TENNIS legend Ana Ivanovic is enjoying retirement alongside Bayern Munich legend Bastian Schweinsteiger while running her own skincare brand.
Former world No1 Ivanovic enjoyed tremendous success throughout her 12-year career as she won the 2008 French Open and shared the court with some of the all-time best, such as Maria Sharapova.
Ana Ivanovic has launched her own skincare brand after retiring
Ivanovic enjoyed tremendous success in tennis as she won the 2008 French Open
The Serbian star retired from the sport in 2016 and is now focused on her new family life alongside husband Schweinsteiger and is expecting her third child after sons Luka and Leon.
The 35-year-old athlete met the ex-Manchester United player in 2014 shortly after he helped Germany win the World Cup in Brazil.
Ivanovic told Essentially Sports: “We actually met through a common friend. He was friends with the coach of Angelique Kerber. And of course, I’m friends with Angie.
“So we met in New York. Yeah, right after [the World Cup], and yeah, to be honest, I didn’t really follow football at that time. But yeah, it was interesting.”
Ivanovic has found a new passion after launching her own organic skincare brand called Ana Ivanovic Natural Performance.
The tennis star created her own line after struggling to find something sustainable and so all of her products are vegan as well as cruelty-free.
Ivanovic recently said: “Well, I think with the age you realise the importance of skincare. When you’re young, you don’t really think much about you know, cleaning your face or hydrating it.
“Then, of course, as I got a little bit older and travelling around the world and you’re playing in different conditions, you start to struggle sometimes with keeping the hydration or whatever other issues a person might have.
“So I was always searching for something organic because that’s something that I live by. So I wanted to find something sustainable and organic. And I really struggled to find something in this division that really works.
“So, in that search, I decided to create my own line. So I’m very, very excited because it’s something that works. It’s something that I use on a daily basis. And it’s also very innovative.
“So we are really combining the best of both worlds while still being conscious of not only the people but also the planet.”
Ivanovic finally decided to launch her own business after drawing inspiration from actress Jessica Alba.
Ivanovic married ex-Manchester United player Bastian Schweinsteiger in 2016
Ivanovic and Schweinsteiger have two children and are expecting a third
She said: “So we lived in Chicago for three years. And actually, our kids are born in Chicago. So while being there, and being so conscious about being organic, and being natural, I was always searching for different products.
“So I tried some of her [Alba’s] products. And of course, over the last year, she developed enormously and but in the beginning, she was also doing lots of kids, organic shampoos, and hand wash and laundry detergents and diapers and wipes and so on. So they started to explore that and to use it with my kids in the beginning.
“So it was kind of inspiration for me to create something of my own, because like I said, I started really to become more like not only a fashion lover but also a beauty lover as my career was towards the end because I started to have a little more time and then of course now with the kids as well you don’t have time.
“So it was important for me to create something that it’s easy to use and very quick because I don’t want to spend even 15 minutes in a bathroom. Like I want to do it in three minutes and to be ready and to have my skin ready and hydrated. So this was also one of the things that I kept in mind, from my personal experience.”