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Serbia & Montenegro keep Hopman hopes alive Victory in the doubles gave Serbia & Montenegro a 2-1 win over Sweden in round-robin play at the Hopman Cup in Perth on Monday.
The tie had been level after both singles matches, but Serbia & Montenegro triumphed in the mixed doubles, winning in straight sets 6-2, 6-4.
Ana Ivanovic had put Serbia & Montenegro ahead after overwhelming Sofia Arvidsson 6-3, 6-1 in just 43 minutes.
Despite dropping her serve in the opening game after leading 40-0, Ivanovic dominated the rest of the match.
The powerful American doubles combination of Lisa Raymond and Taylor Dent notched an impressive first-up victory in the $1-million ITF mixed teams championship when they downed newcomers Serbia & Montenegro two rubbers to one at Perth’s Burswood Dome.
After the singles had been split, with Serbia’s rising young star Ana Ivanovic beating Raymond and Dent levelling up with a similarly-impressive win over Novak Djokovic, the mixed doubles went USA’s way,7-6 (7/3), 6-2.
Serbia's Ana Ivanovic was named the Sexiest Women Player of 2005 in Tennisreporters.net inaugural fans poll.
"I'm very honored that fans voted for me for this award," said Ivanovic, the 18-year-old who finished 2005 ranked a career high No. 16.
"Although very flattering, I know that all these awards are ultimately based upon my tennis results and therefore I am very pleased to be receiving them. My fans mean a lot to me and I appreciate all of their support."
On the eve of the new season we crunch the numbers of Ana’s first full season on Tour:
Ana began 2005 ranked 97 and finished it at No.16 – a rise of 81 places, making her the highest climber into the world’s top 20. It extends Ana’s reputation as a fast mover: in 2004 she climbed 608 places from 705 to 97
Ana’s win-loss record of 40-14 (74%, including qualification) was the 12th best on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour
Ana Ivanovic is not only the most successful sports woman in Serbia and Montenegro but also the most beautiful! Blic magazine got together a panel of top sports professionals to pick the Miss Sport Beauty 2005 for Serbia and Montenegro. Ana won ahead of Volleyball player Marija Mratinovic.
It is really lovely to receive such an award especially as it comes from the sports colleagues. Getting compliments is always nice but when they are associated with my sport results it is even better; said Ana in her interview.
As tennis players pause for their measly month off from the tours, the tennis media marches up to the line to serve up our 2005 awards. TennisReporters.net's co-owners vote here.
Newcomer of the Year/women
Matt: While Czech Nicole Vaidisova has more titles, I'll take 18-year-old Serb Ana Ivanovic, her better Slam performances and her soaring marquee value.
Ron: You can't argue with Vaidisova's three titles in her sixteenth year.
By Matthew Cronin and Ron Cioffi
Karl deKroo, Herald Sun.
SERBIAN world No. 16 Ana Ivanovic says living in Australia will provide Jelena Dokic with her best chance of returning to the game's elite.
Ivanovic, who rocketed up the rankings from outside the top 100 in 2005, said Dokic had the ability to regain her career-high ranking of No. 4 in 2002.
"I think it is great for her to be back," Ivanovic said.
"She has been happy in Australia before and she has played some of her best tennis here.
The International Tennis Writers Association (ITWA) has voted Kim Clijsters and Roger Federer its Player of the Year awards and its annual Ambassador for Tennis awards for 2005.
The ITWA for Tennis award salutes players who go out of their way to advance the sport at a global level.
ITWA was formed four years ago to represent the select group of journalists who travel the globe, week-in and week-out, covering tennis for the written and broadcast media. ITWA includes members from 17 countries and the coverage they provide brings tennis to millions worldwide.
Ana will start her new season on 2nd of January on Hopman Cup in Perth playing with Novak Djokovic for Serbia and Montenegro.
Following Hopman Cup, Ana is scheduled to play in Sydney and the Australian Open. In February, Ana will start in Tokyo then Paris and right after that the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp. Soon after that, Ana will leave for the States for Indian Wells and Miami tournaments.