I got back from the Open and New York then- was absolutely awesome, saw everything I think, brilliant sightseeing and so many fantastic matches on both sides this year. Such an experience, I loved it all. Saw all my girls play a couple of times each too! I got Maria's autograph
I got Elena V's autograph and there's a little more about her later
I got Maria K's autograph
and I got Roddick's autograph
To my girls though:
Well Maria's exit was extremely disappointing and a real tough one to take
After looking as if she had a little more consistenct in the 2nd serve the 1st 2 matches, this wasa huge drop off vs Oudin. She played great but Maria simply gave her this match, 21 doubles, 61 unforced errors, its a miracle it even went as close as 5/7 3rd set
Lots of work for Maria to still do on this serve and the new motion. Such a shame though because the top half of the draw is so unbelievably open a confident Maria would have had no problems at all coming through.
Victoria's exit was very disapponting to see. Against Schiavone she looked much the dominant player 1st set, then got up an instant break in the 2nd and it looked as if Vika should comfortably get through but between Schiavone dramatically increasing her level and pulling off some ridiculous shots and Vika self destructing the match slipped away
Vika needs to sort her serve out as she's just using it to start the rally off, getting 80% in like that is no good. She must go for it much more, set points up and around 65% this way would be perfect and do her so much better. Then the doubles later in the day I knew she was going to lose as she came out in such a bad mood and Zvonareva soon caught that and the match slipped from them too.
To Elena V, well firstly a par result really in the singles, a good first 2 matches but shame in the 3rd round she didn't do herself justice and put Zvonareva under more pressure
However, saying that it was a very close match, much closer than the 2 and 4 score suggests and many of the games could have gone either way. In the doubles Elena and Maria K are right through to the Quarters now
:grind dance and play the match 1st on Grandstand today. Also regarding Elena V well she was the reason I have some explaining to Babble. I got there on Friday very early so decided to go to the players entrance and see who I could see. Well I got the chance to see Elena V come in, I had my Russian flag so I asked her(she was with her coach) if I could have her autograph and she said yes of course and was really chatty and so nice as she is each time. Got talking to them both about being from England and already travelling to RG this year and Elena being one of my absolute favourites I always support and want the best for. This carried on for a bit and then because it was quite a while until the gates opened they were able to get me into the Lounge in the stadium and spend a bit more time chatting to them
Elena is such a darling and so very sweet
This was the time I was supposed to be meeting Babble then, but next thing I know I was going to the practice courts with them and watching them. I then got an awesome picture taken with Elena, that her coach took for us
I love it and Elena was so nice again, wished her the best of luck for her match and said I'd be there to support her on.
I then rushed around the Armstrong and Grandsand Courts for the next hour almost(as well as later in the day) to try and see Babble but no see
To Kateryna and what an awesome run this has been, the quarters of a Slam
and facing Wickmayer who she beat in a Final before. Yesterday from Kateryna trying to get to a Slam quarter for the 1st time was incredible, 6/0, 6/0 vs Dulko is sensational and almost hard to believe!! After the win over Ivanovic Kateryna's confidence from winning such a tight match and the draw opening up has just combined to get Kateryna through fantastically to the last 8!! Wickmayer next will be tough but Kateryna will believe here and the winner to face Wozniacki or Oudin is just so open as none have ever come close to a Slam Final!! In the doubles Kateryna and Alona lost 1st round to Victoria and Zvonareva.
Then to Maria K, well an extremely good Open this was for her. Coming through round 1 was important after many difficult tournaments this year but beating Radwanska was brilliant in the 2nd round. 1 of Maria's very biggest wins and brilliant to see. 3rd round vs Li, Maria K just didn't get going, shame this because had she played as she did 2 days earlier she could have won this one too. But still a very good singles run. Then as mentioned earlier Maria K with Elena is in the doubles quarters and thats today!! Also I was so pleased to see Maria K for the first ever time live in a singles and a doubles match too!!
So in the singles it's
GO GO GO KATERYNA!!!
In the doubles it's
GO GO GO ELENA V/MARIA K!!!