Ana Ivanovic
Serbian tennis player
Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic is a former world no. 1 Serbian tennis player. As of February 4, 2013, she is ranked no. 14 in the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) rankings.
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My heart wasn't in it anymore, says Ivanovic
Yahoo News - about 2 months
Former women's tennis world number one Ana Ivanovic admitted Saturday she retired this week because she felt both physically and mentally unfit to carry on after years of battling injuries. The 29-year-old Serbian -- whose sole Grand Slam success came in the 2008 French Open one of her 15 WTA titles -- added she wanted to retire while she still loved the sport. "The last few years have been a struggle with injury," Ivanovic told The Times newspaper on Saturday.
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Factbox: Former world number one Ana Ivanovic
Yahoo News - about 2 months
(Reuters) - Factbox on Ana Ivanovic, who retired from tennis at the age of 29 on Wednesday. Born: Nov. 6, 1987 in Belgrade Right-hander with a two-handed backhand who turned professional in 2003 and went on to win 15 WTA titles and become world number one in 2008. Won the French Open in 2008, beating Russian Dinara Safina in the final for her only grand slam title. She was also runner-up at Roland Garros in 2007 and the Australian Open in 2008. ...
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Score some style points this fall with the new AW16 tennis collections
Yahoo News - 6 months
Founded by fashion designer and tennis player Stefani Grosse, it's easy to see the influence of both sport and style in Monreal's collection of functional yet sexy tennis wear. Unveiling their latest tennis collection ahead of the tournament, adidas have released their 2016 US Open adizero collection, updating classic tennis shapes with the brand's latest high-tech fabrics and modern and colorful designs. The lightweight collection has also been designed for quicker movement on court, which is sure to be appreciated by tennis player Ana Ivanonic who will be wearing the collection during her performance at the final Grand Slam of the year.
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Venus Williams knocked out in Rio upset
Yahoo News - 7 months
By Drazen Jorgic and Liana B. Baker RIO DE JANEIRO, (Reuters) - Former Olympic champion Venus Williams was eliminated in the first round at the Rio Games on Saturday after Belgian underdog Kirsten Flipkens mounted a spirited fight back to cause the biggest upset of the opening day. Another notable casualty on the first day of competition was former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic, who surged ahead in the first set against world No. 12 Carla Suarez Navarro but lost 2-6 6-1 6-2 after two error-strewn sets. With U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and gymnastics gold medal favorite Simone Biles looking on, seven-times grand slam winner Williams won the first set but became frustrated as the match wore on, losing 4-6 6-3 7-6(5) to the world number 62.
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Tennis-Serena roars into fourth round, tears for Tsonga
Yahoo News - 9 months
By Martyn Herman PARIS, May 28 (Reuters) - Thunderclaps, rain delays, an inspired home favourite roared on by a partisan crowd -- it was all in a day's work for reigning champion Serena Williams as the world number one roared into the second week of the French Open on Saturday. The 34-year-old American needed all her experience and tenacity to fight off France's Kristina Mladenovic 6-4 7-6(10) in an absorbing contest to set up a last-16 clash with Ukraine's Elina Svitolina who beat 2008 champion Ana Ivanovic 6-4 6-4. There was further French disappointment later when popular sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was forced to retire against unseeded Latvian Ernests Gulbis leading 5-2.
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Ivanovic's coach to leave hospital and fly home
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Nigel Sears, the coach of Ana Ivanovic and father-in-law of men's world number two Andy Murray, is to be discharged from hospital later on Sunday and allowed to return home to Britain. Sears was taken to hospital on Saturday after collapsing in the stands in Rod Laver Arena, causing about an hour long delay in Ivanovic's third round clash with American Madison Keys that the Serb later went on to lose 4-6 6-4 6-4. Murray, oblivious to the development, was playing against Portugal's Joao Sousa on the adjacent Margaret Court Arena at the same time, winning 6-2 3-6 6-2 6-2 before rushing straight to hospital.
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Ivanovic's Coach Nigel Sears Collapses at Australian Open
Wall Street Journal - about 1 year
Nigel Sears, the coach of tennis star Ana Ivanovic and father-in-law of Andy Murray, collapsed inside Rod Laver Arena at the Australian Open on Saturday and was taken from the stadium in a stretcher.
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Johanna Konta stays calm as Australian Open shocks offer opportunity
Guardian (UK) - about 1 year
• Sabine Lisicki’s defeat by Denisa Allertova opens up the draw for Konta • British No1 on brink of reaching second week as seeds tumble in Melbourne Johanna Konta is twiddling her thumbs in the waiting room of fame while contemplating what may be about to engulf her if she reaches the second week of the Australian Open at her first attempt. To dream beyond that may be considered presumptuous but the draw is starting to open up with encouraging ease as seeds continue to fall like ripened apples. Related: Spectator fall delays victory for shaken Ana Ivanovic at Australian Open Continue reading...
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I beat Ivanovic - you know, Schweinsteiger's girlfriend
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Ana Ivanovic may be one of tennis's brightest stars but to Naomi Broady's friends, she's better known as the girlfriend of Manchester United star Bastian Schweinsteiger. After upsetting Ivanovic at the Auckland Classic for her first win over a top-20 player, friends of Britain's Broady struggled to place the former world number one. "Some of my friends don't follow tennis at all," Broady, who comes from Stockport near Manchester, told the New Zealand Herald.
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Venus eclipsed by rising Russian in Auckland, Ivanovic out - about 1 year
(Reuters) - Former world number ones Venus Williams and Ana Ivanovic endured a humbling start to the season after the top two seeds were dumped out of the Auckland Classic in the first round by unheralded opponents on Thursday.
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Tennis - Sharapova to face Makarova in Brisbane first round
Yahoo News - about 1 year
- Maria Sharapova will open her Australian campaign with a match against Ekaterina Makarova following Friday's draw for the Brisbane International. Defending champion and third seed Sharapova will play world number 23 Makarova in a rematch from last year's Australian Open semi-final. "This was a grand slam semi-final last year in Australia," five-time grand slam champion Sharapova told reporters."For a first match, it's a pretty high-quality match against a pretty tough opponent." World number four Sharapova, 28, who beat Ana Ivanovic in last year's Brisbane final, leads Makarova 6-0 in their past meetings.
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Preview of tough Madrid Open women’s draw
isports web - almost 2 years
Serena Williams hasn’t lost a match this season. Five of the top 10 players – Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova, Eugenie Bouchard, Ana Ivanovic and Angie Radwanska – suffered first round losses in their last tournament. No. 12 Angelique Kerber beat three top 10 players (including former No. 1 Sharapova) en route to her second back-to-back title of 2015. Victoria Azarenka, former No. 1 and two-time Australian Open champion, is still ranked No. 31. In other words, Serena dominates and the rest of the WTA continues to be unpredictable. The Mutua Madrid Open begins on Saturday, May 2 and the recent struggles and surprising triumphs of the top seeds will surely make for an extremely interesting tournament. First Quarter Azarenka will have to continue to claw herself back into the top 10 with a tough match-up against seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams. The eldest Williams sister leads their head-to-head 4-1, but Azarenka did prevail during their last meeting at Doha in ...
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Ana Ivanovic, Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki head tennis stars attending Porsche Grand Prix opening bash
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
Stars of women's tennis, including Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki put on their glad rags to attend the Porsche Grand Prix Tennis opening ceremony in Stuttgart on Monday.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ana Ivanovic
  • 2016
    Age 28
    As of 2016, she has career earnings of over $15 million.
    More Details Hide Details In June 2011, she was named one of the "30 Legends of Women's Tennis: Past, Present and Future" by Time and was also included on the list of Top 100 Greatest Players Ever (male and female combined) by reporter Matthew Cronin.
  • 2015
    Age 27
    Ivanovic began her 2015 season reaching final of the Brisbane International.
    More Details Hide Details She lost one set against Kaia Kanepi en route. By beating Varvara Lepchenko, Ivanovic set up a final clash against Maria Sharapova, which she lost despite taking the first set in a tiebreak. Ivanovic entered the Australian Open as the fifth seed, but lost in the opening round in three sets to qualifier Lucie Hradecká, losing for the third time to a Czech player in her last four major appearances. She later revealed that she was struggling with a toe injury during the match. At her next tournament in Dubai, she lost just three games against Sabine Lisicki in the second round, but struggles continued as she lost to Karolína Plíšková in three sets. Ivanovic was the defending champion in Monterrey, but she lost Caroline Garcia in the semifinals. In Indian Wells, things didn't go better, as she lost two more times to Garcia in both doubles and singles. In Miami Ivanovic beat Irina Falconi in the second round in three sets before losing in the third round to Sabine Lisicki in straight sets.
    In 2015, Ivanovic made it to the semifinals of a major for the first time in 7 years at the French Open.
    More Details Hide Details Ivanovic was born in Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia. Ivanovic's mother Dragana, a lawyer, has been court-side during most of her matches. Her father Miroslav, a self-employed businessman, attended as many events as he possibly could. Ivanovic has a younger brother, Miloš, with whom she loved to play basketball. Ivanovic first picked up a racket at the age of five after watching Monica Seles, a fellow Yugoslav, on television. She started her career after memorizing the telephone number of a local tennis clinic from an advertisement. During the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, she was forced to train during the morning to avoid bombardments. Later, she admitted that she trained in an abandoned swimming pool in the winter, as no tennis facilities were available. At 13 she moved to train in Basel, Switzerland, because of the better training facilities and coaching. Manager Dan Holzmann was from Basel as well and it was with him that Ana and her mother stayed until they could afford an apartment. When she was 15, Ivanovic spent four hours in a locker room crying after a defeat – the first that her new manager had witnessed. She thought that Dan Holzmann, the manager in question, would abandon her, thinking her not good enough to become a professional tennis player. However, he has remained her manager to this day.
  • 2014
    Age 26
    Ivanovic started the 2014 season by winning title in Auckland, defeating Venus Williams in the final in three sets, for her 12th title and her first since November 2011.
    More Details Hide Details At the Australian Open, she defeated No. 1 ranked Serena Williams in the 4th round for her first win over Serena, after battling past Samantha Stosur in three sets. She lost to 30th seed Canadian Eugenie Bouchard in the quarterfinals in three sets. On set point for Bouchard, Ivanovic double-faulted. At the next four tournaments of the Asian and American series, Ivanovic failed to make the quarterfinals at all of them. She beat some top players like Angelique Kerber (saving match point) in Dubai and Flavia Pennetta in Miami. But there were some big outages like a double bagel against Petra Kvitová after Ivanovic won the first set. In Monterrey, Ivanovic was the 2nd seed and went on to win her 2nd title of the year, by defeating 3rd seed and former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in the semifinals and Jovana Jakšić in the WTA's first-ever all-Serbian final, putting bad results behind her.
    In September 2014, Ivanovic began a relationship with German professional footballer Bastian Schweinsteiger. They married on July 12, 2016 in Venice.
    More Details Hide Details Croatian singer Nina Badrić performed her song Dani i godine at their wedding. Ivanovic has appeared as a character in Smash Court Tennis 3, released in 2007, Virtua Tennis 2009, released in 2009, Grand Slam Tennis for Wii, also released in 2009, Top Spin 4 and Virtua Tennis 4 both released in 2011. She is also featured in Grand Slam Tennis 2, released in 2012. She stars, among others, alongside Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Lindsay Davenport, Anna Chakvetadze, Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova. Ivanovic has appeared in a song called "Hurricane Ana", produced by Serbian rapper Filip Filipi and Collie Buddz. Also, she appeared in a number of international magazines like FHM (Germany, United Kingdom, Australia), Vanity Fair (Spain), Cosmopolitan (Serbia), Vanidades (Mexico), Grazia (Serbia), The Best Shop (Serbia), Sports Illustrated (South Africa) and Harper's Bazaar (Serbia).
    In 2014, Ivanovic defeated Sharapova for the first time since 2007 at the Rome Masters in straight sets.
    More Details Hide Details Their match at the Cincinnati Masters was a dramatic and controversial match. Ivanovic was up a set and a double break before a bad call was made that affected Ivanovic and allowed Sharapova back into the match to steal the second set. Then, in the third set, Ivanovic was up 1–0 15–15 before she took a medical timeout, after which Sharapova took control of the set. Up 4–3 with a break, Sharapova double faulted on break point and sarcastically said to the umpire to "check her blood pressure" referring to the medical timeout that Ivanovic took earlier in the set. Sharapova broke right back to serve for the match. Sharapova had two match points but failed to convert both. Ivanovic would eventually prevail, recording her first win over Sharapova on the hard courts. The pair did not need to wait long to meet in 2015, with both drawn as the top 2 seeds in the Brisbane International. Both players qualified for the final, but it was Sharapova who once again clinched victory on the hard courts, despite dropping the first set to Ivanovic in a tiebreak.
    Ivanovic qualified for competition in the 2014 WTA Tour Championships in Singapore and secured a year-end ranking of No. 5, signifying her return to the world's elite.
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  • 2013
    Age 25
    Nonetheless, in 2013, under the tutelage of Nigel Sears, her ball tosses have since become more consistent, allowing her to build her game on her powerful first serves.
    More Details Hide Details Ivanovic's forehand is her bread-and-butter shot that took the world by storm in 2007–08, propelling her to the top of the rankings. A flat stroke, hit with not a lot of topspin which gives it its power, Simon Reed believes it to be one of the best forehands in the game. Conversely, her backhand is much weaker than her forehand and is often targeted by players acquainted with Ivanovic's playing style. Her cross-court backhand generally lacks the depth required to throw her opponents off course. While Ivanovic's movement and net play were once considered to be her weaknesses, they have both improved over the years. She is considered now to be considerably faster than when she started playing professional tennis. Ivanovic's best surface is the clay court, where her height allows her to strike clean winners off high-bouncing balls. Nonetheless, she is capable of performing well on hard and grass courts as well. When she launched her re-branded site during 2010, she stated in her bio that she likes all surfaces.
    In third round she faced grass court specialist and 2013 Wimbledon runner-up, Sabine Lisicki.
    More Details Hide Details She won their match played earlier in the season. However, she would go on to lose in three sets. The match was particularly strange due to it being played over 3 days over the Middle Sunday. The first part was played on Saturday and with Lisicki leading 6–4, 1–1, the match was suspended due to bad light. On Monday match was played in two parts, being paused due to rain. In the first period of play, Ivanovic had momentum on her side. Upon resumption, Lisicki would go on to win 7 of the next 9 games. After Wimbledon, Ivanovic didn't renew her contract with coach Nemanja Kontic. She hired Dejan Petrovic as her coach. Ivanovic started the US Open Series in Stanford, avenging her Wimbledon loss by defeating Sabine Lisicki in straight sets. Ivanovic eventually lost in the quarterfinals in three sets to Serena Williams in their third three-set match of the year. As a result of her quarterfinals run, Ivanovic returned to the top ten in the WTA rankings for the first time since 2009. Then at the Rogers Cup, Ivanovic lost to eventual quarterfinalist Coco Vandeweghe in the second round; but in Cincinnati, she reached the Premier 5 final, beating Russians Svetlana Kuznetsova and fifth seed Maria Sharapova in the process. Against Sharapova, Ivanovic served for the match in the second set, but lost the next four games.
    Ivanovic ended the 2013 season with a rank of 16.
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    At the 2013 US Open, Ivanovic made it to the 4th round, narrowly scraping past American player Christina McHale in the third round by erasing two of her opponent's match points.
    More Details Hide Details Ivanovic made a whopping 51 unforced errors in her match against Christina McHale. In the fourth round, Ivanovic lost to Victoria Azarenka again in 3 sets. By winning the first set in her fourth round loss to Victoria Azarenka, Ivanovic won her first set against a top ten opponent at a Major since she won the 2008 French Open, ending a streak of 15 consecutive sets lost against a top ten seed. Ivanovic then headed to Asia for the Premier events in Tokyo and Beijing after a two-week break. In the former, she routed young German Annika Beck before cruising past Elina Svitolina. In the third round, she lost to Anqelique Kerber for the first time. In the latter, she moved past Flavia Pennetta in two sets despite trailing 5–1 in the first set. She was then defeated surprisingly by Polona Hercog of Slovenia in straight sets. Ivanovic then headed to Linz and progressed to the final without dropping a set, beating Yanina Wickmayer, Francesca Schiavone, Dominika Cibulková and Stefanie Vögele before being edged out in the final by Kerber once more, despite having saved three match points and had four set points of her own to take the match into a decider. She then took part in the Kremlin Cup in Moscow as the 4th seed, receiving a bye in the first round before breezing past Klára Zakopalová for the loss of just four games.
    In July 2013, Sears and Ivanovic part ways and she hired Nemanja Kontic as her coach.
    More Details Hide Details Ivanovic had a sub-par summer hard court season, only managing to defeat one other seeded player. At Carlsbad, she defeated Roberta Vinci before getting edged out by world No. 2 Victoria Azarenka in the semi-finals. In Toronto, she made quick work of Hsieh Su-wei and Flavia Pennetta in straight sets, before losing to Li Na in three sets). Ivanovic was up 5–2 in the third set, but was unable to serve out the match and eventually lost when she sent a backhand long in the tiebreak. Ivanovic dropped her opener in Cincinnati to Alizé Cornet.
    At the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, she won her first round match-up against Virginie Razzano, but in the second round Ivanovic would be knocked out of the tournament by Eugenie Bouchard.
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    Despite a slow start to the 2013 season, Ivanovic made good progress in the clay season.
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    Ivanovic then took part in the 2013 Monterrey Open and was defeated in the second round by defending champion Tímea Babos from Hungary.
    More Details Hide Details This marked the first time since the 2008 US Open that Ivanovic had lost to an opponent ranked outside the top 100.
    At the subsequent WTA Premier Mandatory event 2013 Sony Open Tennis, Ivanovic exacted revenge on Urszula Radwańska by dishing out a two set drubbing and cruised past two-time grand slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.
    More Details Hide Details However, Ivanovic lost to 8th seeded Sara Errani in 3 sets in the 4th round.
    Ivanovic received a first round bye at the 2013 BNP Paribas Open.
    More Details Hide Details In her second round match, she defeated American teenager Taylor Townsend losing just three games. In the third round, she lost in three sets to big-serving Mona Barthel from Germany.
    She then reached the second round of the 2013 Dubai Tennis Championships, before losing narrowly to Petra Kvitová.
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    Ivanovic competed at the 2013 Qatar Total Open as the 12th seed.
    More Details Hide Details She made a run to the third round, but lost to Agnieszka Radwańska, despite breaking Radwańska in the 12th game and having the chance to serve out for the second set.
    Ivanovic was then scheduled to play at the 2013 Fed Cup but withdrew due to shoulder injuries.
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    Ivanovic kicked off the year by playing at the Hopman Cup with Novak Djokovic. In her first round robin match, she beat Italy's Francesca Schiavone. She beat Ashleigh Barty and in her final round robin match defeated Tatjana Malek to put Serbia into the final of the 2013 Hopman Cup, having defeated Italy, Australia and Germany.
    More Details Hide Details While playing Spain, Novak Djokovic gave Serbia a 1–0 tie lead but Anabel Medina Garrigues tied up the final at 1–1 after defeating Ivanovic in a closely fought singles match. Serbia then lost the deciding tie in mixed doubles. At the Australian Open, she successfully reached the 4th round of the tournament, progressing past Melinda Czink, Yung-Jan Chen and Jelena Janković. She eventually lost to Agnieszka Radwańska in two sets. Ivanovic played in Pattaya City as the No. 1 seed but lost in the first round to Ayumi Morita.
  • 2012
    Age 24
    In both Stuttgart and Madrid, her runs were routed by 2012 French Open champion Maria Sharapova.
    More Details Hide Details Unfortunately, after good runs at two clay court tournaments, she dropped her opener in Rome against Urszula Radwańska. At the French Open she stormed past 3 opponents to the fourth round, only to fall in straight sets to Agnieszka Radwańska for the third time in the year.
    However, Ivanovic finished 2012 as the world No. 13, her best finish since 2008.
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    Ivanovic did not qualify to defend her title in Bali, and did not receive a wild card entry due to her participation at the 2012 Fed Cup.
    More Details Hide Details Serbia took on the defending champions, Czech Republic. Ivanovic lost her first rubber against Lucie Šafářová, but won her second against Petra Kvitová. Which meant Jelena Janković had to win her rubber to take it to a tie, and go to a decider. Janković eventually lost her rubber against Lucie Šafářová.
    At the 2012 Roger's Cup, Ivanovic was double bageled by Roberta Vinci in the 2nd round.
    More Details Hide Details It didn't seem to affect Ivanovic as she was still able to reach her first Major quarterfinal since 2008 at US Open, and also her first ever at that event. Ivanovic defeated qualifier Elina Svitolina, Sofia Arvidsson, young American Sloane Stephens and Tsvetana Pironkovain the fourth round. In the quarterfinals Ivanovic was soundly defeated by Serena Williams. Ivanovic then played in Tokyo, losing to Urszula Radwańska in round two; she then competed at the China Open reaching the third round, losing to Romina Oprandi in straight sets. She came with a winning streak to Linz, having won there previously in 2008 and 2010, but her streak was finished in quarterfinals against qualifier Kirsten Flipkens. Ivanovic headed over to Moscow and made it all the way to the semifinal, having had a bye in the first round then defeating two qualifiers in straight sets. She lost to Samantha Stosur in three sets, despite winning the first.
    She made her Olympic debut at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, participating in both the Women's Singles and Mixed Doubles with Nenad Zimonjić.
    More Details Hide Details Seeded 11th in singles, she defeated Christina McHale and local Elena Baltacha in straight sets, before losing for the sixth time to Kim Clijsters in third round. She teamed up with Zimonjić for the mixed doubles competition, where they lost against India's Mirza and Paes in the opening round.
    Ivanovic then headed to Moscow for the 2012 Fed Cup semifinals, where after losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova in three tight sets, recovered, and beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to put Serbia ahead, 2–1.
    More Details Hide Details Fellow countrywoman Jelena Janković then closed out the tie for Serbia (3–2), sending the country into the Fed Cup finals for the first time in history. Ivanovic resumed tour action in Stuttgart, where she was beaten by Mona Barthel in two tight sets. She then headed over to the newly blue-clayed Madrid where she breezed past Mathilde Johansson and Nadia Petrova, before falling in straight sets to world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, despite leading 4–1 in the first set. In Rome she avenged her Fed Cup loss against Kuznetsova, but fell to No. 2 Maria Sharapova in straight sets, despite serving for the first set. Seeded 13th at Roland Garros, Ivanovic beat Lara Arruabarrena Vecino and Shahar Pe'er, losing only six games over the course of the two matches. Despite continuing in style and winning the first of the match, she lost to eventual finalist Sara Errani in the third round.
  • 2011
    Age 23
    Ivanovic joined Serbia in the 2011 Fed Cup event.
    More Details Hide Details Ivanovic scored a point for Serbia by beating Daniela Hantuchová in straight sets but had to retire in her next match against Dominika Cibulková, as she renewed an injury from the beginning of the season. Despite that, Serbia beat Slovakia in the deciding doubles rubber, 3–2. Ivanovic lost to Bethanie Mattek-Sands in first round of Madrid, after winning first set with bagel. Ivanovic headed to Rome and was up nine games to love after Nadia Petrova retired. Ivanovic lost in next round to Yanina Wickmayer in three sets. Ivanovic again lost after first set at love, to Johanna Larsson in first round at the French Open. Ivanovic had a slight resurgence in Birmingham, reaching the semifinals, but lost to Daniela Hantuchová in three sets. Ivanovic lost to Venus Williams in the second round at Eastbourne. Seeded 18th at Wimbledon, Ivanovic brushed aside Melanie Oudin and Eleni Daniilidou before falling to Petra Cetkovská. After Wimbledon, Ivanovic hired Nigel Sears, the head of women's tennis at the Lawn Tennis Association, as her coach. In Stanford, Ivanovic fell against Japan's Ayumi Morita in her opening match. Seeded 5th in Carlsbad, she avenged the previous week's loss by beating Ayumi Morita in straight sets despite trailing 0–5 in the second set. Ivanovic then cruised into semifinals. She eventually fell against top seed Vera Zvonareva in three sets. In Toronto and Cincinnati she won a total of three matches but against qualifiers.
  • 2010
    Age 22
    Another high-profile controversy was after the pair's first meeting in two years in the second round of the 2010 Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open in Madrid where the match was marred however by an incident in which off court cameras appeared to catch Janković mocking Ivanovic's trademark fistpumps towards her mother and camp after the match.
    More Details Hide Details Janković admitted she found Ivanovic's fistpumps "irritating" but that it was not meant to be offensive and was in the heat of the moment. After their match in Indian Wells in 2011 however, Ivanovic stated she felt there were no real issues with Janković and both agreed that they have both put the past behind them, an opinion echoed again by Janković after their Australian Open encounter in 2013. List of all matches Ivanovic and Svetlana Kuznetsova have met 14 times since 2005, Ivanovic leading the head-to-head 11–3 overall. Ivanovic leads 7–2 on hard courts and 4–1 on clay. The pair first met in the fourth round of the 2005 NASDAQ-100 Open, Ivanovic coming back from a 5–3 final set defeat to win and notch her first ever career Top 10 victory. Ivanovic has won all of their significant meetings including their only Grand Slam encounter at the 2007 French Open en route to her first Grand Slam final and both their final meetings, at the 2007 Qatar Telecom German Open in Berlin and the 2008 Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells. Kuznetsova's first victory over Ivanovic came at the 2006 Medibank International in Sydney, which remains her only win against Ivanovic in a WTA event, her other two coming both in Fed Cup encounters in 2008 and 2012.
    Ivanovic headed to the 2010 BGL Luxembourg Open as the fourth seed, where she reached the quarterfinals, before falling to eighth seed Julia Görges.
    More Details Hide Details Ivanovic revealed that she had ended her coaching relationship with Swiss star Heinz Günthardt, because Gunthardt did not want to travel full-time and mixed his interest in tennis with being a Swiss television commentator. By virtue of her title in Linz, Ivanovic qualified for the last tournament of the season, the Tournament of Champions. She made it to the finals, where she defeated Russian Alisa Kleybanova for her tenth career title and her second of the year. She won ten of her last thirteen matches. With her title in Bali, Ivanovic achieved a year-end ranking of No. 17, her fifth finish in the top 20. Ivanovic started the year with the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia. She competed along with Novak Djokovic and they qualified for the final, but due to an injury sustained during Ivanovic's match against Justine Henin, Serbia was forced to withdraw. Along with the Hopman Cup, Ivanovic also withdrew from Sydney. Seeded 19th at the Australian Open she lost to Ekaterina Makarova in the first round in 2 hours and 47 minutes.
    On her way to the quarterfinals, Ivanovic scored top-10 victory by defeating Elena Dementieva for the second time in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Ivanovic fell to world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki. Entering the Linz Open as a wildcard, Ivanovic defeated Patty Schnyder in the finals in straight sets, in just 47 minutes of play.
    Ivanovic entered the 2010 French Open unseeded at a Grand Slam for the first time since 2005.
    More Details Hide Details She fell to Alisa Kleybanova in the second round. In the UNICEF Open, Ivanovic fell to seventh-seeded German Andrea Petkovic in the second round. Ivanovic was defeated in the first round of Wimbledon by 13th seed Shahar Pe'er, and as a consequence saw her ranking drop to world No. 64. In the opening round of the Stanford, Ivanovic avenged her 2009 Australian Open and 2010 French Open defeats by beating Alisa Kleybanova, before losing in the next round to Marion Bartoli in straight sets. In Cincinnati, she rallied from a set and a break down to beat Victoria Azarenka in three sets. Ivanovic retired against Kim Clijsters in the semifinals due to a foot injury. Her ranking dramatically improved to world No. 39. The injury caused her to withdraw from New Haven. Unseeded at the US Open, Ivanovic breezed into the fourth round with straight-set victories, before losing to defending and eventual champion Kim Clijsters.
    Ivanovic lost again to Radwańska at the 2010 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.
    More Details Hide Details But unseeded in Rome, Ivanovic had her best week of tennis in nearly two years. She stunned top-10 players Victoria Azarenka and Elena Dementieva, and top-20 player Nadia Petrova, all in straight sets, before losing to eventual champion María José Martínez Sánchez in the semifinals. She was granted a wildcard into the Madrid Open, and received a bye in the first round due to her semifinal appearance at the Italian Open. She was the first unseeded wildcard to receive a first-round bye in the history of the WTA Tour. She lost in the second round to Jelena Janković, despite leading by a set and a break.
    In her first match as Gunthardt's pupil, a one-set semifinal against reigning US Open champion Kim Clijsters in the 2010 Billie Jean King Cup at Madison Square Garden, Ivanovic lost in a tiebreak, despite having held match point.
    More Details Hide Details After the match, Ivanovic stated that she had noted improvements in her game. Despite her improvements, Ivanovic lost her opening match in Indian Wells, suffering four consecutive losses for the first time. By also losing a huge number of ranking points, Ivanovic dropped out of the top 50 for the first time since March 2005. Seeded 25th in Miami, Ivanovic won her first match since the Australian Open, but then lost to Agnieszka Radwańska in the third round.
    Ivanovic then participated in the opening round of the 2010 Fed Cup in Serbia's tie against Russia and she went 0–2 in her singles matches and also lost doubles match.
    More Details Hide Details Ivanovic announced that she would be working with Steffi Graf's former coach Heinz Günthardt on a trial basis during the spring North American hard-court season, suspending her relationship with the Adidas Player Development Program indefinitely.
    Ivanovic was seeded 20th at the 2010 Australian Open, but lost to Gisela Dulko in the second round in three sets.
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  • 2009
    Age 21
    At the 2009 French Open, Ivanovic won her first three matches in straight sets, before losing to Victoria Azarenka in the fourth round.
    More Details Hide Details This early loss caused Ivanovic to fall out of the top ten for the first time since May 2007. After the loss, Ivanovic announced that she would cease working with Craig Kardon, and would be participating in the adidas Player Development Program, where she would be coached by Sven Groeneveld, Darren Cahill, Mats Merkel and Gil Reyes. At Wimbledon, Ivanovic was seeded 13th. She faced two match points against Lucie Hradecká, before prevailing. She then took down Sara Errani and 18th seed Samantha Stosur in the second and third rounds in straight sets, before retiring against third seed and eventual finalist Venus Williams. At the Rogers Cup in Toronto, Ivanovic defeated Magdaléna Rybáriková in the first round and went on to face Lucie Šafářová in the second round where she was eliminated. At the US Open, Ivanovic lost in the first round of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career by succumbing to Kateryna Bondarenko. After the match, former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash criticized Ivanovic's new service motion, stating that watching it was a "painful experience" and that it "weakened her threat." He also felt that Ivanovic was "over-analysing" her game and that her main problem was "her lack of confidence."
  • 2008
    Age 20
    Jankovic's win at the 2008 WTA Tour Championships in Doha later that year snapped a 5 match losing streak against her compatriot.
    More Details Hide Details The relationship between pair has been strained. Both have openly admitted in the past to not liking each other. and have been involved in a number of high-profile spats on and off court. Ivanovic was criticized both by Janković and her mother after Ivanovic decided to withdraw from Serbia's Fed Cup World Group play-off tie against Slovakia, citing her poor form in 2010 which left Janković the only high-profile player to play the tie which Serbia lost 3–2. During the same weekend, Ivanovic was photographed having coffee with her boyfriend Adam Scott at the island resort of Palma, Majorca. Snezana Janković denounced Ivanovic in the Serbian press whilst herself Janković later admitted she had been disappointed by Ivanovic's no show and said that Ivanovic should have at least supported the team for the bench even if she decided not to play.
    Ivanovic started her clay-court season as defending champion at the Qatar Telecom German Open in Berlin where she lost to Elena Dementieva for the fourth time in four meetings in the semifinals. In Rome she lost to qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova, but it couldn't demoralize Ivanovic, as she defeated Petra Cetkovská 6–0, 6–0 in the fourth round, No. 10 Patty Schnyder in the quarterfinals, and No. 3 Jelena Janković in a thrilling encounter in the semifinals of 2008 French Open.
    More Details Hide Details She went on to defeat Dinara Safina in straight sets in the final, winning her first (and to date, only) Major singles title. At Wimbledon, Ivanovic saved match points against Nathalie Dechy, but fell against unseeded wildcard Zheng Jie of China in straight sets in third round. Ivanovic started the summer hard-court season with a third-round loss at the Rogers Cup in Montreal to Tamira Paszek. Ivanovic, bothered by a sore thumb sustained during practice two weeks before Montreal, withdrew from the East West Bank Classic in Los Angeles. Her withdrawal saw her lose the world No. 1 ranking to Janković. The thumb injury also caused her to withdraw from the Summer Olympics in Beijing, which Ivanovic described as "one of the worst moments of her career." Ivanovic, having reclaimed her world No. 1 ranking on 18 August, was the top-seeded player at the US Open, but lost to qualifier Julie Coin in second round. The loss was the earliest defeat of the top-seeded player at the US Open since the 1973 tournament.
    Ivanovic started the year at the 2008 Medibank International, where she made the quarterfinals, eventually losing to world No. 1 Justine Henin despite having had break points in the third set.
    More Details Hide Details As the fourth seed at the Australian Open, Ivanovic made it all the way to the finals, beating top-10 players Venus Williams for the first time in her career, and coming back from a 0–6, 0–2 deficit against Daniela Hantuchová. She was given the nickname "Aussie Ana" during the on-court interview with Todd Woodbridge following the victory over Williams. Ivanovic fell against world No. 5 Maria Sharapova in a tight match in the final where Ivanovic had 0–30 at 5–4 in first set. Her ranking rose to world No. 3 as a result of her performance at the tournament, the highest of her career at the time. In Serbia's Fed Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I D round-robin tie against Poland, Romania and Netherlands Ivanovic won all of her matches, as Serbia advanced to the World Group II playoffs in April. And soon Serbia qualified for World Group II, after beating neighboring country Croatia.
  • 2007
    Age 19
    Ivanovic returned to Europe for three tournaments. At the Tier II Luxembourg Championships, Ivanovic qualified for the 2007 WTA Tour Championships by virtue of reaching the semifinals.
    More Details Hide Details In the final, Ivanovic rallied from 3–6, 0–3 down to defeat Daniela Hantuchová in two hours and 25 minutes. This was her fifth career title. In the quarterfinals and semifinals she beat Tatiana Golovin and Vera Zvonareva. To end the year, Ivanovic played in the Sony Ericsson Championships in Madrid, Spain. Seeded fourth and assigned to the Red Group during the round-robin phase, she defeated world No. 2 Kuznetsova and then Hantuchová in straight sets. She qualified for the semifinals but Sharapova defeated Ivanovic in the final match of the round-robin stage. Because she finished second in her group, Ivanovic played world No. 1 Henin in the semifinals, in which the Belgian won in two sets. Ivanovic finished the year with a career-high ranking of world No. 4.
    Ivanovic then played in the 2007 Toray Pan Pacific Open.
    More Details Hide Details In the quarterfinals she beat No. 10 Jelena Janković, and in the semifinals she beat No. 1 Maria Sharapova when Sharapova was forced to retire but after Ivanovic won the first set, but she lost in the final to Martina Hingis. During the American hard court season, Ivanovic lost in early rounds. But on clay, Ivanovic first went on to semifinal of Amelia Island and then managed to win her first Tier I clay court title in Berlin, defeating No. 4 Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final in three sets. Ivanovic needed a tie-break to finally finish the match. The win in Berlin propelled her into the top ten of the WTA Rankings for the first time, at world No. 8. Ivanovic had a six-match winning streak heading into the French Open and increased this streak to twelve by reaching the final. She won her first three matches with the loss of only nine games. In her second career quarterfinal at Roland Garros, Ivanovic defeated world No. 3 Kuznetsova, and she then beat world No. 2 Sharapova in less than one hour in the semifinals. In the final, Ivanovic attempted to win her first Major singles title and complete a sweep of the top three players in the world. However, world No. 1 and two-time defending champion Justine Henin won the match in straight sets.
    She also qualified for the annual WTA Tour Championships three times, in 2007, 2008 and 2014 and won the year-end WTA Tournament of Champions twice, in 2010 and 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Competing as a professional since 2003, Ivanovic has won 15 WTA Tour singles titles, including one Grand Slam singles title.
  • 2006
    Age 18
    Ivanovic also played nine tournaments in doubles in 2006, teaming up with Maria Kirilenko and Sania Mirza.
    More Details Hide Details Ivanovic and Kirilenko made two semifinals and a final; they ended the year at number 17 in the annual race to the Championships. Ivanovic finished the year ranked world No. 14 in singles and world No. 51 in doubles. Ivanovic started the season in Gold Coast and Sydney where she reached quarterfinals. Seeded 13th at the Australian Open, Ivanovic defeated Agnieszka Radwańska in the second round, but lost in the third round to Vera Zvonareva. Immediately after this tournament, she announced that she had split with her coach David Taylor.
    Ivanovic made her breakthrough in August 2006 by defeating a formerly ranked No. 1 Martina Hingis in the final of the Rogers Cup in Montreal before beating Jelena Janković, No. 14 seed Katarina Srebotnik and top 10 player Dinara Safina.
    More Details Hide Details This ultimately led to her winning the United States Open Series, ahead of Kim Clijsters and Maria Sharapova. At the US Open, she lost to Serena Williams.
  • 2004
    Age 16
    In 2004, she went 26–0 on the ITF circuit, and won all five events that she entered, two of them as a qualifier.
    More Details Hide Details As a qualifier in Zürich, she overcame a 5–1 third set deficit along with two match points to defeat world No. 29 Tatiana Golovin. She then debuted in the qualifying draw of a Major at the US Open, where she was defeated by Lioudmila Skavronskaia after winning the first set 6–1 and having two match points in the 3rd set. Her first notable breakthrough occurred in the next tournament, when she took Venus Williams to two tiebreaks, before losing in straight sets in the second round of the Zürich Open. She had held several set points in both sets. She followed up her run in Zürich with a quarterfinal showing at Luxembourg the next week. Ivanovic won her first career singles title early in the year at the Canberra International, after defeating Melinda Czink in the final. Her ranking continued to rise after wins over Svetlana Kuznetsova in Miami, Nadia Petrova also in Miami, and Vera Zvonareva in Warsaw, all of whom were top 10 players. Ivanovic lost to Amélie Mauresmo at the Australian Open in the third round, at Doha in the third round after holding a 6–2, 2–0 lead, and at the Miami Masters in the quarter finals. However, Ivanovic's biggest win to date then came over Mauresmo in the third round of the French Open. Ivanovic advanced to the quarter-finals of only her second Grand Slam tournament by defeating future French Open champion Francesca Schiavone in the fourth round.
    Ivanovic reached the final of the Junior Wimbledon tournament in 2004, losing to Kateryna Bondarenko.
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    Her first breakthrough came at the 2004 Zurich Open, where she qualified and was narrowly beaten by Venus Williams in the second round in two tiebreak sets.
    More Details Hide Details By the age of 18 Ivanovic had already defeated established players, such as Svetlana Kuznetsova, Nadia Petrova, Vera Zvonareva and Amélie Mauresmo. She also has defeated many other past and present top players including Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Dinara Safina, Martina Hingis, Jelena Janković, Agnieszka Radwańska, Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitová, Simona Halep, Angelique Kerber and Victoria Azarenka. When on form Ivanovic is known for her aggressive style of play and impressive forehand, described by Petrova as, "the best out there." Ivanovic's struggles after winning the 2008 French Open have been well documented. After that victory, she was overwhelmed by attention and endured an ongoing period of reduced success, failing to make a Grand Slam quarterfinal in her subsequent 17 Grand Slam tournaments, and dropping as low as No. 65 in the rankings during July 2010. 2014 was a resurgent year for Ivanovic, beginning with her winning the Auckland Open, her first singles title in over two years, before going on to win the Monterrey Open, Aegon Classic and the Pan Pacific Open.
  • 1987
    Born on November 6, 1987.
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