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Bad match from Belinda, just way too many easy UE's in sets 2 and 3, which naturally didn't help her demeanor. Sakkari played a steadier level but nothing all that remarkable. Congrats to her for making the semis though.
 

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Awesome powerful ground strokes from Maria... super win!

Belinda gets so frustrated at times it's hilarious.

Next round Maria faces Rye, will be a tough contest!
 

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Quality win for Maria over the top seed, and quite a physical match. That first MP save from BB was a terrific point from both.

Sakkari played a very poor first set, then a pretty decent second set, and an awesome, firing-on-all-cylinders third set (especially in the first half of it). On the other hand Belinda got increasingly frustrated (exacerbated by a few mistakes in the line calling) and lost her serving consistency as it went along.

Once every couple of months Maria finds this terrifiic ballbashing mode from the baseline that is beautiful to watch. Reminds me of that set against Barty in Cinci last year where she was down 5-1 and won 6 games in a row I think. If only she could do it more often!
 

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Sakkari was awful in the beginning. Her BH looked club level (Not that it wasn't leaking errors later on). However, aided by her psychologist Tom Hill she rediscovered her fighting spirit and by the third set was playing great tennis.

Bencic actually was quite serene in the beginning shockingly but became more pissed off as time went by. She didn't play bad, but she could have played better. Her FS needs to be more consistent.
 

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Sakkari is really solid all around. I still think Rybakina has more firepower and should feel at home in St. Petersburg.

Hmmmm....it's probably going to be good which is what this tournament deserves. Gut feeling is an inspired Potapova will peak vs Bertens and we will get an all Russian SF with Alexandrova vs Potapova.
 

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Good match from Maria...

BB sometimes horrible on court but very lovely after at the handshake...
 

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Belinda :(
Still reaches a new CHR of #4 next week at least :).
 

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Awesome stuff by Maria - she hit quite a lof winners today, and she's quietly rising in the rankings too. That 1st MP wasted though was hilarious.

That referee and linesmen were godawful must be added today.
 

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Maria :D

And handsome Tom Hill ♥

Bencic :hug:
 

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damn, hot coach.
 

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Oh dear - what a mess the draw has turned into. But, this should be great for Sakkari’s confidence - making the semis of a premier on probably her most challenging surface. If this was clay or outdoor hardcourts this wouldn’t really be much of a surprise.

BB heading into Dubai as defending champion but not in the best of form.
 
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