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Still too much UEs from Lisicki. Solid play from Kozlova who took care of not being caught off guard. Closed with an ace.

Some fine rallies in this match.

Thanks for coming back, Sabine! :cheer:

Congrats and good luck Kateryna! :clap2:
 

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Sabine :sad:
 

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NID, sorry DanielHugues...
It was a pleasure to read all those scorelines in the Lisicki thread :hug:


ex-doper through to a final :ras:
 
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NID, sorry Daniel...
It was a pleasure to read all those scorelines in the Lisicki thread :hug:


ex-doper through to a final :ras:
Kozlova really was not at fault for her doping at all, her doctor gave her illegal substances and didn't tell her from what I understand. She got the minimum 6 month ban, her doctor got 4 years :shrug:
 

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Kozlova really was not at fault for her doping at all, her doctor gave her illegal substances and didn't tell her from what I understand. She got the minimum 6 month ban, her doctor got 4 years :shrug:
same with Cornet (fishy behaviour with 3 times failing presence) and Sharapova (in terms of 'I took it for years just for prophylaxis' but a little more before a GS to be sure) ?


You have to admit that picking holes in those assertions/arguments is a right of a person loving to watch clean sports.


and those cases become ordinary already
(Karatantcheva, Hingis et al.)
 

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same with Cornet (fishy behaviour with 3 times failing presence) and Sharapova (in terms of 'I took it for years just for prophylaxis' but a little more before a GS to be sure) ?


You have to admit that picking holes in those assertions/arguments is a right of a person loving to watch clean sports.


and those cases become ordinary already
(Karatantcheva, Hingis et al.)
Sharapova and Cornet's cases are worse in my opinion. Kozlova was literally given a drug by her doctor and told that it was fine when it had already been banned. Cornet's disregard for anti-doping and Sharapova's negligence to not check a banned list is far worse and shows more disregard for clean sports than Kozlova's case where she was lied to by her doctor. The fact that Kozlova's doctor has been banned for four years and she got the minimum sentence really does show who was at fault in her case.

Kozlova also only had that product in her system for one tournament, she hadn't been using it at all before Dubai which was where she tested positive and where her ban started. Plus her results have been far better since her ban anyway :shrug: I am a huge defender of clean sports but this case really was an exceptional one and she in no way is a drug cheat.
 

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One match too many for Sabine, and though I'm sad at the loss I'm quite pleased that she managed to keep this as tight as she did given how exhausting her heroics yesterday will have been; this, again, was her first tournament back after surgery. And that's the thing - as partisan and optimistic I am :)) ) I was not exactly expecting a week like this - it's been very special.
 

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Lisicki forgot how to play at the net. She used to be good there.
Too many UEs on crucial points. Take your time lady. And hit the ball over the net. How many times did you dump those easy points in the net?
Go practice with Wozniacki. She'll show you how not to dump balls in the net. :) :)
 

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Bitchy handshake from Lisicki

Still a great week for her, after coming back
 

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Can’t recall if this is Kozlova’s first WTA final but I’m not surprised. I remember when I watched her at the US Open one year, I think against Venus in 1st or 2nd round, how good her ball striking was and that she has a bright future ahead. She has a lovely smile on court too; you can tell how much she is enjoying herself this week.
 

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Good week for Sabs.
 

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Lisicki has this Sunshine 2.0 reputation but she's always one of the coldest players whenever she loses. Much easier to smile when you win ...
 

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Sabine:hug:

Still a good tournament and she has no points to defend until Mallorca so her ranking should rocket with a few wins:)
 
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