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This was a match that was extremely boring for the ist 6 games of the ist set. If you happened to view the match in the ist 6 sets, you would have seen vollies lasting up to 6 shots total, which looked more like a warm up than a game. Each player seemed disinterested in playing tennis while the crowd sat their dormant.
Any fan that is familiar with Schiavone's game would know she likes to do a great deal of slicing throughout the match. For that reason alone in a 3rd set she would still have a lot in the tank if it necessitated it. However, Schiavone did not need a 3rd set, but for a moment it almost looked like this match could go all night, unless the usual curfew at Wimbledon stopped the match, which was about to happen.
In the ist set Michelle Larcher De Brito casually took a 3-1 lead. With the match tied at 3-3, Schiavone finally took the lead making precision shots to give herself a 4-3 lead. From this point on, the match would now become a war.
De Brito fought back to take a 6-5 lead in set 1, but Schiavone won game 12 with ease.
In the tiebreaker Michelle Larcher DeBrito quickly took a 2-0 lead, but Schiavone scored the next 7 points to send Michelle off the court a little disgusted. De Brito was not getting points off her serve in the ist set and was held without an ace in the ist set.
Schiavone had a carry over effect in set 2. She carried a 4-1 lead into the 6th set. Michelle cut the lead to 4-3 .
Then a very controversial call in game 8 that was overuled which gave additional momentum in this match to De Brito. The score was 30-15 Schiavone, when Michelle hit a forehand down the right side that was called out and then overuled. This tied the score at 30-30 and Michelle went on to win game 8 to tie the match at 4-4.
Schiavone served in game 9 taking a 40-0 lead. Michelle cut the lead to 40-30 before hitting a shot off the court. Schiavone now lead 5-4 in set 2.
Michelle would not quit. She broke Schiavone at Love to tie the match at 5-5.
Game 11 was a seasaw game which saw Michelle jump to a 40-15 lead, but Schiavone came back to tie the game at 40-40. Michelle, while not serving an ace throughout the entire match, served the ball which was returned out of bounds by Schiavone. Michelle held on the next volley going up 6-5 exactly like set 1.
In game 12 Schiavone held at Love.
The question would be, who would carry the momentum early in the tiebreaker? It turned out with the same results. Michelle scored the first 2 points of the tiebreaker, but Schiavone scored the next 4 points to take a 4-2 lead. After Michelle tied the match at 4-4, Schiavone scored the last 3 points to win 7-6, 7-6. The crowd gave both of these players loud applause. They appreciated the fight that Michelle Larcher De Brito put up.
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I don't like to use the word rally in tennis,even though it is the correct term in the tennis world. In my country we use the word rally or rallies to indicate that one team has a serious threat going in trying to trim the lead the other team has. If they do it more than once at a different portion of the game, then it becomes a another rally or you can say they had 2 rallies during the game. When I play Ping Pong against my opponent and hitting the ball back and forth, I am not in a rally. I am in a long volley,lol. Sorry that is me. I do not agree with all tennis terminology.
Tennis has some terms that make no sense, but I let them call it whatever they want. They say pass and I say shot,lol. .
When I saw the ist 6 sets between DeBrito and Schiavone, I would call that a rally in my world because they were just hitting th ball back and forth without going on the offense. All shots being hit down the middle then terminating with just 3 shots each. That is not a rally, that is boredom,lol.