Ana Ivanoic, the former women’s world number 1 whose career took a nosedive after a successful run at the 2008 Roland Garros, has enjoyed a professional resurrection this year and is eager to make a big comeback.
Currently ranked at 13th in the world the Serbian, who for the past 4 years seemed destined to remain as one of those prodigious talents that never quite managed to sustain success, has surprised the tennis world with an easy 6-2, 6-2 second round win over Shahar Peer this week. Admitting to the associated press that she is eager to reclaim professional victory, Ivanovic explained that despite achieving some of her goals, she “still (has) hunger for more. That’s what drives me and that’s what inspires me to get up in the morning and to work hard.”
Four years ago Ivanovic was the type of glamorous tennis player who quickly found herself in the upper echelons of the sport, but that all came crashing down when she was knocked out of the 2009 US Open in the first round. More disappointment and defeat followed, which culminated in another first round knockout during last year’s calendar highlight at Paris. The visible effects of her battle with injuries and lack of confidence in her abilities led some to believe that she simply wouldn’t be able to make it in the top ten again, but she is now looking to change that this year and is hopeful of reaching the final stages of a Grand Slam here in Paris.
If she does make it to the last 16 at Roland Garros it will be the first time she has managed to do so at a Grand Slam event since her former glory here in 2008. If she continues to play in the way that she has in the opening round chances are high, but Ivanovic herself remains realistic and is willing to deal with any mistakes that she may make this season – “Acceptance, whatever it is. Acceptance that I’ll make mistakes….Acceptance that I will have a good day”.
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