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Jelena rights the ship and serves a candy cane in the 2nd. Nothing Cori could do about it, for her power is too much for Cori at 15. Yet, I don't know how the 3rd will unfold for Jelena can go easily off the rails, self-imploding. It's on Jelena's racquet to determine whether she wins or loses.
Nope.... now......Jelena can come back for she clearly has more power than Cori and is deftly handling her droppers, covering the court very well and putting away the volleys. In her service game Cori's lst serve must do damage, for Jelena is exploiting everything else in Cori's game and is now dictating the rallies. However, you never know what Jelena will do for the girl is massively erratic.....
Cori wins, the last point won on a challenged call by Cori on the baseline that was called in by the line judge, subsequently overturned per video. Ere that point, Jelena hit a backhand into the net to go down 30-40. The error was unforced....smh. Nevertheless, congrats to Cori on her lst WTA title as a 15 year old. Now, "live rankings" has her 71st. Nice start to her career....
What can I say about my girl, JO, self-imploded as I suspected. A member of the o/s Class of '97 but at age 22 has very little court discipline, beats herself quite often and is the reason she's not a top-10 player anymore. Has the power, but clearly lacks the proficiency and game discipline to regain her top-10 status. Erratic as all get-out. Her challenged calls were never sustained in the match and were hit way long. Marion Bartoli was her coach here and coached her to the final, but there is clearly a lot of work to do to bring her up to speed. Keeping hope alive for Jelena for I know that she's more than capable to be an asset to this Tour.
Congrat Gauff !!!!! Well done.
I remember her losing a 3rd leading 5-1 against Baczinsky at Indian Wells. Looks like the same was happening here but she got herself together and stopped Ostapenko cold.
Now Gauff is higher than Taylor Townsend in all rankings: WTA official Ranking, WTA LIVE Ranking, WTA Year Ranking
It pays to get out of the country and play WTA tournaments. You don't have to think you are going to lose in R1 every time you leave the country.
Her father and coach, Corey Gauff, then came onto court to give his daughter some encouragement. He said: "Just relax, you're not going to sprint to the finish line, you're going to walk to the finish line.
"Trust your shots. Calm down, take your mind to another place, to a practice match. Just play, don't think about negatives just think about positives. Yesterday if you know you had 5-2 you'd take that, you're in control."
"I'm still overwhelmed and shocked," Gauff said after her victory on Sunday.
"I guess it's crazy to say it's my first WTA title.
"This was definitely not on the calendar at the beginning of the year, because I didn't think I'd have a chance to get in, and now I'm the champion, so it's crazy.
"It's just literally insane that I got in as a lucky loser and now I'm the champion. My dad told me when I got in, before the first main-draw match: 'You can't lose twice in the same tournament!' I'm sure he never thought it would come this far, to being the champion, but I guess he was right."