Re: Dubai R32: Putintseva sends Robson to Stephens 6-4 2-6 7-6(6)
Have to say, Putintseva gave a good account of herself. Not just with her play, which to be honest is solid but aside from some useful dropshots, rarely more than that, but she certainly did nothing the entire match to warrant her reputation of being a brat. Far from it.
Sure there are a few come ons and fistpumps but those are hardly odjectionable things. But what was notable was the grace in which she accepted a bad decision from Kader Nouni. She also managed quite admirably to keep her cool despite relinquishing a 5-2 with 2 breaks lead in the 3rd. And when interviewed she was humbled in victory and very respectful towards her opponent. On top of all this she doesn't grunt and I really couldn't see any obviously signs of gamesmanship. Heck if she keeps acting like this her reputation as a brat will dead in the water. Perhaps, whisper it slowly, she is maturing. Whatever, on today's performance she actually came across as being quite likeable. Having seen her play several times before I have to say I wasn't expecting that.
That said, I'm still not convinced she has the game to establish herself into the top 50 but she certainly has plenty of time to do so and with the right determination and willpower one can't rule her out.
As for Laura, it was mostly a terrible performance with occasional patches where she played very well. But she certainly deserved to lose.