Daniela Hantuchova's Québec Blog: Wednesday

Daniela Hantuchova talks about the food, the weather and much more in her latest blog entry from the Bell Challenge.

Published September 14, 2011 12:00

QUÉBEC CITY, Canada - Daniela Hantuchova's strong season takes her to the Bell Challenge in Québec City this week, where she is the No.1 seed. Catch up with one of the game's brightest stars in her latest WTA Player Blog.

My mom and I at the player party!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Hello again from Québec...

I didn't have a match today. I practiced in the morning and got everything done, then we got to enjoy the city in the afternoon, including getting my favorite: crepes with nutella :) We just came back from dinner and now I'm just relaxing.

We went to the same place for dinner - being as superstitious as I am, we have to! For a few nights in a row I had pasta with seafood, and tiramisu every night too. Tonight I had the salmon. The food is excellent here. Of course the crepes are fantastic... I'm hoping to try the fondue soon. My mom is loving it here. There are so many things downtown - art galleries, little local stores.

It reminds us a lot of Monte Carlo here...

You can already feel the autumn coming, I can't believe summer is almost over. It feels like just a little while ago we were in Stanford and the summer was starting. It's over already! The weather is holding up nicely here considering it's September. I can't imagine how cold it'll be in the winter here!

Thursday is going to be a very sad day for Slovakia, because it's the funeral for Pavol Demitra, the former captain of the Slovak national hockey team who was killed in the recent Russian plane crash. He was our biggest hero in Slovakia, one of our greatest athletes of all time. This summer he said goodbye to us from the national team, and now unfortunately we are having to say goodbye to him. It was a terrible tragedy. He and all those who died that day will be missed...

I'm just getting ready to sleep but I will talk to you again tomorrow after my match. I'm looking forward to it - I will do my best as always.

Love, Dani

Your calendar was wonderful, will there be a 2012 one? Mehdy, Iran
Oh yes - we did the shoot after Wimbledon in Monte Carlo. It was a different experience from last year but it went great, and the team was fantastic again. We had a lot of fun doing it. It will be out within a month. And once again, everything will be going to a charity I've supported for a long time, the House Of The Smile in Cambodia, for children suffering from HIV. I didn't feel like it was a commitment - it was something I really wanted to do. I'm very excited about it!

What music are you listening to right now? Svein, Norway
I have my iPod right in front of me, let me browse through! Okay... Lady Gaga, Edge of Glory... One Republic, Good Life... Maroon 5, Moves Like Jagger... and also Beyoncé, Best Thing I Never Had. Those are just a few!

How many racquets and shoes do you go through every year, and what do you do with all of the old ones? Ben, USA
I usually send my old things to charity, and sometimes my racquets to friends or whoever wants to use them. How many of them do I go through, let me think... probably 20 to 25 racquets a year, and the same for shoes!

What is it about Italy that you like so much? Jaime, Spain
Good question! I first went to Italy when I was 12, and I fell in love with it. I've always felt like I belong there - that feeling has never changed. The food, the people, the atmosphere... I just feel very comfortable there. I feel like I'm at home. I have so many great memories there. And their whole approach to life is just enjoying every moment, which I feel really connected to.

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