Rosmalen 15 jun 2009 R32: Errani (41) 6-4 6-2
Michaella Krajicek's Blog 2
Another rainy day at the Ordina Open!
I had a nice hit in the morning and did a bit of work in the gym too, so it was a good start... but then the rain came again! So I was just waiting most of the afternoon... I actually went for a little snooze in the back of the tennis park, I got about an hour's sleep. Rest is much needed when you're waiting around, because you spend so much nervous energy, but also there's so much food right there, and you don't want to be eating all the time! So the nap helped :)
I was called out for my match against Sara Errani around 630pm. I played very aggressively from the start. Even though I lost the first three games, I felt I was playing well. I just kept going for it right until the end and I was able to win, 64 62. I was a bit emotional at the end of the match because it has been a tough time for me, not just coming back from the injury last year but also some of the not so nice things the Dutch press has been writing about me, some of which aren't even true. But today ended up being one of the best days of my life. Not even because I won the match - it's hard to put into words. Just everything. And I owe so much to my coach, Allistair McCaw, who travels with me, helps me to be physically ready for this sport, and who has stuck by me this entire time. In life you just have certain days where you cross that bridge...
I just had dinner... at 1045pm! It has been quite a long day :) I haven't eaten anything since 6pm so I'm pretty hungry. I ordered Chicken Cordon Bleu. I had to treat myself to something nice!
One thing I forgot to mention yesterday was a clinic I did two days ago for my sponsor, Ranstad, for a few hours with some kids. I wanted to tell them all I had a great time. I don't know how I forgot to mention that yesterday.
Tomorrow is going to be another long day as I have singles and doubles. I'm second on after 11am for singles against Barrois, who I know very well because I played against her twice last year. She's a tough opponent with a great serve and a very aggressive game. Last time I played her was in Memphis this year, and I won 7-6 in the third. It was a very good match from both sides. Like today, I'm planning to just go out there and enjoy it. No pressure! Whatever happens, happens. She beat Vesnina in the first round and Vesnina has been playing very well this year, so it'll be tough. In doubles I'm playing with Yanina Wickmayer. We've only played together once before but when we did we won the title, so hopefully we can go out there and shoot some more bullets :)
It's pretty late but I'm going to answer some of your great questions, and we'll talk again tomorrow!
Is it more pressure when you play in at home? Art, Netherlands
I actually don't feel any pressure playing here. I've been playing here for five or six years now and I feel like every year was a success, not because I won the tournament, but because I've always played well here. I really enjoy playing at home. The crowd gives me so much support. It's a good feeling playing here.
Which tournaments are you looking forward to playing next? Helen
I'm playing a lot of tournaments in the US after this. First a few ITF ones and then all of the ones in the US and Canada. I love it there. I'm looking forward to the whole trip! Also, since last year, I've been training at Bollettieri's. It's like my base at the moment. I like being there and practicing there, and I will definitely be going back and forth there between tournaments.
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