Ana Ivanovic, the Number One seed, was upset at the 2008 U.S. Open, in what is really not such a surprising result even though she lost to the 188th ranked player, i.e. Frenchwoman, Julie Coin. Ivanovic, who struggled with a thumb injury this summer, has only played two matches since Wimbledon, winning one of them. Since her French Open victory, Ivanovic won 2 matches at Wimbledon (one of them 10-8 in the third)
before bowing to surprise semifinalist, Jie Zheng in the third round. Ivanovic is a talented player, but she is not yet a strong, dominating Number One player. Add to that, injury and lack of both practice and match play over the past couple months and it’s not really very surprising that Ivanovic would be upset, especially after she struggled to even win her first round match. If Ana could have survived this match and maybe won a couple others, she might have been able to play herself into form during the tournament. However, confidence is critical to the success of pro tennis players and it’s hard to feel very confident when you haven’t been able to practice and play matches. This was a terrific victory for Julie Coin, but the loss by Ivanovic simply highlights the huge opportunity at the 2008 U.S. Open for one of several players to capture the women’s title.