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Halle/Westfalen 2009
My trip to Anna began with a 5-hour-trip by train (combined I had to pay about 200 Euros for tickets).

I arrived at the tournament at 12:30 and was scared. Security check and someone told me that camcorders are not allowed!!! This should have been posted at the website. I could not believe it, asked some people at the info desk, they haven't head anything about that – so I just walked in! Strange situation.

Well, I realized that I was a bit early. I walked around the courts, watched a little bit of the Qualifying matches and I had time to post small reports on my website, anna4ever.com! At 2:00pm Michael Stich gave a public training session indoors which was fun to watch – he still has a great game, great and hard serve. Outside it had started to rain and And it was indoors since it had already started to rain (and it didn't stop during the rest of the day). After that Tommy Haas was practising indoors – I watched a little bit. At 3:30pm I entered the Center Court and checked out my seat. I was sitting in the first row at Unterrang C, about 10-15 metres away from the court. I didn't leave the court again until the

WARSTEINER CHAMPIONS TROPHY began at 5:00pm. Stich/Groenefeld came out first and then Kiefer and Anna. She wore the same lovely dress than in Verona on May 2nd. The match was, like "wirbel2" already stated, well-balanced and could have gone both way. Anna played great, showed her still great Doubles skills and the event was very funny as well. Once, Stich went to Anna after a break, put his hands on her white visor and showed her 3 fingers – rememberin her that she "fired" 3 Smashs at him previously – everything just fun of course. Personally, I was surprised that it was a full match and not just a Champions Tiebreak (like at Stuttgart last year). It was close in both sets, Anna's serve was quite good, even a few aces. Unfortunately, Anna and Kiefer lost the Warsteiner Champions Trophy 4:6,5:7. After the match all participants were interviewed by german TV channel DSF. Anna stated that this was her first match on grass since 6 years (remember her last practice on grass court in Birmingham, June 03? Anna's last WTA Tournament but she had to withdraw and never came back...)! After the Interview and trophy-presentation Anna signed autographs and left the court, together with Nicolas Kiefer.
At this time I really thought that I would not see her again because I really had no clue which exit she could take. I walked around the stadium and in front of the Management-exit some people were standing (still raining, many umbrellas) and so I thought "Well, I should wait as well, perhaps she takes this exit". First, Michael Stich came out and than ANNA. It was amazing to see her so up close again although I didn't manage to get into the front row. So many umbrellas, the rain, I tried to capture it with my camcorder but, well, I was so excited that I pressed the Pause button...! I've just recorded about 30 seconds...! I only saw that Anna is posing for a picture with a guy and then she said: "Thank you so much for coming out. We post this picture on the website" – who was that guy? Well, now I know that it was the lucky "wirbel2" from the official Messageboard. Then Anna got into the car and was ecorted away.
Another 5-hour-trip by train and I was back home.

To sum it up. The trip was well worth every cent. I only wish that I would have made it earlier to the right exit.

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Interview oncourt
After the Mixed Doubles match, all participants have been interview on the court. Anna was asked how she'd celebrate her birthday. She stated that she still doesn't know exactly but that she'll probably be flying. Great to see.

Interview oncourt

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Interview oncourt
After the Mixed Doubles match, all participants have been interview on the court. Anna was asked how she'd celebrate her birthday. She stated that she still doesn't know exactly but that she'll probably be flying. Great to see.

Interview oncourt

File Size: 125 MB
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Djokovic plays
In the middle of the first set, Anna gives her tennis racquet to Novak Djokovic who was watching the exhibition match. Stich's answer: A powerful smash. Djokovic gives back the racquet to Anna. Funny.

Djokovic plays

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Djokovic plays
In the middle of the first set, Anna gives her tennis racquet to Novak Djokovic who was watching the exhibition match. Stich's answer: A powerful smash. Djokovic gives back the racquet to Anna. Funny.

Djokovic plays

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1st set, match play at 3:4
Anna showing her Doubles skills with great reflexes and variety.

1st set, match play at 3:4

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1st set, match play at 3:4
Anna showing her Doubles skills with great reflexes and variety.

1st set, match play at 3:4

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Duration: 1m36s
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M.Stich and his service joke
After 1:0 for Anna/Kiefer in the 1st set, Michael Stich had to serve. He pretended to serve pretty hard (hand signs: "Go further back behind the baseline, Anna") and then he served a stop. Anna was really confused - funny situation and very entertaining :)

M.Stich and his service joke

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M.Stich and his service joke
After 1:0 for Anna/Kiefer in the 1st set, Michael Stich had to serve. He pretended to serve pretty hard (hand signs: "Go further back behind the baseline, Anna") and then he served a stop. Anna was really confused - funny situation and very entertaining :)

M.Stich and his service joke

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jacket off, Introduction
Anna takes off her jacket and gets introduced. Listen carefully to the speaker - he really says "Anna Sharapova"...

jacket off, Introduction

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jacket off, Introduction
Anna takes off her jacket and gets introduced. Listen carefully to the speaker - he really says "Anna Sharapova"...

jacket off, Introduction

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Duration: 2m42s
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walking on court (1b)
Anna and Nicolas Kiefer walking on court, Anna giving a High-Five to the Gerry Weber Open mascot.

walking on court (1b)

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walking on court (1a)
Anna and Nicolas Kiefer walking on court, Anna giving a High-Five to the Gerry Weber Open mascot.

walking on court (1a)

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