I’m really happy that I’ve now got a chance to make it to the fourth round of Wimbledon.
It was another tough one against Pauline Parmentier in the second round but I found a way to win without playing my best.
That’s important in grand slams because you can’t always play fantastic tennis but you have to find a way to get through.
Now I’ve got a third round meeting with Nicole Vaidisova and I can’t wait. My fellow Aussie Sam Stosur pushed her really hard in the second round and she looked like she had it in the bag for a while so it’s a shame she couldn’t get through but I’m looking forward to playing Vaidisova again.
I’ve already played Vaidisova twice this year, once on the Gold Coast before the Australian Open and then again when I beat her in Indian Wells in March.
It helps that I know her game pretty well and I’ll sit down and work out a game plan with my coach Nicole Pratt, all the coaches from Tennis Australia and the Australian Institute of Sport, who watched her match against Sam.
I’ll need to clean up a few things in my game because there were some things I wasn’t too happy with against Parmentier.
I could have served a bit better and I wasn’t too pleased with my forehand but it’s another winnable match on Friday.
Ever since I did well at this year’s Australian Open I’ve been playing at a much higher level than before and at first I was playing lots of new players but now that I’ve been at this level for a while I’m starting to meet the same players again and again, which makes life a bit easier.
To some degree you aren’t going to get blindsided and you know what to expect. That was definitely the case against Patty Schnyder in the first round, who I beat at the Aussie Open in January.
Knowing things like where they are likely to serve and their patterns of play makes it much easier to prepare.
Also the fact I beat Vaidisova earlier this year will give me a lot of confidence heading into the match.
My experience at the grand slams this year means that I don’t feel that it’s overwhelming to be playing these big players in big matches and that’s a real positive.
The opportunity to have a chance to be in the fourth round of Wimbledon is huge for me but in saying that I don’t feel like I have a lot to lose.
I’ll now clean up my game, prepare a new game plan and I’ll walk off the court knowing that I gave it everything and if I come away with a win that will be great.