Eight years ago, Ana Ivanovic was one of the rising young stars on the WTA Tour. She took down the Luxembourg Open that year, then went on to win the 2008 French Open and claim the No. 1 spot in the rankings. Ivanovic hasn’t reached that level since, but she’s enjoying something of a comeback at age 27, and she’s the +300 favorite at press time to win her second title in Luxembourg.
It was a quick fall from grace and a slow climb back up the mountain for Ivanovic. But after a number of coaching changes, the Belgrade native started putting things together again in 2013. Ivanovic has had some mixed results this year, but she’s well on her way in Luxembourg after beating Heather Watson in the first round on Tuesday.
According to the odds, Ivanovic’s toughest competition should come from Timea Bacsinszky (+400) and Jelena Jankovic (+500). Bacsinszky is the top seed at Luxembourg, ranked two spots above Ivanovic at No. 10 on the WTA Tour. Jankovic is a recognized name, but like Ivanovic, she hasn’t been World’s No. 1 since 2008. Jankovic is currently No. 24 in the world rankings and the fifth seed at Luxembourg.