That brings us to India! Liz and I arrived after training in Hamburg for a few days with a few of the German girls that we made friends with last time we were in Germany. It was also a great way to break up the long flight to India (about 18 hours). Since arriving in India, it has been quite an interesting experience, mostly one of culture shock. A majority of the country is severely impoverished, there is dirt/rubble/garbage lining the streets, the driving of the cars is definitely 3rd world, with no one obeying any sort of traffic laws, cars, bikes, scooters share the roads, and weave in and out of one another, and there is an incessant honking of the horns. The people are all very nice, willing to help and interested in knowing where we come from, but we get stared at a lot because we look so different. It is also not customary for the women to practice in bathing suits here. The set up of the courts is very different than what we are used to. The grand stand is made entirely out of tree branches, twine and maybe a few nails. Architecturally it is very impressive!
|The grand stand made of twigs!|
|Centre Court in Chennai|
Liz and I arrived early Sunday morning, and have been practicing for the past 3 days. Today was the qualification tournament to get into the main draw. Because not all of the top teams on the World Tour are in India, Liz and I got into the main draw based on points! Tomorrow we will start the main draw tournament. As a result of the heat, the matches will be from 9am-12pm in the morning, then a brake until 4pm, when the matches will start and go until 11pm. This means we will have night games, which will be a nice break from the direct sun (it will still be hot because it is so humid here), but also a challenge to stay awake and motivated to play that late in the day! There are lots of different and challenging factors in India, but Liz and I are adaptable and are well prepared to play! I am excited to be back in a competitive environment and look forward to playing this week.