Good result always returns faith. When there is none, you lose confidence and start to doubt. I’ve experienced that and I know that that is the worst thing that could happen. Who will believe in you if you don’t believe in yourself?
I always wanted to be a professional tennis player. I’m kind of living my dream. But if I wasn’t able to do that I guess I would be just a normal teenager, trying to figure out who I am and who I want to be in the future because now I’m not so sure.
Roger Federer was and still is my idol, he’s the person I look up to and I really wish that I would get a chance to play with him somewhere in the near future.
At every tournament it’s something different, but usually I’m trying to do the same things as I did on the first day when I played, like sit at the same table during meals or eat the same thing at breakfast
UsuallyI’m trying to live the life of a normal teenager.
My older sister played tennis and I was going with her on practices. At first, I was just having fun collecting balls. But after a while I fell in love with tennis, and then I started practicing for myself.
At first, I missed my parents a lot, but I had to grow up fast that way, which helped me a lot. Now, it’s freedom.
Things always get better with more practice. I’m starting to relax a bit more when I’m tired in training, just get through it and move on.
I am an offensive player, so I like to be the bosson the court. My backhand is pretty good and my serve too. But I need to improve on everything, I am still young and I have time to experience all kinds of different things.
I’m still young. I still need to experience things. I think I didn’t have that many matches as I should. It was tough to come back every time.
My favorite surface is grass, my favorite tournament is Wimbledon and my favorite city is New York!
Not just to have faith in myself, but also in God, my family, my friends. I think faith is what keeps you going.
I like listening to music and watching movies, and mostly I just hang out with my friends.
I wish I could go to space, win a Grand Slam and be happy.
When you are 18, then you have a surgery behind you, a few months off, it’s not that easy to always, you know, come back. You need matches, you need the experience.
I don’t like to know who I’m playing if I’m in a match. After the match I hear that, then I prepare for that.
I’m just trying to enjoy every moment. But now I’m just trying to accept things as they go.
Junior tennis is nothing in comparison with senior tennis. There isn’t a big difference in the training. Following my established routine, I still practice six hours a day. However, although I am more mature and experienced now, I still have a long way to go as far as psychology is concerned in order to match the top players.
I do not wish to look into the distant future, I just hope to be healthy, without serious injuries, to play the best I can and achieve the best possible results.
I am dedicated to this sport (tennis) and I chose a path which is not easy at times and requires a lot of sacrifice. However, I have no regrets whatsoever, especially because I can see the results.
Tennis is one of main parts of my life, but not the most important.
I believe in the power of fate. It helps me because, sometimes, when it’s hard in a match, you have to have faith in yourself that you can do it.
When it was raining, I had to take a day off as there were no indoor courts at all in Dubrovnik. Nobody has ever pushed me at all with tennis. I’ve just always wanted it. My mum was like, ‘No, please don’t go.’ But my father said: ‘If you want that, then we have to let you go. It’s your life, you have to decide.’
To keep improving, I had to move.
It’s nearly impossible for a teenager to win a Grand Slam because you don’t get to play the top players at an early age, so you don’t know what to expect. But if you’re good enough, you’ll make it in the end.
My choice, like all choices, has its advantages and disadvantages. At the moment I am truly happy and fulfilled.
I’m the kind of person who likes to have fun with everything and so we always set different challenges so that training is more enjoyable.
I’m just trying to focus on each player for the day for the match and just give my best.
I have three sisters, but Andrea is the closest to me. She understands me the best. We have been through similar experiences. In addition to being sisters, we are connected by our love of tennis, the years lived in Zagreb, our victories and defeats. I am grateful for everything she has done for me, for every piece of advice and help.
I miss the City. Every homecoming brings back memories and I would like to remain there, but I am aware that in Dubrovnik I would not be able to have good quality training sessions. Nevertheless, one day, I would love to live right here.
Sometimes I like training but when I’m tired, or it’s early, I don’t really like it! I know that it’s something that I have to do for my tennis.
Without training you’ve got nothing, so I plan to keep practising hard and I know results on the court will come. Me, Marin Cilic and Ivo Karlovic all work with the same fitness coach and we’re all really good friends so it’s good to get advice from them and try to learn from them where I can.
On the court I like to play my tennis, although some people have said that I’m like Serena [Williams] but you know, she is she and I am me. I have my own tennis, my own game, my own head, and I’m just playing the way I want to. Of course it’s nice to be compared to her though!
I just love Wimbledon, it’s my favorite Grand Slam and I think that its special just to be part of it and when I got a chance to play on the show court it was a dream come true.
I live in a completely different place to my family. I’m in Zagreb, and my family are six hours drive away in Dubrovnik. They all support me and give me great advice. They say ‘everything is going to be alright, you’re here where you are, thank God for it and live every day like it’s your last.’
My family is very supportive. I’m originally from Dubrovnik and I do miss it a bit; all my sisters are there and I don’t get to see them a lot, so it’s great when I get a chance to go on holiday.
There are always bad days, it happens, so If I wake up and I’m tired and don’t fancy training I say to myself, ‘It’s just another day, you can do it. Come on, tomorrow is another day.’ And tomorrow is always better.
In terms of idols, I really admire Kim Clijsters. She was a top player, gave birth to her daughter, and then came back to the top of tennis. I just hope that I can achieve what she has one day.
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