Twelve years after becoming a professional tennis player, Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic has finally learnt how to take the unwanted public and media attention in her stride.
Serbian tennis ace Ana Ivanovic. Pics/Getty Images
The beauteous tennis ace has always been under the harsh glare of the spotlight thanks to her multiple high-profile relationships, be it with tennis star Fernando Verdasco, former World No 1 golfer Adam Scott or her current boyfriend, Bayern Munich midfielder, Bastian Schweinsteiger.
“I realise I have no choice. Unfortunately sometimes you have to embrace it (the public scrutiny). When you mature, you also get more secure about yourself. You see things differently. Now some things I don’t take it so hard and so personally as I did in the past,” she told Sport360.
The World No 6 has endured a topsy-turvy career -- clinching the 2008 French Open title and becoming the World No 1 as a 20-year-old before slumping to World No 63 a few years later.
“I think in every person’s life you have ups and downs. You learn so much about yourself sometimes even more in the down times,” she says.
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“Unfortunately, I had to go through it in public, which was not easy. It was different when I was young, aged 20 playing the French Open. I didn’t have so much experience. I just played tennis because I loved the game.
“With experience you understand expectations, you understand consequences, but sometimes it gets a little bit hard, especially for me that I’m a perfectionist. I want to analyse everything. And sometimes it’s most important to just let go and trust your instincts. This is what I need to do more of,” she added.