Ana Ivanović's dream scenario at the 2014 French Open turned into a nightmare in the third round. By the end of the second round of the women's draw top seeded Serena Williams had been eliminated which left the tournament up for grabs. Furthermore, she had recently defeated Maria Sharapova in Rome on clay which meant that she was entering the tournament with confidence knowing that she was playing at a level in which she could beat one of her toughest opponents. In the view of many tennis commentators and insiders with the way she was playing and there no longer being the presence of Serena Williams the situation was ideal for her to potentially win her second Grand Slam title.
Unfortunately for the talented and beautiful tennis player it was not to be because while most people were looking ahead to a quarterfinal matchup for her with Simona Halep and quite possibly a finals matchup with Maria Sharapova she knew that one of her most difficult opponents lay ahead in Czech player Lucie Safarova.
The Czech is a left-handed player who shots usually force the Serbian beauty to hit with her backhand and not be able to take advantage of her superior forehand shots. Ana Ivanović was fully aware of the challenge that Lucie Safarova presents to her and he unfortunately her fears were well founded as she lost in straight sets to the Czech star.
Every player has that one opponent who seems to have their 'number' in terms of being able to cause them problems and for Ana Ivanović it is Lucie Safarova. It was an unfortunate loss for the Serbian star as it represented a golden opportunity to legitimately challenge for a Grand Slam title but one that tennis insiders expect that she will eventually overcome because she has the physical ability to defeat this player as this loss was the product of mental errors and missed opportunities early in the game.
A tough loss at the 2014 French Open for Ana Ivanović in the third round