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Cool pierce0415's In Depth Report From Friday @ The USO

PART I

my best friend is visiting NYC from Boston this weekend. originally we wanted to go to the USO on Saturday but when we saw the weather forecast, we decided to change our plans and go on Friday instead. got to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at 9:30 AM. waited on line and forked over $48 each for grounds passes . well we did not want to fork over extra money for the Fed steamroll over Henman or Blake

as soon as we entered the grounds, we made a beeline for Court 7 to see Zi Yan / Jie Zheng (2) against Benesova / Strycova. The Chinese both wore the white Nike clone outfit. The Czechs started off well, breaking and leading 2-0. But then the Chinese started finding their rhythm and playing better. Sun Jin Fang and Coach Jiang were in the stands. They were joined by Caucasian guy, who turned out to be the coach of Na Li. We left pretty early in the 1s but glad that they pulled out the 3s tiebreak We left the court at the same time as Na Li's coach. I talked to him. He told me he coaches Na and also the Chinese junior team and he is from Australia.

then we went to Court 10 where Fernando Gonzalez (10) was putting on a clinic against Hajek. This court was packed for the match. There was a sizable contingent from Chile, wearing Chile soccer jerseys and a group of fans with white shirts w/ green lettering saying Fena Gonzalez. This group of fans led a cheer during the changeover which was something like "give me a G, give me a O, give me a Z, give me a O". Fernando's forehand is amazing to see in person. He would float in a couple of slice backhands but then BOOM, the forehand that Hajek seldomly ran down.

we then saw the end of match between Vaidisova (9) and Jankovic (19) on Court 11. There was a huge crowd at this match. My friend (who had never seen Nicole before) decided that she was better looking than Jelena upon first look. But Jelena was leading 5-0 at this point already and we knew that the match would go to her. She was very happy after the win, as she should be.

we then walked around the grounds and luckily, we saw Na Li, Peng Shuai, Maria Sanchez Lorenzo and Lourdes Dominguez Lino practicing on a practice court . I guess practice courts are scarce at the USO so the 4 shared a court. Na and Shuai were hitting down the line at each other, then worked on their volleys (as they were playing doubles later). Na Li's coach (Australian guy) was standing on her side of the court, feeding and picking up balls. Shuai's coach (Karol Fromel) was on Shuai's side, observing. Basically both coaches did not speak the whole entire hour and Na and Shuai spoke to each other in Chinese . So I don't know what these coaches are paid for . At the end, Lourdes / Maria left early so Shuai / Na played out some points. When Na and her coach left the court, I jumped at the chance to talk to her. She told me she is not severely injured . I told her that it would rain tomorrow and her match may not be until Sunday. I then asked her whether she was familiar w/ Mary's game and she said she had seen Mary many times in TV and that she will be ready for Mary's hard hitting . My friend then took a picture of Na and I . Pretty soon, Shuai left the court and we talked to her too. She told me that she splits her training between USA and China. My friend (who lived in Delray Beach for awhile) then talked w/ her about training at the International Tennis Acadamy in Delray. It seems that they lived in the same building there. She told me she has 2 coaches - Karol Fromel and Coach Ma. In 2006, she is traveling w/ Fromel.

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This group of fans led a cheer during the changeover which was something like "give me a G, give me a O, give me a Z, give me a O".
Gozo is an island I guess it was Gonzo

Anyways, I assume Na is familiar with Mary's game Who isn't

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PART II

We then made our way to the Grandstand where Moya was in the 3s against Paul Henri Mathieu. Moya had taken the 1st 2s in tiebreaks and was up a break in 3s. His forehand was BOOMING, almost as good as Fernando but not quite. These 2 had frequent long baseline exchanges. Paul was not playing as well as he did against Nadal in Roland Garros. His backhand lacked bite and was frequently punished by the Moya forehand. At one point after a LONG rally, Moya ripped a forehand winner from way out side (almost to side boards) on the line, getting a standing ovation from the crowd.

We then were filling up our water bottles in the Grandstand tunnel. Andy Murray walked in for the next match and someone in line yelled "GO ANDY" to which everybody else thought it was Roddick

We then saw a little of Na Li / Shuai Peng vs. Domachowska / Kostanic. Jelena was SOLID from the baseline but especially at net. She didn't miss any volleys . I didn't understand how she possibly coulda been double bageled just a day earlier but Linds. Domachowska is a hard hitter and often went toe to toe w/ the Chinese from the baseline in grinding crosscourt rallies before Jelena would poach for the winner . It was evident that Na / Shuai are more singles players forced to play together by the CTA. They came up w/ nice shots from the baseline but were inconsistent at the net and had no fundmental doubles strategy . I did have a long conversation w/ Coach Jiang in the stands. He was impressed that I knew so much about his players and knew what tournaments they are going to play after the US Open. And he offered me free tickets for Sunday

We then saw a little bit of Kirilenko (20) vs. Rezai. It was the very beginning of this match. Kirilenko was solid at best. OK groundstrokes. But she looked hot in her outfit. There is a long slit down the back so you could see her sexy back . Rezai was wearing a black shirt and white dress and played AWESOME. When she had time to line up her shots (either wing), she was deadly, connecting on shots that made the crowd ooo and ahhh. She reminded me of a Lil' Mary. When we left, she was up 4-3 in 1s. and I guess she dominated afterwards . I predicted from the very beginning whent he draw came out that she would be in R16 and I was right


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Oh it's great Will ! Lucky u ! I'm happy u enjoyed your day . OMG that would be a dream for me...

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We also saw a little of Ting Li / Tian Tian Sun (13) v. Harkleroad / Voskoboeva. Galina was wearing Serena's outfit . The Chinese were wearing the white Nike clone outfit. They played well in the first set (great volleys - the best of all the Chinese pairs) but I don't understand how they lost this match

The only other match we wanted to see was Fish / Gonzalez vs. Tursonov / Grojean but this match was being delayed by the 3s marathon between Fran / Shahar. My friends is from the same town in Florida as Mardy and played tennis together w/ him growing up. So he was cursing out Fran / Shahar . We took a dinner break w/ good Chinese food in Flushing (yum / cheaper than the overpriced junk at the USO) and returned in time for the beginning of the Fish match.

Guys let me tell you right now that this match alone was worth the $48 we paid for admission. You had 4 great singles players out there on a PACKED court 4 for this match. There was not alot of doubles strategy involved but almost every single point was entertaining - long rallies followed by rapid fire exchanges at the net Fernando drilling his forehand right at the other team but Sebastien with his quick hands being able to get most of them back Tursonov with his swinging volleys and jumping overheads Mardy was solid as well but perhaps the least spectacular of the 4. After Grojean missed a puttaway volley, he tried to walk right next to Dmitryi and talk but Dmitryi pushed him away There was a light rain falling during this match so there were many rain delays / breaks in which the ballboys toweled the line. These breaks were AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The 4 guys talked at the net like old friends . Dmitryi took an open umbrella with his left hand and a raquet w/ his right hand and walked onto the court to the receiving position . The guys played a game where you put a ball on top of the net and see whose side it rolled over to. Then the guy on the side of the court where the ball was had to try to hit it to the other side but the other guy put his racquet over the net right above him so it was hard . They signed autographs and posed for pictures. Gonzo pozed for the crowd. You guys had to be there to see it but this was soooooooooooooooooo funny. Dmitryi has to be the funniest person on the ATP / WTA tours. His blog is really representative of his personality.

My friend got a picture w/ Mardy at the end . They then called the match for good when it started raining heavier.
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guys that is it for my report from Friday. I will be there Sunday and will give you guys another report
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Awesome stuff Pierce

Hantuchova/Sugiyama def. (1) Black/Huber 6-7(0) 6-3 7-6(10) saving SEVEN match points, down 2-5 in the third, and down 2-6 in the third set tiebreak in three hours

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Great stuff especially the last part lol

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Thanks again

But Aravane was wearing a white shirt, no? Not a white dress.

Anyways, Tursunov is really but in such a great way. He is a great guy and has a lovely personality.

Nice job on the ticket

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pierce i hope you go back and observes player at the hotel again. i need some gossip
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pierce i hope you go back and observes player at the hotel again. i need some gossip
I don't know if I will have the chance because I will go to USO tomorrow and Monday (for free with the CTA)

but I will try
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Thanks so much! Great report!
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