Two full days of tennis in, an we have only had a slight rain delay. I approve, Eastbourne.
A few tips if you ever attend this wonderful tourney - don't expect to find outlets anywhere on site, and bring cash! But, the bar around the corner from Devonshire Park is a great option to charge up a bit (thanks for the tip Courtney).
As a big WTAer, today's action for me was again primarily the ladies. I started with Angelique Kerber vs Sorana Cirstea. This was a tight match, tho Kerber started off with a quick lead playing very well, then Sorana started hitting better. Man she cracks a low, fast ball but her errors can be pretty off. Kerber definitely played the role of defense today and it was a good match with some fun rallies.
A match I was really looking forward to was Sam Stosur vs Nadia Petrova. Well, I shouldn't have bothered. I watched most of the first set and then I left to go recharge my phone. What a disappointing result, especially on grass which is so not Sam's best surface. Oh Nadia.
I upgraded again to Court 1 today only really so I could see Jamie Hampton vs Agnieszka Radwanska and that match did not disappoint. I really like Hampton's game and I think this was my first time seeing her live. I thought Aga looked a bit out of sorts and she netted a lot of shots. Jamie hits hard but also showed off a lot of variety today. She was flawless on her smashes and the crowd seemed very impressed with her game. The win was Jamie's first top 5 win and I am excited to continue following her this season.
As for the boys, I enjoyed Feliciano Lopez vs Jarkko Niemenen in the battle of the lefties. Jarkko has a great arsenal, but Feli on grass is tough despite his fall in the rankings lately. Feli toughed out two tiebreakers to advance. He was amusing - didn't even see him acknowledge the crowd and then as he left the court I saw him be totally swarmed by school kids.
One word of warning if you ever come to Eastbourne - the schoolkids are everywhere. It's great that they get the chance to come to the tennis but all I see if them running about, eating and chasing tennis players for autographs. Win or lose, on way to the court or off, the kids just race after the players. It may not bother them much but it's quite the scene!
I have a center court ticket tomorrow but the OOP is rather stale. I'll start with Li Na vs Marion Bartoli on Court 1 (my fave court here) and may go into center for Caroline Wozniacki vs Laura Robson. Wednesday is likely my last day here as I need a few off days before Wimbledon.
Here are a few other photos from today:
|Giles Simon training|
|Kerber gets a few requests after her win|
|Feli beats Jarkko|
|Feli is swarmed by little people|
|Kerber beating Niculescu|
|Nadia being Nadia|
|Aga losing to Hampton|
|Went for a walk before dinner - lovely night|