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CooCooCachoo
Feb 11th, 2006, 10:26 PM
Hey guys :wavey:

My first day ever at the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp was today :) It will also be my last time for this year, but hopefully I can go again next year! After half an hour delay because of the wrong traveling schedule that I received from the Dutch railways; after quite a struggle to find the right metro (in Antwerp they think it is funny to have two lines depart from the train station, but a third one from outside the train station :retard: ) and a wild guess as to what I had to pay for my ticket in the ticket vending machine, I arrived at the venue - Sportpaleis - at 10:30, half an hour after play was supposed to start.

Maret Ani EST [8] beat Ludmila Cervanova SVK | 6-3 6-0

Supporting some players is just like self-torture. Ludmila Cervanova is one of them. I :hearts: love :hearts: her, but her latest results before her injury had not been good, and beforehand I feared that this match against Maret Ani would be no different. Ani herself was on quite a losing streak, but she managed to turn that around today.

The match was played on Court 2, which is at least a five-minute walk away from the centre court. This would have been fine if I had to walk in the heated stadium, rather than outside :lol: I now have a cold :sobbing: but I guess it was worth it. Anyways, back to the match. When I got there, Ani was leading 3-2 and all was on serve. Ludmila had a reasonably good game to hold her serve, but her problem soon became apparent. She was not serving well, with no real power or placement. Of course, she usually plays like that, but there was no getting away with it. Ludmila struggled in every service game after the first one that I saw. Ani, on the other hand, was serving extremely well, with quite some power and good placement. In one game, she had three aces :eek: She served a lot of aces altogether and held all her service games really easily.

Apart from the serve, both players were playing a rather similar match. Both stayed at the baseline and were just hitting, without moving the other player around too much and without taking any real risks. It seemed like counterpunching, only there was no punch to counter. The decisive difference on the baseline was that Ani was more powerful. As the match went on, this forced Ludmila to make error after error and she basically self-destructed, for Ani was not making any mistakes and was playing solid tennis.

I was really sad for Ludmila :sad: She looked as uninterested as ever, but I know that she is not that indifferent at all. She really wants to win, so this was bad. She was nice to Maret at the net though and I am sure Ludmila will be back! I took a picture of Maret and got her autograph ;) Congratulated her on the match. She said she thought it was a good match and she was happy with her serve.

Séverine Bremond FRA beat Leslie Butkiewicz BEL [WC] | 6-2 6-1

I walked to centre court, hoping to see something of Ondraskova v. Chladkova, for Ani had won so swiftly and I couldn't imagine that the two Czech girls spending that little time on court. Apparently I was wrong, for Ondraskova had crushed Chladkova. I decided to stay on centre court and watch Séverine live for the first time, instead of going to Court 2 where I would be torn between Sucha and Schaul, who I both like.

This match was very poor quality, in my opinion. Not the worst of the day - for that match you will have to read on - but definitely second worst. I like Butkiewicz, mostly as a doubles player, because her net game is quite nice. Therefore, I totally did not get her game plan for today, as she decided to stick to baseline tennis against a Bremond that completely failed to impress me. OK, the scoreline makes you believe it was a very easy match and that Bremond played well, but she didn't. In fact, her baseline shots lacked power and precision, her service was bland and her strategy seemed to be based on getting Butkiewicz to make errors. The strategy worked in the end, but if she plays like this tomorrow against Ani, she will go down in two quick sets.

On a more positive note, Séverine looked gorgeous on court in her dress that accentuated her derrière cq. bottom very well. As a gay guy, I am not easily impressed by a woman's physique and beauty, but Séverine took me in. She comes second only to Maria Sanchez Lorenzo, who was breathtakingly beautiful in Hasselt 2004 (not in Luxembourg though :p). Séverine seemed a bit bitchy on court, but was sweet when she signed. The picture is probably ruined, because they switched off the lights in the stadium, to be replaced by a glitter disco ball. They really know how to create atmosphere in Antwerp, as opposed to Hasselt which is organized by the same guy and his team, but for pictures, it absolutely sucked. I wonder if players like it to be introduced like huge stars with music and spotlights :lol:

Oh, Capucine Rousseau watched a big part of this match.

Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro FRA beat Arantxa Parra Santonja ESP [6] | 1-6 6-3 6-2

Back to Court 2 to support Arantxa Parra Santonja in her match against Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro. Or not. I entered the hall with the intention to cheer Arantxa on, but somehow Stéphanie immediately won me over. I thought she was such a great player to watch :inlove: When I came there, Parra Santonja was leading 4-1 in the first set. It was easy to see why, when she made it 5-1, completely crushing an unimpressive Cohen-Aloro. Only as she was about to lose the set, did the Frenchwoman wake up. She started hitting harder and more accurately and she started to attack. OK, she did lose the game at 5-1, and thus the set, but she was the better player throughout the match after that.

I think you can tell that Stéphanie is being coached by Nathalie Tauziat now, as she has a really attacking game with quite good volleys. She also looks quite fit, compared to the way she looks on pictures. She may not be the thinnest, but I think she looks healthy, cute and nice :hearts: Parra Santonja, on the other hand, is beautiful but had better gain a few pounds. Her legs are so skinny, it's scary :unsure:

Anyways, this was easily the best match of the day and I believe that both players would have defeated all the other players I have seen today in straight sets, except for Ani maybe. They were both very impressive with long rallies from the baseline, with Cohen-Aloro going to the net as well. There were few errors and many winners and there was tension too. The crowd favoured Cohen-Aloro, and so did I. She had a really positive attitude on court, was very focused and just played amazing tennis. As I said, she completely won me over and I was taken by surprise, for I expected to not like her, for whatever reason :shrug: I hope she qualifies and the way she played today, that should be no problem. Her next round opponent will be Elena Baltacha and the British can pack her bags already :wavey:

By the way, this was only Steph's second match of the year, having been injured and making her comeback last week in Paris with a shocking 0-6 4-6 loss to the lovely Anne Kremer. That makes it even more impressive that she played so well today. She was also very sweet afterwards. A new favourite for me :angel:

Eleni Daniilidou GRE beat Sofia Arvidsson SWE [1] | 6-3 7-5

I walked back to centre in the hope to see some of Baltacha v. Maes. Well, I saw both players, but the match had just finished. Was still in time for an autograph of Elena, but did not see a single point of the match.

Decided to wait for Daniilidou v. Arvidsson, which I considered, on paper, to be the most interesting match of the first qualifying round. Last week, Arvidsson won in two quick sets in the qualies of the Open Gaz de France, but she started off very poorly against Daniilidou today. Eleni has a beautiful game to watch with a lot of net play involved. She showed her net skills well in the beginning of the match, and rushed on to a 3-0 lead. I failed to see how Arvidsson could possibly be ranked among the Top 50 with such play, but fortunately she picked her game up. However, it was not good enough to beat Daniilidou, but only to equal her in game play. They split games after 3-0 for Daniilidou, meaning the set went to the girl from Crete. The two girls that are always accompanying her at tournaments were there once more, whereas there seemed to be no support for Arvidsson. Rousseau also watched part of this match.

Remembering Olga Savchuk's amazing run at the Australian Open, I really wanted to know what she was like, so I left the Arvidsson - Daniilidou match after the first set and headed back to Court 2.

Olga Savchuk UKR beat Vanessa Henke GER | 0-6 6-2 7-5

As I said, I had the Australian Open run of the Ukrainian in mind when I came to watch this match. I was expecting a lot of great things from her, so you understand my surprise when I saw she had been handed a bagel in the first set by Henke. I really like Vanessa and I was rooting for her in this match, but this score I had not seen coming. Savchuk was leading 5-2 in the second set, though, so she seemed to be on the way back.

I saw the rest of the match and this part really revolved around Henke. The German dominated play with her hard, flat strokes, completely moving Savchuk around and deciding the outcome of almost all points, be it by a winner or by an unforced error. In the end, the number of unforced errors outweighed the winners and she lost 5-7 in the final set, having led 5-4. Considering the number of breaks, I thought that Henke would break Savchuk for the match at that scoreline, but she faltered and never won another game.

Savchuk seems like a really sweet, cute girl who is coached by some blonde woman, who could be her mother, though I see no genetical resemblance whatsoever. Does anyone know more on who is coaching her? I felt bad for Vanessa, who really played well, but was too erroneous to win the match. If she had cut down her unforced errors by ten percent, she would have won rather convincingly. Savchuk, however, did not impress me and she must have had a bad day at the office, cause with what she displayed today, she would never have reached the third round in a Grand Slam, however good your draw.

To be continued in the next post... ;)

Ellery
Feb 11th, 2006, 10:31 PM
Thanks a lot! Great report, Martijn :yeah: :worship:

Severine and Steph :hearts:

Ludmila and Denisa :o

CooCooCachoo
Feb 11th, 2006, 10:56 PM
Julia Schruff GER [2] beat Yvonne Meusburger AUT | 6-2 6-4

I went back to centre court to watch this German-Austrian encounter, of which I only saw the first set. Julia was alternating great winners with the most retarded unforced errors, wasting such big chances. Meusburger was just thoroughly boring and unconvincing, lacking everything a top player needs, except maybe consistency. But being consistently poor, even though it is a form of being consistent, is hardly praise worthy :ras: She had no power whatsoever, had a piss poor serve and did not seem to care about the match. Schruff rushed to a 5-0 lead, despite quite some unforced errors, and then decided that she had not made enough errors in the set. After a nice display on how to hit the ball outside the lines or in the net, Meusburger, who could have been bagelled in fifteen to twenty minutes what with the way she was playing, the Austrian all of a sudden had two games on the scoreboard. Schruff almost gave her a third one, before she came around and closed out the set. I was not even a bit sad to leave this match.

Angelika Bachmann GER beat Stéphanie Foretz FRA | 6-3 7-6

I had always wanted to see Foretz in real life, having found her a very interesting player on TV. Well, interesting she was again today. I was completely shocked to see her losing 3-6 1-4 to Bachmann. The last time I saw Bachmann, she had been, at her best, very bland.

While I believe that Bachmann should never ever trouble players with the talent of Foretz, she did play a really good match from the baseline, hitting hard and blasting some nice return winners and other baseline winners past the Frenchwoman. Foretz, however, seemed to think it was only necessary to play well when she was down. She seemed to be going on the automatic pilot whenever she was close to leading, be it in a game or in the set.

She turned the 4-1 around with some great points, but Bachmann kept fighting hard and most of the games were very long. Foretz was just too inconsistent and too error prone today to win the match, but her fighting spirit almost got her through (yes, she only showed this spirit when she was about to lose). In total, she saved eight match points, spread over one of Bachmann's service games and the tie-break. It was a nerve-wrecking match :eek: In the tie-break she came 2-6 down, decided to put in a real effort again and got rid of some more match points. MP #9, however, was fatal and Foretz was out :sad:

Angelika was sweet afterwards :hearts: I said it was such a nerve-wrecking match and she responded "Yes, I am stupid" :lol: Yeah, closing out the match was not the best aspect of her game today :silly: She played well and really has a shot at winning her match against the weakest of the remaining players in the next round.

Capucine Rousseau FRA beat Debbrich Feys BEL [WC] | 6-3 5-7 6-4

That weakest remaining player is Capucine Rousseau. I have kind of both liked and disliked Rousseau ever since Hasselt 2004, where I saw her beat Marie-Gaïané Mikaelian in a qualifying match. Capucine is bitchy, moody, whiny and all that. Complains to the umpire, to the linesmen, complains about everything. I think she plays tactical games as well, what with a strategic toilet break. But yet, I can't get mad at her :shrug: Her bitchiness is funny, almost cute.

Before Paris last week, Rousseau had been out for almost a year with an injury, with Antwerp 2005 being her last tournament. Last week, she crushed Laura Pous Tio, before going out to Parmentier in three in the second qualifying round. I thought it very imprsessive for her to have done so well in her comeback tournament, but today's performance got me wondering why.

The red-haired Frenchie has now dyed her hair black-ish, but still looks like a lesbian tomboy (but then again, don't all tomboys look lesbian?) and still gets support from this girl who I presume is her girlfriend, for I cannot imagine that bony girl coaching Capucine :lol: Rousseau had a very favourable draw, meeting Debbrich Feys of Belgium in the first round. Feys had earned a WC by beating Evelyne van Hyfte in the pre-qualifying draw and is an OK player. She will never be in the Top 300, but she can hit reasonably well.

Considering Capucine's performance last week, I was expecting a quick win and when I came to watch the match, these expectations seemed to become reality, as she was leading 6-3 3-2. Immediately, I noticed a major change in her game, compared to Hasselt 2004, which is most probably due to the injury and lack of match play. Against Mikaelian, Rousseau's strength had been.. well, her strength. She would really whack the ball, especially with her serve. Today, however, on average, she served about 20 to 25 km/h less than Feys, who does not have a super hard serve. I think Rousseau's first serve now is about 35 km/h below her former first serve. Considering this was one of her main weapons, her game has really broken down. She needs to get some muscles, and thus power, back in her game if she wants to really make a successful comeback.

With this lack of power, and not being the most steady of players, Capucine was unable to dominate on the baseline. She was often overpowered by Feys (!!) and started making mistake after mistake at the end of the second set. The Belgian crowd, including one very vocal boy who kept shouting "Allez Debbrich!" after virtually every point made by Feys, was entirely behind their compatriot. I seriously was the only one supporting Rousseau ;) Even though I do like Feys.

Anyway, Rousseau collapsed, lost the second set and was 1-4 (or 2-4) down in the final set. All hope seemed gone, but then Feys well apart and Capucine put strength out of the increase in unforced errors at the other side of the net. She never lost another game and was ecstatic in her victory shouts. When she signed my photo of her, taken at Hasselt, she even managed a laugh :eek: A laughing Rousseau... :bolt: Nah, seriously, she's really alright somewhere down there ;) I really hope she can get the power back in her game, cause this was easily the worst match of the day. I think even Ludmila with her performance would have easily defeated them :unsure:

And then...

It was time to go home :sad: I had to catch my train and did not want to risk being stuck in Antwerp until five in the morning, so I had no chance to see Sprem - Lisjak (who has a very cute coach ;) and looked adorable herself too), Wörle - Beygelzimer (though I saw both of them on court :lol: :p), Jugic-Salkic - Lemmens and Johansson - Skavronskaia :(

Oh. If you are looking for a reason to go to Antwerp.. They have the hottest chair umpire I've seen so far :drool: And no, I did not take a picture :ras:

Talking about pictures.. My camera sucks so I could not take on-court pics (well I could have, but you would have a hard time figuring out who the players were :tape: :p), but I took seven 'portrait' pictures with an analog camera, so they will have to be developed, then scanned and stuff, so that will take a while ;) Maybe next week after ATP Rotterdam qualifying I will get them developed :)

That's all :)

:wavey:

______________
Martijn

ZeeKoei
Feb 11th, 2006, 10:59 PM
Eleni Daniilidou GRE beat Sofia Arvidsson SWE [1] | 6-3 7-5

Decided to wait for Daniilidou v. Arvidsson, which I considered, on paper, to be the most interesting match of the first qualifying round. Last week, Arvidsson won in two quick sets in the qualies of the Open Gaz de France, but she started off very poorly against Daniilidou today. Eleni has a beautiful game to watch with a lot of net play involved. She showed her net skills well in the beginning of the match, and rushed on to a 3-0 lead. I failed to see how Arvidsson could possibly be ranked among the Top 50 with such play, but fortunately she picked her game up. However, it was not good enough to beat Daniilidou, but only to equal her in game play. They split games after 3-0 for Daniilidou, meaning the set went to the girl from Crete. The two girls that are always accompanying her at tournaments were there once more, whereas there seemed to be no support for Arvidsson. Rousseau also watched part of this match.


any idea who they are?

nice report btw ;)

CooCooCachoo
Feb 11th, 2006, 11:10 PM
any idea who they are?

nice report btw ;)

My guess is coach plus girlfriend :tape: One blonde, one dark-haired.

ZeeKoei
Feb 11th, 2006, 11:14 PM
My guess is coach plus girlfriend :tape: One blonde, one dark-haired.

ok, thx for the info

hope they'll be there too tomorrow

xXSarajevoXx
Feb 11th, 2006, 11:17 PM
Thank you for the report!!! :cool:
I hope you will see Jugic-Salkic - Kremer match today
:wavey:

LefandePatty
Feb 11th, 2006, 11:35 PM
Thanx, great report Tijn :yeah: :kiss: :D
Stephanie C-A :hearts: :rocker2: :woohoo:

Grachka
Feb 11th, 2006, 11:40 PM
Danke schon for the amazing report Coo :drool:

Bally will have fatty Stephanie Cohen-Aloro for breakfast :p :cool:

¤CharlDa¤
Feb 12th, 2006, 12:05 AM
Thanks Coocoo, very interesting!

elinaline
Feb 12th, 2006, 12:18 AM
Thanks, very good report. :)

I like much the part about Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro. :D

elinaline
Feb 12th, 2006, 12:20 AM
Danke schon for the amazing report Coo :drool:

Bally will have fatty Stephanie Cohen-Aloro for breakfast :p :cool:

:fiery:

CrossCourt~Rally
Feb 12th, 2006, 12:30 AM
:fiery:

Its ok Elinaline... :hug: that person has very little class...i knew there was a reason she was on my IGORE LIST :lol:

CrossCourt~Rally
Feb 12th, 2006, 12:33 AM
Anyways...thanks for your report CooCoo ...you did an AWESOME JOB!! :worship: :worship: :bounce:

Grachka
Feb 12th, 2006, 12:37 AM
Its ok Elinaline... :hug: that person has very little class...i knew there was a reason she was on my IGORE LIST :lol:
She? :awww:

Ignore list? :awww:

Anyway, I love Stephanie :p

AjdeNate!
Feb 12th, 2006, 12:49 AM
Thanks Martijn!

Ballbasher
Feb 12th, 2006, 07:29 AM
Thank for these amazing reports :worship:

-sugi-
Feb 12th, 2006, 07:38 AM
thanks for the report :) I really enjoyed the Savchuk match

It is a really good report thank you

CooCooCachoo
Feb 12th, 2006, 07:41 AM
Thank you for the report!!! :cool:
I hope you will see Jugic-Salkic - Kremer match today
:wavey:

I am not going again, sadly :sad:

Ballbasher
Feb 12th, 2006, 07:42 AM
why :sad:

CooCooCachoo
Feb 12th, 2006, 07:43 AM
why :sad:

No time. No money :shrug: :p

Ballbasher
Feb 12th, 2006, 07:46 AM
oh ok :sad:

James
Feb 12th, 2006, 08:10 AM
Great report, Martijn :yeah:

Dexter
Feb 12th, 2006, 08:12 AM
Great report - nice read :cool:

Thx Martijn! :wavey: :D

Taz Warrior
Feb 12th, 2006, 08:29 AM
Great report Martijn -sounds like you had a good day

roxi
Feb 12th, 2006, 08:45 AM
You didn't see Karolina's match, I'm so sad!!!!!

CooCooCachoo
Feb 12th, 2006, 09:12 AM
You didn't see Karolina's match, I'm so sad!!!!!

I wanted to watch but I would have missed my last connection :shrug:

Grand Phantasm
Feb 12th, 2006, 09:57 AM
Thanks for the report :)

So basically Severine played useless :lol: And Foretz made so many errors typical of her :p

elinaline
Feb 12th, 2006, 10:07 AM
Its ok Elinaline... :hug: that person has very little class...i knew there was a reason she was on my IGORE LIST :lol:

;)

elinaline
Feb 12th, 2006, 10:10 AM
Danke schon for the amazing report Coo :drool:

Bally will have fatty Stephanie Cohen-Aloro for breakfast :p :cool:


HI HI HI HI HI :lol:

6/4 6/2 for Stéphanie !!!! :p

Paule22
Feb 12th, 2006, 10:26 AM
Danke schön Herr Martijn!

Jetzt bin ich ihnen schon wieder etwas schuldig :eek:

tobi
Feb 12th, 2006, 10:31 AM
Thanx Martijn :worship: :wavey:

forever_rafter
Feb 12th, 2006, 10:36 AM
My guess is coach plus girlfriend :tape: One blonde, one dark-haired.

Blond must be Judith while the other one could be her new fitness coach...

Tennisfan-Mtl
Feb 12th, 2006, 11:15 AM
Thanks for the report :worship: Very well-written and very interesting to read :) :)

SloKid
Feb 12th, 2006, 12:04 PM
Thanks for the report Martijn :D
Well written ;)

Meesh
Feb 12th, 2006, 12:26 PM
Thanks for the report!!!

CooCooCachoo
Feb 12th, 2006, 05:22 PM
Danke schön Herr Martijn!

Jetzt bin ich ihnen schon wieder etwas schuldig :eek:

Warum wieder etwas? :p :wavey:

Paule22
Feb 12th, 2006, 07:36 PM
Warum wieder etwas? :p :wavey:

Naja, das Meghannfoto :) Ich vergess das nicht!

CooCooCachoo
Feb 13th, 2006, 01:10 PM
Ja aber ich weiß nicht warum 'wieder' :p

This is just a report, nothing more :p

Ballbasher
Feb 13th, 2006, 01:21 PM
Maret qualified :worship:

Paule22
Feb 13th, 2006, 04:04 PM
Ja aber ich weiß nicht warum 'wieder' :p

This is just a report, nothing more :p

Na es ist großartig, du hast dir viel Arbeit gemacht ;)

CooCooCachoo
Feb 13th, 2006, 07:41 PM
OK Danke ;)