Tennis: Confidence high as Ivanovic , Sharapova head into final
( dpa )- It will be the Squeak versus the Shriek when Ana Ivanovic faces Maria Sharapova on Saturday, with the brunette and the blonde both aiming for a first-ever title at the Australian Open. Ivanovic , whose "noisy" shoes drew complaints from semi-final opponent Daniela Hantuchova , has Grand Slam final experience, losing in Paris last year to Justine Henin . The Russian is constantly shadowed by laments about her loud moans and screams when she gets into tight match situations. She all but denies even hearing them herself. Sharapova , a 20-year-old like her Serbian rival, has gone one better that Ivanovic , lifting 2004 Wimbledon and 2006 US Open titles. Inquiring minds could say she's due again in an even-numbered year. Ivanovic plans to learn from the bitter 2007 experience on Roland Garros clay and hopes to turn it on its head when she faces Sharapova . But fighting off the fast-building pressure is key to success. "To win would be amazing," said the smiling Serb, "It's a dream coming true. But I just don't want to think about it that way. I just want the satisfaction to win another match, that's how I want to walk out there. It's going to be a tough competition. "But I look forward to the challenge. I love challenges." While Ivanovic works to hone her mental side, Sharapova was planning her "traditional" relaxing pre-match night in. "It's always movie night," said the Russian. "We usually order a comedy and watch. But I might just stop it and watch a few games (of the evening Roger Federer -Novak Djokovic men's semi-final), then watch my movie." The pair of young talents stand 2-2 in their career series, the Russian winning at the season championships five months after losing badly to Ivanovic in a Paris semi-final. Sharapova knows she will be entering a dead-level encounter when she faces Ivanovic . "When you go out there, it really depends on how you feel you're playing. Her chance is just as good as mine. "We're both Grand Slam finalists. We're here. We've had a great two weeks of tennis. I hope I can perform as well as I have throughout the tournament here." Ivanovic will be working to keep her emotions in check. "When I walk on the court, I know a little bit what to expect. I just don't want to get emotional. "I want to just focus on my game and what I have to do, you know, to play like I played my previous matches and just think tennis and tactically. "I want to go out there and try to perform the best I can. It's another experience for me and I just want to go for it and enjoy it." Sharapova has a bit extra to prove after a 6-1, 6-2 humiliation at the 2007 final against Serena Williams. "I forgot that final a long time ago," she explained. "I think I was just more glad to be in the final after almost being down and out in the first round.
"I'm just more excited about having another opportunity to get the chance to win."