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Here it goes. Is Simona ready to make the final statement here as well?

Besides the Azarenka win, her biggest matches were the losses to Serena and Maria.

Recent results = R1 2017 / 2018
Best result = semifinal 2015




Bottom half plays monday, so Simona will play on Tuesday, August 27

LOUIS ARMSTRONG STADIUM
second match (so probably some time after 1:30 PM New York time)

S. Halep (ROU) [4]
vs.
N. Gibbs (USA)


(1)Naomi Osaka - Anna Blinkova
Astra Sharma - Magda Linette
Anastasia Potapova - (WC)Coco Gauff
(Q)Timea Babos - (28) Carla Suárez Navarro

(21)Anett Kontaveit - Sara Sorribes Tormo
Ajla Tomljanovic - Marie Bouzkova
Alize Cornet - Jessica Pegula
Mandy Minella - (13)Belinda Bencic

(9)Aryna Sabalenka - Viktoria Azarenka
Yulia Putintseva - Madison Brengle
Kaia Kanepi - Tatiana Maria
(Q)Richel Hogenkamp - (23)Donna Vekic

(26)Julia Goerges - Natalia Vikhlyantseva
(WC)Francesca Di Lorenzo - Veronika Kudermetova
Pauline Parmentier - Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
(LL)Paula Badosa - (7)Kiki Bertens

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(4)Simona Halep - (LL)Nicole Gibbs
(Q)Taylor Townsend - Kateryna Kozlova
Sorana-Mihaela Cirstea - Katerina Siniakova
Aliona Bolsova - (31)Barbora Strycova

(19)Caroline Wozniacki - Yafan Wang
Danielle Rose Collins - Polona Hercog
Lesya Tsurenko - Mona Barthel
(WC)Katie Volynets - (15)Bianca Andreescu

(11)Sloane Stephens - (Q)Anna Kalinskaya
(WC)Kristie Ahn - Svetlana Kuznetsova
Alexandra Krunic - Jelena Ostapenko
Alison Riske - (24)Garbine Muguruza

(25)Elise Mertens - Jil Belen Teichmann
Kristyna Pliskova - (WC)Diane Parry
Andrea Petkovic - Mihaela Buzarnescu
(Q)Denisa Allertova - (6)Petra Kvitova

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(5)Elina Svitolina -(WC)Whitney Osuigwe
Saisai Zheng - Venus Williams
Monica Puig - Rebecca Peterson
Monica Niculescu - (32)Dayana Yastremska

(20)Sofia Kenin - Coco Vandeweghe
(Q)Magdalena Frech - Laura Siegemund
Lin Zhu - (Q)Xinyu Wang
Misaki Doi - (10)Madison Keys

(16)Johanna Konta - Darya Kasatkina
Margarita Gasparyan - (LL)Priscilla Hon
Ekaterina Alexandrova -(WC)Samantha Stosur
Viktorija Golubic - (33)Shuai Zhang

(27)Caroline Garcia - Ons Jabeur
Aliaksandra Sasnovich - Jennifer Brady
(Q)Mariam Bolkvadze - Bernarda Pera
(Q)Tereza Martincova - (3)Karolina Pliskova

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(8)Serena Williams - Maria Sharapova
(WC)Caty McNally - Timea Bacsinszky
(Q)Elena Rybakina - Karolina Muchova
(Q)Jana Cepelova - (29)Su-Wei Hsieh

(22)Petra Martic - Tamara Zidansek
(Q)Ana Bogdan -(Q)Harriet Dart
Ivana Jorovic - Iga Swiatek
Eugenie Bouchard - (12)Anastasija Sevastova

(14)Angelique Kerber - Kristina Mladenovic
Fiona Ferro - Daria Gavrilova
Viktoria Kuzmova - Alison Van Uytvanck
(Q)Caroline Dolehide - (18)Qiang Wang

(30)Maria Sakkari - Camila Giorgi
(Q)Shuai Peng - (LL)Varvara Lepchenko
Lauren Davis - (Q)Johanna Larsson
Zarina Diyas - (2)Ashleigh Barty






Simona is back in the battle for #1. :D Chart:
https://twitter.com/danielradutenis/status/1163495649058463744?s=19




https://www.usopen.org/index.html



***I thought a thread with the draw at the beginning is better than to continue the worm-up thread.
 

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Re: USO2019 - Simona a multi-Slam champion missing a slam final only here.

The Gibbs match doesn't look like a daunting start but Simona may have additional nerves after her previous early exits. I'd like to see Simona stick to plan A, try to find her best form and move and return well so she can get a straight sets win if possible. If she can get through R1, it should steady the nerves and perhaps set the platform for a good run in NY.

Come on Simona!
 

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If Simo can get past the first round and stay fit, she should be favourite to win it. On her day she's unbeatable and is the most consistent Slam performer out there (apart from US Open of course!)
Actually, as I think others pointed out in the Toronto-Cinci thread, the change of serve mid-season (combined with the change of surface) could make her pretty vulnerable. For once I'm not that worried about R1 & R2 (though I hope I don't jinx it... remember Davis?), but as of R3 (Siniakova) things will get challenging. I'm not saying others have better odds... but none has even 50% of the odds, and chances are we end up with a surprise winner once more.

Beyond health, I also hope things are in a good place in her private life too, because that could be a distraction too (be it for positive or negative reasons). She has the talent to win it all, but the sweet spot where focus & concentration meet relaxation, in such way that she can produce the best results, is not always an easy one for her. I'm cautiously optimistic after what they managed at Wimbledon, but I'm not yet dreaming of the title. But if they do manage to pull it off, I'll totally jump in the Dobre bandwagon. :p
 

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Simona played some fine tennis today. It's a pity about set 2. In set 1 she had 15W and 12 UE, in set 2, 7W and 22UE and 12W and 8 UE in set 3.
A good workout for Simona who hit some great returns, but was made to work hard for her points by Gibbs.

Well done Simona and good luck for R2!
 

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Re: USO2019 - Simona a multi-Slam champion missing a slam final only here.

Well that was a good starting match. Some great points won by both players. Simona showing some of the initiative from Wimbledon. Needs better serve to really have a chance though...

R2 match will be

S. Halep (ROU) [4]
vs.
T. Townsend (USA) (105)

Draw after R1

(1)Naomi Osaka - Magda Linette
(Q)Timea Babos - (WC)Coco Gauff
(21)Anett Kontaveit - Ajla Tomljanovic
Alize Cornet - (13)Belinda Bencic

(9)Aryna Sabalenka - Yulia Putintseva
Kaia Kanepi - (23)Donna Vekic
(26)Julia Goerges - (WC)Francesca Di Lorenzo
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova - (7)Kiki Bertens

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(4)Simona Halep - (Q)Taylor Townsend
Sorana Cirstea - Aliona Bolsova
(19)Caroline Wozniacki - Danielle Collins
(LL)K. Flipkens - (15)Bianca Andreescu

(Q)Anna Kalinskaya - (WC)Kristie Ahn
Jelena Ostapenko - Alison Riske
(25)Elise Mertens - Kristyna Pliskova
Andrea Petkovic - (6)Petra Kvitova

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(5)Elina Svitolina - Venus Williams
Rebecca Peterson - (32)Dayana Yastremska
(20)Sofia Kenin - Laura Siegemund
Lin Zhu - (10)Madison Keys

(16)Johanna Konta - Margarita Gasparyan
Ekaterina Alexandrova - (33)Shuai Zhang
Ons Jabeur - Aliaksandra Sasnovich
(Q)Mariam Bolkvadze - (3)Karolina Pliskova

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(8)Serena Williams - (WC)Caty McNally
Karolina Muchova - (29)Su-Wei Hsieh
(22)Petra Martic - (Q)Ana Bogdan
Iga Swiatek - (12)Anastasija Sevastova

Kristina Mladenovic - Fiona Ferro
Alison Van Uytvanck - (18)Qiang Wang
(30)Maria Sakkari - (Q)Shuai Peng
Lauren Davis - (2)Ashleigh Barty
 

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Well that was a good starting match. Some great points won by both players. Simona showing some of the initiative from Wimbledon. Needs better serve to really have a chance though...

R2 match will be

S. Halep (ROU) [4]
vs.
T. Townsend (USA) (105)

Draw after R1

(1)Naomi Osaka - Magda Linette
(Q)Timea Babos - (WC)Coco Gauff
(21)Anett Kontaveit - Ajla Tomljanovic
Alize Cornet - (13)Belinda Bencic

(9)Aryna Sabalenka - Yulia Putintseva
Kaia Kanepi - (23)Donna Vekic
(26)Julia Goerges - (WC)Francesca Di Lorenzo
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova - (7)Kiki Bertens

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(4)Simona Halep - (Q)Taylor Townsend
Sorana Cirstea - Aliona Bolsova
(19)Caroline Wozniacki - Danielle Collins
(LL)K. Flipkens - (15)Bianca Andreescu

(Q)Anna Kalinskaya - (WC)Kristie Ahn
Jelena Ostapenko - Alison Riske
(25)Elise Mertens - Kristyna Pliskova
Andrea Petkovic - (6)Petra Kvitova

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(5)Elina Svitolina - Venus Williams
Rebecca Peterson - (32)Dayana Yastremska
(20)Sofia Kenin - Laura Siegemund
Lin Zhu - (10)Madison Keys

(16)Johanna Konta - Margarita Gasparyan
Ekaterina Alexandrova - (33)Shuai Zhang
Ons Jabeur - Aliaksandra Sasnovich
(Q)Mariam Bolkvadze - (3)Karolina Pliskova

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(8)Serena Williams - (WC)Caty McNally
Karolina Muchova - (29)Su-Wei Hsieh
(22)Petra Martic - (Q)Ana Bogdan
Iga Swiatek - (12)Anastasija Sevastova

Kristina Mladenovic - Fiona Ferro
Alison Van Uytvanck - (18)Qiang Wang
(30)Maria Sakkari - (Q)Shuai Peng
Lauren Davis - (2)Ashleigh Barty
I gotta commend you for the work you're doing as a thread opener. It's nice to see updated draws after the first round with only the players left. As for Simona, I wish the Simo of the third set played all her matches. That was a beautiful cleaning offensive aggressive and accurate performance. She embraced the base line, played deep, and painted the lines. I think Simo has a very workable draw till 4R where according to projections she'll face Bianca. That would be a heck of a match if it ever happens, and honestly a total toss up, but for now Simo has to worry about Townsend. Although Taylor has a very nice game with a lot of variety, Simona should beat her because she moves much better on court. If Simo wins, next would be either Bolzova or Cirstea. I don't know too much about Bolzova, only that she made it to 4R in Roland Garros. About Sorana, oh well.... she's hit or miss, but I don't see her beating Simo because Simo is much more steady. I don't know if Sorana would fight extra hard because of the incentive of beating her country woman plus I don't think there's too much love between these two. Anyway, I'm just glad Simo finally surpassed the first round. Oh and btw, I think her outfit is pretty , and she looks great in it. Out of all the Nike girls, I think Simo and Maria Sakkari look the best in their outfits because they both have killer bodies.
 

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Hey guys, did you know Simo is also playing mixed doubles? She pairs up with Horia Tecău, they're scheduled to play tonight!
 

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Re: USO2019 - Simona a multi-Slam champion missing a slam final only here.

If they don't mess with the show courts tomorrow, Simona plays the second match again after a men's match, but on Arthur Ashe Stadium, and this time they start one hour later.


ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM
S. Halep (ROU) [4]
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T. Townsend (USA)
 

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They won't mess with that. They put out the OOP for Ashe and Armstrong 1st knowing already they'll have to cram all the leftovers from yesterday.
 

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What happened there? Simona looked fairly good at the end of the first set and then seemed to just fall away. I don't know if Simona was ill, but today she looked like a player running on empty.
Townsend had a plan and Simona played into her trap time after time.
It looks like she should forget about no 1 for the time being. Let's see if she can get a few wins in China. Any wins she can get will add to her points and at least help her continue her long residence in the top 10.

Hard luck, Simona!
 

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What happened there?
Darren.

Feel free to hate me for that, but to me the answer is just that simple.

 
Not the man's fault. It's hers. She's mesmerized by him (as father figure or whatever) and her attention went too much lately into seducing him back (professionally and personally, but not in a sexual way, don't get me wrong). But he's only good in giving advice on how to tackle the opponent. He's pretty bad in actually preparing her for the match. She's effing up the chances to get the best out of Dobre, as long as her main focus remains getting Darren back. He's great... but not the coaching god she sometimes seems to think he is.
 

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Re: USO2019 - Simona a multi-Slam champion missing a slam final only here.

What happened there? Simona looked fairly good at the end of the first set and then seemed to just fall away. I don't know if Simona was ill, but today she looked like a player running on empty.
Townsend had a plan and Simona played into her trap time after time.
It looks like she should forget about no 1 for the time being. Let's see if she can get a few wins in China. Any wins she can get will add to her points and at least help her continue her long residence in the top 10.

Hard luck, Simona!
She couldn't adapt to TTs tactics. I't's quite shocking that a player with her experience didn't think to lob her every time she was glued at the net. The few "lobs" were more like passing winner attempts (not enough height), while she should have gone for the type of safe lobs that would have pushed TT back and put her in a difficult situation. It's such an easy shot, country club players will usually go for that rather than the fancier passes which are so hit or miss
 

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Ok, not as sad as I thought I would be after this loss. That Wimbledon win is still fresh in my memory and it just brightens my mood everytime I think of it :hearts: Taking positives from this loss, at least now I don't have to keep staying awake waiting for the matches to start. All my faves are already out of the tournament except for Ostapenko :lol:

Simo lost focus after loosing her first service game in the second set. Played so stupidly on BPs playing all the passing shots to TT's FH :facepalm: was so unclutch today. I don't understand why they messed with her serve.

 
I don't think it's a coincidence she always serves like shit whenever Cahill's around. Not saying that she lost today because of him but that guy just isn't good for her tennis. He gets(and takes) too much credit for her success and that RG win but imo, given her talent she underachieved a lot under(and bcoz of) his coaching or lack thereof :eek:h: I mean, what brilliant coach asks his player to just roll in her serves to avoid hitting second serves :facepalm: He just reminds me of Patrick Morontoglou- an overrated opportunistic parasite fishing for attention but in a more subtle manner. I mean, him trying to get back on the team just after Simo started cruising through her matches at Wimbledon is just :help: Whatever happened to that one year break from coaching focusing on his son's career :rolleyes:

I was so happy when they finally split last year. This year, she gradually started playing more instinctively like she used to in 2013-14. It worries me now that he's back on her team.
 

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Also, is it just me or did Simo actually lose some weight? She looks leaner than she was at Wimbledon.

Even during her first round, her face looked like she was spent. Maybe she overtrained after Cincinnati to regain her form and fitness.
 

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Gutted for Simona but she just looked overwhelmed by Townsend's game. Too bad she's been doing terribly in my home slam. Another year that I won't be able to see her live. I guess there's still Bianca and Sakkari to support. As for Simo, I hope she does better in Asia this time because she has no points to defend till the end of the year. However, it is unlikely that she's gonna finish as #1 after this result. There was was a great chunk of points that she could have collected had she got to qf or further. Anyway, being Simo's fan you learn that you gotta be prepared for the ups and downs. Always supporting her no matter what. That's the sport, you lose, you win.
 

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She did it again. You think, "Simona's been #1. She won RG and Wimbledon now. She can't do anything to really upset and embarrass me anymore.", and she inevitably has a day like today. That's one of her worst losses ever. Just absolutely inexcusable, and I like Taylor and her game, but she should not be beating a top-5 seed in a Slam. Simona's inability to adjust to Taylor coming to the net on every single point was hilariously pathetic. Literally everyone paying any attention to the match was asking, "Why doesn't she try a lob?" And now she's a laughingstock again. Just another flake who can't back up her big Slam wins, and can't handle the bright lights of NY.

YE#1 is down the drain now. Simona was looking for any excuse to bug out of NY, so I expect she'll flop in China too, as usual. Anything to get home quicker. Will she really show up for that P470 in China next week? We know she doesn't care about P470s, and I can't imagine her flying to China for a few days, flying back to Romania for a week, back to China for another two weeks, back to Romania, then back to China for the YEC.
FWIW, she might as well take the rest of this year off like she did in 2018. Wimbledon was enough for her, because she really doesn't have the heart of a competitor. She would have been fine with zero titles this year, and since she wasn't expecting to win Wimbledon, she'll now say 2020 will be a chill year. The worst part of the "chill year" crap is how it doesn't remotely work. She is a bundle of nerves on the verge of meltdown before every single match, including today against an opponent who had never troubled her before. I have to believe she would have at least tried the occasional lob if she wasn't in full-fledged panic today. Forget the sports psychologist. Simona still needs nothing less than a lobotomy to improve her game. A perpetually nervous, clueless wreck.
 

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She did it again. You think, "Simona's been #1. She won RG and Wimbledon now. She can't do anything to really upset and embarrass me anymore.", and she inevitably has a day like today. That's one of her worst losses ever. Just absolutely inexcusable, and I like Taylor and her game, but she should not be beating a top-5 seed in a Slam. Simona's inability to adjust to Taylor coming to the net on every single point was hilariously pathetic. Literally everyone paying any attention to the match was asking, "Why doesn't she try a lob?" And now she's a laughingstock again. Just another flake who can't back up her big Slam wins, and can't handle the bright lights of NY.

YE#1 is down the drain now. Simona was looking for any excuse to bug out of NY, so I expect she'll flop in China too, as usual. Anything to get home quicker. Will she really show up for that P470 in China next week? We know she doesn't care about P470s, and I can't imagine her flying to China for a few days, flying back to Romania for a week, back to China for another two weeks, back to Romania, then back to China for the YEC.
FWIW, she might as well take the rest of this year off like she did in 2018. Wimbledon was enough for her, because she really doesn't have the heart of a competitor. She would have been fine with zero titles this year, and since she wasn't expecting to win Wimbledon, she'll now say 2020 will be a chill year. The worst part of the "chill year" crap is how it doesn't remotely work. She is a bundle of nerves on the verge of meltdown before every single match, including today against an opponent who had never troubled her before. I have to believe she would have at least tried the occasional lob if she wasn't in full-fledged panic today. Forget the sports psychologist. Simona still needs nothing less than a lobotomy to improve her game. A perpetually nervous, clueless wreck.
Embarrased??? Are you for real? She just lost because Townsend was better. The way Serena has lost to a scrub like Cornet twice. Top players have bad days. Was Simo prepared for Townsend coming like 100 times to the net?? Probably not. Why didn't she try more lobs?? No one knows, only her. And here you are creating conspiracy theories about her dislike for the tournament and just looking for a excuse. She wanted to win, she just couldn't. Blame it on her wrong tactics but I think it's wrong from you to say that she needs a lobotomy. She's an over achiever. We all know her game is limited because she has zero net game. Still she has won two slams and has been #1 and will surely be a hall of famer.

How many times have you had to shut your mouth and recognize that you're wrong after she's won titles. She has never had a year where she is in a high level on its entirety. Historically her Asian swing campaigns have been poor but whose to say this year won't be different?? Why dont you try to give her a little bit of more credit??? Is that so hard to just go with the flow and always be so tragic every time Simo loses???
 

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Re: USO2019 - Simona a multi-Slam champion missing a slam final only here.

Well that was unexpected, but hopefully she learns for next time to have a strategy to someone trying this again.


Draw after R2

(1)Naomi Osaka - (WC)Coco Gauff
(21)Anett Kontaveit - (13)Belinda Bencic
Yulia Putintseva - (23)Donna Vekic
(26)Julia Goerges - (7)Kiki Bertens

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(Q)Taylor Townsend - Sorana Cirstea
(19)Caroline Wozniacki - (15)Bianca Andreescu
(Q)Anna Kalinskaya - Jelena Ostapenko
(25)Elise Mertens - Andrea Petkovic

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(5)Elina Svitolina - (32)Dayana Yastremska
(20)Sofia Kenin - (10)Madison Keys
(16)Johanna Konta - (33)Shuai Zhang
Ons Jabeur - (3)Karolina Pliskova

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(8)Serena Williams - Karolina Muchova
(22)Petra Martic - (12)Anastasija Sevastova
Fiona Ferro - (18)Qiang Wang
(30)Maria Sakkari - (2)Ashleigh Barty
 

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Embarrased??? Are you for real? She just lost because Townsend was better. The way Serena has lost to a scrub like Cornet twice. Top players have bad days. Was Simo prepared for Townsend coming like 100 times to the net?? Probably not. Why didn't she try more lobs?? No one knows, only her. And here you are creating conspiracy theories about her dislike for the tournament and just looking for a excuse. She wanted to win, she just couldn't. Blame it on her wrong tactics but I think it's wrong from you to say that she needs a lobotomy. She's an over achiever. We all know her game is limited because she has zero net game. Still she has won two slams and has been #1 and will surely be a hall of famer.

How many times have you had to shut your mouth and recognize that you're wrong after she's won titles. She has never had a year where she is in a high level on its entirety. Historically her Asian swing campaigns have been poor but whose to say this year won't be different?? Why dont you try to give her a little bit of more credit??? Is that so hard to just go with the flow and always be so tragic every time Simo loses???
Serena has never lost in the first two rounds of the USO. Sharapova had never lost a 1st round until she faced Serena. Simona is now 4-6 in the first two rounds of the USO. That is unacceptable for a top player. Today was not "just a bad day". It wasn't an unfortunate draw. It was as favorable a matchup as Simona could ask for, and she completely flopped because she lacks basic tennis skills & smarts that no other player, let alone top player, lacks.
I get stressed before every Simona match, because I know she can lose to literally anybody with her limited game. Even so, I didn't think she would lose to Taylor unless she completely no-showed. In fact, I was praying she would draw Taylor as the first round qualifier because I had seen their previous matchups, and I knew Taylor didn't have anything to really threaten Simona with. A good net game, but can't blow Simona off the court and can't keep retrieving and exposing Simona's refusal to come forward and finish points. I was a little worried about, "Be careful what you wish for", but Simona really couldn't have asked for a better matchup. Gibbs/Townsend/Cirstea is as easy a path to the 4th round as you'll ever get, and she blew it.
The first set went as expected with Simona dominating the baseline rallies. I wasn't surprised to see her immediately fall behind in the second set, because it seems to happen every match now when she cruises in the first set. The difference this time was Taylor coming to net on every single point, and Simona completely failing to make any adjustments through two whole sets. Basic common sense would tell anyone to lob Taylor a few times to get her running and back her off a bit. How could anyone, especially Simona, look at Taylor and not think, "I need to make this girl run a lot" in the third set??
No, what happened was an inexcusable display of panicked brainlessness from someone who we should expect more from. Trying passing shot after passing shot, most of them into the net or right back at Taylor. You can't be fighting for #1, coming off a Wimbledon win, and wave away a loss like this. I'm embarrassed. Simona should be embarrassed. She should be angry and determined to fix the massive holes in her game.
But she won't be. No matter what she says, Simona won't learn anything from this. There will be no introspection or dedication to expanding her game. She'll practice hard, but what does she actually practice? I partly blame her coaches for her complete lack of game inside the baseline, as she's not gonna try things in matches that she hasn't been drilling over and over. From what I've seen of her practices, there's never been more than a cursory attempt at volleying, lobbing, and transition game. And in her practice matches vs players with variety like Barty & Kasatkina, Simona was barely winning a point. Her best matchup now is someone like Goerges, who will rally from the baseline with her before going too big and usually missing. That used to be Keys too, but Maddie dominated Simona in Cincy and also won basically every point at the net. I'm not sure how many matches Simona would have won this entire year without opponents playing into her game of trading groundstrokes from the baseline and handing her the majority of points on errors, and that includes the Wimbledon final. Serena was godawful. She really should have lost to Brady and Alexandrova too, but they both choked trying to close it out.
I wonder how many more she'll win when every opponent should know by now to disrupt her rhythm and watch her crumble. All the talk about how Simona has no points to defend the rest of the year, and now I get the feeling you'll be saying that at this point next year too.
 

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Also, is it just me or did Simo actually lose some weight? She looks leaner than she was at Wimbledon.

Even during her first round, her face looked like she was spent. Maybe she overtrained after Cincinnati to regain her form and fitness.
I was thinking the same during the match. My perception was that her arms and legs looked a little thinner than previously, though perhaps the fit and colour of the costume affects how lean she looks.
 
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