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Cp6uja
Jan 5th, 2011, 01:21 AM
Ana never take too seriously hers doubles career and that will probably never be changed, but when we talking about mixed-doubles competition things are way different, especially now when it become Olympic discipline (since London 2012)! There is several reasons why she can be elite mixed-doubles player even if she stay mediocre in WTA doubles:

- Ana's forehand and serve is arguable rare weapons from WTA tour which is able permanently to damage decent ATP players. Her net game became better and better (which is not surprise for so naturally aggressive and tall player) and hers risky attacking returns are actually more effective in mixed-doubles (to male opponents) than returns of elite WTA returners.
- Mix's schedule is very reduced: 4 Grand Slams, Hopman Cup and Olympics is only tennis events with mix-doubles, which is not hard to managed even for TOP10 player in singles, and also players which playing everything can't take any advantage in this case. In general, as true tennis superstar, Ana can choose elite ATP partner which she want, but in mixed-doubles teams are traditionally from same country (at HC and OG "must be") so she is very lucky because Serbia is so big force these days in mans tennis.

So playing at Hopman Cup with Novak Djokovic, and at Grand Slams and Olympics with Nenad Zimonjic (which is not only elite player in ATP doubles so far but also already won 4GS's in mixed-doubles), our Ana Ivanovic is destined to be real treat in mixed-doubles competition. No doubt that Ana's biggest goal in mixed-doubles competition is to reach medal at London Olympics 2012 (unlike in tennis singles, in doubles OG Gold or even silver, have bigger value and prestige than GS title).

Cp6uja
Jan 5th, 2011, 01:23 AM
Ana Ivanovic MIXED-DOUBLES results (6-2 so far):

Roland Garros 2005 R1: Ivanovic/Zimonjic def. Sugiyama/Mirnyi 3-6 6-3 10-8 (Sugiyama and Mirnyi are true doubles legends, former #1, and 3+4 GS doubles and 1+3 GS mix's champions)
Roland Garros 2005 R2: W/O

Hopman Cup 2006 RR: Raymond/Dent def. Ivanovic/Djokovic 7-6(3) 6-2 (Raymond is former #1 in WTA doubles and 5xGS champ and 4xGS mix champion)
Hopman Cup 2006 RR: Ivanovic/Djokovic def. Arvidsson/Johansson 6-2 6-4 (Thomas Johansson is former AO champion in singles)
Hopman Cup 2006 RR: Ivanovic/Djokovic def. Kuznetsova/Schukin 6-2 7-6(4) (Kuznetsova is known as 2xGS champion in singles, but in doubles she reach final of all-4 slams and won AO)

Australian Open 2006 R1: Ivanovic/Djokovic def. Kirilenko/Andreev 6-7(4) 6-2 10-4
Australian Open 2006 R2: Likhovceva/Nestor def. Ivanovic/Djokovic 3-6 6-1 10-5 (Nestor is former #1 and 6xGS doubles champ and with Likhovceva he reach that year AO mix final + title next year)

Hopman Cup 2010 RR: Ivanovic/Djokovic def. Shvedova/Golubev 7-6(7) 6-4 (Shvedova won last two GS doubles titles previous year)
Hopman Cup 2010 RR: Ivanovic/Djokovic def. Molik/Hewitt 6-7(5) 7-5 10-6 (Molik and Hewitt both are former GS Doubles champions)

Cp6uja
Jan 5th, 2011, 12:25 PM
Ana Ivanovic with mixed-doubles partner Novak Djokovic during Hopman Cup 2011:

http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/6497/anananovak.jpg

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Orbis
Jan 15th, 2011, 04:22 PM
:yeah: I'd like to see Ana get more involved in mixed doubles, she seems to do well and it'll help develop her game. I guess she always has to be careful not to overplay though, too bad she had to withdraw from AO

Ivanovic2008
Feb 24th, 2011, 02:32 PM
More Mixed doubs with Novak!

hellas719
Feb 25th, 2011, 04:27 AM
^When? :D

Cp6uja
Jun 12th, 2012, 01:24 AM
This thread deserved to be bumped, because now is less than 50 days before start of London Olympics where Ana Ivanovic will represent Serbia in mixed-doubles together with one of best ATP doubles players in XXI century, countryman Nenad Zimonjic. Like I already pointed couple times in past months on other threads, Ana's best, if not only serious chance to reach Olympic medal in London 2012 is mixed-doubles, because in singles it is day-to-day event and Ana fitness is simple not enough good to compete on high level in late rounds of this kind of tournaments. But in doubles fitnes is non-factor, Zimonjic is elite partner, and Ana will be also high motivated - unlike at slams where singles>>>>>>>>>>>>>>doubles (value of title), at Olympics every gold/silver/bronze is counted same fore You and Your country! Which is best OG mixed doubles will be Draw just of 16 (that means with only two oppening wins Ana/Ziki will be in semifinal fighting for medals in next two matches!). Ivanovic and Zimonjic should not be afraid of anybody, especially if we know that for example out of all mixed-doubles which compete at Roland Garros only 2 or 3 will compete in London (most of this doubles are from different countries, or one of players don't have enough good ranking to compete at OG).

Good luck and medal for Ana and Zimonjic in London!

http://2011.usopen.org/images/pics/large/b_08312011_ivanovic-zimonjic_2011_US_Open_024.jpghttp://2011.usopen.org/images/pics/large/b_08312011_ivanovic-zimonjic_2011_US_Open_029.jpg

http://www.novosti.rs/upload/images/2012//06/04n/sp-zimonjic.jpg

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JJ all the way
Jun 12th, 2012, 05:34 AM
^ aww they make a cute couple :)

is it confirmed that she is playing mixed with zimonjic?

Cp6uja
Jun 12th, 2012, 05:16 PM
^ aww they make a cute couple :)

is it confirmed that she is playing mixed with zimonjic?I think they are first mixed doubles which confirm presence at Olympics since 1924 :tape:
They announced that already in 2009!

Ivanovic2008
Jun 22nd, 2012, 01:24 PM
Are they playing together at wimby?

Linguae^
Jun 22nd, 2012, 01:30 PM
It is said they are.

Cp6uja
Jun 22nd, 2012, 01:33 PM
Are they playing together at wimby?
According to Nenad Zimonjic - Yes (interesting that he will not play GS-Wimby in doubles with his OG-Wimby partner Tipsarevic)... but maybe Ana's groin injury change this plans.

Cp6uja
Jun 27th, 2012, 09:48 PM
Ana will not play mixed-doubles at GS-Wimbledon!
I guess it's her decision after RG groin injury and stupid Wimbledon schedule which forced her to play unprepared day-to-day already since first round in singles.
Zimonjic will play with his standard mixed-doubles partner Srebotnik.

It's shame, because I still thinking that best chance for Serbia to reach some tennis medal in London OG right after Djokovic in singles are Ivanovic/Zimonjic mixed-doubles, but without competitive matches which they plays together, especially at grass surface - it not looks now so promising like year or just month ago :p

EDIT: I just compare RG and Wimbledon mixed-doubles draws and notice that in Paris played only 3 doubles where both players are from same country and in same time both are qualify for London OG.
In Wimbledon, on same courts where will be Olympics event, number of such doubles is 12 :eek:

JAS_
Jun 30th, 2012, 06:10 PM
Ana will not play mixed-doubles at GS-Wimbledon!
I guess it's her decision after RG groin injury and stupid Wimbledon schedule which forced her to play unprepared day-to-day already since first round in singles.
Zimonjic will play with his standard mixed-doubles partner Srebotnik.

It's shame, because I still thinking that best chance for Serbia to reach some tennis medal in London OG right after Djokovic in singles are Ivanovic/Zimonjic mixed-doubles, but without competitive matches which they plays together, especially at grass surface - it not looks now so promising like year or just month ago :p

EDIT: I just compare RG and Wimbledon mixed-doubles draws and notice that in Paris played only 3 doubles where both players are from same country and in same time both are qualify for London OG.
In Wimbledon, on same courts where will be Olympics event, number of such doubles is 12 :eek:

Just realized she pulled out of doubles. :o
If she is not ready to play day-to-day in her own event, then she shouldn't enter two events. This is plain irresponsible IMO. Not fair to Ziki at all. And perhaps she should just let JJ play with him at the Olympics. Is JJ playing with Janko? I forget.

Cajka
Jun 30th, 2012, 09:20 PM
Just realized she pulled out of doubles. :o
If she is not ready to play day-to-day in her own event, then she shouldn't enter two events. This is plain irresponsible IMO. Not fair to Ziki at all. And perhaps she should just let JJ play with him at the Olympics. Is JJ playing with Janko? I forget.

No, Janko decided not to when he decided to play doubles with Ziki.

I agree with you.

Cp6uja
Jun 30th, 2012, 11:38 PM
Just realized she pulled out of doubles. :o
If she is not ready to play day-to-day in her own event, then she shouldn't enter two events. This is plain irresponsible IMO. Not fair to Ziki at all. And perhaps she should just let JJ play with him at the Olympics. Is JJ playing with Janko? I forget.I think that at Olympic Wimbledon things will be quite opposite for Ana - mixed doubles will be (or should to be) priority for Ana, instead singles (unlike GS Wimby, OG is day-to-day)! But real problem is that now she miss opportunity for perfect preparation with Nenad at same courts where OG mixed doubles will be played. I guess they have agreement to play only if Ana is sheduled to play MON-WED-FRI(+SAT in Mix) during 1st week, or Ana simple canceled everything after realize that hers 1st week schedule because draw and hers rain first round problems will be actually worst possible scenario WED-THU-SATx2... so she decide to escape everything, and give Nenad opportunity to compete with his usual partner K.Srebotnik.

Anyway, Ana and Nenad still have some good shot there - after winning just two matches they will be in SF in battle for gold, silver and bronze.

JAS_
Jul 1st, 2012, 07:01 AM
I think that at Olympic Wimbledon things will be quite opposite for Ana - mixed doubles will be (or should to be) priority for Ana, instead singles (unlike GS Wimby, OG is day-to-day)! But real problem is that now she miss opportunity for perfect preparation with Nenad at same courts where OG mixed doubles will be played. I guess they have agreement to play only if Ana is sheduled to play MON-WED-FRI(+SAT in Mix) during 1st week, or Ana simple canceled everything after realize that hers 1st week schedule because draw and hers rain first round problems will be actually worst possible scenario WED-THU-SATx2... so she decide to escape everything, and give Nenad opportunity to compete with his usual partner K.Srebotnik.

Anyway, Ana and Nenad still have some good shot there - after winning just two matches they will be in SF in battle for gold, silver and bronze.

I wonder what makes you think that :scratch:
;)

Anyway, with all due respect to Ana and her decision makers :wink-wink:, I don't think that she is at all good at multitasking and/or prioritizing, especially multitasking involving physical activity, considering how shitty injury prone her body seems to be and how badly both her body and her mind gets overwhelmed with the size/importance of the task given.

There is nothing more that I would have liked a year ago than for Ana to have a legit shot at both events at the Olympics, but sorry I don't think she wanted it hard enough to make sure she can be ready and do her best in both.

In this instance, I don't think that she will be able to give her best at both events, especially since she isn't totally out of competition in the singles, and especially since she missed the last one. I just don't think that she will be able to treat her single Olympic performance as something subsidiary to the mixed doubles.

Meanwhile, Jelena has shown that she can bring her best in team events played for the country, and I really do believe that she would be pumped up to play the mixed doubles, having won Wimby once in that category, and I do think it would be best for her AND the country, because she will most likely lose early in singles and be free to commit to doubles AND if she does make any sort of decent result it would propell her in her own singles.
Ana has shown the tendency to ditch the doubles at the first oportunity, which I wouldn't have a problem with, except that it always tends to happen to Ziki, who I don't think deserves that at all, not to mention that this would be playing for the country flag as well, so this sort of nonchalance is really out of place here. I already don't particularly care for the way she stood Ziki up a couple of times, considering that he is as talented an probably even harder working guy than most of our tennis stars, he just happened to be born a couple of years too early, so his career was being shaped at the time when Serb sportsmen were not deemed desirable on the world's sport scene.

Snex
Jul 23rd, 2012, 04:16 PM
She plays doubles with Ziki at Olympics. ;)

http://www.b92.net/sport/london2012/tenis/vesti.php?yyyy=2012&mm=07&dd=23&nav_id=628831

:yeah:

gaviotabr
Jul 31st, 2012, 01:48 PM
Olympic Mixed Doubles Entry List Announced
July 31, 2012 By Tennis Panorama News

The ITF has announced the entry list for the Olympic mixed doubles competition that is scheduled to start on Wednesday, August 1, 2012. Thirty-five pairs from 26 countries signed up for the first Olympic mixed doubles competition as a full medal discipline since 1924, with the combined ranking cut-off for direct entry at 37. The top seeds are Victoria Azarenka and Max Miryni of Belarus, ranked No. 1 in women’s singles and men’s doubles respectively.

ITF Places were awarded to Andy Murray and Laura Robson of Great Britain; Lleyton Hewitt and Samantha Stosur of Australia; Mikhail Youzhny and Elena Vesnina of Russia; and Robert Lindstedt and Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden.

The draw for the Mixed Doubles will take place Tuesday on site at Wimbledon

Entry list

Argentina Gisela Dulko / Juan Martin del Potro
Australia Samantha Stosur / Lleyton Hewitt (ITF Place)
Belarus Victoria Azarenka / Max Mirnyi
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecka / Radek Stepanek
Germany Angelique Kerber / Philipp Petzschner; Sabine Lisicki / Christopher Kas
Great Britain Laura Robson / Andy Murray (ITF Place)
India Sania Mirza / Leander Paes
Italy Roberta Vinci / Daniele Bracciali; Sara Errani / Andreas Seppi
Poland Agnieszka Radwanska / Marcin Matkowski
Russia Elena Vesnina / Mikhail Youzhny (ITF Place)
Serbia Ana Ivanovic / Nenad Zimonjic
Sweden Sofia Arvidsson / Robert Lindstedt (ITF Place)
USA Lisa Raymond / Mike Bryan, Liezel Huber / Bob Bryan

Alternates

1. Spain Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez / Marcel Granollers
2. Romania Irina-Camelia Begu / Horia Tecau
3. Canada Aleksandra Wozniak / Daniel Nestor
4. Poland Klaudia Jans-Ignacik / Mariusz Fyrstenberg

http://www.tennispanorama.com/archives/29296?utm_term=%23tennis&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Cp6uja
Jul 31st, 2012, 02:46 PM
Noooooooooooooo!

Ana and Nenad in 1st round will face TOP3 favorites Mirza/Paes and in 2nd #1 favorites Azarenka/Mirnyi

:banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead:

Worst possible draw to reach SF and fight for medal :mad::mad::mad:

gaviotabr
Jul 31st, 2012, 03:04 PM
Really really tough draw..

1st Round
AZARENKA / MIRNYI (BLR) [1]

KERBER / PETZSCHNER (GER)
MIRZA / PAES (IND)

IVANOVIC / ZIMONJIC (SRB)
RAYMOND / BRYAN (USA) [3]

ERRANI / SEPPI (ITA)
DULKO / DEL POTRO (ARG)

VESNINA / YOUZHNY (RUS)
ROBSON / MURRAY (GBR)

HRADECKA / STEPANEK (CZE)
STOSUR / HEWITT (AUS)

RADWANSKA / MATKOWSKI (POL) [4]
ARVIDSSON / LINDSTEDT (SWE)

VINCI / BRACCIALI (ITA)
LISICKI / KAS (GER)

HUBER / BRYAN (USA) [2]

http://2012.itftennis.com/olympics/results/mixed-doubles.aspx

gaviotabr
Jul 31st, 2012, 03:10 PM
Life is funny...

Aga wasn't going to enter mixed doubles.. she only did it because she lost in the 1st round of singles. If she had not entered, Ana/Nenad would have been seeded in the mixed draw and would've definitely had a better draw.

Cp6uja
Jul 31st, 2012, 03:15 PM
Life is funny...

Aga wasn't going to enter mixed doubles.. she only did it because she lost in the 1st round of singles. If she had not entered, Ana/Nenad would have been seeded in the mixed draw and would've definitely had a better draw.Nope... Mirza/Paes also have better combined rankings.

This draw is very fishy to me if we take look on Murray/Robson cakewalk case.

JJ Expres
Jul 31st, 2012, 03:20 PM
Life is funny...

Aga wasn't going to enter mixed doubles.. she only did it because she lost in the 1st round of singles. If she had not entered, Ana/Nenad would have been seeded in the mixed draw and would've definitely had a better draw.

the draw is rigged, so Ana/Nenad would've probably just replaced Aga/Matkowski since they are the weakest pair from the top 4 . I can't believe :help:

JAS_
Jul 31st, 2012, 04:44 PM
Noooooooooooooo!

Ana and Nenad in 1st round will face TOP3 favorites Mirza/Paes and in 2nd #1 favorites Azarenka/Mirnyi

:banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead:

Worst possible draw to reach SF and fight for medal :mad::mad::mad:



LOL, too bad mixed doubles are her priority in the Olympics. :rolls::o:rolleyes:

Ziki :sad::hug:

Cajka
Jul 31st, 2012, 04:50 PM
JAS is evil. :lol:

Ivanovic2008
Jul 31st, 2012, 04:51 PM
Feel worse for Ziki because Ana probably doesn't care enough to give her full attention (afraid of injury probably :rolleyes:). They have no chance in the first round and I would rather focus on her match against Kim then worry about a long shot mixed doubles match that they won't win unless Ziki plays amazing and Ana actually puts 100 % and plays well. But hopefully they will have fun out there :)

On a side note: Ana will be playing Hopman Cup and will play mixed with Novak :)

JAS_
Jul 31st, 2012, 05:02 PM
JAS is evil. :lol:

:oh:

Cajka
Jul 31st, 2012, 05:24 PM
:oh:

And now I saw you sig. :sobbing: :haha:

JAS_
Jul 31st, 2012, 07:18 PM
And now I saw you sig. :sobbing: :haha:

You are going have to translate it for Izzy now. :p

gaviotabr
Jul 31st, 2012, 08:00 PM
You are going have to translate it for Izzy now. :p

:lol: I'm waiting.. :p

Cajka
Jul 31st, 2012, 08:04 PM
:lol: I'm waiting.. :p

It's a funny expression that describes unrealistic dreams. Literal translation doesn't make much sense. It's something like: "The heart wants to, but the ass gurgles."

gaviotabr
Jul 31st, 2012, 08:23 PM
It's a funny expression that describes unrealistic dreams. Literal translation doesn't make much sense. It's something like: "The heart wants to, but the ass gurgles."

:lol: Ok.. thanks!

JAS_
Jul 31st, 2012, 10:42 PM
It's a funny expression that describes unrealistic dreams. Literal translation doesn't make much sense. It's something like: "The heart wants to, but the ass gurgles."

:lol: Ok.. thanks!

You guys should try google translate. It's awesome:

Heart 'and fathers ass bubbling :lol::rolls:

This is what I got, but I think it mistook my c for ch. Maybe you get something else even more hilarious.

P.S: Izzy you may wanna read our conversation in the Serbian thread. :secret:

gaviotabr
Jul 31st, 2012, 10:52 PM
You guys should try google translate. It's awesome:

:lol::rolls:

This is what I got, but I think it mistook my c for ch. Maybe you get something else even more hilarious.

P.S: Izzy you may wanna read our conversation in the Serbian thread. :secret:

I think I'll take a pass.. there is too much serbian in there.. and google translation of everything gives me a bit of a headache.. :lol:

Cajka
Jul 31st, 2012, 10:59 PM
I think I'll take a pass.. there is too much serbian in there.. and google translation of everything gives me a bit of a headache.. :lol:

I'll explain it tomorrow or so. :lol:

Cajka
Aug 1st, 2012, 02:20 AM
You guys should try google translate. It's awesome:

:lol::rolls:

This is what I got, but I think it mistook my c for ch. Maybe you get something else even more hilarious.


What? :lol: Srce oče?

gaviotabr
Aug 1st, 2012, 04:41 PM
Ana's mixed doubles match got postponed. I guess she will play it tomorrow.

JAS_
Aug 1st, 2012, 06:34 PM
What? :lol: Srce oče?

Da. :oh::rolls:

gloria7
Aug 1st, 2012, 06:39 PM
Ana and Ziki will play on Thursday. Our commentator said Paes didn't play his 2R men's doubles match , so he had to play it today. Actually, if they beat Paes/Mirza ,Ana and Ziki will have to play 2 matches on Thursday.

gaviotabr
Aug 1st, 2012, 06:54 PM
Ana and Ziki will play on Thursday. Our commentator said Paes didn't play his 2R men's doubles match , so he had to play it today. Actually, if they beat Paes/Mirza ,Ana and Ziki will have to play 2 matches on Thursday.

So good that Ana doesn't have singles then... as mixed was always the priority.. :spit::help::tape:

gaviotabr
Aug 1st, 2012, 08:46 PM
Ana/Nenad will play 3rd match on Court 14 tomorrow.

Court 14
Start: 14:00
Men's Doubles - Quarterfinals CILIC / DODIG (CRO) V FERRER / LOPEZ (ESP)
Women's Doubles - Quarterfinals PENG / ZHENG (CHN) V KIRILENKO / PETROVA (RUS) [3] 5-7 3-3
Mixed Doubles - 1st Round MIRZA / PAES (IND) V IVANOVIC / ZIMONJIC (SRB)

gaviotabr
Aug 2nd, 2012, 03:19 PM
Ana's mixed doubles match is next up on Court 14.

gaviotabr
Aug 2nd, 2012, 05:29 PM
6-2 6-4 loss. Hey, mixed doubles should always be the priority! :spit:

They won one less game then the last time they played together!

Cp6uja
Aug 2nd, 2012, 11:46 PM
6-2 6-4 loss. Hey, mixed doubles should always be the priority! :spit:

They won one less game then the last time they played together!It's me who says that mixed-doubles should to be London OG/2012 priority for Ivanovic, not Ana, who never take that much seriously that competition - even not played in Wimbledon moth ago like most of other OG competitors. Without preparations Ana and Nenad needs weak opponent in first round, and unfortunatelly they draws literally two best teams in two opening rounds (India and Belarus), so no matter how they prepared for this event, with draw like this they are destined to not reach SF and fight for medals. And worst of all Zimonjic is forced to play today just half hour after frustrated lose with Tipsarevic where they failed to reach SF (orginally Ana and Nenad should to play yesterday right after Paes lose his doubles match), so everything goes wrong with this mixed-doubles episode. They not played together so long, so no cordinated teamwork and chemistry at start of this match, so Mirza and Paes broke Ana/Nenad 3 out of 4 first game serves, but since that moment till end of the match they not broke Serbian team (but it's too late for Ana and Nenad).

How important is draw in this case You can see in Murray/Robson case which will probably reach medal - but no doubt for me that Zimonjic/Ivanovic >>> Murray/Robson in mixed-doubles (also at least 6 others doubles from TOP half)!

On other hand Ana have no chances in singles at such competitive day-to-day event with current fitness, even if she played every round against McHalle or Baltacha she will lose first or second match where no more day pause between matches! On positive note, I must to say that Ana straight set lose vs Clijsters is actually Ana's 2nd best grasscourt match (level of game) since 2008 (hers win vs Stosur at Wimbledon 2009 is only better), which is good news before start of fast-hardcourt surface, which surprisely become Ana's best surface in ln last two seasons.

gaviotabr
Aug 3rd, 2012, 12:11 AM
It's me who says that mixed-doubles should to be London OG/2012 priority for Ivanovic, not Ana, who never take that much seriously that competition - even not played in Wimbledon moth ago like most of other OG competitors. Without preparations Ana and Nenad needs weak opponent in first round, and unfortunatelly they draws literally two best teams in two opening rounds (India and Belarus), so no matter how they prepared for this event, with draw like this they are destined to not reach SF and fight for medals. And worst of all Zimonjic is forced to play today just half hour after frustrated lose with Tipsarevic where they failed to reach SF (orginally Ana and Nenad should to play yesterday right after Paes lose his doubles match), so everything goes wrong with this mixed-doubles episode. They not played together so long, so no cordinated teamwork and chemistry at start of this match, so Mirza and Paes broke Ana/Nenad 3 out of 4 first game serves, but since that moment till end of the match they not broke Serbian team (but it's too late for Ana and Nenad).

How important is draw in this case You can see in Murray/Robson case which will probably reach medal - but no doubt for me that Zimonjic/Ivanovic >>> Murray/Robson in mixed-doubles (also at least 6 others doubles from TOP half)!

Murray being able to return serve is already reason that Murray-Robson is better than Ana-Nenad. If male player is unable to return serve, even womans serve, like Nenad today, then there is no way to win against anyone.

Its true that they had bad luck though.. I'm still not sure they had any chance at a medal.. would actually have to win 3 matches.. and its hard to imagine that seeing how they played today.

On other hand Ana have no chances in singles at such competitive day-to-day event with current fitness, even if she played every round against McHalle or Baltacha she will lose first or second match where no more day pause between matches! On positive note, I must to say that Ana straight set lose vs Clijsters is actually Ana's 2nd best grasscourt match (level of game) since 2008 (hers win vs Stosur at Wimbledon 2009 is only better), which is good news before start of fast-hardcourt surface, which surprisely become Ana's best surface in ln last two seasons.

I actually agree with this.. says a lot about how bad Ana is on grass though that a match in which she could barely hit a single BH above the net was her second best grass performance since 2009.

Lets see what the rest of the year holds.. Ana definitely needs fast hardcourts to continue being her best surface.. needs a strong finish.