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Andrew's eyewitness reports and photos (Final added - ová and out)

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Welcome to the master-thread of my Birmingham 2009 reports! I have posted all my eyewitness reports and photos in this thread.

From up here, you can navigate quickly to the individual posts within this thread (these links open in new windows - or tabs if you prefer):--
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Michelle Larcher de Brito photos and reports please.
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Michelle Larcher de Brito photos and reports please.
Sorry - she lost in qualifying before I arrived at Birmingham.

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Andrew's eyewitness reports & photos for Monday

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Contents
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1. Photos
2. Second-qualifying-round results
3. First-round results
4. First-round eyewitness report: Sharapova v Dubois
5. Second-qualifying-round mini-report: Krajíček v Poutchek
6. First-round mini-report: O'Brien v South
7. First-round eyewitness report: Kirilenko v U.Radwańska
8. First-round eyewitness-report: Rybáriková v Amanmuradova

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1. Photos (Monday 8th June 2009)
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1.1 Monday Part 1
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Monday Part 1 (Photos 001-197):
http://www.divshare.com/download/7664030-384

Maria Sharapova (75 photos)
Magdaléna Rybáriková (67)
Stéphanie Dubois (26)
Maria Kirilenko (17)
Yanina Wickmayer (6)
Olga Govortsova (5)
Jarmila Groth (5)
Petra Cetkovská (4)
Aravane Rezaď (4)
Eleni Daniilidou (4)
Julie Ditty (3)
Michaëlla Krajíček (2)
Jelena Dokić poster (1)
Elena Baltacha poster (1)
Alla Kudryavtseva (1)
Naomi Cavaday (1)

Magdaléna Rybáriková: I had waited four years to see the gorgeous Magda in the flesh! My photos demonstrate a wide range of Magda's wonderful facial expressions. I was disappointed that Daniela Hantuchová wasn't at Birmingham, but Magda wasn't a bad substitute!

Maria Sharapova: her blue French Open outfit didn't translate well to the green grass of England; it also made her look overdressed and overheated when the sun unexpectedly came out for her match. I love the way Maria's right leg gets horizontal as she follows through on her serve - if ever a statue of Maria is made, that should be the pose!

Maria Kirilenko: she may only be 95% as delectable as she was in her prime (2006-2008), but when she walked close to me outside the practice-courts (Photo 105), she made me go weak at the knees! She was wearing cute little fluffy balls on her Achilles tendons, and, for her match (Photos Part 2), a short purple skirt that hiked up every time she served! Sadly, she was also wearing a protective band on her right knee.


1.2 Monday Part 2
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Monday Part 2 (Photos 198-466):
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Magdaléna Rybáriková (65 photos)
Maria Kirilenko (51)
Urszula Radwańska (33)
Naomi Broady (28)
Olga Govortsova (18)
Michaëlla Krajíček (19)
Arantxa Parra Santonja (19)
Séverine Brémond (16)
Yanina Wickmayer (10)
Anastasija Sevastova (10)
Roberta Vinci (8)
Katie O'Brien (8)
Jarmila Groth (3)
Chan,Yung-Jan (3)
Eleni Daniilidou (3)
Abigail Spears (2)
Akgul Amanmuradova (2)
Jelena Dokić poster (1)
Sania Mirza poster (1)
Tatiana Poutchek (1)
Anne Keothavong poster (1)

Naomi Broady: tall and blonde, with legs up to most girls' armpits - she is easily the hottest babe in British tennis! Some call her a "Maria Sharapova lookalike"; to me, she looks more like Nicole Vaidišová. Previously, I had only seen photos, so it was great to see her in the flesh at last! And no - just because she and I have similar-looking surnames, doesn't mean we're related! The pronunciation of "Broad" rhymes with "lord", whereas the pronunciation of "Broady" rhymes with "roadie".

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2. Second-qualifying-round results (Monday 8th June 2009)
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What rocked:
+ ARANTXA PARRA SANTONJA [16,S] d. Eleni Daniilidou, 6-3 7-6 (8/6)
+ Naomi Broady d. ABIGAIL SPEARS [17], 6-7 (4/7) 6-3 6-3

What sucked:
- MICHAËLLA KRAJÍČEK [4,DF] lt. TATIANA POUTCHEK [14], 3-6 6-4 3-6

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3. First-round results (Monday 8th June 2009)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
+ Urszula Radwańska d. MARIA KIRILENKO [10,DF], 6-3 6-3
+ ROBERTA VINCI [14] d. Séverine Brémond, 6-3 6-2

What rocked:
+ Maria Sharapova [EF] d. Stéphanie Dubois, 6-4 6-2
+ MAGDALÉNA RYBÁRIKOVÁ [13,EF] d. Akgul Amanmuradova, 6-4 6-4
+ Olga Govortsova d. Chan,Yung-Jan, 7-6 (9/7) 6-2
+ Yanina Wickmayer d. Anastasija Sevastova, 6-4 6-3
+ Elena Baltacha [WC] d. Georgie Stoop [WC], 6-3 6-4

What sucked:
- Katie O'Brien [WC] lt. Melanie South, 4-6 6-1 6-7 (5/7)

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4. First-round eyewitness report: Sharapova v Dubois (Monday 8th June 2009)
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+ Maria Sharapova [EF] d. Stéphanie Dubois, 6-4 6-2

Sometimes brilliant, sometimes erratic - that sums up Maria's performance in this match. She hit her groundstrokes with awesome power that dwarfed that of every other woman in the tournament, often blazing winners close to the lines.

But she also made some worrying unforced errors - most notably during a spell in the first set when she let a *4-1 lead become *4-3 with a break-point that would have made it 4-4*; instead, Maria consolidated her one remaining break to win the first set, and although she dropped serve at the start of the second, she broke back immediately, and powered to victory by winning the last five games from *1-2.

My full report - with a point-by-point description - is on my website:
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/ten...ngham2009.html

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5. Second-qualifying-round mini-report: Krajíček v Poutchek (Monday 8th June 2009)
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- MICHAËLLA KRAJÍČEK [4,DF] lt. TATIANA POUTCHEK [14], 3-6 6-4 3-6

At Birmingham 2008, Michaëlla had snapped a 12-match losing-streak with a fine performance to thrash Poutchek 6-2 6-1 on Centre Court.

Sadly, it was a very different story out on Court 4 this year, as Michaëlla seems to have hit a trough in form in recent weeks.

I didn't get to see much of the match at all, as the view on Court 4 is terrible if you're not early or lucky enough to get to the front row.

Michaëlla lost a long, deucy game at *2-3 in the first set: my abiding memory is of her screaming when she hit a forehand wide. When she was *2-5 down, I left to watch Maria Kirilenko v Urszula Radwańska on Centre Court.

What I didn't realise until Thursday was that Michaëlla got into the main draw as a lucky loser, taking the place of second seed Kaia Kanepi, complete with first-round bye!

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6. First-round mini-report: O'Brien v South (Monday 8th June 2009)
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- Katie O'Brien [WC] lt. Melanie South, 4-6 6-1 6-7 (5/7)

I went to Centre Court to watch Maria Kirilenko v Urszula Radwańska... and first caught the dramatic end of this all-English encounter.

I'm disappointed in the result, as Katie is quite cute, while I don't find South attractive (although she does have nice grunts). Annoyingly, more of the crowd seemed to be cheering for South (possibly because in 2008, she became the first Briton for 16 years to reach the quarter-finals here), although Katie did have a small but vocal group of supporters.


Third set
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South had two nonconsecutive match-points at 5-4*, but missed a sitter of a forehand smash on the first, and sliced a backhand long on the second. O'Brien served for it at *6-5, but was broken to love.

6-6 tiebreak (all scores O'Brien/South):
{0/0*} A nailbiting rally ended with Katie's forehand clipping the netcord and falling back on her side.
{*0/1} South got jammed by running around her backhand to hit her forehand: she hit an off-forehand wide.
{*1/1} Katie backhand long. South screamed "c'mon".
{1/2*} Katie's forehand down the line forced South to earth a backhand.
{2/2*} Katie forehand return long.
{*2/3} South netted a forehand, and groaned.
{*3/3} South hit a deep forehand return down the line, forcing Katie to hit a backhand wide.
{3/4*} South hit a serve out wide, forcing Katie to hit a backhand return wide.
{3/5*} South forehand long.
{*4/5} South hit a forehand long, and shouted "oh no!"
{*5/5} Double fault (second serve into the net).
{5/6*: MP #3} Katie hit a backhand return long. South won 6-4 1-6 7-6 (7/5).

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7. First-round eyewitness report: Kirilenko v U.Radwańska (Monday 8th June 2009)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
+ Urszula Radwańska d. MARIA KIRILENKO [10,DF], 6-3 6-3

Well, I didn't fancy Little Maria's chances in her slump-year, on her worst surface, against Urszula: an attractive all-court player who won the Girls' Singles at Wimbledon 2007.

Little Maria has some good grass-court qualities, as she loves going to the net, and hits some delectable drop-volleys there. She has beautiful footwork, and I love the way she scurries forwards to run down a dropshot.

In this match, though, she undermined these qualities by making far too many errors.

In the first set, she didn't seem to play with much passion - just looked rather sad - although she did stage a brief fightback from 0-4* down.

In the second set, Urszula got upset with herself for making some errors, and Little Maria seemed irritated by the Polish muttering and shouting between points. Little Maria responded with some shouts of her own, and by grunting louder, and they even bumped shoulders at one changeover!

Unfortunately, Little Maria didn't respond by reducing her unforced errors, hence the result of the second set was no better than the first. In fact, it was almost a mirror-image of the first set, with Urszula winning the last four games.


First set
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KIRILENKO ____@* *_ 3
RADWAŃSKA *@*@__* * 6

The match was fourth on Centre Court, and started at 17:02 BST. Urszula won the toss and elected to serve.

Urszula serving 0-0: First serve: forehand return long. 15/0. Urszula hit an off-forehand into the corner, forcing Maria to net a backhand. 30/0. Maria hit a good return, and ran down a dropshot to hit an off-forehand winner. 30/15. Maria went to the net, but hit an off-backhand volley wide. 40/15. Maria ran down a dropshot, but her crosscourt forehand gave Urszula a wide-open court into which to hit a crosscourt backhand winner.

Little Maria serving 0-1: Urszula netted a forehand. 15/0. Maria went to the net, but hit an off-backhand half-volley wide. 15/15. Urszula netted a forehand return. 30/15. Maria sliced a backhand long. 30/30. Urszula's deep crosscourt forehand forced Maria to hit a forehand lob into the side-stand. 30/40 (BP). Maria sprayed a crosscourt backhand very wide.

Urszula serving 2-0: Urszula crosscourt forehand winner. 15/0. Backhand return long and wide. 30/0. Maria netted a backhand on the fourth stroke. 40/0. Maria's off-forehand forced Urszula to earth a backhand. 40/15. Urszula hit a down-the-line backhand winner. Maria looked rather sad.

Little Maria serving 0-3: Maria ran down a dropshot, and hit a crosscourt backhand dropshot-winner. 15/0. Maria netted a backhand on the third stroke. 15/15. Maria hit a defensive backhand lob long. 15/30. Ace down the middle. 30/30. Maria backhand long. 30/40 (BP #1). Serve out wide forced Urszula to net a backhand. Deuce #1. Maria hit another good serve out wide, but put an off-forehand wide. Ad Urszula (BP #2). Maria crosscourt forehand wide.

Urszula serving 4-0: Maria, on the fourth stroke, hit a crosscourt forehand drop-volley winner. 0/15. Urszula netted a cheap backhand on the third stroke. 0/30. Maria twirled around as she hit a sliced backhand; Urszula hit a backhand winner down the line: right on the junction of sideline and baseline! 15/30. Maria's depth forced Urszula to net a backhand. 15/40 (BP #1). Maria dumped a forehand return halfway up the net. 30/40 (BP #2). Maria went to the net, Urszula's lob forced Maria to retreat, but Urszula netted a backhand.

Little Maria serving 1-4: First serve out wide forced Urszula to net a forehand. 15/0. Maria, on the third stroke, hit a crosscourt backhand wide. 15/15. Maria went to the net behind her serve, and hit a half-volley dropshot-winner. 30/15. Serve out wide + crosscourt forehand forced Urszula to net a forehand. 40/15. Maria went to the net behind a down-the-line forehand, and hit a crosscourt forehand volley-winner.

Urszula serving 4-2: Urszula's crosscourt forehand clipped the net and fell wide. 0/15. Urszula blasted a crosscourt backhand wide, shouted "Ula!" and looked upset. 0/30. Maria let Urszula off the hook by dumping a backhand return halfway up the net. 15/30. Service-winner out wide. 30/30. Maria crosscourt backhand wide. 40/30. Urszula forced a short ball, and dispatched it with an off-forehand winner.

Little Maria serving 2-5: Urszula sliced an off-backhand return halfway up the net. 15/0. Maria ran down a dropshot (I love the way she scurries forward) and hit a crosscourt forehand winner. 30/0. Double fault (second serve long). 30/15. Maria went to the net behind a crosscourt forehand, and hit an off-forehand drop-volley winner. 40/15. Urszula netted a backhand.

Urszula may still have had a commanding lead at this point, but it was Maria who had the momentum.

Urszula serving 5-3: Maria's depth forced Urszula to hit a crosscourt backhand wide; Urszula berated herself. 0/15. Maria forehand just long. 15/15. Maria went to the net, but netted a crosscourt backhand drop-volley. 30/15. Maria mishit a forehand very long. 40/15. Ace down the middle was called a let. Maria hit a forehand return very long. Urszula won the first set 6-3 at 17:34 BST (32m).

Little Maria called her coach onto court. Her profile at www.sonyericssonwtatour.com currently lists her father Yuri Kirilenko as her coach, but this guy looked awfully young to be her father!


Second set
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KIRILENKO *__@*____ 3
RADWAŃSKA _*@__*@*@ 6

Little Maria serving 0-0: Urszula forehand long. 15/0. Maria's depth forced Urszula to net a forehand; Urszula threw her racket high and caught it. 30/0. Urszula's forehand return clipped the netcord and dropped dead for a winner. 30/15. Maria went to the net behind a sliced backhand, forcing Urszula to net a backhand. 40/15. Double fault (second serve into the net). 40/30. Urszula netted a forehand, and jumped in frustration.

Urszula serving 0-1: Maria went to the net, but gave Urszula the gap for a crosscourt backhand pass-winner. 15/0. As Urszula defended with a series of deep lobs, Maria hit two forehand smashes and a backhand drop-volley winner. 15/15. Maria hit a crosscourt forehand drive-volley winner. 15/30. Serve out wide: backhand return long. 30/30. Crosscourt forehand return wide. 40/30. Second serve: Maria netted a forehand return.

Little Maria serving 1-1: Double fault (second serve wide). 0/15. Urszula's deep off-backhand forced Maria to earth a forehand. 0/30. Maria forced a short floater, and dispatched it with a forehand smash-winner. 15/30. Urszula's deep forehand forced Maria to net a forehand. 15/40 (BP). Maria went to the net, but netted a horrendous forehand volley off a mildly awkward backhand from Urszula, giving her the break.

Urszula serving 2-1: Maria went to the net, and hit a crosscourt forehand volley + off-forehand volley-winner. 0/15. Maria's deep forehand return forced Urszula to net a forehand; Urszula shouted in Polish. 0/30. First serve: Maria took Urszula by surprise with a short forehand return-winner! 0/40 (BP #1). Urszula's backhand clipped the netcord and dropped dead for a winner. 15/40 (BP #2). Maria broke back with an off-forehand drive-volley winner, and said "c'mon". Urszula questioned a call.

Little Maria serving 2-2: Maria hit a crosscourt backhand drive-volley winner. Urszula shouted in Polish. 15/0. Virtual ace down the middle. Maria shouted in Russian. 30/0. Ace out wide + "c'mon". 40/0. Urszula ran down a dropshot, hit a forehand winner down the line, and said "c'mon". 40/15. Urszula forehand just long.

Little Maria was grunting louder by now, and trying to outshout Urszula! They bumped shoulders at the changeover.

Urszula serving 2-3: Urszula forehand winner down the line. 15/0. Maria, on the run, hit a crosscourt forehand wide. 30/0. Maria mishit a sliced forehand return into the net. 40/0. Maria went to the net behind a crosscourt backhand, forcing Urszula to hit a crosscourt backhand wide. 40/15. Urszula crosscourt forehand winner. 40/30. Maria netted a backhand return.

Little Maria was playing with more fire now than in the first set, but making too many unforced errors.

Little Maria serving 3-3: Maria went to the net behind a down-the-line forehand, but Urszula's down-the-line backhand forced Maria to net a forehand volley. 0/15. Maria hit a backhand just long, and hit the dead ball in frustration. 0/30. Urszula off-forehand just wide. 15/30. Maria off-backhand dropshot just wide. 15/40 (BP #1). Urszula dumped a forehand halfway up the net. 30/40 (BP #2). With both girls at the net, Urszula broke with a high forehand winner that was both a volley and a passing-shot!

Urszula serving 4-3: Maria painted the sideline with an off-backhand return-winner. Urszula muttered in Polish. 0/15. Maria netted a backhand return. 15/15. Service-winner out wide. 30/15. Maria dumped a forehand return into the bottom of the net. 40/15. Maria netted a down-the-line forehand return.

Little Maria serving 3-5: Urszula netted a forehand return. 15/0. Maria went to the net, but Urszula hit a crosscourt forehand pass-winner. 15/15. Urszula hit a forehand smash-winner just inside the baseline. 15/30. Maria sliced a backhand wide. 15/40 (MP #1). First serve down the middle forced Urszula to net a backhand return. 30/40 (MP #2). Maria went to the net, but Urszula finished the match in style with a deep forehand lob-winner. Urszula won 6-3 6-3 at 18:08 BST (second set 34m, match 1h06m).

Urszula's on-court interview: "I like playing on grass. It was my first match on grass this year. It was the first time that I played her, so I'm happy that I won. I was aggressive, and tried to play my best. Agnieszka [her older sister] and I support each other."

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8. First-round eyewitness-report: Rybáriková v Amanmuradova (Monday 8th June 2009)
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+ MAGDALÉNA RYBÁRIKOVÁ [13,EF] d. Akgul Amanmuradova, 6-4 6-4

This was my third time to see Magda play (following the BBC's televisations of the Wimbledon 2006 Girls' Singles final and French Open 2009 second round), but my first time to see her win a match.

When I came off Centre Court immediately after watching Maria Kirilenko lose to Urszula Radwańska, Magda, on Court 2, had set-point at 5-4* (40/30*) in the first set, which she converted when Amanmuradova hit the ball into the net at 18:13 BST.

In the second set, the tall, manly Amanmuradova served big, and went to the net at every opportunity, where her long right arm gives her an advantage.

But Magda had too much class for her: she served very well herself, was much better from the baseline than Amanmuradova, and picked off the net-rusher with some passing-shots and lobs.

Magda has both a two-handed backhand and a one-handed sliced backhand; she used the latter predominantly in this match, keeping the ball low against her tall opponent on the slick, green grass.

Magda's coach (whose name is Ladislav Simon according to www.sonyericssonwtatour.com) was sitting right behind me. He kept shouting to her in Slovak: I kept hearing the words "poďme" ("c'mon") and "agresív". When she won the match, the lucky bustard got to kiss Magda: I'm not just talking about a quick peck, but a full-on lips-to-lips kiss whilst holding hands! (Photo 402). He then fondled her ponytail briefly before they walked off together.

My full report - with a point-by-point description - is on my website:
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/ten...ngham2009.html

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My Eternal Fanship: 1. Monica Seles; 2. Мария Шарапова (‘Maria Sharapova’); 3. Daniela Hantuchová; 4. Jelena Dokić; 5. Iva Majoli; 6. Karina Habšudová; 7. Вера Звонарёва (‘Vera Zvonarëva’); 8. Nicole Vaidišová; 9. Анна Чакветадзе (‘Anna Chakvetadze’); 10. Lucie Šafářová; 11. Ирода Туляганова (‘Iroda Tulyaganova’); 12. Magdaléna Rybáriková; 13. Sabine Lisicki

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Andrew's eyewitness reports & photos for Tuesday

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AEGON CLASSIC (Edgbaston, Birmingham, England; grass; WTA International)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. First-round results
3. First-round eyewitness report: Mirza v Poutchek
4. First-round mini-report: Vögele v Gullickson
5. First-round mini-report: Cetkovská v Foretz
6. First-round mini-report: Shvedova v Scheepers
7. First-round eyewitness report: Broady v Kudryavtseva (Part 1)
8. Maria Kirilenko's practice-session

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1. Photos (Tuesday 9th June 2009)
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Permission to copy my Birmingham photos is granted provided that:
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Please let me know if you do use them on another website.

Tuesday's photos:
http://www.divshare.com/download/7681270-4e8

Maria Kirilenko (60 photos)
Yaroslava Shvedova (52)
Stefanie Vögele (47)
Maria Elena Camerin (43)
Sania Mirza (34)
Petra Cetkovská (32)
Carly Gullickson (16)
Naomi Broady (15)
Tatiana Poutchek (12)
Chanelle Scheepers (7)
Stéphanie Foretz (5)
Lilia Osterloh (3)
Julia Görges (1)

Yaroslava Shvedova: I have precious memories of briefly meeting the tall, gorgeous Yaroslava in our mutual hotel at Birmingham 2008, and of how attractive she also looked on the court back then. She's not quite as delectable now, though I still took plenty of photos for old times' sake!

Stefanie Vögele: young, slim and ultracute, with a beautiful face and sexy legs to boot, she looks better and better with each successive photo in this set. The ones of her standing in front of the wheelie-bins (Photos 085-087) are the best of Tuesday's photos.

Julia Görges: unfortunately I only had time for one photo of the gorgeous Görges (Photo 001), as my priority was to go and watch Sania Mirza, who was starting on Centre Court at the same time. But it's a darn good one!

P.S. "ö" is transliterated as "oe" when writing without diacritical marks ("Vögele" -> "Voegele", "Görges" -> "Goerges").

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2. First-round results (Tuesday 9th June 2009)
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What rocked:
+ Sania Mirza [DF] d. Tatiana Poutchek [Q], 6-1 6-2
+ Stefanie Vögele d. Carly Gullickson [Q], 3-6 6-4 7-5
+ Julia Görges d. Anastasia Rodionova [Q], 6-4 6-2
+ Petra Cetkovská d. Stéphanie Foretz, 7-6 (7/5) 6-3

What sucked:
- Arantxa Parra Santonja [Q,S] lt. MELINDA CZINK [16], 4-6 3-6

Nice winner, nice loser:
+ Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová d. Ayumi Morita [s], 7-5 3-6 6-3

Suspended overnight due to rain:
* Naomi Broady [Q] v Alla Kudryavtseva, 7-5 6-7 (4/7) *4-5
* Yaroslava Shvedova v Chanelle Scheepers [Q], 7-6 (7/5) 6-7 (7/9) 1-3*
* Maria Elena Camerin v Lilia Osterloh [Q], 7-6 (7/4) 4-4*
* ARAVANE REZAÏ [15] v Mariana Duque Marino [Q], 5-4*

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3. First-round eyewitness report: Mirza v Poutchek (Tuesday 9th June 2009)
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+ Sania Mirza [DF] d. Tatiana Poutchek [Q], 6-1 6-2

Sania played extremely well, hitting the ball like a pistol, and with pinpoint accuracy, regularly driving her flairsome groundstrokes deep into the corners to frustrate the pouting Poutchek: one of the most emotionally-expressive players on the Tour.

It was a stark contrast to Sania's listless performance here last year, when she was just coming back from wrist-surgery.

The first set was shaping up to be the most competitive bagel I've ever seen, as Sania went 5-0* up after numerous deuces, including EIGHT at *2-0. Poutchek did get one game, before Sania took the set 6-1 in all of 43 minutes.

The first five games of the second set went against serve, before Sania pulled away from *3-2 to win 6-1 6-2.


First set
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MIRZA *@*@* * 6
POUTC _____* 1

The match was first on Centre Court. Sania won the toss and elected to serve, and the match started at 11:12 BST.

Sania serving 0-0: Poutchek hit a forehand winner that shot through on Sania. 0/15. Sania's deep, low-bouncing off-forehand forced Poutchek to hit a backhand long. 15/15. Poutchek played a good spreading rally, but Sania hit a backhand winner down the line. 30/15. Sania painted the sideline with a crosscourt forehand winner. 40/15. A deep return in Sania's forehand-corner forced her to hit a forehand long and wide. 40/30. Virtual ace out wide.

Poutchek serving 0-1: Backhand return long. 15/0. Sania, driven wide, hit a down-the-line backhand wide. 30/0. Sania's deep forehand return forced Poutchek to hit a backhand lob long. 30/15. A long rally ended with Sania forcing a Poutchek to hit a defensive lob, which Sania dispatched with a crosscourt forehand winner. 30/30. Poutchek played a good spreading rally: Sania netted a forehand. 40/30. Sania ran down a dropshot and hit a forehand winner down the line. Deuce #1. Sania netted an off-backhand return. Ad Poutchek. Double fault (second serve into the net). Deuce #2. Sania netted a backhand return. Ad Poutchek. Sania hit a forehand onto the baseline, forcing Poutchek to net a forehand. Deuce #3. Sania's off-forehand + crosscourt forehand forced Poutchek to hit a forehand long. Ad Sania (BP). Poutchek backhand long.

Sania serving 2-0: Service-winner. 15/0. Double fault (second serve long). 15/15. Serve out wide + crosscourt forehand winner back behind Poutchek. 30/15. Sania crosscourt forehand wide. 30/30. Serve out wide + off-forehand winner. 40/30. Sania, on the third stroke, hit a backhand wide. Deuce #1. Sania, on the fifth stroke, painted the sideline with an off-forehand winner. Ad Sania. Sania forehand just wide. Deuce #2. Serve out wide: Poutchek netted a forehand return. Ad Sania. Double fault (second serve long). Deuce #3. Sania, stretched wide, hit a one-handed backhand long. Ad Poutchek (BP #1). Sania, on the third stroke, hit a crosscourt forehand winner. Deuce #4. Poutchek netted a cheap forehand return. Ad Sania. Sania backhand long. Deuce #5. Sania backhand wide. Ad Poutchek (BP #2). Sania went to the net leaving her forehand-sideline unprotected: Poutchek netted a forehand pass down that line. Deuce #6. Sania netted a forehand. Ad Poutchek (BP #3). Sania ran down a short floater, and hit a forehand volley-winner down Poutchek's forehand-sideline. Deuce #7. Poutchek crosscourt backhand wide (Sania's backhand had hit the sideline earlier in the rally). Ad Sania. She netted a forehand. Deuce #8. Sania off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. Ad Sania. A long rally ended with Sania hitting a crosscourt backhand winner.

The rallies are predominantly crosscourt at the moment.

Poutchek serving 0-3: Sania crosscourt forehand winner. 0/15. Sania netted a forehand return. 15/15. Poutchek netted a forehand. 15/30. Service-winner out wide. 30/30. Sania netted a backhand. 40/30. Sania hit a crosscourt backhand return-winner. Poutchek muttered. Deuce #1. Sania forehand winner down the line. Ad Sania (BP). Sania's deep return forced Poutchek to net a backhand.

Sania serving 4-0: Poutchek netted a forehand. 15/0. Double fault. 15/15. Sania crosscourt backhand winner. 30/15. Sania punished a short ball with a big forehand winner down Poutchek's forehand-sideline. 40/15. First serve out wide forced Poutchek to net a forehand return.

Poutchek serving 0-5: Sania's crosscourt forehand return forced Poutchek to hit a forehand lob long. 0/15. Service-winner out wide. 15/15. Sania played a well-constructed point, opening up the court for a down-the-line forehand volley-winner. 15/30. Poutchek's deep off-forehand forced Sania to hit a backhand long. 30/30. Sania netted a backhand. 40/30. Sania ran down a dropshot and hit a forehand winner down the line; Poutchek screamed! Deuce #1. Sania's crosscourt backhand on the sideline forced Poutchek to hit a crosscourt backhand wide. Ad Sania (BP). Poutchek off-backhand winner down the line. Deuce #2. Sania hit a backhand very long, doubled over and said "ah!" Ad Poutchek. Backhand return long.

Sania serving 5-1: Poutchek was attacked by a bee, and netted a forehand return. 15/0. Sania crosscourt backhand winner. 30/0. Poutchek hit a short-angled crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. 30/15. Poutchek drew Sania to the net and to her backhand-sideline, and hit a backhand winner down the line. 30/30. Sania, driven wide, hit a down-the-line forehand long. 30/40 (BP). Sania's deep crosscourt forehand on the baseline forced Poutchek to earth a forehand. Deuce #1. Poutchek forehand long. Ad Sania (SP #1). Poutchek hit an off-forehand just inside the sideline, forcing Sania to hit a backhand long. Deuce #2. Serve out wide + forehand winner down the line. Ad Sania (SP #2). Poutchek saved it with a crosscourt forehand winner. Deuce #3. Ace down the middle. Ad Sania (SP #3). It was windy. Poutchek, driven wide, netted a forehand. Sania won the first set 6-1 at 11:55 BST (43m).

It had been sunny at the start of the match, but now it was cold and windy.


Second set
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MIRZA @ @ @*@* 6
POUTC _@ @____ 2

Poutchek serving 0-0: Poutchek forehand wide on the third stroke. 0/15. Backhand return long. 15/15. Poutchek sliced a backhand long. It started to drizzle. 15/30. Poutchek backhand winner down the line. 15/40 (BP). Poutchek, on the third stroke, hit a backhand long and wide to get broken. She muttered and hit a ball in frustration.

Sania serving 1-0: Service-winner down the middle. 15/0. Crosscourt forehand return wide. 30/0. Sania forehand long. 30/15. Poutchek off-backhand winner just inside the sideline. 30/30. Sania went to the net, but Poutchek hit a backhand pass-winner down the line. 30/40 (BP). Sania gave the break straight back to Poutchek as she hit a big forehand just long.

It was now quite windy.

Poutchek serving 1-1: Sania forehand just long. 15/0. Poutchek hit an off-backhand wide of the tramlines. 15/15. Poutchek hit a crosscourt backhand wide, and muttered. 15/30. Sania netted a forehand return. 30/30. Sania painted the sideline with a crosscourt forehand winner. 30/40 (BP #1). Sania forehand just long. Deuce #1. Sania mishit an off-backhand return for a winner! Ad Sania (BP #2). Poutchek hit a backhand just long to reinstate Sania's break.

Sania serving 2-1: Double fault (second serve into the net). 0/15. Sania crosscourt backhand wide. 0/30. Sania crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. 15/30. Poutchek crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. 15/40 (BP #1). Forehand return long. 30/40 (BP #2). Sania hit a pinpoint forehand winner down the line. Deuce #1. Serve out wide + crosscourt forehand winner back behind Poutchek. Ad Sania. Double fault (second serve into the net). Deuce #2. Poutchek crosscourt forehand winner. Ad Poutchek (BP #3). Poutchek's crosscourt backhand forced Sania on the run to net a backhand.

Poutchek serving 2-2: Poutchek backhand winner down the line. 15/0. Double fault (second serve long). Poutchek muttered. 15/15. Poutchek hit a crosscourt backhand wide, and said "shoo". 15/30. Sania off-forehand winner. 15/40 (BP #1). Serve out wide + crosscourt backhand winner. 30/40 (BP #2). Poutchek netted a sliced backhand, shouted, and practised the stroke. Five breaks in a row!

Sania called her coach onto court.

Sania serving 3-2: A long rally ended with Sania netting a backhand. 0/15. Poutchek netted a forehand return. 15/15. Sania's down-the-line backhand died away for a winner. 30/15. Double fault (second serve into the net). 30/30. Double fault (second serve just long). Sania groaned. 30/40 (BP #1). Sania crosscourt forehand + forehand winner down the line. Deuce #1. Forehand return very long. Ad Sania. Sania crosscourt forehand wide. Deuce #2. Poutchek hit an off-backhand return-winner. Ad Poutchek (BP #2). Sania saved it with a down-the-line backhand winner. Deuce #3. Poutchek netted a backhand. Ad Sania. Poutchek backhand winner down the line. Deuce #4. Sania crosscourt forehand dropshot-winner. Ad Sania. Poutchek hit a forehand long, and dropped her racket. First hold of the set to Sania!

Poutchek serving 2-4: Double fault (second serve just long). 0/15. Sania dumped a backhand halfway up the net. 15/15. Poutchek off-forehand just wide. 15/30. Ace out wide: on the sideline. 30/30. Poutchek, on the third stroke, hit an off-backhand winner. 40/30. Poutchek netted an off-forehand, and said "woo!" Deuce #1. Sania netted an off-backhand. Ad Poutchek. She dumped a forehand halfway up the net on the third stroke. Deuce #2. Sania off-backhand return + crosscourt backhand winner. Ad Sania (BP). Sania's return clipped the netcord, inducing Poutchek to slice a forehand long, giving Sania the double break.

Sania serving 5-2: Sania's deep forehand forced Poutchek to hit a forehand long. 15/0. Sania forehand long. 15/15. Service-winner out wide. 30/15. Sania netted a forehand. 30/30. Double fault (second serve into the net). 30/40 (BP). Poutchek crosscourt forehand wide. Deuce #1. Sania crosscourt backhand + crosscourt forehand winner onto the sideline. Ad Sania (MP #1). Sania sealed her victory in style with a crosscourt backhand winner just inside the sideline. Sania won 6-1 6-2 at 12:35 BST (second set 40m, match 1h23m).

Sania's on-court interview: "I'm just happy to be back playing after eight months off last year with a bad wrist. I love playing at Birmingham - I get plenty of support. There are so many of us [Indians] all over the world! I'm so happy to be playing, competing, working hard, and winning matches."

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4. First-round mini-report: Vögele v Gullickson (Tuesday 9th June 2009)
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+ Stefanie Vögele d. Carly Gullickson [Q], 3-6 6-4 7-5

When I came off Centre Court after Mirza beat Poutchek, this match was deep in a third set, with Vögele a break down at 3-4*. She won the next two games to lead 5-4*, and had three match-points (15/40 and Ad).

I thought Vögele had blown it when it became *5-5 after those match-points, but she converted her fifth at 6-5*.

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5. First-round mini-report: Cetkovská v Foretz (Tuesday 9th June 2009)
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+ Petra Cetkovská d. Stéphanie Foretz, 7-6 (7/5) 6-3

Foretz couldn't deal with Cetkovská's choppy shots, although the ending was rather protracted as Cetkovská had her first match-point at *5-1 and her second at 5-2*; she was third-time lucky at *5-3.

If you're wondering about Cetkovská's fall (Photo 096), it was nothing serious - she just had to towel down after it.

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6. First-round mini-report: Shvedova v Scheepers (Tuesday 9th June 2009)
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Suspended overnight:
* Yaroslava Shvedova v Chanelle Scheepers [Q], 7-6 (7/5) 6-7 (7/9) 1-3*

I watched the first set of this Court 3 match, but to be honest, it was less than riveting in tennis-terms; I was just concentrating on taking photos of the gorgeous Yaroslava, and of Maria Elena Camerin on Court 4.

After a long, drawn-out first set, I decided to get my lunch as it was already past 15:00 BST, and then I went to Centre Court to watch some of Broady v Kudryavtseva.

When I came back, the second set had gone to a tiebreak, with Yaroslava trailing 2/5. She fought back to 5/5, saved set-point at 5/6, and even had a match-point at 7/6 before losing it 7/9.

I didn't see any of the third set, because Broady v Kudryavtseva was already *3-2 in the third, so I decided to go back to Centre Court, where I stayed until play was rained off for the day.

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7. First-round eyewitness report: Broady v Kudryavtseva (Part 1: Tuesday 9th June 2009)
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Suspended overnight:
* Naomi Broady [Q] v Alla Kudryavtseva, 7-5 6-7 (4/7) *4-5

I didn't watch this match from the start, as Yaroslava Shvedova's match was starting at the same time as Broady's, and I wanted to mix and match between the two equal beauties, starting with Shvedova (because it's much easier to monitor the Centre Court score from Court 3 than vice versa).

After the first set of Shvedova v Scheepers, Broady looked to be heading for a third set at 7-5 *1-3, so I decided to get my lunch at that point (it was already past 15:00 BST).

But I regretted that decision when, after my lunch, Broady was threatening to win the match without another changeover at 7-5 4-3*! So I dashed over to Centre Court, and had to watch from the top of the steps as Broady broke, served for the match at *5-3, and had her first match-point.

But the steward jinxed Broady by saying, "I'll let you on in a minute, when this match is over."

Kudryavtseva broke back for *4-5, and Broady had three more match-points (15/40 and Ad). She was also two points from victory at 6-5* (30/15*), but dropped the second set on a tense tiebreak with spots of rain.

I went off to watch the end of Shvedova's second set, and when I came back, Broady was up a break at *3-2 in the third. Apparently, there had been verbals at the changeovers.

Broady held for 4-2*, but sadly that was the last game she would win, as Kudryavtseva broke back, and was 5-4* up when it was rained off - for the day, as it turned out.


Second set
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Kudryavtseva serving 4-5: Kudryavtseva forehand just long. 0/15. Kudryavtseva crosscourt backhand pass wide. 0/30. Kudryavtseva off-forehand winner. 15/30. Kudryavtseva, driven wide, netted a forehand and threw her racket. 15/40 (Broady MP #2). Broady hit a forehand return long, and smiled. 30/40 (Broady MP #3). Kudryavtseva, on the third stroke, hit an off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. Deuce #1. Broady's deep crosscourt forehand forced Kudryavtseva to hit a forehand halfway up the net. Ad Broady (MP #4). Kudryavtseva's off-forehand forced Broady to net a backhand. Deuce #2. Forehand return long. Ad Kudryavtseva. Broady netted a sliced forehand, and dropped her racket.

Broady serving 5-5: Kudryavtseva forehand long. 15/0. ? 15/15. Broady netted a backhand, and screamed. 15/30. Kudryavtseva crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. 15/40 (BP #1). Broady's depth forced Kudryavtseva to hit a forehand long. 30/40 (BP #2). Forehand return long. Deuce #1. Serve out wide forced Kudryavtseva to net a forehand. Ad Broady. Service-winner down the middle.

It was raining since 15/30 in that game - not sufficiently heavily to suspend play, but enough that I was worried about my notes getting damaged. It's a good job the tournaments I attend are played on grass rather than clay!

Broady called her coach onto court.

Kudryavtseva serving 5-6: Forehand return long. 15/0. Kudryavtseva hit a forehand long, and slapped her thigh three times. 15/15. Kudryavtseva forehand long on the third stroke. 15/30. Kudryavtseva forehand dropshot-winner. 30/30. Serve out wide + crosscourt backhand winner. 40/30. Kudryavtseva netted a forehand on the third stroke. Deuce #1. Broady netted a sliced forehand return. Ad Kudryavtseva. Ace out wide: on the sideline.

6-6 tiebreak (all scores Broady/Kudryavtseva):
{*0/0} Broady ace out wide.
{1/0*} Kudryavtseva serve out wide + crosscourt forehand volley-winner.
{1/1*} Broady backhand wide.
{*1/2} With the light rain still falling, Broady sprayed a down-the-line forehand wide.
{*1/3} Broady ace out wide.
{2/3*} Kudryavtseva hit a down-the-line forehand wide.
{3/3*} Broady netted a forehand return.
{*3/4} Kudryavtseva netted a backhand volley, and screamed.
{*4/4} Broady, driven wide, was forced to hit a forehand that floated wide.
{4/5*} Broady forehand long.
{4/6*: SP #1} Kudryavtseva hit a second serve out wide, inducing Broady to hit a forehand return long. Kudryavtseva won the second set 7-6 (7/4) at 16:02 BST.


Third set
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Broady serving 3-2: Kudryavtseva netted a forehand. 15/0. Broady's depth forced Kudryavtseva to net a forehand. 30/0. Service-winner. 40/0. Kudryavtseva forced a short ball, and dispatched it with a crosscourt forehand winner. 40/15. Kudryavtseva forehand long.

Kudryavtseva serving 2-4: Broady hit a down-the-line forehand return long. 15/0. Backhand return long. 30/0. Broady, on the fourth stroke, hit an off-backhand winner. 30/15. Deep serve down the middle forced Broady to net a forehand return. 40/15. Kudryavtseva backhand winner down the line.

Broady serving 4-3: Broady's depth forced Kudryavtseva to hit a defensive forehand long. 15/0. Broady, driven wide, netted a forehand, and jumped. 15/15. Service-winner down the middle. 30/15. Kudryavtseva's deep crosscourt forehand forced Broady to net a forehand. 30/30. Kudryavtseva crosscourt backhand winner. 30/40 (BP). A deep, hard shot from Kudryavtseva forced Broady to float a defensive backhand long.

Kudryavtseva serving 4-4: Broady forehand long. 15/0. A deep, body-jamming serve forced Broady to net a backhand. 30/0. Service-winner down the middle. 40/0. With the rain coming down heavily now, Broady netted a backhand return. Play was suspended at 16:31 BST.

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8. Maria Kirilenko's practice-session (Tuesday 9th June 2009)
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At 17:00 BST, I found Little Maria practising on the far practice-court, despite play having been suspended half an hour earlier due to light but persistent rain.

It didn't seem to bother Little Maria, though - perhaps because it was very brown behind her baseline. She has beautiful footwork, and also has a clever way of picking up balls by trapping them between the outer side of her right foot and her racket, and flicking them up.

I took some photos through the closed gate, then got bolder and went right up to it, so that I could get my camera-lens into the narrow gap between the gate and the fence. I took loads of photos.

Little Maria did a little strip-tease for me: at 17:06, she took off her tracksuit-top, and at 17:40, she took off her tracksuit-bottoms, and sat cross-legged on a towel!

Her practice-session only ended when the groundstaff told her coach that they had to come off, which they did at 18:01.

I got some nice close-ups of Little Maria as she signed autographs for a few men who were waiting for her on the walkway overlooking the practice-courts, and when someone called out to her, she said "here" in a really cute voice.

I'm tempted to say it was the highlight of my day.

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Andrew's eyewitness reports & photos for Wednesday

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AEGON CLASSIC (Edgbaston, Birmingham, England; grass; WTA International)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. First-round results
3. Second-round results
4. First-round eyewitness report: Broady v Kudryavtseva (Part 2)
5. Second-round eyewitness report: Mirza v Keothavong
6. Second-round eyewitness report: Sharapova v Glatch (Part 1)

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1. Photos (Wednesday 10th June 2009)
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Permission to copy my Birmingham photos is granted provided that:
(a) no money is exchanged;
(b) they are labelled as "Copyright 2009 Andrew Broad".
Please let me know if you do use them on another website.

Wednesday's photos:
http://www.divshare.com/download/7774181-519

Naomi Broady (41 photos)
Sania Mirza (26)
Maria Sharapova (7)
Anne Keothavong (6)
Alla Kudryavtseva (6)
Alexa Glatch (4)

Sania Mirza: I caught some beautiful facial expressions of hers on Wednesday. Photo 53 is the pick of the day.

Maria Sharapova: Oh dear! When Maria walked onto Centre Court, my camera suddenly developed a fault whereby it wouldn't focus at all, despite my frantic attempts at troubleshooting during the warm-up. That's why I took so few photos of Maria on Wednesday, and those I did take are severely blurred. When play was rained off, I bought a new camera so that I could resume normal service on Thursday.

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2. First-round results (Wednesday 10th June 2009)
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What rocked:
+ ARAVANE REZAÏ [15] d. Mariana Duque Marino [Q], 6-4 6-1

What sucked:
- Naomi Broady [Q] lt. Alla Kudryavtseva, 7-5 6-7 (4/7) 4-6
- Yaroslava Shvedova lt. Chanelle Scheepers [Q], 7-6 (7/5) 6-7 (7/9) 3-6
- Maria Elena Camerin lt. Lilia Osterloh [Q], 7-6 (7/4) 5-7 3-6

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3. Second-round results (Wednesday 10th June 2009)
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What rocked:
+ Sania Mirza [DF] d. ANNE KEOTHAVONG [11], 6-1 7-6 (7/5)
+ Stefanie Vögele d. EKATERINA MAKAROVA [6], 6-3 3-6 6-2

What sucked:
- Olga Govortsova lt. ALEKSANDRA WOZNIAK [3], 4-6 4-6

Suspended overnight due to rain:
* Maria Sharapova [EF] v Alexa Glatch, 6-3 5-4* (Ad Glatch)
* Julia Görges v SARA ERRANI [8], 2-0* (30/15*)
* MELINDA CZINK [16] v Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová, 6-2 2-3*
* Urszula Radwańska v Petra Cetkovská, 6-3 4-4*

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4. First-round eyewitness report: Broady v Kudryavtseva (Part 2: Wednesday 10th June 2009)
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- Naomi Broady [Q] lt. Alla Kudryavtseva, 7-5 6-7 (4/7) 4-6

The resumption of this match was first on Centre Court, and started at 11:15 BST, with Broady serving at 4-5 in the third.

It was quite surreal that it finished just four minutes later - sadly with Kudryavtseva beating the "Maria Sharapova lookalike", just as she beat the real Maria at Wimbledon 2008.

Broady hit some great serves, but when she didn't, Kudryavtseva took over the points with her powerful groundstrokes, which were in good nick right from the word "play".

Overall, Broady gave a very good account of herself at Birmingham 2009: in qualifying, and in her first-ever main-draw match on the WTA Tour. She has power, she has beauty, and together with Laura Robson, she just might have what it takes to lead British women's tennis into a new golden era.


Third set
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Broady serving 4-5: Kudryavtseva's deep forehand return forced Broady to net a forehand. 0/15. Deep service-winner out wide. 15/15. Ace down the middle + "c'mon". 30/15. Broady almost hit an ace down the middle, but it was just wide. Despite a brave, deep second serve, Kudryavtseva painted the sideline with an off-forehand winner. 30/30. Ace out wide. 40/30. Broady caught her toss... Kudryavtseva hit a crosscourt forehand winner into the corner. Deuce #1. Kudryavtseva dominated the rally with powerful groundstrokes: Broady hit a backhand long. Ad Kudryavtseva (MP #1). Broady had the upper hand for much of a nailbiting rally, but dumped a forehand halfway up the net. Kudryavtseva won 5-7 7-6 (7/4) 6-4 at 11:19 BST.

Kudryavtseva's on-court interview: "It was very tough yesterday. She started off well - she has a huge serve, and had match-points [in the second set]. I just had a little more experience, and I love playing on grass."

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5. Second-round eyewitness report: Mirza v Keothavong (Wednesday 10th June 2009)
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+ Sania Mirza [DF] d. ANNE KEOTHAVONG [11], 6-1 7-6 (7/5)

In the first set, Sania continued her excellent form from the first round, while Keothavong played very poorly by top-fifty standards, making numerous errors despite not going for her shots, and running around her backhand to hit forehands, leaving a nice gap to her right for Sania to hit a winner into (the last point of the first set being a prime example).

In the second set, Keothavong was much more aggressive, while Sania faded badly: she appeared to be tired, as she wasn't hitting the ball as hard as in the first set, and her footwork was sloppy. Keothavong led 5-1*.

At that point, I thought Sania would be wise to sacrifice the second set and conserve her energy for the third, but she got a second wind and fought hard, while Keothavong tightened up, and Sania saved two set-points at *3-5 (30/40 and Ad). Keothavong played a good service-game at *5-6 to save the match, but Sania was always one step ahead in the tiebreak.


First set
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MIRZA @* *@*@ 6
KEOTH __*____ 1

The match was second on Centre Court, and started at 11:35 BST.

Keothavong serving 0-0: First serve: Sania down-the-line forehand return-winner. 0/15. Double fault (second serve long). 0/30. Keothavong off-forehand just wide. 0/40 (BP #1). A short return gave Keothavong a forehand winner down Sania's forehand-sideline. 15/40 (BP #2). Keothavong, on the third stroke, hit a crosscourt forehand just wide.

Sania serving 1-0: Second serve: forehand return just long. 15/0. Sania hit a forehand very long - off a short ball from Keothavong. 15/15. Sania punished a short return with an error-forcing crosscourt forehand. 30/15. Keothavong hit a crosscourt forehand onto the baseline, forcing Sania to net a forehand. 30/30. Service-winner down the middle. 40/30. Keothavong backhand winner down the line. Deuce #1. Sania's hard, deep forehand forced Keothavong to hit a forehand long. Ad Sania. She hit a forehand just long. Deuce #2. Sania ran down a dropshot, and hit a crosscourt backhand winner onto the sideline. Ad Sania. First serve down the middle - on the service-line - forced Keothavong to net a backhand return.

Keothavong serving 0-2: Sania netted a forehand return. 15/0. Service-winner out wide. 30/0. Double fault (second serve into the net). 30/15. Sania hit a dropshot that drew Keothavong to the net and to her backhand-sideline, opening up the court for a down-the-line backhand pass-winner. 30/30. A good serve forced a short return, which Keothavong dispatched with a crosscourt forehand winner. 40/30. Sania netted a cheap backhand.

Sania serving 2-1: Sania forced a short ball, and dispatched it with an off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. 15/0. Keothavong crosscourt forehand just wide. 30/0. Sania crosscourt backhand wide. 30/15. Keothavong forehand long. 40/15. Keothavong dumped a backhand return halfway up the net.

Keothavong serving 1-3: Sania hit a forehand just inside the baseline, forcing Keothavong to hit a forehand long. 0/15. Double fault (second serve clipped the netcord and fell wide). 0/30. Keothavong netted a forehand on the third stroke. 0/40 (BP). A deep return forced Keothavong to dump a forehand into the bottom of the net. Keothavong threw her racket.

Sania serving 4-1: Keothavong mishit a crosscourt forehand wide. 15/0. Keothavong's depth forced Sania to net a backhand. 15/15. Sania forehand winner down the line. 30/15. Backhand return just long. 40/15. Sania hit a down-the-line backhand wide. 40/30. Sania's off-forehand + crosscourt forehand + down-the-line forehand forced Keothavong to earth a backhand.

Keothavong serving 1-5: Sania hit a deep forehand just inside the baseline, forcing Keothavong to hit a forehand long. 0/15. Double fault (second serve into the net). 0/30. Keothavong was attacked by a bee, but her second serve went unpunished as Sania hit a cheap backhand return long. 15/30. Sania hit an off-forehand return into the corner, forcing Keothavong to hit a backhand long. 15/40 (SP #1). Ace out wide. 30/40 (SP #2). Sania forehand long. Deuce #1. Sania hit a crosscourt backhand winner back behind Keothavong and onto the sideline. Ad Sania (SP #3). Keothavong ran around her backhand to hit a forehand, giving Sania a nice gap to hit a crosscourt forehand winner into the corner. Sania won the first set 6-1 at 12:01 BST (26m).

Sania called her coach onto court.


Second set
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MIRZA *_____*@*@* T 7(7)
KEOTH _*@*@*_____*_ 6(5)

Sania serving 0-0: Double fault (second serve into the net). 0/15. Sania netted a forehand on the third stroke. 0/30. Double fault (second serve long). 0/40 (BP #1). Keothavong backhand very long. 15/40 (BP #2). Keothavong forehand long. 30/40 (BP #3). Sania hit an off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. Deuce #1. Keothavong hit a big forehand return down the line + crosscourt forehand winner. Ad Keothavong (BP #4). Sania's big, deep forehand forced Keothavong to hit a forehand wide. Deuce #2. Sania crosscourt forehand winner. Ad Sania. Keothavong netted a backhand dropshot.

Keothavong serving 0-1: After a chopped forehand return crosscourt, Sania played a good spreading rally, her crosscourt forehand just inside the sideline forcing Keothavong to hit a forehand long. 0/15. A body-jamming serve forced Sania to net a forehand, and to slip. 15/15. Keothavong's depth forced Sania to net a backhand. 30/15. Double fault (second serve into the net). 30/30. Forehand return long. 40/30. Double fault (second serve very long). Keothavong got a code-violation for hitting a ball in anger. Deuce #1. Sania netted a forehand return. Ad Keothavong. Her second serve was called wide but overruled as good, so instead of a double fault, she got another first serve (stupid rule): ace down the middle.

Sania serving 1-1: Sania, on the third stroke, painted the sideline with a crosscourt backhand winner. 15/0. Keothavong hit an aggressive return + crosscourt forehand winner onto the sideline. 15/15. Keothavong netted an off-backhand return. 30/15. Keothavong hit an off-forehand return-winner onto the sideline (it looked wide to me). 30/30. Deep first serve out wide - on the service-line - forced Keothavong to hit a forehand return long. 40/30. A long rally ended with Keothavong's depth forcing Sania to hit a crosscourt forehand wide. Deuce #1. Sania's ball clipped the netcord and fell back on her side. Ad Keothavong (BP #1). Sania saved it with a good spreading rally, her crosscourt forehand volley forcing Keothavong to net a running forehand. Deuce #2. Keothavong hit a crosscourt forehand winner back behind Sania, just inside the baseline. Ad Keothavong (BP #2). Serve out wide + crosscourt forehand winner. Deuce #3. Sania's deep forehand forced Keothavong to earth a forehand. Ad Sania. Double fault (second serve into the net). Deuce #4. Keothavong netted a backhand. Ad Sania. Keothavong hit a crosscourt forehand onto the sideline, forcing Sania to net a forehand. Deuce #5. Crosscourt backhand return-winner. Ad Keothavong (BP #3). Serve out wide + crosscourt forehand forced Keothavong to hit a forehand long. Sania said "c'mon". Deuce #6. Sania netted a forehand. Ad Keothavong. Her depth forced Sania to hit a forehand long, giving Keothavong the break at last.

Keothavong serving 2-1: Keothavong netted a forehand. 0/15. First serve down the middle - on the centre-line - forced Sania to hit a forehand return long. 15/15. Crosscourt forehand return wide. 30/15. Sania off-forehand wide. 40/15. Sania hit a short-angled crosscourt backhand winner just inside the sideline. 40/30. Backhand return long.

Sania serving 1-3: Sania went to the net, but Keothavong hit a crosscourt forehand pass-winner. 0/15. Sania crosscourt forehand wide. 0/30. Sania crosscourt backhand long and wide. 0/40 (BP). Sania netted a forehand on the third stroke.

Sania called her coach onto court - just five games later than she did before.

Keothavong serving 4-1: Sania netted a forehand. 15/0. Sania hit a crosscourt forehand return just inside the sideline, forcing Keothavong to earth a forehand. 15/15. Sania's wide-angled crosscourt backhand forced Keothavong to hit a backhand long. 15/30. Sania chopped a forehand into the net. 30/30. Sania dumped a backhand halfway up the net - sloppy footwork. 40/30. Second serve: Sania blasted a crosscourt backhand return just wide.

Sania serving 1-5: Ace down the middle: on the service-line. Keothavong said, "I didn't see any chalk - did you?" 15/0. Keothavong sliced a forehand long. 30/0. Sania complained when her first serve was called long. Keothavong hit an off-backhand wide. 40/0. Sania hit a big forehand just inside the baseline, forcing Keothavong to hit a forehand long.

At this point, I thought Sania would have been better off sacrificing this set in the next game, so that she could serve first in the third, but Sania had other ideas!

Keothavong serving 5-2: Sania netted a forehand return. 15/0. Keothavong down-the-line backhand just long. 15/15. Keothavong hit a wild off-backhand wide. 15/30. A long rally culminated with Sania hitting a short-angled crosscourt forehand + down-the-line forehand volley-winner. 15/40 (BP). Sania slipped over, but this distracted Keothavong: she netted a crosscourt forehand with the court wide open!

Sania serving 3-5: Sania crosscourt forehand + down-the-line forehand virtual winner. 15/0. Sania backhand long. 15/15. Sania crosscourt forehand winner. 30/15. Keothavong's depth forced Sania to hit a forehand long. Sania groaned loudly. 30/30. A short ball from Keothavong induced Sania to hit a forehand long. 30/40 (SP #1). Sania saved it with a big crosscourt forehand just inside the baseline, forcing Keothavong to net a forehand. Deuce #1. Keothavong hit a crosscourt forehand return into the corner, forcing Sania to earth a forehand. Ad Keothavong (SP #2). Off-forehand return wide. Deuce #2. Sania forced a short ball, and dispatched it with an off-forehand winner. Ad Sania. Keothavong hit a down-the-line forehand into the tramlines.

Keothavong serving 5-4: Forehand return long. 15/0. Quadruple fault! (two second serves just long). 15/30. A deep serve forced Sania to hit a backhand return wide. 30/30. Keothavong hit a sliced backhand quarterway up the net. 30/40 (BP). Sania's depth forced Keothavong to net a forehand.

It was now hot and sunny.

Sania serving 5-5: Keothavong, driven wide, hit a backhand long. 15/0. Keothavong forehand long. 30/0. Keothavong netted a forehand return. 40/0. Keothavong hit a backhand two thirds up the net.

Keothavong serving 5-6: Sania forehand just long. 15/0. Sania forced a short ball, and dispatched it with a crosscourt forehand winner. 15/15. Keothavong's deep, wide backhand forced Sania to net a backhand. 30/15. Deep service-winner down the middle. 40/15. Ace down the middle.

6-6 tiebreak (all scores Mirza/Keothavong):
{*0/0} Sania, on the third stroke, went for a crosscourt forehand winner, but it was just wide. "No, no," she said.
{0/1*} Sania's forehand return clipped the netcord and dropped dead for a winner.
{1/1*} Keothavong serve out wide + crosscourt forehand winner.
{*1/2} Ace out wide: on the sideline.
{*2/2} Keothavong, on the third stroke, hit an off-backhand just wide.
{3/2*} Sania hit a down-the-line backhand return-winner low over the net.
{4/2*} Serve out wide forced Sania to hit a forehand return very long.
{*4/3} Sania hit a crosscourt forehand smash-winner into the corner.
{*5/3} Keothavong's deep forehand return down the line forced a short ball, which she dispatched with a forehand smash-winner.
{5/4*} Keothavong netted a forehand.
{6/4*: MP #1} Sania hit a down-the-line forehand return just wide.
{*6/5: MP #2} On the fourth stroke, Keothavong hit a forehand just long. Sania won 6-1 7-6 (7/5) at 13:03 BST (second set 1h02m, match 1h28m).

Sania's on-court interview: "She played much better in the second set, and I lost my concentration. I'm just happy to come through. I've struggled this year with my singles. I'm happy that the grass is fast!"

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6. Second-round eyewitness report: Sharapova v Glatch (Part 1: Wednesday 10th June 2009)
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Suspended overnight:
* Maria Sharapova [EF] v Alexa Glatch, 6-3 5-4* (Ad Glatch)

It was my first time to see Alexa Glatch play. She has a big serve, and both a sliced backhand and a two-handed backhand - the former seemed predominant in this match. She tried to serve and volley a few times - without success. She had her left knee strapped, and had red marks on her Achilles tendons like she'd danced the night away in a pair of ill-fitting high heels.

In the first set, Maria wasn't at her brilliant best (or maybe I was too busy fretting about my broken camera to fully appreciate her performance), but did enough to win it comfortably 6-3.

In the second set, Maria played brilliantly until she led 4-1* (40/15*), then had another worrying patch of loose errors as she squandered those break-points, and relinquished her break with a couple of double faults.

Glatch levelled up at 4-4*, then the first raindrops appeared, with grey clouds heading our way, and Maria was determined to wrap up a victory before the imminent rain-delay. She played a good service-game to lead 5-4*, but wasted a 0/30 opening and two match-points (30/40 and Ad) before the rain got heavy, forcing play to be suspended - for the day as it turned out - with Glatch at game-point.

My full report - with a point-by-point description - is on my website:
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