My God, what a crap and boring day it was at Edgbaston for the first qualifying round today. Play was supposed to start at 11am, and at 10:50 a quick shower pushes the start of play to 11:15am, then another shower, play won't start til 12:30pm or whatever they were saying. When play finally got underway we had about 25 minutes worth. Arvidsson had won the 1st set 6-0. Tu was leading 3-1, Sfar was winning 2-1, and Cohen Aloro was up 4-0. Then another stupid tiny shower, halts play once again, by this time I am really bored.
After the tiny showers beforehand, the groundspeople decided to not put the covers on the court this time in anticipation for a quick shower, as there were lots of blue skies approaching, it seemed this would be the case. Of course, this would be the longest and heaviest downpour of the day (and the last). It lasted about 4-5 minutes, and the covers were not on courts 1,2 and 3. only court 4 had covers. Play was due to begin at 3:45 on court 4, and 4pm on the others. And this is more or less what happened.
Cohen Aloro was up 6-0 2-0, only then did she decide to take her time as she probably knew I wanted her to hurry up so i could watch Karen play. Stupid errors from her at times
, and who is Lyubtsova? she didn't seem too bad really, quite powerful off both sides, but serve not much good
. I wasn't bothered who won as long as they hurried up, but no, they had to go to a 3rd set tie break
and I had to wait even longer to see Karen
When the others came back out to play, Arvidsson quickly finished off her match against Osterloh, no whinging. Callens & Sfar both refused to play because the court was wet. Then Craybas & Tu saw that Callens & Sfar were moaning, so thought they'd have a go aswell. So no more play on that court. If Arvidsson and Osterloh could play on court 1, the other courts would have been the same, so I add Tu, Craybas, Callens (especially) & Sfar to my player blacklist as it was just quite clear they couldn't be arsed to play. Then, and now this really annoyed me, after Arvidsson had won, Natalie Grandin came onto court fannying about checking the grass, and then she and Uberoi called the tournament referee people down, and eventually decided they wouldn't play
Now, if Arvidsson & Osterloh could play on that court without any problems, why couldn't Grandin & Uberoi?!?!?! It wasn't as if, with her size, Grandin would do a lot of running about anyway
So no play on courts 1,2 or 3.
Then, the match I had been waiting for, and it was the only thing I really paid much attention to today, was the Paterson vs. Sequera match. These 2 just came onto court, no fuss whatsoever, didn't even bother checking the ground. Karen was bad. Went 0-3 down, and called the trainer for a problem on her lower back, she must have had some sort of injury because she didn't seem to run to many of the balls I thought she'd have been able to get, her serve wasn't working very well (although I believe the umpire was calling service faults, even though, in my opinion, they were in
). Another thing about karen, is she has a severe lack of patience, she is so much better than her ranking, she should be progessing towards the top 100, not languishing in the 400's. Maybe when she develops some patience this will happen
. Sequera didn't have to do much against an injured brit, I bet she loves her part of the draw, maybe another Brit (one with patience) would have taken advantage of that draw. But Sequera did beat Becky LL last week in Surbiton, so maybe not.
Saw lots of players about the place. After a set of showers, Sharapova got a court uncovered (whilst the rest remained covered up), had security guards standing near the practice court, and a tv crew from Midlands Today were filming her
Not really fair on the other players who had to wait ages for the other 2 courts to be uncovered, and then have to share 4 to a court, whilst Sharapova gets 1 to herself. Saw Molik, Kremer, Schaul, Llewellyn, O'Donoghue, O'Brien, Webley-Smith, Borwell, Lucie Ahl, Razzano, Perry, Panova (?), the Uberoi's, either wondering about or practicing.
All in all, a pretty crappy day to say the least.
Might go tomorrow, depends on the weather forecast (although maybe I shouldn't bother) If not tomorrow, I might go tuesday instead.