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kittyking
Aug 12th, 2008, 08:17 AM
Marina Erakovic's tennis coach Michiel Schapers is fuming after his charge was scheduled to play two Olympic singles matches in a day, if she progresses to the second round.

New Zealand's Erakovic will resume her first round match against Japan's Ayumi Morita at 9pm today (NZT), with the winner then having to back up several hours later against China's Li Na who upset Russia's world No 3 Svetlana Kuznetsova yesterday.

Erakovic was serving at 40-30 in the first game of the third set against Morita, with scores tied 1-1, when heavy rain forced a postponement just before 1am local time (5am NZT).

Schapers, the Dutch former world No 25, was staggered tournament organisers would force Erakovic or Morita to play a full set, then another match.

Temperatures in Beijing reached 32degC today, with the sun making a rare appearance.

"I'd have to say it's not a schedule that suits an Olympics," Schapers told NZPA.

"If you play one match, then have to play against a fresh player, it doesn't seem logical.

"I've played in Grand Slams and Olympics and I've never seen that happen before."

The match against big local hope Li Na was scheduled third on court one, after back-to-back men's singles matches starting at 9pm (NZT).

If Erakovic beat Morita, Schapers said he would lodge a protest with tournament organisers but he wasn't confident of the match being shifted to tomorrow.

"Marina still has to win her match so it may not be an issue.

"But if she does, we will have a talk to them (organisers) and give our opinion. Probably nothing will happen."

Erakovic wasn't at her best but still had control of her match against Morita last night, winning the first set 7-5 then serving on match point at 7-6 in the second set tiebreak.

But she hit a forehand long, then Morita rattled off three consecutive points to win the tiebreak 9-7 and force a decider.

miss_molik
Aug 12th, 2008, 08:21 AM
sounds harsh, but he's right, probs won't be changed.

pcrtennis
Aug 12th, 2008, 08:24 AM
i was thinking the same thing, i also thought it was weird...at least they should have scheduled them for the morning session!!!

kittyking
Aug 12th, 2008, 08:25 AM
There's been a bit of talk about this on the radio talk shows. You have to admit, it's all be it a little bit suspicious that the winner of the match will be versing a Chinese player in the second round.

Tennisstar86
Aug 12th, 2008, 08:26 AM
Cry me a River... Top Players have done it before..... I know Ive seen Venus do it and i feel like ive seen Maria do it before also....

Tennisstar86
Aug 12th, 2008, 08:33 AM
hell, Also anyone whose played Junior matches knows that sometime people get byes.... you could end up playing 3 matches in one day...

Does this coach expect them to hold the entire tournament up for them? Maybe his player should have finished the match in 2 sets.... IT needs to be finished on time... the US OPEn starts in less that 2 weeks....

kittyking
Aug 12th, 2008, 08:37 AM
hell, Also anyone whose played Junior matches knows that sometime people get byes.... you could end up playing 3 matches in one day...

Does this coach expect them to hold the entire tournament up for them? Maybe his player should have finished the match in 2 sets.... IT needs to be finished on time... the US OPEn starts in less that 2 weeks....

It was bad scheduling in the first place. Why wasn't this match on first or second yesterday??? They had already started second round matches before this one was scheduled to begin.

Also, incase you haven't realised the Olympic Games are a bit of a step up from junior matches ;)

starin
Aug 12th, 2008, 08:53 AM
yeah i saw that on the schedule and thought it was a mistake. it's a little sketchy to say the least considering Na Li is the opponent waiting for them in the next round.

Lindsayfan32
Aug 12th, 2008, 09:05 AM
It sucks but get over it. Two matches in one day can happen at any week long tournament the olympics are no different. :)

itzhak
Aug 12th, 2008, 09:19 AM
Obziler will resume her match at 17:00, if she win, she will play later against Safarova and than in the doubles with Shahar, what about this schedule?...

sd3300123
Aug 12th, 2008, 09:35 AM
Japanese girl Morita will shut the coach up

exposbabe
Aug 12th, 2008, 12:57 PM
They were on court at 1 a.m. the previous might when the rain called it, so that's why they wouldn't schedule them for the day session. I think they have to guarantee them at least 12 hours, which may be a rule that takes precedence over the "two matches in one day" situation.

Tennisstar86
Aug 12th, 2008, 03:41 PM
It was bad scheduling in the first place. Why wasn't this match on first or second yesterday??? They had already started second round matches before this one was scheduled to begin.

Also, incase you haven't realised the Olympic Games are a bit of a step up from junior matches ;)

You know the big Difference? the Olympics is full of professional athletes who should be in peak shape while juniors has kids who our out of shape and have less endurance....

And as I said Other Athletes with MUCH better credentials than her have done it...

eck
Aug 12th, 2008, 03:45 PM
Justine had to play in Berlin:

One day down first set, 4-4 in second, came back next day and won 6 games in a row to beat JJ after down 0-4.

A few hours later, she had to play Sveta. And I think they played two tight sets and got postponed.

(and I think she played another match earlier in the day she played JJ.)

I mean yes, suspicious for some that the scheduling seems harsh, especially for a player who has a chance against a Chinese, but still it's tennis. Some get lucky, some don't. :o

frenchie
Aug 12th, 2008, 03:50 PM
If they hadn't schedules 2 matches for today, then she would have had to play 2 matches tomorrow!
They have to stay in time for a saturday final anyway

Well I've played 2 matches in the same day before and I survived!
She's a professionnal athlete!

Ai played 4 matches in one day in 2003 so...