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Ana Ivanovic comes into Wimbledon with an aim of rolling back the years, and get back to where she belongs, back in the top 5. Grass isn't the Serb's favorite surface, but she has looked motivated this year, which is something that she was missing in the previous years. The former World No.1 had witnessed an alarming dip in form which saw her drop to No. 64 in the World, and those are times that Ana would be looking to put behind her.
Ivanovic had a poor first quarter of the year. She struggled in January and only managed a fourth round finish at the year's only Grand Slam till now. Before it, Ana's performance was even worse as she was knocked out in second round at Brisbane and then in the first round at Sydney.
In February, a much improved Ivanovic reached the quarterfinal of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships where she lost to Caroline Wozniacki. She continued to improve and reached the semifinals at Indian Wells. Against Sharapova in the semis she pulled out with a hip injury. In her first event on clay this year, Ivanovic reached the third round at Madrid where she met then World No.1 Victoria Azarenka, in that match Ivanovic fought hard but was unable to beat the Belarusian. Then in Rome, she lost to eventual champion Maria Shaparpova in the pre-quarters stage.
The French Open was the Serb's last outing and she looked in great shape early on and was in an aggressive frame of mind. All the odds favoured her when she met Italian Sara Errani in the third round. Unfortunately for the former French Open Champion though, Errani was having the best Grand Slam outing of her career, and the Italian beat her in three tight sets 1-6,7-5,6-3.
Her opponent today is little known Spaniard Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez. The world's 51st ranked player might be unknown for the world, but she knows Ivanovic well, and certainly knows how to beat the Serb. She own a victory over Ana, which was their only meeting so far. Her record this year is a less than impressive 4-8.
TennisEarth picks an easy win this time for the former World No.1.
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