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SamuelMertensBertens
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Poor people of Zhengzhou. For the larger part of four years, they haven't been allowed to leave their homes and now they will be forced to watch tennis. Pretty packed week in WTA, and on the men's side Shanghai continues.
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Report SamuelMertensBertens October 11, 2023 2:30 PM BST
what happens to WTA's calendar when China invades Taiwan?
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 11, 2023 2:32 PM BST

Oct 11, 2023 -- 2:29PM, wisewords wrote:


crowd going insane to catch Qinwen's signed balls


A bit like an AEW crowd imo. Not many showed up, but those who did loved what they saw.

Report SamuelMertensBertens October 11, 2023 2:42 PM BST
It's Donna vs Lesia time. These two have some heat.
Report wisewords October 11, 2023 2:46 PM BST
how was the NFL @ Wembley? I saw that Tony beat Jess
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 11, 2023 2:51 PM BST
it was so much fun, even though my Bills lost. Surprised how a large majority were Bills fan with the Jags being London's team, I guess the Bills mafia really do travel well.
I'm tempted to go again on Sunday, but it takes up so much time (game itself is 3.5 hours and getting there and back takes as long).
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 11, 2023 4:06 PM BST
Donna looks in sulk mode (hopefully it's just the pregnancy).
Report Journeyman October 11, 2023 4:08 PM BST
9-1 Mugtiple and singles on Linda F, Bektas, Erika and Trevisan. Each is just under evens and look good value. Erika coming off a confidence building third set tb comeback against Teichmann should power past Dodin. Korneeva obviously the next big thing but the market getting a bit ahead of itself, Linda F the established player and (finally) winning matches again should get it done.
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 11, 2023 4:12 PM BST
25‑Sep‑2023    Ningbo    Hard    R32    117    67    Fruhvirtova d. Rebeka Masarova [ESP]    1-6 6-2 1-0 RET   
18‑Sep‑2023    Guangzhou    Hard    R32    117    76    Clara Tauson [DEN] d. (6)Fruhvirtova    6-2 7-6(6)
11‑Sep‑2023    Osaka    Hard    R32    68    161    Harriet Dart [GBR] d. (4)Fruhvirtova    7-5 5-7 6-2   
28‑Aug‑2023    US Open    Hard    R128    56    34    Danielle Collins [USA] d. Fruhvirtova    6-2 6-0
21‑Aug‑2023    Cleveland    Hard    R32    55    7    (1)Caroline Garcia [FRA] d. Fruhvirtova    6-3 6-2   
14‑Aug‑2023    Cincinnati    Hard    Q1    56    84    Cristina Bucsa [ESP] d. (10)Fruhvirtova    6-0 6-4   
7‑Aug‑2023    Montreal    Hard    Q1    57    216    Sachia Vickery [USA] d. (5)Fruhvirtova    6-0 3-6 6-1   
24‑Jul‑2023    Warsaw    Hard    R32    55    108    Lucrezia Stefanini [ITA] d. (7)Fruhvirtova    6-1 7-6(4)
3‑Jul‑2023    Wimbledon    Grass    R128    53    29    (30)Petra Martic [CRO] d. Fruhvirtova    7-5 6-7(5) 4-1
26‑Jun‑2023    Eastbourne    Grass    Q2    49    73    (11)Xiyu Wang [CHN] d. (6)Fruhvirtova    6-4 6-2
19‑Jun‑2023    Birmingham    Grass    QF    57    12    (1)Barbora Krejcikova [CZE] d. Fruhvirtova    6-3 6-2   


this was quite something. 10 match losing streak and losing the 1st against Masarova 6-1, then Masarova got injured herself and Linda was able to win the match. Built on the confidence from that and is 4-2 since then.
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 11, 2023 4:17 PM BST
Zhengzhou has quite the nice arena. Hope they have some use for it beside tennis once per year.
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 11, 2023 4:20 PM BST
Cincy staying in Cincy btw for another 25 years. What a shame! I don't know if I will be here in 2050 to try and get my Charlotte/Charleston gimmick over.
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 11, 2023 4:29 PM BST
ATP 1000. Shanghai quarterfinals

Dimitrov vs Jarry
Humbert vs Rublev

Marozsan vs Hurkacz
Korda vs Shelton


mug era
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 11, 2023 7:58 PM BST
for those of you who can view tweets from this account, this is pretty funny.
https://twitter.com/tennis_gifs/status/1712180035573207252
Report wisewords October 11, 2023 11:41 PM BST

Oct 11, 2023 -- 2:51PM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


it was so much fun, even though my Bills lost. Surprised how a large majority were Bills fan with the Jags being London's team, I guess the Bills mafia really do travel well. I'm tempted to go again on Sunday, but it takes up so much time (game itself is 3.5 hours and getting there and back takes as long).


nice. you should wait until week 9 for KCC and Taylor

Report wisewords October 11, 2023 11:44 PM BST

Oct 11, 2023 -- 4:29PM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


ATP 1000. Shanghai quarterfinals Dimitrov vs JarryHumbert vs RublevMarozsan vs HurkaczKorda vs Sheltonmug era


come back Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal Cry

Report SamuelMertensBertens October 12, 2023 4:22 AM BST
boxing question in spam thread.
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 12, 2023 4:53 AM BST
not sure I wanna go to Frankfurt. Edy should though if Taylor goes. But she might be busy with touring.
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 12, 2023 4:54 AM BST
Eva Lys retired. Luckily I actually looked at pics before completing my arb and saw she was calling for the trainer at 0-3 down in set 1, never a good sign.
Report edy October 12, 2023 4:56 AM BST
Wouldn't fancy my chances of getting into the VIP section with Taylor.
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 12, 2023 4:58 AM BST
Sad
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 12, 2023 5:07 AM BST
she kicks off the South American leg of her tour on Nov 9. So I guess it's possible for her to see Travis Kelce in Germany on the 5th. But not ideal as shouting LET'S ****G GO is bound to take a toll on her voice.
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 12, 2023 10:17 AM BST

Oct 11, 2023 -- 7:58PM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


for those of you who can view tweets from this account, this is pretty funny.https://twitter.com/tennis_gifs/status/1712180035573207252


https://twitter.com/WTA/status/1712389195069591592

Report Journeyman October 12, 2023 11:50 AM BST
Journeyman • October 11, 2023 4:08 PM BST
9-1 Mugtiple and singles on Linda F, Bektas, Erika and Trevisan. Each is just under evens and look good value. Erika coming off a confidence building third set tb comeback against Teichmann should power past Dodin. Korneeva obviously the next big thing but the market getting a bit ahead of itself, Linda F the established player and (finally) winning matches again should get it done.


Trevisan (8-11) fights hard and wins in 3. Strong wins from Erika (8-11) and Bektas (4-5). Linda F about to start. Can she land the mugtiple?
Report Journeyman October 12, 2023 11:53 AM BST
Erika may even win Rouen. Having nearly broken the top 100 she was hurtling towards 200 in a tailspin, imo with too much of an eye on what her kid sister was achieving. She's starting to motor again and she's still a teen after all.
Report wisewords October 12, 2023 1:31 PM BST

Oct 12, 2023 -- 4:53AM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


not sure I wanna go to Frankfurt. Edy should though if Taylor goes. But she might be busy with touring.


but you might meet edy & Taylor if you go!

Report SamuelMertensBertens October 12, 2023 1:45 PM BST
two battle of the flags matches going today and they're clashing! Cry
Report Journeyman October 12, 2023 2:22 PM BST
A fairly spectacular drop shot in that game to send Korneeva's head into a spin and now Linda F a set and break up.

Meanwhile LAF needs to quickly engage Slaylah mode against the other Andreeva
Report Journeyman October 12, 2023 2:34 PM BST
Leylah looking value right now. Her ace count up to 4, I predict it'll break 10.
Report wisewords October 12, 2023 2:35 PM BST
best of luck Jm with your mugtiple
Report wisewords October 12, 2023 2:42 PM BST
Dasha K's reward for being solid this week is a meeting with Ons in the QFs
Report Journeyman October 12, 2023 3:11 PM BST
Tara na! Leylah ahaed with a break in the third. Everything I want to see from her really. Mixing it up, ownage at the net, great serving.

Tbf both of them clearly really want this.
Report Journeyman October 12, 2023 3:13 PM BST
Thanks Wise. The mugtiple is now landed. Surprisingly tricky to confidently put four 8-11 or better matches in a mugtiple. You'd think it would be easy but it's not.
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 12, 2023 3:13 PM BST
nice win!
Report Journeyman October 12, 2023 3:14 PM BST
Thanks caramba
Report Journeyman October 12, 2023 3:17 PM BST
Omg even the 2021 champagne volleys and droppers are back from Slaylah!
Report Journeyman October 12, 2023 3:32 PM BST
Leylah v Linda F next round. Another flag battle. Both definitely back on the rise, (probably shaken into focus by dropping down the rankings).
Report wisewords October 12, 2023 5:53 PM BST

Oct 12, 2023 -- 3:11PM, Journeyman wrote:


Tara na! Leylah ahaed with a break in the third. Everything I want to see from her really. Mixing it up, ownage at the net, great serving.Tbf both of them clearly really want this.


Leylah owned Mirra pretty hard today. was interesting to see the dynamic

Report wisewords October 12, 2023 5:55 PM BST

Oct 12, 2023 -- 3:13PM, Journeyman wrote:


Thanks Wise. The mugtiple is now landed. Surprisingly tricky to confidently put four 8-11 or better matches in a mugtiple. You'd think it would be easy but it's not.


indeed, definitely isn't so easy. interesting to see your picks when you get a feeling and it seems you can clearly see the bunch of correct winners.

Report edy October 13, 2023 7:40 AM BST
Never knew (or potentially forgot) that Jessica Pegula's mom Kim was brought to the USA after she had been abandoned on the streets of her hometown Seoul as a 5-year old..
Report Journeyman October 13, 2023 6:02 PM BST
Leylah (taking down Linda F) and Erika (straight sets over The Burrage) march fairly decisively into their respective semi finals.

Both subject to constant abuse from the malcontented youth-hating loons on TF whose heads will probably explode if they actually win their respective tournaments.
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 14, 2023 10:33 AM BST
They'll come after Mirra soon. If you show the slightest halt in growth, haters will say you are finnish and will never win another Slam.
Report edy October 14, 2023 11:20 AM BST
Monastir must be so glad they were able to get Venus now that Ons withdrew.
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 14, 2023 2:33 PM BST
Relevant Tennis
@RelevantTennis
Garbine Muguruza told Women's Health Mag she has NO intention of coming back on Tour, as of today.

"As of today, I have no intention of returning to competition. My plan right now is to sleep, rest, be with my loved ones, and recover lost time... I don't see beyond what I'm doing today, tomorrow, and this week.

Tennis doesn't have a place in my routine. I still follow my colleagues, occasionally I can play, but not intensively, more for fun. It doesn't occupy my mind, my day, or my routines. I'm truly taking a break and trying to stay away from the courts."
Report Journeyman October 14, 2023 4:04 PM BST
Erika charges into the Rouen final! Love Edy will be absolutely thrilled.

I wonder if little sis will give her a pep talk over zoom before the biggest final of her life.
Report Journeyman October 14, 2023 4:12 PM BST
They'll come after Mirra soon.


The tour and more broadly the world needs Mirra right now. An engaging young Russian with a quirky Western-friendly sense of humour in these dark times.
Report edy October 15, 2023 7:38 AM BST
Even a US American seems to find the military air traffic over Seoul each and every day amusing.
Report edy October 15, 2023 7:39 AM BST
...and slightly worrying at the same time.
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 15, 2023 10:27 AM BST
Taylor coming back from an offcourt MTO and DJ playing the Bayern Munich goal music.
Report Journeyman October 15, 2023 10:57 AM BST
What a hold from Leylah!
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 15, 2023 11:02 AM BST
This DJ is worse than Halle.
Now playing If you're happy and you know it clap your hands.
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 15, 2023 11:15 AM BST
knockdown!
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 15, 2023 11:20 AM BST
If you want to make me wealthy tap your hands
If you want to make me wealthy tap your hands
I will stop calling you Taylor
I won't consider you a failure
If you want to make me wealthy tap your hands
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 15, 2023 11:22 AM BST
Doesn't look good for her. Big odds on Leylah imo.
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 15, 2023 11:23 AM BST
an early break could do wonders to break her spirits.
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 15, 2023 11:24 AM BST
ffs not the bottom of the net Cry
Report Journeyman October 15, 2023 11:25 AM BST
Tara Na!

I didn't buy the set 2 MTO for a second (which nearly worked out for her).
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 15, 2023 11:26 AM BST
3-0 last chance for retirement, but she looks ok actually.
Report Journeyman October 15, 2023 11:30 AM BST
I think she's fine but who knows. Commentator has totally bought in, framing every point around Siniakova's 'herculean effort'.
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 15, 2023 11:30 AM BST
Two bad legs and still doing Marcelo Rios backhands.
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 15, 2023 11:31 AM BST

Oct 15, 2023 -- 11:30AM, Journeyman wrote:


I think she's fine but who knows. Commentator has totally bought in, framing every point around Siniakova's 'herculean effort'.


she was hobbling all over the place and it seemed she couldn't serve after the fall.

Report SamuelMertensBertens October 15, 2023 11:32 AM BST
that's when I said big odds and Leylah was 1.4
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 15, 2023 11:33 AM BST
she owned Emma with an MTO once.
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 15, 2023 11:33 AM BST
but she's looked ok for the past 10 mins orso.
Report Journeyman October 15, 2023 11:37 AM BST
I guess it's a mix. The fall did look unpleasant. But she knows Leylah did get distracted by the second set MTO and almost lost a double break.
Report Journeyman October 15, 2023 11:42 AM BST
She gave a little smile to her box there when she held at the end of the third game.

Leylah needs to not be distracted by it, just focus on her own game and try to drag the win over the line. easy to say.
Report Journeyman October 15, 2023 11:44 AM BST
she owned Emma with an MTO once.

Siniakova? When was that
Report edy October 15, 2023 11:44 AM BST
Remember when Rublev led 5-2 in this TBOTAJ?
Report edy October 15, 2023 11:47 AM BST
3/10 and 3/15 on break point. These girls are so clutch when serving on the biggest points.
Report edy October 15, 2023 11:47 AM BST
Ok, not on that one.
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 15, 2023 11:47 AM BST
Rublev is gonna beat Rublev up so hard for losing this Cry
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 15, 2023 11:48 AM BST
Miami Open 2022
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 15, 2023 11:49 AM BST
net doesn't like TMTO's
Report Journeyman October 15, 2023 11:49 AM BST
Thanks
Report Journeyman October 15, 2023 11:50 AM BST
Now! Break back against this herculean effort piece of trash
Report edy October 15, 2023 11:51 AM BST
Swedish sensation Cajsa Hennemann had a 5-0 lead in the 2nd set. Now 5-5.
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 15, 2023 11:52 AM BST
Last time DJ played Bayern Munich Taylor won lots of games.
Report Journeyman October 15, 2023 11:53 AM BST
To be fair, apart from the theatrics Siniakova has played a hell of a tournament
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 15, 2023 11:57 AM BST
She's a good egg, I'm unfairly mad at all the blond Czechs for Bouzkova's shenanigans at the French Open.
Report edy October 15, 2023 11:58 AM BST
The czech sisters from different parents were both revived in the same tournament.
Report edy October 15, 2023 11:59 AM BST
same week rather
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 15, 2023 12:00 PM BST
has TF been talking a lot about the "I don't know her" final?
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 15, 2023 12:01 PM BST

Oct 15, 2023 -- 11:58AM, edy wrote:


The czech sisters from different parents were both revived in the same tournament.


Is this one also sisters with Ana Ivanovic?

Report edy October 15, 2023 12:03 PM BST
Ivanovic's sister took the week off to be better rested for Cluj-Napoca.
Report Journeyman October 15, 2023 12:04 PM BST
Siniakova being pulled up for the missed ball tosses.
Report edy October 15, 2023 12:05 PM BST

Oct 15, 2023 -- 12:00PM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


has TF been talking a lot about the "I don't know her" final?


No, but I personally hope the loser makes a reference to the Queenwen "wow, so good" meme after the match.

Report Journeyman October 15, 2023 12:06 PM BST
TARA NA!!!

Let's turn Hong Kong into Mexicooooooooooooo
Report edy October 15, 2023 12:12 PM BST
You guys will never guess what Vickery is doing.
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 15, 2023 12:13 PM BST
getting into a fight?
Report edy October 15, 2023 12:13 PM BST
no!

Knew you guys wouldn't guess she is taking a medical timeout.
Report Journeyman October 15, 2023 12:15 PM BST
Sorry edy I was distracted by SLAYLAH winning the title. LoveLove
Can she hang onto this form for three months through Christams and win the Australian Open.
Report edy October 15, 2023 12:15 PM BST
Osaka and Angie are back for the AO.
Report edy October 15, 2023 12:17 PM BST
Hennemann will never be the next Johanna Larsson if she keeps losing sets from 5-0 leads.
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 15, 2023 12:19 PM BST
This Hong Kong presenter has a very British accent.
Report Journeyman October 15, 2023 12:27 PM BST
I thought she thanked 'the haters' Coco style, but I think it was the hitters.
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 15, 2023 1:35 PM BST
When are we supposed to sleep next week?
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 15, 2023 1:40 PM BST
Hubi showing off!
https://twitter.com/BendouZhang/status/1713509712531268095
Report Journeyman October 15, 2023 3:51 PM BST
Erika loses in the final. Nothing left in the tank tbh. To get to the final of a WTA125 as a qualifier is still pretty good going. Good wins over Teichman, Dodin and Burrage and she let Cornet drown in her own mistakes.

Should break the top 75 by March and then my team will look a bit nore credible.
Report Journeyman October 15, 2023 3:55 PM BST
Presumable Zheng's win takes her pretty close to the top 10 so Edy's probably going to go second
Report edy October 16, 2023 3:39 AM BST
US Open college sensation Fiona Crawley immediately managed to win the first pro tournament she played after the US Open - a W25 in Florence (the one in South Carolina, USA, not the one in Italy).
Report edy October 16, 2023 3:50 AM BST

Oct 11, 2023 -- 2:28PM, wisewords wrote:


Qinwen is WTA's dream. the crowd absolutely love her and she speaks so well


And now she even sings (better than Vika!)

https://twitter.com/TheTennisLetter/status/1713561540065169897

Report wisewords October 17, 2023 1:48 AM BST
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