LINZ, Austria - Yanina Wickmayer had broken through on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour before, winning her first title at Estoril in the spring, but in New York last month she broke into the biggest spotlight there is, making it all the way to her first Grand Slam semifinal. The Belgian teenager is our blogger this week
Oct 13th, 2009, 06:16 PM
Monday, October 12, 2009
Hello everyone and welcome to my first blog!
After the US Open, I went back home for a little while and just relaxed and recharged. I also had to take care of my leg, which I injured at the end of the two weeks in New York. It was a long summer - I played a lot of matches and was away from home for a long time. I was excited to find out how many people were following my matches. When I got back, I was just doing press for a day or two.
Of course, Kim also did pretty well at the US Open :) It's exciting for Belgian tennis to have her back. When she was playing before I wasn't on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour yet, so that was actually the first time I played the same event as her. To be around her was great. It's also very exciting Justine is coming back. I'm excited to be a part of this new time for Belgian tennis!
I played my first tournament back after the US Open in Beijing last week. It was maybe a little early for me to travel again because I didn't feel I was home long enough, but I had a great time at the China Open anyway. I had a good singles match and played well in doubles. Late last week I left for Linz...
I came to Linz on Saturday and I've already had a lot of fun. We did a photo op on the roof of one of the buildings downtown, which had a Ferris Wheel and an observation deck to look over the whole city - it was just amazing. I played some mini-tennis with Flavia Pennetta too. It was a long trip from Beijing but I feel great anyway, the people here are so friendly and take good care of us. And I love playing indoors, I love playing in Europe... I'm really looking forward to this week. I decided to play here at the last minute and they gave me a wildcard, so I'm also very thankful to the tournament. Hopefully I can do well!
I'm also looking forward to doing my first blog for the Tour! Please send me some of your questions... I'm off to the player party now. I'll tell you about the fancy dresses and the party tomorrow. That's all for now!
Oct 13th, 2009, 06:18 PM
love her blog! :)
hope her leg is okay now :unsure:
Oct 13th, 2009, 06:35 PM
Aww nice blog, Thanks for posting can't wait for tomorrow's :)
Oct 14th, 2009, 12:36 AM
Thanks so much :yeah:
Oct 14th, 2009, 05:07 PM
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I haven't been to many player parties yet but last night's was really fun. When I saw the dresses I thought they looked kinda funny, but after I chose one and tried it on, it didn't look too bad! It's a tradition here to wear the Austrian dresses and so many players wore them. It was really cool.
At the party they had these dancers who did a great job, and the food was really good. I went with my dad and then Monica Niculescu sat with us, then Sorana Cirstea, Dulgheru, Olaru - basically all the Romanians! It was really fun. There was this singer - he was great but then he started trying to get us all to sing, holding the microphone up to us - we were all hoping he wouldn't come to us!
At the end we went on stage and showed our dresses, and some players got prizes... I really enjoyed it. It was only the second player party I've been to and I was really impressed. Unfortunately I had to give the dress back :( I left around 9:30 and it was time to go to bed, I've been an early sleeper this week!
I didn't have a match today but I had a good day of practice - once in the morning with Carla Suárez Navarro and once in the afternoon with my coach. Then I went to see the physio and went back to rest after that. I just came back from dinner and have been reading for a bit. I've been reading Twilight - I got the first one and finished in like two days, then it took me two or three days to get through the second one, and now I'm about halfway through the third one. I guess in another day or two it'll be finished :) I haven't seen the movie though. That's the first thing on my list when I get back home!
It will be the first time I'm playing Timea Bacsinsky tomorrow. She's a good player and has had some great results. Every match is tough, they're all good players here. I'm really excited to go on court. I'll give my everything and hopefully it will be enough. I play pretty late tomorrow so I'm just going to relax in the morning before heading to the club and preparing for it.
Oh and one more thing... my last name, Wickmayer, is Austrian. Distant relatives on my dad's side were Austrian. So, I'm hoping my name will bring me some luck this week :)
Talk to you again tomorrow!
What are your favorite bands? - Nicole, Australia
I love R&B but I have a bit of everything on my iPod. My favorites are Akon, David Guetta, Rihanna, Ne-Yo...
Do you see yourself winning a Grand Slam one day? - Fiorella ;)
Every tennis player dreams of winning a major or being No.1 in the world. Mine is definitely winning a Grand Slam. I did well at the US Open but I'm not going to tell myself I have to go that far at every Grand Slam I play. But hopefully I'll get to the finals one day and win one. I'm doing everything I can to get there. As for which one I'd like to win... of course I love the US Open, I lived in the States for three years so it's sort of like home for me, and I also like the French Open because it's actually close to home and a lot of people come to watch me. But I also enjoy playing on grass at Wimbledon, and the Australian Open is a really nice time of year. Of course it would be great to win any of them :)
Oct 14th, 2009, 05:25 PM
that´s nice:D.I am going to ask her something but I just dont know what can I ask:(
Oct 14th, 2009, 05:33 PM
thanks Dorien! I love Twilight as well :hearts: she's addicted :sobbing:
I asked her the second question :p
Oct 15th, 2009, 03:22 AM
Nina is so :cool:
Oct 15th, 2009, 12:21 PM
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
It was a late finish today but I'm happy I was able to win. The matches before mine were pretty long so I didn't get on court until about 530 or 6. Timea and I had a close one too and after the match I had some things to do so I'm writing this at 11pm tonight :) It was very tough, but we both played well, especially we served very well. It was a good win for me. I'm already thinking about tomorrow's match with Dulgheru, I'm on third after 2pm. I've played her once before on clay and I won that, but it was close. she has a good defensive game, serves well and has a great backhand. She's strong. I'm just going to be aggressive and play my game, like I did today.
After sleeping in a bit, getting breakfast and going to the gym, I went to the club around noon today. I hit with my coach and then waited around quite a bit. I passed the time by reading more of Twilight :) I listened to some music too.
One really cool thing here is that they let us choose the songs we walk onto the court to, and today I wanted the new Akon song... I won't write the title here because there's a bit of a bad word in it, but it was really funny because they translated the title into German, and I saw some of the looks on people's faces in the crowd... My coach was laughing about it. Anyway, they are really making us feel at home here. I love that song and it was great to hear it on the way out.
My leg was hurting a bit so I just got some physio done. I probably won't go to sleep just yet because I haven't even gotten back yet, so I will probably read a bit more of my book before bed. Nothing too special today... maybe something great will happen tomorrow, who knows! I'll be done earlier so I will try to entertain you all a little bit more :) Oh and I also hope to see some snow on the ground tomorrow - can you all help me and pray for some snow?
Talk to you tomorrow!
Apart from Twilight, what else do you enjoy reading? Yuki
I do a lot of reading because we do a lot of waiting around. I read a little bit of everything: sports, autobiographies, and now, I guess, vampires... It changes quite a bit. I enjoy relaxing with a book, putting some music on...
Oct 16th, 2009, 03:18 AM
Nina is awesome :hearts:
Oct 16th, 2009, 06:03 AM
I love Nina :haha: She chose to walk out to 'Sexy Bitch'. That's hilarious.
Loving her blog :hearts: Wicky <3.
Oct 16th, 2009, 04:35 PM
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Well it was another tough one but I beat Alexandra Dulgheru today to reach the quarterfinals, 26 63 61. I didn't start well - I made a lot of mistakes in the first set and just couldn't get into it. I wasn't being aggressive enough. In the second set I started off with 15-40 on my serve but just tried to keep fighting and hang in there... I focused on improving with every shot, and I won the second set fighting for every point. In the third set I played really well, moving into the court, being aggressive and just basically playing my game. I'm happy I won.
My next match is against another player who is very consistent and doesn't give you a lot of mistakes, Sara Errani. I played her at the US Open and won, but I was playing really well that match, and I'll have to do it again. She has really good spin on her forehand. Hopefully I can make a better start in that one!
It snowed a little bit today but it didn't stay! I guess you guys didn't pray enough for it :) Apparently half an hour from here it's snowing really hard. Maybe it'll be like that here in a few weeks...
I woke up pretty late today because I was up so late last night. I slept until 9:30 then had a nice breakfast, went to the gym, got back into Twilight for a bit... there's the most amazing fight right now and I just want to keep reading!
We went to the courts around 12 and had a hit, had lunch, then hung around a little bit. I got my leg taped before the match - my hamstring was hurting yesterday and the physios did a really good job on me, much less pain today. I'm really thankful. I got myself ready, got my racquets ready, got dressed, warmed up... then went on court. I had the same song as yesterday play as I went out but I don't think they did the translation this time! I'm going to stay with that song because so far it has brought me luck... as long as I keep winning...
After the match I did some press, got a really nice dinner at the club, went to the physio... I just got back to the hotel now and I'm going to read a bit more then go to sleep. Another long day tomorrow!
Have a good night :)
How do you feel about qualifying for Bali? Marc, Belgium
I'm really excited. It was announced earlier this week. I thought I'd be going but now that it's official, it feels great. It's a bonus for a great year for me. I've heard it's a great tournament and it's my first time going there, so it's perfect!
What do your fans mean to you? Mario, Netherlands
A lot. I can't imagine having a career without the fans. They always follow my matches, even on live scores, support me... the best ones are the ones who support you when it's not going great, in the tough moments. They make tennis exciting during the matches too. It's nice for us to play in front of them.
Oct 17th, 2009, 07:56 AM
Yanina Wickmayer. Maybe the best young and upcoming player on the tour? I would say, YES!
I saw her live in Linz for the first time (i missed all of her US Open matches :( ), i sat 3 days in the front row ;) and i have to tell you i'm impressed. She is really a very strong young talent. She hits the ball very hard from anywhere on the field and doesn't quit, even she has 2 miss hits in a row. Her serve is very strong and is one of her weapons. I'm also very excited about her net approches.
The only "weakness" i see is her movement on the court. She struggles a little , when she gets moved from side to side. Ok she is tall, but i think she has to work on her footwork.
All in all once again i have to say, i'm impressed and i really believe, Yanina could be a future top 5 player or even more!
Yanina you've got a new fan!!!:bounce:
Oct 17th, 2009, 01:51 PM
Friday, October 16, 2009
Hello again everyone!
It was another tough one today. I played Errani at the US Open so I knew what to expect: she doesn't make a lot of mistakes and makes me work hard for every point. I just stayed aggressive, placed my shots well and tried to keep her running. She broke me back at the end but I'm happy with the way I played overall. My leg is getting better every day, too - the physios have been helping me so much this week. I'm very thankful for the job they've been doing.
Tomorrow I'm playing Flavia Pennetta in the semifinals, the first time I've ever played her. She got to the Top 10 for the first time this year and is playing really well, but since I've never played her, I'll probably be searching at the start for the best way to play her. But I know I'll play my game and stay aggressive. I'm very excited to go out there. I'm going to give it everything I have.
I had a good dinner again! Ice cream too :) Other than that today it was the same rituals... nothing exciting really! The crowds here are great, they really get into it. I love it. I've been getting more and more used to the courts and the atmosphere. Hopefully I can go on a little longer :)
I only have five more pages of Twilight! I'm definitely going to read the rest before I go to bed. The fight is over; who knows what's waiting for me the rest of the book. I actually read the part about the fight right before my match today and I was all excited, which may have helped me :) Okay, I'm obsessed with this book. Everyone is laughing about this because I have (nearly) read all three books but I've never seen the movie. I'm going to see it when I get home. They're also telling me the guy in the movie is really cute, but I'll have to go and judge for myself when I see it. We all fall for different types you know!
I was also happy to see Tamira practicing today, it was the first time I've seen her practice this week. She has been injured since Wimbledon and it's a great thing she's back on the court. We hang out sometimes. I'm happy she's healthy again. Hopefully she comes back strong next season.
I've also got a birthday coming up next week, my 20th :) I'm not really thinking about it this week, and I'll be playing Luxembourg next week, and then I'll only have a few days before I leave for Bali, so I may have to wait until I get back home after all of that to celebrate. I might have to combine my birthday with Christmas! 20... I guess I'm not going to be a teenager anymore. People are telling me I'll have to act a little different now, more mature, and I don't know if I'm ready! But I know people who are 40 who say they're still not mature yet. My birthday will only mean I'm one day older, after all. Who knows!
Well I'm off to bed now, after I get to the ending of Twilight... I'll talk to you all again tomorrow. Have a good night!
How did you celebrate your semifinal finish at the US Open? Phil
I have to admit, I didn't. I was so tired when I got back home. I had such a huge jetlag because I had been in the States for seven weeks, my rhythm was so messed up. I slept a lot... I saw friends, did some shopping, went to movies... but after a few days I started practicing again to get ready for Beijing. Maybe I'll put the US Open in with my birthday and Christmas for one big party!
How did the nickname Wicky come about? Barbara, Brazil
When my dad was a kid, that was his nickname. One day a few months ago, my physical coach said it, 'Come on Wicky, let's go!' and it just stuck. It came naturally. People used to call me Nina before, but lots of people are called Nina anyway. Wicky is more personal, more unique. I like it.
Oct 17th, 2009, 08:59 PM
Saturday, October 17, 2009
I'm feeling pretty good right now :) It was a great win for me today, the biggest of my career until now, and it's amazing to be in my third final of the year. There were lots of people and it was an amazing crowd, so I really enjoyed it.
After I went up 4-1, Pennetta started playing really well, and she served for the first set at 5-4. But I broke her back and won the tie-break, which is important in the later rounds, because it gives you a huge boost. In the second set I focused on being aggressive, holding my serve and putting pressure on hers... I broke her at 3-all and again in the last game. I'm so happy with how I played, everything I did. I fought very hard and was positive the whole match. My dad and my coach are really happy for me. I'm very excited too!
I watched a little bit of Petra's match, which was before mine. She played really aggressively. Agnieszka looked a little tired - she has played a lot of matches in the last few weeks - but Petra was moving into the court well and hitting big lefty serves. I played her at the US Open and we had a very tough match, I won 7-5 in the third. Actually, before I went on court today, she told me she was hoping for some revenge in the final - well I made the final now, so I guess she'll have it if she beats me! She'll have to work hard for that one though ;)
I finished Twilight last night. It ended like the others, hinting there's more to come. I'll have to wait a while to read the next one though, or maybe I'll just read it in English, I don't know if I can wait until 2010!
Everyone has been telling me that if I win tomorrow, I'm No.20. My main focus is playing a really good match tomorrow, and if I win, the No.20 is a bonus. It's my goal for the end of the year, but if I don't do it here, I have Luxembourg and Bali too. I'm not going to put any more pressure on my shoulders!
I'm starting to wonder if the wildcard has brought me luck this week, or maybe the blog... or maybe both... anyway, I'll talk to you tomorrow!
What is the strongest part of your game? Andrew, Singapore
I think just being overall aggressive and fighting hard. When I'm serving well and moving into the court with my shots, I'm playing my best. My fighting spirit has helped me through so many matches lately too. I'm getting faster and stronger and hopefully I can keep going like this.
Do you ever watch men's tennis? Dave, USA
I do sometimes, though I must admit, I haven't seen anything from the men's tournament in Shanghai this week. I know Davydenko beat Djokovic today, but the rest I haven't really checked out. If there's any men's or women's tennis on TV I usually check it out, but if I've practiced and played myself all day, I'm not so sure :) One player I do love watching is Venus. She has always been one of my favorite players. Whenever she's playing, I'll probably keep the TV on!
Oct 17th, 2009, 09:06 PM
i love her blog! :sobbing:
she's so cute! :awww:
Oct 18th, 2009, 05:59 AM
Oct 18th, 2009, 05:59 AM
Oct 18th, 2009, 06:14 PM
Yanina's blog is just great. She seems a really nice and freindly person.
She won Linz! I had this "she's gonna win it" feeling since i saw her for the first time on Thursday. Today she really played well.
I hope she can continue her streak in Luxemborg and Bali ;)
Oct 18th, 2009, 08:25 PM
welcome, rechi :wavey:
Oct 18th, 2009, 08:35 PM
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Well it's my last day as a blogger and as a Linz player!
I'm feeling very good actually :) For the first time this week I knew exactly when I was going to play, 1pm, so I had a very good match preparation. Woke up early, had a nice breakfast, a good hit, got a little bit of pasta for lunch... then went on court. It was my third final this year and I was really excited. Also, I'm turning 20 on Tuesday, and I wanted to turn 20 on October 20 as No.20 in the world, and I knew I had to win today to do that... it was a big goal for me!
I played a great match. Congratulations to Petra on a great week, and she played a very good match today also, but I was able to make her play a lot of balls and put a lot of pressure on her with my serve and moving into the court well. I think I was mentally and physically better on the important points, too. So, I'm happy to win my second title of the year here in Linz.
It has been a wonderful week. I enjoyed every minute of it, it's going to be one of my favorite tournaments now, for sure :) The crowd was incredible, they were cheering for me... After the match I got a big hug from daddy and a high-five from my coach, then took a shower, did press, visited the VIP lounge, some more press now... and then of course talking to you guys! I'll go and have dinner now, stretch with the physio and then get ready to leave for Luxembourg...
I'd also like to thank my dad and coach. I had some tough moments and whenever I needed to get my rhythm back they were always there for me. Without them I don't know if I would have won this title. Also thanks to everyone at the tournament and sponsors who made this week a big success. I got a nice big trophy... it's going to be at my house in front of all of the others!
The blog was really fun! I hope you guys enjoyed it too. It was my first time doing it for the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour website and it brought me a lot of luck, hopefully I'll win the tournament next time I do it too! Thank you for reading!
Please come to my website, www.yaninawickmayer.com! Normally I do a blog every few weeks, depending on how much time I have, but there are other things too. Thanks again for all of your support and we'll speak again soon!!
Oct 19th, 2009, 02:47 AM
Too bad I can't read her website since I don't speak Dutch :ras:
Oct 19th, 2009, 08:43 AM
You can read her blogs in English on her forum ;)
They choose the right blogger this week :cool:
Oct 20th, 2009, 01:33 AM
Oct 20th, 2009, 08:23 AM
There is an english part on her forum and there we translate the blogs. If you go to the website, on the right you can click on the word forum :p