Stuttgart Qualification

From the young Germans Gabric is through in two (tiebreak in the second), Rueffer in three, Hsieh needed three sets to conquer Gerlach, which I strongly recommend to classify as big success. No chance at all for Honcova against Witthoeft. Remarkable for me, that Korpatsch lost the first to Perrin 1-6. The second much tighter then, but 1-6 6(4)-7 in the end she lost. Maybe she’s not well somehow, so good luck to her. Zaja – Hobgarski narrow as expected with a slight advantage for the former, who wins by 6-4 6-4. A strong Kanepi wipes off chanceless Chloe Paquet.

Gospel vs Tennis

While everybody is preparing for Fed Cup, PTGP, Istanbul or all the other upcoming events, I’m practicing for a gospel concert in Dusseldorf, in which to participate I got a very late call by an ill colleague. Sitting there behind my keyboard prevents me from taking a ride to Stuttgart this weekend. Now I’m looking forward to following the action next week via live stream or on demand. GOOD LUCK to everybody. And remember: Each one is #1, in the truest sense!

Band rehearsal on Sat, April 21

Lugano ’18

Lots of rain delays, but now…
…some quality tennis between Mertens and Minella on slippery Center Court. Players complaining now. Suspended again at 3:3, finally. Right, but too late decision.
Fingers crossed…

11/4/18

Giorgi clearly holds the upper hand in the first set against Kristyna Pliskova, takes it by 6-3. Once again difficult here for a player to tie in with an earlier success. Let’s see how it works out in the second for her. And when there will be the next rain delay. At the moment the weather looks fine. 2-0* –BR– Giorgi.

15*:0 30:0 40:0 3*-0 “She’s in complete control.”
15:0* 30:0 30:15 30:30 40:30 40:40 40:AD 40:40 AD:40 4-0* –BR– “She’s motoring towards round two now.”
15*:0 2nd 15:15df 15:30 2nd 15:40 30:40 4*-1 –BR–
2nd 15:0* 15:15 30:15 30:30 2nd 40:30 2nd 5-1* –BR–
2nd 0*:15 0:30 0:40 15:40ace 5*-2 –BR–
2nd 15:0* 2nd 15:15 2nd 30:15 40:15 2nd 40:30 2nd 6-2* df –BR–

Minella and Mertens match resumption now at 3:3. (POV Mertens)

15:0* 15:15 30:15 30:30 40:30lr 2nd 40:40 AD:40 2nd 40:40 AD:40 40:40 40:AD 2nd 40:40 2nd AD:40 2nd 4-3* –BR–
15*:0 2nd 15:15df 30:15 Let 40:15 5*-3
2nd 0:15* 2nd 15:15 15:30 15:40 5-4*
15*:0 30:0 30:15 40:15 40:30 2nd 6*-4

2.Set
0:15* 0:30 15:30 15:40 2nd 0-1*
15*0 30:0 30:15lr 40:15 1*-1
15:0* 15:15 30:15 40:15 2-1* –BR–
2nd 15*:0 30:0 40:0 3*-1
0:15* 15:15 2nd 15:30 30:30 2nd Let 40:30 4-1* –BR–
15*:0 30:0 30:15 30:30 40:30 5*-1
15:0* 15:15 2nd 30:15 40:15 6*-1 –BR–

Good to see Mandy Minella being so dangerous a competitor again so short after her maternity leave. But what a joy to watch wonderful Elise Mertens perform her aesthetic and nicely crafted tennis. Since her stunning appearence in Melbourne I’m a fan of hers, definitely am.
The ballboys in Lugano could be briefed a bit better. One of them didn’t get the word “towel”, the chair umpire finally had to come down to hand it to Elise herself. Then two disturbances, one of a moving boy on court, the other from a boy entering the stand during play.

Parallel to that match on court #3 the other Melbourne sensation, Hsie Su-wei. 5-4 against Polona Hercog, who seems to be in good shape at the moment. 5-5. Plenty of very nice drop shots, angles and stuff from the Slovakian, normally the domain of the player on the other side of the net. The Taiwanese is a master in chosing exactly the right amount of power which is needed to make her shots successful, especially worthwhile to watch against powerguns like Kerber. Like ‘haute cuisine’ vs McDonalds. 5-6 though. Hercog, quite a cook herself, serving for the set. 5-7.

Break and hold in the second, 0-2*. Break again, 0*-3. Light rain. 0-4*. 0*-5. More rain. 0-6*. “Just one way traffic.”

– Even steven between Kuznetsova and Barthel in the third.

– Flipkens in a decider as well against Witthoeft, 3*-1. 3-2*. 3*-3. 4-3*. Umpire checking the clay.

– Voegele-Frech 5*-1. 5-2*. 5*-3. 6-3*. Bumpily. 1*-0.

The Kuznetsova-match interrupted. Now the other matches as well…
…which gives me the opportunity to watch a bit of the Lena Rueffer match, which is about to begin in Sardinia. And it’s 6-0 6-4 again after having won her quali matches 6-0 6-0 and 6-2 6-1. Enjoy! Since it’s tennis, the next damper will come with ease and far too soon.
Meanwhile, in Lugano…

8:30pm CET. So they found some indoor spot to play at least a few matches today. Currently it’s Sasnovich-Hogenkamp and Vekic-Cadantu. No camera there. Luckily I found a vid of last years Fed Cup encounter Germany-Ukraine, which I missed. By that it’s going to be a worthwhile tennis evening for me nevertheless.

12/4/18

Heavy rain in Lugano. All action moved indoors, without cameras. No protocolling, some work to do instead in the afternoon. Good luck to the players! I’m with Korpatsch (vs Mladenovic), Siegemund (vs von Deichmann) and Golubic (vs Kovinic). And yesterday’s matches probably will be resumed indoors as well today. Dear folks at WTA, please tell Twitter-Trump that climate change is real!

20:30pm CET – Seems to have been quite a day in Lugano. Indoors, outdoors, two retirements. Too bad, that Golubic, Siegemund and Kuznetsova are out so early. But congrats to Mona Barthel. Tamara Korpatsch is through to the next, but I would have preferred to see her win regularly. Now she’ll meet Deichmann tomorrow, the other profiteer. Hope that Laura is getting well soon again.

13/4/18

10:00 CET

13:10 CET – Mertens vs Vondrousova (POV Mertens)

lr=long rally | rw=return winner | df=double fault | sg=swift game | rtp=replay the point
1.Set
0:15* 0:30 2nd 15:30df 2nd 30:30df 40:30 1-0* df –BR–
2nd 0*:15lr 15:15 30:15 30:30 2nd Let 40:30lr 2nd 40:40lr 2nd Let AD:40 2*-0
2nd 15:0*df 2nd 30:0 2nd 40:0 3-0* –BR–
2nd 0*:15rw 15:15 30:15 40:15 4*-0 ace
2nd 0:15* 0:30 0:40 4-1*
2nd 0*:15 2nd 0:30 15:30 2nd 15:40lr 30:40 4*-2 rw –BR–
0:15* 15:15 “Lovely, lovely backhand down the line!” 2nd 30:15df 2nd Let 40:15 2nd 5-2* –BR–
15*:0 30:0 40:0 2nd 40:15 2nd 6*-2

2.Set
0:15* 15:15 30:15 30:30 40:30 40:40 Let 2nd 40:AD 0-1*
2nd 15*:0 30:0 40:0 2nd 1*-1 sg
15:0* 15:15lr 15:30lr “Oh, yes!” 30:30 “C’mon!” 40:30 2nd 2-1* –BR–
—shower (with the sun still out), players waiting on court—
—play resumed after just a couple of minutes—
2nd 0*:15 0:30 0:40 “The rain is still tumbling down, but these ladies are hardy.” 15:40 2nd 30:40 2*-2 –BR–
Let 15:0* 30:0 2nd 40:0lr Let 2nd 3-2* –BR–
2nd 0*:15df 15:15 2nd 15:30 15:40 3*-3 –BR–
15:0* 2nd 15:15 15:30 2nd 15:40 30:40 40:40 “C’mon! Allez!” 2nd 40:AD 4-3* –BR– “C’MON!!!”
2nd 15*:0 15:15lr “That is lovely.” 30:15 “C’MON!!!” 30:30 2nd Let 30:40df 2nd 4*-4 rw –BR–
2nd 15:0*df 2nd 15:15 2nd 15:30
—rain, players waiting on court—
—play suspended—
—resumed after about 30 min, 5 min warm up—
15:40 2nd 4-5*
15*:0 2nd 15:15 30:15 40:15 5*-5
0:15*lr 0:30 2nd 0:40 rtp 15:40rw 2nd 30:40 5-6* beautiful lob!
2nd 15*:0 15:15 15:30 30:30lr 2nd 30:40 Let Let 2nd 40:40 40:AD 5-7*

3.Set
0:15*lr 2nd 15:15df 30:15 30:30 30:40 “Far higher quality now.” 0-1*
15*:0 2nd 15:15rw 30:15 40:15 Let 2nd 40:30rw 1*-1
15:0* 2nd 30:0df (#10) 40:0lr 40:15 2nd 40:30 40:40 AD:40lr Let 40:40 40:AD 40:40 40:AD 1-2*
2nd 0*:15 15:15 15:30 15:40 30:40 40:40 “C’MON!!!” AD:40 2nd 2*-2
15-0* 2nd 15:15 Let 30:15 40:15 3-2* –BR–
2nd 0*:15rw Mertens slipping. 2nd 0:30 15:30rw 2nd 30:30 40:30 yelling 2nd 4*-2 “C’MON!!!”
0:15* (slipping again on her way to the net) Let 15:15 15:30 15:40 2nd 30:40 Let Let 4-3*
2nd 0*:15 15:15 2nd 30:15 30:30 40:30 “Allez!!!” 40:40 40:AD (slipping again) 4*-4 –BR–
0:15* 2nd 15:15 30:15 “Caught in indecision.”30:30 2nd 40:30df 40:40 AD:40 2nd 5*-4 df –BR–
2nd 0:15 0:30 “Vondrousova is not done yet!” 0:40 “Nightmare game at the moment.” 5*-5 –BR–
–rain, match continues on all three courts–
0:15*lr “Oh yes! It’s all working now for Vondrousova.” 0:30 0:40 2nd 15:40df 2nd 30:40 40:40 AD:40 40:40 2nd 40:AD 40:40 AD:40 6-5* –BR– “C’MON!!!!!!!”
0*:15 (Now Vondrousova is slipping) 15:15 2nd 15:30 15:40 2nd 30:40 2nd 40:40 “C’MON!!!!!!!” AD:40 2nd 40:40df 2nd AD:40 7*-5.

Mertens (#20) with the right fighting and winning spirit under difficult circumstances in a tough battle against the stunningly talented 18yo Czech leftie (#52, winner of Biel ’17) in pouring rain in the end, won just by a whisker. Congrats to both!

Elise Mertens happy with her win

Van Uytvanck vs Giorgi (POV Van Uytvanck) – match resumption at 2-3.

lr=long rally | rw=return winner | df=double fault | sg=swift game | rtp=replay the point

1.Set
0*:15 0:30 0:40 “Goodness me, she’s looking sharp, Giorgi!” (female commentator, meaning her way of playing) 2*-4 –BR–
0:15* Let 2nd 15:15 Let 30:15 30:30 2nd 30:40 40:40 2nd 40:AD 2nd 40:40df 40:ADace Let 2nd 2-5*
0*:15 15:15 30:15 30:30rw 30:40 “Another pearl of return.” 40:40 2nd Let 40:ADdf 2nd 2*-6

2.Set
15:0* 15:15 Let 15:30 2nd 30:30 2nd 30:40 2nd 40:40df 40:AD 0-1*
0*:15 Giorgi is just everywhere.” 15:15 15:30 2nd 30:30 30:40 2nd 0*-2 rw –BR–
2nd 15:0* (Van Uytvanck has called for the doctor due to a stomach issue.) 15:15 15:30 30:30 2nd 30:40 2nd 0-3*
—Doctor on court. No medical timeout.—>
2nd 0*:15 2nd 15:15 30:15 2nd 30:30 40:30 40:40 40:AD 40:40 2nd AD:40 2nd 1*-3
0:15* 0:30 2nd Let 0:40 15:40 2nd 1-4*
0*:15 0:30 15:30 Let 15:40 30:40 1*-5
2nd 15:0*df 2nd 15:15 15:30 2nd Let 15:40 2nd 30:40df 1-6*

The Belgian can be seen playing much better and the Italian much worse than today. But to me both are at least even steven in terms of beauty. Camila easily could’ve been a sitter for Botticelli and Alison for Vermeer.

After a slow start Tamara Korpatsch equals up to 3-3. 2-6, a much better second set now for Stefanie Voegele, 3-2 there. Good speech from her coach Ivo Werner in the intermission. Korpatsch holds to 4-3. Break point saved, hold to 3-3 for Cornet. Korpatsch breaks, 5-3. Cornet breaks, 3-4. Deichmann hinders Tamara from taking the set, breaks to 5-4. 5-5. Cornet with a tough hold to 5-3. Voegele saving two match points, 5-4. Long and hard 11th game on the other court, Deichmann breaks to 5-6. Bravo, Stefi, for breaking to 5-5, holding to 6-5. Tamara breaks, 6-6. POV Korpatsch. 1*0 11* 21* 2*2 3*2 42* 52* 6*2 7-6(2). Voegele finally takes the second set by 7-5, after four saved set points.

POV Voegele. 1*-0 Korpatsch breaks to 2-1* 1-1* 3*-1 3-2* 2*-1 (to 0) 40:0* 3-1* 3*-3 4*-1 4-3* 5*-3 4-2* 5-4* 4*-3 6*-4 15:0* 30:0 30:15 30:30 40:30 5-3* Congrats, Tamara, for a win against a tough opponent!

Congrats, Stefie Voegele!

So, both ‘my’ players won tonight and I don’t complain. Now they will take on each other tomorrow in the quarter. I’ll be rooting for both.

14/04/18 – Good weather forecast. Plenty of tennis to be expected. Two matches to work through for almost every player. Sasnovich is such a promising talent, but experienced Kirsten ‘Flipper’ Flipkens, who won in three, plays Lapko next. Mona Barthel, who had a tricky three-setter against Donna Vekic, takes on Elise Mertens now. Sorry, Mona, even chances, but I’m with Elise here. Never saw Sabalenka playing, so I’m curious about her match against Giorgi. Probably there will be not much time left to do something else but watching tennis today…

Quarterfinals

-19yo Vera Lapko (#130) defeats Kirsten Flipkens (32/#74) by 6-4 7-6(4).

-Mona Barthel forces a decider against Elise Mertens, 4-6 7-5. 4*-1 4-2* 4*-3 4-4* 5*-4 5-5* 6*-5 6-6*
Tiebreak: 0*1 02* 03* 0*4 0*5df 06* 6(0)-7. Lapko next.

-Strong performance of Sabalenka against Giorgi. 6-3 6-0.

-Good start for Korpatsch as well, but Voegele takes the first set by 6-4. Very tough battle in the second, MTO for Voegele at 4-3. 6-3. Match duration: 1:54:34 Sabalenka will have every chance to win the semi now with all her youth and much more fuel in the tank…

Semifinals

Mertens-Lapko 6-1 4-6. Tight decider. What a talent that Vera Lapko is! And what a chance for Mertens to show her quality. Lapko breaks to 3*-4. Rebreak 4-4* 5*-4 Deuce #2 Advantage Mertens. Done! 6-4.

On center court everything as expected, Voegele fighting hard and Sabalenka storming through. 6-4 6-2

15/04/18

Final

Mertens vs Sabalenka (POV Mertens)

lr=long rally | rw=return winner | df=double fault | sg=swift game | rtp=replay the point

1.Set
“It really should be a fascinating battle.”
0:15* 2nd 15:15 2nd 15:30 15:40 2nd 30:40 2nd 0-1* sg
15*:0 2nd 30:0 30:15rw 2nd 40:15 1*-1
15:0*rw 30:0 Let 30:15 2nd 40:15 40:30 2nd 40:40 2nd AD:40 2nd 2-1* –BR– “She’s a canny canny player.”
0*:15 15:15 2nd 15:30 2nd 30:30 40:30 3*-1
2nd 0:15* 0:30 2nd 0:40 3-2* sg
2nd 0*:15 0:30 0:40 2nd 3*-3 –BR–
15:0* 15:15 2nd 15:30 15:40 2nd 3-4*
15*:0 30:0ace 2nd 40:0 4*-4 sg
2nd 15:0* 30:0 30:15 30:30 “Brilliance on both wings.” 2nd 40:30 2nd 40:40 40:AD 40:40 “Another outrageous return from Mertens.” AD:40 40:40 40:AD 4-5* ace
2nd 0*:15 “Big big hitting from Sabalenka.” 15:15 30:15 40:15 2nd 40:30 “At the tongue of a snake, that forehand!” 5*-5
2nd 15:0*df 2nd 30:0 40:0 “Threads the needle down the line, Mertens.” 6-5*
2nd 15*:0 15:15 30:15 30:30 40:30 7*-5 “COME ON!!!!”

2.Set
15:0* 2nd 30:0 2nd 30:15 30:30 2nd 40:30 “Brilliant placement!” 2nd 40:40 2nd AD:40df 2nd 1-0* –BR– “Constant pressure, constant depth.”
2nd 15*:0 30:0 40:0 2nd 2*-0
15:0* 2nd 15:15 15:30 15:40ace 2-1* “Just what the doctor ordered for Aryna Sabalenka.”
15*:0 15:15 30:15 2nd 30:30df 2nd 40:30 3*-1
0:15* 2nd 15:15rw 2nd 30:15 “Mertens looking so lively.” 2nd 40:15df 2nd 40:30 40:40 2nd AD:40df 40:40 40:AD “There is no doubt about how much the teenager wants this title.” 2nd 40:40 40:ADace 3-2*
15*:0 15:15lr Let 2nd 30:15 2nd 40:15 2nd 40:30df 4*-2
15:0* 2nd 30:0 30:15 2nd 40:15 5-2*
0*:15rw 15:15 30:15 “C’MON!!!” 40:15 2nd 6*-2
“She’s a tough tough cookie!”

How enjoyable to watch this young Sabalenka play. Yet she represents the style I don’t go for so much. So I’m happy, that the more intelligent, the more sophisticated, the more elaborated style prevailed today. Elise Mertens!

WTA-TV

The best thing obviously is to be a networker. I’m not. Being an avowed loner sometimes it takes quite long until I get some informations probably well-known to everybody else. I still remember the stunned face of a jazz drummer, when he realized, that I didn’t know the game of ‘Sudoku’ after years and years of being trendy. As for tennis live-streaming of non-grand-slam matches I always thought I would depend on the German monopolist ‘DAZN’. As I wrote before I strongly disfavor the German way of commenting there and therefore cancelled my subscription very soon. Yesterday after the Charleston rain delay I prowled around the net a bit, and what shall I say: I found out, that the offerings of ‘WTA-TV’ aren’t geo-blocked, as I always thought. In fact you can get it all around the world, with China as only exception. That’ good ‘news’ now!! In the beginning it was nothing but a stopgap, but now I appreciate as well following matches via the live-scores with all given space for imagination. One can breathe, listen to music or audiobooks, nature sounds. “Keep pace with one’s own existence” (Hamsun). Fun trying to predict the next move just by the tallies. To empathetically imagine the mental and emotional state of the players at crucial stages of the match. But now I will enjoy watching again, with english comments, which is so much more ‘tennis’. Cool!

Charleston ’18

Another new name: Caroline Dolehide (19/#141). Played twice in a row in Indian Wells, first the Challenger, beating Sorribes Tormo and Hsieh, then losing against the other youngster, Anisimova. Then the Mandatory with the same W-W-L pattern, Shelby Rodgers, Cibulkova, final destination Simona Halep in three with a breaker in the second. Today she beat Johanna Larsson in three. Always interesting, when a newcomer gets on a roll like this. How will she cope with Anastasija Sevastova in the next round?

Vikhlyantseva can get quite dangerous, but not today in her two-set loss against Laura Siegemund. Next task for the German red hot Naomi Osaka.

Stunning 6-3 6-0 win of Tatjana Maria against Lauren Davis. Barty next.
Sam Stosur has named Charleston as her favorite tournament. A pity, that she is out so early this year. 2-6 4-6 vs Kristie Ahn, another name which is new to me. She will take on Julia Goerges now.

Dayana Yastremska, 17yo, year-end ranking 2015 #1103, 2016 #342, 2017 #189. Current ranking #164. Against Pera today.

That just made me think of another former teen wonder, Melanie Oudin. At the US Open 2009 she flabbergastingly managed to reach the quarterfinal at the age of 17 with wins against Pavlyuchenkova, Dementieva, Sharapova and Petrova, then stopped by Wozniacki. In the following years, after a few other good results, she wasn’t able yet to live up to this stunning success. Although I wondered why from time to time I never took the initiative to find some information about it. Now I see, that last year finally she retired at the age of 25 due to injury and severe health problems. What a pity for her and the sport, but obviously the best decision she could make. Good luck to her for her ‘new life’!!

But now Charleston again. Ahn breaks Goerges to 4-4 in the 3rd set. Several interesting matches simultaneously, I decide to protocol Siegemund-Osaka by hand. Pera gets the 1st from Yastremska by 7-6(4). Ahn leads by 5*-4. 15:0* 30:0 30:15lr 30:30lr 30:40 5-5*. 0*:15 15:15 15:30 15:40 30:40 40:40 40:AD 5*-6. – 15:15* 30:15 40:15 6-6*. 0*1 02* 03* 1*3 1*4 15* 16* 6(1)-7. In the end the experience of the German prevailed. But how tough it was. Yastremska leads by 5-1 in the 2nd. 6-1 (to love). Meanwhile I am following 3 matches at the same time. Dolehide-Sevastova 3-3. Osaka and Pera slightly in front. Yastremska levels up with a break to 3-3*. Gets broken again, 3*-4. Laura, having lost the 1st by 3-6, breaks Naomi to 4-4* in the 2nd. 5*-4. Sevastova breaks to 6-5*. 7*-5. Pera manages to oust youngster Yastremska by 7-6(4), 1-6, 6-4. A nailbiter now on Althea Gibson Club Court. Laura leads by 6*-5. Two set points for the German, but tiebreak now instead. 2nd 0*1 02* 2nd 03* 2nd 1*3 2*3 24* 2nd 34* 3*5 4*5 55* 2nd 56* 2nd 6*6 2nd 6*7df 77* 2nd 87* 2nd 8*8df 8*9 6-7(8).

Red hot stuff. Well, 6 double faults for Laura. But so what! Second tourney after her severe injury lay-off. Good to see her so strong again. Fingers crossed! And healthy she may stay! Dolehide managed to come back after laying behind in the 2nd until the seventh game. 5-5*. 6*-5. 15:0* 15:15 2nd 30:15 30:30 2nd 40:30 2nd 40:40 40:AD 40:40 Let 40:AD 6-6*. 1*0 20* 2nd 30* 3*1 3*2 33* 34*ace 4*4 2nd 4*5 55* 56* 2nd 7-6(5). Going the distance. Meanwhile Barty-Maria has begun. A little bit of stress today for me with so many interesting matches. Sevastova in front a hold and a break, 0*-2. 0:15* 2nd 15:15 2nd 15:30 15:40 2nd 30:40 2nd 40:40 2nd 40:AD 40:40lr 40:AD 2nd 0-3*. 2nd 15*:0 15:15 15:30 30:30 2nd 30:40 40:40 AD:40 2nd 40:40 AD:40 1*-3. 1-4* (to love). 1*-5. 1-6* (to love). Honorable defeats for all three youngsters, Ahn, Yastremska and Dolehide. Close action between Barty and Maria. 4-4 in the 1st. Tatjana breaks to 5-4, then holds to love with ace #3, 6-4.

2.Set
POV Maria | sg=swift game | lr=long rally

15:0* 30:0 30:15 30:30 30:40 0-1*
15*:0 30:0 40:0 1*-1
2nd 0:15* 15:15 2nd 15:30 15:40 1-2*
0*:15 2nd 0:30 2nd 0:40 15:40 30:40ace 2nd 1*-3
0:15* 15:15 15:30 15:40 1-4*
15*:0 15:15 30:15 2nd 30:30 40:30 40:40 AD:40ace 2*-4
0:15* 0:30 0:40 2nd 15:40 2nd 30:40 2nd 40:40 40:AD 2nd 40:40 40:ADace 40:40 40:AD 2nd 40:40 2nd AD:40 40:40ace 2nd 40:AD 2nd 2-5*
15*:0 2nd 15:15 30:15 40:15 3*-5
0:15* 0:30 2nd 0:40 2nd 3-6*

3.Set
0*:15 0:30 0:40 0*-1 sg!
0:15* 0:30 0:40 2nd 0-2*
2nd 15*:0lr 15:15lr 2nd 15:30 2nd 15:40 30:40 40:40 AD:40 2nd 1*-2
0:15* 2nd Let 0:30 2nd 15:30 30:30lr 2nd 30:40 1-3*
0*:15 2nd 0:30 2nd 15:30 2nd 15:40lr 2nd 1*-4
0:15* 0:30 0:40 1-5* sg
2nd 0*:15 15:15 30:15 2nd 30:30 2nd 40:30 2nd 40:40 AD:40 2*-5
0:15* 15:15lr 2nd 15:30 15:40lr 2nd 2-6*

Barty-Sevastova next and Osaka-Goerges. Nice!

When I saw Pliskova-Kvitova announced, at first I was very interested, expecting a pretty worthwhile carnage. Then I realized, that it was not about Karolina but about the ‘smaller’, always lower ranked twin sister, Kristyna P. As there were so many matches to cover then I didn’t pay much heed to this any more. Now I see, that Kristyna beat Petra in three, which is remarkable. If Kvitova currently is conquerable, Vesnina, her next opponent, is even more. Let’s see what happens. I’ll definitely have a closer look at that one.

Goerges vs Osaka

1.Set
POV Goerges | sg=swift game | lr=long rally | df=double fault
0:15* 0:30 0:40 0-1* sg
2nd 0*:15 2nd 15:15 30:15 40:15 2nd 40:30 40:40 AD:40ace 40:40 40:AD 40:40 2nd AD:40 40:40 2nd 40:AD 2nd 40:40 2nd 40:AD 0*-2 –BR–
– 15:15 15:30 15:40 2nd 30:40 40:40lr 40:AD 40:40 40:AD 2nd 40:40 40:AD 0-3*
15*:0 30:0 40:0 1*-3 sg
15:0* 15:15 2nd 15:30 15:40 1-4*
0*:15 15:15ace 30:15 2nd 40:15 2*-4
15:0* 30:0 40:0 40:15 40:30 40:40 2nd AD:40 2nd 3-4* –BR–
15*:0 30:0 30:15 30:30 40:30 2nd 40:40 40:AD 3*-5 –BR–
15:0* 15:15ace 30:15 2nd 40:15 2nd 40:30 4-5* –BR–
15*:0 2nd 30:0 40:0 5*-5
0:15* 0:30 0:40 5-6* vsg
15*:0 30:0 40.0 6*-6 sg

01* 0*2 1*2 22* 23*ace 3*3 4*3 53* 54* 6*4 7-6(4)

2.Set
15*:0 30:0 2nd 40:0 2nd 1*-0 sg
15:0* 2nd 30:0 40:0 2-0* –BR–
2nd 0*:15 2nd 0:30 2nd 15:30 15:40 30:40 40:40 2nd 40:AD 2*-1 –BR–
15:0* 15:15 15:30 2nd 15:40 2-2*
15*:0 30:0 40:0 2nd 3*-2
15:0* 30:0 30:15ace 30:30 2nd 30:40 3-3*
0*:15 15:15 2nd 15:30df 30:30 40:30 40:40 40:AD 40:40ace AD:40 4*-3
0:15* 2nd 15:15 30:15 2nd 40:15 5-3* –BR–
15*:0ace 30:0 2nd 30:15df 40:15ace 2nd 6*-3

High quality!

Julia Goerges

Barty fighting, but Sevastova clearly predominant.
Pliskova-Vesnina 6-3 1-6 6-2. Wow. Sevastova next. Feasible as well. Perhaps.

Goerges vs Kasatkina (QF)

1.Set
POV Goerges | sg=swift game | lr=long rally | df=double fault
15*:0ace 30:0 40:0ace 1*-0 sg
2nd 0:15* 15:15 15:30 15:40 1-1*
2nd 0*:15 2nd 0:30 15:30 30:30ace 30:40 2nd 1*-2 –BR–
0:15* 15:15lr 2nd 15:30 2nd 30:30df 2nd 30:40 2nd 40:40 2nd AD:40lr 2-2* –BR–
2nd 15*:0 2nd 30:0 40:0ace 3*-2 sg
0:15* 0:30 15:30 30:30 30:40lr 2nd 3-3*
15*:0 30:0 30:15 30:30 40:30 40:40 AD:40 2nd 40:40lr AD:40 2nd 4*-3
0:15* 15:15 2nd 15:30 2nd 15:40lr 4-4*
2nd 15*:0lr 30:0lr 2nd 30:15 40:15ace 40:30lr 5*-4 lr
0:15* 2nd 15:15lr 2nd 30:15df 30:30lr 40:30 6-4* –BR–

2.Set
15*:0 30:0 2nd 40:0 2nd 1*-0
0:15* 0:30 2nd 15:30 30:30lr 40:30 2nd 40:40lr 40:AD 1-1*
15*:0 30:0 40:0 2*-1 sg
0:15* 0:30 15:30 30:30 30:40 2-2*
15*:0 2nd 30:0 2nd 30:15 2nd 40:15 3*-2
0:15* 2nd 15:15lr Let 15:30 15:40 30:40 2nd 40:40 AD:40 2nd 4-2* df –BR–
0*:15 15:15ace 2nd 15:30 2nd 30:30 40:30ace 2nd 40:40 AD:40 5*-2
2nd 15:0* 15:15 15:30ace 2nd 15:40 2nd 30:40lr 40:40 2nd 40:AD 5-3*
2nd 0*:15 15:15ace 30:15 40:15 2nd 6*-3

Number of aces for J.G.: 9. Semi against Sevastova or Pliskova.

Sevastova has some work to do against Kristyna P. but is predominant throughout the match. 6-4 6-0.

Goerges vs Sevastova (SF)

1.Set
POV Goerges | sg=swift game | lr=long rally | df=double fault
0:15* 0:30 15:30 15:40 2nd 30:40 0-1*
0*:15 2nd 0:30 0:40 2nd 15:40lr 30:40 40:40lr 40:AD40:40 2nd 40:AD 40:40lr 2nd 40:AD 40:40lr 2nd 40:AD 40:40lr 2nd AD:40 1*-1
0:15* 2nd 15:15lr 15:30 Let 15:40 Let 30:40 1-2*
2nd 0*:15 2nd 0:30df Let 0:40 15:40lr 1*-3 –BR–
15:0* 15:15 15:30 30:30lr 40:30 2-3* –BR–
2nd 15*:0 15:15 2nd 15:30 30:30lr 40:30 40:40lr AD:40 3*-3
0:15* 2nd 0:30 0:40 2nd 15:40lr 2nd 3-4*
2nd 0*:15 2nd 0:30 15:30 2nd 15:40 30:40 40:40lr AD:40 4*-4
–rain delay–

So I was right to presume that they postpone everything. Bertens-Keys now at this sunny Sunday, which I follow either closely or by just listening to the audio and the comments while working on other things, for example this post here. Thanx, WTA-TV! Bertens in front. Keys I only met once, in Linz 2016. One of the players capable of such a lovely smile, but there she was very controlled and reserved towards the media, of which I obviously was a part as accredited photographer. Not good for my photos, but I do appreciate and respect that attitude very much. The way she listenes and reacts to the cooaching advice of Lindsey Davenport in today’s match is just another example of what a lovely and true person she is. As Kiki Bertens by the way, whom I had the chance to meet and ‘shoot’ much more often. The Dutch takes the first set by 6-4. 3-5 in the second, 4-5. 5-5. 6-5. 6-6 (after two match points). Tiebreak (POV Bertens): 10* 1*1 1*2 13* 14* 1*5 1*6 26* 6(2)-7. Decider. In the end of the set Bertens all of a sudden became weary and error-prone. Better quality now again, 2*-1. 2-2* (after break point). 3*-2 (some nice slicing from K.B.). 3-3*. 4*-3 (from 0:30). 4-4* (to 0). Break Keys to 4*-5. 2nd 0:15* 15:15 2nd 15:30 30:30 30:40 40:40 AD:40 40:40 AD:40 5-5*. 15*:0 15:15 30:15 30:30 (nice drop shot!) 30:40. 5*-6. 0:15* 15:15 30:15 30:30 40:30 6-6* Tiebreak: 1*0 11* 2nd 21* 3*1 3*2 33* 43* 5*3 5*4 55* 2nd 65* 7-6(5). So it’s a Kiki in her career-biggest final. Will it be a Julia or an Anastasija on the other side of the net?

Goerges vs Sevastova (SF)

1.Set resumption
POV Goerges | sg=swift game | lr=long rally | df=double fault | rtp=replay the point
2nd 15:0* 15:15 2nd 15:30 2nd 30:30 30:40 4:5*
2nd 15*:0 30:0 40:0 5*-5
0:15* 0:30 15:30 Let 15:40 30:40 2nd 5-6*
15*:0 2nd 30:0 2nd 30:15 40:15 6*-6
10* 2*0ace 3*0 40* 41* 5*1 6*1 2nd 62* 63* 2nd 6*4 6*5 7-6(5)

2.Set
15*:0 2nd 30:0 30:15 30:30 40:30 2nd 40:40 2nd 40:AD 2nd 40:40 AD:40 40:40 AD:40 1*-0
0:15* 2nd 15:15 30:15 30:30 30:40 40:40 2nd 40:AD 1-1* “She could give a masterclass in dropshot, couldn’t she.”
15*:0 15:15 15:30 30:30 2nd 40:30 2*-1
0:15* 15:15 15:30 15:40 30:40 40:40 40:AD 2-2*
2nd 0*:15 0:30 15:30ace 30:30 2nd 30:40 2nd 40:40 AD:40 2nd 3*-2
2nd 0:15* 15:15 30:15 2nd 40:15 40:30 40:40 40:AD 2nd 40:40 AD:40 4-2* –BR–
15*:0 15:15 30:15 2nd 40:15 40:30 40:40 40:AD 2nd 40:40 AD:40 2nd rtp Let 5*-2
15:0* 15:15 30:15 30:30 30:40ace 2nd 40:40 40:AD 2nd 5-3*
2nd 15*:0 “How sharp has she been today.” 15:15 2nd 30:15 40:15 40:30 40:40 2nd AD:40 “What a second serve!” 6*-3

Goerges vs Bertens (F)

1.Set
POV Goerges | sg=swift game | lr=long rally | df=double fault | rtp=replay the point | rc=racket change
0:15* 2nd 0:30 2nd 0:40 15:40 0-1*
2nd 15*:0 2nd 15:15 15:30 30:30 30:40 2nd 0*-2 –BR–
2nd 15:0* 15:15 2nd 30:15 2nd 40:15 1-2* –BR–
2nd 0*:15 0:30 0:40 1*-3
0:15* Let 2nd 0:30 2nd 15:30 2nd 30:30 2nd 30:40 1-4*
2nd 0*:15 rc 15:15 15:30 30:30 2nd 30:40 40:40 AD:40 2*-4 Goerges: “C’MON!!!”
15:0* 30:0 30:15 40:15 “C’mon!!” 40:30 40:40 2nd 40:AD 2-5* (Bertens* left thigh treated)
2nd 0*:15df 2nd 0:30df 15:30 30:30 2nd 30:40 2*-6

2.Set
0:15* 0:30 0:40 15:40 0-1*
15*:0 15:15 15:30 15:40 0-2* –BR–
15:0* 15:15 15:30 15:40 2nd 30:40df 0-3*
2nd 0:15df 0:30 2nd 15:30 “Auf geht’s! Come on!” 15:40 0*-4
0:15* 15:15 2nd 30:15 30:30 30:40 0-5*
15*:0 2nd 15:15 2nd 15:30 15:40 30:40 2nd 40:40 2nd AD:40 1*-5 ace
0:15* 0:30 2nd 0:40 1-6*

Coach Florian Z. trying to find heartening words in the second set.
Congrats from the ‘temporary’ coach. Since the original one couldn’t come, she just helped out.

Kiki just managed better to recover between the two matches. Goerges batteries obviously were empty. 30 unforced errors.

Miami Open ’18 – revisited

21/3/18 – Of course the kicker of the tourney so far was the victory of Naomi Osaka against Serena Williams.

In the next round she was ousted by Svitolina with ease.

24/3/18 – Monica Puig, the olympic gold medallist, suffers a ‘bagel’ in the first set against Wozniacki. 0-6. Wow, that’s a statement. 4-2 in the second. 4-3. 5-3. 5-4 (to 0). Serving for the set. 6-4. Early break and hold in the third, 2-0. 2-1. 3-1. Break. 4-1. Re-break (to 0), 4-2. 4-3 (to 0). 5-3 (with ace #5 on 2nd serve). 5-4 (swiftly). 15:0. 2nd. 30:0. 40:0. 6-4.
Wow, this could end up now in a semifinal against Venus. Hot stuff.

Monica Puig

And now I read this:

Serious accusations from Carolina Wozniacki.

The organizers (tournament director James Blake, who always appeared as a decent and honest person in his time as active player) claimed that they didn’t see it happen. Otherwise they would have taken other measures. Weird!

Agnieska Radwanska

Well, I am a Halep fan. I really am. But here I am truly happy for Aga Radwanska and her win in three, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. She’s such an artist with racket and ball and I often saw her lose against players not half as sophisticated, them often a bit fanciless groundstroke killers. Simona Halep is not fanciless at all. Even more reason for Agnieska to be pleased.

25/3/18 – Unfortunately I don’t have any pics of lovely Ashleigh Barty. Not so glitzy but with a shiny soul. Today she beat Petra Martic. Final destination probably will be Svitolina now, but let’s see…

Beatriz Haddad Maia I often met at the courts. Climbed from #170 to #65 in 2017, her current ranking is #64. Ostapenko (#5) is a tough task today and I wish her the best of luck.

Beatriz Haddad Maia

26/3/18 – Four hot matches to come: Barty-Svitolina, Radwanska-Azarenka, Konta-Williams and Collins-Puig. May the first-mentioned prevail in all four encounters.

Johanna Konta

Barty breaks to 2-0*. 3*-0. 3-1*. 4*-1. 4-2*. 5*-2 (over deuce). 5-3*. 0*:15 0:30 15:30 15:40df 5*-4. 0:15* 15:15 15:30 30:30 30:40 5-5* 0*:15 0:30 0:40 15:40 5*-6. 0:15* 0:30 0:40 5-7*.
1*-0. 1-1*. 1*-2. 15:0* 30:0 40:0 40:15 40:30 40:40 AD:40 2-2* 2*-3. 2-4*. 3*-4 0:15* 15:15 30:15 30:30 30:40 40:40 40:AD 40:40 40:AD 3-5*. 0*:15 15:15 30:15 40:15 4*-5. 0:15* 15:15 15:30 15:40 4-6*

Konta in front in the beginning, but rebreak to 3*-3 now. Of course Venus doesn’t want to go the distance, which would be a plus for the opponent, fitness-wise. 3-4* (POV Konta). 4*-4. 4-5*. 5*-5 (3x deuce). 15:0* 30:0df 30:15 40:15 40:30 6-5*. 15*:0 30:0 30:15 30:30 40:30 7*-5. Now Konta has good chances.

Relaxing a bit now. All the protocolling here of course is nothing but a hobbyhorse. I don’t make the mistake to fancy any other than individual sense in doing it. There were certain people I wanted to convince of my true interest in tennis. But that is done by now and so I wouldn’t need to go on with it. I do it, when it’s fun. Easy as that.

…wow, Venus again! A true legend. Azarenka utterly superior over Radwanska. A pity, but true.

Qualifier Collins proceeds…

Kerber had to invest a lot of energy against Wang. Now this clear loss again. What a trap it can be to have reached a big success (like being #1) once. How merciless the expectations one almost has no chance not to belie. And to be one’s own hardest enemy. Even if you manage to emancipate you always get driven back into this mess and pressure by the sanguinary public. Hope, that she’s doing well. As nice and honest as she is, she has my respect, even if I’m no fan of her way of playing tennis.

28/3/18 – Tough one between Svitolina and Ostapenko. Congrats to the latter for winning 76(3) 76(5).

For me this Danielle Collins appears completely out of thin air. Beats Venus clearly in two, Ostapenko next. The current generation change is quite worthwhile. But good as well to see mother Vika Azarenka so strong again. Wins the first set, the second goes to Sloane Stephens yet. Azarenka broken in game one of the third. Fighting and biting, but broken again, 3-0. 4-0. 4-1. 5-1. 6-1. That’s a statement.

Final Stephens-Ostapenko now?

Or can Collins… …

Break Ostapenko in the 4th, rebreak in the 5th. 2-3*. POV Collins. 3*-3. 3-4*. 4*-4. 4-5*. 5*-5. 6-5* (to 0). 6*-6. 6(1)-7 That’s, what a top player does: Perform best when it’s needed.
0*-1. 0-2*. 1*-2. 1-3*. 2*-3. 2-4*. 3*-4. 3-5*. 3*-6.

Ok, Stephens-Ostapenko now.

Both young players huge talents. The American strong, calm and straight, the Latvian more way-out and erratic at times, but full of creativity and dynamite.

1. Set
POV Stephens | sg=swift game | lr=long rally | df=double fault | –BR–=break

2nd 15:0* 15:15 15:30lr 30:30lr Let 40:30 1-0* lr –BR–
0*:15 15:15ace 15:30 15:40 1*-1 –BR–
15:0* 15:15 30:15 2nd 40:15 1-2*
0*:15 2nd 15:15 Let 15:30 2nd 30:30lr 30:40 2*-2 –BR–
0:15* 2nd 15:15 30:15df 2nd 30:30 2nd 40:30 2nd 40:40 Let 40:AD 2nd 2-3*
Let 15*:0 30:0 40:0 3*-3 sg
15:0* 2nd 15:15 2nd 30:15df 30:30 40:30 4-3* –BR–
2nd 0*:15lr Let 0:30 15:30 30:30lr 40:30 5*-3
2nd 15:0*df 15:15 15:30 15:40 5-4*
0*:15 15:15 15:30 30:30 2nd 30:40df 5*-5 –BR–
0:15* 15:15 30:15 2nd 30:30 40:30 6-5* –BR–
2nd 0*:15 15:15 15:30lr 30:30 Let 30:40 6*-6 df –BR–

Tiebreak
01* 1*1 2*1 22* 2nd 32*lr 4*2 2nd 5*2 2nd 62* 63* 6*4 6*5 7-6(5)

2. Set
0*:15 2nd 15:15 15:30 15:40 30:40 40:40 AD:40 40:40lr Let 40:AD 40:40lr 40:ADlr 0*-1 lr –BR–
2nd 15:0* 30:0lr 2nd 30:15 2nd 30:30 40:30lr 1-1* –BR–
2nd 15*:0 30:0 40:0 2nd 2*-1 sg
0:15* 15:15 30:15lr 30:30lr 30:40lr 2nd 40:40df Let 2nd 40:AD 40:40lr 2nd AD:40lr 3-1* –BR–
15*:0 30:0 30:15 40:15lr 4*-1 sg
0:15* 2nd 0:30 2nd 15:30df 2nd 30:30 2nd 40:30 2nd 5-1* –BR–
2nd 15*:0 2nd 30:0 40:0lr 2nd 6*-1

Sloane Stephens (25/#12) with the by far better nerves than 20yo #5 Jelena Ostapenko. After the 4th game of the second one could see, what would happen next. Ok, Sloane is five years ahead. Guess, even same-aged she would be the more stable and mature character of the two. Congrats!

Sloane Stephens

Indian Wells ’18 – Final

1.Set
…home from work. Pov Osaka | lr=long rally

15:0* 30:0 30:15 40:15 5-3*
15*:0 30:0 40:0 40:15lr 6*-3 lr

2.Set
0:15* 15:15lr 30:15 40:15 40:30lr 1-0* lr
0*:15 15:15lr 30:15 40:15 2*-0
15:0* 15:15 15:30 15:40 30:40lr 2-1*
15*:0 15:15 30:15 40:15 3*-1
– 15:15* 15:30 30:30 40:30lr 40:40lr AD:40 4-1*
15*:0 30:0 40:0 5*-1
0:15* 0:30 15:30 30:30lr 30:40lr 5-2*
15*:0 15:15 30:15 40:15 6*-2

The sensation were both semifinals. Matches with one opponent very superior to the other always are a bit boring. Well, congrats for Naomi and fingers crossed for Daria’s next matches.

Indian Wells ’18 – Semifinals

Daria Kasatkina vs Venus Williams (SF)

Daria Kasatkina

1. Set
POV Kasatkina, lr=long rally, sg=swift game
15:0* 15:15 30:15 40:15 1-0* lr sg
15*:0 15:15lr 15:30lr 30:30lr 30:40lr 1*-1
15:0* 30:0 40:0lr 40:15 40:30 40:40lr 40:ADlr 40:40 AD:40 2-1*
15*:0 30:0 40:0lr 3*-1 sg
0:15* 15:15 30:15lr 30:30lr 30:40lr 3-2* lr
15*:0 15:15lr 15:30 15:40 30:40lr 3*-3
0:15* 15:15lr 30:15lr 30:30lr 30:40 3-4* lr
0*:15 15:15 15:30lr 30:30 40:30 40:40 AD:40lr 40:40 40:AD 3*:5 lr
15:0* 15:15 30:15 30:30lr 40:30lr 4-5*
0*:15 15:15 30:15 30:30 30:40lr 4*-6

Typical Williams style so far – to come up with the best shots when needed and to force one’s own will to the opponent, no matter what. Good quality from Kasatkina though…

2. Set
15:0* 30:0 40:0 40:15lr 1-0* lr
15*:0 30:0 40:0 40:15lr 2*-0
0:15* 0:30 15:30lr 15:40lr 30:40 2-1*
0*:15 15:15lr 30:15lr 40:15 40:30 3*-1
0:15* 15:15 30:15 40:15lr 40:30 40:40 40:ADlr 3-2* lr
0*:15 0:30 15:30lr 15:40 3*-3 sg
15:0* 15:15 30:15 30:30 40:30lr 4-3* lr
Kasatkina has her own ideas. Crucial game now…
0*:15 15:15 15:30lr 15:40lr 30:40 40:40 40:ADlr 40:40lr 40:ADlr 40:40lr AD:40 40:40lr AD:40lr 40:40lr 40:AD 40:40 AD:40 40:40 AD:40 5*-3
The longer the match lasts, the more chances much younger and fresher Daria K. has, and for sure Venus knows that!
0:15* 15:15 15:30 15:40 5-4* sg
15*:0 15:15 30:15 40:15 40:30lr 6*-4

3. Set
– 15:15* 30:15 30:30 30:40 0-1* lr
0*:15 0:30lr 15:30lr 30:30lr 30:40lr 0*-2 Williams style!
15:0* 30:0 40:0 40:15lr 40:30lr 40:40 AD:40lr 1-2* Kasatkina style!
15*:0 15:15lr 30:15lr 30:30lr 40:30 2*-2
0:15* 15:15lr 30:15lr 30:30 30:40 40:40lr 40:AD 40:40lr 40:ADlr 40:40 AD:40lr 40:40 AD:40 40:40 40:ADlr 2-3*
15*:0 30:0 40:0lr 3*-3 sg
15:0* 30:0 30:15lr 30:30 40:30lr 40:40lr 40:ADlr 3-4*
15*:0 30:0lr 40:0 4*-4 sg
0:15* 0:30 0:40lr 15:40lr 4-5*
0*:15lr 0:30 15:30lr 30:30lr 40:30lr 5*-5
0:15* 15:15lr 30:15lr 40:15lr 6-5*
15*:0 30:0 40:0lr 40:15 7*-5

D*A*R*I*A!!!

“We are coming,” Kasatkina said, smiling. “Very soon.”

Simona Halep vs Naomi Osaka (SF)

Naomi Osaka

1. Set
POV Osaka, lr=long rally, sg=swift game
15*:0 15:15 15:30lr 30:30lr 30:40 40:40lr AD:40lr 1*-0
0:15* 15:15 15:30 30:30 40:30 2-0*
0*:15 0:30lr 0:40 2*-1
0:15* 0:30 0:40 2-2* sg
0*:15 15:15lr 30:15lr 40:15lr 3*-2
15:0* 15:15 15:30 15:40lr 3-3*
0*:15 0:30 15:30lr 30:30 30:40 40:40lr AD:40 4*-3
0:15* 15:15 15:30 15:40 30:40lr 40:40lr 40:40lr AD:40 5-3* lr
0*-15 15:15 30:15lr 40:15lr 6*-3

2. Set
15:0* 30:0 30:15lr 40:15lr 1-0*
0*:15 0:30 15:30 30:30lr 40:30 40:40lr AD:40lr 2*-0
15:0* 30:0lr 40:0 40:15 3-0* sg
15*:0 15:15 15:30 30:30 40:30lr 4*-0
15:0* 30:0lr 30:15 30:30 40:30 5-0*
0*:15 15:15lr 30:15 30:30 30:40lr 40:40lr 40:ADlr 40:40lr 40:ADlr 40:40lr AD:40 40:40lr 40:AD 40:40lr AD:40lr 40:40lr AD:40lr 6*-0

N*A*O*M*I!!!

Remarkable, that Naomi took so much effort to win the sixth game.

Final > Kasatkina – Osaka.
Wow, that’s hot stuff!

Indian Wells ’18

Amanda Anisimova, a new rising star?
4:1 in the first set against Kvitova.
5:2. 6:2.
In the rounds before she beat Parmentier and Pavlyuchenkova.
16yo. #149.

2. Set
POV Anisimova | lr=long rally | sg=swift game
15*:0 15:15 15:30 30:30 30:40 0*-1
0:15 0:30 0:40 0-2* sg
15:0 15:15 30:15 30:30 40:30 40:40 AD:40 1*-2
0:15* 15:15lr 15:30lr 15:40 1-3*
15*:0 30:0 40:0 2*-3
15:0* 30:0 40:0 40:15lr 40:30lr 3-3*
15*:0 15:15 30:15 40:15 4*-3
0:15* 15:15 30:15lr 30:30lr 40:30lr 40:40 40:AD 40:40 AD:40lr 5-3*
0*:15 0:30 15:30 15:40 5*-4
15:0* 30:0 40:0 6-4*

Wow.

Against Pliskova now.
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Other surprises: Dolehide def Cibulkova, Vickery def Bouchard and Muguruza, Sabalenka def Kuznetsova, Osaka def Sharapova and Radwanska, Sevastova def Puig, Collins def Keys. What’s next?

Stephens def Azarenka in two. Halep needs a tiebreaker to win the second after having lost the first to one. Against whom? Dolehide? Never heard of before. Unexepectedly clear two-set wins of Martic over Ostapenko and Sakkari vs Vandeweghe.

Just now Vickery vs Osaka, a match I would’ve very much liked to watch and shoot. Last year in Stuttgart I sat behind Vickery’s mother during some match of her daughter and admired her ‘one-word-coaching’, which was very clever, informative and motivating – and always beyond the level of risking a warning.

How will Sasnovich do against Wozniacki? Kasatkina against Stephens? Sevastova managed to win against Goerges in the Mallorca final last year. But the H2H is 4-2 for the German. Let’s see. The Latvian is often beating herself mentally. If she manages to stay positive throughout a match, she’s very dangerous. If Suarez Navarro is physically fit enough (her Achilles’heel), she has every chance to cope with much younger Svitolina.

Ok, the clear win of Osaka against Vickery was kinda expectable. But congrats again to the latter for beating Bouchard and Muguruza.

Daria Kasatkina powers down Sloane Stephens 64 63. End of the line Wozniacki?
H2H is 4-3 now. Wow, 63 63. Next a Williams. Morituri te salutant. Venus in front. Could Anastasija climb that rock? What a joy it would be for her. What a boost of poise. But wait, Sister (mother) Serena is making up leeway… …no, Venus it is.
Carla wins by 75 63, very much to my liking. Now that Collins girl.

Anisimova (vs Pliskova) muscles a breaker in the second, but here her Californian fairytale is over. Same with Vondrousova (vs Martic). The opposite with Halep vs Wang, a tough first and a clear second set. Sakkari just reached a decider against Osaka. Guess, the Japanese will make it. And then Sevastova-Williams. I’m with the Latvian here, imagining her fulgent joy after an at least possible win. Probably it’s Venus yet to go through to the last eight.

After Sevastova had lost the first in a tiebreak despite having fought so hard it was clear, that the second wouldn’t be as narrow as that. But the result of 6(6)-7 4-6 is anything but disreputable.

Hey, Kasatkina def Wozniacki 6-4 7-5. That’s good news. Waiting for Daria to draw level with Ostapenko to win her maiden grand slam title, if not this year than in one of the next. In 2017 she won Charleston (against Ostapenko), which is a good start. Now in Indian Wells it’s Kerber next, tough, not invincible. Wozniacki, who had to wait so long until she finally managed to win her first big trophy in Melbourne this year, gave an a little bit too arrogant impression lately. I’m always more with the better manners. It’s a pity, the Dane seemed to be such a nice girl in the beginning. Like others. Success is a bitch, no matter, if it comes to you freely or keeps you at distance. As musician I watched so many colleagues change completely, and not to the better. One has to be extremely careful with these things. Will Martic find a way to get Halep in hot water? Well, she seems to be in good shape and Simona has managed to produce quite some surprising losses in the past. We’ll see. Don’t think Carla has a chance against Venus. Maybe a decider, but then. Osaka-Pliskova could be a tough one with the Japanese definitely on the rise. —

Halep is a hoaxer again in this quarterfinal match against Martic. First set 6-4. In the second from 2-5 to 5-5, 5-6, 6-6 to 0.
Tiebreak: 01* 1*1 1*2 13* 23* 2*4 2*5 35* 45* 5*5 5*6 (5)6-7*
Going the distance then.

3. Set
POV Halep, lr=long rally
0*:15 15:15 15:30 30:30lr40:30 1*-0
15:0* 30:0 30:15 40:15 40:30lr 40:40lr 40:ADlr 40:40lr 40:ADlr 40:40 AD:40 40:40 40:ADlr 1-1*
15*:0 15:15 30:15lr 30:30 30:40lr 1*-2
15:0* 30:0lr 30:15lr 30:30 40:30 40:40lr 40:AD 1-3*
– – 15*:30 30:30lr 40:30lr 40:40lr AD:40 40:40lr AD:40lr 2*-3
15:0* 30:0 30:15 40:15 3-3* lr
– 15*:15 – 30:30 – 40:40 40:AD 40:40 AD:40 4*-3 some issues with the live score
15:0* 30:0 30:15 30:30 40:30lr 40:40 40:ADlr 40:40 AD:40lr 5-3*
15*:0 30:0 30:15lr 40:15 6*-3

Well, then. Nice, that Petra Martic is so strong again after her injury. As for Simona it’s another example of her taking the long road instead of the short and easy one. It’s her, it’s her style. Pity, if the batteries are empty in the end. Like in Melbourne. But Halep is one of the players who can do what they want, win, lose, whatever. They will always have me as a fan.

Osaka storms through the first set, leads by 5-1. One can see by the scores, how hard Karolina Pliskova is fighting, maybe she just undervalued her opponent in the beginning. 4x Advantage in the seventh game, 5-2. POV Osaka. 15*:0 30:0 30:15 30:30lr 40:30 6*-2.

2. Set
0:15* 15:15 15:30 30:30lr 30:40 40:40 AD:40 40:40 AD:40lr 40:40 40:AD 40:40lr 40:AD 40:40 40:AD 40:40 AD:40 1-0*
15*:0 15:15 30:15 30:30 40:30 40:40lr 40:AD 40:40 40:AD 1*-1
15:0* 30:0 30:15 40:15lr 40:30 2-1*
0*:15 0:30 15:30 15:40 30:40 2*-2
0:15* 0:30 15:30 15:40lr 30:40 2-3*
15*:0 30:0 40:0 40:15 3*-3
0:15* 15:15 30:15 4-3*
15*:0 15:15 30:15 40:15 5*-3
15:0* 15:15 30:15 40:15lr 6-3*

Given the outstanding qualities of a Karolina Pliskova (25/#5), this two-set win of the 20yo Japanese currently ranked #44, who by being raised in the USA speaks english much more fluently than her mother tongue, seems to be even more scintillating. おめでとうございます! What?!! Means congrats in japanese…

Naomi Osaka

Kasatkina-Kerber 60 62. (!)
Don’t think that such a clear result would have been possible with a Kerber at her best. But congrats anyway.

Not a ghost of a chance for Carla against Venus.

Will Daria be able to get the legendary veteran in some trouble? Maybe, not very likely yet. Let’s see, it’s tennis.

H2H Halep-Osaka 3-0. Nevertheless I recommend Simona to be extremely careful. Ranked 44 Naomi by all means has the weapons and the chuzpah to beat a weak and unconcentrated #1. In my humble estimation maybe she’s even a future #1 herself. Definitely I see her entering the top ten pretty soon.