The first day of tournament (for me at least) is always about running around, getting your credential, making sure all your equipment made it in one piece, then fretting about what you accidentally left behind, and charging what you have. After all that is done there is little time to actually explore the grounds, but in the time we had we caught up with 3 Serbians, 2 Frenchman, 1 Argentine, and some "Quirky" candy.
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The ladies of the WTA shined tonight at the annual WTA Tour Pre-Wimbledon Party at the Roof Gardens in London. *Most* of the women looked absolutely stunning and I can't quite pick a favorite (or decide on last place) so I need you to do it for me! So look closely at the pictures of Elena Vesnina, Agnieszka Radwanska, Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Li Na, and Petra Kvitova and make your choice for: Best Dressed, Worst Dressed, Best Hair, Best, Makeup, Best Overall, and of course - Worst Overalll. Have fun!
Check out the fashion hits and misses of the 2012 Australian Open as seen by Kait O'Callahan who is reporting from Down Under.
Caroline Wozniacki has had to wear some hideous things of late. She's been in all manner of frills, puffballs, and fabric that add an extra 10kg to her frame. Thankfully, Stella McCartney has gone back to basics for Wozniacki's 2012 AO campaign. Her bright orange dress fits snugly to her body, which compliments Wozniacki's figure far better than anything loose and flowy. The dress flairs out around her hips and adds a bit of glamour when she swings through her backhand. My only criticisms are that the back of the dress is far longer than the front, the pattern looks a little weird, and the visor should have been white. Other than that, the world number one finally looks great.
Final Grade: 8/10
Kait O'Callahan is a contributing writer for OnTheGoTennis. She is currently at the Australian Open with her brother and will be sharing her stories from the matches they attend.
It's already hot when we turn up for our first match. The wind is blowing strong and it looks like we are in for a day of shanked balls and double faults. It certainly starts that way as we tune in for Frederick Nielson and Kevin Anderson. Nielson, who we developed a soft spot for during his Hopman Cup choke loss to Gasquet, has fought his way through qualifying and been rewarded with a match against the man who donated a huge chunk of his first ATP title's prize money to saving rhinos. Anderson is too good for Nielson, and we leave after the first set.
A Russian woman is seated in front of us, playing with the pearls dangling from her neck. Her matching earrings and expensive looking black dress stand out amongst the masses of t-shirts and denim shorts. She flits on her high heels towards the shade every few games. It's hot work being that glamourous. She's there to watch Nikolay Davydenko, who appears to be playing well against the very defensive Flavio Cipolla. Unfortunately, that all changes when up two sets up to one, Davydenko begins to tire, and eventually loses in five. It's a disappointing first round exit for a man who used to be world number four. We wonder if it is the last time we will see Davydenko live.
By JAMES HENRY
CINCINNATI – He’s already won nine titles this year, more than double any other tennis player in the world, and Novak Djokovic wants even more.
Also, just because the U.S. Open is quickly approaching, don’t think he is going to limit his efforts at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. He’s in it to win it.
“Performing the best tennis is the priority in New York. But still I will not, you know, play matches on this tournament just to get some practice,” he vowed. “I don’t do that. I go to every match to win.”
By JAMES HENRY
CINCINNATI – If you saw Jelena Janković stranded alongside the road, would you stop and help?
On her way Tuesday to practice at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, site of the Western & Southern Open, the Serbian star’s car quit.
“My mom was like, ‘Oh, this car is not working.’ We were like, ‘What do you mean it’s not working?’ It just stopped. It’s not working. Something is wrong with it,” she recalled.
“We looked, and it was zero gas inside the car. I was like, ‘Oh my God. Great. I have 20 minutes before my practice session.’”
By JAMES HENRY
CINCINNATI - Basking in the morning sunshine, many ATP World Tour and WTA players took full advantage of the nice weather to hone their tennis games during practice Saturday at Cincinnati's Western and Southern Open tennis tournament.