Ana Ivanovic born November 6, 1987, in Belgrade, is a Serbian professional tennis player. She is currently ranked World No. 2 and is the top ranked Serbian player, just in front of compatriot Jelena Jankovic. At the 2007 French Open, Ivanovic reached her first Grand Slam singles final, losing to Justine Henin. She also reached the semifinals of Wimbledon and the Women's Tennis Association Tour Championships in 2007. At the 2008 Australian Open final, she was defeated by Maria Sharapova
Ana was born in an ethnic Serb family. Her mother, Dragana, a lawyer, attends her daughter's matches all season along, while Ana's father, Miroslav, who is a self-employed businessman attends as many events as he possibly can. Ana has a younger brother, Milo, with whom she loves to play basketball. Other hobbies include shopping, watching movies and playing Sudoku. Ivanovic's uncle is a former footballer and her coach although she chooses not to have a permanent coach. Aside from her tennis career, Ivanovic also studies finance and Spanish at a university in Belgrade. One of her uncles lives in Melbourne, Australia. Her inspiration to begin playing was Monica Seles, and she also admires Roger Federer.
On September 8, 2007, Ivanovic has become a UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia, alongside Aleksandar Πordevic 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: "I'm also looking forward to going into the classroom and meeting many kids."Ivanovic is a fan of all sport clubs competing under the name of Partizan Belgrade. Ivanovic is friends with former doubles partner Maria Kirilenko, as well as other professional tennis players Daniela Hantuchovα, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Sanja Ancic, Rafael Nadal, Tatiana Golovin and fellow Serbians Novak Πokovic (who she has known since the age of 5) and Janko Tipsarevic
Ivanovic is an offensive baseliner. She relies heavily on the power, depth, and placement of her forehand strokes, producing many winners through penetrating, flat shots with occasional topspin. Her net play has improved significantly, and her drop shots are generally well executed. Ivanovic's two-handed backhand is solid, but if she has time to get in the correct court position, she prefers to hit an inside-out forehand. She has a forceful but unreliable serve, although she occasionally hits aces on her second serve. She has occasionally won matches with a first serve percentage of below 40%.
Because of her height, Ivanovic spends much of her training time on improving her fitness and footwork.Ivanovic often describes her own playing as "point by point," making it possible for her to win matches that seemed to have been lost. On the other hand, her quality of play can vary significantly from match to match. Ivanovic also has difficulty in adapting and changing her strategy when not in control of a match.Her style is suitable for all surfaces; however, clay courts give her more time to reach shots from her opponent. Although it is generally more difficult to hit through opponents on a slow clay surface, Ivanovic has sufficiently powerful strokes to overcome much of this disadvantage.
Ivanovic's first tournament was the Mondial Hardcourts in Gold Coast, Australia, falling to Shahar Pe'er in the quarterfinals 57, 64, 64. Her next tournament was the Sydney Medibank International, where she again lost in the quarterfinals, this time to Nicole Vaidiovα 64, 62.Ivanovic was the thirteenth seed at the Australian Open. She defeated Polish player Agnieszka Radwanska in the second round but lost to World No. 22 Vera Zvonareva in the third round 61, 62. Immediately after the tournament, Ivanovic announced via her official website that she had terminated the services of her then-coach, David Taylor.
Ivanovic serving at AntwerpAt the Tier I Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, Ivanovic reached her third career final, defeating Jelena Jankovic in the quarterfinals and Maria Sharapova in the semifinals. Ivanovic then lost to Martina Hingis 64, 62. Ivanovic then left for Europe and played the tournament in Antwerp, where she lost in the quarterfinals to Kim Clijsters.Her next two tournaments were Tier I events in the United States. At the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, Ivanovic was upset in the fourth round by Sybille Bammer. At the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, Ivanovic was upset by Yaroslava Shvedova in the second round.
The following week, Ivanovic began her clay court season at the Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia Island, Florida. She defeated Jankovic in the quarterfinals before falling to Tatiana Golovin 64, 36, 64. In her first appearance at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina the following week, Ivanovic lost to Vera Zvonareva in the third round.Ivanovic then returned to Europe to play two red clay court tournaments. In Berlin at the Qatar Telecom German Open, she won her first Tier I clay court title. She defeated Patty Schnyder in the quarterfinals and World No. 4 Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final. However, Ivanovic injured her ankle during the final, which forced her to withdraw from the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome. The win in Berlin propelled her into the top ten of the WTA Rankings for the first time, at World No. 8.