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good quality from both players :cheer: Potapova was in both sets 5*:4 up :lol: She twisted her ankle in the end of the second set and started to play better :lol: what a nice handshake(hug), Kerber should learn:hearts: Linette-Muchova in the final? :hearts:
 

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It's so frustrating to see how Nastia is struggling at key moments when you know that dealing with the big moment was the reason that she was so successful in junior,she lost that self belief that was key and allowed her to win so many matches.:sad:

It's normal after so many though lost in close matches in the last 3 years that she lost that, you can see it ever for a champion like Serena .

Of course she needs to improve a lot technically and there are technical reasons for those forehand returns on the net on a 2nd serve on BP or the struggle to close out set on her serve like today but for the short term, she really needs some wins in those close matches to build some confidence to end the year and start the off season in a positive vibe.

Then she will have her 1st off season with Hughes to try to fix that 1st serve and that forehand.
 

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Of course she needs to improve a lot technically
A lot would have retired after spraining one's ankle like today but she fought to the end so tough mentality may not be an issue for her.
She hits very flat and when stretched, more often than not she would be netting or lobbing for punishment.
Therefore can't judge peak Potato until she could react one step quicker, read the game better and finally move smoothly which would prevent this kind of injury.

Oh and it was interesting to see Mugda 2.0 play somewhat like Cornut without antics.
 

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A lot would have retired after spraining one's ankle like today but she fought to the end so tough mentality may not be an issue for her.
She hits very flat and when stretched, more often than not she would be netting or lobbing for punishment.
Therefore can't judge peak Potato until she could react one step quicker, read the game better and finally move smoothly which would prevent this kind of injury.

Oh and it was interesting to see Mugda 2.0 play somewhat like Cornut without antics.
Her matches for more than 2 years are proof that she's mentally though.

She used to win a lot and for the last 3 years, her only title is in the 25K at Curitiba in March 2017 against Anisimova.

Since 2018 and her debut on the pro circuit, she lost 5 finals (W15, W100, W60, and 2 MM280) and since this final in Moscow in July 2018, I can't count how many lost in 2 or 3 set on close matches where she served to win the set as today, had set points, led a break in the 3rd set or had match points or set points.

She has lost so many close matches that are about a few points where the opponent catched the line,she missed for milimeter or she makes an UE on an easy ball.:sad:

After all those lost,your confidence should be so low even more when you wasn't used to but she always fought until the end and always had the right attitude if you add the fact that her best matches were at slam on big stages, you have the proof that she has that mental strength to compete at the top .

I agree with you but the part you talk will be what she needs to improve to compete for big title, we are not there yet.That's ok that she's losing those points but that's not why she can't beat player like Hives or Doi, Gauff or Linette.

She lost those matches because her 1st serve % is too low ,it's at 51.4% since the beggining of the year , probably the lowest in the top 100, and it's higher that it should be as when she starts to hit many DF she decreased the speed to serve less 2nd serve.

Her 2nd problem is that many times on big points she missed the return on a weak 2nd serve or on a sitter , especially with her forehand.

Her technique (forehand/serve) isn't good enough to have control of her shots on the tight moment.As you said she hits very flat and needs to add some spin to have more control.She already improved technically and here and there on her matches I saw points where she was able to do it but she can't do it with consistency at the moment.

The more important is that despite all her problems and the room for improvement she was able to grind some wins to keep her ranking in the top 100 under pressure.

She started to work with Hughes in May so it will be her 1st off season with him and I'm curious to see the results next year.
 
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