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.”
Former world No. 1s Venus Williams and Andy Roddick will headline Mylan WTT Smash Hits presented by GEICO, a charity night of tennis co-hosted by longtime friends Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King on Sunday, Nov. 17 at the HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.