Is Ana Ivanovic back?
Ana Ivanovic has made it to the semifinals at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia (Rome) after beating Victoria Azarenka, Elena Dementieva, and Nadia Petrova back-to back- to back.
"With her ranking down to No. 58, Ivanovic recently hired Steffi Graf's old coach, Heinz Gunthardt, to improve her game.
'We've worked a lot the last few weeks and I feel great out there,'she said. `'I've been working a lot on the serve and I'm getting a lot of free points. My serve has been a big issue the last year and a half and having confidence in it now puts less pressure on the other parts of my game.'
Since winning the 2008 French Open, Ivanovic's only title came later that year in Linz, Austria."
She will next play Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.
So is this a new beginning for Ivanovic? And how do you think she will fair at the French Open?
- 10 years agoBest Answer
I'd say she's definitely back on the rise. She proved this by beating all the people you mentioned above, all top 20 players, all good on clay. Her serve has been stellar lately. It's a huge improvement from her old serve with the horrendous toss.
Her groundstrokes are deep, with a lot of topspin. This combo on clay makes it really hard for opponents to hit. Like Ivanovic said herself, the serve is getting her easy points and making the rest of her game flow much more smoothly.
I think she's a shoe-in for the finals where she'll play either Jelena Jankovic or Serena Williams, either of whom would be a great test to see how well she performs on the big stage after her "slump".
If she plays like this at the French Open, there's no doubt in my mind she can make a run to the semis or finals, if not win the whole thing. She's playing with the confidence and determination we haven't seen since she last won the French.
- Ʈєŋ¡ςʄαηLv 610 years ago
It certainly can be a new beginning. She had not beaten a top-10 player since 2008, and the last final she made was Indian Wells last year. In fact, she didn't even win back-to-back matches until now this season. I don't know if she could have sunk any lower. She definitely can make the final now, and has a good shot at the title. No one envisioned her competing for the title, as she had become an afterthought. It would be awesome if she could carry over this good form to Roland Garros, which is the most wide-open Grand Slam on the women's side. A Williams sister is far from a lock for the title there, unlike at virtually every other slam. I think this year's French Open will be really exciting on the women's side.
Btw, where is everyone in the tennis section? The tumbleweeds are out rolling around...
Edit: Knock on wood...that pesky Spanish beeyotch seems to give all the top players fits.
- 10 years ago
It certainly seems like she hit her 'rock bottom' and is back on the rise. After not beating a Top 10 opponent in more than a year, she beats two in as many days. Her ball toss and service motion are still a little shaky, but she does seem to be hitting through the court much better. I don't think she can get a seeding for the French Open given her current ranking, which could make it difficult for her to progress. She could end up playing someone like Serena or Justine in the first couple of rounds; just depends on how the draw turns out. Hopefully her game is on the mend and she gets back to the top.Source(s): Personal research, and I follow the pro tours pretty closely.
- Anonymous10 years ago
Well, she might not get seeded at the French. However, if she continues to do well in Rome and does good in Madrid, maybe she'll sneak to one of the last few spots in the top 32 seeded players. Ana is a player who can get back to the top 10 and has the game to do it. I think Ana wants it desperately and said to herself that her "slump" must stop now. Don't be surprised if she does good at the French because it is her best surface that suits her game.
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- tennisloverLv 710 years ago
welll beating those 3 players is a good indicator for ivanovic.. demeteva, petrova, and azarenka...
but also these 3 players can be very mentallly weak and crumble
so she has not been tested yet with a serena, justine henin, kim clijsters, sharpova
but i am sure ivanovic is making her way back..
yes i think ivanovic will start to make her way deep into slams..
and perhaps even take a run at winning some.. she could make some finals...