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Old Aug 18th, 2011, 01:25 AM   #1074
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Birmingham 2011: Andrew's second-round eyewitness report & photos

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AEGON CLASSIC (Edgbaston, Birmingham, England; grass; WTA International)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. Second-round eyewitness report: Rybáriková v Vandeweghe

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1. Photos (Tuesday 7th June 2011)
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Permission to copy my Birmingham photos is granted provided that:
(a) no money is exchanged;
(b) they are labelled as “Copyright Andrew Broad 2011”.
Please let me know if you do use them on another website.

Since I don’t have time to upload hundreds of photos a day individually, I have uploaded each batch of photos as a large zip-file (approximately as many megabytes as photos).

Tuesday’s photos are in three volumes, with Magda in Parts 1 and 2.


Tuesday Part 1 (Photos 001 to 179)
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http://www.divshare.com/download/15547249-7fe

Magdaléna Rybáriková (23 photos)
Yaroslava Shvedova (55)
Zhčng,Jié (26)
Andrea Hlaváčková (20)
Sandra Záhlavová (18)
Olga Govortsova (9)
Sorana Cîrstea (9)
Aravane Rezaď (6)
Ayumi Morita (6)
Casey Dellacqua (6)
Chang,Kai-Chen (6)
Jill Craybas (5)
Ajla Tomljanović (4)
Roberta Vinci (3)
Caroline García (3)
Ekaterina Makarova (2)
Edina Gallovits-Hall (2)
Sabine Lisicki (1)
Marina Eraković (1)
Naomi Broady (1)
Sara Errani (1)
Megan Moulton-Levy (1)
Lindsay Lee-Waters (1)

I captured a very strange expression on Magda’s face in Photo 134! Photo 045 is another great one of her, while there are many more in Part 2.


Tuesday Part 2 (Photos 180 to 302)
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http://www.divshare.com/download/15547334-b2e

Magdaléna Rybáriková (110 photos)
Coco Vandeweghe (22)
Sorana Cîrstea (2)

Part 2 concentrates on Magda’s match against Vandeweghe, with two glimpses of Cîrstea as Magda waited to go onto Court 2.

Photos 234 and 284 are very funny ones of Magda. She looks intriguingly sombre in Photos 293 and 296, waiting after winning the first set as Vandeweghe took a bathroom-break. I love the brilliant white light in Photo 298 as they shook hands: it almost looks as if they had been transfigured.

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2. Second-round eyewitness report: Rybáriková v Vandeweghe (Tuesday 7th June 2011)
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+ MAGDALÉNA RYBÁRIKOVÁ [14,EF] d. Coco Vandeweghe, 6-2 6-1

This was a fantastic performance by Magda, with plenty of winners (particularly of the crosscourt-forehand variety), net-play, dropshots, lobs, and a mixture of sliced and two-handed backhands, leaving the American teenager so frustrated that she was shouting and muttering at length by the end of the match. Magda played even better than when she won the Birmingham 2009 title.

Vandeweghe is an interesting player in that she’s very willing to come to the net, where she has good touch, and plays old-fashioned punch-volleys. Her problem was that Magda did everything better than her. Magda saved the only break-point against her of the match at 1:0 *0-1 30/40 with a virtual ace. Vandeweghe used Jesus’ name in vain when she went break-point down at *1-1, whereupon she lost her serve on a double fault. She didn’t win another game after that, even though she had four game-points (including 40/0) at *1-5.

As Magda was coming off Court 2, a man standing near me told her that her performance was superb, and she gave him a big smile. I’m kicking myself that I didn’t manage to capture that moment on camera, as I was zoomed in too far to locate her in time.


First set
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RYBÁRIKOVÁ _*_*@*@* 6
VANDEWEGHE *_*_____ 2

The match was third on Court 2, just after a brief shower. Magda won the toss and elected to receive, and the match started at 16:04 BST, with Vandeweghe serving from the far end against quite a strong wind.

Vandeweghe serving 0-0: Magda’s deep forehand forced Vandeweghe to net a forehand. 0/15. Magda went to the net, forcing Vandeweghe to hit a down-the-line forehand pass wide. 0/30. First serve + forehand drop-volley winner. 15/30. Vandeweghe forced a short ball, and dispatched it with a short-angled off-forehand winner. 30/30. Vandeweghe netted a forehand. 30/40 (BP #1). I confess with genuine sorrow and a firm desire of amendment that I failed to write down how Vandeweghe won this point. Deuce #1. Magda’s deep forehand return forced Vandeweghe to net a forehand. Ad Rybáriková (BP #2). Magda netted a forehand. Deuce #2. Vandeweghe’s backhand drop-volley forced Magda to net another forehand. Ad Vandeweghe (GP #1). Magda hit a sliced backhand return long. Held.

Rybáriková serving 0-1: Ace #1: first serve out wide. 15/0. Vandeweghe netted a sliced backhand. 30/0. Second serve: Vandeweghe hit a forehand return long. 40/0 (GP #1). Magda hit a crosscourt sliced backhand just wide. 40/15 (GP #2). Vandeweghe netted a backhand, and yelled. Held.

Vandeweghe serving 1-1: Double fault #1 (second serve long). 0/15. Vandeweghe went to the net, and hit an off-backhand punch-volley winner. 15/15. Magda dumped a forehand into the net – almost at the bottom. 30/15. Vandeweghe’s depth forced Magda to net a forehand. 40/15 (GP #1). Ace #1: first serve out wide. Held.

Rybáriková serving 1-2: First serve out wide + down-the-line forehand volley forced Vandeweghe to net a backhand. 15/0. First serve out wide forced Vandeweghe to net a forehand return. 30/0. Vandeweghe hit a loose forehand long. 40/0 (GP #1). First serve out wide + crosscourt forehand winner. Held.

Vandeweghe serving 2-2: Vandeweghe hit a crosscourt backhand drop-volley winner. 15/0. Magda went to the net behind a deep sliced off-backhand approach, and hit an off-forehand volley-winner. 15/15. Magda hit a deep forehand onto the baseline, forcing Vandeweghe to net a forehand. 15/30. Vandeweghe netted a backhand off a short return. 15/40 (BP #1). Vandeweghe tried to serve and volley, but pushed a forehand first volley wide. Held.

Vandeweghe got her coach to come onto court and talk to her at the changeover.

Rybáriková serving 3-2: First serve out wide: forehand return long. 15/0. The wind blew a short ball from Magda backwards, forcing Vandeweghe to net a forehand. 30/0. Vandeweghe forehand long. 40/0 (GP #1). Deep first serve down the middle forced Vandeweghe to hit a forehand lob-return that flew backwards towards the spectators. Held.

Vandeweghe serving 2-4: First serve down the middle forced Magda to earth a backhand. 15/0. Double fault #2 (second serve wide of the centre-line). 15/15. Magda forced a short ball, and dispatched it with a crosscourt forehand winner. 15/30. Vandeweghe went to the net, but Magda turned the point on its head with a deep lob to the baseline, forcing Vandeweghe to retreat while Magda went to the net to hit a half-volley forehand dropshot + down-the-line backhand punch-volley winner. 15/40 (BP #1). Magda ran down a dropshot, and hit a crosscourt forehand winner that clipped the netcord. Broken.

Rybáriková serving 5-2 (new balls): Vandeweghe’s deep crosscourt forehand forced Magda to hit a forehand long. 0/15. First serve down the middle forced Vandeweghe to net a backhand return. 15/15. Vandeweghe’s deep return induced Magda to net a forehand. 15/30. Deep first serve forced Vandeweghe to hit a forehand long. 30/30. Another deep serve forced Vandeweghe to hit another forehand return long. 40/30 (SP #1 for Rybáriková). Vandeweghe mishit a crosscourt backhand wide. Rybáriková won the first set 6-2 at 16:32 BST (28m).

Vandeweghe took a bathroom-break, while Magda got her coach Martin Hromec to come onto court and talk to her.


Second set
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RYBÁRIKOVÁ _*@*@*@ 6
VANDEWEGHE *______ 1

Vandeweghe serving 0-0: First serve forced Magda to net a forehand return. 15/0. Forehand return just long. 30/0. Magda down-the-line forehand wide. 40/0 (GP #1). Vandeweghe hit a crosscourt forehand winner back behind Magda, causing her to slip. Held.

Rybáriková serving 0-1: Vandeweghe’s short-angled crosscourt forehand forced Magda to net a forehand. 0/15. Vandeweghe went to the net behind a crosscourt forehand deep into the corner, and hit an off-forehand volley-winner. 0/30. Magda hit a brave second serve onto the service-line... Vandeweghe netted a forehand. 15/30. First serve: Vandeweghe mishit a forehand return into the net. 30/30. Vandeweghe went to the net, and hit a crosscourt forehand punch-volley winner. 30/40 (BP #1). Virtual ace: first serve down the middle forced Vandeweghe to earth a forehand return. Deuce #1. Magda’s deep crosscourt forehand forced Vandeweghe to hit a forehand long. Ad Rybáriková (GP #1). Serve out wide induced Vandeweghe to mishit a crosscourt backhand into the net.

Vandeweghe serving 1-1: Vandeweghe went to the net, but Magda hit a down-the-line backhand pass-winner. 0/15. Vandeweghe went to the net, but a well-placed lob from Magda forced her to net an awkward high backhand volley. 0/30. Vandeweghe hit a short-angled crosscourt forehand winner back behind Magda. 15/30. Vandeweghe served and volleyed with a crosscourt forehand punch-volley winner. 30/30. Magda opened up the court to hit a crosscourt forehand winner. 30/40 (BP #1). Vandeweghe forced a short floater, and dispatched it with an easy off-forehand smash-winner. Deuce #1. Vandeweghe hit a forehand long, and shouted “Jesus!” Ad Rybáriková (BP #2). Double fault #3 (second serve long). Broken.

The groundstaff ran past Magda and almost into her (the day before, a ballboy actually did run into Magda).

Rybáriková serving 2-1: Vandeweghe hit a crosscourt backhand wide, and slipped over. 15/0. First serve out wide: Vandeweghe mishit a crosscourt backhand return wide. 30/0. Deep first serve down the middle forced Vandeweghe to hit an off-forehand return wide. 40/0 (GP #1). Backhand return long. Held.

Vandeweghe serving 1-3: Vandeweghe hit a crosscourt backhand winner; Magda muttered. 15/0. Double fault #4 (second serve long). 15/15. Magda hit a deep ball onto the baseline: Vandeweghe netted a forehand, and shouted. 15/30. Magda hit a down-the-line backhand wide, raised her head and groaned. 30/30. Magda’s deep crosscourt forehand return forced Vandeweghe to net a forehand. 30/40 (BP #1). Magda’s sliced backhand down the line forced Vandeweghe to net another forehand. Broken.

Rybáriková serving 4-1: Magda left a Vandeweghe forehand, thinking it was going to be long, but it was just in. 0/15. Vandeweghe forehand long. 15/15. Body-jamming first serve forced Vandeweghe to mishit a crosscourt forehand return wide. 30/15. First serve out wide: Vandeweghe mishit a crosscourt backhand wide, and said: “Ah, come on.” 40/15 (GP #1). Vandeweghe’s deep return down the middle induced Magda to hit a crosscourt backhand wide. 40/30 (GP #2). Vandeweghe hit another deep return down the middle: Magda netted a forehand, and groaned. Deuce #1. Vandeweghe went to the net, but Magda ripped a forehand pass-winner down the line. Vandeweghe muttered something about “a return like that” and “serious”. Ad Rybáriková (GP #3). First serve out wide induced Vandeweghe to earth a mishit forehand return. Held.

Vandeweghe serving 1-5: Magda netted a forehand, and rolled her head. 15/0. Vandeweghe went to the net, forcing Magda to hit a forehand long. 30/0. Magda dumped a backhand into the net. 40/0 (GP #1). Vandeweghe tried to serve and volley behind a second serve out wide, but Magda passed her with a down-the-line backhand return-winner. 40/15 (GP #2). Vandeweghe went to the net behind a dropshot, but Magda ran it down and hit a pinpoint crosscourt backhand pass-winner onto the sideline. 40/30 (GP #3). Vandeweghe hit a forehand just long, rolled her head, and shouted: “No way... goodness gracious!” Deuce #1. Virtual ace: first serve down the middle forced Magda to bunt a backhand lob-return that landed on her own side of the net. Ad Vandeweghe (GP #4). Vandeweghe mishit a backhand into the net. Deuce #2. Vandeweghe went to the net, but Magda hit a crosscourt backhand pass-winner. Ad Rybáriková (MP #1). Magda hit a crosscourt forehand that looked like it was going to win the match for her, but Vandeweghe retrieved it, and Magda slipped as she netted a backhand. Deuce #3. Magda’s crosscourt forehand return forced Vandeweghe to stretch and net a forehand. Vandeweghe muttered some more. Ad Rybáriková (MP #2). Magda hit an off-forehand winner onto the sideline. Rybáriková won 6-2 6-1 at 17:10 BST (second set 38m, match 1h06m).

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