i was at hobart all day today, here is my attempt at writing a few "match reports"
jennifer hopkins def lara picone 6-1, 6-1
lara didnt really have anything to hurt jennifer with, her forehand is too western and loopy, and she shanks it alot causing many errors off that side. her backhand and serve were quite good, but still plenty of room for improvement. she looked a bit overwhelmed on court and im sure she didnt play her best tennis today.
natalie grandin def adriana szili 7-5, 1-0 ret.
right from the start, adriana's left thigh was heavily strapped and she was hobbling around a bit in between points, but seemed to move okay during the points. i was far more impressed by adriana than the other 2 aussies. she is a good counterpuncher, and her backhand is a good weapon. she is a bit defensive on her forehand tho. adriana lept out to a 5-1, 30-0 lead on her serve b4 the choking began. she served a DF and made a few stupid errors. grandins game was basically moonball her forehand and slice her backhand, and at the beginning adriana handled it really well. then she got impatient and before i knew it was 5-5 and she called for the trainer. she soon retired down 7-5, 1-0. although she was obviously in discomfort, the injury was no excuse for the losing the first set imo.
martina muller def emily hewson 6-2, 6-3
emily was just blown away pretty much, she has no weapons at all. i was surprised she managed to get the amount of games she did. one thing, she was up 40-0 on her serve some time in the second set, and randomly threw in a few serve and volleys forthe first time in the match, and subsequently lost the game. she could of easily got 4 games in the second set if she continued to play her normal game, which would have been a quite respectable scoreline.
a pretty horrible day, im glad cindy won. hoping to b blown away by kate pinchbeck tomorrow! oh yea and i saw a really good looking tanned blonde chick in the players lounge, just thought it was another european player but looked at her name tag to find it was dani d! shes much better looking than her sister