epa03385393 Ana Ivanovic of Serbia hits a return to Serena Williams of the US during their quarterfinals round match on the tenth day of the 2012 US Open Tennis Championship at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, USA, 05 September 2012. The US Open runs through Sunday 09 September 2012. EPA/LARRY W. SMITH |
Ana Ivanovic may have won just four minor titles since her ascension four years ago to the WTA NO. 1 ranking following a French Open trophy, But the Serb insists in Tokyo that she still has the game to make a return to the elite.
Ivanovic, whose last title came almost a year ago in Bali, is aiming to advance at this week’s Pan Pacific even in Tokyo , her first event since a re-assuring US Open quarter-final which she lost to Serena Williams.
She said that self-belief still drives here: “It’s the only reason I’m still here,” she told Reuters, “I’ve already achieved two of my biggest dreams in winning a Grand Slam and being No. 1. The world No. 12 who owns 11 WTA trophies added: “I believe I can still be at the top level and winning Grand Slams. Otherwise I wouldn’t be here.”
Ivanovic said that she has improvement to make in her game. “need to work on my strength in the off-season, get a little stronger. It’s also confidence. Beating the top players can really boost your confidence and make you start to believe.”
As Lleyton Hewitt revealed his plans to target a record 5th Aegon Championships title at The Queen’s Club before retiring in Melbourne next January, the Tennis Podcast released a special edition of the show to celebrate the Australian’s career.
Milos Raonic sealed his debut with a 19th ace to see off Russian qualifier Alexander Kuznetsov 6-7(5), 6-1, 7-5. The Canadian second seed needed a comeback after losing the opening set to the No. 88 before taking control in the second set and keeping up the pressure in the third to book into the second round.
More than two months after Neil Harman, the long standing Tennis Correspondent of The Times of London was suspended on charges of plagiarism, Daily Tennis News understands his employment with the newspaper has been formally terminated.
Tomas Berdych struggled to close out his first-round match at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament on Tuesday, but he managed to get the job done against Tobias Kamke. Berdych, who led 6-1, 5-1, twice failed to serve out the proceedings before finally sealing the deal on his third time of asking for a 6-1, 7-5 victory.