Today was a great day at the gong..
I thought i was gonna arrive late thanks to two of my mates whom both stalled me 30 mins..so i sped thru a fair amount of traffic en route to the fairly crowded stadium(biggest crowd in fed cup history within Australia)!!
Anyway, Evie was up first against Miriam Oremans...and judging by the first service game it was invariably gonna be a struggle for Evie as Miriam had 3 volley winners as she served and volleyed with confidence. Evie went down 15-40 in the next game before struggling to hold at 1-1. So far in to the match it was Oremans making the play and she went firing on all cylinders. Although Evie managed to break Oremans for a 2-1 lead, she surrendered this lead due to inexperience and this showed at 4-4 in the first set when Oremans broke Evie to serve for the set.
The first set was of good quality and was very close, but Oremans was just barely able to sneak away with it 6-4 due to being the more adventurous player and moving in to the net and playing stunning volleys. She also played strategically better as she kept the traffic going to Evies backhand side.
Evie was robbed in the second set of leading 3-1 with a break. There was a controversially late overrule by the umpire and even Evie herself had changed ends believing she went up 3-1. Evie ended up being broken for 2-2 and Miriam ran away with the second set displaying poise and determination to put up her country 1-0.
Alicia won her match 1-6 6-2 10-8 with a nail bitting finish. Alicia's game was very volatile today and it was surpsingly good to see her come back after losing the first set 1-6 in short time period. Alicia just wasn't able to play her normal game and didnt look confident. The crowd helped her, but so did Kristie who wasn't able to maintain her form from set1 where she was hitting the ball very explosively.
Good effort from both girls.
Tommorow Molik will try to put the team up 2-1 when she takes on Oremans(revenge)?
and Evie will play Boogert later in the day. Good luck to both, and i hope Alicia can get through her match tommorow and take some pressure off Evie.
i dont have time right now for much more...but will update the thread tommorow! GO EVIE