Sunday, June 10, 2007

Ana and the queens

Update - For Ana Ivanovic and 2008 French Open, it's on Ana Ivanovic and Traffic Surge.

- I guess I got my wish - a perfect final between Henin and Ivanonic. The only thing is, that it wasn't perfect. Justine was way too strong and experienced for Ana in her first grand slam final. Too many unforced errors, too many double faults. Nevertheless, an excellent tournament for Ivanovic, having beaten both the 2nd and 3rd ranks.

Original post June 4, 2007:
There are many reasons why people love tennis. 19-year old Ana Ivanovic is one of them.

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Ana Ivanovic is currently world's number seven. Born in Serbia, she now lives in Basel, Switzerland, unlike many other players who choose Florida.

She hits and serves hard. Her fastest serve in the last game was 201 km/h, compared to Federer's 213 km/h and Nadal's 198 km/h in their respective 4th round matches. The ladies final between her and the one-handed-backhander Justine Henin would be perfect.

The ladies quarter finals itself is almost perfect, with almost all the eight top seeded players, today's queens of tennis, in. The only exception is seeded nine Anna Chakvetadze, taking seeded five Amelie Mauresmo's place. Not bad.

Here are the queens (pictures from Roland Garros website):

#1 Justine Henin vs. #8 Serena Williams

#4 Jelena Jankovic vs. #6 Nicole Vaidisova

#7 Ana Ivanovic vs. #3 Svetlana Kuznetsova

#9 Anna Chakvetadze vs. #2 Maria Sharapova