I got to go see the match tonight with Martina Hingis. My friend and I had grandstand seats (upper deck), and we decided before going into the stadium that we'd trade our tickets and get box seats for an extra $20 each. This seemed like a great idea...until we walked into the stadium. Without exaggeration, there weren't more than 400 people watching this! It was really sad to be honest. By the end of the night, there were maybe about 150 people. It must have been difficult for Martina to swallow that after being used to having thousands of people for every match she played.
Singles-Shaughnessy d. Hingis 5-3
I wasn't very impressed with Hingis's singles game. She's like a B grade version of Tatiana Golovin now. Absolutely no power, playing way too much defense, making herself hit two or three extra shots as opposed to just hitting into the court. She was hitting almost no winners or errors, and basically saying to Meghann "Do what you will. The match is in your hands." Given Meghann's current form that should've been enough, but she was playing like her old top 20 self tonight. She was banging out her first serves and her forehand didn't break down at all. She used that shot to push Martina all around the court, but for some reason Martina kept insisting on hitting it to that side. Almost all of the games went to deuce, but in WTT it's no ad scoring. If they had played regular games, Meghann might have won this even more convincingly. I think it wasn't a bad effort from Marti though, and she strikes me as having the ability to be a top 20 player again, but definitely not a top 10 player and absolutely not a major threat to seriously contend for top Tier I's and Grand Slam titles. Her serve was crap, as in Aniko Kapros level, and Meghann was teeing off every single time.
Don Johnson/Meghann Shaughnessy d. Hingis/Mark Merklein 5-3.
Not much to really say here. This all came down to Martina's serve as she got broken both games she served. Johnson was absolutely clobbering every serve Martina hit and all Meghann needed was the occasional good return to seal the deal. Martina's returns and volleys were absolutely lovely here though.
Hingis/Jenny Hopkins d. Shaughnessy/Lisa Mcshea 5-2.
Martina was BACK here. She OWNED that court. I don't think she missed a single shot that entire set, without exaggeration. She was crunching backhand return winners left and right (she hit four in a row off Mcshea's serve at one point) and was deadly up at net, hitting sharply angled volleys and amazing smashes. Her serves were still soft, but well placed enough so that she could get away with it. The score was all the more amazing considering Martina was carrying Hopkins all the way through. Poor Jenny was just terrible. Martina looked like a top 10 doubles player in that set without question. She could win Grand Slam doubles titles again IMO if she put in the work