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Here is the thread of french tennis player Clara Burel:):wavey:

born 24/03/2001 Clara is a very good tennis player. At 16 years old she played two big finales; Eddie Herr 2017 and the AO 2018.

She was member of the french fed cup team during the QF vs Belgium. She didn't play but I loved her enthusiasm and team support during the entire week alongside Kiki Mladenovic, Pauline Parmentier and Amandine Hesse.

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Clara is back to ITF Pro Circuit. Playing Hammamet (15K) this week (clay)

she got through qualies and will play seed n°1 in 1st round, italian Anastasia Grymalskaya (#351)

Allez Clara!
 

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Clara lost 3-6 6-7(4) :hug:

But she's staying in Tunisia for some weeks still, she knows now where she stands. New chance to improve next week:)
 

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Clara sticking to Junior tournaments these days, she did quite well at Roland Garros and Wimbledon (R4) but each time got stopped by Iga Swiatek...

She's in North America now, playing canadian G1 tournament "les Internationaux de tennis Junior" and reached SF:)

she'll face Clara Tauson (1) today, was impressed by the dane physique, she looks much older for her age (15 yo), hopefully Clara will win

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This is a well-deserved thread, in my opinion, so I'm surprised that there aren't lots of folks jumping on Clara's bandwagon yet. She has already reached the final of a Junior GS, and she's ranked in the Top 20, so it's not as if she hasn't done anything to grab people's attention. Anyway, plaudits from the fans aren't the most important thing at this stage in her development. Job #1 is to just keep working on her game in order to build on that solid foundation:

Clara has a good tennis brain, and she understands how to construct a point, so similar to Chak, she doesn't need to ball bash in order to win points. Having said that, she can generate some real power when she wants to. So, in terms of power, she is in the same category that Chak was in. Clara also has a bit of variety in her game just like Anna -- I see a good BH slice, and she's not scared to play a dropshot. Physically and athletically speaking, she is just like Chak too. Anna wasn't the biggest, strongest or fastest player out there, but she could still get the job done, and Clara is the same.

To be clear, Clara isn't nearly as polished or as complete of a player as Chak was yet, but the building blocks are there, and she has time to still develop -- she's only 16. Hopefully she will stay healthy and focused because my prediction is that she'll go far.
And, I think that building is exactly what she's trying to do right now, so all that we have to do is to be patient...
 

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Happy to see you Jason!:wavey: feeling quite lonely sometimes here and you are so right about Clara she deserves people to get to know her more and more

she's such a sweet girl too!:hearts:

she reacts her second slam finale after such a tense SF vs O.Osario Serrano!Clara said both were so stressed that the match was so tough mentally, she gave everything today!

Kiki sent her a cheering message after her win, wishing her to win it all this time:bounce:

hopefully she will!
 

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Thanks a lot for the warm welcome, AM. It's much appreciated! :)

Yes, Clara does seem to have a pretty cool personality. Definitely not a game-penalty girl, if you get my drift. :angel:

She has already done herself proud by reaching another final, but yes, hopefully she still has enough left in the tank for today. I expect that Wang will be a very tough opponent. She's a fighter, she's got good power on her shots, and once a point starts, she's always looking to be the first one to attack. So yeah, Clara will have to be firing on all cylinders today. :armed:
 

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This is a well-deserved thread, in my opinion, so I'm surprised that there aren't lots of folks jumping on Clara's bandwagon yet. She has already reached the final of a Junior GS, and she's ranked in the Top 20, so it's not as if she hasn't done anything to grab people's attention. Anyway, plaudits from the fans aren't the most important thing at this stage in her development. Job #1 is to just keep working on her game in order to build on that solid foundation:

I love that you made the Chaky comparison because that's exactly what I thought when I first watched Clara. And of course that means I'm instantly interested.


I was particularly impressed with how she played against Emma Raducanu the other day. Great return of serve, making excellent use of angles to open up the court (very much like Chak), some good variety on her shots. Just tactically smart.


She was a bit outplayed in the end today by Wang Xiyu. Clara served for the first set after saving two set points earlier on. But she seemed a bit nervous. Second serve is vulnerable and she started leaking errors on her forehand. Xiyu ramped up her level in the second. But Clara's defensive game is very impressive. Some wonderful counterpunching.


I'm excited to see if she can continue to develop her game and make a success of it.
 

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Thanks a ton for the analysis, @Wintermute. :yeah: I wasn't able to find any streams of the juniors down here in Barbados, so it's great to hear a bit of colour from her matches. I don't know if she'll be able to match Chak's exploits in the pros or not -- the stars will have to align -- but I really do feel that she's a comparable talent though, and that's a great place to start. I think that her next tourney is supposed to be the Youth Olympics, so let's see how that one goes.
 

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Great to see Clara getting this result just in time to qualify for Chengdu. :yeah: Everyone who attends the Junior Masters always has good things to say about it.


A little article on the US Open final:

Burel knew keeping the ball deep and moving Wang was an essential part of her strategy, but she could not capitalize on a change of momentum in the opening set.

Down 3-5, with Wang serving, Burel saved two set points with Wang netting a forehand on the first and missing a volley on the second. Burel held and broke, to serve for the first set, but she went down 0-40 and lost the game two points later.

"I wasn't serving good during the whole match," said Burel, a 16-year-old, who also reached the final of the Australian Open Junior Championship this year. "I wasn't expecting to win this game and she play a good game I think. My serve wasn't there today."

Burel said she thought the level was good in the late stages of the first set and in the tiebreaker, but she lost it to a few more winners by Wang and had no more energy after falling behind a break at 3-1 in the second set.

"Most of the time I was defending and I was tired," said Burel, who won her semifinal match over Maria Osorio Serrano of Colombia in a third set tiebreaker Saturday. "It's the final, so we had a lot of matches before and with so much pressure, I didn't find my way."

ZooTennis: Seyboth Wild and Wang Make History at US Open Junior Championships; McNally and Gauff Capture Girls Doubles Title


I didn't see the SF (it wasn't broadcast here) but that was some epic match so I'm not surprised she was tired. It did start to get away from her in the second set with a lot of errors creeping in.


 

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Still proud of Clara run in this Us Open, second slam finale this year while having such a room for improvement:yeah:

in a french article they were saying Clara to stop working with her actual coach Norbert Palmier (paid by the french tennis federation) and will be now working with Karine Quentrec (former french wta player best #45 in 1991). Quentrec was working with americans promising players at Miami and will be full time coach for Clara.

Wang was too tough for Clara and is way more "developed" than her, the lefty has won 3 25K tournaments this summer and is ranked 278!
Clara is not at this level yet and should be focusing on ITF Much More now. She received a WC for ITF Saint Malot next week.

Pierre Cherret, FFT technical executive said that Clara is still improving and will be putting hard work to score on ITF Circuit.

Hopefully she will:)
 

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Is this right St-Malo is played at her home club?

Clara was still improving under Palmier in my opinion, so I'm a bit surprised by the coaching decision. Did the article give a reason why she's moving to a new coach, @améliemomo ?
https://www.ouest-france.fr/sport/tennis/tennis-clara-burel-battue-en-finale-de-l-us-open-mais-en-progres-5962265

This article says she split with her old coach in mid-June "by mutual agreement". She's been working temporarily with a few others including Gabriel Urpi who had coached Svitolina.


Pic and vid from the press area at US Open after the final.



 

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Wintermute is right:)

well since Clara is clearly promising I think the fft is investing in her to have a year coach which means she will probably be working and traveling with this new coach on ITF Circuit...

As I said Clara couldn't play much on ITF Circuit, she had some school exams to prepare and couldn't have the results she hoped.

Working with the like of Urpi is so positive cause he's a tough coach, making you work hard.She was also coached by former spanish player Gonzalo Lopez.

Hopefully Clara to keep improving and scoring some results on ITF soon...
 

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A pic of Clara with Elina Svitolina at the end of last year during an exhibition at Caen ATP Tournament:) (lost 3 and 3)


 

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Clara lost 2 and 4 in 1st round of St Malot (60K) against Mrdeza (CRO) who won 11 consecutive matchs, won back to back Zaghreb (60K) and Santa Marguerita Di Pula (25K) both on clay

I think Clara should play 25K tournaments or even 10,15 K win some then climb up the level.

There is no rush imo.
 

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Clara (wc) won R1 at Clermont Ferrand (25K) defeat Margot Yerolymos (FRA) (#450) 6-0 6-4:)

She'll face winner of Melnikova(6)/Grey next
 
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