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networthy
May 5th, 2012, 05:37 PM
Cagnes-sur-mer draw is out. In R1 Mirjana plays Radwanska (Urszula, that is). The winner plays Babos (#2 seed) or Czink.

Good luck, Mirjana!

croat123
May 6th, 2012, 04:42 PM
Good luck!!

mikireturns
May 6th, 2012, 06:34 PM
Mirjana grew-up on this European red-dirt. It brings-out the more strategic part of her game, she feels her footing on these courts in a way she doesn't on hard courts, and her best "overall" career achievements have come on red clay (2 WTA Tournament wins, a RU in Strasbourg, 3R in Paris, QF last year, etc.)

A focused, fully-charged Mirjana can certainly do some damage, here. Would love to see her trade bombs with Babos (Babos is a HARD-hitter, for sure, one of the biggest, but Mirjana hits harder, IMO!). Cagnes-sur-Mer is un tres beaux petit village, very close to Nice (practically part of it) and I have visted a number of times when I lived in France in the 90s and once afterward. Hopefully Mirjana (and all the players) will be inspired to produce their best in that lovely setting.

Bring your big-game, your experience, your focus, and fight to get some wins, honey! GL!

kfh_9118
May 7th, 2012, 03:01 AM
Good luck Miki

kfh_9118
May 7th, 2012, 03:02 AM
tough draw, but winnable.

Surprised she didn't try to play Madrid instead

mikireturns
May 7th, 2012, 08:06 AM
tough draw, but winnable.

Surprised she didn't try to play Madrid instead

Yes, I thought so, too, but for some reason she decided to jettison pee-wee qualifying rounds in Portugal(Estoril) and Madrid so she might make a run at the 100K+H, in a very glamorous town, and make impact.

It was a gamble, but I think she is truly gambling at this juncture in her already honorable comeback, and Madrid was iffy, and her berth in Rome looks very iffy, at this point, so she saw-ahead and kept this MD ITF on her plate.


Again, I don't know why she just chucked Portugal, but it may be due to money. It looks like she will not even make the Rome quallies late this week, so she took the next best option.

Putting her eggs in one basket, but it's as good a basket as any, and she still has Strasbourg QD and Paris MD.

Let us just hope that she comes out roaring on the soil of her very own native continent!

I will be interested to see what happens.

Mirjana Lucic on red clay on European soil is NOT a player to be taken lightly.

She's no pushover on this continent, on this surface.

Gosh ... wish her major awesomeness :sad:

networthy
May 7th, 2012, 04:48 PM
Lost to U. Radwanska 4 and 4 :hysteric:

mikireturns
May 7th, 2012, 04:59 PM
Ewww.

REALLY big setback. She needed at least one win here, especially against a ripe-for-the-beating U Radwanska.

I don't think she is going to make the Rome quallies, so almost two weeks of sitting around, i.e. NO MATCHES. If there is another ITF event in Europe (even a 25K), she ought to make a beeline to it and get some matches.

Terrible, terrible loss. Babos was upended by Czink, too ... she had a pathway to the final.

But, does Mirjana ever really have a "pathway" to anywhere?

Get it together, kid.

networthy
May 7th, 2012, 08:30 PM
^ Wish she could find a pathway to the second round

mikireturns
May 7th, 2012, 09:35 PM
^ Wish she could find a pathway to the second round

:lol: Eminently true! Poor Mirjana. You know she was trying from the scoreline. I would love to see the stats.

I still say she is going to get her magic run and it is going to happen at a Slam!

:help:

mikireturns
May 7th, 2012, 11:46 PM
I guess a lot of people are really focused on Martic right now, and understandably so. But I still think Mirjana is the more talented player, if she would just get it together in one event and make the kind of run I know she can make.

I have to beleieve Mirjana believes she can do it. Really, she has not had anywhere near the support system that Martic has had, and Mirjana may have bungled a few things in that regard, but her fitness is so top-notch and she has been working so so so hard.

I want to see it pay-off in a run! Mirjana has earned it, in my opinion. by "run" I mean a WTA semifinal or final at least at the International level, and a R3 or Round of 16 at a Slam (Paris or Wimbledon or both).

Girlfriend NEEDS to get back into the Top 100 NOW.

She may just barely squeak into Rome, but no guarantee. Barring last-minute wild-cards or "special entry" designations, she is not apparently looking at the 100K in Prague or the 50K in St. Gaudens, or even the 25K in Italy, should she fail to make the Rome cut.

Girl needs matches!

GL, Mirjana ... it's gonna happen; just MAKE it happen.

kfh_9118
May 8th, 2012, 12:44 AM
terrible loss

don't know what to expect from her anymore, maybe hoping for 1 win in RG :lol:

networthy
May 8th, 2012, 12:45 AM
^ I always expect Mirjana to crash out in the first round. However, I also believe, like mikireturns, that she has it in her to make a solid run: WTA SF or R3/R4 of a Grand Slam. I hope we'll see it someday!

mikireturns
May 8th, 2012, 07:51 AM
Kinda funny, how we form mental images of the people who post here based upon their icons/images.

For example, I automatically assume that kfh 1800 is a shy, demure, gorgeous little pretty-puss, exactly like Dementieva (who was one of my favorites for years, too ...)

From my icon, people would think I am an electrical three-headed Japanese dragon, which would be an accurate assessment, I guess.

Mirjana is so gifted and she wants it SO much ... I believe a good result is going to HAPPEN for her very soon because she work so hard.

Do I think she will ever become a Top 50 player? Not a chance in hell.

You need to beat the Urzulas of the world in first rounds of Challengers to ride the big waves on the WTA.

Mirjana, to my mind, has already redeemed herself and proved her wonderful self the past two years. She re-entered the Top 100 when everyone said she would never do it. She got to compete at Grand Slams, and she actually won a couple of GS-Level matches.

She could leave the game tomorrow with pride and honor. But, yes, she has a big-ass "run" in her, and I want to see it, too.

markdelaney
May 8th, 2012, 08:33 AM
:lol: Eminently true! Poor Mirjana. You know she was trying from the scoreline. I would love to see the stats.



Here are the stats.Lucic serving first:

SET 1:
0-1 (2 DFs broken to 15), 0-2 (R Holds to 15), 0-3 (Broken to 15 , 1 DF) 0-4 (R Holds to 15) 1-4 (Holds to 15), 1-5 (R Holds to 15), 2-5 (Holds to Love), 3-5 (Breaks to 30) , 4-5 (Holds to 15) 4-6 (R Holds to 30)

SET 2:
0-1 (Broken to 15) , 1-1 (Breaks back, 3 DF from R, 12 point game, wins on 4th BP), 1-2 (Broken after 3 DF) 1-3 (R Holds to 30), 2-3 (Holds to 30, 1 DF) , 2-4 (R Holds to 15) , 2-5 (Broken to 15), 3-5 (Breaks to 15) , 4-5 Holds to 15 (1 DF), 4-6 (R Holds to 30)

Other than chucking in 3 DFs after getting herself back into the match (Exactly as she did against Lauren Davis) . 1-5 down in set 1 and 2-5 Down in set 2 with sloppy errors. She had BP in 3 games and broke each time, otherwise never took Radwanska to deuce on her own serve

First serve 47%. Won 19/25 first serves. Second serve won 8/28

mikireturns
May 8th, 2012, 09:23 AM
Here are the stats.Lucic serving first:

SET 1:
0-1 (2 DFs broken to 15), 0-2 (R Holds to 15), 0-3 (Broken to 15 , 1 DF) 0-4 (R Holds to 15) 1-4 (Holds to 15), 1-5 (R Holds to 15), 2-5 (Holds to Love), 3-5 (Breaks to 30) , 4-5 (Holds to 15) 4-6 (R Holds to 30)

SET 2:
0-1 (Broken to 15) , 1-1 (Breaks back, 3 DF from R, 12 point game, wins on 4th BP), 1-2 (Broken after 3 DF) 1-3 (R Holds to 30), 2-3 (Holds to 30, 1 DF) , 2-4 (R Holds to 15) , 2-5 (Broken to 15), 3-5 (Breaks to 15) , 4-5 Holds to 15 (1 DF), 4-6 (R Holds to 30)

Other than chucking in 3 DFs after getting herself back into the match (Exactly as she did against Lauren Davis) . 1-5 down in set 1 and 2-5 Down in set 2 with sloppy errors. She had BP in 3 games and broke each time, otherwise never took Radwanska to deuce on her own serve

First serve 47%. Won 19/25 first serves. Second serve won 8/28

WOW! Ask and Ye shall Receive.

Thank you so much for providing this detailed information. This is very much appreciated.

Now, assesing it ... Mirjana is (surprise! surprise!) rusty and crappy and shitty. She needs matches going into Paris, if she hopes to get a win ... She has not yet found her red clay brain.

Mirjana ... your red clay brain is in the green cooler next to the ugly lineswoman! Please ... go and take your brain from the cooler and place it back into your head and attempt some tennis.

Thanks very much, delaney.

mikireturns
May 9th, 2012, 06:24 PM
As of this afternoon, Mirjana is 2nd ALT for Rome qualification draw.

She is barely going to make it, if she makes it at all.

Wow, really fear for her ranking.

Come on, Mirjana ... get some wins and heave yourself back into the Top 100. FAST.

SERVivor
May 10th, 2012, 03:25 PM
Yeah, she may still make it in to Rome qualifying. Venus got a main draw WC and Lucie Hrdadecka is still playing in Madrid, so she should be in or down to first alternate. I hope she makes it as she can at least get one match in or more before Strasbourg. It would suck for her to try to defend all those Strasbourg points without at least a little bit more match play.

mikireturns
May 10th, 2012, 06:37 PM
^
Mirjana squeaked into the quallies of Rome today. Another great opportunity. Hopefully she can pull together and make some inroads, work on that serve and find her red clay feet. Wish her the very best luck and hopefully an ideal draw. Would be great if she qualified, obviously, and won at least one MD match. Viva Roma, Mirjana. Toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain so you'll be sure to come back next year!

ajmo!
May 11th, 2012, 05:41 PM
Hampton in QR1

mikireturns
May 11th, 2012, 06:38 PM
She KNOWS she can beat Jamie. Watching Hampton play Mattek-Sands last year in Stanford, I just think that a focused Mirjana absolutely must muscle past her convincingly. So long as she is serving in at least the 50s and isn't hitting everything toward the moon. Hampton makes a lot of errors, too, and is hardly the best mover. Tends to get very negative.

C'mon, Mirjana ... this girl can certainly be knocked-out on red clay in Europe. Bring some grit and concentration. Ass-in-gear, Lucic!

Who knows?

ajmo!
May 11th, 2012, 08:00 PM
Well Jamie has a great year, she had that amazing week in IW and I was impressed watching her against Aga. But if I remember well Mirjana beat her twice. Two years ago on clay 75 62 and last year i Quebec 64 62.
If Mirjana's at her 80-90% she'll win.
Also, I really hope she draws Yakimova or somebody that bad in Paris.

mikireturns
May 11th, 2012, 10:54 PM
Also, I really hope she draws Yakimova or somebody that bad in Paris.

Oh yes, someone utterly ghastly or severely injured would be ideal. ;)Yakimova or Amanmuradova, or anyone with a stress fracture, a pulled groin, or on crutches.

Or, some 16 year-old French junior who is just going to be thrown into her first tournament ever via wc.

But, of course, it will be Stosur or Woz.

networthy
May 11th, 2012, 11:58 PM
But, of course, it will be Stosur or Woz.


Worse: it'll be Azarenka, Serena or a WC Henin.

networthy
May 12th, 2012, 12:04 AM
Hampton in QR1

And if Mirjana manages to beat Hampton she'll likely get the top Q seed, Suarez Navarro (#45), who eats clay for breakfast.

If it gets to that, Mirjana will need divine :help:.

MLF
May 12th, 2012, 09:59 AM
Lucic d. Hampton 6/4 6/2

Too many double faults making several games harder than necessary but also excellent that she only faced one break point.

SERVivor
May 12th, 2012, 10:07 AM
Pretty routine win over Hampton. Could have won the second set 6-0 with all the bps she had. Let's hope Navarro and Dulko run each other around the court for 3.5 hours and the winner is depleted when she faces Lucic. Really, though, if Lucic could play so well against Medina-Garrigus last year, she should be able to test Navarro who isn't any better than Garrigus was last year at this time, Garrigus also being the #1 qualifying seed last year.

networthy
May 12th, 2012, 10:33 AM
Easy 20 points :yeah:

networthy
May 12th, 2012, 10:46 AM
Here's the comparison between Mirjana's points last year through Rome and so far this year:

2011
Auckland, 6
Sydney, 1
AUS Open, 5
Indian Wells, 20
Nassau, 1
Miami, 1
Charleston, 1
Stuttgart, 1
Barcelona, 30
Madrid, 1
Rome, 1

Total: 68 pts

2012
Brisbane, 1
Sydney, 8
AUS Open, 40
Midland, 18
Memphis, 1
Indian Wells, 1
Nassau, 20
Miami, 20
Osprey, 1
Charleston, 52
Dothan, 18
Cagnes sur mer, 1
Rome, 20

Total: 201 pts

Things start to get tricky next week, when Mirjana will be defending 86 points from Strasbourg :scared: :help:

frenchie
May 12th, 2012, 10:48 AM
good win.

I hope she can secure her Wimbledon MD spot this week

ajmo!
May 12th, 2012, 10:57 AM
Again owning Hampton. :yeah:
Next round will be tough whoever she plays.

croat123
May 12th, 2012, 01:12 PM
she plays dulko

very promising win over hampton imo

SERVivor
May 12th, 2012, 02:05 PM
I don't know what to expect against Dulko. On one hand, Dulko has been basically a doubles specialist the last year, save a fourth round appearance at the French Open last year. Before beating Navarro today, her only wins this year were a close one over Kathryn Woerle, and a 1-0 win against Dokic when Dokic retired after just one game. I think it's gonna depend on whether Dulko's heart is still in singles. Sure, she had a big win today, but it was a long, tough match, and she has to back it up in less than 24 hours. If she still cares about singles and is anxious to defend her 2011 French Open points and is thus motivated, I fear Lucic is going to be in for a tough day. But if Dulko is satisfied with beating Navarro, then Lucic can win. One thing is certain, Lucic will have to serve better than the 37% first serves she put in play today. Dulko is a good returner, especially on clay. Lucic should be able to attack the Dulko second serve, but she isn't likely to see many as Dulko served at about 75% today. Fortunately, Dulko's first serve isn't strong and she was broken 7 times today.

mikireturns
May 12th, 2012, 03:18 PM
Fine work by Mrs. Lucic ... her ground game must have been sharp and determined, considering her grievous 39% 1st serve stat. Clearly she was trying to produce big tennis. She's still scary on her break point conversions, but this win ought to give her confidence in that department for the next match. One has to think that her service numbers can only get better tomorrow. Can she get them at least into the low 50s?!? She clearly guarded her own serve admirably. Only one bp against her? Is that you, Mirjana?

Navarro, who has always been a streaky enigma, would have been the more daunting mental opponent for Mirjana, I think. Dulko certainly does not have the kind of singles mojo she once had, and I never consider Carla as being a particularly big scalp to take, no matter what she's ranked. This will be a good opportunity for Mirjana. She'll be confident going into the match (as will Dulko?). Get the serve numbers up, Lucic.

Whatever happens, Mirjana got a win today and is not ready to go away. Very winnable match to qualify, especially if her coach/hitting partner scouts Dulko and tells her that the girl has won only 2 matches (basically) all year.

Focus, focus, focus. Clean, smart, strong. GL, Mirjana.

networthy
May 12th, 2012, 07:50 PM
Before beating Navarro today, her only wins this year were a close one over Kathryn Woerle, and a 1-0 win against Dokic when Dokic retired after just one game.

Very winnable match to qualify, especially if her coach/hitting partner scouts Dulko and tells her that the girl has won only 2 matches (basically) all year.


Dulko's W-L record in her last 18 singles matches is 4-14. Unfortunately--and I hate to be the one to point this out--11 of those 14 losses have been to players ranked much higher than Mirjana. Only one loss has been to a player ranked lower, and it was to Panova, who at #118, was around Mirjana's current ranking.

Dulko must be considered the favorite.

volume3d
May 13th, 2012, 12:25 PM
OMG this is some crazy match right now...I just cant watch scoreboard anymore

EDIT: Queen Miki won 63 67(7) 64....
I just started watching that scorboard in 3rd set....

She was down 2:3* .....broke her for 3:3.....faced BP in that game, saved......broke her for *5:3...lost that serve with ZERO 5:4 ..... had 0:40 in that game, Dulko saved all 3 match point...but Miki won next :)

What happened in that 2nd set?:)

kfh_9118
May 13th, 2012, 12:31 PM
OMG this is some crazy match right now...I just cant watch scoreboard anymore

same here, so much up and down.
Miki already wasted several MPs :scared:

markdelaney
May 13th, 2012, 12:35 PM
same here, so much up and down.
Miki already wasted several MPs :scared:

she puts us through a trauma every time but she finally won 6-3 6-7 6-4. I started watching the scoreboard at 3-1 in the second set tiebreak so don't know what happened first. Double faults at 5-5 and 7-7 in the tiebreak, then 5 more DF to go 1-3 BP down in the third set. Wins 4 games in a row, then gets broken, then breaks again after having let 0-40 back to Deuce.

Madness :eek:

kfh_9118
May 13th, 2012, 12:36 PM
Miki finally won 6-3 6-7(7) 6-4 :woohoo:

down 0-2 first set, fought back to win the set
second set pretty even, tough to lose with that scoreline, was sure she would just throw away the match now
third set, down 0-2 and several BPs to make it 0-3*, Miki fought hard to make it 1-2, then 1-3 and suddenly she won 4 games in a row after winning a tough 5th game, when she wasted 3 BPs in a row at one point.

served for the match at 5-3, got broken, and finally won after broke Dulko's serve (again after wasted several MPs).

hoping for good draw in MD now, and hopefully another win or two ;)

proud of your fight today, miki :yeah:

xcrtbckhnd
May 13th, 2012, 01:04 PM
Nice work Miki!!!! WTA main draw!!!!!

croat123
May 13th, 2012, 01:31 PM
She did it!!

mikireturns
May 13th, 2012, 01:48 PM
Wow, glad I was asleep while this was being contested. I was not sure about her chances ... Dulko is such a crafty clay courted and had shown signs of rebirth in beating Top 50 Carla. But what an effort from Mirjana. Her numbers were nice ... 9 aces to "only" 10 DFs and she held her nerve to get that match point at last; Dulko is dangerous and not easy to put away.

Main draw placements for qualifiers are all interesting. Mirjana has to feel great about this effort and talk about reversing the stink of last year's Rome fiasco. Hey, she's out there earning WTA main draws ... BIG ones. GL in the next day and coming weeks, Mirjana.

volume3d
May 13th, 2012, 02:13 PM
Vinci vs [WC] Knapp
Q vs [14] Cibulkova

[3] Radwanska vs BYE
Cetkovska vs Q
Q vs Q
Pennetta vs [16] Kirilenko

[9] S. Williams vs Voskoboeva
Petrova vs Q

[7] Bartoli vs BYE
Q vs Goerges
King vs Pironkova
Q vs [12] Kerber

[13] Ivanovic vs Kuznetsova
[WC] Brianti vs Q

Some really scary placements LOL :)!
Kerber, Cibulkova, Goerges, Petrova....
I want this Q vs Q placement, or Brianti :)

Hele.
May 13th, 2012, 02:47 PM
Two very good wins! First pretty easy win over top 100 player Hampton. And second one is very encouraging because of way in which Miki did it. Although Dulko is out of top 100 and in total slump this year, she is clay court specialist. ;)

mikireturns
May 13th, 2012, 05:22 PM
It won't be Goerges or Kerber she faces, and won't play till Tuesday. So, that leaves Cibulkova (revenge would be sweet), Petrova (Queen of Head-Case Unpredictability), Brianti (Interesting), or a fellow qualifier (nice, depending on who it is). I think I'm missing someone, but can't ... Oh, Cetkovska (Also Interesting, at least on clay). GL Lucic, whomever you get.

networthy
May 13th, 2012, 05:24 PM
Praying to the draw gods for Mirjana to get a good draw. A single MD win would get her clear in the top 100.

Mirjana *deserves* a good draw :hysteric:

networthy
May 13th, 2012, 05:27 PM
The other Qs are Hlavackova, Wozniak, Soler-Espinoza, Rodionova, Govortsova, Stephens and Chakhvetadze :scared:

mikireturns
May 13th, 2012, 05:27 PM
Also, congrats Roger ... You're up to No. 2 in the world again! The blue court made weird reflections on Nadal's water-bottles and interfered with his obsessive-compulsive disorder. Take a lesson, Mirjana ... 30 year-olds can still make great things happen in tennis!

croat123
May 13th, 2012, 05:29 PM
Brianti is the best draw IMO

mikireturns
May 13th, 2012, 05:34 PM
All tough, Q-wise. Mirjana has owned Hlavackova, but it's all a toss-up. She is going to have to bring a game like today whomever she plays. If so, she has a god shot. My draw-prayers for her are being saved for Paris and Wimbledon, but maybe just one Hail Mary for Rome.

This qualifying win today ought to squeeze her very close to securing a spot in Wimby's MD.

But now she's in the MD here, it is TIME for Mirjana to put on her game face, and start truly thinking: "I am HERE. I deserve it. I am one of the Big Girls and I can beat one of these Big Girls."

GL, Lucic!

jaylucic
May 13th, 2012, 06:20 PM
Cibulkova it is. :) would be nice revenge :D

croat123
May 13th, 2012, 07:08 PM
Of course....the worst draw of the bunch

mikireturns
May 13th, 2012, 09:22 PM
At least Mirjana knows what she is in for. She has to take it to her and fight tooth and nail. GL Mirjana. At the very least she will have 3 red clay matches under her belt, along with some points & $$$ before Strasbourg and Paris. It's red clay ... Anything can happen (and inevitably does).

rucolo
May 13th, 2012, 09:49 PM
Well done on Qualifying for WTA Rome main draw, Mirjana! :);)

Cibulkova lost R1 in Stuttgart and Madrid. Time to revenge the Wimbledon loss :devil:

Madoka
May 13th, 2012, 10:46 PM
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Madoka
May 13th, 2012, 10:51 PM
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-RmaOj1U62CY/T7Af05T-bQI/AAAAAAAAANs/S1OA35Z3QJg/s640/ALIM5119.JPG

xcrtbckhnd
May 13th, 2012, 11:49 PM
Thank you for the pics! !!!!!!

mikireturns
May 14th, 2012, 12:12 AM
I did not realize that Mirjana's QF points for Strasbourg last year come off tomorrow ... she's projected to be around 119 Monday when the new rankings are released. What's up with that? Sucks.

mikireturns
May 14th, 2012, 01:15 AM
And yes, thanks for the photos from Foro Italico!

croat123
May 14th, 2012, 01:59 AM
Honestly, 119 isn't that bad...one lucky slam draw will fix it

kfh_9118
May 14th, 2012, 02:28 AM
Thanks for the photos :hearts:

Drawing Cibulkova is not the worst draw for Miki.
She has a chance, hopefully Cibulkova will continue her losing streaks :devil:

Pebbles
May 14th, 2012, 02:44 PM
Best of luck tomorrow Mirjana :yeah:

Pebbles
May 15th, 2012, 02:31 PM
Lost 6-1 6-2 :sad: not much to say as there was no stream but it did seem like Miki at least showed a little fight towards the end. I believe she was 0-5 down in the second. Very disappointing performance after the qualifying wins.

mikireturns
May 15th, 2012, 02:40 PM
Cibulkova just tore Mirjana to pieces. 1 and 2. Cibulkova was only serving at 45%, too. Mirjana was serving just over 50%. She had 1 BP the entire match while Cibulkova broke her 5 times on all five break opps.

I swear, Mirjana cannot play against little "pushers". She must be scared shitless to see those stubby little legs scurrying around. Like a deer in the headlights.

There goes a great chance to get her first win over a Top 20 player in ages, especially since Cibulkova has been sub-par lately. Mirjana is not returning well against these tiny ladies. There's a reason Cibulkova is Top 20, but no excuse for a big hitter like Lucic not to get tons of free points by creaming these itty-bitty girls' serves.

On the bright side, she scored two good wins and qualified this week for a big event and got 3 matches on clay before Strasbourg and Paris. Hope she makes some noise in her old stomping grounds at Strasbourg and if she draws Cibulkova in Paris I will just give up!

tennisfan5
May 15th, 2012, 04:59 PM
at least she got 30 points for qualifying

mikireturns
May 15th, 2012, 05:57 PM
Yeah, 30 points. That doesn't seem like a heck of a lot, though, considering they were her best wins of the entire year.

Still, every little bit helps, and at this point I am fully prepared to admit that Mirjana Lucic NEEDS a total cakewalk draw at a key event in order to ever get on a decent roll again in her career. She is simply not even close to being able to beat a Top 30 player in an opening round unless she gets on a roll.

Other players get such draws. Why not her?

In other news, WC Brianti got WAXED by Soler-Espinosa, 1 and 2. That draw would have been SO sweet for Mirjana.

Yeah. I know. What's the point, now?

Another interesting point I might make (and I shall) ... Players ranked in the 100-150 zone are sometimes financially better off than the ones who are in the Top 60-100 zone, simply because the Top 60-100 end-up qualifying for more, BIGGER events, and yet they must travel to those big events at great cost with a very slim-to-none chance of recouping their investment. Players on the 100-150 "bubble" can get to challengers in their home-base nations fairly easily and, if they perform well at ITF events, they come out ahead in terms of personal finances. As long as they don't perform too well.

It's a weird dynamic, but has a great deal to do with the outrageous cost of actually making a living as a tennis pro. The prize-money for journeyman/journeywoman pros in tennis is shockingly low when compared to the prize-money for similarly positioned "mid-level" pros in other sports (golf, soccer, football, basketball ... almost across the board).

The vast majority of pros are playing for the a chance at a dream, the brass ring, and are not really making a living. Sad.

Mirjana, from what she has expressed, is playing for a couple more years in hopes of regaining the Top 50, but even she knows that just being Top 50 will not secure some longterm payday for her life. I don't think she needs that, now, but she does want to make a few big runs and maybe win another WTA title or two before she hangs it up, and that would be fantastic. I applaud her for that.

But it must be truly scary for so many pros out there.

Onward we go with Lucic. Okay. Let's have some draws filled with burnouts, head-cases, slumpers, junior wild-cards, and the grievously injured.

Mirjana needs a li'l help, here, draw Deities.

ajmo!
May 16th, 2012, 05:58 PM
Still hoping for Yakimova, Oudin or somebody like that in RG R1.
GL in Strasbourg, no need to mess with big positive record there.

mikireturns
May 16th, 2012, 11:44 PM
Still hoping for Yakimova, Oudin or somebody like that in RG R1.
GL in Strasbourg, no need to mess with big positive record there.

I totally hear you. Even if Mirjana qualifies and wins one MD Strasbourg match and then goes on to get a couple of wins at Roland Garros, it will be a triumph and fling her nicely back in the Top 100. Her Grand Slam performances are a MUST now. Yakimova would be a great choice, she is so lost at sea. Oudin has gotten some of her confidence back but she is still playing like crap. Who else? Caroline Garcia, if she gets a wild card. Really, I will be begging for a sinfully easy draw for Mirjana. Just two rounds would be fabulous.

Today, that stubby little Cibulkova reached the Rome quarters when Azarenka withdrew. Hard to be tough on Mirjana for the Cibulkova fiasco -- Dominika eats big hitters for breakfast on slow courts. Let's not forget she was a point away from double-bageling Sharapova a couple years ago in Paris.

mikireturns
May 18th, 2012, 03:27 PM
According to iPhone WTA/ATP App, Mirjana is No. 8 seed in Strasbourg qualifying and she will play Ximena Hermosa of Mexico tomorrow on Court One at 10AM (Strasbourg "time")

Ximena Hermosa. Sounds like a cocktail you'd order poolside in Cancun.

Good luck, Mirjana ... One would hope she can qualify, given that she is seeded 8th.

mikireturns
May 18th, 2012, 03:48 PM
Well, Mirjana will likely have to get through No. 1 seed Maria Jose Sanchez Gonzalez Lopez Garcia Estevez Rubirez Martinez (ESP) in order to qualify, but other than that, she might stand a chance.

Q draw out on Strasbourg thread.

SERVivor
May 18th, 2012, 05:29 PM
Martinez is a tough draw. Too bad she isn't in Minella's quarter of the draw. But, I don't think Martinez has done much lately, was injured for awhile.

jaylucic
May 18th, 2012, 06:02 PM
Hope Mirjana will play doubles! Would be nice to see Lucic/Mijacika team!

mikireturns
May 18th, 2012, 10:17 PM
Question for our Croatian confreres: I know Majoli has said she would not include Mirjana on the Croatian Olympic team, even though Lucic made herself technically eligible (then withdrew via e-mail -- DUMB), but, come July and, say, Mirjana is still clearly the 2nd ranked Croatian woman and (we hope) back in the Top 100. Will Majoli exclude her, given the chance for a strong grass performance?

I ask for a number of reasons; I doubt Mirjana will return to the States to play Stanford if she has a chance for the Croatian Olympic team, and would imagine she might play Bastaad and Palermo again. Any thoughts?

Nicolas
May 19th, 2012, 09:41 AM
6/0 first set over the Hermoso one :drool:

mikireturns
May 19th, 2012, 09:41 AM
Well, hopefully the usually very knowledgeable Croatian aces here will answer my prior question about Mirjana's Olympic chances, given that they likely know Croatian Olympic tennis details far, far better than I.

Meanwhile, I am up VERY late/early here in California and saw via iPhone WTA app that Mirjana just saved a break point to lead XimenA Hermoso 3-0.

Let's hope she brings some focus to this whole event. She needs it. That being said, it is grand that she nailed 30 points in Rome where last year she had none. Keep improving, Mirjana?

jaylucic
May 19th, 2012, 09:48 AM
Well, hopefully the usually very knowledgeable Croatian aces here will answer my prior question about Mirjana's Olympic chances, given that they likely know Croatian Olympic tennis details far, far better than I.

Meanwhile, I am up VERY late/early here in California and saw via iPhone WTA app that Mirjana just saved a break point to lead XimenA Hermoso 3-0.

Let's hope she brings some focus to this whole event. She needs it. That being said, it is grand that she nailed 30 points in Rome where last year she had none. Keep improving, Mirjana?

NO news in Croatian media about her Olympic chances. I just know that Majoli said in february that she will not put Mirjana on the list for the Olympics because of Fed cup withdrawal. :( I Hope things will change, both Mikis ranking, and Majolis decision! ;)

mikireturns
May 19th, 2012, 10:01 AM
Okay, when was the last time Mirjana double-bageled somebody, just off the top of your heads?

Nicolas
May 19th, 2012, 10:15 AM
6/0 6/0 :eek:

MLF
May 19th, 2012, 10:17 AM
Kept it straight forward! Think her last double bagel was over ChiChi Scholl in 2010.

networthy
May 19th, 2012, 10:21 AM
Well done, Mirjana :yeah:

She next plays a local WC ranked #367. Good luck, Mirjana!

mikireturns
May 19th, 2012, 10:22 AM
Oh, she just beat Margarita Mojito Tequila-Mimosa 6-0 6-0.

C'mon, Lucic scholars ... When was the last time she double bageled someone in a tour event, qualifying or main draw.

Nice win. Mirjana usually poops a deformed kitten somewhere in a match, but she ruined this girl.

I hope Mirjana enjoys making the other player suffer. Even in my 5.0 USTA competitions, it is fun to hit a great blazing cross court forehand or a sharp, evil-angled backhand, or a blistering approach put-away, but the most fun is making the other player lose.

That is more fun than anything.

mikireturns
May 19th, 2012, 10:26 AM
And thanks for the stat ... I think it was Chi Chi in 2010, and not even in a WTA event.

She really felt like a monster out there on the Strasbourg courts today and I like that style.

Keep going Mirjana. Carry this focus into Roland Garros.

mikireturns
May 19th, 2012, 10:33 AM
Kept it straight forward! Think her last double bagel was over ChiChi Scholl in 2010.

Yes, she didn't cede any dirt to this girl, did she? Very straight forward determination from Mirjana ... Saving all break points, too.

Nice to see her dominate like this on any surface, even in a q match.

I hope this win makes her feel DEADLY.

volume3d
May 19th, 2012, 10:40 AM
Well, hopefully the usually very knowledgeable Croatian aces here will answer my prior question about Mirjana's Olympic chances, given that they likely know Croatian Olympic tennis details far, far better than I.



I'm not sure if Mirjana even cares about that right now because she's not high enough on the WTA ranking list to be able to play Olympics ....not sure when is ranking deadline for OG... you ask this because you expect her to make QF of Roland Garros and after that be ranked high enough to play Olympics? :) I must say you are really optimistic :bounce:

Pebbles
May 19th, 2012, 10:50 AM
Nice scoreline :yeah:

jaylucic
May 19th, 2012, 10:50 AM
Mirjana is in Birmingham MD!

SERVivor
May 19th, 2012, 11:06 AM
nice scoreline. While Hermoso is no world beater, she isn't a total tomato can. She beat Patricia Mayer earlier this year in Mexico and lost to Sesil Karanatcheva 3 and 3. She was blown out by Babos 1 and 0 but Babos just won a WTA event a few weeks ago. She was certainly better than the WC Lucic lost a set to in Charleston, so Lucic's held some good form today.

SERVivor
May 19th, 2012, 11:15 AM
Oh, she just beat Margarita Mojito Tequila-Mimosa 6-0 6-0.

C'mon, Lucic scholars ... When was the last time she double bageled someone in a tour event, qualifying or main draw.

Nice win. Mirjana usually poops a deformed kitten somewhere in a match, but she ruined this girl.

I hope Mirjana enjoys making the other player suffer. Even in my 5.0 USTA competitions, it is fun to hit a great blazing cross court forehand or a sharp, evil-angled backhand, or a blistering approach put-away, but the most fun is making the other player lose.

That is more fun than anything.

I play USTA 4.0 and consider myself a pretty good player - 5.0 includes college players, so you must be a quite good player. What I relish is when the opponents (I usually play doubles) start out all cocky then get all flustered when they start to lose.

auntie janie
May 19th, 2012, 02:25 PM
Now THAT had to feel good! Nice start for Miki.

mikireturns
May 19th, 2012, 03:33 PM
I play USTA 4.0 and consider myself a pretty good player - 5.0 includes college players, so you must be a quite good player. What I relish is when the opponents (I usually play doubles) start out all cocky then get all flustered when they start to lose.

A good 4.0 player is dangerous, in my experience. I'm 5.0 for my age bracket (ahem!) and a few years back could hold my own against college guys similarly rated, but not anymore. I mean, I'm not old, but I'm OLD. Fact of life :worship:. I could still snag a game or two from a first-string 19-20 yr. old college hitter and can cream many club players in that age-group because of experience. After that, the knees really do beg to differ.

Thanks to our other friend for info on the rankings' impact on Olympics. I had forgotten about that. I'd love to see Mirjana in the Paris quarters (weirder things have happened in tennis ... like her semifinal run at Wimby, for example), but I guess I will content myself with a solid showing for her at her next 5 events (Strasbourg, Roland Garros, Birmingham, Eastbourne, Wimby) and HOPE she ends-up in the top 100.

Certainly she is off to a snappy start here in Strasbourg. Let's hope she keeps it up. Fingers crossed.

networthy
May 19th, 2012, 06:08 PM
Oh, she just beat Margarita Mojito Tequila-Mimosa 6-0 6-0.

:lol:

But, folks (not just mikireturns), let's not get carried away. It's absolutely lovely to see Mirjana win 0 and 0 but Hermoso is not a worthy WTA-Q opponent.

I imagine Mirjana will also win her QR2 match easily. The real test comes after that.

mikireturns
May 19th, 2012, 07:26 PM
Oh man, the slots for qualifiers are BRUTAL except for Razzano.

Hradecka
Barthel
Larsson
Razzano

Pray she gets one of the last two and preferably the LAST!

SERVivor
May 19th, 2012, 08:29 PM
:lol:

But, folks (not just mikireturns), let's not get carried away. It's absolutely lovely to see Mirjana win 0 and 0 but Hermoso is not a worthy WTA-Q opponent.

I imagine Mirjana will also win her QR2 match easily. The real test comes after that.

But, Hermosa did get ito the Q draw as a direct entry, not a WC. True, she probably got in because alot of mid ranked players skipped the Q draws this week to wait for the French Open Q draw. Nobody else won a match today 0 and 0 and there were some lower ranked players than Hermosa in the draw so its someone impressive.

xcrtbckhnd
May 19th, 2012, 10:13 PM
Glad to see this win!!! Keep going Miki

networthy
May 20th, 2012, 10:22 AM
Mirjana won the first set 64 against M. George but is trailing 15 in the second :rolleyes:

C'mon Mirjana--fight :armed:

networthy
May 20th, 2012, 10:24 AM
^ Make that 25...

networthy
May 20th, 2012, 10:25 AM
26. Ugh.

networthy
May 20th, 2012, 10:31 AM
Mirjana broken to start the third set.

Somehow she keeps devising ingenious new ways to torture her fans.

networthy
May 20th, 2012, 10:41 AM
Mirjana breaks back, then holds to go up 21

networthy
May 20th, 2012, 10:55 AM
They each held. Mirjana up 32

networthy
May 20th, 2012, 11:01 AM
Respective holds again. Mirjana up 43. It's getting close to the end. Let's hope Mirjana doesn't fold...

networthy
May 20th, 2012, 11:05 AM
Mirjana breaks! She's now serving for the match at 53

networthy
May 20th, 2012, 11:06 AM
15-0. Just three more points...

networthy
May 20th, 2012, 11:06 AM
30-0. Two more...

networthy
May 20th, 2012, 11:06 AM
Ugh, 30-15

networthy
May 20th, 2012, 11:07 AM
Ugghh, 30-30

networthy
May 20th, 2012, 11:08 AM
First MP

networthy
May 20th, 2012, 11:09 AM
Mirjana wins! 64 26 63. Much tougher than expected.

tennismaster8820
May 20th, 2012, 11:10 AM
Congrats Mirjana! :yeah:
Good luck in the next round! :yeah:

Pebbles
May 20th, 2012, 11:21 AM
Very well done to Mirjana for closing that one out, was worried that she'd implode in the third but she fought well.

xcrtbckhnd
May 20th, 2012, 12:27 PM
Yeah miki!

xcrtbckhnd
May 20th, 2012, 01:08 PM
Next round will be tricky with a player with lots of spins and drop shots

ajmo!
May 20th, 2012, 01:38 PM
Mirjana playing with eye glasses this week in Strasbourg.

mikireturns
May 20th, 2012, 02:10 PM
I did not expect a set's loss, but I expected it to be interesting against this girl. I looked at her record this year ... She has played mostly 10k and 25k events, but knows how to win matches and has had some interesting results against higher ranked players. For instance, she waxed Larriere in an event this year, and we all saw what Larriere did to Mirjana at the Australian Open qualifying, of all places. This girl knows what it is like to string together wins and is the very kind of player Mirjana absolutely loathes to play: stubby little legs, speedy, short, and a pusher deluxe. She'll be glad to have held her nerve for this one.

Now. What in the world is she doing wearing eyeglasses????? Granny Lucic?

Maybe she ran out of her contact lens prescription? Odd development? New revelation?

Maybe that's why Mirjana has never been able to find the court with her big shots.

Too blind to see it.

mikireturns
May 20th, 2012, 03:01 PM
Mirjana and Martinez first up on center court tomorrow.

She can win this match; she needs to bring her good stuff and move move move.

You've been to the finals of this event before, Mirjana, not her.

Keep it clean. Keep it powerful. Make sure your glasses are polished.

Pebbles
May 20th, 2012, 03:34 PM
Here's the glasses: http://www.opendecagnes.com/library/content/zoom/384.jpg

mikireturns
May 20th, 2012, 04:19 PM
Thank You.

Good Heavens, I'm in love!

Mirjana looks positively sexy in the spectacles, and her new blue tennis frock is most fetching indeed!

She looks so Mary Pierce-esque.

Team Lucic-in-Glasses!

mikireturns
May 20th, 2012, 05:17 PM
Bit of a shake-up with the MD since No. 7 Zakapalova pulled out.

Now the qualifiers will face:

Hradecka
Barthel
Babos
Razzano
Larsson
Keothavong

Fingers crossed for Mirjana drawing anyone but the first two (provided she qualifies of course).

networthy
May 20th, 2012, 07:29 PM
Bit of a shake-up with the MD since No. 7 Zakapalova pulled out.

Now the qualifiers will face:

Hradecka
Barthel
Babos
Razzano
Larsson
Keothavong

Fingers crossed for Mirjana drawing anyone but the first two (provided she qualifies of course).


Six MD slots and only four Qs means there will be two LLs. If she loses to M. Sanchez, Mirjana is well placed to get one--as long as Panova (#2 seed) and Minella (#3 seed) don't both lose (to Dubois and Davis respectively).

mikireturns
May 20th, 2012, 07:46 PM
Six MD slots and only four Qs means there will be two LLs. If she loses to M. Sanchez, Mirjana is well placed to get one--as long as Panova (#2 seed) and Minella (#3 seed) don't both lose (to Dubois and Davis respectively).

I know ... Very interesting stuff. I would rather see her beat Sanchez and win as much as possible here, of course, but want her to peak in Paris. Even if she does not recoup 86 points here, given her nice effort in Rome, she will at least have gotten 6 good red clay matches going into RG, with at least 4 fine wins(!) at this point.

I would love it if she gets more wins here and rides it for all it's worth, but she will be ready for Paris no matter what, and I just hope (along with her others fans, here) for a draw she can chew in Paris.

jela_dokic
May 20th, 2012, 08:23 PM
Hope she gets a good draw in Paris.... Remember last year??? Sharapova.... pleaseeeeee a good draw will be good enough :D

ajmo!
May 20th, 2012, 08:48 PM
Yup. She needs good draw at least in London. Azarenka and Dominika in last two years and Maria in Paris.

ajmo!
May 20th, 2012, 08:53 PM
Dubois was in bad form and Panova should win, on other hand I expect Davis to win.
But lets make this MD by beating top 50 player!
Also, doubles DRAW is weak. I'm sad she didn't enter

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 09:23 AM
I am awake and on-board for this fight. Looks like we might be in for something. Mirjana is digging into the dirt from the start. Sanchez needs a scalp -- any scalp right now.

Mirjana may just want to rain on her parade. We shall see.

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 09:27 AM
Wow, 4 Eyes Lucic up 40-0 on her serve, apparently looking to assert herself. What shall happen?

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 09:29 AM
Holy crap. She's up 3-2 and serving only at 40%. Is it okay to suggest she can only get better, not worse?

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 09:34 AM
3-3 and already 3 aces for Sanchez?

Hope Mirjana is prepared to get dirty.

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 09:35 AM
Shit. 2 DFs in a row? Really, Mirjana?

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 09:37 AM
I stand corrected ... She got WORSE than 40%. She is serving at 35%

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 09:48 AM
First set to Sanchez. Wish I could see this going down.

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 09:50 AM
Sanchez won only 4 more points than Mirjana in the first set.

Mirjana clearly could improve.

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 09:53 AM
Nice hold for Mirjana to start set 2.

She is not folding, apparently.

Certainly she must sense that she can win this if she fights hard????!!!

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 09:57 AM
Gee ... 15-40 bps for Mirjana.

Hmm. What will she do? I am afraid to find out. Let us hope to be pleasantly surprised.

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 09:58 AM
Lovely, ML broke for 2-0 and is now about to be broken back.

kfh_9118
May 21st, 2012, 10:00 AM
fight, Miki

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 10:03 AM
Shit. See, this is her ruin, because a girl of her height and power should be coached well enough to serve at least in the 50s on a routine basis. Just the 50s.

If Mirjana Lucic could keep her serve in the mid 50s match after match, she would be much more appropriately ranked in terms of her talent.

Them's the breaks.

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 10:09 AM
She is fighting ... One can tell by the scores ... She needs some 1st serves! It's French Open time, just next week, and this is a BEATABLE Sanchez!

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 10:11 AM
Great hold by Mirjana to lead 3-2. She is going to fight, here, at least.

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 10:13 AM
Big chances here. Sanchez 0-30 ...

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 10:17 AM
Sanchez cow serves her 6th ace! Grrrr.

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 10:20 AM
Damn. 3-3 in set 2. Mirjana is fighting, but like her usual bird with a broken wing display.

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 10:23 AM
Great hold, Mirjana, for 4-3 ... God, girl, get it into the 50s and you can win this!

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 10:26 AM
Why, Lord? Why am I actually watching a Lucic match again?

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 10:27 AM
Now or never...3 BPs for Mirjana to serve for the set ...

kfh_9118
May 21st, 2012, 10:29 AM
c'mon Miki, close this set

kfh_9118
May 21st, 2012, 10:30 AM
oops 2 DFs in a row.

seems that she will be broken back :mad:

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 10:32 AM
Ace! Do it, Mirjana!

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 10:34 AM
Oh hell's bells she let the witch break her back.

MIRJANA! Why ?????????

markdelaney
May 21st, 2012, 10:34 AM
what a huge surprise, serving for the set and throws double faults in and gets broken back !

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 10:37 AM
Damn ... Girlfriend is fighting, but she needs to fight harder.

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 10:41 AM
Kinda sickening ... 5-5 ... And piece of crap Davis just spanked a set from Mandy Minella.

Mirjana ... What goes through that brain of yours? Fight ... Huh?

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 10:42 AM
Well, damn, Mirjana ... Great hold for 6-5 ... Why didn't you do that 3 games ago?

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 10:44 AM
I can't watch this shit ... Lucic = Doom

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 10:46 AM
3 set points ... Shit or get OFF the pot, Grrrll.

roxi
May 21st, 2012, 10:47 AM
Are you watching livestream or scoreboard???

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 10:48 AM
Ladies and Gentlemen ... We are Officially "Caught-Up-in-the-Drama".

Popcorn, hotdogs, and Xanax will be served during changeovers.

markdelaney
May 21st, 2012, 10:49 AM
now watch the double faults in the first game of set 3

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 10:50 AM
I am watching the WTA/ATP App for iPhone.

Tried to find streaming somewhere but could not.

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 10:51 AM
Beeatch needs to hold .... Grrrrr

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 10:55 AM
Shit. She just totally flaked.

Meanwhile, Stinky Lauren Davis is eating Minella. Mirjana's lucky loser position is in danger.

Lauren Davis? Really?

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 10:56 AM
Well, slap me silly ... Mirjana is clearly making some wild returns and has 3 breaker chances already.

markdelaney
May 21st, 2012, 10:57 AM
Shit. She just totally flaked.

Meanwhile, Stinky Lauren Davis is eating Minella. Mirjana's lucky loser position is in danger.

Lauren Davis? Really?

The same player who seems to be beat Miki in Straight sets without hitting more than 2 winners.

Rebreak. Now cut out the DF :fiery:

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 10:59 AM
Okay, 1-1, set 3 ... We all have lives ... Why are we here?

This is going to be ugly. Trademark Lucic ugly. We know this ... Unless one of them gets a clue and just runs away with it now.

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 11:00 AM
I despise Lauren Davis.

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 11:01 AM
Mirjana leads 2-1 ... The outcome now is anyone's guess.

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 11:05 AM
Dang ... It's a dogfight.

Pretend you have the power of Mary Pierce, Lucic ... Now that you look like her w/ the glasses (only Mirjana is much prettier than the very pretty Pierce ... Just sayin')

ajmo!
May 21st, 2012, 11:06 AM
Im also on phone. Really mad i cant watch stream. It's all on Mirjana, she's better at her best.

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 11:07 AM
Who can watch this? Thank heaven her family usually can't travel with her ... She's off the charts
That Lucic

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 11:09 AM
2-2 ... Not pretty. Not pretty at all.

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 11:11 AM
I know everyone here knows it, already, but this crap is painful to behold.

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 11:13 AM
And yes ... No stream anywhere for a center court match.
Lame.

Mirjana what is the deal, here?

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 11:15 AM
3-2 for Mirjana. They are on serve. This is ugly.

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 11:17 AM
Okay ... We are all about to pee ourselves. This is fact. Can she do anything with these BPs????

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 11:19 AM
Yes, she did.

Consolidate, Lady. Freakin' CONSOLIDATE. I wanna go to bed.

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 11:21 AM
Why does this particular player torture us so? I'm not Croatian. Why?

It's an existential conundrum.

kfh_9118
May 21st, 2012, 11:21 AM
DF :rolleyes:

watch her got broken back now :fiery:

kfh_9118
May 21st, 2012, 11:23 AM
phew, she held serve :woohoo:

1 more game, c'mon Miki :bounce:

markdelaney
May 21st, 2012, 11:25 AM
This is what I dreaded. 5-2 up. I fear It's either going to be 6-2 or 5-7 now

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 11:26 AM
Okay, I need a beer at 4:30 in the morning.

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 11:29 AM
This is what I dreaded. 5-2 up. I fear It's either going to be 6-2 or 5-7 now

Oh, for sure. But she has had some matches. She is not lacking match-play.

It's all about the glasses, now. All about the glasses.

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 11:31 AM
Ugh. Anyone else feel ill? As a tennis player I feel very ill.

kfh_9118
May 21st, 2012, 11:32 AM
can she close this out now?

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 11:36 AM
This is sinful.

kfh_9118
May 21st, 2012, 11:37 AM
:lol: totally expected.

she must break here, otherwise she will lose either 5-7 or tiebreak in the final set :sobbing:

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 11:37 AM
It is rough to close out a match, but girlfriend needs this one.

markdelaney
May 21st, 2012, 11:38 AM
Much as I hate to admit it, I just put £10 on MS when it was 5-2 and the odds of 25/1 seemed ludicrous to me, knowing what we know. I'll be happy to lose my money if Miki can suddenly keep the ball in court and get a serve over the net and in play.

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 11:39 AM
Lauren Davis has qualified for this event and I want the world to know I am PISSED about that.

Okay world?

kfh_9118
May 21st, 2012, 11:40 AM
she qualifies for the MD :woohoo:

what a fight, once again, good sign ahead of RG next week :yeah:

Hopefully she will have good placement in MD

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 11:42 AM
Well Mark, you lost you 10 quid or whatever, because Miss Prissy just got her first Top 50 win in a year and beat the wench.

Sorry. I'll buy you a beer some time.

Mirjana ... Well done, old girl. Well done.

tennismaster8820
May 21st, 2012, 11:43 AM
What a rollercoaster of match this was.
Lucic keeps you on the edge ALL the time.
Good luck in MD! :yeah:

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 11:44 AM
And big kudos to fellow fans who watched from around the globe. This was the first one I have stayed awake to see in a long long time, and, S usual, Mirjana kept it insane.

markdelaney
May 21st, 2012, 11:47 AM
Well Mark, you lost you 10 quid or whatever, because Miss Prissy just got her first Top 50 win in a year and beat the wench.

Sorry. I'll buy you a beer some time.

Mirjana ... Well done, old girl. Well done.

I was trying to compensate potential misery (After Cirstea last year!) and am happy for the loss.:bounce:

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 12:09 PM
I was trying to compensate potential misery (After Cirstea last year!) and am happy for the loss.:bounce:

Oh, understood indeed! The Cirstea fiasco made me depressed for a whole day, because I watched that match, gobsmacked, and as a tennis player you could feel her horror at blowing it so badly. Even as a very competitive club player/league player, I can tell you: losing matches makes a person sick. Me, anyhow. Some people are far more balanced about losing a (let's face it) stupid tennis match, and I tip my hat to them.

My game is aggressive, like Lucic's, though I play the percentages much better than she does, at my USTA level, but I have just always liked her, met her a few times in Florida and here in California, when she was in the doldrums, and identify with her fighting spirit. She truly will not change her high-risk game, even when she is unable to find the court, and her journey has sure been arduous.

But, with efforts like today and the last few weeks, and certainly the last two years, she absolutely can hang her head high and more than justify her adventures. She took down the top seed in qualifying today, a clay court specialist, in a tight fight, and a Top 50 player. Huge huge huge win for dear Mirjana, no matter how you look at it ... especially with all the pressure of defending points from last year.

Paris is what counts, now, and if she is EVER prepared to win a few rounds there (given a reasonable draw) ... It's now.

The more matches the merrier, for her, though. Hope she lands in a good slot tomorrow.

Pebbles
May 21st, 2012, 12:41 PM
I think this is even better than a straight-sets win. It's really great to see her winning these close three setters again. Good luck in MD :hatoff:

Tennis Fool
May 21st, 2012, 01:33 PM
Good luck to Mirjana in the main draw :D

markdelaney
May 21st, 2012, 01:38 PM
Paris is what counts, now, and if she is EVER prepared to win a few rounds there (given a reasonable draw) ... It's now.



The sad thing is when she is on form, she isn't lucky with the draws, especially last year at the French and the last 2 Wimbledons. The difference between being ranked 70 and 110 can often be down to who you draw in the first round of the slams e.g. Baltacha got Hampton twice in 1R slams in 2011 for 200 points!. Miki would have loved those draws instead of getting Sharapova and Cibulkova !

kfh_9118
May 21st, 2012, 01:44 PM
Q/LL have been placed.
Miki got Anne Keothavong

(LL)Mandy Minella (LUX) v Lucie Hradecka (CZE)
(Q)Alexandra Panova (RUS) v (5)Mona Barthel (GER)
(wc)Virginie Razzano (FRA) v (LL)Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP)
Timea Babos (HUN) v (Q)Anastasija Sevastova (LAT)
Johanna Larsson (SWE) v (Q)Lauren Davis (USA)
(Q)Mirjana Lucic (CRO) v Anne Keothavong (GBR)

would have preferred her to get Larsson or Razzano, but really can't complain with this draw.
C'mon Miki, win your 1st Rd match :bounce:

kfh_9118
May 21st, 2012, 01:46 PM
and here is Miki's quarter in the draw

(8)Tamira Paszek (AUT) v Alberta Brianti (ITA)
Johanna Larsson (SWE) v (Q)Lauren Davis (USA)
(Q)Mirjana Lucic (CRO) v Anne Keothavong (GBR)
Alexandra Cadantu (ROU) v (2)Francesca Schiavone (ITA)

Pebbles
May 21st, 2012, 01:48 PM
I think this is one of the best placements she could've hoped for. Anne is out of form and was injured pretty recently. Make the most of it Mirjana :yeah:

croat123
May 21st, 2012, 02:13 PM
first round is very winnable
after that..we'll see

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 04:05 PM
The sad thing is when she is on form, she isn't lucky with the draws, especially last year at the French and the last 2 Wimbledons. The difference between being ranked 70 and 110 can often be down to who you draw in the first round of the slams e.g. Baltacha got Hampton twice in 1R slams in 2011 for 200 points!. Miki would have loved those draws instead of getting Sharapova and Cibulkova !

Compared to the draws you mentioned, Mirjana has not been nearly as lucky as Hampton and, yes, she could have done some damage, at least at Wimbledon last year. I thought she played terribly against Sharapova last year in Paris and we all held breath during the sad ruin of Cibulkova, ugh.

We simply have to hope that Fortuna spins her wheel more favorably for someone like Lucic in the upcoming slam events. And it will have to be a better draw than the one she got here. I am hopeful she can figure out Keothavong, but Frankie is not going to be impressed by Mirjana if she should see her across the net in a couple of days. After watching Mirjana play the worst tennis I have ever seen a pro produce against McHale at Stanford last year, she duplicated the stench in the US Open match against Frankie. Granted, Mirjana's confidence was down, but I thought she played Frankie as poorly as she played Sharapova in Paris, almost.

She needs to be extra extra extra prepared for these next 2 Slams, and not screw the pooch. I'm not seeing a quarterfinal here in Strasbourg, but with a good draw, I see a round or two in Paris.

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 04:16 PM
first round is very winnable
after that..we'll see

True, if she gets a win against Keothavong (which would be great ... Remember one of the very few wild cards she ever got from the WTA was for Auckland in 2008??? and Keothavong whupped her ... Well Keothavong will be facing a different Lucic -- we hope).

Otherwise, just pray for Schiavone to lose her opener.

markdelaney
May 21st, 2012, 04:24 PM
True, if she gets a win against Keothavong (which would be great ... Remember one of the very few wild cards she ever got from the WTA was for Auckland in 2008??? and Keothavong whupped her ... Well Keothavong will be facing a different Lucic -- we hope).



Lucic thumped Keothavong in the qualies for Eastbourne last year, think it was 7-5 6-1 having gone a break down in the first set.

SERVivor
May 21st, 2012, 06:16 PM
I watched the live score, though I didn't post during the match, I thought she was in trouble when it got to 4-5 in the last set. It was frustrating when she would break, then get broken right back several times, until she held for 5-2 in the third. I don't blame anyone for betting on Sanchez at that point. I thought about it, but BET 365 does not allow bettors who reside in the U.S. If she isn't worn out from the long match today, she can beat Keovathong. Anne hasn't won much lately, kind of like Martinez, but clay is not Keovathong's best surface, grass and indoor are and Mirjana beat her easily on grass last year 5 and 1. Even if she loses tomorrow, she has had a good number of matches and should be in good form for Roland Garros.

rucolo
May 21st, 2012, 06:48 PM
Well done on Qualifying for WTA Strasbourg main draw, Mirjana! :):hearts:

Very good placement. Mirjana should beat Shitvong. Then nothing to lose against Schiavone ;)

qwertytx
May 21st, 2012, 06:56 PM
Go Miki! I love seeing you beat quality opponents! :)

mikireturns
May 21st, 2012, 08:58 PM
Well done on Qualifying for WTA Strasbourg main draw, Mirjana! :):hearts:

Very good placement. Mirjana should beat Shitvong. Then nothing to lose against Schiavone ;)

You had my undying devotion at "Shitvong".

I dunno. If (BIG "if") Mirjana gets by Shitvong, and meets Frankie (assuming Frankie wins), then all will depend upon how much Mirjana wants to fight and scrape and scratch and play the kind of clay court tennis she knows how to play.

Dirty, ugly crap-tennis. Big evil awful tennis. But I would like to see her get every minute of competition she can get before next Monday.

Red clay does indeed bring out different nuances in Mirjana's game, if one can call her game "nuanced" ... but it is, on clay. She exhibits a scrappy, defense/offense side to her game on clay, which is likely one reason that the clay court season has always almost "forced" her to find her range and form on groundstrokes. Clay always encourages her to tame her ass-brained erratic game, the one she typically trundles-out on hard-courts. Mirjana just never seems totally certain of her footing on squeaky hard courts (which could be corrected with better coaching and a few training modifications), but she grew-up on clay and knows how to conjure-up those childhood instincts to move properly and pull the trigger properly on clay -- both of which are ridiculously crucial, in case anyone has not had the experience of playing on a clay court (and especially a red clay court -- so different from the American Har-Tru stuff and its antecedents/derivatives/variants/descendants).

One thing is certain: Girlfriend had to work mighty hard for 16 freaking qualifying points to mitigate her 86-pt debt. As I recall, she did not beat a Top 50 player on the way to last year's Stras Quarters, and she has already had to take one Top 50 scalp just to qualify.

She needs to get into a grind and stay in it. Some cool things could happen for her on both clay and grass, if she really grinds.

networthy
May 21st, 2012, 10:14 PM
One thing is certain: Girlfriend had to work mighty hard for 16 freaking qualifying points

Seriously. That is a miserly catch. You get almost as many points for winning just two matches in a $25K.

xcrtbckhnd
May 21st, 2012, 11:48 PM
Great result here! I think she can beat Anne but I wouldn't be surprised to see her playing Candatu in second round- best placement she could have drawn for me

croat123
May 22nd, 2012, 12:02 AM
16 points :o

I hope she is directly in the maindraw at birmingham, otherwise that's going to be a pain to defend too

mikireturns
May 22nd, 2012, 12:19 AM
16 points :o

I hope she is directly in the maindraw at birmingham, otherwise that's going to be a pain to defend too

She is in the MD there, and hopefully she can improve upon her Eastbourne result from last year, too.

(sigh)

croat123
May 22nd, 2012, 01:06 PM
7 dfs first set 2-6 :o

ajmo!
May 22nd, 2012, 01:17 PM
Also, martinez 61 up

Pebbles
May 22nd, 2012, 01:26 PM
Sinking fast, 1-3 second set. Fight Mirjana, you didn't win through qualifying to play like this :armed:

kuroishijin
May 22nd, 2012, 01:29 PM
Sinking fast, 1-3 second set. Fight Mirjana, you didn't win through qualifying to play like this :armed:

It is no surprise for this result unfortunately

croat123
May 22nd, 2012, 01:38 PM
broke back...3-4 second set

ajmo!
May 22nd, 2012, 01:38 PM
Well, bwin had mirjana at 1,35 to win. Anyway, from 26 14 30-40 to 26 34. Keep fighting!

ajmo!
May 22nd, 2012, 01:52 PM
Again lost game after 40-30 up

volume3d
May 22nd, 2012, 01:56 PM
Broke back:) She's fighting....dont know what happened in 3-4 game, it was 2 long, scorboard was gone for a few minutes

volume3d
May 22nd, 2012, 02:00 PM
5-5 come on Miki

ajmo!
May 22nd, 2012, 02:00 PM
5-5. Keep it up

ajmo!
May 22nd, 2012, 02:03 PM
26 6*-5

kfh_9118
May 22nd, 2012, 02:04 PM
Great fight back, miki
Keep it going

Pebbles
May 22nd, 2012, 02:04 PM
got to win this one now

ajmo!
May 22nd, 2012, 02:09 PM
One set all. Just hope it's not gonna end like against Brianti in Memphis.

croat123
May 22nd, 2012, 02:15 PM
great fight back! ajmo!

kuroishijin
May 22nd, 2012, 02:16 PM
she has a break in third

kuroishijin
May 22nd, 2012, 02:19 PM
2-0 for miki in third

ajmo!
May 22nd, 2012, 02:25 PM
May lighting strike me if I get her.
6 games in a row, in one anne got 2 points in other 1 or none. And now she gets back to 2 all?

croat123
May 22nd, 2012, 02:25 PM
2-0 to 2-3 :sad:

Pebbles
May 22nd, 2012, 02:33 PM
holding strong, 3-3

croat123
May 22nd, 2012, 02:36 PM
breaks to love! 4*-3

kfh_9118
May 22nd, 2012, 02:37 PM
2 more games miki, just make sure you keep holding ur serves

croat123
May 22nd, 2012, 02:42 PM
5-3*

kfh_9118
May 22nd, 2012, 02:51 PM
Wow, another great win and fight from miki :woohoo:
Hopefully her match against Schiavone will have a live stream

volume3d
May 22nd, 2012, 02:52 PM
Won:) amazing...lol at this 14th DF in last game

Pebbles
May 22nd, 2012, 02:53 PM
incredible fight, well done Mirjana! :bounce:

ajmo!
May 22nd, 2012, 03:04 PM
Oh man. Mirjana giving hearth atacks again.
But another good sign. In last few weeks she's proving to be really mentally strong again. She ended that row of losing third sets to 1 or 0.
And she did it big way. So many times in last matches I expected her to fall apart but she did not.
That win
36 76 64 to Oudin(after 24 in 3rd). Then she beat Dulko when I thought she would lose third 61. And this week now third win of that kind. :worship:
miki's rising big time, just in time to get confidence coming into two big slams.
But I really hope she wins at least 5 games against Fran cause she must be tired.
Stats. anyone? Please!!

tennismaster8820
May 22nd, 2012, 03:05 PM
Well done! :yeah:
It would have been a shame to lose against Keothavong here.
Now hopefully she can play better than last time vs Schiavone, I'd like to have better memory from their encounter. :lol:

mikireturns
May 22nd, 2012, 03:08 PM
Good grief she's doing it the hard way this year. Glad I was not up for a play by play on this one. I did my time yesterday. Mirjana wins 4 consecutive matches and gets to face Frank. I hope she is able to at least make an impression. Not optimistic. Man, she has had to really fight, but kudos to her for finding some form and showing she really belongs out there playing the WTA. She has got to feel great about these efforts, though exhausted. Beating Top 50 player and another Top 100 player. Paris will hopefully bring a good draw. Please.

Pebbles
May 22nd, 2012, 03:15 PM
Her 16th win this year, she had only 3 before her streak at Strasbourg last year. Really hope she can put in a solid performance against Schiavone, a meltdown after all this hard work and graft would be a huge shame.

mikireturns
May 22nd, 2012, 03:17 PM
Mirjana served at 53%, 4 aces, 14 DFs (of course), 71% on 1st serve pts, 35% on 2nd serve pts, won 5 out of only 7 break opportunities (Great mental stat of the day, IMO), AK converted on only 5 of 15 BP chances, final pts tally: 101 pts for Lucic and 98 for Keothavong.

So close! Great mental toughness by Mirjana.

mikireturns
May 22nd, 2012, 03:45 PM
Wow, Lisicki is out, Barthel is out, Kirilenko is out ... Nah. Don't even think it.

croat123
May 22nd, 2012, 06:26 PM
the three round qualifying draw is rough for this event given that it ends on a saturday. miki plays the last match on cc tomorrow. good luck!

rucolo
May 22nd, 2012, 09:53 PM
Important win. Mirjana is such a fighter. Very proud of her! :worship:

R2 vs Schiavone. Mirjana must be tired. But hope she can upset the FO champion :devil:

xcrtbckhnd
May 23rd, 2012, 12:07 AM
So proud!!!!

Pebbles
May 23rd, 2012, 01:00 AM
some photos from match vs Keothavong, courtesy of Rick (http://tennisgrandstand.com/)

http://www.tennisgrandstand.com/wp-content/gallery/wta-strasbourg-day-2-05-23-12/luci_r32_001.jpg
http://www.tennisgrandstand.com/wp-content/gallery/wta-strasbourg-day-2-05-23-12/luci_r32_004m.jpg
http://www.tennisgrandstand.com/wp-content/gallery/wta-strasbourg-day-2-05-23-12/luci_r32_006.jpg

mikireturns
May 23rd, 2012, 03:48 PM
Live Score Hunter will presumably be streaming the match. I am watching Peer and Cornet now ... They split sets, so it'll be awhile before Lucic and Frank appear. The link is under one of their Strasbourg options at lshunter... Good luck, Lucic. You'll need it. Frank has apparently been playing possum all year and suddenly wants to be fit for the Slams.

markdelaney
May 23rd, 2012, 05:09 PM
watching it on here http://lsh.lshunter.tv/static/popups/96498379292320.html She just lost her serve to 30 for 1:2. Hit 2 brilliant winners, 1 DF and 3 stupid totally unforced errors

mikireturns
May 23rd, 2012, 05:10 PM
Mirjana rushing needlessly. She needs to keep her head out there. Utterly stupid errors coming in.