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Playing her 2nd(!) professional career match on grass, and wins in straight sets against a Top 30 player :worship:

Not the prettiest of matches though—11 service breaks, several UEs, shanks, double faults, junkballing from both girls, etc. Dasha couldn't seem to find the court for the whole match, but Kostyuk remained steady and waited for her chances. Australia really played themselves by having this meet on grass, and in the middle of the hardcourt season... :lol:
 

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dumb surface choice, not because it was grass but they chose a really tricky one to play on which made bounces tricky so Dasha could barely use her strengths and got stuck on the BH wing a lot with not many options. Marta used the net plenty and it helped her, but really awkward for Dasha. Patchy set but not happy with Dasha unable to make use of the rebreaks to build momentum in the first set, lots of DFs on BPs.
 

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Happy for Marta :cheer:

Just another typical match from Dasha :lol:

No idea how this girl is top 30 with that attitude, those shanks, and that form... So beyond me.
 

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Kostyuk would win on any surface

Marta is coming :hearts:
 

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Full congratulations to Marta, winning her Fed Cup debut match against a 'Top 30' player in a foreign country is fantastic for her. By far the deserving winner out there today. :yeah:

As for Gavrilova...



Stosur-esque, and if she plays like this tomorrow I can actually see her losing to Kichenok. Quite disgusted with her performance today actually. No further comment.
 

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Playing her 2nd(!) professional career match on grass, and wins in straight sets against a Top 30 player :worship:

Not the prettiest of matches though—11 service breaks, several UEs, shanks, double faults, junkballing from both girls, etc. Dasha couldn't seem to find the court for the whole match, but Kostyuk remained steady and waited for her chances. Australia really played themselves by having this meet on grass, and in the middle of the hardcourt season... :lol:
But if they picked hard then Svitolina, Tsurenko and etc. might have played this tie.
 

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:haha: :haha: :haha:

Gavrilova is not a good tennis player. She can’t beat the Ukrainian #7, no wonder TA felt they needed to spend thousands upon thousands of dollars to build this stupid court to scare away Ukraine’s elite girls. Without doubt the saddest, most desperate and most TRAGIC federation. They try so hard to make their events as inhospitable as possible for foreigners and they still have nothing to show for it :lol: Gavrilova’s time in the Top 30 is thankfully coming to an end, when New Haven comes around she will deservedly be out of the Top 50.

Kostyuk played quite solidly, played a great match tactically and really controlled her aggression. What’s even funnier about this result is that she didn’t play anywhere near her peak :lol: Hopefully she can raise her level for what should be a beautiful clash of styles against Barty. Given how well she kept herself together today I wouldn’t be surprised at all if she snatches a win, especially given Ashleigh’s questionable form.
 

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What do you repeat this #185? Marta is a player of a higher level, she just played juniors and she does not have a full rating yet.
Oh yeah, on my avatar the roadster is flying over Australia :devil:
 

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I still couldn't work out how the hell Gavrilova in Top 30 :lol:


To Tennis Australia, we're not in the 70's anymore! It's 2018 :lol: We're not that good on grass. Dumb decision.
 

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Kostyuk reminds me a bit of Bencic.

From the first game I knew Kostyuk would win this. Played far better today. Much more intelligent play coming into the net, and controlled aggression.

As for Dasha...I want to give her a pass on this match because that court is never going to work for her.

Still, horrendous play. Nothing proactive about the way she approached the rallies at all.


Not sure what to think about this. Dasha needs a new coach or something.
 

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Kostyuk reminds me a bit of Bencic.

From the first game I knew Kostyuk would win this. Played far better today. Much more intelligent play coming into the net, and controlled aggression.

As for Dasha...I want to give her a pass on this match because that court is never going to work for her.

Still, horrendous play. Nothing proactive about the way she approached the rallies at all.


Not sure what to think about this. Dasha needs a new coach or something.
I actually found Biljana was quite helpful as a coach but I haven't seen her in recent times. Dasha after US Open just doesn't feel the same in intensity and court awareness and she throws in so many easy, and poor double faults (that she was susceptible to, but not as frequently in the past). There's no excuse for dropping serve 5 straight times? At her best she in proactive in adjusting her feet to play crunching FHs from all over the court and setting it up with the serve. That was totally off today, and linked to her nervousness on the serve.

Kostyuk also smartly exploited the BH by coming in behind it very quickly. If you remember Dasha playing Pavs in Hong Kong, Pavs problem was letting Dasha reset the pt a lot by not being able to close out volleys at the net and got passed a lot or made errors there. On grass, Kostyuk could do it more frequently and Dasha has no answers to the net rushing play, the volleys didn't have to be that good either because Kostyuk had all the time in the world.
 

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Wow Australia is really a bit under pressure now. :eek: Poor Daria always giving her heart out there, but she is just limited.
Kostyuk with probably the most impressive for results for a 15yo in the past decade. :eek: But I still wanna know what that story with Ploskina is about. :rolls:

:haha: :haha: :haha:

Gavrilova is not a good tennis player. She can’t beat the Ukrainian #7, no wonder TA felt they needed to spend thousands upon thousands of dollars to build this stupid court to scare away Ukraine’s elite girls. Without doubt the saddest, most desperate and most TRAGIC federation. They try so hard to make their events as inhospitable as possible for foreigners and they still have nothing to show for it :lol: Gavrilova’s time in the Top 30 is thankfully coming to an end, when New Haven comes around she will deservedly be out of the Top 50
What? They built the courts for a FedCup tie? :spit:
 

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Kostyuk is so for real, what a result. No matter what you think of Gavrilova's game, a 15-year-old with barely any tour experience beating a player who's been solidly top 30-40 for several years is huge.

Barty losing a set to a doubles specialist too :unsure:
 

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Wow Australia is really a bit under pressure now. :eek: Poor Daria always giving her heart out there, but she is just limited.
Kostyuk with probably the most impressive for results for a 15yo in the past decade. :eek: But I still wanna know what that story with Ploskina is about. :rolls:


What? They built the courts for a FedCup tie? :spit:

Yes :hysteric: The Canberra centre has hard and clay courts, they spent tens of thousands to build a grass court over the hard centre court just so girls like Svitolina won’t play :spit:
 
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