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Dayana was just in beast mode. I actually think she plays even better as a counterpuncher - when she has more time to think and set up her shot she tends to be more error-prone, but when in form like today she's one of the better 'reflexive' players. Returning any ball you give her with an extra dollop of pace, and huge unexpected angles.

Not much more Sabalenka could have done except tone down the DFs that have plagued her matches the past few weeks. Although to be fair, today she has an excuse, it felt like Yastremska was hitting ROS winners off anything that wasn't an ace. :lol:
 

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score doesn't realize the level of demolition. tough days for Sabalenka, she must be pissed to see these teens outplaying her so badly. And in Paris a potential rematch with Amanda :eek:h:
 

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Sabalenka actually played well by her recent standards, this exposure reminds me of her AO match with Anisimova :lol:

When Dayana plays like this it’s so great to see but her game is still so unsustainable. She’s worked on going for bigger targets and she was really creating space for herself with the angles but she is still wildly swinging at everything when she is even mildly out of position. I hope she finds a good balance because she has so much talent and if she uses it properly she could be Top 10 before we know it.
 

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Scoreline is actually flattering to Sabalenka. She was literally beaten like a drum at her own game by a younger and more talented girl.

Hoping for a DREAM final Dayana vs Caroline now.
 

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In love ???? Yasssss-tremska (aka Clay- Tremska) was taking no prisoners. Sabalenka was crying...no joke. So many winners Dayana hit from Sabalenka's dismal serving (mostly bad all match). Really like her game. Almost vintage, fearless Sharapova-esque.
 

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Dayana was just in beast mode. I actually think she plays even better as a counterpuncher - when she has more time to think and set up her shot she tends to be more error-prone, but when in form like today she's one of the better 'reflexive' players. Returning any ball you give her with an extra dollop of pace, and huge unexpected angles.

Not much more Sabalenka could have done except tone down the DFs that have plagued her matches the past few weeks. Although to be fair, today she has an excuse, it felt like Yastremska was hitting ROS winners off anything that wasn't an ace. <img src="https://www.tennisforum.com/images/smilies/laugh.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Laugh Out Loud" class="inlineimg" />
There was ZERO counterpunching in Yastremska's game.
 

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There shouldn't be any tournament the week before a slam. No one is playing. Too many WTA points for bunch for scrubs.
 

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It's a bit ironic, after winning Thailand, Yastremska looked absolutely destined to be a seed at RG, but barely won another point since (literally one win). Now, if she wins the final tomorrow, she would jump above Buz in the rankings into 32nd place, but too late to be a seed and she ended up drawing a seed who she lost to last week.
 

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Those stats :spit: Aryline Sabaniacki just can't do anything when a BBB is playing good (not even great) tennis.

Really impressive from Yastremska. Future GS champ, undoubtedly. :hearts:
 

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this match certainly didn't disappoint. Sabalenka played decently well, but more often then not she was finding herself in an uncomfortable position of the one absorbing the pressure.

 

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There was ZERO counterpunching in Yastremska's game.
Yes, there was. Just with a lot more power and aggression than one would normally see from a counterpuncher. She specifically takes the ball early and uses the pace of her opponent to redirect the ball elsewhere and create sharp angles (and like a lot of counterpunchers does this off the serve a lot as well).

She dictates a lot as well, but she even counterpunches on really fast surfaces (eg Luxembourg and Hong Kong last year). In the Hua Hin final she got ahead by hitting so well when on the stretch, or on the run and has a great '3rd shot off the serve' when someone hits a really great return off her serve and she finds a winner off of that..
 
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