Re: Doha R3: Bartoli def, Pironkova 6-3, 6-3
Well, Tsvetana was absolutely mediocre in this match. She tried to slice the ball all the time and the ball keep on jumping high enough for Bartoli, I don't get it why she was avoiding it. She, as well, kept on just bashing the ball. Her serve speed was good, but it's direction was quite predictable. I'm quite disappointed at her.
Bartoli did a great job though. She served well and actually constructed the points.
I'm not quite sure if she hits the ball much harder than Tsvetana (Tsvetana looked like just pushing the ball back almost all the time) as Caro said a month ago that Tsvetana was "hammering the ball and thus it was hard playing against her".
Kudos to Tsvetana for raising the level of play at the end of the first and the second set, but it was already over, she needed to show that game during the match to have the slightest chance.
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