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Donna was in the lead for most of that third set. Her mental frailty really is staggering.

Good for Ali to really tough this match out. She was chasing Donna around, and when she had her opportunities, she did a good job of playing the steadier tennis.

Overall, a fairly decent match with lots of a nice rallies and winners.
 

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Great battling performance Ali, and time for everyone afterwards :hearts:

Donna :hug:
 

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I was watching from 3-4 in the 3rd set and Riske was great! She can make a deep run here
 

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Good battle, too bad it had to just dribble away at the end, Vekic way too mentally fragile. Congrats to Ali for gutting it out. :rocker:
 

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ooooh, my nerves....

Go Alison :yeah:
 

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Gosh! Donna is talented but such a mental midget. It hurts.
 

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Donna leading 4-1 and having opportunities for a 5-1 lead in the third :eek:

This shouldn't have been a R1 to be honest, between two very good grass players. well played Ali ::yeah: Nice to see her win close matches lately for a change.

Donna :hug:
 

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Really great grass court tennis. Gutted that Donna couldn't pull out a win. She got fucked by having to wait 4 hours for the roof to close and then come out and serve at 5-5 in the third after blowing a 4-1 lead.

Hopefully Ali finally makes a deep run at a Wimbledon and makes the QF or something. Donna can't lose just for Ali to lose to someone like Jorovic :sobbing:
 
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Using the roof for just two games. :lol:

Tough draw for both. Gotta feel for Donna as i'm a fan and she IS very mentally frail, but she had her chances and was playing against an opponent who is just as bad if not worse in that department (I mean Riske was 4/21 on BPs).

I feel grass-goat Riske was the better player overall and earned this win. In fact she probably should have taken the first set if she was more clutch - 1/11 in break chances. It's hard being a Riske fan for MANY reasons, but chief among them is watching her level drop about 95% when she has a break point on her opponent’s serve. :hysteric:

Hope she can keep going! :)
 

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Just another day at the office for Donna. Disappointing really how many matches she blows from a winning position.

Well done to Alison though, she had to chase the scoreline for most of the match, and always found a way back (with some help from Donna ofcourse).
 

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Donna could have gone very very far with the level she had in that first set.

It's such a damn shame she is so mentally frail. But she is still young and has all the talent in the world. Hopefully she can learn how to put it all together.

So happy for Grass GOAT Ali. She is such a delight! :hearts:
 
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I think we all knew as early as we discovered the draw that this one would be tight...
 
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I'm betting Madonna Vekic is regretting her request to have the roof closed right about now...

:eek:h:

that long delay completely destroyed whatever mental stability she had left.
 

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Riske is so difficult to put away in matches, she always keeps coming back.
It has to be someone with more conviction and belief than Vekic has.
Donna keeps losing close matches in similar fashion, very concerning.

It is a shame this was a first round match because both of them could have otherwise gone far here.
 
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