New ranking and more news

Hello everyone, I came out of the British grass season with a new career high inside the world’s top 600. Having received a wild card into the qualifying event of Nottingham (WTA 250k) I defeated Deniz Khazaniuk from Israel who was ranked 200+ in the world. I also won the British Wimbledon wildcard playoffs held at Aeorangi park to secure my place in the qualifying event of Wimbledon 2017. This was a great experience and gave me the opportunity to improve my on court game, the prize money will no doubt help me towards my tournament schedule for the remainder of 2017.

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At the recent 25k ITF event in Woking, I came through two rounds of qualifying to make the main draw. In the main draw I faced the number 2 seed Mihaela Buzarnescu from Romania ranked 142, showing that even at the lower level tournaments the high level of competition exists. The match was tough for me as I was still not 100% but I enjoyed myself.

Moving forward for 2017 I will compete on the ITF circuit across the world from Europe, USA and Asia in order to achieve my goals and my biggest challenge is staying healthy and fit. I will prepare for competition training hard making sure my focus is on the quality of my sessions. 

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Finally, I am extremely lucky to have who I consider the best team and my family around me - Russell, Warren, Dan, Mariana, Errol and Roger (my dad) not forgetting my mum and brother. They are a big part of my life and what I need to get me to the next level and inside the top 100.

Onwards and upwards and stay fierce.

Eden

BEDSA 2016

BEDSA 2016

The British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSA) was a really good night where I got to have a fun evening with my team and friends from other sports as we celebrated diversity in sport. Throughout the night I got to hear many inspiring stories from talented athletes all over the UK.  It was nice to see everyone let their hair down and really dressed up as we are always super busy and usually sweaty, ha!

As a future champion ambassador for Sporting Equals, I’m proud to be part of an effort to encourage young ethnic kids to participate in sport and enjoy it. I really hope we build from the awards and really make a big impact as I think a lot of sports are struggling these days with the lack of kids getting involved. I will always try to be a strong role model and ambassador for the younger generation and try to lead by example.

Fantastic evening and I cannot wait to attend these awards in the future!  Thank you to everyone who worked hard at BEDSA to make it a fabulous evening.


REFLECTING ON 2015

REFLECTING ON 2015

A professional athlete’s greatest satisfaction is to be out competing on the field of their choice. Sometimes for no fault of their own this is taken from them and they have to find something deep down inside to keep going.

2015 has been the toughest year of my life but also one of the best. I found myself and I found my team.  I learnt what it is like to not be able to do what I love and that was enough to give me the drive and determination to change the situation.

Looking back to 6-7 months ago when it took me 20 minutes to walk up the stairs to get to the loo (haha) or only being able to hit a tennis ball sitting in my garden chair, I really am proud of how far I’ve come. I now move freely around the court again with the confidence that I am physically, emotionally and mentally stronger than I ever was.

Setbacks happen to us all but are made easier by having people who care about you by your side. I have had unconditional support and love from my family who do not think twice when it comes to doing what is best for me. They got me through this year.

They say things happen for a reason and that sometimes bad things are a blessing in disguise. With the team I’ve now got, I know that to be 100% true. From my Coach, to my agent, medical therapists, physio, S & C coaches, advisors and family - they all have kept me positive and believed that I would come back stronger and a better athlete.

I feel that I have missed so much and yet I feel I have gained far more than I ever dreamed of.  There is nothing that can make me happier than to get back on court and start competing again.

I am in preparation for the new year and so looking forward to competing again in 2016.

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas with their families and a Happy New Year to you all!

Think positively and positive things will happen.

Stay Fierce,

Eden Silva

2015 WOMEN OF THE FUTURE EXPERIENCE

2015 WOMEN OF THE FUTURE EXPERIENCE

I had the honour and privilege to be part of the 2015 Women of the Future Awards.  Not only was it celebrating its 10th anniversary but it was the first year of having the Sport category, of which I was a part of.  A big portion of my team dressed to the nines to come and support this great honour and amazing event about empowering, inspiring, and leading as women of the future.  The team members who couldn't make it were supporting me with kind words sent electronically from all over the globe.  The Awards Evening emphasised the importance of Kindness, Collaboration and Support. My team has exemplified all three in their efforts in growing this grass roots project of which I am at the center of- Team Eden. I can't begin to explain the impact of my team's support and I consider myself lucky to be surrounded by such accomplished and kind people.

There were speakers from all over the world, including national and international royalty. There were over 600 guests and international delegates from over 30 countries. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Pinky Lilani for creating this great platform which connects driven and ambitious women.  I only hope to inspire and assist others just as Pinky has done for me and many women.

 In my previous post about these awards I wrote about my mentor, former trainer, and friend Elena Baltacha ("Bally"), a former British No. 1 female tennis player.  While Bally sadly passed last year due to liver cancer, I discussed how she embodied all the attributes of a Woman of the Future as she was giving, kind, motivating, and all about assisting young female athletes like myself to reach their dreams.  Her legacy is EBAT where young and inspiring women of the future are being nurtured every day. Bally has not been the only motivating woman in my life.  I am honoured to know and be impacted by many women, including the 4 female members of my team Mariana, Jennifer, Noelle and Marilena. The one I would like to discuss now is my mother, Elena Silva. Since I came into this earth, and via my mother, she has always been by my side ensuring I have all the tools to succeed in life. Whether it be cooking nutritious food to give me energy on the court; words of encouragement during my international tournaments; or comforting maternal advice at the perfect moment, I can always count on my mum to selflessly be there for me, encouraging me to be the best me possible.  I love you mum and thank you for showing me the attributes of the type of Woman of the Future I want to be.


HONOURED TO BE SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2015 WOMEN OF THE FUTURE AWARDS

HONOURED TO BE SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2015 WOMEN OF THE FUTURE AWARDS

Extremely honoured to be shortlisted for the 2015 Women of the Future Awards for the category of Sport.  All women recognised this year and the nine previous years are all phenomenal and inspirational, and I feel very privileged to be part of such an amazing group of empowering women.  These awards are designed to not just celebrate the career accomplishments of each woman but to recognise them as leaders of tomorrow.

While this is the first year for the category of Sport, a woman who has always been a Woman of the Future to me is my mentor, former trainer, and friend Elena Baltacha, former British No. 1 female tennis player. While she sadly passed on May 4, 2014 due to liver cancer, her lessons on and off the court have been a constant motivator to me and through her actions she has and continues to be a leader to many young tennis players.

The Awards Evening is on October 27, 2015 at the London Hilton on Park Lane.  I hope to see you there!  Here are the links for more information on the shortlist, the awards, and to reserve your ticket for the Awards Evening:

1. Shortlist –  http://awards.womenofthefuture.co.uk/2015-shortlist/

2. About the Women of the Future Awards - http://awards.womenofthefuture.co.uk/aboutwof/

3. Reserving a ticket for the Awards Evening on October 27, 2015 – http://awards.wof.gridhosted.co.uk/book-now-2/

THOUGHTS ON CONFIDENCE

THOUGHTS ON CONFIDENCE

Confidence comes from not always being right but not fearing to be wrong. Confidence is knowing the difference between self-belief, positivity and being arrogant. With arrogance there is no room for improvement as arrogant people think there is no need for improvement. Whereas confidence never comes from having all the answers, it comes from being open to all the questions.

You gain strength from every tear and obstacle you have faced and conquered. Confidence is saying to yourself, ‘I’ve overcome this trouble before, I can take on anything like that which comes along.’

You can’t fake confidence. True and real confidence comes from pure self-belief. The only way to get people to believe in you is when YOU believe in you. Self-Confidence is the memory of success, so linger on the positives and achievements you have accomplished in life so far and build on future success. While on this journey, the path is incredibly slippery but when you have absolute confidence in yourself you know no matter how many times you make a stumble or completely fall over, that you have the inner strength to pick yourself up and keep your eyes on the Prize!