Hlavackova, Matevzic, Bychkova, Kurhajcova, Pironkova, Benesova, Camerin, Kosinska
Gajdosova, Loit, Ondraskova, Camerin, Paszek, Klepac, Muller, Srebotnik
Birnerova, Loit, Voracova, Drake, Muller, Stewart, Hradecka, Oprandi, Sucha, Garbin
Doubles ceremony (Hradecka, Voracova, Birnerova, Loit), Matevzic, Krizan
Camerin, Doubles trophy presentation (Voracova, Birnerova, Loit, Hradecka), Garbin, Paszek, Klepac, Sucha
Today was the first day that I went to Portoroz this year.
I saw parts of the following matches:
Oprandi vs. Klepac
Paszek vs. Benesova
Loit vs. Ondraskova
Camerin/Gagliardi vs. Hlavackova/Kurhajcova
Drake/Müller vs. Birnerova/Loit
Kosinska/Pin vs. Gajdosova/Stewart
Well this is my report for the day, I know it's long and boring, but if you're interested give it a read.
As I got there just after 1pm, I watched the ending of the first set between Loit and Ondraskova
Emilie just wasted a bp for 4-5 and Zuzana quickly quickly closed it out afterwards, so I really can't say much of what was going on in the first set. Emilie was not happy with her game and was quite vocal about it.
There was some tension, between the two as Loit complained a few times about Ondraskova taking too much time between points.
Random player spottings:
Gajdosova, Benesova, Drake, Camerin, Kurhajcova, Pin
Soon after the start of the second set between Loit and Ondraskova I went to Court B to watch Jarka (Gajdosova)
play dubz together with Bryanne Stewart
against Kosinska and Pin
. A huge crowd of 5 gathered to follow that match and at least 2 or 3 were from the Gajdosova/Stewart camp.
Jarka/Bryanne were the better team, but with some sloppy play allowed Kosinska/Pin to get back into the first set after trailing 2-4. Jarka was serving for the set at 6-5, but got broken, she hit some DFs and they had some errors and she was visibly annoyed with her play.
Kosinska/Pin took an early lead in the tb and managed to close it out.
After that I went back to the Loit match in time to see Emilie close out the set. She was starting to work her magic and with spins and slices forced Zuzana to run around and she couldn't keep up.
After that second set I went to centre court in time to see the last few games of the first set between Klepac and Oprandi
. Romina was just serving for the set at 5-4, but Andreja broke to 15 and then held for 6-5.
She was in control, hitting powerful groundstrokes and reading Romina's game well, esp. her numerous dropshots that did little damage as the match progressed, if anything Klepac had the better dropshots, when she used them.
Random player spottings:
Bychkova, Pironkova (both decided to stay in Portoroz a bit longer it seems), Birnerova, Muller, Hlavackova
After the first set between Klepac and Oprandi I went back to court B to find Jarka/Bryanne cruising. I watched them win the second set 6-2, they were owerpowering their opponents (well they were playing Pin, not that much of a task really
After that set I went to see the final of Loit match, she was serving for the match at 5-2 but got broken. The hope for Ondraskova was shortlived as Loit then broke for the match. And Zuzana left the court in a hurry, while Emilie stayed behind chatting with her coach near the fence.
Emilie went to a practice court later in the day with her coach and before they started Pin came by after her doubles match so they chatted for a few minutes, Emilie then played football with her coach on the practice court.
Random player spottings:
Hradecka, Voracova, Muller, Paszek
As there was no play on the outside courts I returned to the centre court, where Andreja was a break down early in the second set. Romina made Andreja run more and Andreja made more errors.
One of the funnier moments of the day was when at one point Romina demanded the winning ball from a ballboy, but he didn't see it and rolled the ball back, so Romina called him an idiot.
I left that match at 4-2 for Romina and went outside to watch Camerin and Gagliardi
take on Hlavackova and Kurhajcova
Match offered little spectacular play, but offered a lot in eye candy.
MEC and Gagliardi steamrolled through the first set. They had some support from the stands as a guy was shouting Brava Manu, brava Cameroon (
After that set I walked around a bit and got pics from Kata, Tsveti and Katya Bychkova. I later watched her practice a bit.
After MEC and Gagliardi won the set, I went to court B just in time to see Jarka and Bryanne close the match out 6-0 in the third. After the match Jarka's coach spoke with both outside the courts for a few minutes discussing the match.
in the meantime MEC and Gagliardi started to struggle and dropped the second set in the tb, Hlavackova and Kurhajcova needed some 5sps to close it out though.
As I saw that match won't finish so soon I went to the centre court, where Andreja was 3-1 up in the final set after losing the second set 4-6. The crowd was going crazy. After getting a 4-1 lead Oprandi took a medical timeout.
By then I was running back and forth the centre and grandstand courts trying to see the endings of both MEC's and Andreja's matches. After Andreja closed out the match at 6-1 in the third I went straight to the grandstand court, where MEC and Gag were 4-0 up in the final set. I stayed to watch that.
The pair took their second or third mp to get the second bagel of that match.
During the match MEC was a couple of times angry at herself and so was Hlavackova on the other side, shouting out some stuff at her at various points.
Finally I was able to take a bit of a break as I didn't want to go to Benesova vs. Paszek
Next up on grandstand were Drake/Muller vs. Birnerova/Loit
. I wasn't too interested in that so I went to get something to drink.
When I got to centre court Tamira was already 5-0 up. She was pumped up, while Iveta was doing her best Kookie impression.
Tamira was overpowering Iveta, who got some support from Hradecka and Voracova, who were sitting right next to me.
Tamira got an early break in the second for 1-2, but Iveta immediately broke back and it seemed she was finally on track, even though she was not on equal terms as it was still Tamira dictating the play. I left during the next changeover at 3-2 for Tamira. I returned not more than 10 minutes later to see how it was going along and only saw the handshake. Iveta sucked soooo much. After the match Tamira was visibly happy, I overheard her saying it was quicker than expected. She was recieving congratulations and talked on the phone for like an hour, cause everytime I saw her around she was on the phone.
Outside Loit and Birnerova were winning easily and it was clear to see, who the weakest link on court was.
Maureen was struggling badddd, her forehands landed meters behind the baseline or hit the bottom of the net. She is, of course as we know, quite the character, she kept shouting at herself and at the end of the match threw her racquet and kicked her bag.
Sucha hung around the complex at that time and you could hardly tell she's a tennis player as she was dressed quite elegant, well the giveaway were the tennis racquet and strings in her hand.
After Emilie's doubles match, Martina stopped her asking if they could hit together tomorrow, but Emilie pointed at Birnerova, her doubles partner, saying she's scheduled to hit with her.
It was kinda an
moment as Martina was turned down.
At that time I also saw Hlavackova again, she's soooo cute.
Before leaving I quickly went to centre court, where an exhibition was played so I saw a bit of Matevzic and Krizan as well.
I'm very likely going again tomorrow.
As I don't feel like uploading all 150+ pics I took, I'm just gonna upload those of players people want to see
So I have pics of following players:
Quality of pics of some players is not the best though (stupid sun