from Sveriges Radio
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello
She has been the Swedish tennis number one for many years. After a difficult season Sofia Arvidsson started practicing and studying in Växjö - and now hopes for new success.
- I have been in the game for a long time and needed a new start and so I took this chance, says Sofia Arvidsson, who is one of Sweden's best tennis players.
Sofia Arvidsson has begun training in Växjö with Stefan Edberg, Calle Hageskog and Magnus Larsson and while she studies at Linnaeus University. After being number one in Sweden and in the top 30 in the world, she had a tough 2014.
Sofia Arvidsson posted this picture with Stefan Edberg and Magnus Larsson yesterday on her blog. In a caption she ironically wrote: "Together we have nine Grand Slam titles and one Grand Slam Cup victory"
- I did not think I had any real motivation, I missed the coach, I did not think it was fun, she says.
With this regeneration in Vaxjo, the goal is to re-start climbing in the rankings.
- I feel I have a lot to give and the goal is to come back to where I've been, says Sofia Arvidsson.
She now plays for Helsingborg and enjoys it. There's no plan to change club to Växjö, even if she doesn't completely close the door.
- I'll never say never, but not right now.
Sofia Arvidsson's first day at the Linnaeus University
From a post on the Ready Play Academy website, we learn Arvidsson joined the Växjö University at the end of January this year, studying social psychology. "The first day was a bit nervous because it was a long time since I was in school but also exciting. Fun to come to a new environment and learn new things," Sofia said to Carl Axel Hageskog, adding she still doesn't know what she will do after tennis, but finds it good to have something other than sports in mind while still playing.
Arvidsson, now 30 years old, has won three titles on the WTA Tour and reached a best ranking of number 29 in 2006. Last February, three weeks after starting training at the Södra Climate Arena, she won a $25,000 event in Surprise, Arizona. (m.c.)
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