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Ana Ivanovic and Novak Djokovic have failed to enter the finals of this year Hopman Cup despite their win over the Russian national team. Even though, just like the USA national team, they had two victories and a match score 5:4, a better ratio of gained sets to the USA team's advantage was crucial (12:8 to 10:8). The question who would be the finalist was settled by the Swedish national team’s surrender before the mixed doubles match with the Americans due to the injury of Thomas Johansson, which gave the USA team a place in the finals.
By Toby Forage; Fox Sports editor
MARIA Sharapova may be a doubtful starter for the Australian Open, but those more interested in eye-candy than tennis talent need not fear - eastern Europe has thrown up yet another darling.
Ana Ivanovic, currently playing for Serbia and Montenegro in the Hopman Cup and a former teammate of Jelena Dokic, beat the Russian darling to the top of a tennis fans' poll of "sexy" players late last year.
Adidas is pleased to begin a new partnership with Ana Ivanovic at the 2006 Hopmann Cup. "Ana has a bright future in front of her, and she embodies many of the attributes that adidas believes are important to long term success, both on-court and off-court; passion, respect, sense of fair play and giving back to the sport and its fans. We look forward to working together with Ana on product and promotional ideas that will support her desire to reach the upper echelon of professional womens' tennis and adidas' ambition to be the leading tennis brand in the world."
Serbia & Montenegro keep Hopman hopes alive Victory in the doubles gave Serbia & Montenegro a 2-1 win over Sweden in round-robin play at the Hopman Cup in Perth on Monday.
The tie had been level after both singles matches, but Serbia & Montenegro triumphed in the mixed doubles, winning in straight sets 6-2, 6-4.
Ana Ivanovic had put Serbia & Montenegro ahead after overwhelming Sofia Arvidsson 6-3, 6-1 in just 43 minutes.
Despite dropping her serve in the opening game after leading 40-0, Ivanovic dominated the rest of the match.
The powerful American doubles combination of Lisa Raymond and Taylor Dent notched an impressive first-up victory in the $1-million ITF mixed teams championship when they downed newcomers Serbia & Montenegro two rubbers to one at Perth’s Burswood Dome.
After the singles had been split, with Serbia’s rising young star Ana Ivanovic beating Raymond and Dent levelling up with a similarly-impressive win over Novak Djokovic, the mixed doubles went USA’s way,7-6 (7/3), 6-2.
Serbia's Ana Ivanovic was named the Sexiest Women Player of 2005 in Tennisreporters.net inaugural fans poll.
"I'm very honored that fans voted for me for this award," said Ivanovic, the 18-year-old who finished 2005 ranked a career high No. 16.
"Although very flattering, I know that all these awards are ultimately based upon my tennis results and therefore I am very pleased to be receiving them. My fans mean a lot to me and I appreciate all of their support."
On the eve of the new season we crunch the numbers of Ana’s first full season on Tour:
Ana began 2005 ranked 97 and finished it at No.16 – a rise of 81 places, making her the highest climber into the world’s top 20. It extends Ana’s reputation as a fast mover: in 2004 she climbed 608 places from 705 to 97
Ana’s win-loss record of 40-14 (74%, including qualification) was the 12th best on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour
Ana Ivanovic is not only the most successful sports woman in Serbia and Montenegro but also the most beautiful! Blic magazine got together a panel of top sports professionals to pick the Miss Sport Beauty 2005 for Serbia and Montenegro. Ana won ahead of Volleyball player Marija Mratinovic.
It is really lovely to receive such an award especially as it comes from the sports colleagues. Getting compliments is always nice but when they are associated with my sport results it is even better; said Ana in her interview.
As tennis players pause for their measly month off from the tours, the tennis media marches up to the line to serve up our 2005 awards. TennisReporters.net's co-owners vote here.
Newcomer of the Year/women
Matt: While Czech Nicole Vaidisova has more titles, I'll take 18-year-old Serb Ana Ivanovic, her better Slam performances and her soaring marquee value.
Ron: You can't argue with Vaidisova's three titles in her sixteenth year.
By Matthew Cronin and Ron Cioffi
Karl deKroo, Herald Sun.
SERBIAN world No. 16 Ana Ivanovic says living in Australia will provide Jelena Dokic with her best chance of returning to the game's elite.
Ivanovic, who rocketed up the rankings from outside the top 100 in 2005, said Dokic had the ability to regain her career-high ranking of No. 4 in 2002.
"I think it is great for her to be back," Ivanovic said.
"She has been happy in Australia before and she has played some of her best tennis here.