Vera Zvonareva returned to the stadium today to do some hitting. She and her coach also did some running around one of the outer courts. Nadia Petrova came back to hit in the stadium, too, as did Jelena Jankovic. Even when she is practicing, Petrova is often cracking herself up, and--even when she is practicing, Jankovic is conducting a running commentary.
Hitting together in the stadium today were Patty Schnyder and Julia Goerges, and Daniela Hantuchova had a practice hit this morning on an outer court.
I learned this morning that Alina Jidkova was injured yesterday in her qualifying match, and had to be taken off the court on a stretcher. I don't know the nature of the injury.
I happened to sit near Heather Watson's mother and Chip Brooks during Watson's second qualifying match. Brooks reported that Jelena Jankovic is hitting the ball really well right now (it certainly looked that way during her practice session). We talked a bit about on-court coaching, and I said I hoped it would come to an end. Brooks said he thought it was good for the fans, but--as I told him--the fans I know think it makes the tour players look weak. We hear so much about fans liking it, though, that I suppose there must be some out there who want it to continue.
Patty Schnyder knows her Thai curry. Based on her recommendation, we met friends tonight at Basil in Charleston. Delicious.