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Can't speak specifically for Simona but a lot of girls (also in Romania) wear red Kabbalah style strings for good luck. Obviously most not knowing the meaning, just following the Hollywood trend.
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I remember reading somwhere that she said it was a gift from a friend, and she wears it for good luck.

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Watson is normal player. Should be skilled match. Kleybanova was just unable to suggest high level.
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Watson says [against Halep] she will not abandon her new attacking strategy to accommodate the rise in class. “Definitely not,” she said. “If anything, I’ll try and be more aggressive against a player like that, so solid, so high up in the rankings, doing so well. You’re not going to get free points. I’m not going to hope for her to miss, because she’s not going to miss.” Source

So, either expect Heather to make tons of errors or make tons of winning shots! I'm confident Simona will come through just fine, something like 6-4 6-3.

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I might be way over my head and very wrong, as I admit I only follow Simona from Sofia last year (shame on me), but is it only me, or indeed she does far less UE as in the past. Was admiring Radwanska for the small number of errors per match, and I saw that Simona began from Madrid, I would say, to make less errors too.
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Correct me if I am wrong but isnt Heather on a 10-0 clay streak at the moment? she won Prague and 4 matches in Paris

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or indeed she does far less UE as in the past.
far far less. she is attacking now and doesnt run around like a desperate headless chicken anymore. she calls the shoots now
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and I saw that Simona began from Madrid, I would say, to make less errors too.
But the better is to make few errors when playing aggressively ,, simona was less aggressive in Madrid and some other matches this year than last year and Doha from this year ..

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Correct me if I am wrong but isnt Heather on a 10-0 clay streak at the moment? she won Prague and 4 matches in Paris
It's a 9 match winning streak. Hey, all good things come to an end. As I see it, Heather is spirited and tenacious like Kurumi Nara, with a bit more power, but not huge amounts more. And we know that Simona deals with that sort of player very well, out-toughing them, out-smarting them, and usually out-hitting them. She'll be fine. Relax.

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But the better is to make few errors when playing aggressively ,, simona was less aggressive in Madrid and some other matches this year than last year and Doha from this year ..
aggression comes with a risk, i prefer a win over how it`s done. Lets not forget vs who she played. All of them , Ana , Bam bam , Petra are born for that type of play. Simona was smarter and waited for her shots. This is clay , it`s not Doha , it`s harder to accelerate that ball.

Simona knows what she must do, and for what i`ve seen is : Serve well , do less unforced errors , eliminate double errors and construct your point until they give u an opportunity to do a final attack. Remember , Simona is also great at making breaks too, not to mention the infinity ability to chase the ball and put an extra ball every time in the opponent court side. She also has improved her volley ball and her approach to the net. Day by day Simona shows us what everybody could see, a huge talent which must improve , and she show improvement in something at each tournament. I don`t count where she was injured or Stuttgart ( almost the same thing , she was injured from Fed Cup ).

The best thing about Simona is that she is still improving.

The sky is the limit for Simona. And dunno about u , but every opponent who face Simona knows this for sure . And facing Simona prob is kinda scary.

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aggression comes with a risk, i prefer a win over how it`s done. Lets not forget vs who she played. All of them , Ana , Bam bam , Petra are born for that type of play. Simona was smarter and waited for her shots. This is clay , it`s not Doha , it`s harder to accelerate that ball.

Simona knows what she must do, and for what i`ve seen is : Serve well , do less unforced errors , eliminate double errors and construct your point until they give u an opportunity to do a final attack. Remember , Simona is also great at making breaks too, not to mention the infinity ability to chase the ball and put an extra ball every time in the opponent court side. She also has improved her volley ball and her approach to the net. Day by day Simona shows us what everybody could see, a huge talent which must improve , and she show improvement in something at each tournament. I don`t count where she was injured or Stuttgart ( almost the same thing , she was injured from Fed Cup ).

The best thing about Simona is that she is still improving.

The sky is the limit for Simona. And dunno about u , but every opponent who face Simona knows this for sure . And facing Simona prob is kinda scary.
I agree with most of that .. I don't mind playing safely some times during matches , especially when this giving you leading and the opponent destroy herself with errors .. But in some matches this year even on hard .. Simona was passive from the begining even when she was down in the score .. And in Madrid let's not forget she lost the first set against Lisicki and Petra and she could have lost .. the passive game didn't give her those matches .. I agree that the clay doesn't help Simona to be very aggressive , that's why I think that the faster courts is more suitable to Simona aggressive game as a top player ...

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Looks like Sloane is playing well ( Maybe they were right that she plays good only in Slams )
So the draw isn't as easy as we thought in comparison with some other draws .. Matching in form watson and Sloane playing well is tough before the QF .. But i still confident

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I agree with most of that .. I don't mind playing safely some times during matches , especially when this giving you leading and the opponent destroy herself with errors .. But in some matches this year even on hard .. Simona was passive from the begining even when she was down in the score .. And in Madrid let's not forget she lost the first set against Lisicki and Petra and she could have lost .. the passive game didn't give her those matches .. I agree that the clay doesn't help Simona to be very aggressive , that's why I think that the faster courts is more suitable to Simona aggressive game as a top player ...
Mido from what i`ve seen in Madrid , in the first set against Bam bam there was nothing u can do , Lisicki was playing great, those drop shots were amazing stuff. Petra on the other hand lets face it , if Petra plays her game and all balls comes into the court , nobody can do nothing against her, and again Petra played well , i think it was the best match i`ve seen Petra playing in the last 2-3 months. The only time , and i think u forgot mentioning , was vs Maria in the 2`nd set. There was an error , she was supposed to crush that blonde doll but somehow she resurrect herself at behalf of Simona who was way to more defensive .

And for what type of surface is more suitable for her , well i`ve heard an interview of Simona who said that she also like hard courts now , in the past she prefer clay but now almost she can`t decide. Remember , Simona is not an agresive player on clay from the start , she`s a great adapter, and last year showed us she can win tournaments on all surfaces . Nobody said that Simona will play on clay like Errani or something like that ( thanks God for that ) , she`s far more aggresive , i just say on clay u must be smart and wait for the spot to make a winner shot, that`s all. Her movement helps her a lot to gain this advantage , why risk it with an agressive play everytime when ur opponent "helps" u with her errors ?

She`s smart. And i`m proud of her for that.

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Looks like Sloane is playing well ( Maybe they were right that she plays good only in Slams ) ...
From the results thread in GM, it seems like Hercog played really bad though ...

Regarding your post above that ... I think the two opening sets against Lisicki & Kvitova were tough because both were playing very well. I agree Simona was a bit passive in that 1st set against Kvitova. However, against Lisicki I think she actually played very well and positively in the 1st set. It wasn't easy to see it at the time, but on watching the match again it became clear to me. It's just that Lisicki played great. Thankfully, Simona kept a good level up and kept playing quite aggressively whilst Lisicki's level dropped. It wasn't Simona's stellar tennis but it was controlled & aggressive I believe. Just one man's opinion ...

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Mido from what i`ve seen in Madrid , in the first set against Bam bam there was nothing u can do , Lisicki was playing great, those drop shots were amazing stuff. Petra on the other hand lets face it , if Petra plays her game and all balls comes into the court , nobody can do nothing against her, and again Petra played well , i think it was the best match i`ve seen Petra playing in the last 2-3 months. The only time , and i think u forgot mentioning , was vs Maria in the 2`nd set. There was an error , she was supposed to crush that blonde doll but somehow she resurrect herself at behalf of Simona who was way to more defensive .

And for what type of surface is more suitable for her , well i`ve heard an interview of Simona who said that she also like hard courts now , in the past she prefer clay but now almost she can`t decide. Remember , Simona is not an agresive player on clay from the start , she`s a great adapter, and last year showed us she can win tournaments on all surfaces . Nobody said that Simona will play on clay like Errani or something like that ( thanks God for that ) , she`s far more aggresive , i just say on clay u must be smart and wait for the spot to make a winner shot, that`s all. Her movement helps her a lot to gain this advantage , why risk it with an agressive play everytime when ur opponent "helps" u with her errors ?

She`s smart. And i`m proud of her for that.
I agree but i have 2 points to say .. Simona has a better to do against players like kvitova and Lisicki when they play great ,, I don't see that Simona's best is weaker than their best ,, Actually Simona Schooled Kvitova in Nhaven with amazing tennis ,, That's what i want for Simona .. She will not play like that every match .. But matches like that tell us what Simona really can do against any players ..
The second thing is that Simona should find a formula to deal with the consistent hitters , who will not give her alot of errors .. Actually i think it's easier for her to do this in hard courts where her aggressive game and shot making are very effective .. I know that the clay will reduce the power of opponents shots also .. But it will do the same to simona so I think that simona has more weapones in hard than clay ( maybe i'm wrong because i'm not that expert )

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From the results thread in GM, it seems like Hercog played really bad though ...
But 80 % first serve is something unbelievable even it seems her serve was slower than usual
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/sc...10/2221ms.html

Anyway it's still early ... Let's hope Simona fine and healthy in today match

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