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~lollipop_girl~ Jan 4th, 2007 10:59 AM

~Ana's articles~
Well basically as the title says, this is the thread to post all of the articles u find on Ana... Seeing there have been a lot lately I think this thread is starting to be needed ;)
I'll kick us off with an article from almost a week ago, it comes with a GREAT pic too which I'll put in the pic threads :D Enjoy! :bounce:,00.html
Handling wild ride
Paul Malone
December 31, 2006 12:00am

MARTINA Hingis says there are many players as good as tennis pin-up Ana Ivanovic, but who don't have the public profile of the emerging Serbian teenager.

Ivanovic was so tennis crazy as an 11-year-old that she went out to practice after NATO bombs had stopped falling on her home city of Belgrade.

She is unflappable and does not shy from the attention which follows her tennis success and her dark good looks.

Ivanovic, seeded third in a field headed by world No.7 Hingis for the Mondial Australian Women's Hardcourt Titles, which start today at Royal Pines resort, improved her ranking 80 places this year to No.14.

The 19-year-old's best tournament was a maiden WTA Tour tier-one title in which she beat Hingis in straight sets in the final in Montreal, a result that led Ivanovic to say she would have a psychological advantage over Hingis next time the two Switzerland-based players met.

Of Ivanovic, Hingis said: "There are a lot of players equally as good, but not as talked about. But she has potential. She had a good season and she's a talented up-and-coming player. If I said I was scared of anybody, I'd be false."

Ivanovic, who happily helped promote the Gold Coast tournament and herself on Friday with a press photo call at a local theme park, said the Montreal win could give her a psychological advantage at their next meeting, which may come on the Gold Coast.

Ivanovic's rise to tennis prominence and her lucrative appearances in advertising campaigns in Europe for the WTA Tour's sponsor and the sporting clothing multinational she endorses, is a wonderful success story.

When the Western military alliance NATO bombed Belgrade in 1999, Ivanovic and her coach curtailed one practice session and started to hit in the mornings, when the locals found the raids were less likely.

"It was scary, but I got used to it," Ivanovic, who has relatives in Melbourne, said.

"My parents tried to be protective, but you could see on the news what was happening.

"We would start coming to practice the next morning and talk about the bombs the night before. It was a difficult time."

Ivanovic's coach David Taylor, the Australian Fed Cup captain, said he had confidence in her continuing ability to concentrate on essential tennis matters and not be distracted by the other opportunities and requests.

"Sure, she's a pretty girl. But what motivates her is tennis and in no way has she made a decision which makes tennis come second to her other interests," Taylor said.

"If it ever did, I'd be worried. I can't ever see it happening."

Ivanovic, who served notice of her improvement in Sydney last January when she beat Amelie Mauresmo, the subsequent Australian Open champion, said she enjoyed the variety offered by the glamour photo shoots she has done for sponsors.

"It's a nice way to get away from tennis and I enjoy getting my make-up and hair done," she said.

"I spend a lot of time in a tracksuit or tennis clothes. The sponsorships are coming from my results and how you look doesn't help you win points.

"I got some confidence that I can actually beat top players and compete for a big title."

Ivanovic is on her fifth trip to Australia, a country she had always wanted to visit as a child.

"The first time I came here I fell in love with the country," she said. "It's always been a pleasure coming back here. I enjoy the sea and the beaches."

Tsveti's#1Fan Feb 13th, 2007 05:31 AM

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This thread didn't really take off Katie. :lol: :ras:

Did you want everyone to post articles from her site as well?
Are we even allowed to do that? :scratch: :scared:

~lollipop_girl~ Feb 13th, 2007 05:25 PM

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Originally Posted by ~lollipop_guy~ (Post 10040603)
This thread didn't really take off Katie. :lol: :ras:

Did you want everyone to post articles from her site as well?
Are we even allowed to do that? :scratch: :scared:

I would imagine u can if u give the link to it too but no, I just know when my threads aren't wanted :sobbing: :p j/k ;)

Tsveti's#1Fan Feb 21st, 2007 02:27 AM

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This thread just can't seem to take off. :haha:


~lollipop_girl~ Feb 23rd, 2007 09:39 AM

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Originally Posted by ~lollipop_guy~ (Post 10113279)
This thread just can't seem to take off. :haha:


Fine I will post an article next week :ras:

Tsveti's#1Fan Mar 23rd, 2007 02:56 PM

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This thread should be renamed the crap thread. :nerner:

~lollipop_girl~ Mar 25th, 2007 10:42 AM

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Originally Posted by ~lollipop_guy~ (Post 10347502)

This thread should be renamed the crap thread. :nerner:

Shut up :ras:

Note to Josh: Don't piss your gf off :nerner: :hug:

Tsveti's#1Fan Jun 19th, 2007 05:56 AM

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:awww: Katie dear.. :hug: Now I am in this thread I guess I should post something. :hug:

Dexter posted many articles in Ana's French Open thread but I don't see any in here.

What does this say about this thread? :awww: :o :p

predrag Jun 24th, 2007 07:25 AM

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The take off.


Serb and volley
June 24, 2007
Barry Flatman, tennis correspondent

One is blonde, the other is raven-haired. Both are photogenic and happy to exploit the fact. One takes her time over every serve, repeatedly going through the same meticulous routine, the other bounces the ball once before crashing it into play. One seldom returns to the country of her birth and has become consumed with life in America. The other cares passionately about her homeland and sees herself as an ambassador. One maintains a game-face that at best could be described as stern and, on more arduous points, becomes distinctly tortured. Barely controlled glee best personifies the expression the other wears when things are going well; when they are not, she resembles a little girl lost.

This is not just modern women’s tennis but big time business. Image rights abound, glamour is paramount, prospective endorsements stockpiled. This is the sort of rivalry that convinces the powerbrokers of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour that the sport’s appeal is assured well into the next decade. A year ago, Maria Sharapova was the best-known face in women’s sport and, competitively, a class above Ana Ivanovic, who was on the periphery of the big time – promising, attractive and talented but some way short of the game’s top level. All that changed in the space of two sets in the French Open semi-final when the teenage Serb triumphed 6-2 6-1 over the California-based Russian.

Minutes later, a man of obvious affluence was celebrating on the players’ terrace at Roland Garros. “This is the one we have been waiting for, this is the one we have been telling you about,” he insisted. “What an important victory for the future of women’s tennis. Nike’s princess was completely outplayed by the girl in adidas and now Ana will become just as big a star.”

This wasn’t just about winning a tennis match but striking a blow in what used to be called the “sneaker-wars”. Dan Holzman, the Swiss businessman who is the co-owner of a $450m company specialising in vitamin products, first spotted Ivanovic’s potential, both in tennis talent and marketability, when she was just 13. In the years that followed, he invested in her development, paying her expenses and ensuring she got the best in terms of coaching and training.

“I saw she was a great talent, but 99% of my reasoning was that Ana is a humble, modest, well-educated girl with caring parents,” explained Holzman, who now introduces himself as Ivanovic’s manager. “She had the talent to succeed but not the opportunity so I decided to help. Nearly six years on, she is still the same delightful person but now the world is taking notice. And she is the perfect counterpoint to Maria Sharapova.”

Fast-forward a week to Her-togenbosch in Holland and the weather is miserable. Rainy Mondays put a damper on most moods, but fail to darken the most engaging smile in tennis.

Sufficient time had passed to digest the memory of a case of stage fright against Justine Henin, with the tennis world looking on during the French Open final. In the interim, 50,000 compatriots in her home city of Belgrade lauded Ivanovic as a heroine alongside compatriots Jelena Jankovic and Novak Djokovic, who both reached the semi-finals.

Wimbledon, and the chance to underline her growing reputation, is a week away and Ivanovic exudes the sort of excitement that suggests she can hardly wait. She is animated, open and affable. Perhaps it has something to do with those childhood tennis sessions in a drained indoor swimming pool when Nato bombs weren’t falling, but she is revelling in the attention afforded to her.

“People tell me I’m a star now but I find that difficult to believe,” she says. “What I have achieved makes no reason to change my personality and how I view other people.” And therein lies a major part of Ivanovic’s mission. She is determined to improve the perception of a country that was once again tainted by the hostile and allegedly racist behaviour of Serbia’s under-21 footballers and their supporters when they played England in Nijmegen.

Ivanovic has bad memories of her earliest days on the circuit. “Everyone seemed to think Serbians were bad people and I never felt I was welcome,” she remembered. “It was hard for us. At every airport, immigration and passport control always seemed to take half an hour longer for us than the other players. We had to explain what we were doing going into whatever country. There was so much trouble over visas. I was very young, but quickly realised people did not have a good opinion of us.

“I didn’t understand. Now I know but it is wrong to judge somebody because of where they come from. When I go home I see a change for the better in our country and Novak, Jelena and I hope our results will continue that change. We try to present the country and its people in a way people will like.”

There is an appreciation of good fortune that is not always apparent in players of other nationalities but Ivanovic concedes Serbs are natural fighters when it comes to being competitive and all three players share the same tough mentality. Such fortitude deserted her in her hour of need against Henin.

In outplaying Sharapova, as well as beating third seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, Ivanovic produced some of the most powerfully accurate serving seen in women’s tennis. Things went downhill thereafter but even a recollection of the final affords a giggle. “Now it’s funny, but it wasn’t at the time,” she says. “I was so uptight I could not bounce the ball, then I got stressed going for other shots. I experienced something like that a couple of years ago. I was playing the last round of qualifying in what hopefully would be my first ever tier one event in Zurich. I so wanted to win and was thinking more about the result than how I was playing and that made me very tense. I got through but did not seem to learn a lesson from that match. Hopefully the French final will be different. Justine was so clever and she knew how to use my problems to her advantage.”

Many believe Ivanovic, Wimbledon’s sixth seed and the only teenager in the world top 10, will be an even more potent force on grass. She has worked hard on her serve under the occasional guidance of Sven Groeneveld, the Dutch coach who has worked with Mary Pierce, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario and Greg Rusedski.

Before arriving in Holland, she spent time honing her fitness at the Casal-Sanchez Academy in Barcelona, where Andy Mur-ray spent a few formative years, and believes she will reap the dividends. Groeneveld agrees. “I see so many things in Ana’s game that have potential but she is still in the developmental stage,” he said. “We hope to find a way to maximise what she has, which is big shots and big weapons. Coming into Wimbledon, we will be working on allying her serve to stronger volleys.”

A quarter-final loss to Daniela Hantuchova in ’s-Hertogen-bosch allowed Ivanovic more time to acclimatise at Wimbledon where she will face 137th-ranked Hungarian Melinda Czink in the opening round. Defending champion Amelie Mauresmo potentially awaits in the quarter-finals and a possible rematch against Sharapova in the last four looms.

Holzman has been fending off overtures from the game’s predominant management groups IMG, Octagon and SFX Sports, who lament missing out on a player who is set to become one of the biggest commercial earn-ers in tennis. “They have been quite aggressive and if ultimately they can do a better job for Ana than me, I won’t stand in her way. But I have been reluctant to sign her up to many long-term endorsement deals because the initial offers were not too big and it was clear more lucrative ones were in the near future.

“Currently there is adidas, a racket deal with Wilson and a contract with the same Coty cosmetic company that has contracts with the Beckhams and Jen-nifer Lopez. But there are five or six offers on the table. I am a businessman and I see what has happened with Sharapova. I have no problems with what IMG have done for her, in fact it helped the industry so much in terms of marketability. Before that, there was Anna Kournikova, who was a phenomenon, and there could be no limit to what Ana might financially achieve.”

Being described as “the dark-haired Sharapova” does not sit easily with Ivanovic. She says she is content to let Holzman take care of her commercial activities and doesn’t concern herself greatly with money-mak-ing, but adds: “No woman likes to be compared to anyone. I am flattered when people say these things but it’s about tennis. How you look is nice but it does not help you win points.”

Not in the competitive arena it doesn’t, but away from the court, it is a whole different ball game.

~lollipop_girl~ Jul 11th, 2007 11:15 AM

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THANK YOU predrag! :hug:

~lollipop_girl~ Jul 11th, 2007 11:18 AM

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Serbian teen lacks killer instinct

Ana Ivanovic is one of those people with a naturally nice disposition. She doesn't have that phony smile or behind-the-back, silver-lined tongue like some other high-level athletes do.

On court and off, she's composed, pleasant and intriguing.
Currently ranked No. 17, the 19-year-old Serbian has enormous potential, but she could be lacking that key ingredient that separates champions from pretenders — the ability to stomp on friends and foes alike.

Nice players don't always finish first, or in the case of the bubbly former No. 1 Kim Clijsters, they occasionally finish first but don't completely live up to their potential and become a dominant player.

If you look at the great champions of the past 25 years, all of them had a mean streak or a cold side — Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Venus and Serena Williams, Justine Henin. All of them could also light up a room when in the right frame of mind. But when on court, they were relentless closers.

While Ivanovic flashes the occasional devil-may-care attitude, her angelic face is rarely capable of a demonic stare. Yet she does believe that she's capable of winning Grand Slams and reaching the top.

"I'm very different on-court than off," Ivanovic told "It's hard for me to get mean and upset off-court, but once on-court, I think I can be tough and mean. It's hard sometimes, but I realize that sometimes I have to be and that's what keeps me motivated for success."

Motivation has never been a problem for the big-hitting brunette.

Ivanovic is a product of war who learned to play during NATO's 1999 bombing raids on Belgrade. On one such morning, after the air raids had stopped and the "safe" siren sounded, she went out to practice.

It was early spring, and NATO had begun more than three months of bombing of Slobodan Milosovic's Yugoslav government, which it believed to be ethnically cleansing Kosovo Albanians.

But the 11-year-old Ivanovic was already in love with her sport. Nothing would stop her from getting one more practice session in.

"It was a little scary and there were certain times when it was dangerous starting around noon throughout the day and night, but at around 6 a.m. the danger would stop, so for a few hours we would practice," Ivanovic recalled.

While NATO eventually dislodged the Yugoslav government and its Serbian paramilitary police forces, Ivanovic blocked out the politics and conflicts. The reason was simple: From the time she was five when she saw a TV commercial advertising a free tennis clinic, she was hooked on the sport.

So on the first day of bombing, she went to a clinic, danger or no.

"The pro said, 'There's going to be bombing today so maybe it's better we should go home early,' but I wasn't done, so I said, 'Let me just finish a basket, please!'"

The Ivanovic family refused to run and hide. While some of their neighbors went underground, her father, Miroslav, and Dragana, tried to keep the peace inside the household.

"It was tough because I was only 11, but my parents always tried to have us live normal," she said. "We never went into the cellar. That was very important because I didn't want to spend four months in the cellar. We always had a full house of people trying to see the positive side."

Ivanovic showed little fear when potential chaos was around the corner. One day, she went to visit her grandparents and a bomb hit a nearby building.

"I could feel the building and windows shaking and that was most scared that I was," she said. "School stopped, people didn't work and it was tough times, but we knew that it would eventually end."

The bombing did end, but not before Belgrade was wrecked and thousands of Serbs were forced to flee the city in search of a better life. The Ivanovic family eventually moved to Switzerland, where Ana continued her on-court progress, found a backer and better training.

Her parents didn't force her to play — she pushed herself, which is why she simply didn't fade away as a foreign player in a strange locale. Just seven years after they moved, she's top-20 player with the potential to crack the top five.

"I've always loved tennis," she said. "If I would have to choose between a friend's birthday party and practice, I always chose practice. I chose tennis for myself, that's why I don't hate it. It always came from me."

Ivanovic stands 6 feet and has a naturally muscular build and good hands. The only thing stopping her from becoming a top-5 player by year's end is a lack of foot speed, proper balance and the ability to think her way through tough spots.

She can crush the ball off both wings, and with her broad shoulders and sturdy legs, she is one of the few top women who isn't faking it when she launches an inside-out forehand. She's also comes to the net quite a bit and is considered the best young volleyer on the tour.

She had an erratic start to the year, reaching the Tokyo final but bowing out early at Indian Wells and Miami. Last week, she reached the Amelia Island semifinals on green clay, falling to French teen Tatiana Golovin in a long three-setter.

This week, she's seeded seventh at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C., where she could go a long way toward improving her Grand Slam hopes by winning the title. Several top-ranked players, including No. 1 Justine Henin, No. 2 Maria Sharapova, No. 3 Amelie Mauresmo and No. 6 Martina Hingis all withdrew, which could improve Ivanovic's chances.

And those good looks are helping her popularity. Though Maria Sharapova is the current poster child of women's tennis, Ivanovic was named the sport's sexiest player by a fan poll on one Internet site last year, edging out the popular Russian. Her response was to thank her fans, but she added that she was sure she was honored because of her on-court success.

"I think people know me because of how I play tennis, not because of how I look," she said. "But I'm willing to do something different and interesting to keep my tennis for a while."

But when asked whether she could see herself designing her own clothes a la Sharapova and Serena, or leading a red carpet-lifestyle, she waved the question away.

"I enjoy playing tennis," she said. "It's hard work. Like every girl, I like to see what's in, but as far as fashion and design, I don't like that. It's crazy to think about me as model. My dreams are still tennis dreams."

azdaja Jul 11th, 2007 01:27 PM

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NATO eventually dislodged the Yugoslav government
i hate it when they take credit for that even though they contributed nothing to the downfall of the milosevic dictatorship which was bound to fall at the first possible occasion anyway :rolleyes: and reading about the 11-years-old ana in a war zone just makes me angry :mad:

other than that thanks for the article :p

~lollipop_girl~ Jul 11th, 2007 01:32 PM

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don't shoot the messenger :nerner:

azdaja Jul 11th, 2007 01:46 PM

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Originally Posted by ~lollipop_girl~ (Post 11182713)
don't shoot the messenger :nerner:

do you really think i would shoot you? :angel:

~lollipop_girl~ Jul 11th, 2007 01:54 PM

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Originally Posted by azdaja (Post 11182764)
do you really think i would shoot you? :angel:

U better not after the story I just wrote u about the BellyButtons :nerner:
All true btw as well ;)

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