Ana Ivanovic Novosti

Tennis: Ana Ivanovic
Ana was interviewed by popular Serbian newspaper Novosti, with the feature published yesterday.
Read part of the Interview after the cut

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Ana Ivanović je dala intervju za dnevni list Novosti, koji je objavljen juče.
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Novosti: You will have a very tough draw in Paris, due to your current ranking. How will it affect your ambitions in this tournament?
Ana: It’s out of my control, so I will try not to think about it too much. I was so successful in Paris two years ago because I took it match by match and never looked ahead in the draw. That’s the secret to winning any tournament: focusing 100% on your next match and preparing fully for it. Then when you win, you go back to the hotel and rest, then spend the next day preparing for the next match. Then the cycle starts again and you get into a routine. If you think too much about the draw, or going far in the tournament at the start of the week, you are wasting energy and putting unnecessary pressure on yourself.

You sometimes play when injured, or sick, without telling anyone how you actually feel. Often those injuries were very serious. Why do you keep such things to yourself, thus creating an image that you didn't fight as people expected?
There are two reasons really. Firstly, I don’t want to admit any weaknesses to my opponents, because it can give you extra motivation if you know your opponent is injured. Secondly, to be honest it’s not often that you are 100% healthy, with no problems at all, and I think it’s best to just keep quiet and give the other girl the credit she deserves for beating you. It’s a shame that some people might get the wrong idea, and that kind of relates to what I was saying about people forming opinions without really knowing all the details. But then that’s sport. We all love to watch and form opinions. But for me it is very difficult to understand how anyone can think that sometimes we are not fighting and giving our best to win our matches. People who understand sport know how much losing hurts.

People around the world love you no matter if you were No.1, No.42, or No.58 in the world. Your popularity isn't affected at all. Why do you think it is so?
Thanks a lot. That’s really nice to hear. I’m a little embarrassed talking about that. I prefer not to comment because I don’t think anyone can really judge themselves in this way. But I hope it’s because I am the same person no matter my results. That’s my wish.

Lots of children made some nice drawings of you in the UNICEF programme. Which did you like most, and why?
I didn’t receive the new ones yet because the conference only just finished, but I’m looking forward to seeing them next week. I love kids, and I am always so happy when they give me these kind of drawings. They’re so cute. One in particular that I remember is a picture of me actually playing doubles with the little girl who drew it – we were on the same team.

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Novosti: Imaćete veoma težak žreb u Parizu, usled vašeg trenutnog plasmana?
Ana: Bila sam uspešna u Parizu pre dve godine zato što nisam previše analizirala žreb, već sam išla meč po meč. To je tajna osvajanja turnira: fokusirati se samo na sledeći meč i maksimalno se pripremiti za konkretnu protivnicu. Pobedite, vratite se u hotel, odmorite i sledećeg dana pripremate za narednog rivala. Tako ulazite u rutinu. Ako previše razmišljate o žrebu ili o tome koga bi sve trebalo da pobedite do finala, samo gubite energiju i nepotrebno stavljate pritisak na sebe – zaključuje Ivanovićeva.

Nekada igrate bolesni, povređeni, a da ne kažete bilo kome kako se zaista osećate. Često su te povrede veoma ozbiljne. Zašto ćutite i trpite?
Postoje dva razloga. Prvo, ne želim da priznam protivnicama da imam neki problem i time ih ohrabrim. Drugo, iskreno rečeno veoma retko ste 100 odsto fit i mislim da je najbolje da to zadržite za sebe i ako izgubite meč priznate protivnici da je u tom trenutku bila bolja i da je zasluženo pobedila. Šteta je što ljudi stiču pogrešan utisak na osnovu onoga što vide i donose zaključke bez poznavanja pravog stanja stvari. Ali, to je sport. Volimo da ga gledamo i formiramo mišljenja. Ipak, teško mi je da shvatim kako je moguće da bilo ko pomisli da se mi ponekad ne borimo ili ne dajemo sve od sebe da pobedimo. Oni koji se razumeju u sport znaju koliko porazi bole.

Ljudi širom sveta vas vole, bez obzira na to da li ste broj jedan, 42 ili 58. Vaša popularnost ne opada. Zašto je to tako?
Hvala. Lepo je to čuti. Meni je malo neprijatno da o tome pričam. Radije ne bih komentarisala, jer smatram da niko nije u stanju da objektivno proceni sebe u tom smislu. Ali, ako je tako nadam se da je to zbog toga što se trudim da ostanem ista, bez obzira na moje rezultate. To mi je želja.

Deca vas obožavaju. To su i pokazali nedavno kada su vam đaci iz nekoliko beogradskih škola, koje su deo programa UNICEF čiji ste ambasador, poslali veliki broj crteža sa vašim likom.
Još nisam primila nove crteže, jer je konferencija tek nedavno završena, ali se radujem da ih vidim sledeće nedelje. Volim decu i raduje me da dobijem od njih tako nešto. Mnogo su slatki. Posebno mi je ostao u sećanju crtež jedne devojčice na kome ona i ja igramo zajedno u dublu!

source: www.anaivanovic.com