Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Note: I was planning to do an article about Ana Ivanovic, but when I saw this one by Richard Pagliaro of www.tennisnow.com, I got his permission to publish it here. Richard was the editor of TennisWeek.com, which folded last December. I had been a contributing writer. He is with not only tennisnow.com, but has also launched a new web site, http://www.10sballs.com/. I am also a contributing writer to both sites.

Ana Ivanovic's Slide Continues
By Richard Pagliaro

(March 13, 2010) INDIAN WELLS — Ana Ivanovic stared at her strings searching for solutions to the problems that continue to plague her, but never found them tonight.
The slumping Serbian's skid continued as she failed to clear the first hurdle at the BNP Paribas Open.
A finalist in each of the last two years, Ivanovic failed to clear the first hurdle tonight, falling to 63rd-ranked Latvian Anastasija Sevastova, 6-2, 6-4, in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open.

It was the fourth straight loss for Ivanovic, who will fall from the top 30 when the new WTA Tour rankings are released on March 22nd. The dilemma for Ivanovic is she needs match play to regain her confidence, but can't break this downward spiral without putting wins together.

"It was kind of Catch 22, so I didn't feel confident enough to play and still or like ready enough to play," Ivanovic said. "And then I would play and then I lost, and so then obviously confidence goes. So it kind of was on a roll."


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