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My Birmingham Q day 2 report (plus chak stalking lol)!

Ok so birmingham is part 2 of my summer of tennis (notts last week, birmingham and queens this, fingers crossed eastbourne next). i went to see the final round of qualies, but actually my real reason for going was to meet chak

Ok so lets do the important part 1st, got there at 11.40am with my friend kim (legend1) and scanned the practice courts and no chak, then kim spots her behind the practice courts warming up. i ran over like a total spaz and asked her to sign a photo of her, only my marker pen had ran out, but fear not chak had one in her bag (i told her she was more prepared than me). she also signed a tennis ball, then my friend kim said i was her biggest fan and could i have a photo with her, to which she said sure and so she took a pic. i said to chak her 1st round match looked a good one, and she said she hopes so and we will see.

saw her after her practice again, asked her how it went, she said pretty well but not the best. she said she didn't know at that time if she was going to play monday or tuesday.




Ok to the matches -

Robson bt Diatchenko 6-3, 4-0 rtd

Robson broke diatchenko in her 1st service game, it was a long and up and down game, this seemed to take the sting out of diatchenko. robson played solid attacking tennis and whipped her crosscourt forehand outwide to expose diatchenko who has limited reach. Diatchenko was then being outplyed in the 2nd by a large margin as robson hit nice winners on all the important points. the time out seemed like a white flag at 0-3 2nd set, and diatchenko gave up one game after (though could very eaasily have carried on).

robson was a very deserving winner, and her game looked much more impressive on grass than diatchenko. her movement still needs work and her big swings on her groundies get rushed sometimes, but when ontop of a point she looks every bit a top 30 player and beyond.

Kanepi bt ferguson 6-2, 6-4

kanepi was mainly just too powerful in this match for most of the points i saw. she confidently came in and finished off points her big groundies set up with smashes and drive volleys. ferguson tried to mix things up approached the net a few times and had some success, but they couldn't hide the fact tha kanepi just strikes a much cleaner and heavier ball.

Karatancheva bt cavaday 6-4, 6-7, 7-6

Sesil was the much steadier player throughout this match, she is very good when pulled out wide on the backhand, and scrambles around very well. cavaday hit some nice winners and constantly looked to take charge of the match. sesil served surprisingly well on 1st serve, she does however look vunerable when pulled out wide on the forehand. often she resorted to slicing the forehand when she could have had a full swing at it. she doesn't hit through the forehand anywhere near as much as she does on the backhand, it is more of a rallying shot and her court postion was for the most part 2 metres behind the baseline. much of this match was on cavaday's racket, however sesil made herself awkward enough to beat and it payed off. me and kim found ourselves fully behind sesil (like the only 2 clapping and cheering her on) as she was very sweet and nice ealier in the day when i took a photo with her.

sesil made a fan in me and kim today.



other random things -

petkovic is a very hard worker, and looks in amazing shape. huber has the most annoying grunt and shouted cmon during practice. lynn welch was umpiring . chakvetadze's dad smokes.

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lots of pics of people practicing which i will post in the players forums pics threads thats me for now, if i remember anything else i'll post and feel free to ask questions.

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thank you Sammy!
Looks like you had a fun day

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sorry by the time i had met chak and got to the matches she had already won. she walked past us coming off court but thats about it.

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Thanks for your nice report!
Are you from Bgham? Tonight I was eating in a sushi restaurant (in the Mailbox) when Magdalena Rybarikova came in and sat down in front of me. She was with two guys (one of them must be her coach I guess). I didn't want to bother though but still I was quite amazed! I've just realized she's the defending champion!

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Not surprised you liked Sesil, Sammy. I think she is probably the most down to earth and approachable tennis player I can think of. She's just very easy to chat with and very bright too. I like her a lot.

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You got a picture with Heva.
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You got a picture with Heva.
she asked me lol only joking. she was lovely. i thought about you after it was taken.

oh and i love this pic of petkovic, you can see shes in amazing shape.


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she asked me lol only joking. she was lovely. i thought about you after it was taken.

oh and i love this pic of petkovic, you can see shes in amazing shape.

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Thank you for this, Samuel.

I'm glad that you got the chance to meet Chak.

Does her face looks a bit puffy, or is that just me?

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I did a search for threads you started and found nothing; did you post reports or photos from there somewhere in TF?

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Thank you for this, Samuel.

I'm glad that you got the chance to meet Chak.

Does her face looks a bit puffy, or is that just me?



I did a search for threads you started and found nothing; did you post reports or photos from there somewhere in TF?
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Gr8 reports Sammy. Thanks for posting. Have a blast this week!
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and Q day 1 from notts for you corswandt

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