Was there from sunday until friday night!
My resume: She'd never lost the quarters on CC coz she was the far better player but this awful C1 / no idea why they scheduled a QF on that court?!/ didn't allow anything than serving! Balls bounced like crazy on suface that didn't merit the term "grass" ... and for that reason (and nothing else) she was understandable pissed she had to play there. Decent playing was simply not possible. In the afternoon she practised on much better conditioned c4 and looked great, returning and volleys and all, but this court is not good visible for spectators ... and VIP's area is located at c1...
She's a perfectionist and in great form but if you put players like her and Riske (who is better on grass than her ranking) on a field like that, allows no constructive playing out points, returning, it's a gamble game who wins. Have seen that before when Mona lost to Keyes on it! Riske played well, but she's by far the weaker "player" and it must be frustrating when you realize, circumstances level that gap !
I'm disappointed but can't reproach her having paniced this time. What I've heard from people watching the match's end yesterday she was absolutely right and bad treated in the deciding situation but shit happens and I'm sure she'd already ticked it off - it obv. wasn't supposed to be !
Early heading to the place she loves more than all now! But shame for the big chance to win that title to raise up confidence!
By the way: have seen a lot of bad calls / umpiring last days in brum and esp. on grass good umpires are relevant coz it's harder to repair faults by judgement! When Daniela played Schiavone so many bad decisions where made but Dani (a breack back in second after losing the first) managed it with all her experience, even turned it around but that's easier on this wonderful CC, that allowed long rallies without bad/cracy bouncing balls every second point!
Hope she can win the title today!
Enjoyed the time there a lot but weather (and negative consequences) is and will always be a problem
Sabine was the most supported player there, might be for that reason she loved to prepare there and not in Eastbourne but a pity that didn't help her this year. A guy from brum and big fan of sabine said to me during the riske match (at 6:7) something like "always hard to be a Sabeen fan but ..."