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During the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, she was forced to train during the morning to avoid bombardments.Later, she admitted that she trained in an abandoned swimming pool in the winter, as no tennis facilities were available.Ivanovic has a younger brother, Miloš, with whom she loved to play basketball.She started her career after memorizing the telephone number of a local tennis clinic from an advertisement.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.
However, he remained her manager throughout her career.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.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.