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Today 07:59 AM
Grininel
Re: Stefanie Vögele!!!

Dispatched the moonballer. Order restored.
Normally she doesn't get good results in Asia even with mild draws and I was afraid this tournament might be canceled due to the earthquake last week.
Today 05:31 AM
goOudinUSA
Re: Stefanie Vögele!!!

Stefanie
Today 05:21 AM
Qalahari
Re: Stefanie Vögele!!!

Great win
Wasnt a bad idea to travel to Asia for one tournament after all
Today 05:18 AM
lctorana
Re: Stefanie Vögele!!!

Wow. Solid game from Stef! 6-4-6-4

Props to Qalahari, you called it on Tuesday.

That new serve is working well, 0 double faults, and that ability to win the points that count!

At the start of the match, Zheng got a few cheap points by moonballing Stef, partly as a tactic to get to the net.
But from halfway through the first set, Stef was meeting those balls above the shoulder and negated the tactic.

Zheng is dangerous anywhere near the net and Stef kept her away from it pretty well.

Toilet break & outfit change by Zheng after 1st set, the umpire offered Stef her coach on court, she immediately said yes please, and whatever he said to her (something in that incomprehensible Swiss-German no doubt!) she came out firing at the start of Set 2, just like in Round 1.

She's moving well, very well. The exhaustion of the last few days shows on her face - she's gone very dark under the eyes - but NOT around the court, where she's chasing balls down well, and staying on the front foot in baseline railles, pushing her opponent back.

Well done Stef! Proud of you.

Next up Yulia Putintseva, who Stef has beaten in the last 2 matches.
Yesterday 11:50 PM
lctorana
Re: Stefanie Vögele!!!

First up on centre court today at 11:00 a.m. (4am GMT)

Watch it here.

Fingers crossed.
Yesterday 01:44 PM
Qalahari
Re: Stefanie Vögele!!!

The doubles was clear today
But she is still alive in singles, playing tomorrow
Yesterday 10:12 AM
katshearts
Re: Stefanie Vögele!!!

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Originally Posted by lctorana View Post
I see her old mate Mandy is also in the draw; how long is it since they played together?
Gosh it has been ages since they played together. Maybe 2014 Luxembourg?? I don't know why they don't team up more often

Yeah I think she must be really tired today from yesterday's efforts. Hopefully she has legs tomorrow!
Yesterday 08:54 AM
lctorana
Re: Stefanie Vögele!!!

Just saw the 2R=QF doubles result.

I'm afraid they got their arses kicked 6-3 6-1.

Didn't see the game, but it wouldn't surprise me if Stef was exhausted or stiff after yesterday.
Feb 9th, 2016 09:54 PM
lctorana
Re: Stefanie Vögele!!!

Good partner.

I see her old mate Mandy is also in the draw; how long is it since they played together?

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Edit: Just seen the scoreline - 6 sets in one day, the last 13-11! her muscles must have been screaming after that! And she backs up this afternoon in the doubles.
I know she's super fit, and nobody plays more tournaments than Stef, but sometimes it must catch up with her.
Feb 9th, 2016 09:33 PM
katshearts
Re: Stefanie Vögele!!!

I'm chuffed that she's playing doubles with Kris Plis and they won their first match

Yeah, I noticed that her service motioned has changed
Feb 9th, 2016 08:59 AM
lctorana
Re: Stefanie Vögele!!!

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Originally Posted by Qalahari View Post
Next up is Saisai Zheng. Winnable, too
Big call, Zheng is 70 in the world and played in the Elite Trophy just a few months ago.

The one and only time they played, USO '14, Stef was the favourite and lost in 3 sets.

I like her recent form (awful first set this afternoon notwithstanding), and her tenacity and never-beaten attitude might just carry her through.

Fingers crossed!
Feb 9th, 2016 08:47 AM
lctorana
Re: Stefanie Vögele!!!

I should qualify, I was referring to how she played in the first set. Truly awful.

It's a bit of a cliché, but one of the key mental skills of the game is to put the last point behind you, and concentrate on the next one.

And Stef is doing this superbly, IMHO. Particularly when her back is to the wall.
Feb 9th, 2016 08:36 AM
Qalahari
Re: Stefanie Vögele!!!

1-6, 6-3, 6-4
Next up is Saisai Zheng. Winnable, too
Feb 9th, 2016 08:25 AM
Grininel
Re: Stefanie Vögele!!!

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Originally Posted by lctorana View Post
Never seen her play worse,
Poor you, I think I've seen an infinitude of wonkier matches from her though her streamed matches were pretty rare.

With a new serve motion she can't take preparation time off the opponent any more but a steady ball toss can give her more chances to develop than losses.
Looks like the windy condition has thankfully broken Chang's rhythm at the end.
Feb 9th, 2016 08:17 AM
lctorana
Re: Stefanie Vögele!!!

Today is a good day.

God's in His heaven, and all's well with the world.

30 juicy points.

Talk about winning ugly, though. Never seen her play worse, but boy, our girl is TOUGH!
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