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SamuelMertensBertens
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Congrats Germany on winning the United Cup. While we are still recovering from the sad news of Rafa missing the Australian Open, there are still tennis to play. A joint event (but no Maya) in Adelaide, the men take over Auckland and a new superstar is waiting to be born in Hobart. All this plus Aussie Open qualies. Enjoy!
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Report edy January 11, 2024 11:21 AM GMT
This Rybakina girl is never going to really make it past mid-ITF level. Hits big, but is an awful mover and has scarily horrendous rally tolerance.
Report Journeyman January 11, 2024 12:39 PM GMT
I hope everyone has Erika in their thoughts today. Nobody worked as hard over the festive season on chipping away to try to get into the top 100. Regardless of the change of conditions she must have thought she had a decent draw, her opponent has overperformed a bit and Erika' panicked an turned into an error machine.

The hard work and reward connect is lieing broken on the floor.
Report Journeyman January 11, 2024 12:41 PM GMT
Maria S is so chill.

That's because the 5 time slam champion is living the life, jetsetting on the income from her multiple buisiness ventures.
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 11, 2024 1:13 PM GMT
Journeyman • January 11, 2024 12:39 PM GMT
I hope everyone has Erika in their thoughts today. Nobody worked as hard over the festive season on chipping away to try to get into the top 100.

Lil Rodio has enough haters within Tennis Australia. You don't need to add to it.
Report edy January 11, 2024 1:44 PM GMT
Not exclusive to the festive season, but Rodionova played 105 singles matches last year. Erika with her measly 73 matches is not even in the same conversation.
Report Journeyman January 11, 2024 3:57 PM GMT
So basically if Woz is ever going to make a nostalgic deep run in a slam this is her chance. What a draw.
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 12, 2024 1:22 AM GMT
I think Yastremska's odds are short against new phorum fave Maya Joint.
Report edy January 12, 2024 3:02 AM GMT
Sad
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 12, 2024 3:03 AM GMT
yeah, Dayana won in the end. Maya touched 1.4x a break up in the 3rd and was fave going into the third.
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 12, 2024 3:12 AM GMT
Watching Dayana play tennis did inspire me to come up with a system to rate tennis players which I may or may not post in a thread here some time.
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 12, 2024 3:31 AM GMT
ffs, Bergs stream stopped working while he is cramping.
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 12, 2024 3:34 AM GMT
nevermind, was because I had been logged out and not been told about it.
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 12, 2024 3:35 AM GMT
odds were so different between book and here that I managed to lay Bergs at 1.22 with book and lay opponent at 1.19. Luckily I quickly saw my error and managed to get out without loss.
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 12, 2024 3:37 AM GMT
going into a 3rd. Bergs has nothing at the moment, but I've seen comebacks from worse so let's see.
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 12, 2024 3:38 AM GMT
Sweeny already touched 1.01 and gone back to 1.2 just between set 2 and 3.
Report edy January 12, 2024 3:39 AM GMT
Zarazua took a medical timeout at 0*-3 down this set. Now 4-4.
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 12, 2024 3:40 AM GMT
sorry 1.02. Bergs traded at 1.01 in 2nd so we have a bust coming.
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 12, 2024 3:40 AM GMT
Bergs now off court so he can change his wet shorts Laugh
Report edy January 12, 2024 3:41 AM GMT
Whatever happens, Sweeny will brag to his grandchildren about having aced an opponent 12 times in a set once.
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 12, 2024 3:42 AM GMT
still not moving. This really looks done.
Report edy January 12, 2024 3:42 AM GMT
Zarazua now leads 5-4.
Report edy January 12, 2024 3:42 AM GMT
Destanee be like: "I saw what Zarazua was like yesterday in a winning position. I finally have her right where I wanted her all along."
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 12, 2024 3:44 AM GMT
where are the delay of game penalties?
Report edy January 12, 2024 3:44 AM GMT
Male umpires are perennially soft and empathic compared to their female counterparts.
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 12, 2024 3:45 AM GMT
So muggy from Sweeny there.
Report edy January 12, 2024 3:46 AM GMT
He had checked out of the point already because he thought one of his shots was going out.

Also, he's Dane Sweeny.
Report edy January 12, 2024 3:47 AM GMT
Zarazua now won 6-4.
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 12, 2024 3:47 AM GMT
tap
Report edy January 12, 2024 3:47 AM GMT
And Bergs has had enough.
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 12, 2024 3:48 AM GMT
my muggery worked in my favor as I was green on BF market and will get my bets voided with book. Excited
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 12, 2024 3:48 AM GMT

Jan 12, 2024 -- 3:47AM, edy wrote:


And Bergs has had enough.


can't blame him. He tried for a bit to see if things would get better, but when he realized it wouldn't there was no reason to stay out there.

Report edy January 12, 2024 3:49 AM GMT
◝(ᵔᵕᵔ)◜
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 12, 2024 3:49 AM GMT
I'm actually surprised Sweeny touched 1.5 after having been 1.1x
Although I wasn't really paying attention here so maybe it was justified.
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 12, 2024 3:50 AM GMT
It's nice that these cramp markets go different ways because it keeps the market guessing.
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 12, 2024 3:50 AM GMT
Sweeny said he was very tight at the end of the 2nd set (then the feed stopped).
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 12, 2024 3:57 AM GMT
Damian Kust @damiankust
Any stream I turn on right now has one of the players barely walking. Diallo, Shelbayh, Mayot, Bergs. Some injured, most having a very hard time with the heat


Sad
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 12, 2024 3:59 AM GMT
What do you call a stream from WTA Adelaide that is 23 seconds behind?
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 12, 2024 4:00 AM GMT
A delaide stream
Report edy January 12, 2024 4:03 AM GMT
I'll get you your coat.
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 12, 2024 4:05 AM GMT
Thanks. I got really cold from the receptions of this joke.
Report edy January 12, 2024 4:19 AM GMT
Filsy effort from Journeyman's Arthur flag on serve today against Tabilo.
Report edy January 12, 2024 4:19 AM GMT
56% won on first serve, 50% on second serve.
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 12, 2024 4:22 AM GMT
oh boy did WTA mess up their Rising Stars concept!
Concept was good, player selection good as seen in the pic below, but poorly executed and marketed.
https://twitter.com/WTA_insider/status/1745659166503616718/photo/1
Report edy January 12, 2024 4:25 AM GMT
It was woeful. There was no streaming, no TV, not even proper livescores I think. A purely local event for those that attended.
Report edy January 12, 2024 4:30 AM GMT
Which is just a disaster for a sports that tours the globe year-round and should seek to advertise its rising stars to that global audience.
Report edy January 12, 2024 4:33 AM GMT
The WTA in general is so bad and tragically low effort in advertising its brand. WTA TV is hidden away instead of promoted, it doesn't have the WTA125 tour, the social media activity including off court videos is so much worse than what the ATP and TennisTV do....
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 12, 2024 4:35 AM GMT
yeah I saw several users on X saying it was so nice to have TennisTV handle the social media for United Cup because they do such a better job than WTA, when it comes to posting match clips etc.
Report edy January 12, 2024 4:35 AM GMT
The ATP/TennisTV was doing far better, more motivated clips on the women at the United Cup than the WTA does. That simply should not be the case. Kasatkina was absolutely right when she recently slammed the WTA and its "efforts" in promoting the product.
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 12, 2024 4:36 AM GMT
Milkman too!
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 12, 2024 5:49 AM GMT
Nagal calls trainer before serving for the match and odds go from 1.07 to 1.14
Report edy January 12, 2024 5:57 AM GMT
So fixed.
Report edy January 12, 2024 5:59 AM GMT
What did he call the trainer for?
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 12, 2024 5:59 AM GMT
I didn't see. Not having sound on.
Report edy January 12, 2024 6:00 AM GMT
X says abs.
Report edy January 12, 2024 6:00 AM GMT
Classic Molcan.
Report edy January 12, 2024 6:03 AM GMT
Saville was on such a roll to end the second set and start the final one (went 1-0 up and had 0-30 on Mertens' serve), but now can't win a point anymore. Sad
Report edy January 12, 2024 6:59 AM GMT
Pegula withdrew, Kasatkina gets her second consecutive walkover.
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 12, 2024 7:10 AM GMT
Laugh
Ban top 20 players from events the week before a Slam.
Report edy January 12, 2024 7:15 AM GMT
It's this weird thing the WTA has been doing for a while. They schedule WTA500 (or previously premier) tournaments the week before a slam all the time to attract top players, but top players then obviously are not entirely enthusiastic about going all out.

The ATP on the other hand only puts ATP250 tournaments in that slot.
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 12, 2024 7:15 AM GMT
although I suppose they gotta play somewhere now that they have been banned from 250's Sad
Report edy January 12, 2024 7:21 AM GMT
I also read the WTA has put a minimum number of WTA500s a player (or more likely players of specific ranking) needs to play. Not sure if it's a 2023 or a new 2024.

In either case, the organizational masterminds that the WTA are have not put online their 2024 rulebook two weeks into the season yet.
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 12, 2024 7:21 AM GMT
They have 500 events before EVERY slam this year.
Report edy January 12, 2024 7:22 AM GMT
Exactly
Report edy January 12, 2024 7:23 AM GMT

Jan 12, 2024 -- 7:21AM, edy wrote:


I also read the WTA has put a minimum number of WTA500s a player (or more likely players of specific ranking) needs to play. Not sure if it's a 2023 or a new 2024.In either case, the organizational masterminds that the WTA are have not put online their 2024 rulebook two weeks into the season yet.


This was an existing rule, but in 2023 it was two that you had to play if your ranking allows you direct entry. Now I read it is six.

Report SamuelMertensBertens January 12, 2024 7:23 AM GMT
I could perhaps buy it if it was only Aussie Open because the Aussie/NZ season is so compact, but no reason for the other ones. And the ratio of 500 events compared to 250 ones is so whack.
Report edy January 12, 2024 7:26 AM GMT
They deliberately put these WTA500 in the weeks before every major. With Bad Homburg's upgrade to a WTA500, the week directly before Wimbledon is even going to have two WTA500 unless Eastbourne gets cancelled/demoted (which is not going to happen).

It's their strategy. One that is entirely opposite to how the ATP does its schedule.
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 12, 2024 7:35 AM GMT
it's an odd one, because as you say players will not give their all and at some point ticket buyers will figure this out.
Report edy January 12, 2024 7:41 AM GMT
The ATP needs to acquire the WTA already. Otherwise the Saudis will do it before long and then Toni Kroos will be banned from ever attending a tournament.
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 12, 2024 8:45 AM GMT
I wonder how much of my £6.99 Nick gets Sad
Report edy January 12, 2024 8:48 AM GMT
A dime.
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 12, 2024 8:50 AM GMT
Gonna have to cancel!
Report edy January 12, 2024 10:03 AM GMT
https://twitter.com/TennisTV/status/1745346666050310492

So this is how Bublik got through a three setter in the Australian summer yesterday.
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 13, 2024 3:03 AM GMT
Good to know if I ever need to get him suspended for doping.
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 13, 2024 3:06 AM GMT
Emma N didn't even go to Australia last year and this year she's seeded at the Aussie Open and up a set and a break in one of lead-up tournament finals. She has sure done a lot to shut her haters, including me, up.
Report edy January 13, 2024 3:16 AM GMT
I will miss her trailblazing through the US ITF green clay swing.
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 13, 2024 3:35 AM GMT
Sabine should get that Charleston WC now to commemorate the 15 year anniversary of her winning the tournament.
Report edy January 13, 2024 3:45 AM GMT
I condone.
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 13, 2024 5:51 AM GMT
oh my, they forgot to turn off the commentary for ATP Adelaide final on the betting streams today. Or has that been the case all week?
Report edy January 13, 2024 6:09 AM GMT
Didn't watch a single ATP Adelaide match this week. The only commentary I had was during select AO qualies match, but that's also been the case in the past.
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 13, 2024 6:12 AM GMT
edy, look what Danielle did!
https://www.facebook.com/sbssportau/videos/1054594722424423/
In KOOYONG!
Report edy January 13, 2024 6:16 AM GMT
Is there a bigger Karen in tennis? Apart from Karen Khachanov. I don't mean physically bigger though anyway.
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 13, 2024 6:17 AM GMT
here they actually explain it
https://www.instagram.com/thetennismenu/reel/C1_UsE4Po7p/
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 13, 2024 6:19 AM GMT
Can understand Collins wanting to take it easy in an exhibition, but she's kind of giving away weaknesses here. If I'm Mirra next time they play, or anyone for that matter, I'm playing as fast as possible.
Report edy January 13, 2024 6:20 AM GMT
Oh, I hope Torben sees that and tells Angie to really speed it up between points against Soccer Grandmom.
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 13, 2024 6:20 AM GMT
see that's what I'm saying. Although Angie is 5 years older than old.
Report edy January 13, 2024 6:20 AM GMT
Then Angie might only lose 2 and 2. Excited
Report edy January 13, 2024 6:22 AM GMT
What do you think about the new rules section of the comp? Silly or good enough?
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 13, 2024 6:22 AM GMT
What was the new stuff? The Q&A?
Report edy January 13, 2024 6:25 AM GMT
I expanded the basic rules a bit.

Each pick has to be submitted before the relevant match starts and once you've submitted the pick, you are stuck with it unless the match did not happen due to a prematch withdrawal. In that case you get to submit a new pick.

This was previously in an "additional rules" section. The rest of the "additional rules" section was also replaced by the Case/Decision thing, inspired by the ATP rulebook.
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 13, 2024 6:28 AM GMT
Seems good that that was added to the basic rules.

So the other additional rules are now covered in the Case/Decision bit?
Report edy January 13, 2024 6:29 AM GMT
yes
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 13, 2024 6:30 AM GMT
all good then. well done.
Report edy January 13, 2024 6:30 AM GMT
Happy
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 13, 2024 6:56 AM GMT
Jessie Pegula @JPegula
·22h
Unfortunately I woke up not feeling great. Really wish I could have played tonight. Hope I can be back next year. Thanks to the tournament for a great event


oh no Sad
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 13, 2024 6:57 AM GMT
this is an insane 1st day line-up. On paper anyway.

ROD LAVER ARENA
Noon
Gauff-Schmiedlova
Berrettini-Tsitsipas
7pm
De Minaur-Raonic
Garcia-Osaka
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 13, 2024 7:01 AM GMT
Can't wait for all the complaining when Garcia/Osaka has a midnight start.
Report edy January 13, 2024 9:43 AM GMT
The 2016 AO Girls' Champion, Vera Lapko, has announced her retirement from the sport of tennis at the age of 25, primarily due to bad knee injuries.
Report edy January 13, 2024 9:43 AM GMT
Ffs, hawkeye, that ball was out by half a metre!

....At least according to Ostapenko.
Report SamuelMertensBertens January 13, 2024 9:55 AM GMT
Peter @thaiguy84
·22h
“I don’t hire people just to sit there.” -Holger Rune on Patrick


CLAP FOR ME!!!
Report Angela Rebecchi January 14, 2024 12:11 AM GMT

Jan 13, 2024 -- 9:55AM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


Peter @thaiguy84·22h“I don’t hire people just to sit there.” -Holger Rune on PatrickCLAP FOR ME!!!


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