Impressive Start For Ana Ivanovic in 2010

Ana Ivanovic opened 2010 with wins over Australian pride Jelena Dokic, Swiss Timea Bacsinszky and Russian’s rising star Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in Brisbane.

During the first round, Ana Ivanovic was all zest up and win her first game against Jelena Dokic. However, Dokic leveled up her game and put much pressure to Roland Garros 2008 Champion. The fiber of luck still sided with Ivanovic. She escaped the scare and took advantage of Dokic’s errors and won the opening set.

Ana Ivanovic had a hard time catching up with Dokic during the second set. Dokic devoured the popular Serb and won five straight games to zip. Dokic closed out the set 6-1. Ana Ivanovic’s firing forehand worked very well in the deciding, winning her first match of the season (7-5, 1-6, 6-3).

Through the second round, it seemed Ana Ivanovic was in a rollercoaster again as she played against Timea Bacsinszky. The Serb started aggressively and easily outlasted the Swiss at 6-2. Like what happened in the first round, Bacsinzky devoured Ivanovic in the next, allowing the Serb to only win two games.

Ana Ivanovic’s serves and unforced errors troubled her in the deciding but she continued to dictate the game with her forehand and sealed a match victory after the Swiss committed a double fault at 5-4.

The quarterfinal clash between Ivanovic and Pavlyuchenkova was perhaps one of the most memorable and unforgettable matches in Ana’s tennis career.

Ivanovic became victorious in straight sets (6-2, 7-6) after an hour and twenty-seven minutes however, the wave of intensity was too much to handle as the game reached its climax.

Ivanovic easily handled the young Russian in the first set 6-2 and became very hungry in the second as she was up by four games to Russian’s zero. There was a big momentum shift in the fifth game as Pavlyuchenkova rolled her cards up in the sky and frustrate the Linz Open 2008 Champion.

Tiebreaker for these two women and Ivanovic clearly wiped out all her winning chances. The Russian won four points in a row to Ivanovic’s one.

You would surely think there would be a third set again but never say never, tables were instantly turned once more. Ana Ivanovic handled the pressure very well to stay on track. At 6-6 all, Ana Ivanovic owned the last two points to advance in her first semifinals since Indian wells 2009.

The comeback Belgian WTA queen, Justine Henin easily outplayed Ana Ivanovic (6-3, 6-2). The Australian Open 2008 finalist couldn’t produce another luck in her game and Henin simply dictated aggressively, firing seven aces.

Although the match was a landslide loss and she committed seven double faults, Ivanovic continued to show a promising start at this early stage of the year and still managed to produced two aces.

Personal Thoughts:

Making it on the last four before falling to a huge name is a revelation for Ana Ivanovic. It’s still a mystery to what will happen to Ana for the rest of the year but her chances of cracking in the top ten is not an impossibility if she continues to be in the quarterfinals or semis.

I am still aware Ana continued to struggle with her ball toss and her confidence. I was uneasy upon seeing her iced her shoulder during her after-match interview. Yet, her display of confidence during the QF tiebreaker was admirable.

Ana Ivanovic is back on court, back to playing competitive tennis and survive the scares. 2010 remains a mystery but you know what, this is just the right time for her redemption.

All photos courtesy of: Brisbane International

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