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The pressure of being world No. 1 after a great first half of the 2008 slam season (finalist in Australia, title at French Open) got to Ana Ivanovic; she saw her ranking fall to No. 22 by the end of the 2009 season.
Ivanovic’s serve, specifically her ball toss, has been erratic over the years and a lack of confidence has accelerated her decline—surprising for a player that fist pumps after every point she wins.
However, Ivanovic seems to be in the middle of a career resurgence, thanks to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance since her 2008 French Open title run.
So, the Serb appears more than capable of becoming part of the Grand Slam title talk again. Her serve and forehand—reliable weapons during her successful 2007-2008 seasons—seem to have improved this year,
Despite not playing to her full potential, Ivanovic has still maintained a top-30 ranking, and, as of this week, she's positioned just outside the top 10.
The 24-year-old still has plenty of time to climb up the WTA rankings and go deep in major tournaments.