20-Nov-2010 Great Time in Bali
My holidays are over! I spent a great time in Bali. My results weren't as good as I had expected, but I know I wasn't at my best shape (both physical and mental). It was a tough and long season for me but let's not make a big deal of it. I have to accept losing. I'm working on it and so far it's going in the right direction and I'm pretty sure that the last tournament in Bali made me stronger! In fact, I have to admit Ana played great during the whole tournament, so well done for her! Apart from tennis, I had an amazing time with my family there. It was my first visit to Bali and of'course first appearance at that kind of tournament. I really liked the atmosphere and organization. We had so many nice activities! I had a go at surfing (one lesson on Day 2), then a driving lesson (going fast around cones in a BMW), went to spa (amazing!). I also must mention the local designer who made two special dresses for us, 1st one in the Balinese style for the draw ceremony and the 2nd gorgeous one for the official players' party. Both were amazing, so we could keep them also! Bali makes me think of one of the last books I read entitled 'Eat, Pray, Love.' There is a part where someone says that there is some mystery about this island and I really could feel it, great harmony!
I think I will come back there again!
In Moscow I spent a few days, very busy days, but enjoyed them a lot! I went to the 2010 Russian Cup Awards gala and this time I wasn't there to receive the award, but present it to young girls in the 'Best Under 12 Team' category. So it felt kinda akward to me to show up on stage and present this award to them. Maybe because I'm used to be 1 of the youngest on the Tour, but still it felt special and I was honoured! And it was great to see Vera Zvonareva and some other players there too!
As some of you may know, I have also been nominated for the '2010 Woman of the Year' award in the 'Newcomer of the Year' category by Russia's Glamour magazine. Unfortunately, I couldn't make it to the gala concert that took place in Moscow this week because I had to leave Moscow. My plans changed and now it's time to go to Barcelona to work hard and get ready for the next season!
You can check some of the interviews and photos from Bali, Russian Cup and find out more about the Glamour nomination on my site!
I will try to keep you updated as much as I can!
26-Dec-2010 Ready For The New Season
Hi my friends!
I missed posting you!
My pre-season is officially over. Woow I can't believe it, I worked very hard and with a lot of enthusiasm and had really good time there in Barcelona. So I didn't really realize how those weeks had passed! I tried to work on everything to improve in this pre-season, but of course, I couldn't say 'no' to the shopping, especially on such a nice street as Passeig de Gracia. I love doing it with my mum, so I have prepared for New Year's Eve, which will be in Brisbane for me again. It's 5 times in a row I celebrate New Year's Eve in Australia and I hope it will change at least once because I really would love to spend it in Moscow with the snow, my family and friends, but well, tennis is 1st for now
! Also, I had a chance to play the football match in the team of the players of the BTT academy where I train against coaches. Well, to be honest, I was sitting half of the match on the bench, but still the guys let me play and some other girls around 10 minutes. I almost scored, aah! It was cool. I had a T-shirt with my name written on it (look at the photo
and number 3 on the back and pink boots with 'Nastia' sign on it, so it was all about looking good too!
I came back home just for a few days, always very busy here in Moscow, but I basically came to pick up some summer clothes and spend some time with friends and my family. It was short, but really enjoyed it! There's so much snow, everything is so unreal right now!
So now I'm on my way to Brisbane, can't imagine how the time goes soo fast, it's unbelievable that I'm leaving to Brisbane again this year. It feels as if I'd been there yesterday!
See you soon!