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Simona's Asian Hard Court swing 2019

Simona will be playing her last three tournaments of 2019 in Asia.

Wuhan Record: W – L: 4-5. Best Result: Semifinals 2016

China Open Record: W-L: 9-7. Best Result: Final 2017

Master Record: W-L: 6-8. Best Result: Final 2014

Her results have not been the most promising, but we hope that this year she is more rested and she can do a good performance.
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I'm hoping that, at the very least, Simona can avoid the injury issue that made for a rather sad end to last season.
Getting some wins at Wuhan or Beijing would be useful but primarily I'd like to see her fit and able to compete at Shenzhen.

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Getting some wins at Wuhan or Beijing would be useful but primarily I'd like to see her fit and able to compete at Shenzhen.
Agreed. My question is how will she manage the 3 week break between Beijing and Shenzhen? To me it looks like a too long break. If she lays an egg and loses early in Beijing that turns into almost 4 weeks. Maybe she gets into some exhos? She needs some play closer to YEC to have any chances at all.
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I got my answer. She entered Moscow.
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I got my answer. She entered Moscow.
Do you think it's a good idea?
Beijing->Moscow Time zone: -5 hours, Temperature: 12°C less
and then
Moscow->Shenzen Time zone: +5 hours, Temperature: 22°C more
You might say that in Moscow, even if it's cold, they play indoor, but for one week the body adapts anyway to the exterior temperature.
It doesn't sound okay.
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I got my answer. She entered Moscow.
I think she needed Moscow to fulfill her P470 commitments. I think the best 4 results go to the ranking. She played Brisbane, Doha, and Eastbourne, but withdrew from Stuttgart and Zhengzhou. Unless she wants a 0-pointer attached, playing Moscow makes sense.
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Top 10 players have to play 2 P470.
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It doesn't sound okay.
Yeah, but then what else she could've done? 3+ weeks of no matches as prep for YEC? That is another kind of stupid. Maybe stay in China for Tianjin right after Beijing? That still leaves 2 whole weeks of nothing before Shenzhen.

Anyway almost all her Asian swings sucked, so I expect nothing. I wait to be pleasantly surprised.
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Yeah, but then what else she could've done? 3+ weeks of no matches as prep for YEC? That is another kind of stupid. Maybe stay in China for Tianjin right after Beijing? That still leaves 2 whole weeks of nothing before Shenzhen.
Anyway almost all her Asian swings sucked, so I expect nothing. I wait to be pleasantly surprised.
I also don't have high expectations, but I hope she'll gather enough points in Wuhan-Beijing for being able to avoid the Russian winter (Moscow Premier).
And after all, 3 weeks off before Shenzhen is not that bad. Perhaps a fitness trainer would solve this problem!
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Re: Simona's Asian Hard Court swing 2019

Premiers are usually back-up & match practice for her (or should be, in most cases). It's a good decision if she goes in chill mode there, regardless of the P470 obligation (which she already fulfilled).
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Premiers are usually back-up & match practice for her (or should be, in most cases). It's a good decision if she goes in chill mode there, regardless of the P470 obligation.
Good man. Cleaning up! Nice! Can you at least also edit out the last part of your post too? Because you know...
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Simona finally won after three years in Wuhan. Good triumph 6-3 6-2 over Strycova. Six matches won consecutively over this player.

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Another lower back injury, just like in Wuhan last year. Hopefully Simona's just being cautious, but I'm afraid that's the end of her 2019.
Frustrating, but what can you do? I was skeptical about her motivation heading into the China swing, but this is just bad luck again, and I don't see the point of risking a serious back injury just to play out the string. YE#1 is gone now.
Simona should skip Wuhan from now on. It's cursed and the injuries would surely be in her head if she played here again. The P5/PM bonus isn't even worth it if she's losing money by not playing the rest of the year. Either play Tokyo and Beijing, or just Beijing and Moscow/Strasbourg/Linz. More time at home and tournaments in Europe would be so much better for her.
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Another lower back injury, just like in Wuhan last year. Hopefully Simona's just being cautious, but I'm afraid that's the end of her 2019.
Frustrating, but what can you do? I was skeptical about her motivation heading into the China swing, but this is just bad luck again, and I don't see the point of risking a serious back injury just to play out the string. YE#1 is gone now.
Simona should skip Wuhan from now on. It's cursed and the injuries would surely be in her head if she played here again. The P5/PM bonus isn't even worth it if she's losing money by not playing the rest of the year. Either play Tokyo and Beijing, or just Beijing and Moscow/Strasbourg/Linz. More time at home and tournaments in Europe would be so much better for her.

Is there new news about her injury? There are many doubts about whether she can play in Beijing and if it is enough for her to play in Shenzen
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Happy birthday Simona!
According to the live ranking website, she is now listed as qualified for Shenzhen.
She is listed in the Beijing draw and I'm not going to be expecting more than a perfunctory effort to get the annual bonus. If she can get through that without aggravating the back, then she will have about a month to get fitter for Shenzhen and should be extra motivated by the huge prize fund.

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