Ana Ivanovic’s career was in a downfall, but with the loss in the US Open first round, it has finally hit the ground.
We had been fearful we wouldn't even get the chance to see both of Ana Ivanovic's US Open dresses in action, but Ana’s loss in the first round is a surprise nevertheless, even though it was to a tricky opponent, world No.52 Kateryna Bondarenko.
The 11th-seeded Ivanovic lost the match in a third-set tiebreaker, having even had a match point at 6-5 in the tiebreak. Final score: 2-6 6-3 7-6(7).
Here’s the most telling part of the post match presser, where the former world No.1, now ranked 11th, sums up her issues.
Q. Is it possible you could be thinking about it too much?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, I think I've been thinking about everything too much and trying to address lots of issues with my game, and at the moment I feel like I have a plan in place and I know what I have to do in each area of my game. But just at the moment I think it's a little disbalanced. My fitness is at one level, mind at another, my game is at another level. I think these all these things have to marry to get into the right direction and have to fit.
It’s the 21-year-old’s first defeat in the opening round of a Grand Slam. (photo via Ana Ivanovic's official website)