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Shenzen Main Draw

Post by rex » Jan Sat 04, 2020 12:55 pm

Belinda Bencic (1) vs Anna Blinkova
Ying-Ying Duan (WC) (CHN) vs Zarina Diyas
Shelby Rogers vs Qualifier
Xinyu Wang (WC) vs Garbine Muguruza (6)

Qiang Wang (4) vs Ons Jabeur
Aliaksandra Sasnovich vs Qualifier
Shuai Peng vs Lin Zhu
Katerina Siniakova vs Ekaterina Alexandrova (5)

Elena Rybakina (7) vs Saisai Zheng
Sara Sorribes Tormo vs Yafan Wang
Sorana Cirstea vs Xiyu Wang (WC)
Lesya Tsurenko vs Elise Mertens (3)

Shuai Zhang (8) vs Magda Linette
Kateryna Bondarenko vs Misaki Doi
Kristyna Pliskova vs Qualifier
Qualifier vs Aryna Sabalenka (2)

Looking at a final between the two top seeds.....

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Re: Shenzen Main Draw

Post by Graveller » Jan Sat 04, 2020 3:58 pm

In the PGame: Last year winner was Graveller.

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Re: Shenzen Main Draw

Post by Graveller » Jan Tue 07, 2020 4:37 am

the loss of my uWP Bencic in her R1, together with Sabalenka going out early was a bad waking up....
But Mertens and Rybakina moving into the QF compensated for that :-) . And one will move into the SF as they meet in the next round. Difficult to pick one. Brain says Mertens, but I want Rybakina to win: she needs a win to get into the top32 (and seeded status at the AO?).

Will be hard to retain my title with a uWP-punishment. Will have to come up with some daring predictions in the SF and/or F.
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Re: Shenzen Main Draw

Post by Ace2Ace » Jan Tue 07, 2020 8:40 am

I rarely pick a uWP for this kind of draw.
This week, I got my usual Serena in Auckland. Then I challenged myself to go with Osaka in Brisbane.
Both won their first matches. So far so good.

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Re: Shenzen Main Draw

Post by Graveller » Jan Thu 09, 2020 4:39 am

Followed my brain, but should have followed my heart and picked Rybakina.

she is into the SF, and currently on #32 in the live rankings. But she will lose that spot if she loses her SF: #33 and #34 are Alexandrova and Muguruza, and that happens to be the other SF.
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Re: Shenzen Main Draw

Post by Graveller » Jan Fri 10, 2020 4:01 am

OK, Rybakina into the final! Now win the whole thing please.

I see that she is scheduled to be in Hobart (seed #2, with Mertens as seed #1). A good thing: this is the first time that her ranking in high enough to actually play these WTA-events, so better to take advantage and collect points as a basis for a stable ranking.
Some would say that resting for the AO is better, but if you lose early, you end up with hardly playing in 3-4 weeks at the start of the season.
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Re: Shenzen Main Draw

Post by sekasi » Jan Fri 10, 2020 8:24 am

Graveller wrote:
Jan Fri 10, 2020 4:01 am
OK, Rybakina into the final! Now win the whole thing please.
I don't believe I have watched a Rybakina match, I am paying attention because she is on your radar.

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Re: Shenzen Main Draw

Post by Graveller » Jan Sat 11, 2020 4:26 am

sekasi wrote:
Jan Fri 10, 2020 8:24 am
I don't believe I have watched a Rybakina match, I am paying attention because she is on your radar.
She is on my radar since St.Peterburg 2018 where I saw 3 of her matches (she was ranked outside the Top200 as teenager). Being from Kazachstan, she did not get any wildcards after that (you need to be from a bigger country to get those, or have the right connections/coaches- talent has nothing to do with that). so she had to fight her way up via ITF etc... once she broke the top 100 last year, it went fast (as expected): some semi's, some finals, incl her first WTA title. Ended #36.

First important event where she got direct MD access was Wuhan last year, and she got to the QF (beating Halep along the way).
So his year she will have access to the MD of all major events for the first time, and will even be seeded. So I expect her in the top 20 very soon.
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