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My Estoril Open Reports

Hi, everybody I'm planning to go all week to Estoril, so I decided to create this thread to post some reports about the matches.

So here it goes for Day1:

Catarina Ferreira vs. Tara Wigan 60 64

I was planning to watch Diatchenko, but I arrived late and I tought she already won (afterall I would have time, but whatever), so went to watch this match. Arrived at 60 *23 and as I tought it wasn't about who would won the match, but who would lost it because it was about who errors first. The good news is Catarina is not a pure moonballer anymore, she was on her BH, now she tries to hit some normal shots most of the time; the bad news is she still doesn't have enough power to make winners and I think she will never have. So, she relies on her consistent, which is not that amazing, but it was enough to win today. I had to wait 10 points to watch the 1st winner, after 9 UEs. Tara had a *42 lead but didn't take advantage of it because she simply didn't know how to do it, just hitting the ball back and wait for an error. From the game I saw, she only hitted 1 winner and Catarina did 3.


Elena Bovina vs. Alexandra Stevenson 76 57 60

Watched both 1st and 2nd set and it was really high quality match for a 1st quali round. Lexy really impressed with her attitude. She was very motivated, fought really hard, not such a bad mover as I was expecting and her slice BH was great, Bovina struggled with that. But overall, since the beginning, I felt it was all about Bovina. When she was on, there was nothing Lexy could do it. That happened all the 3 times Lexy had the break lead in 1st set. Elena always broke back immediatelly with some great points. Which is missing in Elena is consistency.
That's why I guess she still isn't in top100. In the 2nd Lena played really bad until 1-4 15-30, then she wake up and make a comeback until 5-5 40-15*, but she missed those 2 brek points and Lexy with her great serve hold it and wwnt to break Lena for win the 2nd set with some help from Bovina.
In the 3rd, I assume Lexy was tired: she take a toilet break after the 2nd set, because she fought really hard and run a lot.
The bad news about her is her FH really lacks power. She can't take advantge of many short balls she had thanks to her serve.


Arina Rodionova vs. Mandy Minnella 16 60 75

Arrived at 16 30* and like 5 minutes later the 2nd set was done. Minella was an error machine, really struggling with Arina's 2-handed BH slice, mixed with some also 2 handed BH drop shots that Minella couldn't antecipate. Also Arina was in a wall mode, returning everything and she didn't make any single UE during these 3 games.
In the 3rd it was so much more even. Minella tried to mix it a little bit, playing also to Arina's FH, which IMO sucks (lacks power and precision most of the times and some moonballs too, only nice when she slices it) and made some amazing BH dropshots . Arina kept the same game plan as the 2nd set and tried to kept at the match when she was down a break (happened it 3rd game 1-2* to Mandy). When finally, the moment of truth came to Minella at *5-4 (she had some deuces before on Arina's serves), she was 30-0 up, but some silly errors gave Arina the break (credits also to Arina for not gave up). Same thing happened at 10th game with 2 bps to Minella. Arina survived and now Mindella was going to serve to stay. Sha had like 4 or 5 gps, most wasted by erros (1 was a DF). On 1st MP to Arina, Mandy nets a BH and it's over. Credits to Arina for being such a great fighter, always trying to return the ball (some times she was amazing), but Mandy can really be upset because she seemed the best player, but didn't take advantage of the oportunuty. BTW, a rally which realy sums up the match, happened at 1-1 in the 3rd. Something like 40 shots with some amazing defense from Arina and finished with a drop shot from her. Both were breathless at the end of that point.


Michelle Brito vs. Rika Fujiwara 62 62

Watched until 62 42, before the court change.
Really good news to Michelle fans. Altough Rika isn't a top player, Michelle really improved from last year's defeat to Mamic. She slides well on clay now (but can improve), her 1st serve seems more reliable and powerfull, she tried to open some short angles and not just ball bash and was really focused and motivated. Didn't let Fujiwara to hold serve during the entire match Rika had 40-15 lead at *1-4 and 40-0 at 62 12*, but Michelle broke anyway. Her return was great (but again, Rika doesn't have a good serve, so who knows if it was just for today). Her shots, most of the times, were strong and accurate, letting Rika without any optins.
Really nice win for Michelle. Let's see how it goes tomorrow.


Well, that's all for day1.

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A shame you missed seeing Vitalia! I hope you get to see her play sometime later in the week, and if you do you report back on it.
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Great. Any pics from Michelle?

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Great. Any pics from Michelle?
Will upload them tomorrow.
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Day2

Ekaterina Ivanova def. Catarina Ferreira 61 61

Once again, my plans to watch Diatchenko were down the toilet. I also wanted to see Ivanova, so I decided to go to this match, hoping an easy win in something like 55/60 (it went for 80)minutes and then to go to watch Vitalia, which was supposed to be more even and last longer.
So, for my surprise, this was much more balanced than the score suggests. Catarina didn't deserve a double breadstick. Something like 6-3 6-3 would be more accurate to demonstrate what happened. Catarina managed fight toe to toe in rallies with Ekaterina (), the problem is she doesn't have a killer shot, unlike Ekaterina who has an accurate, agressive and great to watch BH. She also used the dropshots a lot that even not that good were enough to win the point because Catarina always arrived late. Her serve can give some quick points sometimes too. Her FH seems more shaky, less powerfull and sometimes off timing. That's why Catarina's serve to her FH gave to the portuguese fast points time to time (which isn't good to Ekaterina, because Catarina's serve simply hasn't anything: no power, no spin, no effect). So, overall Catarina fought and fought really hard all the points, her best quality in court, make some good FHs (and even a BH DTL winner ), but Ekaterina is from another level and on big points she usually showed it.
After that my younger cousin wanted to play "Guitar Hero" so I let him try once, and then we went to watch Diatchenko, but I just saw it leaving the court really angry (I presumed, in that moment, she lost), but still I was brave enough to ask for an autograph .


Ekaterina Dzehalevich vs. Yurika Sema 64 62

Immediatelly when I arrived I was surprised with Sema being a lefty. I had no idea. I also saw Corswandt, but he doesn't know who I am
Ekaterina (another Ekaterina today ) had a bad start commiting a bunch of errors and quickly Sema had a *3-1 lead. She finally cut the errors, made some great shots, especially on her stronger side, the BH, and rebroke. Her 1st serve is great time to time, her BH too, being her FH not that great, but nice to clay and for this level. The decisive break happened at 4-4, a very long game, had like 6/7 deuces. Then Ekaterina won 3 points in a row after being down 15-30 on her serve to win the set.
The 2nd set was even during the first games, but always seemed that Ekaterina was in control of the match. After 1st break, she went to win with no much problems. I think Yurika's game is not suitable to clay, bening her 2 handed BH very flat and she's not very fast.
Ekaterina's coach / brother, boyfriend, husband or something like that, was there, always fist pumping when she won a point, even on Yurika's DF
In the end, I got her autograph.


Michelle Brito def. Alexandra Dulgheru 76 46 75

Finally the big match of the day finally started around at 16h30. So, it wasn't that hot, which is probably the only good thing of playing a 3h42min match.
Unfortunaly, only watched 1st and 2nd sets, because my rid to home was waiting, but totally worthed it. Even my younger cousin, he doesn't get excited with tennis, got nervous and yelling "Vai" (something like "camon") during the match.
By way way far the best match I've watched in qualifying in 3 years of Estoril. Much drama, intensity, great rallies, you can't ask for more on a quali day.
As you can see on stats, serves aren't the main weapons of both. Michelle now can serve above 150km/h sometimes, but her 2nd simply is just to start the point. Alexandra take advantage with some great FH DTL returns during the 2nd set. Alexandra's serve is kind of similar to Michelle, the main difference is she puts some kick on it on both, mixed with flat ones. Same serve speed as Michelle.
The match always followed the same pattern: Michelle ball bashing, ball bashing, with Alexandra defending, defending, but with brains, mixing FH moonballs, BH double-handed slice or flat ones, short top spinned FH, waiting for the opportunity to attack (making a lot of drop shots, not worked in the 1st, but it started in the 2nd, you could see Michelle wasn't that fast moving to the net as the 1st) or simply expectating Michelle's errors.
Michelle's CC BH is so accurate, she barely missed, hitting the left baseline corner so many times, making Alexandra almost half volley a lot.
In the 1st set Michelle had a 5-3 lead, but wasted it with some 3 awful games. Then, it was Alexandra, serving for the set at *6-5, accusing the pressure and letting the opportunity escape. On the TB, Michelle's determination prevailed. On the 4th SP to Michelle, she finally closed with a funny point: both moonballed a couple of times (Michelle moonballing, can you believe it?) and Alexandra came to net after a moonball. She makes a FH CC inconclusive volley that Michelle's take advantage with a great FH DTL passing shot on the run.
In the 2nd set, Michelle faced break points in all her service games, being broken at *3-4 at *4-5. Once again, Alexandra accused the pressure of serving at *5-3, but credits also to Michelle for not making errors. The difference this time, was that Alexandra had Michelle's serve to win the set with a Michelle's too much deep FH (I think it was FH).
A funny thing happened at deuce that game: the umpire calls "correction, the ball was good, replay the point" and Michelle answers "Nobodly called out". But it wasn't the only error from the umpire.
At the 3-3 at the 2nd, it lasted for 6/7 deuces, when it was on the advantage, suddenly the umpire calls 15-30 with Dulgheru leading 4-3* and on Michele's serve, altough anybody could see Alexandra was serving, and so he continued for the next point and called 30-30 when Alexandra DFs and Michelle wins the point on her serve. Everybody was complaining, I was yelling "deuce", and Alexandra simply didn't know what was happening when she was about to serve. Serious, what the hell???

So, it's all for today. Hoping to see Iveta vs Neuza, Michelle vs Bovina and ALG vs Parmentier tomorrow.

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Day2

Ekaterina Ivanova def. Catarina Ferreira 61 61

Once again, my plans to watch Diatchenko were down the toilet. I also watched to see Ivanova, so I decided to go to this match, hoping an easy win in something like 55/60 (it went for 80)minutes and then to go to watch Vitalia, which was supposed to be more even and last longer.
So, for my surprise, this was much more balanced than the score suggests. Catarina didn't deserve a double breadstick. Something like 6-3 6-3 would be more accurate to demonstrate what happened. Catarina managed fight toe to toe in rallies with Ekaterina (), the problem is she doesn't have a killer shot, unlike Ekaterina who has an accurate, agressive and great to watch BH. She also used the dropshots a lot that even not that good were enough to win the point because Catarina always arrived late. Her serve can give some quick points sometimes too. Her FH seems more shaky, less powerfull and sometimes off timing. That's why Catarina's serve to her FH gave to the portuguese fast points time to time (which isn't good to Ekaterina, because Catarina's serve simply hasn't anything: no power, no spin, no effect). So, overall Catarina fought and fought really hard all the points, her best quality in court, make some good FHs (and even a BH DTL winner ), but Ekaterina is from another level and on big points she usually showed it.
After that my younger cousin wanted to play "Guitar Hero" so I let him try once, and then we went to watch Diatchenko, but I just saw it leaving the court really angry (I presumed, in that moment, she lost), but still I was brave enough to ask for an autograph .


Ekaterina Dzehalevich vs. Yurika Sema 64 62

Immediatelly when I arrived I was surprised with Sema being a lefty. I had no idea. I also saw Corswandt, but he doesn't know who I am
Ekaterina (another Ekaterina today ) had a bad start commiting a bunch of errors and quickly Sema had a *3-1 lead. She finally cut the errors, made some great shots, especially on her stronger side, the BH, and rebroke. Her 1st serve is great time to time, her BH too, being her FH not that great, but nice to clay and for this level. The decisive break happened at 4-4, a very long game, had like 6/7 deuces. Then Ekaterina won 3 points in a row after being down 15-30 on her serve to win the set.
The 2nd set was even during the first games, but always seemed that Ekaterina was in control of the match. After 1st break, she went to win with no much problems. I think Yurika's game is not suitable to clay, bening her 2 handed BH very flat and she's not very fast.
Ekaterina's coach / brother, boyfriend, husband or something like that, was there, always fist pumping when she won a point, even on Yurika's DF
In the end, I got her autograph.


Michelle Brito def. Alexandra Dulgheru 76 46 75

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I was following Catarina's match on the scoreboard and she took more than half of the games to deuce but lost them

Looking forward for your report on Michelle's match
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Did you guys see Eva Fdez Brugués match?

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Did you guys see Eva Fdez Brugués match?
No, I didn't. I just went to take a peak at the score and I was really surprised she was leading 63 42.
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No, I didn't. I just went to take a peak at the score and I was really surprised she was leading 63 42.
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A shame you didn't get to see Vita before she was out of the tournament.
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