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Got a QWC to enter this week's event, didn't even sign up for doubles, but she ended up winning the title. :bounce: The final was messy and she was barely winning any points on her opponent's serve for most the last two sets but she got the job done in the third set tiebreak. :yeah: I'm just happy she managed to end these horrible few weeks on a positive note.

Don't think we'll be seeing her for a while. There are a couple of 25ks on hardcourts in Uzbekistan and hopefully she goes there. Or maybe she could stay close to her second home and play some grass events.

 

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2017 season has come to an end and it's been a terrible one for Mariam, with the only positive being the sole 15k title. She finished the year outside the top 500, almost the same ranking she had two years ago.

It's been a mental problem mostly.going 2-8 in three set matches against ranked players, most often with some choking involved. Finished the match off with a choke against Ozgen where she also got injured and had to end the season. :crying2:

Now we have enough videos of her game on youtube to get a better look at her game and frankly, I think breaking the top 300 at some point in her career would be an accomplishment. The serve is a constant liability, the groundstrokes are inconsistent and she seems to have absolutely no variety or net skills. Let's not also forget that she can't seemingly play 3 tournaments in a row without picking up some sort of injury.

Here's to hoping she'll be back fit in 2018 and prove me wrong. :yeah:
 

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Finally started her season in Sharm-el-Sheikh (as usual), lost in the quarters of the first two tournaments but none of the losses were bad since they came to red-hot Kolar and returning Stefkova. She was extremely close to losing her second round match this week, but somehow she managed to surviva Kalva (IND) 60 26 64. :cheer:

First set bagel was actually pretty close with Mariam saving tons of break points in her service games. She completely lost the plot after being broken in a long game at 2-3 in the third and barely won points until 0-3 in the third. Suddenly she woke up, won some epic games on return at 3-3 and 4-4 and served it out in style. :worship: She has a disastrous record in three setters and the ones she does win are usually against the kind of opposition she had no business losing a set to, so all in all this is a really positive win and much better than her usual 61 62 scorelines. :lol: Hopefully she can win the title this week with Stefkova and Kolar gone, but Minnen and Moore are looming in the other half.
 

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I hope she stays with Georgia and doesn't leave for the UK :scared:
I wonder if she ever is tempted? I guess it'll comes down to her affiliation with Georgia but more importantly her self belief of making the top 200 (and beyond) comfortably without extra handouts. She's still at high 300's now, obviously had a few injury setbacks, but there's no doubt it would speed up her progress in terms of wildcards and other benefits. She'd hypothetically become GB #9 overnight and be pretty much guaranteed a Wimbledon QWC (at worst).

I've read some people say she came to England when she was 10 and others suggest 14, but either way, 14 is when Konta came here and she switched a few months after where Mariam is now, although there had been a lot of prior discussion.

I guess with her already representing Georgia at Fed Cup it won't happen, but when she's losing to the likes of Frolova and Hartono, like in recent weeks, it surely must cross her mind when she sees so many others switching around her and I assume she'd be entitled to.
 

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I don't think that ever was an option to be honest. She moved to train in the UK at some point and stays with relatives there, but her entire family is based in Georgia and even Mariam spends less and less time in the UK over the last few years from my observation. She gets some support from Georgia and I think her family have no problems affording the rest of the costs.

She lost in the QFs in 25k Minsk today and I guess it's safe to say her season is over unless she decides to show up in Dubai for the 100k. Overall it was a very successful season for her and she's definitely established herself as a solid 25k player on hardcourts and a top 200 player on grass. The mental issues remain though as she's squandered away countless matches from a set and break up. Here's to hoping she can fix this issue next year and make a push for the slam Q range. :yeah:
 

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First title at 25K level in Obidos, after falling in the final last week. New winning surface, too: artificial grass (that's usually what's meant by outdoor carpet, anyhow).
 

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Miriam def. Watson 6-4 6-2 in US Open Q1
Winnable Q2 Against Han
 

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She reached R2 at US Open ! :eek: :)

 
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