May 13, 2009
About moving away from the "Bikini-model"-image (FHM, Maxim) to kids' exercise advocate:
Anna: "People always get shocked. It has been a gradual transition, and I wanted it that way."
Anna about her determination to be taken seriously when educating kids about exercise:
Anna: "I started working with the Boys and Girls Club in 2004. The first couple of years I didn't want to do any publicity. I just wanted to learn about the organization and find out about what was going on. I went to the conferences and went to the conventions unannounced and just sat in the back and listened. People can tell if you're being sincere, and I think that has helped me in the last few years. I think people have seen that I am sincere about it and I know what I'm talking about."
about recent Rachael Ray's TV show:
Anna: "There were only women in the audience and I'm sure they were like 'Here's this blonde we used to see in a bikini'. Once we started talking, it was a great feeling and the women were really responding and all nodding and agreeing with the things we were discussing about the kids. That was very satisfying to me, to see that I can make a difference."
Cartoon Network's "Get Animated" program:
Anna: "I've shot a DVD with Cartoon Network to be distributed to all the Boys and Girls Clubs, and basically the Get Animated campaign is about encouraging kids to get active, to get them off the couch and get them really involved in sports activities, exercises and a healthy lifestyle."
About her own sport-fulfilled childhood:
Anna: "I had the best childhood. It was very hard work. I was away from home. I didn't speak the language. I was only with my mom and then I started playing professionally, which was extremely difficult. It was 11 months out of the year on the road, living out of a bag and training all the time. Eating, sleeping, training, recouping. Trying to go to school at the same time. It was very, very hard but I wouldn't have it any other way. It's what got me here and gave me my life."
Ruled out modelling?:
Anna: "I do an occasional modeling job. You've got to have some kind of income."
missing the spotlight:
Anna: "Obviously you cannot replace playing in front of 10,000 or 15,000 people in Arthur Ashe Stadium in the third set at the U.S. Open. That's completely crazy. But I'm finding my Adrenalin and my passion in the things I'm doing now, whether it's working with kids, running in a triathlon, playing tennis for Team Tennis or exhibitions. I try to enjoy it now, not just from the physical part but from inside, to feel good about what I'm doing."
Find out more at Anna's offical website: