Jovana 2013 Q&A
Here’s a quick question-and-answer session with Jovana, moments after she started her pre-season preparations.
Favourite tournament of the year
It’s hard for me to choose one because I loved so many tournaments, but if I have to decide it would be the WTA event in Monterrey, Mexico. There are many reasons why Monterrey is my first choice: First of all it was my first WTA tournament and over there I took that first step into the more serious professional tennis world and that was the tournament where I first saw top players and got the chance to play against some of them. Plus the organization was perfect. I felt welcome from the beginning and the crowd was amazing, I have many fans over there.
Best match of the year
I think that would be the first round against Vera Dushevina in Monterrey. The score was all the time so tight so I didn’t have a chance for up and downs. I needed to play with full focus till the end of the match and it was even harder because she was and she still is a top player.
Longest match of the year
Against Vera Dushevina, 4-6 7-6 7-6. It took just over 3 hours.
Best comeback of the year
Well I think that would be in the match against Kaia Kanepi. I was a set, 4-2 and break point down and it wasn’t easy because she is top 30 and she knows how to use all the chances so I couldn’t make any mistakes.
Proudest moment of the year
When I qualified for the main draw of my first WTA tournament
Toughest moment of the year
When I needed to retire in my match in Morocco. I’m not a person who likes to retire and I have played with pain before, but I couldn’t finish that one. The pain was too big.
Funniest moment of the year
Definitely my dance in the toilet break against Kirilenko. I wasn’t planning it at all, it just came out of me! It was really funny and I enjoyed it.
Important lesson learnt from this year
That I can play against the top players and even win so I need to believe in myself till the end and never give up.
Biggest thing to improve next year
Consistency in my game. I think like that I’ll improve my game a lot.
Favourite song of the year
This one is so hard to choose because I loveee music but I’ll pick “In Vivo – Moje leto” because it reminds me a lot of summer.
Favourite city/country of the year
New York left a really good impression on me. For the country I have to pick two: Mexico and Indonesia. I had an amazing time in both of them and felt very welcome in both places. Always looking forward to going back there.