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40 LOVE Flashback: Ana's Big Day

As Ana Ivanovic celebrates her birthday today, take a look back at one of the biggest days - or two weeks - of her life, her run to her first Grand Slam title at the French Open in 2008.

Published November 06, 2013 12:03

Ana Ivanovic headed into the 2008 French Open as one of the favorites - the No.2 seed, in fact.
Ana Ivanovic headed into the 2008 French Open as one of the favorites - the No.2 seed, in fact.
She took out Sofia Arvidsson in the first round, 62 75, then Lucie Safarova in the second round, 61 62.
She took out Sofia Arvidsson in the first round, 62 75, then Lucie Safarova in the second round, 61 62.
Up next was a 17-year-old to watch out for - a future World No.1 in fact - Caroline Wozniacki.
Up next was a 17-year-old to watch out for - a future World No.1 in fact - Caroline Wozniacki.
But Ivanovic had little trouble with the No.30-seeded Dane that day, moving smoothly past her, 64 61.
But Ivanovic had little trouble with the No.30-seeded Dane that day, moving smoothly past her, 64 61.
With No.1 seed Maria Sharapova going out in the fourth round, Ivanovic took it to another gear...
With No.1 seed Maria Sharapova going out in the fourth round, Ivanovic took it to another gear...
She beat Petra Cetkovksa in the fourth round, 60 60, then No.10 seed Patty Schnyder next, 63 62.
She beat Petra Cetkovksa in the fourth round, 60 60, then No.10 seed Patty Schnyder next, 63 62.
Her toughest test of the fortnight came in the semifinals - No.3-seeded countrywoman Jelena Jankovic.
Her toughest test of the fortnight came in the semifinals - No.3-seeded countrywoman Jelena Jankovic.
After dropping the first set, Jankovic took the second set and built a 3-1 lead in the third set.
After dropping the first set, Jankovic took the second set and built a 3-1 lead in the third set.
A fightback from Ivanovic sent her into the final - the Serbian pair showed their emotions at the net.
A fightback from Ivanovic sent her into the final - the Serbian pair showed their emotions at the net.
Ivanovic - now a three-time Grand Slam finalist - faced No.13 seed and first-timer Dinara Safina.
Ivanovic - now a three-time Grand Slam finalist - faced No.13 seed and first-timer Dinara Safina.
Maybe it was the experience or maybe it was destiny - but Ivanovic came through that day, 64 63.
Maybe it was the experience or maybe it was destiny - but Ivanovic came through that day, 64 63.
Ivanovic climbed into the stands, as has become a tradition at the Grand Slams in recent years.
Ivanovic climbed into the stands, as has become a tradition at the Grand Slams in recent years.
She eventually made her way to her family and friends, where she shared the occasion with them all.
She eventually made her way to her family and friends, where she shared the occasion with them all.
The trophies were presented by Justine Henin - who Ivanovic had lost to in the final the year before.
The trophies were presented by Justine Henin - who Ivanovic had lost to in the final the year before.
There was some icing on the cake, too - Ivanovic didn't just collect her first Grand Slam title...
There was some icing on the cake, too - Ivanovic didn't just collect her first Grand Slam title...
She also rose to No.1 in the world with the result.
She also rose to No.1 in the world with the result.
Ivanovic would spend 12 of the next 13 weeks as World No.1 - Jankovic snuck in there for a week.
Ivanovic would spend 12 of the next 13 weeks as World No.1 - Jankovic snuck in there for a week.
The traditional Roland Garros trophy shoot with the beautiful Eiffel Tower in the background.
The traditional Roland Garros trophy shoot with the beautiful Eiffel Tower in the background.
Ivanovic hasn't just remained a top player ever since, she has been one of the biggest crowd favorites.
Ivanovic hasn't just remained a top player ever since, she has been one of the biggest crowd favorites.
And finally, the front page photo - the welcome ceremony she received upon her return to Belgrade.
And finally, the front page photo - the welcome ceremony she received upon her return to Belgrade.
  • Ana Ivanovic headed into the 2008 French Open as one of the favorites - the No.2 seed, in fact.
  • She took out Sofia Arvidsson in the first round, 62 75, then Lucie Safarova in the second round, 61 62.
  • Up next was a 17-year-old to watch out for - a future World No.1 in fact - Caroline Wozniacki.
  • But Ivanovic had little trouble with the No.30-seeded Dane that day, moving smoothly past her, 64 61.
  • With No.1 seed Maria Sharapova going out in the fourth round, Ivanovic took it to another gear...
  • She beat Petra Cetkovksa in the fourth round, 60 60, then No.10 seed Patty Schnyder next, 63 62.
  • Her toughest test of the fortnight came in the semifinals - No.3-seeded countrywoman Jelena Jankovic.
  • After dropping the first set, Jankovic took the second set and built a 3-1 lead in the third set.
  • A fightback from Ivanovic sent her into the final - the Serbian pair showed their emotions at the net.
  • Ivanovic - now a three-time Grand Slam finalist - faced No.13 seed and first-timer Dinara Safina.
  • Maybe it was the experience or maybe it was destiny - but Ivanovic came through that day, 64 63.
  • Ivanovic climbed into the stands, as has become a tradition at the Grand Slams in recent years.
  • She eventually made her way to her family and friends, where she shared the occasion with them all.
  • The trophies were presented by Justine Henin - who Ivanovic had lost to in the final the year before.
  • There was some icing on the cake, too - Ivanovic didn't just collect her first Grand Slam title...
  • She also rose to No.1 in the world with the result.
  • Ivanovic would spend 12 of the next 13 weeks as World No.1 - Jankovic snuck in there for a week.
  • The traditional Roland Garros trophy shoot with the beautiful Eiffel Tower in the background.
  • Ivanovic hasn't just remained a top player ever since, she has been one of the biggest crowd favorites.
  • And finally, the front page photo - the welcome ceremony she received upon her return to Belgrade.
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