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Old Aug 1st, 2011, 10:22 PM   #1
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Birmingham 2011: Andrew's eyewitness reports & photos (Final added)

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AEGON CLASSIC (Edgbaston, Birmingham, England; grass; WTA International)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. First-round eyewitness report: Lisicki v Date-Krumm

Master-thread for my Birmingham 2011 reports:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=437257

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1. Photos (Monday 6th 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).

Monday’s photos are in two volumes, with Sabine only in Part 2.


Monday Part 2 (Photos 180 to 350)
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http://www.divshare.com/download/15428985-28f

Sabine Lisicki (45 photos)
Conny Perrin (32)
Noppawan Lertcheewakarn (30)
Ana Ivanović (18)
Kimiko Date-Krumm (9)
Klaudia Jans (7)
Rika Fujiwara (6)
Urszula Radwańska (4)
Rebecca Marino (4)
Caroline García (3)
Alicja Rosolska (3)
Ekaterina Makarova (2)
Alison Riske (2)
Gail Brodsky (2)
Abigail Spears (2)
Melanie South (2)
Christina McHale (1)
Heather Watson (1)
Virginie Razzano (1)
Liezel Huber (1)
Lisa Raymond (1)
Vladimíra Uhlířová (1)
Natalie Grandin (1)
Kirsten Flipkens (13)

It was sad to see Sabine (Photos 209–210) having to wear big, ugly braces on both ankles, but she’s still a great player and a beautiful girl, and her smile is amazing.

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2. First-round eyewitness report: Lisicki v Date-Krumm (Monday 6th June 2011)
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+ Sabine Lisicki [DF] d. KIMIKO DATE-KRUMM [12], 6-4 7-6 (7/3)

Sabine used her big serve throughout the match, and made a strong start to go up 0:0 *4-1. Then the momentum changed as the 40-year-old Date-Krumm began to weave her web of early hitting and clever placements to close to 3-4* as Sabine became more erratic. However, Date-Krumm let Sabine off the hook at *4-3 (30/40) by missing a makeable return, and Sabine used her one remaining break to close out the first set strongly.

Sabine broke at the start of the second set, but was broken back and had to save five break-points at *1-2 (15/40 + Ad×3) – which she did with an ace, two forehand winners, a backhand winner, and Date-Krumm netting a makeable return. Sabine mixed up the pace with some slices to break for *3-2, but Date-Krumm fought from *2-4 to 5-4* as Sabine became erratic again. Sabine was strong at *4-5 and *5-6, and in the tiebreak.


First set
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LISICKI @*_*@__*_* 6
DATE-KR __*__@*_*_ 4

The match was fourth on Centre Court, and started at 15:38 BST.

Date-Krumm serving 0-0: Sabine hit a deep forehand just inside the baseline, forcing Date-Krumm to hit a forehand long. 0/15. First serve out wide forced Date-Krumm to hit an off-backhand return wide. 15/15. Sabine crosscourt forehand wide. 30/15. Sabine hit a down-the-line forehand winner onto the baseline. 30/30. Date-Krumm netted a backhand on the third stroke. 30/40 (BP #1). Sabine off-backhand wide. Deuce #1. Double fault #1 (second serve into the net). Ad Lisicki (BP #2). Broken.

Lisicki serving 1-0: Ace #1: first serve out wide. 15/0. Second serve: Date-Krumm netted a backhand return. 30/0. Sabine’s backhand clipped the netcord and dropped dead for a winner. 40/0 (GP #1). Deep first serve forced Date-Krumm to hit an off-forehand return wide. Held.

Date-Krumm serving 0-2: Sabine netted a backhand return. 15/0. First serve down the middle forced Sabine to earth a forehand return. 30/0. Double fault #2 (second serve long). 30/15. Second serve: backhand return long. 40/15 (GP #1). Sabine on the fourth stroke netted a forehand. Held.

Sabine decided that it was hot enough to take her top off.

Lisicki serving 2-1: Second serve: backhand return long. 15/0. Sabine hit a crosscourt forehand dropshot-winner. 30/0. Sabine netted a backhand. 30/15. Second serve... Date-Krumm went to the net, but hit an inadequate half-volley dropshot that enabled Sabine to hit a forehand down-the-line pass-winner. 40/15 (GP #1). Sabine hit a pinpoint down-the-line forehand winner. Held.

Date-Krumm serving 1-3: Body-jamming serve induced Sabine to net a backhand return. 15/0. Date-Krumm went to the net, and picked off Sabine’s dipping crosscourt backhand with a half-volley crosscourt forehand dropshot-winner. Date-Krumm smiled. 30/0. Double fault #3 (second serve into the net). 30/15. Sabine opened up the court to hit a crosscourt forehand winner. 30/30. Sabine hit a pinpoint down-the-line backhand winner onto the baseline, and said “c’mon”. 30/40 (BP #1). Sabine, off-balance, hit a backhand dropshot-winner. Broken.

Lisicki serving 4-1: Double fault #1 (second serve just wide). 0/15. Sabine served a virtual ace down the middle, and said “c’mon”. 15/15. Date-Krumm crosscourt forehand wide. 30/15. A mildly deep return induced Sabine to spray a forehand long. 30/30. Sabine went to the net, but Date-Krumm forced her to retreat with a perfect lob onto the baseline, followed by a backhand dropshot-winner. 30/40 (BP #1). Double fault #2 (second serve into the net). Broken.

Date-Krumm serving 2-4: First serve down the middle forced Sabine to hit an off-forehand wide. 15/0. Date-Krumm hit a crosscourt forehand winner back behind Sabine. 30/0. Sabine hit a makeable forehand return just long. 40/0 (GP #1). Double fault #4 (second serve long). 40/15 (GP #2). First serve down the middle forced Sabine to earth a mishit forehand return. Held.

Lisicki serving 4-3 (new balls): Ace #2: first serve out wide. 15/0. Deep second serve induced Date-Krumm to hit a forehand return long. 30/0. Date-Krumm’s deep forehand forced Sabine to net a backhand. 30/15. Date-Krumm hit a deep ball down the middle, jamming Sabine so that she netted an off-backhand that would also have been wide. 30/30. Date-Krumm’s mild depth induced Sabine to hit a backhand long. 30/40 (BP #1). Date-Krumm let Sabine off the hook by hitting a makeable backhand return just long. Deuce #1. Date-Krumm hit a backhand long; Sabine said “komm jetzt”. Ad Lisicki (GP #1). First serve down the middle forced Date-Krumm to net a forehand return. Held.

Date-Krumm serving 3-5: Sabine went to the net, but her approach lacked penetration, enabling Date-Krumm to hit a crosscourt forehand pass-winner. 15/0. Second serve... Sabine pinned Date-Krumm back with a crosscourt forehand onto the baseline, and hit a backhand dropshot-winner. 15/15. Sabine’s forehand clipped the netcord and fell back on her side. 30/15. Sabine crosscourt forehand wide. 40/15 (GP #1). Second serve: Sabine netted a makeable backhand return. Held.

Lisicki serving 5-4: Second serve... Date-Krumm’s mild depth induced Sabine to net a forehand. 0/15. First serve + huge crosscourt forehand winner just inside the corner. 15/15. Date-Krumm netted a backhand dropshot. 30/15. Sabine’s crosscourt forehand induced Date-Krumm to slip; Sabine took advantage with a down-the-line forehand winner. 40/15 (SP #1 for Lisicki). Big second serve out wide forced Date-Krumm to net a forehand return. Lisicki won the first set 6-4 at 16:12 BST (34m).


Second set
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LISICKI @__*@*___*_*T 7(7)
DATE-KR _@*___*@*_*__ 6(3)

Date-Krumm serving 0-0: An awkward short ball from Sabine induced Date-Krumm to net an off-backhand. 0/15. First serve out wide: Sabine hit a down-the-line backhand return-winner. 0/30. Date-Krumm went to the net, but hit a forehand volley long. 0/40 (BP #1). Sabine hit a down-the-line backhand winner, and said “okay” (I’m not sure about this – if I could ask Sabine one question (other than the obvious), it would be what she says that sounds like “okay”). Broken.

Lisicki serving 1-0: Date-Krumm’s forehand return clipped the netcord and dropped dead for a winner. 0/15. Second serve... Sabine forced a short ball, and dispatched it with an off-forehand winner. 15/15. Sabine, on the third stroke, hit a crosscourt forehand dropshot-winner. 30/15. Date-Krumm’s deep, low-bouncing return forced Sabine to net a forehand. 30/30. Sabine on the third stroke hit a crosscourt backhand wide. 30/40 (BP #1). Sabine hit a crosscourt sliced backhand wide. Broken.

Date-Krumm serving 1-1: Date-Krumm forehand long. 0/15. Second serve: Sabine hit a down-the-line backhand return-winner, and said “okay”. 0/30. Sabine netted a backhand dropshot. 15/30. Sabine hit an off-forehand dropshot-winner. 15/40 (BP #1). First serve out wide forced Sabine to net a forehand return. 30/40 (BP #2). Date-Krumm went to the net, forcing Sabine to hit a backhand lob long. Deuce #1. First serve out wide + down-the-line forehand winner. Ad Date-Krumm (GP #1). Date-Krumm’s deep crosscourt forehand forced Sabine to hit a forehand long. Held.

Lisicki serving 1-2: Sabine, on the third stroke, netted a forehand dropshot. 0/15. Date-Krumm earthed a mishit forehand dropshot. 15/15. Second serve... Sabine netted a backhand. 15/30. Second serve: Date-Krumm’s deep crosscourt backhand return forced Sabine to net a backhand. 15/40 (BP #1). Ace #3: first serve down the middle, on the centre-line. Sabine said “okay”. 30/40 (BP #2). First serve out wide + off-forehand winner + “okay”. Deuce #1. Date-Krumm hit a forehand return down the middle, jamming into Sabine’s body, forcing her to net a backhand. Ad Date-Krumm (BP #3). First serve out wide + off-backhand winner. Deuce #2. Slow first serve out wide forced Date-Krumm to net a forehand return. Ad Lisicki (GP #1). Date-Krumm hit an off-forehand winner, and said “c’mon”. Deuce #3. Date-Krumm went to the net and hit a crosscourt backhand volley-winner. Ad Date-Krumm (BP #4). Sabine hit a down-the-line forehand winner, and said “c’mon”. Deuce #4. Date-Krumm slid into a backhand, netted it, and fell over. She knocked the grass out of the soles of her shoes. Ad Lisicki (GP #2). Body-jamming serve forced a short return, but Sabine sprayed a wild crosscourt forehand long and wide. Deuce #5. Date-Krumm’s crosscourt forehand forced Sabine to net a forehand, accompanied by a squeak. Ad Date-Krumm (BP #5). First serve: Date-Krumm netted a makeable backhand return. Deuce #6. Deep second serve forced Date-Krumm to bunt a forehand return long. Ad Lisicki (GP #2). Date-Krumm went to the net, but netted a forehand volley. Held.

Date-Krumm serving 2-2: Sabine hit some sliced backhands, and Date-Krumm sprayed a forehand very long. 0/15. First serve down the middle – on the centre-line – forced Sabine to net a forehand return. 15/15. Date-Krumm, on the third stroke, hit a backhand long. 15/30. First serve: Sabine netted a forehand return. 30/30. Sabine’s sliced forehand induced Date-Krumm to net a forehand. 30/40 (BP #1). Date-Krumm went to the net, but Sabine’s awkward defensive lob forced Date-Krumm to hit a forehand smash long. Broken.

Lisicki serving 3-2: First serve out wide forced Date-Krumm to net a forehand return. 15/0. Woefully short second serve... Sabine backhand long. 15/15. Sabine hit a crosscourt forehand dropshot onto the sideline, forcing Date-Krumm to hit a forehand long. 30/15. Second serve... Sabine netted a backhand. 30/30. Sabine hit an off-backhand dropshot-winner. 40/30 (GP #1). Ace #4: first serve down the middle. Held.

Date-Krumm serving 2-4 (new balls): Sabine hit a big forehand return long. 15/0. Date-Krumm hit a forehand low over the net, forcing Sabine to net a forehand. 30/0. Sabine’s deep forehand forced Date-Krumm to hit a forehand long. 30/15. Second serve: Sabine netted a backhand return. 40/15 (GP #1). Date-Krumm dominated the rally, her deep crosscourt backhand forcing Sabine to net a backhand. Held.

The weather had changed since 0:0 *2-1. It was colder now.

Lisicki serving 4-3: Sabine’s mild depth induced Date-Krumm to hit a forehand very long. 15/0. Date-Krumm’s deep return forced Sabine to net a forehand; she emitted a cute little high-pitched yell. 15/15. Date-Krumm’s deep crosscourt backhand died away, forcing Sabine to earth a backhand. 15/30. Sabine went to the net, hit an off-forehand volley-winner, and said “c’mon”. 30/30. Date-Krumm forced a short ball, dispatched it with a crosscourt forehand winner, and said “c’mon”. 30/40 (BP #1). Double fault #3 (second serve just long). Broken.

Date-Krumm serving 4-4: Sabine forehand just long. 15/0. Sabine netted a forehand return. 30/0. Backhand return long. 40/0 (GP #1). Sabine’s down-the-line backhand return was a winner despite clipping the netcord. 40/15 (GP #2). First serve out wide forced Sabine to hit a forehand return long. Held.

Lisicki serving 4-5: Date-Krumm netted a backhand; Sabine said “komm jetzt”. 15/0. First serve down the middle forced Date-Krumm to hit a forehand return wide. 30/0. Double fault #4 (second serve long). 30/15. Date-Krumm forehand very long. 40/15 (GP #1). First serve out wide: forehand return long. Held.

Date-Krumm serving 5-5: Off-backhand return wide. 15/0. Sabine’s deep backhand return forced Date-Krumm to hit a backhand into the bottom of the net. 15/15. Second serve... Sabine, on the fourth stroke, hit a backhand long. 30/15. Date-Krumm forehand just long. 30/30. Backhand return long. 40/30 (GP #1). A low-bouncing ball from Sabine forced Date-Krumm to net a backhand. Deuce #1. Date-Krumm went to the net, and hit a crosscourt backhand volley-winner. Ad Date-Krumm (GP #2). First serve out wide forced Sabine to earth a backhand return. Held.

Lisicki serving 5-6: First serve out wide + down-the-line forehand winner. 15/0. Date-Krumm hit an off-forehand return-winner. 15/15. Date-Krumm’s deep forehand forced Sabine to net a backhand. 15/30. Service-winner + “komm jetzt”. 30/30. First serve out wide + off-backhand winner back behind Date-Krumm. 40/30 (GP #1). Sabine’s sliced backhand forced Date-Krumm to net a backhand. Sabine said “c’mon”. Held.

6-6 tiebreak (all scores Lisicki/Date-Krumm):
{0/0*} Sabine hit a pinpoint down-the-line backhand winner, and said “c’mon”.
{*1/0} Date-Krumm backhand long.
{*2/0} Date-Krumm’s crosscourt forehand approach forced Sabine to hit a forehand long.
{2/1*} Date-Krumm forced a short ball, and dispatched it with a crosscourt forehand winner.
{2/2*} Second serve... Sabine went to the net, but hit a crosscourt forehand volley just wide, and complained to the umpire that it was on the line.
{*2/3} First serve: backhand return wide.
{*3/3} Sabine’s depth forced Date-Krumm to hit a backhand wide. Sabine said “komm jetzt”.
{4/3*} Sabine hit an off-forehand winner, pumped her fist and said “c’mon”.
{5/3*} Date-Krumm netted a forehand.
{*6/3: MP #1 for Lisicki} First serve: forehand return long. Lisicki won 6-4 7-6 (7/3) at 17:11 BST (second set 59m, match 1h33m).

Sabine’s on-court interview: “Oh yeah, definitely. I was looking forward – it was my first time on grass for two years... She takes the ball very early.”

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Day 2 photo

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AEGON CLASSIC (Edgbaston, Birmingham, England; grass; WTA International)
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1. Photos (Tuesday 7th June 2011)
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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 three volumes, with Sabine only in Part 1.


Tuesday Part 1 (Photos 001 to 179)
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Sabine Lisicki (1 photo)
Yaroslava Shvedova (55)
Zhčng,Jié (26)
Magdaléna Rybáriková (23)
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)
Marina Eraković (1)
Naomi Broady (1)
Sara Errani (1)
Megan Moulton-Levy (1)
Lindsay Lee-Waters (1)

Just one of Sabine this time, but it’s a nice one, as I spotted her off-court and smiling (Photo 139). Had I realised that I was just 16 days away from inducting her into my Eternal Fanship, of course, I would have taken many more.

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Andrew's eyewitness reports & photos for Wednesday

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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: Lisicki v Flipkens

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1. Photos (Wednesday 8th June 2011)
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Should my Divshare download-limit be exceeded, it will be reset on 17th October 2011.

Wednesday’s photos are in three volumes, with Sabine only in Part 2.


Wednesday Part 2 (Photos 154 to 324)
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Sabine Lisicki (90 photos)
Daniela Hantuchová (44)
Kirsten Flipkens (25)
Sorana Cîrstea (22)
Yaroslava Shvedova (5)
Marina Eraković (4)
Christina McHale (4)
Sara Errani (2)
Péng,Shuŕi (1)

I got some great close-ups of Sabine as she came off Court 1 (Photos 316 to 324). Her smile was amazing, and there was a moment between Photos 323 and 324 when we were pretty much alone together, which made me go weak at the knees. No doubt I would have gone even weaker, had I realised that I was just 15 days away from inducting her into my Eternal Fanship.

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2. Second-round eyewitness report: Lisicki v Flipkens (Wednesday 8th June 2011)
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+ Sabine Lisicki [DF] d. Kirsten Flipkens, 7-5 7-6 (7/3)

Sabine had a pretty miserable time in cold, rainy conditions out on Court One (there was a half-hour rain-delay at 0:0 2-3*), being *2-4 down in both sets to a tricky grass-court opponent, but her superior talent shone through in the end, along with her amazing smile when she won.

Sabine was in all sorts of trouble in the first set: she was broken in the third game, had to save two further break-points at *1-3, and recovered from *2-4 (15/30). She hit a glorious backpedalling forehand smash-winner at *4-4 (40/15), missed some cheap returns at 5-4*, but scored a commanding hold to love at *5-5, and converted her fifth set-point after six deuces at 6-5*.

Sabine was broken at the start of the second set, and consequently trailed *2-4. After an on-court chat with her father at 3-4*, she broke back with the help of crosscourt backhand and forehand winners, and a forehand smash-winner for *4-4. She was now handling Flipkens’s dropshots much better than in the first set.

The next four games went comfortably with serve, so the second set was decided by a tiebreak. At *2/1, Sabine put herself firmly in charge as she ripped a crosscourt backhand winner off a good deep forehand from Flipkens. At 5/1*, she ran down a dropshot and hit an off-forehand winner to give herself three match-points. Flipkens saved the first with a smash, Sabine choked on the second, but it was third time providential as she nailed a pinpoint backhand pass-winner down the line.


First set
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LISICKI *___*_*@*_*@ 7
FLIPKEN _*@*_*___*__ 5

The match was second on Court One, and started at 16:52 BST.

Lisicki serving 0-0: Having only five minutes to get from Centre Court to Court One (Daniela Hantuchová sealed victory against Sorana Cîrstea at 16:47 BST), I missed the first point. 15/0. Flipkens forehand long. 30/0. Sabine netted a backhand. 40/0 (GP #1). Service-winner. Held.

Flipkens serving 0-1: Forehand return long. 15/0. Sabine went to the net and hit a crosscourt forehand drop-volley winner. 15/15. Second serve... Sabine netted a backhand. 30/15. Backhand return long. 40/15 (GP #1). Second serve... Flipkens netted a sliced backhand. 40/30 (GP #2). Sabine ran down a dropshot but netted a forehand. Held.

Lisicki serving 1-1: Ace #1: first serve out wide. 15/0. Sabine hit an inadequate dropshot, enabling Flipkens to hit a forehand winner down the line. 15/15. Second serve: crosscourt backhand return wide. 30/30. Second serve... Sabine netted a forehand. 30/40 (BP #1). Sabine pushed an off-forehand just wide. Broken.

Flipkens serving 2-1: Flipkens went to the net, but Sabine’s lob forced her to retreat and hit a defensive backhand lob; Sabine’s forehand smash forced Flipkens to net a forehand. 0/15. Flipkens hit an off-forehand dropshot-winner, and Sabine complained about the lack of a line-call. 15/15. Second serve: Sabine hit a big backhand return down the line, forcing Flipkens to net a backhand. 15/30. Sabine crosscourt backhand wide. 30/30. Sabine hit a big forehand return down the line, forcing Flipkens to net a backhand. 30/40 (BP #1). Second serve... Flipkens opened up the court, and hit a crosscourt sliced backhand winner. Deuce #1. Flipkens hit a forehand dropshot-winner down the line. Ad Flipkens (GP #1). Sabine blasted a forehand return into the net. Held.

Lisicki serving 1-3: Flipkens slipped over, but her crosscourt forehand dropshot induced Sabine to hit a forehand just long. 0/15. Flipkens forehand long. 15/15. Flipkens hit a stunning forehand winner down the line. 15/30. Sabine, on the third stroke, hit an off-backhand winner. 30/30. Sabine, on the third stroke, hit an off-forehand winner onto the sideline. 40/30 (GP #1). Sabine netted a backhand on the third stroke. Deuce #1. Flipkens hit a forehand smash-winner down the line. Ad Flipkens (BP #1). First serve: Flipkens netted a backhand return. Deuce #2. Sabine dominated the rally and went to the net, with great retrieving from Flipkens until Sabine’s forehand smash forced her to net a forehand. Ad Lisicki (GP #2). It seems that I missed a point here, as my notes only say “Raindrops.” Deuce #3. Sabine lob long. Ad Flipkens (BP #2). First serve out wide forced Flipkens to hit a backhand return long. Deuce #4. Flipkens netted a forehand. Ad Lisicki (GP #3). Flipkens netted a forehand return. Held.

N.B. I’m honestly not sure how my point-descriptions align with the scores between “Ad Flipkens (BP #1)” and “Deuce #3” in that game. I think that I either missed a point at “Ad Lisicki (GP #2)”, or that the first serve at “Ad Flipkens (BP #1)” was actually a fault and the point at “Deuce #2” was therefore still “Ad Flipkens (BP #1)”. I cannot confirm from my other sources that Sabine actually had two advantages in that game, so I’m more inclined to believe the latter: that she saved break-point with that smash.

The match was suspended due to rain at 17:12 BST, and resumed at 17:42 BST (30m).

Flipkens serving 3-2: Sabine netted an off-backhand return. 15/0. Sabine mishit a backhand lob-return just long. 30/0. Sabine painted the sideline with an off-forehand winner. 30/15. Sabine ran down a dropshot but netted a backhand. 40/15 (GP #1). Flipkens went to the net behind a low-bouncing approach, forcing Sabine to net a backhand. Held.

Sabine stared pensively at her racket.

Lisicki serving 2-4: Flipkens netted a forehand. 15/0. Second serve... Sabine ran down a dropshot but hit an off-backhand wide. 15/15. Flipkens hit a crosscourt backhand winner, and pumped her fist. 15/30. First serve out wide – on the sideline – forced Flipkens to net a backhand return. 30/30. Ace #2: first serve down the middle. 40/30 (GP #1). First serve out wide + high forehand volley-winner crosscourt. Held.

Flipkens serving 4-3 (new balls): Double fault #1 (second serve long). 0/15. Sabine netted a backhand return. 15/15. Sabine hit an off-backhand return-winner. 15/30. Double fault #2 (second serve clipped the netcord and fell wide); Flipkens yelled “ah!” 15/40 (BP #1). First serve: forehand return long. 30/40 (BP #2). Flipkens went to the net, forcing Sabine to hit a crosscourt backhand lob wide. Deuce #1. Sabine hit a down-the-line forehand return-winner. Ad Lisicki (BP #3). Sabine’s backhand return clipped the netcord, forcing Flipkens to net a forehand half-volley. Broken.

Lisicki serving 4-4: First serve: Flipkens netted a forehand return. 15/0. Sabine’s backhand dropshot forced Flipkens to net a forehand. 30/0. Second serve... Sabine netted a backhand on the third stroke. 30/15. Flipkens hit a down-the-line forehand just wide. 40/15 (GP #1). Sabine went to the net; Flipkens’s awkward lob forced Sabine to backstep, but she pulled off a glorious off-forehand smash-winner, and said “ah yes!” Held.

Flipkens serving 4-5: First serve out wide: Sabine netted a forehand return. 15/0. First serve: forehand return long. 30/0. Double fault #3 (second serve just long). 30/15. Second serve: backhand return long. 40/15 (GP #1). Second serve: crosscourt forehand return just wide. Held.

Lisicki serving 5-5: With the wind rising, Sabine served Ace #3: a first serve down the middle. 15/0. Sabine hit a sliced forehand crosscourt into the corner, forcing Flipkens to net a forehand. 30/0. Deep first serve down the middle forced Flipkens to earth a backhand return. 40/0 (GP #1). Sabine hit a backhand volley from no-man’s-land, and a down-the-line backhand winner. “C’mon,” she said. Held.

Flipkens serving 5-6: Sabine hit a deep crosscourt forehand winner, and pumped her fist. 0/15. Ace #1: first serve out wide, on the sideline. 15/15. Sabine hit a crosscourt forehand pass-winner back behind Flipkens, and said “c’mon”. 15/30. Sabine’s depth induced Flipkens to hit a forehand long; Flipkens complained about the lack of a call. 15/40 (SP #1 for Lisicki). Sabine hit a deep return, but Flipkens handled it with an early crosscourt forehand winner. 30/40 (SP #2 for Lisicki). First serve: backhand return just long. Deuce #1. First serve out wide + crosscourt backhand winner onto the sideline. Ad Flipkens (GP #1). Sabine hit a deep crosscourt forehand return down the middle, inducing Flipkens to mishit an off-forehand wide. Deuce #2. Ace #2: second serve out wide, on the sideline. Ad Flipkens (GP #2). Sabine ran down a dropshot and hit a down-the-line forehand winner. Deuce #3. Ace #3: first serve down the middle, on the centre-line. Ad Flipkens (GP #3). A good serve forced a short return, but Flipkens hit an off-forehand just wide. Deuce #4. Sabine’s dropshot induced Flipkens to net a forehand. Ad Lisicki (SP #3). Flipkens forced a short ball, and dispatched it with an off-forehand winner. Deuce #5. Sabine’s deep forehand return forced Flipkens to net a forehand. Ad Lisicki (SP #4). First serve out wide: Sabine netted a cheap backhand return. Deuce #6. Sabine hit a deep return down the middle, inducing Flipkens to net a forehand. Ad Lisicki (SP #5). In a nail-biting rally, Flipkens went to the net, but netted a backhand volley. Lisicki won the first set 7-5 at 18:08 BST (1h16m).

Flipkens got her coach (not Ann Devries, but a man whom I don’t recognise) to come onto court and talk to her at the set-break.


Second set
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LISICKI __*_*_*@*_*_T 7(7)
FLIPKEN @*_*_*___*_*_ 6(3)

Lisicki serving 0-0: Sabine netted a forehand on the third stroke. 0/15. Sabine lost the point by doing “BLBAW” (I cannot for the life of me remember what that stands for – clearly not “backhand long backhand approach winner” as that does not make sense, and probably not “backhand long and wide” as my code for that would be “BL&w”). 0/30. Second serve... Sabine forehand just long. 0/40 (BP #1). Second serve... Sabine hit an off-forehand virtual winner. 15/40 (BP #2). First serve out wide: Flipkens netted a forehand return. 30/40 (BP #3). Second serve... Sabine crosscourt backhand wide. Broken.

Flipkens serving 1-0: Forehand return long. 15/0. Sabine hit a huge backhand return-winner down the line. 15/15. Sabine’s low-bouncing forehand forced Flipkens to net a forehand. 15/30. First serve out wide + crosscourt forehand volley-winner. 30/30. First serve out wide: Sabine netted a forehand return. 40/30 (GP #1). First serve out wide: Sabine netted a backhand return. Held.

Lisicki serving 0-2: Sabine ran around her backhand and netted an off-forehand. 0/15. Sabine ran down a dropshot and hit an off-forehand winner onto the baseline. 15/15. Flipkens went to the net, but Sabine hit a crosscourt backhand pass-winner. 30/15. Flipkens’s short-angled crosscourt backhand forced Sabine to net a backhand. 30/30. Flipkens hit an off-forehand smash-winner. 30/40 (BP #1). Flipkens mishit a backhand into the net. Deuce #1. First serve down the middle: forehand return long. Ad Lisicki (GP #1). Second serve: Flipkens netted a cheap backhand return. Held.

Flipkens serving 2-1: Deep first serve down the middle forced Sabine to net a backhand return. 15/0. Second serve... Sabine hit a down-the-line backhand wide. 30/0. Sabine ran down a dropshot, but sprayed a crosscourt forehand long and wide. 40/0 (GP #1). Service-winner out wide. Held.

Lisicki serving 1-3 (new balls): First serve forced a short return, which Sabine dispatched with a crosscourt forehand winner. 15/0. Sabine hit a crosscourt backhand dropshot-winner. 30/0. Ace #4: first serve out wide. 40/0 (GP #1). Flipkens hit a big crosscourt forehand return-winner. 40/15 (GP #2). Sabine hit a backhand lob wide. 40/30 (GP #3). Second serve down the middle forced Flipkens to stretch wide and net a forehand return. Held.

Flipkens serving 3-2: Deep first serve down the middle induced Sabine to mishit a backhand lob-return wide. 15/0. Deep first serve out wide forced Sabine to net a backhand return. 30/0. Sabine dumped a crosscourt backhand into the bottom of the net. 40/0 (GP #1). Flipkens’s dropshot forced Sabine – run though she did – to net a forehand. Held.

Raindrops started falling again as Sabine prepared to serve.

Lisicki serving 2-4: Double fault #1 (second serve very long). 0/15. Ace #5: first serve down the middle. 15/15. Sabine ran around her backhand and netted an off-forehand. 15/30. Ace #6: first serve out wide, on the sideline (I must admit: it looked wide). 30/30. Deep first serve forced Flipkens to earth a backhand return. 40/30 (GP #1). A low-bouncing ball from Flipkens induced Sabine to net a sliced backhand. Deuce #1. Ace #7: first serve down the middle. Ad Lisicki (GP #2). Ace #8: first serve down the middle. Held.

Sabine got her coach (Dr Richard Lisicki) to come onto court and talk to her at the changeover.

Flipkens serving 4-3: Ace #3: first serve out wide. 15/0. Sabine hit a crosscourt backhand winner (Flipkens’s backhand was “not up”). 15/15. Deep first serve induced Sabine to net a forehand return – but the serve must have been long, because my notes then say that Flipkens hit an off-forehand wide. 15/30. Second serve... Flipkens hit an off-forehand onto the sideline: it was called wide but overruled as good, so they had to replay the point. Sabine hit a crosscourt forehand winner, pumped her fist and said “c’mon”. 15/40 (BP #1). Flipkens hit an off-forehand onto the baseline, forcing Sabine to hit a backhand long. 30/40 (BP #2). Flipkens drew Sabine to the net with a dropshot, but the tactic backfired as Sabine ended up hitting a forehand smash-winner and saying “c’mon”. Broken.

Lisicki serving 4-4: Sabine, on the third stroke, hit a sneaky crosscourt forehand dropshot-winner. 15/0. Sabine hit an off-forehand onto the sideline, forcing Flipkens to net a backhand. Flipkens told the umpire that Sabine’s shot was wide; he said it was inside the line; she told him to “wake up”. 30/0. Service-winner: first serve out wide. 40/0 (GP #1). Flipkens forehand long. Held.

Flipkens serving 4-5: Flipkens’s deep off-forehand forced Sabine to hit a backhand lob wide. 15/0. Sabine’s deep crosscourt forehand induced Flipkens to hit a forehand halfway up the net. 15/15. Sabine hit a dropshot, but Flipkens returned the favour with a crosscourt forehand dropshot-winner. 30/15. Sabine hit a crosscourt forehand long. 40/15 (GP #1). First serve out wide: crosscourt forehand wide. Held.

Lisicki serving 5-5: Double fault #2 (wild second serve very long). 0/15. Flipkens backhand long. 15/15. Deep second serve: Flipkens hit a down-the-line forehand return-winner. 15/30. Ace #9: first serve out wide. 30/30. Sabine hit a crosscourt forehand winner, and said “c’mon”. 40/30 (GP #1). Ace #10: second serve down the middle clipped the outside edge of the centre-line. Held.

Raindrops started falling again.

Flipkens serving 5-6: Flipkens netted a backhand. 0/15. Flipkens went to the net, forcing Sabine to hit a backhand lob long. 15/15. Sabine hit an off-backhand return wide. 30/15. Ace #4: first serve out wide, on the sideline. 40/15 (GP #1). First serve out wide: Sabine netted a forehand return. Held.

The rain stopped. It was cold and windy.

6-6 tiebreak (all scores Lisicki/Flipkens):
{*0/0} Sabine’s forehand dropshot forced Flipkens to net a forehand.
{1/0*} Flipkens’s crosscourt forehand approach forced Sabine to hit a crosscourt forehand wide.
{1/1*} Flipkens forehand long.
{*2/1} Second serve... Flipkens hit a deep forehand just inside the baseline, but Sabine ripped a crosscourt backhand winner, and said “c’mon”.
{*3/1} Sabine’s first serve out wide + crosscourt backhand forced Flipkens to net a backhand.
{4/1*} Sabine’s deep backhand return induced Flipkens to net a backhand.
{5/1*} Second serve... Flipkens hit a forehand dropshot, but Sabine ran it down and hit an off-forehand winner.
{*6/1: MP #1 for Lisicki} Second serve... Flipkens forced a floater, and dispatched it with a forehand smash-winner.
{*6/2: MP #2 for Lisicki} Second serve... Sabine forced a short ball, but dumped a forehand into the net.
{6/3*: MP #3 for Lisicki} Flipkens went to the net, but Sabine hit a pinpoint down-the-line backhand pass-winner, and shouted “c’mon”. Lisicki won 7-5 7-6 (7/3) at 18:57 BST (second set 48m, match 2h05m).

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Andrew's third-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. Third-round eyewitness report: Lisicki v Paszek

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1. Photos (Thursday 9th 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).

Thursday’s photos are in three volumes, with Sabine in Parts 1 and 2.


Thursday Part 1 (Photos 001 to 150)
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http://www.divshare.com/download/16173758-a06

Sabine Lisicki (26 photos)
Daniela Hantuchová (77)
Alla Kudryavtseva (20)
Aravane Rezaď (18)
Tamira Paszek (11)
Alison Riske (10)
Mirjana Lučić (1)


Thursday Part 2 (Photos 151 to 253)
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http://www.divshare.com/download/16174114-12f

Sabine Lisicki (3 photos)
Magdaléna Rybáriková (73)
Arina Rodionova (37)
Bojana Jovanovski (7)
Tamira Paszek (3)
Anastasia Rodionova (3)
Alla Kudryavtseva (3)
Urszula Radwańska (2)
Olga Govortsova (2)
Jocelyn Rae (2)
Heather Watson (2)
Ekaterina Makarova (1)

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2. Third-round eyewitness report: Lisicki v Paszek (Thursday 9th June 2011)
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+ Sabine Lisicki [DF] d. Tamira Paszek, 7-6 (7/1) 6-4

I watched the first set before I had to turn my attention to Magdaléna Rybáriková v Arina Rodionova (an automatic decision, as I was already an Eternal Fan of Magda but not yet of Sabine at that time).

Sabine was down *1-3 and 3-4*, but once again fought back to take the set. Sabine has become pretty clever at constructing rallies with dropshots, though I sometimes felt that she was overdoing them to the point of becoming too predictable.

The match had a controversial ending, as a ball from Paszek at match-point was called long but overruled as good. Sabine claimed in a recent interview never to have thrown her racket, but she certainly dropped it as she argued about the call (Photo 203). So they had to replay the point, and Sabine won it anyway.


First set
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LISICK __*_*@_@*_*_T 7(7)
PASZEK @*_*__@__*_*_ 6(1)

The match was second on Court 2, and started at 12:43 BST.

Lisicki serving 0-0: Sabine netted a forehand smash. 0/15. Second serve... I missed this point – sorry. 15/15. Sabine went to the net, but Paszek hit a forehand pass-winner down the line. 15/30. Second serve... Sabine netted a forehand. 15/40 (BP #1). First serve out wide forced Paszek to hit a forehand return long. 30/40 (BP #2). Sabine netted a backhand. Broken.

Paszek serving 1-0: Second serve... Sabine netted a forehand. 15/0. Second serve: Sabine hit a crosscourt backhand return-winner. 15/15. Ace #1: first serve out wide (called wide but overruled as good). 30/15. Second serve: backhand return long. 40/15 (GP #1). Paszek’s deep forehand forced Sabine to hit a forehand long. Held.

Lisicki serving 0-2: Sabine’s high backhand drop-volley sat up nicely for Paszek to... hit a crosscourt forehand pass wide. 15/0. Sabine’s lob forced a weak ball from Paszek, which Sabine dispatched with an off-forehand winner. 30/0. Sabine netted a forehand. 30/15. Sabine painted the sideline with a crosscourt forehand winner. 40/15 (GP #1). Sabine hit an off-backhand wide. 40/30 (GP #2). Sabine hit a forehand dropshot to draw Paszek to the net; Sabine hit a crosscourt forehand pass-winner. Held.

Paszek serving 2-1: Sabine’s crosscourt backhand volley forced Paszek to net a backhand. 0/15. Sabine hit a dropshot... but Paszek ended up winning the rally with a crosscourt backhand winner. 15/15. Forehand return long. 30/15. Second serve... Sabine netted a forehand after an exchange of dropshots. 40/15 (GP #1). Deep second serve induced Sabine to net a forehand return. Held.

Lisicki serving 1-3: Sabine went to the net, but Paszek hit a backhand pass-winner down the line. 0/15. First serve out wide forced Paszek to hit a backhand return wide. 15/15. First serve down the middle forced Paszek to hit a backhand return long. 30/15. Sabine forehand just long. 30/30. Ace #1: first serve out wide. 40/30 (GP #1). Double fault #1. Deuce #1. Second serve out wide: Paszek mishit a crosscourt forehand return wide. Ad Lisicki (GP #1). Sabine, on the third stroke, hit a forehand dropshot-winner. Held.

Paszek serving 3-2: Sabine hit a pinpoint backhand winner down the line. 0/15. Sabine hit a crosscourt backhand winner. 0/30. Paszek went to the net, forcing Sabine to hit a forehand long. 15/30. Sabine hit a forehand long, and Paszek said “c’mon”. 30/30. Second serve: Sabine dumped a forehand return halfway up the net. 40/30 (GP #1). Second serve... Paszek netted a forehand smash. Deuce #1. Sabine hit a forehand dropshot-winner. Ad Lisicki (BP #1). Sabine’s off-forehand forced Paszek to net a backhand. Broken.

Lisicki serving 3-3: First serve forced Paszek to hit a forehand return long. 15/0. Second serve... Paszek hit a crosscourt forehand pass-winner. 15/15. Sabine’s depth forced Paszek to hit a forehand lob long. 30/15. Sabine hit a dropshot, but three strokes later, Paszek hit an off-forehand smash-winner. 30/30. Double fault #2 (second serve long). 30/40 (BP #1). Paszek’s deep crosscourt backhand forced Sabine to hit a backhand long. Paszek pumped her fist. Broken.

Paszek serving 4-3 (new balls): The scoreboard froze at 13:15 BST. The scoreboard resumed at 13:18 BST (3m). Paszek netted a sliced backhand. 0/15. Second serve... Paszek ran down a dropshot, but hit a forehand long. 0/30. Second serve: forehand return long. 15/30. Sabine hit an off-backhand dropshot-winner. 15/40 (BP #1). Second serve... Paszek went to the net, forcing Sabine to hit a forehand lob long. 30/40 (BP #1). Sabine netted a forehand return. Deuce #1. Sabine hit a crosscourt forehand dropshot + down-the-line forehand pass-volley winner. Ad Lisicki (BP #3). First serve out wide forced Sabine to net a backhand return. Deuce #2. Second serve... Paszek netted a backhand. Ad Lisicki (BP #4). Paszek ran down a dropshot, and hit a crosscourt forehand winner. Deuce #3. Paszek backhand long. Ad Lisicki (BP #5). Sabine hit an off-forehand return-winner. Broken.

Lisicki serving 4-4: Sabine hit a down-the-line forehand winner onto the baseline. 15/0. Sabine hit a short-angled off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. 30/0. Sabine hit a crosscourt forehand dropshot-winner. 40/0 (GP #1). Double fault #3 (second serve wide of the sideline). 40/15 (GP #2). Second serve... Paszek’s deep crosscourt forehand forced Sabine to net a forehand. 40/30 (GP #3). Deep first serve down the middle forced Paszek to net a backhand return. Held.

Paszek serving 4-5: Sabine hit a forehand long. 15/0. Sabine netted a forehand. 30/0. I missed this point – sorry. 40/0 (GP #1). Second serve... Paszek’s crosscourt forehand forced Sabine to hit a running forehand long. Held.

Lisicki serving 5-5: Paszek hit a forehand long. 15/0. Sabine’s dropshot induced Paszek to net a backhand. 30/0. Sabine hit a high forehand volley-winner crosscourt: just inside the sideline. 40/0 (GP #1). Paszek hit a deep forehand down the line, forcing Sabine to earth a backhand. 40/15 (GP #2). First serve: Paszek hit a forehand return-winner just inside the baseline. 40/30 (GP #3). Sabine hit an off-forehand winner. Held.

Paszek serving 5-6: Sabine hit a crosscourt forehand wide. 15/0. A netcord gave Sabine the initiative, and she hit a crosscourt forehand winner. 15/15. Paszek’s deep forehand forced Sabine to net a forehand. 30/15. First serve out wide forced Sabine to net a backhand. 40/15 (GP #1). Second serve... Sabine hit a crosscourt backhand wide. Held.

6-6 tiebreak (all scores Lisicki/Paszek):
{*0/0} Sabine forced a short ball, and dispatched it with a short-angled off-forehand winner onto the sideline.
{1/0*} Sabine’s deep crosscourt forehand forced Paszek to net a forehand.
{2/0*} Paszek hit a down-the-line backhand just wide.
{*3/0} Paszek hit a crosscourt forehand just wide.
{*4/0} Sabine hit a crosscourt forehand deep into the corner, inducing Paszek to net a forehand.
{*5/0} Paszek netted a backhand.
{6/0*: SP #1 for Lisicki} Paszek’s deep crosscourt backhand forced Sabine to net a backhand.
{*6/1: SP #2 for Lisicki} First serve out wide + crosscourt backhand dropshot-winner. Lisicki won the first set 7-6 (7/1) at 13:44 BST (1h01m).

And then I had to switch my attention to Magdaléna Rybáriková, who was just about to start her match on the adjacent Court 1. I was able to keep an eye on this match, but not write down a description of each point for this match as well as Magda’s.

I apologise for any offence that I may cause by having chosen Magda over Sabine. Had I already inducted Sabine into my Eternal Fanship by that time, I would have stuck with her match until the end.


Second set
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LISICK @*__@*_*_* 6
PASZEK __*@__*_*_ 4

Paszek serving 0-0: 0/15. Double fault #1. 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Second serve... Broken.

Lisicki serving 1-0: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Paszek serving 0-2: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Lisicki serving 2-1 (new balls): The scoreboard froze at 13:58 BST. The scoreboard resumed at 14:01 BST (3m). 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). Double fault #5. Broken.

Paszek serving 2-2: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Lisicki serving 3-2: 15/0. 15/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Lisicki (GP #1). Held.

Paszek serving 2-4: Second serve... 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. Double fault #2. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Lisicki serving 4-3: Ace #2. 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Paszek serving 3-5: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Lisicki serving 5-4: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (MP #1 for Lisicki). Second serve... Lisicki won 7-6 (7/1) 6-4 at 14:24 BST (second set 40m, match 1h41m).

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Andrew's quarter-final eyewitness reports & 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. Quarter-final eyewitness report: Lisicki v Rybáriková

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1. Photos (Friday 10th June 2011)
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Permission to copy my Birmingham photos is granted provided that:
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(b) they are labelled as “Copyright Andrew Broad 2011”.
Please let me know if you do use them on another website.

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Should my Divshare download-limit be exceeded, it will be reset on 16th December 2011.

Friday’s photos are in four volumes, with Sabine only in Part 3.


Friday Part 3 (Photos 254 to 376)
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Sabine Lisicki (50 photos)
Magdaléna Rybáriková (95)

Part 3 features the Lisicki v Rybáriková quarter-final – my favourite match of Birmingham 2011 in terms of both tennis and beauty.

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2. Quarter-final eyewitness report: Lisicki v Rybáriková (Friday 10th June 2011)
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+ Sabine Lisicki [DF] d. MAGDALÉNA RYBÁRIKOVÁ [14,EF], 7-6 (7/1) 6-4

In terms of two players both playing well at the same time, this was the best match that I have seen since Nicole Vaidišová v Ana Ivanović at Wimbledon 2007. It was certainly worthy of more than an International quarter-final – I don’t think anyone who appreciates fine tennis would have been disappointed had this been a Wimbledon final. That’s the kind of audience that it deserved.

Both girls have big serves, and Sabine likes to hit dropshots as early in the rally and as often as possible. They had numerous fantastic rallies, with Magda out-Lisickiing Sabine on some occasions, and Sabine outfoxing Magda on others, as they both tried to pin each other back and then hit dropshots, and Magda hit some fantastic high volleys. Both girls were extremely determined, with Magda shouting even after forced errors, and Sabine running into the side fence as she tried to retrieve one Magda smash!

There were no breaks in the first set, although Sabine recovered from *2-2 (15/40) with two actual aces and a virtual ace, and Magda from *4-5 (15/30) with some good first serves of her own.

Sabine dominated the tiebreak with the help of two groundstroke winners and two aces (one at set-point), and there was little chance that Magda would be able to recover from going a break down at the start of the second with Sabine playing and serving so well, and so it proved. Magda continued to play well on her own service-games, but couldn’t put pressure on Sabine’s.

When Sabine hit a crosscourt forehand winner deep into the corner from a deep position to break for 1:0 *5-2, it looked like the final nail in Magda’s coffin, but Sabine threw her a lifeline by double-faulting for 5-3* (Sabine’s only double fault of the match), and Magda held for 4-5* with the help of a fantastic off-forehand smash-winner running backwards, an ace and a crosscourt forehand winner.

Magda rallied from 0:1 4-5* 0/30* to 40/30*, but an unforced error and Sabine’s pinpoint forehand winner down the line gave Sabine her first match-point. Magda saved it by winning a nail-biting meaty baseline-rally, then had two break-points, but Sabine saved them with a deep first serve and a forehand smash-winner, and sealed victory with the help of two more big first serves.

It was wonderful to see Sabine back playing so well after the terrible ankle-injury that derailed her career at Indian Wells 2010, and she was just 13 days away from joining Magda in my Eternal Fanship.


First set
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LISICKI *_*_*_*_*_*_T 7
RYBÁRIK _*_*_*_*_*_*_ 6

The match was fourth on Centre Court. Magda won the toss and elected to receive, and the match started at 16:50 BST.

Lisicki serving 0-0: A long opening rally ended with Sabine running down a dropshot to hit a short-angled crosscourt backhand winner. 15/0. Sabine hit a crosscourt forehand deep into the corner for a virtual winner. 30/0. Sabine, on the third stroke, hit a crosscourt forehand dropshot-winner. 40/0 (GP #1). Sabine, on the third stroke, hit a crosscourt backhand wide. 40/15 (GP #2). Second serve: Magda netted a backhand return. Held.

Rybáriková serving 0-1: Sabine netted a forehand return. 15/0. Second serve: backhand return just long. 30/0. First serve: Sabine blasted a forehand return long. 40/0 (GP #1). First serve: Sabine netted a backhand return. Held.

Lisicki serving 1-1: First serve out wide: forehand return long. 15/0. Sabine tried to serve and volley behind a first serve out wide, but dumped a crosscourt forehand volley into the net, and emitted a high-pitched yell. 15/15. Sabine, on the third stroke, hit a crosscourt forehand drop-volley winner. 30/15. Sabine, on the third stroke, hit a backhand just long. 30/30. Ace #1: first serve out wide. 40/30 (GP #1). Second serve... one of Magda’s trademark jumping crosscourt backhands induced Sabine to hit a backhand long. Deuce #1. Sabine’s depth forced Magda to hit a forehand just long. Ad Lisicki (GP #2). First serve down the middle forced Magda to earth a forehand return. Held.

Rybáriková serving 1-2: First serve out wide forced Sabine to net a forehand return. 15/0. Magda, on the third stroke, hit a forehand dropshot to draw Sabine to the net, and hit a forehand pass-winner down the line. 30/0. Ace #1: first serve out wide, on the sideline. 40/0 (GP #1). First serve: Sabine netted a backhand return. Held.

Lisicki serving 2-2: Second serve... Magda pinned Sabine back behind the baseline, then hit a forehand dropshot-winner. 0/15. Ace #2: first serve down the middle. 15/15. Second serve... Magda hit a deep forehand onto the baseline, forcing Sabine to hit a forehand very long. 15/30. Magda’s deep crosscourt forehand forced Sabine to net a forehand. 15/40 (BP #1). Virtual ace: first serve down the middle. 30/40 (BP #2). Ace #3: first serve down the middle. Deuce #1. Ace #4: first serve out wide. Ad Lisicki (GP #1). Sabine’s depth forced Magda to hit a sliced off-backhand wide. Held.

15/40 and three huge serves – Sabine would enjoy a similar recovery from double match-point down against Lǐ,Nŕ at Wimbledon 13 days later.

Rybáriková serving 2-3: First serve out wide + cheeky forehand dropshot-winner with wicked sidespin to the right. 15/0. Deep first serve out wide: backhand return long. 30/0. Magda sliced a backhand long. 30/15. Ace #2: first serve down the middle. 40/15 (GP #1). Magda netted a forehand on the third stroke, and muttered. 40/30 (GP #2). Magda drew Sabine to the net with a dropshot, then hit a forehand lob-winner. Held.

Lisicki serving 3-3: Sabine forehand just long. 0/15. Kick second serve out wide: backhand return long. 15/15. Second serve... Magda’s dropshot bounced too high... Sabine hit a forehand smash-winner. 30/15. Sabine netted a forehand on the third stroke. 30/30. Magda went to the net, but Sabine hit an awkward lob over Magda’s left shoulder, forcing her to run left and hit an off-backhand volley just wide. 40/30 (GP #1). First serve out wide: Magda netted a forehand return. Held.

Rybáriková serving 3-4 (new balls): Magda served and volleyed with a crosscourt backhand volley-winner. 15/0. Sabine forehand just long. 30/0. Ace #3: first serve down the middle. 40/0 (GP #1). Magda caught two bad tosses. Ace #4: first serve down the middle. Held.

Lisicki serving 4-4: Second serve... Sabine’s deep, defensive lob proved awkward for Magda, who netted a forehand smash. 15/0. Sabine went to the net and hit a crosscourt forehand drop-volley winner. 30/0. Second serve... Magda’s depth pinned Sabine back behind the baseline; Magda hit a forehand dropshot-winner. 30/15. Ace #5: first serve down the middle, just inside the sideline. 40/15 (GP #1). First serve out wide + off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. Held.

Rybáriková serving 4-5: Second serve... Sabine pinned Magda back behind the baseline, then hit an off-forehand dropshot-winner. 0/15. Magda, on the third stroke, hit an off-forehand dropshot, forcing Sabine to net a backhand; Sabine emitted a high-pitched yelp, and then smiled. 15/15. Double fault #1 (second serve just long). 15/30. First serve out wide forced Sabine to net a backhand return. 30/30. Sabine forehand just long. 40/30 (GP #1). Magda netted a forehand on the third stroke. Deuce #1. Sabine’s forehand return clipped the netcord and fell back on her side. Ad Rybáriková (GP #2). First serve out wide, deep in the corner, forced Sabine to hit a backhand lob-return long. Held.

Lisicki serving 5-5: Magda hit a deep forehand onto the baseline, forcing Sabine to net a forehand. 0/15. Ace #6: first serve down the middle, on the centre-line. 15/15. Magda hit an off-forehand just wide, and yelled. 30/15. Sabine hit an off-forehand just inside the sideline, forcing Magda to net a backhand. 40/15 (GP #1). Magda ran down a dropshot, but hit a crosscourt backhand just wide. Held.

Rybáriková serving 5-6: Sabine’s deep crosscourt forehand return induced Magda to net a forehand. 0/15. Sabine hit a forehand just long. 15/15. Sabine hit a forehand long and wide. 30/15. Sabine hit a down-the-line backhand return-winner. 30/30. First serve out wide: Sabine hit a forehand return long, and sank to her haunches. 40/30 (GP #1). First serve out wide + crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. Held.

6-6 tiebreak (all scores Lisicki/Rybáriková):
{*0/0} Magda hit a forehand just long.
{1/0*} Sabine hit an off-forehand winner just inside the sideline.
{2/0*} Sabine’s short-angled crosscourt forehand forced Magda to net a forehand.
{*3/0} Sabine hit an off-backhand winner back behind Magda.
{*4/0} Ace #7: first serve down the middle, just inside the service-line.
{5/0*} Magda’s depth pinned Sabine back behind the baseline; Magda hit an off-forehand dropshot-winner.
{5/1*} Sabine’s deep, mildly awkward forehand return induced Magda to net a forehand.
{*6/1: SP #1 for Lisicki} Ace #8: first serve down the middle. Lisicki won the first set 7-6 at 17:36 BST (46m).

Magda got her coach Martin Hromec to come onto court and talk to her at the set-break.


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

Rybáriková serving 0-0: Magda, on the third stroke, netted a forehand dropshot. 0/15. Magda’s first serve was out, but she complained that it was “clearly on the line”. Second serve... Magda’s dropshot induced Sabine to net a forehand dropshot. 15/15. Magda went to the net and hit a crosscourt backhand volley-winner. 30/15. Magda ran down a dropshot, but netted a forehand. 30/30. Sabine forced a short ball, dispatched it with an off-forehand winner, and said, “C’mon!” 30/40 (BP #1). Second serve: backhand return long. Deuce #1. Magda forced a short floater and dispatched it with a forehand smash-winner; Sabine ran right up to the side fence in an attempt to reach it! Ad Rybáriková (GP #1). Second serve... Sabine forced a short ball, and dispatched it with a crosscourt forehand winner. Deuce #2. Sabine ran down a dropshot, and dispatched it with an off-forehand winner. Ad Lisicki (BP #2). Magda, on the third stroke, hit an off-forehand wide. Broken.

Lisicki serving 1-0: Magda netted an off-backhand volley. 15/0. Ace #9: first serve out wide; Sabine said, “C’mon!” 30/0. Sabine’s depth forced Magda to hit a backhand long. 40/0 (GP #1). Deep first serve out wide forced Magda to net a backhand return. Sabine said, “Okay.” Held.

Rybáriková serving 0-2: Second serve... Sabine ran down a dropshot and hit an off-forehand dropshot-winner. 0/15. Kick second serve out wide: backhand return long. 15/15. Magda went to the net, but Sabine’s crosscourt forehand forced her to hit a half-volley forehand and retreat; Sabine hit another crosscourt forehand, forcing Magda to hit a forehand long. 15/30. Ace #5: first serve out wide. 30/30. First serve out wide + crosscourt forehand volley-winner. 40/30 (GP #1). Sabine’s pinpoint backhand down the line forced Magda to net a forehand. Deuce #1. First serve out wide + crosscourt forehand volley-winner back behind Sabine. Ad Rybáriková (GP #2). First serve out wide forced Sabine to net a backhand return. Held.

Lisicki serving 2-1 (new balls): First serve out wide: forehand return long. 15/0. Body-jamming serve: Magda netted a makeable backhand return. 30/0. Sabine mishit a forehand dropshot into the net. 30/15. Magda netted a backhand. 40/15 (GP #1). Sabine hit an off-backhand winner just inside the sideline. Held.

Rybáriková serving 1-3: Sabine hit an off-forehand wide, and emitted a high-pitched yelp. 15/0. Sabine hit a deep forehand lob just inside the baseline; Magda ran around her backhand and hit a forehand very long. 15/15. Second serve... Sabine hit a deep forehand onto the baseline, forcing Magda to hit an off-forehand wide. 15/30. Magda went to the net, but Sabine’s lob forced her to retreat; Magda ran around her backhand and dumped a forehand into the net. 15/40 (BP #1). First serve out wide + off-forehand winner just inside the baseline. 30/40 (BP #2). Sabine hit a backhand just long. Deuce #1. Second serve... Magda hit a crosscourt backhand dropshot; Sabine ran it down but netted a backhand. Ad Rybáriková (GP #1). Second serve: Sabine hit a forehand return long; Magda had to jump out of the way to avoid it. Held.

Lisicki serving 3-2: First serve out wide: forehand return long. 15/0. Magda hit a down-the-line forehand long. 30/0. Second serve... Magda forced a floater, and dispatched it with an off-forehand smash-winner. 30/15. Sabine’s dropshot induced Magda to hit a forehand long; Sabine said, “Komm jetzt!” while Magda groaned. 40/15 (GP #1). Ace #10: first serve out wide. Sabine said, “C’mon!” Held.

Rybáriková serving 2-4: Magda went to the net, but Sabine hit a pinpoint backhand winner down the line. 0/15. Second serve... Sabine’s dropshot forced Magda to net a sliced backhand. 0/30. Magda hit a crosscourt forehand wide. 0/40 (BP #1). Sabine, from a deep position, drilled a crosscourt forehand winner deep into the corner, and said, “C’mon!” Broken.

Lisicki serving 5-2: Virtual ace: first serve out wide. 15/0. Magda’s crosscourt forehand dropshot drew Sabine to the net-post; Magda hit an off-forehand smash-winner. 15/15. Magda hit a deep forehand down the line, forcing Sabine to hit a crosscourt backhand wide. 15/30. Sabine netted a forehand dropshot. 15/40 (BP #1). Magda hit a crosscourt forehand just wide, and yelled. 30/40 (BP #2). Double fault #1 (second serve just long). Broken.

Rybáriková serving 3-5: Second serve... Magda, on the third stroke, hit a forehand just long. 0/15. Magda forced a floater and, running backwards, hit a magnificent off-forehand smash-winner. 15/15. Ace #6: first serve down the middle. 30/15. First serve out wide forced a short return, which Magda dispatched with a crosscourt forehand winner. 40/15 (GP #1). First serve out wide + off-forehand volley forced Sabine to net a backhand. Held.

The official statistics say that Magda only served one ace in the second set, but I saw two: at *0-2 15/30 and *3-5 15/15.

Magda got her coach Martin Hromec to come onto court and talk to her at the changeover. Sabine got her coach – her father Dr Richard Lisicki – to come onto court and talk to her at the changeover.

Lisicki serving 5-4: Sabine hit an off-backhand just inside the sideline, forcing Magda to net a forehand; Magda yelled. 15/0. Magda hit an off-forehand return just wide. 30/0. Magda’s sliced off-backhand approach forced Sabine to net a forehand. 30/15. Second serve... a nail-biting rally culminated with Magda hitting an off-backhand deep into the corner – just inside the sideline – that forced Sabine to hit a forehand lob long. 30/30. Second serve... Magda hit a deep forehand just inside the baseline, forcing Sabine to hit a forehand long. 30/40 (BP #1). Second serve... Magda hit a sliced backhand just long. Deuce #1. First serve out wide + pinpoint forehand winner down the line; Sabine said, “Komm jetzt!” Ad Lisicki (MP #1). A nail-biting baseline rally, with both girls hitting huge groundstrokes, ended with Sabine hitting a crosscourt forehand just wide. Deuce #2. Magda’s deep forehand approach forced Sabine to hit a crosscourt backhand wide; Magda pumped her fist. Ad Rybáriková (BP #2). Deep first serve out wide: Magda netted a backhand return, and said, “No!” Deuce #3. Second serve... Sabine sprayed a wild forehand long. Ad Rybáriková (BP #3). First serve down the middle forced Magda to bunt back a defensive forehand lob-return, which Sabine dispatched with an off-forehand smash-winner; Sabine said, “C’mon!” Deuce #4. First serve out wide + short-angled crosscourt forehand drive-volley forced Magda to net a forehand. Ad Lisicki (MP #2). First serve out wide: Magda netted a backhand return. Lisicki won 7-6 6-4 at 18:22 BST (second set 46m, match 1h32m).

Sabine’s on-court interview: “It just means so much: not just a match, but a semi-final on the WTA. It’s great to be back on grass. I’m so sad that I couldn’t be back last year. She was serving amazingly. I’ve won all my tiebreaks so far this year [in the tournament]. Every point on grass can be a deciding point.”

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Re: Birmingham 2011: Andrew's eyewitness reports & photos (quarter-final added)

Thank you so much. Great report!

In terms of two players both playing well at the same time, this was the best match that I have seen since Nicole Vaidišová v Ana Ivanović at Wimbledon 2007. It was certainly worthy of more than an International quarter-final – I don’t think anyone who appreciates fine tennis would have been disappointed had this been a Wimbledon final. That’s the kind of audience that it deserved.

Is there any way to get that match?? It was broadcasted, right? Do you know if it was uploaded somewhere to watch?
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Andrew's semi-final eyewitness reports & 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. Semi-final eyewitness report: Lisicki v Péng

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1. Photos (Saturday 11th June 2011)
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Permission to copy my Birmingham photos is granted provided that:
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Please let me know if you do use them on another website.

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Saturday’s photos are in two volumes, with Sabine only in Part 2.


Saturday Part 2 (Photos 183 to 323)
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Sabine Lisicki (71 photos)
Péng,Shuŕi (45)
Olga Govortsova (25)
Chanelle Scheepers (13)
Casey Dellacqua (8)
Alla Kudryavtseva (6)

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2. Semi-final eyewitness report: Lisicki v Péng (Saturday 11th June 2011)
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+ Sabine Lisicki [DF] d. PÉNG,SHUŔI [3], 6-3 6-1

Sabine was delightful to watch in this match, as she dismantled the third seed with an array of huge serves, powerful groundstrokes and frequent dropshots, and did it with a huge smile on her face.

Sabine had a nasty-looking fall onto her back at the start of her first service-game, went 0:0 *0-1 (15/40) down, but Péng failed to press home her advantage.

At 0:0 *1-2, Sabine held to love with a pinpoint forehand winner down the line, an ace down the middle, and a backhand dropshot-winner.

Sabine then broke for 0:0 *3-2 after a game of three deuces in which she hit two backhand dropshot-winners, a crosscourt backhand winner, a dropshot + backhand lob-winner onto the baseline, and a brilliant off-backhand winner onto the baseline. She then held to love with three consecutive aces.

Péng recovered from *2-4 (15/40), and held for 3-4* with a forehand smash-winner, but Sabine held for 5-3* with an ace and a forehand smash-winner, and Péng played a poor service-game to be broken to love for the first set.

Péng held for 0:1 1-1* with a forehand smash-winner, an off-forehand winner and a pinpoint ace out wide, but it was to be the last game that she would win.

In a game of four deuces, Sabine broke for 1:0 *3-1 with four forehand winners, plus two passing shots (one on each flank). She held for 4-1* with a pinpoint backhand winner down the line, a huge crosscourt forehand winner, and two aces down the middle.

An erratic Péng service-game left Sabine serving for the match at 1:0 *5-1, and she duly obliged with an ace down the middle, and, despite being attacked by a bee at match-point, a crosscourt backhand winner. She was delighted to win, and sounded very excited in her on-court interview.

When Sabine won Charleston 2009 (beating Venus Williams and Caroline Woźniacki) and reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon 2009 (beating Svetlana Kuznetsova and Woźniacki again), I thought that her potential was sky-high: to be world #1, a Major champion, possibly even the next member of my Eternal Fanship.

Her terrible ankle-injury at Indian Wells 2010 set her back so far that I thought she had lost the potential to be any of those things, but on the evidence of Birmingham 2011, she’s not only back; she’s better than before.


First set
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LISI _*_*@*_*@ 6
PÉNG *_*___*__ 3

The match was second on Centre Court. Péng won the toss and elected to serve. The warm-up was interrupted by a brief shower (15:39 to 15:44 BST); the match started at 15:49 BST.

Péng serving 0-0: First serve: Sabine hit a deep forehand return down the line, forcing Péng to net a backhand. 0/15. Second serve... Sabine sprayed a forehand drive-volley long. 15/15. Forehand return long. 30/15. Péng’s depth forced Sabine to net a forehand. 40/15 (GP #1). Sabine’s crosscourt backhand dropshot clipped the netcord and fell back on her side. Held.

Lisicki serving 0-1: Péng hit a crosscourt forehand winner as Sabine fell on her back. Sabine got up and washed her hands. 0/15. Sabine hit a forehand just long. 0/30. First serve out wide + off-backhand forced Péng to hit a forehand long. 15/30. A low-bouncing ball from Péng forced Sabine to net a forehand. 15/40 (BP #1). Deep second serve out wide, just inside the service-line, forced Péng to hit a forehand return long. 30/40 (BP #2). Péng hit an off-backhand wide. Deuce #1. Sabine hit a pinpoint backhand winner down the line. Ad Lisicki (GP #1). First serve out wide + deep off-forehand forced Péng to hit a defensive backhand lob long. Held.

Péng serving 1-1: First serve down the middle forced Sabine to net a backhand return. 15/0. Sabine hit a pinpoint crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. 15/15. Second serve... Sabine hit a crosscourt forehand wide on the fourth stroke. 30/15. First serve out wide forced Sabine to net a backhand return. 40/15 (GP #1). Second serve: Sabine blasted a huge crosscourt forehand return-winner deep into the corner, and said “c’mon”. 40/30 (GP #2). Péng hit a crosscourt backhand winner back behind Sabine. Held.

Lisicki serving 1-2: First serve out wide + pinpoint forehand winner down the line. 15/0. Ace #1: first serve down the middle. 30/0. First serve out wide forced Péng to hit a forehand return wide. 40/0 (GP #1). First serve down the middle + crosscourt backhand dropshot-winner. Held.

Péng serving 2-2: Sabine hit an off-backhand return + crosscourt backhand droshot-winner. 0/15. Sabine hit a crosscourt backhand wide. 15/15. First serve out wide forced Sabine to net a forehand return. 30/15. Second serve: Sabine hit a deep backhand return down the line + backhand dropshot-winner. 30/30. Sabine hit an off-backhand + crosscourt backhand winner. 30/40 (BP #1). Second serve: Sabine netted a backhand return. Deuce #1. Sabine’s crosscourt forehand return forced Péng to net a forehand. Ad Lisicki (BP #2). Péng spread Sabine with a crosscourt forehand + deep crosscourt backhand, forcing her to net a backhand; Sabine emitted a high-pitched yell. Deuce #2. Second serve: backhand return long. Ad Péng (GP #1). Second serve... Sabine drew Péng to the net with a dropshot, and hit a backhand lob-winner onto the baseline. Deuce #3. First serve out wide forced Sabine to net a forehand. Ad Péng (GP #2). Péng hit a backhand long on the third stroke. Deuce #4. Sabine hit a brilliant off-backhand winner onto the baseline, and said “c’mon”. Ad Lisicki (BP #3). Double fault #1: second serve long. Broken.

Lisicki serving 3-2: Ace #2: first serve down the middle. 15/0. Ace #3: first serve down the middle. 30/0. Ace #4: first serve down the middle. 40/0 (GP #1). Péng hit an off-backhand wide. Held.

Péng serving 2-4: First serve out wide forced Sabine to net a forehand return. 15/0. First serve: Sabine’s deep forehand return forced Péng to net a backhand. 15/15. Sabine hit an off-backhand winner onto the sideline. 15/30. Second serve: Sabine hit a deep backhand return down the line, forcing Péng to net a forehand. 15/40 (BP #1). Second serve: Sabine netted a makeable forehand return. 30/40 (BP #2). Péng forced a short ball, and hit a deep forehand down the line, forcing Sabine to hit a backhand long. Deuce #1. A deep, low-bouncing ball from Sabine forced Péng to sink to her haunches and net a forehand. Ad Lisicki (BP #3). Deep first serve: backhand return just long. Deuce #2. Péng hit a deep forehand down the line, forcing Sabine to hit a crosscourt backhand wide. Ad Péng (GP #1). Péng forced a floater, and dispatched it with an off-forehand smash-winner. Held.

Lisicki serving 4-3 (new balls): Ace #5: first serve out wide. 15/0. First serve out wide + crosscourt forehand volley forced a floater, which Sabine dispatched with a pinpoint off-forehand smash-winner onto the sideline. 30/0. Sabine had something in her eye. Second serve out wide forced Péng to hit an off-backhand return wide. 30/15. First serve out wide: backhand return long. 40/15 (GP #1). Péng forced a floater, and dispatched it with an off-forehand winner. 40/30 (GP #2). First serve out wide: backhand return long. Sabine said “c’mon”. Held.

Péng serving 3-5: Péng hit an off-backhand just wide. 0/15. Double fault #2: second serve just long. 0/30. Sabine hit a crosscourt forehand deep into the corner, forcing Péng to net a forehand. 0/40 (SP #1 for Lisicki). Péng, on the third stroke, hit a backhand long. Lisicki won the first set 6-3 at 16:24 BST (35m).


Second set
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LISI *_*@*@* 6
PÉNG _*_____ 1

Lisicki serving 0-0: Péng hit a forehand long. 15/0. Service-winner. 30/0. Service-winner. 40/0 (GP #1). Short second serve: forehand return long. Held.

Péng serving 0-1: Péng forced a floater, and dispatched it with an off-forehand smash-winner. 15/0. Backhand return long. 30/0. Péng hit an off-forehand winner onto the sideline. 40/0 (GP #1). Second serve: Péng hit a pinpoint backhand return-winner down the line. 40/15 (GP #2). Péng hit a crosscourt forehand return long and wide. 40/30 (GP #3). Ace #1: first serve out wide, just inside both the sideline and the service-line. Held.

Lisicki serving 1-1: Péng went to the net, forcing Sabine to hit an off-backhand wide. Sabine emitted a high-pitched yell. 0/15. Péng netted a backhand. 15/15. First serve out wide + crosscourt backhand wide. 30/15. Second serve... a deep, low-bouncing ball from Péng forced Sabine to net a sliced backhand. 30/30. Deep first serve: backhand return long. 30/40 (BP #1). Sabine returned Péng’s deep crosscourt backhand with a deep backhand of her own, forcing Péng to net a forehand. Held.

Péng serving 1-2: Sabine hit a forehand winner down the line. 0/15. Péng hit an off-backhand winner. 15/15. Sabine’s crosscourt forehand forced a short ball, which she dispatched with an off-forehand winner. 15/30. Péng’s crosscourt forehand forced Sabine to net a forehand. 30/30. Péng hit a deep off-forehand just inside the sideline, forcing Sabine to earth a backhand. 40/30 (GP #1). Sabine’s deep off-forehand forced Péng to hit a backhand very long. Deuce #1. Second serve... Péng hit a crosscourt forehand dropshot, but Sabine hit a down-the-line forehand winner. Ad Lisicki (BP #1). Sabine’s short-angled crosscourt forehand enabled Péng to hit a down-the-line forehand winner. Deuce #2. Péng forced a short floater, and dispatched it with a crosscourt forehand smash-winner. Ad Péng (GP #2). First serve out wide forced Sabine to hit an off-forehand winner. Deuce #3. Backhand return long. Ad Péng (GP #3). Péng hit a forehand just long on the third stroke. Deuce #4. Péng went to the net behind a down-the-line backhand dropshot, but Sabine ran it down and hit a forehand pass-winner down the line: just inside the sideline. Ad Lisicki (BP #2). Sabine drew Péng to the net with a down-the-line backhand dropshot, and hit a crosscourt backhand pass-winner. Sabine pumped her fist. Broken.

Lisicki serving 3-1: Double fault #1 (second serve into the net). 0/15. First serve out wide + pinpoint down-the-line backhand winner + “c’mon”. 15/15. Double fault #2 (second serve just long). 15/30. Sabine’s down-the-line forehand set up a huge crosscourt forehand winner; she said “komm jetzt”. 30/30. Ace #6: first serve down the middle. 40/30 (GP #1). Ace #7: first serve down the middle, on the centre-line. Held.

Péng serving 1-4: Double fault #3 (second serve long and wide). 0/15. Sabine hit a forehand just long. 15/15. Péng hit a forehand long on the third stroke. 15/30. Sabine hit a backhand long. 30/30. First serve out wide forced Sabine to net a forehand return. 40/30 (GP #1). Péng hit an off-forehand wide. Deuce #1. Sabine hit an off-backhand just inside the sideline, forcing Péng to hit a forehand long; Sabine said “c’mon”. Ad Lisicki (BP #1). Sabine went to the net, forcing Péng to net a forehand. Sabine pumped her fist, and shouted “oh yes!” Broken.

Lisicki serving 5-1: Ace #8: first serve down the middle. 15/0. First serve down the middle forced Péng to hit a crosscourt forehand return wide. 30/0. Péng’s off-backhand return forced Sabine to net a forehand dropshot. 30/15. Service-winner. 40/15 (MP #1 for Lisicki). Sabine was attacked by a bee. Second serve out wide + crosscourt backhand winner. Sabine emitted a high-pitched “yes!”, and sank to her haunches. Lisicki won 6-3 6-1 at 16:52 BST (second set 28m, match 1h03m).

Sabine’s on-court interview: “I know, it’s weird! [that there were no tiebreaks this time]. My nickname in German means ‘bee’ [Biene?]. I played really well, and served consistently. She serves very well, and hits flat and hard groundstrokes. I remember I played Sam Stosur in the first round [of Birmingham 2008]. Yes, I did [play Daniela Hantuchová]. Let’s not! [talk about their previous encounter: Daniela won 6-0 6-2 at Luxembourg 2008]. She plays great; she kicked my butt; she hit everything on the lines; there was nothing I could do. Anything is possible, so I’m going to go out there, have fun and fight.”

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Andrew's final 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. Final eyewitness report: Lisicki v Hantuchová

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1. Photos (Monday 13th 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).

Monday’s photos are in two volumes.


Monday Part 1 (Photos 001 to 196)
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http://www.divshare.com/download/16490735-1ca

Sabine Lisicki (95 photos)
Daniela Hantuchová (136)

Part 1 features the final, and stops just before the presentation ceremony.


Monday Part 2 (Photos 197 to 261)
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http://www.divshare.com/download/16490805-831

Sabine Lisicki (55 photos)
Daniela Hantuchová (13)

Part 2 features both players at the presentation ceremony (Photos 197–211), Sabine posing with the trophy (Photos 212–235), and Sabine signing autographs just outside Centre Court (Photos 236–257).

I got some wonderful photos of Sabine as she posed on court with the trophy, and her habit of changing into different shoes before she leaves the court told me exactly when it was time to whip round and get some close-ups as she signed autographs just outside Centre Court.

If I could keep only one photo by which to remember Sabine, it would be Photo 244.

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2. Final eyewitness report: Lisicki v Hantuchová (Monday 13th June 2011)
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+ Sabine Lisicki [DF] d. DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [4,EF], 6-3 6-2

It rained all day on Sunday, so the final was rescheduled for 11:00 BST on Monday.

It was a disappointing match, as Daniela was hampered by a right-shoulder injury for which she took a medical time-out at 0:1 2-3*, and revealed in her runner’s-up speech that it had been bothering her all week. She never really got going against Sabine, who was the strongest player in the tournament.

Sabine served like a Williams sister, with eight aces (all in the first set) and numerous easy service-games. She also showed tremendous groundstrokes – particularly her returns of serve – and mixed it up with plenty of dropshots. On this form, she would be a major threat to anyone at Wimbledon (where she upset Lǐ,Nŕ in what was surely the greatest second-round match of all time, became the 13th member of my Eternal Fanship, and went on to reach her first Major semi-final).

Sabine was coming back from a terrible left-ankle injury suffered at Indian Wells 2010, which saw her ranking drop from a career-high of #22 to #218 as of Indian Wells 2011. This victory moved her back up from #100 to #62 (she would finish 2011 at #15), but in reality, she was playing like a top-eight player on grass, even though she has to wear big, ugly braces on both ankles.

With Sabine serving first, the first three games went comfortably with serve, then Daniela recovered from 0:0 *1-2 0/30 to 40/30, only to be broken anyway as she netted a dropshot, double-faulted, and succumbed to one of Sabine’s trademark dropshots.

Daniela went 0:0 *1-4 0/30 down, but recovered with a pinpoint off-forehand winner, a beautiful crosscourt backhand punch-volley winner, and an ace out wide: 2-4*.

Sabine led 0:0 *4-2 40/0, but Daniela pegged her back to Deuce, reached break-point with a crosscourt forehand return-winner, but couldn’t press home her advantage: Sabine held for 5-2*.

Daniela hit a crosscourt forehand winner as she held to 15 for 0:0 3-5*, but Sabine served out the first set to love with two forehand winners down the line, and an ace out wide at set-point: 6-3.

Daniela trailed 0:1 *0-0 0/40, but recovered with two crosscourt forehand winners, a good spreading rally and some good first serves: 1-0*. Sabine went off the boil and was taken to Deuce, but Daniela couldn’t take advantage.

And so it came to pass (a crosscourt backhand pass to be precise) that Daniela found herself down 0:1 *2-2 0/40. She saved those three break-points by good serving, but Sabine broke anyway with a crosscourt backhand return-winner: *3-2.

After the aforementioned medical time-out at 0:1 2-3*, Daniela offered little resistance as Sabine held to love and broke to 15, finishing both games with crosscourt forehand winners: *5-2. Sabine served out the match to love with three dropshot-winners – the third being a dead netcord at championship-point. Sabine won the last eight points of the tournament, and 14 of the last 15.

Sabine was very emotional in victory, falling to her knees to kiss the court, and celebrating with her amazing smile. She was shaking in her champion’s speech, and crying as she recalled how tough it had been to come back from the ankle-injury.

When Sabine won Charleston 2009 (beating Venus Williams and Caroline Woźniacki) and reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon 2009 (beating Svetlana Kuznetsova and Woźniacki again), I thought that her potential was sky-high: to be world #1, a Major champion, possibly even the next member of my Eternal Fanship.

Her ankle-injury set her back so far that I thought she had lost the potential to be any of those things, but on the evidence of Birmingham 2011, she’s not only back; she’s better than before.


First set
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LISICKI *_*@*_*_* 6
HANTUCH _*___*_*_ 3

The match was first on Centre Court, and suffered a further delay as there was a long queue for buying tickets. Daniela won the toss and elected to receive, and the match finally started at 11:33 BST.

Lisicki serving 0-0: First serve down the middle forced Daniela to hit a backhand lob-return wide. 15/0. Ace #1: first serve down the middle. 30/0. First serve out wide, deep in the corner, forced Daniela to net a forehand return. 40/0 (GP #1). Ace #2: first serve out wide. Held.

Hantuchová serving 0-1: Daniela hit an off-backhand wide. 0/15. Second serve: forehand return long. 15/15. Daniela hit a crosscourt forehand winner back behind Sabine. 30/15. First serve: Sabine netted a forehand return. 40/15 (GP #1). First serve out wide + forehand drop-volley winner just over the net. Held.

Lisicki serving 1-1: Daniela forced a short ball, but hit an off-forehand wide. 15/0. Ace #3: first serve down the middle. Sabine said “komm jetzt”. 30/0. Ace #4: first serve out wide. 40/0 (GP #1). First serve: Daniela hit a deep forehand return just inside the baseline, forcing Sabine to hit a crosscourt forehand wide. 40/15 (GP #2). Sabine hit a crosscourt forehand just inside the sideline, forcing Daniela to hit a forehand long. Held.

Hantuchová serving 1-2: Daniela forced a short ball, only to hit a backhand long. 0/15. Daniela hit a crosscourt forehand just wide. 0/30. Second serve: forehand return long. 15/30. Second serve out wide: backhand return long. 30/30. Sabine ran down a dropshot, but hit a crosscourt forehand pass wide. 40/30 (GP #1). Daniela netted a backhand dropshot on the third stroke. Deuce #1. Double fault #1 (second serve just long). Ad Lisicki (BP #1). Second serve... Sabine, on the fourth stroke, hit a backhand dropshot-winner down the line. Broken.

Lisicki serving 3-1: Daniela opened up the court to hit a crosscourt forehand winner. 0/15. Daniela ran down a dropshot, but sprayed a crosscourt forehand wide. 15/15. Ace #5: first serve out wide. Sabine said “c’mon”. 30/15. Double fault #1 (second serve into the net). 30/30. Second serve: forehand return just long. Sabine said “c’mon”. 40/30 (GP #1). Sabine dominated the rally and hit a down-the-line forehand winner. Held.

Hantuchová serving 1-4: Daniela netted a forehand. 0/15. Second serve... on the third stroke, Daniela hit a backhand long. 0/30. Daniela forced a short ball, and hit a pinpoint off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. 15/30. Second serve... Sabine hit a crosscourt backhand wide on the fourth stroke. 30/30. Daniela went to the net behind a down-the-line backhand, and hit a beautiful crosscourt backhand punch-volley winner. 40/30 (GP #1). Ace #1: first serve out wide, on the centre-line and just inside the service-line. Held.

Lisicki serving 4-2: Ace #6: first serve out wide. Sabine said “c’mon”. 15/0. First serve: Daniela netted a backhand return. 30/0. Second serve out wide + crosscourt backhand winner. 40/0 (GP #1). Sabine netted a backhand on the fourth stroke. 40/15 (GP #2). Double fault #2 (second serve into the net). 40/30 (GP #3). Daniela’s down-the-line backhand return induced Sabine to net a forehand. Deuce #1. Second serve: Daniela hit a crosscourt forehand return-winner. Ad Hantuchová (BP #1). Sabine’s deep crosscourt backhand forced Daniela to hit a crosscourt backhand wide and just long. Deuce #2. Daniela hit a crosscourt backhand wide on the fourth stroke. Ad Lisicki (GP #4). Ace #7: first serve out wide, on the sideline. Sabine shouted “c’mon”. Held.

Sabine replaced her racket.

Hantuchová serving 2-5 (new balls): Second serve: forehand return long. 15/0. Forehand return just long. 30/0. Second serve... Daniela, on the third stroke, hit a crosscourt forehand winner back behind Sabine. 40/0 (GP #1). Daniela netted a forehand on the third stroke. 40/15 (GP #2). Sabine earthed a forehand dropshot, and emitted a cute little high-pitched yell. Held.

Lisicki serving 5-3: Sabine, on the third stroke, hit a down-the-line forehand winner. 15/0. Sabine hit a low-bouncing forehand winner down the line. 30/0. First serve: forehand return long. 40/0 (SP #1 for Lisicki). Ace #8: first serve out wide. Lisicki won the first set 6-3 at 12:08 BST (35m).

Daniela got her coach Matej Lipták to come onto court and talk to her at the set-break.


Second set
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LISICKI _*_*@*@* 6
HANTUCH *_*_____ 2

Hantuchová serving 0-0: Double fault #3 (second serve clipped the netcord and fell long). 0/15. Second serve: Sabine hit a down-the-line backhand return-winner, and said “c’mon”. 0/30. Second serve: Sabine’s deep off-backhand return forced Daniela to earth a forehand. 0/40 (BP #1). First serve + crosscourt forehand winner. 15/40 (BP #2). Service-winner. 30/40 (BP #3). Second serve... Daniela played a good spreading rally, and hit a deep forehand just inside the baseline, forcing Sabine to hit a forehand long. Deuce #1. Daniela hit a crosscourt forehand winner that clipped the baseline with a puff of titanium pigment. Ad Hantuchová (GP #1). First serve: forehand return long. Held.

Lisicki serving 0-1: Daniela’s off-backhand return forced Sabine to hit a crosscourt forehand wide. 0/15. Second serve: backhand return long. 15/15. Sabine hit a forehand long. 15/30. Daniela hit a crosscourt backhand wide on the fourth stroke. 30/30. Daniela hit an off-backhand wide. 40/30 (GP #1). Double fault #3 (second serve just long). Deuce #1. First serve out wide + off-backhand winner back behind Daniela + “c’mon”. Ad Lisicki (GP #2). Off-forehand return wide. Held.

Hantuchová serving 1-1: Sabine netted a forehand return. 15/0. Second serve: Sabine netted a backhand return. 30/0. Sabine hit a down-the-line forehand winner, and said “c’mon”. 30/15. First serve out wide: crosscourt backhand return wide. 40/15 (GP #1). First serve out wide: down-the-line forehand return wide. Held.

Lisicki serving 1-2: Second serve: down-the-line forehand return wide. 15/0. Sabine hit a crosscourt forehand dropshot-winner from the baseline – it was ‘telegraphed’, but Daniela didn’t read it. 30/0. First serve: Daniela hit a makeable forehand return long. 40/0 (GP #1). First serve... Daniela hit a high forehand volley-winner in a diagonal direction – I can’t remember which. 40/15 (GP #2). Daniela opened up the court with a crosscourt forehand, but hit an off-forehand wide. Held.

Hantuchová serving 2-2: Daniela hit a forehand long on the third (or possibly fifth) stroke. 0/15. Second serve... Daniela hit a forehand long on the third stroke. 0/30. Daniela went to the net, but Sabine hit a crosscourt backhand pass-winner, pumped her fist and said “c’mon”. 0/40 (BP #1). First serve out wide forced Sabine to earth a backhand return. 15/40 (BP #2). First serve + crosscourt forehand deep into the corner forced Sabine to earth a forehand. 30/40 (BP #3). Second serve down the middle forced Sabine to stretch wide and net a forehand return. Deuce #1. Daniela netted a forehand on the third stroke. Ad Lisicki (BP #4). Second serve: Sabine hit a crosscourt backhand return-winner, and said “c’mon”. Broken.

Daniela took a medical time-out for her right shoulder, while Sabine got her coach – her father Dr Richard Lisicki – to come onto court and talk to her at the changeover. Sabine then hit some practice-serves while she was waiting for Daniela. The break in play was from 12:33 to 12:41 BST (7m).

Lisicki serving 3-2: Daniela netted a backhand. 15/0. First serve forced Daniela to hit a crosscourt forehand return wide. 30/0. Second serve: crosscourt forehand return wide. 40/0 (GP #1). Second serve out wide forced a short crosscourt backhand return, which Sabine dispatched with a crosscourt forehand winner. Sabine said “komm jetzt”. Held.

Hantuchová serving 2-4: First serve out wide: Sabine netted a makeable forehand return. 15/0. Sabine hit a crosscourt forehand deep into the corner, forcing Daniela to hit a forehand long. 15/15. Daniela ran down a dropshot, only to hit an off-forehand wide. 15/30. Daniela netted a forehand on the third stroke. 15/40 (BP #1). Second serve... Sabine hit a crosscourt forehand winner back behind Daniela. Broken.

Lisicki serving 5-2 (new balls): First serve out wide + crosscourt forehand dropshot-winner. 15/0. Second serve... Sabine hit a deep crosscourt forehand + forehand dropshot-winner. 30/0. First serve out wide: Daniela chopped a crosscourt forehand return wide. 40/0 (MP #1 for Lisicki). Sabine’s forehand clipped the netcord and dropped dead for a winner. Lisicki won 6-3 6-2 at 12:47 BST (second set 39m, match 1h14m).


Presentation ceremony
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Daniela’s speech: “Sabine had a great week, and played well today. She has a great serve. We had a wonderful time. It’s great to be back. Obviously always tough, the adrenalin going. It’s [her right shoulder] been bothering me all week, but hopefully, with treatment, it will get better.”

Sabine’s speech: “I wouldn’t say it was easy. Daniela is a very tough opponent... good and healthy for Wimbledon. I’m shaking, actually. I never thought I’d be standing here today. Coming back from the injury was so, so tough [crying]. I want to thank the sponsors. It’s been a great week. I thank my team for supporting me through such a tough time on crutches. You know I don’t like alcohol.”

Catholic and teetotal – it doesn’t get much better than that!

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Dr. Andrew Broad
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My Eternal Fanship: 1. Monica Seles; 2. Мария Шарапова (‘Maria Sharapova’); 3. Daniela Hantuchová; 4. Jelena Dokić; 5. Iva Majoli; 6. Karina Habšudová; 7. Вера Звонарёва (‘Vera Zvonarëva’); 8. Nicole Vaidišová; 9. Анна Чакветадзе (‘Anna Chakvetadze’); 10. Lucie Šafářová; 11. Ирода Туляганова (‘Iroda Tulyaganova’); 12. Magdaléna Rybáriková; 13. Sabine Lisicki
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