Good luck Nicole!
*can't believe no one else started this
Czech tennis ace Nicole Vaidisova is looking to turn over a new leaf (and show off a hot new outfit!) in Auckland after "a year of transition" in which the former top-10's (and future number 1) ranking took a dive.
Vaidisova, 19, was on Tuesday the first of the big names to arrive for the WTA Tour season-opening ASB Classic, which begins on Monday.
She will be the $US220,000 ($NZ386,000) tournament's sixth seed.
The winner of six WTA titles and once the world No 7, Vaidisova saw her ranking fall over the past year from 12th to 41st on the back of a
nagging wrist injury
"I took some time off and did a lot of rehab
and I feel as well as I can be," she said.
"I worked hard
in the off season, so my goal is just to get back to where I was at the start of this year [maybe a new boyfriend?]."
After making the quarterfinals at Wimbledon for the second time in July, Vaidisova's results fell away with five first-round and two second-round exits over the remainder of 2008 - which, well sucks.
She didn't want to give reasons or make excuses for her poor run - but we can all guess why
"I don't think everybody can play well all the time," She said.
"It was just a year for me of transition, a lot changes
, and it took a toll. I'm just ready for next year."
Vaidisova is making her first appearance in the Classic and had "heard it's a fun tournament". (then promise to return hun!)
But it was also important to get a good start to the year and to have a solid build-up to the Australian Open later in the month, and a chance to see the one, the only kittyking
(a tiny bit of editing)