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Welcome to Eastbourne. She has such good volleys. Top of the list for


Heather Watson. She is a set to the good. Lovely soft hands. Verities -


what a win for Heather Watson. She defeated the defending champion on


day one, Dominika Cibulkova. And this is day two. Today, British


number one and number five seed Johanna Konta looking to make it


through to the second round. Eastbourne got off to a sunny,


happy, shiny start yesterday, but 24 hours is a long time in weather, and


it was a cloudy welcome to Eastbourne for Novak Djokovic this


morning, although his mere presence here really has sprinkled stardust


on the seaside town. The crowds came first thing this morning to see him


practice, and we hope to speak to him a little later this afternoon.


Somebody here clearly has a sense of humour, because they have just


played Cruel Summer by Bananarama here. It is all about covers,


umbrellas, and it is generally miserable, and I'm afraid to say,


the forecast for the afternoon is not any better. Simona Halep, the


number two seed from Romania, she managed three games. There was a


break of serve either way, and then they were called off as well. Our


plan of campaign, if the weather relents, looks like this: We will


probably pick up the Simona Halep match, if it resumes. And then


Angelique Kerber plays Kristyna Pliskova, and Sorana Cirstea Place


Johanna Konta. -- plays Johanna Konta. Talking of things that are


not going to plan, Andy Murray has announced he will not play a


proposed exhibition match against Pouille of France tomorrow. It is


not inconceivable that Andy will find himself going to Wimbledon at


the start of next week to defend his title having only played one match


on grass this season, and that was the defeat at Queen's last week


against Jordan Thompson. We will update you and Matt -- on that as


and when. A new superstar of the women's game, Elaine a Ostapenko --


Elena Ostapenko. She played Navarro, an old campaigner and a tough


individual who was going to test her on the grass. It started at


tea-time, this match, and went late into the night. An enthralling


encounter. COMMENTATOR: The third meeting


between these two, the first since 2016. Andujar was there last meeting


-- Doha. A good love hold. All eyes will be


on Ostapenko, her first tournament since lifting the title on clay in


Paris, an incredible achievement. Yes, and the pundits, myself


included, we got it oh so wrong. It was just extraordinary, what she did


there. That was the last match she is ever going to play without any


pressure. In a way, her career effectively starts now. Now she is


the hunted. She's the French Open champion and everyone wants to beat


her. The weeks between then and here will be some of the most important


weeks in her career. We know there has been some


celebrating since she lifted the title in Paris. She pulled out of


Birmingham with a back injury, so it will be interesting to see how she


reacts to what was a life changing experience. This is a very important


match for her. And a tricky one at that. I was watching her practice


yesterday afternoon with a fairly new coach, who was a very good


player on the tour for many years. And their practice was all about the


transition from clay to grass, dealing with low balls, so she had


to get down. She kept saying, get down, get down. They spent an


enormous amount of time on the serve, which was a liability for her


through her young career so far. They spent hours on the practice


court trying to get it right. It has already improved, but there is a


long way to go. Someone said that her coach should


be nominated for coach of the year, because she had only been with


Ostapenko for up you months. Jelena was coached predominantly by her


mother. They were trying to bring someone in, trying a few different


academies, and I think it is interesting that they brought in


another female voice, because that is what she has been used to.


And while you won't get a player who adores the grass in Navarro, you


will get an awful lot of experience. But she is an old school Spaniard,


from those back in the day that thought that grass was for cows, and


she hasn't moved on into the modern world of tennis. She has some cut on


the serve, but she doesn't feel comfortable. Caught one is probably


the quickest court here. -- Court Number One.


Saying all that, a couple of service games in for the Spaniard and she


has yet to drop a point on serve. Sam, for those who may not have seen


a lot of Jelena Ostapenko, because she really rose to prominence at the


French Open, described her game for people thinking, what is it about


this young lady, just 20, that took heart to her first Grand Slam title?


I can't talk about her game for you without talking about her as a


person, because for me, that is so much of her recent success and why


she was a top junior, because Jelena, with these two on the


personality spectrum, Jelena is at one end. She was self-confident when


I saw her last year as a teenager. There was a brashness, and even


though she has just turned 20, there is a teenage temperament in there as


well. She backs herself in the manner of a Serena Williams or a


Maria Sharapova. She reminds me of Victoria Azarenka. There is hunger


and passion. Then add to that great ball striking. She has a wonderful


forehand - on orthodox, a little late and very flat. And she loves


grass. She hits the ball so big. The sound of the strings, which is


wonderful timing, beautifully balanced, wonderful footwork. She is


raw, mentally, emotionally and in her game. She won the junior title,


Jelena Ostapenko, in 2014. And there is Annabel. She still has


not officially retired. She retired from single three years ago after


the French, but she could still play doubles.


She could team up with Ostapenko on the doubles court. Might be good for


you Elena, actually. The ground are big and heavy. And they are


fearless. They are. I did not think they would hold up under the


pressure of the French Open final, but they did exactly that. And she


is unplayable sometimes. She enjoys coming forward, likes to work her


way to the net. And it is a really big game. Victoria Azarenka is the


closest, I would say. Four games played, just two points


dropped on serve. That was Ostapenko's first service game. Good


conditions - sun shining, blue sky, little whispery white clouds, a


perfect summer's day. Do they look quiet? Whispery white clouds? I


don't think they talk, but if they could, they would whisper. We


digress! Someone told me in Paris that clouds


had feelings. That was all so -- that was also something where I


didn't know where to take it. One of the problems players have


against Ostapenko, and they talk about it in the locker room, they


cannot read where she's going to put the ball, because she has a late


contact on the forehand, and you don't get any clues from the racket


as to where the ball is going. It is hard and flat, and it gets to you


super quickly. Little things like a late contact


point, will she have always done those things or is that taught? I


would say it is natural to her. I have a feeling she would have grown


up on clay courts in Latvia in the summer, but she would probably play


on the wooden floor of a school gymnasium. They are like greased


lightning, so you end up taking the ball slightly late. That is my best


guess, but I will ask her when I see her. Azarenka is like that as well.


We have a first break point of the match. Had not dropped a point on


serve in the first to make service games, but now looks to defend three


at 0-40. There it is, at the first time of


asking, Jelena Ostapenko gets the first break of the match, breaking


Suarez Navarro to love, takes the edge and goes ahead 3-2. The mental


strength that Ostapenko showed in Paris cinema all that attention, the


life changing experience, all the media out on court in the final, and


she just did what Jelena Ostapenko does. She seemed to handle it very


well. As I said, the real test is now. I was watching some of the


juniors in the second week of the French Open, which I feel is always


a real privilege to be able to do, and try and see who you think might


come through. There was a young Latvian kit out there. Jelena


Ostapenko had a semifinal the next day, and she sat with her mother,


watching the entire match in the Latvian camp, which I was pleased to


see. I don't think she was completely unaffected by what went


on. Now, reality has it, because she is a superstar back home. Think


Ernest Gold this has been well and truly moved over. There is a new


Latvian tennis star. -- Gulbis. It is only a population of 2 million,


so everything will be on Jelena. She loves the attention, she is a


performer, and I think she will take to this. There is a touch of the


Serena Williams about her, who is her idol. I think she is ready for


this. She was very quick at the start with


her service. So they were trying... She was speed serving as if she had


to finish the motion in 0.3 seconds. They are trying to extend it to


maybe 1.5 seconds now. They are also working on how she throws the ball a


long way to the left, way too far to the left. It is just the path of her


throwing hand that is taking it there, so they have spent hours


working on that. Have a look at where the ball is. It should be at


one minute to 12, but it is about ten minutes to 12 on the clock face.


She is also very expressive as a character, on court she let you know


how she's feeling. And she is exactly the same off court. I am


pleased to say that she must have skipped the media training module.


She'd bunked off that day! Good for her!


Love the return of serve from the Spaniard, gives her immediate break


back points on the Ostapenko serve. We are back on serve. The first


break point opportunity for Suarez Navarro, she takes it, we level up,


3-3 in the first set. Kala looks so uncomfortable on this


surface. -- Navarro looks so uncomfortable. She likes time to


really manoeuvre the ball, use that great racket work, and the ball gets


at her far too quickly. Players go hard and fast at her on


this surface, at her forehand. She doesn't really like it when it comes


at pace. And it is definitely going to come at pace if it is coming off


the racket of Jelena Ostapenko, who gives herself another couple of


opportunities to break and advance in this third set. In this third


meeting between the two. She rigger aims -- she regains the


break. I had a chat with Ostapenko in


Paris, and I think it was a quarterfinal match, where her coach


was there and her mother wasn't, and I asked if her mother was OK,


because she has been the primary coach. And she said, I told her not


to come. I asked if there was a particular reason, she said, just


pressure. I told her to stay in the hotel. I don't know if she literally


did that. Maybe she felt a little bit of pressure and was trying...


The mother came back for the semifinal and final, you couldn't


keep her away. But she is very much a person who knows her own mind,


what she wants and how she wants to do it. Yes, and I think this


transition, I don't know if it will be a partnership between mother and


Annabelle of whether there will be a transition. I think that might be


the way forward. There have been so many players who have been coached


by a parent who can't seem to bring someone into the team. Think of


Caroline Wozniacki. This is an important stage in her career and


has to be handled very carefully. Mum is not overbearing, she is very


quiet, chilled and happy just to let you later take the lead. It is an


interesting dynamic. -- to let Jelena take the lead. Three games


and three breaks will stop Ostapenko the advantage 4-3. -- three games


and three breaks. Ostapenko has the advantage, 4-3. A tough season for


Navarro, starting at number 12 in the world. She has dropped because


she has had a string of injuries that have curtailed her start to


2017. She does switch the ball and move it


so quickly. Yeah, the distribution is fabulous. You don't get to settle


against Ostapenko will stop she takes the ball early, she is upon


the baseline, the timing is unreal. IPlayer like Suarez Navarro, she


wants to ease into the match. It is very manana there. This is not her


cup of tea. The break is consolidated. A hell to


love for Jelena Ostapenko, moving her to within one game of the first


set. -- a hold to love for Jelena Ostapenko.


She had a good first round win against Makarova. I know Makarova is


not where she used to be, but that would have given Suarez Navarro


confidence on the grass. I raised an eyebrow at that result, I must


admit. Got a little caught there, but what


I love about her is that she hit a great shot, saw Navarro open the


racket face, knowing it would be a defensive shot, and she was already


moving up the court for the next one. It was a good defence by Suarez


Navarro there, and yell a nap either had to move more explosively forward


or just check back, and she did neither. -- year Lane -- year


and -- Jelena either had to move explosively forward... It is not


often you see a disgruntled Suarez Navarro. She is quite a cool


character. Jelena Ostapenko has quite a reputation for moving a lot


between first and second serves, and I have a feeling that is what is


upsetting Suarez Navarro. She is on the other end of the personality


spectrum, very quiet. It is so good, you almost can't


believe your eyes here. It really is. Set points, Ostapenko.


A lovely -- I love the disgust when she makes a mistake. There is either


a look at the shot, or the support camp, but usually it is a look at


Mum. It is her fault. And there it is. Tulane Ostapenko


picking up from where she left off in the French capital, showing no


fear, looking comfortable and taking that first set against Carla Suarez


Navarro by six games to three. STUDIO: As you might have noticed


from the latter are at the bottom of your screen, that is a replay from


yesterday. -- as you might have noticed from the letter R. The


situation is very frustrating today. It is rain and it is drivel...


Dribble?! That is me! Drizzle. British stoicism is undaunted, we


will stick it out for as long as is humanly possible, even though there


is no suggestion of play this afternoon. Undaunted, we will go


back to the second set from last night.


A good thing, and maybe a slightly frustrating thing from a coaching


point of view for us to panko, if she misses it she just goes again.


She could keep missing it, but it could work.


Lovely footwork. I find it fascinating batches the French Open


champion, I notice a packed schedule, but the French Open


champion on Court One. That is a surprise. And I think a lot of fans


will not follow tennis week in, week out, who will not know who she is.


Maybe that is still quite good for her. I think it is really good for


her. At Wimbledon it will be very different. I like that she did not


rush back into playing a tournament very quickly after the French Open.


Enjoy the moment. We have had lots of players who have made a big


breakthrough and have not sustained it, who have gone into meltdown.


A back injury was the reason she did not enter Birmingham, had to pull


out of that. This is her first match on grass this year. Suarez Navarro


with a very early break point. There it is, a gift from Fed. A fist


pump from Suarez Navarro. The Spaniard has the early break in the


second set. When you say that one of Carla Suarez Navarro's coaches would


say hang in there, she will miss, you were joking, but would that have


been part of the team talk? Just try to stay there? Carla struggles with


their intensity. I am not sure about these statistics, I thought she made


a lot more unforced errors. It is making balls and getting a little


bit more in the face of Ostapenko, which is something that Suarez


Navarro, with her quiet, shy and introverted personality, finds


difficult. But she has the skills to cause some problems.


If looks could kill! One day it will not be at home with the Kardashians


ayes, it will be at home with the Ostapenkos.


Ostapenko, even though she is 20, she is like a petulant, difficult


teenager and Annabel is the hardened professional who has been number two


years and will not not take any nonsense. -- the hardened


professional who has been on the tour four years and will not take


any nonsense. That is a much smarter serve. You


have to be very accurate with your deliveries against Ostapenko, if she


hits a tumult probably not see it for a while. -- if she hits it you


will probably not see it for awhile. Good news the Spaniard. She wins the


point and the game and, important for her, she consolidates 2-0 in the


early stages of the second set. When you get the looks that could kill


from Ostapenko it is in the stark contrast to the ballroom dancing


training she had for seven years. Ballroom dancers always have that


manic smile. She can do that but she can do the opposite. What she has


taken from ballroom dancing is performing. It has to be a show.


The face in the first set we saw the good and the hitting of the lines,


in this the ball is being spread everywhere.


There is not a B+ game, like Petra Kvitova there is not just a game she


can pull back from if everything is not going to plan. Even Serena


Williams can pull back these days. This is just class from Suarez


Navarro. She is so underrated as a player. That is so perfect,


technically. Lovely feathery hands. She could play well on grass, she


just has to believe. She had a lot of success in the doubles court. She


is a real tennis player, Carla Suarez Navarro. Double fault from


Ostapenko, incomplete contrast to what we saw in the first set now we


are seeing the ugly side of Ostapenko because Suarez Navarro has


raced to a double break 3-0 lead. Carla Suarez Navarro's tactic of


waiting to see if the mistakes come, that is currently paying off. She


has a little bit more Lens on her ball, using the sliced backhand


more. She has this gorgeous top-spin. Let's just listening. Lets


players are running longer, then see who is good in the point. OK? You


had to be ready. No rush. Then the knees, keep playing the point. --


bend the knees. When you have the opportunity, go for it. Let's see if


she can play that aggressive all the match. For you, it is easy, this


aggressiveness, because you are used to it. Let's see if she will be like


this all the match. No complaints, please. No complaints. It's OK. Come


on. UMPIRE: Time. A coaching time out for Elaine


Ostapenko, a double break down in September two. -- set number two.


I do enjoy these on Court coaching is with this particular scenario. I


am not a fan per se, but there was a very good one in Rome when Annabel


came on. The player calls the coach on, they cannot just one darn. --


cannot just wander on. Annabel comes on, delivers an very important


points and Jelena says it is this, I can't play, I am awful. Annabel


says, did you bring me on just to complain, or are you going to


listen? And that stopped any further conversation. It was great.


I like the well that Annabel said at the end, no complaining. Just no


complaining. She will not tolerate this. But is she said that, Jelena


was still complaining. It is handy for Jelena, as a fellow Spaniard she


knows Carla, she knows her traits and she knows that aggression is


difficult for her. She is playing with more impetus and


using the sliced backhand, which causes problems. A couple of


opportunities for the Latvian French Open champion to get one of the two


breaks that she is down back in the second set.


Oh, lovely shot! Her racket work is supreme. There is not another woman


on the planet who can hits a single hander like that. She does not get


enough credit how beautiful her gamers. -- game is.


She is currently the highest ranked woman with a single backhand.


That really looked long. It was not that far. That is a junior mentality


version of how far the ball was out. That was an immediate drop of the


racket. Like when you catch a tiny fish and you go, no, it is too big.


-- it is this big. Sadly for Ostapenko she was still on


the previous point, motioning once again by how much she thought the


previous ball missed. But the court stood, Suarez Navarro got on with


doing her own thing. To have Hawk-Eye, it costs a few quid to get


those cameras up there and process all the data. They just have it on


Centre Court. Mentally and emotionally, she is


spiralling. In her head there is a conspiracy against every shot she is


playing that it is out when it is in.


She might be out of this set but she needs to invest in it to get this


game ready for the decider. I think she has a case. I think that


was in. There is no way she will overrule on


that file line, but I do think she has a point. -- that far line. I am


not happy saying that because she has been complaining an awful lot,


but... Oh, my eyesight is appalling. That is so far out. I am quitting


now! I am going to ask for a refund from that laser eye surgery I had


all those years ago. Coalface a point for a triple break


the Carla Suarez Navarro. I think Ostapenko would be happy to see the


back of the second set. She has felt there has been a conspiracy against


with those line calls. Suarez Navarro, credit to her, is doing her


thing and doing it well. In what seems like a blink of an


eye, Carla Suarez Navarro has a triple break and leads the French


Open champion by five games to love in the second set. STUDIO: Just to


say that at that point Ostapenko had a medical time-out. If you're


wondering why we're watching this match from last night, it is still


raining at Eastbourne on Tuesday afternoon, this is from late on


Monday night. It is still raining here and they have announced a few


moments ago that there will definitely be no play here until


3pm. Ostapenko at 5-0 down in the second set had a medical time-out,


then they resumed play, here's what happened. COMMENTATOR: Back from the


medical time-out. I saw her flexing that right leg at the end of the


fifth game. And now, Sam Smith, it is heavily strapped? You tend to get


those sort of injuries when you switch surfaces. Also it is probably


coming from her back. There is probably some back tightness.


The injury time-out was not ideal for colour. It took the first set to


get to the required level of intensity for the match, not easy to


have to sit for five or so minutes. There is a touch of the drama queen


about Jelena. A very likeable young woman, but watch this space.


Three set points for Carla Suarez Navarro. Made the fourth round at


Wimbledon a couple of times, semifinal in Birmingham last year,


looking for her first last 16 place at Eastbourne. We are set for a


deciding set. There it is, a little bit of a late


call and a bit of a look from Jelena Ostapenko, but the call stands, as


does the point and the game, meaning back Carla Suarez Navarro, with a


triple break, there was a medical time-out for Ostapenko but the


Spaniard did what she needed to do, she has taken the second set 6-0 and


we are going into a decider. I just went later in the afternoon,


the early evening, I'm not sure what the cut-off is between late


afternoon, early evening, there is some moisture picking up. You just


saw Carla having a little scared. -- a little skid.


Tactically Ostapenko needs to aim to Rush Suarez Navarro on the forehand.


Playing Ostapenko, I imagine the problem is that the ball comes to


hard, fast and early but also Sidibe to the baseline, you do not have


time. I think a slightly injured Ostapenko


is an even more dangerous animal on the tennis court, she will probably


just swing. Looking back historically, she has lots of the


scorelines. She plays big momentum swings in her matches. -- lots of


these scorelines. If you looks back over the last few season, this is


only her third main year on the tour, the rise is extraordinary from


being the junior champion, she probably has more 6-0, 6-1 sets than


anybody else out there. Big ball striking seems to be back


from Ostapenko. Takes the points in the game. Under way in the deciding


set. A slight limp on the walk from Ostapenko. But she know she has a


reassurance and even if the movement is not quite there, how big flat she


can strike that on the surface. Some players like Dominika Cibulkova,


Simona Halep, Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki, they are so reliant on


their movement that if they are carrying an injury it is very


difficult for them to carry on. Ostapenko, this is the first set


summary, smashing so many winners. The second set, did not hit as many


and more errors. You always want to look at the error ratio with her.


Remember the early days of Serena Williams, she made lots of unforced


errors. You always looking up that numbers, that told exactly where she


was with her game. The winner of this match will face


either Johanna Konta or Cirstea. It is a pack revealed. -- packed field.


If it is Sorana Cirstea, they will have to reinforce the tennis balls


with those two! That is what is extraordinary, when


you get a close, the ball striking, the sound of it off the rackets,


they are using this updated equipment, the new strings which


gives so much more control so you can swing away and hardly miss, they


have taken full advantage of it. Ostapenko is back with us. The club


rather like the shower in my hotel room, scorching hot one moment,


touch the dials and it is freezing the next. I never quite know what


state my skin will be in from one second to the next!


There we go, the first break point opportunity in this deciding said.


Ostapenko takes her opportunity, breaks to love, leads by two games


to love. I would love you to interview her and compare her to the


shower in your hotel room, see where she goes with that! I will leave


that to you! When you prepare to play Ostapenko you might as well


practised your half volleys from the baseline, I cannot believe how many


Suarez Navarro has had to hit in this match.


Just gets a little quick with the action. If you think about a service


motion, it is very quick at the start, it builds and accept rates.


Hers starts off very quick and it quickens up. She does not have


anywhere to load the potential energy.


Did you ever have a side that you wanted your balls coming from? I was


happy that there was somebody to throw them at me. I spent a lot of


tournaments where I picked it my own balls! Particularly on Centre Court


at Eastbourne, you could not manage without the ball kids.


This venue is used to something called County Week, where the best


counties play each other, men and women, but you don't have ball boys


and ball girls, you pick your own balls up. Can you imagine, it goes


for miles. Matches take together, always tromping off to get the


balls! -- matches take forever. Suarez Navarro was practically on


Beachy head, she was so far back. She was four or five metres behind


the baseline. They do just need a camera following her facial


expressions. She will have her own reality TV show one day. The


Kardashians will be old hat very soon. At Home With The Ostapenkos


has a good ring to it! She has a brother who could get involved, her


father is a former football player, get involved.


Punishment of the short server. Suarez Navarro has broken back. 2-1


in the decider. And there is also a dog. The dog


could be At Home With The Ostapenkos. Sybil Clover has two


Yorkshire terriers who travel with her. Ostapenko's dog is a Yorkshire


terrier, she used to trouble but does not like flying. It is to stay


home. How does a dog tell you it does not like flying?! It is just


obvious, isn't it? Can't choose sedate nicely? Legally? From past


experience of flying with babies you can calm them. Can't do that with a


dog? This dog is her beloved dog. Players quite often travelled with


dogs, I think it started with Martina Navratilova, who had kadi,


Killer Dog,, it used to bite players. Martina used to have these


dogs and so did some others. Many players over the years have


travelled with dogs, they tend to be small. Handbag dogs. Serena has one.


You could not have a whopping great beast, it would need a seat. The


Ostapenko's Yorkshire terrier does not want to travel any more.


Aletta lover that stubbornness. -- a little of that stubbornness. Yes, a


family trait! If Carla can get hold of the ball,


the ideal would be to play it with an awful lot of width, because she


can play with angle, wants to get the ball low as well, just make life


uncomfortable for Ostapenko. I'm sure it's hard not to smile for


her coach. At times. You have to be more accurate with


your serving. Look at the way she got her body out of the way of the


ball. She just lets the racket head go through. I wish Heather Watson


would do that. Let those super powerful rackets do the work.


She is 100% trusts the racket. She has put all her faith in it when she


opens up and hits. Sometimes the racket face can be open, and that is


often via her ball flies long, because she hasn't had time to close


the face. Same again. Fought that point does, it means that Carla


Suarez Navarro levels up after getting the break back, so we are


locked at 2-2 in the deciding set. First match of the year on grass for


the French Open champion. Navarro suffered first-round exit on grass


in Majorca. It is not a surface that she loves particularly likes. --


that she loves or particularly likes.


There was a big screen set up in Riga in Latvia, in the town square,


for everyone to watch. Imagine, you have just turned 20 and a large part


of your country is watching you on a big screen.


It's a lot for these youngsters to take in. Simona Halep, when she


burst through a few years ago, became an overnight superstar in


Romania. That is why it is fingers crossed here for year Lane -- for


Jelena, that she can keep it together for the next few months and


get used to this status. I have a feeling that the way she has always


carried herself in juniors and her first two years on the tour, in her


head, she has always been a superstar. What is happening now is


just completely normal. It's... First little cry from Ostapenko


brings up game point. Carla Suarez Navarro is muttering to herself.


A lovely shot, that backhand from Carla Suarez Navarro. Sheepfold


Ostapenko beyond the singles tramline. -- she told Ostapenko.


There are not many places on the court where you think she cannot


pick a winner. Even if you hit the ball down the centre deep, she gets


her body out of the way so well, and she can hit winners from everywhere.


That is poor from Suarez Navarro. A rare foray to the net for Jelena


Ostapenko bears fruit. She holds serve, well and truly pumped up now.


3-2 she reads in the decider. A lot of the movement we touched on comes


back to the ballroom dancing training. Her footwork is so elegant


as she moves around the court. Balances not spoken about enough in


tennis, and how important it is. Think of Novak Djokovic, he was a


former skier, how balanced he is, and how important... Simona Halep is


another example. It has started to be more of a priority when you are


developing a young player. We have had players come from all sorts of


different sports. Angelique Kerber from swimming, Simona Halep was a


very good handball player. We have had volleyball players as well. Coco


Vandeweghe play basketball. And Carla Suarez Navarro is one of the


best football players on the tour, and a hand a basketball player. Who?


Carla Suarez Navarro. Someone had to break it to her that it might not


work out. That because of her height? She is five foot four. Yes.


It is awful to specialise too early. One player on the mend's tour played


so many sports in his teens, and it is so good to do these other things.


What would have been your sport other than tennis? Tennis was my


second sport. Swimming was my first. Oh... There have been quite a few


competitive swimmers who have had to choose. Curb had the same - swimming


and then tennis. -- Angelique Kerber. Especially when you're


younger, it is better to work on different sports because it works


different skills and areas. Being a swimmer gives your body a good


structure, and it is fantastic coordination as well. -- it is


fantastic for coordination as well. I like how Ostapenko is aggressive


on serve. She will step up, step in and say, if you drop anything


slightly short, I am on it. And she is always looking to get up the


court, very much a Venus and Serena trait. She steps forward and goes


after it, never takes a step backwards. It is a great brand of


tennis. But to play this way, you have got to back yourself, and there


is something within her, a great well of self belief, and I don't


know where that comes from, but she has got it.


A little bit of a slip, as later in the day the grass gets a little you


on it. -- a little dew on it. That is why it is good to have a long


grass court season coming into Wimbledon, because by then, your


foot pattern is right and you will make smaller steps. There is the


point and a break for Jelena Ostapenko. She got up very early


break in this second game of this deciding set. She was immediately


broken back, but as you heard, she regained the advantage and a break,


and leads 4-2. Another thing with Jelena, like all the top players,


the ones that are very comfortable at the top, she is a fantastic front


runner, loves being ahead. She doesn't quite stay with a


backhand long enough. Think of how long Novak Djokovic stays on the


ball with his arms - she is a little quick through the shop. She is a


Grand Slam champion and she is so raw still, so much to work on. And


it was her first tour- level title. Imagine when she is older - friended


you win your first title? Hers was in the French capital and it was a


Grand Slam. And her ranking tells you a lot as well, how quickly she


has moved up. They year she won the juniors at


Wimbledon, 2014, she was ranked 300 in the seniors. One year later, she


finished inside the world top 80. In her second year, top 50, and her


third year, she will be in the top ten. And we might really be looking


at a multiple slam winner here, a potential world number one. All the


big names have all progressed on that kind of trajectory.


I just love the racket drop, the absolute horror from Ostapenko - did


I do that? How could I do that? Give her 18 months, and I have a feeling


that most of that will be gone. I want it to stay. She needs to lose


that whole junior tennis gig. She has got to get that ball past is


sorted. It is so far left, she has to kick it. -- that ball toss.


Navarro said, have that, Ostapenko said, have this. That had to be a


winner. It needed to be another one metre, right over to the line,


because she was so overcommitted. That is good anticipation from


Ostapenko. Another opportunity for the Spaniard.


Another cry from the Latvian. I know we touched on the junior tennis


aspect, racket dropping, getting knocked out of her game, but we


talked about this with Nick Kyrgios in the mend's tour, how much you


knock out and how much you keep, because you have to be careful not


to lose too much of the personality, because a little bit of that is


Jelena Ostapenko. Which, in many ways, is why it has been so good


that her mother has overseen her development, because no one knows


you better than your parents, and that is absolutely key - be mother


would know how much to get onto her and how much to pull back, but she


is at an age where it will be detrimental to her tennis, and it


will be upset the locker room, and it already has. How much does that


matter? It really does matter. You don't want to have players who


really want to beat you because they think you are a pain. It doesn't


help you at all out there, and you want to have good relations so that


you players to play doubles with, to practice with as well. It is her


coping mechanism, that's all. When she is under stress, she looks to


blame the umpire, the line call, something else, someone sitting in


the stands. I don't think they will have to crack down on that too much,


and I take your point - you don't what to lose what is good. I think


it will gradually ease. -- you don't want to lose what is good. Carla


Suarez Navarro missed a couple of tournaments early in the year, hence


the dropping down in the rankings. Serving to stay in the tournament


now. Navarro has been hammered on that


area, but it has been an issue for most of her career. That serve is


just sitting up. Suarez Navarro does what she needed to do to hang on in


there summer but now a chance for the French Open champion,


20-year-old Jelena Ostapenko, to serve her way into the final 16.


That is seven double faults now for Ostapenko. Under pressure, that very


quick chin gets more jerky and speeds up -- that very quick action


gets more jerky and speeds up. What she does do when she makes big


mistakes is, she has a little complain, looks at Mum or Annabelle,


and then she resets very well. She does reset very quickly, puts things


in the past. A couple of break points for Carla


Suarez Navarro to get her back on serve, keep this match alive,


second-round encounter here in Eastbourne, Ostapenko with Rabbi in


the first round, as did the top 16 seeds, and she is number ten.


There we go, a little bit of a helping hand from Jelena Ostapenko,


but Carla Suarez Navarro will keep that because she is not heading back


to her bench to pack up her bags. She is going to take a break and


then wait to see what she can do, because we're back on server 5-4.


This guy speaks very quickly in Spanish, so he is hard to pick up.


HE SPEAKS SPANISH because you stop Jon Rahm... Keep


playing -- you stop your arm. Keep playing the point. Once you hit the


ball, close and accelerate. Chica, come on. I quite like it when the


coach leaves before the umpire calls time, because I feel that you have


to have 10-20 seconds to process what they have said, and just have


some time for yourself. Very good words from Annabel. She is


impressive. How about your Spanish? I think it was about being


aggressive and intense. That's my best guess! We're back on serve,


4-5, Suarez Navarro. Ostapenko would love to close here


will stop there is a difficult shadow on the court now, and it is


difficult when the ball comes out of the shade and into the light.


Punishing the Suarez Navarro serve once again. Whatever the scoreline,


whatever the momentum was, she just backs herself. This is such an


important match for Ostapenko, on the back of the French Open win. Her


first grass match, her first match since winning the title in Paris.


We have a first match points -- our first match points of the contest,


on the Spaniard's serve. Disappointment for Carla Suarez


Navarro, concedes the contest with a double fault, meaning the French


Open champion in her first match since winning the title in the


French capital moves on to the round 16. The final score, 6-3, 0- six,


6-4. You had us all really worried. What


is up with your like, how you doing? I am fine but during the second set


I pulled a muscle a little bit, I think. I started to feed it. It was


tough today because I did not play for a couple of weeks after the


French, and it is the first match on grass, I am really happy that I won.


Mentally, how did you reset for that third set? You are not feeling


physically great, given the second set. What did you say to yourself?


Carla is a great player and was fighting for every ball, I was


trying to fight and play every point. Obviously you had great


success at Roland Garros, we are dying to know, how did you


celebrate? Did you buy at handbag, go shopping, what? I did some


shopping and spent time with family and friends and did a celebration,


then I had to get ready for grass. It is now the grass court season,


how did you take yourself away from the win at Roland Garros mentally


and refocus for those couple of weeks? It is a completely different


servers, I think my game fits grass because I play aggressive. I just


prepared and now I am looking forward to my next match. When you


walk onto the court each time, you always have earphones in. What were


you listening to when you walked on? Some Russian music. I always listen


almost to the same song before the match, if I keep winning I keep


listening to that song. It is a lucky charm right now? Yes. Many


congratulations Jelena. Ladies and gentlemen, your lane Ostapenko!


STUDIO: The camera lies, that was last night. Blue skies. It was


barmy, fantastic. This is how it is now, it is just grim. There is a


carpet of grey hanging over Eastbourne at the moment, rain


falling down and the chances of us seeing any more played today, I


think, is pretty limited. That sounds a bit downbeat but we were


hoping to have seen Jo Konta in action, Angelique Kerber, this is


how the top half of the draw looks at the moment. As we move onto the


second quarter, some big names still to enter the fray. I suspect they


are all back at their hotels waiting for the call at the moment, but they


might think it will be tomorrow at the earliest. Without wishing to add


gloom, the forecast for tomorrow is not much better. We are not


downtrodden, we are upbeat and hoping we will see these big names


at some point over the next 48 hours or so, it is worth saying that the


women's draw here is the best I think it has ever been in the


history of the Egon classic at Eastbourne. As far as the men's


draw, it was given an unbelievable shot in the arm when Novak Djokovic


chip announced that because of the recent travails he was having, he


would play here. He has sprinkled some stardust on Eastbourne, the


crowds were out in force at first thing this morning to see him


practice. He went on court against Vasek Pospisil of Canada but only


played one game before the rain came down. He has been talking to Russell


Fuller about what it is like to be in Sussex by the sea.


Normally at this sort of time we might expect to see you at


Wimbledon, practising for the Championships next week, why have


you change your schedule and country Eastbourne? I wanted to change


things around a little bit. Challenge my routine. As you have


said, for the last seven years I have not had any leader tournament


to Wimbledon, I have had that privilege to have lots of success on


the clay courts and play a lot of matches coming into grass court


season. The decision was always to skip the Queen's or the other one


because they were too close to the end of Roland Garros. The schedule


has changed a little bit in the last couple of years, we gain an extra


week. I thought it was too early for me to play Queen's and I wanted more


time to spend with my family and to rest. But I still wanted to have a


couple of matches coming into Wimbledon. That is why I have


decided to country Eastbourne. It is not far from London, it is very


close. Playing on grass is completely different from any other


surface, it takes time to readjust your movement on the court and


everything happens very quickly. Service is probably the most


important element. I came here a bit earlier to get some practice


sessions on the surface, get myself adjusted as much as I can. I am


excited to be in a new place, I don't often get to do that. We have


pretty much the same schedule every single year over and over, it is


great to visit new places. It is a small town but everybody is excited


to come out on the courts and supports the tennis players. It is a


combined event, lots of matches on the outside court, so you can feel


the great vibe around the court. How are you feeling about your game in


general? You have been used to having so much success that we sit


up and take notice when you only make the quarterfinals at Roland


Garros, but did that defeat to Dominic Thiem affect your


confidence? It is normal to say that I am not


playing looking at my results in the last five or six months, I am not


playing at my best, I am aware of it. I had to stay positive about


myself and my game, I have to trust my capabilities to get back to the


level that I want to be in, to be able to compete for the biggest


titles in the sport. Honestly I have never experienced this particular


situation since I started playing professional tennis. I was very


fortunate to experience and upwards direction in terms of results and


improving the game. For the first time now in a stretch of seven or


eight months I have not won any big tournaments. I have been struggling


with the level of tennis. It had to happen sooner or later, I am really


glad it did because it made me start asking myself certain questions,


seeing things that may be over the last couple of years I had so much


success but I went with my head to the wall many times when I felt so


confident and I ignored the signals from my body and mind to take a bit


of a rest and be able to be rational with myself, I was not. I had lots


of success, I can't complain. I am very, very content with that. But


sooner or later I hoped it would not come, but it came, now I have to


deal with it and figure out the way, figure out all the roles in my life


and how to balance things around, how to get back on the desired


level. I am looking for the best version of myself at the moment, the


process will probably take a little bit of time and I will try to be


patient. I am not sure Eastbourne could cope with Novak Djokovic and


Andre Agassi in the same week, is there any prospect of him coming


here or, more importantly, will he be at Wimbledon? He will be in


London for Wimbledon and I look forward to spending time with him.


It is fantastic to have him as part of my team, part of my life. He is


an extraordinary person, someone that cares a lot about this sport


and about values in life, about the character features that he has been


building and nurturing for so many years. He is trying to always


emphasise the importance of knowing who you are and working on those


character features and trying to be the best version of yourself outside


and inside of the tennis lines. Every day is a lesson learned with


Andre. I have tried to use those eight or nine days we spent in


Roland Garros as best as I could, we got to know each other, shared lots


of nice things. I look forward to growing in that relationship even


more and we will see what awaits us on the court. A thoughtful, pensive


and philosophical Djokovic. Listening to that was one of the


giants of the press room of tennis for the last... I hate to think how


many decades, Richard Evans, the voice of tennis on BBC radio for so


many years. When you listen to Djokovic talking it is amazing to


think that 12 months ago he came to Wimbledon master of surveyed, almost


untouchable and unbeatable, 12 months and he seems as vulnerable on


court is off. How do you rationalise that? He achieved a lifetime


ambition, won his fourth slam, not numerically, but all four by winning


the French, which he always thought would be the most difficult. I think


it was like popping a balloon, I have done that. But then a few


personal problems crept in and he lost it mentally. Those who sat in


his press conferences like you do, month after month, we suddenly found


ourselves talking to a different guy. No longer the hard-nosed game.


He was philosophical and going off at tangents and the focus had gone.


I think he was trying to get that back that he has not yet. If he has


issues, has Andy Murray? He lost at Queen's in the first round, he


announced he would have a hip injury so he will not be playing in the


exhibition match. He might be fine but he might not. He might be going


to Wimbledon next week having played just one game of grass court tennis


of any merit since the end of last year. Where do you think he is at


the moment? He has pricked a few balloons as well. We are not sure


about Andy He looks back to his best in Paris, he was one tie break away


from getting to the French Open final, meaning he is playing good


tennis. But then the first-round loss at Queen's was a major setback


for him, I think and a shock to him. He had shingles, that is not easy to


get over. Again, after that amazing last six months of last year when he


won practically everything there was to win apart from the US Open,


including Wimbledon and retaining his gold medal in Rio, that takes so


much out of you, not just physically. The concentration and


the travelling, winning one week in Beijing, next week Shanghai, next


week Vienna. Try the travel, that would ruin most people. In between


he is getting off these aeroplanes and playing the best tennis of his


life month after month, that leaves its mark and he realises that now.


Whether he can refresh himself, I don't know, he got a hip injury. Our


colleague Kathryn Whittaker has just been speaking to Grigor Dimitrov,


who has practised with him a lot, including in December in Miami, he


says it is nothing to worry about. No one knows about Andy Murray's


body except for Andy Murray. There is a chance he can click back into


gear at Wimbledon, if he gets a couple of wins and his belt, who


knows? Talking about reinvention, Halys Roger Federer the bookmakers


favourite to win Wimbledon this year for the eighth time? It is


extraordinary. I tell you is most astounded when he won the Australian


Open, Roger Federer. He was off court for six months, he came back


and in his own mind he said it make the quarterfinals I will be doing


well. He ended up not only winning but beating Nadal over five sets in


the final, which is something he had never done before and he always felt


he could not beat Nadal over five sets. He started off in a rush


against Nadal, that is where Ivan Ljubicic, his coach who has been him


for the last year, was very good. He said to him before that match, get


rid of the mindset that you have to start fast. You can't beat this guy


in five sets. Believe it. And he did, from a break down in fifth. I


don't know if you saw it, I was common trading on Australian Open


radio, it was 4-3 with a to Nadal, certainly within ten minutes it was


the reserves... Reverse, Federer had the break. Then to win Indian Wells


and Miami, the start was unbelievable. We can't get you here


without talking about your extraordinary career in the media


watching tennis, and elsewhere, mind you. Your first Wimbledon was when?


1960, Neale Fraser beat a young redhead who had not won yet, Rob


Lever. And the best final you ever saw? Federer against Nadal? The most


intriguing, fascinating, intriguing match I saw was Arthur Ashe beating


Jimmy Connors in 1975, not just because they were in litigation,


Jimmy Connors was saving the ATP and Arthur Ashe is president of the ATP


personally, Connors was beating everybody, the locker room was


saying he was unbeatable, he had always beaten Arsenal. Arthur got


together with his team the night before and said we have got to do


something different, Arthur went out in the most important match of his


life, he knew he would never get another chance to win Wimbledon, and


he played contrary to his entire style. Instead of wham, bam, thank


you ma'am, which was his style, he's soft bald Connors to death. He gave


him a droopy drop shots and lobbed him and took all the pace off the


ball, Connors was lost because Connors fed off the pace of others.


He had such an eye that he could feed off the pace of others, when


you took that away he was helpless. It was an astounding intellectual


exercise, also being able to do it. It is not easy to go pitter patter


when you are used to hitting the ball is 100 mph. Arthur Ashe's place


in the pantheon of tennis game changers is pretty significant. I


thought we would move on to talk about the women's game, here is an


archive piece about one of the most influential women in all of sport.


How are you, good to see you? I am Fed. Wimbledon, tradition and


innovation. Combining this two gives the texture. There is something


magical about that place. I grew up dreaming and reading about


Wimbledon. I love the history, I knew every champion in singles,


doubles and mixed. When I was 17 they sent me for my first time, I


loved the intimacy and beat symmetry, I had dreams about this


since forever. I immediately fell in love with it and I thought, this is


just happen. That Centre Court is divine. My very


first match ever at Wimbledon was on Centre Court.


The fun part is when you open the doors and you start to see the


people to your left. If you look to go back, you see the Royal box. You


turn your corner and you go, that is beautiful. The worst was when you


had to turn around to the service line and do the curtsy. My God, both


of us would go, I am glad that is over.


Let's talk fashion. To see Fred Perry, he gave me four shirts and


two skirts, that is always a big deal. If you talk to the Americans,


I want to get Fred Perry! I love him, I knew he had won three


Wimbledons in a row, I know all about them. Gave me the clothes, but


the initials, we thought we had gone to heaven. You had some serious


glasses when you first came over. I still do! You only had about two


traces in the 60 's. I didn't like them but it was all they had!


I was sitting on the same court with him, still playing a little. There


was a sense of intensity to my right, I look over and it is this


kid. I go back to the fence whether coaches are sitting, what is the


name of this kid? Boris Becker. I said, I think he has got something


extra. There he is, two years later he wins


the men's singles, I could not believe it, I saw him when he was 15


and he was amazing. That is just part of a documentary


that is on Sunday at 5:20pm. 90 years on the BBC, goodness! And you


have been there for everyone, Richard! Almost. 50 years next year,


Billie Jean was at the heart of what happened as the game went from being


amateur to being open. How symbolic was that, sociological ER and


politically and how has it transformed the sport we have now?


Totally, 100%. The BBC was complicit in the whole thing, the head of BBC


sport at the time wanted to have an outdoor broadcast in colour, he went


to Herman David, chairman of the All-England Club in 1967 and


Hermannsson don't really want to get the professionals here, which was a


revolutionary thought, because the professionals were not allowed in


the gate. Jack Kramer had been signing up all the great champions.


The head of BBC sport said if you put in a professional tournament in


August, I will televise it on the BBC in colour, it will be an


experiment for us to see how it goes. Herman said, OK. He spoke to


Jack Kramer and others involved in the professional tour, they all said


yes. He got 16 of them, the best professional players who had not


been seen at Wimbledon for five, ten or 15 years, they put on a


professional tournament in August. Herman David wanted to see of the


crowd would come. Centre Court was full, Rob Lever won


it, it was amazing. Herman David had the courage to say to the tennis


world, sorry, guys, you can argue about it for as long as you like


that in 1968I am throwing the doors open to anybody who is good enough,


anybody can play at Wimbledon, and the professionals arrived, including


Billie Jean King and people we had not seen for years. It was


monumental for the game. Then, of course, things followed, as I


mention in the book. The Roving Eye. Once you start Richard, he does not


stop. We will have to stop in a moment. Top of the head, greatest


female player you have ever seen? Serena Williams, with Martina


Navratilova very close. And the men? Roger Federer, before him Lou Hope,


who gets forgotten because he was one sets... Two sets away from doing


the Grand Slam when he allowed Ken Rosewood to come back and beat him


in the final at Forest Hills. He could do anything on the tennis


court. But Roger Federer is the best all-round tennis player. You could


make a case for Rafa Nadal, for Novak Djokovic, who we have just


seen, is that how much they have won, but as a pure tennis player,


Roger Federer is unbelievable. Great to see you again, thank you so much


for coming by. Let's tell you what has been happening with Wimbledon


qualifying over last couple of hours or so. Harriet Dart of Great


Britain, it's rained when they were one set all, this happened they few


moments or so ago, the match still to be completed. If rain relents in


SW19, I think Roehampton is still south-west London? Postcodes are


very important. But it is on the BBC Apple and the website. It is on the


red button as well. Sadly one British player had a chance to


complete a much before the rain came, that was Katie Swan, who went


out in three sets, as you can see. It is all building up to next week.


Well, Britain's Jo Konta should have played this afternoon but it looks


like even though 12-macro of the covers are coming down at the


moment, even so they say no play for at least an hour, and she is a match


and a half away from coming on, so I think it is unlikely she will play.


She comes here as British number one, the fifth seed, firmly


established in the top ten of the world game. These are her thoughts


coming back to her hometown. I had been fortunate enough to have


played this tournament a few years now, I have been able to stay at


home for a few years in a row, I feel very lucky with that. I think


to be able to play in front of a home crowd and Centre Court, the


crowd Dann court is beautiful, so I'm looking forward to the


experience. I have had five great matches in Nottingham, two great


matches in Birmingham, so I feel pretty fortunate with my time on the


surface. We will be looking to stay in Eastbourne for as long as


possible. I am going into the Championships


looking to do the best that I can. I definitely will hope to make it a


full two weeks, but most importantly I will be looking to produce the


best level that I have and to really compete every single match that I


get to play. Hopefully it will be seven, that would be very nice to be


able to content with. First and foremost, it is always important to


take it one match at a time, once we get to Wimbledon Nurse my mind has


to be in Eastbourne at the moment but when we get there it will be


looking to prepare for my first round. Can you profit from the fact


there is no Serena and the field is so open? Her presence is missed, she


is a massive force in the sport, but it is important to remember that


have been Grand Slam champions alongside her over last couple of


years, it is important to give credit to those women who have been


Grand Slam champions in the last couple of years. Obviously there are


new faces this year. The depth in women's tennis is truly remarkable,


I have said that for quite some time. It showcases the level of our


sport in a really great way and shows that this is the 100 best


women at this sport in the world, that is a very positive thing to


see. For me personally, I am looking to compete well each week. Going


into every single match that we are playing I will be faced with a tough


opponent. Everyone can play at an incredibly high level on any given


day, keeping that in mind, I need to make sure that I keep improving and


I keep maximising everything that I have.


Sam Smith has replaced Richard Evans. Do you think Jo Konta might


win a Grand Slam one day? I do, and I think it might come very soon. How


soon? I think she could win the US Open. All the top players, while


Serena is away, she probably will not be back until next Wimbledon,


they are scrambling, she is out for a while, let's go for it! I


genuinely feel she can win the US Open this year. How much is her


serve the key element? Which is on form, very few people can live with


serve the key element? Which is on form, very few people can live with


her? And it is the second serve as well, it sets up the first ball. She


has great ground strokes. That is her best service for me. She is


growing in confidence, the movement is improving, the all-round game. I


think she has lots of capacity to improve quite a few aspects which


will show upon the grass, sometimes the net play is not as good as the


best in the world. It is also her, how hard-working she is and how


devoted she is to winning a slam and becoming world number one. I don't


know if you heard Richard, he said he thought Serena Williams was


probably the greatest woman tennis player of all butter might be nip


and tuck whether she would beat Martina Navratilova. Would you go


with that? On a grass court, Martina in her heyday, I was lucky or


unlucky enough to play her one of the year she win Wimbledon, it was


pretty formidable. I would love to see


pretty formidable. I would love to pretty formidable. I would love to


see that battle. Maybe some computer-generated... These days you


can do that kind of thing. Away from grass? Serena wins on...? On hard


court, I would say. It is for certain we will be back tomorrow at


1pm on BBC Two, but exactly what we will do between now and then, we are


in the lap of the gods. If the rain suddenly relents and the sun comes


back we might have some play for you, but we might not. In terms of


what this does for the draw, is this playing at anybody's hands? You


don't want to get backed up so close to Wimbledon, you know the situation


here if you are a top player, you come here and get on with it, try to


find indoor courts if you can, you relax and you deal with what is in


front of you. But then it becomes a problem if you get Tambe in Baghdad.


You might have to play two matches in a day. Get on with it! I wonder


what Novak makes of this?! I am so glad I went to... What was that


place called again?! We will be back when we are back, I am not quite


sure. As things stand at the moment, we might be back today, we might


not, but we will definitely see you tomorrow at 1pm.


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