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Old Mar 4th, 2014, 03:44 PM   #1
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Clay season 2014

April 19 - April 20
Federation Cup. USA - France

May 03 - May 11
Mutua Madrid Open. Madrid, Spain

April 28 - May 03
Portugal Open. Oeiras, Portugal

May 12 - May 18
Internazionali BNL d'Italia. Rome, Italy

May 19 - May 24
Internationaux de Strasbourg. Strasbourg, France

May 25 - June 7
"Roland Garros". Paris, France

Alize needs to defend 520 points from last year for this bunch of tournaments
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Old Mar 6th, 2014, 04:29 AM   #2
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Re: Clay season 2014

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March 31 - April 6
Family Circle Cup. Charleston, USA

April 19 - April 20
Federation Cup. USA - France

May 3 - May 11
Mutua Madrid Open. Madrid, Spain

May 12 - May 18
Internazionali BNL d'Italia. Rome, Italy

May 19 - May 24
Internationaux de Strasbourg. Strasbourg, France

May 25 - June 7
"Roland Garros". Paris, France

Alize needs to defend 782 points from last year for this bunch of tournaments
582 not 782
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Old Mar 8th, 2014, 05:38 AM   #3
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Re: Clay season 2014

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582 not 782
Sorry even 520
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Old Mar 26th, 2014, 04:12 PM   #4
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Re: Clay season 2014

Alize retired from Charleston
She should live without tennis during 10 days
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Old Apr 4th, 2014, 11:49 AM   #5
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Re: Clay season 2014

Alize got WC to Karowice
Surface is hard
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Old Apr 10th, 2014, 06:16 AM   #6
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Re: Clay season 2014

6/3 6/2 over Dolonc
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Old Apr 11th, 2014, 12:02 PM   #7
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Re: Clay season 2014

2R
Alize def. Kucova 6-3 4-6 6-3
QF
Alize def. Koukalova 6-2 0-6 6-2
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Re: Clay season 2014

Alize just beat Radwanska (for the first time) 0-6, 6-2, 6-4 to make the finals in Katowice
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Re: Clay season 2014

I was watching the stream. What an amazing comeback, very up and down match with multiple momentum shifts, down 3-0 in the third, then up 4-3 serving, broken to 4-4, broke again to go 5-4 up and served it out.

Her extra consistency and fitness is really paying off, she can now use her footspeed throughout an entire match and grind out opponents, wearing them out by using angles and running them around the court. Aga does something quite similar, although with very technically different shots. As a result this match had enormously long rallies, both players refusing to miss, both players running all over the court. Very entertaining and I'm glad Alize won. Good luck to her in the final!
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Re: Clay season 2014

Good Tournament for her and with Garcia super week for France
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Old Apr 13th, 2014, 05:33 AM   #11
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Re: Clay season 2014

I've been watching the results but haven't had much time to post here - Really looking forward to the clay season now. Hopefully she can have the great result at RG she has always promised to have.
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Re: Clay season 2014

Great match no words
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Re: Clay season 2014

Alize takes the title in truly dramatic fashion.

Up 76 30 (double break, serving),
then 4-4 in the second set, breaks to get 5-4 but is broken when serving for the match.
Loses second set 75.

Up 30 (double break, serving) again in third.
Ends up down MP at 5-4, Giorgi misses a return of serve long.

Then finally wins 75 in the third. She was literally sitting on her behind after hitting the ace at 30-0 in the last game.

Alize understands her game better now, she is a grinder with great defense who needs to be fit to play her best. Really good grinding from her this tournament. She also has some all-round ability (at the net, dropshots, lobs), but the foundation of her success recently is probably increased fitness, work ethic, and a stronger mentality. Also, she understands that being fired up and emotional is a good psychological space for her to play good tennis (this is different for different players).

She has the same tendency that Chakvetadze, Koukalova (and probably several other emotional "fighter" style players) had, to collapse to the ground when she misses a shot on a big point .

Congrats to Alize! I enjoyed the match. Alize was outmatched for power and had to work hard to keep the balls coming back so that Giorgi would eventually miss, and she did a great job.

One thing that she should try to improve is the tendency to doublefault. Doublefaults cost her at 3-0 in the second set and also at other parts of the match. With her style she should endeavour to reduce doublefaults as much as possible, to keep free points to an absolute minimum.

She may always have some breathing issues, but if her fitness is high enough she can obviously deal with it.
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Re: Clay season 2014

Alize, such a fighter
I'm so proud of her
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Re: Clay season 2014

What struck me from watching her matches is how fast she is. She was in position and getting a good hit on most of Giorgi's shots. I definitely think the increased fitness and foot speed has been the biggest cause of her recent success.
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