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It's gonna be a nice YEC2019

Post by Graveller » Oct Mon 21, 2019 5:11 am

An early thread - I know - but looking forward to next week.

For me, there is only one finalist that is not that appealing to me: Pliskova. But she definitely deserved to be here. And she has a type of game that is rather different than that of the 7 others.

With players like Barty, Osaka, Bencic and Andreescu, we have 50% of the field filled with young players that many of us expected to be here a few years ago (maybe not so much Andreescu for me as she was under my radar - sometimes we fail to spot a talented youngster).

Kvitova at her best is a pleasure to watch - my problem with her is that she only is at her best for 30-40% of the season.
Svitolina has been on team Graveller for 5-6 years, so no complaining here, and so was Halep (even longer) as I love her clay-game.

Looking forward to the groups. A group with the 4 "young" players is actually a possibility!
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Re: It's gonna be a nice YEC2019

Post by Zalvar » Oct Mon 21, 2019 12:16 pm

Totally agree! The YEC for the women and the men are pretty exciting. Can't wait for both. Although ... west coast TV viewing for both tournaments will be a killer. Too damn late ;_;

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Post by Grossefavourite » Oct Mon 21, 2019 3:10 pm

Just nice. Serena should've made an effort after USO to qualify and then it would be exciting to see her challenge her top rivals for AO20 back to back over a short period of time. Every match with Serena is a potential final in AO20. Oh, well... As it is, the only match I'm interested in is Naomi/Bianca. A Belinda/Bianca revenge match has some potential given how unimpressed Belinda was with Bianca at the USO.

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Post by Ace2Ace » Oct Wed 23, 2019 1:39 pm

Naomi got this in the bag.
But Andreescu needs to take off that Romanian gypsy bracelet. :) :)

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Re: It's gonna be a nice YEC2019

Post by Graveller » Oct Thu 24, 2019 4:52 am

Hmm, since the AO, Naomi has a 2:3 W:L record against her YEC-opponents:
two straight set losses vs Bencic
a 3-set loss vs Bencic
two 3-set wins (vs Barty and Andreescu)
(She won vs Pliskova, Svitolina and Kvitova at the AO)

So it i not like she has had a lot of matches against the top10 in the last 7-8 months...
For me, this is a very open event, with no front-runners, and with all participants as potential winner (apart from Pliskova, they all won a slam and/or won the YEC).
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Re: It's gonna be a nice YEC2019

Post by Ace2Ace » Oct Thu 24, 2019 10:49 am

All that H2H doesn't matter. Most happened when Osaka was searching for her soul after splitting with Guru Sasha Bajin. The Haitian Voodoo Queen will destroy the competition. Only the Romanian Gypsy Witch could give her a bit of trouble. The rest are no competition in crunch time.
Let's go for the biggest Demolition Derby in empty stadiums, Fraulein Naomi.

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Post by Grossefavourite » Oct Thu 24, 2019 11:42 am

Elite Trophy starts today.

Azalea Group
No.1 Kiki BERTENS (NED)
No.8 Donna VEKIC (CRO)
No.10 Dayana YASTREMSKA (UKR)

Camellia Group
No.2 Sofia KENIN (USA)
No.7 Alison RISKE (USA)
No.11 Karolina MUCHOVA (CZE)

Orchid Group
No.3 Madison KEYS (USA)
No.5 Petra MARTIC (CRO)
WC ZHENG Saisai (CHN)

Rose Group
No.4 Aryna SABALENKA (BLR)
No.6 Elise MERTENS (BEL)
No.9 Maria SAKKARI (GRE)

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Post by Ace2Ace » Oct Thu 24, 2019 12:04 pm

That whatever Trophy should be banned. It cheapens the YEC.
You either qualify for the YEC or you don't. There shouldn't be something on the side, giving away free points.
I want to hate that Canadian Tracy woman who made all this mess. But I am immunized against hating. :( ... Blame the nurse.

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Post by Zalvar » Oct Thu 24, 2019 2:53 pm

Seriously. Zhuhai idea sucks. Can't wait till it's over. They should do a next gen girl version :D

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Post by Grossefavourite » Oct Fri 25, 2019 9:30 am

Red Group

Ashleigh Barty (Australia) 1
Naomi Osaka (Japan) 3
Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) 6
Belinda Bencic (Switzerland) 7

Purple Group

Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) 2
Bianca Andreescu (Canada) 4
Simona Halep (Romania) 5
Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) 8

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Re: It's gonna be a nice YEC2019

Post by Graveller » Oct Fri 25, 2019 2:38 pm

Great draw, with some great pairings...
Halep and Andrescu never played each other, and Bianca has a 1-0 H2H against the two others.

Bencic and Barty also never played against each other...

I think it is rare to have 2 matches at the YEC that are first-time encounters. No idea how they will deal with each other.

Best YEC in years...
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Re: It's gonna be a nice YEC2019

Post by Graveller » Oct Fri 25, 2019 2:57 pm

Dress-wise (I usually stay FAR away from such topic, but I am in a special mood today):
Top marks for Belinda and Pliskova
The leather top from Svitolina would make my head turn, but the trousers make me wanna run away
Halep and Kvritova: NOOOOOOO.... Especially Petra: the dress / make-up combo is a cliche of my vision of a typical Eastern European pr*stit*te... no no no no...

Ps: why is Naomi wearing a wedding dress?
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Re: It's gonna be a nice YEC2019

Post by rex » Oct Fri 25, 2019 2:57 pm

Indeed it is a nice YEC with no dominant player and with most of the players on the cusp of their prime (Elina, Naomi, Belinda and Ashleigh), the oldest being Petra K. and complimented with established vets like Simona and Karolina.

As far as the event, from the Red Group don't know who prevails. Belinda owns Naomi, but I don't think she can dismiss Petra. Ashleigh is fluid.... Petra K......game day and the match always tells, unpredictable still even at age 29.... Yet, imo, the matchups from this group are the most interesting and will be watching this group regardless of hour. However, if TC+ is carrying same I can always watch the replays, instead of losing sleep.....

From the Purple Group, I believe Bianca prevails....

Who champions? Don't know, but leaning towards Bianca. Yet, at her best Petra, but she's currently error-prone and too skinny, reducing her power to finish for her winners are down in the 20's, as opposed to the 40's and more when she had weight...

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Re: It's gonna be a nice YEC2019

Post by Graveller » Oct Fri 25, 2019 3:02 pm

Yes, Belinda has had 3wins vs Osaka this year, but a poor H2H vs Petra. But as Rex said, Petra is not at her peak atm.
Not picking group winners. Just gonna enjoy the event as much as possible
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