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Ana Ivanovic - On and Off
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Ana Ivanovic is working hard on court. She has been a phenomenon of Serbian tennis for almost a decade now. The Serbian tennis star was born on November 6th in Belgrade, Serbia. She started playing at the age of five and went on to emerge as one of the most famous tennis players of all times. Her role model and inspiration is Monica Seles. Ivanovic has worked to highest standards after starting playing professional tennis from her early teens.
The Serbian had her first professional breakthrough in October 2004 when she dragged Venus Williams through two titanic tiebreak sets in the second round of the Zurich Open in Zurich. She then went on to reach the quarterfinals in Luxembourg during the following week. Ivanovic won her first career title in the year 2005 at Canberra, Australia. She then got a new boost to her career in 2008 at the Australian Open where she defeated Venus Williams in the quarterfinals with a score of 76(4), 6-4 for the first time. Her dream run finally came to an end when Sharapova beat her in the championship match.
The year 2008 proved to be the most successful season for Ivanovic as she outplayed many seeded and promising players which included the likes of Jelena Jankovic and Elena Dementieva. She became world number one after defeating Jankovic in the semi-final of the French Open. She defeated Dinara Safina in the finals to win her maiden Grand Slam title. Ana Ivanovic later became a brand name in the game of tennis.
Ivanovic then went through a couple of injuries including a sore thumb and knee, due to which she could not play a few tournaments. Her 2009 agony, when she suffered from a left thigh strain and cried on court before retiring hurt against Venus in Wimbledon, was slashed all over the world by the media. After her injury break, Ivanovic made a brief comeback and recorded wins at WTA tournaments and looked happy in regaining her rhythm. Socializing with media and involving herself in various development programs and charity events was on her daily planners.
Ivanovic is considered to be a very humble and accommodating person by nature. A media friendly sports personality is always recognized globally and that is what exactly happened. Big brands like Yonnex and Rolex got the Serbian involved in huge endorsements. By 2010 Ivanovic was pushing her own line of apparel with adidas and promoting her brand “Club Ana” became one of her priorities.
Ivanovic was also associated with Sports Illustrated for a glamorous photo shoot. Her relationship with much famed Adam Scott was hyped all over the media as a celebrity story on all websites. Ivanovic now seems to be getting a lot of love from tournament organizers as she has been given wild card entries to tournaments even after being ranked as low as 63 in the world rankings. The Bank of the West Classic in Stanford gave Ivanovic a wildcard entry realising the fact that she attracts a huge number of loyal and casual fans to the venue where she performs.
2010 has been a bad year for Ivanovic as the only decent performances she had were the semi-final runs in Rome and Brisbane. Besides these winning streaks, she has suffered repeated losses in a series of tournaments this year. New coach Heinz Gunthardt has been optimistic about Ivanovic, but seeing her improve and get back in the top 30 seems like a difficult task on hand.
The Serbian had an early exit at last year’s US Open and her time with Adam Scott during those two weeks in America were also closely observed and publicized by the media all over the world. Whatever her off court activities, Ivanovic will always be striving hard to be one of the most successful tennis players of all times and will prefer to be known for her achievements on court than off-court.
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