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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Jul 19th, 2005, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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Monday at Cincinnati

I had the day off from work so I went down. This is the first women's tourney I've ever been too so I didn't know what to really expect. The masters is held at the same site so it is a great facility for a tier III; there are no bad or dumpy show courts for the ladies. The first players I saw yesterday were Sugiyama practicing with Hantuchova. Both were hitting the ball so well, Sugiyama is so quick with her hands, Daniela looked very fit and was moving really well. I was a little dissappointed there were not high seeds playing yesterday as it was the only day I could go but I did see some good matches. Generally I stayed on court 3, the matches I saw were Uberoi vs. Bammer, Noorlander/Drake vs. Fuda/Okamoto, and Peterson/Bammer vs. Uberoi/Uberoi.

In the first match Bammer won 6-1, 7-6 (7), Neha set up a lot of points really well but missed so many easy volleys. Sybille hits the ball with a lot of spin and good depth her second serve is especially effective and gets good kick.

Noorlander/Drake vs Fuda/Okamoto was a lot of fun to watch, Drake however threw her racquet I don't know how many times, it was annoying after a while especially considering she had won the match. The score was 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 and was not pretty. There were a lot of breaks starting in the middle of the second set but the net play was great, the reason Drake and Noorlander won was because they were both at the net a bit more than Fuda and Okamoto.

The last match I saw was dbs qualifying Uberoi/Uberoi vs Peterson/Bammer. This match was a lot of fun to watch. Peterson/Bammer won 9-7. All four of these ladies hit the ball so hard and attacked the net every chance they could. Bammer/Peterson went up 6-2 by just dominating the net and not giving the Uberois a chance. Neha and Shikha went on a tear the next few games to level it at 6-6, they just blasted away at every shot. The final four games were the most intense. All four players were at the net pelting volleys at each other. In the end Bammer and Peterson converted on their 4th or 5th match point off an error from Neha.

I'll write more later about others I saw, Peer vs. Fedak, Spears vs. Nakamura and the practice courts.
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Thank you, do you plan on going back later in the week?
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I'm not sure if I can go back later this week, I may if I have time but for now I'm off to work, take care. . .
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part II

Peer vs. Fedak
I only saw a little bit of this match, Shahar had already won the first set 6-2, when I was watching her she went up 3-0. She strikes the ball very well and is very fit. Some people say she is like a ASV, but I don't think so. She does get to a lot of balls but there is deceptive power in her game, she was hitting a lot of winners off of Fedak for the three games I saw. Fedak is a scrappy player but just did not get the ball deep enough most of the time. Shahar just had too much game yesterday.

Spears vs. Nakamura

I saw the end of the first set which spears won 7-6, I was surprised she had lost the next two 6-0 and 6-3, I think she got tired. Spears has a lot of power, many of her serves were over 100mph. Nakamura is a great scrambler and got to a lot of balls but she was not powerful yet still got the balls pretty deep.
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old Jul 19th, 2005, 06:14 PM
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Albiero said Daniela's balls always hit net

3 reports for one day at Cincinatti! This city got greats fans
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Originally Posted by Wiggly
Albiero said Daniela's balls always hit net

3 reports for one day at Cincinatti! This city got greats fans
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Forgot to mention the practice courts.

Apart from Sugiyama and Hantuchova, I did see Mirza twice, in the morning with Fedak and in the afternoon with I believe Wozniak. Sania was generally working on her serve and return of serve. She does hit big off of both sides, people talk a lot about the forehand but I saw a few backhands that were equally formidable. Wozniak is a really cute girl and also hits very big, it's hard to believe she's barely 15.

A little while later I saw Meilen Tu practicing. She hits the ball so well, very flat. I saw a few other players practicing that I didn't recognize but with all I was impressed. One thing I did notice at least while I was there, was that not one of these ladies/girls were venturing to the net, no volleys at all. Maybe I just saw them at a time when they were working on other parts.

I did see zvonareva walk by and I saw patty sitting on a bench talking on her phone. I would have asked for an autograph but I was afraid she may get pissed and beat my ass. That likely would not have happened, I read someone else's post who said she was very friendly and obliging.
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