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Cali $10k F: (4)16 year old SOFYA ZHUK wins 3rd title, def. (3)Tan 6-2, 6-4

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Already her third title and is only 16 years old. She has two other finals on her ranking too. All in 10k, though. Her first pro title came when she was 14.



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Re: Cali $10k F: (4)16 year old SOFYA ZHUK wins 3rd title, def. (3)Tan 6-2, 6-4

She was winning these like 3 years ago, her stall is so real

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She really should up her game. Pervushina/Blinkova already much better than her. She hasn't been improving for like a year.

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She was winning these like 3 years ago, her stall is so real
Stall? She won her first in October of 2014 in only her 4th pro event ever played. Less than two years ago.

She only played 6 events in 2015. This year she's only played 7 events and has two titles and two finals.

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Stall? She won her first in October of 2014 in only her 4th pro event ever played. Less than two years ago.

She only played 6 events in 2015. This year she's only played 7 events and has two titles and two finals.

Keep trying.
I am one of her biggest fans and most freuquent posters in her thread She almost got Double Bagelled in R1 at RG Juniors this year and in general has had some really average losses, producing tennis far from the quality of Wimbledon last year. She definitely has stalled.

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What's the point of pretending 16 year-olds to be playing WTA tournaments? We all know what's happened to Larcher de Brito, Paszek and Vekic. These girls need to be careful not to skip stages too soon or otherwise they'll end up being burnt out by the time they are 18.
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What's the point of pretending 16 year-olds to be playing WTA tournaments? We all know what's happened to Larcher de Brito, Paszek and Vekic. These girls need to be careful not to skip stages too soon or otherwise they'll end up being burnt out by the time they are 18.
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She only played 6 events in 2015. This year she's only played 7 events and has two titles and two finals.
It's been an odd year. She was basically installed in Sharm El Sheikh early on and having quite a bit of success. Then she did a couple of clay tournaments that weren't amazing before a terrible loss at Junior RG to Morgan Coppoc.

After that she pretty much disappeared for two months. We've speculated why it might be as there was little word from her camp. She skipped a possible Wimbledon WC. Her age restriction may be part of it or it's possible she was injured but regardless she's been playing sparingly.

This Cali result is great because apart from a brief appearance in Evansville last month she's not played at all for ages. To come back and immediately win is very good.

Sonya's had some troubles with her serve as well but seemed to really get it together in the final. She won nine games in a row before choking a 5-0 lead in the 2nd.

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I am one of her biggest fans and most freuquent posters in her thread She almost got Double Bagelled in R1 at RG Juniors this year and in general has had some really average losses, producing tennis far from the quality of Wimbledon last year. She definitely has stalled.


didn't know going from winning a 10k 2 years ago to winning Junior Wimbledon lsat year + 2 10ks and a final in one this year would be considering stalling
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I dunno, I think I read somewhere she was injured

but Sofya Eastern Europe has so many prospects now

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didn't know going from winning a 10k 2 years ago to winning Junior Wimbledon lsat year + 2 10ks and a final in one this year would be considering stalling
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Based off her performance at Junior Wimbledon where she beat the likes of Blinkova, Stollar, Potapova, Kuzmova etc. I think many expected her to be Top 300 now like Ostapenko was the year before. She won a 10K when she was 14 and now at 16, she is still stuck at 10K level. Very few Juniors who transitioned well to Pros were stuck at 10K level 2 years after they won their first. In addition to her absolute trashing at Junior RG this year, I would say she is definitely stalling. Would be surprised if she beat Pervushina, Anisimova, Masarova, Anshba, Yastremska, Day and Potapova, some of whom weren't even in the draw last year when she won She definitely wouldn't beat Galfi/Stollar/Blinkova.

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Based off her performance at Junior Wimbledon where she beat the likes of Blinkova, Stollar, Potapova, Kuzmova etc. I think many expected her to be Top 300 now like Ostapenko was the year before. She won a 10K when she was 14 and now at 16, she is still stuck at 10K level. Very few Juniors who transitioned well to Pros were stuck at 10K level 2 years after they won their first. In addition to her absolute trashing at Junior RG this year, I would say she is definitely stalling. Would be surprised if she beat Pervushina, Anisimova, Masarova, Anshba, Yastremska, Day and Potapova, some of whom weren't even in the draw last year when she won She definitely wouldn't beat Galfi/Stollar/Blinkova.
I agree. My expectations were much higher. But we'll see. She still has time to turn it around.
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