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dubai Rnd 1: Kirilenko Drop shots and Drive Volleys her way through Niculescu 63 60

Really good match from kirilenko, Niculescu was very bad today maybe shes tired or maybe she was just outplayed today but Kirilenko hit some really good drive volleys and some nice drop shots too. It was 11 games in a row as well

Anabel Croft said at 4-0 2nd set niculescu looked exsasperated and desperate and for once I agree with her because niculescu did not really know what to do sadly. But shes at a career high and had a good week last week. Niculescu did not volley well today either and its a big part of her game, I have feeling she might be a little injured as well kept holding her shoulder at the end. Too many slices but funnily when she hit through the backhand she hit some nice winners.

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Played well Maria. No grunt, was so strange to watch
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Junkulescu self-imploded today...

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Junkulescu self-imploded today...
I agree she really hit self destruct today.

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Monica was on cruise control up 3-1* in the 1st and then there was a injury time-out for Kiri and Monica wasn't the same


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Really nice match by Maria. Won 11 games in a row and won 3 and 0 just like 5 years ago. Really enjoyed watching her play.

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Horrendous display. Maybe she was tired, maybe the wind once again f*cked up her game, but I don't want to look for excuses, she was clearly outplayed by Kirilenko today who exactly knew what to do in those windy conditions for example by using a lot of spin.

However, I can't be happy with Monica's attitude out there. Yes, her game was bothered by the wind as well, but she didn't win a single game after that damn wind break in the first set. It looked as if she was simply pissed and the rest of her confidence which was still there at the beginning of the match breezed away in the air like the umbrella over the umpire's chair. Her serve went to straight awful, she lost focus and patience, too many errors, everything can be related to the wind, but I guess the poor mentality played a role there.
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Good to see Niculescu lose a match
but I need her to win in TT

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What happened to Kirilenko's grunt? I thought players were unable to stop doing this
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Re: dubai Rnd 1: Kirilenko Drop shots and Drive Volleys her way through Niculescu 63

Worst I've seen Monica play in a long long time. I actually don't think she played that badly against Chakvetadze or Zheng, she didn't play that well but she wasn't terrible either. Today, Monica was terrible. I suppose one could say she struggled with the wind but more than that it did just seem like she gave up and stop fighting, which was pretty disappointing. Not an admirable performance at all and one I very much want to forget. Hopefully Monica can forget it too and her next match will be more like what she showed the previous two weeks.

To Maria's credit, after the first four games, she was very solid, moved very quickly and played with good discipline. She also played well at the net, which Monica definately did not. Her 2nd set bagel over Monica was very deserved.

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She was obviously faking it to win matches!!11!1

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