Vita magazine feature

Vita magazine feature

Ana is on the cover of the current issue of VIta, a health and lifestyle magazine in Serbia. The following is a translation of the interview:

In previous seasons injuries stopped you from reaching the top of world tennis. This year, it seems like you successfully avoided them. How do you prevent injuries?
I had a relatively serious knee injury during Wimbledon. It was cured with therapy, but I had to cancel a Fed Cup appearance because of it. Injuries can be avoided, or at least minimized, with proper conditional work.

What is the most frequent part of the body that is injured in tennis?
It depends on an individual’s style of play and whether they learned to play their shots the right way. For example, if you don’t serve properly, after a few years, a shoulder injury is inevitable. Tennis is a sport that is very stressful for the body.

Do you stay up late in the evenings? Could going out occasionally disrupt your biorhythm and everyday training regime?
I don’t like staying up late, unless I am on vacation. If I don’t get enough sleep, I am not as efficient on-court as I should be.

What do top sportswomen eat?
Carbohydrates such as pasta are a common meal before a match and intense practice sessions. Naturally, meat is very important because of its high protein content, but I never eat it before a match, not even the night before a morning match as it takes a long time to digest fully, and it’s heavy. An endless amount of fruit and vegetables is allowed!

Do you have a special diet before tournaments, and what mustn’t you eat?
My diet is always the same: healthy food, with as much fruit and vegetables, meat that is neither roasted nor fried, pasta and non-fat dairy products. These are the most important foods for success in sport.

Is there something you love to eat, but have to avoid?
I love chocolate, but I eliminated it a long time ago!

When you come back from exhausting tournaments, what is it that you ask your mum to prepare you for lunch?
When I am in Serbia, I like a change, so I eat some domestic meals, such as Sarma (minced meat in cabbage leaves) and Proja (corn bread). However, it has to be prepared with as little fat as possible.

You have travelled all around the world. Which cuisine do you like and could you reveal a recipe to Vita readers?
I like Asian food, especially Japanese and Thai. But I always eat that sort of food in proper restaurants and I never prepare it myself. I also like Mexican fajitas – I occasionally prepare them myself.

The recipe is pretty simple: roast chicken or another white meat, peppers and onion. All of the ingredients are wrapped in a flour tortilla on which you have already spread low fat yogurt, fresh tomato salsa and perhaps avocado.