August 28, 2008
Q. Julie said that she felt out there today that she felt you almost
seemed nervous. Some errors on the forehand, the double faults. She
doesn't know what's in your head, but she said from her perspective it
seemed that you were nervous. Maybe playing with the No. 1 ranking might
have been a lot of pressure for you. Is that a fair assessment of the
way you felt today?
ANA IVANOVIC: Maybe a little bit. I was nervous going onto the court
because I never saw her play before so I didn't know what to expect. I
thought I can slowly, get into the match, and she played completely
different than I expected. She was serving extremely well and hitting
very powerful shots.
So I really struggled and made too many unforced errors and my serve was
not working really well. Obviously, it's very frustrating, because I
know I can play so much better. This was very, very disappointing loss
for me, but it's something that I have to accept, you know, especially
with everything that has happened in the past probably month or two
months. I couldn't expect myself to, you know, to maybe even play
Q. Since winning Roland Garros you had a tough Wimbledon and a tough
tournament here, both at No. 1. I just wonder, do you feel the pressure
of No. 1, or does that make you play a little different?
ANA IVANOVIC: No. I see that as reward because, you know, I think I
deserve that position. You know, I won a Grand Slam and I was playing
Obviously if you would ask me at the moment if I'm playing like No. 1
probably not, but I can't judge too much on that because I really
haven't had chance to practice. This kind of loss I had today is just
incentive to work harder, to go back on the court and to keep working
hard and practicing and improving.
Because I think I have possibility to maintain No. 1 for a long time and
to win a Grand Slam. So I just had a little, you know, unfortunate with
injury, and I just have to go back on the court and keep working hard.
Q. You mentioned the thumb. How badly did the thumb bother you today?
ANA IVANOVIC: Today I didn't feel it, and also last match was good. So,
you know, I'm just happy to be back on track without pain. Now all I
have to do is put some hard yards on the court and go back out there and
Because also today I had lots of misshits on my forehand. I think it's
also, you know, shows a little bit lack of practice and lack of maybe
confidence in that area.
Q. I think you said the other day you went from Beijing to Australia for
ANA IVANOVIC: Yes.
Q. And then obviously playing in the States prior. I mean, that's a lot
of travel. How much do you think that that factored in, having all that
ANA IVANOVIC: Like I said, I had very tough last couple of months. It's
now behind me and, you know, I have to look at the positives. We
struggled a lot to find what was wrong with my hand. I couldn't actually
practice, so that was obviously frustrating.
Obviously now we found solution for it and I feel better. For me, that's
really, really good, and that's incentive to now go back on the court
and keep working hard, and hopefully with a little bit less traveling.
Q. What about Julie's game surprised you the most? Like you said
earlier, you didn't know what to expect.
ANA IVANOVIC: Her serve was very consistent and very, very strong. She's
not such a tall girl, and she was serving really strong and powerful
serves. Yeah, had a lot of first serves in as well.
It was very hard to get rhythm because I tried couple times, you know,
to make longer rally, to slowly get into the match, but she didn't give
me options. She was going for her shots and she was playing really well
And still, I think in the third set I created a lot of opportunities for
myself. Just, yeah, didn't quite use them. That was very, very
Q. How hard was that for you? Because, I mean, obviously you're used to
being able to execute shots. You're out there, No. 1 player in the
world, and you can't do what you want to do.
ANA IVANOVIC: It was very, very hard, probably the hardest thing about
today's match. Okay, if I didn't create those opportunities she was just
better. But I think I had lot of chances, and just not being able to use
them was very frustrating. Maybe I was a little bit also too hard on
myself at some moments.
But, you know, I just have to look positive, that I'm pain‑free and able
to play, and to now go back on court and work hard.
Q. Which one has been your biggest opportunity you think you missed in
ANA IVANOVIC: In the third set I had couple. At 2‑All, 40‑Love, three
breakpoints. And also first game of the third set, I think I had
breakpoint in that game, too. I had opportunity to step up and put
pressure on her straight from the beginning in the third set but
couldn't quite use it.
Q. I know it's not quite easy to ask because it's just after the game,
but do you have any specific plans to go back home and regroup and maybe
get back to regain the No. 1 position, because you may lose it?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, I have to speak with my team and make a plan. We
didn't have a chance to do that yet. Obviously, I'm very, very motivated
to go straight back on the court. Honestly, I don't need any time off,
because I had plenty of it without tennis.
I'm ready to get back on the court and keep practicing. I don't know,
maybe even leave tomorrow already and get straight back into it.
Q. Who do you think will win this tournament, and why?
ANA IVANOVIC: It's very hard. I think Williams sisters, I think they
have a pretty good chance. Yeah, I think the top half of the draw, it's
Q. Julie said that happened when she was out there she didn't feel
nervous. It was just another game until it got to the match points. Were
you surprised with the poise that she showed out there?
ANA IVANOVIC: Well, I think what I experienced so far is girls, when
they play against higher‑ranked players, they have nothing to lose so
they go for their shots. Many times they play matches of their life. Not
only in women's tennis, also in men's.
When I watch Rafa or Roger or Nole, the players that come up with shots
against them is just amazing. They feel no pressure and they're so
relaxed to play these kind of shots.
She managed, like she said, to stay calm and to play the same until the
Q. How do you see the chances for Caroline Wozniacki to win this
tournament, or at least get into the final?
ANA IVANOVIC: I know she's very good player and she's very talented
girl. But to tell you the truth, I don't know much about the draw or any
opponents or who she's playing.
Yeah, she's very young, and I'm sure she has good possibility.
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