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Old Oct 1st, 2012, 10:33 PM   #346
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Re: Petra’s Asian Outdoor Hard Court Swings – Tokyo, Beijing, Dubai, Doha

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Despite the scoreline, I still think Petra had a boat load of UE's in that match.

Masha doesn't usually hit a lot of winners in their matches, or even generally (though that was probably the lowest Petra ever hit in one of their matches). She's turned into a power grinder of sorts, unless she's playing a underpowered opponent.

Poor Petra. She could have won a French Open, if she would have just found a way to get by Martha.

Now with Serena playing much better (though we really don't know what's going to happen with her, especially at her age), Petra won't have the opportunities that she did at the first two slams this year, and is going to have to really improve [unless Sharapova drops off] to get through the draw.

Doesn't these realities (she could have won 1-2 majors last year, wth Serena playing better) inspire her to both play and get better?
Yeah its pretty sad but I think in that specific match, Sharapova was more prepare, I still remember a backhand slice that Petra threw at Sharapova and she returned a forehand slice back that landed short but Petra couldn't get it because she needed to slide and she doesn't know how to do that, so Sharapova exposed Petra's limitations on clay just that.
I think Petra isnt motivated, things changed after the AO semi...
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Old Oct 1st, 2012, 11:09 PM   #347
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Yeah its pretty sad but I think in that specific match, Sharapova was more prepare, I still remember a backhand slice that Petra threw at Sharapova and she returned a forehand slice back that landed short but Petra couldn't get it because she needed to slide and she doesn't know how to do that, so Sharapova exposed Petra's limitations on clay just that.
I think Petra isnt motivated, things changed after the AO semi...
Yeah, I remember that slice perfectly well. You would have thought that Masha would've never gotten to that. But I also think Petra is easily frustrated, when things don't go her way--when she expects to. Because I've seen Masha handle slices before, and she's usually not very good at dealing with them. But Petra just gave up (as she did on some poor slice attempts during the Australian open).

As far as the post Aussie Open frustration, Petra had to realize things weren't going to be as easy as last year, cause the competition had gotten better (Masha and Serena), while Petra wasn't playing as well.

She's gotta dedicate herself, instead of just waiting for the moment she's playing lights out tennis again to win.

Petra needs to be more consistently excellent against every opponent, or play top flight tennis at the majors and big tournaments, if she can't.
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Old Oct 1st, 2012, 11:40 PM   #348
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Yeah, I remember that slice perfectly well. You would have thought that Masha would've never gotten to that. But I also think Petra is easily frustrated, when things don't go her way--when she expects to. Because I've seen Masha handle slices before, and she's usually not very good at dealing with them. But Petra just gave up (as she did on some poor slice attempts during the Australian open).

As far as the post Aussie Open frustration, Petra had to realize things weren't going to be as easy as last year, cause the competition had gotten better (Masha and Serena), while Petra wasn't playing as well.

She's gotta dedicate herself, instead of just waiting for the moment she's playing lights out tennis again to win.

Petra needs to be more consistently excellent against every opponent, or play top flight tennis at the majors and big tournaments, if she can't.
But I think before and during AO things were even, Petra was playing good enough...
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Old Oct 2nd, 2012, 05:24 AM   #349
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But it would mean going straight to Istanbul from Moscow - unless she bombs out early again of course
If she had the week off during Osaka/Linz,Petra could probably handle the Moscow/YEC double;it'd be a helluva lot better than her team's USO Series scheduling travesty that may've cost her another Slam
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Re: Petra’s Asian Outdoor Hard Court Swings – Tokyo, Beijing, Dubai, Doha

Just heard Sam Smith on Eurosport say that apparently Petra and Anastasia Pavluchenckova have the same stomach virus, which was the same one that Sabine had last year and Schiavone had the year before that

She said they are dropping like flies and Petra and Pavs have not moved from their bed.

Hope they both recover soon.
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Just heard Sam Smith on Eurosport say that apparently Petra and Anastasia Pavluchenckova have the same stomach virus, which was the same one that Sabine had last year and Schiavone had the year before that

She said they are dropping like flies and Petra and Pavs have not moved from their bed.

Hope they both recover soon.
Poor Petra.

She's not as bad as Sabine. But something always happening to her.
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Old Oct 2nd, 2012, 01:20 PM   #352
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Poor Petra.

She's not as bad as Sabine. But something always happening to her.
One consolation..... maybe next time we see her the belly would have disappeared

I'm just joking .... I hope she feels better soon because it's not pleasant; it really isn't. I had similar when I went to Morocco and it ruined my whole holiday.
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Just heard Sam Smith on Eurosport say that apparently Petra and Anastasia Pavluchenckova have the same stomach virus, which was the same one that Sabine had last year and Schiavone had the year before that

She said they are dropping like flies and Petra and Pavs have not moved from their bed.

Hope they both recover soon.
Thanks for info. With Sam Stosur losing today, it seems that Petra has already qualified for YEC anyway.
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Old Oct 2nd, 2012, 01:29 PM   #354
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One consolation..... maybe next time we see her the belly would have disappeared

I'm just joking .... I hope she feels better soon because it's not pleasant; it really isn't. I had similar when I went to Morocco and it ruined my whole holiday.
That's what I was saying yesterday. Lot of Europeans catch these viruses when travelling to North Africa/Arabia - Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, etc. and it's often related to food.
The hygiene standards in Europe are higher so I would be very careful eating outside of McDonalds or Subway when travelling across these countries
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How could she got that? I thought Kotyza was her cook? Or isnt just in the food?
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Poor Petra.

She's not as bad as Sabine. But something always happening to her.
uncharted territory of asia, btw, when she pulled out of dubai earlier this year, did she withdraw on site or she didn't even make the trip?
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How could she got that? I thought Kotyza was her cook? Or isnt just in the food?
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Right Kotyza is her cook, coach, trainer, stylist...
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How could she got that? I thought Kotyza was her cook? Or isnt just in the food?
Bartoli brought cake from Guangzhou from which she caught hers GI


btw, I hope Petra recovers soon and be in tip-top shape for YEC and Fed Cup, also would be really hungry to win some games
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Re: Petra’s Asian Outdoor Hard Court Swings – Tokyo, Beijing, Dubai, Doha

Well ..... she's definitely "Shitra" at the moment

She'll also definitely be hungry, but first I think it will be for food and then matches

She should be OK in a few days .... hopefully
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