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I'm now on my way back to Europe. It was an interesting and eventful trip to Asia, as usual! Three very different cities in three weeks, and three very different tournaments, with different conditions.
Unfortunately I didn't do myself justice at all in Seoul, and in Tokyo I didn't adapt very well to the sharply changing conditions between my two matches.
But the matches that I played gave me confidence, even though I lost them - I felt like I was slowly getting back into the groove. It was obviously very satisfying to turn things around against Bartoli, and the China Open was a successful event for me.
At the same time, I leave Beijing with regret, because I feel like I missed my chances against Caroline. On the positive side, I competed well with her, and she's the new world No.1. I'm confident that this is a sign of things to come - I need to take this form from the China Open into my final two tournaments of the year, in Luxembourg and Bali.
I was talking to my team about these Premier Mandatory tournaments - Madrid and Beijing. They were introduced two years ago and both of them are nine-day events, but I still haven't played during the opening weekend! Last year I was injured and ill, and this year I started on a Wednesday in Madrid and on a Monday in Beijing.
I am a big fan of these events. It's such a pleasure to play in these beautiful new arenas, with many courts available to practice on - you may be surprised to hear that at some events there are not enough courts for players, so we have to either share a court, which means hitting in just half of it, or hit for only half an hour.
It's also fun to play more mixed events and to see friends like Novak Djokovic around the player lounge.
The Olympic tennis courts in Beijing are a wonderful facility and I'm looking forward to coming back next year. They are even building another new stadium, so the current centre court, the Lotus Court, will be the second court then.