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Old Mar 3rd, 2013, 12:13 AM   #16
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Re: Florianopolis F Niculescu def Pouchkova 6-2 4-6 6-4

Every handshake should be like that. Soooo classy.

Happy for monica, and disappointed for olga. She was so close.
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Old Mar 3rd, 2013, 12:14 AM   #17
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Re: Florianopolis F Niculescu def Pouchkova 6-2 4-6 6-4

They don't have this ceremony worked out.

Puchkova's English is excellent.
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Re: Florianopolis F Niculescu def Pouchkova 6-2 4-6 6-4

Delighted for Monica.

First title in her third attempt, first winner in the history of Florianopolis and all that after saving 3 MPs in R1.

Olga raised her level in the second set while Monica folded and reacted with poor errors. In the third set, Puchkova was just too exhausted in the end, while Monica ran everything down and eventually toughed it out.

Back in Top 60 now with barely 100 points to defend until Beijing. Looking really good so far this year.
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Re: Florianopolis F Niculescu def Pouchkova 6-2 4-6 6-4

Olga was in a really great mood in that ceremony speech
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Re: Florianopolis F Niculescu def Pouchkova 6-2 4-6 6-4

Sad for Olga.

Congrats Monica!
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Re: Florianopolis F Niculescu def Pouchkova 6-2 4-6 6-4

They just leave the champion stranded in the middle of the court!
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Re: Florianopolis F Niculescu def Pouchkova 6-2 4-6 6-4

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Olga was in a really great mood in that ceremony speech
Well, she probably wondered how the hell she got into the final, too
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Well, she probably wondered how the hell she got into the final, too
Hahahah I can just imagine an interview when she won a 25K last year
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Re: Florianopolis F Niculescu def Pouchkova 6-2 4-6 6-4

Niculescu joins the club of players who won a WTA title saving several MPs en route ( R1 against Medina )
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Re: Florianopolis F Niculescu def Pouchkova 6-2 4-6 6-4

GOAT speech from Puchkova, omg.

"Where do I stand?!" And Mariana like dragged her out on the court
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Hahahah I can just imagine an interview when she won a 25K last year
What a different a year makes.

Last year, she lost in the first round of a 25K (to MLDB).

This year, she'll be in the qualies of Indian Wells, after coming off her first WTA final since 2006!
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Besides not knowing where to stand, quote of the year: "I wanna congratulate Monica on her first title; GOOD JOB GURL YAAAAAAY."
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Re: Florianopolis F Niculescu def Pouchkova 6-2 4-6 6-4

Wow!!!! I'm so happy And extremely relieved as well.

But first, a big congratulations to Olga. At 6-2 2-0 this looked like it was going to be a complete blowout. Olga did very well to comeback into the match and she really raised her game and forced herself to be more steady. Very admirable, as has all the fighting she had done previously to get to the final had been as well. Olga has done an amazing job resurrecting her career which really did look dead in the water a couple of years ago. Now instead, Olga looks set to maybe stay on the WTA tour for sometime to come. I would be delighted to see Olga win a title somewhere down the road.

As for Monica...well....it wasn't her best match but it was good enough. Monica definitely made more errors than I would have liked but what was good is she stayed cool throughout even when Olga was breathing down her neck playing some very strong tennis. A couple of years ago Monica would have cracked under that pressure, I'm so pleased that is no longer the case today. But really none of that matters, what matters is Monica has won her 1st title today and I am so pleased for her. It is very deserved. And it is great to see her slowly but surely forfilling her potential. She still isn't as good as she will be in a couple more years but, damn, she is moving in the right direction for sure.

Finally lovely award ceremony. Both Monica and Olga seem really sweet girls and they were both very warm with each other. Lovely kind words from Olga congratulating Monica on her 1st title and from Monica to Olga telling her what an amazing player she is and expressing confidence Olga can get back to the top 30. Impossible not to wish the very best to both after seeing that.
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I'm really happy for Monica !!
She's such a sweet girl and really deserved to win her first title!

But Olga also has a great personality and I hope she takes a title this season. Hopefully she'll keep the same level of play in the next tournaments.

Greatest speech EVER from Olga in the ceremony!
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