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Mar 26th, 2005, 10:08 PM

Hantuchova out to explore new frontiers
By Alaric Gomes, Staff Reporter

http://www.gulfnews.com/images/shim.gifDubai : Daniela Hantuchova has been successful on and off the tennis court.

Enjoying the fruits of her labour so far, the girl from Slovakia is keen to exercise her body and mind despite the rigours of the tour.

One of her obsessions off court is learning languages. Her English is fluent. And besides speaking German and her native Slovak, she is now on the verge of mastering Italian.

"French will be next," Hantuchova promised after her win against Elena Likhovtseva yesterday.

These pursuits are not unusual for a girl who comes from a family which has always been involved in academics.

Hantuchova's father, Igor, is a computer scientist, her mother, Marianna, is a toxicologist. Her brother, who also carries the same name as the father, is a university student.

And the factor which binds the family together is tennis: all of them play and follow the game.

"I travel so much, it's the best way to learn about cultures and people. One of the best ways I've found is by learning to understand and speak the language," Hantuchova explained.

"I am on the tour and I need the language to communicate. So it's okay to know as many languages as possible," she added.

Hantuchova's love for languages and her passion for constant improvement was evident the other night when Euro Sports invited her to commentate on the second-round match between Sania Mirza and Svetlana Kuznetsova.

"It's simple: I've studied so much, and I thought there was something missing after all the studies. So I decided to learn languages," Hantuchova revealed.

Last week, Hantuchova, who turns 22 next month, reached the semifinals at the Doha Open. But she still feels that there is a lot to fulfil in her life. "Yes, there is so much to improve upon," she admitted. "There are so many things that I have not achieved. Hope one day I will be able to fulfil my potential," Hantuchova stated.

"If I keep giving my best, I will be able to realise my dreams and goals. All I need at this moment is hard work," she concluded.

Mar 30th, 2005, 10:36 PM
I enjoy learning languages too. I studied German to 'A' Level, French to GCSE, and have even taught myself some Slovak from books and a tape!

And I have a PhD in Computer Science, just like Dr. Igor Hantuch! :)

Dr. Andrew Broad
http://www.geocities.com/andrewbroad/ (http://www.geocities.com/andrewbroad/)
http://www.geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/ (http://www.geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/)
http://www.geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/hantu/ (http://www.geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/hantu/)

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/danielahantuchova/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/danielahantuchova/)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/)

Mar 30th, 2005, 10:38 PM
Daniela is such a super brainer :p

Mar 30th, 2005, 10:39 PM
Thanks, Spiceboy. It's nice to learn about an aspect of Daniela I hadn't known about. :)

Mar 30th, 2005, 11:21 PM
Shes a smart girl :). I know fluent english (well duh) And some spanish from my spanish class :p

Mar 30th, 2005, 11:24 PM
Shes a smart girl :). I know fluent english (well duh) And some spanish from my spanish class :p

...and you have a terrible pic of Elena in your avatar :mad: :p

Mar 30th, 2005, 11:27 PM
4 languages.....that's almost insane! :eek: I almost wonder how she can find the time to travel and practice her tennis...

TF Chipmunk
Mar 30th, 2005, 11:28 PM
She's got beauty AND brains, how hot is that?! :hearts:

Mar 30th, 2005, 11:50 PM
Very interesting article, good to know!

Mar 31st, 2005, 01:03 AM
Daniela's musically inclined too! She plays the piano for 8 years i think! :P