Patty Schnyder's Cincinnati Blog
Published July 22, 2006 12:00
CINCINNATI, OH, USA - Patty Schnyder has fond memories of Cincinnati, capturing her 10th career Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles title here at the Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open one year ago. This week, the Swiss star lets us all follow along with her in her title defense, in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Player Blog.
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Unfortunately, I lost my semifinal match against Katarina Srebotnik today. I am obviously disappointed, but I try to take the positives from every match. It was great that I could come back from 4-1 down in the third set; to fight back and even get to match point was really good. But still, I wanted to win, it just didn't happen in the end. So, you go over some of the decisions you made, some of the corners you picked, some of the shots you should have taken bigger risks on; you want to improve those little things for next time. I always try to learn, because that helps keep me going.
I was really looking forward to playing the final, maybe against Serena. I was really focused on this match, but I was also thinking of the possible final. I always know the draws at the tournaments I'm in. I always want to win my match and play the next one. Unfortunately, that didn't work out today.
I give a lot of credit to Katarina. Some people underestimate her, but we all really know how much she has been improving all these years. She's at her best now and is still improving.
I really enjoyed writing this blog this week. It's a great way to communicate to the fans. It's also one-on-one, not like in the papers where they put one quote here and one quote there, and sometimes lose pieces of what I am saying. It's never the whole me that they pick. Blogs are more original, and it's easier to keep the fans close. And I always like talking about things other than tennis, the little things in life that happen every day. Some days you have more of them than others; you cannot always have something exciting to talk about every day. But I try. I like doing things other than tennis and it helps me if I don't just talk about the same thing all the time. I try to be me.
Now I'm off to the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, California. I'm feeling good going there, even though I lost today. You always want to play a final; that's why you work all year and come to each tournament. But it didn't work out this way this week, so I'm off to the next tournament.
Thanks for reading this week. I hope to do it again sometime, it was fun! Talk to you all soon.
Friday, July 21, 2006
So I finally got to see Pirates Of The Caribbean 2 on Thursday night. I really liked it. I'm usually very skeptical about movie sequels, because usually the first one is way better, but this one actually was better than the first. The character of Jack Sparrow is made for Johnny Depp. The music, the sets, the costume design and make-up were all wonderful, and the creatures were frightening. The best thing about this movie was that it had an open ending; there was a lot of stuff that wasn't really final. So, we can expect a third one. I'll definitely go and see that when it comes out!
My match tonight was a difficult test. It was a difficult night, with the rain and wind. Also, there were some fireworks going off in the sky from the amusement park nearby. So, those were distracting. But I was also a bit angry with myself about my game. I was struggling with my serve and forehand early in the match. I was having a hard time reading Sania Mirza's game too. I couldn't read her strokes, and she was playing so aggressive. All I could do was fight. Luckily I won that first set, and then in the rain delay in the second set I really regrouped.
If you have a little bit of a relaxing moment it really helps during a match. The rain delay helped. I talked with Rainer, changed my clothes because I was really sweaty, played two games of Space Invaders (no high scores, unfortunately), and just moved around a bit. I also signed some autographs! In the middle of the delay, some fans saw me sitting on the couches in the Player Lounge through the windows and started waving to me, so I went out and signed a few autographs. Normally in a rain delay you grab a snack, like a banana, but I didn't feel like eating.
After a really late match like this, you just have to eat, rest, and just hope you can fall asleep quickly so you can get your rest for the next day. Also, you hope you don't have to get up and go to the bathroom all night because of all the water you were drinking during the match! Luckily, my match is after a doubles match that starts at 3pm, so that's a late enough start.
It's been a long night so I'll keep today's entry a little shorter. I'll talk to you all tomorrow.