Petra Kvitova: This Wonderful Journey
Published July 15, 2014 12:15
I wanted to write and let you know what I have been up to since I played that amazing match on Centre Court last Saturday!
The first time I won Wimbledon I didn't really celebrate because everything just happened so quickly. This time I managed to have a couple of glasses of champagne back at the house in Wimbledon village with my team, but then I was so tired that I still ended up going to bed early!
To tell you the truth, I did not sleep well during the second week of Wimbledon so my mind and body were really exhausted and ready to crash.
On Sunday, I had a fun day shopping in London (I bought myself some earrings as a special present) and then it was time to get ready for the Wimbledon ball. They bring in a stylist and the dressing room downstairs at the All England Club is full of dresses to choose from. I picked a classic black and white ball gown and then had my hair and make-up done, it was so much fun to have a girly day.
The ball was at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and it was such a beautiful location. I went with all my team and it was so nice to see them dressed in black tie with big smiles on their faces. I was a bit nervous about doing the speech in front of everyone but it went pretty well and I think I did a good job with my English :)
We got home around 2am and then had to get up at 7am to finish packing up the house and then catch our flight home to the Czech Republic. I carried my trophy with me on the flight and we had a lot of fun taking pictures and celebrating some more :)
Since I got home I have done a couple of press conferences, but I have really tried to keep a low profile and just quietly get some rest and take it all in. Of course one of the first things I did was to watch a replay of the final on TV - I still can't believe how well I played! - and then I just wanted to see my parents again and enjoy all the emotions.
On Sunday I made an appearance in my home town of Fulnek and it was so amazing to see all the support I have from my small town. Lots of people came out to see me, we did a Q and A on the stage and then there was a Czech band playing.
The first time around I wasn't really ready for all of the attention and the media, but this time I am feeling that I know more what to expect and how to cope. I am more experienced and mature and know that I should keep my team and family close to me and go about my life like normal Petra :)
Which means that it's time to get back to training...
Thanks for all your support along this wonderful journey,