By Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rudd
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 no1, 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 no1 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.”