OK, day 1 (i'll do it in order, croatian stuff only, but YES, I DID SEE K-LINA AND I TALKED TO HER):
Got there around 10:45 and ran to court 10. sanda was up 5*-4 against yakimova, but she was complaining that yakimova was receiving coaching from her mom. sanda played a very poor 2 games to go down 5*-6. she hit a couple of big first serves to get into a tb. at 0*-1 the two played an amazing point and sanda had it on her racquet, but she netted an easy volley with an open court. he went on to miss a few backhands and hit 2 costly dfs to lose the tb. sanda picked up her game in the second, getting more first serves in and dominating with her forehand. she hit the most amazing shot of the day in the first game at game point. she hit a second serve and moved in about two feet inside the service line. yakimova blasted a backhand down the line and sanda hit a reflex stretch bh volley crosscourt for the winner. at the begining of the third set, sanda got cramps in both legs
she could hardly walk for the rest of the match. yakimova continued getting help from her mom and sanda kept complaining about it, but the ump never paid attention. when yakimova was down bp while serving for the match she literaly walked over to her mom for instructions and the ump didn't notice
sanda couldn't do anything though because she was in a lot of pain. at one point in the third she looked at her coach and said that she couldn't even walk
still, she put up an amazing fight and still could have won the match despite the cramps. what i really liked is the fact that she changed the pace a lot by hitting deep moonballs and by coming into net.
next croat: roko karanusic. got there at 7-5 3-2 for roko. he plays a lot like coria - gets a lot of balls back and then attacks. good effort from him, depite the fact that he went from 5-3 and 40-15 to 5-5 and 15-40 before closing out the second set (his coach told him that there's a cold beer waiting for him if he closes this set out
last match of the day: talaja vs. czink. awesome first set from silvija, only a few errors and many down the line winners. czink picked it up at the beginning of the second and started to attack more. silvija dozed off for a while, but regained control with some nice drop shots and passes. she ened the match with an ace. her coach was really cool. i talked to him the whole time and he introduced me to silvija after the match
finally, i saw K-lina
she was on practice court E at around 3 pm with her hitting partner (honestly, she kicked his ass). if she plays anywhere near the level she did in practice, i can see her getting deep into the draw. only problem is that i was talking to her second coach (she has two
bikic and this other dude) and he said that her problem was transferring her game from practice into matches. i liked the fact that she was hitting lots of angles and drop shots and even coming into net. she had to share the court with els callens and lindsay lee waters (i met her husband and 7 year old daughter
). she didn't want to finish practice even when her coach said that it was over (she had to win the last point against her practice partner for good luck). then, the wierd second co-coach dude (whatever you want to call him) introduced me to her and i wished her the best of luck and we talked tennis a bit. she likes her draw because she feels confident about winning her second round match and she feels that, if she can get some momentum, she can beat hantuchova as well.
anyways, can't go tomorrow unless there's a croat playing from 12:45 to 2:45 or after 5... (because classes suck at life). going all day wednesday though!!