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per4ever
Feb 11th, 2003, 11:32 PM
here I am again...trying to write down a whole new day of tennis at the Proximus Games in Antwerp :D

first match of the day

Els Callens bt. Dally Randriantefy 6-1 6-2
Do I need to say more...the score is really clear. The match started with two servicebreaks..then it was all Els Callens. She used her serve well, made the big points and she was just too strong. I saw Dally in qualifying too..and she has the strange habit to hit the ball high when she is getting into trouble. In qualifying the opponents just hit that ball back...but better opponents punish this. So did Els, everytime Dally did that she got punished for it. In second set Dally even managed to hold her serve twice...quite a miracle, I didn't expect that after the first one..anyway pretty boring match

Patty Schnyder df Elke Clijsters 6-2 6-3
Another one-sided match on court 1. Elke did her best, but she is just not good enough (yet) to play at this level. She missed lots of easy balls, made really dumb errors..and Patty just played her game. Patty didn't have to push or play her best game at all. Easy win, no problem at all.. boring match #2

Nathalie Dechy df Claudine Schaul 6-4 6-3
This was THE match of the day for me..as Claudine fan. Remembering her bad loss in singles against Dally and in doubles (double bagel against Ai/kim), I didn't know what to expect from this match. I was scared Nathalie would roll over Claudine and would finish her in no time. I was glad it turned out differently.
I think Claudine played the match of her life. Nathalie and Claudine both broke serves quite often. Claudine impressed with her solid game, and the way she often dominated the rallies. Nathalie finished both sets by breaking Claudine, I guess she was still too nervous at the end. And of course, Nathalie is a really good player. It's great to mention that there were only a few Claudine fans in the crowd at the beginning..'cause nobody knew her. At the end lots of people cheered for her. She made lots of new fans. The way she always managed to get back while Nathalie was a break ahead...just marvelous. I enjoyed this match a lot.
I guess this is what I love about being a fan of a lower-ranked player. Even if they lose you can be happy...

now..evening session
Kim Clijsters bt. Myriam Casanova 6-3 6-2
As often happens with Kim's matches...the score is not according to the difference on court. Myriam played well, made several good points and brought many balls back. Kim was obviously not at her best, afterall it was her first match after the Australian Open loss against Serena Williams. Kim made many errors, but she also had several winners, and she made the points when she needed to. May be the presence of Lleyton Hewitt (who was sitting in front of me) helped Kim to win this pretty easily...
oh yes..this was boring match #3

Ai Sugiyama bt Jelena Dokic 7-5 5-7 6-3
This match was definitly the highest level I've seen on the Diamond Games so far. The first set started terribly...8 UE's of Dokic and Ai leading 2-0. Jelena came back, started to play better and better, but Ai was constantly leading. She even managed to win the set, and that was quite surprising to me. Second set then. Dokic was playing at a nice level..not her best, but really good. Ai is a huge fighter, and she showed that today. She run and run and run. Jelena had problems with finishing the points..but still the second set was hers. Third set...3-3. Ai broke easily, held her serve...and then managed to break again, winning the final set 6-3.
Conclusion: Jelena gave this away. She made almost all the points, for herself and for her opponent. Too many errors, too many easy balls missed. Ai deserved the victory, she fought hard, and the crowd was cheering for her all the time.
Good match, but should have had another winner :)

well that was it for today...don't have time to write more details about players games :(

Martian Martin
Feb 11th, 2003, 11:35 PM
Great reports K, thanks a lot!! :D:)

angele87
Feb 11th, 2003, 11:45 PM
Thanks for the report K :D :kiss:

Lleyton was sitting in front of you :eek: *extremely jealous* :o

rated_next
Feb 12th, 2003, 12:03 AM
thanks :)

i love voting for low-ranked players

Mr. Man
Feb 12th, 2003, 12:08 AM
Nice report per4ever.

I'm proud of Ai!..and Patty's easy win. :p

Meesh
Feb 12th, 2003, 01:46 AM
THANKS! Great report per4ever.
LMAO regarding your rating the boring matches. Hopefully you can see some more exciting matches in the coming days! Have FUN!

ex hopman
Feb 12th, 2003, 02:10 AM
per4ever, thanks for the great report. was fun to read, and felt like i saw those games!
i wasn't really suprised about ai's victory tonight. she told me she has been playing good (tho she had some kinda bad start of the year in results.). also, my friend told me how dokic was at tokyo as well. this is only her third tournemanet. she'll come back for sure! let us hear what you thought again! cheers!

treufreund
Feb 12th, 2003, 05:00 AM
Well if Jelena made nearly all of the points then how did Ai chock up nearly as many winners as Jelena? I surely understand Jelena probably can dictate quite a few points but Ai really did hit a lot of winners and probably forced quite a few errors. It just sounds like nobody ever gives her credit. :(


BUT THANK YOU FOR THE MATCH REPORTS!!!!!!!! :D

Doris Loeffel
Feb 12th, 2003, 06:53 AM
Hi Pre4ever
To bad I haven't got a tape of the match. Then I could go to the part where they show LH......

Hmmm o.k. maybe it's becouse I'm cheering for Myriam but I didn't think it was a boring match. Just to bad Myriam is so unpatient and making therefore to many UE's who knows what would have happened then...

King Aaron
Feb 12th, 2003, 08:29 AM
Thanks K!

At least you weren't biased towards Jelena. ;) Despite the loss, I think Jelena is on the right track. A little more practice and I'm sure she'll be able to get great results. :) Can you tell us about her game? Is it any different?

per4ever
Feb 12th, 2003, 09:51 AM
Originally posted by treufreund
Well if Jelena made nearly all of the points then how did Ai chock up nearly as many winners as Jelena? I surely understand Jelena probably can dictate quite a few points but Ai really did hit a lot of winners and probably forced quite a few errors. It just sounds like nobody ever gives her credit. :(


what happened is that Jelena dominated most rallies, then she gets a chance to finish it, but often ruins it, giving the chance to Ai for a winner.

I wrote that Ai deserved to win, I do give her credit. But I think Jelena can do a lot better that's all :)

Aaron...Jelena is a very good player (first time I saw her live), but she's definitly no top 5 player. She always hits hard and flat..constantly the same game. No changes, not mixing up things. If she would be able to do that, she would improve a lot imo. At the moment she's just way too predictable :)

Beat
Feb 12th, 2003, 12:15 PM
dear mr. K
may i thank you for your great reprort?! :D
though i'm sad to hear you had to endure 3 boring matches... ;) and i'm surprised the kim-myriam match was one of them :confused:

King Aaron
Feb 12th, 2003, 01:07 PM
Thanks K. In my opinion, her goal now should be to win matches and stay in the top 10. Improving her game should be her long term goal which I hope Heinz Gunthard can help her.

Peetz
Feb 12th, 2003, 02:55 PM
Thnaks a lot for your nice report!

per4ever
Feb 12th, 2003, 04:31 PM
Beat...I'm not a Kim and Myriam fan..I don't like their style very much...too much power-oriented ;) And since they weren't playing at their best, it wasn't that interesting for me :)

Beat
Feb 12th, 2003, 04:38 PM
oh, i see... hope you'll keep on reporting, yes? :D

per4ever
Feb 12th, 2003, 04:57 PM
I wish...lol I'm only going to one semi on saturday..and then it's over for me :sad:

Princess Fiona
Feb 12th, 2003, 07:31 PM
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Thanks very much for the reports Mister K!! :) Sorry you found some of the matches "boring"... Maybe I should get on those purple courts with a racquet for "entertainment"... *cough* ;) But a very enjoyable read!! :) I hope you enjoyed Juju today!! :)

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