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Day one is officially in the books--for me at least. And it was a long one. I woke up at 3AM, lol.

At the gates at 9 sharp for day 1 of quals. I'll be back later to write up some in depth notes, but here's a list of what I did today:

Akgul Amanmuradova practice photos and vid
Aravane Rezai practice photos and vids
Zheng Jie practice photos and vid
Svetlana Kuznetsova practice vid
Carolina Garcia v Aranxta Rus match photos and vids
Madison Keys v Olga Govortsova match photos and vids
Amanmuradova v Hsieh match photos
Cornet match photos and vid
Minella match photos and vid
Kudrayavseva v Chan post match photos of Alla with kids sign autos
Aravane Rezai match photos and vids
Marion Bartoli and Lucie Saferova practice
Vania King candids
miscellaneous mystery practice photos
Sania Mirza match photos and vids

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Sounds like you had a great day!! Was so happy Aravane got that much needed win.....you must have brought her luck

Can't wait to read your report about the day - would love to hear about Akgul's practise/match and looking forward to seeing the photos too!!


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Weirdest sighting of the day: Marion Bartoli at Aravane Rezai's match. More on that later.

I filled the hour before the first slate of matches by making rounds of the grounds to see who was out practicing, and found Akgul, Jie, Aravane and Sveta, among others, taking advantage of the cooler conditions this morning.

Garcia and Rus was the first match I watched, and I as this was the first time I have seen Caroline, I was pretty impressed with her. She has "slam winning" shots. Good serve, authoritative groundies, moves the ball around effectively. Whether it ever all comes together is another matter, but her game is big enough. By contrast, Rus, for the 2 sets I stayed, was doing little more than getting it back into play and hoping to draw the error. I guess in the end she drew enough.

Caught bits and pieces of Keys and Govortsova, but what I saw--in the middle of the 3rd set--had no flow whatsoever. Keys wasn't serving well, both players were making tons of errors. At that point, it was anybody's match, and I left to check other matches.

I shot a few photos of Akgul, Cornet and Minella, but did not stay for any of those matches, so cannot weigh in with comments, other than that Akgul did get screwed on one line call I saw. She didn't look too happy, and I can't blame her.

Saw the final set of Chan-Kudrayavtseva. Tightened up after a runaway first set. Alla had lots of crowd support, but Chan was simply steadier. Nothing spectacular, but she had far fewer errors and let Alla self destruct. After the match, a large group of kids ran up to Alla and shouted "Alla we love you!" and she signed autographs for all of them. It was very cute.

Next on court 10 was Rezai v Gallovits-Hall. Aravane played very well. Could have and probably should have been a straight set win but for a few inopportune net cords for Gallovits at critical BP and GPs and a couple costly DFs, and a few bad line calls which cost Aravane a little momentum.

Other than that, she served pretty well, with a huge serve game to go up 5-2 in the 3rd set, with a couple of aces and service winners and massive hitting. The huge crowd was "ooohing" and "ahhing" her shots and it was great to see. She had lots of crowd support, too. Lots of people from the Academy, I think. And many French fans.

She moved pretty well, defended well, and got to Gallovits' drop shots and hit some nice winners on the run, and tons of winners overall, with not a lot of UEs. Thought she played a great match and really thrived on the support of the crowd.

Interestingly, during this match, I turned around early in set 2 and behind me, right behind the bleachers, was Marion Bartoli, dressed in blue. I was stunned to see her there, but quickly smiled and sort of whispered "hi". LOL. No idea why that would mean anything to her, but I said it, not thinking. She kind of mouthed the word "hi" and smiled, and hung around for a few minutes back there with her Dad. Hmm, maybe all of that "cattiness" and "bitchiness" only exists in GM on Tennisforum....

After Aravane won, I found Marion and Lucie Saferova practicing, and Marion was sweating up a storm in the Miami heat.

Then I found Vania King finishing up a practice and drinking her orange juice--such a cute pic!

Last match of the day for me was Mirza v Falconi on the dreaded court 4, which is hotter than hell for spectators in the late afternoon. First set was up and down, many breaks, with Sania dumping her serve a bunch but breaking with impunity. Up 5-1 in the breaker, then to 5-4 before finishing it out, and then steamrolling through set 2. We had a special guest arrive in the stands in the middle of set 1--a sunglasssed Elena Vesnina sat down a few seats over from me, to cheer on her bud, and I just had to point and shoot a photo when I saw her! She looked down at her mobile phone, and the next time I looked over there she had her red cap on, lol. Incommunicado.

End of day 1. Very tired. Vids will have to wait until I get back from Miami, but will try to get photos up to my Flickr ASAP.

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i was there at Arvane match
She played good in the 3rd set
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Day 1 photos : http://www.flickr.com/photos/2830082...7629624163983/

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Thanks for reports.
Any info about JJ?
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Mandy vid & pics!!!!

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So jealous! Thanks for sharing

You didn't see Stefi?

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So jealous! Thanks for sharing

You didn't see Stefi?
Sorry, I didn't. I was at Rezai's and Mirza's matches late yesterday.

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Today was epic.

I think I'm tired. I put in a long day, but it was worth it. In two days, I've filled a 16gb memory card--that's about 1.5 hours of video and roughly 550 photos. Good thing I bought 3 of them this year.

My day started with a Clijsters sighting at 9:30 on court 9. Not a lot of folks around, but she was having a good hit with her coach/hitting partner. During one break, she reached down and put a towel under the head of one member of her team, like a good mom. LOL.

Next I wandered over to court 8 and found Hantuchova starting up, and began filming some video of her, and whaddaya know, a blur crossed my screen from the direction of the court. A second later I heard Caro's voice as she acknowledged an autograph seeker. So if you cheock out the Hantuchova video, the blur is Woz.

Walked over to court 4 and found Serena and Richard and Richard's girl, and stayed for about twenty minutes and got some nice photos and several minutes of video from Serena's practice. Also a coulple of shots of Richard. Serena looked good in her hot pink practice duds. She laughed a bit, but sat facing the corner away from the stands when resting.

Back to court 9 and the IW champ--screaming Vika. Could hear her all the way from Court 4. She was in a testy mood--not to mention a weird, wild print practice outfit--smashing her racquet on the ground a few times while I was there.

Next was the glam practice of the day--Gorgeous Goerges and Flavia Flavia. Will let the photos speak for themselves. Julia hurt her leg her, not sure how badly, but she was holding her lower leg after a shot and Flavia asked her if she was hurt. Afterwards, Julia looked a bit gimpy, but hopefully she'll be OK.

Went to the grandstand for some of Cirstea and Watson, and unfortunately, experienced Kids Day in all its glory. Riversharks, Sandcrabs, Manatees, Gators, ....all there in their matching colored t-shirts and blabbing away constantly. Poor umpire had to say "Please kids, be quiet" and "take your seats" so many times it had to affect the players.

As for the match, long games, tedious points, many errors. Like both, but this style of play drives me nuts. Please, give me winners!

Went to see the last set of Pironkova finish off Martic. Can't say I minded. Tsveti was in another class--hard to say how well she is or isn't playing, but it was well enough to send Martic to the showers. More aces, more winners, and far fewer errors, at least in the set I saw.

Caught Sania Mirza practicing for her afternoon singles, in bright yellow. Also walked right past Marion Bartoli again--this year I'm seeing her coming and going.
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Got some photos and video of Christina McHale practicing, and another shot of Vania King as she was the practice court. Then saw Dominika Cibulkova warming up for her practice. Tried to take a photo through the crowd, and finally managed one as I think her coach noticed me with my camera and said "I think you have a fan", and she turned and smiled.

In the mid afternoon, I finally saw JJ and got some nice shots, along with video, of her practice. What a body! Say what you will about her career trajectory, but she looks incredible in short shorts!

Venus and Richard were out practicing serves, and I got some shots of that--she looked a bit slump shouldered and dejected, but it was hard to tell as she was on a distant court that was hard to see.

The last three matches of the day were huge personal disappointments, and I won't say much because my pride is wounded. Aravane Rezai to Foretz Gacon in straights. She had nice crowd support again--Patrick Moroutoglou and several assistants and his family were in tow, and Aravane looked good in spots, but too many errors today and a few too many DFs. Just not her day. But she will be back. I'm sure of it, and I believe in her now more than ever.

Sania Mirza got the sh*t beaten out of her. She was a real error machine today. Probably averaged 3 errors a game, and in a 17 game match, 50 errors is about right. It was at least that many. The only consolation here is that it was Sloan Stephens' birthday and the crowd sang Happy Birthday to her after the match.

I thought that would be it, but when Sania's match was over, I saw that Tamira Paszek was just starting set 2 against Tatishvilli, having dumped the first 4-6. Went into court 2 grateful for the "bonus coverage".

Unfortunately, Tamira had retire at 3-4 after ing treatment for a back injury. She had taken the lead in the set, but after being broken, after the medical time out,o decided she couldn't go on. A sad end to a disappointing day for my faves.

But I covered a LOT of ground. Hopefully, I was able to get some photos and videos of some of your favorites, too.

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Today was epic.

I think I'm tired. I put in a long day, but it was worth it. In two days, I've filled a 16gb memory card--that's about 1.5 hours of video and roughly 550 photos. Good thing I bought 3 of them this year.

My day started with a Clijsters sighting at 9:30 on court 9. Not a lot of folks around, but she was having a good hit with her coach/hitting partner. During one break, she reached down and put a towel under the head of one member of her team, like a good mom. LOL.

Next I wandered over to court 8 and found Hantuchova starting up, and began filming some video of her, and whaddaya know, a blur crossed my screen from the direction of the court. A second later I heard Caro's voice as she acknowledged an autograph seeker. So if you check out the Hantuchova video, the blur is Woz.

Walked over to court 4 and found Serena and Richard and Richard's girl, and stayed for about twenty minutes and got some nice photos and several minutes of video from Serena's practice. Also a couple of shots of Richard. Serena looked good in her hot pink practice duds. She laughed a bit, but sat facing the corner away from the stands when resting.

Back to court 9 and the IW champ--screaming Vika. Could hear her all the way from Court 4. She was in a testy mood--not to mention a weird, wild print practice outfit--smashing her racquet on the ground a few times while I was there.

Next was the glam practice of the day--Gorgeous Goerges and Flavia Flavia. Will let the photos speak for themselves. Julia hurt her leg her, not sure how badly, but she was holding her lower leg after a shot and Flavia asked her if she was hurt. Afterwards, Julia looked a bit gimpy, but hopefully she'll be OK.

Went to the grandstand for some of Cirstea and Watson, and unfortunately, experienced Kids Day in all its glory. Riversharks, Sandcrabs, Manatees, Gators, ....all there in their matching colored t-shirts and blabbing away constantly. Poor umpire had to say "Please kids, be quiet" and "take your seats" so many times it had to affect the players.

As for the match, long games, tedious points, many errors. Like both, but this style of play drives me nuts. Please, give me winners!

Went to see the last set of Pironkova finish off Martic. Can't say I minded. Tsveti was in another class--hard to say how well she is or isn't playing, but it was well enough to send Martic to the showers. More aces, more winners, and far fewer errors, at least in the set I saw.

Caught Sania Mirza practicing for her afternoon singles, in bright yellow. Also walked right past Marion Bartoli again--this year I'm seeing her coming and going.


Got some photos and video of Christina McHale practicing, and another shot of Vania King as she was the practice court. Then saw Dominika Cibulkova warming up for her practice. Tried to take a photo through the crowd, and finally managed one as I think her coach noticed me with my camera and said "I think you have a fan", and she turned and smiled.

In the mid afternoon, I finally saw JJ and got some nice shots, along with video, of her practice. What a body! Say what you will about her career trajectory, but she looks incredible in short shorts!

Venus and Richard were out practicing serves, and I got some shots of that--she looked a bit slump shouldered and dejected, but it was hard to tell as she was on a distant court that was hard to see.

The last three matches of the day were huge personal disappointments, and I won't say much because my pride is wounded. Aravane Rezai lost to Foretz Gacon in straights. She had nice crowd support again--Patrick Moroutoglou and several assistants and his family were in tow, and Aravane looked good in spots, but too many errors today and a few too many DFs. Just not her day. But she will be back. I'm sure of it, and I believe in her now more than ever.

Sania Mirza got the sh*t beaten out of her. She was a real error machine today. Probably averaged 3 errors a game, and in a 17 game match, 50 errors is about right. It was at least that many. The only consolation here is that it was Sloan Stephens' birthday and the crowd sang Happy Birthday to her after the match.

I thought that would be it, but when Sania's match was over, I saw that Tamira Paszek was just starting set 2 against Tatishvilli, having dumped the first 4-6. Went into court 2 grateful for the "bonus coverage".

Unfortunately, Tamira had to retire at 3-4 after getting treatment for a back injury. She had taken the lead in the set, but after being broken, after the medical time out, she decided she couldn't go on. A sad end to a disappointing day for my faves.

But I covered a LOT of ground. Hopefully, I was able to get some photos and videos of some of your favorites, too.

Heidi El Tabakh Allie Kiick* Monica Puig * Laura Robson * Bernarda Pera *Jovana Jaksic *


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Did you see Mandy today?

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Seeing as there is no coverage, do you think you would be able to take some videos of Venus-Kimiko?


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Great work.
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Amazing reports and pics. Thanks!!
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