My recovery is going well

My recovery is going well

It’s been an eventful week! I was obviously very happy with my play in Cincinnati. My match against Azarenka in the first round was one of my most fun matches in a long time; I really enjoyed the atmosphere in the stadium, and the intense competition.
 
Beating a top player gave me a lot of confidence and I was able to take that into my next matches. I have been asked many times in the past few months about when I am going to move up the rankings and compete for titles again. I always say it will take time and I have to be patient.
 
Even though I am very happy with my play last week, I am not getting too carried away. It’s important that I show consistency now.
 
What makes it even harder is the injury I got in the semis against Clijsters. It couldn’t have come at a worse time! I was very worried after feeling a crack, but then also very relieved when I found out that it is a strain rather than a bone fracture.

Kim again showed what a great person she is by her reaction to it all. Not only was she very sympathetic after the match but the next day, as she was preparing for the final and I was seeing the doctor again, she came to me again to show her support. It’s rare in tennis to see this kind of generosity and it meant a lot.
 
I was humbled by the fans’ response too. The Cincinnati tournament has improved a lot since last year and it’s definitely grown on me – I’m looking forward to returning in future years.

Now, about this injury: I had almost non-stop icing for two days, to prevent swelling. My ankle has reacted quite well to the treatment and I still hope to play in New Haven next week. It’s going to be touch and go, but fingers crossed. I’m in close contact with doctors, my new physio is doing a great job and together we are doing everything we can to be back on the court as quickly as possible, without taking any risks.
 
By the way, I was using a new racket in Cincinnati. I think Yonex will be launching it in the shops in the coming months – I was one of the first players to test it, and I really love it.
 
I received many messages of support, before and after this injury, and I’m very grateful to everyone who took the time to send me their wishes.
 
Love
Ana