Ana Ivanovic Is FHM’s Cover Girl

Well, at least there is some good news in the face of Ana’s third round loss at Wimbledon — we’re soon to see her on the August cover of FHM. I haven’t been shy about posting my feelings of Ana previously, so in case you didn’t get the memo, this oughta help:

More pics from the shoot after the jump, as well as some of Ana’s analysis from her loss at Wimbledon.

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Ana Ivanovic Gets Her First Grand Slam

I pretty much had this up and ready to go for the last few days, I was just waiting to sub in a few details like the score she won by. Pretty much everything broke perfectly for Ana Ivanovic to win the French Open title this year, her first major win. First it was the news of Justine Henin retiring, then Maria Sharapova went out early, and the Williams sisters made their exits in the 3rd round leaving the draw wide open for Ana’s taking. Ivanovic capitalized and won the tournament without dropping a set, her first major win. It was great to see Ana get the win especially after the way she performed in her last two finals appearances; she got crushed by Henin last year in the French Open finals, and was handled easily at the Australian by Sharapova. Best part is that the win coincides with Ana’s rise to No. 1 in the world — she’ll have the top ranking when the new ones come out next week.

Now, onto important matters. With a Grand Slam win her pocket and the No. 1 ranking to come, where does this place Ana on the list of hottest top-ranked tennis players of all-time? I say she takes the top spot amongst the No. 1’s easily. After the jump, I have some of her competition …

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Your Chance to Lick Ana Ivanovic

Let’s be honest here: pretty much all of us sports bloggers are just looking for an excuse to throw up a post on Ana Ivanovic. And if I can’t speak for them, then at least I’m speaking for myself. I haven’t exactly been shy when discussing Ana’s amazing looks, so why stop here? The Serbian tennis player is now being featured on a stamp in her home country, so says FanIQ. Apparently 30,000 of these special edition stamps have been produced. The best part is you can match the stamp together with an Ana envelope. Check it out:

I don’t know about you, but I’m bout it bout it. I mean seriously, what better way to send your business than with Ana? I might even opt for snail mail over email just to justify picking up a few of these bad boys.

Now Introducing Tamira Paszek

They say pictures are worth a thousand words, so I won’t waste any more of them.

Tamira Paszek

So yeah, she’s a tennis player from Austria and lost to Jelena Jankovic in the Australian Open this week. Oh yeah. And she’s 17. But that’s not for too long. Tamira has some goods, but she’s no Ana Ivanovic if you ask me.

Thanks to Andy for passing along. (also spotted at Deadspin, SbB, and WL)

Ana Ivanovic: Learning to Play Tennis While Getting Bombed

It’s not too often that I like to get all serious and touchy-feely on you, but understand that if I have a chance to mix in a post on Ana Ivanovic, I’m going to do it. After all, she is my favorite tennis player. Anywhoo, there’s a great article in the Long Beach Press-Telegram about Ivanovic and fellow Serb Jelena Jankovic who are in So. Cal this week for the East West Bank Classic. In the article, it describes how Ivanovic grew up practicing tennis amidst bombing.

After all, she was only 11 when NATO forces shelled Belgrade after the breakup of Yugoslavia.

Winter workouts were held indoors as a couple of inventive youth coaches drained the water from a little-used Olympic-sized pool, rolled out green carpet, set up a couple of nets and established a pair of tennis courts.

In the summer, practices were held outdoors on clay courts, but often in the early mornings to avoid the worst of the bombing.

Man, you hear about basketball players learning to ball in the ghetto, and track stars learning to run while escaping the police, but I’ve never quite heard of learning to play tennis while evading bombing. That really brings a whole new sense of real life to me. When I used to practice tennis, all I cared about was the Cactus Cooler I was gonna buy from the vending machine when I got done. Man I’m glad I never had to worry about bombings. How’s that for a reality check.

(Image courtesy Ana’s Official Site)

Ana Ivanovic Is Definitely Hotter Than Maria Sharapova

As someone who actually watches tennis (please reserve your laughs for another time), I’ve been onto Ana Ivanovic for quite some time. Translation, she’s been the wallpaper of my computer for the past eight months. Back on Valentine’s Day, I proclaimed that Ana Ivanovic was probably hotter than Maria Sharapova. Now, combining Ivanovic’s win over Sharapova in the French Open semis, with Maria’s disgusting on-court demeanor (she behaves like a five-year-old brat), I’m here to say that Ivanovic is definitely more attractive than Sharapova, no question. (more pics after the jump)

According to Ana’s bio, she’s 19, turning 20 in November. She’s from Belgrade, Serbia, but speaks some good English. Ana’s officially listed at 6’1″ 159 (makes for some good genes). She sometimes plays backgammon and sudoku in the locker room to prep for matches (it soothes the mind). She’s also won three tournaments (Kournikova who?).

It’s also nice to see Ana getting her due from some heavyweights like SPORTSbyBROOKS, With Leather and AOL FanHouse. She deserves it. Especially if she keeps up her winning. No matter to me; I’ll still love her either way.

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