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In the final, Ivanovic attempted to win her first Major singles title and complete a sweep of the top three players in the world. 1 and two-time defending champion Justine Henin won the match in straight sets. 9 Nadia Petrova in the fourth round, and saved three match points to defeat Nicole Vaidišová in the quarterfinals.
In the semifinals, three-time former Wimbledon champion Venus Williams defeated Ivanovic in two sets after Ivanovic had a break in the second set.
She won her first three matches with the loss of only nine games.
In her second career quarterfinal at Roland Garros, Ivanovic defeated world No. 2 Sharapova in less than one hour in the semifinals.
A week later, she lost to Samantha Stosur in the second round of the Australian Open.
Ivanovic made it to the third round of the French Open, before losing to Anastasia Myskina.
Her first notable breakthrough occurred in the next tournament, when she took Venus Williams to two tiebreaks, before losing in straight sets in the second round of the Zurich Open. She followed up her run in Zurich with a quarterfinal showing at Luxembourg the next week.
Ivanovic won her first career singles title early in the year at the Canberra International, after defeating Melinda Czink in the final.
In June 2011, she was named one of the "30 Legends of Women's Tennis: Past, Present and Future" by Time Her first breakthrough came at the 2004 Zurich Open, where she qualified and was narrowly beaten by Venus Williams in the second round in two tiebreak sets.This ultimately led to her winning the United States Open Series, ahead of Kim Clijsters and Maria Sharapova. Ivanovic also played nine tournaments in doubles in 2006, teaming up with Maria Kirilenko and Sania Mirza. Immediately after this tournament, she announced that she had split with her coach David Taylor. But on clay, Ivanovic first went on to semifinal of Amelia Island and then managed to win her first Tier-I clay-court title in Berlin, defeating No. Ivanovic needed a tiebreak to finally finish the match.Ivanovic and Kirilenko made two semifinals and a final; they ended the year at No. The win in Berlin propelled her into the top ten of the WTA Rankings for the first time, at world No. Ivanovic had a six-match winning streak heading into the French Open and increased this streak to twelve by reaching the final.However, Ivanovic's biggest win to date then came over Mauresmo in the third round of the French Open.To start off her WTA year, she played at the Medibank International in Sydney where she once again defeated Amélie Mauresmo, this time in straight sets, before falling to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarterfinals.
Ivanovic has a younger brother, Miloš, with whom she loved to play basketball.