Kimiko Date-Krumm's Pattaya City Blog: Tuesday
Published February 07, 2012 12:00
PATTAYA CITY, Thailand - In 2008 Kimiko Date-Krumm made a popular return to the WTA after almost 12 years in retirement, and since then she has been wowing crowds around the world with her unique style and showing age ain't nothing but a number. Now one of Asia's most celebrated athletes of all time is in Pattaya City and will bring us the latest blog this week.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Hello again everyone! I played my first match today and it was tough. Luckily, when I played it was already sunset and there was a shadow on the court, but it is still very hot and humid here - about a 30 degree difference from Japan. I had to be very focused and concentrated but I was able to win so I'm happy.
One thing I have been working on is my focus. In this match, I started very focused at the start, then the same in the second set until the end. I don't want to give my opponent any chances, because I know if I let them control the rhythm it will be very difficult. Being mentally strong is very important.
Most of all I just try to enjoy tennis. I don't have any specific goals. Last year was not a very good year for me - I did not do very well at the beginning of the year. So I am just trying to enjoy this game and trying to smile more - I want to always play with a smile. And try not to worry about the result :)
The PTT Pattaya Open is a very nice tournament. People are always very friendly here, and the tennis court is at the hotel - normally at the other tournaments it takes 30 to 45 minutes from the hotel to the tennis courts, which wastes a lot of time. Here everything is convenient and saves time - I can sleep very long! When I don't have matches, I can just switch my mind to off-mode, just sleeping or enjoying the beach. I like it this way. It's very comfortable :)
Thank you very much for your questions and I will talk to you tomorrow.
Are there any players you would like to play against? If so who? Ken, US
The question should be which player I don't want to play against, haha. I played against top players many times. When I play in Grand Slams, I often play against seeded players, many many times. Like last year at the Australian Open I played Radwanska, at French Open I played Wozniacki, the No.1. Then Venus at Wimbledon... I think I've already had enough matches against top players. I don't want to play against them anymore!
The Pattaya tournament website talks of hundreds of flying ants over the courts at night. Are you okay with bugs? Joe
Where did they say that? I haven't seen any bugs or flies in Pattaya. It is very nice here. I do remember seeing a lot of little insects in Melbourne. When I was practicing they flew into my ear and my nose. It was very unforgettable. I'm not scared of them but I am scared of spiders... and cockroaches :(
Who are your favourite singers of all time? Emma, US
Normally I like Japanese singers. I also like Norah Jones. I like to listen to singers who can understand my age!