Thursday, April 17, 2008

Euro Defeat but plenty to be positive about

Hello Everyone,

Yesterday I played the 1st round of the Europeans in Denmark and I had a good win over Katrin Atlodottir of Iceland 21-14 21-13. I played really well and controlled the match from the start. That match set me up for today’s second round tie against world number 14 Juliane Schenk of Germany.
Unfortunately I lost in two straight sets 21-18 21-15. But I played really well and in the first set I had a great opportunity to take the set after I got it back to 18-18 after being 17-12 behind. But mentally I was not strong enough and this is the part of my game I need to work on most of all.
The second set she got off to the better start and I was playing catch up all the time and I never managed to close the gap on her and was always just that couple of points behind.
But I have not played much lately with my injury and this is my first tournament since the Swiss Super Series so I can take many positives out of this about my game. I just need to be more mentally in tune and I know I can win matches like this.

That’s all for now


Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Euro Build Up

Hello Everyone,

This has been a really busy week for me as I prepare for the European Championships next week. Each day this week I have had intense on court sessions followed by gym work. I have to build up my back muscles again after this injury so all the gym work is necessary in order to do that.
The on court work primarily focus’s on match training which for me has been very good as I like to play and train on court with shuttles. Most evenings I have spent just chilling out or going to cinema.
The weekend coming I will hit the sauna for a few sessions and then on Monday I head back to Frankfurt and on Tuesday its bags packed again and off to Copenhagen and onto Herning for the European Championships.
I hope to be able to keep you all informed about my progress there. Hopefully I have some good wins and performances to tell you all about.

Until then take care


Thursday, April 3, 2008

The European Championships

Hello Everyone,

The Europeans Championships are almost here and the draw has been released. I have got a pretty good opening round match against the world number 292 player Katrin Atladottir. I am confident going into this game and I hope to do well in that match. If i win my opening game I have a much tougher match in the second round. I more than likely will have to play the world number 14 Julia Schenk of Germany. She is a top class player and is showing great form at the moment but I don't have anything to fear. I know if I compete and perform to the best of my ability I can beat any player on any given day.
As of now I am not looking past the first round. I'm 100% focused on that game now and who knows what is in store after that. Training is going well at the moment and I feel in good shape and good form.
I just looking forward to the competition now


Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Its Physio Time

Hi Everyone,

I’m at home in Switzerland now. My Friend Johanna arrived at the weekend and we had a nice time catching up and went out and had some fun.
On Sunday we went for a nice long walk as the weather was beautiful then home for a quick shower and on the road for the 3 hour drive to Switzerland.
Yesterday I had an early 9.30am appointment with my physio. We focused on exercises to mobilise my back followed by some head and electrotherapy. Yesterday afternoon I started an exhausting gym programme that my physio formulated for me. After that I did some shuttle work so it was a tough day all round after my break at the weekend.
After training I drove to Basel to meet and catch up with a few more friends while I’m back home.

That’s all for now.