Ana Ivanovic Ousted Early at US Open: Was It A Surprise?

josh millarSenior Analyst IAugust 29, 2008

The woman’s world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic was ousted in her second round match of the US Open yesterday, going down 6-3 4-6 6-3.

That Ivanovic lost was not a surprise—she’s played poorly all summer—but it was who she lost to that was: Julie Coin of France, a player ranked 188th in the world.

This was Coin’s first grand slam event, first tour event, and first win over the World No. 1.

Even more unnervingly for Coin, she had been scheduled to play at the Louis Armstrong Stadium, but due to a 2ndset retirement by Steve Darcis (who was facing James Blake) the match was suddenly moved to Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The Arthur Ashe is tennis’ largest arena, which could have intimidated the youngster. She remarked she was nervous (who wouldn’t be), but she did not look overrawed.

She played technically sound in the match, forcing Ivanovic to raise her game. The Croation didn’t, instead she raised eyebrows.

Ivanovic didn’t look crisp from the get-go, spraying her forehand wide time after time. She took advantage of a dip in play by Coin at 3-3 in the second set, but that would be the youngsters’ only donation towards the match.

One has to wonder now how bad Ivanovic’s thumb really is. Or has she simply yet to develop the mental toughness to be a top player?