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saul1333
Feb 21st, 2012, 12:43 PM
Thank you Aga :hearts:

Aga served for the match at 6*-5 in the 2nd set and had 30-0. 43 shot rally in the tiebreak. Aleks served for the match at 5*-4.

Had a lot of problems with the wind.

FedererBulgaria
Feb 21st, 2012, 12:44 PM
Lucky Aga and her ugly wins ,why im not surprised?

InsideOut.
Feb 21st, 2012, 12:44 PM
:lol:

Sylvester
Feb 21st, 2012, 12:44 PM
Folded like a cheap Canadian tent on a storm day in Mount Logan! :lol:

Never in doubt

frenchie
Feb 21st, 2012, 12:44 PM
the good year continues

flareon
Feb 21st, 2012, 12:45 PM
Shame aleks really deserved that just mentally could not pull it through.
Radwanska :rolleyes:

SVK
Feb 21st, 2012, 12:45 PM
Wozniak nowadays canīt convert her chances, it was a bit expected she wouldnīt close it out. I was surprised she managed to win that second set tiebreak. Crazy wind/rallies there.

Pris
Feb 21st, 2012, 12:45 PM
Wozniak in Wozniacki mode.

Speak frankly, Aga should send off dude hired by sister.

Coldfront
Feb 21st, 2012, 12:46 PM
Aga :hysteric:

Wasn't expecting such a close match

pedropt
Feb 21st, 2012, 12:46 PM
That was booooooooooring.

Miracle Worker
Feb 21st, 2012, 12:47 PM
I didn't watch 3rd set...

Did Aleks choke? :oh:

Bronx19
Feb 21st, 2012, 12:47 PM
Christ chicks tennis is fucked.

Rads pushed everything so pathetically softly back up the middle and just waited for a mistake.

Simugna Help
Feb 21st, 2012, 12:48 PM
http://i40.tinypic.com/c8b9v.jpg

fouc
Feb 21st, 2012, 12:48 PM
Shame aleks really deserved that just mentally could not pull it through.
Radwanska :rolleyes:

deserved it on what basis actually? :lol: Wozniak had definitely less winners, more errors and both were playing poorly.

vma
Feb 21st, 2012, 12:49 PM
Am I the only one who thinks that despite the score Aga actually strengthened her game and served much better than in Doha? 37 winners from Aga! :eek: :eek:
I don't really remember being so happy for Aga even though it's only round 1 :) :bounce:

MarkNL
Feb 21st, 2012, 12:49 PM
Aleks :facepalm:

You lead 5-3 in the 3rd :fiery:

Randy H
Feb 21st, 2012, 12:49 PM
Tough loss for Aleks, but to be honest she made it way closer than I would have predicted. Aga and Caro are really her worst possible match ups and I think knowing her poor record against Aga in the past created the self doubt to close it out in the third set which you could just feel was going to happen with the tension and the windy conditions.

That said, I think this is very positive for Aleks to get herself into a winning position in tough conditions against someone like Radwanska. Played some good rallies, but in the end Radwanska came up with some real nice cat and mouse tennis to earn the win. Aleks needed to flatten out that forehand a bit more and hit through it when things got tight.

Hopefully a sign of more positives for 2012 for Aleksandra, nice to see her back out competing against the top names again :)

Gilas.
Feb 21st, 2012, 12:50 PM
Ugly match. Aga was the one dictating (seriously) but made fugly errors when going for a kill. First set was all Aga, 2nd and 3rd was Aleks playing smart, controlled tennis, very good defense and some really clever touch shots. Mugnieszka is also bothered A LOT by the wind and her 10k level groundstrokes are being blown off the court.

Overall I'm glad her mental composure won this match but I'm not glad at all with her form. BORNA BIKIC NEEDS FIRED.

fouc
Feb 21st, 2012, 12:50 PM
Christ chicks tennis is fucked.

Rads pushed everything so pathetically softly back up the middle and just waited for a mistake.

yet she had more winners? I was surprised it was Wozniak who was pushing like crazy, even though she is said to be more aggressive.

kiriosh.
Feb 21st, 2012, 12:51 PM
I didn't know Wozniak is such defensive player :eek:
eh, terrible match :hysteric:

Sammo
Feb 21st, 2012, 12:51 PM
Lucky Aga and her ugly wins ,why im not surprised?

This

Johnbert
Feb 21st, 2012, 12:52 PM
nid that wozniak will lose this 5-7 after she serves for the match at 5-4 :angel:

sammy01
Feb 21st, 2012, 12:52 PM
aga has that aura going for her woz had until mid last year where girls just don't believe they can keep it going long enough to beat her. aga is on a roll, girls know it and the win over aga just becomes a bigger hurdle with each passing tournament.

Simugna Help
Feb 21st, 2012, 12:53 PM
Great comeback from Aga at 3-5 in the 3rd. Overall the score isn't surprising at all, Aga hasn't played this year as well as she did last Autumn. Great that she got herself fired up at the end and pulled through the match.

Now watch her get to final only to lose to Azarenka once again :sobbing:

fouc
Feb 21st, 2012, 12:53 PM
Am I the only one who thinks that despite the score Aga actually strengthened her game and served much better than in Doha?

yes you are, there was no indication of this. she is serving quite well with her 1st serve for some time now, but she definitely didn't strengthen her ground game.

ElusiveChanteuse
Feb 21st, 2012, 12:54 PM
Aga hitting more winners than her opponent and 37 winners?:eek: Caro could never in a 3 set match.:oh:

Sombrerero loco
Feb 21st, 2012, 12:54 PM
please aga :facepalm: at least you won but...

TS
Feb 21st, 2012, 12:57 PM
I didn't know Wozniak is such defensive player :eek:


She's not. It was very windy and she adjusted her game to Aga's style of play as well. That was the most patient I've ever seen Aleks on a tennis court.

Shame she couldn't serve it out :( Good to see her back though.

GSMPrzysiezny
Feb 21st, 2012, 01:01 PM
Radwanska looks like a talented club player nowadays. Her groundstrokes are uglier than ever :( (i don't accept comments that she never looked to be more than a talented club player, because she did). Please get back on track, girl.

Mynarco
Feb 21st, 2012, 01:01 PM
Aga :o should have won in two
That shoulder is worrying :lol:

Lulu.
Feb 21st, 2012, 01:02 PM
Aga. :yeah:
A win's a win.

Gilas.
Feb 21st, 2012, 01:03 PM
Aga was the MORE aggressive one in this match :shrug: her groundstrokes are junior/10k level in the wind, but she was successful in moving Aleks side to side (who in turn is just content in slicing the ball back, drawing Aga to the net to pass her) before failing hard at hitting a winner. I don't know if Bikic is telling her to be more aggressive all the time but it's not working for the better so far.

Simugna Help
Feb 21st, 2012, 01:03 PM
Radwanska looks like a talented club player nowadays. Her groundstrokes are uglier than ever :( (i don't accept comments that she never looked to be more than a talented club player, because she did). Please get back on track, girl.
If that was true, what would it say against all the opponents Radwanska beat this year?

gaja kesari
Feb 21st, 2012, 01:05 PM
Very tough conditions required a lot of patience from both players. Aleks Wozniak showed some grit denying Aga when she served for the match in the second set and again in the tie-break. She nearly got Agnieszka in the third before Aga pulled herself together. A frustrating match for both no doubt. Blasted wind :( :help:

Utautai
Feb 21st, 2012, 01:07 PM
She's not. It was very windy and she adjusted her game to Aga's style of play as well. That was the most patient I've ever seen Aleks on a tennis court.

Shame she couldn't serve it out :( Good to see her back though.
This :yeah:

I'd like to see some of you play in windy conditions :rolls: actually I don't. :rolleyes:

longtin23
Feb 21st, 2012, 01:38 PM
:lol: What a match and bored in the last three games though thrilling...

Kasey
Feb 21st, 2012, 01:42 PM
1 set: Aga pushing, Aleks making fugly errors> Aga wins easily
2 set: Aga making fugly errors, Aleks choking and kind of pushing > Aga fucked this up, Aleks wins
3 set: Aga going for the lines and making errors, Aleks in Rad's pushing mode> Aga wins

Tricky conditions, both players being unable to cope with the wind. Aga actually was more aggresive player today( coming to the net often, going for the lines), Aleks obviously had those grounstrokes yet she went to pushing mode. Worth mentioning Wozniak was kind of friendly with the lines, many of her shot landed right on them.

Vincey!
Feb 21st, 2012, 01:43 PM
Well on the plus side Aleks had 4 tough matches this week showing that she's ighting and that her game is going back to the top50 where she belongs and maybe higher. It is sure disappointing to see her lose another tough match against a top 10 player where she had her chances, it's getting old now cuz she definitely has the experience to close those matches out. Still a good week and good luck in KL, she could go really deep there.

CrossCourt~Rally
Feb 21st, 2012, 01:59 PM
At first glance I thought it was Wozniacki :oh:

Cinek
Feb 21st, 2012, 02:03 PM
Aga ;)
A win is a win!

Dado90
Feb 21st, 2012, 02:06 PM
what a pushing match! :( Aleks :o

Fantasy Hero
Feb 21st, 2012, 02:25 PM
Aleks :sobbing: why?! :sobbing:

aguy9797
Feb 21st, 2012, 02:25 PM
i guess I should be glad I slept through this mess :)

It seems like another wind horror story similar to the one with Mattek-Sands at AO

Tomek WIktorowska, I really like it when you are around

Caipirinha Guy
Feb 21st, 2012, 03:19 PM
Tomek WIktorowska, I really like it when you are around

Wiktorowski was "around". He commentated the match live in Eurosport. :spit:

Simugna Help
Feb 21st, 2012, 03:20 PM
i guess I should be glad I slept through this mess :)

It seems like another wind horror story similar to the one with Mattek-Sands at AO
I'd describe this match as more of a thrilling rollercoaster ride. I prefer when lower ranked players put some real pressure on the top-tier players.

Wiktorowski was "around". He commentated the match live in Eurosport.
What was hes saying during the latter two sets?

SwingVolley93
Feb 21st, 2012, 03:23 PM
Yes! This is exactly what I wanted :cheer:
A close fought match between two of my biggest faves with aga winning 7-5 in the 3rd.
Aga 37 winners :worship:
Aleks I love you continue improving and get that ranking up :hug:

Mahon_Lorcan
Feb 21st, 2012, 03:29 PM
Although lost, Aleks is on the good way to get the ranking up :) I hope she will be in top 30 soon.

Well done Aga. Not good match from her, but she won, so I am glad. Now Peer.

Mistress of Evil
Feb 21st, 2012, 03:46 PM
Queen Vulture expanding her legacy :hearts:

NeKo
Feb 21st, 2012, 04:29 PM
Watching Radwanska playing is so boring....

matty
Feb 21st, 2012, 04:32 PM
Wozniak :)--nice scoreline

Mightymirza
Feb 21st, 2012, 04:33 PM
:lol: I wanted to Fast Forward the rallies.. Vintage stuff.. Very slow but long arduous rallies.. :zzz:

Belmont Lad
Feb 21st, 2012, 04:34 PM
Really difficult conditions to play in for both. Brutal loss for Aleks, she really should have closed the match out serving for it in the third, but she went into push mode. :sad: :sad: Still, she got 4 great matches in, and almost defeated the world #6, not a bad week. :hug: Good luck in KL next week, as a seed I expect a deep run. Congrats to Aga. :kiss:

hablo
Feb 21st, 2012, 06:03 PM
Oh noooooooo, Aleks! :hysteric:
Folded like a cheap Canadian tent on a storm day in Mount Logan! :lol:

Never in doubt
:ras:
http://i40.tinypic.com/c8b9v.jpg
Too many UEs, it seems. :o
Tough loss for Aleks, but to be honest she made it way closer than I would have predicted. Aga and Caro are really her worst possible match ups and I think knowing her poor record against Aga in the past created the self doubt to close it out in the third set which you could just feel was going to happen with the tension and the windy conditions.

That said, I think this is very positive for Aleks to get herself into a winning position in tough conditions against someone like Radwanska. Played some good rallies, but in the end Radwanska came up with some real nice cat and mouse tennis to earn the win. Aleks needed to flatten out that forehand a bit more and hit through it when things got tight.

Hopefully a sign of more positives for 2012 for Aleksandra, nice to see her back out competing against the top names again :)

Thanks for the summary; didn't get to see this match. :yeah:

Talula
Feb 21st, 2012, 06:09 PM
Wow, sounds like a marathon!

Madoka
Feb 21st, 2012, 06:20 PM
RADWANKSAS GAME IS PURE PAIN !!!


BORING !!! ANNOYING !! I TRY EVERY SINGLE TIME TO WATCH HER MATCHES, AFTER 5 MINUTES I HAVE TO SWITCH channel.

every single time she wins, tsnnis dies

saul1333
Feb 21st, 2012, 06:24 PM
Win #300 for Aga :)

http://www.wtatennis.com/news/20120221/radwanska-survives-gets-300th-match-win_2256076_2618969

StoneRose
Feb 21st, 2012, 06:34 PM
Pattern emerging, last 3 tourneys iirc Aga is in trouble in her first match, then she rolls through easily until she meets Vika.

saul1333
Feb 21st, 2012, 06:38 PM
Pattern emerging, last 3 tourneys iirc Aga is in trouble in her first match, then she rolls through easily until she meets Vika.

Doha first match she beat Keothavong 1 & 2.
Second match she beat Lepchenko when Lepchenko had 2 sps in the first set ;)

Gilas.
Feb 21st, 2012, 06:39 PM
GIORGI'S GAME IS PURE PAIN !!!


BORING !!! ANNOYING !! I TRY EVERY SINGLE TIME TO WATCH HER MATCHES, AFTER 5 MINUTES I HAVE TO SWITCH channel.

every single time she wins, tsnnis dies

Gee, I know you are in love with Camila but you don't need to mention her in every thread. :oh:

StoneRose
Feb 21st, 2012, 06:40 PM
Ah, second match she had some trouble in Doha indeed.

Irute
Feb 21st, 2012, 06:58 PM
Seems like a struggle, congrats on the win Aga anyway :yeah:
My belief that Aga's form is not at the best seems to be getting stronger confirmation, however matches played in a strong win are not reliable indicators.

Break My Rapture
Feb 21st, 2012, 09:04 PM
Watching Radwanska playing is so boring....
Yep. I used to like her a couple of years ago for the variety she put in with the dropshots and her skills up the court but her trickery shots became boring and old very quickly.

Simugna Help
Feb 21st, 2012, 09:07 PM
I don't understand why you people watch her matches (unless you're a fan of the opponent - maybe there's a lot of Wozniak fans all of a sudden :O). I do that with players I consider boring.

Lord Choc Ice
Feb 21st, 2012, 09:38 PM
Aleks :facepalm:. Choker...

Lucky escape for Miss Bitter.

MBM
Feb 21st, 2012, 09:40 PM
hopefully aleks will be happy she at least got so close

Simugna Help
Feb 21st, 2012, 09:43 PM
Aleks :facepalm:. Choker...

Lucky escape for Miss Bitter.
Who's bitter here? It was Radwanska who raised her game up significantly in the last 4 games.

Pebbles
Feb 22nd, 2012, 12:02 AM
Aleks :sad: this could've been a huge win for her.

stromatolite
Feb 22nd, 2012, 06:26 AM
Horrendous conditions, so not as bad a perfomance from both players as it looked. I thought Aleksandra handled the conditions better than Aga in sets 2 and 2 but unfortunately just lost her nerve at the end.

Corswandt
Feb 22nd, 2012, 01:23 PM
Rads pushed everything so pathetically softly back up the middle and just waited for a mistake.

They both did. There were some absolutely hilarious endless pushing rallies. I didn't expect Agatha to be quite this useless - she was looking like a caricature of herself out there. Wozniak making a crass error every other shot throughout the first, in the last two sets just starts pumping heavy topspin shots down the middle of the court, and hilarity ensued as Agatha was completely unable to generate any kind of pace on her own, her all-forearm FH looking particularly impotent, and rallies became completely deadlocked. Windy conditions also won't help a player who guides the ball instead of hitting it - I should have remembered Agatha's 2009 AO loss to K. Bondarenko.

bbjpa
Feb 22nd, 2012, 01:26 PM
Wozniak is a born choker :facepalm:

fouc
Feb 22nd, 2012, 01:30 PM
I still have no idea why Wozniak chose to play like that (and still kinda impressed she was quite successful).

Corswandt
Feb 22nd, 2012, 01:36 PM
I still have no idea why Wozniak chose to play like that (and still kinda impressed she was quite successful).

She'd have lost 1 and 2 if she hadn't. It was actually a very smart move.

fouc
Feb 22nd, 2012, 01:39 PM
I just didn't believe she would be able to get through 30+ and 40+ (thrilling :weirdo:) rallies one after another. "Forcing" Aga to hit 40 UEs is quite sth.

FedererBulgaria
Feb 27th, 2012, 02:22 PM
Why Wozniak...why.....