Today I was only there for a little because of the rained, but:
-Alison Riske was really happy today after her match. I thought she won until I got home and saw she lost. I didn't see her match, but she was standing there, texting, smiling, eating a banana, and talking to fans. I was going to talk to her but I chickened out :o
-There had to be at least 500 people watching Nishikori-Capdeville. Mostly Japanese fans of Kei. And they were none watching Ryoko Fuda's match. Is Kei very popular/famous in Japan? :p
-Michelle Larcher de Brito was walking around with her mother, making her mother hold her racquets :lol:
-Severine Beltrame's team must not care about her :lol:. I saw two guys walking and looked at their credentials and Beltrame was the last name on one of the guys and she was playing while they were walking around :spit:
-Ryoko Fuda wins the award for most colorful outfit :lol:. I wish I took a picture of the crazy outfit she wore :(
-Laura Pous Tio had 4 people cheering for her and they kept on screaming "Vamos!" and "Ole!".
Hopefully tomorrow I'll have actual match reports and photos too :)
Aug 26th, 2010, 04:52 AM
I only saw all of Daniilidou-Diatchenko and the first three games of the second set of Georgatou-Gibbs ;)
-Daniilidou is such a character. She once yelled "OUUUUUUUUUUUT! OUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT! OUUUUUUUUT!" :lol:. She hit a double fault towards the end of the match and yelled "Stupid! Hello Stupid! Am I in kindergarten?" :rolls:. Eleni wasn't that bad. She had some really nice drop shots that annoyed Diatchenko. Her serve was suckish as usual. Diatchenko was too good though. Most of the points Eleni won were Diatchenko errors and most of the points Diatchenko won were her winners. Diatchenko is a ballbasher. She reminds me of Sprem. Tan, ballbasher, same grunt :lol:. Jasmin Woehr, Polona Hercog, and some other lady were supporting Eleni and kept saying "Come on Eleni! Vamos! Allez!". After the match Daniilidou wasn't too mad and was talking to Woehr, Hercog, and the other lady but they were far away from me. Diatchenko walked by me though and she was talking to some blonde lady in Russian and she signed my tennis ball :)
-Next I went to Georgatou vs. Gibbs on Court 8. Georgatou had about 10 fans. As soon as I got there I knew they were her fans. They just looked REALLY Greek, sitting there with their frappes and everything :lol:. It was my first time seeing Eirini and I was impressed. I've seen Gibbs before so I knew what to expect. When I got there, Eirini had just hit a shot into the net which ended the first set. I saw the first three games of the second set before the lights went out and then it started to rain. I thought that Georgatou was going to suck since she plays a lot of weak events, but she hit some nice forehand winners and she just needs more consistency to be a better player. During the changeovers she looked upset. It looked like she felt embarrassed that she was losing to someone younger than her and ranked 200 places below her. I don't know if she'll be able to crack the top 100 someday though. She'll need to improve and gain more experience as this was her first grand slam. Gibbs looked comfortable and confident. During the changeovers she was eating a banana and constantly moving. Georgatou was just sitting there and it looked like she didn't know what to do. Georgatou also likes to say "Allez!" after winning a point, like Justine Henin :lol:
-I also saw a few rallies from Fuda vs. Fernandez Brugues and both players weren't playing well. I guess Fernandez Brugues is only good for clay, and Fuda probably plays those Japanese ITFs to get points or something :shrug:
-I got a few autographs, but didn't take pictures because I forgot to charge my camera before I went :o
Aug 26th, 2010, 07:27 AM
please watch han xinyun vs catalina castano and take some photos?? thanks so much !!
Aug 26th, 2010, 08:04 AM
thanks for report! Which autographs did you get? :)
Aug 26th, 2010, 09:52 AM
Hi hellas!! Great report :D I'm in New York, just arrived yesterday. Was at Elenis match too...only saw a bit cause I was watching for Akguls match to start on Court 4 :)
Aug 26th, 2010, 11:52 AM
Fuda probably plays those Japanese ITFs to get points or something :shrug:
Actually, Ryoko frequently travels outside Japan, but has been injured lately and hasn't played since June. ;)
Aug 26th, 2010, 12:32 PM
Please report on Tomljanovic and Lucic if you can! Thanks!
Aug 27th, 2010, 05:55 AM
-I went there for a little because I had a two hour break from work. I saw a lot of players practicing. Barrois and Meusburger were practicing together. Makarova and one of the Asian players (Chang?) were also practicing together. Zakopalova, Kerber, Washington, Keothavong and Sevastova practiced alone. In other news, I never noticed how tall Safarova was, and Sybille Bammer is still wearing that green outfit that she’s been wearing since last year :lol:. Her daughter is adorable though :awww:
-I saw the first two sets of Garbin vs. Arvidsson. First off, Garbin’s face looks a lot like Henin’s. Not sure if anyone’s noticed before, but someone probably has :lol:. I heard some kids saying that Ivanovic was in the red (it was Arvidsson) and Stosur was in the white (it was really Garbin) :spit:. Garbin had two people cheering for her, and as I walked by I heard them say “Errani!” so I thought they were talking about her, but now that I saw the draw I guess they were saying that Tax was playing Errani in R1. Arvidsson has a big game. She should be back in the top 50 in no time. Garbin had some good points and some bad ones. Garbin missed a few easy drop shots, but then again she made a lot of them. It was a pretty even match, and I left after the second set because they called me to go back to work, so I didn’t see the rest. Arvidsson had like 10 fans, I guess they were her team/family. They were constantly clapping for her. Garbin had this really sucky ball kid. He threw a ball at her by accident and then she got mad and hit it over the fence onto another court :lol:. Then there was one point that I missed because I was texting, but Garbin hit it out and she thought it was in and she aked Arvidsson if it was out and Arvidsson shrugged and then Garbin got really mad at her so I’m curious to see how the handshake was :lol:. And the ball boys were holding the umbrellas so that the shade was on them, not the players :tape:
-When I first got there I saw Heather Watson talking to some British guy and she told him that she quit juniors. I couldn’t hear what else they were saying.
-The main match I saw was Tatishvili-Groenefeld. I saw most of it except I missed a few games. The first set was very close and even. There were a lot of nice long rallies from the baseline during this match. 99% of the points were winners or unforced errors from the baseline. Tatishvili had a lot of support. She had so many fans. Georgian and American. Most of the people there wanted her to win. Groenefeld really isn’t that fat. She’s chubby, but I think some people overreact. She obviously would be better off if she loses some more weight. Tatishvili is very fit. She’s not 90 pounds or whatever he tour site says. I’d say she’s 110-120. It was so exciting. Groenefeld broke towards the end of the match, and then Tatishvili broke back after being down 30-0 in that game. Then Tatishvili held and then she had 3 MP’s on Groenefeld’s serve at 0-40 and then Groenefeld saved all of them and then Tatishvili had another one that game but couldn’t convert. Finally, Tatishvili had another match point on Groenefeld’s next service game and she took it and everyone was cheering and Tatishvili was so happy. Groenefeld was pissed because Tatishvili hit a drop shot towards the end of the match and the chair umpire said it was a double bounce and Groenefeld argued with him and then she just walked away shaking her head and smiling and then she just walked away so after the match she stormed off the court. Tatishvili stuck around and took pictures and signed autographs for everyone and I congratulated her and she said thank you and then she was kissing some people that she knew and they said “Anna I’m so proud of you, etc.” and then she talked to some people in Georgian and one of the Georgian fans said “Spasibo!” (what does that mean Gigi?), and then they said other stuff in Georgian and then I left. Anna is really sweet and cute. She sounds like a little girl though, but I love her. It also looked like Chakhnashvili was there watching, but I couldn’t tell from far away so I went closer and then she was gone and then she came back later but I was on the other side so I don’t know if it was really her.
-I saw the last game of Kr.Pliskova vs. Rus and it was 4 easy points for Pliskova as Rus hit 4 UE’s in the last game. I’m not that impressed with Pliskova, but maybe if I saw more of the match I could tell. She also has a tattoo :eek:
-I saw some points of Castano-Han since it was on the next court, and Castano had a lot of Colombian support. After she won they gave her a standing ovation and they were all waving flags. I was going to have her sign something but there were so many Colombians there. They were all taking pictures and screaming. Is she very famous in Colombia? Also, some little girl kept on screaming “Cata-lina, Cata-lina, Cata-lina!” :awww:
-I also saw some of Reynolds vs. Mannarino and the crowd was great for that, screaming “Bo-bby! Bo-bby! Bo-bby!” . He lost though :sad:
Aug 27th, 2010, 05:59 AM
@Destinyhernich: Read my report :)
@Drake1980: A lot. Diatchenko, Fuda, Pliskova, Tatishvili, etc. but mostly ATP guys ;)
@-sugi-: Okay ;)
@tennisfan_77: Sorry :sad:
Aug 27th, 2010, 07:18 AM
Great reports. Thanks :D
"spasibo" sounds like what "Thank you" is in Russian, could be wrong though.
Aug 27th, 2010, 10:50 AM
well, you can't be impressed by Kris because Rus hit four UEs in the last game :lol: but Kris has a very effortless strokes which are beautiful and a great serve and is a tricky lefty player :) go to for her next match, but she's playing LDL :tape: :lol:
Aug 27th, 2010, 11:40 AM
Great reports :) love how the qualies draws in a few crowds.
Aug 27th, 2010, 11:52 AM
Please report on Cohen if you can. Thanks ;)
Aug 27th, 2010, 11:55 AM
Aren't Tatishvili's thigh muscles huge? They are to me.
Aug 31st, 2010, 05:33 AM
@Sexysova: True :lol:
@Kevin.: I don't remember them being huge :p
I'm going to the night session tomorrow :)
Aug 31st, 2010, 07:54 AM
Did you see Eva? She's gorgeous in person, and really nice too :D
Sep 1st, 2010, 07:02 PM
^No, but I saw her last year :)
I'm writing my report now :D
Sep 1st, 2010, 08:04 PM
-I had night session tickets, so I got in at 6 PM. I immediately went to the practice courts and watched Paszek and Wickmayer hit with their coaches and I was inlove with Yanina's grunt. It's just too bad I couldn't see more of it since there's no where to watch from except for one court :sad:
-I then went to see Kirilenko-Zahlavova Strycova on Court 4. I saw the last few games. While I was waiting on line, I saw Melanie Oudin's mother and grandmother waiting to get in also. I'm not sure why they were watching that match since Mel is on the other side of the draw, but I thought it was Melanie's mother and I saw the grandmother's credentials said her last name was Robertson (or Robinson?) but then I saw Mel's mother had the last name Oudin. I sat near both player's camps and Zahlavova Strycova is such a mess :o. The whole time she kept on yelling and screaming at herself in Czech, nonstop. Kirilenko just remained patient and waited for Zahlavova Strycova's unforced errors. I was surprised because Zahlavova Strycova's camp was laughing whenever Barbora would yell at herself and they kept on talking to each other the whole match. It was pretty annoying :shrug:. After the match Barbora stormed off the court, but tons of people went to get Makiri's autograph and she was still giving them but then this bitchy lady said no more and escorted her to the locker room :rolleyes:
-Then I made my way on to Louis Armstrong Stadium, where I haven't been since 2008 when I saw Jankovic vs. Bammer there in the quarterfinals. Blake had trouble closing the match out, but we were all cheering for him. Everyone was chanting "James! James! James! James!" :). It was my first time seeing James live since 2005, so I was really excited and it was great to see him win since he's been struggling all year.
-I then went to Court 8 to catch the last game of Becker-Brands, and then I got autographs from both players :cool:
-I saw the first few games of Mattek-Sands vs. Medina Garrigues. I was really pissed to see Bethanie losing early on. I watched most of the first set there and then I left because I was really upset with Bethanie. I was glad to see that she ended up winning the match :). The match was pretty boring though (no long rallies), there were barely any people there and everyone was talking about Beth's socks and tattoos :lol:
-After that I sat between courts 14 and 15 and caught the last few games of Dominguez Lino vs. Shvedova and a few points of Amanmuradova vs. Scheepers. Dominguez Lino was so thrilled when she won. Shvedova was about to cry. Dominguez Lino had a lot of Spanish fans there with football kits, just like at the Nadal match later. I got Dominguez Lino's autograph and her mother was screaming the whole time. "Lourdes! Lourdes! Lourdes!" and then some other stuff in Spanish. Then a Spanish Channel called "Canal +" interviewed her on court after the match and her mother was screaming "Lourdes es on Canal Pluuuus!" or something :lol:. She was so excited for her daughter and she was waving to the camera behind her daughter :rolls:. On the next court, Amanmuradova was playing Scheepers and I felt so bad for Akgul. Every single person was saying stuff like "Why is a boy playing a girl?" or "Is that a woman? I don't believe it!" :awww:
-After that I tried to go to Grandstand to see the end of Fognini-Verdasco, but I couldn't get in, and there were also no seats for Nalbandian-de Voest, so I couldn't see that either. I decided to catch the last few games of Zvonareva vs. Kucova and Armstrong was completely empty for that. It's just upsetting to see it semi-full for the men's matches and then like 10 people were there for Zvonareva's match :sad:. I got a good seat though :p. She didn't have to do much. She was clearly just too good for Kucova. During the changeovers she had the towel over her face and everyone was laughing at her :lol:
-Then I finally got into Ashe to see Nadal-Gabashvili. I saw the whole match. I shouldn't report on it because most people probably saw it anyways, but I was impressed with Gabashvili and everyone around me was making fun of Nadal picking his ass :haha:. Also when Petkovic beat Petrova they showed the last point on the big screen and everyone was laughing at Petkovic's dance after she won :lol:. She's really good for the WTA tour :)
-Then I stayed for the whole Wozniacki-Gullickson match. It was disappointing because no one stayed for that match :sad:. This is exactly why the women should play first. This way more people will stay for the second match because if the second match is a womens match then everyone leaves :o. When I left the stadium, I heard a guy saying "Wozniacki is amazing! She plays like a man!" :rolls:. I also saw people with the Danish flag painted on their faces.
Sep 1st, 2010, 08:14 PM
Andrew, I was impressed with Gabashvilli, too, when I saw him in person against Rafa in Miami. He certainly has an endless supply of energy, it seems. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Akgul doesn't deserve all the ignorant remarks. She seems really cool and every time I have seen her play, she is very easy going and has a lot of fun with the crowd.
Did you happen to see who Tamira was being coached by? Was it her Dad, Passos, or somebody else?
Sep 1st, 2010, 08:50 PM
Pictures to come later or tomorrow ;)
Sep 1st, 2010, 08:53 PM
Brent, I really couldn't tell from where I was. The practice courts are just so far away. I wish they weren't so private :(
Sep 1st, 2010, 09:12 PM
Brent, I really couldn't tell from where I was. The practice courts are just so far away. I wish they weren't so private :(
No worries. I was just curious. I guess the US Open practice courts aren't as accessible as some others. That's a shame. Watching the pros practice is one of the best things about going to tournaments. Thanks for your reports!
Sep 8th, 2010, 03:25 AM
I'll be there tomorrow. By the end of the week I'll have all of my photos up :)
Sep 10th, 2010, 12:24 AM
I'm not sure when I'm going to upload my pics because my sister has the camera that I took the pics on :p
I don't really need to report on anything because the matches were on TV :shrug:. It was super cold. It was free heineken hat day. The people were terrible, cutting me on lines and stuff :rolleyes:. Some lady yelled at my for cutting her meanwhile I was there before she was :spit:. Some dude and his son stole the last chicken fingers and fries when I was going to grab it and the little kid just cut the whole line and then his father said "Way to go, son!" :o. The people were walking in the stadium during points. It was ridiculous :o. I felt like the only idiot who waited for a changeover :rolleyes:. They just walked in front of me during points :rolleyes:. I was in the lodge, and so many people came in from the upper deck and got kicked out. There were some teens, I think they were Slovkian, and they kept on moving around in the lodge wherever there was an empty seat, and then when someone would say that's my seat, they'd look at their tickets and say "You're right, my fault!" and move on to the next empty seat :o. They eventually got kicked out and moved up to the upper level :devil:. Then these two grown men sat in the seats in front of me, and I said that someone was sitting there so they moved to the next open seats and the security guard said "Do you have lodge tickets?" and they said no and then she pointed to the upper deck and they left and everyone was laughing at them :devil:. That's pathetic :spit:
Also, did anyone there see the anorexic Danish kid wearing the Denmark World Cup jersey? I accidentally bumped into him and thought his arm was going to snap in half :lol:. That kid was sooooooooooo skinny. I've never seen anything like that in my life. And if you saw him you'd know who I was talking about :lol:. It was obvious :p