Fed Cup: Barty def. Kustyok 62 63; Kichenok def. Gavrilova 46 62 63
It comes down to the doubles rubber :tears:
It comes down to the doubles rubber :tears:
precisely. Had they chosen hard court, Kichenok might have pushed Dasha still but she'd be able to use her game more. Today Dasha was literally neutered, even worse than against Marta, the sharp CC angles she likes to use wasn't there, and her BH was just waiting to break down every 2-3 shots. Her ROS was particularly appalling, 1/12 in BPs, and a lot of cheap return errors which became very predictable, Marta just needed to hit the first serve and hit to the BH to get out of trouble. Rarely saw any extended rallies. She really had nothing to hurt Kichenok with in general, which is very sad considering Kichenok is a doubles specialist.Picking grass was their undoing. Dasha simply cannot play on the stuff.
although her Birmingham QF match against Safarova was good but that was a real grass court :spit:Gavrilova on grass is even worse than Kerber on clay.
it was basically grass turf they laid over 3 weeks in advance. i.e 'portable' grass. I know they do that for a lot of courts but grass in particular gets worn out quick, the stuff they use for grass season are generally better maintained in general. This kind of grass has very awkward bounces and often kills the ball on contact.
Funny how you just realised this now after stanning her for a few years :spit: She's always been like this...Woeful form aside, she's crying before the match is even over, destroys a racquet on a grass court, and bounces around like a rabbit on crack whenever she wins a point even if it's just an unforced error from her opponent. She is quite literally an embarrassment to watch, and I refuse to stan her anymore until she demonstrates some actual fucking maturity.
I've remarked that I've never really gotten too upset over a Dasha loss before because she has some qualities that make her still worth viewing and even humorous to watch regardless of the outcome, but yeah these last few matches have severely tried my patience with her, where she's just so painful and lifeless to watch, and crumbles into a shell. There was nothing of the old wily Dasha. Today, she was utterly powerless, I can barely remember rallies where she took control with her FH or moved Kichenok around the court and every BH and second serve looked worse than me playing the last few blocks of jenga. I hope it's just a small phase and that she will find some confidence back on hard court and especially on clay, but it's not been good since after the US Open. I will have to agree her current level is not even top 50 anymore, that would even be a compliment to say she was still top 50 playing material. :tape:Woeful form aside, she's crying before the match is even over, destroys a racquet on a grass court, and bounces around like a rabbit on crack whenever she wins a point even if it's just an unforced error from her opponent. She is quite literally an embarrassment to watch, and I refuse to stan her anymore until she demonstrates some actual fucking maturity.
Where would the world be without import, cheap or not? Look at the make of the cars on the roads. Look at your TV, cellphones, shoes, watches, shoes, etc,etc.Daria is the cheap imports :happy:
yeah she did a good job especially set 2 and 3. End of first set I remember a game Kichenok kept DFing on the deuce side and then hit the first serve wide on the ad side, worked everytime to get her out of trouble, Dasha could not get the return back into play on the BH wing 5 straight times even though she knew it was coming. Her ROS can be susceptible there but it never been this bad I guess unlike HC, the grass lets the serve shoot off the surface, and Dasha's overall timing was just so off on that wing today, hence the high success rate whenever Kichenok served there. A commentator remarked that Dasha needs to add a chipped single handed BH return to her repertoire and I so agree with that, it would have helped to at least get into the pt.Gavrilova's main problem was the high bouncing serves she couldn't retrieve. The girl used it effectively. Serve bouncing so high Gavrilova can only try to push it up, with no control.
That girl is smart. She knew Gavrilova had problem with those serves so she kept going for them.