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Report Traderx90 May 14, 2022 9:12 AM BST
Nobody wins 27 matches in a row from Poland..Or can Iga prove me wrong? Thats the riddle for today,good luck to solve it :)
Report edy May 14, 2022 9:45 AM BST
Sam Stosur is playing singles in Strasbourg on a wild card even though she had retired from singles after the AO.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 14, 2022 11:46 AM BST
I can't hate on Iga because she seems super cool, but even Barty had more interesting matches than this Sad
Report Traderx90 May 14, 2022 11:50 AM BST
She should have given the first set to Sabalenka just out of courtesy and play a real match from there
Report edy May 14, 2022 1:57 PM BST
https://www.instagram.com/p/CdgWSI7MKhK/

Slide for ice cream picture
Report edy May 14, 2022 2:01 PM BST
https://www.instagram.com/p/Cdh4iGxMpZA/

slide for more ice cream of someone else
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 14, 2022 3:49 PM BST
https://twitter.com/SMSTNS/status/1525466190243672064/photo/2

poor Bianca
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 14, 2022 4:06 PM BST
https://twitter.com/DonnaVekic/status/1525481742659887110

some drama!
Report edy May 14, 2022 5:25 PM BST
Iga will never lose another match as long as she avoids Collins and Ostapenko, will she?
Report edy May 14, 2022 5:26 PM BST
....on surfaces that aren't for cows anyway.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 14, 2022 5:48 PM BST
https://sportstar.thehindu.com/tennis/chennai/article38490911.ece/amp/

WTA Chennai (India) 250 announced for September.
Report edy May 14, 2022 6:06 PM BST
Love
Report edy May 14, 2022 6:06 PM BST
Something to finely complement Japan and South Korea.
Report wisewords May 14, 2022 6:23 PM BST

May 14, 2022 -- 2:09AM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


yeah or I could also get owned by some more.Speaking of retirements, Sabine won another match this week but retired from her match yesterday due to food poisoning.


poor Sabine! what sort of mean person poisons such a nice smiley woman?

Report wisewords May 14, 2022 6:24 PM BST

May 14, 2022 -- 9:45AM, edy wrote:


Sam Stosur is playing singles in Strasbourg on a wild card even though she had retired from singles after the AO.


wow. WOW. how do you feel about her doing this?

Report edy May 14, 2022 6:25 PM BST
I am thrilled.
Report edy May 14, 2022 6:28 PM BST
https://www.instagram.com/p/Cdi08c4Devz/

Isner and Diego looking happy and holding their official hashtag up.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 14, 2022 6:33 PM BST
same person who poisoned Andy Murray. Someone has it in for our phorum faves.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 14, 2022 6:36 PM BST
what a mugfest that was. How many games for Ons tomorrow?
Report edy May 14, 2022 6:36 PM BST
That was some ownage from Jabeur on the final four points.
Report wisewords May 14, 2022 6:36 PM BST
Ons owned Daria hard
Report edy May 14, 2022 6:36 PM BST

May 14, 2022 -- 6:36PM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


what a mugfest that was. How many games for Ons tomorrow?


5

Report Traderx90 May 14, 2022 6:37 PM BST
Ons is a really really cruel person with no mercy.She is not beating players in a normal way, she is giving them hope to actually win the match, giving double breaks and match points away and then she destroys them :D
Report wisewords May 14, 2022 6:37 PM BST
funny way to win with the casual drop shot too
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 14, 2022 6:38 PM BST

May 14, 2022 -- 6:36PM, edy wrote:


May 14, 2022 --  6:36PM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:what a mugfest that was. How many games for Ons tomorrow?5


Iga food poisoned and retiring 0-5 down?

Report wisewords May 14, 2022 6:40 PM BST

May 14, 2022 -- 3:49PM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


https://twitter.com/SMSTNS/status/1525466190243672064/photo/2poor Bianca


LaughLaugh

Report wisewords May 14, 2022 6:42 PM BST

May 14, 2022 -- 5:26PM, edy wrote:


....on surfaces that aren't for cows anyway.


you're a cow

Report wisewords May 14, 2022 6:43 PM BST

May 14, 2022 -- 6:36PM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


what a mugfest that was. How many games for Ons tomorrow?


7

Report SamuelMertensBertens May 14, 2022 6:46 PM BST

May 14, 2022 -- 6:40PM, wisewords wrote:


May 14, 2022 --  3:49PM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:https://twitter.com/SMSTNS/status/1525466190243672064/photo/2poor Bianca


https://twitter.com/SMSTNS/status/1525476669028503556/photo/1

Report wisewords May 14, 2022 7:16 PM BST
haha yeah, I saw that in the comments/replies to the first one you posted!
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 14, 2022 8:10 PM BST
this is some vulturing by Garbine.
https://twitter.com/MichalSamulski/status/1525550405744205833/photo/1
Report wisewords May 14, 2022 8:42 PM BST
she's trying to Woz approach to maintain a decent ranking spot
Report wisewords May 14, 2022 8:43 PM BST
she's trying the* Woz approach to maintain a decent ranking spot!
Report edy May 14, 2022 8:47 PM BST
Probably still going to flop.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 14, 2022 9:23 PM BST
I think it's more to get some matches and confidence rather than saving her ranking. Doesn't have lots of points to depend until the fall.
Report wisewords May 14, 2022 9:50 PM BST
maybe The Mastermind will end up with Garbine after Simona
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 14, 2022 11:02 PM BST
I think her quota of Frenchmen as coaches is filled for a lifetime.
Although I think Sumyk did a good job with her, they just had awful chemistry.
Report edy May 15, 2022 11:51 AM BST
Svitolina pregnant.
Report edy May 15, 2022 11:51 AM BST
https://www.instagram.com/p/CdkxeQ7NbB5/
Report edy May 15, 2022 11:54 AM BST
https://www.instagram.com/p/Cdjbrw8g4jo/

slide for Coco ice cream
Report edy May 15, 2022 12:02 PM BST
ITF Makarova not making herself popular with the Morderger family this weekend. About to beat the sisters back to back in Strasbourg qualies.

....and just threw in an underhand serve for ultimate humiliation at 5-0, 40-0 in the second set.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 15, 2022 12:11 PM BST

May 15, 2022 -- 11:51AM, edy wrote:


Svitolina pregnant.


what a glorious 24 hrs for Ukraine.

Report SamuelMertensBertens May 15, 2022 12:16 PM BST
https://twitter.com/TheTennisLetter/status/1525439604311986177
classic WTA/wrestling mash-up
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 15, 2022 12:32 PM BST
I see some books have Naomi fave over Iga for US Open. Doesn't really make sense to me.
I took Iga at 7.00, just hoping she doesn't run into a wall by then.
Report n88uk May 15, 2022 12:39 PM BST
Marcinko is fav vs Peterson today on her WTA debut in Rabat.
Report n88uk May 15, 2022 12:40 PM BST
Seems a crazy price really.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 15, 2022 12:49 PM BST
Hey edy, maybe your Efremova pick will work out after all with Iga scooping up everything in the next ten years instead of Barty.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 15, 2022 12:54 PM BST

May 15, 2022 -- 12:39PM, n88uk wrote:


Marcinko is fav vs Peterson today on her WTA debut in Rabat.


market all over the place with up-and-comers. Sloane was 1.6 against Brenda. Linda was 7 (?) against Mertens.

Report edy May 15, 2022 12:59 PM BST

May 15, 2022 -- 12:40PM, n88uk wrote:


Seems a crazy price really.


At least with her having retired in her most recent match.

Report n88uk May 15, 2022 1:03 PM BST
Who is the highest ranked player Marcinko first played and then beat. She's barely even played above $25k level.
Report n88uk May 15, 2022 1:04 PM BST
Seems surprising to then just be default fav vs a regular tour level player.
Report n88uk May 15, 2022 1:04 PM BST
And there is what Edy said too, she retired only like 10 days ago, but I don't know what with.
Report edy May 15, 2022 1:30 PM BST
Will Kartal ever lose another match at ITF level?
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 15, 2022 1:31 PM BST
Iga getting super emotional.
Report edy May 15, 2022 1:31 PM BST
Four more games lost by Iga than last year's final.

#slump
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 15, 2022 1:31 PM BST
ah, that's why she was so sad.
Report edy May 15, 2022 1:34 PM BST
Iga is a self-confessed serial cryer. Sheds tears over everything.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 15, 2022 1:35 PM BST
I know, but this is much even for her. It's just Rome. This is winning Wimbledon type of reaction.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 15, 2022 1:35 PM BST
I see Betfair messed up the Paris final.
Report edy May 15, 2022 1:37 PM BST
Gilles Simon is about to win back to back matches on clay like it's 2011.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 15, 2022 1:42 PM BST
Iga still confused at prize ceremonies. You'd think she knows how this works by now.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 15, 2022 1:44 PM BST
"I can't speak Italian yet"
Laugh
Report edy May 15, 2022 1:45 PM BST
Emphasis on yet!
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 15, 2022 1:46 PM BST
I know, I was gonna bold it.
Report edy May 15, 2022 1:46 PM BST
wow, Liu-Haddad Maia has been turned in-play Surprised
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 15, 2022 1:47 PM BST
NO WAY!
Report edy May 15, 2022 1:49 PM BST
YA WAY!!
Report n88uk May 15, 2022 2:09 PM BST
Easy for Marcinko
Report n88uk May 15, 2022 2:16 PM BST
Is Marcinko free to win Rabat?
Report n88uk May 15, 2022 2:30 PM BST
Is Marcinko the new Iga?
Report edy May 15, 2022 2:30 PM BST
What losers some of you are for doubting a supreme flag like Marcinko.
Report edy May 15, 2022 3:24 PM BST
Good stuff from those that thought Peterson would be able to trouble Marcinko.
Report edy May 15, 2022 3:32 PM BST
monster 22+ point game here.
Report n88uk May 15, 2022 4:17 PM BST
What a GOAT Marcinko. Luring them in with the bait and switch, then the reverse.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 15, 2022 4:18 PM BST
easy for Petra.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 15, 2022 4:18 PM BST
Shame I forgot to flag her (edy's fault). But it's good for the comp that the future GOATs are spread out.
Report edy May 15, 2022 4:21 PM BST
My fault? I pressed you to flag her like three times.
Report n88uk May 15, 2022 4:22 PM BST
Lol Marcinko's draw is pretty kind looking at her quarter they just brought up.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 15, 2022 4:28 PM BST

May 15, 2022 -- 4:21PM, edy wrote:


My fault? I pressed you to flag her like three times.


exactly. and a bunch of other no-hopers.

Report edy May 15, 2022 4:30 PM BST
The clue was in me repeatedly pressing you to flag Marcinko. I don't do that for random no-hopers. They get the one time promotion treatment.
Report edy May 15, 2022 4:30 PM BST
and it's further unfair to blame me because without me had would have never even had heard of Marcinko when n88 flagged her.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 15, 2022 4:30 PM BST
why didn't you flag her yourself?
Report edy May 15, 2022 4:31 PM BST
Was out of flags.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 15, 2022 4:32 PM BST
I would have known. She won a junior Slam.
Report edy May 15, 2022 4:33 PM BST
C'mon, nobody knows who wins the junior slams.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 15, 2022 4:44 PM BST
Zheng Qinwen withdrew due to gastrointestinal illness;

who's food poisoning the players?
Report edy May 15, 2022 4:46 PM BST
ffs
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 15, 2022 4:58 PM BST
Draws are out for RG qualies.
Make you picks in hipster comp before 10 am UKT tomorrow.
https://community.betfair.com/tennis/go/thread/view/94186/31757115/rg-qualifying-tennis-hipster-challenge#flvWelcomeHeader
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Report Journeyman May 15, 2022 5:03 PM BST
Links don't work.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 15, 2022 5:16 PM BST
I'll try to fix it later. For now go to RG website.
Report edy May 15, 2022 5:31 PM BST
I think they generate a new temporary access key for the PDF draws for every visitor, so linking to the direct pdf draws will be difficult. Link to the HTML draws if you must.
Report wisewords May 15, 2022 7:17 PM BST
unpopular opinion:

Neither Novak, Rafa or Carlos will win RG this year.

Novak's worst surface. Hasn't been in the best form lately but has started to find it in Madrid and then winning Rome. The most likely of the 3 to win RG 2022

Rafa's troublesome foot. Looks like it's going to be a struggle to be fully fit to play his best.

Carlos' lack of success over best of 5 sets format thus far. He can come unstuck playing too many long matches.

..

This opens the door for a random winner. We haven't had a "random" winner at RG since Stan beat Novak in the 2015 edition. I'm going to think more about this over the coming days. Maybe 2022 is a random men's winner year!
Report Journeyman May 15, 2022 7:42 PM BST
I just feel Novak is timing his rise in form to perfection.

Plus wants revenge for Australia (over and above the obvious slam-counting game) and the pure competitor smells blood with a dodgy looking Rafa.
Report Journeyman May 15, 2022 9:52 PM BST
#flagwatch

Well done to Andreeva senior, reaching the final of a 100k from qualies and a tb away from winning in straight sets.
Hopefully she's still early enough in her development that the whole Russia/Ukraine thing doesn't derail her too much.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 15, 2022 10:12 PM BST
One of the new big 3 will win RG. Only way there will be a random winner is if one goes out with injury and the other two has a 7 hr match and nothing left for the following match. I'm not worrying about Carlos's fitness at all and Novak is a completely different player than 2-3 weeks ago. I don't think one foot Rafa will be much of a threat though unless he gets a super easy draw with walking byes until SF.
Report MR BLONDE May 18, 2022 10:53 AM BST
unpopular opinion:

Neither Novak, Rafa or Carlos will win RG this year.

Novak's worst surface. Hasn't been in the best form lately but has started to find it in Madrid and then winning Rome. The most likely of the 3 to win RG 2022

Rafa's troublesome foot. Looks like it's going to be a struggle to be fully fit to play his best.

Carlos' lack of success over best of 5 sets format thus far. He can come unstuck playing too many long matches.

..

This opens the door for a random winner. We haven't had a "random" winner at RG since Stan beat Novak in the 2015 edition. I'm going to think more about this over the coming days. Maybe 2022 is a random men's winner year!



Like who????
Report wisewords May 18, 2022 1:45 PM BST
that's the tricky bit. Stefanos Tsitsipas perhaps, although I'm never confident in him because he likes to choke. It would be someone that's proficient on clay as their speciality. To be honest my post is an "unpopular opinion" for a reason, not many think it will happen. Many are expecting the dream Novak v Carlos final and with ATP being the way it is, that will probably be the final.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 18, 2022 2:24 PM BST
The draw will be big this year. Carlos, Rafa and Novak could all end up on same side. That could open up for a randomer who then only has to beat big 3 and in best case scenario for them a fatigued one in the final. Tsitsipas the most solid pick outside the new big 3, but I don't see him beating any of them if they are in their best form.
Report n88uk May 18, 2022 6:34 PM BST
So much ramping on Rafa both ways today. First was finished, now looked good in practice.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 18, 2022 8:05 PM BST
Guinard is a headpointer, fingerswagerer and arm waverer CryCryCry
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