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Ana Ivanovic splits with coach Nemanja Kontic

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Ana Ivanovic and Kontic having an animated conversation during the French Open in late May. Their collaboration is now history. (Opencourt.ca/Stephanie Myles)

It seemed, this time, that Ana Ivanovic had found the right coach.

He wasn't one of those "superstar" type coaches, the big names of Ivanovic's past that included David Taylor, Sven Groeneveld, Craig Kardon (that didn't last long), Nigel Sears, Antonio Van Grichen and Heinz Gunthardt. He was closer to her age, spoke her language, understood where she came from and during their time together, she certainly appeared to regain a semblance of her former form.

Well, Nemanja Kontic is no more, after just one year.

Ivanovic announced on her website today that she and Kontic had parted ways by mutual agreement.

Kontic’s contract expired after Wimbledon, the brief statement on the website says, and after "amicable discussions" it will not be renewed.

Ivanovic won three titles this season, after a few drought years. She reached the third round of the French Open and Wimbledon, which might have been a disappointment to her after her recent efforts, including winning the grass-court warmup event at Birmingham.

The new coach will be announced "in the coming weeks."

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Ana Ivanovic and members of her coaching team on the practice court at the French Open in May. Coach Nemanja Kontic is out, as of the end of WImbledon.

Ana Ivanovic and members of her coaching team on the practice court at the French Open in May. Coach Nemanja Kontic …

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