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!