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Patty Schnyder's Brussels Blog: Monday

One of the WTA's most accomplished players (and bloggers) brings us all the latest from Brussels this week.

Published May 16, 2011 12:00

BRUSSELS, Belgium - One of the most accomplished players (and bloggers) on the WTA writes the latest blog this week, as Patty Schnyder brings us all the latest from the inaugural Brussels Open in Brussels. Read on...

Patty Schnyder

Monday, May 16, 2011

Hello everyone - it's nice to be doing the WTA blog again :) I'm writing to you from Brussels this time... I hope you're all doing well.

We got in Saturday afternoon and there was a nice surprise waiting for us. It was a big party in the street! It was the gay pride parade. Actually it stopped us from going to the hotel after we landed - they picked us up and we were driving at walking pace. It would have taken forever to get through the crowd. But it was a good atmosphere - a stage, rainbow flags everywhere and people having a good time. Anyway, we went straight to the courts instead to practice.

I had a nice practice on Sunday - two sessions actually. We played points and it's nice to get a feel for the balls and the courts. It's relaxed here. I've played in Belgium before - the crowds in Antwerp were so big, they even supported the qualifying. Here they crowd looks good too and I'm really looking forward to it!

I had my first match today - in doubles with Sandra Klemenschits. She's definitely one of my friends on the tour and we've shared a lot of funny moments. It's always a pleasure to play with her, we always get so pumped up on the court. Also she's a lefty too and has such a different game. We didn't really know what to expect of the match because we hadn't played together in such a long time, and the two Belgians are obviously good players - Wickmayer and Flipkens. We managed to win, 75 75 - we had an unbelievable streak to come back from 5-2 in the second set... we hit some amazing shots. The conditions were quite difficult... it was really cold today and rainy in the middle of the second set. But we're happy we won and looking forward to the next match.

I have my first singles match tomorrow against the Belgian who beat Hsieh in the qualifying. She reminds me a bit of Rybarikova, not just how she hits the ball but how comfortable she is coming in. She's young too. It's always interesting to play someone for the first time. Normally I play opponents I know by heart!

I'll talk to you all again tomorrow :)

Patty

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