Ana Ivanovic: One Of The 30 Legends Of Women’s Tennis

Ana Ivanovic

Ana Ivanovic (born 6 November 1987), is a Serbian former professional tennis player.

She became the world No. 1 in 2008 after she won the 2008 French Open, and held the top ranking for a total of 12 weeks.

She was also the runner-up at the 2007 French Open and the 2008 Australian Open, losing to Justine Henin and Maria Sharapova respectively.

She qualified for the year-end WTA Tour Championships three times, in 2007, 2008, and 2014, and won the year-end WTA Tournament of Champions twice, in 2010 and 2011.

The former World No.1 and French Open 2008 winner Ana Ivanovic bid adieu to her professional tennis career on 28 December.

Having been absent with injury since August, Ivanovic announced her retirement stating that she was no longer able to play to her high standards.

Nevertheless, in her 13-year-long professional career, Ivanovic has enjoyed her set of highs and lows to come this far.

Though retirement came early, Ivanovic confirmed that it is not the end of everything.

The Serbian looks forward to making a mark in new endeavors such as philanthropy, business, and fashion.

As the nostalgia sets in, here are 5 facts and trivia about the 29-year-old to keep her now-ended association with tennis afresh.

  1. Her mother is a lawyer and her father Miroslav is an economist.
    1. 2. She first held her tennis racket at the age of five after watching her idol Monica Seles, a fellow Yugoslav, on television.
  • 3. In September 2007, Ivanovic was named as a Goodwill Ambassador by UNICEF.
    • She was also named Humanitarian of the Year during the 2008 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Player Awards ceremony in Miami.
    • The then 21-year-old was recognised for her charitable efforts as a UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia as well as her generous personality.
    • 4. Serbia honored Ana by featuring her on a postage stamp in the run-up to the 2008 Olympics. Other players from Serbia including Novak Djokovic and Jelena Jankovic also received this honor.
    • 5. Ivanovic has appeared as a character in the video game Smash Court Tennis 3, released in 2007, Virtua Tennis 2009, released in 2009, Grand Slam Tennis for Wii, also released in 2009, Top Spin 4 and Virtua Tennis 4 both released in 2011.
    • She is also featured in Grand Slam Tennis 2, released in 2012.
    • She stars, among others, alongside Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Lindsay Davenport, Anna Chakvetadze, Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova.
    • Ana Ivanovic married former-German footballer Bastian Schweinsteiger in July 2016. The couple have three children together.

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