Could the tournament have gone any better for Ana Ivanovic? Why, just a couple of weeks ago, she was the number two player in the world and Slam-less, but at least, she had two Major runner-up appearances. Now, she's the number-one player with her first big one in tow after taking the French over this year's surprise of the tournament, Dinara Safina.
Things will only get tougher for the rest of the year as that old cliche comes into place: The hunter now becomes the hunted. And the first obstacle is the grass-court season. She got to the semis at Wimbledon last year, which proves she can play on the turf. But there's some other players out there with multiple titles at the big W, so she'll have her work cut out for her. The hard-court swing is when things will really heat up. It's going to be a great few months ahead for women's tennis. Who'll come out on top? I've written my opinions on that before, but I might have to do some rethinking on the matter with Ivanovic definitely emerging.
But that's a ways away anyway. It's Ana's time: Congratulations!
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.