Welcome Ana

Welcome Ana

I found this really cool article about Ana Ivanovic. If this will continue she will have a good shot for this last tour event.

From Tom Perrotta, TENNIS.com

The day before Ana Ivanovic lost her second-round match at the U.S. Open, her part-time coach, Sven Groeneveld, wasn’t particularly hopeful about his pupil’s chances in Flushing. Ivanovic had missed most of the summer, including the Olympic Games in Beijing, because of a wrist injury. When she did play, she didn’t do it well.

It wasn’t just her wrist, or a lack of matches, that held her back, though. When Ivanovic won the French Open in June and took over the No. 1 ranking, she suddenly had very high expectations to meet. In Groeneveld’s opinion, the pressure came too soon for the 20-year-old Ivanovic. If Justine Henin had not retired, he pointed out, few would have picked Ivanovic to win a major title this year, and especially not the French Open, which Henin had dominated for three straight years. No one would have looked to Ivanovic to dominate the tour.

“She will need a little bit more time,” Groeneveld said. “She’s on her way to developing into a great champion.”

Ivanovic struggled mightily after the U.S. Open, too, losing early-round matches to Nadia Petrova, Zheng Jie and Dominika Cibulkova. But in Linz, Austria, last week, far away from all the attention she received in New York, Ivanovic found her game. In four matches, she dropped one set (to the relentless Agnieszka Radwanska) on her way to the title.

The fall tennis season is much-maligned, and for good reason: Players are usually banged up this time of year, and the tournaments lack prestige compared to the majors. For someone like Ivanovic, though, the fall season can provide an escape from the spotlight and a chance to rebuild both strokes and confidence. This can pay dividends — just ask Amelie Mauresmo. In the fall of 2005, a struggling Mauresmo lost two consecutive first-round matches in Moscow and Zurich, the latter by the score of 6-2, 6-0 to Katarina Srebotnik. A few weeks later, she won a small tournament in Philadelphia and then won the season-ending championships. Mauresmo knew her best days were ahead of her.

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