Continuing the two year tradition (
) I'm posting reports from the Kremlin Cup (illustrations to come later). Didn't go there on Monday and Tuesday, so no reports and pictures for these days. I'll be posting them gradually, as they take a while to write (I'm slow), so they'll be posted a few days later than the day that is reported.
I arrived there rather early, the first people I saw were Marlene Weingartner walking out of the locker room and Sylvia Farina-Elia going in (the locker room is just close to the entrance, it's not that I was spying
After walking around checking the schedule and the draws, I sat at Court 3, where a friend of mine Alexandr Sikanov was to play
Sasha won the first set easily and it seemed like an easy match, but no, it went to the third, he was down 1-4 but managed to come back and win the match in the tie-break. He should have won the match in the second, he had a big advantage (a break and break points), but then just fell apart, as he told me afterwards he got scared.
After his match I went to Court 2 where Tina Pisnik
, whom I really like, was to play against Vanessa henke. Tina was down 2-5 in the first set, tied the match to make it 5-5, but then lost her serve and the set rather easily, without fighting. She found her game in the second, played really smart, clever tennis. Won the next two sets rather easily. There was nothing Vanessa could do, she started to, more or less, read Tina's game by the end of the match, when it was too late...
Fabiola Zuluaga crashed her opponent, the very small in size Yuliana Fedak, who had nothing to offer against Fabiola's power.
Saw Lina's brother Alexander Krasnorutsky play. For his age, he's incredibly good, much brighter than most other young Russians I saw. Lina was there supporting him...
Another friend of mine, Vladimir Melnikov, also won his match without playing well though
The players I saw just walking around: Kafelnikov, Tulyaganova, Labadze, Douchevina, Davydenko, Safin, Schalken, Safina, C. Black , W.Black, Chela...