Former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic finds it strange that there has already been a generational change in tennis since her time at the top in 2008 with the former French Open winner now considered "middle-aged" in the sport. "It's really strange at 24 you're considered old," said the Serb, playing in Dubai this week on an 18th ranking.
Ivanovic has plenty of respect for the new generation of Victoria Azarenka, Caroline Wozniacki and Petra Kvitova, who make up the top four along with Maria Sharapova. "I think they're playing great. It's a great challenge for us, for players that have been around for a while. They're pushing us to improve and get better."
But the Serb has certainly not written off her own chances of returning to the Top 10 and beyond. "I really believe that I can get back to the top and that I can be in the mix to win Grand Slams then. That's why I'm here, that's why I'm working hard.
"If that wasn't going to happen or if I didn't have feeling that can happen, I wouldn't be here."
Ivanovic is also pleased with her new coaching team, headed for the past half-year by Briton Nigel Sears. But she admits progress on her game has been hit-or-miss due to the tough environment on the WTA.
"It's always going to be up and down. We have so many tournaments, so many competitions, and you can't really, you know, play great every week unless you are Novak Djokovic.
"It's tough and it's always going to be up and down. I really hope to get my level up at the stage where I can compete consistently like through the semis and finals and stay deep in a tournament."