“I got to know and meet a few ambassadors around the world and a few influential people and a few people who work for the U.N.,” Zvonareva said. “It's great to be involved in something like this and also to give me a lot of different knowledge outside the court. I'm really enjoying it.”
Zvonareva enrolled in the school in 2007, when a wrist injury forced her off the tour for half the season. The 24-year-old Zvonareva, who already had a university degree in physical education, is studying international economic relations and international affairs.
Having played on the WTA Tour since turning pro in 2000, Zvonareva said the change of pace has been refreshing.
“What I like about that school, everyone has a first education already,” Zvonareva said. “It is a second education for everyone. You meet a lot of people who travel around the world and most of them speak a few languages. It's different and interesting. I wouldn't say it was a usual school. It is different for me.”
As well as things are going for Zvonareva, she doesn't plan on sitting on her laurels.
“I think I have to keep working hard, like right now,” Zvonareva said. “I have to try to improve every aspect of my game. It will be stupid to be satisfied with what I'm doing right now. I know I'm not perfect. I'm going to try to get to the perfect point as much as I can. I'm trying to improve everything I can.
I just love so much that her "undergrad" degree is in PE, and she's going to grad school to study international economic relations and international affairs. Uh, ok. That's almost as jarring as Dina's desire to open a beauty shop.
You rock, Bepa. So hard.