Ivanovic says breakup affected her game

Serbian tennis star Ana Ivanovic says her split from her
longtime love, Australian golfer Adam Scott, affected her game, The
(Sydney) Sunday Telegraph reported.

On the eve of the Australian Open, the talented Serbian player
told the newspaper her on-court performance suffered after the
breakup in the middle of last year.

During the slump, her ranking fell outside the world top 50, and
she lost in the opening round of Wimbledon.

“It’s tough,” the 2008 French Open champion said. “I think it’s
better not to mix professional life and personal life, although
that’s hard. If you’re happy in your private life, that will affect
your tennis, and that will help you, actually.

“While you want to pursue your career 100 percent, I think it is
very hard to give 100 percent in something else.”

But the 22-year-old, who has dropped 11 pounds and has returned
to form — her ranking is up to 17 — is thankful for the
experience and says she is optimistic about her Australian Open
chances.

“I believe it is possible to win it,” said Ivanovic, a finalist
in 2008.

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