Ana Ivanovic Plans To 'Reassess' After Another Disappointing Slam
NEW YORK -- Ana Ivanovic is having a renaissance on the tennis court, but it didn't last long at the US Open. The No. 8 seed was upset in an hour and 20 minutes by Karolina Pliskova, 7-5, 6-4, on Louis Armstrong Stadium in the second round.
"Very disappointed to finish this early and in this manner," the 26-year-old Serbian said.
Even more disappointing is the fact that she's played well in tournaments leading up to the Grand Slams, but not in the majors themselves.
"Yes, this is exactly what I think I have to reassess," Ivanovic said. "I had great lead-ups to every Grand Slam. I played a lot of matches and won lot of matches. And big matches, as well. At the Grand Slams, I just haven't performed that well. It's something that I'm definitely going to work on and see where I can improve, because that's definitely, you know, big aim for me for next season."
Ivanovic reached the finals in Cincinnati and Stuttgart, and won in Birmingham, Monterrey and Auckland, so it's been a successful year -- just not as much in the Grand Slams. She lost in the quarters at the Australian and in the third round at both Wimbledon and the French Open, which she won in 2008.
On Thursday, she had the first match on Armstrong, on a day that was comparatively mild. Ivanovic had 29 unforced errors to Pliskova's 19. It was the first time they've played each other.
"My rhythm was really off," Ivanovic said. "And yeah, my forehand wasn't working at all. I made quite a lot of unforced errors from that side and I couldn't rely on it. I felt like I was not pushing her out wide enough and I was not opening the court, because I wasn't confident enough. It was a little bit gusty out there. But like I said, I really feel like I was not pushing her enough."