Kardon: Ana must go on the attack


Originally published on: 26/02/10 11:31

Ana Ivanovics new coach Craig Kardon says the Serb must play a more attacking style of tennis if she is to return to winning ways.

The American guru was talking to about his coaching philosophy and what hes been working on with the French Open champion since they hooked up in Dubai in February.

Kardon, who has worked with the likes of Martina Navratilova, Mary Pierce, Lindsay Davenport, Xavier Malisse, Vince Spadea and Jennifer Capriati in the past, reckons the former world No.1 could even do well on grass if she learns to finish points from the net.

I like to encourage attacking tennis, especially with someone like Ana who has so much firepower and potential to dominate, Kardon told the players official website. Its all about imposing your game on your opponent.

I want to work more on imposing her return game and I want her to play more attacking points on the return of serve. I want to increase her confidence so she can finish points at the net: she has excellent volley technique.

[Anas] still developing in all areas, which is exciting considering the success she has already had. Shes 21, so her technique is pretty much set and were not looking to change much there.

Ana is an instinctive player and shes told me shes at her best when shes not worrying about perfect technique in any case her technique is pretty damn good!

Kardon believes that although Ivanovic has had her best results on clay that she has the potential to do some damage on faster courts and even at Wimbledon.

Ana is fortunate in that she is an all-court player. Shes obviously had some great success on clay, but I think that with her aggressive game she can be a real force on grass. Some of my personal coaching highs have come at Wimbledon, and Id love to see her do very well there.

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