Just like last year, Ana Ivanovic overshadowed her overall unsuccessful season, at least in the light of her form of three years ago, by winning the year-ending Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions in Bali. In addition, the Serb celebrated her 24th birthday on the joyous day.
Ivanovic reached the final with two victories in straight sets, against Roberta Vinci in the quarterfinals and Nadia Petrova in the semis. In the last match of the tournament, the focused Ivanovic defeated Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3 6-0, losing just seven points in the second set, and awoke the hopes of a better 2012.
I think next year is going to be big, and I really want to sort of play tournaments that I’m ready for and really go and take my chances because you know I think especially the first half of the year I have nothing to defend and I can take my opportunities and hopefully keep the level and break the Top 10.
All the players adore the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions, primarily because of the exotic setting in Bali, and it seems that the environment is especially stimulating for Ivanovic. However, the time has come to change the location, and the event will move to Sofia, Bulgaria. As of 2012 and there will be no more sun and sea in the middle of winter. (photos: Roberto Pudyanto)