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Krejcikova is my pick. She has nothing to lose. She's also in great form the whole 2,3 weeks, even playing doubles. Of course both players have pressure to win but Pavlyuchenkova will definitely get much more attention and thus expectation to win, especially she was the #1 juniors before and all eyes would be on her. Not sure how she'd handle this kind of pressure being the hot favourite to clinch the major title.
 

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If Krejcikova plays likes she did for the first two and a half sets of the semifinal, Pavs should smoke her. Pavs wasn't nearly as brainless or nervy in her match today as Sakkari was.
 

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I want both to win, really. Pavs has had such a long, fruitful career, but always come up just short of being great. She finally has a chance at a Pennetta/Bartoli/Schiavone career-achievement slam and it’s a chance that may never come again. She’s only two weeks older than me so we’re both getting close to turning 30. This would be a nice way to close out her 20s.

Barbora has been so patient over the years to develop her singles game when she could have easily gone down the path of doubles specialist. In this sense, she reminds me of Stosur, who we all thought was crazy for deciding to focus on her singles career when her doubles career was so much better in her early career. The dedication and commitment is now paying off, and she deserves the reward.
 

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Seems like Krejcikova is the early odds favourite. Which is weird.
 

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I couldnt care less about marketibility.
Indeed. What does it matter here? I want a good and enjoyable match. You know to enjoy the tennis. While financies and marketability of sport is interesting to read about to understand the mechanics behind the sport, it is not why I actually watch.
 

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It needs to be Pav for a decent storyline...
 

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I really think the outcome of the match will depend on how Pavs deals with pressure. If she's inpatient and spays errors, game over. Good news for her is Babs had a fair share of errors against Sakkari too.
 

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Whoever manages their nerves better. I want it to be a 3 set competitive final but have this lurking feeling it might be very one sided and an anti climax.
 

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What a pressure on both players because they both know that this is a once-in-a-lifetime-chance.
I go with Pavlyuchenkova. She will probably have more energy left. Would she retire like Pennetta??
 

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I think both girls are lovely but I would love for Pavs to take this. She's been such a WTA stalwart for years now. Producing high highs, low lows, Monterrey GOAT fame, draw f**kery and general entertainment. I usually hate these random winners but I'd be so here for a Pavs win.

I also have a sneaky feeling she may have turned a corner and this could be the start of something a bit more long term than a fluke RG. Her level has been great this week and she's defeated some really good players.
 

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Linda Noskova did it. So we will have two czech russian finals. When did that even happened.
 

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I would like Pavlyuchenkova to win. She is underrated girl. Very solid player and also she is one of the nicest Russian women on tour. I keep my fingers crossed.
 

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I think both girls are lovely but I would love for Pavs to take this. She's been such a WTA stalwart for years now. Producing high highs, low lows, Monterrey GOAT fame, draw f**kery and general entertainment. I usually hate these random winners but I'd be so here for a Pavs win.

I also have a sneaky feeling she may have turned a corner and this could be the start of something a bit more long term than a fluke RG. Her level has been great this week and she's defeated some really good players.
I don't know.
Pavs is already 30 and has never been the best mover. She won't become suddenly a force on HC and grass. All the stars were aligned for her. A limited Tomljanovic, a very bad Sabalenka, a declining Azarenka, a good Rybakina but still one-dimensionnal and then Zidansek who had no BH at all.

If Pavs really wanted to prove she was a GS contender, she should at Melbourne have beaten a 37 years old Venus and make the final against Serena ou she should have beaten Collins (she wouldn't have beaten Kvitova nevertheless). She didn't.
 

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I believe there will be one or two posters from the live scoring thread from the doubles just completed who may be going for Pavs, :LOL::p
 

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Based on today’s form, Pavlyuchenkova should take this. Who knows though. It’ll depend on who can handle the moment better
It will depend on how she executes her game plan. There are many players who folk "perceive" will be the winner based on their past performances and their popularity, and they end up losing bc the "underdog" comes in a plays out of their mind.

These two players have nothing to lose but Pavlyuchenkova as well as Krejcikova
has to execute a game plan that will give either player the win. They've practiced, endured injuries and played regular tournaments and in grand slams to get to the finals in a slam, and they should be able to handle the moment bc they're professionals. I think both players understand that they have to "take the win" bc their opponent is not going to give it to them.

To be honest, I'm looking forward to the match and it's good for tennis when there is different finalist bc that means the field is getting deeper.
 
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