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The Sounds of Charleston 04/17/2010 - 12:08 PM

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by Bobby Chintapalli, TW Contributing Editor

If you’re reading this you’ve probably been following the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, and if you’re following Charleston you’ve likely heard that Daniela Hantuchova beat Jelena Jankovic 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the quarterfinals. Hantuchova, who’s ranked Number 25 but was ranked as high as Number 5 in 2003, earned her third clay court win over a Top 10 player and a spot in the semifinals against Sam Stosur. Jankovic, who’s ranked Number 7 and won her 12th singles title at Indian Wells last month, lost a match many expected her to win. The rest of this is about the stuff – and especially the sounds – you may not have heard reading a quick match summary or watching a live stream.

The Surprising Silence of Jelena Jankovic

When you think of Jankovic you think of impressive movement, backhands down the line, even glitter – what you don’t think of is silence. Yet when she hits the ball, even late in a third set, she makes almost no noise. You can see she’s working hard, but you can’t hear the effort. After longer points later in the match, you can hear her breathing a bit more heavily. (And it’s oddly comforting to know that even a woman who seems like she can run forever – and even wants to – gets winded sometimes.) During the point though the only thing you really hear is the sound of the ball coming off her racquet, and it sounds lovely. Maybe it’s partly because she’s hitting the ball so cleanly and partly because her own silence allows you to hear that more clearly.

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You wonder if her opponents hear her ball so well too and whether they can do something with that “information”. A few times today it seemed like Hantuchova made the most of it when she did actually hear from Jankovic. Down 3-5 and 15-15 in the third set Jankovic got caught on her back foot in the back of the court as she tried to get to yet another heavy, well-placed ball from Hantuchova. Jankovic managed to get it back, exclaiming “ay” as she did. It’s hard to know if Hantuchova had time to process that sound, but what’s clear is that a few seconds later Hantuchova won the point with a dropshot.

Between points we all know Jankovic can be quite chatty. Up 3-0 in the second set but facing a break point, Hantuchova belted an ace. Soon afterwards began what any casual Jankovic watcher recognizes as perhaps the most quintessential Jankovic phenomenon, the Monologue to Mom. Based on what Hantuchova said in the post-match presser, she heard some of this, and it helped her: “Well, obviously I heard her talking to herself a little bit. I didn’t understand what she was saying, but obviously that helps when it’s hot and it’s a tough situation of the match to see that your opponent is maybe a little negative, and that just gave me a little more energy to fight even harder.”

The Surprising Sound of Daniela Hantuchova

When Hantuchova strikes the ball, from the first games to the last, you can hear the effort. She makes some noise – it’s not as loud as Maria Sharapova’s or as long as Victoria Azarenka’s, but it’s there every time. It’s surprising because everything else about her seems so muted. There are glances at the box, but they’re quick. There are fist pumps, but they’re small. Down 1-4, receiving serve on game point, she hit a big return for a winner. Down 1-5, serving on break point, she served a 100 mph ace. Both times the crowd clapped, and both times Hantuchova walked  quietly to the other side of the court in preparation for the next point.

Waiting to receive serve Jankovic looks almost menacing, or at least as menacing as a 5’9” woman in a bright green dress can look. She stands there, feet firmly planted but moving her legs nonstop, her back broad and muscular despite having lost some of the muscle she complained about last year. You get the sense she can’t wait for her opponent to serve, because she can’t wait to attack. Hantuchova on the other hand can wait and seems like she wants to in order to have more time with her thoughts. Before she receives serve she sometimes turns around and goes to the back of the court to look at her strings and consider her next move. I’ve heard a commentator say Hantuchova started this “trend” of turning her back to the server until she’s ready to receive, essentially causing the match to be played at the returner’s pace when it’s supposed to be played at the server’s. (You see Maria Sharapova do this now, Ana Ivanovic too. Maybe they’re trying to control the pace or buy a little extra time, maybe not.) Mostly it seems Hantuchova wants the same thing Vera Zvonareva wants when she puts a towel over her head during changeovers – some alone time to think in a stadium full of people watching her every move. You sense Hantuchova, unlike Jankovic, doesn’t like to think out loud or when it’s loud.

In this match her tennis made the biggest noise. The day before Hantuchova played the longest match of the tournament, a 164-minute match against Angelique Kerber on Althea Gibson Court under an especially hot sun that was exhausting even to watch. Then she was scheduled first on the stadium for this match. She acknowledged she used the frustration about all that to fuel her play: “I wanted to make up for yesterday and definitely tried to play a much better game, which I did. I was really going for the backhand, and it felt pretty good today.” Sometimes players – and the rest of us too – use yelling and screaming and Twitter to vent. Yesterday Daniela Hantuchova used her backhand.


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Posted by toonie 04/17/2010 at 12:22 PM

Hi Thanks Bobby!
Not sure if it's my computer but the picture above is very black.
I like Daniela even when she's being a headcase.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Rafa Just Do It 04/17/2010 at 12:30 PM

Bobby Thanks another great read.

Oh Dani how many times over the years have I muttered those words to myself.

Maybe Darren Cahill being on board with Dani could be her Knight In White Armour!

Posted by toonie 04/17/2010 at 12:30 PM

I really enjoy reading your articles Bobby. We get little coverage of the WTA here in Canada so I don't follow it as closely as I do the mens. I was starting to really enjoy Kuzzie and Petrova's games but lately haven't been as impressed. I really like the games of Azeranka and Hantuchova when they are playing well and am thoroughly entertained when they turn into headcases. It seems I favor the Russian womens play but I wonder why they seem to have so little consistency?

Posted by toonie 04/17/2010 at 12:33 PM

OMG am I just read your new moniker!!! I thought that was Tiger's motto lol! Rafa better be careful that's a lot to live up to!

Posted by toonie 04/17/2010 at 12:37 PM

Sometimes I wonder if the majority of the ladies like being tennis players. I'm not fond of Wozniaki's style of play but I do appreciate the fact that she seems to really enjoy playing the game.

Posted by Mr. and Mrs. D. 04/17/2010 at 12:37 PM

Thank you once again Bobby. I'm a fan of Dani's (always a fan of a player not afraid of the net!)....hoping ESPN airs some of her match after Caro's.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Rafa Just Do It 04/17/2010 at 12:40 PM

Toonie I have run out of ideas.Seeing Rafa is also with Nike.I am using their Swan Song.Hoping it works.lol!

Posted by Corey 04/17/2010 at 12:50 PM

Bobby, as always, you are entertaining and informative. I love your articles!!!

Posted by Neveah 04/17/2010 at 01:04 PM

Good Read Bobby:) Zvonerava,please no crying today,keep it together.

Posted by Samantha Elin, supporter of all things Scandinavian 04/17/2010 at 01:38 PM

OMG Caro.

Posted by mick1303 04/17/2010 at 01:40 PM

I hate this. Now Vera will self-destruct. Carolina threw her out of the zone with this medical timeout.

Posted by tennisesq. 04/17/2010 at 01:40 PM

Ouch, poor Caro. That is every tennis players' nightmare. I hope she is ok.

Posted by tennisesq. 04/17/2010 at 01:41 PM

mick1303,
Caro didn't twist her ankle on purpose.

Posted by Samantha Elin, supporter of all things Scandinavian 04/17/2010 at 01:43 PM

She needs to retire and not mess with an injury. She doesn't have to prove she is better player than Bepa, everyone know she's.

Posted by mick1303 04/17/2010 at 01:45 PM

They showed the slo-mo and there was nothing there that made you wince. She lost a balance and felt. I didn't see real twist of her ankle. I think she needed a break and she got it. If it was not Vera opposite her but say Jankovic or Clijsters or Henin - there would be no use for such break. But just wait and see how Vera will start spraying the balls.

Posted by tennisesq. 04/17/2010 at 01:45 PM

Unbelievable, Caro will try to continue. She's such a viking.

Posted by mick1303 04/17/2010 at 01:46 PM

Told you - already a double-fault.

Posted by Samantha Elin, supporter of all things Scandinavian 04/17/2010 at 01:47 PM

OMG, Caro just needed a break so she faked the whole thing. Give me a break. She was crying in pain.

Posted by Coby 04/17/2010 at 01:47 PM

Nasty, nasty fall by Caro . . . . hope this isn't as serious as it looked at first. Very ironic that it happens against Vera, who really tore up her own ankle last year here basically ruining the rest of her year.


Great report again, Bobby!

Posted by mick1303 04/17/2010 at 01:48 PM

Viking my ***. She just works the weak brain of Vera.

Posted by tennisesq. 04/17/2010 at 01:48 PM

It didn't look as bad as Tati's ankle roll at Miami 2006, but it still looked painful.

Posted by Mr. and Mrs. D. 04/17/2010 at 01:49 PM

"She doesn't have to prove she is better player than Bepa, EVERYONE know she's."

SamE: please don't include me in your 'everyone'....the two have an equal HtoH. What makes you so sure he's the better player? I think it could go either way.

Posted by Samantha Elin, supporter of all things Scandinavian 04/17/2010 at 01:49 PM

Caro is at fault because Bepa is emotional on court. Bepa's had problems with this throughout her career,

Posted by tennisesq. 04/17/2010 at 01:50 PM

Such a pity, Caro retires. She'll be back.

Posted by Coby 04/17/2010 at 01:50 PM

Tough break for Caro, but I think a good decision to retire. Hope it's nothing serious.

Posted by Samantha Elin, supporter of all things Scandinavian 04/17/2010 at 01:51 PM

She just retire because she was faking. Mr and Mrs D, Bepa has one title, Caro has 7. Caro has made it to the final of a slam.

Posted by Mr. and Mrs. D. 04/17/2010 at 01:51 PM

Hope Caro takes a nice long break....when was she due to play again?

Posted by PapaQ 04/17/2010 at 01:51 PM

No no, Caro didn't retire. She's still playing mind tricks on Bepa...

Posted by Mr. and Mrs. D. 04/17/2010 at 01:53 PM

I see your point, SamE.....I just thought the HtoH from last season (Caro in great form in 2009) was a significant factor, no? Maybe Vera was just lucky to get a win last year.:)

Posted by Samantha Elin, supporter of all things Scandinavian 04/17/2010 at 01:54 PM

It must be bad for Caro to retire because everyone knows what a fighter this girl is. Remember the YEC when she could barely walk and kept fighting match after match. She does have the fighting spirit of a viking.

Posted by Master Ace 04/17/2010 at 01:55 PM

First point I saw of Vera and Caroline was when Caroline hurt her right ankle in a long rally.

Vera Zvonareva defeated Caroline Wozniacki 5-2(retired)

Wise move for Caroline to retire and hopefully, be ready for Stuttgart.

Posted by mick1303 04/17/2010 at 01:56 PM

Zvonareva has one title? Who told you this? She has ten. She is outrageously talented. If only she had half of Wozniacki's brain. As a ball-striker and tactician she is many times better than Wozniacki.

Posted by Samantha Elin, supporter of all things Scandinavian 04/17/2010 at 01:57 PM

Caro had a good chance because no matter how far ahead, Bepa can self destruct at any moment.

Posted by tennisesq. 04/17/2010 at 01:58 PM

Vera is very articulate and well spoken in this ESPN interview.

Posted by Mr. and Mrs. D. 04/17/2010 at 02:00 PM

Vera has 10 titles!!! SamE: I trusted you were well informed on WTA stats when hyping Caro!!!:)

MA: belated thanks for your doubles post....left you a ? for when you have time.

Posted by Samantha Elin, supporter of all things Scandinavian 04/17/2010 at 02:02 PM

Surprise Dani beat JJ, didn't see that one, but predicted Bepa over Oudin and Caro over Petrova. I'm picking Dani over Stosur.

Posted by Samantha Elin, supporter of all things Scandinavian 04/17/2010 at 02:03 PM

Mr. and Mrs. D, I intended to say this year. Sorry about that. Thanks for the clarification, Mick.

Posted by Mr. and Mrs. D. 04/17/2010 at 02:07 PM

"Bepa has one title, Caro has 7"....uhm, Caro has 7 titles THIS YEAR?!

Posted by Master Ace 04/17/2010 at 02:07 PM

Vera is going for her 11th title(biggest one was at Indian Wells last year) in 22 finals. Last year title at Indian Wells was her first Premier title(Tier 2 and above in old system) of any kind. At least, Vera picked a Premier Mandatory to get it.

Posted by Master Ace 04/17/2010 at 02:08 PM

Caroline has 7 career titles(Ponte Vedra Beach in 2010)

Posted by mick1303 04/17/2010 at 02:10 PM

...I intended to say this year. Sorry about that. Thanks for the clarification, Mick.
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Yes, but you said Caroline has 7. These seven titles are her career total, not only in 2010. This year Wozniacki has also just one title. So you understand how you comparing Wozniacki’s career total with Zvonareva’s one-year total may be misleading for someone.

BTW, I totally agree that Caroline had real chances against Vera even on one leg and until the very last point. Everybody does.

Posted by Mr. and Mrs. D. 04/17/2010 at 02:13 PM

"I totally agree that Caroline had real chances against Vera even on one leg and until the very last point. EVERYBODYY does."

This time I will willingly include myself in the "everybody"!:)

Posted by woznowuss 04/17/2010 at 02:13 PM

"They showed the slo-mo and there was nothing there that made you wince. She lost a balance and felt. I didn't see real twist of her ankle."

mick1303,
Are you kidding? That slo looked horrible - hope she'll be okay.

Another sound of Charleston: The Crying of Caroline Wozniacki

Posted by Master Ace 04/17/2010 at 02:15 PM

ESPN2 will be trying to interview Caroline before their coverage ends for today.

Posted by Master Ace 04/17/2010 at 02:19 PM

Cliff Drysdale and Pam Shriver will be doing the commentary on ESPN2 as Samantha Stosur will be serving to Daniela Hantuchova beginning the proceedings

Posted by lira vega 04/17/2010 at 02:19 PM

Loved the article, Bobby, great read!
I don't really mind grunters, but whenever I've watched Jelena live I did really appreciate having to hear the sound of the ball coming off her racket. Guess we've reached a point when it's became refreshing to be able to hear that sound.

Dani is my least favourite player of all times and I'm really not a happy bunny that JJ had to lose to her of all people. And on clay. And after Dani playing that marathon on the previous day. Tough to find explanation for that one...

I also liked your Patty piece a lot (just read it). I wasn't a Schynder fan before either, but I do think I'll miss her once she's gone. She has unique game and is one of the last remnants of the old bitchy WTA. Though, she may have taken it too far on the occasion or two. Anyone remember her asking Babsi Schett to give her easy ball at the net so she could smash it at Anna in doubles? Yikes...(thankfully, Babsi didn't oblige). I loved her rant against Gold exempt list asking if they plan on putting Mickey Mouse and Michael Jackson on it next time since it's all about the star factor anyway. Infamous handshake against Conchita, tanking matches against Anna because she couldn't stand her...she sure was a hoot in her heyday...

And yay! for Vera! Count me with the "she's outrageously talented" camp. Hope Caro's injury is not serious

Posted by Samantha Elin, supporter of all things Scandinavian 04/17/2010 at 02:20 PM

Pam Shriver on the world's most ridiculous statement: "Stosur serve is sometimes better than Serena". There is a wide gap between the quality of Stosur's serve and Serena. Serena's serve is always a disguise where it's going, she can hit it at both angles of the court or down the middle for an ace. With Stosur, you know exactly where that kick serve is going.

Posted by Master Ace 04/17/2010 at 02:22 PM

Samantha holds at love to start the match. Daniela to serve 0-1

Samantha, despite at 51% first serve, lost only 9 points on her serve.

Posted by Master Ace 04/17/2010 at 02:30 PM

40-40 Daniela BH wide
40-A Daniela nets BH
40-40 Daniela FH winner on short return
Pam talking about Daniela's slow rituals
A-40 Daniela drop shot winner
40-40 Samantha FH return winner
40-A Samantha I/O FH winner
ESPN2 timing Daniela's delivery
Samantha breaks as she hit BH that Daniela could not handle

Samantha to serve 2-0

Posted by Master Ace 04/17/2010 at 02:36 PM

40-40 Samantha FH wide
40-A Daniela BH winner DTL
40-40 Samantha Ace
A-40 Samantha FH winner
Samantha consolidates as she hit volley winner

Daniela to serve 0-3

Posted by Samantha Elin, supporter of all things Scandinavian 04/17/2010 at 02:38 PM

Cliffie on JJ: "Jankovic complaint about a wrist injury after the match, but said nothing during the match. I think it was just a well played match by Hantuchova." Looks like JJ reputation proceeds her. She's up to same old tricks. Maria on Jankovic: "Is her name Jankovic?" when Vika asked for an injury timeout. Go Cliffie.

Posted by Bobby 04/17/2010 at 02:39 PM

Hi, Guys. Thanks for the comments. I check them on and off during the day to see what you guys are saying about Charleston and other tennis today. Vera really empathized with Caroline in her presser. Here's a little from the presser. Caroline will be here in five minutes to do her presser.

Q. Of all people to be in the situation of winning like that, what can you say about your injury and her injury and what went on out there?

VERA ZVONAREVA: Well, you know, it's great to be in the finals, but it's not great to be in the finals this way. I know it is very tough, and you know, unfortunately that's sports and these things happen. But I don't wish anyone to be in that situation because last year it was very difficult for me, and you know, I had a lot of desire to come back and play again, so I can only imagine what Caroline is going through right now and emotionally.

She's been playing very good tennis, and was looking for the clay court season. She's very young, and right now she probably, you know, in her mind there's so many things, oh, am I going to be able to play next Grand Slam, when am I coming back, is this injury very serious, do I need surgery, or is it something that can get fixed in a couple of weeks.

Posted by tennisesq. 04/17/2010 at 02:43 PM

Bobby,
Thanks for that Vera snipet. A very thoughtful and sincere response from her. Looking forward to Caro's presser. I'm enjoying your posts from Charleston. Great job!

Posted by Master Ace 04/17/2010 at 02:44 PM

ESPN2 will cover Caroline press coverage when Caroline gets to the mic

Posted by Master Ace 04/17/2010 at 02:45 PM

30-40 for Daniela
Daniela breaks as Samantha FH sails wide - Daniela used moonball in rally

Daniela to serve 2-3

Posted by Master Ace 04/17/2010 at 02:47 PM

Bobby,
Thanks for this post and a sniplet from Vera's presser.

Posted by Master Ace 04/17/2010 at 02:49 PM

0-40 for Samantha as she rips FH return winner
ESPN2 goes to Caroline's presser
Samantha breaks as Daniela DF

Samantha to serve 4-2

Posted by Samantha Elin, supporter of all things Scandinavian 04/17/2010 at 02:50 PM

Get well soon to Scandinavia beautiful no l! Du er den bedste, Caro. Bepa is so sweet.

Posted by lira vega 04/17/2010 at 02:52 PM

Jelena played whole tournament with her wrist taped, Samantha, so it was there for anyone who was interested to see while she was winning as well, though I guess she could've rolle in the dirt some for dramatic effect...

Posted by lira vega 04/17/2010 at 02:54 PM

*rolled

Posted by Master Ace 04/17/2010 at 02:54 PM

40-40 Samantha DF
A-40 Samantha FH winner on short ball
Samantha consolidates as Daniela FH sails long

Daniela serving at 2-5

Posted by Samantha Elin, supporter of all things Scandinavian 04/17/2010 at 02:54 PM

She's such a big star and great talent, and the tour needs her so badly. She said she "heard something snap and was in so much pain."

Posted by Bobby 04/17/2010 at 02:55 PM

Just got out of press with Caroline. She's upset obviously but gracious enough to talk about that and a few other topics for a while. Will post some content from the presser.

Posted by Samantha Elin, supporter of all things Scandinavian 04/17/2010 at 02:55 PM

Lira Vega, I'm just relating what Cliffie said and what Maria said.

Posted by Mr. and Mrs. D. 04/17/2010 at 02:59 PM

"She's such a big star and great talent, and the tour needs her so badly."

I agree...Serena needs to hurry up and get better!:)

Posted by Master Ace 04/17/2010 at 03:02 PM

Samantha serving for the set 5-3

15-0 Daniela FH long
30-0 Samantha FH winner on short return
30-15 Samantha DF
40-15 Samantha Ace at the T
Samantha takes the set 6-3 as she comes to net behind BH and hit volley for winner

ESPN2 goes to racing. Catch ESPN3 or livestream.

Posted by Coby 04/17/2010 at 03:03 PM

Good girl Sammy! Now get the first serve going; 42% way too low.

Posted by Bobby 04/17/2010 at 03:03 PM

Guys, here's a little from Caroline's presser. Was this on ESPN already?

Q. Caroline, obviously coming off the win at Ponte Vedra and all the high hopes of the No. 1 ranking coming in here, your feelings of retiring today?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: You don't think about if you're No. 1 seed or if you're the last one in the main draw. You just think about what happened to me and if I'll be okay, and I'm just thinking about recovering from injury as soon as possible.

Q. Describe the play where you got hurt, what happened?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: Well, I was running for a drop shot, and I could see that I couldn't, yeah, get it, and I wanted to stop, and then I just made a few more steps because I I don't know why, but then I went to stop again, and I just couldn't slide. And I stopped, and I just got stuck and I twisted my ankle.

Posted by Master Ace 04/17/2010 at 03:04 PM

Samantha vs Daniela (tennistv.com commentary):

http://www.fromsport.com/video-228654.html

Posted by Master Ace 04/17/2010 at 03:09 PM

30-40 for Samantha as she hit FH winner
40-40 Daniela FH swinging volley coming to net behind serve
A-40 Daniela FH winner behind Samantha
Daniela holds as her shot hit the net and bounces over for winner(2nd one in this game)

Samantha to serve 6-3,0-1

Posted by Coby 04/17/2010 at 03:09 PM

We leave live tennis on ESPN2 to go to .... a NASCAR rain delay?? *sigh*


Thanks for the link MA

Posted by Master Ace 04/17/2010 at 03:14 PM

40-40 Samantha nets FH
40-A Daniela FH return winner
Daniela breaks as Samantha FH sails long

Daniela to serve 3-6,2-0

Posted by tennisesq. 04/17/2010 at 03:17 PM

Bobby,
Yes, Caro's presser was televised on ESPN.

I'm really rooting for Dani here.

Posted by Master Ace 04/17/2010 at 03:18 PM

15-40 for Samantha as her BH hit the net and bounces over for winner
30-40 Samantha BH long
Samantha breaks as she hit BH winner DTL as Aussie fans cheer

Samantha to serve 6-3,1-2

Posted by Master Ace 04/17/2010 at 03:22 PM

30-40 for Daniela as Samantha BH sails long
Daniela 2/3 BP
Daniela breaks as she rips FH return winner

Daniela to serve 3-6,3-1

Posted by Master Ace 04/17/2010 at 03:28 PM

15-40 for Samantha as she hit FH winner behind Daniela
30-40 Daniela BH passing shot winner as Samantha came to net behind FH
40-40 Daniela FH winner behind Samantha after Daniela gets time violation warning for being too slow
40-A Daniela nets FH
Samantha breaks as she hit FH return winner

Samantha to serve 6-3,2-3

Posted by Master Ace 04/17/2010 at 03:33 PM

0-40 for Daniela as Samantha nets BH
15-40 Samantha BH winner as she came to net behind serve
30-40 Samantha FH winner on short return
Daniela breaks as Samantha FH swinging volley sails long

Daniela to serve 3-6,4-2

Posted by tina 04/17/2010 at 03:43 PM

Thankfully, the wonderful ESPN360 is streaming this match.

Is it just me, or is Dani looking almost dangerously thin? I've always worried about her relapsing.

Posted by Master Ace 04/17/2010 at 03:46 PM

Daniela serving for the set 3-6,5-3

0-15 Daniela BH long
15-15 Samantha BH return error
15-30 Samantha FH winner
15-40 Samantha FH winner on short ball
30-40 Samantha FH return long
4/10 BP for Samantha
Samantha breaks as Daniela DF

Samantha serving to stay in set 6-3,4-5

Posted by Arun 04/17/2010 at 03:51 PM

"Dani is my least favourite player of all times."
why so, Lira?

Posted by Master Ace 04/17/2010 at 03:52 PM

15-40 for Daniela as livestream went out
30-40 Samantha serve wide
40-40 Daniela BH return wide
A-40 Daniela BH return long
Samantha holds as she aces at the T

Daniela to serve 3-6,5-all

Posted by Master Ace 04/17/2010 at 03:58 PM

40-40 Samantha rips FH return winner on 2nd serve
26 FH winners for Samantha
A-40 Samantha gets to drop shot but hit her drop shot wide
Daniela holds as she hit FH winner

Samantha to serve to force TB 6-3,5-6

Posted by lira vega 04/17/2010 at 04:05 PM

I can't fully explain it Arun, she's always been epitome of creepiness to me. There's something about her that I find really unnerving, dunno...I've never cared for her tennis either, but that's only a part of it. There was the same vibe about her old coach, back when she was up and comer, Nigel Sears (Kim's dad). Those two are what nightmares are made of as far as I'm concerned. And yeah, I do realize it's prolly me who is weird one here ;)

Posted by Master Ace 04/17/2010 at 04:11 PM

S = Samantha Stosur
D = Daniela Hantuchova

Daniela serving to begin TB 3-6,6-all

S 1-0 Samantha comes to net behind FH and hit FH smash winner
S 2-0 Daniela nets FH
Samantha 5-1 and Daniela 6-4 in TB
S 3-0 Samantha FH winner
S 3-1 Samantha nets FH
S 4-1 Samantha FH winner
S 4-2 Daniela BH volley winner after getting to low FH by Samantha
S 5-2 Samantha Ace(8) wide
S 6-2 Samantha FH return winner
Samantha wins the match as Daniela BH sails wide

Samantha Stosur defeated Daniela Hantuchova 6-3,7-6(2)

Posted by Arun 04/17/2010 at 04:13 PM

I see. I though it might be because of how she expressed her unhappiness with AI's squeaky shoes in AO'08.

GSM, Sammy. To me it seemed like even her RoS had more oomph than Dani's 1st serve near the closing stages.

Posted by Coby 04/17/2010 at 04:15 PM

Good girl Sammy!!! That second set was a very ugly set of tennis all the way around. Sam will have to play much better to win the title over Bepa. Commiserations to Dani & her fans. Dani's second serve was brutal today; Sam's play at net was pretty horrific.

Posted by Master Ace 04/17/2010 at 04:15 PM

26-21 Daniela 46-24 Samantha W/UFEs 61% 1st serve for Samantha

Posted by lira vega 04/17/2010 at 04:23 PM

Nah, I'm no Ana fan either, so that could only work for, not against her. 'Twas pretty funny episode...Going back to the root of my Dani hatred, it prolly had something to do with the hype about her as well, she had some of the British hype machine + Eurosport behind her and I don't tend to react to that well either. then also I'm not sure I like how everyone's always felt sorry for her throughout her career and that whole "poor Dani" shtick (that was there before her weight problems as well)...So, something like that...but it's all probably something I could ignore if it I liked her or her game on first seeing

Posted by lira vega 04/17/2010 at 04:25 PM

Wow, those are some stats! Though, with the quality of Sam's and Dani's defense maybe not such wonder

Posted by Bobby 04/17/2010 at 04:42 PM

toonie, Aussiemarg, lira vega, tennisesq., Master Ace, Mr. and Mrs. D., Neveah & others, glad you liked it -- or that you didn't tell me if you didn't. :)

Posted by mick1303 04/17/2010 at 04:47 PM

Looked up Vera-Samantha h2h. Vera trails 2-4 and lost 4 times in a row.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 04/17/2010 at 04:58 PM

Congrats Sam.Though I agree with Coby the 2nd set from you wasnt pleasing.

You made a final on clay which hopefully bodes well for the rest of the clay season.

Posted by MikeDC 04/17/2010 at 05:13 PM

An aside... Am I nuts for loving green clay (I remember when the bausch and lomb was a televised tourney)? Feel like the SE US green clay swing used to be a pretty big deal, now it seems headed for the dustbin of history considering the declining fields.

Would love to see Miami and IW switch to green clay... good transistion surface between hard and red clay. Easier on fragile knees and ankles too...

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 04/17/2010 at 05:54 PM

Master Ace If you are around.Seeing Sam has made the final does that get her ranking back into the top 10.Also I am counting my chickens before they hatch if she wins the title her ranking please.

Posted by Bobby 04/17/2010 at 06:06 PM

aussiemarg, here's what the match notes say in reference to your question on the rankings: "Samantha Stosur could return to No.10 if she were to win the tournament (Clijsters to #11). Stosur has reached one final on clay in her career (2006 Prague, l. to Peer)." Hope that helps!

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 04/17/2010 at 06:39 PM

Bobby Thanks for that info.Long time between drinks Sammy 2006? Lets hope 2010 will be different.

Posted by Master Ace 04/17/2010 at 07:18 PM

Sunday Order of Play:

Monte Carlo at 8:15 AM - Fernando Verdasco vs Rafael Nadal - Live on Tennis Channel
Charleston at 1 PM - Vera Zvonareva vs Samantha Stosur - Live on ESPN2

Posted by Ruth 04/17/2010 at 07:29 PM

I've been out since early afternoon with errands followed by the movies. And I've thoroughly enjoyed reading Bobby's post and the match calls and other comments posted during the Charleston semis. (I read the comments when I returned home rather than rushing to check the scores; that's a;ways fun.) Thanks, Bobby and other TWibers.

It's nice to see that Schiavone won another title today. I think that it may be just her second. She's one of those solid players (and one whom I enjoyed watching) who took a long time to win her first title. I was very happy for her when she won her first.

Posted by Diane 04/17/2010 at 07:38 PM

Hi Ruth,
What movie did you see? I just gave Olivia her bottle and she fell asleep and I put her up in the crib; that child is just a drem to care for, so easy going.

Posted by Master Ace 04/17/2010 at 07:56 PM

Ruth,
Francesca title today was her 3rd(Bad Gastein 2007, Moscow 2009 and Barcelona 2010)

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