Troubles are still there for Ana Ivanovic. We celebrated her first-round victory at the 2010 Australian Open, but that was the last reason Ana gave us to celebrate as she lost in the very next round of the tournament. What makes it acceptable is that she was defeated by 36th-ranked Gisela Dulko, but still, Ana’s record against the Argentinean used to be 2-0.
Ivanovic’s slump started a long time ago, just after she won her maiden Grand Slam title and became No.1 in 2008. Since that time, Ivanovic hasn’t gone further than the fourth round in a Grand Slam and is ranked 21st now.
The Serb struggled with serving in the match against Dulko and the Argentinean won despite almost blowing a 5-1 lead in the third set. Dulko clinched a 6-7(6) 7-5 6-4 victory on her sixth match point.
Despite this disappointing loss, Ivanovic feels her game has improved: "It's hard. It hurts, I must say. For sure it will, but it's a process. I do feel better on the court. I'm playing much better. I feel like my old self."
Also, Ivanovic tried to explain why she has problems with ball toss: "I think what happens when my ball toss gets away from me, it's when I rush a little bit. It just gets away from me because I hold the ball so tight instead of just relaxing." (sources: BBC, ESPN, photo via Australian Open)