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Old Jun 6th, 2011, 04:30 PM   #16
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Re: On the way to Wimbledon - Grass Court Season 2011

Good job. She definitely seems to be playing better lately. Long way to go still, bur at last some positive signs.
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Re: On the way to Wimbledon - Grass Court Season 2011

well done, Sori! so happy for her... now she´s facing Daniela it´s going to be very tough but I guess it could be a three set match... Sori is playing better and if she loses to Daniela that won´t change that fact she has been improving
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Re: On the way to Wimbledon - Grass Court Season 2011

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Old Jun 8th, 2011, 04:32 PM   #19
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Lost to Hantuchova 0 and 3. Disappointing first set.
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Re: On the way to Wimbledon - Grass Court Season 2011

It's still a long way to go and the rain breaks didn't help her either...

Good luck in Eastbourne qualies, though!
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Better luck next time Sori.
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Hope that better days are coming for Sorana...
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Re: On the way to Wimbledon - Grass Court Season 2011

A report from her match against Hantuchova:

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What a RIDICULOUS situation this match was. After the first rain delay they came out and knocked up 3 times, only for it to start raining again right at the end of the knock up. It only actually rained for about an hour total all day but it would be every 45 minutes, for 10 minutes, and then for some stupid reason they had the grounds-staff clearing the practice courts and the outer courts *before the main*. Ugh.

Anyway, they both took it well, laughing and joking with the umpire. Start of the match was all Cirstea misses, she was just terrible. Then, after 8 mins of play (because Danka had kept everyone waiting as per usual ) the rain spurts started.

So, cut-to 4 and a half hours later and at 4pm it gets under way. Cirstea is still sucking. I turned to the bloke next to me at 4-0 and said, of Dani, "I can't even tell if she's playing well or not". She was basically stroking everything around at 3/4 speed, keeping good length, moving Sori around waiting for the error, and hitting the occasional winner. Very professional.

Second set Dani came out and was poor, especially on Sori's service. Sori hit a handful of winners, and Dani helped her out with some sloppy errors to get it to 2-2, which set up the decisive game of the match.

First point was a super point - Dani was losing it but got inside Sori's head, reading where she was going to go for the put away and then on the next shot hit a super forehand up the line on the stretch. Next point she hit another forehand winner up the line but in much more regulation fashion. So, 0-30, but then Sori hit a winner on her next point, and then at 15-30 there was a great point with Dani on the defensive, hoisting up a lob, Sori retrieving it before crushing a forehand winner after Dani's next shot. Next up I think (because half a day under an umbrella has fried my brain) a couple of Sori errors, at 30-40 you could see her shoulders slump and her body language was terrible, and she errored on the next point to be broken - that break was the nail in the coffin and it was regulation from there on out.

Sori errors to finish on the break, she'd gone by this point, looked very disinterested.

So, overall Dani wasn't taxed *at all*, had a little spell where she didn't play well, but did what she had to and always looked the winner. Wasn't overly impressive, some nice winners here and there, serve okay, forehand working well, but it didn't have to be impressive - she just got the job done quickly, which given the weather being so unpredictable was absolutely the way forward.

Sori, it's just not her surface and she never looked confident, or able to go for her shots.
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Old Jun 10th, 2011, 10:27 PM   #24
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Re: On the way to Wimbledon - Grass Court Season 2011

WTA Eastbourne, Qualifying Draw:

(1)Vesnina vs. Craybas
Lucic vs. Shvedova
Lepchenko vs. Cirstea
Keothavong vs. (8)Cornet

Qualifying here could become very tough!

Anyway, is Lepchenko supposed to be a good grass courter?
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Re: On the way to Wimbledon - Grass Court Season 2011

will be really tough as she got there prob today must be tired
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Good luck Sori.
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She won 2 and 3 .
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Re: On the way to Wimbledon - Grass Court Season 2011

Awesome! Varvie is definitely in form!
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Re: On the way to Wimbledon - Grass Court Season 2011

It was never really a contest to be honest. Sori always looked in control, even when Lepchenko tried pulling a medical time out before the change of ends. It was played quite late and in quite cold conditions by that time and you could sense Sori just wanted to win and get out of there.

Hope she can get into the MD as the field in Eastbourne is very strong this year, could be a great tournament for her
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