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Sabinator.
Jan 12th, 2011, 11:45 AM
Very hard match by Alisa, but win is a win :bounce: Good luck in SF! :hearts:

jimmy_the_greek
Jan 12th, 2011, 11:46 AM
well done Alisa:):worship:

GoofyDuck
Jan 12th, 2011, 11:46 AM
Congrats :bigclap:

nevetssllim
Jan 12th, 2011, 11:47 AM
Alisa. :) Could have been much easier if she took advantage of those MPs in the second set though.

benbest
Jan 12th, 2011, 11:47 AM
should have taken one of the two mps in the second set

still good win

goldenlox
Jan 12th, 2011, 11:48 AM
No surprise. Alisa is a good player. What time is in Sydney, 2 AM?

Ellery
Jan 12th, 2011, 11:49 AM
Alisa :hearts:

jimmy_the_greek
Jan 12th, 2011, 11:49 AM
No surprise. Alisa is a good player. What time is in Sydney, 2 AM?

now its 11:48pm, match finished about 10 min ago.

AnDrEi.b
Jan 12th, 2011, 11:53 AM
Congrats Alisa
Domi :hug:

Zojirushi
Jan 12th, 2011, 11:56 AM
Good fight for Domi in the 2nd set, but Alisa just too consistent though..

TS
Jan 12th, 2011, 11:59 AM
Alisa's going to give herself an ABI the way she yanks her head on every ball.

itzhak
Jan 12th, 2011, 12:01 PM
Kleybanova won with excellent games in the end of the match but it is good to see Domi playing with agression and attacking mode. Today it was perhaps not being perfect but if she will keep going, she will have a great year.

vixter
Jan 12th, 2011, 12:08 PM
Cibulkova did not start great but played better and better in this match. Strong comeback to save mps in second set. Long important game at 2-2 in the 3rd where Dominika on break point almost had a putaway ball to pass Kleybanova at the net, but instead hit her passing shot right to Kleybanova who had her racket in the right place for the volley. Kleybanova too strong in the end.

Pretty good match.

Mistress of Evil
Jan 12th, 2011, 12:25 PM
well, lose to Kimberly now :cheer:

goldenlox
Jan 12th, 2011, 12:32 PM
Alisa should have served this out & won in 2 sets. But I like what she's doing. Taking a little pace off & getting steadier.

Hian
Jan 12th, 2011, 12:35 PM
Wow Alisa :)

ElusiveChanteuse
Jan 12th, 2011, 12:42 PM
:cheer:

duhcity
Jan 12th, 2011, 12:45 PM
What was that, 90 errors from Domi?

And the talking heads :tape:. One kept calling Alisa "Ungainly"

Freshi
Jan 12th, 2011, 12:50 PM
tight game ... nice to see

Chakvenus
Jan 12th, 2011, 01:03 PM
Domi :sad: :sad:
thought you had a shot...
please bring your Caro-thrashing form to Melbourne!!

Lulu.
Jan 12th, 2011, 02:04 PM
Well done Alisa. :D
Now good luck in the SF.

McHenri84
Jan 12th, 2011, 02:34 PM
So both Kleybanova and Jovanovsky benefited from their qf-opponents who have been giant-killers the round before :help:

volta
Jan 12th, 2011, 03:14 PM
oh Domini ... it's ok at least it was for Alisa :hug:

Get the title Alisa :rocker2:

Stevecw
Jan 12th, 2011, 03:26 PM
Domi :sad:

But sounds like she battled well. And after the previous rounds win gotta be happy with this tournament.

Tuckii
Jan 12th, 2011, 04:08 PM
Domi :angel:

Derek.
Jan 12th, 2011, 04:08 PM
Domi. :o

Monzanator
Jan 12th, 2011, 04:10 PM
Beat Wozniacki and lost to Kleybanova :lol: Useless...

Bart77
Jan 12th, 2011, 05:48 PM
Alisa in SF! Sweet!

edificio
Jan 12th, 2011, 05:51 PM
Alisa. :) Could have been much easier if she took advantage of those MPs in the second set though.

No kidding. She definitely cannot be happy about that. At least, she got it together to get it in the third. :) Alisa is not in as great shape as she was in Bali. I don't think she'd wear a bikini right now. She needs to be fit at the beginning of the season (and also stop squeezing her hair out on court). :tape:

What was that, 90 errors from Domi?

And the talking heads :tape:. One kept calling Alisa "Ungainly"

Well, .... she is a little. It's okay. They should get over it. She's still a strong and powerful athlete. The French commentator seemed more keen on Dominika (and he loved Kim in the earlier match).

Bart77
Jan 12th, 2011, 05:55 PM
Alisa (...) needs to be fit at the beginning of the season (and also stop squeezing her hair out on court. :tape:
Do not expect impossible. It's her trademark ;)

Bart77
Jan 12th, 2011, 05:59 PM
Well, .... she is a little. It's okay. They should get over it. She's still a strong and powerful athlete. The French commentator seemed more keen on Dominika (and he loved Kim in the earlier match).

Yeah, she was trainig swimming as a pro when she was a teen. So things like that are changing your body for sure.

claypova
Jan 12th, 2011, 08:23 PM
Alisa :worship: kept her head after wasting those match points :sobbing

Richie's
Jan 12th, 2011, 08:26 PM
At least, Dominika tried ;)

young_gunner913
Jan 12th, 2011, 08:29 PM
Big Bitch. :drool:

Six Feet Under
Jan 12th, 2011, 10:34 PM
Alisa, should have won the second set :lol:

Good job nonetheless :D:cheer::inlove:

AnomyBC
Jan 12th, 2011, 10:53 PM
Poor Domi. I really wanted her to win this :sad:

Marionated
Jan 12th, 2011, 10:56 PM
Great start to the year for Alisa :yeah:

Corswandt
Jan 13th, 2011, 10:17 AM
:cheer: Killer Whale :cheer:

Whale no longer; she has shed most of the excess flubber she still had, and to be fair even before she rarely showed signs of tiredness even in the lengthiest, most tightly contested matches.

Serving was still a bit subpar for her standards in terms of raw pace, but her slider to the deuce court did a lot of damage.

As for Cibulkova, even considering that Krajan is converting her (with a measure of success) into a pocket basher and therefore taking risks and making errors comes with the territory, her UE count was still too high. The only way for such a tiny player to be able to outhit anyone is to flatten out all or nearly all of her shots to make them faster and more penetrating, but the side effect of that is netting a ton of routine rally shots. Plus holding serve is always a struggle for Cibulkova for obvious reasons.

Still, what Krajan is doing with Cibulkova makes perfect sense. Cibulkova lacked the court coverage, stamina and retrieving skills to continue to play the way she did before anyway.

The "hit through the fat girl" game plan is appealing on paper, but tougher to implement than it looks. Not just because of Kleybanova's retrieving skills - few players have the ability to open such sharp angles when at a full stretch - but because Kleybanova's rally shots are among the flattest and hardest in the game: her kill shots actually don't have that much more pace, they're just aimed closer to the lines.

After a fast and mostly poorly played 1st set, Cibulkova was outplaying Kleybanova in the 2nd, and only some poor match play placed her in a position to lose the match in straights. She then squandered quite a few chances early in the 3rd, and eventually lost control of the match as the last few games of the match featured some truly impressive bashing from Kleybanova.