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Old Oct 16th, 2012, 02:25 AM   #9
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Re: The end of the year thread (Moscow, Istanbul)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Hello and welcome to my first WTA Blog!

I played the Kremlin Cup last year and I was really surprised at how slow the courts were, so this year I came a few days earlier to practice here. I knew what to expect. So for sure this year will be better for me than last year!

I had my first match today against Francesca Schiavone. I don't think I was focused well in the beginning and she started very well, and so I went down 2-0. But after those two games I really started believing I could win this match. I started to play better and came back - I was happy with how I played today.

Francesca is a very, very tough player. A great fighter. She's more dangerous on clay because she plays with so much topspin. I'm not sure she's playing as well as she was when she won Roland Garros, but she's still great. After the match she was talking to me a little bit - she's a really nice person, as well.

This is the last week of the season for me, and looking back, it has been a tough year. In the beginning of the year I was playing week after week so I could get to the Olympics, and then in between Wimbledon and the Olympics I played in the US too - if I knew I'd make the Olympics, I wouldn't have played in between! I was playing so much this year and I'm a little bit tired.

But on the other hand, I've been playing very well in the second half of the year. I'm really happy about it. My goal was actually to be in the Top 50, so if someone told me at the beginning of the year I'd be Top 30, I would be so happy. I think my best memory was my first final of a WTA tournament, in 's-Hertogenbosch. I love playing on grass and I played really well there, so I think that was my best memory in 2012, but there are a lot of other good ones.

Have a nice day everyone and I'll write you all again tomorrow

Oh and also, to my coach... Happy Birthday!!

Ula


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