My Days At The Tournament...
I went Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday and had a few interesting observations I figured I would share.
Elena Dementieva's serve was not the worst or bad at all. Her first serves were consistantly breaking 100mph and her second serves were in the low to mid 80's.
Anastasia Myskina frequently used change ups. She would serve a 70mph first serve one point, and then a 100+mph serve the next. As far as I noticed, it worked every single time. Not just Friday against Sugi and Saturday versus Capriati, but Thursday with Justine as well who according to the people next to me was getting quite frustrated with it.
Amelie is incredible at the net. She wins almost every single point that she serves and volleys or follows into the net with.
Myskina and Ruben had spotty success at the net. Sometimes on fire, other times really making themselves and the spectators cringe in disbelief. Ruben didn't do well at the net Wednesday but did good Saturday. Myskina really blew some Saturday during crucial games late in the third. At one point i think she missed three in a row on very short very high returns.
Amelie has this huge scar or vein below her right knee.
Ai is deffinately very sweet and took the time for adoring fans.
Kim after her wins stayed to sign every single persons autograph that stayed for it. When I told her thank you, she told me thank you right back! Also when the ball boys fumble a ball or are lagging a little bit, she is very nice and giggles or smiles to make them feel a lot more at ease, where as a few of the other players get rather pissy.
Vera and Nadia were there the first night. I didn't see Nadia Friday or Saturday, but Vera was there to watch the matches. On saturday, Svetlana made a quick appearance. Granted, they werent announced as being there, but if you were sitting closely enough to the player/family/guest/coaches/important person seats you could see them. Of course, Hingis and Matthew Perry (during capriati matches) were there too.
Elena's parents are very beautiful people. I think it was her father I saw...he is very tan with gray hair and handsome and her mother, if i did remember who she was when i saw her, was also tan with gray hair and very beautiful.
At the staples center they have the huge scoreboard in the center of the stadium. it was centrally located on the court, though i never saw lobs that hit it, many came close. the scoreboard made it excellent for replays and seeing the match from different angles. If the porsche sign on the net or linesmen were blocking your view of the scoreboard in the corners of the court, asi had, you could also see the score up there.
the court is surrounded by a three foot wall or so, then behind that is a two or three foot walkway and then immediately the seats started. So...the front row seats were amazing but a little scary when winners/aces would fly over the wall and into our faces.
all the players look SO good in person. every single one of them. It is interesting that Jen is the only larger girl, but she looks fantastic. Zvonereva looked fantastic too, but often didnt have anyone sitting by her during the matches and looked a little bored/lonely.
at the end of the first set against ai last night, henin took a stumble. it was set point and sugiyama had hit it behind henin who tried to change directions and looked like she rolled her ankle. we all gasped, and after a few seconds she got up and we cheered her for being ok and sugiyama for taking the set with such marvelous play. hopefully it was just a stumble and nothing damaging, she was shaking her hand a little bit after and held her ankle when she first fell. but no trainer was called or anything so....that was a good sign.
i highly suggest if you too will be attending a tournament, splurge and get front row. its the only way to go and the people around you are really cool too.
does anyone have specific questions about a player or match? ill post more when im back from eating and some of the pictures i took! let me know who you want me to post pictures of.