Friday, June 08, 2007
Game, Set and Match to Miss Ivanovic
It's great to see Ana Ivanovic (above) make it to her first Grand Slam final at Roland Garros tomorrow. Not just because she had to live through the illegal NATO bombardment of her country in 1999 and suffer, like all citizens of the former Yugoslavia, the consequences of malevolent western interference in her country, but because she is such a delighful person. 'The smiling sunny Serbian' as one newspaper described her today, is a breath of fresh air for tennis (just compare her perenially cheerful disposition with the big-headed arrogance of Serena Williams, the brattishness of Andy Roddick and the sulkiness of Andy Murray). Interesting to think that Serbia, with its population of 10m, now has three tennis players in the world's top ten, whereas Britain a country of 60m, has none. Could it possibly be that the free tennis coaching children received during the much maligned socialist era has something to do with it?