9 years passed since mysterious disappearance of Mirjana Lucic from Croatia. Running away from violent father she started new life in USA and slightly sinked to oblivion.
It was awful for me, my father beat me constantly, almost every day. Days when everything was all right were rare. During Wimbledon 98' everything fell apart, I couldn't bear a single day of his beatings anymore and living so stressfuly. Nothing was worth living that way!
Family drama quickly reflected itself on her results. Long time she was just making appearances in tournaments and then she stopped doing that.
2 weeks ago she appeared from nowhere in Indian Wells and won first round match.
I feel awesome. I had a big break, didn't play for three and half years, so it was an unbelievable feeling to be on the coart again, especially in Indian wells because I played on central court and the feeling was indescribable. I am very happy, especially because I managed to win first matches in both tournaments I played.
Today her biggest problems are finances and because of it she couldn't travell to tournaments in last two years. She confesses that she was depressed back then and had to take antidepressives against her will.
I had to do it because of my health and because of all the things I've been through.Back then I had unbelievably stressfull life. My father and others threatened that they will kidnap my brothers, younger sister and me, that they will kill us and things like that. So we lived constantly with stress.
During last year she lost 20kg, now she trains very hard and wants to play top tennis tournaments again.
She wasn't in Croatia since the escape, misses old friends and family.
That is my dearest wish and it's also my plan, not just a wish. When I feel that I'm safe, that I can safely enter Croatia and safely go back, I will absolutely take first flight till there. But I'm still afraid, I still recieve threats and I don't feel safe at all.
With coach Ivan Beroš she has ambicious goal to come back to top 100.
As Goran Ivanišević said: "Everything's possible, but she will need help from heaven, Mikica deserved it!"
Sorry for bad English, I waited for somebody else to translate it, but since nobody did!
I put it on youtube too! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYmEqXD407Y