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Jul 20th, 2016 02:30 AM
Nightcrawl3r
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

Fun at Bastad Players Party 🎉🎾. Sorana Cirstea, Marina Erakovic and Jocelyn Rae were the protagonists of a nice mini-choroegraphy (dance + karaoke), on Spice Girls - Stop. Short video (originally from Johanna Larsson) :

Jun 28th, 2016 08:36 PM
Spencer.
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

They put JJ - Marina out on court 14 which does not have a stream

Been waiting YEARS for this match up and I can't even watch it.

Fucks sake

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Jun 27th, 2016 07:38 PM
Spencer.
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

Marina def. Falconi 46 63 10-8

Dream R2 vs. JJ

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Jun 25th, 2016 09:23 AM
NZ tennis fan
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

Hi guys!

I watched Marina's FQR match in Roehampton yesterday! It was great to see her get the win. I have to say the conditions weren't great, the wind was swirling and the grass looked sodden from the thunderstorms the previous two days!

In terms of the match itself I felt like Marina was playing very conservatively. She stuck to the base line the whole match and didn't really go for too much with her shots. She did a lot of slicing which sometimes came up short and Khromacheva punished them. I felt like the difference between the two was Marina's experience. You could tell she was very determined and took her opportunities to break and in the tiebreak too.

There were a couple of memorable moments in the match. Her first set point up 6-3 in the tiebreak Khromacheva looked to have hit her shot out but it wasn't called and Marina was super pissed! I was glad she managed to compose herself after that.

The second more interesting moment happened I think mid way through the second set at 30 - 40 on Khromacheva's serve. They were really getting into a hard fought rally when a ball from another court managed to make its way through the netting on to their court. They stopped play but then the umpire was going to award the point to Khromacheva for some bizarre reason. Marina was naturally furious and said she had called let when she saw the ball roll on to the court.
I still can't quite work out what the umpire was saying because apparently Marina's shot was in so it shouldn't have mattered. Her coach then got involved and started arguing with the umpire too . In the end I he awarded the let and they replayed the point.

I think this must have motivated her because she seemed much more focused than Khromacheva and pulled out some big serves in the penultimate game to consolidate her lead. She was so happy at the end, she threw her racket in the air and did a goofy dance so you could tell how much it means to her to be back in the main draw.

She also had an animated discussion with the umpire at the end which must have been over the earlier drama. I was thinking don't mess with Marina today
Jun 25th, 2016 04:53 AM
The Walking Bye
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

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Originally Posted by Spencer. View Post
I definitely do not remember that epic choke vs. Robson. Definitely not! Never happened. She was never up 61 53 and after serving for it at 61 5-4* completely folded. No way! Then the disgusting British crowd cheering as loud as possible on every single one of Marina's errors, including DFs and missed 1st serves

Excellent draw for both. Gasparyan is maybe injured? Haven't heard her name in a while. Allertova is inexperienced on grass. Falconi just lost 60 60 to Kontaveit in Eastbourne QR1.

CSN is scary. Her draws break down a lot so she consistently is making Rd 16 and QFs of Slams before flopping easily

Then again JJ will have to beat Voegele which is never guaranteed. She'll randomly peak I am 100% sure of it.

We definitely are her only stans. Where is @kittyking ???
I'm just gonna say, if I had to choose one person to sacrifice for the rest of the human race, it's gonna be the "KMAANNNN LOOORAAA" guy The most infuriating thing was he yelled *right* after the point ended so you could always hear him Brit crowd was disgusting, truly believe Marina would have won in a friendlier environment, or if she had played Duque-Marino instead.

But yeah, fantastic draw for the both of them. Margarita is in bad form and under injury cloud - I threw her name in because she has a good serve and there is simply not many strong players in the section.

I think JJ will beat Stefi (Servebot-Pusher >>> Streaky Pironkova wannabe), and Marina will beat Falconi, then their match is a true toss up. The winner of that could definitely make R4 - CSN is decent on grass, but she's not even that good in slams, just shits her way through broken draws. Her mentality is honestly pretty weak (though she actually fought hard in Birmingham for once) and I think if she gets down on grass, she'll lose quickly, like with Ostapenko last year.

So winner of Marina v JJ (pls happen, pls ) is a good draw to make R4. But countless times has Marina had a workable draw like this and flopped, so its all up to her.

I did channel the spirit of Peak Qualifying Marina tho and win my tennis league grand final

Hope Kitty comes back. NZ Tennis fan hasn't popped in since Rabat either. Mana too.
Jun 24th, 2016 11:03 PM
Spencer.
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

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Originally Posted by The Walking Bye View Post
I live for JJ-Marina Honestly I think Marina will get into a winning position then either close it out or choke horribly That's her Wimbledon script.

R3 is almost certainly between the two of them. Then CSN on grass or Gasparyan for R4. It's a very workable draw.

@Spencer. I feel like we are her only stans anymore
I definitely do not remember that epic choke vs. Robson. Definitely not! Never happened. She was never up 61 53 and after serving for it at 61 5-4* completely folded. No way! Then the disgusting British crowd cheering as loud as possible on every single one of Marina's errors, including DFs and missed 1st serves

Excellent draw for both. Gasparyan is maybe injured? Haven't heard her name in a while. Allertova is inexperienced on grass. Falconi just lost 60 60 to Kontaveit in Eastbourne QR1.

CSN is scary. Her draws break down a lot so she consistently is making Rd 16 and QFs of Slams before flopping easily

Then again JJ will have to beat Voegele which is never guaranteed. She'll randomly peak I am 100% sure of it.

We definitely are her only stans. Where is @kittyking ???
Jun 24th, 2016 09:24 PM
The Walking Bye
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

I live for JJ-Marina Honestly I think Marina will get into a winning position then either close it out or choke horribly That's her Wimbledon script.

R3 is almost certainly between the two of them. Then CSN on grass or Gasparyan for R4. It's a very workable draw.

@Spencer. I feel like we are her only stans anymore
Jun 24th, 2016 09:17 PM
Spencer.
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

She got into the Q spot against Falconi, which the winner of that will face JJ or Voegele

Let's get that JJ Marina R2 match
Jun 24th, 2016 04:58 PM
Spencer.
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

Marina qualifies for Wimbledon!

QR1 def. Gonçalves 64 63
QR2 def. Ula Radwanska 64 62
FQR def. (11) Kromacheva 76(5) 63

Hopefully she can avoid Serena in R1

I want her to fall into the Q spot next to JJ. If they both win R1 they will face each other. Always wanted to see a JJ Marina match up. On grass no less

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Jun 22nd, 2016 12:47 AM
The Walking Bye
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

Quick update.

Marina lost to Minella 5-7 4-6 Minella played well and won the title, but Marina missed a bunch of opportunities.

Then withdrew from s'Hertogenbosch for basically no reason Played Mallorca and beat Urzula R 6-3 6-2 in QR1 and lost to Hozumi in 3 sets in QR2

So a weird Wimbledon lead-up from her to say the least, and not ideal.

However she has won her first qualifying round at Wimbledon (finally won a QR1 at a slam ) 6-4 6-3 vs Goncalves, who is a decent grass-courter. Now faces Urzula again, and you'd think that she'd routine her again, given she did it a week ago on the same surface, but I'm really not that confident

If she can pass that, very winnable QFR vs Mitu or Khromacheva. Marina is not playing doubles Q or MD Was hoping she could have paired up with Laura or Heather for a MDWC or played with someone for Q, but whatever. Marina has been neglecting doubles for a while now.
Jun 3rd, 2016 04:14 AM
The Walking Bye
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

I double checked in the Bol thread, and it should be good, at worst case she'd play two Q matches in a day, and tbh I'd prefer that given how she did in Madrid and Birmingham last year

Minella's game is just so streaky though. I find it hard to see her beating Marina, even on this surface. And Lepchenko is a horror show on clay, she randomly peaked Nurnberg, but Minella barely edging her out on red clay is not really a big indicator. I think Vickery is a better player atm on red clay than all three of them.

Another plot twist, I think Konjuh needs a final for an Olympic spot. She won't lose to Mrdeza in the QF, so I'd say Marina is only chance of saving whoever Konjuh would bump out of the Olympics. I wouldn't give Marina a big chance against Konjuh on this surface, where she has a) Olympic hopes on the match and b) a nice slow surface where she has time to set up her shots.
Jun 3rd, 2016 02:25 AM
Spencer.
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

Minella randomly taking out Meldoniumchenko in 3 sets is scary... Varvs played well to make Nurnberg QF I forget how she did in RG though.

Minella could randomly PEAK in Bol and Marina could be

Hopefully she makes it to the Ricoh Open
Jun 2nd, 2016 11:55 PM
The Walking Bye
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

After her great Rabat run, Marina kind of flopped to Kania in a 100K, then lost a tight one to Zanevska in RG QR1.

Zanevska has a good game for clay though and eventually qualified, so not a bad loss. Marina is now playing WTA 125K Bol, back in Croatia, and is into the QF, after beating 6th seed Nara in the first round (Nara retired at 3-3 ) and then edging Sachia Vickery 6-4 6-4, which a pretty good win, given it's on arguably Vickery's best surface. Marina was quite clutch and was only broken once the whole match

QF is against Minella. Mandy is certainly not the player she was a few years ago, and tbh has never been that good, but she did beat Marina on red clay in Cali, in their only meeting in 2012 (that was when Marina played Bogota and Cali as #1 seed and lost early in both )

Marina has vastly improved her clay game since then, and ditched the coach that wasn't developing her clay game. Minella has glaring weaknesses throughout her game and even though it's on Mandy's best surface, Marina really should win.

Only trouble is that if Marina gets to the final, she might miss s'Hertogenbosch, as it starts the day after. Croatia is fairly close to the Nertherlands, so if that's the case Marina should be able to grab a quick flight over. Grass is definitely priority here for Marina, a few points to defend and a lot to make up.

Marina will likely be a low seed at Wimbledon Q. Of course, if she does well over the grass season, maybe plays one of the ITFs, she could even get a MDWC.
May 19th, 2016 06:47 AM
TI-Phot
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

Roland-Garros, she lost in Q1R against M. Zanevska...
My photo:


Marina Erakovic (NZL) - 2016 Roland Garros
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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
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