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Ouch!

Well, isn't Alison another player since her grass season and possibly her marriage?
 
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Ali :inlove: she has such a great season :cheer:
 

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Plenty of fierce rallies but unfortunately for Wang Qiang she was on the losing end of most of them.

Riske was reading where Wang was going to hit the ball and Qiang got increasingly frustrated and started to spray shots. It's no secret Alison loves playing in China and her shots work well on these fast hard courts.


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Ali is just a nightmare matchup for Qiang with their gamestyles.
She would've gone further or at least played better against probably almost every other remaining girl in the draw.
 

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Sad performance, sad scoreline. Alison was winning most of the rallies, they ended either with a winner or Qiangs UEs.
 

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Riske peaking in grass tournaments and China, nothing new :shrug: She's a danger to most people in the draw when she's in form. RIP SF points from last year for Wang. At least this year she did better outside China so she's still in a good position.

Svitolina up next. I was looking at one of their previous match threads... back when Riske was a mega choker. Funny how things change. Should be a good match, won't be easy for either of them. I could very well see Elina choking to Ali this time :lol:
 

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Wang was quite fortunate to get 105 points. She was ranked 12th coming into this - Serena, Bianca and Konta not involved moved her up 3 places to 9th heading into the draw (and still no bye), Osaka then pulls out just before the draw allowing her a top 8 seed and a bye. Last year, in contrast, Stephens was ranked 9th in the world, but all the top 8 were initially in the draw so she didn't get a bye and had to play R1 against the eventual finalist Kontaveit, and to rub salt into the wound, Osaka withdrew once the first round was underway, allowing LL Hercog to come straight into her position in the 2nd round. Then, tough potential R2 opponent Muchova beats Yafan to get to the Seoul final and subsequently withdraws, meaning she plays either Bouzkova or a LL in R2 for a generous 105 points - you'd certainly take that, a lot better than say Sloane having to beat #27 Kontaveit for 60 points.

Despite the H2H, and Riske beating her in China earlier in the year, I was still surprised with the result, and particularly the score line, but fair play to Riske, she really is having a great season and will definitely be at a new career high on Monday, unless Rybakina can pull off a huge surprise and take it all. She had back to back long 3 setters on Monday and Tuesday heading into this as well, so that's a great win for her.
 

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Riske is doing some good stuff this season.
Funny that her best year is when she is 30's in spite of all these youngsters coming up.
 

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In saying that, Riske's immediate form heading into Wuhan wasn't brilliant. She had lost 3 of her last 4 matches - 4 and 3 to Ostapenko at the US Open, and if you saw Ostapenko against Ahn in the following round, you'd think this was a really bad result. Headed to China where she did have a good win over (this version of) Kerber, before losing in straight sets to Zheng, and then last week lost in straight sets to Gibbs in Osaka R1, but 3 solid wins so far this week.
 

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Poor Wang, but I am absolutely loving this season for Riske.
 
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Wang with a career high 12, and Sevastova with 11, are among the most undeserved ranking.

Compare with their ELO rating, that properly evaluates a player's value taking into account the level of the opponents:

#27 Qiang Wang, current ELO rating 1875.9
#29 Sevastova, 1869.9

More or less this is their real actual value.
 

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Wang with a career high 12, and Sevastova with 11, are among the most undeserved ranking.

Compare with their ELO rating, that properly evaluates a player's value taking into account the level of the opponents:

#27 Qiang Wang, current ELO rating 1875.9
#29 Sevastova, 1869.9

More or less this is their real actual value.
Would be interesting to know the ELO ranking of Zheng Saisai Lol
Where can you get these?
 

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Would be interesting to know the ELO ranking of Zheng Saisai Lol
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Tennis Abstract: WTA Elo Ratings

Interesting to note that Muchova is currently rated 14 and Bouzkova is 99, so going back to my prior post, Wang went from having a top 8 bye, despite only being the 12th seed, to avoiding Muchova in favour of someone with an ELO of 99 to gain 105 points. Not a bad day's work.
 
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