Number 14 seed Ana Ivanovic caused the biggest surprise of this year’s Australian Open when she achieved what all the pundits said was not possible with Serena Williams in her current form. Not only did the Serb knock all the predictions on the head by beating the world number one who had just beaten Margaret Court’s record of most wins (61) by a player at the AO, but she did it with superb tennis and a newly found calm. Gone were here exaggerated fist pumps after every point won, in place a serene and confident player who played her game and got the job done.
Ana won in Aukland two weeks ago while this was the American’s first tournament of the year. As in her previous match against Daniela Hantuchova, Serena came on court looking somewhat subdued and was very quiet until half way through the second set when she tried to get herself going, but it just did not work on Sunday.
Ivanovic showed that she was not intimidated when she broke in the 5th game of the first set, only to be broken back to love. Games then went with serve until Ivanovic served to stay in the set and Serena managed to get the break and take the set 6-4. Ivanovic came out for the second set and, as in the first set, broke for 3-2, but this time she then held to go 4-2 up. Williams then also held, but the Serb took the next two games for the set at 6-3 – the first time she had ever won a set against the American. The Serb took the first three games in the decider to make a run of five games in a row. Games then went with serve until Ana broke again to lead 5-2 and serve for the match, but Serena got her only break to trail 3-5 after saving one match point. The fans were on the edges of their seats when Ana again stepped up to serve out the match and this time she made no error and served out to love for a very well deserved win.