Poitiers was my last tournament of the year. In one way im happy about that but im also convinced i will struggle to sit still a longer time.
This will be my forth season im ending top hundred and im very happy about that. Top hundred was for long my big goal but now i want more… I really wanna see myself under 50, maybe even top 20 during next year!
I have been having loads of nice weeks this year, both on and off the court. My final agsint Serena Williams with packed stands in my home event is something i will carry with me as a memory for a long time. I think that was a memory not only for me but also for my family, friends and sponsors… A memory but also a motivation kick to keep working hard and reach higher highs!
Fed Cup is also a big ”thing” for me. To play for Sweden will always be one of the highlights in my carrer. This year we played first Argentina away where we manage to turn around 0-2 to win 3-2. This win gave us a new match against USA and again we played away and we played for a spot among the top 8 in the world. USA put up their absolut best team so again Williams stopped me and the team from winning. We where not too far away actually to reach a desiding double but as we all know, close is never close enough.
An other good week during this year is Indian Wells. I know the result is nothing spectacular but i beet two good players to move to the third round where i lost agains Errani in a good battle. This tournament was important for me caus here i felt really good on court and my game was really at its top. And that is for sure not every week you feel like that.
The final in double in the beginning of the year together with Sofia is also a great memory. We played really good double the whole tournament and i think we can say we played our best match in the final even thought we lost it in two straight sets. I remeber i that i crossed on the net to play a easy forehand volley at the score 5-5 in first set tiebreak. I got the volley right where i wanted it but i missed it out long and it was 5-6 and they where serving next… Good bye with that set. I know even if my volley would have been in would not meen we win the set but at least would not still remeber it like it was yesterday.
As you can here the year has brought many good weeks, of course there has been alos weeks where it has been really hard but overall the year has been okay. In my opinion okay is never good enought thought and thats whats makes 2014 even more interesting.
Im still working very hard every day to reach my first title, and im sure i will reach there as long as im not giving up and as long as i feel im still developing as a player in the right direction.
I wanna improve my ranking and still the target is top 20. I know this goal is reachable and i know if i do reach there everything is possible after that.
Im 25 years old today and i beleive and hope that i still have my best year yet to come. I see my tennis as my work, and as all works there are different goals. There will be times when you feel sky high and there will be times you feel a bit down and done but this is exatly the reason why my work or job is the absolut best one. It never gets boring…
When im out on the court im happy, i get fire in my eyes and im actually already now looking forward for the next season!
As i said my tournaments for this year is done deal but i still have some team matches to play for my club Helisngborg. This i will do at the same time as i have some rest but also practicing and getting ready for next season.
I like the team matches, for me it’s a fun ending on the season and a fun new beginning. Meet up with my practice mates again at home to talk a little bit ”shit” between practice and matches. I think we all need that sometimes between all the serious…=)
Apart from all this my plan for 2014 is not exactly made yet. I know for sure i will start the year with Melbourne as my firt big target but the time there im not sure really with who or where i will do all my practice.
This is something i will figure out in the near time and for you who is intressed i will keep you posted in one way or an other.
Till then, enjoy the last tennis of the season before the little Swedish winter break…
I made it to the semifinal last week. 4 good matches, 3 wins and 1 loss. The loss was a hard one. Was a tough match and i had a few key points where i might have been able to kill the match. I played Jovanovski in the semis and the battle was on. Jovanovski doesn’t know how it feels to miss from the basline i think… one of the most solid players i played.
I took the lead by winning the first set. Then i got a pretty good start of the second with 3 breakpoints to go 4-1. Got a tiny bit passive on the breakpoints, not a lot but enough for her to step in and win the game. Then a few games after im up 5-3… 5-4 im serving for the match and again, just not making it.
Losing the second set in a tiebreak.
Im pretty much shaking it off and i again get up in the lead in the third set… I have breakpoints to go up 5-3 but instead its 4-4 and then she makes a ridiculous good returning game to 4-5 =(
After the match im very disappointed of course…mostly disappointed caus i have this thought ”what if i had done this” and this thought is so the worst.
I know it was a tight match and it could have turned out differently but it didn’t and that is so frustrating. I really wanted that final, but ja… next time!
I finished the semi in Ningbo late in the evening almost night when i was back in the hotel. Beijing qualies starting already the day after so i had to book an early morning flight for the day after and then straight to Beijing and on court. Had a 30 min warm up and i was pretty much on.
New balls, new surface, and evening match with new lights…. It was SO DIFFICULT.
I lost in two sets and i cant say much about it. Was just not happening that day for me. The girl i played was aggressive and i was not in a good shape caus i almost didn’t feel the ball touching my racket even. I will use this week for good practice instead and really getting ready for Osaka which is my last tournament before going home.
Beijing is not so much fun otherwise. The air here is unreal bad… its so ”foggy” from bad air that today all matchcourts have been having the lights on from first match at 12.30. Can you believe it, at 12.30 in the day we have to play with lights on to see the ball good. For me that’s CRAZY!
Missing Swedish food but now also the fresh air
Tomorrow after practice, i might hit the Silkmarket. I’m really looking forward to that actually, mostly for the fun experience. It’s all crazy in there and i think being there for an hour will take away all thoughts from tennis at least for a while and i think i need that for just an afternoon!
Write you guys again from Osaka=)
Guangzhou passed by and i lost in first round against Pliskova. What a match that was. She was serving like John Isner…
13 Aces and at least 20 other first serves i only got the racket on. Really not an easy match when you never feel you are close in your opponents service games. I got broken two times… And once i had a winner forehand that was just out to go 5-5 in the first set. So thats how close it was even though it sounds pretty comfy to win 6-4 6-4.
Its never fun losing, and playing well and losing is almost even worse. Caus thing is that i have felt i’m playing well for quite a while but i don’t get the result that i’m wishing for. On the other hand i have a good feeling in my body and if i keep hanging in there i know it will come =)
First match in Ningbo was a little sign for that…
I played Petra Martic first round, it’s a 125.000 here. I won the match 3-6 6-4 6-2. I lost first set with again only one break and i counted that i had now played 3 sets here in Asia so far without breaking my self. Time to step it up and change that…
So last two sets i held serve all the way and i broke Petra 3 times in total! GOOD FEELING!
In my opinion Pliskova has one of the best first serves on the tour when she is on fire. And Petra has a good first serve but almost an even better second serve caus of her high kick. I really feel i had some tough matches when it comes to returning well, on the other hand its good caus it’s a huge challenge!
Yesterday i played second round against Spain clay court grounder, Dominguez- Lino or as my brother calls her ”linga linga”. Don’t ask me where he got that name from but that’s how he calls her
Game plan was spot on and i played really well first set that i won 6-0. Then she got me a bit too much to her game and it straight got a bit tighter… 7-6 the second set. Happy about the match overall and i was happy to win in two sets caus the heat was unreal yesterday… Sun was slowly killing both me and ”linga linga”!!!
Last week i played doubles with Matilde Johansson. We lost 6-7 6-7!! We actually served for both sets and we had 2 set points in second set but did not make it all the way. Some bad luck and some bad decisions made the difference =(
Last two double matches i lost with set points so slowly i have to get those big points with me. Have to take them =)
This week i played with Matilde again but we didn’t get our level up where it needed too be. Think it was a match where we both felt we were struggeling a bit and never really got in to any flow…
Would have been fun to still be in double but now when i’m not i will just put all energy up for singles instead.
Last week i took an afternoon off to do something else. I gave the planning to my coach so i just showed up on the time we decided. He had decided to go to the zoo… But that was not the whole story.
How do we get there??
With the local underground of course. I have seen on a few youtube clips how they are punching people in to the underground to get the doors closing caus its THAT PACKED with people and yes it was just that crazy packed.
Just that underground traveling was an experience let me tell you that!
However we made it to the zoo and we saw a lot of cool animals i have never seen before. Like Pandas and white Tigers for example. It was really cool to see this animals so close but i do think the animals belong in the wild so best thing would have been to see them out there.
I hope they have a good life where they are now anyways and i hope the owners feeds them well!
You can see a few pictures from the zoo visit in the gallery =)
Johanna Konta is next up for me in single, time to step up in the returning games again!! =)
In Guangzhou now and here its HOT! Was a long flight to get here but the flight is the easy part. When you land and u have to start getting used to the time change, thats when your battle begins. It was about a week ago i left New York city to come back home, and now to China almost straight away. No wonder it’s a bit dizzy feeling in the mornings
China is so different from Sweden i have to admit. And its not that i say Sweden is better or so its just very different. Different in that sense on what you are used to. I struggle with the food here, i think its not the greatest but im sure the Chinese are saying same thing about Swedish food.
Also today i came to the club and looked for a toilet. I open the door and its just a hole in the ground. First thought in my head goes ”take me out of here” =(
But ja, thats not really an option. So i hold and i went back out on the court to do my afternoon practice for the day.
On the practice there was a guy bugging us the whole time. Everytime we sat down for a drink break he was asking endless amount of questions. -Where are you from, how much do you practice, have you been here before, whats your name… And so on.
I think its nice with the people who care and so on, but when it gets too much and he even came on court to ask if he can play a few min with us i had enough =( But i got a new name though and it spells ”Narsow”. So if you wanna find my name in the draw, look out for that spelling!
Apart from the club the hotel is super, super nice. I dono how they rate hotels here but for me this is for sure 5 stars. Nice rooms, nice gym, nice pool area also. They even have hot and cold pool so if your leggies are tired after a long match… floor 24 is recovery floor.
The breakfast buffet is bigger than biggest, even thought the section of ”European breakfast” is less.
Im sure i will more than survive this week, just this holes for a toilet is a bit creapy!
Main draw starts Monday as usual. So i have a few more days to get used to everything before me, my self and I have to be on top of the game.
Excited to play match again. As i have said many times before, thats what i live for… Gameday!
I’m home again, and again i wish i was not. It’s way too early, early in that sense that i wish i was still in the draw at the US Open. It’s nice to be home, it sure is so don’t get me wrong, just wish it was a bit later caus of some good result. Been a pretty though trip this one, loads of practice on court but also a lot of fitness… That’s what’s happening when you don’t win enough matches. But as i said before, when you work hard there will be a pay off at some point.
I lost first round at the open against Mona Barthel from Germany. She is a good player with a big serve, in general she hits the ball hard and wanna take the ball early. A game style i like a little less to play against specially on hard court. But i had a few chances in second set, on the breakpoints i wish i could have stepped it up but yes, it was pretty much the opposite. She saved herself with some big serves when she needed it and that’s all there is. In my opinion it was not a match about unforced errors or how long you will last. It was only about serves, returns and maybe first ball strike and she beat me there. Not to take the credit away from her but a big frustration from my side when i like the duels to be a bit longer.
The double was fun though. This time i played with Kiki Bertens from Holland and she is not scared for anything or anybody!! Was first time we played together and we were really close in the double to get a bit further=(
We had two set points in the second sets tiebreak in the match we lost so was ”jammer” as they say in Holland. Kiki will have a surgery on her foot now so she will be out for the rest of the season but hopefully she will be back stronger than before and maybe we get the chance to play again. I hope so anyways caus she was fun and like a machine at the net!
However Us Open is done deal for this year and now focus is on making a good end of the season. I have a good Asia trip in front of me to end the year, 4 tournaments with start in Guangzhou so i will give 110% and more i can’t do. I hope for a title, would be a dream ending so that’s what i’m aiming for!!
No time to get down for a bad trip… I learn from the mistakes made and move on. Head high as someone always told me…
Sleep tight people!