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.Andrew.
Aug 25th, 2010, 12:40 PM
Firstly, I have to thank Matt (Daniela-Is-Mine) for not only the idea of this thread :worship:, but also the ticket on Monday. :spit: So this wouldn't be possible without him :p (But hey, this is what friends are for right? :devil:).

I will be going to qualifying tomorrow and opening day on Monday (w/ Matt). :) I will try to give reports on all the matches that I am able to see. No pictures though because I don't have a camera :lol:

I hope people will see this even though it isn't in GM :unsure: (I saw a couple on GM already so I didn't want to clog up GM with reports threads!)

The schedule for Thursday or Monday isn't out yet obviously, but if there are any requests for any matches just give me a heads up here. :wavey:

tennismaster8820
Aug 25th, 2010, 02:20 PM
Wish you a great time there! :yeah:

serenus_2k8
Aug 25th, 2010, 02:28 PM
Ooooh Im really interested to hear about how any of the Brits do! Also the young guns please!

No worries if there are other people you would rather watch though, have a great time!

amit31
Aug 25th, 2010, 02:28 PM
Please if you can watch Mirza's match. I am sure she will have a lot of In.dian supporting her in NY.

Thanks a lot.

.Andrew.
Aug 25th, 2010, 03:34 PM
Wish you a great time there! :yeah:

Thanks Andelko :hug:

Ooooh Im really interested to hear about how any of the Brits do! Also the young guns please!

No worries if there are other people you would rather watch though, have a great time!

I definitely will try to catch Watson. :yeah: (I think she'll still be in for tomorrow!)

Please if you can watch Mirza's match. I am sure she will have a lot of In.dian supporting her in NY.

Thanks a lot.

I would like to see that match too and see where Mirza's form... if she's still in :yeah:

Kevin.
Aug 25th, 2010, 04:48 PM
americans!!!!

LLW preferably

ozfan44
Aug 25th, 2010, 05:01 PM
any of the aussies :worship:

.Andrew.
Aug 25th, 2010, 05:35 PM
americans!!!!

LLW preferably

I'll try for LLW. I remember her matches against Serena and Sharapova a little white back. She was a good momma player, nice to see her still playing. :lol: But I wanna see the young Americans more, but we'll see. :)

any of the aussies :worship:

I'll try ;) Especially if Dokic is still in :bounce:

Daruma.
Aug 25th, 2010, 09:23 PM
Hey, I hope you'll have a lot of fun!

I'll be really really happy and glad if you could take pictures of Ajla Tomljanovic and write a report on her match against Birnerova. Thank you in advance! :)

.Andrew.
Aug 25th, 2010, 09:36 PM
Hey, I hope you'll have a lot of fun!

I'll be really really happy and glad if you could take pictures of Ajla Tomljanovic and write a report on her match against Birnerova. Thank you in advance! :)

I'll try to look out for Ajla since I want to look at her game more closely ;) But I can't take pics because I don't have a camera :lol: Sorry :hug: Though maybe Daniela-Is-Mine will take pictures ;)

nevetssllim
Aug 25th, 2010, 10:10 PM
If possible, reports of Hlavackova, Diatchenko, Daniilidou, Pivovarova, Ar. Rodionova, Mirza and Lucic would be wonderful. :yeah: No problems is you don't catch them though - just make sure you have a great time! :bounce:

.Andrew.
Aug 25th, 2010, 10:21 PM
If possible, reports of Hlavackova, Diatchenko, Daniilidou, Pivovarova, Ar. Rodionova, Mirza and Lucic would be wonderful. :yeah: No problems is you don't catch them though - just make sure you have a great time! :bounce:

I'll probably see Andrea because my friend is a fan if she is playing tomorrow :angel: I've seen the others play and I'm pretty interested in seeing young stars and players I haven't seen play before. :awww: I'll do my best to watch as many players as possible. :yeah: :hug:

Daniela-Is-Mine
Aug 26th, 2010, 02:57 AM
Andrea lost :sobbing:
I'm so excited for tomorrow. You have no idea. It will be the best day yet.
I'll post in my thread who I plan on seeing tomorrow (and me and andrew will discuss it on fb)

hellas719
Aug 26th, 2010, 04:58 AM
Georgatou ;)

Carotastrophe
Aug 26th, 2010, 07:28 AM
please Xinyun Han :) thanks loads

Hele.
Aug 26th, 2010, 12:34 PM
Please Tomljanovic, Lucic, Martic and Sprem!

something
Aug 26th, 2010, 12:38 PM
Ling Zhang please

Vaxey
Aug 26th, 2010, 02:13 PM
Cohen and Bratchikova, please :D

Izzie.
Aug 26th, 2010, 10:51 PM
So anyone in this thread who has been to Qualifying this week--can you bring food in/are all the food places open?
And is Ashe the only court closed?
And if there's any practice court info... ;)

Daniela-Is-Mine
Aug 26th, 2010, 11:20 PM
So anyone in this thread who has been to Qualifying this week--can you bring food in/are all the food places open?
And is Ashe the only court closed?
And if there's any practice court info... ;)

You can bring food. The food places are open. Ashe Grandstand and Louis Armstrong don't have matches. There is a sheet they give you with the times players are practicing.

Izzie.
Aug 26th, 2010, 11:29 PM
You can bring food. The food places are open. Ashe Grandstand and Louis Armstrong don't have matches. There is a sheet they give you with the times players are practicing.

Thanks a lot :worship: I'm surprised the food area is open.
:eek: A sheet when the players are practicing? Like, not qualifiers? You get the sheet when you walk in, from the bag-checkers or something?
Sorry for the questions. Just trying to prepare for tomorrow :bounce:

Daniela-Is-Mine
Aug 26th, 2010, 11:46 PM
They have a stand. Midway through the walkway between ashe and armstrong tun by american express, with men saying "OOP , Practice schedules a draws" and they'll hand you one.

pregunta
Aug 26th, 2010, 11:47 PM
Any report of Molinero?

Izzie.
Aug 26th, 2010, 11:49 PM
They have a stand. Midway through the walkway between ashe and armstrong tun by american express, with men saying "OOP , Practice schedules a draws" and they'll hand you one.

Thanks again :)

.Andrew.
Aug 27th, 2010, 12:31 AM
Georgatou ;)

please Xinyun Han :) thanks loads

Please Tomljanovic, Lucic, Martic and Sprem!

Ling Zhang please

Cohen and Bratchikova, please :D

Any report of Molinero?

Sorry I didn't see any of these. :hug: I saw only a couple points of Tomljanovic. :lol: I saw parts (as in 1 set) of Dokic v. Robson, Keys v. Camerin, Hardebeck v. Sema, Kucova v. Manasieva, Olaru v. Zhang, and Domachowska v. Rodina. I saw majority (as in essentially the whole match) of Ondraskova v. Stephens. I will post the report later :yeah: :hug:

Daniela-Is-Mine
Aug 27th, 2010, 12:39 AM
We sat with Bratchikova

.Andrew.
Aug 27th, 2010, 12:44 AM
We sat with Bratchikova

Yeah. I have an interesting bit about our encounter with her :spit: (Obviously you know Matt :lol:) When are you posting yours? I still have to write mine. :p

Daniela-Is-Mine
Aug 27th, 2010, 12:54 AM
Im in no rush to post :lol:

kris719
Aug 27th, 2010, 01:01 AM
so will qualies finish completely tomorrow? it seems like they might need to play some on saturday.

cro123456
Aug 27th, 2010, 01:04 AM
Andrew are you going tomorrow again?
If so could you please this time watch Camerin vs Tomljanovic?
Doesn´t matter if you´re willing to watch a different match instead of this..
Just have fun mate :):)

.Andrew.
Aug 27th, 2010, 02:51 AM
Robson v. Dokic (Set 1)

First off, when Matt and I got there I realized that we were sitting next to Sven Groenefeld! So I’m guessing that Laura is working with the Adidas team (great news imo!). I was so excited that I kept mumbling to myself, “What is happening with Ana’s form?” until Matt prompted me to stop! I was also just a foot away from Elena Baltacha :hearts: who I’m thinking came to watch Laura’s match

On the match: Robson was the only focused one on the court today, what can I say? :haha: Robson was really connecting with the ball from the start – lots of aces, her groundstrokes were on point, particularly her FH (in the first game alone Robson had something like an ace and 2 winners). Robson also was obviously more pumped about the match and it was evident. She was jumping around between points and such. Dokic on the other hand… :tape: I wouldn’t say that she didn’t care about the match because her plan was obviously to be aggressive, which was very evident in her service games where she just wouldn’t take any pace off her 2nd serve (lots of DFs), she just didn’t execute from her side of the court. :shrug: She looked unmotivated and restless. :shrug:

Kucova v. Manasieva (early set 1 to 4-2 2nd set)

So Matt and I agreed that he would watch Llagostera Vives v. Ivanova while I watched this crapshoot (the courts were near each other). I was very anxious because I could hear the points being played on the other court and I was jealous and bored so I decided to stir some trouble :devil: We were sitting next to Ivanova’s coach and Nina Bratchikova(sp?). Ivanova’s coach, who was coaching her at times during the match, and Nina would say Davai at times so after the first time whenever they said it, I would say it too. :haha: I also kept saying “Hi” to Nina but she kept ignoring me… I guess she was pissed. :haha: Elena Chalova later joined them as well as MARIANA ALVES for a brief moment. :lol: When Mariana passed I said, “You ruined Serena’s life. You ruin her life, you ruin my life” :haha: I doubt she heard me.

Zuzana Kucova was also watching her sister! And also Michelle Larcher de Brito made an appearance. She looked like a brat, she came with what looked like her family, some older people as well as some younger kids too… And they were all holding her stuff (tennis bag, racquets, and such) while she was holding nothing. :spit: She watched Kucova v. Manasieva for a game, and she just looked so unimpressed…As was I

On the match: Ok, this match was really shitastic so I’m going to be pretty simple about this match. The match was made up of points where both players tried to be aggressive, particularly Kucova resulting in an error, with the occasional winner. :yawn: Kucova’s serve is such a liability that as soon as she hit it (1st or 2nd) Manasieva was all over it. Kucova has gotten in a lot better shape since her junior years, and she really depends on good footwork to get the power that she has on her shots. Manasieva plays aggressive tennis (perhaps too aggressive, sometimes) and has a good enough serve to hold at least once in each set and break Kucova numerous times to win. Result was NID.

Keys v. Camerin (part of set 1)

On the match: Keys has a lot of potential. She has an imposing figure for someone her age, and she also moves quite well for such a big girl. I couldn’t really pinpoint a weakness, but Keys seemed to like her forehand a lot, and it’s a big shot and has loads of top spin. Her serve is pretty fantastic and she has great hands at the net. Camerin was a serious mess in the first set though. Her ball toss was all over the place, constantly catching it and redoing her whole service motion (right thing to do), throwing her racquet against the wall (not hard though), and constantly miming her forehand swing (obviously not happy with that shot :lol:). Even though she was a serious mess, Keys never instantaneously took care of the 8239023949 chances she was given. I’m guessing for this reason, Camerin continued to fight and stay patient and ultimately win the match.

Jose Higueras was here and watching the match.

Hardebeck v. Sema (majority of set 1)

On the match: I know this is probably going to be said like 102983746 times but her technique on FH and serve is just weird. :lol: Her second serve is really prone to DFs imo with the way she hits and she hit a number today. Though when it hits the court, it has a crazy amount of spin and Sema was having a really hard time timing it. But hey, it works for her so I guess she should keep this. :p My favorite shot of hers, is her backhand, it’s really an effortless shot and she can it with pace, direction, and depth with her eyes close. Compared to the other young American girls (Keys and Stephens) I saw, they are in better shape (though she is in fine shape too). She also doesn’t have the options that the other girls have so her game could get a bit monotonous at times. She reminds me of a Hantuchova-esque game.

Sema breaks the mold of flat hitting Asians and her game is aesthetically pleasing, needs to be
sharpened up a bit if she wants to breakthrough. Hardebeck has a lot of potential though imo Keys and Stephens (particularly) are better.

Domachowska v. Rodina (all of set 1)

This match had a lot of energy, lots of fans came out to watch this. I felt bad for Rodina because she had like no fans. :lol: When the umpire introduced her, she only got 3 claps (Matt, me, and some other person who copied us). :lol: Marta had the support of the crowd (because she’s so hot) and was led by a band of Poles who tried to steer her on.

On the match: Marta is just…Marta. :spit: She won the first 3 games in what felt like 2 minutes, where she hit aces, loads of winners, even some great volleys and drop shots. A few people left after 3-0 probably thinking “OMG THIS MARTA GIRL IS GONNA WIN 6-0, 6-0!11!” WRONG X100! I have a lot of respect for Rodina because she really stuck to her gameplan even though she was being blown off the court for awhile. I felt like her mentality was like, if Marta won the point… :hatsoff: But essentially, she kept the ball in play waiting for Marta to self-destruct and that she did. Marta then for the next 4 games went COLD and I mean COLD. She couldn’t keep the ball in play to save her life, and when I mean she was missing the court… The ball wouldn’t even hit the blue part of the court, it would hit the green outside. :haha: After Marta lost the tiebreak, a good 60% of the crowd left including Matt and I. I guess they were thinking the same thing as us: SHE IS HOPELESS!

A misconception that people may get from this match is this: RODINA IS THE MOST BRILLIANT DEFENDER!1!! Really though, Marta’s hitting pattern is SO predictable that Rodina was basically just anticipating where Marta was going to hit the next ball (especially when Marta was on the aggressive, Marta would basically just hit to the open court). The times Marta did second guess her, again Rodina was like very businesslike. Rodina was the deserved winner for sure.

Olaru v. Zhang (SET 2)

On the match: I don’t know how the hell Zhang was playing in the first set, but she turned it on the second set. :lol: She fits the mold of flat hitting Asians, and she consistently went for the Olaru FH waiting for the short ball to attack. This match didn’t intrigue me that much either. Olaru had some hissy fits when she couldn’t keep the ball in, but besides that she was high energy as usual. Her game would be a lot better on a clay court.

I will give my report on Ondraskova and Stephens later! ENJOY!

.Andrew.
Aug 27th, 2010, 02:52 AM
so will qualies finish completely tomorrow? it seems like they might need to play some on saturday.

I think Matt told me they will go onto Saturday.

Andrew are you going tomorrow again?
If so could you please this time watch Camerin vs Tomljanovic?
Doesn´t matter if you´re willing to watch a different match instead of this..
Just have fun mate :):)

I'm not going tomorrow :hug: The next time I'm going is on Monday for the MD. :)

Kevin.
Aug 27th, 2010, 03:28 AM
did you see any parts of LLW getting demolished :(

.Andrew.
Aug 27th, 2010, 03:33 AM
did you see any parts of LLW getting demolished :(

No, sorry. :hug: It was weird though, on one of the changeovers (I forget which match) I saw that LLW was losing 6-1, 5-0. :eek: I was shocked tbh!

Daniela-Is-Mine
Aug 27th, 2010, 03:35 AM
did you see any parts of LLW getting demolished :(

No. It happened so fast we missed it.

kris719
Aug 27th, 2010, 05:46 AM
I think Matt told me they will go onto Saturday.


sweet. i will be going then! thank you rain.

dementievafan2
Aug 27th, 2010, 02:21 PM
Bovina-Mirza match report?plzzzzzzzzzz

.Andrew.
Aug 27th, 2010, 03:11 PM
Bovina-Mirza match report?plzzzzzzzzzz

I only have reports on the matches that I did watch ;) I will post Stephens v. Ondraskova now. :wavey:

Vaxey
Aug 27th, 2010, 03:18 PM
Julia Cohen, please? :)

.Andrew.
Aug 27th, 2010, 03:48 PM
Stephens v. Ondraskova (essentially the whole match)

OK, funny thing before I talk about the match. :lol: When Matt and I sit down, I decide to sing OH ZUZANA! like Oh Susannah but I replaced Susannah with Zuzana as a joke, I swear I wasn't making fun of her :hysteric: And I did so for a couple of games but then I stopped when I realized that we were sitting next to Ondraskova's coach. :spit: Silly me. Sloane's dad was sitting directly on the opposite side on the bleachers, cheering Sloane on and taking lots of notes. The crowd was electric in trying to steer Sloane, but there was also a good number of Czech supporters speaking in Czech most notably saying PON! (Idk if this is how to spell this :tape: :lol: which I guess means come on?). Best match of the day by far in terms of energy and quality. :worship:

On the players: OK, Sloane has the MOST potential of any of the young Americans I seen live. :worship: I loved her serve :hearts: though there are a lot of things that could be better. She didn't DF much, but it didn't have much pop (I'm sure the team is working on this) as she was content putting some hard spin on the ball. And I thought her serving pattern was pretty predictable so hopefully she'll change that up. Her forehand is my favorite shot, she has so many different options with it. :worship: I tend to see lots of young girls who can only hit either top spin or flat. She can do both, and she does so easily. :worship: Her backhand is solid, but I thought her FH was the better shot. She has a good set of wheels (very athletic) and her volleys are 10x better than the #1 seed in the USO. :worship: I hope that she is nurtured in the right way because she has some serious chops.

I have a newfound respect for Ondraskova after today. :lol: Her FH was primarily lots of heavy topspin, lots of junk. BH was solid, but like Stephens I preferred her FH (though this is a shot that can be broken down). Serve was decent, volleys are decent, pretty athletic. I'm more impressed with Stephens overall but Ondraskova was playing inspired tennis today, like I said the crowd was electric both seemed inspired.

Match Notes: The match was fantastic because these two were getting into lots of rallies CONSISTENTLY. There wasn't much bad errors made from the two :worship: Ondraskova won the first set pretty handily, before Stephens took a 4-1 lead (I think) in the 2nd. Zuzana kept fiddling with her racquets at this point, I guess she wasn't happy with the tension? Ondraskova was able to fight back to 5-4 and served for the match, but Stephens broke for 5-5 making the crowd go literally BONKERS. Even the Czechs went bonkers, speaking in more Czech to Zuzana trying to rally her on. :yeah: The 5-5 game with Sloane serving, she played her sloppiest game of the match since the beginning of the match with 2 or 3 SLOPPY FH errors into the net. I was wondering why Sloane didn't use the energy of the crowd or momentum but really Zuzana did her job because by the end Stephens looked worn out. Credit to Zuzana because essentially every point that Sloane won, she made Sloane earn it. :yeah:

What I thought Sloane could do more of in the match is flatten out her FH especially into the Ondraskova FH. The topspin FHs from both players were creating the great rallies, because everything was staying deep and in the court. But Ondraskova's stance was generally pretty aggressive pretty on top of the baseline, and Sloane's flat FH is so good that she couldn't easily robbed plenty of time from Ondraskova. Sloane was content with staying in these long rallies consistently and it all worked in Zuzana's favor by the end. :hug:

After losing the last point, Sloane kind of gave a dejected look to her father, but her father took the loss very well. :awww: He kind of nodded and fistpumped at Sloane, his look saying like "It'll be all ok, you played well." I thought it was very sweet :awww: The handshake was very nice too, both seemed to have a lot of respect for each other. Zuzana's coach was obviously beaming. :lol:

.Andrew.
Aug 27th, 2010, 03:51 PM
Julia Cohen, please? :)

I didn't watch Cohen sorry. :hug:

Tomljanovic v. Birnerova (one point :spit:)

On the point: I liked her serve, and her service motion is very smooth. It reminded me very much of Ivanovic's service motion. Unfortunately, I didn't see much of her because she shanked the FH wide and Matt was very distressed about Daniela's draw so we needed to take a seat by some shade so he can cool down :hysteric: :lol: I wish I could of seen more of her though, because she was crushing Birnerova at this point (It was 6-1, 4-2)

dementievafan2
Aug 27th, 2010, 04:07 PM
Will u watch castano_mirza match today?

.Andrew.
Aug 27th, 2010, 04:08 PM
Will u watch castano_mirza match today?

No, I'm sorry. :hug:

The next day that I'm going is Monday for opening day ;)

hugo2004
Aug 28th, 2010, 12:06 AM
Did you see Michelle Larcher de Brito? She is going to play tomorrow at 15 o´clock court number 12 against Panova.

.Andrew.
Aug 28th, 2010, 08:43 PM
Did you see Michelle Larcher de Brito? She is going to play tomorrow at 15 o´clock court number 12 against Panova.

Sorry I was only going that day and I'm going on Monday. :) I did see Larcher de Brito though (not in a match), I wrote a little bit about her because she was watching Kucova. ;)

I' taking any requests when the schedule comes out, but not on the show courts because Matt only has grounds pass. ;)

amit31
Aug 30th, 2010, 02:55 AM
Hi Andrew:

Request for Sania Mirza vs Michelle Larcher de Brito. It is the second match on Court 7 after a men's singles match. So hopefully it should be on between 2 and 2:30 pm.

Thanks

Amit

.Andrew.
Aug 30th, 2010, 04:45 AM
Hi Andrew:

Request for Sania Mirza vs Michelle Larcher de Brito. It is the second match on Court 7 after a men's singles match. So hopefully it should be on between 2 and 2:30 pm.

Thanks

Amit

I'll do my best. :hug: Matt and I will talk about which matches we will see on the subway. :lol:

nevetssllim
Aug 30th, 2010, 11:16 PM
Thanks for the Ondraskova report! :D

.Andrew.
Aug 31st, 2010, 01:31 AM
Thanks for the Ondraskova report! :D

No problem :hug: I will write a short report later of what went on today :bounce:

.Andrew.
Aug 31st, 2010, 02:08 AM
Bondarenko v. Dushevina (set 1)

When Matt and I arrived, we initially were going to see Dementieva v. Govortsova, but the court was filled up. :lol: So we decided on a lesser key match and this one was perfect. :lol: Katya was there (and looking in GREAT shape), her husband/coach, and also her dog :p

On the set, I mean there isn’t much to say. :spit: Alona came out on top of her game, and Vera just wasn’t. Alona was seriously connecting the ball beautifully off both sides and was on top of the baseline and being aggressive. Vera was content with retrieving feet behind the baseline, and just wasn’t executing on her side of the court (lots of errors).

The set went quickly and Matt and I went to Louis to see Davydenko because Matt wanted good seats for Daniela’s match. :p Obviously, Alona couldn’t keep up her high level and Vera made adjustments to her game. It’s never a surprise though to see Vera losing a close match. :lol:

Up next: Hantuchova v. Safina

Brett.
Sep 4th, 2010, 05:09 AM
did you see Sophie Ferguson?

Daniela-Is-Mine
Sep 4th, 2010, 05:19 AM
No we didnt ;)
Andrew, wheres ure Dani report :p

OohZuzana
Sep 13th, 2010, 07:38 AM
Stephens v. Ondraskova (essentially the whole match)

OK, funny thing before I talk about the match. :lol: When Matt and I sit down, I decide to sing OH ZUZANA! like Oh Susannah but I replaced Susannah with Zuzana as a joke, I swear I wasn't making fun of her :hysteric: And I did so for a couple of games but then I stopped when I realized that we were sitting next to Ondraskova's coach. :spit: Silly me. Sloane's dad was sitting directly on the opposite side on the bleachers, cheering Sloane on and taking lots of notes. The crowd was electric in trying to steer Sloane, but there was also a good number of Czech supporters speaking in Czech most notably saying PON! (Idk if this is how to spell this :tape: :lol: which I guess means come on?). Best match of the day by far in terms of energy and quality. :worship:

On the players: OK, Sloane has the MOST potential of any of the young Americans I seen live. :worship: I loved her serve :hearts: though there are a lot of things that could be better. She didn't DF much, but it didn't have much pop (I'm sure the team is working on this) as she was content putting some hard spin on the ball. And I thought her serving pattern was pretty predictable so hopefully she'll change that up. Her forehand is my favorite shot, she has so many different options with it. :worship: I tend to see lots of young girls who can only hit either top spin or flat. She can do both, and she does so easily. :worship: Her backhand is solid, but I thought her FH was the better shot. She has a good set of wheels (very athletic) and her volleys are 10x better than the #1 seed in the USO. :worship: I hope that she is nurtured in the right way because she has some serious chops.

I have a newfound respect for Ondraskova after today. :lol: Her FH was primarily lots of heavy topspin, lots of junk. BH was solid, but like Stephens I preferred her FH (though this is a shot that can be broken down). Serve was decent, volleys are decent, pretty athletic. I'm more impressed with Stephens overall but Ondraskova was playing inspired tennis today, like I said the crowd was electric both seemed inspired.

Match Notes: The match was fantastic because these two were getting into lots of rallies CONSISTENTLY. There wasn't much bad errors made from the two :worship: Ondraskova won the first set pretty handily, before Stephens took a 4-1 lead (I think) in the 2nd. Zuzana kept fiddling with her racquets at this point, I guess she wasn't happy with the tension? Ondraskova was able to fight back to 5-4 and served for the match, but Stephens broke for 5-5 making the crowd go literally BONKERS. Even the Czechs went bonkers, speaking in more Czech to Zuzana trying to rally her on. :yeah: The 5-5 game with Sloane serving, she played her sloppiest game of the match since the beginning of the match with 2 or 3 SLOPPY FH errors into the net. I was wondering why Sloane didn't use the energy of the crowd or momentum but really Zuzana did her job because by the end Stephens looked worn out. Credit to Zuzana because essentially every point that Sloane won, she made Sloane earn it. :yeah:

What I thought Sloane could do more of in the match is flatten out her FH especially into the Ondraskova FH. The topspin FHs from both players were creating the great rallies, because everything was staying deep and in the court. But Ondraskova's stance was generally pretty aggressive pretty on top of the baseline, and Sloane's flat FH is so good that she couldn't easily robbed plenty of time from Ondraskova. Sloane was content with staying in these long rallies consistently and it all worked in Zuzana's favor by the end. :hug:

After losing the last point, Sloane kind of gave a dejected look to her father, but her father took the loss very well. :awww: He kind of nodded and fistpumped at Sloane, his look saying like "It'll be all ok, you played well." I thought it was very sweet :awww: The handshake was very nice too, both seemed to have a lot of respect for each other. Zuzana's coach was obviously beaming. :lol:

Just saw this! Thank you!!!