Patty Schnyder's Brussels Blog: Wednesday

Some gifts from Dominique Monami, looking forward to the French... all that and more in the latest blog from Brussels.

Published May 18, 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...

The Atomium in Brussels...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Hello again everyone,

Well, Sandra and I weren't able to win against Bovina and Kanepi today, but it was close and at a good level. It was an exciting doubles match with a little bit of everything. It was an unlucky end for us but it was nice to be on the court with Sandra again. Also it's nice to see Bovina trying so hard to keep playing even though she has had so many injuries for so many years, the last five years or so I'd say... I have to give her credit. She and Kanepi made a nice combination.

While I was sitting around waiting for the doubles I saw the player I lost to yesterday, Van Uytvanck, playing a close match against Wickmayer. I didn't see any rallies but I knew she was playing well, it's not like I gave the match to her... she was really going for it. It doesn't affect me and my progress, but it's good for her she is continuing to play well. Good luck to her in the future.

This tournament has a friendly atmosphere and didn't seem like it was its first year on the WTA. It was well-organized. The Tournament Director, Dominique Monami, is a former player - we had so many matches together in the past and we had a nice chat today. She enjoys the challenge of the job and also gave me chocolate and flowers, which was a nice gesture from her. It was a good day!

I'm leaving for Paris on Friday like originally scheduled, so I'll have some time to go to the Atomium. Rainer is taking a picture of it right now (I'll put it here). It looks so interesting, and it's just one of the things I'm hoping to see tomorrow...

Roland Garros is going to be special for me. It has always been the Grand Slam I followed the closest and wanted to be a part of. I've been in the main draw and seeded so many years there and played some great matches, at times I was even one of the second-row favorites to do well there. It's a really special tournament for me. Obviously this year is a little different as I haven't been winning much. There are times I'm really feeling my game for two or three games, but it has been hard to keep it going consistently. I know my game is still there though, and I'm hoping to break this losing streak and get to a level where I can win matches and beat seeds. I'm trying to turn this around.

Have a good night :)


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