Interviewer: Hi Jovana. Who was your tennis idol when you were younger?
Jovana: Lindsay Davenport.
I: Do you have an adjective, just one, to decribe yourself?
I: What is your favourite tournament you have played so far?
J: I have to say Monterrey because I had so much success there. I have a special connection with that tournament and hopefully I can play there for many years to come. I also love all the Grand Slams, but especially the Australian Open.
I: As you have already said, you reached your first Wta final in Monterrey two years ago losing the last match against Ana Ivanovic. How disappointing is to lose a final?
J: Of course it was disappointing to lose the final, but I had a dream week thereand I would never look at it negatively. I played some amazing tennis, won some great battles and reached my first WTA final. It was an honour to play against another Serbian in the final and Ana is a great player and person who I look up to a lot.
I: You speak several languages, didn’t you?
J: French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, English and Serbian.
I: Even Italian?
I: When did you learn it and how?
J: I have a very good friend from Italy so she was teaching me but I also got to learn quite a lot just from listening to the other people speaking. (laugh)
I: On the subject of Italy, you never took part to the Internazionali d’Italia of Rome till now. Do you hope, like we do, this year can be the good one?
J: Yes, I would absolutely love to take part in Rome. I was there actually! When I was a junior, I was signing a contract with an Italian team so I got to spend some time on site and watch some matches! It was beautiful I loved it there!
I: I know you love to read books. What kind do you like best?
J: I love all different kind of books, I like reading first of all! But I most enjoy reading books with some mystery and crime! I’m really into that!
I: Your favourite writer and book?
J: I love Nora Roberts but I also read a lot of John Grisham and Robert Ludlum.
I: Thanks Jovana and good luck for your future. Ciao!
J: Ci vediamo presto! (‘See you soon’ in Italian)
Jovana Jaksic, who has won fifteen Itf titles, took part at the 2016 Australian Open’s qualifiers losing in the first round against Frenchwoman Stephanie Foretz. Now she is playing in the 25,000$ of Surprise, AZ, tournament she have already won two seasons ago.