Postcard from Oz: Rivals, and jewelry from Rory (smile)
I've been wearing a new necklace in my matches. It's a Danish flag in a heart shape with diamonds and rubies. It was a Christmas gift from my boyfriend, Rory (McIlroy). I kind of thought he was going to get me jewelry. He had already given me earrings, and I wear my grandmother's bracelet on my wrist. He's such a bad liar, so when I was trying figure out what he bought me, he said, 'You'll want it, and you'll wear it.' I said, 'Is it clothes?' He said, 'No.' I said, 'Is it jewelry?' And he said, 'Um, no.' And I said, 'OK, it's jewelry!' And he admitted that it was.
Since I was in Dubai for Christmas he was scared to mail it. He gave it to me in Thailand. When he handed it to me he was just looking at me, trying to figure out what I was thinking. I was speechless for a second. It was so thoughtful, and I was so happy. I love it. I also got him a necklace with a cross, plus a couple of shirts and a hoodie.
I'm not big on New Year
's resolutions. I'm never good at those. I try to do one and the next day I forget it. Once I tried to give up chocolate, and that lasted a week. I don't know why I wanted to give up chocolate. How stupid.
There's been a lot in the news about men's players wanting changes with the number of events and prize money. I haven't been following it too closely. We have our own problems in the WTA. I think the ATP is doing pretty well with the prize money. They are earning more than us at the regular tournaments (non-Grand Slam). But we have a lot of mandatory tournaments as well which we have complained about. We are trying to change things as well, so I think we have some similar problems.
I'm pretty active on Twitter. I like reaching out to my fans. I follow a few people as well — Rory; my brother; singer Rihanna; Serena; a few soccer players as well. Andy Roddick
comes up with some funny tweets, too. I tweet from any location. I have my phone and just tweet — at a pool, at dinner, everywhere. Once I think I did it from a helipad in Dubai.
I often get asked about being No. 1 and not winning a major. To be honest, I just enjoy playing. I won the most matches last year and the year before. People have to have something to talk about. I think a lot of people would like to be in my position. I think a lot of times it seems easy from the outside, but if it was that easy everyone would do it.
There are plenty of great rivals that want to take it from me. Serena is always playing well when she's healthy. Kim Clijsters
, too, and my friend, Victoria Azarenka
, has been playing well lately. Don't forget Petra Kvitova, either. There's quite a few very good players out there.
I saw that video of Marcos Baghdatis
destroying all his rackets one after the other. I thought that was just hilarious. I have broken a couple of course over the years, but not like him. Another great racket breaker was Marat Safin
My next opponent is Jelena Jankovic. She's really strong from the baseline and prefers her backhand side. She moves great so it's going to be a match with a lot of long rallies. But I feel like I am improving with each match here in Melbourne. I'm getting there.