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So any comments from Caro on the match or info on what was going in the match? I tried searching but I couldn't find anything. :( There wasn't even anything on the tournament website.
 

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So any comments from Caro on the match or info on what was going in the match?
There's three quotes from Caro mixed into this Danish article about the match: http://sporten.tv2.dk/tennis/article.php/id-29512216:wozniacki-sv%C3%A6rt-at-finde-rytmen.html

Translation:

"It was very hard to find the rythm, so I had to fight hard all the time to stay in the match. It's always hard to play the first match, and she (Pironkova) played well, so I'm just happy to go through."
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"She plays in a odd way. Very laid back and without any real rythm, and even though I have met her before, you still need some time to get used to this style of play."
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"Of course when you already struggle to find the rythm a rain delay doesn't make it easier. Luckily I have had a couple of days of good pratice down here before the match, so that helped me today for sure."
 

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http://ekstrabladet.dk/sport/anden_sport/tennis/article1321256.ece
Yes, this article says she's sick with a sore throath, fever and influenza symptoms.
She will see a doctor tomorrow and see if she will be able to play against the ex Stella McCartney player Kirilenko.

Caro has met Kirilenko 4 times so far and not lost a single set yet. And she has even handed out a bagles in 3 out of the 4 matches. Caro doesn't hand out that many bagles, even to lower ranked players so this is a remarkable statistic against Kirilenko.
 

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Oh no. :sad: Please don't play tomorrow Caro. Things generally go pretty poorly when you try to play when injured or ill. :sad:
 

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The match tomorrow is at the Stadium (centre court), so it will be televised (if they play): http://www.tennistv.com/page/LiveIndex

http://www.sonyericssonopen.com/Schedules/OOP.aspx

Sony Ericsson Open Daily Order of Play

SUNDAY, MARCH 28

STADIUM start 11:00 am
[14] K Clijsters (BEL) vs [17] S Peer (ISR) - WTA

Not Before 1:00 PM
[WC] D Nalbandian (ARG) vs [4] R Nadal (ESP) - ATP

Not Before 3:00 PM
[32] M Kirilenko (RUS) vs [2] C Wozniacki (DEN) - WTA


[6] A Roddick (USA) vs S Stakhovsky (UKR) - ATP

Not Before 7:00 PM
[7] J Jankovic (SRB) vs [28] E Vesnina (RUS) - WTA

Not Before 8:30 PM
[8] J Tsonga (FRA) vs [28] P Kohlschreiber (GER) - ATP
 

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I went quite alright at the YEC where she reached the semi-final with a leg injury.
It was a complete disaster against Wozniak going down 0-5 1st set. :rolleyes:

She wasn't well going into Luxembourg and got even worse due to the match.

There's no need for Caro to put her body under the additional strain of a match. She should give her body a chance to recover and not potentially risk exacerbating her illness. :sad:

She really doesn't need to go out and play to prove how tough she is. :shrug:

Oh, and for those who might be wondering, Maria gets 4th round points and prize money in the event of a walkover.
 

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Another almost-heart-attack-to-her-fans win to Caro. If her opponent had been less of a choker Caro would have lost today, but it was still a great show of mental strength to overcome her physical weakness and fight her way back. :)
Now get a good night's sleep, Caro. You deserve it. Unfortunately next match is alreay Monday against Pavlyuchenkova. Caro beat her easily at New Haven last year. If Caro is fit she should win again but she probably won't be.

Funny stat; 67 points played on MK's serve, 96(!) points played on Caro's serve!
 

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After the first set I thought it was over, Caroline looked like a drowned cat.

But THEN she really picked up. wHAT A FIGHTER.!!!

Lets hope she can rest up enough to get through tne next against Pavl??????????enka, I want see her fit and against Henin.
O and play a bit more agressive.
 

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Caro blog from Miami. http://blog.tv2.dk/caroline.tv2/
Reading between the lines I think Caro would have retired if MK had gotten a 2-0 lead or so in the second set.
She believes the flu was brought on by a combination the hard IW tournament, switching from dry California to humid Florida and the tough 1R match with its' alternating hot and cold because of rain interruption.
 

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Caroline Wozniacki and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova H2H comparison

Caroline Wozniacki is only 8 days short of being 1 year older than Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova,
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova first made headlines by winning the 2006 Australian Open junior title as eight-seeded, defeating the first-seeded Caroline Wozniacki in the final 1-6 6-2 6-3.
Pavlyuchenkova then won the US Open junior title against Tamira Paszek and defended her Australian Open title in 2007, defeating Madison Brengle.
The second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki was disqualified in round 1 of the 2006 Junior US Open for verbally abusing an umpire. This was the same year as Pavlyuchenkova won the whole tournament.

The 2006 Junior Australian Open final was the only time they met each other as juniors: http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/players/headtohead.asp?player=100052330&opponent=100056619

As seniors they have only faced each other once so far, at R16 of the 2009 New Haven $600,000 WTA-tournamnet where Caroline Wozniacki won 6-1 6-4: http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/headtohead/caroline-wozniacki_2255881_12631/0,,12781~12631~13013,00.html
Wozniacki went on to win the whole tournament.
 

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The doctor said Caro has a viral illness.

http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/cybertherapist/general/viralillness.php
Viral Illness

What is a Viral Illness?


Viral illnesses are usually simply referred to as a virus, or viral infection. They occur when a microscopic infectious agent enters the body. Here the virus attacks body, causing an immune response and illness.

Viruses can take many forms, some cause a feeling of fatigue for a few days, some cause vomiting and diarrhea or infections (most commonly to the respiratory system) or more serious forms, include ebola, AIDs, cancer and avian influenza (bird flu).

In the case of the athlete, training hard for prolonged periods results in a weakened immune system and increased susceptibility to viruses.

Once a virus has been diagnosed, a decision must be made regarding training and sometimes competition. Those suffering symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea and with a raised temperature are ruled out due to the potential of serious illness developing. Training in the presence of systemic symptoms (such as muscle aching, hot flushes etc) is also contraindicated.

Those with a mild (or no) temperature the athlete may be able to complete a light training session, keeping below 70% of maximum heart rate. This has previously been demonstrated to have positive effects. Competing with a viral illness will in the vast majority of cases result in impaired performance.
So training below 70% of maximum heart rate has previously been demonstrated to have positive effects if you have a low or no fever. Let's hope this is the case with Caro.
And a study has shown that the hear rate in tennis just happens to be 68-70% of maximum heart rate. Tennis is not a high intensity sport, as there's so many long pauses in tennis between each serve and even longer breaks in between each couple of games. You only run half as much as in a badminton match, even when a tennis match last three times as long. This keeps the heart rate in tennis a lot lower than in squash and badminton. Squash and badminton are much higher intensity than tennis.

http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/16/2/96.abstract
Br J Sports Med 1982;16:96-100 doi:10.1136/bjsm.16.2.96
  • Research Article
A comparison of heart rate responses in racquet games.
  1. D. Docherty
Abstract

The present study investigated the heart rate response to playing tennis with special reference to the skill levels and ages of the participants. Data obtained in a similar manner during earlier studies of badminton and squash players were compared with that obtained during tennis. The number of rallies, mean rally time and actual playing time in 30 minutes of play was also compared for the different skill levels and sports. Results showed that playing tennis raised the players' heart rates to 68-70% of their predicted maximum heart rate (PMHR). Playing squash and badminton could raise heart rates to 80-85% of the players' PMHR which was significantly higher than the values obtained for tennis. The actual skill level of the participants within their chosen sport did not have a significant effect in predicting the physical demands of squash or tennis but was important in predicting the heart rate response of badminton players. The more skillful the badminton player the greater the cardiac response as a result of game play. Analysis of time spent in actual play revealed that tennis players were involved in play for only five of the thirty minutes of game play, compared to 15 and 10 min respectively for squash and badminton. Skill level within each sport was only a significant factor in predicting length of play for squash players in which the medium and highly skilled groups played significantly longer than those of a lower level of skill.
http://www.badminton.bnl.gov/ten-bad.html
Tennis vs. Badminton

Statistics don't lie. The speed and the stamina required for badminton are far greater than for any other racket sport. At the 1985 All England (Tennis) Championships, Boris Becker defeated Kevin Curren 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4. At the 1985 World Badminton Championships in Calgary, Canada, Han Jian of China defeated Morten Frost of Denmark, 14-18, 15-10, 15-8. The following is a statistical comparison of those matches.

Code:
                        [B]Tennis                  Badminton[/B]
Time:                   3 hrs & 18 mins         1 hr & 16 mins
Ball/Shuttle in Play:   18 mins                 37 mins
Match Intensity*:       9 percent               48 percent
Rallies:                299                     146
Shots:                  1,004                   1,972
Shots Per Rally:        3.4                     13.5
Distance Covered:       2 miles                 4 miles
* The actual time the ball/shuttle was in flight, divided by the length of the match.
Note that the badminton players competed for half the time, yet ran twice as far and hit nearly twice as many shots.​
 

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Viral illness can mean a lot of things. A common cold is a viral illness. If she did have the flu (influenza), like she says in her blog, then I'm pretty impressed by her resilience. It must have been a pretty mild strain though, or she would not have been able to engage in a strenuous two-hour-and-a-half-long battle against Kirilenko. That was an interesting match. It showed that while Caroline is not necessarily a better shotmaker than Maria, she definitely is a tougher competitor.

Surprisingly easy win over Pavlyuchenkova today. :yeah: Wish I could have seen it.

A win over Henin seems unlikely, but I'm looking forward to see how Caroline matches up to her.
 

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Caro was watching Roger Federer's match today. :)
 
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