Day 3 Disappointment Continues
Today matches started at 4:30pm...kinda weird that the match started in the afternoon, so there were not much difference. This time I am sitting at the right seat and it is easier to grab autograph.
1st match: JJ/Michelle vs Mirza/Zheng Jie
I have a HIGH EXPECTATION
on this match. I continued to bring my banner (and this time I am not alone, a girl with a banner I heart JJ cheeered for her, but my banner is bigger and grabbed more attention
) and cheered for her. A lady in front of me is also a supporter of Jelena, but unfortunately Jelena disappointed us. She was like a zombie on court, and THAT WAS NOT THE JELENA IN 2008 FOR SURE...but disappointment is disappointment and I have faith in her, so Jelena, forget this Expo, grab the money and do well in the rest of 2009!!!!!
At 1st set when Jelena/Michelle trailed 0-5, Jelena served, we finally yelled as much as we can so as to wake her up, and the audience gave as much support as they could, I wonder if she would get bagelled in this set
In the 2nd set, both me and the lady expected a 3 setter. But nope. All I see is a worse Jelena. It was obvious that Jelena DIDN'T EVEN TOUCH THE BALL AND LET MICHELLE DO ALL THE SWINGING.
So I am sure Jelena was not feeling well (After the defeat, she said she is sick and not signing any autograph.Tomorrow is the last chance).
Michelle is nice and signed as many autographs as she could. I got my large tennis ball signed
1st autograph session: Sania Mirza
this is insane. 50+ people waiting for Sania for photo-taking and autograph and after waiting for 20-30 mins it suddenly said IT WAS CANCELLED and there is NO autograph session today (Michelle did another autograph session later on)
2nd match: Anna Chakvetadze vs Venus
I was a bit late and I realized that Anna broke first in the 1st set but she could not hold all her serve to the end. The match was above average, but some of the audience are SO annoying, including 3 boys sitting next to me (I dunno if you guyz on TV heard a moment that there are several shout-out contest between Anna's supporters and Venus's supporters). That's disgusting.
By the way, it's good to see the 1st set can be THAT close. Anna didn't behave bitchly(?) in the whole match. good for her.
After the match I tried to get Venus autograph but failed. She signed soooo little.
3rd match: Dulko vs Vera
Oh no, no orange short skirt from Dulko, and Vera dressed better than yesterday. OMG, I never expected it would be a 3 setter. And I am soooooo excited to see the 3rd set. OK, 1st set is normal business from Vera. Then in 2nd set Dulko suddenly came back and Vera kept making UE. The winners from both players in the 3rd set is just sooooooooo good. Audience cheered for Gisela breaking Vera in the 5*-2 but sighed when Dulko lost because of DF.
And....I FINALLY got Vera's autograph
, but it was a chaos to squeeze in the front and a kind lady helped me, thank you
Both vera and Dulko are nice and signed A LOT OF AUTOGRAPH...you two are on my fave list.
2nd autograph session: Anna Chakvetadze
I do not realize that FILA counter also got an autograph session and this time it's Anna again(Michelle is doing again at another counter). This time it took longer to queue up and I am the last person allowed to get the autograph
The one I gave anna to sign is the picture I took with her in the autograph session on Wednesday, when she looked at it she can't help herself laughing
She is nicer than the 1st day.
4th match: Szavay vs Mirza
OMG, Mirza played so well but Szavay not so good(she choked the 2nd set 2-0 lead away
), Mirza sooooo many brilliant winners(winners that hit right on the line, including the one in MP). Szavay is just
, but she did some good winners too.
However, one of the thing is about the crowd again. Chief umpire, Eva Asderaki did a good job in controlling the crowd - mostly indian, cheered noisely for Mirza, Mirza apologized to Eva during changeover. Erm, they need a 101 guide of etiquette on court.
After the match, both players signed a lot of autograph and I got my ball signed as well. YESSSSSSSSSSSS