Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: New South Wales
i saw bits of many matches..
i saw the second set tie break of dragomir v torrens valero. dragomir has a beautiful single handed bh among the prettiest ive seen, and she takes it nice and early out in front when she hits the topspin, and cuts it with so much precision on her slice. its got great diguise and in the tie break she was counter punching but using good variation and angles to go up 6-2. she ended up losing it after getting a bit tentative.
douchevina didnt impreess me today. her serve and groundies werent penetrating and she wasnt hitting cleanly..
saw all of jaslyns match. she started off 4-1 up and really shouldve been 5-1 but she wasted a break point earlier on. jaslyn has really improved, she moved extremely well andhits much deeper. slice off both sides was good too. shes playing alot like lleyton-lite now and i see how she beat stosur easily a few months ago! she really shouldve won this IMO.
poor bryanne. she can do better. it would help if she didnt stay 3 metres behind the baseline all the time! even when she was 0-6 0-3 down i was thinking nows the time to try something new, move in to the court or go to the net....but she didnt change things and left the court quick.
miriam is in much worse shape than last year. posibly worst shape ive ever seen a tennis player, and its a shame cos her game is awesome. she nailed two consecutive winners in the last game and her pace, and angles are great! her opponent vinci had a nice game to watch too esp that one handed bh but she was outhit.
last match i saw was jankovic vs horiatopolous. i have to say the match was the lowest standard of the day firstly. but both players have alot of talent. christina's backhand is awesome!! its a one hander and she can hit brilliant topspin shots, esp passing shots with it and her slice is very effective for getting to the net!! the problem was she made many errors on her volleys and it was nerves...she actually volleyed a forehand in to the backfence on one point! but she did hit some GREAT volleys and im sure it normally works for her. christinas problem is the fh, thats the side that breaks down and i noticed she cant attack well with it eve n off a short ball she spins it alot with topspin. as for jankovic she was rusty, made errors too but less errors than christina who was definately more nervous...
Good luck to the Aussie and Balkan girls!