Ok...My friend and I managed to catch many matches between us...half the report I saw first-hand, and half has been relayed from my fellow spectator...
Vives d. Jackson
This match was full of intrigue and fantastic emotion. both players really gave it their all. Jackson seemed to tire a little bit in the third set, but she really manged to move Nuria around the court for most of the match. Nuria is a great mover though, and really forced Jackson to hit the extra shot. She also is really good at turning defence into attack. In the third set, when it looked like Jackson had the upper hand in the rally, Nuria on many occasions would retrieve difficult balls and then turn the rally around and hit some flashy winners. There was a really dodgy line call on Nuria's first matchpoint. Jackson really whiped her forehand return and Nuria had almost clenched her fist when no call came from the linesperson who claimed his vision was blocked. The umpire refused to overrule and Nuria just shook her head. Jackson took advantage because she broke Nuria's serve, but it was too little too late, because she broke Jackson in the next game to 15. On a faster surface, the result may have been reversed.
Brandi d. Czink
Both players hit pretty flat and consistent, although Czink was really off her game today. The first 3 games were all titanic struggles and both players really moved each other around. Unfortuantely, being on the losing end didn't help Melinda's confidence and she started going for too much and rushing her shots. Kristina is a calm competitor and seemed content to hit deep balls down the middle the entire match, while Melinda kept self-destructing. I think she would have fared better if she'd put Kris under more pressure and come in more. She just didn't seem willing to trade groundstrokes all day and after the 4th stroke she'd go for an outright winner, missing 80 percent of the time.
Peschke d. Stewart
Wow, Kveta can really hit deep, hard groundstrokes. From the first point, it was clear Stewart would have no answer to the precision of Kveta's groundstrokes. In the first set, there wasn't much variety from Kveta, she just hit hard and went for angles. Stewart, to her credit, tried coming into the net and hit a few slice approaches; but most of her approach shots were too high and slow, and Kveta was content to use them as target practice. Patty Schydner was watching this match, cheering Kveta on.
Osterloh d. Reeves
This match was over in 45 minutes. Lilia's groundstrokes were on today, especially her forehand. She seemed to really enjoy the pace Reeves was giving her. Samantha looked releived when she got on the scoreboard in the 5th game, but she was very erratic and seemes to lack a strategy. She didn't seem too upset at the end though, the girls had a chat after the match and walked off together which was nice to see.
Obziler d. Schaul
I just saw the last few games of this match. A real contrast in styles, Schaul is your orutine hard-hitting baseliner, whereas Obziler has a lot of variety and doesn't hit with that much pace. Claudine seemed really frustrated with the lack of pace and a few moonballs Obziler would throw in when Claudine was at risk of dictating the points, and towards the end yelled out to her coach, 'Why are these balls flying up so high?'
that's all we saw...but we hope to catch some more action soon.