JJ vs Moon face:
So here I was eagerly awaiting the most important match of the day, while some people had started to leave already..
(can't blame them, it's a working night, people don't need JJ drama so late at night).
JJ seemed happy at the start. She was chatting with the "winners of the coin toss" (Apparently, you sign up every day and one lucky person gets to toss the coin at the match). Sneki had already started her customary sips.
JJ started well. Had an early BP, didn't convert. At 1-2 down, some lady in the crowd was asking "Is she going to tank the match?". The older more knowledgable granny replied "No, she had an injury last week. She'll keep fighting, she's a fighter"
The conversation freaked me out, i was like oh oh, is she going to lose today like last week.
She started her service game down 1-2 poorly. 0-15 and then stopped play to challenge a call.
Luckily it was out and she won the challenge and the game.
JJ broke for 3-2 with some superb return winners. Hit an ace to go up 30-0 and then went on her mini picnic and lost the game. She broke right back though. She was moving ok, not her very best, but was hitting her BHs well and was definitely the aggressor. I didn't feel like she was ball bashing. Absolutely loved her first serve
. She was going for it all the time. Consistently at 100-107 MPH. Spinning her second serves in, but Vera was looking to attack them. She broke again for 4-3 and then closed out the set 6-4.
Apparently sipping water during points is contagious as evidenced in this pic as a Serbian fan sips away...
I was surprised by the stats in set 1. It seemed like she had played better than the stats indicated. Oh well, bottom line was she had set 1 in the bag.Onto Set 2 then...
Set 2 started with a break for JJ 1-0 then..
The next game was a marathon as JJ struggled mightily in an attempt to hold serve. This was a crazy game.
. JJ DF like 5 times but hit 5 aces as well. It went to several Deuces. JJ was moving much better and defending beautifully until Vera finally wore her down. I knew then that this was a pivotal game. A break back here and Vera was right back in the match...
Now everything started annoying JJ. The lights were getting in her eyes, the insects were forever milling around...her pesky opponent was refusing to bow down to the empress as is customary for every qualifier....
Shoo, you little insect or i'll crush you like a bug!!!...oh wait you are a bug, i'll just crush you then..
She finally got broken at 3-4 down . She started ball bashing in that final game of set 2... and promptly lost that game and set 2.
She was cussing throughout the last few games. It must have been bad, because Sneki and her hitting partner were stone cold silent. Someone asked the Serbian fan what she was saying. He kept quiet and just shrugged his shoulder. "If this were a men's match, i would tell you what was being said".
So much for JJ being lady like. Sneki kept saying "C'mon JJ C'mon"...
During set 2, JJ challenged a line call . It was an incorrect challenge , Sneki was like "That's the wrong ball, that hawk eye is not correct" Also, during set 2 , for a ball that was in she was saying "that's definitely out". JJ's hitting partner shook his head and said, "no, that was good". It's obvious where JJ gets her immaculate bat-like vision from.
They called a 10 minute heat break at 11:00 pm.. That's how humid it was. JJ was furious, she was bleating away complaining to Sneki as she walked away...