Ten­nis glam­our girl Ivanovic emerges from mental fog

The Pak Banker - - I Nternational -

PERTH: Clearer of mind and fit­ter of body than for some time, Ser­bian glam­our girl Ana Ivanovic is con­fi­dent she can climb back into the top 10 in 2011. Ranked no.1 in the world in 2008, when she won her only Grand Slam sin­gles ti­tle at the French Open, Ivanovic dropped out of the top 60 this year as she bat­tled poor form be­fore climb­ing her way back to 17 by sea­son's end.

The 23-year-old claimed ti­tles in Aus­tria and Bali in the last three tour­na­ments she played for the sea­son and en­ters the new year full of con­fi­dence that her ca­reer is fi­nally back on track. Speak­ing on Thurs­day as she pre­pared to part­ner No­vak Djokovic in the mixed teams Hop­man Cup, Ivanovic said she was reap­ing the re­wards of work­ing with a new coach­ing team and an im­proved fit­ness regime.

She said the main im­prove­ment in her game was a re­newed be­lief in her own abil­ity. "I am on the right way," she said.

"It is a strange thing, once you lose it (con­fi­dence) you feel like it is very hard to get it back.

"In my case, I tried to search for it in many dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions and many dif­fer­ent places and with dif­fer­ent peo­ple, but you re­alise that it is all the time within you, you just have to dis­cover it." -Ap

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