New York-bound

New York-bound

I’m looking forward to playing Serena again on Monday night in New York. It’s a little strange that we play each other two times in a row, considering that I only played her once in a number of years before this month. I really enjoyed our match in Dubai and felt like I had my chances.

In Dubai the tournament kindly invited us to stay at the Burj Al-Arab hotel, which was amazing. It’s one of the most famous hotels in the world, and they say that they are the only seven-star hotel: it’s easy to see why! Everything about the hotel is incredible, especially the service: they really don’t let you lift a finger!

Craig and I have been working well together on the court. He is very positive and I like his coaching philosophy so far. For example, he is more concerned with tactics and dominating opponents instead of looking closely at technique and videos; I think this suits me.

Dubai was good progress for me. I felt like I was getting my confidence back and playing some aggressive tennis. It was a good start to our coaching relationship and hopefully I can continue to improve in America over the next month.

The exhibition in New York promises to be a great event. I’m very much looking forward to playing at Madison Square Garden for the first time, and this no-advantage scoring is going to be very interesting.