I’m happy to say the old Jelena is back! Cincinnati was really great. I played some really good tennis and beat some very good players. It had been a while since I did that. I had been working very hard and stayed really positive, and I knew my time was coming. My match against Elena Dementieva in the semifinals was so tough and it finished so late.
I was down 6-2 in the tie-breaker in the third set but won, which was unbelievable for me. I was exhausted for the final with Safina and it was such a hot day, but I stayed strong and calm and I executed my shots. I did everything right that day. Beating the No.1 player in the world in a final was very important for me. My dad and coach and boyfriend were all there with me, too. It was a great week.
From there I went to Toronto and had some more good wins. I won a tough one against Schnyder and played one of my best matches of the year with Clijsters. Kim played really, really well. Even though she hasn’t played for a while, she played like the No.1 player in the world that night. Physically it took a lot out of me, though. We finished at 1 am, and I didn’t get to sleep until about 4 am because our hotel was an hour away from the courts!
The next day, my body was completely destroyed. I had no gas left in my tank. I felt really flat in my quarterfinal with Kleybanova. I was down in the first set tie-breaker but came back to win it, then I was down in the second set and came back too. I had a match point in the second set tie-breaker and she served really short, I was too far back and wasn’t ready for it. It was like a drop shot! I didn’t use my opportunity at all.
I lost the second set and in the third, I just couldn’t go anymore. It was my limit. There were also some really strange calls that night. I hit a serve that was so far out but nobody called it, and I had to challenge it. I challenged my own serve to be out! I’ve never seen that before. The umpire didn’t see anything. It was unbelievable. It’s not appropriate for a professional match on that level. It took a lot of energy out of me. I tried everything that night, but it just wasn’t enough.
The most important thing about the last few weeks, though, is that I’m back. My level of tennis has really lifted up. I’m moving well, hitting the ball well and I’m confident about my game. I needed these matches and these wins. Now I can go into the US Open confident about my chances. I was a finalist last year and I just love playing there. The atmosphere, the crowd… Especially those night matches, they’re just electric! No other tournament has that. It’s unbelievable to be there and to perform. Hopefully, it will be my stage.
I took yesterday off and today I will as well. I need to rest up and recharge my batteries, and then I will train all week. I’m feeling a bit of a cold right now. My immune system is down a bit from not sleeping much in the last few weeks. Hopefully, I can get over this quickly!
I love New York. Other than my hometown of Belgrade, it’s one of my two favorite cities, next to Rome. It’s huge and there’s so much to do. You have so many kinds of shopping, people and restaurants. It really is the city that never sleeps. It suits my personality: I’m hyperactive! I like doing a lot of things. Right now maybe not because I’m quite tired, but in a few days I’ll be back to normal and I can enjoy it and have fun here 🙂
Last time I talked about giving up coke and junk food… I’m proud to tell you I’ve been keeping it up. I’m learning more and more that when you give these up, you stop craving them at all. I don’t even want these things anymore, and I feel so much better. When I’m playing a match I feel like I have more energy and am more fit. I’m moving as well as I ever have. I’m moving like a gazelle 🙂
Thank you for all of your support and I’ll talk to you again very soon!