"My gym routine depends on the tournament schedule. I log ninety-minute sessions twice a week if competition is still a few weeks away, then I'll scale my workload back in the days leading up to it.
I focus more on movement patterns like hip hinges, squats, pushes, and pulls than I do on specific body parts. My fitness coach, Azuz Simcich, often has me do push-ups, chin-ups, deadlifts, and split squats. For the core, my favorite exercise is the Turkish get-up because it improves overall strength and stability. Both elements are important for getting to the ball quickly. I maximize the power of my serve by doing a range of medicine ball moves, like overhead throws and slams.
My on-court training also changes throughout the season. If I’m not competing, I’ll typically practice twice a day for ninety minutes each. I’ll do a bunch of drills that focus on setting up the point, approaching the net, or improving footwork. Once a tournament starts, each practice shortens to essentially a thirty-minute warm-up.
For endurance, I like to run outside rather than use cardio machines. My pace and mileage depend on which energy system we want to target.”
“On match days, my breakfast is usually eggs, bread, and fruit. For lunch, I have some pasta with chicken—no sauce. Dinner is typically fish and vegetables. I try to mix it up a bit so I don’t eat the same thing every match day. For example, I’ll sub in risotto for the pasta.
On my day off, I’ll often eat foods I really enjoy, like Knedlíky dumplings, goulash (both staples of Czech cuisine), or pizza. Instead of traditional snacks, I’ll drink a protein shake in the afternoon or after my workout. I don’t eat red meat, so it’s a good way for me to get the macro.”
“My regular recovery routine consists of light cardio on the stationary bike, stretches, and a 10-minute ice bath.
For the US Open specifically, I always try to drink enough water during changeovers since heat is an issue for players a lot of the time. I put an energy supplement called Cytomax in my bottle. If it’s extremely hot, I’ll drape an ice towel over my shoulders. After each match, I cool down on the indoor bike without cutting back on hydration. Even later, when talking to the media, I always keep a water bottle with me and sip it often. If I have a day off between matches, I’ll get a massage.”
“I’ll be in China this December for the WTA Tour. My schedule includes Open tournaments in Zhengzhou, Wuhan, and Beijing. If things go well and I qualify, then hopefully I’ll compete at the Shiseido WTA Finals in Shenzhen, too.”