"Ready to Tackle Wimbledon"
I have just traveled from Eastbourne to London to prepare for Wimbledon.
Before I start telling you about my readiness and preparations for Wimbledon, I will tell you the details about the Eastbourne tournament.
As you tennis fans already know, the best I could do was to reach the second round at Eastbourne, losing to 2nd seeded Chanda Rubin of the US in straight sets 0-6, 3-6.
I am willing to admit that this match was really tiring because Rubin was playing so well. Luck was also on her side. Although I was playing well, the first set score does not show it. It makes it seem like I wasn't even in the set, but each game was so close. Two games on my serve, I was up 40-0, but in both games, Rubin got a lot of let-cord shots that threw my off my game. I was even serving well--I remember serving several aces.
After I got bageled in the first set, I tried even harder in the second set and became really tired. As you can see by the score, the result was better because of my extra effort.
I just have to accept that I wasn't able to beat her that day. [Nobody else was able to beat her either!--R.T.]
So now let's talk about Wimbledon. I was lucky to be the last of the 32 seeded players. I play Akiko Morigami of Japan in the first round, whom I've played once before at the Volvo Open in Pattaya at the end of last year, and I was able to pull out a close match with her.
Before the draws were announced, I had a strange feeling that I would be playing Morigami in the first round because while we were in Eastbourne, she was practicing on the court next to mine, and moreover, her coach was really analyzing my practice. They were even watching my match, which made me feel even stranger, so when the draws were announced the next day, I was a bit shocked (that my premonitions came true)
As for Morigami, she is a good player who has solid strokes and a playing style similar to mine, namely baseline groundstrokes, especially flash (?) shots. For this reason, I can't be overconfident, especially because this is the first round and every player will be ready to do their absolute best. I have to put 100% concentration into this match and be as focused as possible and try to get this first round victory.
I believe that the first match has importance to every tennis player who comes to compete here.
As for this year, my goal is to reach at least the 4th round as I have done for the past several years, although this year's draw seems to be tougher than in years past. I still have to try my hardest, and my highest aim all along has been to get further than the 4th round this year.
I would like to achieve the best Wimbledon results that I can because I believe that this is the tournament that I have the best history with and the most positive feelings about.
Go, Tammy, go!