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Posted: Mar Fri 16, 2018 7:25 am       
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SF:
Blinkova vs Kuzmova
Kostyuk vs Kalinskaya

it's Power Players' derby !!!!!
     


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Posted: Mar Sat 17, 2018 12:04 am       
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Final:
Kuzmova vs Kalinskaya

Two smart bomb throwers. These two should be playing WTA events, not ITF.
Kuzmova once more, one win away from the top-100. It's gonna  happen, here or at the next tournament. Smile
     


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Posted: Mar Sat 17, 2018 1:38 am       Re:2018 ITF General talks
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If Kuzmova wins the final she'll be in the top-100 at 98th.

Wanted to watch her match this evening, but there were so many sports events occurring simultaneously (Venus and Naomi), college hoops and the NBA (Heat v Lakers and Philly v the Nets), my attention span was severely divided. Caught a few points of her semi but that's all. (Russian stream is very effective).

Too bad tourneys don't give WCs to promising players beyond the host nation for the most part. Miami is the exception, but they appear to be IMG sponsored players for their event. Would like to see Kuzmova get a WC to Charleston (qualies at least) where the draw is more than decent and compete with the other promising youngsters. Oh well.....she'll be a solid Tour mainstay soon, nevertheless.
     
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Posted: Mar Sat 17, 2018 12:10 pm       
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Agree.. Kuzmova could do some damage in Charleston. Not sure how she plays on clay though. But her backhand short angled cross-court is devastating for any opponent. That shot should be effective on any surface... The serve and the forehand are a nightmare at those ITF... Will they be as potent on the WTA tour? Lots of questions.

One win away from the top-100. But her opponent, Kalinskaya is no small tasks. This match could go either way.
I am OK with Kalinskaya winning. I like her game too.

The other bomb thrower, Zanevska, got injured in the QF and withdrew. I hope it's nothing serious.
     


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Posted: Mar Sun 18, 2018 12:36 pm       
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Kuzmova won the tournament in Singles... and in Doubles where she paired with Kalinskaya, the girl she beat in the Final.

The first set was strange though.

First 4 games were a typical Kuzmova show. Winners from everywhere on the 2nd or 3rd shot. Big Serve and ROS.. She quickly moved to 4-0 in 5 seconds.. lol lol.. That was fun to watch. I could smell the bagel from here.

Then some spectators started making noises as she was serving for 5-0... people talking, kids crying.. umpire's repeated calls were in vain.. Kuzmoza got interrupted multiple times by the crying kids and stuff when she was trying to serve... She got frustrated and the strange thing happened. Girl lost focus completely. Was not even bending her knees to hit the balls.. like she was ready to just quit and go home. I swear it was like every ball was hit long or in the net, without any kind of effort. strange.

You can't just quit like that. As a pro, you got to be able to adjust to all the noises... . I almost turned it off, disgusted by the attitude. She lost the next 5 games spraying the ball everywhere but on the court.

Serving at 4-5, somehow she decided not to lose. She started playing again and won the next 3 games. 7-5 .. It's like she was winning it or losing it, although her opponent was hitting some nice winners but that didn't matter much.

Videos started going really bad at the start of the 2nd set so I turned it off. It was hard to watch.
Nice to see this morning she won that 2nd set 6-3. But, girl, you can't pack your bag and go home because of noises. Got to stay focus and play on.

She now enters the top-100 at #98 in the LIVE Ranking. But I don't think she'll be there after Miami. She is not playing next week. I think a few girls on the outskirt of the top-100 will overtake her.. But I have no doubt she'll get back after her next tournament.

Congratulation Lady Kuz...!!! ... !!!
You should build your residence in District Top-100.. Time to get out of the ITF jungle.
     


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Posted: Mar Sun 18, 2018 12:44 pm       Re:2018 ITF General talks
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Tried watching Kuzmova's match last night, but the stream was terrible. Gave up.......

As far as current "live" ranking, one "live" ranking site has Kuzmova at 98th after her title, which is what I went with, while Coric's live ranking site has her at 106th. Who to believe? Yet, it's only a matter of time this talent is in the top-100 and staying.

     
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Posted: Mar Sun 18, 2018 12:49 pm       
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Yup. The "Domination" girl should worry about running into girls like Kuzmo in R1. Smile Smile
The upset threat is real.
     
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Posted: Mar Mon 19, 2018 1:41 pm       
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Ace2Ace wrote:
After adding Kuzmova to my 2018 new top-100 playres list, I am selecting two new fine players: Jill Teichmann and Rebecca Peterson.

I watched Peterson's match yesterday. She was good. Today, she was even better. Such a clean ball striker. Great serve( 8 aces vs 0 for Puig), very well calibrated powerful ground strokes. ..Doesn't spray at all... Plays a pretty clean game. Great defense. Excellent movement..
Very nice to see these girls take matter in their own hands instead of pushing and waiting for errors.
...
Peterson is making her move. Now in QR2, playing Bouchard next.
Sorry for the young Canadian.
     


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Posted: Mar Tue 20, 2018 1:27 pm       
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Never lied..
Sorry for the young Canadian. Peterson moves on. 6-4 6-3. Told you.
     
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Posted: Mar Mon 26, 2018 6:27 pm       
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France: $60,000 Croissy-Beaubourg
Kuzmova enters the Doubles with another lethal ball striker Zanevska.  Missed it. It's rather with Kalinskaya, another 19-year old power babe. Still gonna be hot.

In Singles, I expect Kuzmo to run into bomb thrower Ocean Dodin in the SF.
But Anna Blinkova could stop Dodin in the QF.
Blinkova vs Dodin should be a tough one.
     


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Posted: Mar Tue 27, 2018 9:52 am       
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Heard Kuzmo lost ... Sad Sad
Have no clue what happened... Injured? sick? boyfriend? lol lol
big upset. Dodin should walk to the Final.
     
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Posted: May Thu 10, 2018 7:43 pm       Re:2018 ITF General talks
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Kuzmova is into the quarters at the ITF 100k in Cagnes-Sur-Mer, France. Match-ups with Andrea Petkovic tomorrow at about 9:30 a.m. stateside (MW). Will be watching.....

Watched some of her match this morning against Paolini, who is a nice player. I'll just say I love her game, better game and talent than my young fav in Osaka. Not as passionate yet, but it's getting there.
     
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Posted: May Thu 10, 2018 8:38 pm       
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yes.. I was watching Halep vs Pliskova when looking around, I saw kuzmova was on. Had to tune in. Love to watch this girl.

First set 3-3 ... big match. big shots.. big points.. Power babes... the way I  like it.
Paolini with her small frame can really hit powerful winners. I like her.  Her problem is that she never comes forwards behind her big shots to end the point. When she adds that to her game, she'll stun a few top players now and then.

Of a sudden Kuzmona could not find the court.. spraying left and right while Paolini had no mercy. Paolini goes up 5-3, serving for the set.
Then Kuzmova wakes up and wins the next 4 games. Her cross-court backhand is devastating; 7-5.
Then I had to leave...

Petkovic is not going to be an easy match-up because she can be a brick wall some times. If Kuzmo's bombs are not lending like when she was going down in that first set against Paolini, forget it.

I think she'll enter the top-100 if she beats Petko. But this has been a problem. Every time she needs to win just 1 match to enter the top-100, she finds a way to lose. So, crossing fingers.
     


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Posted: May Thu 10, 2018 9:24 pm       
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@ Ace2Ace:
 
Viktoria can handle Andrea, for Andrea's game is just basic. Nothing behind her predictable redirection of baseline tennis. Expecting Viktoria to prevail. If not, plenty of time to reach the top-100, tho' I'm expecting top-50 by year's end.
     
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Posted: May Thu 10, 2018 9:41 pm       Re:2018 ITF General talks
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I have been burned a couple of times by my new girls. The way she loses sometime is puzzling.
So I'll just stick to top-100, which is a few steps away.
But yes, I expect her to become a regular in WTA events.. She's got big shots, big serves and beautiful drop shots out of nowhere.
Needs a good coach to enrich that uranium. Smile Smile

Rocking the red top:

     


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