Hello, Im Alisa Kleybanova and Ill be doing the blog for Sports.ru from Roland Garros. Id like to thank Hôtel Lancaster for the help in organizing my blog.
Its been a very good day Ive had a good sleep, then a warm-up and a great doubles match. In spite that Jelena hadnt played doubles for quite a long time, we did well considering it was the first match. Our competitors werent comfortable to play against, so the match cant be called and easy one. I think its because we played great in all defining moments we won with such a solid score.
Well now play against Black and Huber, Id played agait them on almost every tournament and at last, after series of defeats I managed to win from them at Indian Wells. Jelena and me play in an active and powerful style, so therere no special directives for the coming match. Well try to do, what we do best. But that is later, cause Im playing mixed tomorrow.
We agreed to play with my current partner Bruno Soares in Australia, and there again it happened by chance we both had no one to play with. Same story as in doubles. The thing is that its hard to get into the mixed because of the rating, therere less places in the draws, and lots of high-ranked players.
For me, to get in the draws, I need to be listed with someone ranked in top-30 in men singles, most of them have long settled partenrships. Novices have to show their worth tp be invited to play together by top players. Singles differ from doubles and mixed a lot, its completely different tennis. Tomorrows match is against a very strong couple. Im ot that experienced in mixed yet, so I cant even imagine what Im to face tomorrow. But anyway Ill do my best.
And finally Im gonna answer a question asked by user named «Less» about my friends
I dont have any friends since childhood, Ive started doing sports professionally very early, ad sports consumes all the free time. I studied not in the ordinary school but in the extern one in order to have time for practice. All my friends are competition mates or friends of my coach. All of them are from different countries. Sometimes we stay at their places during the tournaments and keep in touch on the web. And my friends at home are those tennis girls who I competed against and grew up professionally together Katya Makarova, Jenya Rodina and others
See you tomorrow!