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Old Feb 21st, 2013, 01:07 PM   #1861
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Another love hold for AR/Black.
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Old Feb 21st, 2013, 01:08 PM   #1862
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Sam guilty of not putting her volleys away again 0-15.
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Old Feb 21st, 2013, 01:11 PM   #1863
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Wow - three match points saved! Can they do the unthinkable and break?
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Old Feb 21st, 2013, 01:16 PM   #1864
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The answer is sadly no They lose the game to 15. Just really poor returning from the pair of them Very solid from Black/AR. Dont see this reunion going too well. I rewatched one of their old matches recently - Sam used to have a great backhand return then
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Old Feb 21st, 2013, 01:27 PM   #1865
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Thanks annetcl

Some days are just not good days to be a Sam fan, and I guess this is one of them. Comes with the turf.

Sometimes I think life must be so easy for people who base their fandom solely or mainly on results. If Sam wasn't such a sweetheart, and didn't have such a beautiful game on her good days, I could just sign on as a Serena fan and be happy almost every time she played.
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Old Feb 21st, 2013, 09:46 PM   #1866
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^Too true - I am such a sucker for underdogs. I have Sam losing the plot today and LFC fighting valiantly but ultimately still going out of the Europa League today - just the shittiest day ever!

I am just too emotionally invested in Sam - just want her to do well so badly. Like you said - she is so nice and so good when she is on that you just hope that she gets her mojo back soon. For sure its a lot easier to support for Vika/Serena. Petra better win this whole damn tournament now! she is just about the only other top 10er besides Li Na that I find endearing and has a game that gets me excited when on.
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Old Feb 21st, 2013, 09:56 PM   #1867
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Some post match quotes from Sam and Roberta:

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Former U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur lost to doubles specialist Roberta Vinci of Italy 6-2, 6-4 Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Championships.

Stosur's loss follows a quarterfinal exit in Doha last week as well as a second-round defeat at the Australian Open.

Stosur had 28 unforced errors and was broken twice in each set. Her first serve percentage was only 58 percent in the second set and she faced eight break points.

"Way too many errors," Stosur said. "She did well to not be bothered by anything I was trying to do. She used her slice very well, which kept all the points neutral. I made way too many mistakes on those neutral balls."

Despite the latest setback, the 28-year-old Australian said she felt she was improving over her dismal start to the year.

"January didn't really go as well as I wanted it to. I wasn't playing up to the standard and level that I think I'm capable of," she said. "The last couple of weeks, it's gotten better. I've played many more good matches than bad, so it's certainly on the way up."

inci will face doubles partner Sara Errani in the semifinals. The seventh-ranked Italian beat 12th-ranked Nadia Petrova of Russia 6-4, 0-6, 6-3.

"I spoke with my coach to play more aggressive," said Vinci, who beat sixth-ranked Angelique Kerber to reach the quarterfinals. "I played a lot on her backhand. She has an unbelievable forehand. So on my mind, I try to play against her backhand because she has a lot of problem with backhand, and try to change some slice and also some top when I have time."

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Great execution by Roberta bad reaction from Sam. Honestly Sam's double hander has been really bad so far this year. In a way its good she is out of doubles, she can head for Tampa tomorrow and hopefully put in some decent mileage on court between now and IW.
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Thanks for the match commentary for Raysur annetcl, although the match doesn't sound like a whole lot of fun. What on Earth is going on with her BH return at the moment?
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^Too true - I am such a sucker for underdogs. I have Sam losing the plot today and LFC fighting valiantly but ultimately still going out of the Europa League today - just the shittiest day ever!

I am just too emotionally invested in Sam - just want her to do well so badly. Like you said - she is so nice and so good when she is on that you just hope that she gets her mojo back soon. For sure its a lot easier to support for Vika/Serena. Petra better win this whole damn tournament now! she is just about the only other top 10er besides Li Na that I find endearing and has a game that gets me excited when on.
Oh dear, you did have a bad day

Na and Petra are the only other top players I care much about as well. Not that I hate all of the others, but at best they leave me pretty cold. Only a pity that Petra and Na are rankings rivals with Sam (kind of), so sometimes I kind of want them to lose so that Sam has a chance of creeping a bit higher again

Very distressing that Sam's BH has deserted her so badly, because in patches there have actually been signs of improvement in other areas, particularly her net play (although that's still a bit hit and miss).

I don't think this loss was necessarily disastrous for Sam, and looking on the bright side at least she's only lost to decent players since she left Australia. But she badly needs to string a few more wins together than she has so far, and to chalk up some top 10 wins. A decent run on the US HCs would set her up nicely for a good clay season, but if she's still struggling by that point in the season it could be tough.
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When I see that Errani broke Vinci's serve no less than 7 times today, I can't help wondering what was giving Sam so much trouble yesterday that she converted just one out of two BPs in the whole match.

In Sam's "good" matches this year I thought her return of serve was one of the things where there was clear improvement over her form last year. By getting more balls back in play and then working the points from defense to offense, she has been able to put a lot of pressure on her opponents' serve. But then out of the blue she throws in matches where she can hardly seem to put a return into play, and I have to wonder what is going on with her.
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Ivanovic vs BYE
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Keys vs Oudin
Stosur vs BYE

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Hmm ... interesting draw. That match up with Keys is a bit scary. I have a feeling that it will be like Sam vs Robson at the USO this year, and that Keys won't quite have the experience or presence of mind to consistently deal with Sam's spin and variety. But if she does start keying into the ball and landing her groundstrokes, it could get ugly.

Third round *shouldn't* be a problem whoever it is, and then (probably) Ivanovic, Kerber, Vika, Kvitova/Maria/ARad in the final.
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Hm Keys could be tricky. I dont even want to speculate how far she'll go based on that draw until she gets past her first match
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Oudin won her only match with Keys in straight sets, and that was last year
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I think this draw is about as good or as bad as could have been expected, to be honest the ways Sam has played this year I don't think the draw matters very much. Not overly worried about Keys. She's an up and comer for sure, but I don't think she's that good (yet). My main worry is that Sam has a bye so will come into that match cold.

If she can get past her first match then she's got a decent chance of reaching the quarters I think, which would be a great result given the year she's had so far. But one match at a time. Guess she won't be playing before about Friday anyway.
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