Yeah, she took at medical time out- 4-3 in first set- I just arrived.
At the risk of insulting anyone (my message about seeing Serena and her boyf didn't receive applause! )
today wasn't quite as exciting. All matches I wanted to see (Lim, Witthoeft, Johansson, Burnett, Gibbs& Aleks Dulgheru) were passed my bed time (jokes, just not in what I could manage for a lunch time break).
Not in order- as I was leaving- watched the end of begu ad Jaksic (although I could hear her from court 15!!) Both ladies (understandably) looked wrecked. Especially 2nd last game - last game of the old balls- rallies were long, soft and both struggled to move. Jaksic got ripped off with a couple of calls. Close match. Diyas watched. (she was next on court)
Saw a few games of low cut Brengle and Rogers. Maddy was wearing same one size too small top but in pink today. ROgers really is taller than I thought and doesn't move that well. Brengle just did everything a little better today. Naomi Broady (who is super super tall and was watching Evans and Lim yesterday in qualies) supported and walked back to the change room with brengle at the end of the match
Saw some of Bychkova and Anna Tatishvilli- man they were just hitting it hard hard hard. I am now back at work and they are still at it. Really close. They will be tired!
Was keen to see Mestach. Plays more like a French player- a lot of style, big loop with her forehand- a lot of flair. Has the intensity and demeanour of Henin has the same bustling walk of kim C.
Would be great on clay. I understand why she would have played those $75 /$50K challengers in Japan- she and the Tunisian would have been the only non Asians in weaker fields but her game wouldn't;'t be suited to the fake grass. I'd be surprised if she goes back there this year.
The very very handsome Jesse Huta Galung watched and supported his neighbour, he is very very tanned!
At the opposite end of the spectrum- in every sense - was Alyson Van U, also supporting Sophie.
The match was close- the Japanese player plays with a little more spin then her country woman.
Klaffner (and Gulbis, not together) supported (also with a very big crowd) her country man Thiem against Bachinger.
This was a great match. Hard hitting both men played like top 70 players. Bachinger takes the ball early, has a great physique and seems like a nice guy. The Austrian is young and looks young. He was simply thrilled to win- Bachinger game give a hug, he is a really nice guy.
Watched Dancevic- who I have always liked, although he has often chosen not to play in Australia. He has a really suspect backhand- in fact both players got really nervous. I also hadn't seem the Canadian so animated. He got really pissed quite a few times, challenging calls and the like. R Ram was there I think for Reyonolds but have Frank a well done and tap on the back in the end.
Talking of physique, Bozoljac has an amazing burliness brawny ( you name it) body. He is also very good looking and for intimidation or attention wore an outfit - especially his shorts- maybe 2 sizes too small. I watched his hefty physique belt down aces and pond groundstrokes- he quickly won the 1st set 6.0.
I wondered why he wasn't in the top 100. I had read that he loves the attention- maybe dated Majoli or a famous Serbian model- and didn't always focus. maybe he has had injures as well?
He has an unusual two handed forehand- odd considering his size and strength. He did lose focus and martin- who wasn't great- took advantage of it. Klizan watched his countryman.
Steph Dubois watched a bit of......Bozaljac....
Her partner was walking very anxiously around the grounds. Panova needs to chill out.
Saw a few games of Ghem- another really big guy and berakis- who hits is very hard.
That's abut all- not super exciting
Ill be back at the OZ Open on Monday and Tuesday.
By the way is anyone else watching the live stream match between nasty Rodionova ad Witthoeft.
1. Rodionova is a moll
2. She is so bad at the gamesmanship- pretending to be and then breaking her opponents concentration (ad now her service)
3. The commentators are probably the worst ever. worse than Tracey, Worse than Tracey. Worse than dirty old Lousie Pleming (the only 1/2 good thing is they hate Rodionova)