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KanSuke
Aug 1st, 2009, 06:28 AM
YJ and Monica played amazing today, good win :inlove:

Bluber :hug:

tim2502
Aug 1st, 2009, 06:32 AM
nice win!

RND
Aug 1st, 2009, 06:37 AM
They were leading 5-1 before it getting a little tense as Black and Huber saved 3 or 4 SPs and hit back to lead 5-5 30:0 on Monica's serve. But still let the young duo to close it out at 75.

In the second set, YJ and Monica made a few easy error to give Black/Huber a 3-1 lead, however, managed to play some incrediblly constructed points, mixing up lobs, short volley or flat strokes on deep baseline. Then they never looked back!

What a good win for them. Monica keeps her good form after winning her first title in Budapest, and YJ showed her tricky hands thats what made her a top 10 and also win a 75K in France 2 weeks ago.

Congrats girls. They raised their hands looking at each other in the end as if they couldn't believe it themselves. :awww:

RND
Aug 1st, 2009, 06:38 AM
And I opened one too. :lol:

KanSuke
Aug 1st, 2009, 06:39 AM
And I opened one too. :lol:

:haha:

It's fine, mods will join them together.

drake3781
Aug 1st, 2009, 06:40 AM
:eek:


Those doubles matches sometimes seem to turn on a dime, and go so quickly it is hard to gain/regain momentum.

In The Zone
Aug 1st, 2009, 07:03 AM
Wow! Congrats YJ and Monica! Excellent win.

*Jean*
Aug 1st, 2009, 07:07 AM
Yay, well done Yung-Jan & Monica :eek: :bounce:

darrinbaker00
Aug 1st, 2009, 07:32 AM
:eek:


Those doubles matches sometimes seem to turn on a dime, and go so quickly it is hard to gain/regain momentum.
That's no-ad scoring for you. Whoever wins more "deciding points" usually wins the match.

ArturoAce.
Aug 1st, 2009, 07:54 AM
wow. great job guys. i didn't think that yj would do much damage wtihout cj. :/

But this is great :D

Harvs
Aug 1st, 2009, 07:55 AM
good stuff:):)

Mashabator
Aug 1st, 2009, 07:57 AM
woooohhooooo!!!

Shvedbarilescu
Aug 1st, 2009, 09:35 AM
I am delighted with this result. Monica has gone through so many different doubles partners in the last couple of years, almost all of them ranked lower than herself, and yet whoever she is paired with she seems to do pretty well. The results Monica consistently produces in doubles so often makes me wonder what she could do with a regular partner who is a good as she is.

Yung-Jan of course was one half of one of the best doubles teams in the world for a year and a half with Chia-Yung Chuang. But since splitting with her she has not done much in doubles at all going just 6-10 with a few different partners since the US Open last year. Infact Yung-Jan is currently ranked a lowly 124 in doubles. And yet clearly the awesome results of 2007 were not a fluke. Yung-Jan simply needs a good partner to win.

So just maybe has Monica finally found a partner worthy of her that she can go to the next level of success with? And has Yung-Jan finally found another partner than can take her back to the kind of results she enjoyed paired with Chuang? Of course it is too early to say yes. But this has the makings to be a great partnership and I for one would simply love to see these two carry on for a while and see where it takes them. :)

Elwin.
Aug 1st, 2009, 09:48 AM
Well done to both :bowdown: :yeah:

Dorien.
Aug 1st, 2009, 10:23 AM
This is a great win :worship:

RND
Aug 1st, 2009, 10:50 AM
I am delighted with this result. Monica has gone through so many different doubles partners in the last couple of years, almost all of them ranked lower than herself, and yet whoever she is paired with she seems to do pretty well. The results Monica consistently produces in doubles so often makes me wonder what she could do with a regular partner who is a good as she is.

Yung-Jan of course was one half of one of the best doubles teams in the world for a year and a half with Chia-Yung Chuang. But since splitting with her she has not done much in doubles at all going just 6-10 with a few different partners since the US Open last year. Infact Yung-Jan is currently ranked a lowly 124 in doubles. And yet clearly the awesome results of 2007 were not a fluke. Yung-Jan simply needs a good partner to win.

So just maybe has Monica finally found a partner worthy of her that she can go to the next level of success with? And has Yung-Jan finally found another partner than can take her back to the kind of results she enjoyed paired with Chuang? Of course it is too early to say yes. But this has the makings to be a great partnership and I for one would simply love to see these two carry on for a while and see where it takes them. :)
They were playing great as a team. Hopefully they will back this up with another win over Cirstea and Kirilenko tonight.

I hope they'd partner up for the rest of the USO series. And if these can take YJ's ranking back up, I think they might also play the Open together. Congrats on your faves second victory over the world no.1s, and easier. :yeah: (By the way, I myself see YJ's post-USO record 8-11, and 3 were with her little sister. :p)

nevetssllim
Aug 1st, 2009, 11:52 AM
Yikes! :eek: Monica is turning into a very nifty doubles player :D

young_gunner913
Aug 1st, 2009, 12:14 PM
nice job YJ and Monica :speakles: wasnt expecting that.

Dave.
Aug 1st, 2009, 12:35 PM
Wow, congrats Yung-Jan and Monica!! :bowdown: I agree with Chris, Monica is really becoming a consistent player in these doubles events with a variety of partners. This is her second win this year over the best team with a second different partner. There is no way Chan should be ranked where she is, outrageous! She was so good in doubles, and yet has played so little this year. I really hope she gets herself back near the top. This match proves she is still a force in doubles. Good luck in the next round Monica and Yung-Jan. Monica is in the SF's for the second year in a row! :bounce:


Cara/Liezel :hug: Shame they couldn't defend their title but there will be many more opportunities this summer. Today they enter their 25th month in a row as the no.1 ranked team so I'm willing to let this go. ;)

Slammer7
Aug 1st, 2009, 06:23 PM
No WS vs Bluber.:sad: I'm so disappointed. :( Well here's hoping the WS can face Bluber in their next tourney.:D

Archer16
Aug 1st, 2009, 09:51 PM
I am delighted with this result. Monica has gone through so many different doubles partners in the last couple of years, almost all of them ranked lower than herself, and yet whoever she is paired with she seems to do pretty well. The results Monica consistently produces in doubles so often makes me wonder what she could do with a regular partner who is a good as she is.

Yung-Jan of course was one half of one of the best doubles teams in the world for a year and a half with Chia-Yung Chuang. But since splitting with her she has not done much in doubles at all going just 6-10 with a few different partners since the US Open last year. Infact Yung-Jan is currently ranked a lowly 124 in doubles. And yet clearly the awesome results of 2007 were not a fluke. Yung-Jan simply needs a good partner to win.

So just maybe has Monica finally found a partner worthy of her that she can go to the next level of success with? And has Yung-Jan finally found another partner than can take her back to the kind of results she enjoyed paired with Chuang? Of course it is too early to say yes. But this has the makings to be a great partnership and I for one would simply love to see these two carry on for a while and see where it takes them. :)
I thought that she and Kleybanova (brilliantly named MonaLisa by someone here :D ) were a pretty successful combination and would become regular partners. :confused:

Shvedbarilescu
Aug 2nd, 2009, 12:29 AM
I thought that she and Kleybanova (brilliantly named MonaLisa by someone here :D ) were a pretty successful combination and would become regular partners. :confused:

Yeah, Monica has has some success with Cirstea, Kleybanova and Kudryavtseva but I still think she is capable of doing even better with the right partner. It's still early days but Chan might just be the one. :)

Oh course Monica and Yung-Jan will never have a nickname as good as MonaLisa that's true and quiet regrettable but as important as a good nickname is, if Monica and Yung-Jan become as successful as I hope they will do, I will find a way to overlook their lack of a catchy nickname.

gmokb
Aug 2nd, 2009, 12:42 AM
So these are Team Williams next victims.

Archer16
Aug 2nd, 2009, 04:59 PM
Yeah, Monica has has some success with Cirstea, Kleybanova and Kudryavtseva but I still think she is capable of doing even better with the right partner. It's still early days but Chan might just be the one. :)

Oh course Monica and Yung-Jan will never have a nickname as good as MonaLisa that's true and quiet regrettable but as important as a good nickname is, if Monica and Yung-Jan become as successful as I hope they will do, I will find a way to overlook their lack of a catchy nickname.
Great nicknames aside, I was hoping to hear a professional breakdown of why none of the former three became a steady partnership and in what way Chan's game complement Monica's, other than the fact she obviously has more experience in this field than the former partners and is a doubles specialist.

Dave.
Aug 2nd, 2009, 05:10 PM
Great nicknames aside, I was hoping to hear a professional breakdown of why none of the former three became a steady partnership and in what way Chan's game complement Monica's, other than the fact she obviously has more experience in this field than the former partners and is a doubles specialist.

Chan is not a doubles specialist. In fact she has mainly focused on singles this year which is why she finds herself outside the top 100 in doubles.

While Kleybanova and Niculescu have done well together when they have played, they have also proven to be effective doubles players on their own. Kleybanova currently also has a good partnership going with Makarova (with whom she too won a title, and reached a Wimbledon QF). Similarly, Niculescu has done well with Cirstea when they have played. I'd imagine all those pairings will continue when their schedules allow it. Obviously all of these players still play singles and all have different singles rankings which means it is difficult for any of them to have an established partner.

For Monica personally, I think she will continue to mix around most of the time. It's mostly been quite successful for her so far. Ideally it would be nice to have a regular partner for the Slams and Mandatories but even the player she has played the most with (Kleybanova) already has someone (Makarova) for those.

Archer16
Aug 2nd, 2009, 06:13 PM
Chan is not a doubles specialist. In fact she has mainly focused on singles this year which is why she finds herself outside the top 100 in doubles.

While Kleybanova and Niculescu have done well together when they have played, they have also proven to be effective doubles players on their own. Kleybanova currently also has a good partnership going with Makarova (with whom she too won a title, and reached a Wimbledon QF). Similarly, Niculescu has done well with Cirstea when they have played. I'd imagine all those pairings will continue when their schedules allow it. Obviously all of these players still play singles and all have different singles rankings which means it is difficult for any of them to have an established partner.

For Monica personally, I think she will continue to mix around most of the time. It's mostly been quite successful for her so far. Ideally it would be nice to have a regular partner for the Slams and Mandatories but even the player she has played the most with (Kleybanova) already has someone (Makarova) for those.
Thanks for answering.
As for the term "doubles specialist" for Chan, I think it can be said that when talking about all other players mentioned here you first think of their singles careers and in her case you think doubles. Obviously she tried to revive her singles career this year on expense of doubles activity but that didn't work out too well and I have a feeling that soon she will be playing full-time doubles, but we'll see.