In late 2018, she was struck down with Lyme disease, through which she suffered fatigue and inertia, and became increasingly thin-skinned. In mid-2019, she cancelled all her upcoming tournaments. But this temporary withdrawal from golf also served as a kind of inner retreat for her. Sandra Gal says: “I had always measured myself based on my sporting successes and put myself under enormous pressure.” She takes a sip of her lemonade. “I had to learn that it was not the athlete Sandra Gal who was number one, but rather the person Sandra Gal.” She spent time in Italy, meditated, did yoga, and prevailed against the disease, coming out of the ordeal with a new attitude. Today she feels more relaxed and laid back. “Without the mask, without the need to always give my best.” Success and performance. Prize money, victory, fame. Today, she defines these terms differently, dares to take a new perspective on life, on herself. This is the new Sandra Gal. She still boasts a fantastic swing. But she has learnt to let go. Nowadays she paints, plays the guitar, and has even written an original song. She remembers her earlier passions, the ones she had before golf took over her life. As a child, she danced ballet and played the violin in an orchestra. This can all finally return now and take its place in her life again. “That is what matters,” she says. “It’s what is on the inside, not what is on the outside.” There is another area of her work that she holds very close to her heart. She oversaw her first charity event back in 2015, at which she raised and collected money for Volunteers of America. The non-profit organisation supports the homeless and children from destitute families.