Ana Ivanovic Page 7 - Season 2016


Unbelievable but true, here's my 9th year of following the WTA Tour career of the great and sympathetic serbian Ana Ivanovic.
The Girl with the Huge talent and who is a dream to watch when she finds her Groove with her Deadly forehand and aggressive
gameplan. Read about her earlier seasons on the links above. I became her Fan in Montreal 2006 when she won and her career
went smoothly all the way to Paris 2008 and her Victory and World No.1 ranking. After that her Journey got Bumpy with a lot
of injuries and increasing insecurities with her game. 2014 was magnificent though and her return to the Top 10.
2015 was a huge disappointment with poor play and early losses in Melbourne, Wimbledon and US Open and the only light with
her Semi in Paris. Much too passive play with lots of pusher slices instead of the aggressive gameplan that once took her to no.1

We Love You Ana. Ajde ! Thanks for your beautiful tennis when you had your groove

2016 A.D. - Ana Domini (some of the pages are in swedish)


NO, IT'S OVER. Ana ends her career. She told us just after christmas. Only 29 years old but logical i guess
as the 2 last years have been awful with injuries a plenty and loads of early exits from tournaments.
Our beloved Ana lost her groove, her Hammer of Thor forehand and decided to quit.


OK, Let's Forget about the horrible 2016 and remember 2014 when the Good Times were Rollin'

The Great Zlatko Novkovic and Nemanja Kontic .... Those were the times. I Love you guys for what you did to
Ana's tennis. You lighted the Serbian fire in her and once again made her perform as a world class player

Let's not forget about Heinz Günthardt either, a great man who helped Ana
find her way back to her tennis when the times were hard. A Great coach and a nice human

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2017:

No. 23 !

Congratulations Queen Serena to Grand Slam no. 23
Saturday january 28th 2017 Serena - Venus 2-0. The Greatest player in the history of women's tennis

End of Season:

The 9th of September Ana communicates that she scraps the rest of the season 2016 due to injuries
She has to deal with some old problems as her wrist injury (a long rest to cure that) and undergo a toe surgery.
But, she's not retiring yet and will be back for the season 2017.

Her 2016 season was a catastrophe with only 15 wins and 16 losses, so let's hope that she will be back on the
court again stronger and hungrier .... and with her Forehand on fire again. Fight Ana, fight!

Into the Abyss ...

US Open: Ana lost gloriously in the 1st round against Denisa Allertova 6-7, 1-6

Cincinatti, Western and Southern Open: Ana lost directly to qualifyer Donna Vekic 4-6, 2-6

Rio Olympics august 6-14

Ana lost immediately in Round 1, what else to expect, to Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 1-6, 2-6 after a
long, loooooong break from tennis and a marriage to footballer Bastian Schweinsteiger. Congrats Mrs. Ivanovic

WTA no.2 Angelique Kerber played in the final against
world ranked no.37 Monica Puig, Puerto Rico, and lost 4-6, 6-4, 1-6. A Sensational Gold to Puerto Rico
Serena had a miserable tournament and lost to Elina Svitolina after showing lots of nerves. Better luck in US Open

Wimbledon june 27 - july 10

No. 22 !

Congratulations Queen Serena to Grand Slam no. 22
Saturday July 9th Serena - Angelique Kerber 2-0. The Greatest player in the history of women's tennis

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Ana meets the 21 year old russian Ekaterina Alexandrova, 213 on WTA rankings, in the 1st round, a completely
unknown player for me. Ana enters the tournament, where she reached the semi in 2007, seeded no. 23 and she's
down at no. 25 in the WTA rankings after her, up til now, miserable season 2016 ....

AND, the catastrophe continues. Ana, at the nadir of her career, lost to the unknown russian 2-6, 5-7.
Will Ana announce her retirement now ? Clearly the will is not there anymore, so what's the point continue this mess

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Mallorca Open june 13 - 19

Ana won in the 1st and 2nd round against Pauline Parmentier, France 6-4, 6-4 and Sara Sorribes Tormo, Spain
no. 153 on WTA 6-1, 6-0 before crashing out against her dominatrix Caroline Garcia, France 6-7, 7-5, 3-6.
Now time for the Wimbledon grass and an expected early loss
- The Anexit

Noooo .... No No. 22

Will Queen Serena ever reach Steffi Graf and that elusive 22nd Grand Slam tournament win ?
Probably Not as her nerves seems to get her. She lost shockingly in US Open against the mediocre Roberta Vinci
due to a meltdown of nerves, she lost against Angelique Kerber in the AO and now she lost against spaniard girl
Garbine Muguruza in 2 straight sets. Not in any way a sensation, i had Garbine as a favourite as Serena had played
poorly all through to the final. Muguruza won 7-5, 6-4 and Serena wasn't even near this time

Paris - Roland Garros 22 maj - 5 juni - The Bitter Farewell

Round 3 - Ana lost 4-6, 4-6 to Elina Svitolina in a Lacklustre Farewell performance to the Roland Garros clay.
Even to Svitolina she lost badly. Without any Movement on court, any Forehand and any discernible Fighting Spirit.
Ana ended her serious tennis career after the 2014 season and very SOON she can be a professional footballer's
wife in the VIP section of some arena in some dull, grey and rainy part of Europe, and she can shop designer dresses
all day long. What a sad ending to the career of this oh so talented but troubled Serbian tennis goddess.
Her mind never gave her a chance to be a constant world class force in women's tennis. She could've won a bunch of
Grand Slam tournaments if her nerves hadn't let her down.


Round 2 - Ana vs. Kurumi Nara 7-5, 6-1

Zebra Ana should beat the much shorter japanese, and she did. The first set was close and both players performed
well with many attractive rallies, before Ana finally owerpowered Nara in the 2nd set. OK, Ana's forehand lacks
a whole lot of her old power, but Zebra Ana served well, ran a lot and had a surprisingly stable backhand today.
Ana should beat Kurumi Nara and Ana knew she would, so Ana could play without pressure and performed well
out there on Court 1. This could be Ana's best match of the year yet, and in next round awaits Elina Svitolina, the
7 year younger Ukraine player that has suited Ana so well before, and with a 7-0 HTH to Ana.
If Ana makes it to the 4th round .... a perfectly great achievement for 2016 Ana .... then a meeting with Serena

Round 1 - Ana seeded 14 against the 19 year old French youngster Oceane Dodin on Tuesday May 24th and
Ana in a beautiful Zebra striped dress, black top at the back with a red stripe. Just fantastic, wow!
Ana won 6-0, 5-7, 6-2 and through to the 2nd round without serious troubles against the 149 on WTA Dodin

Well, there's one Game she still dominates - doing the publicity catwalk stuff. Just Gorgeous.
But, i would much prefer Ana showing us a Gorgeous Forehand instead of a beautiful dress. Regarding her
actual tennis playing she probably will be humiliated early on, and maybe even in her first round against the
unknown french youngster Oceane Dodin, ranked 149 on WTA list.

A Match that, as some (me included) fears, could be her last. Ana will move on to other things and will
marry her German football player Bastian Schweinsteiger after the tournament. Hopefully Ana will ... in the
darkest hour of her tennis career ... finally, find her groove - including that elusive forehand - again, and do
a as great result in Paris as last year, when Ana miracelously reached the semis. Please Wake Up Ana and
give all your faithful but tortured fans world wide a beautiful (last?) Roland Garros performance

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Rome BNL Internazionali D'Italia 9-15 maj: Ana - Anastasia Pavlychenkova 6-4, 6-4 before crashing out
in the 2nd round against uS qualifier Christina McHale 7-6, 4-6, 1-6 in another sad pitiful performance

- Is there any reason really going on with this Humiliation ? Will Ana retire now ?

Answer is NO, but in Madrid Mutua Open 30 april-7 maj Ana won in the 1st round against unknown
Czech Katerina Siniakova 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 just to chock loose in the 2nd against the WTA 130 ranked
qualifyer Louisa Chirico, USA 7-5, 1-6, 3-6 after another SAD performance.
The Pitiful shadow of the former wordclass player Ana Ivanovic played without any aggression, any
power, any forehand weapon, using her poor slices as much as possible, without movement and ....
worst of all, without ANY joy. There's no fire in our favourite serbian tennis goddess anymore


Stuttgart Porsche Tennis Grand Prix 18-24 April

Ana, now in a slightly better looking white version of that Adidas red cleaning-lady frock of a dress, meets
one of her Kryptonite opponents, the WTA 18th ranked czech Karolina Pliskova in the 2nd round ....
AND - she was SLAUGHTERED 4-6, 2-6 in a painful performance. Ana looked like a defenceless child
against the hard-hitting, but very static looking, Czech. Deeper and deeper into the Abyss she falls.
Ana looks likes she's no clue whatsoever about her tennis nowadays. There's NO GAMEPLAN due to
having no serious coaching, there's no power in her once feared forehand and there's The Nerves

After yet another LONG Ana pause from tennis it's time for the clay season.
Ana meets a qualifier in the 1st round, and if she can handle that obstacle, she will meet one of her Nemesis
Czechs in the 2nd - Karolina Pliskova or Lucie Safarova, and then it's all over for the nowadays Ana.
Ana beat German qualifier Carina Witthoeft 7-6 (7-3), 6-0 after some terrible play in the 1st set, but after
starting to serve somewhat better and going for her forehand in the 2nd set, she won.
But her movement on court hasn't looked good lately and maybe some injury worries her ?

Miami Open March 22 - April 3

Ana enters in round 2 and plays 50 ranked brazilian Teliana Pereira on Court 2 Wednesday 23rd
and hopefully Ana will be resurrected from the abyss she fell into at the other side of the continent.
Ana won against Pereira 6-3, 6-0 but lost painfully in round 3 against swiss 19 seed Timea Bacsinszky
5-7, 4-6 after playing poorly with a powder-puff of a forehand and plenty of Non-Movement on court

Zlatko Novkovic and Nemanja Kontic - The Good Old Days

Ana's performances have been very lack-lustre and spiritless lately and a big disappointment to
her many fans. She don't seem to care about her tennis anymore, and has announced her wedding to
footballer Bastian Schweinsteiger in June this year, just after Roland Garros.
Her last great year was 2014 and ever since she's been in a wildly accelerating downwards spiral, and
maybe she will announce her retirement in June. After the glorious 2014 and after getting rid of her great
serbian team there was no fire left, and seemingly, any braindead ballbasher will boss her around on court

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Indian Wells BNP Paribas Open 9-20 March

Round 3: Ana - Karolina Pliskova 2-6, 0-6

Abomination. A Shameful Performance Without Spirit. Into the Abyss

Round 2: Ana - Camila Giorgi 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)

Yeees, Happiness ...

I missed the match as it was played late Saturday on Stadium 1 and started about 05.00 AM here, and the match and the
aggressive attacker, the 24 year old italian, was a really hard nut to crack for Ana. Ana played awful in the 1st set and was
broken in all her 4 service games but served better in the 2nd. And the 3rd set was a nailbiter to endure for her fans.
Ana had 2 match points against her at 4-5 and her serve and forehand wasn't working that well today, BUT something Ana
did do, that was figthing. Ana never gave up and clawed her way to a win. Now awaits her Nemesis Karolina Pliskova,
the czech twin player (to Kristyna Pliskova) ranked 19 WTA and to which Ana has lost all their previous 3 games.
Ana has only won 1 set in their matches and Pliskova will be a big favourite to win

After a long holiday the US hard courts awaits Ana and she enters Indian Wells seeded no. 14, the tournament she won in
2008 and reached the final in 2009. This time Ana once again played also the doubles with Kirsten Flipkens and they lost
against the top doubles pair of the czechs Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Hradecka in R1 with 2-6, 2-6 in a short 53 min affair.
Ana enters the singles in round 2 against aggressive playing italian and WTA 45 ranked Camila Giorgi and our hopes for
Ana is at bottom level. If she just can win a match it would be totally fine


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The Doping Nuclear Blast - Masha !

The Kryptonite of sports - Meldonium, has got another Superathlete on their knees

Yes, the Heart medicine from Eastern Europe used by an array of athletes as an enhancement of stamina now also
sunk a WTA player, and then one of the biggest star in the game and in the world of female sport - Sharapova.
In a presser Monday the 7th of March she told us she has used this heart medicine Mildronate (with the forbidden
substance in it) since 10 years, and that she for some reason has missed that WADA has forbidden it since January 1st
after putting on the observation list for a year. Her family doctor is supposed to have supplied her with it as a remedy
against possible diabethic and health problems. Really? A smuggled into US eastern europe heart medicine .... really ?
Does that sound plausible ? Why didn't she register her diabetes drug with WADA then and got it approved ?
Most likely she used this heart medicine as all the other athletes, to enhance stamina but missed the WADA list.

Or as the nick Serve2Win puts it in TennisForum :

" ... There are hundreds of performance enhancement drugs.. hundreds of them from Eastern Europe. WADA knows
they exist and are used, but doesn't have the resource to collect/test all of them and ban them. And every days there
are new ones popping up.
So the cheaters find them and use them, hoping WADA's chances of listing those enhancement drugs are very slim.
And if WADA discovers one of them and lists it, the players quickly skip to another one. WADA can't keep up.
Sharapova made a mistake and got caught. She could have said " oops, they got this one now... Can't use it after
December. Let's call our best guy in Latvia and get another performance drug they don't know yet".
She was cheating. And she knows it. If she was suffering from diabete, she would register her diabete drugs with
WADA and they would approve them. That's how it works. "

Abeba - Not as Lucky

But, where there are massive support among swedish sports journalists for the long legged and ... white, beauty queen
there's intense hatred for our swedish-ethiopian runner Abeba Aregawi, even though both of them has used the drug
for stamina enhancement (when this is written Abeba's B-test hasn't been analyzed yet).
It pays to be eloquent and beautiful when getting caught as a doper, you better not be a black and shy Abyssinian.
Sharapova was tested during the Australian Open and she's just one in a growing crowd of Meldonium dopers.

Besides our Abeba there's russian cyclist Vorganov from the Katusha team, 2 ukrainian biathletes, russian figure
skater Ekaterina Bobrova (Olympic gold 2014 in Sotji), Maria Sharapova (one of the world's greatest female sports
stars, if not the greatest) and there's some ethiopian runners soon to be announced incl. marathon runner Negesse.

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Now ... Nothing for many weeks before Indian Wells and Miami in March

Dubai Duty Free Championships 15-20 februari

So, after that impressive win against Halep, a Top 5 seed, everything looked made for Ana as all the seeds had
already been beaten out. In the quarter she met the czech Barbora Strycova, a player Ana had dominated before
and with a positive HTH of 3-0, but Strycova made the last 16 in AO so she could be in form.
After Ana's impressive play against Halep she now played like SHIT and lost 6-7 (5-7), 3-6
Another missed chance for The Ups and Downs Ana, after a great match a match with mediocre play will follow
Barbora Strycova didn't even play well at all and later was slaughtered in the final against pygmy Errani 6-0, 6-2


Ana won in the first round against the aussie 35-ranked Daria Gavrilova 6-1, 6-0 in 53 minutes and got her revenge for
the loss in Rome last year. In the 2nd round Ana met the No.1 seed and title defender Simona Halep.
Halep had her own Fanclub in the stadium chanting Sii-moona, Sii-moona but surprisingly Ana won 7-6 (7-2), 6-2
and reached the quarterfinal. Ana had the weapon in this match - the Forehand and Ana really put up a fight in the very
tight 1st set and never gave up. In the 2nd set Halep collapsed Ana-style and then it was an easy ride for Ana.
I've never been a fan of Halep's play as she reminds me of Aga, another Pusher without any weapons


Sankt Petersburg Ladies Trophy 8-14 february

R2: Ana - Margarita Gasparayan 7-5, 6-2 and then in R3/Quarterfinal she won 6-1, 7-5 against the WTA no. 177 russian
Kateryna Kozlova, before finally meeting a Top 20 opponent in the no. 2 seed and no. 16 WTA italian Roberta Vinci ...

Semifinal: Ana - Roberta Vinci 5-7, 4-6 and Ana played terrible, awful, hideous with TONS of Unforced Errors and most of
them appearing when the sets were about to be decided. Positive: well, maybe Ana's forehand looked a bit better than in AO

Next mission for Ana. May Xipetotec .... Xolotl .... or whatever powerful God be with you and please find that FH again.
Ana is 4th seeded and enters the tournament in the 2nd round where she meets russian Margarita Gasparayan, a WTA 43

Down Under - Australian Open 18 - 31 january 2016 Melbourne

Angelique Kerber !!!

Angelique surprisingly not just didn't have a Melt-Down in the final, she also played without errors, with a heavy serve
and with sensational returning of Serena's deadly first serves. A Fantastic Final with a VERY high level of play.
Sympathetic Kerber received a very sweet and warm hug from Queen Serena after the match. Great final, great finalists.
So, there propably won't be any Grand Slam now for 34 year old Serena (with 4 consecutive wins during the same year)
but she still can win another single GS tournament for sure (1 up to Steffi Graf's 22 and 3 up to Margaret Court's 24)

No. 22 ?

Will Serena win her 22nd GS single tournament and make a tie with Steffi Graf?
Mighty Serena smashed her opponents all the way to the final and was a huuge favourite to win, but Saturday, january
the 30th the german Angelique Kerber played the game of her life and won 6-4, 3-6, 6-4

Round 3: Ana vs. Madison Keys 6-4, 4-6, 4-6

The Answer to the question below was NO, Ana didn't take the opportunity to reach deep into the second week of a
GS tournament. The 15th seeded young american Madison Keyes, a ball basher and dynamite server, was too hard a nut
to crack, and also the favourite before the match. Played on a packed Rod Laver arena it had Big Sears Drama.
Also, as an old pulp fiction pocket book would express it - The Mystery of the Lost Forehand ...

It Is No More, It Has Ceased To Be

Ana's weapon, her forehand is GONE. Lost. No young ballbasher fears Ana anymore, SO: Ana really had to play smart
in this match. She had to play with a lot of 1. Variation and, 2. Get her 1st serves in as much as possible.
Ana played a fine 1st set without any Ajdeeing and with lots of concentration and won it 6-4. It's always a good sign
when Ana's so concentrated with her game that she forgets to Ajdeeing, and everything looked really copacetic when ....
the catastrophy happened - someone in the audience collapsed, again (happened in Ana's last game) BUT this time it
was Nigel Sears, Ana's coach ...... After a long pause Ana had a 4-2 lead in the 2nd set and a 3-0 in the 3rd, but ....
Another Ana came out, a wildly Ajdeeing one and as a long time Ana fan you knew that she now would loose

Round 2: Ana - Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 6-3

Ana met another qualifier in the Latvian Sevastova 113 on the WTA rankings and won without any
impressive play, with a lot of useless slices and without any forehand ... but still, she won.
In an avalanche of eliminated seeded players, Ana's half is opening up ... will she take the opportunity?

Round 1: Ana - Tammi Patterson 6-2, 6-3

Tuesday the 19th Hisense arena and Ana enters the 1st round seeded as 20 and meets the unknown
qualification player Tammi Patterson. An australian girl no. 459 on the WTA rankings. 459.
Maybe the lowest ranked opponent Ana've met for some decade? Anything can happen as usual

Ana in training

Ana's British Team : Nigel Sears - coach, Andrew Bettles - hitting partner, Howard Green - fitness

 

Still Gorgeous though ....

Ana started her year disastrously in January the 5th with a first round loss in Auckland ASB Classic against
some girl named Naomi .... Broady 5-7, 4-6 .... Broady ? A qualifyer i never ever heard of. Yuck!
A tournament Ana won in 2014 after beating Venus in the final

2014 .... Those were the times

But Ana won a match .... in doubles that is, with Kristen Flipkens they won 4-6, 6-4, 10-3 against the
much feared top doubles couple, the czechs Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Hradecka.
Then Ana followed this up with another first round loss January 10th in Sydney and this time against yet
another czech, Karolina Pliskova who humiliated Ana 4-6, 2-6. Ana had no play or weapons -AT ALL!

The Hopes for 2016 which may be Ana's last year on the Tour are at a record LOW and it seems that her
Glorious 2014 was her last great year as a world class player, But - i DO HOPE that i'm wrong and that
Ana still has got some fire within

Zlatko Novkovic and coach Nemanja Kontic - all Gone

The Whole season 2015 was a DISASTER with too much of pushing and unfortunate passivity, and it
was painful to watch the young up and coming players on the Tour play against Ana without any FEAR of
her once deadly forehand. Ana's weapons were gone in 2015.
She's a girlfriend of a famous footballer in Man U and has chosen her Team accordingly. Her Great Serbian
guys who helped her back to the top in 2014 are all gone. Thank you guys for what you did to Ana's game.
Their serbian mentality suited Ana very well i think, but, her new-old british team are surely nice guys .....



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