The latest news about Ana!

Thank You All Nov 8th 2005

Thank you all for birthday wishes, flowers, cards and presents.

The weekend was completely wonderful. On her birthday Ana went out with her family and friends to a nightclub in Belgrade. They had a brilliant time. The following day, Tennis Club Partizan Belgrade organised a birthday party for Ana.

During the ceremony Ana said she is hoping for a top 10 finish next year.

On the picture is Ana with her younger brother Miloš.

Beauty queen of only eighteen … Nov 6th 2005

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a thousand tiny moons
from each tennis ball
I hear them fall --
18th birthday
people ask about my dreams.
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Happy birthday Ana!

- haiku by Linda Jeannette Ward (edited)

Fastest riser through the ranks Nov 5th 2005

This was the headline in The Guardian some 6 months ago about Ana's progress last year.

It may well be valid for this season as well.

Ranked 100 when she played her first match this season against Tyra Calderwood (AUS) in Canberra; Ana is now well inside the top 20. It's a big jump; no other player has made such a fast rise this year.

2005 moments: I am your biggest fan! Nov 4th 2005

Dear Ana,
I do not know how many South Africans have written to you (I've sent 2 messages before), but I am sure I am your biggest fan amongst all of them! I support you for 2 reasons, i) the excellent game you play, and ii) the fantastic example you set on and off the court - tennis needs and deserve tough but fair competitors like you.

2005 moments: Miami biggest breakthrough Nov 1st 2005

Archive article: Ivanovic's biggest breakthrough may have come just a few weeks ago at the NASDAQ-100 Open in Miami. After an earlier victory against world No.12 Nadia Petrova, Ivanovic defeated a Top 10 player for the first time with a three-set victory against world No.7 Svetlana Kuznetsova.

"I felt a little nervous, but I believed all the time that I could win that match," Ivanovic said. "For me, the most important thing is to stay calm and that it is not important who is the opponent."

2005 moments: wimbledon Nov 1st 2005

Archive article: Hunters of the Ladies' Singles title beware. A teenage Serb is on the prowl and her ferocity so far hasn't spared anyone. On the contrary, with every scalp her appetite seems to be increasing.

On Court 13 today, Ana Ivanovic, the 17-year-old star from Serbia-Montenegro, sent out another winning roar. This time her prey was Stephanie Foretz of France. And again it was a straight sets affair, 6-4, 6-3.
- Sajid Shaikh for wimbledon official website June 2005-

Ana's Ranking back to 16 Oct 31st 2005

After reaching two semi-finals in her last two tournaments, in Zurich and Linz, Ana’s rankings went up to a career best of 16.

Ana now has 1551 points, she moved up one place overtaking Elena Lichtovtsheva by 31 points. Ahead of Ana is Svetlana Kusnetsova with 1646 points.

End of season... Ana's diary entry

Better but still not enough Oct 29th 2005

Ana played much better this time but still not enough to beat Patty Schnyder. Schnyder won their fourth encounter in strait sets 7-5 6-2.

Ana broke Schnyder in the fourth game to go ahead 3-1; Schnyder then slammed her racquet and cut her left hand when the handle bounced up from the court.

Schnyder sought treatment two games later because her hand had become swollen, and she needed painkillers to continue. All this might have distracted Ana because Schnyder came back very strong and took the next three games.

Ana too strong for Golovin Oct 28th 2005

Ana Ivanovic is through to semi-final after beating Tatiana Golovin of France 7-5 6-3.

In a match between two 17-year olds, Ana went 3-0 up but allowed her French opponent to level at 3-3 before breaking again for the set.

In the second set, it was Golovin who took a 3-0 lead, but Ana responded by winning the next six games to reach her second semi-final in two weeks.

Ana will now play fourth-seeded Patty Schnyder of Switzerland, who beat Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia 6-2 6-1.