I’m back from my trip to Australia and slowly getting back to normal. It was an amazing three weeks and my brother and I had the best time. I completely underestimated the jetlag coming back and it has been a longgg first week back at work!
I’m a little sad that I managed to time my blog break with one of the best Slams for the women in recent years! I absolutely loved today’s AO final and a big congrats to Wozniacki. I’ve got to know some Caro fans on Twitter and I am really thrilled for them! I personally wanted Halep to win but I can’t deny that Wozniacki’s tears at winning got me.
It was such a huge match and I was nervous beforehand because I knew it was going to be a crusher for whoever lost it. I thought Halep was so incredibly classy in defeat. I’m gutted for her but I do honestly believe she will get a Slam this year. Halep’s fighting spirit throughout this tournament was immense and she was a part of three of the best matches from the tournament which will no doubt be in my thought process for the best matches countdown at the end of the year. It was such a fantastic final and it inspired me to get back on the tennis court today for the first time in 2018. I was a tad rusty and conditions were horrible but it felt so good 🎾🎾🎾.
My focus for the next week on the blog will be to share my tennis experiences from Australia. I’m pretty much done with my Hopman Cup post so that should be out on Sunday. While i’m not yet ready to start blogging with the tour, I thought it would be neat to create this post for anyone who may want to discuss the upcoming tournaments in St. Petersburg and Taipei City. In particular, the draw for St. Petersburg is impressive. The plan at the moment is to be back sometime during the Middle East swing in Doha-Dubai.
The break from the blog has been really refreshing and good for me. Thanks so much for all the comments on my post in the New Year and on Twitter and Facebook. I was really touched by all the positive words. I know that I want to resume writing again and keep going with the blog. However, to reiterate what I wrote in my New Year post, I also crave a better work-blog-life balance. I don’t plan to be posting at the same intensity as I have in the past. I am not intending to do all the draw previews and match previews (I don’t have the same passion as I used to have for writing these types of posts) or provide predictions for every match.
Anyway, the St. Petersburg draw and five quick thoughts.
1. WHY IS WOZNIACKI STILL IN THE DRAW?! Apparently Caroline intends to play…
2. I am beyond thrilled to see Timea Bacsinszky back! I was gutted to miss her in Australia. Fingers crossed the hand holds up.
3. 👍 for all the wild cards with the talented, Anastasia Potapova and experienced, Vera Zvonareva both in the draw. The other two wild cards, Elena Vesnina and Petra Kvitova, meet in the first round. A little surprised to see Petra in the draw here but a positive sign she wants matches. Petra has always been potent indoors.
4. Mladenovic’s quarter is loaded with fab first first rounders – Cirstea-Cibulkova (first thought was that wild Stanford match!), Vekic-Siniakova and Pavs-Makarova could all legitimately go either way.
5. I ended up with a Pavs-Goerges final on my Draw Challenge 🤔🤔🤔.
Stay tuned for my reports from Australia. I do these posts for myself to have a recollection of the tennis we saw for looking back in years to come, but I really hope that they will be enjoyable and informative!