Here we go........ please ignore any spelling mistakes as i am very tired. I tried to only talk about matches you guys would be interested in!
Sesil Karatancheva def. Chanelle Scheepers 6-2 7-6
Sesil was very impressive; she was using her big serve for a lot of free points against the powerful; but slightly overrawed Scheepers. Sesil had her dad watching, many other players slowed down as they walked by to watch this girl play, they all know she's gonna be good. Cupac's dad also was watching.
Sesil was thumping double handed backhand winners off Scheepers second serve, she was really attacking Chanelle and forcing her to go for big shots.
Chanelle was however, a formidable opponent as well as being quite attractive (nice tan skin) she would use heavy and flat groundies to force Sesil on the defense in the second set; in fact Chanelle often overpowered Sesil during parts of the second set as they had some very very nice rallies, however she just wasn't quite in the same league. Sesil became a little denfensive as Chanelle made a comeback in the 2nd set... however it is worth mentioning that she is a magnificent defensive player as well as aggressive; she scrambles very well and moves very fast... overall a good match, chanelle put in a good showing.
Shahar Peer Def. Libuse Prusova 6-1 6-0
Peer was better in every aspect, she wasn't taller then Prusova, but did everything better. Prusova did not look like she could handle it out there... slicing with two hands defensivly, reluctant to bend down to lift Shahars stinging flat groundies. Shahar is a zippy little player with plenty of power especially off her backhand, she reminds me a little of a better version of Aniko Kapros... in any case, this was a no contest... Prusova looked outmatched and a little lathargic, not to mention her technique is a little akward.
Elise Tamaela def. Sandra Kleinova 6-3 6-0
Sandra.... she looks like she hits it so clean on t.v against Dementieva... however today was a different story. Tamaela is a very good player... feisty... plenty of topspin and a very good serve. Sandra just grinned as she mishit many shots, manly hitting them long... games seemed to go quite fast, Kleinova could not put a ball in the court... this was one of the lowest quality matches of the day, and it wasn't Tamaela's fault as she seemdd pumped enough.
Yulia Beygelzimer def. Shiho Hisimatsu 6-3 6-2
Shiho isn't that bad, very short... nice double handed groundies with a few nice winner, simply not consistent enough, Yulia is a better player with more topspin on her shots and more consistency. Shiho went for a lot of low percentage down the line winners when she didn't need to. As long as Yulia kept herself in the rally long enough she would win the point.
Jessica Kirkland def. Lauren Breadmore 7-6 6-2
Very long first set with extremely long but rather low quality rallies. Kirkland has some of the earliest preperation for her shots i have ever seen on a player... but she is not a natural hitter of the ball, she hits with reasonable power though. Breadmore definently based her game on consistency topspin and running everything down and it worked... Kirkland was forced into looooong 30-35 stroke rallies; eventually it appeared as if Kirkland managed to force Lauren to go for some more on her shots because when i returned Lauren had given up the topspin and was going for flat drives. This was a very exhausting match for 2 sets though... Kirkland really worked for it.
Lilia Osterloh def. Suchanan Viratprasert 6-4 6-4
Pretty good match. Lilia was just more powerfull and dictated play... Suchanan hits a 'flighty' ball... not exactly a lot of pace on her shots she really was forced to be defensive against Lilia who was drlling the ball relentlessly... Suchanan was only really able to run shots down and hope for Lilia to miss. Lilia really was playing well and had far more power then her opponent today. The score is quite close, but Lilia had Suchanan under her thumb during the last few games, just really dictated.
Zsofia Gubacsi def. Dubravka Cupac 6-1 6-2
Shocking.... awful. Unfortunantly Dubravka is EASILY the most under-par player i saw today. I like her, i love how feisty she is but she was shocking today. From early on in the peice, Dubravka was going for winners VERY early in the peice... and not any sort of winner, i am talking about Venus Williams style winners.... Zsofia only had to put the ball in the court and Cupac would belt it into the backfence. Cupac hit a large amounts of her forehands quite low into the net and was cursing her stroke production.... Practicily anyone could have beaten Cupac today.
I couldn't beleive how a proffessional tennis player would try and hit THAT many winners... many girls in the top 30 can't hit that many winners... I have seen Cupac before and she has played more measured tennis.... today was atrocious.
Chia-Jung Chuang def. Nathalie Vierin 6-7 6-4 11-9
Chuang is very very powerfull... one of the hardest hitters i saw today. Vieren is an unimpressive player... she fights hard, has good topspin and movement... she managed to fight hard enough to draw many errors from Chuang... but it was evident that Chuang had more game... very close match... Vierin was very feiry indeed but it was good to see Chuang win... her family sat casually under a tree the whole time.
Nanan Liu def. Amanda Janes 6-2 6-0
Lefty against Lefty, one a tall powerfull Lefty with a big serve, the other a feistly groundstroker with a solid all round game.
Liu has come off a good week in her last tourney and kept it goiong against her tall Molik Look-alike british opponent. Liu is simple better then Janes off the groundies... Liu had a double handed lefty backhand that was really penetrating Janes who could only slice defensivly and never really looked convincing against Liu. Janes never really got her net game going, every time she approached Liu belted a winner, Liu was also eating up Janes slice... it was Nan-Nan's day.
Yuka Yoshida def. Eva Fislova 6-0 6-4
Yuka was zippy fast and efficient in taking the ball very early and painting the lines. Eva is a reasonable baseliner but Yuka must have been seeing the ball like a basketball... she hit numerous winners consecutivly and had Eva running all over the place. Eva is very attractive and tall with a good frame for tennis she looks like a tennis player... unfortunantly she doesn't generate that much power for her frame and neither is her serve that good as her smaller japanese opponent was eating it up for winners. Yuka was very very impressive today.... still not that much power, but her winners come from being able to take the ball on the rise and paint the lines.
Elena Baltacha def. Els Callens 7-5 6-0
Elena characteristicly was hitting very hard and grunting away as she scrambled her bigger frame to retreive Els' flat shots in the first set. Elena has a nice geavy hitting game with a good serve... Callens hits a little to flat with a technique that doesn't allow her to put much spin on the ball... both girls were hitting very hard... i only watched parts of the first set and Elena was being run around a bit... but her shots were better when she had the time to set up... she got more depth on the ball also.
Thats it guys!