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Bluber def. Sreschke(that's nasty ) 7-6(6) 6-3 took them 1:30h so I guess it was tighter than the score suggested.
I think Bluber were too solid for a new team. Kveta and Kata still have to get used to each other. This was their first tournaments since 2008 and back then they also just played Paris indoors together.
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That's really sad that the two best teams have to meet today in second round and on a second court! Go Cara and Liezel!
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Sry Kata, but I'd love to see Chueschke..! And Srebotnik/Petrova plz!!!

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Ok so as promised, my report on the second round match on court 1 I saw today: Black/Huber vs Peschke/Srebotnik.
As some of you may know, I was in Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne, and I usually watch doubles in priority, which means this year I have already seen LOTS of matches (over 50 for sure) and this match is probably among the best ones I have seen in 2010.
It started immediatly with Liezel's serve, and very good returns from the opponents. Cara and Liezel won that first game, but I think on deuce, and you could tell immediatly it would be a tough match. Srebotnik held so 1-1. Then despite good serves from Cara, the world number ones got broken, and ran after the score for the whole first set until 4-5 serve for Srebotnik.
During these first games, the shots were fast, with lots of pace, the points were played from the baseline and mostly finished from the baseline with a very good winner from any of the player (more often Liezel for Black/Huber and Kveta, who was on fire, for Srebotnik/Peschke). Very often, as Cara and Liezel headed to the net, Kata or Kveta hit a very precise overhead, that gave them the point, or if that overhead shot was not a winner, at least it sent Cara and Liezel back on their baseline, and Srebotnik/Peschke put the pressure.
Liezel did not serve many first serves but her second serve was good enough for them to score these serve games. On Srebotnik serves until 4-5*, Cara and Liezel hardly found the solution, losing it to love or to 15. On Kveta's serve, it was always closer, but not enough to break. Then that 4-5* game. Liezel called her coach on court, and from that moment, they found the solutions to their previous problems. Then they broke Srebotnik to love or 15 maybe by returning along the line for Cara or curving the ball for Liezel. Back in the set, 5-5 then 6-6 as Cara and Kveta held quite easily. Tie Break then.
Cara-Liezel won the first two points, holding Liezel's serve and breaking Kata's, I don't really remember how. Then they got broken and were down until I think 2*-5 and two serves by Liezel. They scored it and then it was 4-5* serve for Kata. Broken. back 5-5*. Then Kata won her serve point, 5-6*, Cara's serve. She won both, 7*-6. And then on Kveta's serve, they won the set. During the tie break, there's been a very very good point, finished by a mistake in the net by Kveta, and from that moment, she was out of the match. While in the first set, she was the MVP in my opinion. All four players played high level. It was sooo close. I think Cara and Liezel got it because they have been able to think about the problems and find the correct solution quickly enough to avoid the worst.
Second set, Cara-Liezel up 2*-0 quite quickly by breaking Kata. Kveta still out since the tie break point. Then Cara got broken and were up only 2-1*. Kveta held, then so did Liezel. 3-2*. Kata's serve broken easily (if I remember well), and then 4*-2 for Liezel and Cara. Cara's serve, she held, then 5-2*. Kveta could also hold and then Liezel concluded convincingly 6-3. I don't remember which ones exactly, but most of the games went to deuce. So basically, it's been such a close match, any team could have won it, just the most experienced team has been able to take the advantage because they have been a team for years now and play as a team, while Peschke-Srebotnik are very talented players, but not yet a team. Ad of course there's been a few more mistakes from Kata/Kveta. Mostly from Kata in first set, then Kveta in the second. Can't wait to see the revenge of that match in say 3-4 months, it could be even more interesting.

Ok, I don't guarantee accuracy to you guys, as I did not take notes while watching, but truly the way I felt it.


EDIT: oh and no videos or pictures from that match because ANY camera forbidden at Paris Indoors tournament! Go figure!

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thx for the report , Stefi, it's worth the pics or vids

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Stefi, were you sitting in the middle part of the stands in that match? I think I heard you cheering on Liga/Natalie then Cara/Liezel!

Yeah, I got told off by a security guard for taking videos but he said I could take photos. However, after I protested profusely, he very kindly said I could take videos

I don't have any videos from that match (I didn't want to push my luck in case another security guard wasn't as lenient) but I have some pictures to post when I get back home

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Thank you so much for the report. It's nice to hear that Kveta was on fire. She still has to work on maintaining her great form for more than one set. However, don't forget she's been out for 8 months so I'm impressed with her form. I'm sure Kata and Kveta will keep on playing together since they really can play well.

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Stefi, were you sitting in the middle part of the stands in that match? I think I heard you cheering on Liga/Natalie then Cara/Liezel!

I was sitting in the middle part of the stands for Natalie and Liga's match and indeed cheered for them, then I was sitting on the right part of the stands behind Cara and Liezel's supporting team for that match (behind the coaches and Melanie Oudin).
Do you agree with my report? And are you still there on Saturday? Don't hesitate to come and say hi, it'd be cool to meet you

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I was sitting in the middle part of the stands for Natalie and Liga's match and indeed cheered for them, then I was sitting on the right part of the stands behind Cara and Liezel's supporting team for that match (behind the coaches and Melanie Oudin).
Do you agree with my report? And are you still there on Saturday? Don't hesitate to come and say hi, it'd be cool to meet you
No, I leave tomorrow Today will be my last day at the tennis and I leave Paris at 4pm tomorrow. My next tournament will be Barcelona in April.

I didn't see all of the match (I left Peer vs. Sprem halfway through the first set, I think) and joined the match at 6-6.

I agree that Peschke was probably the weak link in the second set. She missed a few easy volleys on the big points and the serve is still a little bit iffy but I'm sure with more match practise, these flaws will be ironed out.

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Thanks for the report Stefi! I'm sure it is accurate. Shame it was on Court 2 as it was probably the best doubles match the tournament will see by the sounds of it.

Good to hear Kveta was on fire again but she too often does that and goes on to lose (Fed Cup against Huber/Mattek comes to mind). I agree with more matches hopefully she'll come through close matches like this. I love this Kveta/Kata combo and hope they play the season together (althouth Kveta/Chuang would also be good).

Sounds like Black/Huber were solid and once again came through under the pressure and then started dominating more in the second. For them I'm taking this as a convincing win and for Kveta (and Kata actually, who also missed alot of last year) a sign she's at least on her way back to her best.

I wish I could have been there.
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I wonder tho why Kveta changed her service motion back to her old one again. In 2007 she changed to taking her racket head high right behind her back after tossing and now she does the whole swing again. Maybe it has sth to do with her ab injury she had last year.
If I get a chance to talk to her at the French Open I'll put out my list of questions (including why she split with Benesova in 2005 )
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I(including why she split with Benesova in 2005 )
You really don't want to go into that topic , do you, really?
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Benesova/zahlavova Strycova will play the final.

Tomorrow, third match from 1.30pm, second semifinal between Black/Huber and Jans/Rosolska. I don't know who'll win that one, but I know who'll yell like crazy in the stands

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I've read Bluber and the Czechs don't like each others so it could be a bitchy final.
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I've read Bluber and the Czechs don't like each others so it could be a bitchy final.
Well never heard about that

But first things first, semis vs the Polish for Cara and Liezel.

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