Bethanie Mattek-Sands’ Blog from Cincinnati – Monday August 10th
This week Bathanie Mattek-Sand will be in charge of the WTA blog from the Western & Southern Financial Group Womens Open in Cincinnati… Check out her first very long blog post…
Monday, August 10, 2009
I got into Cincinnati last Thursday from California. It’s kinda tough with the time difference, but what else is new? I’ve gotten used to it! I love Cincy. It’s a cool tournament. I was unable to play it last year because I was injured – I had to withdraw at the last minute – but I’ve done well here before and I’m very happy to be back again. I’m originally from the midwest, so I feel like I’m at home. There aren’t any Sony Ericsson WTA Tour events in Minnesota or Wisconsin so I guess it’s the closest thing to playing at home for me
The stay has been good so far. The days have been going by quickly. We went to the Kenwood Mall yesterday and had a lot of fun. What girl doesn’t like shopping? We hung out there a little bit, relaxed… it was nice.
Nadia and I had our first match of the week today, but it rained during the day and our match got pushed back. There were still matches ahead of us so we took a drive. We went to Starbucks then to Whole Foods for skin products, and then the White House Black Market… then we got a call saying it wasn’t raining anymore and we needed to get back. So, that was basically our warm-up
The match was close! Both of the players on the other team were very good. And I’ve actually played doubles with Iveta before, we won a tournament together. Nadia and I were up a set and 5-3 and had chances to close it out on my serve, but we couldn’t take advantage. We came out pumped for the tie-break and finished it there, though, so we were pretty happy.
I think Kim returning is great. I was playing while she was, so I couldn’t see any of her match, but I heard the crowd from our court. She’s such a well-liked player on the Tour – I know a lot of the girls like her a lot. I don’t know her that well myself. But this just shows some of the girls can have a normal life if they want, and come back when they choose to. I think we might see that more.
I’m not playing tomorrow but I’m really excited I’m going to Kings Island, the amusement park nearby. Apparently they have the longest and fastest ride in the world… I like roller coasters. I can only handle one per hour, though. I’m not one of those people who will run from ride to ride. I need a breather! I’d be throwing up everywhere, it wouldn’t be pretty!
I think we’ll go to the Waffle House now… I assume everything else is closed at this time. A few years ago I was playing lots of night matches here and we went to the Waffle House every night, it became a tradition! It’s right across the street from us. I’m excited for my 10 strips of bacon and sausage. It’s still protein! It’s so humid here, I can probably get away with a few extra calories
I’ll talk to you all again tomorrow. Take care!