We're ready for Grass Stains
*Did you know that in the last 2 years the player who wins Eastbourne has won Wimbledon? --- Alx
Welcome to the Grandslam that everyone wants to win the most. Stepping into center, one dreams of conquering through their 7 given foes and ending up being adored by the duchess of kent and holding up the illustrious Golden Dish.
But then again, playing here are like dreams themselves. It could be pumped-up one where you win every single time you go for it or it could be a really horrendous nightmare that when you hit the ball, it can?t seem to find the court.
And going for it is what its all about. this surface doesn?t reward safe play. It gives dividend when you go all out. a kamikaze attack to the net, pounding the ball down-the-line or serving so beautifully that your coach is crying happy tears.
How would the players go about it playing this wonderful tournament? How could one survive? Would Sabine repeat? Would Ruflina triumph? Would Larissa or Larisa take it?
?Wimbledon is my favourite tournament, I like the people, the strawberries, the originality and of course this special feeling. I think you know what I mean, Wimbledon is important for all tennisplayers. A victory on the Centre Court is a great moment, if you win the last final match, you become a hero. A hero in tennis and you can say "hey man I am proud to be a Wimbledon Champion. Playing on grass is something different. Serve & volley is one of the weapons on this fast surface, but everybody can win on it. I prefer to play serve & volley, I like to play near the net. This year I have to defend my title, this will be tough. I do not think I am the favourite after my worst clay season. Larisa, Ruflina, Paula and Byranne will be the favourites to win this year. But let me tell you something about my Wimbledon history...in 2000 I lost to Ferrer on Centre Court 6-8, but this was one of my best matches on this green grass. Last year my special dream came true. I was seeded 14th, I had nothing to lose and I did not expect anything. My first round match against Spain's Conde-Martinez was tough, I made too many unforced errors but I could win it. Against Brenda [Van Haak] and Krouklikova my service was the winner at the end of this matches. In the semis the thriller started against top player Ferrer. In the final set she was leading 5-2 I believe, I came back, saved several matchpoints and could win it with an ace 15-13 was the final set. This was unbelievable but in the finals Ruffy and I played an awesome match full of winners and nice rallies...I won't forget the matchpoint....my tears dropped down on court. This was fantastic!?
--- Sabine Graf
Wimbledon means a lot to me! That is where I played my first tournament and where I had my first win. It's really nice there! They treated me very well and I remember Me and Monica [Gambill] played a doubles match and lost in three sets, the crowd where always cheering us on. I will be training hard on grass, and playing in the Ordina Open to get some match practice.?
--- Sophia Sabatini
I really like WImbledon, the atmosphere at the tournament. It definitely has a lot of tradition and that is something you can feel when you are playing on any of the courts. The people get involved very well. The rain delays do annoy me a fair bit though, and i think it would be better if the matches started earlier in the day, but i do like the tournament none-the-less. Grass is definitely not my favourite surface. I have a lot of difficulty in adjusting to the quick low bounces. However, last year i did better at Wimbledon then the French or Australian open's so you never know what is going to happen. That is definitely my attitude for this year. I am going in there positive, not letting the surface get to me. I haven't been playing that well lately, so I am going to have to practice a lot on grass this year. Last year, I played tashkent, on hardcourts in between the French and Wimbledon, and i think that was a mistake. This year I'll be playing Birmingham and Eastbourne, and I hope i can get some competitive matches against top players in. I know that my game is not suited perfectly for grass, but i need to remain positive and not try to change my game to suit the surface - that is when you run into problems.?
--- Marteena Huubere
To me wimbledon is the most important grandslam.Even though grass is not my best surface it is the most important to me cos i'm british and it has a long history.This year should be the best wimbledon ever with the depth on the FWT tour at the moment at its highest level ever.Larisa Ferrer doesn't have it all her own way. My main aim for wimbledon is to win a match as my grandslam results have always been poor.I'm going to train hard and change my game slightly so i come into the net more?
--- Monica Gambill
"I am really looking forward to play the tournament and one of my favorite tournaments because grass is more suit to my games. So, my goal is winning Wimbledon this year!"
--- Bryanne Applegate
What is certain though that there bounds to be upsets, there bounds to be giant-killers, there bounds to be exciting moments. So, get out your whites and get ready to go green.