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.”
The Rafael Nadal vs. Roger Federer rivalry could be renewed this upcoming fortnight in the Wimbledon semifinals on a surface that is most likely to produce a riveting match--not unlike the one at the All-England Club in 2008. That possibility was revealed on Friday when the two men with 31 Grand Slam titles between them landed on the same side of the draw for the year's second major.
Greetings from England. Today marks my second week in and around London. I've been to Queens and Birmingham and back to Queens club for Rally4Bally and off to Eastbourne and now I check into my 6th hotel and I'm off to Boodles in a few hours Aorangi and Wimbledon.
This is week two of a multi-week segment of ITF professional circuit futures tournaments. These are combined events, meaning men and women play side by side. And so, because tennis players’ grunting and shrieking tend toward the suggestive, and since the courts are behind an opaque row of hedges, several curious tourists have poked their heads into the scene wondering just what exactly the hell is going on here.
Within minutes of the shock announcement that Andy Murray had chosen Amelie Mauresmo as his new coach, Andrei Chesnokov was having microphones stuck under his nose in the Players Lounge at Roland Garros.