Asian Swing ’18 #7

Tokyo

Heard the alarm at 4am, switched it off… …and slept again like a baby for the next two hours. So for me it was good that it hadn’t been the expected battle today. Fortunately the stream was still up and I could rewind and watch the end sequence of the match. From Karolina’s acceptance speech I took that Naomi apparently was a bit tired today. Good luck to her and congrats to the Czech!
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How much expression in this calm and sad face. What a person she is still at this young age. Yes, I like her. Even if she should become the new Serena, which I strongly hope not. No more monopolies in tennis, please…

Wuhan

Mladenovic with several winning opportunities, but the Czech youngster clearly predominant in the end. 76(4) 62.
26 64 62.
Almost three hours for Puig to win that marathon match by 75 57 63. The Puertorican almost nastier with the chair umpire than Flipkens today, which is remarkable and an effort difficult to achieve…
High quality of both players at least in the end of the match. Experience prevails by a whisker over young talent. 63 36 76(4).
62 63.
64 75.
Sasnovich makes it a 2:0, H2H-wise. Two tiebreakers, 76(5) 76(3). Watchable match!
Didn’t watch it live but decided to have a nice walk in this first rainy but cozy autumn sunday mood. Not the right day for Stephens obviously, who lost against Kontaveit by 64 57 46. See, how happy the Estonian is in the end!

Seoul


Just watch how nicely the ballboy is covering himself with the umbrella during the change of ends at 21 for Bertens in the decider of the Seoul final…
76(2) 46 62. Congrats, Kiki, for winning the title and gaining a new career high ranking of #11!

Asian Swing ’18 #6

Vekic with some good tennis again, but Pliskova constantly able to take it to another level. 62 46 63.
Unstoppable again, 62 63.
64 62.
Unexpectedly still enough fuel left in the tank of Hsieh to come back after trailing 15 in the third, not enough yet to prevent Tomljanovic from finally winning the match by 46 75 46.

Asian Swing ’18 #5

Nice mood at the coin toss ceremony, which started today’s quarterfinal action in Tokyo between Alison Riske and Karolina Pliskova.
Riske equals up and takes it to a decider by getting the second in a breaker, 16 76(5).
In the end it was just the better nerves that made the difference, 16 76(5) 6(4)7.
Another stunning win for Donna Vekic against #4 Caroline Garcia. 63 64.
63 64.
Another Azarenka retirement, reasons unclear…