Top 10 Greatest Hits of 2012 – Number 5
Number 5: Making the Quarterfinals in Rome (May 17, 2012)
I received wildcard entries to play in the tournaments in Madrid and Rome. That was fitting because I felt like a wildcard at that point. When it came to how I was feeling, I never knew what I would draw on a given day. I won a match in Madrid and I felt good. Then the next day I felt miserable. And that was pretty much the trend for me for the whole clay court season. It was an extremely difficult time. I lost my second match in Madrid and if I hadn’t been trying to get points to qualify for the Olympics, I would have skipped Rome and gone right back home to Miami.
At the time, it was hard just for me to hit serves. So before I would leave the court every day I would just try to hit serves. It was nerve-wracking to say the least and I was starting to get very emotional. It was upsetting to have to play in the tournament considering how I was feeling, but I knew I needed the points.
I’d love to say that everything cleared up and I felt tip-top in time for the tournament but that wasn’t the case. Every match was hard. By the time I got to the quarterfinals I was feeling pretty awful. I didn’t give up, though. I had to take the loss but I really tried to win. In the end I could hold my head up high. I beat a top 5 player on my way to the quarterfinals and I pretty much clinched my spot on the Olympic Team with those wins in Rome. It was a difficult and emotional time for me, but to come through and win those matches it was definitely one of the highlights of my year.