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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old Feb 21st, 2004, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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REPORTS form the tournament thread.

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.
Jelena Dokic 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.
Shaughnessy was around as well.
More reports soon.
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Thanks Vass!! Keep them coming...
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Oh shoot. I just found out that I could've been present for the live draw ceremony! And I missed it. they also showed it just now in the local news, and guess what...I switched on the tv only to see Myskina's and a few other names flash by on the screen and the anchor on the station switching to another topic. So much for my luck this time.
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Can't wait to hear all about it!

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The Gulf Times say that Jelena practised in the afternoon with Ai Sugiyama?


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post #6 of 34 (permalink) Old Feb 21st, 2004, 10:50 PM
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Thanks vass22 for report!

Jelena not good...
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Thanks vass22 for report!

Jelena not good...


Everyone has bad days. Dokic can play shit one day and beat anyone 61 61 the next day
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Thank you Vass. The reports and insider stuff is fantastic.
Tell us everything. Yeah, and don't forget to enjoy yourself.
Can't wait to see the pics!!!!!!
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Ok i'm afraid there are hardly faces on the pics, as it is difficult to catch the right moment to take an action pic. Only Vera's and a few other's faces are good on the pics but the bodies are fine. Anyway, I'll scan them later, off for the tournament now.

PS: there is no way Jelena practiced with Ai. Unless Ai playes with Fischer rackets and looks like Schiavone. Now compare their faces and see it there could be a mistake....
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PS: there is no way Jelena practiced with Ai. Unless Ai playes with Fischer rackets and looks like Schiavone. Now compare their faces and see it there could be a mistake....
I think jd4eva was talking about friday. That article: http://www.gulf-news.com/Articles/ne...ticleID=111641
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vass did you see angie?
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post #13 of 34 (permalink) Old Feb 22nd, 2004, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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Here are the pics from first day, of which I wrote. These aren't all, but I hardly have time...

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Thanks for the report and the pics!

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