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Bucharest QF: Rybakina def. (2) Kuzmova 7-6(4) 6-3

Congrats Lena

Vika broke Lena's service earlier and Lena's return was nowhere right before Vika's SFS
somehow Lena hanged on the 1st set, saving 2 SPs in Vika's SFS and converted her 1st BP
totally Lena was better in crucial points, especially well saving many BPs (8/9 BP saved), while Vika threw the 1st set TB with loose stroke error and DF
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Re: Bucharest QF: Rybakina def. (2) Kuzmova 7-6(4) 6-3

Kuzmova was by far the better player in 1st set but that UE ´s

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Re: Bucharest QF: Rybakina def. (2) Kuzmova 7-6(4) 6-3

Rybakina is the truth.

Quite a nice match, pretty close, Kuzmova probably should have won the first set until Rybakina turned up late, and she will rue only converting 1 of her 9 BP chances, and a few errors were creeping into the second set from her, but she still had chances. Nice flow to the match and some good ball striking from both. Hopefully Rybakina can take his first title from here - Krejcikova or Di Giuseppe next, so she'll probably fancy her chances of making her first WTA final.

Said in the comms thread, but I reckon she'll be pushing top 30 either by the end of the year or just after the Aussie Open. A great talent.
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Re: Bucharest QF: Rybakina def. (2) Kuzmova 7-6(4) 6-3

Well done, Lena !

She was the better player and has more talent than Kuzmova.
Impressive game. Very strong groundstrokes and serve. Also mentally good
She will have a big career if she stays healthy and keeps improving.

Lena is a huge loss for Russia. She has Top 20/10 talent.
In my opinion Rybakina is clearly the biggest talent from Russia.
She is a lot more talented than Potapova, Blinkova, Anshba, Kalinskaya.
(And Zhuk keeps sucking and seems completely hopeless. Pervushina is gone.)

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Kuzmova is another Pav or Kontaveit. Very similar.
Not smart, quite brainless, no consistency, mentally weak.
She has power but often can't control it, moves too bad and chokes.
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Re: Bucharest QF: Rybakina def. (2) Kuzmova 7-6(4) 6-3

Lena is in ascension, at least on clay she plays so much better than her current rankings.

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Indeed, Rybakina is at least one of the most talented Russians if not the most talented.
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Indeed, Rybakina is at least one of the most talented Russians if not the most talented.
The most talented to me
Easy power. Clean strokes. Good depth. In forehand, backhand, serve
Such a big talent is not easy to find.

Potapova for example has a great backhand, but a very weak serve and a weak forehand.
Blinkova is a mess. No consistency. Brainless. Overall rather mediocre.
Kalinskaya is mediocre. Just a normal Top 100 player.
Zhuk and Pervushina seem not motivated enough for a (successful) tennis career.

Russia should try everything to get Rybakina back.
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KUZMOVA will be top 20 soon

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Lena has often mentioned that the Kazakh federation support her well financially, so I can't see her switching back anytime soon as she seems grateful (and the up turn in results and momentum seems to have happened pretty much since the switch), but does anybody know how that came about? Has she lived there for x amount of years, or have a Kazakh mother, father or grandparent?
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Re: Bucharest QF: Rybakina def. (2) Kuzmova 7-6(4) 6-3

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The most talented to me
Easy power. Clean strokes. Good depth. In forehand, backhand, serve
Such a big talent is not easy to find.

Potapova for example has a great backhand, but a very weak serve and a weak forehand.
Blinkova is a mess. No consistency. Brainless. Overall rather mediocre.
Kalinskaya is mediocre. Just a normal Top 100 player.
Zhuk and Pervushina seem not motivated enough for a (successful) tennis career.

Russia should try everything to get Rybakina back.
Of course I agree Rybakina such a easy power from both wings and serve
but I think she is not very good at defence, especially FH side needs to be improved, which Doi or Flink exposed
and needs more variation (for example slice shots) to become top 30, 20, ...
Anyway I agree she is better talent than likes Potapova, Blinkova and so on
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Re: Bucharest QF: Rybakina def. (2) Kuzmova 7-6(4) 6-3

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KUZMOVA will be top 20 soon
Top 20 at what? Looks definitely, tennis problematic because this girl is so slow which perhaps is expected for a heavy set girl like that. She is a big hitter alright but one who can barely run and struggles to move to either side. Almost like 37 yo Serena but Serena at least can still make Slam F. Kuzmova has done nothing and, the more I watch, the less hope there is in becoming better than average scrub.
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Re: Bucharest QF: Rybakina def. (2) Kuzmova 7-6(4) 6-3

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Lena has often mentioned that the Kazakh federation support her well financially, do I can't see her switching back anytime soon as she seems grateful (and the up turn in results and momentum seems to have happened pretty much since the switch), but does anybody know how that came about? Has she lived there for x amount of years, or have a Kazakh mother, father or grandparent?
Haha, they don't have. These are pure Russian sportsmen. Kazakhstan is just naturalising, buying everything with money, sometimes even titles. Astana now is called Nur-Sultan. I guess they are rebuilding some parts of the country through that dictator, but Kazahkstan has minerals, gas and oil. A lot.

They are 18 millions, comparable with the Netherlands in Europe and almost as comparable with immigrant Romania. Most of the Kazakhs look to have mixed with the Asians though, less look like Russians. Most of the Russians look a lot more like Europeans.
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I think there is no real rule regarding naturalisation in tennis, you can switch anytime? And in Kazakhstan you can get easily citizenship. Nursultan isn't a president anymore since this year, but the capital of freemasonry Astana is still called now as Nursultan (his name). This guy, a dictator, won the elections with 98%. )

Nursultan Nazarbayev's daughter (one of the daughters) is called Dinara. They are Tatar or maybe they are not, but big fans of tennis.
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Re: Bucharest QF: Rybakina def. (2) Kuzmova 7-6(4) 6-3

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Haha, they don't have. These are pure Russian sportsmen. Kazakhstan is just naturalising, buying everything with money, sometimes even titles. Astana now is called Nur-Sultan. I guess they are rebuilding some parts of the country through that dictator, but Kazahkstan has minerals, gas and oil. A lot.

They are 18 millions, comparable with the Netherlands in Europe and almost as comparable with immigrant Romania. Most of the Kazakhs look to have mixed with the Asians though, less look like Russians. Most of the Russians look a lot more like Europeans.
Thanks. I knew that Kazakhstan had money, but I assumed there would have to be a link somewhere, or someone like Qatar, UAE etc. could just buy any Tom, Dick or Harry. They are obviously neighbouring countries which may make it more realistic, but I still thought there'd have to be some connection like living or training there for a long time.

I knew there was a W80 event going on in Nur-Sultan at the moment, but I didn't know that was the new name for the capital Astana, thought it was just a random city there, so that's good to know.
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Re: Bucharest QF: Rybakina def. (2) Kuzmova 7-6(4) 6-3

High quality ballstriking from Rybakina. Viki choked the first set away and never seemed bothered to raise her level once Rybakina evened it up and eventually took that set.
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