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Real Houdini act by Elina. :eek: After leading 2-0 in the final set she was down 3-5 with Yulia serving. Then she looked better on serve holding twice against the match, but went down 1-5 in the TB. She then won 6 points in a row to take the match. She was very passive, but came up with some brilliant defense and a few misses by Yulia and that saw her through to the QF. Some important points for Elina to get back to Shenzhen taking advantage of her bye. :)
Don’t know how she wants to face Kiki later today though. :rolls: She is also scheduled for Guangzhou - Wuhan - Beijing this month. :spit:

Yulia :hug: At least she did not seem physically hampered anymore.
 

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Putin really fought hard to lose this :lol:

Some wonderful racquet destruction at the end as well :yeah:
 

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Looks like Elina's first match as a 25 year old was a win! :) This was probably Putintseva's biggest chance to get a win against Eli and she blew it. Elina was surprisingly clutch today despite looking dead and fatigued for most of the match. I don't rate her chances against a rested Mladenovic but at least coming to Zhengzhou was worth it for the points.

Surely she'll pull out of Guangzhou though, right? :SNE:
 

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Just saw the end of the match from 5-3 in the third set for Yulia

Here are my live comments :eek:h:

Elina looks exhausted, but she fights

5-4 Elina breaks back, but I suspect the hardest part will be on her serve

Putintseva missing her chances with three UEs here... 5-5

Yulia delivers more energy to dictate 6-5

Elina will serve to stay in the match again. That's all she can do right now. Probably trying to find more energy on the way. Just fighting.

Positive moves from Elina to force Yulia to make defensive mistakes...

Still finds a big serve to get to the tb

drop shots work most of the time for Yulia 2-0

4-0 Can Elina come back from here?

Yulia is making more damages with her mixes of topspin and slices

Elina just hits flat all the time - her kind of game demands more physical condition, the technique cannot compensate

when she dictates to win a point it's a bigger struggle 5-2

double fault 5-3

ouch! Yulia does miss that pass 5-4

Yulia too defensive now 5-5

match point for Elina - incredible

Yulia goes for the winner and does miss

smashes her racket on the ground out of frustration

that's Yulia for ya, and Elina is laughing on her chair (we need a gif of that!)

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Putintseva’s massive choke in the tiebreak was hilarious. The difference in her play in the beginning of the tiebreak to after the changeover was massive.
 

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Elina looked tired in large parts of this match, plus Poot's game destroyed her rythm, but she had the energy left for an impressive comeback in TB :yeah:


Putintseva was mad at the end, racquet smash + tapping umpire's hand :rolls:
 

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Elina looked tired in large parts of this match, plus Poot's game destroyed her rhythm, but she had the energy left for an impressive comeback in TB :yeah:


Putintseva was mad at the end, racquet smash + tapping umpire's hand :rolls:
Not sure why she chose to play so soon after the US open. It's not like she lost in the first round or something in USO.
 

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Not sure why she chose to play so soon after the US open. It's not like she lost in the first round or something in USO.
Every point will count to qualify for the YEC
 

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Best part of the match was Putintseva slamming the umpire's hand :rolls:
 
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Poots didn't manage to break the the racket there at the end after her TB implosion.
 

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mattypark couldn't catch Elina's laugh, too bad, that was something (a mix of relief and amusement at Yulia's behaviour I guess)
 
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