Re: GMT Magazine - January 2009 Edition
AO Round Up
Patch's take on the fortnights action.
Twenty Seven Graphics Makers entered the first grand slam of the year, but only one would be celebrating at the end of it all. Here's how the fortinights action panned out.
First round action saw eleven matches get underway, with the five highest ranked seeds all receiving byes. The three lower seeds closed out two wins. Sixth seed Medina got action underway on Rod Laver as the home favourite managed to dispatch of Jovana in two tight sets. Patch, the seventh seed, found things a little easier as his opponent struggled in the Aussie heat, taking just one game of the Britain. However eight seed, Bartosz failed to keep up the perfect record for the seeds, as he went down in three to one of the newcomers, Terovic. The Spaniard who is new to the tour look a little out of her depth in the first set, but rallied home to sneak through, 6-4 in the third. The heat soared to new temperatures for the remaining matches as Esther and Zvonarevarulz both seemed to struggle with the conditions, losing in straight sets to Kai and Shafanovic respectively. Both Pka_liloo and Kiridina were made to work hard for their wins but the Russian booked a place against former grand slam champ Andreas after coming from a set behind to defeat Artur and Kiridina battled hard to become the second Spaniard through, defeating his Georgian opponent, Gigi. In the battle of the newcomers, Leen and Louisa went the distance to, with Leen getting that chance to play Poiree in the second round, bagelling the Aussie in the third. In one of the most anticipated of the first matches M17 faced Heart. Both showed promise in the offseason, but Hearts experience on the circuit earned her a popular straight sets victory. 5ean and :iine, were the final two victors, both also posting straight set wins over their repsective opponents.
Patch’s favourite graphic of the first round - :iines free.
Sixteen Graphic Makers made it into the second round, but the action started with disappointment. News spread through that third seed Maryamator had decided not to make the journey Down Under, troubled by an elbow injury, to allow the UK's 5ean through as the first maker into the quarters. Some seeds posted relatively straight forward victories. The pressure seemed to get to newcomer Leen, who fell to favourite for the title Poiree. Fifth seed Niya showed why she is a force to be reckoned with as she conceded just one game into the quarters. It was then though that the seeded wins stopped, as all other seeds fell to their opponents. Kiridina showed some of the Spanish fighting spirit to come from 0-4 down in the third to rally past Patch, fourth seed Andreas let the pressure get to him as he managed to win no games in the final two sets against Pka_liloo and Sixth seed Medina left Rod Laver defeated despite giving it his all against one of the most promising newcomers, who had just two much in the end for the aussie. The only non seeded match of the second set also went to three as Terovic backed up his great win the round before by dispatching of Argentine Kai. But seen by most as the match of the second round was Heart vs. Second seed, Droolv. Droolv came in the form of his life and looked destined for a quarter final berths after taking the first. However, Heart did not let Droolv’s home crowd dishearten her, as she battled through the second and snatched the third 7-5. She joined Poiree, Niya and the rest in the Quarters.
Hearts banner was Patch’s favourite graphic of the second round.
Quarter Final action started with Poiree looking back to her dominant best. Kiridina, feeling the effects of his huge battle in the second round, never settled into his rhythm as Poiree posted a double bagel to firmly stamp her authority as the favourite. Next up on Rod Laver was Niya vs. Pka_liloo and it was obvious from the get go the Estonian was hoping to do the same. Conceding just one game in the first set, she looked on her way to the semis before the unseeded Russian displayed great mental strength to produce one of the best tournarounds of the week, winning through in three. Heart started her quarter in the same fashion as Poiree and Niya and sustained it, repeating her first round score and booking a place in the semis too, downing Terovic, who had been competing in her first quarter final on the tour. The final quarter though, 5ean vs. :iine, never got going, as :iine fell foul to the graphic makers elbow, an injury that seems to be plaguing some of the best on tour.
Poiree’s take on the ‘best dressed WTA player at the AO’ was Patch’s favourite of the Quarters.
The final four became two after the semi final action was completed and unfortunately, the Aussie crowd never got to see the marathon match they wanted. Poiree, the lone seed in the semis, looked to have it all her own way again, before Pka_liloo rallied back to take into a third. However, nothing came of her fight back as the Serbian booked a place in yet another final. As impressive as it was, it was nothing compared to Hearts drubbing of 5ean, losing no games, as the Briton who hadn’t played since the first round seemed rusty. However, he did come up with this free graphic that I still see as the best of the tournament.
5eans’ free of Verdascos upset was not only Patch’s graphic of the round, but of the tournament.
So roll on the final. Poiree vs. Heart. Both competing for glory but only one was to have the standing ovation inside Rod Laver Arena, holding the trophy in the knowledge they are the Aussie Open Champion. And that graphics maker was to be Poiree. The Serbian, first seed, took a while to get going, but rallied back strongly to lead 06 63 63. Heart who had certainly won a few fans over the week, called the trainer, complaing of the Graphics Elbow and it was to be her downfall, as it was time for her to concede defeat and gift the world number on the first grand slam of the year.
Another great Graphic that helped Poiree storm to title
So Poiree sits pretty at the top of the ranks right now, but for how long? The Australian Open had promising results from nearly everyone and many graphic makers look capable of taking titles home with them in future. But who will be next to stand on top of the podium? Roll on Dubai...
Last edited by Poiree; Feb 13th, 2009 at 11:30 PM.