Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
Eyewitness news from gorgeous Bali
I arrived in beautiful Bali on Friday evening - September 7, 2007. Then I went to the venue at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Nusa Dua on Sunday, September 9, 2007. I got there at 10 AM. The set-up of the tourney is still the same. Though it is now called "Commonwealth Bank Tennis Classic", "Wismilak International" as co-sponsor is still pretty much visible. "Wismilak" as brand name is still strong as I can see in the tourney's official towels, T-shirts, umbrellas and many other goodies.
My first pick was Q1 match between Sorana vs Sunitha on center court. Sorana was quite impressive. She seemed such a sweet gal. In my opinion, I have not seen much improvement in Sunitha's game. I watched her last year when she lost to Angelique Widjaja. I was happy for Sorana!!!
Sorana served 1st with good serve but then she hit her FH into the net, 0-15. Another good serve came from Sorana and Sunitha had hard time to return it, 15 all. Sorana served into the net then 2nd serve was okay, after several strokes' exchange, Sorana's BH into the net, 15-30. Then Sorana hit DF, 15-40. After rally, Sunitha hit her FH winner, 0-1...
Sunitha's 1st time serve was wide, then she hit 2nd serve and these two players exchanged groundies but Sorana managed to hit FH winner, 0-15. After 5 strokes' exchange, Sunitha's FH was wide, 0-30. Then Sorana's turn to hit FH into the net, 15-30. Sunitha hit DF, 15-40. Too bad, Sorana FH return was wide, 30-40. Good serve from Sunitha from the 1st time, and she was able to hit BH down the line winner, deuce. Another DF from Sunitha's serve, ADV Sorana. Damn, Sorana hit her FH into the net, deuce #2. Good serve from Sunitha again, and Sorana hit a wide FH return, ADV Sunitha. Good serve again, Sorana was awesomely hit a deep FH right on the baseline and Sunitha could not handle it...deuce #3. After 8 strokes' exchange, Sunitha capitalized FH dtl winner, ADV Sunitha. Another good serve by Sunitha but she hit her FH too long, deuce #4. DF again from Sunitha, ADV Sorana. Sorana hit wide FH, deuce #5. Good serve by Sunitha, 6 strokes from two players were executed...Sorana then was able to hit FH dtl winner, ADV Sorana. Good serve by Sunitha and she hit her FH wide, 1-1.
That was just the 1st 2 games...Sunitha had 9 DFs, Sorana had 3 DFs.
Then, I focused on Czink vs Tananta. Both players made a lot of UEs but Czink was definitely made more UEs than Tananta...Each game was close...Tananta played well and kept on fighting...Czink was quite emotional at times...I did not watch final set since I had to go the drawing ceremony...I was shocked when I knew that Tananta won finally!!!
to be continued