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The following is a translated reproduction of the blog Ana was asked to write by UNICEF Serbia, as part of its campaign against online bullying:
Doesn’t time fly? It seems so recent that I was in London, going to the player party before Wimbledon, and playing in The Championships. When I think that this is the 10th year I’ve played here, including junior tournaments, it’s scary!
Wimbledon is a special tournament not only because of the traditions of the Club but the local area: I like to rent a house nearby, along with most other players. The tournament is unique in this way: we stay in hotels for the rest of the year.
I finally made it to Monterrey! For years now Hernan, the tournament director, and his family have been inviting me and unfortunately it's never fit with my schedule, but this year we made it work :)
I felt that I reached a very high level of tennis in Miami, and it was important that I play another tournament soon after, rather than waiting almost a month until the Fed Cup.
The Sierra Madre Tennis Club is a beautiful facility, with mountains in the background. I've been humbled by the welcome I've received, and flattered by all the kind words of the local tennis fans.
Just a week to go to the new season – it seems crazy to write that! The off-season has gone by so fast. It seems like just a couple of weeks ago we were in Prague for the Fed Cup final.
I did my main tennis training in Dubai. Each time I visit I am amazed by how the place has changed. Dubai is a popular place for players to train before the Australian Open, because the extreme heat prepares you well for what we will experience in Melbourne.
I arrived in London yesterday for the Olympics. There's so much energy and excitement in the air. This is a very special time to be in London and I feel privileged to be here.
I've dreamed about playing in the Olympics for many years, and withdrawing from the 2008 Beijing Games was probably the toughest moment of my career.
Being in the Olympic Village in China, with all the other athletes, and practising at the facility, it just adds to my expectation and eagerness to step onto court here to compete.
I wasn't sure if I should call this a summer update or spring: it is June, after all, but I've just arrived in London and it's hard to say that it's summer!
Everyone is telling me what terrible weather it's been in England lately: I hope it improves in time for the grass court season but it doesn't look very promising.
Mind you, it wouldn't feel like England if it was amazing sunshine every day: I have become used to this weather during all the trips I've made here since I was a junior.
As I write this I still feel a lot of frustration regarding my Indian Wells semi-final. I felt like I was playing very well and had a good chance to win it when I became injured. I know it’s part of the sport, and it’s probably the most difficult part!
I leave Melbourne with mixed emotions, but overall I'm happy. I played some good tennis and only lost to a great player who is maybe the very best on the Tour at the moment.
It's been an exhausting month of tournaments. I played three tournaments in a row and it took a lot out of me. I've decided not to go back to Europe for the Fed Cup. I've only just recovered from the virus I picked up during the Australian Open, and I'm going to be very careful with my schedule and traveling this year, considering the Olympics and the packed summer months.
It's almost here! I can't say I was bored during the off-season, because I have really enjoyed my time in Australia so far, but I've really missed competing.
I came to Australia straight from Bali actually, and spent time with Adam at tournaments in Sydney and Melbourne. I also visited my family in Melbourne.