Today I had my first round match, the round of 16 against a German player, Marion Von Gerlach. She moved well and ran down a lot of dropshots…enough so that I had to change my strategy and hit deeper as she was moving forward. We had some nice points and it was a good first round. The courts are quite slippery…when I warmed up earlier I was asked what the tread was on my shoes and was told they were good for clay…they may be but the courts are hard underneath with a slippery coating of clay on top. It’s the same for everyone though.
Tomorrow I play the #5 seed, who plays in the same club team as Marion. Her name is Brigitte Friedl and I watched her play most of her second set today. She’s quite tall and slender and has a big forehand and good backhand.
Canadians Taras Beyko and Denis Dumas had different results today; Taras won easily and Denis lost to a German player.
There was a nice player dinner tonight, with champagne (for those who imbibe), and grilled salmon and sausages and salads.
No photos today, but I hope to get in some action shots tomorrow.
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Your making me hungry with your report on the banquet. Sounds deeelicious, and almost as delicious as your top playing against your first opponent. Good luck next round. Thanks for the updates on friends in Austria. rita