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Curcubeu
Feb 5th, 2012, 11:13 AM
I couldn't think of another title because the next tournaments she is playing are scattered around the world! :lol:

But the goal is clearly set!


She will start in Pattaya, Thailand.

Main Draw:

(1)ZVONAREVA, Vera RUS vs Q
ROBSON, Laura GBR vs AMANMURADOVA, Akgul UZB
WC-LERTCHEEWAKARN, Noppawan THA vs DOI, Misaki JPN
(7)CIRSTEA, Sorana ROU vs SEMA, Erika JPN

She must reach the quarterfinal at least and then a duel against Vera?

HowardH
Feb 5th, 2012, 03:13 PM
Very nice first 2 rounds. Sema has no power.

postalblowfish
Feb 5th, 2012, 04:05 PM
Lertcheewakarn in front of a home crowd won't be a pushover.

grs
Feb 5th, 2012, 05:01 PM
Vera isn't in a hot form right now.

Curcubeu
Feb 5th, 2012, 07:25 PM
Sorana one of the few in the main draw already starting tomorrow which could be an advantage later on! Haide! :cheer:

Rovegun
Feb 5th, 2012, 10:03 PM
she should do QF at least... there´s no smaller goal for her...

Curcubeu
Feb 6th, 2012, 01:59 PM
Pattaya, R1: (7)Sorana Cîrstea def. Erika Sema 6-2 6-2

Easy win as expected, but her BP conversion was rather underwhelming, especially throughout the first set. This could have easily gone to a bagel if she took her chances, but a win is a win! :)

Andiyan
Feb 6th, 2012, 02:25 PM
That scoreline is good enough. :) :yeah:

grs
Feb 6th, 2012, 02:32 PM
Pattaya, R1: (7)Sorana Cîrstea def. Erika Sema 6-2 6-2

Easy win as expected, but her BP conversion was rather underwhelming, especially throughout the first set. This could have easily gone to a bagel if she took her chances, but a win is a win! :)

Sometimes is harder to finish when the difference of value is so big.

Meelis
Feb 7th, 2012, 04:16 PM
Lertcheewakarn lost easily, so another Japanese in the second round.

hellas719
Feb 8th, 2012, 05:05 AM
So far so good :yeah:

Curcubeu
Feb 8th, 2012, 09:28 AM
Pattaya, R2: (7)Sorana Cîrstea def. Misaki Doi 6-2 6-2

Another Japanese, another 6-2 6-2 :lol:

Routine win and now against Zvonareva in the quarterfinal! :)

By the way, 'Doi' means '2' in Romanian so the scoreline is somewhat even more memorable! :rolls:

HowardH
Feb 8th, 2012, 12:07 PM
Congrats Sori!

grs
Feb 8th, 2012, 12:44 PM
Good girl!

18majors
Feb 8th, 2012, 11:47 PM
Pattaya, R2: (7)Sorana Cîrstea def. Misaki Doi 6-2 6-2

Another Japanese, another 6-2 6-2 :lol:

Routine win and now against Zvonareva in the quarterfinal! :)

By the way, 'Doi' means '2' in Romanian so the scoreline is somewhat even more memorable! :rolls:

Sorano is in line to win 2012's most improved player award, good luck with Zvonareva.

HowardH
Feb 10th, 2012, 10:26 AM
Sorana wins 26 62 22 ret. Vera :hug:, get better.

Sori in a semi! :drool:

grs
Feb 10th, 2012, 10:57 AM
Sorana wins 26 62 22 ret. Vera :hug:, get better.

Sori in a semi! :drool:

Was 2-6; 6-4; 2-2 :) Can we mark this as a Top 10 win?
Anyway Sorana is back in Top 50 :bounce:

HowardH
Feb 10th, 2012, 12:56 PM
Ah, a typo on my part. I don't think a retirement should count as a top 10 win. However it is a great opportunity for Sori. She has a good H2H with Kiri as well (2-0) so she will have a chance to advance.

Although admittedly they haven't played since 2010.

18majors
Feb 10th, 2012, 01:41 PM
Sori, what a start to a new year!

donellcarey
Feb 10th, 2012, 03:03 PM
Nice win girl!!! Next up Kirilenko, let's nail her!!!

Curcubeu
Feb 10th, 2012, 04:33 PM
Great, great result, pity about Vera's injury, but such an important result for Sorana! :)

And Kirilenko really bullshited her way to the semis for most of the time. She has a chance, but above all I'm happy to see her on a stream!

By the way, the question mark of the title is removed! ;)

Andiyan
Feb 10th, 2012, 05:33 PM
Wowww, who would have predicted this at the start of the year :bounce: She really raised her game since the summer :yeah:

xcrtbckhnd
Feb 11th, 2012, 03:12 AM
Go Sori! !!!

xcrtbckhnd
Feb 11th, 2012, 03:49 AM
I'm really happy 4 this result and hope sori goes all the way!

Brad[le]y.
Feb 11th, 2012, 05:17 AM
Sori 2-0 vs top 10 players this year :drool:

Curcubeu
Feb 11th, 2012, 11:48 AM
Kirilenko won 6-2 5-7 6-4 again with some big time luck, those net cords... :facepalm:

Sorana was crap in the first. got better in the second, but in the third they both played great tennis, but Sorana should have never grt broken at 4 all in the final set! :o

But this is a good result and now let's see what she can do in Doha! :)

Brad[le]y.
Feb 11th, 2012, 11:51 AM
some of those volleys from Sori and those net cords from Kiri :sobbing:

anyways good to be back in the top 50 :)

still 2-0 vs top 10 players this year :cheer:

grs
Feb 11th, 2012, 11:54 AM
7w /4 l her record and already 360p this year. Not bad at all. Keep going Sorana.

grs
Feb 11th, 2012, 04:52 PM
Main draw at Doha Premier

(6)Vera Zvonareva (RUS) v BYE
Elena Vesnina (RUS) v Monica Niculescu (ROU)
Q v Q
Flavia Pennetta (ITA) v (11)Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)

(13)Ana Ivanovic (SRB) v Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)
Petra Martic (CRO) v Petra Cetkovska (CZE)
Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) v Sorana Cirstea (ROU)
(3)Samantha Stosur (AUS) v BYE

Another match against Sam in less than a month.
And why not another QF against Vera? :)

Curcubeu
Feb 11th, 2012, 04:55 PM
Monica will take care of Vera! :oh:

But pretty good draw. She even beat Jarmila last year when she was in less good form, so she should win now as well! :)

Rovegun
Feb 11th, 2012, 07:19 PM
so happy for Sori that she made SF she can really build on this result we can say she´s back on the way to her best... I am very glad she´s not cruising around Top 100 and will be Top 50 soon and maybe next week...

it´s obviously going to be tough against Jarka but she´s not much in form but Sori can be tired of travelling and jetlag...

SidTheKid
Feb 11th, 2012, 07:28 PM
If Jarka plays liek she did in last matches she will beat herselft..And also Sori is in form I hope for a good result for her :) But a lot of my favs in draw close to eachother :/

Curcubeu
Feb 14th, 2012, 02:24 PM
Doha R1: Sorana Cîrstea def. Jarmila Gajdosova 6-4 6-1

Was 1-3 behind, but only lost 2 more games from there on! :)
4/4 on BPs!

Now rematch against Stosur!

Andiyan
Feb 14th, 2012, 02:35 PM
Oh and let's hope for a Cîrstea Ivanovic 3R :worship: :lol:

grs
Feb 14th, 2012, 03:24 PM
Snow White :bounce:

donellcarey
Feb 14th, 2012, 04:07 PM
Nicely done girl, God I'm so glad she's back!!!

vuhvuh
Feb 14th, 2012, 08:30 PM
Hey I would say she is back still definitely not. this win against JArka means nothing plus she should beat Makiri that was bad match. I really feel sad for Jarka I mean it must have ben errorfest from her =( tho I didnt expect such score I knew Sori can win no doubt. As for tmrw Samy wont make same mistake twice Sori was up her standarts at AO on big stage different circumstances Sammy under pressure a bit and she played poorly. I think she doesnt stand chance but Sam is top 10 so

Brad[le]y.
Feb 14th, 2012, 11:36 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo:

Curcubeu
Feb 15th, 2012, 07:44 PM
Lost to Stosur 4-6 6-7

Too poor on the important points. She may have back her game, but her brain is still stuck at junior level :facepalm:

grs
Feb 15th, 2012, 07:49 PM
Solid play for both of them. Maybe Sorana should play more on Samantha's BH. Anyway her tennis is back to the level of August 2009. She will be in top very quickly now.

Vikapower
Feb 15th, 2012, 07:52 PM
Lost to Stosur 4-6 6-7

Too poor on the important points. She may have back her game, but her brain is still stuck at junior level :facepalm:

:lol: A little harsh hey, Sorana's on-court attitude is beautiful that's the first thing, she doesn't/didn't get down on herself which helps her to stay focused and into the match (remember Hobart against Angelique :facepalm: ).

I find she didn't play very strategical today and let Sam too many looks at her forehand contrary to Australian Open -- also her ROS was slightly lower but Sorana comes from so far that these kinds of losses now have much more of a positive aura around them than in the past.

She looks promising for her future tournaments and her ranking should show that as an effect. ;)

Curcubeu
Feb 15th, 2012, 08:03 PM
Just saw the stats which are excellent.

I hope for a match against old Rena at Monterrey. She can trouble her and won't have any problems of getting overpowered.

Rovegun
Feb 15th, 2012, 10:21 PM
really happy for Sori even though she lost... we can see a big improvement since last 2 years she´s now able to compete the best players which means a lot and that hard work has paid off maybe it lasted much longer than we expected but Sori is finally back on her way to be top 30 I believe she can make it and be consistent on that top 30 level... hopefully she can reach this level and stay there because she´s older than in 2010 and much more experienced now and has learnt how to handle the pressure... so proud of her!

Meelis
Feb 18th, 2012, 08:07 PM
Monterrey

(5)Gisela Dulko (ARG) v Patricia Mayr-Achleitner (AUT)
Q v Eva Birnerova (CZE)
(wc)Ximena Hermoso (MEX) v Timea Babos (HUN)
Stefanie Voegele (SUI) v (3/wc)Sorana Cirstea (ROU)

Andiyan
Feb 18th, 2012, 08:08 PM
Seems like she has to pull through to the SF at least.

Curcubeu
Feb 18th, 2012, 08:19 PM
Joke quarter, seriously, and Errani in the semis whose state of health is still unknown.

Win it all! This title is yours! :rocker2:

Mike81
Feb 19th, 2012, 10:05 AM
Big chance of winning this tournament for Sori

Rovegun
Feb 19th, 2012, 04:46 PM
a quite acceptable draw for Sori but she has to be careful and not underrate her opponents... the draw looks quite easy but Voegele can make her life tough and Babos has played well in Bogota so far anyway Sori has a big chance to go very deep in tournament....

Mike81
Feb 19th, 2012, 10:32 PM
Voegele troubled Lisicki and beat Jarka in recent matches, although Sorana is a different style of player and I'm confident she'll handle Voegele.

SidTheKid
Feb 19th, 2012, 10:42 PM
Everybody beats Jarka lately so..I think Sori will do well :)

hellas719
Feb 20th, 2012, 03:56 AM
GL Sori!! :bounce:

Rovegun
Feb 20th, 2012, 02:19 PM
hope there will be a stream but I don´t reckon much with that possibility.... anyway good luck and fingers crossed, Sori!

austennisfan
Feb 21st, 2012, 07:50 AM
Round one is gonna be a tough match for Sori. I saw Stefanie play a bit over this summer and she's a good player who is also a bit of an all court player with some nice volleying skills.

Brad[le]y.
Feb 22nd, 2012, 03:22 AM
Sori won 6-2 3-6 7-5 :woohoo:

was up 3-0 in final set though. :lol:

Mike81
Feb 22nd, 2012, 03:31 AM
Not surprised it would be a battle for Sori. A win's what counts :)

Curcubeu
Feb 22nd, 2012, 03:33 AM
Monterrey R1: (3)Sorana Cîrstea def. Stefanie Voegele 6-3 2-6 7-5

The most nervwrecking sh*t I've seen for a long time and being a proven fan of headcases this has to mean something, but let's start off from the beginning.

Set 1:
Both players struggling on the return so either one held serve pretty easily, when Sorana was able to break for the first time, followed by an immediate rebreak, until she took her 2nd BP at 4-3 to break the Swiss for the second time and eventually serve it out with an ace. Also saved a couple of BPs in the run to consolidate her break lead.

Set 2:
Sorana got the early break, but was unable to hold serve for the rest of the set going from decent Top 50 level to club tennis in about 2 minutes, giving it kind of up in the end with the dumbest errrors for a while.

Set 3:
Sorana back to her 1st set level going up 3*-0 by a double break, saving a couple of BPs on the way, just to let it go back to 3-3. Then the comedy began. Sorana missing 2 BPs to go up a break again, so that Stefanie was able to hold with her 4th game in a row to 4-3. I thought it was over and nearly felt confirmed by following BPs on Sorana's serve after very sloppy errors, however she hit GOAT mode all of a sudden again hitting 2 crushing baseline winners and an ace to make it 4-4. She was able to maintain her confidence in the following return game hitting further winners, but benefitting from 2 Swiss DFs in the end, 1 on BP. At 5-4 30:30, she completely misstimed a return from Voegele which she already thought to be out, even going for the fistpump just to get broken with another terrible error to 5-5. I thought once again, too much fail, that's it and Steffi cruised to a fast 40-0 lead. But for another time, I underestimated random GOATrana coming up with a couple of beautiful strokes to make it from 40-0 to BP when Voegele dumped a forehand smash in front of the open court into the middle of the net. Heck, Sorana serving for the match again getting 2 MPs. But fitting the match, the 1st one got saved by a Voegele netcord, still Sorana was somehow able to take the match on the 2nd try releasing me from that mental torture.

Brilliant comedy, but messy match throughout. Sorana swinging between world class and utter crap within her regular 5 minute intervals. However, Voegele was probably the toughest opponent she has to face until the semis, so I hope this very ugly win can boost her confidence to make it another good tournament.

grs
Feb 22nd, 2012, 04:24 AM
I saw only the third set and it was, well let's say interesting :p. Frankly it was the worst set I watched Sorana played this year (if I don't take in consideration the last two sets from Errani match when she was suffering). But I give her credit because she made o long trip from Doha to Monterrey and there are also 9 hours difference in time zone.

Good luck against Babos, Sorana!

hellas719
Feb 22nd, 2012, 04:43 AM
Sori :woohoo:
I knew it was going to be tough and I could only follow livescores and she gave me a heart attack but she pulled through in the end :inlove:
Babos shouldn't really trouble her but you never know with Sori...and Dulko is in serious trouble now against Mayr-Achleitner so this draw is looking better and better :cheer:

Mike81
Feb 22nd, 2012, 05:57 AM
So I assume this tournament will only have live scores?

Brad[le]y.
Feb 22nd, 2012, 05:57 AM
no there was a stream :shrug:
but be glad you didn't watch it :sobbing:

hellas719
Feb 22nd, 2012, 06:08 AM
So I assume this tournament will only have live scores?

There's a stream, I just couldn't watch it :shrug:

Mike81
Feb 22nd, 2012, 06:10 AM
I will have to check out her next match then! :cool: as long as I can find that stream!.. Pretty strange that no stream for Lisicki v Benesova in Dubai, but a stream for Monterrey...

I've only really started to watch a couple of Sorana's matches in full this year (ones at Aus Open, especially win over Stosur) and now she's one of my faves :D Even Lisicki made very hard work of beating Voegele, this doesn't surprise me that it was an up and down match.

hellas719
Feb 22nd, 2012, 06:18 AM
^there is stream for Dubai, but not for the outside courts ;)

Mike81
Feb 22nd, 2012, 06:26 AM
^there is stream for Dubai, but not for the outside courts ;)

Yeah that's what I meant ;) can't watch Sabine's match.

grs
Feb 22nd, 2012, 06:52 AM
Sorana met Stefanie twice last year and in both occasions she won the tournament (ITF 100k on clay snd 50k on hard). Please Sorana make this a habit :)

HowardH
Feb 22nd, 2012, 08:32 AM
Didn't see it. But it seems Sorana likes her matches to be entertaining.

donellcarey
Feb 23rd, 2012, 08:38 PM
Timea Babos next up, shouldn't be a problem though

Curcubeu
Feb 23rd, 2012, 08:52 PM
I try to watch it even if it is in the middle of the night here. I hope this doesn't become such a thriller like the Voegele encounter, though, however I'm armed with some coffee and heart pills...

She has actually a free ride to the semis, Mayr-Achleitner or Birnerova in the QF. Lol

Dav.
Feb 24th, 2012, 01:25 AM
Do you guys know the stream for Sori's match tonight?

Dav.
Feb 24th, 2012, 01:29 AM
Never mind: http://lsh.lshunter.tv/static/popups/83171691276830.html

Curcubeu
Feb 24th, 2012, 01:33 AM
This one has better quality as it is from the official Mexican program and you can practice your Spanish knowledge if you want:

http://www.terra.mx/abiertodetenismonterrey/

Dav.
Feb 24th, 2012, 01:35 AM
This one has better quality as it is from the official Mexican program and you can practice your Spanish knowledge if you want:

http://www.terra.mx/abiertodetenismonterrey/

I speak some Spanish. :p

Thanks!

hellas719
Feb 24th, 2012, 05:52 AM
6-4 4-6 2-6 :rolleyes:
Beyond pathetic :o
All she needed to do was beat Babos and Mayr-Achleitner for 100 points :o
I'm so sick of this shit! Every time we think she is getting into form she plays like shit :help:
She should've won this whole thing! Apart from Errani, there's Bratchikova, Cadantu, Arn, Dominguez-Lino, Minella, and Mayr-Achleitner left! What a joke!

Curcubeu
Feb 24th, 2012, 05:53 AM
Lost in 3 sets to someone whose pathetic behaviour doesn't make him worth being mentioned.

terrible match, but she was clearly exhausted and this led to her usual brainless bashing style going for the fast point, but missing most.

Rest up for Indian Wells and make it better there! ;)

Curcubeu
Feb 24th, 2012, 05:59 AM
6-4 4-6 2-6 :rolleyes:
Beyond pathetic :o
All she needed to do was beat Babos and Mayr-Achleitner for 100 points :o
I'm so sick of this shit! Every time we think she is getting into form she plays like shit :help:
She should've won this whole thing! Apart from Errani, there's Bratchikova, Cadantu, Arn, Dominguez-Lino, Minella, and Mayr-Achleitner left! What a joke!

The same can be said about Vinci and she lost in R2. They both were far away from their best, probably tired from the matches before and still irritated about the time shift. Sorana kept on stretching between points today, I haven't seen that from her for a long time.

And by the way, I can totally see that brat making the final or even winning here. She has a sick serve actually, if she can get past Errani, the trophy is hers...

grs
Feb 24th, 2012, 06:01 AM
And by the way, I can totally see that brat making the final or even winning here. She has a sick serve actually, if she can get past Errani, the trophy is hers...

I wish a Cadantu - Babos final :devil:

Curcubeu
Feb 24th, 2012, 06:08 AM
I wish a Cadantu - Babos final :devil:

http://www.divers.ro/uploads_ro/37453/10189/Flag-Pins-Hungary-Romania.jpg

pe prietenie română-maghiară :happy:

grs
Feb 24th, 2012, 06:09 AM
Maybe, but I like more to see both girls screaming at every point :)

Curcubeu
Feb 24th, 2012, 06:12 AM
That would be epic, Alexandra has been relatively calm for her standards so far, but I can totally see them pushing each other to a complete bitchfest. :lol:

Sorry for OT

Mike81
Feb 24th, 2012, 06:19 AM
Oh dear. Unfortunately I couldn't follow her match because I was at work. I had really had hoped Sori might win this tournament...

grs
Feb 24th, 2012, 06:22 AM
Coming back to Sorana, that was her first defeat to a girl outside top 50 in 2012. I don't mind it but I am concerned about how bad is her left foot as I remember that her fall in 2009 coming after such an injury. :tape: I hope is nothing serious now.

hellas719
Feb 24th, 2012, 06:23 AM
Curcubey, it's different because at least Vinci is able to whore up MMs and get a good ranking because she beats the players she's supposed to beat ;)
Sori on the other hand....:facepalm:

Curcubeu
Feb 24th, 2012, 06:24 AM
Coming back to Sorana, that was her first defeat to a girl outside top 50 in 2012. I don't mind it but I am concerned about how bad is her left foot as I remember that her fall in 2009 coming after such an injury. :tape: I hope is nothing serious now.

I don't think so, otherwise she would have retired knowing that she doesn't stand a chance.

She has 10 days now until Indian Wells, that should be enough to go back into gear.

Curcubeu
Feb 24th, 2012, 06:26 AM
Curcubey, it's different because at least Vinci is able to whore up MMs and get a good ranking because she beats the players she's supposed to beat ;)
Sori on the other hand....:facepalm:

Bratchikova?

Yeah, Sorana can't bullshit her way through a tournament like more defensive skilled players, I agree. She attacks when she has an off-day like she always does, she misses and then is probably able to lose to anyone.

grs
Feb 24th, 2012, 06:27 AM
Curcubey, it's different because at least Vinci is able to whore up MMs and get a good ranking because she beats the players she's supposed to beat ;)
Sori on the other hand....:facepalm:

I supposed Vinci is much better than Nina. And Timea is a talented up and coming tennis player.

Brad[le]y.
Feb 24th, 2012, 06:30 AM
Lost in 3 sets to someone whose pathetic behaviour doesn't make him worth being mentioned.

terrible match, but she was clearly exhausted and this led to her usual brainless bashing style going for the fast point, but missing most.

Rest up for Indian Wells and make it better there! ;)

just noticed this :spit:

Curcubeu
Feb 24th, 2012, 06:32 AM
Sorry, it should be 'it'

HowardH
Feb 24th, 2012, 08:02 AM
Sorana :sad: :hug:.

Sorry, it should be 'it'

:lol:

donellcarey
Feb 24th, 2012, 02:51 PM
Sori :facepalm:

SidTheKid
Feb 24th, 2012, 02:53 PM
That is what we get after godo results? :sad: :sobbing:

vuhvuh
Feb 24th, 2012, 05:36 PM
How awkward. this is top50 omg imo in my rankings she is top 80 and seriously she should have won Moterey. this is soo bad

vuhvuh
Feb 24th, 2012, 05:39 PM
wait she has something with her foot? =/

Curcubeu
Feb 24th, 2012, 09:39 PM
A minor thing I guess, otherwise she would have retired, hopeless as she was out there and visbly annoyed by Timerda's barking orgies...

Brad[le]y.
Mar 4th, 2012, 05:48 AM
I'm going to be in IW next week, I won't be there until 2R though so hopefully she wins a match so I can stalk meet her :inlove:

Rovegun
Mar 4th, 2012, 12:09 PM
I'm going to be in IW next week, I won't be there until 2R though so hopefully she wins a match so I can stalk meet her :inlove:

...and take a pic with her! :D she´s just lovely :hearts:

Curcubeu
Mar 6th, 2012, 12:20 AM
WTA Indian Wells, Main Draw:

(27)Flavia Pennetta v Bye
Tsvetana Pironkova v Carla Suarez Navarro
Sorana Cirstea v Iveta Benesova
Bye v (5)Agnieszka Radwanska


Not easy at all... :unsure:

Curcubeu
Mar 6th, 2012, 12:20 AM
And by the way, I can totally see that brat making the final or even winning here. She has a sick serve actually, if she can get past Errani, the trophy is hers...

:angel:

Mike81
Mar 6th, 2012, 12:24 AM
Tough draw for Sorana.

Rovegun
Mar 6th, 2012, 12:05 PM
I predict she will end up her way pretty soon, unfortunately

Mike81
Mar 6th, 2012, 12:15 PM
I doubt her chances too, but she has already beaten players like Stosur and Zvonareva in 2012, hope she will surprise us :)

vuhvuh
Mar 6th, 2012, 08:33 PM
Radwa has amazing form tho I think even Iveta will be tough. No way she beats Radwa

Meelis
Mar 7th, 2012, 11:21 PM
Well done against Iveta :)

She is always winning against Radwanska or gets completely trashed :lol: Avoid bagels this time ;)

Mike81
Mar 7th, 2012, 11:24 PM
Yay Sorana, I predicted she'd win in 3 :cool:

Curcubeu
Mar 7th, 2012, 11:30 PM
4-6 7-5 7-6(5)

Trailed 3-5 in the second, had to save BPs on her serve in nearly every service game in the decider apart from 5-5 and was even 2-4 down in the TB. When was the last time she displayed so much mental strength?

BP conversion 3rd set: 1/1 Sorana, 1/10 Iveta says it all! :lol:

And as someone already pointed out in the result thread, she would have lost that kind of a match with a blow out 1 year ago like it was the case in their previous meeting, but despite some minor chokes here and there she got her game back and obviously her mental capabilities as well. Well done! :cheer:

No chance against Radwanska, i only hope she doesn't get steamrolled. :lol:

Brad[le]y.
Mar 7th, 2012, 11:32 PM
I just got home and looked on the scoreboard :rolls:
glad I didn't have to deal with that :lol:

anyways good luck against Aga; I will be rooting for you both :)

Curcubeu
Mar 7th, 2012, 11:35 PM
I died another 10 times tonight, nearly all my faves are such drama queens, no matter if on the WTA or ATP, unbearable. Ugh...

Brad[le]y.
Mar 7th, 2012, 11:37 PM
I can't believe there was a Sori match with choking where Sori wasn't the one doing the choking :D

Mike81
Mar 7th, 2012, 11:38 PM
No way she would've won that match 6 months ago, which is another good sign for her.

Curcubeu
Mar 7th, 2012, 11:38 PM
Sorana can choke a lot, but she has already displayed some great fighting as well in the past, especially against the big guns nearly everyone in her position would have folded.

Jankovic at FO 2009, Radwanska and Wozniacki later that year in LA. You never know with her.

grs
Mar 7th, 2012, 11:42 PM
I remember her last match against Radwanska - 7-6(4) 1-6 7-5 a week after a 0-6 1-6 lost :) . It was the last big match made by Sorana before her foot injury. In the two tight sets she won she showed how to beat Radwanska - lot a patience waiting for the right moment to hit the decisive shot. In the other three sets she played the opposite - hit harder every ball she got making tons of UE's. Radwanska played the same during all sets :)

Curcubeu
Mar 7th, 2012, 11:47 PM
I'm remembering that as well. Like all Radwanska matches on HC it was live on ES, I believe, and it was so nervwrecking to watch, because it was all on Sorana's racket and you know that she will either hit a dumb error or a winner and if I can recall correctly the match was decided by the hawk-eye which overruled a Sorana winner that was given out.

grs
Mar 7th, 2012, 11:53 PM
Yes, you're right. It was a backhand down to line winner. Sorana must be more patient, waiting for the right moment to use her big weapons, reducing the number of UE's this way. I know she can do it! She showed that many times before.

xcrtbckhnd
Mar 8th, 2012, 04:21 AM
Great win! Beat down Aga next round!!!!!

Rovegun
Mar 8th, 2012, 11:37 AM
guys, you said it all... Sori has to be very patient but it´s going to be pretty tough with her kind of an agressive game.... she can win the match but it has to be her very best day.... Aga plays every match with the same running from one to other side and making almost no UEs.... she won´t give Sori any ball for free so Sori will have to hit the ball pretty hard and fast and mainly in the court... Sori will have to be very consistent Aga can beat aggressive players very lightly because she doesn´t miss the ball....

Vikapower
Mar 8th, 2012, 07:24 PM
:lol: I watched the score-board from the corner of an eye but I'm really happy Sori qualified, I mean got through. Pity she has to play Radwanska but oh well it's playable so best of luck.

donellcarey
Mar 8th, 2012, 09:11 PM
She's beaten her 2 times, but still that's not the case right now. But hopefully she could win.

hellas719
Mar 9th, 2012, 06:08 AM
Sori :inlove::yeah:
Nothing to lose against Aga ;)

Brad[le]y.
Mar 10th, 2012, 08:36 AM
Shame for Sori but I'm happy for Aga :)

I watched live and saw some :eek: shots from her. But as always, only in flashes.

Curcubeu
Mar 10th, 2012, 10:17 AM
Expected, but she didn't get steamrolled whatsoever.

Let's hope for more drawing luck in Miami now! ;)

Rovegun
Mar 10th, 2012, 09:29 PM
no surprise everyone expected that loss and it is good as Curcube she didn´t get steamrolled.... it would be nice to get a gentle draw in Miami I hope for that...

hellas719
Mar 11th, 2012, 07:16 AM
Sori :hug:
Hopefully Yakimova and then Cetkovska :oh:

Curcubeu
Mar 11th, 2012, 03:49 PM
I would prefer her to get drawn into the 9-24 seeded range to be honest. Of course, the lowest seeds are probably easier to beat, well, looking how many Top 20 players are out of form not even that's the case, but a 25-32 seed is always followed by a Top seed in R3.

hellas719
Mar 12th, 2012, 04:32 AM
^With everything she's been through the last few years, just getting to R3 would be a huge achievement ;). And she could get an out of form one like Wozniacki or Bartoli :p

Mike81
Mar 12th, 2012, 07:51 AM
I'm keenly awaiting Sori's next big name victim in 2012 to add to Stosur and Zvonareva.

Jimmie48
Mar 19th, 2012, 06:43 PM
Heather Watson in R1, not too bad.

Vika looming in R3 so she's not very likely to go any further :(

Curcubeu
Mar 19th, 2012, 06:49 PM
Well, at least she drew a rather easy seed with Safarova in R2, hoping that the Czech doesn't have one of her four peak showings a year.

R1 should be no problem either, although Heather is the kind of player she hates to face, but girl has no weapons whatsoever and her form isn't that spectacular either.

Mike81
Mar 19th, 2012, 11:18 PM
Should beat fellow 2011 Xperia Hotshot Heather Watson, R3 Vika? :help:

Andiyan
Mar 20th, 2012, 06:56 PM
Well that was a mess.

Jimmie48
Mar 20th, 2012, 07:20 PM
Hopefully she can do better on clay. Maybe she's better off playing some more of the smaller tournaments, that seemed to do her good in late 2011.

Curcubeu
Mar 20th, 2012, 08:28 PM
Sorana even outdid my ATP faves today, as if this is possible.

4th choke of the year, 2nd major choke. You would wonder where the girl could be ranked, seriously and instead of taking the risk of getting banned for abusive insults, I'll stick with a simple

Lol

Rovegun
Mar 20th, 2012, 10:26 PM
what the hell is this result? what a shock! who would have waited that?.... hope for some good results on clay...

SidTheKid
Mar 20th, 2012, 10:27 PM
What the hell was that :facepalm: Hoping for better results in remaining season :)

HowardH
Mar 20th, 2012, 10:36 PM
She lost from 5-0 up in the third? :sad: :hug:

hellas719
Mar 21st, 2012, 04:14 AM
One step forward, two steps backwards...

HowardH
Mar 21st, 2012, 06:48 AM
One step forward, two steps backwards...

It's only one match, so even though it was an awful way to finish the match against an opponent she ought to beat, at most it's one step backwards, in my opinion. Maybe less than one full step. I still consider her better play this year to be a sign of an upward trend. If she plays well in her next tournament all will be fine. She was really close to winning here, but just couldn't get over the line. A few small mental improvements at critical points in the match and she'll be closing that set 6-0 or 6-1. It's pretty difficult to make those small mental changes though. That's the art of matchplay.

ALIEN
Mar 21st, 2012, 10:46 AM
Sorana is back! I was getting worried there for a second.

Brad[le]y.
Apr 2nd, 2012, 03:33 AM
Sorana is back! I was getting worried there for a second.

:spit:

Let's hope she does something on the clay :sobbing:

xcrtbckhnd
Apr 6th, 2012, 04:06 AM
Gl on the clay sori