Interview of the Day - Bojana Jovanovski

11 September 2012

Issued by the Tashkent Open Media Team

One of the youngest players to have made the Top  50 last year Bojana’s ranking has gone down to 64 currently , but  with some good results in the second half of the year she aims to take her place in the top 50 by the end of 2012.
Back to Tashkent after her first round defeat as a second seed last year  Bojana  who started with a jittery win here ,is looking to take a shot at  the title this year  at one of her favorite events

Bojana spoke to Sunder Iyer of the Tashkent Open Media team after her win  today

Q. About your match today?

It was a close match , my opponent Dinah Pfizenmaier  served very well and I was finding it difficult to break her , also it was very hot and I didn’t play on my level , but I focused on my returns and that made a difference . My opponent served very high first percentage on her first serves and hit really good winners on the backhand. But its good win and will try and improve my level for my next matches.

Q.  What difference do you find in yourself since the past year?

The second of the year has been good for me ,  After my top 50 last year , I had some bad losses  , I had lost lot of confidence , I changed my serve and my forehand ( It’s still not good as I would want it to be )  . But my game has improved since and I’m playing well now and trying to be a better player than before.

Q. You moved very quickly as a youngster to top 50, tell us about this journey?

Sometimes it’s good to be at the Top 50 when you are young and sometimes bad , I have had to go through a lot of  pressures , as I was not prepared mentally for this . As I enjoyed my success on one hand , on the other there were lot of pressure for me to maintain my rankings ,  to maintain my results and I felt that my confidence was cracking .
But with so much travel and experience I have settled  down , my head is more stable and I’m matured and I can make that out from the way I play. I’m now in a better position to handle pressures

Q. Before coming here to Tashkent, did you set any goal ?

Yes my goal is to win as many matches now , my first priority is to get into the Top 50 rankings again

Q.  About the year you have had so far?

I won my first title at Baku this year and it was wonderful feeling , I have had some good  wins at Dallas  and even at US Open I had a win against Mona Barthel , all this is giving me a lot of confidence , also we reached the Fed Cup Finals and had some good wins.

Q. Share with us about your experiences team and being on the Serbian Fed Cup team with likes of Jankovic and Ivanovic?   

I have learnt a lot from the FED Cup for the last two years, I have been the youngest team member of the team, and it’s a pleasure to travel with likes of Jankovic , Ivanovic . They have thought me a lot of things about professional tennis, they always talk about the sport and their advice has been valuable in my progress.
We had a lot of tough matches this year and I’m happy that we have won every tie away, we didn’t get to play a single tie at home this year. I’m happy to have contributed to wins against good teams like Belgium, Russia, and Slovakia. I’m eagerly looking to the finals in November.

Q. Your thoughts on the Tashkent Open?

I’m looking forward to every match here , I like the tournament and the city. The tournament is getting better and better and also tougher every passing year . I love the event and the atmosphere and this brings me back every year.

Tatjana
Maria

Date of Birth: 08 Aug 1987
Birthplace: Bad Saulgau, Germany
Height: 5’ 8" (1.72 m)
Plays: RIght-handed
WTA Singles Ranking – 63 (As of August 14, 2017)



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