Birmingham 2010: Andrew's third-round eyewitness report & photos
AEGON CLASSIC (Edgbaston, Birmingham, England; grass; WTA International)
2. Third-round eyewitness report: Rybáriková v Karatantcheva
Master-thread for my Birmingham 2010 reports & photos:
Andrew's eyewitness reports & photos (final added 23rd July 2010)
1. Photos (Thursday 10th June 2010)
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Since I don't have time to upload hundreds of photos a day individually, I have uploaded each batch of photos as a large zip-file (approximately as many megabytes as photos).
Thursday's photos are in three volumes (all photos of Magda are in Part 3).
Thursday Part 3 (Photos 264 to 431)
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Magdaléna Rybáriková (82 photos)
Aravane Rezaď (30)
Sesil Karatantcheva (25)
Anna Chakvetadze (21)
Mirjana Lučić (13)
Maria Sharapova (8)
Alison Riske (6)
Michelle Larcher de Brito (3)
Angelique Kerber (2)
Alla Kudryavtseva (2)
Yanina Wickmayer (1)
Tamarine Tanasugarn (1)
Magda looked very upset when she lost her title (Photos 357–365).
2. Third-round eyewitness report: Rybáriková v Karatantcheva (Thursday 10th June 2010)
- MAGDALÉNA RYBÁRIKOVÁ [10,EF] lt. Sesil Karatantcheva [Q], 2-6 7-6 (7/3) 2-6
Magda struggled in cold, windy conditions with the odd raindrop. It was so cold that Magda wore a winter-coat as she went to and from the court! She was very erratic until she trailed 2-6 *3-5, but did at least play some dynamic all-court tennis to save the second set (even saving a match-point at 2-6 4-5*). As the defending champion, she looked very upset when she lost.
There was no immediate sign of the troubles to come as Magda held her opening service-game to 15 with a backhand dropshot-winner and a backhand drop-volley winner. In a game of four deuces at *1-1, Magda squandered four game-points, and although she hit a forehand dropshot-winner, an off-forehand winner and two aces in that game – one to save the first break-point – she finished the game with three unforced backhand errors in a row to get broken for 1-2*.
Magda pegged Karatantcheva back from 1-2* (0/40*) to Deuce with a crosscourt forehand winner and a forehand smash-winner, but Karatantcheva nevertheless consolidated her break with two forced errors: *1-3. Magda held for 2-3* with a couple of excellent lobs, but Karatantcheva held for 4-2* as Magda hit three forehand winners but five backhand errors – certainly an area of her game that needs work.
Magda at *2-4 gave Karatantcheva a look at at least three second serves, and a couple of deep returns forced Magda into backhand errors; Karatantcheva broke for *5-2, and served out the first set to 15 – gift-wrapped by a couple of wild errors by Magda.
Magda opened the second set with a terrible service-game, finishing with a double fault at 0/40. She had a break-back point at 2-6 0-1* (40/30*), but three unforced errors let Karatantcheva off the hook. Magda hit a crosscourt backhand winner as she held to love for 1-2*. She hit two backhand volley-winners for a 30/0* opening, but wasted it with four unforced errors: *1-3. Magda hit an off-forehand volley-winner en route to 40/15, but was pegged back to Deuce before holding for 2-3*. Karatantcheva held for 4-2*, and Magda held to love for 3-4* with some good error-forcing play. Magda's attempts to go to the net met with two pass-winners as Karatantcheva held serve; she was then two points from victory at 6-2 5-3* (30/15*). And then the turnaround began.
Magda recovered to hold for 4-5*, and then saw her coach (Mojmír Mihal) at the changeover. Judging by how she played for the rest of the second set, he probably told her to be aggressive and go to the net. Karatantcheva actually had her first match-point at 6-2 *5-4 (40/30) but hit a backhand long, then Magda went to the net on the next two points, hitting a forehand smash-winner and a backhand volley-winner to break back for *5-5! She held to love for 6-5* with some deep, error-forcing shots, then pegged Karatantcheva back from 6-5* (15/40*) with an off-forehand winner and a forehand volley-winner; Karatantcheva needed four game-points to force the tiebreak. Magda recovered an early mini-break with a backhand volley-winner, then cruised through the rest of the tiebreak as Karatantcheva made a series of unforced errors.
Sadly, Magda couldn't carry the momentum of the end of the second set over to the third, although she did hit the shot of the match to hold for 1-1*: a fantastic crosscourt forehand volley-winner deep into the corner at full stretch! But she couldn't put any pressure on Karatantcheva's serve. Magda recovered from *1-2 (15/40) with an error-forcing backhand volley and a virtual ace, and held for 2-2* after an ace and two forehand smash-winners, but that was to be the last game she would win.
Karatantcheva's error-forcing depth helped her to take a 1:1 3-2* (40/15*) lead, and though Magda saved those break-points with a forehand volley-winner and a forehand smash-winner, she dropped serve anyway with a couple of unforced errors: 2-4*. Magda hit a sliced backhand winner off a dropshot en route to 40/15*, but couldn't convert those break-points, and some more unforced errors made it *2-5. Magda reached 30/15 with a spectacular high backhand smash-winner, but two forehand errors brought up Karatantcheva's second match-point, and though Magda saved it with a service-winner, two more unforced errors sent her back to the locker-room, where there would be weeping and grinding of teeth.
My full report – with a description of every point – is on my new website:
Dr. Andrew Broad
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