Thanks for the article! I miss her a lot
I saw quite a bit of her a couple of years back at the Australian Open 2010. I saw her practicing a few hours before her first round match against Medina Garrigues. I watched her for about 15 minutes and the whole time she only hit drive volleys.
There was hardly anyone watching, but a professional photographer came up and starting taking pictures of her, then asked me who she was...I told him it was Karolina Sprem, who reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in 2004 and beat Venus Williams. He was like "Oh yeah...I remember
" After seeing her practice I had a good feeling about her match, and I was right, as I saw her thrash Medina Garrigues (who I think was the #16 seed) 6-3 6-2. She just completely blew her off the court. Marisa Jose Martinez Sanchez came to watch, but didn't have much to cheer about. After the match she was visibly so happy! It was her first Grand Slam win since Wimbledon 2006. She signed a lot of autographs and stuff. Her coach was extremely happy too (not sure who it was then?). Then two days later I saw her practicing again a few hours before her match, of course this was before her night match against Dellacqua on Rod Laver Arena. This time, I saw her for I'm guessing around 25 minutes...the whole time all she hit was returns. Her coach served to her and she whacked the returns back. I know this was only practice, but wow, she was smacking them back so hard and crisply into the corners. They would be winners against anyone. And she got every single one in. Once again, I had a great feeling about her match...I was so sure she would thrash Dellacqua like 6-2 6-1 by playing like she did against Medina Garrigues. I went home to watch the match and was so confident...and then she just played terribly
Nothing like I'd seen in her first round or in practice
Such a disappointment
I guess you guys saw the match too, but it was awful...and against Dellacqua of all people.
Anyway, I'll always remember her for those memories. It's too bad she seems to be finished as a tennis player, but she really seems to have moved on to a wonderful life.
She looked stunning in that photo in the WTA article