Monday, February 3, 2014

Ana Ivanovic Sports Tennis Plays Model Fashion

Ana Ivanovic Sports Tennis Plays Model Fashion

Ivanovic was born in Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia. Ivanovic's mother Dragana, a lawyer, has been courtside during most of her matches. Her father Miroslav, a self-employed businessman, attended as many events as he possibly could. Ivanovic has a younger brother, Miloš, with whom she loved to play basketball.

Ivanovic first picked up a racket at the age of five after watching Monica Seles, a fellow Yugoslav, on television. She started her career after memorizing the telephone number of a local tennis clinic from an advertisement. During the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, she was forced to train during the morning to avoid bombardments. Later, she admitted that she trained in an abandoned swimming pool in the winter, as no tennis facilities were available. When she was 15, Ivanovic spent four hours in a locker room crying after a defeat – the first that her new manager had witnessed. She thought that Dan Holzmann, the manager in question, would abandon her, thinking her not good enough to become a professional tennis player. He has remained her manager to this day.

Ana Ivanovic kicked off the year by playing at the Hopman Cup with Novak Djokovic. In her first round robin match, she beat Italy's Francesca Schiavone. She beat Ashleigh Barty and in her final round robin match defeated Tatjana Malek to put Serbia into the final of the 2013 Hopman Cup, having defeated Italy, Australia and Germany. Whilst playing Spain, Novak Djokovic gave Serbia a 1–0 tie lead but Anabel Medina Garrigues tied up the final at 1–1 after defeating Ivanovic 4–6, 7–6, 3–6 in a closely fought singles match. Serbia then lost the deciding tie in mixed doubles.

At the Australian Open, she successfully reached the 4th round of the tournament, progressing past Melinda Czink, Yung-Jan Chen and Jelena Janković. She eventually lost to Agnieszka Radwańska in two sets. Ivanovic played in Pattaya City as the no.1 seed but lost in the first round to Ayumi Morita. Ivanovic was then scheduled to play at the 2013 Fed Cup but withdrew due to shoulder injuries. Ivanovic competed at the 2013 Qatar Total Open as the 12th seed. She made a run to the third round, but lost to Agnieszka Radwańska, despite breaking Radwańska in the 12th game and having the chance to serve out for the second set. She then reached the second round of the 2013 Dubai Tennis Championships, before losing narrowly to Petra Kvitová.

Ivanovic received a first round bye at the 2013 BNP Paribas Open. In her second round match, she defeated American teenager Taylor Townsend losing just three games. In the third round, she lost in three sets to big-serving Mona Barthel from Germany. At the subsequent WTA Premier Mandatory event 2013 Sony Open Tennis, Ivanovic exacted revenge on Urszula Radwańska by dishing out a 6–1, 6–2 drubbing and cruised past two-time grand slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–3, 6–3. However, Ivanovic lost to 8th seeded Sara Errani in 3 sets in the 4th round. Ivanovic then took part in the 2013 Monterrey Open and was defeated in the second round by defending champion Tímea Babos from Hungary. This marked the first time since the 2008 US Open that Ivanovic had lost to an opponent ranked outside the top 100.

Ivanovic started the Women's Tennis Association season by winning the 2014 ASB Classic title in Auckland. In the final she defeated Venus Williams in three sets (6–2 5–7 6–4). This was Ivanovic's 12th WTA title and her first since 2011. She also defeated Serena Williams in the 4th round of the Australian Open. As the 14th seed, she defeated the number one-ranked Williams, 4-6 6-3 6-3. She then lost to 30th seed Canadian Eugenie Bouchard in the quarterfinals 7-5 5-7 2-6. After that match, Ana praised Eugenie, stating that she was "a very aggressive player. It's sometimes very hard to read her game. There are no real patterns, like with other players. She's a great mover.

Ana Ivanovic
Country          :Serbia
Birth Date      :6 November 1987
Birth Place    :Belgrade, Serbia
Residence    :Basel, Switzerland
Height           :1.85 metres (6 ft. 1 in.)
Weight          :69.1 kilos (152 lbs.)
Plays             :Right Handed