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Seles v Koukalova - I Was There

OK...reading a certain thread in General Messages, I see there is a lot of fighting amongts Seles fans, and others...just thought I'd post a view from someone that was actually at the match today. Front row, so I had a good view of everything.

At 1-1, 00-30 in the first set Monica missed a volley and just seemed to stall at the net. She didnt move, and naturally the crowd were getting worried. She kind of bent down to touch her left foot and just was in that position for a while, and it was obvious she was hurt. Then she just sat down on the court and to the casual observer it looked like she had done some serious damage to her ankle (jarred it or something like that) and actually we all pretty much assumed she would retire. The trainer came out and sat with Monica for a while on the court, before Monica got up and hobbled to her chair for some treatment. Luckily disaster was averted and she continued to play. But it was obvious her movement was severely impeded and she wasnt running for anything. Klara leapt to 3-1, but then got complacent and somehow Monica was back in the match. Klara definately didnt take advantage of the situation (my friend made a good comment, saying that someone like Hingis would be having a field day with an opponent that seemed injured by moving her around a lot). Anyway, Monica battled on and relied on her groundies to get her through that set 7-6. Amazing that she won it considering Klara was blasting winners that Monica could have gotten to, but did not run for.

Set 2 & 3 were a different story. Monica actually started running more and her movement around the court improved immensely (she took a tablet in the first set so I assume it kicked in), but ironically, the improved Monica played worse than the immobile Monica of the first set. She was missing easy shots, making silly unforced errors and struggling to hold serve. Klara on the other hand really stepped up and just took it to her. Full pelt. This girl was blasting winners everywhere, mainly on her backhand which was a HUGE weapon for her today. Monica was actually running for the shots now and it was amazing as I have rarely seen her being dictated by a young player like this. The crowd was very pro Monica, but as the match wore on Klara won their hearts and even though Monica still had more cheers, some of the crowd were now confused as who to cheer for! Most of them were in awe at Klara's fighting qualities as she was down 3-4 40-00 on Monica's serve in set 2, and then she managed to reel off 9 straight points to take a 5-4 lead. This is when I had a feeling Monica was gone.

After Klara won that second set (very tight final game!) most people wouldve thought Monica would rip her apart now, but it was obvious Klara was here to play and proved some people wrong! A wonderful performance, she played AMAZING tennis and outplayed Monica in that final set. Painting the lines and hitting amazing winners. Monica was clearly injured in that first set, but in the next two sets she seemed ready to play and OK, but her errors really let her down big time. So, basically all Im saying is she was beaten today, fair and square by a girl that really wanted this!

Im a Monica fan BTW, so to see her out so early like this is hard But Klara deserved it, and she has Top 20 potential. We can say that about many people who have a big win, but her game is very impressive (I mean if players like Anne Kremer can do it why cant she? No offence Kremer fans), the main things she needs to fix are her below average serve and her on court demeanour (gets down a lot).

I'll write an update of other matches I attended today, when I find my reports thread *shameless plug*
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Actually TS in set 2 KK was down 2-3 0-40 not 3-4
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I think if Seles was not injured in set 1 she would have won the 1 set easily and then would have intimidated KK into submission.
The injury did play a part.
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Oh I was pretty sure it was 3-4

Well I watched the match from start to finish...lots of tennis, so naturally Im bound to make a mistake. But I could of sworn it was 3-4
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ms_nut....she still won that first set. Then she was outplayed. Im sorry, but she was.
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Channel 7 showed that match on replay starting from the second set. I completely agree with what you said. Monica's movement did not seem to be hampered at all in the 2nd and 3rd sets, she was just making a lot of unforced errors even when she didnt have to move for the ball. Klara played great and thoroughly deserved the win. When I saw her first round I thought she had the potential to push Monica and it turns out she not only did that but won. If she gets a little more consistent i was also thinking top 20 potential.
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Re: Seles v Koukalova - I Was There

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her on court demeanour (gets down a lot).
Thanks for the report and I agree about Klara's attitude
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Hi TS,

saw the entire match from 3-0 in the first set.
I noticed is that Klara's ball toss is really high.
It was like a Steffi, Jana, H'barty toss.

The kid played smart well thought out points.
I liked the strategy involved with her game. She didn't
just blast away in the same area as is common among
newbies to the WTA.

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Thats a bunch of BS TS. LETS SEE HOW WELL YOU PLAY IN PAIN. Monica would have beaten that girl if that injury didn't happen. Monica got outplayed because of the injury plain and simple.
your just a disappointed so called Seles fan. and your blaming Monica becouse she didn't pull out the match. but i don't believe your a fan at all.
if you were you would have at least said how brave it was for Monica not to quit the match. or something to that effect. and lets get something straight. Monica missed a volley and FELL over when she injured her ankle. what the heck do you mean she missed that volley and stalled. IDIOT

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Why don't you just say your glad Monica lost Greenout.
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Like you have any credibility on Monica Experimeniee
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off course the accsident/incident have something to say for the result, but the result stands, and we will never know if a not "on the ground in the first set" Seles would have won.
To me she did not looked hampered of her leg in the 2 last sets. Having said that, seles is not a fluent mover, and her movements can "hide" a dubious ankle.
sorry for Seles
congrats Klara K
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I'm not glad she lost. I like Jen..and was hoping for her
to make it a triple. I don't begrudge an underdog
journeywoman or newbie on the WTA tour winning in
style.

I can't hate a player just because they played soaring
tennis. You have to be a kind of tennis scrooge not to take in
any joy or happiness in seeing a Marlene or Loit play
such an uplifting positive match with all the odds against
them.

Have you ever heard of the F.A Cup? It's a British
soccer competition where teams from ALL levels
are able to take on one another. I love hearing
about a Non-League team made up of part time
professional soccer players take on the current
Champions of English football...ARSENAL.

Why do people find it so evil for an "outsider" to
get his or her day in the spotlight?

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thanx Terry for the report

good on Klara
I've not seen her play for about 3 years and her BH then must have been off that day when i saw last her.

Still not seen any pictures from todays match
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About Monica. She could've retired the match;but obviously
thought Koukalova was a well..."KOOK". It's understandable.
How many times have these lower ranked players folded like
paper cranes under the spotlight, and glare of tennis stars?
Monica assumed it was enough to beat the level of
the average "qualifier". Besides I don't associate wimping
out, and low self expectations with Seles. She's not the type
to take the safe, cheap road by writing off a match as "retired" just
so the record books would she that she was injured.

All kudos to Monica for being the
good sportsmen, and giving the kid a nice word in her interview.

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