Tennis News Wire -
The grinding career comeback for former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic is gaining even more traction in the Californian desert - and the smiling Serb siren says the sunny ambience of desert venue has a lot do to with her success.
Ivanovic won the Indian Wells title in 2008 over Svetlana Kuznetsova and lost the final a year later to Vera Zvonareva. Her win against fellow former top-ranked player Caroline Wozniacki puts the Serb into her second consecutive quarter-final of the season.
Ivanovic says that the laid-back desert ambience is a source of energy for her. "It's just the (good) time that we have off the court. This is a really nice place to relax and go to the bookstore, go to the shops.
"I've bought half of the desert, there are nice places, you can go to a spa and sit by the pool, which I actually still haven't done this week."
Ivanovic, who won the 2008 French Open and took over the top WTA ranking after that success. is used to warm and sunny climes, having played frequently in tropical Asia. "In Bali, when I was not playing I was all the time by the pool.
"It just gets your mind off tennis and creates sort of less stress a bit, and I think that's what really works well for me. I really want to try and, you know, create that little kind of nice relaxed environment in bubble wherever I am."