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Mona´s 2018: From August till the end of the season!

No clue how her schedule will look like after NY and on which surfaces she will play, so I just opened another thread for the rest of the season.
I guess for 2019 it´s enough to open one thread for the whole year!!

US OPEN QUALI

(8)Mona Barthel v Lucie Hradecka
Valentini Grammatikopoulou v Silvia Soler-Espinosa
Veronica Cepede Royg v Francesca Di Lorenzo
Antonia Lottner v (28)Viktoriya Tomova

Hradecka was injured and started to play again this year but not even sure if she plans a serious comeback in singles or if she just will focus on doubles.
Anyway, for Hradecka it´s normal to have an awful 1st serve percentage, for Mona that´s a known problem as well lately so I guess we´ll see many aces but also many DFs from both but Mona should really win that!!

Last week she had to withdraw from Vancouver, I hope that was not anything serious...

In general surely not a bad draw, can´t complain here for sure!

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Re: Mona´s 2018: From August till the end of the season!

won 75 26 61, convincing 3rd set at least, good stats over 1st serve, quite bad over 2nd serve (incl 10 DFs), so nothing new here but her 1st serve percentage was quite good today which was most important.
Soler-Espinosa next, who did not have great results lately, barely played on hardcourt also, I really hope that Mona does not waste that chance and wins that as well!

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Shame there were no proper ITFs before USO to check up form.
She shouldn't be falling deeper and quitting without answers to what she had and what went wrong.
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Re: Mona´s 2018: From August till the end of the season!

beat Soler-Espinosa today 46 76 60

She was break down in 2nd set also and even had to save a MP in the TB but was able to turn it around, 3rd set was really easy then, barely lost points there.
Too many DFs again, especially in 1st set, really an issue for her lately but happy that she won somehow and an impressive 3rd set again at least again as against Hrdecka.

Di Lorenzo in QFR, hope she can qualify again like she did at Wimbledon, she has good chances at least...

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Re: Mona´s 2018: From August till the end of the season!

lost 46 26 to di Lorenzo, disappointing stuff, especially 2nd set, can´t be satisfied with that!
I hoped that the previous wins helped her to find a better rhythm but that was not the case.

We´ll see how she continues now and if she still think that Kas can help her to get back on track

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Re: Mona´s 2018: From August till the end of the season!

Mona got in as LL but no further positive news...

Vondrousova def. (LL) Barthel 61 64

no shame losing to Vondrousova, although her latest results were pretty bad as well but 36 UEs in 17 games is just way too much
as I said before, I think she needs to make some major changes if she wants to achieve something bigger again in her career!

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Didn't know about lucky loser that's an overkill rather than luck after all. Or maybe it's not if she gets the same R1 paycheck.
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Re: Mona´s 2018: From August till the end of the season!

WTA 125K CHICAGO

1st round: Barthel def. Lin Zhu 57 62 64

Good fight in 3rd set, was 2-4 down and won the last 4 games of the match!
9 aces but also 19! DF again, huge issues there....

Diyas next!

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2nd round: Barthel def. Diyas 62 36 63

Finally a top 100 win again, only got broken twice today, "only" 6 DFs as well, some good news for a change!
Yastremska next!

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Having a good 2nd week again. Of course she can beat the ya tvoy girl.
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Re: Mona´s 2018: From August till the end of the season!

Mona def Dayana Yastremska 6-2 7-6(5)

Mona stringing some wins together is getting me hopeful for Quebec (no I never learn).

Whoever comes through the Blinky/Vickery match is next up in the SF which I would expect Mona to win (as I said I never learn).
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Well done!
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Mona has won a title.It's in doubles but they all count these days.

Barthel/ Kr Pliskova def Muhammad/Sanchez 6-3 6-2

Also through to the final in singles as Vickery had to withdraw.Will play Petra Martic. Fingers crossed but already been a very worthwhile week for Mona.
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Happy to see her in the final here, even if she was lucky here...
I don´t expect a complete turn around now but good for her confidence for sure and some important points also!

Against Martic she has to serve well and play aggressive herself as Martic often gets a bit too defensive but it will be a tough task to beat her, good luck!!

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Re: Mona´s 2018: From August till the end of the season!

lost the final against Martic 46 16
Serve did not work today at all, 2nd serve (won 50%) was even more effective than 1st serve (42%) today, impossible to win a match against Martic then who only got broken.
Still a good week for Mona for a change!

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