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Michaella Krajicek blogging from 's-Hertogenbosch

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's-HERTOGENBOSCH, The Netherlands - Michaella Krajicek has come full circle since she first blogged for us 12 months ago. A week after we last heard from her she had a breakthrough fortnight at Wimbledon, reaching her first Grand Slam quarterfinal, and eventually cracked the Top 30; she suffered a left wrist injury during the off-season and had a difficult start to 2008, but last week in Birmingham she snapped out of a losing streak, and now she returns to the site of her biggest triumph and brings us all along in the latest player blog.

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Hello again everyone!! It's been a while...

There really is a lot to catch up on since last year. Of course, after I last blogged I had a really good Wimbledon and a couple of solid results. I definitely hoped for more in that time, however. What was really disappointing was that I injured my wrist while practicing in December, and that threw me off for a while. It was a good three or four months before I could really start practicing well again, and it took much longer for me to get my game back to where it was. But I have been working hard, and last week in Birmingham it definitely started to pay off. I was so happy to get my first win of the season there! And I'm hoping to do well here this week, and just keep improving.

It's really tough to stay positive when you're injured. I really took a dip in my game and my confidence on the court. I think I managed to stay optimistic though. The wrist was pretty bad at first; I hit a ball late in practice and it was pretty irritated and swollen, and didn't fully heal for a few months. It's one of the most sensitive spots for a tennis player because a lot of things can damage it, even just playing too much. I have had to get my arms stronger in the time since and it hasn't hurt at all recently, so I'm just looking forward right now. These experiences make you stronger, not just on the court but off of it as well

I'm very happy to be back on grass! It suits my game. I like short points, I like going for it. Grass is perfect for that. And I've changed my service motion a bit in the last few weeks, which I hope will help me.

I got to 's-Hertogenbosch on Friday night and watched some of the soccer, which was so cool - Holland is playing unbelievably well! We were at my brother's house and his kids were all dressed up in orange, it was amazing. Then I did some laundry from Birmingham... We drove to the tournament on Saturday for my first practice and today I practiced twice more, once with my brother Richard and once with other hitting partners. I'm happy my brother is here, he obviously has lots of experience and knows this surface well. His former coach is also helping.

I have my first match on Monday against Ai Sugiyama. I've never played her in singles but have played her a few times in doubles. She has been around a long time! You see it in the programs at tournaments how long she has been playing at this level and how successful she has been, it's very impressive. She probably likes grass too because she has a good return and hits the ball pretty flat; I'm just going to try to serve well and hopefully I can make it difficult for her!

I'm also playing doubles this week with Marina Erakovic. We've played together before, and even won the US Open in the juniors. I transitioned from juniors to the Tour earlier than she did and so we didn't see each other for about two years, but now she's been playing on the Tour and has been doing really, really well this year, and so I'm hoping we'll join forces again more regularly! We lost first round at the French Open so I'm hoping we can rebound here, and also at Wimbledon. We're both very aggressive players and I think that's why we're better on faster courts. We love just going for it. I think we're a pretty strong team

Of course, when you're playing in your home country, you're kept very busy by the media. I did some interviews today and one of them was something different, for "De Telegraaf". They interviewed me through a camera and it was over 30 minutes of questions, mainly from fans. I also spoke to Studio Sport, the biggest sports channel here. I went to visit the Ordina sponsor village (Ordina is the title sponsor of the tournament) and had an interview with Stanley Franker, the former Davis Cup coach (I think he was also a coach for the Tennis Federation). I signed lots and lots of autographs today too (I've attached a picture)... Tonight I had a nice dinner in the hotel with a few of the Dutch girls; they're hoping to play more on the Tour now, which would be nice, because I like the company! Although they both lost today, they've been playing pretty well, so I don't think it'll be long until they do. It was a nice ending to the day.

Well that's about it for today! Until tomorrow...

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Well today was a long match, that's for sure! I'm happy to say I was able to beat Ai Sugiyama, but it was a tough fight. I thought I played really, really well until I was up a set and 4-2. I had an unbelievable amount of break chances there and didn't take them, got a bit negative on myself and she started playing better and better. She won that set and was up 5-2 in the third, but I kept mentally strong and won it in a tie-break. She has lots of experience and is a great grass court player, so this was a really good win for me. And when I was down a match point serving 4-5, I hit three aces in a row - which felt great. At that point I was so angry with myself and just forced myself to go for it, and it worked! Of course I don't want to play out of anger all the time but it definitely gives me confidence that when I focus, I can survive out there.

Although the match was pretty long I really needed to loosen up, so I went out and hit for about 15 minutes afterwards. My brother Richard and his coach, Rohan Goetzka, who worked with him almost his whole career, were also there today, which is great. After that I did a lot of press, maybe an hour or so... Other than that I watched some of the tennis and unfortunately my fellow Dutch players Haase and Verkerk lost! It was a pity. I thought they played well, though.

Someone you may see me with this week is my new dog... he's so funny. He's a chihuahua I adpoted him when I was in Amelia Island, from Animals In Need USA. Actually, his back story is really sad. His former owner broke his front legs on purpose and left him in the trash... but he was still alive, and when they found him he needed eight months of rehabilitation... and he's doing really well now. I actually saw him the first day he was up for adoption, and I had to get him. He is very special. His old name was Rudy, but I've renamed him Zorro! I think it's a nice name. He's a little guy but he's pretty strong, just like the character Zorro... well maybe not physically strong, maybe he can't really protect me by attacking anyone... but he does bark really loudly! I never thought I would get a chihuahua but I couldn't pass him up, and he travels with me about half the time I'm away from home. He is very good company! Of course, he's with me a lot this week.

Tomorrow I have my first doubles match of the week with Marina. It's a day off from singles but we're definitely hoping to make a run in doubles this week.

Time for some questions, then I'll talk to you all again tomorrow...

Good night!

Misa

What is your favorite Grand Slam? - Brian, England
Wimbledon. Definitely. I love everything about the tournament. I also love everything about England. It's not far from here and I love English accents. And whereas some people don't enjoy the weather I'm completely fine with it, because it's pretty much the same as it is here in Holland!

What languages do you speak? Simon, Belgium
I speak Dutch, Czech and English. Depending on who I'm with I speak either Dutch or Czech mostly. Like when I'm with my family I speak Czech because most of them are Czech, but with Richard and his kids I speak Dutch, because they speak Dutch to their kids. And of course I speak a lot of English on the Tour.

What is your best memory so far, in tennis or life? - Anne, USA
I would say jumping off a tower when I was in Auckland... sort of like bungee jumping except you're tied from your back, so it feels much more like falling. It's scarier than bungee jumping! The tower is 192 meters high. It's the craziest thing I've ever done for sure, and probably the most memorable. Actually, they didn't have enough people wanting to do it (I'm not surprised!) so I got to go a second time for free. It was such an unbelievable, scary feeling!!

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Misa jumped off the Auckland Sky Tower!
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Love the heart-wrenching story about her new companion Zorro

Hope to hear that this is the start of a season turn-around.
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Love the heart-wrenching story about her new companion Zorro

Hope to hear that this is the start of a season turn-around.
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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Although today was a day off from singles, I definitely kept busy Marina and I had our first round doubles match and played really solid. The match looks pretty quick from the score but we had to play really well to earn that score. And we hadn't seen our opponents before, which is pretty rare, considering we've both been around for a few years now! I'm feeling really good about how we're playing as a team, and looking forward to the rest of our matches this week.

Our doubles match was pretty late on the schedule so I had lots of time during the day. In the morning I did some fitness, had a hit with Marina, had a short massage and watched some of the matches. It's important for me to stay in as good shape as possible, because I have had some injuries in the past and I definitely don't want to go through that again. I also met Charles van Commenee, the chief of the Dutch Olympic Committee, which was really cool. I qualified for the Dutch Olympic Team last week, which is a huge honor, and it will probably be the most memorable moment of my tennis career when I go to Beijing.

Tomorrow I have my second round singles against Sania Mirza, as well as our second doubles match against two Dutch girls, which will be fun And I know Mirza pretty well from the juniors and the last few years, so no surprises there.

I'm just about to leave to go to the player party. I love the player party at this tournament, and I hope there will be great food like always. Last year there was a lot of dancing too, which will be fun, but I have to take it easy considering I've got a big day coming up. I'll tell you about it all tomorrow!

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Thanx for posting, Elwin .

I'm curious to see the player's party pics .
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Me too

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