Usually there's one day each year of the Sony Open when I just don't get to walk the grounds as much as I like, and that's invariably due to the fact that the players I like to watch are all playing. Today was that day.
I did make a quick circuit of the grounds upon arriving to Crandon Park at 9:30. Oh, by the way, I was the FIRST ONE in the general admission parking lot today. How does that Miller Lite commercial go--"I must be in the FRONT ROW....." I guess I was a little anxious to get a good seat for Julia Goerges' match this morning.
Back to the tennis. While walking the grounds, I found Ana Ivanovic practicing with Sorana Cirstea, the Addidas girls knocking it around on court 10. Kerber was getting ready to start practicing, but was still running with her coach around the main practice courts.
I knew I'd be tied up in matches all day, so I grabbed a bite to eat before settling in on court 6 in a carefully selected prime vantage point for photography for the Goerges-Tomljanovic match.
I could rationalize a bunch here, and try to come up with a laundry list of excuses, but I'm really at a loss to explain it. The match wasn't particularly high quality, with lots of short rallies punctuated by errors, frequent service breaks, double faults, shaky serving, and Julia's back injury which required a medical T/O late in set two. Tomljanovic played better in her first round match than here. Julia was the recipient of a few bad line calls, and one occasion, when the chair overruled a call on the far side of the court, on the baseline, shielded behind Julia, Goerges blew up and said, "are you kidding? The only thing you could have seen was my ass." Which was not only true, but pretty funny.
Anyway, it was a tough day at the office for Julia, but she fought hard to the end, and came back later in the day despite her back injury to pair up with Yaroslava Shvedova to win in doubles, clinching the match for the team with a superb forehand punch crosscourt volley for the win. Julia had a good amount of German support in the crowd for her singles, and during the first set Sara Errani was in the crowd clapping for her, and sitting just a couple rows in front of me.
After Julia's singles I caught the end of Flipkens-Voegele, in order to make sure I had a good seat for Garbiñe Muguruza's match against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. The tournament's Daily Draw sheet has a schedule for the day's play, and today all of the print for the player names was normal sized except Nastya's, which you needed a microscope to read, since her name was so long.
This match took place of court 8, and by that time in the afternoon (it was 3rd match of the day) the sun had shifted around to our backs and it was cold sitting on this court (today's high was only 74F) in the shade. The first set was up and down, but Garbiñe fought back from a break down to take a 4-3 lead before a series of long and close games fell to Pavlyuchenkova, after she called her coach, giving her the set. Garbiñe steadied herself early in set 2, serving better, breaking Pavlyuchenkova and cruising to comfortable win in the set, 6-2. She continued her run of games to 3-0, and extended to 4-1 in the 3rd, never dropping serve again in the match, and closing out nicely despite a lot of support in the Pavlyuchenkova camp, including Patrick Mouratoglou, who was there in the third set, and several coaches/supporters yelling "Davai" every point Nastya won.
Muguruza was injured when she fell in the second set, and ultimately had to call for the trainer, who taped up her ankle. She looks like she's been to war, with bandages all over, but there she is, still around, and winning. Vamos, Garbiñe! Now let's take out Woz!
I went straight from that three setter to the Goerges/Shvedova-Jurak/Marosi doubles, which started horribly for Goerges/Shvedova, but they steadied themselves in set 2, saved match point, forced a tie break and won their own third match point 10-8. A little consolation for Julia after a tough day.
I was going to take in some Bartoli-Petkovic, even as Marion was down a set and 1-3, but after stopping for some caffeine at Starbucks, I saw that the match was over. With that, I did an assessment (I shot over an hour of video of Goerges and Muguruza, and took some 270 photos) and decided I needed 1) to conserve space on my 1 remaining memory card and 2) sleep. So I by-passed the night session although on the way out I did pass Date-Krumm warming up outside the stadium and snapped a couple quick and likely fuzzy candids of her.
I did walk around enough to see that it was another really busy and crowded day at Crandon Park. You can tell things are picking up because it's getting almost impossible to find a restroom that doesn't have a line.
That's all for today. I'm beat. I've got more gals to chase down tomorrow.