Nice win Simona! Loved the aggressiveness and some beautiful winners in the first set. I was having kittens until game 9 in the 2nd set though - a combination of Diyas stepping it up and Simona's level dropping. But the last 2 games showed good, clear focus on Simona's part. She needs to stop those slumps though if she's to go much further in this tourney.
Weren't those rallies near the end fantastic?! Very entertaining!
Originally Posted by Belle de Jour
Training sessions are over for Simona, JJ is gonna be fierce, but I hope our girl will pull out the upset.
Not on the evidence of what I've just seen. She was pretty poor in the 7 or 8 games I saw of the 2nd set and only won it because Nara crumbled. Winners/UEs - 12/33 for JJ; 19/43 for Nara! If JJ plays like that against Simona, Simona will crush her in 2 sets.
I don't think it would be an upset for Simona to beat JJ. Simona has won their last 2 meetings and leads the H2H 2-1. Simona is the more talented player I think despite the rankings.
I, too, am happy (because vindicated) that Halep is in the round of 16s. But not good enough! She can beat JJ -- but she'll have to serve better than she did today. Interesting to hear JJ is not well, but these players can drop in their level and still win (as Halep dropped in her level today and came out okay). When Eleven plays Eight why can't Eleven win?
Top 10 here we come!
Good game for Simona (only if she had a better serve) but now the real games are coming!
With JJ is gone be though (possibly to have SimoPhobia), but I hope her to win this crucial game because Cibulkova is waiting