I was always aware of myself, and aware of how awkward I was at some times, and wanted to change that in order to have more friends and be more popular.
I tried to change my personality and be more outgoing. I made some really good friends who were very confident and intelligent, and they brought out more confidence in myself, and I felt like I was surrounded by really clever, really creative people, and that just gave me more confidence to interact with people.
I have a lot of interests apart from tennis that I know what I want to do, but it changes every day.
One day I want to be a lawyer, and the next day I want to study biology because I don’t know anything about it, and the third day I want to just be an art collector.
I was just trying to respect the game as best I can.
When I was at home I was feeling really happy. And the minute I went on tour I just sort of felt depressed. Really depressed in a way that I didn’t want to get out of bed at all.
I’m the kind of person who needs to train not only my body but also my mind and my spirit.
Sometimes I feel like there are other talents in me that I might be better at. Everyone says ‘You’re stupid. You were Top 10 in the world, you’re still in the Top 30, you’re one of the best players in the world.’ I’m proud of everything I’ve achieved, don’t get me wrong.
I will drink champagne from my trophy.
Now I feel like I’ve lost all that time on tennis. It’s super stupid but I just have to figure it out.
The most important capability of a coach are personal skills: to grasp the player. He has to recognize phases in which the player works against herself and he has to take charge in these kind of phases. He has to be able to give you a good feeling when you’re losing it.
It’s really nice to see the fans that have been around, I can see them on Twitter. They really stick with me through the good and the bad times.
I was 20 when I did it, or 21. So now I’m old. I’m moving straight towards the 30s. Can’t be dancing when you’re 30 anymore (smiling).
High school was pretty fun for me — well, I was never there because I was always traveling and playing tournaments.
Sometimes people who start tennis so early did not experience life.
My dad, who used to play for Yugoslavia, wanted me to study more than play tennis. After high school, at 19, when I was deciding whether to concentrate or go to university, my father said – study. I told him I really wanted to do tennis seriously and that I would have a test drive for two years.
We have a daughter-father relationship and don’t want to compromise that, so we don’t want to travel full-time. I’m not rushing things and my dad knows me and my tennis really well, but he doesn’t want to travel all year with me.
If I could choose to play mixed doubles with anybody, I think I will choose Andy Murray. Because he’s a feminist and I appreciate that.
If I could invite any three people (living or dead) to dinner they would be Hemingway, David Foster Wallace, And Simone de Beauvoir.
I really love Charleston. It’s just a beautiful tournament. I just feel very comfortable there. I won once and I played semifinals last year. So I always play well there.
Currently I am reading Ivo Andric. And I’m reading a collection of interviews by the Paris Review, which was a magazine for literature in Paris during the ‘60s and ‘70s. They have amazing interviews with all of the writers in the world. And it’s very interesting to read about their methods, work ethic and where they get their inspiration.
My friends are all from school. We have this unspoken rule that when we meet, they are not allowed to talk about tennis.
A lot of my friends are artists,musicians and photographers. They do some weird stuff.
I still love my music. I have played the drums for five years but I cannot travel with a drum kit. The neighbours in my hotel would probably not appreciate it.
I also play the guitar.
I really like British bands. Bloc Party are my favourite but I cannot get to gigs anymore. I’d like to go to Glastonbury but I guess I have to focus on tennis a little bit…
Journalism is something that caught my interest a long time ago. I had a long injury for eight months and I covered a men’s tournament in Hamburg both for TV and a newspaper.
I am studying political science now and it is a seven-year course. There are good journalism schools in Germany where you need to have a degree. Maybe in 10 years everything will change.
Maybe I will want to become a pop star like Britney Spears but I cannot actually sing!
Wimbledon has more greatness than the others. It is silent, but it is special. This year I am better prepared.
Last year, I lost in the first round. I also played in the mixed doubles and lost. I also played in the women’s doubles and lost. I did not earn much prize money.