She was still an accomplished player but the booming forehand and powerful serve was less evident.
Last year “wasn’t a great season” by her standards but there were some positives, like pushing Victoria Azarenka to the limit at the US Open.
It would have suited me because it involved some action.” “Still, for just a few scenes and about 10 lines of dialogue, it would have taken eight days to film.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able, or willing, to sacrifice my training for that long.” Hollywood is hardly a typical career path for a tennis player but Ivanovic, currently ranked No16, has an engaging personality and been regularly voted the world’s “hottest” female athlete.
Ana Ivanovic could end up in Hollywood in the future, having already turned down a film role – but for now she is focused on regenerating her tennis career, starting at the ASB Classic next week.
The former world No1 will be a major drawcard for the Auckland tournament.
“The best thing [about being No1] was the satisfaction of achieving my lifetime goal, my lifetime dream,” reflects Ivanovic. [However] when that feeling wore off, I started to feel some pressure; you do feel like you have a bullseye on your back, because everyone wants to beat the No1 player.