Pavlyuchenkova in good form from nowhere! Good luck in QF.
It was on Brady's serve. But that particular serve isn't that aggressive and Pav could have dealt with it more, at least not so tentative. Glad she still won.Pavlyuchenkova choked one MP in the 2nd set in the TB on her own serve, but Brady choked earlier on, she was 4-2 up I believe.
Agreed. Pavs has been just terrible every other time I have seen her this year so this week's Madrid form is a revelation. These wins - Keys, Pliskova, now Brady, are on another level to anything she has done in over a year and this is her first qf since AO 2020. And so deserved. I was really impressed the way she regrouped after losing that tight tiebreak on a double fault and some of those games in the final set were just so long, but she seemed really focussed today and a lot quicker and sharper than recently. And the bottom half of the draw is very open so she could keep going.In general, it was a high quality match. I am amazed by Pav. She is so calm during the whole match. It must be very frustrating because Brady is not going away, and keep serving great at clutch moment. Pavs could have won in 2 if on the MP she is less tentative.
There was a lot of games went to deuce, and making this match a marathon. The most pivotal one though is the 6th game in the 3rd which went to 9 deuce. Despite Pavs being broken back immediately, she cemented her aggressive ROS mindset, and causing Brady a bit nervous at 4-3.
Pav's ROS is very very good indeed today, and a lot of ROS winners in the 3rd. Other than that, she is very consistent in her groundstroke today. I particularly like her one two combo, serving out wide and hitting to the FH side open court of Brady. Some poor miss though especially the drive volley at the 2nd set bp. But glad she stayed cool.
Impressed by Brady as well on how good her service is during 2nd set TB and 3rd set. SHe got a lot of free points, but FH a bit too inconsistent.
I am sooooooo happy to see the random peak of Pavs this week.
Yes, at the end of 2019.Pavs getting herself into the seed range for the French Open.
Here's an odd question - has Pavs ever been the Russian #1? Even for a week?