Alisa Kleybanova's Moscow Blog: Wed.
Published October 20, 2010 12:00
MOSCOW, Russia - Alisa Kleybanova has firmly established herself as one of Russia's best this year, winning her first two titles (in Kuala Lumpur and Seoul), and this week plays at home in Moscow. Catch up with the rising star now!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Hey everyone, another late night tonight - it's after midnight now!
Today was a big challenge for me against Sara Errani. I played her twice this year and lost both times - and both times I didn't play well at all, actually they were two of my worst matches of the whole year. She's not an easy one for me to play against. I was completely out of the match the last time we played, at the US Open - I can't even remember it that well, I was so out of it.
I had to go out there today and play my game without thinking of those previous matches. I had to be confident and believe I could win. I made too many errors the last two times I played her, but I knew if I stayed calm and just believed, I would be okay. I didn't play great, but in the important moments I finished strong. I accelerated at the end of each set and I'm very happy I won.
Tomorrow I don't have a match! I'll practice, but mostly I'm going to relax. I won't spend too much time at the tournament. I'll be at home! It's the end of the season, everyone's tired, everyone's making the last push... everyone needs some rest now and tomorrow will be my chance to do some of that.
My next opponent is Azarenka. The last time I played her was in the juniors, and now she's one of the best players in the world, I'm also doing very well, so it's going to be a very tough match. Another challenge for me. I do believe I can win. I want to go as far as I can in this tournament. Even though the two matches I played so far were tough, I'm feeling good. I'll save some energy tomorrow, go on the court on Friday and be aggressive, be myself. Hopefully I will have some Russian support! Thanks to all of you who keep cheering for me.
Talk to you all again tomorrow!
What non-Russian TV programs do you watch when you're travelling? Jordan, USA
Sometimes it's nice to watch some TV or movies from the US, but I don't really have a favorite. There are like 100 channels in America. If I'm tired I'll just go in the room and flip around, I'll even watch Animal Planet... but mostly I enjoy reading books and watching things in Russian. The Russian language is so rich and deep, and although I speak English, it's nice to understand completely what you're reading or watching, and I mostly get that with Russian things.