Match #1 Olga Def Bovina - Firstly let me clarify that the conditions today were terrible and it all started with very hot, muggy conditions during the first match which im sure couldve adversely affected performance.
Anyway, from the start it was clear Bovina was not herself, UE were climbing, she was not aggressive enough and it was surprisngly Olga that had more winners, and her serve was off. A total diferent olga to the one who played Anastasia and caused an upset. I met Sam_l after the 5th game outside show court1 as we planned and he stayed with me and my m8.
We watched the first set till 7-6...to summarize it was a set Olga shouldve won easier but she failed to convert alot of early chances to break Bovinas serve. Olga's bh down the line was her best shot and she hit about half a dozen clean winners with it. She was also the one using the net to add pressure to Bovinas erratic display of groundies. It was good to hear them announce the next match on Show court 1 shortly after we left cos i knew Olga mustve won set2 easily
....she will make the semis IMO in current form.
Match #2 - Chanda def Alex 6-1 and ?? I only saw the first set. Alex said to herself something like "cant you get the ball in?" and it was not a good display from her. She made tonnes of unnecessary UE, whilst Chanda played well and used the whole court before unloading some bh winners. Good tennis by Chanda.
I said 'goooo chanda go' just after she clinched the first set but it wasnt like she needed encouragement...and so i hit the practice courts to look for Martina.N but no sign
Other than those listed above i didnt see much more than a few games of each other match, and wandered around alot to different courts and the practice area but no Martina
. Still sam_l was glad to see Daniella thanks to me :P cos he didntknow there were practice courts located next to court#2, and she trained in the rain and intense wind
...this little boy who was stalkingthe players (cos every time i went to that area he was there ) told me he approached HANTUCHOVA and that she told him to go away and all he wanted to do was watch her train!! Well the kid was a bit freaky and i made it known
i looked at him and said in a mocking tone "u STILL here?" and we had a long convo during which he told me that Sam and myself had just missed MARTINA!!
...i wanted to takea pic with her and sam_l if she was in a good mood, or atleast wish her luck in Aus open, or even just see her in the flesh but oh well...maybe tommorow!
FUNNY things that happened today were; Elena Dementieva threw her toss up to serveand the wind was TERRIBLE, the worst ive seen, and her ball toss landed a few metres behind her...and anothertime she was forced to hit her serve falling backward and it was about 70 km/h !!sam laughed and said "looks like my serve" to which i agreed
but then added it looked like my first serve, all spin and not much speed
! I ALSO forced sam to taKE A PHOTO with MARAT safin (well, a card board version of him ) sam is such a fan and he couldnt let such an opportunity slip...u see theres these cut outs of him and anna next to each other promoting adidas but it has annas head cut-off so u can take pics of urself with marat but with annas body
it was gonna be my last day today...but i just got a call 15 mins ago that my friend who promised me free corp. tickets as he knows a sponsor said he had tix for me for the rest of the week...so ill go tommorow, enjoy the action and hopefully get to go see Martina practice cos it will be my last chance.
GO OLGA TOMMOROW AND DANI.H
...ill hopefuly see both on day schedule! Ill post a few pics maybe later or tommorow