hi, it's me again.
it was a nice evening again, apart from having to sit next to 3 businessmen in grey suits with long faces, never applauding the players. not once.
the hall was packed again for the 2nd swiss player to play in zurich: myriam casanova. her opponent was 13 years older and 13 years more experienced: conchita martinez. I was afraid before the match that myriam would again have lots of trouble with an old-fashioned style like conchita's, and that's exactly what happened. myriam is always so full of energy, there's a real fire burning there. but today she definitely had "young-upstart-syndrome": putting on pressure, pushing, attacking, but over-hitting so often. conchita took all her time (e.g. she was never ready to receive serve when myriam was ready to serve) and stayed cool. actually she was a little bit annoying when serving, because she always had to be given at least 4 balls before she picked one that was "good enough" for her. she also seemed quite harsh to the ballboys and ballgirls. I must say, for some reason she looked bitter. whatever, she was in control of the match and myriam didn't seem to have any game plan and really struggled with conchita's sliced backhands, didn't return well, plus maybe the expectations were too high (especially from myriam herself).
jelena dokic then proved that you can bang bang bang and still be very precise. she doesn't always do it, but she certainly did it today. she was so much the opposite of conchita, totally in a hurry, like the match was some kind of business that she wanted to get over and done with. but that can translate into her game as well, and it did today in a positive way; when iva majoli hit hard and close to the baseline, the ball came back harder and even closer to the baseline. the first set was a one-sided affair, over in 25 minutes, iva never had the time to set up her strokes, she was always a little bit slow. the second set was much closer. both players served well and held service up to 4:4. then iva had a little lapse, got broken and that was that. i must admit, jelena was impressive, with her swooshing sounds and everything.
i stayed for 2 sets of the doubles match as well, because i couldn't see dementieva's match vs. angelika roesch. oops sorry, it was anca barna, or else she wouldn't have reached the 2nd round
and i really wanted to watch this lovely russian girl. the first 5 games were all breaks, everyone was serving horribly. it was mostly jelena's fault that the pairing dementieva/husarova didn't win easily, because everyone picked up their serving (more or less), apart form jelena: so many double faults, really it was quite astonishing to see this tall girl serve so badly. people often say that it's a mental problem, but i thought that it was quite obvious that her serving is also technically inadequate. pick it up, girl! husarova was probably the best player: good lops and some amazing passing shots while zvereva was astonishingly bad when volleying. i had to leave when po and zvereva had won the 2nd set.
ah, before i forget: there's also this on-site-newspaper, and they always have some entertaining information in there. e.g. did you know that conchita martinez speaks german? or that maggie maleeva's favourite movies are "festen" and "magnolia" (she's got good taste, this girl). and there's a really funny picture of jelena bovina's mother margarita, asleep on a bench. i have to scan that sometime for you.
i returned home with gorillaz on my walkman ("I'm happy, I'm feeling glad ...")... oh but then something freaky happened: this woman came up to me on the street and asked me if I knew someone called "jeanette mŁller". i was rather perplexed and said no, why do you ask? and she said: she's my doppelganger, and she's got all my papers. (this one's true, really, it is)
there's some strange people out there...
i say goodnight....