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Slutiana
Jun 12th, 2010, 09:40 PM
Part 1 (Eastbourne Day 1) (http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=17962039&postcount=1)
Part 2 (Eastbourne Day 3) (http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=17973764&postcount=59)

I have never done one of these so this will probably crap and useless but i’ll do my best! I was just planning to go to Wimbledon and Wimbledon Qualies but I randomly decided to make the 1hr40 trip to Eastbourne at 11pm last night. I'm glad I did.

I got down to Eastbourne at around 10:10, it’s very intimate and the courts are all very close together. It felt so different to the only other tournament i’ve been to, Wimbledon, which is obviously huge and the players are all surrounded by security. Here you can access and talk to anybody. Anyway, there were already quite a few people when I got there and I watched O’Brien and Smith training for a bit. I saw Heather Watson warming up on the grass and she smiled at me but I didn’t bother her. Bojana Jovanovski was also warming up and she is actually stunning in person. I walked around aimlessly for a bit and saw Sorana so I got a picture with her. By that time the players were all warming up so I sat down to watch Makarova vs Rodina.

MATCHES:

Evgeniya Rodina vs Ekaterina Makarova
This was the first match I watched and it was on court 2. To be honest I wasn’t really paying much attention, there was a lot going on around and I was too busy looking around and checking who was playing on the practise courts to give it my full attention. Rodina started off playing very well though, she was being aggressive and hitting winners off both sides. She went up a break immediately but as Makarova began to find her range it became obvious who the better player was. Makarova began to really construct points and finished many well thought out points at the net or else with a deft dropshot, I was very impressed. I also liked her service motion, it is very smooth and effortless. I moved away from the match after the first set and was unsurprised to see that she had won the second set so easily.

Mariana Duque Marino vs Sania Mirza
After checking out the practise courts for a bit, I went up to court one to check out how Mirza’s comeback was faring. I remember reading in another thread that MDM was as good as a Bye but she was actually playing decently from what I saw. She was serving well and knifing her slice to great effect in addition to loading junk onto Mirza’s backhand. She made Sania work but Sania’s forehand was painting the lines whenever she had the opportunity. It is still insanely huge and I hope she wins a couple more matches here and starts to climb back up the rankings, or else she will be a wasted talent.

Heather Watson vs Anna Smith
NID, Heather just had to make things much harder than they needed to be and she wasn’t helped by the fact that almost every breakpoint she had was saved by a lucky netcord winner from Smith. A reservation I have about Heather’s game is the fact that usually when she’s pushed out wide, there’s no effort to play herself back into the point – she just tries to hit the ball hard back into the middle and usually the ball ends up in the service box and gives the opponent an easy putaway, which is holding her back considering she moves and anticipates so well. Anyway, both girls came out looking to dictate. Anna’s game is made for grass – decent first serve, very good second serve, flat strokes and she clearly loved hitting lower balls. She could hit winners off both sides but her forehand was the main breadwinner. It was also clear that Heather was the better player from the very beginning. Her strengths are her movement, anticipation and offensive shot selection. Both of her groundstrokes are both pretty good and completely technically sound – her forehand had much more topspin on it and she hits a lot of angles on that side whereas her backhand is much flatter and she favours the backhand DTL.

The first set was pretty engaging, Heather was moving the ball around and looking to be aggressive whereas Anna’s play was much more central and she was trying to grind Heather down until she was able to pounce on a shorter reply. The provided some nice rallies, including a one in which Anna worked all the way off the court and then Heather came up with a forehand down the line winner from practically in the linesperson’s chair. After the first set however, the quality of play dropped. A couple of things I noticed were that Anna netted almost every high backhand, Heather was hitting a lot of balls late and clearly disliked the grass, Heather needs to mature and not get annoyed at herself so easily and finally, the ballboys and girls are an embarrassment, but more on that later.

Tsvetana Pironkova vs Katarina Srebotnik
I sat myself right in the corner of the Watson vs Smith match so I could watch this match as well. Tsveti started off poorly, hitting horrible forehand errors and uncharacteristic backhand errors, she looked disinterested and it was obvious she was going to lose that set before she even got broken. Srebotnik was impressive, however. She was hitting a lot of dropshots and coming into the net a lot more than I ever remember, but to great effect. Her forehand isn’t as good as it once was though and it seems the lack of an effective groundstroke is what has been holding her back. Still, she played pretty well and looks to be on her way back. Pironkova began to find some big serves and backhands in the second set and from then on it was over. She reverted to slicing most forehands but her slice forehand is actually a pretty good shot, she really knifes it. She finished well so her match vs Heather tomorrow should be very interesting.

Naomi Broady vs. Jarmila Groth
Broadz is so slow. Forget Sharapova, forget Dumptruckenport, Naomi seriously cannot retrieve anything. The best highlights of her game are her serve and single hander. It’s not an arty backhand though, it is as flat as a pancake and almost has the same effect as a double hander. She hits it very well but was often out of position thanks to her foorwork (or lack of). I only saw about 5 games of the second set and the match was completely dominated by serve, so I can’t really comment on details but Jarmila hit a couple of nice shots at the end of the set and I thought she would go onto win. Not sure if she did though.

Anna Lapushchenkova vs Anna Chakvetadze
Watched the first set and came back a couple of times in the second. As usual, Lapushchenka was playing her typical “HiTtin WiNnaZ fRoM aLl oVaH dA cOrT!!11” style of play, just that she was hitting errors too. She actually played pretty well though but Chakvetadze was impressive. There were none of the horrible errors that have come to define her game over the last few years. She was being patient, imposing her game whenever she could, constructing points well and moving extremely well. She was serving well at the beginning but her serve slowed down a little and LApush pounced. The one thing I noticed from watching her live was just how good her anticipation is and it made for some great rallies and a lot of the time Anna would seemingly be in the right place before Lapush even hit her shot. I hope Chakvetadze continues to improve, especially considering she has put on a little weight and is officially sexy.

Bojana Jovanovski vs. Kai-Chen Chang
Watched most of the second set. Bojana was just in great form, serving well, hitting winners from both sides and I noticed that she’s at her best win on the run. KFC wasn’t shabby herself, she hit some nice shots and they had some great rallies but the result was NID. I was shocked to see that Bojana had almost choked the first set away, but she seemed to get her form back quickly.

Pauline Parmentier vs Melanie South
Watched the first set and the end of the match. Mel was playing great, serving well and hitting a lot of winners. She has been playing terribly since she randomly decided to go on a training block in the middle of last year so that’s a good win for her. A lot of posters here have called her the worst player to ever enter the top 100 (lulz) but I don’t think that’s right. She’s especially good on the grass and I hope she can continue to win here, and she has a good chance if she continues to play like that. By the way, I just love Pauline’s serve. It’s so effortless and smooth, it is without a doubt one of the best motions on the tour technically. Her wrist snap is very good and her weight transference is perfect, and it’s the reason why she is able to hit above 120mph so much with that frame and height.

Karoline Sprem vs Edina Gallovits
There’s not much to say about this match really. Sprem was her typical self, just completely hitting the absolue shit out of the ball. She’s just a step slower, a little weaker and much more inconsistent than before. I guess she played well but the problem with the match was the fact that Gallovits just clearly had had no time to get used to the grass. Whenever the ball came hard and low Edina just framed the ball over the net. She didn’t seem too upset when I saw her walking around after she lost so I guess that was probably why.

Irina Begu vs Monica Niculescu
I wanted to watch this and check out Begu but my back started to hurt badly so I had to leave. Begu was being overpowered by Niculescu when I left though (SHOCK, HORROR!), so I guess that doesn’t bode well for the rest of her career then.

TRAINING:
-Pavlyuchenkova played with Hantuchova. Pavlyuchenkova is getting bigger by the secong
-MJMS with Bartoli (who kept on saying "No No, Maria Maria!", which was quite cute). Maria seems to have recovered from her injury and Marion isn’t that fat. She was hitting well and especially returning very well.
-Zvonareva and Szavay. Agnes is much prettier in person than on TV or in pics. Zvonareva was hitting pretty well, Agnes really needs to shorten her strokes on grass because every single shot she hit was late. It just doesn’t work.
-The most busy period was when Schiavone and Pennetta were playing right next to Radwanska and Wozniacki. Hilarious thing was that everyone was watching Schiavone and nobody bothered to look at Radwanska/Wozniacki who looked like they were playing in slow motion. Schiavone was hitting well.
-Jie and Hantuchova. Jie looked good, when I came they were practising serve and returns and both were doing pretty well. Jie is even cuter IRL.
-Oudin and Pavlyuchenkova. Nothing interesting there, neither were playing too well.
-Petrova and Kleybanova. Both looked very good, Nadia was laughing about and enjoying herself as usual.
-Cirstea and Azarenka. They were on really late, both girls were hitting VERY well. Vika was returning really well and Sorana was hitting every ball so cleanly, the sound of the ball on her racket was just orgasmic.
-Stephens and Stubbs. Sloane is very impressive, a random combination so I wonder if she’s playing doubles.
-Also saw my boy Gilles! So glad he’s back, he was hitting so well and effortlessly, love watching him play.

OTHER RANDOMNESS:
-Generation Suck-fest - got pics with Sorana and Victoria and then Wozniacki ran past me and we stared each other down.
-The ballboys and girls are so bad. They kept on dropping balls, forgetting to pick balls up and putting the wrong scores on the scoreboards. The umpires were shouting at them.
-Sven Groeneveld was EVERYWHERE.
-As I said before, Stephens was there, she kept on looking at me when I walked past her but I didn’t stop to talk for some reason.
-The announcer for center court is an idiot. Sloane pretty much summed it up while she was practising; “Why the hell is he SO LOUD when there is only like one person in the stadium?” :worship:
-A little boy asked Wozniacki to sign something and she must've blanked him or said "no" because he ran back to his mother in tears.
-Kleybs and Fognini were laughing together
-Dr Walter was giving me dirty looks. :rolleyes:
-Wozniacki is much prettier in person, though she still doesn't do much from me.



I’m sure I missed some stuff out but i’ll post if I remember. If you have any questions, just ask. I really enjoyed it there and i’m thinking about going back on Monday.

Chakvenus
Jun 12th, 2010, 09:47 PM
thanks for the report!!
glad to hear Anna played well today, especially after such a sad loss yesterday!!
will you be there tomorrow?

dybbuk
Jun 12th, 2010, 09:49 PM
Sloane was interested. Get in there, Tuti. :hearts:

Thanks for the Agi report, pictures would be appreciated. And Kei plays tomorrow (first on Court 1, I checked for you), you know what to do.

sammy01
Jun 12th, 2010, 09:50 PM
sounds like you have become a chak fan, cant blame you all us great posters are hehe.

thanks for the report, we have chatted about chaks anticipation in her forum. it makes her seems very fast when really shes is only slightly abover average movement wise. glad to hear shes striking a better ball now and moving well.

glad you enjoyed your time :hug:

Mightymirza
Jun 12th, 2010, 09:50 PM
nice read.. I watched naomy broady play too.. I love single handed Bhs but hers is just really awkward shot.. :tape: Someone needs to teach her how to slice well :lol:

Ferg
Jun 12th, 2010, 09:51 PM
Nice write-up, will you be there for the full week?

Just two questions if you dont mind!

Does Gilles still have strapping on his knee?
Why was Marion saying "No no, Maria Maria!"?? :rolls:

CrossCourt~Rally
Jun 12th, 2010, 09:55 PM
Goat write up :worship:


-The announcer for center court is an idiot. Sloane pretty much summed it up while she was practising; “Why the hell is he SO LOUD when there is only like one person in the stadium?” :haha:


Hopefully we'll get some pics aswell :angel:;)

Have a blast this week! :D :bounce:

Dave.
Jun 12th, 2010, 09:58 PM
Thanks for that! :worship: Marion isn't that fat :lol: She never was fat, it's all just crap made up on here! She's actually small in rl.


Did you buy your ticket on the day (I guess you did if you only decided to go last night)? If so, how long did you queue for?

How was Stubbs playing? She apparently fell over quite badly at the French so I'm wondering if she's alright.

Oh, and did you see Seppi? :hearts:


And 1hr 40? Is that from London on the train?

.Andrew.
Jun 12th, 2010, 09:58 PM
Seems like you had an awesome time Slutiana. :yeah: And thanks for the report, I think you should back on Monday, you are very knowlegeable so I would like to read your reports! :) Any pics?

Just some little things I wanna comment on... Kind of sad to hear that the result between Jovanovski and KFC was nid... I watched KFC at the US Open last yr against Rybarikova and I believed she had great potential, great groundstrokes and hands, and quite athletic, though she needed to improve her serve and develop more of a weapon. She has had some good results here and there (she beat Safina I remember in fall season) but I wish she can have been more developed by now... Though a loss to Jovanovski isn't that bad anyway. ;)

Happy to hear AChak is playing quite well again. :)I enjoy to watch her play when she's playing well. She needs to get back to where she belongs in the top 32 at the least! And also glad to hear Franny playing well! I hope she can back up her Roland Garros!

Agree with your point on Agnes completely. One of the most beautiful games but she has too much backswing and extended groundstrokes. Def. gonna work on the clay(as we seen in the past), but not on this surface. I am expecting her to lose to Govortsova.

About Sloane and Stubbs, maybe they played in World Team Tennis? Not sure about this one.

Slutiana
Jun 12th, 2010, 09:59 PM
Sloane was interested. Get in there, Tuti. :hearts:

Thanks for the Agi report, pictures would be appreciated. And Kei plays tomorrow (first on Court 1, I checked for you), you know what to do.
Yes, put you on ignore.
sounds like you have become a chak fan, cant blame you all us great posters are hehe.

thanks for the report, we have chatted about chaks anticipation in her forum. it makes her seems very fast when really shes is only slightly abover average movement wise. glad to hear shes striking a better ball now and moving well.

glad you enjoyed your time :hug:
:lol: Not quite! But I do want her to do well now, she's more talented than most of these girls in the top thirty.
nice read.. I watched naomy broady play too.. I love single handed Bhs but hers is just really awkward shot.. :tape: Someone needs to teach her how to slice well :lol:
Yeah. It's a good shot though, but it's odd the way she just wraps her racket around the ball, it's definitely ugly.
thanks for the report!!
glad to hear Anna played well today, especially after such a sad loss yesterday!!
will you be there tomorrow?
No, I won't. I wasn't even planning on going and before yesterday I thought that eastbourne was like 4 hours away on the south coast of England. :lol: I think I may go on monday though, then Wimbledon Qualies.
Nice write-up, will you be there for the full week?

Just two questions if you dont mind!

Does Gilles still have strapping on his knee?
Why was Marion saying "No no, Maria Maria!"?? :rolls:
Nope, I don't think so. Though I could be wrong since i've gotten so used to seeing it on him.

And there were playing points and Maria kept on hitting netcord winners so Marion kept on saying it. She was also joking around with Maria's coach. :lol:




And by the way, I was also sitting next to Jie while we were watching the Makarova match and she was joking with some guy in English. So many chinese people kept on disturbing her and asking for pictures and autographs and she signed every single one of them.

VIKA?
Jun 12th, 2010, 10:00 PM
a pic with Sorana and Vika:tears: lucky!

Miss Atomic Bomb
Jun 12th, 2010, 10:01 PM
Did you stalk Heather? Make sure you tell her that you like to pretend that you are her while playing top spin 3. I am sure she will be thrilled.



:lol: Not quite! But I do want her to do well now, she's more talented than most of these girls in the top thirty.





Exactly how I feel about her (even though I am not particularly fond of her.)

Slutati
Jun 12th, 2010, 10:02 PM
Thank you! Please start stalking some more interesting players though. http://i47.tinypic.com/2djsbjc.gif And please leave Caroline alone!

Olórin
Jun 12th, 2010, 10:03 PM
Wozniacki ran past me and we stared each other down.


:happy:

Slutiana
Jun 12th, 2010, 10:09 PM
Goat write up :worship:


-The announcer for center court is an idiot. Sloane pretty much summed it up while she was practising; “Why the hell is he SO LOUD when there is only like one person in the stadium?” :haha:


Hopefully we'll get some pics aswell :angel:;)

Have a blast this week! :D :bounce:
Sadly not, I gave up on my camera halfway through. And I felt like a little fanboy taking pictures with players so I stopped.
Thanks for that! :worship: Marion isn't that fat :lol: She never was fat, it's all just crap made up on here! She's actually small in rl.


Did you buy your ticket on the day (I guess you did if you only decided to go last night)? If so, how long did you queue for?

How was Stubbs playing? She apparently fell over quite badly at the French so I'm wondering if she's alright.

Oh, and did you see Seppi? :hearts:


And 1hr 40? Is that from London on the train?
I bought it online last night and then collected it on the day. Stubbs was fine, but I don't know if she was injured because they were playing on half court. And nope. It was odd, I saw every single WTA MD player bar Clijsters and one or two still in Birmingham, but the highest profile male I saw was Gilles.
Seems like you had an awesome time Slutiana. :yeah: And thanks for the report, I think you should back on Monday, you are very knowlegeable so I would like to read your reports! :) Any pics?
About Sloane and Stubbs, maybe they played in World Team Tennis? Not sure about this one.
Thanks. I have one or two, but they aren't very good.

debby
Jun 12th, 2010, 10:17 PM
Great report :D I am happy you enjoyed it ! ROFLMAO @the little boy in tears because of Caro. :rolls:

I agree, Marion is not that fat IRL. :yeah:
Nice to hear Chakvetadze is slowly back to a good form, I never was her fan, but it would be amazing for the field if she can reach her old form :D

The Dawntreader
Jun 12th, 2010, 10:25 PM
Great report.

How is Sprem's hitting in general? Just completely erratic?

Slutiana
Jun 12th, 2010, 10:38 PM
Great report.

How is Sprem's hitting in general? Just completely erratic?
She was taking cuts at everything as usual. When the rallies were longer than a handful of shots she would eventually miss, the problem is that after one or two shots Gallovits would have shanked the ball or uncharacteristically dumped it into the net, so it's really hard to tell. She did hit some good winners though, but Gallovits is usually really good at extending rallies and mixing everything up so I reckon she would have won had she actually had time to practise on grass. I hope it gives Sprem confidence anyway since I do like her.


Oh, and I forgot to mention that I saw Queen Shanksur. She looked like she had just come from the beach or something, she signed a few autographs and then marched towards the Molik match.

Break My Rapture
Jun 12th, 2010, 10:39 PM
Great report Tuti. :yeah:

Slutiana
Jun 12th, 2010, 10:43 PM
By the way I uploaded my pics onto my computer and they actually look really good. :help: But as I said, I didn't take many.

http://i47.tinypic.com/2ylv75w.jpg
http://i49.tinypic.com/n9khz.jpg

Aaron.
Jun 12th, 2010, 10:45 PM
Sloane was eyeing you down? lmfao..:lol:

funny report

Break My Rapture
Jun 12th, 2010, 10:45 PM
Chaky. :hearts:

hurricanejeanne
Jun 12th, 2010, 10:48 PM
Great report! :cheer:

flareon
Jun 12th, 2010, 10:50 PM
Thanks for the report :) I am glad you enjoyed it if you go back on monday Martina Navratilova makes an appearance some years she has been spotted several times :) I do agree with you it is a little pokey round the courts but I like eastbourne but it may get very windy lol.

Corswandt
Jun 12th, 2010, 10:53 PM
Makarova [...] I also liked her service motion, it is very smooth and effortless.

All of her game is (smooth and effortless). Perhaps too much so. Her FH could use some more raw power.

The most busy period was when Schiavone and Pennetta were playing right next to Radwanska and Wozniacki. Hilarious thing was that everyone was watching Schiavone and nobody bothered to look at Radwanska/Wozniacki who looked like they were playing in slow motion.

Lolz. Tournament goers aren't as clueless as they sometimes seem.

Sorana was hitting every ball so cleanly, the sound of the ball on her racket was just orgasmic.

I don't think I've ever seen a player who looks as impressive on practice as her. The sound coming off her racquet when she hits that FH is really something.

Sven Groeneveld was EVERYWHERE.

The evil never sleep. The grasscourt "season", in which everybody sux, is the ideal time for his Team of Evil to bullshit its way to wins.

Kleybs and Fognini were laughing together

Random, even after remembering that she communicates with her Romanian coach in Italian (I think).

Wozniacki is much prettier in person

She is. And probably slightly taller than her official height.

Anyways, great stuff.

JJ's biatch
Jun 12th, 2010, 10:58 PM
Thank you for the report Tuti! :yeah:

Borishynikov
Jun 12th, 2010, 10:59 PM
great tournament Eastbourne, particularly in comparison to Queen's and Wimbledon. Space to walk around, courts easily accessible, ticket and food & drinks prices very reasonable and the players will happy walk around amongst the public. Love it, will be down on Monday hopefully.

Corswandt
Jun 12th, 2010, 11:04 PM
Dr Walter was giving me dirty looks. :rolleyes:

OK, I really have to ask: dirty in what sense? :devil:

Ballbasher
Jun 12th, 2010, 11:09 PM
Thanks a lot for the reports. :yeah:
I really feared AnnaL won those 8 games, because both sucked, but that doesn't seem to be the case. :D Do you think she stands a chance to win a match in MD and how does grass suit her game, I never saw her play on it and can't really imagine. :p
And what are the odds of Chaky beating Groth? I hope she can make a deep run, I like her chances on grass! :D
Strange that Sloane is there.
Also big thanks for Pironkova/Srebotnik. :D Hope Kata makes some progress in Singles soon!

Slutiana
Jun 12th, 2010, 11:18 PM
Random, even after remembering that she communicates with her Romanian coach in Italian (I think).

Yeah, they were talking in Italian.
OK, I really have to ask: dirty in what sense? :devil:
You know what I mean! Maybe he thought I was perving on Marion. :happy:
Thanks a lot for the reports. :yeah:
I really feared AnnaL won those 8 games, because both sucked, but that doesn't seem to be the case. :D Do you think she stands a chance to win a match in MD and how does grass suit her game, I never saw her play on it and can't really imagine. :p
And what are the odds of Chaky beating Groth? I hope she can make a deep run, I like her chances on grass! :D
Strange that Sloane is there.
Also big thanks for Pironkova/Srebotnik. :D Hope Kata makes some progress in Singles soon!
Do you mean Anna L? Well she doesn't seem to have too many problems with the bounce and obviously being aggressive is always a big plus on grass so I guess she could do some damage.

And I think Chakvetadze has a chance. I watched part of the second set of Groth and it was probably the worst tennis I have watched all day. :help:

By the way, I missed out something else. When I was watching Victoria and Sorana, Zeballos walked up behind me and I heard him taking the piss Azarenka's grunt. He did it quietly though so I don't know if he was joking with Vika or if he just thought he was being funny.

Mike_T
Jun 12th, 2010, 11:19 PM
I really feared AnnaL Too much information :o

Break My Rapture
Jun 12th, 2010, 11:28 PM
Yeah, they were talking in Italian.

You know what I mean! Maybe he thought I was perving on Marion. :happy:

Do you mean Anna L? Well she doesn't seem to have too many problems with the bounce and obviously being aggressive is always a big plus on grass so I guess she could do some damage.

And I think Chakvetadze has a chance. I watched part of the second set of Groth and it was probably the worst tennis I have watched all day. :help:

By the way, I missed out something else. When I was watching Victoria and Sorana, Zeballos walked up behind me and I heard him taking the piss Azarenka's grunt. He did it quietly though so I don't know if he was joking with Vika or if he just thought he was being funny.
:o :rolleyes: Too bad he doesn't have any signifcant standouts in his career.

Ballbasher
Jun 12th, 2010, 11:30 PM
Do you mean Anna L? Well she doesn't seem to have too many problems with the bounce and obviously being aggressive is always a big plus on grass so I guess she could do some damage.

And I think Chakvetadze has a chance. I watched part of the second set of Groth and it was probably the worst tennis I have watched all day. :help:

By the way, I missed out something else. When I was watching Victoria and Sorana, Zeballos walked up behind me and I heard him taking the piss Azarenka's grunt. He did it quietly though so I don't know if he was joking with Vika or if he just thought he was being funny.
Good to hear. :D

Too much information :o
?

Ellery
Jun 12th, 2010, 11:31 PM
Too much information :o

omg :rolls:

Michael.
Jun 12th, 2010, 11:33 PM
Too much information :o

:bigcry:

-NAJ-
Jun 13th, 2010, 02:47 AM
Thank you. nice report

spiceboy
Jun 13th, 2010, 03:58 AM
Great report :worship:

*Jean*
Jun 13th, 2010, 04:55 AM
Awesome reports!
Was Pauline adapted to grass or was she a French version of Edina the framer ? :lol:

Caralenko
Jun 13th, 2010, 05:16 AM
?

AnnaL = Anal :hysteric:

Dav.
Jun 13th, 2010, 06:42 AM
Too much information :o

:haha:

Six Feet Under
Jun 13th, 2010, 06:51 AM
TRAINING:
-Pavlyuchenkova played with Hantuchova. Pavlyuchenkova is getting bigger by the secong
-MJMS with Bartoli (who kept on saying "No No, Maria Maria!", which was quite cute). Maria seems to have recovered from her injury and Marion isn’t that fat. She was hitting well and especially returning very well.
-Zvonareva and Szavay. Agnes is much prettier in person than on TV or in pics. Zvonareva was hitting pretty well, Agnes really needs to shorten her strokes on grass because every single shot she hit was late. It just doesn’t work.
-The most busy period was when Schiavone and Pennetta were playing right next to Radwanska and Wozniacki. Hilarious thing was that everyone was watching Schiavone and nobody bothered to look at Radwanska/Wozniacki who looked like they were playing in slow motion. Schiavone was hitting well.
-Jie and Hantuchova. Jie looked good, when I came they were practising serve and returns and both were doing pretty well. Jie is even cuter IRL.
-Oudin and Pavlyuchenkova. Nothing interesting there, neither were playing too well.
-Petrova and Kleybanova. Both looked very good, Nadia was laughing about and enjoying herself as usual.
-Cirstea and Azarenka. They were on really late, both girls were hitting VERY well. Vika was returning really well and Sorana was hitting every ball so cleanly, the sound of the ball on her racket was just orgasmic.
-Stephens and Stubbs. Sloane is very impressive, a random combination so I wonder if she’s playing doubles.
-Also saw my boy Gilles! So glad he’s back, he was hitting so well and effortlessly, love watching him play.

OTHER RANDOMNESS:
-Generation Suck-fest - got pics with Sorana and Victoria and then Wozniacki ran past me and we stared each other down.
-The ballboys and girls are so bad. They kept on dropping balls, forgetting to pick balls up and putting the wrong scores on the scoreboards. The umpires were shouting at them.
-Sven Groeneveld was EVERYWHERE.
-As I said before, Stephens was there, she kept on looking at me when I walked past her but I didn’t stop to talk for some reason.
-The announcer for center court is an idiot. Sloane pretty much summed it up while she was practising; “Why the hell is he SO LOUD when there is only like one person in the stadium?” :worship:
-A little boy asked Wozniacki to sign something and she must've blanked him or said "no" because he ran back to his mother in tears.
-Kleybs and Fognini were laughing together
-Dr Walter was giving me dirty looks. :rolleyes:
-Wozniacki is much prettier in person, though she still doesn't do much from me.


:hearts: the combinations.

Don't worry about Walter, he is just comes off as a little eccentric lol. The owner of my tennis local tennis club, said when he traveled with his daughter Rochelle Rosenfield, who was on the tour for a bit but she had an injury :tears: she is a very very nice lady btw and if anyone is interested she is planning to do a psychology uni course, currently she is doing interior design. Anyway back to the point, yeah he met to Bartoli's during a junior tournament and he said they were extremely nice, likable people who you could have a really good conversation with :)

At Sydney this year i saw agnes and vania play (1st round qualies) it was an amazing match and i have to a gree Agnes is very very pretty in person as is wozniacki. Kleybs seems to have a really likeable personality, laughing with fogini soo cute :inlove:

Jie :awww: Such a babe. Sloane and Stubbsey really wow :lol: What a random combination :eek: Sloane's career does look very promising.

Monica overpowering Begu :tears::haha::inlove:

Thanks for doing a report of Eastbourne :hatoff:
I look forward to reading further entries :)

Joe.
Jun 13th, 2010, 06:58 AM
Ooo love the staredown. I hope you gave her attitude. ;) :lol:

Also, where where where has this Mel been? Such a good win for her. :D

Fantasy Hero
Jun 13th, 2010, 07:04 AM
abolutly an enjoyable read :yeah: thank you!

anw nothing to worry about Kleybanova and Fognini as Alisa is training in Italy since last year so :p

Flavia and Schiavone playing together must have been a joy to watch, you are really lucky :p

Inger67
Jun 13th, 2010, 07:17 AM
Great report :) I just love to hear that Sloane has a future, she seems to be a very sweet girl. Hopefully she gets more wins and bigger results on the tour soon!

tenn_ace
Jun 13th, 2010, 07:18 AM
Also Sveta was recording a promo at the end of the day with some kind of ugly looking mascot - took good couple of hours. Kim made a splash when she came out for a late afternoon practice. Her lil girl is cute and she was scared of
mascot :lol:

Nikkiri
Jun 13th, 2010, 07:19 AM
Oh fanx toots :inlove:

I wish Kiri was here so you could stalk her too :(

MaBaker
Jun 13th, 2010, 07:55 AM
-A little boy asked Wozniacki to sign something and she must've blanked him or said "no" because he ran back to his mother in tears.
got pics with Sorana and Victoria and then Wozniacki ran past me and we stared each other down.
You should've thrown something at her.

Princeza
Jun 13th, 2010, 09:02 AM
Hilarious thing was that everyone was watching Schiavone and nobody bothered to look at Radwanska/Wozniacki who looked like they were playing in slow motion.

:happy:

penkku
Jun 13th, 2010, 09:05 AM
Great report :D we want more ;)

tenn_ace
Jun 13th, 2010, 12:22 PM
Amelie Mauresmo is on the grounds as well - very relaxed and friendly

Slutiana
Jun 13th, 2010, 12:27 PM
Amelie Mauresmo is on the grounds as well - very relaxed and friendly
Ok. I just booked tickets for Monday (though after booking them I checked the weather and the forecast is heavy rain :help:) so i'll go there and look out for her. Now that i've gotten over the "*gasp* ThEy ArE aCtUaLlY hUmAn BeInGz LyK u AnD I!!11!" shock, i'll try to talk to her if I do see her. If I do i'll ask her if she thinks Tatiana will ever come back. :angel:

leebeasy
Jun 13th, 2010, 02:47 PM
Great report!
Any thoughts on how Hantuchova was hitting?

Slutiana
Jun 13th, 2010, 03:10 PM
Great report!
Any thoughts on how Hantuchova was hitting?
She wasn't great against Pavlyuchenkova but I came back later and she was having some great points with Jie.

Borishynikov
Jun 13th, 2010, 09:09 PM
...said when he traveled with his daughter Rochelle Rosenfield,




Rochelle Rosenfeld, owner of the worst backhand ever seen on a professional tennis court!! Slasher slice, nothing else.

sammy01
Jun 13th, 2010, 09:14 PM
Ok. I just booked tickets for Monday (though after booking them I checked the weather and the forecast is heavy rain :help:) so i'll go there and look out for her. Now that i've gotten over the "*gasp* ThEy ArE aCtUaLlY hUmAn BeInGz LyK u AnD I!!11!" shock, i'll try to talk to her if I do see her. If I do i'll ask her if she thinks Tatiana will ever come back. :angel:

i met momo in queens (i was under instrustion from kim (legend1) to get her autograph for her), i done good for her!

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs358.snc3/29488_451712879501_516114501_5944568_2024934_n.jpg

Six Feet Under
Jun 14th, 2010, 12:28 AM
Rochelle Rosenfeld, owner of the worst backhand ever seen on a professional tennis court!! Slasher slice, nothing else.

:lol:
Very nice lady but :inlove:

Mynarco
Jun 14th, 2010, 12:39 AM
Would go there on Tuesday. CBA to buy the huge tennis ball if they sell over there...so..what to bring for autographs?

Slutati
Jun 14th, 2010, 12:41 AM
If I do i'll ask her if she thinks Tatiana will ever come back. :angel:
YES!
She'll probably say maybe or something. :tears:

Slutiana
Jun 14th, 2010, 10:37 PM
I’m really tired so this will probably just be a long ramble, sorry if I bore you.

I booked my tickets yesterday and immediately after paying for them I decided to check the weather and it said that they were expecting heavy rain. I went there in jeans and a jumper and it turned out that they were completely wrong and it was boiling hot without a raindrop in sight, so I was baking for the whole day.

I got to the site about 11am, there were already far more people than on Saturday and I went to the practise courts. There wasn’t much going on and the constant sound of little children running around and chasing the players was annoying the hell out of me so I went up onto Court 1 to wait for the Watson and Jovanovski match to begin.

Heather Watson vs. Bojana Jovanovski

Jovanovski did not tank.

The first set was much closer than the scoreline suggests. Heather came out pushing the ball into the center of the court and rolling her second serve in at around 70mph which Bojana brutally punshed with some huge winners. From *0-1 0-30 Heather began to put a lot more on her second serve and played much more aggressively. The rallies raged on as Bojana was determined to finish the points quickly and Heather tried to prolong them and put the ball in tough positions for Bojana. The difference between the two was that Heather seemed to come up with clutch winners while at full stretch on the big points. This included a running forehand dropshot winner while she was in the doubles lines. Heather served well in the final game of set 1 and took the set with the loss of only one game.

Then the craziness began. Heather had about 6 game points outside of the one game she won in the second set. On three of them she shanked forehands into the crowd, on two she hit routine backhands into the net and on the remaining one she hit a double fault. Bojana did very well though, she added a lot more topspin onto her shots and her shot selection was spot on. She hit some great returns in the final game and that set was hers.

The final set really showed why Heather has such a good record in third sets this year. As the umpire called "time" she jumped out of her chair and ran to the baseline in a Nadal-esque way before playing three stunning points in a row and eventually breaking to -15 with a backhand DTL as good as a winner. What was shocking is that from that moment Bojana decided to crush every single forehand as hard as possible and slice/dropshot every backhand. I don’t know if she was injured (she didn’t have an ice pack or bandage on after the match) or she just felt like doing it, but it was just so odd. She actually hit some good dropshots but Heather was too quick tand dealt with them accordingly. Bojana played like that for the rest of the set and as Heather’s level rose, it became a straightforward walk in the park for Heather.

Aleksandra Wozniak vs Jill Craybas
I only saw a bit of this match. Wozniak was the aggressor here and that pathetic pushing we saw from her against Dementieva at the French Open was definitely gone. She served big and looked pretty good from the ground, though her stokes are still lacking the power and precision that I remember from last year at Eastbourne. Giantkillah Jill tried her hardest as always but she was just not good enough and didn’t play too well even for her standards.

A funny thing was that Raymond and Stubbs were present at this match. I was standing right next to Stubbs and after every single point Craybas won, she was shouting something along the lines of “Lets get this, Jill!” or “That’s right Jill, keep it deep!”.


Karolina Sprem vs Jarmila Groth
This match was on the court next door. As I got there, I saw Anna Chakvetadze watching so I went took a picture with her before turning my attention to the match. As you can imagine, both girls were doing nothing more than trying to hit the cover off the ball. I haven’t been very impressed with Groth’s grasscourt form this week and she was even worse here. She doesn’t move as well as she does on the clay and her first serve seemed to desert her when she most needed it.

Sprem was Sprem. She went for broke on everything as usual and was largely inconsistent. However she got her first serve in at the right times, and even if she usually undermines her speed by trying to hit the shit out of the ball from the most awkward positions, she moved pretty well. I guess that by her standards she was actually pretty conservative and when pushed out wide she usually *just* smashed the ball back into the middle of the court instead of aiming for the lines. She did well though, even when she was 4-1 up in the final set I was thinking that there was still a huge chance that she would go on a UE-spree and give the match away to Groth, but she managed to hang on even after some spirited play from Groth brought it back to 4-3 and then saved a bunch of matchpoints with big winners. Well done to her.

As adeegee said in his thread yesterday, Sprem’s grunt is pretty ridiculous now. Not only does it sound like she is being punched in the gut, but she also *grunts* while moving back into position inaddition to grunting when she hits the ball. There were also some squeals and screams and as you can imagine the posh Brits were shaking their heads in disapproval. I also heard one lady say; “She doesn’t even have a backswing when she serves! How can you not have a backswing when you serve, isn’t that what all the coaches teach you to do? How curious!” I had to move away before I laughed out loud in her face.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Lucie Safarova
Completely and utterly predictable. I’m not going to go on about it firstly because it tested my patience to the max and so I didn’t watch much of it, and secondly because I can’t be bothered to write much more. If you want some details then don’t hesitate to ask but this match, as you probably could have guessed, simply saw both players trying to be as aggressive as possible. There was some great shotmaking but there was also some ghastly errors which weren’t fun to watch. What seemed to separate them was the fact that Lucie’s weapons seemed much more evenly-distributed and also the fact that Lucie moves far better. I’m glad she went through anyway, and I hope she beats Kim.

Pavlyuchenkova needs to lose some weight though, in addition to ditching that surfer dude coach of hers who doesn’t really do anything. I saw them together after the match, and rather than them talking about what happened and dissecting it, he was just standing there smoking a cigarette. What a great example to set!

Vera Dushevina vs. Marion Bartoli
This was actually a pretty good match. I watched the whole of the second set. Both girls are very good returners and were standing inside the baseline to receive serves with success so it was fun to watch. Marion, as usual, as crushing the ball from corner to corner and did a good job of coming in and tying up any loose end with a double handed drive volley at the net. Vera, on the other hand was on the defensive much more but she came up with some stunning shots (particularly backhands, of course) from outside of the court and she was particularly hitting some great angles. Her fug forehand was actually pretty effective as she was (unintentionally) able to vary the length of her shots which kept Bartoli off-balance and out of a rhythm.

I felt pretty sorry for Douche at the end. She went up 4-1 in the second set playing great tennis but then she let it go a little and Marion pounced on her. After that, it was NID and Douche did pretty well to win one more game. Marion will be a dark horse at Wimbledon next week.


Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez vs Vera Zvonareva
Vera, Vera, Vera, Vera… How did you lose this? A lot of players were sitting around watching this as Court 2 is the court that is open and can be seen from many places in the site. MJMS came out playing her usual Serve and Volley game and as with Jankovic, Vera really struggled with it. Vera’s passing and lobbing was also subpar when she did have agood chance of winning the point with Maria Jose at the net. MJMS was actually pretty decent off the ground in the first set as well, Vera playing very passively and it was giving MJMS all the time in the world to set up and punish her.

Vera was so much smarter in the second set. She was aggressive off the ground but more importantly, she came forward whenever she could and effectively took the net and dropshots away from MJMS. It left MJMS stranded and everytime Vera came in, she would be rushed into ridiculous margins which more often than not ended in Vera winning the point. However, this play from Vera dried up in the third set as she went back to being passive at the baseline. She allowed Maria to approach and punsh her but even then, she had chances which she blew at 5-5 deuce. In typical Zvonareva style, she smashed her racket after she lost. Credit to MJMS though, she did play well and saved a bunch of break points at 5-5 in the 3rd. I think she could go far with a good draw at Wimbledon *cough* Wozniacki *cough*, but I don’t think she will trouble the very best, not on grass.

Olga Govortsova vs Agnes Szavay
Only saw the start of this before I left so I can’t say much. Agnes’ strokes just urgently need to be shortened for the grass season because she was incredibly late on most of her shots. I’m glad she pulled it out though. Even though Azarenka-lite was a break up, she wasn’t too impressive.

TRAINING:
-I guess I should miss this section out because I didn’t see many players training at all even though I was at the practise courts regularly. I saw Kuznetsova, Azarenka, Baltacha, Chakvetadze, Keothavong, MJMS, Craybas, Morita and a few others but most of them were training with their coaches. It seems like as soon as the tournament has begun, the leisurely hits with friends are over and all the players are enemies now!

MORE RANDOMNESS:
- I was minding my own business, watching the Zvonareva-MJMS match when I looked to my right and saw Piotr Wozniacki and Ricardo Sanchez talking with each other. Of course that meant I had to edge as close as humanly possible to them and listen in. They were talking in English thank God, and unsurprisingly the first topic was about money, with kman boasting about how much money Karolina makes. Then they spoke about Rezai and Ricardo said “She plays with no brain, one ball in, one ball out” and they agreed that Wozniacki will need to “hit everything down the middle” (surprising again!). Schiavone’s coach then came over and Sanchez made a joke about them all being “top 10 coachez!!!11”. It took so much effort for me not to turn around and tell him that Jelena dumped his ass and he would be lucky to coach a top 100 girl now.

- I got pictures with Chakvetadze, Gallovits, Jovanovski and Baltacha. They were all nice. Bojana was looking sad so I told her that she would beat Heather down next time, it seemed to cheer her up and she seemed happy that somebody knew who she was and how to pronounce her name. She told me that she got into the Wimbleodn MD so I wished her good luck.

- Saw Sloane again, her mother and brother are there now.

-As I said before, Pavlyuchenkova’s surfer dude coach needs to leave.

- Wickmayer was walking around in jeans and huge headphones, shoulders broad as ever.

- There was a big buzz around the tournament about Heather and she had an autograph session/loads of people following her.

- Mama Watson seemed to be everywhere and joking about with everyone, watch out for her, she could be the next GOAT tennis mother.

- The children are too annoying. If I was a little more evil/sadistic I probably would’ve tripped one of them up or something.

- There are some crazy adults too. One lady had a picture of her and Mauresmo. She chased Amelie around after she came off court with Llodra and eventually Amelie signed the picture, the lady was so happy that she kissed the picture. I noticed that she had loads of other pictures and I Ssw her a couple of times throughout the day. There was also a man who kept on stalking the players. He was overweight and people were laughing at him when he started running around, to trying to catch players up.

-Jie was watching every match. I forgot to mention it yesterday but again today she spent so much time just watching matches, and she kept on getting mobbed by Chinese fans.

-Sorana was walking around with an icepack on her right wrist, I hope everything is ok.

-Vika is much bigger in real life than on the TV, much bigger.

-I was walking past the practise courts and Vika was grunting loudly, Feliciano Lopez eventually began to start imitating Vika’s grunt. Maybe he was taking the piss out of Vika or maybe he just wanted a grunt to match his looks? I’d say the latter.

-I saw Kim walking about for the first time, she was looking relaxed and calm.

-Chakvetadze, Lapushchenkova, Duque Marino, Gallovits and some others were still around and training hard.


I’m sure I missed out other details but i’m too tired to remember them. Wimbledon qualies tomorrow!

sammy01
Jun 14th, 2010, 10:41 PM
bish, back of chak already shes mine!!!!!!!!!

LudwigDvorak
Jun 14th, 2010, 10:43 PM
Piotr Wozniacki and Ricardo Sanchez talking with each other. Of course that meant I had to edge as close as humanly possible to them and listen in. They were talking in English thank God, and unsurprisingly the first topic was about money, with kman boasting about how much money Karolina makes. Then they spoke about Rezai and Ricardo said “She plays with no brain, one ball in, one ball out” and they agreed that Wozniacki will need to “hit everything down the middle” (surprising again!).



Expected really and of course Elena's combined record against them is unimpressive.

Slutati
Jun 14th, 2010, 10:43 PM
- I was minding my own business, watching the Zvonareva-MJMS match when I looked to my right and saw Piotr Wozniacki and Ricardo Sanchez talking with each other. Of course that meant I had to edge as close as humanly possible to them and listen in. They were talking in English thank God, and unsurprisingly the first topic was about money, with kman boasting about how much money Karolina makes. Then they spoke about Rezai and Ricardo said “She plays with no brain, one ball in, one ball out” and they agreed that Wozniacki will need to “hit everything down the middle” (surprising again!). Schiavone’s then coach came over and Sanchez made a joke about them all being “top 10 coachez!!!11”. It took so much effort for me not to turn around and tell him that Jelena dumped his ass and he would be lucky to coach a top 100 girl now.

:hysteric::hysteric::hysteric::hysteric: LOL at kman!

Slutiana
Jun 14th, 2010, 10:48 PM
I give up trying to correct all of that, i'm too tired. :tears:

delicatecutter
Jun 14th, 2010, 10:49 PM
Thanks for the reports! I hope Wozniacki's "strategy" backfires.

Corswandt
Jun 14th, 2010, 10:51 PM
Olga Govortsova Azarenka-lite

I prefer "the destitute man's Azarenka". And I'm probably one of the few people in here to like her.

And :haha: at the Feliciano quip.

Slutiana
Jun 14th, 2010, 10:54 PM
Thanks for the good feedback again, I have pictures this time even if they are embarassingly bad.

The Dawntreader
Jun 14th, 2010, 10:59 PM
Loving this new report.

Coaches are so egotistical that it's actually rather hillarious:lol:

Ferg
Jun 14th, 2010, 11:05 PM
- I was minding my own business, watching the Zvonareva-MJMS match when I looked to my right and saw Piotr Wozniacki and Ricardo Sanchez talking with each other. Of course that meant I had to edge as close as humanly possible to them and listen in. They were talking in English thank God, and unsurprisingly the first topic was about money, with kman boasting about how much money Karolina makes. Then they spoke about Rezai and Ricardo said “She plays with no brain, one ball in, one ball out” and they agreed that Wozniacki will need to “hit everything down the middle” (surprising again!)

:hysteric:

RenaSlam.
Jun 14th, 2010, 11:07 PM
Thanks. Some funny shit in dere.

Andreas
Jun 14th, 2010, 11:09 PM
and then Wozniacki ran past me and we stared each other down.


That's what she does. I did a Lisicki (well, actually before that incident) and bumped into her. I could almost feel it burning :tears: Love that gurk anyway, though :lol:

NyCPsU
Jun 14th, 2010, 11:09 PM
kman :rolls:

Great report. :worship:

Slutiana
Jun 14th, 2010, 11:09 PM
Just want to see how the pics look..

The two fools.
http://i47.tinypic.com/35jkscx.jpg

CrossCourt~Rally
Jun 14th, 2010, 11:13 PM
^^ :lol:

Awesome report! :bounce:

Slutiana
Jun 14th, 2010, 11:18 PM
I'll just do one or two pics of each for now.

Sprem
http://i49.tinypic.com/33mndlc.jpg
http://i45.tinypic.com/25zkw77.jpg

Giantkillah Jill
http://i45.tinypic.com/33vi49f.jpg

Wozniak
http://i46.tinypic.com/2lcxkhz.jpg

Slutiana
Jun 14th, 2010, 11:23 PM
Hev
http://i46.tinypic.com/soybdf.jpg
http://i50.tinypic.com/2uz5bn9.jpg

Bally
http://i46.tinypic.com/34dk5nd.jpg

Queen Shanksur in the house
http://i46.tinypic.com/b9gcb8.jpg

The Dawntreader
Jun 14th, 2010, 11:27 PM
I predict a Shanksur-Slutiana stare-down this week :lol:

Slutiana
Jun 14th, 2010, 11:49 PM
Lucie
http://i50.tinypic.com/33wxr7o.jpg
http://i48.tinypic.com/2w3tcf9.jpg

Vika
http://i48.tinypic.com/102q9sk.jpg
http://i46.tinypic.com/i2vxvd.jpg


Szavay
http://i48.tinypic.com/10n5ctk.jpg
http://i46.tinypic.com/2442j9j.jpg

Sexlana
http://i48.tinypic.com/mtxzt5.jpg

Groth
http://i50.tinypic.com/16h85sh.jpg

Pavly
http://i50.tinypic.com/30horxs.jpg
http://i46.tinypic.com/vhes75.jpg

Douche
http://i45.tinypic.com/2ntvkm.jpg

Marion
http://i50.tinypic.com/205quds.jpg

Handshake :bowdown:
http://i47.tinypic.com/9jkp6x.jpg

View of Court 2 from Court 1
http://i50.tinypic.com/2vdisgi.jpg

MJMS
http://i49.tinypic.com/mm3au1.jpg

Vera Z
http://i50.tinypic.com/2qsukgo.jpg

Slutiana
Jun 14th, 2010, 11:52 PM
I predict a Shanksur-Slutiana stare-down this week :lol:
I'm not going back to Eastbourne again. :sad: And i'm warming to her a little, I think it's the march.

Dav.
Jun 14th, 2010, 11:58 PM
Thanks, Tutu!

Espcially for the Sprem and Wozniak pics. :worship:

croat123
Jun 15th, 2010, 01:30 AM
keep grunting k-lina :worship:
thanks!

fervor
Jun 15th, 2010, 03:24 AM
Thanks for the report and pictures!! Really interesting.

Caralenko
Jun 15th, 2010, 05:53 AM
Thanks Toots. Wubb joo.

Great Vera pics!

the_tk
Jun 15th, 2010, 06:01 AM
:haha::spit:
I looked to my right and saw Piotr Wozniacki and Ricardo Sanchez talking with each other.
Of course that meant I had to edge as close as humanly possible to them and listen in.
They were talking in English thank God, and unsurprisingly the first topic was about money,
with kman boasting about how much money Karolina makes.
Then they spoke about Rezai and Ricardo said “She plays with no brain, one ball in, one ball out”
and they agreed that Wozniacki will need to “hit everything down the middle” (surprising again!).


OMG this is priceless

matty
Jun 15th, 2010, 03:43 PM
:worship: Wow, great report and pics!

Break My Rapture
Jun 15th, 2010, 06:18 PM
Great stuff, Tuti!

Beat
Jun 15th, 2010, 06:47 PM
-The announcer for center court is an idiot. Sloane pretty much summed it up while she was practising; “Why the hell is he SO LOUD when there is only like one person in the stadium?”

:rolls:

VIKA?
Jun 15th, 2010, 07:36 PM
Do you mean that Vika is fat?:lol:

Break My Rapture
Jun 15th, 2010, 07:59 PM
Did you go today?

Vaidisova Ruled
Jun 15th, 2010, 08:18 PM
-As I said before, Pavlyuchenkova’s surfer dude coach needs to leave.


It will be hard, it's her brother

Slutiana
Jun 15th, 2010, 08:51 PM
Do you mean that Vika is fat?:lol:
Did you go today?
No, and No :sad:. I really want to go tomorrow but it will mean I will have bunked 3 days of college this week.

I went to Wimbledon qualies today, i'm too tired to write a report up though so i'll do it tomorrow.

serenus_2k8
Jun 15th, 2010, 08:54 PM
So dissapointed I wont get to watch Heather on TV. Ridiculous :(

Break My Rapture
Jun 15th, 2010, 09:02 PM
No, and No :sad:. I really want to go tomorrow but it will mean I will have bunked 3 days of college this week.

I went to Wimbledon qualies today, i'm too tired to write a report up though so i'll do it tomorrow.
Aww. :hug:

spiceboy
Jun 16th, 2010, 02:56 AM
No, and No :sad:. I really want to go tomorrow but it will mean I will have bunked 3 days of college this week.

I went to Wimbledon qualies today, i'm too tired to write a report up though so i'll do it tomorrow.

Please do it :sobbing:

And tell us something about the sucky Spaniards :wavey:

M-K
Jun 16th, 2010, 04:05 AM
I love you Slutiana! So freaking hilarious!

LegionArgentina
Jun 16th, 2010, 01:05 PM
No, and No :sad:. I really want to go tomorrow but it will mean I will have bunked 3 days of college this week.

I went to Wimbledon qualies today, i'm too tired to write a report up though so i'll do it tomorrow.

Thanks for the reports and pictures.
Hope you will be able to write Wimbledon qualies report too

:wavey:

Petkorazzi
Jun 17th, 2010, 04:48 AM
Thanks for the reports. :rolleyes:

serenus_2k8
Jun 17th, 2010, 08:43 AM
Meow

croat123
Jun 17th, 2010, 12:02 PM
Thanks for the reports. :rolleyes:
wow :o

Petkorazzi
Jun 17th, 2010, 12:41 PM
:haha: It's a joke, Slutiana would get it :lol:

Slutiana
Jun 17th, 2010, 12:47 PM
Thanks for the reports. :rolleyes:
:happy: Stop your bitching! I started writing the report but got bored, there are so many matches I saw.

Petkorazzi
Jun 17th, 2010, 04:19 PM
So shall I check back next week? :rolleyes:

Slutiana
Jun 17th, 2010, 06:26 PM
Check back now. :lol:

I got to Roehampton at about 11:30 after getting lost 8904238093280932 times. I was shocked to see that there were so many people there because I always just assumed that only the diehard fans would enjoy watching the challenger *no-names* slugging it out. Also, it was odd to see that the players and spectators kept such a distance and I almost found it awkward being one of the only people approaching and talking to players. There were so many players I liked who were playing the first match on so I found myself wondering about and getting snippets from a load of matches at the beginning. It did calm down a bit after a while and I was able to rotate around only a few courts. Another observation I made was that I always seemed to be cheering on the least popular player. :lol:

Naomi Cavaday vs Lesya Tsurenko
This match was on Court 16, it’s the first court you see as you enter the complex. Naomi made this a lot tougher than she needed to. Her backhand was great as always and she just hits through the ball so well on that side, but her forehand was littering errors from all over the court and her footwork and movement is terrible as always. As somebody said in the Nottingham challenger, there is no way she will progress in this shape. She actually looked pretty trim when I saw her this time last year, but she has put it all back on and more. Not surprised to hear that she lost her next match, by the way, after seeing her rise to the challenge in all of her Wimbledon MD matches, I still maintain that it was a grave mistake to refuse the wildcard, she is lacking inspiration out on court and what better inspiration is there than being in the main draw of the best tournament in the world? I’m also sick of her coach and his positivity, obviously we don’t know what happens behind closed doors but Naomi really needs a coach who is going to really strip her down to size (pun wasn’t intentional) and rather than what’s going on right now. She is wasting her talent.
This was the first time I had seen Tsurenko and she wasn’t bad. She moved pretty well and continually tried to pull Naomi off court with angles and wrong-footers. However, she lacks a big weapon even at this level and on this surface there was only ever going to be one winner.

Olivia Rogowska vs Ekaterina Bychkova
Frustrating loss for Olivia. In the first set she was playing very well, moving great and constructing the points impressively. As the match dragged on Bychkova began to impose her game more and more and Olivia started to misfire (particularly on the forehand) and take big cuts at the ball. It also didn’t help that her coach was standing behind her and attempting to tell her exactly what shots to hit.
Bychkova was very animated. She was displaying every generic aspect about the WTA tour with her grunting, racquet smashing, screaming after every point lost and in general just living up to her surname.

Junri Namigata vs. Karolina Pliskova
I didn’t really see much of that match. Karolina was being very passive and her movement was poor as ever. It was right at the edge of the park so I only visited the match once – at *4-3 to Namigata in set two. I thought it would be over in a couple of games and so thought my time would be better spent elsewhere – how wrong I was.

Marina Erakovic vs. Emily Webley-Smith
Didn’t see much of this but both girls were coming into the net quite a bit. It was very scrappy with lots of errors and I was shocked to hear that Webley-Smith lost the match. Erakovic is still a long way from her best.

Severine Beltrame vs Julia Cohen
Only watched a handful of games from this one. Severine was playing with a lot of variety as usual and Cohen was trying to be consistent but the quality wasn’t great. There was some annoying American girl standing next to me who was cheering Cohen on loudly so I moved on quickly.

Shuai Zhang vs. Anna Tatishvili
I saw the beginning of the first set and this match had some good, intense rallies. Anna is very small, moves pretty well, is extremely fit and very feisty. Her strokes actually pretty attractive and I noticed that her backhand looks exactly like Kirilenko’s backhand. Problem is, just like Kirilenko, her backhand takeback is so late which means she will never have good results on grass unless she sorts it out because whenever Zhang started attacking that side, she would hit a series of shot late and progressively shorter and then eventually miss. She was very loud and animated and was shouting at herself in both Georgian/Russian and English with the strongest American accent ever. There was a Georgian guy and an American guy cheering her on as well as another Georgian player there (Maka?).



Zhang is a fairly standard baseliner, she did everything pretty well but nothing spectacular. She took the ball on whenever there was a chance, and was the more aggressive of the two in general. She was much calmer and more composed than Tatishvili and I think that’s what won her the match in the end.

Kaia Kanepi vs. Olga Savchuk
Only saw a bit of this while watching Rogowska or someone but I was stunned at how cleanly Kaia hits the ball. The sound of the ball against her racket is great and I had to cheer her on for the simple fact that, just like me, she must be one of the only players to play without a vibration dampner.

Elena Bovina vs. Mandy Minella
Epic gruntfest. It was a pretty good match and you could hear it from everywhere. Both girls were being aggressive and bossing each other around the court as the volume rose with every shot. Minella is still gorgeous.

Ajla Tomljanovic vs Kristina Kucova
Only saw a little. Tomljanovic was hitting well and big, but there is no way she is beating Kanepi. She is very fit, by the way. I heard a few posters call her unfit but that definitely isn’t true.

Sesil Karatantcheva vs Johanna Larsson
Without a doubt the best match of the day. It was so physical with countless long and drawn-out rallies with both girls having to cover so much court. This year I’ve only really seen Sesil play against top players (Henin, Sharapova and a couple of others) so it was interesting to watch her here. Her game is still based on consistency but her game does look much more imposing in a match like this against a player around her level. Larsson was careful to hit most of her balls onto the Karatantcheva forehand and though it is still a fundamentally poor shot, it held up surpsingly well and whenever she had a backhand in a good position, she offloaded with a deft crosscourt angle or placed it down the line right into the corner. It’s still disappointing to see that her backhand is nowhere near the weapon it once was, I wonder if she will ever get it back.

Larsson was the more aggressive and animated of the two. She actually played well also but Sesil’s slices were causing a whole lot of problems for her, particularly with her massive forehand takeback. I know that she had just come back from a claycourt event so no doubt that also had a bearing in her inability to handle the low-bouncing shots. There were a lot of times when she could have finished the point at the net but chose to stand back and Sesil was able to turn defence into offense countless times. At the end of the match Sesil got really tight and even on her backhand she was afraid to be aggressive but she managed to get through after a couple of mammoth points and she was extremely happy at the end of the match and had a long word with her Bulgarian supporters. I congratulated her but wasn’t able to get a picture with her, or even remotely close to her.

Xinyun Han vs. Julia Schruff
Didn’t see much of this match but Monica (Han)’s game remains as smooth and attractive as ever. Her game is distinctly anti Chinese -- she is a left-hander with large flowing strokes. She tried to manoeuvre Schruff off the court and I watched her hit some gorgeous winners from both sides before in the short space of time I watched. I thought she would win the match pretty easily, but apparently not.

Lisa Whybourn vs Sally Peers
Watched a bit of this. I saw Whybourn for the first time in one of TBE’s videos from Birmingham and thought her game was fug as hell. It still isn’t particularly pleasing, but she is more than watchable. She was impressively aggressive and was more than willing to slot away a few easy volleys away once she had built up the point. Her forehand was the biggest technical flaw as her takeback snappy and showing a hint of jealousy and discrimination is completely stiff and and thus so much power she could potentially get on that side is lost. She dealt dreadfully with short balls on that side, scooping them up and allowing Peers to attack those short balls.

I say ‘allowing’, because although it did indeed allow Peers to be aggressive, she didn’t oblige and rather chose to run every ball down and keep the ball deep. Her play was fairly central/down the line and so she didn’t really open up much court. Her movement and depth is pretty good though so I can see why she has successfully whored up so many points in the weak Australian 25ks recently.

Anastasia Pivovarova vs. Slivia Soler Espinosa
Watched a bit of this and Pivovarova was serving well and being aggressive off both sides. Her game seems to really suit the grass and she seemed to enjoy the low bounce so I was very shocked to see that she lost to Daniilidou and especially in the manner that she did. Her service motion is still one of the most attractive on tour.

Ksenia Pervak vs Alexandra Panova
Only saw the last game so I can’t really say much about the match but a couple of things I noted about Pervak (in my head) were that she is so much smaller than I thought she would be, her serve is reminiscent of Tatiana’s, and her grunt is far too similar Koryttseva bark.

Jelena Dokic vs Melanie Klaffner
I have already talked about this in the results thread but Jelena played extremely well. She started off poorly and I was thinking “Uh oh, here we go”, but it was just so good and satisfying to see her constructing points well and then smashing down winners whenever there was a chance. Of course it was the great Klaffner she was playing against but beggars can’t be choosers. It was sad to see that she lost to Ditty but even after all this adversity and problems she has had over the years, she is still trying as hard as possibly out there and loving tennis. I wish people would pay attention, and give her respect for that rather than just berating her and calling her ‘finished’ after every loss and saying that she should retire. If whether she was winning or not was the sole reason for her playing tennis, she would have quit a long time ago.

Eleni Daniilidou vs Heidi El Tabakh
Only saw a small bit of this and Eleni was serving well, slicing everything (incl. Forehands) and trying to come forward whenever she could. As for El Tabakh, she came forward a couple of times and hit a few good volleys but bar the fact that she is jaw-droppingly gorgeous, there isn’t really much to write about.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands vs Iryna Kuryanovich
Only saw a little bit of this and Queen Bethanie was just way too good. I’m sure most people have seen Bethanie play so I won’t go into specifics but I’m glad she’s playing well again. She’s way too good to be struggling outside of the top 100. She was wearing the trademark socks, of course.

Anastasiya Yakimova vs Rebecca Marino
Only saw a bit of this, a nice contrast of styles so there were some good points. Yakimova is one of those ‘tough midgets’, she ran left and right and just did everything she possibly could to break Marino’s rhythm. She hit moonballs, sliced, dropshots and came in a couple of times – it was all scrappy and she clearly wasn’t even very good at most of her but she managed to get away with it and actually hit some impressive shots.

Marino is the complete opposite with a very big serve and a pretty good forehan. She tried to get to the net after some big shots but she often got caught in no man’s land because she’s just so effin’ slow. In the end Yakimova was able to tough it out and Marino just wasn’t consistent enough when it mattered.

Corinna Dentoni vs Lilia Osterloh
Watched most of this. There were a load of Americans cheering Osterloh on but I was the only person cheering Corinna on. Corinna is just so hilarious. She was playing pretty well in the beginning and there were some nice rallies. When she was on the run, her slices were causing all kind of problems for Osterloh. Everything was going well until she missed a few break points in the second set. She suddenly burst into tears for about 10 seconds before slapping herself in the face and just as suddenly as it began, the tears had stopped. Osterloh began to play much better – she was taking the ball a lot earlier, looking to come forward and wrong-footing Dentoni which just added to Dentoni’s frustration as she continued to scream, laugh and shout after every point.

Dentoni took a toilet break after the second set and came back playing great again. It took her ages to close out the match amid more shouting, screaming, laughing and some aggressive play from Osterloh but eventually she closed it out and was laughing for all the right reasons.

Simona Halep vs Yulia Fedossova
Halep really isn’t good on the grass. She had problems throughout the match and she kept on slicing her backhand timidly. She’s another player who is so much smaller than she looks on TV, but her serve is too poor even for her height and it’s not good enough if she ever wants to even be winning Main Draw matches on this surface. However she really fought hard and dug out the win at the end. Again, I was the only person really cheering her on even though i’m not particularly a huge fan.




OTHER:

-My Camera broke, so I couldn’t get pictures with anybody even though I was standing right next to Dokic and Pivovarova and wished luck/congratulated them.

-Laura Robson was stomping around the place with her gang of sluts less talented British girls following behind.

-I saw Melanie Oudin and some of her believers

-Pretty sure I saw Alison Riske talking to someone about her Birmingham experience

-Jelena was walking around looking fairly happy. While I was standing close to her, some guy wouldn’t stop talking to her so she said “Gotta go!” and quickly ran away.

-I managed to bump into my old tennis coach and a girl I used to always see in tennis tournaments about four years ago. We both exchanged back injury horror stories.

-There was more bitching about grunting. A woman suggested that they grunt from habit and they don’t even realise they’re doing it.

-I’m sorry for ever speaking badly about the Eastbourne ballkids. There was a ball”boy” here (well, he was about 30...) who just couldn’t catch a ball to save his life. I’m not even talking about catching serves – even when a ball was rolled to him from another ballperson he would manage to miss the ball somehow.

-I was watching Dentoni and minding my own business when I looked down and almost collapsed into a heap on the ground. Why? Because directly below me was none other than Shino ‘Serena Slayer’. I tried to stop myself from laughing.

-The biggest drama of the day surprisingly went to a mens match and the last match I saw. It was Ricardas Berankis vs Dan Evans. I was cheering on Ricardas so I sat next to some Lithuanians who were cheering him on. They were cheering so loudly after every point Ricardas won, and after Evans lost his serve while serving for the first set, he walked back to them and said to one of them; "You are such a fucking moron, you know, you're a fucking idiot". So they cheered even louder.
Then later on in the second set the Lithuanian guys got into an argument with Evans' coach which involved the Lithuanians saying stuff like “Evans sucks”, “He’s going to lose so who cares?” and then laughing in the direction of the coach every time Evans lost a point. One of the British guys sitting near us called him "A disgrace to our country" and this argument continued for about ten minutes. Then a bit later on, Evans came over and said to the guy "Can you stop cheering now? It's fucking boring me", and so they cheered even louder. It was too funny.

Slutiana
Jun 17th, 2010, 06:33 PM
This post is definitely a load of incoherent blabbering, and I haven't bothered to read it back.

Anyway I'll be at Wimbledon a couple of days next week and one day for the Juniors/Week 2 and hopefully legends doubles too. I'm also going down to the Wimbledon area tomorrow for something unrelated, but i'll take my camera just in case I randomly bump into a tennis player. :devil:

Ferg
Jun 17th, 2010, 06:35 PM
Did Evans lose?

Slutiana
Jun 17th, 2010, 06:38 PM
Did Evans lose?
Yup. :worship:

Ferg
Jun 17th, 2010, 06:44 PM
Niccccce. :cool:

Petkorazzi
Jun 17th, 2010, 06:51 PM
Thank you :rolleyes:

FORZA SARITA
Jun 17th, 2010, 08:34 PM
Corinna :hearts:
thanks so much :)

peanuts
Jun 18th, 2010, 05:17 PM
Thank you for the reports. Always nice to read about up and coming young players.

Slutiana
Jun 18th, 2010, 05:46 PM
Some pics:

Sesil :inlove:
http://i48.tinypic.com/2j4ddo8.jpg
http://i47.tinypic.com/esk9a8.jpg
http://i47.tinypic.com/1zocjgl.jpg
http://i50.tinypic.com/k9826e.jpg
http://i47.tinypic.com/302ro2h.jpg


Cavaday
http://i50.tinypic.com/2hgxq2x.jpg
http://i48.tinypic.com/b6svpl.jpg

Halep
http://i48.tinypic.com/2i79504.jpg
http://i47.tinypic.com/r04ca1.jpg

Klaffner (Her service motion is lovely. Shame about the rest of her game...)
http://i50.tinypic.com/hv19ap.jpg

Jelena
http://i47.tinypic.com/66jiae.jpg
http://i48.tinypic.com/2njaqug.jpg
http://i45.tinypic.com/28l5fmb.jpg

Today when I had to walk past the AELTC
http://i47.tinypic.com/2m50109.jpg
http://i49.tinypic.com/10f6vr4.jpg

From Eastbourne :lol:
http://i46.tinypic.com/vxdt91.jpg

I will probably be going to Wimbledon on Tuesday, Friday and then Monday next week. I really want to see Polona though. :bigcry:

Kevin.
Jun 18th, 2010, 06:10 PM
aI bet that blonde girl that was cheering Cohen was Madison Brengle. :lol:. Those 2 are best friends/party buds.