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.