Letter from Stuttgart

Hello again,

This week it was all about tennis. As you can imagine, I am very happy to have left Beijing with my second title of the year and the seventh of my career. To be honest, I wasn’t that excited about making the long trip back to Beijing after just having been there a few weeks ago but of course now I am happy to have gone. The people have really been very welcoming and I even started to like the food!

It took me a little while to get into the tournament, but with each match I grew in confidence and played better and better. The semi final against Vera was particularly tough but once I got through that three set match I had a lot of confidence going into the final. I knew that playing Svetlana wasn’t going to be easy especially as she beat me the week before in Tokyo but I just went out there knowing what i need to do in order to win. I played a good match and I stuck to the game plan I had going into the match. Playing tennis at this level, small differences make a big difference and in the final I just felt as if everything clicked.

I then made the long journey back to Europe. I have arrived in Stuttgart where I will get a late start to play my first match on Thursday. I haven’t even had the chance to look at the draw but I will just try and stay focused on my game and continue with my work. I have a couple of activities to do before I start including a media roundtable today. I may go to the player party this evening if I am not too tired and if I can figure out what to wear! I have to get rid of all my summer clothes and get the warm winter clothes because here in Europe is quiet cold.

I hope to get over the jet lag soon because being wide awake at 3am and dead tired at noon is not fun at all! As long as I don’t fall asleep during my match I should be ok! Also I forgot to say that I am so excited to have both of my parents here with me at the tournament. My mom always travels with me as you all know and my dad arrived last night from America to see me…

That’s all for now. Thanks for following along.

With Love

JJ

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