Kiki's Marrakech Blog: Those Days
Published April 24, 2013 12:00
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Hello from sunny Marrakech,
I'm sure many of you are wondering how I felt this morning when I woke up after yesterday's tough match!?
First of all, the night was not that bad, I didn't cramp.. which was the most important thing! It means that the physio did a good job with me for my recovery. The only thing was that I was waking up so many times during the night to drink water - I felt so thirsty. I had a two-liter bottle of water close to my bed and in the morning the bottle was almost empty! I didn't count how many times I drank during the night but for sure a lot.. it was a sign that my body was dehydrated. My body wasn't in pain when I woke up, but I could still feel some stiffness in my calf and thigh...
Otherwise my day was pretty cool! I like those days where you can just enjoy your victory from the previous day, and you know you just have a doubles match to play. For me, doubles is a lot of fun - I always enjoy playing it, and I always take it as good practice for the next singles round. I would even say that during tournaments I prefer playing doubles instead of a simple practice session with my coach! That's why I always play singles and doubles. Some players say it's too much playing both but I'm one of those players who can handle it - I have no problems with that!
Anyway, back to my day - I had a good breakfast and went to the physio in the morning to finish my recovery. The physio worked on my calf and thigh again, to relax the muscles before I went on court for my warm-up. Then I hit 30 minutes with Alizé to warm me up for my doubles match, and at the same time she was warming up for her second round singles match.
And then I went for lunch with my mum at the club! The food is very good and the place is very nice. There's a very long buffet with different kinds of food, really tasty.. the tables are also around a big swimming pool with palm trees and sunshine, it feels like paradise... it was very enjoyable!
My doubles partner, Petra Martic, was playing her singles match against Schiavone on center court, so I went to support her a little bit. Unfortunately she lost, but I thought she played some great tennis. She took some rest afterwards so I was just waiting for our match a little bit..
Even after a defeat she was still smiling and in a good mood - I like it! Our doubles match was great. It was a pretty solid one as we won 62 61 against the French pair of Beltrame/Thorpe. Petra and I are two big servers and today it was almost impossible for our opponents to break our serve. I think we complement each other very well in doubles - we both feel the doubles game and are volleying well, which is very important. We have been very good friends since the junior years and have a lot of fun on the court together too, so you will always see us smiling and laughing and enjoying our time together.
When we finished our doubles it was already around 7pm - time is flying, that's pretty much all I did today! Actually that's how most days are like for me - it's our life routine - physio treatment and recovery, warm-up, practice, rest, lunch, wait, play, and all over again! :)
I showered, did some stretching and went to see a few games of Alizé's match against Knapp, as she started late and was still playing when I finished everything! I couldn't stay long because I had to focus on myself, get back to the hotel and have some good dinner, but we always try to go and support each other when we can. We are good friends, and being compatriots and teammates in Fed Cup and being together at the Olympics last year built a very special relationship between us! We shared some special emotions together and those great memories will always stay with us.
I have a big, busy day tomorrow! My singles match is scheduled second after 11am on center court against Putintseva, and our doubles is not before 2:30pm...
À demain.. bonne nuit!
P.S. I've included a picture from last night's player party - me and Petra! And I'm happy to answer some of your questions tonight! I'm looking forward to having some more from you guys in the upcoming days!
Do you ever go to Serbia, and what's your favorite food? Goran
When I was younger my family and I used to go back to Serbia to spend all the summer holidays with the rest of our family there! But around 14, when I started playing professional tennis and travelling more and more with busy scheduling, it started to become very complicated for me to find some time to go there. These days, if I can go there once a year, it's great! And I love all the Serbian food - mum is cooking it a lot. I have many favorite dishes but if I could choose one I would say "burek sa mesom"!
You've said your favorite surfaces are the fast ones, but do you like clay too?
It's true that my favourite surface is grass, which is pretty fast, and lately I've had good results on hardcourt, especially indoor. But I love clay courts so much too. When I was 16 I won the French Open juniors, and I think in the same year, in 2009, I had my first Top 100 wins on clay, and my best ITF Pro Circuit results on clay too. I love clay because I have more time to apply my aggressive game without losing power - and I'm also able to put a lot of heavy spin on my forehands, which are a weapon!
What have you improved in your game from being in the juniors to now? Will, UK
The biggest improvements have been my consistency in my aggressive game, and being able to play that type of game for hours with as few unforced errors as possible. I had to evolve my physical condition, but as you get older you naturally get stronger, so it was just a matter of time. If you keep working hard it pays off, and your "average level of play" becomes higher and higher..