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Zamboni's annual pictures and notes from Rosmalen (monday added)

Yes it's Rosmalen this week, so time for my annual useless notes, and of course my pics.
I won't post too many pics in here, if you want more of any player, you can request it and I will upload them, but that will probably take some time

I didn't watch a lot of practices today as I managed to miss pretty much all the players I am interested in. Got to the court just as Anabel and Ana were leaving, I saw Sara's coach, but she was just gone, he told me, I heard Vinci but went to a match and when I came back half an hour later she was gone again, etc....

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Malek vs Coin
Typical messy WTA match. There were soooo many breakpoints! I just checked the stats: 11 breaks out of 37 breakpoints. That does sum up the match pretty well.
I paid most attention to Malek, and I have to say, her backhand has improved. A bit. It's still weak though. And all the slicing she does, especially on her bh but also on her fh is enough to drive anyone crazy. Her main problem is her inconsistency. She would play 2 or 3 good points, and then totally disappear for the next few points.
Coin's biggest problem - at least in the first set - was the balltoss. She had to toss the ball twice quite often.
I didn't watch the 2nd set but when I came back for the 3rd set, I noticed that the level of play had definitely improved, and the intensity was much higher. Malek especially is quite fun when the match gets intense










Parra Santonja - Pivovarova
Not much to say about this. Parra disappointed me, somehow I always expect more of her than what she shows when I see her play. I think her serve especially should be so much stronger than what it is, considering her body *. The motion is so static (nice contradiction, I know) and I feel it could be much stronger.





*which I should not make any further comments on....


Cibulkova-Robson
Cibulkova surprised me in a positive way. She was playing better than I expected. But Robson is really talented. All her shots are in place, she just needs a lot of finetuning and then I think she can be really good. I don't know if her current coach is the right guy to do that but they do seem to have a nice click - I saw them practising later, and he was giving a lot of advice on her serve especially but it all went in a really relaxed atmosphere.
Oh, and Laura also needs some mental help. Maybe it's just her age, but when things don't go her way, she looks upset, gets down on herself and that doesn't help her the next point. She needs to work on that. To be fair, it improved a lot since I last saw her though (that was her first WTA match, against Benesova in Luxembourg).









Petkovic-Kvitova
I don't particularly like either play so didnt stay long and didn't really think about how they were playing. You'd expect Petkovic to win that more easily though.




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Thank you! Why is everyone wearing those blue shoe laces?

Andrea Petkovic, Maria Kirilenko, Ana Ivanovic,
Tatiana Golovin & Elena Vesnina.
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Petkorazzi, that's a terrible colour combination

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Kirilenko/Vesnina - Arvidsson/Rus
Got to this match when there was 1 game to play so just took a couple of pics and that was it.
Oh, and Kiri, headband? Don't






Rybarikova - Safina
First time I saw Magdalena play except for a few games here and there, and I liked it. Does she always have that variety in her game, with shorter sliceballs? If she doesn't, she picked up that tactic very well because it worked perfectly, nearly every time she did that, she won the point.
And Dinara, oh, Dinara....what to say?
It's strange actually, when you watch her, it's like nothing changed. Her game is the same, her attitude is the same, and still, there is something so obviously different about her these days, compared to, say, a year ago. I don't know how to describe it, it's a sort of desperation, of "this is what I do so this is what I will do, no matter what", like she goes through routines, even with the screams and the firstpumps, without her heart really being in it. "It" is simply not there.
Then - Dinara's coach. She has someone knew, don't know who he is, but I'm posting a pic.
Krajan is also around at Rosmalen though. He seems to be working with Cibulkova, is that right?






With the new coach






Some stuff from around the practice courts

Zalameda, so cute. Practiced with Dekmeijere for about half of the day (in 2 sessions)


Dulgheru


Senoglu


Rosmalenqueen Tammy


Warming up with a ball - the Italian way

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Thank you! Why is everyone wearing those blue shoe laces?
I was getting to that


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The blue shoelaces.
They are related to Unicef. For every ace hit, a certain amount of money goes to Unicef. You can buy the laces at the tournament, and support this (I believe the maximum you pay is 35 euro).
The idea behind the shoelaces is that the players who wear them support this initiative, and of course Unicef in general.



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It's has something about the sponsor UNICEF!!
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What a fine doubles player she was
Oh she's around every year - she's Tammy's coach.

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do you have any photos of kirilenko?

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Thanks for posting. Have a blast this week!

Riza is such a QT

Ps, any pics of Rocky & Sarah would be appreciated
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Cool report Zamboni - thanks

Pivovarova and Rus are beautiful Wish you could've gotten a picture of Kiri though

And I would say Rybarikova does have that variety in her game. She tends to use her one handed slice often (maybe to make up for how bad her two hander is? ) and will come into the net as well.

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thanks linda
magda always play like that this is why she's so good on grass
tadde is the only player without the blue shoes laces
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do you have any photos of kirilenko?
Just 1 I think. They were on the wrong side of the net in that 1 game

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Ps, any pics of Rocky & Sarah would be appreciated
Im only going tomorrow

I'll try to catch them.

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Just 1 I think. They were on the wrong side of the net in that 1 game


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I'll try to catch them.
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Is Cibulkova smelling the balls ? I was watching a livestream of this match a noticed she did this at least once near the end of the match.

It's a weird habit, and funny at the same time.
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