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Re: FITD•USO•1110 ✨?✨ Superheroes, Assemble!!!



ROUND 3.0



@Random Run zooms into the top spot with his mastery of the 3rd round. The other top scorers in the 3R, @pazo77 and @Wozzy! also take the Top 3 spot.

@Laurent Moy continues to impress with his Townsend aggressive play after the American with a vintage game beat another Romanian en route to the second week. However, his luck in this section ends here with the fall of his next pick Wozniacki-Lee to another Romanian, Andreescu.

FOURTH ROUND PREVIEW

Osaka (42) vs Bencic (21)
Vekic (26) vs Goerges (2)
Townsend (0) vs Andreescu (42)
Ahn (0) vs Mertens (2)
Svitolina (10) vs Keys (45)
Konta (1 - @mariusz_pol) vs Ka. Pliskova (77)
S. Williams (68) vs Martic (1 - @twight6)
Q. "Snow White" Wang (1 - @ThomieK) vs Barty (55)

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Not sure why I’d pick Petra but let’s goooo :cheer:
 

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Re: FITD•USO•1110 ✨?✨ Superheroes, Assemble!!!

1/8 of us picked Svitolina to the 1/4. Nobody has her in the 1/2.
 

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ROUND 4.0



Despite losing both finalists, @Markmen's 50-50 record in the fourth round earns him the lead!

The second week begins with the highlight picks from @mariusz_pol (Johanna Konta) and @ThomieK (Qiang Wang). :yeah:

@Random Run is still the highest-ranked player among 12 with both intact finalists getting into the quarters.

Six players may still realistically earn the maximum number points in the coming round:

@saarsngg - Bencic, Andreescu, S. Williams
@Drake1980 - Bencic, Andreescu, S. Williams
@Crux Squall - Vekic, Andreescu, S. Williams
@WhoAmI? - Bencic, Andreescu, S. Williams
@Emiel Goelen - Bencic, Andreescu, S. Williams
@Randy - Vekic, Andreescu, S. Williams



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Re: FITD•USO•1110 ✨?✨ Superheroes, Assemble!!!

What if the SF are Bencic vs Mertens and Svitolina vs Wang and the final Bencic vs Svitolina? :)
 

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What if the SF are Bencic vs Mertens and Svitolina vs Wang and the final Bencic vs Svitolina? :)
You'll reach the podium, but sadly, that's not enough to win your second Slam. :hug:
 

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You'll reach the podium, but sadly, that's not enough to win your second Slam. :hug:
I know I have no chance, but Anarose Voli? That player is well placed at the top :yeah:
 

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QUARTERFINALS PREVIEW

[13] Belinda Bencic
vs [23] Donna Vekic

Picks: 11-8
H2H: 2-1, Bencic

The last year's champion's quarter spawning a Grand Slam semifinal debutant came in as no surprise to many fans (or just TF Experts™? :eek:h:), especially in a game where nobody picked Osaka to successfully defend her title. Bencic, whose fairytale run here as a teenager was stopped by Peng in 2014, has the upper hand in terms of wins, but both victories took place back in the time when neither player was a top player. Vekic won their last encounter on the Parisian dirt.

[15] Bianca Andreescu
vs [25] Elise Mertens

Picks: 42-0
H2H: First meeting

From struggling to qualify and falling to Danilovic in qualies last year, teenage sensation Andreescu now finds comfort and challenge among the best eight of the tournament in her superb season. The Toronto champion will face former Melbourne semifinalist Mertens who emerged from the multi-Slam section draw of Stephens-Kuznetsova-Ostapenko-Muguruza-Kvitova.

[5] Elina Svitolina
vs [16] Johanna Konta

Picks: 0-1 (@mariusz_pol;)
H2H: 4-0, Svitolina

Grand Slam-wise, this is already Svitolina's best year with quarterfinal berths in three of four Slams, including a semis in Wimbledon. She also owns Konta's number, which makes her the favorite in this battle of Top 5 players. However, Konta has a better track record in Grand Slam quarterfinals (3-2 vs Svitolina's 1-4) and is gunning to be the next active player to reach the last-four in all Slams after the Williamses, Azarenka, and Halep.

[8] Serena Williams
vs [18] Qiang Wang

Picks: 51-0
H2H: First meeting

These two were scheduled to face in Miami last March until the former withdrew from the tournament. A novice in Grand Slam quarterfinals, Wang will attempt to be the next Chinese player to reach the last-four of a Major after Peng at Flushing in 2014. On the other hand, it's not a secret what's at stake in this tournament for Serena who's still on a mission for the all-time record. Will another Asian beat Serena at Ashe on her way to the 24th?

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From 10th to 30th in one round :eek:

I suppose I only had Serena left though haha!
 

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ROUND-QF



Four players correctly predicted 3 out of four semifinalists, but it is @saarsngg who grabs the lead!

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FINAL FOUR SCENARIOS



Let's make this simple:

Bianca Andreescu wins the title ✨?✨ @WhoAmI? (Estonia) wins fourth title, and first since 2010. :bowdown:

Serena Williams/Elina Svitolina/Belinda Bencic wins the title ✨?✨ @saarsngg (Singapore) wins maiden title. :eek:

This is a showdown of former Fill-in-the-Draw managers from several years ago! :eek:

Best of luck to the two of you! :cheer:

 

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Pictures = Serena vs and The Nike Cap Trio. :eek:h:
 

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:topic:

Don't forget that the Asian swing begins next week! Lots of points up for grabs for the Race to the Year-End Championships!

Fill-In-The-Draw 2019 | Zhengzhou Open
FITD-Hiroshima
FITD Nanchang Slam

We are still in need of managers for Seoul, Tianjin, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Moscow + 125k tournaments post-YEC. Let me know if you're interested. Newbies are welcome. :)
 

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Are your popcorns ready? It's almost crunch time for the championship match! Who will be our final Grand Slam winner?



saarsngg (Serena Jameka Williams) vs WhoAmI? (Bianca Vanessa Andreescu)


Before the final update, a massive congratulations to the folks who correctly predicted the finalists:

:cheer: saarsngg, Drake1980, Random Run, WhoAmI?, Djoko, silvamarius, coolfish1103, Ezequiel Pereyra, Crux Squall, Potapovian, Ceze, Buitenzorg, JustPetko, Randy :cheer:

Podium Scenarios

Williams win:

1 - @saarsngg
2 - @Drake1980 - not bad from the last year's champ :bowdown:
3 - @Random Run - would be Race #1 henceforth

Andreescu win:
1 - @WhoAmI?
2 - @Djoko
3 - @silvamarius

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GAME. SET. MATCH.



:bigclap: @WhoAmI? !!! :bigclap:

Who are you? You're our new Slam champion! :eek:h: :cheer:



I will now inscribe your name to our illustrious virtual FITD Grand Slam Hall of Fame. :eek:h:





 

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FINAL



Commiserations to @saarsngg for almost making it! :hug:

Also great job to @Djoko and @silvamarius on making the podium! :worship:

Thanks everyone for joining! I'm not sure if I'm gonna manage a Slam again next year, but I will see you soon in Osaka! :wavey:


 
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Just like Serena since returning, I still can't win a title :smash:
Congrats @WhoAmI? :worship:

Thanks for managing @aerosmash :hatoff:
Please keep on joining! That maiden title will come eventually. :hug:
 

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Wooooooo!:eek:

Finally a title again:D

Always special to get the finalists correct, and even more so to get the winner correct:D

Thanks to the manager!
 
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