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IMPOSSIBLE
Sep 10th, 2007, 09:41 PM
Introduction
BALI, Indonesia - It has been a year of resurgence for Daniela Hantuchova. Not only did she rekindle the magic in Indian Wells, claiming her second career Tier I title at the Pacific Life Open, but she has also spent some time back in the Top 10. This week, she seeks her second singles title of the year as the No.2 seed, and competes with Lindsay Davenport in the doubles. Follow along in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Player Blog.

IMPOSSIBLE
Sep 10th, 2007, 09:42 PM
Monday, September 10, 2007

Hello everyone, and welcome to my blog!

I was looking forward to coming back to Bali for a long time. I played here for the first time last year, and it's just very beautiful and peaceful. I really, really like it. It's almost hard to realize there's a tournament going on :)

I arrived here Friday around lunch time with my mom and my coach. My mom comes with me to quite a few tournaments during the year, and she definitely wanted to be back here this year. There's a really beautiful resort, a nice beach and the people are incredibly friendly. The whole atmosphere is just amazing. I'm also here with my coach, Angel Jimenez. Hopefully I'll have a good tournament!

I've had a good year - I've been back in the Top 10, which was one of my goals this year. I wasn't thrilled with my results in the summer, so I am just trying to leave it behind me and refocus. There are still lots of opportunities to do well the rest of the season. Obviously I'd like to be in the Top 10 at the end of the season, and I hope to start here. I came here early and have been practicing a lot, and getting used to the conditions. But I'm not putting too much pressure on myself.

I have a first round bye in the singles, but I actually played my first match today in doubles, with Lindsay Davenport - and we won. It's really fun and a big honor to play with Lindsay. She asked me in New Haven if I wanted to play here - and when you get asked by someone like that, you just can't say no. I'm so excited that she has decided to come back. It's unbelievable how good shape she is in just a few months after having her child. It's great for tennis that she is back.

As for the singles, I had a look at the draw and every match will be tough. We will see how far I get. Hopefully I can get some good wins here this week.

It's already past 7pm right now so I'll probably do some stretches, have a shower and a nice dinner and maybe relax by the pool... we've been hanging around the pool quite a bit. I know the sun isn't good before you play but when you're not, it's so nice. Tomorrow we're planning on getting massages. It's a tough life :)

I don't play tomorrow but I'm around, so I'll definitely talk to you all then.

Have a good night!

Daniela

http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/1241/55384169de0.jpg
Daniela and Lindsay

http://img372.imageshack.us/img372/1725/f26ip1.jpg
Daniela on the catwalk

New_balls_please
Sep 10th, 2007, 09:53 PM
Well said Daniela :D

Geisha
Sep 10th, 2007, 09:53 PM
Very cute. I love Dani.

Derek.
Sep 10th, 2007, 09:54 PM
Daniela. :hearts:

saint2
Sep 10th, 2007, 09:56 PM
Very cute :hearts: ..Dont choke now, Dani...

Mightymirza
Sep 10th, 2007, 09:58 PM
dandi can do with a bit less sun :o she always looks so burnt!! Anyways nice blog :yeah:

stevos
Sep 10th, 2007, 10:02 PM
Dani is cute, it's a nice blog. Nothing too provocative, but nice nonetheless.
Doesn't beat the queen blogger herself though.

LindsayRulz
Sep 10th, 2007, 10:04 PM
Nice words about Lindsay :D :worship:

hurricanejeanne
Sep 10th, 2007, 10:46 PM
Dani's a sunworshiper like myself.

Fantastic words about Lindsay! Win the title ladies! :D

QUEENLINDSAY
Sep 10th, 2007, 10:50 PM
Nice words for Lindsay!!

I feel bad I did'nt cheer for you at the open, lol!!!

LudwigDvorak
Sep 10th, 2007, 10:53 PM
I hope Lindsay/Daniela take the doubles title and end up in the singles final. I hope that's not too :silly: to hope for.

Cute blog.

DimaDinosaur
Sep 10th, 2007, 11:30 PM
OMG Daniela, I love reading that!! Such a nice and innocent blog. No sexual innuendos like the ATP blogs.


Win the doubles title, Queen Slovakia!

Natash.
Sep 10th, 2007, 11:47 PM
Daniela. :hug: :hearts:

smarties
Sep 11th, 2007, 12:22 AM
:yawn:

#1SteffiGraf#1
Sep 11th, 2007, 12:36 AM
Nice jobe Dani :)

KoOlMaNsEaN
Sep 11th, 2007, 01:24 AM
i love how she didnt fake that she looked at the draw and who she might play.

gotta luv her

Apoleb
Sep 11th, 2007, 01:26 AM
:yawn:

:lol: My feelings exactly.

IMPOSSIBLE
Sep 11th, 2007, 06:39 AM
http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/1241/55384169de0.jpg
Daniela and Lindsay

http://img372.imageshack.us/img372/1725/f26ip1.jpg
Daniela on the catwalk

SerenaAndTheVee
Sep 11th, 2007, 04:01 PM
This was a nice read. I liked it because Hantuchova humanizes the tour experience. It's a lot of work but they really do play at some of the most beautiful locales around the world. I'm so envious.

IMPOSSIBLE
Sep 11th, 2007, 09:12 PM
Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Hello again everyone!

Although I didn't play any matches today, I did practice quite a bit. I had my first session at 8am, then another one around noon. The rest of the day I took it easy, just because I play singles and doubles tomorrow. One of the things we did later was get a Balinese massage in a resort close to the hotel, which was just great.

I love the culture here. The religion is all about being at peace with nature, a much different way of approaching life than I'm used to! It's so simple, relaxed, and they appreciate the simple things. We're all so used to rushing through life hoping to get certain things, which here are not necessarily as important as the simple things. Being here really makes you see that a little bit more. Obviously, the food here is wonderful too! The fresh juice... a perfect way to live life :)

Speaking of rushing through everything, there was my journey to Bali! From New York, I got to go home for one day - just to see family and catch up - and then it was time to come here. It wasn't a very long visit but hopefully I'll see them all again soon. Of course, New York was great. It's a wonderful city, there's always a lot of things happening. I don't think there could be a bigger contrast between that city and this city. They're two completely different places on Earth and both are really special. But for me right now, this is the place to be!

Lindsay won her first singles match back convincigly - but I'm not surprised. We practiced a few times already this week and she was hitting the ball really well. I was quite sure she was going to do well this week. Once a champion...

We have a good relationship. I'd say she is one of my friends on the Tour. My closest friends on the Tour are probably Martina Hingis, Ana Ivanovic and Ai Sugiyama. Martina and I come from the same place and we also spend lots of time practicing together. She's just a great person to be around. Ana is a good friend, also. Ai Sugiyama is definitely one of my best friends. I try to be nice to everyone. It's important, also when you're playing doubles, to have a lot of fun.

Just like last year, I did the fashion show here this year. It was a fun experience and very easy to do. They try to make everything as easy and simple as possible for the players, which is great of course. I've done some modeling things outside of the Tour, too, for a change - but I'd never trade it for being a tennis player!

Tomorrow is going to be a busy day. I play my first singles match, as well as my second doubles match with Lindsay. I'll just be trying to do my best on the court as always. I have to be ready and do the right things. Hopefully it all goes well.

I'll talk to you all afterwards!

Daniela

starr
Sep 11th, 2007, 10:03 PM
http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/1241/55384169de0.jpg
Daniela and Lindsay

http://img372.imageshack.us/img372/1725/f26ip1.jpg
Daniela on the catwalk

Gorgeous!

saint2
Sep 11th, 2007, 10:09 PM
http://img389.imageshack.us/img389/1241/55384169de0.jpg
Daniela and Lindsay

http://img372.imageshack.us/img372/1725/f26ip1.jpg
Daniela on the catwalk

:inlove:

LUXXXAS
Sep 11th, 2007, 11:17 PM
Daniela :kiss: Finally I'm going to like you a little bit :D

switz
Sep 11th, 2007, 11:24 PM
funny how people on here made a big deal about Hantuchova and Sugiyama not playing doubles as if they hated each other now :lol:

starr
Sep 12th, 2007, 12:05 AM
funny how people on here made a big deal about Hantuchova and Sugiyama not playing doubles as if they hated each other now :lol:

As if anyone could hate either one of them. They are both absolutely adorable.

mandy7
Sep 12th, 2007, 06:44 AM
Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Hello again everyone!

Although I didn't play any matches today, I did practice quite a bit. I had my first session at 8am, then another one around noon. The rest of the day I took it easy, just because I play singles and doubles tomorrow. One of the things we did later was get a Balinese massage in a resort close to the hotel, which was just great.

I love the culture here. The religion is all about being at peace with nature, a much different way of approaching life than I'm used to! It's so simple, relaxed, and they appreciate the simple things. We're all so used to rushing through life hoping to get certain things, which here are not necessarily as important as the simple things. Being here really makes you see that a little bit more. Obviously, the food here is wonderful too! The fresh juice... a perfect way to live life :)

Speaking of rushing through everything, there was my journey to Bali! From New York, I got to go home for one day - just to see family and catch up - and then it was time to come here. It wasn't a very long visit but hopefully I'll see them all again soon. Of course, New York was great. It's a wonderful city, there's always a lot of things happening. I don't think there could be a bigger contrast between that city and this city. They're two completely different places on Earth and both are really special. But for me right now, this is the place to be!

Lindsay won her first singles match back convincigly - but I'm not surprised. We practiced a few times already this week and she was hitting the ball really well. I was quite sure she was going to do well this week. Once a champion...

We have a good relationship. I'd say she is one of my friends on the Tour. My closest friends on the Tour are probably Martina Hingis, Ana Ivanovic and Ai Sugiyama. Martina and I come from the same place and we also spend lots of time practicing together. She's just a great person to be around. Ana is a good friend, also. Ai Sugiyama is definitely one of my best friends. I try to be nice to everyone. It's important, also when you're playing doubles, to have a lot of fun.

Just like last year, I did the fashion show here this year. It was a fun experience and very easy to do. They try to make everything as easy and simple as possible for the players, which is great of course. I've done some modeling things outside of the Tour, too, for a change - but I'd never trade it for being a tennis player!

Tomorrow is going to be a busy day. I play my first singles match, as well as my second doubles match with Lindsay. I'll just be trying to do my best on the court as always. I have to be ready and do the right things. Hopefully it all goes well.

I'll talk to you all afterwards!

Daniela
that's just cool :D

gotthebend
Sep 12th, 2007, 01:01 PM
The second entry is more revealing.
Keep writing and winning, Dani.:D

IMPOSSIBLE
Sep 12th, 2007, 08:23 PM
Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Well it was quite a long day today! I played my first singles match today against Elise Tamaela, and I won in straight sets, so I'm pretty happy. Even though I got on the court quite late, I was really looking forward to it for a few days now so the waiting around wasn't a problem at all. I really wanted to play a competitive match and I did, and I'm particularly happy with how I was serving and how I was fighting for each point. For the first match in a few weeks, I felt very good. And even though I'm trying to forget about the US Open, I really wanted to do the right things today. It was a fresh start.

It's nice to get a good win under my belt and be in the quarterfinals now. But it doesn't mean I'm not going to keep practicing a lot this week - there are still a lot of things I'd like to do better. Even though I have a day off tomorrow I will still be practicing a few times, but of course not overdoing it, as I'll probably be having another busy day the next day, so I'll need my rest as well.

Later at night Lindsay and I played our second doubles match, and we won again in straight sets. It was really fun. But we finished quite late. I just came off the court now and it's already 10 or 11pm. Now I'll do some stretching, cool down and shower, then hopefully I'll be able to fall asleep soon. I would love to sleep in tomorrow. In addition to my practicing, I also have a cooking activity for the tournament, but I don't know when it is! I'll find out before I go to bed though... I actually love cooking, I am really getting into it lately. My mom has been teaching me a few things... hopefully it will all go well tomorrow!!

Well I think I'm ready for a nice sleep now...

Until tomorrow,

Daniela

LefandePatty
Sep 12th, 2007, 09:32 PM
Good night Daniela. :hug:

QUEENLINDSAY
Sep 12th, 2007, 09:41 PM
:hearts: @ Dani

Thanks for keeping us updated of how Lindsay is.

saint2
Sep 12th, 2007, 09:53 PM
What can I say...Dani, I really love reading your blog :hearts: :hearts: :lol: You should blog every week :lol: ;)

DimaDinosaur
Sep 12th, 2007, 11:37 PM
I like her blogs......what a wonderful life (melts)

Xander
Sep 12th, 2007, 11:44 PM
What can I say...Dani, I really love reading your blog :hearts: :hearts: :lol: You should blog every week :lol: ;)

This is my first time reading a player's blog (I didn't know that any of them had the time or the interest :o ) and I loved it, too. Dani comes across nice and straightforward and as fans, we're getting an inside look that even reporters/writers can't always accurately convey. :)

Just out of curiosity: any other player have a blog?

nathie
Sep 13th, 2007, 10:22 PM
Thursday, September 13, 2007

Another nice day in Bali...

Because I had such a late night last night, I slept in quite a bit... and missed the cooking lessons I was supposed to do this morning! I was pretty disappointed but I must have been really exhausted from the day before. It's unfortunate as I was looking forward to it. But I had a busy afternoon anyway, doing an interview with ESPN, practicing for two hours, going to the gym for about 40 minutes, then a massage. Because I play singles and doubles tomorrow I didn't do too much.

I've got to talk about how friendly the people are here. From the housekeeper to the restaurant staff they are all so nice and polite no matter if you're winning or losing. They just wish you a nice game and not good luck - they just want you to enjoy yourself. It's really different to our culture. I had a nice experience today when we got back to the hotel from practice - the housekeeper was still in the room and when he realized it was me he told me he couldn't believe it was me in real life, and we all ended up talking for like 40 minutes! Usually, you just want your privacy when you get back, but he was so sweet we didn't even mind. We all just kept chatting. He was just such a happy and friendly person that we did not care at all about the time - we just enjoyed his company. Again, people here just appreciate the simple pleasures, and he proved it. You can be happy whether you're a tennis player, housekeeper, massage therapist - it makes you think!

And I have to say the fruit and all of the tropical food here is unbelievable. I seem to eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner... the juice... it is so much better here compared to back in Europe! Of course, their fried rice is my favorite :)

Of course, where I live is beautiful too. I spend most of my year in Monte Carlo; I moved there mainly for the practicing conditions and of course because it's so beautiful. It's right in the middle of everything too. I spend time in Barcelona and of course a little bit back home in Slovakia with my family, but I am mainly in Monte Carlo. I hope to spend more time with my family at the end of the year.

I am playing Ayumi Morita in the singles quarterfinals tomorrow. I'll have to be ready as she is having a great week. I'll try to do my best and play my game.

I'll talk to you all afterwards!

Daniela

saint2
Sep 13th, 2007, 10:31 PM
Daniela is so cute in this blogs...BTW- lucky bastard that housekeeper

Blu€
Sep 14th, 2007, 12:35 AM
BTW- lucky bastard that housekeeper

:lol: :lol: I thought the same!

Ty-Ty
Sep 14th, 2007, 12:39 AM
I think I'm starting to like her. :)

Hashim.
Sep 14th, 2007, 12:44 AM
nice ;)

roelc
Sep 14th, 2007, 12:54 AM
she really is enjoying life
I'm so happy for her because she had some very tough times
it looks as if she has left that behind her :)

Nervenbuendel
Sep 14th, 2007, 03:29 AM
Dani wrote:

"Of course, where I live is beautiful too. I spend most of my year in Monte Carlo; I moved there mainly for the practicing conditions and of course because it's so beautiful."

As much as I love Dani I assume that the "practicing conditions" was not the main reason - much more important is that she could escape the "taxman" from Slovakia. :cool: :rolleyes: ;)

NeeemZ
Sep 14th, 2007, 03:38 AM
Dani wrote:

"Of course, where I live is beautiful too. I spend most of my year in Monte Carlo; I moved there mainly for the practicing conditions and of course because it's so beautiful."

As much as I love Dani I assume that the "practicing conditions" was not the main reason - much more important is that she could escape the "taxman" from Slovakia. :cool: :rolleyes: ;)

I was thinking the same thing.

Hant11
Sep 14th, 2007, 03:45 AM
great blog :yeah:

JPA
Sep 14th, 2007, 04:16 AM
nice blog. and i agree, very lucky guy

mandy7
Sep 14th, 2007, 06:59 AM
she's too cute :D

DimaDinosaur
Sep 14th, 2007, 07:15 AM
"practicing for two hours, going to the gym for about 40 minutes, then a massage. Because I play singles and doubles tomorrow I didn't do too much."


Um that sounds like a LOT to me!! Exercising that much, she must be burning calories like crazy

ViennaCalling
Sep 14th, 2007, 07:21 AM
:lol:

mc8114
Sep 14th, 2007, 08:24 AM
Daniela :D

mandy7
Sep 14th, 2007, 08:55 AM
practicing for two hours, going to the gym for about 40 minutes, then a massage. Because I play singles and doubles tomorrow I didn't do too much."
"Um that sounds like a LOT to me!! Exercising that much, she must be burning calories like crazy
makes you wonder what she does on a day when she does 'a lot' :lol:

nathie
Sep 14th, 2007, 10:09 PM
Friday, September 14, 2007

Good day from Bali!

Well more like good night, it's pretty late here... today was another packed day, starting with my quarterfinal against Ayumi Morita, which I won in straight sets, so I'm happy about that. I was supposed to play my doubles match later on but we had to pull out because Lindsay was injured. I also did an autograph session for Commonwealth Bank, which was fun, and of course practice... a busy day!

I was very happy with my match with Morita. Apart from the first few games, I was in control and was able to execute just about everything I was trying for. Still there are things to work on of course, but today just about everything felt good. It was pretty hot as well, so I'm glad it was pretty quick, just so I can save a bit more energy for the semifinals tomorrow. Coming to Bali early to get used to the conditions definitely paid off today, I'm glad we made that decision.

Once you get to this stage of a tournament anything can happen. I don't think of it as another semifinal. It's a nice position to be in, but I just try to do the best I can in every match, just taking it one at a time. You can't think too far ahead because you can quickly be out of the tournament that way. I'll be playing Sorana Cirstea, whom I've never seen play before - my coach went and watched her play so that will help, I hope. I just have to focus and we'll see what happens!

It's a shame Lindsay had to pull out. I was at the tournament anyway to do press and stretches, so waiting was not a problem; but I was really looking forward to the match. Bad luck for Lindsay though, hopefully she'll be okay for her singles. I went to hit with my coach a little bit more so I still got some more tennis in.

I want to say again how the atmosphere of this place is just incredible (I can't stop talking about it!) Every time I walk to the courts there are 50 people just wishing me luck on the way. I'm on the other side of the resort so I walk across the whole thing each day. And by the time I get to the courts I'm so relaxed and happy each time. Just like our housekeeper the other day. It's just so nice :)

I'm going to get some sleep now. I'll talk to you all tomorrow...

Daniela

DimaDinosaur
Sep 15th, 2007, 01:05 PM
OOOOHHHHH, I can't wait to see what she says about today!!! Great win! You're in a singles final! I thought I would never say those words AGAIN!!!!!

And Hant! Just because Lindsay is injured ( :rolleyes: ) doesn't mean you can't destroy her to the ground. Don't be nice...........I'm just sayin

nathie
Sep 15th, 2007, 08:17 PM
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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Hello again everyone!

Obviously, I'm very excited to reach the final. It's my second of the year, after Indian Wells. I'm just going to go out there, enjoy myself and go for my shots. I really believe it's just another match every time I go out there - no pressure.

Cirstea was a tough opponent today, but I feel like I played much better than the other matches this week. After I figured out her game a little, I felt a lot more comfortable and was able to start going for my shots quite a bit, and then it all clicked. I still have some things to work on but overall I'm very satisfied. Also, I think preparing early in these conditions was key. I think some of the girls do get a little bit tired, but I've been feeling fine during my matches. So although I'm thrilled to get this far, I can't say I'm surprised; when you put in the hard work, it's only a matter of time before it pays off.

Today I slept in a little bit more, because I stayed up pretty late last night to write the blog :) After I got up we had a beautiful breakfast, a nice walk on the beach, went to the gym, warmed up on the court and had lunch before my match. At breakfast it was funny, we were taking pieces of bread and throwing them in the little pond next to the restaurant, which has fish in it. They were loving it.

During our walk today we went outside of the resort. All week I've been talking a lot about how the people here are so friendly and everything is beautiful, but it just takes a few steps away to see that it's a completely different world off the grounds. You see people striving to have a roof over their heads, struggling with just everyday things... again, we are so worried about rushing through things and getting things done but we never stop to think that there are many less fortunate than us out there, even just outside this resort. It opens your eyes. It makes me think, what's one tennis match when there are people wondering what they're going to eat out there? You just have to be thankful for whatever you have. I think I'm so lucky to be playing tennis and doing what I love.

I'm really looking forward to tomorrow's final. I just want to enjoy it and we'll see what happens. It'll be special. Lindsay is such a great champion and I've got so much respect for her. It's just great to see her back.

Until tomorrow,

Daniela

DimaDinosaur
Sep 15th, 2007, 08:21 PM
"All week I've been talking a lot about how the people here are so friendly and everything is beautiful, but it just takes a few steps away to see that it's a completely different world off the grounds. You see people striving to have a roof over their heads, struggling with just everyday things... again, we are so worried about rushing through things and getting things done but we never stop to think that there are many less fortunate than us out there, even just outside this resort. It opens your eyes. It makes me think, what's one tennis match when there are people wondering what they're going to eat out there? You just have to be thankful for whatever you have. I think I'm so lucky to be playing tennis and doing what I love."

:worship: Very deep and mature.

LudwigDvorak
Sep 15th, 2007, 08:22 PM
Hantuchova probably has the best blog I've ever read on that site. Schnyder's was good too. Elena's was so overrated, all she did was talk about eating. :tape:

But really, what a great blog. Smart lady. :worship:

sharapovarulz1
Sep 15th, 2007, 09:10 PM
She is such a caring girl, and you can tell it really comes from the heart!

Good look in the final Dani :)