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Re: Ksenia Milevskaya Thread
Ksenia Milevskaya blogs from the US Open
I finally played my first match today and I won, so I'm feeling happy. Yesterday was another day of waiting and I got very bored. I just practiced twice again and prepared for my match. I think I will play every day from now on, and that's good because I don't like to wait around too much.
I had heard a lot about Tamaryn before we played. She is one of the rising stars and trains at Bolletieri in Florida (Nick Bolettieri was here today watching some of the matches). So, I tried to focus hard because I was expecting a really tough match. The first match in a tournament is always difficult but I played well and won 61 61. I pushed hard and didn't let her play her game, so I'm pleased with the result.
Next I play Jade Curtis from England. I played her in Australia this year and I won 64 62, so hopefully I will do ok tomorrow. I'm just excited to get out on court because I am really enjoying playing tennis at the moment. I also really like the US Open. A couple of years ago I hated playing on hard courts but recently I have improved a lot, so I want to get out and try to be even better.
Even more good news is that me and Urszula also won our doubles. When Urszula's sister Agnieszka beat Sharapova this week she promised to buy Urszula a new handbag, so they both went shopping after our match. Urszula was quite excited so wanted to get the match finished quickly and we ended up winning 61 60. I play well with Urszula and we have never lost together, although the only tournament we have played is Roland Garros.
Even though today was a big success I am not going to go out and celebrate properly until I win the US Open. Instead tonight I will have some dinner and go back to the hotel. Then I want to watch the Nadal vs Ferrer match on TV. I like watching Nadal because he plays with so much energy but my favourite player is Federer. I watched some of his match yesterday but went to bed after the first set because he was playing quite badly and I didn't want to see him lose. Of course he did win in the end - that's why he's world number one!
So wish me luck against Jade tomorrow. I'll let you know how I go...
Hello again. After I finished writing last night I went back to the hotel and then went out for the evening with my mum. All the players stay together at Grand Hyatt hotel in Manhatten and it's mum's first visit to New York so we went out to have a look around. I'm not really sure where we went, we just walked and looked at the city. It's nice to get out and do some exploring.
Today I got up at around 9am and caught the 10am bus out to Flushing Meadows, where I hit for about an hour with my friend Ksenia Lykina from Russia. Then I watched Urszula in her match (which she won - well done Urszula!) and after lunch I had another practice with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. The doubles draw was today and Urszula and I are the second seeds. In the first round we play Tanya Raykova from Bulgaria and Nadja Lalami from Morocco. I don't know them very well but hopefully we will be able to play well together.
Tomorrow should be the end of the first round singles matches. I'm glad I play tomorrow instead of today because when a tournament starts I prefer to play every day. That is much better than having days off because you can lose some rhythm.
Right, now I think I will have some dinner and then go back to the hotel. I don't many plans but will probably spend some time with the other players and then maybe watch a movie. I'll let you know tomorrow how I get on in my match. Wish me luck!
Hi everyone, I’m Ksenia Milevskaya (but my friends call me Ksyusha) and I will be one of the bloggers during the junior US Open.
I’ll start by telling you a bit about myself. I’m seventeen years old and am from Belarus. This is the third time I have played the US Open, and it’s probably going to be one of my last ITF Junior tournaments, so I really want to do well because the last couple of years I lost pretty early on.
I arrived in New York last night and checked into the player hotel. I am here with my mum and my coach, who is called Nicolas Beuque and is from France. We had a terrible day of travelling yesterday: We got up at 4am but missed our flight and couldn’t get another one until the evening, which meant I didn’t arrive at the hotel until night time. I am really fed up with airports now!
For the last couple of weeks I have just been practising, so I feel quite well prepared for the tournament. Last week I was at the Saddlebrook Academy in Florida and before that I was in France at the Mouratoglou Academy (where Marcos Baghdatis used to be based). Before that I was just on holiday, so I’m feeling well rested! After this tournament I have to go back to school to start my final year, which I think will be hard. I think today is the first day of term, so I’m glad to be out here but will have some catching up to do next week!
Since I arrived here I’ve met up with all my friends. I get along well with most of the other players, especially the Polish girls – I’m playing doubles here with Urszula Radwanska. Last year I was a member of the ITF touring team, which was really great fun. The coaches were very professional but were also really friendly and fun to be around. I made some good friends during the year. I didn’t play on the team this year, because you have to play so many junior tournaments and I want to start playing more professional events. I’ve only played five pro tournaments this year but have done quite well and my ranking is now up to 340.
We just had the player meeting and the draw was published. I have to play Tamaryn Hendler from Belgium. I haven’t played her before (or even see her play) but I’ll just do my best and see how it goes. You have to beat everyone to win so this is the first step.
Right I’m off back to the hotel now. I don’t know if I’m playing tomorrow but will let you know how everything goes…