Maturation, confidence evident in Ivanovic's title run

After desultory performances in her previous two Slam finals, Ana Ivanovic finally saw her dream of capturing a Grand Slam title come to fruition. And to boot, she now owns the world No. 1 ranking.

Updated: June 7, 2008, 4:56 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

PARIS -- Growing up in Serbia, Ana Ivanovic dreamed of playing in a Grand Slam final, just like her idol, Monica Seles.

In 2007, here at Roland Garros, Ivanovic finally achieved that goal, but was embarrassed by Justine Henin 6-1, 6-2. It happened again Down Under back in January, when Maria Sharapova ruined Ivanovic's second major final with a 7-5, 6-3 defeat.

Ivanovic, through the tears, took these devastating losses to heart.

"When I ...

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