June 17, 2010
Today was my first day back returning to competition, and what a first day it was! I played in the wildcard tournament for the Chico Futures; a draw of just over 32 players, 8-game pro sets all the way through, winner gets the wildcard (free spot) into the main draw of the Futures event.
Good day…won my first three rounds and playing in the semifinals tomorrow morning! My first round I won 8-4, starting solid, getting an early break which eventually turned into two, and found a nice rhythm throughout the course of the match, putting me in the round of 16. My second match was an absolute grind, saving off eight match points and winning 9-8, 10-8 in the tiebreak. After a brief rest I was back on the court again in the quarterfinals, and battling away once again. This one also reached a tiebreak, and after saving two more match points in the tiebreak, I won 9-8, 9-7 in the tiebreak.
Tomorrow morning is the semifinals against a familiar opponent, and I can’t wait. I am feeling fitter than ever, and today was the best I’ve struck the ball since my return to training. It feels really good knowing all the hard work and dedication is paying off. And the exciting thing is this is just the beginning of the journey. Coming into the day I had no expectations as far as how I was going to do. I knew I was in the best shape of my life, playing well, and had simply given myself the best opportunity to succeed today when I stepped out on the court. The rest took care of itself, and now I look forward to seeing what more can happen…
I’m physically exhausted, but I am well fed and will be well rested and ready to go tomorrow. I must give a shout out to my friend Ally and her family in Chico who made me an incredible meal this evening and am allowing me to stay with them during the beginning portion of this tournament. Their incredible hospitality allows me to relax, recharge the batteries, and focus solely on my tennis. Thank you!!
Stay tuned for more results tomorrow. And how ‘bout ‘dem Lakers!!