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The happy slam is over and now it's time for muggery!
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Report edy February 1, 2024 10:45 PM GMT
Good song, but weird choice. Would have thought DJ's choose other Swift songs.
Report edy February 1, 2024 10:46 PM GMT
That shot from Osty was in!!!
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 1, 2024 10:47 PM GMT
it's late. Can't play too upbeat songs at this hour as people are winding down and going to bed soon.
Report Journeyman February 1, 2024 10:47 PM GMT
edy • February 1, 2024 10:44 PM GMT
Weird with her having been with White for quite a while now.

I know. I suspect it's about raising her profile as there's really only one household nane Bristish woman on the tour and it's not Burrage.
Report edy February 1, 2024 10:48 PM GMT
You know you've made it as an artist if German and Austrian tennis tournaments start playing your songs instead of music from the 80's and DJ Ötzi.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 1, 2024 10:48 PM GMT
True
Report edy February 1, 2024 10:52 PM GMT
Second consecutive main court match in Linz where a player loses after missing out on own match points?
Report edy February 1, 2024 10:52 PM GMT
FOXTENN would have given that as in.
Report edy February 1, 2024 10:54 PM GMT
The players should collect and give Ostapenko a voucher for an eye sight person.
Report edy February 1, 2024 10:55 PM GMT
She deserves to be mocked for pulling this crap with every opponent.
Report edy February 1, 2024 10:55 PM GMT
Is this 80's, SaMeBe?
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 1, 2024 10:56 PM GMT
no
Report edy February 1, 2024 10:56 PM GMT
2003
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 1, 2024 10:56 PM GMT
remix of Mr Brightside, and original is from mid 00's
Report edy February 1, 2024 10:56 PM GMT
Disappointing
Report edy February 1, 2024 10:57 PM GMT
Sounded like generic 80's synthpop to me at first.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 1, 2024 10:57 PM GMT
maybe DJ is ill and his or her child was the only one available on short notice.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 1, 2024 10:58 PM GMT

Feb 1, 2024 -- 10:57PM, edy wrote:


Sounded like generic 80's synthpop to me at first.


that's very popular these days, so it might be a recent remix.

Report edy February 1, 2024 11:04 PM GMT

Feb 1, 2024 -- 10:47PM, Journeyman wrote:


edy • February 1, 2024 10:44 PM GMTWeird with her having been with White for quite a while now. I know. I suspect it's about raising her profile as there's really only one household nane Bristish woman on the tour and it's not Burrage.


It's going to be fun to see Burrage and Boulter on clay if they venture onto it this season. Last year Boulter went to play weak, but high grade, ITFs in Japan during the clay season. This year as a top50ish player she'll probably have to show up. Burrage not ranked quite as high, but she will hopefully also show up.

Burrage actually played very well against powderballer Bara once at RG qualification for a few games before it went downhill.

Report SamuelMertensBertens February 1, 2024 11:07 PM GMT
I just looked at her match history on tennis abstract. She hates clay more than she hates the outer crust on pizza!
Report edy February 1, 2024 11:07 PM GMT
Boulter is 27 years old and has never won a main draw match on red clay above the 10k ITF level in her career.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 1, 2024 11:10 PM GMT
Go Osty!
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 1, 2024 11:10 PM GMT
She might not be that bad if she actually gave it a try.
Report edy February 1, 2024 11:12 PM GMT
As an overall improved player she should certainly be able to beat some of the mugs. Even clay specialist mugs like she did with Brancaccio last year.
Report edy February 1, 2024 11:13 PM GMT
Brancaccio is one of those weird clay courters that cannot move and are high risk and flashy though. Boulter will have an easier time hitting with those than with the clay grinders.
Report edy February 2, 2024 12:22 AM GMT
Aoi Ito will never make it onto the main tour, but she is fun to watch. She will always play the unconventional shot, approach on all sorts of junk (and her footwork is onconventional as well - she sometimes simply forgets to move into an ideal position for shots).
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 2, 2024 7:53 AM GMT
no Pegula in the Middle East (injury). Hopes to return for IW.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 2, 2024 10:20 AM GMT
Lil Rodio losing at the moment, but has secured top 100 this week, becoming the oldest player to ever enter top 100 for the first time.
Report edy February 2, 2024 11:14 AM GMT
Martin Damm got 39 aces in his match two days ago. I'm offering him up in a flag trade if the price is right.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 2, 2024 11:21 AM GMT
Damm!
Report edy February 2, 2024 11:30 AM GMT
Interested?
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 2, 2024 11:46 AM GMT
I find it interesting that Galfi's best result in 2023 was Linz (QF). But instead of trying to defend those points (or maybe it wasn't possible to get entry due to her lower ranking this year), she played Hua Hin instead and made QF.
Report edy February 2, 2024 12:02 PM GMT
The WTA makes it unnecessarily tedious to know for sure, but I am pretty sure that she would even have gotten into Linz qualification, yeah.
Report edy February 2, 2024 12:06 PM GMT
Part of it will also have been Linz's upgrade to a WTA500, albeit a very weak one because the WTA not only insists on pre-slam WTA500s, but also post-slam ones.
Report edy February 2, 2024 12:08 PM GMT
The WTA website is a mess. If you got to the 2023 calendar

https://www.wtatennis.com/tournaments/2023

They have Linz with a WTA500 logo in February, but it categorically wasn't. It was a WTA250.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 2, 2024 12:09 PM GMT

Feb 2, 2024 -- 12:06PM, edy wrote:


Part of it will also have been Linz's upgrade to a WTA500, albeit a very weak one because the WTA not only insists on pre-slam WTA500s, but also post-slam ones.


That sounds more likely. Would have been hard for her to make QF there.

Report edy February 2, 2024 12:10 PM GMT

Feb 2, 2024 -- 12:02PM, edy wrote:


The WTA makes it unnecessarily tedious to know for sure, but I am pretty sure that she would even have gotten into Linz qualification, yeah.


*pretty sure that she would not even have gotten...

Report edy February 2, 2024 12:47 PM GMT
https://twitter.com/ThailandOpenHH/status/1753007314372645352/photo/1

Cute picture of Xinyu Wang and lil Rodionova.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 2, 2024 2:14 PM GMT
Daytime Linz DJ playing Shake it off!
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 2, 2024 2:28 PM GMT
This is more like German/Austrian DJ's, playing Snap's The Power from 1991.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 2, 2024 2:28 PM GMT
1990 even
Report edy February 2, 2024 2:58 PM GMT
https://www.instagram.com/dayana_yastremskay/reel/C20aiNtIhWN/

Maybe next year they will play this song. Yastremska teased and announced the release of a new song.
Report edy February 2, 2024 3:01 PM GMT
Do you know of occasions where that has been done? Where tournaments played the songs of Radwanska, Wozniacki, Shapovalov, Moutet, Carol Zhao, Yastremska, Marina Erakovic and whoever else released music during a match with the singing player?
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 2, 2024 3:05 PM GMT
Pretty sure it's been done with Shapo.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 2, 2024 3:05 PM GMT

Feb 2, 2024 -- 2:58PM, edy wrote:


https://www.instagram.com/dayana_yastremskay/reel/C20aiNtIhWN/Maybe next year they will play this song. Yastremska teased and announced the release of a new song.


Excited

Report SamuelMertensBertens February 2, 2024 3:11 PM GMT
Did you know Dementieva's grunt was sampled by Lil Wayne!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiOfOnTFA_M
Report edy February 2, 2024 3:14 PM GMT
I did not and I would not have recognised who it was from if you hadn't told me.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 2, 2024 3:28 PM GMT
that's fair, I didn't have you down as a Lil Wayne fan anyway.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 2, 2024 3:28 PM GMT
Here's some hipster content.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 2, 2024 3:47 PM GMT
maybe I should post the content as well ...
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 2, 2024 3:47 PM GMT
https://twitter.com/Juanp_paz/status/1753104670162329781
,
Report edy February 2, 2024 3:52 PM GMT
Give that court a good sweep and it will be as good as new.
Report edy February 2, 2024 4:17 PM GMT
The Daily Express writers must already be frolicking about this early The Burrage break.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 2, 2024 4:28 PM GMT

Feb 2, 2024 -- 3:52PM, edy wrote:


Give that court a good sweep and it will be as good as new.


Prisacariu Andreea @IamPrisacariuA
·1h
Replying to @josemorgado and @Juanp_paz
At this point this is not even respectful anymore. Just embarrassing to even look at this. U could easily break a leg there and no one would give a damn.


Sad

Report edy February 2, 2024 4:33 PM GMT
No retirements in Hammamet all weeks, so likely no broken legs yet. Happy

In general though, of course tournaments deserve to be called out if they present unplayable and dangerous courts. Hopefully the ITF will help the players.

What I find a bit weird is that Paz opens his statement with "Now that I am no longer part of the ITF I can express myself freely again.". Active players have complained about courts and generally conditions before and I can't really imagine that the ITF went down on them with a vengeance.
Report edy February 2, 2024 4:33 PM GMT
Physio The Burrage.
Report edy February 2, 2024 4:33 PM GMT
Daily Express not frolicking anymore.
Report edy February 2, 2024 4:35 PM GMT
The Burrage is leaving the court to receive a medical timeout for I think some upper leg work.
Report edy February 2, 2024 6:05 PM GMT
Jorge/Jorge are playing Kolb/Kolb in the doubles at the W50 Porto right now. Funky.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 2, 2024 6:51 PM GMT
https://twitter.com/holgerrune2003/status/1753248009964364151
now that's some white teeth!
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 2, 2024 6:55 PM GMT
haha classic Osty!
https://twitter.com/jessica4stein/status/1753350664015728713
Report edy February 3, 2024 9:03 AM GMT
How does Sabalenka ever plan to catch Iga again if she always parties hard after winning the AO and then has to withdraw from Doha while Iga plays Doha?
Report edy February 3, 2024 9:25 AM GMT
Five games have been completed between Sasnovich and Krueger in their Abu Dhabi qualification match. The player from Belarus won 2 of the first 22 points.
Report edy February 3, 2024 9:35 AM GMT
Finished the set with 9 points because she managed to win an a little bit extended own service game at 0-5.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 3, 2024 11:12 AM GMT
Sas partied hard with Aryna but went to the Middle East anyway?
Report edy February 3, 2024 11:20 AM GMT
Maybe, but probably just Sasnovich being herself. She was the original bakery girl of the WTA tour after all before Iga came along based on how often she'd go and lose sets in a one-sided way.
Report edy February 3, 2024 4:17 PM GMT

Feb 1, 2024 -- 3:55PM, Angela Rebecchi wrote:


Donna shining bright for wisey !!


Today wisey's Donna lost the final set tiebreak from 5-1 up.

Report edy February 3, 2024 4:35 PM GMT
Three double bagels in the Cluj-Napoca qualies today and another 6-1,6-0.
Report edy February 3, 2024 5:10 PM GMT
Dodin got out to a 6-3,5*-3 lead, then won 3 points in the next four games to lose the second set to....a Brit of all the people in the world. Plain
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 3, 2024 6:04 PM GMT
Rune tapped.
Report edy February 3, 2024 6:10 PM GMT
Sad
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 3, 2024 10:31 PM GMT
that was a ExcitedExcited actually. Two fairly big retirements in one week going my way, so now I'm probably due some going against me. But at least with injury prone players like Paula and Holger, odds were in my favor.
Report edy February 3, 2024 10:46 PM GMT
Find it a bit curious that Rune is doing this European indoors swing instead of going to clay. Avoiding Alcaraz? Wanting to improve away from his favoured surface?
Report edy February 4, 2024 10:57 AM GMT
Erika Andreeva qualified for the Cluj-Napoca main draw. The sky is the limit.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 4, 2024 11:31 AM GMT
Zhu going for clothes change/toilet vist after the 1st set, Diana staying on court doing some exercises to stay warm and the DJ plays Shake it Off Excited
Report edy February 4, 2024 12:18 PM GMT
All the haters that are just gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate must be hating so hard because there simply is no way to escape Taylor Swift these days.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 4, 2024 12:39 PM GMT
easy for my flag!
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 4, 2024 12:40 PM GMT
was Renata or Hannah your super secret flag btw?
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 4, 2024 1:03 PM GMT
oh look Ana Ivanovic aka VIP in Linz.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 4, 2024 2:19 PM GMT
Osty wins Linz despite jetlag and almost crashing out to Clara Tauson in R1!
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 4, 2024 3:23 PM GMT
Stefanini hurt herself during a point. Market says it's bad. Can't tell much on my pics.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 4, 2024 3:28 PM GMT
limping to her chair. no wheelchair out yet.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 4, 2024 3:30 PM GMT
there have already been two retirements there today. Dracula put a spell on WTA for removing Cluj from their Halloween spot?
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 4, 2024 3:33 PM GMT
market just guessing while Stefanini is in her chair getting treatment. I've seen players come back looking far worse off than this.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 4, 2024 3:34 PM GMT
Of course it can be two points and GSM but she could also be reasonably fine. She's 11 pts away from winning the match.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 4, 2024 3:38 PM GMT
now 24 pts from winning the match.
Report edy February 4, 2024 3:39 PM GMT
She had already received treatment immediately following the first set that she won. Couldn't quite make out what that was all about then either, but did somewhat look like leg treatment.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 4, 2024 3:40 PM GMT
not looking in the best shape in those points post injury but 1.03 and Arango is pushin it imo.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 4, 2024 3:44 PM GMT
there's the tap.
Report Journeyman February 4, 2024 6:05 PM GMT
Great to see Osaty winning a 500 and in some style.
She's a huuuge character, brings a lot of value in a value starved era and it's important that she really cements her place in the top 10 this year.
Report Journeyman February 4, 2024 6:05 PM GMT
*Osty
Report edy February 4, 2024 7:07 PM GMT
Friggin' Timofey Skatov is single-handedly beating Argentina on their home clay.
Report edy February 4, 2024 8:11 PM GMT
Kwiatkowski led by a set and 5-3 against the man with one of France's most expansive collections of Pokémon cards. Was broken for the first time in the match when he served for it and a tiebreak later it's 1-1 in sets.
Report edy February 4, 2024 8:11 PM GMT
Dallas qualies.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 4, 2024 8:17 PM GMT

Feb 4, 2024 -- 8:11PM, edy wrote:


Kwiatkowski led by a set and 5-3 against the man with one of France's most expansive collections of Pokémon cards. Was broken for the first time in the match when he served for it and a tiebreak later it's 1-1 in sets.


McEnroe is never gonna learn his name if he keeps doing that Sad

Report edy February 4, 2024 9:13 PM GMT
https://twitter.com/bhosale1947/status/1754067726845505630

She will still be back in India trying to vulture points next season or even later this season
Report Angela Rebecchi February 4, 2024 10:01 PM GMT
MTO Dmitry Popko
Report Angela Rebecchi February 4, 2024 11:02 PM GMT
1.09            £166.69
1.1    £20.07       
1.12            £3.43
1.14            £267.52
1.15            £36.00
1.16            £2,051.11
1.17            £4,065.46
1.18            £2,880.64

Big old mis click by someone on Popko when it went 6-6 in the TB
Report edy February 5, 2024 11:50 AM GMT

Feb 4, 2024 -- 12:40PM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


was Renata or Hannah your super secret flag btw?


Don't remember. Think it was Korneeva, who ended up being picked before I got the chance.

Report SamuelMertensBertens February 5, 2024 12:51 PM GMT
Shocked
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