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One of Ana's most thrilling matches of 2006 was in Indian Wells. Having won through to the quarter-finals with three successive straight sets victories, Ana faced fourth seeded Russian Elena Dementieva.
Ana stormed through a one-sided first set, winning it 6-2. She broke immediately at the beginning of the second set and was in command of the match before the experienced Russian turned things round.
Ana appeared on Pink TV, a fun, slightly off-beat talk show on Serbian television last weekend. It was the highest rated show on Sunday.
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The following is a transcript of the 24-minute programme:
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Interviewer: 14th player on the WTA list and today she is the guest of Beogradska Hronika, Ana Ivanovic. Good afternoon Ana and welcome.
Ana: Good evening. Glad to be here.
Kristin: Hey Ana! I’ve got a question: How do you do your hair if you play a match? I think that most female players have long hair, and especially if you have a layered haircut (like me) it is very difficult to do the hair without having any strands of hair hanging in the face. Do you have a special way to be able to play with a "clear view"? ;) Ana, I wish you all the best for your tennis career! Ajde!
Ana has made a series of appearances on Serbian television recently, including an interview on the programme "Beogradska Hronika", which was screened by RTS1 last week.
In the six minute feature Ana talks about her goals for next year, the support she receives from her family, friends, coaches and sponsors, training and life on tour.
Image: Hi Ana, thanks to the answers to many questions we ask you and needless to say, your answers are brilliant and very informative, like the way you look and carry yourself in every way. May I know if you do swim as part of your routine exercise since swimming involves swinging arms and trains almost the whole body??? Love u lots!!!
Ana: Thanks! At the moment swimming is not part of my training regime but we plan to add it to my programme very soon, probably next month.
Ana scored her second successive win over Amelie Mauresmo when she beat the Frenchwoman 6-3, 7-5 in round two of the Medibank International in Sydney at the start of 2006. Alongside her performance against Martina Hingis in Montreal, Ana lists it as one of her very best.
A look back at six of Ana’s best matches during 2006
6-3, 7-5 vs Amelie Mauresmo, Sydney, January
Ana was only just beginning her second full season as a pro but, remarkably, she was facing world No.3 Amelie Mauresmo for the fifth time. Along with the win over Hingis (see below) Ana rates this performance as one of her two best in her short career to date. The magnitude of the victory was amplified when the Frenchwoman went on to win the Australian Open a fortnight later. In fact, Mauresmo did not suffer another defeat for another 17 matches.
Until she thrashed Martina Hingis in the Montreal final this year, the high watermark of Ana’s fledgling career was this 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 victory over then world No.3 Amelie Mauresmo on Court Philippe Chatrier at Roland Garros.
Ana showed remarkable nerve to hold off the Frenchwoman in front of her adoring fans. In only her second Grand Slam as a senior, Ana would go on to make the quarter-finals.
san diego j.: Ana, I’ve been playing for about 20 years, and I still frequently have days where I feel like I can't get anything right and it seems like every ball lands a few inches long. So I was wondering if, at your level, you still have those days on the court when absolutely nothing goes right. Thanks! You’re beautiful!