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Old Nov 3rd, 2013, 05:06 PM   #4441
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Re: Ana Konjuh

Off to Dubai, if the problem is in indoor conditions for Ana (and it's hard to imagine someone with her game having issues with playing indoors), that should change next week cause Dubai is an outdoor hardcourt event. That'll at least give us a few answers, but after this it's hard to imagine her doing much there. Looking at the rest of the ITF season, there are the following chances left for her to play (assuming she doesn't want to travel far for just one event or switch to clay):

November

18th Bucha (UKR) 25k - CaI
25th Monterrey (MEX) 25k - HO

December

2nd Merida (MEX) 25k - HO
9th Merida (MEX) 25k - HO; Madrid (ESP) 25k - HO
16th Ankara (TUR) 50k - HI; Merida (MEX) 25k - HO

Of course the most obvious thing that sticks out is 4 consecutive outdoor hardcourt 25k's in Mexico which would probably be worth a travel if she wants to build ranking some more by the end of the year and gain match practice. Only the first two of those, however, would count towards her AO entry ranking. If she doesn't want to leave Europe there's a chance to play 3 events, the one in Ukraine on the 18th, the one in Spain after two weeks off and the Turkish 50k the following week (or just the last two). But those wouldn't help her much for her AO ranking, only for the year-end ranking. Maybe it wouldn't be a bad idea to give it a shot with the first two Mexican 25k's, cause warm and wet conditions can't harm her preparations for Melbourne and would still give her about a month left for the off-season. I just don't know how much more she can play after Dubai, given restrictions (it'll be her 10th event this year, which leads me to believe that's it for 2013).
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Old Nov 3rd, 2013, 06:08 PM   #4442
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Re: Ana Konjuh

Yes, all her results indoors this year are very weak.
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Old Nov 3rd, 2013, 06:47 PM   #4443
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Re: Ana Konjuh

I just realised that there's no chance for Fed Cup next year in Budapest (played in early February) to get played on anything other than some sort of an INDOOR court. With Donna and Ana doing this "well" indoors I think we can write off any chance of advancing through to the WG2 next year

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Old Nov 4th, 2013, 06:59 AM   #4444
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Re: Ana Konjuh

Well, there are Ajla and Petra that are good indoors, regardless od Ajla's choke a copule of minutes ago.
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Re: Ana Konjuh

Oh well hope she does better in Dubai. At least the surface there is outdoor hard.
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I just realised that there's no chance for Fed Cup next year in Budapest (played in early February) to get played on anything other than some sort of an INDOOR court. With Donna and Ana doing this "well" indoors I think we can write off any chance of advancing through to the WG2 next year
Well Ajla can win and Mirjana
I am puzzled why Ana is bad on Indoor Hard and to an extent Donna too... Anyway, I don't think Donna is that bad she just lost her concentration in her matches Ana's spin isn't as effective on the low bouncing service and with her big backswings she has less time to prepare
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Old Nov 5th, 2013, 07:19 PM   #4449
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Re: Ana Konjuh

But she's good on grass
And she trains in national tennis center in zagreb where indoors courts are fast and ball bounce is low

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Re: Ana Konjuh

i think it just takes time to develop her game for a particularly tricky surface, no worry to much about this, i believe Ana will find the rhythm quickly
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Old Nov 6th, 2013, 03:55 PM   #4451
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Re: Ana Konjuh

Ana 8th on the Dubai q-list, which currently spans from two top 200 players to 12 unranked ones. Sounds like an interesting draw.
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Ana 8th on the Dubai q-list, which currently spans from two top 200 players to 12 unranked ones. Sounds like an interesting draw.
I thought she got a WC
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Old Nov 7th, 2013, 05:44 AM   #4453
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I thought she got a WC
No, juan pablo just stated that she'll probably get it (if she wants it) cause the tournament director is a Croat - but given her recent results I'd say it would be smart to play some extra matches in qualies, especially in a field as week as this one.

Dubai is always peculiar in that it usually has a strong main draw and a joke of a qualie draw. I saw this a few times in the previous years.
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Re: Ana Konjuh

Actually, Ana has good chances of making in MD with her ranking. She is #23 on acceptance list and that should be enough.
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No, juan pablo just stated that she'll probably get it (if she wants it) cause the tournament director is a Croat - but given her recent results I'd say it would be smart to play some extra matches in qualies, especially in a field as week as this one.

Dubai is always peculiar in that it usually has a strong main draw and a joke of a qualie draw. I saw this a few times in the previous years.
It makes perfect sense to me... If you are ranked around 400, why would you pay to go to Dubai for 1 tournament just to lose in Qualifying whilst the MD players are lucky as apparently it is a good tournament

I am pretty sure Ana will take the MDWC if she gets offered it
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