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Old Oct 10th, 2012, 06:17 PM   #2971
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With this win Petra actually only defended last year's points from Linz, but still great for her to go that far in a tournament. In singles there is a chance for a QF, but since it's just an International, even that wouldn't get her higher than around #57. Not bad, but not exactly where she deserves to be either.

Looking at next year, one thing cannot be overlooked. Petra has done horribly this year on virtually all mandatory events, and yet, somehow still managed to end the year close to top 50 (assuming she doesn't make a series of huge upsets here and wins the title). Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think all these events are mandatory: AO, Doha, IW, Miami, Madrid, Wimbledon, USO, Beijing - in neither of these tournaments has she managed to get away with a win. Hope that changes next year.
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Old Oct 10th, 2012, 07:58 PM   #2972
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Looking at next year, one thing cannot be overlooked. Petra has done horribly this year on virtually all mandatory events, and yet, somehow still managed to end the year close to top 50 (assuming she doesn't make a series of huge upsets here and wins the title). Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think all these events are mandatory: AO, Doha, IW, Miami, Madrid, Wimbledon, USO, Beijing - in neither of these tournaments has she managed to get away with a win. Hope that changes next year.
You make an excellent point, ma re. Her points from the mandatories have been a big drag on her ranking. That situation will improve next year--if only because it can't get any worse!

Btw, I think there are only 8 mandatories: the four GS's, the two mini-GS's (IW, Miami) and Madrid and Beijing.
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Old Oct 10th, 2012, 08:06 PM   #2973
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@ networthy: you're right, Doha is P5
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Old Oct 10th, 2012, 08:48 PM   #2974
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Petra offcourt Linz:
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3rd match tmw, good luck girl
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nice photo, ralf also took some in 09, not sure if posted before
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so Petra in 09
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3rd match tmw, good luck girl
That means around 6 PM CET i.e around noon NY time, and for those of you in Europe, looks like Eurosport will cover the whole day of play on CC! That would be just...
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Re: ~Petra Martic~

Petra just closed out first set with score of 6-2!
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final set, 3-0 for Petra
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couldn't watch the match, but looks like she's cruising right now
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closed out 6-0

just realized she's playing Vika in the quarters

at least we could expect her to do her part and see which Vika will show up tmw

good luck Petra
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Re: ~Petra Martic~

6-0 Mayr got 5 points in final set

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Re: ~Petra Martic~

First, congratulations for beating Mayr so convincingly.
About playing Vika...well, I think it is amazing to have opportunity to play against world number 1! There is no any pressure on Petra and she just can enjoy every moment! I think one more win wouldn't mean so much for her rank, and I think this experience playing world number 1 means more than, for example SF of F of international tournament.
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Old Oct 11th, 2012, 05:49 PM   #2984
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Re: ~Petra Martic~

So let's see... This year Vika lost to:

- Bartoli on hard (Miami)
- MaSha on clay (Stuttgart)
- Serena on clay (Madrid)
- Cibulkova on clay (French)
- Serena on grass (Wimbledon & Olympics) and hard (USO)

Seems like tomorrow Petra will have an easy job

OK, let's not get ahead of ourselves (after all, Vika could get sick during the match...). Today I got the feeling that only the first set was won, while the other two were given through excessive errors coming from the other side. What made the difference is a) Mayr's inability to hold it together for a long time aka inconsistency and b) Petra's ability to calm down on time. Mayr is far from her best ranking and that speaks volumes, especially about consistency. I don't know how on earth she managed to surprise Lisicki to such a degree, but it was clear today that Petra was by far the better player, with herself as her only real threat. Mayr's defensive skills are not too shaby, but when Petra is composed and when her serve is working, she can keep things under control rather easily. Second set shows us what happens when her mind drifts and serve falls apart.

Tomorrow serious expectations would be ludicrous. I'd be happy with something like 6 games won by Petra and an interesting match. It would thrill me to see Petra loosen up as much as possible, use an array of weapons and try to provoke a firecracker of a match. Given how much Vika has been playing recently and that this is, after all, only an International, if Petra comes out ready to have some fun we could get a really interesting showdown.

Really looking forward to this one
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Re: ~Petra Martic~

Great
I couldn't watch the match. I will watch her tomorrow
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