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Curcubeu
May 6th, 2012, 03:03 PM
Enough is enough, people. It's not about blaming, emberrassing or exposing our players. Let's consider it more as an antijinx for the future (Dulgheru winning watch) - of course fighting performances can be named as well.

Have fun!
Chokes
Australian Open, QR2: Michelle Larcher de Brito def. Cristina Mitu 1-6 7-5 6-2, Cristina led by 6-1 3-0 40-0 and 4-1* in the second set.

Rais-Bercy, R1: Carla Suarez-Navarro def. Monica Niculescu 6-3 7-6(3), Monica led in the 2nd set by 4*-0, 5*-3, had 2 SPs at 5-4*, got broken at 5-5 on a DF. She broke serve in every game she had BPs apart from the one she had SPs in.

Doha, R2: Caroline Wozniacki def. Sorana CÓrstea 7-6(7) 6-0, Sorana wasted a 4*-1 lead and 4 SPs in the TB before falling apart completely.

Fights

Florianopolis, R1: Monica Niculescu def. Anabel medina Garrigues 5-7 7-6(7) 6-1, Monica won the 2nd set TB from 3-6 down saving 3 consecutive MPs.

Acapulco, R1: Irina-Camelia Begu def. Ajla Tomljanovic 6-2 3-6 7-5, Irina-Camelia came back from 0-3* and 4-5* 0-30 down in the 3rd set. Also saved another 2 BPs at 5-5.


IMPORTANT: Losing after being a break up or the opposite, as well as getting broken by serving for the set or the other way round isn't enough to enter the list - only bigger leads or a poor/strong BP conversion is worth mentioning.

Curcubeu
May 6th, 2012, 03:04 PM
I guess a list from the beginning of the year isn't necessaty, is it?

Djezonfly
May 6th, 2012, 03:39 PM
See ya for Volume 2 next week.

Curcubeu
May 6th, 2012, 03:42 PM
See ya for Volume 2 next week.

I love your humour.

Curcubeu
May 8th, 2012, 07:54 PM
Took long for the first entry worth performance.

postalblowfish
May 8th, 2012, 09:43 PM
Been trying to think of a Simona one for the latter category but none spring to mind.

Curcubeu
May 8th, 2012, 09:49 PM
Been trying to think of a Simona one for the latter category but none spring to mind.

Lol

If you are generous, you could add that she broke Hantuchova at Doha when serving for the match, however, she just got into the situation because she got broken after a 40-0 herself the game before.

Djezonfly
May 8th, 2012, 10:49 PM
Great work :worship:

Curcubeu
May 21st, 2012, 05:07 PM
I knew why I opened it. Antijinx successful.

1st fighter entry for Simona after saving 3 MPs and winning against Jelena.

grs
May 21st, 2012, 05:32 PM
It's hard to say if a come back is a "choke" or a "fight" of both of them without watching the match. For example Verdasco came back from 2-5* against Nadal in Madrid by raising his game to a level too high for Nadal ( who played at a medium level being unused with the blue clay). On the other hand Sorana against Kerber lost her concentration after a bad call and started to play like a junior, losing a match dominated by her.

Curcubeu
May 21st, 2012, 05:37 PM
Of course, but in case of Sorana and Monica it's to 99,99% the first answer.

Anyway, saving MPs is always a fight worthy mention.

grs
May 21st, 2012, 05:45 PM
The greatest Romanian fighter was Alex D. against LDL at Cali 100k - from 1-5 in decider to 7-5. And our Arielle was injured.

Curcubeu
May 21st, 2012, 05:54 PM
Alexandra. :sad:

The week before RG used to be HER week and now she is out of Top 100, but she has birthday soon. :)

Yeah, Alexandra barely choked, only from the beginning of this year when she was simply injured and her serve got even shakier because of that, actually she always fought back from being down.
Warsaw 2009 with more than 6 hours already on court during qualifying, always coming back from behind. Then, in 2010 the title defense with all the pressure, her strong fight backs against Errani and Dementieva that clay season, and later in Budapest where she escaped against Chakvetadze and Sevastova, not to mention her clutch performance against Coin in Den Bosch to seal her 1st grass semifinal. She has won so many tough 3 setters.

Even last year those epic matches against Sharapova, Pivovarova and AMG back to back and later against Rus in Seoul saving MPs again and this year in Cali. Oh dear...

I nearly followed all her matches. I hope she'll come back again.

grs
May 21st, 2012, 05:58 PM
You made me cry :tears:

Curcubeu
May 21st, 2012, 06:04 PM
She is doing it like her new fave player Simon coming back from some tough knee problems and becoming as good as never before.

It sounds a bit harsh, but from all Romanian players I would trust in Alexandra most to come back from a serious injury, while for Irina-Camelia it would have been over regarding her work ethics.

Curcubeu
May 28th, 2012, 05:03 PM
Well deserved entry for Monica today.

noname29
May 28th, 2012, 05:57 PM
Well deserved entry for Monica today.

:scratch: Cadantu will win tomorrow... prepare fighter section :lick:

Curcubeu
Jun 20th, 2012, 01:32 PM
I guess we found a winner.

grs
Jul 17th, 2012, 06:47 PM
No update? :D

Curcubeu
Jul 17th, 2012, 06:49 PM
Should I include ITF?

Because then I must add Alexandra D.'s epic comeback against LDL from Cali earlier this year as well.

grs
Jul 17th, 2012, 07:03 PM
ITF? Yes, your right but she play against Serena's conqueror :)

Curcubeu
Jul 17th, 2012, 07:13 PM
Updated.

Curcubeu
Aug 9th, 2012, 04:35 PM
Updated.

Curcubeu
Nov 11th, 2012, 09:51 AM
Updated after the very last noticeable match of the year.

Feel free to comment.

Curcubeu
Jan 11th, 2013, 05:27 AM
Year-End results 2012

Chokes

Sydney:
Sofia Arvidsson def. Alexandra Dulgheru 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, Alexandra led by a break in the 2nd and had a MP at 6*-5.

Hobart:
Angelique Kerber def. Sorana Cirstea 6-0 3-6 7-5, Sorana blew 5-2* and 2 MPs at 5*-3

Indian Wells:
Aleksandra Wozniak def. Monica Niculescu 4-6 6-3 6-4, Monica blew a 4*-0 lead in the 3rd
Heather Watson def. Sorana Cirstea 6-3 3-6 7-6, Sorana blew a 5-0* lead in the 3rd and 2MPs at 5-4
Marion Bartoli def. Simona Halep 6-4 7-6, Simona blew 8 SPs in the 2nd set

Barcelona:
Yuliya Beygelzimer def. Alexandra Cadantu 6-3 7-6(4), Alexandra had 3 SPs at 5-4* in the 2nd set, but couldn't convert.

Madrid:
Lourdes Dominguez-Lino def. Monica Niculescu 6-0 7-6(6), Monica blew 6*-5 40-0 and further SPs in the TB
Anabel Medina Garrigues def. Sorana Cirtsea 6-1 3-6 7-5, Sorana 0/7 on BPs in the 3rd to AMG's 1/1 (1st MP on DF)

French Open:
Nina Bratchikova def. Monica Niculescu 0-6 6-3 6-3, Monica led H2H 3-0 against a player who has lost 9 of her last 10 matches, completely lost plot after the early bagel.

s'Hertogenbosch:
Francesca Schiavone def. Irina-Camelia Begu 6-2 2-6 7-6(8), Irina-Camelia led by 4-2 40-30 in the final set and had 6 consecutive MPs at 6-0 in the final set tiebreak, as well as 2 further ones at 7-6 and 8-7.

Montreal:
Samatha Stsour def. Simona Halep 7-5 4-4 Ret., Simona wasted a 5-1 lead in record time and was able to play a competitive second set until the retirement.

US Open:
Silvia Soler-Espinosa def. Irina-Camelia Begu 6-4 7-6(5), Begu wasted a 5-2 lead in the 2nd set tiebreak. Of course this loss was a back-up followed by the victory against a Top 10 player.

Tokyo:
Nadia Petrova def. Simona Halep 7-6(4) 6-0. Halep lead by a break twice in the 1st set and had a SP at 5-3*, couldn't convert, failed to win a single point on serve in the TB and completely collapsed afterwards.

Linz:
Petra Martic def. Sorana CÓrstea 6-4 6-3. Sorana finishing the match with a 0/10 BP conversion.

Asuncion:
Veronica Cepede Royg def. Raluca Olaru 5-7 7-6(7) 6-2. Raluca led 7-5 4-2 and had 2 consecutive MPs at 6-4 in the 2nd set tiebreak.




Fights

Miami:
Sorana Cirstea def. Iveta Benesova 4-6 7-5 7-6, Sorana came back from break down in both sets, saving numerous BPs in the decider
Irina-Camelia Begu def. Lucie Hradecka 4-6 7-5 6-2, Irina saved 2 MPs at 5-4 in the 2nd set.

Fes:
Irina-Camelia Begu def. Svetlana Kuznetsova 1-6 7-5 3-2 Ret., Irina saved a MP at 5-2 in the 2nd.

Brussels:
Simona Halep def. Jelena Jankovic 6-2 3-6 7-6(3), Simona saved 3 MPs, 2 at 5*-3 and 1 at 5-4*.
Simona Halep def. Dominika Cibulkova 0-6 6-4 6-3, fighting back impressively even through the rain breaks.

Bad Gastein:
Irina-Camelia Begu def. Katrin Woerle 7-5 1-6 6-3, Irina trailed by 0-2 and 1*-3 0-40 in the final set.

s'Hertorgenbosch
Monica Niculescu def. Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova 7-6(6) 6-3, Monica saved a SP in the 1st set tiebreak, as well as 6/7 BPs of her opponent.

Tashkent
Irina-Camelia Begu def. Galina Voskoboeva 3-6 7-6(1) 7-5, Irina-Camelia saved 2 BPs at 5-5 in the 2nd, came back from 2-5 15-30 in the decider, broke her opponent on her 1st BP in the 3rd and saved 4 GPs just to break her again to serve it out at 6-5.


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ITF circuit:
Only honourable mentions because most of the results can't be followed on livescores.

100k Cali:
Alexandra Dulgheru def. Lourdes Dominguez-Lino 3-6 6-2 7-5, saving 3 MPs at 2-5* in the deciding set, winning 5 games in a row to win the match.

100k Bucharest:
Raluca Olaru def. Virginie Razzano 2-6 6-2 7-6(2) after trailing 2*-5 in the decider and saving 2 MPs at 5*-6 to achieve her biggest result for some time.

Moscow:
Simona Halep def. Nadezda Petrova 3-6 7-5 7-5. Simona won after trailing by a set and 0-2 breaking her opponent's serve whenever she had a chance to do so.

Curcubeu
Jan 29th, 2013, 11:03 AM
Monica striking for the first time in 2013.

Curcubeu
Feb 13th, 2013, 06:23 PM
Updated

1st entry for Sorana this year.

Curcubeu
Feb 26th, 2013, 04:54 AM
First 2 fighter entries of the year. Keep it up, girls!

grs
Apr 11th, 2013, 02:45 PM
Two new entries today? :rolleyes:

Curcubeu
Apr 11th, 2013, 02:51 PM
Irina-Camelia didn't choke, she was finished.

On the other hand, she well deserves an entry for her come back from MPs down in R1.

grs
Apr 11th, 2013, 02:56 PM
Irina-Camelia didn't choke, she was finished.

On the other hand, she well deserves an entry for her come back from MPs down in R1.

She did choke - from *3-1 to 3-6 in second set she lost her concentration after a service called out.
and from *4-1 in the third after a long game won of Alexandra's service when I thought that she had the mental advantage.

Curcubeu
Apr 11th, 2013, 02:59 PM
I'm always hard with chokes, but in all honesty, compared to her choke against Vinci in Budapest final where she was missing sitters left and right, this time she was just being worn down.

Would have been a different story if this wasn't streamed and I would have just judged from scoreboard. She was pretty much finished already at the end of the first set, nothing left in the tank.

Curcubeu
Jun 26th, 2013, 08:01 PM
Wimbledon:

R1: Barthel def. Niculescu 6-4 4-6 7-5, Monica served at 5*-3 in the final set and blew triple MP at 4*-5 0-40

R2: Giorgi def. Cirstea 7-6(7) 7-6(6), Sorana led twice by a break in the 1st, served for it at 6*-5, led 3-0 and 6-4, 7-6 in the TB, led 5-2 in the second and blew another 2 SP at 6-4.

hellas719
Mar 14th, 2014, 03:51 AM
http://www.bnpparibasopen.com/News/Tennis/2014/Interview-Transcripts/Simona-Halep-Quarterfinals.aspx

Simona said that the Romanian girls are all mentally strong :hysteric: