Ana gave an interview to ITF World magazine, looking ahead to the Fed Cup final, which sees Serbia take on defending champions the Czech Republic in Prague in November.
The following is an extract from the interview transcript with journalist Alexandra Willis:
Is it very different now, being one of the older, experienced members of the team, than when you made your debut in 2006?
In some ways it is, because back then I was like a rookie and I didn’t really have much idea how things worked. But Serbia has a young history in Fed Cup and there aren’t really any veteran players in their 30s. The team is still young, even though I’m one of the more experienced players.
How satisfying was it to beat Russia away from home, in Moscow?
I think it was a great achievement and we are all very proud of it. Russia has kind of dominated the Fed Cup over the last five years or so and beating them on their home courts has to be one the most difficult challenges in women’s tennis. It is even more satisfying considering that they beat us in Belgrade two years ago, so we got our revenge.
What do you think will be your biggest challenge against the Czech Republic?
Obviously Kvitova is their strongest player. Her improvement has been amazing and she’s a very, very tough opponent, with her lefty serve and winners from all over the court. I’m sure that Jelena or I will have to beat her and even then it may not be enough – anything can happen in Fed Cup. They will have the crowd on their side but we showed against Russia that we can handle a tough atmosphere.
What does it mean for Serbian tennis to be playing in a first ever Fed Cup final?
It’s huge for our country. The guys did so well in Davis Cup and brought a lot of joy to the people in Serbia and we hope that we can do the same. Tennis is very popular already in Serbia and I think winning the Fed Cup would inspire even more kids to play tennis. It might be hard to find a court to play on soon!