Quotable Quotes... Carlsbad All-Access

Ana Ivanovic was one of several WTA stars who met the press at the All-Access Hour in Carlsbad.

Published August 02, 2011 12:00

Quotable Quotes... Carlsbad All-Access
Ana Ivanovic

CARLSBAD, CA, USA - The big names in the Mercury Insurance Open draw took some time out to talk to the media before their opening matches at the All-Access Hour on Monday afternoon. Here's some of what they said...

Peng Shuai
On why she is having her best season to date...
"Last July I started working with Alan Ma again. I was with him for 2004 and 2005 and we always work very well together. He helps so much, from practicing to choosing my schedule and how I play in matches... The last few years weren't stable for me because I had injuries and changed coaches a few times, but now it's all coming together. Alan and I understand and trust each other a lot, and it's the same with my fitness coach. Whenever Alan can't travel with me my fitness coach comes. Having that team around really helps my tennis."

Agnieszka Radwanska
On what events she wants to play at next year's Olympics...
"If I can, I would love to play singles, doubles and mixed. I hope I can play doubles with my sister - we'll see if our rankings will get us in. And there are three good guys from Poland I could play mixed doubles with. Playing three events in one week is tough, it's even tough to play just singles and doubles in the same week! But this comes only once every four years, so I'd be excited."

Ana Ivanovic
On how she got the bruise on her elbow...
"I was practicing and the guy was at the net and I was at the back, and I was trying to reach for a backhand and kind of tripped over my own feet! I was trying to catch myself. He didn't get the ball at the net - I blamed him, of course!"

On what she thinks of Novak Djokovic's gluten-free diet...
"I'm doing the same thing. In Australia a few years ago, when I was doing my off-season there, the osteopath I worked with was the first one to suggest it to me. I've been on and off with it because it's hard to keep up with when you're travelling - in the US it's great and Australia too, but it's not so easy in Europe, especially in England and France... but it does help. For years I've been avoiding pasta - it makes me feel bloated and heavy, so I eat rice instead. I also avoid bread, scones... it's not too crazy. It has become a way of life for me, really."

Andrea Petkovic
On her early loss at Wimbledon and her season so far...
"I would say the first two days after Wimbledon I was a little bit depressed, but that normally comes after a tough loss. It's okay. It has been a good season, kind of my breakthrough season. The pieces of the puzzle are coming together."

On what drives her...
"When I step out on court, I feel I still have many things to improve. Every stroke I hit and every ball I move to, I'm thinking to myself it's not perfect, it can be better. That's what keeps me going. I'm a perfectionist, unfortunately. It's bad because after losses you beat yourself up and want to kill yourself! But on the other hand it's good because it gives you the drive to step out on the court.

"People ask me how I practice six hours a day. I tell them it's easy, I want to improve this and that, and it will take six hours."

On Serena...
"I think there are two kinds of confidence. I got my confidence with the experience I've been getting. I think Serena always had her confidence - from the moment she was born, she's like, 'I'm the best. Give me my opponent and I'm gonna kill him.' You have it or you don't have it. I also think Maria has this... I don't know Venus so well so I'm not sure. But I'm the other way. Petra Kvitova is another example of a player like me - we were both coming up at the same time, always around the same rankings, and I practiced with her a lot. She didn't have this confidence a year ago. She had to earn this confidence, just like me."

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