I arrived half an hour earlier, because I thought the matches were going to start at 10 a.m. So I went to see the players practice. Liliana Pereira was practicing with Inęs Moura and then some other Portuguese players that I don’t know arrived and talked to them (I don’t know why they didn’t enter the qualifying with so many byes). Then I watched Adriana Serra Zanetti talking with her coach and Martina Muller practicing with other girl that I don’t know, but they both didn’t look very good. I went to court 1 to watch Ana Nogueira against Inęs Moura. I only watched the first 3 games but quickly realized that Ana wouldn’t have any trouble because she moves the ball around very well and Inęs hits tons of unforced errors. I don’t know what happened in the second, but maybe it was Ana’s injury. After that I went to centre court and Magali and Liliana were in the end of the first set. Liliana then took an injury timeout and came playing better in the second set. This looked to be a closer match, with both players hitting very hard from the baseline. Magali was a lot more consistent than all the other times I had watched her and she served well. Liliana, on the other hand, was serving constantly around 120/130 km/h . I left after the first 3 games of the second set, because I was convinced Magali was going to win it and I wanted to watch the other matches. I went to see Katerina Bondarenko vs Daria Neretina. Katerina was definitely the best player of all I saw today. She has a strong serve, hits hard and was always in control, although Daria took she made some unforced errors in the beginning. Daria did all she could to return the balls and but Katerina was too strong most of the time. In the end of this match, I went to watch Katia Rodrigues against Catarina Ferreira. I left this match for the end because I knew this would be a very close match and they always go to three sets when they play. I arrived in the second set and before I entered the court I was already hearing Katia scream. She wasn’t playing well in the second set and Catarina did what she needed to win it. Katia was really pissed but at the same time funny. One time she after she missed a volley for the 3rd time since I was there she said of course it’s out, I still haven’t managed one. I understand her frustration because she’s great at the net and today her volleys were disastrous. In the third set Katia was playing much better, dominating the rallies and I really thought she was going to win, because when Katia plays well, Catarina has no answers, it’s a shame she’s so up and down, because she’s great to watch. She mixes it up very well, with slices, high balls and hard hitting, although she doesn’t even have a ranking she’s a very complete player. However in the middle of the third set she started missing more again and Catarina was, as always, fighting for every point, which put her in the lead again. She became more aggressive and started dictating some of the points, which made frustrated again and made her throw her racket to the air innumerous times. Katia looked pretty desperate in the end and obviously disappointed with the way she played. I was sad as well, because I wanted to watch Katia again tomorrow. When I left Estoril it really looked like it was going to rain. I just hope there’s no rain tomorrow.