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HenryMag.
Apr 23rd, 2011, 08:52 PM
Hello everybody!

I know I can't compare to the incredible reports of Corswandt :worship:, but during the days I will go to Estoril Open (until Wednesday) I will post small reports from the matches I saw each day.

HenryMag.
Apr 23rd, 2011, 08:53 PM
Saturday, 23rd April 2011

3h30 delay before the matches started due to rain :zzz: and another rain delay after 30mins of play for an hour was certainly an awful start for this year's Estoril Open. After rain, cold and very windy stayed for the rest of the day.

Heather Watson def. Karolina Sprem 16 63 30 ret.

"Great win" - quoting some british fans who were there. It's really a "great win" when you are so talented to make your opponent retire during a match.

First of all, congratulations to Miss Heather Watson! The first player I've ever saw to win a 3 set match (2 sets and a half rather) with only ONE winner all match! British tennis is saved!! So as WTA!! :worship:

I've never saw Heather play, except a couple of games against Oprandi last year at Wimbledon, and I wish I could stay the same. This girl has absolutelly nothing new or impressive to the game. Before the rain appeared again (until 16 02) she was being blasted and murdered on court by Karolina's power and precise shots, being Heather's FH a huge target point of the croation attacks, since Heather's FH is even more useless than some pretty blonde girl who flies on Turkish Airlines. I'm sure Heather and the pretty blonde girl share the same airplane company, because after the match was resumed, Heather played just like her, she took a few steps back, allowed more time to retrieve Karolina's shots and started mooballing a couple of times. From this point on, Heather was able to retrieve most of Sprem's shots and wait for errors until the match is over. Oh, and the ONLY amazing winner whe hit, was at 16 33, she makes a short defensive slice FH, Karolina makes the approach shot that clips the net, allowing Heather to have all the time in the world to make a CC BH lob. Amazing, isn't it?

I hope Miss Heather Watson can play better than this, because as british girl, she can't be just a defender (aka pusher).

Cheering for Karolina's wrist to heal very soon.

Katarzyna Piter def. Stefanie Voegele 64 26 61

I got there at 64 25* and Voegele finished the set easily. Expecting Voegele would win this in 3, giving each player's career, turned out to be Katarzyna who played better. Very few UE, defensive skills' good enough to read and return Voegele's attacks, and time to time punish Voegele's weak 2nd serve with BH return winners DTL were enough for a set with no major troubles for the polish, who has a weird FH technique, but then again, looking at her opponent's FH (which is very harmless), I'm sure she almost felt proud of it. Despite this win, I'm sure won't go very far in the rankings, unless something changes dramatically in her game. With a smart schedule (aka playing 25k and 50k, mixing with some weak WTA - Tashkent or Baku, hint hint), she should make the top100 someday (I have no idea what's her raking right now).

Arina Rodionova def. Petra Martic 61 61

Not much to say about this. sArina is much better than the last time I saw her play (2008 Estoril Open): decent serve, flat strokes with pace, her defensive/moonball skills are the same she had back in 2008 and her attitude is opposite of her sister - she tried to calm down herself when she made some stupid error. Martic defense is non-existence, her shot selection was atrocious (losing the match with a drop shot to the bottom of the net) and her serve was inconsistent. You can see the power and strokes are there, she's more powerfull and precise than Arina, but her attitude and brains aren't/weren't not today. I'm sure this is not a sign for the rest of the year, because she's likeable to watch.

Valeria Savinykh def. Rita Vilaça 60 61

Arrived there at *50 for Valeria, and again not much to say about this. I actually surprised with Rita Vilaça, I thought she would be worse. She seems a lesser version of other portuguese players: her serve and FH reminds Frederica Piedade and her BH Maria João Koehler (which is not a compliment, since MJK BH is very shaky, unlike her FH).

It's difficult to evaluate Valeria's level, since she did just enough to win it easily. I can say she seems to struggle with high loopy balls to her FH (a netted FH of this kind gave Vilaça's that game), but then again, who doesn't nowadays?

Let's wait for tougher opposition to evaluate her game better, which should happen tomorrow.

Sloane Stephens def. Ana Clara Duarte 63 62

Ana Clara Duarte hits top spinned ball, with no power at all, but she can be consistent from the baseline, which is what it matters on clay anyway. Her BH slice troubled Sloane for a set and a half, until Sloane figured out how to attack it (I guess the windy conditions troubled her too). Sloane has a big FH and nice serve, but she got nervous after Ana Clara won her 1st game at 5-0; the brazilian broke Sloane's serve and the american got doubts in her head. A very nervous play from her that Ana Clara didn't take advantage, despite having a 15-30 at 3-5*, eventually won her the set, since Ana Clara couldn't trouble Sloane much from the baseline. 2nd set was much better play from both, with the brazilian girl having a BP at 1-0*, couldn't convert and Sloane raced to a 3 game streak with some agressive play from her FH mainly (a nice CC BH gave her the BP tough). She controled the match from that point, even if Ana Clara fought off 3 BPs at *2-4 with 2 CC FH winners on the corner and a CC BH on the line.

After the match, we talked to Sloane a little bit, she appreciated our support and asked us from where we were from. She lives in LA now. Very nice girl!!

Sunday, 24th April 2011

Shengan Sun def. Patricia Martins 63 62

A lots of BPs wasted by the portuguese WC who troubled Sun a lot with her loopy/moonballed shots for the first games. After Sun figured it out what to do, she took a few steps closer to the baseline and tried to get those on the rise (which wasn't that hard sometimes, since Patricia shots landed in the service line several times), with relative success. Sun's game is totally not suitable for clay at all. Everything is flat and she doesn't know how to deal with spin behind the baseline. In the 2nd set, she had some flashy FH winners tough, some from weak 2nd serves. BTW, she's a lefy, I had no idea.

Patricia is actually a decent mover, reasonable 1st serve, if she can develop any kind of counterpunching skills she can become a decent ITF player. She had 7 winners in the match, a famous one was a moonball FH winner, which Sun thought it went OUT and argued with the chair umpire.

After watching this, I knew Sun would be an easy 2nd round for whoever would be her opponent next.

Tamira Paszek def. Laura Siegemund 75 64

I watched the 1st set, and got surprised how well Laura was playing until 5-2. She was reading Tamira's game like a book, getting everything back with depth, spin and sometimes power (even on the FH side) and mixed with some FH drop shots from time to time. Then again, Tamira's shots were only 3/4 of the court, allowing Laura to handled them well. Tamira got Larri Passos on court for coaching at 1-4 and she improved. Her shots started to have more depth, many were near the lines and surprisingly, she was attacking Laura's BH. When serving for the set at *5-3, Laura tried to be agressive, beating Tamira on her own game, which was a big mistake, because Tamira likes pace, rythim, not boring spin shots, so she took control of the set and eventually won it. I was expecting a much easier 2nd set tough, I wonder what Laura did to win 4 games.

Eleni Daniilidou vs Alexandra Panova 75 67 75

I saw the 3rd set from 2-2. High quality for a qualifying match. They were both very tired, but hitting a lot of winners. I wasn't paying many attention since I was talking to other people, but every point was a hard battle. If Panova had any decent net game, she could have won a couple of important points and maybe the match. She just couldn't finish off points when she had the chance. Eleni was very nice at the end of the match.

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Okay, this is former poster LudwigDvorak posting about details of this match. I watched almost all of the last two sets and the end of the first. Almost the entire time I kept questioning Eleni's fitness and ability to actually take control of this match, mainly due to her inability of reaching all of Panova's shots and of course her own age and fitness level. It was especially true in the second match she played today, but she had to pick and choose which points she wanted to fight for, because if she had fought for everything or done more running she would have lost. I felt for nearly the entire match it was in Panova's hands, but she isn't of an excellent fitness level either, and she seemed to be cramping and having fitness issues at the very end. In truth, neither could really ever go on a streak because they were both tired and doing so much running in the last set.

Most of the match was very well played and well fought, lots of winners well built points. Daniilidou, I thought, I was playing dumbly by hitting too much to Panova's backhand which is stronger, but she was able to hit through it and behind Panova often enough. I think she would have won easier had she targeted more to the Panova FH, but it worked in the end. Both players gave it their all, fighting, and I remember a huge scream from Daniilidou near the end of the third as she approached winning. I was extremely impressed by her pinache, and everyone says she is this junkballing slice machine joke, but I saw her hit through lots of FHs, and yes, though she slices, she does stuff with her slice. It's not like she just lobs and junkballs and does nothing. Actually,had she hit more moonballs she could have offset Panova even more, because she really struggled with the few moonballs Daniilidoudid hit.It is a shame she can't move a bit better on this surface, and probably against a Govortsova she would get blown off the court, but she was perfect in her execution. By the way, she has an incredible drop shot and her finesse is by far the best I have seen in Estoril so far. This was the best match of the tournament so far, and I wouldn't be surprised if it was in the entire week.
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Sesil Karatantcheva def. Elena Bogdan 63 76(1)

Got there at 63 32. Elena Bogdan is an agressive lefty player with a decent serve. She bossed around most of the rallies on her serve, with relative success, not missing much and making the occasional 2 handed BH drop shot winner. Her return sucks tough, but somehow she was serving for the set at *6-5. HUGE meltdown LIVE on court 4. UEs from everywhere until the final error, gave Sesil the win, just being consistent. Her BH is so well timed, she has such great control on it. We talked to her at the end, she's so friendly and when asked about playing against Rus, she answers "That's going to be a pain in the butt" :lol:

Sloane Stephens def. Madison Brengle 62 63

Of course, the supporting duo was there to cheer for Sloane!!! :cheer:

After she got the break at the first game with a netted BH from Madison, we clapped and Madison looked at us very pissed :oh: That girl was so upset all match, mostly with herself. WIth no wind today, Sloane's game was much more clean and likeable to watch. Her BH was better,she is very consistent oh that shot, rarely missed any BH, even on defensive position. She built a quick 4-0 lead, winning the set pretty easily, with an upset error prone Brengle. That was the way it started, with a gifted game from Brengle, to give Sloane a 62 *10 lead. WIth nothing to lose, Brengle finally released all that bad attitude and the next 2 games (which she won) were amazing hitting from both with winners coming every point. Brengle decided to start atacking Sloane's FH, and in the game she broke Sloane to 62 11, she hit 4 winners on the right corner - 3 BH and 1 FH - 2 of them on return of serve. Sloane herself was getting some FH angled shots, getting the short ball to finish off with a smash or a massive FH near the net. Brengle's BH seems pretty flat and powerfull, but she was so inconsistent today. After Sloane got broken again to 62 13* (with 4 UEs :tape:), Brengle was kind enough to do the same and gift the break back. When Madison had nothing to lose, she played very well; once she got on a winning position, her game fell apart, and the errors came back. Was basically Sloane's hard consistent shots and Brengle's brain dead shots who gave the last games to Sloane and an apparently easy 62 63 win, that could have been tighter, had Brengle any kind of good attitude on court.

Some Madison comments during the match:

"What? Really?! Really?! That's really really shocking!! - ater missing a BH on the 2nd game of the match

"I can't make 2 in a row" - another BH error

"Sweet Jesus" - another error

"I'm so uncoordenated, it's scary!" - after she got broken in the first game of the 2nd set

"It's not worth it, really" - BH DTL UE in the middle of the 2nd set

Eleni Daniilidou def. Shegnan Sun 64 62

Arrived there at 3-2 for Sun and from that game on Daniilidou just dominated the rest of the match. Even if clay is not her best surface due to her poor defensive skills, her game totally suits the surface: spinned FH, okay serve, BH slices or drop shots, good net skills. Basically, during the match, Eleni did everything she wanted with the ball: she toyed with Sun's 2nd serve, making BH drop shots winners on returns; agressive FH from every point of the court, since on clay she can run around her BH pretty easily, despite being a slow mover; deep slices mixed with some short ones, always letting Sun in doubt of where exactly the ball would land on court; time to time, some net rush to finish with a drop shot or a deep slice, when Sun tried to call her to the net with some drop shot attempt. Pretty solid performance from Eleni Daniilidou, who is one of the few players who can actually do everything on a tennis court.

Sesil Karatantcheva def. Arantxa Rus 57 64 62

"Rus Horror Picture Show"

I've never seen such a comical set in tennis like that 3rd set. Not even in exhos you get such a laughable play.

Got there when Sesil was serving at *5-6, and a bunch of UEs gifted the set to Rus. At the beginning of the 2nd set it seemed Arantxa would get a straight sets wins when she got the BP at 7-5 1-0* ad Sesil wasn't being able to pass Rus on the baseline. She somehow held and found a way to bother the dutch on the baseline rallies: the FH DTL. Sesil tried to do it time to time, even with not much pace, with high success, because Rus was always expecting CC and she's not a fast mover. She broke Rus' serve at 2-2, helding easily until she serve for the set. Rus' saved 2 SPs (FH DTL winner, her best shot, and BH CC winner), but missed the return on the 3rd SP. 2nd set was entertaining, Sesil tried to move Rus when she could, with some angled CC BH, CC FH and then apply that mentioned FH DTL. Rus, sometimes late to the ball, she tried to blast her FH DTL with relative success during the set.

3rd set: as bad as it gets. IIRC, Rus held serve to love, Sesil held too and after that the comic play begins. Somehow, Rus was getting late to the ball, which is pretty hard since Sesil wasn't hitting with any kind of pace. Most of Sesil's BH were to middle or CC angled inside the service square, but in almost slow motion. I guess she figured it out her opponent was getting tired and she was just consistent. From this point on, Arantxa started to lose the patient after each game and as deeper the match got, more blasting FHs she tried, this time with very few success. Her first serve was being missed by miles too. At 7-5 4-6 *2-4, it was the low point of this. Sesil made 2 BH winners (she only had 3 in the 3rd set, the other was an ace) to get to 0-40, but a "I don't give a shit about this anymore" Rus saved those 3 BPs: good 1st serve, blasting FH inside out winner; awful footwork form Rus, she made FH slice followed by a FH frame dinky shot that Sesil couldn't get it back; missed return from Sesil. Rus had a GP, that wasted with an UE and on deuce, Sesil makes a short BH on the service square to the middle of the court, but Rus didn't move her feet and her FH almost went to the middle of the net. In that tight game, she had 2/3 shots that almost were to the bottom of the net. It was pretty awful. Of course, Sesil hold serve after it and won the match. She thanked our support from the crowd waving her hand (the only ones who were supporting her; there was 4teenagers who were cheering for Rus that the umpire told them to shut up during the points :oh:).

TeamUla
Apr 23rd, 2011, 09:08 PM
Thanks for the reports! :D

EDIT: Wait, there are no reports yet. :lol:

Jose.
Apr 23rd, 2011, 09:14 PM
Klina :lol: She is so talented but also so brainless. :o

Thanks for the reports :yeah: I wish I could go there :sad:

nevetssllim
Apr 24th, 2011, 11:36 AM
I think Martic is a talented player but I don't think she's found her niche yet. I've seen matches where she's tried to be really aggressive (US Open vs. Wozniacki) and I've seen her play incredibly passively (Marbella vs. Cabeza Candela last year) and I've seen her play some really well as a counterpuncher (vs. Wickmayer at the Paris Indoors.)

njnetswill
Apr 24th, 2011, 07:40 PM
Keep them coming. Would love to hear about Sloane. :)

HenryMag.
Apr 24th, 2011, 08:20 PM
I think Martic is a talented player but I don't think she's found her niche yet. I've seen matches where she's tried to be really aggressive (US Open vs. Wozniacki) and I've seen her play incredibly passively (Marbella vs. Cabeza Candela last year) and I've seen her play some really well as a counterpuncher (vs. Wickmayer at the Paris Indoors.)

The only times I saw her play before was against Kimiko last year in Estoril and against Dementieva in RG. I don't what type of player she is or she wants to be, but by now, and since she already was a top100 player and won strong ITFs, she should have discovered by now.

Shvedbarilescu
Apr 24th, 2011, 09:03 PM
Sesil really is so friendly and funny. Very likable girl. That quote of hers is typical of her humorous frankness.

cwej
Apr 24th, 2011, 09:07 PM
Harsh about poor Heather. :o I think she's a wonderful player from the bits I've seen of her.

joe87
Apr 24th, 2011, 09:09 PM
Thanks for the reports :yeah:

Are you sure it was Passos who coached Tamira? :eek: Her did looks quite similar to him. :shrug:

cwej
Apr 24th, 2011, 09:11 PM
Of course I'm not gonna be too concerned if you're comparing her to the pretty blonde girl who flies with Turkish Airlines, because saying she plays like the world No.1 is surely a good thing!!

HenryMag.
Apr 24th, 2011, 09:51 PM
Thanks for the reports :yeah:

Are you sure it was Passos who coached Tamira? :eek: Her did looks quite similar to him. :shrug:

It's the guy who appears here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXHMX2KWl88

I always thought it was Larri Passos :confused:

Of course I'm not gonna be too concerned if you're comparing her to the pretty blonde girl who flies with Turkish Airlines, because saying she plays like the world No.1 is surely a good thing!!

I never said it was a bad thing! I say I don't like it and it's boring, but for sure it's the way to play on clay against someone like Sprem. It worked perfectly. Apparently, she was slightly better today against Piter from some comments I heard. I will watch her again tomorrow against Paszek.

joe87
Apr 25th, 2011, 08:22 AM
It's the guy who appears here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXHMX2KWl88

I always thought it was Larri Passos :confused:


I think that is her dad aswell, but I'm not sure. They look very similar. :tape:
It would be a big surprise for me to see Passos coaching Tamira at a tournament, so I guess the one you saw was her dad aswell. :lol:

HenryMag.
Apr 25th, 2011, 08:24 AM
I think that is her dad aswell, but I'm not sure. They look very similar. :tape:
It would be a big surprise for me to see Passos coaching Tamira at a tournament, so I guess the one you saw was her dad aswell. :lol:

I guess I can ask her today, if I see her around off the tennis court.

HenryMag.
Apr 25th, 2011, 08:32 AM
Sunday is updated :)

ViennaCalling
Apr 25th, 2011, 12:24 PM
Thanks for the report :hug:

BTW that's her father in the vid, not Larri ;)

HenryMag.
Apr 25th, 2011, 07:46 PM
Monday, 25th April 2011

Tamira Paszek def. Heather Watson 60 63

Ball striking wise, I was more impressed with Heather today. She had some nice winners, she tried to work out the point better, doing some angled shots, countering mainly with her BH DTL, which worked most of the times she tried. Even if the score seems like a beatdown, it was far from it. Many games went to deuce, but most of them went to Paszek. I can say the experience of playing on WTA level really prevailed. Paszek never missed a shot, unless forced to, on a game or break point to Watson. She saved some BP/GP with gutsy shots on the lines (BH DTL winners) or even FH drop shots. The only time Tamira showed any sign of sloppiness was when she was broken to 2-2 in the 2nd set, gifting that game with a couple of lame UEs. She regrouped and broke back immediately. After Tamira held to 6-0 4-2, Heather tried to be aggressive, generate her own pace instead of using Tamira's to counterpunch. She got 2 BPs on Tamira's serve at 6-0 4-3, but as I said, Tamira didn't give Watson a chance with a unreturnable slice serve and aggressive play from the baseline. Watson pratically handled the match with some desperate attemps to hit winners from the baseline with no success: netted FH and wide out BH DTL. Overall, I think Miss Heather Watson tried everything that her game allows: she tried to moonball, but Tamira has probably the best counter moonball on Tour (always on the corner of the court with actual pace, which troubled Heather); she tried to stay in rallies with Paszek, that actually worked for most of the match, since it's her natural game, she was just unlucky (and gutsy play from Tamira) on her chances to win games; aggressive, going for the winner shots at the end, with relativelly low success. That's the main issue that can hold back Watson in her progression: if she plays someone with such a clean strike, good pace and decent movement, she will always be dependable on what the opponent will do, especially on a slow surface, since she can't easily hit winners to get her the important points.

Tamira was very happy with the win and I wish her good luck tomorrow.

Sloane Stephens def. Valeria Savinykh 61 62

Very consistent performance by Sloane. I could say she defeated Valeria in her own game: exchanging baseline rallies with no stupid risky shots and when a chance pops up, try to attack and finish the point. Sloane defense is better on her left side than to her right side, sometimes she gets herself out of position when moving to the right, maaybe because she mostly expects her BH to be attacked, since her FH is more agressive. She can use it to move her oppoenent around the court, especially with some angled CC FH that she rarely misses, getting the short ball and finishing with a FH DTL winner. Altough, a couple of times, she isn't conclusive enough inside the court (she doesn't hit drive volleys, always lets the ball bounce, giving time to her oppoent) and founds herself rallying again after the opponent hits a defensive moonball. Valeria tried to change something after the 1st set, more aggressive, some nice DTL winners from both side and she had a couple of GP/BPs here and there, but Sloane (like she has beem doing during all her matches) doesn't crumble under pressure and usually plays very well on those crucial points. She's always very calm and motivates herself during the points, unlike either Madison Brengle or Valeria, whom show many negative emotions on court.
I think Sloane has a chance against Melanie Oudin (from who I got an autograph today, when we were watching Paszek vs Watson :)), as long she can deal with Melanie's slice and tried to come forward to finish off her short balls or even with volleys, not letting Melanie get back in the rallies.

Beatriz Garcia-Vidagany def. Sesil Karatantcheva 46 64 63

Disappointed with the outcome of this match, but predictable in the end. BGV started the match with a bunch of UEs giving Sesil a 4-1* 0-40 lead in what it seemed to be an easy set. Then, the spaniard found her range, cut the UEs (which only came back when serving to stay in the set at 5-4*) and tried to dominate the points most of the times. For a girl of her size, she sure can generate flat pace shots, easy to put Sesil on defensive even on clay. Then again, Sesil was always there to retrieve them with a moonball FH allowing her to get back in the rally. Sesil's serve totally disappeared in the middle of the 2nd set, she made her 1st serve like Pin's 2nd serve, which had an explanation that she told us after the match: she injured her right should yesterday, but she said "what can I do now?", accepting the loss. Most of the 3rd set consisted on Sesil giving the control of the rallies to BGV, waiting for the spaniard UE, which it was enough until 3-3. Then, BGV was all over Sesil's serve, hitting huge return winners and getting herself into a winning position she never let it go. Oh, at this point, the spaniard was having some pain in her right hip, which make her to go for shorter points, with high success. She finished the match with 2 return winners on the last game.

We talked with Sesil at the end, she said she will come back to Estoril next year, she gave us a hand shake and she said she's going home now.

Romina Oprandi :hearts: def. Jie Zheng 64 62

Got there at 6-4 2-0 for Oprandi. For a overweight girl, Romina sure can somehow defend on court, mostly because it's a slow surface and she plays way far behind the baseline. Her defense consist in slices and the occasional top spinned deep shot that basically got Zheng out of position and put Oprandi back in play. This italian girl had everything she would like today: short opponent, with flat mid-pace non-suitable clay shots and a weak serve. So, she toyed with Zheng around the court with slices, drop shots and lobs - there was a point that Romina's shot selection was: drop shot, lob, top spinned FH, drop shot, lob. 3 BH drop shot returns gave Oprandi the break to 6-4 5-2 and a chance to serve it out. She eventually did with a unreturnable serve. Zheng was mostly clueless all the time, not knowing what to do out there. She tried in the end to wrongfoot Oprandi with early shots immediately after the bounce, which worked a couple of times, but it was too late. If Romina cares enough, she can actually have a deep run here, since she knows how to play on the surface and use it to her advantage, unlike most of the players in the draw.

Elena Vesnina def. Barbara Luz 61 61

What can I say? I saw from 4-1 until the end. Vesnina was in practice mode, hitting hard and deep every shot, even to the middle, and easily forcing the error or the short ball from Luz. A couple of drop shots here and there and some BH angled return winners, were enough to not get into long ass top spinned rallies with Luz. The portuguese girl has a decent serve (she had an ace), but the rest of her game is kind of hard to evaluate, since the rallies were very short. Vesnina pumped the crowd with a gifted game with 4 UEs at the begining of the 2nd set, giving hopes to the portuguese nation (:oh:) but 15 mins later she finished the match with a deep return that forced the error from Luz. I said to her "Please, win the tournament" and she replied with a smile "I will try".

HenryMag.
Apr 25th, 2011, 09:43 PM
Thanks for the report :hug:

BTW that's her father in the vid, not Larri ;)

I know that now after googling some pictures, but thanks. Altough Larri Passos was there today watching Tamira during a couple of games.

Kevin.
Apr 26th, 2011, 01:51 AM
any reports on Lee-Waters or Moulton-Levy would be appreciated :)

barabanschikova_fan
Apr 26th, 2011, 03:56 AM
It's Mimi dad. Larri is working part time w Mimi when he is at the same tournament

HenryMag.
Apr 26th, 2011, 08:05 AM
any reports on Lee-Waters or Moulton-Levy would be appreciated :)

I didn't see LLW matches in quali and I don't even know how Moulton-Levy looks like. If I see LLW practicing, I may stop and watch for a few minutes.

Kevin.
Apr 26th, 2011, 04:14 PM
Moulton-Levy is around 4'11 :lol:

cwej
Apr 26th, 2011, 04:21 PM
Well I'm pleased that you were more positive about Watson despite the nasty scoreline and her first bagel loss in over a year - I thought you were going to be horrible to her again. :D

HenryMag.
Apr 26th, 2011, 06:17 PM
Well I'm pleased that you were more positive about Watson despite the nasty scoreline and her first bagel loss in over a year - I thought you were going to be horrible to her again. :D

Well, at least this time she tried to do something on court and it worked sometimes. But clay is really not her surface, she still seems kind of suspicious playing on it, as a good british girl she is.

HenryMag.
Apr 26th, 2011, 06:21 PM
Tuesday, 26th April

Greta Arn def. Maria João Koehler 62 36 63

1st set was a shit fest from Maria João: no serve, no strokes, a bunch of UEs. All Arn needed to was some good serving and retrieve the ball in play. The break that MJK got in this set was a couple of DFs and 2 FH UEs from Arn. It took a full set to realize, but after some on court coaching, MJK finally started to attack Arn's less reliable FH. She raised (a lot) the level of her serve and her offensive strokes were finally getting inside the court and damaging Arn's poor level of defense. Arn really doesn't have defensive shots; she gets to the ball on time and plays it decently enough to not let her opponent hit a winner or just doesn't get it. Her gameplan was basically moving 3 meteres behind the baseline retrieving MJK shots and redirecting the ball from CC to DTL or otherway with no pace at all. MJK started to read Arn's strong 1st serve better and was able to get some aggressive deep returns. Despite almost choking that 2nd set (on her 3 SPs on her serve, she never placed a 1st serve) she won the set with some aggressive shots. Her BH technique is still ugly and very unreliable, but wasn't forced to much troubles, since the ball always come to her with not much pace. Altough, Arn's top spinned FH sometimes troubled MJK timing on her BH, which is almost atrocious sometimes, you could hear the ball hitting with such an unpleasant sound, clearly offtimed.
The 3rd set saw the level of play decrease: Arn started to miss BH to the net and MJK serve was becoming unnefective as the set progressed. Her shot accuracy was also lowering and more UEs come from both. Arn made more winners in this set tough, mostly of short returns of the portuguese. After not getting the break at the 7th game, MJK called the physio, but didn't receive any medical time out. Some pain in one of her hips (not sure which one) was letting unsure if she could force her serve or not, resulting in 3 DFs and the break to Arn serve for the match. That pain that she had clearly distracted and made her felt afraid of getting injured for some weeks, letting the match slip away after fighting from 1-3 to 3-3 in the last set. Playing like this, Arn will for sure lose to Anabel Medina Garrigues.

Klara Zakopalova def. Beatriz Garcia Vidagany 64 76(3)

From *4-3 1st set.

Zakopalova's FH is just amazing to watch :inlove: (I hope she spanks Yakimova out of court with it tomorrow): super flat powerful and she can attack with it from any point of the court, even if she gets late to the ball (of course sometimes you see some misses by miles). She hold serve easily to keep the lead in the 1st set. In the 2nd tough, tougher contest. Garcia was barely missing any shot and Klara got impatient, netting some balls, giving a 4-1 to the spaniard. BGV seems a player of "purple patches": she can go for 4/5 games without missing anything and then suddenly when she feels some kind of pressure or her opponent tries to comeback, her game folds and she starts netting (even on serve). Aggressive play from Klara (again on her FH :inlove:) barely making stupid shots, forcing BVG to mistimed strikes with no time to prepare and some UEs (including a couple of of DFs) from BGV gave Kookie (always Kookie) the chance to serve for the match at 6-4 5-4, but a DF and 2 horrific volleys - FH frame volley and BH volley to the bottom of the net allowed BGV to come back to the match. The match proceded to a TB that saw Klara angry (as always when she misses a shot, even if she makes 5 amazing ones in the 5 previous points, she wants to be 100% perfect everytime) after losing the first 2 points, followed by an amazing display from the czech that just kicked the shit out of the ball on 6 points that she just gave no chance to the spaniard (sometimes the attacks were even close to BGV, but since she's small and the shots were so flat and fast, she had troubles dealing with them). Klara went for a FH return winner to end it, which missed by a few inches, but she closed it out on her service point. I got her autograph at the end and I said "amazing tie-break" and she made a shy smile (she actually smiled :eek:). Actually, yesterday when she was playing in the kids area with some portuguese children, she smiled a lot and seemed to have some fun. When Klara was down 4-1 in the 2nd set, her coach got on court and after it she indeed played better and less frustaded.

Urszula Radwanska def. Anastasija Sevastova 57 76 61

Pretty bad first games with neither holding serve and many UEs to the net. Sevastova was nowhere near last year's level that gave her the title or even this year at AO. She somehow broke to serve for the set at 5-4 (neither player was playing at a decent level), but a disastrous play with super lazy footwork on her FH gave Radwanska the break back. Then Sevastova finally used her brains and got a gameplan - with the best points of the match from her - she controled the rallies with her BH, pressuring Radwanska's BH, finishing with wrongfooting CC angled BH winners or BH DTL winners. The last game of the set saw her totally loose and playing her fluid game, getting the ball early and coming forward to finish off the point after short returns from Radwanska. A BH volley winner gave her the set. Radwanska used the drop shot a lot in this match (getting lessons from her sister? :oh:) with relative high success actually, but sometimes on desperate attemps when she got late to hit her FH that eventually went to the net. Her FH actually has nice placement and control, but lacks pace most of the time, unlike her BH.

Anastasiya Yakimova 57 40 ret.

Yakimova with some lucky shots (bad bounces on clay and 3 shots in the service line) got to a *4-1 and Tamira didn't know how to pass Yakimova off the ground. Her father got on court and she improved. More patient, she insisted on attacking Yakimova's BH with her own BH, forcing Yakimova to do defensive paceless to the middle of the court slices that Tamira tried to punish with some angled CC BH, finishing off the points with a powerful DTL BH. Yakimova held serve at *4-3 with 2 aces, but of the ground she was now being dominated by a very patient and fighter Tamira, who did know exactly what to do. When Yakimova served at *5-4, she had 2 SPs: first Tamira forced the error from Yakimova; second, Yakimova hits a drop shot, Tamira makes the counter drop shot that Yakimova read it perfectly and was there on time, but missed the FH DTL passing shot to the doubles alley. Tamira eventually broke and easily got the last 2 games, with some signs of sloppy play from Yakimova until then pratically non-existance, missing some routine shots. Tamira called the physio in the change of sets, but she didn't get any medical time out. Her intensity of play lowered in the beginning of the set and she was eventually broke with some UEs on a 15 mins first game. The beginning of this set was very similar to the first one: Tamira wasn't very patient and she made some unnecessary UEs on her CC shots. Yakimova got the 2nd break to *3-0 and called the physio herself, but then again no medical time out. Tamira also talked to her father and then with physio, but no time out again. Yakimova held serve and when Tamira was serving at 4-0*, sloppy play from the belarussian gave a 40-0 that's Tamira didn't took it and after netting a shot to go to deuce, she walked to the chair umpire and she said she couldn't continue the match, it was too much to keep going. A sad in tears Tamira left the court, but hopeful she can play qualies in Madrid. Yakimova was visible worried too, not even a shy smile of happiness with the win, but more accepting she's through the next round rather than celebrating this supposed win.

Anabel Medina Garrigues def. Simona Halep 76 76(5)

From 76 25. Medina Garrigues saved the SP with a BH DTL winner. Actually, AMG was the aggressive girl during these games I watched, getting herself in BH CC rallies and finishing up the point with a BH DTL winner a couple of times. I have no idea how Halep even got to 5-2, she was there just waiting for an UE, not trying to do much with the ball. Only her iniside-out FH was doing some damage to AMG. Halep palyed a couple of good points to get a 3-0 lead in the TB with a FH inside out winner and a BH DTL winner, but after that AMG was dominating the points?! :eek: (just shows how :weirdo: Halep was being :tape:) firing up some nice BH winners, since on her FH she can't actually make it, unless she gets a short ball. An aggressive top spinned CC FH forced the error to Halep, after she opened up the court with a CC BH to give her the win.

barabanschikova_fan
Apr 26th, 2011, 07:39 PM
Tuesday, 26th April

Greta Arn def. Maria João Koehler 62 36 63

Full match.

Klara Zakopalova def. Beatriz Garcia Vidagany 64 76(3)

From *4-3 1st set.

Urszula Radwanska def. Anastasija Sevastova 57 76 61

First set only.

Anastasiya Yakimova 57 40 ret.

Full match.

Anabel Medina Garrigues def. Simona Halep 76 76(5)

From 76 25. Medina Garrigues saved the SP with a BH DTL winner. Actually, AMG was the aggressive girl during these games I watched, getting herself in BH CC rallies and finishing up the point with a BH DTL winner a couple of times. I have no idea how Halep even got to 5-2, she was there just waiting for an UE, not trying to do much with the ball. Only her iniside-out FH was doing some damage to AMG. Halep palyed a couple of good points to get a 3-0 lead in the TB with a FH inside out winner and a BH DTL winner, but after that AMG was dominating the points?! :eek: (just shows how :weirdo: Halep was being :tape:) firing up some nice BH winners, since on her FH she can't actually make it, unless she gets a short ball. An aggressive top spinned CC FH forced the error to Halep, after she opened up the court with a CC BH to give her the win.
Do you know why Mimi retired after winning the first set?

HenryMag.
Apr 26th, 2011, 08:12 PM
Do you know why Mimi retired after winning the first set?

I'm not sure why, but after she won that epic game to 5-5 in the 1st set she seemed to be having some pain on her left(?) hip. Apparently, she got injured on Sunday against Siegemund and has been playing slightly injured until she retired today.

barabanschikova_fan
Apr 26th, 2011, 09:27 PM
Thanks let's hope it's nothing serious as the French open is in less than 4 weeks and my other favorite Bacsinszky is out of the French due to injury

HenryMag.
Apr 26th, 2011, 09:34 PM
Thanks let's hope it's nothing serious as the French open is in less than 4 weeks and my other favorite Bacsinszky is out of the French due to injury

She hopes to be able to play in Madrid, so it's probably not too serious.

Phil=)
Apr 27th, 2011, 12:03 PM
Did you see Dell'Acquas first round match?

barabanschikova_fan
Apr 27th, 2011, 01:32 PM
let's hope it's not Mimi back...

nevetssllim
Apr 27th, 2011, 09:43 PM
Thanks for the great reports, HenryMag!

It's a shame Oprandi was unable to maintain the form from her R1 match through to R2. :sad:

HenryMag.
Apr 27th, 2011, 10:02 PM
Wednesday, 27th April 2011

Alla Kudryavtseva def. Romina Oprandi 64 76(3)

Full match. Romina is such a :weirdo:, she only cares about 3 games per set then she just doesn't give a shit about the rest of the match.
The italian had started the match like "What am I doing here?!", losing the first 6 points barely moving. Then she hitted a FH defensive moonball inside the service square and didn't care what Alla would do, so she just kept walking to the ballboy. Nevertheless, Alla hit the ball where Romina was, so she just placed the racquet and made another sloppy moonball and Alla netted the BH drive volley. After that, Romina started to care about the match and Alla started to make UEs. Romina saved a BP and won the next 3 games with a very consistent game, changes of spin and pace, not letting Alla command the points with her FH. Everytime Alla had a short low ball to finish the point, she would net it, even on her FH. Her coach came on court at 2-3*, and the next points her FH was just blasting winners on the lines from everywhere, giving her the break back and a 30-0 on her serve. Then a DF and her FH totally goes away and she makes 3 UEs on that shot. I was telling to Corswandt "what a meltdown! 5/6 amazing FH winners, then a DF and everything fells apart". Her coach, who was right in front us us, probably heard and moved away from where we were for the rest of the match. Alla regrouped, she picked up the pace of the rallies and she started to dominate the rallies from the baseline, trying to finish off the points with her FH. In the middle of some UEs, she managed to break Oprandi's serve and held her own, saving a BP. Then at *4-5, Oprandi just pratically tanked that game, not moving her feet or doing a damn thing on court.
2nd set saw a Oprandi more focused and trying to hit with more depth, pace and accuracy, giving her again a 3-1 lead. Same story, she let Alla get back to 3-3 with some sloppy careless play, but was able to obtain a 5-3 this time with Alla very anxious and spraying UEs from both sides. Her 2nd serve ROS also deserted, until then very aggressive and hitting winners on her FH. Then, 2 SPs at 5-3* 15-40 came for Oprandi and Alla didn't give any chance: ace, FH winner, FH winner after a short return, ace. As expected, Oprandi didn't give a shit on her service game and Alla was just dominating the rallies with her shots. At 6-5, we expected Oprandi to not care, but Alla sent 2 returns out and Oprandi held easily. In the TB, Romina tried to rally Alla's power with her own power, instead of using slices and shot variation, with obvious disasterous results. She still saved a MP with an aggressive FH return followed with a BH DTL winner, but netted a drop shot next to give Alla the victory.

Kristina Barrois def. Elena Vesnina 64 63

Full match. Vesnina's BH was a hot mess, mistimed all the time and couldn't deal well with Barrois' slice BH or the top spinned FHs.
Vesnina started with a break of serve with 3 winners, aggressive deep shots. It seemed she was going to a«make a good match, but (portuguese expression) " foi sol de pouca dura" (which means "sun of short duration"). She was immediately broken and Barrois dominated most of the rallies that had more than 5 shots. HEr top spin shots and her BH slice was troubling Vesnina, who couldn't get her timing correct, especially on her BH who was totally off for all match. THey both held serve until Vesnina colapsed at 4-5, botching a couple of volleys to the net.
2nd set started with Barrois having the edge, she was clearly playing better, Vesnina was only hanging around due to her 1st serve sometimes, but when Barrois got the return inside and deep, the russian was clueless of how to pass the german. She kept insisting on CC BH rallies, with low success, since her BH was a hot mess like I said. Barrois got a 3-1, but the asian umpire (Shino 2 as I called her) literally gave the break back to Vesnina. Vesnina's BH return was called out, but the umpire overruled. Since Barrois didn't hit the ball, the chair umpire considered a winner and said the linejudge call was after Barrois let the ball go, when she was clearly there to hit but didn't since the shot was called out. To give you an idea, Vesnina's return was only like 1,5 meter to the left of that little line that separates the side where to serve. Since that was the side Barrois was serving (the ad side), she was totally capable of hitting the ball. Anyway, wide returns gave Vesnina the 3-3 but after that Barrois' level of serve and game cameback and she wasn't missing anything, dominating the rallies and reading Vesnina's serve well enough to not let the russian finish off the points on her 2nd shot. If she keeps playing like this, she's more than capable of winning the title.

Klara Zakopalova def. Anastasia Yakimova 26 64 61

Last 3 games. Yakimova was trying to force boring BH CC rallies, but she couldn't deal with Klara's depth and pace even on those. Klara was clearly overpowering Yakimova forcing UEs or hitting winners on her FH. Yakimova had her left (I'm not sure tough) hip tapped, the one she complained to have some pain against Tamira. Klara was being flawless, only missed a couple of shots when she had MP.

Monica Niculescu def. Sloane Stephens 64 64

From *2-1. On court coaching totally destroyed Sloane's gameplan that was working until 3-4 in the first set.
Stephens inital gameplan was to be very very patient, dealing with all the possible effect Niculeslu would put on the ball and try to move Monia around the court until a shorter ball so she could finish off with a FH or a smash. At 2-2 after Stephens broke, Monica got a medical time out, I'm not sure why, it seemed she was having some sort of back pain. In the next following games it was visible she was kinda bothered and she was breathing very heavily between the points. She still held her serve at *2-3, but Sloane easily held her own. Then, on court coaching for Sloane and everything fells apart. In the next 3 games she tried to finish off the points faster, being more aggressive on her FH, especially CC and getting the ball earlier. Changing your gameplan at a crucial stage of the set was the :weirdo: decision she (or she and her coach) could have made. UEs all over the place gave Monica the set 6-4, just being consistent. A fail attemp of attacking a short slice from Monica, made Sloane frame her FH out of court and give Niculescu the 1st set.
2nd set was the same, Stephens trying to be more aggressive with mixed results. On her serve it was working, she was accurate, but you could see once she got a 30-0 or 40-15 lead, Niculescu would just let it go to save energy. Sloane wasted BPs during this set netting some FHs or Monica making tricky shots forcing Sloane to go for her shots and missing. Unexperience really made her lose this, she just couldn't be cool enough on BPs, unlike Niculescu, who never got frustaded during the match (only when she was breathing heavily, she was kinda bitchy with the ball girl when asking for the towel). Sloane's wild FHs again at 4-4 eventually gave the match to Niculescu, who barely made any stupid UE all match. She really is hard to pass from the baseline on this surface.

HenryMag.
Apr 27th, 2011, 10:05 PM
let's hope it's not Mimi back...

No, it's her left hip, WTA confirms it. It doesn't seem very serious, she was moving okay, it was just the pain was really bothering her and she didn't want to risk a few weeks out.

HawkAussie
Apr 27th, 2011, 10:31 PM
Keep going HenryMag.

barabanschikova_fan
Apr 28th, 2011, 01:01 PM
She hopes to be able to play in Madrid, so it's probably not too serious.

Mimi had a muscle strain that happened in 2nd rounds of qualies and the pain was too much to risk anything

HenryMag.
Apr 28th, 2011, 08:31 PM
Everything updated. :)

I hope you enjoyed and thanks for your kind comments and good reps :D

Phil=)
Apr 28th, 2011, 08:43 PM
Very nice reports, always nice to read :worship:

Were you at the matches today too?

HenryMag.
Apr 28th, 2011, 09:55 PM
Very nice reports, always nice to read :worship:

Were you at the matches today too?

No, I wasn't and thank god I didn't: Zakopalova and Gajdosova both lost and Larsson vs Kudryatseva was an horrible match. I seriously hope Barrois win this, she's by far the better player this week until now.

I won't go tomorrow either, I don't want to get a 3 hour sunburn torture watching Niculescu vs. Medina Garrigues during the worse hours of the afternoon :help: