Where to start.... The trip down under has come to an end. The first month of 2015, Australia was the host of our tennis tour and it was an amazing time once again.
The Sydney International Open was a great warm up event. Claiming our first doubles title of the year together with Aniek van Koot, beating Yui Kamiji and Jordanne Whiley in the final. In the singles final I lost to Yui Kamiji in a thrilling three set match, but a great preparation for the first Grand Slam of the year.
The 28th it all started! The Australian Open in Melbourne. The happy slam!!!
In my quarterfinal I struggled with the conditions against Marjolein Buis. It was very windy and I had trouble to find my form. It had to fight really hard but eventually won 6-3 4-6 6-3.
In the semifinal I played against my doubles partner Aniek van Koot. It was a close match. I took the lead a couple of times in the match, but every time Aniek was able to fight back. A close 6-4 6-4 victory earned me a spot in the final.
On the same day Aniek and I won the semifinal doubles beating Marjolein Buis and Sabine Ellerbrock 6-4 6-2.
On friday we played the doubles final against Yui Kamiji and Jordanne Whiley. It was a battle. We won the first set 6-4, but lost the second 4-6. The third was close and at 5-4 we had our first matchpoint. But we didn't convert it. After 3 hours and 21 minutes, after saving matchpoint we had to face defeat. We fougth so hard, but it wasn't enough.
Saturday was a big day. Only my third Grand Slam singles final. I was facing world number 1 Yui Kamiji from Japan. I had a good start of the match, breaking my opponent in the opening game. A good first set with offensive tennis. The way I wanted to play this final. I took the first set 6-3. In the second set I started the same way and took a 3-1 lead. After that I lost four games in a row, not putting enough pressure on my opponent. I fought my way back tot 5-5 and after that played offensive tennis that got me to win the first set. At 6-5 15-40 I had my first matchpoint. And took advantage immediately. A 6-3 7-5 win in a Grand Slam final against the world number 1, it doesn't get any better than that!!!! So happy with this first Grand Slam title in singles. All the hard work paid off! Thanks for all your messages after my win. It was strange to celebrate this win at the other side of the world. My team of coaches not being there to celebrate with me. Cause you never win alone. They've been a great support over the last years. I thank everybody for there support this week and added some pictures to share this moment.