Ok, I have a bad news for inkymisafan, I went there, sat at the best place and prepared myself to take pictures. I took tree of Maes and when Misa came on court, my bateries wnet off. This is the most stupid thing I've done lately
. Sorry Inky, but I'll go tomorrow and as Misa won, I'll take pictures
So, I saw only four matches, or pieces of matches. I had to go at 2 o'clock.
Michaella Krajicek against Tatiana Poutchek
Misa was serving first and it was clear from the first coup,e of points that she was already in the match, something that couldn't said about Tatiana. Misa won her game and broke tatiana's serve. Then, Tatiana woke up, very much helped by the game Michaella gave her (two DFs and I think two UEs) I must say I saw Michaella play and she was still a bit rusty today but it was impressive how good she was considering the long absence due to the injury. The first set was close, almost all the games went to duce and more. It wasn't very pretty but both ladies made some nice rallies. Tatiana's game.. well, that's something I must say a world about. She can play, that's sure but she gave me the impression to be very disordered. Sometimes she was making nice rallies and the next one was just "Yack" flying balls everywhere. Really strange. So in the first set Michaella broke exactly when needed to take it. The score doesn't give an idea it was pretty close.
Something I can say about Michaella, other than what people already know (the serve and the net game), she can't handle moonbals, I was shocked Tatiana didn't use more of them but was trying everything and finally nothing. Also, Misa was playing very often 2-3m behind the line and Tatiana didn't do anything.
At 5-2 it was clear who's gonna win the match. And here I heard on the second court the girls were in the second set. I am a big fan of Jarmila Gajdosova, so I went fast to see what's going on.
Jarmila Gajdosova against Kateryna Bondarenko
The first thing I saw was Katya making some strange facial expressions to the ball kid
, so I knew the score I was hearing from the center court was in her disadvantage. Btw the ball kids were..
. Jarmila was very solid, serving superbly, placing winners. Everything was perfect for her. She still needs to loose a bit of weight (same for Misa btw, she seemed heavy).
Nothing much to say, Jarmila was crushing, Katya was very angry and Alyona, who was watching, was trying to exncourage her sister. Jarmila was serving for the match at 6-2 5-2 but made some stupid errors but then broke with some superbe game for 6-3.
The match finished and I saw Jarmila passing behind me to go to her team (I think it was her mother and a trainer) and I made her
and said "Bravo Jarmila". And she smiled with her big, beutiful smile. Very sweet girl, really. Then she went to kiss her coach and the woman I think is her mother.
That match finished, I went to see the end of the second set of the Michaella-Tatiana's match. It was almost the same as the first one, only Misa was making a bit less errors and Tatiana was even more angry. It finished quite quickly for a 6-1 score.
Then, I went to see the match starting on the "First court" (funny names, for those who never went to that venue, there are only two, a "central" and a "first"
). It was a match between:
Caroline Maes and Ramona Czakon
I don't remember ever hearing the name of Czakon so for me it was something very new. A very tall, blond girl. If you think Daniela was skinny when she has some problems, then you never saw Ramona
The girl grew only on height, still to come the horizontal grow
. She is only bones and skin. She has a very nice service, I can even say the points she won where only because of the service. The other parts of her game.. oh, well. Maybe it's the lack of experience. She had enormous problems in coordinating her arms and leg
Nice girl, there is future if she works.
Caroli is Caroline, she destroyed the girl.
I only saw couple of games but the next match was starting and this one was clearly end before it started. So I found a good place and started to wtach:
Michaela Pastikova against Cara Black
It's always impressive to see Cara, she's so tiny and small
, like a child. There's not much to say about the match itself. Michaela destroyed herself by all possible means. Her forehand wasn't erratic, no.. it's was innexistent. She got pissed quickly and started to make an enormous amout of errors. cara was doing her job and Michaela was making forehand errors
. Michaela cried couple of times while she was on her chair, and had a VERY bad body-language (from what I understood, a language only
). The score wnet quickly to 6-1 4-0. And then Michaela woke up finally! She won the next four games with very agressvie game, going almost for every point forward. It was nice to watch. She was serving at 4-4 and made again some easy errors and Cara broke once again. And then it was finished even though Michaela saved couple of match points with the same game she came from 4-0 to 4-4 but it wasn't enough. Cara was solid and won.
Well, that's it. Then I had to go
One funny thing.. There was almost all the Russian-speaking squad watching at the match from a press-bpx
they were very funny to watch because they seemed close to each other and were smiling. There were other players but I couldn't recognize them
Tomorrow I'll try everything to go once again
And make photos (I am charging the bateries
* sorry for the errors I am doing while writing