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Hong Kong JB Classic

Hey all, as I mentioned earlier I was at the JB Classic this year. It was a great 4 days and a total eye opener. I will start first with my impressions of the players followed by match by match comments.

Sharapova - her usual diva self. I saw her walking the grounds a few times and each time she just refused autographs. Yuri looked really unfriendly as well, giving the fans a look whenever they asked for autographs.

Venus - Great personality. Im sure you guys saw her dancing to the "venus" music after her match win. She didnt give autographs that much too, but she replied to some of the fans when they said "good luck" or "bye" to her. During the doubles finals, she even did a few "racket tossing" tricks to keep the crowd entertained. Her mum was really friendly as well, saw a few fans having a chat with her.

Dementieva - BY FAR the nicest player EVER. Signed tons of autographs & even allowed us to take photos with her. I was waiting for her outside the changing room after her match & thought she was rushing for an interview with the media, she signed autographs for us and even told the bodyguards to allow us to take pictures with her. I've become a super big fan of hers after meeting her in person. I've heard about how nice she is, but seeing it is a whole new matter Mommy Vera was pretty friendly as well.

Ana - was pretty friendly, though she didnt give much autographs because she lost her matches & was really moody after that. I waited about 1 hr for her after her match to get an autograph. She was hiding in the locker room because she didnt really wanna sign after losing in 3 sets to Elena. Finally she came out & she tried to rush through the fans, but I guess our efforts moved her & she stopped to sign for all of us.

Anna - didnt get to see much of her in the tournament because most of her matches were the middle or last matches so I couldnt wait for her at the practice courts. She was pretty nice on court though, sign autographs even though she lost in doubles & to sharapova. During the doubles, she served 3 DFs in her first service game & could hardly get a first serve in her second service game. When she was 0-30, she hit an ace & raised her arm in triumph.

Michelle - Friendly, sunny little girl. She's the smallest and youngest out of all the girls but boy does she hit well. Got her autograph twice and even spoke a few words to her, wishing her luck. However, I must say she overdoes her grunts. Believe it or not, Michelle tops Venus & Sharapova in the grunts department.

Caroline - What can I say, personality all the way. Whenever she felt a call was against her, she would not hesistate to give the umpire a piece of her mind. During her match against Michelle, she was 5-1 up in the second set, serving for the match. Everybody cheered for Michelle, urging her to go on then suddenly Caro stopped her preparation for her serve & turned around & shouted "what about me?" Everyone had a great laugh. When I met her after her practice session with Ana, she was really nice & signed autographs for the fans.

Hantuchova - She was only there for one day. Didnt get to see much of her, as I only saw her walking in to the locker rooms once. She's really quite model-like in person, tall, lean & with nice flowing hair. She seemed pretty quiet and was nice enough to sign autographs even though she lost to Anna in her only match.

Peng Shuai - First 2 times I saw her walking around aftr practice, she refused to give autographs & I was thinking "B*T*H", acting like a hot shot. The last time I saw her after practice, she seemed like a different person, signing autographs for everyone with a smile. That's probably due to her making finals of the silver group.

I realised that the grunts of Sharapova & Venus are not that bad in person, or maybe they were just not at full power yet

Hope you guys enjoyed this so far. Will be back with match reports soon!

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Morita. Pavlyuchenkova. Halep. Antoniychuk. Wozniacki. Vesnina. Chakvetadze. Jankovic. Ivanovic. Puig


Larcher D B. Diyas. Orlik. E Bogdan. Khromacheva. Ishizu. Kovalets. Kichenoks. Cepelova

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Lena, Venus, Mommy Vera, Caro

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so would you say Venus is... charismatic?
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so would you say Venus is... charismatic?
I guess so I've always thought Venus was a better person than Serena in terms of giving credit. During the winner's speech, she gave Maria credit & talked about Women' rights & stuff.

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Maria bitch never fails
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A nice piece and agree with most things you said from my experiences with those players except Venus was worse than that and Ana was better
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Maria bitch never fails
Makes her a bitch because she wouldn't sign a few autographs? I mean I understand sometimes you have responsibility to the fans, but at other times you really don't. This is her job, would you like for a crowd of people to come to your work everyday and ask for your autograph, time after time again?

If I was an athlete I'd personally give autographs majority of the time whenever and wherever because I'd have fun with the whole thing, but if someone doesn't want to sign autographs in no way does that make them a complete bitch. People like you annoy me really, considering Maria gives autographs at times, and does give back to the community and such.

Maybe your the bitch.

By the way glad you had fun. Looking forward to possibly going to the US Open this year for my first big tennis tournament.
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Hey all, as I mentioned earlier I was at the JB Classic this year. It was a great 4 days and a total eye opener. I will start first with my impressions of the players followed by match by match comments.

Sharapova - her usual diva self. I saw her walking the grounds a few times and each time she just refused autographs. Yuri looked really unfriendly as well, giving the fans a look whenever they asked for autographs.

Venus - Great personality. Im sure you guys saw her dancing to the "venus" music after her match win. She didnt give autographs that much too, but she replied to some of the fans when they said "good luck" or "bye" to her. During the doubles finals, she even did a few "racket tossing" tricks to keep the crowd entertained. Her mum was really friendly as well, saw a few fans having a chat with her.

Dementieva - BY FAR the nicest player EVER. Signed tons of autographs & even allowed us to take photos with her. I was waiting for her outside the changing room after her match & thought she was rushing for an interview with the media, she signed autographs for us and even told the bodyguards to allow us to take pictures with her. I've become a super big fan of hers after meeting her in person. I've heard about how nice she is, but seeing it is a whole new matter Mommy Vera was pretty friendly as well.

Ana - was pretty friendly, though she didnt give much autographs because she lost her matches & was really moody after that. I waited about 1 hr for her after her match to get an autograph. She was hiding in the locker room because she didnt really wanna sign after losing in 3 sets to Elena. Finally she came out & she tried to rush through the fans, but I guess our efforts moved her & she stopped to sign for all of us.

Anna - didnt get to see much of her in the tournament because most of her matches were the middle or last matches so I couldnt wait for her at the practice courts. She was pretty nice on court though, sign autographs even though she lost in doubles & to sharapova. During the doubles, she served 3 DFs in her first service game & could hardly get a first serve in her second service game. When she was 0-30, she hit an ace & raised her arm in triumph.

Michelle - Friendly, sunny little girl. She's the smallest and youngest out of all the girls but boy does she hit well. Got her autograph twice and even spoke a few words to her, wishing her luck. However, I must say she overdoes her grunts. Believe it or not, Michelle tops Venus & Sharapova in the grunts department.

Caroline - What can I say, personality all the way. Whenever she felt a call was against her, she would not hesistate to give the umpire a piece of her mind. During her match against Michelle, she was 5-1 up in the second set, serving for the match. Everybody cheered for Michelle, urging her to go on then suddenly Caro stopped her preparation for her serve & turned around & shouted "what about me?" Everyone had a great laugh. When I met her after her practice session with Ana, she was really nice & signed autographs for the fans.

Hantuchova - She was only there for one day. Didnt get to see much of her, as I only saw her walking in to the locker rooms once. She's really quite model-like in person, tall, lean & with nice flowing hair. She seemed pretty quiet and was nice enough to sign autographs even though she lost to Anna in her only match.

Peng Shuai - First 2 times I saw her walking around aftr practice, she refused to give autographs & I was thinking "B*T*H", acting like a hot shot. The last time I saw her after practice, she seemed like a different person, signing autographs for everyone with a smile. That's probably due to her making finals of the silver group.

I realised that the grunts of Sharapova & Venus are not that bad in person, or maybe they were just not at full power yet

Hope you guys enjoyed this so far. Will be back with match reports soon!
How did Venus and Caroline get along during their doubles matches? Was Venus nice to her?
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They looked to have fun together.

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Michelle - Friendly, sunny little girl. She's the smallest and youngest out of all the girls but boy does she hit well. Got her autograph twice and even spoke a few words to her, wishing her luck. However, I must say she overdoes her grunts. Believe it or not, Michelle tops Venus & Sharapova in the grunts department.
Was there not a video floating around here last year of Michelle acting like a bit of a prima donna? And I have to say her grunting is extremely irritating. But she's young so maybe will grow out of it.

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Venus & Caro was a great team! They were often smiling & talking to each other. Caro made quite a bit of errors, well so did Venus but Caro made more. Venus was often seen talking to her & smiling to her. So yup, I think Caro learned quite a bit playing with Venus

Babos. Svitolina. Gavrilova. Putintseva. Azarenka. Safarova. Dementieva. Pivovarova. Cirstea. Olaru. Dinu

Morita. Pavlyuchenkova. Halep. Antoniychuk. Wozniacki. Vesnina. Chakvetadze. Jankovic. Ivanovic. Puig


Larcher D B. Diyas. Orlik. E Bogdan. Khromacheva. Ishizu. Kovalets. Kichenoks. Cepelova
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