Rogers Cup presented by National Bank has given tennis fans in Montreal countless reasons to cheer over the years and has become an integral event of the city’s summer season. Over the next four weeks, we will revisit a few of the Cinderella performances that have happened in tournament history. After Aleksandra Wozniak last Friday, this time we look back on Ana Ivanovic’s memorable run in Montreal in 2006.
During her first Rogers Cup appearance in 2006, Ivanovic captured the hearts of not only tennis fans in Montreal, but also around the world. The 18-year-old, ranked no. 19 in the world at the time, was not that well known when she arrived in Montreal before she won the biggest title of her career to that point.
Due to the withdrawal of Kim Clijsters in the second round, Ivanovic did not face a seeded player en route to the quarter-finals. She beat no. 14 seed Katarina Srebotnik in the quarter-finals and ninth-seeded Dinara Safina in the semifinals to reach her first Premier 5 final where she would face none other than Martina Hingis.
The championship match, which was pushed to Monday because of rain, was the first meeting between Ivanovic and Hingis. In the end, youth prevailed over experience as the Serb posted a 6-2, 6-3 victory, capturing the title without dropping a set. In fact, Hingis had predicted earlier in the week that Ivanovic was one of the favourites to win the tournament. The Swiss Miss knew what she was talking about.
Retired since 2016 and now a mother to a three-month old, Ivanovic finished her career with one Grand Slam crown which she won at Roland-Garros in 2008, a triumph which also allowed to become World No. 1.
Check back next week to relive Tamira Paszek’s Cinderella run at Rogers Cup.