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Sorana's sandbox tour on the clay - join for 2013!

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Here is her chance to finally crack the Top 20.

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GL Sori!
I wish she was playing Fes instead of Stuttgart though

Daniilidou. Venus. Azarenka. Halep. Wickmayer.
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WTA Barcelona, Main Draw:

(1/wc)Francesca Schiavone (ITA) v Olga Govortsova (BLR)
Laura Pous-Tio (ESP) v Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE)
Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) v Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP)
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) v (8)Polona Hercog (SLO)

Polona is still stuck in Charleston, so this draw is maybe better than it looks on first sight. Sorana also leads the H2H, match was played on hard, though.
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This WTA Barcelona it's a tough tournament because all that last WC's. Good luck Sorana!

Si LA MULTI ANI Sorana.
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Damn, nearly forgot about that!

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Damn, nearly forgot about that!

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I could never forget that. This day is also my son's birthday and my grandmother's one
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The only birthday of a tennis player I can remember is Nadal's because I'm sharing it with him, no, I'm not a fan

Hercog just got trashed badly, nothing Sorana must fear, but you never know with those 2.
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Sorana won't play tomorrow. Polona obviously struggling with jetlag asking for a late start.
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Sorana def. Polona Hercog 6-4 Ret.

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Awful quality match.

Polona as usual without a backhand, but even herforehand and serve completely fell apart today. Nothing was working, horrendous body language probably caused by her health issues. The very first service game of hers must be the worst I've ever seen from a Top 50 player with 2 DFs and 2 hilarious shanks.

Sorana as usual all or nothing, hammering without a brain. It took some time for her to get into the match, before that she didn't hit much balls into court either. Whenever she hit to Hercog's backhand which was like 3 times in the set, she got an easy point, but playing with brain has never been her strength. She played well after being down on her own serve at 4-4, though.

I don't know what was wrong with Polona, it didn't became clear by just watching the stream.
It really was like that and the fact that she had to save 2 BPs to beware Polo from serving for the match is worrysome. Next up is Dominguez-Lino and I'm really scared because if she plays as brainless as today, LiDL will easily lead her into self-destruction.

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I was pretty sure she'll win... fortunately she needed just one set... sorry for Polona, I don't know the reason of her retirement, hope she'll recover soon.
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R2: Sorana def. Dominguez-Lino 1-6 6-3 6-1

Sorana really made progress and matured a lot compared to some years ago, it never became clearer to me than while watching this match.

The 1st set was 2010 Sorana not instantly hitting everything out, but completely losing plot when she had to go to the net. Too many unforced errors in general and no composure made LiDL look unplayable for her.

Then somewhere in the middle of the 3rd set it made click, I don't know what it was, but she started to use her brain and voilà, she only lost one more game for the rest of the match attacking Lino's serve from the beginning and placing most of those returns nicely close to the lines or her opponent's body. She also gained much more confidence on the net throughout that match only missing one more overhead in the 3rd, othe than that she hit them nicely and made the right decisions, even using some great drop shots to take Lourdes out of position. Another honourable mention to her fitness. She was able to chase down most of LiDL's drop shots and place the counter shots deep and long so that in the end the Spaniard's junk had more or less 0 effect.

QF against Govortsova who is definitely beatable on clay if Sorana isn't too tired.
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Yap. Really nice play in the 3rd set. But some lucky shots as well and LiDL just seemed too tired. I really don't want her to lose to Govortsova, cause her match vs Pous was disgusting.
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I want an all Romanian semifinal, so she better doesn't lose.
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Sorana has brain! She changed her game plan at 0-5 in first set and even if she lost that set and had problems on her service (especially because her fist service refused to enter - let's mention that Sorana figured that and softened it in the third set increasing the percentage) it was clear that Lourdes's resistance was futile ( ) and the match could have only one winner. Sorana play is so nice to watch when she doesn't hit every ball hard. She knows how to play tennis.
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I want an all Romanian semifinal, so she better doesn't lose.
Sorry, but this it's impossible

But we can have an all Romanian final
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