In 2008 Ana Ivanovic was a successful young gun that already fired a first and audible shot. Just 20 years old back then, Ana succeeded to Justine Henin as the new French Open queen, one to be celebrated more than just once.
Definitively when she became a Grand Slam champion, Ivanovic wasn't considered a one Slam wonder type of player, considering how she well earned her spot into the very best of women's tennis, facing the top opponents of that time.
Surprisingly however, the beautiful Serb never even made it to the last eight in Paris again in the following six Roland Garros tournaments she played. She did reach the quarters of major tournaments again, once in Australia in 2014 and a the US Open in 2012.
But that was never in Paris again. At least until this year. Not only Ana found her lost confidence, she also went as far as appearing into the top four of a Grand Slam tournament again, with chances to go even further. So what happened in 2008 when that young Ana seemed lost maybe forever? The Serb explained in her words what she went through and how happy she is to be back.
"There were so many expectations and good moments in my career at that time. I felt like I could win everything. I feel like people around me weren't so experienced. Of course, all of that was happening also to them for the first time.
Thus in some way I feel like I wasn't very well guided back in 2008. All of a sudden things happened, there were so many expectations and no one really knew how to handle it". "All of a sudden everything changed.
My coach wanted to change my game, and other wanted I don't even know what. That was another learning experience. Then when I became older and wiser I knew exactly what I wanted and what I needed. Now I would speak my mind about what I feel is right and what feels good to me".