This is from http://www.ai-sugiyama.com/diary/index.html
(Ai's offical website) Here is the rough translation.
Hi, everyone!!! Today I had a big win for the first time in a loooong time!!! Pleeeeeeeeeese listen!!!!
Im now in Antwarp, Belgium and despite my travelling around the world so long, this is my first time to land on the Belgian soil!!
But the crowd here is warm n nice thanks to my partnership with Kim!!
Especially because last week I was playing in the atmosphere where I had to play against two french players in front of their home crowd, I could play feeling really great today.
Today my opponent was Dokic. Despite her ranking, no.10, she was seeded no.6 and so didnt recieve a first round bye in this tournament where so many top 10 players are playing. (the top 4 seeds receive a first round bye)
As I'd carried the recent good form into this tourny, this tough draw (facing Jelena in the first round) gave me some mixed feeling. To be honest, I felt like there were many other easier sections where I could have been drawn!! that was my honest impression. But I just can't afford to keep grumping like that.
So, I took it as positive n stepped on the court talking to myself "Let's snatch the bonus points!!!" As that was my third time to take on a top 10 player in as many weeks, I had more than enough mental and lessons and preparation for this match.
During the match I managed to get thru many difficult situations thinking "Let's not make the same old mistakes!!"
In tennis, there is little difference in skills among all of us, so it's the key how tough you can play. How long you can stay focused n concentrated is pretty much all that matters.
I really feel like I'm learning great lessons through playing tennis. Tonight I will sleep having the dream of today's win and keep on trying hard from tomorrow on.
I have no match to play tomorrow, so I will just practice.
Everyone, please keep on cheering for me so I can put on my best performance again in the next match!!!
dewa matane (C ya)
With Love, Ai