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Getting To Know... Jana Cepelova

Jana Cepelova made quite a commotion in Charleston when she knocked out World No.1 Serena Williams on Tuesday. Now she's on the verge of her first WTA semifinal.

Published April 05, 2014 12:15

Getting To Know... Jana Cepelova
Jana Cepelova

CHARLESTON, SC, USA - As far as breakthrough wins go, they do not get much bigger than Serena Williams.

On Tuesday, Jana Cepelova shocked the tennis world by knocking out Williams at the Family Circle Cup and she has proven this to be no flash in the pan by going on to reach the quarterfinals.

Here the 20-year-old will face Daniela Hantuchova, but before that she sat down with wtatennis.com for another pressing engagement, her Getting To Know... interview.

How did you start playing tennis?
JC:
I started to play tennis when I was four years old. I wanted to play because my brother, Roman, was playing and I loved playing straight away.

Can you tell us a little bit about your family?
JC:
My mother's name is Jarmila and my father's name is Peter. They have been so important in my career and built for me and my brother a tennis club (called 'Tenis Komplex') in our home city, Kosice, where I was born. My brother's four years older than me and still plays tennis, but just as a coach for kids in our club.

Can you talk about your current coaching setup?
JC:
At the moment, my coach is Martin Zathurecky. He's from Slovakia and he's been coaching me for about one and a half years. My fitness coach is Ladislav Olasz, who I've been working with for five months, and my physio is Zdenko Duris, who I've known since I was 16.

How would you describe your playing style?
JC:
I am trying to fight for every ball as hard as I can. But I'm not just a defensive player and when I get the chance I can definitely be aggressive too.

Who were your tennis idols when you were growing up?
JC:
When I was younger, my first idol was Martina Hingis. Now it's Rafa Nadal.

What is the best memory of your career so far?
JC:
My win against Serena this week in Charleston.

Who has been your toughest opponent?
JC:
Bojana Jovanovski in the Fed Cup last year in Serbia. We played for three or four hours and I won 11-9 in the third set - I was very tired at the end!

What are your goals in tennis?
JC:
I would like to be healthy and successful. I don't have any specific goals, like to reach the Top 50 by this age and then Top 20 one year later - I don't like to think like this.

What's your favorite surface, tournament and city?
JC:
My favorite surface is clay, but then my favorite tournament is Wimbledon. For city, I would choose New York.

How far did you go in your education?
JC:
I finished high school three years ago.

What do you like to do for fun?
JC:
I like to go shopping, go swimming and also watch some ice hockey matches when I can.

Do you have a favorite movie or musician?
JC:
My favorite movie is The Hangover, and my favorite singer is Bruno Mars.

If you had to describe yourself in one word, what would it be?
JC:
A fighter.

If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be?
JC:
I don't know. I've never thought about this question before!

If you weren't a tennis player, what would you be doing now?
JC:
A businesswoman.

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