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