^ Re Hobart doubles - it was Klara who withdrew with the injury, so Jarka is OK.
OK, so day 1 qualies over. 4 out of 11 is pretty much what we predicted. So, a good day I suppose
The rest of the losses were expected, even those one sided scorelines. Lucky for us that Arina is allowed to compete for us here, otherwise it'd be 3. Also, lucky that Nastya chose to defect to Aus, otherwise it'd be 2
Thank God for the Rodionova sisters
Here's my brief take on our girls today:
Um, you all saw it, so I won't bother. I arrived half an hour in and it was already 6-0 4-0. Sally clearly plays two opponents these days. One is on the other side of the net, and the other is herself. She is just hopeless. Sad to say it, but perhaps she'll do better in another career.
I've seen her play a few times now, and I'm sorry, but I just don't see much potential. She'll be a perennial $25K player here in Australia and that will no doubt inflate her ranking close to the top 300. In truth, she is a fringe 500 player. Oh and MLDB doesn't grunt anymore. Well, she does, but very quietly
She lost 6-2 6-2, but much closer than the scoreline suggests. I still think she has potential, but far too many loose mistakes. I guess it doesn't say much though, if one of the up and coming young players in this country can only take 4 games off a 30 year old journeywoman. I think Storm is a better player than Hadzic and Myers, and certainly one to invest some time in as the potential is there.
SHe should have won the second set when up 5-2, as her opponent seemed to tire a bit. She tightened up and let her back in it. I like Vicky and think she has lots of potential. She's our best young player after Barty, but I don't think she'll ever trouble the top 100. She can certainly break 200 though and make Slam qualies overseas. It's all about commitment though. Shame she lost in 2 today, but well played against a much higher ranked opponent.
Completely overpowered and outclassed. Several levels below Knapp. I just don't see Jess getting anywhere near the top 200 again, sadly. She fought though, so at least some positives. You can tell she wants it again.
Didn't see much to be honest. Watched the last few games. I'm sure you all saw it on the stream. Still a negative Nancy half the time, but well fought.
Good compact little player. Should've closed her opponent out much quicker, but got the job done in the end. Has potential to easily be top 150.
I only watched this match from when she was down 1-4 in the final set, so I was clearly the good luck charm
Such great figthing from Mon. Very proud of her. Her first win in qualies in 14 years!! She was very happy with the win, punching the air several times. Great guts
LOL. Lucky Tammi drawing the second worst player in the draw (the first being Sally Peers). Not much to say considering the opposition was so weak. Tammi is such a clean ball striker, lovely to watch when the balls land in
I'll refrain from commenting further until I see her play a decent tennis player tommorow.
Little champ. I only saw the first 7 games or so and then had to leave. She is a tall girl for 14, and deceptively powerful for someone built so slight. Nice groundies and her backhand is a thing of beauty. She can hold her head up high today. Awesome performance at 14. She is the real deal, and has a bright future. The last time a 14 year old played qualies she only won 1 game (Olivia L, back in 2003)
Broke Chan in the first game and I thought we'd have a match on our hands. Unfortunately not to be. Abbie played several loose shots and such poor decision making out on court. She has an OK game, but I wasn't all that impressed today. Slightly better than Hadzic, but not by much. She didn't show anything close to her best tennis. Potential is there of course, but it's what they do with it that counts. She can obviously play tennis though, considering she took a set off a top 50 player last week. Today wasn't her day though, you could tell. Chan is quite out of shape, so a shame Abbie couldn't capitalise on it. Chan was like a mini celebrity with all the Taiwanese fans in attendance. She must be quite famous in her country with her Slam doubles successes? Gavin Hopper was in the stands. I guess that explains Abbie's association with Turkey.
I might go tomorrow too. Would love to see how Monique goes against Akgul Amanmuradova, who was involved in a long and fairly entertaining match with Julie Coin today.