Of course, there's still a ways to go before Ana Ivanovic could call herself Indian Wells 2012 champion, but you have to applaud the effort so far!
Back-to-back wins over members of the top 10 is nothing to sneeze at. Caroline Wozniacki and Marion Bartoli might not have been at their best--according to them--but Ivanovic did a great job of taking it to both of them.
I don't really consider myself a huge Ivanovic fan, but I have always followed her career. I thought long ago, back in 2008(!), that she should've taken more time to recover from her injuries. Not doing that, I feel, plus the pressure of being number one just got to her. Her game got all out of sorts, which is kind of surprising for a young Grand Slam champion and finalist.
Anyway, as I said, she still has a ways to go as her next opponent, Maria Sharapova, is no joke. But it looks like this result proves that a comeback is in full swing and an encouraging sight to see.
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.