Recap of day 1
It sure was a long night of tennis. I started watching at 7:30 and stayed up till 1:30 am. Then I woke up at 5 and watched till 9. I enjoyed every minute of it and will give you some of my thoughts on the players.
Congratulations to the IMG Academy pros who won last night including: Heather Watson, Jelena Jankovic, Xavier Malisse, Maria Sharapova, Kei Nishikori, Venus Williams, and Ryan Harrison.
Venus Williams, who played like a young girl, has people already talking about a 3rd round match up with Maria Sharapova. This match will be special.
Both the American ladies and men had a good start, and Novak Djokovic showed that he truly is a joy to watch and a crowd pleaser.
1. When she is not feeling the ball, go to your very effective low slice
2. She has one of the most effective kick serves in the history of the WTA, players are now finding ways to handle it. Sam must change it around and get more first serves in.
3. Stosur is not a natural mover, especially when moving to her right side.
Steve Johnson Vs. Nicolas Almagro
This was a long 5 set match. Steve was one of the most successful college players. He won 42 matches in a row while attending USC. He is a big boy at 6’2″ and not only is he a big serve, but takes advantage of any defensive returns hit to his best shot; his huge forehand. He likes quick points and is very comfortable at the net. H has the game to crack the top 25 but needs to play against more seasoned pros.
Lleyton Hewitt vs. Janko Tipsarevic
Yes, Janko won this match in 3 sets, but it was a battle that I truly enjoyed watching. I gained so much more respect for Lleyton if that is even possible. Lleyton has helped the game in so many ways, especially fighting and thinking he can reach every ball.
Janko is not well known to many people, but he isnow in the top 10 and he deserves to be there. Why? He has an excellent out wide serve, his forehand is very explosive and he has cut down on the errors. He has a beautiful two handed backhand.
Ryan gained a great deal of confidence when he and his coach trained at the IMG Academy before this tournament. His father got to spend more time with him and his new coach, this was totally productive.
We can talk all day about his match against Giraldo, but Ryan was able to win because he was in total control of his emotions after a shaky first set. Giraldo lost his cool and it was one of the main factors why he lost.