Rise up from ignorance
Most top player had a shaky first match on HC after a long break. It was no different with Paula.
Hope your wakeup was okayYeah, I was fully expecting her to lose towards the back end, and was going to post something like 'don't want to dwell on it too much, long break, opponent having a fabulous week (and possibly / probably deserved to win), but...'
It might be the time, or that I have just basically had a month away from tennis, or that I had already accepted defeat (or maybe that I have concerns), but I didn't really feel any massive emotions at the end, which is quite strange, but obviously very pleased she came through, and now a day off, before a big match against whoever comes through tomorrow.
I'll probably treat that next match as a free hit, and not very optimistic, but at least she has a battling win, 100 points in the bag, and hopefully she can produce a great performance and surprise us (or me) - the day off could be useful.
Anyway, off to bed, I'm up in like 4 and a half hours
I'm not so sure. Naomi randomly did well in Miami and the match against Qinwen was really high quality. She also claims this tournament is special to her because a bunch of her best friends go to the university there and her outfit is even in the university colors. The questions are her match fitness and general fitness, but she'll be hard to beat based on what I saw in the first round. I would fucking love for Paula to beat Naomi (or Cori tbh) to help shut up all the people who say those two are real top five and she's not, but I'm not too optimistic.I have a feeling Gauff will roll through Osaka in R2. I've long given up on Osaka showing any pride in playing tennis anymore
Yeah, Gauff was a slight betting favourite last night, and is a bigger favourite tonight, like a little more than 60/40, and you'd have to say, based on what we've seen this week, that does look fair, and perhaps should be a bit wider, but as you say, less than 10 months ago, also in California, Paula did beat her (we'll forget the Middle East happened since then ).Well Monz was right about GAUFF being the favorite in that match. Paula has beaten her before, but the American seems loaded with confidence right now.
Yeah, that was kind of the score line I was thinking.Being a realist sadly I see this as 62 64 Gauff win. Gauff was one top player who didn't see to have any rust issues in San Jose unlike some others (Sakkari winning four games vs Rogers takes the cake ).