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SM
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:11 PM
Hey guys. Headed off with Rada today to watch the tennis. First off, I must say that there was alot of topless eye candy out there today ;)...oh, now on to the tennis

ANA IVANOVIC. Only watched the first set. I don't think she should have won this set, but with a bit of luck such as her opponent missing a few easy balls at crucial times and ofcourse like all top players do they find a way to win. It was an ugly match to watch and I will be surprised to see Ana get to the quarters unless her game improves! We left at the end of set 1 as we were too bored. By the way, that girl she played started off sooo well hitting the lines and harder than Ana!

Jelena Jankovic def. Mesuburger -The crowd loved her!!! When they said next up world no.1 Jankovic just after Del Potro finished his match the crowd was cheering already! They gave her a big ovation when she was introduced as world no.1 and i gave her a standing ovation hehe!! :) I love how you can see the close ups of players faces and Jelena looked so happy with a big smile when they said 'world no.1'....and totally deserved after seeing how she played.

Let me say, seeing that double handed backhand in person, i was simply in AWE. She hit so many winners! Hit all her shots soo smoothly including forehand, serve, volleys, it was amazing especially in set 1. She really should have bagelled Yvonne in that first set. She really did play like a no.1 IMO! ...and better than ever..Her arms looked great now, soo toned.


Saw bits of the following players
- Niculescu: She hit the ball quite solid and deep! That sliced forehand is better than most girls sliced backhands. I think she could become aforce and maybe top 20 one day as she offers something different and that is more variety than alot of players. I hope she keeps improving.

- Sprem :help:. I love Karolina...but, I just saw nothing in her play that reminded me of the girl who beat Venus. Her shots dont look as hard anymore, and at times in the match keeping 2 shots in a row looked difficult for her! Pironkova did not go for anything, just returned the ball up the middle of the court....although, I dont blame her, thats all she had to do i.e wait for Karolina to implode!

- Saw all of Jelena Dokic vs Paszek. I went overboard in my cheering from the get go and said 'go jelena' soo much lol and 'lets go jelena' mainly...lol...there was quite a few chants going on in the crowd such as aussie aussie aussie oi oi oi, which made it fun. Some reflections on that match:
- The first thing I have to say is Jelena's serve definately looks more harder and lethal then when I last saw her live 9 yrs ago :eek: gosh that's a long time!!
- Jelena looked very nervous walking out and in the warm up, this starting becoming evident in the second set after Jelena was up 6-2 2-1...but I still think Jelena looked tentative on some shots in the first set and could have played it better despite the decent 12 winner 12 error ratio.
- The crowd was great. I could hear people saying 'go jelena' in all corners of the stadium :bounce: they started some chants a few times during the match too
- Some lady was cheering her on in Serbian :lol: Hello! She's Aussie
- Rada was telling me to tone it down a little i clapped EVERY point she won and cheered her like 100 times lol even ended up on the big screen and tv i think
- Noone cheered for Tamira, maybe like 5 ppl
- I walked out of the match when Jelena started to play shocking in late part of set 2 lol and stopped watching for 5 mins (i got worked up haha)...then watched on the small screens outside the court in Hisense arena, stayed there a bit as I spoke to a few of her fans there and cheered with them watching on the tvs there...and it was nicer there with the air conditioning, that arena was too hot and I also think this mightve affected the quality of the performances from both girls..
- Paszek will be top 20 IMO, sure she wasnt at her best today but I can see soo much natural talent there and great depth in her shots

GOOD LUCK TO THE JELENAS :worship:...

RenaSlam.
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:16 PM
Go on.

Dave.
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:19 PM
Thanks for those nice comments on Monica :) I'm glad some people like her tennis.



Who knows what will happen with Ana this week but I'm not expecting much.

Uranium
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:20 PM
Dokic played Paszek not Meusburger:p

Ellery
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:20 PM
Thanks :wavey:

MaBaker
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:21 PM
Thanks :)

Jelena Jankovic def. Mesuburger -The crowd loved her!!! When they said next up world no.1 Jankovic just after Del Potro finished his match the crowd was cheering already! They gave her a big ovation when she was introduced as world no.1 and i gave her a standing ovation hehe!! I love how you can see the close ups of players faces and Jelena looked so happy with a big smile when they said 'world no.1'....and totally deserved after seeing how she played.

Everybody loves JJ :hug: :inlove:

Filippo-Nastya
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:44 PM
Great report, thanks! :worship:

Standing ovation for JJ :hearts::hearts:

SM
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:46 PM
Great report, thanks! :worship:

Standing ovation for JJ :hearts::hearts:
Yeah lots of ppl gave her standing ovation and were cheering like crazy when she was warming up and they announced she was no.1! they love her here.

InsideOut.
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:58 PM
Tell me, how many winners did you see Ana hit? 2? :confused:

SM
Jan 19th, 2009, 04:33 PM
Tell me, how many winners did you see Ana hit? 2? :confused:
Hypothetically speaking, if i didnt know those 2 players and saw them play I would think Ana was far from top 20, maybe not even top 50 for most of set 1....i cant speak about set 2 as i didnt see it

and Ana was gettin outhit in virtually every single rally, she had about 5 winners in that set im guessing ...it was the fact Julie made some errors on easier balls and the big points that helped Ana.

The thing I liked about Ana was she was constantly fist pumping, and saying aide alot! She wants to get back badly, to the level she was at here at aus last yr.....

дalex
Jan 19th, 2009, 04:41 PM
Thanks. :)

Of course they love JJ, she's the People's champion. :hearts: