A Slippery Path
The slide into ANA-nymity continues.
Just a year ago, Ana Ivanovic was on top of the world, the No. 1 ranked female tennis player on the planet and a stylish beauty to boot. No Anna Kournikova this one, went the talk, 'cause she had game, and she also had a story having grown up learning to play in a swimming pool during the years NATO warplanes were dropping bombs on her country.
Well, Ivanovic's game as deteriorated terribly since those lofty heights of a year ago, plunging to No. 13 in the world, and today was no fun at all for the Serb, beaten in the Round of 16 by five-time champion Venus Williams after being forced to withdraw with a thigh injury in the second set after being thumped 6-1 in the first.
Given how the match was proceeding, it could be Ivanovic got off lightly.
"That's the most disappointing thing because I felt I wasn't given a fair chance, you know, to fight," said Ivanovic, who was in tears on court.
Ivanovic said he felt a sharp pain in her thigh after a second set serve and soon couldn't continue.
"I felt I was playing better each match," said Ivanovic. "I just thought . . . it was a great challenge for me to play against someone like Venus. It's just disappointing I didn't get the chance to finish the match."
Williams, meanwhile, looks on form to become the first woman to win the Venus Rosewater Dish for a sixth time.
"I felt really sad for (Ivanovic), actually. She was really upset," said Williams. "This is Wimbledon. It's the last place you want to have an injury that you can't overcome."