How has your summer been so far? Good? You had great holidays, bbq's with friends, never ending days at the beach?
My summer was great for many reasons. Yes, I had a great camping trip with friends but that's not why the summer of 2015 was so special. That had everyting to do with my performances on the tenniscourt and my graduation. But because the summer was so busy, I have been sloppy with my website. The last post was about World Team Cup in may. So I want to start with apologising for this and make a promiss that from now on I will keep you guys up to date. With blogs on this website too, not just on my social media. I will try to write some blogposts with background stories as well, not just reports about my tennis matches. I want to share my road to the paralympics of Rio in 2016 with you. And there are a lot of exciting things to come.....So now, let's see if we can get you up to date by summarizing this summer. I will point out the highlights of the last two months.
It's the first week of june. It's time for the second Grandslam of this year. The World Team Cup in Turkey was a great preparation for this event. I struggle in the quarterfinal against Jordanne Whiley. Taking a lead in both sets, but letting her get back in both sets as well. I win the match 6-4 7-5. In the semifinal I have to dig really deep to make it through to the final. I faced 6-7 4-5 down against Sabine Ellerbrock, close to being eliminated. But I fought back, taking the second set 7-5 and the 3rd set 6-0. In my second grandslam final of this year, I play one of my best matches of this year. I beat Aniek van Koot 6-2 6-0. A great win and you can tell by the pictures above that winning Roland Garros for the first time is a great great great feeling!! And to top that off, Aniek and I win the doubles final against Jordanne Whiley and Yui Kamiji 10-8 in the supertiebreak 3rd set.
Because of this win in singles I move up to the first place of the singles ranking. For the first time in my career. What a great reward for an amazing first half of this season.
The next big thing is my graduation. Besides my tennis, I studied Sportsmarketing at the Johan Cruyff University. Because of my busy schedule it was a big struggle to finish my graduation project. I want to thanks Fonds Gehandicaptensport for giving me the opportunity to create my graduation project in coöperation with their foundation. I graduated this month and it is a great feeling to have finished my bachelor, so I can focus on just my tennis until Rio 2016.
A singles title at the French Open, two doubles titles at the French Open and British Open and a final at Wimbledon (this year it's just doubles, next year we will have a singles event as well) and the summer is about to come to an end. But there is plenty of action to come. I have one more week of training at home and then I will travel to the States for another Super Series event and the final Grandslam of the year.... the US Open. I will keep you updated!