Injured Ivanovic to rest ahead of Rio 2016


Ana Ivanovic will rest a wrist injury for the next six weeks to give her the best chance of challenging for gold at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

The former world number one was a surprise upset on day one at Wimbledon on Monday as she was beaten in straight sets by world number 223 Ekaterina Alexandrova.

Following her 6-2 7-5 defeat Ivanovic confirmed a right wrist problem had been hampering her throughout the build-up to the grand slam and had made it difficult for her to control her shots.

Ivanovic revealed the injury nearly forced her withdrawal from the grass-court tournament, before confirming she will miss all of July to recover ahead of the Games.

"I think I'm going to take some time off," she told a media conference. "My next tournament would be the Olympics.  

"So hopefully that will give it enough time to settle down.  Hope I will have an MRI and see what's going on.

"It's a great honour for me to represent my country [at the Olympics].  

"To play Rio, it's been my big dream, to be part of it.  I'm very, very thrilled."