As you know, our reader Marine has recently started her own tennis blog, Tennis Notebook, and she already guest posted here on Women's Tennis Blog. Here article called Top 5 emotional players in women's tennis attracted a lot of comments and was even referred to in one of the most prestigious Serbian newspapers. Now Marine would like to share with you her experience from last weekend's highly dramatic Fed Cup tie in Bratislava, Serbia vs. Slovakia, especially marked by the doubles match which the Serbian team won 2-6 7-5 9-7 after 3 hours 17 min and a 6-2 5-1 and 30-0 deficit.
As I recently announced I went to see the encounter between Serbia and Slovakia so I wanted to share some of my impressions of the action with you.
The first little adventure was actually getting my tickets which I carefully booked a month before. How big was my surprise when I realized that I was supposed to pick them up within a certain time limit and 16th April they were no longer accessible! So the drama started even before the actual match did. I was frantically looking for help because I did not travel from as far as UK to see nothing at all. Fortunately the help came soon and a few minutes afterwards I was sitting comfortably at the arena which was quickly filling up with excited fans.
On the day one I watched both encounters in full. I preferred the match between Dominika Cibulkova vs. Bojana Jovanovski (4-6 6-3 6-1) not only because it was Dominika who won it 🙂 but also because from that point I realized that the players came out to show the fans their best tennis. I loved Dominika’s fighting spirit and enthusiasm and Bojana’s performance was great too, she is on a good way to follow in JJ’s and Ana’s footsteps.
The encounter between Daniela Hantuchova and Ana Ivanovic (2-6 4-6) was exciting although quite one-sided because Ana started to dominate soon in the first set and since then never let Daniela steal her momentum.
Day two was a lot more eventful, especially towards the end (sigh). As this was the day when everything was to be decided all the players were really pumped up for the action and all of the matches were great tough battles.
Dominika again scored a win, this time over Ana Ivanovic (6-4 3-3 Ab.). It had a bitter ending for the Serbian who had to retire because of an injury which was, judging by the look on her face, pretty painful and it was obviously wearing her down.
In the other match JJ has shown why she was a No.1. The match was very difficult, it was clear that Daniela intended to correct her score from the previous day and she challenged Jelena from the first to the last point. I think this match must have drained a lot of energy from both but also it was a great demonstration of their fighting spirit.
And the third match,the deciding doubles Hantuchova/Rybarikova vs. Jankovic/Krunic brought a result which surprised everyone mainly because of a dramatic turn in the match which made it Serbia’s great triumph and Slovakia’s great fall.
Well, it was a VERY emotional experience, especially from the Slovak’s point of view as you can imagine but I won’t bring up negative emotions to this post. However, if anyone was interested to know how "ticked off" I was after the whole event was over may I interest you into reading the "rant" published on Tennis Notebook. Have fun, laughter through tears is a huge source of relief 🙂 (photos via Fed Cup)