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26.08.13 NYC blog

Safely arrived in New York for the US Open and relaxing today with my cute friend Jack :)

Safely arrived in New York for the US Open and relaxing today with my cute friend Jack :)

Hello from New York City! I got here late last night after the final in New Haven and went to Flushing Meadows for my first practice on site this morning. Of course I was disappointed not to defend my title in New Haven but overall I found lots of positives to take and I’m looking forward to playing the final Grand Slam of the year.

The US Open is totally different to the other slams. New York is a crowded city, with a lot of noise and buzz. It’s nice to stay in Manhattan but takes a long time to get on site. It’s definitely more about the show here, that’s what people like to see. Of course I like to play on the big courts and the big matches, and to have a great crowd. I don’t hear the noise in the crowd and am able to concentrate easily.

Of all the grand slams, I have had the least success at the US Open, but every year I try to get better and that’s something to build on. It’s definitely motivation for me to get past the fourth round and I feel like I have had great preparation again this year.

I have some very good news! My coach David has a new baby boy called Vincent, who was born last night. It’s very nice for him to be home with his family and I’m very happy for him that Vincent arrived safely. Petr Pala, our Czech Fed Cup captain, is here with me instead so it’s good to have a familiar face and someone who knows me well. Petr did a good job in New Haven, he was calm and positive even though I played badly in my first two matches. He is in contact with Marek and David every day and he knows how I think in matches so it’s working well and he can help me a lot.

Away from the court, I would like to see a musical on Broadway – Mamma Mia if it’s playing – and if I have time I would like to go site seeing maybe to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. I also like to shop, as any girl, but I try to save that until the end of the tournament and shop as a treat to myself.

Wish me luck!

Petra

Comments

  • Aaron Banks,

    good luck Petra, I believe you have an easy road to the quarterfinals. I think you’ll do better at this US open than you ever have before.

  • Abdul Wahab,

    It is nice to hear that everything is fine for you. Your big game always amazes me. More over your personality is excellent. First time I know you when you won Paris indoor in 2011. You won against Kim Clister into 2 sets; 6-4, 64. Your wore blue sport apparel at that moment. Since then, I become a big fans of you. At the beginning, I always hope a winning match from you. When you lost in quarter final , for example, I didn’t want to see the rest of the game, even Serena goes to final. and then I realize, I don’t want to add more burden with my attitude. Right now I decide to support you in every situation. If you win the game, I am so happy,but if you lost the game, I just hope you could win in the next tournament. That is the best attitude of me. I like to play tennis so much. I am lefty too. So, we have something in common. I bought my BLX Wilson Racket because you used it in 2011. My support is always for you, Even though Tennis is not too popular in Indonesia, but for me tennis is an independent game. When I am on the court, I should take responsibility for everything. That’s an amazing aspect of tennis. So, Good luck Petra, I’m hoping you improve your performance in the US Open.

  • Lennart Svahn,

    good luck ! let your great forehand “talk”.

  • boseasamuel,

    i am u big fan and i love watching u play all the time.but you sometime give me almost heart attack when u lose or make some errors.so pls always try your maximum best because i known you very very best,that is why you are my favorite amount all the player.GOD be with you and i wish you all the very best.

  • Jeremy Holloway,

    Nice to hear a genuine human element to the tennis circuit rather than the media hype. Needless to say all the best for the tournament, I’m keeping all fingers crossed….

  • Muhamad Faisol,

    Hi Petra ..nice to hear from you as u will go to the next match in WTA schedule tournament …. from me as one of a lot of funs you , I would like to say GOOD LUCK AND BEST RESULT… Hope you qualify in Istanbul where the last place of championship and will be move to Singapore for next year…also you be back soon on top 10 at the end of this WTA year ..anyway I like the photo with smile baby in you.. He looks very kind …GOOD LUCK PETRA AND YOUR TEAM … ( DAVID with new baby ,congratulation and your new Fitness Coach ) ..

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