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Womens' semis - Roland Garros

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comment by feisty (U12606032)

posted Jun 3, 2009

'Sam should take in as much of the Chatrier experience as she can because it will be her final visit this year.'

<laugh>

Nice and un-biased view from you there conosu ;)

Im telling you, Stosurs been quietly destroying her opposition all the way through the tournament, and Kuzzy might be a little mentally drained after todays win over Serena.
Everybody is in for an upset tomorrow (except me of course because i already know how it pans out)

Nice to see the article up early though. Hopefully it wont get pushed to the back pages by multitudes of WUM articles before the matches tomorrow.

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posted Jun 3, 2009

One has to pray that Stosur wins tomorrow, or one no longer has to watch the final on Saturday, giving the finals-record of Kuzzy (2 in the last 14 finals if I am correct from my memory, with one of those two wins by retirement when Kuzzy was trailing Szavay by a set.)

So it would be a blitz-quick win for Safina in the final -- Stosur can offer more of a fight.

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comment by sobasi (U13231239)

posted Jun 3, 2009

Stosur! Wow. I haven't been following the women's side of things - I'm sure you know why.
But still, wow!


Dexterous article!

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posted Jun 3, 2009

I like 3 of the semi finalists , can t say I know Dominika, haven t seen her play, but I m hoping Dinara comes out on top for the simple reason she s no. 1 and I m sick and tired of hearing all the criticism of no. 1 s not having a GS .There are some with a lot of GS s and their behaviour leaves an awful lot to be desired.

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comment by C2 (U9956155)

posted Jun 3, 2009

Cheers Feisty

Good to see you can assess objectivity with the best of us!<smiley>

I agree with your sentiments concerning Sveta and her possible tiredness.
Hopefully her ankle, if there was a problem after her nasty fall, will be ok.
Sveta didn't appear to show any immediate encumbering affects.

Sveta's match with Serena was physically and emotionally totally draining, however such matches have sometimes to be endured should you wish to secure a major.

It will be Stosur's first such big occasion and Svetlana will hit her hard and fast.

The second set will be the key as I see Svetlana's professionalism, subject to what I've said above, taking her through the first set with relative ease.
It will be then a matter of what Stosur is made of.
In any event unless Sveta has been somehow retarded physically or emotionally by her conquest of Serena, an enormous achievement at any time, in a major especially so, I see the Russian proceeding with relative ease.

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posted Jun 3, 2009

I hope for a Svetlana v Dinara final. Cant see Sam Stosur getting to the final. She has played extremely well to get this far but surely she will be outclassed on clay by Kutznetsova. Cibulkova definitely has the game to upset Dinara as she doggedly gets the ball back. Dinara may well get frustrated. I dont mind if either Dinara or Svetlana win. They are both long overdue a GS.

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comment by C2 (U9956155)

posted Jun 3, 2009

"...or one no longer has to watch the final..."

That's a bit cruel princeSchadenfreude!
Should Dinara make the final it surely will be worth watching just for her alone.
Watch her extract the monkey from her back!
Execute what JJ couldn't, and thus far has still evaded her, a Grand Slam title! <magic>
No player in the quartet left deserves it more!
Sveta, at least, has one, Dominika's time will come.

Dinara's world number one title didn't fall from the sky!
No female player has worked harder, coming to terms with and overcoming her frailties.
Recognising her role as number one and with great maturity wearing the mantle with pride.
Clearly loving every moment, cherishing the feelings of being the world's best.
Irritated by juvenile criticisms, which can be put to rest for ever, in perhaps just another four sets of tennis!

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posted Jun 4, 2009

conosu2,
Just where do you get the audacity to write these articles?
Reasoned prediction can be quite interesting; bald assertion is just irritating. I seem to remember you were certain enough to state it as a fact that Ivanovic would beat Azarenka. Yet you're right back telling us what WILL happen again.

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comment by C2 (U9956155)

posted Jun 4, 2009

"Yet you're right back..."

I've been here SINCE Ana/Vika.
Check my 'womens' quarters' thread of yesterday!
Same magnificent 'mystic meg' standard as this!
<smiley>

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posted Jun 4, 2009

Cibulkova is interesting she wanted to bagel sharapova in both sets
thats mentally strong woman!!!

safina more nervous and tight

I can see an upset.

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comment by shivfan (U2435266)

posted Jun 4, 2009

I hope the favourites, Safina and Kuznetsova, both win....

Otherwise, if there's one upset, I suspect we'll have a one-sided final....

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posted Jun 4, 2009

I think it is wonderful that a player who is only 161cm tall is in a Grand Slam semi-final. She is a refreshing change from all the giant grunters, and it will be a chance for us to see skill as opposed to sheer power.

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comment by C2 (U9956155)

posted Jun 4, 2009

"I can see an upset..."

There's little I cherish more more than to see other posters practicing the difficult art of predicting the outcome of tennis matches.

However (don't take this the wrong way or personally) can I ask if you have checked the percentage of quartz contained in your crystal-ball?

I have several (quartz balls) and I find the quality of quartz can impact upon predictions made.
Especially, strangely, tennis match predictions!
I have a ball with 19% guaranteed quartz which indicated, beyond peradventure, after four hours of constant futureimaging (I'm sure you know how exhausting THAT was) there would be an all-Williams final at this years RG!

I smashed to complete smithereens the first ball which gave me this image in desperate an unbelieving anger <grr>.

I say all this because of your "upset" quote by which you may mean Dina may be beaten by Dom.<laugh>
(Sorry for laughing, it's SO funny).

It isn't going to happen and I respect all fellow-predictors, especially tennis-match predictors.
Take this as it's intended - CHECK THE PERCENTAGE OF QUARTZ IN YOUR BALL/S !

If any futureimage visits are providing you with a Dom victory, get your equipment checked speedily and go very carefully through any other non-tennis affiliated future activities you may have provided.

Your "upset" statement concerning Dina is so wrong, a double-bagel may ensue sadly for Dom, with the possibility that the reputation of our lovely band of soothsayers will be plunged once more into the depths! <doh>
<smiley>

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comment by shivfan (U2435266)

posted Jun 4, 2009

Safina takes the first set 6-2....

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posted Jun 4, 2009

Personally I hope Safina wins the title, she's quite clearly an excellent player as her status as world number 1 suggests. She needs to get the pressure of winning that first Grand Slam out the way then maybe she can relax and have that belief in her self to win more. She has the game for it she just needs to sort out the mental side of things and she could go on to become a multi Grand Slam winning champion.

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posted Jun 4, 2009

I will be surprised if safina does not win her first slam. Great player, great character and great for the game of tennis. Will be a good final but she is the best player at the moment.

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comment by shivfan (U2435266)

posted Jun 4, 2009

Well, Safina's thru to the final, but Kuznetsova is one set up against Stosur, and as Serena found out, Svetlana is no walkover....

If Safina plays Kuz in the final, she could have a real fight on her hands.

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posted Jun 4, 2009

A bit like the west indian cricket team, coming up, against anybody ;)
Anyway, back to the tennis og Svetlana is about to win this and she is a big occasion player. Is safina?

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comment by shivfan (U2435266)

posted Jun 4, 2009

<laugh>
Don't use bad words on the tennis messageboard....
:-/
Stosur wins the tiebreak, and earns a lifeline.
<applause>
All down to the final set now.

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posted Jun 4, 2009

Good to see you here shiv to be honest :)
Not great tennis but we can certainly enjoy the last set. I thought it was about to end but the ozzy played some great stuff.

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comment by shivfan (U2435266)

posted Jun 4, 2009

Stosur actually looks better in the final set....
<ok>
I don't know if that's a good thing. If Stosur makes it thru to the final, I can only see her getting hammered by Safina. However, if Kuznetsova goes thru, I think it will be a much more exciting final.

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posted Jun 4, 2009

Some nice tennis being played now. This one is really in the balance. Stosur is no push over is she? I was expecting Svetlana to bully her but its not happening at all. To close to call and Safina will cream the pair of them me thinks.

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posted Jun 4, 2009

Stosur is struggling badly now and svetlana is on her way here.

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comment by shivfan (U2435266)

posted Jun 4, 2009

I've just jinxed Stosur....
<laugh>
Svetlana races to a 5-2 lead.

Personally, I wouldn't write off Kuznetsova. She has the ability to raise her game according to her opposition. She played tennis Safina could only dream of in the quarter-final against Serena, especially in the first set and a half.

The question is, which Kuznetsova will turn up?

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comment by feisty (U12606032)

posted Jun 4, 2009

Darn!!

There goes my pick :(

The thing is Stosur played really poorly there compared to the way she has been playing. Maybe the occasion got to her.

Anyway, well done Kuzzy, hope shes fully fit for the final.

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posted Jun 4, 2009

Keep me informed shiv, I am watching the king of queens now <laugh>

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comment by bruce (U11298505)

posted Jun 4, 2009

Did you see Kuznetsova applaud a winner hit by Stosur? Why can't we see more of that type of sportsmenship. Ace, Kuzzy.

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comment by C2 (U9956155)

posted Jun 4, 2009

"Maybe the occasion got to her..."

And such matters as the 'occasion' should be factored in, when making any assessments as to how matches may transpire.

Cibulkova and Stosur had never been anywhere near this level before.
I know Stosur's had great doubles success, singles are a completely different ball-game!

Dominika, I am sure, will take away this great experience and learn - she will do so if she wishes to become a world-class tennis operator.

I believe she has the potential, and next Monday, Cibulkova will be at her career high world number fourteen, only a hundred-or-so points behind Grand Slam champion and former world number one, Ana Ivanovic.

Incidentally, Ana's position is a crime!
A magnificent world class, major champion with the most devastating forehand ever seen in womens' tennis and a multitude of other skills, descending down the rankings.

Rubbing ranking shoulders with the likes of Mauresmo, Bartoli and Schnyder. <doh>
And, as far as I can ascertain, not one support person's head has rolled.
It's an absolute disgrace!

Any professional worth his salt will tell you, more is learned from a defeat than a victory.
Subject to having the will to learn, facing up to the fact that juvenile (and not so juvenile) repetitive mistakes are being made and an open-mind to allow the player to accept and overcome such impediments.

Should Dominika Cibulkova possess these qualities, and the will and drive to exploit such opportunities, even with her size encumbrance (Dom's 5'3") she can proceed to the world top ten, and who can say where, from there!

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comment by C2 (U9956155)

posted Jun 4, 2009

Should Dinara Safina secure the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen Saturday - a distinct possibility - she will have 10,401 ranking points.
The world number two will have 8,158 points, with significant 'drop-off' to shortly follow.
1400 points 'drop-off' at Wimbledon for the world number two, with the world number three, currently on 7217 points - 2000 points 'drop off' at SW19!

Dinara has very little 'drop-off' in the next month or so.
If she hasn't done so already, Dinara could compile a simply insurmountable points total in the same period.

Of course it's very, very early days.
Like the foremost team in the Premiership having a fifteen point lead in October!
However, should such a leader be an historical winner, the odds would be very short on the team securing the title in May.
Some bookies would even 'pay-out'!

As I say early days, however Dina will be very, very, difficult to displace at the summit.
Even were she to lose Saturday, Dina would still have 9,801 points Monday.

In any event I believe she WILL be the year end world number one.

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posted Jun 4, 2009

conosu2-Dinara has to prove she deserves the No.1 position by winning a GS-being the best player on the tour means you are able to win one of the biggest titles.So she has to take this.Actually Serena doesn't have to many points to defend apart from US and Wimbledon.She didn't play to much after Wimbledon and US Open last year.So Serena could still get the No.1 spot but honestly I am not shore she will be willing to play lots of tennis to get there.
I like Dinara but she needs to win against Kuznetsova to restore some credibility to No.1 spot in womens tennis.I can't believe how much she is struggling to hit forehand down the line.Even when she hits it(and she barely does it) it looks odd technically.
I like them both so I have no idea whether to support Dinara or Svetlana.Both deserve it.

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posted Jun 5, 2009

Conosu - if anyone should be insulted by Ivanovic's proximity to Mauresmo, it should be Amelie! She's a brilliant all court player when on form and certainly shouldn't be mentioned in the same breath as Marion "who ate all the croissants?" Bartoli. Ana has more to her game than many of her contemporaries, but why you rate her more highly than Amelie (a two times GS champion who's won more than 30 titles) is beyond me. Serena's clay court preparation was virtually nonexistent this year and I think she should be commended for reaching the QFs at such a physically demanding GS. The fact Maria Sharapova reached the same stage after 9 months out of action with a shoulder injury, and on her least favourite surface, is even more impressive. So well done to both Maria and Serena, and good luck to Dinara and Svetlana tomorrow.

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comment by C2 (U9956155)

posted Jun 5, 2009

"...Amelie! She's a brilliant all court player...shouldn't be mentioned in the same breath as Marion Bartoli..."

Probably so.
However, I said "..rubbing RANKING shoulders with..." Amelie and Bartoli.

In next Monday's rankings, Ana Ivanovic - appallingly and unbelievably - will be at world number thirteen! <doh>
A major tennis 'crime' of portentious and perhaps unprecedented order.
Bartoli will be at number twelve and Amelie at seventeen.
So, as I say, 'rubbing ranking shoulders' with those and others.


"..if anyone should be insulted... it should be Amelie..."


I know Mauresmo has many supporters who may be a little miffed by what I have said or have to say.
Mauresmo is clearly (with others in the top twenty) a ' yesteryear ' player.

Ana, JJ, Dinara, Azarenka, Caroline, Dominika Cibulkova and others are a significant part of the FUTURE of world-class womens' tennis and as such should be expected to be resident in the world top ten for several years to come.

I would anticipate and hope Mauresmo vacates the top twenty shortly and the world's professional tennis stages, as she has intimated previously she may undertake, abruptly thereafter.

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