It has been a long time -- once again. I need to come up with a different greeting instead of that one
Anywho, I've been doing a lot of training on and off the court. I have a new fitness coach. I do a group fitness class and it's a blast. There is a football player in the group and we always try to out do each other -- so much fun, hehehe
Just friendly competition :P I'm a lot more lighter on my feet with faster reflexes so I always beat him on that. I am nearly at the point of out running him, but wow. That guy is like a bulldozer when he takes off :O
Anyway, I have to say about my last match! Well I will talk about the match before my last match (which was 3 and a half weeks ago). I played one of the new top girls that played number one singles for a military school in Texas. I didn't know anything about her before I played her, but I was gung-ho about it. That morning did not start out well though. My Mother was in a bad mood which always puts me into a bad one. I tried to think of only positive things and just relax. I did feel like something was off after that. In the warm up, I felt good. I was keeping up with her pace. Then when the match started, my legs turned to mush. I couldn't move, I couldn't get anything in....I just felt like I was the Wicked Witch of the West when Dorothy threw the water on her. In the second set I yelled at myself (in my head) and said "Come one...wake up...at least make some rallys". So I started getting more balls in and then she started double faulting. I was hitting way harder than her but I just wasn't myself that day. I lost 6-0, 6-2. I had a bit of a meltdown after that. The next day I hit the courts, training extra hard. But after that, I felt something was totally off with my tennis and my attitude towards it. I couldn't grasp the concept of why or what was going on with me. It just felt like I was missing a piece of the puzzle and it was just out of my reach.
Last week I had my first match back after my loss. I was relaxed and in a good mood. I still wasn't playing 100% but I went out there ready to start. In the match, I was missing some shots that I normally would pound into the court for a winner. It didn't make me upset, but it put me in an odd predicament. So then I made my shoulders relax, took a deep breath, and then those real shots came back to me. I felt a snap in my head and then my confidence was back in full force. I won 6-1, 6-1 in half an hour. Great way to comeback after struggling with confidence for 2 weeks.
Now the level of tennis I am playing is far above the matches I am playing. My footwork is fast and graceful, and my shots are powerful, consistent, and pretty hahaha
It's just amazing. Who would have thought that the girl that everyone said that was "too nice" "smiled too much" "didn't have the killer instinct" "too old" "started too late" would be here...right now...beating these people who have been playing for over a decade.
My Dad is so happy that he has decided, along with my Mother, that we are going back home to Europe next summer for me to do more training and to do tournaments. I'm really excited for that
Next up...Wimbledon...Center Court...watch for me
As always...thank you for the support!!!!!