Ana Ivanovic is coming to the Pilot Pen.
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NEW HAVEN – Former World No. 1 and French Open champion Ana Ivanovic has been granted a wildcard into Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament to be held August 20-28 at the Connecticut Tennis Center, it was announced today by tournament director Anne Worcester.
The 22-year old Serbian star will be making her first trip to New Haven, where she will be seeking the ninth WTA title of her career. In 2008, Ivanovic had a magical season that saw her defeat Venus Williams in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open before falling to Maria Sharapova in the final. Four months later, she won her only Grand Slam title, defeating Dinara Safina in the French Open finals, giving her the World’s No. 1 ranking.
The following year, 2009, however, was filled with nagging injuries that caused inconsistency and left her without a title for the first time since 2005, but she did reach the finals at Indian Wells, and the fourth round of the French Open and Wimbledon.
This year, despite battling some shoulder tendonitis, Ivanovic has reached the semifinals at Brisbane and in Rome. Her won-loss record for the year is 12-14.
“I am excited to make my first visit to the Pilot Pen,” she said in a statement released by the tournament. “I have been working hard on my game, and hope that I can play well and capture the title. I’ve heard great things about this event, and hope that this could be the first of many more trips to New Haven.”
Ivanovic is a star that transcends the sport, with model-looks that have graced the covers of numerous magazines around the world. She has regularly been voted one of the most attractive tennis players in the world, and has garnered a loyal following from fans both on and off the court.
“Ana Ivanovic is clearly a fan favorite on Tour, and we are certain our fans at the Pilot Pen will love her as well,” said Worcester. “She has phenomenal talent, and we are thrilled to add her to a field that continues to strengthen as we draw closer to the start of the event. Adding her to the likes of Caroline Wozniacki, Elena Dementieva, Francesca Schiavone, Melanie Oudin, and numerous other international stars means that our women’s field will once again offer fans world-class tennis.”
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