Turundzhov to make Tour return
Daniela: "The last few months have been hard"
Australian prodigy Daniela Turundzhov smiles after she miss a backhand on the practise court. Last year she might have berated herself but this time every shot means so much more. It's been a tough few months for the 16 year old tennis star. She disappeared from the FWTT Tour, not that anyone noticed. While the othe rplayers continued slogging it out on the courts, Turundzhov lay in a hospital bed recovering from a broken leg and several broken ribs. Often she thought about her future, pondering whether she wanted to continue playing her beloved tennis or as she says go into the "fashion industry". "I've been interested in designing clothes since I can remember, but for me there was only ever one option...and that was tennis".
Turundzhov was a victim of a vicious robbery a few months ago, in which she was attacked walking on the streets of Monte Carlo, where Turundzhov owns a home. Now Turundzhov is off the crutches she has sported for the past few months and is training vigorously for her return to the Tour. "My legs are still a little weak. The confidence isn't there right now but it's just great to be able to get up and go out there and hit the ball. I haven't had that for a long time and it really hits home just how important this game is to me". Turundzhov says however that she hasn't spoken or heard from any of her fellow players since she's been off the Tour. She says she understands the pressures of the players and thus doesn't mind what some may seem as plain old rudeness. "It's tough as a player. You're so dedicated to the game and it's such an individual game so there's little room for anyone else"
Turundzhov says she has built up a schedule that sees her play in some lower Tier events and even some challengers. "It's tough because my rank is pretty low right now, I was moving up before so now I have to start all over". Equipped with new coach Barna Bikic, Turundzhov is certain that she will be able to regain her old form and hopefully find herself in the upper echelons of the game. "I think I have what it takes to compete with the best. I'm not afraid to work for it and I'm so much more thankful for my opportunities now. I think that's always a good thing"
Let's all hope that the next few months will be a lot easier for the young tennis star.
Turundzhov hits a smash in practise