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I have a daughter and a family.
– Kim Clijsters
When I was younger I used to be devastated if I would lose.
I said in my mind, ‘keep fighting.’
People get so stressed and nervous and mad.
It’s been a year of many more downs than ups.
Obviously I’m very disappointed. I trained very hard this summer and felt in a good shape to play the U.S. Open.
I am happy to have played a match and break the rhythm of daily training.
I’m happy I was able to stick through it and was being very disciplined with what I had to do, because I know eventually hard work will pay off. It’s only a matter of now just trying to make sure I get matches under my belt and I feel more and more comfortable playing matches.
I would love to do well one last time in Melbourne and my dream would be to win Wimbledon and play in the London Olympics.
Physically, I feel extremely well, perhaps fitter than ever.
We have a tough schedule this summer, so I have to plan my schedule wisely if I want to be able to last throughout the season.
I know that I’m going to have to work hard, keep working hard, and not because of this victory think, ‘I’m back.’ I don’t think like that. I’ll definitely work hard. Things are not going to be easy. I might lose first round next week. You never know.
It makes you also realize, ‘OK, I’m excited to play tennis, and I work really hard to be the best tennis player I think I can be,’ but I don’t waste my time on stupid stuff, you know what I mean.
There have been many moments over the last year when I thought it was all over.
These were the moments when I was disappointed and frustrated, when I got so low because it seemed all my hard work had been wasted. But the moments passed, and the motivation to go back to rehab was there again.
I’ve worked really hard, but it’s definitely not been easy.
So far, and today, everything felt really great. Now I am good to get on the plane and fly to Australia.
I’ve been practicing for a while now and physically trying to get in better shape as well after the injuries.
All my time in rehab has made me appreciate tennis more than ever.