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Barktra
Dec 30th, 2012, 05:26 AM
Good start to the season for Petra :yeah: She really played within herself

duhcity
Dec 30th, 2012, 05:27 AM
Talk about doing the bare minimum.

JarkaFish
Dec 30th, 2012, 05:27 AM
:o

saul1333
Dec 30th, 2012, 05:27 AM
Good stuff :yeah:

sweetadri06
Dec 30th, 2012, 05:28 AM
Erratic but that's normal for her. Doesn't look any fitter.

Jane Lane
Dec 30th, 2012, 05:28 AM
Largely unimpressive, but didn't matter because aside from a purple patch from 52* to 54*, CSN had nothing to bring to the table. 13-23 W/UE from her.

I'd say Petra was like 50-60%.

oh yeah i guess
Dec 30th, 2012, 05:28 AM
Decent match from Kvitova. CSN played some great tennis on occasions but too many poor errors.

Vincey!
Dec 30th, 2012, 05:29 AM
I don't think Petra played well at all. I'll put that on her 1st match in a while for now tho ;) She got lucky Suarrez Navarro couldn't hit the lines that she was aiming for. Hopefully Petra will improve with throughout the tournament! :)

MashaAzarenka
Dec 30th, 2012, 05:29 AM
Not a great performance from her but it's a nice start against a tricky opponent. If Anastasia plays like she did today their match can be a thriller!

Jimmie48
Dec 30th, 2012, 05:30 AM
Between the fitness and focus issues I just don't see her get all the way back up there.

She surely is insanely talented but that doesn't help if you can't get the basics right..which includes being in shape. Her asthma and her focus issues are two weaknesses, she can't really afford to add a third.

Her shotmaking will cover those problems up most of the time but it's not enough to be the very best I think.

Lucyxx
Dec 30th, 2012, 05:30 AM
Expected result.

The 2nd Law
Dec 30th, 2012, 05:31 AM
She started the first set on fire I thought, but lost it after 3-0. Don't think Pavs will be a problem in the next round. Ajde GOATra :cheer:


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JarkaFish
Dec 30th, 2012, 05:32 AM
http://oi49.tinypic.com/20i89b6.jpg

I think she'll be beaten by Kerber in the QF but solid stuff for the most part. :shrug:

ShiftyFella
Dec 30th, 2012, 05:32 AM
Nice start for Petra:banana: I was expecting more shaky start but she was ok toying with CSN

Israel
Dec 30th, 2012, 05:35 AM
Nicely done, thought it would be harder.

Excelscior
Dec 30th, 2012, 05:45 AM
She'll take it (though it started like it would be an abject wipe out).

Saw some things that I liked (her footwork; the way she was moving and freely/quickly swinging, redirecting the racket; the way she was stepping into the court and how she was volleying early--though she largely stopped as the match progressed).

Saw things that hadn't changed: Like her ability to win 6-3 6-4, instead of 6-1 6-2 (or 6-3), due to lapses in concentration or delayed strategy changes when Navarro switched up. She could have definitely tightened the ship during the 2nd set.

Well, the broadcaster said all the other matches had went 3 sets, and said it was windy there today, so I'll cut her some slack, wait and see? I'll also give her some credit for keeping CSN's 2nd set win total at 4.

Onward.

Noten
Dec 30th, 2012, 05:46 AM
Good effort by Carla in the last three games, but even against an erratic Petra it just wasn't enough.

Stonerpova
Dec 30th, 2012, 05:47 AM
Kvitova was the more consistent player. That's really all you need to know.

ElusiveChanteuse
Dec 30th, 2012, 05:53 AM
Kvitty :cheer:
Carla :hug:

RobinT83
Dec 30th, 2012, 06:12 AM
Suarez-Navarro :no:
She played really badly, bad UES in decisive moments unfortunately.
Shitra Quitova was lucky, she will lose against any decent opponent for sure.
That mindless ballbasher is absolutely boring to watch, hopefully she drops out of the top 10 by mid-2013 (almost a sure bet as well).

Jajaloo
Dec 30th, 2012, 06:27 AM
Can't even deal with Petra having 2 match points, then CSN winning 7 consecutive points :sobbing:

Pretty average from Petra, she can only improve!

Cindy and Kate
Dec 30th, 2012, 08:21 AM
Didnīt see the match, but from what I read it seems she is still far from her best. Still, I hope this win gives her confidence. If she beats Pavs and looses to Kerber in a tight match it will be a good enough result for her (seeing her recent form and fitness).

Royals.
Dec 30th, 2012, 08:41 AM
Nice start.

Sombrerero loco
Dec 30th, 2012, 08:59 AM
carla...=(

Kasey
Dec 30th, 2012, 09:25 AM
Good job by Petra, hope her grow a bit before Aussie Open.

JoPova
Dec 30th, 2012, 09:27 AM
YAS, Petra! Beat Pavs now please! :cheer:

Lord Choc Ice
Dec 30th, 2012, 09:54 AM
:cheer:

Carlita :sad::hug:.

Yashal
Dec 30th, 2012, 09:57 AM
Better than last time :yeah:

Andy.
Dec 30th, 2012, 10:01 AM
A great fight and some nice shot making from CSN

ShiftyFella
Dec 30th, 2012, 10:27 AM
Didnīt see the match, but from what I read it seems she is still far from her best. Still, I hope this win gives her confidence. If she beats Pavs and looses to Kerber in a tight match it will be a good enough result for her (seeing her recent form and fitness).
actually, the opposite. it was very solid performance from Petra considering her history in 1st rounds. it was great warm up before real tennis begins for Petra, i don't get while people obsessed with perfect results in first match of the season.

Joelina
Dec 30th, 2012, 10:32 AM
congratz Petra. keep going ;)

Cindy and Kate
Dec 30th, 2012, 10:56 AM
actually, the opposite. it was very solid performance from Petra considering her history in 1st rounds. it was great warm up before real tennis begins for Petra, i don't get while people obsessed with perfect results in first match of the season.

I think my post was clear enough. The first thing I say is that I didnīt see the match, so I donīt know if her performance was solid or not. Some previous posters donīt seem to agree with you, but I might if I had seen the match. I think is a very good result for Petra, as CSN is a very talented player and a tough first round, so I have no idea what you mean about the opposite :confused: Anyway, Petraīs general patchy performances in first rounds are still a big weaknees in her game, but I donīt mean by that she has to double bagel in the first two rounds, you just compare with the top 5 usually under 50 minutes matches.

plokploky
Dec 30th, 2012, 11:30 AM
Thank God. I was terrified she would fail. Surely pavs can't beat her.

Flavia P.
Dec 30th, 2012, 11:34 AM
Good try Carla :hug:

Expected result. Onwards and upwards for Petra.

Gentleman
Dec 30th, 2012, 11:38 AM
Good for her, after that wtf defeat to some random 200+ player few days ago. Keep it strong Petra! :)

cn ireland
Dec 30th, 2012, 11:41 AM
Petra:yeah:

Ollie.
Dec 30th, 2012, 12:08 PM
Petra :cheer:

CSN has a beautiful game, but her game can desert her completely in matches. :(

oneshot
Dec 30th, 2012, 12:15 PM
The match against Chunkova is gonna be horrible :help:

Petra isn't making it past Kerber. Hell, she may not even get there.

Mynarco
Dec 30th, 2012, 12:27 PM
Not a good way to start the season with a 28-28.

StoneRose
Dec 30th, 2012, 02:33 PM
Thank God. I was terrified she would fail. Surely pavs can't beat her.
Nastya looked good in her first match. If Petra doesn't bring her A game she could easily be in trouble.

Excelscior
Dec 30th, 2012, 03:35 PM
I think my post was clear enough. The first thing I say is that I didnīt see the match, so I donīt know if her performance was solid or not. Some previous posters donīt seem to agree with you, but I might if I had seen the match. I think is a very good result for Petra, as CSN is a very talented player and a tough first round, so I have no idea what you mean about the opposite :confused: Anyway, Petraīs general patchy performances in first rounds are still a big weaknees in her game, but I donīt mean by that she has to double bagel in the first two rounds, you just compare with the top 5 usually under 50 minutes matches.

In fairness: I think the truth is somewhere in between.

Petra wasn't in top, extended form (hey it was the first match of the new season). But she wasn't awful either. Oh. No. :lol: She actually showed some very good early signs and tennis (think she was up 4-0 in the first set, due to some spectacular shot making, excellent movement and footwork, with some nice volleying, resulting in very few UE).

However, Petra had some lapses as well, which allowed Carla to win some additional games. We've seen that before. Now, how much of that was just Petra trying to get into the 2013 season flow more than anything else (or tinkering with her game, once having the lead)? :shrug: It's too early to tell. It's also important to point out, Petra appeared to always be in control of the match as well, by applying the necessary Smack Down (i.e. putting Carla in her place), when she needed to.

I think sometimes many commentors on TF have a tendency to overreact and analyze Petra's or any players early round matches (as if they're in a vacuum, not noticing when other similar players at the same stage play worse or have worse stats). No she can't always be perfect, especially when it was reported only she and Serena (as an example) finished within two sets sets yesterday. Supposedly all or most of the other matches were three setters. It was windy, so it wasn't going to always be perfect. Plus, if I remember, they were many on the pre-game thread (Petra foe and fan alike), predicting Petra would lose the match, or were uncomfortable with. So, like you, they should actually be pleased or relieved with the result now.

Petra should stick to (or improve on) what she did against Carla yesterday if she wants to beat Pav's. Minus the lapses: I think the type of tennis she played yesterday, was certainly good enough to beat a reportedly good playing Pav's.

It's still early. And as custom , we'll see?

Cindy and Kate
Dec 30th, 2012, 04:11 PM
In fairness: I think the truth is somewhere in between.

Petra wasn't in top, extended form (hey it was the first match of the new season). But she wasn't awful either. She actually showed some very good early signs and tennis (think she was up 4-0 in the first set, due to some spectacular shot making, excellent movement and footwork, and some nice volleying).

However, Petra had some lapses as well, which allowed Carla to win some additional games. We've seen that before. Now, how much of that was just Petra trying to get into the 2013 season flow more than anything else? It's too early to tell. It's also important to point out, Petra appeared to always be in control of the match as well.

I think sometimes many commentors on TF have a tendency to overreact and analyze Petra's early round matches (as if they're in a vacuum, not noticing when other similar players at the same stage play worse or have worse stats). No she can't always be perfect, especially when it was reported only she and Serena (as an example) finished within two sets sets yesterday. Supposedly all or most of the other matches were three setters. It was windy, so it wasn't going to always be perfect. Plus, if I remember, they were many on the game thread (Petra foe and fan alike), predicting Petra would lose the match, or were uncomfortable with. So, like you, they should actually be pleased with the result.

Petra should stick to (or improve on) what she did against Carla yesterday if she wants to beat Pav's. Minus the lapses: I think the type of tennis she played yesterday, was certainly good enough to beat a reportedly good playing Pav's.

It's still early. And as custom we'll see?

As I remarked in my post I didnīt see the match, but I am sure that her performance was at least OK, because playing against CSN is not the easiest of first rounds, as she has the game to beat almost anyone on a good day (yes, I know she can be awful too).
I donīt expect Petra to be at her peak, not even if things go well for her, for some time. Youīll agree that loosing to Carla woundnīt have been such a surprise after what we have seen these last months from her. If you say that she has improved her movement and footwork is already a very good sign. Canīt agree more about her net game. She has a great volley but always gets caught in the middle of the court because she is so slow coming up to the net.
I am afraid that against Pavs she is going to have to raise her game, as even when she was fit her matches were always so close. She cannot allow herself one of her usual mental walkabouts. I still think though, that still is too early in the season for her to beat Kerber.

Monica_Rules
Dec 30th, 2012, 04:13 PM
Go Petra. Lets get back to GOATvitova in 2013 please

Dominic
Dec 30th, 2012, 04:37 PM
YAY good job! routine win!

Excelscior
Dec 30th, 2012, 06:07 PM
As I remarked in my post I didnīt see the match, but I am sure that her performance was at least OK, because playing against CSN is not the easiest of first rounds, as she has the game to beat almost anyone on a good day (yes, I know she can be awful too).
I donīt expect Petra to be at her peak, not even if things go well for her, for some time. Youīll agree that loosing to Carla woundnīt have been such a surprise after what we have seen these last months from her. If you say that she has improved her movement and footwork is already a very good sign. Canīt agree more about her net game. She has a great volley but always gets caught in the middle of the court because she is so slow coming up to the net.
I am afraid that against Pavs she is going to have to raise her game, as even when she was fit her matches were always so close. She cannot allow herself one of her usual mental walkabouts. I still think though, that still is too early in the season for her to beat Kerber.

Yeah, she was moving and striking the ball well yesterday. So the question will be her fitness, consistency and determination, on how well she does against the rest of the top 10 this week.

As far as her volleying: Usually Petra warms up to it, after playing a few games matches in a tournament (when she gets her confidence up). Yesterday, she actually attempted to step inside the court and volley early (like 2011 Wimby or YEC), which was a good sign. For some reason though, she abandoned it early for the most part, then settled into her ground stroke game--deep into the first set.

Like I said: If Petra plays the way she did yesterday, I think she'll beat Pav's. I understand they've played tougher matches in the past. However, I think that's when Petra gets caught up in a ball striker contest against Pav's--with both giving each other good rhythm. If Petra plays her all court (redirection, spin, slice, volley, drop shot, good movement/defense, power tennis game), she should win.

Petra also returned served (particularly 2nd serves, but even first) very well yesterday. So Pav's would have to be serving well, with no major double fault fiasco's.

I didn't see Pav's play. So of course, all this depends on how both players play their next game.

sweetadri06
Dec 30th, 2012, 06:11 PM
Yeah, she was moving and striking the ball well yesterday. So the question will be her fitness, consistency and determination, on how well she does against the rest of the top 10 this week.

As far as her volleying: Usually Petra warms up to it, after playing a few games matches in a tournament (when she gets her confidence up). Yesterday, she actually attempted to step inside the court and volley early (like 2011 Wimby or YEC), which was a good sign. For some reason though; she settled into her ground stroke game, deep into the first set.

Like I said: If Petra plays the way she did yesterday, I think she'll beat Pav's. I understand they've played tougher matches in the past. But I think that's when Petra gets caught up in a ball striker contest against Pavs, with both giving each other good rhythm. If Petra players her all court (redirection, spin, slice, volley, drop shot and power tennis), she should win.

Petra also returned served (particularly 2nd serves, but even first) very well yesterday. So Pav's would have to be serving well, with no major double fault fiascos.

I didn't see Pav's play. So of course, all this depends on how both players play their next game.
Pav was serving very well yesterday, so if she keeps that up Petra will have to serve well too. It could be a serving contest.

Cindy and Kate
Dec 30th, 2012, 07:06 PM
Yeah, she was moving and striking the ball well yesterday. So the question will be her fitness, consistency and determination, on how well she does against the rest of the top 10 this week.

As far as her volleying: Usually Petra warms up to it, after playing a few games matches in a tournament (when she gets her confidence up). Yesterday, she actually attempted to step inside the court and volley early (like 2011 Wimby or YEC), which was a good sign. For some reason though; she settled into her ground stroke game, deep into the first set.

Like I said: If Petra plays the way she did yesterday, I think she'll beat Pav's. I understand they've played tougher matches in the past. However, I think that's when Petra gets caught up in a ball striker contest against Pavs--with both giving each other good rhythm. If Petra player her all court (redirection, spin, slice, volley, drop shot, good movement/defense, power tennis game), she should win.

Petra also returned served (particularly 2nd serves, but even first) very well yesterday. So Pav's would have to be serving well, with no major double fault fiascos.

I didn't see Pav's play. So of course, all this depends on how both players play their next game.


I am sure that whoever wins (and I hope itīs Petra) it is going to be a very tight match, probably decided in a very few points. Regardless of this match, I would like this season to see Petra playing more at the net, taking adventage of her groundstrokes and earning quicker points, but she should improve her footwork on court to do that.
If she wins tomorrow, I think it will boost her confidence and can play against Kerber for the first time without being the favourite and with nothing to loose.
As you say, weīll see ?

markgibson19
Dec 30th, 2012, 07:12 PM
Kvitova looks really promising this year. Great start. Reckon she'l have another great year!!

JarkaFish
Dec 30th, 2012, 11:12 PM
Oh no Petra not again: "Still feel really uncomfortable when I'm in hot/humid weather. At practice started 2 feel [like couldn't move/play]'

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