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Old Jun 9th, 2011, 07:18 AM   #61
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Re: Iva Mekovec cheering thread

Congrats! Great to see she closed it out in straights, it's always good when you preserve some energy for the future round(s).

Next up, as was expected, is the 2nd seed Poznikhirenko, who is just a year older than Iva, but already at #13 in juniors. But although this girl is much better than Iva in juniors, Iva actually has a much better senior stats so far. Poznikhirenko played just two pro tournaments, got to QR3 of a 10k, and lost in R1 of a 25k which she entered with a WC. Her only wins came against two unranked players, and her losses came to girls outside of top300. She's also unranked, unlike Iva. So who knows, Iva might even win this if everything goes well. But even if she doesn't make it, this should push her to around #112 (btw, she also played doubles here and won a round).

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Old Jun 9th, 2011, 11:36 PM   #62
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Re: Iva Mekovec cheering thread

Did no one see the big news today:

Iva MEKOVEC (CRO) defeated Ganna POZNIKHIRENKO (UKR) (2) 3-6 7-6(4) 6-4

This is an amazing win for Iva: Poznikhirenko is #13 in the world and a year older. This should push Iva into the top 100, at around 95.

In the QF, Iva plays Hao Chen TANG (#54 but CH #12, last September). Good luck, Iva! Regardless of what happens, this has already been a hugely successful tournament.
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Old Jun 10th, 2011, 07:14 AM   #63
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That's indeed wonderful!

Unfortunately for Iva (kind of), her great week coincides with great weeks of several other Croatian players so it's hard to keep an eye on all the tournaments and all the results. More precisely, today 5 of our players (that I know of) will play quarterfinals on different levels of competition - Iva in this junior G1, Mijacika on the ITF circuit, Lucic and Martic on the WTA, and Cilic on ATP

But anyway, great to see that Iva turned this match around after losing the first set, tennis after all, has a lot to do with taking your chances and being gutsy enough to turn things to your advantage. So congratulations for reaching top100 Iva!

Although next opponent seems beatable, we have to remember that Iva played a lot lately, and after that three set battle yesterday, who knows if there's enough left in her for something more today. But of course, this is already one of her best results ever (probably 2nd only to Bonfiglio semis), so anything beyond this is just a huge plus.

Best of luck Iva
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Old Jun 10th, 2011, 05:18 PM   #65
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Re: Iva Mekovec cheering thread

6-2 6-4 win
now faces Jaksic (4) in the semis
Jaksic turns 18 in September and is ranked #22 (CH # 21)
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Old Jun 10th, 2011, 05:31 PM   #66
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Re: Iva Mekovec cheering thread

Wow! I really didn't think she'll make it - glad she proved me wrong This'll get her right around #90!

This next girl, Jaksic, came onto the pro circuit some 2 years ago, but is still playing only 10k's. Still, she made some notable results on those (even a QF once), and this year, she managed to take a set against Mijacika, so she can surely play. Her current and best ever rankings are not too impressive for her age, but experience will definately be on her side.

What else to say - fingers crossed and let's see if Iva can make it to a G1 final!
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Wow, Ivana continues to impress. To think she was ranked in the mid-400s just a month ago

Btw, the other players left in the Offenbach semis are the #1, #3 and #4 seeds. Talk about crashing the party!


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Wow! I really didn't think she'll make it - glad she proved me wrong This'll get her right around #90!
If I'm not mistaken it'll be better than that; I think she'll be 80-85 (to her current total add 65 points from singles and 5 [20/4] from doubles). Either way, welcome to the top 100, Iva!
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If I'm not mistaken it'll be better than that; I think she'll be 80-85 (to her current total add 65 points from singles and 5 [20/4] from doubles). Either way, welcome to the top 100, Iva!
You're right, at first I calculated correctly (singles and doubles), but when I went to see where those points will take her on the list, I somehow forgot about the doubles points... It should be inside top 85. Btw, if she wins today, this would (if I'm not mistaken) be her first final of any kind on the junior circuit (she made it to a few semis, but never further as far as I know).
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Re: Iva Mekovec cheering thread

Offenbach SF: Jovana JAKSIC (SRB) (4) defeated Iva MEKOVEC (CRO) 6-1 7-6(5)

Still, a totally, absolutely amazing tournament for Iva

Much congratulations and good luck next week! (She's playing again in Germany.)
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No shame in losing after such a great run. Congratulations for your achievements Iva!
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Re: Iva Mekovec cheering thread

Iva is playing qualies for next week's G1 in Germany and is the top seed. In QR1 she plays an unranked local. In FQR (there are just two Q rounds) she'll likely play the #7 seed, Wind, #451. Given her recent form, Iva should be able to qualify easily, provided she's not too tired.
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Another great week.
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Re: Iva Mekovec cheering thread

they need to start giving her WCs
and she'll miss another GS because of how early they do the entry lists
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Old Jun 13th, 2011, 06:28 AM   #74
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Iva is playing qualies for next week's G1 in Germany
Actually I think that one's G2, but still, hope she keeps on winning

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and she'll miss another GS because of how early they do the entry lists
Yes, she'll miss Wimbledon, but it's clear now that only some terrible misfortune (like an injury) could keep her from playing USO - most probably main draw (entry list will probably be based on rankings about a month from now).
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Old Jun 14th, 2011, 02:58 PM   #75
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Re: Iva Mekovec cheering thread

Iva qualified for GWJO by double bageling some unranked girl, but also by playing 3 sets in the next round against some kid who is 2 years younger and ranked at #797 This was certainly not something she wanted to experience in qualies, I'm sure.

She's also not particularly lucky with the draw, in R1 she'll face the 5th seed Fabikova who is now, at #56, just 3 spots away from her best ever ranking.

Also, because of her recent successful appearances on the junior circuit, it's getting harder for Iva to add more points, and this week she needs at least the quarterfinals (in singles) to gain anything. But the good news is that as of today, Iva is on a new career-high ranking of 79. Congratulations!
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