Ivanovic - 30.5.2012 -
A. IVANOVIC/S. Peer 6 2, 6 2
Q. Playing on outside courts, small interview rooms afterwards. Does it take a lot pressure off your shoulders?
ANA IVANOVIC: It's the pressure I put on myself. Actually, we were joking because we just walked in the main interview room and no one was there. They told us we were in a small one. I said, Oh, that was ambitious walking in the big one.
No, just doesn't matter really.
Q. So kind of form wise you've been playing well, right, more or less the last month or so. Do you feel like your slowly building to something big now?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely. What makes me really happy is that I've been playing really consistently. Even though I lost some matches I should have won or I should have put myself in a better position, I still felt always like I was improving with each week. That gives me confidence.
Now I'm starting to play a lot freer and enjoying competition and building points. Obviously coming back to clay it's always nice because I feel very comfortable on it.
But, you know, I actually started to enjoy the process, and that's what changed probably.
Q. So enjoying the process meaning you're not thinking so much about goals, but just what you have to do day to day with yourself and matches and all that?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, exactly. That's been the hardest part. Acceptance, whatever it is. Acceptance that I'll make mistakes. Acceptance that I will have a good day, I will have a bad day.
Unfortunately in this sport it's always up and down and very emotional. We play on big stages. People always look and judge, and that's very hard.
But just to be in peace with myself and to have goals set for myself in my head, that made the big difference. I don't put this outside pressure so much onto my back any more?
Q. So you're not staying up at night anymore just thinking about tennis?
ANA IVANOVIC: No, there are still sleepless nights. No, I actually try to be more positive and to have positive encouragement even when I'm thinking about tennis.
Q. So you were just talking about acceptance and being positive. Four years ago you won the French Open title. How do you feel about it now? Do you think that whatever happens in your career, you will have fulfilled a dream because you won at least one Grand Slam and you've been No. 1, or do you think that because you won the title at such a young age you should be eager for more?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, it's very hard, because I thought about that question many times in my head. Actually the answer is probably I wouldn't be happy, you know, even though I achieved some of my dreams.
I still have hunger for more. That's what drives me and that's what inspires to me to get up in the morning and to work hard. If wasn't for that, I wouldn't be here.
So, yeah, to answer your question, I wouldn't be happy. That's why I want to win another Grand Slam.
Q. You have won this tournament in 2008. You have so many memories from here. What does it feel like playing Paris? What it has to be so unique and different than the other Grand Slams for you?
ANA IVANOVIC: This was my first Grand Slam ever as junior even, and I reached quarterfinals so it was a huge success at age of 14. Every time I came back here I had a good memories and feelings about this place and this tournament.
Last year probably has been the hardest one for me ever. To come back here this year and play better and go through to the third round, it means a lot.
I really hope I can even go further and, you know, hopefully keep the good games that I've been having.
Q. I know you're focused on your own tournament and everything obviously, but last night was a big event in the women's draw with Serena going out, one of five former champions here, along with yourself. What was your immediate reaction on hearing that news last night?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, to be honest I was a little bit surprised, because I was just about to go for dinner when they were playing the tiebreak, and then I saw the tiebreak and I saw that she lost.
I went for dinner, and afterwards when I heard I was a little surprised. Virginie played really well in the tiebreak what I've seen. So I don't know what happened, but she must have played really well.
Q. Do you think it opens it up for yourself, everyone else? In your part of draw it's good.
ANA IVANOVIC: I'm on the other side of the draw. It's always unfortunate when a tournament loses such a player early in it.
But there are a lot of good players out there. Like I was saying before, I think it's a Grand Slam, and a lot of people try to play their best. Sometimes they play better than they can ever play. So you always have tough matches.
Q. Your next opponent, Sara Errani, you haven't played her for a while. She's been doing well in recent months. Thoughts on that matchup.
ANA IVANOVIC: I think I played her last year or no, two years ago maybe I played her here. I remember. She's very tough opponent. She won almost ever clay court tournament this year earlier in the year, so she's definitely a clay court player.
It's going to be good challenge. I think it's very important to play like today: really aggressive and try to come in and take the ball early, take time away from her.
I still have another day to prepare and talk through with my coach because he watched that match earlier today, and see how it goes.
Q. A funny question. Many people say, Ana is so bright. She has such interesting opinions about so many different things. She thinks so much; she judges too much. Do you sometimes think you judge or think too much?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, definitely. I can tell you I was on my own last night and I wasn't bored. Yeah, no, I sometimes get too philosophical and just go too deep into everything. Not necessarily tennis, but just everything.
I raise the questions that sometimes I like to exchange and talk to people about and just learn. I think it's amazing the way everyone works and everyone is so different and everyone has their own experience.
Me, myself, I've been so fortunate from a young age. I experienced so many different things and different cultures, different people, different views.
To challenge that and to even discuss it further, it's always lots of fun.