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paul_masterton
Jul 6th, 2005, 05:14 PM
Hi guys, i went to Wimbledon for the first 3 days and had a fab time :D I posted my day 1 report a while ago, but have finally gotten off my arse and written them all up. So for easiness will just post them all here. Am in the process of uploading all my photos, so hopefully that will be done by the weekend. If you've got any questions, I'll try and answer them, although it was 2 weeks ago so my memory may be a tad fuzzy :)


Day 0 – Left Edinburgh (1st Class!!!) at 1.30, and was due to arrive in Kings Cross at 6.30. Well just outside York our train hit something, there was a huge bang, the train shook and tons of smoke starting pouring out the left hand side. An hour later we started to trot along into York. An announcement came over saying our driver wasn’t feeling well and we needed a replacement (so I guess we did actually hit something or someone, or maybe he just got a fright, I don’t know). So another 45 minutes later they decided not to get a replacement driver and just cancel the train. By now, 3 GNER trains from Aberdeen/Edinburgh to Kings Cross were sitting in a row, and there were a hell of a lot of people trying to get on at York. So there was a mad dash across to the other platform to get a seat on the other 2 trains. Well I paid for a first class ticket, so I was sitting in first class. Unfortunately pretty much anyway was sitting in first class, coz they weren’t checking tickets. Now I’m not a snob, but if you didn’t pay for 1st class, you shouldn’t of been allowed in, delayed train or not.



Anyhoo, finally arrived into King’s Cross 2 hours late, and then had to manage the London Underground for the first time. It’s quite fun actually, really easy to use, but I can imagine it’s a nightmare when it’s busy. Eventually arrived in Wimbledon around 9pm, and it was still scorching. At 10pm, it was 28oC outside, making getting to sleep rather difficult.



Day 1 – Got up at 5.25am, and had some breakfast. Wandered up the road past a lot posh houses and joined the queue on Church Road around 7. For any of you who haven’t done it, I would highly recommend it. It’s very easy and good fun. Everyone is very chatty, and as I’m sure you all know, us Brits love a good queue. Unlike in certain countries I could mention *cough* FRANCE *cough*, by queue we mean queue. There is no pushing, or skipping or trying anything funny. You just sit and wait. You get a queue card with your number on it, and that’s you place in the queue. For anybody who thinks you have to be in the queue by 5 to get a grounds pass, you mistaken. You could of arrived around 8.30 and gotten in by 12. There was a major thunderstorm around 9, but thankfully the queue had started moving at 7.30, and by now I was positioned under the shelter of a tree (not the best place to be when there’s lightning, but I didn’t get wet). Haha, the less fortunate and unorganised people had to grab bin liners that was stationed every couple of meters along the road and turn them into macs. Got into the grounds just before 11, paid my £16 (surely the best deal in sports ever?!) and headed up to Court 18 for Keothavong vs. Diaz-Oliva. By now it was absolutely scorching, very very hot. It got above 30 just in the shade, so as a ginger Scot, I was suffering. Factor 8 was not enough!!



Started to get a bit excited, saw Sue Barker rehearsing in the studio, Boris Becker, John Inverdale, that Rashid guy (my personal highlight), and Sam Smith climbing up into the commentary box. Right, onto the matches:



Keothavong vs. Diaz-Oliva: Anne was absolutely horrendous. I don’t know who her coach is, but he needs sacked if those were the tactics he suggested. The game plan was so ridiculously wrong and stupid it wasn’t even funny. I’m guessing the only possibility is neither her or her coach have ever seen Mariana play? Anyway, she came out all guns blazing and broke to love. Was looking good and I was thinking she was gonna win. Well she didn’t. Right I’m gonna list the things that I think were wrong with what Anne did today:



1. She came to the net about 4 times, and only one of them was on her own initiative, the rest were to chase drop shots



2. She does not have a sliced backhand. I lost count of the times that I’m sure almost all the other 127 girls would have slice to get the ball in court and give them time to recover, but Anne went for a double hander, was totally off balance, hit the bottom of the net and almost fell over



3. Diaz-Oliva has a very extreme forehand grip, so even when she’s in the ‘ready’ position, she already starting to prepare for it. So what does Anne do? Always play to the forehand, even though the backhand was breaking down every time she hit to it more than a few times



4. Mariana is a solid clay courter playing her first match of the year on grass. Yes Anne doesn’t like grass, but that’s no excuse to play to her (as in Mariana’s) comfort zone. She was trading forehand from the back and playing with a HUGE amount of topspin. And as these grass courts are turning into hardcourts, it sat up very nicely and the Argentine was happy to run around getting them back letting Anne making errors.



5. She just made a hash of it. Maybe she was nervous I don’t know. But she had no plan B. It was just hit the ball hard, then when it goes wrong, hit it harder.



The one thing that did look okay, was that her movement is still fine, no effects of the injury I could see, although I did wince when she had to chase back a lob.



Anne’s attitude on court was alright, she was trying and pumped up. And she saved 4 match points to get the 2nd set a bit closer, and had chances to level it up at 5-5. But the tactics were all wrong. She needs to get out on the practice court and work on coming in, taking short balls. There were too many times she would smack a mid court ball, then retreat, and ultimately lose the point because she didn’t put the ball away. She knew she coulda done better, and should’ve because that wasn’t Anne out there today.



From Court 18 you get a decent view of Court 19, and to be honest it was a far more interesting match. I’ve decided that in my next life I’m going to be an Aussie. They just group up together, watch an Ozzie I’m sure many of them don’t know much about, and just chant and sing and have a great time.



Stosur vs. Pastikova: despite endless chants of “Ozzie, Ozzie Ozzie, Oi, Oi, Oi” and the fact it was grass, Stosur was god-awful. Michaela was a real surprise, she was playing very well, made Sam’s serve look like it was powderpuff, and was passing her very easily. She served for the set at 5-4, and that’s when the crowd started to help. Sam came back and the crowd went wild, and Michaela gave them all a good long hard evil. Anyway, Sam’s serve let her down in the breaker and she lost it. After a tight game at 1-1, Sam fell away rather badly.



Wandered up Henman Hill, god Wimbledon is an amazing place, I can see why people love it, the atmosphere is just something else.



Went back to court 18 to watch a bit of Llewellyn vs. Kuznetsova: Becky was just way out of her depth. She didn’t play a bad match, and had 4 break points early on, and perhaps if she took them it coulda been different. The term “blown off the court” is often overused in tennis, but it has never been so apt. Becky just couldn’t cope with the weight of shot coming toward her. After 2 or three strokes from the back she just couldn’t time it and hit a wild error, or couldn’t chase down the ball. Her serve looked alright, movement a bit suspect at times, but a nice game, just not up to this level. She stayed positive though, there wasn’t really anything else she could do. Jo Durie and Alan Jones were watching her play, so maybe she is still involved with them?



It’s worth noting that you can hear the roars from Centre and Court 1, and a lot of the players’ ears seem to prick up, almost as if you can see them thinking “I wanna be there”.



Went for a wee wander, David Sherwood won easily, while Vadisova sneaked past Jankovic. Abi Spears had a shocker in the first set against Anne Kremer, losing it 60. Kremer was loving the grass, and the next time I checked out their match she had won it 60 26 62.



All the middle outside courts are bunched together, separated by a small pathway. Along each side of the courts are park benches for you to sit in, so you can sit VERY close to the players. Waited at court 4 for Sarah’s match. But first there was Dominikovic vs. Nakamura to finish. The Ozzies were out in force, cheering on Evie, but she missed a couple of break points at 4-4 and lost serve to go out. Nakamura had an inasane fan , and old Japanese guy who sat with a towel round his head. Every time Aiko won a point he was jump up and down screaming cheers. Very funny.



On Ct 3, Alan Mackin was putting up a good fight against Gonzalez (who hits the ball so hard it’s insane, it one thing watching him on TV, but in person it’s just OMG!!) but couldn’t do quite enough.



Borwell vs. Perry: Shenay is a wee bruiser. Stocky, well built, would be useful in a fight. Was sitting next to her coach and I think her dad, who looks quite like Richard Williams with his we beard. Was excited to see Sarah play, and she’s got a nice game. Big serve, and a very good attitude on court. The first set was very tight, they exchanged breaks, then it was a case of each player serving their way out of trouble. Both players were more than happy to come into the net, and were rewarded. Sarah saved a break point to get to the breaker, but quickly went 2-5 down as Shenay got her big left forehand going. Sarah announced she was “playing like pooh” which made me chuckle in my seat. Emily was sitting watching the match, as was Mr Felgate. Sarah pulled it back to 5-5 with some fantastic shots, unlike the other Brits today, she was really using her head to work out new ways of talking Perry, who was beatable. Perry had the advantage throughout the breaker, even though Sarah had 4 sp’s, only one was on her own serve. Perry had several chances to take the set, and came close a couple of times. Sarah never really stood a chance when Shenay was serving, as she would pull a big one out the bad to get back level. At 12-11, Sarah made a shocking attempt at a drop shot, which landed half way up the net. Was the only time she actually looked nervous or flustered in the 1st set, and it cost her the match. It was pretty clear whoever won the breaker would take the match, and Sarah lost serve with another poor drop shot attempt, and her confidence started to wane and she lost 76(11) 63. Shame, with a bit of luck coulda won it, but Shenay played really well when she was in trouble, and she’s a new favourite of mine. I don’t wanna say Sarah can be top 100, because I’m not sure she can, but she can certainly be top 250, and at the stage where she can win a few ITF’s and get into grand slam qualies on her own rank easily enough.



Sfar was on Court 8, so watched her take the opening set 62 with some lovely net play, then saw Washington upset Frazer 64 in the 3rd and let out a yelp of delight. Was too slow in the race to the top of court 3 (where you can look over into court 2) so didn’t see any of Katie.



Saw Bogdanovic lose to Kim, he was shocking.



Tanasugarn vs. Sprem: Tami was all over poor Karolina. Tammy was just playing excellent grass court tennis, and Sprem couldn’t cope with it. She was trying to out-hit Tammy from the back, but Tammy would just slice it and get back in the point. Karolina started to panic and rush her shots, and hit an error.



Headed back to Court 8 via Court 13 to have a quick look at Joachim Johansson. Man he hits the ball so hard! Strycova vs. Osterloh was rather boring, and watched Burgsmuller put out Puerta.



Sfar vs Loit: Match of the day? Yes. Best match ever? Maybe. Sel is a serve and volleyer, with fantastic speed, while Loit plays with a lot of touch and flair. When I arrived Sel had just dropped serve to lose the second set 64. A guy who was sitting with Anna Hawkins seemed to be ‘coaching’ Sel. But she also had a French camp featuring Steph Cohen-Aloro sitting at the other side of the court. It was interesting to see the French Camp split, Steph Foretz was cheering on Loit. At the start of the first set, the coach said “let’s go Sel”, and she turned to him and went “what’s the point? I’m not going to win. So close. As always. Every week so close by never winner.” My little heart broke a little. Anyway, despite pearls of wisdom such as “hit it Sel”, and “enjoy the point” she was down 0-5 0-30 in about 2 minutes. She basically tanked. Then, like a beacon, Lucie Ahl appeared through the crowds in a ray of sunlight, and Sel decided she did want to win it after all. Only by now she was 15-40 down. 2 match points saved with a lot of courage and risk taking, and then she broke. Slowly but surely her confidence started to come back, she was hitting her volleys clean and crisp from the centre of the racket, and pushing Loit around. With eah passing game a bigger and bigger crowd started to appear, and somehow, after another of couple of match points were saved, she pulled it back to 5-5. Sel then missed a break point, and had to save another match point to level at 6-6. Loit then had to ask the umpire if there was a tiebreak. Which I thought was a bit dumb. Sel broke with some superb volleys, and was 2 points from the match when Loit got her arse back in gear and got on terms again. It was a bit of a shame, everyone was rooting for Sel, and she turned to her camp and said “I cannot do this, it hurts too much in my heart.” But Lucie and about 200 people were cheering her on, and there were so many gruelling rallies and both players were covering the court and running about desperate to keep the ball in play. Sel served for it again at 8-7, and went 40-0 up. Loit saved the first 2, but sent a backhand long and Sel just screamed in joy. YAY!!!!



Anyway, Sel came out with a couple of crackers during the match, such as asking the umpire if “he had betted against me” after a rather dubious overrule. Oh, and Sel hit a between the legs shot that beat Loit at the net only to land millimetres wide.



Caught a little of Sequera vs. Vento, partially to here the umpire say “Mrs”. It’s dead weird!! Vento won it 76 46 64. Was very tight, Sequera can really thwack the ball for someone so tiny. Eventually Vento just had a little too much variety and she came through.



Domachowska vs. Sanchez-Lorenzo was played entirely from the back, was even-stevens for much of it, but Marta just played too many loose shots on big points.



Watched Baltacha vs. Klaschka on the big screen. God she was horrendous. She just couldn’t get going. Sabine played a very good match, hitting winners from everywhere and not giving Bally a rhythm. Bally was trying to hard, but the more effort she put in, the tighter she got, and her form just fell apart and she couldn’t hit a shot properly. She was so nervous, and maybe if she had relaxed she coulda done a bit better. Aaargh, it was a good draw as well.



Elsewhere, food isn’t overly expensive, strawberries and cream are £2, and things like water or coke are £1.50. It’s dear, but not excessively so for a sporting event. Ended the day totally fried, my face was all bright pink and my nose was blistered. Ouchee!!! But I had to grin and bear it because there was another day ahead!!!

paul_masterton
Jul 6th, 2005, 05:15 PM
Day 2 – Went to the queue a little earlier today due to “Henmania” and “Andy-monium” and that was quite a good move as it got really busy by about 7.30. Was stupidly hot again today, but less muggy thank god. My face is still all blistered it’s rank, and one of the ones on my nose burst so I had to keep wiping away the water. Yummy. Got into the grounds about 11.30 and sought as much shade as possible. Headed to Court 14 just before play got underway to see Zvonoreva vs. Weingartner. Marlene came out like a train and was totally destroying Vera from the back, and mixing things up and coming to the net a lot. I know Vera always cries, but I didn’t realise how pathetic she was. At 0-1 0-30 she threw her arms out in disgust, screamed at her coach and burst into tears. They’d only been playing for 2 minutes. At the first changeover she covered her face with her towel and burst into tears. She was acting like a total brat on court today, was really grumpy and rude to the ball kids and the lines people and even Marlene. Marlene crushed her in the first set, and was gutted to see she ended up losing 26 64 60. Think it was probably nerves and a total lack of confidence on the German’s part.



Saw Peer see off Tu (she was too fast and too strong), and Peschke finally close out the first set against Randriantefy. Went for a wander, Ct.3 was packed so couldn’t see Coria, so watched Tommy Ketola for a bit instead. He is so old! Or at least looks it, and he’s a tad out of shape (got a bit off a belly). The Finns were out in force, and trying to keep him upbeat, he was giving Calatrava some problems as he still moved pretty quick and had nice hands around the net. Calatrava had just a little too much off the ground and won in 3 tight sets.



Watched a few games of Andreev vs. Soderling. Not sure how Soderling is top 30, he’s not got anything overly spectacular in his game, but very consistent and works hard. Wasn’t overly entertaining and looked like it was gonna go the distance so went to watch the start of O’Brien and South’s doubles match. They were holding their own, but had too many chances early on which they didn’t take. You could tell they are great friends though, always smiling and seemed to be really enjoying the experience. But more importantly they had a 6th sense regarding what the other player was gonna do. That helped them a lot as they were always in the right place for the follow up. The same can’t really be said for Beygelzimer and Serra-Zanetti who were left looking at each other as the ball flew through a middle on more than 1 occasion.



Schaul was all over the place against Beltrame, she’s totally lost the plot playing the most ridiculous shots and the most obscene times. Swiftly moved on to Castano vs. Razzano. Catalina wasn’t overly horrendous, guess that’s what a bit of confidence can do to you, as she even volleyed a few times…SUCCESSFULLY!!!



Went to Court 13 for Janes vs. Karatancheva, but Karlovic vs. Braccialli was not about to end anytime soon. But Court 13 has cover so sat in the shade. Braccialli kept fighting, even though it looked like Karlovic was gonna sneak through the 5th. He has a booming serve, not a great deal slower than Karlovic’s and was far better from the back. I’ve always felt Ivo was a little too one-dimensional, and that was true today, as soon as he got broken there was no way he was going to break back as he can’t rally for toffee. The Italian finally won it something like 12-10 in the third and collapsed in a heap on the ground. Got a nice photo of that J and there was a standing ovation all round.



Janes vs. Karatancheva: Terrific match, very high quality tennis, much better than the rubbish going on on Centre between Henman and Niemenen that’s for sure!! Amanda started well and broke, but was immediately pegged back. Both girls were serving big and accurately, and Amanda’s 1st and only sloppy game of the fist set at 5-6 lost her it at Sesil took her chance and won 7-5. AJ was playing confidently and using her experience on the surface, Sesil was struggling with AJ’s severe slice, and she made a lot of errors when she was confronted with it, especially on her backhand side. In the second set, the world number 224 looked out of it, and her normally faultless demeanour started to slip, I even heard her say “Damn It!” Amanda you potty mouth ;) Somehow she saved a couple of match points to level at 5-5 as Sesil got tighter and tighter. She saved another 2 match points in the tiebreak with some very risky and brave advances on the net and took it 76(6). Oh, and before I forget, the was a rather funny bit in the second set when AJ played a drop shot, Sesil went for it, slipped and fell through the net. Of course, AJ was straight on the scene to help untangle her and say “sorry” about 50 times. She’s so nice!! Maybe a little too nice to be a top sportswoman? AJ went up a break in the final set and looked to be heading for a very close and hard fought win, as Sesil was desperately trying to get back level. Amanda served for the match at 5-4, but was down 15-40 and then Sesil had advantage. Amanda saved them all and finally got a match point. The British crowd were desperate for a win and really trying to lift her. It was agonising. Sesil played a huge backhand drive that pushed AJ right back, she sliced it into play, and it was a much better shot than she maybe meant and it drew Sesil wide. AJ followed it in, and Sesil went for a tricky pass, AJ lunged at it, and just got her racket on it. I don’t know if she meant to go for it so acutely, I’m presuming not, as it wasn’t the easiest volley and she had most of the court to go for. Anyway, it dropped and the crowd started cheering but then the call came. It wasn’t the quickest call, and the whole of Amanda’s body just seemed to drop. She was devastated. She managed to get a break point in the next game as Sesil tightened again, but once that chance went begging there was only 1 winner. Despite saving 2 match points, and netted forehand lost the Briton the chance of a huge win and Sesil a huge amount of relief. I’m pretty sure that was AJ’s last match as a pro, and I think the whole match points against Morigami in Birmingham, and today just were too much for her. She tried to keep a brave face on, but she looked as though all she wanted to do was scream and break down in tears. The Crowd give her a huge cheer, she had fought so hard and deserved more from her career than she ever got. I just want to wish her the best for the future, and wish her a happy and successful marriage. Maybe in 25 years we’ll have the 3rd generation of Janes’s playing at Wimbledon (her mother is Christine Trueman, runner up to Angela Mortimer). Maybe going to uni wasn’t the best play for her tennis-wise, as she missed the years when her game was at its most effective, the players now are just too strong and fast and the surfaces constantly slowing down but a first from Cambridge must look good on the CV J Goodbye Amanda, we’ll miss you J Woulda been nice for you to go out against Sharapova on Centre, but nevermind. Sesil has got the potential to be very, very good, but needs a lot of work still.



Well it was all left to Miss O’Donoghue, who despite having had one of the worst years for any player on the tour, had suddenly regained some form on the Astroturf of Japan. She played a very gutsy match against a hit-and-miss Groenefeld, but ultimately got a bit lucky. Ana-Lena was double faulting and hitting errors all over the shop, then blasting winners. Jane cottoned on pretty quickly, and made sure the German had to play the one more shot, and kept the balls deep and waited. The Brit won 16 61 64 and let out a shriek of joy she was over the moon. WELL DONE JANE!!!!



Was quite late by now, as Karlovic took about 4 hours to win, and AJ’s match lasted around 3, but caught some of the last action. Dulko was way too good for Fedak, Garbin received treatment on her thigh against a energetic Vakulenko, and Hardkleroad choked when serving for the second set against Craybas. She eventually won it 64, but wasn’t really in the third set. Golovin took an early lead against Bondarenko, and Douchevina was hitting far too many errors against Douchevina, but it looked like turning into a battle.



Oh, and Koubek and Udomchoke had to return to finish their match from yesterday. I think Koubek may well be gay – he has his belly button pierced. Now, I don’t know a single guy with his belly button pierced, but if they did, I would imagine it would be one of my gay mates, not the straight ones.

paul_masterton
Jul 6th, 2005, 05:16 PM
Day 3 – My last day LLLL Gutted. I don’t wanna go home, but my face is still a wreck so maybe a good thing. Today was the hottest day ever, and I stewed. They said on the radio it was 34C in the shade – and that was at 11!!! Joined the queue later but was in by 10.45. Went to Court 19 and watched a few games of Marray/Hilton doubles match. They were playing some fantastic doubles tennis, very intelligent and quick around the net. Went and had a juice in the shade, then went to court 3, only it was way too busy so couldn’t see Ferrero so went and watched Janes/Keothavong vs Stewart/Stosur instead. The Brits had already lost the first set 60, but started to get back into it. Anne played a lot better than in her singles match, and overall volleyed well, so why didn’t she do it against Diaz-Oliva?!?!?!?! 1 break cost them and the departed 60 63 and AJ in particular looked rather sad L She did however play the shot of the tournament. She framed a shot and it just landed in the back corner, Bryanne went for the smash after the bounce and at flew up and away over the crowd. Well AJ being over 6ft ran after it, and leant out to get it. The poor people sitting on the benches ran for cover or else they’d have had a nasty encounter with Amanda’s racket. Well the Brit got onto the ball and hit a winner!! And then almost fell over the fence separating the court and the crowd. Genius!



Next up were Emily Webley-Smith and Sarah Borwell against second seeds Black and Huber. The Brits missed 3 break points in the first game (like almost every Brit in the Tournament) and never recovered. Sarah had a shocker, she was missing everything in the first set. Emily played pretty well, and was probably the second best player on court (Cara wasn’t having a good day) and was mixing things up and trying some new ideas. She played some beautiful passing shots, and even though Sarah started to get it together in the second set they went out 61 62.



Selima dropped the first set against Washington 63 and looked like self destructing and taking everyone in a 100metre radius with her, so went to watch Perry and Tanasugarn. Shenay is one of my new favourite players. I always liked Tammy, but she didn’t bring her game today. Shenay got the breaker and then ran away with it. Tammy was getting so flustered and angry with herself, as she kept getting passed. Despite a mini-choke the American won it 76 63.



Watched a bit of Dementieva vs Klasckha. Elena’s second serve is worse in person than it is on TV. I heard she won 86 in the third, no idea how, Sabine was all over her in the bits of the match I saw. Maybe I shoulda stayed longer.



Selima lost 63 36 63. She was not amused. It was pretty tight, but Mashona was able to pull out a few big serves to get her out of trouble. Sel had to save about 10 break points in the final set, but once Mashona got that crucial one, that was it over. At the end, Selima refused to give back her towel, which I can understand, cos she’d just lost and was visably upset, and the stupid grounds boy kept hounding her for it. Mashona’s guest (sister/friend??) accidently bumped into Selima as she went to the locker room. Selima thought it was deliberate and said “fuck you”. She just stood there, and when another woman came by (I think it was Mashona’s mum) she told her and she went (in the best American accent) “she did not? Are you kidding me?” Sel was a bit out of line, but she was very upset and angry, so I can forgive her.



Had some Strawberries and Cream (well I had to!!) and bought a towel from the shop. Then went to watch Baltacha/O’Donoghue vs. Diaz-Oliva/Sucha. Jane is going up in my estimation, she’s good banter on the court and constantly pumps herself up and egging on Bally. She also dictated the play. Bally was in much better fettle than against Klaschka more relaxed and enjoying it. The Brits saved a set point and broke to win the set 7-5. Diaz-Oliva and Sucha stepped it up in the second to ease it 61. Was sat near Jo Durie and Alan Jones, quite exciting really ;) In the 3rd, Sucha went toally off the ball and she and Mariana pretty much stopped talking. The Brits were very confident and won 75 16 61. They let out screams, gave each other a hug and I got a good photo.



Caught the end of Curran/Grandin vs. Petrova/Shaughnessy. Nat looks kinda chunky, but she moves well, so I think it’s just a big frame rather than flab. Claire played excellently, but Petrova and Shaughnessy had too much power and were better singles players and that saw them through. They won 64 76(5), and I don’t think Curran (Northern Ireland’s only ever tennis pro) will have much trouble getting into the top 100.



Arvidsson took the second set against Serra-Zanetti, then they slogged it out before the Italian got it 75 in the third, couldn’t get to Court 13 to see Nadal so watched a bit of Ancic. He is wonderful to watched, such a beautiful game and a very intelligent player.



Went and got some pizza, then sat on the hill to eat it and watch Rusedski on the big screen. The big fool lost.



Well that’s it, my Wimbledon experience is all over. Hawkins/Llewellyn played 1st on Thursday which was typical, really wanted to watch that. Grrr. But apart from that saw just about everyone I wanted to. Maybe if I go again Miss Paterson will be having a shot at the big girls J



Glad the weather was good, doubt it would have been so much fun if it’d rained all the time. But I was maybe too hot. Watching it on TV is not quite the same, but I think it was a terrific championships.



But I do have 1 regret – I NEVER SAW MR BEAN!!!!!! :sad: ;)

:Rawwb:
Jul 6th, 2005, 05:21 PM
Great report. I so wish i could have seen Loit/Sfar I love Emilie so much and sfar is a serve volleyer? :eek: even better! and you saw Michaela P too :D:D

pla
Jul 6th, 2005, 05:31 PM
Great report. :D :yeah:

KitchenMonkey
Jul 6th, 2005, 06:09 PM
I found the bit about the blister on your nose to be particularly enlightening.