Zhang's Blog: From Nanjing To Taipei

Zhang Shuai has been almost unstoppable since the US Open - could she be China's next big star? From Nanjing to Beijing to Hong Kong and Taipei, read all about her trip in her first WTA Blog!

Published November 05, 2013 12:02

Zhang Shuai

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Hello from Taipei everybody :)

It was an amazing week in Nanjing last week. I never thought I'd win because the field was so strong there - there were many great players in the draw. I had to go through Wickmayer, Morita and Saisai Zheng en route to the title - and I lost to Saisai both times we had played before. It's always a challenge for me to play her. That match means a lot to me - I think I actually beat myself when I beat her, because I can be my biggest opponent sometimes. And the doubles final too... it was just amazing.

I feel like I've improved a lot. Not just technique, but everything. After Guangzhou I really felt a confidence boost. I'm able to beat players with different playing styles now - before, I was only able to beat players with a certain style. In the last two months I've just played very consistently. It's easy to play one good match or a week of good matches, but it's not easy to keep it up for two months.

I feel quite tired physically but I'm still happy with the good results I've achieved this fall!

This week I'm at the OEC Taipei WTA Ladies Open. I got here last night, actually midnight this morning. I went from Nanjing to Beijing to get the visa, then flew to Hong Kong, then from there to Taipei. It was a long trip. It was tough, but I really like this tournament. And I started playing today!

I've been longing to play in Taipei for years. This is the first time I've come here actually. I'd love to see the city more - I haven't seen anything yet, maybe later in the week when I have a chance!

It's also my last tournament of the year, so I'm really looking forward to it...

I'm playing doubles with Kimiko this week - actually we lost our first match today, but it's not that we played badly, it's just our opponents played better than we did. It was a really good match.

Now I'm just going to go back to the hotel and get some sleep... talk to you all tomorrow!

Zhang Shuai

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