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With the season past its halfway mark, we take a look at Ana’s year so far
Including the Hopman Cup – which is owned by the ITF so is not part of her Sony Ericsson WTA Tour record – Ana has won 23 matches and lost 13 this year.
“I played some very good matches and some not so good ones. I still have many, many things to improve,” said Ana, whose ranking has fluctuated between 16 and 23 during 2006.
In 2005, the tennis world took notice of Ana Ivanovic. The eighteen-year-old won her first WTA Tour title in Canberra, reached the quarter-finals of the French Open, and saw her world ranking soar from 100 to 16. Here, she talks to Hot Psychology about life on the WTA Tour.
1. How tough is it to combine studying with life on the WTA Tour?
Ana is the co-star of a multi-million dollar marketing campaign to promote Sony Ericsson’s new Cyber-shot(TM) phone. Ana and her fellow Sony Ericsson WTA Tour professional Daniela Hantuchova were specially chosen by the electronics giant to film a television commercial that will be screened internationally.
The commercial, which receives its world premiere in Hong Kong today, can be viewed at a specially created website: www.nevermissashot.com.
Ana is the star of an advertising campaign for Aqua Viva ("Knjaz Milos") a Serbian producer of bottled water. Ana appears in a television commercial and on billboards across Belgrade.
The commercial, which can be viewed here, is an introduction to Ana’s personality. As she takes part in a number of activities, Ana talks about her dreams and beliefs.
Overall, Ana was happy with her Wimbledon performance. She reached the fourth round before losing to top seed Amelie Mauresmo yesterday.
“I think overall it was a good tournament for me,” said Ana. “I had a good win against Safina and I lost to the No.1 player in the world, which is nothing to be too upset about. I tried my best.”
The high point of Ana’s Wimbledon campaign was undoubtedly her three-set win over No.16 seed Dinara Safina. The 18-year-old was 6-4, 4-2 behind before completing a rousing comeback.
Ana’s Wimbledon came to an end as she was beaten 6-3, 6-4 by top seed Amelie Mauresmo. It was a brilliant display of grass court tennis by the Frenchwoman, who served expertly and attacked the net at just the rights moments during the 68-minute match.
“She was serving really good,” said Ana. “I had problems to return her serves. She was coming into the net a lot and putting pressure on me. Knowing that she was holding serve so well put more pressure on my serve.”
Ana will take on top seed and world No.1 Amelie Mauresmo for the seventh time in her short career tomorrow. The match will take place on Court 1 at sometime after 2.45pm local time (3.45pm Central European Time).
“I’ve played her a lot of times,” said Ana about the Frenchwoman, who has dropped just nine games in her opening three matches and looks to be at her best. “She’s definitely a great player.
Ana reached the second week of Wimbledon for the first time after a superb come-from-behind victory over 14th seed Dinara Safina. Ana triumphed 3-6, 7-6, 6-1 in a highly entertaining encounter on Saturday lunchtime.
At 6-3, 4-2 down Ana was staring defeat in the face but the 18-year-old turned things round spectacularly, cutting out the unforced errors to blitz her opponent with an arsenal of explosive forehands.
Ana and Maria Kirienko lost their first round doubles match against Jelena Jankovic and Tina Krizan. The teenagers lost 6-3, 6-4 in what ranks as their most disappointing result of their short partnership.
Ana and Maria had reached two semi-finals and a final in their first three tournaments together so hopes were high, but Jankovic and Krizan, both of whom have played twice as many doubles matches as Ana, proved too strong and won the big points.
Ana said: "It was a very strange match. We just didn’t perform.
After safely negotiating opening round matches against players ranked 118 and 249, now the real challenges begin for Ana. She takes on Russian No.14 seed Dinara Safina in the third round tomorrow.
Ana has played the 20-year-old once before: on the clay of Berlin a year ago, when she lost 6-1, 6-4. “I think it’s a little bit of a different situation here,” said Ana. “We’ve both improved. Definitely she’s playing great tennis. I also had very good practice lately.