Darling of the Australian media

Darling of the Australian media

After taking part in a press conference in Sydney yesterday, Ana is featured in all of Australia's leading newspapers today.

The following are extracts from the four features:

The Age
"I always say this is my favourite country and I really want to do well," said Ivanovic, who's arrived in the country already and is basing herself in Manly for the warm-up event in Sydney in early January.

"I'd really like it if the first grand slam I win could be here, so obviously I put a little bit more pressure on myself." Read more

The Daily Telegraph
Ana Ivanovic is the new It girl in tennis, and having already overtaken former No.1 Maria Sharapova in the rankings, is making similar inroads in the popularity and sex-appeal stakes.

Her image is splashed throughout glossy fashion magazines and she stars in X Box video games in Japan but don't mistake the Serbian world No.4 for yet another popcorn princess in a short skirt brandishing a tennis racquet.

With Ivanovic her humility and desire to be the best that she can are just as striking as her looks. "It (the fame) happened quite fast for me,'' said Ivanovic, living in Manly in the countdown to next month's Medibank International and Australian Open. Read more

The Australian
"My fitness needed improvement and when I started working with Scott it really made a big difference," Ivanovic said. "We've been working hard and that's been a big influence on my game.

"I also feel like I'm more experienced and I've matured a lot. Before I used to get over-excited and emotional on the court. But now I'm learning how to deal with this.

"Playing against the top players on the big courts last year was something new to me but now I'm more used to that and it gives me a lot of motivation." Read more

Sydney Morning Herald
While some of her predecessors have had trouble mixing sport and modelling, let alone humanitarian work (Ivanovic is also a UNICEF ambassador), she says it has brought balance to her hectic tennis life.

"We spend a lot of time practising, and if I get a chance to do something different and go out of the tennis (arena) it's always nice and I enjoy that," she said. Read more

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