Originally Posted by sylvain
P Tarabini/G Dulko def. Z Zheng/Yan 67 63 63
Interesting match, good match ( the last I saw), the Chinese team won the tie break of the 1st set easily, But in second and third set, Patricia and Gisela take advantage. The two Chinese players player well, moved very well. Patricia had some trouble with her serve, but is an excellent net player, she gets on very well with Gisela who had a good serve and baseline game. There was some tension in that match, Zheng hit Patricia on a smash, and Patricia hit her on a smash 5 minutes after….
Thanks for your report. Just a few corrections if I may, from what I have seen :
YAN Zi was much below her usual tennis and had difficulties to move on court. She was particularly tense + the court was humid with the rain. YAN Zi hit a few DF too (I think 5-6 during the match, which is far too high for doubles).
Patricia was very present at the net, poaching often and anticipating the points well. While in the first set, the Chinese players managed to either pass her or lob her, they did not vary their points enough in the second set so that Patricia could impose her net game. She really made the difference while the Chinese pair was leading 3-1 in the last set.
It is quite common in a tennis match (unfortunately) to hit opponents and the history of the shots is :
- YAN Zi hit Patricia (in the head?) with a forehand
- ZHENG Jie hit a ball to Patricia who had stayed at the net on her overhead
- later on, Patricia hit ZHENG Jie with a high forehand volley.
No particular tension, though Patricia was a bit upset after the shot of Zi (who immediately apologised, and meant it). Patricia was certainly more upset with the umpire (and got a warning) as she believed on a point that ZHENG Jie had touched the net, while no one else had seen it.