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Old May 5th, 2012, 05:54 PM   #1471
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Yeeeesssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old May 5th, 2012, 05:55 PM   #1472
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That was a lot harder than it probably should have been, but a win is a win!
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You're fucking klling me Sammy!
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Re: It's that time of the year again! That's right...it's Clay Time!

That was close.
At least she got a good workout on the blue clay
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You're fucking klling me Sammy!
This is not the kind of match you want to follow in live scores. Have no idea what happened, but considering they both had very good serve stats, I suspect Petra played a very good match.

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That was close.
At least she got a good workout on the blue clay
That's one way of putting it
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Yay Sammy. Finally I can get a break now. This is just....
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That was a lot harder than it probably should have been, but a win is a win!
Exactly. There is the R1-Czink match model, there is the R1-Martic match model, I guess. B.
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Exactly. There is the R1-Czink match model, there is the R1-Martic match model, I guess. B.
This is the better model for sure
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Old May 5th, 2012, 07:33 PM   #1479
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Re: It's that time of the year again! That's right...it's Clay Time!

Yah Sammy! She's playing doubles because of the Olympics. I'm surprised she isn't playing some mixed here and there, too. Anyway this match was like riding a rollercoaster blind!


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I was keeping my eye on this with my phone while trying to get to sleep. Needless to say, sleep did not come easy.

At least she's through And Martic is quite tall so...Let's hope she goes better against McHale, who is a lovely 5"7'.
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Old May 6th, 2012, 03:54 AM   #1482
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I don't think there are many opportunities to play mixed outside of the slams/Olympics, are there? Even major combined tournaments like Madrid, IW and Miami don't have mixed, AFAIK.
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Old May 6th, 2012, 07:18 AM   #1483
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I was keeping my eye on this with my phone while trying to get to sleep. Needless to say, sleep did not come easy.

At least she's through And Martic is quite tall so...Let's hope she goes better against McHale, who is a lovely 5"7'.
After the match Sam said she felt she played better as the match went on, and the stats seem to support that I think. She didn't face a single break point in the final set after facing 3 in the first set and 4 in the second. I definitely had the feeling that she was in the better position in the closing stages of the match, although her missing all those MPs was making me very nervous. In fairness though, all the ones she missed were on Martic's serve, she converted the first one she got on her own serve. Btw, did she hit an ace on that last point?

Despite yesterday's struggle, I'm quietly confident of her chances against McHale. As you said she doesn't have Martic's height advantage, and Sam has beaten her comfortably in their only previous meeting. She seems to be one of those streaky players who pull off a great win from time to time, like against Kvitova in IW. As long as Sam doesn't take her lightly (she won't) she should be fine.

Not sure what to expect after that. There is a lot of speculation as to how the courts are playing but not much hard fact. According to some the ball is keeping really low, but others are saying it's bouncing really high, so I don't know what to believe. Rafa has been very critical, so I guess it doesn't help players like him and Sam who use a lot of spin. In the photos that Molly posted yesterday I thought the surface looked horrible tbh, like a hard court with a thin layer of blue powder on top. Looks like a recipe for injuries if nothing else, so I hope Sam is careful. If it is playing like a HC that won't help Sam's chances against Petra should both get that far. Still, one match at a time.
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Old May 6th, 2012, 01:06 PM   #1484
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My only concern about McHale is that she's quick and will get a lot of balls back. If Sammy's rhythm is being thrown off by the fast court speed/high altitutude then ErrorSam might make an appearance.
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Old May 6th, 2012, 01:39 PM   #1485
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On a real clay court I think Sam would thrash her, but you may be right that on this fake clay she has a chance. That said, I don't think a mainly defensive player like Christina can hurt Sam too much atm. She might take a set, but she doesn't have any big weapons to hurt Sam with, so I can't see her winning in straights. And if it goes to a 3rd set my money would be on Sam for sure.
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