Varvara's Brussels Blog: One More Time

Varvara Lepchenko's week came to an end on Friday, but she pushed one of the most in-form players out there to the limits. Catch up with the American one more time from the Brussels Open.

Published May 24, 2013 12:00

Varvara Lepchenko

Friday, May 24, 2013

Hello again everyone,

First let me catch you up on yesterday, since I couldn't do the blog - we were supposed to play but then it got so late we had to play today instead. But I'm back now and will tell you all about yesterday too.

It was a long day yesterday. I had a practice, a manicure - I got golden sparkles - and I was also going to go to this chocolate event, but I missed it, and I'll probably regret it every day now! I actually wasn't going to get any chocolate for myself, I was going to get it for my mom... honestly ;)

Anyway, I never played my quarterfinal match against Kaia Kanepi yesterday because of the rain. It was pushed to today and it was actually a really stressful day, not fun at all, because it was really cold and rainy. Then it would stop raining, then start again. We had to keep coming on and off the court. It was tough - the first nine or 10 games I forgot my game in the locker room, just making a bunch of unforced errors. But then I pulled myself together and started finding the court finally. I lost my focus at the end a little bit and it didn't end up so fortunate for me, but it's okay. Kaia played a great match.

I was really hoping to leave for Paris tonight, but it's pretty late, so probably first thing in the morning tomorrow. I only know my first match at Roland Garros - Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. It's pretty tough, but you never get an easy first round match at Grand Slams. You just have to fight hard.

I'm also playing doubles there this year, with Zheng Saisai, the same girl I played with at this year's Australian Open. We did really well there - we're hoping for a repeat performance or better!

Well, it was a great week in Brussels, and I want to thank you all for reading my blog and for all of your questions too! I will talk to you all again very soon... have a good night :)


What do you think is the biggest reason you climbed the rankings so fast in 2012? Patrick
I got fitter and improved my game a lot. Mostly I credit my fitness preparation in the off-season.

Happy Birthday - say hello to your dad! Bruce & Carey, USA
Thank you guys very much!!!

Do you follow the US news when you're away? What do you think about Oklahoma? Jennifer
I do follow the news and I could not believe what happened in Oklahoma, that the tornado was faster than a nuclear bomb, and it's so sad. I'm so fortunate to have the life I have. I'm praying for all the people that lost their loved ones and close ones. I hope it happens less and less in the future.

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