July 27th, 2012 by Helen
This week I was at the Athletes’ Village where I was photographing the Team Welcome Ceremonies.
The National Youth Theatre were performing the Team Welcome Ceremonies. Every country competing was welcomed into the village with a half hour show – each one was a mixture of performance and ceremony. Every country exchanged gifts with the Mayor of the Village; had their national anthem played and had their flag raised. At the beginning and the end the actors sang, danced, recited poetry and acted – and as you can see from the pictures it was an energetic and flamboyant event.
One of the Team Welcome Ceremonies I covered was the arrival of Team GB. Lots of politicians and athletes had come to support Team GB. I grabbed a shot of boxer Aamir Khan with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and some of the NYT actors.
HRH Princess Anne, Dame Kelly Holmes and actor Adrian Lester, formerly an NYT member, were in attendance. Please click on the thumbnails to see larger images.
Team GB were out in force. Andy Murray and the tennis team were in attendance, as were Nicola Adams and many of the boxers.
An actor leaps from the stage watched by the athletes from Team GB.
June 21st, 2009 by Helen
I have spent the past week in Eastbourne working at the AEGON International tennis tournament.
Caroline Wozniacki beat Virginie Razzano 7-6 7-5 to become the 2009 AEGON International Women’s Champion.
Danish superstar Caroline Wozniacki is only 18, yet this is already her 5th WTA victory. Currently ranked 9th in the world, she is tipped by many to be a future great.
Virginie Razzano put up a real fight in the final. The Frenchwoman, ranked 27th in the world played excellent tennis all week and in the second round had knocked the number 1 seed Elena Dementieva.
In the semi-finals Razzano played fellow French player Marion Bartoli. Bartoli retired during the match with an injured thigh, but she was booed by the crowd when she refused to shake Razzano’s hand.
The men’s Champion was world number 27 Dmitry Tursunov. I was at the tennis for the WTA, so I mainly covered the women’s tennis, but I managed to photograph several of the men’s matches, including the final.
The Russian number 2 seed, beat Canada’s Frank Dancevic 6-3 7-5 to win the AEGON International.
Frank Dancevic went through the qualifiers at Eastbourne to get into the main draw. Ranked number 127 in the world, Dancevic knocked out top seed Igor Andreev in the first round.
June 19th, 2009 by Helen
I am spending the week in Eastbourne, photographing the tennis at the AEGON International. The women’s competition attracted 7 of the top 11 players in the world, but lots of the seeds were knocked out quite early on.
The number 4 seed and world number 7, Vera Zvonareva was defeated by France’s Amelie Mauresmo in the first round, 6-3 1-6 6-3.
Amelie Mauresmo then played Russian Qualifier Ekaterina Makarova in the second round. Despite hitting some amazing shots, the former Wimbledon and US Open Champion Mauresmo lost 7-6 7-6.
Another top seed to depart was this year’s French Open Champion Svetlana Kuznetsova. The Russian second seed and world number 5 was beaten 6-0 6-3 by Canada’s Aleksandra Wozniak.
Centre Court at The AEGON International.
With Wimbledon the following week, many players don’t like to take any risks with injuries. World number 10 Nadia Petrova was forced to retire with an injury during her second round match with Vera Dushevina, at the time she was leading 5-7 1-0.
This year is the first year that Eastbourne has held a men’s tournament as well as a women’s one. Being a new competition it doesn’t have the turnout of the top male players that the women’s competition has, but it did have many British stars. Here Britain’s number two tennis player, Alex Bogdanovic, hits a forehand against Russia’s Dmitry Tursunov. Bogdanovic narrowly lost the match 7-6 4-6 7-6.
Serbian player Janko Tipsarevic was beaten 6-4 3-6 6-3 in the quarter finals by Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.
June 17th, 2009 by Helen
This week I am in Eastbourne photographing the AEGON International. I have been shooting a variety of games but here are a few of the highlights:
World number 6 Jelena Jankovic was shocked by Anna Chakvetadze in the first round, in a close run game Chakvetadze won 6-7 6-3 6-2.
Russia’s Maria Kirilenko lost 6-2 6-2 in her first round tie with Elena Dementieva.
Most of the time I photograph the players courtside, but I am able to move around the stadium and get some different angles. This is an image of Maria Kirilenko serving during her opening match.
World number 13 Ana Ivanovic from Serbia, had a tough opening match against world number 10 Nadia Petrova. Petrova won 6-1 4-6 6-4.
Top seed and world number 4 Elena Dementieva
Japan’s Ai Sugiyama lost 6-7 7-5 6-4 in her opening match against Vera Dushevina.
I will continue to blog about the tennis throughout the week.