In a podium spot, we have the serbian Ana Ivanovic, the only non-russian from the top-4.
Ana Ivanovic bio
Ana Ivanovic was born in Belgrade, Serbia (Yugoslavia at the time) on November 6th 1987.
Ana Ivanovic is the only hot tennis player at the podium with a Grand Slam title in her purse and also the only who has been the world number 1 in singles.
She beat Dinara Safina to win the 2008 French Open and was the runner-up in singles at the 2007 French Open (lost to the then world number 1 Justine Henin) and the 2008 Australian Open (lost to Maria Sharapova). Competing as a professional since 2003, Ana Ivanovic has won 10 WTA Tour singles titles.
She is an agressive baseliner, also having a powerful service. Ana Ivanovic’s serve once reached a speed of 201 km/h (125 mph), the fifth fastest in the world, but as of late it has become unreliable dur to technical problems related to her ball toss.
Ana Ivanovic picked up a racket at the age of five after watching Monica Seles, a fellow Yugoslav, on television. She started her career after memorizing the number of a local tennis clinic from an advertisement. At the time, she was forced to train during the morning to avoid bombardments. Later, she admitted that she trained in an abandoned swimming pool in the winter, as there were no other facilities.
When she was 15, Ana Ivanovic spent four hours in the locker room crying after a defeat – the first that her new manager had watched. She thought that Dan Holzmann, the manager in question, would drop her, thinking that she was not good enough to become a professional tennis player. He has stayed her manager to this day.
The exotic brunette dived into a pool of pink tennis balls for one of the most memorable photoshoots in tennis history (Sports Illustrated).