... 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.
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.
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).
[[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.