CorD (Serbia) interview

CorD (Serbia) interview

Ana recently gave an interview to CorD, a high-end English-language magazine in Serbia.

The following is an extract from the question-and-answer session:
 
Your tennis coach is Nemanja Kontic. Can you tell us more about his qualities and your cooperation with him?
Nemanja and I have great co-operation. He is very knowledgeable and has a great way of communicating his ideas. Of course it helps that we are both Serbian. 
 
It helps, too, that he’s a very good player, so we hit together almost every day. He can feel my game in a way non-playing coaches can’t.
 
When he comes onto the court during my matches he has clear ideas and he is very helpful. So we’re very pleased with our co-operation so far.
 
Who is the best person among your colleagues on WTA tour? 
My best friend in tennis is Sorana Cirstea. Actually she is my best friend outside of tennis too. Of course, we have a lot in common. She is a lovely girl and she is also a very funny person. We have a lot of fun together and always look forward to the tournaments that we are both playing. 
 
Which tournament in the world has the best infrastructure and accommodation? 
Good question! I don’t remember being asked this before...there are many tournaments that are really well run so I feel a little bad just choosing one or two. But it is hard to beat Auckland, because they take such good care of players and even took us for sightseeing tours and some other activities. Everything is very easy-going there.
 
Where have you eaten the best food, while on tournaments?
It would have to be Stuttgart. The selection is huge, with all kinds of cuisines and even a chocolate fountain!
 
You are very much dedicated to help children in Serbia, as UNICEF ambassador. What is your greatest motivation for such activities?
It was an amazing honour, to be asked to take on this role as an ambassador and I didn’t think twice about it. It feels very special, to think that I am able to have a small, positive influence in some people’s lives, through our School Without Violence campaign. 
 
How family is important to you, both in career and in private life?
It’s everything to me – there’s nothing more important than family. My family have always been my biggest supporters and they always will be. I could not have achieved the things I’ve achieved without them, and I’m so grateful for their support.
 
I love it when they are able to come to tournaments to support me, although I know that no matter what the time, they are always watching me from Belgrade, even at 4am!
 
I am a very family-orientated person and always will be. One day, I want to have a large family of my own.