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It's been a thrilling start to the season. I can't over-emphasis how much I missed competing over the past few months.
I had my longest off-season and simply couldn't wait to get back on court.
I went into the Brisbane International with no expectations, because it was hard to know how I would perform after being away for three months.
I'm happy with my progress, although disappointed with my performance against Justine Henin in the semis.
I'd like to thank everyone who sent me a birthday message last week. I had a very nice time: a quiet dinner with friends!
It was my brother's 18th birthday last month – now THAT was a celebration! There were over a hundred people and most of them danced all night.
I've already started training again, to be ready for the new season. At the moment it's just fitness, but tennis will start next week, with Sven.
I guess having to withdraw from Beijing is an appropriate ending to a very disappointing season. This trip to Asia has been a big disappointment and I have struggled with my health pretty much since I arrived. I am sorry to my supporters who were hoping to see me play here in Beijing. It's very disappointing for me as well, to come here, see the amazing facility they have and not have the energy to be able to step onto court. I can only look forward to coming back here next year.
It's no secret that this is the most difficult time of my career so far. Losing in the first round of the US Open hurt a great deal, I can tell you that.
I feel mentally exhausted. This season has been very difficult in terms of my health and form: even though I'm in great shape in terms of my stamina and speed, I've been picking up so many small injuries. Just when I felt like I was close to getting back into my rhythm, I would feel pain in a new place, and then I'd feel like I'm starting all over again.
I feel refreshed after an enjoyable holiday. I think it is a great idea to have this mid-season break, as part of the Roadmap, and it has given me time to rest and reflect on my game. More importantly, of course, it has allowed me to get fit again after my injury.
Wimbledon seems like a long time ago. I did some fitness work during my holiday in Scotland and I've been training this past week in Spain. I am now on my way to America for what should be a six-week stay at least. I will play tournaments in LA, Cincinnati, Toronto and then the US Open.
It was a very disappointing end to Wimbledon. I think I have quite a high threshold for pain and have got through quite a few matches when I wasn’t feeling well, but on Monday the pain was too much. I couldn’t carry on.
On the positive side, the injury isn’t very serious. Unfortunately I had to wait almost four hours to see a doctor, which was quite stressful because I didn’t know how serious it was. Luckily it’s just a small tear and I’ll be able to train again in a week.
I’m very pleased with how the first week of the tournament went. I obviously didn’t plan on having to save match points in my first match, but it was a great match to come through and I have improved with each match since then.
I was especially pleased with how I played on Saturday against Samantha Stosur. She’s a very dangerous player but I felt like I did almost everything very well and didn’t give her a chance to play well. It was one of my best performances of the past few months and gives me a lot of confidence for my match against Venus today.
I’ve had a lot of tough, close matches in my career and yesterday’s was definitely one of them. It’s always extra satisfying to win a match when you have been match point down.
I’ve done it quite a few times in my career, and a few times here actually. The most important thing in this situation is to try and play without emotions. If you think, “I must win this point” or “I must break her here” then you are putting extra pressure on yourself and that’s never a good thing. Instead, you have to concentrate on your tactics: what you have to do technically to win the point.
I’ve been in England for almost two weeks already. I practised at Roehampton before playing Eastbourne. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t so good to begin with, so I wasn’t able to practise on grass as much as I had planned.
Eastbourne is a cute place. I love the sea, so I enjoyed being so close to it during this tournament. The Devonshire Park club is also very nice and the quality of the grass there is fantastic. It’s a shame I couldn’t stay longer.
I was quite pleased with my first round match yesterday. I served well for most of the match and I hit a lot of winners. There is a lot to improve on, but for a Grand Slam first round, it was pretty good.
My opponent Sara Errani played very well. She wasn't making many mistakes and gave me a tough match. I'm happy to be through and playing my next match on Wednesday.