Ivanovic hits rock bottom

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“I can’t remember last time I had a match like this, maybe not since I was junior,” said 11th seed Ana Ivanovic after a 6-0 6-0 loss to Roberta Vinci in the second round of the Rogers Cup. Actually, it’s her first double bagel loss since turning professional! The match lasted 44 minutes and the Serbian No.1 earned just three game points, while Vinci faced no break points. The world No.12 Ivanovic won the tournament in 2006.

Serbian No.2 and 13th seed at the Rogers Cup, Jelena Jankovic, followed her compatriot’s exit path. There were no bagels, but Jankovic won just five games, 6-2 6-3, against home player Aleksandra Wozniak, against whom she used to be 4-0 in career meetings. The 18th-ranked Jankovic has now lost 12 of her last 16 opening matches.

Also out in the second round were seed No.12 Dominika Cibulkova and seed No.15 Sabine Lisicki, who fell to Varvara Lepchenko and Carla Suarez Navarro respectively.

Second seed Agnieszka Radwanska avoided a second straight loss of an opener, after her first-round defeat at the Olympics, surviving a nail-biter against Mona Barthel, who had a 4-2 lead in the third set, then a match point at 6-5 and again a 4-1 lead in the tiebreak. Radwanska won in the end: 4-6 6-3 7-6(5). (photo: sr_cranks)


  1. I don’t think this loss is such a big deal, sure it’s not a good thing, but I’ve seen this match and I can say i’ve seen Ana play a lot worse than this. But the result is still ridiculous. As for JJ, unless she changes something in her game and especially her head, her carrier will very soon come to an end.

  2. There have been some really strange results this week, but not too surprising I suppose with Olympics just last week… not every week though you see two double bagels and from players you might expect to win their matches!

  3. For some reason I wasn’t too dismayed by this result. Every player has bad days where they go out and play and none of their shots will land in the court and it’s happened to plenty of pros over the years. Just think back to Clijsters vs Petrova in Australia! Kim could not hit a ball in court that day- it was ridiculous. It’s not the end of the world for Ana, I just hope that she doesn’t let it play on her mind too much or it could set her back weeks.

  4. If this happened in 2009 when she was really bad I’d say such results is a rock bottom. But right now, I don’t think so. It was just a pretty bad day in the office.

    @Mirjana As far as JJ, I think that she is getting ready for her retirement and just isn’t taking tennis as seriously anymore.

  5. … as the sensationalistic “journalism” does. Rock bottom, indeed… One has to come up with such an outburst of sheer creativity, if I may say so.

  6. You’re right, guys. “The rock bottom” title is an overstatement, her career has seen worse times, but the double bagel, the first one in her career, did shock me and that’s why I was inspired to write “rock bottom”, as it definitely is a big blow.

  7. Marine, I hope it’s nothing serious and won’t affect her US Open. As I see, doctors will check her after a five-day rest.


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