Ana Ivanovic believes that she is rejuvenated and enjoying tennis more after becoming single and taking on a new coach.
The Serbian star, who burst into the world’s top 10 by winning the 2008 French Open, has suffered a topsy-turvy career on the WTA Tour but is bursting to return to her form glories – including a shot at an Olympic Tennis medal at the London 2012 Games.
The former world #1, now coached by Brit Nigel Sears, is set to compete at Eastbourne’s 2012 Aegon International for the third time in four seasons.
Ivanovic admitted: “When I started playing tournaments, it was always like a game for me.
“I loved the tennis, then people were telling me ‘That’s your work’, which completely changed the way I saw tennis and competition – it became a burden for me.
“I am now starting to enjoy tennis, just like when I first came on the Tour, which makes it much nicer to play – I move freer and I am happier.”
Since Ivanovic became single in 2012, her focus has been to break into the world’s top 10 and prepare for the London Olympics – hosted by Wimbledon’s All England & Croquet Club.
However, the 24-year-old has plans for when she retires from the Tour – having turned professional in 2003 – and admitted: “I know that one day I would love to have a nice husband and maybe two or three kids.”
Yet she has no intention of following Serbian compatriot Novak Djokovic into acting roles. World #1 Djokovic, like Russian beauty and Devonshire Park favourite Anna Kournikova before him, is making a cameo appearance in a Hollywood movie (‘The Expendables 2′).
Ivanovic explained: “I really want to do something different to Novak, because I live a public enough life as it is.”