The R2 win in Baku from 2-6 1-3 down against Scheepers was perhaps Shahar's best of the year (which says a lot).
Slightly improving, she can beat any non top 50 player nowadays but can also still lose to any top 200 player.
Having said that, the top half of the draw is as cakewalk open as can possibly be and she should make the final with that lineup, containing her and 3 players who were never even near top 100 and with the possible exception of Jabeur will never get there too.
(P.S. Shahar was also a set and a break down in her R1 match, trailing 3-6 0-2 to the Belorussian Kremen, but avoided another embarrassing loss by taking 12 games in a row.)
Last edited by Archer16 : Jul 26th, 2013 at 02:07 AM.
She did. No contest.
The final vs Svitolina, who beat her easily in their first match of the season, will be a different story.
Hopefully Shahar can pull the upset and win a title after 4 years, which will also put her back in the top 100, but even if she doesn't, it was a good week on the long way back up.
It's not a regular WTA event. Uncharacteristically, even the WTA itself acknowledged that and related to Svitolina's title in Baku as her first tour title even though she already won one of those 125K before.
Having said that, definitely another good call by Shahar to go there and rack some wins, points and confidence
Back in the top 100 and building her way up back to the main events.
To see her thumping a legit top 100 player in Babos like she did is pleasing.
She has nothing to defend for the rest of the year and getting back to top 50 should be the next goal.
Well she won her firts 125k , beeting her unranked opponent 62 26 63.
According to the stats, nothing to be proud of.
I really can't understand why she is not able to improve her sreves, first and seconds. The stas are terrible.
She will improve in the rankings and probabely return to be a top 100 player, but IMO she has nothing to offer against top 50 players.