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SamuelMertensBertens
01 Aug 22 01:33
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Bye bye tennis in Europe and welcome US hardcourt season.
Super strong field in WTA San Jose and some good players in Washington as well. Pretty good fields for ATP as well.
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Report SamuelMertensBertens August 6, 2022 4:37 AM BST
Emma time! (so much tennis on tonight).
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 6, 2022 4:38 AM BST
big chance for Emma to win the title if she prevails tonight (and her body holds up).
Report wisewords August 6, 2022 4:40 AM BST

Aug 6, 2022 -- 4:37AM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


Aug  6, 2022 --  4:31AM, wisewords wrote:shame she isn't name to use to sell tickets, well maybe in Charleston she isshe'd need a big underdog run at the US Open Melanie Oudin style for that to happen. Like if she had followed up the Barty win last year with a couple of wins.


would be a fairytale for her. if the draw is nice to her it could easily happen. feel like she's maturing into these big situations now

Report wisewords August 6, 2022 4:41 AM BST
seem to have done way more San Jose than Washington so far
Report wisewords August 6, 2022 4:48 AM BST
need a refresher on my Chinese women's tennis players. so we had a period where Saisai Zheng and Shuai Zhang were their best players. then some others like Lin Zhu, Qiang Wang and Yafan Wang did well. but I'm lost with these X Wangs
Report wisewords August 6, 2022 4:50 AM BST
Xinyu Wang and Xiyu Wang
Report wisewords August 6, 2022 4:53 AM BST
Samsonova is going to win this imo. not watched much so far though
Report wisewords August 6, 2022 4:54 AM BST
maybe I'm just not convinced by Raducanu yet
Report wisewords August 6, 2022 4:55 AM BST
of course I forgot to mention Queenwen in my Chinese women breakdown. their most promising star
Report wisewords August 6, 2022 4:57 AM BST
if only edy was here to tell me what the highlights have been for Xinyu Wang and Xiyu Wang thus far to secure them rankings within the top 100
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 6, 2022 4:57 AM BST
there's also Yuan Yue who n88 has been hyping.
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 6, 2022 4:58 AM BST
remember when he did play-by-play for Wang vs Wang?
Report wisewords August 6, 2022 4:59 AM BST
yeah vaguely
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 6, 2022 5:01 AM BST
was classic edy
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 6, 2022 5:02 AM BST
haha, Foe shaking hands with every official and spectator in the first row after winning a big point.
Report wisewords August 6, 2022 5:05 AM BST

Aug 6, 2022 -- 5:01AM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


was classic edy


do you remember what tournament it was from?

Report wisewords August 6, 2022 5:06 AM BST
Emma owned
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 6, 2022 5:07 AM BST
one of the 125's in Asia.
Report wisewords August 6, 2022 5:09 AM BST
Emma isn't much of a Fightercanu
Report wisewords August 6, 2022 5:18 AM BST
Emma's got alot of improving to do if she wants to be a real top 10 player. plays like someone ranked 31-40 right now
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 6, 2022 5:19 AM BST

Aug 6, 2022 -- 5:09AM, wisewords wrote:


Emma isn't much of a Fightercanu


fought super hard against Cami the other night.

Report wisewords August 6, 2022 5:32 AM BST
M Ymer marching
Report wisewords August 6, 2022 5:32 AM BST
I seem like a hater but I'm just being realistic about Emma's level
Report wisewords August 6, 2022 5:33 AM BST
she's given up here
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 6, 2022 5:35 AM BST
she has lots of talent and high peak level. Fitness still a big issue, I think the marathon against Cami is why she'll falling apart here in the 2nd.
Report wisewords August 6, 2022 5:36 AM BST

Aug 6, 2022 -- 5:19AM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


Aug  6, 2022 --  5:09AM, wisewords wrote:Emma isn't much of a Fightercanufought super hard against Cami the other night.


Cami isn't a top 20 level. poor Emma being burdened with unrealistic expectations from sponsors, parents and mainly media

Report SamuelMertensBertens August 6, 2022 5:37 AM BST
it's gonna be harder after US Open with tougher draws and having to play qualies. But maybe not being in the spotlight as much will also help her.
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 6, 2022 5:38 AM BST
*might (not will)
Report wisewords August 6, 2022 5:38 AM BST
Serena Williams vs Emma Raducanu 1st round US Open. what are the chances?
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 6, 2022 5:40 AM BST
13-16 since USO
Report wisewords August 6, 2022 5:40 AM BST
Scared
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 6, 2022 5:41 AM BST
1.56%?
Report wisewords August 6, 2022 5:41 AM BST
Kasatkina v Badosa
Report wisewords August 6, 2022 5:41 AM BST

Aug 6, 2022 -- 5:41AM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


1.56%?


Happy

Report SamuelMertensBertens August 6, 2022 5:42 AM BST
Serena coming back next week. Will be interesting to see her on a HC.
Report wisewords August 6, 2022 5:44 AM BST
I'm looking forward to it! wonder who she'll draw. she plays a qualifier
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 6, 2022 5:44 AM BST
If Emma can sort out her fitness, I think she has a bright future ahead.
Report wisewords August 6, 2022 5:45 AM BST
if she beats the qualifier she'll play Belinda or Vika
Report wisewords August 6, 2022 5:45 AM BST

Aug 6, 2022 -- 5:44AM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


If Emma can sort out her fitness, I think she has a bright future ahead.


top 20 player. not sure after that. jury is still out for me

Report wisewords August 6, 2022 5:46 AM BST

Aug 6, 2022 -- 5:41AM, wisewords wrote:


Kasatkina v Badosa


thoughts on this? wonder if Daria will win the 3rd set 6-0 for the 4th match in a row?

Report SamuelMertensBertens August 6, 2022 5:47 AM BST
Paula.
Report wisewords August 6, 2022 5:48 AM BST
which will be the later SF?
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 6, 2022 5:50 AM BST

Aug 6, 2022 -- 5:45AM, wisewords wrote:


if she beats the qualifier she'll play Belinda or Vika


won't be Vika.

Report wisewords August 6, 2022 5:56 AM BST
Sloane v Sonya
BK v Ka Plis
Kasatkina v Bianca
Camila v Emma
Jil v Venus
winner of Jil v Venus plays Anett!
Report wisewords August 6, 2022 5:57 AM BST
those matches caught my eye as exciting ones. of course all the qualifiers haven't been put into the draw yet so there'll be more good ones
Report wisewords August 6, 2022 5:58 AM BST
Nick beat Giron, Paul, Opelka and now Tiafoe. he's beating all the USAers
Report wisewords August 6, 2022 5:59 AM BST
next up M Ymer
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 6, 2022 6:18 AM BST
wasn't Wang vs Wang, was Choi vs Choi

edy • December 20, 2021 1:42 AM GMT
Very lazy umpire in this Choi vs Choi match at the Seoul W125. Said their first names somewhere near the beginning, but ever since then it's only been "Game Choi", "Advantage Choi"... How are the players supposed to know which one of them has the advantage?

edy • December 20, 2021 1:49 AM GMT
If he feels he would mess up their names if he had to say them more often, he should at least say "white t-shirt Choi" and "black dress Choi", "left of chair Choi", "ponytail Choi", "braids Choi" etc...

edy • December 20, 2021 2:12 AM GMT
Oh, and for everybody who didn't see: Vera Zvonareva won Limoges! She really did it!

....in doubles with Niculescu...
edy • December 20, 2021 2:19 AM GMT
Meaning she won at least one WTA tournament or slam in doubles every year since her comeback in 2018.

2018 - clay Moscow (Potapova) and St. Petersburg (Swiss Timea B.)
2019 - Budapest (Alexandrova)
2020 - US Open (Siegemund)
2021 - Limoges (Niculescu)

#AlmostDoublesGOAT

edy • December 20, 2021 3:25 AM GMT
Choi is ok at keeping the ball in-play, but she has very little pace. Choi on the other hand has a bit more pace on her shots, but she's a bit loose at using that pace.

edy • December 20, 2021 3:26 AM GMT
Though a bit curiously, Choi's first serve has more pace than that of Choi.

edy • December 20, 2021 3:33 AM GMT
For being such a paceless player, Choi is also too loose though. She should be making no errors ever with her game.

edy • December 20, 2021 4:19 AM GMT
Choi got a bit lucky in the end. Choi really had Choi on the ropes, but then her legs started playing up just as she was going up 6-5 in the final set with all the momentum on her side. Choi kept fighting, but Choi used all her routine and cruelly sent Choi from side to side for the remainder of the match. Choi ultimately succeeded in grinding Choi down as Choi succumbed 4-7 in the Tiebreak of Truth and Justice.

bobweenit • December 20, 2021 11:56 AM GMT
Sounds like a good choice of match for you early hours viewing there Muller

bobweenit • December 20, 2021 1:36 PM GMT
Nadull R000aned up , an0ther triple jabber the R0na ripped through....

wisewords • December 21, 2021 12:43 AM GMT
sounds like you really enjoyed the Choi's playing tennis, edy

edy • December 21, 2021 7:02 PM GMT
I liked the contrast between Choi's more attack-minded game and Choi's rather defensive approach.

SamuelMertensBertens • December 21, 2021 11:54 PM GMT
This gimmick sucks.
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 6, 2022 3:46 PM BST
sorry I was negative, it was quite funny now that I look back at it.
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 6, 2022 3:47 PM BST
Zverev has decided to go public about his diabetes.
https://twitter.com/schnejan/status/1555885689010589697
Report edy August 6, 2022 4:27 PM BST

Aug 6, 2022 -- 3:46PM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


sorry I was negative, it was quite funny now that I look back at it.


Happy

Report SamuelMertensBertens August 6, 2022 7:35 PM BST
trainer Dasha mid game Scared
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 6, 2022 7:36 PM BST
weak back, she grimased badly after serving.
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 6, 2022 11:08 PM BST
Shelby time!
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 6, 2022 11:15 PM BST
Nick 1.21 seems very short against Ymer.
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 7, 2022 12:28 AM BST
Shelby! Love
Report wisewords August 7, 2022 12:31 AM BST
she's just a Dodgers, Shelby Rogers!!!!
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 7, 2022 12:32 AM BST
first final in 6 years. If she wins tomorrow it will be her first ever WTA title!
Report wisewords August 7, 2022 12:36 AM BST
HappyHappyHappy
Report wisewords August 7, 2022 12:40 AM BST
Paula or Daria very tough though. will be good for Shelby is their match goes 7-6 in the 3rd
Report wisewords August 7, 2022 12:43 AM BST
if* their
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 7, 2022 1:07 AM BST
Shelby playing the best tennis of her life though. Straight setted four very tough opponents here.
Report wisewords August 7, 2022 2:28 AM BST
point at cheek Paula in 3 sets?
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 7, 2022 2:42 AM BST
trainer Paula
Report wisewords August 7, 2022 2:47 AM BST
she feels ill
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 7, 2022 2:48 AM BST
so she took a pill
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 7, 2022 2:49 AM BST
praying it's not malaria
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 7, 2022 2:49 AM BST
because then she'll have no chance against Daria
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 7, 2022 2:53 AM BST
but if she wins, pointing to her head she will.
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 7, 2022 2:56 AM BST
Rublev lost set 1 against spicy ass.
Report wisewords August 7, 2022 3:04 AM BST
will Paula tap if she goes 2-4 down in the 2nd?
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 7, 2022 3:14 AM BST
she likes to retire early in the 2nd when she does so I don't think she would have.
Report wisewords August 7, 2022 3:27 AM BST
Paual's boyfriend is a headpointer. maybe he taught her to do this
Report wisewords August 7, 2022 3:27 AM BST
Paula's*
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 7, 2022 3:30 AM BST
Sweetheart vs sweetheart in San Jose tomorrow.
Report wisewords August 7, 2022 3:31 AM BST
Kasatkina very mature performance
Report wisewords August 7, 2022 3:31 AM BST
WTA San Jose has really delivered this year
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 7, 2022 3:33 AM BST
Dasha with a good shot at the WTA finals now.
Report wisewords August 7, 2022 3:36 AM BST
would be deserving imo. has always been in good shape but has struggled to find the right tactics to get the most out of her game
Report wisewords August 7, 2022 3:37 AM BST
Nick and Jack lost the first set in the doubles
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 7, 2022 3:42 AM BST
yeah, tremendous turnaround this season.
Report wisewords August 7, 2022 4:24 AM BST
Nick and Jack march on
Report wisewords August 7, 2022 4:25 AM BST
they will play Dodig/Krajicek in the final
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 7, 2022 5:17 PM BST
Vika can't play Toronto due to visa issues Plain
https://twitter.com/vika7/status/1556302134928441345/photo/1
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 7, 2022 5:17 PM BST

Aug 6, 2022 -- 5:50AM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


Aug 6, 2022 -- 5:45AM, wisewords wrote:if she beats the qualifier she'll play Belinda or Vikawon't be Vika.


I knew?

Report SamuelMertensBertens August 7, 2022 5:18 PM BST
Same thing happened to Mayar Sherif.
Report wisewords August 7, 2022 6:00 PM BST

Aug 7, 2022 -- 5:17PM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


Aug 6, 2022 -- 5:50AM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:Aug 6, 2022 -- 5:45AM, wisewords wrote:if she beats the qualifier she'll play Belinda or Vikawon't be Vika.I knew?


you did know

Report mesmerised August 7, 2022 7:46 PM BST
ridiculous Viva can't play in Canada, esp when you consider her personality, she's very liberal and is probably very anti war.
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 8, 2022 12:01 AM BST
Let's go Shelby!
(But I'm afraid the occasion will get to her today, I hope I'm wrong).
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 8, 2022 12:29 AM BST
https://twitter.com/sinnerprop/status/1556365065514848258
These two try harder in practice than most do during matches.
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 8, 2022 12:31 AM BST
John Horn @SportsHorn
·30m
Shelby Rogers has withdrawn from Toronto...Playing Final in San Jose on Sunday night...Ajla Tomljanovic gets in as a Lucky Loser #WTA #NBO22


ww will like Shelby even more now.
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 8, 2022 12:32 AM BST
easiest possible draw for Serena

WTA Insider @WTA_insider
·2h
Main draw in Toronto with qualifiers and lucky losers placed.

Serena Williams will face Nuria Parrizas Dias in 1R.

Elena Rybakina will face Marie Bouzkova.
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 8, 2022 1:26 AM BST
monster effort from Shelby to win that set.
Report wisewords August 8, 2022 12:45 PM BST
Scared it's a shame Shelby didn't win
Report wisewords August 8, 2022 12:47 PM BST
Nick did the double though. he's crazy. does he play singles and doubles in Montreal? I assume he does
Report wisewords August 8, 2022 12:50 PM BST
I don't think he's playing doubles. potential clash with Medvedev in round 2 for Nick
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 8, 2022 1:39 PM BST

Aug 8, 2022 -- 12:45PM, wisewords wrote:


it's a shame Shelby didn't win


Yes. But it was never really close.
Lovely post-match speeches from both.

Report SamuelMertensBertens August 8, 2022 4:36 PM BST
Dasha's speech:
https://twitter.com/WTArussians/status/1556652703438311425
https://twitter.com/WTArussians/status/1556653480919855105
Report wisewords August 8, 2022 8:48 PM BST
it was a great speech! Happy
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 8, 2022 9:11 PM BST
I had a feeling that she was going to say something about the war in Ukraine when she took that loooooooooong pause, and then she did. Beautiful!
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