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Liezel Huber's US Open Blog: Sunday

Liezel Huber wraps up her US Open blog after winning the tournament and returning to No.1. Congratulations Liezel!

Published September 11, 2011 12:00

NEW YORK, NY, USA - Multiple Grand Slam champion and former No.1 Liezel Huber began her blog the week before the US Open and now continues to write to us from the last Grand Slam of the year. Read on!

From the trophy ceremony!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Hey everyone!

The time has come to say goodbye. I am speechless, as I don't know how to describe my exact feelings... It's been a wild ride these past three weeks and especially the past year and a half. I learn from the tough times and make sure I enjoy the good times (because there will be tough times ahead).

I couldn't sleep last night. I was playing the points of our match over and over in my head. I woke up uneasy and wasn't sure why, except that it could be because it's finals today. When we got in the car, the 9/11 ceremony had started and we could listen to it on the radio. When I entered the locker room, they had started reading the names of the loved ones who lost their lives. I started crying. That's also when I decided that I wasn't sure if it was the best day to play a final on. I thought for a second and this is what I thought: I wasn't an American 10 years ago on 9/11. The courage, strength and determination of the people have made me a very proud American today. I will go and do my best. Today is a great day to be an American and to be playing in the US Open finals!

Lisa and I definitely didn't play flawless tennis, but then again maybe our opponents did that to us. They were aggressive, consistent and accurate all at once. Before we knew it, they were two points away from the title. I must say, we got lucky on one or two points, we fought and managed to get a little momentum. It wasn't until we played the tie-break in the third set that I felt more at ease. Maybe not at ease, because after all a US Open title is going to be decided by a tie-break... Experience counted in our favor. I just thought back of my motto for a tie-break: "be aggressive" and off we went. I think we won it 7-3. Very embarrassing moment came at 6-2... I thought the match was over, I threw up my arms and couldn't quite figure out why my partner wasn't jumping for joy and why the crowd was kind of quiet... We ended up losing the next point, which made my heart skip a beat, but then got lucky on the one there after! I still can't believe that we won! I kept thinking, we won we won we won. It didn't seem real. Lisa and I have come a long way. A lot of people didn't believe in us. We did and we have grinded it out there on the practice court. Like I said, learn from the tough times and enjoy the good times (because there will be tough times ahead) :-) Tony took a couple of pictures for you!

Another one from the trophy ceremony...

I am sitting on the couch in the dark. Well, it's almost midnight and everyone is sleeping. We are leaving at 4:30am for the airport. I can't wait to get home (have I told you that before?!) so I don't mind if I don't get any sleep. Tomorrow I will be celebrating the No.1 ranking too. I am so lucky. Wow. I told you, I am speechless. Tonight we went out to a steakhouse to celebrate. I broke my diet and even had dessert!!!

Folks, friends and everyone who followed my blog, I love you! I had no intention on writing for three weeks and now it feels like we are family :-) It's been a great experience. God bless you and God bless America.

Night night,

xoxoxo
Liezel

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