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We caught up with Ana and her new coach David Taylor shortly after their second day of training together
Gavin Versi: Thanks for taking the time to speak to us, David.
David Taylor: No problem at all.
GV: When did you first see Ana playing in person?
erica: hey ana i saw that you said that 18 is too old to become a profesional... im 14 and i just started is it to late for me?
Ana: Hi Erica. I’m afraid it is probably too late also, but it is difficult to say for sure. I know that most professionals began playing before they were ten, so I would have to say that 14 is also too old because really you must practice for 1,000s of hours to become a professional, so you need to start when you are young. But if you are determined enough you never know! Regards, Ana.
Ana has appointed Australian David Taylor as her new full-time coach. Taylor, who took Alicia Molik from 138 to No.8 in the world rankings, will travel with Ana while continuing his role as Australia’s Fed Cup captain on a tie-only basis.
“I am very excited about this,” said Ana, who will begin working with Taylor today. “I am at an important stage of my career and I need someone who can really help me to improve and achieve my goals. I think that David has all the right qualities.
There are no changes to the top 25 in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour rankings, which are published today. No tournaments were played due to the Fed Cup team competition, in which Ana did not compete.
Flavia Pennetta and Ai Sugiyama lose points from the corresponding week last year, but their positions are unchanged.
Ana's singles ranking remains at 20, her position in the Porsche Race is 19 and she is No.95 in the doubles list.
Nick: Hi Ana, I know you're a very young player, just coming into tennis, and I wanted to ask you: Is it harder being a young player or an older player in tennis?
Ana: Hey Nick. I think younger, because you feel less pressure. Most of the time you are playing against better, more experienced players and not feeling any pressure. So you can play your own game and that’s how there are some upsets. Of course one day I’ll be in the situation where I am playing younger players. Regards, Ana.
Antonina: Hello , Ana ! I love your style and wish you to win a Grand Slam this yea.My question is - do you like the Serbian volleyball team, and if so who is your favourite player.Thanks and get well soon :)
Ana: Hi Antonina. I like volleyball but I don't watch TV so much. I can't say that I have a favourite player but maybe I will watch more. Regards, Ana.
We can today announce Ana’s planned schedule until the end of the year. Please note that this is provisional and could change. Any alterations will, of course, be announced on the site
31 July-6 August
San Diego, United States
Tier I, Outdoor hard courts
JPMorgan Chase Open presented by Herbalife
Los Angeles, United States
Tier II, Outdoor hard courts
Rogers Cup presented by National Bank
Tier I, Outdoor hard courts
28 August-10 September
Ana rises two places to No.20 in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Rankings, which are published today. The climb is due to her fourth round appearance in the Championships, Wimbledon.
The 18-year-old also moves up two places in the Porsche Race to No.19. Her doubles ranking falls 24 places to No.95 as a result of her first round defeat at Wimbledon with Maria Kirilenko.
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?