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gaviotabr
Dec 30th, 2010, 05:51 AM
So.. here it is.. I opened the thread! I'm hoping to keep the luck and good fortunes coming, as I also opened the end of the season thread and that worked pretty well. I hope I'm not pushing it! :lol:

Come on Ana, you can take Australia by storm this year! Rock it! Ajde!

gaviotabr
Dec 30th, 2010, 05:54 AM
We can celebrate here Ana winning Hopman Cup, Sydney and AO!

Awesome!

:bounce:

gaviotabr
Dec 30th, 2010, 06:07 AM
I'm almost changing the name of the thread to.. "Keep the party going!" :lol:

Pops Maellard
Dec 30th, 2010, 06:12 AM
http://i36.tinypic.com/2mqlw6g.jpg

Pops Maellard
Dec 30th, 2010, 06:18 AM
I'd kind of expect her to beat Justine at Hopman...Justine apparently doesn't have her elbow at 100%, and really the last time they played Ana was awful.

Davodus
Dec 30th, 2010, 06:34 AM
Brenda gif :sobbing:

Izzy I hope you bring good luck, otherwise you'll never wanna open a thread again :lol: I'm excited for the new season...I'd be more excited if she was playing Brisbane :ras: but Hopman Cup is the next best choice :p

The 2nd Law
Dec 30th, 2010, 07:34 AM
Can't wait to see her play :)

jelenacg
Dec 30th, 2010, 09:29 AM
Rocking Australia :hearts:
Ajde !!

Adrian1092
Dec 30th, 2010, 11:17 AM
Can't wait for it to start :woohoo:
I've never tried opening a thread in here so I might try at RG or something :lol:
Ajde Ana :yeah: She looks so fit :hearts:

azdaja
Dec 30th, 2010, 11:43 AM
so, here is the hopman cup draw again:

Group A
Serbia – Ana Ivanovic and Novak Djokovic
Belgium – Justine Henin and Steve Darcis
Kazakhstan – Yaroslava Shvedova and Andrey Golubev
Australia – Alicia Molik and Lleyton Hewitt

the off-season thread should remain dormant now.

kimgurl
Dec 30th, 2010, 01:26 PM
go ana!!!im actually very excited to see ana win another grand slam this year..c'mon make it happen..:bounce:

anyone have a pic of ana's outfit for AO..sorry havent seen it yet..:):help:

cocco80
Dec 30th, 2010, 02:05 PM
I've never tried opening a thread in here so I might try at RG or something :lol:


sorry, taken. :lol:

cocco80
Dec 30th, 2010, 02:07 PM
anyone have a pic of ana's outfit for AO..sorry havent seen it yet..:):help:

go to the pictures thread. it's not too bad, but she had better. much better.

Cp6uja
Dec 30th, 2010, 02:18 PM
We can celebrate here Ana winning Hopman Cup, Sydney and AO!

Awesome!

:bounce:Sorry... but only in yours dreams :shrug:
Ana will tank-job Sydney and will win only HC and AO this january :sad:


BTW I just visit site of worlds most famous bookmaker William Hill to check odds for upcoming Hopman Cup (winner) (http://www.williamhill.com/en/nui/free-bet/#http://sports.williamhill.com/bet/EN). Today's odds are: SRB-1.91, GBR-4.50, BEL-7.00, USA-10, ITA-13, AUS-15, FRA-26, KAZ-34. But bigger impression on me have odds from "WTA specials" link there which I notice, where for Who Will Be 2011 Year End WTA Number One? (http://www.williamhill.com/en/nui/free-bet/#http://sports.williamhill.com/bet/EN) W.Hill give odds: Caro-3, Kim-4, Serena-7, Vera-7, Ana-9, Henin-11, Vika-21, Stosur-26, JJ-26, Venus-34, Maria-34, Fran-34. Is that just me, or W.Hill very overrated chances of Caro, Kim, Serena and Vera?!? Nobody knows how many times Serena will spend to be back on high level and will she be (ever again) full ready; Clijsters with hers Hardcourts big events ONLY reduced schedule already have maximum in 2010 (#3) and no signs that she will change anything in 2011, Vera cant be better than in 2010, and Caro which more than 60% points traditionally coming from fast hardcourts (August-October) no way that will be so lucky again like in 2010 that both Williams and both Belgians will not play anything after USO. But OK, W.Hill is most famous bookmaker in the world with reason, so we must to live with fact that Ana will start 2011 like player which chances to finish 2011 at WTA#1 is rated just at #5 :( :( :( ;)

Sharapovian
Dec 30th, 2010, 02:53 PM
Ajde Ana!!! :cheer:

soul
Dec 30th, 2010, 03:54 PM
Somehow I have a stron good feeling about the new season; I really missed Ana play Let the show begin...............

doni1212
Dec 30th, 2010, 04:39 PM
I'd kind of expect her to beat Justine at Hopman...Justine apparently doesn't have her elbow at 100%, and really the last time they played Ana was awful.

I am too. We'll see what happens...

And by the way Izzy, I love the title!

jelenacg
Dec 30th, 2010, 08:51 PM
I can`t believe Novak didn`t arrive in Perth already :rolleyes:
He will have 2-3 days to adapt before his first match :o I know hopman cup is not important but it would be such a great start of the year for Ana if they managed to win it somehow

cocco80
Dec 30th, 2010, 08:55 PM
I can`t believe Novak didn`t arrive in Perth already :rolleyes:
He will have 2-3 days to adapt before his first match :o I know hopman cup is not important but it would be such a great start of the year for Ana if they managed to win it somehow

where is he atm anyway?

jelenacg
Dec 30th, 2010, 09:06 PM
where is he atm anyway?

He was in Dubai yesterday ,there are pics with him and Zlatan Ibrahimovic
2-3 days is really short time to adapt especially bc he is known to have problems with heat :rolleyes:

Tweedle
Dec 30th, 2010, 09:17 PM
I can`t believe Novak didn`t arrive in Perth already :rolleyes:
He will have 2-3 days to adapt before his first match :o I know hopman cup is not important but it would be such a great start of the year for Ana if they managed to win it somehow

Novak is in Dubai preparing for the new season(The guy had barely any holidays before he had to start training again,with his first match being less than a month after he finished D.Cup).In case you didn't know Hopman Cup is an indoor tournament so what conditions you're referring to adapting to I'm not quite sure.And aswell as that, it was 23 degrees celsius in both Dubai and Perth today,so I'm sure he will be adjusted to the Australian heat when it actually becomes a factor like at the Aussie Open where they play outdoors.Both Murray and Isner haven't arrived yet either(though I read on a Perth journo's twitter that Murray is the only player that won't be there for the ball apparantely) so is he meant to practice with phantom players or what? It's different for Ana,practically all the girls are there so she's been knocking up with them.He's been in a training camp in Dubai with Viktor and some other players he can hit with and he'll be in Perth at some stage on Friday.Next time get your facts straight before you bash a player for being lazy or unprofessional or whatever it is you were trying to say

cocco80
Dec 30th, 2010, 09:17 PM
He was in Dubai yesterday ,there are pics with him and Zlatan Ibrahimovic
2-3 days is really short time to adapt especially bc he is known to have problems with heat :rolleyes:


I'm sure he's already made plans for the New Year's Eve and I don't think his choice was Perth yo begin with.
Hopman cup is not his top priority anyway..

jelenacg
Dec 30th, 2010, 09:38 PM
Novak is in Dubai preparing for the new season(The guy had barely any holidays before he had to start training again,with his first match being less than a month after he finished D.Cup).In case you didn't know Hopman Cup is an indoor tournament so what conditions you're referring to adapting to I'm not quite sure.And aswell as that, it was 23 degrees celsius in both Dubai and Perth today,so I'm sure he will be adjusted to the Australian heat when it actually becomes a factor like at the Aussie Open where they play outdoors.Both Murray and Isner haven't arrived yet either(though I read on a Perth journo's twitter that Murray is the only player that won't be there for the ball apparantely) so is he meant to practice with phantom players or what? It's different for Ana,practically all the girls are there so she's been knocking up with them.He's been in a training camp in Dubai with Viktor and some other players he can hit with and he'll be in Perth at some stage on Friday.Next time get your facts straight before you bash a player for being lazy or unprofessional or whatever it is you were trying to say

:lol:
As far i saw there is 10°C difference between Dubai and Perth but i guess we are looking at different forecasts :shrug:
Novak is the most sensitive player i ever saw ,he has problems with pretty much everything so at least he could do is arrive there few days sooner and adapt imo :rolleyes: Didn`t he lose a match last 2 times at AO bc of heat .One time it was indoor ,other time it was outdoors

Ana always arrives in every tournament she plays 5-7 days earlier it has nothing to do with other female players being there :angel:
I`ll bash whoever i want and whenever i want(this wasn`t even bashing since i like Novak ) ,if you don`t like it just put me on ignore
I'm sure he's already made plans for the New Year's Eve and I don't think his choice was Perth yo begin with.
Hopman cup is not his top priority anyway..

Hopman cup is not anyone's priority but it would be nice to start a year with a title
You are probably right about New Year`s plans

Tweedle
Dec 30th, 2010, 10:14 PM
:lol:
As far i saw there is 10°C difference between Dubai and Perth but i guess we are looking at different forecasts :shrug:
Novak is the most sensitive player i ever saw ,he has problems with pretty much everything so at least he could do is arrive there few days sooner and adapt imo :rolleyes: Didn`t he lose a match last 2 times at AO bc of heat .One time it was indoor ,other time it was outdoors

Ana always arrives in every tournament she plays 5-7 days earlier it has nothing to do with other female players being there :angel:
I`ll bash whoever i want and whenever i want(this wasn`t even bashing since i like Novak ) ,if you don`t like it just put me on ignore


Hopman cup is not anyone's priority but it would be nice to start a year with a title
You are probably right about New Year`s plans

No,no you're absoulutely right, he should have come to Perth and knocked up against a wall,ideal prep,rather than wasting his time with actual players in Dubai.Do you know where the top two players in mens tennis are right now? In the Middle East and will be playing Doha next week.Apparantely they don't think it's too cold a prep for Australia.Yeah he lost in 2009 due to heat which affected his breathing problems,but he won in 2008.And 2010 was a night match and a completely different situation.He was leading 2 sets to 1 on Tsonga and had just thrashed him 6-1 in the third when he had to run off court at the start of the fourth to throw up due to some virus and played shit from there on in(absolutely nothing to do with heat).I am a big fan of Ana but how you think she should be giving lessons to Novak on how to prepare himself given both their results in the last two years and his ability to stay in the top 3 for the last four years,is beyond me(even if her problems were mainly mental,but they weren't all mental.Prior to hiring Marija in Summer she wasn't the fittest player out there either)And again not a criticism of Ana,but you're hardly comparing like with like with their arrival times when Nole had two weeks off at the end of the season in comparison to two months.Every player has a pre-season training regime before their first tournament,and considering he only had two weeks(including this week)if he took a two week holiday(which would be needed with the length of the season),then no doubt there was plenty of stuff to complete before coming to Perth

Sorry to all other posters for hijacking the thread a little with something that's kind of off-topic, but I just felt what was said was a little unfair and not accurate.

jelenacg
Dec 30th, 2010, 10:25 PM
You know what i don`t care :shrug: Heat,viruses,lens,stomachache ,toothache whatever ... don`t care :rolleyes: .As far as i`m concerned he should have arrived there already, end of discussion for me

gaviotabr
Dec 31st, 2010, 01:53 AM
And by the way Izzy, I love the title!

Thanks! Great! :)

Hopefully it brings Ana luck! :D

Pops Maellard
Dec 31st, 2010, 07:14 AM
I think what Ana needs to improve most is her return. Sometimes games went by that she just gifted to her opponents because she hit all the returns into the net. Her return last year while it picked up was at times no better than any other Brainlesskova on the tour.

Dexter
Dec 31st, 2010, 07:20 AM
No,no you're absoulutely right, he should have come to Perth and knocked up against a wall,ideal prep,rather than wasting his time with actual players in Dubai.Do you know where the top two players in mens tennis are right now? In the Middle East and will be playing Doha next week.Apparantely they don't think it's too cold a prep for Australia.Yeah he lost in 2009 due to heat which affected his breathing problems,but he won in 2008.And 2010 was a night match and a completely different situation.He was leading 2 sets to 1 on Tsonga and had just thrashed him 6-1 in the third when he had to run off court at the start of the fourth to throw up due to some virus and played shit from there on in(absolutely nothing to do with heat).I am a big fan of Ana but how you think she should be giving lessons to Novak on how to prepare himself given both their results in the last two years and his ability to stay in the top 3 for the last four years,is beyond me(even if her problems were mainly mental,but they weren't all mental.Prior to hiring Marija in Summer she wasn't the fittest player out there either)And again not a criticism of Ana,but you're hardly comparing like with like with their arrival times when Nole had two weeks off at the end of the season in comparison to two months.Every player has a pre-season training regime before their first tournament,and considering he only had two weeks(including this week)if he took a two week holiday(which would be needed with the length of the season),then no doubt there was plenty of stuff to complete before coming to Perth

Sorry to all other posters for hijacking the thread a little with something that's kind of off-topic, but I just felt what was said was a little unfair and not accurate.Yeah, right because the reason they choose to prepare in Middle East is not $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ but perfect conditions to prepare for Australia. :weirdo:

cocco80
Dec 31st, 2010, 12:28 PM
Yeah, right because the reason they choose to prepare in Middle East is not $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ but perfect conditions to prepare for Australia. :weirdo:

:worship:

Tweedle
Dec 31st, 2010, 04:52 PM
Yeah, right because the reason they choose to prepare in Middle East is not $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ but perfect conditions to prepare for Australia. :weirdo:

Yeah cos when you're a millionaire ten times over like Roger and Rafa, you really notice an extra few grand in your bank account.Because they are so ridiculously rich now they have the luxury of doing what suits them,rather than where the most money is at.When you've got enough money to buy anything you could ever want in life a million times over... yeah you really factor money into your tournament schedules then :rolleyes:

Cp6uja
Dec 31st, 2010, 05:47 PM
Happy New Year to all :aparty: :wavey:

bruce goose
Dec 31st, 2010, 11:04 PM
Most importantly,Happy New Year to Ana:angel: Dulce:wavey:

gaviotabr
Jan 1st, 2011, 11:08 AM
Just woke up.. 2011 baby! :lol:

I'm watching Belgium x Australia mixed doubles.. and Belgium is killing it. For Ana and Nole to have a chance at winning against Belgium I think Ana will have to beat Henin. :scared: Will she be up for it? :unsure:

Ajde!

gaviotabr
Jan 1st, 2011, 11:21 AM
Ana has a new diary up:

Happy New Year!
Search this site:
Home › About Ana › Diary
Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great time on New Year's Eve, and that 2011 brings you everything you wish for.

I had a lot of fun at the New Year's Ball in Perth last night. The atmosphere here at the Hopman Cup is so positive: it's a wonderful place to be, especially at the start of the New Year.

Novak arrived just in time for the Ball, and we remembered how enjoyable the first one we went to was, five years ago, when Novak sang!

One of the highlights of the evening was meeting Mrs Hopman, who is in her 90s and traveled from Florida especially for the Cup. It was so nice to meet her, and many people I remember from when I played here in 2006.

The theme for the Ball was "Love, Peace and Tennis", and there was music from the '60s, which we enjoyed dancing to. When it comes to putting on fun events, the organizers here really are the best. Before and during the whole event they really spoil the players.

I didn't see much of Perth during my last visit but this time I have visited some beautiful beaches. It's like a postcard: white sands and the blue Indian Ocean. The only problem is the danger of shark attacks.

The other day we were preparing to go to one of the main beaches in the city but it was closed because three Tiger sharks were spotted just 80 metres from the shore.

A few hours later the beach was full of people again, with many people swimming in the sea...but we didn't feel like going into the water by then!!

In the photo you can see me at the Ball with my coach Antonio and fitness trainer Marija.

Love
Ana


Sharks.. :scared:

krystian
Jan 1st, 2011, 11:26 AM
hey! can anyone paste the list of Ana's first a few tournaments in 2011?

gaviotabr
Jan 1st, 2011, 11:31 AM
hey! can anyone paste the list of Ana's first a few tournaments in 2011?

Sure!

Ana will play:

Hopman Cup - January 1 - 9, 2011

Sydney - January 9 - 15, 2011

Australian Open - January 17 - 29, 2011

Pattaya City - February 7 - 13, 2011

Dubai - February 14 - 19, 2011

Doha - February 21 - 27, 2011

Indian Wells - March 9 - 20, 2011

Miami - March 23 - April 2, 2010

For more on the schedule, visit: http://www.anaivanovic.com/tournaments

gaviotabr
Jan 1st, 2011, 11:54 AM
Just woke up.. 2011 baby! :lol:

I'm watching Belgium x Australia mixed doubles.. and Belgium is killing it. For Ana and Nole to have a chance at winning against Belgium I think Ana will have to beat Henin. :scared: Will she be up for it? :unsure:

Ajde!

Totally jinxed Belgium! They ended up losing in the match tie break! :spit:

krystian
Jan 1st, 2011, 11:57 AM
gaviotabr, so for 'us' - supporting Serbia, it's good, right?

gaviotabr
Jan 1st, 2011, 12:09 PM
gaviotabr, so for 'us' - supporting Serbia, it's good, right?

Right!

Tomorrow at 5pm local time, Ana's first match of the year against Shvedova at Hopman Cup.

Dexter
Jan 1st, 2011, 02:21 PM
Yeah cos when you're a millionaire ten times over like Roger and Rafa, you really notice an extra few grand in your bank account.Because they are so ridiculously rich now they have the luxury of doing what suits them,rather than where the most money is at.When you've got enough money to buy anything you could ever want in life a million times over... yeah you really factor money into your tournament schedules then :rolleyes:What are you on? There are few people in this world who would resist sheikhs offers. :tape:

Tweedle
Jan 1st, 2011, 03:00 PM
What are you on? There are few people in this world who would resist sheikhs offers. :tape:

Hmm, let me think, Murray Djokovic and any other top players that don't play Doha(or Abu Dhabi).They seem to be able to resist it.If you think Fed and Nadal are playing for money at this stage in their careers then whatever,they play wherever they feel prepares them best(or a tournament they like playing at)for having an assault on the slams.That's what motivates them now,slams,slams,slams.I mean the amount they're rolling in per day what with huge payout lifetime Wilson, Nike,Rolex contracts etc,before you even factor in any prize money..If they thought there was a tournament to prepare them better for the slams offering less money,then they'd be playing there.But whatever,call me nuts if ye want

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 1st, 2011, 07:01 PM
Happy New Year everybody! :bounce:

Can't wait to see Ana play again! :hearts:

Kim's_fan_4ever
Jan 1st, 2011, 08:35 PM
5PM in Australia is 8AM CET, right? And another question is this event streamed?
It's going to be nearly 40 degrees tomorrow in Perth so I hope Ana can take the heat well and defeat Shvedova easily :yeah:

gaviotabr
Jan 1st, 2011, 08:46 PM
5PM in Australia is 8AM CET, right? And another question is this event streamed?
It's going to be nearly 40 degrees tomorrow in Perth so I hope Ana can take the heat well and defeat Shvedova easily :yeah:

The match is played indoors, so I don't think the heat will be such a factor. But I also hope Ana can win it in 2 sets!

Sharapovian
Jan 1st, 2011, 08:55 PM
5PM in Australia is 8AM CET, right? And another question is this event streamed?
It's going to be nearly 40 degrees tomorrow in Perth so I hope Ana can take the heat well and defeat Shvedova easily :yeah:

Perth is +8 GMT so........

10 am. Not what I wrote before :lol:

gaviotabr
Jan 1st, 2011, 08:57 PM
Let's see..

CET is like.. France, Spain, Serbia?

If so, then it will be 10 am.

Sharapovian
Jan 1st, 2011, 08:59 PM
Yeah for GMT it should be 9am and CET 10am :yeah:

jelenacg
Jan 1st, 2011, 09:08 PM
10 am in Serbia ,perfect time for me
But any time is good for me since i don`t do anything during these holidays

gaviotabr
Jan 1st, 2011, 09:15 PM
10 am in Serbia ,perfect time for me
But any time is good for me since i don`t do anything during these holidays

It will be 7am for me.. but I'm so excited to watch Ana play again that any time would be a good time as well!

I hope she shows up playing some great tennis! Fingers crossed!

jelenacg
Jan 1st, 2011, 09:27 PM
It will be 7am for me.. but I'm so excited to watch Ana play again that any time would be a good time as well!

:lol:

I hope she shows up playing some great tennis! Fingers crossed!

Yes,i hope she didn`t forget to play tennis :tape::lol:
It won`t be easy ,first match after such a long time is always difficult

gaviotabr
Jan 1st, 2011, 09:31 PM
:lol:
Yes,i hope she didn`t forget to play tennis :tape::lol:
It won`t be easy ,first match after such a long time is always difficult

True.. there is always some rust. She also lost weight, and has a new coach, with a new working routine.. hard to predict how she will play. :scared:

Come on Ana, play at a high level!

I'm really interested in seeing how she is serving, after all the serving practice pics we've seen. The serve is crucial for Ana's game.

jelenacg
Jan 1st, 2011, 09:41 PM
True.. there is always some rust. She also lost weight, and has a new coach, with a new working routine.. hard to predict how she will play. :scared:

Come on Ana, play at a high level!

I'm really interested in seeing how she is serving, after all the serving practice pics we've seen. The serve is crucial for Ana's game.

Ana is so much skinnier than this time last year .Marija did amazing job with Ana :worship:
I`m also interested to see how she is serving , tbh after such a long time i`m interested in everything

gaviotabr
Jan 1st, 2011, 09:49 PM
Ana is so much skinnier than this time last year .Marija did amazing job with Ana :worship:

Yes.. Ana lost some serious weight. It's clear how she has been training hard this off season. Ana is looking as fit as ever... and that should help her game tremendously in the next few tournaments, but sometimes losing weight also takes some adapting.

I also hope she has it clear that she is an aggressive player and she needs to go for her serve and forehand and trust it. Not go pushing just because she is fit and she can.

I`m also interested to see how she is serving , tbh after such a long time i`m interested in everything

True.. I'm interested in everything! Getting anxious! :lol:

doni1212
Jan 2nd, 2011, 12:06 AM
4 a.m. for me! I can't wait! About 8 hours left! I might watch Salt, take a nap and then get up to watch Ana play!! Then I get to watch football soon after! What an awesome day!

Pops Maellard
Jan 2nd, 2011, 12:09 AM
I doubt Ana would forget to go after her forehand...this is her favourite thing to do in tennis after all. :rolls:

Cp6uja
Jan 2nd, 2011, 12:39 AM
livescorehunter.com (http://www.livescorehunter.com/Livescores/Livescore-Tennis.html) already booked links for tomorrows livestreams of SRB-KAZ HC matches :drool:

Cp6uja
Jan 2nd, 2011, 12:56 AM
I forget to report one amazing detail: When I check e-mail's from all accounts today, I go also to Yahoo site and believe or not... but there is on homepage remark:

TRENDING NOW: Ana Ivanovic :eek: :eek: :eek:

What a superstar! To be "Trending now" #1 person some time on Yahoo during january 1st! :worship::worship::worship:

hellas719
Jan 2nd, 2011, 05:42 AM
Good Luck Ana! :bounce:

doni1212
Jan 2nd, 2011, 07:43 AM
Less than 20 minutes!! :drool:

Curtos07
Jan 2nd, 2011, 07:44 AM
Excited and nervous. Ajde!!!

The 2nd Law
Jan 2nd, 2011, 07:55 AM
Good luck Ana :)

The 2nd Law
Jan 2nd, 2011, 07:55 AM
*and Nole :lol:

Kim's_fan_4ever
Jan 2nd, 2011, 08:16 AM
I don't know how I counted 8am :tape: Good thing it's 10am as I just woke up. Good luck Ana :cheer:

doni1212
Jan 2nd, 2011, 09:42 AM
Ok, first match of the year so I'm not going to be hard on Ana. Although the first set wasn't good, she still did a very good job fighting, staying in it by saving BPs and eventually winning it (something that probably wouldn't have happened during her slump period). Second set was much better!

Can't wait to watch the mixed doubles but next up, Novak!

The 2nd Law
Jan 2nd, 2011, 09:46 AM
Ok, first match of the year so I'm not going to be hard on Ana. Although the first set wasn't good, she still did a very good job fighting, staying in it by saving BPs and eventually winning it (something that probably wouldn't have happened during her slump period). Second set was much better!

Can't wait to watch the mixed doubles but next up, Novak!

Summed it up well :yeah:

A win is a win I guess, but I want to see a better level vs. Justine. A very important match imo.

doni1212
Jan 2nd, 2011, 09:47 AM
Let's think about Molik first!

The 2nd Law
Jan 2nd, 2011, 09:49 AM
Let's think about Molik first!

I thought Belgium was next? :confused:

jelenacg
Jan 2nd, 2011, 09:49 AM
Only watched from 4-4 first set
Just like i imagined very difficult first set after such a long time with many mistakes. Ana was nervous but managed to fight and play good important points
Second set (18 mins :eek: )much better :worship:
Can`t wait for mix doubles :hearts:

Pops Maellard
Jan 2nd, 2011, 09:49 AM
Amazing serving in patches. :worship: Mostly horrible though off the ground. That backhand :tape:. Let's hope it was just early-season rust.

What a chump Yari is though. Don't you just love it when players just give up after losing a first set? :rolleyes: Same thing happened with Pavlyuchenkova in Bali last year.

Curtos07
Jan 2nd, 2011, 09:54 AM
1st set: Crappy Ana
2nd set: Good Ana

For the first match of the year, she played well as the match progressed. Ajde! :)

doni1212
Jan 2nd, 2011, 09:57 AM
20 winners, 28 UE, 4 Aces and 4 DF

doni1212
Jan 2nd, 2011, 09:58 AM
I thought Belgium was next? :confused:

Nope! Australia is next on Tuesday.

Amazing serving in patches. :worship: Mostly horrible though off the ground. That backhand :tape:. Let's hope it was just early-season rust.

What a chump Yari is though. Don't you just love it when players just give up after losing a first set? :rolleyes: Same thing happened with Pavlyuchenkova in Bali last year.

Why you complaining? :lol:
I'm cool with it! :lol:

Pops Maellard
Jan 2nd, 2011, 10:01 AM
Nope! Australia is next on Tuesday.



Why you complaining? :lol:
I'm cool with it! :lol:

:lol: True, but I'm sure Ana would've been able to withstand at least some resistance. :p

gaviotabr
Jan 2nd, 2011, 10:02 AM
Ok... so first match of the year and it's a win!

The first set was horrible.. really.. horrible. Ana was passive, her footwork was messy, balls were landing short and weak, the toss was all over the place, and she was puff serving. The positive thing is that she fought hard.. that attitude will win her matches, and that is crucial.. not always one can play well, but always have to find ways.

The second set was much better.. sure.. Shvedova let her level down.. but Ana started serving a lot better, and when her serve works, her game flows. The serve is that much important for Ana. And she started to be more aggressive, trying to dominate points, which is what she has to do.

Since it's a first match and there were plenty of nerves involved, I won't be too hard on her. One thing I loved to see is how she had the perfect assessment of the match in her interview. She saw what was happening on court and what she was doing right or wrong, and that is crucial for her to improve.

Now let's hope Nole wins his tie.. because they haven't even practiced mixed doubles! :spit::lol: I'm sure it will be totally hilarious! :lol:

gaviotabr
Jan 2nd, 2011, 10:05 AM
Summed it up well :yeah:

A win is a win I guess, but I want to see a better level vs. Justine. A very important match imo.

It's the last tie from the round robin group, to be played on thursday.. but still.. I agree, it will be a very important match. Ana will need to improve 100%, because Henin will be playing big points well.

gaviotabr
Jan 2nd, 2011, 10:07 AM
Let's think about Molik first!

True. Ana really should beat Molik though.. She hasn't been playing all that well, and if Ana wants to get back into the top 10, she needs to be beating those kind of players consistently.

The 2nd Law
Jan 2nd, 2011, 10:07 AM
Hmmm, don't know why I thought it was Tuesday.
Even better, she can improve a bit more vs. Molik, I really want a good performance against Ju.

jelenacg
Jan 2nd, 2011, 10:12 AM
Now let's hope Nole wins his tie.. because they haven't even practiced mixed doubles! :spit::lol: I'm sure it will be totally hilarious! :lol:

That`s for sure :lol::lol:
Btw did you see when Ana sat on a chair after she won first set and stick her tongue out of her mouth :rolls:

doni1212
Jan 2nd, 2011, 10:14 AM
Ok... so first match of the year and it's a win!

The first set was horrible.. really.. horrible. Ana was passive, her footwork was messy, balls were landing short and weak, the toss was all over the place, and she was puff serving. The positive thing is that she fought hard.. that attitude will win her matches, and that is crucial.. not always one can play well, but always have to find ways.

The second set was much better.. sure.. Shvedova let her level down.. but Ana started serving a lot better, and when her serve works, her game flows. The serve is that much important for Ana. And she started to be more aggressive, trying to dominate points, which is what she has to do.

Since it's a first match and there were plenty of nerves involved, I won't be too hard on her. One thing I loved to see is how she had the perfect assessment of the match in her interview. She saw what was happening on court and what she was doing right or wrong, and that is crucial for her to improve.

Now let's hope Nole wins his tie.. because they haven't even practiced mixed doubles! :spit::lol: I'm sure it will be totally hilarious! :lol:

This is KEY! She was fighting and her will to win was HUGE. I'm glad to see she carried that over from 2010. As you said Izzy, it will help her win matches when she isn't playing well :yeah:

doni1212
Jan 2nd, 2011, 10:16 AM
That`s for sure :lol::lol:
Btw did you see when Ana sat on a chair after she won first set and stick her tongue out of her mouth :rolls:

I was talking about that before. She directed it toward her box and it was so cute, :lol:
She kind of laughed when she did it too.

doni1212
Jan 2nd, 2011, 10:17 AM
Eww, I just realized I'm listening to that douche Lleyton! Ugh, please leave the interview box NOW!

Pops Maellard
Jan 2nd, 2011, 10:18 AM
lol someone trying to say she fist-pumped after every error. :sobbing:

soul
Jan 2nd, 2011, 10:18 AM
A good way to start for a new season; A wın is a win;closing two sets.Just the start.I hope she keeps going like this.

gaviotabr
Jan 2nd, 2011, 10:20 AM
That`s for sure :lol::lol:
Btw did you see when Ana sat on a chair after she won first set and stick her tongue out of her mouth :rolls:

Yes! :spit: That was funny! :lol: But it meant a lot.. it's like she was telling her team she knew she had gotten away with some shaky play, like.. phewww! :lol:

This is KEY! She was fighting and her will to win was HUGE. I'm glad to see she carried that over from 2010. As you said Izzy, it will help her win matches when she isn't playing well :yeah:

True Doni! Great attitude and that's extremely important.

Pops Maellard
Jan 2nd, 2011, 10:21 AM
Important, Ana is now 1-0 under Van Grichen. ;)

gaviotabr
Jan 2nd, 2011, 10:22 AM
Hmmm, don't know why I thought it was Tuesday.
Even better, she can improve a bit more vs. Molik, I really want a good performance against Ju.

Me too. I hope Ana can play well against Henin and really face her with courage. The attitude will be very important. I feel like Ana puts her head down against some of the big names and doesn't believe she can win, even before the match starts.

Davodus
Jan 2nd, 2011, 10:36 AM
All my faves started the year with a win :worship: I'm happy with that :p

silyaunWILLIAMS
Jan 2nd, 2011, 10:41 AM
Hooray! A victory for Ana! Novak isn't doing too well at the moment so ot looks like it'll come down to the mixed. As for Henin she won't be as big a threat as she was thanks to the elbow injury and the layoff that came with it.

jelenacg
Jan 2nd, 2011, 10:50 AM
I was talking about that before. She directed it toward her box and it was so cute, :lol:
She kind of laughed when she did it too.


Yes! :spit: That was funny! :lol: But it meant a lot.. it's like she was telling her team she knew she had gotten away with some shaky play, like.. phewww! :lol:
.

Yeah directed to her box but funny :lol:

lol someone trying to say she fist-pumped after every error. :sobbing:

So nothing new :lol:

gaviotabr
Jan 2nd, 2011, 10:50 AM
Nole is playing like crap.. and so flat.. wouldn't be surprised if he lost this. :help:

jelenacg
Jan 2nd, 2011, 10:52 AM
Nole is playing like crap.. and so flat.. wouldn't be surprised if he lost this. :help:

He won`t
They just partied too much ...didn`t you see those dancing moves from Ana :lol::lol:

doni1212
Jan 2nd, 2011, 10:54 AM
Hooray! A victory for Ana! Novak isn't doing too well at the moment so ot looks like it'll come down to the mixed. As for Henin she won't be as big a threat as she was thanks to the elbow injury and the layoff that came with it.

This better not come down to mixed! The other two are doubles experts compared to Ana and Novak! :scared:

silyaunWILLIAMS
Jan 2nd, 2011, 10:57 AM
This better not come down to mixed! The other two are doubles experts compared to Ana and Novak! :scared:

I wouldn't worry. Ana isnb't interested in doubles, just singles practice. And Gobulev is playing the match of his life just to break a hungover Novak who clearly doesn't want to be there.

gaviotabr
Jan 2nd, 2011, 10:59 AM
He won`t
They just partied too much ...didn`t you see those dancing moves from Ana :lol::lol:

This just shows how great of an idea it was to arrive in Perth SO late.

This better not come down to mixed! The other two are doubles experts compared to Ana and Novak! :scared:

Golubev serving for the first set.. :sobbing: Ana and Nole have no chance in mixed, let's be honest. :spit:

silyaunWILLIAMS
Jan 2nd, 2011, 11:00 AM
Oh crap, i've just realised that I'm listening to that dickhead Hewitt *shudders*

doni1212
Jan 2nd, 2011, 11:04 AM
Great fight there by Novak!

doni1212
Jan 2nd, 2011, 11:05 AM
Oh crap, i've just realised that I'm listening to that dickhead Hewitt *shudders*

Yeah, I shuddered too when I realized it was him :o

silyaunWILLIAMS
Jan 2nd, 2011, 11:07 AM
Gonna choke it away again, Novak?

Cp6uja
Jan 2nd, 2011, 11:08 AM
NO WINNERS - NO (easy) WIN!

Ana enjoy hers new (improved) movement, but without power attacks that only make points longer :shrug:
In 2nd set complete different story :yeah: Ana control points since early start and dominate like she should to do. Only when things going wrong, Ana explore that better defense/movement. Better and improved Plan B not means that she should to switch Plan A with Plan B, especially when hers Plan A is so powerful now when she back her FH and serve at end of 2010.

@Djokovic troubles in 1st set :tape::tape::tape:

doni1212
Jan 2nd, 2011, 11:10 AM
WTF Novak!!

gaviotabr
Jan 2nd, 2011, 11:12 AM
This is exactly what happened in 2006, and what cost them the cup. Djokovic went all sluggish and lost his first match and that was the only tie they lost. :o

gaviotabr
Jan 2nd, 2011, 11:14 AM
I think Nole gave up.. :banghead:

Officinale
Jan 2nd, 2011, 11:14 AM
Yeah, I shuddered too when I realized it was him :o

What's wrong with him? :awww:

doni1212
Jan 2nd, 2011, 11:15 AM
So is he going to give up or try to win in 3? Hmmm...

doni1212
Jan 2nd, 2011, 11:16 AM
What's wrong with him? :awww:

I'll never forgive him for the racial slurs he called James Blake during that one match that they played many years ago. Stopped liking him from that day on...

jelenacg
Jan 2nd, 2011, 11:42 AM
This just shows how great of an idea it was to arrive in Perth SO late.


Ofc it was a bad idea :rolleyes:
Novak will win in 3 ,have some faith
Ana is there watching :hearts:
Marija and Antonio are watching as well

doni1212
Jan 2nd, 2011, 11:52 AM
Looks like Novak is going to pull this out after all. Just start the 3rd well, win it and then it's fun and games during mixed doubles! :)

jelenacg
Jan 2nd, 2011, 12:10 PM
FortyDeuceTwits C Note
ana's left to warm up. But not before nole fistpumped at her for her amusement.


:lol::spit:

gaviotabr
Jan 2nd, 2011, 12:18 PM
And Nole wins! :worship: Serbia takes the tie!

Now the hilarity of mixed doubles.. :spit::lol:

jelenacg
Jan 2nd, 2011, 12:20 PM
Now after these warm ups let the real match begin :rolls:

gaviotabr
Jan 2nd, 2011, 12:21 PM
Nole is an Ana fan! How cute! :hearts:

jelenacg
Jan 2nd, 2011, 12:38 PM
Novak is a big fan :lol:
I just want to make her happy...Ana is the nicest girl in tennis and the best in the world

:awww::awww:

gaviotabr
Jan 2nd, 2011, 12:50 PM
Novak is a big fan :lol:


:awww::awww:

Yes.. so cute!

He also said he started to play much better after Ana came to see him. :lol::hearts:

doni1212
Jan 2nd, 2011, 12:55 PM
Now after these warm ups let the real match begin :rolls:

The match we've all been waiting for, :lol:

doni1212
Jan 2nd, 2011, 12:57 PM
Novak is a big fan :lol:


:awww::awww:

Those two sentences are simple but really endearing...

krystian
Jan 2nd, 2011, 01:19 PM
Is it just my impression or have you also noticed Ana has slimmed down?

gaviotabr
Jan 2nd, 2011, 02:53 PM
And they won the mixed doubles! :spit: I'm amazed... thought they played pretty well there! Didn't think it was going to happen.. :spit: Lot's of fun! :)

Sharapovian
Jan 2nd, 2011, 02:54 PM
Yay Ajde team Serbia!!! :rocker2:

There was some fun in the mixed doubles too :lol:

gaviotabr
Jan 2nd, 2011, 03:04 PM
Is it just my impression or have you also noticed Ana has slimmed down?

Ana has definitely lost weight.

jelenacg
Jan 2nd, 2011, 03:33 PM
I can`t believe they won doubles :lol: :lol:
Great to watch ,some funny points

doni1212
Jan 2nd, 2011, 04:26 PM
I kept falling asleep during mixed doubles!! :sobbing:
Next time, I'll have to take a nap and not stay up all night, :o Hopefully somebody will put it on youtube!

Cp6uja
Jan 2nd, 2011, 04:43 PM
Yes, Ana has definitely lost some weight, like anybody notice, and she seems now even slimmer than when she won RG in 2008... which is good sign.

But her HEIGHT is also big impression on me during her's mix-doubles match with Novak today. Ana is definitely not 186cm high and probably more close to 184cm than to 185cm.

vuhvuh
Jan 2nd, 2011, 06:32 PM
Some sites say she is 183 and 69kg but I either don´t know hy is the weight revealed because nobody ususally weight the same all life

hellas719
Jan 3rd, 2011, 03:08 AM
Great job, Ana! :yeah:

gaviotabr
Jan 3rd, 2011, 01:20 PM
It seems Ana was interviewed before the mixed doubles match between USA and France at the aussie TV. I just missed her.. did anyone catch her interview?

Davodus
Jan 3rd, 2011, 01:25 PM
Yeah I saw it, it was a nice interview but she didn't say anything we haven't heard before :lol:

gaviotabr
Jan 3rd, 2011, 01:38 PM
Yeah I saw it, it was a nice interview but she didn't say anything we haven't heard before :lol:

Ok! Thanks David! :)

gaviotabr
Jan 3rd, 2011, 01:39 PM
Ana on facebook:

Ana Ivanovic
It felt really good to start the season with a couple of wins. Novak and I had a great time together in doubles, and I felt I played even better in that rubber than in my singles. It should be a great atmosphere against the Aussies on Tuesday!

Hopefully she plays even better in her singles tomorrow. She really should beat Molik.

Davodus
Jan 3rd, 2011, 01:44 PM
Ok! Thanks David! :)

The guy interviewing her did say how she always seems to have a big smile on her face...Ana making new fans everyday :worship:

Curtos07
Jan 3rd, 2011, 07:05 PM
It seems Ana was interviewed before the mixed doubles match between USA and France at the aussie TV. I just missed her.. did anyone catch her interview?

Here is a terrible quality video of it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNHT3VmsDZU&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

gaviotabr
Jan 3rd, 2011, 07:21 PM
Here is a terrible quality video of it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNHT3VmsDZU&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

Thanks Curtis! :)

InsideOut.
Jan 3rd, 2011, 11:30 PM
Ana is playing mixed doubles in Melbourne! :)

From her official website:
Ana is planning to enter the Mixed Doubles competition at the Australian Open later this month alongside compatriot Nenad Zimonjic. "Ziki", as he is known to friends, is the No.3-ranked doubles player on the ATP Tour and has won four mixed doubles Grand Slam titles.

Ana last played mixed doubles at a Grand Slam at the 2006 Australian Open with Novak Djokovic, when they reached the second round. Her first ever professional foray into mixed doubles came with Zimonjic a year earlier at the French Open.

Ana is currently taking part in mixed doubles at this week's Hopman Cup: the 23-year-old and Djokovic beat Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova and Andrey Golubev 7-6, 6-4 in their opening match yesterday.

http://www.anaivanovic.com/news/ana-set-mixed-doubles-melbourne

jelenacg
Jan 4th, 2011, 12:42 AM
Ana is playing mixed doubles in Melbourne! :)

From her official website:


http://www.anaivanovic.com/news/ana-set-mixed-doubles-melbourne

Is there any chance we could see those matches ??
Ana come from barely playing to playing quite a lot.:lol: I`m not complaining just saying :p
Now i have to worry if she will be too tired for important tournaments/matches

gaviotabr
Jan 4th, 2011, 09:45 AM
Ana beats Molik 6-4 6-0.

I can't even talk about the match.. I'm scared as hell of the knee thing. Please, be nothing! :sobbing: Dear God, protect Ana!

Pops Maellard
Jan 4th, 2011, 09:47 AM
http://i37.tinypic.com/24mtc2x.gif

Pops Maellard
Jan 4th, 2011, 09:48 AM
The knee thing didn't look too bad. I'm sure she'll be able to still play OK.

Henin. :unsure:

doni1212
Jan 4th, 2011, 09:48 AM
She says she thinks it will be alright so hopefully it's nothing serious.

doni1212
Jan 4th, 2011, 09:49 AM
The knee thing didn't look too bad. I'm sure she'll be able to still play OK.

Henin. :unsure:

Henin is such a liar. Downplaying her chances and saying she's not 100% and won't be till July. BULLSHIT. She's playing well!

Dexter
Jan 4th, 2011, 09:50 AM
Not many positives from this match apart from the W itself. :shrug: I see no improvements and I'm really worried about the serve. When does she play Justine?

gaviotabr
Jan 4th, 2011, 09:54 AM
Not many positives from this match apart from the W itself. :shrug: I see no improvements and I'm really worried about the serve. When does she play Justine?

Thursday.

And agreed. I also don't see any improvements.. Ana slimmed down but I think she was moving better and had better footwork in Bali.

The serve is back to total crap.. seriously.. the toss is out of control and she is tossing much higher than in Bali. Why oh why mess up with the serve so much again? It was good at the end of the season. :sobbing:

What worries me the most is the knee thing.. she downplayed it, but I don't know.. :sobbing:

jelenacg
Jan 4th, 2011, 09:55 AM
Stupid knee :rolleyes::rolleyes:
I hope everything will be alright ,she was moving ok after .Hopefully it`s just Ana being Ana
If she plays mix doubles then we`ll know everything is ok i guess

Ball toss is still a problem :o Ana needs to focus more while serving .Her ground game isn`t bad at all :shrug: It`s only begging of the year so she can improve a lot imo

Davodus
Jan 4th, 2011, 09:58 AM
Impossible to gauge her form from a match against Molik. She sucks, and she has weird shots that give you no rhythm anyway. She still bagelled her :shrug:

Pops Maellard
Jan 4th, 2011, 10:00 AM
The serve's definitely not as bad as last year come on. :lol: The toss is iffy but the % is good. 64% today. In her matches last year even when she was playing well it was usually in the low 50s.

Curtos07
Jan 4th, 2011, 10:04 AM
Ana looked all right to me. :shrug: Not playing her best tennis, but not bad either. Just hope that knee is alright.

Dexter
Jan 4th, 2011, 10:10 AM
Yep, I noticed as well that she tosses higher now and I agree as well that her footwork is awfully sloppy. I really hope she shakes off all the rust before AO.
Damn, won't be able to follow her match on Thursday and probably not (possible) final either since Perth is going to be in my timezone since Friday. :lol:

doni1212
Jan 4th, 2011, 10:27 AM
This Novak-Hewitt match is high-quality! It's great so far!!

gaviotabr
Jan 4th, 2011, 10:46 AM
This Novak-Hewitt match is high-quality! It's great so far!!

Nole is playing some amazing tennis. :worship:

gaviotabr
Jan 4th, 2011, 10:59 AM
Nole is playing some amazing tennis. :worship:

I totally jinxed Nole. He started to play like crap since I posted this. :o

Wake up Nole!

Dexter
Jan 4th, 2011, 11:36 AM
They are through. Now up for some fun in mixed. :)

gaviotabr
Jan 4th, 2011, 11:38 AM
Nole wins and Serbia clinches the tie.

Let's see how Ana plays in mixed doubles.. hopefully the knee is ok.

azdaja
Jan 4th, 2011, 12:06 PM
are they through to the semis now, regardless of the remaining results?

it's nice to start a year on a positive, even if it's only an exhibition tournament.

gaviotabr
Jan 4th, 2011, 12:10 PM
are they through to the semis now, regardless of the remaining results?

it's nice to start a year on a positive, even if it's only an exhibition tournament.

No, they are not through yet, as Belgium won 3-0 today. If they win mixed now, then they only need to win 1 match in the next tie.

azdaja
Jan 4th, 2011, 12:12 PM
No, they are not through yet, as Belgium won 3-0 today. If they win mixed now, then they only need to win 1 match in the next tie.
wait, do they actually play semifinals here or only the team at the top of the group goes through to the final? :unsure:

gaviotabr
Jan 4th, 2011, 12:20 PM
Ugh.. Ana is awful in mixed now.. she is not moving.. :help:

gaviotabr
Jan 4th, 2011, 12:21 PM
wait, do they actually play semifinals here or only the team at the top of the group goes through to the final? :unsure:

Only final. Top team of each group gets to the final.

gaviotabr
Jan 4th, 2011, 12:50 PM
Novak is the one stinking up now.. awful. Costing Serbia the set.

gaviotabr
Jan 4th, 2011, 12:56 PM
UGH! NOVAK!!!!

Australia takes the first set in a tie break. And I blame Nole.. what awful play. So many butched volleys in the tie break... and a DF.. And that missed BH return out of Molik's second serve on set point.

gaviotabr
Jan 4th, 2011, 12:58 PM
Ana is not so bad actually.. Nole is awful though..

jelenacg
Jan 4th, 2011, 01:11 PM
Novak is awful so many DFs and he looks tired
It would be important to at least win a set bc winning against Belgium will be very difficult
So close yet so far from the final

gaviotabr
Jan 4th, 2011, 01:12 PM
Novak is awful so many DFs and he looks tired
It would be important to at least win a set bc winning against Belgium will be very difficult
So close yet so far from the final

Yes.. :sobbing: They had to at least win a set.

It pisses me off.. they had 2 set points.. and Novak just had to hit a return cross court. :o

gaviotabr
Jan 4th, 2011, 01:17 PM
Novak.. :o

They are going to lose this.. and it will cost them the final. :sobbing:

gaviotabr
Jan 4th, 2011, 01:31 PM
UGH.. Ana was awful in this last game.. ball toss all over the place. No first serves.. 3 BH UEs. :o

gaviotabr
Jan 4th, 2011, 01:53 PM
They won! :eek:

doni1212
Jan 4th, 2011, 01:53 PM
That was fucking incredible!!

jelenacg
Jan 4th, 2011, 01:56 PM
Omg so happy :cheer::cheer:
They keep on winning and i have no idea how :eek::lol:
Great super TB ,so many funny moments :rolls:

Dexter
Jan 4th, 2011, 01:56 PM
What an effort! :worship: Such an entertaining match, dont think I've ever had that much fun watching mixed doubles. Had me on the edge of my seat from the middle of the 2nd set! Should give a lot of confidence for Ana, she made some great passes and returns and her serve was alright I thought.

gaviotabr
Jan 4th, 2011, 01:57 PM
Some awesome returns from Ana in the mixed doubles... wow.. I think she hit about 10 return winners. :lol:

gaviotabr
Jan 4th, 2011, 01:59 PM
What an effort! :worship: Such an entertaining match, dont think I've ever had that much fun watching mixed doubles. Had me on the edge of my seat from the middle of the 2nd set! Should give a lot of confidence for Ana, she made some great passes and returns and her serve was alright I thought.

Agreed. I thought she played pretty well.. carried out Novak for a while.. and what returns!

doni1212
Jan 4th, 2011, 01:59 PM
She needs to bring more of those returns to her singles play!

jelenacg
Jan 4th, 2011, 02:01 PM
Some awesome returns from Ana in the mixed doubles... wow.. I think she hit about 10 return winners. :lol:

And many on Hewitt`s serve :lol:
Ana was good but Novak raised his level at the end
Really funny to watch i didn`t expect this :worship:

cocco80
Jan 4th, 2011, 02:12 PM
I'm glad I got to see this one. Such a pleasure to see them both in the same match. :hearts:

:( still, I don't think Ana stands a chance with Henin.

gaviotabr
Jan 4th, 2011, 02:13 PM
:( still, I don't think Ana stands a chance with Henin.

Me neither.. :sobbing: Especially if she goes into the match as nervously as she did against Molik and Shvedova. :(

Sharapovian
Jan 4th, 2011, 02:18 PM
Ajde :cheer: good to hear Ana won her singles match and they won the mixed too :D

Hopefully the injury scare isn't so serious :scared:

cocco80
Jan 4th, 2011, 02:21 PM
Me neither.. :sobbing: Especially if she goes into the match as nervously as she did against Molik and Shvedova. :(

Look on the bright side, at least you and me won't be disappointed when she loses. :lol:

Oh.. I almost forgot. In the last game of the second set, one of her ball tosses was particularly HORRENDOUS and just as I cringed when I saw it, she made an ace out of that serve. :hearts: :lol:

doni1212
Jan 4th, 2011, 02:22 PM
Me neither.. :sobbing: Especially if she goes into the match as nervously as she did against Molik and Shvedova. :(

As long as she doesn't go into it like when she plays Kim...as if she lost already, :o

Dexter
Jan 4th, 2011, 02:34 PM
Even if Ana loses against Henin they still have a good chance to win the tie. But I'm optimistic.

Sharapovian
Jan 4th, 2011, 02:37 PM
I expect Nole to beat the Belgian guy, as for mixed I don't know :unsure:

gaviotabr
Jan 4th, 2011, 02:57 PM
As long as she doesn't go into it like when she plays Kim...as if she lost already, :o

Ufff... definitely.. I think I'll be most interested in her attitude towards the match. Ana goes into matches against the big 4 (Kim, Justine, Serena and Venus) as if she has lost already a number of times. It's like she respects them so much she doesn't think she can win. I'm hoping she at least puts up a fight. Would be happy if she won a set.

Look on the bright side, at least you and me won't be disappointed when she loses. :lol:

Oh.. I almost forgot. In the last game of the second set, one of her ball tosses was particularly HORRENDOUS and just as I cringed when I saw it, she made an ace out of that serve. :hearts: :lol:

I saw that.. :spit: She actually hit 2 aces out of cringeworthy tosses in that game.

Even if Ana loses against Henin they still have a good chance to win the tie. But I'm optimistic.

Definitely.. they only need Novak to beat Bemelmans.

bruce goose
Jan 4th, 2011, 04:43 PM
My impression,based on all the laughing and joking that goes on,is that players aren't as patriotically intense over Hopman as they are for DC or FC.I'm sure they'd like to win but a loss doesn't appear to hurt as much judging by some reactions....

Though it's nearly impossible for a mere male mortal to read a woman's thoughts:lol:,I speculate that Ana MIGHT be using HC as a high-class tune-up,a chance to experiment a little bit while finding her 2011 rhythm: She's getting MUCH better prep than she would on the practice court,yet there's not heavy pressure to win...no real,major consequences for losing.As long as she focuses on improving her trouble spots,this could serve as an excellent lead-in to the short Aussie season

Finally,hats off to many of you for the Ana-Novak pics:hatoff::hatoff::hatoff:;some of them are simply freakin' awesome:cool:.I don't dare get my hopes up for this dream pairing and,in reality,it might even speed up Ana's arrival in Marriage-Motherhood if they got TOO close(prematurely halting her career:eek:)....Still,it's BIG-time fun escapism to see them smiling together like that:)

Abdel
Jan 4th, 2011, 06:23 PM
Where can I find Ivanovic vs Molik please? link youtube?

Dexter
Jan 4th, 2011, 06:40 PM
Check videos section - http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=231691&page=62

The Daviator
Jan 4th, 2011, 07:01 PM
Beat Bemelmans, Nole :sobbing:

jelenacg
Jan 4th, 2011, 07:59 PM
Whole forty deuce blog regarding Hopman Cup is hilarious :lol: Ana cheering for Novak , dancing and eating ice cream :rolls:


Hopefully Novak will beat that belgium guy and then the final :bounce:
Regarding Ana`s match against Justine i just hope she fights hard and focus more while serving

azdaja
Jan 4th, 2011, 08:13 PM
come on, guys, we can be cocky at least for an exhibition match :p ana will beat justine tomorrow on thursday :bounce:

edit: ok, not tomorrow :p

gaviotabr
Jan 4th, 2011, 10:36 PM
Whole forty deuce blog regarding Hopman Cup is hilarious :lol: Ana cheering for Novak , dancing and eating ice cream :rolls:

It's hilarious.. Ana eats all the chocolate before the ice cream. :spit:

Hopefully Novak will beat that belgium guy and then the final :bounce:
Regarding Ana`s match against Justine i just hope she fights hard and focus more while serving

That's what I'm hoping for as well.. that Ana fights hard for the match. And hopefully serves better.

Ana's toss is much higher than it was at the end of last season, and that's something I can't understand. A lower toss is always easier to control. She actually had good rhythm on serve since Cincy.. now the toss is all over the place again. Some were even shocking bad.

gaviotabr
Jan 4th, 2011, 10:48 PM
Nobody said anything else about the knee right? Hope its nothing.. The morning after is always a key moment, so I hope Ana wakes up feeling great.

hellas719
Jan 5th, 2011, 02:39 AM
Ana :banana:

kimgurl
Jan 5th, 2011, 08:42 AM
It's hilarious.. Ana eats all the chocolate before the ice cream. :spit:



That's what I'm hoping for as well.. that Ana fights hard for the match. And hopefully serves better.

Ana's toss is much higher than it was at the end of last season, and that's something I can't understand. A lower toss is always easier to control. She actually had good rhythm on serve since Cincy.. now the toss is all over the place again. Some were even shocking bad.

maybe she did it on purpose to gather some sort of "energy" to hit the ball hard:confused::lol::lol:
but didnt notice it anyway..cool u've noticed that;)

gaviotabr
Jan 5th, 2011, 12:52 PM
Does anyone know if there is an exact time for Ana's match against Henin to begin? There is a double session tomorrow and at the Hopman Cup's web it says the match between Hewitt and Golubev will also be held on the main court. Will Ana's match start right after his?

jelenacg
Jan 5th, 2011, 02:28 PM
^^
I don`t know
It's hilarious.. Ana eats all the chocolate before the ice cream. :spit:

I also eat all the chocolate before the ice cream


Ana's toss is much higher than it was at the end of last season, and that's something I can't understand. A lower toss is always easier to control. She actually had good rhythm on serve since Cincy.. now the toss is all over the place again. Some were even shocking bad.

Her toss is very inconsistent. I thought she was serving pretty good in her first doubles match.Maybe she needs more matches to get it working ,or at least i`m hopping for that :shrug:

gaviotabr
Jan 5th, 2011, 02:44 PM
^^
I don`t know

I hope someone knows.. really needed to know so I can plan things for tomorrow.. I have some other things to do around the time of the match.. :sobbing:

I also eat all the chocolate before the ice cream

Oh... must be a serbian thing then! :p:lol:

Her toss is very inconsistent. I thought she was serving pretty good in her first doubles match.Maybe she needs more matches to get it working ,or at least i`m hopping for that :shrug:

I think there wasn't any serving rhythm in any of the matches this week. I'm not sure it will get better with matches.. she is tossing the ball higher and I don't think that's good for her. :shrug:

It still amazes me how she can serve well at patches with such horrorific ball toss.

jelenacg
Jan 5th, 2011, 02:58 PM
Oh... must be a serbian thing then! :p:lol:



Maybe,i never thought about the way i`m eating ice cream



It still amazes me how she can serve well at patches with such horrorific ball toss.

I`m just worried that she doesn`t injure her shoulder again :help:

gaviotabr
Jan 5th, 2011, 03:00 PM
Maybe,i never thought about the way i`m eating ice cream

I eat it all at once.. :shrug::lol:


I`m just worried that she doesn`t injure her shoulder again :help:

Uff!!

Please Dear God, protect Ana's body! pray

She was much better at controlling the yips at the end of the season.. her serve is back at early 2009 level now. :o

Nena_xxx
Jan 5th, 2011, 11:17 PM
Ana's match starts at 9:30 CET

gaviotabr
Jan 6th, 2011, 09:19 AM
Ana doesn't have a tennis brain.. maybe if he ever grows one, she can beat Henin. Today was just dumb tennis all around, playing to Justine's strengths.

BH DTL? Oh.. doesn't exist. Lob? What's that? High balls to a one handed BH? Why would anyone do that, right Nadal? :o Taking multiple game points? No.. it's more exciting blowing them. :o

I expected this, but it was plain stupid tennis.

:banghead:

gaviotabr
Jan 6th, 2011, 09:20 AM
I hope Novak beats Bemelmans.

Pops Maellard
Jan 6th, 2011, 09:21 AM
I for one am happy enough with how Ana played. :shrug:

InsideOut.
Jan 6th, 2011, 09:22 AM
I expected her to lose like that, but watching it unfold was just :help: At 2-0 40-15 I was thinking that she would finally get a win over Henin, but no :o Retarded stuff all round, forehand wasn't there when she needed it, backhand was crap, and serving was woeful.

doni1212
Jan 6th, 2011, 09:24 AM
I'm not happy with that at all. It seems like in crucial moments (and even during not so crucial moments) she had no belief. Similar to how she played Kim at the Open last year.

Pops Maellard
Jan 6th, 2011, 09:31 AM
Don't be too unhappy. :p Sure be annoyed she lost like always but losing to a well-playing Justine is no disaster...at least we can expect she won't be routined by players like Greta Arn this year. :o:lol:

InsideOut.
Jan 6th, 2011, 09:33 AM
Are you sure about that? Didn't we think quite similarly after Brisbane last year? :o And guess what happened, she lost to Dulko of all people. DULKO. DULKO. DULKO. :smash:

doni1212
Jan 6th, 2011, 09:34 AM
I NEED to go to sleep but I kind of want to make sure Novak wins his match so that they can make the finals!
Maybe I should just go back to bed and have faith...

Pops Maellard
Jan 6th, 2011, 09:35 AM
Are you sure about that? Didn't we think quite similarly after Brisbane last year? :o And guess what happened, she lost to Dulko of all people. DULKO. DULKO. DULKO. :smash:

No after Brisbane last year we knew she still was in the depths of her slump and we didn't know what to expect at AO.

I'm pretty sure Ana would've beaten most players today. :shrug:

jelenacg
Jan 6th, 2011, 09:38 AM
Oh that was so stupid :tape: This is why i hate these match ups
I just want to smack her in the head :o
Every important point she blew away ,so many GP,BPs wasted ...
BH was just horrible but she missed many easy FHs only bc of her head :fiery:
Positive side she played better than last year :p

Seriously she is not in a bad form imo and she`ll probably improve through the season but she`ll never beat Justine with this attitude and no game plan

doni1212
Jan 6th, 2011, 09:41 AM
After this match (as I've said already), Ana really needs a good draw at the AO so that she can work her way into the tournament. Eventually she'll have to play Kim or Henin or Venus but maybe if she plays really well during the first week, she might be able to challenge the big names in the 2nd week.

Then again, I guess she worked her way into this tournament and still lost like that, :o

doni1212
Jan 6th, 2011, 09:47 AM
OMG! Novak went on court without his rackets, :rolls:

Now everyone is waiting for his rackets to arrive, :lol:

EDIT: Correction, his vibration damper.

jelenacg
Jan 6th, 2011, 09:49 AM
Novak :tape::lol:

Pops Maellard
Jan 6th, 2011, 09:51 AM
Nole. :lol::worship:

It's good Ana and he still have mixed doubles. :D

doni1212
Jan 6th, 2011, 10:12 AM
Does the Hopman Cup officially count for the Olympics like Fed Cup? Or will Ana eventually have to play Fed Cup sometime before 2012?

gaviotabr
Jan 6th, 2011, 10:23 AM
How can anyone be happy with such an awful match and show of lack of tennis brain?

Ana made over 30UEs. Sure.. Justine played well.. but how wouldn't she? Ana was playing to all her strengths.. every ball to her hitting zone. It's really not hard to hit great shots when all the balls are getting to you exactly where you want them to be.

It was dumb tennis all around... you know how many players can hit flashy forehand winners here and there? Most of the top 50.. that's not what Ana wants to be. Whenever you only play to your opponents strengths it's going to be an awful performance and clear show of not nknowing what to do on court.

Justine is short.. how many times was she glued to the net and how many times did Ana attempt a lob? Plenty of times and no lobs. Ana had about a handful of clear opportunities to pass, with all the time in the world, and all she did was hit the easiest shot to volley, shoulder high, CC, directly at Justine. People will say... well... Henin volleyed great.. I say, even I have great volleys receiving those shots. My tennis coach feeds me those kind of shots for me to warm up my volleys.. that's how easy they are to hit.

I keep thinking of Bali.. and there were some great loopy BHs in Ana's matches there. Those were the kind of BHs she had to use against Henin. Justine can't do anything with her BH, which is her best shot, when the balls coming at her are high and loopy. That's actually a normal thing among one handed players.. that's how Nadal beats Federer so often. On the other hand, Justine looooves a high paced short ball to her BH. She can hit winner after winner after winner when being feeded those balls. No need to say which kind of shots was Ana throwing at her. Same thing with the serve.. the most effective one against Henin is the kicker to the BH. That's how Stosur beat her at RG last year.

So Ana had no game plan whatsoever.. she wasn't trying to find and exploit Justine weaknesses, she was just brainless out there. She can afford to be brainless against lesser opponents, becaause Ana's forehand is so good it usually does the deal alone, without the brain. But then again, if she is only going to beat the lesser opponents, she will never be contending for big titles again. Will just be some so so top 20 player. If she wants to go toe to toe with the big time players and win big again, then Ana needs to learn how to see the game and apply a game plan. To look to throw her opponents off, not just close her eyes and hit the ball.

All that goes without saying that Ana will never beat good players again if she can't play well on the big points. Today she was awful in all of them. I think mostly that'ws because Ana has no belief against those players she considers great.. and that is a sure sign of a loser. If sshe wants to be a winner in that context she can't afford to have that much respect.

gaviotabr
Jan 6th, 2011, 10:27 AM
Does the Hopman Cup officially count for the Olympics like Fed Cup? Or will Ana eventually have to play Fed Cup sometime before 2012?

No.. Hopman Cup is some sort of glorified exho. Ana will eventually have to play Fed Cup to be able to play Olympics. But I think the rule says all she has to do is make herself available. I'm sure they are looking at it.. Ana won't jeopardize her participation in the Olympics.. I think it's one of the events she most wants to play, after all that happened in 2008.

Pops Maellard
Jan 6th, 2011, 10:32 AM
Izzy, at least Ana didn't give up She face BPs to lose the second set much worse if I remember, and even though she didn't take the game she made Justine save a few BPs as she served out set 1. :shrug: I'm looking forward to her playing 'real' events this year especially the AO in a couple of weeks. :cool:

I think it's going to be a much better year than last year! :)

gaviotabr
Jan 6th, 2011, 10:40 AM
Izzy, at least Ana didn't give up She face BPs to lose the second set much worse if I remember, and even though she didn't take the game she made Justine save a few BPs as she served out set 1. :shrug: I'm looking forward to her playing 'real' events this year especially the AO in a couple of weeks. :cool:

I think it's going to be a much better year than last year! :)

She didn't give up, but she didn't put up a fight either. It was a fairly routine easy win for Henin. And a completely dumb match from Ana... just dumb tennis all around. That's the issue.

And all the importat points and chances wasted only show how Ana doesn't play these matches against big time players to win them. So whatever.. it's as bad as it is. She won't be a top player if she plays this stupid against top players. I don't think she wants to settle for being an average player.. so average and sucky is the same. She has to change her attitude towards the big matches.

cocco80
Jan 6th, 2011, 10:41 AM
Well, I can't say I'm disappointed since I called it.

Lets just hope she takes something from this loss and learns from it.

Pops Maellard
Jan 6th, 2011, 10:43 AM
I think her game just has a few holes right now. But Ana's work ethic is at an all-time high, as the offseason fitness overhaul proved...so I think she can sort her game out.

gaviotabr
Jan 6th, 2011, 10:45 AM
Well, I can't say I'm disappointed since I called it.

Lets just hope she takes something from this loss and learns from it.

I was totally expecting it as well.. but it was not the fact she lost, it was how she lost.. Could she have played any dumber? I don't think so.. that's as dumb as it gets.

What's worse.. even playing dumb she had lots of chances.. plenty of game points and break points wasted in some idiotic play. If she had just a tiny bit of game play and tennis brain it could've been at least competitive.

cocco80
Jan 6th, 2011, 11:12 AM
I was totally expecting it as well.. but it was not the fact she lost, it was how she lost.. Could she have played any dumber? I don't think so.. that's as dumb as it gets.

What's worse.. even playing dumb she had lots of chances.. plenty of game points and break points wasted in some idiotic play. If she had just a tiny bit of game play and tennis brain it could've been at least competitive.

I totally agree with you, but I'm used to not to get my hopes too high, when she plays the likes of Henin, so I never expect her to play 'not dumb'.
Nevertheless, I want to believe every time she plays one of them, she learns something and that she can build on it, so eventually she can beat them, and with the little luck, it's gonna be on the big stage, when it really matters.

I'm not giving up on the idea she is able to play smart and successfully execute her game plan AT LEAST ONCE ! Lets see if I'm right.

Like I said, at least the two us wouldn't be disappointed after this match, so stick to it. :lol::kiss:

jelenacg
Jan 6th, 2011, 11:20 AM
Final :hearts: thank you Novak
Against USA ??

Ana played dumb... she netted so many second serves :tape: While Justine hit many winners of Ana`s second serve :rolleyes:

Pops Maellard
Jan 6th, 2011, 11:21 AM
Final :hearts: thank you Novak
Against USA ??

Ana played dumb... she netted so many second serves :tape: While Justine hit many winners of Ana`s second serve :rolleyes:

Well that's not really Ana playing dumb. :rolleyes::lol:

You guys are being so hard on her. :awww:

Adrian1092
Jan 6th, 2011, 11:22 AM
Are they still gonna play the mixed? :)

jelenacg
Jan 6th, 2011, 11:37 AM
Well that's not really Ana playing dumb. :rolleyes::lol:

You guys are being so hard on her. :awww:

Yeah we are awful fans i know :lol:
Seriously she should have returned more Justine`s second serves or made more winners of her second serves
I didn`t expect her to beat Justine but when you have some chances at least use them :shrug:

gaviotabr
Jan 6th, 2011, 11:41 AM
Final :hearts: thank you Novak
Against USA ??

Thanks Nole!

I hope Ana can finish Hopman Cup with a win. She should beat Schiavone, Mattek or Mladenovic. But then again.. who knows.. can't afford to be this dumb.

Ana played dumb... she netted so many second serves :tape: While Justine hit many winners of Ana`s second serve :rolleyes:

I don't think that was the issue though.. yes.. Ana had 7 DFs, and that is just TOO much. And Henin was always going to attack Ana's second serve.. I mean, any smart and talented enough player would try that.

What lost Ana the match wasn't this though.. all in all, Ana still had a bunch of BPs and GPs that she wasted and that could've changed the match a bit. It was Ana playing short and flat to Justine's BH, the exact way Henin likes it. It was the lack of a BH DTL.. so many times the DTL was all open, and Ana simply couldn't hit there. It was the lack of game plan, playing to Henin's strength, instead of taking those away from her. Just a dumb match all around, acompanied by bad attitude.. Ana already walked in like a loser. She doesn't have enough faith in herself, and that is what doesn't allow her to be a great player. All great players believe they are the best in the world. Ana doesn't.. she will always count 5 others in front of her.. which leads her to bow down when she plays them.

gaviotabr
Jan 6th, 2011, 11:43 AM
Yeah we are awful fans i know :lol:
Seriously she should have returned more Justine`s second serves or made more winners of her second serves
I didn`t expect her to beat Justine but when you have some chances at least use them :shrug:

It's too much respect Jelena.. she just respects Justine too much.. it locks her, blocks her.. doesn't allow her to release the shots as she should.

jelenacg
Jan 6th, 2011, 11:57 AM
I know that Izzy what i was trying to say is that Ana is an open book ,so when she starts missing easy FHs,easy returns you just know in what mood she is :rolleyes:
You know it won`t be a good day and you can`t expect her to play smart :o

I agree that Ana needs to finish HC with a win ,it`s a great chance to win HC really

cocco80
Jan 6th, 2011, 12:07 PM
Nevertheless, I can't wait for AO to begin. :hearts:

We should keep it real. Beating Justine is just too much to ask.. to think where was Ana in the last 2 years, I'm just happy she's enjoying herself on the court again. Slowly, she'll get better in time. It's a process.

Adrian1092
Jan 6th, 2011, 12:11 PM
The doubles is on now, 2-1 to Ana/Novak with a break

gaviotabr
Jan 6th, 2011, 12:20 PM
Ana is botching so many returns in mixed. She was so great in the returns against Hewitt and Molik the other day. :(

Sean.
Jan 6th, 2011, 12:23 PM
Doesn't help Nole can't volley for shit either!

Sean.
Jan 6th, 2011, 12:23 PM
:bigclap: Ana

Pops Maellard
Jan 6th, 2011, 12:24 PM
Nice one from Ana then. And mini-twirl as well. :)

jelenacg
Jan 6th, 2011, 12:27 PM
Doubles are fun :lol:
Btw how much money winner/runner up gets here?

Pops Maellard
Jan 6th, 2011, 12:27 PM
Novak is love. :hearts:

Sean.
Jan 6th, 2011, 12:31 PM
Love the way both Novak and Ana are targeting Ruben. :lol:

Sharapovian
Jan 6th, 2011, 12:32 PM
EDIT: got my hopes up :sobbing:

I wish I could have seen the match :tears:

InsideOut.
Jan 6th, 2011, 12:32 PM
:lol: at Ana hitting service winners against Bemelmans :inlove:

jelenacg
Jan 6th, 2011, 12:32 PM
Love the way both Novak and Ana are targeting Ruben. :lol:

Me too :lol::lol:

Pops Maellard
Jan 6th, 2011, 12:34 PM
Ana's toss seems much more stable in mixed dubs...:lol:

Sean.
Jan 6th, 2011, 12:37 PM
Ruben can't deal with Ana's backhand! :sobbing:

Sean.
Jan 6th, 2011, 12:37 PM
:drool:

gaviotabr
Jan 6th, 2011, 12:39 PM
A couple of good returns now..

InsideOut.
Jan 6th, 2011, 12:39 PM
Return winners off Ruben's serve :inlove:

Sean.
Jan 6th, 2011, 12:39 PM
Now Ana remembers how to return. Why couldn't she do that in the singles? :rolleyes:

Pops Maellard
Jan 6th, 2011, 12:39 PM
Yay she's getting revenge on the witch :cheer:.

jelenacg
Jan 6th, 2011, 12:39 PM
Ana's toss seems much more stable in mixed dubs...:lol:

I also noticed that :shrug:
Great 3 return winners to win a set ,2 from Ana :hearts:

InsideOut.
Jan 6th, 2011, 12:39 PM
Ruben can't deal with Ana's backhand! :sobbing:

Her backhand is GOAT :hearts:

Sean.
Jan 6th, 2011, 12:40 PM
I also noticed that :shrug:
Great 3 return winners to win a set ,2 from Ana :hearts:

There's no pressure. That's why!

jelenacg
Jan 6th, 2011, 12:42 PM
There's no pressure. That's why!

I know :sobbing:

Sean.
Jan 6th, 2011, 12:49 PM
Ana just aced Ruben. :haha:

InsideOut.
Jan 6th, 2011, 12:53 PM
She got broken :rolleyes: Still it was Novak's fault not hers :lol:

gaviotabr
Jan 6th, 2011, 12:53 PM
Novak totally lost Ana that serve.. :o Stop clowning Nole!