Athlete Spotlight: Ana Ivanovic, Serbian Tennis Star
Name: Ana Ivanović
Height: 6’0’’ Weight: 150 lbs.
Date of Birth: 6 November 1987
Accomplishments: No. 1 Tennis player in 2008, Two-time year-end WTA Tournament of Champions winner, runner-up at the 2008 Australian Open and the 2007 French Open, 15 WTA Tour singles titles winner, Winner of the 2008 French Open
Ana Ivanovic, who is a Serbian professional tennis player, was ranked No.1 worldwide in 2008. The Women’s Tennis Association ranked Ivanovic No. 61 in the world as of October 17, 2016. The popular Tennis player won the 2008 French Open after defeating Dinara Safin. Ivanovic was the runner up at the 2008 Australian Open and the 2007 French Open.
In addition to this, she qualified for the annual WTA Tour Championships in 2007, 2008 and 2014. She won the year-end WTA Tournament of Champions two times, in 2011 and 2010. Since 2003, the tennis champion is competing as a professional and has won 15 WTA Tour singles titles, which includes a Grand Slam singles title. She has career earnings of around $15 million as of 2016.
Time named the star player one of the “30 Legends of Women’s Tennis: Past, Present and Future” in June 2011. Further, reporter Matthew Cronin included her on the list of Top 100 Greatest Players Ever (his list included both male and female players.)
At the 2004 Zurich Open, Ivanovic’s first breakthrough came where she qualified and was very narrowly defeated in the second round in two tiebreak sets by Venus Williams. Ivanovic has beaten established tennis players, like Nadia Petrova, Amélie Mauresmo, Vera Zvonareva, and Svetlana Kuznetsova, by the age of 18.
She won against several other present and past top players as well, including Dinara Safina, Martina Hingis, Agnieszka Radwańska, Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Janković, Petra Kvitová, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Angelique Kerber, Victoria Azarenka, and Simona Halep. Ivanovic is praised for her impressive forehand and aggressive style of play when she is on form.
Nadia Petrova described her as, “the best out there.” After winning the 2008 French Open, Ivanovic had to struggle and those struggles are well documented. She was overwhelmed after the win and had to bear an ongoing period of low success, falling as low as No. 65 in the rankings, being unsuccessful in making a Grand Slam quarterfinal in 17 subsequent Grand Slam tournaments.
For Ivanovic, 2014 was a resurgent year as she won her first singles title, the Auckland Open, in over two years. Later, she won Aegon Classic, the Pan Pacific Open, and the Monterrey Open. She made several endorsement deals as well, including Nike shoes and apparel. In the start of year 2006, she endorsed Adidas products.
Later, she signed a lifetime contract with Adidas. Ivanovic signed an endorsement deal with Rolex in 2008.
Once the star player retires from competitive tennis, she will become an Ambassador for Adidas. She is the youngest athlete (including male and female) to sign a contract of such longevity. The tennis player has not gone out of form and is expected to win more awards in the years to come.