Klara's Katowice Blog: Saturday
Published April 13, 2013 12:00
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Hello again everyone... from Prague!
I have a few days to catch up on in today's blog...
First of all, the player party on Wednesday night was great as always. We had a great dinner with all the Czech players. We were talking and having so much fun. But it ended a little bit early - we had to go back to our rooms around 10pm because we had matches the next day and had to get ready!
The next day unfortunately Renata and I lost our doubles match to Birnerova and Buryachok. It was a very tough match. We had some chances in the first set - two set points - but we were a little bit unlucky at that moment and lost the first set in a tie-break. And then in the second set we had a lot of close games but lost all the deuce points, and eventually we lost the match, 76(5) 60.
After the match on Thursday we went back home - and by back home I mean really back home! I drove three and a half hours back to Prague. It was an easy drive that day - the whole drive was on the highway with no traffic at all, and no policemen either :-) So we could drive quite fast... :-)
Thank you all very much for reading this week and sending in all of your great questions - I'll answer some of them here. And I hope to talk to you all again soon. Have a great weekend!
Are you going to be playing Fed Cup next week? Maurizio
Our captain made a nomination of five players: Petra Kvitova, Lucie Safarova, Andrea Hlavackova, Lucie Hradecka and me. The final four players will be decided in Palermo after a few days of practice.
You are playing your best tennis now - what keeps you motivated? Christos, Cyprus
I think my goals keep me motivated. I have a goal in my mind and I'm giving my 100% to reach it, and also my coach is helping me with the motivation - sometimes I'm sad after a bad loss, and he is the one who keeps me motivated and always brings me back to the practice courts for the hard work :-)
Do you have any tips on becoming a better slider on clay? Yuki
My tip is very simple: the most important thing is not to be scared of sliding on the court. It is safe - it just looks strange, but it's fun to slide on clay. But it's probably better to ask this question to my favorite player, Rafa Nadal - for sure he has better tips about this :-)
Do you wish there was a WTA event in the Czech Republic? Alexei
It's a dream for me to play a WTA event in Prague one more time in my life... but at this time of financial crises it is very tough to find sponsors for such a big event. But you never know, at least we are very glad to have a $100,000 ITF Women's Circuit event in May in my home club, Sparta Praha. It's always a very strong tournament so I hope it can become a WTA tournament one day...