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Our Houston Experience-Monica vs Martina

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Our Houston Experience[04.06.2007]

With all the rain this past week in Texas we were lucky that it wasn't raining, and it was sunny in Houston. When we arrived Massu was playing Dorsch and we went and sat down in our seats to watch some. They were playing really good, we stayed and watched a few games and then went to the concession stand. We decided to stay down on the grounds while the match was playing because there were a few pro players walking around. Plus Monaco and Vemic still needed to play after Massu's match so we had some time before needing to settle in for the exhibition match.

A lot of kids and teens were running around getting autographs, we saw Goldstein, M. Jensen, Ginepri, Delic, Tursunov, and Fred Stolle - no sign of Monica and Martina though until maybe an hour before the exhibition actually started. We were standing in the back kind of away from the crowd funneling through, and we see this guy holding a Yonex bag and walking behind us towards the golfing area - and then there's Monica walking up from behind us. He greats her and they start walking by and we said hello, and she looked over at us and then we started talking. She loved the doll, she remembered us, we took photos, we talked about certain things regarding our last meeting, and then said she would see us after the match and went into the players lounge.

She is such a nice person (its hard to describe in words), she makes you feel like you are the only person in the world when she is talking with you - she gives you her full attention and seems genuinely interested and asks questions. A wonderful person to talk with. After that we felt like we could go settle in, so we went and watched the last part of the Monaco and Vemic match which was running later than expected.

Soon Monica and Martina were out on the court and we weren't sitting really close - and we don't have a good camera so we didn't get great photos, but we tried. Martina won the coin toss and elected to receive. Monica held serve and they went to 2 all eventually, but then Monica's serve seemed a tad off and Martina went ahead in the 1st set. But Monica started cracking winners left and right and came back to win the first set in a tie-breaker 7-6 (1). Monica was striking the ball very well although her first serve was a little off. But the two handed ground strokes as usual, were right on. Even hitting one handed forehand winners at times but mainly using her two handed forehand.

In the 2nd set Martina started doing her thing and playing to the crowd - she even took a drink off a man's margarita during the 2nd set after Monica won a game (haha)! Monica's first serve was still missing though and Martina was playing great after loosening up and playing to the crowd - Martina took a quick lead in the 2nd set. But Monica was all smiles though, she got a kick out of it and thought it was funny as did the crowd. Monica got her first serve together at the end and hit a few aces but too late, and Martina won the 2nd set 6-2. But once the 3rd set 10 point tie break started, Monica put on her game face again and ran away with the tie-breaker hitting winners all over the place and hitting a few more aces to close it out 10-1. Final score being 7-6 (1), 2-6, 10-1.

Fred Stolle asked Navratilova a few questions and she said it's hard coming out here and playing singles when the last time you played singles was when I played her (Monica), 2 years ago. Murphy Jensen asked Monica how she felt playing tonight and what she missed most about playing professionally. She said the nerves before playing still, but once you get out there you can shake off the nerves and play some good tennis. She said that she missed the the excitement from playing great tennis with thrill of the crowd cheering.

Once the crowd was thanked for coming and everyone was leaving the stadium, Monica was coming through and signing autographs for the fans. We got to talk with her again and we were so elated to see that she had attached the doll we gave her, to her Yonex bag!! We mentioned it and she asked if we wanted another pic, so we did. We got hugs and kisses while she asked if we were staying the night in Houston or driving back home tomorrow. We said that we were going to drive back tonight and she wished us a safe drive home and thanked us again for coming and for the doll.

It was another magical experience for us and one that we will cherish for always!
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Re: Our Houston Experience-Monica vs Martina

I am so so confused!!!
Didn't Monica win the second set 6:2 ?
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Thank you Ronny and James

I always cheer for Monica
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I am so so confused!!!
Didn't Monica win the second set 6:2 ?
No, the actual score was 7-6, 2-6, 10-1 - with Monica winning the first set and third set tie-breaker.

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Thank you Ronny and James
Thank you gala, for all your support over the years

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Awesome that you got to see Monica again Ronny & James! she seems to like you guy's quite alot. Monica brought you guy's up on a live chat she did a little over a year ago when she was talking about meeting fans. she used the word adore when speaking about you guy's. she said something like i really love my fans. and i adore guy's like Ronny & james!
thanks for the great report on your recent trip. im sure you will have many more. looking forward to more stories. pictures. or possibly some video footage of your next trips seeing Monica!
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Thanks R&J! You guys are so lucky.
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hi ronny and james im so pleased for you.i hope monica comes back now our hopes have risen again.how was monica moving??
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Awesome that you got to see Monica again Ronny & James! she seems to like you guy's quite alot. Monica brought you guy's up on a live chat she did a little over a year ago when she was talking about meeting fans. she used the word adore when speaking about you guy's. she said something like i really love my fans. and i adore guy's like Ronny & james!
thanks for the great report on your recent trip. im sure you will have many more. looking forward to more stories. pictures. or possibly some video footage of your next trips seeing Monica!
Wow, didnt know about that - guess we missed that chat with Monica. Thanks for letting me know, I will tell Ronny he will love that.

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hi ronny and james im so pleased for you.i hope monica comes back now our hopes have risen again.how was monica moving??
hey u! its been awhile since we have talked - hope you are doing well!

Monica was moving just fine - she even was running up to get drop shots that Martina was trying.

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Thanks! lucky one.
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No, the actual score was 7-6, 2-6, 10-1 - with Monica winning the first set and third set tie-breaker.

Thank you James,thank you Ronny for your report and all the pics and once again thank you for your wonderful website.
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Monica is a great champ ... a classy lady ...and genuinely nice.

I'm still hoping that one day, she will get the justice she deserves for the cruel assassination attempt on her life in Germany in 1993.
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Oh i wish i would have had the chance to see Monica in the flesh during her career, Shame i never got to see it

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