After a great 2014 where she won 4 titles and was runner-up in 2 other events, 2015 saw Ana Ivanovic reach only 1 final…and that one was at the beginning of the year at the Brisbane International in January. Admittedly, she did make a semifinal run at Roland Garros but otherwise it was a season that paled compared to the year before. Ana was looking to get off to a good start in 2016 but so far she’s stumbled out of the gate, losing in the first round of both the ASB Classic and the Apia International Sydney. At Sydney she lost to the rising star Karolina Pliskova. That’s understandable. But at the ASB Classic she was taken out by qualifier Naomi Broady. That shouldn’t happen to somebody who is still (when she’s on) among the best ball strikers on tour. All will be forgiven and forgotten if Ivanovic makes a deep run at the Australian Open. Ana is a fan favorite. She is great for the tour when she is playing well. I hope that regardless of what happens in Melbourne, she bounces back in 2016 with at least 1 title.
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