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Hey guys,

I've travelled a little this year on the tour, and posted sometimes reports on GM. I thought the end of the year would be the perfect time to make a summary of what I saw and what I thought.
So the tournaments I've attended are Paris GDF, Fed Cup for Italy (all three rounds vs China, France and Russia), Rome, Roland Garros, Wimbledon (semis day), Luxembourg, Stuttgart (Qualies), Zurich, Madrid (semis and finals), Poitiers ITF and French league matches.
I intend to talk about the players I've seen the most or those that impressed me, or that I discovered, or even those whose behaviour annoyed me...
I'll start with my favs, but if there are players or tournaments you'd like to know more about, let me know. I won't judge anyone, only plainly tell what I lived on site. So go ahead with requests if you're interested. I'll try to illustrate with pics and vids I may have.




here is to sum up all the stories and vids I posted on that thread:

STORIES
1) Patty Schnyder Post12
2) Agnieska Radwanska Post18
3) Ai Sugiyama Post20
4) Anabel Medina Garrigues Post23
5) The Williamses Post 27
6) Maria Sharapova Posts 31 and 275
7) Samantha Stosur Post36
8) Shahar Peer Posts 43 and 49
9) Meilen Tu Post52
10) Mara Santangelo Post55
11) Justine Hénin Post61
12) Tamira Paszek Post75
13) Kveta Hrdlikova Peschke Post77
14) Nicole Vaidisova Post80
15) Julia Vakulenko Post82 + videos Post248 and Post253
16) Amélie Mauresmo Post101
17) Iveta Benesova/Klara Zakopalova Post102
18) Iroda Tulyaganova Post102
19) Yanina Wickmayer Post102
20) Vera Zvonareva Post110
21) Sania Mirza Post113
22) Flavia Pennetta Post123 + videos Post159
23) Akgul Manamuradova Post157
24) Alicia Molik Post161
25) Cara Black Post162
26) Caroline Maes Post170
27) Debbrich Feys Post170
28) Marion Bartoli Post171 + video post205
29) Kirsten Flipkens Post173
30) Jelena Jankovic Post 174
31) Julia Schruff Post 175 + videos post25
32) Kaia Kanepi Post179
33) Daniela Hantuchova Post180
34) Arantxa Sanchez Vicario Post181
35) Conchita Martinez Post182
36) Francesca Schiavone Post183
37) Iva Majoli Post187
38) Martina Navratilova Post187
39) Tsvetana Pironkova Post189
40) Tatiana Golovin Post193 + video post202
41) Rennae Stubbs Post195
42) Martina Hingis Post204
43) Svetlana Kuznetsova Post212
44) Vladimira Uhlirova Post213
45) Elena Dementieva Post214
46) Roberta Vinci Post216
47) Romina Oprandi Post220
48) Jelena Kostanic Stosic Post221
49) Sybille Bammer Post222
50) Mary Pierce Post224
51) Aravane Rezai Post229
52) Ekaterina Bychkova Post230
53) YJ Chan/Chuang Post237
54) Anne Kremer Post249
55) Michaella Krajicek Post250
56) Tathiana Garbin Post274
57) Lucie Safarova Post283
58) Anna Smashnova Post293
59) Sandra De Jenken, Allison Lang and Pam Whitcross Post 298
60) The Chinese girls (Peng, Ting Li, Shengnan Sun, Tiantian Sun, Jie Zheng, Zi Yan, Zhang Shuai) Post 320
61) The Bondarenkos Post324


OTHERS
Video of Ivanovic Post32
Video of Clijsters Post112
Video of the French Fed Cup Team Post208

Cara Black - Liezel Huber - Mary Pierce

Chanelle Scheepers - Abigail Spears - Vladka Uhlirova - Mervana Jugic-Salkic - Francesca Schiavone -Tsvetana Pironkova - Lisa Raymond - Sophie Lefèvre...

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Any reprts on Patty, Justine or Aga? Thanks

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Re: My views on the players and tournaments as a WTA tour traveller....

Any on Medina Garrigues? Porbably in rome.. Or Roland Garros.

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Any on Julia Schruff in Poitiers?
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do i need to say lol

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Re: My views on the players and tournaments as a WTA tour traveller....

Patty I have a lot to say! lol
Aga a funny anecdot in Rome
Justine a few things from Zurich
Medina in Rome of course and she is a friend of Fla so I saw them together
Schruff in Poitiers, I have a vid that's all and a small report of her match
The Williamses, quite a few things to say from Rome, Roland, Stuttgart and Madrid
I can also talk about Sugi, I've seen her on a few occasions: here is a cute vid of her from Madrid: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=J886HHHB
She knew Srebo felt bad after her mistake that costed the title, and tried to make her laugh: so lovable! (I'll put it on youtube soon too)

I put it together and write about it soon

Cara Black - Liezel Huber - Mary Pierce

Chanelle Scheepers - Abigail Spears - Vladka Uhlirova - Mervana Jugic-Salkic - Francesca Schiavone -Tsvetana Pironkova - Lisa Raymond - Sophie Lefèvre...
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Thank you Stefi
Hopefully it's only good things what you have to say

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well done Stefy!!!

all your works are very very interesting!!!!!

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Great Stefi
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Re: My views on the players and tournaments as a WTA tour traveller....

So here it starts:

1) Patty Schnyder
I saw Patty a few times this year, in Paris GDF, Roland Garros, Luxembourg, Stuttgart and Zurich.

In Paris GDF, I saw her the first week end, during the qualies, she was practicing. I did not dare ask her to take a picture with her. But then I went to see her and she accepted with a big smile. I was so surprised, and so happy. I like her, maybe sometimes she is weird, but she is frank and that is a quality for me. I did not bring her luck, she got beaten in first round.

In Roland Garros, I saw her practicing again. She spent her time talking and complaining towards her sparring partner (a Dutch guy). After the end of the practice, she refused to sign to all the fans around, and went through a door. That was during the qualies, when the path to the center is still closed if you don't have a badge. The door Patty tried to go through was the way out from the center court alley, so the guard told her to go through the other door, on the other side. Patty looked at him, and showed him that she needed to go on the left in the alley, so going through that particular door was closer for her, and as there was really nobody else on the other side, she did not see why he wanted to make her go the other way. The guy told her "no miss, you cannot!". After 5 minutes of talk (imagine Patty saying "you stupid!" and the guy saying "no no no you can't !!!"), Patty went through the other door on the right, then went to the left, called the guy through it and told him "See, I'm here anyway, Asshole!". So funny!

In Luxembourg, I met her in the stairs, and she got hick up just in front of me! No sorry!
Then I was there at the famous match again Daniela. I saw the whole bottle thing, and the way she acted at the end towards Mariana Alves. So Rainer threw the bottle, and Patty caught him and told him "Go on this side, out, to calm down!", and he left through the door to outside, while she went to the lockers. Then Mariana Alves went down her chair and went to the lockers too, and the audience started to whistle and boo. Patty looked at Alves, and told her "see, that is for YOU!!!!"

Then later, I saw the tour supervisor talking to Rainer in the players loundge, and that was not friendly. And then later Daniela's physical trainer, and that was more friendly. I haven't seen Patty later.

Two days later, I saw her in Stuttgart, practising with Lucie Safarova, and that was a cool practice! Both girls playing hard balls, Lucie maybe a little better than Patty.
From Patty's side: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mb910ucRKQ
From Lucie's side: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAXl0eb5zyo

In Zurich, I did not see her much, maybe only one training. So nothing more to say.

A few pics of Patty from RG2006:







Patty fans, if you want more, just PM me, I'll be happy to share others


So here it is with Patty. Hope you liked it!

Cara Black - Liezel Huber - Mary Pierce

Chanelle Scheepers - Abigail Spears - Vladka Uhlirova - Mervana Jugic-Salkic - Francesca Schiavone -Tsvetana Pironkova - Lisa Raymond - Sophie Lefèvre...

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Schnyder is arrogant and childish. Too bad she's almost 30, a grown woman

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Re: My views on the players and tournaments as a WTA tour traveller....

But she's honest..
Those are funny stories actually.. "those are for YOU!!!"

Thank you Steffi

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