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Matt's Montréal Reports

I'll be posting reports from Montréal every day. I'm even going to bring a pad of paper to take notes, in case I forget my observations I'm going on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, and possibly Thursday if I'm not too tired by then. They're long days, from 11 to 10.

I'm going to tempt my dad into lending me his digital camera so I can take pictures of all the different players... =)

I can't wait to see the likes of Ai, Martina, Elena, Maria, Daniela, and so forth. I've been waiting for this since the Australian Open!!

(Hopefully... I'll even get to see Ai and Daniela play doubles together... and win!!)

EDIT: I'll try to have match reports, but I don't have tickets to Center Court. I get Court #1 and the grounds, though. ^^

Hantuchova/Sugiyama def. (1) Black/Huber 6-7(0) 6-3 7-6(10) saving SEVEN match points, down 2-5 in the third, and down 2-6 in the third set tiebreak in three hours

Ai Sugiyama. Jie Zheng. Zi Yan. Tamira Paszek.
Yaroslava Shvedova. Nuria&MariaJose. Yung-Jan Chan. Elena Vesnina. Flavia Pennetta.

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I'll have tickets for Center court but no ocmputer access lol. Hopefully you'll meet us Matt!

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Thanks guys! Cant wait to read the reports

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if someone can take some pictures of Dushevina it will be nice
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Matt (or someone else)

can you please watch some of the Li v Pelletier match and give us a report? Thanks
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As Li vs Pelletier will be on Center Court, I won't be able to do much. My mother has tickets to Center Court tomorrow, though, so I can ask her!

I took notes all day, should I forget any details. I took over 100 pictures (I think most of them are good, too. I deleted bad pics on the spot) but I won't get to those. I'm exhausted.

After doing the boutiques, I went to the practice courts immediately. I saw a crowd of people around Court 8, so I figured Sharapova had magically appeared out of nowhere. But no, it was Hingis! It was a pleasure to see her warm up, all the while trying to channel my photographer genes. Afterwards, when she had to give up her court to Vaidisova and Peng, she practiced with Maria Kirilenko, and that was a pleasure to watch. Maria was cute as a button, this coming from a gay guy!

I went to see Vaidisova and Peng go to the court, and Vaidisova didn't even look into the eyes of any of the fans waiting for her. Peng did, and signed balls for people who recognized her. She looks like a little princess, she does! When Martina left the court, I simply wasn't aggressive enough to get her autograph. I was disappointed, but I had a positive outlook.

I saw the end of the first set to the Final round of Doubles qualifying, Chakvetadze/Vesnina vs. Schruff/Foretz. Quick comments on these four: Vesnina comes up with aces on break points, so she really doesn't pay attention to the points, which is great; Chakvetadze looks as if she's going to cry after each point she loses; Schruff is great at the net, and knows when to intercept; Foretz has the cutest coach (why didn't I take a picture of that!!!)

Molik was practicing with Safina over on another court. Molik surprised me by how tall she was and how square she was. Safina surprised me for similar reasons. Near them, Clijsters and Kuznetsova practiced, but there were too many people to bother watching them. I then went to watch the end of Medina Garrigues vs. Granville, from 2-2 in the last set or something. No real comments on these two, I didn't really have time to digest their style. I went to see the end of the doubles qualifying, which calmed me down (for some weird reason). It almost seems as if Vesnina is a leader-style person, because she calms Chakvetadze down.

Over on a practice court, Wozniak was practicing with Mirza. Drew a huge crowd, kind of surprisingly. "Saeki" from Japan was practicing too, and she was cute! I couldn't find her in the draw, and the name doesn't ring a bell, though. Qualifier?

I saw the Bondarenko sisters practicing, and I'm not sure which one this was, but she looked pissed off, and was practically yelling at her sister (in Ukranian). She gave me an evil eye when I was taking pictures. She was wearing red shorts [for reference when I post pictures]. Na Li was stretching there, so I went over, shaking like a leaf, to ask for her autograph. She didn't say anything but signed, but didn't press hard enough on the felt marker, so it's kinda like the shade of an autograph, but I was SO happy anyways. Does she speak English? I'm curious. She was smiling at kids that were passing and singing a camp song. I watched some time during that day, and was absolutely amazed at how she hit. She really impressed me.

I went to see Shuai Peng, once again, practicing on another court. She was just serving, and I found it rather... boring. >_> So I moved on to a match court. Peer vs. Lepenchko: I saw the second set, where Peer was constantly coming back from behind in games to win them. She's very much like Vesnina in this respect. However, Lepenchko was really good, and played a lot of really smart points, and did give Shahar a lot of trouble. A bright future for Varvara, I forsee!!

I had trouble passing between the court where Nadia Petrova & Navratilova were playing and the court where Hingis was playing. Genius me took one picture here, and it was of Navratilova. I don't care if she's one of the greatest players of all time, she looked like a man. I'm not kidding. I gave her one look and thought she was a random hitting partner of Petrova's. Petrova was really tall, I was really surprised. Navratilova smashed at me. -_- Nadia laughed, and I just gave the ball back. It was a weak smash... hehe.

I waited a half hour behind Hingis's court to get an autograph. You escaped me once, but not twice! A bunch of people piled in when she was leaving, and I was right by her cart. If I didn't get it, I would've been pissed. About thirty people in a few square feet... hurts. After she signed it (<3) I couldn't get out, because people were climbing on my back to get her autograph. I nearly died for it, but I'm glad!

HIGHLIGHT OF MY DAY
I was shocked - literally, my jaw DROPPED - when I spotted Ai Sugiyama hitting balls on a court. I did not expect to see her until Tuesday, and had to give her a double look to make sure it was truly her. I sat down, and watched her - I was alone watching her, imagine that! - and smiled from ear to ear. It was fantastic. She was speaking Japanese with her mother and two men (?) so I couldn't understand what they were talking about, but they were laughing, so she must have been funny You guys have no idea how it felt to be so close to a person I look up to so much... Or maybe you do. =)

I went to see my mom, who was watching Morariu/Dulko play, and she spotted (thank God, because I would have been angry!) Li/Sun vs. Molik/Voskoboeva playing on another court. We ran over there, and watched them play. Sun was the CUTEST thing, ever! Li was... well, unique. I left the match temporarily to go back and see Sugiyama some more. I watched her for a half-hour non-stop, and got her autograph. I wanted to tell her how much I looked up to her, but I couldn't find the words, I was so nervous.

I was so happy, though. I returned to the doubles match, and it was nearly over! I was happy with the result, though. Li and Sun played fabulous today, and really deserved the win. From what I saw anyways. I was right by Sun, and really wanted her autograph, but I gave her the wrong pen! But she was nice enough to wait for me to get the right pen. But I made her sign the top of my book, and it erased! I WAS SO MAD when I saw it. I hope I get to see her play again, and get to ask her... again? Haha! I then saw my sister and her friends, who said I was a freak for taking so many pictures!

I saw Mirza after her loss, but she didn't even look phased. I almost thought she had won. I saw Golovin, but I didn't think it was her - her English was perfect. She signed my book, and I forgot to wish her good luck... See what that gave!! She was a funny person to watch.

Maria Kirilenko practicing again, and she was hitting balls, and her coach (?) was telling her not to hit a certain way, so she hit the basket of balls and they fell. The crowd laughed (and there was quite a crowd!) and so did I. Afterwards, he said something like "You're not doing what I asked you to do..." or something (he was provoking her) and she shot the ball into the basket, and it fell without dropping balls. The crowd laughed again as she said , "I was aiming to put it in the basket!"

It started to rain, so we decided to leave. I'll go back tomorrow. Matches on my radar:
Anna-Lena Groenefeld [10] vs Shuai Peng
Daniela Hantuchova [11] vs Gisela Dulko
Catalina Castano vs Jie Zheng
Golovin/Pelletier vs Kirilenko/Ivanovic
Possibly Sugiyama vs Wozniak (Might be able to get in thanks to my Mom)

The schedule will make me go from place to place though... hehe! By the way, are my reports too long?

EDIT: I also remember seeing Jackson and Castano... And Peschke... And Maria K not signing my autograph thing...

Hantuchova/Sugiyama def. (1) Black/Huber 6-7(0) 6-3 7-6(10) saving SEVEN match points, down 2-5 in the third, and down 2-6 in the third set tiebreak in three hours

Ai Sugiyama. Jie Zheng. Zi Yan. Tamira Paszek.
Yaroslava Shvedova. Nuria&MariaJose. Yung-Jan Chan. Elena Vesnina. Flavia Pennetta.
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Matt thanks so much for your report
I love how you pay attention to the Asian players ...
I don't think your report is too long at all
I enjoy reading all of the details. Who was Na practicing with?

Maybe you should post your report in General Messages? More people can read it there
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What an awesome report; it sounds like you had a really fun time

If possible I would love a little report on how Jamea plays in her match tomorrow, even for just like a game or two

I hope you have a great time again tomorrow
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Na was practicing with Catalina Castano She looked a lot... bigger, than I thought she'd be, you know?

If a moderator would move it to GM, they could, but I think it's okay here ^^

edit - didn't see your post.
I'll go check it out, I didn't see she was playing TBH. I want to catch a bit of Bondarenko/Jankovic, so I'll check it out beforehand. With so many good matches tomorrow, it'll be hard to sync, but I'll do my best ^^ I want to see Yan, Zheng and Myskina practice tomorrow. hm. I'll find a way, I did today!

Hantuchova/Sugiyama def. (1) Black/Huber 6-7(0) 6-3 7-6(10) saving SEVEN match points, down 2-5 in the third, and down 2-6 in the third set tiebreak in three hours

Ai Sugiyama. Jie Zheng. Zi Yan. Tamira Paszek.
Yaroslava Shvedova. Nuria&MariaJose. Yung-Jan Chan. Elena Vesnina. Flavia Pennetta.

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great report matt! im so glad you got to see ai!!

*Hantuchova*Cibulkova*Radwanska*Pennetta*Giorgi*

*Stephens*Hampton*Riske*Dulgheru*

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believe me I'm glad too Thanks for reading ^^ tune in tomorrow night

edit: Photos will be posted Friday... I'll do em all in one batch^^
Autographs, we'll see Hingis, Sugiyama, and Golovin's are really clear, Na's is kinda pale, and Sun's is gone LOL

Hantuchova/Sugiyama def. (1) Black/Huber 6-7(0) 6-3 7-6(10) saving SEVEN match points, down 2-5 in the third, and down 2-6 in the third set tiebreak in three hours

Ai Sugiyama. Jie Zheng. Zi Yan. Tamira Paszek.
Yaroslava Shvedova. Nuria&MariaJose. Yung-Jan Chan. Elena Vesnina. Flavia Pennetta.
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great report.. its good that Shahar come back instead of being the one blowing the leads
I hope she played well!

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Sugi Was Sugi nice to you when she signed? She is awesome with fans


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amazing report, and a lot of feelings you put here, really enjoyed reading this , thank you very much, Volcanic Tennis
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nice report!!!!



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