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post #204 of (permalink) Old Jun 18th, 2010, 06:39 PM
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Re: junri namigata cheering thread

Yep, CANADA8 eats a large helping of humble pie and begs your forgiveness!!
Junri did indeed play and performed SO WELL!
I went everyday of the qualifying event. Junri's first round match was a real ding dong battle. She started on fire, racing into a 4-1 over Pliskova, before winning it 6-2. She was holding serve easily in the second, when at 4-5 she threw in 2 double faults and in a sec it was one set all!
The final set was a nail biter with Junri serving for the match 4 times before finally holding her nerve to win 14-12!!:cheer2:
Cue hi-fives all round (including your truley!). In the next round she was up against Bychkova, the 10th seed. Junri started slowly, losing the first set before rallying well to win 3-6 6-4 6-4. I was especially pleased as Bychova said to a Asian line judge who called a Junri shot in; "Just because she's Chinese like you there's no need to give her the point!"
I chatted to Junri later and she was so pleased and hi-fived me later in the day when we ran into each other.
Alas, the two tough matches finally told and she lost her final match 6-4 6-0.
I was sitting next to her coach and he said that she was feeling tired.
I was so sad as she really deserved to get into a Grand Slam singles draw. Hope she'll be back next year.
(credit to Doi and Nara who were both really friendly and have great futures ahead of them!)
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