Well it really has been an extremely enjoyable trip to Istanbul so far.
The highlight of Day 2 was seeing the wonderful return to form of Jelena Jankovic who defeated world #2 Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 6-3 for the best win she had had in three and a half years. She was composed, confident and served brilliantly. You could tell right from the start of the match that Azarenka was a little off and the ladies are all hinting in their press conferences that they have one eye on the court and the other on a well earned end-of-season vacation.
Istanbul is a very, very busy place but everyone is friendly – except on the roads. Expect to hear someone honking a horn every 50 feet and if there a daylight to cut in front of you then it’s surely going to happen. I am enjoying the local foods which is always a welcome treat.
Matches start at 5pm and the 3 three follow quickly one after another. I didn’t finish writing my last story until 1.00am last night and then promptly passed out for 9.5 straight hours. Got to be happy about that.
Here are the links to my two stories yesterday for the WTA Tour.
Story 1 on the WTAChampionships website
Jankovic Serves Notice – this story focuses on the improved performance of Jankovic’s serve.
Story 2 on the WTATennis website
A Deeper Look: Li vs Errani – An analytical look at what really mattered in this match.
Pictures – Including Hawk-Eye graphics from the two matches.
That’s it for now. Enjoy and have a good day! Over and out from Istanbul.