Back from the USA

Back from the USA

I got back to Europe a few days ago. It was a long, emotional but overall successful trip to America.

When I arrived there my ranking was really low, but now I'm at least back in the top 40 and am confident I can rise much higher during my remaining tournaments.

At the same time, I am not thinking too much about rankings: I've always believed that if you concentrate on improving your game and winning matches, the rankings take care of themselves. Still, at least I don't have to ask for anymore wild cards!

I said it in New York after losing against Kim: I feel I've been playing well for a while now and making great improvements in training, but it was maybe hard for others to believe it without the results.

Now I've had a few good wins in my last two tournaments and I'm definitely moving in the right direction. But I'm still far from where I want to be.

My upcoming tournaments in Asia - Seoul, Tokyo and Beijing - are a good opportunity to achieve some consistency, and hopefully compete for some titles again.

I enjoyed visiting each city in America, even San Diego where I lost in the first round, which was definitely the low point of the trip.

I liked both Stanford and New Haven very much. They felt a little bit similar, probably because they are both university cities, and Cincinnati was, I think, a turning point for me, so I have good memories from there as well. It's going to be tough to decide which tournaments to play next summer, because right now I want to play them all!

I'm feeling much happier and more confident on the court and I am looking forward to continuing on this path. It's only a week or so until my next tournament.