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I leave Melbourne with mixed emotions, but overall I'm happy. I played some good tennis and only lost to a great player who is maybe the very best on the Tour at the moment.
It's been an exhausting month of tournaments. I played three tournaments in a row and it took a lot out of me. I've decided not to go back to Europe for the Fed Cup. I've only just recovered from the virus I picked up during the Australian Open, and I'm going to be very careful with my schedule and traveling this year, considering the Olympics and the packed summer months.
It's almost here! I can't say I was bored during the off-season, because I have really enjoyed my time in Australia so far, but I've really missed competing.
I came to Australia straight from Bali actually, and spent time with Adam at tournaments in Sydney and Melbourne. I also visited my family in Melbourne.
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.
It’s been a very eventful few weeks – a lot has happened since I last wrote.
A few months ago I decided I needed to appoint my own coach, but the most important thing was that I chose the right one. I was prepared to wait for that, and I’m fortunate that I am working with Nigel Sears with half of the season still to go.
I’m also very happy to have Scott back in the team, as my fitness trainer. We’ve always got on so well and achieved some very good results together. He knows me as well as any coach and I’m confident that he can help me achieve my goals.
A lot of people this week have commented on what a dramatic tournament it has been already. The Venus-Date match was an obvious highlight and there have been a lot of exciting matches. Personally, I have had two thrilling match days, mainly because of the weather.
It’s taken me a few days to get over my defeat on Sunday. It’s a tough one to explain: I was in control of the match, leading by a set and a break, but I somehow lost confidence and Mattek-Sands took full advantage.
I’m often asked by friends what the locker room at a tournament looks like. They really vary, to be honest: at a Grand Slam they are large and there are usually two of them, whereas at smaller tournaments they are far more compact, usually with just the bare necessities. At the larger ones there are sofas and I’ve even seen a hot tub.
I like to relax as much as I can before a match, so I try to find a peaceful space. I will often sit on one of the sofas and read a book while I’m waiting for my match to be called.
Before arriving in Indian Wells I spent around 10 days training in Las Vegas as part of the adidas Player Development Programme. I worked with Darren Cahill and of course my hitting partner and trainer were with me. It was such a fun trip.
Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great time on New Year's Eve, and that 2011 brings you everything you wish for.
I had a lot of fun at the New Year's Ball in Perth last night. The atmosphere here at the Hopman Cup is so positive: it's a wonderful place to be, especially at the start of the New Year.
Novak arrived just in time for the Ball, and we remembered how enjoyable the first one we went to was, five years ago, when Novak sang!
What an end to the season! I had such a good time in Bali. The tournament director was joking with me and my team, that I enjoyed my last trip there - especially the beaches - a little too much, as I lost in the first round!
So I'm glad I put that right, and proved that I can play good tennis even in the most relaxing environments!