BiographyAna Ivanovic was born in Belgrade, Serbia, on November 8, 1987. She thanks her parents, Dragana and Miroslav, for supporting her tennis dreams for her entire life. Even though she's the famous athletic name in the family, Ana's relatives have also done their fair share of sports. Her younger brother, Milos, plays basketball and her uncle is a former football player.
Tennis first became a dream for Ana Ivanovic when she watched it on TV at a young age, with her favorite player being Monica Seles. At the age of 4, Ana memorized the phone number for a local tennis club that advertised on TV. She persuaded her parents to call and the rest is history. A year later, she was playing and one of her friends was Novak Djokovic, who became the third-ranked player in the world. A steady player at 5, Ana Ivanovic had already decided that tennis was for her.
ana ivanovic against venus williamsAna Ivanovic's tennis dreams encountered difficulties because of her surroundings. In 1999, there were NATO bombings in her homeland, which forced her to practice in the morning and eventually in a deserted swimming pool because there was nowhere else to play. In order to give herself a better opportunity, she moved to Switzerland at 15 and was sponsored by her manager. Without the money to cover it, Ana Ivanovic promised to pay for it based on her winnings. It didn't start well when she lost in front of her manager for the first time and cried for hours until he discouraged her negative thinking and stayed by her side.
In 2004, Ana Ivanovic started playing professionally and gained notice when she was undefeated as a challenger at the Junior Wimbledon Tournament. Her highlight of the year was eventually playing against Venus Williams and, even though Ana lost the match, it showed that she could keep up with an elite player.
ana ivanovic wins canada masters Ana Ivanovic's taste for winning began in 2005 when she won her first singles title in Canberra, Australia. She also joined the French Open and made it to the third round before being eliminated. Later that year, she also played in the Australian Open and lost. Losing was never fun, but Ana was gaining confidence at how far she was climbing in just a short time. Despite the losses and an injury, her successful run was causing her overall ranking to rise.
A year later, Ana Ivanovic had one of her most successful matches by defeating ex-No. 1 player Martina Hingis at the Canada Masters. Ana built on the experience by winning the United States Open Series. Just as in the previous year, a nagging injury slowed her progress, but she finished 2006 ranked at No. 15 in singles and No. 51 in doubles, which she did on the side.
ana ivanovic wins the east west bank classicIn 2007, after losing the third round of the Australian Open, she replaced her coach, David Taylor, with Sven Groenefeld. The change appeared to pay off when she made the final at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, only to lose to old foe Martina Hingis. Soon after, Ana Ivanovic won the Qatar Telecom German Open, which helped her crack WTA's top 10 rankings. Ana's winning touch continued when she won the East West Bank Classic, upping her ranking to No. 4, and she followed it up by making it to the French Open final and the Wimbledon semifinals.
ana ivanovic is named no. 73 in 2008 top 99As a testament to Ana Ivanovic's down-to-earth and giving personality, she was selected as a UNICEF National Ambassador in 2007 in her home country of Serbia. This gave her the chance to work on important issues like child protection and education by visiting local schools. Even though Ana's busy enough with her tennis duties, having a cause that is close to her heart makes her life that much more rewarding.
Ana Ivanovic doesn't just have a blooming tennis career, she's also a glorified sex symbol to men around the globe, and her position on AskMen.com's 2008 Top 99 at No. 73 was proof of that.
ana ivanovic wins 2008 french openAt the '08 Australia Open, Ana Ivanovic, for the first time, reached the quarterfinals, overtook the powerful Venus Williams, but was defeated by Maria Sharapova. However, the headway she made brought her up to a No. 2 ranking in the world.
Then, at the French Open, she defeated Jelena Jankovic, No. 3 in the world, and then went on to beat Dinara Safina and take home her first Grand Slam singles final. However, her luck took a turn for the worst at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing when she had to withdraw from the competition due to an injury. Then, at the US Open, although she reclaimed her No. 1 ranking, she lost in the second round match.
Ana Ivanovic made it to the quarterfinals of the China Open, yet she lost to powerhouse Serena Williams at the Zurich Open.
ana ivanonic is named no. 96 in 2009 top 99After a few mediocre performances in a few tennis matches in 2009, Ana Ivanovic decided to start working with a new coach. She also found herself in the spotlight, but not because of her altheticism -- the tennis star came in at No. 96 in AskMen.com's Top 99 Most Desirable Women of 2009.