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Ana Ivanovic – Tennis Star

Born in Basel, Switzerland in 1987, Ana Ivanovic is a 6’1 tennis star. When she was just 5 years old, Ana fell in love with tennis after seeing Monica Seles on television. She begged her parents to let her take tennis lessons, to which they agreed and bought her a tennis racket for her birthday. His years of training were less than ideal due to the NATO bombings in 1999. He began to have practice in the morning to help avoid the chaos and even began training in an abandoned swimming pool during the winter months due to the lack of installations. Ana turned pro in August 2003, making her debut on the ITF Circuit. In 2004, he finished in the Top 100, making the biggest ranking jump of any player that year. He also reached the final of the Junior Wimbledon tournament that same year. Her first performance came when she led Venus Williams to two playoffs, until she finally lost at the Zurich Open in Switzerland.

Brief history of the tournament

Ana won the first singles title of her career in 2005, playing in Canberra Australia. She continues with her victories after defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova, Vera Zvonareva and Nadia Petrova, who were considered the top 10 players. She reached the quarterfinals of the French Open that same year, losing to Petrova. Moving on, Ivanovic reached the semifinals of the 2005 Zurich Open and the Generali Ladies Linz, both tournaments she lost to Patty Schnyder. In 2006, Ivanovic played tournaments in Australia, Warsaw and Berlin. He also advanced to the third round at the French Open and to the fourth at Wimbledon 2006. After suffering several defeats in 2006, Ivanovic achieved a great victory when he defeated Martina Hingis, former world No. 1, in the final of the Montreal Rogers Cup. She then won the US Open Series ahead of Maria Sharapova and Kim Clijisters. He lost the US Open to Serena Williams.

Shortly after playing the US Open, he had to recover from a recurring injury affecting his right shoulder. Her comeback occurred in Linz and she reached the quarterfinals before losing to Sharapova.

Ana also played nine additional tournaments in doubles, teaming up with Maria Kirileno and Sania Mirza. Ana finished 2006 by placing 14th in the world in the rankings and 51st in the world in doubles. Ivanovic started 2007 with three tournaments in Australia, being defeated in all three. Shortly after the losses, Ana fired her coach David Taylor. As the year progressed, she entered the French Open on a 6-game win streak, and was ultimately defeated. She was later forced to withdraw from the Serbian Federation Cup and the US Open due to a knee injury she suffered at Wimbledon. Upon his return, he played and won the East West Bank Classic in California and increased his ranking to a world number 4 in his career. It was in 2008 that Ana finally defeated Venus Williams for the first time in her career. In the end, she was defeated by Sharapova, but her ranking rose to number 2 in the world during the tournament performance.

In recent months, Ana has suffered an injury again, this time a torn thigh, which is not believed to keep her out of the next tournament series. As a player, Ana likes to play on all surfaces and her best shot is considered to be her forehand. Personally, he admires Federer for his professionalism both in and out of the game. She is also superstitious in the sense that she will not walk the court lines and dine at the same restaurants during her tournament stays. Ana is fluent in Serbian, English and some Spanish.

Additional Ivanovic Awards

  • 2004 Wimbledon junior runner-up
  • Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Most Improved Player 2005
  • 2006 US Open Series Champion
  • Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Most Improved Player 2007
  • Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Karen Krantzcke Sportmanship Award 2007
  • UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia
  • Nominated for the 2007 International Women of Courage Award from the US Secretary of State.
  • AIPS Female Tennis Player of the Year 2008
  • German tennis magazine Michael Westphal Award 2008
  • Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Diamond ACES 2008 Award
  • Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Humanitarian Award 2009

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