Timea Bacsinszky's Luxembourg Blog: Tuesday

What does Timea think of her fellow Swiss tennis stars? And who is her toughest opponent? All that and more right here!

Published October 19, 2010 12:00

LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg - One year ago, Timea Bacsinszky won her very first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour title in Luxembourg, and now the young Swiss star returns to defend her crown - and write her first blog!

Timea Bacsinszky

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Hello again everyone! I just got back from the player party, which was really good. Tathiana Garbin, her friend and my coach were all sitting together at a table and there was a nice dinner and Italian music. I speak with Tathiana Garbin in Italian actually. I can speak a few languages... French, English, German, Hungarian and Italian. I can understand Spanish but can't speak a word of it myself! It's probably good because I would mix it up with Italian...

Tathy and I are really good friends. We started to play doubles together, then became friends, and she practiced with my coach as well. Every day we got to know each other better and she's a great example for me. We have the same kind of spirit and I'm thankful for everything she has helped me with. In the end it's her choice, but I hope she keeps playing for a long time :)

I don't start my tournament until tomorrow but I practiced twice today, did a bit of physio... getting everything ready for tomorrow. I'm not expecting anything huge from myself, although I think many other people might be! I'm just trying to have fun and enjoy my tennis and to me that's the most important thing. The results may or may not come. I just want to be me. Last year here, I was the last one to get into the main draw and nobody was even asking me how I'd do!

My first round match is against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova. I'm focusing on myself - I'll talk to my coach in the morning but if you think too much about your opponent, you forget the basics you have. I'm a pretty relaxed person...

Have a good night and keep the questions coming!


How do you feel about your country's success in tennis? Gavin
I'm really blessed to be Swiss. To grow up there with all of those role models was great. It can be more pressure because people expect more of you - for instance, if you make a Grand Slam quarterfinal, that might seem like a piece of cake to them! But I think it actually helps. They keep helping you achieve what you dream of. Players like Hingis, Federer, Schnyder... I wish I could have 10% of the career they have. Schnyder I have a lot of respect for especially, 10 or 15 years in the Top 20, I wish could say that when I turn 30.

When I was 10, Federer was 18 and playing in the Swiss championships and already on the ATP, and at school we had these agendas, and I cut one picture of him out and put him in there. I thought he was really good and he was so nice. Of course I didn't think he would become the greatest of all time...

Who is your most difficult opponent? Anna, USA
I could pick one player, but for me it could be a group of players... you might laugh, but if you check my stats against Romanian players, it's just awful. Dulgheru... Halep... Niculescu... I cannot win against them! And my dad even grew up in Romania, so I don't know what's going on there!!

** Editor's note... Timea is 2-5 against Romanians this year
** Editor's note... there are no Romanians in the draw in Luxembourg

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