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My report from Eastbourne!

Hey everyone

So, I went to down to Eastbourne on both Friday and Saturday...here's what happened.

Friday

We arrived in the city at around 10:15, and quickly booked into our hotel and left our cases there. The hotel was literally just across the road from the tennis - very convenient.

The first sight when I walked in was a huge poster of Lindsay

Anyway, we walked around the grounds for a while before play began. Almost immediately I walked straight past Maria Kirilenko, who'd finished her practice session and seemed in a bit of a rush, so I didn't stop to ask for an autograph. We watched Amelie Mauresmo practice for a while, with Loic keeping a watchful eye, and also saw Nadia Petrova on the adjacent court. She was being fed a lot of slice BHs in preparation for the match.

Match #1: Henin def Bartoli 6-1 6-3

Justine started off pretty well, hitting several nice BH winners and serving strongly. Marion, on the other hand, seemed a bit nervous and as a result was error-strewn. She couldn't hurt Justine with her groundstrokes, which were dropping a little short at times.

Justine's level fell in the second though; she made noticeably more errors, particularly off the FH. Marion had a chance midway through at 3-2 (15-30 on Justine's serve), but Justine picked it up there, and once Bartoli missed a sitter at 3-3 to give away the break it was all over. Match point showcased Marion's volleying 'skills'

Match #2: Mauresmo def Petrova 6-4 ret.

This match started off quite promisingly, with both players hitting a number of winners. Nadia played a sloppy game at 2-3 to hand Amelie the advantage. Amelie served horrendously at *5-3 however, throwing in 3 double faults, including one on break point. It all ended very quickly; Nadia's first serve collapsed in the last game, Mauresmo took the set on a net cord, and suddenly Nadia retired. At the time it seemed a bit surprising, but in retrospect we knew that she had a niggling injury. I also saw her sitting down with her coach earlier in the morning and flexing her arm.

Match #3: Molik def Morigami 4-6 6-3 [10-8]

This was the final of the 'Strawberry Tea Cup'. It took place on Court 1, and we were much closer to the players than on Centre. I haven't been to a tennis tournament before, so seeing how low over the net and how hard the pros hit was something I only truly realised these few days. It was a hotly contested match, but Alicia Molik's serve proved to be the difference. She was quite emotional in victory; fell to her knees, kissed the court, etc. I was very happy for her. Akiko Morigami played her part - I loved how low she got to each shot. Both players gave me autographs

The trophy was in the shape of a tea cup, and filled with strawberries and cream , which Alicia shared out with the ball girls.

Match #4: Peschke/Stubbs def Black/Huber 6-3 2-6 7-6

We missed the first set of this match, which turned out to be pretty entertaining. Cara and Liezel were completely on top in the second set; both were volleying very well. There were plenty of crowd-pleasing rallies, with all four showing off their skills. I'd say that Rennae won it for her and Kveta though - she served to a good standard near the end and imposed herself at the net.

Match #5: Raymond/Stosur def Likhovtseva/Kirilenko 6-2 6-0

This match...sucked. Lisa and Sam were in a totally different class to the Russians, who never looked like posing a serious challenge. Kirilenko hit the top of the net a lot with her groundstrokes. Raymond and Stosur played okay, but it was difficult to judge how well they played as they weren't tested at all.

Other Stuff

- I'm sure I heard Elena Dementieva practicing during the Mauresmo-Petrova match. Whenever the court went quiet, I could hear Elena's distinctive grunt in the background

- The on-court announcer kept pronouncing 'Amelie' as 'Emily'

- After the Molik-Morigami match, I walked past Court 3 or 4 and saw Malena Gordo (ARG) beat Laura Slater (GBR) [both juniors who I hadn't heard of] 10-8 in a champions tiebreak. Laura promptly broke into tears after the handshake

- Caroline Wozniacki had to retire after losing the first set to Madison Brengle in the girls' final. I didn't see it, so I hope everything's okay with her.

- There was no rain, which was a bit of a shock considering the dreary forecast. In fact I managed to get a nice tan

I'm sure I've left out some things - if you want to ask anything, feel free to do so.

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any bitches or any player who have become a new fav with you?
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I interacted more with the players today - you'll see when I post the Saturday report

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Thanks! Very interesting read.

I hope Wozniacki is okay for Wimbledon.
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Thanks! Very interesting read.

I hope Wozniacki is okay for Wimbledon.
She should be. She was at the AELTC today and didn't seem sad or injured.

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Nice report You were lucky with the final today

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Thanks for sharing your report! Did you get any autograph later on? Did you take any pictures?
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I hope Wozniacki is okay for Wimbledon.
Caro has some sort of injury to her left arm, she didn't finish the match with Brengle because she feared to make it worse. She is confident that she will be all right to play at Wimbledon


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Thanks for your report
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Thanks.

Molik celebrated that big?

Caro.

She wouldn't normally lose to Brengle.

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