2nd round, Uberoi d. Kremer 64 76: I had to mention this one because it was just a great quality match with a lot of long furious rallies. I believe the Uberoi sisters are Americans with Indian parents but not totally sure. Shikha has a big aggressive game and uses emotion to fire herself up. Kremer had to play great tennis to stay with her through the whole second set. Anne was really handling the pace well and hit some great passing shots and overhead winners despite her relatively short height (i think she's only 5 feet 4). Kremer earned a chance to serve out the set at *5-4 when she made an amazing running crosscourt stab of an Uberoi drop volley to get the break, but she failed, and it was at that point that the Uberoi contingent in the stands started getting REALLY boisterous, almost like a soccer match. The set went into a dramatic tiebreaker, with Uberoi earning three match points at 6-3, but was unable to convert any of them, hitting a double fault at 6-5. Kremer then got her own set point at 7-6, but she hit a high backhand which unluckily for her, got caught in the wind and was blown wide. Then she made a forehand UE, and the last point was the best rally of the day, Uberoi was hitting the cover off the ball and finally after about 25 or 30 balls she drilled a crosscourt forehand that Kremer could only get her frame on and ricocheted into the stands to end the match.
Fujiwara d. Avants, 3rd set retired: I came right at the end of the match, with Fujiwara up 6-5 and Avants looking like she was about to send it into a tiebreaker. I didn't see Cory Ann fall because like most everybody i was watching her shot as it went to the other side of the court, i just heard an "ooohh" and turned and saw her crumpled on the cement. The shame of it was there about 2,000 people totally into this match on the big #11 court (it was by far the best attended match of the day), and it was probly the biggest moment of Cory Ann's career that this happened to her. Fortunately it was a shoulder, not a knee or ankle, so she should be ok to play again in a couple of weeks.
2nd round, Domachowska d. Popadic, 2 sets: I didn't actually stay to watch this match after the first couple games, but the funny thing about it was, the two girls looked exactly alike, both wearing the same outfit, a pink tanktop with a white skirt, same height, both right-handed blondes with 2-hand backhands. I absolutely could not tell them apart. Apparently their tennis was not as evenly matched as their looks - Domachowska won 63 60.
2nd round, Groenfeld d. Mamic, 3 sets: If you have been to the USO qualifying a few times, you know that there are a couple of matches each year there that are just total classics in terms of the atmosphere they create, and this was one of them. It was one of the last matches of the day, played on the show court #13 with a few hundred people watching, with the sun setting behind Ashe stadium and it had to finish under the lights. The skinny, left-handed tomboyish-looking Sandra Mamic (i'd never heard of her before, i guess she's either Croatian or Serbian) was giving a lesson to the physically intimidating, #1 seeded ALG, seemingly anticipating where she was hitting all of her shots and blowing through the first set 6-1. Mamic got up an early break in the second set and Groenfeld was getting really frustrated, yelling "My God!!" and some other things, but she kept holding her own serve to stay within reach, and she was challenging Mamic in every return game, but she couldn't break her. It seemed like every time ALG got a break point, Mamic hit an ace! She did it at least four times. Finally after one of these aces, ALG abruptly backed out when Mamic was about to serve the deuce point, and the girls stared each other down, with Mamic mockingly crossing her legs as she faced Groenfeld as if to say, "Are you sure you're ready now?" Mamic held in that game to go up 5-3, then ALG held easily and Mamic quickly got up 40-15 for two match points. But it just wasn't her day as Groenfeld hit a fearless down the line forehand and then punished Mamic's desperate reply with a cool-as-ice forehand volley winner into the open court. Another forcing ALG groundstroke caused Mamic to miss a backhand wide, and two points later ALG had her first service break of the match. She never looked back, taking the set 7-5 - i had to leave to meet a friend, so i didn't see the third set but i imagine Groenfeld won it pretty easily.
Last edited by vogus; Aug 29th, 2004 at 05:10 AM.