Ana Ivanovic’s promising return to form in Cincinnati was making all the headlines and unbelievably all the hope of her resurgence got a bitter tone as the Serb retired injured from her semifinal against Kim Clijsters after playing just three games. We could have expected a meltdown, nerves, bad play, or whatever, but an injury! No way!
Ivanovic was trailing 2-1 when she made a return and hurt her ankle. She then received treatment and got back to the court, but couldn’t continue with the match. Nevertheless, the world No.62 Ivanovic will return to the Top 40 in the new rankings, but if the injury turns out to be serious she could well slip again. I hope the future will be favorable to Ana.
Clijsters’ opponent in the final will be the winner of the match between Maria Sharapova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)