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.
Todays training wasnt so intense, most important for me now is to get enough sleep and be maximum vigorous. Weather is Paris is hot and it makes it hard to play, yet its not Australia, so thats sort of dribs and drabs. Anyways, I didnt stay to watch the games and went to have some rest to the hotel right after practice. Actually, I never watch games during competitions not to waste my energy.
Ill also play doubles at Roland Garros, well be playing with Jelena Dokic. Schedule was announced today, but I didnt give it a look. Doubles are in a few days and I have to concentrate on the singles. To the point of singles Im playing against Polona Hercog, we met in Marocco three weeks ago where I won 6:3, 6:4, but that wasnt the easiest match. Overall womens tennis today has developed a lot and there are no easy matches. One should do his best to get ready for every match. So Id go sleep, to be fresh and rested.
Let tomorrow be a good day for everyone!
But first ill answer your questions:
1. Question from AlterEgo about my favourite Grand Slam tournaments
My favorite Grand Slam is Wimbledon, second is Australian Open. The thing is not that I played best at these two. Logistics and comfort are most important for sportsmen during the tournament. I love nature a lot and therefore I enjoy playing at Wimbledon much.
2. Question from Ukka
Every big tournament, and Grand Slam of course is a madhouse: lots of people, journalists, competitors, coaches, relatives, managers. While moving from changing rooms to the court you are stopped ten times and asked how you are, who you play against and so on... Its very tiresome. So its a holiday for fans ad spectators, but for the competitors its huge stress and responsibility. Its like taking an exam every day.
Lancaster Hotel is right on the Elysian Fields. It takes 15 minutes by car to get to Roland Garros from the hotel. Its elite five-star hotel with large rooms, great breakfast and ice personnel. And these are parts of good rest after hard work. Im very grateful to the hotel for their hospitality.
I want to win against every opponent, I never think if hes significant enough. On a whole I try not to think whos on the other side. Thats why we practise many hours a day to play our game and not dance to the opponents tune.