You really know your tennis Corswandt. And you can write, and have a good sense of humour. And you seem to be a pro photographer. How do you get the players to pose for you? Is there a special wording, or is it just the Corswandt charm?
I particularly enjoyed your observation that Roddick's game on big points resembles Camille Pin's-
you're so right, he chips the backhand, loops the forehand, and even sometimes slows the serve down (although not to Camille's level).
I personally find the lack of power and charming inability to hit certain shots, smashes etc, rather endearing in Camille. It's almost cute. She seems to be trying to hit a bit harder though sometimes - although apparently she returns to plan A when it doesn't work. So I'm one of those people who likes watching her. But wait, she's a hussy?
I'm so disillusioned. I guess it's to be expected of the French girls.
Kirilenko, yeah, sometimes when she gets a half opening she comes up to it, tries to do something, and it actually ends up softer than the shot before. Like she's trying to do it by leaning on it instead of generating racquet head speed, and gets a bit cramped up. It frustrates me.
So much to read, so if I see someone's name in a draw I'm not familiar with I think I'll come look at your comments to see if I can find out about her. I've got a couple of questions but no need to answer if you don't have time. I saw Arina before and thought she dropshotted an awful lot (on Rebound Ace too). In the match you saw, was she still doing this? I guess it might seem normal on clay. And my opinion of Kerber's serve: not only not much pace, but placement is average. Almost always at least 1 metre from the corner. Very little spin too, second serve is like a soft version of first. I'll take your word on your analysis of Michelle Larcher de Brito. I've been wondering what she was like. Soft serve huh? I've seen a clip of her on youtube, and could only see her groundstrokes, which appear to have an effortless, almost lazy whippiness (lets go of one hand sometimes on backhand) but without being ferocious. Seems to generate the energy early in the swing and then just relax, not bothering to exert herself later on in the swing- but maybe that's just in practice?
You seem to be able to move about from match to match, rather than being stuck on one court? I'm envious, I wish Auckland had a setup like that. We can only really do that during the qualifying matches. Or have you just bought tickets to every court? Maybe there's an all-court pass? You probably wrote about this somewhere but you wrote so much!