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I Heart the Sony Ericsson Open

OK, so I'm no longer "I Heart So-and-so"....

But I am back from Tuesday at the 2011 SEO. Lots of pics and vids. Saw just about every one of the tennis "centerfolds" today, and got some pics and vids to cover most everybody. About the only one I didn't see that I wanted to was my fave.

Among the matches I saw were Zheng-Cirstea, Oudin-Goerges, Mirza-Voracova and and Lisicki-Czink. The rest of the day I spent wandering the practice courts, and found Pova, Kirilinko, Ivanovic, Azarinka, Radwanska, Cirstea, Zheng, Kvitova, Vesnina, Saferova, Dulko, Safina, Baczinski, Peer, Errani, Jankovic,....

Uploading pics now. Vids will have to wait till I get home due to a slow connection at the hotel. This is my favorite from today:



Regarding the matches:

Zheng/Cirstea: Couldn't really take sides as I like both, UNTIL Sori threw her racquet in the second set from the baseline all the way up to the umpire's chair and nearly hit the ballboy, drawing a code warning and a lecture from the ump. It was deserved. She could have hurt somebody. Not a smart move. She also made some dumb moves with challenges. Don't think she got one all day, and blew through all of them early in each set. The good news for her was that after some early errors she settled down and her serve and forehand were working well, but just not well enough to cope with Jie's tenacious defense. Both girls hit some stinging returns, deep and hard, which created a shitload of breaks in set 2. By the time set 2 started, my buddy from last year showed up--the guy who led all the Zheng Jie cheers, and sure enough, on cue, he started up "Zheng JIE (clap clap clap) Zheng JIE (clap clap clap)"... lol. It was pretty meek, today, in the cavernous grandstand. He was leading it from one end and me and a couple other people were clapping from the other end, lol.

Goerges/Oudin: Bleahhhhh.......Julia must have made 500 errors. Her game regressed from the start of the year. She looked great, but her game stunk, pure and simple. Serve was a struggle, forehand was off the mark. Nothing good to take away from this. Oudin didn't have to do much except yell "cmon!" when Julia missed. The sucky part was that I didn't get to use my great line I was waiting to shout out if Julia would have taken set 2. I was going to shout "Cmon, GORGEOUS!" for all those damn Oudin fans when Julia came out for set 3......

Mirza/Voracova was pretty one-sided. Mirza's game was huge by comparison. Never in trouble. She is sooooooo damn sexy. She has an incredible body. You have to see her up close to appreciate her. Wowzer.

That's all for tonight. Was up at 2AM this morning for the long drive down, got here by 9:15, and am pretty beat. Early day tomorrow!

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Shanks for the report!

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Looks like Safina learned about her opponent in the first round


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Thanks for the reports! Keep them coming!!

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you drove more than 7 hrs

I drove only 1 and a half to IW

GL! Hope you meet Rezai! She passed right in front of me at IW
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Tuesday March 22, 2011 photos are up at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/2830082...7626331736624/.

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hey i will be there too
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thanks! any video for Jie?

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thanks! any video for Jie?

Yes, I got some vice vids of Jie from both practice and the match with Sorana. Will upload when I get back home next week, as the internet here at the hotel is barely better than dial-up. In the meantime, there's some pics in my Flickr photostream.

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Yes, I got some vice vids of Jie....
Mmmmm, interesting typo, get Crockett and Tubbs on the case. Enjoyable reportage though, and I'm looking forward to viewing your pics. Good viewpoint you have, loving the event, and not just your fave players.
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Mmmmm, interesting typo, get Crockett and Tubbs on the case. Enjoyable reportage though, and I'm looking forward to viewing your pics. Good viewpoint you have, loving the event, and not just your fave players.
Good catch. Apropos that it's Miami, too....

Yes, I wanted to try to give everyone a little taste of their favorites if I could reasonably do it. It's hard taking requests, but if I snap photos where I come across players it isn't as much of a burden, and the funny thing is, people here are asking ME "who is that?" around all the practice courts now, lol.....I can't tell an ATP player from a beach bum, but I know most of the WTA players cold now.....

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Good catch. Apropos that it's Miami, too....
Perhaps while Crockett n'Tubbs are in the vicinity they can bust #1 "pusher" Caro.. (No offence intended to the dynamic Dane or her many fans).

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Mirza's game was huge by comparison. Never in trouble. She is sooooooo damn sexy. She has an incredible body. You have to see her up close to appreciate her. Wowzer.
Now this is the sort of quality commentary I like.
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hey A-C, would love to see some pics/vids of K. Zakopalova and I. Benesova, when you see them.
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Cool. You upgraded PVB to Miami? .. Enjoy your time there! #envy

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Thanks..great stuff
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