Re: DefyingGravity Cincinnati Report: 1 Day Only, But WOW!
Petkovic/Schiavone vs. Kuznetsova/Goerges
Wow, wow, wow, I've not seen a women's match on an outside court be that packed except when Lindsay Davenport played doubles with Hantuchova at Miami in 2008. It was seriously attracting more attention than the Simon match on Court 3 (the third biggest court, about a 2500-4000 seater) and the Gulbis-Dodig match behind me when I was still watching Kateryna. And it was so intense. The crowd really loved Schiavone and Petkovic, because their outgoing, fun personalities really got the crowd involved. They even did a chest bump or two.
Petkovic...is ripped. Seriously, she could take out any dude. I felt scared for my life looking at her shoulders. But for being so ripped, her serve motion isn't using any of that strength effectively, and if you get to see her live, you'll notice that even more. She couldn't get a return in court either. It was embarrassing. She lost Schiavone about 4 points.
Francesca looks exactly how I pictured her, short, but still surprisingly strong. Her next to Petkovic was actually quite cute for the little height difference, and I can imagine how the Ivanorazzi would have been a better fit for Petkovic having seen her chemistry with Schiavone. They were having fun, but they didn't click as a team, you know? Kuznetsova and Goerges, on the other hand...they were two singles players who played doubles. It was sort of like they just didn't want to come to the net unless they had to. Goerges is an absolute stunner in person, though. She reminded my mom of Mary Joe Fernandez, and I can so see the slight resemblance now. Julia's forehand was pretty key. Actually, the combination of her and Sveta with the forehands were just so crucial to their win. Also, Sveta's serve was pretty awesome. She knew when to just put it in the court.
The way that they had to leave their court after the really intense match and amazing crowd was that they had to walk out in front of the west-side stands of Court 4, and walk down a pathway behind the court towards the main walk. Everyone crowded to get Schiavo, but she, Kuznetsova, Goerges, and Petkovic ALL had to hurry away from the match, got on two golf carts, and cutely drove away in the opposite direction and around to the player entrance area at the Stadium court.
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