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Also, for Cajka, she also didnt say Anas tennis is the same or worse as Kournikovas. Where do you people read all that?
She only said she will be remembered for her looks, which is to say that her looks currently outshines her tennis. And is that not true? Dont people praise more her looks than tennis?

Even in this forum her looks is praised more than her tennis, in fact her tennis is usually facepalmed at. While Ana KADS for life drool over her looks, nonfans admire her tennis more? The days of her peak tennis are long past, and its beauty is fading with hours, while her own beauty is in full bloom. If it stays like that until she retires, thats how she will be remembered I dont see anything outlandish in that claim.

Well, tennis player that will be remembered as a beauty + tennis player who's more dedicated to modeling than training = pretty much Kournikova IMO. At least, it was my impression before I read the longer version of the article. The longer version is much better and the whole interview makes more sense. You can see that Genčić is disappointed and worried like many of us here. I don't believe that the reason for the slump of Serbian sisters is modeling, fashion or whatever. At least it can't be the main reason, the main distraction. I mean, what would you choose, to be an awful designer or the best tennis player in the world?

Anyway, I wasn't talking only about Genčić, but also about all those smart asses who say things like: "Retire, Ana, be a model while you still can." lol She can be a "model" only as long as she's a pro. It was never an option for her and she's not "model type", even tough she's more beautiful than many famous models.

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I don't believe that the reason for the slump of Serbian sisters is modeling, fashion or whatever. At least it can't be the main reason, the main distraction. I mean, what would you choose, to be an awful designer or the best tennis player in the world?
If only life were that simple. You choose what you want, and thats it. Obviously if you only choose from two options on paper, everyone would choose whats best for them. There would be no smokers, no drug addicts, no school dropouts, everyone would choose to exercise and eat healthy and follow whatever their plan for great life is to a tee.
But, things are not that easy. There is effort tied to these choices and it is harder to be no. 1 tennis player than a lousy designer (who is living off of old fame earned as a no. 1 tennis player ). Its daily choices that lead up to the final result, not one big choice we make when we sit down and dream about future.
As Gencic said, and I always suspected, Ana and Jelena appear to be exercising way less than is needed for top results (according to her one hour vs. 7 hours).
Obviously I dont follow Ana around, but I can still make inferences based on what I do see.
I do think that all the photoshoots, her boyfriend and interviews add up to her scattered attention. And you just cant be no. 1 (or even less) in the world of tennis without full commitment. Sorry, this is worldwide competition, not some second league competition that you can win on talent alone. At the top level, every little thing matters.
Take swimmers for instance, they (men) even epilate. How much can body hair slow them down? Not a lot, but its tiny differences that all add up in the end.

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The whole discussion in Serbian on last few pages was related to the article I tried to translate. You all probably know that my translations are not very good, but it's better than "google translate".

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Genčić: Ana and Jelena, you are done

They were the best in the world. Now they are just a part of WTA circuit and a good opportunity for younger tennis players to make a name (by beating them). Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic still belong to top of WTA, but, according to words of legendary Jelena Genčić, their glory days are over because they think too much about the things that are not related to sport.

Genčić: Tennis is a cruel sport. There are many new and hungry players who train 7 or 8 hours a day. How will Jelena and Ana be competitive against them if they train only an hour a day, while spending the rest of their time doing the other things. To be clear, I'm glad that Ivanovic is pretty, but she chose herself to be a model rather than tennis player. It's her choice and it should be respected, but then what's the points of statements like: "I'll be the best again, I'll be a top 5 player..." It doesn't work that way.

Can Jelena and Ana be #1 again?

Genčić: They could've been dominant even today with the right plan and (training) program. Now it's a different. They will never be the best again and that's what hurts the most.

Does it mean that they should retire?

Genčić: No, no way (they should do it). They should play as long as they are young (I changed it a bit, she basically said "until their seniority years"). Congrats for everything they've done, they made their dreams come true, they were the best in the world, it's a big thing. On the other hand, now they can only remember how it used to be.

Will they be angry at you after these words?

Genčić: No. They don't care what I say, they won't even see it. They are busy doing other things, because - when people reach certain age, some of them want to finish the college, some of them to become a model, someone wants to own a fashion collection, just like, probably, Jelena Janković wants to. Well, it's hard to accomplish all those things. You can't have it all. I want to have lamborghini, but I know that I can't afford it.

Do you have some advice for the best Serbian players (female, of course)?

Genčić: No, I don't. I'm not competent and they, obviously, don't need anyone. They claimed that they can work by themselves, that they don't need a coach, but they changed their minds after. The only thing I can say to them is that I'm very, very sorry that they will never be the best again.

Are you afraid that something similar can happen to Novak one day?

Genčić: I don't think so. He's too strong mentally. Maybe if he stays dominant until he's 27, he can relax a little bit, it wouldn't be a big deal.

Let's help Bojana!

Genčić: I don't know what is happening to Bojana Jovanovski. She was top 50 last year, but the slump came after that and now she's not even top 100 player. Serbian Tennis Association should stand behind her with full force, to help her. We must not lose her.

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If only life were that simple. You choose what you want, and thats it. Obviously if you only choose from two options on paper, everyone would choose whats best for them. There would be no smokers, no drug addicts, no school dropouts, everyone would choose to exercise and eat healthy and follow whatever their plan for great life is to a tee.
But, things are not that easy. There is effort tied to these choices and it is harder to be no. 1 tennis player than a lousy designer (who is living off of old fame earned as a no. 1 tennis player ). Its daily choices that lead up to the final result, not one big choice we make when we sit down and dream about future.
As Gencic said, and I always suspected, Ana and Jelena appear to be exercising way less than is needed for top results (according to her one hour vs. 7 hours).
Of course, I don't deny that there's a chance that they don't spend enough time training, I just think that it's not modeling or designing, if they weren't doing those things, they would be doing something else. Safin was partying and chasing women all the time, for example. You can always find the ways to occupy your time. But I don't think that those things are the main cause of their slump, they are more like consequence. At least that's how I see it. The true cause can be a lack of motivation, disappointments, mental weakness etc. So far we didn't find out wtf is wrong with those girls. Of course, assuming that they really don't train enough. We don't know that. They both say that they work hard, some other people say they don't. It could be anything. We know that they were times when JJ and Ana worked very hard, but it didn't give them wanted results, it could lead to disappointment and eventually to lack of motivation. It could be anything, really. I believe they won't give up.

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Gencic is right, case closed.
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Gencic is right, case closed.
Few weeks ago you were saying that 2012 is a lucky year.

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Few weeks ago you were saying that 2012 is a lucky year.
That has nothing to do with it.
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To sto prica Jelena Gencic nema veze sa danasnjim zenskim tenisom, a njena opsednutost vojnickom disciplinom, i da je idealan sportista ustvari robot, je nesto sto je odavno prevazidjeno u svetu sporta, narocito posle kraha komunizma u istocnoj Evropi pre 20 godina. Pogotovo to ne vazi za tenis, najindividualniji od svih sportova, gde je faktor licnosti izuzetno vazan. Najbolji je primer Kineskinje Na Li koja se teniski formirala i razvijala bas pod uslovima kakve bi Jelena Gencic svima preporucila, i pod kapom i nadzorom kineske drzave gde su svi sportovi (pa i tenis) deo nekakvog drzavnog projekta - pa htela ne htela morala je da zivi i trenira na spartansko/robotski nacin. Kada se konacno izborila za nezavisnost tek u poznom delu svoje karijere, rezultati i napredak su bili zapanjujuci ukljucujuci i gren slem titulu. Posle iznenadnog odlaska Zistin Enan 2008, koja je poslednja WTA#1 klasicna "velika radnica", na prvo mesto rang liste su dolazile Marija Sarapova, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic, Serena Vilijams, Dinara Safina, Karolina Voznijacki, Kim Klajsters i Viktorija Azarenka. Od njih 8 samo za Safinu i Azarenku se moze reci da su se striktno drzale postulata koje namece Genciceva, a najdrasticniji je primer Kim Klajsters koja je napravila veliku pauzu i rodila dete, a po povratku bavi se tenisom maksimalno 4-5 meseci godisnje - pa opet je bas u tom periodu osvojila tri puta vise gren slem titula nego u mladosti kada je bila pravi WTA tur gladijator!

Dakle ne treba previse davati znacaja ovoj izjavi, ali ono sto je mene bas frapiralo u istim tim djubretu od novina bio je naslov "Ani lepota udarila u glavu" intervjua sa Nikolom Pilicem koji je sve samo ne neupucen u savremena teniska zbivanja.
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Ani lepota udarila u glavu!
Petak - 09.03.2012
Zlatna 2008. godina, kada su Ana i Jelena bile broj jedan na planeti, ostaće zauvek zapamćena kao najbolja u istoriji srpskog tenisa.

Nažalost, šanse da pomenuti tandem ponovi tako nešto i nisu velike, a prema rečima Nikole Pilića, Jankovićeva i Ivanovićeva teško da ikada više mogu da se nađu na čelu WTA karavana.
- Teško je očekivati da mogu da ponove takav uspeh i ponovo budu broj jedan, pa čak i da se nađu u top 5. S druge strane, ne bih zatvarao vrata opciji da se jedna od njih, ili obe, nađu među prvih deset. Sigurno je da nisu zaboravile da igraju tenis, ostaje pitanje samo koliko imaju motiva - kaže Pilić.
- Mislite da je jedan od razloga za Anin pad na WTA listi to što je u poslednje vreme gledamo više van terena, nego na mreži?
- Plašim se da ima isti problem kao Marija Šarapova, a Ruskinja je mnogo jača igračica od nje. Kada ti svi pričaju da si najlepša na svetu, to ume da udari u glavu. Treba uzeti u obzir i činjenicu da i kada zarađujete mnogo više od sponzora nego od turnira, imate i veliku obavezu da ispoštujete sve obaveze i događaje na kojima se očekuje vaše prisustvo. Onda i ne čudi što ste više van terena, nego na njemu.
- A kada je Jelena u pitanju?
- Nema tu gladi za pobedama kao pre pet godina. Ona je ipak ostvarila svoje snove, bila prva na svetu, jedino što nema gren slem, tako da možda ima problem i sa motivacijom.
- Kako, ipak, najbolje srpske teniserke mogu nazad u vrh?
- Ana je veoma emotivna osoba i nekoliko „velikih“ pobeda moglo bi da je vrati na pravi put. Jelena je veliki borac i ona će, uostalom kao i Ivanovićeva, morati da uloži mnogo truda ukoliko želi da se ponovo probije u top 10.
- Jelena Genčić je rekla da je Jelenino i Anino vreme prošlo. Da li se slažete s tim?
- Pa ona ih sigurno poznaje bolje nego ja, međutim, davno je bila ta sjajna 2008. tako da, kao što sam već rekao, došlo je puno novih teniserki koje su u naponu snage - kaže Pilić.

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Slobodne na startu Indijan Velsa
Na turniru u Indijan Velsu, Jelena Janković je slobodna u prvom kolu, dok će u drugom igrati sa pobednicom iz duela između Džejmi Hempton i Polone Hercog. Slobodna u prvom kolu biće i Ana Ivanović, koja će se u drugoj rundi sastati sa boljom iz meča Johane Larson i kvalifikantkinje.

Pad počeo 2008.
Gotovo istovremeno kada su postale najbolje, počeo je i pad naših najboljih teniserki. Mnogi to vezuju sa činjenicom da se kriza podudarila sa time da je Ana Ivanović 2008. otpočela romantičnu vezu sa španskim teniserom Fernandom Verdaskom, dok je Jelena Janković počela da se viđa sa crnogorskim vaterpolistom Mlađanom Janovićem.

V. Nestorović
Medjutim, kada se procita ceo intervju moze se prmetiti da je cuveni hrvatski strucnjak na sva pitanja davao odmerene i veoma razlozne odgovore, dok mu je ovakav skandalozan naslov u usta ubacila redakcija lista "Alo" na primitivan nacin izvlaceci iz konteksta ono sto je on zapravo rekao i konstatovao. Pilic je dosta skeptican po pitanju moguceg povratka Ane i Jelene u velikom stilu, ali uopste nije maliciozan u tom pogledu kao Genciceva, ili kako to naslov teksta lazno sugerise.

and I'm not even fan of Ana Ivanovic... just an objective observer who realize how perfect she is

AMAZING BELGRADE MIRACLE: In just three years (2008-2011) 5 different players born in same city reach world #1 in rankings and several GS titles and finals (WTA singles: Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic, ATP singles: Novak Djokovic, ATP doubles: Nenad Zimonjic and Daniel Nestor... with notable performances of Bojana Jovanovski, Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki which is also all three born in Belgrade)
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Tomorrow I will play against Ana Ivanovic. Played her last time in Paris on the clay. Tomorrow is a new day so everything can happen. Even though I won last time I see her as a favorite so I will walk on court as an “underdog”, an underdog ready to fight till last point and hopefully I walk off as a winner. I beat her once I can do it again☺ Im ready!!!

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Why ? She's not insulting or underestimating Ana here. Hope our girl smashes this scrub though.
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Why ? She's not insulting or underestimating Ana here. Hope our girl smashes this scrub though.
I'm not bitching about Larsson. I like that scrub as a matter of fact. But she sounds confident, just like she did the last time before she played against Ana. Honestly, I'm not so worried because she thinks that she stands a chance against Ana becuase she beat her last time. I'm worried because I'm afraid that Ana might be thinking about that loss.

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I'm not bitching about Larsson. I like that scrub as a matter of fact. But she sounds confident, just like she did the last time before she played against Ana. Honestly, I'm not so worried because she thinks that she stands a chance against Ana becuase she beat her last time. I'm worried because I'm afraid that Ana might be thinking about that loss.
I used to bite my nails when she was a top player. Defeats were difficult to handle back then. Now, not so much because I don't expect titles from her.
It's ironic, I was worrying when she was good.
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Ana Ivanovic got her payback for an upset loss in the first round of last year’s French Open, dismissing Sweden’s Johanna Larsson 6-1, 6-2 in the first match on Stadium Court Saturday at the BNP Paribas Open.

“Definitely happy about that,” said Ivanovic, the 2008 champion. “I had a little bit of that match in my mind. I didn't play good at the French Open, so I knew I had better chance this time around. I felt it was a bit awkward match, but still, so happy to get that revenge and win.”

Ivanovic raced through in 61 minutes, breaking the 67th-ranked Larsson five times from 18 chances, but admitted there was room for improvement.

“I really felt like I could break her, which obviously gave me a little bit more confidence and I could go for a little bit more,” she said. “But I felt like [there were] quite a few unforced errors today, so it was really hard to get rhythm. But overall, just happy that I did what I had to do out there today.”

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INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA

A. IVANOVIC/J. Larsson
6‑1, 6‑2


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Do you feel like today was a little bit of revenge for you from the French?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely happy about that. You know, I had a little bit of that match in my mind. I didn't play good at the French Open, so I knew I had better chance this time around.
You know, I felt it was a bit awkward match still, but, you know, still so happy to get that revenge and win.

Q. It's not that often you get quick victories where you're only losing a few games. Shows you're in control almost the whole time.
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely. I felt like that on court today. I really felt like I could break her, which obviously gave me a little bit more confidence and I could go for a little bit more.
But I just felt like it was quite a few unforced errors today, so it was really hard to get rhythm. But overall, just happy that I did what I had to do out there today.

Q. How important are the Olympics to you, especially given the fact that you got hurt right before the last one?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, they're very important. I'm very excited for the opportunity to play there again, you know, to represent my country and hopefully win a medal.
Would be an amazing thing. You know, it would be nice. Who knows what happens. It's only once in four years, so it would be very, very nice.

Q. When you were a little girl, did you look at the Olympics the same way you looked at majors, or was it something totally separate?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, actually to be honest, when I was younger, the Olympics were always about volleyball and water polo and basketball, because that's where we were winning medals and it was always very exciting to watch.
I remember as a kid watching it all the time. Opening ceremony was really, really exciting. But to be honest, I don't remember much of the tennis from Olympics.
But, you know, to be part of it, it's I think a great thrill for every professional athlete.

Q. You did well in Indian Wells last year. Is there something in the air here for you?
ANA IVANOVIC: I really like this event, and I think if you ask players it's one of most favorite tournaments of the year. It's very relaxed and it's a nice environment to play in.
I like playing, you know, in the desert. You don't get too much wind most of the days, unless you're playing final in 2009 (Laughter.)
You know, it's always a great conditions. I like warm, as well, to play in the heat. It just suits me. I feel very comfortable here and I have big support, too.

Q. Do you know how many events you'll play at the Olympics?
ANA IVANOVIC: No, I don't know. How many? Oh, me?

Q. Yeah.
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, two, two. I think that will be plenty, and doubles, mixed doubles and singles.

Q. You wouldn't play doubles with Jelena or something?
ANA IVANOVIC: No. I spoke to Zimonjic a little while ago and he asked me to play so I agreed. Then later on I was thinking about playing doubles, as well, but it's just too much because we have event straight after.

Q. Are you adjusting your schedule at all to kind of account for the extra tournament?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah. Actually you do have to make some adjustments because it's not easy. The calendar has changed a bit and have to make some adjustments.
Obviously just try to stay healthy, because with Olympics right there it kind of puts everything really close together, you know, with French, Wimbledon, Olympics, and then US Open. You just feel like it's all the time on the go.
So you really have to schedule before and then try to pick for each event.

Q. A while ago you said you felt so old being 24. Yet it doesn't really seem to make sense. Could you talk about that?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, you know, it's really true, because they always ask about young players coming up. You know, I'm considered old. Even in Sydney this year, actually, a driver took us from the hotel to the site and we were talking.
He was asking, Oh, what's your name? I said, I'm Ana Ivanovic. He said, Oh, you've been around for a while. (Laughter.) I'm like, Thanks. Does that make me old?
It's really strange getting these comments. I have been on tour for a while. But I still, you know, feel young and in shape, so that's important.

Q. How important is Fed Cup to you this year, because Serbia is in the semifinals? You didn't play the first round. Are you making that a priority this year to give Serbia a chance to win?
ANA IVANOVIC: I think it's great success for our team and for our country to reach the semifinals. It's really good. We have a good team for a while but we never seem to come together and actually go for it. This is the first time we're in semifinals. It's very thrilling, of course.
It makes it that much harder with the Olympics and everything else in this year, so it seems like it's a lot of things going on.
But I definitely would love to play, because I think, you know, semifinal is just one step from final and maybe a title. It's something I would love to have it, you know, next to my name, eventually.

Q. It sounds like you're not going to make a decision until after Miami.
ANA IVANOVIC: I just heard the news about the surface and obviously place, and it did make a bit of a difference because obviously it's a lot better playing on clay.

Q. Playing on clay?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah. So obviously that makes it a bit easier for a decision. But, yeah, no, I'm really trying to put that a priority and trying to fit it in the schedule.

Q. You won the French Open. If you can just give one memory, what is your best moment in Paris?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, definitely that last point in that final. It's really‑‑ it's amazing feeling. And, you know, closing ceremony, I remember Serbian National Anthem came on on center court Philippe Chatrier, and the flag was going up and I had tears in my eyes.

Q. Do you know what you're playing between Olympics and the US Open?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yes. For the moment I'm playing Cincinnati and Montreal.

Q. You were talking at the beginning of the year about sort of changing the fitness idea where you were working on keeping healthy, right?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yes.

Q. Making sure not to get hurt. Is there a point now where you're thinking, I have to get stronger or faster? It looks like you're moving very well, but maybe muscle‑wise you're not where you used to be?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I'm definitely, you know, in the gym every maybe second day and trying to‑‑ you know, even during the tournaments trying to do a little bit of weights because I think it's important to get stronger.
My coach is, Look at Novak. Look at him. They're so ripped. I'm like, Yeah, well, I can't look like that. (Laughter.) But I'm trying, so, yeah, definitely trying to go to the gym and gain muscle strength, and also trying to keep the explosivity there. So not to be to heavy so I still move fast on the court.

Q. When you're on the court, I'm curious, how much energy do you draw from the crowd and the cheering that you hear‑ while you're also focusing on winning?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, actually it's a lot. It's probably a lot more than people think. It helps a lot when you have crowd behind you and you have people yelling, I think.
As much as you try to be in the moment and not to focus too much what's going around, you can hear the cheering. It definitely affects in a positive way. It's always nice to hear the words of encouragement.

Q. With Fed Cup, if you were to go on to win it, how big a deal would that be when you look at what happened a couple years ago with the Davis Cup side?
ANA IVANOVIC: Obviously winning Davis Cup, and especially the final was held in Serbia, was huge for the country. You know, I was actually there. You know, I thought, you know, it would be nice to win Fed Cup, as well.
Because it's an individual sport, but it's so nice to have the team competition because, you know, you feed off each other so much. You know, you really try to work as a team, and, you know, to have fun, to have meals together, to practice together.
You know, it's girls coming together, and we don't get to do that also very often. You know, to win would be amazing, you know, yeah, to bring the trophy home.

Q. You have had some great wins, some real triumphs, but also some setbacks and tough stretches. If you go back in your career and change one or two things, Ana, what would that be?
ANA IVANOVIC: Definitely when I got injured after Wimbledon, so sort of like in Montreal in '08. I always kept playing, and I was one day on the court, and then I tried to hit and then it would hurt my wrist.
Then I took a couple of days off, but I could still be on‑site and then try it again and again and it hurt. This kept going on for a month, and I tried to compete. I went to Olympics and I had to pull out.
It just was so much going on, and it always felt likes disappointment because I was always at the site so I always took it as a defeat.
And then when I played US Open I played it with like five days of practice. So I would still play US Open, you know, but I probably would have taken time off straightaway rather than later. I think it affected a bit my confidence, especially with all the expectations as the world No. 1.
So I would definitely change that.

Q. Do you blame anyone else for that, giving you the wrong advice, or do you think, I was just young and that was my fault and I was pushing myself too hard?
ANA IVANOVIC: Definitely I was the one who was motivated and who wanted to practice. But still, I think people around me could have stepped up a little bit more. Because I was really young, you know, and I didn't know what to expect with all the expectations.
I was doing so well, and I never really had big disappointment. So I felt like, you know, Oh, I can do anything. I can even play with one hand.
You know, there were people who maybe should have said, Hey, you know, just step aside a little bit and this and that. But, you know, again, it was their first time probably, as well. So I can't really blame anyone.
But I would have maybe changed that now with the experience I have.

Q. You enjoyed a very comfortable victory today. Have you given any thought towards your next potential encounter potentially against Peng Shuai? You enjoyed a comfortable victory over her in Carlsbad last year. Any thoughts to that?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I think it will be a different match. She plays a lot faster and a lot more aggressive. It's going to be a tough match no matter what. It's a very tough third‑round match. I just have to try and apply things that I did so well in practice over the last, you know, few weeks and months.
So, yeah, my coach is gonna watch a little bit of that match, and then tomorrow we're gonna work on a few things to prepare for the match.

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Didn't she announce that she would play women's doubles with Bojana at the Olympics?
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