Ana Ivanović (Serbian: Ана Ивановић listen (info • help)) born November 6, 1987, in Belgrade, Serbia, is a Serbian tennis player. As of October 10, 2011, she is ranked as the number 20 player in the world. She was the number 1 player for ten weeks from June to September 2008. She won the French Open in 2008 and came second there in 2007. She also came second at the Australian Open in 2008. She has also played tennis for Serbia in the international tournament called the Fed Cup.
Ivanović is very tall, and is famous for the way she plays. She is best known for her powerful serve. Although she is Serbian, Ivanović currently lives in Basel, Switzerland. As of October 2011, she has earned over $8 million during her tennis career. Outside tennis, she is interested in clothes and fashion, and is an ambassador for the worldwide charity for children, UNICEF.
Personal life [change]
Ivanović was born in Belgrade in Serbia (which used to be in Yugoslavia). She watched tennis on television when she was five years old, and said, "I loved watching tennis on television, particularly Monica Seles." While she was growing up, the country was bombed by NATO, so she had to arrange her training to avoid this. She would even practice tennis in an empty swimming pool during the winter. When she was 14 years old, she was asked what she dreamed of in tennis, she replied "To become the No. 1 magic player in the world." Her Serbian tennis teacher introduced her to a Swiss businessman who agreed to hire a coach and pay for Ivanović's training in Switzerland.
Her father, Miroslav, and brother, Miros, watches some of Ana's matches on television, but her mother, Dragana, goes to all of them. Ivanović and her mother, who Ivanović describes as her "best friend," live in Basel, Switzerland. Her uncle lives in Australia where Ivanović is very popular. She is studying for a degree in finance at a Belgrade university, and is learning to speak Spanish.
In 2007 she became an ambassador for the international charitable organization UNICEF, saying "I'm also looking forward to going into the classroom and meeting many kids". Ivanović is also interested in fashion–she has modelled clothes and says "...I love to shop..."
Playing style [change]
Ivanović plays tennis holding her racket in her right hand. She also uses both hands on the racket when hitting her backhand shots. She can hit her shots from the baseline (the back of the tennis court) but is also good at volleys. Because she is very tall (6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)) she can serve the ball very fast. She hit a 124.9 mph (201.0 km/h) serve at the French Open in 2007, the fifth fastest serve of all time on the WTA Tour. However, her serve has become unreliable, mostly because of problems with her toss of the ball. She also has a strong wrist which means she can hide what kind of serve she is going to use until the last moment. She will often shout "Ajde!" ("Come on!" in Serbian) during her matches.
Professional career [change]
Ivanović made it to the final of the junior version of Wimbledon in 2004, but lost to Ukrainian player Kateryna Bondarenko. She became a professional tennis player in August 2003. She finished the 2004 tennis season as one of the top 100 female players in the world. In 2005, Ivanović won her first title in the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) in Canberra, Australia, beating Hungarian player Melinda Czink. She finished 2005 in the world top 20. The year after that, she beat Martina Hingis from Switzerland at the Rogers Cup in Montreal. In the same year she won her only title in doubles competition with Maria Kirilenko in Holland. Hingis got revenge for losing in Montreal by beating Ivanović in the final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, Japan, in February 2007. Ivanović won her third WTA title by beating Russian player Svetlana Kuznetsova in the German Masters tournament in Berlin in May 2007.
She got to the final of her first Grand Slam tournament in 2007 in the French Open, but she lost to Justine Henin from Belgium. She said that losing that match was her worst moment on a tennis court. However, she did end that year as one of the ten best female players in the world. In the following season, she got to the final of the Australian Open where she lost to Maria Sharapova. After the final she was the second best female player in the world. In March 2008, Ivanović beat Svetlana Kuznetsova again in another final, this time at Indian Wells in California.
She won the French Open in 2008 by beating Russian player Dinara Safina 2–0 in the final in Paris. Her prize for winning was a trophy and €1 million. After winning that competition, it was announced that she was the best female tennis player in the world. She was the first Serbian to be the world's top player. After she won the tournament, she had a "welcome home" party in Belgrade and dinner with the President of Serbia. In June 2008, Ivanović was expected to win the Wimbledon Championships, but lost in the third round. Since then, she has failed to make it past the fourth round in any Major competition.
Grand Slam record [change]
|Year||Australian Open||French Open||Wimbledon||US Open|
|2005||Round 3||Quarter final||Round 3||Round 2|
|2006||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Round 3|
|2007||Round 3||Runner-up||Semi final||Round 4|
|2008||Runner-up||Winner||Round 3||Round 2|
|2009||Round 3||Round 4||Round 4||Round 1|
|2010||Round 2||Round 2||Round 1||Round 4|
|2011||Round 1||Round 1||Round 3||Round 4|
|2012||Round 4||Round 3||Round 4||Quarter final|
Career earnings [change]
|Year||Majors||WTA wins||Total wins||Earnings (US$)||Money list rank|
Ivanović is also sponsored by sportswear company Adidas and racket manufacturer company Yonex. She and Maria Sharapova were in a television advertisement to increase interest in women's tennis. In April 2008, her official website was visited over 40 million times, more than any other female athlete.
Related pages [change]
- "WTA Singles Rankings". Women's Tennis Association. http://www.wtatennis.com/page/RankingsSingles/0,,12781~0~1~100,00.html. Retrieved 2011-08-14.
- "Ana Ivanovic – the fastest mover in the world". http://www.anaivanovic.com/media/press/6/anaivanovic_pressrelease_english.pdf. Retrieved 2008-06-24.
- Tim Adams (September 2007). "Courtly behavior". Men's Vogue. http://www.mensvogue.com/health/articles/2007/08/ivanovic. Retrieved 2008-06-26.
- Arash Markazi (2007-09-22). "The next 'it' girl". Sports Illustrated. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/arash_markazi/09/22/ivanovic/index.html. Retrieved 2008-06-26.
- Clive White (2008-06-08). "French Open: Fearless Ana Ivanovic lives dream after beating Dinara Safina". Daily Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?xml=/sport/2008/06/08/stwhit108.xml. Retrieved 2008-06-26.
- Sean Gregory (2008-06-19). "Ana Ivanovic: Tennis's Next Megastar". Time Magazine. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1816482,00.html. Retrieved 2008-06-26.
- David Jones (2008-06-2). "The truth about the Wimbledon bombshell: Is tennis star Ana Ivanovic's rags to riches story all it seems?". Daily Mail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1028098/The-truth-Wimbledon-bombshell-Is-tennis-star-Ana-Ivanovics-rags-riches-story-seems.html. Retrieved 2008-06-25.
- "Ana Ivanovic". Women's Tennis Association. http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=311710. Retrieved 2008-06-25.
- Paul Newman (2008-01-25). "Ivanovic grows into role of Australia's adopted daughter". The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/ivanovic-grows-into-role-of-australias-adopted-daughter-773713.html. Retrieved 2008-06-25.
- "Ana, Jelena Become UNICEF Ambassadors". Women's Tennis Association. 2007-09-08. http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1684. Retrieved 2008-06-25.
- Mark Hodgkinson (2008-06-14). "Wimbledon build-up: Playtime for Ana Ivanovic". Daily Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?xml=/sport/2008/06/14/stivan114.xml. Retrieved 2008-06-26.
- Tracy Austin (2008-06-23). "Ivanovic has taste for victory and can win". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2008/jun/23/wimbledon.tennis6?gusrc=rss&feed=sport. Retrieved 2008-06-25.
- Simon Barnes (2008-06-23). "Ana Ivanovic has the aura of a champion". The Times. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article4192639.ece. Retrieved 2008-06-26.
- "IDS Serve Speed Leaders". sonyericssonwtatour.com. http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/news/20100323/ids-serve-speed-leaders_2256076_1978722. Retrieved March 24, 2009.
- Peter Bodo (2008-06-01). "When Ana Ivanovic Serves, You Better Duck". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/01/sports/playmagazine/601gift.html. Retrieved 2008-06-26.
- Chuck Culpepper (2008-06-08). "Ana Ivanovic is at her best in winning French Open title". LA Times. http://www.latimes.com/sports/printedition/la-sp-french8-2008jun08,0,667096.story. Retrieved 2008-06-26.
- "'My goal is top ten at the end of this year'". rediff.com. 2006-06-26. http://www.rediff.com/sports/2006/jun/26inter.htm. Retrieved 2008-06-25.
- "Ivanovic seals Canberra victory". BBC. 2005-01-15. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/4176829.stm. Retrieved 2008-06-25.
- "Rogers Cup – Players – Ana Ivanovic". www.rogerscup.com. http://www.rogerscup.com/4/en/players/bios/ivanovic.asp. Retrieved 2008-06-25.
- "Ana Ivanovic". Women's Tennis Association. http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio2.asp?PlayerID=311710. Retrieved 2008-06-25.
- "Hingis sees off Ivanovic in Tokyo". BBC Sport. 2007-02-04. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/6328941.stm. Retrieved 2008-06-25.
- "Ivanovic triumphs at German Open". BBC Sport. 2007-05-13. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/6651091.stm. Retrieved 2008-06-25.
- Clive White (2007-06-10). "Henin eases past nervy Ivanovic". Daily Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?xml=/sport/2007/06/10/stwome10.xml. Retrieved 2008-06-25.
- Ronald Atkin (2008-05-25). "Ana Ivanovic: Statuesque Serb who dodged Belgrade bombs says there will be no repeat of Paris meltdown". The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/ana-ivanovic-statuesque-serb-who-dodged-belgrade-bombs-says-there-will-be-no-repeat-of-paris-meltdown-833943.html. Retrieved 2008-06-26.
- Piers Newbery (2008-01-26). "Sharapova wins Aussie Open title". BBC Sport. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7209242.stm. Retrieved 2008-06-25.
- "Ana Ivanovic's Australian Open Blog". Women's Tennis Association. 2008-01-26. http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/3/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1968. Retrieved 2008-06-26.
- Mark Lamport-Stokes (2008-03-23). "Ivanonic beats Kuznetsova in Indian Wells final". Reuters. http://www.reuters.com/article/sportsNews/idUSN2329621320080324. Retrieved 2008-06-25.
- "Ivanovic clinches maiden Grand Slam in Paris". CNN. 2008-06-07. http://edition.cnn.com/2008/SPORT/06/07/tennis.women/. Retrieved 2008-06-25.
- Barry Flatman (2008-06-08). "Ana Ivanovic seizes her moment". The Times. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article4087846.ece. Retrieved 2008-06-26.
- "French Open". BBC Sport. 2008-06-07. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7442002.stm. Retrieved 2008-06-25.
- "Many faces of Ana". rediff.com. http://www.rediff.com/sports/2008/jun/20slide1.htm. Retrieved 2008-06-26.
- Chris Bevan (2008-06-27). "Wimbledon 2008". http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7478357.stm. Retrieved 2008-06-28.
- "Player Profile – Ana Ivanovic". FedCup.com. http://www.fedcup.com/en/players/player/profile.aspx?playerid=100018598. Retrieved 2011-10-11.
- As of October 10, 2011
- "Advisory Staff – Ana Ivanovic". Yonex. http://www.yonex.com/tennis/advisory_staff/ana_ivanovic.html. Retrieved 2008-06-26.
- Mark Sweney (2008-06-19). "Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic star in WTA tennis ad". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/jun/19/advertising.marketingandpr?gusrc=rss&feed=media. Retrieved 2008-06-26.
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