Jelena’s wildcard play-off blog
14 Dec 2010
The first day of the Australian Open Wildcard Playoff is today. It is a round robin and in my group they are all juniors, so it should be interesting as I don’t know anything about them. I am looking at it as good practise and a good chance to get some matches. The weather has been a challenge and we have been trying to get some training in, mostly outdoors where we can. It can get very windy here on the outside courts at Melbourne Park and the weather changes very quickly. But I’ve been lucky I’ve had some good sessions outside and had another one yesterday before today’s match.
My focus right now is on staying mentally strong and being ready for the matches. If the rain comes and we are on and off the court then so be it, that is all part of tennis
Play starts at 10am and I am second on court. A lot of people ask about my match preparation and that sort of stuff, basically I had an easy day yesterday, trained in the morning and then rested up for the rest of the afternoon and watched a few movies. I want to see Beverley Hills Cop again, I have all three of them on my computer.
I definitely think I am ready for this event and have put in the hard work. For that I have my great team to thank and indeed the guys at the Michel Kratochvil Academy in Switzerland especially Michel, my coach Glenny Schaap and fitness trainer Marc Frey. I have been training there for the last four or five months and they have been really supportive and patient in pushing me and helping me. I’m looking forward to going back there next year when I am not travelling.
For now though my focus is on Melbourne. I have been running around Albert Park Lake and I also like to run around other parts of Melbourne. Sometimes we go to the beach and around the Botanic Gardens. It’s a very nice atmosphere, there are always a lot of people out running around getting fit, it is just so good. There is a big hill on the track around the Botanic Gardens some people chooses to run down it, others run up it. Of course my guys want me to run uphill and when I go with Glenn I definitely run uphill. He likes to make it challenging!
We have also been on some nice walks around the city but haven’t done too much of that as they want me to rest up and be sharp for the matches. Hopefully though I will get to go the Melbourne Zoo before we leave.
All tennis today though. Jelena
(Postscript: Jelena won her first Australian Open Wildcard Play-off match 6-2 6-2 against Viktorija Rajicic and plays Ashleigh Barty in the second round.)