DUBAI Feb 13 Former world number one Ana
Ivanovic is planning to go without a coach as she continues to
work her way back towards the top of the game.
The Serbian split from coach Antonio Van Grichen last week
and will now travel with just a sparring partner and her fitness
trainer Marija Lojanica, who was her physical education teacher
Although she can see the benefits of a coach, the
23-year-old former French Open champion believes they can
sometimes over-complicate things.
"It's nice when you have sort of a little bit of a plan and
tactics when you go on the court, but also I feel that if I play
well it doesn't matter against who I play, I'm going to win. And
that's why I'm not so stressed about tactics," Ivanovic said
ahead of the Dubai Championships which start on Monday.
"You need someone who is going to set the practice, someone
who can judge whether one hour is enough, or two hours or an
hour-and-a-half. A coach can feel that. Then there are the
tactics a little bit. That's where the coach is really good.
"But sometimes it just becomes so technical that you forget
what you're doing. If you start thinking about how you come down
the stairs and think about how each muscle is working you can't
go down the stairs. Anyway I'm a person who over-thinks and
over-analyses everything, so if you give me one thought it
creates a lot more.
"So now I'm just taking a break and having a sparring
partner and I'm not trying to look for someone, and see how that
goes. I consider myself as a hard worker. When you are 14, 15
and you are setting your routines, that's when you need someone
who is going to tell you these things and is going to push you
more and so on.
"But now I am at the stage where I know what my goals are
and I know I have to work hard for it so there is no point in
someone telling me each day you have to work hard. I know it."
Ivanovic, who will face Swiss veteran Patty Schnyder in the
first round here, ended the 2010 season by winning two of her
last three tournaments and is back inside the top 20 after
slumping into the 60s six months ago.
The Dubai tournament includes eight of the top 10 but is
missing Maria Sharapova, who has withdrawn with the illness that
also forced her out of Paris. Top seed Caroline Wozniacki will
have the opportunity to swiftly recapture her number one ranking
from Kim Clijsters this week, as the Belgian takes a break.
(Editing by Clare Fallon; To query or comment on this story