Sorana Cirstea's Paris Blog
Published February 11, 2010 12:00
PARIS, France - Having recently relocated to Paris to train at the Mouratoglou Academy, Sorana Cirstea has a special place in her heart for Paris. This week she blogs for us from the French capital, too.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
So I have been practicing really hard these past two days in Paris since I last wrote. A practice in the morning followed by fitness work, and then practice in the afternoon. Unfortunately I didn't have time to go to the Louvre with my dad and brother yesterday so we went to the Eiffel Tower instead. It was a pity for them to miss the Louvre, but they will get another chance next year!
Yesterday evening we went to this amazing French streak restaurant called l'Entrecote. They have this unbelievable sauce there for the steak, it was delicious, I had never tried anything like it before. The restaurant doesn't take reservations and you have people waiting in line, just to try this wonderful sauce!
Afterwards, it was really funny, we went to Haagen-Dazs and asked for the biggest ice cream possible. When we came out, at about 10:30pm, it was snowing and freezing cold. People were looking at us like we were crazy. We were laughing so much, it took us about half an hour to eat it, it was so huge.
Today I have just finished practice and we are taking a break in Starbucks, to warm up as is so cold outside! And then I will practice again this afternoon. My practice is going really well. Now I am at Mouratoglou I am trying to change a few things and be more aggressive with my game. It will take a little while to settle in but I'm really happy with how things are going at the moment and looking forward to putting it into match play at my next tournament.
I can't wait to get to Dubai, mainly because of the weather. It's so cold here, it's unbelievable. I leave tomorrow lunchtime and I'm looking forward to the heat and to actually sweating a little bit again! I am signing off from Paris so I hope you enjoyed my blog. I tried to make it more about my life off court, so I hope you have enjoyed reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it!
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Even though I lost to Melanie today I finally feel like I found my game. I really feel like I'm getting back on track. I have to take the positive things out of the defeat and start to get ready for Dubai. I have a flight to Dubai on Friday - so I am going to practice here in Paris for a few days before I take my flight.
My brother and dad are here in Paris with me so I'm going to try to take the opportunity to enjoy the city with them before I head to Dubai. I will stay here in the center of Paris instead of going to train at Mourataglou - it's easier to be here, but I love going to the academy when I can. I will try to go to the Louvre tomorrow with my dad and my brother. I have already been but they haven't. Then I will practice once in the morning and once in the afternoon.
I went for dinner last night at Barrio Latino - which has the same owner as Buddha Bar - it had a really nice atmosphere. People were dancing, which was really nice to watch. But I didn't dance - I was just there to eat!
One of the things I am most happy about is that my foot is feeling much better. It was giving me a lot of pain at the end of last year and was really bad in the off-season. Not many people know this but I was away for seven weeks and could only practice for two weeks before the Australian Open. Even after that I still had pain, so I didn't play Fed Cup. But here I already feel much better. I can push and play without thinking. Now everything is good and I feel pretty positive. At the end of the day, it's just a match, there have been a lot of changes in my life recently, and I'm just glad to be playing without pain.
The weather here is crazy. Last night my mother was sending me pictures from back home and there was half a meter of snow. When I woke up this morning and opened the curtains I thought to myself that Bucharest just moved to Paris.
It will be nice to get back into the sunshine in Dubai, especially for me as I love the sunshine.
Speak to you later in the week, when I'll tell you about my Paris adventures, and more food!
Monday, February 8, 2010
Hello everyone :)
I've been based in Paris since December and it has become one of my favorite cities. It has a nice atmosphere. I'm trying to learn the city, finding restaurants and shops... I've been to a lot of places, like yesterday we went out and walked back on the Champs-Élysées, it was beautiful, full of people even on a Sunday night... There's a restaurant I want to go to, Ciel du Paris, maybe tonight!
I love Paris because of the style too. There are some great shops and lots of classic styles. I love the language, too. Everyone speaks to me in French here and I have the basics, because I've been learning it for years, but if it's too complicated I speak to them in English :)
My academy is 30 to 45 minutes from Paris. When I train there I stay there and I love it. I've never been in an academy before and the people there are so happy - it's unbelievable training. But whenever I want I can come into the city - afternoons, evenings, weekends... I'm always back and forth.
I feel good about the tournament. It's my second year in a row here and it's a Gaz de France tournament - I'm sponsored by them - so I'm happy. I have a tough first match against Melanie Oudin tomorrow. I played her in Hopman Cup this year and lost. She's very solid. I'll just focus on my side of the court.
I'll take the afternoon off and relax today, have a nice dinner... I'll try another restaurant probably, I love going out for dinner!
Talk to you all again tomorrow,