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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 2006, 04:29 AM Thread Starter
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this thread is for anyone who is going to pilot pen and would like to share their experiences with everyone, give match reports, or anything like that.

Im going tomorrow and am crazy excited. I will definitely be seeing:

Myskina vs. Santangelo
Golovin vs. Kuznetsova
Hantuchova vs. Groenefeld
Davenport vs. Srebotnik
Chakvetezde vs. Voskoboeva(same time as Myskina, but i want to see both )
also Blake if anyone cares about that

unfortunately i dont have a camera so pictures wont be available from me, but i will report back tomorrow night with what I see!

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i'm going thursday for day and night session.

dementieva + sharapova + bartoli + chakvetadze
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hope you don't mind me jumping into this thread with this but i found two blogs from the new haven tournament. the bloggers are from two local newspapers. be nice to the bloggers!

http://pilotsblognhr.blogspot.com/
http://blogs.courant.com/sports_championship/
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just got home...didnt take notes there so im doing everything from memory but i have sooo much to tell about

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More report on Tati's match please.



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Calvin, did you see Chaky's match. If so, please clear up the mystery, what the hell was going on and why did she retire on match point?

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ok guys i didnt get to go today because i was exhausted from getting home so late last night from danka's match
if i get the chance i will go tomorrow.... these are the wta matches i saw...

some of the beginning and the last set of Myskina vs. Santangelo
all of Chakvetezde vs. Voskoboeva
very end of Stosur vs. Sun
all of golovin vs. kuznetsova
most of davenport vs. srebotnik
and all of hantuchova vs. groenefeld

ill do reports one by one, and i also saw lots of players practicing, so i can give you some info about that as well....

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ok so i get there and had never been there before so me and my sister are kind of just walking around and exploring. Its about 930 and matches didnt start until 10. There are tons of people looking through the breaks in the trees that are blocking the practice courts, but they are all men playing and to be honest i couldnt recognize most. Saw monflis, rochus, clement. Most i didnt know at this point. So we go to leave and my sister walks into someone and i here the lady in her accent go very sorry, and I knew right away my sister just walked into Justine Henin. I was in shock ive only been to the us open and never been this close to a pro player before. Im not an autograph kind of person so it didnt try for one just kind of stared at her lol.
Right away i noticed that in this area outside of the practice courts players were stretching and jogging all over the place. Mauresmo was two feet away from me. Srebotnik was there and sorry to her fans but she looks freakishly thin in person. I know im a daniela fan, but i think srebotnik looks scary skinny, maybe because shes so tall but i was like yikes! Srebtonik was practing intense for hours. I was shocked at how hard she working on the practice courts with a match later in the day. Zvonareva was there warming up and joking around with her coach/trainer. The chinese team was all there except for na li. I didnt see her all day, she was never practicing with them or around which i thought was weird because the rest were there all day long together. Zheng, Yan, Sun and someone else, but im not sure who it was. They really are cute in person!! Bartoli came out and was talking to Mauresmo but i felt like amelie wanted to continue getting ready for her practice session. I saw Vania King with her parents i think. Is she adopted? Because they were not asain. And im pretty sure they were her parents. Likhotseva came out and started practicing with Zvonareva. Didnt watch them much but neither loooked happy or said much during it. Craybas came out and was practicing with some guy. She was shrieking really loud and you heard it for like the next hour, even on the court where I was watching anna c. Schiavone was there, and I was astonshied at how much of man she looks like in person. Scary kind of, sorry to her fans, I was literally shocked. Kuznetsova was fooling around with one of the Pilot Pen officials, i love this girls personality, she just seems like a really cool person, especially in person. So now its like 10 so i decided to go and watch anna c vs. voskoboeva, but the start was delayed so we headed over to stadium to watch myskina/santangelo.....

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myskina vs. santangelo

from what i saw in this match they were both playing relatively well
myskina was always yelling at herself and throwing her racket
santangelo has a very "different" game. full of spins, she comes into net alot and her form is just different than anything ive ever really seen before. She like jumps when she hits almost every ball. She had some really pretty drop shots and passing shots that were aggravating the hell out of myskina. She also has a very, very strong first serve. I liked her game alot and think she has the ability to be a top 20-25 player. Myskina was complaining alot about alot of calls and used all her challlenges early in the first and third sets. She was wrong everytime i saw her use it Santangelo was complaining about Myskina complaining all the time and after that a bitchfest started in the third. They were staring eachother down, it was quite funnny. There was definitely a lot of drama in that third set and the handshake afterwards was hysterical. Myskina sat down first, started putting her things together, shook hands with the chair and then mara with her bags in hand and just walked off. I didnt see the middle of this match though so cant really talk about that. This was a fun match to watch but I really wanted to see Anna C and I would be courtside for that one so we decided to go back and see it....

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Thanks for the reports! keep them coming.

I would have been the exact same if I had bumped into justine, totally in awe. I'm the exact same when it comes to autographs as well because I don't want to bother any of the players.

As for what you said about Svetlana, I hope I'm lucky enough to meet her one day because everyone seems to say she is always so friendly

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Good luck Amelie and Justine
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Any guess at who the guy coaching Tati was?

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Any guess at who the guy coaching Tati was?
she has a coach, dont know his name but i knew it was him because when the cincinnati semifinal was on tv the commentator kept talking about it and the camera was on him a few times

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ok so we go to anna c vs. voskoboeva

match was just beginning when we got there and i was courtside, 2 feet away and right behind anna c. This match was far from thrilling. Neither player showed much emotion. Anna c looked like she didnt want to be there at all from the very start. Voskoboeva was boring as hell. She was just moonballing the hell out of Anna. Anna was playing well but just kept making errors off her backhand, right after a coaching session, Galina started attacking it on every point and it worked. I think her wrist was bothering her from the beginning. She came out with it taped up and called for the trainer late in the first set. I would think it could be why she had so many backhand errors. Galina was soooo bitchy during the match, especially if anna called the trainer or took time between points. The second set was either a forehand winner from anna or a backhand error from anna. Voskoboeva was just hitting it back, lobbing it back, boring as hell match. I felt bad for anna because she was getting more and more annoyed. She called the trainer again at at 3-5 in the second set. Voskoboeva yelled out in annoyance, which was really not cool of her at all. The whole time anna is recieving treatment Galina is like a foot away from her swinging her racket and like siking herself up, obviously she had the whole court and didnt have to do it there. The chair made her move to her side, and she mumbled something under her breath. I kind of wanted to go on court and smack her i was so excited when anna fought back after that but when anna retired on mp i knew it was because she was annoyed to. Oh and galina hit the net cord twice in a row to reach mp on serve returns, kind of added insult to injury i think. Anna walked over to the chair asked for the trainer again, and then while she was sitting there(before the trainer even got there) told the umpire she was retiring. She got up and walked off and the crowd booed her for doing it on match point. I thought it was bitchy but that is why she did it i think.

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she has a coach, dont know his name but i knew it was him because when the cincinnati semifinal was on tv the commentator kept talking about it and the camera was on him a few times
His name is Dean Goldfine. I asked because there were some repors that they split after San Diego

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His name is Dean Goldfine. I asked because there were some repors that they split after San Diego
nope definitely same guy
and i think her mother was there but definitely an older woman who he was sitting next to and talking to the whole time

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