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andrewbroad
May 23rd, 2010, 04:03 AM
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FRENCH OPEN (Roland Garros, Paris, France; red clay; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. UK TV-alert
3. First-round draw
4. Anna Chakvetadze preview
5. Order of play for Sunday

Master-thread for my French Open 2010 reports:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=409618

Abbreviations:
[Q] qualifier
[WC] wild card
[LL] lucky loser
[A] alternate
[EF] member of my Eternal Fanship
[DF] member of my demi-fanship
[s] Selesian (two hands both sides)

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1. Photos
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1.1 General links
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I will post these links only once.

Where to look at many players:
* http://www.tennis.com/galleries/index.aspx
* http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/gallery
* http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/tennis/photos.html

Where to search for specific players:
* http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/players/rankingsw.html
* http://uk.news.search.yahoo.com/
* http://www.fotosports.com/
* Getty Images

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2. UK TV-alert
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The French Open will be televised on BBC Red Button from 10:00 BST each day of the tournament (digital viewers press Red or select Freeview-channel 301).

* Sunday 23rd May to Friday 4th June, 10:00–19:00 BST, BBC Red Button
* Saturday 5th June, 14:00–16:30 BST, BBC Two
* Sunday 6th June: 14:00–18:00 BST, BBC Two

N.B. The BBC's coverage will NOT be available on Freeview at the following times:
* Sunday 23rd May (all day)
* Friday 28th May (11:30–13:45 BST)
* Sunday 30th May (10:00–13:30 and 15:15–16:20 BST)

The Freeview-outages will not be a problem for me, because I now have access to freesat. :)

Source:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/6102132.stm

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3. First-round draw
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The players on the left are the ones I want to win.


3.1 Top quarter: Maria Sharapova
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* Stefanie Vögele [DF] v SERENA WILLIAMS [1] (hopp Stefanie!)
* Julia Görges v Melinda Czink (komm jetzt Julia!)
* Katie O'Brien v Jill Craybas (go Katie!)
* Alizé Cornet v ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA [29] (allez Alizé!)

* SHAHAR PE'ER [18] v Nuria Llagostera Vives [Q] (kadima Shahar!)
* Peng,Shuai [s] v Vania King (jia you Shuai!)
* Olivia Sánchez [WC] v Shenay Perry
* MARION BARTOLI [13,DF,S] v Maria Elena Camerin (my Passion says Maria Elena, but my Reason says Marion)

* MARIA SHARAPOVA [12,EF] v Ksenia Pervak [Q] (my loyalty is to MARIA)
* Ayumi Morita [s] v Kirsten Flipkens (my loyalty is to Ayumi)
* Klára Zakopalová v Katarina Srebotnik (my loyalty is to Klára)
* Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] v JUSTINE HENIN [22] (aide Tsvetana!)

* ZHENG,JIE [25] v Ekaterina Bychkova (my loyalty is to Jie)
* Ioana Raluca Olaru v Anastasia Pivovarova [Q] (my loyalty is to Raluca)
* Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová v Rossana de los Ríos
* SAMANTHA STOSUR [7] v Simona Halep [Q] (may the better win)


3.2 Second quarter: Rybáriková, Hantuchová, Zvonarëva
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* Alicia Molik v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [4] (go Alicia!)
* Pauline Parmentier v Kaia Kanepi [Q]
* Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] v Sofia Arvidsson (POĎME MAGDA!!)
* ALYONA BONDARENKO [27] v Vera Dushevina (davai Alyona!)

* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [23,EF] v Tamarine Tanasugarn (POĎME DANIELA!!)
* Olga Govortsova v Carla Suárez Navarro (davai Olga!)
* Mariana Duque Marińo v Sybille Bammer
* YANINA WICKMAYER [16,DF] v Sandra Záhlavová (komaan Yanina!)

* Kimiko Date Krumm v DINARA SAFINA [9]
* Jarmila Groth [WC] v Chan,Yung-Jan
* Ekaterina Makarova v Anastasia Rodionova
* VERA ZVONARËVA [21,EF] v Alberta Brianti (DAVAI VERA!!)

* ALISA KLEYBANOVA [28] v Mariya Koryttseva
* Ana Ivanović [DF] v Chang,Kai-Chen (ajde Ana!)
* Yaroslava Shvedova v Sara Errani (davai Yaroslava!)
* Elena Baltacha v AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [8] (go Elena!)


3.3 Third quarter: Jelena Dokić, Lucie Šafářová
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* Sorana Cîrstea v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [6] (hai Sorana!)
* Elena Vesnina v Andrea Petković (davai Elena!)
* Claire Feuerstein [WC] v Yvonne Meusburger
* MARIA KIRILENKO [30,DF] v Karolina Šprem [DF] (my loyalty is to Maria)

* Regina Kulikova v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [17]
* Petra Kvitová v Sophie Ferguson [Q]
* Stéphanie Dubois v Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro [WC]
* Kristina Mladenović [WC] v LI,NA [11] (allez Kristina!)

* FLAVIA PENNETTA [14,DF] v Anne Keothavong (forza Flavia!)
* Roberta Vinci v Virginie Razzano (forza Roberta!)
* Polona Hercog v Misaki Doi [Q] (dajmo Polona!)
* LUCIE ŠAFÁŘOVÁ [24,EF] v Jelena Dokić [EF] (my Passion says Jelena, but my Reason says Lucie)

* Lucie Hradecká [s] v ALEXANDRA DULGHERU [31] (pojďme Lucie!)
* Tatjana Malek v Timea Bacsinszky (Tatjana is just a little bit cuter)
* Kristina Barrois v Tathiana Garbin
* CAROLINE WOŹNIACKI [3] v Alla Kudryavtseva (kom sĺ Caro!)


3.4 Bottom quarter: Anna Chakvetadze
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* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [5] v Petra Martić (davai Elena – although Martić might grow on me)
* Anabel Medina Garrigues v Melanie Oudin
* Iveta Benešová v Aleksandra Woźniak (pojďme Iveta!)
* KATARYNA BONDARENKO [32] v Julie Coin

* MARÍA JOSÉ MARTÍNEZ SÁNCHEZ [20] v Akgul Amanmuradova (ˇvamos Mariajo!)
* Anastasija Sevastova v Johanna Larsson (go Anastasija!)
* Mathilde Johansson [WC] v Chanelle Scheepers [Q] (allez Mathilde!)
* VICTORIA AZARENKA [10,DF] v Gisela Dulko [DF] (my Passion says Gisela, but my Reason says Vika)

* ARAVANE REZAĎ [15] v Heidi El Tabakh [Q] (allez Aravane!)
* Anna Chakvetadze [EF] v Angelique Kerber (DAVAI ANNA!!)
* Ágnes Szávay v Stéphanie Foretz [WC] (hajrá Ágnes!)
* Zhang,Shuai [Q] v NADIA PETROVA [19]

* DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [26] v Ekaterina Ivanova [Q] (poďme Domi!)
* Varvara Lepchenko v Christina McHale [WC] (go Varvara!)
* Arantxa Parra Santonja [s] v Kurumi Nara [Q] (ˇvamos Arantxa!)
* VENUS WILLIAMS [2] v Patty Schnyder

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4. Anna Chakvetadze preview
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Anna Chakvetadze is one of the most flairsomely talented and intelligent players in professional tennis, and one of the most intriguing characters on the WTA Tour. She's ultracute, gets very emotional on court, and fights to the bitter end. Her flat groundstrokes of flairsome power are a joy to watch, and very deceptive - she makes the court look very wide at her opponent's end!

Anna has won seven WTA singles-titles – from her first seven finals! She has reached three Major quarter-finals, all in 2007: the Australian Open, French Open, and US Open where she also reached the semi-finals.

Unfortunately, Anna has been slumping since armed robbers broke into her house and tied her up in December 2007. She has lost confidence and motivation, struggled with injuries, and each year since 2008 has been worse than the one before. Having been ranked as high as #5 after the US Open 2007, her ranking has dropped to its current #112 (luckily, the French Open and Wimbledon entry-lists were made before she dropped out of the top 108).

Anna has been plagued by injuries since September 2009, when she was sidelined for six weeks with a stress-fracture in her right foot, returning only to play Moscow just before the end of the season. And she has only played six tournaments so far in 2010.

Anna started 2010 with a humiliating 6-1 6-2 loss to 39-year-old world #69 Kimiko Date Krumm in the first round of Auckland. She then tried to qualify for Hobart, beating unranked Alyssa Hibberd 6-1 6-1 and #152 Elena Chalova 6-2 6-2, but losing 7-5 7-6 (7/3) to #83 Elena Baltacha in the third qualifying-round.

Anna put up a commendable effort against #12 Flavia Pennetta in the first round of the Australian Open, but lost 6-3 3-6 6-2 after being up a break in every set.

Anna reached the quarter-finals at Pattaya City, beating #78 Jill Craybas 6-1 3-6 6-3 and #97 Anastasia Rodionova 6-4 6-1, but losing 6-1 6-4 to #87 Tamarine Tanasugarn, who went on to reach the final.

Anna beat #123 Anne Keothavong 2-6 6-3 6-1 in the first round of Indian Wells, but disaster struck in the second round, as she retired at 2-6 3-5 against #8 Agnieszka Radwańska with a left-ankle injury.

Anna made a major mistake by playing Miami on her injured ankle. She lost 7-5 3-6 6-4 to #64 Kimiko Date Krumm in the first round, then pulled out of Marbella and Barcelona with an injury to her left Achilles-tendon. She considered having surgery (but obviously didn't), and it was even feared that she might never play again.

However, Anna returned to action at Warsaw, where she reached the third round of qualifying. She beat #662 Katarzyna Kawa 6-2 6-2 and #700 Magda Linette 6-4 4-6 6-1, but then lost 7-5 7-6 to #109 Bojana Jovanovski – a talented 18-year-old – in a match that was moved to an indoor clay-court because of torrential rain.

At this stage, I'm just grateful that Anna is back playing at all after the fears of retirement, and grateful that she got three matches in ahead of the French Open, even though the results suggest that she is currently nowhere near the level required to be a genuine title-contender.


4.1 First-round preview
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* Anna Chakvetadze [EF] v Angelique Kerber

Anna goes into this match with the psychological edge of a 3:0 head-to-head over Kerber, albeit all on grass:
+ 2007 's-Hertogenbosch qf: Anna won 6-2 6-2
+ 2007 Wimbledon 1r: Anna won 7-5 6-3
+ 2008 's-Hertogenbosch 2r: Anna won 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7/1)

The only time I saw Kerber play was when she thrashed Olga Poutchkova (now transliterated as Puchkova) 6-0 6-0 at Birmingham 2007. It was hard to assess Kerber's game from that, as Poutchkova was supposedly suffering from a back-injury, and couldn't keep a rally going for more than six strokes.

World #64 Kerber is having a much better 2010 than Anna so far, with a win/loss record of 15:7 to Anna's 5:6.

Kerber won five matches to reach the third round of the Australian Open as a qualifier, with main-draw wins over #54 Olga Govortsova 6-3 6-3 and #23 Aravane Rezaď 6-2 6-3. She then lost 3-6 7-5 6-4 to #3 Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Kerber was runner-up at Bogotá, with four wins including #35 Gisela Dulko 7-5 6-3 to reach the final, where she lost 6-4 6-3 to #143 Mariana Duque Marińo (who beat Anna in the first round of the French Open 2009).

Kerber lost in the first round of Acapulco and second qualifying-round of Miami. At Ponte Vedra Beach, she beat #75 Vania King 6-2 6-3, but lost 6-1 6-1 to Varvara Lepchenko.

Kerber reached the third round of Charleston by beating #188 Alison Riske 6-2 6-4 and #141 Monique Adamczak 6-3 6-2, lost 6-7 7-5 6-3 to #24 Daniela Hantuchová.

Kerber reached the quarter-finals of Fčs, beating #630 Fatima Zahrae El Allami 6-0 6-1 and #117 Bojana Jovanovski 6-2 6-2, then lost 7-5 6-2 to #106 Renata Voráčová.

Kerber pulled out of Estoril with a left-ankle injury, then lost 6-2 6-3 to #55 Polona Hercog in the first round of Warsaw. So Anna might just have the edge in terms of recent match-play.

I can't say I'm very confident about Anna winning this match after her recent woes, but with her 3:0 head-to-head, and Kerber also coming back from an ankle-injury, Anna couldn't have had many kinder first-round draws than this.


4.2 Second round
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Should Anna pass the Kerber-test, she would likely face Madrid-champion Aravane Rezaď [15] in the second round, so that's as far ahead as I want to look at this stage. Rezaď has a backhand just like Monica Seles, and beat Justine Henin and Venus Williams at Madrid, so Anna would have to be on top of her game to compete with her.

Rezaď's weakness is her immobility, so I could imagine Anna at her best exploiting that with her deceptive groundstrokes and her ability to use the full width of the court to create short-angled winners.

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5. Order of play for Sunday
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Court 6 (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. WS 1r: Varvara Lepchenko v Christina McHale [WC]
2. MS 1r: GUILLERMO GARCÍA-LÓPEZ [32] v Rainer Schüttler
3. WS 1r: Anna Chakvetadze [EF] v Angelique Kerber
4. MS 1r: Juan Ignacio Chela v Ryan Sweeting [WC]

Full order of play:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/

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Dr. Andrew Broad

sammy01
May 23rd, 2010, 09:04 AM
i hope we get to see some of her match today

andrewbroad
Jun 7th, 2010, 01:25 AM
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FRENCH OPEN (Roland Garros, Paris, France; red clay; Major)
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First-round scoreboard-report: Chakvetadze v Kerber (Sunday 23rd May 2010)
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- Anna Chakvetadze [EF] lt. Angelique Kerber, 7-5 6-7 (2/7) 4-6

'Chokevetadze' reared her pretty head again. Anna let a *5-2 lead become 5-5* before taking the first set. She led 7-5 5-3* (30/30 and Deuce), and also had 5 BPs (including 0/40) that would have made it *6-5.

Anna saved SP at *5-6 (30/40), but Kerber dominated the tiebreak. Anna recovered from *1-3 to *3-3 in the third, only to be broken in the Vital Seventh Game, and the rest went with serve as Anna lost in the first round of the French Open for the second year in a row.

Anna is now 0:2 in the Majors for 2010 so far. She'll need to break back into the top 108 if she is even to keep playing them without having to qualify, although her place in the main draw of Wimbledon 2010 is secure. This year is developing a horrible resemblance to Nicole Vaidišová's 2009, and we all know what that led to. :sad:

Statistically, the big difference was that Kerber improved her service-winning percentage from set to set, while Anna's remained at 55%.


First set
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CHAKVE @*_*_*@___@* 7
KERBER __*_*__@*@__ 5

The match was third on Court 6, and started at 15:56 CEST.

Kerber serving 0-0: 0/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Anna (BP #1). Broken.

Anna serving 1-0: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Kerber serving 0-2: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Anna serving 2-1: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Kerber serving 1-3: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Anna serving 3-2: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Kerber serving 2-4: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Anna serving 5-2 (new balls): 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Kerber serving 3-5: 15/0. 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Anna serving 5-4: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Broken.

Kerber serving 5-5: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Anna (BP #2). Broken.

Anna serving 6-5: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30 (SP #1 for Anna). Anna won the first set 7-5 at 16:36 CEST (40m).


Second set
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CHAKVE _*@*__@*___*_ 6(2)
KERBER *___*@__*@*_T 7(7)

Kerber serving 0-0: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Anna serving 0-1: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Kerber serving 1-1: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. Broken.

Anna serving 2-1: 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Kerber serving 1-3 (new balls): 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). 40/30 (GP #2). Held.

Anna serving 3-2: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). 30/40 (BP #3). Broken.

Kerber serving 3-3: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Anna serving 4-3: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (BP #1). Held.

Kerber serving 3-5: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Kerber (GP #2). Held.

Anna serving 5-4: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Broken.

Kerber serving 5-5: 0/15. 0/30. 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). 30/40 (BP #3). Deuce #1. Ad Anna (BP #4). Deuce #2. Ad Anna (BP #5). Deuce #3. Ad Kerber (GP #1). Held.

Anna serving 5-6: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (SP #1 for Kerber). Deuce #1. Ad Anna (GP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Anna (GP #2). Deuce #3. Ad Anna (GP #3). Held.

6-6 tiebreak (all scores Chakvetadze/Kerber): 0/0*. *0/1. *0/2. 1/2*. 1/3*. *1/4. *1/5. 1/6* (SP #2 for Kerber). 2/6* (SP #3 for Kerber). Kerber won the second set 7-6 (7/2) at 17:31 CEST (second set 55m, match so far 1h35m).


Third set
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CHAKVE *___*@__*_ 4
KERBER _*@*__@*_* 6

Anna serving 0-0 (new balls): 15/0. 30/0. 40/0 (GP #1). Held.

Kerber serving 0-1: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30 (GP #1). Held.

Anna serving 1-1: 0/15. 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Kerber serving 2-1: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Anna serving 1-3: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Anna (GP #1). Held.

Kerber serving 3-2: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Anna serving 3-3: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Broken.

Kerber serving 4-3: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Anna serving 3-5: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (GP #1). Held.

Kerber serving 5-4 (new balls): The scoreboard froze at 18:06 CEST. The scoreboard resumed at 18:10 CEST (3m). 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15 (MP #1 for Kerber). Kerber won 5-7 7-6 (7/2) 6-4 at 18:12 CEST (third set 40m, match 2h16m).


Statistics
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Anna served 5 aces to Kerber's one, and they served 5 double faults each.

Anna had a W:UE ratio of 41:34 (first set 10:4, second set 21:18, third set 10:12), while Kerber's was a negative 20:26 (first set 5:13, second set 11:7, third set 4:6). The real difference was in the /forced/ errors: Kerber forced Anna into 56 errors, while Anna forced Kerber into 39 errors.

Anna won 55% of her service-points (the same for all three sets). She got 63% of her first serves in, winning 64% of the points when she did so, and 44% on second serve. Her first-serve percentages deteriorated from (67% in, 68% won) for the first set to (66% in, 62% won) for the second and (55% in, 63% won) for the third, while her second-serve winning-percentage improved from 30% to 46% to 55%.

Kerber won 64% of her service-points (first set 49%, second set 57%, third set 67%). She got 66% of her first serves in, winning 62% of the points when she did so, and 53% on second serve. The key to her improvement was that her first-serve winning-percentage improved from 53% in the first set to 63% in the second to 74% in the third.

Anna won 11 of 17 points at the net (65%), Kerber only 2 of 7 (29%). Kerber went to the net /only/ in the second set.

Anna converted 6 of 12 BPs (first set 3 of 4, second set 2 of 7, third set 1 of 1).

Kerber converted 6 of 13 BPs (first set 2 of 3, second set 2 of 6, third set 2 of 4).

In points, Kerber won 110-106 (first set 33-37, second set 46-44, third set 31-25).

--
Dr. Andrew Broad

King Halep
Jun 7th, 2010, 02:45 PM
Thanks Andrew, Im sure she will go better at Wim. She need to win some MM matches and get some momentum going. Past year, every time she makes some progress she gets an injury.