Friday, January 23, 2009

Ana Ivanovic Booted Out Of The Australian Open And Violence Erupts Between Serbs And Bosnians


The 2009 Australian Open is turning into beauty and the beast. First, Ana Ivanovic, the beauty, was unceremoniously beaten by Russia's Alisa Kleybanova in three sets today, and the beast, Serbian fans of Novak Djokovic clashed with Bosnian fans of Amer Delic outside the stadium court. And, we're not even through the first week!

Here's the details from the Associated Press:

"Ana Ivanovic's hopes of a return trip to the Australian Open final fell apart in a barrage of mistakes Friday as Russia's Alisa Kleybanova ousted the 2008 runner-up with a 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-2 victory in the third round.

With the 19-year-old Kleybanova constantly aggressive, fifth-ranked Ivanovic lost her serve nine times and finished with 50 unforced errors to just 23 winners.

When it was over, Kleybanova dropped to the ground on both knees, pumped her fists and blew kisses to the crowd. Ivanovic appeared to be nearly in tears as she walked off court, throwing a towel to someone in the crowd.

The Serb's loss came on a day that the late match between second-ranked Roger Federer and former No. 1 Marat Safin — which the Swiss star won in three sets — was supposed to produce the biggest news.

Instead, ethnic violence erupted between nationalist fans after Serbia's Novak Djokovic, the defending men's champion, beat Bosnian-born American Amer Delic.

One of several thrown chairs hit a woman and left her briefly unconscious. Insults and water bottles filled the air. Arrests were made, with dozens of people ejected from Melbourne Park.

This was what organizers had feared when they announced before the tournament that they were instituting a no-tolerance policy for disruptions.

They wanted the focus to remain on tennis — such as Kleybanova's upset victory, Andy Roddick's 22 aces while winning in straight sets or top-ranked Jelena Jankovic and No. 3 Dinara Safina advancing.

Instead of talking about how defending champion Djokovic reached the third round with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) victory packed with drama and good sportsmanship, the 21-year-old Serb and Delic were mostly quizzed about the chaotic scene that followed — when their supporters clashed outside near a big-screen TV showing the match."

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At least if her tennis game keeps slipping, she can fall back on a musical career. She looked and sounded pretty good from this karaoke video from the 2007 French Open:

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