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Sep 23rd, 2014 07:34 PM
DcsabaS
Re: Seoul 2014

Somebody asked me, so, here you're: You can download some of Kiri's matches played at the KIA Korea Open 2014 from my server: ftp://[email protected]/Kirilenko/
When asked, use the password "temp".
The video's are only TEMPORARILY there, so, don't hesitate too much!
(I couldn't upload it to youtube, because of a stupid Mexican TV channel I've got a "strike", and can't upload long videos. By the way, if you like Kylie Minogue (or some other excellent singers), you can find tons of interesting video's by me, if you include my name ("DcsabaS") into the searching string, or browsing my channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/Kylie2011DcsabaS )
Sep 23rd, 2014 06:54 PM
peterlein
Re: Seoul 2014

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Originally Posted by DcsabaS View Post
I collected all the volleys by Kiri from her SF match vs. Pliskova, because I think it's instructive. You can find the video on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H782fqVLJ0E

There were 7 volleys-involved rallies, and all of them was won by Kiri, except the last. (Then she was obviously very tired.) In some of the rallies Kiri made more than one. But she risked the volleys only in her service games. (I didn't discover this earlier.) Two times she successfully saved break points by volleys!

In the video every rally is repeated with half speed too. (The video quality of the match is not very good, but this what I have.) What do you think?
that's very interesting! thanks for your good work!
I love those kind of rallies!
as you and gonzo79 said, she really should try to play even more volleys. It could be her best weapon to win important matches and keep rallies short, in order to save her knee
Sep 23rd, 2014 06:50 PM
peterlein
Re: Seoul 2014

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Originally Posted by DcsabaS View Post
I think you'll like this: "Korea Open 2014 Day 2 KIA one point clinic": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQcuZsSFG6s
hihi, great clip, thx for sharing!! oh, those lucky guys! I would like to be at their place, getting a little tennis lession of Kiri

oh but "Mr. Hot Shot" really was on fire, he almost won the rally
Sep 23rd, 2014 06:12 PM
DcsabaS
Re: Seoul 2014

I think you'll like this: "Korea Open 2014 Day 2 KIA one point clinic": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQcuZsSFG6s
Sep 23rd, 2014 06:31 AM
DcsabaS
Re: Seoul 2014

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Originally Posted by gonzo79 View Post
thx dc, nice video. Kiri's net play is one of the primary reasons i favor her among all other players in the wta. She is extremely effective and has very good timing for when to approach the net which indicates how well she understand the game of tennis. I like the fact that in contrast to the majority of todays players she looks to move forward to end the point rather that stick on the baseline no matter what, a good example of this is the point at 44 and deuce where kiri hits a powerful forehand and pliskova barely got there, in todays game most players would hit a powerful winner from the service line, kiri was already at the net. of course this reminds me that kiri's most powerful weapon is the ability to mix up her play and that is why she relies so much on her movement, so i really hope she stays healthy for the future so we can watch more of her all court tennis.
Agreed. I also very much like her net play, her volleys, her on-the-runs, and her instinct shots that are simply can't be categorized (and many others that I cant list here). When she is really on (for this to happen she needs more sharp matches, I hope she can play in Beijing) she can make volleys that are sooo good that already funny .
But she NEEDS the volleys too: even though she's a fast runner, she can't afford to run too much, because of her left knee problem. But if she can make 5-6 volleys in her service games, and say an additional 2-3 in her return games in a set, that would be a HUGE advantage to win the match fast and in style!

To be an effective volley maker, you must move and think fast, must be brave and creative and accurate enough while you're moving. Rare combination of the skills, but Kiri has it all! She's a born volley maker, I think! And strongly hope that she's going to emphasize more and more this part of her game.
Sep 23rd, 2014 05:09 AM
gonzo79
Re: Seoul 2014

thx dc, nice video. Kiri's net play is one of the primary reasons i favor her among all other players in the wta. She is extremely effective and has very good timing for when to approach the net which indicates how well she understand the game of tennis. I like the fact that in contrast to the majority of todays players she looks to move forward to end the point rather that stick on the baseline no matter what, a good example of this is the point at 44 and deuce where kiri hits a powerful forehand and pliskova barely got there, in todays game most players would hit a powerful winner from the service line, kiri was already at the net. of course this reminds me that kiri's most powerful weapon is the ability to mix up her play and that is why she relies so much on her movement, so i really hope she stays healthy for the future so we can watch more of her all court tennis.
Sep 22nd, 2014 10:34 PM
DcsabaS
Re: Seoul 2014

I collected all the volleys by Kiri from her SF match vs. Pliskova, because I think it's instructive. You can find the video on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H782fqVLJ0E

There were 7 volleys-involved rallies, and all of them was won by Kiri, except the last. (Then she was obviously very tired.) In some of the rallies Kiri made more than one. But she risked the volleys only in her service games. (I didn't discover this earlier.) Two times she successfully saved break points by volleys!

In the video every rally is repeated with half speed too. (The video quality of the match is not very good, but this what I have.) What do you think?
Sep 21st, 2014 02:39 PM
[email protected]
Re: Seoul 2014

I think that she played in Monterrey last year similar to this week.
She posted a photo from Disneyland, and someone wrote that is in China, so hope that's true and she will play China Open. :-)
And Pliskova won Seoul.
Sep 21st, 2014 02:17 AM
wagner1912
Re: Seoul 2014

If I have to take stock this week and overall I would say I'm seeing Kiri more aggressive than ever in his game. I was very surprised to see his forehand so powerful and so effective. Obviously this leads to her to make many more mistakes than usual but it is still positive. Maybe now she needs this position on the court for their physical problems but I think when it recovers the pace will return to shine brighter than ever. It all depends on her and her physique.
Sep 20th, 2014 04:47 PM
Iblis
Re: Seoul 2014

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Originally Posted by Protoss View Post
Maybe she can get a wildcard (qualifying seems more likely) into Beijing as she's a former champion of the tournament.
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This is excactly my secret hope too .
They will probably give all of them to some Chinese scrubs. :\
Sep 20th, 2014 01:49 PM
peterlein
Re: Seoul 2014

...damn, Kiri was so close to reach the final at one point...at 6-5* 40-40 2nd set

I really thought she would win it in straights after she came back from 3-5 down, especially after her gutsy hold for 6-5..

she even had chances in the tiebreak then, when Pliskova had a DF on her first setpoint. Then in the third set I thought it would be already over after she went down 0-3 very quickly. She fought back well and didn't give up, but when she was broken again it actually was over. Maria was tired after all those 3 setters...

tbh, I already dreamed of at least one title in Seoul. She really had two good opportunities. And then she also gave up in doubles after losing the first set . Too bad theycouldn't try it till the end...I hope she isn't injured or so

so the next tournament is Moscow? yes maybe she gets a wildcard for some other tournament as well

anyway, good week for Maria in Seoul
Sep 20th, 2014 10:35 AM
DcsabaS
Re: Seoul 2014

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Maybe she can get a wildcard (qualifying seems more likely) into Beijing as she's a former champion of the tournament.
This is excactly my secret hope too .
Sep 20th, 2014 10:34 AM
DcsabaS
Re: Seoul 2014

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Maria/Wickmayer retire after losing the 1st set 7-5. The match was 48 minutes long.
Kiri was obviously dead tired, but fought as far as she could .
I can see the fantasy in the Kirilenko-Wickmayer team, maybe they can continue the collaboration.
Sep 20th, 2014 10:14 AM
Protoss
Re: Seoul 2014

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Proud of Kiri for great fight! :-)
I said yesterday that Pliskova is in form, so this was final before final here.
Is she playing anything before Moscow?
Maybe she can get a wildcard (qualifying seems more likely) into Beijing as she's a former champion of the tournament.
Sep 20th, 2014 10:05 AM
Protoss
Re: Seoul 2014

Maria/Wickmayer retire after losing the 1st set 7-5. The match was 48 minutes long.
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