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Twitter chat with Ana Ivanovic


The Tennis Space took part in a live Twitter chat this week with adidas Tennis and Ana Ivanovic and Fernando Verdasco.

The Tennis Space: When was the last time you were starstruck?
Ivanovic: In New York last year, with the actor Chris Evans.

The Tennis Space: When was the last time you cried?
Verdasco: When my dog died in February.

The Tennis Space: What’s the most embarrassing thing to have happened to you on a tennis court?
Verdasco: Many embarrassing things have happened to me on court.

Other questions for Ivanovic:

What has been your favourite tennis outfit? The French Open dress in particular but any of the dresses.

What’s your favourite place in New York? I like Central Park and SoHo for the shopping.

Maria Sharapova recently launched her own candy line, Sugapova. If you could create your own brand of something, what would it be? A cosmetics brand.

Which stroke would you like to have: Graf’s forehand, Navratilova’s volley or Seles’s backhand? Seles’s backhand.

Ahead of the last grand slam of the year, how would you describe 2012 so far? It’s been a better year for me. I’m closer to the top 10 which was my goal for the year.

Given the choice, who would you pick as a doubles partner? Djokovic, because we played in the Hopman Cup and it’s always fun.

What words of wisdom would you give to a young player (age 12) who someday wants to become a professional? Follow your own wishes and passion and believe in what you want to achieve.

Which fictional character would you most like to have lunch with and why? The Little Mermaid, because of the underwater world.

If you could pick one Olympic sport to win gold at other than that, what would it be? Volleyball, because I have lots of friends who play.

What’s the best and worst part of being a tennis player? Travelling, for both.

Do you have any beauty secrets or tips? I always carry a lipbalm with me. And Elizabeth Arden 8-hour cream.

What’s your best memory from watching the US Open? I remember Andre Agassi playing his last US Open. It was very touching.

If you could play against any player in history, who would it be and why? It would have to be Monica Seles. She was my idol and I never had the chance to play against her.

If you could go back in time and replay one of your matches, which one would you choose? The Australian Open 2008 final.

What are your plans for the future, do you see yourself having children one day? I love kids so would like to have a big family one day myself.

You always look stylish at pre-tournament parties. Are you your own stylist or do you take tips from anyone about clothes and makeup? I do my own styling mostly, sometimes from my friends.