By Charles David Mathieu-Poulin
MONTREAL – Rainy days are tough for everyone, but the players seemed especially affected by todayâ€™s grey conditions. Each one of them seemed to only have one thing on her mind…
Roberta Vinciâ€™s backhand is one of the rare one-handed backhands on the WTA and she used it perfectly on Thursday against Ana Ivanovic, especially with a particular type of spin…Is that what made her win today?
-Â Â Â Â â€˜â€™My slice probably, yes.Â She doesn’t like my slice.Â I play a lot of slice.Â I play all the time slice, so probably this was the key.Â She was a little bit confused about my slice.â€™â€™
Wozniak, on her side, was concentrated on doing the same thing on every point: be concentrated.
-Â Â Â â€˜â€™I tried to stay concentrated for every point, be steady and hit hard from the baseline.â€™â€™
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€˜â€™I stayed concentrated on every point, one at a time.â€™â€™
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€˜â€™Iâ€™m happy I kept my concentration on every point.â€™â€™
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€˜â€™I stayed concentrated on what I had to do, on the strategy I had.â€™â€™
Even after her loss, Jelena Jankovic really was worried about our comprehension this afternoon. She, you know, said â€˜You Knowâ€™ exactly thirty-two times in, you know, her six answers. Here is the best example:
â€˜â€™You know, there was a lot of things that were in my control that I didn’t do and, you know, she took advantage of that.Â She took her opportunities, and, you know, obviously won the match.Â So it was, you know, difficult.â€™â€™
While those answers seem repetitive, it doesnâ€™t seem that bad compared to the weather forecast for the next days: rain, rain, rain and more rain….
Charles David Mathieu-Poulin blogs for WtaQuebec www.wtaquebec.com, a website promoting local Quebec players. He is covering the Rogers Cup in Montreal for Tennis Panorama News. Follow him on twitter @earthstroke, follow his Montreal coverage on @TennnisNewsTPN.