Ana Ivanovic recently shared her story about making her childhood dreams come true. The Serb reminisced about the time before she became a decorated tennis professional, which earned a thumbs up from her idol Monica Seles.
Ivanovic is a former World No. 1 and has won 15 WTA titles, including the 2008 French Open singles title. She was named one of the “30 Legends of Women’s Tennis: Past, Present, and Future” by Time magazine in 2011 and was also announced as the best female tennis player in Serbia for the year 2012. Ivanovic announced her retirement on 28 December 2016.
On Thursday, December 14, she took to Twitter to post an an ode to her career. Her post was captioned:
“Dreams are here to be fulfilled.”
Tennis Legend Monica Seles replied to Ivanovic’s tweet, saying:
“Absolutely , Thanks for sharing this.”
A reply from Monica Seles would have been very special for Ana Ivanovic, as she had once revealed that the reason she started playing tennis was because of Seles. Ivanovic picked up a racket at the age of 5 after watching the then-Yugoslav play on television.
“I really just try to enjoy the game and hope that I can inspire young kids. I started playing tennis because of Monica Seles and I try to promote the sport in the best possible way,” Ivanovic had previously said, as quoted by the Gulf News.
Looking back at the incredible teenage career of Monica Seles
Monica Seles turned pro at the age of 15 in 1989 and won her first career title the same year in Houston, where she upset Chris Evert in the final. Seles reached the semifinals of the French Open that year too, but lost to Steffi Graf. She ended the year as World No. 6.
In 1990, Seles went on a 36-match winning streak where she won a total of 6 titles – Lipton Player’s Championships, U.S Hard Court Championships, Eckerd Open, Italian Open, Lufthansa Cup, and French Open. She defeated Steffi Graf in straight sets in the final of the French Open to become the youngest player to win the singles title at 16 years and 6 months. Seles finished the year as World No. 2.
She started the 1991 season by winning the Australian Open and capturing the World No. 1 spot. Seles successfully defended her French Open by defeating Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in the final. She won her third Grand Slam that year by defeating Martina Navratilova in the US Open final.
Seles won 10 out of 16 tournaments she played that year and reached the final in each one.
In 1992, Monica Seles reached the finals of all 4 Grand Slams and defended all of her Majors. She reached her first ever Wimbledon final too, where she lost to Steffi Graf.
In her first four years as a professional, Seles won 30 titles, including 8 Grand Slams. Seles achieved all of this before turning 20.