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Aravanecaravan
Mar 19th, 2012, 11:47 PM
Day one is officially in the books--for me at least. And it was a long one. I woke up at 3AM, lol.

At the gates at 9 sharp for day 1 of quals. I'll be back later to write up some in depth notes, but here's a list of what I did today:

Akgul Amanmuradova practice photos and vid
Aravane Rezai practice photos and vids
Zheng Jie practice photos and vid
Svetlana Kuznetsova practice vid
Carolina Garcia v Aranxta Rus match photos and vids
Madison Keys v Olga Govortsova match photos and vids
Amanmuradova v Hsieh match photos
Cornet match photos and vid
Minella match photos and vid
Kudrayavseva v Chan post match photos of Alla with kids sign autos
Aravane Rezai match photos and vids
Marion Bartoli and Lucie Saferova practice
Vania King candids
miscellaneous mystery practice photos
Sania Mirza match photos and vids

Elisse
Mar 20th, 2012, 12:58 AM
Sounds like you had a great day!! :D Was so happy Aravane got that much needed win.....you must have brought her luck ;)

Can't wait to read your report about the day - would love to hear about Akgul's practise/match and looking forward to seeing the photos too!! :D


Have a great time tomorrow!!! :wavey:

Aravanecaravan
Mar 20th, 2012, 01:11 AM
Weirdest sighting of the day: Marion Bartoli at Aravane Rezai's match. More on that later.

I filled the hour before the first slate of matches by making rounds of the grounds to see who was out practicing, and found Akgul, Jie, Aravane and Sveta, among others, taking advantage of the cooler conditions this morning.

Garcia and Rus was the first match I watched, and I as this was the first time I have seen Caroline, I was pretty impressed with her. She has "slam winning" shots. Good serve, authoritative groundies, moves the ball around effectively. Whether it ever all comes together is another matter, but her game is big enough. By contrast, Rus, for the 2 sets I stayed, was doing little more than getting it back into play and hoping to draw the error. I guess in the end she drew enough.

Caught bits and pieces of Keys and Govortsova, but what I saw--in the middle of the 3rd set--had no flow whatsoever. Keys wasn't serving well, both players were making tons of errors. At that point, it was anybody's match, and I left to check other matches.

I shot a few photos of Akgul, Cornet and Minella, but did not stay for any of those matches, so cannot weigh in with comments, other than that Akgul did get screwed on one line call I saw. She didn't look too happy, and I can't blame her.

Saw the final set of Chan-Kudrayavtseva. Tightened up after a runaway first set. Alla had lots of crowd support, but Chan was simply steadier. Nothing spectacular, but she had far fewer errors and let Alla self destruct. After the match, a large group of kids ran up to Alla and shouted "Alla we love you!" and she signed autographs for all of them. It was very cute.

Next on court 10 was Rezai v Gallovits-Hall. Aravane played very well. Could have and probably should have been a straight set win but for a few inopportune net cords for Gallovits at critical BP and GPs and a couple costly DFs, and a few bad line calls which cost Aravane a little momentum.

Other than that, she served pretty well, with a huge serve game to go up 5-2 in the 3rd set, with a couple of aces and service winners and massive hitting. The huge crowd was "ooohing" and "ahhing" her shots and it was great to see. She had lots of crowd support, too. Lots of people from the Academy, I think. And many French fans.

She moved pretty well, defended well, and got to Gallovits' drop shots and hit some nice winners on the run, and tons of winners overall, with not a lot of UEs. Thought she played a great match and really thrived on the support of the crowd.

Interestingly, during this match, I turned around early in set 2 and behind me, right behind the bleachers, was Marion Bartoli, dressed in blue. I was stunned to see her there, but quickly smiled and sort of whispered "hi". LOL. No idea why that would mean anything to her, but I said it, not thinking. She kind of mouthed the word "hi" and smiled, and hung around for a few minutes back there with her Dad. Hmm, maybe all of that "cattiness" and "bitchiness" only exists in GM on Tennisforum....

After Aravane won, I found Marion and Lucie Saferova practicing, and Marion was sweating up a storm in the Miami heat.

Then I found Vania King finishing up a practice and drinking her orange juice--such a cute pic!

Last match of the day for me was Mirza v Falconi on the dreaded court 4, which is hotter than hell for spectators in the late afternoon. First set was up and down, many breaks, with Sania dumping her serve a bunch but breaking with impunity. Up 5-1 in the breaker, then to 5-4 before finishing it out, and then steamrolling through set 2. We had a special guest arrive in the stands in the middle of set 1--a sunglasssed Elena Vesnina sat down a few seats over from me, to cheer on her bud, and I just had to point and shoot a photo when I saw her! She looked down at her mobile phone, and the next time I looked over there she had her red cap on, lol. Incommunicado.

End of day 1. Very tired. Vids will have to wait until I get back from Miami, but will try to get photos up to my Flickr ASAP.

anika mahajan
Mar 20th, 2012, 01:33 AM
i was there at Arvane match
She played good in the 3rd set

Aravanecaravan
Mar 20th, 2012, 02:55 AM
Day 1 photos : http://www.flickr.com/photos/28300821@N05/sets/72157629624163983/

-NAJ-
Mar 20th, 2012, 02:56 AM
Thanks for reports.
Any info about JJ?

Kəv.
Mar 20th, 2012, 05:51 AM
Mandy vid & pics!!!!

katshearts
Mar 20th, 2012, 01:47 PM
So jealous! Thanks for sharing :)

You didn't see Stefi? :sad:

Aravanecaravan
Mar 21st, 2012, 01:22 AM
So jealous! Thanks for sharing :)

You didn't see Stefi? :sad:

Sorry, I didn't. I was at Rezai's and Mirza's matches late yesterday.

Aravanecaravan
Mar 21st, 2012, 02:28 AM
Today was epic.

I think I'm tired. I put in a long day, but it was worth it. In two days, I've filled a 16gb memory card--that's about 1.5 hours of video and roughly 550 photos. Good thing I bought 3 of them this year.

My day started with a Clijsters sighting at 9:30 on court 9. Not a lot of folks around, but she was having a good hit with her coach/hitting partner. During one break, she reached down and put a towel under the head of one member of her team, like a good mom. LOL.

Next I wandered over to court 8 and found Hantuchova starting up, and began filming some video of her, and whaddaya know, a blur crossed my screen from the direction of the court. A second later I heard Caro's voice as she acknowledged an autograph seeker. So if you cheock out the Hantuchova video, the blur is Woz.

Walked over to court 4 and found Serena and Richard and Richard's girl, and stayed for about twenty minutes and got some nice photos and several minutes of video from Serena's practice. Also a coulple of shots of Richard. Serena looked good in her hot pink practice duds. She laughed a bit, but sat facing the corner away from the stands when resting.

Back to court 9 and the IW champ--screaming Vika. Could hear her all the way from Court 4. She was in a testy mood--not to mention a weird, wild print practice outfit--smashing her racquet on the ground a few times while I was there.

Next was the glam practice of the day--Gorgeous Goerges and Flavia Flavia. Will let the photos speak for themselves. Julia hurt her leg her, not sure how badly, but she was holding her lower leg after a shot and Flavia asked her if she was hurt. Afterwards, Julia looked a bit gimpy, but hopefully she'll be OK.

Went to the grandstand for some of Cirstea and Watson, and unfortunately, experienced Kids Day in all its glory. Riversharks, Sandcrabs, Manatees, Gators, ....all there in their matching colored t-shirts and blabbing away constantly. Poor umpire had to say "Please kids, be quiet" and "take your seats" so many times it had to affect the players.

As for the match, long games, tedious points, many errors. Like both, but this style of play drives me nuts. Please, give me winners!

Went to see the last set of Pironkova finish off Martic. Can't say I minded. Tsveti was in another class--hard to say how well she is or isn't playing, but it was well enough to send Martic to the showers. More aces, more winners, and far fewer errors, at least in the set I saw.

Caught Sania Mirza practicing for her afternoon singles, in bright yellow. Also walked right past Marion Bartoli again--this year I'm seeing her coming and going.
Christina

Got some photos and video of Christina McHale practicing, and another shot of Vania King as she was the practice court. Then saw Dominika Cibulkova warming up for her practice. Tried to take a photo through the crowd, and finally managed one as I think her coach noticed me with my camera and said "I think you have a fan", and she turned and smiled.

In the mid afternoon, I finally saw JJ and got some nice shots, along with video, of her practice. What a body! Say what you will about her career trajectory, but she looks incredible in short shorts!

Venus and Richard were out practicing serves, and I got some shots of that--she looked a bit slump shouldered and dejected, but it was hard to tell as she was on a distant court that was hard to see.

The last three matches of the day were huge personal disappointments, and I won't say much because my pride is wounded. Aravane Rezai to Foretz Gacon in straights. She had nice crowd support again--Patrick Moroutoglou and several assistants and his family were in tow, and Aravane looked good in spots, but too many errors today and a few too many DFs. Just not her day. But she will be back. I'm sure of it, and I believe in her now more than ever.

Sania Mirza got the sh*t beaten out of her. She was a real error machine today. Probably averaged 3 errors a game, and in a 17 game match, 50 errors is about right. It was at least that many. The only consolation here is that it was Sloan Stephens' birthday and the crowd sang Happy Birthday to her after the match.

I thought that would be it, but when Sania's match was over, I saw that Tamira Paszek was just starting set 2 against Tatishvilli, having dumped the first 4-6. Went into court 2 grateful for the "bonus coverage".

Unfortunately, Tamira had retire at 3-4 after ing treatment for a back injury. She had taken the lead in the set, but after being broken, after the medical time out,o decided she couldn't go on. A sad end to a disappointing day for my faves. :(

But I covered a LOT of ground. Hopefully, I was able to get some photos and videos of some of your favorites, too.

Aravanecaravan
Mar 21st, 2012, 02:29 AM
Today was epic.

I think I'm tired. I put in a long day, but it was worth it. In two days, I've filled a 16gb memory card--that's about 1.5 hours of video and roughly 550 photos. Good thing I bought 3 of them this year.

My day started with a Clijsters sighting at 9:30 on court 9. Not a lot of folks around, but she was having a good hit with her coach/hitting partner. During one break, she reached down and put a towel under the head of one member of her team, like a good mom. LOL.

Next I wandered over to court 8 and found Hantuchova starting up, and began filming some video of her, and whaddaya know, a blur crossed my screen from the direction of the court. A second later I heard Caro's voice as she acknowledged an autograph seeker. So if you check out the Hantuchova video, the blur is Woz.

Walked over to court 4 and found Serena and Richard and Richard's girl, and stayed for about twenty minutes and got some nice photos and several minutes of video from Serena's practice. Also a couple of shots of Richard. Serena looked good in her hot pink practice duds. She laughed a bit, but sat facing the corner away from the stands when resting.

Back to court 9 and the IW champ--screaming Vika. Could hear her all the way from Court 4. She was in a testy mood--not to mention a weird, wild print practice outfit--smashing her racquet on the ground a few times while I was there.

Next was the glam practice of the day--Gorgeous Goerges and Flavia Flavia. Will let the photos speak for themselves. Julia hurt her leg her, not sure how badly, but she was holding her lower leg after a shot and Flavia asked her if she was hurt. Afterwards, Julia looked a bit gimpy, but hopefully she'll be OK.

Went to the grandstand for some of Cirstea and Watson, and unfortunately, experienced Kids Day in all its glory. Riversharks, Sandcrabs, Manatees, Gators, ....all there in their matching colored t-shirts and blabbing away constantly. Poor umpire had to say "Please kids, be quiet" and "take your seats" so many times it had to affect the players.

As for the match, long games, tedious points, many errors. Like both, but this style of play drives me nuts. Please, give me winners!

Went to see the last set of Pironkova finish off Martic. Can't say I minded. Tsveti was in another class--hard to say how well she is or isn't playing, but it was well enough to send Martic to the showers. More aces, more winners, and far fewer errors, at least in the set I saw.

Caught Sania Mirza practicing for her afternoon singles, in bright yellow. Also walked right past Marion Bartoli again--this year I'm seeing her coming and going.


Got some photos and video of Christina McHale practicing, and another shot of Vania King as she was the practice court. Then saw Dominika Cibulkova warming up for her practice. Tried to take a photo through the crowd, and finally managed one as I think her coach noticed me with my camera and said "I think you have a fan", and she turned and smiled.

In the mid afternoon, I finally saw JJ and got some nice shots, along with video, of her practice. What a body! Say what you will about her career trajectory, but she looks incredible in short shorts!

Venus and Richard were out practicing serves, and I got some shots of that--she looked a bit slump shouldered and dejected, but it was hard to tell as she was on a distant court that was hard to see.

The last three matches of the day were huge personal disappointments, and I won't say much because my pride is wounded. Aravane Rezai lost to Foretz Gacon in straights. She had nice crowd support again--Patrick Moroutoglou and several assistants and his family were in tow, and Aravane looked good in spots, but too many errors today and a few too many DFs. Just not her day. But she will be back. I'm sure of it, and I believe in her now more than ever.

Sania Mirza got the sh*t beaten out of her. She was a real error machine today. Probably averaged 3 errors a game, and in a 17 game match, 50 errors is about right. It was at least that many. The only consolation here is that it was Sloan Stephens' birthday and the crowd sang Happy Birthday to her after the match.

I thought that would be it, but when Sania's match was over, I saw that Tamira Paszek was just starting set 2 against Tatishvilli, having dumped the first 4-6. Went into court 2 grateful for the "bonus coverage".

Unfortunately, Tamira had to retire at 3-4 after getting treatment for a back injury. She had taken the lead in the set, but after being broken, after the medical time out, she decided she couldn't go on. A sad end to a disappointing day for my faves. :(

But I covered a LOT of ground. Hopefully, I was able to get some photos and videos of some of your favorites, too.

Kəv.
Mar 21st, 2012, 05:19 AM
Did you see Mandy today?

Uranium
Mar 21st, 2012, 09:56 AM
Seeing as there is no coverage, do you think you would be able to take some videos of Venus-Kimiko?

HowardH
Mar 21st, 2012, 01:17 PM
Great work.

saul1333
Mar 21st, 2012, 04:08 PM
Amazing reports and pics. Thanks!!

Sombrerero loco
Mar 21st, 2012, 04:43 PM
thank you so much for alize cornet´s pics :)

Aravanecaravan
Mar 22nd, 2012, 04:49 AM
Seeing as there is no coverage, do you think you would be able to take some videos of Venus-Kimiko?

Got you a couple of games of this. They look like ants from my nosebleed seats, but I did my best. Will upload next week when I get home.

Aravanecaravan
Mar 22nd, 2012, 04:58 AM
Another bonzai today. Really exhausted. It's almost 1AM and I just got back. Stayed to see a bit of McHale after the Gonzo-Mahut Chile retirement fest. Great story about this, but will save it for another time. Will start uploading pics in a bit and hit the sack. Will try to post an update, but TOMORROW. SAW an AMAZING number of players today. Radwanska, Ivanovic, Pennetta, McHale, King, Lisicki, Petrova, Kuznetsova, Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, Murray, Goerges, Kerber, Blanco, Voskoboeva, Pavlyuchenkova, Schiavone, Hantuchova,....more

Daniela-Is-Mine
Mar 22nd, 2012, 07:11 AM
Can you post the Dani vid please?

Aravanecaravan
Mar 22nd, 2012, 10:46 AM
Pics from Wednesday: http://www.flickr.com/photos/28300821@N05/sets/72157629640588567/

Aravanecaravan
Mar 22nd, 2012, 10:49 AM
Can you post the Dani vid please?

Can't until I get home next week--not enough time or bandwidth here. Am at Crandon Park 9 to Midnight, averaging 4 hours sleep a night. Please hold request on vids--will get em all up as fast as I can next week.

Sombrerero loco
Mar 22nd, 2012, 10:53 AM
who is blanco? raonic´s coach?

Aravanecaravan
Mar 22nd, 2012, 11:40 AM
who is blanco? raonic´s coach?

Garbine Muguruza Blanco="MUG"

Won Clearwater ITF and by 3rd set retirement over Morita last night. Big game. I like her.

Sombrerero loco
Mar 22nd, 2012, 11:45 AM
ok, so garbi or muguruza, but why blanco?haha

anika mahajan
Mar 22nd, 2012, 03:26 PM
Can't until I get home next week--not enough time or bandwidth here. Am at Crandon Park 9 to Midnight, averaging 4 hours sleep a night. Please hold request on vids--will get em all up as fast as I can next week.

I hope to meet you there finally:bounce:

Aravanecaravan
Mar 23rd, 2012, 01:32 AM
Wednesday March 21

The day started off with me taking photos of Sabine Lisicki and Nadia Petrova as they practiced together. After watching them bombard each other with big serves for awhile, I went around to the back side where courts 4 and 5 are located and saw Franci Schiavone doing sprints warming up for her practice. Rafa was practicing on 4, so I snapped a couple of him, and then shot pics and video of Schiavone and Hantuchova practicing together.

I'm on record as a vocal critic of the Azapovabrito type noisemakers but I gotta tell ya, I don't mind certain types of grunts--Vesnina's, e.g., and I really got caught up in the rhythm of Schiavone and Hantuchova grunting during their rallies. Cool! Could have sat and watched Frankie's one handed BH all day.

Found Julia Goerges and Angelique Kerber under the watchful eye of Barbara Rittner, and had a wonderful conversation about the German players, McEnroe/Connors/Borg/Lendl, Graf, Henin, and lots of of other great stuff with a German fan and his wife from NY. Absolutely love going to tourneys in person and meeting great people from all over the world and sharing experiences!

Went to see Sofia Arvidsson beat Gisela Dulko, which was nice. Sofia's been having some nice wins lately and had a good performance here, stronger on serve, more consistent, pushing Dulko around the court effectively with bigger groundies.

Aravanecaravan
Mar 23rd, 2012, 02:13 AM
Wednesday continued

In the afternoon, I took in a practice with Flavia Pennetta and Yanina Wickmayer, which was an odd pairing, I thought. Maybe it was my imagination, after reading some of the comments on here, but I thought Yanina scowled at me a few times when she saw me taking her picture. She defintely didn't look like she was in a good mood, and I'd hate to be a kid asking for her autograph.

Found Ana Ivanovic, finally, in the main practice court area, next to the food court. Tons of guys around, as usual. SHortly before this I had seen Murray, Federer and Djokovic practicing on courts 9, 5 and 4 and casually mentioned it to the crowd gathered around Ana, to see if I could clear the area a bit to get some fence space to take a few photos (lol). It worked. Off they ran to find Roger and Novak, while I stayed to film Ana.

Afternoon practice sessions included Sveta Kuzetsova, Agnieszka Radwanska and Nastya Pavlyuchenkova, who were practicing together on court 10. Then saw some of Valeria Savinykh vs Klara Zakopalova, and was really astonished at how much Valeria resembles Zvonareva! Wow!

Went up to the stadium to get some video of Venus and Kimiko, and it was very one sided. Venus was closing out set 1 in a bagel. I generally don't go up to the stadium anymore because I like to take pics and my seats are 400 level and with my point and shoot cam it's pretty pointless.

Took a few practice photos of Vesnina, then saw an epic match between Vania King and Laura Pous Tio, yet another of those lovely drop shot dames I despise. Buy a winner, please! Could have kissed Vania for booting this gal out of the tournament! Match took place on the grandstand where all the American girls were playing on Wednesday, so a great atmosphere. Lots of crowd support for Vania. Easily won set 1, forged ahead in set 2 but Pous Tio dropped her to death to pull ahead and Vania fought back to get it to a breaker. Finally Vania started putting her drop shots in their place with good gets.

The tie break was high drama. Vania fell behind 1-5, fought back to 6-5, both players forgot to change ends at 6-6, Vania had several MPs, went to 9-9, 12-12, Pous Tio had a set point or two, Vania finally won it 14-12! Awesome!

Twilight match was Garbine "Mug" Muguruza Blanco vs Ayumi Morita. Blanco rolled through set 1, and as it was my first time seeing her, I was impressed with her game, which is big. She's not afraid to go for it. I like the way she plays. Not a typical Spaniard. Morita did have shoulder problems, and called the trainer at 2-5 in set 1 and on successive changeovers in set 2 (didn't think you could do that) before her serve got noticeably weaker in her last serve game. It was clear she would retire at that point.

Stayed for the night session, and had a real experience. Fernando Gonzalez was playing his final tournament here, and half of Chile was in attendance. Miami always draws huge Hispanic crowds, and night matches in particular are favorites for the Hispanic players/fans. Well, it just so happened that my seat was RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE of a huge block of Gonzalez' fan club or something. They had flags, were dressed in shirts that spelled "CHILE" across the row, and had practiced cheers and songs for months, because after ever point he won, they did a different one. All night long! It was insane! I always tell people who love tennis, watching it on TV is great, it really is, but if you do not go to a tournament in person, you really miss out on some of the best experiences imaginable. It's so fun and exciting in person, and a totally unique and different experience from anything you could get from TV or livestream.

Stayed for half a set of Christina McHale and Voskoboeva, and got to move down to Peter Planes' box seat, which they weren't using, courtesy of Honda's free seat upgrade for the stadium match of the night! Thanks Honda and Peter Planes!

Aravanecaravan
Mar 23rd, 2012, 02:47 AM
Thursday March 22

Only one objective today--Goerges v Clijsters. Anything else was gravy.

I found Ivanovic, Azarenka and Wozniacki out practicing this morning. All 3 had huge crowds around them and I could tell the crowd was going to be bigger. It was. It'll get worse yet tomorrow and the weekend will be crazy.

Watched a set of Lisicki and Arvidsson and then the second set of Barthel and Jankovic. Let's just say it was Germany's day in those matches, lol. Poor JJ really got clubbed. She looked down and out by the time I got there, fought a bit at the end, but went out meekly to the Mona the giant.

Made some comments in Julia's forum about the Clijsters match so I won't repeat that heartache here. Let's just say it was me and a few other guys hollering for Julia and everyone else for Kim, lol.

Saw the last set and a half of Kuznetsova-Benesova, and watching Sveta lose the last 2 in tiebreaks was heartbreaking. She looked very tired, and out of breath in between points. I think the heat got to her.



That was about it for today. Decided to pass up Woz and catch up on this and get some sleep for tomorrow. Big day ahead.

Aravanecaravan
Mar 23rd, 2012, 02:48 AM
Day 4 pics: http://www.flickr.com/photos/28300821@N05/sets/72157629647377731/

Ben.
Mar 23rd, 2012, 03:16 AM
Thanks for the reports :) :yeah:
Very enjoyable to read.

nevetssllim
Mar 23rd, 2012, 04:22 PM
Know what you mean about Gonzo! I ended up next to some Chilean supporters for Gonzalez's R1 match at Wimbledon last year (he was playing Dolgopolov and much to my surprise, it was on court six which is one of the standing-room only courts with just a few benches) and boy were they loud! Definitely enhanced the atmosphere though.

anika mahajan
Mar 23rd, 2012, 04:38 PM
brent
I missed tuesday's action :(
did you have photos of that?

Aravanecaravan
Mar 24th, 2012, 03:34 AM
brent
I missed tuesday's action :(
did you have photos of that?

Anika, here's a link to Tuesday photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/28300821@N05/sets/72157629631696563/

Have you been at Crandon Park? Been looking all over for you. Or what might be you, lol.

Aravanecaravan
Mar 24th, 2012, 03:36 AM
Know what you mean about Gonzo! I ended up next to some Chilean supporters for Gonzalez's R1 match at Wimbledon last year (he was playing Dolgopolov and much to my surprise, it was on court six which is one of the standing-room only courts with just a few benches) and boy were they loud! Definitely enhanced the atmosphere though.


Oh, it was great! Wouldn't trade that experience for anything. "Fernando Amo!!!!" LOL

Aravanecaravan
Mar 24th, 2012, 04:09 AM
Friday March 23

Sadly, my camera died this morning, so I won't have any more pics or video from this year's trip. :(

But I will update my match blog.

Today was full day of matches. Let me start with a question posed a day or two in GM:

"What is a Garbine Muguruza Blanco"?

I will tell what is a Garbine Muguruza Blanco!

She is a superstar in the making, amigos!

I was one of her most vocal supporters in the crowd today and she was unflappable once she got it going. Her game is BIG and what is most impressive is that she can hang with a player as consistent as Zvonareva in long rallies and win them either with outright winners or by forcing errors. She has remarkable groundstrokes and a good serve and incredible composure for one so young. I love this player. She is the real deal. It doesn't hurt that she's cute as pie, either.

When she turned this match around, it went 180 degrees and never wavered. From 0-4, she won 12 of the last 15 games! Closed it out with remarkable serving. Really REALLY impressive performance. No choke or bad play from Zvonareva other than a bunch of DFs, but Garbine had some of those too, so it wasn't a huge factor. She just dictated.

Next, caught the first set of Pennetta vs Dominguez-Lino, and was reminded again why I detest counterpunching, clay court style tennis. This was painful to watch. Further, D-L is another of those borderline cheater grunters, hers not even starting until well after she hits her shot and lasting well after the ball is on her opponent's side of the net, clearly interfering with her opponent's play. Terrible sportsmanship, IMHO....

Saw the last set and two thirds of Kirilenko-Kleybanova, and that was another ugly match, filled with long, tedious, error filled games with tons of deuces. Seemed to go on forever. The only saving grace was that Allison Riske's coach was sitting in the front row right in front of me, chatting up a storm to those of us around him, professing his undying love for Kirilenko, but then letting his eye wander when a gorgeous young brunette walked in a sat down to our immediate left. His efforts to scope her out on each chageover, while pretending to "look for friends", was hilarious. LOL. Poor Makiri, bridesmaid again....

Tried to get into Goerges/Stosur v Raymond/Huber but all of South Florida was there and no one came out on changeovers. Finally snuck in with a few games left and saw Julia be the heroine by closing it out on her serve after Sam choked hers at 5-2. The gals won 6-1, 6-4.

Hantuchova barfed up a set to Katya Bondarenko in a tiebreak and got broken repeatedly in the 2nd and 3rd but was fortunate that Katya's DF count was in the mid 20's as she survived a 3rd set breaker.

My last match of the day was a real epic! Bartoli v Hercog on court 1. Allez, Marion!

Just got back from this match and what an experience! Fun!

Marion was loving the support we gave her in our little section--she looked at us all through the match and gave us a couple dozen fist pumps and glances and definitely heard all of our "allez"s and "let's go"s and "come on!"s, lol! It obviously got her going!

How cool it is to be a part of something like that. You feel like you were in the trenches with her.

Marion played well, really. So did Polona. The firs t set could have gone either way. Marion lost it but just as easily could have won. She was sharp with her groundies, aggressive, serving well, Polona just hung tough for a set. But Marion fed off of our support and it really gave her the momentum to turn things around in set 2 and pull away easily in the third. ALLEZ!!!!!!!!

And with that I will sign off for the day.

longtin23
Mar 24th, 2012, 02:26 PM
Did you watch any Li Na's match or got any photos of her?? Or Zheng Jie??

anika mahajan
Mar 24th, 2012, 04:00 PM
Anika, here's a link to Tuesday photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/28300821@N05/sets/72157629631696563/

Have you been at Crandon Park? Been looking all over for you. Or what might be you, lol.

I did look for you brent :(
No sign of You, Although i must admit i did see you on tuesday
I will be there for Mirrza doubles, U can borrow camera from me :)
Take care

Spice
Mar 24th, 2012, 08:34 PM
Can someone take some vids! Love to see Kim V Wickmayer

Aravanecaravan
Mar 24th, 2012, 10:48 PM
I did look for you brent :(
No sign of You, Although i must admit i did see you on tuesday
I will be there for Mirrza doubles, U can borrow camera from me :)
Take care

Anika,

Was at Mirznina doubles today--were you there?? Tough loss for the girls, but I thought they made eye contact a couple of times when they saw me cheering for them (loudly, lol)

When did you see me on Tuesday? What match? Were you alone or with someone else?

Are you going on Sunday?

Aravanecaravan
Mar 24th, 2012, 11:00 PM
Did you watch any Li Na's match or got any photos of her?? Or Zheng Jie??

I didn't see Na practicing anywhere while my camera was working and was in other matches when she was playing. Don't feel slighted--missed Sharapova and Kvitova this year too.

To tell you the truth, I might not have taken any just to protest Na-Mug and his stupid threads.



I did get some of Zheng Jie--pics are in my Flickr. Vids next week. Saw her doubles win today too.

Shooter
Mar 25th, 2012, 12:46 AM
Thanks for the trip reports and pictures.
You did a lot of work.
Sorry to hear about your camera.
But now you have an excuse to get a new one!

Aravanecaravan
Mar 25th, 2012, 01:06 AM
Saturday March 24

Wow, was it crowded today. New shuttle bus system had things backed up and it took forever to get people in to the park. Uggh.

Today was a doubles day for me, exclusively. I took it easy to get ready to scream myself silly tomorrow for Garbi and Marion.

Saw a set and half of JJ/Domi vs Yari/Galina on court 7, which was fun, as JJ was laughing again, prodded by Domi. JJ's mom was decked out in bright red. The pair looked like they had fun, but their inexperience as a team showed, and in the end the Kazakh seeds were too tough.

Moved over to court 8 to grab a good seat for Mirznina and caught the last few of Makarova-Barthel, which didn't look as though it was a real high quality match, quite honestly. The rallies I saw in the closing games were pretty short and pretty ugly, and full of errors.

Cheered hard when Mirznina came on court, and I the three of us made eye contact a few times during the match, as I cheered loudly for them, especially at the end of set 2 and in the 3rd set breaker. "We" almost came back from 4-8 down, too, as Elena served it back to 9 all before serving a double that gave Pavlyuchenkova and Saferova match point, which they took.

A bit later, I watched Zheng and Makerova take down Grandin and Uhlirova on the same court--not a popular win, as the latter team has a lot of support here.

That was it for the day. Decided to get some rest for tomorrow so I can be up early and beat the traffic to get to the park in time for Marion's 11AM start.

Aravanecaravan
Apr 6th, 2012, 01:15 AM
The player match and practice videos I shot in Miami are now posted to my Youtube account: http://www.youtube.com/user/IHeartMasha09