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Ana Ivanovic

Ana Ivanovic was born in Belgrade, Serbia on 6th November 1987. Ana first took an interest in tennis when she saw the game being played on television; particularly wanting to emulate the success of the top players in the women's game such as Monica Seles, who was Ivanovic's inspiration.

In 2004 Ana was runner up in the Wimbledon junior event, a tournament which has seen many of its former finalists achieve great things in the game. Her first professional achievement of any note came at the Zurich Open in Switzerland where she gave Venus Williams a close match (losing both sets on tie breaks), and got to the quarterfinals in Luxembourg the following week.

2004 had been a good year for Ana Ivanovic, and big things were expected from her in 2005. She didn't disappoint. In Canberra, Australia she won her very first singles title, as a qualifier! Good performances and wins over well-known players such as Amelie Mauresmo and Svetlana Kuznetsova enabled her to climb up the world rankings and finish the year at 16th, despite being out injured for some of it.

The highlight of Ana's still relatively new career came at the 2007 French Open at Roland Garros, where she got all the way to the final after a superb performance in the semis, beating world number 2 and one of the favorites for the tournament Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-1. However, her opponent Justine Henin proved a step too far, beating Ana 6-1, 6-2 on her way to a third successive championship on the clay courts.

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