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rseto
Apr 1st, 2005, 10:05 AM
Here is my report for the Nasdaq tournament. I went from Friday to Monday during the day session and usually watched the matches on the outer courts. I am writing this from my memory so I hope there's nothing totally off. The only matches that I watched from start to end were the Golovin matches so there's a lot more material on her but I'll try to add tidbits from all the other WTA and ATP matches. Thanks to everybody else who has written one in the past!

Friday, March 25

I saw Clijsters play a practice match with Hantuchova early in the morning. Kim seemed to be better but I didn't think Daniela would lose so early.

Irvin vs Safina - Watched the 1st set of this match. I've seen Marissa play several times since she was at Stanford and this was one of her best match. She used a variety of shots and pretty much outrallied Safina during the set. Dinara also seemed to lose her composure. I didn't think the 2nd set would go 6-0 Safina but I was surprised that Marissa pulled of the win.

Henin-Hardenne vs Spears – Watched the end of the 2nd set when Spears was actually leading. I wasn’t sure how that happened as Justine was able to wrap up the set easily. On the games that I saw, it didn’t seem that Abigail could really trouble Justine.

I also watched parts of the Peer vs Bartoli and Monfils vs Davydenko matches but I don't remember much about them. Peer had a nice comeback against Bartoli. Thought she would lose the match in the 2nd set. I spent much of the rest of the day around the practice courts.


Saturday, March 26

Golovin vs Haynes - This was a long 3 hours match. Tatiana dominated the 1st set as it seemed that Angela couldn't compete in the rallies. The 2nd set was closer but both players had more errors in the set so it wasn't too pretty. Both players had chances to close out the set/match, especially Tatiana. I lost count of the number of match points for Tatiana (around 7 or 8). Being a fan of Golovin, unfortunately, I wasn't surprised. It seemed that she didn't go for the shots as much and was more content with hitting the ball in. That allowed Angela more of an opportunity on her shots. In the 3rd set, Tatiana played more like she did in the beginning of the match than the 2nd set. Also saw ATP player Donald Young watching parts of this match.

Haas vs Fish - I watched the 1st set of this match. Every seat in Court 1 was filled and people weren't leaving either. Haas was the stronger of the two and Fish was just too inconsistent to match up, similar to the other matches that I've seen Fish play. Everybody saw Todd Martin come in before the match began and gave him some applause and he waved to the crowd. But he left before the match began and I don't think he was back during the 1st set.

Vaidisova vs Jankovic - Vaidisova was too solid for Jankovic in this match. I thought this match would end quicker in the 2nd set but it seemed that Nicole might have lost some concentration in the middle of the 2nd set. Jelena also had some close calls go against her which didn't help. Nicole also made a comment to the umpire in which she agreed with Jelena about the questionable quality of many calls. After this match, I also watched the last couple of games of the Petrova vs Ivanovic match.

rseto
Apr 1st, 2005, 10:09 AM
Sunday, March 27

Hrbaty vs Safin – After Safin lost the 1st set, it didn’t seem like he was really in the 2nd set, especially with Hrbaty returning everything.

Molik vs Dulko – This was a tighter match than I thought it would be. Dulko had chances in the 3rd set but couldn’t convert while Alicia was more solid.

Monfils vs Lee – This was a good match. Monfils is the type of player who would make or try to make the spectacular shots while Lee is just a solid player. Gael just had a quick start in the 3rd set tiebreaker and didn’t look back. In terms of attitude, Monfils is interesting. He would often give Lee an applause with his racket after a good shot but he would also show the vicht, like Hewitt, or pound his chest with his fist. After he won, he threw two shirts and other stuff into the crowd and walked off without wearing a shirt.

Nadal vs Verdasco – After the Monfils match, this was a letdown. Verdasco tried to hit winners but they either landed out or into the net. And Nadal needs to wear looser pants as observed by me and others around me.

Golovin vs Bovina – As in other matches, Golovin seemed more comfortable in the underdog role. Both players were holding pretty easily in the 2nd set, even though it was played in windy conditions on an outside court. Tatiana wrapped up the match with an ace. As for Elena, she needs to know that hitting a ball hard doesn’t matter if it doesn’t go in. There were relatively important points in the 2nd set where she had the upper hand in a rally but lost the points when she hit a hard shot out or into the net.


Monday, March 28

Henin-Hardenne vs Molik – I only watched the end of the 3rd set but I should have watched it earlier. After the other matches, it was enjoyable watching these two play with their one handed backhands and the angles that they try to play. Alicia needs a little more speed to match up with a player like Justine though.

Ancic vs Haas – Watched the 1st set of this match. It was tight but Ancic was able to match Haas on the ground and was able to win points at the net also.

Clijsters vs Myskina – Most in the crowd were pulling for Clijsters. Myskina just made too many errors to match up with Kim.

Dementieva vs Golovin – A lot to say about this match. First about the match itself, it was filled with errors but there were some good rallies. Elena had two double faults to end the 1st set. She also had a better second serve on display even though it was sometimes inconsistent. Tatiana tried to rally with Dementieva but Elena’s ground strokes were too solid and she kept fighting back even after losing the 1st set. Elena never gave Tatiana any short balls that she could attack. Tatiana never tried to draw Elena to the net, where she could use her good passing shot, which was something that Tatiana did in her previous match.

This match was played on a fairly good size court but the crowd was basically dead. It didn’t help that there were a lot of errors but it was still dead. In fact at one point, there was a long rally that ended with a clean winner by Dementieva to little applause. After Elena hit it, she raised her hands and I thought that the umpire might have overruled it and she was protesting but that wasn’t the case. I think she was trying to say to the crowd that you should make some noise when there is a good and long rally that ends with a winner. Sadly, it didn’t work much.

There was also a strange incident in the stands. In the middle of the match, I decided to move closer to the Golovin camp so I missed with happened in the beginning. Once I got there, I saw this guy wearing black pants and hard black shoes and holding a tennis racket. Now, his wardrobe raised my eyebrow as everybody else was wearing light clothing and tennis shoes. Then as play resumed, he got irritated when a call went against Elena to end a game and made a comment towards the court basically saying that that was five calls that were wrong and yelled some minor threats toward the umpire and linesperson. Since I just got there, I couldn’t tell whether he was a fan of one player or just irritated at the calls. I personally thought it was a well-called match. However, while he was making his verbal statements, he was also waving around his racket and he was standing behind a rail where Tatiana’s mother was sitting. There was an older male sitting with Tatiana’s mother who basically told him to cool down. There were also two staff members sitting nearby who intervened and told him to cool down. This led to two brief intense conversations between one of the staff member and the “fan” who then decided to go to the other side of the court. This staff member was not to be messed with as he got on his cell phone and soon, two police officers came and escorted the “fan” out of the court. And all of this was from a match where everybody else was sitting on their hands and not making any reactions.

Ivanovic/Vaidisova vs Garbin/Krizan – Garbin/Krizan actually played like a doubles team but lost. Ivanovic/Vaidisova were just too talented individually. Ivanovic and Vaidisova gave a hand slap before each point but it didn’t seem like they were that tight.

Finally, in Miami, there was a lot of support for the South American players but the Colombians seemed especially into it. There were some good chants that they created for Castano, which was why I put some Vcash for Castano against Schnyder. Something to remember for next year.

crazillo
Apr 1st, 2005, 01:19 PM
Thanx for your report! :)

Strange thing in the Golovin match indeed.

urklerlay
Apr 1st, 2005, 06:53 PM
rseto -

thanx for your great report. I was at IW, and found it hard to watch 1 match in its entireity. w/ 8 courts, I always thought there was an even better match on another court.

as for the Dementieva match, i saw some of her 2 or 3rd round match and it was also dead. hardly anyone there considering she was the 2nd largest of all the courts.