Newly-crowned French Open champion Ana Ivanovic, who has now officially become world number one, revealed why she lost so early at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, the Tier I event which took place in Rome last month.
As Ivanovic was getting ready to go on court for her second round match against Tsvetana Pironkova, she suddenly heard that Justine Henin had quit the sport. As you know, the news was totally unexpected, and since Henin would have been the overwhelming favorite to win the Roland Garros title for the fifth time in six years, the news gave Ivanovic a glimmer of hope. That hope, however, distracted Ivanovic so much that she lost the match against Pironkova.
“I started thinking, hey maybe I can become number one but it was too much for me,” said the 20-year-old Ivanovic.