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Tennis sensation Ana Ivanovic answers your questions

November 18th, 2010
05:12 PM ET

Serbian tennis star Ana Ivanovic was a former number one ranked player and after briefly falling from the heights of glory, Ivanovic is back on the competition trail to reclaim her spot at the top.

Born in Belgrade in 1987, Ivanovic took to tennis from a young age and began training and competing in various tournaments.

Known as an agressive and powerful player, Ivanovic first reached the finals of the junior Wimbledon tournament in 2004. That year marked the start of her international career.

Ivanovic quickly climbed the tennis rankings and on August 18, 2008, Ivanovic claimed the number one spot on the world tennis ladder.

Since then, Ivanovic has fallen from her earlier heights, but this year she's ready for a comeback.

Here's your chance to have your questions answered by one of the sporting world's most well-known tennis players.

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  1. Frank Monteforte

    Do you feel more comfortable now that you have a female strength and conditioning coach and what is the plus on haveing one?

    November 18, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Reply
  2. jordan waring

    Congratulations on a great finish to the season and best of luck in 2011! Any specific recommendations for a fitness regime for an amatuer who wants to get better? What specific strength training excercises would you recommend focusing on?

    November 18, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Reply
  3. Kristina

    Ana,congratulation on winning Linz and Bali,great way to finish the season.My question is next :which dress do you like the most to wear on the court?Veliki pozdrav iz Beograda.

    November 18, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Reply
  4. Irfan

    Have you ever been approached for a movie role? Or has such a thought ever crossed your mind?

    November 18, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Reply
  5. peter

    Since Monika Seles introduced a serbian tennis to the world, there have been a lot of good players coming out of Serbia. When you expect would your country produce a real world champion?

    November 18, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Reply
  6. Ana Mojsilovic

    Ana, congratulations on your victories. Whose idea was to start the collaboration with Marija Lojanica as your own personal fitness coach?

    November 18, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Reply
  7. Dennis Tang

    In your career you have worked with several caoches, who do you think has contributed most to the developement of your game as we know it today?

    November 18, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Reply
  8. Curtis

    Hi Ana. You recently parted ways with your coach Heinz Gunthardt and are now in the process looking for a new one. What is the most important quality in a coach and how much does coaching play a role in your success?

    November 18, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Reply
  9. Marija Lokic

    Ana, besides your Serbian tennis friends, who would you like to play mixed doubles with? Rafa, Roger, Murray? Someone else? Greetings from Croatia

    November 18, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Reply
  10. francesco pisa (francescozorro)

    how much your private life has been important or your maturation or another think for the current scores, before have you less convinction? You need a coach for morale support or for what? The choise of the coach is not easy everyone must to combine two characters

    November 18, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Reply
  11. tineke and steve

    Ana, we are both fans of yours and wonder if you expect to regain your number 1 spot in 2011, and which player is the biggest obstacle to that? Also, are you looking to change your playing strategy or technique in any way, or is it mostly a mental challenge now?

    November 18, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Reply
  12. Patrick Green

    A lot of fans give you gifts, send you messages and so on. Do you like that kind of a support? What gift or deed do you remember the most?

    November 18, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Reply
  13. Maria

    What is your biggest dream off the court? Thank you!

    November 18, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Reply
  14. Maria

    Have you ever tried skydiving and do you like it?

    November 18, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  15. mary

    who will be your next coach and have you started practicing for the next season?

    November 18, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Reply
  16. smajli

    What do you think about players retiring and then unretiring ?? Do you see yourself doing that ?
    What was the best tennis match you ever watched WTA/ATP ??
    Who is winning Davis Cup this year ??

    November 18, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Reply
  17. jeff

    I just want to wish you the best of luck in your triumphs. Also hope you help others as you climb to the top, and when you get there you stay as the person you truly are.

    November 18, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Reply
  18. Andres

    save this question for last...
    Andres from Ecuador " Ana, will you marry me?" 🙂
    hahaha &.Happy Holidays

    November 18, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Reply
  19. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Ana Ivanovic and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Ana Ivanovic on the following questions:

    – How will you Improve Stopping Knee and Wrist Tennis Injuries?

    – What can we expect from you in 2011?

    I am awaiting Ana Ivanovic’s replies.

    Greetings,
    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    November 18, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Reply
  20. George Esses

    Are the new T-Mobile spokes woman??

    November 18, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Reply
  21. lilu

    Hope soon you can climbe to the number one rank again! Self-confidence and aggresive attack are your virtues, keep them go!

    November 18, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Reply
  22. Adri Noordover

    You are a passionate tennis player who was the number one very short and as a fan due to your age and succes, i am glad with your come back. Is it harder to work your seccond way up to the top or the first time to become the number one in 2008 and what caused the drop in 2008. A lack for a new goal or because you reached the top?

    November 18, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Reply
  23. Milica Zivkovic (love u so much)

    Ana, when you are in Belgrade, where do you like to go? I love you so much, and I'm always with you! ❤

    November 18, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Reply
  24. Daniela

    Hi Ana! I just wanted to know What's your favourite/s TV show/s at the moment? what are you into these days? Greetings.

    November 18, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Reply
  25. Bob

    As a professional you probably will not admit another player may get the best of you on the court, but are their a couple WTA opponents that just play a style you have difficulty with? Not necessarily higher ranked. Thanks.

    November 18, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Reply
  26. Voja

    I read somewhere that you got first racket as a gift for your fifth birthday. Do you still keep it? And do you keep your childhood trophies?

    November 18, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Reply
  27. Brzi HM

    Who do you most appreciate of the former male tennis players?

    November 18, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Reply
  28. toddsaed

    Would you consider joining the United States Professional Tennis Association when you retire? It is the oldest and largest tennis teaching association , from 1927. Many great champions have done so, and it would be very helpful for a younger generation champion to renew the popularity of tennis for health.

    November 18, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Reply
  29. Fiers

    Dear Ana,

    I've always preferred Jelena to you. However, these past few months, you've kinda grown on me. Maybe it's the persistent, foolhardy courage you display in the courts. You lost match after match and yet, the word "Retirement" doesn't even cross your mind. (Or I hope not...)
    My question is, what changed? How did you turn things around?

    November 18, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Reply
  30. John E

    First of all, congratulations! Secondly, is there such a thing as "reading" your opponent's body language? Example, if she lifts the front of her foot you know what kind of serve is coming (just an example). If yes, is it reliable and is it possible to spot "fake" moves (wherein the opponent deliberately shows a certain action but does another thing)?

    November 19, 2010 at 12:48 am | Reply
  31. Sexylicioustina

    Ana c0ngratulati0ns 0n Linz and Bali we are hapy 4 u! And so proud. My questi0n is what is the greatest mem0ry that u can recall with ur enc0unter with a fan? 🙂

    November 19, 2010 at 1:25 am | Reply
  32. Sumer

    Congrats on your victories in Linz and Bali 🙂
    Which tournament are you most looking forward to play and win 🙂

    November 19, 2010 at 1:28 am | Reply
  33. aspecialman

    Hi my idol, Ivanovic, I do love watching Tennis, and you are one of the two female tennis player whose style of play does take my fancy. I have two questions for you. The first is what job are you going to do after retiring?. The second is how confident are you you can return to the No.1 spot on the world tennis ladder?

    November 19, 2010 at 1:38 am | Reply
  34. sexylicioustina

    congrats on your bali and linz win we are so hapy for you... im sure wta is happy with your win my question is what is the best experience you have encountered with a fan and what happenend?? ;)) best wishes to you ana we love you!

    November 19, 2010 at 1:41 am | Reply
  35. Jon

    Will you marry me?

    November 19, 2010 at 3:40 am | Reply
  36. Megan Clewer

    Hey Ana. I am a really huge Aussie Fan. I was wondering what court you like to practice at the the Australian open!? thanks

    November 19, 2010 at 5:53 am | Reply
  37. iwantboobs

    pffff .. like you guys got first dibs shes mine .. xD

    November 19, 2010 at 6:18 am | Reply
  38. Hanna

    Can you tell me some words or mind thoughts to help me focus all the way thru my games better? I am 12 and when I play against another girl that is really good I loose my winning focus.

    November 19, 2010 at 6:58 am | Reply
  39. Bruno

    Ana, let's talk about style. At your last Wimbledon, you wore a magnificent earth-color ensemble with a dash of pink in the quarterfinals, and in the 2008 Australian open you favored a heavenly range of pristine whites and pastel blues in your on-court attire.

    How do you mix fabulous and functional? And can you dish on who you think is the the most fabulous – and the most UNfabulous in the pro tennis circuit?

    November 19, 2010 at 8:49 am | Reply
  40. jay jadhav

    i'd like u tobe no 1 again, what r ur preparations ?

    November 19, 2010 at 8:56 am | Reply
  41. Darko, Macedonia

    (How) have you managed to keep a healthly balance between tennis and the WTA tour, and your personal life? Has becoming a top tennis player been a barrier to having a relatively normal and satisfying personal life and relationships?

    November 19, 2010 at 9:12 am | Reply
  42. Maja

    Which holiday destination would you chose to travel in a free time – Cuba, Key Biscayne, Hawaii, Sicily, Montenegro or Santorini (or some other Greek island)?

    November 19, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Reply
  43. Sasa

    Hi Ana! What is your favorite movie, book, sports club and music for relaxation?

    November 19, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  44. Patrycja

    Hey Ana! Congratulations on your great end of the season. Since it's off-season and u like fashion, I wanted to ask what you have bought recently and you are the most happy about?

    November 19, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  45. George, big Ana fan

    There is big question who will dominate women's tour in near future after upcoming end of Williams sisters and two Belgians era. You and another 1987-born WTA star Maria Sharapova still seems like best bets, despite all problems in previous two seasons. My question to You is from which group of WTA players You personally expect more troubles and bigger threat in, lets say, next 5 years: from upcoming youngsters (Wozniacki, Azarenka, Radwanska...), or from opponents born in the middle of 80's (Kuznetsova, Safina, Jankovic, Zvonareva...)?

    November 19, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Reply
  46. Srushti Yadhunath

    Hi Ana,
    I'm from Singapore and I'm a huge fan of yours.

    I understand that you are in the process of looking for a new coach and I've read from articles that this time you are going to very patient in selecting one.
    But it is the off season time now. How would you prepare yourself now and the coming few weeks for the 2011 season without a coach by your side? Or in other words how hard is it to coach yourself during these times of change or transition?

    Thank you and good luck for the 2011 season! Hope you win the Australian open!!

    November 20, 2010 at 2:27 am | Reply
  47. liz

    mabuhay from the philippines! even though you consider yourself as a big monica seles fan, your game has often been compared to that of steffi graf's. it's probably because both of you have the best forehands in tennis and you've both been coach by heinz gunthardt. how do you feel about this comparison? have you had the chance to meet her before? hopefully you could play together in an exhibition game.

    November 20, 2010 at 10:10 am | Reply
  48. Anne-Inès Amangoua

    Hi, Ana I'm a really really huge fan of yours, I never doubted about your comeback at the top. But, I want to know,what's the matter with Jankovic ?
    We (fans) can see that there is a problem.
    I mean she said you hit the ball as hard as a man (stupid).
    Then, she claimed that she would never pose almost naked like you did becaose of her parents (you only pose in bikini and you always had something to cover you body).
    Again, she and her mother disrespected you about your "lack of commitment" about the Fed Cup (completly wrong you knew you wouldn't be able to defend your country the right way = proof of commitment).
    And finally (thank god), she made "your fistpump" afer she won against you (no class at all).
    So, what 's the history between you two.
    Big kisses from France.

    November 20, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Reply
  49. Vera Ferryana

    Ana,congratulations for the titles in Linz n Bali this year.. I'm sure that you will be number 1 again..
    My question is..what age did you begin fall in love with a boy? 🙂

    November 22, 2010 at 5:55 am | Reply
  50. Nina

    Hi Ana! You are perceived as this gorgeous glamorous sportswoman, but people who have followed your career through the years have learned that underneath that stunning package is a nerd and bookworm at heart. You've talked from time to time about your passion for reading and about your finding fun in backgammon and Sudoku. Do you realize that this nerdy side of yours makes you all the more attractive?! 🙂 Since we have heard alot about your professional tennis side, I would like to know what 5 books would you recommend as must reads; and would you ever consider starting a book club in your website or Facebook page? Hehe

    Also, I'm sure a lot of your fans are very interested to know, what are you passionate about other than tennis? Off court, what are you passions? 🙂 Thanks! And God bless! 🙂

    November 23, 2010 at 2:09 am | Reply
  51. Christina

    Ana, so many people have a crush on you; but we want to know, who is YOUR celebrity crush?!? 🙂

    November 23, 2010 at 2:18 am | Reply
  52. Tara Stankovic

    Hi Ana,

    I was wondering what your dream vacation spot would be? Thanks!

    Veliki pozdrav iz Toronto 🙂

    December 2, 2010 at 5:07 am | Reply
  53. tina

    how much does the linz and bali title mean to you, and how does it feel to win concecutive matches and 2 titles in 3 tournaments

    December 7, 2010 at 4:06 am | Reply
  54. anaivanovic

    Ana, you are my idol. Thank you

    June 11, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Reply

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