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According to the Clay Court Power Rankings, nowadays Simona is the best clay court player with a margin. What is more, several of her main clay competitors are struggling with different problems, therefore, Simona should focus very much on this season, which has been one of the key ingredients of her achieved No.1 rankings.

The current CCPR is as follows, taking into account ONLY the clay tournaments that are held in the clay season:


Halep............7209
Muguruza.........4072 - in questionable form
Svitolina........3518 - health issues +honey moon?
Bertens..........3246 - somewhat regressed form, STILL A SERIOUS COMPETITOR!
Serena...........3213 - unknown form, injuries
Ostapenko........2913 - somewhat regressed form
KaPliskova.......2609 - IN GOOD and PROGRESSING FORM!
Stosur...........2467 - close to stop
Kvitova..........2394 - not the best on clay, and should focus on grass and HC
Stephens.........2270 - PROVED to be GOOD ON CLAY!
Bacsinszky.......2223 - unknown form, injuries, close to stop
Keys.............2155 - not the best on clay
Garcia...........2127 - not the best on clay
Sharapova........2072 - unknown form, injuries, her ranking is underestimated because she was away in 2016
Mladenovic.......1971 - in questionable form, but occasionally she can play very well on clay!


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The CCPR is calculated as follows:
100% of the clay court points from the CURRENT year
100% of the clay court points from the PREVIOUS year
75% of the clay court points from the YEAR BEFORE THE PREVIOUS
50% of the clay court points from 3 years earlier

The CCPR values high the consistently good clay court performance.


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The first stop: Stuttgart

Simona can go deep in ANY clay court tournament, but she cannot play through the whole clay season with this depth (Finals). For her physical capability Madrid, Rome and Paris is enough, Stuttgart can only be used as a warm up event. In Stuttgart Simona has to accommodate herself to the surface: adjustment to her motion and timing. The practice shows that she needs roughly 2-3 matches for this.
 

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Re: Clay Court season 2019: Stuttgart, Madrid, Rome, Paris

My extra target to check in Stuttgart is Simona's serving out strategy...
 

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Re: Clay Court season 2019: Stuttgart, Madrid, Rome, Paris

I am curious if her clay season will be affected as well since this year have had have a modest performance. I hope not, excited to see her back in her element. :cheer:

Good luck at Fed cup! :hug:
 

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Re: Clay Court season 2019: Stuttgart, Madrid, Rome, Paris

I am curious if her clay season will be affected as well since this year have had have a modest performance. I hope not, excited to see her back in her element. :cheer:

Good luck at Fed cup! :hug:
So far Simona lost several important matches ONLY because of bad strategies (and preparation). This would suggest a coaching problem, even if we didn't know that she REALLY had/has some coaching problems. :cool:
And this is critical on HC, because on HC the WTA field is extremely balanced.

Fortunately, on clay Simona has a clear advantage over the rest, therefore she must be AWFUL in order to achieve a weak clay season. So, I do not afraid of this.
 

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Discussion Starter #5 (Edited)
This is the MADRID Draw:


...R64-010.........R32-065.........R16-120......... R08-215.........R04-390.........
01 OSAKA...........OSAKA...........OSAKA........... OSAKA...........
02 Cibulkova.......
03 Arruabarrena....
04 Sorribes-Tormo..Sorribes-Tormo..
05 Mertens.........
06 Schmiedlova.....Schmiedlova.....
07 Sasnovich.......Sasnovich.......Sasnovich.......
08 Kontaveit.......
09 Sabalenka.......
10 Kuznetsova......Kuznetsova......
11 Van Uytvanck....
12 BENCIC..........BENCIC..........BENCIC.......... BENCIC..........BENCIC..........
13 Kozlova.........Kozlova.........Kozlova.........
14 Zhang Shuai.....
15 Yastremska......
16 Ka PLISKOVA.....Ka PLISKOVA.....
...R64-010.........R32-065.........R16-120......... R08-215.........R04-390.........R02-650.........
17 HALEP...........HALEP...........HALEP........... HALEP...........HALEP...........HALEP (650)
18 Gasparyan.......
19 Riske...........
20 Konta...........Konta...........
21 Sakkari.........
22 CSN.............CSN.............
23 Kuzmova.........Kuzmova.........Kuzmova.........
24 Goerges.........
25 BARTY...........BARTY...........BARTY........... BARTY...........
26 Gavrilova.......
27 Zvonareva.......
28 Collins.........Collins.........
29 Begu............
30 Putintseva......Putintseva......Putintseva......
31 Parmentier......Parmentier......
32 SVITOLINA.......
...R64-010.........R32-065.........R16-120......... R08-215.........R04-390.........
33 STEPHENS........STEPHENS........STEPHENS........ STEPHENS........STEPHENS........
34 Hercog..........
35 Kasatkina.......
36 Azarenka........Azarenka........
37 Wang Yafan......
38 Zheng Saisai....Zheng Saisai....Zheng Saisai....
39 Cornet..........Cornet..........
40 Wozniacki.......
41 Wang Qiang......
42 Vekic...........Vekic...........Vekic...........
43 Kr Pliskova.....Kr Pliskova.....
44 Kostyuk.........
45 Martic..........Martic..........Martic.......... Martic..........
46 Muguruza........
47 Tsurenko........
48 KERBER..........KERBER..........
...R64-010.........R32-065.........R16-120......... R08-215.........R04-390.........R02-650.........
49 BERTENS.........BERTENS.........BERTENS......... BERTENS.........BERTENS.........BERTENS......... BERTENS (1000)
50 Siniakova Ka....
51 Pavlyuchenkova..
52 Ostapenko.......Ostapenko.......
53 Buzarnescu......Buzarnescu......
54 Tomljanovic.....
55 Flipkens........
56 Sevastova.......Sevastova.......Sevastova.......
57 Keys............
58 Cirstea.........Cirstea.........
59 Hsieh...........
60 Garcia..........Garcia..........Garcia..........
61 Strycova........
62 Mladenovic......Mladenovic......
63 Kenin...........
64 KVITOVA.........KVITOVA.........KVITOVA......... KVITOVA.........
...R64-010.........R32-065.........R16-120......... R08-215.........R04-390.........
 

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This is the ROME Draw:


...R64-001.........R32-060.........R16-105......... R08-190.........R04-350.........R02-585.........

01 OSAKA...........OSAKA...........OSAKA........... OSAKA...........
02 Bye.............
03 Sasnovich.......
04 Cibulkova.......Cibulkova.......
05 Buzarnescu......Buzarnescu......Buzarnescu......
06 Ostapenko.......
07 Hsieh...........
08 Goerges.........Goerges.........
09 Sabalenka.......
10 Cornet..........Cornet..........
11 Yastremska......
12 CSN.............CSN.............CSN.............
13 Anisimova.......Anisimova.......
14 Cocciaretto.....
15 Bye.............
16 Bertens.........BERTENS.........BERTENS......... BERTENS.........BERTENS.........

...R64-001.........R32-060.........R16-105......... R08-190.........R04-350.........R02-585.........

17 Halep...........HALEP...........
18 Bye.............
19 Vondrousova.....Vondrousova.....Vondrousova..... Vondrousova.....
20 Strycova........
21 Begu............
22 Kasatkina.......Kasatkina.......Kasatkina.......
23 Siniakova_Ka....Siniakova_Ka....
24 Wang Qiang......
25 SERENA..........SERENA..........
26 Petersson.......
27 Venus...........Venus...........Venus...........
28 Mertens.........
29 Konta...........Konta...........Konta........... Konta...........Konta...........Konta...........
30 Riske...........
31 Bye.............
32 Stephens........STEPHENS........

...R64-001.........R32-060.........R16-105......... R08-190.........R04-350.........R02-585.........

33 Svitolina.......SVITOLINA.......
34 Bye.............
35 Azarenka........Azarenka........Azarenka........ Azarenka........
36 Zhang Shuai.....
37 Zheng Saisai....
38 Muguruza........Muguruza........Muguruza........
39 Collins.........Collins.........
40 Wozniacki.......
41 Keys............Keys............
42 Hercog..........
43 Kenin...........Kenin...........Kenin...........
44 Paolini.........
45 Zidansek........
46 Tomljanovic.....Tomljanovic.....
47 Bye.............
48 Ka Pliskova.....KA PLISKOVA.....KA PLISKOVA..... KA PLISKOVA.....KA PLISKOVA.....KA PLISKOVA.....KA PLISKOVA :yeah:

...R64-001.........R32-060.........R16-105......... R08-190.........R04-350.........R02-585.........

49 BARTY...........BARTY...........BARTY...........
50 Bye.............
51 Kuzmova.........Kuzmova.........
52 Errani..........
53 Garcia..........
54 Mladenovic......Mladenovic......Mladenovic...... Mladenovic......
55 BENCIC..........BENCIC..........
56 Sevastova.......
57 Kontaveit.......Kontaveit.......
58 Barthel.........
59 Sakkari.........Sakkari.........Sakkari......... Sakkari.........Sakkari.........
60 Pavlyuchenkova..
61 Tsurenko........
62 Putintseva......Putintseva......
63 Bye.............
64 KVITOVA.........KVITOVA.........KVITOVA.........

...R64-001.........R32-060.........R16-105......... R08-190.........R04-350.........R02-585.........
 

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This is the PARIS Draw:

R128-0010..........R064-0070......R032-0130...... R016-0240......R008-0430......R004-0780......R002-1300

001 OSAKA..........OSAKA..........OSAKA..........
002 Schmiedlova....
003 Ostapenko......
004 AZARENKA.......AZARENKA.......
005 Rybakina.......
006 K.Siniakova....K.Siniakova....K.Siniakova.... K.Siniakova....
007 Tatishvili.....
008 Sakkari........Sakkari........
009 Garcia.........Garcia.........
010 Barthel........
011 Blinkova.......Blinkova.......Blinkova.......
012 Gasparyan......
013 Babos..........
014 Hon............Hon............
015 Rodina.........
016 Keys...........Keys...........Keys........... Keys...........KEYS...........

R128-0010..........R064-0070......R032-0130...... R016-0240......R008-0430......R004-0780......R002-1300

017 SERENA.........SERENA.........SERENA.........
018 Diatchenko.....
019 Nara...........Nara...........
020 Jakupovic......
021 Gatto-montico..
022 KENIN..........KENIN..........KENIN.......... KENIN..........
023 Bouzkova.......
024 Andreescu......Andreescu......
025 Hsieh..........Hsieh..........
026 Golubic........
027 Riske..........
028 Petkovic.......Petkovic.......Petkovic.......
029 Collins........Collins........
030 Maria..........
031 Pegula.........
032 BARTY..........BARTY..........BARTY.......... BARTY..........BARTY..........BARTY.......... BARTY.........BARTY :yeah:

R128-0010..........R064-0070......R032-0130...... R016-0240......R008-0430......R004-0780......R002-1300

033 HALEP..........HALEP..........HALEP.......... HALEP..........HALEP..........
034 Tomljanovic....
035 Paquet.........
036 Linette........Linette........
037 Gavrilova......
038 Krunic.........Krunic.........
039 Bouchard.......
040 Tsurenko.......Tsurenko.......Tsurenko.......
041 Kasatkina......Kasatkina......
042 Paolini........
043 Puig...........Puig...........Puig...........
044 Flipkens.......
045 Swiatek........Swiatek........Swiatek........ Swiatek........
046 Janicijevic....
047 Zheng.S........
048 Wang.Q.........Wang.Q.........

R128-0010..........R064-0070......R032-0130...... R016-0240......R008-0430......R004-0780......R002-1300

049 Sabalenka......Sabalenka......
050 Cibulkova......
051 Anisimova......Anisimova......Anisimova...... Anisimova......ANISIMOVA......ANISIMOVA......
052 Tan............
053 Begu...........Begu...........Begu...........
054 Zhu.L..........
055 Muchova........Muchova........
056 Kontaveit......
057 Buzarnescu.....
058 Alexandrova....Alexandrova....Alexandrova....
059 Strycova.......
060 Stosur.........Stosur.........
061 Bolsova........Bolsova........Bolsova........ Bolsova........
062 Zvonareva......
063 Cirstea........Cirstea........
064 Juvan..........

R128-0010..........R064-0070......R032-0130...... R016-0240......R008-0430......R004-0780......R002-1300

065 STEPHENS.......STEPHENS.......STEPHENS....... STEPHENS.......STEPHENS.......
066 Doi.M..........
067 Sorribes-Tormo.Sorribes-Tormo.
068 Van Uytvanck...
069 Brady..........Brady..........
070 Jorovic........
071 Hercog.........Hercog.........Hercog.........
072 Sasnovich......
073 MUGURUZA.......MUGURUZA.......MUGURUZA....... MUGURUZA.......
074 Townsend.......
075 Rybarikova.....
076 Larsson........Larsson........
077 Pera...........
078 Kozlova........Kozlova........
079 Venus..........
080 SVITOLINA......SVITOLINA......SVITOLINA......

R128-0010..........R064-0070......R032-0130...... R016-0240......R008-0430......R004-0780......R002-1300

081 BENCIC.........BENCIC.........BENCIC.........
082 Ponchet........
083 Siegemund......Siegemund......
084 Zhuk.S.........
085 Putintseva.....
086 Peterson.......Peterson.......
087 Samsonova......
088 Vekic..........Vekic..........Vekic.......... Vekic..........
089 Konta..........Konta..........Konta.......... Konta..........KONTA..........KONTA..........
090 Lottner........
091 Davis..........Davis..........
092 Kr.Pliskova....
093 Kuzmova........Kuzmova........Kuzmova........
094 Cornet.........
095 Parmentier.....
096 BERTENS........BERTENS........

R128-0010..........R064-0070......R032-0130...... R016-0240......R008-0430......R004-0780......R002-1300

097 Kerber.........
098 Potapova.......Potapova.......
099 Wang.Y.........
100 VONDROUSOVA....VONDROUSOVA....VONDROUSOVA.... VONDROUSOVA....VONDROUSOVA....VONDROUSOVA.... VONDROUSOVA...
101 Sharma.........
102 Rogers.........Rogers.........
103 Yastremska.....
104 CSN............CSN............CSN............
105 Mertens........Mertens........Mertens........
106 Zidanesk.......
107 Parry.D........Parry.D........
108 Lapko..........
109 Pavlyuchenkova.
110 Minella........Minella........
111 Kumkhum........
112 SEVASTOVA......SEVASTOVA......SEVASTOVA...... SEVASTOVA......

R128-0010..........R064-0070......R032-0130...... R016-0240......R008-0430......R004-0780......R002-1300

113 Wozniacki......
114 Kudermetova....Kudermetova....Kudermetova....
115 Diyas..........Diyas..........
116 Albie.A........
117 Zhang.S........Zhang.S........
118 Lepchenko......
119 Kanepi.........Kanepi.........Kanepi......... Kanepi.........
120 Goerges........
121 Martic.........Martic.........Martic......... Martic.........MARTIC.........
122 Jabeur.........
123 Ferro..........
124 MLADENOVIC.....MLADENOVIC.....
125 Kuznetsova.....
126 Kucova.........Kucova.........
127 Brengle........
128 Ka.PLISKOVA....Ka.PLISKOVA....Ka.PLISKOVA....

R128-0010..........R064-0070......R032-0130...... R016-0240......R008-0430......R004-0780......R002-1300
 

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Re: Clay Court season 2019: Stuttgart, Madrid, Rome, Paris

I do not know where I read but maybe fed cup surface will be that fake.clay similar to stuttgard that Simo doesn't like.
Specifically chosen against Simona? :lol: (Logical...)
 

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Re: Clay Court season 2019: Stuttgart, Madrid, Rome, Paris

Specifically chosen against Simona? :lol: (Logical...)
Unsurprising. :)

Coincidentally also the surface where the Garcia-Mladenovic double won Stuttgart years ago, and also where Mladenovic was able to play the match of her life maybe, making the final by beating Sharapova 2 years ago. So it's well calculated. ;)
 

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Calculations.... may look good on paper but in reality I do not think the surface matters all that much in this matchup, and many other factors play a role in the outcome of a match/tie. I would think the french crowd may pose a bigger threat! ? Really excited to see Simona back on clay again! Bring it on!!!
 

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Re: Clay Court season 2019: Stuttgart, Madrid, Rome, Paris

Calculations.... may look good on paper but in reality I do not think the surface matters all that much in this matchup, and many other factors play a role in the outcome of a match/tie. I would think the french crowd may pose a bigger threat! ? Really excited to see Simona back on clay again! Bring it on!!!
The biggest threat is how many warm-up matches Simona has on clay. (To the best of my knowledge, currently the counter stays at 0.)
 

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Re: Clay Court season 2019: Stuttgart, Madrid, Rome, Paris

THANK YOU, it really works here!
So far I could see only 2 games (right now the match stands at 4-1, 2nd set). Mladenovic plays rather well (expected), but Simona also fights with determination, and the atmosphere sounds phenomenal... :cool:

Now I'm very interested to see how Simona is going to serve next...
 

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Re: Clay Court season 2019: Stuttgart, Madrid, Rome, Paris

THANK YOU, it really works here!
So far I could see only 2 games (right now the match stands at 4-1, 2nd set). Mladenovic plays rather well (expected), but Simona also fights with determination, and the atmosphere sounds phenomenal... :cool:

Now I'm very interested to see how Simona is going to serve next...
WOW! And now even the serving out was DONE RIGHT!!! :hatoff:
 

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man I was so anxious during this. Even if the score seems straight forward, there were lots of deuces that kept you on the toes. I am so happy that her first clay match is a win! May her clay season be just as succseful!

Romanian fans are to be feared. You can't tell thry are playing in france. Just how I like it!

So proud of Simo! Kood luck tomorrow. :hug:
 
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