Ivanovic at the 2011 Hopman Cup
|Country|| Serbia and Montenegro (2003–2006)
6 November 1987 |
Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
|Height||1.85 metres (6 ft 1 in)|
|Turned pro||17 August 2003|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Coach(es)||Dejan Vranes (2002–2004)
Eric van Harpen (2004–2005)
Zoltan Kuharszky (2005–2006)
David Taylor (2006–2007)
Sven Groeneveld (?–2009)
Craig Kardon (2009)
Heinz Günthardt (2010)
António van Grichen (2010–2011)
Nigel Sears (2011–2013)
Nemanja Kontic (2013–2014)
Dejan Petrovic (2014–)
|Prize money||USD$ 12,234,306|
|Official website||Official website|
|Career record||430–187 (69.69%)|
|Career titles||15 WTA, 5 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (9 June 2008)|
|Current ranking||No. 10 (15 September 2014)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||F (2008)|
|French Open||W (2008)|
|US Open||QF (2012)|
|Tour Finals||SF (2007)|
|Olympic Games||3R (2012)|
|Highest ranking||No. 50 (25 September 2006)|
|Current ranking||No. 545 (8 September 2014)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|French Open||1R (2005, 2007)|
|US Open||3R (2006)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2006)|
|French Open||2R (2005)|
|Other Mixed Doubles tournaments|
|Olympic Games||1R (2012)|
|Fed Cup||F (2012)|
|Hopman Cup||F (2013)|
|Last updated on: 21 September 2014.|
Ana Ivanovic (Serbian: Ana Ivanović, Ана Ивановић; Serbian pronunciation: [âna iʋǎːnoʋit͡ɕ] ( ); born 6 November 1987) is a Serbian professional tennis player who as of 8 September 2014 is ranked world No. 10 by the Women's Tennis Association. Ranked No. 1 in the world in 2008, she beat Dinara Safina to win the 2008 French Open and was the runner-up at the 2007 French Open and the 2008 Australian Open. She has also qualified for the annual WTA Tour Championships twice, in 2007 and 2008, and has won the year-end WTA Tournament of Champions twice, in 2010 and 2011.
Competing as a professional since 2003, Ivanovic has won 15 WTA Tour singles titles, including one Grand Slam singles title. As of 2014, she has career earnings of just under $12 million. 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 narrowly was 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 Petrova, Vera Zvonareva and Amélie Mauresmo. She also has defeated many other past and present top players including Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Dinara Safina, Martina Hingis, Jelena Janković, Agnieszka Radwańska, Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitová and Victoria Azarenka. When on form Ivanovic is 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 have been 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 until the 2012 US Open, where she lost to eventual champion Serena Williams, and dropping as low in the rankings as world No. 65 in July 2010. 2014 has been a resurgent year for Ivanovic, beginning with her winning the Auckland Open, her first singles title in over two years. She has also won the Monterrey Open, Aegon Classic and the Pan Pacific Open and upset Serena Williams in three sets to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2014 Australian Open. 
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 2.1 2004: Rising star
- 2.2 2005: First WTA title
- 2.3 2006: Big breakthrough
- 2.4 2007: First Grand Slam final and entering the top 10
- 2.5 2008: French Open champion and world No. 1
- 2.6 2009: Out of the top 20
- 2.7 2010–2011: Return to the top 20
- 2.8 2012: US Open quarter-final and Fed Cup final
- 2.9 2013: Without a trophy
- 2.10 2014: Return to the top 10
- 3 Equipment and endorsements
- 4 Playing style
- 5 Rivalries
- 6 Awards
- 7 Career statistics
- 8 Singles performance timeline
- 9 Doubles performance timeline
- 10 Personal life
- 11 Video games
- 12 Other ventures
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 External links
Ivanovic was born in Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia. Ivanovic's mother Dragana, a lawyer, has been courtside 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. 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, the manager in question, would abandon her, thinking her not good enough to become a professional tennis player. He has remained her manager to this day.
2004: Rising star
Ivanovic reached the final of the Junior Wimbledon tournament in 2004, losing to Kateryna Bondarenko. In 2004, she went 26–0 on the ITF circuit, and won all five events that she entered, two of them as a qualifier. As a qualifier in Zürich, 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 3rd 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 Zürich Open. She had held several set points in both sets. She followed up her run in Zürich 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 Miami, 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 quarter finals. However, Ivanovic's biggest win to date then came over Mauresmo in the third round of the French Open. Ivanovic advanced to the quarter-finals of only her second Grand Slam tournament by defeating future French Open champion 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. Ivanovic finished the year ranked No. 16.
2006: Big breakthrough
Ivanovic started the season at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia with 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 with Maria Kirilenko and Sania Mirza. Ivanovic and Kirilenko made two semifinals and a final; they ended the year at number 17 in the annual race to the Championships. Ivanovic finished the year ranked world No. 14 in singles and world No. 51 in doubles.
2007: First Grand Slam final and entering the top 10
Ivanovic started the season at the 2007 Medibank International where she beat No. 5 Nadia Petrova but lost to Nicole Vaidišová. Seeded 13th at the Australian Open, Ivanovic defeated Agnieszka Radwańska in the second round, but lost in the third round to Vera Zvonareva after she missed some opportunities. Immediately after this tournament, she announced that she had split with her coach David Taylor. Ivanovic then played in the 2007 Toray Pan Pacific Open. In the quarterfinals she beat No. 10 Jelena Janković, and in the semifinals she beat No. 1 Maria Sharapova when Sharapova was forced to retire, but she lost in the final to Martina Hingis.
At the Tier I Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, she was defeated in the fourth round by Sybille Bammer after easy wins over Vania King and Alicia Molik. Yaroslava Shvedova then defeated Ivanovic in the second round of the Tier I Sony Ericsson Open in Miami Masters. Later she played a tournament at Amelia Island where she lost in the semifinals to No. 19 and eventual champion Tatiana Golovin after Ivanovic had break points in all games of serve for Tatiana. It was the first win for her in seven meetings. Before she lost in the semifinals she won against No. 9 Jelena Janković.
Ivanovic then returned to Europe to play two clay-court tournaments in preparation for the French Open. In Berlin at the Qatar Telecom German Open, she won her first Tier I clay court title, defeating No. 4 Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final in three sets. Ivanovic needed a tie-break to finally finish the match. However, Ivanovic injured her ankle during the final, which forced her to withdraw from the Tier I Italian Open in Rome. 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 champion 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 Wimbledon champion 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.
Ivanovic returned to Europe for three tournaments. At the Tier II Luxembourg Championships, Ivanovic qualified for the Sony Ericsson 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 Zvonareva.
To end the year, Ivanovic played in the Sony Ericsson Championships in Madrid, Spain. Seeded fourth 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.
2008: French Open champion and world No. 1
Ivanovic started the year at the 2008 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 world No. 5 Maria Sharapova in a tight match in the final (7–5 6–3), especially Ivanovic missed 0–30 at 5–4 in first set. Her ranking rose to world No. 3 as a result of her performance at the tournament, the highest of her career at the time.
In Serbia's Fed Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I D round-robin tie against Poland in Budapest, Ivanovic defeated Urszula Radwańska in straight sets. In Serbia's second round-robin tie against Romania, Ivanovic defeated Monica Niculescu and then teamed with Jelena Janković to win the deciding doubles rubber against the Romanian team, after Janković lost her singles match. In the promotion playoff, Ivanovic beat Renée Reinhard of the Netherlands, as Serbia advanced to the World Group II playoffs in April.
In March, Ivanovic defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final of the Tier I Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California 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 in Miami the following week in straight sets.
Ivanovic started her clay-court season as defending champion at the Qatar Telecom German Open in Berlin. She lost to Elena Dementieva for the fourth time in four meetings in the semifinals, after beating ninth seed Ágnes Szávay, in the quarterfinals. Ivanovic was seeded second at the 2008 French Open, where she defeated Petra Cetkovská, 6–0, 6–0 in the fourth round, world No. 10 Patty Schnyder in the quarterfinals, and world No. 3 Jelena Janković in a thrilling encounter in the semifinals. She went on to defeat Dinara Safina in straight sets in the final, winning her first (and to date, only) Major singles title.
At Wimbledon, Ivanovic made quick work of her first round match, only to encounter an inspired Nathalie Dechy in the second round. Ivanovic led early before Dechy launched a comeback that saw her produce two match points. Ivanovic swept the first away, then saved the second match point with a netcord ball, eventually prevailing in three sets. She fell against unseeded wildcard Zheng Jie of China in straight sets.
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 a very exciting and high-quality second-round match. 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 to Zheng Jie in three sets after having a break in the first and third sets and winning 16 more points than her opponent.
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 the Generali Ladies Linz in Linz tournament and was the top seed. She won the tournament by crushing top-10 players Vera Zvonareva and Agnieszka Radwańska in the final and semifinal.
At the year-end Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha, Qatar, Ivanovic was seeded fourth. 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 fifth 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.
At the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, 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, Ivanovic took part in Serbia's Fed Cup World Group Play-offs against Spain. She defeated Anabel Medina Garrigues to help Serbia gain promotion to the World Group with a 4–0 win.
At the 2009 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 third seed and eventual finalist Venus Williams.
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 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.
2010–2011: Return to the top 20
Ivanovic started the year at the 2010 Brisbane International. Seeded third, 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 2010 Australian Open, but lost to Gisela Dulko in the second round in three sets.
Ivanovic then participated in the opening round of the 2010 Fed Cup in Serbia's tie against Russia. She went 0–2 in her singles matches, losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova and Alisa Kleybanova, both in straight sets. She partnered with Jelena Janković in the deciding doubles match, but they fell to Kuznetsova and Kleybanova. Ivanovic then withdrew from Dubai with shoulder tendinitis.
Ivanovic announced that she would be working with Steffi Graf's former coach 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 champion Kim Clijsters in the 2010 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 reflected in the BNP Paribas Showdown, Ivanovic lost her opening match to world No. 63 Anastasija Sevastova at the 2010 BNP Paribas Open. Never before had she suffered four consecutive losses. 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 at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, Ivanovic won her first match since the Australian Open, but then lost to Agnieszka Radwańska in the third round.
In her first clay-court event of the year at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Ivanovic suffered a second consecutive loss to Radwańska. In her first doubles match since June 2009, partnering Andrea Petkovic, she lost to Borwell and Kops-Jones.
Unseeded at the 2010 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, 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 in the semifinals. She was granted a wildcard into the Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open in Madrid, 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 2010 French Open unseeded at a Grand Slam for the first time since 2005. She fell to Alisa Kleybanova in the second round.
In the UNICEF Open, Ivanovic fell to seventh-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 Bank of the West Classic at Stanford University, Ivanovic avenged her 2009 Australian Open and 2010 French Open defeats by Alisa Kleybanova, before losing in the next round to Marion Bartoli in straight sets. At the Mercury Insurance Open, Ivanovic once again suffered a first-round loss to Shahar Pe'er. At the Western and Southern Financial Group Women's Open, she rallied from a set and a break down to beat 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 the Pilot Pen tournament held in New Haven.
Ivanovic went into the Hansol Korea Open as the seventh seed, but lost her opener to Vera Dushevina. Ivanovic then defeated Kleybanova, the Korea Open champion, in the first round of the 2010 Toray Pan Pacific Open, before again losing to Bartoli in straight sets. Ivanovic avenged her losses to Bartoli at the 2010 China Open, beating the Frenchwoman in straight sets in the first round. On her way to the quarterfinals, Ivanovic scored another top-10 victory by defeating Elena Dementieva for the second time in 2010. Ivanovic fell to world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki. By virtue of her quarterfinal finish, Ivanovic re-entered the top 30.
Entering the 2010 Generali Ladies Linz as a wildcard, Ivanovic defeated Patty Schnyder in the finals in straight sets, in just 47 minutes of play. Ivanovic headed to the 2010 BGL Luxembourg Open as the fourth seed, where she breezed right through to the quarterfinals, before falling to eighth seed Julia Görges. Meanwhile, after making the quarterfinals of the doubles tournament with Yanina Wickmayer, they fell to fourth seeds Lucie Hradecká and Renata Voráčová.
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 television commentator.
By virtue of her title in Linz, Ivanovic qualified for the last tournament of the season, the 2010 Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions. She made it to the finals, where she defeated Russian Alisa Kleybanova for her tenth career title and her second of the year. With her title in Bali, Ivanovic achieved a year-end ranking of No. 17, her fifth finish in the top 20.
Ivanovic started the year with the 2011 Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia. She competed along with Novak Djokovic under the Serbian flag. Ivanovic and Djokovic swept their first two ties against Kazakhstan and Australia, 3–0, but fell against Belgium, 1–2. They did qualify for the final, but due to an injury sustained during Ivanovic's match against Justine Henin, Serbia was forced to withdraw. Along with the Hopman Cup, Ivanovic also withdrew from Sydney.
Ivanovic was seeded 19th at the 2011 Australian Open, where she lost to Ekaterina Makarova in the first round in 2 hours and 47 minutes. Ivanovic then played in the PTT Pattaya Open, where she fell in the quarterfinals to fifth seed Roberta Vinci in straight sets. She headed to Dubai as the 14th seed, where she lost against Patty Schnyder in three sets. 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.
Ivanovic then played in the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open, where she was seeded 19th. She lost against defending champion Kim Clijsters in her fourth-round match, despite having a 5–1, 40–0 lead in the third set and having five match points. She partnered with Petkovic in doubles where, after scoring a first round win, they stunned sixth-seeded Benešová and Záhlavová-Strýcová. They withdrew from the doubles competition after Ivanovic lost to Clijsters.
Ivanovic withdrew from the 2011 Andalucia Tennis Experience tournament to better prepare herself for the upcoming clay-court season. However, she joined Serbia in the 2011 Fed Cup event. Ivanovic scored a point for 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.
Ivanovic's next scheduled tournament was the 2011 Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open, where she was seeded 15th. After her early exit in the first round, losing to Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Ivanovic headed to 2011 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, where she was 13th seed. Ivanovic lost in the second round to Yanina Wickmayer in three sets. Ivanovic withdrew from Strasbourg due to a minor wrist injury. Ivanovic then lost to Johanna Larsson in her first round match at the 2011 French Open. Ivanovic had a slight resurgence in Birmingham, reaching the semifinals, but lost to Daniela Hantuchová in three sets. Ivanovic lost to Venus Williams in the second round at Eastbourne.
Seeded 18th at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, Ivanovic defeated Melanie Oudin and Eleni Daniilidou before falling to Petra Cetkovská who had beaten 13th seed Agnieszka Radwańska in round two. After Wimbledon, Ivanovic hired Nigel Sears, the head of women's tennis at the Lawn Tennis Association, as her coach. In Stanford, Ivanovic fell against Japan's Ayumi Morita in her opening match. Seeded 5th in Carlsbad, she received a first-round bye. In round two, 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 past both Alberta Brianti and 4th seed Shuai Peng to reach the semifinals. She eventually fell against top seed Vera Zvonareva. After losing to Roberta Vinci in her third round match at the Roger's Cup, Ivanovic, who teamed with Andrea Petkovic, had to withdraw in the middle of her doubles match while playing against fourth-seeded Azarenka and Kirilenko. Seeded 16th at the 2011 US Open Championships, Ivanovic defeated Ksenia Pervak of Russia in the first round. After receiving a walkover from Petra Cetkovská, she beat Sloane Stephens in straight sets before falling to eventual finalist Serena Williams, losing in straight sets in just 74 minutes. She also played alongside fellow countryman Nenad Zimonjić in the mixed doubles competition for the first time, but fell against Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Yung-jan Chan in two sets.
At the China Open Ivanovic defeated Kimiko Date-Krumm and Svetlana Kuznetsova in straights to reach the third round, where she beat third seed and then world No. 4 Vera Zvonareva. She then faced Agnieszka Radwańska in the quarter-finals where she retired due to a back injury. Ivanovic received a wild card to play in the 2011 Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions, which she won last year. In her first round she played Italy's Roberta Vinci and defeated her in two sets. In the semi-finals she beat Russian Nadia Petrova. In the final, she captured her 11th WTA title by beating Anabel Medina Garrigues in straights sets. This is the first time she had ever defended her title in a tournament.
2012: US Open quarter-final and Fed Cup final
Ivanovic began her season at the 2012 Brisbane International 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 the Apia International Sydney but she lost in the first round to Lucie Šafářová in straight sets.
Ivanovic then headed over to the 2012 Australian Open where she was seeded 21st. She did not drop a set en route to the fourth round, defeating Lourdes Domínguez Lino, Michaëlla Krajicek and Vania King along the way. Ivanovic lost in straight sets to world No. 2 and Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová in the fourth round. She cracked the Top 20 after her Round of 16 run.
Ivanovic's next tournament was the 2012 Qatar Total Open. She fell in the second round to Petra Cetkovská in straight sets. Ivanovic then went on unseeded in Dubai, where she upset Francesca Schiavone, and beat Maria Kirilenko, before falling to 3rd seed Caroline Wozniacki.
Ivanovic went over to the 2012 BNP Paribas Open 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 7. She fell against Maria Sharapova and was forced to retire in the semifinals. This caused her to enter the Top 10 for the race to the 2012 WTA Tour Championships. She then went to Miami for the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open as the 15th seed, where she made it to the Round of 16, beating Daniela Hantuchová and Vania King in straight sets en route, before eventually falling to seven-time grand slam champion Venus Williams, despite holding a one set lead. She still cracked the Top 15 for the first time since 2009 and became Serbian No. 1 for the first time since 2008, this time placing 14th after Miami.
Ivanovic then headed to Moscow for the 2012 Fed Cup semifinals, where after losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova in three tight sets, recovered, and beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to put Serbia ahead, 2–1. Fellow countrywoman 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 fell to Mona Barthel in two tight sets. She then headed over to the newly blue-clayed Madrid where she breezed past Mathilde Johansson, and Nadia Petrova, before falling in straights to then world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka. Ivanovic then moved on to Rome for her last event before Roland Garros. Seeded 13th, she eased past Kuznetsova, and Soler Espinosa, before falling against then world No. 2 Maria Sharapova in straight sets, despite serving for the first set.
Ivanovic withdrew from the 2012 Aegon International in Eastbourne before the tournament began due to a hip injury. Seeded 14th at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, she worked for victories over María José Martínez Sánchez and Kateryna Bondarenko. Ivanovic then beat 22nd seed Julia Görges in three sets to reach the round of 16, her best result there since reaching the round of 16 in 2009. She then suffered a bad loss to 2nd seed Victoria Azarenka in the fourth round; winning only one game. Despite the loss, her run caused her ranking to rise to No. 12 in the WTA rankings the following week.
She made her Olympics debut at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, participating in both the Women's Singles and Mixed Doubles with Nenad Zimonjić. Seeded 11th in singles, she defeated then world No. 26 Christina McHale and local Elena Baltacha in straight sets, before falling to 4-time Grand Slam Champion Kim Clijsters in the Round of 16. She teamed up with Zimonjić for the mixed doubles competition, where they fell 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 2nd round.
At the US Open, Ivanovic defeated Ukrainian Qualifier Elina Svitolina in the first round. In the second round, she defeated Sofia Arvidsson in straight sets. For the second year straight, she played young American Sloane Stephens in the third round, winning in three sets. She then beat Tsvetana Pironkova in the fourth round to reach her first Major quarter-final since 2008 and her first ever US Open quarter-final. In the quartfinals Ivanovic was soundly defeated by Serena Williams.
Ivanovic then participated at the 2012 Toray Pan Pacific Open, but had a second round lost to Urszula Radwańska in three sets. She then competed at the China Open as the 11th seed. She defeated Christina McHale and Varvara Lepchenko, but eventually lost in the third round to Romina Oprandi in straight sets. Ivanovic's next tournament was the Generali Ladies Linz as the second seed, having won here previously in 2008 and 2010. She lost to Qualifier Kirsten Flipkens in the Quarter-Finals. Ivanovic headed over to Moscow to compete at the 2012 Kremlin Cup as the fourth seed. She made it all the way to the semi-final,having had a bye in the first round then defeating Valeria Solovyeva and Vesna Dolonc 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 wild card 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. She finished 2012 as the world No. 13, her best finish since 2008.
2013: Without a trophy
Ivanovic kicked off the year by playing at the Hopman Cup with Novak 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 of the 2013 Hopman Cup, having defeated Italy, Australia and Germany. While playing Spain, Novak Djokovic gave Serbia a 1–0 tie lead but 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 the 2013 Fed Cup but withdrew due to shoulder injuries. Ivanovic competed at the 2013 Qatar Total Open as the 12th seed. She made a run to the third round, but lost to Agnieszka Radwańska, despite breaking Radwańska in the 12th game and having the chance to serve out for the second set. She then reached the second round of the 2013 Dubai Tennis Championships, before losing narrowly to Petra Kvitová.
Ivanovic received a first round bye at the 2013 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 big-serving Mona Barthel from Germany. At the subsequent WTA Premier Mandatory event 2013 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 Sara Errani in 3 sets in the 4th round. Ivanovic then took part in the 2013 Monterrey Open and was defeated in the second round by defending champion 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 higher-seeded players Nadia Petrova at Stuttgart and Angelique Kerber twice at the Fed Cup Week 2 Playoffs and at the Mutua Madrid Open. 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 3 opponents to the fourth round, only to fall in straight sets to Agnieszka Radwańska for the third time in the year.
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, she defeated Roberta Vinci before getting edged out by world No. 2 Victoria Azarenka in the semi-finals. In Toronto, she made quick work of 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 Alize Cornet. At the 2013 US Open, Ivanovic made it to the 4th 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 moved past 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, Francesca Schiavone, Dominika Cibulkova and Stefanie Voegele 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 Klara Zakopalova 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 semi-finals 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 3rd set and serving two times for a match. But despite losing, she still qualified for the semi-finals by winning a set, therefore coming second in her group (after Stosur). In her semi-final match, she lost to eventual champion Simona Halep despite leading 3–0 in 3rd set with 2 breaks in her own.
Ivanovic ended the 2013 season with a rank of 16.
2014: Return to the top 10
Ivanovic started the 2014 season by winning the 2014 ASB Classic title in Auckland, defeating Venus Williams in the final in three sets. This was Ivanovic's 12th WTA title and her first since November 2011. At the Australian Open, she defeated No. 1 ranked Serena Williams in the 4th round, after battling past Samantha Stosur in 3 sets in 3rd round. She lost to 30th seed Canadian Eugenie Bouchard in the quarterfinals. On set point for Bouchard, Ivanovic double-faulted. After the match, Ivanovic praised Bouchard, stating that she was "a very aggressive player. It's sometimes very hard to read her game. There are no real patterns, like with other players. She's a great mover.".
Following her success in Australia, Ivanovic was forced out of the 2014 Open GDF Suez in Paris due to a hip injury. At the 2014 Qatar Total Open, 9th seeded Ivanovic defeated Daniela Hantuchová in the first round, but lost in the second round to Klara Zakopalova. Then at the 2014 Dubai Tennis Championships, she defeated 6th seeded Angelique Kerber in three sets, saving a match point in the process, before losing in the second round to eventual champion Venus Williams. At the 2014 BNP Paribas Open, Ivanovic was seeded 13th but lost to 17th seed Sloane Stephens in Round 3 in straight sets. She was seeded 12th at the 2014 Sony Open Tennis in Miami, but lost in the 4th round to Petra Kvitova in three sets, losing the last 12 games in a row, after ousting the newly crowned Indian Wells champ Flavia Pennetta the previous round. At the 2014 Monterrey Open, Ivanovic was the 2nd seed and went on to win her 2nd title of the year and the 13th of her career, by defeating 3rd seed and former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in the semifinals and Jovana Jakšić in the WTA's first-ever all-Serbian final.
Representing Serbia in the 2014 Fed Cup World Group II Play-offs against Romania, Ivanovic would split her two rubbers. She lost against Sorana Cîrstea, but quickly put the disappointment behind her, displaying strong tennis to beat world No. 5 Simona Halep in straight sets. Despite Ivanovic's strong performance for her third top ten win of the season, Serbia would go on to lose the tie 4–1.
Ivanovic then participated in the 2014 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix 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 5 years, since the 2009 BNP Paribas Open, that Ivanovic had reached a premier level final. En route she achieved other career milestones, defeating Julia Goerges for her 400th career win, beating Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarterfinals and world No. 6, her compatriot and former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic in the semifinals for the 9th time, her 40th career top 10 win. She eventually lost to 2-time defending champion Maria Sharapova in the final.
Next on the road to Roland Garros came the Mutua Madrid Open. Ivanovic opened her campaign by defeating Madison Keys in straight sets. She then defeated compatriot Bojana Jovanovski to set up a third round clash with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. She swept passed the Russian to earn a spot in the quarterfinals where she lost to eventual runner up Simona Halep. Ivanovic gained revenge for her Stuttgart defeat against Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open, whom she defeated in the round of 16 in straight sets. The win was significant for a whole host of reasons, but most significantly she became the first player other than Serena Williams to defeat Sharapova on clay since 2011 and ended her winning streak on clay this season and in Rome (Sharapova was 47–3 on the surface and was undefeated in Rome since 2011). It was also the first time since the 2007 French Open that Ivanovic had defeated the former world No. 1. Ivanovic would go on to be the only person to defeat Sharapova on clay that year, with the soon-to-be 2014 French Open champion going 17–1. Ivanovic then battled past Carla Suárez Navarro in the quarterfinals in three sets to set up a rematch from the Australian Open 2014 against world number 1 Serena Williams in her second appearance in the Rome semifinals, to whom 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 2009 US Open. In the first 2 rounds, she defeated rising stars, Caroline Garcia and Elina Svitolina, in straight sets, before falling to 23rd seed Lucie Safarova also in straight sets. This marked Šafarova improving their head-to-head record to 5–2, winning the last the 5 meetings between the two in straight sets.
Ivanovic made a quick transition from clay to grass as she participated in the Aegon Classic in Birmingham. Ivanovic proved why she was the number one seeded at the tournament as she stormed past all her opponents Mona Barthel, Lauren Davis, Klara Koukalova, Shuai Zhang, and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, a later Wimbledon quarterfinalist, denying each and every one of them from earning more than five games in a match. Ivanovic won her third title of the year and her first grass court title of her career at the tournament, in what was her 14th career title.
At the Wimbledon Ivanovic came in as the 11th seed. She started well, with wins over Jie Zheng (who defeated Ivanovic in Wimbledon 2008, when she was reigning Roland Garros champion and world No. 1) and Francesca Schiavone, the 2010 Roland Garros champion, all in straight sets. In third round she faced grass court specialist and 2013 Wimbledon runner-up, Sabine Lisicki. Ivanovic had won their only previous match, played on clay earlier in the year. However, she would go on to lose in three sets. The match was particularly strange due to it being played over 3 days over the Middle Sunday. The first part was played on Saturday and with Lisicki leading 6–4, 1–1, when the match was suspended due to bad light. The match continued again on Monday. In the second period of play, Ivanovic had momentum on her side, and when it was 5–2 and 40–40 on Lisicki's serve, it started to rain. Upon resumption, Lisicki would go on to win 7 of the next 9 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 at Stanford where she was the fifth seed. In the first round, she avenged her Wimbledon loss by defeating Sabine Lisicki in straight sets. She then beat Canadian qualifier Carol Zhao, losing just two games. Ivanovic 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 her loss to Victoria Azarenka at the 2009 French Open. Ironically, it was Azarenka whom Ivanovic replaced in the top ten. Then at the Rogers Cup, Ivanovic, the ninth seed, lost to eventual quarterfinalist Coco Vandeweghe in the second round in three sets, after defeating Swiss Timea Bacsinszky in the first round. Although she then left the top ten, it was just for a week. After big success at her next tournament, Cincinnati, where she reached her first Premier 5 or Mandatory (Tier I until 2009) final since Indian Wells in 2009, she moved up two ranks, to ninth. Ivanovic beat Sorana Cirstea, Christina McHale, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Elina Svitolina, and fifth seed Maria Sharapova, respectively, to reach the final. Ivanovic had some tight moments. Against Kuznetsova, she was down a break in the deciding set. And against Sharapova, it was a match with ups and downs for both. 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 she didn't convert them and Williams broke back. Ivanovic won just two games after that good start.
As the number three player in the world Li Na withdrew from the US Open, ninth-ranked Ivanovic was guaranteed a top eight seed at US Open, her highest grand slam seeding since the 2009 French Open where she was seeded eighth. And at the US Open in August, Ivanovic was seeded excactly eighth. In the first round she beat unseeded American 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 defeated former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka in her opening match after having a first round bye to reach the quarterfinal stage at the Pan Pacific Open where she faced Lucie Safarova. She ended her five-match losing streak against the Czech and also avenged Roland Garros defeat from this season, prevailing in straight sets. In the semis, Ivanovic defeated top seed Angelique Kerber for a place in her 6th final of 2014, tying that with Serena Williams at the moment. Reigning US Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki awaited in the final. Ivanovic triumphed in straight sets for her 15th title. She marked some personal achievements: this was her 52nd win and 4th title of the season, both personal bests. With those points, Ivanovic will come one step closer to qualifying for the WTA Tour Finals by moving to the No. 5 position.
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 will become an Ambassador for Adidas once she retires 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. Since the beginning of 2008, Ivanovic has used 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 plays with the Yonex EZONE AI 98 model tennis racquet.
Ivanovic is an offensive baseliner who is notable for her aggressive 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 consistently.
When on form, Ivanovic's serve can be 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 have since become more consistent, allowing her to build her game on her powerful first serves.
Ivanovic's forehand is 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 believes it to be one of the best forehands in the game. Conversely, her backhand is much weaker than her forehand and is often targeted by players acquainted with Ivanovic's playing style. Her cross-court backhand generally lacks the depth required to throw her opponents off course.
While Ivanovic's movement and net play were once considered to be her weaknesses, they have both improved over the years. She is considered now to be considerably faster than when she started playing professional tennis.
Ivanovic's best surface is the clay court, where her height allows her to strike clean winners off high-bouncing balls. Nonetheless, she is 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
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 compatriot.
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 Jankovic 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 Jankovic denounced Ivanovic in the Serbian press whilst herself Jankovic 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 Madrilena Madrid Open in Madrid where the match was marred however by an incident in where off court cameras appeared to catch Janković mocking Ivanovic's trademark fistpumps towards her mother and camp after the match. Jankovic admitted she found Ivanovic's fistpumps "irritating" and 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 Jankovic after their Australian Open encounter in 2013.
List of all matches
|1.||2005||Zürich||Hard (i)||R16||Ivanovic||6–2, 6–1||0:51||1||0|
|2.||2006||Los Angeles||Hard||QF||Jankovic||6–4, 7–6(8–6)||1:37||1||1|
|4.||2007||Tokyo||Carpet (i)||QF||Ivanovic||3–6, 6–4, 6–2||1:42||2||1|
|5.||2007||Amelia Island||Clay||Final||Ivanovic||7–5, 6–3||1:28||3||1|
|6.||2007||Los Angeles||Hard||SF||Ivanovic||4–6, 6–3, 7–5||2:30||4||1|
|7.||2008||Indian Wells||Hard||SF||Ivanovic||7–6(7–3), 6–3||1:25||5||1|
|8.||2008||French Open||Clay||SF||Ivanovic||6–4, 3–6, 6–4||2:15||6||1|
|9.||2008||Doha||Hard||Round Robin||Jankovic||6–3, 6–4||1:29||6||2|
|10.||2010||Madrid||Clay||R32||Jankovic||4–6, 6–4, 6–1||1:50||6||3|
|11.||2011||Indian Wells||Hard||R16||Ivanovic||6–4, 6–2||1:24||7||3|
Ivanovic vs. Kuznetsova
Ivanovic and Kuznetsova have met 13 times since 2005, Ivanovic leading the head-to-head 10–3 overall.
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 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
|1.||2005||Miami||Hard||4R||Ivanovic||6–3, 3–6, 7–5|
|3.||2007||Berlin||Clay||F||Ivanovic||3–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)|
|4.||2007||French Open||Clay||QF||Ivanovic||6–0, 3–6, 6–1|
|5.||2007||Madrid||Hard (i)||Round Robin||Ivanovic||6–1, 4–6, 7–5|
|6.||2008||Indian Wells||Hard||F||Ivanovic||6–4, 6–3|
|7.||2010||Belgrade||Hard (i)||N/A||Kuznetsova||6–1, 6–4|
|9.||2012||Moscow||Clay (i)||N/A||Kuznetsova||6–2, 2–6, 6–4|
|12.||2014||Stuttgart||Clay||QF||Ivanovic||6–3, 2–6, 6–4|
|13.||2014||Cincinnati||Hard||3R||Ivanovic||6–2, 2-6, 6–3|
Ivanovic vs. Sharapova
Ivanovic and Sharapova have met 12 times with Sharapova leading the head to head 8–4. Sharapova leads 4–1 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 which Sharapova won in straight sets. In 2014 Ivanovic beat Sharapova for the first time since 2007 at the 2014 Internazionali BNL d'Italia in straight sets. There most recent meeting was at the 2014 Western & Southern Open where Ivanovic won in an epic three setter, saving two match points in the process and recording her first win against the Russian on hard courts.
List of all matches
|1.||2006||Linz||Hard (i)||QF||Sharapova||7–6(7–3), 7–5|
|2.||2007||Tokyo||Carpet (i)||SF||Ivanovic||6–1, 0–1 RET|
|3.||2007||French Open||Clay||SF||Ivanovic||6–2, 6–1|
|4.||2007||Madrid||Hard (i)||Round Robin||Sharapova||6–1, 6–2|
|6.||2012||Indian Wells||Hard||SF||Sharapova||6–4, 0–1 RET|
|8.||2013||Stuttgart||Clay||QF||Sharapova||7–5, 4–6, 6–4|
|10.||2014||Stuttgart||Clay||F||Sharapova||3–6, 6–4, 6–1|
|12.||2014||Cincinnati||Hard||SF||Ivanovic||6–2, 5–7, 7–5|
Ivanovic has won the following awards:
- Sony Ericsson WTA Tour most Improved player (2005)
- US Open Series champion 2006
- Serbian Sport Association "May Award" (2007)
- Sony Ericsson WTA Tour most Improved player (2007)
- Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award (2007)
- Nominated for U.S. Secretary of State's 2007 International Women of Courage Award (2007)
- Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Diamond ACES Award (2008)
- German Tennis Magazine Michael Westphal Award 2008
- International Tennis Writer's Association Ambassador of the Year 2008
- Sony Ericsson 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 team)
- Best Female Tennis Player In Serbia (2012)
- Award Pride of the Nation by Serbia Tennis Federation
- Included on the list of Top 100 Greatest Players Ever (male and female combined) by tennis reporter Matthew Cronin in 2012
Grand Slam finals
Singles: 3 (1 title, 2 runners-up)
|Runner-up||2007||French Open||Clay||Justine Henin||1–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||2008||Australian Open||Hard||Maria Sharapova||5–7, 3–6|
|Winner||2008||French Open||Clay||Dinara Safina||6–4, 6–3|
Singles performance timeline
Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Australian Open||-||-||3R||2R||3R||F||3R||2R||1R||4R||4R||QF||0 / 10||24–10|
|French Open||-||-||QF||3R||F||W||4R||2R||1R||3R||4R||3R||1 / 10||30–9|
|Wimbledon||-||-||3R||4R||SF||3R||4R||1R||3R||4R||2R||3R||0 / 10||23–10|
|US Open||-||Q1||2R||3R||4R||2R||1R||4R||4R||QF||4R||2R||0 / 10||21–10|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||9–4||8–4||16–4||16–3||8–4||5–4||5–4||12–4||10–4||9–4||1 / 40||98–39|
|WTA Tour Championships||-||-||-||-||SF||RR||-||-||-||-||-||0 / 2||2–4|
Doubles performance timeline
Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Australian Open||0 / 0||0–0|
|French Open||1R||1R||0 / 2||0–2|
|Wimbledon||3R||1R||1R||2R||0 / 4||3–4|
|US Open||3R||0 / 1||2–1|
|Win–Loss||2–2||2–2||0–2||1–1||4 / 7||4–7|
Aside from her tennis career, Ivanovic also studies finance at a university in Belgrade and Spanish in her spare time. Her inspiration to begin playing was Monica Seles, who at that time played for Yugoslavia.
Ivanovic briefly dated Australian golfer Adam Scott in 2010, but the pair split in September which coincided with a run of poor performances that left her 40th in the world rankings. The pair briefly reunited in 2011, before splitting up again just one year later.
On September 8, 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 Serbia during her inauguration and said that she is "also looking forward to going into the classroom and meeting many kids."
Ivanovic has appeared as a character in Smash Court Tennis 3, released in 2007, Virtua Tennis 2009, released in 2009, Grand Slam Tennis for Wii, also released in 2009, Top Spin 4 and Virtua Tennis 4 both released in 2011. She is also featured in 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 on a number of international magazines like FHM (Germany, United Kingdom, Australia), Vanity Fair (Spain), Cosmopolitan (Serbia), Vanidades (Mexico), Grazia (Serbia), The Best Shop (Serbia) and Sports Illustrated (South Africa).[original research?]
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