This is not an upset, nor is it surprising, but I still have the inertia of covering Ana Ivanovic and her early losses at tournaments still come as small shocks although they shouldn’t be by now. Anyway, the former world No.1, unseeded this year, fell in the very first round of Wimbledon 2010 to seed No.13 Shahar Peer with the score 6-3 6-4. The world No.45 Ivanovic entered the match with a 0-1 record against Peer, actually 0-2 if you include the Fed Cup, but today’s encounter was their first on grass and Ivanovic came to Wimbledon with a 15-5 win-loss record at the tournament, compared to Peer’s much weaker 8-5.
Fifth-seeded Francesca Schiavone, the champion at the previous Grand Slam of Roland Garros, was also eliminated in the first round already, by unseeded Russian Vera Dushevina 6-7(0) 7-5 6-1. The Italian has suffered her second straight loss after her awesome achievement on the Paris clay.
Ivanovic’s compatriot Jelena Jankovic, seeded fourth, needed a lot of match points and a tiebreak, but saw off promising British star Laura Robson 6-3 7-6(5). Last year’s Wimbledon runner-up Venus Williams improved to 47-3 in opening matches at Grand Slam tournaments by beating Rossana de los Rios 6-3 6-2. Kim Clijsters powered through to the second round with a 6-0 6-3 victory over Maria Elena Camerin, and her fellow Belgian Justine Henin advanced with a 6-4 6-3 win over Anastasija Sevastova. (photo: sr_cranks)
Ana now has only won 2 total matches in her last 4 slams combined. This is just too depressing to talk about anymore, so I don’t have anything else to say. 🙁
Pathetic. She can’t return a serve to save her life!!!!!!
yah it might be time for us to retire our Ivanovic flags, she might never regain the amazing form she had back in 2008. *sigh*
Pathetic, pathetic, pathetic. Ana cannot play well to save her life anymore! 🙁
I saw a glimmer of hope in Rome, but it was short lived and far fetched. Ana will never reach top form again which leaves her to lurk in the 40s or 50s of the rankings.
Surprisingly, I actually don’t know what went wrong for her downfall to initiate and keep going! Can someone tell me? Was it her small and to a great extent insignificant thumb injury or what? I mean, something drastic most have happened, but I am still questioning what it can be!
Schiovone’s upset was not that big of an upset as RG champions rarely do well on Wimby, expept Nadal!
It’s upsetting that it’s come to this. Hard to believe that this has now been going on for two years. She looks afraid out on court, as if she doesn’t know what to do. It’s all in her mind, its down to her confidence. She really wasn’t helped by the fact that she got a really tough draw first round, it could have been kinder to her. I still think that she will climb up the rankings again, but I don’t think she’ll be as good as she was before, that might be asking too much.
Sad to say but I think the magic has fizzled out and Ana’s glass is now slowly getting emptier and emptier.
Ana was always a nervous anxious player. Remember her first final?
But now there is no joy at all. Her losses are self-fulfilling prophecies, one after another.
One day she just has to get mad, get tired of losing and fight! But she seems like such a gentle soul, not meant for the tough world of professional tennis.
Right after Ana’s defeat, I went to the store and saw Ana on cover of some magazine. I mean, she gives more interviews in one month then far better player do in a year. Isn’t she sick of all the media attention and answering on the same questins over and over again??? I mean, come on girl, you’ve got talent, go away from the spotlight, try to relax and get SOME confidence and train hard! This way, she’ll end just like Kournikova, just with better results. Such a shame. She was always menthaly weak, but before it seemed that her fighting spirit was forcing her to improve, but right now, all I see is a former great player with 0 confidence. 🙁
ana should go to itf to get her confidence back. I have noticed she is following Olga Putchkova in career down spiral. did really well could of had a great career, than poof, start losing matches can’t against any one including a fish. maybe ana needs a nice long vacation with no tennis or to lock herself in empty swimming pool and practice like she did when she was younger.
P!nky, hahah you’re the first one with the idea of going back to where she started haha “to lock herself in empty swimming pool”. I think Ana should retire, and really mean it, and then her mindset would change and she would come back as a new player, better than ever.
Ana seems very disoriented and confused on court.I reckon that her game plan eroded ever since the Roland Garros 2008. Her recent comments was also a dumb remarks,She needs to train harder and purge away from those model behavior for a while.But i’ll do agree if she’s into modelling since she got the hot and mesmerizing look.