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Forum: General Messages   Sep 2nd, 2014, 01:18 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,343
Posted By orka_irl
Re: Pete Bodo: "Bencic looks to be close to 6ft tall"

There is a pic on the US Open website that makes Bencic look much taller than JJ - but I think it's mainly perspective. It's pic #3 in the Bencic-Jankovic match gallery.
Forum: General Messages   Jun 23rd, 2014, 04:16 PM
Replies: 417
Views: 41,177
Posted By orka_irl
Re: Hantuchova-Kerber, most horrible call ever?

Why is that interesting - is it not obvious that it depends on circumstances? If a shot is a clear winner but called out and then corrected, there is no hindrance as the other player has no play on...
Forum: General Messages   Sep 2nd, 2012, 10:00 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,306
Posted By orka_irl
Re: WTA event in Ireland???

Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom but not part of Britain. Britain is England, Wales and Scotland - hence the full title of "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland". Rory...
Forum: General Messages   Jul 30th, 2012, 03:13 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,779
Posted By orka_irl
Re: Olympics R1: Azarenka def. Begu 6-1, 3-6, 6-1

The serve went straight at Azarenka who got a racquet on it but the ball died/went out of control - the umpire said that happened before the ball was called out (ie Azarenka had lost the point...
Forum: General Messages   Apr 30th, 2012, 11:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,532
Posted By orka_irl
Re: Does anyone know of a tennis player who didn't Play Junior but Turn Pro ?

Kiki Bertens appears to have played virtually no junior ITF events - a single junior Fed Cup tournament is the only one on her ITF junior record.
Forum: General Messages   Apr 2nd, 2012, 02:54 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 16,821
Posted By orka_irl
Re: Ernest Gulbis of WTA?

This has to be wrong. Tennis is a very middle class sport that costs a lot of money so I suspect most parents are either ex-pro sports people themselves or well-educated/professionals to be able to...
Forum: General Messages   Mar 30th, 2012, 02:27 PM
Replies: 209
Views: 19,407
Posted By orka_irl
Re: Caro did not shake the umpire hand?

There's never any certainty that a player will use hawkeye so that would be a pathetic abdication of his responsibilities if he didn't overrule what he saw as a certain error. Some players rarely...
Forum: General Messages   Mar 21st, 2012, 02:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 701
Posted By orka_irl
Re: Kontaveit def. Lim 64 61 (wins 10 of last 11 games)

Is this Miami? Any chance you might share what the event is?

Edit: just looked - it's a first round win in a 25K against a player ranked 299. I don't think anyone would deny that Anett is a good,...
Forum: General Messages   Feb 9th, 2012, 04:18 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 6,689
Posted By orka_irl
Re: Sm Smith or Jo Durie

I like them both but can't stand Chris Bradnam's inane chatter - I don't know how the serious commentators put up with working alongside him. A serious insightful comment on some aspect of a...
Forum: General Messages   Jan 30th, 2012, 01:07 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,989
Posted By orka_irl
Re: There are only two teenagers in the top 100

I don't know where the juniors are going to come from to replace these tall girls. 'Famous' juniors (MLDB, Gavrilova, Putintseva, Khromacheva) in recent years all seem to be relatively short. ...
Forum: General Messages   Jun 18th, 2011, 05:49 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,653
Posted By orka_irl
Re: If you retire from a match, should you be banned from playing the next week?

You are also punishing tournaments in the weeks before big events, particularly grand slams - would Azarenka even have turned up at Eastbourne if there was even the slightest possibility she might be...
Forum: General Messages   Feb 23rd, 2011, 06:03 PM
Replies: 623
Views: 48,566
Posted By orka_irl
Re: Agnieszka Radwanska: "WTA apologised me. This dumbass Nouni is done for me"

Putting -gate at the end usually signifies some sort of scandalous story. It originates from the Watergate affair in the US in the 1970s (you should be able to google this if you're interested) -...
Forum: General Messages   Feb 23rd, 2011, 10:14 AM
Replies: 623
Views: 48,566
Posted By orka_irl
Re: Agnieszka Radwanska: "WTA apologised me. This dumbass Nouni is done for me"

Do you have a link to the actual WTA apology as opposed to Radwanska's version of it? It could very easily have been an apology for the confusion/lack of clarity/lack of communication rather than an...
Forum: General Messages   Feb 23rd, 2011, 08:56 AM
Replies: 623
Views: 48,566
Posted By orka_irl
Re: The Kadergate [Kader was probably wrong :)]

I think Nouni was right but should have communicated better with Radwanska: "Ms Radwanska, the point is not over, we are replaying the point - if you choose to challenge, you are signalling that you...
Forum: General Messages   Jan 11th, 2011, 10:28 AM
Replies: 3,313
Views: 521,358
Posted By orka_irl
Re: Winter (Australian Summer) Outfits [And RG]

Those pieces are from a 2009 adidas collection. Different style - and way better fitted.
Forum: General Messages   Jan 11th, 2011, 10:10 AM
Replies: 230
Views: 16,162
Posted By orka_irl
Re: Sydney R2: Dominika Cibulkova def. (1) Caroline Wozniacki 6-3 6-3!

I don't think her new sponsor, paying her lots of $, would appreciate being blamed publicly for her losses...

Or because they are getting lots of $$$$

Forum: General Messages   Jan 7th, 2011, 09:34 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 6,376
Posted By orka_irl
Re: Story of the lost talent of Sesil

I agree. You can't look at any of her tennis from the that time and be sure you are looking at natural talent. She was on drugs then so the drop in form could be due to not taking drugs now. I do...
Forum: General Messages   Sep 13th, 2010, 10:15 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,869
Posted By orka_irl
Re: US Open Girls Final: [1]Daria Gavrilova [RUS] def. Yulia Putintseva [RUS] 6-3 6-2

If Gavrilova is only 5'5", Putintseva must be tiny - she looks at least 2-3 inches shorter than Gavrilova. Neither has much, if any, growing time left.
Forum: General Messages   Aug 20th, 2010, 04:50 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,407
Posted By orka_irl
Re: YOG 2010 Gold medal match: Daria Gavrilova def. Zheng Saisai 2-6 6-2 6-0

Yes, that was really weird - I've never seen a player do that before - so defeatist - anything could have happened - ball could have gone into net/out/straight at her for an easy hit back - can't...
Forum: General Messages   Aug 20th, 2010, 11:52 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,407
Posted By orka_irl
Re: YOG 2010 Gold medal match: Daria Gavrilova def. Zheng Saisai 2-6 6-2 6-0

How can these statements be about the same player? Moonballs are horrible to watch...
Forum: General Messages   Jul 5th, 2010, 10:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 525
Posted By orka_irl
Re: Pictures of the champions' ball this year ???

Halfway down the first page - cunningly disguised as '2010 Wimbledon ball pics'.
Forum: General Messages   Jun 25th, 2010, 11:53 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,030
Posted By orka_irl
Re: Aga Radwanska: Final set rules in majors should be changed

One thing I would like to see changed to make final set marathons fairer is to change the order of serve after a certain number of games. From 4-5, the person serving second is at a huge...
Forum: General Messages   May 14th, 2010, 11:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 484
Posted By orka_irl
Re: Who is she?

Looks like Yulia Putintseva, 1995-born, ITF #11 junior
Forum: General Messages   Feb 9th, 2010, 02:23 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,130
Posted By orka_irl
Re: Who is the worst commentator for the wta tour?

No, yeah, I agree. She is woeful. I like Frew the best - he is knowledgeable, particularly about Fed-rah and his family.
Forum: General Messages   Jan 19th, 2010, 11:06 AM
Replies: 1,761
Views: 299,345
Posted By orka_irl
Re: Australian Open 2010 outfits

Tennis Warehouse has Azarenka listed as wearing the same skirt as Safarova (but doesn't show which colour so possibly the pink version) but with the multi-coloured strappy tank instead of the stripy...
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