Ivanovic: I can win Slams
Serbian targets a return to the top
Last Updated: September 24, 2012 10:29am
Ana Ivanovic: Has the belief that she can still win Grand Slam titles
Ana Ivanovic still believes she is good enough to win the biggest titles in women's tennis despite failing to reach the semi-finals of any of her last 18 Grand Slam singles tournaments.
The 24-year-old Serbian is currently No.12 in the world and despite enjoying a consistent year, regarding improved form, she has not won a WTA Tour event during 2012.
Ivanovic was world No.1 four years ago, after winning the French Open, before quickly sliding down the rankings following a sudden loss in form.
However, she claims she remains ambitious and after reaching the second round of the Pan Pacific Open said: "I've already achieved two of my biggest dreams in winning a Grand Slam and being number one in the world.
"But I believe I can still be at the top level and winning Slams. Otherwise I wouldn't be here."
On Monday, she beat Andrea Hlavackova who was forced to retire with a thigh injury after just 44 minutes. The No 11 seed was leading 6-3 2-0 at the time.
Nine of the world's top 10 women are competing this week - the exception is Serena Williams - with the top eight seeds receiving byes into the second round.
Meanwhile, Marion Bartoli of France beat local favourite Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-1 6-4.
The Japanese player - who won the title in 1995 - will celebrate her 42nd birthday later this week.