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My very informal Notes from Cincinnati 2008 (Pics)

1st Day Qualification (Saturday)

Entered late and had missed Rodina's match - a player I've seen at IW earlier this year and really like. I knew she had won.

Had also missed Hsieh def Brengle, and Czink def Savchuk, and Dubois def Muller.



Went to the practice courts. Saw Rodina there and got a chance to say something to her coach (female) and good luck to Evgeniya herself. Hope I can see her match tomorrow.



Also saw Lisicki practicing. She really stands out with her tallness, blondeness, buffness, etc.



Saw Lilia Osterloh practicing. (Is she the one married to her coach?)


Stephanie Dubois came in to practice on that court next - don't think her match (vs. Muller) gave her a good workout.



Met up with some friends, went to see Glatch vs. Zahlavova Strycova. On the way, I walked past Amelie, sitting on a bench talking on her cell phone. I was so happy/surprised that I waved at her, as if she knew me. Somebody had asked me to look for Amelie - I can say she was happy and laughing on the phone... having a good time here I guess. Wearing all red.



Alexa Glatch was impressive. My first time seeing her. Physically - very tall and boyish. And she played a smart match against a smaller opponent without relying on her physicality. Z-S sort of imploded there.



Went to the next court to see the second set of Mashona Washington vs. Mathilde Johansson. Johansson was making a lot of errors and Mashona - double-faulting a lot - but getting the points, and she won that set. I was disappointed to see that Mashona lost it in the third. I hope she will play doubles.


(taking a break... little bit more to report)

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Thanks You going all week?

Anything about Marion woul be greatly appreciated, and I'm interested to know how many people turn up there this week.
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On the way, I walked past Amelie, sitting on a bench talking on her cell phone. I was so happy/surprised that I waved at her, as if she knew me. Somebody had asked me to look for Amelie - I can say she was happy and laughing on the phone... having a good time here I guess. Wearing all red.
That was me

Who knows what her tennis is like right now - at least her mouth still works

Thanks for the report!

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... have to wrap this up because I have to get to bed.....

1st Day Qualification (Saturday) continued


Went to Yuan vs. O'Brien. Tough match, lots of groundstrokes, well played by both. Yuan had the edge - few breaks here and there, and she was able to finished it in two sets. O'Brien's grunt wasn't too bad. Yuan looked just like that recent picture of her that was posted, down to the orange collared adidas top, and cute haircut.

Yuan will face Klepac tomorrow and should be able to win that.

Practice courts
Some players had just finished. Amelie. Most of the fans were watching her. I didn't get to see her practice, but the fans seemed properly impressed.

Kata walked out, seeming quite impressive to me, somehow, she even smiled at me for no reason. Tall, calm, confident. Took some pics and signed some autographs.

Makiri also had just finished, and I have to say she was really gorgeous.

I did see Sabine practicing (again) - she practiced he most today as far as I can tell. She has a coach with her.

This was interesting - a player who I think was Aiko Nakamura (who I really should know because I've seen her play before, so maybe it wasn't her) came up to Sabine to ask her if she was playing doubles with anyone yet. Sabine said no but she had asked someone. She asked the other player what her ranking is (could she have not known her? ). The player said 12 (something, dont remember) - Aiko's ranking is 121. Then Sabine may have said she would play wtih her if the other person she asked couldn't do it. So, that's how some of these doubles pairs get together, folks!! If that wasn't Aiko, I'll let you know tomorrow - I'll try to figure it out.

More practicing....

Anne Keothavong - looks more in shape and less skinny than a few years ago when I saw her last.


Amanda Fink, who got in from a feed up, runner up at an ITF tournament. She looks like a college, not pro, player. She was with her coach but alone, no other players probably knew her, and no fans looked at her.


Olivia Sanchez, with coach.


Olga Savchuk, with coach.


Tathiana Garbin, with coach (very cute).


Petra Cetkovska.


[[Forgot to mention I saw Aleks in the morning - she was hitting with Sabine. I did not know she is French Canadian - French accented English, right??]]


Went to last game of De Los Rios defeated by Klepac. Can't really comment much on that one.


I think I'm going back tomorrow for a little bit - but I'm actually playing myself til 10:30 so I'll miss the early stuff again.




I do have pictures - nothing great - but will have to post later... no time!!


Edit to say: Yeah, I'm 99% sure that was Aiko Nakamura looking for doubles partner.

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Thanks for the report.

Did Momo wave back ?

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Thanks You going all week?

Anything about Marion woul be greatly appreciated, and I'm interested to know how many people turn up there this week.

Did not see Marion, but she was on the practice court list, so maybe she is there.

I'm really bad at estimating numbers of people (attendance). Maybe 300 today. Very rough estimate.
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I did not know she is French Canadian - French accented English, right??]]
French Canadian means her first language is French with quebecker accent.

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Thanks for the report.

Did Momo wave back ?
I don't think so.
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French Canadian means her first language is French with quebecker accent.
Yeah, I mean I had assumed she was a "regular" Canadian, not a French Canadian, I guess because of her name. But today I heard her speaking in accented English, and was sort of surprised. So how is her name pronounced, then, in French? I always assumed the English pronunciation. (Or am I entirely mixed up? )
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Yeah, I mean I had assumed she was a "regular" Canadian, not a French Canadian, I guess because of her name. But today I heard her speaking in accented English, and was sort of surprised. So how is her name pronounced, then, in French? I always assumed the English pronunciation. (Or am I entirely mixed up? )
stephanie is the same as american pronunciation
dubois is french
some thing like du-bwaah (like french "moi" with silent s)

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stephanie is the same as american pronunciation
dubois is french
some thing like du-bwaah (like french "moi" with silent s)
I'm talking about Aleksandra Wozniack.
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I'm talking about Aleksandra Wozniack.
oops my bad
isnt wozniack polish origin

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I'm talking about Aleksandra Wozniack.
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isnt wozniack polish origin
Yes, her name is of polish origin (she may speak it, I don't know for sure).

I don't know how to explain how Wozniak's name is pronounced though.

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Saw Lilia Osterloh practicing. (Is she the one married to her coach?)
no.
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