Published On: Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015

Ana Ivanovic keen to make up for lost time

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Ana is angry. The wrath didn’t reflect in Ivanovic’s eyes that sparkled under the desert sun or her flushed countenance. Rather, it showed in the ferocity of her forehand, the Serb was going cross and straight, short and sharp, taking the fight away from her opponent the 2013 Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki.

The 27-year-old with a super-model body and face of an angel, still stinging from her first round exit in the Australian Open last month, fuelled her frustration into dominating performance that saw her wipe out the German’s challenge 6-0, 6-3 in 65-minutes in a second round match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

“There was a little bit of frustration still from Australia,” she said of her first match in almost a month, “It wasn’t easy to leave Melbourne so early.”

Ivanovic, former world No.1 and 2008 French Open champion, wilted under the pressure that comes with winning a Slam and gradually slid down the rankings, making only two quarterfinals in majors since her maiden triumph. In the last couple of years, the tall, striking star has shown signs of re-emerging on the big stage with a string of consistent results on the Tour. On Tuesday, it was vintage Ana, of some seven summers ago.

“I’m a different person now than when I won the French,” Ivanovic said, “When you mature you get more secure about yourself. You see things differently. Now I don’t take things so hard or personal. You experience ups and downs in different areas and at different times of your life. You just have to go through it. Unfortunately I had to go through it in public, which was not easy.”

In other second round matches, third seed Caroline Wozniacki needed to dig deep against Aussie Samantha Stosur to win 4-6, 6-1, 7-5. Fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska also struggled in her 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 win over France’s Caroline Garcia.


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