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May 19th, 2016 06:47 AM
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

Roland-Garros, she lost in Q1R against M. Zanevska...
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May 1st, 2016 07:38 AM
NZ tennis fan
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

I only managed to catch the first set of the match. I was hoping Marina could make a bit more of a game of it but Timea is just too crafty on clay. Those drop shots were insane and so well disguised, even someone with better movement than Marina would have struggled!

All in all though it has been a fantastic week and Marina has that result we were hoping for that would be a lightening rod for her confidence and march back up the rankings. Like The Walking Bye says she has a much more versatile game now than a few years ago and it is showing in her results.

I'm really looking forward to seeing how she progresses in the next two months. I'll be at the first two days of Roland Garros this year so she better qualify
Apr 30th, 2016 02:38 PM
The Walking Bye
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

Inside top 130, Madrid results still to come though. If some qualies girls do well she could drop a little bit.

Still, a great week, did so well, and as NZTennisFan said, she has evolved to create an awesome clay game! She had the pieces, good topspin FH, ability to take balls on the rise behind the baseline, solid serve and great fitness/stamina. Just putting it together now

So yeah, awesome week! Had such little expectations, would have been happy with her qualifying, and she nearly didn't do that - so a final is a massive surprise and tbh I'm not too bothered at all by the simple loss. Her real win was in the SF, at least to me.
Apr 30th, 2016 02:22 PM
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

26 16

Great week for Marina. She should be inside top 130 right? IDK how many points she actually is gaining today
Apr 30th, 2016 01:28 PM
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

Great hold

Saved like 3 BPs to hold but still down 1-2*
Apr 30th, 2016 11:13 AM
The Walking Bye
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

Yeah she could be in MD in Cagnes - as she isn't in Q draw but hasn't withdrawn. I'm not sure about the rule but I reckon there's a decent chance we won't even see her till RG. However I'd bet she plays either Cagnes or Trnava for some matches before RG.
Apr 30th, 2016 10:00 AM
NZ tennis fan
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

Also I'm wondering what this great runs means for her schedule for the next few weeks.

I read in a news article that she was planning on playing an ITF in France next week before having a week's training before French Open qualifying. So that is Cagnes Sur Mur 100K next week and I guess she is thinking of withdrawing from the 100K in Slovakia the week after.

Now she's in the final in Rabat will she even want to play next week given she's played 8 days in a row? She would need a special exempt to play in the main draw but is she even eligible for one? I think the rule only applies to tournaments in the same continent
Apr 30th, 2016 09:37 AM
NZ tennis fan
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

I'm stoked to see Marina is back in business and this thread is back too

She really is no longer a one trick pony who can only do damage indoors or on grass. She is a decent clay court player now even if it isn't her favourite surface ( 4 x ITF tournament wins, semi in Budapest, 3rd round at RG and now final in Rabat from qualifying!)

Beating Timea in the final will be a huge task. This is her favourite surface and she's top 15 for a reason. Sometimes strange things can happen in finals (who predicted Angie would beat Serena in the AO final this year ) so I'm still holding out hope!
Apr 30th, 2016 04:09 AM
The Walking Bye
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

She needed this win. I needed it It feels like every close match that matters (SF,F) when it gets close Marina runs out loser, vs. Robson at Wimbledon, Hantuchova at Pattaya, Nara at Washington etc. This has to be first big match in YEARS where she fought back and won, when it counted. That easy miss by Kiki at 5-5 30-30 was the difference between the winner IMO. Anyway, so happy What a shocking, delightful run!!

She probably had no chance against Timea, but would be amazing if she could make it a contest, or somehow win. I'm going with a 6-3 6-2 win for Timea though. Marinated has excellent fitness but this will be her 8th match in 8 days. She will probably be knackered, and the only good thing about that is that she might be too tired to overthink and get nervous
Apr 29th, 2016 04:56 PM
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

So....what do people think of Marina's chance in the FINAL against Bacsinszky?
Apr 28th, 2016 05:30 PM
Spencer. Clayrina exists! SF in Africa

African clay MM GOAT Bertens next so will be a tough test.

Great result nontheless
Apr 28th, 2016 02:53 PM
The Walking Bye
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

Just her 2nd WTA SF on clay iirc, losing to Vesnina in 3 at Budapest 2012 when it was a big mm pre RG.

Amazing result. She played so well on the clay, it wasn't pretty at times, but her ventures to the net were crazy good and her FH, when Krunic actually hit to it (Aleks' ability to redirect to the BH basically every shot was an immense source of frustration for me and Marina, I'm sure ) was huge.

Nearly choked the end, was clearly nervous, even though Aleks was gifting it to her with all sorts of errors, but Marina did do well to save 4/5 gps, one with a BH DTL winner

Her roar at the end She is clearly really happy about the result, will help her ranking, top 150 at least and counting.

Marina has done so well this week, I would have been happy with qualifying but she's gone above and beyond my expectations. Will be staying up to watch her SF but I don't expect much, Kiki is on a hot streak (though apparently she was quite messy against Poots...). ould be insane if she could reach her 5th WTA final and first not on indoor hard/carpet
Apr 28th, 2016 02:45 PM
Mr.Sparkle Go Marina!!! Semifinal in Rabat!
Apr 26th, 2016 02:18 PM
Spencer. W/O in doubles. Maybe it was because of Dani... no idea. After a comfortable win over Mitu I wouldn't think it'd be her to pull out.

Oh well. 4 wins in Africa. Clayrina on the prowl
Apr 26th, 2016 12:35 PM
The Walking Bye
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

The thread is so dead I update the FB page I made though fairly often.

Great win. Honestly thought she was done against Garcia Perez down a set and a break but she fought well and now she's in the 2nd round with a winnable match against SSE or Tsurenko for a QF.

Needs the points badly so these four wins are great. She wants to have a top 200 ranking after the grass because that's the time she'll be able to point grab with nothing to defend, and to point grab successfully she needs a good ranking to make WTA Q. She needs a good clay season so she can play grass Wta Q and a good grass season to remain top 200.

Doubles with Hantuchova later in the day, should be great! Tough first up against the Rodi sisters though.
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