Everyone loves a winner, which is what makes Ana Ivanovic one of the most heavily sought after tennis players (by the fans) on tour right now. After she lost in the 2007 French Open title round, there was good reason to speculate that she would never be a No. 1 world ranked singles player; her run at Roland Garros appeared to be a mere Cinderella story or a fluke result, but as time goes on it's clear that such is not the case with the young Serbian.
At age 20, Ivanovic is getting better each time she takes the court. This should send a chill down the spines of other WTA professionals, considering she is already No. 2 in the world and is trailing a player, Justine Henin, who is nearly six years older.
The more relevant result for Ana was not her run to the 2008 Australian Open title match, but rather her recent domination at the Pacific Life Open: a straight-set 6-4, 6-3 victory over Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova for the title. Indian Wells was missing stars such as Justine Henin and Serena Williams, but Ivanovic still showed a lot of guts, entering as the No. 1 seed and dispatching the competition to hoist her first WTA title of the 2008 season and fourth in 11 months. After the match, Ana realized that this Tier 1 victory was a major step towards becoming the player to beat.
"It was such a strong field, and I was still the No. 1 seed. Obviously more pressure comes into play. The first few matches I was more nervous, but then I just started to focus on each match and not even think about who I was playing against. I've been practicing really well and working so hard on my fitness."
Playing in Ivanovic's favor
Negatives surrounding Ana
Ana Ivanovic is the most improved women's player on tour. She appeared to be nervous during the 2007 French Open final (which is understandable), but that wasn't the case in the 2008 Aussie Open title round and not at all when she captured the Pacific Life trophy on an international stage. The girl is No. 2 in the world, and she's on the rise. If she can maintain an "even keel" and surround herself with a good entourage, she will one day win a number of major titles, on all surfaces, and will build a legendary tennis resume.
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