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Miki's 2016 Summer Hardcourt Swing

No good news to open the thread, it's been posted yesterday that Mirjana pulled out of Washington, which was supposed to be her first USO series event this year, due to a lower back injury.

Alexandra Wozniak will be replacing her.

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Ugh, just keep the bullets coming. Ana blows two match points and gets injured, Skugor blows 40-0 match points on his serve, and Cilic today just broke my heart.
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^ Ana had 3 MP's...

I know, some day in not too distant future being a Croatian tennis fan will be recognized as having a severe psychological disorder. And TF will be swarming with doctors researching the condition.
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And let's not even start talking about other sports...

3 match points, that's right. So that is 10 match points wasted across three matches that would each go down as defining wins
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Too bad about D.C. but I expect she's physically and mentally a bit exhausted. Her European stretch seemed an especially long one this year; certainly to be away from home.

And I would have to expect she's still disgusted from that horrid Wimbledon draw. (She beat one of this year's QFInalists --Shedova-- in R1 last year; a player she totally owns --Vesnina-- got to the semifinals; an older player she most recently defeated --Venus-- is also in the semifnals. etc.) The way it played out must be both inspring at her age ... and galling due to her Cibulkova draw.

Wouldn't blame her if she didn't want to even set foot on a court for a few weeks.

A fresh mind and heart for the US Open and the Autumn stretch will be just the thing.

Hope she can crack that Top 50 again, maybe pick up a title somewhere before year's end. Her game is certainly strong enough to conquer an entire field somewhere, especially indoors. she same so close in Strasbourg. It was still a big success.

Who knows? Some well-deserved time with her loved ones will do her a world of good. See ya when we see ya, Miki and Miki Watchers.

Side Note: Heartbroken for Konjuh ... her chance will come again.
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And let's not even start talking about other sports...

3 match points, that's right. So that is 10 match points wasted across three matches that would each go down as defining wins
I really felt for Konjuh.

She almost had Radwanska.

She did choke a bit, but Randwanska also got lucky on a netchord on one of the mps

Cilic has choked his share of matches.

Miki.....well we won't go there. There have been too many,

I don't remember Goran being a huge choker and that 2001 Wimbledon victory was special. I was really happy for him that day.

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Too bad about Washington. It's a week earlier this year.

Hopefully, her back isn't badly injured and she just wants rest.

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I randomly watched the official documentary for Wimbledon 99 and they completely ignore Mirjana's story. The first time we see her is in the semis...
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I randomly watched the official documentary for Wimbledon 99 and they completely ignore Mirjana's story. The first time we see her is in the semis...
I know, right? Forget the fact that Miki was a genuine prodigy who had won the first WTA event in which she ever played, won it again the next year, had already won a Grand Slam doubles title in Australia at age 16, fled an oppressive father in a drama worthy of a Jason Bourne movie, and actually came close to beating Graf in that Wimby encounter.

Nah. She didn't deserve any coverage in that documentary --not when when there was a REAL superstar on the rise: ALEXANDRA STEVENSON. 😳🏆🏆🏆🏆
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^^ One important factor in that situation was probably that one of them was from USA and the other from a teeny-tiny Croatia. The difference in potential market value is massive, and since neither of them was a real established singles superstar at the time (as in, top of the game regular), I guess the WTA and some other important people in the business, focused solely on the piggy bank potential.

Doesn't make it fair, but I think it boils down to that.
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Re: Miki's 2016 Summer Hardcourt Swing

Nicole Vaidisova announced her final farewell to tennis today.

It's interesting to mention here, because it puts everything Miki achieved since her comeback into perspective.

Yes, it must also be mentioned that Nicole said that injuries and various physical issues forced her to make this decission to retire from the game, but even that is relevant, as it reminds us how, despite her share of injuries, Mirjana has actually been blessed to even still be competing these days. After all, Vaidisova is 7 years Miki's junior.

After some wonderful achievements, which inclueded a place in the top 10 in the world's rankings, she hasn't been able to scratch significantly into top 200 since her comeback, while Miki is still almost a top 50 player. Really says a lot about what Mirjana has done over the years, something that we tend to even take for granted these days.

I'll try to remind myself of these things next time when Miki gets in trouble...or loses some random match to a junior for no apparent reason
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Nicole Vaidisova announced her final farewell to tennis today.

It's interesting to mention here, because it puts everything Miki achieved since her comeback into perspective.

Yes, it must also be mentioned that Nicole said that injuries and various physical issues forced her to make this decission to retire from the game, but even that is relevant, as it reminds us how, despite her share of injuries, Mirjana has actually been blessed to even still be competing these days. After all, Vaidisova is 7 years Miki's junior.

After some wonderful achievements, which inclueded a place in the top 10 in the world's rankings, she hasn't been able to scratch significantly into top 200 since her comeback, while Miki is still almost a top 50 player. Really says a lot about what Mirjana has done over the years, something that we tend to even take for granted these days.

I'll try to remind myself of these things next time when Miki gets in trouble...or loses some random match to a junior for no apparent reason



Great point.

I have thought about that when she has choked some match. I think back to where she was when I first started really following her comeback in 2010 and compare it to where she is now.

It really is remarkable she is close to top 50 at 34 yrs. old.

I often look back to that 2014 US Open qualifying match that I attended - only because I thought it might be Miki's last match. She was on that big losing streak and had lost to a doubles specialist at Stanford.

I thought she was done.

Then...............

On another note, I think she is first or second alt. to get in to the MD at Montreal. There have been several withdrawals and she has moved up the alt. list.

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I know, right? Forget the fact that Miki was a genuine prodigy who had won the first WTA event in which she ever played, won it again the next year, had already won a Grand Slam doubles title in Australia at age 16, fled an oppressive father in a drama worthy of a Jason Bourne movie, and actually came close to beating Graf in that Wimby encounter.

Nah. She didn't deserve any coverage in that documentary --not when when there was a REAL superstar on the rise: ALEXANDRA STEVENSON. 😳🏆🏆🏆🏆
Stevenson is still trying to plug away. She played Qualifiying at the 50 K Sacramento Challenger. She won the first two rounds, I am not sure if she qualified or not.

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Re: Miki's 2016 Summer Hardcourt Swing

Wait so is she playing Q in Montreal? Cause whether I go this weekend or not depends on that
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