Ivanovic must go solo against Henin

8th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 8, 2007 (AFP) - Ana Ivanovic will have to go it alone when she goes up against hot favourite Justine Henin in the French Open final on Saturday.

PARIS, June 8, 2007 (AFP) - Ana Ivanovic will have to go it alone when she goes up against hot favourite Justine Henin in the French Open final on Saturday.

The 19-year-old Serb has made huge bounds this year since she started taking coaching advice from Sven Groenefeld winning the German Open last month and reaching her first Grand Slam final.

But Groenefeld, like Ivanovic and Henin, is under contract to sportswear giant Adidas and part of his deal is that he cannot coach one of the company's players against the other.

That means that the moment she defeated Maria Sharapova in straight sets in Thursday's semi-finals, the experienced Groenefeld, who had previously helped both Mary Pierce and Sharapova, was off limits to her.

"He just can't help me in that way at all," she said.

"And it's a little bit of a pity in some way because it's a great achievement of my life. The whole two weeks he's been on my side and it's been really good."

Going it alone though is not an entirely alien concept to the Belgrade-born player whose classically good looks and smiling countenance look set to give her global fame and fortune in the footsteps of Sharapova.

She has an independent streak running through her forged through the tough, early days of her career when she had to travel to Germany and Switzerland to get the practice facilities she needed.

"Before I had a couple of experiences when I spent too much time with a coach and it didn't work for me," she said.
 
"It's important to me have my own space and also a little bit of private life. And I think for a relationship with a coach it's very important to not get too personal.

"I think I have that with Sven. I really trust him and he trusts me so that's why it works very well for us."


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