Ana Ivanovic won in Austria this weekend, her third title of the year, but first since the French, mainly due to that bad thumb injury. She beat Vera Zvonareva, who's been playing pretty well the past few weeks (and who booked her spot in Doha next week) in the finals. I think, though, with Ivanovic, you could've gone about it two ways to snap out of the slump: Shut it down, like I was suggesting, or keep playing, which she did. I hope this bodes well for her next week at the end-of-the-year championships.
Her countrywoman, Jelena Jankovic, also made a bit of news this week—this time without playing—by clinching the top spot for the year. Granted, it would've been nice if she would've picked up a Major, but she did get to a final and a couple of semis as well. Plus, the main thing she did was get out there and play—and a lot at that. It's a well-deserved accomplishment and congrats to her.
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.