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Post by Grossefavourite » Jun Tue 05, 2018 9:45 am

If he can hold his nerves...

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Post by Grossefavourite » Jun Tue 05, 2018 9:54 am

Earlier today....


Belgium has detained 13 people in a probe into allegations of match-fixing in lower-level professional tennis.

Prosecutors said a Belgian-Armenian ring has been bribing players since 2014, with criminals winning bets on the fixed results.

Professionals competing in lower-level tournaments were easier to bribe, prosecutors said.

The investigation follows a report in April complaining of a "tsunami" of corruption in the sport.

An Independent Review Panel (IRP) looked into the integrity of professional tennis after a joint Buzzfeed and BBC News investigation found suspected illegal betting.

Belgian authorities cooperated with Bulgarian, Dutch, French, German, Slovakian and US counterparts in mounting simultaneous raids on Tuesday.

Twenty-one properties in Belgium were searched, with 13 people held on suspicion of match-fixing, corruption, money laundering and participation in organised criminal activities.

According to a report in Belgian newspaper Le Soir (in French), the matches in question took place on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Futures circuit and the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Challenger tour.

A judge will decide whether those held will be formally arrested, prosecutors said.

In response to the IRP report in April, the governing bodies of professional tennis - the ATP, WTA, ITF and Grand Slam Board - said they recognised "vulnerabilities" in the sport, particularly at lower levels.

They also said they were "committed to seizing the opportunity to address these concerns through firm and decisive action".

They are yet to comment on the Belgian raids.

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Post by Graveller » Jun Tue 05, 2018 10:08 am

#ed_op#font color="brown"#ed_cl#@ #ed_op#b#ed_cl#Ace2Ace#ed_op#/b#ed_cl#:#ed_op#/font#ed_cl##ed_op#br#ed_cl##ed_op#div#ed_cl##ed_op#br#ed_cl##ed_op#/div#ed_cl##ed_op#div#ed_cl#Meldonium? in the FIRST set???#ed_op#/div#ed_cl##ed_op#div#ed_cl##ed_op#br#ed_cl##ed_op#/div#ed_cl##ed_op#div#ed_cl#Nope, it helped to stay fit in long matches... it does not help when you play like crap in the first set :-)#ed_op#/div#ed_cl##ed_op#div#ed_cl##ed_op#br#ed_cl##ed_op#/div#ed_cl##ed_op#div#ed_cl##ed_op#br#ed_cl##ed_op#/div#ed_cl##ed_op#div#ed_cl##ed_op#br#ed_cl##ed_op#/div#ed_cl##ed_op#br#ed_cl#
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Post by Graveller » Jun Tue 05, 2018 10:11 am

Sloane wins the first set 6-3.

This was - for me - by far the best set of tennis that I saw at RG this year.
I would root for Sloane against anyone if she plays like this (but not if it is against Kasatkina);

And it is not that Daryza palys bad: she got a lot of opportunities; gets to 30-30 or deuce in virtually every Sloane-service game. Both play really well, but sloane atm a bit better.

Kasatkina got back on serve 3-4, lead 40-0, and 10 minutes later gets broken anyway. That was the key game in this set.
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Post by Graveller » Jun Tue 05, 2018 10:23 am

Sloane got the break in set #2... again, Darya had her chances in Sloane's first service game (deuce twice), but Sloane is at her best.

If Sloane wins this, I will be annoyed with her for 5 minutes, and after that, I support her until MP in the final on saturday.
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Post by Grossefavourite » Jun Tue 05, 2018 10:24 am

<font color=brown>@ <b>Graveller</b>:</font>
 
You're such a good person. Me, no. I hold grudges for...well, forever.

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Post by Grossefavourite » Jun Tue 05, 2018 10:34 am

Is it Sloanie versus Keys? Yikes. Snooze fest.

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Post by Grossefavourite » Jun Tue 05, 2018 10:35 am

Wow. Novak....

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Post by Graveller » Jun Tue 05, 2018 10:41 am

WHAT.... A... GREAT.... PERFORMANCE.... FROM.... SLOANE.....

Darya played more than decent, but Sloane outclassed her in every part of the game: better serve, great point construction, amazing defense, perfect switch to offense when the opportunity was there, used the whole court...

Darya tried e-ve-ry shot, and Sloane dealt with it without a problem.

Please, let this woman win RG: this is what I want to see on clay. USA has the best clay-courter atm, and it is this young lady.

Defends like Clijsters, but plays like a real clay-courter (dare I say like Henin?)


Having said that: I think that Kasatkina would have beaten most of the other QFs today.... but not Sloane.
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Post by Graveller » Jun Tue 05, 2018 10:44 am

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Post by Ace2Ace » Jun Tue 05, 2018 10:45 am

Congrat Sloane.
A repeat of the US Open SF.
USA rule on clay..
If Serena stayed out of that stupid Doubles, we'd have an All-American final.

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Post by Grossefavourite » Jun Tue 05, 2018 10:50 am

<font color=brown>@ <b>Ace2Ace</b>:</font>
 
I feared as much when I saw she'd sign up for dubs. She skipped Madrid and Rome and then tried to catch up with dubs, I think. Or she doubted her singles readiness and threw in the dubs just in case. In any event, it all backfired. She sure had a chance to title here.

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Post by Graveller » Jun Tue 05, 2018 10:51 am

#ed_op#font color="brown"#ed_cl#@ #ed_op#b#ed_cl#Ace2Ace#ed_op#/b#ed_cl#:#ed_op#/font#ed_cl##ed_op#br#ed_cl##ed_op#div#ed_cl#&nbsp;With all respect to her achievements in the past, but Serena at RG2018 was only a shadow of her best on this surface.#ed_op#/div#ed_cl##ed_op#div#ed_cl#There are others in the top half that play better than her.#ed_op#/div#ed_cl##ed_op#div#ed_cl##ed_op#br#ed_cl##ed_op#/div#ed_cl##ed_op#div#ed_cl#So bring one Sloane vs anyone except Maria (unless Sloane serves her a double bagel)#ed_op#br#ed_cl#

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Post by Grossefavourite » Jun Tue 05, 2018 10:52 am

Ok Sloanie, that's enough of your kicking sand in Grossie's face. I did say you were incapable of playing according to rank, but now you have.

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Post by Ace2Ace » Jun Tue 05, 2018 10:56 am

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 I don't think so. Her ground strokes and serve were better than at her last Grand Slam in Australia.
Serena had only 12 UE against Juila; 3 UEs in the first set. She hit her best serves on the crucial points.

Her game looked so ready to win it all.
She looked sharp. This Doubles 'stuff" still annoys the heck out of me. Federer doesn't bother with Doubles at slams. He saves all his energy for the Singles.
Serena at her age should use the day-off to rest her body and get ready for her next Singles. Why did team let her play Doubles?

She did this in Australia; twisted her ankle and went on to lose to Sloane the next day. Still p.o about that.
Sharapova would have been sent packing yesterday and the only challenge left would have been Muguruza. All wasted now because of that silly Doubles match.
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