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Not that I am a big expert but as I was there for the entire week, I feel free to make an analysis.

Lucie Safarova against Gisela Dulko

From the qualifying to the SF, Lucie must be very proud of herself this week. Can't say that I love her game (powerfull, from the baseline, no top spin), nevertheless it has been pretty effective against good players like Michaella Krajicek or Mariana Diaz-Oliva. I've watched her training everyday, the hard work she's been doing paid back in both 3 set matches where her opponents were physically too short.
On the other side, Gisela is playing well and she seems very fit. Impressive win today against Jie Zheng! She's the most experienced player here, her game is consistent and she seeks the final (as she was saying today to the press, "of course I'd want to win this tournament, but first I need to play well tomorrow and get to the final" Smart girl, she's confident but careful! )

My money is on Gisela but Lucie can perfectly make it through and perform the big surprise.

Side note: Lucie Safarova gets my award for fair play. Great example this girl is. Chapeau!

Na Li against Dinara Safina

No surprises on this half of the draw. This should be a good match between 2 great players. Na Li has, in my opinion, the best game of all chinese girls here: she has good shots, good technical and tactical skills and a nice attitude. Very nice to watch. I haven't seen her today because it was scheduled at the same time as Dinara's match and it was shorter, from the result I take that it was clean and easy! Anyway, she struggled a bit against St駱hanie Cohen-Aloro (lost the 2nd set 1-6) and her serve was not very reliable in the doubles match she played with Jaslyn Hewitt. If Na Li does the same mistakes against Dinara, she may not be able to comeback.
As for Dinara, she had slow starts in all matches but managed to bring up her game. Today against Jill Craybas, she was down 1-4 and was able to win 5 games in a row to get the 1st set showing that she's a big fighter, being down twice 0-40 and get both games.

If both players give their best, should be pretty equal and we'll have a GREAT match. My bet (and my heart) is with Dinara.

Side note: I was pissed of yesterday with Dinara's presentation on central court, so let me quote: "she's the champion Marat Safin's younger sister" - as if she didn't do enough by now to be presented as herself - "and she won 2 tournaments in her career, both on clay" - since when the Gaz is on clay?? (I remember this one quite well, Dinara beat my favourite player...) Someone did a crappy homework here...

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Apr 29th, 2005, 06:17 PM
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your analysis seems to be reasonable
still, I'm hoping for Na Li to reach the final.
And on a good day I think she can do it
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Apr 29th, 2005, 08:19 PM
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Go Gisela, send Lucie back hgome!
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Apr 30th, 2005, 12:32 AM
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bad really bad analysis!! poor Dina!
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Apr 30th, 2005, 09:10 AM
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I hope Gisela reaches the final and wins her 1st WTA tournament

On the other side I like very much Na Li and I hope she can beat Safina, also I prefer Gisela to face Li than Safina in finals.


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