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Kuala Lumpur 2r: Safarova def. Safina 63,46,63

Very good match by both!

I was surprised to see Safina play and serve so well! Also she moves better. After watching Daniela play, Dinara seems to move much better than the Slovak.

Safarova was in the zone, hitting great shots, lines, serving well enough.

Safina can be leaving Malaysia happy with the way she played.

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Re: Kuala Lumpur 2r: Safarova def. Safina 63,46,63

Dinara lacks power and depth, maybe it is the back. but I would be shocked, if she didn´t return to the top 50 during the clay season.

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Re: Kuala Lumpur 2r: Safarova def. Safina 63,46,63

At least Dinara kept it competitive. Hopefully she keeps improving.

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Re: Kuala Lumpur 2r: Safarova def. Safina 63,46,63

I think Safina fans should be pleased cause it was a very good match from both, Safina produced some really wonderful shots and some of her game combinations were smart and reminded me of her circa 2008 ( every such a combination was followed by 5 ugly hits but nonetheless).
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Re: Kuala Lumpur 2r: Safarova def. Safina 63,46,63

Dinara wasnt good enough in set 3, like her 1st match with Wickmayer.
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Re: Kuala Lumpur 2r: Safarova def. Safina 63,46,63

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Re: Kuala Lumpur 2r: Safarova def. Safina 63,46,63

Thank god Lucie prevailed in the end.

I´d say she struggled more with her serve and return (and probably nerves as well) than with Safina as such. Safina is really a strange kind of a player -- she seems unable to play agressive tennis (apart from a couple of points in a match), but at the same time isn´t a good defender either (due to her not very good court coverage and footwork). It´s definitely a bit of a mystery how it is possible that such a "subprime" player could ever get to the Top 5.

Anyway, I hope that Lucie will be able to beat Bartoli for the first time in her career.

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Re: Kuala Lumpur 2r: Safarova def. Safina 63,46,63

Damn.

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Thank god Lucie prevailed in the end.

I´d say she struggled more with her serve and return (and probably nerves as well) than with Safina as such. Safina is really a strange kind of a player -- she seems unable to play agressive tennis (apart from a couple of points in a match), but at the same time isn´t a good defender either (due to her not very good court coverage and footwork). It´s definitely a bit of a mystery how it is possible that such a "subprime" player could ever get to the Top 5.

Anyway, I hope that Lucie will be able to beat Bartoli for the first time in her career.
Um, obviously. That's why she's not in the Top 5 anymore. When she was number 1 she moved better and was extremely aggressive.

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Re: Kuala Lumpur 2r: Safarova def. Safina 63,46,63

Safina was better than I expected, but still not good enough

OMG she is 3-4 m behind the baseline during points
It's hard to win points like that

Lucie played ok, dictated the points and made great winners
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Re: Kuala Lumpur 2r: Safarova def. Safina 63,46,63

Lucie
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Um, obviously. That's why she's not in the Top 5 anymore. When she was number 1 she moved better and was extremely aggressive.
Extremely agressive? I.e. in the match vs. Kvitova at US Open (she was number 1 back then, right?) when she hit perhaps 10 winners throughout the whole match?
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Re: Kuala Lumpur 2r: Safarova def. Safina 63,46,63

Lucie's ground game held up well under pressure, especially because Dinara's tactic seemed to be to hit to her forehand...

Other than that, it was a much better match than I expected.

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