Hi everybody! I'm a member of the club which hosts the Dubai tennis Championships so I have the widest access to everything you can imagine. I share the gym the swimming pool and other stuff with the players, so I see a LOT.
Anyway I've been at todays qualifying and here's what I saw:
I saw Vera Douchevina's
match against Sromova,a 302-ranked player, whom ofcourse she won. Right after it I stood near the entrance of the court and waited till she leaves it. When she did I opproached her and asked if I could take a picture if her. And she was like: 8) "OF me?! O-okey." Looks like she isn't used to people being interested in her yet. This is a little off-topic but she looks better in real life than on pictures. Btw. pics of her comming tommorow.
I watched other matches but they were nothing special, except for Obata
vs. Beltrame. Beltrame ruled most of the match, even without being aggresive (50% of her shots were 3-4 meters over the net.She could command just by not making errors. She could withsatnd Obata's flat shots nevertheless, who did commit errors. I didn't see what happened in the end ( went to see Dokic's practice) but it's a pity she lost.
was practicing with Schiavone
. She wasn't in the mood and wasn't hitting well, made a lot of errors. When she practiced individual shots she was alright, but when she played a kind of practice match she was the one who ended most of the rallies ( 70 times of 100 with a miss). Something is definitely still wrong with her
I also saw her in the gym but she left soon after comming as her coach and someone else (perhaps a boyfriend) made a joke on her, and she couldn't stand it. If this mental depression doesn't stop she wouldn't last long in the tournament. Btw. pics of her comming in too.
I also caught Myskina
practice with Likhovtseva
. I wouldn't have seen them if it wasn't for them running back and forth looking for the entrance to the court. Nastya came with her coach, who by the way didn't do anything 'coachy'. For what it's worth he was just their "ball man" . In the middle of the practice when the man tried to give Nastya an advice on one of her shots an argument started. I don't know what it was about but in the end Lena Nastya and that guy were all laughing so I guess it wasn't very serius. Btw. pics of Nastya are comming too.
was around as well.
More reports soon.