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Jiske Griffioen, a wheelchair tennis athlete, that has been in the top 8 of the international women ranking for years. Follow her Tennis career, read her blog about her training days, physical work off court and social events. Make sure you stay up to date on her achievements in high level events, such as Grand Slams, Super Series and Paralympics. 

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Melbourne Open

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After the Apia Sydney International was finished, I travelled to Melbourne. I play one more tournament here, preparing for the Australian Open which starts the 22nd of january.

When we arrive in Melbourne, a heatwave just arrived. It is bloody hot. For four days it's more than 40 degrees. Playing tennis in this heat isn't much fun. Luckily I have a day off the first day, cause I have a bye. So I decided to cancel my tennis practice and spent my afternoon in the gym. Love the airconditioning!!! The next day I have one practice session. Not only is it tough to play in these conditions, but the heat makes my push rims so hot, that I have blisters after half an hour of tennis. The wind is not cooling it down. It feels like a giant hairdryer is blowing hot air on you.

Luckily I play my quarterfinal at 09.00 am. So it's not over 40 degrees yet. I beat Jordanne Whiley 6-1 6-2. That night it starts raining. And the temperature drops 20 degrees. What a relieve!!!

In the semifinal I lose to Yui Kamiji 4-6 0-6. The first set was close. In the 2nd set I decided to try some new things, but couldn't make a difference with that.

An Australian Open courtesy car drops me at Melbourne Park the next day. Three more days to prepare for the 1st Grand Slam of the year!!!