I just returned from the Olympics.
I watched the first round match of Lena and her doubles against Amelie/Mary
The support of the Greek public was great and I contributed to this by raising banner, shouting all the time..
My friends told me that the Greek TV showed me cheering..
Of course, the highlight was her second round match against Maleeva. Lena started feeling pain in her leg, she fall down more than 2 times, crying,grining from the pain...
The crowd was holding its breath, feeling that she was going to withdraw.
Her expressions were full of pain but she didn't want to give it up.When she won she fall down sending a kiss to the sky (god maybe)
As she said in the interview afterwards, she risked and continue playing because she didn't want to disapoint the thousants of her compatriots who came to see her.
How great personality she is!
Her efforts were shown again and again by the greek TV and I think she earned a place in the heart of the greeks for her determination and devotion to her country.
In her second round against Myskina, she played with risk again because doctors advised her not to play.All the greek medical team was treating her all night and day before the match..
And yes, she was the one who played better in the first set and had the break to close the set, but some mistakes didn't let her.
In an interview today, she said she was pleased becaused she made greeks feeling so proud of her and her father said that after the loss of the first set he was praying Lena to lose the second set, because a third set would damage more her leg (he is a doctor).
Por los espáñoles:
Quando sentamos al cafeteria, infanta Elena paseaba delante del mi
Yo acercaba a ella y charlamos un poco.Era muy adorable
I also saw (and took pictures) many other players including Martina, Dechy ,Testud and my favorite male Roger Federer