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SamuelMertensBertens
12 Feb 24 05:07
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Some big names back in action this week, Sinner in Rotterdam and Iga, Coco in Doha.
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Report SamuelMertensBertens February 16, 2024 3:13 PM GMT
Laugh
Report wisewords February 16, 2024 3:33 PM GMT
I knew he'd say that as I wrote my post, and he did the classic edy reply like I thought. fake Iga Swiatek fan!
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 16, 2024 4:05 PM GMT
well done for not jinxing my dream final btw.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 16, 2024 4:06 PM GMT
*the dream final.
Report Journeyman February 16, 2024 5:54 PM GMT
Pliskova taking out Naomi in two tiebreaks then withdrawing is pretty funny.
She's had a great tournament anyway.

Is she the best player on either tour never to win a slam? SF or better in all slams. 17 WTA titles. World number 1.
Report edy February 16, 2024 6:28 PM GMT
Zverev would like a word.
Report Journeyman February 16, 2024 6:32 PM GMT
He's in the conversation for sure.
Report Journeyman February 16, 2024 6:36 PM GMT
I know Iga has only lost five games in the last two Doha finals but having watched the scary level Rybakina reached when she turned up the heat on Leylah yesterday I think 2.96 is value. Won their last three meetings (really crushed Iga in IW 23) but it's that wild Blinky match in Melbourne that is disguising where she's really at.

Rybakina does blow hot and cold but she could melt formica with the slightest touch right now.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 16, 2024 7:00 PM GMT

Feb 16, 2024 -- 12:28PM, edy wrote:


Zverev would like a word.


they shouldn't take their frustrations out on umpire chairs Sad

Report wisewords February 16, 2024 8:24 PM GMT

Feb 16, 2024 -- 11:54AM, Journeyman wrote:


Pliskova taking out Naomi in two tiebreaks then withdrawing is pretty funny.She's had a great tournament anyway.Is she the best player on either tour never to win a slam? SF or better in all slams. 17 WTA titles. World number 1.


Mirra Andreeva..

Report SamuelMertensBertens February 16, 2024 9:33 PM GMT
Milosh playing really well. Hope he can stay healthy. Out of current players, another contender for best player not to have won a Slam.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 16, 2024 9:38 PM GMT
Vavassori is quite the servebot from what I have seen so will be interest to see how Carlos returns.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 16, 2024 9:51 PM GMT

Feb 16, 2024 -- 3:33PM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


Milosh playing really well. Hope he can stay healthy. Out of current players, another contender for best player not to have won a Slam.


Sad

Report SamuelMertensBertens February 16, 2024 9:52 PM GMT
market was so slow. I was slow and still got free munnies on Sinner.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 16, 2024 9:54 PM GMT
Must be so frustrating for Raonic. 2nd retirement this year after that LOOOOONG hiatus. He's playing very well, but his body just won't hold up.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 16, 2024 10:26 PM GMT
Gabriela Sabatini in the house Love
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 16, 2024 10:30 PM GMT
We go to a TB after 12 holds. Carlos needs to be careful and not do his usual mugging because this guy he can't break back any time he wants to.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 16, 2024 10:36 PM GMT
Journeyman spotted in Doha!
https://twitter.com/RelevantTennis/status/1758518017397227835
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 16, 2024 10:37 PM GMT
Carlos then wins the TB 7-1
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 17, 2024 1:02 AM GMT
Trainer TME causes his odds to go from 1.23 to 1.58. Off-court MTO now
Report edy February 17, 2024 1:07 AM GMT
Sad
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 17, 2024 1:11 AM GMT
Jarry 1.23 a set down and on serve.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 17, 2024 1:11 AM GMT
TME hasn't even looked that finish, but body language isn't the best.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 17, 2024 1:12 AM GMT
crazy swings. TME goes 40-0 and fave again.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 17, 2024 1:17 AM GMT
stabilized a bit, but is gonna go crazy with a break for either player.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 17, 2024 1:17 AM GMT
TME not interested in rallies on Jarry's serve.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 17, 2024 1:25 AM GMT
I wish I knew Spanish body language better, think I saw some quitting motions to his coach. But hanging in there for now.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 17, 2024 1:27 AM GMT
Whatever it is, it's not impacting his serving.
Report wisewords February 17, 2024 1:59 AM GMT
do you think he'll finish the match?
Report edy February 17, 2024 2:01 AM GMT
Incredible that, after all that, Etcheverry ends up losing the set and match due to a whiffed overhead near the net.
Report wisewords February 17, 2024 2:02 AM GMT
Shocked
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 17, 2024 2:02 AM GMT
tapped Love
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 17, 2024 2:02 AM GMT
so nice when paying attention actually pays off.
Report edy February 17, 2024 2:33 AM GMT
Completely passed me by that Delbonis had retired as a pro.
Report edy February 17, 2024 2:34 AM GMT
He just had farewell doubles this week at Buenos Aires.
Report edy February 17, 2024 2:35 AM GMT
Gulbis and Istomin have also declared their careers finnish.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 17, 2024 6:02 AM GMT
I'm up for Dubai qualies!
(truth is I wasn't able to sleep (other than a 5 minute sleep) after Buenos Aires, so today could be a struggle).
Report edy February 17, 2024 10:52 AM GMT
You, Sir, are a true inspiration!
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 17, 2024 12:05 PM GMT
The lack of posts between 6:02 and now tells the story of what happened Sad
Report edy February 17, 2024 12:16 PM GMT
You, Sir, are a true disappointment!
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 17, 2024 12:17 PM GMT
Sad
Report edy February 17, 2024 12:21 PM GMT
Just kidding. Sleep is important. I also slept after the W35 in Thailand and missed out on the first few hours of Dubai.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 17, 2024 3:10 PM GMT
Iga/Elena final and Dubai qualies not clashing!
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 17, 2024 3:44 PM GMT
Rybakina MTO (foot). Market not too concerned.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 17, 2024 3:45 PM GMT
just a wound?
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 17, 2024 3:51 PM GMT
bleeding on the leg says twitter, but it seems to have ruined her momentum a bit.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 17, 2024 3:51 PM GMT
sorry X
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 17, 2024 3:52 PM GMT
Tennisform
@Tennisform
Leading Swiatek, 4-1 30-30 in Doha, Rybakina takes an MTO after cutting her left shin with her racket on the follow-through from her serve.
Report edy February 17, 2024 4:29 PM GMT
She is such a hot head. Just like Rublev.
Report Journeyman February 17, 2024 4:29 PM GMT
SamuelMertensBertens • February 16, 2024 10:36 PM GMT
Journeyman spotted in Doha!

It's Rybakina. I'd only do something that risky for Daniela.
Report edy February 17, 2024 4:35 PM GMT
Iga will need an additional psychologist if she loses to Rybakina yet again.
Report Journeyman February 17, 2024 4:37 PM GMT
Iga's going to take Rybakina to another 40 point tiebreak for the lolz.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 17, 2024 4:39 PM GMT
The set that never ends.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 17, 2024 4:40 PM GMT
Good thing Elena's sister isn't in attendance.
Report Angela Rebecchi February 17, 2024 4:41 PM GMT
Set Iga !!!! NID !!!
Report edy February 17, 2024 4:42 PM GMT
So easy for Iga. Rybakina off to the locker room in a hurry in order to cry.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 17, 2024 5:04 PM GMT
Diego Barbiani @Diego_Barbiani
Swiatek longest sets played

1. 7-6 (10-8) vs Rybakina, 90 minutes, Doha final 2024
2. 7-6 (9-7) vs Haddad Maia, 87 minutes, Roland Garros SF 2023
3. 6-7 (5-7) vs Zheng Qinwen, 85 minutes, Roland Garros R4 2022
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 17, 2024 5:08 PM GMT
classic Rybakina
https://twitter.com/tennis_gifs/status/1758893050871353773

(I know some of you can't see videos from this account)
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 17, 2024 7:10 PM GMT
Damian Kust
@damiankust
Buenos Aires and Rio are basically the same event, besides the category. Other than WCs and qualifiers, seeds would have been identical if not for Etcheverry's withdrawal and the only "new" players in Rio are Garin, Ramos-Vinolas and Barrios Vera (last two lost in BA qualies).


Lame.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 17, 2024 7:28 PM GMT
I'm reporting Betfair stream muggery and I get roses and blushing faces back.
https://twitter.com/Carambasson/status/1758932823782609109
Report edy February 17, 2024 7:31 PM GMT
Martina sounds nice
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 17, 2024 7:32 PM GMT
She's an absolute moron Sad
Report edy February 17, 2024 7:37 PM GMT
She still forwarded your problem to the relevant people. It's not like she answered "Tough luckBlush, but here is a flower for you!"
Report wisewords February 17, 2024 7:37 PM GMT

Feb 17, 2024 -- 10:35AM, edy wrote:


Iga will need an additional psychologist if she loses to Rybakina yet again.


that Daria woman's control over Iga is quite creepy to witness at times

Report edy February 17, 2024 7:40 PM GMT
It's a hibiscus and not a rose btw.
Report wisewords February 17, 2024 7:42 PM GMT
#edyTheFlowerExpert
Report edy February 17, 2024 7:42 PM GMT
It tells you the emoji name when you hover over them on X.
Report wisewords February 17, 2024 7:42 PM GMT
do you think Daria tells Iga when she can pee and poop?
Report edy February 17, 2024 7:42 PM GMT

Feb 17, 2024 -- 1:42PM, wisewords wrote:


do you think Daria tells Iga when she can pee and poop?


no

Report wisewords February 17, 2024 7:43 PM GMT
#edyTheSmartXUser
Report edy February 17, 2024 7:43 PM GMT
Iga probably just likes having a female confidant who can help her navigate young womanhood and professional tennis, with Iga and her mum being estranged.
Report wisewords February 17, 2024 7:45 PM GMT
I read this a few weeks ago. I still find it a little bit creepy, but if it works for Iga..
Report wisewords February 17, 2024 7:46 PM GMT
(about the lack of Mum being around)
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 17, 2024 7:51 PM GMT

Feb 17, 2024 -- 1:37PM, edy wrote:


She still forwarded your problem to the relevant people. It's not like she answered "Tough luck, but here is a flower for you!"


I've had tough luck but here is a flower for you answers on other days.

Report SamuelMertensBertens February 17, 2024 7:52 PM GMT

Feb 17, 2024 -- 1:42PM, wisewords wrote:


#edyTheFlowerExpert


yeah wow!

Report SamuelMertensBertens February 17, 2024 7:52 PM GMT
Can you give girls hibisci on Valentine's day or would they get mad?
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 17, 2024 7:55 PM GMT

Feb 17, 2024 -- 1:43PM, edy wrote:


Iga probably just likes having a female confidant who can help her navigate young womanhood and professional tennis, with Iga and her mum being estranged.


oh no Sad Is it because Iga is (likely) lesbian?

Report edy February 17, 2024 7:56 PM GMT
No, I don't think she is estranged from her mum over sexuality.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 17, 2024 7:57 PM GMT
it could be. Poland not the most gay friendly country.
Report edy February 17, 2024 8:01 PM GMT
Iga is from woke Warsaw, so maybe her mother is woke too and they are estranged because Iga is not lesbian. Woke people can be strange like that.

....I think it was probably about tennis and Iga's mother not sharing the vision of a pro tennis career that the father dad and didn't agree with the ressources put into it when Iga was a teenager. Somewhat speculation though since Iga doesn't really talk about it.
Report edy February 17, 2024 8:07 PM GMT
In most of these tennis players in lesbian relationships there is a bi person in them really. They aren't on the butch hard lesbian end of the scale who puke at the thought of being with a man. Like, Kasatkina would absolutely enter a relationship with Rafa in an instant if circumstances allowed it. Girl flushes and goes into instant state of heat when she crosses his path.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 17, 2024 8:10 PM GMT
Iga would too with Rafa. But not into nice guys like Carlos or Hubi.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 17, 2024 8:17 PM GMT
oh I read that wrong. Maybe not a relationship. More like a one-off.
Report edy February 17, 2024 10:06 PM GMT
Jarry won almost as many return points in this tiebreak already as he had done throughout the six regular return games of the set (3 vs 4).
Report Angela Rebecchi February 17, 2024 10:12 PM GMT
1st set Jarry, class !
Report Angela Rebecchi February 17, 2024 11:04 PM GMT
Carlos 1.1 SMASHED to smithereens !!!
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 17, 2024 11:04 PM GMT
excellent stuff from Jarry.
Carlos's slump continues. No title since Wimbledon.
Report Angela Rebecchi February 17, 2024 11:07 PM GMT
Markets confidence in him there was scary at times. Though I did trade out when I saw the second double fault when serving for it Laugh
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 18, 2024 7:08 AM GMT
I'm up for Dubai! And Doha qualies later!
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 18, 2024 7:45 AM GMT
yikes Mirra!
Report edy February 18, 2024 9:41 AM GMT
Sad
Report edy February 18, 2024 12:32 PM GMT
The Dubai streams keep stopping for me on nando's today. You too?
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 18, 2024 1:15 PM GMT
yes. But I'm often having these problems. But now that you say it, worse than usual today.
Report edy February 18, 2024 1:22 PM GMT
Yeah, it does happen on other days with other events as well, but today at Dubai it's really bad.
Report Journeyman February 18, 2024 2:14 PM GMT
A grim 72 hours all round in Dubai for the Andreeva sisters but on the bright side they can explore the shops!
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 18, 2024 2:33 PM GMT
Rotterdam turned into Eurovision.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 18, 2024 2:55 PM GMT
LVG in the house!
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 18, 2024 8:45 PM GMT
Delray finals moved to tomorrow.
Report edy February 18, 2024 9:08 PM GMT
I see Shuai Zhang drew an....ideal opponent to end her losing streak in Dubai. Nobody beats a Shuai Zhang 9 consecutive times and all that.
Report edy February 19, 2024 2:31 AM GMT
Sabalenka got herself an entire set of shiny veneers.
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