View Full Version : Qualifying Day 1 Report and Pictures

Aug 20th, 2003, 12:00 AM
I will be adding to this over thread the next hour or so. Just got back from the Open. I ran around the courts a lot, so I caught bits of a bunch of matches. I did watch that Baker v. Lucic match. Lucic dominated the first set, but Baker seemed to be in better shape. It is clear that Baker has lost a lot of weight and is in very good shape. However, she is still lacking in the quickness dept. Lucic has good strokes, but does not move well. Baker really gritted this one out. Lots of people waited for her autograph after the match. And someone interviewed her. I have many pics of Baker.

Aug 20th, 2003, 12:09 AM
Tanner Cochran was a pleasant surprise. She looked to be in good shape and has strong legs. Her upper body isn't well developed and thus, she does not possess a lot of power. Noorlander is a small woman who is seeded number 11. Cochran won the first set looking good. Then she faded and I thought she would lose. However, she fought and came out on top. I think Cochran has good potential, but she needs to hit the weights in the future.

Aug 20th, 2003, 12:25 AM
Saw a little of the Brandi-Saeki match. I've never seen Brandi play before. She hits an oddly flat ball. Refreshing in this day. She is not a star, but plays solidly with an all around game. A step above Saeki at this time.

Aug 20th, 2003, 12:31 AM
ty :)

Aug 20th, 2003, 12:33 AM

Ally Baker looks nice. :)

Aug 20th, 2003, 12:34 AM
I didn't watch much of this match, but I thought Fujiwara had it sewn up. Somehow Bondarenko pulled it out.

Aug 20th, 2003, 12:43 AM
Never heard of Tian Tian Sun, but she looked good. Volekova looks a little like Hantuchova. Especially with the reed thin body. Tian Tian Sun was too much for her. Too much power.

Aug 20th, 2003, 12:46 AM
Didn't watch this match, but have pictures.

Aug 20th, 2003, 12:56 AM
Strycova is sort of a combo between Coetzer and Hingis. She has great racquet control like Hingis, but is small like Coetzer. Watched a little of the first set of this match and it appeared to be even. Voracova didn't show much. Strycova I guess was just a little better. It is not as though Styrcova was blowing her off the court.

Aug 20th, 2003, 12:57 AM
Did you watch Keothavong?

Aug 20th, 2003, 01:02 AM
Wheeler was just better. She has had some nice wins in the past and outclassed her opponent.

Aug 20th, 2003, 01:09 AM
I had high hopes for Robinson after seeing her last year. She plays smooth. However, she doesn't seem to have progressed like Baker and Cochran. Those two girls are fit. Robinson does not appear to be fit - yet. I think she has potential if she steps it up. But Dulon appeared more experienced and was much more consistent.

Robinson played on the court next to Baker. After Baker won her match, Robinson congratulated her before her match started. I thought that was nice. One of the pics attached is funny - Robinson was having trouble putting on her hat.

Aug 20th, 2003, 01:11 AM
I did not watch Keothavog, although I almost bumped into her as she walked to her match. Maybe I'll take a look Thursday if I go.

Aug 20th, 2003, 01:23 AM
Thank you! I am guessing you had a great day :D

Did you see Nuria Llagostera?

Aug 20th, 2003, 01:29 AM
SRG, did you see Alina Jidkova?

Aug 20th, 2003, 02:19 AM
I did not see Jidkova. I got there too late. Same with Nuria. Any requests for tomorrow?

I did see Avants vs. Birnerova. I was looking forward to the match. Avants is a fighter. She changed her shoes during the first. Then she changed outfits after losing the first set. During the second set tiebreak, Avants came back from a 5-1 deficit. Very impressive.

But Avants has a huge liability with her serve. She gets no power off it and Birnerova was teeing off on it. Avants gets good power off both sides with her two handers. But she has problems hitting on the run.

Birnerova is decent. I was expecting more. She should have put Avants away in 2 sets.

Aug 20th, 2003, 02:31 AM
Here are a bunch of extra pics. I'll keep posting them until I run out of decent pics. Mostly of only a handful of players.

Aug 20th, 2003, 02:37 AM
Yes, please take pics of Alina if she's playing tomorrow. :)


Aug 20th, 2003, 02:39 AM
More pics.

Aug 20th, 2003, 02:40 AM
Birnerova looks like Vera... :p

Aug 20th, 2003, 02:58 AM
Here are the last of the pics. Place any picture requests for tomorrow in this thread. I will check it before I leave for the Open tomorrow morning.

Aug 20th, 2003, 04:21 AM
:bounce: Thanks a bunch for the pics

Baker has indeed lost so much weight.. Last year when I saw her, she was fat :o She looks mujch beeter in shape now.. I hope she could qualify..

Oh my.. Bondarenko :hearts: Look at her.. she's wearing Anna's ourfit.. and it simply suits her..
Too bad for Corry though.. :sad: And yay for Cochran :bounce:

Aug 20th, 2003, 04:22 AM
Birnerova looks like Vera... :p
:lol: that's so true

Aug 20th, 2003, 04:30 AM
WTF is Ally wearing ???
she might as well as wear nothing

*tsk* *tsk*

Aug 20th, 2003, 05:20 AM
can you have some pics of ALVES!! PLEASE!!!!:):)
thank you!

Venus Forever
Aug 20th, 2003, 05:27 AM
WTF is Ally wearing ???
she might as well as wear nothing

*tsk* *tsk*

I'm all for that. :hearts:

Aug 20th, 2003, 06:13 AM
I'm gonna try to get my full report from the qualies up at http://www.tennis-ontheline.com tomorrow, but here are a few quick observations about matches which were mentioned here...

Fitness was definitely a factor at the end of Baker vs. Lucic. Mirjana really was impressive early on, but she played a terrible second set, got down on herself, and didn't have enough energy left at the end. Double fault on match point. Brian Vahaly and Rita Kuti Kis both stopped by to watch some of this one.

Lots of bad blood between Tanner Cochran and Seda Noorlander! Tanner kept wandering to the back corner of the court to towel off between points and it was driving Noorlander insane. Plus they actually started arguing with each other after an overrule went Cochran's way. Fun stuff. Tanner played well -- pulled out a serve-and-volley play every once in a while and looked really smooth doing it.

Caught the last couple games of Jidkova's win. Alina sure is emotional on the court. She was already up a set and 4-1 against poor Natalie Grandin (who makes Lucic look like Hantuchova in the weight department), yet still managed to shout at herself in frustration after one bad shot. Seemed happy enough when it was over, though, and posed for a picture with a fan.

Didn't see enough of Nuria's match to tell you much other than I didn't remember her being so short. It looked like Beltrame was gonna force a third set, but by the time I got back to the court, Nuria had finished her off. Took one picture of each of them, but it's gonna take me a couple days to get 'em developed. (Ditto for pics of Barabanschikova, Jidkova, McCain, Webb, Osterloh, Baker, Lucic, and Cochran. Strycova's on a roll that won't be done until I get back to the Open next week. My camera is so 20th Century.)

Aug 20th, 2003, 06:19 AM
Caught the last couple games of Jidkova's win. Alina sure is emotional on the court. She was already up a set and 4-1 against poor Natalie Grandin (who makes Lucic look like Hantuchova in the weight department), yet still managed to shout at herself in frustration after one bad shot. Seemed happy enough when it was over, though, and posed for a picture with a fan.

LOL I was that fan she took the pic with, just thought you might like to know ;)

Aug 20th, 2003, 08:18 AM
plzzzzzzzzzzz try and get some pics of the british girls :kiss:

Aug 20th, 2003, 08:28 AM
Any pics or info on Christina Wheeler? :)

Aug 20th, 2003, 08:37 AM
Ally has lost so much weight!

Yay.. Go Ally!

Aug 20th, 2003, 08:45 AM
i'd be loving a pic of Lucie Ahl in her match against Dulko. COz she is retiring after it. You might wanna go get soem pics of ehr oppnent - Gisela Dulko who is HOT!!

King Aaron
Aug 20th, 2003, 09:56 AM
Thanks. :)
A report of Maria Kirilenko and also of Zi Yan and Jie Zheng would be nice. :D :)

Mateo Mathieu
Aug 20th, 2003, 09:56 AM
If you able to watch Rachel McQuillan match and can you tell me how going with her, okay? :) She haven't won a match since March!! :o That's why, I asked if she played good or what ;) But of course, up to you if you like see her match.

Brian Stewart
Aug 20th, 2003, 10:17 AM
Thanks for the reports and the pics.

Aug 20th, 2003, 11:54 AM
as usual - noone has a pic from bianka :(

Aug 20th, 2003, 12:12 PM
Thanks for the match reports - terrific photos! :D

Aug 20th, 2003, 12:27 PM
Thanx for the report!

be sure to see Anne on thursday though or i shall have to pound on you!:p

Aug 20th, 2003, 01:41 PM
I posted a pic of Wheeler in the thread already.

Aug 20th, 2003, 01:49 PM
Thanks for the reports and pixs -- have a great time!

Aug 20th, 2003, 01:49 PM
Hey srg1!

Thanks so much for all the updates & pics.

Anything else you can add on Kristina Brandi would me greatly appreciated.

Aug 20th, 2003, 01:52 PM
Thanks for the report and pics :worship:

Maria Kirilenko would look real good in your gallery ;)

Aug 20th, 2003, 02:34 PM
There is not much I can add. I only watched her match for a few games. She seemed to possess a wide variety of shots. She works very hard during her matches because she is not the most talented. She was very happy after she won.

Aug 20th, 2003, 03:43 PM
Thanks for the reports :)

Hope you can take some pics of Wynne Prakusya, Jie, Janet, and Yan today :)

Aug 20th, 2003, 05:31 PM
No Marie_eve Pelletier's picture???

Did you see her match vs Washington???

Aug 20th, 2003, 06:25 PM
Thanks for the pics and info.

I was expecting Mirjana Lucic to be the size of her side of the court the way people have been talking, but she looks just fine. People can be cruel.

I just wish she would play more. Guess she will have no choice now, since her ranking will be well out of the Top 300 after the US Open.

Aug 21st, 2003, 02:01 AM
No pics of Pelletier. Didn't watch the match. I think I have pics of the women kfh mentioned. But I didn't receive the last few posts before I went to the Open today. I will post today's stuff shortly.