Catching up from Indian Wells and Miami

During Indian Wells, Ana took part in a photo shoot for Adidas wearing what looks to be her Wimbledon dress for this year. She also took time to answer twitter questions from fans, submitted to the Adidas twitter handle. In the video above, Ana reveals she would love to win both Wimbledon and the Olympics, but medaling at the Olympic games would be her choice for this year. She also expresses her love for IW (an answer to my tweet), and it doesn’t look like Ana will be joining twitter  anytime soon, sadly but understandably. Thanks to Isabsan on twitter for the tip.

  • Over at Ana’s official website, she wrote an new diary this past Sunday discussing her injury she suffered at Indian Wells and her success at the event. Ivanovic also revealed that she has added Stuttgart to her clay season schedule and will indeed play Fed Cup next month, when Serbia takes on Russia in Moscow. A spot in the Fed Cup finals will be on the line. Serbia has never reached the finals of Fed Cup, and it would be an historical achievement if they were to do so. It will not be a easy task, however. While both Ana and JJ will be there for Serbia, it is still unclear who will be playing for Russia.
  • At ESPN.com, Ed McGrogan writes this pretty nice article on Ana’s possible rise back top the top 10, after her great run at Indian Wells last week. Worth the read.
  • On Monday, Ana participated in an charity event hosted by Tony Bennett, at the Ritz Carlton in Miami, Florida. Also there was Caroline Wozniacki, Novak Djokovic, Kim Clijsters, the Bryan Brothers and others. The players had a good time and we also got to see Ana and Nole pair up in mixed doubles. You can see more pics herehere, and here.
  • This may be a little late given that we have already moved onto Miami, but there were several great articles written about Ana’s performance in Indian Wells during last week. Courtney Nguyen at Sports Illustrated’s tennis blog Beyond the Baseline writes about Ana rediscovering her form. Craig O’Shannessy of the NYTimes tennis blog Straigh Sets takes a closer look at Ana’s win over Bartoli in the quarters, and her secret weapon in coach Nigel Sears. Steve Tignor writes at Tennis.com a very nice piece on Ana’s resurgence in the desert. Ben Rothenberg, also of the NYTimes blog ‘Straight Sets’ writes about Ana’s week of revenge in Indian Wells. Finally, Maria Noble of 10sworld.com writes of Ana’s revival.
  • In case you missed any of Ana’s post match interviews with the press, you can visit ASAPsports.com and catch up on all of Ana’s presser. You can read her pressers from after her matches with LarssonPervakBartoli and Sharapova. For some reason, the transcript from her post-Wozniacki win is no longer available. Ivanovic is always great in press and gives nice quotes. Especially after a win.
  • Do you love Ana pics? Well check out this website from Talk About Tennis. Great site to explore around and get close up views of your favorite tennis players at the BNP Paribas Open. I don’t mean that in a creepy sort of way. Also, check out @bellyflopz pics from IW on flickr. She’s a fantastic photographer, and even better caption writer. Hilarious stuff as always.
  • Ever wonder what’s in Ana’s tennis bag? Well wonder no more. In a feature for German Tennis Magazine at last years US Open, Ana gave her fans a peak at what’s inside. It’s not anywhere near as fun as her bag check feature she did for Tennis Channel two years ago though. “I don’t know how this got here, it’s a teabag!” Priceless.
  • In other news, Jelena Jankovic lost to Mona Barthel today in Miami, 6-0, 6-3. JJ had quarterfinal points to defend and with her 2nd round exit, Ana will be the new Serbian #1 after Miami, regardless of her own result. Ivanovic will pass Jankovic in the WTA rankings for the first time since the summer of 2008. Ana also has an opportunity to crack back into the top 15 for the first time since 2009, if she can defend her 4th round points from last year. With nothing to defend during the clay season, top 10 is looking like more of a real possibility soon.

Note: Ana will face Vania King tomorrow afternoon on Center Court. Exact time yet to be determined. Ana holds a 4-0 career record vs King, and defeated her in the 3rd round of this years Australian Open, 6-3, 6-4. Vania King is through to the 2nd round via a 1st round victory over Laura Pous-Tio, 6-2, 7-6 (12).

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