The tennis star Anna Ivanovic has won against her opponent Maria Sharapova. After a tough match, Ana defeated Sharapova with a few smashing shots.
Ana Ivanovic has entered the quarterfinals of the Italian Open. After beating Maria Sharapova in a 6-1 and 6-4 bout, she went on to become a member of the exclusive tennis elite.
Sharapova’s previously unbroken record has been marred thanks to this thrashing by Ana. Besides losing out to Ana, Sharapova had only been defeated by Serena Williams and that was three years ago.
Sharapova, who won the previous two grand tournaments, has admitted this much that her winning days may be over. For one thing, she is bone tired from the lengthy bouts of game play she has been engaging in.
“Of course my energy level was not at its peak today, but I thought Ana played a really great match,” Sharapova said. “She came up with winners from all over the court, and she was the better player. That’s the bottom line.”
Sharapova showed the spirit of sportsmanship by not only acknowledging her loss but labeling Ana as the real winner of the match. Sharapova and Ana matched physical wits on the court and they did the best they could. Ana snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.
During the match, Sharapova was down in the first set. However, she hit back in the second. But Ivanovic went on to brace herself for the final showdown and claimed the throne. Sharapova has said that Ana made few if any mistakes. She was simply on top of her game.
“She wasn’t making any errors and was consistent with her game plan,” Sharapova said. “I felt like when I hit a good shot, instead of moving forward or getting ready for the next one, I didn’t do much on the next one.”
Ana Ivanovic has already lost to Sharapova in the past to the count of seven matches. She was very close to beating Sharapova in Stuttgart. But when she finally did accomplish the almost impossible task this time around she has the confidence of a woman who has made a mark upon the world.
“I felt in Stuttgart I was really close to beating her,” Ivanovic said. “So it feels amazing that I actually backed myself up from that good performance and played even better today.”
Ana has proved herself and is positively bristling with good vibes. “Throughout the clay-court [tournaments] I really improved from tournament to tournament,” Ivanovic told SI.com earlier in the week.
“Last week in Madrid, I really felt like I had a lot of chance [to win the tournament] and I felt a little overwhelmed because I was winning a lot and I felt like a favorite. It’s a new position again, but it’s something now I have to accept and deal with it because it’s a new feeling.”
Meanwhile, Sharapova may get the much-needed rest and relaxation time from this break due to her loss. Thus she will recuperate and return with even more force and fury in order to avenge her defeat.
“It doesn’t take anything away from the last two weeks and the way that I’ve played,” she said. “So I’m quite excited about the weeks coming up at the Grand Slams.”