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Edinboro
May 25th, 2012, 05:48 PM
First off I should apologize for the lack of an exciting title. I am open to edit suggestions. ;)

All in all with the exception of a possible meeting with Azarenka in round 4, I think it's a good draw. I don't know a whole lot about Yakimova but I seem to recall a thread a month or so back that had her losing in the first round of a 10k. :tape: And then the possibility of a Q or Martinez Sanchez who hasn't had good clay results this year.

Coming into the event Lucie is 11-2 on clay courts. Charleston F, Stuttgart R1, Madrid 3R(WD), Prague100K W. I'm hoping for at least a 4R here. We all know she should do it.

Robert-KimClijst
May 25th, 2012, 07:47 PM
She should get to the third round before she meets Azarenka. Not a great draw since Azarenka is a terrible match-up for her but I'd be satisfied with the third round.

My one suggestion: edit the year. :lol:

smarties
May 25th, 2012, 08:01 PM
I'm not really worried about Yakimova or after that Martinez Sanchez; Cibulkova on the other hand in the 3rd round is quite a tough match up although she's not a great clay player she went all the way to the semis in 2009.

Edinboro
May 25th, 2012, 08:16 PM
My one suggestion: edit the year. :lol:

Oh wow :lol::lol:

Davodus
May 26th, 2012, 01:13 AM
Yakimova is a dirtball pusher on her best day. If Lucie lost to her I would probably vomit. But she gets a lot of balls back so Lucie can't be in self-destruct mode. MJMS has been in bad form, but that doesn't mean she can't play well again at any point..she beat Lucie in the Rome 2010 QF so she is dangerous...but she could also lose to Birnerova.

Cibulkova also isn't having her best year, but she has never lost to Lucie so she was one of the 3rd round seeds I hoped Lucie wouldn't get. All in all, the draw is just a bit annoying, particularly because 4th round, even though that would be great, is the absolute best we can hope for because of Azarenka. But if Lucie did make the 4th round I'd be ok with that :lol:

Davodus
May 26th, 2012, 01:48 PM
First on court 2...dunno if that court has a stream. First match of the slam, always fun :lol:

Edinboro
May 26th, 2012, 08:05 PM
Wasn't she the first match in Australia too? I remember her being one of the first ones out. I was hoping Court 2 would have a stream but seeing how she's the only seed to play on that court tomorrow I doubt they will lol.

Wert.
May 27th, 2012, 09:14 AM
GL :cheer:

Wert.
May 27th, 2012, 09:14 AM
BTW which thread are we using for LiveScore? :p :)

Edinboro
May 27th, 2012, 09:17 AM
Oh my what have they done to the French Open website? I can't even figure out how to launch the IBM Slamtracker to follow the scores. :/

Edinboro
May 27th, 2012, 09:17 AM
BTW which thread are we using for LiveScore? :p :)

This one. ;)

Hopefully it's a long thread.

Edinboro
May 27th, 2012, 09:19 AM
Gah I Hate This Fo Website!

Edinboro
May 27th, 2012, 09:20 AM
Whew figured it out. :)

Lucie already up a break.

Wert.
May 27th, 2012, 09:21 AM
Lucie breaks in first game :yeah:

Leads 1-0.

Wert.
May 27th, 2012, 09:24 AM
2-0 :)

Wert.
May 27th, 2012, 09:24 AM
The outfit is nice :hearts:

Edinboro
May 27th, 2012, 09:25 AM
Lucie up 2-0.:)

Edinboro
May 27th, 2012, 09:31 AM
Lucie up 3-0

Wert.
May 27th, 2012, 09:31 AM
30 :drool:

Edinboro
May 27th, 2012, 09:33 AM
Yakimova is quite a pusher.

jimmy_the_greek
May 27th, 2012, 09:33 AM
30-00

jimmy_the_greek
May 27th, 2012, 09:34 AM
30-15

Edinboro
May 27th, 2012, 09:34 AM
Doulbe fault, gives Yakimova the game. 3-1*

jimmy_the_greek
May 27th, 2012, 09:36 AM
3-1

jimmy_the_greek
May 27th, 2012, 09:36 AM
15-00.

jimmy_the_greek
May 27th, 2012, 09:37 AM
30-00..

jimmy_the_greek
May 27th, 2012, 09:37 AM
40-00.

Edinboro
May 27th, 2012, 09:38 AM
Lucie breaks at love with two great winners in that game. She leads *4-1.

jimmy_the_greek
May 27th, 2012, 09:38 AM
4-1

jimmy_the_greek
May 27th, 2012, 09:39 AM
15-00..

jimmy_the_greek
May 27th, 2012, 09:40 AM
30-00.

jimmy_the_greek
May 27th, 2012, 09:41 AM
40-00..

Edinboro
May 27th, 2012, 09:41 AM
Lucie holds at love... 5-1*

Yakimova is pretty horrid.

jimmy_the_greek
May 27th, 2012, 09:42 AM
5-1:)

jimmy_the_greek
May 27th, 2012, 09:42 AM
0-15*

jimmy_the_greek
May 27th, 2012, 09:43 AM
0-30*

Edinboro
May 27th, 2012, 09:44 AM
So wild Lucie errors in that game and not even on the return of serve. :P

*5-2

jimmy_the_greek
May 27th, 2012, 09:44 AM
0-40*

jimmy_the_greek
May 27th, 2012, 09:44 AM
5-2

jimmy_the_greek
May 27th, 2012, 09:46 AM
0-15.

jimmy_the_greek
May 27th, 2012, 09:46 AM
15-15

jimmy_the_greek
May 27th, 2012, 09:47 AM
30-15

jimmy_the_greek
May 27th, 2012, 09:48 AM
40-15.

jimmy_the_greek
May 27th, 2012, 09:48 AM
6-2:)

Edinboro
May 27th, 2012, 09:49 AM
Lucie wins the first set 6-2.

Nice performance so far but she's already hit six double faults. That's a little mortifying for a first round. :tape:

jimmy_the_greek
May 27th, 2012, 09:52 AM
0-15

jimmy_the_greek
May 27th, 2012, 09:53 AM
15-15

jimmy_the_greek
May 27th, 2012, 09:53 AM
30-15

jimmy_the_greek
May 27th, 2012, 09:55 AM
deuce

jimmy_the_greek
May 27th, 2012, 09:55 AM
adv lucie

jimmy_the_greek
May 27th, 2012, 09:56 AM
1-0.

Edinboro
May 27th, 2012, 09:56 AM
Lucie breaks to open the second set. 6-2 *1-0

Edinboro
May 27th, 2012, 09:59 AM
Lucie holds 6-2 2-0...

I think Yakimova is starting to realize she shouldn't be playing in this tournament.

Edinboro
May 27th, 2012, 10:03 AM
Lucie 6-3 *3-0

Edinboro
May 27th, 2012, 10:07 AM
4-0

Davodus
May 27th, 2012, 01:14 PM
Easy win, but Yakimova was absolutely awful so nothing much to say about it. Lucie's 2nd serve was crap, needs work.

Robert-KimClijst
May 27th, 2012, 01:22 PM
I'm happy for Lucie to win her first-round match but I do not read much into it. I recall a couple years ago the infamous Hercog match that came after Lucie destroyed Dokic in the first round and we all got excited about her prospects. Martinez-Sanchez will be difficult potentially because even though she has had poor results as of recent she has had some great moments on clay so Lucie needs to be ready.

Davodus
May 27th, 2012, 01:45 PM
She had a long match too so her injury is clearly not too much of a problem now.

Lucie could play her in doubles as well, if they both win.

sCoTt.ChE.
May 27th, 2012, 11:28 PM
Lucie really struck gold with Yakimova as a first round opponent, she's been woeful all year. I remember seeing her against Clijsters last year and she was pretty much eye-scratchingly bad considering she isn't an aggressive player :help:. Sounds like a similar story today.

MJMS is a tricky second round prospect but she isn't anywhere near her peak form really after the injury lay-off... so all in all Lucie really should beat her. Just so long as she doesn't have an epic fail in the second round again.

Robert-KimClijst
May 28th, 2012, 07:34 PM
Lucie and Pavlyuchenkova play Janette Husarova and Christina McHale last up on Court 8 tomorrow.

smarties
May 28th, 2012, 08:42 PM
Looking way down the line, the good news is that Azarenka seems vulnerable :cool: Still we'll have to see how her next round match goes.

Robert-KimClijst
May 29th, 2012, 03:06 PM
Lucie and Pavlyuchenkova have just started their match which was moved to Court 14.

Davodus
May 29th, 2012, 03:42 PM
They lost the first set :rolleyes: they came back from 2 breaks down to 4-4 and lost it 4-6 :o

Davodus
May 29th, 2012, 04:11 PM
Now from 4-1 to 4-4 in the 2nd :o wasting a big lead

Lucie is 2nd on court 6 tomorrow. Her serve is not going well again today, so I'm not feeling all that confident now :tape:

Davodus
May 29th, 2012, 04:22 PM
They lost 6-4 6-4 :o 4-1 to 4-6 in the 2nd, really disappointing loss after doing so well as a team up until now.

Robert-KimClijst
May 29th, 2012, 04:57 PM
Maybe it's a blessing in disguise (pending on how Lucie does in singles). If she gets a little deeper in the draw, the extra energy saved could be good.

Edinboro
May 30th, 2012, 05:32 AM
LOL (Taken from a tennis article on impressive first round wins).



Along the same lines as Ivanovic's impressive victory of Vecino, Czech Republic's Lucie Safarova lost just two games against Belarus' Anastasyia Yakimova.

Winning the first set 6-2, Safarova performed flawlessly in the second set and won 6-0. One of the most awkward stats from this match, though, was Safarova's eight double faults to zero by Yakimova.

Clearly Safarova has to improve this area, but it also displays how well she can play defense and win volleys. Then again, Safarova scored 12 more winners and was more aggressive and successful at the net.

To that end, Safarova does need to polish her serve from those double faults, otherwise it's going to be a disappointing outing in France.


Did he not watch the match? Anyone playing Yakimova would have had the same scoreline. :lol:

lauraa00
May 30th, 2012, 07:04 AM
So i'm going to roland today, i will be for sure attending to her match even if that's going to be very painful to see her playing against martinez sanchez, considering that i vomit at her playing style, anyway i will try to take pictures :D
Gooooo Lucie :banana:

Davodus
May 30th, 2012, 07:31 AM
Laura :hysteric: you always crack me up.

Have fun, and make sure she wins and none of this rubbish RG 2nd round stuff anymore!

Oh, and I'll watch out for you on the stream,

Davodus
May 30th, 2012, 11:04 AM
Match on...MJMS already hacking the ball around, Lucie wasting 40-0 going down BP but then holding. Classic.

Davodus
May 30th, 2012, 11:09 AM
This bitch and her dropshots :rolleyes:

Davodus
May 30th, 2012, 11:17 AM
Wasted 40-15 and AD and got broken :o these dropshots

Davodus
May 30th, 2012, 11:28 AM
She finally broke back :o this match is gonna make me break my hand, I swear.

Davodus
May 30th, 2012, 11:34 AM
She just cannot hold serve, she has had SO many game points and she wont hold. She got broken from 40-15 and AD again. Im disgusted with this match.

Davodus
May 30th, 2012, 11:42 AM
This time wasted 15-40 :lol: her game point taking today is just out of this world. She has had 15-20 and took 2.

2-4, and looking worse.

Davodus
May 30th, 2012, 11:46 AM
Oh my god she held serve! She wasted 2 game points first though.

Davodus
May 30th, 2012, 11:55 AM
She broke back for 4-4, and now is chucking in an awful service game to mean it was all a waste

Davodus
May 30th, 2012, 12:02 PM
Well thats the set, 6-4. She only has herself to blame. With all her game points she couldve won it easily, but she kept losing serve from massive leads so...whatever.

Davodus
May 30th, 2012, 12:07 PM
Broken to start the 2nd :lol: I guess the 2nd round curse is not gonna be broken.

jasonbloom
May 30th, 2012, 12:11 PM
Please turn it around, please

Davodus
May 30th, 2012, 12:13 PM
0-2 :lol: wasted another BP. MJMS is just being so annoying. Why did she have to start playing well again now? She couldve just lost to Birnerova in round 1, and now she is back to her hack best.

Davodus
May 30th, 2012, 12:15 PM
She's gonna get thrashed this set :lol: shes getting worse, she cant serve for shit. I find it interesting, the last few slams her serve has been really bad. Whereas in other events its really effective. She is just spinning it in, no aces, nothing big behind it. Its just a push.

And she's getting frustrated.

smarties
May 30th, 2012, 12:17 PM
Never thought I would say this but she's not aggressive enough.

Davodus
May 30th, 2012, 12:19 PM
I recommend looking at the stats, they make for a truly hilarious read.

Davodus
May 30th, 2012, 12:20 PM
Never thought I would say this but she's not aggressive enough.

I know...shes not doing ANYTHING. She's just playing the junk game, whereas she should just go for it and try and out hit her. Not let her play this game.

Davodus
May 30th, 2012, 12:34 PM
She finally broke back and then played an awful service game again :lol: she's really against winning today

smarties
May 30th, 2012, 12:35 PM
she's being dropshoted to death

Davodus
May 30th, 2012, 12:36 PM
Yeah MJMS is dropshotting her into oblivion. Its like 1 per point almost. Its obnoxious. But Lucie needs to get her in the position that she cant dropshot!

Davodus
May 30th, 2012, 12:42 PM
I'm so sick of this happening in slams, these girls never play just awful against Lucie. And she has her chance, she could so easily get points and make that top 20. But instead she just has one of these days where she plays awful because the rhythm is off, and loses. To a SCRUB. Lets face it, MJMS is a scrub and nothing more. And Lucie keeps losing to these type of people in slams. McHale, Niculescu, Zakopalova, Goerges, Paszek, Hercog. Some of the people who have beaten her in slams in the last 2 years. You cannot expect to have a rankings breakthrough losing to these people.

Davodus
May 30th, 2012, 12:51 PM
She held serve!1 someone call the fucking pope because this some divine intervention. Up 5-4, we'll see if she can pressure.

Davodus
May 30th, 2012, 12:55 PM
Easy hold for MJMS :lol: Way to take momentum and steal the set lucie!

Davodus
May 30th, 2012, 01:03 PM
That was her chance, she just got broken after saving 3 BPs and having a GP.

5-6. :rolleyes:

smarties
May 30th, 2012, 01:04 PM
what a joke... basically every shot is a drop shot now...

Davodus
May 30th, 2012, 01:04 PM
I know, it's fucking revolting. Her tactics are disgusting.

smarties
May 30th, 2012, 01:09 PM
I know, it's fucking revolting. Her tactics are disgusting.

but Lucie should have anticipated them better, MJMS preparation is quite obvious and she was standing too far back.

Oh well. another disappointing Grand Slam :sad:

Davodus
May 30th, 2012, 01:09 PM
GSM. Typical. Actually, before the draw was even made I saw MJMS and I was like I bet Lucie draws her and loses. And I was right. Disgusting tactics win, because Lucie let her play them. She didn't force her back, she didn't take her chances when she had them. She had so many game points, break points, that she didn't take. And she was just passively hitting, and when she had a chance to finally be aggressive she made an error. She keeps having these days in slams! I wouldn't care if she had these days at small events, whatever. But they keep coming in slams and it's just annoying me shitless. She's never gonna be top 20 and she doesnt deserve to be if she keeps playing like this when it matters most.

Rant over.

And sorry for Laura, that she had to sit through this.

elba
May 30th, 2012, 01:11 PM
A very strange game, mental strength of Maria Jose.

smarties
May 30th, 2012, 01:14 PM
Yep, if she went for her shots, MJMS tactics wouldn't have worked : It's very difficult to dropshot a ball that you hit hard and flat. When she went for her shots, she made a lot of UE so she putted more spin and got dropshotted to death.

Who's Laura???

Davodus
May 30th, 2012, 01:21 PM
Laura is one of the posters in here.

This is just so disappointing. Slam after slam after slam, she fails.

dadouch
May 30th, 2012, 01:33 PM
For some reason Lucie is unable to adjust to this kind of unorthodox players. This match remainded me of the one against Nicolescu at US open, all her shotmaking skills just went away, she was looking completely lost and braindead.

Davodus
May 30th, 2012, 01:38 PM
Yep it was just like that, and like Hercog in 2010 too. She just doesn't know what to do, and as a result she just seems to hit the ball in like whatever. She has no clue.

Excelscior
May 30th, 2012, 02:31 PM
Awful match by Lucie.... I was rooting for her.

As many of you have said, the fact that she let Sanchez get away with her numerous, annoying baseline drop shot attempts, every other ball tells you something.

Lucie couldn't go to the net, slice/add her own spin, ROS, serve well or hit deep, well placed or hard enough, to thwart Sanchez's silly, numerous, baseline spin shot attempts.

And the women had ABSOLUTELY no serve. None!

Sad/bad for Lucie.

HowardH
May 30th, 2012, 02:39 PM
Lucie :sad: :hug:

MJMS is pretty tough to play on clay though, when her game is working. As others have noted, Lucie hates playing unorthodox players, they take her out of her comfort zone. Lucie has a very simple plan when she plays, she doesn't like to have to add any kind of extra strategy to her tennis, which means that her game needs to be "in the zone" for it to work. Either that or she needs Biljana to tell her something when it's going wrong- she probably won't think of the solution herself. In slams though she can't ask Biljana for advice.

Robert-KimClijst
May 30th, 2012, 03:21 PM
Another slam, another ridiculously disappointing result. We can say Jose Sanchez is difficult to play on clay when her game is working, but if Lucie is gonna be in the top 20, she has to beat these opponents at the slams. It's just so disappointing. I feel like at this point she has a mental block at the slams.

And now here comes her worst surface for an extended period of time because of the Olympics. Pffff.

lauraa00
May 30th, 2012, 07:26 PM
I guess almost everyone saw the match so i don't have to make any report, and if you've not seen it well ... you're lucky guys :p
It was soooooooooooooooo painful to watch cause lucie should have won at least the first set, she had game points in almost every games but she couldn't win her service games which is so frustrating considering that she can be so effective on her serve. I didn't even watch the whole first set, i left :lol: Not just because it was shit but because i wanted to watch a bit of arvidsson double match. Then i came back and i sat near Queen Bijlana who was great support for lucie, mladenovic was also her with her family who were also cheering loudly lucie, it was cool to see this. Kiki and her are now BFF :lol:
So 2nd set was also horrible to watch, i just wanted to shout "STOP DOING DROPSHOTS FOR F*** SAKE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" but i didn't. Lucie stayed very calm and quiet as always but you could see that it was boiling in her self because of all those dropshots and slice shots. I think that sometimes she should yell and get angry a bit but for good because getting everything inside is not great.
Well that was my "report", and i'm sorry i didn't get any pictures because i forgot my camera :oh:

smarties
May 30th, 2012, 09:06 PM
I guess almost everyone saw the match so i don't have to make any report, and if you've not seen it well ... you're lucky guys :p
It was soooooooooooooooo painful to watch cause lucie should have won at least the first set, she had game points in almost every games but she couldn't win her service games which is so frustrating considering that she can be so effective on her serve. I didn't even watch the whole first set, i left :lol: Not just because it was shit but because i wanted to watch a bit of arvidsson double match. Then i came back and i sat near Queen Bijlana who was great support for lucie, mladenovic was also her with her family who were also cheering loudly lucie, it was cool to see this. Kiki and her are now BFF :lol:
So 2nd set was also horrible to watch, i just wanted to shout "STOP DOING DROPSHOTS FOR F*** SAKE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" but i didn't. Lucie stayed very calm and quiet as always but you could see that it was boiling in her self because of all those dropshots and slice shots. I think that sometimes she should yell and get angry a bit but for good because getting everything inside is not great.
Well that was my "report", and i'm sorry i didn't get any pictures because i forgot my camera :oh:

Thanks for the report laura; désolé que tu aies dû te taper ce désolant spectacle :tape:

About the effectiveness of her serve, I think the fact that MJMS is a leftie takes away from it but still,I agree, she usually serves way better than this.

Edinboro
May 30th, 2012, 09:52 PM
It would be nice to see her perform well in a slam. She has one of the worst records in slams of anyone in the top 25. In five years she has one GS QF and one 4R. That's PITIFUL! lol She needs to elevate her game in the slams, all these R1,R2, and R3 (occasionally) exits are driving me mad.

Excelscior
May 30th, 2012, 10:39 PM
I guess almost everyone saw the match so i don't have to make any report, and if you've not seen it well ... you're lucky guys :p
It was soooooooooooooooo painful to watch cause lucie should have won at least the first set, she had game points in almost every games but she couldn't win her service games which is so frustrating considering that she can be so effective on her serve. I didn't even watch the whole first set, i left :lol: Not just because it was shit but because i wanted to watch a bit of arvidsson double match. Then i came back and i sat near Queen Bijlana who was great support for lucie, mladenovic was also her with her family who were also cheering loudly lucie, it was cool to see this. Kiki and her are now BFF :lol:
So 2nd set was also horrible to watch, i just wanted to shout "STOP DOING DROPSHOTS FOR F*** SAKE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" but i didn't. Lucie stayed very calm and quiet as always but you could see that it was boiling in her self because of all those dropshots and slice shots. I think that sometimes she should yell and get angry a bit but for good because getting everything inside is not great.
Well that was my "report", and i'm sorry i didn't get any pictures because i forgot my camera :oh:

Yup.

It was exactly the way you described it. :shrug: :shrug:

And I felt exactly the same way about the repeated drop shots. Arrrgghhhh!!!! :lol: :mad: :eek: :mad: :lol:

lauraa00
May 31st, 2012, 12:07 PM
And when you see that girls like feuerstein or bratchikova are going to make 3rd round :( ...

Davodus
May 31st, 2012, 01:04 PM
I know :rolleyes: Lucie wouldve had no problems with a lot of people in the 2nd round, as long as they didnt junk the ball to her. She just had to get dropshotting shitface MJMS.

Excelscior
May 31st, 2012, 03:31 PM
And when you see that girls like feuerstein or bratchikova are going to make 3rd round :( ...

Yup Yup :lol: :devil: :lol:

elba
May 31st, 2012, 04:03 PM
And when you see that girls like feuerstein or bratchikova are going to make 3rd round :( ...

... both girls older ...