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morbidangle
May 12th, 2008, 03:05 PM
I arrived in Berlin on Thursday and had little difficulty getting to the stadium. (Thanks to .:sk:. for posting the exact address in the German open forum)
I bought the cheapest tickets for Thursday and Friday, (thanks for the tip, Lady ;)) The stadium was mostly empty and one could easily move to the better seats even with the 20 euro ticket!)

As I walked towards the Steffi Graf stadium, the first player I saw was Dinara Safina, practicing with Elena Vesnina on one of the practice courts right behind the main showcourts (or right infront, depends on how you're looking at it). Little did I know that I was actually looking at the eventual champion! She looked pretty good. She seemed to be working mainly on her forehand and movement. A lot of players were practicing on the outside courts as well, so I decided to take some pics. For some reason however, I couldnt turn on the camera... thats when I remembered that I had forgotten to bring the batteries! DAMMIT! I tried to look for batteries but no luck, so I decided to make crappy video clips using my cell phone camera! :( I heard someone saying that the Bondarenko sisters were on court 1 so I went to see them for a while and man! Alona is smoking hot! After a while I decided to go outside and explore the entire event site and maybe look for Justine.
As I was walking towards the outside practice courts, I saw a car at the gate. A couple of guys around me were taking out their cameras and autograph books.. I figured it was one of the players arriving. I stood there , hoping for Justine or Serena to arrive but in walks Anna Chakvetadze! Such a pleasant surprise! I was hoping she'd still be in Berlin.. anyways, I made a short clip of her entering the venue and then rushed forward for an autograph. Anna signed my order of play page. I have to say Anna is a very pretty girl! Looked better in person than she does on TV. I told her "Good Luck in Rome and Roland Garros" she just looked at me and didnt say anything. Actually she looked a little annoyed and started walking towards the car service booth, when another guy asked her for an autograph and whoa, Anna pretty much yelled at the guy, something like "How many times do I have to tell you guys" I didnt really get what she said but she was pissed! Maybe she was having a bad day, I dont know.. wasnt very nice. I saw Anna again a few times, wandering around the practice courts... It was like she was on a mission to get people to ask for an autograph and then snubbing them! I saw her snub atleast 3 guys! I love Anna and I hope she was just having a bad day. She seemed quite upset about something and I will give her the benifit of doubt rather than calling her a bitch!(something she was quite frequently called that day) I dont know whats wrong with her these days, but I hope she sorts things out soon!

So a few minutes later, lil Masha walked in looking pretty as ever! She signed plenty of autographs and was very nice. I told her " Good luck" and she looked right back, smiled and said "thanks a lot".. I wish I had the batteries, as I am sure lil Masha would've let me take a picture with her!
After Maria Kirilenko, I saw Renee Stubbs, Kveta Peschke, Peng Shuai and the entire Chinese clan, Bondarenkos, Safina, Vesnina and many others. For some reason I kept mixing Agnes Szavay and Sabine Lisicki... Every ten minutes I'd see one of the two and think to myself "Wow she changed her outfit again" :lol: pretty stupid.
I decided to go take a look at the Steffi Graf stadium and damn! Justine was there practicing! I kicked myself for not going there earlier.About 10 minutes later, Radwanska arrived to practice and Justine wrapped up her session.
I then went to court 1 to watch Elena Dementieva vs Vera D. Elena started off by breaking Dushevina's serve but then completely lost her way. She was down 4-1, when I heard them annoucne Justine's name on the Main stadium , so I left the court to watch Justine!
By the time I entered the stadium, Justine was already down a break in the first set. I watched the rest of the first set. Justine's serve was extremely crappy! She did lift her game towards the end of the set, and got some help from Dinara as well.. When Justine won the first set, I thought she was going to win the second something like 6-2 or 6-3... I really wanted to see Serena,Jelena, Ana and Elena practicing..so I decided to check the practice courts... There was a large number of people gathered around one of the front practice courts, it wasnt difficult to guess that Serena was there!I watched Serena practice for about 10 minutes and she looked very sharp! she was hitting the ball well and seemed fit as well. At the end of her practice session, some ladies tried to talk to her, but Serena wasn't in a mood to chat. She just smiled politely and hurried off the court
While she was leaving the courts, I walked towards her and said "Serena!" (what was I thinking!) she looked at me and I asked for an autograph... Serena didnt want to sign autographs, probably because she wanted to focus on the upcoming match, but she signed my book anyways. I felt a little bad afterwards because when she signed my book, a couple of old ladies also came to her asking for an autograph. It was easy to see that Serena just wanted to get out of there. The ladies were just praising her and stuff and Serena was trying her best to be nice to the ladies, she smiled a little, but the ladies just kept talking... Serena then said something like "thnx I have to go" I thought that was very nice! one of the ladies said "see you in the finals" . Serena again smiled and left. Oracene was there as well.
After Serena's practice, I watched Patty and Casey's practice session, they seemed to be having a lot of fun. Nicole Pratt was there and she kept telling Patty to serve and volley, while Patty just seemed to laugh it off! :lol:
I went in to check court 2, and the entrance was pretty narrow. While I was leaving I ran into Marion Bartoli and her father.. Marion was eating a banana :lol: Everytime I saw Marion on the grounds, she was eating something... Even after her loss, I saw her eating another banana while waiting for her car at the gates. I got her autograph there.
I also watched a bit of Jelena Jankovic's practice, Also saw Ana Ivanovic with Sven Groeneveld. Ana seemed very polite and extremely popular, she was taking pics with almost everyone
I went over to Sven and asked him if he was still in touch with Mary Pierce. He said he was not, and I left saying Oh ok! :p
Then I went to check Justine's score and she was down 4-0 in the third. By the time I entered the stadium, she was down 5-0. I was like "urgh! first time I am watching Justine live and she will get bagelled". She saved about 4 match points and broke Safina's serve. Relief! But Dinara broke in the very next game for the win.
Afterwards I watched Serena Aga... Serena was on fire! Sveta-Bondarenko was not a great match qualitywise. Bartoli-Szavay was pretty cool. A lot of errors, but both players were going for it! Bartoli was up 5-3, but Szavay came back. Bartoli was struggling with an injury and had a few injury timeouts. Jelena vs Maria K was not a great match either. Lil Masha played horribly on the big points. Briefly checked all the doubles action. Ana had some trouble with Sybille. I left the match with Ana leading 1 set to love.
Vika Azarenka had a short autograph session in the afternoon, and the women dressed in traditional Arabic dress were bullying everyone to go and get an autograph. I felt bad for Vika , because only a few people were there in front of her booth. I went in and got an autograph and my friend took a picture with her.
While I was ready to leave, I saw Nadia Petrova finishing her practice on an outside court. I waited for her to come out and then took a crappy cellphone picture with her!

(Ok this is getting way too long, so I’ll keep it short)

On Friday, the highlight of my day was Jelena Jankovic’s practice. I was just walking towards court 1 when I heard a familiar voice right behind me… I turned and it was Jelena, like a few inches away from me… By the time I took out my autograph book, Jelena had gone a few steps ahead.. so I sort of like yelled “Jelena” it came out louder than I had excepted :lol: Jelena turned, a little surprised, then when she saw it was just another fan asking for an autograph, she started laughing… She signed my book and said “you were so loud you scared me” Supercool!

Also saw Elena Dementieva getting ready for practice, and she was also extremely polite to everyone! I took a picture with her. Was very impressed with her!

My friend and I decided to skip the Bondarenko-Azarenka, because we knew either Ana or Jelena would be practicing around that time. While we were checking out the outside courts, we saw Jelena Jankovic entering court 2 for practice… We went in to see her. It was like we were the only ones there, along with some people from Serbian TV, filming a documentary. Jelena was again very funny during her practice. Her coach was trying all kinds of things, he even stood on a chair and said “get ready for Karlovic’s serve” All of us laughed at that!
My friend Marcus wanted me to record a small clip of him in the stands, with Jelena practicing in the back ground. Just when I started recording, Jelena ran towards her bag, took out a huge pile of tissues and started blowing her nose. It was a little loud. I showed the clip to Marcus and we started laughing. It was funny with Marcus proudly standing thinking Jelena was hitting forehands in the background, while Jelena was blowing her nose with full force. We started laughing, and Jelena heard us.. She turned and looked at us a little embarrassed and started laughing with us. She said something like “it’s the weather”. I felt like saying” Nooo we are not laughing at you blowing your nose, we were just laughing at the timing, with this clip and everything” but ofcourse I didn’t. Throughout the session, Jelena and her coach kept joking around and we were laughing with them. At one point Jelena looked at us and said “only one more laugh and then he kicks you out”. She was again, just joking around! I loved how cool she was!
When she was leaving, I went straight to her and said “Jelena one picture please” She said “OK” So Marcus took our picture. Jelena was ready to leave again, when I said “Jelena one more pic please, with him” pointing to Marcus. And she said “ Nooo, I have to go” I said “It’ll only take a second” she replied “But I have to go”.. the funny thing was, she was saying she had to go, but she wasn’t actually going :lol: she just stood there and let us took the pictures. I like her more than ever !
Saw all the remaining matches, but I don’t have the energy to write more…Serena-Dinara was very exciting, first time I have seen a third set tie-breaker in a live match. Serena's serve was aweful in the second set, and Dinara played extremely well. I think she can do some serious damage at the French open.
Elena Dementieva was again very nice .. She wanted to sign as many autographs as she could but the officials told her to stop and leave the court as it was getting dark for the Ivanovic-Szavay match. During the Elena-Jelena match, Elena took another one of her trademark bathroom breaks after losing the second set and Jelena was not impressed at all. She talked to the chair umpire, then joked around with a ball boy, even with a few people in the crowd. Oh and while Elena was leaving the court for a bathroom break, a guy leaped forward with an autograph book asking for her autograph! The official told him to STFU, but Elena just smiled and said “ the match is not over” The guy definitely deserved to be taught a lesson. I hope he tries that with Anna Chakvetadze next time! :tape:
Pics to follow.....

joão.
May 12th, 2008, 03:12 PM
So a few minutes later, lil Masha walked in looking pretty as ever! She signed plenty of autographs and was very nice. I told her " Good luck" and she looked right back, smiled and said "thanks a lot".. I wish I had the batteries, as I am sure lil Masha would've let me take a picture with her!

:hearts::hearts::hearts: Too bad about the pic. :sad:

For some reason I kept mixing Agnes Szavay and Sabine Lisicki... Every ten minutes I'd see one of the two and think to myself "Wow she changed her outfit again" :lol: pretty stupid.

:lol:

While I was leaving I ran into Marion Bartoli and her father.. Marion was eating a banana :lol: Everytime I saw Marion on the grounds, she was eating something... Even after her loss, I saw her eating another banana while waiting for her car at the gates. I got her autograph there.

:lol::lol:

I turned and it was Jelena, like a few inches away from me… By the time I took out my autograph book, Jelena had gone a few steps ahead.. so I sort of like yelled “Jelena” it came out louder than I had excepted :lol: Jelena turned, a little surprised, then when she saw it was just another fan asking for an autograph, she started laughing… She signed my book and said “you were so loud you scared me” Supercool!

:lol::lol::lol:

Also saw Elena Dementieva getting ready for practice, and she was also extremely polite to everyone! I took a picture with her. Was very impressed with her!


:hearts:

Nice report, ty.

CCCP1
May 12th, 2008, 03:13 PM
Great report :D

Destiny
May 12th, 2008, 03:15 PM
Read everything thanks
Jealous

serenus_2k8
May 12th, 2008, 03:36 PM
:lol: Sounds great. Would love to meet some players face to face! How much did tickets cost u?

morbidangle
May 12th, 2008, 03:40 PM
Nice report, ty.
Great report :D
Read everything thanks
Jealous
Thanks! :) :wavey:

morbidangle
May 12th, 2008, 03:40 PM
:lol: Sounds great. Would love to meet some players face to face! How much did tickets cost u?
40 Euros in total.. 20 Euros for each day. And I watched all the matches from category A seats! :lol:

Slutati
May 12th, 2008, 04:25 PM
Bartoli eating all the time:spit:What a surprise.
Nice report:yeah:

CooCooCachoo
May 12th, 2008, 04:52 PM
Glad you had fun :)

miffedmax
May 12th, 2008, 05:08 PM
Glad to hear yet another report of Lena D's niceness.

The whole thing was very interesting, but of course that's my main takeaway ;) :lol:

PerfectForm
May 12th, 2008, 06:18 PM
Lena D :) Never fails to dissapoint the fans. Nice to hear about Jankovic and Kirilenko as well, can't wait to meet them one day.

Chak does have her moodswings. She could be the sweet angel one day & the devil the next.

Kampi
May 12th, 2008, 06:21 PM
Thank you for your nice report. Especially the one about Jelena. That's so typical for her.:lol::worship: Nice one.

Freakshow
May 12th, 2008, 06:24 PM
Awwwww, Jankovic, Kirilenko, & Dementieva. :hearts:

Anna :rolleyes: Disappointed to hear she was quite unpleasant. :sad:

.:sk:.
May 12th, 2008, 06:27 PM
Nice report :yeah:

I arrived in Berlin on Thursday and had little difficulty getting to the stadium. (Thanks to .:sk:. for posting the exact address in the German open forum)

You're welcome :hug:

Pink Princess
May 12th, 2008, 10:14 PM
Many thanks!!!

Bruno71
May 13th, 2008, 05:48 AM
Awesome report. Thanks!

Reiken
May 13th, 2008, 06:42 AM
great report :yeah::yeah:

lena d, jj, and lil masha :rocker:

seltorin
May 13th, 2008, 07:33 AM
Nice report :yeah:

nicidle
May 13th, 2008, 08:11 AM
Is elena taking those toliet breaks becoz of wt mary pierce did to her?
I think it is way too long.

Cat123
May 13th, 2008, 08:19 AM
:lol: Great report. Love Jelena! :hug:

Nikkiri
May 13th, 2008, 08:22 AM
Masha K :hearts:

morbidangle
May 13th, 2008, 02:51 PM
Glad you guys liked it! :wavey:

Wayn77
May 13th, 2008, 02:54 PM
Brilliant report. :lol:

Berlin rocked last week ... glad you enjoyed it.

morbidangle
May 13th, 2008, 03:06 PM
Some Pics...
Serena
http://thumb10.webshots.net/t/52/652/4/53/76/2152453760103493450SkFQYv_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2152453760103493450SkFQYv) http://thumb10.webshots.net/t/52/652/7/58/41/2684758410103493450JhMwrm_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2684758410103493450JhMwrm) http://thumb10.webshots.net/t/66/666/9/62/70/2561962700103493450EVmxmT_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2561962700103493450EVmxmT) http://thumb10.webshots.net/t/52/652/4/94/48/2715494480103493450BslfxM_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2715494480103493450BslfxM) http://thumb10.webshots.net/t/63/663/7/61/14/2158761140103493450VBnXvN_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2158761140103493450VBnXvN) http://thumb10.webshots.net/t/69/469/2/19/8/2029219080103493450CgWjqa_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2029219080103493450CgWjqa)

morbidangle
May 13th, 2008, 03:09 PM
http://thumb10.webshots.net/t/63/663/0/44/73/2546044730103493450gzDzaH_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2546044730103493450gzDzaH)
A.Bondarenko

http://thumb10.webshots.net/t/52/652/7/90/84/2639790840103493450lRvgTD_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2639790840103493450lRvgTD)
A. Szavay

http://thumb10.webshots.net/t/69/469/8/47/4/2586847040103493450XJcuUd_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2586847040103493450XJcuUd)
Bondarenko & Peer

morbidangle
May 13th, 2008, 03:13 PM
Jelena Jankovic

http://thumb10.webshots.net/t/52/652/2/41/43/2197241430103493450FAufTo_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2197241430103493450FAufTo) http://thumb10.webshots.net/t/66/666/0/22/72/2020022720103493450vdbdJF_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2020022720103493450vdbdJF) http://thumb10.webshots.net/t/66/666/3/6/57/2601306570103493450paMLSP_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2601306570103493450paMLSP) http://thumb10.webshots.net/t/63/663/3/84/33/2725384330103493450DueQgT_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2725384330103493450DueQgT) http://thumb10.webshots.net/t/69/469/8/90/98/2653890980103493450YNfiFf_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2653890980103493450YNfiFf) http://thumb10.webshots.net/t/69/469/1/24/13/2768124130103493450MVPHTt_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2768124130103493450MVPHTt)
http://thumb10.webshots.net/t/52/652/3/83/1/2347383010103493450pgXtfi_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2347383010103493450pgXtfi) http://thumb10.webshots.net/t/69/469/6/95/96/2416695960103493450wFdPIA_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2416695960103493450wFdPIA) http://thumb10.webshots.net/t/69/469/0/40/29/2429040290103493450RAJCSF_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2429040290103493450RAJCSF) http://thumb10.webshots.net/t/66/666/8/63/43/2393863430103493450dZwLxw_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2393863430103493450dZwLxw) http://thumb10.webshots.net/t/58/758/6/2/4/2579602040103493450OwQifM_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2579602040103493450OwQifM)

ralfreinecke
May 13th, 2008, 03:17 PM
I have uploaded some pics from Berlin
at
www.annachakvetadze.com
there I also some pics of a smiling Anna Chakvetadze from yesterday in Rome
and
http://community.webshots.com/user/pascalre21
(Alona Bondarenko, Caroline Wozniacki ..)

morbidangle
May 13th, 2008, 03:21 PM
Ana Ivanovic

http://thumb10.webshots.net/t/69/469/0/76/71/2875076710103493450VPbSQF_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2875076710103493450VPbSQF) http://thumb10.webshots.net/t/69/469/3/77/11/2011377110103493450StfvsK_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2011377110103493450StfvsK) http://thumb10.webshots.net/t/58/758/8/66/85/2038866850103493450ejNqvf_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2038866850103493450ejNqvf) http://thumb10.webshots.net/t/63/663/0/17/66/2608017660103493450SrCUIi_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2608017660103493450SrCUIi) http://thumb10.webshots.net/t/58/758/8/29/21/2893829210103493450bUQtkD_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2893829210103493450bUQtkD)

morbidangle
May 13th, 2008, 03:24 PM
Elena Dementieva

http://thumb10.webshots.net/t/63/663/9/53/52/2277953520103493450OEauPT_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2277953520103493450OEauPT) http://thumb10.webshots.net/t/69/469/0/89/68/2498089680103493450krlgZu_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2498089680103493450krlgZu) http://thumb10.webshots.net/t/52/652/9/84/1/2898984010103493450SMskDa_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2898984010103493450SMskDa) http://thumb10.webshots.net/t/52/652/3/2/0/2276302000103493450ebPHgA_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2276302000103493450ebPHgA) http://thumb10.webshots.net/t/63/663/2/22/10/2455222100103493450uZizUa_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2455222100103493450uZizUa)
http://thumb10.webshots.net/t/52/652/9/19/0/2802919000103493450tOuJoY_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2802919000103493450tOuJoY) http://thumb10.webshots.net/t/66/666/5/57/97/2849557970103493450LwQysM_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2849557970103493450LwQysM) http://thumb10.webshots.net/t/63/663/3/12/2/2585312020103493450HUuLZD_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2585312020103493450HUuLZD) http://thumb10.webshots.net/t/58/758/0/18/91/2099018910103493450jXpKps_th.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2099018910103493450jXpKps)

sammy01
May 13th, 2008, 03:24 PM
I have uploaded some pics from Berlin
at
www.annachakvetadze.com
there I also some pics of a smiling Anna Chakvetadze from yesterday in Rome
and
http://community.webshots.com/user/pascalre21
(Alona Bondarenko, Caroline Wozniacki ..)

thanks for the anna pictres there realy good.

i kinda like when annas a bitch its fun, i loved that about mary pierce as well.

morbidangle
May 13th, 2008, 03:29 PM
These are all the pics I have right now... Might upload some more..
And yes I know, I am not that good at taking pictures! :lol:

morbidangle
May 13th, 2008, 03:32 PM
I have uploaded some pics from Berlin
at
www.annachakvetadze.com (http://www.annachakvetadze.com)
there I also some pics of a smiling Anna Chakvetadze from yesterday in Rome
and
http://community.webshots.com/user/pascalre21
(Alona Bondarenko, Caroline Wozniacki ..)
Very nice pics of Anna! she looks pretty happy, which is great to see...
thanks for the anna pictres there realy good.
i kinda like when annas a bitch its fun, i loved that about mary pierce as well.
I kinda like Anna's mood swings too, however, wasnt very nice to see her yelling at fans though!
Oh and btw, Mary Pierce was never a bitch! :angel:;)

Pink Princess
May 13th, 2008, 03:39 PM
I have uploaded some pics from Berlin
at
www.annachakvetadze.com
there I also some pics of a smiling Anna Chakvetadze from yesterday in Rome
and
http://community.webshots.com/user/pascalre21
(Alona Bondarenko, Caroline Wozniacki ..)

Many thanks!!! Anna:kiss: :hearts: :bigclap:

sammy01
May 13th, 2008, 04:01 PM
Very nice pics of Anna! she looks pretty happy, which is great to see...

I kinda like Anna's mood swings too, however, wasnt very nice to see her yelling at fans though!
Oh and btw, Mary Pierce was never a bitch! :angel:;)

ok my mistake mary the diva! ;)

VishaalMaria
May 13th, 2008, 04:05 PM
Seems like Anna C needs to grow up a bit.

Mightymirza
May 13th, 2008, 04:10 PM
tnanks for the report and pics ;)

morbidangle
May 13th, 2008, 09:07 PM
ok my mistake mary the diva! ;)
Thats better ! ;)

drake3781
May 14th, 2008, 02:52 AM
Loved your report. THanks.

matty
May 14th, 2008, 03:07 AM
Sounds like fun--Lucky! Thanks for the report!

MistyGrey
May 21st, 2008, 01:58 PM
I cant believe, that turned out to be Justine's last match. I went on thursday for a short while and only watched the first set of Justine's match. I had quite a lot of work to do so I left thinking I'd catch one of Justine's later matches. :sad:
On the other hand, I am glad I got to see Justine live atleast once.

MistyGrey
May 21st, 2008, 02:00 PM
btw, great report. But no mention of meeting a certain poster from these boards? :(:(