Clay court preparation

Clay court preparation

I've made a good transition from hard courts to clay. It's physically one of the most difficult times of the season, because you have to work on movements that are specific to clay and require a lot of strength in the legs.

I'm happy with how it's gone and I'm continuing to enjoy working with Craig. He will be present during the Fed Cup tie against Spain in two weeks, by the way. I'm sure it's going to be a great event and it's a wonderful opportunity for us to win promotion to the main World Group, to give ourselves a chance of winning the trophy next year.

According to the rankings we are favourites because of Jelena and I, but it's never easy to play away from home - in fact, we don't have much experience of it - and of course it was Spain who chose the surface.

At the same time, I am happy to be playing on clay. Last year we played on hard courts in Croatia at this time, which didn't help in the preparation for the clay court season.

Serbians celebrate Easter this weekend. We have an interesting tradition: I know that in many countries people give each other chocolate eggs, but in Serbia it is traditional to cook real eggs on the Friday, decorate them and then exchange them on the Sunday.

We decorate the eggs using different colourings and other attachments. I like to dye the eggs red. On the Sunday it is traditional to have a competition to find out who made the strongest eggs. We all take it in turns to hit them against each other's eggs as hard as we can and see whose egg is left at the end.

There is also the tradition of keeping one red egg until the following year: this is known as the "housekeeper" egg. Of course, they are hard-boiled and so it is okay to keep them for a whole year, as long as you don't break the shell! It is supposed to bring luck to your family.

I have fond memories and spending time with my grandparents at Easter when I was a kid, and it's nice that we keep this tradition with the eggs.

Love
Ana

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