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!