Maybe some people remember last years thread (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?p=5361139
), and as I think many liked it, I will do the same thread again this year.
Not as for other tourney, I wont edit my pics, just resize them and put them into a gallery, maybe in a while I will edit them for me and can post them again, but its too much work otherwise in the evening.
So lets start with today, Q-Saturday 06.05.2006
I wanted to buy a ticket for the whole week, but that wasnt possible, because they only sell very idiotic seeds as all day-week tickets. So I bought just a normal ticket, that will me cost 30 Euros more this week, but I will always have a nice seat.
I started out with the match Siegemund-Gajdosova, as you know maybe I'm a big fan of german tennis, so this was a must for me. I never saw Siegemund before and have to say, she had some impressive forehand winners, but made too much errors. But I was surprised that Jarmilia was not able to win that match more easily, I mean she has the shots, as she showed, but sometime I thought, whats she doing, by hitting so many errors. The qatarian umpire was pretty funny, when at the end of first set he did not recognize two points from Gajdosova and she herself and her coach started to ask, why the set is not over and won. The umpire seemed to be fallen asleep. Pretty funny. Jarmilias coach just said: "Welcome to the match".
But Jarmilia had the match under control and made the decisive breaks, when she was leading 5-4. I met Tatjana Malek, Andrea Petkovic and Rittner, but just said hi - after a short time Pascal from insidetennis or pascalre approached me, and we spent a very nice day together, watching the matches.
I did not really know what to do afterwards, so I showed Pascal a bit around and watched the first set of Meng Yuan vs. Bachmann, which ended in Tie-Break, where Angelika really fighted and had some setpoints against her, but won it then, with some great shots. I left afterwards to follow draws ceremonation. But after I left, the normal happend to Bachmann, she lost.
Ok, the draw ceremonation. First I was really shocked, by the state how Anna-Lena looks. She is soo thin, I can not believe it. I saw her last time last year in Croatia at Fed Cup and she was already quite thin, but now
So I found it really unorganized. Miss Orlandi from WTA Tour just was holding seeded players on little sheets in her hand and Anna-Lena was pulling them out of her hand. She really decided the place of the seeds, if she would have wanted too...The players besides the seeded ones were pulled out of a bowl by spectators while some guy was doing an interview with rittner and nobody was really interested what will happen to the draw. Quite unprofessional.
Then I was still not really sure, what match to watch, I was just waiting for Malek and Petkovic. So I joined in the mystery of Angelika Rösch. I was just awful. I mean, I dont understand why they are still handing out wildcards to her every year. Pironkova did not really impress me, she was hiting a lor of unforcede errors, her volleys were crap in a way and so Rösch even managed to get a few points, but that did not help her at all against an average Pironkova.
After that I joined Pascal again and we watched only a few games of Vesnina vs. Nagy together, because the Malek match was up to start.
Tatjana, you know she is my favourite player, I wished her Good Luck before the match and then it went a bad way. She played really awful, she was so often too far behind the baseline, so she couldnt put any power in her strokes. She made so many shots, how do you call it, with her racketframe, so the balls went outside the court quite often. Her serve was ok, without power of course, but at least she brought them in. But with that awful game style she hadnt got a glimpse of a chance against Pous Tio, which played a very routined match, just made a few errors and so Tadde lost quite quick and easily.
Last Match was Petkovic vs. Bondarenko. When I came it was 1-6 and 0-3 and I was really sad, but then it turned a completely other way. Andrea began to play consistent and Bondarenko started to make mistake after mistake. Every second ball was out or in the net. I think it was quite a good match by Petkovic after she played in 2006 only Antalya beforehand. She has a power game, a really good serve, which produced some aces. I was really happy and again I thought, she plays the better way then Tatjana. Tatjana maybe has the brain, but Andrea has the game. There was one guy, supposedly Andys boyfriend, but you never know. He went out with his mobile, during the match. I dont like him. After the match Andrea said: "I did not expect that at all to win the match, who is my next opponent?"...
That was it, I really liked it today. Its still my favourite tourney. The atmosphere was cool. I have seen Vera Zvonareva and Ai. Dinara was also there.
See you tomorrow and now, watch the pics