Ana Ivanovic (Serbian: Ana Ivanović, Ана Ивановић;
pronounced [âna ǐʋanoʋitɕ, ǎː-] ( listen);
born 6 November 1987) is a retired Serbian tennis player. She was
ranked No. 1 in the world in 2008, after she had defeated Dinara
Safina to win the 2008 French Open. She was also the runner-up at the
2007 French Open and the 2008 Australian Open. She also
qualified for the annual
WTA Tour Championships three times, in 2007,
2008 and 2014 and won the year-end WTA Tournament of Champions
twice, in 2010 and 2011.
Competing as a professional from 2003 until 2016, Ivanovic won 14 WTA
Tour singles titles, and one Grand Slam singles title, the French Open
in 2008. Additionally during this time, she earned over $15 million in
prize money, which is the 20th highest in the all-time rankings. In
June 2011, she was named one of the "30 Legends of Women's Tennis:
Past, Present and Future" by Time and was also included on the
list of "Top 100 Greatest Players Ever" (male and female combined) by
reporter Matthew Cronin.
Her first breakthrough came at the 2004 Zurich Open, where she
qualified and was narrowly beaten by
Venus Williams in the second
round in two tiebreak sets. By the age of 18 Ivanovic had already
defeated established players such as Svetlana Kuznetsova, Nadia
Vera Zvonareva and Amélie Mauresmo. She also defeated many
other past and present top players including Maria Sharapova, Venus
and Serena Williams, Dinara Safina, Martina Hingis, Jelena Janković,
Agnieszka Radwańska, Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitová, Simona
Angelique Kerber and Victoria Azarenka. Ivanovic was known for
her aggressive style of play and impressive forehand, described by
Petrova as "the best out there."
Ivanovic's struggles after winning the 2008
French Open were well
documented. After that victory, she was overwhelmed by
attention and endured an ongoing period of reduced success,
failing to make a Grand Slam quarterfinal in her subsequent 17 Grand
Slam tournaments, and dropping as low as No. 65 in the rankings during
July 2010. In 2014, Ivanovic enjoyed a resurgence, beginning
with her victory in the Auckland Open, her first singles title in over
two years, before going on to win the Monterrey Open, Aegon Classic
and the Pan Pacific Open. Ivanovic qualified for competition in the
WTA Tour Championships in Singapore and secured a year-end
ranking of No. 5, signifying her return to the world's elite. In
2015, Ivanovic made it to the semifinals of a major for the first time
in seven years at the French Open. In late December 2016, a few days
out from the beginning of the 2017 tour, she announced her retirement,
citing being no longer able to perform to a high standard as a major
1 Early life
2.1 2004: Rising star
2.2 2005: First WTA title
2.3 2006: Breakthrough
2.4 2007: First Grand Slam final and entering the top 10
French Open champion and world No. 1
2.6 2009: Out of the top 20
2.7 2010: Return to the top 20
2.8 2011: Inconsistent form
2.9 2012: US Open quarterfinal and
Fed Cup final
2.10 2013: Steady results
2.11 2014: Resurgence and return to the top 5
2.12 2015: Struggles with form and return to a Grand Slam semifinal
2.13 2016: Final year
3 Equipment and endorsements
4 Playing style
5.1 Ivanovic vs. Janković
5.2 Ivanovic vs. Kuznetsova
5.3 Ivanovic vs. Sharapova
5.4 Ivanovic vs. Petrova
6 Awards and honours
7 Career statistics
7.1 Grand Slam finals
7.1.1 Singles: 3 (1 title, 2 runners-up)
8 Performance timelines
9 Personal life
10 Video games
11 Other ventures
12 See also
14 External links
Ivanovic was born in Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia. Ivanovic's mother
Dragana, a lawyer, has been court-side during most of her matches. Her
father Miroslav, a self-employed businessman, attended as many events
as he possibly could. Ivanovic has a younger brother, Miloš, with
whom she loved to play basketball.
Ivanovic first picked up a racket at the age of five after watching
Monica Seles, a fellow Yugoslav, on television. She started her
career after memorizing the telephone number of a local tennis clinic
from an advertisement. During the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, she was
forced to train during the morning to avoid bombardments. Later, she
admitted that she trained in an abandoned swimming pool in the winter,
as no tennis facilities were available. At 13 she moved to train in
Basel, Switzerland, because of the better training facilities and
coaching. Manager Dan Holzmann was from
Basel as well and it was
with him that Ana and her mother stayed until they could afford an
apartment. When she was 15, Ivanovic spent four hours in a locker
room crying after a defeat – the first that her new manager had
witnessed. She thought that Dan Holzmann would abandon her, thinking
she wouldn't be good enough to become a professional tennis player.
However, he remained her manager throughout her career.
2004: Rising star
Ivanovic reached the final of the Junior Wimbledon tournament, losing
to Kateryna Bondarenko. In 2004, she went 26–0 on the ITF
Women's Circuit, and won all five events that she entered, two of them
as a qualifier. As a qualifier in Zurich, she overcame a 5–1
third-set deficit along with two match points to defeat world No. 29
Tatiana Golovin. She then debuted in the qualifying draw of a Major at
the US Open, where she was defeated by Lioudmila Skavronskaia after
winning the first set 6–1 and having two match points in the third
set. Her first notable breakthrough occurred in the next tournament,
when she took
Venus Williams to two tiebreaks, before losing in
straight sets in the second round of the Zurich Open. She had held
several set points in both sets. She followed up her run in Zurich
with a quarterfinal showing at Luxembourg the next week.
2005: First WTA title
Ivanovic won her first career singles title early in the year at the
Canberra International, after defeating
Melinda Czink in the final.
Her ranking continued to rise after wins over
Svetlana Kuznetsova in
Nadia Petrova also in Miami, and
Vera Zvonareva in Warsaw, all
of whom were top-10 players. Ivanovic lost to
Amélie Mauresmo at the
Australian Open in the third round, at
Doha in the third round after
holding a 6–2, 2–0 lead, and at the
Miami Masters in the
quarterfinals. However, Ivanovic's biggest win to date then came over
Mauresmo in the third round of the French Open. She advanced to
the quarterfinals of only her second Grand Slam tournament by
Francesca Schiavone in the fourth round. Later in the
year, Ivanovic reached the semifinals of the
Zurich Open and Generali
Ladies Linz, losing to
Patty Schnyder in both tournaments. She
finished the year ranked No. 16.
Ivanovic at the 2006 US Open
Ivanovic started the season at the
Hopman Cup in Perth,
fellow Serbian Novak Djokovic, where the pair narrowly missed the
final. To start off her WTA year, she played at the Medibank
International in Sydney where she once again defeated Amélie
Mauresmo, this time in straight sets, before falling to Svetlana
Kuznetsova in the quarterfinals. A week later, she lost to Samantha
Stosur in the second round of the Australian Open.
Ivanovic made it to the third round of the French Open, before losing
to Anastasia Myskina. She progressed to the fourth round at Wimbledon,
but lost to eventual champion and world No. 1, Amélie Mauresmo, in
straight sets after beating No. 14 seed, Dinara Safina.
Ivanovic made her breakthrough in August 2006 by defeating a formerly
ranked No. 1
Martina Hingis in the final of the Rogers Cup in Montreal
before beating Jelena Janković, No. 14 seed
Katarina Srebotnik and
top-10 player Dinara Safina. This ultimately led to her winning the
United States Open Series, ahead of
Kim Clijsters and Maria Sharapova.
At the US Open, she lost to Serena Williams.
Ivanovic also played nine tournaments in doubles in 2006, teaming up
Maria Kirilenko and Sania Mirza. Ivanovic and Kirilenko made two
semifinals and a final; they ended the year at No. 17 in the annual
race to the Championships. Ivanovic finished the year ranked world No.
14 in singles and No. 51 in doubles.
2007: First Grand Slam final and entering the top 10
Ivanovic started the season in Gold Coast and Sydney where she reached
quarterfinals. Seeded 13th at the Australian Open, Ivanovic defeated
Agnieszka Radwańska in the second round, but lost in the third round
to Vera Zvonareva. Immediately after this tournament, she announced
that she had split with her coach David Taylor. She then played in the
Toray Pan Pacific Open. In the quarterfinals she beat No. 10
Janković, and in the semifinals the No. 1, when
Maria Sharapova was
forced to retire after Ivanovic had won the first set; but she lost in
the final to Martina Hingis.
During the American hard-court season, Ivanovic lost in early rounds.
But on clay, Ivanovic first went on to semifinal of Amelia Island and
then managed to win her first Tier-I clay-court title in Berlin,
defeating No. 4
Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final in three sets.
Ivanovic needed a tiebreak to finally finish the match. The win in
Berlin propelled her into the top ten of the
WTA Rankings for the
first time, at world No. 8.
Ivanovic had a six-match winning streak heading into the French Open
and increased this streak to twelve by reaching the final. She won her
first three matches with the loss of only nine games. In her second
career quarterfinal at Roland Garros, Ivanovic defeated world No. 3
Kuznetsova, and she then beat world No. 2 Sharapova in less than one
hour in the semifinals. In the final, Ivanovic attempted to win her
first Major singles title and complete a sweep of the top three
players in the world. However, world No. 1 and two-time defending
Justine Henin won the match in straight sets.
At Wimbledon, Ivanovic defeated world No. 9
Nadia Petrova in the
fourth round, and saved three match points to defeat Nicole
Vaidišová in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, three-time former
Venus Williams defeated Ivanovic in two sets after
Ivanovic had a break in the second set.
A persistent knee injury sustained at Wimbledon caused Ivanovic to
withdraw from Serbian
Fed Cup competition against Slovakia and two
lead-up events to the US Open. She returned to the tour at the
East West Bank Classic in Carson, California, saving two match points
in the semifinals with huge winner before defeating No. 3 Janković in
three sets. In the final, Ivanovic defeated top-10 player Petrova to
win the fourth singles title of her career, which raised her ranking
to a career-high of world No. 4.
In Ivanovic's first three matches at the US Open, she lost only ten
Venus Williams then eliminated her for the second consecutive
time at a Major.
Ivanovic returned to Europe for three tournaments. At the Tier II
Luxembourg Championships, Ivanovic qualified for the Tour
Championships by virtue of reaching the semifinals. In the final,
Ivanovic rallied from 3–6, 0–3 down to defeat Daniela Hantuchová
in two hours and 25 minutes. This was her fifth career title. In the
quarterfinals and semifinals she beat
Tatiana Golovin and Vera
To end the year, Ivanovic played in the
Sony Ericsson Championships in
Madrid. Seeded 4th and assigned to the Red Group during the
round-robin phase, she defeated world No. 2 Kuznetsova and then
Hantuchová in straight sets. She qualified for the semifinals but
Sharapova defeated Ivanovic in the final match of the round-robin
stage. Because she finished second in her group, Ivanovic played world
No. 1 Henin in the semifinals, in which the Belgian won in two sets.
Ivanovic finished the year with a career-high ranking of world No. 4.
French Open champion and world No. 1
Main article: 2008
Ana Ivanovic tennis season
Ivanovic started the year at the Medibank International, where she
made the quarterfinals, eventually losing to world No. 1, Justine
Henin, despite having had break points in the third set. As the fourth
seed at the Australian Open, Ivanovic made it all the way to the
finals, beating top-10 players
Venus Williams for the first time in
her career, and coming back from a 0–6, 0–2 deficit against
Daniela Hantuchová. She was given the nickname "Aussie Ana" during
the on-court interview with
Todd Woodbridge following the victory over
Williams. Ivanovic fell against Sharapova in a tight match in the
final where Ivanovic had 0–30 at 5–4 in first set. Her ranking
rose to world No. 3, the highest of her career at the time.
Fed Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I D round-robin tie
Romania and Netherlands Ivanovic won all of her
Serbia advanced to the World Group II playoffs in April.
Serbia qualified for World Group II, after beating
neighboring country Croatia.
In March, Ivanovic defeated
Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final of the
Tier I Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells before wins over top-15
players Francesca Schiavone, Vera Zvonareva, and world No. 4 Jelena
Janković, in the semifinals. She lost to
Lindsay Davenport in the
third round of the
Sony Ericsson Open
Sony Ericsson Open in Miami the following week in
Ivanovic started her clay-court season as defending champion at the
Qatar Telecom German Open
Qatar Telecom German Open in Berlin where she lost to Elena Dementieva
for the fourth time in four meetings in the semifinals. In Rome she
lost to qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova, but it couldn't demoralize
Ivanovic, as she defeated
Petra Cetkovská 6–0, 6–0 in the fourth
round, No. 10
Patty Schnyder in the quarterfinals, and No. 3 Jelena
Janković in a thrilling encounter in the semifinals of French Open.
She went on to defeat
Dinara Safina in straight sets in the final,
winning her first and only Major singles title.
Ivanovic at the 2008 French Open
At Wimbledon, Ivanovic saved match points against Nathalie Dechy, but
fell against unseeded wildcard
Zheng Jie of
China in straight sets in
the third round.
Ivanovic started the summer hard-court season with a third-round loss
at the Rogers Cup in
Montreal to Tamira Paszek. Ivanovic, bothered by
a sore thumb sustained during practice two weeks before Montreal,
withdrew from the
East West Bank Classic in Los Angeles. Her
withdrawal saw her lose the world No. 1 ranking to Janković. The
thumb injury also caused her to withdraw from the Summer Olympics in
Beijing, which Ivanovic described as "one of the worst moments of her
career." Ivanovic, having reclaimed her world No. 1 ranking on 18
August, was the top-seeded player at the US Open, but lost to
Julie Coin in second round. The loss was the earliest defeat
of the top-seeded player at the US Open since the 1973 tournament.
In her first match after the US Open, at the
Tier I Toray Pan Pacific
Open in Tokyo, Ivanovic was defeated by
Nadia Petrova in three sets,
bringing her win-loss record since the
French Open to 4–4. Ivanovic
later told the press that she was "just happy to be back injury-free"
and that she needed to "play more matches get back into rhythm."
Ivanovic then played in Beijing, and after two great results, she lost
Zheng Jie in three sets despite winning 16 more points than her
Then she came back to Europe to play three more tournaments, first in
Moscow where she lost to
Dominika Cibulková after having two match
points. In the Zurich Open, she lost in the semifinals to Venus
Williams after leading 3–1 in the third set. Ivanovic played in Linz
and won the tournament as a top-seed by crushing top-10 players
Agnieszka Radwańska and
Vera Zvonareva in the final.
At the year-end
Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha, Qatar, Ivanovic
was seeded 4th. In her first round-robin match, she was defeated by
world No. 1 Janković after she won the best point of the
year. Her next match was against Zvonareva, to whom
she also lost in three exciting sets. She withdrew from her final
match against Kuznetsova because of a virus.
2009: Out of the top 20
At the Australian Open, Ivanovic was seeded 5th and won her first two
matches in straight sets before losing to 29th seed Russian Alisa
Kleybanova in the third round.
Ivanovic took part in Serbia's
Fed Cup win in the World Group II tie
against Japan. She defeated
Ai Sugiyama and
Ayumi Morita to help
Serbia to a 4–1 win. At the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships, a
Premier-5 event, she lost to
Serena Williams in the quarterfinals.
Around this time, Ivanovic began working with her new coach Craig
Kardon, after parting with former coach Sven Groeneveld.
BNP Paribas Open
BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, where she was defending
champion, Ivanovic advanced to the finals, before losing to Vera
Zvonareva. In Miami, Ivanovic lost in the third round to Ágnes
Szávay. In April, she took part in Serbia's
Fed Cup World Group
Play-offs against Spain. She defeated
Anabel Medina Garrigues
Anabel Medina Garrigues to help
Serbia gain promotion to the World Group with a 4–0 win.
At the French Open, Ivanovic won her first three matches in straight
sets, before losing to
Victoria Azarenka in the fourth round. This
early loss caused Ivanovic to fall out of the top ten for the first
time since May 2007. After the loss, Ivanovic announced that she would
cease working with Craig Kardon, and would be participating in the
adidas Player Development Program, where she would be coached by Sven
Groeneveld, Darren Cahill, Mats Merkel and Gil Reyes.
At Wimbledon, Ivanovic was seeded 13th. She faced two match points
against Lucie Hradecká, before prevailing. She then took down Sara
Errani and 18th seed
Samantha Stosur in the second and third rounds in
straight sets, before retiring against eventual finalist Venus
At the Rogers Cup in Toronto, Ivanovic defeated Magdaléna
Rybáriková in the first round and went on to face Lucie Šafářová
in the second round where she was eliminated.
At the US Open, Ivanovic lost in the first round of a Grand Slam for
the first time in her career by succumbing to Kateryna Bondarenko.
After the match, former Wimbledon champion
Pat Cash criticized
Ivanovic's new service motion, stating that watching it was a "painful
experience" and that it "weakened her threat." He also felt that
Ivanovic was "over-analysing" her game and that her main problem was
"her lack of confidence."
At the Premier 5 Toray
Pan Pacific Open
Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, Ivanovic suffered
her third successive defeat by losing to
Lucie Šafářová in the
first round. Citing an upper respiratory tract infection, Ivanovic
pulled out of the
China Open and announced on her website that she was
taking the rest of the year off.
She finished the year with a 24–14 match record, her worst since she
turned pro, and did not win any titles. Ivanovic only reached three
quarterfinals, one semifinal, and one final, and only won back-to-back
matches six times. Ivanovic ended the year ranked 22, the first time
she had been ranked outside the top 20 since July 2005.
2010: Return to the top 20
Ivanovic at the 2010 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix
Ivanovic started the year in Brisbane. Seeded 3rd, Ivanovic reached
her first semifinal since Indian Wells in 2009. She eventually bowed
out to wildcard
Justine Henin in Henin's first tournament since her
return from retirement. Ivanovic was seeded 20th at the Australian
Open, but lost to Gisela Dulko in the second round in three sets. She
then participated in the opening round of the
Fed Cup in Serbia's tie
against Russia, and she went 0–2 in her singles matches and also
lost doubles match.
Ivanovic announced that she would be working with Steffi Graf's former
Heinz Günthardt on a trial basis during the spring North
American hard-court season, suspending her relationship with the
Adidas Player Development Program indefinitely. In her first match as
Gunthardt's pupil, a one-set semifinal against reigning US Open
Kim Clijsters in the 2010
Billie Jean King Cup
Billie Jean King Cup at Madison
Square Garden, Ivanovic lost in a tiebreak, despite having held match
point. After the match, Ivanovic stated that she had noted
improvements in her game.
Despite her improvements, Ivanovic lost her opening match in Indian
Wells, suffering four consecutive losses for the first time. By also
losing a huge number of ranking points, Ivanovic dropped out of the
top 50 for the first time since March 2005. Seeded 25th in Miami,
Ivanovic won her first match since the Australian Open, but then lost
to Radwańska in the third round.
Ivanovic lost again to Radwańska at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.
But unseeded in Rome, Ivanovic had her best week of tennis in nearly
two years. She stunned top-10 players
Victoria Azarenka and Elena
Dementieva, and top-20 player Nadia Petrova, all in straight sets,
before losing to eventual champion
María José Martínez Sánchez
María José Martínez Sánchez in
the semifinals. She was granted a wildcard into the
Madrid Open, and
received a bye in the first round due to her semifinal appearance at
the Italian Open. She was the first unseeded wildcard to receive a
first-round bye in the history of the WTA Tour. She lost in the second
round to Jelena Janković, despite leading by a set and a break.
Ivanovic entered the
French Open unseeded at a Grand Slam for the
first time since 2005. She fell to
Alisa Kleybanova in the second
UNICEF Open, Ivanovic fell to 7th-seeded German Andrea Petkovic
in the second round. Ivanovic was defeated in the first round of
Wimbledon by 13th seed Shahar Pe'er, and as a consequence saw her
ranking drop to world No. 64.
In the opening round of the Stanford, Ivanovic avenged her 2009
Australian Open and 2010
French Open defeats by beating Alisa
Kleybanova, before losing in the next round to
Marion Bartoli in
straight sets. In Cincinnati, she rallied from a set and a break down
Victoria Azarenka in three sets. Ivanovic retired against Kim
Clijsters in the semifinals due to a foot injury. Her ranking
dramatically improved to world No. 39. The injury caused her to
withdraw from New Haven. Unseeded at the US Open, Ivanovic breezed
into the fourth round with straight-set victories, before losing to
defending and eventual champion Kim Clijsters.
Ivanovic lost her opener to
Vera Dushevina in Seoul as the 7th seed.
Ivanovic then defeated Kleybanova, the Korea Open champion, in the
first round of Tokyo, before again losing to Bartoli in straight sets.
Ivanovic avenged her losses to Bartoli at the
China Open, beating the
Frenchwoman in straight sets. On her way to the quarterfinals,
Ivanovic scored top-10 victory by defeating
Elena Dementieva for the
second time in 2010. Ivanovic fell to world No. 1, Caroline Wozniacki.
Entering the Linz Open as a wildcard, Ivanovic defeated Patty Schnyder
in the finals in straight sets, in just 47 minutes of play. Ivanovic
headed to the BGL Luxembourg Open as the 4th seed, where she reached
the quarterfinals, before falling to 8th seed Julia Görges.
Ivanovic revealed that she had ended her coaching relationship with
Swiss star Heinz Günthardt, because Gunthardt did not want to travel
full-time and mixed his interest in tennis with being a Swiss
By virtue of her title in Linz, Ivanovic qualified for the last
tournament of the season, the Tournament of Champions. She made it to
the finals, where she defeated Kleybanova for her tenth career title
and her second of the year. She won ten of her last thirteen matches.
With her title in Bali, Ivanovic achieved a year-end ranking of No.
17, her fifth finish in the top 20.
2011: Inconsistent form
Ivanovic at the 2011 Hopman Cup
Ivanovic started the year with the
Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia. She
competed along with
Novak Djokovic and they qualified for the final,
but due to an injury sustained during Ivanovic's match against Justine
Serbia was forced to withdraw. Along with the Hopman Cup,
Ivanovic also withdrew from Sydney. Seeded 19th at the Australian Open
she lost to
Ekaterina Makarova in the first round in 2 hours and 47
Ivanovic then played in the PTT Pattaya Open, where she fell in the
quarterfinals to 5th seed
Roberta Vinci in straight sets. In Dubai she
Patty Schnyder in their last professional match for many
years. She stated the loss was in part because of the abdominal injury
sustained in the beginning of the season, and she subsequently
withdrew from Doha.
In fourth round of Indian Wells Ivanovic beat Jelena Janković, but
Marion Bartoli in the quarterfinals. She then played in Miami
and lost against defending champion
Kim Clijsters in fourth round,
despite having a 5–1, 40–0 lead in the third set and having five
Serbia in the 2011
Fed Cup event. Ivanovic scored a
Serbia by beating
Daniela Hantuchová in straight sets but
had to retire in her next match against Dominika Cibulková, as she
renewed an injury from the beginning of the season. Despite that,
Serbia beat Slovakia in the deciding doubles rubber, 3–2.[citation
Ivanovic lost to
Bethanie Mattek-Sands in first round of Madrid, after
winning first set with bagel. Ivanovic headed to Rome and was up nine
games to love after
Nadia Petrova retired. Ivanovic lost in next round
to Yanina Wickmayer in three sets. Ivanovic again lost after first set
at love, to Johanna Larsson in first round at the French Open.
Ivanovic had a slight resurgence in Birmingham, reaching the
semifinals, but lost to Hantuchová in three sets. Ivanovic lost to
Venus Williams in the second round at Eastbourne.
Ivanovic at the 2011 Mercury Insurance Open
Seeded 18th at Wimbledon, Ivanovic brushed aside
Melanie Oudin and
Eleni Daniilidou before falling to Petra Cetkovská. After Wimbledon,
Ivanovic hired Nigel Sears, the head of women's tennis at the Lawn
Tennis Association, as her coach. In Stanford, Ivanovic fell
Ayumi Morita in her opening match. Seeded 5th in
Carlsbad, she avenged the previous week's loss by beating Ayumi Morita
in straight sets despite trailing 0–5 in the second set. Ivanovic
then cruised into semifinals. She eventually fell against top seed
Vera Zvonareva in three sets. In Toronto and Cincinnati she won a
total of three matches but against qualifiers. Seeded 16th at the US
Open, she defeated Ksenia Pervak, received a walkover from Petra
Cetkovská and beat
Sloane Stephens in straight sets before falling to
eventual finalist Serena Williams. She also played alongside fellow
Nenad Zimonjić in the mixed-doubles competition for the
first time, but fell against
Mariusz Fyrstenberg and
Chan Yung-jan in
During Tokyo Ivanovic recorded victories in straight sets over
Anastasia Rodionova and wildcard Laura Robson, before losing to Maria
Kirilenko. At the
China Open Ivanovic beat Kimiko Date-Krumm, Svetlana
Kuznetsova and world No. 3 Vera Zvonareva, losing total of ten games.
But she then retired in second set against
Agnieszka Radwańska in the
quarterfinals due to a back injury.
Ivanovic received a wild card to play the Tournament of Champions,
which she defended, beating Roberta Vinci,
Nadia Petrova and Anabel
Medina Garrigues in the final, capturing her 11th WTA title. It was
the first time she had ever defended her title in a tournament.
2012: US Open quarterfinal and
Fed Cup final
Ivanovic began her season in Brisbane where she was defeated in the
second round by fifth seed
Kim Clijsters in three sets, despite
leading 3–0 in the final set. Ivanovic's next event was in Sydney
and she was sent out in the first round by
Lucie Šafářová in
straight sets. Ivanovic then headed over to the
Australian Open where
she reached fourth round as a 21st seed. She beat three players
outside the top 50, dropping no sets, but then met world No. 2, Petra
Kvitová, and lost in two sets. She entered the top 20 of the world
rankings after her run to the round of 16.
Ivanovic at the 2012 French Open
Ivanovic next played in Doha. She fell to
Petra Cetkovská in straight
sets in the second round. Ivanovic then went to Dubai unseeded, where
Francesca Schiavone and beat Maria Kirilenko, before being
defeated by 3rd seed Caroline Wozniacki. Ivanovic went over to Indian
Wells as the 15th seed. She was able to make a run all the way to the
semifinals, posting victories over
Caroline Wozniacki and Marion
Bartoli, who were both in the top 8. She retired against Maria
Sharapova after losing the first set. In Miami she beat Daniela
Hantuchová before losing to
Venus Williams in fourth round, despite
holding a one set lead. Despite this defeat she still moved into the
top 15 for the first time since 2009 and became Serbian No. 1 for the
first time since 2008.
Ivanovic then headed to Moscow for the
Fed Cup semifinals, where after
Svetlana Kuznetsova in three tight sets, recovered, and beat
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to put
Serbia ahead, 2–1. Fellow
Jelena Janković then closed out the tie for Serbia
(3–2), sending the country into the
Fed Cup finals for the first
time in history.
Ivanovic resumed tour action in Stuttgart, where she was beaten by
Mona Barthel in two tight sets. She then headed over to the newly
Madrid where she breezed past
Mathilde Johansson and Nadia
Petrova, before falling in straight sets to world No. 1 Azarenka,
despite leading 4–1 in the first set. In Rome she avenged her Fed
Cup loss against Kuznetsova, but fell to No. 2 Sharapova in straight
sets, despite serving for the first set. Seeded 13th at Roland Garros,
Lara Arruabarrena Vecino
Lara Arruabarrena Vecino and Shahar Pe'er, losing only
six games over the course of the two matches. Despite continuing in
style and winning the first of the match, she lost to eventual
Sara Errani in the third round. 
Seeded 14th at Wimbledon, she worked for victories over María José
Kateryna Bondarenko and 22nd seed Julia Görges to
reach fourth round, her best result there since 2009. She then
suffered a bad loss to 2nd seed Azarenka in the fourth round;
winning only one game. Despite the loss, her run caused her ranking to
rise to No. 12 in the following week.
She made her Olympic debut at the Summer Olympics in London,
participating in both the Women's Singles and Mixed Doubles with Nenad
Zimonjić. Seeded 11th in singles, she defeated
Christina McHale and
Elena Baltacha in straight sets, before losing for the sixth
Kim Clijsters in third round. She teamed up with Zimonjić for
the mixed doubles competition, where they lost against India's Mirza
and Paes in the opening round.
At the 2012 Roger's Cup, Ivanovic was double bageled by Roberta Vinci
in the second round. It didn't seem to affect Ivanovic as she was
still able to reach her first Major quarterfinal since 2008 at US
Open, and also her first ever at that event. Ivanovic defeated
qualifier Elina Svitolina, Sofia Arvidsson, young American Sloane
Stephens and Tsvetana Pironkovain the fourth round. In the
quarterfinals Ivanovic was soundly defeated by Serena Williams.
Ivanovic then played in Tokyo, losing to
Urszula Radwańska in round
two; she then competed at the
China Open reaching the third round,
Romina Oprandi in straight sets. She came with a winning
streak to Linz, having won there previously in 2008 and 2010, but her
streak was finished in quarterfinals against qualifier Kirsten
Flipkens. Ivanovic headed over to Moscow and made it all the way to
the semifinal, having had a bye in the first round then defeating two
qualifiers in straight sets. She lost to
Samantha Stosur in three
sets, despite winning the first.
Ivanovic did not qualify to defend her title in Bali, and did not
receive a wildcard-entry due to her participation at the 2012 Fed Cup.
Serbia took on the defending champions, Czech Republic. Ivanovic lost
her first rubber against Lucie Šafářová, but won her second
against Petra Kvitová. Which meant
Jelena Janković had to win her
rubber to take it to a tie, and go to a decider. Janković eventually
lost her rubber against Lucie Šafářová. However, Ivanovic finished
2012 as the world No. 13, her best finish since 2008.
2013: Steady results
Ivanovic at the 2013 French Open
Ivanovic kicked off the year by playing at the
Hopman Cup with
Djokovic. In her first round-robin match, she beat Italy's Francesca
Schiavone. She beat Ashleigh Barty and in her final round-robin match
defeated Tatjana Malek to put
Serbia into the final, having defeated
Australia and Germany. While playing Spain, Djokovic gave
Serbia a 1–0 tie lead but
Anabel Medina Garrigues
Anabel Medina Garrigues tied up the final
at 1–1 after defeating Ivanovic in a closely fought singles match.
Serbia then lost the deciding tie in mixed doubles.
At the Australian Open, she successfully reached the 4th round of the
tournament, progressing past Melinda Czink, Yung-Jan Chen and Jelena
Janković. She eventually lost to
Agnieszka Radwańska in two sets.
Ivanovic played in Pattaya City as the No. 1 seed but lost in the
first round to Ayumi Morita. Ivanovic was then scheduled to play at
Fed Cup but withdrew due to shoulder injuries. Ivanovic
competed at the
Qatar Total Open
Qatar Total Open as the 12th seed. She made a run to
the third round, but lost to Agnieszka Radwańska, despite breaking
her in the 12th game and having the chance to serve out for the second
set. She then reached the second round of the Dubai Tennis
Championships, before losing narrowly to Petra Kvitová.
Ivanovic received a first round bye at the BNP Paribas Open. In her
second round match, she defeated American teenager Taylor Townsend
losing just three games. In the third round, she lost in three sets to
Mona Barthel from Germany. At the subsequent WTA Premier
Mandatory event Sony Open Tennis, Ivanovic exacted revenge on Urszula
Radwańska by dishing out a two set drubbing and cruised past two-time
grand slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova. However, Ivanovic lost to 8th
seeded Errani in three sets in the fourth round. Ivanovic then took
part in the
Monterrey Open and was defeated in the second round by
Tímea Babos from Hungary. This marked the first
time since the 2008 US Open that Ivanovic had lost to an opponent
ranked outside the top 100.
Despite a slow start to the 2013 season, Ivanovic made good progress
in the clay season. Notably, she defeated upcoming players Mona
Barthel (who she lost to at Indian Wells) and Laura Robson, as well as
Nadia Petrova at Stuttgart and Angelique Kerber
twice at the
Fed Cup Week two playoffs and at the Mutua
As a result of Ivanovic's more consistent tennis in the clay season,
she reached the quarterfinals in Stuttgart despite not being seeded,
and managed to reach the semifinals of the WTA Premier Mandatory Mutua
Madrid Open for the first time in her career. In both Stuttgart and
Madrid, her runs were routed by 2012
French Open champion Maria
Sharapova. Unfortunately, after good runs at two clay court
tournaments, she dropped her opener in Rome against Urszula
Radwańska. At the
French Open she stormed past three opponents to the
fourth round, only to fall in straight sets to Agnieszka Radwańska
for the third time in the year.
At Wimbledon, she won her first round match-up against Virginie
Razzano, but in the second round Ivanovic would be knocked out of the
tournament by Eugenie Bouchard.
In July 2013, Sears and Ivanovic part ways and she hired Nemanja
Kontic as her coach. Ivanovic had a sub-par summer hard court
season, only managing to defeat one other seeded player. At Carlsbad,
Roberta Vinci before getting edged out by world No. 2,
Victoria Azarenka, in the semifinals. In Toronto, she made quick work
Hsieh Su-wei and
Flavia Pennetta in straight sets, before losing to
Li Na in three sets). Ivanovic was up 5–2 in the third set, but was
unable to serve out the match and eventually lost when she sent a
backhand long in the tiebreak. Ivanovic dropped her opener in
Cincinnati to Alizé Cornet. At the US Open, Ivanovic made it to the
fourth round, narrowly scraping past American player Christina McHale
in the third round by erasing two of her opponent's match points.
Ivanovic made a whopping 51 unforced errors in her match against
Christina McHale. In the fourth round, Ivanovic lost to Victoria
Azarenka again in 3 sets. By winning the first set in her fourth round
loss to Victoria Azarenka, Ivanovic won her first set against a top
ten opponent at a Major since she won the 2008 French Open, ending a
streak of 15 consecutive sets lost against a top-ten seed.
Ivanovic then headed to Asia for the Premier events in Tokyo and
Beijing after a two-week break. In the former, she routed young German
Annika Beck before cruising past Elina Svitolina. In the third round,
she lost to Anqelique Kerber for the first time. In the latter, she
Flavia Pennetta in two sets despite trailing 5–1 in the
first set. She was then defeated surprisingly by
Polona Hercog of
Slovenia in straight sets. Ivanovic then headed to Linz and progressed
to the final without dropping a set, beating Yanina Wickmayer,
Dominika Cibulková and Stefanie Vögele before
being edged out in the final by Kerber once more, despite having saved
three match points and had four set points of her own to take the
match into a decider. She then took part in the Kremlin Cup in Moscow
as the 4th seed, receiving a bye in the first round before breezing
past Klára Zakopalová for the loss of just four games. In the last
eight, she was edged out by Samantha Stosur, who had also beaten her
in the semifinals the year before.
At the Tournament of Champions, Ivanovic was allocated into the
Sredets Group alongside Samantha Stosur, Elena Vesnina and Tsvetana
Pironkova. In her first round-robin match, Ivanovic captured a two-set
victory over Pironkova. She then went on to defeat Stosur. She needed
one more victory to come first in her group. However, Ivanovic lost to
Vesnina for the second time this year despite leading 5–2 in third
set and serving two times for the match. But despite losing, she still
qualified for the semifinals by winning a set, therefore coming second
in her group (after Stosur). In her semifinal match, she lost to
Simona Halep despite leading 3–0 in third set with
two breaks in her own.
Ivanovic ended the 2013 season with a rank of 16.
2014: Resurgence and return to the top 5
Main article: 2014
Ana Ivanovic tennis season
Ivanovic at the 2014 Australian Open
Ivanovic started the 2014 season by winning the title in Auckland,
Venus Williams in the final in three sets, for her 12th
title and her first since November 2011. At the Australian Open, she
defeated No. 1 ranked
Serena Williams in the fourth round for her
first win over Williams, after battling past
Samantha Stosur in three
sets. She lost to 30th seed Canadian
Eugenie Bouchard in the
quarterfinals in three sets. On set point for Bouchard, Ivanovic
At the next four tournaments of the Asian and American series,
Ivanovic failed to make the quarterfinals at all of them. She beat top
players such as
Angelique Kerber (saving match point) in Dubai and
Flavia Pennetta in Miami. But there were some big outages like a
double bagel against
Petra Kvitová after Ivanovic won the first set.
In Monterrey, Ivanovic was the second seed and went on to win her
second title of the year, by defeating 3rd seed
Caroline Wozniacki in
the semifinals and
Jovana Jakšić in the WTA's first-ever all-Serbian
Fed Cup against Romania, Ivanovic lost against
Sorana Cîrstea, but beat world No. 5
Simona Halep in straight sets.
Serbia would go on to lose the tie 1–4.
Ivanovic then participated in Stuttgart where she made it all the way
to the final, achieving back-to-back finals for the first time in her
career. It was also the first time in five years, since the 2009 BNP
Paribas Open, that Ivanovic had reached a Premier level final. En
route she achieved other career milestones, defeating Julia Görges
for her 400th career win and world No. 6, Jelena Janković, for her
40th career top-10 win. She eventually lost to two-time defending
Maria Sharapova in the final in three sets.
In Madrid, Ivanovic won her first three matches in straight sets to
reach the quarterfinals, losing to
Simona Halep in just one hour.
Ivanovic gained revenge for her Stuttgart defeat against Sharapova at
the Italian Open, whom she defeated in the third round in straight
sets, thus becoming the only person to defeat Sharapova on clay that
year. The win was significant most of all because she became the first
player other than
Serena Williams to defeat Sharapova on clay since
2011 and ended her winning streak in Rome (Sharapova was 47–3 on the
surface and was undefeated in Rome since 2011). It was also the first
time since the semifinals at the 2007
French Open that Ivanovic had
defeated Sharapova. Against Serena Williams, in her second appearance
in the Rome semifinals, she lost in three sets; she was the only
player to take a set off Williams in the whole tournament.
At Roland Garros Ivanovic was the 11th seed. This was her best Grand
Slam seeding since the 2009 US Open where she was the same seed. In
the first two rounds, she defeated rising stars, Caroline Garcia and
Elina Svitolina, before falling to 23rd seed
Lucie Šafářová in
straight sets. This marked the fifth straight time that Šafarova had
Ivanovic made a quick transition from clay to grass as she won her
first grass-court title in Birmingham, as the first seed. Ivanovic
beat Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová, a later Wimbledon
quarterfinalist, in the final. In all matches, she lost five or less
games. At Wimbledon Ivanovic came in again as the 11th seed. She
started well, with wins over
Zheng Jie and Francesca Schiavone, all in
straight sets. In third round she faced grass court specialist and
2013 Wimbledon runner-up, Sabine Lisicki. She won their match played
earlier in the season. However, she would go on to lose in three sets.
The match was particularly strange due to it being played over three
days over the Middle Sunday. The first part was played on Saturday and
with Lisicki leading 6–4, 1–1, the match was suspended due to bad
light. On Monday match was played in two parts, being paused due to
rain. In the first period of play, Ivanovic had momentum on her side.
Upon resumption, Lisicki would go on to win seven of the next nine
games. After Wimbledon, Ivanovic did not renew her contract with coach
Nemanja Kontic. She hired
Dejan Petrovic as her coach.
Ivanovic started the
US Open Series in Stanford, avenging her
Wimbledon loss by defeating
Sabine Lisicki in straight sets. Ivanovic
eventually lost in the quarterfinals in three sets to Serena Williams
in their third three-set match of the year. As a result of her
quarterfinals run, Ivanovic returned to the top ten in the WTA
rankings for the first time since 2009. Then at the Rogers Cup,
Ivanovic lost to eventual quarterfinalist
CoCo Vandeweghe in the
second round; but in Cincinnati, she reached the Premier-5 final,
Svetlana Kuznetsova and 5th seed Sharapova in the
process. Against Sharapova, Ivanovic served for the match in the
second set, but lost the next four games. Sharapova then served for
the match, but Ivanovic saved two match points and went on to victory
to set up the final match against Serena Williams. Ivanovic opened the
match well, with a break and break points, but did not convert them
and Williams broke back. Ivanovic won just two games after that start.
At the US Open, Ivanovic was seeded 8th, her highest Grand Slam
seeding since the 2009 French Open. In the first round she beat
Alison Riske in straight sets only allowing her opponent to
win three games, but was upset by unseeded Czech Karolína Plíšková
in the second round in two close sets.
The following month, Ivanovic played in Tokyo, defeating former world
No. 1 Azarenka, Šafářová (ending her five-match losing streak
against the Czech) and top-seed
Angelique Kerber to reach the final.
She then beat reigning US Open finalist Wozniacki in straight sets for
her 15th title. She marked some personal achievements: this was her
52nd win and fourth title of the season, both personal bests. In
Wuhan, she had to play the day after winning Tokyo and decided to
retire in the second set of the match against Anastasia
Pavlyuchenkova. Ivanovic came into Beijing refreshed and beat Belinda
Romina Oprandi and Lisicki, all in straight sets. She set a
quarterfinal clash with Simona Halep, but the world No. 2 had to
withdraw allowing Ivanovic to advance to the semifinals. Ivanovic lost
to Sharapova, but with those points she secured her spot in the WTA
Having qualified for the
WTA Tour Championships, Ivanovic was drawn
into the Red Group alongside Serena Williams, Halep and Bouchard. In
Ivanovic's first match of the tournament, against top-seed Serena
Williams, she lost in straight sets. However, Ivanovic clinched
victory in her second match, against Bouchard. Despite defeating Halep
in her final round robin match, Ivanovic was unable to progress since
she dropped a set in the process. In doing so, she became the first
Lindsay Davenport in 2004 to not progress to the
semifinals with a 2–1 record in RR play. However, Ivanovic did
finish the year ranked No. 5, her second best year-end ranking since
Following the end of the WTA season, Ivanovic played and defeated
world No. 1, Serena Williams, in straight sets in an exhibition match
in Denmark. She also went on to participate in the inaugural
International Premier Tennis League
International Premier Tennis League held in cities across Asia. As
part of the Micromax Indian Aces, Ivanovic played alongside many big
Roger Federer and Pete Sampras. Due to the new,
fast-paced format unique to the IPTL, Ivanovic only played one set per
match, representing her team in the women's singles category. The Aces
went on to clinch the title, with Ivanovic amassing a total of nine
wins and three losses.
2015: Struggles with form and return to a Grand Slam semifinal
Ivanovic at the 2015 Wimbledon Championships
Ivanovic began her 2015 season reaching final of the Brisbane
International. She lost one set against
Kaia Kanepi en route. By
beating Varvara Lepchenko, Ivanovic set up a final clash against
Maria Sharapova, which she lost despite taking the first set in a
tiebreak. Ivanovic entered the
Australian Open as the 5th seed, but
lost in the opening round in three sets to qualifier Lucie Hradecká,
losing for the third time to a Czech player in her last four Major
appearances. She later revealed that she was struggling with a toe
injury during the match. At her next tournament in Dubai, she lost
just three games against
Sabine Lisicki in the second round, but
struggles continued as she lost to
Karolína Plíšková in three
Ivanovic was the defending champion in Monterrey, but she lost
Caroline Garcia in the semifinals. In Indian Wells, things didn't
go better, as she lost two more times to Garcia in both doubles and
singles. In Miami Ivanovic beat
Irina Falconi in the second round in
three sets before losing in the third round to
Sabine Lisicki in
Ivanovic started her clay season with a third straight loss to Garcia
in Stuttgart, where she was defending finalist points. Prior to the
Madrid Open, Ivanovic parted ways with coach Dejan Petrovic. After two
months, Ivanovic managed to win back-to-back matches, reaching the
third round where she lost to an in-form Carla Suárez Navarro in
three sets. She then played in the Italian Open and lost in the second
round to qualifier and eventual semifinalist, Daria Gavrilova, in
three sets after failing to serve out the match in the third set.
Ivanovic entered the
French Open as the 7th seed. In the first and
second rounds she came back from a set down to beat Yaroslava Shvedova
and Misaki Doi. In the third round she beat
Donna Vekić in straight
sets. With her third round victory over Donna Vekić, Ivanovic reached
100 wins at Grand Slam events. In the fourth round she beat Ekaterina
Makarova in three sets and in the quarterfinals she beat Elina
Svitolina in straight sets to advance to the semifinals of a Major for
the first time since she won the title in Paris back in 2008. She lost
Lucie Šafářová in two tight sets despite being up 5–2 in the
Ivanovic started her grass season at the Birmingham Classic where she
was the defending champion. She failed to defend her title, losing in
the second round to
Michelle Larcher de Brito
Michelle Larcher de Brito in three sets despite
serving for the match in the third set. Ivanovic entered Wimbledon as
the 7th seed. She easily beat
Xu Yifan in the first round in straight
sets but then lost in the second round to
Bethanie Mattek-Sands in
In late July, Ivanovic went back to working with former coach, Nigel
Sears. Ivanovic began her summer hard-court season at the Rogers Cup
where she was seeded fifth. She beat qualifiers
Olga Govortsova and
Polona Hercog to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time since
2006. She lost to eventual champion,
Belinda Bencic in straight sets.
Ivanovic then played at the Western & Southern Open where she was
defending finalist points. After receiving a walkover in the second
round from Venus Williams, she beat
Sloane Stephens in three sets to
set up a rematch of last year's final against
Serena Williams in the
quarterfinals which she lost in three sets despite being up a set and
a break in both the second and third sets. Ivanovic next played at the
US Open as the seventh seed. She lost in the first round to Dominika
Cibulková in three sets.
Ivanovic began her Asian hard court swing at the Toray Pan Pacific
Open. As the defending champion, Ivanovic beat
Camila Giorgi in the
second round in straight sets to advance to the quarterfinals where
she lost to Cibulková in straight sets. Ivanovic's next tournament
was the Wuhan Open. She easily beat both
Alexandra Dulgheru and
Madison Brengle to advance to the third round where she lost to
Garbiñe Muguruza in three sets. Ivanovic's next tournament was the
China Open. She beat
Casey Dellacqua to advance to the second round,
where she defeated an in-form
Venus Williams in straight sets, winning
the last six games of the second set in a row after going down an
early break. She followed up the win by beating Kuznetsova and
Pavlyuchenkova to advance to the semifinals where she lost to Timea
Bacsinszky in three sets. The loss ended Ivanovic's chances to qualify
for the WTA Finals.
She then played at the BGL Luxembourg Open. After beating Heather
Watson, she lost to
Alison Van Uytvanck
Alison Van Uytvanck in three tight sets. Despite
not qualifying for the WTA Finals, she did qualify for the WTA Elite
Trophy, but she withdrew. Ivanovic ended the year at No. 16.
2016: Final year
Ivanovic at the 2016 French Open
At the Auckland Open Ivanovic was seeded second but lost in the first
round to British qualifier
Naomi Broady in straight sets. Ivanovic
took a wildcard into the
Apia International Sydney
Apia International Sydney and lost in the
first round to
Karolína Plíšková in straight sets. During the
Australian Open, she beat
Tammi Patterson and Anastasija Sevastova,
both in straight sets to advance to the third round. Ivanovic lost to
Madison Keys in three sets despite being up a set and a break in both
the second and third sets. During the match Ivanovic's coach, Nigel
Sears collapsed and was taken to a hospital where it was later
confirmed that he was conscious.
Ivanovic's next tournament was the St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy where
she made it through to the semifinals. She beat Margarita Gasparyan
Kateryna Kozlova before losing to
Roberta Vinci in straight
sets. At the Dubai Tennis Championships, after defeating Daria
Gavrilova and world No. 3, Simona Halep, Ivanovic lost to Barbora
Strycova. At Indian Wells she beat
Camila Giorgi but then lost to
Karolína Plíšková in round 3. In Miami she lost to Timea
Bacsinszky. In Stuttgart she won her first-round match but then lost
in the second round to Karolína Plíšková.
In the first round of the
Madrid Open, Ivanovic beat qualifier
Kateřina Siniaková in three sets, however, she lost to another
Louisa Chirico in the second round. At the Italian Open, she
beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the first round, but lost to
Christina McHale in the second round. Ivanovic had a tough first-round
match win at the
French Open after she beat
Océane Dodin in three
sets. She defeated
Kurumi Nara in the second round, but lost to Elina
Svitolina in the third round. Ivanovic only won 15 matches in 2016
with the last coming in June. She played her career's last
professional match in the first round of the US Open against Denisa
Allertova and lost in straight sets. On 28 December, having been
absent with injury since August, Ivanovic announced her retirement
stating that she was no longer able to play to her high standards and
win big tournaments, meaning it was time to move on from professional
tennis and start a new chapter in her life.
At the 2017 French Open, a ceremony was held on Court Philippe
Chatrier to honour Ana Ivanovic.
Equipment and endorsements
Ivanovic endorsed Nike apparel and shoes at the beginning of her
professional career, but at the beginning of 2006 switched to
rival Adidas. Ivanovic then signed a lifetime contract with the
company. Ivanovic became an Ambassador for
Adidas once she retired
from competitive tennis. She is believed to be the youngest athlete,
male or female, to sign a contract of such longevity. She started
with the Wilson racquets, eventually using the nCode nBlade painted
H22. From the beginning of 2008 to the end of her career, Ivanovic
Yonex racquets. She previously used the RQiS 1 Tour XL 95, but at
the beginning of the Western and Southern Financial Group Women's Open
2010 in Cincinnati switched to a prototype version of a new Yonex
racket. Ivanovic played with the
Yonex EZONE AI 98 model tennis
In 2008, Ivanovic signed an endorsement deal with Rolex.
Ivanovic was an offensive baseliner with an aggressive style of play.
In 2007 and 2008, Ivanovic was regarded as one of the best competitors
on the women's tour. After winning the 2008 French
Open and becoming No. 1, Ivanovic endured a decline in form. Many
critics attributed this to lack of confidence. At the 2010
Australian Open, Hall of Famer
Martina Navratilova commented that,
"while she has absolutely no confidence in herself, she still fights
till the last point." She has since made some improvements to her
playing style after appointing a new coach in 2010. As a result, she
started to play with more confidence and won matches more
Ivanovic serving at Indian Wells, 2008
When on form, Ivanovic's serve was a weapon in her arsenal. She hit a
124.9 mph (201.0 km/h) serve at the
French Open in 2007, the
fifth fastest serve of all time on the WTA Tour. However, from
2009 to 2012, her service game has largely been viewed as a liability
instead of a weapon. This is because of her inconsistent ball tosses
which are directly associated with her diminishing confidence.
Nonetheless, in 2013, under the tutelage of Nigel Sears, her ball
tosses become more consistent, allowing her to build her game on her
powerful first serves.
Ivanovic's forehand was her bread-and-butter shot that took the world
by storm in 2007–08, propelling her to the top of the rankings. A
flat stroke, hit with not a lot of topspin which gives it its
power, Simon Reed believed it to be one of the best forehands in
the game. Conversely, her backhand was much weaker than her
forehand and was often targeted by players acquainted with Ivanovic's
playing style. Her cross-court backhand generally lacked the depth
required to throw her opponents off course.
While Ivanovic's movement and net play were once considered to be her
weaknesses, they both improved over the years. Towards the end she was
considered to be considerably faster than when she started playing
professional tennis.
Ivanovic's best surface was clay, where her height allowed her to
strike clean winners off high-bouncing balls. Nonetheless, she was
capable of performing well on hard and grass courts as well. When she
launched her re-branded site during 2010, she stated in her bio that
she likes all surfaces.
Ivanovic vs. Janković
Main article: Ivanovic–Janković rivalry
Ivanovic and her fellow Serbian
Jelena Janković have played each
other 12 times with Ivanovic having the advantage 9 to 3 in match
wins. The pair played their first match against each other in an
abandoned swimming pool used as a tennis court in Belgrade. A 9-year
old Janković won the match, thrashing the 7-year old Ivanovic
7–1. Ivanovic has dominated the majority of the rivalry. When
asked why Ivanovic has posed such a problem for herself, Janković
remarked that she struggles to read Ivanovic's game mostly due to the
fact Ivanovic likes to play short points. Ivanovic leads 2–1 on
clay, 6–2 on hard courts and 1–0 on carpet courts.
The longest match contested between the two in the semi-finals at the
East West Bank Classic in Los Angeles. In a match lasting two and a
half hours, Ivanovic recovered from a 4–1 third set deficit, saving
two match points en route, to defeat Janković on her way to the
title. The most significant match between the pair took place in
the semi-finals of the French Open, with the winner having assured of
becoming world No. 1 and with both women bidding to win their first
Grand Slam title. Ivanovic won the match, recovering from a 3–1
final set deficit to defeat Jankovic for the fifth consecutive
time. Jankovic's win at the 2008
WTA Tour Championships in Doha
later that year snapped a 5 match losing streak against her
The relationship between pair has been strained. Both have openly
admitted in the past to not liking each other. and have been
involved in a number of high-profile spats on and off court. Ivanovic
was criticized both by Janković and her mother after Ivanovic decided
to withdraw from Serbia's
Fed Cup World Group play-off tie against
Slovakia, citing her poor form in 2010 which left Janković the
only high-profile player to play the tie which
Serbia lost 3–2.
During the same weekend, Ivanovic was photographed having coffee with
her boyfriend Adam Scott at the island resort of Palma, Majorca.
Snezana Janković denounced Ivanovic in the Serbian press whilst
herself Janković later admitted she had been disappointed by
Ivanovic's no show and said that Ivanovic should have at least
supported the team for the bench even if she decided not to play.
Another high-profile controversy was after the pair's first meeting in
two years in the second round of the 2010 Mutua Madrileña
Madrid where the match was marred however by an incident in which
off court cameras appeared to catch Janković mocking Ivanovic's
trademark fistpumps towards her mother and camp after the match.
Janković admitted she found Ivanovic's fistpumps "irritating" but
that it was not meant to be offensive and was in the heat of the
moment. After their match in Indian Wells in 2011 however,
Ivanovic stated she felt there were no real issues with Janković and
both agreed that they have both put the past behind them, an
opinion echoed again by Janković after their Australian Open
encounter in 2013.
List of all matches
3–6, 6–4, 6–2
4–6, 6–3, 7–5
6–4, 3–6, 6–4
4–6, 6–4, 6–1
Ivanovic vs. Kuznetsova
Svetlana Kuznetsova have met 14 times since 2005,
Ivanovic leading the head-to-head 11–3 overall. Ivanovic leads
7–2 on hard courts and 4–1 on clay.
The pair first met in the fourth round of the 2005 NASDAQ-100 Open,
Ivanovic coming back from a 5–3 final set defeat to win and notch
her first ever career Top 10 victory. Ivanovic has won all of
their significant meetings including their only Grand Slam encounter
at the 2007
French Open en route to her first Grand Slam final
and both their final meetings, at the 2007
Qatar Telecom German Open
in Berlin and the
2008 Pacific Life Open
2008 Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells.
Kuznetsova's first victory over Ivanovic came at the 2006 Medibank
International in Sydney, which remains her only win against Ivanovic
in a WTA event, her other two coming both in
Fed Cup encounters in
2008 and 2012.
List of all matches
6–3, 3–6, 7–5
3–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
6–0, 3–6, 6–1
6–1, 4–6, 7–5
6–2, 2–6, 6–4
6–3, 2–6, 6–4
6–2, 2–6, 6–3
7–5, 4–6, 6–2
Ivanovic vs. Sharapova
Maria Sharapova have met 14 times, Sharapova leading the
head-to-head 10–4. Sharapova leads 6–1 on hard courts and
4–2 on clay. Ivanovic leads 1–0 on carpet.
The pair first met at the 2006
Generali Ladies Linz which Sharapova
won in straight sets. Ivanovic beat Sharapova at the 2007 French Open
in straight sets easily to advance to her first Grand Slam final. They
would meet again at a Grand Slam, this time in the 2008 Australian
Open final dubbed the "Glam Slam" final which Sharapova won in
straight sets. After that match the pair did not meet for more than
four years until the
2012 BNP Paribas Open
2012 BNP Paribas Open where Sharapova won after
Ivanovic retired after winning the first game in the second set.
Ivanovic would then lose the next four meetings that followed.
In 2014, Ivanovic defeated Sharapova for the first time since 2007 at
the Rome Masters in straight sets. Their match at the Cincinnati
Masters was a dramatic and controversial one. Ivanovic was up a set
and a double break before a bad call was made that affected Ivanovic
and allowed Sharapova back into the match to steal the second set.
Then, in the third set, Ivanovic was up 1–0, 15–15 before she took
a medical timeout, after which Sharapova took control of the set. Up
4–3 with a break, Sharapova double faulted on break point and
sarcastically said to the umpire to "check her blood pressure"
referring to the medical timeout that Ivanovic took earlier in the
set. Sharapova broke right back to serve for the match. Sharapova
had two match points but failed to convert both. Ivanovic would
eventually prevail, recording her first win over Sharapova on the hard
The pair did not need to wait long to meet in 2015, with both drawn as
the top 2 seeds in the Brisbane International. Both players qualified
for the final, but it was Sharapova who once again clinched victory on
the hard courts, despite dropping the first set to Ivanovic in a
List of all matches
6–1, 0–1 ret.
6–4, 0–1 ret.
7–5, 4–6, 6–4
3–6, 6–4, 6–1
6–2, 5–7, 7–5
6–7(4–7), 6–3, 6–3
Ivanovic vs. Petrova
Nadia Petrova have met 14 times since 2005, Ivanovic
leading the head-to-head 9–5 overall. Ivanovic leads 4–2 on
hard courts and 5–1 on clay. Petrova leads 1–0 on both grass and
The pair first met in the second round of the 2005 NASDAQ-100 Open
with Ivanovic winning in straight sets. Later in the year, Petrova
reached the semifinals of the
French Open by defeating Ivanovic in
straight sets in the quarterfinals. In the next two matches both
players won one, and both were in a round of 16. Ivanovic won two
significant matches in 2007. First, she beat Petrova in the 4th round
of Wimbledon after a rollercoaster three set match. Later in the
summer Ivanovic won in straight sets in their only meeting in a final,
in Los Angeles. At that time, it was 4–2 for Ivanovic in their
head-to-head, but Petrova won the next two meetings in two close
matches to level the result. However, Ivanovic won five of the next
six meetings, including the quarterfinals of the 2010 Internazionali
BNL d'Italia when Petrova retired but after Ivanovic had won the first
nine games, and the semifinals of the 2011 Commonwealth Bank
Tournament of Champions in Bali, which Ivanovic won in straight sets.
List of all matches
6–2, 4–2 ret.
6–1, 2–6, 6–4
6–1, 1–6, 6–2
6–1, 4–6, 6–4
6–0, 3–0 ret.
Awards and honours
Ivanovic has won the following awards:
WTA Tour most Improved player (2005)
US Open Series champion 2006
Serbian Sport Association "May Award" (2007)
WTA Tour most Improved player (2007)
WTA Tour Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award (2007)
Nominated for U.S. Secretary of State's 2007 International Women of
Courage Award (2007)
WTA Tour Diamond ACES Award (2008)
German Tennis Magazine Michael Westphal Award 2008
International Tennis Writer's Association Ambassador of the Year 2008
WTA Tour Humanitarian Award (2009)
Named one of the "30 Legends of Women's Tennis: Past, Present and
Future" by TIME Magazine in June 2011
Serbian Women's Team of The Year (2012, as part of
Serbia Fed Cup
Best Female Tennis Player In
Award Pride of the Nation by
Serbia Tennis Federation
Order of Karađorđe's Star
Ana Ivanovic career statistics
Grand Slam finals
Singles: 3 (1 title, 2 runners-up)
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R)
rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round;
(A) absent; (NH) not held.
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Ivanovic's inspiration to begin playing was Monica Seles, who at that
time played for Yugoslavia. In 2010 Ivanovic adopted Basel,
Switzerland, Roger Federer's hometown, as her home away-from-home. She
spent her spare time training and relaxing there and is quoted as
saying she "appreciates Swiss solitude" and "I enjoy training here,
especially in the summer."
Aside from her tennis career, Ivanovic also studies finance at a
university in Belgrade, and Spanish in her spare time. On 8
September 2007, Ivanovic became a
UNICEF National Ambassador for
Serbia, alongside Aleksandar Đorđević,
Jelena Janković and Emir
Kusturica. She takes a special interest in the fields of education and
child protection. Ivanovic visited a primary school in
her inauguration and said that she is "also looking forward to going
into the classroom and meeting many kids."
In September 2014, Ivanovic began a relationship with German
professional footballer Bastian Schweinsteiger. They married
on 12 July 2016, in Venice. On 23 November 2017, Ivanovic
announced she was expecting the couple's first child. On 19 March
she announced the birth of a baby boy Luka born on 18 March 2018,
Ivanovic has appeared as a character in Smash Court Tennis 3, released
in 2007, Virtua Tennis 2009, released in 2009,
Grand Slam Tennis
Grand Slam Tennis for
Wii, also released in 2009,
Top Spin 4
Top Spin 4 and
Virtua Tennis 4
Virtua Tennis 4 both
released in 2011. She is also featured in
Grand Slam Tennis
Grand Slam Tennis 2,
released in 2012. She stars, among others, alongside Roger
Federer, Rafael Nadal, Lindsay Davenport, Anna Chakvetadze, Venus
Williams and Maria Sharapova.
Ivanovic has appeared in a song called "Hurricane Ana", produced by
Serbian rapper Filip Filipi and Collie Buddz. Also, she appeared
in a number of international magazines like
FHM (Germany, United
Kingdom, Australia), Vanity Fair (Spain), Cosmopolitan (Serbia),
Grazia (Serbia), The Best Shop (Serbia), Sports
Illustrated (South Africa) and
Harper's Bazaar (Serbia).[original
research?] In early 2017, Ivanovic announced she was joining tennis
PlaySight Interactive as a brand ambassador.
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