my Hong Kong fan report! *wateva's report added*
I went for the first 3 days of the exhibition, had to skip the last day even though I had tickets
All the players stood in a line and the organizer was blabbing on and on. A ballboy fainted in the background, and laid there on the ground. Svetlana and Maria, who were side by side, were talking to each other and pointing out about the ballboy . Kim, who was on the other side of Maria, was too busy making small talk with some organizer man to notice. When she finally noticed the ballboy, she then called out to Maria to look at the ballboy, which of course Maria already knew about, and Maria was nodding along, giving a “Yeah Kim, we were already talking about it” look, which was quite funny to see
Kim vs Jie
Kim’s serve was bad the whole match. She lost serve twice in the first set, but Jie didn’t sustain a high level of intensity enough to cope with her. Jie started off the second set pretty strongly, with some great shots, but Kim soon got back into gear and romped through the remaining games. But Kim’s numerous double faults proved to be a continuing point in her next few matches . She said her serve worked well during practice, but it was definitely not the case so during the match. Jie was the crowd favorite, so I looked quite silly at times being the only one clapping when Kim wins a point
Jie/Zi vs Elena/Caroline
Elena and Caroline came out looking like complete twins, with long blonde braided hair and roughly the same height. Even though Jie and Zi were obviously the favorites, Elena and Caroline started off pretty well, breaking Jie and Zi first, but allowed themselves to get broken back and soon lost momentum. I thought Caroline gave a very good account of herself during the match, definitely the better partner of her team and coming up with some great shots every now and then . Elena’s much maligned serve really didn’t look that weak from courtside . Elena and Caroline interacted quite well, lots of smiles, and Caroline herself has a really great smile, prompting the people beside me to comment that she is prettier than Sharapova . The Elena/Caroline team hit a ball that landed right into my hands. I wanted to keep the ball, but the ballboy came to my side and stared at me. I felt bad so I threw the ball back to him.
Svetlana vs Patty
I only caught the first set and the first 3 games of the second set, so what I saw was pretty much the time when Patty didn’t play well. She was practically non-existent during the first set , and just looked like she didn’t want to be there. She slightly picked up in the 2nd set, but I left before I saw how much she’d improved.
Last edited by xin_hui; Jan 9th, 2007 at 04:59 PM.