At last, Ana Ivanovic has reached her first final appearance this 2009 and will face Russian’s Vera Zvonareva in BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Sunday, STADIUM 1 start 12:00 noon. This match can be a very interesting considering Ivanovic came on top during their Linz Open final clash while the Russian outplayed the Serbian in the Dubai year-end championship in 2008.
As you remember, Ivanovic was kept losing after three matches in her recent tournaments. During the start of 2009, she lost to Amelie Mauresmo in Brisbane International after surviving round two and three. In Australian Open, she only reached third round and in Barclays Championship in Dubai, the gorgeous Serbian sailed through the quarterfinals but fell to Serena Williams after outplaying Kleybanova and Pin.
But now, she’s pretty back on board and she’s striking hard. I hope and pray this performance will continue till the Roland Garros on May.
For now, here are some of her awesome pics during her matches:
“SEMIFINAL— Ana held serve confidently and then broke Pavlyuchenkova at the first opportunity to take a 2-0 lead. She crushed her service returns and denied the teenager any time. What’s more, she served strongly and didn’t give the Russian many opportunities to break: Pavlyuchenkova had just one break point in the 75-minute match (6-2, 6-3).”
“FOURTH ROUND— Ana ended the two hours and five minutes match with three aces and five double-faults. She converted eight of 13 break point opportunities, while Pennetta succeded in seven of 11 attempts (6-4, 4-6, 6-4).”
“THIRD ROUND– -Ana beat 31st seed Gisela Dulko 6-3, 6-3 in the thid round of the BNP Paribas Open… she scored the decisive breaks in the eighth game of the first set and the seventh game of the second set. She broke the world No.36 as she served to stay in the match.”
“SECOND ROUND— Yakimova made a brilliant start. She played flawlessly and retrieved all of Ana’s heavy groundstrokes. She broke the 21-year-old twice and moved into a 3-0 lead… but Ana continued to hit with great ferocity and accuracy and, inevitably perhaps, Yakimova eventually could not cope. The fifth seed stormed back, hitting a swathe of inside-out forehand winners that enabled her to reel off four straight games (6-4, 6-3).”
Ivanovic received BYE in the first round and a free win during the QF as Sybille Bammer decided to withdraw due to injury.
Ana Ivanovic also looks supremely HOT during her trainings. Geez, I just wished I was there to hug and kiss her.
Info from www.anaivanovic.com