World No. 14 Ana Ivanovic has had a fantastic week so far in Melbourne. The Serbian star defeated the sole Australian seed in the women’s draw, Samantha Stosur, in a gruelling three set encounter, and followed it up with the biggest victory of her career: a win over world No. 1 Serena Williams to reach the Australian Open quarter-final.
The 2009 French Open champion believes self-awareness and inner confidence in her actions are what ultimately led her to the current form she needed to topple the No. 1 seed.
“I think you learn about yourself through each experience you have,” the 26-year-old Serbian said. “Over past few years I did learn a lot. I made some choices and some mistakes that were not necessarily my decision. Now I really realize that it’s about me and it’s about my career. I’m more forward in my opinions and the decisions I have to take. I really now am confident more about those decisions, and also the way everything is. I can be more mature player on the court.”
Ivanovic is scheduled to meet Canadian rising star Eugenie Bouchard in the quarter-final stage in Melbourne.