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Rebecca Marino's Memphis Blog: Thursday

First WTA semifinal, favorite bands and novels... all that and more in Rebecca Marino's blog today. Read on!

Published February 17, 2011 12:00

MEMPHIS, TN, USA - Rebecca Marino has been rising quickly up the rankings and is now seeded for the first time at a WTA tournament, the Cellular South Cup. The young Canadian serves up her first WTA blog this week...

Rebecca Marino

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Hello once again!

I'm trying to vary up the beginning of every blog... don't want it always to be "Hey" or "Hi" or "Hello"... variety is always nice. It's a little difficult trying to find different ways to greet you. If I get stuck I can always say "Salutations"! But that's a little too proper I'm thinking...

Things are still going well for me down in Memphis. I won my match today against Vandeweghe 61 76(6). I was serving for the second set (and match) at 5-4 but couldn't close it out. Then I had to fight back a set point for her at 5-6 and managed to force the tie-breaker. The tie-break was normal until 5-5 when I double faulted, giving her another set point. I was able to fight back again and managed to pull off the win. Which means I'm in the semifinals now! It's my first semifinals in a WTA tournament, and I'm still the last seed standing in the singles draw. No pressure, eh? Haha I'm kidding, I'm taking it in stride and just want to go out and play a good match and fight hard. There's not much else I can do other than that!

Quick hockey mention here. Yes I'm warning you just in case you want to skip this part (though I don't know why you would. It's hockey, c'mon!) The Vancouver Canucks, who I must have mentioned far too many times already, are playing a game against the Nashville Predators tonight. Which is a major bummer because I feel I'm so close, yet so far! We're in the same state so it's very tempting to drive down there... I mean it's only 3.5 hours away, that's manageable right? Right?? Haha I'm totally kidding, because that's not what I'm here for! I'm here for tennis. Focus Rebecca, focus!

Done with the hockey, you're safe now!

And tomorrow if you are wondering why I've changed my shoelaces I will fill you in (because shoelaces are, like, so fashionable and, like, so important in my wardrobe!) You must have noticed my shoelaces, right? What no?!? That's a shocker! (Kidding of course). I have very narrow feet so when I tie up my laces they end up dragging on the ground no matter how I tie them. After a couple of weeks they shred to bits. So I went out and bought some other shoelaces while I was playing in Kansas City, and I use them once the other shoelaces are kaput. I have blue, green, orange, and white laces. Sporting the white ones tomorrow. Right on!

Apart from the usual tennis stuff, nothing too out of the ordinary happened today; business as usual! So finally I'll go to answering some of your questions! I love this part! :)

Do you like reading? What are your Top 3 novels? Marius, Canada
I love reading! My top three novels as of right now probably would be "The Book of Awesome" by Neil Pasricha, "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell, and "Rebecca" by Daphne du Maurier.

How do you calm your nerves before a match? Sudhakar, USA
Before a match I don't really get too nervous. I tend to find a quiet place where I can focus a little bit, and I will also go for a good warm-up/activation in the gym right before I go to play.

Did the Vancouver Olympics inspire you to play your best for Canada? Lewis, Canada
I'm not sure if it is specifically the Vancouver Olympics, but any time I see opportunities for athletes to represent their country on an international scale such as that, I am always intrigued. The Olympics is always very inspiring to watch too. I'm very proud to be Canadian, and I always try to do my best to represent my country as best I can.

Who are your favourite musical artists? Do you like any Canadian bands? Kirsten, Canada
Great question, I LOVE my music. Some of my favourite bands would be Breaking Benjamin, Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age, Angus & Julia Stone, and Mumford & Sons. As for Canadians I'll list the more recent artists, otherwise the list is too long. I enjoy the music of Sloan, Arcade Fire, The Barenaked Ladies, Mother Mother, Dallas Green, The Arkells, Billy Talent, and Three Days Grace. Honestly there are so many great Canadian artists it's amazing! Crazy talented these Canadians are! ;) I can't even list all the ones I like it would be too long!

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