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Ana recently gave an interview to the Italian edition of Men's Health.
The following is a transcript of the question-and-answer session:
Please, introduce yourself in ten words
Positive, sensitive and thoughtful, and a family person.
What kind of teachings have you gotten from tennis?
I’ve learnt so many things, I could talk all day about that! I’ve kind of grown up in tennis, because I’ve been playing since I was a kid, and even traveling to junior tournaments around the world from the age of about 12 or 13. Visiting all the different countries and experiencing different cultures definitely helps you mature fast.
An obvious quality that sport teaches you is discipline, but I was always quite a sensible child anyway, for example I was well-behaved and enjoyed school. Still, professional tennis kind of forces you to have a good routine, and that requires discipline.
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learnt, from quite an early age, is that even though tennis is an individual sport, it’s not possible to succeed without the help, love and support of those around you, especially your family.
I’ve also learnt a lot about friendships, relationships, media, business…so many things.
How do you overcome the difficulties? What is your way of thinking?
I think one of my biggest strengths is that I’m a very positive person, and I believe in myself a lot. This helps me in many areas of tennis – it’s good to always be positive and optimistic about future tournaments.
How do you feel to be a sex-symbol?
Every woman enjoys receiving this kind of compliment and I am no different. But I don’t take it very seriously, and I definitely don’t see myself that way!
Please, tell us three suggestions to conquer your heart
That’s hard to say. I don’t like a guy who tries too hard, so I wouldn’t say that gifts are important to me in the beginning of a relationship. I want to see honesty, good manners and a sense of humour.
What kind of guy would you like? Could you tell us three different features?
I like guys who are maybe a little old-fashioned, with good family values, and who treat women well. I don’t like arrogance. I like men with intelligence – guys you can discuss different issues with. If they are tall and handsome, that’s even better.
How do you spend your spare time?
I think when you travel a lot for your job, you tend to enjoy the simple things in life, like spending time with your family and friends. I also love to read - I read a lot of fiction books, often thrillers. And I enjoy watching movies too, and occasionally trying to improve my Spanish.
What are your next professional plans?
It’s been a long time since I reached a Grand Slam quarter-final so that’s one of my goals at the moment. And I’m aiming to get back in the top 8 by the end of the year.