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Ana is featured in this week's issue of Hello! Magazine in Serbia.
The following is a translated extract from the interview:
Sometimes it looks like you're having fun on the court. Are you really so relaxed in the game?
Of course I always try to play without pressure, but it’s easier said than done, and feeling nerves is a sign of how much you care. I think it is impossible to be totally relaxed in professional sport, but a certain level of confidence and a positive environment allows you to be more relaxed.
It's not easy to lose a game you almost won. How do you deal with defeat and, in those moments, who is your greatest support?
To be honest it (the Stuttgart final against Sharapova) was one of the most disappointing defeats in my career. It hurt. Thankfully in tennis there is always a new tournament in a week or two, so there is not much time to stay down about it.
My biggest supporters are always my family, and of course my coaches. You can see by watching them in the player box, how much it means to them. I think they live and breathe every shot! So naturally they share my emotions after a win or defeat, and they are also extremely supportive.
It seems that you are 100% focused on your career. Do you give yourself a break and how do you spend your free time?
Tennis is an intense sport with so many matches, travelling and off-court activities like media and sponsor events. It’s important to take a break now and then to recharge your batteries. After the Fed Cup and Stuttgart I took just one full day off, to relax and rest, but the way the calendar is, this is a busy time of the year and I won’t have a proper break until after Wimbledon. And even that break won’t be long, certainly not more than a week.
My main holiday is always at the end of the season. I like to go somewhere hot with nice beaches. That’s my plan for this year. My goal is to qualify for Singapore and then have a holiday straight after.