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Old Sep 13th, 2008, 07:18 PM   #1
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Eastbourne 2008: Andrew's eyewitness reports & photos (3q + 1r)

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S OPEN (Eastbourne, England; grass; WTA Tier II)
========================== http://eastbourne.lta.org.uk/
Contents
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1. My photos
2. Qualifying: Third-round eyewitness report: Pironkova v Obziler

Master-reports for Eastbourne 2008:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=356695

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1. My photos
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Permission to copy my Eastbourne photos is granted provided that:
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(b) they are labelled as "Copyright 2008 Andrew Broad".
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I have uploaded all my photos for Monday 16th June 2008, in one big zip-file, to:
http://www.divshare.com/download/5368106-37b

Monday's players:

Tsvetana Pironkova (57 photos)
Gisela Dulko (75)
Alizé Cornet (36)
Tzipora Obziler (17)
Tathiana Garbin (17)
Victoria Azarenka (10)
Aravane Rezaď (6)
Amélie Mauresmo (2)

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2. Qualifying: Third-round eyewitness report: Pironkova v Obziler (Monday 16th June)
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+ TSVETANA PIRONKOVA [2] d. Tzipora Obziler, 6-4 6-0

Tsvetana is one of the cutest and most beautiful players on the WTA Tour, IMO, with a delectable face and a slim, Hantuchová-esque body. She enjoyed a nice, easy match out on Court 1 as the 35-year-old Obziler wilted in the midday-heat.

Tsvetana was broken in the first game of the match, but won the next four games. She hit some nice shots in that time: in particular, an off-backhand winner onto the sideline.

However, Tsvetana's 4-1* lead quickly evaporated as Obziler broke back in the 7th game (she squandered one break-point by missing a sitter at the net, but Tsvetana hit a forehand long on the second break-point).

So, suddenly it was *4-4, but Tsvetana didn't let that bother her: she held easily for 5-4*, and broke to love to take the first set on an Obziler double fault.

In the second set, Tsvetana broke for *2-0 with a high forehand drive-volley winner, and again for *4-0 with a crosscourt backhand pass-winner. She then held to love for 5-0*.

Obziler serving 0-5: She sliced a backhand wide. 0/15. Tsvetana crosscourt backhand wide. 15/15. Double fault (second serve into the net). 15/30. Tsvetana hit a crosscourt forehand into the corner, forcing Obziler to earth a forehand. 15/40 (MP #1). Tsvetana sealed victory with an off-backhand winner onto the sideline.

That evening, I had just ordered my meal in a French-and-Italian restaurant when someone in trainers and a white tracksuit walked in. As she passed me, I looked up and saw that it was Tsvetana! Unfortunately she ate her meal round a corner from where I was sitting, but she left just after I finished my main course (and I didn't have a starter), so I guess she must be on a Hantuchová-esque diet! ;-)

If I ran that restaurant, I would PAY Tsvetana to eat there! I would let her eat for free, and pay her the price of her meal if she turned up in her tennis-kit (which is all I've ever seen her wearing), or pay her DOUBLE the price of her meal if she came all glammed up! ;-)

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Andrew's first-round eyewitness report & photos

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S OPEN (Eastbourne, England; grass; WTA Tier II)
========================== http://eastbourne.lta.org.uk/
Contents
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1. My photos
2. First-round eyewitness report: Pironkova v Wozniacki

Master-reports for Eastbourne 2008:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=356695

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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:
http://www.divshare.com/download/5374043-c27

Tuesday's players:

Tsvetana Pironkova (66)
Nicole Vaidišová (62)
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)
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Alexandra Stevenson poster (1)
Venus Williams poster (1)
Mirjana Lučić poster (1)
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Stephanie Cornish (1)
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2. First-round eyewitness report: Pironkova v Wozniacki (Tuesday 17th June)
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- Tsvetana Pironkova [Q,DF] lt. Caroline Wozniacki, 3-6 2-6

As you can see from her descriptor, I have promoted Tsvetana to my demi-fanship. I just suddenly decided that at 2-2 in the first set, when I thought to myself: "She looks delectable, and I search for her photos every day she plays, so why not?"

Passion alone is sufficient for me to be a demi-fan, though I do think Tsvetana has talent too, as Venus Williams (Australian Open 2006) and Ana Ivanović (Rome 2008) would attest.

It's a shame Tsvetana could not have crowned her promotion with a win, but Wozniacki (the Wimbledon 2006 Girls' Singles champion) was too solid and too good, although Tsvetana seemed upset that she made some unforced errors at key points, judging by her reaction at 3-6 *2-4 (15/30).


First set
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PIRONKOVA __@* *___ 3
WOZNIACKI *@__* *@* 6

The match was first on Court 1, with an advertised start-time of 11:30 BST. I didn't record the exact start-time, so I'll assume that the pre-match routine took the typical 7 minutes, and that it therefore started at 11:37.

Wozniacki held serve after a long game of deuces, then broke for 2-0. Tsvetana broke back despite letting 0/40 become 40/40, and emitted a cute yell.

Tsvetana hit a pinpoint backhand winner down the line at *1-2 (30/15), and held to 15. Wozniacki held for 3-2*, but not before I suddenly decided to add Tsvetana to my demi-fanship!

So I then started to make point-by-point notes:

Tsvetana serving 2-3: Wozniacki error. 15/0. Wozniacki hit an off-backhand winner onto the sideline, and said "c'mon". 15/15. Crosscourt forehand return wide. 30/15. Wozniacki netted a backhand. 40/15. Wozniacki hit an error-forcing lob-return.

Wozniacki serving 3-3: Wozniacki's crosscourt backhand forced a short ball from Tsvetana, which Wozniacki dispatched with an off-backhand winner. 15/0. Tsvetana dumped a backhand return into the net. 30/0. Service-winner down the middle. 40/0. And again.

Tsvetana serving 3-4: Serve out wide + crosscourt backhand winner. 15/0. Wozniacki's deep off-forehand forced Tsvetana to net a backhand. 15/15. Wozniacki spread Tsvetana, forcing her to hit a forehand just wide. 15/30. Wozniacki forehand just long. 30/30. Wozniacki forehand long. 40/30. Tsvetana down-the-line backhand wide. 40/40. Tsvetana on the third stroke netted a forehand. Ad Wozniacki (BP). Tsvetana hit a backhand long to give Wozniacki the crucial break of the first set.

Wozniacki serving 5-3: Tsvetana's low-bouncing ball forced Wozniacki to scoop a forehand long. 0/15. Tsvetana chopped a forehand return long. 15/15. Wozniacki forehand long. 15/30. Wozniacki's depth forced Tsvetana to hit a backhand wide. 30/30. Serve out wide + forehand winner down the line + "c'mon" + fist-pump. 40/30 (SP #1). Tsvetana hit a forehand return just wide. Wozniacki won the first set 6-3 at 12:19 (42 minutes).


Second set
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PIRONKOVA *___*___ 2
WOZNIACKI _*@* *@* 6

Tsvetana serving 0-0: Tsvetana crosscourt backhand just wide. 0/15. Tsvetana's deep, wide crosscourt forehand forced Wozniacki to net a forehand. 15/15. Forehand return just long. 30/15. Wozniacki forehand long. 40/15. Wozniacki hit a crosscourt backhand winner into the corner. 40/30. Tsvetana backhand long. 40/40. Wozniacki netted a forehand. Ad Tsvetana. Serve out wide + pinpoint backhand winner down the line.

Always a relief to pull out a service-game like that when you've been pegged back from 40/15.

Wozniacki serving 0-1: Serve out wide + error-forcing crosscourt backhand. 15/0. Wozniacki off-backhand winner just inside the sideline. 30/0. Service-winner out wide. 40/0. Serve + crosscourt backhand winner.

Tsvetana serving 1-1: Wozniacki hit a crosscourt forehand just inside the sideline, forcing Tsvetana to hit a forehand lob wide. 0/15. Tsvetana went for a forehand winner down the line, but it was just wide. 0/30. A long rally culminated with Wozniacki hitting a crosscourt forehand onto the sideline, forcing Tsvetana to hit a forehand long. 0/40 (BP #1). Tsvetana's short ball forced Wozniacki to net a forehand and say "aya". 15/40 (BP #2). Wozniacki's hard backhand down the line forced Tsvetana to earth a forehand. Wozniacki celebrated the break with a fist-pump.

Wozniacki serving 2-1: Wozniacki netted a forehand smash. 0/15. Tsvetana forehand lob long. 15/15. Wozniacki backhand long. 15/30. Tsvetana netted a forehand. 30/30. Wozniacki's depth forced Tsvetana to hit a backhand wide. 40/30. Tsvetana's chopped forehand return did not go unpunished, as Wozniacki hit a forehand volley-winner.

Tsvetana serving 1-3: Wozniacki forehand long. 15/0. Wozniacki crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. 15/15. Tsvetana down-the-line backhand winner low over the net + "aide" + fist-pump. 30/15. Wozniacki backhand return-winner down the line. 30/30. Tsvetana played a good spreading rally, sealed with a high backhand volley-winner crosscourt. 40/30. Wozniacki opened up the court with a crosscourt forehand, but hit a down-the-line forehand long.

Wozniacki had an on-court coaching-session, as allowed at Eastbourne 2008.

Wozniacki serving 3-2: Tsvetana's forehand return clipped the netcord, and dropped dead for a winner. 0/15. Tsvetana forehand long. 15/15. Wozniacki on the third stroke hit a crosscourt backhand wide, and yelled. 15/30. Wozniacki pounced on a high ball to hit a backhand winner down the line. 30/30. An intriguing rally, in which Tsvetana retrieved a very low backhand, ended with Wozniacki hitting an off-forehand volley-winner onto the sideline. 40/30. Tsvetana blasted an off-forehand return wide of the tramlines.

Tsvetana serving 2-4: Wozniacki hit a high off-forehand volley-winner just inside the sideline. 0/15. Wozniacki down-the-line backhand return just long/wide. 15/15. Tsvetana hit a forehand long, doubled over and yelled - she seemed quite upset. 15/30. Wozniacki crosscourt backhand + crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline + fist-pump + "c'mon". 15/40. Wozniacki took the double break as she forced Tsvetana to hit a backhand wide.

Wozniacki serving 5-2: Serve out wide + crosscourt backhand winner. 15/0. Forehand return just long. 30/0. Wozniacki reached match-point with a high backhand drive-volley winner. 40/0 (MP #1). Wozniacki's deep down-the-line forehand forced Tsvetana to hit a crosscourt backhand just wide. Wozniacki won 6-3 6-2 at 12:52 (second set 33m, match 1h15m).

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