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Netherlands...maindraw...

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Post by Ace2Ace » Jun Wed 13, 2018 11:57 am

Too bad can't watch my girl fighting.
I see she is up a break in the 3rd.
Hope she prevails.. this is tough.

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Post by Ace2Ace » Jun Wed 13, 2018 12:02 pm

Kuzmo holds 3-1 after bunch of Deuces.. Keep fighting.

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Post by rex » Jun Wed 13, 2018 12:05 pm

It's a very tough match, Ace. Tho' Viktoria is up a break and on serve at 3-2, don't know who'll prevail. Vikotria's last service game went to deuce, while Alison held at love.

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Post by rex » Jun Wed 13, 2018 12:11 pm

Viktoria holds, then breaks Alison, coming back from 0-30. Now, serving for the match (surprised). But, Viktoria was up 5-2 in the 2nd and Alison came back, sending the set into the breaker. Hope the same scenario doesn't occur in this set.
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Post by rex » Jun Wed 13, 2018 12:18 pm

Viktoria's service game went to deuce but she prevails to move into the qtrs, apparently avenging a loss to Alison in the semis at Budapest. Nevertheless, a nice win in a tough match against a very good opponent.

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Post by Ace2Ace » Jun Wed 13, 2018 12:21 pm

Excellent !!!! This girl shouldn't be playing ITF. She can hold her own inside the top-100.
Well done!
Who's next? another Belgian? Graveller will be watching. :) :)

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Post by rex » Jun Wed 13, 2018 12:29 pm

Viktoria gets the winner of Lottner v Mertens. I like Lottner a lot and I can't believe she hasn't cracked the top-100 at age 21. She has top-50 talent and game, but is on the too thin side for my tastes. I believe Viktoria can handle Mertens. Lottner is a question mark for me, tho' ranked 139th, which I don't go by once I've seen the player's game. Hope the match isn't at 4 or 5 a.m.., for I duly want to witness both the Lottner/Merten's match and either's subsequent match with Viktoria.
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Post by Ace2Ace » Jun Wed 13, 2018 12:36 pm

Agree on Lottner. Witthoeft is the same kind of inconsistent talent.
Both Lottner and Mertens will give Kuzmo a different kind of match-up. But Kuzmo's serve should be demoralizing enough to put her on top.
Yup, nice matches coming up.

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Post by rex » Jun Wed 13, 2018 1:00 pm

Vickey's serve is a weapon indeed, but Lottner also has a more than decent serve. Her arm action from either side is what I'm impressed with. It's very fluid and dynamic, can light you up from the baseline, in addition to coming forward often on approach shots or deep balls, and volleying at the net. Moves quite well at 6'1, but the scrawniness is what I don't like. With more weight on her body, putting power in her groundstrokes, she can do some damage on this Tour. Yet, there is some sloppiness that she can grow out of, plus having self-belief that I think she's lacking. Love watching her play.  I'm really hoping Lottner prevails, for I want to see Viktoria and Antonia match-up.....
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Post by Ace2Ace » Jun Wed 13, 2018 1:14 pm

Lottner sometimes forgets to come forwards to finish points. I don't know why. When she plays that dynamic, mobile tennis, she is pretty efficient. It's as if she doesn't trust her best game enough.
This is where a good coach can make a huge difference.
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Post by rex » Jun Wed 13, 2018 1:25 pm

Well...all players have lapses. It's just you don't want to have those recurring lapses that can cost one a match. Antonia is just 21 and hasn't done much. Yet, the more she plays, the more habit-forming it will be for her to naturally react and execute on short balls, while point-constructing on her offensive end that she does well. She does a lot of good things, while still being in developmental mode....#ed_op#br#ed_cl##ed_op#br#ed_cl#The way she plays tennis one can tell she's been coached, for she just doesn't stay rooted to the baseline like Naomi, Sloane and Simona to name a few. Her game has a lot of creativity. Yet, remain perplexed that she hasn't cracked the top-100 with what she has. Will follow her more closely to understand why....love her game.
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Post by Ace2Ace » Jun Wed 13, 2018 2:40 pm

C.Vandeweghe vs [A.Riske vs. F.Stollar]
V.Kudermetova vs. A.Krunic

[A.Sabalenka vs A.Tomljanovic] vs [K.Flipkens vs K.Bertens]
V.Kuzmova vs [A.Lottner vs E.Mertens]

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Post by Ace2Ace » Jun Wed 13, 2018 7:37 pm

For those who wonder why we love this youngster's game, here she is, playing Kasatkina. Kuzmova, ranked #122, should have won in 2 straight sets. She hit a couple a crucial points back to Kasatkina instead of hitting the open court to the balls away.#ed_op#br#ed_cl##ed_op#br#ed_cl##ed_op#iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mt7jx3SbWe0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0"#ed_cl##ed_op#/iframe#ed_cl#
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Post by rex » Jun Thu 14, 2018 4:45 pm

The suspension of their match due to rain today has caused the winner of Lottner/Mertens to play 2 matches tomorrow.

http://wtafiles.wtatennis.com/pdf/draws/2018/822/OP.pdf
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Post by Ace2Ace » Jun Thu 14, 2018 6:25 pm

She got to work on her stamina. In the video above, her serve was devastating in the first set.
Towards the end of the 2nd set, she was going for placement. The power was barely there. Coach got to work on that.

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