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Mar 24th, 2014 12:26 PM
jiffster
Re: Winter/Spring Hard season

Alize lost yesterday to Cibulkova in the third round of Miami 7-6, 6-4. This was not a good showing for either player and it was a bit ugly to watch at times. Alize had all kinds of chances to win the first set. She was up 5-2 with a two service break lead, but was broken twice in a row to even up the set at 5-5. She broke Domi agin to go up 6-5, but again lost her serve to send it to a tiebreaker. In the breaker Alize fell behind quickly and looked to be out of the set, but Cibulkova couldn't close it out and Alize actually had a set point on her serve at 6-5. Unfortunately she couldn't convert it, and eventually double-faulted the set away.

The second set started with a string of breaks as neither player could hold serve. At one point Alize received a medical time out and was treated on court by the trainer. She had some blue tape on her inner thigh from the start of the match, and the trainer seemed to be stretching her leg during the treatment. It looked to me like Alize was moving just fine around the court and I'm not sure how much this "injury" really affected her. In the end, Domi played the long rallies just a little bit better, and seemed just a little more inspired to win the match. What was really apparent was how ineffective both players first serves were. They both served over 70% on their first serves, but won only 50% of those points. Alize lost 7 of her 11 service games, and its pretty hard to win a match if you can't hold serve.

This was definitely a winnable match because Domi was off her game, but unfortunately so was Alize. I did not see Goven, but Mauresmo and the other Fed Cup coaches were courtside supporting her.
Mar 22nd, 2014 04:51 PM
TheJoh
Re: Winter/Spring Hard season

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Originally Posted by jiffster;40175642[B
]Alize was not missing her coach yesterday in Miami [/B]as she beat Andrea Petkovic in the second round 6-2, 6-7, 6-4. I was at this match and she had the loud vocal support of the Fed Cup coaches. Alize's performance was impressive, there was a lot of very high quality tennis played in sets 2 and 3.

Petko lost her first 5 service games and made a slew of unforced errors as Alize played solid tennis to win the first set. But things turned around early in the second as she tightened up her game. Alize had 3 match points on Petkovic's service game at 5-4 but couldn't convert them due to some stellar play by Petko. In the tie breaker Alize seemed to come unwound. It seemed like the three missed match point were still in her head and Petkovic easily won the breaker 7-0.

The third set was very tight, with both players playing high quality tennis. There were a lot of long rallies and incredible shot making on both sides. Alize was really moving the ball around well...playing great defense and driving the ball into the corners when she got her opportunities. Petkovic stumbled a bit in the seventh game,easily losing her serve to go down 3-4. Alize took advantage and played a gritty service game to go up 5-3. At 5-4 Alize played another tense, high quality game and screamed in joy when Pekovic drove a ball past the baseline on match point.

I have watched many of Alize's matches in Miami through the years and this is the best I have ever seen her play. Petkovic was a very dangerous opponent, and had already won a first round match on center court a few days earlier.

Alize plays Cibulkova in round 3 tomorrow. If she plays as well as yesterday, I like her chances to make the fourth round.
Did you see Goven
Mar 22nd, 2014 12:25 PM
jiffster
Re: Winter/Spring Hard season

Alize was not missing her coach yesterday in Miami as she beat Andrea Petkovic in the second round 6-2, 6-7, 6-4. I was at this match and she had the loud vocal support of the Fed Cup coaches. Alize's performance was impressive, there was a lot of very high quality tennis played in sets 2 and 3.

Petko lost her first 5 service games and made a slew of unforced errors as Alize played solid tennis to win the first set. But things turned around early in the second as she tightened up her game. Alize had 3 match points on Petkovic's service game at 5-4 but couldn't convert them due to some stellar play by Petko. In the tie breaker Alize seemed to come unwound. It seemed like the three missed match point were still in her head and Petkovic easily won the breaker 7-0.

The third set was very tight, with both players playing high quality tennis. There were a lot of long rallies and incredible shot making on both sides. Alize was really moving the ball around well...playing great defense and driving the ball into the corners when she got her opportunities. Petkovic stumbled a bit in the seventh game,easily losing her serve to go down 3-4. Alize took advantage and played a gritty service game to go up 5-3. At 5-4 Alize played another tense, high quality game and screamed in joy when Pekovic drove a ball past the baseline on match point.

I have watched many of Alize's matches in Miami through the years and this is the best I have ever seen her play. Petkovic was a very dangerous opponent, and had already won a first round match on center court a few days earlier.

Alize plays Cibulkova in round 3 tomorrow. If she plays as well as yesterday, I like her chances to make the fourth round.
Mar 20th, 2014 05:20 PM
TheJoh
Re: Winter/Spring Hard season

Mar 20th, 2014 05:20 PM
TheJoh
Re: Winter/Spring Hard season

Annoyed by the attitude of the player, coach Alizé Cornet, Goven, decided to end their collaboration, reveals L'Equipe.
Quote:
L'Equipe: Georges Goven has quit as Alizé Cornet's coach. "I was ready to make an effort with my attitude, but he didn't want to give me a second chance. It's too bad, but there's no drama. We've discussed it a lot and there's no tension between us. We've had an incredible adventure together. I was sad for a couple of days, but you have to move on."

The Fed Cup staff will help Cornet in Miami. She gives herself two months to find a new coach.
Mar 18th, 2014 11:48 AM
HowardH
Re: Winter/Spring Hard season

Good luck Alize!
Mar 18th, 2014 06:31 AM
hellas719
Re: Winter/Spring Hard season

I don't think it's too bad
She is defending a R4 here though
Mar 17th, 2014 12:32 PM
TheJoh
Re: Winter/Spring Hard season

(6)Halep v BYE
(wc)Dellacqua v Voegele
(wc)de Vroome v Schmiedlova
(29)V.Williams v BYE

(22)Cornet v BYE
Torro-Flor v Petkovic
Meusburger v Dominguez Lino
(10)Cibulkova v BYE

Mar 12th, 2014 01:26 PM
TheJoh
Re: Winter/Spring Hard season

Good tournament
Mar 12th, 2014 06:00 AM
hellas719
Re: Winter/Spring Hard season

5-7 3-6
It was disappointing. She could've won I think

She showed her fight, that's for sure. She was down 1-4 in the first set. Then she came back and had *5-4 40-15. The first set point Radwanska hit a return winner. The second one Alize hit a DF and she never recovered. Then in the second Alize had *3-2 and then lost the next four games
She was fighting until the end though, I give her credit. Still a good tournament. Hopefully she can do just as well (or even better) in Miami
Mar 10th, 2014 06:22 AM
TheJoh
Re: Winter/Spring Hard season

I watched this match and it was fantastic. But Alize didn't show a high level. She had a lot of errors.
Allez
Mar 10th, 2014 04:47 AM
hellas719
Re: Winter/Spring Hard season

6-7 7-5 6-3
Saved 3 MP in a row
Match time: 3h 26m

She was so good! It was such an entertaining match. As always, she fought for every ball. Just amazing how she can win points and hit winners in points from defensive positions

R4 vs. (2) A.Radwanska
Nothing to lose
Mar 8th, 2014 05:34 AM
TheJoh
Re: Winter/Spring Hard season

Allez
Mar 8th, 2014 05:32 AM
hellas719
Re: Winter/Spring Hard season

Almost lost to SSE
Hopefully she can beat CSN just like Dubai
Mar 7th, 2014 09:58 PM
jiffster
Re: Winter/Spring Hard season

Alize beat Soler-Espinosa 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. She will play Suarez Navarro in the third round.
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