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Re: Dubai.....Ladies

Post by Graveller » Feb Thu 20, 2020 4:38 am

Watchnig Rybakina vs Pliskova; the type of opponents that R. needs imo. and she is holding up OK so far, got broken at 3-*2, but responded with a rebreak. So back on serve.

Not expecting her to beat a second top10 player in 3 days (espactially after St.Pete), but good to see her keeping up so far.
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Re: Dubai.....Ladies

Post by Graveller » Feb Thu 20, 2020 4:43 am

Rybakina had a BP, but Pliskova managed to hold... 5-4*...

It is like watching "Frozen"... two ice-queens on the court :-)
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Re: Dubai.....Ladies

Post by Graveller » Feb Thu 20, 2020 4:57 am

First set TB; first blood for Rybakina with a break right at the start, and consolidating... 3-0* TB...

Edit#1... more blood... triple break lead! *5-0....

Edit #2: *6-0... six set points for Rybakina

Edit #3: Pliskova postponed the execution shortly, but sill lost the TB 7-1.... well well, She is learning fast and it seems she can compete with the top player already...
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Post by Graveller » Feb Thu 20, 2020 5:34 am

And Rybakina on a roll now with the early break in set #2... 7-6 *4-1.

Her first serve is not as good as usual, is seems; she needs a lot of 2nd serves but Pliskova cannot (yet) take advantage of it. She had BP in the last game, but Rybakina saved it.
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Post by Graveller » Feb Thu 20, 2020 5:39 am

Rybakina wants to force it and makes too many UE's... should have been 5*1.
Plikvoa handed her two BPs by hitting a smash nito the net (she had all the time and two corners to pick from, and messed up). But Elena tried to force the winners, it seems, and Pliskova managed to hold... *4*2 now...

I hope she won't regret this game later... :-(

Edit: She holds!! 7-6 5-2*... winning one of the next three games and she in into the SF once more....
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Re: Dubai.....Ladies

Post by Graveller » Feb Thu 20, 2020 5:54 am

And she does it... what an ice-queen :-) (in a good way, acutally)... serving for the match, 0-30 down with total absence of a decent first serve.... and then Plikova hits a second serve wide (15-30), and then three outstanding first serves, three points in a row, GSM....
And she beats the #3 in straight sets. And walks to the net as if it is to most normal thing in the world. no drama, no joy, simply 'job done'.

What I like, is how she refuses to use here great power all the time. She uses it - with precision - when it is needed. Like at 40-40 in the last game when she unleashed her power on the weak first-serve-return from Pliskova.
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Re: Dubai.....Ladies

Post by djmm1962 » Feb Thu 20, 2020 9:41 am

I said oh, this is a new Rybakina, lol. Good job!!

Garbine messed up and let slimmed down Brady take it ~ I'm pushing for Sabalenka now against Simona (TC switched to Medvevdev)!!

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Re: Dubai.....Ladies

Post by Graveller » Feb Thu 20, 2020 9:49 am

Well, I'll stick with Rybakina in this event, and would like a F against either Halep/Sabalenka.

The cancellation of WTA-Debrecen was a blessing for her: two top10 wins already.

After this week, she is sheduled for Doha (I cannot see her having another deep run; at some point fatigue will set in), then two weeks of rest (on paper only one week, but the seeds in IW & Miami only start in R2 at the end of the first week)
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Re: Dubai.....Ladies

Post by Ace2Ace » Feb Thu 20, 2020 10:06 am

Congratulation !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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