Ana Ivanovic

Ana Ivanovic
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Native nameАна Ивановић
Ana Ivanović
Country (sports) Serbia and Montenegro (2004–2006)[1][2]
 Serbia (2006–2016)
ResidenceChicago, Illinois[3]
Born (1987-11-06) 6 November 1987 (age 32)
Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[4][5]
Turned pro17 August 2003
Retired28 December 2016
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$15,510,787
Official websiteOfficial website
Career record480–225 (68.1%)
Career titles15 WTA, 5 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 1 (9 June 2008)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenF (2008)
French OpenW (2008)
WimbledonSF (2007)
US OpenQF (2012)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsSF (2007)
Olympic Games3R (2012)
Career record30–35
Highest rankingNo. 50 (25 September 2006)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open1R (2005, 2007)
Wimbledon3R (2005)
US Open3R (2006)
Mixed doubles
Career record2–2
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2006)
French Open2R (2005)
US Open1R (2011)
Other mixed doubles tournaments
Olympic Games1R (2012)
Team competitions
Fed CupF (2012), record 20–9
Hopman CupF (2013)

Ana Schweinsteiger[6] (Serbian: Ана Швајнштајгер / Ana Švajnštajger; born 6 November 1987), professionally known by her maiden name Ana Ivanovic (Ана Ивановић / Ana Ivanović,[7][8] pronounced [âna ǐʋanoʋitɕ, ǎː-] (About this soundlisten)), is a Serbian retired professional 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[9] and the 2008 Australian Open.[10] She qualified for the annual WTA Tour Championships three times, in 2007, 2008 and 2014[11] and won the year-end WTA Tournament of Champions twice, in 2010[12] and 2011.[13]

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[14] and was also included on the list of "Top 100 Greatest Players Ever" (male and female combined) by reporter Matthew Cronin.[15]

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 Petrova, 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 Halep, 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."[16]

Ivanovic's struggles after winning the 2008 French Open were well documented.[17] After that victory, she was overwhelmed by attention[18] 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.[19][20] 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. She qualified for competition in the WTA Tour Championships and secured a year-end ranking of No. 5, signifying her return to the world's elite.[21] 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, she announced her retirement, citing being no longer able to perform to a high standard as a major factor.[22]

Early life

Ivanovic was born in Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia. Her 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.[23]

Ivanovic first picked up a racket at the age of five after watching Monica Seles, a fellow Yugoslav, on television.[4] 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.[24] Manager Dan Holzmann was living in Basel, and Ana and her mother stayed with him until they could afford an apartment.[citation needed] 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.[25]