She hasn't been emo, per se. In fact, Ana's been charming as ever in her pressers, talking about books she's reading ("The Passage, by Justin Cronin. Have you read it?"), whether she'll have a new dance with Petko at Wimby, ("It's in her hands. She's the one making up these dance moves.... Our tactics are very simple. We just gossip on the chair.”), and whether they'll do their Miami-wagers on the hallowed grounds of SW19, (“I don't know, I think we're going to keep it at bay a little because I lost all my money. [laughs]").
But there have been moments, when she's actually talked about her tennis, where things got a bit serious. I asked her about how she's feeling physically given all the injury struggles this year. She didn't exactly say "Oh, it's all good. I'm fine now.":
“It's still a work in process. I'm doing a lot of work on a daily basis and just trying to first of all just get back to a healthy state so I can load it more. Because at the moment it's very fragile. It's on the edge. Every time there is some niggles and pains and that's something I want to get rid of so I can actually work hard and get to the level I want to be. I'm just trying to work my way around it and through it and some things just take time. But it's something I'm working hard at.”
And on whether her run at Birmingham (she's into the quarterfinals) gives her confidence for Wimbledon:
“To be honest, after losing in the first round of the last couple of Grand Slams it's hard to set goals for Wimbledon. To actually put myself in a position to play a few more matches and to get that competition going is gonna be huge, you know? You never know what can happen.”
I think I kinda miss delusional Ana. This one knows too much.