End of season thoughts

End of season thoughts

What an exciting end to the season that was. Often, after the US Open ends, thoughts turn straight away to the following season because that's when the next Grand Slam takes place: the majors are always my main focus.
 
This season was a little different, however. It was an uncertain and at times stressful end to the year, because of this back injury I had. Thanks for the great care of my physio and fitness trainer, I was able to get myself fit for my final events, and I'm obviously delighted with how the season ended.
 
What's especially cool about winning Bali is that it allows me to really relax on this holiday. I often felt almost guilty in the past, that I shouldn't be spending any time away from the court; now I know I am on the right path and that a short break will help my tennis. In short, I left for holidays on a high, and full of motivation for the new season to start again.
 
Nigel and I are working really well together. It's not yet been six months since we began working together, but I think the improvement in my game is clear. What is most exciting for us is that at no point in our partnership so far have we worked for more than two weeks straight together, away from tournaments. Now we will have a full month together, and that's huge.
 
If I can continue my improvement I am confident of achieving great things again. Having structure is so important, and the difference between now and last year - when I also won Bali - is that I now have a great team around me and there is no uncertainty.
 
It's a shame that Bali won't host a WTA tournament next year. During the event we joked, "if only I could play Bali every week". It was a lot of fun, off the court too.
 
My parents were with me, and two of their friends joined us, so we all spent a lot of time together. We had one of the most delicious meals ever at The St. Regis hotel early in the tournament, and we returned there after the final, for my birthday dinner.
 
I also visited a spa - you can't go to Bali without visiting a spa! I swam a little, and visited the beach. Bali is such a beautiful place.
 
I'll send you an update next month when I'm back on court. As always, I will spend the first 10 days or so of the off-season working only on fitness - with an occasional light hit now and then - but then tennis will become the focus. I've switched to a new racket, which I believe will add a little extra something to my game, so I'm excited about that as well.
 
Thanks everyone for your support this year. I think there is a lot to look forward to in 2012 :)
 
Love
Ana