Ana Ivanovic | Wimbledon Ladies’ Tennis Players | Wimbledon Championships Odds
Serb, Ana Ivanovic has had an impressive start to her four-year professional career. The 21-year-old has ended the 2008 season ranked as the number one in the world, leading the rankings ahead of compatriot Jelena Jankovic, and Russian, Svetlana Kuznetsova.
She caught the eye of the tennis world as early as 2004 when she pushed the inimitable Venus Williams to two tie breaks at the Zurich Open before losing the match, 7-6(11) 7-6(6).
A year later saw her rack up impressive wins against the likes of Svetlana Kuznetsova, Nadia Petrova and Vera Zvonareva. She knocked French Open hopeful, Amelie Mauresmo out in the third round and went as far as the quarterfinals where she was undone by Russian, Nadia Petrova.
She went on to make the semi-finals at the Zurich Open and in Linz and ended the year with a ranking of 16 on the WTA world ranking.
She had an average 2006 defeating Mauresmo again in straight sets in Sydney, only to lose to Kuznetsova in the quarterfinals. She subdued the legendary Martini Hingis in the final of the Canada Masters 6-2, 6-3 and ended the year with an improved ranking of 14.
Ana Ivanovic, Wimbled ladies’ tennis player, came into her own in a big way:
- She went to the Australian Open as the 14th seed and reached the quarterfinals, defeating American, Venus Williams and Daniela Hantuchova in the semifinals but lost to Maria Sharapova – it was Ivanovic’s second Grand Slam Finals appearance and her ranking soared to number 2.
- She won her first grand slam title at the French Open 2008 defeating Jelena Jankovic in the semi-final and Dinara Safina in the final match. She then became the world number one ranked female professional tennis player.
- Despite her victory at the French Open, Ivanovic had a shocking Wimbledon 2008, she was dismissed by Zheng Jie, and unseeded wildcard player ranked 133 in the world.
- In 2007 She lifted her first title in Berlin, defeating Patty Schnyder in the semi-finals and Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final, 3-6 6-4 7-6(4). What was so pleasing about the win was that she was arguably in the best form of her career.
Her massive improvement on the circuit saw her qualify for the end of year WTA Championships in 2007. She went on to win two of her round robin matches and made it to the semi-finals of the tournament, only to fall to the might and finesse of Justine Henin. She ended the season ranked fourth with a win/loss record of 51-18.
Ivanovic is an offensive baseliner who displays immense power, depth and placement, and her playing style is suitable to all court surfaces. Her only weak link is that she battles to adapt her game plan when things do not go according to plan, but with experience she will learn to adapt or fail!