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Wimby Day 8 OOP, 7/9/19

Post by rex » Jul Tue 09, 2019 9:18 am

CENTRE COURT 1:00PM

A. Riske (USA) v S. Williams (USA) 11
B. Strycova (CZE) v J. Konta (GBR) 19
MIXED DOUBLES - SECOND ROUND
A. Murray (GBR)/S. Williams (USA) v F. Martin (FRA) 14/R. Atawo (USA) 14

NO.1 COURT 1:00PM

S. Halep (ROU) 7 v S. Zhang (CHN)
E. Svitolina (UKR) 8 v K. Muchova (CZE)

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Re: Wimby Day 8 OOP, 7/9/19

Post by Grossefavourite » Jul Tue 09, 2019 9:25 am

Serena is still rusty.

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Post by Grossefavourite » Jul Tue 09, 2019 9:27 am

I think I want Serena to play Konta in the semi, hoping of course the weight of expectation grinds Konta down to defeat.
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Re: Wimby Day 8 OOP, 7/9/19

Post by rex » Jul Tue 09, 2019 9:28 am

High quality match between Serena and Alison. Alison made Serena work for every point and was most proficient in the rallies, redirecting nicely with nice ball placement, moving Serena all over the court. The serve was the difference here for Serena had 19 aces, but Serena rose to the occasion in the last 3 games, featuring droppers (surprisingly) that Alison got to, that Serena returned such for winners, in addition to some other well-placed returns by Alison. Most impressed by Alison today, dictating a lot of the rallies, playing proficiently, as Serena moves on. Nice match.....

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Re: Wimby Day 8 OOP, 7/9/19

Post by Grossefavourite » Jul Tue 09, 2019 9:44 am

Serena Williams battled past American compatriot Alison Riske despite a sluggish performance to reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion beat Riske 6-4 4-6 6-3 to set up a last four meeting with Britain's Johanna Konta or Czech Barbora Strycova.

Williams is chasing her eighth Wimbledon title and her first Grand Slam title since January 2017.

"It was really satisfying," the 37-year-old told the BBC.

"I wouldn't have won that match a couple of weeks ago.

"I'm glad I was able to come through. She was honestly playing amazing, she beat so many great players.

"I was really pumped, it was for a place in the semis at Wimbledon and that doesn't happen every day. It's a long, arduous road."

World number 10 Williams was broken early in the opening set, and looked despondent with Riske - who beat world number one Ashleigh Barty in the fourth round - not allowing her to settle.

The seven-time Wimbledon champion - who was fined $10,000 (£7,988) on Monday for damaging one of the Wimbledon courts with her racquet - broke back to level the scores at 3-3, but that was only just the beginning.

Riske immediately broke Williams again, only to lose her own serve once more, before Williams went on to break her decisively on her second set point to take the opener 6-4.

The second set, however, proved the polar opposite, staying on serve until Riske broke her opponent to go 5-4 up before serving out to love to seal a set in which Williams made 10 unforced errors.

But, having been broken immediately in the deciding set, Williams responded in perfect fashion, winning three consecutive games, only to lose her serve once again.

Helped by Riske's five double faults, Williams went a break up at 5-3, before serving out the match in two hours three minutes.

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Three-time Wimbledon singles champion John McEnroe on BBC TV

I have seen Serena six or seven times play herself into form and win Grand Slams. She is the best ever full stop, but she is also the best ever at overcoming a setback like the knee injury she is carrying.

It is going to have to be someone who serves really big and gets lots of free points or someone really athletic to beat her.

Someone has got to match Serena's intensity - they have to match it in their own way so the crowd feels they want it more than Serena wants it.

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Post by Grossefavourite » Jul Tue 09, 2019 9:45 am

Serena can't afford anymore sluggish performances. You simply can't serve well with a bad knee.

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Post by Grossefavourite » Jul Tue 09, 2019 9:47 am

Did Konta get a w/o into the semi?

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Re: Wimby Day 8 OOP, 7/9/19

Post by CrossCourtBH » Jul Tue 09, 2019 9:52 am

@ grosse - isn't she still in play vs Stryc

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Re: Wimby Day 8 OOP, 7/9/19

Post by CrossCourtBH » Jul Tue 09, 2019 9:54 am

I felt Serena played v well - not sluggish

SMH the commentator kept shifting the goal posts - for Serena attaining records - whatever she achieves

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Re: Wimby Day 8 OOP, 7/9/19

Post by Grossefavourite » Jul Tue 09, 2019 10:01 am

Garbine Muguruza, the 2017 Wimbledon champion, has split with her coach of about four years, Sam Sumyk.

The champion at the All England Club in 2017 and French Open in 2016 wrote on Twitter that it was "the end of an Extraordinary ride. ... Beyond grateful for this last 4 years. Merci Sam."

Besides winning two major titles, Muguruza also rose to the No. 1 ranking in 2017. She is currently ranked 27th and lost in the first round at this year's Wimbledon tournament.

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Re: Wimby Day 8 OOP, 7/9/19

Post by Graveller » Jul Tue 09, 2019 10:12 am

Watched the match... I have not changed my opinion that I wrote during RG: Serena's serve and ROS are suberb, and here on grass it may be enough to win the title. But her accuracy when forced to run is not as good as it was in her prime.
I said at the time that Serena is not dominant in longer rallies anymore. They showed stats during the third set vs Riske that confirmed this: Riske was the better player in the longer rallies. Doesn't matter what McEnroe says - based on his observations: facts and numbers do not lie.

It was a close match: 6-4 4-6 6-3... and if you know that the aces were 18-1 for Serena-Riske, then you see that Serena made the difference there. (and then I am not even considering all the winning return-of-serves...).
She cannot afford a bad serving day if she wants to win #24.
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Post by Graveller » Jul Tue 09, 2019 10:15 am

ps: Ace said that Muchova was going to win in straight sets... Guess what: she was leading 5-2 inthe first and then lost 5 games in a row.
First set for Svitolina.

Is Much Over for MuchOva? She reminds me of Ostapenko ar RG2017: a lot of crazy winners going in, but likely nothing anymore in the next 2 years.
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Re: Wimby Day 8 OOP, 7/9/19

Post by Grossefavourite » Jul Tue 09, 2019 10:16 am

Graveller wrote:
Jul Tue 09, 2019 10:12 am
Watched the match... I have not changed my opinion that I wrote during RG: Serena's serve and ROS are suberb, and here on grass it may be enough to win the title. But her accuracy when forced to run is not as good as it was in her prime.
I said at the time that Serena is not dominant in longer rallies anymore. They showed stats during the third set vs Riske that confirmed this: Riske was the better player in the longer rallies.

It was a close match: 6-4 4-6 6-3... and if you know that the aces were 18-1 for Serena-Riske, then you see that Serena made the difference there. (and then I am not even considering all the winning return-of-serves...).
She cannot afford a bad serving day if she wants to win #24.
Gimpy knee will do that to anyone.

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Re: Wimby Day 8 OOP, 7/9/19

Post by Ace2Ace » Jul Tue 09, 2019 10:16 am

rex wrote:
Jul Tue 09, 2019 9:18 am
CENTRE COURT 1:00PM

A. Riske (USA) v S. Williams (USA) 11
B. Strycova (CZE) v J. Konta (GBR) 19
MIXED DOUBLES - SECOND ROUND
A. Murray (GBR)/S. Williams (USA) v F. Martin (FRA) 14/R. Atawo (USA) 14

NO.1 COURT 1:00PM

S. Halep (ROU) 7 v S. Zhang (CHN)
E. Svitolina (UKR) 8 v K. Muchova (CZE)
Congrat to Serena and Halep ... Why didn't I select darling Halep for my Skan team? :(

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Re: Wimby Day 8 OOP, 7/9/19

Post by Ace2Ace » Jul Tue 09, 2019 10:20 am

Serena's lacks lateral movement. It was obvious.
In order to avoid opponent toying with her, she has to go for bigger ground strokes. That's the only way she got Riske on the defensive and kept her from pushing her around. When she was pushing, she had no chance.
Got to hit that fuzzy ball to protect yourself from long tiring rallies.

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