I couldn’t sleep so well after last nights match so I started to write this blog, which I finished when I woke up this morning.
As you’ll all know I lost a close one to Benoit Paire on Margaret Court Arena in what was the most unreal atmosphere I’ve ever experienced in a tennis match, I could hear the crowd getting pumped up during the Sloane Stephens match and I just wanted to get out there and play, I live for those sort of environments.
I played a good match and was in some ways a little fortunate to get up two sets to love playing some really good tennis against a quality opponent, I was just kind of riding the wave and living on the energy of the crowd, who were singing Aussie songs and Greek songs. I had a chance to go 3-0 up in the third but I lost focus a bit and Benoit sensed I was physically struggling and being the great player he is, he smelt blood and kind of hung around and made sure he worked me over physically.
The cramp I had was intense, and I started to feel it in the third but by the fourth and fifth I was struggling big time and Benoit was kind of working me over and making me move, he didn’t show a whole lot of sympathy! I think he enjoyed playing the pantomime villain a little bit and as the match wore on he definitely used some of the rough stuff against him from the crowd to his advantage. All credit to him though for turning it around and also I think everyone has to acknowledge his unreal sportsmanship at the end, he earned my respect on and off the court.
I went down in the end 6/7 6/7 6/4 6/2 6/2 I really was gutted and wanted to win so much but I just couldn’t get over the line and I really wanted to get the win for everyone who had stayed so late to support but I can look myself in the face and know I gave everything I had on the night and now it’s about going away and making sure I am stronger and better for last nights experience. Really if I don’t learn from last night and use it to improve then that’s a bigger loss then losing the match last night.
My twitter has gone crazy too, literally thousands of people have been sending me messages of support and being so nice, I really couldn’t have asked for more. My agent John Morris did a competition last week to raise my followers to 4000 and now I’m nearly on 12,000 after last night. Just crazy!
I’ve played at slams before and done okay but this has been so unreal and I am so lucky to have a home slam to play in and an unreal crowd and supportive nation to play in front of, I wish I could have a crowd like that at every match, that is my sort of crowd, I loved it and want to say thank you to each and every one of you who made it special and made it easier to get up off the deck and keep fighting.
I’ve got mixed today with Irina Rodionova, come out and support again if you can and lets get court 3 rocking!!!
Thanks again, I really mean that.