I played against a few top-ten players already, and I always kept losing in three sets.
"Tatiana Golovin" (; born January 25, 1988 in Moscow) is a former Russian-born France/French professional tennis player. She won the 2004 French Open mixed doubles event with Richard Gasquet, and reached the singles quarterfinal at the 2006 US Open (tennis)/2006 US Open, losing to the eventual champion Maria Sharapova. Her highest singles ranking to date is 12. In 2008 she was diagnosed with lower back inflammation and was forced to stop playing competitive tennis indefinitely.More Tatiana Golovin on Wikipedia.
I was kind of ready for how she plays. I could pick up a few things about her game and just had to take more advantage of the chances that I had, but I got tired and made some unforced errors. I tried not to give her too many angles but she can get to every ball with her long arms and legs. I tried to hit to her body and keep it deep.
She said, 'Do you want to play?' and I said 'Of course. Who doesn't want to play with Martina? I just feel very lucky. We're all very happy to have her back.
She's the player that I lost to at the beginning of the year in Australia, so I was expecting a tough match, and it really was a tough match in the first set.
But you can tell she plays like someone who has won grand slams. Her choice of shots, the way she moves, things like that. We are all happy to have her back.
But after I sat down (for the medical time-out), I really felt it and just couldn't go on. I'm sad that I couldn't play. Unfortunately, if it's your Achilles, you feel it all the time; it's not a special movement.
Because she hits really hard and she doesn't make mistakes, she's a very tough player to beat, so I was happy with my performance.
I was pleased with my serve today and I think it will be a big part of my game as the tournament continues.
It didn't feel that bad this morning and I thought that it would be okay.