Ana Ivanovic Of Serbia Looks On Before The Start Of Her Women's Singles Match Against Maria Sharapova At The Rome Masters Tennis Tournament
Ana Ivanovic of Serbia looks on before the start of her women's singles match against Maria Sharapova at the Rome Masters tennis tournament May 15, 2014. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Serbian athlete Ana Ivanovic had two top five finishes in the world rankings of Women's Tennis Association, or WTA, in the last seven years. Last season, Ivanovic was ranked in the top five of the final WTA rankings, the first time since 2008. Ahead of his first round match at the 2015 Australian Open, Ivanovic shares her thoughts coming into the tournament as a top five player.

"To be honest, I try not to think too much about the rankings," Ivanovic said in an interview at the Australian Open. "I definitely thought about it towards the end of the last year, I really tried to make that push and finish in top five."

Ivanovic's focus shifts to one obvious target, and that is on her game and performance on the court. She said that she will simply try to enjoy every match, which she hopes would translate to good results. Evidently, more wins in tournaments can boost Ivanovic's place in the WTA world rankings.

Fresh off a great start in 2015, reaching the finals in Brisbane before going down 6-7 (4) 6-3 6-3 to Maria Sharapova, the 27-year-old said that she feels good coming back to Melbourne. Even though she suffered a slump in terms of her success in 2014, putting up with early round exits in three of the four grand slam events (Wimbledon, French Open, and US Open) and a quarter-final loss 5-7 7-5 6-2 to Eugenie Bouchard at the Australian Open, she still managed to bring home four titles.

This year in Melbourne, she aims to keep the momentum as well as the level of her game. She said that she will take it one step at a time and just enjoy the matches.

Ivanovic will face 142nd-ranked Lucie Hradecka of Czech Republic in the first round of the Australian Open. It will be the pair's second meeting. Ivanovic leads their head-to-head record 1-0.

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