Article from the Gulf Times:
The French Open champion will take on compatriot and World No. 1 Jelena Jankovic in a round robin group match today in the Sony Ericsson Championships, and promised a cracking contest.
"I think it's going to be a very interesting match. It's a friendly rivalry. We've played many times against each other before," Ivanovic said yesterday, adding it didn't matter who her opponent was because as a professional her job was to try and win every match.
"Whoever you play against, you want to win. It doesn't matter if you are good friends off the court. You want to win.
"You want to be better than them, because after all we are here to compete and we all want one thing, to win this tournament. So there are no friends," she said.
Both players have been in the same half of the draw at various tournaments, a fact that has not gone down well with their fans.
"I'm sure in Serbia they're going to complain that we're in the same group because they don't want this for sure.
"But I think it's going to be very exciting, and I'm looking forward to it. But I've been having so much fun on the courts competing, so that's exactly what I want to do every match I step on the court. I think it's going to be the case tomorrow as well."
Ivanovic, who will be celebrating her 21st birthday on Thursday, said the time will come when there will be more Serbian players in the top echelons of tennis because kids back home now have role models.
"There are a lot of young kids motivated to play now because of us. I'm sure in the near future we're going to have many more in the top 100 or top 50. It's something that's an incentive for other girls and boys to play and compete, and see that it's possible to succeed."
Ivanovic, who leads Jankovic 6-1 head-to-head, limped out of this year's Qatar total Open after suffering an ankle injuring during practice, but feels her excellent build-up to Doha this time has given her enough confidence.
"I've been working really hard on and off the court. To see results coming the last couple of weeks, it obviously gives me a lot of confidence coming into this week's tournament.
"I had lots of fun on the court. So, yeah, I feel 100% ready to be here, and I feel my game is back on a level that it was before my injury. And that's, you know, all I can ask for. Now I just have to try to enjoy and play the best I can."
Ivanovic became the World No. 1 after winning the French Open, but had to pull out of the Olympics because of injury.
"Yeah, it was very tough. It was probably the toughest time of my career so far. Also having to pull out of the Olympics and everything that's been happening straight after reaching the position of No. 1 was very disturbing and frustrating. And it took me some time to realise, you know, that injuries are part of the game."
But the experience has certainly made her stronger.
"It's unfortunate at the time it was happening, but now looking back I think it made me stronger. It made me learn new things. And, yeah, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, so I'm really happy the way things are going now, and I want to continue that."
I'm trying to find any articles that have JJ's thoughts but I can't find any. Don't know if it's because she wasn't asked (unlikely) or if reporters care more for AI than JJ (possible). If I find any, I'll post them.