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2009 LA Women’s Tennis Champs II

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Hey Tennis Friends!

The weather is great out here, thanks to an early afternoon breeze!

Correction: There is no “Caroline Wozniak” in tennis. I had combined the names of Caroline Wozniacki, from Denmark, and the person whom Bethany was really playing, ALEKSANDRA Wozniak, from Canada.

Also, apparently the stadium is being used for day session, starting Wednesday.

The final scores for the matches I mentioned are:

Daniela Hantuchova d. Melanie Oudin 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-2

Aleksandra Wozniak d. Bethany Mattek-Sands 7-5, 7-5

Daniela Hantuchova / Ai Sugiyama d. Jill Craybas / Carly Gullickson 6-4, 6-1

Here’s a photo detailing Bethany Mattek-Sands’ “old school” socks:
Bethany Mattek-Sands and her funky socks.

I’ll see you next time, with more tennis, . . . outside the lines!

- Marcus Tennis

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2008 East West Bank Classic III

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

Hey Tennis Friends!

It was a great day for live tennis in Carson! Too many matches to recap them all, but here are some illustrative pictures:

Bethany Mattek and the Radar Gun

Here’s what it looks like from the front baseline row. In the foreground is the radar gun configuration that lets us know the speed of the serves. Despite the deceptive perspective in the picture, it’s actually only about the size of two fists. In the background is American Bethany Mattek taking on her Chinese rival in the quarterfinal, Meng Yuan. This was the come-from-behind match of the tournament, and, sadly, it wasn’t even televised!

In this afternoon’s match, Bethany won the first set 6-2, but was down 0-4 in the second set. Afterward, she acknowledged that it was someone in the crowd who yelled out to her, “move your feet” that got her to get it together, and pull out a match-winning 7-5 second set comeback! I swear, I had nothing to do with it! It was actually some guy who was sitting about five seats away from me.

When Bethany told Andrew, the stadium emcee who did the on court interview, that it was that guy’s “move your feet” that made her turn it around, I nearly fell off of my seat, since that seems to be my catch phrase out on the courts!

Behind the ESPN Desk

The ESPN television coverage began today. Here’s what being on camera looks like to Cliff Robertson and Mary Jo Fernandez. This was taken behind their broadcast desk. Nothing but bright lights in your face!

Eva Hrdinova and Vladimira Ulirova

Alright, I know that this picture is a little blurry, but the height difference in this doubles team was too funny not to point out. On the left is Eva Hrdinova, who is listed at (a conservative) 6’3″ . On the right is little Vladimira Ulirova who is listed at (a generous) 5’5″ . That’s a NINE inch “official” difference, that sure looks like at least a full foot!

Not only is Valimira closer to the camera in this shot (so, by perspective, she should look taller than normal), but Eva is hunching over just a little so that she can here the Czech communication.

They were playing Ai Sugiyama and Ayumi Morita (both 5’4″), from Japan, and it looked very funny out there. After they split the first two sets 4-6, 7-5, Hrdinova/Ulirova beat their opponents, making it to the semis, in a nail-biting third set 12-10 tie break.

I was afraid that if Eva had fallen down, the other three would have started shooting little thread ropes over her body to secure her to the ground!

I’ll see you next time, with more tennis, . . . outside the lines!

- Marcus Tennis

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2008 East West Bank Classic I

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Hey Tennis Friends!

There is some great tennis going on now that you need to be a part of!

This week is the East West Bank Classic at The Home Depot Center, in Carson, California, USA. I don’t have internet access at the event, so I actually cannot be “Almost LIVE”, but have to come to you “Tape Delayed”. This is a great event and you get to be real close to the players, especially on the outer courts. Here are a few shots of today’s action on the outer courts:

Ai Sugyama Backhand

This is Ai Sugyama preparing for her backhand in her defeat of Patty Schnyder 6-4, 7-5. A terrific match that I saw from the front row on Court 4. That’s right, sitting right in the corner, on a step ten inches up from the court. This is how good the seats are here with only a Grounds Pass!

Nadia Petrova Backhand

And, talk about preparation, here’s Nadia Petrova getting ready to slam another backhand in her three set victory against Akgul Amanmuradova 6-1, 3-6, 6-1. Again, this picture is not taken from my professional digital SLR camera with a giant zoom lens. I have a new, very small, pocket digital camera just for these blogs that takes great pictures from the front row on Court 3.

Raymond Stosur Doubles

Out on Court 5 Samantha Stosur (on the left) is back with partner Lisa Raymond as they discuss strategies for their win over Sabine Lisicki and Nicole Vaidasova. What a killer team Raymond/Stosur are! Doubles at its finest. I was so close that I actually caught the game ball twice during the match! Really!! You cannot get any closer to the action than that, unless you are getting pounded into the court by these two dominating athletes. Raymond/Stosur won 6-3, 6-1.

If those names aren’t enough for you, how about other matches that I saw today featuring names such as Safina, Mirza, Bammer, Craybas, and Jankovic! The weather is great out there so what are you doing sitting in front of your computer? Use a sick day, take a mental heath day, cancel those appointments and get out there and see some great professional tennis closer than you can anywhere else for the price!

Here’s the link for the event, and feel free to call me on my secret cel number with any questions/tips. It may take me a little bit to get back with you ’cause I’ll be watching so much terrific tennis!:
http://www.eastwestbankclassic.com/

BTW, coming up will be the Western & Southern Masters from Cincy, and the Countrywide Classic from Los Angeles.

I’ll see you next time, with more tennis, . . . outside the lines!

- Marcus Tennis

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