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May 21, 2009 /

Ana is in Paris preparing for the second Grand Slam of the year – the French Open, which begins on Sunday. Ana is the reigning champion, having captured her maiden Grand Slam and become No.1 in the world for the first time during last year’s memorable tournament.

The 21-year-old was forced to withdraw from the Mutua Madrilena Madrid open two weeks ago, but she has recovered in time to compete at Roland Garros. "Thankfully the pain and inflammation in my knee has gone away, so I have been able to practice this week,” she said.

“My timing is pretty good at the moment and I'm optimistic about my chances of success in Paris.

"Obviously I haven't had the preparation I would have liked, but on the positive side I didn't play many matches before the French Open last year too."

In fact, last year Ana played just one match more on clay than she has in the run-up to this year’s event: four versus three.

Twelve months ago, Ana produced a fantastic winning streak in Paris, advancing to the semi-finals without losing a set. After impressive victories over Sofia Arvidsson, Lucie Safarova and Caroline Wozniacki, Ana played near flawless tennis against Czech Petra Cetkovska, whom she overwhelmed 6-0, 6-0 in round four.

Two days later Ana faced world No.11 Patty Schnyder of Switzerland in the quarter-finals. Ana, seeded second for last year’s tournament, once again got off to a good start, dominating the match right from the beginning. The 200th win of her professional career was sealed after only 75 minutes as she triumphed 6-3, 6-2.

Certainly one of Ana’s most thrilling matches of 2008 was her semi-final encounter with compatriot Jelena Jankovic, which paved the way for Ana achieving her lifetime ambition of becoming No.1 in the world.

Unlike the matches before, it was a tie full of ups and downs, but thanks to Ana’s bravery on the big points, after more than two hours, she moved into her second successive French Open final.

In an intriguing Grand Slam final against Dinara Safina, Ana again hit form right on time, beating the Russian 6-4, 6-3 after one hour and 35 minutes to reach a major milestone in her young career.

Despite Ana’s impressive history at this event she prefers not to see herself as a “defending” champion.

“It’s an honour to be known as the defending champion, but for me this is a new Grand Slam and I’m excited about it,” she said. “I am not defending anything. This is a new tournament and a new opportunity to win another Grand Slam.”

According to the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Singles Rankings, the 21-year-old is set to be the seeded eighth. She will conduct the men's draw at Stade Roland Garros at 11.30am local time on Friday.

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Great news
Good thing is that she was able to practice,so maybe after all it was only a matter of resting her knee for a few days
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Queen of the courts hopes to reign again

Winning the French Open a year ago made Ana Ivanovic world No 1 and the darling of the circuit. Now, after a year of frustration, she explains to Paul Newman why she is ready to defend her crown


Ana Ivanovic is hoping to put a difficult year behind her and rediscover her form in Paris next week

It is not always easy being either the world's most beautiful sportswoman or the No 1 player in your sport. Twelve months ago Ana Ivanovic was both, her triumph at the French Open underlining her status as the new glamour queen of tennis and putting her on top of the women's world rankings, but at the grand old age of 21 the Serb is having to prove herself all over again. Although Ivanovic will be the star attraction here today when she attends the draw for this year's clay-court finale, which begins on Sunday, she knows that her hard-won reputation – as a sportswoman if not as a face on a magazine cover – will be on the line over the next fortnight. Having had the world at her feet when she celebrated her first Grand Slam victory here last June, she is now hoping to put a year of frustration behind her.


The fact that Ivanovic is now the world No 8 tells you much about her last 12 months. Troubled last summer by a persistent thumb injury and by a loss of form, she has won just one title on the Sony Ericsson tour since last year's French Open, a minor event in Austria in October, and has suffered humbling defeats in the three subsequent Grand Slam tournaments, losing to lowly ranked opponents on each occasion.

Even when she thought she had put her fitness problems behind her, having started 2009 believing she was in her best shape for years, Ivanovic ran into more trouble last month when she hurt her right knee. The injury forced her to withdraw from the Madrid Open, which was to have been her final warm-up for Paris, and she was advised to rest. She has since returned to the practice court, but it remains to be seen whether the knee will stand up to the demands of a Grand Slam tournament.


If injuries are a way of life for most professional athletes, few have to handle the demands of celebrity that accompany a sportswoman with looks like Ivanovic's. Generally she does not complain about the media attention, but was shocked by the intensity of it when she started dating the Spanish player Fernando Verdasco towards the end of last year, a relationship that lasted only a few months.

"It was something new for me," Ivanovic said. "I hadn't realised that people would be so interested in my private life, but all of a sudden that changed. People followed us around and took photographs. To be honest, it took a lot of energy out of me. All of a sudden I was facing these questions and everyone was approaching me about it. Whenever I went out people were looking at me. I was always in the spotlight. I just felt: 'I can't even have an evening to myself, an evening in private.'

"I think it's important to keep a balance between your professional and private lives. I have learnt from this experience. Next time I would handle things differently and talk less about it. I just think it's important to live your life. Obviously, being in the public eye you have less privacy, but it's important to keep a bit of your life private."

That is one reason Ivanovic has been happy to live in Basle. Having been brought up in war-torn Belgrade, where she practised to the sound of Nato bombs falling on the city and spent winters training on cramped tennis courts in a converted swimming pool, she has been eternally grateful to Dan Holzmann, a Swiss businessman who sponsored her from an early age and gave her the chance to work in better conditions.

Is she recognised in the street in Basle in the way that she is back home? "Not as much. And even if people do recognise you I think they're more used to seeing famous people. There are quite a lot of famous people who live in Basle, like Michael Schumacher, so they keep their distance and give you privacy. That's something that I like. They also have a different mentality. They're much more laid-back and reserved than Serbians, who can be very emotional and have short fuses."

The success of Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic and Novak Djokovic has transformed the Serbian sporting landscape. "Tennis is now one of the major sports and everyone knows about us," Ivanovic said. "Even if I'm just sitting in a car people hoot their horns and stop. I'm recognised everywhere. It's impossible to go for a walk in the city by myself or with a friend. In fact, I rarely go out of the house. I just stay with my family or go to the houses of relatives and friends.

"There is one restaurant near the river that I like to go to occasionally with my parents, but people still come up and ask for photographs. Some even come over to offer me advice on my game."

Ivanovic insists that the glamorous photo-shoots and fashion parties have not distracted her from tennis, though she admits she enjoys that side of her life. "It's very flattering," she said. "Over time I've learnt how to enjoy that a little bit. Every girl likes compliments. But I also realise it comes with the way you play and the way you perform and the things you achieve on court, because there are many good-looking tennis players who are lower ranked and they don't get as much attention. I just have to work hard and achieve things because my main goals are still on the court. But I wouldn't be telling the truth if I said I didn't enjoy it."

Nevertheless, Ivanovic has work to do if she is to get back to where she was a year ago. "Playing Wimbledon was very hard for me after the French," she recalled. "I was emotionally quite empty. After that I was injured and I couldn't practise properly for a month. The injury was very frustrating. Nobody knew why the inflammation kept coming back. I played the US Open when I really shouldn't have, because I had only five days' practice. After that when I was back to feeling 100 per cent I assumed that I would be in the same form, but it doesn't work like that. I had to be patient. I had some disappointing losses. I took them very hard and very personally."

Uneasy about the intensity of working with a permanent coach, Ivanovic had done without one for more than two years until she appointed Craig Kardon three months ago. The American has an impeccable pedigree, having also coached Martina Navratilova, Lindsay Davenport, Mary Pierce and Jennifer Capriati. Ivanovic's results have improved – she reached the final in Indian Wells – though with only three clay-court matches under her belt she looks underprepared for the challenge of Roland Garros.

Nevertheless, a smile is rarely far from Ivanovic's face and she points out that she had only five matches on clay before last year's tournament. "The pain and inflammation in my knee has gone away so I have been able to practise this week," she said. "My timing is pretty good and I'm optimistic about my chances."

From Paris to Paris: 12 months of pain

June 2008 Wins first Grand Slam in Paris but loses to Zie Jheng (world No 133) in 3rd round at Wimbledon.

July Suffers injury to right thumb while practising in Spain.

August Misses the Olympic Games because of injury.

September Loses to Julie Coin (world No 188) in US Open 2nd round.

October Wins tournament in Linz, Austria, her only title in the last 12 months.

November Loses two matches in season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships before pulling out with virus.

January 2009 Loses to Alisa Kleybanova (world No 31) in the 3rd round at the Australian Open.

February Appoints Craig Kardon as her new coach.

March Reaches final at Indian Wells (beaten by Vera Zvonareva) in her best performance of 2009.

April Suffers knee injury playing in Fed Cup and subsequently misses Madrid Open, her final warm-up before French Open.
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After that when I was back to feeling 100 per cent I assumed that I would be in the same form, but it doesn't work like that. I had to be patient. I had some disappointing losses. I took them very hard and very personally."
I'll have the fireworks ready for the moment Ana stops assuming she will play well and actually fights and focuses to play well in every match. This "I just assumed I would play well and then when I didn't I got frustrated" is the biggest WTF thing I've ever read.. you should never assume anything.. and much less let your frustrations handle your game and lose control of it.

And we could see how she took the losses.. instead of motivating her to get some sort of refusal to lose, it messed up with her head big time.

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Navratilova’s Former Coach Has Ivanovic Primed for French Open

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May 22 (Bloomberg) -- Ana Ivanovic is primed for defense of her French Open title and quest to reclaim the No. 1 ranking in women’s tennis with help from a new coach who has decades of experience guiding Grand Slam champions.

The 21-year-old Serb hired Craig Kardon in February, after a difficult second half of the 2008 season when she slipped to No. 8. The American coached Martina Navratilova to her record ninth Wimbledon singles title and also worked with Grand Slam winners Lindsay Davenport, Mary Pierce and Jennifer Capriati.

Ivanovic had the top ranking for a total of 12 weeks, then lost it after early eliminations at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. The winner of $6.8 million in her career, she says Kardon improved her volleys and ground strokes and has been working on her consistency as she goes into Paris, where the French open starts May 24.

“I feel I have my game back,” Ivanovic said last month in an interview in Lleida, Spain, where she was playing in the Fed Cup. “I have a new coach. I finally have direction again and it feels really good.”

After her French Open title, Ivanovic struggled with focus and injuries. Her return to Belgrade brought thousands of people into parliament square and she had tea with the country’s president, Boris Tadic. She grew up during NATO bombings of the city, which forced her to schedule practices around air raids, and practiced in an empty swimming pool that converted to courts in the winter.

Struggles

It took Ivanovic time to get used to being a Grand Slam champion. After Paris, she lost in the third round of Wimbledon, and failed to win back-to-back matches in the next five events she entered. She was beaten as the top seed by a qualifier in the second round at the U.S. Open in New York in August.

A right-thumb injury had forced her to withdraw from the Beijing Olympics earlier that month. The pain got so bad she was barely able to hold a bottle of water, her agent, Gavin Versi, said.

“It was very tough and very frustrating times as well, with injuries,” Ivanovic said. “After that, I expected myself to be on the same level as when I was healthy. But obviously it took some time to develop the game again and get back on the same level. It was a frustrating process.”

Ivanovic is rated the sixth choice, at 12-1, to retain her French Open crown by British bookmaker Ladbrokes Plc. Dinara Safina, who lost in the final a year ago and is now No. 1 in the world, is the 4-1 favorite.

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Kardon worked with Ivanovic in Spain as part of her comeback. Watched by her father and grandmother, who had traveled from Belgrade for her Fed Cup match against Spain, she practiced her serve. The normally good-natured Serb threw her racket on the clay court out of frustration when she hit yet another ball into the net as the wind played havoc with her toss. Kardon cracked a joke, and Ivanovic smiled, took a deep breath and started again. The next few serves all landed inside the service box.

Ivanovic’s looks -- she has been featured in Vogue magazine -- combined with her athleticism and success on the court have won her contracts with companies including Adidas AG, Yonex Co., Verano Motors and Juice Plus, the food-nutrition company owned by her manager, Dan Holzman. She signed a deal with luxury watch maker Rolex Group a year ago and recently struck an agreement with exercise-equipment maker Technogym.

Old Form

Ivanovic regained some of her old form at the end of last season, winning her eighth tournament in Linz. A third-round exit at the Australian Open this year was followed by a runner- up place at the hard courts of Indian Wells, California, in March. She hasn’t had an ideal preparation for the clay courts of Roland Garros, losing in the third round at Rome and withdrawing from a tournament in Madrid with a knee injury.

Now her focus is on Paris, and reaching the season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha in October.

“She just has to look at her tennis as if it’s her job, and try not to let her emotions bring her down,” Kardon, 47, said in an interview in Lleida. “Her game is still very young, and she can win as many Grand Slams as she wants to. She can win the French Open.”
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Now her focus is on Paris, and reaching the season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha in October.

“She just has to look at her tennis as if it’s her job, and try not to let her emotions bring her down,” Kardon, 47, said in an interview in Lleida. “Her game is still very young, and she can win as many Grand Slams as she wants to. She can win the French Open.”
The YEC just seems like a far away dream.. if she doesn't get a decent result in RG, it will get extremely hard for her to reach it.

And I'm growing convinced that Ana is allowing frustration to wreck havoc with her game more often than not.. even if she is not twrowing racquets, I get the feeling she sometimes boils inside.

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Von Christian Bürge und Marcel Hauck aus Paris | 00:00 | 29.05.2009
Vor einem Jahr gewann Ana Ivanovic Paris und wurde die Weltnummer 1. Heute kämpft sie um den Anschluss an die absolute Spitze.

BLICK Ana Ivanovic, vor einem Jahr gelang Ihnen hier in Paris grosse Durchbruch. Sie gewannen Roland Garros, wurden die Weltnummer 1. Helfen die guten Gefühle, um zum Erfolg zurückzukehren?
Natürlich sind die schönsten Erinnerungen sofort wieder da. Es waren die zwei fantastischsten Wochen meiner Karriere. Man erinnert sich an jedes Detail. Ich hatte ein sehr gutes Jahr bis dahin. Erst was nach Paris kam, war frustrierend. Denn bis zu diesem Zeitpunkt ging meine Karriere nur nach oben. Dann kamen plötzlich diese Rückschläge. Und es war schwierig, damit umzugehen.

Was taten Sie?
Ich lernte viel über mich selbst. Vor allem geduldiger zu sein. In der Vergangenheit reichte harte Arbeit und ich sah das Resultat sofort. Diesmal nicht. Ich arbeitete, fokussierter und entschlossener denn je, doch die Resultate kamen nicht. Als ich dieses Jahr bei den Australian Open dann früh ausschied, war das sehr hart. Ich wollte in den Final. Ich hatte ein Top-Vorbereitung und dachte, ich sei bereit.

Drückten Sie die falschen Knöpfe?
Ich realisierte einfach, dass ich viel zu oft ans Tennis dachte. Die ganze Zeit. Es war schwierig für mich, abzuschalten, den Schalter zu finden. Immer wenn ich den Platz verliess, dachte ich an Tennis. Plötzlich realisierte, dass Ablenkung vom Tennis den Unterschied ausmachen könnte.

Zum Beispiel?
In Australien wars das Surfen. Aber es ist eigentlich egal was. Andere Sportarten, irgendwas. Etwas friedliches, ruhiges, was die Gedanken vom Tennis weg lenkt.

Novak Djokovic sagte uns, Sie seien stets so fokussiert, dass es schwierig sei, Sie zum Essen auszuführen.
Ich bin fokussiert. Das hat mich schliesslich auch soweit gebracht, zu dem gemacht, was ich jetzt bin. Vor meinen Matches habe ich immer gerne ein frühes Abendessen mit meinen Coaches, spare Energie, gehe ins Zimmer, lese ein Buch. Zwischendurch muss man das aber auch vergessen können. Muss man Spass haben, mit Freunden ausgehen. Ich versuche, ausgewogen zu sein. Früher hatte ich Leute um mich herum, die mir einredeten, ich müsse immer in dieser Tennis-Blase drinbleiben. Jetzt habe ich diese andere Seite wieder entdeckt. Und es hilft. Ich bin auf dem Platz wieder motivierter.

Wer sind Ihre Freunde?
Hier im Tenniszirkus gibt es eigentlich keine. Denn unter den Mädchen gibt es keine richtigen Freundschaften. Aber meine Familie ist hier. Also verbringe ich mehr Zeit mit ihnen. Ich sehe sie ja nicht so oft.
Das Team ist aber während 12 Monaten um sie herum. Ist es nicht langweilig, ständig dieselben Gesichter zu sehen?
Natürlich. Manchmal sage ich: Geht bitte, lasst mich allein! Man muss sich das mal vorstellen. Man reist rund um die Welt. Und beim Frühstück, Mittagessen und Abendessen sitzen dir immer die gleichen Leute gegenüber. Das strapaziert einen dann doch. Und man möchte es gern ändern. Andererseits ist man auch froh um sie, denn man hat nicht viele Freunde auf der Tour. Und meine Freunde von zuhause kann ich ja nicht mitnehmen.

Sie sind in Paris. Eine Frau wie Sie wird sich sicher auch beim Shoppen ablenken.
Ich spar’ mir das für das Ende des Turniers auf. Weil es hier so viele gute Läden gibt. Und ich kenne mich. Ich kann nicht einfach eine Stunde beim Shoppen verbringen. Meistens brauche ich mehr als einen halben Tag. Ich muss aber ein wenig Energie sparen. Und das mache ich beim Shoppen nicht.

Haben Sie sich vergangenes Jahr mit einem Geschenk belohnt?
Ich habe mir Ohrringe gekauft. Letztes Jahr wars für mich ja am Samstag zu Ende. Aber am Sonntag waren die meisten Läden geschlossen. Ich sagte: Nicht mit mir. Jetzt verlängern wir. Das haben wir dann auch gemacht.

Der Titel hat aber auch seinen Tribut gefordert.
Es war eine sehr intensive Zeit. Ich hatte die ganze Aufmerksamkeit der Öffentlichkeit. Ich wollte alles aufsaugen, machte auch alles mit den Medien mit. Danach war ich total erschöpft. Aber es war mein erster Grand-Slam-Titel. Ich bereue nichts.

Wie sehr hat das Rampenlicht geschadet?
Irgendwie verdient man sich ja die Aufmerksamkeit. Man verfolgt ein Ziel mit allem, was man hat. Und irgendwann bist du da. Du bist an der Spitze. Und niemand ist mehr vor dir. Du hast nur noch Leute hinter dir. Du bist die Zielscheibe für alle. Ich brauchte Zeit, um mich daran zu gewöhnen. Weil ich Angst hatte, trainierte ich zu viel. Ich war übertrainiert. Und darum kamen wohl auch die Verletzungen.

Im Winter trennten Sie sich nach kurzer Zeit von Ihrem damaligen Freund Fernando Verdasco. Hat Sie das mitgenommen?
Ich versuche, das nicht allzu sehr miteinander zu vermischen. In gewisser Weise ist es natürlich schwierig, weil wir so sehr im Rampenlicht stehen und die Leute alles über unser Privatleben wissen wollen. In Zukunft werde ich mich in dieser Hinsicht aber noch mehr abgrenzen. Privates sollte privat bleiben. Und mein Privatleben sollte auch nicht mein Tennis beeinflussen. Denn Tennis hat klar Priorität. Es ist das, was ich liebe. Ich habe grosse Ziele. Natürlich kann ich meine Gefühlswelt nicht völlig ausschliessen. Jeder braucht das. Es ist wichtig, eine Balance zu haben. Für mich war diese Freundschaft eben auch etwas Neues. Ich hatte noch nie etwas Ähnliches. Aber ich werde daraus lernen. Eines ist jedoch klar: Ich gewinne oder verliere keine Matches wegen einer Beziehung.

Verändert es gar nichts?
Sicher kann dich ein guter Partner motivieren. Vielleicht kann man den Erfolg zu zweit auch mehr geniessen, gut möglich. Ich brauche einfach jemanden, der mich versteht und der mich unterstützt. Im Prinzip denke ich schon, dass es wichtig ist, jemanden zu haben. Um ein erfülltes Leben zu haben, relaxter zu sein, befriedigt zu sein.

Aber eine Beziehung mit einem Spieler scheint nicht einfach zu sein.
Ja, ganz klar. Aber es ist vergessen, es liegt hinter mir. Ich schaue vorwärts.

Sie bezahlen den Preis der Berühmtheit.
Vielleicht. Aber wir sind gegenüber Schauspielern oder Leuten aus dem Musikbusiness immer noch im Vorteil. Es ist ganz klar. Niemand will ein Paparazzi-Bild von sich in irgend einer Zeitung sehen.

Gut ausgesehen hats.
Oh, danke! (lacht) Nein, aber ernsthaft. Man ist einfach ausgestellt. Ich bin eine scheue Person. Ich mag diese Dinge nicht in den Medien sehen. Ich fühl’ mich ja nicht mal wohl, mit meinen Eltern über meine Beziehungen zu reden.

Die negative Seite der glitzernden Tenniswelt hat auch Jelena Dokic beschrieben, die von ihrem Vater unterdrückt wurde. Haben Sie mit ihr darüber geredet?
Das ist natürlich ein heikles Thema und ich tue mich schwer, mit jemandem solche Dinge anzusprechen. Es ist traurig, keine Frage. Unglücklicherweise gibt es viele solche Fälle im Tennis. Ich realisiere jetzt, wie glücklich ich mit meinen Eltern sein kann, die mich nur unterstützt haben. Dafür kann man Gott danken. Wenn solche Dinge dann in der Öffentlichkeit geschehen, ist es umso peinlicher. Jeder hat seine Meinung, alle urteilen.

Wurden Sie nie unter Druck gesetzt?
Nein, nie. Sie haben mich nie zu was gezwungen. Bei mir wars ja umgekehrt. Ich hab die Eltern genötigt, mich in die Tennisschule einzuschreiben.

Gibt es viele Negativ-Beispiele auf der Tour?
Auf der Tour, vor allem aber in gewissen Klubs. Ich sehe diese überehrgeizigen Eltern oft, wie sie ihre Kinder beim Training anstarren. Ich merke nur schon in der Art, wie sie mit ihnen sprechen, wenn etwas nicht gut ist. Ich kann oft sagen, dass ein Kind vielleicht im Moment talentiert ist, aber später zerstört sein wird. Kinder hören auf ihre Eltern bis in ein gewisses Alter. Wenn sie aber in die Pubertät kommen, wollen sie selbst entscheiden. Dann wollen sie etwas tun, was sie geniessen. Es ist traurig, dass so viele Eltern ihre Träume durch ihre Kinder ausleben wollen.

Wie gelang es Jelena, wieder zurückzukommen?
Schwierig zu sagen. Es ist jedenfalls toll. Ich hoffe, sie kann wieder Grosses erreichen, weil sie eine so talentierte Spielerin ist.

Dem Frauentennis würde es generell gut tun. Das Niveau wird ja immer wieder heftig kritisiert. Was fehlt?
Das grösste Problem beim Frauentennis ist vielleicht, dass die Spitzenspielerinnen nicht so konstant sind wie die Männer. Es gibt viele gute Spielerinnen und immer wieder tolle Matches.

Mats Wilander hat gesagt, in den letzten drei oder vier Jahren hätte er auf der Damentour nichts Gutes gesehen. Was entgegnen Sie?
Zum Glück lese ich diese Dinge nicht. Natürlich haben wir es gegen die Männer im Moment schwer. Die haben Rafa, Roger, Novak und Murray. Alles konstante Spitzenspieler. Und vor allem sind es verschiedene Charaktere. Das ist ein Riesenvorteil und toll fürs Männertennis. Wir warten noch auf so eine Konstellation. Aber wir haben immerhin die Williams-Schwestern, Scharapowa ist wieder da, Safina, dann gibt es uns, die Serbinnen. Die Ausgangslage ist sehr interessant.
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Ana gave an interview to spanish newspaper El País:

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ENTREVISTA: Roland Garros ANA IVANOVIC 'Número ocho' del mundo y ganadora de Roland Garros en 2008
"Ahora todo se basa en darle duro a la pelota"
JUAN JOSÉ MATEO - París - 31/05/2009


Ana Ivanovic (Belgrado, Serbia, 1987) ex número uno del mundo y campeona vigente de Roland Garros, juega hoy contra una tenista que hace cortes de manga a sus rivales, que chilla y grita, que ordena a la grada silencio, y que ayer fue despedida por el público con un sonoro abucheo. Victoria Azarenka, la número nueve, eliminó a Carla Suárez (5-7, 7-5 y 6-2) en un partido tensísimo que duró dos días porque se acabó la luz el viernes, cuando dos guardias de seguridad debieron mediar para que no se pelearan dos grupos de aficionados bielorrusos. "Conozco a Azarenka desde niña. Es dura. Agresiva. Una jugadora comprometida con sus tiros a la que le gusta dominar", afirma Ivanovic, que habla sobre la presión de ser una estrella cuando aún se siente una niña.

"Me gustaría pedir consejo a gente que admiro, como Seles, pero soy tímida"

Pregunta. ¿Qué tal su casa en Mallorca?

Respuesta. Me gusta mucho. En cuanto tengo tiempo libre, voy. Es como vivir de vacaciones. El año pasado, me entrené ahí con Rafa [Nadal]. Quizás en el futuro volvamos a hacerlo... cuando yo esté más fuerte. ¡Necesito esperar a que él envejezca un poco!

P. ¿Cuál es el mejor consejo que le han dado?

R. Cuando tenía diez años, mi entrenador me decía: 'Ana, si trabajas duro fuera de la pista, los partidos serán más fáciles'. No lo entendía. '¡Los partidos son muy diferentes!', le decía yo. Y él seguía insistiendo. Es una gran verdad. Cuanto más duro trabajas, más fácil es en la pista... me gustaría pedirles consejo a jugadoras como Monica Seles, a tenistas a las que admiro, pero soy un poco tímida. No quiero molestarles, interrumpir su camino, aunque sería muy interesante para mí.

P. Desde que ganó Roland Garros hace un año llegó al número uno, lo perdió, se lesionó... ¿qué ha aprendido?

R. Aquellas fueron mis dos grandes semanas, algo increíble. El momento de ganar un torneo del Grand Slam se ha mantenido más en mi memoria que conseguir el número uno. Ahora me siento una jugadora diferente, más experimentada, porque he pasado por muchas cosas en el último año. He aprendido mucho del juego y de mí misma como persona. Lo más duro fueron las lesiones. Siempre, desde que empecé a jugar, mi carrera fue hacia arriba, subiendo la colina. Siempre fui de éxito en éxito, hasta que, de repente, eso se paró. La lesión fue una decepción. Muy duro. Había asumido que mi carrera siempre iría hacia arriba. No me había dado cuenta de que hay buenos y malos momentos. Eso me ha hecho aprender. Fue durísimo. Me llevó tiempo calmarme, volver a lo básico. Ahora siento que vuelvo a estar en el buen camino.

P. Era una niña cuando estalló la Guerra de Yugoslavia. Aprendió a jugar en una piscina vacía. ¿No sabía ya que la vida es dura?

R. Mucha gente me decía eso, pero sinceramente creo que eso es algo que no te crees hasta que te das cuenta por ti misma. Hasta que no cambia algo en tu cabeza y te dices: 'No pasa nada si no juegas bien, le pasa a todo el mundo. Mira a todos esos grandes jugadores que se cayeron y volvieron a la cima'. Es importante tomar esa decisión, pero es difícil. A nadie le gustan los disgustos, las decepciones, pero son parte del juego y nadie ha encontrado todavía una vía alternativa hasta la cima del tenis. Aún así, sigue siendo duro: quiero hacerlo todo bien. Me aplico al ciento por ciento en todo. Si no hay resultados, me entristezco. Eso me hace juzgarme mucho.

P. Desde que se retiró Justine Henin, ha habido cinco números uno.

R. Henin era muy dominante. Tenía tantos puntos que las demás jugadoras tenían que compartir el resto. Había muchos cambios entre el número dos y el cinco, y de repente, cuando ella se retiró, esas jugadoras eran las número uno. Es emocionante. Nunca sabes quién ganará. Es una oportunidad. Henin le dio mucho al tenis. Ahora, el juego se está desarrollando en otra dirección. Hay jugadoras como Jankovic que son durísimas, que salen y luchan cada bola... no hay un juego como el de antes, subiendo a la red. Ahora se basa todo en darle duro a la bola. Y eso es más duro para nuestros cuerpos.
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Ana Ivanovic back in the role model

Our tennis player Ana Ivanovic, protective face of "Verano Group, today was an exclusive recording of fashion photographs for the purposes of advertising campaigns fashion brands that represent the company. Take the team of professional fashion photographer and the stylist was held in the recently re-open, house brand "Belgrade" and lasted several hours, during which our teniserka once again tested as a photo model. Ana delighted look and offer clothes and other content that is seen in the house brand "Belgrade." "I love shopping, where can I find in one place! "Belgrade" looks beautiful in the glory - the atmosphere reminded me of the best department stores in Europe, what are the "Herods" in London, "Lafajet Gallery" in Paris or New York, "Saks, and while in my home town.
On the question of how to feel again in the role of photo-model, Ana Ivanovic said: "Cooperation with" Verano Group is a great pleasure for me. Obradovao me that their proposal again, as they say, a big fashion success record in December last year, when we recorded photos of the corporate calendar faithful. I hope that this cooperation will be successful! "Otherwise, it is a fact that was published in the annual" Forbsovoj "list of the most powerful public figures, Ana took the 90th place.

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Interview for Novosti
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I will be again as I used to be

Although I am disappointed because of elimination in the fourth school Rolan Garos, can not be dissatisfied with what I achieved in the last time, considering all the circumstances that follow me, but almost a year. I'm on the right way, playing all the better, safer, I'm in your options and the player again as I once worked, said Ana Ivanovic in an exclusive interview for the "Evening News."
* Do you have a problem with self-confidence with respect to the variable form and defeated before you experience the last time more than before?
- Self-confidence is a very strange category, because when you think it never can lose, and when it is not you that it never will not return. Now I feel that the return to form and I'm safer on the ground. Well I played in Paris and during the first week of Rolan Garos I am so much overcome. First I think some of your doubts and fears. Just my confidence back. I realized that the defeat, frustration, and some negative things that we are an integral part of sport event.
* However, you are not able to hide the sadness and disappointment after the elimination?
- Yes, it was very difficult after the defeat. Especially as I felt that it was not fair, because I was so bad during the match and had felt dizziness. I am not able to give their hundred percent to me is the most hit. I'm able to play the maximum and that Azarenka was better, I accepted without problems. I feel like because I finished work, I know that I could give more, and I'm not. It hurt me more.
* The last time you have problems with health. The thumb of the hand and knee. Did you think about the break, as the situation would not be repeated by jesenas you constantly playing worsened the situation?
- I did, I think, and breaks. So I went with many doctors, as I heard that many different opinions and to not repeat the mistake when I injured a thumb. It cost me dearly, because I played when I was not ready, and we are confident ljuljalo, because I played a hundred percent that I am fit. With the knee is another good story. There is little pain after training, but work on the recovery, regularly go to massage therapy and how I was completely ready when off the ground again.
* You have had and vrtoglavice that just are not typical for a young athlete. What is?
- Just today, I drew blood, and you'll see, but I think that there is a dose only increased stress, and at the end of last year I had a problem with iron, so that is probably a consequence of a combination of all of that.
* Recently working with renowned coach Kreg Kardonom. What you mean that cooperation?
- I am aware that in me there is room for progress. I was looking for a solution and as of the beginning of the year working with Kardonom, I can say that I am sure that with him can be better than I was.
* Belgrade has seen the first ATP tournament, which would mean that you will soon be in the VTA calendar?
- I watched the details of the "Serbia is open" and is a great desire to experience and I can play the official tournament mečeve of our audience. Serbian tennis is guilty, because all we have and therefore how much this sport
likes of us. It would be incredibly nice for people to experience that feeling, because the tournament usually only watch on television.
* The opportunity to play again you will be in Belgrade in February 2010. against Russia. Kakve su naše šanse protiv tako jake selekcije?
- I think that we have great chances. Although they have a strong team, playing in the field but only against one rivalke. Good for us is that we have a full "Arena" and we'll be able to choose basis. I believe in victory, because we all wish that, after achieving a dream, and to the placement in the elite world, and make other - to win the Fed Cup.
* What is your relationship with Jelena?
- Superb! Play together, bodrimo other players and work as a team. The more we are together in the team will be all the better.
* Many would like to change places with you. What can you order them?
- In the first place that tennis is not only Glamor. First of all tremendously requires much sacrifice, training, prolivenih tears and sweat. I am elected this time, and all children who want to be professional athletes should be to decide alone, and not to be forced. I'd like to be the inspiration for some future champions, such as Monica Seles was me. I always need to know that victory and defeat an integral part of sport, and to defeat once know to be useful and of victory.
* Once we are able to see the old Ana Ivanovic?
- But I believe in Wimbledon - and sent one of the best world teniserki at the end of a call for "News."

ID
Name: Ana Ivanovic
Date and place of birth:
6. November 1987. Belgrade
Height / weight: 183 cm, 69 kg
Professional: from 17
August 2003.
Victory-defeat: 228-81
First on the list-VTA:
9. June 2008.
Current position: 8th
Title: 8 VTA, 5 ITF
Gren slem: Rolan Garos 2008.
Earnings from the tournament: 6753.904 dollars

BRATA SUPPORT
* BROTHER Milos is a basketball player junior team Zemun. Do you have time to follow his career?
- Follow bratovljeve game. Now the league ended, a pause and learn English, because it wants to go abroad to study. Always offer maximum support, as well as on the menu - says Ana.
* Is it so when it comes to girls, because we learn that Milos is very popular among peers?
- Very weak, because it is very closed and does not want to discuss it. I have pliers to Vadim words from the mouth. But wants to know all of what is happening to me, but your stuff well hidden - with a smile says Ana.

Wants to the children
* Have achieved a lot thanks to tennis, where you see the career?
- It is true that I have achieved many goals zacrtane. In addition to tennis is opened many doors and many other features. When you finish the career I would like to commit to more humanitarian work and help all who need help, especially children, with which the work within UNICEF. Of course, I want to one day have his children and family and to focus on them.

IMAM courtier
* Is there a courtier Ana Ivanovic?
- Well, I have ... Here and there ... - With a shy smile says Ana. - I was shy and withdrawn, not only communication so easy.
* Do you men are afraid?
- I do not know if you are afraid. It is better to ask someone from my environment.

Recording, THERAPY, TRAINING ...
One of the best world teniserki allocate the time for our list after recording a set of photos for Ziru in the Palace of Belgrade.
- Every day you spend in the home city is completely filled. Regularly go to therapy and training, so I readily welcomed the season, and are trying to spend time with family and relatives. I'd like to be more to be in Serbia - says Ana.
Ivanovićeva in Friday in the malls, "Zira" and opened "Shopping parti", in which the visitors signed tennis ball.
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Thanks for all the articles and pics NAJ!!!


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I like that they asked her about those dizziness
She said that last year she had problem with iron,and today she went to see a doctor and they took her blood for analysis but she thinks it`s only bc of stress
What is your relationship with Jelena?
- Superb
no wonder they have good relations,they both suck right now
Slumping sisters
I kinda liked it more when she and JJ would just say they are not the best friends at least back then they were both winning
Her brother is very popular among girls , but he doesn`t want to talk about that with Ana although he wants to know everything about Ana`s private life
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I like that they asked her about those dizziness
She said that last year she had problem with iron,and today she went to see a doctor and they took her blood for analysis but she thinks it`s only bc of stress
What is your relationship with Jelena?
- Superb
no wonder they have good relations,they both suck right now
Slumping sisters
I kinda liked it more when she and JJ would just say they are not the best friends at least back then they were both winning
Her brother is very popular among girls , but he doesn`t want to talk about that with Ana although he wants to know everything about Ana`s private life
Hey Jelena!

Interesting interview.. She should take good care of her iron levels. I had anemia as a kid, since I'm a vegetarian, and in those days I used to get dizzy a lot. To balance that, a good nutrition is usually enough. On the other hand, if it's only stress, than she should learn how to deal with it, which I guess is a lot harder to do..

I see that she said she was feeling bad and felt she could have given a lot more in the match against Azarenka. Good to see that she knows.. because she was totally empty and there was no fight.. she could have done a whole lot more.

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Jelena and Ana need to motivated each other in some good result. but this year they are following each other only in bad results.
Ana need to win one MM tournament so they can play Bali championship. No way that they will play in Doha with this results but who knows they are now #10 and #12 in WTA race with this shit of results
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Jelena and Ana need to motivated each other in some good result. but this year they are following each other only in bad results.
Ana need to win one MM tournament so they can play Bali championship. No way that they will play in Doha with this results but who knows they are now #10 and #12 in WTA race with this shit of results
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