Western and Southern Open 2013 - Cincinnati - Day & Night Four Photos
This was the fifth of the nine Masters tournaments that I’ve been to. Listed as Cincinnati, the tournament was actually 25 miles away in Mason, which made it very difficult to get to without a car. It was worth the effort though as the day session was top class with Victoria Azarenka beating in-form Magdalena Rybarikova, Novak Djokovic thrashing David Goffin and Roger Federer coming from behind to beat Tommy Haas. It was first time I saw Tommy Haas play and he started brilliantly winning the first set 6-1 and going a break up before Federer fought his way back into the match. I also managed to see a few games of Juan Martin del Potro against Feliciano Lopez on Grandstand and doubles on Court 9 featuring Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci.
Brandon Knight (15/08/2013)
For the second day of Wimbledon I had a ticket for Court 3 to avoid queuing but to my disappointment the schedule was very poor. So I stayed on the outside courts instead, except for the match between Bernard Tomic and Sam Querrey. It became the first five set match I saw in its entirety live. Tomic won it holding off a Querrey fightback, having been two sets up. During the day I saw lots of players for the first time, such as Daniel Brands, Horacio Zeballos, Jan-Lennard Struff, Caroline Garcia and Alison Riske. Towards the end of the day on Court 18 I watched Tsvetana Pironkova thrash Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-0 6-1 and finished on Court 12 to watch Klara Zakopalova beat Daniela Hantuchova in straight sets. Sitting at the back of the stand on Court 12 gave me an incredible view across Wimbledon towards Centre Court as the day ended.
Brandon Knight (25/06/2013)
I luckily bought a resale ticket for Centre Court at Wimbledon. It is the greatest court in the world but I definitely didn’t have the best seat; I was three rows from the back so didn’t have a full view of the stadium. The first match was defending champion Roger Federer opening his title defence with a straight sets thrashing of Victor Hanescu. It was followed by a very competitive match between Maria Sharapova and Kristina Mladenovic, which Sharapova edged after taking the first set in a tie-break. The last match was British number 1 Andy Murray who had a fairly straight-forward win over Benjamin Becker in three sets. Anne Keothavong against Garbine Muguruza was moved onto Centre but I only stayed for the start. On the outside courts I saw Benoit Paire, Varvara Lepchenko and finished the day watching a tense final set between Alja Tomljanovic and Bojana Jovanovski. There were a few breaks of serve but Jovanovski edged it 9-7. It’s always great to stay late at a Grand Slam watching the end of a match on an outside court.
Brandon Knight (24/06/2013)
I went again to the Aegon International, this time with my friend Farzad Hosseini. We had a Center Court ticket and firstly saw a disappointing Milos Raonic lose to Ivan Dodig in straight sets. Wandering round the outside courts we saw Fabio Fognini play Martin Klizan and Elena Baltacha battling against Maria Kirilenko but coming up short in the end. Back on Centre we watched Caroline Wozniacki play Laura Robson. Wozniacki was solid and took advantage of many Robson errors to win 6-4 6-4. Last match of the day saw second seed Gilles Simon beat Brit Kyle Edmund in two tie-break sets. Although the result wasn’t what we hoped for, Edmund showed real talent and I can see why he’s tipped to go high up the rankings.
Brandon Knight (19/06/2013)