View Full Version : Eastbourne 2008: Andrew's eyewitness report & photos

Sep 17th, 2008, 09:24 PM
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S OPEN (Eastbourne, England; grass; WTA Tier II)
========================== http://eastbourne.lta.org.uk/

1. My photos
2. First-round eyewitness report: Vaidišová v Govortsova

Master-reports for Eastbourne 2008:

1. My photos

Permission to copy my Eastbourne photos is granted provided that:
(a) no money is exchanged;
(b) they are labelled as "Copyright 2008 Andrew Broad".
Please let me know if you do use them on another website.

I have uploaded all my photos for Tuesday 17th June 2008, in one big zip-file, to:

Tuesday's players:

Nicole Vaidišová (62 photos)
Tsvetana Pironkova (66)
Anna Orlik (45)
Shahar Pe'er (36)
Olga Govortsova (36)
Virginia Ruano Pascual (35)
Caroline Wozniacki (34)
Elena Bogdan (24)
Nadia Lalami (21)
Jade Curtis (13)
Ekaterina Makarova (11)
Alizé Cornet (10)
Anna Kournikova posters (5)
Marion Bartoli (4)
Noppawan Lertcheewakarn (4)
Monica Seles posters (3)
Maria Sharapova posters (3)
Vera Dushevina (3)
Heather Watson (3)
Chanda Rubin posters (2)
Daniela Hantuchová poster (1)
Maria Kirilenko poster (1)
Ana Ivanović poster (1)
Jana Novotná poster (1)
Amanda Coetzer poster (1)
Séverine Brémond poster (1)
Viktoriya Kutuzova poster (1)
Ashley Harkleroad poster (1)
Jennifer Capriati poster (1)
Elena Dementieva poster (1)
Jelena Janković poster (1)
Carling Bassett poster (1)
Virginia Wade poster (1)
Martina Hingis poster (1)
Mary Joe Fernández poster (1)
Ai Sugiyama poster (1)
Bethanie Mattek poster (1)
Alexandra Stevenson poster (1)
Venus Williams poster (1)
Mirjana Lučić poster (1)
Rennae Stubbs (1)
Kveta Peschke (1)
Stephanie Cornish (1)
Kim Clijsters poster (1)

2. First-round eyewitness report: Vaidišová v Govortsova (Tuesday 17th June)

- NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [7,EF] lt. Olga Govortsova, 2-6 4-6

Another disappointing loss for Nicole, as her groundstrokes (particularly her forehand) misfired again and again, and she was unhappy with her serve. At least she played twice as well as when she lost to Bethanie Mattek at Birmingham, and judging by my photos, she looked pretty upset when she lost, rather than "happy because she's in love" (as Iveta Benešová had commented at the French Open).

Her fellow 19-year-old, Govortsova, put in an impressive performance, but the standard of women's tennis is so high these days that those in a slump can get left behind very quickly. Govortsova seemed very confident throughout the match, knowing that Nicole was slumping, and that the pressure was on Nicole as the higher-ranked player.

An exchange of three breaks at the start of the match left Nicole behind, though she had her chance to get back into the first set with a break-point at 2-3*. After failing to convert it, she was broken again, and ended up losing the set 6-2.

Nicole served better in the second set, but she couldn't put any pressure on Govortsova's serve - just one deuce (in the second game) and one 0/30 (in the eighth game). Nicole had one bad service-game at 4-4, and Govortsova had no problems serving out to love for the match.

Govortsova looked like a monster at the time, but now that I've processed my photos, I realise that she actually looked very nice: tall, blonde, and pretty in pink.

My full match-report, with a blow-by-blow description of every point, is at:

Dr. Andrew Broad
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