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Roland Garros 2010: Ana Ivanovic's 24. May Interview

Posted by Lana On 5/25/2010 08:23:00 AM

2010 French Open - Day Two

A. IVANOVIC/Chang Kai-Chen
63 63

Q. Just talk about the match a little bit, and sort of your frame of mind being back at this tournament.
ANA IVANOVIC: First of all, I'm very happy to be back. You know, to win here the first match was lots of nerves and it was a little bit difficult also to play someone I never seen play before.
So it was a lot of nervousness involved, but very happy to get through that. Actually, you know, even though I didn't think the match was really that good, I felt on my groundstrokes I was striking the ball well.
You know, that's good, and I get the win. So I can move on and get better.

Q. Obviously your expectations coming in probably are different than when you were coming in, you know, a couple years ago. Can you talk about what those are and what you're trying to sort of accomplish right now in your career?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, I think the expectations are the same. I just try to suppress them, you know. I try to focus on each match.
I love playing on clay. You know, I grew up on this surface. It's always fun coming back here, and then the crowd, it's amazing. They always give me so much support. It's a lot of fun and a lot of emotions playing here, so just try to actually look, you know, take it one step at a time.
But I do have, you know, high expectations of myself.

Q. I wanted to ask you about your outfits. I'm asking several women and men about their outfits. How many outfits do you bring to a tournament and do you wear the same one? Do you get it laundered and wear it again?
ANA IVANOVIC: No, I wear different ones. I usually bring about five, six different or actually same kind of dresses, but the whole outfit with the underpants and the dresses. So every match I have a different one, yeah.


Q. Obviously we've seen the rise and sort of the fall of your game. In Rome you put together some good wins. I'm wondering if you started to feel something click and change in your game now, or if it's just, you know did you?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, a lot of things changed. I think I'm completely different player than I was, you know, a couple years ago. And also, there are more aspects in my game that I actually added. Still, you know, some days, you know, it's a little bit harder for it to fall all together into place. And other days it's much, much easier.
I mean, the improvements are immense. And since I started working with Heinz, it's really been, you know, every day I could see improvement. We worked a lot on my serve and just also on my groundstrokes to be more free and actually swing through the ball better.
It's just making me feel more comfortable in the court, and I do. I feel also I'm becoming more and more consistent, which was the thing that I always tried to do.
So finally I feel things are coming into place. I get excited, you know, because I want results, as well, straightaway. But sometimes, you know, you have to wait, because it's been a long, long time since I played a lot of matches in a row.
So it's a lot of emotions, so it becomes not so much anymore about this game in particular. It becomes also my mindset and some doubts that I still have. It's gonna be a process, but I really feel good about my game at the moment.

Q. Do you find yourself fighting with the doubts that you can be an elite player again?
ANA IVANOVIC: I have no doubt about it. I really feel I belong to the top and I can get back to the top. It's just the little steps and trusting myself when I'm out there, when I'm hitting the ball, you know, just trusting the movement and that stroke, you know, rather than pulling back and, you know, and in my serve, actually committing, because I'm serving you know, I was serving great past few weeks. It's been a huge improvement. Then sometimes I still doubt it.
So I think it's also a process of just doing it over and over again until it becomes a habit.

Q. Is it fair to say that the last maybe year or year and a half has not been very much fun for you on the tennis court?
ANA IVANOVIC: Not fun at all. You know, it was and also lots of tears and lots of hard times and lots of doubts and fears, everything, but, you know, it's something that you learn. And if you overcome it, it's you learn from it and it makes you better player and person after that.
I have really good people around me now, and I trust them a lot. They're very supportive, and they believe in me when I didn't believe in myself. So that's great to see.

Q. If I remember right, at the US Open you were talking about tossing a heavier ball and a lighter ball. Do you still do all that stuff or is that all past?
ANA IVANOVIC: No, it's past. I try to do that. I mean, I tried so many different things in my serve. It's a joke. I can't even remember half of them anymore. I actually don't remember if I did that again, but not in the last six months, no, nothing; nothing like that.

Q. He was asking you about fashion. How important is fashion in women's tennis? I mean, you have the SI thing.
ANA IVANOVIC: More and more. Would you agree?

Q. Yeah.
ANA IVANOVIC: It is, but I think, after all, it's important to, you know, to have a nice, good looking outfit. But after all, for me, at least, it's very important to feel comfortable, because when you're out there, you don't want to worry whether your skirt is too sort or if it's coming up if the wind blows.
You just want to focus on the game. And adidas is doing great job with it, and the dresses have been really good.

Q. Yesterday Venus wore a dress that got a lot of attention. And there were actually photographers that were trying to get photos of her as the dress went up. Did you see the dress? What do you think of it?
ANA IVANOVIC: No, I haven't, unfortunately so.

Q. You said that your game was much different than it was two years ago. What was the reason why you felt it needed the change?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, at first with my coach, we thought, or yeah, he thought that maybe we need to improve in order to stay at No. 1 position, which now, looking back, it's really silly, because I had kind of good game and it was just matter of, you know, getting more consistent in the way I was playing and not trying to get better and try to be more technically perfect. Because, you know, everyone has a zone they need to feel good about. That kind of created a lot of doubt, because I started doing different things.
So all of a sudden, I went away from what I was doing and trying to play more close, play more open. So it was kind of a circle of everything and you don't feel so comfortable. You have doubts on the court. You lose some matches. Then confidence goes. So it's kind of circle.


(via Roland Garros)


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