My Eastbourne Report and Photos
I just arrived back from Eastbourne and I thought I'd share my thoughts and photos of the last few days with you.
I apologise in advance for the quality of some of the photos, I've never been that good with a camera, (either in front or behind one) and I didn't want to miss too much of the tennis by taking loads of photos.
We arrived on Thursday for the quarterfinals. I was disappointed to see that they weren't all going to be on Centre Court, however it was ok in the end and I only missed a bit of the Petrova/Bammer match.
Henin df Vaidisova 62 62
My first ever chance to see Justine live!! I thought it would be closer and that Nicole would be more of a challenge, but she never really got going and it was all over disappointingly quickly.
Despite that I was still excited to see Justine, so much so that I set my camera on a stupid multi picture setting that took 16 photos in one. We were already sat in an awkward place for photos, so all of them for this match were useless. Never mind, the sun was still out, as my still very red face will testify, and there was lots more tennis left in the day.
We left centre court to get a little drinkie at this point. On the way back we noticed that Elena vs Marion had started on court one. My other half isn't a huge fan of tennis, so when he said he'd rather watch Elena D than Nadia, I couldn't really argue as I was just grateful that we were here! Besides, to be honest, I would rather watch Elena D too.
Bartoli df Dementieva 61 60
And it's a good job we did drop in on court one as it was our last chance to watch Elena play, although we did see her and her mum on the practice courts the following day, which judging by this performance, is a good idea! Marion was solid and hit some good winners, but to be honest, she didn't need to do much to get the win. Marion also does this odd hand movement as she's about to serve, but it doesn't seem to effect the finished product as she served pretty well.
I tried to get a photo of 'the hand', as we ended up calling it, and I think I got one on one of the days we watched. We realised how crap our view was on centre court as we watched this match on Number 1. You can sit anywhere on court one so we were almost level with the net and you could really tell how hard they were hitting it, especially Elena.
Because this was over so quickly, we were able to get back for the second half of Nadia's match, after another little drinkie of course.
Petrova df Bammer 67(6) 75 64
It turns out we'd missed half of probably the best match of the day. We got back about half way through the second set, and I think Sybille was ahead. The first thing I remember thinking is how much the crowd were cheering for Sybille. I put it down to her being the underdog, but I definitely felt they didn't really like Nadia either.
During the last set, Nadia had two medical time outs, which people in the row in front of us were questioning whether that was allowed. I must admit, I wasn't sure but then I remembered Mary in the semi of the US Open against Elena D, when she had two in a row for two different injuries. I guess that's what happened here, but I'm sure somebody here will correct me if I'm wrong! I do wonder what Sybille must think now that Nadia retired after the first set of her semi!
Mauresmo df Peer 63 64
Another match I thought would be closer than it was. Shahar did better than Nicole in the first match of the day, but it still wasn't enough against Amelie, who did just enough to get the win. Both of them hit some nice winners though, and there were some competetive rallies, but there was rarely any doubt as to who the winner would be.
There was a huge cheer when Amelie won, something I noticed with all of her matches. She's very popular there, something which slowly got me hyped up enough to cheer for Justine in the final!
We went out to dinner at Zizzi's later and a couple sat at the table next to us. I kept saying I'm sure that's a tennis player, but I wasn't sure who it was so I didn't want to say anything as I thought 'Are you a tennis player and if so, what's your name?' was a bit rude. The next day I saw her on the practice court with the same man. I think it may have been Bryanne Stewart, but I'm still not absolutley sure!
Semi and Final days to follow.