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Great match from Aryna. It's nice to see her playing well again.

Sad that Barty lost to her again in the Wuhan SF. :hug: Hope she wins Wuhan at some point as this surface is clearly good for her. She didn't have too great a FS % and had to rely on her second serve, but gave too many DFs away. She also leaked many random errors on her FH. Also, she called the trainer twice for that calf. I hope it's not too serious and she can play Beijing.
 

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First No 1 win for Aryna :cheer:
 

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Barty exposed again. Sabalenka can be so good sometimes

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A commanding performance by Saba. She was in her element, dictating, bossing the number one. Ash wasn't bad at all, clearly still in good form, yet to no avail against Aryna, who is becoming the Aussie's bugaboo. Ash is probably still happy though — given that she may have done enough to secure the YE №1 (together with a few points in Beijing)
 

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3 wins over Barty now within exactly 12 months for Saba.

I'd like to see a Petra-Sabalenka final, and while I'd want Aryna to win, if she didn't then at least another of the likely field in Shenzhen would have won one of the bigger 13 titles on tour, and it would then just be Svitolina who hadn't - I'm assuming Serena withdraws and Bertens finishes 10th.

Great that she has defended most of those points from winning it last year, and the Beijing bye will come in handy.
 

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She really comes to life whenever she plays in China! I guess she's a sort of foreigner version of Qiang Wang, despite not getting half of the mocking despite having far better results in this country than anywhere else as well.
 
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yeah this is impressive to defend at least finalist points.

Barty losing to Sabalenka again
 

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A commanding performance by Saba. She was in her element, dictating, bossing the number one. Ash wasn't bad at all, clearly still in good form, yet to no avail against Aryna, who is becoming the Aussie's bugaboo. Ash is probably still happy though — given that she may have done enough to secure the YE №1 (together with a few points in Beijing)
Only YE No.1 she has secured is the Aussie one. There are still over 2000 points in play for world No.1, so she is far from it. Watch out for boring Pliskova to have deeper YEC and snatch it from Ash.
 

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She really comes to life whenever she plays in China! I guess she's a sort of foreigner version of Qiang Wang, despite not getting half of the mocking despite having far better results in this country than anywhere else as well.
That's a real stretch buddy

In the last 2 seasons she has:
2 titles in China (one being an International)....she's had 1 outside (Premier).
No other finals in China..... 3 outside China (2 being Premier)- 1 other final in China prior to 2018.
Her biggest result in China- Premier title Wuhan, Bejing P5 QF....outside Eastbourne title and Cincinnati SF.
Top 10 wins in China, 4.......Top 10 wins anywhere else, 6.


You would have better off saying, she's a hardcourt specialist , where in her hardcourt results are far better than her results on any other surface.
 

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Sabalenka rediscovering her form - might be the only one except for Goerges to defend her title in 2019.

Barty was complaining about the pain in her calf during the OCC, coach said she can take an MTO to get it massaged a bit. Maybe the rest before her R2 match in Beijing will help.
 

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Ashley :tears:

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It's an unfortunate result, don't you think?
 

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That's a real stretch buddy

In the last 2 seasons she has:
2 titles in China (one being an International)....she's had 1 outside (Premier).
No other finals in China..... 3 outside China (2 being Premier)- 1 other final in China prior to 2018.
Her biggest result in China- Premier title Wuhan, Bejing P5 QF....outside Eastbourne title and Cincinnati SF.
Top 10 wins in China, 4.......Top 10 wins anywhere else, 6.


You would have better off saying, she's a hardcourt specialist , where in her hardcourt results are far better than her results on any other surface.
2/3 of her titles (possibly 3/4 if she wins tomorrow) and half of her finals have come in China, including by far the biggest one she's ever won. Wang as well has several good results elsewhere (this year in particular have all come in America: USO QF, Miami QF, IW R4), but despite that she's still considered a China specialist only by many people. If that's the criterion, why not Sabalenka as well?
 
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really nice effort by aryna. only a few points either way decided it.

had to laugh at tursunov who came on for a coaching session in the second set ,( when barty was having her injury treated), said to the chair umpire," could we have some tea" while they were waiting. aryna laughed.

great opportunity to beat riske tomorrow, already beaten her in a final this year.


great opportunity for ash to fly back to melbourne tonight to arrive at the m.c.g. for tomorrow's a.f.l. grand final to watch her beloved richmond. as a richmond fan also, that's what i would do. ( she does have a performance bye for beijing if she is fit to play.)
 
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