New No. 1 Ivanovic Also a French Open Champ
by Staff | June 7th, 2008, 10:56 pm

Serb Ana Ivanovic cemented her new No. 1 ranking on Saturday in Paris, defeating Dinara Safina 6-4, 6-3 to capture her first Grand Slam title at the French Open.
“There were a few mental games out there today, so I was really happy that in key moments I managed to stay strong and calm, in the second set, especially,” Ivanovic said. “At 4-2 we had a very, very long game. I had a few advantages and wasn’t as aggressive, but I kept my composure, stepped up, won my service game and managed to break her again. I’m really happy with how I played.”

In the final Safina felt the effects of long matches in the fourth round and quarterfinals.

“I tried but I just didn’t have any more of the fire that I had in those matches; I was tired, mentally and physically,” Safina said. “When I was going onto the court I was a bit nervous, but when I started playing, it all went away. But with Ana I had to be really sharp and I was missing a little bit of reaction. What I had to do to her, she was doing to me. But all the credit to her, she played really well.”

Ivanovic improved to 1-2 in Grand Slam finals.

“The last two Grand Slam finals were a great learning experience for me,” Ivanovic said. “I’m only 20 and it was my third final already, so that kept some pressure off me. I was just trying to enjoy it. Obviously there were a lot of emotions inside, but until the last point I tried not to think about the occasion and just focus on my tennis. I was really happy I managed to do that today.”

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5 Comments for New No. 1 Ivanovic Also a French Open Champ

Bob Lewis Says:

In all the commentary and writing, I had to wonder how Safina feels about mention of her brother or comparison with him needing to be included in any mention of her. It became so predictable as to be annoying…one of those “all right already” things.

On another subject, in my opinion, by far the best and most useful commentary on the matches has come from McEnroe. I wasn’t very happy with any of the women’s commentary. I was not able to watch much of any of the matches but was able to listen to the TV sound, so I became sensitized to the commentary quality.

Shital Green Says:

Good morning, guys !
Looking at the 1st 2 games, I have to admit Fed is playing better than he played in 2007, though he got broken in the opening game. Nadal holds on to his serve after saving 2 break points. Long rally and beautiful tennis from both sides.
Let’s hope Fed can up his level a little bit to keep it that way.

Shital Green Says:

Fed ups his level, which depends pretty much on his serve. He has to continue serving the way he saved double break points with 2 aces and managed to hold on. Now he is on the board. Some good signs from him.

Shital Green Says:

Nadal breaks again, this time at love, with 8 straight points. It is 4-1 now. Nadal is in total control of the match. Fed has to hit some drop shots to keep the match competitive. Otherwise, it won’t be a good final.

Shital Green Says:

The 1st set did not take long, Nadal demolished Fed to win the set at 6-1. It looked like worse than Djoko-Nadal 2nd set. Fed’s expression changes from hopeful to resigned.

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