Saturday nasdaq report JenCap/Serena
I had to report to the park for my final box seat ushering (which i could give a shit about cause my jenCap was playing!) at 9am this morning. I was totally exhausted from working both the day and night session yesterday. On top of it, when I got home last night I told my partner, Mike, that I was going to get him into the box seats for the final. It is great being a graphic designer and a Photoshop pro. I scanned my ID credential and replaced my picture with Mike's. Then I changed the name to Mike Banks and printed out the new credential on a glossy, thick Epson photo paper.... and viola, a new credential! Mike sat in my box seats all afternoon and got free parking and a shuttle to the park (around a $225 savings...thank you Adobe!!!).
Jennifer and Serena took the court a little before 11am and they both looked marvelous. Jen came out on fire and I swear she only hit about 4 unforced errors in the first set. Listen, you have to see these two play one another in person. it is a whole different experience than TV viewing (duh). They force one another to raise the level of their games. Mike said it was the most amazing thing he has ever seen live, since he was so close up.
I thought, perhaps, Jen cap could make a comeback in the second set when she was down 4-0 (since it was very Aussie Open conditions). When she did come back to 5-4, I felt she had a great chance if she believed in herself. That 5-4 game was really the end of the match. I am not sure how many deuce/ads there were, but it seemed to go on for about 15 mins. When Serena won that game and the second set I knew it was all over. Serena raised her level and Jen was flat in the third. Honestly I think jen needs to approach more off solid groundies and for gods sake make Serena RUN more and hit more ANGLES please!!!
I felt bad for Jen. Funny thing is...whenever I watch Jen/Serena play I always get depressed afterwards (post Wimbledon 2001). Yet, when you watch a wonderful, dramatic match like this in person, AND your faves loses, you simply say, "what an awesome match and Kudos to Serena, better luck next time Jen!" I think it is all the endorphins. Also Tv makes you so seperated from the whole human element.
Anyways, what a f*cking WONDERFUL end to the women's draw. I am so thrilled to have witnessed it up close. I can proudly say I saw each and everyone of Jen's matches and had THE TIME OF MY LIFE!!!!
Plus I got to share it with my partner for free, so I felt like such a sneak (damn the ticket Nazi's!).
As the Agassi match was starting I saw steffi and her mom enter the 200 level players suite, so I immediately ran over to that gate to get a good gander at Miss Graf one last time up close. She looked lovely close up as usual!!
Agassi/Costa was a let down after Jen/Serena. Andre finished the job quickly and I hope he wins tomorrow. I don't feel like going.
I went to the volunteer party afterward (and I am a little buzzed right now....oops!) in hopes of winning the cherished box seats they offered as a raffel prize. Well, it turns out the stinking seats are only for one night (the first thursday, before ANY SEEDED players begin) and when I heard that i promptly bid the tournament adieu.
So long, it was great to share my excitement with you all.
I really did have the time of my life.
(sorry no pics today...volunteers are prohibited from taking pics...blah blah blah!)