Volvo Car Open Notes: The serves are blowing in the wind
After Wednesday night’s storms blew through the Lowcountry, players at the Volvo Car Open found a new opponent Thursday on the courts of the Family Circle Tennis Center.
Wind. And lots of it.
Gusting breezes played havoc with shots Thursday, as 2010 VCO champ Samantha Stosur can attest.
Stosur, seeded sixth here and ranked No. 17, could not handle the wind as well as her opponent, Irina-Camelia Begu, at Volvo Car Stadium. Begu, ranked No. 33, took a 7-5, 6-3 victory in the players’ first meeting to advance to the third round.
“That’s probably as hard as it gets,” said Stosur, a 33-year-old Aussie. “I mean if it’s like that at home, I don’t hit or go indoors, because it’s very hard to get any sort of rhythm. And obviously it’s hard for both of us, but yeah, I just felt like she was able to get the ball through the court a little bit more and really have me on the back foot, which made life really difficult.”
Germany’s Laura Siegemund has a degree in psychology, and one day hopes to be a sports psychologist. The 29-year-old should have plenty of clients if she can teach the kind of mental toughness she showed in Wednesday’s upset of tennis legend Venus Williams
Siegemund fought off two match points in a 6-4, 6-7, 7-5 victory that took more than three hours at Volvo Car Stadium.
“It helps you to understand things better, maybe,” she said of her degree from the University of Hagen in Germany. “But you know, what you use in a match like that, the pressure you feel, the doubts you have, all that kind of stuff, that’s really very tennis specific also. I think that comes from experience more than from, you know, reading books. That’s really knowing yourself and how you did in good matches and how you did in matches that didn’t go so well.”
Wednesday’s day matches drew 6,333 fans, down from last year’s figure of 7,005 for the day session, but not bad considering the dire forecast. Wednesday’s night session was canceled due to weather.