Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Chelmsford, Essex
I watched the semi-finals today (well, 3 of them).
Firstly Ondraskova's win. Sanchez Lorenzo didn't look fired up at all, and hardly ventured off the baseline during the match.
In comparison, Ondraskova showed great mobility around the court, indeed I heard a fellow spectator say "she's lightning quick! one of the fastest players I've seen".
Incidentally, the trainers were on the court three times in total, twice for Ondraskova (for a cut finger!) and once for Sanchez Lorenzo, who then at 3-4 down in the second set, took a time out and returned with strapping around one of her thighs.
I personally find it very hard to see Sanchez Lorenzo ever returning to the top 100, but who knows, I've been wrong before!
Fokina's win against Blahotova had less incident in it, with, the more powerful (both in her serve and her general play) Russian Fokina dominating the match almost throughout (aside from a lapse of concentration in the second set). Blahotova was slightly disappointing and didn't appear to possess any particular weapons
Annoyingly, the LTA now put the two doubles matches on simultaneously, so you can only watch one. I decided to watch the Syssoeva/Mihalache V Yan/Zheng match. It was a complete contrast of styles, with lanky Syssoeva and her partner Mihalache facing the diminutive but more mobile Chinese girls.
I actually thought winning in two sets was slightly unfair on Yan and Zheng, but in the end, the crucial factor for me was Syssoeva's booming serve, which caused Yan and Zheng many problems.