Wimbledon 2007: Andrew's TV-reports (1r + 3r + 4r + QF + SF)
THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, England; grass; Grand Slam)
Okay, I'm gonna do this in weekly instalments rather than one long, indigestible post. Although since I didn't see Ana's second-round match, my next stop here will be in two weeks' time for the third round.
1. First-round TV-report (Wednesday 27th June 2007)
+ ANA IVANOVIĆ [6,DF] d. Melinda Czink, 6-0 7-6 (7/3)
I watched much of this match (first on Court 18) on BBC1, but only casually as I was following live scores of Vaidišová v Knapp at the same time.
Virginia Wade said Ana had a great variety of shots - more than the other big hitters. She said that Ana was inconsistent, and needed to "raise the least good of her matches up higher". She said that Ana had the best forehand in the game, with great crosscourt angles.
Ana has added a sliced backhand to her game, whilst retaining her regular two-handed backhand. Slice is very effective on grass, as it makes the ball bounce even lower.
IVANO *@*@*@ 6
CZINK ______ 0
IVANO __*@* * * * T 7(7)
CZINK @*___* * * *_ 6(3)
Ana won the first set 6-0, then Czink broke her while BBC1 switched over to BBC2. And held for 2-0*! Ana had "gone right off the boil - gone /too/ relaxed" [Virginia Wade].
And Czink, who had been nervous in the first set, was now playing decent tennis, so it was a good test to see how Ana would respond.
Virginia Wade said Ana won the first set so easily that she didn't have a clear picture of how she herself was playing.
It started raining with Czink leading *2-1. Court 18 was getting greasy, and play was suspended at deuce at 12:45.
It resumed at 13:25, and Ana broke back immediately with a crosscourt backhand winner. With Czink playing much better than in the first set, games went with serve until Czink served to stay in the match at 5-6. Ana had match-point at 30/40, but Czink saved it with a one-two punch, and hit a forehand winner to force a tiebreak.
During the tiebreak, Ana was often in retrieval-mode against the more aggressive Czink, but she somehow managed to stay ahead in the score and close it out. Perhaps that could be good preparation for the power-players she could meet in later rounds, such as Nadia Petrova in the fourth.
Ivanović through to second round [CEEFAX 490->493]
French Open finalist Ana Ivanović took her place in round two after a 6-0 7-5 (7/3) win over Hungary's Melinda Czink.
The sixth seed made a strong start and wrapped up the first set in just 18 minutes before Czink woke up and broke back at the start of the second.
After a 40-minute rain-delay, the Serb sixth seed broke back. Czink saved a match-point before losing a tiebreak.
The Czech 14th seed Nicole Vaidišová reached round two with a 7-6 (8/6) 6-2 win over Karin Knapp. The Italian hit seven aces but five double faults.
Rain helps sixth seed Ivanović overcome Czink
By Alison Wildey (Reuters)
French Open finalist Ana Ivanović made the most of a rain break to overcome Hungarian Melinda Czink 6-0 7-6 in the first round at Wimbledon on Wednesday.
The Serbian sixth seed with the powerful serve raced through the first set in 19 minutes, but left-hander Czink rallied at the start of the second set, breaking Ivanović when she sent the ball long.
Ivanović, 19, was 2-1 down and at deuce on Czink's serve when the rain came, forcing both players off the court.
"It helped me a lot because I could take some time and realise what I was doing wrong," Ivanović said of the rain.
"Then from the first moment when I was back on court, I could be more aggressive again," she told reporters.
"I started a very good match. I think I played some really good tennis, but then she started being much more aggressive. I didn't adjust to that really quickly.
Ivanović broke back after the 40-minute rain-delay, but the 1.86 metres tall Serb was still made to work for her points.
Czink, ranked 133 in the world, pushed the set to a tiebreak, only to give Ivanović the match when she put a forehand out.
Ivanović faces American Meilen Tu in the second round.
The Serb, who famously practised shots in an empty swimming-pool in war-torn Belgrade, capitulated to world number one Justine Henin in last month's Roland Garros final, but was confident that when it came, her second Grand-Slam final would be easier.
"I think every Grand-Slam final you play, you're nervous, you have some kind of nerves you have to deal with. Just because you've been in that situation before[,?] you have to deal with it.
"Every next match I play, if I get this feeling that I'm nervous, I will just go back to that experience and say, 'What can be more nervous that a Grand-Slam final?' So that will help me for sure."
Q: "How do you feel when people say you are the prettiest girl ever to play at Wimbledon?"
A: "Once you're on the court, it doesn't matter the way you look. It doesn't help you win points."
IMO, Jelena Dokić and Karina Habšudová are the prettiest girls ever to have played at Wimbledon! ;-)
2. Second-round result (Thursday 28th June)
+ ANA IVANOVIĆ [6,DF] d. Meilen Tu, 6-4 6-3
Ivanović uses French experience at Wimbledon
By Alison Wildey (Reuters)
Sixth seed Ana Ivanović drew on her experience at last month's French Open final to help her to a 6-4 6-3 win over American Meilen Tu at Wimbledon on Thursday.
Ivanović had to work hard for the second-round victory against the world number 38, who increased in confidence and attacked the net as the match wore on.
"It was a very tough match for me," Ivanović told a news conference.
"I don't know how much the score indicates that, but it was fight. She played really well today. We had lot of long rallies. But my serve was working very well today. I was mixing it a lot. That helped me a lot to get through today's match," she said.
The tall 19-year-old became the first player to represent Serbia in a Grand-Slam final when she lost to Justine Henin at Roland Garros, and said the memories of that encounter had helped her since.
"I've been through so many tough matches in the French Open, so now when I'm in the same situation, I just go back to that experience and I feel able to go through that again. I feel strong and confident," she said, adding that she was still finding her feet on grass.
"It takes some time to adjust to it. But now I'm starting to feel better on the court. I feel I'm moving well. I just want to play my game basically, try to be more aggressive, which I think can be very useful in the grass."
Ivanović broke Tu in the opening game when she put a backhand into the net, but was then forced to save two break-points in the next game, the second with an ace.
She broke Tu again in the second set. At 5-3, Ivanović set up match-point on her opponent's serve, and sealed her place in the third round when Tu hit a backhand long.
Dr. Andrew Broad
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