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post #1 of 78 (permalink) Old Apr 11th, 2005, 02:19 AM Thread Starter
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Family circle cup diary

I am at the Family Circle Cup every day of every year from sun up until sundown.....I will try to post as much as I can on the away from the media matches
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During Qualifying rounds I saw some future super stars.

There were three in particular and one fourth one who is perhaps just slightly less spectacular.

Shahar Peer
Galina Voskoboeava
Sanda Mamic
and the slightly less spectacular but great nevertheless - viktoriya Kutuzova. I really didn't get to see enough of her though, she may be just as spectacular, but I just didn't think she moved as well as the other three.


Don't be fooled by the fact that Sanda Mamic didn't qualify.....she is Very talented. She must of hit at least 10 aces with a fast and well placed, lefty serve....very competitive, very sharp ...

mainly fatique at her young age seemed to be the problem. She clearly dictated the match versus kristina brandi. Brandi was like a back board though, and wore down the youngster from time to time. But it won't be long before this is a top player.

Same with Voskoboeva. Very talented - very accurate shots. Line after line after line she hit all day against domingues lino. She did qualifty so i will definitely watch her tomorrow.

Shahar Peer, is pretty much a well known "unknown" hehe. So If you haven't seen her yet, keep your eyes out....but most people do know what she will be doing in the near future.

I was just very impressed by those three in particular, but Kutuzova is also very talented.

---------------------some random notes-------------------------

Also for Seda Noorlander fans...she had the misfortune of player Peer in the Q's, but she looked really good for the first set (which she won). Her shots seemed to be in form.

Laura Granville fans --- she looked pretty good the first round of q's....she dug in there and fought for every point. Of course she does not have a lot of offensive weapons...but she is certainly a fighter.

I did see Justine walking around, but i didn't get to see her practicing.

I did get to catch some of Dementieva....she looked good.

Tathiana Garbin looks very fit this year. She has really gotten pretty leaner and more muscle definition.

Its a shame that Pennetta dropped out, because I have never seen her play in person.

well i will hopefully post some more from main draw action. Gotta get some rest for another full day (oh goodness and then tuesday night matches begin...so my days will be very long!)
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If you get a chance to see Marie-Eve Pelletier play, would be very appreciated! And btw, i saw Galina V play few times, and i jsut think you saw her in a great day, cause the times i saw her she ahd nothing spacial, only ok groundstrokes!

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Yeah i thought of that too....in all of the cases of the 4 girls but especially hers because she was hitting lines all day long!.....so that might have been a special day.

I did see pelletier briefly...but i will make a special note to check her out for you..and i will try to get a picture for you too.
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Thanks! If you saw Iveta ag. Galina....
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Thanks i'm glad to hear Shahar played well. I guess you didn't see her yesterday vs. Liu?
Are you going to Shahar-Vaidisova match today?

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I was really impressed with kutuzova. I saw Marie Eve play her first Q match(which she won) and she hit some impressive shots, but I don't think she is going to do anything big in this tournament. Best of luck to her tho
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I saw Shinobu Asagoe last night walking in Downtown Charleston. She looks fit as ever too!
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I saw Shinobu Asagoe last night walking around Downtown Charleston. She looks fit as ever too!
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It would be great if you could see Silvia
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I did get to see shahar v vaidislova today.....I am even more impressed with her even though she lost. She won the first set nicely.....let vaidislova back in the second set though. Then in the tie break vaidislova went up 4-1. Shahar came up with some real nice stuff to get ahead again and even have match points....i think she ended up losing the tie break like 10-8 or something...and that may have taken the wind out her sails on that day.
But I saw her later and she looked fine about it.

Unfortunately i could not watch any of the voskoboeva match....i had to do some stuff for the tournament. Anyway...her match had to be moved to a practice court due to a problem with the clay on the court 5. Well...i sure would have liked the opportunity to reevaluate her.

I watch a portion of the pelletier match and got a picture...it might not be a great picture....but luckily she is still in...so i will post it later...and hopefully get another picture. i have to get up at 330am to do some errands for the tournament again....so i cannot post it tonight though. Her match was a little weird, both players would hit a nice shot and then the next into the net. I didn't see the third set...so maybe she ironed out some stuff.

Justine looked good. She missed a few shots...but she went for them anyway...so she should be in full form in no time.

I will check out silvias match....i caught some of garbins today also...not her day at all today. She missed a lot of stuff.

Randriantefy also....she played well for most of the match....but would all of the sudden try some low percentage stuff on huge points (like set point against her in the first she tried tentative drop shot from the base line) Well...there will be other days for Dally.
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Thank you Rafe and Graf_fan. These player reports are great, and it also
means alot to me for some real honest evaluations of where Justine's at.

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Thank you! So scoreboard was because of clay?
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Thanks

If you can watch Katarina Srebotnik.. Please do Tell me how she's doing

And Tathiana Garbin has been horrid this year But at least her physique has improved then.

CHARDY | CHIUDINELLI | CIPOLLA


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And Tathiana Garbin has been horrid this year But at least her physique has improved then.
Think Tathiana must be getting nervous about all those points she has to defend at Roland Garros. Let's hope she gets back to winning ways soon.
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Hey Graffan, thanks for the great report. Do you think you could check out some of maureen drake's doubles match tomorrow? maybe take some pics? That would be so cool.
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