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Hantuchova, Ivanovic persevere despite growing pains

Ana Ivanovic grew up in war-ravaged Serbia, while her next opponent, Daniela Hantuchova, has resurrected after years of public dissection. Both players could have easily crumbled, but they didn't.

Updated: January 23, 2008, 8:19 AM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- While much of the world may focus on their outer beauty, the journeys Daniela Hantuchova and Ana Ivanovic have taken to their rendezvous in the Australian Open semifinals required inner makeovers that were anything but cosmetic.

Ivanovic rocketed into the top 10 last year, then found a few players sharing that thin air with her to be unsolvable. Hantuchova, the impossibly long-legged 24-year-old from Slovakia, has spent the last five years trying to live up ...

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