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Di Sarra has played 5 tourneys in the last 3 seasons. :rolleyes: She will take the WC, have some fun and probably play a couple of ITFs close to home until next year's event. Nothing against her, but the organizers really should find a way to reward the likes of Brescia who have been fighting their asses off all over the world and not base all wildcards on the results of one playoff.
I wrote about it, but the Federation doesn't care, the pre-qualy thing generates a massive amount of money so they go on expanding it even if it means killing a full month of tournaments for whoever is involved and (un)luckily gets to a WC: 1 week to qualify for the pre-qualy, 1 week for pre-qualies and 2 weeks for Rome... that while with the huge amount of ITFs in Europe the level drops considerably (see the cut off of the 25k of next week...)

the prize money alone of the pre-prequaly is enough to host a WTA International but instead of bringing back Palermo (or a substitute) they already booked the Davis-Fed Cup final 4, if that happens :facepalm:

I wonder if they'll ever regret when interest drops as Roby-Sexa retire (and who knows about Sara) and we are left with an erratic Giorgi as sole one in the top 100

btw neither Di Sarra nor Chiesa stands a snowball chance in hell to win more than 5 games in the MD and it hurts me saying it, especially because I think Chiesa has some potential there

honestly not even sure if the others can win a set in the qualies besides Trevisan: only ones who, at current form, could do it were Brescia and Paolini
 

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Dead @ the randomness of this tournament :hysteric:

They should really get rid of this convoluted formula and directly assign the WCs (both MD and Q) to the best prospects and former top players without the needed ranking for a direct entry. Leave only the last WC to the winner of a play-off tournament, with lighter schedule for everyone.
 

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Dead @ the randomness of this tournament :hysteric:

They should really get rid of this convoluted formula and directly assign the WCs (both MD and Q) to the best prospects and former top players without the needed ranking for a direct entry. Leave only the last WC to the winner of a play-off tournament, with lighter schedule for everyone.
not to mention that whoever qualifies for the qualies will be damn tired so they don't have any advantage coming onto them...
 

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not to mention that whoever qualifies for the qualies will be damn tired so they don't have any advantage coming onto them...
Just imagine if 37 yo Alberta snatches the last QWC :lol: She'd be so drained to be lucky if she manages to win a few games in qualies, no matter the opponent. Oh well, that's not the first proof of the brainlessness of this federation.
 

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Just imagine if 37 yo Alberta snatches the last QWC :lol: She'd be so drained to be lucky if she manages to win a few games in qualies, no matter the opponent. Oh well, that's not the first proof of the brainlessness of this federation.
they just changed today the prequali system for men

they should have given a MDWC to Bolelli, but they probably realized it was totally stupid: so, instead of giving it to Travaglia or Fabbiano, the best Italians ATM (Travaglia in particular), they decided that the two SF losers (Berrettini and Arnaboldi), who should have had a QWC, will play tomorrow against eachother and the winner will get last MDWC. So now a QWC is free: question is whether it will go to the winner of the match between today losers in consolation tournament or it will go to Travaglia or Fabbiano or maybe Bolelli - but no one knows :haha:
 

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I wrote about it, but the Federation doesn't care, the pre-qualy thing generates a massive amount of money so they go on expanding it even if it means killing a full month of tournaments for whoever is involved and (un)luckily gets to a WC: 1 week to qualify for the pre-qualy, 1 week for pre-qualies and 2 weeks for Rome... that while with the huge amount of ITFs in Europe the level drops considerably (see the cut off of the 25k of next week...)

the prize money alone of the pre-prequaly is enough to host a WTA International but instead of bringing back Palermo (or a substitute) they already booked the Davis-Fed Cup final 4, if that happens :facepalm:

I wonder if they'll ever regret when interest drops as Roby-Sexa retire (and who knows about Sara) and we are left with an erratic Giorgi as sole one in the top 100

btw neither Di Sarra nor Chiesa stands a snowball chance in hell to win more than 5 games in the MD and it hurts me saying it, especially because I think Chiesa has some potential there

honestly not even sure if the others can win a set in the qualies besides Trevisan: only ones who, at current form, could do it were Brescia and Paolini
Great points here. The system really doesn't make sense. LMAO at qualifying for the prequalifying :hysteric: Going to these great lenghts for what? To be trashed in the first match of Qualifying? :unsure: There are no other scrubs in the Qualy of Rome
 

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@Mikulescu you are BAE for keeping us updated with this mess. :hearts:
 

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Di Sarra had many uncountable physical problems, stopped playing tennis and became an official tennis coach. After this results she said she would like to start again playing professional tennis (but she is 27yo...)

Chiesa has always been a very interesting prospect, had a good 2016 but in 2017 she achieved like nothing... and this result comes up from no where, really :scratch:

Answering to @Javi - Trevisan had may physical problems but also big personal problems (AFAIK), she decided to stopped playing when she was probably the most promising youngster we had. Then re-started playing in 2014 and here we are: she is close to top200 playing only few months in 2016, surely she has big potential, even if I think a better future could be sure for Paolini (mostly) and Brescia ATM
Trevisan's return has been very interesting to watch. Edit: She also got her first Fed Cup nom this year, hopefully that is a sign of good things to come for her.
 

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The problem with all three the young Italians is that they don't have a quality serve: Brescia, Paolini and Trevisan always struggle with that shot, with Paolini, who's the smallest, hitting the most aces ASAIK :lol: Martina, being a lefty, could really exploit it more, but because of her physical problems, she doesn't really play on fast surfaces....
 

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the one with worst set ATM is Jessica Pieri: too simple to be read, too slow. Brescia has a lot of spin at least, but that shot is definitely a bad side of her tennis. Paolini has the best serve among them, and actually she improved that this year and now it is a kinda good shot, even if being that small it can't assure her easy points. Trevisan improved a lot on movements, feet and BH side lately (FH side has always been a big weapon)... probably if she will stay healthy she will try to improve serve too. The one with potentially best potential, serve too, is Ferrando - but to be honest she totally lacks on mind side, she is just a disaster with that
 

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Semifinals

Di Sarra d. Ferrando (8) 6-1 6-3
Chiesa (10) d. Trevisan (2) 6-3 6-1

Final: Di Sarra vs Chiesa (10) 5-7 7-5 in progress

Consolation tournament

J. Pieri (5) d. Rosatello (4) 7-6 6-3
Brianti (11) d. Arcidiacono 6-4 6-1

Final: Brianti (11) d. J. Pieri (5) 6-4 6-3

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MDWC: winner of Di Sarra vs Chiesa
QWC: loser of Di Sarra vs Chiesa, Trevisan, Ferrando, Brianti
 

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Semifinals

Di Sarra d. Ferrando (8) 6-1 6-3
Chiesa (10) d. Trevisan (2) 6-3 6-1

Final: Chiesa (10) d. Di Sarra 7-5 5-7 7-5

Consolation tournament

J. Pieri (5) d. Rosatello (4) 7-6 6-3
Brianti (11) d. Arcidiacono 6-4 6-1

Final: Brianti (11) d. J. Pieri (5) 6-4 6-3

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MDWC: Chiesa
QWC: Di Sarra, Trevisan, Ferrando, Brianti
 

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please someone convince her to stay ALWAYS aggressive. BBB works for her, pusher doesn't XD

hopefully, training with Karin Knapp's team, she will learn something of Knapp's game style :lol:

tennis gossip: for the ones who don't know it, Deborah is Quinzi's GF
 
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