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SilverPersian
May 12th, 2012, 11:59 AM
Sigh. Hopefully Sam ends up in Aga's quarter at the French.

This is a pretty tough draw.

No first round>Errani>Venus or Franny>Masha>Kvitova>Serena or Vika :bigcry:

stromatolite
May 12th, 2012, 12:14 PM
Venus *might* be tough in R3, otherwise I think Sam should have a clear path to the QF. If she can get past Masha it wouldn't surprise me if Marion or Angie is her SF opponent rather than Kvitty. I know, she was eliminated in Madrid by the same powerhouse who steamrolled Sam, but she didn't put up much of a fight. I can see Angie in particular getting revenge for her loss in Stuttgart, especially since Rome is outdoors.

Speaking of powerhouses: really sad that Lucie was injured today, but if she HAD to get injured, why couldn't it have happened yesterday? Despite her injury she managed to make Serena sweat a bit in set 1.

tenniscrazy84
May 12th, 2012, 12:52 PM
Difficult draw...Come on Sammy!!!!

stromatolite
May 12th, 2012, 01:42 PM
The alternatives Sam could have had based on her ranking would have been Na’s, Woz’s or Marion’s draw:

Na: BYE> Benesova/Wickmayer> Jarka/Sabs> Vika> Serena/Aga
Woz: BYE> Medina Garrigues> Serena> Aga> Vika
Marion: BYE> Julia> Angie> Kvitty> Masha

Compared to these I don’t think Sam’s draw is too bad.

SilverPersian
May 12th, 2012, 01:42 PM
Venus *might* be tough in R3, otherwise I think Sam should have a clear path to the QF. If she can get past Masha it wouldn't surprise me if Marion or Angie is her SF opponent rather than Kvitty. I know, she was eliminated in Madrid by the same powerhouse who steamrolled Sam, but she didn't put up much of a fight. I can see Angie in particular getting revenge for her loss in Stuttgart, especially since Rome is outdoors.

Speaking of powerhouses: really sad that Lucie was injured today, but if she HAD to get injured, why couldn't it have happened yesterday? Despite her injury she managed to make Serena sweat a bit in set 1.

Yeah, I think in general I'd prefer that Kvitova was floating around Sam's part of the draw than Vika or Masha - because she's a lot less consistent. You're right that Marion or Kerber could easily come through that section (or even JJ or Goerges). I'm also reasonably confident that Sam will get a win over Petra at some point this year.

I'm not sure what to think about the next Maria-Sam match-up. Sammy just played so bloody well at Stuttgart, and to have still lost that match...:sad: Hopefully Masha will feel the pressure of defending her title and get needled, varietied, and pushed to death by Niculescu :drool:

(ps. Apologies to the Sam and Maria fans on the forum. I don't dislike Maria herself; I just don't like the way she beats Sam so much :bigcry:)

stromatolite
May 12th, 2012, 01:53 PM
^Hard to draw conclusions because of the weird surface and the fact that I only saw one match from Sam and bits of a couple of Maria's matches, but from what I saw I thought that Sam played better in Madrid than Maria, even though the surface should have suited Maria better. I'm not saying she's sure to beat her, but I'd give her a decent chance for sure.

Update: There's a lotta speculation on GM that Serena will skip Rome, or tank after a round or two. If that happens Sam is definitely in the wrong half of the draw once again.

bertisonline
May 12th, 2012, 09:57 PM
The alternatives Sam could have had based on her ranking would have been Naís, Wozís or Marionís draw:

Na: BYE> Benesova/Wickmayer> Jarka/Sabs> Vika> Serena/Aga
Woz: BYE> Medina Garrigues> Serena> Aga> Vika
Marion: BYE> Julia> Angie> Kvitty> Masha

Compared to these I donít think Samís draw is too bad.

Funny to read it that way, but very true.
Oh, the next draw is gonna be RG, for me the "real" one. :bounce:
B.

tennisforadults
May 13th, 2012, 05:27 AM
Not worried about Errani. Venus is always a bad match-up so it could be tough. Looking forward to the chance to play Maria again if Sam makes it that far.

Sam has been building consistent results this clay season - SF Charleston, QF Stuttgart, QF Madrid. Not quite as spectacular as 2010, but also not up-and-down like 2011. Hopefully it's a good sign for RG.

AaronT
May 13th, 2012, 11:15 AM
Seem like Sam is very happy to be back on red clay, she posted on her facebook " Good to be back on real clay, love it here in Rome". Tough draw in Rome with Venus and Sharapova in her section :no: hope she save her luck for RG with a better draw.

stromatolite
May 13th, 2012, 12:29 PM
Seem like Sam is very happy to be back on red clay, she posted on her facebook " Good to be back on real clay, love it here in Rome". Tough draw in Rome with Venus and Sharapova in her section :no: hope she save her luck for RG with a better draw.

"Good to be back on real clay", tell it like it is Sammy!:hearts:

Loving this new outspoken Sam, she has made no attempt at all to disguise her contempt for the whole Madrid circus. I'm really looking forward to the Rome tourney as well, I think Sam can do well there. Venus and Masha won't be easy, but they'll be at least as worried about Sam as she is about them.

bertisonline
May 13th, 2012, 02:07 PM
"Good to be back on real clay", tell it like it is Sammy!:hearts:

Loving this new outspoken Sam, she has made no attempt at all to disguise her contempt for the whole Madrid circus. I'm really looking forward to the Rome tourney as well, I think Sam can do well there. Venus and Masha won't be easy, but they'll be at least as worried about Sam as she is about them.

It clearly reminds me her USO message on her Facebook page:
"if anyone wants to watch the ONLY SEMI FINAL not on Arthur Ashe Stadium, come out tomorrow."
Remember what happenned next to that statement. :worship:
B.

Additional note -- Red Clay or Blue Clay?
Doesn't it remind you the Red Pill or the Blue Pill choice? Remember, the Blue is for the Illusion, and the Red is for the Reality.

Grigorpova
May 14th, 2012, 03:14 AM
I'm hoping for a quarterfinal or better here in Rome :yeah:

tennisforadults
May 14th, 2012, 03:17 AM
Additional note -- Red Clay or Blue Clay?
Doesn't it remind you the Red Pill or the Blue Pill choice? Remember, the Blue is for the Illusion, and the Red is for the Reality.

Ha. Love the reference!

stromatolite
May 14th, 2012, 05:39 AM
Lots of interesting shit being posted on GM atm. It's mostly a string of gifs and LMFAOs at Serena's humilation of the world numbers 1 and 2, but when the hysteria subsides for a minute it's surprising how often Sam's name keeps popping up. Most Serena fans seriously do not want Sam in Serena's section of the draw at RG.

Of course, the feeling is mutual I'd say. Fortunately, now that Serena is in the top 8, she will almost definitely not be in Sam's quarter at RG. The earliest they can meet is the SF.

^Love the blue/red pill reference :lol:

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 10:56 AM
Sam serving first again :lol:

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 11:01 AM
Arghhh, Eurosport player isn't loading!

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 11:02 AM
Arghhh, Eurosport player isn't loading!

The link from livescorehunter is working for me

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 11:03 AM
Sammy holds 1-0

Errani looks pumped up. I hope Sam can get a good start and squash that hope out.

Huntress55
May 16th, 2012, 11:04 AM
She's had some nice BHs already :)

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 11:09 AM
1-1

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 11:11 AM
2-1

Errani's looking good. So is Sammy...mostly.

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 11:13 AM
Had to shut down and reboot. EP working fine now, whew!

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 11:15 AM
Sam not quite finding her range on her groundies, everything looks too short or out.

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 11:16 AM
2-2

It always makes me nervous when Sammy's playing in front of unfavourable crowds. Although she's had a lot of practice in Germany, I guess.

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 11:18 AM
2BPs :bigcry:

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 11:18 AM
Errani is absorbing Sam's power pretty easily atm.:(

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 11:19 AM
3-2

Oh dear :sad:

Errani looks a lot more like a clay specialist than Sam at the moment :bigcry:

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 11:19 AM
Damn!

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 11:21 AM
Sam's put the shades back on. Good tactical move imo.

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 11:21 AM
0-30

Come on Sammy

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 11:22 AM
0-30, come on Sam!

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 11:22 AM
0-40 :cheer:

Hopefully Sara doesn't feel she can win this match

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 11:22 AM
Is that the bad end maybe? Sun in their eyes? Gusty?

3-3

AaronT
May 16th, 2012, 11:23 AM
well done

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 11:23 AM
Back on serve! Go Sammy!

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 11:23 AM
Is that the bad end maybe? Sun in their eyes? Gusty?

3-3

Looked like sun for Errani in any case

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 11:24 AM
Sam looking more composed now.

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 11:28 AM
Looked like sun for Errani in any case

Yeah I think it is the sun at that end. Although there does seem to be a bit of wind as well.

4-3

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 11:29 AM
Had to work for it, but good hold in the end. But this is starting to remind me of RG10. Sam is getting too much sucked into playing "dirty" Italian tennis.

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 11:31 AM
2BPs

Too close to the line Sam! :lol:

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 11:32 AM
Whew, thought she'd overhit that one for a sec. 2 BPs!

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 11:32 AM
40-40 >.<

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 11:33 AM
2 panicky points from Sam. She needs to settle down.

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 11:33 AM
Take the BP Sam :cheer:

TAKE IT

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 11:34 AM
5-3

Sam's not looking great. She needs to have a go on a stress ball or something.

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 11:34 AM
Woohoo! Wasn'' t the most convincing point from Sam, but enough for the break. Come on Sammy, serve it out!

bertisonline
May 16th, 2012, 11:35 AM
Take the BP Sam :cheer:

TAKE IT

Taken :)
B.

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 11:35 AM
30-0 :cheer:

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 11:36 AM
3 SPs!

Huntress55
May 16th, 2012, 11:36 AM
4 games in a row. Sam did well to sort that set out :)

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 11:37 AM
Taken :)
B.

She's following orders again :D

Sam takes the first :cheer: Great way to serve it out - two beautiful FHs that remind me of the good part of FO2010

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 11:37 AM
Okay Sammy!

She's being dragged out of her comfort zone by Errani, but so far she's doing enough.

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 11:38 AM
(Aga got knocked out)

bertisonline
May 16th, 2012, 11:38 AM
She is now really in the match. Impressive game to finish the first set. So good to see her on red clay playing her way.
B.

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 11:38 AM
She's following orders again :D

Sam takes the first :cheer: Great way to serve it out - two beautiful FHs that remind me of the good part of FO2010

Okay, you're in command today, you know the drill :lol:

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 11:40 AM
Over on the main court Radwanska has lost in 3 to Cetkovska, going 0-4 lifetime against her. Didn't expect that!

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 11:41 AM
Love hold for Errani. Don't let her back in please Sam? :unsure:

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 11:42 AM
Sam had 15W/6UEs that set. Better than I thought :worship:

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 11:43 AM
We all think that Sam likes slow courts, but this one is too slow for her. Errani has too much time to react to her serve. The quicker, higher bounce in Paris is better for her.

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 11:44 AM
Nice sammy, love that serve-insideout FH combo :hearts:

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 11:46 AM
I have the feeling that ball is coming on to Sam's racquet too slowly as well, it's screwing up her timing.

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 11:46 AM
1-2 on serve

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 11:48 AM
We all think that Sam likes slow courts, but this one is too slow for her. Errani has too much time to react to her serve. The quicker, higher bounce in Paris is better for her.

Yeah, I think that Sammy doesn't mind fast courts so much; it's the low bouncing courts that are a real problem (see: Australian Open, Wimbledon). I'm sure she can adjust to the slowness of these courts though.

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 11:49 AM
:lol: Don't know exactly what Sam tried to do there.

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 11:49 AM
15-30 >.<

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 11:50 AM
Oh dear :sad:

15-40

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 11:50 AM
2 BPs :(

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 11:50 AM
Shit!

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 11:51 AM
Errani breaks 3-1 :sad:

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 11:52 AM
I think Sam is hitting too much to Errani's BH

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 11:52 AM
Errani directing everything to SamSam's BH

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 11:52 AM
0-40! Go Sammy!

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 11:52 AM
0-40

This match is strange :lol:

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 11:53 AM
argghh!

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 11:53 AM
lol F**k you biased Italian net :lol

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 11:53 AM
Sam looks really passive atm.

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 11:53 AM
40-30 :sobbing:

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 11:54 AM
40-40

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 11:54 AM
Sam!!! Should have gone to the FH side a lot earlier

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 11:56 AM
lol great defending from Sam :worship:

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 11:56 AM
great defense early on, switching to attack :inlove:

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 11:56 AM
TaKE THE BREAKM POINT NOW

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 11:56 AM
Nooo!!

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 11:58 AM
4-1

Sam doesn't seem to be penetrating at all at the moment.

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 11:58 AM
Jesus, how costly is that (un)lucky net ball going to turn out to be :(

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 12:00 PM
The wind is not helping Sam atm, makes it even harder for her to play her natural game.

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 12:01 PM
Sam seems totally fixated on the BH side.

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 12:03 PM
This wind is hellish. Hang in there Sam!

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 12:03 PM
That dirt flying around, it's painful to even look at it.

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 12:04 PM
4-2

Come on Sammy :cheer:

It's only one break.

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 12:05 PM
Well done Sam! Just a single break, she can still win this in 2.

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 12:05 PM
15-30

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 12:06 PM
2 BPs. Go Sammy!

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 12:06 PM
Sammy's opened up the shoulders here.

2BPs

TAKE THEM SAM. DONT IGNORE ME LIKE YOU DID LAST TIME

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 12:06 PM
3-4 :inlove:

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 12:06 PM
Yes!!!! Back on serve. Okay Sam, show her what you can do now!

bertisonline
May 16th, 2012, 12:06 PM
Yeah! she is back! B

AaronT
May 16th, 2012, 12:06 PM
back on serve

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 12:08 PM
Important service game now.

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 12:09 PM
Errani's playing cagey tennis. Sam needs to stay focused

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 12:09 PM
15-30 :bigcry:

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 12:09 PM
Come on Sammy, moonballing isn't your game :(

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 12:10 PM
That's more like it!

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 12:10 PM
Lovely serve!

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 12:11 PM
4-4

Held like a boss :cheer: (or maybe like a mid-level manager)

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 12:11 PM
Great hold from 15-30.:worship:

Now go for the kill Sam!

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 12:12 PM
Nice!

bertisonline
May 16th, 2012, 12:12 PM
4-4! There is such a silence in the audience when she wins a game that I always fear my stream is down:) B.

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 12:13 PM
*Sam hits brilliant winner*

*Audience stays silent, except for Dave Taylor and Simone who clap*

:(

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 12:13 PM
2 BPs!!! Okay Sammy, get this point!

bertisonline
May 16th, 2012, 12:13 PM
2 BPs!

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 12:15 PM
5-4

:cheer:

When Sam wins a game the crowd sounds like someone died.

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 12:15 PM
Great FH from a really weird position!:worship: Sammy breaks and will serve for the match. Go Sammy!

AaronT
May 16th, 2012, 12:15 PM
now serve it out and no hiccup please Sam

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 12:16 PM
0-15

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 12:17 PM
0-30 :sobbing:

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 12:17 PM
...0-30

AaronT
May 16th, 2012, 12:17 PM
no :(

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 12:17 PM
Lovely slice Sammy!

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 12:17 PM
15-30

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 12:18 PM
15-40! aaarrrgghhhh!!!!!

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 12:18 PM
15-40 :(:(:(

AaronT
May 16th, 2012, 12:18 PM
Sam Sam Sam

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 12:18 PM
1 BP saved.

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 12:18 PM
40-30

AaronT
May 16th, 2012, 12:19 PM
3 more good serves Sam

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 12:19 PM
Nnooo!!!

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 12:19 PM
5-5 :facepalm:

AaronT
May 16th, 2012, 12:19 PM
goshh

bertisonline
May 16th, 2012, 12:21 PM
She is super pissed... B.

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 12:21 PM
0-30!

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 12:21 PM
0-30

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 12:22 PM
Nooo!

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 12:22 PM
30-30
Breathe Sam. You're still in a good position. Be prepared to stay out and fight.

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 12:23 PM
Bp!!!!!

AaronT
May 16th, 2012, 12:23 PM
Bp

bertisonline
May 16th, 2012, 12:23 PM
BP now!

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 12:23 PM
No!!!

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 12:24 PM
40-40 :sad:

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 12:25 PM
Yes, there is some justice! Complete shank from Errani landed in, but Sam wins the point!

AaronT
May 16th, 2012, 12:25 PM
super rally

bertisonline
May 16th, 2012, 12:25 PM
Another one!

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 12:25 PM
Okay Sammy, serve it out now, please?

AaronT
May 16th, 2012, 12:25 PM
yess

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 12:25 PM
Phew :sobbing:

6-5

Sammy serving for it again

bertisonline
May 16th, 2012, 12:26 PM
Silence again!
Now let's finish it!!
B

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 12:26 PM
We really shouldn't have underestimated Errani given the year that she's had.

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 12:27 PM
Seeds having a tough day. In quick succession A-Rad and Bartoli lost, and Woz retired injured.

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 12:28 PM
Oh, Sammy!

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 12:28 PM
0-30 :sobbing::sobbing::sobbing:

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 12:29 PM
15-30

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 12:30 PM
Lovely volley Sammy :worship: 2 more points!

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 12:30 PM
Good point Sam!

30-30

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 12:30 PM
Mp!!!!!

bertisonline
May 16th, 2012, 12:30 PM
Great point on the net.

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 12:30 PM
MP!

TaKE IT SAM TAKE IT TAKE IT TAKE IT

bertisonline
May 16th, 2012, 12:31 PM
Mp

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 12:31 PM
Fuuucckkk offff wiinnnddd

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 12:31 PM
Even the wind is against her :(

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 12:31 PM
Great win Sammy under horrible conditions:worship:

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 12:32 PM
63 75

Whew. That was tough. At least she's through.

Next match again Venus or Makarova. Will be very difficult as well :sobbing:

bertisonline
May 16th, 2012, 12:32 PM
Wooooo! She did not panic with the wind : first MP was the right one! No tbreak. Back from 2-4: great! B

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 12:32 PM
She was dragged completely out of her comfort zone today by her opponent and the conditions, but she kept her composure magnificently!

AaronT
May 16th, 2012, 12:34 PM
well done

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 12:36 PM
63 75

Whew. That was tough. At least she's through.

Next match again Venus or Makarova. Will be very difficult as well :sobbing:

I think Sam will enjoy that more. Errani gave her no pace at all today, and with the wind and the slow spped of the court that caused Sammy all kinds of problems. I believe it will be less windy later in the week as well.

AaronT
May 16th, 2012, 12:37 PM
anyone know the number of winners to errors from Sam?

Mojobackhand
May 16th, 2012, 12:46 PM
Love that she took the match on 1st MP. Really good match against Sara, who's not easy to play.

:worship:

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 01:10 PM
anyone know the number of winners to errors from Sam?

http://i46.tinypic.com/28gtiyg.jpg

I don't think this is right :eek:

AaronT
May 16th, 2012, 01:24 PM
http://i46.tinypic.com/28gtiyg.jpg

I don't think this is right :eek:

Thanks! looking great

SilverPersian
May 16th, 2012, 01:51 PM
It would be nice if some of the seeds dropping out were from Sam's part of the draw :bigcry:

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 01:56 PM
39 winners and just 15 UEs, WTF??? :lol:

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 02:39 PM
It would be nice if some of the seeds dropping out were from Sam's part of the draw :bigcry:

Yeah, they're mainly dropping out of Aga's quarter. Serena's the last seed left in that section, and even she's in a spot of trouble atm against Nadia.

bertisonline
May 16th, 2012, 02:58 PM
39 winners and just 15 UEs, WTF??? :lol:

Yes, that's crazy: some over delivery mode…
Impressive: no DF with all that wind; I was really worried on the MP... which she executed in a perfect manner.
It seems, she really had improved her composure, and her FHs too, for good. :bounce:
B.

stromatolite
May 16th, 2012, 03:05 PM
^Yes, this was a really strange match, but that makes the win even more impressive in a way. In most of her matches against Sara in the past she's just steamrolled her, but today she had to dig deep, be patient and creative, and find a different way to win when she couldn't use her weapons the way she likes to. This Sammy wouldn't have lost to Dulko in RG-R3 last year.

Siderophyre
May 16th, 2012, 05:00 PM
39 winners and just 15 UEs, WTF??? :lol:

Does not seem possible. I mean I watched that match and that isn't what I saw :lol:

Mojobackhand
May 16th, 2012, 07:08 PM
http://i46.tinypic.com/28gtiyg.jpg

I don't think this is right :eek:

Well, she looked really in control out there. Except for that 15min wobbliness in the beginning of the second set....
My guess: half of these winners were BHDTLs. ;) JK, but she looked good. Great attitude when serving it out.

Siderophyre
May 16th, 2012, 08:22 PM
Well, she looked really in control out there. Except for that 15min wobbliness in the beginning of the second set....
My guess: half of these winners were BHDTLs. ;) JK, but she looked good. Great attitude when serving it out.

Not the FIRST time she tried to serve it out - broken. :tape:

SilverPersian
May 17th, 2012, 01:57 AM
Well, she looked really in control out there. Except for that 15min wobbliness in the beginning of the second set....
My guess: half of these winners were BHDTLs. JK, but she looked good. Great attitude when serving it out.

Her backhand has looked great this clay season when she's really gone for it. Unfortunately she seemed to take the foot off the pedal with it after the first half of the first set - hopefully she can maintain that aggression more consistently in future.

Like Siderophyre said - great attitude when serving it out the second time :p:sobbing:

Yeah, they're mainly dropping out of Aga's quarter. Serena's the last seed left in that section, and even she's in a spot of trouble atm against Nadia.

Oh look, now Vika is out as well.

Whhhyyyy can't Sammy get a clay cakewalk draw this year?! :bigcry:

Huntress55
May 17th, 2012, 02:06 AM
Whhhyyyy can't Sammy get a clay cakewalk draw this year?! :bigcry:

Saving it all up for FO;)

SilverPersian
May 17th, 2012, 02:18 AM
Saving it all up for FO;)

Good answer :lol:

stromatolite
May 17th, 2012, 04:28 AM
Does not seem possible. I mean I watched that match and that isn't what I saw :lol:

Yeah, this is not the first time lately that it looked like the match stats could be nominated for a major fiction award. I'm pretty sure they have been hit by budget cutbacks, and now just have a bunch of monkeys hitting random keys to fill in the numbers.

Oh look, now Vika is out as well.

Whhhyyyy can't Sammy get a clay cakewalk draw this year?! :bigcry:

Saving it all up for FO;)

:yeah:

Grigorpova
May 17th, 2012, 11:21 AM
Just woke up after an afternoon nap, ready for my powers to go haywire.

SilverPersian
May 17th, 2012, 12:55 PM
Apparently it's crazy windy in Rome today. Although the stadium they're playing in is a little more protected than yesterday.

Sammy returning serve first :eek:

stromatolite
May 17th, 2012, 12:58 PM
Apparently it's crazy windy in Rome today. Although the stadium they're playing in is a little more protected than yesterday.

Sammy returning serve first :eek:

Venus is one of the few players besides Sam who are prepared to back her own serve.

SilverPersian
May 17th, 2012, 01:04 PM
Return :lol:

Huntress55
May 17th, 2012, 01:04 PM
Good break Sam :)

SilverPersian
May 17th, 2012, 01:05 PM
Sam breaks 0-1

I think Venus is lacking energy, might be having a problem with her syndrome

Hopefully she gets into the match (although still loses)

stromatolite
May 17th, 2012, 01:05 PM
Great start from Sam (helped a little bit by Venus, but we'll take it). Now a good service game Sam!

SilverPersian
May 17th, 2012, 01:07 PM
First serves Sam!

stromatolite
May 17th, 2012, 01:07 PM
^You're right, Venus looks like she has no energy at all. Yesterday she was scampering around the court like a gazelle. She's going for short points.

SilverPersian
May 17th, 2012, 01:08 PM
Bp >.<

stromatolite
May 17th, 2012, 01:08 PM
Shit, BP :(

SilverPersian
May 17th, 2012, 01:08 PM
Sigh 1-1

Not the time for UEs Sam!

stromatolite
May 17th, 2012, 01:09 PM
Damn! Some sloppy play from Sam. :(

AaronT
May 17th, 2012, 01:09 PM
not enough 1st serve from Sam

stromatolite
May 17th, 2012, 01:10 PM
0-30, come on Sam!

Huntress55
May 17th, 2012, 01:11 PM
Breakathon... okay this time hold Sam!

SilverPersian
May 17th, 2012, 01:11 PM
Nice return. Breaks to love :D

2-1

Why is the stadium so empty? I would *kill* to see this match live.

stromatolite
May 17th, 2012, 01:12 PM
Lovely FH:worship:

2-1 with a break. Time to hold Sam! (Americandream: are you awake?)

stromatolite
May 17th, 2012, 01:14 PM
15-30 :(:( :(

SilverPersian
May 17th, 2012, 01:14 PM
Sam...:lol:

stromatolite
May 17th, 2012, 01:14 PM
Sam's BH has taken the day off so far :(

SilverPersian
May 17th, 2012, 01:15 PM
~first serves please~

SilverPersian
May 17th, 2012, 01:16 PM
2-2 >.<

stromatolite
May 17th, 2012, 01:16 PM
Broken back :sobbing:

SilverPersian
May 17th, 2012, 01:18 PM
15-40 :cheer:

SilverPersian
May 17th, 2012, 01:19 PM
30-40

stromatolite
May 17th, 2012, 01:19 PM
BPs again (not even getting excited anymore :lol:)

SilverPersian
May 17th, 2012, 01:20 PM
40-40 :(

Does the clay ever whip around like this at RG? Never seen it there before.

SilverPersian
May 17th, 2012, 01:21 PM
3-2

Sloppy play from Sam. She really should have built up a lead in this set - Venus' level can lift significantly at any time.

stromatolite
May 17th, 2012, 01:21 PM
Venus holds from 15-40 down:(. Okay Sam, this time you really do need to hold :unsure:

stromatolite
May 17th, 2012, 01:23 PM
3-2

Sloppy play from Sam. She really should have built up a lead in this set - Venus' level can lift significantly at any time.

Too true, she's like a wounded lioness: just when you think she's down and out she can lash out and destroy you.

stromatolite
May 17th, 2012, 01:24 PM
Venus looking better than Sam in the rallies atm.

stromatolite
May 17th, 2012, 01:24 PM
0-30 :(

SilverPersian
May 17th, 2012, 01:24 PM
0-40

Sam looks really unsure of herself and subdued :sad:

SilverPersian
May 17th, 2012, 01:25 PM
4-2 :hug:

Oh Sammy

stromatolite
May 17th, 2012, 01:26 PM
Sam is losing it right now. I don't get it, she's been so solid mentally since she moved on clay. She looks like a scared bunny right now.

SilverPersian
May 17th, 2012, 01:27 PM
The only explanation is that American Dream is asleep :bigcry:

stromatolite
May 17th, 2012, 01:27 PM
Sam needs to regroup in a hurry or Venus looks like running away with this match

SilverPersian
May 17th, 2012, 01:29 PM
5-2

Venus looking better and better. Sam looking lost and frustrated :sad:

stromatolite
May 17th, 2012, 01:30 PM
Oh dear, Sam has really lost the plot.

SilverPersian
May 17th, 2012, 01:34 PM
Sammm...

She keeps hitting the FH right down the middle of the court when she has the chance to set up.

stromatolite
May 17th, 2012, 01:34 PM
Sam's serve the only thing keeping her in the match atm. Rallies inevitably ending in errors from Sam.

bertisonline
May 17th, 2012, 01:34 PM
The wind is totally disturbing her whole game. B.

SilverPersian
May 17th, 2012, 01:35 PM
TAKE THE GaME POINT SAM

SilverPersian
May 17th, 2012, 01:35 PM
40-40 :(

bertisonline
May 17th, 2012, 01:35 PM
She really needs to win that game now. B.

bertisonline
May 17th, 2012, 01:36 PM
Finally!

SilverPersian
May 17th, 2012, 01:36 PM
Sam holds for the first time :cheer:

5-3

SilverPersian
May 17th, 2012, 01:37 PM
Better Sam!

stromatolite
May 17th, 2012, 01:37 PM
Whew, at least Sam has forced Venus to serve for the set. But her play lacks any real self-belief atm.

stromatolite
May 17th, 2012, 01:38 PM
That was better! More of the same, Sam!

SilverPersian
May 17th, 2012, 01:38 PM
15-15

SilverPersian
May 17th, 2012, 01:39 PM
15-30

stromatolite
May 17th, 2012, 01:39 PM
15-30, half a chance!

SilverPersian
May 17th, 2012, 01:39 PM
15-40 :cheer::cheer::cheer:

stromatolite
May 17th, 2012, 01:40 PM
2 BPs!!! Please Sam, please???

SilverPersian
May 17th, 2012, 01:40 PM
FFFFUUUUUUCCCCKKKK YYYOOOOOOOOUUUUUUu

stromatolite
May 17th, 2012, 01:41 PM
Shit, Sam really needed that line call to go her way :(

SilverPersian
May 17th, 2012, 01:41 PM
YYYYEEESSSSSSSSSSSSs

4-5

Please hold Sammy :bigcry:

bertisonline
May 17th, 2012, 01:41 PM
She makes it! Woo! B.

stromatolite
May 17th, 2012, 01:41 PM
Sammy takes it anyway. Okay, game on!!!

SilverPersian
May 17th, 2012, 01:43 PM
It feels like Sam has gotten ~30% first serves in :sad:

stromatolite
May 17th, 2012, 01:44 PM
Best BH of the match from Sam!

SilverPersian
May 17th, 2012, 01:44 PM
30-15

SilverPersian
May 17th, 2012, 01:45 PM
30-30 :(

stromatolite
May 17th, 2012, 01:46 PM
Damn, I hope that DF doesn't come back to haunt her. 30-30

SilverPersian
May 17th, 2012, 01:46 PM
30-40 :bigcry:

FIRST SERVE IN

stromatolite
May 17th, 2012, 01:46 PM
Scrappy Sam is back. SP :(

SilverPersian
May 17th, 2012, 01:46 PM
Lol risky play Sam! :D 40-40