Ana Ivanovic seeks Wimbledon crown as queen of the court
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June 21, 2008
The prosecution has waived the retirement by Justine Henin proved to be a perfect Ana Ivanovic in Paris and the World No1 plans to complete his succession at Wimbledon.
The Serbian has shown in Paris, she was the natural heir of Henin, the Belgian Livewire who stunned tennis by announcing his retirement at age 25 last month.
The 20-year Belgrade left Roland Garros with her first Grand Slam title, the world's top ranking and knowledge, it has the power, timing and movement to dominate the game.
"You just make sure you continue to do good things on the ground and play your matches, rankings and take care of themselves," said Ivanovic after Russia beat Dinara Safina at the Open de France final.
"I think I have a good chance (of winning Wimbledon)," said Ivanovic, who lost in the event champion Venus Williams in the semi-finals last year. "I worked very hard and this work brings results."
There are fewer guns to lose in the game of women in a state of shock Ivanovic, who missed the warm-up at Eastbourne this week in the abduction remains a muscle strain.
There is no Ivo Karlovic and Mario Ancic as threats hiding among women draw and Ivanovic is expected to increase the quarter-finals with ease.
There she could meet one of the Williams sisters, so dangerous on grass, even if they looked a shadow of their former same in Paris.
Venus, who has just turned 28 years, is seeded seventh and will play its 12th Wimbledon, has a 51-7 win loss record and won the big four times.
She and sixth seeded sister Serena, 26 and twice champion here, have the experience, power and guile on the grass to break the cartel of Eastern Europe.
If they overcome this hurdle, Ivanovic is seeded to face Russians Svetlana Kuznetsova and Maria Sharapova before a test second largest Serbian Jelena Jankovic rival.
Questions should be asked about the temperament Jankovic after his Grand Slam semi-final record fell to 0-4 with the defeat by Ivanovic in Paris. Kuznetsova, never past the last eight in London, is usually discovered by the fleet of more than a foothold on the slick surface.
Sharapova, winner in 2004, considered something, but a world No1 in Paris, giving away nearly 11 games by double faults and complaining of a shoulder injury Safina finally put her in his misery four rounds.
But she has experience of lifting the Rosewater Dish "and" evil of the loss suffered by the bludgeoning Safina, and with it his first rank, no doubt about his spur.
"My chances are just as good as everyone, that is all that takes on their chances," said Sharapova, who has chosen to remain out of Wimbledon warm-up events before his inclination.
France's Amélie Mauresmo is a shadow of the player who lifted the title in 2006 and working with a leg injury.
Ivanovic said in Paris that winning a Grand Slam is something she had dreamed of since I was a little child. "
"It is my interest to continue to work hard and win more of these trophies," she said.