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Old Jul 7th, 2011, 06:15 PM   #1
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Old Nov 20th, 2012, 01:27 PM   #2
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What have the mods done to out beautiful Hardcourts thread?
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It was probably not a bad idea to start a new thread anyway, but it kind of sucks that we can no longer quote anything from the old one. There were some good recent comments there that I am still mulling over. Of course I can still "quote" using copy-paste, but it's more hassle to do so.

Note to mods: in future if you think a thread is getting too long, just let us know and we'll open a new thread on our own. This was kind of abrupt.
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^I kind of suspect we'll end up not using this one anyway. Someone will probably start an Australian summer thread, and then by the time of the USO series this will be at the bottom of the page and we'll have forgotten about it.

So many memories in that Hardcourts thread
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^Actually, as I remember it, we didn't intend to use the old HardCourt thread this year anyway. We (I think you in fact) made new threads for Doha/Dubai, IW/Miami, clay and grass seasons, but before we got around to starting a new thread for the American HCs people starting posting again on the old thread.
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Sam draws Arvidsson in Brisbane R1. Could be a lot worse

Not yet sure who else is in her section.
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Phew. Pretty good opening round draw Sam. Hope she can play a decent match. Not really too fussed what goes on draw-wise beyond the second round at this point.

My goals for Sam this Australian Summer are:
1) Win one match at every tournament
2) Make the QFS at one tournament (preferably the AO )
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^Nice modest goals.

At this stage I'm also tempering my expectations, and am looking at the Aussie season as a stepping stone to the non-Aussie HC tournaments, which are in turn a stepping stone to what really counts, the clay season.

So if Sam can win a few matches in Australia this year, that should give some rhythm to start the year.
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^Nice modest goals.

At this stage I'm also tempering my expectations, and am looking at the Aussie season as a stepping stone to the non-Aussie HC tournaments, which are in turn a stepping stone to what really counts, the clay season.

So if Sam can win a few matches in Australia this year, that should give some rhythm to start the year.
Yeah I think it might be best to look at it as a stepping stone period. It would be good if Sam could think of it in that way as well, would probably take a load of pressure off.

And i guess a first round exit in Sydney wouldn't be disastrous necessarily, because the draws there are always brutal.
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Both Brisbane and Sydney are brutal tbh. Not just in terms of the number of top players in the draw, but especially in terms of the quality of the fields as a whole. The draws are like minefields.
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Pretty good opening round. I'm keeping expectations pretty low though of course it'd be nice for her to do well at least one of these tournaments.
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Sam is apparently in the same quarter as Serena, the same half as Azarenka. Not such a kind draw from QF on

Still, if she could at least reach the QF that would be quite okay I think. Still don't know who she would play in R2 if she wins her first match.
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Sam is apparently in the same quarter as Serena, the same half as Azarenka. Not such a kind draw from QF on

Still, if she could at least reach the QF that would be quite okay I think. Still don't know who she would play in R2 if she wins her first match.


Still, I wouldn't be surprised if one of Azarenka or Serena tanks or withdraws. I think Vika is playing Sydney as well, so that could potentially be four weeks worth of tennis in a row for her. She's been pretty prone to injury, and is very careful with her schedule, so there's a slight chance she might pull out.

But anyway. I'm sticking to my goals. If Sammy wins one match I'll be happy
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I'd like her to start with two wins if possible, to break last year's jinx. She won her first match then as well, but didn't win another match all month
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