Martinez Sanchez - Hampton:
Pictures will be below. Jamie was wearing the Purple Adidas like many other players, and MJMS was wearing the free Prince gear, like many other players also. Pepa showed no signs of injury and wasn't taped anywhere, so it definitely looks as if she has healed, but her game was very rusty. She did not come to net at all and her groundstrokes were not particularly impressive. Jamie was giving her all and looked exhausted, but she had a good serve and she was able to take the second by winning her serve games. Both were grunting, but while Jamie was really going all-out, Pepa was moon-balling groundstrokes rather than playing her usual attacking net game, which was a big surprise to me. Pepa was also missing a lot and really seems to be lacking court sense after this break. Her game was not very impressive and Jamie was definitely outplaying her. Jamie had a big serve and bigger shots and they were too much for Pepa. The few times Pepa came to net, her volleys were very messy. The only thing is that Pepa looked fresher than Jamie even though she was being outplayed. Jamie could have had some health concern, as she did look exhausted, and she had a rash on her face, not like Acne, but something else. IDK, maybe she always has this, but it was very noticeable. She also had a huge wrist band on one arm, so that could have been due to an injury (I think she maybe has had a wrist injury, but it could be my imagination). Mariana Alves was in the chair, and at one point Jamie got called for a foot fault and was very angry about it. When I left, Jamie had just won the second set and she was very pumped. She was completely outplaying Pepa at that point so my only guesses for the third set are that either Pepa decided to start net-rushing and it worked, or they had taken a heat break and it had changed the momentum, or maybe Jamie was just too exhausted after her big effort in the second set. The 6-0 score was very surprising after what I saw though.
Jamie winds up to serve
Pepa preparing to serve
Pepa walking back from the net
Baghdatis - Clement
This was a good match! The crowd was pretty small, but they were very vocal and basically even as for as support for each player. Arnaud looked very funny as he has white sunscreen on his nose, which you can see between points when he takes of his sunglasses. I was wondering if Arnaud was near retirement, at least from singles, since he is getting old, but he is definitely not finished. He has a very good serve and very good volleys. Arnaud did have an elbow band though, so hopefully he's not hurt there. His only issue was he let some balls go by and they went in, but when he hit the volleys, they were very good, and he came in often. Marcos got called for a foot fault at the end of the fourth set and he got very mad at the line judge. During the fifth set, he would be called on three more foot-faults, although he didn't get mad on these, but this is something he needs to work on as it kept happening! With Arnaud serving for the fourth set at 5-3, he let two passing shots go and they both went in, and this is what cost him the break of serve. However, with Baghdatis serving down 4-5, Arnaud played a great game, there were some awesome points, and he got the break back right away to take the fourth. Llodra was in Arnaud's box and he was really excited after the fourth set. At the beginning of the fourth set, Marcos seemed to be in charge, but from 3-1 down, Arnaud played incredibly, I'm not sure he even lost a point until 4-3 for him, he hit gutsy shots and there were some great rallies, but he won all of them. Marcos was definitely not at his best, but he hit some great passing shots. The games in the fifth set were all pretty one-sided, but almost every point saw a great rally, as both players were going all-out and fighting hard, and hitting gutsy shots, especially Arnaud though - he played really well. Marcos looked exhausted at the end, the heat and the foot-faults really hurt him, but Clement played fantastic and fought so well from 1-3 down. The match ended on a bad challenge from Marcos on the third match point and the players embraced at the net.
Meusburger - Craybas:
These two are not exactly power players! Yvonne does not do much at all, just pushes and lobs. Jill was better than I expected, she has some good shots and I think she is definitely good enough to be a top 100 player still and competitive in the smaller events. She really should have won the second set, but Yvonne just kept getting it back and Jill made some stupid misses. Jill had lots of opportunities to close it out but she wasted them all and she looked hot and miserable. Yvonne wore the free Prince apparel while Jill wore a very bizarre patterned Under Armour top. Yvonne has a very strange haircut. Jill also wore a band on her elbow, but I am assuming this is more due to some tennis elbow pain after a long career than a real injury. By the end of the third set, both looked hot and tired, and Yvonne seemed to have broken Jill down, so they both took a heat break. Yvonne left with a big of ace, but Jill stood there for a few minutes talking to the umpire (people thought she might retire) and they talked for a few minutes before she finally left. I think she probably wanted the trainer, but the umpire said she didn't have enough of a reason so Jill argued this, because she looked annoyed. I left after this, but when I came back both had changed, Jill to a green Under Armour shirt and Yvonne to white Nike. Jill was visibly exhausted from the heat and Yvonne's pushing and her tennis at this point was very disappointing. Many points she had completely set up but she couldn't get the ball past Yvonne and would finally miss. I don't think I even saw her win a point after I returned, which was 3-0. The last game Jill hardly tried, because she was so exhausted and wanted to get off the court and out of the heat and when Yvonne won she showed purely relief it was over. Jill was very upset and left quickly (denied a bunch of autographs), Yvonne was nice to the fans and signed for them, but she looked so tired.
Jill's forehand follow-through
Jill berates herself at the end of the second
Yvonne waiting for the ball to come to her side
Jill talking to the umpire at the end of the second set
Yvonne prepares to return wearing white now
Yvonne hitting a backhand
Yvonne leaving the court after the match
Yvonne signs some autographs
The rest will be in my next post.