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Very kind for Simo to offer a free EKG to all her fans! A win-win situation, she brought down the rust and her fans checked their pulse today! The fit player won, and as usually it was Simona, and the fit fans survived.
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That was pleasing to watch. Simona adjusted well to windy conditions and played a nice efficient match. Kuznetsova was a bit hindered but was being well outplayed.

Well done Simona and good luck for the QF!
 

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demolition job. A pure joy to watch. I love Kuzy, she`s such a good for the sport and a really nice friend for Simo. In the second set Simo was unplayable level until the 5th game.

Appreciate the effort from Kuzy and the hug at the net.
Just don`t overdue Simo, remember , this title doesn`t matter that much maybe , u gotta see the big picture ahead.
 

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She really was playing lights out in that second set, so much so that Sveta was pretty much a spectator for most of it, and she seemed to like the show as she was obviously enjoying herself out there. Also loved the hug at the end. She will definitely be missed when she decides to retire, Svetlana Kuznetova.
 

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Quick turnaround after the previous round. Hopefully they keep working on her serve to make it a weapon again, the rest seems to be coming along. When the serve is clicking she's at her most confident and it translates in her entire game.

Without a good, reliable serve there's always a very high chance of choking away leads against inform opponents.
 

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After yesterday's EKG match, today's match was close to being 'Paradise'!
Fistpumps for the QF and beyond!
 

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so far so good for Simona. lets see how far she goes. hope for an awesome next match. :cheer: im glad she won these matches so far and an awesome surprise. I was fully expecting a slump after her awesome slam performance and to see her do well so far is a treat! good luck :hug: :cheer:
 

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Oh dear. Simona looked in a bit of pain there. She played some fine tennis yesterday but maybe she aggravated the problem from Wednesday. Let's see if she is ready to play next week. Maybe playing less at this stage of the sesdon wlll enable her to keep a bit in the tank for later in the season.

Get well soon, Simona!
 

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Wise desicion from Simo to retire. She has much bigger fishes to fry. I'm sure she learned from last year where she exhausted herself and didn't have a good US open. Too much hate from GM losers but who cares. She's just done what many of her favorites haven't been able to do, win, and win clean with no drugs. At this point as Simo's fan, whatever achievements coming I'll take them as a bonus 馃檪
 

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Maybe Simona wouldn't have had to retire if she had started the match with the right game plan. I'm sorry, but Bouzkova is a basic pusher, and the slightest amount of scouting her matches this week would've made it obvious Simona couldn't just back up behind the baseline, move the ball around, and wait for errors. She had to step in and take it to Marie, like she did against Svitolina at Wimbledon. I was getting flashbacks to the Vondrousova matches with the drop shots that were guaranteed to work because Simona was backing up to literally beyond the Toronto sign. And this against a player who wasn't gonna hit through her. :confused:

Perhaps Simona is now a grass court specialist, because on HC she's reverting right back to her uninspiring, passive play, which always gets exposed when she faces anybody who just retrieves. Even big hitters like Brady and Pliskova have troubled Simona by just slicing balls back and resetting the point over and over. It's so frustrating to watch her control the point so often and move the opponent on a string but she can't finish because she won't step inside the baseline. Even the points she wins in this manner can be Pyrrhic victories, as they increase the wear & tear on her body, leading to retirements like tonight and jeaopardizing her future.
I mean, something finally clicked at 0-4, but why did it take so long? By that point, instead of being up a break, Simona had little margin for error, and she started the 4-4 game with a ball that just missed the line and then a poor drop shot. Then she finally stepped inside the baseline and hit a winner, but as I said in the live thread, it was too little, too late. She got broken again, and clearly decided at that point she was gonna retire. Her effort in the 4-5 game was not even half-assed.

It's obvious Simona did not treat tonight as a must-win match, so this would've been the perfect opportunity to be more aggressive and shorten points, even if it led to a lot of bad volleys and passing shots. And with her Achilles already troubling her, why would she let herself get dragged into a grindfest? It gets to the point where I'm screaming at the tv on a winner Simona hit, because she had Marie running back and forth, hit a ball into the corner that Marie would've barely gotten back in play at best, yet Simona was still backing up instead of moving in for the easiest put-away in the world if it did come back.

I'm trying to take this one in stride. It's not a big deal, but I am disappointed we didn't get a Serena-Simona rematch, with Simona having nothing to lose. If Serena spanked her, so what? It would make the Wimbledon win look even better, since Serena isn't totally washed up yet. The problem for me is: Saving herself for NY ain't gonna help if Simona continues to play so passive and clueless against basic retrievers. She didn't used to struggle like this. I remember her having quite a run of success against Woz, Radwanska, Kerber and Svitolina between 2013-2015. Then Cahill came aboard and it's like she's forgotten how to play against defenders. 0-4 against Caro; 1-4 against Kerber in 2016; she seems to have figured out Svitolina (who's having a terrible year), but where was that game plan tonight? She's vulnerable to so many inferior players if they just get balls back.

Anybody else remember when Simona never lost to Czechs? I think she's like 2-5 against them this year, and it's the lower-ranked retrievers who are giving her so much trouble. I'm not at all impressed by Vondrousova and Bouzkova. Simona should not be struggling so much against them.
 

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Main Draw


Barty vs BYE
Sharapova vs Riske
Garcia vs Qualifier
Kontaveit vs Kerber
Sabalenka vs Martic
Kuzmova vs Zheng
Sakkari vs Giorgi
BYE vs Kvitova
Pliskova vs BYE
Tsurenko vs Andreescu
Pera vs Qualifier
Qualifier vs Konta
Sevastova vs Kuznetsova
Yastremska vs Wozniacki
Ostapenko vs Putintseva
BYE vs Stephens
Bertens vs BYE
V. Williams vs Qualifier
Siniakova vs Vekic
Azarenka vs Bencic
Keys vs Muguruza
Anisimova vs Kasatkina
Alexandrova vs Suarez Navarro
BYE vs Halep
Svitolina vs BYE
Mertens vs McNally
Kenin vs Goerges
Qualifier vs S. Williams
Wang vs Hsieh
Qualifier 1 vs Qualifier 2
Sasnovich vs Qualifier
BYE vs Osaka
 

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I have to say I enjoy very much this alternate peaking, Montreal Simona, I.W. Bianca, Wimby Simona, Toronto Bianca, ...can't just wait to see What's next?! Now it's Simona's turn!
I'm still wondering if, last weekend, Simona told Bianca: "Now, it's your turn to whoop Big momma". Anyway, I'm sure that Bianca is pissed off because she wasn't allowed to finalize the whooping!
[the below photos are from 2016, Montreal]





P.S.: Cheer up! The summer is just getting hotter ..and better! Wimbledon was just a step, and Toronto just a beginning.
 

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I like these last statements from Simona: "More tournaments, more Grand Slams, if possible, the year-end No.1. But the main one is the Olympics. I want a medal there."

She is motivated, with ambition, eager to achieve great things.

 

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Simona said she wasn't in pain in the on court interview, which surprised me. She didn't look comfortable at all to me. The heat rule is in effect to the humidity may have been bothering her as well. Perhaps the rather sluggish looking start was caused by a shortage of practice after her injury.
Alexandrova is a strong hitter who troubled Simona but looked much more limited once she started missing a lot of her first serves. Simona played well intermittently, she won a sequence of 11 points at the end of the match, including two consecutive double faults from the Russian.
Simona has avoided the dreaded 1 pointer and I hope she hasn't aggravated her injury and carefully assesses whether she is fit to play well tomorrow.

Well done Simona and good luck for R3!
 

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It's a win, and we go on for what should be an easier R3 against a player that Simona knows well, either Keys or Kasatkina.

Okay, now here's a little prediction I'm going to make, and if it happens you can call me Michel de Nostredame, if not it is what it is, tennis is unpredictable, especially the WTA. Halep started her year against Barty in Sydney, she will end her year against Barty in the final in Shenzhen with YE#1 on the line.
 

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A win, ugly and all but it's a win. I don't know why Simona is subjecting herself to this grind , when it can clearly be seen that she's not totally fit but I guess she wants to have some matches under her belt and her section of the draw looks promising for her to at least go all the way to the semifinal. A #1 year ending is one of her main goals now and that would definitely cement her way into the hall of fame.
 
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