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Re: W100 Charleston, SC (USA) 2019 | Apr 29 (Draws)

Davis vs Osuigwe in the second round could have big implications for the FO WC, with just one week remaining after this, but look out for Pera over in Prague too, as she could easily win a couple more matches there and take the overall lead (granted she is only 2 out from the MD and will likely get in directly anyways).
 

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2 easy rounds for Kaja. She made a right choice to travel to US. It would be much tougher in the QF where she could face Gibbs who is in good form lately.
 

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Re: W100 Charleston, SC (USA) 2019 | Apr 29 (Draws)

First Round

(Q)Deniz Khazaniuk (ISR) d. (1)Madison Brengle (USA) 75 76(5)
(Q)Louisa Chirico (USA) d. Caroline Dolehide (USA) 60 64
Whitney Osuigwe (USA) d. (Q)Sophie Chang (USA) 61 64
(5)Lauren Davis (USA) d. Lizette Cabrera (AUS) 62 67(8) 62

(3)Nicole Gibbs (USA) d. Sesil Karatantcheva (BUL) 75 61
Robin Anderson (USA) d. (Q)Gaia Sanesi (ITA) 64 63
(Q)Belinda Woolcock (AUS) d. (wc)Rasheeda McAdoo (USA) 62 76(1)
(7)Kaja Juvan (SLO) d. (LL)Abbie Myers (AUS) 63 60

(wc)Emma Navarro (USA) d. (8)Allie Kiick (USA) 63 60
(wc)Ann Li (USA) d. (SR)Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 61 60
(wc)Alycia Parks (USA) d. Ellen Perez (AUS) 64 06 62
(4)Anhelina Kalinina (UKR) d. Asia Muhammad (USA) 63 16 75

(Q)Cori Gauff (USA) d. Kimberly Birrell (AUS) 64 63
Veronica Cepede Royg (PAR) d. (Q)Mari Osaka (JPN) 16 75 63
(Q)Kayla Day (USA) d. Claire Liu (USA) 76(4) 64
(2)Taylor Townsend (USA) d. Katherine Sebov (CAN) 64 46 62
 

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Re: W100 Charleston, SC (USA) 2019 | Apr 29 (Qualifying Draw)

I wish there were more South American players that could actually prevent people like Brengle or Townsend lingering around and winning these big ass clay ITFs that they have no business winning.
Well, Brengle got KO'd in the first round, and as for the South American players you clamored for...

...Cepede Royg of PAR was beaten in R2 by a 15-year old.

Great win for Cori Gauff, by the way. Great defense, hustle, variety, drop shots, and consistency. Crazy that a young teenager was the far more solid and well-rounded player out there.
 

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Re: W100 Charleston, SC (USA) 2019 | Apr 29 (Qualifying Draw)

Well, Brengle got KO'd in the first round, and as for the South American players you clamored for...

...Cepede Royg of PAR was beaten in R2 by a 15-year old.

Great win for Cori Gauff, by the way. Great defense, hustle, variety, drop shots, and consistency. Crazy that a young teenager was the far more solid and well-rounded player out there.
Exactly!! Cori has beaten two Top 160 players in the first two rounds rather easily. She has looked far steadier, and really has an interesting game. Its not overpowering, therefore she doesn't make a ton of errors, but she has power. She mixes things up a lot, and HUSTLES for every ball with Venus like speed. This is nice to see for a girl that just turned 15.
 

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Re: W100 Charleston, SC (USA) 2019 | Apr 29 (Draws)

It'd be nice to have some actual big South American ITF events. No wonder women's tennis seems to be dying there.
 

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Re: W100 Charleston, SC (USA) 2019 | Apr 29 (Draws)

Second Round

(Q)Louisa Chirico (USA) d. (Q)Deniz Khazaniuk (ISR) 36 75 62
Whitney Osuigwe (USA) d. (5)Lauren Davis (USA) 26 63 63

(3)Nicole Gibbs (USA) d. Robin Anderson (USA) 64 75
(7)Kaja Juvan (SLO) d. (Q)Belinda Woolcock (AUS) 64 64

(wc)Emma Navarro (USA) d. (wc)Ann Li (USA) 63 64
(4)Anhelina Kalinina (UKR) d. (wc)Alycia Parks (USA) 62 64

(Q)Cori Gauff (USA) d. Veronica Cepede Royg (PAR) 64 61
(2)Taylor Townsend (USA) d. (Q)Kayla Day (USA) 64 62
 

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Re: W100 Charleston, SC (USA) 2019 | Apr 29 (Qualifying Draw)

Exactly!! Cori has beaten two Top 160 players in the first two rounds rather easily. She has looked far steadier, and really has an interesting game. Its not overpowering, therefore she doesn't make a ton of errors, but she has power. She mixes things up a lot, and HUSTLES for every ball with Venus like speed. This is nice to see for a girl that just turned 15.
You know what? I was trying to describe her game to my friend, and I couldn't really compare it to any single player out there. Of course, Serena and Venus come to mind first (as I recall her saying she was a big fan), but she brings her own unique style of play to the court. Some things I saw:

- variety: more than I remember from S&V way back in the day. So many youngsters these days (including some top prospects I follow) are just flat bashers. Cori brings way more to the table.
- seems far more comfortable, even natural, on clay than Vee (she did train at Patrick's academy, right?). I can see why she won the RG Junior title.
- speed: definitely Venus-esque, as you noted
- defense: not just the speed, but making the smart choice and just getting the ball back into play deep. I see a lot of players simply try to go for a winner (*glares at Keys*) when they're on the stretch. Cori is willing to extend the point as necessary.
- patience: showed tremendous composure in rallies, making the smart shot and letting Royg make the mistakes. Also didn't get down on herself after an early 1st set deficit.
- dropshots: willing to use them, and from what little I've seen, she's quite competent. A nice addition on any surface (something I really wish Rena would have worked on).

And on top of all that, she acted quite professionally when she won: no excessive celebrations or anything. Essentially, she acted like she supposed to win and simply did what was expected. Also showed some good net instincts (knowing the right time to approach) - I just love that (wish Naomi had it).

I hope she'll grow just a bit taller (for a better serve), because I think everything else in her game will come together with time (power, fitness, experience, decision making). But just seeing her play such a mature, solid, and varied game with all the tools at a mere 15 years of age gets me fired up for what's to come.

I'll definitely be watching tomorrow. Taylor's a big step up - let's see how she handles it.

Oh, and what's your take on her serve?
 

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Re: W100 Charleston, SC (USA) 2019 | Apr 29 (Draws)

Louisa, Cori, Whitney :yeah:

Vero though :awww: :no:
 

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Re: W100 Charleston, SC (USA) 2019 | Apr 29 (Qualifying Draw)

You know what? I was trying to describe her game to my friend, and I couldn't really compare it to any single player out there. Of course, Serena and Venus come to mind first (as I recall her saying she was a big fan), but she brings her own unique style of play to the court. Some things I saw:

- variety: more than I remember from S&V way back in the day. So many youngsters these days (including some top prospects I follow) are just flat bashers. Cori brings way more to the table.
- seems far more comfortable, even natural, on clay than Vee (she did train at Patrick's academy, right?). I can see why she won the RG Junior title.
- speed: definitely Venus-esque, as you noted
- defense: not just the speed, but making the smart choice and just getting the ball back into play deep. I see a lot of players simply try to go for a winner (*glares at Keys*) when they're on the stretch. Cori is willing to extend the point as necessary.
- patience: showed tremendous composure in rallies, making the smart shot and letting Royg make the mistakes. Also didn't get down on herself after an early 1st set deficit.
- dropshots: willing to use them, and from what little I've seen, she's quite competent. A nice addition on any surface (something I really wish Rena would have worked on).

And on top of all that, she acted quite professionally when she won: no excessive celebrations or anything. Essentially, she acted like she supposed to win and simply did what was expected. Also showed some good net instincts (knowing the right time to approach) - I just love that (wish Naomi had it).

I hope she'll grow just a bit taller (for a better serve), because I think everything else in her game will come together with time (power, fitness, experience, decision making). But just seeing her play such a mature, solid, and varied game with all the tools at a mere 15 years of age gets me fired up for what's to come.

I'll definitely be watching tomorrow. Taylor's a big step up - let's see how she handles it.

Oh, and what's your take on her serve?
Really nice write up, I'd say you just about nailed it! :grin2:
As far as her serve... it's a little hard to read. She has been clocked at over 115 mph, so you know she can bomb a serve. She doesn't do it often though. The 2nd serve has continually been shaky... again, reminds me of Venus here. I wish I could watch some more videos of Venus when she was 14-16 yrs old, and see how she played. Obviously with more experience, and more time to grow and get stronger, the serve should improve much more. I'm honestly trying to not go 100% all aboard the Gauff train, but its really hard not to... LOL
 

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Re: W100 Charleston, SC (USA) 2019 | Apr 29 (Draws)

A potential semi final line up of:

Juvan vs Osuigwe
Gauff vs Navarro

would be pretty cool. Hopefully at least 2 get there, most likely that top semi final.
 

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Re: W100 Charleston, SC (USA) 2019 | Apr 29 (Draws)

Yikes..... I think I just watched one of the most ghastly sets of tennis... almost ever.... All this raving about Gauff, and she just lost a 6-0 set to Townsend. Couldn't even get returns to land in court... Unless she is injured or sick, that was bad bad baaaaad. Considering how she has play this week, that is shocking.
She is truly looking and acting like a 15 yr old rec player today... when yesterday was the complete opposite..
She is down 0-6, 0-2 to Townsend

**Now all a sudden, Gauff is playing better... won 4 games in a row in the 2nd set.
 

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Re: W100 Charleston, SC (USA) 2019 | Apr 29 (Draws)

Just as I was praising Cori's solid play and composure, she eats a bagel and loses her cool on top of that. Still, this was expected considering the difference in age and experience.

NEEDS WORK
- Way too many DFs (8+ in total). Broke herself twice, including two straight DFs to do so in Set 3. She failed to hold serve at all in sets 1 and 3, and in at least two of those service games she hit 2 DFs.
- Too many UFEs. She would have shots lined up nicely, and then plop them right into the net.
- At the start of the match, wasn't ready for the shape and slice that Taylor brings to the table. Too much change of pace for the youngster.
- Got a code violation in Set 3. Unnecessary.

GOOD STUFF
- Didn't give up after the bagel. Kept fighting. I've seen grown women give up on matches, but Cori didn't.
- Good hands - showed some nice touch at the net.
- Made the necessary adjustments in set 2: stopped making so many errors, got returns in play, and served better. Townsend's level dropped, and that helped.

In summary, Cori showed remarkable composure, maturity and mental toughness to come back in set 2, but was a complete mess in sets 1 and 3. It happens. The 2nd serve is aggressive, but results in too many Yastremska-like DFs. Honestly, she may have won the match if it weren't for the sloppy serves. If she fixes that issue, she'll be fine.

Oh, well...she got two nice wins and a free tennis lesson from Taylor. On to the next tournament. Hopefully, I'll get a chance to watch.
 

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Re: W100 Charleston, SC (USA) 2019 | Apr 29 (Qualifying Draw)

I'm honestly trying to not go 100% all aboard the Gauff train, but its really hard not to... LOL
I hear, you...trying hard not to get overzealous in my enthusiasm. But with Amanda, Whitney, and Cori leading the young guns, it's hard not to get excited. And that's just the Americans - there are plenty of exciting players outside the US, as well.

Still, I can't help but feel that Gauff's going to be something special, and that's partly because she's so versatile (that's the one word I would use to describe her game): there's nothing she can't do, and she's only 15. There are a lot of promising youngsters (and adults) who are one dimensional, but not Cori. Once she gets bigger and stronger (as I would expect), I see a bright future.

I had that "she's going to be great" feeling about Osaka back in '17, and was spot-on with that one. Even though Naomi doesn't have half the versatility of Cori (defense, touch, net game, variety), she has something you can't teach, and that's size. As such, she can bludgeon her foes into oblivion and serve herself out of tough spots. It's why I'm hoping Gauff can grow just a bit more - size (up to a limit) is a huge advantage.
 

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Re: W100 Charleston, SC (USA) 2019 | Apr 29 (Draws)

Oh poor Chirico.... this is the last thing she needs for her fragile mentality. Down to Osuigwe 0-6 0-1..
Seems like she has been playing better this year, and hopefully gaining confidence as well. Bagels don't really help.. especially to 17 yr olds.
 
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