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CloudAtlas
Sep 3rd, 2009, 02:27 PM
http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/284050,media-feels-for-ivanovic-as-her-downward-spiral-continues.html

"This has to do with my lack of self confidence. I just kept choosing wrong shots and did not have enough confidence in myself ...For years I did not have a real vacation so now I want to 'switch off' from tennis for a while... I believe that will help me to get back on track."

"I would love to return to the tennis top and I'm clearly motivated to leave this crisis behind, but its just not working,"


Obviously it's not 100% confirmed yet but it is probably what's gonna happen. I don't think she needs a break , she needs to play more matches to get that confidence back, and with her being out of the top 10 and free to play unlimited International tournaments next year I thought that would've been the best idea.

mashasabinefan1
Sep 3rd, 2009, 02:29 PM
Thats a good decision. she definately needs a break to get her head sorted out. good luck ana:)

InsideOut.
Sep 3rd, 2009, 02:30 PM
:sobbing: if that's what is needed :sobbing:

Jorn
Sep 3rd, 2009, 02:31 PM
Her next tournament is PPO in Japan in 3-4 weeks time so she's forced to take a break...

CloudAtlas
Sep 3rd, 2009, 02:32 PM
I dread to think what will happen if she comes back and then isn't successful. You know the saying "A drowning man tries to grab everything and anything around him" , well I think this fits here. I don't think anyone knows , not even Ana herself or anyone around her what exactly it is that she needs.

Rafito.
Sep 3rd, 2009, 02:34 PM
I dont think Ana is like Vaidisova. Ana has more potential to shine and I dont think a break is going to do the trick. She just needs to re-focus.

Nikkiri
Sep 3rd, 2009, 02:34 PM
She needs a break. She should just call it a year. Do something away from tennis then work on her game and come back in January.

mapaliey
Sep 3rd, 2009, 02:40 PM
this is her life break from tennis = do commercial and photoshoot for her sponsorship = nothing improve her tennis ability and crisis...

Dawson.
Sep 3rd, 2009, 02:47 PM
I think she should just end her year right now. Take a month off, do absolutely nothing tennis related. Just lie on a beach for a month is that's what she really wants to do. The next month, start light training again and see a sports psychologist. November/December intense training. Sort out that ball toss! Work on a new on court demeanor; she gets way to excited and worked up these days against opponents she should be brushing aside. Come back next year playing smaller events until the confidence is there. And most importantly: do not expect miricles to happen! She cannot expect to be her old self after these 3 months off - that was the easy part, the hard part begins in 2010.

jonny84
Sep 3rd, 2009, 02:55 PM
Ana should have a break. She hasn't played that well all year. Her only highlight was reaching the Indian Wells final. Wimbledon was heartbreaking for her this year and also heartbreaking that she has lost her place in the Top10.
A little break could recharge her batteries and hopefully she will comeback to her top tennis.

Ksenia.
Sep 3rd, 2009, 02:58 PM
Finally.

Jose-Luis
Sep 3rd, 2009, 03:09 PM
Thank God. :spit:

BuTtErFrEnA
Sep 3rd, 2009, 03:13 PM
good...although she has a title to defend in the fall but i don't think she was going to do that anyways :o take your time off fistpumpovic :hug: come back strong

jade001
Sep 3rd, 2009, 03:18 PM
Yeah take a break, a looooooong one.

faboozadoo15
Sep 3rd, 2009, 03:26 PM
I'd support this depending on how long a break she's thinking of. She should take a month off and play international events, maybe play Bali.

ElusiveChanteuse
Sep 3rd, 2009, 03:30 PM
Wise decision.:yeah:
At least she's not going to retire.:)

Vaidisova Ruled
Sep 3rd, 2009, 03:42 PM
I think taking a break from tennis is a bad idea.
She should play the little WTA tournaments (MM). There's no way she can't win a tournament like Tashkent.

When Mauresmo was in the same kind of slump (2007) she decided to not play US open (I think?) and when she came back her problems were far from solved.
Maybe Ana is different...

volta
Sep 3rd, 2009, 03:47 PM
at least someone knows what they need to do unlike say ... Nicole :rolleyes:

good decision :hug:

Michael.
Sep 3rd, 2009, 03:47 PM
just play the smaller events ana :shrug: , no need for a break .

Dave.
Sep 3rd, 2009, 04:08 PM
I think this is the best decision, just take off the rest of the season if needs be. Playing smaller events will not help, if her confidence is this low already it would just make things worse. Ana's not going to all of a sudden start winning matches just because the tournaments are less important, it's still the same players she's been losing to.

That said, taking a long break doesn't mean she'll start winning as soon as she comes back. It's going to be a very long, difficult road back either way.


Of course, goes without saying the WTA will not be the same at all should she take a break. The tour is in a far worse situation without her, even when she's playing like crap. :sobbing:

DutchieGirl
Sep 3rd, 2009, 04:14 PM
Ifshe was in top 10 after Wimby (i am not sure) then she can only play 1 smaller event - unless she goes back to ITFs.

thegreendestiny
Sep 3rd, 2009, 04:25 PM
She should travel with Nicole and Radek for a while. Maybe that will ease some of the pressure off of her. :devil:

Kipling
Sep 3rd, 2009, 04:35 PM
She should travel with Nicole and Radek for a while. Maybe that will ease some of the pressure off of her. :devil:

You really think hanging around with Bonnie and Clyde is really going to fix Ana?

ms. double fault
Sep 3rd, 2009, 04:40 PM
get a mental coach. focus. end of story. :lol:

madmax
Sep 3rd, 2009, 04:41 PM
about time really...she looks miserable and desperate nowadays, a break is mandatory

Langers
Sep 3rd, 2009, 04:43 PM
She's also 'stated' that she will play the next tournaments she is scheduled for...

FWIW I hope she takes a break until December and start training for Aussie summer.

spencercarlos
Sep 3rd, 2009, 04:46 PM
http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/284050,media-feels-for-ivanovic-as-her-downward-spiral-continues.html




Obviously it's not 100% confirmed yet but it is probably what's gonna happen. I don't think she needs a break , she needs to play more matches to get that confidence back, and with her being out of the top 10 and free to play unlimited International tournaments next year I thought that would've been the best idea.
The wisest move that she will do for the year.

Keegan
Sep 3rd, 2009, 04:53 PM
Shame, I really feel sorry for her. As much as I despise Ana, I still think she deserves a better career. She's just one of those players I have a major soft spot for.

I am a little disappointed/saddened by this news, but hopefully she can come back more mature, more self confident and more motivated than ever before. Like I said, I still don't like her, but I'd love to see her at the top of the game because she is really not that bad a player.

Ferg
Sep 3rd, 2009, 04:58 PM
Im not so sure, i remember other players stating they're taking breaks then pop up at a tournament a week or two later. :shrug:

Roookie
Sep 3rd, 2009, 05:00 PM
She's young, i think its the right decision. Come back stronger next year Ana!. We'll need you for the Fed Cup.

sipnsurfMurph
Sep 3rd, 2009, 05:10 PM
Wonder if Chris. Evert will dust off her open letter skills?

drake3781
Sep 3rd, 2009, 05:10 PM
I think she should just end her year right now. Take a month off, do absolutely nothing tennis related. Just lie on a beach for a month is that's what she really wants to do. The next month, start light training again and see a sports psychologist. November/December intense training. Sort out that ball toss! Work on a new on court demeanor; she gets way to excited and worked up these days against opponents she should be brushing aside. Come back next year playing smaller events until the confidence is there. And most importantly: do not expect miricles to happen! She cannot expect to be her old self after these 3 months off - that was the easy part, the hard part begins in 2010.


Good post. ITA.

Ana has the added factor of potentially being the next "it" girl, which brings huge money but also huge pressures and commitments. This has to be dealt with by a very capable manager who can keep it all separate from her tennis, and somehow not allow it to affect her tennis.

danieln1
Sep 3rd, 2009, 05:39 PM
I think she should go to ibiza, or an italian beach, or a spa or resort, forget tennis for some weeks and come back in China or Europe, because she´s needing an urgent break from tennis...

Also the organizers of the bali tournament should give a wild card to her

eck
Sep 3rd, 2009, 08:35 PM
I think she told ES that she's quitting this season.

cogent53
Sep 3rd, 2009, 08:41 PM
Her decline since winning RG and becoming world number 1 is astonishing. She just seems so tense and nervous when she plays, and as we know, so much of sport is in the head. You look how mentally strong Serena is (or Steffi or Chrissie or Martina or Justine maybe!)
Compare them to someone who is an outstanding natural talent like say Jana Novotna, an incredible athlete but a basket case!
Ana has looked unhappy on the court lately. I'm not sure if a break will do her good - won't she come back with the same problems? However she does not look to be having much fun right now.

Curtos07
Sep 3rd, 2009, 08:48 PM
These rumors about taking a break are false. Her manager said she will be playing Tokyo and Beijing. She's just taking the next couple of weeks off.

http://www.b92.net/sport/tenis/vesti.php?yyyy=2009&mm=09&dd=03&nav_id=379562

HeninFan_2008
Sep 3rd, 2009, 09:04 PM
Good move Queen Ana. Get your head straight, rest up and come back strong in 2010! :worship:

Daniel
Sep 3rd, 2009, 09:16 PM
A break is always good. Good luck Ana

Curtos07
Sep 3rd, 2009, 09:21 PM
Ana's new diary at her website today.

Short break, then onto Asia
It's no secret that this is the most difficult time of my career so far. Losing in the first round of the US Open hurt a great deal, I can tell you that.

I feel mentally exhausted. This season has been very difficult in terms of my health and form: even though I'm in great shape in terms of my stamina and speed, I've been picking up so many small injuries. Just when I felt like I was close to getting back into my rhythm, I would feel pain in a new place, and then I'd feel like I'm starting all over again.

It's obviously affected my confidence and I've overanalysed it too, and let if affect me far too much - not just the injuries, but my desire to get back to the top.

I feel like I haven't had a proper break in such a long time. Now I think the best thing to do is to take a week or two off, to totally switch off from tennis, and come back refreshed for my next tournament, which is in Tokyo at the end of the month.

After that I will play in Beijing: they're two big tournaments, so there is still a lot to play for. It would be great to end the season on a high, going into next year.

Thanks a lot for all your messages of suport. It has been very touching to read them in the past couple of days. At the same time, I would like you all to know that I am fine! Of course, I am very disappointed, but I am really optimistic for the future too!

Love
Ana

http://www.anaivanovic.com/index.php?path=diary&detailpage=246

Rome
Sep 3rd, 2009, 09:38 PM
Here is what i think Ana first thing is go back too hitting that Forehand the way she use too hit with out very much spin second keep working on the back hit harder on that side with margen and her problems sould work them self out.

améliemomo
Sep 3rd, 2009, 09:44 PM
I think its a bad idea.

Sean.
Sep 3rd, 2009, 09:45 PM
Bad decision, her game is there it's just her head that isn't! A break wont help that.

Joana
Sep 3rd, 2009, 09:58 PM
Ana's new diary at her website today.


http://www.anaivanovic.com/index.php?path=diary&detailpage=246

So much for the "break" then. That was her original schedule. She could have won the US Open and still not played until Tokyo.

Kart
Sep 3rd, 2009, 10:04 PM
Her tennis has long since already taken a break.

It's probably not a bad idea to give herself one as well.

Rod the Bama
Sep 3rd, 2009, 10:39 PM
I`m glad that Ana will be taking a much needed break to get away from tennis. Hopefully she can start getting things together after a month off.

F-R-E-A-K
Sep 3rd, 2009, 10:52 PM
Ana :hug: :hug:

Steffica Greles
Sep 3rd, 2009, 10:53 PM
Fair play, fair play.

It's better than another one of these stupid retirements, only to emerge a couple of years later, which is making the women's tour look silly.

Go get some rest, enjoy your time off, stay in reasonable shape and don't pig out, and then come back next year. I think that's a good plan.

joão.
Sep 3rd, 2009, 10:58 PM
Uh-oh. :o

V's a star
Sep 3rd, 2009, 11:00 PM
She shud jus take the rest of ther year off. Come back in Brisbane or Sydney start from there. I cud actually see her doing well if thats the case.

gmokb
Sep 3rd, 2009, 11:07 PM
Sometimes just taking a break and stepping back from a situation helps. Hope it works for her.

DownTheLine21
Sep 3rd, 2009, 11:08 PM
She shud jus take the rest of ther year off. Come back in Brisbane or Sydney start from there. I cud actually see her doing well if thats the case.

This makes the most sense to me, as well.

KoOlMaNsEaN
Sep 3rd, 2009, 11:09 PM
Thank the Lord. You're making the right decision Ana. Rest up!

Curtos07
Sep 4th, 2009, 12:00 AM
Ana is just taking a two week break people! Lets not overreact!

V's a star
Sep 4th, 2009, 12:01 AM
Ana is just taking a two week break people! Lets not overreact!

She needs more then that to be honest

Curtos07
Sep 4th, 2009, 12:11 AM
She needs more then that to be honest

I agree, I think she should take the rest of the year off. But I can't blame her for wanting to play.

KournikovaFan91
Sep 4th, 2009, 12:43 AM
2 weeks is that all, she needs about 2 months, a good new coach and a head shrink.:yeah:

She will be back on top in 2010 :) :)

spiritedenergy
Sep 4th, 2009, 12:49 AM
she also wants her fans and the press "who feels for her" to know:

Thanks a lot for all your messages of suport. It has been very touching to read them in the past couple of days. At the same time, I would like you all to know that I am fine! Of course, I am very disappointed, but I am really optimistic for the future too!

Love
Ana

;)

AstuteLearner8
Sep 4th, 2009, 01:17 AM
Well, not a surprise, but go on and do whatever you want now (for the rest of 2009)

AnomyBC
Sep 4th, 2009, 05:44 AM
She should spend a few months in ball toss camp I think. They should just make her practice her ball toss over and over again for like 12 hours a day and she should have to toss it correctly at least once whenever she wants food or water or a bathroom break. It might sound cruel, but I think that's the only way to fix her :)

thegreendestiny
Sep 4th, 2009, 06:52 AM
I think Ana will regain her confidence once she defeats Jankovic again.

Mistress of Evil
Sep 4th, 2009, 07:49 AM
I am not sure but I heard on Eurosport news that Ana is done with 2009 season.

SIN DIOS NI LEY
Sep 4th, 2009, 08:16 AM
What a coincidence !!!

Adam Scott is also taking a break from Golf for a knee surgery in Australia

Fantasy Hero
Sep 4th, 2009, 09:05 AM
I am not sure but I heard on Eurosport news that Ana is done with 2009 season.

i heard the same stuff....i guess it's the right choice...get back soon Ana:hug:

W!MBLEDON
Sep 4th, 2009, 09:06 AM
good girl... we don't want another nicole... :tape:

fifiricci
Sep 4th, 2009, 10:37 AM
I think she should just end her year right now. Take a month off, do absolutely nothing tennis related. Just lie on a beach for a month is that's what she really wants to do. The next month, start light training again and see a sports psychologist. November/December intense training. Sort out that ball toss! Work on a new on court demeanor; she gets way to excited and worked up these days against opponents she should be brushing aside. Come back next year playing smaller events until the confidence is there. And most importantly: do not expect miricles to happen! She cannot expect to be her old self after these 3 months off - that was the easy part, the hard part begins in 2010.

Couldn't agree more with this post. :)

Jizynovic
Sep 4th, 2009, 10:52 AM
whatever that good for you, honey...

Vaidisova Ruled
Sep 4th, 2009, 11:19 AM
Ana is not taking a break:

Short break, then onto Asia / September 03, 2009 (ai.com)

cn ireland
Sep 4th, 2009, 08:14 PM
Thats a good decision:yeah:!

We need Ana back at the top of the game and I think she needs a lengthy break in order to do this.

Serenita
Sep 4th, 2009, 08:26 PM
good luck Ana

Darop.
Sep 4th, 2009, 08:44 PM
I think this is a great decision, once confidence is gone the situation only gets worse and worse if you keep playing week in and week out.

She just needs to get out of that mental circle and have a fresh start after a bit of vacation.

SAEKeithSerena
Sep 5th, 2009, 12:04 AM
take your rest and come back stronger than ever!

Curtos07
Sep 5th, 2009, 12:07 AM
Seriously people, get your facts straight! She isn't taking the rest of the year off. She said in her diary which was posted here yesterday that she is just taking the next couple of weeks off. Doesn't every player who loses early at USO does the same? How is this news?

tenn_ace
Sep 5th, 2009, 12:18 AM
hasn't she taken a long break last year after Wimbledon?

Rafito.
Sep 5th, 2009, 01:04 AM
Seriously people, get your facts straight! She isn't taking the rest of the year off. She said in her diary which was posted here yesterday that she is just taking the next couple of weeks off. Doesn't every player who loses early at USO does the same? How is this news?

Exactly! Everyone else is just jealous of Ana. She will never be a Vaidisova.

DOUBLEFIST
Sep 5th, 2009, 01:16 AM
Sorry, but I don't believe that's the answer.

I like Ana, but I think she's running away from her problem instead of fighting through it. Of course maybe she gonna continue to practice and develop her game while she's "away," but it doesn't seem that way. If so, than I take back the above. If not, however...

dsanders06
Sep 5th, 2009, 03:29 AM
Sorry, but what exactly do you people think a magical "break" will achieve? Realistically, just lying on a beach for a few weeks isn't going to allow her to switch off... if she has nothing to do, her mind will drift back to tennis and she will ruminate over her woes more than ever, and when she starts to play again she'll be full of even more doubt. I don't want to sound all moral, but running away from a problem never solved anything. As hard as it is, she just has to keep at it and try to work through it.

I actually don't think her main problem IS lack of confidence or self-belief... I think it's that she wants success TOO much. When she's on court, you can sense that she's just desperate for a win, and that she's suffocating under the pressure she puts herself under. The way to combat that is to put tennis lower down on your list of priorities: remember that it's ultimately just a game, and that she could walk away from the sport today and still be a Grand Slam champion and be financially set for life. And that she has other options in life even if tennis doesn't work out - she's such a star in Serbia that she could easily become a media personality, and I've even heard that she's really intelligent and so maybe she could even go to University. Success in tennis often finally comes when you stop wanting it so desperately.

propi
Sep 5th, 2009, 03:38 AM
Don't rush to come back, Ana! Maybe it's time what she needs the most, and unluckyly that's the only thing she cannot buy nor can get back... if tennis doesn't make her happy right now (seems like it's more frustrating for her that anyother thing) the break is the answer

RJWCapriati
Sep 5th, 2009, 04:04 AM
Great decision........she really needs it. Speaking of breaks...please Nicole....stop this insanity for a while!

sara636
Sep 6th, 2009, 07:30 AM
There aren’t many tennis players on tour that I like but Ana is one of them. In my opinion taking a break will do Ana no good. It’s amazing to track Ana’s decline from winning the French Open to now. What happened? :confused: Winning Roland Garros and becoming #1 last year was the peak of Ana’s career and there’s no where else for her to go but down. Being the #1 player, Ana thought her opponents would simple roll over and gave her the match but she was wrong. Also I guess the pressure of being the #1 player and the next “it girl” for the WTA finally took its toll on Ana. She simply can not deal with the pressure and expectation that is placed upon her every time she enters a match any more. Taking a break only prolongs the inevitable :help::help::help:

BlueTrees
May 24th, 2011, 03:05 PM
I think she needs to take another break. :tape: :facepalm:

Polikarpov
May 24th, 2011, 03:06 PM
I think she needs to take another break. :tape: :facepalm:

As if anything good ever happened when she took a break back then.

Hian
May 24th, 2011, 03:08 PM
But she isn't bad. I mean, she plays a good and aggressive tennis. Her problem is mentality... today Johanna was simply more intelligent: she held her energies for the last set, while Ana had to do more than her to win the second of course.
She doesn't need to take a break. She simply has to stay more focused on court, and good results will come. Ana is too good to not stay in Top 10.

Sweet4rush
May 24th, 2011, 03:18 PM
OMG this article is old....there's nothing like this around in the news...this is what she said after her us open loss in 2009.. this isnt true ppl!!!!