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Posted: Feb Sat 24, 2018 11:23 am       
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A shame that she got bageled in set #2 (score does not reflect many of the great rallies and points), but Svitolina deserved the win here.

A final between two fave's is always a bit weird, but at least you like he winner Smile


Both now can rest for two week before playing R2 of IW.... Hoping to see both having a deep run there too.
     

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Posted: Feb Sat 24, 2018 11:40 am       
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@ Graveller:
  Let's hope not and the 'bye' sends them packing for Miami.
     


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Posted: Feb Sat 24, 2018 7:17 pm       
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Posted: Feb Sun 25, 2018 9:12 am       
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did anyone watch this match? I can't even find pictures of her holding the trophy.
If anyone got some, please post them here so we can add one to the front page.
     
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Posted: Feb Sun 25, 2018 4:04 pm       
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I didn't realized I selected Barthel over Cibulkova... That was a mistake. I saw it after the round was closed. Then I thought, "well, I hope Barthel wins". Sad
Had I not forgotten to update that prediction, I would have won Bucarest with Graveller. We had the same number of points in every round except that SF.
Uytvanck was superb this week... Is she an indoor queen? Her serve was on all tournament long. She was the only one who could have stopped young Kuzmova .... If Indian Wells was not as slow as French Open, I would give Uytvanck some chances of making the QF at least, with that game.
Hate all those slow Hard Court surfaces. They are pushers' paradise. Help them tremendously move up the ranking.
     


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Posted: Feb Sun 25, 2018 4:28 pm       
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She won't have to play Qualifiers at the next Slam... She'll be solidly a top-100 player by the deadline.


23 aces vs Kenin? Ridiculous. (these 2 youngsters are about to take their rightful place in the top-100)
     


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Posted: Feb Mon 26, 2018 10:19 am       
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ATP Dubai: just watched Haase vs Halys.
In the thread on young ATP players, I mentioned yesterday that I once started to follow Halys as a teenager, but he went off my radar. A few hour later I saw that he qualified for the Dubai MD. So decided to watch this match.

Haase won 7-5 2-6 6-4, but it could have gone the other way as Halys was leading 0-2 in the third and came back to 4-4 after being 4-2 down. And he had opportunities in virtually every game, but Haase played really well too.

Halys is tall, and his forehand and serve are top30. Really good forehand that generates more than decent pace. Also able to switch from defense to offense without making too many errors (even if he redirects the ball at the same time). Quite swift-handed at the net too.

Big minus-point seemed to be his BH: I remember a decent number of UE's with the BH, and his BH strikes are less penetrating. I noticed at least three times that Haase played to his BH and came to the net. I was expecting a powerful passing shot everytime (CC or DTL), but neither power or placement were there, so Haase could finish the point at the net.
So I started to pay more attention on his BH - a two-handed backhand by the way - and altough I am not a tennis coach, I fear that this part of his game needs retooling if he wants to get anywhere. Imo, a top player attacking his backhand would crush him 6-1 6-0.
I love a perfectly executed one-handed BH (what do you expect from a Henin-groupie Smile ), so seeing this two-handed shot started to annoy me. Frustrating to see that a player with a powerful serve (he has his length - 6'3") and crushing FH delivers a BH like that.

Currently ranked around #100, turned 21 a few moths ago.

Junior slam career: 3 doubles finals, incl 1 title, and 1 singles slam final: he has talent (I like his point construction too), but at this point in time I fear that it's not gonna happen anytime soon: I feel like it would be watching a decent F1 car with one flat tyre...
     


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Posted: Feb Tue 27, 2018 5:03 pm       
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Both Pouille and Khachanov won their R1 so they meet again in R2; a repeat of last sunday’s final...

Take revenge, Pouille!!
     

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Posted: Feb Wed 28, 2018 9:34 am       
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revengeeee!!!!

Pouile beats Khachanov. Again a close 3-setter, but in the end it was Pouille who took the match Smile

These two are gonna meet each other a lot in their career. I still see Pouille as future top 5, and so is Khachanov.
     

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Posted: Feb Wed 28, 2018 11:09 am       
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A week like this is ideal for me to focus on ATP... bee nkeeping an ey on the Tsitsipas vs Kohlschreiber match...

The youngster close to a victory: 5-3 in the third....

An I want Kohlschreiber to lose: he just destroyed a racquet to pieces because he missed a shot (by miles, I must say); such a bad example for young players. He just got a warning, but as far as I am concerned, they can punish that behaviour with a game point. Some parents whose kids play tennis are not that wealthy, and you do not want kids starting to copy this (because they see it on tv).


Edit: mission accomplished for Stefanos: he is into the QF!

On a day like this - when seeing Pouille, Tsitsipas and Khachavov playing the way they did - I know that ATP will remain interesting for me in a post-Federer era Smile
     


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Posted: Mar Thu 01, 2018 4:50 am       
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QF today for the ATP in Dubai...

Looked at the live-ranking, and to my surprise, Pouille will enter the top10 if he wins this event.

And being the highest seed left (and his current form), that is not unlikely to happen.
And even if he fails in Dubai: he only won 1 match in IW/Miami combined in 2017: a lot of points to be gained in March for him.
     

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