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¤CharlDa¤ is back in his hometown: Bell Challenge Info!!!

Hey guys!

Ok so I couldn't resist not coming to the Bell Challenge, as this as been the birth place of all my tennis mania I've been spending all week here for the past 12-13 years and couldn't miss a chance to do it again.

So well, bybye school for a few days, and I'm here from Wednesday to Friday, once again doing the interviews for the visitors with the players and just walking around the tournament, watching the matches, hanging out with my girls and their families and taking a bit of a break from the hectiness of my Montreal life.

I'll try to update this thread constantly with news or information about what is going on and the interviews I did.

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So I arrived today, chatted a bit with Val and Becca (who should be getting on court soon) and then headed to my first interview with...(Heath, this is for you): Lilia Osterloh!

What an adorable person. Really a doll, just naturally calm and happy and smily. We chatted a long time before getting in front of the kids, talked about her always being here and me remembering her when I was a ballboy years ago. Chatted about me being a big tennis fan and going around in tournies, friend of Steph, she said she even visited my website (Steph's official, www.stephaniedubois.net, time for some publicity ).

Then the kids asked her questions, she was very patient and very nice with them. She mentionned she plans on playing a few more years if she can stay healthy, that she likes coming here a lot (and has been here around 10 times in her career), about her success in GS in 2000, her win against Pierce, etc. Overall a very nice time.

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Melinda just managed to close out Severine. Severine was coming back and I think Melinda got scared, as she was 5-1 up and Severine had a bp for 4-5 to come back on serve.

Melinda was returning really really well, hitting the balls really deep and moving Severine around. Sev tried to vary things up and slice, volley, etc but Melinda was just too solid.

Hopefully she won't be as solid later today in doubles

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Rebecca is next up, while the doubles on court 1 just started. I'll go check it out for a while, cheer for Becca who I think had such a great opportunity to reach quarters or more. Julia won't be easy, but this surface fits Rebecca so perfectly, her serve just goes through the court and the amount of aces she can produce is amazing.

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Fun to read, keep up the good work

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I'll see you there

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Ok sorry for the lack of updates, I was down there enjoying the action.

Here are a few things I remember:

- Julia G played pretty well, first time I had seen her live and she was on today. Rebecca could just not do anything with Julia's serves, and while Marino's serve is amazing, it wasn't enough to keep her in the match. Julia should get through that decimated section.

- Marie-Eve and Laura did the comeback of the day. They were down 5-9 and then 9-10 in the supertiebreak and came back to win 12-10. Nice effort from them and its great to see Marie-Eve in the second round in doubles, good points for her.

- Jill started crying after her loss today. Not sure what happened there, maybe she knew it was her last time playing in Quebec City (she has played here since 98 or sthing). It was quite sad.

- Rebecca and Steph did decent in the first set, but Melinda and Nath just knew what to do when it counted. Take Steph's less hard shots and just whack them at Rebecca at the net. Rebecca has a great serve and just that makes her a good partner, she is solid from the ground, but she still looks a bit awkward volleying and moving around. Steph played a decent match but just lacked a bit of firepower in some key moments. Turning point: they broke right away in the second, had a 40-0 lead on Becca's serve, but ended up losing the game. They didn't win a game after that.

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- What a lovely team Sofia and Severine make. Two players who enjoy the tournament here, have been regulars and they just played so well today to beat Lucie and Ulihrova. Some awesome shotmaking by Sev and perfect groundies by Sofia. Watch out for them in the draw.

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Jill crying!? Omg what happened?

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lilia

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To be honest, the vibe I got from Jill was the felt disappointed not to do better when she had a chance in possibly her last tournament here. But I could be wrong, maybe she was just disappointed cause she lost, but I had never seen her like this over the years.

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To be honest, the vibe I got from Jill was the felt disappointed not to do better when she had a chance in possibly her last tournament here. But I could be wrong, maybe she was just disappointed cause she lost, but I had never seen her like this over the years.
so heartbreaking,
she does get a lot of chances and never seems to convert, so i could see why she would be beaten up about it

any report on lilia, playing wise?
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How did the Pelletier match go? Like how did they do they big comeback? Who's work was it Pelletier or Granville? How is Pelletier as a doubles player? THANKS!
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Marie-Eve has turned into a good doubles player, her serve is now quite a weapon, she moves well on the court, very motivated too. Her backhand is still top notch so she can return well from the left side. Her forehand is attackable though.

From what I have seen of their comeback, it was a lot of factors: more errors from Perry and Adamczack, some nice solid groundies by Laura which set up some volleys by Marie-Eve, but mostly more variation with lobs, etc. Perry and Monique were both concentrating on simpler doubles with big serves and big volleys and thus when it stopped working, Marie and Laura could take their chances.

Sorry, I haven't seen Lilia play yet in singles, but will today if I get a chance. I'll give you some news

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