That was extremely significant. Veronika is never easy to play. My faith in my ability to recover after a single setback vanished. I was more aggressive and adhered to my coach Issam’s tactics. She has a powerful swing and an excellent serve. I think I played really well in the tiebreak and was the better player on the crucial points. But it was much better for me once I got into a rhythm and stepped inside the court a little more. That, I believe, was extremely beneficial to me. I went full power on some shots and hit so many lines, which is something I never do. I was smiling a lot on court today because I was watching everyone in the stands dancing. This was my first match at Arthur Ashe Stadium since I faced Coco Vandeweghe in 2017. In fact, it’s usually the other way around, with my opponents hitting the lines against me. Back then, I was a different player, mostly interested in getting on the court, having a good match, and then leaving. I’m glad I got that win, and I hope I can keep playing like this because I’m enjoying myself right now. NEW YORK: I advanced to the US Open quarterfinals for the first time in my career, thanks to a tough win over Veronika Kudermetova on Sunday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Plus, it wasn’t the same playing at night. Even though there was a lot of pressure today, I was able to have fun on the court. I’m not getting ready for a game; I’m sleeping in bed. I was desperate to beat Veronika, whom I had never beaten in three previous meetings, adding to the pressure. I’m glad I was able to adapt to all of the difficulties that came my way. She was only there to support me as a friend. They had some ridiculous points. Today’s player box featured the legendary Arantxa Sanchez Vicario. It’s great to talk to her and have someone like her following and supporting me. Because I usually play at 11 a.m., my schedule was completely altered, and I had to adapt because I usually play at 10 p.m. Definitely the atmosphere on the court; the crowd cheering for me as soon as I stepped on the court helped me and gave me enough energy. I caught a few minutes of the Nick Kyrgios-Daniil Medvedev match that was on before mine. We met for the first time this year in Charleston, and it felt like we’d known each other for years. I’m not sure why, but I served exceptionally well today. I joked with a reporter who asked if I was watching, and I think Nick’s serve inspired me to serve well today. I was mostly focused on the other match, which was taking place at the same time and featured Ajla Tomljanovic and Liudmila Samsonova. I asked Serena Williams to leave her serve behind for me when we practiced before the tournament. My next opponent, Ajla, is a tough, physical player, and we’re going to have a physical match. I know it won’t be easy to play her, but hopefully the crowd will support me. She was always encouraging, and I miss her terribly. I’m not sure why, but lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my late grandmother; she’s been on my mind. So, who knows, maybe she did leave me her serve and it helped me. I adapt quickly. I wish she could see how successful I’ve become and how far I’ve come. I have no issues. Some girls texted me about it, and I told them I was the worst person to be asked about it. She no longer requires it as she transitions away from the sport. Some players enjoy the balls, while others do not. If you ask me to play with rocks, I will do so. I’m going to try to play as well as I did today. We talk every now and then, and she gives me great advice. This year’s US Open balls have been a hot topic, with many players, including world No. 1 Iga Swiatek, noting that we play with a different ball than the men here in New York. They appear to weigh the same, it’s just that one ball has more pressure. I will adapt no matter what, and if you ask me to change the racket, I will. *Tunisia ranks fifth in the world. Throughout my fourth round match with Veronika, I kept asking for her help, especially in the last game. So I told them, “You decide, and whatever you want, we’ll give it a shot and see what happens.” In the early hours of Monday morning*, Ons Jabeur was speaking with Reem Abulleil in New York after her fourth round victory over Veronika Kudermetova. When you consider doubles and mixed doubles, it’s much easier to play with the same balls across all three events, and if we play with the same balls as the men at each Grand Slam, it makes sense to play with the same ones here at the US Open.
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