Elena Baltacha's Birmingham Blog: Wednesday
Published June 09, 2010 12:00
BIRMINGHAM, England - With her best career results under her belt over the last 12 months, Elena Baltacha is hovering around a career-high right now and comes into the grass court season as Britain's No.1. Catch up with her now!
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
I can't say that Wednesday was the best day I've ever had. I woke up feeling okay and determined to give my first round match against Kaia Kanepi a really good go. As I wrote in my blog yesterday, I got sick at the weekend and even though the rain yesterday gave me an extra day, it turned out it wasn't enough.
I felt okay during the warm-up but as an athlete you know deep down when you are asking a bit too much of your body. By 1-2 down I felt absolutely terrible. It's a horrible feeling to be on court and feel sick. I tried to battle on because retiring from matches really doesn't sit well with me at all so I got the doctor and the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour trainer on to see if there was anything they could do. The Tour trainers are fantastic and we players owe them a lot because they always do absolutely everything they can to try to get players out there and playing, whatever aches, pains or illnesses they have. They gave me some medication but it didn't have much effect and by the time I'd lost the set 6-1, I knew that I had no chance of continuing.
When I fell ill on Saturday, my symptoms seemed to tally with sunstroke but my coach Nino and are beginning to suspect that it might be some kind of food poisoning because it's hit me pretty hard but I'll be having a blood test just to rule out anything else. My priority now is to rest up and make sure I'm good and ready for the AEGON International, which starts on Monday.
There is a really strong field there - the likes of Caroline Wozniacki and Kim Clijsters - and so even though I'm ranked No.63 in the world, I still need a wildcard to get in. The news came through today that I've been given one and I'd like to thank the organisers. I really enjoy playing down there by the seaside, where the crowds really know their tennis and get behind the British players. I'm going to do everything I can to make sure I'm ready to give that tournament a really good pop.