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I wasn’t prepared for Big W, admits Ivanovic

sports Updated: Jun 28, 2008 22:52 IST
I wasn’t prepared for Big W

Ana Ivanovic admitted her decision to take time off after winning the French Open had backfired as she was dumped out of Wimbledon by Chinese wildcard Zheng Jie.

Ivanovic, 20, opted not to play the pre-Wimbledon events because victory in Paris had left her drained. But the Serbian world No. 1 conceded she was completely under-prepared for the grasscourt season, leading to Friday's shock 6-1, 6-4 third round defeat to an opponent ranked 132 places below her.

"I didn't have as good preparation as I hoped for because I had to have some time off, so I didn't have too much time to practice and to do all these little specific movements and things you need to in order to adjust to the grass," Ivanovic said.

"It's been a very emotional past couple of weeks for me. It took a toll on me. So with my coaches we try to cut the practices to a minimum just to have time to recover a little bit and have some time for myself. Obviously it was tough because from the first match on, I tried to find my game, but I felt like I was struggling a little bit."

Zheng may donate prizemoney to victims

Jie should have been ecstatic after ousting Ivanovic in Friday's biggest upset. Instead, she modestly waved to the crowd and exited Court 1. She was already thinking about her native Sichuan Province, devastated by last month's massive earthquake, and what she could do to help.

"I gave the French Open prize money and after Wimbledon I want to go back to do some more to support them in my city and maybe I will give the money (from here)," she said.