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Today 08:15 AM
Mauriac
Re: Return Winner: The Laura Robson support thread.

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Originally Posted by Mr.Sparkle View Post
It's here..

http://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/...tid=1100037046

You might have been looking at the Eastbourne WTA event rather than the $50,000 event. It is a bit confusing.

Edit: It doesn't look like my link is working but they've also posted it here...http://www.tennisforum.com/16-challe...0-draws-3.html
Not as confusing as when you're looking at Nottingham as I was.

Anyway, this match is difficult to predict based on past outcomes. Dani is a shadow of her former self, ranked 170 compared to 33 in 2013 and winning few matches, although she did qualify for RG. On the other hand, Laura is also not the player she was in 2013 but at least she has the chance of improving whereas Dani, at 33, is far less likely to do so. I'm bracing myself for a loss of course but I'm more optimistic about Laura's chances than some.
Today 08:12 AM
james_von05
Re: Return Winner: The Laura Robson support thread.

Any streaming for this one?
Yesterday 09:59 PM
Carl Sagan
Re: Return Winner: The Laura Robson support thread.

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Originally Posted by Mr.Sparkle View Post
Oh bloody hell!!

Just seen Laura's first match is singles.. It's Hantuchova!!!

I know Dani not in her best form right now..but still horrible horrible match up for Laura..lol.
Laura's 0-3 H-H against Daniela is plain weird. When they first played in the opening round of Wimbledon 2009 - coincidentally the first ever match on the new Court 2 - Laura was blowing her off the court for a set-and-a-half. Dani couldn't handle her power at all despite the fact that Laura was just 15 years old and hadn't played a tennis match for about three months partly due to injury and partly because she was taking her GCSE exams!

Of course, Laura tightened up as the chance of a straight sets win beckoned and her game fell away. Still, the comments from coaches and analysts afterwards were pretty remarkable: "The power in Robson's serve was something to behold" (Oliver Brown - The Independent); "She has a good serve that will become magnificent" (Nick Bollettieri).

The sad thing is that Laura has never realised her serving potential. Her serve never became magnificent. Once LTA coaches began fiddling around with her motion in 2011/12, presumably to cut out the double-faults, her serve lost rhythm and pace. Nor did sacrificing pace help reduce the double-fault count: it made the problem worse. She became prone to "double-faultitis". Her coaches should have worked on developing a solid spin second serve to back up her booming 1st serve rather than rebuilding her action completely. It was tragic. If something ain't broke you don't need to fix it - certainly not in that drastic fashion.

You could see the consequences in her two further matches against Dani in 2013. Laura was now a grown-up 19 year old and should have been the favourite. Yet both times she lost badly. I never saw the Doha match but I heard that Laura was suffering from bronchitis. But she also made no impact with her serve, and was broken half-a-dozen times. Their grass rematch at Birmingham was a big disappointment to watch. Laura looked slow, nervous, and devoid of confidence. She started as she meant to continue: double-faulting her opening service game away - in total contrast to the way she played at Wimby four years before.



I'd love to see Laura turn things around tomorrow, and come out pumped up and playing fearlessly. It may be a bad draw for her but it's an opportunity too. Daniela did recently qualify for Roland Garros but otherwise she's having a terrible season and her ranking has dropped precipitously. If Laura's gonna come back this grass court season this is as good a moment as any to make it happen.
Yesterday 06:31 PM
Mr.Sparkle
Re: Return Winner: The Laura Robson support thread.

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Originally Posted by Mauriac View Post
Where is the draw please? It's not on the WTA site and I can't see it on the tournament website either.
It's here..

http://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/...tid=1100037046

You might have been looking at the Eastbourne WTA event rather than the $50,000 event. It is a bit confusing.

Edit: It doesn't look like my link is working but they've also posted it here...http://www.tennisforum.com/16-challe...0-draws-3.html
Yesterday 06:21 PM
Mauriac
Re: Return Winner: The Laura Robson support thread.

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Originally Posted by Mr.Sparkle View Post
Oh bloody hell!!

Just seen Laura's first match is singles.. It's Hantuchova!!!

I know Dani not in her best form right now..but still horrible horrible match up for Laura..lol.
Where is the draw please? It's not on the WTA site and I can't see it on the tournament website either.
Yesterday 01:45 PM
Mr.Sparkle
Re: Return Winner: The Laura Robson support thread.

Oh bloody hell!!

Just seen Laura's first match is singles.. It's Hantuchova!!!

I know Dani not in her best form right now..but still horrible horrible match up for Laura..lol.
Yesterday 01:41 PM
Mr.Sparkle
Re: Return Winner: The Laura Robson support thread.

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Originally Posted by Radical View Post
Dream team Robson/Vekic in the doubles at Eastbourne. First (and on form last) up, Team Salad.
That is an awesome team! Vekic's game reminds me a lot of Laura's except the righty version obviously.

Team Salad will be tough though. Weird how the doubles draw has come out before the singles. Anyway, really good to see Laura is playing doubles again. I hope it continues.
Yesterday 01:33 PM
Jaisons
Re: Return Winner: The Laura Robson support thread.

Team Double N.
Yesterday 01:22 PM
Radical
Re: Return Winner: The Laura Robson support thread.

Dream team Robson/Vekic in the doubles at Eastbourne. First (and on form last) up, Team Salad.
Yesterday 10:38 AM
Mr.Sparkle
Re: Return Winner: The Laura Robson support thread.

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But at this point her ranking is largely unearned. The only significant part that was earned came from the win over Koukalova... unless you take the view that she earned her post-injury ranking pre-injury.
Yes, her ranking has largely been built up from using her PR, in which case entry was earned previously, but also wildcards although she gets wildcard because she is such a big name and will draw in crowds (although more so for British events, in Miami she got it because she is with IMG).

So I would say Laura does have advantages over other players in similar positions, but it wasn't like she only just gets wildcards for being pretty and British, she has had a lot of big wins at big events and people remember her for that.

Also, she has used her final PR to enter Birmingham qualifying. The draw is pretty stacked though.

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Originally Posted by Nightcrawl3r View Post


Birmingham Q list

1. Cornet
2. Lucic-Baroni
3. Watson
4. Cetkovska (SR)
5. Robson (SR)
6. Falconi
7. Lepchenko
8. Bondarenko
9. McHale
10. Brengle
11. Chirico
12. Broady
13. Kontaveit
14. Buyukakcay
15. Linette
16. Nara
17. Duval (SR)
18. Riske
19. Vekic
20. Osaka
21. Pironkova
22. Siniakova
23. Crawford
24. Tatishvili
25. Kr. Pliskova
26. Davis
27. Kulichkova
28. Krunic (#119)
May 28th, 2016 12:51 PM
Radical
Re: Return Winner: The Laura Robson support thread.

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Originally Posted by eldanielfire View Post
the thing is, for all the criticism of her, she has been slowly edged her way up the ranks and improving the quality of her performances. This time last year she wasn't playing, 9 months ago she couldn't even keep the ball in court, a few months ago she wasn't in the top 500. It may be baby steps all the way but it's going forward despite all our frustrations.
But at this point her ranking is largely unearned. The only significant part that was earned came from the win over Koukalova... unless you take the view that she earned her post-injury ranking pre-injury.
May 28th, 2016 09:27 AM
eldanielfire
Re: Return Winner: The Laura Robson support thread.

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Originally Posted by Mr.Sparkle View Post
It's nice to find a fellow optimist in the Laura Robson cheering thread.

the thing is, for all the criticism of her, she has been slowly edged her way up the ranks and improving the quality of her performances. This time last year she wasn't playing, 9 months ago she couldn't even keep the ball in court, a few months ago she wasn't in the top 500. It may be baby steps all the way but it's going forward despite all our frustrations.
May 25th, 2016 09:04 PM
Mauriac
Re: Return Winner: The Laura Robson support thread.

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Originally Posted by Mr.Sparkle View Post
It's nice to find a fellow optimist in the Laura Robson cheering thread.
As a supporter of Laura, optimism is definitely a useful quality to have (and indeed for all my faves)
May 25th, 2016 08:31 PM
Mr.Sparkle
Re: Return Winner: The Laura Robson support thread.

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Originally Posted by Mauriac View Post
Well at least going out of RG early means she will be able get in plenty of practice sessions on grass before the tournament starts. Hopefully that will help her to be better prepared for Eastbourne and the grass than she might otherwise have been.
It's nice to find a fellow optimist in the Laura Robson cheering thread.
May 25th, 2016 08:19 PM
Mauriac
Re: Return Winner: The Laura Robson support thread.

Well at least going out of RG early means she will be able get in plenty of practice sessions on grass before the tournament starts. Hopefully that will help her to be better prepared for Eastbourne and the grass than she might otherwise have been.
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