I decided to go to Berlin for two days to support Vera and co, because I have enough time at the moment. Travelling there was rather expensive as the "Deutsche Bahn" raises prices like every second but thanks to Paule22
I didnt need to pay something for a hotel or stuff
> Kids Day <
When Paul and me entered the courts there were thousands and thousands of small kids who profited from the Kids Day. It was really annoying, because it was loud and you felt a bit uncomfortable with all that damn kids around. Every person, be it a linesman, ballboy or a player who had a raquet on their backs were asked for autographs by the kids. Like flies they floated when they saw somebody with a tennis bag and it didnt bother them that they didnt know who it was they were requesting an autograph of. They got a signature on a white paper and when their parents asked them who signed for them they said that they dont know... at least they were happy. Poor Galina Voskoboeva
was one of the first victims of the kids. I think all were happy when the kids left at 2pm)
> My personal stalker <
The first player I saw was Jarmila Gajdosova
and it was not the last time we met. It seemed like everywhere I was she was also and everywhere she was I was there too. She was watching matches, practicing on the practice courts or fulfilling picture requests by people who recognized her just like me... She is a sweet girl
> Iveta, Iveta <
The first match Paul and me watched was Chakvetadze v Benesova
. And Iveta played like shit - during long rallies she would always come up with the error. Anna on the other side played solid and hardly comitted any unforced error. It was a really one-sided match and I left when it was 61 11 in Anna's favor.
> thumps up for Ekaterina Bychkova <
I decided to get some impressions from the Bychkova v Smashnova
match which lasted like forever. I came when it was 4-4 in the deciding set and the rallies lasted so long and Anna completely destroyed Katya in the end. A topspin on the FH, a wicked angle on the BH, a dropshot and so on - Katya was running all over the place and grunted desperately. After every point she looked like she would die and breathed heavily. Katya tried to make the rallies hort by hitting winners, but it failed too often and thats why she lost 46 in the third set. I felt sorry for her, because she fought so hard. When the kids came and asked her for autographs I expected her to not sign, but she signed every paper until the last kid was satisfied. Thumps up for that, Katya
> what are you doing, Misa? <
I went over to watch the Krajicek v Bammer
match. And Michaella played so bad! Her BH failed hundreds of times and her FH lacked pace and depth. She got completely outplayed by Bammer which means something, because usually Sybille brings the balls back and waits for opponents errors, but this time she was the one who was agressive and hit winners especially with her tricky FH. Only her serve prevented Misa to get a bagel or a breadstick! It was a really disappointing performance to say the least and I left after it was 63 31 in Bammer's favor.
> Battle of the qualifiers <
next match I wanted to see was Lisjak v Kremer
. When I arrived Kremer had just won the first set 60. At the beginning of the second set Ivana started off very strong hitting winners all over the place and Anne was completely overpowered. Ivana hits very flat and with an amazing speed it when she is on she is a pleasure to watch. Also her serve is very powerful, but she tends to play the second serve with too much risk. I left at 06 30 to get me sth. to eat and when I came back it was 33. Ivana must have made a lot of errors! Second set was really close and at the decisive moments it was Ivana who made the error. Anne played nothing special, but what she played was good - hardly making any error, bringing everything back and playing some nice angles. Ivana was the better player out there, but she completely self-destructed in the end.
> Berlin's finest Kookie <
When I left the Lisjak match to get me sth. to eat Klara Koukalova
came across. She was one of the players nobody noticed, because she didnt have a tennis bag on her back. At first I also didnt notice the small, blonde girl walking by but then I saw that its the Kookie. I asked her if I could make a picture and wished her good luck for tomorrows match. She was so shy, but so cute
> Daniela "Diva" Hantuchova <
Another player that came along was Daniela Hantuchova
. Of course she was noticed, not only because of her tennis bag. But she played the diva and didnt fulfill any autograph or picture requests (at least I havent seen her doing it). I was a bit disappointed, because usually reports say that she is nice and stuff, but not this time.
> credits to Sabine <
I was pretty excited to see the Lisicki v Santangelo
match, because Mara is one of my favourite players and I wanted to see what Sabine is all about. And I was really impressed! In the first set she completely overwhelmed Mara with her big powerful groundstrokes and her smooth serve. She was hitting a lot of winners on FH and BH side and there was not much Mara could do about it. Mara played her usuall stuff : big serve and agressive flat play, but everytime she came to the net Sabine did an amazing passing shot. When it was 63 10 for Sabine I was worried about Mara, but somehow Sabine lost the plot and made error after error. Mara raised her game and played with more confidence and the game completely turned around. It was a bit sad to see Sabine going down now, but I was happy Mara came through!
Monday Part 2
and Tuesday Part 1
& Part 2 report coming later!