Alla Kudryattseva and Anastasia Rodionova watch Rodionova's sister, Arina, play her match
The weather was beautiful for the first day of Charleston qualifying. There was an occasional breeze, and the sun shone brightly. Nadia Petrova, Melinda Czink and Vera Zvonareva all did some practice hitting in the main stadium. The draw was held outside the grounds, at the Daniel Island Grille, but I missed it because I had written the time down wrong.
Nadia Petrova practices her serve in the stadium
This afternoon, I was walking along one of the paths and saw Heather Watson go by. I talked with her for a moment--mainly to find out why she was there. She had gotten a call this morning to come in as a qualifying wild card. Watson made it to the quarterfinals as a qualifier in the 25k tournament in Jackson, Mississippi this week. Later this afternoon, I saw part of her match against Ekaterina Dzehalevich, which Watson won in straight sets. The British star was moving and anticipating very well.
I didn't realize until a few days ago that Alisa Kleybanova had withdrawn from the tournament. Kleybanova has bilateral plantar fascitis, and had to withdraw from Ponte Vedra Beach, too. Because of various withdrawals, some new names turned up today in the draw, including that of Michaella Krajicek, who reached the quarterfinals here in 2007.