Daniela Hantuchova's Québec Blog: Friday
Published September 16, 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.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Hello again everyone,
Well my trip here is finishing, but despite the loss we had a great week here, and for sure I want to come back next year and get much farther in the tournament! I definitely felt I had my chances, it just didn't work out on the day.
Now I can finally have some time to rest. It's back to Monte Carlo now for a few days off, then I'll start getting ready for the next tournaments, which start in Asia. I'll be getting some treatment on my foot and shoulder too.
It's nearing the end of the season, and I'm starting to think about the holidays :) It has been a long summer. I'm really looking forward to some down time. Hopefully I can still enjoy some of the nice weather in Europe next week!
Speaking of the weather, it was so cold here today! It feels like the winter is almost coming. We went to the same restaurant again tonight, and I had to get a hot chocolate again! This week has been all about hot chocolate and cappuccinos... it felt like I was on a winter diet! But really we had SUCH a great time here. I wanted to spend more time here... but it's time to head home now.
Thank you to the Bell Challenge and everyone involved in organizing it, and thank you to everyone for reading and sending in all your questions.
I'll talk to you all again very soon :)
You are very professional during your matches. How do you control your emotions so well on the court? Andy, USA
I'm not perfect - sometimes I lose it too :) But usually I try to be as professional as I can. It's the way I was brought up, the way my parents educated me. And after all these years, I've realized it won't do me any good if I get frustrated on the court. Also, I have seen how much energy and effort people put into making just one racquet, and I immediately felt bad for all the times I threw racquets before. I think everyone loses it once in a while, but I try not to show it.
What does it take to beat the top players? Pete
Just being confident and believing in your strengths. That's one thing my coach has helped me with a lot, I believe in myself much more than I did in previous years. But I've always felt if I play well I can beat anyone - at the same time, if I play badly I can lose to everyone! But it's always great to have weapons and use them, and hopefully I can use them much more in the future.
In the last few years a lot of veteran players have been breaking through with Grand Slams - what do you think of that trend? Matthew, Australia
I actually love this kind of trend. It definitely keeps me going, keeps me wanting to work even harder... It's so great to see these girls winning their first Grand Slams. You just never know. It has been a very interesting year as far as the Grand Slams. And I think it's great for women's tennis that you have so many great players and great champions around. It's very exciting.