Former World No.1 Ana Ivanovic has experienced fluctuating form as of late, with her last major win at the 2008 French Open. She has failed to reach a Grand Slam quarter final since and has only accumulated two titles since then. 2009 was a year she’d rather forget, reaching just three quarter-finals, one semi-final and one-final. More astonishingly, she only won back-to-back matches six times and concluded the year ranked 21, her worst since she turned pro in 2005.
However, late 2010 has brought Ivanovic with renewed confidence, moving her ranking from a lackluster 64 to a more respectable rank of 24. The Serbian said returning to the top 25 rankings after a slide was the best tonic to fuel her recent run of good form, which includes a title in Austria last month.
“It gives you confidence (the ranking rise), not only (in) the scoreline, but the way you play. I really think things are coming back together,” she said.
“I feel the things I’ve been working on, I can see them working in matches now, and that makes a big difference when you are under pressure and playing the important points in a match.”