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Julian.
May 18th, 2009, 06:09 PM
Will Ana Ivanovic defend her French Open title?

Shvedbarilescu
May 18th, 2009, 06:18 PM
I would think it very unlikely. I wouldn't be at all surprised if Ana wins RG again someday but not this year.

Adrian1092
May 18th, 2009, 06:24 PM
You never know with Ana :sad: I hope she can finally get it together. If she makes it to the QF or SF she will be very dangerous. *Fist Pump**AJDE* :p

SAEKeithSerena
May 18th, 2009, 06:28 PM
not a chance.

matty
May 18th, 2009, 06:29 PM
There's a lot of other players wanting it just as bad....I say no.

Svetlana.
May 18th, 2009, 06:38 PM
I hope she'll be placed with Dinara in the same draw ;P

Mynarco
May 18th, 2009, 06:39 PM
Nope.

thegreendestiny
May 18th, 2009, 06:40 PM
I hope she get's in Serena's quarter and get a thrashing. :drool:

new-york
May 18th, 2009, 06:47 PM
probably not although i'm not totally ruling out an reappearance of Frenchana Openovic. :awww:

BUT, yeah, probably not.

Costanza
May 18th, 2009, 06:51 PM
I hope she get's in Serena's quarter and get a thrashing. :drool:

But, first Serena to bitchslap Masha in R1:drool:

CloudAtlas
May 18th, 2009, 06:53 PM
I think she'll reach the 4R , which would still be her best GS performance in a year (can't believe this is a top 10 player!)

Vaidisova
May 18th, 2009, 07:06 PM
I don't think so

V's a star
May 18th, 2009, 07:06 PM
Id give her a 5 to 10% chance

Sharpie4me
May 18th, 2009, 07:08 PM
I don#t think she'll defend but if one of the Russians won't win, I hope she'll win.
Ana :hug:

AnnaK_4ever
May 18th, 2009, 07:09 PM
If she makes it past first three rounds I think she'll win the whole thing.

pepaw
May 18th, 2009, 07:14 PM
I really hope she does but I don't think it's realistic. I see Dinara or Jelena winning it.

cn ireland
May 18th, 2009, 07:15 PM
No I don't think she will!

Svetlana.
May 18th, 2009, 07:16 PM
But, first Serena to bitchslap Masha in R1:drool:

you wish... someone else will take care of Serena in the first round

Nikkiri
May 18th, 2009, 07:17 PM
Sadly not. I just hope she starts playing well again and that she is healthy.

Costanza
May 18th, 2009, 07:19 PM
you wish... someone else will take care of Serena in the first round

Really:eek:And who will take Sharapova:confused:

Svetlana.
May 18th, 2009, 07:21 PM
Really:eek:And who will take Sharapova:confused:

one of the other Russians

Costanza
May 18th, 2009, 07:23 PM
one of the other Russians

Thanks for info:yeah:

mashamaniac
May 18th, 2009, 08:04 PM
No way in the hell... :hearts:

Costanza
May 18th, 2009, 08:07 PM
No way in the hell... :hearts:

We shall see:kiss:

mashamaniac
May 18th, 2009, 08:34 PM
We shall see:kiss:

Sure as hell... :kiss:

Nikkiri
May 18th, 2009, 08:38 PM
Pathetic much.

Costanza
May 18th, 2009, 08:40 PM
Sure as hell... :kiss:

Better worry about Shoulderopova:kiss:

Craig.
May 18th, 2009, 08:41 PM
Better worry about Shoulderopova:kiss:

:weirdo:

Just STFU.

Costanza
May 18th, 2009, 08:42 PM
:weirdo:

Just STFU.

STFU you:wavey:

slamchamp
May 18th, 2009, 08:45 PM
shut up costanza

dybbuk
May 18th, 2009, 08:45 PM
I hope so, but most likely not.

Though with the lack of good claycourters who aren't injured or slumping, I can't say I would be entirely surprised either. Most good claycourters are either good players such as Safina and Jankovic, or claycourt mugs like AMG and most Spaniards. And then there's everyone else who can't play on clay. No reason Ana can't go deep besides her own head (and possibly her knee).

Tennisstar86
May 18th, 2009, 08:46 PM
Ana who?

Realistically though.... Ana is too spotty... and just looking at WHO has defended a major Title since Graf

Serena: 1 time 2003 Wimbledon
Venus: 3 times 2001 Us 2001 2008 Wimbledon
Henin: 2 times 2006 2007 French
Capriati: 1 time 2002 AO
Hingis: 2 times 1998 1999 Ao

I dont think Ivanovic will be adding her name to this list.

tonythetiger
May 18th, 2009, 08:47 PM
Here are my top predictions:

1. Safina
2. Kutznesova (sp)
3. Serena
4. Jelena
5. Azarenka (sp)

Sharpie4me
May 18th, 2009, 08:48 PM
:weirdo:

~Cherry*Blossom~
May 18th, 2009, 08:50 PM
She sucked on clay all last year before RG (yes even in Berlin she was horrible). She put it all together for her matches against JJ and Safina.

Ana's main problem is going to be the early rounds against lower ranked players, where she is the favourite. When she plays a player who is expected to beat her Ana plays much better. I wouldn't be surprised with her taking out Safina, Venus or Serena in the QFs, but I'll very angry if she beats Venus or Serena :armed: . If she's drawn against LenaD in the QFs then she is screwed :lol:

Costanza
May 18th, 2009, 08:51 PM
shut up costanza

Oh,what a surprise,its my uneducated friend.So,do you found out who is Samuel Beckett:kiss:

Kart
May 18th, 2009, 08:51 PM
I was convinced that Capriati wouldn't defend her Oz open crown in 2002.

If she could then, Ana can now.

Sean.
May 18th, 2009, 08:51 PM
Everone rules her out last year too :angel: And look what happened :p

Nikkiri
May 18th, 2009, 08:52 PM
Everone rules her out last year too :angel: And look what happened :p

This board will always rule her out. :) It doesn't matter, anything is possible in tennis.

slamchamp
May 18th, 2009, 08:53 PM
Oh,what a surprise,its my uneducated friend.So,do you found out who is Samuel Beckett:kiss:have you ever heard the line "less is more"? that's what your badrep needed;)

Costanza
May 18th, 2009, 08:56 PM
have you ever heard the line "less is more"? that's what your badrep needed;)

My uneducated friend:kiss:

slamchamp
May 18th, 2009, 08:57 PM
My friend:kiss:
Best friend

sakya23
May 18th, 2009, 08:58 PM
no

Costanza
May 18th, 2009, 08:59 PM
Best friend

Best uneducated friend

The Daviator
May 18th, 2009, 09:01 PM
I hope she get's in Serena's quarter and get a thrashing. :drool:

She was in Serena's quarter last year you know :D

Tennisstar86
May 18th, 2009, 09:01 PM
I was convinced that Capriati wouldn't defend her Oz open crown in 2002.

If she could then, Ana can now.

capriati wasnt a ball basher though....

slamchamp
May 18th, 2009, 09:02 PM
Best uneducated friend
hmm I'll take it:drool:

Volcana
May 18th, 2009, 09:03 PM
She beat one top ten player to win RG last year. SInce then, she's beaten two top ten players (then #9 and #10 Zvonareva and Greater Radwanska.) Both wins were at Linz, the only tournament she's won since RG last year. Ah but she's been making finals! No she hasn't. Her only final since RG besides Linz is IW. Semis? Zurich last year.

Take away AI's French Open points, and she drops to #13. By comparison, take away Venus' Wimbledon points, she drops to #6.

AI could rise up like the phoenix and win RG. But the odds of her getting a draw like last year's #52, #41, #34, #77, #11, #3, #14 are pretty low.

The Daviator
May 18th, 2009, 09:04 PM
capriati wasnt a ball basher though....

WTF does that have to do with anything? :weirdo: Ana is an excellent clay courter when she's playing well, so she can defend if she's in shape and form.

SIN DIOS NI LEY
May 18th, 2009, 09:05 PM
Yes , Ana is the female version of Nadal

Adrian1092
May 18th, 2009, 09:07 PM
capriati wasnt a ball basher though....

Hater :p
Get over it :lick:
Dani fail :worship:

Costanza
May 18th, 2009, 09:08 PM
hmm I'll take it:drool:

:clap2:

danieln1
May 18th, 2009, 09:08 PM
As much as I love her, I donŽt think sheŽll win Roland Garros this year, but sheŽll win again FOR SURE in the future!

But sheŽll prove everybody wrong and come out of nowhere to defend her title! Actually I had a dream that she won Roland Garros beating Venus 9-7 in the final!

dybbuk
May 18th, 2009, 09:10 PM
She beat one top ten player to win RG last year. SInce then, she's beaten two top ten players (then #9 and #10 Zvonareva and Greater Radwanska.) Both wins were at Linz, the only tournament she's won since RG last year. Ah but she's been making finals! No she hasn't. Her only final since RG besides Linz is IW. Semis? Zurich last year.

Take away AI's French Open points, and she drops to #13. By comparison, take away Venus' Wimbledon points, she drops to #6.

AI could rise up like the phoenix and win RG. But the odds of her getting a draw like last year's #52, #41, #34, #77, #11, #3, #14 are pretty low.

Her opponents rankings are misleading I think. #11, #3, #14, I can't name too many players playing right now who are better on clay than those 3 players. That's a much better run in reality than say beating about any of 4or5/10 players in the top 10 this year.

Unlikely, I agree. But I still can only name about 3/4 players I would bet on beating Ana in a RG QF. If she doesn't doesn't get upset early that is, which for Ana is about 80% of the battle.

mure
May 18th, 2009, 09:11 PM
the bad news is that Ana..ehm pretty much has been sucking for a year now

the good news is that i don't see any player who would be an obvious favorite against her.anythin could happen

Kart
May 18th, 2009, 09:12 PM
capriati wasnt a ball basher though....

Erm, yes she was.

That wasn't really my point though - Venus, Hingis, Seles, Henin, Clijsters were all in the 2002 draw. All were capable of beating Capriati (in fact, Hingis almost did) but she was the one in the end with her name on the trophy in the end.

I'm just saying it's not so easy to rule Ana out. Unlike almost all of her potential opponents, she's actually won this title before.

slamchamp
May 18th, 2009, 09:13 PM
the bad news is that Ana..ehm pretty much has been sucking for a year now

the good news is that i don't see any player who would be an obvious favorite against her.anythin could happen
dinara:shrug:

Costanza
May 18th, 2009, 09:15 PM
She beat one top ten player to win RG last year. SInce then, she's beaten two top ten players (then #9 and #10 Zvonareva and Greater Radwanska.) Both wins were at Linz, the only tournament she's won since RG last year. Ah but she's been making finals! No she hasn't. Her only final since RG besides Linz is IW. Semis? Zurich last year.

Take away AI's French Open points, and she drops to #13. By comparison, take away Venus' Wimbledon points, she drops to #6.

AI could rise up like the phoenix and win RG. But the odds of her getting a draw like last year's #52, #41, #34, #77, #11, #3, #14 are pretty low.

Seeing other top players,except Safina and Kuznetsova,on clay i would't be surprised to see draw like that this year:lol:

The Dawntreader
May 18th, 2009, 09:20 PM
She just hadn't had the match back-log. Yes last year her RG build-up was mediocre, but she had at least won a lot of matches in the first part of the season to give her sufficent enough confidences to go through a Slam. This year she's not had big wins, and her clay court preperation consists of just one match.

That said, a defending champ always has a chance. Apart from Serena, noone knows the taste of victory at RG. Ana does.

Mixo
May 18th, 2009, 09:21 PM
As spiritedenergy would say "with Ana expect the unexpected".



I say yes.

дalex
May 18th, 2009, 09:29 PM
Her opponents rankings are misleading I think. #11, #3, #14, I can't name too many players playing right now who are better on clay than those 3 players.

I swear I saw her in your sig the other day! :spit: Hmmm... :scratch:

Anyway, Ana is one of top players who's very competent and comfortable on clay. She should always be considered as one of the favourites there. I saw her playing some good tennis on clay this year and if she's healthy she's got good chance to defend her title.

Still think Dinara will win it, so I guess my answer to this thread's question will have to be NO. :shrug:

dybbuk
May 18th, 2009, 09:31 PM
I swear I saw her in your sig the other day! :spit: Hmmm... :scratch:

You saw right. :unsure:

дalex
May 18th, 2009, 09:34 PM
You saw right. :unsure:

Where did she go? Are you back to not liking her? :awww:

dybbuk
May 18th, 2009, 09:36 PM
Where did she go? Are you back to hating not liking her? :awww:

This is hardly a thread for that, and when did I ever hate her? I was easily one of the nicest Ana fans towards Jelena.

Sund7101
May 18th, 2009, 10:20 PM
No, she'll lose before the 4th round.

Cp6uja
May 19th, 2009, 12:04 AM
She beat one top ten player to win RG last year.

...

AI could rise up like the phoenix and win RG. But the odds of her getting a draw like last year's #52, #41, #34, #77, #11, #3, #14 are pretty low.When Jelena Jankovic reach for the first time WTA#1 in August of 2008 she don't have in her record better result than that RG/08 semifinal and when Dinara this April have her WTA#1 debut she don't have any better result in her 52 weeks record than that RG/08 final! So despite official rankings Ana Ivanovic actually beat last season at her road to RG title two WTA#1 at theirs peaks!

If we look Red Clay results in 2007, 2008 and 2009 best claycourt players BY FAR is Ivanovic, Henin, Safina and Jankovic... so beating at Roland Garros JJ in SF and Safina in Final is actually really great achievement.

If we look all tennis players which reach at least once RG Semifinal since 2000 Ana Ivanovic is right now one of best by W/L ratio at French Open red clay:

PLAYER WON LOSE percentage
Nadal 28 0 100.0%
Henin 38 4 90.4%
Ivanovic 19 3 86.3%
ASV 72 14 83.7%
Kuerten 36 8 81.8%
Serena 31 7 81.5%
Hingis 35 8 81.3%
Capriati 39 10 79.5%
Corretja 49 13 79.0%
Ferrero 30 8 79.0%
Djokovic 15 4 79.0%
Costa 41 11 78.8%
Clijsters 22 6 78.5%
Sharapova 22 6 78.5%
Martinez 65 18 78.3%
Federer 32 10 76.0%
Kuznetsova 22 7 75.8%
Pierce 44 14 75.8%
Venus 35 12 74.4%
Moya 32 12 73.0%
Hewitt 24 9 73.0%
Verkerk 8 3 72.7%
Dementieva 25 10 71.4%
Gaudio 22 9 70.9%
Coria 17 7 70.8%
Vaidisova 12 5 70.5%
Davydenko 19 8 70.0%
Safina 14 6 70.0%
Jankovic 13 6 68.4%
Puerta 12 6 66.6%
Suarez 22 13 62.8%
Myskina 11 7 61.1%

Buitenzorg
May 19th, 2009, 12:06 AM
I doubt it.... :help: :sad:

H.A.M.
May 19th, 2009, 12:13 AM
Don't ever overlook her chances at RG. She was a mess last year during the whole clay season but still managed to win playing the tennis of her life in SF and F so :o

madlove
May 19th, 2009, 01:26 AM
it's pretty obvious the answer is no

nashi
May 19th, 2009, 03:47 AM
No NO No
Poor girl

Roookie
May 19th, 2009, 03:52 AM
I think she'll reach the 4R , which would still be her best GS performance in a year (can't believe this is a top 10 player!)

This is coming from a Pushniacki fan?..:haha:

Mattographer
May 19th, 2009, 04:27 AM
0.01%

skanky~skanketta
May 19th, 2009, 04:33 AM
No chance in hell! I think she'll be out between the 3rd round and the quarterfinals.

Temperenka
May 19th, 2009, 04:39 AM
I think she will play comfortably compared to the last 11 months, but lose in the quarters or semis.

ElusiveChanteuse
May 19th, 2009, 04:53 AM
Maybe SF at most when she meet Dinara then.:devil:

Polikarpov
May 19th, 2009, 05:12 AM
She has to.

InsideOut.
May 19th, 2009, 06:17 AM
No. :sad:

Amalgamate
May 19th, 2009, 07:08 AM
:spit: No.

Beat
May 19th, 2009, 07:12 AM
it'd be a little shocking, with the year she had and the preparation for the FO.
but i still think she's more likely to win it than jankovic ;)

Kovalchuk
May 19th, 2009, 07:14 AM
reaching fourth round would be a success for her this year.

ZeroSOFInfinity
May 19th, 2009, 08:07 AM
You will never know.

Ziggy Starduck
May 19th, 2009, 10:01 AM
She doesn't stand a snowflakes chance in hell of winning RG :D

santhuruu
May 19th, 2009, 10:17 AM
I give her a good chance to defend her FO title, Serena is weak this clay season, Sharapova is not yet at her best, Venus is not playing the way she did in 2004, Jankovic is not finding her good groove yet on the clay. The only big threats are Kuznetsova and Safina, I give the best chances for Dinara, but hey you never know what will happen. Ivanovic will start her campaign being well rested in my opinion!

Pops Maellard
May 30th, 2009, 01:42 PM
Any changes of opinion at this point? :)

I think she's proven that she means business so far. She'll have to take down Safina to do it though. That would be the toughest test probably.

I still don't think she will but it's good she's getting her form back and hopefully will start being a slam contender regularly again soon.

-jenks-
May 30th, 2009, 01:49 PM
Although I would love her too, I don't think she will. :sad:

But it might be a good thing if she doesn't. She's been playing really well so far, and her getting out of the top 10 could give her more hungry to improve

Craig.
May 30th, 2009, 01:51 PM
If she gets past Safina, yeah :shrug:

Keegan
May 30th, 2009, 01:52 PM
If not Vika, then Dinara. One of those two will take her out.

Kim's_fan_4ever
May 30th, 2009, 01:54 PM
Winner of Safina/Ivanovic gets the title. I can't see anyone else winning this :shrug:

H.A.M.
May 30th, 2009, 01:57 PM
She's my favorite from day one. I still hope I'm wrong though :sobbing:

MarieC
May 30th, 2009, 02:01 PM
If she gets by Vika and Safina she stands a good chance. That's a big IF though