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pla
Sep 24th, 2005, 02:45 PM
Ok, I have a bad news for inkymisafan, I went there, sat at the best place and prepared myself to take pictures. I took tree of Maes and when Misa came on court, my bateries wnet off. This is the most stupid thing I've done lately :lol:. Sorry Inky, but I'll go tomorrow and as Misa won, I'll take pictures :D

So, I saw only four matches, or pieces of matches. I had to go at 2 o'clock.

Michaella Krajicek against Tatiana Poutchek

Misa was serving first and it was clear from the first coup,e of points that she was already in the match, something that couldn't said about Tatiana. Misa won her game and broke tatiana's serve. Then, Tatiana woke up, very much helped by the game Michaella gave her (two DFs and I think two UEs) I must say I saw Michaella play and she was still a bit rusty today but it was impressive how good she was considering the long absence due to the injury. The first set was close, almost all the games went to duce and more. It wasn't very pretty but both ladies made some nice rallies. Tatiana's game.. well, that's something I must say a world about. She can play, that's sure but she gave me the impression to be very disordered. Sometimes she was making nice rallies and the next one was just "Yack" flying balls everywhere. Really strange. So in the first set Michaella broke exactly when needed to take it. The score doesn't give an idea it was pretty close.

Something I can say about Michaella, other than what people already know (the serve and the net game), she can't handle moonbals, I was shocked Tatiana didn't use more of them but was trying everything and finally nothing. Also, Misa was playing very often 2-3m behind the line and Tatiana didn't do anything.

At 5-2 it was clear who's gonna win the match. And here I heard on the second court the girls were in the second set. I am a big fan of Jarmila Gajdosova, so I went fast to see what's going on.

Jarmila Gajdosova against Kateryna Bondarenko

The first thing I saw was Katya making some strange facial expressions to the ball kid :lol:, so I knew the score I was hearing from the center court was in her disadvantage. Btw the ball kids were.. :eek: :o . Jarmila was very solid, serving superbly, placing winners. Everything was perfect for her. She still needs to loose a bit of weight (same for Misa btw, she seemed heavy).

Nothing much to say, Jarmila was crushing, Katya was very angry and Alyona, who was watching, was trying to exncourage her sister. Jarmila was serving for the match at 6-2 5-2 but made some stupid errors but then broke with some superbe game for 6-3.

The match finished and I saw Jarmila passing behind me to go to her team (I think it was her mother and a trainer) and I made her :yeah: and said "Bravo Jarmila". And she smiled with her big, beutiful smile. Very sweet girl, really. Then she went to kiss her coach and the woman I think is her mother. :D

That match finished, I went to see the end of the second set of the Michaella-Tatiana's match. It was almost the same as the first one, only Misa was making a bit less errors and Tatiana was even more angry. It finished quite quickly for a 6-1 score.

Then, I went to see the match starting on the "First court" (funny names, for those who never went to that venue, there are only two, a "central" and a "first" ;) :D ). It was a match between:

Caroline Maes and Ramona Czakon

I don't remember ever hearing the name of Czakon so for me it was something very new. A very tall, blond girl. If you think Daniela was skinny when she has some problems, then you never saw Ramona :D The girl grew only on height, still to come the horizontal grow :lol:. She is only bones and skin. She has a very nice service, I can even say the points she won where only because of the service. The other parts of her game.. oh, well. Maybe it's the lack of experience. She had enormous problems in coordinating her arms and leg :)

Nice girl, there is future if she works.

Caroli is Caroline, she destroyed the girl.

I only saw couple of games but the next match was starting and this one was clearly end before it started. So I found a good place and started to wtach:

Michaela Pastikova against Cara Black

It's always impressive to see Cara, she's so tiny and small :D, like a child. There's not much to say about the match itself. Michaela destroyed herself by all possible means. Her forehand wasn't erratic, no.. it's was innexistent. She got pissed quickly and started to make an enormous amout of errors. cara was doing her job and Michaela was making forehand errors :). Michaela cried couple of times while she was on her chair, and had a VERY bad body-language (from what I understood, a language only :lol: ). The score wnet quickly to 6-1 4-0. And then Michaela woke up finally! She won the next four games with very agressvie game, going almost for every point forward. It was nice to watch. She was serving at 4-4 and made again some easy errors and Cara broke once again. And then it was finished even though Michaela saved couple of match points with the same game she came from 4-0 to 4-4 but it wasn't enough. Cara was solid and won.

Well, that's it. Then I had to go :sad: One funny thing.. There was almost all the Russian-speaking squad watching at the match from a press-bpx :lol: they were very funny to watch because they seemed close to each other and were smiling. There were other players but I couldn't recognize them

Tomorrow I'll try everything to go once again :) And make photos (I am charging the bateries :o :smash: )

* sorry for the errors I am doing while writing

lolas
Sep 24th, 2005, 02:53 PM
Thanks ;) My battery is always low too :o

Louis Cyphre
Sep 24th, 2005, 03:35 PM
Thanks Pla :D
:lol: @ the battery story :lol: But I made that twice - once for a trip and once for a wedding :o

Tennisace
Sep 24th, 2005, 03:52 PM
Thanks! Cara almost wasted an opportunity! :( She needs to get her singles game together!

King Aaron
Sep 24th, 2005, 04:33 PM
Thanks. :)

vogus
Sep 24th, 2005, 05:05 PM
thanx for that quality report.

controlfreak
Sep 24th, 2005, 06:37 PM
My report:

Alyona Bondarenko d. Alexandra Stevenson 7-5 6-3
I got to this match with Stevenson leading 5-2 (I had been aiming to miss it but the earlier matches took longer than I expected). To my delight, she then lost the next 5 games and called an injury timeout for shoulder repair. Stevenson's game was basically a handful of aces and blazing forehand winners, along with a load of errors. Even my mother, an unbiased tennis newbie, remarked that Stevenson was carrying too much weight and had too much power for her own good. Bondarenko, on the other hand, is small, fast, technically very good off both sides, and reasonably consistent when not faced with extreme power (she was quite terrible at volleys though). She also hit a lot of nice angles to win points, unlike Stevenson who has no Plan B if her rocket shots are missing. There were a few decent rallies which showed off the very different styles of the two players: Stevenson tends to plant herself solidly on the ground and rip the ball using only her arm, while Bondarenko, to match that power, needs to put her whole body weight into the shot, often leaping off the ground to do so. Anyway in the second set Bondarenko got an early break for 3-1 and held onto that to see out the set without too much difficulty. Nice comeback. Stevenson's injury didn't seem to be impairing her that much.

Andreja Klepac d. Lynn Philippe 6-4 6-4
Most people were expecting the 16-year-old Luxembourgish wild card to get an ass whipping at the hands of her more experienced although not widely known opponent. Most people were pleasantly surprised. Despite the huge disparity in ranking, the match was fairly close (as the scoreline suggests). Both girls were playing a very high level of tennis, producing lots of exciting rallies and more winners than errors. Philippe showed versatility, doing equally well in defence as in attack. She moved surprisingly well for a big girl and has a hard serve as well. Klepac is not such a different player, fast and fierce with a good serve, although she seemed a lot happier playing attacking tennis and finished several points with punishing winners off short balls. In the end, the only difference between the two was a nervous start which cost Philippe the first set; and a slight loss of belief at the end, which saw her broken at 4-4. Two players to watch out for in the future?

Sandra Kloesel d. Claudine Schaul 6-1 6-0
This one was painful to watch, or maybe just boring if you're not a Claudine fan. It was like the lights were on but nobody was home, as Claudine sailed through the encounter on autopilot, not seeming to care about the match and simply getting more frustrated with her game. Claudine isn't injured, and her game hasn't changed that much from when she was good. The groundstrokes are still there, although hit with slightly less confidence (in fact I would even say her backhand has improved). The serve is unreliable and a weakness - I would like to see her toss the ball higher. But it's clear the main problem is mental - she seems to have no motivation to win points and doesn't fight. Sure, she'll run for every ball, but there is never so much as a fist pump or an "Allez" or something to show she has passion and desire for the game. Even on close line calls, she doesn't even question it but simply concedes the point. Kloesel, to give her credit, played very well - she hits hard, runs fast, and serves well (and with an interesting motion). But this was a very disappointing match for the spectators and for those who thought Claudine was starting to make some progress with her comeback. I don't know what her coaching situation is but I wish she'd find somebody who can stick a cattle prod in her ass and make her want to win again.

TTFN, more reports tomorrow I expect! :wavey:

CrossCourt~Rally
Sep 24th, 2005, 06:51 PM
Thanks for the updates guys! :D :bounce:

chopen
Sep 24th, 2005, 06:55 PM
thanks for ur nice qualifying report

vogus
Sep 24th, 2005, 07:37 PM
enjoyed your report cf.

pla
Sep 24th, 2005, 08:45 PM
You are all welcome :)

controlfreak, hehe you went there just after my departure :)

polishprodigy
Sep 24th, 2005, 10:05 PM
Claudine :sad: And I thought since you actually started winning matches, that you might do well here :sad:

DutchieGirl
Sep 25th, 2005, 01:54 AM
:hug: Thanks for the report pla! Hope you can take some pics today! ;)

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 25th, 2005, 09:07 AM
thanx for reports

but no one did Flipkens vs Malek ? :(:sad:

Duramont
Sep 25th, 2005, 09:11 AM
thanks for the reports pla and controlfreak :yeah:

Lynn :D - there seems to be a nice future

Claudine :shrug: - she should definitely find a good coach and end this crappy season to start with new motivation in 2006 again :unsure:

controlfreak
Sep 25th, 2005, 11:00 AM
but no one did Flipkens vs Malek ? :(:sad:

Flipkens was wearing a yellow sleeveless top, black shorts and shoes like the ones Federer wore at the US Open.

Malek was tall and wore a top with red front / black back, black skirt and white shoes.

I think Flipkens won the toss.

That's all I can tell you ;) :p

DutchieGirl
Sep 25th, 2005, 11:47 AM
Hey pla - do you have longish brown hair, and were you wearing a green jacket/top yesterday? If so, smile - you're on Dutch tv! ;)

pla
Sep 25th, 2005, 06:38 PM
Hey pla - do you have longish brown hair, and were you wearing a green jacket/top yesterday? If so, smile - you're on Dutch tv! ;)

Yes I do :D Hahaha I didn't expect this.

iPatty
Sep 25th, 2005, 06:43 PM
Thanx for the reports guys. Sounds like Alex is getting a little bit better. Notice the little part.

pla
Sep 25th, 2005, 07:12 PM
So, today I was once again with my little green jacket (love it :lol:). The day began with

Jarmila Gajdosova against Alyona Bondarenko

Alyona is much more calm than her sister but they are both head-cases :lol:. The first set was very much error after error from Jarmila. The games were close but Jarmila just couldn't get there after a nice point she would do one or two forehand errors. Alyona was solid, with nice movement and she made some beautiful points. Katya was watching and seemed pissed (I think she always seems pissed). I have a pictures :D The first set finished 6-1. The Jarmila regrouped and won the second by the same score she lost the first. She was more calm and was making some very nice, agressive tennis. When she comes forward, she's pretty nice to watch. You all know I like the girl but now I like her even more. At the same time it was Alyona who started making errors and was very pissed. The second set was 4-1 or 5-1, something like that and Jarmila got broken. She must learn to calm down when she's close to end the match.

So, my point about Jarmila's game- she needs to drop some kilos. That would help her general speed and a bit of work on her movement would be nice. Today the errors she was making were because of the poor movement. She was or going backwards or too much foreward with her upper body trying to compensate the movement. And something funny- she walks like Patty :lol: I dodn't notice that before but she really does. Otherwise, she is playing nicely and have future. I believe in her also because she is a fighter.

* Claudine was in the players-box of Jarmila.

And here is MY special moment of the day- I took a picture of Maggie while she was training :D She is as fit as always and very professional. I distrurbed a bit her training session but she was very kind and came to pose for a picture. Oh my dear Maggie :sad:

The next match was:

Meilen Tu against Danica Krstajic

I don't understand why Danica is #308! She HAS weapons and game. She serves very well and constructs points nicely, goes forward when needed. The problems she has: can't deal with low balls and weight. Ok, someone can tell her she can bend to take the low balls :D. And if she drops like 1/4th of my weight she can move better. Meilen is a cute, fit player, always talking and explaining things :lol:. She plays well! So, the match was absolutely in Danica's hands but she lost it due to one signle break she coudn't handle. She was leading 7-5 4-1, got broken because of her own easy errors and then melt down. I went to see Misa against Carole before this match ends because I thought Danica will finish it. Yeah, right.. :) Danica can move fast in the rankings if she works on her fitness and head.

So I went to see Michaella Krajicek against Caroline Maes. I saw only couple of games (I promised pictures to inky and I needed to honor my promise) they were pretty close but it was clear Misa have a bit more weapons. I really like her serve :D it so nice to watch.

So I have pictures of all the players I watched today + one of Maggie but I'll post them latter.

controlfreak
Sep 25th, 2005, 07:52 PM
Day 2:

Michaella Krajicek d. Caroline Maes 7-6(3) 6-4
Got to this at 3-3, to see what all the fuss over this Krajicek was about. I quickly realised that she isn't the type of player I like that much, as she was getting moody and giving dirty looks to everyone around her. For a moment it looked like Maes might be able to take advantage and get ahead in this set, but no. Maes is a completely unremarkable and forgettable player with no interesting features to her game. The level of play was low and both girls were pounding balls into the net from either side. In fact I was starting to worry for the health of the net, as I'm not sure it was designed to take so much punishment. Maes in particular was serving very badly. Anyway they somehow got to 6-6 like this, and Krajicek showed she was the slightly superior player by taking command. In the second set the level was slightly higher. Krajicek hit a few decent winners and was very successful in her occasional approaches to the net. After a few games it transpired that Maes was carrying a shoulder injury which required treatment. Following this I was praying that Krajicek could just blow her off the court and get the last few games over with before I fell asleep, but no, Maes had to keep on fighting until 4-4. In the end Krajicek was the better (or less injured) player, but I saw nothing apart from her volleys which suggested she would be a future star. Very disappointing match.

Sabine Klaschka d. Kirsten Flipkens 7-6(2) 6-3
Interesting match-up here, with the powerful and clean-hitting Klaschka up against the scrappy counterpuncher Flipkens on her comeback from last year's injury. This was an entertaining encounter but the level of serving was pretty low, especially from Flipkens, which led to a lot of breaks. Klaschka's game was clear from the start: big first serve, powder puff second serve, huge groundstrokes (for this level) which were slightly reminiscent of Lindsay Davenport. Flipkens, by contrast, was playing a clay courter's game, staying way behind the baseline, racing athletically from side to side and hitting loopy shots that didn't threaten Klaschka much. I think she advanced past the baseline about three times in the entire match. She also notched up about 20 dfs, well it seemed like that anyway! Her ball toss was horrible to look at. Nevertheless, both players had lots of opportunities to break or hold at the right time and establish a lead, but neither seemed to want to take her chance. As in the previous match, the tiebreak was one-sided with Klaschka taking a 4-0 lead and winning 7-2. The second set was equally hard-fought. The rallies became longer and more exciting, and Kirsten's double fault count went through the roof. Klaschka hit many screaming forehand winners, and several errors too. She seemed the favourite, but Flipkens was doggedly hanging on by a thin thread, saving game points and staying within one break of Klaschka. Finally, at 4-3*, Klaschka broke down the last of Kirsten's resistance and finished her off with a quick break-hold combo. Flipkens was rather frustrated and left the court immediately, while Klaschka stayed around to sign autographs for the dozens of adoring kiddies. I think Klaschka has the potential to do quite well in future years, although Flipkens will probably only ever succeed on clay.

Denisa Chladkova d. Katie O'Brien 6-3 6-2
I only watched the start of this, to get a general impression of Katie O'Brien. The verdict? A compact and likeable player, with a fairly solid all-round game, who is unlikely to cause any trouble to Top 100 players in the foreseeable future. She also has an interesting serve motion (I'm a sucker for those) whereby she raises the racquet above her head before even starting the toss. Very cool. She is fast on her feet but can't return a powerful shot with consistent accuracy. Against a seasoned pro like Chladkova she was always going to have problems. Chladkova is also an interesting one to watch - those of you who have only seen photos don't know about her frenetic footwork obsession, her crazily early and exaggerated forehand preparation, her constant hunched position, and her loud staccato breathing. If she was in a "quite unlike any other player" competition, she'd win hands down. I've seen her at Wimbledon as well and she seems to be a nice person off the court, if a little strange on it. Unfortunately the famous Chladkova Appeal was wasted on the crowd, most of whom had only come to see Krajicek and Flipkens and promptly left. And then at 2-1 I had to leave too, to be home in time for tea. ;)

pla
Sep 25th, 2005, 07:58 PM
controlfreak, I can't believe you came the second day too exactly when I was leaving :lol:

SloKid
Sep 25th, 2005, 08:17 PM
Hey I have a question. Any of you see Andreja Klepač play today against Cara Black.
If so, is she playing well, I know she won, but that does not always say much.
I`m so glad she made it into the main draw, she been playing well lately, too bad she lost in the first round in Portorož. I must admit I had my doubts about her game in the past, but now she finally seems to fulfil her potential.

Peetz
Sep 25th, 2005, 09:14 PM
I don't know what her coaching situation is but I wish she'd find somebody who can stick a cattle prod in her ass and make her want to win again.




Well she still has the same coach as she had when she won Strasbourg! Btw Gilles Muller now also wokrs togehter with that coach...lets hope he doesnt win a tournament in the near future....:scared:

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 25th, 2005, 09:17 PM
Flipkens was wearing a yellow sleeveless top, black shorts and shoes like the ones Federer wore at the US Open.

Malek was tall and wore a top with red front / black back, black skirt and white shoes.

I think Flipkens won the toss.

That's all I can tell you ;) :p

better than nothing :tape: :o
cant believe no one watched this one :sad:

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 25th, 2005, 09:20 PM
Sabine Klaschka d. Kirsten Flipkens 7-6(2) 6-3
Interesting match-up here, with the powerful and clean-hitting Klaschka up against the scrappy counterpuncher Flipkens on her comeback from last year's injury. This was an entertaining encounter but the level of serving was pretty low, especially from Flipkens, which led to a lot of breaks. Klaschka's game was clear from the start: big first serve, powder puff second serve, huge groundstrokes (for this level) which were slightly reminiscent of Lindsay Davenport. Flipkens, by contrast, was playing a clay courter's game, staying way behind the baseline, racing athletically from side to side and hitting loopy shots that didn't threaten Klaschka much. I think she advanced past the baseline about three times in the entire match. She also notched up about 20 dfs, well it seemed like that anyway! Her ball toss was horrible to look at. Nevertheless, both players had lots of opportunities to break or hold at the right time and establish a lead, but neither seemed to want to take her chance. As in the previous match, the tiebreak was one-sided with Klaschka taking a 4-0 lead and winning 7-2. The second set was equally hard-fought. The rallies became longer and more exciting, and Kirsten's double fault count went through the roof. Klaschka hit many screaming forehand winners, and several errors too. She seemed the favourite, but Flipkens was doggedly hanging on by a thin thread, saving game points and staying within one break of Klaschka. Finally, at 4-3*, Klaschka broke down the last of Kirsten's resistance and finished her off with a quick break-hold combo. Flipkens was rather frustrated and left the court immediately, while Klaschka stayed around to sign autographs for the dozens of adoring kiddies. I think Klaschka has the potential to do quite well in future years, although Flipkens will probably only ever succeed on clay.



Sabine does have game but her mindset is not too strong,
once you get inside her mind, things go downhill very quick
and she tanks a lot of matches when things go wrong :fiery: :rolleyes: :sad:

she might get inside top 100, but i wont count on it.
go Sabine :angel:

Epigone
Sep 25th, 2005, 09:34 PM
Katya was watching and seemed pissed (I think she always seems pissed). I have a pictures :D

So I have pictures of all the players I watched today + one of Maggie but I'll post them latter.Thanks for the reports :worship:

Please post all of the pics that you have of Katya. I want to see her facial expressions :lol:

She really needs to learn how to relax :angel:

Gerben
Sep 25th, 2005, 10:07 PM
Day 2:

Michaella Krajicek d. Caroline Maes 7-6(3) 6-4
Got to this at 3-3, to see what all the fuss over this Krajicek was about. I quickly realised that she isn't the type of player I like that much, as she was getting moody and giving dirty looks to everyone around her.
Sounds like her when she's playing, off court she's a very nice girl. Ask Sarah (InkyMisaFan).
After a few games it transpired that Maes was carrying a shoulder injury which required treatment.
So that explains why the score didn't change for a while at 3-2.
Following this I was praying that Krajicek could just blow her off the court and get the last few games over with before I fell asleep, but no, Maes had to keep on fighting until 4-4.
Are you sure? The scoreboard had 5-2 when Maes came back to 5-4 before losing serve again.
In the end Krajicek was the better (or less injured) player, but I saw nothing apart from her volleys which suggested she would be a future star. Very disappointing match.
Must have been disappointing, Misa must have been playing very weak if she had so much trouble beating a player ranked 377.
But believe me, she can do much better than this. I hope she proves me right tomorrow.

controlfreak
Sep 25th, 2005, 10:25 PM
Hey I have a question. Any of you see Andreja Klepač play today against Cara Black.
If so, is she playing well, I know she won, but that does not always say much.


She played well on Saturday so hopefully it will continue. I saw her going for a jog with her coach after her match. She seems like a nice girl. By the way, she still has to beat Tu to get into the main draw.

controlfreak
Sep 25th, 2005, 10:27 PM
Are you sure? The scoreboard had 5-2 when Maes came back to 5-4 before losing serve again.
Yes, that's right, my mistake. We all thought it was going to finish 6-2 and then for a moment it looked like another TB could be on the cards.

lauryn
Sep 25th, 2005, 10:50 PM
Thanks for the reports! :)

DutchieGirl
Sep 26th, 2005, 02:21 AM
Yes I do :D Hahaha I didn't expect this.

:lol: i thought it might be you, because they showed the stadium during the first set of misa's match and there was hardly anyone there! ;)

DutchieGirl
Sep 26th, 2005, 02:28 AM
Sounds like her when she's playing, off court she's a very nice girl. Ask Sarah (InkyMisaFan).

So that explains why the score didn't change for a while at 3-2.

Are you sure? The scoreboard had 5-2 when Maes came back to 5-4 before losing serve again.

Must have been disappointing, Misa must have been playing very weak if she had so much trouble beating a player ranked 377.
But believe me, she can do much better than this. I hope she proves me right tomorrow.

:haha: Yeah I agree with that assessment of Misa - on the court she is making faces, and often arguing close balls ("what is this?") but it's kinda cute. Although hopefully she'll grow out of it. ;) I can imagine it will piss alot of people off eventually. ;) But yeah, off the court she is really sweet. :D

Oh thank god it wasn't an injury for Misa - so I was right to be worried when the scoreboard stopped - :p I said they were taking too long! ;)

And I was also gonna comment about Misa being up 5-2... :shrug: Well she won anyway! ;)

Damn it - I'm gonna be at work when Misa's match is on - guess I'm gonna be calling to Luxembourg again! ;)

controlfreak - thanks for the report! :D

pla, thanks for taking some pics! :D

Sharapova's_Boy
Sep 26th, 2005, 02:44 AM
Thanks for the reports. :yeah: