Three out of three ‘aint bad
17 Dec 2010
Three matches in three days and I am pleased that I have been able to have three wins and make the semifinals of the Australian Open Wildcard Playoff. It is always a bit tough coming in from Europe and then with the conditions being so variable the heat, wind and rain it is hard to play your best tennis. I never seem to play my best tennis at the Playoff but then when it comes to the tour I can take it up a notch.
Still it is good to get those wins under my belt. Whenever I go onto the court I go on there to win and while the match practice is valuable, I am out there to win. Today was the toughest match of the week and it went to three sets, but it was good to be tested and come through.
Glenny and I both agree we still have some work to do on all areas of my game. I also want to lift my first serve percentage. But all of these things will come with more hard work and more matches.
I can say I am very glad we have put in so much work in the last few months because I have just played three matches in three days and I feel really good. My body feels great and I am looking forward to more work.
I now play Alicia (Molik) in the semifinals on Saturday and that will be a tough match. We know each other’s games well and it is going to be interesting. I will be watching the weather forecast to see what conditions are going to be like.
Speaking of which, I notice there have been some massive storms in Brisbane. I hope they are all blown out by the time we get up there after Christmas!
Just before I go, I can tell you all I was named in the Fed Cup squad yesterday for the tie against Italy in Hobart next February. It is a big squad and I might not get to play because there are a lot of good players in the squad. But I am very happy to be named and I am always happy to play Fed Cup for my country. It is a great experience and I really enjoy the team environment. I think we will all get a chance to push our claims for a spot in the final team in the next few tournaments. It would be a great tie to play because we are back in World Group 1 for the first time in a while and we will have a strong team.