Aus Open Qualy Day 1 report
It was pretty sunny and warm today, I got there at about 10am and stayed till about 8pm.
Rodionova def Watson
I saw a few games of the 3rd set, Rodionova was hitting really hard and close to the lines, and coming in to the net sometimes as well. Cindy was pretty solid, she sliced everything back into the middle of the court, and didnt play too badly but didnt have any weapons to hurt Rodionova with. I was disappointed that Rodionova didnt act up while I was there, since I heard shes been in pretty bad form with her behaviour lately!
Yuan def Beygelzimer
This match lasted for hours and seemed like it would never end. There were many long moonball rallies, and every point lasted at least 10 hits and commonly about 20 hits! 90% of Yulia's shots were moonballs, and it wasnt Yuan's natural way of playing, and she didnt know how to put away the moonballs. So she moonballed back, and got involved in the long moonball rallies, which was playing Yulia's game. Both were hitting great moonballs though, very deep and bouncing so high that each had to really stretch up high to hit them back. Yuan finally won the first set, and halfway through the 2nd set she stopped after a point and couldnt move, it looked like a hamstring cramp. She was in a lot of pain and had to be assisted to the side by the trainer to receive treatment. After that she resumed playing and Yulia's moonballs started again. Meng was clearly struggling and was close to tears, but she fought on and had about 6 match points in 2 different games before she finally won when Yulia hit a moonball long. Yuan is a solid player who hardly made any UE's, but has to get more power and learn how to handle moonballs.
Ting Li def Kleinova
Ting was just too consistent and powerful for Kleinova, hitting great topspin groundies close to the lines and dominating the rallies. Kleinova didnt play very well and the first set was over very quickly. In the 2nd set Li lost rhythm on her serve a little and Kleinova fought, there were about 8 breaks in a row, until Li got it together and held and broke for a 7-5 win.
Uberoi def Nagyova
Both were playing well, hitting very hard and consistently. Shikha was really fired up, grunting loudly on every stroke (I dont remember her grunting at all other times i've seen her), and there were a lot of "come on's" and fist pumps from Shikha. Her dad and Neha were cheering her on, and Shaughnessy and Rafael Font de Mora were also there. Shikha served for the match at 5-4 in the 2nd, but choked a bit and lost the game. During the game she fell over when Henrieta wrong footed her, and looked like she hurt her ankle. She stayed down for a long time, and when she got up she was limping a little, and walked around testing the ankle. The umpire was pretty mean and said she should get on with it or call the trainer! She lost the game, and in a later game she was just bouncing the ball before her serve and she got a time violation! I dont think that umpire liked her very much. The match was really close and both played very well with not much separating them, but in the end I think Shikha wanted it more.
Oprandi def Pastikova
I saw the end of the first set and the first half of the 2nd, Romina was really playing well, hitting great clean groundstrokes, was aggressive on the return and hit a lot of winners. Pastikova wasnt playing her best, and was down a set and a break before she fought back. Romina is a good player but not very fast and athletic, and looks like she needs to lose a few kilos.
Hisamatsu def Schaul
I only saw the 3rd set, Schaul had more power and hit a lot of winners, but also a lot of UE's. Shiho was solid and moved the ball around well, making Schaul stretch a lot. She served for the match at 6-5 but choked and lost it, but then managed to break Schaul again and serve it out the next time. There was a group of people cheering loudly for Claudine, but it didnt help her to win.
Rolle def Kudryavteva
Rolle played pretty well, she has a great flat forehand and a one handed backhand, and likes to serve and volley and approach the net sometimes. She also had a good serve. Alla was not very impressive. She didnt have that much power, a crap serve, and was too inconsistent. She also needs to lose a few kilos.
Gajdosova def Gullickson
Both players hit the ball hard and had good serves, Jarmila had a bit more variety. Carly was up 4-1 in the 1st, but Jarmila managed to come back and win it 6-4. She was clearly a superior player, Carly's first serve was huge but her groundies were too inconsistent and made too many UE's.
Bondarenko def Nagy
Kateryna was impressive, she hit the ball hard and moved Nagy around a lot, and basically overpowered her. She had a lead in the 2nd set but let it get back to 5-5, but then she finished it off.
Tanasugarn def Spears
Tammy played pretty well but Spears was very bad, making a lot of simple errors. I spoke to Tammy while we were watching Danai Udomchoke play before, she said she felt great and her knee and all her other injuries were 100% fine now. She wants to get back to the top 100. She took care of business today, but I think we cant really gauge Tammy's form until she plays a better player.
Yakimova def Poutchkova
I watch from the start until Olga was 4-2 up in the first. Olga seemed to be really good, she hit hard and aggressively off both sides, and her backhand was especially huge. She had a very fast first serve as well. Yakimova's groundstrokes werent as hard but she was pretty solid. I was pretty surprised to see later that Olga only won 2 more games in the match but I didnt see what happened.
I have loads of pics, I'll post some of them later.