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Old Jan 21st, 2013, 11:48 AM   #4006
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BY: MARGIE MCDONALD From: The Australian January 21, 2013 12:00AM

THE real Ana Ivanovic needs to find her way back through the fog, or a career that promised so much five years ago may fade away.

The 25-year-old won the French Open title in 2008, but after being blitzed 6-2 6-4 last night by Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska, she seems a long way from those heights.

After showing glimpses of her old self in early round wins over Melinda Czink (Hungary), Yung-Jan Chan (Taiwan), and fellow Serbian Jelena Jankovic, where she dropped only one set throughout, Ivanovic's game fell apart against Radwanska in last night's fourth round.

Radwanska, the fourth seed, is on a whirlwind ride right now. She took the Auckland title in four matches, the Sydney crown in five, and is four and still counting in Melbourne. Last night's routine win over Ivanovic was her 13th straight win.


"She was more aggressive in the second set. She has good volleys and moves around the court well. There were some long, tight games," Radwanska said, in a gracious bow to her opponent.
"But in the important moments I was very focused."

In the break points, Ivanovic crumbled.

"I really felt like I could challenge her, and it was really frustrating in the second set. I had so many chances," Ivanovic said.

She was ranked No 15 at the end of last year, which was her best finish since her Roland Garros triumph: "I guess sometimes results don't come as early as you expect them. Sometimes it takes time for things to fall in place because I definitely feel my game is in a higher level than it was over the last few years."
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The bolded quote feels so surreal to me.. Results don't come as early as you expect? Define early, right? Its been 5 years. And then sometimes things take time to fall into place? I hate this kind of thought process.. its as if its not in your hands, but in the universe's hands, and suddenly, at some point, stars will simply align. I mean.. WTF?!
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Old Jan 21st, 2013, 12:06 PM   #4007
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The bolded quote feels so surreal to me.. Results don't come as early as you expect? Define early, right? Its been 5 years. And then sometimes things take time to fall into place? I hate this kind of thought process.. its as if its not in your hands, but in the universe's hands, and suddenly, at some point, stars will simply align. I mean.. WTF?!
Same old. It's all a process, it takes a time, things should fall into place. What things, what place? My brain hurts me when I read it. Things to fall into place, really? Just way for the right moment, Ana, that's the way. In the meanwhile Errani will play slam finals, Kerber will play slam semifinals, Makarova and Stephens will play quarterfinals and Ana will wait for ... to ... whatever. And those girls with limited skills and talent deserve to be successful much more than Ana, Petrova etc.
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Same old. It's all a process, it takes a time, things should fall into place. What things, what place? My brain hurts me when I read it. Things to fall into place, really? Just way for the right moment, Ana, that's the way. In the meanwhile Errani will play slam finals, Kerber will play slam semifinals, Makarova and Stephens will play quarterfinals and Ana will wait for ... to ... whatever. And those girls with limited skills and talent deserve to be successful much more than Ana, Petrova etc.
You are right, Nadia and Ana are in top 15 are there because their big talent - not hard work... But Angie and Sara are such a differnt case in compare with those up...
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Grand Slam quarter-finals have been elusive for Ana Ivanovic since achieving the ultimate success at the 2008 French Open and it’s no surprise she’s missed out again after her straight sets thrashing by Agnieszka Radwanska.
For the 18th time in 19 Grand Slam tournaments, Ivanovic has failed to reach the final eight. But the bottom line is, Radwanska was simply too good and Ivanovic probably drew the wrong opponent to play in a very important Grand Slam match.
But she has improved a lot in her fitness after a disappointing 2012 season which saw her fail to reach a single WTA Tour final, fail to beat any of the eventual year-end championships qualifiers (the win over Petra Kvitova in the Fed Cup final does not count as it happened after the year-end championships), suffer the ignominy of a double-bagel defeat and only reach two semi-finals and three quarter-finals all year.
However, the most important of those quarter-finals was at last year’s US Open. It was her first Grand Slam quarter-final since her triumph at Roland Garros in 2008 and to date it is her only Grand Slam quarter-final in that same period.
But she really didn’t perform to quarter-final level on that night last September, only taking four games off Serena Williams, the eventual champion.
That was also the same number of games she took from Nadia Petrova in her only other quarter-final loss at a Grand Slam, at the 2005 French Open.
Fans of Ana Ivanovic (myself included) shouldn’t be disheartened from the loss to Radwanska. At least she successfully defended all of her points from last year but losing her first service game in each set clearly didn’t help her chances and she never recovered.
Ivanovic showed mixed form this month, winning her round-robin matches at the Hopman Cup very easily before slipping up in the crucial final rubber against Anabel Medina Garrigues. The Australian Open showed a very similar trend, winning three matches before losing her next match.
Clearly there’s a long way to go before we can officially declare Ana Ivanovic is back to her best.
Her defeat to Radwanska is her seventh straight defeat to a top 10 opponent (and sixth straight to a top four player) at a Grand Slam since defeating Jelena Jankovic in the semi-finals of the 2008 French Open.
Furthermore, she has failed to win even a set off any of them, coming closest in the corresponding round of last year’s Australian Open to Petra Kvitova (when she lost a second set tiebreak).
If you include the 2008 French Open semi-final against Jankovic, she has lost 15 of her last 16 sets against top 10 opposition at Grand Slam tournaments.
She clearly lacks the power and size of today’s WTA top four players. She has not defeated a reigning top four player since Indian Wells last year when she impressively defeated Caroline Wozniacki in the fourth round, only giving up five games.
Of the current top four, she has not defeated any of them since defeating Victoria Azarenka at Cincinnati in 2010 (although at the time Azarenka was ranked 12, while Ivanovic was in a career crisis, ranked 62) and is 7-17 against them in head-to-head.
Ivanovic went 0-5 against the current top four, the worst record of any top 20 player in 2012.
The bottom line is that there is still a lot of work to be done if she is to again challenge in big tournaments and consider herself to be a world-class player.
Her next tournament is Pattaya, where she can consider herself to be a strong chance, as she is the highest ranked player to enter thus far, with Maria Kirilenko (15) the next highest. Between now and Indian Wells, she has only 250 rankings points to defend, so a strong run in Pattaya should help to boost her ranking. A title win would be long overdue as well.
Nigel Sears has repeatedly said Ana Ivanovic “is still a work in progress”. But on the basis of her exit from the Australian Open, Ivanovic has not made any progress at all. But maybe she has.
We’ll find out over the next month how far Ivanovic has come since her darkest period three years ago.
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Old Jan 21st, 2013, 05:08 PM   #4010
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A good article, very factual!

Hope Ana will rejoin Serena and Maria and reach the top of WTA rungs.
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Old Jan 22nd, 2013, 10:45 PM   #4011
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Ana is not really in a process of getting back all this time since her first slump. What happened first was a process of getting away.
For me the getting back starts when she had already gotten Nigel Sears and then quit Adam Scott. Then she started saying that she, like, couldn't have a double life of being an athlete and his girlfriend at once.
But even since then the process is being slow.
I blame the lack of physical energy.
All those complaints about her mind weakness, I don't think it's anything innate or psychological.
I think the mind responds to the body.
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Old Jan 23rd, 2013, 12:32 PM   #4012
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Yeah, she is moving forward but slowly, step by step. I think that this year she could finally overcome some big names, however, that meanst top 10 not top 5. However,not only those players can be dangerous. At slams and elsewhere the underdogs often surprise and that is going to be a problem for Ana. Coming across the likes of AMG (HC) who have nothing to lose and put her under a lot of pressure .
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For the 18th time in 19 Grand Slam tournaments, Ivanovic has failed to reach the final eight !!!

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With the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships starting today, the stadium is not the only facility in the area preparing for the arrival of some of the biggest talents in tennis. Arriving before the WTA draw held on Saturday, former world number one Ana Ivanovic checked in to Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, the official hotel of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Tournament.

The Jumeirah Creekside Hotel is owned by Dubai Duty Free and managed by the Jumeriah Group. The hotel opened in July 2012 so this is the first year it has played host to tournament guests.

Executive Vice Chairman of Dubai Duty Free, Colm McLoughlin said “We are delighted to be accommodating the world’s best players, WTA and ATP officials and international media in the new Jumeirah Creekside Hotel. Having such a splendid hotel right next to the tennis venue will be a major draw card for the event, and we are sure this arrangement will be appreciated by all.

Ivanovic, currently ranked at number 13, has a unique relationship with the city and the tournament itself, serving as a Dubai Duty Free brand ambassador since February 2012.

Chosen as a brand ambassador for her professionalism and personality on and off the court, Ivanovic said, “I am really flattered that Dubai Duty Free asked me to become its brand ambassador. It is a great company that has also been extremely supportive of women’s tennis.”

As part of her ambassador role Ivanovic toured the Jumeirah Creekside hotel for the Finest Surprises Travel Show produced in partnership between Dubai Duty Free and the WTA. Ivanovic was given a tour of the hotel and shown the superb collection of modern Arabic art which is set in the striking contemporary architecture of the hotel. The players this week will also be all contributing to an original piece of art of their own by hitting a tennis ball dipped in paint, and Ana had the honour of making the first mark on the canvas. The finished work will hang in the hotel to mark the first year as the official tournament hotel.

Beginning on 18th February, the greatest tennis show in the Middle East will feature new world number one Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and defending Dubai champion Agnieszka Radwanska , as well as former Grand Slam winners Petra Kvitova, and Samantha Stosur and Ivanovic.

The WTA event will be followed by the ATP World Tour event commencing on 25 February featuring world number 1 Novak Djokovic, defending champion Roger Federer, as well as top 10 rivals Tomas Berdych, Juan Martin Del Potro, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Janko Tipsarevic.

The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is owned and organised by Dubai Duty Free and held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Tickets for the event are on sale from the Box Office at the Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud which is open from 9am to 9pm daily. Grandstand ticket prices range from 50dhs for opening rounds to 450dhs for finals, with season tickets also available.
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Camels, falcons and henna — when it comes to exploring Dubai, many of the players at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship have seen it all, many times over. 2013’s tournament brings with it a chance to explore a different side of the region through the contemporary Middle Eastern art that’s at the heart of the hotel they are staying at, the new Jumeirah Creekside.

French Open champ Ana Ivanovic was one of the first top players to get a tour of the works, guided on Saturday by the hotel’s dedicated arts and culture programme manager Yasmeen Abu Amer.

Ivanovic, a Dubai Duty Free brand ambassador, is one of several female players who’ll be shooting a tourism film about Dubai around town this week. The player, currently ranked 13th in the world, started the series with a camera crew following her and Yasmeen around the works of art installed all over the hotel, which was built with art in mind and has 482 contemporary pieces in its collection.

“Around 90 per cent of the art was commissioned for the hotel,” said Yasmeen, pointing out pieces such as a gigantic red display called Flying Carpet, by Halim Al Karim, displayed in the cavernous lobby. The style is “contemporary Middle Eastern,” she added. “All the artists have Middle Eastern roots, but don’t necessarily live in the region. They are all renowned artists who are part of museum collections worldwide — it’s all museum quality. It’s like staying in an art gallery with rooms.”

Ivanovic proved herself a seasoned presenter as well as player as the crew filmed her reeling off her script, no teleprompter needed.

“They feed me the script, line by line,” she told me with a smile as she waited for a scene to be set up on a balcony overlooking the lobby. “But it’s not that hard.”

ooking bright and breezy in a blue maxi dress she described as “very easygoing and perfect for this weather” (she picked it up at Intermix in Miami), she admitted that she found the shoots tiring and would be doing nothing more exciting than resting in her room for the evening.

When it comes to art, she’s looking to make time to see more with a move to New York. “I just recently went to Milan and saw a Picasso exhibition, it was very exciting and I really enjoyed that. I am looking forward to spending more time in New York so I can visit some of the museums there. I also like some of the Van Gogh works, I like Starry Night. Maybe one day I’ll get the chance to see it.”

“Working with Ana was a wonderful experience, she was very sweet and extremely patient,” said Yasmeen. “It was great to be able to tell her more about the hotel and the art collection and see her interest and positive feedback towards it.”

Ana’s pick for Oscar success?

Dubai’s tennis season falls smack bang in the middle of Hollywood’s awards season. So who do the players want to see win?
“I’ve seen Argo with Ben Affleck,” says Ivanovic. “I really hope that one gets the Oscar!”
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Starry Night Over the Rhone is my favorite one too.
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Found the photoshoot tiring and so decided to rest in her room for the rest of the day.
It doesn't happen with a healthy energetic person.
She barely eats.
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Ana is forever deluded... no way she can improve if she thinks she is already better..

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Dubai - That was not a bad start, it might be now Ana Ivanovic in the quarterfinals in Dubai (singles, $ 2,000,000). However, the first four games took Petra Kvitova (6, Czech Republic), and took the lead with 5:1, and then woke up to a Serb.

There followed a period of fantastic games in which Anna responded with a full measure, equaled, but not completed the job. The second set was somewhat similar - up to 3:3 not break, and then Ivanovic twice pulled out when Kvitova served for the win. I still did not manage to complete reversal.

- It started perfectly - thanks Ana opponent after another defeat in six matches with her. - I was not bad, but Peter was great. I am disappointed that I have not used all the way.

Although he again stood on the same obstacle - the rivals from the top ten - Serb claims that there are reasons to think positively.

- Indeed I play better and better. It was a good match. It's a little more difficult in the beginning, she took the lead with 5.1, it's nothing I could do. The first three games I did not take any points. I managed to get back in after I've played at a high level until the end. It is important not to be discouraged in such moments, especially when I seized the opportunity to 15:40 and 5:5. Previously this was happening to me, but now I nasavila good to play.

To 4:1 for Kvitovu took a time out and called coach Nigel Sears.

- He told me that he too forced, it is better to stick to the game plan. However, it is in these moments so accurately guessed that really could not be much more to be done.

Until next competition (Indian Wells) two weeks

- First, I'll go to rehabilitation, to rest from tennis - reminded of the problems with the shoulder. - In a few days I will start training in the gym to strengthen, and a week later with tennis. Now I'm not in America, you might first go to Spain, I want to prepare myself to where the weather is nice outside - is likely to be prepared for the entire United States in March at his home in Palma de Mallorca.

Ana won the 2008 Indian Wells, what's the difference between her then and now.

- I was recently talking with Nigel, I think my level of play now higher than in 2008, when I won the Indian Wells and Roland Garros. However, they were then different players, especially those at the top. Also, I had more confidence.

It has a very high opinion of Kvitovoj.

- Petra is one of the cleanest players shocks. Almost every ball hit perfect. Great hidden intentions, it is often impossible to determine which side to send the ball. Last year we played two times in Melbourne and in the Fed Cup final, but now it was much better than both of those matches.

Other results of the second round Petrova (Russia) - Suarez (Spain) 6:1, 6:0, A. Radvanjska (3, Poland) - PUTINCI (Kazakhstan) 7:5, 6:3, Wozniacki (8, Denmark) - Zheng (China) 6:0, 6:1, Stosur (7, Australia) - Hsije (Taiwan) 6 : 4, 6:0, Vinci (Italy) - Cerberus (4, Germany) 7:5, 6:1,

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Basically she believes her results were a fluke. It's official, she is never coming back. With this way of thinking she's never going to do anything significant. If she wasn't so delusional, maybe she'd notice one detail. She won 4 games in a row yesterday when she started playing something close to her 2008 game. Even without a good serve.
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You shouldn't consider everything she says to the media to be totally honest. I doubt that she was happy with not being able to capitalize on her opportunities but she cannot give everything out. I'm sure there were some tears after this match.
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