Ana Ivanovic: Back in form?


Originally published on: 23/06/11 18:50

The No. 18 seed Ana Ivanovic was in action today against Eleni Daniilidou of Greece. The Serb won emphatically 63 60 and has dropped only four games in her first two matches, as she defeated Melanie Oudin in the first round for the loss of only one game.

By her own admission she has been working on a few things in her game “ I’m starting to get a little more structure in my training and preparation”. She’s been working with Darren Cahill and the adidas player development programme team, although that means she only gets a share of their time as they work with other players (you can read a full review about the adidias player development programme in the May 2011 issue of tennishead magazine). But she’s “really trying to take more charge in the decision making. You know you have lots of people giving advice all the time, it just gets confusing”

Commenting on the time she spends with Cahill, former coach of Lleyton Hewiit and now an ESPN commentator “When I was in America we did spend a lot of time on court and it gave results. I spoke a lot to Darren about things to do, how to go about a certain thing”.

Taking responsiblity for herself is key in this set up because although through the programme Ivanovic also has access to Sven Groeneveld,  as she points out “He’s engaged as well. He has lots of adidas players. I saw him with Laura Robson too, past few days. It’s hard. They do have a lot of players”.

The Serb thinks that one thing she has improved since the French Open is that she has got fitter “I spent a lot of time in the gym”, but when it comes to bench pressing “I haven’t gone that far yet. I’m still with rubber bands!”.

Her next opponent is Czech Petra Cetkovska who put out the Number 13 seed Agnieszka Radwanska 36 76 64.


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