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Klara's Katowice Blog: Monday

Czech No.2 Klara Zakopalova is playing the best tennis of her career, and now she brings us her first WTA Blog. Why was her mother scared? What city does Katowice remind her of? Read on...

Published April 08, 2013 12:00

Klara Zakopalova

Monday, April 8, 2013

Hi everyone! It's my first time doing the blog for the WTA website and I'm looking forward to it. When I was asked to do it I said of course - so hopefully you will all enjoy it this week too.

I've been really satisfied with my performances recently. I did very well in Indian Wells and Miami, beating two players in the Top 20 and making the fourth round at both tournaments, which was really nice, and I'm really looking forward to playing those tournaments in the US again next year.

After coming back from Miami I had a few days off, which I spent with my family and our three dogs. It was nice to have some time off and just relax. After that I started to practice slowly on clay courts and worked on my clay court movement, which is obviously a lot different than on hardcourts!

From there I came to Katowice on Saturday afternoon by car with my mother. I was driving the whole time, but my mother was really nervous about the way I drove :-) I always enjoy driving my car, but sometimes I'm driving quite fast, which is not so good, I know :-) Anyway, I think Katowice is a really nice city. It's really historic and romantic - quite similar to Prague, which of course I love :-)

When I found out that Katowice was going to be played on synthetic clay I was a little bit worried, because I heard that can be really slippery, but once I started hitting on it I was surprised with the quality of the court. You cannot tell the difference between the synthetic clay and regular clay, and now that I have played my first match of the tournament on it, I can say this court is really perfect.

Speaking of my first match, it was a very tough one against Kristyna Pliskova. She was serving very well in the first set, so I had really big pressure on my serve, too, but finally I managed to win the first set in a tie-break, which gave me a lot of confidence, and I was able to close the match out in straight sets. It's always hard to win your first match of a tournament, especially if it's your first match of the year on clay courts or a new surface, but I'm really looking forward to the next one now.

Thanks for reading and I will be back tomorrow!

Have a good night :-)

Klara

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