TheItalianstyle's Rome report and pics
I've been to the Internazionali these last 2 days and will be there for the whole week, so I'll try to update you as much as I can.
Unfortunately I lost my camera's cable so I won't be able to upload any pics until tomorrow night I guess.
Btw I must say the atmosphere and the venue itself is really lovely, I guess we will have a great show this week.
I saw most of the qualy matches today and yesterday, obviously parts of them even if it is actually possible to watch more matches simultaneously in Rome.
I'll start with the things that impressed me the most, than you can ask me something and I'll try to answer if possible.
Dulko vs Lucic was a pretty good match I must say. Lucic when on is very impressive; she was playing with glasses on, don't know if it a brand new thing or not, but it was a first for me. I tought she would collapse after the tiebreak, where she had her chances. But, after a slow start, she regrouped and fired some great strokes to finish with a nice volley. And she was so pumped after it.
Another interesting match was Ormaechea-Hvalackova. Paula has a lot of potential, and she played good at patches, but she is very annoying with her yelling (which I couldn't really make out), and Andrea got very annoyed and started imitating her at times. At the end of the match they talked for a few minutes and didn't seem very happy about it. Talking about the match I've been wondering these 2 days how can Andrea be so low in the rankings. Actually yesterday's match with Martic was more impressive than today, with huge serving on both sides and an entertaining end. Today Andrea seemed more tired, but in the end she managed to prevail and was really happy (Can you guys tell me what's her link with Italy? I guess her boyfriend is Italian or something like that). Ormaechea has a great backhand, solid groundstrokes in general, but needs to work on her consistency.
-Chakvetadze has been very good with Tatishvili, I just watched the first set today and her backhand and dropshots were fabulous. I guess Lepchenkly was pretty tired, but probably improved throughout the match.
-I really like Tsurenko, and I guess she should be in the top100 very soon. She's so powerful, but she needs to improve her serve because she doesn't gain enough free points.
-Stephens leaves me doubtful: she has some potential, and a very good serve, but she plays way too defensive and passive, and that's a big limit now that she has reached the top80/100 or whatever.