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SamuelMertensBertens
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aka known as the week when we don't sleep. But nice that the players, especially the ladies, have lots of opportunities Excited And I'm happy for Transylvania Open that they got to host a tournament this year again.
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Report SamuelMertensBertens October 17, 2023 7:31 PM BST
She might want to play the Olympics at home, but at this rate, there's no chance.
Report Journeyman October 17, 2023 7:51 PM BST
Sorana the exception to my 'plays better at home' theory
Report Journeyman October 17, 2023 9:58 PM BST
Bartunkova's first main draw win on the WTA tour after spending way too long clinging onto the hipster nest.

Logically she goes out in straight sets in R2 but the scooby sense says she's going to win the whole thing straight off the bat, Emma style, at 34s.
Eva Lys was made to look good by Sorana being terrible. She's certainly fast. She's like finding an old Wimbledon video tape under a sofa and watching it on fast forward. But single figures fourth favourite is silly.
Report Angela Rebecchi October 17, 2023 10:28 PM BST
1.05    £4,902.41        £2,312.26
1.06    £4,439.25        £2,174.73
1.07    £2,009.86        £13,888.82
1.08    £2,009.86        £1,742.92
1.09            £14,620.31
1.1    £89.35        £4,619.14

Thiem says I will bust you Nardi !!!
Report Angela Rebecchi October 18, 2023 7:07 AM BST
Ofner breaks to start the 2nd set, only to be broken back to back himself !

2.0 Ofner backer never really got a good run !
Report Blencathra October 18, 2023 9:45 AM BST
Zvonareva taps
Report Journeyman October 18, 2023 12:53 PM BST
Doubles related post warning Grin. Teichmann breaks Wickmayer to take the first set. I was going to put her up after watching her doubles match with Burrage. Burrage is a bit of a cheerleader and brought Teichmann out of herself throughout the match and by the end of the epic 3 setter I thought Teichmann would power on and upset Wickmayer today.
Report Journeyman October 18, 2023 1:02 PM BST
Last Erika Andreeva post of 2023 I promise but 1.93 to beat Burel must be pointed out. I guess the assumption is she's going to run out of petrol after her heroics last week. But she's on a roll and must be buzzing. Does a buzzing teenager run out of energy?

She looked revitalised in her first round against the WTA inexperienced but rising talent Darja. Erika notably a lot more patient in the rallies now and then unleashing some eyecatching winners.
Report Journeyman October 18, 2023 1:36 PM BST
Lol at this Teichmann match. She should have won in straight sets, choked like a drain and now breaks again to level it up at 5-5.
Report Journeyman October 18, 2023 1:48 PM BST
Wickmayer bottles it on setpoint again and we're into a tb. Jill! Imagone Jodie is by your side buzzing around and hyping you up!
Report Journeyman October 18, 2023 1:48 PM BST
*imagine
Report Journeyman October 18, 2023 2:01 PM BST
After squandering two matchpoints Jil gets it done.
Report edy October 18, 2023 6:02 PM BST
Local hero Bulgaru fought all the day to get herself a 6-3, 6*-5 lead after she had been 0-5 down in the second set, but was broken to love and now looks like losing the tiebreak Sad
Report edy October 18, 2023 6:05 PM BST
And she isn't just a local heroess due to being Romanian, but she is even transsylvanian.
Report edy October 18, 2023 6:10 PM BST
First thing it states on her German wikipedia profile is that she prefers hard courts. I went like "lol right", but looked up if maybe her ITF profile says the same and indeed it does. Which is a bit curious because I know her as playing clay all the time. This hard court preferring player has a

35/30 on hard courts
8/12 on indoor hard

compared to....

243/137 on clay
Report edy October 18, 2023 6:12 PM BST
Fought hard, saved a few set points, but still ended up losing the set and now seems like she went off court with a trainer.
Report wisewords October 19, 2023 12:33 AM BST
poor Bulgy
Report Journeyman October 19, 2023 1:01 PM BST
Edy tell me you're watching this
Report Blencathra October 19, 2023 1:13 PM BST
CB made work out of that after being 5 up in 3rd .
Report Journeyman October 19, 2023 1:17 PM BST
Yeah almost an incredible 3rd set comeback but Burel survives the tb.
Report edy October 19, 2023 3:30 PM BST

Oct 19, 2023 -- 1:01PM, Journeyman wrote:


Edy tell me you're watching this


The almost epic comeback of Erika Andreeva?

Report Journeyman October 19, 2023 5:22 PM BST
Yes! It just fell short of epic-ness Cry

Leylah playing her first match on the 17th October and the next round on the 20th October. Maybe the Jiangxi Open is the real 'fifth slam'.
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 19, 2023 6:48 PM BST
At a guess, how many players from the WTA 2021 year end finals have qualified for the 2023 version? Singles.
Report Journeyman October 19, 2023 8:39 PM BST
5?

Bartunkova nearly pulls off a massive straight sets upset over Bogdan but goes down in yet another epic.
Report Journeyman October 19, 2023 8:48 PM BST
Eva Lys getting a taste of JBABP, double break down to Jaqueline Cristian
Report Journeyman October 19, 2023 8:54 PM BST
Uk news article that one of Britain's oldest living dudes (aged 107) has lived that long by eating Shredded Wheat every morning with full fat milk and loads of sugar. So I will load up on that for Leylah's 5am match.
Report Journeyman October 19, 2023 10:34 PM BST
Lys getting her calf strapped up and MTO did wonders for her speed into the net. Cristian's rhythm gone and Lys five games on the spin.

There's a line judge at the back that actually a bit looks like a female vampire giving her side-eye, ready to bite her in the night if she takes out yet another Romanian Grin
Report edy October 20, 2023 4:51 AM BST
3/4 of a double bagel being fed to Mladenovic is completed.

Her opponent was mid 1.1s prematch tbf, so a loss was expected. The possibly bad thing is that this 1.1s favourite has never even been ranked in the top 100 (though it wouldn't surprise me if she cracks it next year)
Report edy October 20, 2023 4:55 AM BST
Mladenovic wins the very next game. Man, I'm good.
Report edy October 20, 2023 6:04 AM BST
Mladenovic's doubles partner of almost 200 matches likewise just caught a hidden bagel in the same tournament when Carol Zhao made it 2-6, 6-3 from a 2-6,0-3 deficit.
Report edy October 20, 2023 6:05 AM BST
Timea Babos
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 20, 2023 6:44 AM BST

Oct 19, 2023 -- 8:39PM, Journeyman wrote:


5?Bartunkova nearly pulls off a massive straight sets upset over Bogdan but goes down in yet another epic.


2!
Only Iga and Sabalenka.

Report Angela Rebecchi October 20, 2023 7:50 AM BST
Early doors 1.4 Paul backers got try punished. Don't think we will see the market make the same mistake again between him and Ben !
Report Angela Rebecchi October 20, 2023 7:50 AM BST
truly*
Report Blencathra October 20, 2023 8:01 AM BST
Opening 4 winners in Nanchang set to play again today??
Report edy October 20, 2023 8:05 AM BST
Hibino with a ball abuse warning (and another smack of the ball into the wall on the next lost point). This generation of female japanese players really is out of control.
Report edy October 20, 2023 8:08 AM BST

Oct 20, 2023 -- 8:01AM, Blencathra wrote:


Opening 4 winners in Nanchang set to play again today??


I would assume so. I can't find the pdf order of play, but the web version on the WTA website has TBD slots for QF matches today, which strongly hints at the R16 winners having to come out again for a second match today.

Report edy October 20, 2023 8:08 AM BST

Oct 20, 2023 -- 8:05AM, edy wrote:


Hibino with a ball abuse warning (and another smack of the ball into the wall on the next lost point). This generation of female japanese players really is out of control.


Now having her wrist checked because she obviously smacked the ball into the wall too hard.

Report Blencathra October 20, 2023 9:07 AM BST
Cheers Edy ,

Leyla think won most cosy out the 4 ,
Report Journeyman October 20, 2023 9:29 AM BST
Leylah v Siniakova rematch still a possibility, with potential double strapping, MTOs, missed tosses and side-eye.
Report edy October 20, 2023 11:58 AM BST
Siniakova got a walkover against Siegemund. Only Fernandez vs bagel queen left in Nanchang today.
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 20, 2023 12:10 PM BST

Oct 20, 2023 -- 8:05AM, edy wrote:


Hibino with a ball abuse warning (and another smack of the ball into the wall on the next lost point). This generation of female japanese players really is out of control.


Sad

Report edy October 20, 2023 12:46 PM BST
Hibini has a very gentle looking elderly coach too. He must be very disappointed. After she flopped a volley/overhead real bad in the second set she also started the racquet throwing motion, but remembered in time that Yonex has no tolerance for their products being mistreated.
Report edy October 20, 2023 12:47 PM BST
Will Mochizuki ever lose a set of tennis in Japan?
Report edy October 20, 2023 12:53 PM BST
Will Mochizuki ever win another set of tennis in Japan or is he past his peak?
Report Blencathra October 20, 2023 2:26 PM BST
well well well , he fights to play another day
Report edy October 20, 2023 3:36 PM BST
Can't find the Ruse interview from Hamburg to celebrate this 6-1,0-6 scoreline in Cluj-Napoca....
Report Journeyman October 20, 2023 4:03 PM BST
Win over Sasnovich was really composed. Is LAF going to go on a Kontaveit-esque run to the top 5.
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 20, 2023 4:06 PM BST

Oct 20, 2023 -- 3:36PM, edy wrote:


Can't find the Ruse interview from Hamburg to celebrate this 6-1,0-6 scoreline in Cluj-Napoca....


3rd set classic as well.

Report SamuelMertensBertens October 20, 2023 4:09 PM BST
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FcmX1uAlYQ&ab_channel=HamburgEuropeanOpen

1:10 in.
Report edy October 20, 2023 4:10 PM BST
thank you
Report edy October 20, 2023 4:10 PM BST

Oct 20, 2023 -- 4:03PM, Journeyman wrote:


Win over Sasnovich was really composed. Is LAF going to go on a Kontaveit-esque run to the top 5.


....does she have a stable back....?

Report Journeyman October 20, 2023 7:54 PM BST
Fils running rampant, a double break up.
Maybe Antwerp is close enough to Lille that he still thinks he's playing in France
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 21, 2023 9:53 AM BST

Oct 20, 2023 -- 4:10PM, edy wrote:


Oct 20, 2023 -- 4:03PM, Journeyman wrote:Win over Sasnovich was really composed. Is LAF going to go on a Kontaveit-esque run to the top 5.....does she have a stable back....?


You got owned by Leylah this week, but let's not jinx the young Canadian!

Report SamuelMertensBertens October 21, 2023 9:57 AM BST
rain in Tokyo.
Report edy October 21, 2023 11:49 AM BST
It ended in a loss, but the first set was very competitive and not ownage imo.
Report edy October 21, 2023 11:53 AM BST
Kontaveit and Puig battled it out in the Luxembourg exhibition yesterday btw - Kontaveit won.
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 21, 2023 1:22 PM BST

Oct 21, 2023 -- 11:49AM, edy wrote:


It ended in a loss, but the first set was very competitive and not ownage imo.


Sad This feels like when a child figures out Santa is not real and you can't trick them anymore.

Report SamuelMertensBertens October 21, 2023 1:59 PM BST
Soon you'll master Tomova jokes too! Cry
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 21, 2023 3:21 PM BST
Great crowd in Transylvania today. Has it been like that all week? WTA indoors in Europe always seem to draw great crowds, maybe they should do more of them.
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 21, 2023 3:22 PM BST
The opening gala also saw @danielahantuchova receive the Jana Novotna Award for being an exemplary role model and longtime supporter of women’s tennis in the Grand Duchy

BK seething.
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 21, 2023 4:11 PM BST
Romanian crowds love to clap, just like Germans.
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 21, 2023 4:12 PM BST
Why do the home players win all the close matches in Transylvania?
Because they're Cluj!
Report edy October 21, 2023 4:41 PM BST
Transsylvania is the traditional settling area of German expats to Romania, which might explain the clapping.
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 21, 2023 5:02 PM BST
Paula spotted in Antwerp!
Report Journeyman October 21, 2023 5:38 PM BST
Allez! Apprentice Gen first blood over Next Gen!
Report Journeyman October 21, 2023 5:39 PM BST
Whatever happens here he's going to learn more about himself today than the last four months combined
Report Journeyman October 21, 2023 6:41 PM BST
Paula thinking 'Guess it's down to me paying the bills now' Grin
Report wisewords October 21, 2023 11:44 PM BST
can't believe Lutsie Shaffashoffa beat Anett today
Report wisewords October 21, 2023 11:48 PM BST
oh wait, Anett won!!!
Report wisewords October 21, 2023 11:48 PM BST
Anett against Petko final tomorrow
Report wisewords October 21, 2023 11:51 PM BST

Oct 19, 2023 -- 6:48PM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


At a guess, how many players from the WTA 2021 year end finals have qualified for the 2023 version? Singles.


not gonna think too hard about this. Iga came to mind. perhaps Sabalenka? so I'll go with 1 but it might be 2

Report wisewords October 21, 2023 11:53 PM BST
looking through some results from Wed, Thur, Fri and today from the WTA singles and doubles matches and there have been some total mugfest comebacks. a particularly crazy doubles comeback involving Errani and Paolini!
Report wisewords October 22, 2023 12:07 AM BST
Ben Shelton also with an epic comeback against Giron!
Report wisewords October 22, 2023 12:21 AM BST
last week of WTA before Zhuhai and WTA Finals. it all goes so fast!
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 22, 2023 10:20 AM BST
But January 2024 will be amazing with all the comebacks!
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 22, 2023 10:41 AM BST
Taylor in tears.
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 22, 2023 10:41 AM BST
MTO
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 22, 2023 11:00 AM BST
heavily bandaged and in tears, still playing 60 shot rallies.
Report Blencathra October 22, 2023 11:10 AM BST
5 min leg rub , then massive rallies and match point saves
Report Blencathra October 22, 2023 11:11 AM BST
What's the medics phone number haha
Report Journeyman October 22, 2023 11:33 AM BST
I'm now in a parallel universe where I'm willing Bouzkova to win a tennis match Cry
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 22, 2023 11:37 AM BST
first set 34 mins
second set 80 mins and counting
Report edy October 22, 2023 12:49 PM BST
Nothing wrong really with cheering on Bouzkova if we are in a universe where she doesn't make up that ball girls are bleeding all over the place.
Report Journeyman October 22, 2023 12:56 PM BST
Just for this match edy against this drama queen I promise. Doesn't seem to have helped though.
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 22, 2023 12:57 PM BST
She doesn't love drama, it loves her!
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 22, 2023 12:59 PM BST
I think this match is the Simon vs Monfils of women's tennis.
Report edy October 22, 2023 1:02 PM BST
Siniakova's father is a boxer. Maybe don't be too rude in describing his little princess....
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 22, 2023 1:09 PM BST

Oct 22, 2023 -- 11:11AM, Blencathra wrote:


What's the medics phone number haha


she's also a good listener/therapist. Haven't seen any tears since her treatment.

Report edy October 22, 2023 1:10 PM BST
Though maybe I'm being unfair as I've never seen him misbehave, unlike Sergio and this tennis father that went onto court

https://twitter.com/DatGoneIt77/status/1192549750706491392
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 22, 2023 1:13 PM BST
drama queen or not, that was some tremendous fighting spirit.
Report edy October 22, 2023 1:13 PM BST
Soccer mom would wish Siniakova a speedy recovery in a really catty way after this.
Report Journeyman October 22, 2023 1:30 PM BST
With all the strapping she's collected over the last two weeks she could remake some classic Brendan Fraser movies.
I never thought thought a WTA player could annoy me as much as Squeaky but the world is full of surprises.
Report SamuelMertensBertens October 22, 2023 1:30 PM BST
Laugh
Report wisewords October 22, 2023 3:50 PM BST
I wonder how low Bouzkova traded today. must have been real low!
Report Journeyman October 22, 2023 4:29 PM BST
Fils at 13.5 a set and a break down. Bublik the easier run and has done nothing since Wimbledon.
Report wisewords October 22, 2023 4:34 PM BST
let's go Fils! pretend you're in Lyon
Report Journeyman October 22, 2023 4:49 PM BST
Yeah exactly. Should have broken at 2-3 down in this set but rushed his breakpoint chance, lets see if he gets another chance here.
Report Journeyman October 22, 2023 4:58 PM BST
Beats the top 10 player in the semis, did he think he'd done the hard work? Bublik in no form. Classic JBABP but best to get that experience in Antwerp and not trip up on it in Melbourne.
Report Blencathra October 22, 2023 9:48 PM BST

Oct 22, 2023 -- 3:50PM, wisewords wrote:


I wonder how low Bouzkova traded today. must have been real low!


Sry late replying , she hit 1.02

Was on at 06 in 2nd set n got out 05 during the mass rallies ,

Funny how ya can see Bouz getting broken in a mug fest

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