PACIFIC LIFE OPEN
March 21, 2008
INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. It was Serbian semifinal. It was not easy, obviously,
to play a fellow countryman. What prevailed in that
tiebreaker and ultimately the match?
ANA IVANOVIC: I think the first set we both were a little
bit nervous, so I think the tennis wasn't that great. But I
was just really happy that I kept my composure through all
the match, actually.
Even when I had set points on 6-5 I didn't play really well,
but still, you know, I stayed right there with her and I
fought really hard for two points in the tiebreak. I was
happy I could win it, and that gave me motivation to start
better the second set.
Q. What are the stats on playing someone from your
ANA IVANOVIC: It is something I haven't experienced much,
because we don't have that many players. So last year or the
year before was probably the first time we both were really
in that position to play against each other. Obviously it's
not easy, because you know someone you know for so long and
you obviously want to win.
You know, everyone back home is watching, and it's very
exciting. But I think you just have to focus on the yellow
ball and try to do the best you can, no matter who is on the
other side of the net.
Q. You've known Jelena for a long time.
ANA IVANOVIC: I've known her for a long time. Even though
she's two years older than me we still play couple
tournaments at early age, 10 or so. Then she went to America
and she was practicing here for a while. I haven't seen her
much in that period, maybe from 10 to 14. But, yes, it is a
Q. This is actually going to help you in the standings
quite a bit, because you were in the round of 16 last year.
Are you thinking of that?
ANA IVANOVIC: No, I really don't think much about that side.
I just try to play my best tennis and try to win every
match, because I just enjoy competition. I hate losing, so I
want to win. I don't think much about points or defending
points, because I don't believe in defending points.
I just believe in going there to win a tournament again, if
Q. What do you think about competition tomorrow, then?
ANA IVANOVIC: Tomorrow I think I'm going to take it easy, I
have day off.
ANA IVANOVIC: Tomorrow may be no competition. But on Sunday
definitely it's going to be hard match. We had many matches,
and most of them in three sets. So it's going to be tough
one. She played really well today.
But, you know, I really hope we can both play well and have
a great match.
Q. Seems like you're having much better time playing in
big tournaments than small like this year. You know, the
Middle Eastern tournaments were not great, and then
Australian Open was much better for you. That keeps
repeating last year. Is it maybe lack of motivation or
you're just like playing these tournaments better?
ANA IVANOVIC: Obviously you peak your form for the biggest
tournaments of the year, and Grand Slams are obviously the
priority, and Tier 1 is obviously the second priority. But
Doha was really disappointing for me because I felt I was in
And then twisting my ankle at the end of that match and
actually having to have break. Practice one day before my
matches in Dubai, it was very tough for me. But, you know, I
won that match in Dubai because I was just so happy to be on
the court again.
It was good experience. I mean, it was something probably I
haven't experienced much before. But, you know, just coming
into this tournament, obviously haven't had that many match
preparation as I hoped for.
But still, I tried to get into the matches, you know, just
playing match by match.
Q. I was reading how your trainer was treating you when
you were injured recently. And talk a little bit about your
overall team. Sounds like you have a pretty well organized
team from off the court and Sven and everyone.
ANA IVANOVIC: I must say I'm very, very lucky girl to have a
great team around me. First of all, my parents and then my
manager, my coaches. You know, there are really few good
coaches out there. I'm happy I have Scott and Sven on my
side and working with me. They're both working really hard.
You know, we just also have lot of fun working together, and
it's important because if you would just think tennis and
intensity, one day you just have enough and you just want
to, you know, do something else. But with them, we worked
really hard on the court, but then also outside of the court
we have fun and we just, you know, joke around a lot.
Q. What do you guys do for fun as a team? Go to
ANA IVANOVIC: No, but actually one year in Stuttgart I went
to amusement park with Scott and my coach at that time, but
I like amusement parks a lot.
No, we just go for dinners or sometimes the zoo or
sightseeing, just different things.
Q. What's your favorite ride at amusement parks? What do
you enjoy most at amusement parks?
ANA IVANOVIC: I like actually everything. I love roller
coasters and I like the free fall. They were joking, because
in Stuttgart we went to amusement park, and it was me and
two coaches, and there were so many rides there and Scott
got sick after second one. Then the other coach after
fourth. I went on six rides in like two hours.
They were like, How can you do that? They just felt sick
watching me, but I enjoy it.
Q. Is that why you got rid of the coach, you got a new
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, he couldn't keep up with me. (laughter.)
Q. What did your coach tell you after the tiebreak after
you won? What was the advice, what you talked about?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, he obviously listened to what I had to
say, and I was little bit -- little bit nervous. You know,
just, yeah, anxious a bit, so he told me, basically not
Just one thing, to move little bit more forward on my
return. We just spoke in general. He didn't say anything
much, because obviously I was nervous and maybe too much
information at that moment would be too much.
Q. What did you tell him?
ANA IVANOVIC: No, I just said, you know, that I'm a little
bit nervous, and that I'm not finishing my shots. He agreed
with that, so that was good.
Q. Jelena just mentioned how your style of game does not
suit her, that she cannot read your forehands. And you
obviously dominate her. I mean, in the last six matches you
only lost once to her. What is the key? Do you adjust your
game when you play her? Do you think that you're maybe
mentally stronger when you play her?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, it's very hard to say, because obviously
it happens that, you know, some players adjust better to
some type of games rather than others. But, you know, I just
work on that. Big players cannot read my game.
Every match I play, I try to play well and also to know what
they are doing good so I can maybe take that advantage from
Yeah, I just basically try to play my game as much as I can
and move forward. I know she's a great defender and she
likes to run, so if I can take that away from her, move
forward and give her less time, that's definitely something
that works well.
Q. What about about against Svetlana? You have a pretty
good record against her. Why have you been so successful
ANA IVANOVIC: She's a very powerful player, so I think it's
important to stay right there with her and not give her many
chances. I think we have little bit similar games. She likes
her forehand, likes to run around her forehand. I'm not
going to say now my tactics so she can read it tomorrow.
But, you know, definitely I know what I'm going to do, you
know, once I get out there. But definitely I'm going to look
to control the points.
Q. Are you excited about getting into the final, or do
you feel you are already used to it?
ANA IVANOVIC: No, I'm very excited. Every final you make
it's always very special. Exciting. This is a big
tournament. I'm really proud the way I played this week, so
that's -- I'm definitely very excited to be in final and
looking forward to that match.
Q. Did you watch Monica Seles when you were growing up?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yes.
Q. How old would you have been?
ANA IVANOVIC: I started watching when I was four,
four-and-a-half. And at the age of five, actually when I
started playing, but before that, I watched her and, yeah,
that's how old.
Q. So when did she stop playing? How old were you?
ANA IVANOVIC: When I started playing, she wasn't on the tour
for a year or two. Yeah, I never got chance to play against
Q. I was just wondering, because you were talking about
psychology this week, and maybe that was too young, but did
you realize how mentally strong she was as a player at that
age, or maybe you were too young?
ANA IVANOVIC: I didn't realize, but I remember she was a
huge fighter, and that's what I liked. Yeah, but I think if
I would have had to -- if I had to play her it would be
quite tough for me, because playing against your idol. It's
not really easy.
Q. In some of your earlier matches this week you said you
got a little too emotional at times. Were you happy with
your focus today?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yes, very happy. That was one of the things I
knew I had to be strong today and not show any emotions, and
I kept my composure really well. So that was a key today, I
Q. What have you been doing with your free time here?
Svetlana kind and Novak said they're kind of bored around
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, it's different. It's definitely
We sort of had our routine on our days off. We usually go
for lunch somewhere outside of the club, somewhere around.
And then afterwards we go to Barnes & Noble and relax there
for a bit. We kill some time there and maybe go back and
watch some tennis if they are showing or just a movie or...
Q. Do you agree it's kind of boring here?
ANA IVANOVIC: It's different. It's not the place probably
would live at, but it's -- for a tournament I think it's
great, because you have to keep your energy and your focus
for matches, and, yeah, for preparation.
So I think in that way it's perfect, because you don't lose
much energy doing other stuff.
Q. Your team, you go to Barnes & Noble? You have coffee
or look around?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, we grab a few books and have a coffee
and then read, yeah.
Q. Like being a student?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, yeah. Almost like that. You know, you
go, you pick some books, you put it under your arm. You see
it and just read and exchange our thoughts. Oh, is that book
good? The problem is that every time I go there I want to
buy so many books, but then I can't carry them. I always
have overweight when I'm traveling, so I really have to be
Q. Did you buy any this week?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, I bought actually two from Freud.
Q. More Freud?
ANA IVANOVIC: I was looking for couple more but they didn't
have them in stock, so I'm waiting for Miami.
Q. If you were to say to the tournament, We would like
this over here so we're not bored, what would it be? Roller
ANA IVANOVIC: Amusement park. (laughter.)
Couple of roller coasters.
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