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Serena v Vaidisova as it happened

Australian Open, Melbourne

Women’s fourth-round result:

S Williams (US) bt N Vaidisova (Cze)

6-3 6-4

* denotes server

By Piers Newbery

Second set:

Serena 6-4 Vaidisova
No problem for Serena, who hammers down an ace for 40-0 and converts when Vaidisova nets a backhand. The Czech looks gracious at the net between grumbling and head shaking, while Serena takes the applause. A difficult obstacle overcome with relative ease.

Serena 5-4 Vaidisova
Things are finally hotting up. Serena gets a break-back point that Vaidisova saves but the American gets a second opportunity and Vaidsova double faults. She slumps into her chair, chucks her racket on the floor and begins grumbling in her native tongue. Not fair, is it?

Serena 4-4 Vaidisova
Vaidisova earns her third break point of the match by riflling a backhand return down the line, but misses out when she nets a forehand on the next point That prompts a scream of “Yessss!” from Serena, but Vaidisova gets another opportunity and finally converts with a fierce forehand.

Serena 4-3 Vaidisova
Some fire at last as Serena thumps away a short ball and screams in delight before giving it some fist pump. Vaidisova comes through from deuce but she’s on 17 unforced errors to Serena’s nine at the moment and that’s proving the significant difference. She’s made more mistakes. Not rocket science is it, this coaching lark? I should ring the LTA.

Serena 4-2 Vaidisova
From a spectator’s point of view, these two players’ games don’t match up too well. I think they should be barred from playing each other in future. It’s a bit like watching Chelsea v Liverpool. Serena, who would have to be Chelsea out of those two, smacks ace number eight and holds to 15.

Serena 3-2 Vaidisova
Odd. Vaidisova’s focus disappears completely and she finds herself 0-40 down after a double fault. The lofty Czech thinks she’s won the next point with an ace but Serena successfully challenges it via Hawkeye and wins the replayed point. Easy.

Serena 2-2 Vaidisova
Ace number seven takes Serena to 40-0 and, as usual, Vaidisova tries to go for a winner on the next return, this time without success.

Serena 1-2 Vaidisova
Vaidisova holds to 15. Not too many drops shots going on or probing sliced backhands. Crash, bang, wallop.

Serena 1-1 Vaidisova
Serena plays a poor backhand when off balance to allow Vaidisova back to deuce but the champion serves her way out of trouble.

Serena 0-1 Vaidisova
They’re not hanging about – Vaidisova holds easily enough and it’s not really got going yet as we either get a service winner or an early attempt at a winner off the ground.

First set:

0646: “Has Serena ever looked fitter? In all senses!”
From mark, via text

Serena 6-3 Vaidisova
The defending champion is back to her bullying best as she serves out for the set, before heading off for a ‘comfort break’. Vaidisova served at 70% and forced two break points in that set but still came up short.

Serena 5-3 Vaidisova
Yep, could see that coming. After missing two break points and a couple of other half-chances, Vaidisova pays the price. Serena ups the pressure and the Czech cracks, with three errors handing over the break of serve.

Serena 4-3 Vaidisova
Vaidisova gets to 30-30 with some more fierce hitting but again goes for too much at the key moment and hammers a forehand well long. Serena holds on again and Vaidsova needs to take advantage of her slight superiority at the moment.

Serena 3-3 Vaidisova
Vaidisova hits a beautiful sweeping forehand to seal a love game and she looks in great form.

Serena 3-2 Vaidisova
Brimming with confidence after earlier putting away a lasagne while doing Nabandian v Ferrero, I am now attempting a bowl of cereal during Serena v Vaidisova. Bran Flakes and Cornflakes is my current combination of choice but I’m open to ideas.

Meanwhile…. Vaidisova has the edge at the moment and earns her second break point of the match but puts her return long, and Serena hangs on.

Serena 2-2 Vaidisova
This time it’s Vaidisova who is under pressure on serve as Serena gets to deuce but the Czech comes up with heavy serves and a fine lob to take the game. Vaidisova is proving difficult to type correctly – she needs a nickname.

Serena 2-1 Vaidisova
It’s already pretty brutal stuff from these two big-hitters, Serena smacking an ace and then Vaidisova repsonding with a thumping return. Serena falters with a couple of dodgy forehands to give Vaidisova a break point but the American gets out of trouble with a big serve and goes on to hold.

Serena 1-1 Vaidisova
Vaidisova responds with a love-service game of her own. Just the one ace though.

Serena 1-0 Vaidisova
Serena strolls through her opening service game to love with two aces. She looks mean and moody, despite wearing purple cycling shorts under her dress.

0600: Well done for getting up so early or commiserations on not getting any sleep. Either way, you’re in time for one of the most eagerly anticipated matches of what is turning out to be a great tournament.

Defending champion Serena Williams has looked in great form so far and has a 3-0 record against Nicole Vaidisova, having beaten her three times last year including in the semi-finals of this event.

But 18-year-old Vaidisova is a woman on the up and not likely to be intimidated by the American.

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Ivanovic vs Vaidisova as it happened

All England Club, 25 June-8 July

Wimbledon quarter-final result:

N V’SOVA (Cze) 14 v A IVANOVIC (Ser) 6

6-4 2-6 5-7


Vaidisova 6-4 2-6 5-7 Ivanovic
Ivanovic does it! Vaidisova looks shaky as she slips to 0-30 thanks to yet more unforced errors but recovers to 30-30 with a wide ace. Ivanovic then finds the line with a beautiful backhand to gain her first match point against the serve, only to fail to return Vaidisova’s serve and send the game to deuce. A cruel net cord falls the wrong side of the net from Vaidisova next up, though, and a double fault sends Ivanovic into raptures as she secures her first Wimbledon semi-final. Brilliant stuff from the Serb, who will face Venus Williams next up.

“What a great match that truly went all the way to the line. Unbelievable from Ivanovic as well, who had to find a way to win in the face of some brilliant tennis early on from Vaidisova.”
BBC Sport pundit Virginia Wade

Vaidisova 6-4 2-6 5-6 Ivanovic
The momentum definitely looks to be with Ivanovic now, the Serb holding to 15. Vaidisova is cranking up the Kevin-the-teenager petulance rather annoyingly, blaming her cheering section/coach at every opportunity for missed shots – and Ivanovic quietly goes about picking her off point by point. Vaidisova cracked before, will she do so again?

Vaidisova 6-4 2-6 5-5 Ivanovic
Unbelievable! Vaidisova cracks and Ivanovic gets her forehand cranking nicely to break back to 15 – this match is not done by a long stretch.

“Vaidisova missed those three break points in the previous game and she looked like she was still dwelling on them there. This match really is up in the air now.”
BBC Sport pundit Virginia Wade

Vaidisova 6-4 2-6 5-4 Ivanovic
As remarkable a story as Ivanovic’s is – plucked from obscurity in Serbia, given an interest-free loan of £500,000 by a Swedish businessman to develop her tennis career and then marching up the rankings and repaying every penny of said loan before her 19th birthday – it does get somewhat tiresome not only hearing it every round, but practically after every set. Still, fair play to the Serb who digs deep to battle back from 15-40 down with two blistering forehand winners, and then saves another match point at advantage. She goes on to seal the hold with an unreturnable serve and that’s remarkable tenacity from Ivanovic – can Vaidisova hold her nerve?

Vaidisova 6-4 2-6 5-3 Ivanovic
Vaidisova moves to within a game of her first-ever Wimbledon semi-final with a hold to 15, her serve keeping Ivanovic out of most points and, when it doesn’t, finding winners with what is a blistering forehand.

Vaidisova 6-4 2-6 4-3 Ivanovic
You’d need a rather sharp rapier to cut the tension on Ivanovic’s serve and the Serb is as lucky as a lottery winner when a volley bounces twice on top of the net and drops over at 15-30. She backs it up with a fabulous wide serve and forehand winner, and a wide Vaidisova backhand keeps the Serb in the match.

Vaidisova 6-4 2-6 4-2 Ivanovic
Ivanovic looks to be making the mistake of turning to safety-first play on Vaidisova’s serve and the Serb fails to live with the Czech’s aggression. Vaidisova strides to 40-0 up with a smashed forehand volley and a couple of big serves, and goes on to hold when Ivanovic sends a return long at 40-15.

Vaidisova 6-4 2-6 3-2 Ivanovic
No sign of Ivanovic throwing in the towel just yet, as she holds with a couple of forehand winners and a big first serve.

“Vaidisova was the better player for a good hour out here, but she then got a little indulgent in the second set at exactly the time that Ivanovic stepped up her game. However, she looks like she’s settled back into her gameplan again and it’s the Czech that looks odds-on to go on and win this.”
BBC Sport pundit Virginia Wade

Vaidisova 6-4 2-6 3-1 Ivanovic
Brilliant hold to 30 from Vaidisova, resisting several pummelling forehands from Ivanovic before sealing the game with a superb backhand winner down the line.

Vaidisova 6-4 2-6 2-1 Ivanovic
Well, has the momentum swung yet again? Vaidisova relies on her forehand to pressure Ivanovic and secures break point with a brilliant crosscourt winner. It’s all the opportunity she needs as she manufactures the perfect point, pushing Ivanovic wide and then slamming a forehand winner into the open court to snatch the lead in this final set.

“Oh dear, Ivanovic has lost the rhythm a little bit and Vaidisova takes advantage with some impressive winners.”
BBC Sport pundit Virginia Wade

Vaidisova 6-4 2-6 1-1 Ivanovic
Much better from Vaidisova, who bludgeons down a series of first serves on her way to a hold to 15.

Vaidisova 6-4 2-6 0-1 Ivanovic
I’ve just been informed Miss Vaidisova has a Facebook account – I may have to add her, see if I can offer any tips on her game you know? Anyway, the Czech’s restroom break looks only to have fired Ivanovic up, the Serb holding to love with a series of fine serves and forehand winners. That’s five games in a row for Ivanovic, who looked down and out after that first set.


Vaidisova 6-4 2-6 Ivanovic
Vaidisova throws the set away in a hurry with a series of unforced errors as Ivanovic draws level to 15 with her second break of the set. Bizarre game from Vaidisova there, who looked to have lost it mentally as she gifted point after point to her opponent. The Czech goes straight for a rest break at the end of the set… perhaps a call of nature meant she wanted out of that set as fast as possible.

Vaidisova 6-4 2-5 Ivanovic
Ivanovic confirms the break despite a Vaidisova fight back from 0-40 to 30-40, and the Czech 14th seed looks like a six-year-old who has just had her curly wurly snatched from her hand by the school bully.

Vaidisova 6-4 2-4 Ivanovic
Ivanovic, fresh from having that luminous rubbish reattached to her right knee, moves to 40-0 up against the Vaidisova serve thanks to a couple of winners and an unsuccessful challenge on a line call from the Czech. Vaidisova saves one with a brilliant serve and forehand winner, but Ivanovic forces the error next point to gain the initiative in this set.

“Great work from Ana there, and she deserves to be up in this set with the quality groundstrokes she has put in.”
BBC Sport pundit Virginia Wade

Vaidisova 6-4 2-3 Ivanovic
Ivanovic may want her knee re-strapped, but it doesn’t look to be causing her any problems as she digs deep to save a break point with an ace before going on to hold with a couple of forehand winners.

Vaidisova 6-4 2-2 Ivanovic
Vaidisova settles herself well with another hold to love. Ivanovic gives a nod to the umpire as she asks for her trainer to come out at the next break, apparently to re-tape her knee.

Vaidisova 6-4 1-2 Ivanovic
That’s more like it from Ivanovic, who holds to 15 with a series of winners on the forehand. Vaidisova would be well served to get back to her tactic of targeting the Serb’s backhand, but the fact that Ivanovic has seven winners in this set already, compared to Vaidisova’s four, tell you all you need to know about the swing in momentum out on Centre Court.

Vaidisova 6-4 1-1 Ivanovic
Virginia Wade praises Vaidisova’s movement by declaring “she’s as loose as anything”. If only huh? Still, though, her winner-or-bust approach gets her in trouble as Ivanovic earns two break points with a forehand winner on the run. Vaidisova responds by smashing her racket, getting a warning, and then serving up an ace and an unreturnable to move to deuce, before saving another break point with a superb forehand down the line. It’s not enough, though, as Ivanovic breaks back with a stunning pick-up volley at the net and that could be just what the Serb needs to get her going.

Vaidisova 6-4 1-0 Ivanovic
Two beautiful first serves help Ivanovic to 30-0 up, but Vaidisova again targets the Serb’s backhand to take three points in a row to earn break point. It’s all she needs as Ivanovic sends another crosscourt backhand wide and it’s just the start to the set the sixth seed didn’t need.


Vaidisova 6-4 Ivanovic
Ivanovic smashes a brilliant forehand return winner down the line to highlight that she might not be out of this match entirely, but it’s another comfortable hold from the big-serving Vaidisova to 15 as she takes the first set in 39 minutes.

Vaidisova 5-4 Ivanovic
Remarkably, Vaidisova has sent down 16 unforced errors so far in this match and another couple help Ivanovic to an easy hold to 15. More evidence that this match has yet to really spark from both girls, but Vaidisova will serve for the set next up.

“It’s not easy for Ivanovic, because Vaidisova must feel like she’s always in control despite so many unforced errors. The Czech either hits a winner or a loser, at the moment she’s hitting more of the former, and so Ivanovic is relying on Vaidisova’s own inaccuracy to win points.”
BBC Sport pundit Virginia Wade

Vaidisova 5-3 Ivanovic
After just an eight-minute delay we’re back under way without a warm-up. More great work from Vaidisova, whose serve is really ticking, as she wins the first three points after the break to move to one game away from the set.

1326: Funnily enough, Rafael Nadal and Mikhail Youzhny are playing on in their fourth-round match a stone’s throw away on Court Two, much to the chagrin of my colleague Jonathan Stevenson, who apparently is desperate for some nosebag. Still, the covers are coming off on Centre Court with that short shower passing overhead, and we should be back under way very soon.

Vaidisova 4-3 Ivanovic (15-15)
Not that I’m writing off Ivanovic mind, I’d be equally happy taking the young Serb home I tell you. I’ll be honest, I’m not really that picky, as my mates will testify. Anyway, it’s bad news on Centre Court as the rains come all of a sudden and play is suspended with brollies sprouting up like fungi in a neglected garden.

Vaidisova 4-3 Ivanovic
And Ivanovic replies with a love-game hold of her own, producing some fine groundstrokes to keep Vaidisova out of the points. Apparently Vaidisova is fluent in Czech, German, English and French – and by my reckoning she has yelped in all of them so far in frustration at the odd mistake. Beautiful, rich and intelligent – just the sort of girl I’d like to take home to meet the folks.

Vaidisova 4-2 Ivanovic
That’s more like it from Vaidisova, who finds four first serves and responds by approaching the net and bullying her way to a love-game hold.

Vaidisova 3-2 Ivanovic
Ivanovic has not really got her serve clicking just yet, and Vaidisova produces some fine returns to bring up two more break points. However, the Czech misses a simple forehand at the net to waste the first and then sends the second long, much to Ivanovic’s relief. A superb forehand return winner brings up Vaidisova’s third break point, but Ivanovic hangs on well to win the next three points and hold.

“It really is interesting how the games are working out. Both players have had their chances, neither have really got going, and yet it’s compelling tennis.”
BBC Sport pundit Virginia Wade

Vaidisova 3-1 Ivanovic
Two stunning forehand winners indicate Ivanovic has settled nicely, and she takes Vaidisova to deuce with the Czech mixing serve-volley winners with long groundstrokes. The 14th seed holds, though, to keep her nose in front in this set.

Vaidisova 2-1 Ivanovic
The crowd is notably bigger for this encounter than Venus-Kuznetsova’s grunt-fest earlier in the day, though the presence of an overwhelming majority of middle-aged men in long coats is a little unnerving. A couple of long rallies appear to help settle the girls and Ivanovic feels her way into the match with a hold to 30 thanks to a forced error from Vaidisova.

Vaidisova 2-0 Ivanovic
There’s no rhythm at all in this match yet, with both players mis-hitting returns and struggling to keep within the tramlines. There’s a lot of cheap points on offer, with only the occasional winner being produced. Three times Vaidisova has to save break points, and three times she fails to make the most of her own game points, before she finally holds with a forehand. Big hold that.

Vaidisova 1-0 Ivanovic
First blood to Vaidisova, who breaks to 15 thanks to some brilliant timing on her groundstokes and some early rustiness from Ivanovic. The pair have met twice before, with a win apiece, so despite that fine start from Vaida, expect this to be a close encounter.

1244: There’s no time-wasting out on Centre Court as Vaidisova and Ivanovic race out with Venus Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova barely back in the warmth of the dressing room.

This is what is known among the men in the office as a “dream ticket” – two of the loveliest ladies on the tour and two of the brightest up-and-coming talents. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – it’s a tough job this, but someone’s got to do it.
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Vaidisova v Mauresmo as it happened

All England Club, 25 June-8 July

Wimbledon fourth round result:

N V’SOVA (Cze) 14 v A MAURESMO (Fr) 4

7-6 4-6 6-1

By Tom Fordyce


Vaidisova 6-1 Mauresmo
C’est tout. Fin. The reigning champion has been dethroned! Mauresmo slumps to 15-30, smashes a ball clean out of the stadium in disgust and just gives up, patting two forehands into the bottom on the net. Vaida squeals with delight – she’s into the quarter-finals for the first time, but Mauresmo is heading home.

Vaidisova 5-1 Mauresmo
France – reach for your prayer-books, your lucky cloves of garlic, your soft cheeses of good fortune – your champion is heading for la sortie a toute vitesse here unless something dramatic happens. Vaida breaks her again as Maurie fluffs in two more double-faults, and we’re on the brink.

Vaidisova 4-1 Mauresmo
La Champe is looking desperately for a way out of this spicy pickle, but Vaida’s brows are furrowed with focused determination – there’s zero sign of cracking from the Czech tyro yet. Could we be on the brink of an enormo-whopper of an upset?

Vaidisova 3-1 Mauresmo
Whoosh – big, big hold from Amelie, saving a break point that would have seen her careering to 0-4 in this decider. Vaida misses a forehand pass and explodes into a teenage strop, bashing her racquet into the turf and putting a large crack in it in the process. She smiles winningly at the umpire and skips back to her chair for a new one, avoiding any sniff of a penalty in the process.

Vaidisova 3-0 Mauresmo
Shocking again from La Champe, battering a forehand miles out and then going even wider the other way with her clattering backhand. Nervous shouts around Centre – and not only because of the fat grey clouds lurking just over the back of the stands.

Vaidisova 2-0 Mauresmo
Goodness – Maur’s normally-reliable backhand goes whoopsie, sailing way wide on three successive points to hand Vaida the break on a polished plate. The match ticks into its third hour.

Vaidisova 1-0 Mauresmo
Blue skies and fluffy white clouds over SW19, and people are reaching uncertainly for their sunglasses. Vaidi teeters on the brink of trouble at 30-30, but booms in her meaty forehands and comes in to the net again to slip out of the net. Cliff applauds regally.


Vaidisova 4-6 Mauresmo
We’re up and running again, and Mauresmo polishes off in fast-forward time. Third-set shoot-out it is…

1412 BST: That’s better – the rain has been suspended because of sunshine. Yup – the covers are off, and smallish shadows from the net posts are visible on the turf of Centre Court.

1409 BST: Apologies for the error some of you spotted, where I’d written the words “RAIN SUSPENDED BECAUSE OF RAIN”. Look, it’s all beginning to take its toll, okay?

Vaidisova 4-5 Mauresmo
Woeful news as Vaida holds confidently to love – it’s raining again. A tiny bit. So off they run, even though it looks like it’ll be dry again in seconds. Was that the sound of Cliff clearing his throat?

Vaidisova 3-5 Mauresmo
Ace no.10 from Amelie, and Nicole must now hold serve to stay in the set. Centre Court’s filling up a fraction now too – hovering around the 45% full mark.

Vaidisova 3-4 Mauresmo
Vaida comes out bouncing again, and holds to love with the assistance of another crispy volley at the net. She’s now won 13 of the 15 points when she’s come to the net, while Mauresmo has won just 14 of her 33. Pick some tactics out of that one.

1324 BST: Wake up at the back – we’re back on. Just in time, too – I’ve just spotted Cliff Richard in the Royal Box, eyeing the sky hopefully. The artist formerly known as Harry Webb is wearing a turquoise sports jacket and an official Wimbledon tie in green and purple.

Vaidisova 2-4 Mauresmo
Big hold for the Gallic galloper, saving a break point after conceding her 10th double fault of the day and then taking the game when Vaida clunks a forehand into the bottom of the net. As she does so, we’re hit by another shower, and the players leg it once again.

Vaidisova 2-3 Mauresmo
Vaida, perhaps scenting the sweet smell of victory in her flared nostrils, suddenly goes giddy-eyed and starts spanking her forehands wide. Champe doesn’t need asking twice, and snatches the first break of the set.

Vaidisova 2-2 Mauresmo
It’s Vegas or bust at the moment for La Champe – she thumps out her 23rd double-fault of the championships, a move which puts her clear at the top of that particular table of shame, but then clumps in three aces to drag herself level. Vaida’s now bringing the grunt out on every shot, letting rip with an urgent “Ah-eeerrrrr!” which makes her sound like a toucan in distress.

Vaidisova 2-1 Mauresmo
Vaida’s got confidence coming out of her ears – she’s now coming to the net like a grass-court veteran. Keep your eyes on this one – we could have an upset baking in the oven.

Vaidisova 1-1 Mauresmo
Mauresmo powers to 40-0, only to dig herself a massive hole with more appalling serving and jump straight into it. It takes four deuces for her to climb out, and Vaida is all over her like a wasp in a jam factory.

Vaidisova 1-0 Mauresmo
Confusion reigns on Centre as the umpire forgets whose serve it is, and both women stand ready to receive. Umps climbs off his perch and rummages in a holdall before deciding Vaida can have a joust. She does so, and Maur is unseated once again.

“Mauresmo is in trouble here – she should have won the first set, no doubt about it.” John McEnroe, BBC TV


Vaidisova 7-6 Mauresmo
Zut alors – La Champe est dans, er, trouble! Vaida steals the set from right under her nez, saving two set points with vicious pacey returns and then taking her first set point by out-lasting Maur in a devastating duel of forehands.

Vaidisova 6-6 Mauresmo
It’s Tie-Break o’clock here on Centre as the teenager canters through her service game like a frisky colt.

Vaidisova 5-6 Mauresmo
Maur’s serve is looking dicey, but Vaida loses concentration on her returns and lets her off the nervy hook. Big grey clouds overhead, but you probably guessed that.

“Mauresmo is obviously not confident with her serve and I think that lack of confidence is seeping into the rest of her game.” BBC Sport analyst Tracy Austin

Vaidisova 5-5 Mauresmo
Vaida unleashes two forehands with the power of traction-engines to leave La Champe flailing desperately. Hey – the sun’s out. And there are now enough spectators to fill a brace of minibuses.

Vaidisova 4-5 Mauresmo
You thought I was joking – that’s the sixth break of serve we’ve had in the nine games so far. Maur doffs in her seventh double fault of the match to go to break point, floats in a drop-shot and watches helplessly as Vaida pops it past her to save the set.

Vaidisova 3-5 Mauresmo
Go on – you break my serve. No honestly – you break mine. Okay, but only if you break mine next. Honestly – I couldn’t. Really – I insist. Really? Seriously. Help yourself. Alright then.

Vaidisova 3-4 Mauresmo
Interesting tactics from the chap on the PA system – he announces gravely that play will continue on Centre Court, halfway through a rally which demonstrates relatively well that play probably has continued. It’s Vaida who comes out throwing the big punches, cracking a meaty forehand down the line and snatching back the break sharpish.

1149 BST: Ah, twas nothing but a shower. The cover is dragged off again, the net-posts shoved back into the turf and brollies returned to their scabbards.

Vaidisova 2-4 Mauresmo
Vaida labours to deuce, managing to miss the ball completely with one lacksdaisical forehand waft and giving away another break as the rain begins to fall.

Vaidisova 2-3 Mauresmo
Best game of the match so far, that one – Vaida passes Mau beautifully with a dipping backhand to set up break point, but her attempted backhand winner then snaps against the tape and dies on her her side of the net. Mau blasts in a stinging forehand to edge her Gallic snooter back in front.

“Bit of a rollercoaster so far, this match.” John McEnroe, BBC TV

Vaidisova 2-2 Mauresmo
Sigh. Vaida fails dismally to protect her break, slipping to 0-40 with three head-shaker errors and then losing the game when Maures successfully appeals to Hawk-Eye on a lusty forehand. The stands are still 80% empty here – you could bring everyone in the contacts section of your mobile and still have room to put your feet up on the seat in front.

Vaidisova 2-1 Mauresmo
Hello – this is just what we wanted… Vaida rakes a forehand down the line and breaks the mighty Mauresmo’s chunky serve. Could we have a game on here?, he asks with possibly misplaced optimism.

Vaidisova 1-1 Mauresmo
Vaida holds as Mauresmo drifts a backhand drop-shot wide and then slams an easy volley onto the tape. Zero atmos at the mo, though – the crowd almost outnumbered by line judges and ball-boys.

Vaidisova 0-1 Mauresmo
Useful start to this one – Mauresmo strides to the net to dink away a volley as delicate as a baby hummingbird, while Vaida’s walloping groundstrokes look threatening already.

Guten morgen my friends – we’re good to go here on Centre, where the rain is off-holding and about 30 people are in the stands.
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