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Who will win?

  • (1) Bertens

    Votes: 14 53.8%
  • (2) Cornet

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  • (3) Kuzmova

    Votes: 4 15.4%
  • (4) Zidansek

    Votes: 3 11.5%
  • (5) Parmentier

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  • (6) Siegemund

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  • (7) Sorribes Tormo

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • (8) Teichmann

    Votes: 1 3.8%
  • Other

    Votes: 4 15.4%
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(1) Bertens - Gorgodze
Pieri (Q) - Krunic
Mrdeza (Q) - Begu
Paolini - (6) Siegemund

(3) Kuzmova - Cocciaretto (Q)
Rus - Hesse (Q)
Errani (WC) - Di Giuseppe (SE)
Badosa - (5) Parmentier

(7) Sorribes Tormo - Ferro
Gatto-Monticone (WC) - Lottner
Samsonova (LL) - Fourlis (Q)
Arruabarena - (4) Zidansek

(8) Teichmann - Gavrilova
Ce (Q) - Vikhlyantseva
Friedsam - Voegele
Trevisan (WC) - (2) Cornet
 

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The field is so weak that even Cornet can make career in the Internationals. :D

How stupid, what a bad draw, Bertens could meet Begu in the QF and a fit Begu is a threat on clay (maybe top 16 claycourter). Also stupid, Siegemund and Begu will probably meet again but this time in R2. Kiki plays "Gorgodze" in the first round.

Cornet had great draw.

The Baltic Open normally looks better. Can you also preview that?
 

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Why is Bertens playing this MM? :spit:
1. Because she said she would at the beginning of the year and, unlike some other players, Bertens is not someone who just withdraws from a tournament.
2. If she wins the tournament (as she should, considering the opposition and the surface) she will end up with 3555 points in the Shenzhen ranking and her place at the WTA Finals is almost guaranteed (if she does not lose everything after that, she should be able to scramble together the 300 additional points she probably needs to qualify over the coming three months).
3. She was on a holiday in Italy anyway and there is still a week between this tournament and Toronto.
 

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2. If she wins the tournament (as she should, considering the opposition and the surface) she will end up with 3555 points in the Shenzhen ranking and her place at the WTA Finals is almost guaranteed (if she does not lose everything after that, she should be able to scramble together the 300 additional points she probably needs to qualify over the coming three months).
BINGO, that's the reason.

But also this is her 17th tournament this year, so the idea is for this tournament to replace the P5 in Dubai where she only has 1 point on her 2019 Race ranking. That's why she only makes 279 points here instead of 280.

But also because this is her 17th tournament, it means everything she makes from now on will replace something else that isn't a Grand Slam, a Premier Mandatory or one of the two P5 she has to have on her ranking (at the end of the year, very important to note that detail, she will only be forced to have 2 P5 at the end of the year as a top 10 player). Also this is the last International she is allowed to have on her schedule for 2019.

So when drawing the line the results she can't replace from her current ranking are 70 points from AO, 120 and another 120 from IW and Miami, 1000 from Madrid, 70 from RG and 130 from WIM. She also has 350 from the P5 in Rome, at will need to have at least one more P5 added to her total. So yes, when USO and Beijing come she's going to drop her current two worst performing tournaments, and then at least another one replaced by a P5 (again as a top 10 player she needs at least 2 P5 on her ranking and also 2 Premiers, but she is covered as far as Premiers go).

Palermo is a good cushion for her Race total, a safety net in case she doesn't do great in either one of Toronto or Cincinnati, getting some of that pressure off of her shoulders. Even so one thing is certain, she'll need to do better at the next Slam if she wants to guarantee her spot in Shenzen (again she will drop some of her current Premiers in a few weeks, and if she doesn't do better than those points in the tournaments that replace them, she will actually lose Race points, which is something we rarely see these days).
 

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Interesting choice Kiki. :lol:

Probably she wants to tank some confidence after a disappointing Wimbledon. And she will have a week of rest after this for Toronto. I just hope it doesn't mess up the hardcourt prep.
 

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On Fire Ferro!
Assuming she got some rest, but it's the same for Cornet.
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Bertens is a clay court player, and this is one of the last clay events.
She may be trying to get her confidence back after some not-so-good results.
 

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i suppose that Kuzmova is reasonably angry for the defeat suffered by Rybakina in Bucharest, so should try to take some sort of revenge here.

If only she could lose a couple of kilos.. but under the the ferocious sun of Palermo's summer, where your shadows disappear under your feet, she's going to lose even more!
 

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I didn't realize that Kiki's already played 16 tournaments this season. That's an insane amount. She, Bencic, and Mertens are the only players in race's top 20 to have played over 20 tournaments. Kenin and Strycova are right at 15, and Angie, who has little to show for it (compared to everyone else mentioned), has played 14.

The fact that Barty has only played 9 tournaments so far and is sitting comfortably as the race leader shows just how great her year has been so far. I hope she can continue it.

Anyhow, go Kiki?
 
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