Re: Q2: Sunday's results
Craybas vs. Perry: based on written notes(!)
Jill holds serve after breaking Perry's serve. Jill breaks Shenay's serve again less than 2 minutes later! Jill holds serve to bring her up 4-0. Jill breaks Shenay a 3rd time to get to 5-0. Jill bagels Shenay!
At this point it's looking as if we'd have what amounts to being a repeat of Jill's performance on Saturday... alas, Shenay decided to "show up" after the 1st set...
Also, Shenay was (literally) coughing throughout the 1st set, and she continues this for a bit more. It's hard to guage the cause. She doesn't seem to be sick with a cold since she isn't sneezing or reaching for kleenex, touching her forehead or throat. This never became clarified, but eventually the coughing stopped, and coincidentally she played better.
Shenay "shows some life" in her game. Perry holds serve. They get into rallies. Craybas fights to get to 2-1. Craybas gets the serving "yips" as Mary Carillo would say. 3-1 Craybas. Perry easily holds to go to 2-3. Perry breaks Jill's serve! 3-3. Perry holds to go to 4-3. Craybas easily holds to get to 4-4. Perry holds: 5-4. Craybas wins her service game but with difficulty. 5-5. 6-5 Perry. They get into a rally of well over 11 strokes... guessing at least 14 strokes. Perry breaks Craybas to win set at 7-5.
Perry easily holds to get to 1-0. Craybas holds with difficulty. 1-1. Perry is starting to use an ongoing net charging tactic, and she's doing it to great effect! On the other hand, Craybas continues to mostly remain in the back court. Perry wins her service game ending with two hard serves. 2-1 Perry. 2-2. Perry is having trouble with return of serve. Perry aces to go up to 3-2. Craybas pulls out a down-the-line shot to level the set at 3 all. Uneven serving from Perry. Craybas breaks Perry. 4-3 Craybas. Perry holds to get to 4-5 Perry. Craybas wins match at 2:27PM.
The first two sets were fairly evenly split: Perry wasn't really there for the 1st, and Perry was more consistent than Craybas in the 2nd. The 3rd set provided the first and only real battle for control, and there were 1 or 2 parts of the last set where "the wheels could have come off". I believe that Craybas was able to pull the match out by cashing in on her years of experience. Still, now that I think about it, that 3rd set was threatening to be a throwback to past matches when Craybas would fall after building up a substantial level of momentum. Whether or not this type of behavior is considered "choking", she didn't choke today! Admittedly, this was _not_ as consistently good a performance as Saturday's. She certainly will have to bring up her game to take on Schiavone on Monday.