Indonesia Tatler interview

Indonesia Tatler interview

Ana is featured in the new issue of Tatler in Indonesia. She took part in a photo shoot the day after winning the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions in Bali.

The following is a reproduction of the feature:

Strong is Beautiful

Tennis star Ana Ivanovic has been featured on more than 100 magazine covers around the world. Tall and tantalising, Ana appeared for an exclusive téte-a-téte with AMANDA BALNEG 

Ana looks like she just stepped out of a magazine cover. On the eve of the big match, Ana looked just as gorgeous at the buffet dinner held at the Grand Hyatt Nusa Dua in Bali. But there’s more to this Serbian beauty than what meets the eye. Ana is a living testament to the Women’s Tennis Association’s advertising campaign “Strong Is Beautiful”.

Exuding mental, physical, and emotional strengths, she conquered the tennis court in Westin Resort, Nusa Dua in Bali, wearing bandages. Despite being injured, she came out a winner at the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions 2011. “I felt like a mummy; I was wrapped up all over. I twisted my ankle in the first round, so it was a bit risky. I also had a sore shoulder, but I’m happy I pulled through,” Ana confesses.

Pitting her own aspirations against the high expectations of her fans, Ana says she was not expecting to win. “I just wanted to have another good week, enjoy, and play tennis. But this week has been amazing.”

The high expectations of her followers might come from the fact that Ana was once tennis World Number 1. People keep comparing her current performance with her achievements back then. “It is kind of tough when they did that. When they asked when I would be going to play like that again, I said I would probably never. It’s because we improve, get more experience, and change. I think my style of game is a little bit different than it was then, too. Things change, and you just want to get better and improve.”

Asked to rate her performance this year, and how she got back on track, the tennis star reminisced, “It’s been up and down. The last few months, though, have been more consistent, and I really felt that the efforts I put in are paying off. My serve got a lot better, which gave me more confidence.”

Her success was due in part to her new coach and new fitness coach. “I have a really good team around me now. We have the same goals. We set our goals high for next season, and we all believe that I could achieve them.”

With a great team behind her, Ana looks optimistically to the future: “I want to make it to top 10, compete in the championships in Istanbul, and hopefully get another shot at Grand Slams.”

Having been on top, Ana doesn’t let success go to her head. “I don’t think success has changed me. You have to ask people around me who have known me for a long time. I’ve told my family and friends, ‘look if I start acting weird, just snap me out of it.’”

Success comes with a price. For celebrities, it means coping with loss of privacy—something Ana has learned to deal with. “You do lose a little bit of your privacy. That’s something I’ve struggled a lot in the past because I’m a very private person. I like to keep certain things for myself. But it’s something you get used to and learn to accept,” Ana discloses.

Equally successful and famous is her fellow Serbian and tennis star, Novak Djokovic.

“What he has done this year is amazing. I wish I could do that, but he’s different. We’ve known each other for a long time. My dad and his uncle went to school together, and they met by accident in a mountain. We were both four years old then, and a few years later, we both played tennis,” Ana shares proudly.

Known to sports reporters as positive and fun, Ana’s best on-court advice reflects her personality: “It’s important to enjoy yourself, and don’t take everything too seriously. When you’re relaxed, that’s when the best comes out.”