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U.S. Open postcard: Getting Serena Williams ready for a match |

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New York — It’s game day again here in New York for round two at the U.S. Open for Serena Williams. Her opponent Wednesday is Galina Voskoboeva, who is a Russian-born Kazakhstani player. Voskoboeva reached her career-high singles rank of No. 42 in May 2012. Her career high in doubles is 26th, set in August 2012.

On Tuesday, which was a non-game day, Team Serena had a good morning on-court practice session, followed by a targeted worked in the U.S. Open Fitness center. I rode back to the hotel, after the combined practice and training sessions with Serena at 11:15 a.m.

Now, when it comes to planning for the game today, we play second after the 1 p.m. Del Potro vs. Lopez match, which means about 3 p.m. New York time. But, what if we have rain or the match before Serena’s goes five sets? Can you imagine how you must try and prepare for the pregame meal much less the warmup, which may only last 15 minutes. You must always know where you are at all the times relative to the game to be ready to perform in the match and win.

Sascha Bajin, Serena’s tennis partner, and I will depart for the U.S. Open from our hotel at 10:45 a.m. to prepare for Serena’s arrival shortly. Then, it is a prematch practice, ankle taping, pregame meal, and warmup. Then it’s game on.

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