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08-13-2006, 02:06 AM #137
Day 4 - Semifinals Day - Some pics and review (part 8)
..sorry folks, wasn't able to upload these pics..My modem actually burned out this morning and was able to get another one in the afternoon..But by then, it was a bit late to upload these..
anyways, here are a few more of the last remaining batches of pics..
Last edited by ctjcad; 08-13-2006 at 02:20 AM.
08-13-2006, 02:33 AM #138
..ok, here are the last ones from the SF day..
08-13-2006, 03:43 AM #139
Day 5 - Finals Day - Some pics and reviews (part 1)
Alright guys, here are the pics and reviews of the Finals Day...
XD - Saw a real fast actions match. Both pairs seemed to want to get the title very bad. I thought both pairs played evenly thruout the entire match. With a couple of fancy shots here and there and some costly errors as deciders for the match. Again, the outcome were on the gals as they were the ones protecting and controlling the net. Could've gone either way, but the male partner, as a customary in XD, i thought Ivlev played very aggressively, despite having a pretty good size knee brace. I thought his shots were quite consistent and complete..Smashes, you got it. Backhands drives, you got it..At the end, he and Vislova were the winners..
WS - Saw an unfortunate ending to Johanna. She gave her best by coming out and at least playing thru the 11 pts, but after that, she just couldn't force it anymore. I guess it wasn't meant to be for her. The Russian gal was the lucky winner..But Johanna was very gracious, even thanked the crowd who applauded her effort after the award ceremony..
MS - Again, the cat-quickness of Nakanishi really was the difference. He basically controlled the game from the beginning. While Dabeka relied on some good opportunities at the net to score some points. In all, he wasn't able to create shots where Nakanishi would have a difficult time retrieving. Saw a couple of shot selections whic Dabeka made which really was like a "free-points"..BTW, i chatted with a fan and we both agree Nakanishi reminded us of Lee Chong Wei(the way he moves and his strokes)..
WD - Well, the 2 top pairs surely deserved the spotlight. But i think Karachkova is not suited to play WD. I noticed everytime she hold her racket, it was always low, not at a ready position like what Vislova and the rest of them were holding. However, Karachkova's partner was holding her own also, making some nice cross court shots. Both pairs played their best, but at the end, the consistent pair won the match, in 2 very tight sets. And Vislova was the only double winner for the night.
MD - Nothing really surprising. Tony & Halim really came out with a purpose and just want to end the match as quickly as they can. Both of them setting up each other for some serious hit downs. Esp. Halim, wow Howard must be wondering if it was him doing the hammering-down, hehe I also wonder, what if Ivlev was to partner with Durkin?!?! Eventhough the Russian coach was yelling instructions to his 2 players, it has no effect. After a tight 2nd set, at the end, the vast experiences of both Tony & Halim really took its toll on the young Russians.
All in all, the Finals was fun, but for me personally, it didn't have that sense of the dramatic. As the expected winners won and vice versa. On that note, this U.S. Open could be the last one Tony Gunawan will play in.
Anyways, i will divide the pics into several posts. Hope you all don't mind as i took quite a lot. Enjoy-
BTW, did anyone watch the live webcast of the Finals??..I took a pic of the camera area where they shot the games in one of these pics..Oh, the 1 pic below which shows 2 gentlemen standing, it was part of a special presentation given to one of the IBF member.
Last edited by ctjcad; 08-13-2006 at 03:50 AM.
08-13-2006, 03:47 AM #140Originally Posted by niel.dan
08-13-2006, 03:51 AM #141
Wow! How did this come about? Is Tony's contract with OCBC up?
Where's Tony going to live? Denmark? Any additional details? If so...maaaan, once I move to the OC, I was planning on taking lessons with Tony.
Originally Posted by Gunawan
08-13-2006, 04:15 AM #142
Day 5 - Finals Day - Some pics and review (part 2)
here are some more..
08-13-2006, 04:57 AM #143
Day 5 - Finals Day - Some pics and review..
here are some more..
08-13-2006, 01:05 PM #144Originally Posted by ctjcad
08-13-2006, 01:28 PM #145Originally Posted by dropper
BTW, How are free tickets passed out?
08-13-2006, 01:39 PM #146Originally Posted by DinkAlot
08-13-2006, 02:34 PM #147
IIRC, the total prize money of the tourney has dropped significantly over the past years. That'll be a detriment to any tourney.
Originally Posted by dropper
08-13-2006, 03:59 PM #148
Day 5 - Finals Day - Some pics and review (part 4)
sorry folks, had a bit of trouble last night uploading the rest of pics...:P
anyways, here are some more..notice in 1 of the pic, i've sort of zoom in on the ankle brace for Johanna's right ankle-she didn't show any limp, but it must've really been quite bad..Also i've shown 3 pics of Johanna talking to the chair umpire and then to the tournament's Referee(in red) before giving her congratulatory to Karachkova..And in 1 of the pic, she was being interviewed by Jennifer Coleman(U.S.A.'s women singles player)..
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08-13-2006, 04:32 PM #149
Day 5 - Finals Day - Some pics and review (part 5)
here are some more..
08-13-2006, 04:50 PM #150
Day 5 - Finals Day - Some pics and review (part 6)
here are some more..
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08-13-2006, 05:25 PM #151
Day 5 - Finals Day - Some pics and review (part 7)
here are a few more..
08-13-2006, 05:42 PM #152
Day 5 - Finals Day - Some pics and review (part 8)
here are a few more..notice in 1 of the pic, Nakanishi is being interview with Ms. Coleman with the assistance of an interpreter..
Last edited by ctjcad; 08-13-2006 at 05:46 PM.
08-13-2006, 06:04 PM #153
Day 5 - Finals Day - Some pics and review (part 9)
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