Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Former No. 1s Ivanovic, Wozniacki Looking to Kick-start Careers at Open
Believe it or not, there are other women playing at the U.S. Open besides Serena and Venus Williams.
Ana Ivanovic and Caroline Wozniacki — both of whom once reached No. 1 in the world — were on display Tuesday and are hoping to kick-start their careers with deep runs in New York.
“It’s my only goal I have at the moment,” Ivanovic, a bubbly Serb seeded No. 13, said after crushing Anna Tatishvili of Georgia, 6-2, 6-0, in the first match on Arthur Ashe Stadium. “I really want to get back to the top of the game. You know, I believe I have qualities to do so. Once you’re in the top, you don’t really feel satisfied with being, you know, in Top 15. You really want to aim and push yourself.”
Ivanovic and Wozniacki are two of the seven active women’s players who’ve held the No. 1 ranking. Six of them — including the Williams’ sisters — are in the U.S. Open draw. Maria Sharapova pulled out before the tournament with a shoulder injury.
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.