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Who has faced the toughest opponents en route to the semis?


Serena Williams (11)

def. Riske 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
def. Suarez Navarro (30) 6-2, 6-2
def. Georges (18) 6-3, 6-4
def. Juvan 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
def. Gatto-Monticone 6-2, 7-5



Barbora Strycova

def. Konta (19) 7-6, 6-1
def. Mertens (21) 4-6, 7-5, 6-2
def. Bertens (4) 7-5, 6-1
def. Siegemund 6-3, 7-5
def. Tsurenko (32) 6-3, 6-2



Elina Svitolina (8)

def. Muchova 7-5, 6-4
def. Martic (24) 6-4, 6-2
def. Sakkari (31) 6-3, 6-7, 6-2
def. Gasparyan 5-7, 6-5 ret.
def. Gavrilova 7-5, 6-0



Simona Halep (7)

def. Zhang 7-6, 6-1
def. Gauff 6-3, 6-3
def. Azarenka 6-3, 6-1
def. Buzarenscu 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
def. Sasnovich 6-4, 7-5
 

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Strycova for sure. Svitolina 2nd.
 

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I was watching elina vs gaspyrian. That match tells me elina is gonna win it. By all purpose she was outplayed and was heading home within few mins before greater powers got involved and saved her with injury
 

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Definitely Barbie. She's beaten four seeds, that's (at least) as many as the other 3 put together. :lol: She wasn't really expected to beat any of her last 3 opponents (well, maybe Mertens).

Serena's looks scrubby on paper but she had to beat the hardest opponent of the lot in Riske (and I do think Juvan played well above her ranking). Halep didn't play a single seed and many of those players are the exact type to flop or choke even if they did get ahead, but the likes of Dr. Buz/Sasno/Azarenka/Gauff (I guess) can be dangerous when on. I might put hers as the '2nd toughest'.

Svitolina's is an absolute cakewalk. :lol: I don't mind her but i'm confused as to why people are even putting her in 2nd.

- Sakkari hadn't won a grass match in 2 years before this week (and managed to blow a double break lead in both sets)
- Gasparyan beat her two weeks ago and was comfortably doing it again before getting injured.
- Martic was injured too and is more of a clay player.
- Gavrilova has been injured and out of form all year and is frankly terrible on grass... she lost to Fiona Ferro in Eastbourne qualies. One of the walking BYEs of the draw.
- Muchova is extremely talented and actually IS good on grass, but she's very low ranked and inexperienced at this level, and E managed to get her after a 3hr+, 13-11 final set win the day before.
 

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Strycova for sure

Svitolina quite possibly had the most fortunate SF run of this decade, she had no place being in R3 but here we are
 

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Strycova had to beat 4 seeded opponents, including crowd favourite Konta.

Svitolinas draw is hilarious, seriously...
 

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^Typical answers from people just looking at seed numbers...

With the field we have, you can only rate the actual level of players on day D. Halep faced Sasnovich and Buzarnescu at their best, and made peak Zhang implode.

She's also become Vika's official reality check for anything that's worth.
 

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Definitely Barbie. She's beaten four seeds, that's (at least) as many as the other 3 put together. :lol: She wasn't really expected to beat any of her last 3 opponents (well, maybe Mertens).
Curious observation, when we know Strycova is actually a better grass player than Tsurenko, Siegemund, Bertens and Mertens. Given her history on grass, it's possible that at 33 yo, Barbie has learned to find the right time to peak. In the prediction game, you have several criteria. The form of the player, her favorite surface, her ability to stay mentally strong. On the form of the players, only Bertens could be above Strycova to me, even on grass, but her weak spot is certainly mental/lack of consistency. So her draw wasn't easy but Barbie certainly could be expected to win over this quarter.
 

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Just thought it'd be interesting to tally up their grass based elo.



I had to fudge the elo for Gauff because she doesn't have one yet. The number I inserted is the average of the other players in Halep's path which is far from ideal but it doesn't change things much anyway.
 

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Definitely Barbie. She's beaten four seeds, that's (at least) as many as the other 3 put together. <img src="https://www.tennisforum.com/images/smilies/laugh.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Laugh Out Loud" class="inlineimg" /> She wasn't really expected to beat any of her last 3 opponents (well, maybe Mertens).

Serena's looks scrubby on paper but she had to beat the hardest opponent of the lot in Riske (and I do think Juvan played well above her ranking). Halep didn't play a single seed and many of those players are the exact type to flop or choke even if they did get ahead, but the likes of Dr. Buz/Sasno/Azarenka/Gauff (I guess) can be dangerous when on. I might put hers as the '2nd toughest'.

Svitolina's is an absolute cakewalk. <img src="https://www.tennisforum.com/images/smilies/laugh.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Laugh Out Loud" class="inlineimg" /> I don't mind her but i'm confused as to why people are even putting her in 2nd.

- Sakkari hadn't won a grass match in 2 years before this week (and managed to blow a double break lead in both sets)
- Gasparyan beat her two weeks ago and was comfortably doing it again before getting injured.
- Martic was injured too and is more of a clay player.
- Gavrilova has been injured and out of form all year and is frankly terrible on grass... she lost to Fiona Ferro in Eastbourne qualies. One of the walking BYEs of the draw.
- Muchova is extremely talented and actually IS good on grass, but she's very low ranked and inexperienced at this level, and E managed to get her after a 3hr+, 13-11 final set win the day before.
I'm just saying, based on how tough she had to play...sure, sure, maybe she was helped by injuries, but she battled harder than the others to get to this stage.
 

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Easy, Strycova. And ELO is dumb only if your favorite is not as high as you think she should be. Barty has been number 1 on there way before she was number 1 in the rankings. And that's just one example.
 

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Barbie, of course. But, kind of obvious, also, she's the underdog in these SF. Svitolina's second? Are you fucking kidding me? She got Gavrilova in the first round, who is so weak that wants a long break from tennis, Gasparyan, who was clearly winning the match, but, like other user have said, some other greater forces blocked her leg and made her withdraw (i can't say it was an injury since she played the next day in doubles, insane!!!), Sakkari, who is anything but a grass player, but who miracoulosly managed to lose a double break lead in two sets, a half dead Martic and a 3/4 dead tired Muchova, who was coming from a marathon played the day before. I mean really, what is this girl eating, is she doing voodoo or what? All of this, on top of her countless cake walk draws (like more than 85% of the time, at least in Slams), countless winning points with the net during her matches (did you noticed that every freaking time she hits the top of the net and the ball is at the limit of landing in her field or in her opponent's, it's literally landing all the time in her opponent's, winning her a free point?!) etc etc. Sorry for basically copy/pasting Veesus Christ's post, but i needed to vent. I really hope that Simona, or Serena, or Barbie, or some other greater forces, others than the ones that are making fun of tennis pushing Svitolina way above her league, defying Universe and common sense laws, intervene and put an end to this travesty.
 

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^Typical answers from people just looking at seed numbers...

With the field we have, you can only rate the actual level of players on day D. Halep faced Sasnovich and Buzarnescu at their best, and made peak Zhang implode.

She's also become Vika's official reality check for anything that's worth.
Vika’s reality check? Halep didnt even need to do much in that match. Vika just imploded.
 
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