I'm still pretty excited following our Fed Cup tie at the weekend. I was happy to contribute a point to the team, and Jelena did a great job in winning both her singles matches. I'm proud that we're finally in the top division of this competition.

I enjoyed the team atmosphere. We have good team spirit and it makes a nice change to be able to speak your mother tongue while at a competition, because usually I am speaking only in English when at tournaments.

I also enjoyed the chance to try out my Spanish and I hope to improve in this area in the future and not make any mistakes in my interviews!

Lleida was quite a peaceful place and the club was charming. We were made to feel very welcome and overall it was a great weekend, both on and off the court.

Personally, it was a very good start to my clay court season. It was almost a year since my last match on clay and to come up against a top 20-ranked player who loves the surface was not easy. I'm very happy with my win and I'm looking forward to my next tournament in Rome.

I'd like to thank everyone for their messages of support and congratulations before and after this victory in the Fed Cup.


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