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Ana unable to salvage gloomy year

Updated: September 2, 2009, 11:02 AM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Tennis turns on its seasons-within-seasons, each one holding the promise of a new mini-start. But 2009 has been one long autumn for Ana Ivanovic, landscaped with falling leaves and bare branches. She's hoping it will make way for new growth.

Ivanovic was the top seed at the U.S. Open last year when she was upset by a little-known French qualifier in the second round. Only one result could have been worse, and sure enough, that came to pass Tuesday as Ivanovic let a ...

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