Zen-like calm elevating Ivanovic to new heights

Ana Ivanovic has found her safe place. More aware of anxious moments that have overcome her in the past, the new French Open champion has learned to block out the negative.

Updated: June 8, 2008, 9:05 AM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

PARIS -- If it appeared that Ana Ivanovic was able to maintain a Zen-like calm when it counted during the French Open final, there's a reason for that.

She's breathing.

Sounds simple, but for an intelligent young athlete prone to high emotion on both ends of the spectrum, it has been the last and most difficult challenge in becoming a champion.

Like any discipline, this takes practice. Before Saturday's match, a camera caught Ivanovic in a corridor, ...

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