“I've been playing so well and against Vera, I was actually the better player on court on that day I think. But I started cramping at the end of the second set which disappointed me a lot because there was nothing I could change. I played, I didn't want to retire and it was actually amazing to go up 5-2 in the third set with cramps. I was cramping the entire third set badly, I couldn't even stretch my legs out anymore. I played with cramped legs and I was playing with a lot of pain. I was trying to finish that match somehow. Unfortunately it didn't go my way but for me the most important part is that we're finding out the reasons, we're talking to specialists and its all about adjusting to the gluten-free.
“It's a big change. They found out about it 2 months ago and it's a huge change for your body because all of a sudden you cannot eat bread or pasta for example, and those are the two main things that athletes eat, especially pasta before the match. It's very tough when you travel, you know? If you're at home and can cook for yourself it's not a problem.
"A lot of things where gluten is included where you don't think it is, and I'm still learning that. In Paris I was eating stuff that had gluten and I didn't know, you know? I'm still learning, it's a learning process, but also for your body to adjust so that you have the energy you need on the court. It was very hard for me because I was fit, I was healthy and all ready to play, and then all of a sudden I'm cramping. I guess it's a process. It's good we found out. I guess I have to be patient one more time, but in the long run that's what's the most important thing, that I feel a lot better. I feel a lot better already.”
-- Sabine, in Birmingham, on her new gluten-free diet and what happened in Paris.