Grand Slam win­ner and multi-record breaker Ana Ivanovic speaks to Li Ying Lim about pro­tec­tion against the sun and stay­ing fit.

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De­scribe a typ­i­cal train­ing day. I go for a run in the morn­ing, fol­lowed by some ac­ti­va­tion ex­er­cises on my stom­ach and back. I usu­ally prac­tise for three hours a day but if I’m pre­par­ing for a match, then the train­ing is more struc­tured and in­tense. After tennis train­ing, I’ll go for a fit­ness ses­sion with a mix­ture of run­ning and weights. It is not all hard work—I get a mas­sage al­most ev­ery­day.

How do you main­tain your stamina?

I eat healthy and take in suf­fi­cient wa­ter to en­sure I have the en­ergy to keep up with my in­tense train­ing. My fit­ness ses­sions help in build­ing my stamina.

What keeps you go­ing in all your ac­com­plish­ments?

It’s the ti­tles and the com­pe­ti­tions—the big ones like the French and US Opens. I still feel I have it in me to win those tour­na­ments and that’s what I strive for.

Tell us about your healthy diet.

I ab­so­lutely love sushi and sashimi—I eat so much fish. It’s im­por­tant when I’m train­ing not to eat any­thing too heavy and Ja­pa­nese food is per­fect as it’s so light.

Shi­seido named you its global beauty am­bas­sador for WetForce Sun Pro­tec­tion. What does this col­lab­o­ra­tion mean to you?

It’s very spe­cial. I’ve known the brand for so long and have so much re­spect for it be­cause it rep­re­sents so­phis­ti­ca­tion and in­no­va­tion. I saw this as a re­ally ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity, es­pe­cially to bring to light to those un­aware of this brand’s ded­i­ca­tion to sun pro­tec­tion. I hope to spread the mes­sage that beauty and fem­i­nin­ity can have a place in sport.

What kind of sun pro­tec­tion prob­lems have you had in the past?

I am ex­posed to the sun ev­ery­day and have tried so many brands over the years, but they all feel very heavy or they end up run­ning into my eyes or af­fect­ing my grip on my racket.

Do you wear any make-up when play­ing tennis?

Not re­ally. How­ever, I do have three items I must use when pre­par­ing for a match. Hair­spray is a must when I com­pete, es­pe­cially in windy con­di­tions; lip balm, be­cause I of­ten play in hot, desert-like tem­per­a­tures and I hate it when my lips are dry; and fi­nally, sun pro­tec­tion to be well-pro­tected ev­ery­time I’m on court.

What are your style must-haves?

I love dresses. I’ve worn a lot of Matthew Wil­liamson dresses re­cently. As for ca­sual out­ings, I wear a mix­ture of brands but my favourite would be Rag & Bone. I’m also a big fan of ac­ces­sories be­cause they can re­ally make a look feel com­plete.

Who has truly in­spired you in the world of tennis?

I watched Mon­ica Se­les on TV when I was lit­tle and was in­stantly drawn to this sport. I re­ally ad­mired her and I’ve been lucky to have met her a few times.

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