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So the spoiled princess made them change the schedule 🙄
Even if she wants to participate in the torch relay, everyone else doesn’t have this privilege.
Actually, with all those last minute changes in the ceremony, the schedulers were flexible in general. Kvitova was selected as a CZ flag bearer quite late, so she asked for her R1 match to be on Sunday (it happened before OOP was released, but still, the relevant requests were accomodated for)
 

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I’m so annoyed with Coco’s covid sitch. She’s not even sick, and these courts would have been perfect for her. Could have easily gone all the way.
It’s annoying that she was not fully vaccinated and was visiting movie world a week before. You must agree that was dumb. Better that she was still at home with Covid then that she tested positive in Tokyo. In our team Nl there are 6 people who must stay ten days in a awful depression Covid hotel with more restrictions then in jail.
 

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It’s annoying that she was not fully vaccinated and was visiting movie world a week before. You must agree that was dumb. Better that she was still at home with Covid then that she tested positive in Tokyo. In our team Nl there are 6 people who must stay ten days in a awful depression Covid hotel with more restrictions then in jail.
You can’t have it both ways. Often you say DGE needs to be a kid well hanging with her brothers is as kid as it gets. The vaccine wouldn’t have mattered because her dad was positive abd ge was … the variant is contagious … besides They could have gotten it on the flight back from London

And not having symptoms and being negative 4 days later is just crazy …. This pandemic is tiresome
 

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Only one big hitter left in the semis in Rybakina. Arguably the biggest hitter of all (with apologies to Sabalenka). She can just about hit through players on these courts, while others can't?
 

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Rybakina winning the whole thing as a bought athlete without any reaction on MP would be both sad and iconic.
 

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You can’t have it both ways. Often you say DGE needs to be a kid well hanging with her brothers is as kid as it gets. The vaccine wouldn’t have mattered because her dad was positive abd ge was … the variant is contagious … besides They could have gotten it on the flight back from London

And not having symptoms and being negative 4 days later is just crazy …. This pandemic is tiresome
Maybe she get in on her flight but to go to movieworld without any vaccine when you know that in Miami the situation is not save is not the smartest. Why would her parents agree with this? When the Olympics are youre biggest dream then you will not go to a amusement park especially not in such a dangerous place where COVID is spreading everywhere. I love her and I miss her at the Olympics and I dont following the tournooi very much but this was a dumb action. She could have the vaccine in Europe the same as Barty did. Also iga get it in Rome. And no its no guarantee that you will not get it but at least then its out your control and then you have done everything to protect yourself. Now she must be critical and ask herself the question if she must perse to movieworld without a vaccine a week before the olympics?
As most kids she was not sick so yes that is extra sad but better that she tested positive at home and not in Tokyo. She is 17 now, not the kid of 15 anymore. Yes I like her typical teen things what is refeshing to see in a field with older players but with 17 I expect she is smarter
 

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Only one big hitter left in the semis in Rybakina. Arguably the biggest hitter of all (with apologies to Sabalenka). She can just about hit through players on these courts, while others can't?
I think the key with Elena is that she is being really disciplined. The vast majority of her shots she is actually restraining herself from hitting with full power. The ball flies on these court and it is tough to control and easy to rack up a lot of errors. Elena has been great focusing on keeping the ball in the court. Of course for Rybakina to be hitting at 80/90% pace is still as big as practically anyone else on the tours' 100% pace so it isn't as if she is just tapping the ball back in the court. She is still hitting pretty hard but she is doing so with outstanding control of her shots. And while she is being patient and disciplined when she does see an opening she goes for it. And with the power she does possess she is getting a lot of openings, hence she is hitting a lot of winners and not making too many errors. That is always a lethal combination, and there isn't much her opponents can do to stop her.
 

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Only one big hitter left in the semis in Rybakina. Arguably the biggest hitter of all (with apologies to Sabalenka). She can just about hit through players on these courts, while others can't?
lol this is a joke right? Rybakina likes a slower court because her movement is so slow. The slower court gives her time to enter the proper hitting positions and construct rallies. She doesn’t really try to end points at the net & is usually not successful moving forward. It has nothing to do with being able to hit through the courts; it’s simply that her game is nothing like Kvitova or Sabalenkas, players who actually do like fast courts (ya know, cos they actually can transition to the net…) She certainly isn’t the biggest hitter on tour.
 

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lol this is a joke right? Rybakina likes a slower court because her movement is so slow. The slower court gives her time to enter the proper hitting positions and construct rallies. She doesn’t really try to end points at the net & is usually not successful moving forward. It has nothing to do with being able to hit through the courts; it’s simply that her game is nothing like Kvitova or Sabalenkas, players who actually do like fast courts (ya know, cos they actually can transition to the net…) She certainly isn’t the biggest hitter on tour.
Not quite sure if you mean it that way, but do you really mean that Sabalenka and Kvitova were not successful because they are too fast movers for these slow courts?

The combination of serve speed and groundstroke speed may be matched by some player(s), but I can't see anyone in a tier above her (when Rybakina hits the ball full power and flat, that is). Net play is another matter, Lena certainly has a lot to improve there.
 

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Not quite sure if you mean it that way, but do you really mean that Sabalenka and Kvitova were not successful because they are too fast movers for these slow courts?

The combination of serve speed and groundstroke speed may be matched by some player(s), but I can't see anyone in a tier above her (when Rybakina hits the ball full power and flat, that is). Net play is another matter, Lena certainly has a lot to improve there.
sabalenka and kvitova are not very successful on slow courts because they recognise they are close to 6ft and they’ll never win big matches by extending rallies. Their games are built on taking the ball early and transitioning to the net. That’s why they have won big titles. They recognise their strengths and have adapted their games to compliment these strengths.

Rybakina will not have the same success. She is built like a big hitter and can hit hard but her court positioning is very defensive, she doesn’t take the ball early and has no transition game. She is losing to big hitters most of the time because they are always taking the first strike before she does. This is why slower courts can help her (relative to faster surfaces). She gets a bit more time to defend against players that strike the ball earlier than her and has a bit more time to get in position and set up her shots. But it doesn’t change the fact that her game is at odds with her stature.
 

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Bencic was an "other". Always a good wta bet
 
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