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Old Jan 25th, 2014, 04:01 AM   #16
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Old Jan 25th, 2014, 04:45 AM   #17
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Some aren't bogans but are just horrible, like apparently Olivia Rogowska is hated by many of her contemporaries
Isn't Liv well liked amongst her fellow Australian players? Liv was sitting with about 20 others watching Storm play Brisbane quallies.

The only one I know isn't well liked is Anastasia Rodionova.
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Old Jan 25th, 2014, 04:57 AM   #18
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Isn't Liv well liked amongst her fellow Australian players? Liv was sitting with about 20 others watching Storm play Brisbane quallies.

The only one I know isn't well liked is Anastasia Rodionova.
I have no idea about Rodionova but I know that many players hate Rogowska. Apparently she used to be nice when she was an unknown but then after the Safina match apparently she was really horrible. I know Shannon Golds had a falling out with her as did Daniela Scivetti She gets on better with the Americans now
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Old Jan 25th, 2014, 05:13 AM   #19
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Great article on Kim on Aceland Tennis

http://acelandtennis.com.au/news/589...ght-track.html

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COACH Chris Mahony did not have to think hard about how to lift pupil Kimberly Birrell’s spirits after her Australian Open girls’ singles semi-final defeat last night.

Mahony’s words to the 15-year-old Queenslander were simple and effective.

“She was down 6-3 6-5 30-0 in the first round and she fought so hard just to get through that match and stay in the tournament,” Mahony said.

“She ended up beating a couple of girls in the top 20 and making the semi-finals and wasn’t far from taking that match into a third set there and then you never know what happens.

“It’s a real breakthrough for Kim and she’s been working so hard this year ... and you can see it all come together and she’s making good strides.

“She’s an unbelievable girl with good personal qualities, so she’s got a fantastic career ahead of her.”

Mahony is Brisbane’s National Academy manager, so he sees and works with plenty of Australia’s up-and-coming talent, and has coached Birrell for the past year.

He said Birrell, who was also a semi-finalist at last month’s Australian 18-and-under Championships, sat comfortably alongside the best of them.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to have some of the good, young teenage Australian girls and she’s right up there in her results, but also her personal qualities,” Mahony said.

“Her character is so good. You just know that’s going to give them a chance to maximise that potential, so she’s a fantastic kid and comes from a great family.

“Her dad (John) is a coach as well.

“He spent an incredible number of hours on the court with her when she was young and they’ve done a good job to raise a good player and also a quality person.”

Birrell’s backhand is her standout shot and Mahony also rates her forehand and return of serve as strengths.

Her serve is a work-in-progress, although an abdominal injury that first started bothering her in about August last year has restricted her ability to practice it.

“Her serve is improving and it’s really only been a month she’s been able to practice it properly,” Mahony said.

“She had (the injury) for a couple of months – through August, September – and she’s worked hard to rehab it and move on.

“It seems like it’s pulled up pretty well from the big load of the last three weeks in Hobart, Traralgon and AO and she’s been working hard on her mental side with Ruth Anderson, our psych.”

Three times during Birrell’s Australian Open girls’ semi-final run she came from a set and a break down to win.

She also seemed set to launch a comeback from a set and double break down in yesterday’s semi-final against Croatian Jana Fett.

Birrell recovered one of the breaks and had three further break points in the eighth game of the second set to get back on level terms, but couldn’t quite convert them.

“We saw the benefits of (her mental training) this week,” Mahony said.

“She dug herself out of many holes in several matches, so the confidence she can take in that side of her game out of this performance is huge.

“She’s been working super hard on her fitness as well and committing to get into the gym more and it was just great to see it all come together for her, because she really deserves it.”

Birrell’s best senior scalp so far is Canberra’s then world No.436 Alison Bai.

But her second-round girls’ victory was over No.3 seed Anhelina Kalinina, a Ukrainian who is ranked 341 at WTA level.

“On her given day, she’s proving she’s able to beat that level, but we all know there’s another jump from 300 up to 100 and then another jump from 100 to the top 20,” Mahony said.

“She’s 15 years old and she’s still got to go into her training block, go back to the practice court and watch some film and take the confidence, but learn some things.

“I’m confident she’s going to get there, but it just takes time, physically.

“It’s a long journey and there are not as many young teenagers dominating as there once was. It’s a physical sport now and it takes time, but she’s on the right path.”

Mahony said they were working hard to create a strong team around Birrell and relished the rare opportunity to have her family with her at the Australian Junior Open.
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Philippines G1

R1: Bye
R2: def. Muramatsu 6-1 6-4
R3: def. (16)Leduc 3-6 6-4 6-4
QF: def. (5)Steffensen 6-3 6-1
SF: def. (1)Bolture 2-6 6-2 7-6(3)
F: lt. (14)Lang 6-2 7-5

Great tournament for Kim. Assuming she isn't defending any points this week her ranking should move up into the top 20.
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Great semi final win over Katie Boulter there. Well done to Kim.
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Old Mar 25th, 2014, 12:52 PM   #22
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I know you're banned but I swear to god you just make most of this shit up hey
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Who hasn't Shannon Golds had a falling out with, I mean really.
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^ I think Lauren Breadmore is on the yes-I've-had-a-falling-out-with-Shannon list!
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Thanks, Ayumi, but I already know about the ban. The point that I was trying to make was that there are ways to try and work around a ban. And no, I'm not talking about just sitting there passively watching what other people are posting while you wait for your ban to end...

PS: My apologies for helping to hijack Kimberly's thread. I guess that I should at least try to get things back on track, so here goes... I think that her results thus far are indicative of just how big of a talent she is. In the juniors, she had the run at this year's Aussie Open, and, at the pro level, she pushed Zlochova to 3 sets on two separate occasions last year. Zuzana was singing Kim's praises after those two matches, so that is definitely saying something. I haven't watched any of her matches yet, but I did see a few seconds of her playing during the Playoff, and my impression was the same as her coach's -- Job #1 is definitely to focus on her serve. Looking forward to being able to watch her play again because the rest of her game has got to be pretty awesome in order for her to be doing as well as she is.
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This months Australian Tennis Magazine has a fantastic article about Kim
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She's competing next week in 15k Melbourne. Hopefully she can do some damage
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Anyway, I actually came here to say that because I actually like Kimberly as a player I was wondering why she hadn't played Was she injured?
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