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Hmmm if you thought the website was a mess, good thing you weren't there in person. Everything was like half-built, half there half not...seriously the shape its in right now makes it look like a 10K tournament site. The qualy field as you can tell by the draw sucks ass, its basically a 10K challenger out there with lowly ranked Americans left and right. I had fun trying to match names with players, but of course more than half of these players have never been photographed so you can imagine the fun involved.

The practice courts was the site of all the action:
Bartoli and Daniilidou were hitting together. I'm suprised at 1) how buff Bartoli is...she's got some thick arms for a lil French girl ;) and she's suprisingly a lot tanner than the pics of her online, 2) she really whacks the ball hard off of both sides. That being said I was wondering why she isn't ranked any higher, and all you have to do is look at her serve. She has a lot of extraneous movements in her service motion, particularly the ball toss. I can see how the ball toss would affect her serving. Either than serving she's got a great game, has nice feel at the net.

While watching Daniilidou, it makes you wonder how in the heck she is in a slump. She hits the ball with good pace and depth...and then there's the serve. Eleni has a semi-hitch in her serve...don't know if she's always had that but it would seem to me that she would lose some power. Daniilidou is a fun loving girl though, she joked around with Petrova for a little bit.

Amber Liu and Cara Black were hitting together. I was so excited to see Cara, her being one of my favorite players and all and never really getting to see her. The whole day I was watching I really don't understand why some girls aren't ranked higher than they are. They seem to have nice groundies with a fair amount of pace, and pretty decent serves. After Cara and Amber hit, Petrova came on and Cara's coach teased Petrova and her hitting partner. Petrova was hitting half court (from the service lines to the net) and he yelled out "Use the whole court" :D

Daniela Hantuchova is at Stanford already. She was looking super super super skinny...everyone on the grounds was talking about it. Seriously, it looked like you could break her in half if you bent her. She hit for awhile, struggled with overheads particularly...if you ask me the problem is she jerks her to the side too much.

Marissa Irvin practiced after her...she seemed like she was having a good time...chewing bubble gum and talking on her cell phone. You know how embarassing this tournament is? Irvin and her coach had to borrow balls from Petrova and her coach because there weren't enough balls.

Other players I saw practicing were Yoon Jeon Cho, Craybas with Mashona Washington and with Sarah Taylor.
 

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Since all the first round qualies matches were almost all blow outs, here's a quick summary:

Alexandra Podkolzina (RUS) d. Leslie Cavanaugh (USA), 6-1, 6-0
I've never seen Alexandra play but have wanted to. She's headed to Cal this fall as the No. 1 recruit, won the 18s last year, and highly touted. This girl is cocky as hell...in a good way. In the warm-ups you knew she knew she was going to slaughter Leslie. Alex has good solid groundies, despite not having a lot of pace, she's extremely adept at controlling the ball. She hit some unbelievable angles and hit balls down the line out of no where. Not to mention she has great feel, often drop shotting with the greatest of touch. Her serve though doesn't match the rest of her game, its an area that she needs a lot of improvement. She was also a bit slow in her movement...but Amber Liu, you better watch out.

Abigail Spears (USA) d. Elizabeth Schmidt (USA), 6-2, 6-0
Abigail has a big serve and some big groundies to match. I saw the opening game and knew it was going to be a cakewalk...Spears had too much game for Schmidt.

Maika Ozaki (JAP) d. Jamie Lieberman (USA), 6-0, 6-0
I'm really impressed with Maika, she has a big serve and has a lot of power off the baseline. Again, too much class for Jamie...the poor girl just stood there as winners went by left and right...and when she actually got to hit the ball she would hit it out. It was funny more than sad.

Amanda Augustus (USA) d. Christina Fusano (USA), 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
Two doubles specialists playing singles. I've seen Fusano play countless times, she's a counter-puncher/all court player...both players though are far better doubles players. Neither had much power, it was really more of a placement match...seeing who could outmanuver the other person first.

Diana Ospina (USA) d. Dewonder Davis (USA), 6-0, 6-0
Angela Haynes (USA) d. Jennifer Poulos (USA), 6-0, 6-1

Didn't see these matches as they were on the far court, but the matches were easier than the score suggests.
 

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The whole day I was watching I really don't understand why some girls aren't ranked higher than they are. They seem to have nice groundies with a fair amount of pace, and pretty decent serves.
It's the 50-odd players ahead of them ;)
 

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I think I saw Dewonder hit one good shot serious. Diana applauded though I'm not quite sure if it was in appreciation or because Dewonder actually hit a winner?

Amanda plays a similar game to Christina...they both move the ball around, trying to outposition each other. It was nice to watch as they used the entire court, coming up to net and all...but no real drama.
 

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I arrived there before 10am and searched for a freakin' draw but could find none. I sat down in the small stands by the "practice" courts and this security fellow and an older black woman carrying a racquet bag walked by to enter the court. I was 3 feet away from Dewonder Davis! I didn't know it at the time...though I had sneaking suspicions...but I didn't say anything because, well, if you were a tennis player would you want to be mistaken for Dewonder Davis?

Anyway, it turned out had gone to the wrong court and then got back out and went around to the correct court.

I figured that it would be easier to watch all the courts from the stadium (you could only see half the courts from those stands) so I walked over there. Really was more interested in watching Daniilidou and Bartoli though. And the far courts weren't exactly easy to see. (Met Tennisace there.) :wavey:

Hantuchova was practicing on the main showcourt when I arrived. Then Irvin followed her. Then it was empty. Then someone else was there (I didn't really note who). Then Hantuchova again. (she was there when I left....no way in hell was I waiting an hour or so to watch Lastra's match)
 

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That was Bartoli hitting with Daniilidou? :confused: Now I know what she looks like.....

Tennisace is absolutely right about Daniela. Her strokes look great, but there's nothing behind them. If she wants to be a serious contender, she's got to get stronger. Fortunately for her, she's in the Clijsters (translation: weaker) half of the draw.

Sasha Podkolzina is going to be a great college player, which means she'll never be ranked above #50 on the WTA computer. Another area she needs to work on is concentration, because she should have double-bageled Cavanaugh. It was 5-0 in the first set when Sasha took her brief mental vacation, but against better competition 5-1 becomes 5-2, then 5-3, then....you get the picture.

For those who were there today: if you saw a tall, bald black man with all Fila gear on (including socks), that was me.
 

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Thanks for reports!

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That was Bartoli hitting with Daniilidou? :confused: Now I know what she looks like.....

Tennisace is absolutely right about Daniela. Her strokes look great, but there's nothing behind them. If she wants to be a serious contender, she's got to get stronger. Fortunately for her, she's in the Clijsters (translation: weaker) half of the draw.

Sasha Podkolzina is going to be a great college player, which means she'll never be ranked above #50 on the WTA computer. Another area she needs to work on is concentration, because she should have double-bageled Cavanaugh. It was 5-0 in the first set when Sasha took her brief mental vacation, but against better competition 5-1 becomes 5-2, then 5-3, then....you get the picture.

For those who were there today: if you saw a tall, bald black man with all Fila gear on (including socks), that was me.
Thanks for reports it's almost like being there.
 

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Sasha Podkolzina is going to be a great college player, which means she'll never be ranked above #50 on the WTA computer. Another area she needs to work on is concentration, because she should have double-bageled Cavanaugh. It was 5-0 in the first set when Sasha took her brief mental vacation, but against better competition 5-1 becomes 5-2, then 5-3, then....you get the picture.
serving for the set, she double-faulted a couple of times then hit errant shots. The one crap game of the match.
 

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Thanks Tennisace. :)
You have to go tomorrow, as I want to know how Maika Ozaki fares against Vento-Kabchi. :eek:

I'm glad Maika used her initiative to come here instead of Lexington. :) Same for Dewonder, etc. ;)
 

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thanx Brian for the report.

true about Marion and her serve.
Did you see her eagle-eyed dad ;)


Abi has a pretty good game but she needs to get her ass into shape seriously.
Still Abi won :kiss: :hearts:
 

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I agree about Marion, I walked right past her at Wimbledon and almost didn't recognise her! She is much darker in person and quite "built" like you say
 

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Shame the COllege Tennis season is over, woulda been good to see all teh Stanford girls playing - especially British hope Alice Barnes.

Nice to see the likes of Ospina, Schmidt and Dewonder using their iniative. Only prize money Dewonder is likely to make all year, unless she enters Toronto and Hawaii. Hopefully she might have a few spare dollars to let her play a coule of 25's and 10's later in the year.

I guess that some other girls ranked from 300 down didnt enter coz of the entrance fee, which is really big. So even thought field is weaker, Lexington is the cheaper alternative?

Cavanaugh has been playing this event since 1998, and is 31 and has only ever won 1 career match. That was when her oponent withdrew in the second set (from embarassment?).
 

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Too bad that Nancy Loeffler-Caro didn't enter this qualy as well - she could have drawn Dewonder! Can you imagine one of them would HAVE to win? You'd think that once in a while the draw would work out so that the bagel girls would have to play each other... at a tournament like this that would have been incredible!

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