Happy New Year Wishes from Gugu and inPhorm
Over the past year, our inPhorm sponsored pros have from time to time shared their road warrior experiences giving us all insight as what it takes to be a young single professional female tennis pro. Their blogs have been some of our most popular and have gained the most feedback. When I read the sweet letter from inPhorm pro, Giuliana Olmos, I thought immediately how much you would probably enjoy reading the recap of her 2017 journey. She was kind enough to let me share it with you.
Enjoy Gugu’s letter below:
Happy Holidays & Happy New Year!
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving with your family and that everything is going well.
I just wanted to thank you again for all your support this year! I was so excited to work with inPhorm and I absolutely loved all your clothes. I really appreciate it.
Without your help, I would not have accomplished as much as I did. At the end of last year, I set two goals for myself which were to reach the rankings of #350 in singles and #150 in doubles. It was a long way to go, starting the year 723 in singles and 728 in doubles, but the good thing about being so low is that you can only go up! I fell just short of my singles goal reaching #354 in October, but I did surpass my doubles goal and reached #97 in October as well.
I started out the year in the Caribbean where I won a $15k in singles and 2 doubles titles. I played in my first two WTA events in February and March where I lost 2 tough 3 setters to Bethanie Mattek-Sands (previously top 30 in singles and #1 in doubles) and Michelle Larcher De Brito (previously top 75). These were tough losses for me, but I gained a lot of experience and confidence knowing I could hang with some of the best.
In April and May, I flew to Mexico, Thailand, and Korea where I collected 2 more doubles titles and made 3 $25k quarter-final appearances in singles. June through August, I stayed in the US, where I won 3 more doubles titles, two $25k titles and one $60k.
I ended the summer playing my first $100k in Vancouver where I made the finals in doubles, taking out a top 100 team in route. This fall was quite busy for me, traveling more than I ever had, but it was very rewarding. I made the finals of doubles in my second $100k and in singles lost in the quarterfinals to Jennifer Brady. On my way to the quarters, I had my biggest wins yet, beating Caroline Dolehide (150) and Urszula Radwanska (previously top 30). I flew from LA to Canada to Mexico, back to LA where I won my 8th doubles title of the year and then two days later jumped on a plane to Hong Kong.
The traveling was starting to catch up to me, but this is what I worked so hard for, so I could not stop now. Hong Kong was exciting. My partner and I took out the 2 seeds who are both ranked top 30 and it was the biggest win of our careers.
I ended the year in Asia, qualifying for my first WTA before losing to eventual winner, Belinda Bencic.
This year was full of many ups and downs, but I am happy to say there were more ups than downs. I ended the year with 1 singles title and 8 doubles titles.
My goals for 2018 are to reach 230 in singles and top 40 in doubles. Ambitious, but I think it can be done.
I will start off the new season in January, playing a WTA in Newport Beach. I am happy to finally be done with the season and be home for more than a few days at a time!
I am more excited for the time I will have off though because that is the time I can improve my tennis and fitness to mentally and physically prepare for the 2018 season. Here is a list of my upcoming tournaments:
Jan 22-$125k Newport Beach, CA
Jan 29- $100k Midland, Michigan
Feb 5- Training week
Feb 12- $25k Surprise, AZ
Feb19- Training week/ Fly to Acapulco
Feb 26- $250k WTA Acapulco
Thank you again for all your support, I am lucky to have you in my corner! I look forward to wearing inPhorm in 2018.