it was an awesome day for tennis today in Burnie compared to the last two days. most of the day it was sunny with a bit of a breeze that would sometimes get up stronger, which was weird because Burnie is always
windy!! it wasn't too hot either, which would've been good for the players backing up with 2, 3 or ever 4 matches.
i saw most of the second set with Liv and Arina as well as a few points from the very first game of the match. i thought Arina was going to win, especially after Liv hit a good forehand down the line, came into the net, thought about hitting it out of the air, stopped, stepped back (her trademark style!) then missed the shot (which was still piss easy) long and wide
anyway she somehow won the set 6-0!
the start of the second Liv was making errors which helped Arina get out to a 4-0 lead, which she blew in a combination of losing points and losing her mind. both girls got some terrible line calls, as expected when the chair umpire is making most of the calls, but Arina was copping it worse and was understandably frustrated. i'm not sure how many times you have to say "fuck" in a sentence these days to get a code violation. you always felt like Liv was going to win the second set after she came back from the early deficit, Arina was just always on the edge of exploding. at one of the changes of ends Arina gave the umpire an absolute mouthful about the line calls, "if it lands on the red it is out, for fuck's sake!!" and then finished by saying she wasn't even talking to her... right
Sasha was clearly still affected by her injury layoff, or just having a very bad day. her shots just didn't look very powerful and she wasn't able to move Mon around the court like Mon was doing to her. Sasha looked like she'd changed her serving motion since isaw her play last time, the first serve i saw her hit was a second serve framed into the back fence. Mon was just better the whole time i was watching, she was able to attack Sasha's shots that were sitting up nicely with her top spin. of course it wouldn't be an Adamczak match without some kind of choke at the end, and although she did close it out easily on the scoreboard she was noticably nervous in the final game, playing more passive and missing a few more shots. she hit an ace on one of Sasha's break points, and then won the next two points to close it out.
i only got to see Boj's final set against Savic. Boj looked the better player (obviously, she won the set 6-1 after all) with her consistancy being the main reason why she won. Savic wasn't on top of her game (i hope for her sake it wasn't her best anyway!) and was very erratic missing relatively easy shots on both sides. she had a reasonable serve, but it could be better for someone of her height. i'm not sure how tall she is, but she looked fairly tall compared to some of the other girls. she aced Boj a few times but Boj didn't have too much trouble dealing with it the other times.
while i was watching Boj's match, the only other people around me watching were Jess Moore and another guy. Jess was just a really nice, genuine, down to earth, girl next door (you know, all that kind of stuff) kind of person. i listened to parts of their conversation, he asked her if she'd ever played in the aussie open, and she said she did when she was 17 on Hisense arena against Kuznetsova, he asked how many games she got, she said two, he asked if she was happy when she got a game, she said she was just happy when she won a point
she also plans to travel after the aussie ITFs, maybe to the USA but she said she likes Asia too.
also saw Bella Holland playing a practice set against someone (couldn't quite put my finger on who it was) on a court next to where Rajicic and Sumner were hitting up. anyway i think that's about all... i might go again tomorrow but we'll see what happens!