Ok, let's try this again!
I started off the day watching the second set of Daniiilidou/Shaughnessy. I guess theoritically it was an upset, but I wasn't surprised Meghann won. She's playing much better than the last time I saw her in August at Acura. It wasn't the prettiest match, but each had their moments. Eleni needs to work on that second serve big time. Meghan won 75% of the points on Eleni's second serve. Not good enough for someone trying to break into the top 10. Meghann was pretty solid, but most of the match she was too defensive. Even when she wasn't playing last year, Meghann still had confidence exuding from her, but she seemed a bit lost at times in this match. Eleni's movement is still VERY suspect. My funniest moment of the match was waiting to get in on a changeover and two ladies were going on about how Daniilidou was German, cuz it said GR after her name on the draw. They actually were surprised when I told them she was Greek. Go figure!
I snuck over to stadium 2 for a few games of Kuznetsova and Zvonareva, but I had to leave on the very next changeover. REALLY ugly tennis. I had heard so much about these girls as the
young guns coming up, but I was not impressed at all. Hopefully it was a bad day for both of them. Rallies with the ball 4-5 feet above the net is just not my kind of tennis.
Went back to the main stadium for Lindsay and Elena L. Elena has been suffering from Achilles tendinitis and she flexed that foot many times during the match. She must not have been too hurt though, because she later played and won her doubles match with Cara Black. Anyways, too many errors from Elena. Lindsay was playing some stinky tennis the first few games, but Elena didn't take advantage. LD was pretty flat, but she won the first set pretty easily and then apparently steamrolled through the second (which I did not stay for). LD's mom and her sisters were there at both her matches, but no sign of Jon.
I had lunch after that match. Along came Dinara Safina and Anastasia Myskina along with Safina's mom as well as a friend and sat next to me. They were chatting quite animated, but my Russian doesn't extend past nyet, so who knows what was so exciing. Myskina had her cute orange shorts with the belt and matching bright orange flip flops. Not quite match approriate, but a nice touch nonetheless
Passing through the dining area were Henman and Lapennti (fresh off their modeling turns in the MB fashion show). Damn, Nico is hot. Sorry, just had to get that out of the way....whew, better now. Rossana NDLR and her cutie pie daughter were all over the place again. Enqvist was chatting up some photographers, not me
. He really needs to highlight his hair again. Not that there isn't TOO peroxide floating around the ATP. I honestly think they make some of the guys who lose get gosh-awful highlights as a punishment......but I digress. I noticed a pressure change in the atmosphere and here comes Andre and Gil whooshing through the patio on his way to practice, where he was joined by about 500 of his closest friends climbing fences, leaning over balconies, peeking through fences. It's not pretty people...grown adults making fools of themselves to try and sneak a look at Dre...with a shirt on no less as well as that ridiculous white cap he insists on wearing to kept his dome from blistering. Kim C. came wandering in clutching her cell phone like Prince Charming would call from Scottsdale at any moment
She snagged a tray of food and raced back to the player's area to await her love connection.
Practice-wise, Daniela was out there for two hours with Nigel....in a sports bra (Dani, not Nigel!). Scary stuff, folks. I still stick my thought that looks pretty healthy and obviously has some good stamina, so I hope she is okay (more on that in Sunday's report).
Dokic and Petrova were out on the courts before their dubs. Speed Racer and Heinz were there with Jelena.
Goran was hitting with Chang (why, I'm not sure). Chang is having some big ceremony on Monday night for his last appearance here (yawn.) Goran has a sissy haircut (think Little Lord Fauntleroy) and is clean shaven. I prefer the Jesus look he had going a few years ago
Safin was out again, SANS SHIRT, for 2 or 3 sessions of practice. He hit with Guga once. He and Guga seem to be vying for the newly coined title of "Practice Ho", but I think Guga won it hands down for the second day in a row. Juan Carlos was out again, no pun intended, again with a dang shirt on. Wassup with that? Younes El Aynaoui was again a big draw on the practice courts.
Krajicek and Sjeng Schalken were keeping Dutch pride alive on one of the main courts. Cecil Mammet was hitting before his match (damn fine body for such a lil guy).
Also warming up was JCap and her bro. She had her sunglasses on, but if you ask me they look a bit like safety glasses. I kept expecting her to pick up a blow torch or some other power tool
Back to the matches:
Saw Jennifer take on Chladkova later on. Seriously, does anyone know if Denisa voluntarily does that to her hair or is it some form of punishment for losing matches...cuz that is just stone cold ugly.
Jennifer played a WONDERFUL match...very impressive. You know how the lately she had been hitting defensive shots when she was on the run....like just barely getting to the ball?? Well, she's back to hitting her trademark screaming crosscourt forehands on the run. She was playing a lot more offensively than I have seen her play in a LONG time. Coming to the net to end points, hitting winners all over the place. She had 4 DFs, but one was clearly not out (to me and a bunch of people who whistled at the call) and one came right after Dennis Overrule gave Denisa a game when he overruled on one point that was initially called out and then let an ace stand that was so far out you could see the mark. She got ticked, but then let it go after that first DF. Jen ended the match at the net with a nice crisp nasty angle volley..very impressive. And she looked purty in pink too
Next up was Mauresmo and Tammy T. Tammy really had her chances, but neither player was very consistent. One game in the third set had like nine deuces, no lie. Of course this would be the one I was waiting to end so I could get into the match. Never fails....never a love game when you're waiting to leave or enter a match, lol. Anyways, Mauresmo was moving fine....seemed to have no problem with the knee. Her serve was another story. Very erratic. She had like 16 DFs. That alone should have helped Tammy, but she couldn't stay consistent enough. Too many dips in play. Tammy has really nice shots...I'm not sure what it is she needs to make that next step.....maybe her lack of court coverage is her biggest liability. She hands the power fine, but she can't get to all the shots. That said, she remains one of my favorite players on the tour because she is so dang nice
She stopped on the way off court and signed autographs for the kids.
Funniest thing heard about this match - these ladies from Portland on a Mom's getaway were entertaining me during the marathon nine-deuce game and one of them said that due to current events oddly enough she was all about supporting the British and Spanish players this week. She wanted to talk to Amelie about her political concerns before she could support a French player. Sorry, that just cracked me up. Funny ladies
Saw the first set of the Dav/Raymond vs. Myskina/Safina match. Extremely entertaining match to say the least. It was a lot closer than the score suggests. A few times the players had rallies where the ball wouldn't touch the court for like 10 hits, rapid-fire vollleys. Really fine dubs by all four players. I did heard later than after the match Davenport signed autographs for like 20 kids while Lisa refused to and left the court. Wassup with that? Lisa, be happy they WANT your autograph!
ok, that's it for Saturday. Now, on to Sunday!