Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Seen Around

by Savannah

Indian Wells Security
For those who thought I might be exaggerating about the mob scene when Rafael Nadal left the practice courts the other day here's the YouTube video.

Still makes me shudder.Roger Federer ran the same gauntlet.

When Fans Vote...

Ana Ivanovic
So the men's match featuring Andy Roddick against Nicolas Kiefer went on before the women's match last night. It was a good match. The women's match featured Ana Ivanovic playing Flavia Pennetta. I'll be generous and say there were about fifty people in the cavernous stadium to watch what was a good WTA match. My first assumption was that people went home but that's why they say never assume.
The fans were hanging from the rafters to watch doubles between Mike and Bob Bryan and the team of Rafael Nadal and M. Lopez.
I read yesterday that the reason you rarely see a WTA night match follow a men's match is the fear that the fans won't stay around. I felt bad for Flavia and Ana who didn't let the empty stands affect their play.

First Sighting

Miroslava Vavrinec at Indian Wells. I'm so glad she has the class to wear maternity clothes and not a tee shirt.

End Notes

Is John Isner playing his way onto the US Davis Cup team?

I could ask the same question about Sam Querrey. Stan Wawrinka won their match but Querrey played well.

I watched the Caroline Wozniacki/Urszula Radwanska match yesterday. Caro won but there were a lot of mental mistakes coming from her side of the court. She's still got quite a way to to but she's only eighteen. I could go on and on about why Fernando Verdasco was in her box but I won't. That's her business. In the end it was a good match. I didn't get sleepy once.

Yahoo Sports reports that the July Davis Cup Tie between Pakistan and the Philippines will not be held in Pakistan as originally scheduled. The Philippines will choose the new site.

Dinara Safina ended Jill Craybas nice run at Indian Wells. Jill played well but couldn't deliver on the chances she created for herself.


Kia said...

C'mon Savannah, you didn't want to see Mirka sporting a "Knocked Up!!!" t shirt : ) I know this afternoon she showed us that pregnancy makes you glow and grow. That was some impressive cleavage the already buxom Mirka was sporting!

I'm pretty ambivalent about the current crop of youngsters, but have you gotten a chance to read Steve Tignor's piece on Azarenka? Her personality seems tailor made for me to love to hate.

Savannah said...

I missed the cleavage!!! Everyone is talking about it.

I'm already on the don't like Azarenka train. She showed her true colors earlier this year in Oz.

ceruleanxstar said...

Verdasco sure turns up everywhere!

ceruleanxstar said...

On second thought, maybe it's Caroline who's been showing up everywhere. She's certainly been getting media hype, but I remember everyone linking her to Rafa a while back... At least Verdasco is understandable since they trained together.

Kia said...

I know Azarenka is generally unpleasant but all I'm remembering from the AO was her near death appearance against Serena.

I know she's been performing art IW...

In Melbourne did she lay into a linesperson, a ballkid or a fan? Perhaps all three?