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

  1. Well, she was right, wasn’t she.
     
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  2. Absolutely thrilled for Coco, I hope she wins. This final will be great for the WTA regardless of the result. Swiatek cementing her position at the top of the tour, or Gauff having the breakthrough we’ve all been waiting for.
     
  3. Well, Zverev has just retired in the 2nd set against Nadal after a really terrible ankle twist. They had been playing for 3 hours by that stage.

    Can someone please make a gif of him waving his crutch at the crowd!??
     
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  4. Ooh watching that ankle roll was unsettling.
     
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  5. Coco washed in her first slam final, the Venusprint!
     
  6. Iga stays QUEEN!
     
  7. Coco’s forehand is kinda tragic! She needs to fix that!
     
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  8. Right on schedule for Coco. Winning would have been one step too far; steadily climbing the building blocks is better for her in the long run.

    Iga not winning this slam after this past spring would have been pure WTA chaos, even if she already was a slam winner, so it's sort of a 'mission accomplished' moment for her and the tour can breathe a sigh of relief.

    Kontaveit #2 in the world though is so funny. (I like her, but it is!)
     
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  9. Honestly, I wouldn't rule Coco out for Wimbledon. Her record there is two fourth round losses against the eventual champion and a previous one; fairly impressive stuff. Iga, by her own admission, doesn't favour grass. Then, if you look at the players who have reached even a semi-final there in recent memory and cross out the retirees, long term absentees and the ineligible Sabalenka, you're left with a string of players (Azarenka, Halep, Kvitova, Muguruza, Kerber, Pliskova, Ostapenko) who aren't exactly in the form of their lives and some of whom may be approaching the end of their careers.

    Well done to Iga of course - who knows what happens at the other majors, but I can see her dominating this one for years the way Justine did in the mid-2000s.
     
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  10. londonrain

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    Coco's forehand accuracy was woeful in that final. If she can sort that out ahead of Wimbledon then sure, she's a serious contender but, against someone like Iga who was happily landing perfect shots down the line, Coco needed much better shot placement yesterday and she knew it.

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    This is so random. #2 in the world having not made it past the third round of a major since 2020 and having lost in the first round at this tournament?
     
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  11. Take nothing away from Rafa obviously (to think that Pete Sampras' former record for major titles has been equalled at a single slam, WOW) but part of me is hoping he hangs up the racquet soon. That final, like several of his victories here, was painfully one-sided.
     
  12. And therefore he should retire? I'm not following this logic... And a big part of why the final was one-sided was how lopsided the men's draw was. Any of his three previous matches would have made for a satisfying final (assuming the Z****v match didn't end with an injury - though that was satisfying in its own way).

    I think the more obvious reason for Rafa to retire is that he is managing an immense amount of pain and it clearly isn't sustainable for him. This would arguably be a beautiful moment for him to "go out on top." But it's obvious that he still has the fire and I think if his body wasn't letting him down he would continue for a few more seasons. He just captured the first two slams of the year for the first time at 36!! Absolutely incredible.
     
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  13. On one hand, you could point to the eight (eight!) different players at number 2 during Serena's three-and-a-half year run at the top ending in 2016 and argue that the randomness is nothing new.

    On the other hand, compare and contrast the slam records of Kontaveit and Badosa (a single quarter final each) with that of any one of those eight women. Not to mention that Anett took a whopping two games off Simona in that QF. Yikes.
     


  14. Serena at Wimbledon?!
     
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  15. SHE IS COMING.

    (Honestly, it'll be tough for a woman of 40 who hasn't played for a full year to do anything at all, but it's great to have her there.)
     
  16. Rothernberg can be such a gronk at times. She’ll use a wildcard. Why bother using/wasting protected ranking at a tournament when there are no points involved.
    I just wonder who her coach will be with Patrick working with Simona….
    Just don’t draw swiatek round 1 or roll an ankle again queen
     
  17. Appears as though she'll be at Eastbourne next week, as well. I am perched!
     
  18. Serena is playing dubs with Ons in Eastbourne.
     
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