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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by backstreetjoe, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. Naomi played a bit of a shocker today, but I'm kind of glad the 'winning streak' is over.
    Also kinda relieved she didn't go into the European swing as number one where she's likely to have a few more losses that won't help her mood.

    I guess the focus for her now is Tokyo.
  2. Wouldn't be surprised if Naomi skipped the clay season altogether, except for the RG maybe. Shrug.
  3. Bianca getting to a final and then having to retire from it due to yet another injury...disappointing is putting it mildly.
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  4. londonrain

    londonrain Staff Member

    She was patchy from the beginning but was getting into her groove a little bit by the end of the first set... and then she fell over and twisted her ankle. Barty was just way too consistent for her.
  5. Someboy

    Someboy Staff Member

    I’m weirdly warming to Barty. There’s something great about seeing her invest in herself by leaving Australia for six months to play the tour and show she’s not a fluke and can hold her own against her peers on a weekly basis. Everyone was ready for Naomi to take over the #1 ranking this week, but she’s the one who flopped and Ash is the one who got to the end to defend her title. She is far too reserved to ever say this in public, but it’s a bit of a middle finger to the tennis commentariat.

    Her game still leaves me wanting a little, the less said about her topspin backhand probably the better, but the serve and the forehand are quite good, especially when she hits it cross court or inside-in on a short angle.
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  6. The French Open has been pushed back a week to 30 May, meaning there will be just two weeks between the finals and the start of Wimbledon. The players will love this, I'm sure.
  7. Someboy

    Someboy Staff Member

    It's funny how recently we were talking about Wimbledon being the Big 3's stronghold, and this move is exactly the kind of surprise curveball that can throw things off-balance. Two weeks used to be the norm, but I think the extra week has helped the Big 3 extend their dominance on grass, especially Rafa, who although he hasn't won it, started putting together deep runs again once the third week was implemented.

    It's not good news for Roger, who has semifinal points from 2019 Roland Garros propping up his ranking, and then the Wimbledon final. If he skips Roland Garros (I don't think he was planning to), those points will finally drop off and he'll need the All England Club's preferential ranking system to prop him up and hopefully avoid a quarterfinal or earlier match against Novak.

    Also tricky for Novak, who I'm assuming has his 2020 French Open finalist points on his ranking as well as the 2019 Wimbledon champion points. I guess the good news for him is Medvedev doesn't seem to know his right from his left on clay, so the closest threat for his ranking is still a question mark.

    Let's hope Serena and Venus take this as a sign to finally skip the French and focus on Wimbledon.
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  8. I don't think Roger has mentioned skipping RG, but he has said that his focus is on Wimbledon so I don't know if this will change anything. And I agree about the Williams sisters, especially Venus who hasn't won a match there since 2017 and hasn't troubled the quarter finals in 15 years.
  9. This sucks for the players but I'm lowkey excited dd. I am so happy tennis is back.
  10. This definitely gives the players something to think about. Low key, I’d be okay with Roger/Serena/Venus just skipping the clay season entirely. And I don’t think they’d be alone in feeling like they’d be better off staying at home and preparing for Wimbledon/Olympics.

    Does anyone know if they were forced to postpone for a week, or is it because they want the best chance of a live crowd? If the latter, they might have shot themselves in the foot by scheduling so close to SW19.
  11. I don't see Serena bothering with the clay this year.
  12. Someboy

    Someboy Staff Member

    It’s hard to know why she still goes, having completely shook off the weight of not having great clay results by winning in 2013, 2015, and making the final in 2016. Postpartum, she’s entered and withdrawn twice, and got blitzed by a game Kenin once, and twice she immediately made the Wimbledon final, so it’s not like clay is essential to her grass preparation. Maybe she collects some fee from Nike if she shows up, but I have to think the relief of one more slam means more to her than a sponsor’s direct deposit.
  13. I think the hunger is still there, even at her worst slam. And her results at Roland Garros take on a very different hue when you look at who she's actually lost to - the eventual champion has had to beat her along the way on no fewer than six occasions, plus you have Stosur, Muguruza and Kenin who all went on to win a slam within two years.

    In fact when you think about it, the losses to Razzano and Srebotnik were the only real WTF moments, and even they were both top 20 players at one point.
  14. Someboy

    Someboy Staff Member

    Oh, it’s clearly not a question of hunger, no one has ever backed themselves more than Serena. It’s more a question of recognizing clay is a younger woman’s game, and because she’s still ahead of the field on grass, why not save yourself and prevent any potential injuries or strains?
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