Update from Paris

Update from Paris

For as long as I live Paris will always have a special place in my heart. It’s where I’ve achieved many of my greatest victories and I am thrilled to be back.
 
I’m feeling more confident than I have in previous years. It’s been a good start to the year. Something I have been targeting for a long time is frequent wins over the top players – I’ve been able to achieve that this season and that gives me confidence.
 
Now the next step is to do it more often at Grand Slams. Australia was a great start and I want to build on that here. 
 
I try to have perspective and I do realize how lucky I am to be able to play sport for my career. In this way, I enjoy my time on the tour no matter what…but it’s fair to say that these days I’m enjoying it as much as I ever have.
 
A lot of that has to do with my Serbian team. We’re all close to the same age and we have a lot of fun together, there’s a very relaxed atmosphere in our team and I think part of that has translated onto the court.
 
I give my coach Nemanja Kontic a lot of credit. He was actually new to women’s tennis when we started working together last year. He played on the Challenger and Futures circuit himself so of course he knows the sport well, but he didn’t really follow WTA matches. He’s quickly adapted and I’m very happy to have him on my side.
 
My brother is also with me in Paris. Most nights the four of us have dinner together. On Thursday night we all went to the player party at the Eiffel Tower, which was a lovely event.
 
Speaking of Parisian monuments, I will never forget 2008, when my brother and coaching team wore my dresses and tried to run around the Arc de Triomphe! I still smile thinking about that.
 
It’s been an extremely difficult month for so many people with Soma, the floods in Serbia, the kidnapping of the girls in Nigeria and the extremely sad news of Elena Baltacha's passing away. It really puts tennis into perspective and makes me even more thankful that I am healthy and safe.
 
I’d like to thank everyone who has helped with these causes – not just making donations but spreading the word and raising awareness.
 
Love 
Ana