Ana Ivanovic has already traveled to Melbourne and is preparing for the Aussie Open. The Roland Garros champ is still recovering from the illness which hampered her during her Queensland quarterfinal loss to an almost-resurgent Amelie Mauresmo.
However, Ana found time to blog and confirmed her team for the Aussie Open:
Supporting me in Australia I have Scott Byrnes, my fitness coach, and also Melle Van Gemerden, my hitting partner. My mother is here with me and my agent will arrive in Melbourne, too, where my family will also be. Tennis is an individual sport, but you can't overstate the importance of a supportive team.No mention of former coach Sven Groenefeld? I guess those rumors of him sticking with Team Ana through the year's first major were just that - rumors.
Ana also discussed one of her pre-match routines:
Many players have their routines and I'm no different. During matches I always have a song playing in my head and this week it was Beyonce's Single Ladies."Single Ladies", eh? Maybe it's wishful thinking on her part. (Note to Nando: drop the hairy situation or be forced to find a new PR pony. Your call.)
UPDATE - Apparently Sven will be with Ana for the Aussie Open. From the horsey's mouth:
I don't have a full time coach but Sven still helps me on the court and he gives me some tips and will be there (in Melbourne).
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