Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Chelmsford, Essex
I watched all today's matches in Tipton.
The doubles results were
Tessy Van De Ven & Suzanne Van Hartingsveldt (NED*2)
BT Leslie Butkiewicz & Patty Van Acker (BEL*2) 6-3, 0-6, 6-4
This was a highly impressive win when you consider their respective singles rankings (the Belgians being in the mid 300s,
whilst the higher of the two Dutch girls Van De Ven, is about 670)
Zi Yan & Jie Zheng (CHN*2) BT Anna Hawkins & Jane O'Donoghue
3-6, 6-2, 6-1
It took the Chinese girls rather a long time to get into their stride, but once they did, they looked inevitable winners.
Concerning the singles matches, like last week N.N Liu thoroughly outclassed Patty Van Acker. Although straight sets, the other match could have easily gone either way. Sofia Arvidsson shouldn't be disappointed with her performance.
Meanwhile, I'm sure Ekaterina will be ecstatic at getting through to this final, and she has a chance of beating N.N Liu, especially if her serve is as powerful as it was at times today.