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andrewbroad
Jun 15th, 2010, 04:31 PM
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AEGON CLASSIC (Edgbaston, Birmingham, England; grass; WTA International)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. First-round eyewitness report: Chakvetadze v South

Master-thread for my Birmingham 2010 reports & photos:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=411748

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1. Photos (Monday 7th June 2010)
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Permission to copy my Birmingham photos is granted provided that:
(a) no money is exchanged;
(b) they are labelled as "Copyright Andrew Broad 2010".
Please let me know if you do use them on another website.

Since I don't have time to upload hundreds of photos a day individually, I have uploaded each batch of photos as a large zip-file (approximately as many megabytes as photos).

Monday's photos are in three volumes (Anna appears in Parts 1 and 3).


Monday Part 1 (Photos 001 to 113)
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http://www.divshare.com/download/11709189-a25

Anna Chakvetadze (111 photos)
Melanie South (3)
Melinda Czink (3)
Marina Eraković (1)

Anna looks bigger and more muscular than in the past. She was wearing a support on her left ankle – the one she sprained at Indian Wells. Unfortunately I missed her handshake with South, because the moment I switched my camera on to take it, the batteries died. But I replaced them in time to take some nice close-ups of Anna as she came off Court 1 (Photos 094–113).


Monday Part 3 (Photos 310 to 501)
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http://www.divshare.com/download/11710651-fa8

Anna Chakvetadze (15 photos)
Sandra Záhlavová (31)
Sesil Karatantcheva (31)
Naomi Broady (26)
Katie O'Brien (24)
Yanina Wickmayer (21)
Stefanie Vögele (9)
Magdaléna Rybáriková (7)
Angelique Kerber (7)
Michaëlla Krajíček (5)
Alison Riske (5)
Shenay Perry (5)
Maria Sharapova posters (2)
Karolina Šprem (2)
Alicia Molik (2)
Michelle Larcher de Brito (1)
Maria Kirilenko poster (1)
Aravane Rezaď poster (1)
Sania Mirza poster (1)
Elena Baltacha poster (1)
Anne Keothavong poster (1)

By following Anna to the car-park (I realise that may come across as 'stalkerish', but it's just by the main entrance), I learned that she is friends with Vögele, for they met there, had a brief chat, and left together on a bus (Photos 348–351), while Anna's father stayed on the grounds.

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2. First-round eyewitness report: Chakvetadze v South (Monday 7th June 2010)
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+ Anna Chakvetadze [EF] d. Melanie South, 3-6 6-4 6-4

Anna produced an amazing fightback to recover from 3-6 *1-4 (15/40), and from *1-4 (15/30) down in the third set too!

Anna struggled to find her range in the first set, letting South use the fast, low-bouncing grass to South's advantage, rather than Anna using it to her own advantage. South was playing well, but Anna had no answer on South's serve, although she did hit some nice winners in her own service-games, including a delectable backhand drop-volley winner at *1-3 (0/15).

When Anna went 3-6 *0-3 down, there was a look of despair on her face, and she was so desperate to break up the play that she even attempted a dropshot-return at 3-6 0-2* (0/15*). South was serving well and hitting the ball well, but it was a subdued performance by Anna up to that point.

But when Anna found herself facing two virtual match-points at 3-6 *1-4 (15/40), she caught fire! She started her fightback immediately with three clean winners in a row: a beautiful forehand dropshot-winner, a crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline, and another crosscourt forehand winner. She held for 2-4* with an off-forehand punch-volley winner, then hit an off-backhand winner and a backhand drop-volley winner to get 30/0*... in fact, Anna won the last 5 games of the second set from *1-4. She was pumped up now, stimulating herself with "c'mon"s and fist-pumps.

South started playing better again in the third set, recovering from *1-1 (0/30) with four forehand winners in a row. Anna remained intense, but was broken for 1-3* on a dead netcord-winner.

Anna found herself in a similar hole to the one from which she had recovered in the second set: this time *1-4 (15/30). History repeated itself – although this time, the turnaround had more to do with South's errors than Anna's winners. That's the psychological side of tennis: when you've blown one lead, your mind goes back to it and you're even more liable to blow another. But I can credit Anna for staying positive: by this stage, she was saying "c'mon" after every point that she won.

South actually won more points than Anna (83-82), but that's the beauty of tennis-scoring: it's not how many points you win, but who wins the last point.

My full report – with a description of every point – is on my new website:
http://abroad.sqweebs.org/tennis/chakv/birmingham2010.html

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Dr. Andrew Broad

krul
Jun 15th, 2010, 06:31 PM
Excellent photos, thank you, andrewbroad )

andrewbroad
Jun 17th, 2010, 03:38 AM
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AEGON CLASSIC (Edgbaston, Birmingham, England; grass; WTA International)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. Second-round eyewitness report: Chakvetadze v Petković

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1. Photos (Wednesday 9th June 2010)
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Permission to copy my Birmingham photos is granted provided that:
(a) no money is exchanged;
(b) they are labelled as "Copyright Andrew Broad 2010".
Please let me know if you do use them on another website.

Since I don't have time to upload hundreds of photos a day individually, I have uploaded each batch of photos as a large zip-file (approximately as many megabytes as photos).

Wednesday's photos are in two volumes.


Wednesday Part 1 (Photos 001 to 188)
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http://www.divshare.com/download/11725572-bf1

Anna Chakvetadze (36 photos)
Magdaléna Rybáriková (92)
Ekaterina Makarova (30)
Yaroslava Shvedova (25)
Andrea Petković (15)
Sesil Karatantcheva (14)
Sara Errani (6)
Shenay Perry (2)
Karolina Šprem (1)


Wednesday Part 2 (Photos 189 to 330)
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http://www.divshare.com/download/11725858-072

Anna Chakvetadze (15 photos)
Maria Sharapova (72)
Karolina Šprem (20)
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (17)
Kristina Barrois (13)
Laura Robson (8)
Sally Peers (7)
Angelique Kerber (3)
Sara Errani (2)
Andrea Petković (2)
Michelle Larcher de Brito (1)

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2. Second-round eyewitness report: Chakvetadze v Petković (Wednesday 9th June 2010)
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+ Anna Chakvetadze [EF] d. ANDREA PETKOVIĆ [8], 6-4 6-4

A very encouraging win for Anna, considering that she straight-setted a player ranked #34 after her own ranking had dropped to #114. It was the first time since February that she'd won two main-draw matches in a tournament.

I watched the first set only out of the corner of my eye, as I was concentrating on defending champion Magdaléna Rybáriková's third set against Ekaterina Makarova on the adjacent Court 2. When Magda won and I was able to transfer my attention to Anna, she was up 6-4 *0-1.

The first eight games of the match went with serve; in fact, there were no break-points until Anna pegged Petković back from 4-4* (15/40*) to break for *5-4. Anna had her first set-point at 40/30 and, after one deuce, converted her second to take the first set 6-4.

At 6-4 1-1*, Anna hit an off-backhand winner en route to 40/15*, and converted that break-point with a forehand lob-winner over Petković's head: *2-1.

The next four games went with serve, then Anna netted a nervy backhand at 6-4 *4-3 (40/15). A five-deuce marathon ensued, with Anna wasting five game-points – two with double faults – before netting a bread-and-butter backhand to give Petković the break back: 4-4*.

But Anna broke again immediately – with the help of a down-the-line backhand pass-winner and an off-forehand winner – for 6-4 *5-4. She then served out the match to 15, sealing her victory with a down-the-line forehand winner.

My lasting impression of this match is the cute little yelp that Anna emitted every time she hit the ball.

My full report – with a description of every point – is on my new website:
http://abroad.sqweebs.org/tennis/chakv/birmingham2010.html

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Dr. Andrew Broad

andrewbroad
Jun 19th, 2010, 12:51 AM
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AEGON CLASSIC (Edgbaston, Birmingham, England; grass; WTA International)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. Third-round eyewitness report: Chakvetadze v Riske

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1. Photos (Thursday 10th June 2010)
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Permission to copy my Birmingham photos is granted provided that:
(a) no money is exchanged;
(b) they are labelled as "Copyright Andrew Broad 2010".
Please let me know if you do use them on another website.

Since I don't have time to upload hundreds of photos a day individually, I have uploaded each batch of photos as a large zip-file (approximately as many megabytes as photos).

Thursday's photos are in three volumes (Anna appears in Parts 1 and 3).


Thursday Part 1 (Photos 001 to 152)
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Due to my DivShare account exceeding its download-limit, my photos will not be available to download until Thursday 24th June 2010 – although if you sign up for a (free) DivShare account, it should let you download them immediately.

http://www.divshare.com/download/11744423-bb2

Anna Chakvetadze (40 photos)
Laura Robson (56)
Yanina Wickmayer (49)
Sesil Karatantcheva (15)
Michelle Larcher de Brito (3)
Kaia Kanepi (3)
Sara Errani (1)
Jarmila Groth (1)
Angelique Kerber (1)
Heather Watson (1)

It seems that Anna is friends with Sesil Karatantcheva, for they went off to practise together – alone until Anna's father Djambuli arrived, and apart from me stalking them. ;) I think Anna might have noticed me, judging by Photo 118. It makes me wonder whether she remembers me from one occasion to another (even though she has no idea who I am, because nobody knows what I look like).


Thursday Part 3 (Photos 264 to 431)
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http://www.divshare.com/download/11745260-4d6

Anna Chakvetadze (21 photos)
Magdaléna Rybáriková (82)
Aravane Rezaď (30)
Sesil Karatantcheva (25)
Mirjana Lučić (13)
Maria Sharapova (8)
Alison Riske (6)
Michelle Larcher de Brito (3)
Angelique Kerber (2)
Li,Na (2)
Alla Kudryavtseva (2)
Yanina Wickmayer (1)
Tamarine Tanasugarn (1)

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2. Third-round eyewitness report: Chakvetadze v Riske (Thursday 10th June 2010)
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- Anna Chakvetadze [EF] lt. Alison Riske [Q], 6-4 5-7 1-6

This may look like a terrible loss on paper, as Riske was ranked only #185 and won 8 of the last 9 games, but was an awesome performance by the 19-year-old with the kind of name a Bond-girl might have!

It's not like Anna surrendered in a hail of unforced errors; Riske played extremely aggressive grass-court tennis, going to the net at every opportunity, and everything worked for her in the third set. Riske went on to upset #16 Yanina Wickmayer in the quarter-finals and take a set off #17 Maria Sharapova in the semi-finals. If Riske can keep up this kind of form, she's definitely the USA's best hope for world-domination when the Williams-sisters retire or decline!

I watched most of the first two sets only out of the corner of my eye, as I was concentrating on defending champion Magdaléna Rybáriková's second and third sets against Sesil Karatantcheva on the adjacent Court 3. As soon as Magda had lost and left the court, I paid a brief visit to Court 1 to watch the last game of Maria's win over Alla Kudryavtseva, then went to Court 4, where Anna was leading 6-4 *4-5.

In the first set, Anna saved BP×2 at *0-1 (15/40), and broke to 15 for *3-2. She saved 2 GPs at 5-3*, then had 2 SPs, but Riske saved the second with an ace, and held serve with another ace. Anna had two more SPs at *5-4 (40/15), converting 40/30 with an ace: 6-4.

Anna looked to be heading for victory when she broke for 6-4 *3-2 (after saving a GP), but Riske broke back immediately to 15. The next five games went with serve, with Anna hitting a crosscourt backhand winner and a crosscourt forehand winner from *4-5 (Deuce). Anna at *5-6 was broken to 30 after losing a point at the net, while Riske won set-point at the net: 5-7.

In the third set, Riske held to 15 with two crosscourt forehand winners and an error-forcing smash, then broke to 15 with two off-forehand winners and two errors from Anna: one unforced, one forced. Anna at 0-2* gave Riske a tough service-game, saving one GP with a crosscourt forehand drive-volley winner, but two service-winners made it *0-3, and a break to 30 made it 0-4*. Anna broke back to 40 with a crosscourt backhand winner and a down-the-line backhand return-winner: *1-4. But Riske broke again with a dead netcord winner at 30/40, then served two aces in a row to set up MP×3 at *5-1 (40/0). Anna bravely saved the first by forcing a short ball and hitting an off-forehand winner, but Riske converted the second with a pinpoint off-forehand winner onto the sideline.

My full report – with a description of every point I watched – is on my new website:
http://abroad.sqweebs.org/tennis/chakv/birmingham2010.html

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Dr. Andrew Broad