Re: Biesterbos Open 2013, Netherlands, G2
From the tournament website...
Player of Day 5-7-2013
Ivana Jorovic, 16 years old, is an active and ambitious player on the ITF-junior and WTA tour. Today she played Morgane Michiels and lost only two games in the match. Her previous matches she wonalso in straight sets (6-3 6-0 and 6-3 6-1). She impresses the crowd with really good tennis, amazing groundstrokes and good serve-returns. During the interview she makes a modest, little bit shy and relaxed impression. She deserves all credits to become “Player of the Day”! A short interview:
Tell us something about yourself
“I am 16 years old, live in Serbia and I am training in Belgrado. It is going really well right now. I combine tennis with school, but my focus is on tennis”.
We noticed that you are on a winning streak the last weeks…
“Yes I can’t complain. I won the previous two ITF tournaments I played. Besides that, I also play on the WTA tour (ranking 714) and I won two Futures”.
Ivana, it looks like you are really enjoying and loving the game. Could you explain what it is that makes you love the tennis game?
“I like to work hard for my points. It enforces the reward of winning a point. I want to play every ball on the court. It makes me happy when I am able to do everything with a ball. Besides that I like the traveling, seeing other countries.
How would you describe yourself as a tennis player?
“I’m fighter, fight for every ball. Two years ago I developed my mental game and learned to play long points. Before that I only played shorts points and wanted to make every point myself. I also improved my focus, now I can hold my focus a whole match”. Besides that I think a have a good serve and groundstrokes.
What is your ambition?
“I would like to become the world number one”. But for now I am really happy with my performance this last period. I would like to continue this up going line of my game.
Do you have a favorite player on the WTA tour?
“I used to like Amelie Mauresmo. I liked her fighting attitude and of course her one-handed backhand”
What is your opinion about the tournament so far?
It is a good tournament. The organization is really well and I also liked the players party!