Ok, so here is Day 3. After a relatively easy-peasy day, this one would be stressful again. Fave alarm on Court 12. Again, not listening to the voice of reason from the loudspeakers not to rush – we did just that, and while we are running to the court- oh, what? wait!? 90 to nothing! – there is Sam Stosur practicing on Court 11.
Snap, snap, quick, quick, some pictures, some biceps obeisance in the morning and keep on running! And here we are with nice seats in the second row for Sabine Lisicki‘s second round match.
Concentrating on the match – like I did – you are likely to miss out! Look at these unashamedly bromancing Brits. I only saw that later going through the pictures. This is a photo I really love. Lisicki, of course, completely unperturbed by the love going on, cuz in tennis love won’t buy you a bowl of strawberries and cream.
If you saw the match on TV you might have heard that loud person screaming incomprehensible words at Sabine Lisicki. Ahem. That was me. Shouting in German. I’m usually not a loud person. I’m 197% certain, I wouldn’t have said a word if she had won the first set. But she didn’t. And even though the second set looked much brighter – she won it -, there was drama in the third.
Looks like a sure thing, eh? But Bojana saved all three match points and held. The match would go on and on. Giving away a 0-40 lead in general and three match points in particular can prey on a player’s mind and it’s not unlikely that they go on and lose a match. I felt obliged to step in and shout encouragement when it was needed most. It worked! Me and a little fellow, who was shouting as well, got rewarded with Lisicki’s wristbands. Cool, you think? Well, reconsider. It was d r i p p i n g with a transparent liquid. Ok, still cool. And I haven’t washed it yet and I will never do. Who knows, Sabine’s sweaty sweatband might have magic powers, no? So I’m playing tennis with it. And I’m losing. Against sixteen-year old beginners. So much for the mojo…
We got seats on Court 3 so we watched a little bit of Agnieszka Radwanska against Elena Vesnina. I really like Aga, her movement and her playing style. Especially her moves. They never fail to amaze. She gets the ball back from every position!
That low-crouching return is probably her trademark move she uses as she is “too lazy to move backwards.” Always on the front foot this lazy bugger made it all the way to the Wimbledon final.
Johanna Larsson and Daniela Hantuchova on the practice courts
All-Asian encounter between Ayumi Morita and Shuai Peng.
Maria Kirilenko vs. Lourdes Dominguez-Lino
Yep, you better duck, cuz Kiri ain’t in the mood for love. You know, tennis love.
Oh, and here is Sorana Cirstea with the same dress and also fistpumping her way to victory over a frustrated Li Na.
It was already getting late so this match was re-scheduled to Court 4, which is a non-TV court. This was too bad, because these ladies put up a really good, highly enjoyable fight.