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Facts about Ana Ivanovic
Biography for Ana IvanovicAna Ivanović, (Serbian: Ана Ивановић, Serbian pronunciation: [ˈana iˈvaːnɔvitɕ] ( listen); born Nov. 6, 1987 (26 years ago), in Belgrade, Serbia, then Yugoslavia) is a former World No.1 Serbian tennis player. As of Jul. 6, 2009 (4 years ago), she is ranked World No. 11 by the Women's Tennis Association. She won the 2008 (5 years ago) French Open and was the runner-up in singles at the 2007 (6 years ago) French Open and the 2008 (5 years ago) Australian Open.
Personal lifeIvanović's mother Dragana, who is a lawyer, attends all of her daughter's matches. Her father, Miroslav, a self-employed businessman, attends as many events as he possibly can. Ana has a younger brother, Miloš, with whom she loves to play basketball. She chooses not to have a permanent coach. Aside from her tennis career, Ivanović also studies finance at a university in Belgrade and Spanish in her spare time. Her inspiration to begin playing was Monica Seles.
On sep. 8, 2007 (6 years ago), Ivanović became a UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia, alongside Aleksandar Đorđević and Emir Kusturica. She takes a special interest in the fields of education and child protection. Ivanović 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."
Ivanović confirmed in Nov. 2008 (5 years ago) that she was romantically involved with Spanish tennis player Fernando Verdasco; however, it was reported that the relationship ended in Jan. 2009 (4 years ago). Ivanovic is currently dating Australian golfer Adam Scott.
EquipmentIvanović endorsed Nike apparel and shoes at the beginning of her professional career, but at the beginning of 2006 (7 years ago), she switched to rival Adidas. She started with the Wilson racquets, eventually using the nCode nBlade. Since the beginning of 2008 (5 years ago), Ivanović has been using Yonex racquets, presently equipped with the RQiS 1 Tour XL.
Playing StyleIvanovic is an offensive baseliner who is notable for her aggressive play. Ivanović's strength is her powerful forehand which has long been considered to be one of the best forehands in the game. Her backhand, although not as big of a weapon as her forehand, has improved over the years. Ivanović's serve is a powerful weapon, but can sometimes be unreliable due to an occasional wayward ball toss. Ivanović's movement and net play were once considered to be her weaknesses, however both her movement and net play has improved tremendously over the years. Ivanović's best surface are clay courts where her height allows her to strike clean winners off of high bouncing balls, but she is capable of performing well on hard and grass courts as well. Her main weakness is considered to be her lack of confidence.
CareerIvanović picked up a racket at the age of five after watching Monica Seles, a fellow Yugoslavian, on TV during the 1992 (21 years ago) French Open. She started her career after memorizing the number of a local tennis clinic from an advertisement . During her training she encountered the NATO bombings in 1999 (14 years ago), forcing her to train in the morning to avoid them. Later, she admitted that she trained in an abandoned swimming pool in the winter, as there were no other facilities. When she was 15, Ivanović spent four hours in the locker room crying after a defeat—the first that her new manager had watched—she thought that Dan Holzmann was going to drop her because she felt that she was not good enough to become a professional tennis player. He has stayed as her manager to this day.
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