Timea was just back from a tournament Paribas Open BNP, Indian Wells, where she played, for the second time, against Serena William (ranked 1st). She told us that since her first match against Serena in 2010, she considers herself a more accomplished athlete thanks to the numerous important matches, for example against Venus William in night session, with 25 ' 000 spectators and cameras everywhere, where the pressure was high. This kind of match really helped her to manage the pressure coming from the environment and from the opponents.
Like all world-class athletes she began at a very young age, which asked for a lot of investment on behalf of her parents with trips within the country and overseas. Even today, her family’s support means a lot to her. Her education was often easy because she loved school. The rhythm adapted as she progressed in grades as well as in tennis, thus her absences did not raise too much concern because she was motivated. Her school proposed a lighter programme for her and she tried to never miss sports class.
By representing values, such as fair play, effort and perseverance, Timea is a role model for all young people and especially for our students who came to exchange a few balls with her.
Interview by Flavie, 13th IB