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SvetaPleaseWin.
Jun 18th, 2006, 12:05 AM
Here are the photos i took at Birmingham today, they're not great but still...

1st semi: Vera Zvonareva def Meilen Tu 5-7 6-4 6-3

this was a decent match-it was a shame tu fatigued in the 2nd set + she slipped and picked up another injury (she already had her thigh strapped), she led 4-1 in the 2nd and i thought she just might pull it off. bepa was up to her usual antics-but no tears though. I thought meilen was slightly the better player up until her injury-but still a great week for her!

tu:
http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/6618/10007990zq.jpg
http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/2205/10008003gz.jpg
http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/346/10008010cf.jpg
http://img152.imageshack.us/img152/5842/10008059jc.jpg

bepa:
http://img126.imageshack.us/img126/3315/10008023rp.jpg
http://img122.imageshack.us/img122/6881/10008031ej.jpg
http://img212.imageshack.us/img212/8863/10008093sw.jpg
http://img60.imageshack.us/img60/3486/10008078ar.jpg

SvetaPleaseWin.
Jun 18th, 2006, 12:05 AM
2nd semi: Jamea Jackson def Maria Sharapova 6-4 6-4

:bounce: congrats to jamjam on her first tour final :worship: she simply outplayed maria today-sharapova wasnt at her best but to be fair she didnt play that badly, jamea just played extremely well. it seemed like when maria was on top in a rally jamea had the movement and the recovery shots to regain the advantage-but with maria, as has been noted a million times, although her movement has improved a lot, her defence isnt great.
it was great to see jamea so happy after the match-hope she wins the final :D

maria:
http://img122.imageshack.us/img122/9830/10008343nw.jpg
http://img60.imageshack.us/img60/8592/10008212dr.jpg
http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/1682/10008358dv.jpg
http://img122.imageshack.us/img122/5438/10008324qc.jpg
http://img212.imageshack.us/img212/1196/10008238vy.jpg
http://img212.imageshack.us/img212/1229/10008190vk.jpg
http://img60.imageshack.us/img60/8269/10008202li.jpg

jamjam:
http://img60.imageshack.us/img60/8933/10008110rd.jpg
http://img60.imageshack.us/img60/563/10008288ix.jpg
http://img60.imageshack.us/img60/4567/10008128fs.jpg
http://img60.imageshack.us/img60/391/10008175fg.jpg
http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/568/10008242wd.jpg
http://img212.imageshack.us/img212/8685/10008274wy.jpg
http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/4130/10008262ki.jpg
http://img54.imageshack.us/img54/3239/10008307kd.jpg
http://img54.imageshack.us/img54/4978/10008312ut.jpg
http://img122.imageshack.us/img122/4018/10008365qp.jpg
http://img60.imageshack.us/img60/8775/10008375xo.jpg

SvetaPleaseWin.
Jun 18th, 2006, 12:05 AM
doubles semi: Jelena Jankovic/Li Na def Bethanie Mattek/Mashona Washington 6-3 6-4

jelena and na seemed to be enjoying themselves on-court whereas mashmash and beth seemed to be taking it much more seriously. there were some good points at net as usual with the doubles. mattek and washington were playing a more traditional style of doubles-serve/volleying all the time, i think that suited jelena and na-they hit some smokin' returns, the americans needed to mix it up a bit more rather than giving them a target all the time

mashmash:
http://img60.imageshack.us/img60/8384/10008435ks.jpg
http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/2823/10008470rt.jpg

beth:
http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/9858/10008445hp.jpg

mashmash/beth:
http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/2762/10008458qf.jpg
http://img123.imageshack.us/img123/1011/10008535xm.jpg

jelena:
http://img122.imageshack.us/img122/860/10008422ed.jpg
http://img123.imageshack.us/img123/4840/10008482sc.jpg

na:
http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/9689/10008407dr.jpg
http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/2356/10008498gs.jpg
http://img126.imageshack.us/img126/2599/10008527oq.jpg
http://img122.imageshack.us/img122/3373/10008389dm.jpg

jelena/na:
http://img122.imageshack.us/img122/8074/10008417fp.jpg
http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/1621/10008393zh.jpg
http://img123.imageshack.us/img123/4420/10008463kz.jpg

overall it was a great day! Shame I didn’t get to see any of peng/tu vs craybas/huber but it only lasted 3 games anyway… I’d recommend this tourney to anyone! As well as the matches, I saw Navratilova, pratt, li ting and panova (I think it was her-she was short and blond so I reckon it was Tatiana) practising

azmad_88
Jun 18th, 2006, 12:30 AM
thank you for your pictures

Sir Stefwhit
Jun 18th, 2006, 12:34 AM
Great pics! Thanks!!

K-Dog
Jun 18th, 2006, 12:40 AM
when did Jamea switch from Nike to Adidas?

SvetaPleaseWin.
Jun 18th, 2006, 12:55 AM
when did Jamea switch from Nike to Adidas?
just before RG i think

K-Dog
Jun 18th, 2006, 12:55 AM
just before RG i think
thanks!

dagamezbest
Jun 18th, 2006, 12:57 AM
I like Nike on her better then Adidas

Aaron.
Jun 18th, 2006, 12:58 AM
Great pics! i wish i was at birmingham

K-Dog
Jun 18th, 2006, 12:59 AM
I like Nike on her better then Adidas
i agree. i think that it just may be this stupid outfit that they pushed all their players to wear.

Jeff
Jun 18th, 2006, 06:33 AM
Thanks for the pics, especially those of Meilen :wavey:

shirgan
Jun 18th, 2006, 06:51 AM
great pics :yeah:
I like the new trend to wear shorts instead of skirties

Maryamator
Jun 18th, 2006, 06:54 AM
great pics!thanks:D