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Today 06:12 PM
Royals.
Re: Return Winner: The Laura Robson support thread.

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Originally Posted by Mr.Sparkle View Post
Laura really needs a new coach, someone who can really work on her serve with her. She has the ability to serve well. If it is just the ball toss that is probably one of the easiest things to work on...surely... I also think it's quite unusual for lefties to struggle with the ball toss, as they are more comfortable using their right hand, than righties are at using their left hand...
She's had to alter the serve to accommodate her new wrist, so she needs to find a balance in altering her serve to lessen double faults and make it effective without aggravating the wrist again.

I think there is a lot of mental scarring still with her wrist and that's having an effect on her serve.
Today 06:09 PM
Royals.
Re: Return Winner: The Laura Robson support thread.

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Originally Posted by Wintermute View Post

Feel like she's really making life difficult for herself.
Lack of confidence in her abilities more so than anything. She's been her own worst enemy since her comeback. The more she wins these gruelling matches the better. But she needs to be playing week in, week out and winning matches to really get the confidence back.

This is her first two match win streak since Sunrise in January. Let's hope she can go one better and win a third match and qualify.
Today 05:50 PM
Wintermute
Re: Return Winner: The Laura Robson support thread.

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Originally Posted by Mr.Sparkle View Post
First set went as it should, with Laura winning 6-0...

Second set, Laura was steadily leading...but then WTF??? Was leading 5-4 but couldn't hold, was leading 6-5 but couldn't hold..ended up down 6-0 in the tiebreak, won a point and then lost it.
This match should never have gone three. I with you - what was going on in the second set? And then the awful tiebreak. At least she got it done eventually.

Feel like she's really making life difficult for herself.
Today 05:44 PM
Mr.Sparkle
Re: Return Winner: The Laura Robson support thread.

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Originally Posted by Royals. View Post
Alison Bai in QR3.

Hopefully Laura can hold up physically after this gruelling three set-3 hour marathon filled with a bucket of double faults.
Alison Bai was only on court half the time, 1 hour and 30 minutes, and won 6-4, 6-0..The scoreline Laura should have won her match by...
Today 05:40 PM
Royals.
Re: Return Winner: The Laura Robson support thread.

Alison Bai in QR3.

Hopefully Laura can hold up physically after this gruelling three set-3 hour marathon filled with a bucket of double faults.
Today 05:39 PM
Mr.Sparkle
Re: Return Winner: The Laura Robson support thread.

I think this is the only way I can describe how I felt following those live scores...



First set went as it should, with Laura winning 6-0...

Second set, Laura was steadily leading...but then WTF??? Was leading 5-4 but couldn't hold, was leading 6-5 but couldn't hold..ended up down 6-0 in the tiebreak, won a point and then lost it.

The third set was also a big struggle. She came through 6-4 in the end but my God, what the hell happened?

Interestingly the no of DFs between sets 1 (7) to Sets 2 and 3 (9 and 5) aren't that different... The big difference between the first and second set seemed to be the number of points she won behind her first serve, 74% in the first set and 48% in the second set. Went back up to 63% in the third set....

Maybe she got really nervous about DFing away the match in the second set, and so ended up tapping in her first serve and double faulting anyway??

Laura really needs a new coach, someone who can really work on her serve with her. She has the ability to serve well. If it is just the ball toss that is probably one of the easiest things to work on...surely... I also think it's quite unusual for lefties to struggle with the ball toss, as they are more comfortable using their right hand, than righties are at using their left hand...
Yesterday 10:47 PM
Jaisons
Re: Return Winner: The Laura Robson support thread.

Kat is the better singles player than her sister, but still expect Laura to win in 2 easy sets.. actually she shouldn't be even close anywhere to losing tomorrow.
Yesterday 10:15 PM
Mr.Sparkle
Re: Return Winner: The Laura Robson support thread.

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Originally Posted by Radical View Post
Kat Facey in QR2. (That's surprising to me, actually, as I'd have thought Morgan should have been a couple of classes above.)

I dare say the last time Laura faced twins in successive rounds it was the Pliskies in the SF and F of the AO juniors. I don't think Kat will do what Karo did.
Yes, that is correct.

Also Priscilla went out today. She has a good chance to qualify..i.e if there's any hope she really should qualify...
Yesterday 10:05 PM
Radical
Re: Return Winner: The Laura Robson support thread.

Kat Facey in QR2. (That's surprising to me, actually, as I'd have thought Morgan should have been a couple of classes above.)

I dare say the last time Laura faced twins in successive rounds it was the Pliskies in the SF and F of the AO juniors. I don't think Kat will do what Karo did.
Yesterday 05:26 PM
Mauriac
Re: Return Winner: The Laura Robson support thread.

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Originally Posted by Mr.Sparkle View Post
Laura wins her first match 6-3 6-2.

From the live scores, didn't seem entirely straight forward but pleased she won in straight sets in the end.
That's a given. Her opponent is a doubles specialist (ranked in the 500s) with no singles ranking and seems to have played only a handful of ITF singles matches in her career so it ought to have been straightforward. At least Laura's 5 DFs wasn't too bad (her opponent had 9). As you say, at least she's through to the next round.
Yesterday 03:53 PM
Mr.Sparkle Laura wins her first match 6-3 6-2.

From the live scores, didn't seem entirely straight forward but pleased she won in straight sets in the end.
Yesterday 12:28 PM
guichard
Re: Return Winner: The Laura Robson support thread.

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Originally Posted by Mr.Sparkle View Post
I suppose it's not infeasible that if Laura had a good run on the ITF circuit from now, they could offer her a qualifying Wildcard though?
yup, it is possible.
Yesterday 11:55 AM
Mr.Sparkle
Re: Return Winner: The Laura Robson support thread.

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Originally Posted by guichard View Post
US Open qualifying entry deadline is on August 1st, so it doesn't look good.
I suppose it's not infeasible that if Laura had a good run on the ITF circuit from now, they could offer her a qualifying Wildcard though?
Yesterday 11:24 AM
guichard
Re: Return Winner: The Laura Robson support thread.

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Originally Posted by Mr.Sparkle View Post
I completely agree. TBH honest she has shown incredible mental resilience hanging in this long. I just have this belief if she can remain injury free and hang on a little longer she can make a run somewhere which will hopefully boost her confidence and get thing moving along.

I also agree US open qualifying looks unlikely at present. There's also no US ITF tournaments around that time, so she will have to try else where if she wants to carry on playing.
US Open qualifying entry deadline is on August 1st, so it doesn't look good.
Yesterday 10:26 AM
Mr.Sparkle
Re: Return Winner: The Laura Robson support thread.

Laura is the no.1 seed in Lexington qualifying...

Laura Robson (1) vs Alexander Facey
Caroline Romeo vs Kat Facey

Madeline Kobelt vs Sabrina Santamaria
Alison Bai vs Priscilla Hon (6)

Surely, she can make it three wins in a row with this draw??? The biggest threat is obviously Priscilla. At the very least she should win her first round match.. Come on Laura!
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