Former world No.1 Ana Ivanovic has set her sights on reclaiming a spot in the world's top 10.

Serbians Ivanovic and Novak Djokovic are the top-ranked pair for this summer's Hyundai Hopman Cup starting at Perth Arena on Saturday.

Forced to pull out of the $1 million mixed teams tournament's final due to injury in 2011, Ivanovic would love nothing better than to win Hopman Cup XXV.

The 25-year-old is also keen to push back into the top 10, a position she last held on a regular basis four years ago.

"I definitely want to get back to top 10, that's been my goal for this year and I was very close," Ivanovic said.

"I hope I can break that next year and get myself in a position for playing well and getting far in the big events."

Ivanovic scaled the peak of women's tennis in 2008, making it all the way to No.1 in early June.

She finished that year ranked No.5, dropping to No.22 in 2009, before posting season-ending rankings of 17 (2010), 22 (2011) and 13 (2012).

This year Ivanovic lost in the quarterfinals of the US Open to Serena Williams and also made the fourth round at Wimbledon and the Australian Open, and third round at the French Open.

Ivanovic said she was confident of more improvement next year and building on her only grand slam success, the 2008 French Open.

"In 2012 I felt I was more consistent," she said.

"I put myself in that position and played against top players but couldn't really make that break.

"That's a big goal for next year. I have to keep working hard and believing.

"That's what it comes down to.

"There are a few girls who have been dominating a bit this year.

"I think next year if you can challenge them and put yourself in that position and constantly push them, there is a good chance for everyone."

Ivanovic said she was determined to make amends for two years ago when a strained stomach muscle forced her and Djokovic to pull out on the eve of the final against Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and John Isner.

Serbia were replaced in the decider by Belgium's Justine Henin and Ruben Bemelmans.

"I felt so bad … and for Novak too," she said.

"I really hope this year we can put it together and go all the way."

A lean looking Ivanovic said she was thankful of the retractable roof in the new Arena, with Perth experiencing heatwave conditions.

"I'm very happy we have a roof here," she said. "Yesterday I hit from 11.30 to one, 1.30 and I was really struggling. I was putting my head in an ice bucket.

"It's always to be expected here in Australia and I have in the past year had some matches when it was really warm and hot.

"At least it's dry heat." DID YOU KNOW? 13 Ana Ivanovic's 2012 season-end world ranking

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