OK, So I got there a litle bit after 12. The girls were already on court and there was quite a crowd present already. It got really busy during the mens' matches, then around 300-350 people were there.
Really great atmosphere, nice club there in Zevenbergen and of course a great sunny day (my face got burnt a bit but it's just tan now.
I saw Angelique's and Jesse's match not as good as the other two singles matches, since they were playing on the far side court.
Kiki Bertens (NED) beat Julia Babilon (GER) 6-2 6-3
The most boring match of the day. Kiki was just always in control and has much better technique than Julia. The German girl is just a hardhitter and she UE's a LOT. Kiki has a powerful game but she did not have to do much today. The match was over before you knew it, at 6-2 5-1 she lost her concentration for a short while.
Angelique van der Meet (NED) lost to Katalin Marosi (HUN) 4-6 6-7(4)
Well, that was interesting. 20-year old Dutch 'promise' against the 31-year old veteran. Angelique has a great game sometimes (very inconsistent), but her lack of mental strength is her biggest issue. She just gave it all away and Katalin took advantage with all her experience. Angelique lead 4-0 in the 1st. Then she broke down, screaming at her self when she got broken the second time in a row. Then it got worse and the set was gone
Second set was even worse. She didn't look like she still wanted to win this and Katalin was always a break up in the second set. A great shot (or 2) by Angelique was usually followed by strange shot decisions and other weird UE's. Of course the crowd was behind her, and suddenly, when Marosi was serving for the match at *5-3, she found her momentum again. After a few nice shots the crowd cheered loudly for her. Surprisingly she made it till the tiebreak and easily played herself to a 4-0 lead. Everybody made themselves ready for a third set when, well
, I don't knAow what happened. Another mental breakdown by Angelique. She couldn't control herself, such a tension in her shots. Marosi got back to 4-4 and Angelique had one serve left. After she lost the point she got out of control and hit a ball over the fence with a scream. Of course she already had a few warnings for both racket AND ball abuse, so now she got a penalty point. Marosi served the match out with a unholdable serve at 4-6* and then it was over
Angelique has potential but she really needs to work on her mental,, really
Katalin was just relaxed on court all the time and you can see she has lost some of her strength (no real weapons), but today, it was enough.
Jesse Huta Galung (NED) beat Attila Balazs (HUN) 4-6 7-6(5) 6-3
This was always a tight match. Jesse trailed Balazs 0-3 in H2Hs so his victory was really a great achievement. The mens' matches were way more enjoyable to watch because the quality was just so much higher. The Hungarian guy doesn't look like a tennis player at all.
He's just soooo short. Then again, he generates a lot of power and gets every ball back in to the backside of the court. This caused a lot of problems for Jesse at first. Balazs just has a 'Wozniacki-type' of game with a really, really strong Backhand-down-the-line, which earned him many points. Jesse got more and more into the match while the match advanced. In the 2nd set Balazs was even serving for the match at 5-4. But right at that moment Jesse played the best game of the match, so there was not much the Hungarian could do. After losing the game, the Hungarian broke a racquet. Jesse's mental advantage smoothly handed him the Tiebreaker. Balazs was kind of fed up looking in the third. Jesse got his break at 4-3 and then served it out.
His backhand technique is sooooo
but the forehand needs a bit more work. You can see that's a weakness that makes top 50 pretty much impossible.
Arko Zoutendijk (NED) beat Michael Ryderstedt (SWE) 7-6(4) 7-5
Great, great match. The unranked Dutch was the huge underdog before the start of the match. Ryderstedt is just ranked outside of top 300 but has a CH of 130. But they were always equal. The match really could have gone both ways, but Arko just hang in there and was so strong at the crucial points. Great match to watch, a lot of running back-and-forth, dropshots and volleys
Arko's serve was on today so that made him really hard to break. The Swede had a cold start being 0-3 down in a few minutes. He managed to get back into the set but in the Tiebreaker Arko was very sharp
2nd set was up and down, until, suddenly, Arko got the break, and the match, at 6-5*. Michael shouted "I FUCKING HATE THIS COURT" at the end of the first set.
van der Meet/Bertens (NED) lost to Babilon/Marosi (GER/HUN) 6-3 0-6 5-7
Not much to say about this one. Missed most of the first set. they lead 3-0 and 4-1 and consolidated their lead. 2nd set they got down 0-3 quickly. Then there was an injury time out for Kiki Bertens. When she finally got back they "gave up" the set, but in the third it was the same story. Babilon and Marosi, the latter really being the better one of the two, lead 0-3 and 3-5 and served for the match. Right at that moment the Dutch girls had a small resurrection, the crowd carrying them back to 5-5. Then I had to leave to catch the train but the match was lost quickly, it seems.
Huta Galung/van der Bijl (NED) beat Ryderstedt/Brons (SWE/NED) 7-5 6-3
Very enjoyable match to watch. Van der Bijl is a REALLY good doubles player. I think this duo will win all their matches this eredivisie season. Really great chemistry between the two players, they are easily varying up their game
As you can see from the first post here, Leimonias pretty much came here with their weakest line-up possible. Oksana Kalashnikova was there as well, wandering around the courts looking a bit sad. She must've been injured cause otherwise she would've played for sure. Cute girl by the way. So although Leimonias lost, there was a lot of discussion afterwards. People discussed about Leimonias 'buying' the championship because they - by far - have the most money to spend. When they need the points they will probably make a few extra calls to get their best players to join so the championship is already given again this year.
Lobbelaer is the team to cheer for though. Only all Dutch team (they don't even mention their international players - as KNLTB has listed them - in the leaflets), and they go around with eachother so well. The team is always close to eachother cheering their teammates on. van der Bijl was coaching Zoutendijk throughout the match, and Zoutendijk was on the bench of Huta Galung/van der Bijl all the time. It all looked so much fun. Bernice van de Velde and Tim van Terheijden (
) were there all day too, too bad they didn't play. I really expected to see Bernice in stead of Angelique in the doubles, but oh well. Great experience to say the least. I can recommend anyone to go and watch one day