Ana Ivanovic fights back to beat Melanie Oudin in Cincinnati
Ana Ivanovic defeated Melanie Oudin 2-6 6-1 6-1 in the opening round in Cincinnati but to do so she needed to overcome the 9 double faults she did through the match.
After her win, Ivanovic said she may have found a cure for her serving problems. Last year, when the Serb reached the top of the world rankings she did so on the back of a huge forehand and one of the best serves in the women’s game.
But 0ver the past year Ivanovic has struggled with her serve, particularly with her ball-toss, and has tinkered with her action several times.
Her latest solution involves a curtailed take-back, a la Maria Sharapova.
“I am just taking some pressure off (her shoulder) and the serve feels a lot better,” she said.
“Actually it’s faster than it was so I’m pretty happy about that.”
Ivanovic confessed she wished she had began making adjustments to her serve.
“I started changing it and I started making a big issue out of it,” she said. “The more I thought about it, the more pressure I put on myself trying to hit the perfect serve.
“Instead of just relaxing… it went down the pipe pretty far.”
Ivanovic joked: “I’m so confused right now it doesn’t matter. In the past two months, I changed it five or six times, trying to figure out what feels most natural.
The Serb believes she is close to fixing the problem with the shorter swing.
“Hopefully I found what is going to give me the most power and most consistency,” she said. “I just tried it in practice the other day and it felt pretty good straightaway, so hopefully it will stay that way.”
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