Ava Ivanovic was born on November 8, 1987, in Belgrade
Biography and Career:
She loved tennis from a very young age and received high level of enthusiasm from her parents and rest of the family. She was inspired by Martina Hingis. At the age of 15, she relocated to Switzerland
. Her manager provided her with the necessary funds.
Her professional tennis career began in 2004. She became the unbeaten challenger at the Junior Wimbledon Tournament. That year, she played against Venus Williams, though she had lost the match. She had her debut win in Australia
the next year. She also reached the 3rd round in French Open and also participated in the Australian
open. Even though she lost and suffered injuries, her wins kept pushing her rank higher.
In 2006, she won to past #1 seed Martina Hingis in the Canada
Masters. She also won in the US Open Series that year. At the end of the year, she had climbed to 15th rank in singles and 51st rank in doubles.
In 2007, after going through a coach change, she reached the finals of Toray Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo. But she lost to Martina Hingis in the final. A win ultimately came her way with the Qatar Telecom German Open with which she reached Top 10 in WTA ratings. Her next win was the East West Bank Classic. She reached 4th rank with this win. Apart from these, she reached final of the French Open and reached the semifinals at the prestigious Wimbledon.
In 2008, she made it to the quarterfinals of Australian
open. She defeated Venus Williams but was defeated in turn by Maria Sharapova
. But she had become World Ranking #2.
She had her first Grand Slam title at the French Open when she defeated World Ranking 3rd Jelena Jankovic
Apart from her tennis career, she has also worked for UNICEF and was the National Ambassador for her homeland in 2007.
Why is she famous?
Ana Ivanovic is famous as a top ranking tennis player and is the first female player from Serbia to win a Grand Slam title, which she won at the French Open in 2008.
Here is one of her famous quotes:
"I am pretty happy. But there are so many things I have to still improve."
- Ana Ivanovic