16 August 2012

Thursday in Cincy

Another big day at this fantastic tournament. Here are a few pics of the grounds, which are pretty easy to navigate, with lots of space for the crowds and so many places to sit and relax, eat, hide from the sun, etc.

Entrance from Lot B parking.


Delpo walking from player entrance toward practice

Draws on side of center court

Popular place to get player autographs as they enter/exit the grounds



View of court 9 from center court
Today was another hot day, but not quite as bad as yesterday. Match of the day for this fan was Venus Williams. She played Sara Errani and was in stellar form. She just couldn't miss for most of the match and there was nothing the Italian could do. Venus' groundies were in great form - so wonderful to see. In press, Venus said having just played Errani in the Olympics helped her stay relaxed for this match and it showed. She looked wonderful.

Serena's match, on the other hand, was a bit painful. She looked ill, slow, lazy whatever you want to call it but didn't need much more than her C game to advance over Urzsula Radwanska. She'll need to sharpen up for Angelique Kerber tomorrow. The German looked okay but not fantastic against the improving Andrea Hlavackova, who seems to be getting some good results on the singles court to go along with her huge doubles success of late.

I ended my day with the Bryan brothers, who once moved from Ct 3 to Ct 9 RACED to a 0 and 1 win over Jarkko Nieminen and Stanislas Wawrinka. It took 30 minutes, and then rains came so I think the Bryans had a hunch they needed to get it done fast.

Some other pics from today - hard to believe we only have three more days!

Stosur practicing

Kerber

Serena Ula Radwanska

Serena first pump

Yeah I am sure my serve doesn't look like this. Wow.

Venus hitting a BHDTL winner

Winner!

Evening doubles action

Bryans won in 30 minutes. Truly.

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