Well I arrived a lil late, because I thought it would start at 10 am like every year, and Shaun was coming from montreal at 9h15 am. So we arrived around 10.
First match on center court was barnikow/contantinescu.
We arrived and the match was already well on its way. From what we saw which was clearly not a lot, Ana-Maria was hitting really hard, but after three shots she would miss. Barnikow didn't show anything taht was impressive, she jsut had to put it in play. Next round might show me more about how she plays.
Then we switched to youlia/vania
which was I match I was really interested in. I had heard great things about Youlia, and so-so things about Vania, mostly her moonballing abitlities. Well I must say i didn't turn out completely that way. Youlia's first serve is rpetty big, she was taking good control of the points in set 1 with it. Her groudies are ok, but nothing exceptionnal, she snps her forehand a little too much and tends to make huge strings of UEs. On the other end vania's serv was only to put the ball back in play with spin. Well that explains most of her game. She is a great mover, pretty good counter attacker, but she managed mostly in the second set to find ways to attack a lil more which helped a lot. Finally, third set was the same story than the first, Vania jsut not fast and consistant enough in her game to keep up with Youlia. I must say I expected more from both ladies.
Don't know what happens with Ospina here, but she seems to always perform well. Her weird-looking forehand is still very effective, and she attacked a lot with that side. Her backhand was jsut very solid. Didn't watch a lot of that match as court 1 was interesting, but from what I could see Diana should ahve won in two sets, when she led 7-5 5-4. But she fought back in the third and is going through. Her path is now pretty good to qualify!
I remember Castellvi for being really sweet when she played here few years ago. Well she didn't change. She is still really nice and she entered the court looking relaxed. Paterson came out firing, she led 2-0, serving like crazy, and I must say her game is great. She hits really hard on everything, sadly she does way too much unforced errors. And Vilmarie's game didn't help, as she was running a lot of things down and counterpunching with her great backhand. Me and Max were cherring for Vilmarie, and once she turned to us and smile. Then when she finally won on match poiunt, she got to her things, and as she went out of the court, she looked at us smiling and said: Thanks a lot guys, leaving us with a huge smile on our faces! Sadly she plats Val Tetreault next, i will be so torn!
Marie-Pier was a great player few years ago, went to an American University but she was threatened and rejected there which kinda made her career end. Recently I had seen her playing a lil in a league, and I was wondering if she wanted to come back. Well when the draw was getting empty and they had to look for WCs, she accepted it. Sadly, it was only 1 day before her match. She lacked a lot of preparation and clearly wasn't the player she was few years ago. She never got into the match, and the rythm was clearly too fast for her. On the other hand, Val is getting more and more impressive. Her serve has gotten really good, and her groudies are now hard as well as consistent. She lost a lot of weight, maybe too much now, but he is building up and as she gets more muscles she could become a threat. Best performance by a canadian goes to her today! She took care of business!
We arrived in the middle of the second set. At that time, it was clearly Eklov being dominant and Ana just trying to hang on, though it was clearly not possible today. Tiff's serve is really good, and she hits pretty hard. Ana's one handed backhand wasn't good enough today. It seemed the first set was really close, and Ana served for it, it might explain why she completely collapsed in the second. I must say her effort looked pretty poor there as she was dominated by a player which is still trying to breaktrough. It will be interesting to see how Tiff evolves in the next round.
I know that is the match most of you wants to know about. First, Alizee is a club player from here, playing in a so-so american university. She has pretty poor results on the tour and will keep on having them
When she drew Nancy im sure she was happy, as it is her only chance to win a wta match! Well they both arrived, Alizee looked like a modeling page like usual. And then there was nancy....I remembered her from the past and I must say she didn't age one bit. She still look incredibly old though. She gained a few pounds that's for sure. She was wearing a SMALL, well VERY SMALL adidas dress. We were seeing her huge belly in it, but worst of all was the length of the dress. From the backside, it was so short that it was stopping in the middle of her ass, ALWAYS showing her granny panties just hanging out of nowhere. It might have been the grossest thing ever. Well then the game started. First point, Alizee serves, Nancy returns in with a weird slice, alizee drives the forehand.........out. Nancy can say she led. But the fun part is that Alizee got scared of hitting those balls now, knowing they would sail out. So she started being very very tentative. First game went to deuce, but alizee's serves, which i might say id the best aprt of ehr game, made her win the first game. Guess what....The was a backhand that was hit over the corwd, in the back wall, at like 20 feet over the net....And it was Alizée's
Nancy hit a bad return and Alizee put it there. But then at like 3-0 alizee got used to it and started playing really better, nancy wasn't touching the ball. but then, at 6-0 2-0, nancy had THREE break points. Alizee did an ace on the first one, and forehand winner on the other. and then, the point of the match. Nancy managed to get like 6 shots in the same point, te last one being a huge moonball. Alizee tried to answer with a moonball of ehr own, but it was clearly sailing long. But guess what, Nancy stood on the back line, and hit a smash from the back of the court, that she missed. That moonball for Alizee was going like 4 meters long. Nancy lost her chance and then lost 6-0 6-0 again. She didn't look that desperate...but then when she tried to leave the grouds of the tourney, she looked confused, she was lost in the stand and everything, she had to ask someone where the exit was. I saw alizee after her match and ironically said great job. She got into it and said thank you with a proud smile
Porr girl is getting kileld next round. Did it ever happen to win 6-0 6-0 on one day and lose 6-0 6-0 on the other?
I was watching the bagel queens going at it, so I missed all the first set. From what I saw of the second, Cargill came out incredibly strong, which im surprised about cause her game was so weak few years ago, even when she was top 100. Her serve was clearly ebtter and she managed to keep being offensive and consistent at the same time. On ther other hand, Melanie was clearly nerouvs coming out. She looked tense, and then her shots started to sail long, excatly like in Toronto. But even there, she was clearly falling against a better player today. Sad ending, she is going to fall a lot in the ranks. But her Vancouver points will keep her in the top 500 or so. After the amtch, Mel looked happy, but I think the look was more: well it is done, finally. She was relieved that step was made. Now she needs to works hard on keeping a high level consistently and not one tourney per year!
watched like 2 games of that match. Aniko's serve is still as bad. but i must say I thought i would be more impressed with her groud game. She was framing a lot today, never hitting cleanly. As for Seredni, when she isn't that much of a bagel girl. She plays ok, but she lacks everything to be in the top. She did get three games though, and I'm sure she is happy about that.
well I know marie-pier since she is like 11 and we ballboyed together. She knew then she would play at the challenge and last year she showed it by winning her first round of qualies. Well she came out firing this year also. Her first serve is amaxing, and her inside out forehand worked incredibly well. Zabala had no weaponand her game is suited for clay, so she was jsut dominated from the ground. Marie-Pier also a great defensive lobs, always bringing Paula back on the back wall. Second set was another story when Paula started to hit to marie-pier's backhand which is clearly learnt and really stiff. Marie-Pier got a lil tense and Zabala went on to win the set. Third set was the same story as the first, and for the first time the crowd got into it, cheering for Marie-Pier! She plays cargill next, I'm eager to see if she can do better than Mel G!
Level wise, this match was the best of the day. Seda's two-handed groudies are jsut superb, she hits really flat and hard, and she attacked constantly. Playing a similar game style, Lubomira came out to become the defensive player, but she managed to do really well, counter-attacking perfectly. The rallies were hard fought and hard-hitting, nad most of the time they were finishing on a great apssing from Lubo or a missed volley or shot from Seda. Seda looked good, she jsut alcks confidence and consistensy. On the toher hand, Lubomira clearly looked less muscular and in shape than in the past years. When I first saw her iw as impressed how well she was hitting with her legs, and she lacks that quality now. Her game as dropped, and it showed in the ranks, but not i hope she can qualify and save her quarterfinalist points of alst year!
Sadly, three matches weren't played. First Fonseca didn,t ahve to play, as Anne Keothavong go in directly for the main draw with her protected ranking. Then Heydi won by a w/o when Argeri stayed in mexcio. Finally, O'neill had to withdraw at the last minute, her injury has gotten worst with her morning practice!
I left when Sobral and Liga were playing. Saw like two points, Liga was jsut hitting incredibly hard as usual with her huge body and sobral was running down. could turn out to be a great match of contrasting style. Then Caro Beaulieu plays Matic, I would be surprised if Caro wins more than 1 game or 2, she is way too young and clearly not ready to play at that level.
Finally I had the chance to talk to few players today. Beside my sweetied Vilmarie, I talked a lil with Marie-Eve Pelletier, telling ehr her new haircut looks great (and it does) and encouraging her to take revenge of her loss to Rodionova this summer. Then i saw MY Steph for few seconds, she recognized me in the stands, waved, made a huge smile, told me hi and how are you, i answered and she waved back showing she had to leave. I'll have the chance to talk a lot more with her this week. Finally I talked with Jillian, i wished her goodluck like 1 hour before her match and she was icnredibly sweet and cute, telling thank you and everything. Hope I didn't jinx her though
I'm looking forward to tomorrow, though there are less entertaining matches going on for me! Still a great start of the week!