW it's very strange to see our Ana out of publicity... she is now in some kind of total isolation which we never see from her so far. I notice new Sponsors Icon this week on her official site (TechnoGym (http://www.technogym.com/gb/viewdoc.asp?co_id=13&la=6)) but still no any news about that which is also very unusual if we knows how that works with Ana in past always when she make new deals.

Personally I'm starting to be little bit nervous because this silence...

What do you think might be the reason of this silence?

spiritedenergy
May 13th, 2009, 10:41 PM
silence:scared:

Costanza
May 13th, 2009, 11:09 PM
If You ask me HEALTHY Ana is still TOP3 favorite in Paris... despite slump. So most important question now is how good is her right knee.

BTW it's very strange to see our Ana out of publicity... she is now in some kind of total isolation which we never see from her so far. I notice new Sponsors Icon this week on her official site (TechnoGym (http://www.technogym.com/gb/viewdoc.asp?co_id=13&la=6)) but still no any news about that which is also very unusual if we knows how that works with Ana in past always when she make new deals.

Personally I'm starting to be little bit nervous because this silence...

Ana is probably in Montecatini Terme,Italy taking medical help from Dr.Parra,or by now she's training hard for FO.
Well,that's what i think:lol:

gaviotabr
May 13th, 2009, 11:18 PM
Ana is probably in Montecatini Terme,Italy taking medical help from Dr.Parra,or by now she's training hard for FO.
Well,that's what i think:lol:

Didn't she say that she went to Munich to see a knee specialist? I guess she is there getting treatment.

spiritedenergy
May 13th, 2009, 11:41 PM
Ana is probably in Montecatini Terme,Italy taking medical help from Dr.Parra,or by now she's training hard for FO.
Well,that's what i think:lol:

Who's Dr. Parra? Montecatini Terme, I know it very well:hearts:. I also used to go to a doctor there. This could be a good connection to meet Ana:p

Reckoner
May 13th, 2009, 11:45 PM
Perhaps being out of the spotlight will/would do Ana some good.

gaviotabr
May 13th, 2009, 11:47 PM
Who's Dr. Parra? Montecatini Terme, I know it very well:hearts:. I also used to go to a doctor there. This could be a good connection to meet Ana:p

He is an italian doctor who treats a lot of athletes. He created a special laser treatment. Ana has very good relations with him, he was even in Ana's box for the RG final last year.

But I think now she is getting the advice of some other doctor, since she said she had gone to Munich.

gaviotabr
May 13th, 2009, 11:49 PM
Perhaps being out of the spotlight will/would do Ana some good.

She hasn't really been on the spotlight.. she has barely been playing.. But hopefully you are right, anything that can do Ana some good sounds great to me.

I do hope they give us some update about how she is feeling in the next few days...

spiritedenergy
May 13th, 2009, 11:57 PM
He is an italian doctor who treats a lot of athletes. He created a special laser treatment. Ana has very good relations with him, he was even in Ana's box for the RG final last year.

But I think now she is getting the advice of some other doctor, since she said she had gone to Munich.

I see thanks Isabela. Hopefully is nothing too serious.;)

Cp6uja
May 17th, 2009, 07:53 PM
When Ana withdraws from Madrid 10 days ago she is still rated like #3 favorite to win at French Open 2009 with odds about 7.00... but in last two days bookmakers downgraded her odds over 10.00 and she is not even TOP5 contenders.

I'm hope that reason for that is not some latest insider's information about her knee problems just week before RG :help::scared:

gaviotabr
May 17th, 2009, 10:07 PM
I just came back from the mall.. I went to a news stand and in the international magazines section there was the latest edition of Tennis Magazine. There is a feature about the French Open and a couple of quotes from Ana. She says she is eager to be back on the clay, that it's her favorite surface, the one she has the most fun at because "you actually get to play on it"(Ana's words), with different shots, and long rallies. She also states that RG is her favorite tournament and she can't wait to get back on court Phillippe Chatrier.

:sobbing: She is barely going to play on clay this year.. :sobbing: So unfair.. :sad:

gaviotabr
May 17th, 2009, 10:10 PM
When Ana withdraws from Madrid 10 days ago she is still rated like #3 favorite to win at French Open 2009 with odds about 7.00... but in last two days bookmakers downgraded her odds over 10.00 and she is not even TOP5 contenders.

I'm hope that reason for that is not some latest insider's information about her knee problems just week before RG :help::scared:

I hope so as well.. :unsure:

They are probably just adjusting to the fact people are not betting on Ana, I guess... :unsure:

The Daviator
May 17th, 2009, 10:24 PM
She better play RG, I miss my crazy bitch :sad:

jelenacg
May 17th, 2009, 10:30 PM
Our commentator said a few times that surface in Madrid is not the best for the knees :confused:
I`m not sure but i think i read Ana was in Madrid even before the tournament started so maybe that is one of the reasons she decided to withdraw
Since RG is starting on Sunday ,and the draw will be made on Friday i`m wondering when they are planning to tell us if she is playing RG or not :rolleyes: :mad:

gaviotabr
May 17th, 2009, 10:34 PM
Our commentator said a few times that surface in Madrid is not the best for the knees :confused:
I`m not sure but i think i read Ana was in Madrid even before the tournament started so maybe that is one of the reasons she decided to withdraw
Since RG is starting on Sunday ,and the draw will be made on Friday i`m wondering when they are planning to tell us if she is playing RG or not :rolleyes: :mad:

The info that she was in Madrid came from a newspaper blog.. but I think it might not have been accurate.

Ana is supposed to do the draw with Nadal.. that's the tradition anyway. So I guess by then we will have some info.. but I'm sure they will wait until the very last moment to torture us.. :sobbing:

jelenacg
May 17th, 2009, 10:41 PM
The info that she was in Madrid came from a newspaper blog.. but I think it might not have been accurate.

Ana is supposed to do the draw with Nadal.. that's the tradition anyway. So I guess by then we will have some info.. but I'm sure they will wait until the very last moment to torture us.. :sobbing:

I know that ;) :lol:
I can`t believe they won`t say anything.The last thing we need is that someone again comes here and tell us she is not on the list :scared::scared:

gaviotabr
May 17th, 2009, 10:55 PM
I know that ;) :lol:
I can`t believe they won`t say anything.The last thing we need is that someone again comes here and tell us she is not on the list :scared::scared:

That's probably what's going to happen, if she doesn't play.. :sobbing: I still have hopes she will be fine to play RG though.. :sobbing:

gaviotabr
May 17th, 2009, 11:45 PM
I was thinking.. we might have some indirect news through the RG web. I remember they had pictures of the players practising on site before the tournament. If I'm not mistaken, Ana's first pic came out around wednesday.. if she is to play, she will have to be there practising this week. And if she is, I guess there will be pictures.

gaviotabr
May 18th, 2009, 03:38 PM
I'm watching Sharapova play in Warsaw.. and she looks pretty good. The serve is still a bit erractic, but a lot of precision and power from the groundstrokes. True that her opponent is Garbin, who is not playing well at all, but I'm surprised by Sharapova's game after such a long lay off. With Ana's luck, she will draw her in the first round of RG.. :sobbing:

jelenacg
May 18th, 2009, 04:07 PM
Her serve is not there yet,but her groundstrokes are there
A lot of power in them,but to be fair you can`t say where is her game right now bc Garbin is :help:
Even injured Maria >>>>> Garbin
She was broken while serving for the match ,nerves :lol::hug:

gaviotabr
May 18th, 2009, 04:51 PM
Her serve is not there yet,but her groundstrokes are there
A lot of power in them,but to be fair you can`t say where is her game right now bc Garbin is :help:
Even injured Maria >>>>> Garbin
She was broken while serving for the match ,nerves :lol::hug:

I"m such a jinxer.. :sobbing:

I write it and she squanders 4 MPs, loses de second set tie break and is a break down in the third.. :sobbing:

gaviotabr
May 18th, 2009, 05:07 PM
I"m such a jinxer.. :sobbing:

I write it and she squanders 4 MPs, loses de second set tie break and is a break down in the third.. :sobbing:

I write this and she goes from 3-1 down to winning the set 6-3.. :lol:

Davodus
May 18th, 2009, 05:19 PM
it seems whatever you say, the opposite happens ;)

gaviotabr
May 18th, 2009, 05:36 PM
it seems whatever you say, the opposite happens ;)

I'm afraid of my own jinxing powers.. :lol::help:

What should I say to help Ana out? :sobbing::lol::tape:

Davodus
May 18th, 2009, 05:49 PM
I'm afraid of my own jinxing powers.. :lol::help:

What should I say to help Ana out? :sobbing::lol::tape:

i don't think you can force a jinx

i think it has to come naturally :lol:

i think forcing a jinx is just a reverse jinx :confused:

gaviotabr
May 18th, 2009, 05:52 PM
i don't think you can force a jinx

i think it has to come naturally :lol:

i think forcing a jinx is just a reverse jinx :confused:

Oh.. :help: I hope I don't unconciously jinx Ana.. :sobbing:

DownTheLine21
May 18th, 2009, 05:55 PM
I love this title. Expect the Unexpected. So true.

Anyway, I'm going to be completely heartbroken if Ana has to withdraw from RG. The title is basically in Safina's hands already. Someone needs to challenge her.

gaviotabr
May 18th, 2009, 06:04 PM
I love this title. Expect the Unexpected. So true.

Anyway, I'm going to be completely heartbroken if Ana has to withdraw from RG. The title is basically in Safina's hands already. Someone needs to challenge her.

I agree with you. I would also be heartbroken if the injury forces Ana out of RG, and it's already a very big misfortune... but at the same time, I would prefer a withdrawal than a repeat of the US Open.

And true about Safina.. I'm not sure if there is anyone out there in form enough to challenge her... :o

DAVAJ MKirilenko
May 18th, 2009, 06:52 PM
Safina won Berlin last year, but Ana got RG.
In the hardcourt season before the US Open, Safina looked the best again. Winning LA, Montreal and a final at the Olympics.
Now she has also 2 wins and a final before the grandslam.
True that the Sisters are less a threat than at the US Open, but still the grandslams has different rules.

It would be really really sad if Ana should miss RG. Another US Open like last year is of course bad also. But Ana missing a slam...... :sad:

Mixo
May 18th, 2009, 07:02 PM
And true about Safina.. I'm not sure if there is anyone out there in form enough to challenge her... :o

Only Serena and Ana, and they both have their knees hurt.


Lucky Uglyfina!! :mad:

jonnyroyale_13
May 18th, 2009, 07:47 PM
She has played on painful knees in the past with success. She implies that there was pain in Rome, but played anyway. I just cant imagine any reason she will pull out of this, but we'll know soon enough.

Protoss
May 18th, 2009, 08:09 PM
Safina won Berlin last year, but Ana got RG.
In the hardcourt season before the US Open, Safina looked the best again. Winning LA, Montreal and a final at the Olympics.
Now she has also 2 wins and a final before the grandslam.
True that the Sisters are less a threat than at the US Open, but still the grandslams has different rules.

It would be really really sad if Ana should miss RG. Another US Open like last year is of course bad also. But Ana missing a slam...... :sad:
Safina didn't go up against anybody she matched up poorly against except Elena on hardcourt leading up to the US Open though.

Aside from possibly Kuznetsova and pre-slump Ana, I think Safina has the edge on clay against just about everybody.

hellas719
May 18th, 2009, 09:28 PM
Ajde Ana!

gaviotabr
May 18th, 2009, 09:46 PM
She has played on painful knees in the past with success. She implies that there was pain in Rome, but played anyway. I just cant imagine any reason she will pull out of this, but we'll know soon enough.

I hope you are right... but I have to say this post reminded me exactly of one of your posts back when we were wondering if she was going to play the Olympics.. :sobbing:

Truth is.. we don't know what exactly is the injury.. she didn't know either while playing Rome.. and it ended up being serious enough for her to have to pull out of Madrid. I really hope she is fit to play RG, and feeling well about it.. not playing just because she really wants to play.

gaviotabr
May 18th, 2009, 09:49 PM
Safina didn't go up against anybody she matched up poorly against except Elena on hardcourt leading up to the US Open though.

Aside from possibly Kuznetsova and pre-slump Ana, I think Safina has the edge on clay against just about everybody.

I kind of agree. Safina feels very confident and confortable on clay, which can't really be said about 90% of the tour. She can turn on UEs machine mode though, and could get tired by the end of the second week in Paris.. but she seems to be on a mission to me. It would have to take someone playing really well and who wanted it more to beat her I guess.

jelenacg
May 18th, 2009, 10:10 PM
I left when it was 5-5 in second set and now i see Maria lost the second set but managed to win in three :)
What happened ,nerves ? :tape::lol:
Izzy,you totally jinxed her :lol:
How was the serve,are we still hoping Ana won`t draw her or this changes our mind ;)
Stop saying she won`t play RG bc she will :o

gaviotabr
May 18th, 2009, 10:19 PM
I left when it was 5-5 in second set and now i see Maria lost the second set but managed to win in three :)
What happened ,nerves ? :tape::lol:
Izzy,you totally jinxed her :lol:
How was the serve,are we still hoping Ana won`t draw her or this changes our mind ;)
Stop saying she won`t play RG bc she will :o

Sharapova's serve was patchy.. sometimes good placement, sometimes average, most times not really fast. She got inconsistent and nervous in the tail end of the second set, but played very well to win the last 5 games and take the match in 3. I still hope that Ana does NOT draw her first round of RG.. :help:

If Ana does play RG, with her recent luck, she will get the following draw:

1st: Sharapova
2nd: Lisicki
3rd: Szavay
4th: Clay GOAT Aga Radwanska or super Madrid finalist Caro Wozniacki (whoever is on better push mode)
QF: Dementieva
SF: Safina
F: Venus

:lol::help::tape:

gaviotabr
May 18th, 2009, 10:24 PM
Seriously now.. as usual with Ana, the most difficult matches will be the first 3 or 4 rounds.. She has a recent tendency of assuming she will play well, which leads to not being completely alert from the first point on. I'm sure she will not assume anything once she gets a top player and will go on court fully focused. Ana usually plays better against better oposition.. go figure...

I'm making an effort to avoid any expectation.. or maybe just expect the unexpected as the thread title says.. :sobbing:

Otherwise I might jinx her with my newly discovered jinxing powers anyway.. :sobbing:

jelenacg
May 18th, 2009, 10:28 PM
Sharapova's serve was patchy.. sometimes good placement, sometimes average, most times not really fast. She got inconsistent and nervous in the tail end of the second set, but played very well to win the last 5 games and take the match in 3. I still hope that Ana does NOT draw her first round of RG.. :help:

If Ana does play RG, with her recent luck, she will get the following draw:

1st: Sharapova
2nd: Lisicki
3rd: Szavay
4th: Clay GOAT Aga Radwanska or super Madrid finalist Caro Wozniacki (whoever is on better push mode)
QF: Dementieva
SF: Safina
F: Venus

:lol::help::tape:

:haha: :haha:
The sad thing is that if Ana had half of that last year form she would have a pretty good chance to defend her title :sobbing:
I think Safina is good on clay but nothing special IMO and she is very vincible but the problem is that the girls who know how to play on clay are :help: :help:

jonnyroyale_13
May 18th, 2009, 10:30 PM
I hope you are right... but I have to say this post reminded me exactly of one of your posts back when we were wondering if she was going to play the Olympics.. :sobbing:


Now im curious, i have to go look.

She waited until the last second to play in Dubai, so it will probably be the same here..unless she has to commit by a certain time?:confused: Ankle seemed more concerning, but to be honest i dont really understand the thumb injury. Plus..that was tier II Dubai!! This is Olympics! Im betting she plays.

:weirdo::weirdo:
:weirdo::weirdo:
:weirdo::weirdo::weirdo:

:weirdo:

Truth is.. we don't know what exactly is the injury.. she didn't know either while playing Rome.. and it ended up being serious enough for her to have to pull out of Madrid. I really hope she is fit to play RG, and feeling well about it.. not playing just because she really wants to play.

Okay Isabela.:awww: Its no sense getting my hopes up. I dont think ill have any interest in Roland Garros if she pulls out.:tears:

jelenacg
May 18th, 2009, 10:31 PM
Seriously now.. as usual with Ana, the most difficult matches will be the first 3 or 4 rounds.. She has a recent tendency of assuming she will play well, which leads to not being completely alert from the first point on. I'm sure she will not assume anything once she gets a top player and will go on court fully focused. Ana usually plays better against better oposition.. go figure...

I'm making an effort to avoid any expectation.. or maybe just expect the unexpected as the thread title says.. :sobbing:

Otherwise I might jinx her with my newly discovered jinxing powers anyway.. :sobbing:

:haha::haha: Izzy :worship:
And that thing about assuming she will play well is :help::help:

gaviotabr
May 18th, 2009, 10:40 PM
:haha: :haha:
The sad thing is that if Ana had half of that last year form she would have a pretty good chance to defend her title :sobbing:
I think Safina is good on clay but nothing special IMO and she is very vincible but the problem is that the girls who know how to play on clay are :help: :help:

Ana would have a good chance of defending the title if she was healthy and playing decent tennis. This is what upsets me the most. Ana has such a wonderful record at the French Open, she always does well there.. and most of the tour is either injured or sucking now.. she should be taking advantage of it to defend her title. Instead, she is part of the injured/sucking group. :sobbing:

Yes.. Safina is beatable.. the thing is.. 90% of the tour doesn't know how to play on clay.. The 10% who knows are either total headcases (Kuzzy, Dementieva, Mauresmo), not in their best form (JJ), injured or slumping or both (Ana), or just not good enough to win a slam now (clay courters like AMG or Schiavonne, or even young players like Caro or Aga). So.. the only one left is Safina, and she is taking full advantage of it. I read an interview with her yesterday and when asked how she felt winning Madrid without facing any top ten players, she said that the event had every top player except Ana, it was not her fault people lost early. I liked that she acknowledged Ana, but it's true.. she is the only one (maybe Kuzzy as well) who has played to good standards in the clay season.

gaviotabr
May 18th, 2009, 10:42 PM
Now im curious, i have to go look.
:weirdo::weirdo:
:weirdo::weirdo:
:weirdo::weirdo::weirdo:

:weirdo:

Okay Isabela.:awww: Its no sense getting my hopes up. I dont think ill have any interest in Roland Garros if she pulls out.:tears:

I see you found the post... :sobbing:

I would probably still watch some of it, but without much interest... :sobbing:

gaviotabr
May 18th, 2009, 10:45 PM
:haha::haha: Izzy :worship:
And that thing about assuming she will play well is :help::help:

Yes.. that's something I don't understand.. she says she is a perfeccionist, yet claims to assume she will play well (twice already). If you are a perfeccionist, you will go into each match without assuming anything, trying to give 100% to make it perfect. That's what she should do.. not go into it relaxed, just expecting to play well since she had played well the former match. Actually, that thought alone just puzzles me.. how can she assume anything? Each match is a new match and anything can happen. She has to have learned she just can't do that... hopefully... :unsure:

jelenacg
May 18th, 2009, 10:52 PM
I saw today that Eurosport will start the coverage for RG at 11h on Sunday,i think Ana played first match of the tournament last year :sad:
I`m must admit that i`m very scared now bc every time i go here i expect to see the news that she withdrew :tape::help:

gaviotabr
May 18th, 2009, 10:55 PM
I saw today that Eurosport will start the coverage for RG at 11h on Sunday,i think Ana played first match of the tournament last year :sad:
I`m must admit that i`m very scared now bc every time i go here i expect to see the news that she withdrew :tape::help:

Me too! :sobbing:

Everyday I check the Entry List thread at the Roland Garros forum here to see if The Boiled Egg posted something.. :sobbing:

I wish RG never came... I like to think of Ana as a current Grand Slam champion.. :sad: Last year it was such a great tournament for us.. Ana was just awesome.. and yes, she played the very first match of RG at the court Phillippe Chatrier. :sobbing:

jelenacg
May 18th, 2009, 11:12 PM
I just went to GM to see what people thought about Maria`s match and how was she playing but i found this Will Ana Ivanovic defend her French Open title? thread :rolleyes::rolleyes:
I`m so not going to visit GM during next few weeks :lol: :lol:

gaviotabr
May 18th, 2009, 11:40 PM
I just went to GM to see what people thought about Maria`s match and how was she playing but i found this Will Ana Ivanovic defend her French Open title? thread :rolleyes::rolleyes:
I`m so not going to visit GM during next few weeks :lol: :lol:

Oh GM.. better known as The Ana Ivanovic Hate Forum. :lol:

I haven't been there for a while and will definitely keep away for some time.. :sobbing:

-NAJ-
May 18th, 2009, 11:50 PM
Any new info about Ana?

Last year she was in Belgrade, Jelena too. We had info. but this year :( Is she already in Paris?

gaviotabr
May 18th, 2009, 11:54 PM
Any new info about Ana?

Last year she was in Belgrade, Jelena too. We had info. but this year :( Is she already in Paris?

We have no info at all.. we are actually in agony, since we are not even sure she will play RG because of the knee injury. And to have absolutely no info in a situation like this is nerve wracking.

Edit: I found this article in Press newspaper, but I think they don't have any new info...

http://www.pressonline.rs/page/stories/sr.html?view=story&id=65533&sectionId=44

-NAJ-
May 19th, 2009, 12:02 AM
I agree this situation with no info is nerve wracking but maybe just for fans. If that will help her it's good. She need to find her peace in head and take care about that knee
Last year in Rome( and Berlin )she looked like a mess but she won RG with great play. I hope she is ok and that she will bring her best tennis on RG courts

-NAJ-
May 19th, 2009, 12:12 AM
Edit: I found this article in Press newspaper, but I think they don't have any new info...


I don't like Serbian newspapers. They don't have nothing smart to say, they are just putting pressure on our tennis players and now is not time for that:help:

spiritedenergy
May 19th, 2009, 01:09 AM
Ajde Ana:armed::boxing: (random post:lol::p)

jonnyroyale_13
May 19th, 2009, 01:22 AM
I hope you are right... but I have to say this post reminded me exactly of one of your posts back when we were wondering if she was going to play the Olympics.. :sobbing:


Izzy!!:( I just read that whole thread front to back!! Why are you singling me out, everyone thought the same aobut that crazy thumb injury!!:fiery:

Im kidding of course.:p Actually, that thread is pretty hilarious to read.:lol: If we knew back then what the future for Ana Ivanovic held, nobody would ever believe it.:explode:

Nikkiri
May 19th, 2009, 06:23 AM
I just went to GM to see what people thought about Maria`s match and how was she playing but i found this Will Ana Ivanovic defend her French Open title? thread :rolleyes::rolleyes:
I`m so not going to visit GM during next few weeks :lol: :lol:

And of course it's like a Maria Sharapova fans gathering.. think with their girl coming back today they'd have better things to worry about... :rolls:

bruce goose
May 19th, 2009, 10:36 AM
I kind of agree. Safina feels very confident and confortable on clay, which can't really be said about 90% of the tour. She can turn on UEs machine mode though, and could get tired by the end of the second week in Paris.. but she seems to be on a mission to me. It would have to take someone playing really well and who wanted it more to beat her I guess.Well,this might not be the most logical pick given the way her serve implodes at key moments,but I'm thinking that Elena will finally take RG this year.Yeah,she hasn't been in top form since Aussieland,but she's mature and can't help looking at the field and seeing how thin her opposition is.IF she plays well,then Dinara and MAYBE Kuzy are the ONLY ones who can challenge her...and neither of those two have a terribly-clutch Slam track record.Dinara may have peaked too soon with her recent run.Elena is 27 now and has spoken increasingly about 'starting a family'(not sure how serious she is with Russian NHLer Maxim Afinogenov).Although she has earned her prize by winning Olympic Gold,she could shut up all naysayers by taking an 'official' Slam to cement her legacy.

Because it's a Slam,this'll be my ONE entry on the yawner known as men's tennis.A lot of posters have mentioned Nadal's loss on clay as hope for others,but I disagree.To his credit,Nadal didn't weep like wimpy Federer after losing in Madrid(Perhaps some Viking or Celtic tribes invaded Mallorca centuries ago and he still has a smidge of that blood running through his veins...this would account for his hardiness).However,it would've been better for other players if he HAD won Madrid.In memory of Rafa's memorably-girlish appearance when he first broke on the scene,I'll compare him to a woman...Serena.When Serena got thrashed in Sydney,that ENDED the race for the woman's AO.Once everyone began commenting on how Dementieva trounced her--and how Serena might not be a favorite in Melbourne--she used that as psychological motivation and went on a tear...no one else truly had a chance once she entered her 'zone'....It's not completely analogous,but Nadal will use the loss in Madrid as similar motivation and dominate at RG as Serena did in Melbourne

To summarize,RG picks are Elena and Rafita.......

gaviotabr
May 19th, 2009, 05:35 PM
There is a new article in the RG web and they have this about the draw cerimony:

Draw live on rolandgarros.com
On Friday 22 May at 11.30 am at the Club des Loges, the draw for the men's and women's singles tournaments will be carried out, with reigning champions Rafael Nadal and Ana Ivanovic drawing the seeds by hand. The remaining 96 players in each tournament will then be drawn electronically. Follow the draw live on rolandgarros.com as the players' names appear one by one in the two sets of brackets!

http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2009-05-19/200905191242746332359.html

So.. I guess Ana will be there.. :unsure:

There are some players already practising on site, but no Ana sighting yet. Last year she was first seen on the RG courts thursday, according to the RG web blog.

InsideOut.
May 19th, 2009, 05:44 PM
Who else foresees Ivanovic-Coin in the first round? :help: Even worse than Sharapova IMO. French crowd on Philippe Chatrier / Suzanne Lenglen would go berserk.

gaviotabr
May 19th, 2009, 05:44 PM
Who else foresees Ivanovic-Coin in the first round? :help: Even worse than Sharapova IMO. French crowd on Philippe Chatrier / Suzanne Lenglen would go berserk.

Epic...

:sobbing:

InsideOut.
May 19th, 2009, 05:46 PM
Epic...

:sobbing:

Coin wins 0-6 7-5 6-0 from 6-0 5-0 40-0 down. :worship: Defending champion pulls of her third dramatic match in a row on the Parisian clay. :worship:

jelenacg
May 19th, 2009, 05:52 PM
Who else foresees Ivanovic-Coin in the first round? :help: Even worse than Sharapova IMO. French crowd on Philippe Chatrier / Suzanne Lenglen would go berserk.

:lol::lol:
Ana won`t lose to that girl on clay :angel:

InsideOut.
May 19th, 2009, 05:56 PM
:lol::lol:
Ana won`t lose to that girl on clay :angel:

But Coin isn't a girl. Coin is an ogre. ;)

And Ana lost to Pironkova on clay. :help:

jelenacg
May 19th, 2009, 05:56 PM
There is a new article in the RG web and they have this about the draw cerimony:



http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2009-05-19/200905191242746332359.html

So.. I guess Ana will be there.. :unsure:

There are some players already practising on site, but no Ana sighting yet. Last year she was first seen on the RG courts thursday, according to the RG web blog.

I hope it`s true :bounce:
I saw photos of JJ,Venus,Serena practicing
Venus had some kind of tape on her knee
Whats`s with WTA and knee injuries :unsure:

jelenacg
May 19th, 2009, 06:00 PM
But Coin isn't a girl. Coin is an ogre. ;)

And Ana lost to Pironkova on clay. :help:

:lol::lol:
I know ,but i can`t see that happening again

InsideOut.
May 19th, 2009, 06:01 PM
I hope it`s true :bounce:
I saw photos of JJ,Venus,Serena practicing
Venus had some kind of tape on her knee
Whats`s with WTA and knee injuries :unsure:

I think those are just precautions for clay. :unsure:

gaviotabr
May 19th, 2009, 06:01 PM
I hope it`s true :bounce:
I saw photos of JJ,Venus,Serena practicing
Venus had some kind of tape on her knee
Whats`s with WTA and knee injuries :unsure:

I don't know.. it seems that everyone is injured or something.. :o

I want to hear news about Ana, how she is doing.. :sobbing:

jelenacg
May 19th, 2009, 06:05 PM
I don't know.. it seems that everyone is injured or something.. :o

I want to hear news about Ana, how she is doing.. :sobbing:

Well she is fit and she feels confident and she assumes she will be playing good :lol::lol: :help:

gaviotabr
May 19th, 2009, 06:12 PM
Well she is fit and she feels confident and she assumes she will be playing good :lol::lol: :help:

:lol:

InsideOut.
May 19th, 2009, 06:15 PM
Well she is fit and she feels confident and she assumes she will be playing good :lol::lol: :help:

She will fistpump all her opponents off the court. AJDE :armed:

Davodus
May 19th, 2009, 06:38 PM
AJDEEEEEEE!

she better be playing RG, i can't go 2 weeks without a round arm upper cut fist pump with a huge AJDE

i wont survive it without that

Isha312
May 20th, 2009, 06:07 AM
I'm feeling oddly confident about the French. I've even switched the avi and sig to French Open mode. Let's just hope now that I don't inherit gaviotabr's newfound jinxing abilities.:p

Mixo
May 20th, 2009, 07:53 PM
We've got news about Zvoraneva, Safina, Mauresmo, Monfils and Grosjean today at RG official website. Nothing about Anita.


:help:

gaviotabr
May 20th, 2009, 08:11 PM
We've got news about Zvoraneva, Safina, Mauresmo, Monfils and Grosjean today at RG official website. Nothing about Anita.


:help:

If the Craig Kardon twitter is true, then she left Mallorca today. In that case, her first day of practice on site would be tomorrow.. so I guess we should know something by tomorrow. :unsure:

jelenacg
May 20th, 2009, 08:50 PM
I`m also hopping Craig`s twitter is true,that would be great :bounce:
I`m now one of his followers :lol::lol:
They should really put some news on her website :hysteric:
Many players are not there yet Rafa,Novak
So Zvonareva will play :confused:

Costanza
May 20th, 2009, 09:24 PM
http://www.pressonline.rs/page/stories/sr.html?view=story&id=65839&sectionId=44

According to PRESS newspaper,Ana arrived in Paris today:)

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So,if you are interested,send me a PM and i will send you a download link.
P.S.
Is this legal:unsure::scared:

jelenacg
May 20th, 2009, 10:04 PM
http://www.pressonline.rs/page/stories/sr.html?view=story&id=65839&sectionId=44

According to PRESS newspaper,Ana arrived in Paris today:)

I hope it`s true ,but they also said JJ is already there and she plans to visit Cannes film festival :scratch::rolls:
I don`t know french :sad:

gaviotabr
May 20th, 2009, 10:27 PM
I`m also hopping Craig`s twitter is true,that would be great :bounce:
I`m now one of his followers :lol::lol:
They should really put some news on her website :hysteric:
Many players are not there yet Rafa,Novak
So Zvonareva will play :confused:

It seems, from the RG web, that Vera will play.. quite surprising actually.. :confused:

It would be great if it was really Craig.. I guess it is.. we can get some inside scoop.

Today I saw a pic of Djokovic in Monaco with F1 race car drivers! :lol:

gaviotabr
May 20th, 2009, 10:28 PM
OK,people i found on internet a excellent french magazine TENNIS,dedicated entirely to 2009 ROLAND GARRROS(Anci and Rafa are main stars,but offcourse there is lot of other players inside).
So,if you are interested,send me a PM and i will send you a download link.
P.S.
Is this legal:unsure::scared:

Don't worry.. if there is a link to download it, it's probably legal. I'll send you a PM. ;)

gaviotabr
May 21st, 2009, 12:01 AM
Good news from Matt Cronin at Tennis Reporters . net:

Ivanovic Healthy, Practicing

WEDNESDAY MAY 20 - There's a dose of good news for the fans of Roland Garros defending champ Ana Ivanovic: the Serbian is already in Paris practicing and according to her camp, the pain and inflammation in her knee that caused her to pull out of Madrid has gone away.

jonnyroyale_13
May 21st, 2009, 01:24 AM
Well, thats something at least!
As for Vera Zvonareva, i have a hard time believing it, but what the hell do i know. If she ends up playing RG after her horrific injury, and the defending champ is still questionable for a knee problem, i dont even know what to think of that.

InsideOut.
May 21st, 2009, 08:35 AM
Well, thats something at least!
As for Vera Zvonareva, i have a hard time believing it, but what the hell do i know. If she ends up playing RG after her horrific injury, and the defending champ is still questionable for a knee problem, i dont even know what to think of that.

What you should think would be Vera would be the first top 8 seed to lose instead of Ana. :help:

I'm so pessimistic these days. :sad:

DAVAJ MKirilenko
May 21st, 2009, 09:14 AM
Good news from Matt Cronin at Tennis Reporters . net:

Let's hope so. That must just mean that she's at least playing.
Now a few more days to be 100% ready.

Marilyn Monheaux
May 21st, 2009, 11:14 AM
What you should think would be Vera would be the first top 8 seed to lose instead of Ana. :help:

I'm so pessimistic these days. :sad:

I know how you feel. I'm telling myself to keep my confidence in Ana up, but it's so hard with her injury and her slump...

But maybe she'll surprise everybody with a really strong performance during the FO. With Ana, you never know:lol:

Hearing that the pain has gone away is definitely a good sign! Hopefully it won't bother her mentally too much and she focus on her matches!

DownTheLine21
May 21st, 2009, 02:33 PM
Great news. I never thought that she would miss RG, but I'm glad we have confirmation.

jelenacg
May 21st, 2009, 02:38 PM
I will say it once again great news :):bounce:

DAVAJ MKirilenko
May 21st, 2009, 03:56 PM
Tomorrow the draw and Ana gladly would be in it.
Somehow I'm pretty confident about RG.
She only lost here against good players (Petrova, Myskina, Henin).

The early rounds are mostly the key to Ana in GS's. So let's hope she gets opponents she likes in the first 3 rounds. After that it doesn't matter.

gaviotabr
May 21st, 2009, 04:54 PM
There were some news in a brazilian TV saying, among many other RG news, that Ana had a practice session today in Court 1, and that she had some protecion tapes on her right knee.

I don't know if it's true though.. I guess the RG might have pics later on.

Davodus
May 21st, 2009, 05:16 PM
:woohoo: she is going to play

even though i was sure she would :lol:

i hope we get some photos of that practice :)

gaviotabr
May 21st, 2009, 05:23 PM
It is true! From the RG web!

Full Serbian contingent
2008 winner Ana Ivanovic had her first practice on Thursday on court No1, while fellow Serbian Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic was out on Philippe Chatrier court late in the afternoon. Scotland's Andy Murray, who recently overtook Djokovic in the rankings to rise to No3 in the world, had a hit-out away from the cameras on court No4, while French veteran Fabrice Santoro practised twice – on centre court in the morning and No1 in the afternoon. This is the 20th French Open for "The Magician" and also his last, as he prepares for retirement. King of Clay Rafael Nadal has still yet to be sighted in Paris, however…

jelenacg
May 21st, 2009, 05:31 PM
They have a picture of Ana practicing :)
I hope everything is alright now and she can move well

gaviotabr
May 21st, 2009, 05:36 PM
They have a picture of Ana practicing :)
I hope everything is alright now and she can move well

Me too! I hope she doesn't feel lack of confidence in her movement because of the knee.. the movement is so important for clay court tennis..

Davodus
May 21st, 2009, 05:46 PM
:D she is practicing :yeah:

her knee will be fine...im full of optimism because its nearing 3am

jelenacg
May 21st, 2009, 05:50 PM
Me too! I hope she doesn't feel lack of confidence in her movement because of the knee.. the movement is so important for clay court tennis..

I`m happy she will play but i`m very scared at the same time :unsure:
We will have to wait and see how she plays and moves in her first match :unsure:

InsideOut.
May 21st, 2009, 05:56 PM
I`m happy she will play but i`m very scared at the same time :unsure:
We will have to wait and see how she plays and moves in her first match :unsure:

We can only hope it won't be her only match. :sad:

Mixo
May 21st, 2009, 05:58 PM
http://www.as.com/tenis/articulo/ana-ivanovic-soy-optimista-opciones/dasten/20090521dasdasten_1/Tes



"Fortunately I dont have any kind of pain or inflamation in my knee. And, right now, Im very optimist about my options of succeeding in Paris"

gaviotabr
May 21st, 2009, 05:59 PM
We can only hope it won't be her only match. :sad:

:sobbing:

gaviotabr
May 21st, 2009, 06:00 PM
I think the draw will be more important than ever in this French Open. A lot will be decided in the match ups..

jelenacg
May 21st, 2009, 06:10 PM
http://www.tenisnews.com.br/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=24784
The pictures i posted are from here ,is this written in Portuguese
Izzy what does it say ?

gaviotabr
May 21st, 2009, 06:19 PM
http://www.tenisnews.com.br/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=24784
The pictures i posted are from here ,is this written in Portuguese
Izzy what does it say ?

It says that this journalist was present and watched Ana's entire practice session on Court 1 of the Roland Garros complex in the beginning of the afternoon. That as can be seen in the pics, she was practising with protection on her knee. He says he is going to analyze her practice session later on for his blog. It sounds really interesting! I'm a bit scared of what he can possibly say though.. :unsure:

jelenacg
May 21st, 2009, 06:23 PM
It says that this journalist was present and watched Ana's entire practice session on Court 1 of the Roland Garros complex in the beginning of the afternoon. That as can be seen in the pics, she was practising with protection on her knee. He says he is going to analyze her practice session later on for his blog. It sounds really interesting! I'm a bit scared of what he can possibly say though.. :unsure:

Same here but let`s stay positive

InsideOut.
May 21st, 2009, 06:24 PM
It says that this journalist was present and watched Ana's entire practice session on Court 1 of the Roland Garros complex in the beginning of the afternoon. That as can be seen in the pics, she was practising with protection on her knee. He says he is going to analyze her practice session later on for his blog. It sounds really interesting! I'm a bit scared of what he can possibly say though.. :unsure:

That she was really nice and gave them lots of balls as souvenirs. :kiss:

jelenacg
May 21st, 2009, 06:28 PM
That she was really nice and gave them lots of balls as souvenirs. :kiss:

:lol:
Ana :angel:

gaviotabr
May 21st, 2009, 06:28 PM
That she was really nice and gave them lots of balls as souvenirs. :kiss:

:lol:

I have 1 more class today.. but once he posts his thoughts on the practice session on his blog, I'll translate and post here.

-NAJ-
May 21st, 2009, 06:38 PM
jelenacg, thanks for photos.

In 2007 , Ana also had problem with knee. I don't remember did she had problem with right or left knee in 2007:confused:
Good luck Anci. Draw is tomorrow:scared:

jelenacg
May 21st, 2009, 06:50 PM
jelenacg, thanks for photos.

In 2007 , Ana also had problem with knee. I don't remember did she had problem with right or left knee in 2007:confused:
Good luck Anci. Draw is tomorrow:scared:

With the right knee ,just like now

gaviotabr
May 21st, 2009, 06:58 PM
He already has his post about the practice up in his blog (http://www.lancenet.com.br/blogs_colunistas/fgallas/comentarios.asp?idpost=23154). He didn't write anything out of this world.. I guess what we kind of expect.. Anyway, here it is:

I arrived today in the press room of Roland Garros prepared to see the Marcos Daniel match in Court 10. Walking by the tournament's information alley I took a look at the practice schedule and I saw that Ana Ivanovic was going to practice on Court 1.

As for now the public only has access to Courts 6 to 18, where the qualifying is beeing played, so only photographers and members of staff were following the practice of the tennis muse.

I stayed for about 30 minutes following the Serb who trained with an Adidas sparring partner and was accompanied by her new coach that began working with her early in the year.

The two played two sets. Ivanovic won the first by 6 / 3, the second I could not see because I went to follow Marcos Daniel's match. Anita focused on a very aggressive game, attacking with the returns and sometimes going to the net. If when you see her ball on TV, it already seems really heavy, it's even more so when you watch it closely. But what from I saw, she still made some unforced errors and her ball toss failed several times.

Her coach at all times gave instructions for an aggressive game and a faster movement around the court.

Technically speaking it is easier to guess a not so good result (fall before the quarters for example) for Ivanovic because of her injury and lack of match play on clay this season. But suddenly the mystique of Paris and her enourmous talent can make up for it and she might have a good result and even lift the trophy.

Another part is the beauty and the charm of Ivanovic. Do you want to follow some pictures of her training? Just click here to check! (http://www.tenisnews.com.br/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=24784)

gaviotabr
May 21st, 2009, 07:05 PM
So.. the usual... I still think the issue is the UEs. If she is making them on practice, imagine on a real match situation. There has to be some training, some drills she can do to cut down the errors and be more consistent. The matches these days are decided by who makes the least UEs.

She was with an Adidas hitting partner.. so no Marcin? He is Ana's lucky charm.. :sobbing:

And the toss.. well.. I just don't even know what to say.. it has killed Ana's serve.

jelenacg
May 21st, 2009, 07:13 PM
She always makes UE nothing new there but that bad ball toss just won`t go away :tape::tape:
How about hiring a coach who can help her with that serve ,bad ball toss is becoming her trademark :tape:
If she reaches second week i will be very happy and surprised ,after that anything can happen

gaviotabr
May 21st, 2009, 10:32 PM
Ana is the early exit pick for 4 out of 6 ESPN writers.. :sobbing: Ana, please prove them wrong!!! :mad:

http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/french09/news/story?id=4180584

gaviotabr
May 21st, 2009, 10:34 PM
She always makes UE nothing new there but that bad ball toss just won`t go away :tape::tape:
How about hiring a coach who can help her with that serve ,bad ball toss is becoming her trademark :tape:
If she reaches second week i will be very happy and surprised ,after that anything can happen

I know she will always make UEs.. Ana plays a risky game.. but the thing is, lately she has made just too many errors. She used to play a cleaner game.

I agree about the serve coach though.. I can't think about how she got this bad toss habit.. but it certainly won't go away on its own, like Kardon once said he hoped.. :rolleyes:

gaviotabr
May 21st, 2009, 10:55 PM
Tomorrow is the draw... I'm totally scared.. Please Tennis Gods, bring Ana some luck! :sobbing:

gaviotabr
May 21st, 2009, 10:59 PM
:sobbing:

The clay season has always been my favorite part of the year.. this year it sucked big time! :sobbing: I just wish Roland Garros would never come.. :sobbing:

jelenacg
May 21st, 2009, 11:18 PM
Izzy :hug:
I was thinking about the draw and i have no idea what would be good or bad draw for Ana :scared:
But she will definitely need all the luck she can get
Also Ana ,tomorrow/today is Novak`s birthday so you better bring him some luck and put him in Roger`s half of the draw :lol::lol:
Serbians will need a lots of luck tomorrow and through all 2 weeks
Don`t worry about the writers they know nothing

gaviotabr
May 21st, 2009, 11:28 PM
Izzy :hug:
I was thinking about the draw and i have no idea what would be good or bad draw for Ana :scared:
But she will definitely need all the luck she can get
Also Ana ,tomorrow/today is Novak`s birthday so you better bring him some luck and put him in Roger`s half of the draw :lol::lol:
Serbians will need a lots of luck tomorrow and through all 2 weeks
Don`t worry about the writers they know nothing

I also have no idea what can be a good draw.. I guess I'll ask for a lucky draw, in a way that she matches up well with the opponents and at the same time can be focused to play and beat them. I guess.. :shrug:

I think I'll be totally nervous tomorrow at 6:30 AM, which is the time of the draw here.. I still remember last year.. oh sweet memories! :sobbing:

The Daviator
May 21st, 2009, 11:30 PM
So happy that she's playing :D Still expect an early exit :o

Draw doesn't matter to me at all really, Ana can lose to any of the other 127 players :o

jelenacg
May 21st, 2009, 11:35 PM
I also have no idea what can be a good draw.. I guess I'll ask for a lucky draw, in a way that she matches up well with the opponents and at the same time can be focused to play and beat them. I guess.. :shrug:

I think I'll be totally nervous tomorrow at 6:30 AM, which is the time of the draw here.. I still remember last year.. oh sweet memories! :sobbing:

It will be 11:30 here,so hopefully i will return home from university by that time
Waking up at 6:30 to see the draw ,you are the best fan ever :worship::worship::lol:
I`m rarely happy with the draw,last year i was so pissed when i saw the draw:lol::lol:

gaviotabr
May 21st, 2009, 11:39 PM
It will be 11:30 here,so hopefully i will return home from university by that time
Waking up at 6:30 to see the draw ,you are the best fan ever :worship::worship::lol:
I`m rarely happy with the draw,last year i was so pissed when i saw the draw:lol::lol:

Yes.. I remember I didn't like she had Serena in the QF.. :lol:

I'll be up at 6 am anyway.. I have a class at university at 7:45. So I hope to see the draw before I leave home.

I just can't believe it has been a year already... and that it will all start again this sunday.. :sobbing:

gaviotabr
May 21st, 2009, 11:42 PM
So happy that she's playing :D Still expect an early exit :o

Draw doesn't matter to me at all really, Ana can lose to any of the other 127 players :o

So true.. still, I'm hoping she gets opponents who handle her the matches, so she can win, warm up in the first week and play at least a QF. I can't stand another 3rd round or earlier loss.. :sobbing:

jelenacg
May 21st, 2009, 11:50 PM
Yes Serena who also had a very good clay season last year ,i was really :fiery::fiery:
I can`t believe she will be playing on Sunday, i think i will be very nervous
And 3R loses or earlier are not expectable :mad:

gaviotabr
May 22nd, 2009, 12:18 AM
Yes Serena who also had a very good clay season last year ,i was really :fiery::fiery:
I can`t believe she will be playing on Sunday, i think i will be very nervous
And 3R loses or earlier are not expectable :mad:

Oh Sunday.. :sobbing: I'll be a total nervous wreck.. :sobbing:

bruce goose
May 22nd, 2009, 03:39 AM
Oh Sunday.. :sobbing: I'll be a total nervous wreck.. :sobbing:You mean you're not ALREADY???Izzy,just try to take comfort in the fact that Ana is getting direction from someone who knows how to guide her correctly...even your sage Matt Cronin agrees.Perhaps it'll take a little while for all of it to come together,but Ana is only 21 so,unless she starts rebelliously chasing musicians or cokeheads(Stepanek)like Vaidisova,she'll have time to not only re-gain but IMPROVE on her form....I think I'll ask contador Zorro brasilen~o to spend extra hours with you during RG:lol::hug:

gaviotabr
May 22nd, 2009, 10:26 AM
So.. the draw cerimony is minutes away... :unsure:

Please Tennis Gods, give Ana some (or much) luck!

Princeza
May 22nd, 2009, 10:58 AM
Am I seeing right, is it vs Errani? :unsure:

Marilyn Monheaux
May 22nd, 2009, 11:00 AM
http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm170/MeSuhsie/draw.png

Nikkiri
May 22nd, 2009, 11:06 AM
It's a good draw till 4th round or QF.

gaviotabr
May 22nd, 2009, 11:07 AM
Well... the draw is not THAT bad. It's bad, since she gets the worst posible QF, playing Safina. But she needs to get that far first anyway... so it should be a tough first match against Errani, who can retrieve a lot of balls. I still think Ana should beat her. For second round she gets Camille Pin or Tamarine Tanasugarn, both players Ana should never lose to on clay. Then for 3rd round either Benesova, Goerges, Lepchenko or Kudryatseva. If Ana loses to one of them.. :help:

She could finally reach a second week, where she can face Azarenka.. or Carla Suarez Navarro.. She would have to play well, but could still come out on top. Should she reach QF and play Safina, it would be extremely tough.. but hey.. who knows? :sobbing:

Princeza
May 22nd, 2009, 11:07 AM
Safina :bigcry:

jelenacg
May 22nd, 2009, 11:12 AM
Until QF she has a good draw :)
So don`t worry about Safina ,first she has to reach the second week of RG
Ajde Ana focus so we can finally reach that second week :bounce:

gaviotabr
May 22nd, 2009, 11:13 AM
Ana brought luck to Nole and drew him to Fed's half. In some ways she also did Rafa a favour.. Rafa did not return it.. :sobbing:

Davodus
May 22nd, 2009, 11:16 AM
not a bad draw til round 4 with azarenka, but if she can get that far and beat her, anything can happen

errani is in shit form, even for her, so that should be easy enough *says without intention to jinx*

jelenacg
May 22nd, 2009, 11:27 AM
Ana brought luck to Nole and drew him to Fed's half. In some ways she also did Rafa a favour.. Rafa did not return it.. :sobbing:

Yes she did Anci :hug:
Really her draw is good ,stop thinking about Safina she first needs to win 4 matches to get there :angel:
Ajde Ana :armed::armed:

doni1212
May 22nd, 2009, 11:42 AM
Well it's not too bad. It gives her time to work her way into the tournament.
One match at a time guys!!

InsideOut.
May 22nd, 2009, 12:01 PM
Ana has a career breakthrough each year on clay. This time, it'll be her first R128 exit. :sobbing: I hope not. :sad:

Errani in first round is such a bad draw. Dinara in quarters (if she even gets there). :help:

gaviotabr
May 22nd, 2009, 03:48 PM
Ana has a career breakthrough each year on clay. This time, it'll be her first R128 exit. :sobbing: I hope not. :sad:

Errani in first round is such a bad draw. Dinara in quarters (if she even gets there). :help:

The draw... well.. with Ana's recent luck we knew it couldn't be a good draw.. so.. :help:

But Errani hasn't really been great on clay this season. Ana should beat her.. my concern is if she is actually fit.

Errani's clay court record this year:

MARBELLA See all MARBELLA Results for ERRANI
VS, IS,SPAIN,April 12, 2009, $, CLAY (O)
Draw: 32M/32Q/16D, Rank: 40, Seed/Entry: 6

Rnd Opponent Rank W/L Score
R32 H2H SCHRUFF, JULIA GER 138 W 7-5 7-6(6)
R16 H2H (Q) HERCOG, POLONA SLO 220 W 6-0 7-6(7)
Q H2H (4) MEDINA GARRIGUES, ANABEL ESP 20 L 6-2 6-7(4) 7-5
WTA Championship Pts: 70 WTA Ranking Pts.: 70 Prize Money: $8380

BARCELONA See all BARCELONA Results for ERRANI
VS, IS,SPAIN,April 19, 2009, $, CLAY (O)
Draw: 32M/32Q/16D, Rank: 39, Seed/Entry: 7

Rnd Opponent Rank W/L Score
R32 H2H JOHANSSON, MATHILDE FRA 64 W 2-6 7-5 6-3
R16 H2H SAFAROVA, LUCIE CZE 49 L 6-3 6-3
WTA Championship Pts: 30 WTA Ranking Pts.: 30 Prize Money: $2950

STUTTGART See all STUTTGART Results for ERRANI
VS, P,GERMANY,May 3, 2009, $, CLAY (I)
Draw: 32M/32Q/16D, Rank: 37, Seed/Entry:

Rnd Opponent Rank W/L Score
R32 H2H (1) SAFINA, DINARA RUS 1 L 6-0 6-1
WTA Championship Pts: 1 WTA Ranking Pts.: 1 Prize Money: $4580

ROME See all ROME Results for ERRANI
VS, P5,ITALY,May 9, 2009, $, CLAY (O)
Draw: 64M/32Q/32D, Rank: 36, Seed/Entry:

Rnd Opponent Rank W/L Score
R64 H2H WOZNIAK, ALEKSANDRA CAN 26 L 6-1 3-6 6-4
WTA Championship Pts: 1 WTA Ranking Pts.: 1 Prize Money: $5400

MADRID See all MADRID Results for ERRANI
VS, PM,SPAIN,May 17, 2009, $, CLAY (O)
Draw: 64M/32Q/32D, Rank: 36, Seed/Entry:

Rnd Opponent Rank W/L Score
R64 H2H SCHNYDER, PATTY SUI 20 L 6-2 6-3

gaviotabr
May 22nd, 2009, 03:52 PM
I'm more concerned about the knee.. she says she feels fit, but is still working on it with an osteopath..

Ivanovic, a popular winner in 2008 before a brief spell as the world nunber one, is looking for a repeat of the Roland Garros magic.

The Serbian, who is seeded eight this year, skipped the Madrid Open because of a knee injury but said she is back to full fitness as she looks ahead to a first round clash with Italy's Sara Errani.

"I'm fine. I had a few problems in Rome with my knee. I had some scans and saw the doctors. I feel 100 percent now. I have an osteopath with me here and we are still working on it. I feel healthy again."

Ivanovic is also aware of the potential dangers posed by the Williams sisters in what many believe will be one of the most open Roland Garros tournaments in recent years.

"If Serena is playing, I'm sure she will be at 100 percent and that she's ready to compete," she said.

"Both Williams are great champions and always perform well at the big events."

jonnyroyale_13
May 22nd, 2009, 04:43 PM
Stop with the sobbing smilies! Its a good day!
Errani can be pretty intense. i dont expect a masterpiece by Ana in the first round, but i do expect a victory.:rocker2:
JJ, i dont have to take one match at a time with her. Shes got a pretty nice path to the quarters, and i really want her to do well in the bottom of the draw, maybe even be a finalist.
And Vera has an amazing draw, but i really dont know about her. If shes truly healthy, it really seems like a miracle.:angel: Good to luck all of them:kiss: especially Ana of course. Last year i watched 28 RG matches from t3nnis.tv, hopefully its just as much fun this year.
And one personal wish, id like to see Ana play a match in the Bullring this year. That stadium is so cool.

Davodus
May 22nd, 2009, 04:44 PM
i watched errani play lucie in barcelona
and really, she is just not good, ana will eat her up

thats not the type of game ana loses to early in tournaments, so i don't expect anything different
she just needs to employ lucies tactics and she will be fine (and that was just to keep hitting winners :hearts:)

DownTheLine21
May 22nd, 2009, 05:21 PM
The draw isn't bad. I like the QF showdown with Safina. If Ana reaches that stage, she will likely be in good form.

dybbuk
May 22nd, 2009, 05:33 PM
Ana doesn't lose to scrubs who hit with topspin, even when she's slumping. Ajde Ana.

Davodus
May 22nd, 2009, 06:19 PM
Ana doesn't lose to scrubs who hit with topspin, even when she's slumping. Ajde Ana.

exactly
she usually still beats them even if she makes heaps of errors, because she makes enough winners compared to their 0

InsideOut.
May 22nd, 2009, 06:34 PM
exactly
she usually still beats them even if she makes heaps of errors, because she makes enough winners compared to their 0

You can be sure Errani won't get 0. She'll get at least 6 on passing shots. :o

The Daviator
May 22nd, 2009, 06:41 PM
She has such an easy second round! Pin or Tanasugarn! Stupid Errani in the first though :help: She almost beat Lindsay at the AO last year and can be tricky, not sure about this one :o

Davodus
May 22nd, 2009, 06:42 PM
You can be sure Errani won't get 0. She'll get at least 6 on passing shots. :o

:p probably

but i can handle 6 :p i just hope ana doesnt see errani's absolutely hopeless second serve, and come in to pound it and make 43878974397384 errors :lol:

gaviotabr
May 22nd, 2009, 09:03 PM
Errani, IMHO, has the most boring tennis game I have EVER seen. Sorry Errani fans.. But, she can frustrate Ana into making tons of errors. I think it can be a tough match, but seriously.. Ana should really win this one. I hope the knee holds up..

By the way, Jon Wertheim (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/jon_wertheim/05/22/frenchdraw.women/)has Errani upseting Ana in the first round. But then again he also expected her to not play.. Ana, please, please, please, prove all these people wrong! :mad:

DAVAJ MKirilenko
May 22nd, 2009, 09:07 PM
I like the draw. Just look at the draw she has to reach the 2nd week.
If she reaches the 4th round with at least decent play, then I'm really confident against Azarenka and after that she just can beat anybody.
So I don't mind to have Safina in the QF.

Especially 2nd and 3rd round matchups look good.
Errani can be tricky. She has many good and bad days, let's hope it won't be a good one this time.

Btw, Ana never lost against an Italian in a WTA tournament.

gaviotabr
May 22nd, 2009, 09:28 PM
I was thinking.. Ana was drawn to meet Safina in the QF in the past 2 slams as well.. Talk about coincidence.. 3 straight times.. but she lost early each of the previous times.. :sobbing: Hopefully it will be different in RG. :sobbing:

jelenacg
May 22nd, 2009, 09:32 PM
Seriously those writers know nothing,all their tennis knowledge begins and ends up with WS beating everybody :rolleyes:
So to Jon Wertheim and everybody else :ras::ras::ras:
I never watched Errani ,i have no idea how she plays.I`m only worried about Ana`s knee and how she will be moving on clay
I just read something,i never realized Wozniacki always lost to Serbian girls in GS :lol:

gaviotabr
May 22nd, 2009, 09:37 PM
Seriously those writers know nothing,all their tennis knowledge begins and ends up with WS beating everybody :rolleyes:
So to Jon Wertheim and everybody else :ras::ras::ras:
I never watched Errani ,i have no idea how she plays.I`m only worried about Ana`s knee and how she will be moving on clay
I just read something,i never realized Wozniacki always lost to Serbian girls in GS :lol:

Errani is a pusher. She pushes.. and pushes.. and pushes some more.. but she runs a lot and can get every ball back. Meaning Ana could beat herself with UEs. Hopefully not though..

Yes.. seems that Caro has an issue with ICs at Grand Slams. :lol:

jonnyroyale_13
May 22nd, 2009, 09:39 PM
Seriously those writers know nothing,all their tennis knowledge begins and ends up with WS beating everybody :rolleyes:
So to Jon Wertheim and everybody else :ras::ras::ras:


:worship::worship::worship: And if hes an American , he probably went into writing about sports with dreams of covering the NFL and got stuck covering tennis anyway, he probably doesnt even like tennis.:ras::ras::ras:

jelenacg
May 22nd, 2009, 09:50 PM
:worship::worship::worship: And if hes an American , he probably went into writing about sports with dreams of covering the NFL and got stuck covering tennis anyway, he probably doesnt even like tennis.:ras::ras::ras:

:lol::lol:
She pushes.. and pushes.. and pushes some more
I think Ana will be thrilled with Errani`s game :rolls:

Loungy
May 22nd, 2009, 10:00 PM
:worship::worship::worship: And if hes an American , he probably went into writing about sports with dreams of covering the NFL and got stuck covering tennis anyway, he probably doesnt even like tennis.:ras::ras::ras:
:lol: He has so much contempt for tennis that he wrote a book (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Strokes-of-Genius/L-Jon-Wertheim/e/9780547232805/?itm=2) about the men's 2008 Wimbledon final (and a book about Venus Williams, also, I think).

Werthaim is one of US' most respected tennis pundits. I don't care much for him, but no, he's not a frustrated NFL writer.

Imo? He, like most journalists who cover tennis, focus on the ATP. Chances he didn't even bother to check Ana's record against Italians are high.

Rod the Bama
May 22nd, 2009, 10:03 PM
The draw is pretty favorable looking for Ana. If she can regain the good form from last year, then i can see her at least reaching the quarterfinals with a likely meeting with Dinara Safina. I really hope that Ana will do well in Roland Garros. We want to see our girl get things back on the right track and the perfect place is the scene of her greatest glory to date.

jonnyroyale_13
May 22nd, 2009, 10:08 PM
:lol: He has so much contempt for tennis that he wrote a book (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Strokes-of-Genius/L-Jon-Wertheim/e/9780547232805/?itm=2) about the men's 2008 Wimbledon final (and a book about Venus Williams, also, I think).

Werthaim is one of US' most respected tennis pundits. I don't care much for him, but no, he's not a frustrated NFL writer.

Imo? He, like most journalists who cover tennis, focus on the ATP. Chances he didn't even bother to check Ana's record against Italians are high.

oh.:o
well, he works for Sports Illustrated, and the majority of their subscribers are anything but tennis fans. So hes still the little man at his company.:ras::ras::ras:

gaviotabr
May 22nd, 2009, 10:21 PM
Everyone is writting Ana off from the first match.. I just hope she can prove these people wrong.. fight hard to do well in RG.

Isha312
May 22nd, 2009, 10:27 PM
Do we know what day she'll start? I fully intend to be able to watch every single Ana match, so I need to plan which days I'm going to have to switch at work and which days i'll just be "sick".

gaviotabr
May 22nd, 2009, 10:27 PM
Do we know what day she'll start? I fully intend to be able to watch every single Ana match, so I need to plan which days I'm going to have to switch at work and which days i'll just be "sick".

:lol:

I guess we will know tomorrow when the OOP is released.

jelenacg
May 22nd, 2009, 10:34 PM
They can write whatever they want as long as they end up being wrong :lol::lol:
I still find it hilarious that Craig is using twitter :rolls:

spiritedenergy
May 22nd, 2009, 10:58 PM
the draw looks pretty good, I mean the first 3 rounds... that's all that matters for now, Ana didn't reach a 4th round at a slam in 1 year:rolleyes:

Then if she menages to reach the 4th round, anything can happen.:kiss:

gaviotabr
May 22nd, 2009, 11:00 PM
They can write whatever they want as long as they end up being wrong :lol::lol:
I still find it hilarious that Craig is using twitter :rolls:

Me too! :lol: Pity that he doesn't twitt more often.. :lol:

gaviotabr
May 22nd, 2009, 11:02 PM
By the way.. :lol: CNN has a list with top contenders for RG and they have Ana with a pic of Radwanska!!! :lol::help::tape:

http://edition.cnn.com/2009/SPORT/05/22/top.contenders/index.html?iref=24hours

gaviotabr
May 22nd, 2009, 11:04 PM
the draw looks pretty good, I mean the first 3 rounds... that's all that matters for now, Ana didn't reach a 4th round at a slam in 1 year:rolleyes:

Then if she menages to reach the 4th round, anything can happen.:kiss:

Yes.. just match by match.. we never know with Ana..

I can't take another early exit.. :sobbing:

jelenacg
May 22nd, 2009, 11:09 PM
By the way.. :lol: CNN has a list with top contenders for RG and they have Ana with a pic of Radwanska!!! :lol::help::tape:

http://edition.cnn.com/2009/SPORT/05/22/top.contenders/index.html?iref=24hours

:lol::lol:
So much about their professionalism :rolleyes:

spiritedenergy
May 22nd, 2009, 11:10 PM
By the way.. :lol: CNN has a list with top contenders for RG and they have Ana with a pic of Radwanska!!! :lol::help::tape:

http://edition.cnn.com/2009/SPORT/05/22/top.contenders/index.html?iref=24hours

:lol::help::tape:

jonnyroyale_13
May 22nd, 2009, 11:13 PM
By the way.. :lol: CNN has a list with top contenders for RG and they have Ana with a pic of Radwanska!!! :lol::help::tape:

http://edition.cnn.com/2009/SPORT/05/22/top.contenders/index.html?iref=24hours

Aga Ivanovic:hearts:

What do they mean "unlikely champion?" I cant even remember who was the favorite to win last year.

gaviotabr
May 22nd, 2009, 11:15 PM
I thought this was cute:

"I love You Ana"

L'inverse d'un Nadal, battu par Federer en finale du Masters 1000. "J'ai plus de contrôle de la balle qu'à Madrid. On a le sentiment que la balle reste plus dans la raquette. Selon moi, c'est plus facile à contrôler ici" explique le Majorquin qui s'est entraîné pendant une heure sur le court Philippe Chatrier ce midi. Juste avant Ana Ivanovic. Novak Djokovic passant dans les tribunes a hurlé un magnifique "I love you Ana" puis s'est rendu en salle de presse.



http://www.lesdessousdusport.fr/roland-garros-le-tournoi-a-deja-commence-5220

Google translation:

"I love you Ana"

The inverse of a Nadal, beaten by Federer in the finals of the 1000 Masters. "I have more control of the ball than in Madrid. It was the feeling that the ball remains in the racket. I think it is easier to control here," said the Majorcan who has been training for a hours on the Philippe Chatrier court this afternoon. Just before Ana Ivanovic. Novak Djokovic from the stands in a magnificent yelled "I love you Ana" then went to the press room.

Nole :hearts:

gaviotabr
May 22nd, 2009, 11:17 PM
Aga Ivanovic:hearts:

What do they mean "unlikely champion?" I cant even remember who was the favorite to win last year.

Go figure.. I thought Ana was a pretty likely champion last year considering she was a finalist the year before.

I think people considered Serena the favorite last year.. :shrug:

gaviotabr
May 22nd, 2009, 11:22 PM
One thing I wanted to comment.. I like Zvonareva.. but if she knows she won't be playing or has a very slight chance, she should have withdrawn before the draw was made. It will get all messed up... It seems that she has not had any practice yet.

jelenacg
May 22nd, 2009, 11:23 PM
Nole :hearts::hearts:
Was that after he saw the draw :lol:
I just remembered that when he was here during Serbian open he had a meeting with some fans and someone asked him if he can give him Ana`s phone number :lol: Everybody end up laughing after that

jelenacg
May 22nd, 2009, 11:26 PM
One thing I wanted to comment.. I like Zvonareva.. but if she knows she won't be playing or has a very slight chance, she should have withdrawn before the draw was made. It will get all messed up... It seems that she has not had any practice yet.

Yes,i was thinking the same thing what`s with her
Is she playing or not?I guess we won`t know until the last minute

gaviotabr
May 22nd, 2009, 11:29 PM
Nole :hearts::hearts:
Was that after he saw the draw :lol:
I just remembered that when he was here during Serbian open he had a meeting with some fans and someone asked him if he can give him Ana`s phone number :lol: Everybody end up laughing after that

:lol:

I think it was after the draw.. :lol: He has a great shot at a final. It should be a tough semi with Federer.

gaviotabr
May 22nd, 2009, 11:32 PM
Yes,i was thinking the same thing what`s with her
Is she playing or not?I guess we won`t know until the last minute

Yes... she will probably wait until after the OOP is released.. which will mean a LL will get her place.. :help:

Loungy
May 22nd, 2009, 11:32 PM
I think Serena and JJ were last year's top favorites. Until the tournament actually started, then it was mostly all Ana, all the time.

gaviotabr
May 22nd, 2009, 11:34 PM
I think Serena and JJ were last year's top favorites. Until the tournament actually started, then it was mostly all Ana, all the time.

Yes.. Ana was the standout player from her second round match against Safarova. Such great memories! :sobbing:

jelenacg
May 22nd, 2009, 11:39 PM
:lol:

I think it was after the draw.. :lol: He has a great shot at a final. It should be a tough semi with Federer.

Very tough but everything is better than playing Nadal in SF :lol:
JJ is playing Cetkovska in first round :lol: :lol: sweet memoriess

gaviotabr
May 22nd, 2009, 11:44 PM
Very tough but everything is better than playing Nadal in SF :lol:
JJ is playing Cetkovska in first round :lol: :lol: sweet memoriess

Cetkovska! :sobbing: I'll heart that match forever! :hearts:

jonnyroyale_13
May 23rd, 2009, 12:20 AM
Yes.. Ana was the standout player from her second round match against Safarova. Such great memories! :sobbing:

The only more dominating performance that i think ive seen by Ana is the 2007 Stuttgart win over Schnyder. Id say the Safarova match is number 2, for domination. And Luxembourg over Golovin is up there too. Ana's double bagel was nice, but a little sloppy.:hug:

InsideOut.
May 23rd, 2009, 04:46 AM
For domination I'd put 2006 Montreal over Hingis right up there. Yes it was 6-2 6-3 but Hingis never even got to deuce on Ana's serve (Hingis!!!!!! :eek:) and she couldn't even read Ana's game properly. 18-year-old Ana :hearts: 21-year-old Ana :smash:

jonnyroyale_13
May 23rd, 2009, 05:40 AM
For domination I'd put 2006 Montreal over Hingis right up there. Yes it was 6-2 6-3 but Hingis never even got to deuce on Ana's serve (Hingis!!!!!! :eek:) and she couldn't even read Ana's game properly. 18-year-old Ana :hearts: 21-year-old Ana :smash:

That was a rude introduction to Ana, when she played Martina like that in Montreal. Not the best way to convert an Hingis fan into an Ivanovic fan, but it did have some effects. The next time i heard of Ivanovic again was the Tokyo final, it was the first and last time the name Ivanovic bothered me. But what a dud for a final that one was.:help::help: I agree, that Montreal match is just as dominating as the others if not more impressive since it was her first tier one final.
And 21-year-old Ana:smash:, she is definitely due for a dominating win.

Marilyn Monheaux
May 23rd, 2009, 10:43 AM
21-year-old Ana has to release her 18-year-old self again:sad:

Dexter
May 23rd, 2009, 11:16 AM
I'm not looking much further than 1r in the draw in Ana's case. We remember how last year she had Serena in the draw and we all know what happened. Errani is the kind of opponent and shouldn't have problems with. If she's fit and healthy...

Dexter
May 23rd, 2009, 12:22 PM
Ana opens up the proceedings tomorrow at 11 on Philippe Chatrier like last year. Good omen perhaps?

Marilyn Monheaux
May 23rd, 2009, 12:31 PM
Hopefully:scared:

I can't wait for the FO to begin:drool:

Davodus
May 23rd, 2009, 12:33 PM
good omen :rocker2:

i expect her to give errani a beatdown, and she really should

InsideOut.
May 23rd, 2009, 12:44 PM
1st up on court :scared:

Ajde :scared:

gaviotabr
May 23rd, 2009, 01:09 PM
So, Ana opens the tournament once again!

C'mon Ana, let's have an easy and fast win! Idemo! :armed:

The Daviator
May 23rd, 2009, 01:36 PM
I'm glad she's first up, I can't stand waiting, I'll be so relieved if she wins, two days off and a very favourable second round match, come on Ana :rocker2:

gaviotabr
May 23rd, 2009, 01:58 PM
I'm glad she's first up, I can't stand waiting, I'll be so relieved if she wins, two days off and a very favourable second round match, come on Ana :rocker2:

I was thinking exactly the same. I'll be relieved once she has that first match done (with a good win obviously), and then 2 days off. It's good for my nerves and also for Ana's knee I think.. she can have an extra day of rest for it after the effort of the first match.

I can only hope Ana steps into Philippe Chatrier court very determined and really focused. She has to get to a good start..