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Re: US Open R1: Ostapenko def. Krunić 6-4 7-6

Penko fought back from several bad situations (0-40 down, 4-6 down in tiebreak, and so on). At times with help from Krunic, yes, but she fought.

And she looked pretty good doing it, she's clearly been training quite a bit (the Adidas kit also looks good on her).
 

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Re: US Open R1: Ostapenko def. Krunić 6-4 7-6

Some improvement I thought though the lack of confidence still makes it a tough watch in the Big Moments.

I mean until she had to serve for the match she had almost kept the double faults down to single figures...
 

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Re: US Open R1: Ostapenko def. Krunić 6-4 7-6

This is such a sad result for humanity :sad: I feel like Aleksandra has too much self-doubt deeply ingrained in her and it reduces her ability.

@Shvedbarilescu :hug:
 

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Re: US Open R1: Ostapenko def. Krunić 6-4 7-6

The match was pretty messy all the way through. Aleks :sad: Too bad she couldn't hold onto the break in the second set. She looked so dejected and lacking in confidence. Hopefully she'll do better in the doubles.
 

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Re: US Open R1: Ostapenko def. Krunić 6-4 7-6

Alex looked a bit under the weather and thus obviously slow, especially in the 2nd set. In theory, 2nd round should be easier because no pushers there.
 

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Re: US Open R1: Ostapenko def. Krunić 6-4 7-6

As a Krunic fan it was disappointing to see that very tight 2nd set escape from her. But what was more disappointing was to see how down Aleks looks at the moment. She was clearly trying and was hitting numerous good shots and yet she seems somehow disinterested in the result, as if she was going through the motions of trying rather than actually caring about the result. I hope life is going okay for her outside of tennis and I hope it isn't too long before she is actually enjoying her tennis again. There were no signs of that today even during the periods when she was competing very well.

I would say one more thing. One doesn't beat Ostapenko by trying play like Ostapenko. Ostapenko does Ostapenko better than anyone else. If you get into a hard-hitting battle to hit winners with Jelena you will lose almost everytime. I am surprised Aleks took that sort of approach today and I am even more surprised she almost got away with it in the 2nd set. Nevertheless, that is not how to beat Ostapenko. You beat Ostapenko by being solid. By making returns, by getting 1st serves in and not double faulting and by retrieving well and making Jelena hit one more shot over and over. You beat her by changing the pace, creating angles, making her move without going for the flashy winner. Discipline. You let Ostapenko's game break down. 14 winners in 2 sets is a lot of winners to hit against Ostapenko who is generally very tough to hit winners against because she is normally putting her opponent on the back foot. But 24 errors against Ostapenko won't get the job done. 5 winners, 10 errors are the kind of numbers that players that beat Ostapenko usually end up with.

Having said all that credit to Jelena for a having a pretty good day. She had some awful patches and some extremely good patches as she does every match. Today they just about levelled out, the good patches might even have edged it. Jelena did return Aleks' serve very well and Aleks wasn't serving badly. That was very much the key to Jelena's victory. I can't recall an Ostapenko match I have seen in a long while in which Jelena put so many returns into play. She hardly missed any. 36 errors is also on the low side for her. So, by her standards it was a pretty clean match.
 

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Re: US Open R1: Ostapenko def. Krunić 6-4 7-6

Always a good day when Jel-O wins. It means we get to see her and her entertaining ways again this tournament.

This was a match up between 2 out of form players, so really it was a great opportunity for both to try and emerge as the winner and improve their W/L ratio a little this year.
 

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Re: US Open R1: Ostapenko def. Krunić 6-4 7-6

Back to 5k's for Krunic :shrug:
 

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Re: US Open R1: Ostapenko def. Krunić 6-4 7-6

Aleksandra should consider becoming a doubles specialist, because this is clearly going nowhere.
 

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Upset of the tournament!
 

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Re: US Open R1: Ostapenko def. Krunić 6-4 7-6

I am always amazed that someone as small as Krunic wins any matches in th WTA.
Not only is Krunic short, but she is nothing but skin and bones.
 
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