Q&A with No. 7 Vera Zvonareva
This time last year,
I really loved it. I was doing lots of treatment for my wrist. My head was busy with my wrist. School brought me something else. I still did my treatment, but I got to turn away from that a little bit. It helped me to recover and put my head back into my game when I was ready. The students and teachers just live such different lives from what I am used to now and it's great to meet people outside tennis.
I had great support from my coach and family. We experimented, changed my backhand a little. At the end of the day, I think the backhand is better than it was before. The transition was difficult; you take six months away, and you have no feel for what you can do on the court. The ball is coming at you and you have no decision-making skills. On the pro level, you have so little time. If you take an extra second, your opponent will take advantage of it. You have to be able to execute your shots quickly. When you've been away from the game, you start thinking too much. There are some shots where you would go right for it if healthy, but now you are thinking about what the best option is and where you should place the ball? You lose your rhythm and you don't have as much confidence.