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While it does not have the strength of last year's field with Cirstea, Siniakova, Krejcikova etc, there are some story lines here. Krunic and Gasanova have been mucking around in the 150s they have the game to play in the WTA and this is an opportunity to get points and start 2022 on a positive note. Hontama has been hot and could go deep. Vikhs has really hit bottom, dropped her rank by 73 to 239 this week, she was so good at 2019 IW, looked like a top 50 player. Good chinese players if they do come, Xinyu really winning WTA matches and Qinwen playing well also.
 

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Good week for tennis junkies, 100k , 50K, and two 25Ks. It is Thanksgiving week in the USA and most will have a four day weekend, so good time to scrounge around for streaming sites. Hard to come by in the US, other than ITF streaming.
 

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ITF streamed the first match on Court 1. The video was decent quality. But they did not continue with the second match on that court. ITF is not streaming any match from this tournament. There are 4 macthes going on.
 

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Schoofs vs Mitu was a good Quality match. Journey woman Mitu played like the top 100 player she was many years ago and outhit Schoofs for a comfortable win 64 62. 19 year old Krueger battled 30 year old Fomina, both were aggressive players taking the ball early and hitting hard. Krueger did well to win in 2 sets. Grabher looked good. Selekhmetova won comfortably, she needs a few MD wins to get AO qualies spot.
 

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Day 2:

Qualies: While day 1 was over quickly, in day 2, 6 of the 8 matches had TBs. Grabher and Krueger went toe-to-toe in the first set, Krueger 7-5, good quality tennis, many winners from both. Grabher came back to win it in the TB 10-8. Mitu continues on her roll, taking down #2 seed Zakharova 10-6 in the TB. Bondarenko #3 seed, escaped with a close win over Silva, 14-12 in TB. Selekhmatova thru easily, she faces Mayo Hibi in round 1, a difficult but winnable match. It will be her first WTA win if she does it. She needs two wins to get into AO qualies, a tough ask. Shinikova squeezes past Mihalikova 12-10 in the TB. Not sure what happened to Serban, she fell in straight sets to Ghioroaie.


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Tsurenko, Kucova, Bogdan are outside the AO MD range. Few wins will get them there.

Saisai won the ITF 80K title recently but she has not done that well in WTA. If she plays to her capabilities, she could go deep. Both Tsurenko and Gasanova are through to Round 2 and will face each other. Winner can get to SF.

Krunic is in a tough quarter. In Moscow, she got Kontaveit in round 1, here she got Bogdan. Winner will go deep. The Finalist will come from this quarter, maybe Saisai and will likely face a player from the first quarter, possibly Tsurenko. But then someone else could get hot, like Snigur or Kuzmova.
 

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Day 3:

Hatouka vs Bondarenko was well fought. Both players, once they had control of a rally, hit with depth, angle and pace to get an error or hit a winner. Hatouka looks like she is 6’ tall and she can crank up her serve. She took the first set 6-4, and in the last game she hit 3 aces to take the set. Bondarenko came back from a break down to take the second set. In the TB, Bondarenko led 6-3, Hatouka took the next 5 points, the set and the match.

Mitu vs Grabher was a tussle until 4-3 both players hitting well. From that point, Mitu hit a really terrible patch and Grabher took the next 8 games.

Shinikova vs Saisai: Saisai could not find her game in the first set, and committed too many UFEs. Shinikova was solid, served well and put away the short ball with authority. She was match-tough, having won a tough one yesterday. She took the set 62. In the second set Saisai found her game, came back twice from a break down. A Long TB ensued and Shinikova was resilient and took it 11-9. So the 2nd seed is out.

Shuai vs Raina: After a quick first set, Raina regrouped and came from a break down. At 5-3 in the second set, Shuai fell and stayed down for a couple of minutes. She came up limping, gave up the break, but took the 2nd set TB 8-6 and the match. She may not be fully fit going forward.

Hibi vs Selekhmeteva: This is Oksana’s second match after the one vs Kudermetova at Moscow WTA 500, in both she took the first set and lost in three. She needs to be able to finish the match when she is ahead. She has the game but needs to toughen up mentally. All credit to Hibi, not always easy to beat a young opponent.

Bogdan vs Krunic: Krunic comes thru. In the first set she controlled the rallies but could not find the finishing shot. With three BPs she had Bogdan on the run twice but hit BH CCs that missed the line. After losing the first set, she came from behind to win. 6-0 in the third set. Well done.

Going forward: Shuai was injured but will it affect her? Krunic looks good in the bottom half to get to the finals, if she does not have one of her meltdowns. Top half has so much talent, and based on Shuai’s injury, it is between 18 year old Qinwen, 19 year old Snigur and the winner of Gasanov/ Tsurenko match. This is a good tournament with good quality tennis.
 

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DAY 4:
Snigur vs Grabher
Grabher was out of sorts, did not show the level of the last 3 matches. Many UFEs and she was outplayed comprehensively by Snigur. Snigur did not allow Grabher to find her game, kept the pressure on her, retrieved deep and wide shots very well, forcing Grabher to go for more and commit errors. This is the first time I saw Snigur play, she is not a power player but she hits with awesome precision to win rallies. Fully stretched out on the FH side, she finds amazing angles going cross court. Final score 60 61
Hercog vs Diatchenko:
Diatchenko’s game was ON today. She was finding the lines, redirecting deep balls cross court to the sidelines and down the lines to win the point. Hercog was hitting well in patches but she committed too many errors, DFed on two break points and overall could not keep up. The latter had a few loose games when she lost her serve but overall she was clearly the better player today and won 63 63. Hercog is capable of better play but not today.
Shinikova vs Hibi: Shinikova into QF with a win over Hibi, 64 63. With this win, she is eligible for AO qualies, Well done.
Krunic with a comfortable win over Ghioroaie, she is playing well and will go deep.

Tsurenko vs Gasanova: Early in the first set Tsurenko ran off to a 4-0 double break, she clobbered the serve of Gasonova to break twice and won all the long rallies. But then Gasanova closed the gap with good play and got one break back. But Tsurenko held on to take the set. After an overhead smash, Tsurenko appeared to be injured and she was bent over after rallies. At that point she was going for her shots. She could have won but Gasanova played some of her best tennis, absorbing the pace and staying in the rallies. At 0-4 in he third set Tsurenko retired. It is sad when a player who was ahead could not continue.

Hatouka vs Kuckova: there were many breaks of serve, both players returning well and breaking serve. At 4-4, Kuckova took the next two games to take the set. Second set was also tight, both hitting winners but Hatouka could not combine her winners to win games. She faded away towards the end of the set. Kuckova won 64 61 but the match was tighter than the score.

Qinwen vs Shuai: Early in the first set, Qinwen had not settled, was hitting rally balls into the net and long, missing the lines with her scorching winners. Shuai played solidly and won the first 4 games. Then Qinwen settled and won the next four games, 4-4. But Shuai won the set in TB. Qinwen came back from a set down and took the next two sets 61 64. Qinwen is tall and has an effortless first serve. She hits with power off both wings and has all the shots, cross court and down the line redirects, coming to the net and finishing off or pounding away overheads. She is a future top 50 player.

Going forward:

I have not changed my mind since yesterday. Krunic looks good in the bottom half to get to the finals, if she does not have one of her meltdowns. But Diatchenko has been playing well also. Top half has so much talent and they are all playing well, so any of the four could end up in finals. My guess would be Gasanova with her experience.
 

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Chinese Teenagers:
There are those teenagers in the spotlight and some under the radar. Raducanu of UK, Tauson of Denmark, Gauff of USA, Martyk of Ukraine and many early teens in Czech Republic are well known. Snigur of Ukraine is still under the radar, but maybe not after this tournament.
As a nation, China has been under the radar after Li Na retired. Now they have a trio of youngsters pushing the envelope and will enhance the image of China in BJK cup and other events. Two are in this tournament, one is still playing, Qinwen. All are tall, Xiyu and Xinyu listed at 1.82 M, 5' 11.7", Qinwen looks to be a little taller. All have excellent serves and play an aggressive style with plenty of power. They are also good at the net. Xinyu has broken thru the 100 barrier, now at #99. She has wins at WTA MD level but has not made a habit of winning. She will do better next year. Xiyu is in a slump dropping her rank from 107 to 120s. Qinwen is on an upward trend, was ranked above 300 in Dec 2020, at 144 before this tournament. She has wins over Krunic in ITF 60K finals, over Samsanova in WTA first round, her only WTA MD win so far, but these wins are awesome.
 

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This was how she won junior Wimbledon. She made every other player there appear like a dunce while she was the dux - and it wasn't even close.


There is just one seed left (Kucova), and she may not last past today if Diatchenko continues this run of form. The amazing stat ahead of this match is that they have played each other just twice before this - in the semi-final of this tournament in 2008, when Diatchenko went on to win the title, and here again in the first round in 2014, when Diatchenko won in straight sets..
Agree. Snigur is playing lights out tennis, after a wobble in the 2nd set, she put away Kuzmova 6-0 in the third set. She is making mincemeat out of good players like Xinyu and Kuzmova. Hopefully this will be her new level as she moves forward.
 

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Day 5:

Kucova vs Diatchenko
The first set was almost all on Diatchenko’s racket. She was returning serves, including first serves with excellent depth and pace and continued to drive Kucova around the court and finish the points. But on Diatchenko’s serve, Kucova was playing solidly. Diatchenko should have respected the returns and started a rally, instead she was trying to hit winners. So she broke serve but then gave up her serve, 6 breaks in 8 games. In the TB Diatchenko had more errors than winners, so lost the TB. Kucova could not stay with Diatchenko but she played consistent average tennis and took the set. The 2nd set was a carbon copy and in the TB Diatchenko was even more erratic, Kucova won the TB 6-1.

Snigur vs Kuzmova:
Snigur is a delight to watch. She can hit winners from two or four feet behind the baseline. She is like Krejcikova, driving the ball to the sidelines near the service box on either side. She returns serves with length and position, setting up rallies that she wins in 3 or 4 shots. She retrieves well, moves so so so well and returns difficult shots with good depth and quality. She is quick to switch to offense and hit a winner. In some games, Kuzmova seemed befuddled on how to win a point. Despite a wobble in the middle of the set, Snigur ran away with the set at 6-3, breaking again in the last game.

In the second set, Snigur’s game dropped a tad and Kuzmova stepped up her game. Snigur’s serve is not the same caliber as the rest of her game. Kuzmova attacked her first serve while also serving aces and unplayable serves to hold her own serve. Snigur was able to get to a TB. In TB it was Kuzmova’s excellent serves versus Snigur’s decent but not adequate serves that gave the TB to Kuzmova. In the third set Kuzmova seemed tired, her first serves not so authoritative. Her two matches earlier were tough 3 setters. Meanwhile Snigur was fresh and firing away. Snigur jumped all over Kuzmova, with a double break at 3-0 then thrashed her 6-0.

Snigur is in azone. She is almost like Iga at RG or Raducanu at USO. That might be a hyperbole but despite two three setters, she is making mincemeat out of excellent players like Xinyu 60 67 61, and today Kuzmova 63 67 60. Will she be like Camila Giorgi? I think not, her game is too sound. But we will see.

Krunic vs Shinikova:
Krunic has been awesome in this tournament. After a convincing 3 set win over a good WTA player Bodan, 6-0 in the third set, she annihilated the next two lower ranked players expending 6 games in total. Shinikova has also had a good tournament including first round win over #2 seed Saisai. Shinikova has made it into AO qualies. But today, even though she was playing well, she was defeated by Krunic comprehensively. Krunic served well, returned serves well, hit winners and had few errors. Ten minutes into the match she was up 3-0, Shinikova got on the board, 3-1, then Krunic raced to take the set 6-1. Second set 6-2.

Gasanova vs Qinwen:
In their last meeting Qinwen easily defeated Gasanova, 64 62. In this tournament Gasanova has found her groove. The match versus Tsurenko was key, Gasanova stepped up, coming from one set down to defeat the former #23 (in 2019). Tsurenko was playing hurt and in pain but was still blasting winners. Gasanova was ready today and got her revenge against Qinwen 61 63

Going forward:
Any of the 4 could lift the title. Kuckova cannot be disregarded, she has a lot of experience, and had match point vs Barty when they last played. In the last match Diatchenko was the better player but Kuckova held steady and was resilient against the storm and won the day. Snigur clobbered Gasanova 60 62 when they met last but so did Qinwen. It will be tough match. Still, my pick is Snigur and Krunic in the finals.
 

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Day 6:

Snigur Vs Gasanova:
Gasanova showed her mettle winning the first set. In the second set Snigur was dominant; Gasanova had a MTO at 0-3 and never got into the set. In the third set Snigur was playing superbly with her easy power and placement. Snigur was holding serve comfortably while Gasanova had to struggle to hold serve. Even when Gasanova broke back to level the set, there was a feeling of inevitability that Snigur was going to take the set and the match. Gasanova played well but overall she was not the better player today. Snigur continues her Kontaveit-like performance.

Kucova vs Krunic:
The first set was much like the match with Diatchenko. Kucova withstood the barrage from Krunic, with her consistent retrieval that forced Krunic to hit one more ball. Kucova hit fewer winners but they were timely. Krunic was awesome in many rallies, hitting winners with ease. But she failed at crucial moments, at BP and again at set point in TB leading 9-8, when she had easy shots to finish but netted them. Krunic had an MTO at 3-3 and it might have affected her but Kudos to Kucova for yet another tough win. Kucova took the match convincingly in two sets, 76 60.
With this win, Kucova is now into AO MD. Well done.
 

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To Blow away a good player 63 60 was awesome to watch. In the second set Kucova could not get more than a point or two in each game and the games went so fast. Snigur was in a zone so the question is how will she play when she comes off the peak. I think she will do well. Her rank jumps about 40 spots to around 143 just a few spots behind Gasanova
 
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