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Today 10:01 AM
Re: Stefanie Vögele!!!

All the really cool kids are playing here in this tournament:

How awesome is that?
Today 09:52 AM
Re: Stefanie Vögele!!!

In the main draw for next week's $100k ITF on the Côte d'Azur.

Nice! (if you pardon the pun).
Apr 26th, 2016 10:57 AM
Re: Stefanie Vögele!!!

Unlucky draw. Karo is playing like a champion at the moment. Wasn't as bad as the first set-and-a-half from Saturday night, but Karo had all the answers.

My German is pretty awful, but as much as I understood of the OCC, I liked what I heard.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but he told Stef to be much more aggressive, that she wasn't moving Karo around enough, and Karo playing inside the baseline, so she needed to try and put the ball at Karo's shoes.
Did I understand right?

Anyway, she tried, but frankly, everything she could do, Karo could do better.

Time to find a positive: Stef's serve is working again - high % of first serves in, a few aces, and when she cranked up her second serve, that worked too.
Apr 26th, 2016 10:26 AM
Re: Stefanie Vögele!!!

Lost to Pliskova in straight sets
Apr 25th, 2016 02:14 AM
Re: Stefanie Vögele!!!

After a really good week in Istanbul, Stefi is up to #105 in the rankings, and is back up to #58 in the 2016 Race.

Putting Istanbul in perspective, it was a REALLY good tournament for her:
  1. Her first two wins were over players who went on to lift the doubles trophy.
  2. the win over Kucova was against the odds, and showed that she and her coach do their homework and work out how to beat an opponent next time.
  3. she was only beaten by the eventual champion, and even there, showed glimpses of what she can do.

Great stuff. Proud of her.
Apr 23rd, 2016 02:30 PM
Re: Stefanie Vögele!!!

Lost 6-0 7-5.

Shockingly awful first set, Stefi uncharacteristically tentative, and gave Carla too many short balls to punish. At 6-0 3-0, it looked really ignominious.

But Stefi pulled herself together, played with much more aggression to win 5 of the next 7 games. And at 5-4 0-15 up, she had her chance.

But it was all, as the annoying commentator put it, too little too late.

I don't know what was in Stefi's head in that first set, but that was the disappointing thing - what might have been.

Anyway, Off to Prague to face Pliskova. The top 20 one, with the tattoos and the big serve. The one Stefi actually has a winning record against.

Viel Erfolg, Stefi!
Apr 23rd, 2016 04:44 AM
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Apr 23rd, 2016 04:30 AM
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Lovely screencap, and this time the on-court interviewer was prepared with a couple of proper, appropriate questions, and was rewarded with Stefi's 500-watt smile.


Hope I never meet Stefi; I would just turn to mush.
Apr 23rd, 2016 04:26 AM
Re: Stefanie Vögele!!!

And her "game face" as I imagine Yanks call it:

Apr 23rd, 2016 04:22 AM
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Stefi allowed herself a smile after this win:

And a more restrained, I-mean-business-today smile before the game:

Apr 23rd, 2016 04:18 AM
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Apr 22nd, 2016 10:53 PM
Re: Stefanie Vögele!!!

Well thank you all for these comprehensive match reports.

Apr 22nd, 2016 09:19 PM
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What a week for Stefi
Apr 22nd, 2016 06:36 PM
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Apr 22nd, 2016 05:47 PM
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Into the Semis
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