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Jan 20th, 2003 01:37 AM
monster Thanks for your reports- I have just come back from 8 days (went to final qualiy day) at the tennis- had a great time- I can't beleive it- I was at pretty much everyone of the same matches!
Jan 19th, 2003 10:14 PM
DutchieGirl hmm I've been there every day and we've hardly been to the same matches at all! lol Only Amanda's and Klara's!

Klara has two new fans! (Me and Ulla). We saw her in the second round of quallies (went to watch Wheeler and ended up liking Klara). She was very inpressive. I saw her match against Seles, and it was brilliant, but she really played bad against Meghann! Nothing like the way she played against Monica. She always looked so dejected against Meghann. And you are right! She does look like Patty!

Jan 19th, 2003 01:44 PM
King Aaron Thanks Terry!!!
Jan 19th, 2003 12:30 PM
Princess Fiona Onya Terry!!

pssst... I thought I saw you in the crowd for the Daniilidou vs. Dechy match (the few points I saw) - maybe it was you...
Jan 19th, 2003 03:14 AM
rated_next thanks terry
Jan 19th, 2003 01:14 AM
Ryan Thanks TS. Allez Amanda!!!
Jan 19th, 2003 12:22 AM

Woke up still in two minds about whether I was going to go as I wasnt operating on much sleep, and just about the time when I had decided sleep was looking more attractive my friend calls me up from Melbourne Park and Im like "yeah Im almost there", when in fact I wasn't even dressed.

Anyway, got my shit together and got there in time to catch some good tennis. First match I saw some of was Shaughnessy v Koukalova

Meghan Shaughnessy v Klara Koukalova
Well, having watched 4 of Klara's 5 matches so far, I thought I might as well do it again. Today, she was still hitting more winners than her opponent, but at the same time committing unforced errors on big points. Meghann looked very solid and always in control. Serving great, and looking like she's ready to rekindle the form that took her to the top 15. We'll see I guess. The second set, which I saw the last half of, was a lot closer than the scoreline suggests, and Klara certainly had her chances. But the gulf in the rankings was exposed and Meghann won the big points and in the end put Klara away comfortably. Should be a great match with Bovina in the 4th round.

Elena Bovina v Maggie Maleeva
Weird match to say the least, but pretty good at the same time! I saw the second set of this, and it was a pretty even contest, with both players having many chances. Funny thing happened when Maggie went up 4-2. The strapping on Bovina's thigh came loose and one of the bandages/tape thingy was hanging down. Elena tried to put it back but it wouldnt sit, so she went to the umpire to see if the trainer could be called to bring some more tape. Then a funny thing happened, which I haven't seen on a court before. Maggie told the umpire she had some tape in her bag, and then the umpire asked Bovina if she wanted then you see ELena walk over to Maggie and Maggie hands her some tape. lol. This tape wasnt working though, so the trainer did come out and had to do it all over again. So for those of you wondering if there was an injury time out for Elena before the 7th game of the second set, dont worry it was just loose bandages
Maggie did well to keep focus and win that set, but I still had the feeling Elena would somehow grit out the win. Had to leave as my friend messaged me saying Federer was off the court at Vodafone and Eleni would be on soon, so thats where I raced off to!

Eleni Daniilidou v Nathalie Dechy
Had to fight off a mass exodus of Swedes as I made my way to V/fone. But I got there and had one of the best seats in the house. Sitting second row from the front on the side (across from the umpires chair). A very healthy crowd for this match, which pleasantly surprised me, and of course Eleni had her Greek supporters there. A funy thing happened before this match started...I was wearing my Barcelona football top and was sitting innocently watching the warm up when none other than umpire Jorge Diaz, who was sitting near me (near where the players walk out, obviously he mightve been working the next match) comes up to me to compliment my top Funny thing is, this top of mine has caused drama all week....I wore it to the Majoli match and got strange looks from Spanish fans, when I was NOT cheering for the Torrens Valero Anyway, enough rambling about my apparell, onto the match!!! Dechy started off well, breaking the Eleni serve but was immediately broken back. For the first 3 games, Eleni was wearing just a plain headband, but decided that wasnt working, so ditched it and grabbed her white cap which she put on (backwards of course). All was right with the world again. Eleni had her cap on, and started to play better A pretty awkward set of tennis. Sooo many breaks of service, in fact Dechy failed to hold at all in that set, with Eleni holding once. Bizarre. Eleni was playing good tennis, particularly off her groundies, but her serve was terrible. Eleni was averaging speeds of 120-140 km/h, which is plain ridiculous. I think she is testing out some sort of soft spin thing, but please Eleni stop that. Dechy didnt play too badly, she just didnt do enough with the balls, but still produced some good tennis. Eleni stepped up a gear in the second set and after almost blowing a 4-1 lead she then regrouped and put Nathalie away for the match. Impressive performance from Eleni, who is playing some great tennis from the back of the court....lets see how she fares against the big cheese of the tour on Monday. I cant wait.

Chanda Rubin v Barbara Schwartz
Watched the first few games. Chanda paying good tennis, and obviously relieved to get by Mary the other day! Barbara didnt play too badly, she is a very good player as we know, but her luck finally ran out. Wanted to go watch Myskina-Fernandez on MCA after this, as they were in the final set, but because Andy Roddick was on after them, forget trying to get a seat. I bet Nastya and Clarisa didnt know what hit them with that huge crowd Well I was a tad pissed off, but hey what can you do. Went to court 2 to see a bit of an entertaining mens match with El Aynouai against after this, decided to stay for the Coetzer match.

Amanda Coetzer v Anna Pistolesi
This was over quick. Thankfully. From the first few rallies I was starting to moan and having uncomfortable flashbacks of the Coetzer-Martinez match from US Open 98, but thankfully Amanda played good, aggressive tennis and put Anna away quickly. Anna really played ordinary, average tennis and I know she had a great year last year, but when she played like she did yesterday one has to Maybe she had a bad day, and I guess Amanda does own her. Anyway, she was outclassed big time. Good performance Amanda, but I fear she'll be on the receiving end against Kim on Monday. Let's hope not.

Obviously not as many matches seen as its now round 3, but still a great day and Im glad I got my ass out of bed to go.

Well that's it! Thanks for all the compliments, its been a pleasure writing these. I personally love it when posters do reports from tournaments, so I thought I'd repay the favour here. To give a cliched quote from various tennis players 'Its been a great week..."

Jan 18th, 2003 12:35 AM
JonBcn Cheers Terry...keep em coming
Jan 18th, 2003 12:24 AM

Clarisa was putting nothing into her groundies (she rarely does)
I don't agree at all, I've seen her play in person and she really kills the ball and has a big lefty serve
Jan 17th, 2003 04:29 PM
The Crow Thanks Terry.

I agree about Vera, it's one thing showing emotions, it's a whole other thing when you show emotions after every lost point and let it affect your game.
Jan 17th, 2003 04:00 PM
Elleke thanks a lot
Jan 17th, 2003 03:46 PM
TheBoiledEgg Vera's not grown out of this,
she's been doing this for years
Jan 17th, 2003 03:41 PM
Originally posted by TS

New (or maybe not so new?) from the highly esteemed Amy Frazier House of Fashion - A floral jacket that looks like something out of a ladies auxillary. Yes a jacket full of flowers. After she took it off for the warm up she revealed a sleeveless white shirt with one of those flowers blown up on the side. At least no cardigan. Anyway, I know we all hang shit on Amy's 'lack of tan', and yes the joke gets a little tired but I couldnt help but crack up when a young semi-drunk British spectator yelled "Oh my god whats that? Its Casper the friendly Ghost!" [/B]

thanks once again for your fantastic reports

agree with Experimentee about Vera, it's really not a pleasant sight and it affects her game, some players play better when they get mad and lets her emotions out but this is not the case IMO, it's very childish.
Jan 17th, 2003 06:54 AM
Chance enjoyed your report TS

I agree with Experimentee about Vera, the more she lets her emotions get the better of her, the harder it will be for her to finish matches off. I can see why fans like the emotional side of Vera but in the long run she needs to control her emotions,Vera is only 18 so she might grow out of it like Venus did.
Jan 17th, 2003 03:50 AM
ghosts Thanks
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