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.