Another beautiful day in the Dubai sunshine
Started off at the practise courts for the Kid's Clinic being run by Cara Black and Liezel Huber. Both girls seemed to really enjoy their time with the kids...and though Liezel took most of the control (as usual hahaha
) Cara really looked like she was having fun, she looked very happy. The clinic lasted about an hour and by this time the weather was very hot
On the practise courts was Jankovic wearing orange and black....she seemed to be there on her own, just practising her serve, no one else with her. Saw Alisa Kleybanova walking through the grounds..she seems like a really nice girl, she was chatting and laughing with the security
I headed to the stadium to watch Aga Radwanska v Ula Radwanska...I stayed there for the first set but it was so hot, I decided to leave and go over to the slightly cooler Court 2 to watch Monica Niculescu v Shuai Peng (I know on the board it's been mentioned about the poor attendance on the main stadium, but that really wasn't true, there were loads of people in the grounds...but in the day I think most people were on the side courts because the stadium gets so hot
) Both girls played well and even though Monica was winning, she was crying...stayed calmer than the last time I saw her though
But she has a very interesting game..you never quite know that she is gonna do next. Stayed at the side courts for a while...saw some of Schiavone v Dellacqua, Cirstea v Cibulkova, Stosur v Rybarikova. After went for a walk around the grounds - got a copy of the official programme...big glossy magazine which was free!
(At Wimby they'd charge you £9 for the privilage of having an official programme
) Sponsor stands.....Adidas, Barclays, Nintendo Wii, Dubai Duty Free (lol...I loveeeeeeeeeee
Dubai Duty Free....as they say in the ads hahahahhaa
) and a stand giving out free packets of cigarettes
LMAO.....so nice to see healthy lifestyles being promoted at a tennis tourney!
Headed back over to the practise courts to watch Akgul Amanmuradova and her dubs partner Chia-Jung Chuang - they were both working pretty hard but also a lot of laughing, I think they make a great dubs team
Stayed again for the evening session....Medina Garrigues v Klepac..very straight forward win for Anabel. The onto stadium for Ivanovic v Kleybanova. Tonight there was a huge crowd on the stadium...pretty noisey and all wanting to be involved in the match
Though there was a lot of people cheering for Ana (mostly teenage boys lol ) I was really surprised by how many people were cheering for Alisa though...in fact, the majority seemed to be on her side hahahahaha
It was a pretty funny match....with mocking shouts of 'Adje' and laughter coming from the 'cheap seats'
At the end of the match, even though she lost, Alisa got a far bigger cheer than Ana...and believe me..Alisa sure knows how to work the crowd, she really looked like she enjoyed the whole atmosphere and the fact that so many people were supporting her
(All of the tournament staff were cheering for Alisa too LMAO) Next up was Sania Mirza v Ekaterina Makarova - Sania seems to be the biggest crowd draw here, with most people coming just to see her...honestly, Sania wasn't playing her best so I don't think she really deserved all the cheers and admiration she was getting from the crowd, so I left and went back to the hotel.