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Philbo
Jul 7th, 2008, 09:49 AM
So I was lucky enough to be able to go and watch the All Williams final on Saturday.

I had to post about it because it was the experience of a lifetime and one I will never forget! I was so excited as the players came out on court. My seat was sitting diagonally opposite the main scoreboard in the 3rd row. (I saw myself on tv during the presentation lol)!!!

From the first point when Serena cracked a return winner up the line, it was clear we were in for a great match. My friend Andrew and I could not get over how clean and high quality the first set was. I was cheering loudly for Serena (I love the looks you get off the stiff-upper-lip british fans when they hear an aussie loudly scream our Caaaarn (come on with an aussie accent) Serena!!!)!! They look at you as if you have two heads or something..

It was a tense, exciting match the whole way. I knew Venus was gonna win but Serena put up a terrific fight and with a bit of luck it could have gone 3 sets.

I couldnt get over the return of serve and how amazing both sisters were at picking where the serve was gonna go and getting it back! When I watched the match on tv I was struck by how much the speed of their shots doesnt come through on TV.. you really need to see it live to understand how cleanly and hard they are hitting the ball..

I kept texting my friend in Australia saying things like 'when Serena gets to game point in this game Im gonna do a COME ON SERENA' - was great her being able to hear me on tv half a world away...

I feel like Im a tiny part of this wimbledon final! Gonna keep the tape of it forever just to hear my foghorn voice in the background contributing to the atmosphere lol..

Congratulations Venus and Serena on a terrific Wimbledon final!!!

Libertango
Jul 7th, 2008, 10:49 AM
WOW. ugh. I am too jealous right now. I SO wish I could have seen this match live (in fact, I just wish I could see one of the WS live!) - I can imagine that the speed/power etc. of their shots doesn't come through on TV. I'd love to experience that in person!

Really pleased you had such a great time; thanks for telling us about it! :D

Destiny
Jul 7th, 2008, 10:53 AM
I am so jealous of you

Your soooooooooooooooooooooo lucky told you it would be a good final

I actually think i heard your voice :lol:

Philbo
Jul 7th, 2008, 11:49 AM
Well I was cheering like crazy for Serena but I think the crowd was probably more behind Venus.. Everytime I yelled out Come On Sereana, 4 or 5 Venus fans would yell their own support!!

Dave.
Jul 7th, 2008, 11:56 AM
I remember last year's final between Venus and Marion, nice match with some amazing rallies. I imagine this year's final had an even better atmosphere with there being a roof on the court. Last year felt a bit weird we were all out in the open.

Destiny
Jul 7th, 2008, 11:56 AM
did you watch the doubles :hearts:

Philbo
Jul 7th, 2008, 12:01 PM
No I didnt watch the doubles. The mens final first set went toooooooo long and I had a party to go to that night so I gave my ticket to a little kid to go in and see centre court.. He was thrilled and his parents very thankful (I saved them a fiver!)..

In the Royal Box I could see Martina Nav, BJK, Jana Novotna, Virginia Wade, Margaret Thatcher, Cliff Richard - and I bumped into Greg Rusedski in the stairs going to my seat as well (tosser!!)..

Dodoboy.
Jul 7th, 2008, 12:35 PM
Wow!!

What a great experience!

The returns of serves were something else espiecally considering how fast the serves were!!

How kind of you to give away your ticket.

I will have to try and go next year!!

vettipooh
Jul 7th, 2008, 12:41 PM
Great report. Thanks for sharing. :yeah:

vwfan
Jul 7th, 2008, 01:22 PM
sounds fun. good for you. i sooooooo want to go to Wimbledon next year.

mal
Jul 7th, 2008, 01:29 PM
WOW. ugh. I am too jealous right now. I SO wish I could have seen this match live (in fact, I just wish I could see one of the WS live!) - I can imagine that the speed/power etc. of their shots doesn't come through on TV. I'd love to experience that in person!

Really pleased you had such a great time; thanks for telling us about it! :D

I'd have much rather watched a Venus Williams Maria Sharapova final, regardless of who would have won.

Does anybody remember which side of the draw Sharapova was on? Was it against Serena or Venus?

Vlover
Jul 7th, 2008, 02:23 PM
[QUOTE=mal;13579194]
Does anybody remember which side of the draw Sharapova was on?

Maria was to meet Venus in the Semi but the result would have been the same as the previous two meetings. Venus does every thing better on grass, her serve, movement, ground strokes and net play are advantage Venus.

Wow CF, sounds like a great experience for you.

eugreene2
Jul 7th, 2008, 07:30 PM
On Saturday morning, I went to TicketMaster.com just to see if they had tickets available for the final. I couldn't believe it when it came back with a seat row & number. I couldn't believe that if I had been in London, I would've been able to go!

winone23
Jul 7th, 2008, 07:36 PM
Glad you had fun!!! I wish it were me ;)

slamchamp
Jul 7th, 2008, 07:44 PM
Maria was to meet Venus in the Semi but the result would have been the same as the previous two meetings. Venus does every thing better on grass, her serve, movement, ground strokes and net play are advantage Venus.

Wow CF, sounds like a great experience for you.he only asked on which side of the draw she was, not if venus was better,etc etc

Stamp Paid
Jul 7th, 2008, 07:46 PM
Im glad you enjoyed it. :) Did you get to see Martina?

Philbo
Jul 8th, 2008, 08:58 AM
Im glad you enjoyed it. :) Did you get to see Martina?
Only from a distance! I was furious as a girl I work with bumped into martina during the first week, but I only saw her in the royal box!

Libertango
Jul 8th, 2008, 09:29 AM
On Saturday morning, I went to TicketMaster.com just to see if they had tickets available for the final. I couldn't believe it when it came back with a seat row & number. I couldn't believe that if I had been in London, I would've been able to go!

OMG please tell me you're kidding!!! I was staying about 20 minutes from Wimbledon that weekend; now I feel a bit sick:mad:

Chance
Jul 8th, 2008, 11:47 AM
Nice report :)
Wait a minute why do people camp out at 6am if tickets are online????

Hagar
Jul 8th, 2008, 02:30 PM
Czechfan, how did you get a ticket? Via the ballot?

ladydiana
Jul 8th, 2008, 02:34 PM
Czechfan thank you for sharing your unbelievable day at the final.


I agree. TV doesn't do the speed and sound of the striking as it does in person. I've seen Venus play at the Bank of the West tournament and those 125mph serves she was hitting was coming across the net so fast and they had so much spin that it was unbelieveable. And she was hitting the ball really hard. I couldn't believe how hard they were hitting the ball. So I can imagine how it was sounding with both Venus and Serena playing on grass.

Philbo
Jul 8th, 2008, 02:51 PM
Czechfan, how did you get a ticket? Via the ballot?

A friend got two tickets in the ballot, but he had his best friends 30th bday in Leeds on sat night so felt he couldnt go to the tennis so sold me and a mutual friend hhis two tickets! Im buying him dinner as a thank you tomorrow night!!

Truley, my 2nd best day in the UK in 3 years. The best day was the first time I saw Martina win a doubles match on court 1 at Wimbledon on my first trip there. That fulfilled a lifelong dream!

Philbo
Jul 8th, 2008, 02:52 PM
Czechfan thank you for sharing your unbelievable day at the final.


I agree. TV doesn't do the speed and sound of the striking as it does in person. I've seen Venus play at the Bank of the West tournament and those 125mph serves she was hitting was coming across the net so fast and they had so much spin that it was unbelieveable. And she was hitting the ball really hard. I couldn't believe how hard they were hitting the ball. So I can imagine how it was sounding with both Venus and Serena playing on grass.

Exactly!! Not only that, but did you see how Venus was standing half a metre INSIDE the baseline to return serena's first serve? I think this outpysyched Serena a little bit. Couldnt believe the reaction time for Venus to get so many serves back in play!!!

Infiniti2001
Jul 8th, 2008, 02:53 PM
Lovely report Czechfan, I'm happy that you enjoyed being at Wimbledon CC :hearts: I have seen both at Nasdaq 100, and at the OWL foundation exhibition and it's truly amazing to see how hard they hit in person. Venus was especially loud , didn't your ears hurt? :lol:

Philbo
Jul 8th, 2008, 02:53 PM
Nice report :)
Wait a minute why do people camp out at 6am if tickets are online????
Good question!