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Not a fan of her game but Barty deserves all the credit in the world.

She was getting criticized for ghosting the WTA tour last year, with many questioning her status as #1, but she returns after over a year out barely missing a step: won the warmup 500 event at AO, made the AO QFs, defended Miami, showed up to Charleston and now into her 3rd final of the season with a chance to become the race #1 if she wins.
She's now played more tournaments since the tour restarted in August than Osaka - 6 vs 5.
 

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Happy Birthday to Ash! Svitolina played very well, and as already said was painting lines and served extremely well. It really took Ash coming to net to put doubt in Elina's head in the 2nd and 3rd set and it worked. Wish she would do it more often. Apart from a few sprayed unforced errors from both it was pretty good quality actually.
 

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That’s the first case in history where back to back opponents in a 500 level or greater tournament had opponents serve for the match against them in the quarters or later and neither opponent got a match point. There have been many cases where neither opponent went on to win the match but first time evidently neither had a match point in the game.
 

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When push comes to shove, the pusher inevitably gets shoved.

Serving for the match against Barty must have brought back memories of choking against the qualifier Podorska in the quarters of the French.

The mind numbing pushing and consistency should ensure a top ten ranking over the next several years, but Svitolina will likely have to drop down to the 250 level for more titles.

All told, what a sorry waste of bandwidth!
 

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Surely that match should put to rest the stupidity that Svitolina is a pusher and nothing else. Pushers don't serve nine aces against the world number one. Pushers don't win 80+% of their first serves (even if if did drop later). It may not have been the greatest, but it was a truly entertaining match with some wonderful rallies and fabulous shots.
 

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Interestingly enough having watched Ash's matches this week, it was only the last set today where she didn't look like a deer trying to walk over a frozen lake. Within 5 minutes today she had an ankle flick which concerned me because she grimaced. To make a final and have only played on the surface comfortably for one set says a lot about her adaptability. Also when about to be serving up 4-2 in the second set and the umpire had to bring out tape to try and fix a camera to the net because it fell off. Ash got broken and upset her momentum at that stage and then fell to 4-5. Didn't bitch or whine. Pulled it back together when she had to. Incredible stuff from Ash. Svitolina will make noise in the next month or so if she plays as she did for most of today.
 

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Surely that match should put to rest the stupidity that Svitolina is a pusher and nothing else. Pushers don't serve nine aces against the world number one. Pushers don't win 80+% of their first serves (even if if did drop later). It may not have been the greatest, but it was a truly entertaining match with some wonderful rallies and fabulous shots.
Elina is certainly no pusher and she was known to have weapons when she first started on tour. What the reasonable criticism of her game is the defensive mindset, but she took it to Ash today right from the beginning.
 
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