Andrew's eyewitness report & photos for Tuesday
DFS CLASSIC (Edgbaston, Birmingham, England; grass; WTA Tier III)
1. My photos
2. Practice: Vaidišová v Wickmayer
Master-reports for Birmingham 2008:
Andrew's eyewitness reports & photos (Monday to Sunday)
1. My photos
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I have uploaded all my photos for Tuesday 10th June 2008, in one big zip-file, to:
Nicole Vaidišová (67)
Sabine Lisicki (44)
Marta Domachowska (28)
Michaëlla Krajíček (22)
Séverine Brémond (34)
Marina Eraković (25)
Stéphanie Dubois (10)
Yanina Wickmayer (8)
coach David Felgate (8)
Ekaterina Makarova (6)
Angelique Kerber (6)
Nathalie Dechy (3)
Tatiana Poutchek (3)
Margit Rüütel (2)
Julie Ditty (1)
Marion Bartoli (1)
Samantha Stosur (1)
MC Vicki Stone (1)
2. Practice: Vaidišová v Wickmayer (Tuesday 10th June)
At about 12:50 BST, I saw Nicole Vaidišová walking towards Court 1, where Nathalie Dechy and Séverine Brémond were playing for the honour of becoming Nicole's second-round opponent.
Nicole looked stunning in tight pink shorts and a white, sleeveless top, and I thought she was going to stop and watch the match on Court 1, but by the time I got my camera out, she had disappeared.
However, Nicole reappeared a few minutes later (at 12:57, to be precise). I followed her to the practice-courts, and watched her entire half-hour practice-session with Yanina Wickmayer (who would go on to reach the final).
Nicole and Yanina hit a long series of groundstrokes, and then practised with one of them at the baseline and the other at the net hitting volleys and overheads. Then they practised serving and returning each other's serves, and finally Nicole played a service-game against Wickmayer, in which Nicole hit a backhand pass-winner down the line.
Nicole looked happy in her practice-session, but as Iveta Benešová remarked after beating Nicole at the French Open, "She's happy because she's in love."
Is it love or is it what?
Who's this guy I'm gonna blow away?
What kind of love is he giving you?
I'm a-dizzy's what I'm trying to say
[David Bowie, "Too Dizzy"]
After this practice-session, I followed Nicole back to Court 1, and she sat at the top of the hill to watch Dechy v Brémond. She was with this shorter, older blonde lady whom I presume to be her mother Riana - obviously Nicole didn't inherit her height from her! ;-) But they left before the end of the match.
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