03 April 2013

Wednesday at the Family Circle Cup

My idea of heaven is spending all day at a tennis tournament, with access to my favourite players. So basically I'm in heaven this week in Charleston at the Family Circle Cup.

The days are whizzing by and we're already halfway through the tournament. It was a dream to be here as media to a WTA tourney - I've had credentials of some kind for the US Open, Cincy and the Auckland tourneys but there's something special about being at a smaller tourney with relatively few media. The tone seems so much more relaxed and the pressers are feeling like a conversation between friends instead of a journalist/subject interview.

Today was a packed day and it's nearly midnight so here are some thoughts/highlights:

1) Jankovic/Garcia match. The quality of this match, the crowd and the drama. What a great match! JJ fought off a few match points in the second set, and she was vocal and dramatic JJ (what else?). Garcia is a talented teen and she more than held her own against Jankovic. The crowd loved this match - JJ has a lot of fans here in Charleston. When Jankovic closed out the win she was pumped and Garcia sobbed into her coach's arms after she exited the stadium. Great, great match.

2) Jelena in press. Ohhhh myyyy gawdddd Jankovic is by far the best in press this week. Again, and again she entertains on and off the court. Today I think she could have talked for an hour though she'd just played and won another long three-set mach. One question led her to warble on and on and she was so funny. But as much as she criticizes herself for not playing the way she knows she can, and berates herself for being too frustrated on court she said she wouldn't do either if she didn't care. I need JJ to keep winning as these pressers are a big highlight of the week.

3) Venus wins. Every time Venus steps on the court I try to enjoy her while I can. She had a tough first match against teen Monica Puig and it was a battle that thankfully Vee won in three sets. She is so lovely in press and it's just a privilege to be able to see her enjoy the crowd and this lovely tournament.

4) I had a quick chat with Andrea Petkovic today as she was leaving her practice session. She is just so nice and down to earth - I didn't even feel nervous talking to her. Lovely, lovely woman.

I wrote about Germans, including Petko, today. Read if you're interested.

The forecast for tomorrow is CRAP. 100% chance of rain so I'm just hoping that the forecast is wrong. There are some great matches to look forward to and I always hate to see players have to play more than one singles match a day. But we will see what's going to happen.

Here are a few more photos from Wednesday.

Serena practicing.

Stosur beating Erakovic

Caro in press

Night Venus

Madison Keys

Robson and Bouchard

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