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Ana was featured in two excellent newspaper stories over the weekend. The Financial Times described Ana as "tennis perfection", while Reuters published an extensive interview with the 19-year-old about her rise to the top and future goals.
From the Financial Times:
By Eleanor Preston
Ana is featured in the new issue of Interview Magazine in North America. She is looking very pensive in a photograph taken in Paris just before the French Open.
Here is an extract from the article by Bill Vourvoulias:
"What Ivanovic has had since joining the WTA tour in 2004 are a booming serve and powerful ground strokes, and the two qualities have made tennis-world insiders take notice—attention Ivanovic proved well founded when she reached the final of the French Open this past June."
Ana was this week featured on the front page of the Sport section of USA Today, the biggest selling newspaper in North America. Please note that the article was written before Ana's knee injury was assessed, hence the reference to her participation in the forthcoming San Diego tournament.
By DOUGLAS ROBSON
Special for USA TODAY
On only her third visit to Wimbledon, Ana is in high demand with the British and international press. They have delighted in her warm, down-to-earth personality and she has been dubbed "the darling of the British tabloids" by the foreign media. The focus on Ana is sharper than ever.
She has variously been described as "The Queen of Hearts", "A Model Pro" and one newspaper even ran the headline "Ana From Heaven". The teenager appeared on the back page of The Times on Thursday and today appears in a double-page spread in the women's section of The Mail On Sunday.
Ahead of Wimbledon, which starts on Monday, Ana was featured in The Guardian newspaper in Britain today.
Ivanovic takes inspiration from Seles but gameplan from Federer
Ana Ivanovic is one of a group of Serbians who typify the globalisation of tennis.
Steve Bierley June 20, 2007 12:03 AM
Of the many interviews Ana gave after reaching the final of the French Open, one of the most revealing was with Greek newspaper Sport Day:
How was the morning of the final in Roland Garros? What was your first thought in that morning? What was your last thought the night before, and your first thought when you woke up the next morning?
Ana is on the cover of the new issue of Revista Tenis, the largest tennis publication in Brazil.
The eight-page feature includes some of the very best images of Ana. The following is an extract from the interview:
You reached the Wimbledon junior’s final. Could you tell us how that tournament was? Was it your first great result as a junior? When did you realize you could be a great tennis player?
A short time ago, Ana was interviewed by Jolie magazine in Serbia. The following is a translation of part of the interview:
Talent and years of dedication have led her to the very top of world tennis, and a pretty face and charm have opened the door to big advertising campaigns.
Ana is on the cover of the April issue of Inside Tennis magazine in North America.
Co-writers Matt Cronin, who conducted the interview in Indian Wells, and Richard Osborn describe Ana as "the best young volleyer on the tour". The following is a short extract from the feature: