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Simona's Blog: Work Hard, Play Hard

Simona Halep brings us her second entry from the Mutua Madrid Open, where she's working hard on the practice court so she can play hard on the match court - and sprinkle in some shopping, too...

Published May 03, 2014 12:15

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Hello again everyone :)

So, let me tell you what I've been doing today. First thing in the morning I ran about 20 minutes, and then I did my back exercises like always - they are very important for me. After breakfast I came on site, got my ankle taped, and then got ready for my practice with Maria Kirilenko. We played points - it was a good practice. Afterwards I did some more exercises for my back with my fitness coach.

Then I had lunch - pasta :) And then I went back to the hotel and took a nap for about 45 minutes. And then one of the best parts of the day, I went shopping! I bought a nice belt and a night dress :)

In the evening I had a massage with my physio, and now of course I'm writing to you guys!

Another thing today is I learned who I will play first round, because it's a qualifier - and it's Julia Goerges. She's a very tough opponent. She's a great player. I'm looking forward to preparing for that match and I want to do everything I can because it's just my second tournament on clay this year.

Yesterday I said I would hit on the center court, but I ended up hitting on Stadium 3 - I think it's a little bit faster, but I felt the ball really well, and I hit with Eugenie Bouchard, a great player.

That was definitely a good practice too :)

I have a few people here with me. My brother and his wife, my coach, my fitness coach and my physio - I feel good here in Madrid, it's a special tournament for me, and they make it even more special!

I'll talk to you all again tomorrow... have a good night!

Simona

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