NEW YORK, NY, USA - Regardless of what happens in her US Open quarterfinal match against Serena Williams on Wednesday night, Ana Ivanovic has made history. No player in the Open Era had gone as many Grand Slams in between a title and at least a quarterfinal showing, as she did not make a final eight after her 2008 French Open triumph until now.
"It's been a rollercoaster," Ivanovic said. "There were some good moments and some tough ones, but it's a process. You have to be consistent on practice courts and then in the matches. I felt I had that this year. I have been quite consistent at times. I put myself lots of times in opportunities for big matches and big wins, and I never managed to do that previously. Now, I have another chance, and I really hope I can put it together this time."
Who else is on the list of players with the most Grand Slams played in between titles and making a final eight?
|Player||Major Title||Next QF||Slams Between|
|Ana Ivanovic||'08 French Open||'12 US Open||17|
|Svetlana Kuznetsova||'09 French Open||'11 French Open||7|
|Mary Pierce||'95 Australian Open||'96 Wimbledon||5|
|Mary Pierce||'00 French Open||'02 French Open||4|
|Anastasia Myskina||'04 French Open||'05 Wimbledon||4|
|Serena Williams||'05 Australian Open||'07 Australian Open||4|
Notes: In their first quarterfinal since winning a major title, all the players listed lost that match except Williams, who went on to win the title at the '07 Australian Open ... '78 Australian Open champ Chris O'Neil and '79 Australian Open champ Barbara Jordan never reached another Grand Slam quarterfinal after netting their titles ... '11 French Open winner Li Na has a six-major streak going of failing to reach a quarterfinal since her Grand Slam title.