Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova blog: Wimbledon fun & moving forward

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It only seems like yesterday that I arrived in England for the warm-up grass court tournament in Eastbourne and then Wimbledon, but now it’s over I’m back travelling again ahead of a tournament in Sweden and the hard court season in North America.

It was really nice to play with Lucie (Safarova) at Wimbledon this year, as it’s always fun to partner up with her. We had beaten some good teams on the way to the quarter-finals in the doubles, and saved nine(!) match points against Cara Black and Sania Mirza. That was a real highlight for us against one of the top seeds.

Third quarter-final

After a short break not playing together, it was good to be back as a team and that’s now our third time in a quarter-final at a Grand Slam event together. It was our first time at Wimbledon in the event as well, so I’d say that’s a pretty good start for us! Hopefully we can go even further next time.

My focus now is on climbing into the top ten of the singles, which definitely takes time, but I’m working really hard to make that dream a reality. It was obviously disappointing to lose in the first round at Wimbledon, but Alison (Riske) played well in our match and it wasn’t to be for me.

Top young players

There are a lot of good young players coming through, although I actually still consider myself one of the young players having only just celebrated my 23rd birthday. I have had success in my career and have been on the tour for a while, but I still think I can be considered in that category of ‘youngster’. Maybe I’m wrong!?!

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Age isn’t that important anyway, it would seem. It’s about hard work, belief and dedication, whether you’re 17 or 37. It feels like some of the older players are playing their best tennis now, and it’s always tough to beat them.

Tennis in general has moved to the next level, and you have to be ready to play your best tennis from the first round to the last. There are no easy matches at any stage of any tournament like their might have been in the past.

Doubles enjoyment

Doubles is something that I really enjoy doing, and I believe the two go pretty well together. I really have a lot of fun when I play in that format and enjoy playing with Lucie especially. It’s not always that easy to find the right partner but I think we have a great relationship together and I hope we can continue to play as a pair moving forward.

As I said before, we’ve done well at some major events in the past, reaching the quarters at the Australian Open and French Open in 2013 before this event on the grass. We’ve also won together on the circuit as well, so it bodes well for the future.

US Open

I’m now focused on the tournaments that lie ahead though, with the hard court season now upon us immediately. I always want to play well in every match but the US Open is the big one, of course. It’s a very important tournament and I want to do as well as I can.

Before that, I play in Bastad, Washington and a some other great places, so hopefully I can do well at those tournaments and continue to improve in time for Flushing Meadows.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my first ever blog for GiveMeSport, and I look forward to writing more for you all in the future!

Nastia xx

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