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Re: AO R1 - Marino def. Namigata 6-2 4-6 6-3
I think Junri will have a lot of matches like this, these 3-set losses like she had in Auckland qualifying.
She is so very steady, takes it early, prototype of a Japanese player. Good mover. This match was always in Marino's control though, but when she didn't hit it strong enough Namigata was able to expose Becca's weak movement.
The 3rd set really should've been even closer then that, Junri lost both of her service games which went to deuce to open the final set, but had a lot of chances.