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rucolo
Feb 14th, 2010, 04:03 PM
Good luck in Dubai, Aga!:D;)

Aga is seeded #7.

R1 BYE
R2 Aga vs Sevastova

Doubles with Kirilenko.

Sombrerero loco
Feb 15th, 2010, 02:25 PM
in some minutes, starts her second round match...go aga!!

saul1333
Feb 15th, 2010, 05:01 PM
Aga def Sevastova 6-3, 6-3 :D

Good mix of aggressive play and defense..

dabossK
Feb 15th, 2010, 05:03 PM
Yeah but not enough good serving!

Krzysiu.
Feb 15th, 2010, 05:57 PM
Why do you call Agnieszka 'Roma'? :)

rucolo
Feb 15th, 2010, 09:51 PM
Good start, Aga!:D:cheer:

Aga has to improve a lot in next round.

Tough match vs Pennetta/Petkovic.

BTW Dubai is without the WTA stars:
No Serena, Henin, Clijsters, Safina and Sharapova!:speakles:

So whoever wins Dubai it could have been much more difficult.

saul1333
Feb 15th, 2010, 09:57 PM
This was Aga's first win in the MD at this tournament :woohoo:

rucolo
Feb 16th, 2010, 05:26 PM
Aga/Kiri won their doubles match.:)

Aga/Kiri def. Amanmuradova/Kustova 6-3 6-2

Difficult match vs Pennetta in R3 for Aga.:unsure:

Stat from Pennetta`s R2 match:
1st serve points won: 84% :help:
Pennetta`s serve is a weapon now. She is in the form of her life, moves, serves and returns very well. During her matches Pennetta is very focused on every point these days. Her balls are very deep.

Aga has to play well to win! No short balls, Aga!

saul1333
Feb 16th, 2010, 05:47 PM
First on CC tomorrow :inlove:

dabossK
Feb 17th, 2010, 01:40 AM
Aga needs to play her best to win. Penneta is an extremely hard player to play against especially for Aga!

saul1333
Feb 17th, 2010, 08:14 AM
Easily defeats Flavia 6-3, 6-0. :aparty:

Used some really nice tactics and stayed focused when Flavia took an injury T.O.

QF :)

pattty
Feb 17th, 2010, 08:47 AM
So good! :) GL next!

olivero
Feb 17th, 2010, 08:57 AM
Yay! :D

Sveta is struggling with Kulikova so far

gumoll
Feb 17th, 2010, 04:26 PM
do you know what Aga was saying at *0-0 15-30 in her today's match?

I hear something like: "pierwszy gem mamy człowieku, a ty się gapisz jak..." didn't hear the end :lol:

saul1333
Feb 17th, 2010, 05:53 PM
Kulikova is next :cheer: but a match with Sveta could have been great.

Great chance to make the SF and maybe even the final :scared:

Cinek
Feb 17th, 2010, 06:21 PM
Come on Aga, only 1 match! Fight!

rucolo
Feb 17th, 2010, 09:50 PM
Nice win, Aga!:D:bounce:

Surprisingly easy!:eek::)

Next Regina Kulikova. Hope Aga does not underestimate her.

Good luck in QF, Aga!

dabossK
Feb 18th, 2010, 01:11 AM
I don't want a repeat of indian wells qf last year!

Aryman3
Feb 18th, 2010, 04:26 AM
Match against schiavone in Italian eyes

Pennetta out
(Daniele Malafarina)

Non è stata una buona giornata per Flavia Pennetta in quel di Dubai. Anzi.
Alla giornata difficile si sono aggiunti il caldo, un'avversaria in forma ed un dolore alla coscia. E così la nostra giocatrice di più alta classifica saluta il torneo al terzo turno.
E sì che era partita bene, Flavia. Un break al primo gioco, sull'unica palla break e l'azzurra si è portata rapidamente sul 2 a 0.
Gli auspici per una buona partita ci sono. Radwanska, 'la piccola Hingis', è in forma e con il suo tennis basato su geometria ed intelligenza tattica rientra nel set dopo aver quasi rischiato di andare sotto di due break. Flavia fin qui sembra in partita e pronta alla battaglia. Invece la partita è già finita, solo che ne Agnieszka ne gli spettatori se ne sono ancora accorti.
L'unica che ha probabilmente un sentore di quel che sta accadendo è Flavia Pennetta. La brindisina cede il break di vantaggio al quarto gioco e comincia a dare segni di scoramento e sfiducia, forse sproporzionati alla situazione di punteggio, producendosi in una serie di errori gratuiti.
Poco dopo, nel settimo gioco, Flavia, che sembra aver perso la pazienza, cede l'ultimo punto del game interrompendo il gioco per un challenge sbagliato e si avvia al cambio di campo con atteggiamento rassegnato.
La polacca strappa per la seconda volta il servizio alla Pennetta per poi chiudere il set tenendo la battuta a zero.

Nel secondo set Flavia inizia malissimo, cedendo la battuta con un doppio fallo.
L'atteggiamento scorato si somma a frustrazione ed il numero di errori gratuiti si moltiplica (saranno 27 a fine incontro, circa un terzo dei punti giocati). Radwanska dal canto suo procede a velocità di crociera verso la vittoria concedendosi anche alcune giocate d'intelligenza.
Flavia cede nuovamente il servizio al terzo gioco (avendo fatto 1 punto in 2 turni di battuta nel set) e chiama il fisioterapista. A questo punto è chiaro che la Pennetta non sta bene. Il problema è alla coscia sinistra e richiede di essere trattato 'off court'. Flavia esce dal campo per il trattamento zoppicando.
Se qualcuno poteva temere che la pausa potesse distrarre la polacca, Agnieszka è pronta a smentire, tenendo il servizio a zero per portarsi avanti 4 a 0.
Il quinto game è combattuto del set. Flavia ha due opportunità per portare a casa il gioco ma le spreca con un paio di ulteriori errori non forzati. Radwanska si procura a sua volta due palle per il triplo break, annullate con coraggio dall'italiana che però capitola alla terza occasione: 5 a 0. Onore al merito a Flavia per essere rimasta comunque in campo fino alla fine sebbene non ci fosse alcuna possibilità di recuperare la partita.
Nell'ultimo cambio di campo la fisioterapista massaggia ancora la coscia sinistra di Flavia e 4 punti dopo, dopo un'ora esatta di gioco, la partita è finita.

Per la Radwanska la soddisfazione di essere avanzata per la prima volta fino ai quarti in questo torneo. La polacca attende, fresca, nei quarti la vincente dell'incontro tra Kulikova e Kuznetsova. Per la Pennetta, che fin qua è la tennista ad aver giocato più partite dall'inizio dell'anno (13 vittorie su 18 incontri), poco rammarico per una partita che, date le condizioni, non si poteva vincere.

Krzysiu.
Feb 18th, 2010, 05:35 AM
La brindisina cede il break di vantaggio al quarto gioco e comincia a dare segni di scoramento e sfiducia

As I can remember it was 2:1 for Flavia and then she lost her serve.

Cinek
Feb 18th, 2010, 11:55 AM
Stream of Aga-Regina?

saul1333
Feb 18th, 2010, 02:12 PM
Good comeback against Kulikova 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 :woohoo:

The final is in reach :scared:

Cinek
Feb 18th, 2010, 03:02 PM
Aga in SF :hearts:

Sombrerero loco
Feb 18th, 2010, 03:51 PM
aga(L) good luck against azarenka

pattty
Feb 18th, 2010, 05:22 PM
Radwanska fancies a turn at the top

In women's tennis everyone gets a chance to take No 1 spot, ninth-ranked Pole says

* By Alaric Gomes, Senior Reporter
* Published: 00:00 February 18, 2010
* Gulf News

* Agnieszka Radwanska
* Image Credit: HADRIAN HERNANDEZ/Gulf News

Dubai: World No 9 Agnieszka Radwanska is hoping to exploit the existing fluid situation in women's rankings to make a surge by the end of the year.

"I think in women's tennis as a whole there are about ten players who are all capable of being No 1. It is not the same in the men's where you have [Roger] Federer and [Rafael] Nadal and then the rest of the lot below. In the women's side, you don't have any one girl who is dominating at the moment," Radwanska told Gulf News after winning 6-3, 6-0 against Flavia Pennetta to book a place in the quarterfinals of the 2010 Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships on Wednesday.

"The field is more evenly spread in the women's and everyone gets a chance to take their turn at the top spot. In women's tennis everything is changing all the while and there are a lot of ups and downs and that's what makes it very interesting as you don't know what's going to happen next," she added.

"I think the goal for me this year is to just stay at the top 10 and if possible finish higher than what I am currently."

Though Radwanska has had a top-10 finish in the last two years, she has had a dismal record in Dubai. Yesterday was her first win after four appearances here, including a loss to younger sister Urszula in the first round in 2009.

"I have been No 10 twice and I think I have the game to improve even further down the rankings," she insisted.

Better prepared

"I'm very happy that I've won for the first time here, and that too against a strong player like Flavia in two sets. In the past I didn't come here as prepared as this year. I played like three matches in 24 hours here the last time, so this time I made it a point to come a couple of days in advance and prepare."

The 20-year-old Pole shares a special relationship with her younger sibling Urszula, which helps cushion the tour rigours.

"Our relationship is just about friendship. We're both good friends. We've been practising together for the past 15 years now and even when we're not at the same tournaments, we make it a point to keep in touch with each other," she said.

"We just know each other so well as we've been so close our whole lives. If there's a first person I want to talk to about anything it's my sister, and I'm sure it's the same with her as well. It's a special relationship."

At all times though, Radwanska insisted, they both separate their private lives from the professional.

"There is the private life and then there's the professional life for the two of us, and we do well to separate these two all the time, and that's what makes this so special. If we're together at a tournament, then we support each other by watching each other's matches."


SOURCE: GULFNEWS!

pattty
Feb 18th, 2010, 05:24 PM
Dubai: Seventh seed and world No.9 Agnieszka Radwanska shrugged off a charge from young pretender Regina Kulikova yesterday to win 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 and book her place in today's semifinals of the 2010 Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships.

Radwanska will meet fourth seed Victoria Azarenka after the Belarussian breezed past 12th seed Vera Zvonareva 6-1, 6-3 in a late-night match.

In an earlier quarterfinals played on one of the side courts, Israel's Shahar Peer also made it to the last-four stage after eighth-seeded Li Na withdrew with an injury to the lower back. Peer was leading 7-5, 3-0 when Na pulled out.

The last quarterfinal was to be played between defending champion Venus Williams and the tournament's youngest survivor Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova with the winner going through for a meeting against Peer.

But riding her luck and nearly living her Dubai dream was the 99th-ranked Kulikova, winner of the $75,000 (Dh275,399) Al Habtoor Tennis Challenge at the end of last year. She had made it through two tough qualifying rounds and become only the fourth qualifier to make the quarterfinal grade at the competition after stunning fellow St. Petersburg resident and second seed Svetlana Kuznetsova late on Wednesday.

Kulikova seemed to be in a hurry to better that result as she broke her more fancied opponent in the sixth to win the first set 6-3. But the Pole turned it around and won the second 6-4 to force the deciding third set.

Kulikova received on-court treatment for her lower back after losing her serve to trail Radwanska 0-2 in the deciding set. But she came back strongly to break back and then held to draw level 2-2.

Radwanska concentrated on a percentage game attacking Kulikova's weaker backhand and this paid dividends as she broke her Russian opponent in the sixth and then held for 5-2 to ultimately wrap it up in two hours and 17 minutes.

Meanwhile, the lower half of the doubles semifinals were also decided with fourth seeds Nadia Petrova and Samantha Stosur overcoming fifth seeds Alisa Kleybanova and Francesca Schiavone 6-7 (4), 7-5, 1-0 (9) to set up a meeting against second seeds Nuria Llagostera Vives and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.

The day's last semifinalist was to be decided after a meeting between top seeds Cara Black and Liezel Huber and Alla Kudryavtseva and Ekaterina Dzehalevich later in the night.

pattty
Feb 18th, 2010, 05:46 PM
About semis:

Doing battle in the other semifinal will be close friends Victoria Azarenka and Agnieszka Radwanska, who won very contrasting quarterfinals. Azarenka, the No.4 seed, routed No.12 seed Vera Zvonareva, 61 63; Radwanska, the No.7 seed, battled two hours and 17 minutes to end the run of qualifier Regina Kulikova, 36 64 63.

rucolo
Feb 18th, 2010, 10:44 PM
Great win, Aga!:hearts::D:yeah:

Aga into Dubai SF!!!

Strong fight back!

It was 3-6 4-4 and breakpoint for Kulikova, then Aga played courageous tennis, attacked the net ... and won the set 6-4! Then 6-3 in 3rd set, serving the match out convincingly!
This shows her mental strength and shows exactly why Aga is in the Top 10!:worship:

Some very entertaining points!

BTW was next to her father Aga`s boyfriend?:confused:

Good luck in SF vs Azarenka, Aga!

Aryman3
Feb 19th, 2010, 03:49 AM
Aga has no boyfriends so far
It was probably tennis sparring-partner

saul1333
Feb 19th, 2010, 03:43 PM
Aga lost to Vika 6-3, 6-4 :sad:

SF result is great, plus new ranking..very successful tournament..

Frozenn
Feb 19th, 2010, 05:30 PM
Well tournament for Aga.:)
Also congrats for her new ranking #8. :bigclap:

Black Dog
Feb 19th, 2010, 05:47 PM
"I have been No 10 twice and I think I have the game to improve even further down the rankings" she insisted.

No, Aga, not further down! We want you up! :D

Excellent run in Dubai! By the way, can anybody "sum up" the match against Vika? I was just checking the livescore every now and then (it wouldn't be very ethical to be watching the game while working, I guess :lol:) and I noticed she was a break up in the second set...

Oh, and regardind that interview again: it seems to me that she appears to be almost perfectly aware of her objectives and capabilities. I recall an interview from last year where I believe she said that her year-end objective was to secure her entry in the top-ten (which was fulfilled), and now she says she wants to assure a place inside the top-ten and maybe improve her current ranking. Nothing really overly ambitious, just one step at a time, and that's the way it should be!

rucolo
Mar 9th, 2010, 06:56 PM
Aga:sad:

Just watched the Dubai SF vs Azarenka again (on Eurosport player).
Really entertaining match. Azarenka played very well.
Aga vs Azarenka is always nice to watch because "great defender" vs "hardhitter".:drool:
Exciting tennis!

The best points/winners from Aga in this SF match:
SET 1:
-Aza serve, 0-1, 0-0: Great forehand crosscourt winner!
-Aza serve, 0-1, 30-15: Strong backhand winner longline from Aza smash!
-Aza serve, 2-1, 30-40: Aga aggressive, then forehand longline winner!
SET 2:
-Aza serve, 1-1, Adv.Aga: Aga aggressive, then great backhand longline volley!
-Aga serve, 2-1, 30-30: Smart lob from Aga!
-Aga serve, 2-1, Adv.Aga: Aga aggressive, smash winner!
-Aza serve, 1-3, 30-0: Great forehand crosscourt passing shot!
-Aga serve, 3-2, 0-0: Aga aggressive, then volley forehand winner!
-Aga serve, 4-5, 0-0: Amazing backhand winner after long rally!:speakles::hearts:

Also nice handshake and kiss at the net.

Highlights from the SF vs Azarenka:
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/video/20100219/dubai-azarenka-vs-radwanska_2256553_1971347

Overall very successful Dubai for Aga!:D

Aga now at career-high ranking: #8!:yeah: