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Old Jun 18th, 2012, 12:19 AM   #1
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Birmingham 2012: Andrew's eyewitness reports & photos (+Thursday 14th June 2012)

AEGON CLASSIC (Edgbaston, Birmingham, England; grass; WTA International)
Contents

I don’t have time to finish my full point-by-point reports or post my photos until after Wimbledon, so for now, here’s a brief summary of each Sabine match for which a full report is forthcoming:

1. Wednesday 13th: Second round: U.Radwańska v Lisicki
2. Thursday 14th: Doubles: Kops-Jones/Spears v Hantuchová/Lisicki


1. Second round: U.Radwańska v Lisicki (Wednesday 13th June 2012)

- SABINE LISICKI [2,EF] lt. Urszula Radwańska, 3-6 4-6

In terms of the style of play, this was the best match of the tournament, as both girls played some attractive all-court tennis with a very high level of skill.

Sadly, Sabine was ill during this match, and actually stopped in the middle of a game (0:1 0-1* 0/30*) to see the doctor. She looked dreadful throughout the match, and this translated into a catalogue of unforced errors, although she did hit some great shots too.

This loss was a major setback for Sabine, as she was the defending champion at Birmingham, and is now preparing to defend her Wimbledon semi-final on a five-match losing streak that stretches back to her retirement from Charleston with a left-ankle injury.


2. Doubles: First round: Kops-Jones/Spears v Hantuchová/Lisicki (Thursday 14th June 2012)

- Daniela Hantuchová [EF]/Sabine Lisicki [EF] lt. RAQUEL KOPS-JONES/ABIGAIL SPEARS, 0-6 3-6

How fitting that the only two members of my Eternal Fanship at Birmingham 2012 should have teamed up in the doubles! I had a wonderful time watching them hitting together on the near practice-court earlier in the day.

Sabine had struggled with illness in her singles-loss the day before, but on Thursday she looked much healthier and happier; she was even smiling when she was serving at 0-6 *0-1; she looked very pleased when she won that game.

The outside courts were in a dreadful state after the rain earlier in the week. They were more like sandpits than grass-courts; I could actually see sand flying off the ball. It was also very windy; every strong gust would blow a big cloud of sand across the courts.

Sabine and Daniela were playing doubles together for only the second time, and were beaten by an established team who simply played better together than my girls did, with a lot of winning volleys and smashes.

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Re: Birmingham 2012: Andrew's eyewitness reports & photos (summary-reports)

Thx for your first impressions...waiting for more after wimby

Listening to the BBC radio stream of Lisicki's single match I was sure that she didn't play too bad, so good to hear your opinion
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Andrew's photos for Tuesday

AEGON CLASSIC (Edgbaston, Birmingham, England; grass; WTA International)
Photos (Tuesday 12th June 2012)

Permission to copy my Birmingham photos is granted provided that:
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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 five volumes, with Sabine’s practice-sessions in Parts 3 and 4. If you’re interested in other players, you might like to visit my Birmingham 2012 master-thread.


Tuesday Part 3 (Photos 218 to 378)

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Sabine Lisicki (70 photos)
Daniela Hantuchová (29)
Urszula Radwańska (17)
Heather Watson (15)
Chang,Kai-Chen (12)
Christina McHale (11)
Stéphanie Dubois (10)
Mona Barthel (9)
Zhčng,Jié (8)
Roberta Vinci (7)
Noppawan Lertcheewakarn (6)
Ekaterina Makarova (5)
Samantha Murray (5)
Alison Riske (4)
Misaki Doi (4)
Vera Dushevina (2)
Irina Falconi (2)


Tuesday Part 4 (Photos 379 to 524)

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Sabine Lisicki (45 photos)
Laura Robson (54)
Grace Min (33)
Tamira Paszek (9)
Marina Eraković (8)
Michelle Larcher de Brito (7)
Melinda Czink (7)
Anna Tatishvili (2)
Francesca Schiavone (2)
Jeremy Bates (1)
Judy Murray (coach) (1)
Vicki Stone (MC) (1)

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Second-round eyewitness report & photos

AEGON CLASSIC (Edgbaston, Birmingham, England; grass; WTA International)
Contents

1. Photos
2. Second-round eyewitness report: U.Radwańska v Lisicki


1. Photos (Wednesday 13th June 2012)

Permission to copy my Birmingham photos is granted provided that:
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Wednesday’s photos are in five volumes, with Sabine in Parts 1 and 4. If you’re interested in other players, you might like to visit my Birmingham 2012 master-thread.


Wednesday Part 1 (Photos 001 to 094)

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Sabine Lisicki posters (2 photos)
Elena Vesnina (26)
Laura Robson (17)
Christina McHale (16)
Ekaterina Makarova (9)
Marina Eraković (8)
Sesil Karatantcheva (7)
Klaudia Jans-Ignacik (4)
Alicja Rosolska (4)
Daniela Hantuchová posters (3)
Misaki Doi (3)
Anastasia Rodionova (2)
Kaia Kanepi poster (1)

Part 1 consists of various players practising on Wednesday morning, and some posters by the entrance to the grounds.


Wednesday Part 4 (Photos 265 to 390)

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Sabine Lisicki (96 photos)
Urszula Radwańska (47)

Part 4 covers the Lisicki v Radwańska match.


2. Second-round eyewitness report: U.Radwańska v Lisicki (Wednesday 13th June 2012)

- SABINE LISICKI [2,EF] lt. Urszula Radwańska, 3-6 4-6

In terms of the style of play, this was the best match of the tournament, as both girls played some attractive all-court tennis with a very high level of skill.

Sadly, Sabine was ill during this match, and actually stopped in the middle of a game (0:1 0-1* 0/30*) to see the doctor. The next day’s Birmingham Mail quoted Sabine: “I had some breathing problems. It’s the first time I’ve had it; I’ll have to speak to the doctors.”

Sabine looked dreadful throughout the match, and this translated into a catalogue of unforced errors, although she did hit some great shots too (especially at 0:0 *1-4, when she hit four brilliant winners in a row, and at 0:1 *0-2, when she hit three in a row).

This loss looked like a major setback for Sabine, as she was the defending champion at Birmingham, and it left her preparing to defend her Wimbledon semi-final on a five-match losing streak that stretched back to her retirement from Charleston with a left-ankle injury. Who would have thought that she would go on to upset world number one Maria Sharapova in the fourth round of Wimbledon?


First set
RADWAŃS *@_@*_*_* 6
LISICKI __@__*_*_ 3


The match was fifth on Centre Court. Radwańska won the toss and elected to serve, and the match started at 18:42 BST.

Radwańska serving 0-0: First serve out wide: Sabine hit a down-the-line forehand return-winner just inside the baseline. 0/15. Sabine netted a forehand on the fourth stroke. 15/15. Deep first serve: forehand return just long. 30/15. Radwańska hit a backhand long on the fifth stroke. 30/30. Sabine forced a short ball, but sprayed a forehand long. 40/30 (GP #1). Radwańska spread Sabine with a first serve out wide + crosscourt forehand, forcing Sabine to net a forehand. Held.

Lisicki serving 0-1: Ace #1: first serve down the middle. 15/0. Radwańska’s deep forehand forced Sabine to hit a backhand long. 15/15. With both girls at the net, Sabine hit a forehand volley, but Radwańska hit an off-forehand pass-volley winner. 15/30. Sabine backhand long. 15/40 (BP #1). Sabine forced a floater, and dispatched it with a crosscourt forehand drive-volley winner. 30/40 (BP #2). Sabine got away with a short second serve, as Radwańska – on the fourth stroke – dumped a backhand into the net. Deuce #1. Radwańska hit a forehand dropshot down the line, forcing Sabine to net a backhand. Ad Radwańska (BP #3). Radwańska hit a short-angled crosscourt backhand dropshot, forcing Sabine to hit a crosscourt backhand just wide. Broken.

Radwańska serving 2-0: Sabine’s off-forehand return forced a short ball, which she dispatched with an off-forehand winner back behind Radwańska. 0/15. Deep first serve out wide: backhand return very long. 15/15. Second serve... Radwańska netted a forehand on the third stroke. 15/30. Sabine hit a crosscourt backhand return-winner. 15/40 (BP #1). First serve: Sabine’s off-backhand return forced Radwańska to net a forehand. Broken.

Lisicki serving 1-2: Sabine hit a forehand winner down the line, onto the sideline. 15/0. Sabine earthed a forehand dropshot. 15/15. Radwańska, on the fourth stroke, hit an off-forehand winner. 15/30. Sabine hit a backhand just long. 15/40 (BP #1). Sabine netted a backhand. Broken.

Radwańska serving 3-1: Sabine’s deep forehand return forced Radwańska to net a forehand. 0/15. Radwańska’s backhand clipped the netcord and dropped dead for a winner. 15/15. Sabine netted a backhand return. 30/15. Sabine ran down a dropshot, but hit a forehand long. 40/15 (GP #1). First serve out wide: Radwańska hit a makeable forehand return long. Held.

Lisicki serving 1-4: Sabine hit a pinpoint down-the-line forehand winner. 15/0. Ace #2: first serve down the middle, on the centre-line. 30/0. First serve out wide + crosscourt backhand winner. 40/0 (GP #1). First serve + pinpoint crosscourt forehand winner onto the sideline. Held.

Radwańska serving 4-2: Sabine netted a backhand return. 15/0. Sabine hit a crosscourt backhand return-winner. 15/15. Forehand return long. 30/15. Radwańska netted a backhand on the third stroke. 30/30. First serve forced a short return, but Radwańska sprayed an off-forehand wide. 30/40 (BP #1). Second serve down the middle forced Sabine to stretch wide and net a forehand return. Deuce #1. Radwańska hit a crosscourt backhand dropshot, followed by a crosscourt forehand pass-winner into the wide open court. Ad Radwańska (GP #1). Sabine hit a crosscourt forehand volley-winner. Deuce #2. Radwańska hit a deep forehand down the line, forcing Sabine to net a one-handed backhand. Ad Radwańska (GP #2). Radwańska went to the net behind a crosscourt backhand, but Sabine hit a crosscourt backhand pass-winner. Deuce #3. Sabine netted a forehand return. Ad Radwańska (GP #3). Sabine hit a deep off-backhand into the corner, forcing Radwańska to net a forehand. Deuce #4. Deep first serve out wide: forehand return long. Ad Radwańska (GP #4). Deep first serve out wide forced Sabine to bunt a backhand return long. Held.

Sabine changed her racket during the changeover.

Lisicki serving 2-5 (new balls): Sabine’s depth forced Radwańska to net a backhand on the fourth stroke. 15/0. Ace #3: first serve down the middle. 30/0. Sabine hit a crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. 40/0 (GP #1). Radwańska went to the net and hit a crosscourt forehand drop-volley winner. 40/15 (GP #2). Radwańska hit a deep forehand return down the middle, forcing Sabine to hit a crosscourt backhand wide. 40/30 (GP #3). Sabine’s deep backhand forced Radwańska to mishit a crosscourt forehand wide. Held.

Radwańska serving 5-3: First serve out wide + off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. 15/0. Ace #1: first serve down the middle, on the centre-line. 30/0. Sabine complained about a bad ball. Second serve... Sabine netted a forehand. 40/0 (SP #1 for Radwańska). Ace #2: first serve out wide clipped the sideline with a puff of titanium pigment. Radwańska won the first set 6-3 at 19:15 BST (33m).


Second set
RADWAŃS @*_*_*_*_* 6
LISICKI __*_*_*_*_ 4


Lisicki serving 0-0: Double fault #1 (second serve wide of the sideline). 0/15. Radwańska netted a backhand volley. 15/15. Double fault #2 (second serve into the net). 15/30. Sabine forced a floater, and dispatched it with an off-forehand smash-winner. 30/30. Sabine netted a sliced backhand. 30/40 (BP #1). Radwańska forced a short ball, and dispatched it with a crosscourt backhand winner. Broken.

Radwańska serving 1-0: First serve: Sabine netted a backhand return. 15/0. Deep first serve: forehand return long. 30/0. At 19:21 BST, Sabine went to her chair and sat down. The umpire said: “The trainer and doctor have been called to the court.” They arrived after a long wait. The doctor measured Sabine’s pulse and used a stethoscope. Play resumed at 19:29 BST (8m). Sabine netted a forehand. 40/0 (GP #1). Second serve... Sabine went to the net, and hit a beautiful crosscourt forehand drop-volley winner. 40/15 (GP #1). Radwańska netted a forehand dropshot. 40/30 (GP #2). Radwańska’s deep forehand forced Sabine to earth a backhand. Held.

Lisicki serving 0-2: Sabine forced a floater, and dispatched it with a crosscourt forehand drive-volley winner. 15/0. Sabine hit an off-forehand winner, but Radwańska complained: “Are you kidding me? The ball was out like this!” 30/0. First serve out wide + pinpoint forehand winner down the line, on the sideline. 40/0 (GP #1). First serve out wide: forehand return long. Held.

Radwańska serving 2-1: First serve: Sabine netted a forehand return. 15/0. First serve out wide forced a short return... but Sabine hit an off-forehand winner. 15/15. Sabine ran down a dropshot, and hit a down-the-line forehand winner. 15/30. Radwańska hit a pinpoint backhand winner down the line: just inside the sideline. 30/30. Radwańska forced a short ball, and hit a deep crosscourt backhand, forcing Sabine to net a backhand. 40/30 (GP #1). Double fault #1 (second serve clipped the netcord and fell wide of the sideline). Deuce #1. Sabine hit a crosscourt backhand winner. Ad Lisicki (BP #1). Sabine hit a down-the-line backhand just wide, and reacted with a cute little squeak. Deuce #2. Deep first serve out wide forced Sabine to earth a forehand return. Ad Radwańska (GP #2). Sabine’s deep crosscourt forehand forced Radwańska to hit a forehand long. Deuce #3. Sabine’s deep crosscourt forehand forced Radwańska to net a forehand. Ad Lisicki (BP #2). Radwańska forced a floater, and dispatched it with an off-forehand smash-winner. Deuce #4. Radwańska forehand long. Ad Lisicki (BP #3). Radwańska forced a short ball, and hit a deep crosscourt backhand that forced Sabine to net a backhand. Deuce #5. Deep first serve out wide: forehand return long. Ad Radwańska (GP #3). Sabine netted a backhand. Held.

Lisicki serving 1-3: Sabine went to the net, but Radwańska’s deep lob forced Sabine to retreat; Radwańska went to the net and hit a down-the-line backhand drop-volley winner. 0/15. Sabine forced a short ball, and hit a deep crosscourt forehand that forced Radwańska to net a forehand. 15/15. Sabine netted a forehand. 15/30. Second serve: Radwańska netted a makeable backhand return. 30/30. First serve out wide forced Radwańska to stretch wide and net a backhand (forehand?) return. 40/30 (GP #1). Sabine sprayed a backhand very long. Deuce #1. Deep first serve: Radwańska netted a forehand return. Ad Lisicki (GP #2). I got distracted and missed this point – sorry. Held.

Sabine saw the doctor again at the changeover.

Radwańska serving 3-2: Sabine’s deep crosscourt backhand forced Radwańska to net a backhand. 0/15. Sabine dumped a backhand return halfway up the net. 15/15. Sabine dominated the rally, but hit an off-forehand wide. 30/15. Radwańska spread Sabine, her deep crosscourt backhand forcing Sabine to hit an off-backhand wide. 40/15 (GP #1). First serve: Sabine hit a booming down-the-line forehand return-winner. 40/30 (GP #2). Sabine hit a backhand just long (it shot through on Radwańska, who was on her knees). Held.

Lisicki serving 2-4: Ace #4: first serve down the middle. 15/0. Service-winner out wide. 30/0. Radwańska’s deep off-backhand forced Sabine to net a forehand. 30/15. Sabine hit a down-the-line forehand winner that clipped the netcord. 40/15 (GP #1). Ace #5: first serve out wide. Held.

It was getting colder and darker, with a hint of rain.

Radwańska serving 4-3 (new balls): Radwańska went to the net, forcing Sabine to hit a forehand lob that was called long (though it was actually in). 15/0. Sabine hit an off-backhand winner deep into the corner, and said “c’mon”. 15/15. Raindrops were falling. First serve out wide: Sabine netted a forehand return. 30/15. Radwańska mildly spread Sabine, inducing her to net a forehand. 40/15 (GP #1). Sabine’s forehand clipped the netcord, and dropped dead for a winner. 40/30 (GP #2). Radwańska netted a backhand, and shouted. Deuce #1. Deep first serve out wide – just inside both the sideline and the service-line – forced Sabine to net a forehand return. Ad Radwańska (GP #3). Sabine mishit a crosscourt backhand wide. Held.

Lisicki serving 3-5: Second serve: Sabine netted a backhand return. 0/15. Sabine opened up the court with a crosscourt forehand just inside the sideline, and hit an off-forehand winner. 15/15. Deep second serve onto the sideline: forehand return long. Sabine said: “Komm jetzt!” 30/15. Sabine hit a crosscourt forehand just wide. 30/30. First serve out wide forced Radwańska to net a forehand return. 40/30 (GP #1). Deep first serve out wide forced Radwańska to earth a backhand return. Held.

Radwańska serving 5-4: Second serve: Sabine netted a forehand return. 15/0. First serve: Sabine netted a backhand return. 30/0. Sabine sprayed a forehand long. 40/0 (MP #1 for Radwańska). First serve just long. Second serve: Sabine bravely held onto her title by hitting an off-forehand return-winner just inside the baseline. 40/15 (MP #2 for Radwańska). Virtual ace: first serve out wide clipped the top of Sabine’s racket. Radwańska won 6-3 6-4 at 20:08 BST (second set 53m, match 1h26m).

Radwańska said in her on-court interview: “She was a very tough opponent, so strong. Of course I believed – I won Nottingham [the ITF grass-court tournament the week before]. I lost focus, but I tried to play my best – and I did.”

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Andrew's eyewitness reports & photos for Thursday

AEGON CLASSIC (Edgbaston, Birmingham, England; grass; WTA International)
Contents

1. Photos
2. Doubles: First-round eyewitness report: Kops-Jones/Spears v Hantuchová/Lisicki


1. Photos (Thursday 14th June 2012)

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Thursday’s photos are in five volumes, with Sabine in Parts 2 and 4. If you’re interested in other players, you might like to visit my Birmingham 2012 master-thread.


Thursday Part 2 (Photos 050 to 191)

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Sabine Lisicki (61 photos)
Daniela Hantuchová (90)
Tamira Paszek (1)

Part 2 features Sabine and Daniela practising together.


Thursday Part 4 (Photos 241 to 378)

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Sabine Lisicki (49 photos)
Urszula Radwańska (59)
Daniela Hantuchová (52)
Irina Falconi (19)
Raquel Kops-Jones (4)
Abigail Spears (4)

Part 4 features the third-round match between Radwańska and Falconi, and the Hantuchová/Lisicki v Kops-Jones/Spears doubles-match [Section 2].


2. Doubles: First-round eyewitness report: Kops-Jones/Spears v Hantuchová/Lisicki (Thursday 14th June 2012)

- Daniela Hantuchová [EF]/Sabine Lisicki [EF] lt. RAQUEL KOPS-JONES/ABIGAIL SPEARS [4], 0-6 3-6

How fitting that the only two members of my Eternal Fanship at Birmingham 2012 should have teamed up in the doubles! I had a wonderful time watching them hitting together on the near practice-court earlier in the day.

Sabine had struggled with breathing difficulties in her singles-loss the day before, but on Thursday she looked much healthier and happier; she was even smiling when she was serving at 0-6 *0-1; she looked very pleased when she won that game.

The outside courts were in a dreadful state after the rain earlier in the week. They were more like sandpits than grass-courts; I could actually see sand flying off the ball. It was also very windy; every strong gust would blow a big cloud of sand across the courts.

Sabine and Daniela were playing doubles together for only the second time, and were beaten by an established team who simply played better together than my girls did, with a lot of winning volleys and smashes.


First set
KOPS-J/SPEARS *@*@*@ 6
HANTUC/LISICK ______ 0


The match was fourth on Court 3. The Americans won the toss and elected to serve, and the match started at 15:14 BST.

I actually watched this match from the adjacent Court 2, where I was already following the Irina Falconi v Urszula Radwańska singles-match (I would have preferred to move to Court 3, but the crowd looked too dense). I decided to report on both matches simultaneously during the first set before giving this match my undivided attention in the second, so I apologise in advance for missing some points.

Sabine and Spears were receiving in the ad-court for their respective teams.

Kops-Jones serving 0-0: Service-winner. 15/0. Sabine hit a down-the-line backhand return-winner. 15/15. Sabine went to the net, but earthed a forehand volley off an awkward low ball at her feet. 30/15. Sabine hit a down-the-line backhand winner. 30/30. Sabine hit a forehand pass-volley winner. 30/40 (BP #1). Service-winner out wide. 40/40 (BP #2). Deciding point: receiver’s choice. Sabine netted a backhand return. Held.

Lisicki serving 0-1: Service-winner. 15/0. Kops-Jones hit a forehand smash-winner. 15/15. Daniela hit a crosscourt backhand wide. 15/30. Spears bisected Sabine and Daniela with a backhand winner down the middle. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Ace #1: first serve out wide. 40/40 (BP #3). Spears hit a crosscourt backhand drop-volley winner. Broken.

Spears serving 2-0: Service-winner. 15/0. Sabine netted a forehand return. 30/0. Service-winner. 40/0 (GP #1). Kops-Jones hit an off-backhand volley-winner. Held.

Hantuchová serving 0-3: 15/0. Spears hit a forehand lob long. 30/0. Daniela forehand long. 30/15. Daniela off-backhand wide. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Service-winner. 40/40 (BP #2). Daniela crosscourt backhand wide. Broken.

Kops-Jones serving 4-0: Daniela hit a down-the-line forehand return-winner. 0/15. Kops-Jones hit an error-forcing forehand smash. 15/15. Spears hit an off-forehand volley-winner. 30/15. Service-winner. 40/15 (GP #1). Daniela netted a forehand smash. Held.

Lisicki serving 0-5: Double fault #1 (second serve into the net). 0/15. 0/30. Spears hit a forehand lob long. 15/30. Sabine netted a backhand. 15/40 (SP #1 for Kops-Jones/Spears). Daniela’s backhand volley forced Kops-Jones to net a backhand. 30/40 (SP #2 for Kops-Jones/Spears). Kops-Jones hit a forehand smash-winner. Kops-Jones/Spears won the first set 6-0 at 15:33 BST (19m).


Second set
KOPS-J/SPEARS *__@*_*@* 6
HANTUC/LISICK _*@__*___ 3


Spears serving 0-0: Double fault #1. 0/15. Kops-Jones hit an error-forcing forehand smash. 15/15. 30/15. Ace #1. 40/15 (GP #1). Kops-Jones hit an off-forehand winner. Held.

Lisicki serving 0-1 (new balls): Deep first serve forced Kops-Jones to hit a forehand return long. 15/0. American depth forced Sabine to hit a backhand lob long. 15/15. They removed one of the scoreboards, because the noise that it was making in the wind was distracting the players. Sabine bisected the Americans with a forehand winner down the middle. 30/15. Service-winner out wide. 40/15 (GP #1). Sabine netted a forehand on the third stroke. 40/30 (GP #2). Spears hit a backhand long, and Sabine looked very pleased! Held.

Kops-Jones serving 1-1: Daniela netted a backhand. 15/0. Daniela hit an off-backhand volley-winner. 15/15. Spears hit an off-forehand punch-volley winner. 30/15. Sabine hit an off-backhand return-winner. 30/30. Daniela hit a down-the-line forehand return-winner. 30/40 (BP #1). Sabine painted the sideline with an off-forehand pass-winner. Broken.

Hantuchová serving 2-1: Sabine netted a backhand first volley, and put her hand on her face. 0/15. First serve out wide + crosscourt forehand drive-volley winner. 15/15. Kops-Jones hit a forehand return long. 30/15. Spears hit a crosscourt backhand winner. 30/30. Daniela netted a backhand. 30/40 (BP #1). Daniela hit a backhand lob-winner. 40/40 (BP #2). Spears hit a forehand smash-winner down the middle. Broken.

Spears serving 2-2: Second serve... Spears netted a backhand volley. 0/15. Spears hit a crosscourt backhand winner. 15/15. American pace forced Sabine to hit a crosscourt backhand volley wide. 30/15. Sabine hit a forehand return long. 40/15 (GP #1). Spears netted a forehand smash. 40/30 (GP #2). Spears hit a forehand smash-winner. Held.

Lisicki serving 2-3: Double fault #2 (second serve into the net). 0/15. Deep first serve out wide forced Spears to net a forehand return. 15/15. Clouds of sand blew across the court. Service-winner. 30/15. Spears crosscourt backhand long. 30/30. Kops-Jones hit a forehand return long. 40/30 (GP #1). Sabine hit a crosscourt backhand wide. 40/40 (BP #1). Second serve... Sabine hit a crosscourt forehand drive-volley winner. Held.

Kops-Jones serving 3-3: Sabine backhand long. 15/0. Sabine netted a backhand return. 30/0. Spears hit a backhand volley long. 30/15. Spears hit another backhand volley long. 30/30. Spears dispatched a short European lob with a forehand smash-winner. 40/30 (GP #1). Spears hit a forehand volley-winner down the middle. Held.

Hantuchová serving 3-4: First serve out wide forced Kops-Jones to net a forehand return. 15/0. Kops-Jones hit a crosscourt forehand volley-winner. 15/15. Kops-Jones forehand long. 30/15. Sabine went to the net, but earthed a backhand volley off an awkward low ball at her feet. 30/30. There was a big gust of wind. Sabine netted a forehand volley. 30/40 (BP #1). Daniela netted a forehand on the third stroke. Broken.

Spears serving 5-3: First serve out wide forced Daniela to hit a forehand return long. 15/0. Sabine, stretched wide, hit a backhand return wide. 30/0. European depth forced Spears to hit a forehand long. 30/15. Spears hit an error-forcing forehand smash. 40/15 (MP #1 for Kops-Jones/Spears). Kops-Jones dispatched a short European lob with a forehand smash-winner. Kops-Jones/Spears won 6-0 6-3 at 16:11 BST (second set 38m, match 57m).

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