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Today 02:48 AM
nonRelativity
Re: ~Ana's articles~

Apparently exhibitions will rule the tennis world soon. Or ...who knows? that's weird.
Yesterday 05:22 PM
gaviotabr
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Ana signed with Octagon.. this is something I always thought she should have done before her tennis career ended.. I don't really get why doing it now though..

Jan 18th, 2017 09:15 PM
debby.
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Sweet words.
Jan 18th, 2017 07:44 PM
Iva87
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WTA Insider ‏@WTA_insider

Asked @sorana_cirstea about her good friend @AnaIvanovic’s decision to retire. Turns out, old habits die hard. #AusOpen
Jan 13th, 2017 08:07 PM
Iva87
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Ana Ivanovic - the star of Belgrade

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Ana Ivanovic - the star of Belgrade

By Guillaume Willecoq on Thursday 12 January 2017

In her Roland-Garros debut at the tender age of 17, Ivanovic reached the quarter-final stage. Three years later, aged 20, she won the tournament and took the world No.1 spot in her third – and, as it turned out, last ever − Grand Slam final appearance. There is clearly a "before" and "after" Roland-Garros 2008 for Ana Ivanovic; two very different careers on either side of Saturday 7th June 2008, the date she lifted the Coupe Suzanne-Lenglen and took over Justine Henin's crown, as predicted, to join her idol Monica Seles on the tournament's honours list. Ana Ivanovic may not have shown the consistency of her two elders, but she was still a prominent figure at Roland-Garros in the second half of the noughties.



After Justine Henin's shock retirement in the Spring of 2008, when she was world No.1 and three-time reigning champion, the Roland-Garros tournament was in need of a new queen. And who better than Ana Ivanovic to pick up the torch? Ivanovic had been the Belgian's last victim in the Parisian final twelve months previously, after having beaten the world No.2 and No.3, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Maria Sharapova, for a place in her first major final. Ivanovic had burst into the spotlight at Roland-Garros back in 2005, when she reached the quarter-finals in her main draw debut aged just 17, beating the likes of Amélie Mauresmo and Francesca Schiavone on the way. In 2008, she had even kicked off the season with her second ever Grand Slam final appearance, at the Australian Open.

World No.2 at the time, the 20-year-old Serb was the hot favourite to win the Parisian crown in the absence of queen Justine. Her maturity and the way she stood up to the pressure of this new status was certainly impressive: she did not drop a set on her run to the semi-finals, where she triumphed in an almost fratricidal duel against countrywoman Jelena Jankovic, at a time when the Ivanovic-Jankovic-Djokovic trio was putting Serbia well and truly on the world tennis map.

Having won the match 6-4 3-6 6-4, the Belgrade native's most difficult task was already behind her: in the final, her powerful forehand and previous experience in the event enabled her to overcome Dinara Safina, the world No.14, with a masterful performance (6-4 6-3 in 1 hour 38 minutes).

"When I trained, I would think about Monica Seles winning Roland-Garros"

Roland-Garros champion and world No.1 at just 20 years of age: the future looked bright for Ana Ivanovic. But the role of alpha female did not sit well with the Serb, and her triumph on 7th June 2008 seemed to somewhat satisfy her hunger. Having reached the semi-finals or better in four of the five Grand Slams she had played between Roland-Garros 2007 and Roland-Garros 2008, she then had to wait seven years before clinching another place in the final four of a major tournament…at Roland-Garros once again, her favourite Grand Slam, in 2015.



But this semi-final appearance in Paris, which marked a brief return to the WTA's Top 5, was not enough to quash the feeling that Ana Ivanovic would never again reach her 2007-2008 peak. The lady herself even seems to see it that way: a young champion, she has also decided to retire young, announcing that she is putting an end to her professional career at the end of 2016, just a few weeks after her 29th birthday. She says she has lived her dreams: "I grew up practising in an empty swimming pool which had two tennis courts inside it. In Serbia in 1999, with all the bombings, it was hard to imagine becoming a professional tennis player. When I trained, I would think about Monica Seles winning Roland-Garros. I wanted to achieve the same things she had." Unlike her idol, and contrary to what might have been expected back in 2008, Ana Ivanovic's reign at Roland-Garros was short-lived. But, just like her idol, she has her name etched on the tournament's list of winners. And that's what matters. "Ajde", Ana!

Ana Ivanovic’s record at Roland-Garros

37 wins, 11 defeats

1 title (2008), 1 final (2007), 1 semi-final (2015) and 1 quarter-final (2005). Ana Ivanovic was also finalist at the 2008 Australian Open.

12 participations to Roland-Garros (the first in 2005 as a 17 year-old, the last in 2016 as a 28-year-old)

Her staff when she won Roland-Garros: Sven Groeneveld (tennis coach), Scott Byrnes (physical trainer) and Marcin Rozpedski (hitting-partner)

Notables wins against Amélie Mauresmo (round of 32 in 2005), Francesca Schiavone (round of 16 in 2005), Svetlana Kuznetsova (quarter-final in 2007), Maria Sharapova (semi-final in 2007) , Jelena Jankovic (semi-final in 2008), Dinara Safina (2008 final), Ekaterina Makarova (round of 16 in 2015).
Jan 10th, 2017 07:39 AM
Iva87
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Annacone‏@paul_annacone
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@AnaIvanovic Congrats on a terrific playing career & welcome to the @PlaySight team - we have lots of great things ahead!
Darren Cahill
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Really excited to hear the announcement that @AnaIvanovic is joining our @PlaySight team. Welcome Ana!
Jan 9th, 2017 10:33 PM
nonRelativity
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Maybe she tried one of those smart courts last month then decided to retire.
Jan 9th, 2017 09:30 PM
gaviotabr
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Ana making cash effortlessly as usual. Who can blame her for not wanting to put in the effort to play?
Jan 9th, 2017 08:20 PM
Iva87
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PlaySight Partners With Recently-Retired Ana Ivanovic As Tech Platform Continues Growth

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PlaySight Partners With Recently-Retired Ana Ivanovic As Tech Platform Continues Growth



Ana Ivanovic after announcing her retirement from pro tennis last month on Facebook Live is getting involved in technology with her first post-retirement endeavor.

PlaySight, which has introduced its SmartCourt system for tennis analytics, video and line calling, announced Monday that Ivanovic joined the company as a partner and ambassador.

“I honestly feel that technology is only going to play a larger role in tennis in the future, and I love what PlaySight is doing by connecting the next generation of athletes with high tech expertise,” Ivanovic said in a statement. “I think PlaySight is only going to encourage more kids to pick up a racket and give tennis a try. All levels of tennis players can benefit from training smarter with PlaySight’s analytics, instant video, fair play line calling and gamified tennis training. It’s exciting!”

A former world No. 1 player, Ivanovic joins Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Pete Sampras, Novak Djokovic, Tommy Haas, Paul Annacone, and Darren Cahill as players to have partnered with PlaySight.

PlaySight has more than 500 SmartCourts installed all over the world, including at the new USTA National Campus in Orlando and at federations, academies, colleges for NCAA Division I men’s and women’s programs, and clubs. PlaySight is also installed on-site at the Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and U.S. Open

“We are beyond excited to have a player – and person – of Ana’s caliber joining the PlaySight team,” PlaySight CEO Chen Shachar said in a statement. “Not only did she have an incredible career as a player, but she is so well-respected and admired throughout the sport. Ana will help us to build on our vision of ‘connecting the next generation of athletes’ and is somebody that young tennis players all over the world look up to as a role model.”

PlaySight is a growing company that has also expanded its SmartCourt to basketball, as the Phoenix Suns recently joined the Golden State Warriors as NBA teams to have had the video system installed at their practice facility.
Jan 9th, 2017 08:08 PM
Iva87
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Baseline: Ivanovic joins PlaySight team as partner

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Ivanovic joins PlaySight team as partner

Recently retired Ana Ivanovic has officially joined PlaySight, the New Jersey-based company behind SmartCourt technology, as a partner and ambassador.

“I honestly feel that technology is only going to play a larger role in tennis in the future, and I love what PlaySight is doing by connecting the next generation of athletes with high tech expertise,” said former No. 1 and 2008 Roland Garros champion Ivanovic. “I think PlaySight is only going to encourage more kids to pick up a racket and give tennis a try. All levels of tennis players can benefit from training smarter with PlaySight’s analytics, instant video, fair play line calling and gamified tennis training. It’s exciting!”

Ivanovic joins an illustrious group of PlaySight supporters including Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Pete Sampras, Novak Djokovic, Tommy Haas, Paul Annacone and Darren Cahill.

“We are beyond excited to have a player–and person–of Ana’s caliber joining the PlaySight team,” said Chen Shachar, CEO of PlaySight. “Not only did she have an incredible career as a player, but she is so well-respected and admired throughout the sport. Ana will help us to build on our vision of ‘connecting the next generation of athletes’ and is somebody that young tennis players all over the world look up to as a role model.”

PlaySight SmartCourts are in universities and clubs around the country, including at the newly opened USTA National Campus.

Recently, PlaySight launched the PlayFair Challenge system to help improve sportsmanship and decrease time wasted on arguments by allowing junior and collegiate players to challenge using the on-court technology.

This is just the beginning of Ivanovic's post-tennis life, as she told fans in her retirement announcement that she has already lined up other ventures in fashion, health, lifestyle and philanthropy.
Jan 9th, 2017 08:03 PM
Iva87
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The PlaySight Blog

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Ana Ivanovic Joins PlaySight as Brand Ambassador

Articles, Featured, Players, Profiles January 5, 2017

We’re excited today to announce that recently retired WTA Grand Slam Singles Champion and former world #1 singles player Ana Ivanovic has joined PlaySight as a partner and ambassador. Ana joins our growing team of tennis greats, including Novak Djokovic, Billie Jean King, Pete Sampras, Chris Evert, Tommy Haas, Paul Annacone, and Darren Cahill, among others.

Click here to read the full press release.

One of tennis’ most beloved stars, Ivanovic made her professional debut on the WTA Tour in 2003 and quickly rose through the rankings to secure the world #1 singles position in 2008 after capturing the French Open Grand Slam Singles title. Prior to this, she was a finalist at the 2007 French Open and 2008 Australian Open Grand Slam Championship, and finished her career with 15 career singles titles. Last month, Ivanovic announced her retirement from professional tennis making the PlaySight partnership her first post-retirement endeavor.

Ana is excited about what we are doing to encourage more people to play tennis, especially at the junior and grassroots level.

“I honestly feel that technology is only going to play a larger role in tennis in the future, and I love what PlaySight is doing by connecting the next generation of athletes with high tech expertise. I think PlaySight is only going to encourage more kids to pick up a racket and give tennis a try. All levels of tennis players can benefit from training smarter with PlaySight’s analytics, instant video, fair play line calling and gamified tennis training. It’s exciting!”

For more on PlaySight, visit our website here.

If you are interested in finding out more about SmartCourts and PlaySight technology, drop us a line at info@playsight.com.

For more on Ana, visit her website here.

And to learn more about how PlaySight works, subscribe to our YouTube channel and check out our pro interviews and tutorials.
Jan 9th, 2017 07:57 PM
Iva87
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Jan 4th, 2017 10:04 PM
David00298
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Thank you! Kind words.
Jan 4th, 2017 01:51 PM
Joana
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Originally Posted by David00298 View Post
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Can a Serbian Speaker please translate what Novak told them reg. Ana retirement? Did he say he cried?
Here it goes:

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I got very emotional watching Ana's farewell video message. I've known her since she was 5. Afterwards I exchanged a few messages with her, congratulated her on her amazing career and I teared up. I can only imagine how emotional it must have been for her to make that decision. How diffcult it is to leave everything behind, when you've spent your whole life playing tennis! She also got married last year, she's thinking about family. She's an extraordinary person and deserves all the best.
Jan 3rd, 2017 10:02 PM
David00298
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http://www.rts.rs/page/sport/ci/stor...-oprostaj.html

Can a Serbian Speaker please translate what Novak told them reg. Ana retirement? Did he say he cried?
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