Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Chelmsford, Essex
Zuzana Ondraskova (CZE) beat Maret Ani (EST) 6-3, 6-2.
However that does not tell the whole story, as Ani actually led 3-1 in the first set. After the first four games, things looked promising for Ani to beat the on-form Czech (who, still had strapping on, which I mentioned in my reports on the Redbridge tournament last week).
Then, for no discernable reason, Ani's game collapsed. Notably her first serve % became very poor. Really Ani lost the match more than Ondraskova winning it.
I was disappointed in Claudine Schaul. She let a few close line calls which went against her really affect her game. You've just got to get on with the match.
I actually believe Schaul is the better player, but Zaric kept her cool much better.
The first doubles score was:
Elena Baltacha (GB)/ Anna Zarska (POL) LOST TO Maret Ani (EST)/
Galina Fokina 3-6, 4-6
Incidentally I hardly recognised Baltacha who had grown her hair considerably longer than when I last saw her play! It was good to see that Ani's disappointing performance in the singles didn't affect her doubles performance. Galina Fokina herself performed very well, and the pair's cheerful spirit during the whole match, showed they were clearly enjoyed their win!
I didn't stay to the end of the second doubles match (as I had to catch a train), but the score when I left was:
Sylvia Plischke (AUT)/ Dragana Zaric (YUG) V Zi Yan (CHN)/ Jie Zheng (CHN) 0-6, 6-2, 3-3.
It's very impressive of Yan and Zheng to take a set off the top seeded doubles players. Indeed Zaric made last year's doubles quarterfinals at Wimbledon with Matezvic